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5. Swaying the Future

Adam Ramdin


Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA



  • December 29, 2017
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This message was presented at the G twenty seventeen conference. In Phoenix Arizona for other resources like visit us online at www. Dot. Org. Presentation this morning is intitled swaying the future swing the future is about waves of prayer as we begin Father in heaven we pause to thank you for life health strength for seeing us through the day and the night and waking us up this morning bless us Lord as we are here as we spend this time here in this workshop as you meditate upon these thoughts we pray your Holy Spirit would illuminate minds and inspire us we pray in Christ name Amen swaying. The future. The title then recognize the title where I may have gleaned the title from yeah now I was just told actually in the whole way that Martin Luther King used this phrase frequently in some of his speeches but he also was quoting from the source that I'm quoting your from as well which the song that was just kind of. On the side is him Number six zero six once to every man and nation to him was written actually originally in eight hundred twelve around the war the the war of eight hundred twelve and with America believe it was with Britain and the hymn goes this way once to every man and nation is profound words it was actually the theme song I think the G. was the last year or maybe that the year before one for every man and nation comes the moment to decide in the strife of truth would fall search for the good or evil side some great cause some great decision offering each the broom or blight and that choice goes bye forever twix the darkness and the light very profound words the second verse goes then to side with truth is noble when we share her wretched crust if the whole cause bring fame and profit and his prosperous to be just then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied by the light of burning martyrs Christ your bleeding feet we track toiling up new Calvary's ever with the cross that turns not back new occasions teach new duties time makes ancient good uncouth they must up with still and onward who would keep abreast of truth and then the fourth verse. The fourth verse though the cause of Prosper yet the truth alone is strong though her portion be the scaffold whose portion the portion of truth though her or truth portion be the scaffold and upon the throne be wrong and then the third lines is yet that scaffold does what it sways the future and behind the dim unknown stand is God within the shadow keeping watch above is our own and that imagery is the songwriter was writing this imagery way says the portion of truth is all too often the scaffold and when I say skep or they're not talking about scaffold as we we think of today when you're building a house and you put the scaffolding up around the sides of the structure in the middle when they use in the term scaffold there they using it in the context I believe of an operators that would be used as people would be hung or something like that or burnt yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown stand this guy standing God within the shadow keeping watch over his own and when you think back to the Reformation you think back to the early church you think back to the lives of people who went before us and some of them their names we don't know this imagery kind of comes from the Colosseum in Rome if you've been to Rome and you have been to Rome taken a tour of the Colosseum the problem again a tour of the Colosseum today is you ask them certain questions we're still the basic history understanding and they'll give you a revised version of history for example I was in the coliseum and said hey so did you did they kill Christians in the Coliseum stand and I said no no no we didn't kill Christians what history book are you reading to a god. And they just say no we Christians one killed it they say the poor people were killed and Christians were poor so they died because they were poor because they were Christian so they say you know some of these talk by the trying to rewrite history but be that as it may then I got another tour from someone who wasn't paid by the Coliseum and I said Is it true that they kill Christians in the coliseum and this tall guy was like Of course they slaughtered them you know over centuries consciously many many Christians and the thing is we don't know the names of these Christians like there was one Roman emperor who when he became emperor he declared in degree that there will be one hundred eighty days of games imagine like you know Donald Trump becomes president or you next American president becomes president and they declare when they begin their presidency on whatever is the fifth the general whenever they start their presidency they're going to have the first six months of the it's just going to be holiday games and the games that they had obviously was killing you know you know all types of stuff that would take place in these buildings now when this so when these. Things started or when they were you know when he was taken place in the early Christian church and the Christians were getting slaughtered it's interesting when you look at Satan strategy with the early Christian church you know we look at Revelation chapter one and the Church of emphasis not just the two rather the church services the church is pure and then you have the Church of Smyrna where the church is persecuted and then after the church was persecuted the church became compromise and it became corrupt because Satan realized that there's a quotation from the book great controversy from Ted truly and Satan realized after many people quoted the blood of Christians was what it was see to the Gospel the more you kill us the more. But it's it's it's kind of interesting when you think about it that of Christians is what see to the Gospel Satan knows this because he's trying to kill the church and as he tries to kill the church Wildman's they keep growing and they keep coming back it's almost like you kill one and three more come in the place and yet it's like the hatred and intensity of Satan against the Christian church is so great that even when he realizes this strategy is not working he still goes along with the strategy just as he hates so much. The blood of Christians is seat of the Gospels Di Dio nettles said Do you not see that the Christian thrones of the wild beast that they may recount the Lord do not allow themselves to be beaten do you not see that the more they are punished the more others what increase in numbers when you think about the Christian Church today here in the American context North America we think of the Adventist Church you trace back our roots to like the eighteen forty's and fifty's and so on largely speaking the church in North America same where I come from in Europe largely speaking is a on persecuted church would it be fair to say we really haven't experienced persecution and yeah you mean a church member who's boss gives them a little trouble about Good Friday evenings of when the sunset gets early or maybe Sabbath privileges but it's not like real intent persecution we may think it is but it's kind of first world problems compared to what some Christians have gone through in the past and even the present but largely we are kind of an persecuted church and it makes me wonder how we're going to cope when persecution does come but we can be inspired by the stories of the past to know what stands these men and women the title swaying the future the lives that we live in packs the future one of the kind of the inspirations in a sense behind it is when we put the video series together was to try and show the connection between the past to present in the future that the past inspires our identity today and our identity today inspires our mission for the future if we know who we are today and we know where we've come from it gives us a greater sense as to where we're going and what our purpose here is and what is going to put us here on this earth for he's put us here on this earth to share the message he's put us here on this earth to to spread the good news about Jesus and to be missionaries for him wherever he may call us to be whether that involves sacrifice of our comfort. Or maybe even our life and some of the places we had a privilege to go to with lineage. Just want to share with you some of the places some of the stories This was a picture that was taken actually by actually the back who's taking pictures right now thank you Rusty. This picture was taken on the island of Iona now actually the island of MO on the way to Iona if you have the privilege to go to England. I should say pro correctly if you have the proof go to Scotland. And you have a few days spare if you can to Iona It's a beautiful like I was asked once by someone yes they was a very favorite place I went to when the filming of lineage and to me I just said instinctively I just love it there and the reason why I like it and everyone is different depending what you like to go and see a holiday or what you like to see in your time of you know some people like to see shops or restaurants some people like to see whatever I just like to go to a place where there's no one else there and like to me just get away from life for a little bit and I own or is just kind of the epitome of that you travel three hours and you take a ferry you drive across an island you take another ferry and you get it is a speck of rock on the coast where you're looking west was and there's nothing. Like it's that's it America's next North America and you're there on this tiny little island and you're you're thinking what happened here on this island like fifteen hundred years ago and how that island swayed the future how a missionary went from Island is name was Columbia got on a boat with thirty people sailed across the sea landed on this this clump of rock off the coast of Scotland and said I'm going to start a school at the age of thirty he had already started about three hundred churches in Ireland so he was well qualified to be a pioneer missionary to Scotland and in those days this is kind of on the Isle of mull the ferry takes you there you do and then you have to drive through that pass there. Here he was well qualified to be a missionary at the age of thirty. This picture here is taken in the bay the very base where Columbia landed he sailed in his boat landed on the the south side of the island they call it Columbus Bay It takes about a mile and a half walk through the few farm fields past the street or whatnot and there you sit in the vein of one of these guys landed here fifteen hundred years ago on a boat Scotland in those days was a wild country I want to say wild country I mean a wild country how how wild was Scotland there was a legion of the Roman army call I think it's the ninth or the eleventh Legion It was five thousand Roman soldiers have you heard of Hadrian's wall in England it's kind of like a Roman version of the Great Wall of China but it's pretty pitiful It's kind of like it's a Hadrian's wall that goes from one coast of Britain to the other coast a Brit it was built by the Romans to keep the Scottish out there a bit crazy back then like they were a war warring people one legion of the Roman army that the fifth or the ninth or eleventh Legion five thousand soldiers were north of this wall you Google it they'll tell you they were north of the wall not one of the soldiers made it back and no one knows where they went but five thousand correct troops from the Roman army disappear. And gone. Like Scotland then was a wild country when Colombo went there it was a pagan why old country and he went there to be a missionary in a very very hostile environment and he picked this island of Iona calm peaceful island and there they were trained as missionaries and go out over Scotland and then from Scotland to England and the from England to Europe we don't know exactly where all the missionaries went but we know the impact of what they did Scotland was changed in many many ways you know the Celtic Church in Britain made Britain a Sabbath keeping country until about the tenth or eleventh century keeping the Sabbath it was until the Romans really came over that they kind of obliterated all of that. The Catholic monks came to Iona in the twelve hundreds and then it became a Catholic place and the monastery that's there today is not really the original one in fact recently about a year ago they just found what they believe was Columbus home I'm not quite sure how they know it was his home but. Anyway this is Columbus Day Someone had made this really nice kind of cool thing with the wood stones Iona a missionary from Iowa no went across to a place in England called the Holy Island if you've seen some of the lineage episode you may have seen this one and one of the missionaries went to a place in England called the Holy Island he was a young man his name was Aden and basing there in England he was able to send missionaries and throughout England by the sixth century in indolent England was essentially what you would say an apostolic faith country having a religion all the way back to the Apostles true religion he had converted the country of England with his or the missionaries or he would send out you know he lived a life that left a legacy so beautiful a line and you can go to the what's called tidal island so the type comes in and block the road and then the sky goes out and you can drive over and you better not go there. In the wrong time they've got a beautiful or castle there are on the island you can kind of view across the bay and it's again another peaceful place and it makes me think of the places where God chose to train his church in the past the island of Iona isolated of the coast of Scotland the island of school Holy Island it's Lindisfarne Holy Island off the coast of north east England quiet peaceful beautiful place tide comes in No one else can get there you just got to place yourself. And the missionaries that were that went there that missionary fervor to go wherever the Lord called them as missionaries not seeing their home country again and they lived their lives that influenced the future that swayed the future so to speak. The future. We've mentioned this guy a few times his name is John Wycliffe and there's one part of his life that we haven't mentioned John Wycliffe Ellen White says it was on the greatest the reformers and breadth of intellect and clearness of mind thought and firmness to maintain the truth and a bonus to defend it he was equaled by few who came after him and yesterday we talked about some of the reasons as to why he was so far ahead of his time not just translate in the Bible but his views on Justification by Faith his views on church and state was basically four hundred years ahead of his time it wasn't till Roger Williams came along that someone else had the same idea and implemented what he wanted to have he was far ahead of his time he was truly the morning star of the Reformation but unfortunately he lived as he lived his life he died at the age question or in SFI the eighty four he died and he was buried in the churchyard around. Around his church no one knows where he was buried you can go to the churches today you won't find his great because unfortunately in fourteen fifteen at the Council of Constance you may have read this where they settled the papal schism they had three popes at that point where they ended up with just one they also killed Hasse and Jerome and it's also there where they condemned Wycliffe as a heretic and ordered that his bones be dug up and birth I mean how much you hate a guy to lie Ed just dig him up and burn him the Bishop of Lincoln at the time was a friend of Wicklow because this was only about thirty years after he died the Bishop of Lincoln knew Wycliffe when he was alive and he refused to do it and he was the bishop for eight more years so that the bones didn't get dug up for a least while eight more years that you have the same bishop he's a normal doing it I refused to then the next bishop came along and he initially refused to dig them up as well but he was a a week a character his backbone wasn't so strong and a few years later the probably by fifteen twenty two I mean fifteen twenty five or so the bones were dug up they burned the bones and they were thrown into the nearby River Swift of it I mean river is quite a generous word to call it. That's what it looks like today it's more like a street in or as you might call here a creek or something like that and not very not very big we don't know exactly where they threw them but this is the bridge that goes over into the town so you can easy just kind of war going here and and think and see there but the great thing about what they did. You may have read a quote from a certain author this is this this book says an old writer has conveyed his ashes into the EVA and the EVA into the seven the seven to the narrow seas that would be what we'd call today the Bristol Channel and they into the main ocean and thus the masses of Wycliffe are the emblem of his doctrine which is now dispersed the world over swaying the future Wycliffe didn't just live his life to serve his parishioners there in England even though that's why he made me may of thought but when he translated the Bible as he lived his life it just went much much further than that and symbolically in his death like the water from that one stream went to another river which goes to another river which went to the channel to the ocean symbolically the light that Wycliffe started the morning star the Reformation it couldn't be put out. Jerome would come later than Luke Allen and so on and it could not stop the Reformation the reformation would become unstoppable as another place in England that if you ever get a chance to go to it's a statue here and a statue of this tower. If you're familiar with English juggler for that strip of white there there that's the Bristol Channel so that the land on that side there is the country of Wales this is still England and there's a motorway that goes there or a freeway like M five Anyway this is a little village vehicle North Nibley this was the village where William Tyndale was born and this big huge monument on the Hill is thirty metres high and was built to commemorate the birth and birthplace of William Tyndale a mention of a few times yesterday as I've said he's my favorite at the moment my favorite Reforma he was born there no one knows too much about his early life don't know too much about his family they really don't know too much but we do know that he went to Oxford to study and possibly to Cambridge as well there he distinguished himself and he wanted to go against this law of England the Oxford commission that for bade the translation of the Bible. That's right that conversation he had with a friend of a colleague of his a Catholic friend who said we would be better without God's laws than the pope's And the response he gave famous words where he said I defied the pope and all his laws and if God spare my life in many days I will cause the boy that drives the platinum or the Scriptures then you do and this phrase the boy that drives the plow kind of inspired his translation of the Bible and I mentioned yesterday in one of the presentations how his translation extremely profound but very simple how he used a lot of mano syllables words in the beginning was the Word and the Word was WITH God and the Word was God profound verse every word just has one syllable so he wrote the Bible in a way that the boy that drives the plow could read the Bible and understand it just as much as the educated academic intellectual in him was the light and the light was the light of men like his Bible is extremely profound but very simple most of the King James Bible today about eighty percent of the King and Bible comes from William Tyndale Bible that he translated so he was very very much ahead of his time but he couldn't live his life in England from fifteen to twenty four he lived as a fugitive almost like a modern day excuse the analogy James Bond not like he was James Bond but I get the idea in the sense that James Bond often in his movies is running away from people are trying to capture him he runs away they try and capture him the right ones right ones right William Tyndale was a constant He was in his place someone trying get him he escapes the displays he escapes the displays he escapes that is placed on all the time he's living undercover he's living undercover not sure who he can trust not sure he can trust he went to Hamburg and then from Hamburg he had to escape and managed to get away with just a few of his transcript he went to worms and there and worms it was a bit more peaceful because Luther was not Luther but there was other people there he was able to finish his translation in the New Testament from then from the time he left England in fifteen twenty four he finished the New Testament around fifteen twenty five as he finished the New Testament is an interesting story with the Bishop of London bought six thousand copies of his Bible why would the Bishop of London by six thousand copies of his Bible because he didn't want his Bible to be in circulations was like OK I'm going to buy them all so we bought six thousand copies of the Bible at market price then he took them to St Paul's Cathedral in eleventh every fifteen twenty six there were thirty six bishops Abbots and fry is there in attendance and he did a big bonfire of the six thousand Bibles. Now William Tyndale instead of being disheartened by this he was actually quite encouraged why because number one he was able to get out of debt. And Allister one would say amen. He enraged others who saw this it enraged others who saw what was happening as a prophet to get waste of the Bible like how could he do this and then peek security but also what enabled is a better quality version of the Bible could be printed he got the money cleared his debts had a bit more money and he could reinvest it into printing and print a better quality and more of them than he had before you know second Corinthians chapter thirteen verse eight says this for we can do nothing against the truth but what but for it this guy thought he was I put in a dampening the truth by burning the bibles on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral for a little bit of dramatic value in there is no problem a reprint I will go ahead and reprint the last place it's in their lives and to work and live with a man called Thomas points he was a friend of his he was a good man and then he was befriended by a man there called Henry Phillips Henry Phillips was a Judas like character Thomas points warned William Tyndale not to trust this guy some people say that William Tyndale was a very to trust very trusting and trusted him and unfortunately he invited Henry Phillips invited Tyndale round to his house for dinner Judas character he couldn't arrest him at the house he was staying at because it wasn't his property or bring the guards there so he said Come to my house came to his house and as they were leaving the house Henry Phillips trying to be the quintessential English gentleman allowed William Tyndale to walk in front of him out the door kind of a no no you go first so as William Tyndale walked out on went first the two guards were standing right by the walls as he came out they just grabbed him and to. They took him to Villa vault Castle which was eighty miles away and while he was there in a in will board castle they attempted thank you they attempted a reconciliation between the king and Tyndale and the Royal Court wanted to on their side but despite the promises he would not return to England unless the King sanctioned the Bible in the English language that was what he had pledged his whole life to do and he said I will not go back home unless the King does that the king did not do that as King Henry the Eighth he refused to do that and so William Tyndale unfortunately unfortunately on in fifteen thirty six he was strangled to death his statue in England right by the River Thames has these two verses there the last words of William Tyndale were Lord open the eyes of the King of England within a year afterwards or by was placed in every parish church by the king's command he lived a life to left a legacy yet that scaffold sways the future what would it been like for William Tyndale Can you imagine what would go through his mind in Ville Ford Belgium forty two years old his parents probably still alive you know when children die before their parents it's always a sad occasion his parents probably still alive his brothers and sisters most likely we assume he had some still alive his cousin still alive he has not seen them for twelve years for twelve years he's lived as a fugitive he's lived on the run he's lived out a suitcase so to speak on the run in Europe he hasn't seen his own country has it in his home food has to be all that funny food in Germany and were no good old English fish and chips or whatever you used to like to eat and so he's got all of these home comforts he hasn't had dies a lonely death there was no people around him when he died there was no crowd that was cheering there was no people there watching it was a lonely death there he died twelve years on the run there in Belgium wondering is my life worth it if the song says that scarf or does what sways the future but what does the next line says yet that scaffold sways the future and what's the next line of the song say and behind the D.M. what are known standeth God within the shadows keeping watch over his own and the reality is that in life sometimes the experience is that we go through and some of us more than others. Some of us more than others the experiences that we go through we can sometimes feel that while we're going through a scaffold experience you're wondering where God is and the songs is God standing there but sometimes he's in the shadows and he's keeping watch over his own as William Tyndale died I believe or somewhere near the spot where this monument in Belgium was what was erected he probably wanted was it worth it and at that time of his life in may have seemed like God was standing in the shadows that God was standing in the shadows and keeping watch over his own if you had the privilege to travel to Italy and if you ever get a chance I would say go there and if you have the choice of whether you go to the world ends in valleys or you go to Rome even the room is more prestigious always first choice should be the world and in valleys It just doesn't compare Rome is like gold marble and all hocus pocus stories from the tour guides and the world ends in a valley is a just peace serenity quiet and and our heritage of integrity and courage and fortitude. And there in the world there is in valleys a particular place if you ever get a chance to go to it takes a little bit of effort to get there a place called Cast a loop so let me shoot a few quotes urgent about the war then is in the sense in great controversy but all of those who resisted the inroads most of the people powered the war density and stood foremost in the very land where Popery had fixed it see there is false and corruption will most of us he resisted for this for centuries the churches of Piedmont maintain their independence but the time came at last when Rome insisted upon their submission after ineffectual struggles against a tyranny the leaders of these churches reluctantly acknowledged the soup if the power to which the whole world seemed to pay homage there was some however who refused the use of the authority of the Pope or the prelate they were determined to maintain their allegiance to God and preserve the purity and simplicity of their faith a separation now took place those who adhere to the ancient faith now with Drew forsaking their needs but some it has forsaken their native out raised the banner of truth in foreign lands others retreated the clue to Glen's and rocky fastnesses of the mountains and their preserve their freedom to worship God you know it's kind of interesting when you look at Europe geographically speaking geographically speaking the Christians that maintain their faith the longest were the ones that geographically were placed in the biggest mountain areas and I don't know I think that has something to do with it just the reality of the Roman soldiers trying to capture and kill made it so much harder to do it there than anywhere else and they were able to defend themselves they're so much easier and if you go to war then it's the day it's just beautiful to be up there in the in the out. So look out about the mountings towering round and think they're here in these mountains God's people live for century after century after century they maintain their faith faithfully and hearing to the Word of God them we're not quite sure exactly but for a long time for the majority of the history they were also Sabbath keepers as well and in the last several hundred hundred years they kind of lost the Sabbath but in their early history in the majority of the history they were also Sabbath keepers and up there in the mountains I mean today those roads that get you there back then there would have been trails and tracks would have been a lot harder to get there and live you know today we think of going camping we may go for a day or two or a weekend we think all that's hard time the struggle that's all you know these guys lived in the mountains in the bush hiding in caves not just through an experience they had a life and then the next and then the next generation and the next generation I mean a preview for this is a picture taken in some of you go in winter it's the snow capped and snow snow covered all around this particular place and it wasn't just. You know there which isn't just lived there they would also live there is missionaries. Like the Celtic Church said missionaries out from my own around England the war density and were very active in sending the missionaries out as well as on the about them she says they would take their coats and they would undo the stitches of the coat put the pages of the Bible and go as a missionary student to the University of Prague or lower you know in England or Paris and there they would go as studying medicine studying law studying engineering but they would be there as a missionary to plant the truth of God's Word we don't know the names of the students about half of them would never come home because they would die after they had been uncovered as being a Christian but they were trained as missionaries this is a school that stands in the war dens in valleys is called the College of the barbers which would have been translated the College of the uncles they called their pastors uncles not father because the Bible says Call no man father and they would train the missionaries and send them out there but beautiful but as one particular sad story the reason you know I said at the beginning the blood of Christians is what I see to the Gospel Satan knows that so you kind of wonder why three keep killing them if he knows that the more he kills the more they come back it just goes to show how much he hated them and I much he hates us if the strategy doesn't work you still keep doing that strategy there's a particular one of the worst episodes of wardens in massacre happened in sixteen fifty five on April the twenty fourth which was incidentally a Sabbath at four am in the morning they struck while people room bed they estimated two thousand people were killed and four am more people were still sleeping they burst into homes they grabbed people at their beds and they started a systematic killing of the wardens Ians that was pretty brutal little children were torn from the arms of their mothers and dashed against the rocks. Or more horrible Still they were held between two soldiers who were moved by their pity as cries in the sight of their quivering limbs tore them into two halves their bodies were then thrown on the highways in the fields sick persons and old men and women were burned alive in their own houses some were hacked to pieces some were bound in the form of a ball and precipitated over the rocks or rolled down the mountains some were slowly dismembered in the fire applied to the wounds to staunch the bleeding and prolong their sufferings some were flayed I mean skinned alive some roasted others were December some were horribly and shamefully mutilate mutilated some of them retreated to this mountain here and they hid in a cave we don't know where that cave is today I wish we could find it but no one knows where it is there was a cave along the side of the mountain called Cast to loot so and a lot of them ran there a couple of hundred or so ran and hid in this cave the Roman soldiers pursued them there smoked in Gore whatever got them out the cave and then marched them to the top to this spot here where we're standing here and there's a little stuck or rocks there they marched into this spot and then they pushed them over the edge pushed and you lean over the edge but you shouldn't get too close it's a big job now to the rocks below and to push them over the edge killing hundreds of them over that edge if you get a chance to go the hike up there is about a three mile hike to the top three mile hike down very peaceful there's no one else up there but you just sit there and look over the edge and contemplate what did these nameless people that we don't know what their names are they sacrifice their life just because they wanted to live by God's Word the song says yet that scaffold does what sways the future their life I believe inspires people today you read the chapter the war dens in the great controversy and you cannot help but be inspired and even though it's a very sad and even the call I just read a kind of gruesome it still has the power to inspire faithfulness in us today that the lives we live can sway the future of whether it's just even if it's our children or our family or it's the church we can't or it's the young people that come after the life we live can sway the future of somebody else you know sometimes people wonder why these bad things happen the Bible says in Matthew chapter thirteen and verse twenty eight you know the God is not the cause of these things. The Bible says it's the enemy that has done these things Satan is the cause of these bad things that happen Satan is the cause of these evil and this suffering it is not God who is the cause of this if he's in six verse twelve tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rules of darkness against spiritual wickedness in high places we live in a world where we have the great controversy and we see this played throughout history and we'll also see this played out today as well another place we did some filming for Lenny and it's also one of my favorite stories one of the most favorite stories it was in France it was a particular hard episode to film we were really against the clock really really really really really against the clock we've been up since three o'clock in the morning climbed up past the loots of film came back down did something in the valley left at two o'clock but alas did praise the Lord for fast friends drivers who lasted all the way to France seven hours we got there about twenty five minutes before sunset and managed to just squeeze it in before the light went it was a really kind of tough intense day Clive was like Adam no mistakes first take first take first take. And the home why we rushed to get there and why we tried to squeeze this in it was a home of a lady called Mary do wrong is one of the later episodes if you had a chance to see them Marie Duran who was in the reader on she's on a famous reformer really there's no chapter written on her and great controversy no one really knows this woman and so you may wonder why do we do a chapter on why do we do an episode on the redrawn who's not that famous or not that well known maybe outside of French Cubano circles the reason we did it in many ways was we wanted to highlight the life of someone who was not famous John Wycliffe we know praise the Lord Martin Luther Yeah we know John Calvin and I'm not saying these guys they're famous and for good reason but there was also countless other people in the Reformation who were not famous who were not preachers who were not the A logins who were not academics but they still suffered and made stands for the truth that you and I believe and live by as well she is one example of what many of us many of us are just Christians and no one else knows outside of our little circle she lives in his house she was the sister of Pierre do wrong he was a pastor and that was a crime you see they would hold worship services in the secret in France they were called in the assemblies of the desert. And they held these worship services both her preparatory school both of her parents were arrested and died in prison so at the age of seventeen or eighteen I forget exactly what it was she lost both her parents her brother was then taken to prison at about the age of eighteen and sentenced to death so now at the age of eighteen she has lost her mother her father and her brother she has no family left so the age of nineteen she marries a man called Matthew said three months after she was married he was arrested and sent to prison for twenty years nineteen Luzhin mom your dad your brother and your husband of three months she was then taken to prison to this building here this is just outside the town of Mon PALEA in France and this is called the top two Konstanz the tower of Constance this building here has got two rooms well that you can stand on the roof there this true rooms the floors about there there's a lower floor and an upper floor and it's quite impressive architecturally makes quite nice pictures you know very Instagram of all and all the rest but Marie Duran was taken there because a brother and a family were all Protestants so she was arrested her crime was simply she was from a Protestant family and her brother was a pastor she was taken there and held in this room here I mean today I said look very nice pictures look good she was taken to his room the food would come up through his hole in the ground I guess their personal waste would go back down through the same hole a little bit of air would come through a hole the same size in the ceiling in the summer and be humid and hot is the reason why they take. Siestas down there in the winter it would be cold and snowy and rainy and there she lived this is the whole. And this is the edge of the hole and there's a piece of glass here to protect was written underneath written underneath edged in the stone R E G I S T E R which says it registered. Actually zip and register which is the old French word for what the modern French word today is resisting which is the English word resist she was there locked up in this prison from the age of nineteen from the age of nineteen until the age of fifty seven and if you're not a great Mrs mathematician like me that's thirty eight years almost four decades in that room one circular room one circular room stone no comforts no beds no nothing and it was an erroneous of the things you want on your own it was like thirty or forty women there with her it was a women's prison to seize an overcrowded room with lots of other women what distinguished her from the others were that she was probably They say the most educated woman there and so she was able to almost be the advocate of the other women and she wrote numerous letters to the local city official she wrote numerous letters to the you know the leaders the civil leaders trying to petition for better conditions for the women trying to position and she eventually after writing numerous letters I mean when you got forty years right letter after letter writing letters she eventually got Bibles the Book of Psalms for the other women and she would do some reading classes with them and trying teach them how to read and that's why they believe as the most educated the prominent leader amongst the prisoners they reckon that it was her who wrote these words resist a day or resist just a simple so to speak one man from every day life there wasn't planning to be a theologian an academic or a leader. But she lived a life that impacted the you're the thirty women in the prison with her and now when we hear a story today it impacts me like her life was and lived in a sense in a vacuum I believe even her not as well known as the other prominent reformist she lived a life skill that sways the future because to me it gives me encouragement that here's someone that's well not well known and she still stood by the principles which she lived for as he edged those words resisted a from a limit on thirteen seventeen thirty from the age of eighteen Zal seventeen sixty eight she remained in the prison sorry the age of fifty six she moved back to the family house and she only lived for another eight years like. The prime years of our life was spent in prison her twenty's or thirty's forty's and half of the fifty's were spent in prison today her house is a museum is a testament to her faith and fortitude and the life that she lived I can imagine if she was there in the prison she may have wondered where is God at this time and if she had ever known the words of that song that we just read in the beginning they would have been true then yet that Scare Force weighs the future and behind the dim unknown standard God within the shadows there's times when God stands in the shadows we want him to be in the light but he's in the shadows at that time but it's encouraging to know that even when he's in the shadow he still watching over us is not always easy to think that or understand that exactly at the time and it may be that at those times we have to hang on to that by faith you know in the Bible there's a man called job and we hear this many times and it may not be something easy and it's something I believe that we all have to pray for how can we have a faith where Joe was able to say Though He slay me yet will I trust him how can that become a reality where it's not just a catch phrase it's not just a cliche but it's actually something that that is the way we live or guides are being. You know proverbs trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on to our own understanding in all your ways that knowledge him and he shall one direct your paths it was Isaac Newton who said these famous words if I've seen further than others it's because I've stood on the shoulders of who Giants you know we have the privilege today living in the day and age in which we live to so to speak stand on the shoulders of giants look back look forward and we can see the life and the legacy that these men lived is another story I want to share another man I want to share with you his name was George Wishart in many ways he's Scotland's forgotten reform and everyone knows about John Wycliffe not all Michael sorry John Knox and how John Knox stood before Bloody not bloody could have done so before Mary Queen of Scots and I John Knox said give me Scotland or I die we all know about John Knox less people know about George Wishart why he was martyred only at the age of thirty three he only had two years of public ministry in the country of Scotland and yet in those two years he caused a huge revival Biblical preaching practical ministry he was a great man there was one time when there was a there was a plague in the city done D.C. and everyone was fleeing the city to get out of the city if they didn't have the you know the plague he went into the city to preach the Gospel to the people who were sick cardinal Beaton from St Andrew's made it his mission when he became the cardinal to capture and kill George Wishart and if you kind of read the story is fascinating he literally chased him all over Scotland he went to dun Di with like two hundred soldiers to capture him and the local townspeople said Leave the man alone he then went to the city of air to try and capture him a Y R to try and capture him and he missed him he then went to another city to African I think it was at least four or five times cardinal beaten trying to capture and sometimes at one two or three hundred soldiers finally finally. Finally he caught him with five hundred soldiers one man and you've got five hundred soldiers he caught George Wishart and he took him here to our. Scuse me he took him here to St Andrews if you've ever been to Scotland go to St Andrews It's a beautiful city it's where Prince William met Kate or Catherine as you should say as were Prince William and Catherine they were both studying university there are standards of the before Tara is the home of golf the oldest golf course in the world. And it sits right there on the ocean lovely town really a nice quiet town it's not like it's busy at Edinburgh anything like that anyway he took him there to St Andrews and there in St Andrews John Knox wanted to follow and John Locke said George Wishart if you're going to prison I'm coming with you probably one of those impetuous types and George Wishart said some famous words back to knock he said John Knox No no you stay here he said one is sufficient for sacrifice one is sufficient for sacrifice so they took George Bush out here and George Wishart unfortunately was tried. And he was burned to death outside. Just literally where the pictures been taken he was burned to death outside the walls and on the wall on the road is the words G W engraved in kind of the pavement in tile G.W. for George Wishart people park their cars on top of it today they have no idea what those words or letters mean it stands for George Wishart the man who was the reformer so to speak before John Knox John Knox was his understudy. Famously John Knox would carry a two handed sawed protecting him as he was going around the country. And as I mentioned it is final capture he wanted to go with him but he was told one is sufficient for sacrifice and when George was shot died John Knox made the decision. Then he would kind of pick up the mantle and carry on the Scottish Reformation that George wish I had not been able to complete and so today we know about John Knox but George Wisha he came before him he came before him and when he died at the age of thirty three no doubt dying before his parents and long before his brothers sisters or cousins of his same age when he died at the young age of thirty three I'm sure it passed through his mind has my life been worth it has my life been what it could have been but he lived the life I believe the sway the future and as a song says this yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown stand is God within the shadows keeping watch over his own you know you may ask the question why is it that god. Preserve the life of one reformer John Knox I mean John Knox lived until he was seventy two years old George Wishart died at thirty three why did John Knox get along life and why did George Wishart get a short life I don't know we really don't know the answer to those questions as to why God let one Reforma live to die a natural death and one reformer died a martyr's death being burnt outside the gates of the castle and a lonely death we don't know God understands for some of these people it seemed like God was in the very forefront or the light of their life and for other reformers is seeing my God was really in the shadows and yet whether God was in the shadows or God was in the light God was watching over all of them and we must understand these stories in the context of the great controversy between Christ and Satan and that we're born here on a battlefield and God has called us to live lives and whether our lives live until the natural end like John Knox or whether our lives may be prematurely in the eyes of others brought to a close like George Wishart each life must be lived to the fullest. And for God and He will see the rest we understand in Revelation thirteen verse fifteen to seventeen the final events of Earth's history and when you read those texts in the Bible we understand the Bible says that those who do not have the mark of the beast they will be commissioned to be killed Well firstly if they cannot buy or sell then he says they will keep they will be killed like prophetically we understand what that means for us a Seventh Day Adventist that if we live the lives of God has called us to live there will come a time when will be persecuted as the end right faithfulness doesn't always mean that God gives us the easy life but maybe live a life this way is the future in front of us I want to close with a short story from a long book and the story just want to encourage that wherever we live we should be faithful in good times and bad times there's a log book that you can find at the Girl Guides headquarters in London you know the Girl Guides or it's like the female version of the Boy Scouts and it's a long book in London and inside the logbook there's an interesting phrase song where he says we might have been shipped to Timbuktu we might have been shipped to Kalamazoo it's not repatriation the recent yet starvation is simply concentration in chief it was a little song that the Girl Guides would sing we might have been shipped it came back to we might be shipped to Kalamazoo is not refractory isn't there is a year starvation is concentration and she flew well I know where Timbuktu is the country of Mali Kalamazoo is the country of Michigan chief who was chief who don't feel bad I had no idea where it was either because in China and in China there was a camp there called The Way Shan concentration camp that they had in World War two And why is it interesting because it was a school called Chief school prior to the war and when they rounded up the foreigners there was a group that they rounded up from this school this girl here Mary Profit is this one here. She was interviewed and she was talking about this story she is the great granddaughter of. It Hudson Charles Hodson Houghton Taylor she's the great granddaughter of Hudson Taylor so she had a missionary in her blood he was one of the first missionaries to China and then here's his grandson became a missionary to China and while they were there as missionaries in China the Chinese I think it was the Japanese army they were they were they were coming into China and missionaries and under threat and the government said you can leave and go home we'll get you out of here on the next plane as they do and he said no I refused to take the plane home to. I believe was to America no England I refuse that a plane home to England he says we weren't called to be just missionaries in the good times but in the bad times or so he said I know the wars coming out of the Japanese soldiers are coming and I know full well what that entails but I was called to be a missionary here and I will stay in the good times and the bad times well. His children who went to the school in chief who they were rounded up and sent to the way Shan concentration camp and it's fascinating it's kind of almost like a case study because they were sent to this concentration camp but they rounded up and it's interesting because most people who go to concentration camp they sent there was kind of like family units then the split this was an interesting one because they were sent there as a Girl Guide slash Boy Scout troop so they're able to kind of socially analyze a group of children outside of their parents with just their teachers there and it's interesting to read the different log book entries one of them says What's this behind bars what is waste and CAMP Well I guess there's a good deal of fun to be got out of this just the place to earn some badges now I don't know if you guys are pathfinders or not in your local churches but imagine going into a concentration camp and your first thought in your mind is hey I'm going to earn some badges here in the concentration camp. But the teachers we're trying to instill in the kids. It doesn't matter where you are with you're in school or a concentration camp you still live by the principles that we have taught us part of your unit they were told no matter how disgusting the food was we still want good table manners it doesn't matter how hungry you are you're not going to steal you will still do a good deed every day and you will still help other people or those of the Girl Guide principles and then when I was reading the story I start to think what about Pathfinder What about them they haven't as kids she said so you're eating some kind of glop of maybe boiled animal grain broom corn at the Chinese feet around a ML's was what they often fed us and you're eating it out of a soap dish or a tin can and then comes Mr behind us one of our teachers Mary Taylor do not slouch over your food while you are eating do not talk while you have food in your mouth there are not two sets of manners one man is for the princesses in Buckingham Palace and another set of manners for the waiter and concentration camp I would kind of draw an analogy from that there shouldn't be two types of Adventist one out of insisted goes to see in a time of peace and safety and another adamant is that living under persecution who we are today in a time of peace and safety and you know it's kind of the cool thing to be an Adventist you've got pathways in town and we're part of this big old thing who we are today should be the same as who we are should the circumstances completely change when they were much into the concentration camp they were singing the teachers got them to sing the first verse of Psalms forty six God is our refuge our refuge and strength we will not be afraid and she was telling the story she says it does something to you singing songs when you're going through a time into a concentration and she says the tea since we were kids we didn't know what was going on really she just knew what was happening the teachers of the heard about the rape of Nanking the teachers and heard of all these things but they still kind of maintain and preserve the childhood of the children and got them to live a life in the camp that they would have lived outside the camp. It was the same person even though God appeared to be in the shadows they still in a sense kept their principles while they were there and today I just read The Last Fall of the earth again as we close though the cause of evil prosper yet the truth is strong though her because of truth though her portion be the scaffold and upon the throne be wrong yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the demand known standeth God within the shadow keeping watch above his own I pray that for us today whatever experience we may be going through whether it's a shadow experience where the light experience let us remember there God is watching over his own whether we can see him or whether we can and may we live a life or sways the future for the people as well as we close in prayer. Father in Heaven Lord we thank you for the privilege we have to live for you today and Lord if for whatever reason that we do not understand it was part of our duty to diary for you as well Lord I pray that we would do so in the hope of the resurrection and do so in the knowledge and the faith that you watch over your children Lord May we live lives to day even though it's. A jury ease and peace and safety the May who we are today be who we are should the circumstances of life change if we found ourselves in a stone cold round prison room for thirty eight year is that we would still be faithful to you bless us Lord as individuals bless our families and may we live lives that sway the future that leave a legacy for this we pray in Christ's name Amen our one thing before we go if any of you have not. And if you go. If any of you interested week at we have a booth for lineage if you've. Which is the video series that we worked on this year if any of you are interested we do have some flyers at the booth and these flyers are not for so much for us to give you to tell you what lineage is about because you probably know what it's about these flyers are for you to come to the booth and take it designed to be kind of like an outreach flyer that you could share with friends at work or family members or people that you know. You may not know or may not be Christian and you can share this with them they can go online and check what is out so if you are interested go want to hear not many of them but if you want to come by the booth and grab a handful of ten or twenty or thirty and take them with you and use them to share. You can some of you can come to get these on as well and also if you are interested I know the videos are online for free so it's not trying to scam you but I know that some of you have grandmas or uncles and aunties that don't know what You Tube is or don't know what the Internet is so we have put the episodes all on D.V.D. and sometimes in your churches you don't have internet connection to watch so the episodes are all on D.V.D. If you're interested in buying a D.V.D. or a couple or a set of the. Stack of D.V.D.'s they come by the booth we do have the D.V.D. available that you could use in your churches or use them as gifts to give away as an outreach resource we do have them there so you can drop by the booth and I think they're open a four o'clock and some are afternoon as well I'm sorry evening after Sabbath you can come by get them as well thank you and God bless. This message was recorded at the D Y C twenty seventeen conference arrives in Phoenix Arizona. 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