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His Truth Is Marching On

Brian Hindman

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Brian Hindman

History and Bible Teacher, Mount Pisgah Academy

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  • October 22, 2016
    12:15 PM
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Well our subject this morning is one that's very special to me I had the privilege of being born and raised in the truth in the 7th Day Adventist Church and it is so precious to me I feel myself even getting emotional just thinking about the subject of what we're talking about today I've been titled it his truth is marching on it is continuing on as it has from the very beginning of time God's truth is marching on October 22 2016 the Hendersonville 70 out of an issue which we want to discover today the blessing that we have to be part of God's truth his special message for the time that we are living just before Jesus comes a special message that he is coming soon that we are in fact indeed valid for the promised land and it is incumbent upon us to be diligent in preparation for that momentous climactic event which is soon to happen what would you buy your head with me and let us have an additional prayer as we begin our study our Father in Heaven Lord I thank you so much for guiding and leading each one of us in our walk with you father you are a very personal God and you love each one of us individually so very much that you gave your only son for us and I pray today as we study and learn and discover and reflect upon how you have let us in our past that we have truly nothing to fear for the future unless we forget your providential guidance and leading in our past history guide us today Dear God we pray in Jesus' name amen Well it's probably not any surprise to you that truth is under attack. Truth is under attack and has been under attack from the very beginning if we go back to the Garden of Eden we hear a deception that Satan gave the very 1st deception in the Garden of Eden Genesis chapter 3 verse 4 the serpent said into the woman that is the Ye shall not surely die God had said if you eat of the fruit you shall surely die Satan came in and introduced a deception or a lie and said You will not surely die now Eve had a choice to make and unfortunately she along with her husband Adam chose to believe Satan and presumed upon the goodness and mercy of God that he would excuse their transgression and overlook it well today the same is true the truth is still under attack even more so I believe we read as I get this alone in chapter 2 in verse 10 and with all deceive allness of unrighteousness in them that perish and now comes to the reason why they perish it says because here's why because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved truth is something that is contained in the Word of God something that we must not just mentally Osip to but we must treasure and love and admire Jesus himself says in John 146 I am the Way the Truth and the life he is the truth His Word is the truth His law is the truth everything connected with Jesus is the truth. Well I want to ask a question this morning as we begin who is God's True Family God defines family in the Bible did you know that he defines what family is and that writing might be kind of small appears if you want to take your Bibles and I guess I need to stay close to this and open up with me to Matthew Chapter 12 Matthew Chapter 12 let us listen to Jesus as he defines what family is it's not just having the coincidence of being born into a certain bloodline no person has control over the family that they're born in this is based on something else something that we can choose to be involved with let's read this short account here Matthew 12 and we're look at verse 46 through 50 and we're asking the question who is God's true family and if you're tracking with me this morning I hope and pray that you want to be part of that family the True Family of God The Bible says in Matthew 12 verse 46 while he yet talked to the people behold his mother and his brother in this is his actual mother and brother stood without They stood outside desiring to speak with him there was such a crowd of people that they could not reach inside where Jesus was speaking with His disciples and they could not get in and talk with him verse 47 then one said to him Behold the mother and my brother in stand without desiring to speak with the. But he answered insight into them and I'm sorry and said it to him that told him who is my mother and who are my brother and so Jesus understands the question he understand was being asked of him who are my family members and now here listen very carefully in verse 49 and he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples and said Behold my mother and my brother in now that might seem like a curious thing for Jesus to say his disciples are his mother and his brother but what does he actually mean by that he explains in verse 50 here is the explanation for whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven the same is my brother and sister and mother my brothers and sisters here today family to Jesus is doing the will of God Those who accept and surrender and submit to God's will that is what is closest and most dearest to Jesus Christ his family are those who follow Jesus the follow their Heavenly Father and the Apostle Paul expands on this a little bit further in the New Testament Galatians 329 he says and if you be Christ's if you belong to Him If you have a faith relationship and a connection with him he then says then are ye Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise now what promise was given Abraham he was promised to inherit the entire earth the entire world rather you can read about that in Romans for the entire world was promised to him and his descendants so if we receive Christ and accept Him as our Savior we are spiritual Israel as it were the seed the family of Abraham and that family is not based so much on genetics and D.N.A. as it is based on the principles of righteousness and true the principles of faith and love and mercy contained in the Word of God. Or did you know that God has always had a faithful people on earth always has God had a people however small or few they may have been that were faithful and true to Him We can read this in the Spirit of Prophecy letter $1905.00 The serve the Lord says God has never left himself without witness on the year and I find it interesting that is actually a reference to what the Bible says itself in Acts Chapter 14 in verse 17 Let me tell you something the more I read and study the Bible and the more I read and study the spirit of prophecy I see the complete harmony in what is being said that they are really saying the same thing just differently often times the exact same thing and that's what we read in Acts Chapter 14 where Paul and Silas as they are on a missionary journey they have performed a miracle in healing a crippled man and the people of the town were ready to proclaim them gods they were ready declare that they were Jupiter and mercury and they were bringing in bowls and they were going to bring in and offer sacrifices to Paul and Silas and when they saw what was happening they said they ran in amongst the people and said No no no this is not so we are just min such as yourself and then they said these words right here describing how God has operated in Acts 14 for 17 Nevertheless he speaking about God left not himself without witness in that he did good and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons filling our hearts with food and gladness God has always had a faithful people on earth he has always had a people that are true to him and the principles in his word. Now the question might be asked what value is there in stopping or pausing where we are at the moment and looking back and reflecting on what I like to call sacred history yes there is a history that we can study that is military history political history social history social economic history but what is of most value to us today is what I call sacred history and that is the history of God's providence and his leading of his people in the past we find I believe an answer to that question in 1st Corinthians Chapter 10 verses 11 and 12 1st Corinthians chapter to in verses 11 and 12 the apostle Paul has just given a description or a an account of the children of Israel in the Old Testament and how God led them and how he parted the Red Sea for them and wrought mighty miracles on their behalf and then he gives us this explanation as to why he is telling them this information 1st Corinthians Chapter 10 noticing verse 11 it says now all these things happen to them and that them would be God's people all these things happen to them for what for ensamples notice the word doesn't say examples it says in samples. That is actually if you look at the Greek for that word it is the word tuples which is where we get our word for type or type ology it is a model or a symbol of something else all the things that happened to ancient Israel are types or examples of what is to come yet with God's people in the future so they are very relevant and they are very significant and important and he continues on and says these things are written for our admonition our counsel our instruction our understanding wine because the ends of the world are come very near to where we are living today and then he says Wherefore let him that think if he standeth take heed take notice lest he fall all the things that happened in the past are examples for God leading us in our Yet future experience today so they have a great value to us Well one just briefly run run through very quickly a an overview a very brief overview of how God has had faithful witnesses on Earth from the very beginning of creation we see Adam Yes he chose to sin but he exercised true repentance towards God and he for 969 years that the life span that he lived the Bible tells us exercised repentance towards God and was truly sorry with godly sorrow for his sin we see Enoch who walked with God he lived 365 years on Earth that's an extremely long time and yet he was so faithful and true to God that he walked into heaven as it were because God took him we see no a preaching for 120 years that there would be a flood that God had designed that the Earth would be destroyed because of the wickedness of man and that there would be a check placed on their wickedness all these things these men lived from the time of creation about 4000 B.C. until the time of the flood which was circa 2344 B.C. when moving on after the flood from the flood to the Exodus which was about 1487 B.C. Abraham was called to leave his family leave his come. 3 and go to a place that God would show him and he followed and obey God based on faith trusting that God would lead and guide him and he was looking for a city whose builder and maker was gob and he faithfully followed God and was given a promise that he would be the father of a great nation and he was indeed a spiritual father to us today by faith and then we see his grandson Jacob who wrestled with the Angel Yes he committed a grievous sin in lying to his father and trying to steal the birthright. In a wrong way but Jacob wrestled with the angel and prevailed and God forgave him and he was renamed Israel the father of many nations coming all the way down to the flood 1487 B.C. Moses was raised up as a as a deliverer for God's people and he faithfully led God's people through the Red Sea and across the wilderness for 40 years before he was not allowed to enter into the Promised Land because of his sin. Then we see during the time of the judges from the Exodus down to the Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C. Gideon one of the judges if you read the book of Judges listed there a time of great turmoil for Israel raised up to defeat the Midianite to encamped around God's people and was raised up as a deliver in just a small group and delivered God's people then the time of the monarchy David circa 101050 or so B.C. a giant in the land defying God and His people David as just a youth said that is not that is not how it should be I'm going to stand up and be a champion for God even though it was seemingly a foolish decision to take on an over 9 foot tall giant by himself and yet the Lord was with him and he prevailed then down during the time of the apostasy illogically standing with God straight by himself against $450.00 prophets of Bale and with God answering his prayer and receiving this sacrifice making a clear statement that the Lord He is the only true God and the people's hearts were turned to the Lord moving down from the Babylonian captivity all the way to the 1st century down to the apostolic times the destruction of Jerusalem in 8070 we see the disciples all faithful Peter although he waffled and as he was learning and growing with his savior for 3 and a half years. After his denial of Jesus at his trial and crucifixion he was strengthened and became a mighty champion for truth early Christian tradition tells us that he was crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord then Stephen stoning of Steven Marks the end of the 70 weeks prophecy found in Daniel 9 this is going to be in $8034.00 Stephen one of the early deacons of the church was stone by the Jewish leaders the Sanhedrin because of his bold preaching of Jesus Christ and Him as the savior of the world and add his stone. The apostle Paul who was not yet the Apostle Paul yet was there and was impacted greatly by this event and wrote about it later and describing how it had such a huge impact on on him the witness of Stephen Paul himself being put into chains and preaching before King Agrippa before Herod if you read carefully he even preached before the king of the world Nero Caesar just before he was executed by Nero by beheading he was a Roman citizen he could not be tortured so he was beheaded then we see for the destruction of Jerusalem in 8070 all the way through the Middle Ages or the Dark Ages a time of spiritual darkness the walled in seas they kept and maintain the truth as it is in the Scriptures hiding out in Alpine valleys in the mountains of Italy and teaching their children and families the truth and the Word of God and then the day began to dawn with John Wycliffe the morning star of the Reformation who in the 1300s began to rediscover the truth that the Bible is our only rule of faith and practice and influenced by John Wycliffe was John Huston from Bohemia who also followed him and believed in the scriptures and was burned at the stake in 1415 because of his faithfulness to the Word of God All of this is in the Protestant Reformation which began in 801517 just 499 years ago next week October 31 marks the 5499 year anniversary this year 500 year anniversary next year that Martin Luther you see on the screen nailed the 95 theses on the church door in Germany 95 statements describing why the practice of indulgences is not Biblical hoping to start a discussion he started with God's help a reformation that changed the landscape of Europe and extended across the whole world and then also shortly after Martin Luther a contemporary of him John Calvin who had to escape out of his house in France because the authorities were coming to capture him and kill him by sheets that were lowered down over a top window escaped out the back and fled for his. To Switzerland where he remained for some 30 years and rose up a church there in Geneva Switzerland as a faithful reformer the founder of what is today the Presbyterian Church John Calvin John Wesley in a 700 he was an itinerant preacher they estimate that he traveled over 200000 miles on foot and on horseback just traveling to preach to people often times his pulpit was a stump out of the open air but he would go wherever people would listen as he believed in doing all the good that you can in life to reach and share the gospel with other people which brings us all the way further down to our big subject today from the Protestant Reformation in these beginning of that movement in 1517 all the way down to in American history a time we call the 2nd great awakening a tremendous spiritual revival that took place across the United States and what we call the advent movement of the early 1000 hundreds and we find people like William Miller who was a simple farmer up in New York but as he began to study the Bible and come into contact with the the Savior he was so convicted that he prayed Lord I will go and share your truth if you'll just give me a call somewhere never having received a call he prayed that prayer within less than 30 minutes his nephew showed up and said Uncle William can you come and share the things you're learning in the Bible at our church tomorrow and that began a tremendous ministry it was estimated that over the from 8 $141904.00 he preached about $4500.00 sermons in that 4 year period that is a tremendous amount of preaching that William Miller did we find Joseph Bates an early sea captain had early on had been a spent many of years of his life out at sea bass one of our pioneers one of the 1st to really discover and understand the Sabbath through and there's a story about him that you're going to see in the film tell the world which is so power. Will we look at we're in the middle of a series on sacrifice as I look at the sacrifices of the people listed up on your screen I am just in all at how they committed themselves to the Lord just of based spent all of his money in trying to publish a tract a small brochure pamphlet that could be made to tell people about the goodness of the good the blessing of the Sabbath and on one occasion he was down to literally his last coin his last coin and his wife who did not know how much money they had asked him to go and buy some flour and so he went down to the store and he bought as much flowers he could with his last corn the last cent that he owned on earth and he came back and he placed the flour on the table and his wife was like that's all the flour you bought what's wrong and she began to realize something else was was bigger that was wrong and he finally confessed to her this is all the money we have we don't have any more money I've given all that I have to to spin on trying to publish and print a pamphlet to tell people about the Sabbath and so she of course was supportive to a degree but she began to weep and said What are we going to do how are we going to survive and his answer that he usually always said was The Lord will provide and she says Yes yes I know I know but how how is this going to happen and he continued to say the Lord will provide will about 30 minutes later according to the stories I have read he felt impressed to go to the post office and so he went to the post office and back an 840 S. mail you couldn't it wasn't delivered to your house you had to go get it at the post office the mail that came in he asked if there were any in any mail for him and he had a letter but it said you have to pay $0.05 to receive this letter back then you sometimes can send mail and post it was paid by the receiver not just the sender today is always paid but it stand by the sender but anyway he says he had to confess to the person there I don't have a cent but I am convicted that there might be money in that letter. Would you just open a letter I don't even want to open it open it and if there's any money then take some of the money and then I'll pay you for the mail and so the man the postmaster opened up the letter and sure enough inside was a $10.00 bill which was a significant amount of money in $19610.00 bill from someone who said I felt impressed to send you money and here this is what I have sending you now and so he was able to buy some more food and groceries and then he went back the same day I believe and immediately started printing a 1000 copies of this pamphlet for the Sabbath That's how much they believed in the truth John Andrews you see him up on the right hand corner he at a young man as a teenager accepted Jesus His uncle was a congressman in the U.S. Congress a representative and his uncle who he stayed with for a short time and lived with him wanted him to go into politics and into government he saw all the bright promise in the young man and his his aptitude for learning John Andrews largely was a self-taught man but. John Andrews had a love of Jesus and nothing could turn him from that no matter what the politics or whatever other to scene was he wanted to study and learn more about the Bible and it was said that he studied so diligently that he could read the Bible in 7 languages largely self-taught and in the 860 S. 870 S. He was sent over as the 1st missionary of the 7th Day Adventist Church and Ellen White when she wrote to the membership in Europe about John Andrews coming she said we have sent to you the able list man in our ranks he is the most able man that we have we're sending him to you to help start a printing press and to start spreading the message there in Europe and so John Andrews while he was there his wife had died a young age of 48 he took his 2 children ages 12 and 16 and his son was Charles was 16 and his daughter was 12 and while he was there. His daughter got sick with tuberculosis and she also when he brought her back over to the states. The way his wife had passed away he went back over again and while he was there he got sick with pneumonia and the doctor came to investigate and check on him and when the doctor pulled up his shirt his remarks were all my this man is starving to death the doctor said this man is starving to death because John Andrews was living on basically just white bread and potatoes because he did not want to spend any money on himself but all the money in the means he had put it into the cause of God and to the work of what he was doing in trying to tell people about Jesus this man is starving to death and finally eventually he because of his poor health habits with starving himself to death and working himself to death he wound up succumbing to tuberculosis himself and died at a younger age than maybe he would have but he spent all and was willing to be spent entirely for the Cause of God Your rawest Smith was actually the brother in law of John Andrews they both married sisters you were a smith at a young age of 19 or 20 was offered an opportunity to start writing for the review and Herald and as he started writing they noticed his his aptitude and talent and for the next 50 years he spent working as a writer and oftentimes editor of the review and herald the flagship publication for the 7th Day Adventist Church at that time and then of course James and Ellen White there are many stories about them one of my favorite about James though as a young preacher before he had even met Ellen he had a conviction that he was to preach the Gospel many people don't realize as he grew up he actually was cross-eyed and could not go to school he was cross-eyed and he could not study as he tried to look at and read the words on a page he could not concentrate and study and was forced to not get any education at all no formal education Well believe it at the age of 19 something happened a miracle happened and his eyes somehow miraculously straightened or corrected themselves. I don't know medically how this is possible or not but they corrected themselves and so immediately he had such a love of learning he wanted to go back to school and so they he when he went to school the teacher said we're going to start at the very beginning with the youngest the smallest little kids here he was 6 feet tall 19 years old you're going to have to go and start with a little the 1st graders and he said OK I'll do it and so he went and in and just a semester about 3 or 4 months period of time he went through 1st great great their great 4th great great great 6 great some great great 9th grade 10th grade level grade 12 grade in a semester and did so well in just a few months that the teacher gave him a certificate to be a teacher himself in just a short period of time James White tremendous tremendous in his love of learning and desire to know the truth and he took that same passion and studied the Bible the Word of God and was so on fire to study and then to share the word of God He had such a conviction that he thought for a time you want to be a teacher and then the Lord pulled him away he kept having a feeling go and tell the world go and tell the world that he could not shake he could not resist it and so James as he went and began to start preaching and one of his 1st locations he preached only had like 2 or 3 sermons and he preached in a schoolhouse Well it was reported that about 60 people gave their heart to the Lord and there were so many people he didn't know what to do with them what do I do there are 60 people suddenly now that that have given themselves to God and so he had a brother I think that also had been a minister and he asked his brother what to do and so they started a church on one of his 1st opportunities preaching Well I think his 2nd or 3rd opportunity he went into a town and the devil began to stir up trouble for James and stirred up a mob to come and cause trouble at the meeting where they were going to be having a drink is going to be preaching so much so that some of the rough Ians that came they picked up I started throwing stuff at James and somebody picked up and threw a a railroad tie a nail and threw it and it hit him in the head and made a dent in his head and James was kind of stunned by this but he just reached down picked up the nail and just put in his pocket. Well the next night at the meeting as he goes out it's cold it's winter time this is New England a New England winter he is he's going to preach and the mob is just in full effect they can't even hear him him speaking the room inside the school room was so crowded there were so many people to listen it was standing room only and the windows were open there were people standing outside with a mob came around and they started throwing snowballs in through the windows and he's getting pelted with snowballs there his Bible is getting wet and soggy from getting pelted with snow and other things they're throwing at him and then finally maybe the Spirit Lord came upon him and he simply closed his Bible and he stepped aside from the pulpit and he began to describe the Judgment Day of God and just in clear in fact tones describing that God would hold all men accountable and that some day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and as he begins to preach about these so the seriousness of the judgment a hush came over the crown and as he began to preach further he remembered the nail and he took the nail out of his pocket and he said You see this I wish no ill will against the man that the road through this that me in fact I hope he comes to know my precious Savior and he says Jesus suffered nails like this to be driven through his hands this is but a small thing to suffer for him and he used that as an illustration to show his love and devotion for God incredible incredible and the crowd was so still then so hushed and he prayed over the people for so long that they said it was a meeting like none other and as he was about to leave someone came up and grabbed him by the arm as the meeting was about to end and there was a hostile still crowd outside that had quieted down and this person grabbed him by the arm and led him through the crowd out by the side and he thought the person seemed familiar but when he turned to thank them or say something to them they were gone and he was convinced for the rest of his life that an angel had come and had actually delivered him. From the mob and the crowd there and he continued to faithfully keep preaching and so on Ellen White also making many many sacrifices medicine selling to farms to give all of his money for the Cause of God that he might further God's cause incredible These are the people these are our spiritual ancestors our pioneers and this is what they believed in well the question might be asked what happened to the advent people on October 22 1904 the day that we are commemorating today what happened to them a few statements from the Spirit of Prophecy we're told here with diligence searching of heart and humble confessions we came prayerfully up to the time of expectation every morning we felt that it was our 1st work to secure the evidence that our lives were right before God I mean this is so touching our 1st work is to secure our acceptance before God pleading with him for his own righteousness and forgiveness until we have that assurance that it is ours it says our interest for one another increased We prayed much with and for one another an interest in other people is brother so what so are they OK Are they going to is there are they connected with Christ sister so if she connected with Christ a desire to reach out to other people well then that day came and one of the most sobering descriptions and it brings tears to my eyes is what Hiram Edson said about that day and I'm going to quote him here he says quote our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before it seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison we wept and wept till the day dawn. They cried all night long because their savior had not come and that's how much they longed to see him they cried more than if they had lost all their earthly family and friends that's how much Jesus meant to them that's how much they loved him and longed to see him and expected to see him well via one of the testimonies $56.00 Ellen White says we were firm in the belief that the preaching of definite time was of God It was this that led men to search the Bible diligently discovering truth as they had not before proceed so the results of this lead people back to a closer and deeper study of the Word of God and that's always a positive result and then finally this is a very interesting she says our disappointment was not so great as that of the disciples at Jesus 1st coming his followers or disciples were disappointed after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the waving of palm branches and the singing of Hosanna Hosanna blessid be the son of David that comes in the name of the Lord just days later the disciples hopes were dashed when they saw their savior hanging on a cross they were utterly and thoroughly disappointed similar to in Jesus' 2nd coming our early Advent pioneers parallel that experience with disappointments in the time of the 2nd Coming of our Lord. Well you know if you get it all you actually probably can't this is a time line as a teacher I have an affinity for timelines and I want to just read a statement to you even though you can't read this this shows 27 of our key pioneers if you like a copy of this by the way just see me afterwards I'll see that you get a copy 27 of our pioneers and something about them that is significant and the date in which they lived the time they were born and it is very interesting to kind of see the overlapping but let me read this statement about our pioneers. From the Spirit of Prophecy Volume one selected messages the sort of the Lord says many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid I'm going to say that again many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid my husband speaking of James White elder dose of Bates father Peter's elder Hiram Edson and others who were keen noble and true were among those who after the passing of the time in $844.00 search for the truth as for hidden treasure I met with him and we studied and prayed earnestly often we remain together until late at night and sometimes through the entire night praying for light and studying the Word of God This is our pioneers our spiritual ancestors studying prayerfully the Word of God All night long that they might know and understand the truth that it contains Well another question some people might have and I think is a very valid question what did actually happen what did Jesus do on October 22844 please allow me to read a few statements that I think are very enlightening from again the Spirit of Prophecy What did Jesus do 172 years ago today. Early writings place 250 it says Jesus has risen up and shut the door of the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and has opened a door into the most holy place and entered into cleanse the sanctuary Daniel 814 says and he said to me under 2300 days then shall the sanctuary be Clint's What does this clinching involve notice this statement from great conversely for 21 the actual cleansing of the heavenly That is the heavenly sanctuary is to be accomplished by the removal or blotting out of the sins which are there recorded you know we're told in Acts chapter 3 verse 19 preaching at Pentecost Peter says repent The therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord and He shall say in Jesus Christ repent that your sins may be blotted out brothers and sisters what is happening essentially is this there are sins being blotted out or there are names being blotted out and I know that's a very blunt statement but that is exactly what is happening sins are blotted out I pray that is the experience that each one of us have by faith accepting Jesus as our High Priest and mediator or names are being blotted out all you need to do is write down 1st Peter 417 who is it this being investigated or judged at this time 1st Peter $417.00 says for the time is come that judgment must begin where at the house of God It begins with God's people and if it 1st began at us what shall the N.B.A. of them that obey not the gospel of God 1st Peter $417.00 judgment right now is only for all those who have ever claimed or profess to claim to be a Christian and an investigation is done of the records do they really do their works really match their profession notice what it says continuing on great conversely But before this can be accomplished there must be an examination of the books of record to determine who through repentance of sin and faith in Christ or entitle to the benefits of his atonement the clinching of the sanctuary therefore involves a work of. Geisha is a work of judgement this became present truth with the 1st angels message in Revelation 14 verse 7 which says Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour the time of his judgment is what is come this verse became a reality Revelation $1417.00 the 1st angel on October $22844.00 now notice the east short statement about the work of Jesus in the sanctuary this ought to get our attention great conversely 49 the intercession of Christ in man's behalf in a sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was his death upon the cross his ministration and work in the heavenly sanctuary is just as vital and essential to our salvation and a plan of redemption as was his death upon the cross This is the such an important theme and then finally volume 5 the testimonies 575 all need to become more intelligent all meaning all pastors all teachers parents students young people all people need to become more intelligent and regard to the work of the Atonement which is going on in the sanctuary above. When this grand truth is seen and understood those who hold it will work in harmony with Christ to prepare a people to stand and the Great Day of God and their efforts will be successful where brothers and sisters the advent movement did not stop in 1904 it did not stop shortly after that with the found founding of the 7 the administration 863 the advent movement is continuing on it is a movement which God is still leading and working through today the midnight cry the midnight cry is taken from Matthew 25 in the parable the 10 virgins this was sounded in the early 800 the verse there this is taken from Matthew $25.00 or 6 it says and at midnight there was a cry made behold the the bridegroom cometh go out to meet him go you out to meet him at midnight a cry was made the Bridegroom the savior of the world is coming out to meet him what's interesting that Ellen White had her 1st vision in October sorry December of $844.00 just a short time after the disappointment and her vision you can see kind of depicted on the screen there on the left side was a vision of a narrow path she saw the advent people on their journey to heaven and she saw them on a narrow narrow path you know reminds me of what Jesus says in Matthew 7 on the some of them out in 3 in at the strait gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be which go in there act but straight or narrow is the gate and narrow is the way which lead it on to life and few there be that find it and it's not that they can't find it is that they don't want to find it because it involves take up your cross and follow Jesus it involves self-denial and sacrifice Well the advent movement is still moving and we see this illustrated in Luke 19 verses 11 to 14 Luke 19 verse 1114 if you can't read it on the screen you can look it up in your bible it says and as they heard these things he Jesus added and spake a parable notice this parable. Because he was not to Jerusalem and because they thought that the Kingdom of God should immediately appear he said therefore a certain nobleman with into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return and he called his 10 servants and delivered them 10 pounds and said to them occupy home now in this parable I'm not going to take the time to unpack it he says the nobleman represent Christ and he went to receive a kingdom he's going to receive a kingdom that consists of people that is what he's doing interceding in the sanctuary right now but it says there he gave them talents or gifts and said occupy to lie go on come the word occupy in the Greek means conduct business transactions to be using the means and the resources whether it's financial or whatever the talent might be to use that for God to use your talents and blessings for him Occupy till I come this movement is to continue moving with occupying till Jesus combs but notice the sad result or response rather in the parable of his followers it says there in verse 14 but his citizens hated him and sent a message after him saying we will not have this man to reign over us we will not have this man to reign over us I pray brothers and sisters that is not our response to Jesus counsel to us that we would occupy till he comes that we would not choose to have Jesus as our Lord we want to as a savior but we don't want to as a lord we will not have this man to reign over us may that never ever be said of us well if you notice here on the path the light that shining in the back of them represents the midnight cry in this vision that Ellen White had the light shining behind them is shining before them all the way up to Jesus who is of course in the front of them at the gates of the city and so the light behind them also lightens their path as does the light before them so brothers and sisters are past is very important the truth and the foundation has been laid is to continue on and guide us as we walk closer and still closer to the heavenly kingdom. Well there are serious times that are still ahead for us serious times. In one of her visions Ellen White had a vision of an iceberg and a ship that was headed for this iceberg she says for several nights I slept but little I seem to be bowed down as a cart when a cheese one night a scene was clearly presented before me a vessel was upon the waters in a heavy fog suddenly the lookout cried iceberg Just ahead there towering high above the ship was a gigantic iceberg and authoritative voice cried out Who knows what the voice said it made it made it was the cry that was made and authoritative voice made it there was not a moment's hesitation it was time for instant action now today there are some who see the iceberg who see the crisis coming and their tendency is to want to jump off the ship and jump off into the cold icy waters and that's not a good place to be you cannot survive in cold icy waters for more than a few moments but none the less the cry came needed so the time for into an instant action came the engineer put on full steam and the man at the wheel steered the ship right into the iceberg with the crash she struck the ice there was a fearful shock and the iceberg broke into many pieces falling with a noise like thunder to the deck the passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collisions but no lives were lost no lives were lost the vessel was injured but not beyond repair she rebounded from the contact trembling from stem to stern like a living creature then she moved forward on her way well I knew the meaning of this representation I had my orders I had heard the words like a voice from our captain mediate I knew what my duty was and that there was not a moment to lose the time for decided action had come I must delay I must without delay obey the command meted. That is the appeal that is made to us today that we would meet the crisis and stay on board the ship God Church is the ship and it will go through we're brothers and sisters we know the final movements will be rapid once the final movements this picture here on your left was just taken I believe it was Thursday night 2 days ago the night after the final debate that took place and here we see the sea beast and the land beast very cosy to each other Revelation 13 we're told in volume on the testimonies we are living in the time of the end the fast fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand the days in which we live our solemn and important we cannot let this fact just slide past us and not recognize we are living in a solemn and serious time the Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God the calamities by land and sea the unsettled state of society is that true today unsettled state of society the alarms of war are portentious they forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude and then we read the next paragraph the agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating they are strengthening for the last great crisis great changes are soon to take place in our world and the final movements will be rapid ones the final movements we know this and understand this we have this truth has been handed down to us from generation to generation has been made clear as to what is going to happen Well let me ask this question does God have a faithful people today does God have a faithful people today you know I believe Jesus says in Luke 18 when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth. I believe brothers and sisters that the members of the Hendersonville 7th Day Adventist Church or are desiring earnestly to be God's faithful people today to build on the platform of truth that we have been given to us in the Word of God God's truth gets brighter and brighter we understand more and still more even than our pioneers did it says in Proverbs $418.00 that the path of the just is as the shining light that shine it more and more into the perfect day that path grew is brighter and brighter as it becomes clearer and clearer the depth and the beauty and the glory of God's true did you know these verses here I want to read and quote Hebrews 103-5339 They are Words of encouragement especially for the believers after they suffered a great disappointment these words especially gave them comfort and courage as they searched the Scriptures to try to discover why they were so disappointed in Jesus not coming why is it and we're told this part of prophecy that these verses are placed in Scripture is specially for those who went through that bitter experience Hebrews Chapter 10 versus 35 through 39 the Apostle writes and says cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward for you have need of patience that after you have done the will of God he might receive the promise for yet a little while and he that shall come what will come and will not tarry now the just the righteous shall live how shall live by faith but if any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him but we are not of them who draw back on to Perdition but who are we the members of the Hendersonville some of the other than a shirt we are of them that believe and that is to the saving of the soul cast not away do not give up and be discouraged in despondent if Jesus has not come right when you thought he would do not give up do not fear Jesus is coming and he will not tarry his truth is marching on that truth is going to continue to. On and on and notice how it's described in Acts of the Apostles $601.00 truth passing by those who despise and reject it will what Try own truth will triumph although at times apparently retarded its progress has never been checked by love 2nd Corinthians 138 which says for we can do nothing against the truth but for the truth you cannot stop the truth you cannot prevent it from prevailing when the message of God meets with opposition he gives it additional force praise the Lord additional force that it may exert greater influence in doubt with divine energy it will cut its way through the strongest barriers and triumph over every obstacle God's truth indeed is marching on do you want to be a part of that true today we are a part of the same truth and the same movement as were the patriarchs in profits from the Old Testament the Apostle The new in the New Testament the reformers of the Reformation and the pioneers of the Advent movement and founders of the 7th Day Adventist Church this truth is committed to our hands to proclaim and share with everyone in Henderson County across the state of North Carolina and around the entire world as we go forward with God His truth will triumph gloriously as the mighty angel of Revelation 18 and light into the whole earth with the glory or the truth of God's character back of chapter 2 verse 14 will literally be fulfilled and it says there for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea the earth will be filled with the glory the Lord I want to be a part of that do you brothers and sisters how many of us are willing to make sacrifices for God's truth the way our pioneers did how many of us will stand for God's truth when it is unpopular attacked ridiculed and mocked in spite of all obstacles God's truth his holy Commandments his great character of tender mercy and loving kindness will gloriously prevail how many of you today desire to renew your commitment to God and the. Turtle everlasting Gospel that he has and trusted each one of us may I see your hands Amen May God bless us as we are part of His truth as is marching on all Father in heaven thank you so much for calling each one of us out of darkness into your marvelous light of truth Lord I pray a blessing on each person here that we would live for you and be surrendered and committed into your hands and we would have the transformation of the truth in our lives in our hearts strengthen us Dear God through your spirit guide us and lead us as we get closer and closer to your soon return may not one person be missing May we all be found faithful by your strength and your grace is our prayer in Jesus' name that all of God's children say Amen and Amen this media was brought to you by audio for years a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio force or if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio or.

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