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Come Let Us Reason Regarding Justice and Pain

Eugene Prewitt

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Warn the wicked; Warn the righteous; Be specific

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Eugene Prewitt

Eugene Prewitt directs the Bible Teacher Training hosted by Aenon.

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  • November 8, 2013
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Let's have a prayer and then we’ll begin. Our Father in heaven I ask that you would be here as our teacher,  to show us what is right and what is true that you would use your holy Bible to break the spell that is on the mind of some. Teach us something about yourself, I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Turn your Bibles to Revelation 14. Today will are going to be speaking about justice. Something about the justice, the righteousness, of God. when Joshua was leading the conquest of Canaan, after that victory at Jericho there was that defeated at AI and then there is the victory at AI and so you have under Moses as a victory over Egypt, and then over two other kings on the way to Canaan and then under Joshua of victory at both Ai and Jericho, and the result was that the people of Canaan were scared. They were frightened and they feared for their very existence. And they didn't even know what to do or how to organize, to oppose the movement of God’s people. One of those groups, the one that was next slated for annihilation the Gibeonites, decided that they could not oppose Israel successfully by war. So they instead decided to try stealth. You remember what they did, how they collected from their camp old sandals they collected old, dried bread that was moldy, they collected old garments, they put dust on those garments and on that bread and they laded these on animals, and then they made that short little journey to the camp of Israel and presented themselves as admirers of the people of Jehovah. The Gibeonites said they we’ve come from a great distance, we’ve heard about the great things that Jehovah has done, and we want to say that we are with you, we are your servants. We’re asking that you would make with us an agreement to not molest us, or not to hurt us in turn for our service, and the leaders of Israel were sensibly doubtful. They didn't just buy that line, instead they said, why should we trust you? Perchance you live near us. And at that point the Gibeonites pulled out their evidence and they pulled out their bread and their provisions and the elders ended up taking the bread and trying it, and sure enough it was very dry and some of it was honestly moldy. And when they realized that the evidence was there, they decided that these people were telling the truth and then made a covenant with them. You know it was only three days later they found the truth.

I think for many people who get married they have a similar experience, a similar experience where they are questioning if they should marry someone, but then after that short investigation to conclude that it's for the best, and they say I do. And a few days later they discover that they have been deceived in some way or another.

well Israel had made its promise, they promised not to hurt the Gibeonites and three days later when they came to the camp they discovered that these were their neighbors and that they had Cannon, part of Cannon was under the Gibeonites, the question is what should they do? Now you should know this agreement wasn't made by all the people together. If the people had acted in concert maybe there would have been a different story. But the agreement to treat the Gibeonites politely was made entirely by the leadership. And when the common people discovered what the leaders had done, the common people who were hoping to inhabit those Gibeonite towns, the common people were angry with their leaders. There were upset and there was a division now on God's people because of the covenant made with Gibeon but Joshua and let it be known that Israel would be a nation as strong as steel as true as that needle to the pole that their work could be trusted and they were not going to molest the Gibeonites. However, the Gibeonites would also have to keep their end of the bargain, they would become the servants of Israel. They would haul the water, they would haul the wood so that arrangements was going forward, it didn't satisfy everyone but a short time later it looks like the problem is going to solve itself, you see the Canaanites were furious the Gibeonites had made a covenant with the invaders. And they decided that if they could not destroy the invaders and least they could destroy and prevent any other her losses of this nature. So several of the kings of the Amorites gathered together and they began to march on Gibeon. Gibeon sent a delegation to Joshua and said your servants are in trouble can you please come help us. And I'm sure that there was at least a faction who breathed a sigh of relief and said let the Amorites kill the Gibeonites. Let them annihilate each other while we watch then we can be free from our promise and problem will be over.

Listen, I want to say something about justice, about promises when we make a promise, when we say what we’re going to do, we are obliged to keep our promise even if it is against our best interest. The wise man said it this way, the man who makes a promise against his interest and changes not. That’s the type of person that we should be, and Joshua conferred with the Lord and they decided to defend Gibeon and they destroyed those other Amorite attackers. Now that story you can read about it in the book of Joshua. That story I left out maybe the key point, and that is that when they tasted the dry bread, when they examined the provisions, they neglected to ask God. You see your brothers and Sisters God does not error, and he is not deceived by pretensions. He knows what is right and what is true and he keeps his promises and when in this Bible we find the things that God has said, those things are reliable. When we find his promises we can depend on those and if we want to know what is right is not sensible that we trust any other source than the holy Bible as an ultimate accurate reliable source. Let me stop speaking metaphors and speak plainly. there are in the church today teachers and preachers that are speaking about the justice of God in a way that is subtle and wrong they’re speaking about the justice of God in a way that makes light of justice in a way that confounds justice and mercy and I just want to say as we begin our study that if you want to know what's right go yourself, consult what God says and see what he says. You know that America has a Food and Drug Administration, and more than that we have an entire department of justice aimed at the prosecution of drug criminality, especially of drug organized crime but in Mexico the death of drug lords, is very often at the hand of other drug lords. That is even if we feel ourselves somewhat hindered in our ability to get the bad guy yet the bad guys are getting each other. And frequently men that we would love to put behind bars, are instead being killed in Mexico by their competitors. You could say that there is a parallel that even in the Bible and some people view that this is the way that God executes justice. What I mean is that instead of executing the center himself, instead of taking a hand and punishing wickedness with a judicial or a just system, and lets the demons do it. That he withdraws himself and let the demons have their way, in other words it there is an idea or a rumor about God’s justice that works like this; here is the room of centers and God withdraws and the demons come in, and the demons caused the suffering and the pain. But not let me ask you, can the demons be trusted to act fairly? Can you expect the drug lords in Mexico to act in a way that is just in the execution of other criminals? The answer to both questions of course is no. innocent people often suffer in Mexico. And if the devil was choosing who he could punish, you can bet that he would punish those who resisted him more than those who cooperated with him. I asked you a few minutes ago to turn to Revelation 14, I’m supposing you're there. I want to look at verses 6-7 because our first real Bible point in this lecture is that justice is a big part of the first Angels message. I want to title this message Come and Let Us Reason About Justice. Revelation 14:6

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Rev 14:Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The first Angels message is about justice, it’s saying that you live in a special time when you ought to be respectful of God because that hour of his judgment is come. You can read about that judgment in Daniel 7. You can read there about how the beast ends up being punished for its evil work.

The second point I want to make with you, is that justice is a big part of the third Angels message you’re here in Relation 14 looked down here in verse 9.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Rev 14:19 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

As we come to reason about justice let's begin with these ideas that justice is a big part of the reason that we exist as Seventh-day Adventists. justice the announcement of the judgment is part of the first Angels message, and the announcement of justice in relation to the mark of the beast is a big part of the third Angels message, in fact both the beast and God end up making justice oriented threats to the people of the world. The beast says if you do not follow my way that you will not be able to buy or sell and eventually you will be killed. God says if you will follow the way of the beast you will in the presence of holy angels and of the Lamb be tormented with fire and brimstone. You are Revelation 14 I’d like you too look now all the way down to verse 19. This is what you might call the fifth angel the one that is reaping the wicked harvest of the planet

Rev 14:19 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Listen as we talk about justice I want us to realize that there is going to be a meeting out of justice after the giving of the three Angels messages. It is going to be a bloody messy work and it is described here as the wrath of God and compared to a wine press but what does it mean or what does it represent? Look at the next verse, Revelation 15:1

Rev 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

What is the winepress? The wine press represents the seven last plagues, and the result of that winepress led up to the horses bridals, is an illustration of the effect of those plaques. Now turn to Revelation 16 and let's read something about those plaques, we’re reasoning today about the justice of God, verse 3

Rev16:And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Rev16:And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

Rev16:And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev16:For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Do you see what the angels of heaven think about justice? Do they believe that it’s fair or unfair to give blood to drink to men who have killed innocent persons? They say it's fair, heavenly being say it's just. And it's not just this angel. Let’s read on verse 7

Rev16:And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Now from under the altar earlier in the book Revelation, there were people who were calling for justice. they were those who had been martyred in their blood was calling out for something to be done, in metaphor their blood cried out like that of Abel, and they said  how long oh Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood of those who dwell in the earth? And the answer given to them was that they should wait a little while until their brethren should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Here in Revelation 16 the brethren have been killed. And has God follow through with justice? He follows through. And what kind of message comes from the altar? The message of verse 7

Rev16:… Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

As we reason today about truth, about justice, about what is fair, we should at least let the holy angels chime in. they have an opinion and they say that it's fair to cause pain and suffering to someone who has caused pain and suffering. They say its right to inflict painful penalties on those who have inflicted painful penalties on others.

There are some today who say that's not true. I want to address a few questions that they bring up that are relevant to us.

One question is- Why can't God just forgive? You know, if you hurt me I should forgive you. Why can't God just do that? Why must he punish the wrongdoer?

Another question is- In view of that, why am I able to just forgive? Why shouldn’t I punish the wrongdoer? Why can I just forgive?

And another question related to this is- How or why can Jesus be my substitute? How can that be fair? How can that be just?

And another one asked- Is God a bloodthirsty? Is he hungering and thirsting to see the wicked suffer? Do we serve a bloodthirsty God?

And another question someone might ask is- In this judgment the Adventists teach about, why would God examine Jesus in place of me? I've heard one say that that makes no sense at all, he describes how a doctor certainly wouldn’t examine a healthy patient to diagnose a sick one. And so he challenges the investigative judgment on that basis. Why would Jesus be examined?

Another question we’re going to look at is- Does God torture rebels? Is that what he does or how he works?

Before I go further and begin to answer these questions in quick order, I want to say that unless you have repented of your sins, unless you have humbled your heart before God and put away the evil of your ways, you are not ready to study the issue of God’s justice. In other words, you could deceive yourself, a man who is having an affair, is not a man whose mind can see clearly between right and wrong, and frequently has been found that those who are on the wrong side of theological issues, after a while their character reveals it is because they were on the wrong side of sin. If you're studying this issue before you go further, repent of your sins.

Let's go back to our questions, because the justice of God has a lot to do with the truth about the cross, and the payments that Jesus made for sin.

Let's go to the second question- Why is it that I am able to just forgive? The answer is simple, it's because you and I are only aiming at reconciliation. That is, when you hurt me, or I hurt you, we can forgive each other as a means of coming back into harmony with each other. Forgiveness is a means of reconciliation. Forgiveness has its purpose in human relationships, and when I forgive you, it mostly does a reconciling process inside of me. When I forgive you it allows me to give up my selfish defense of my own rights. Forgiveness sets me free from grudge and hatred, anger and bitterness. I forgive you as a means of blessing myself. No I don't mean that's why I forgive you, to bless myself, but I forgive you and that is the benefit, a blessing to myself. But God is aiming much higher than reconciliation. God is also aiming for justice. And God has never put justice into my hands. In other words, God doesn't trust us to execute justice. Does you have ministers of wrath on earth? Romans 13 says yes. Romans 13 says that the state is a minister of wrath, and God uses him to reward good behavior and punish bad behavior. He doesn't have the sword in vain, but God has placed limits on the rights of nations to punish evil.

In fact if you go back to the nation of Israel, into their Penal Code, that is a code that meted out penalties. That code had a number of that death penalties, you could be stoned or otherwise killed if you committed adultery for example. But then there were penalties that were punished with stripes that is with punishing someone. And I think it would be a worthwhile developed for us, to go through one of those passages and look at it. Turn in your Bibles to Deuteronomy 25:2-3, we’ll start in verse 2   

Deut 25:And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

In other words the judge decides how many times the man should be beaten, some wicked man would deserve to be beaten three times are five, some ten times. But the judge determines. Look at verse three

Deut 25:Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

 

Did the Mosaic code allow for painful punishment? It did. Did it put a limit on that painful punishment? Could a judge say- beats him with a thousand rods? No, 40 stripes was the limit and the way the Jews understood that, they did not want to even risk of violation, so they made it 39. Which you may remember, Paul was several times beaten 40 less 1. and what is the reason given? You see it here, why not to give too much punishment? It doesn't say that man can't deserve more than this, but giving him torcher would dehumanize him, it would remove on the part of the spectators on the part of the executioner, it would remove a respect for human dignity, a respect for human life. That is, you could have a class of people that become up blood thirsty themselves because they see a cruel punishment they clamored to see others squirm under that cruel punishment. There could be a dehumanizing of the victim, if too much punishment is given. Now I want you to turn to Isaiah 53. if you understand what we just read, how stripes were used to give painful punishment then you can understand Isaiah 53 even better. We’re going to look at verses 3-5.

Isa 53:He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isa 53:Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

Jesus suffered painful punishment, and that painful punishment was in place of our painful punishment. It was a substitution in place of our painful punishment. So we asked the question- why is it that I can just forgive? And the answer is because I'm seeking for reconciliation, if I know that someone has something against me I should go quickly my brother be reconciled to him. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount lest at any time if he should deliver me to the judge and the judge to the officer and I suffer legal consequences. Agree with your adversary quickly. What I'm aiming at is reconciliation, so I forgive my debtors. But when I ask God to forgive me, I'm also aiming for the same thing. I'm aiming for reconciliation, and what I say Father forgive me as I forget my debtors, I’m asking for the ministry of reconciliation. God was reconciling the world unto himself, but what about the man who is thrown into the lake of fire? Is that men seeking reconciliation with God? No he is not. And what is going on there is not forgiveness it is justice. Justice and forgiveness are not the same thing. And when I seek reconciliation with God, it's possible because Jesus has already carried the penalty for my sin. Justices already been satisfied.

I want to read you something, I’m reading to you from a book called Amazing Grace I like how it words these ideas.

Christ on the cross not only draws men to repentance toward God for the transgression of his law. For whom God pardons he first makes penitence, but Christ hath satisfied justice. He has proffered himself as an atonement. His gushing blood, his broken body satisfy the claims of the broken law, and thus he bridges the gulf which sin has made. He suffered in the flesh, that with his bruised and broken body he might cover the defenseless sinner.

Do you see it brothers and sisters? That the cross has a moral influence, that it draws people in penitence toward God, but is that all it does? Does it only cleanse and draw us? No, it satisfies justice.

When a boy slaps another boy in the face, he is worthy of punishment. But if he slaps 10 or 12 children the face that are half his size, he's worthy of more punishment. But what if there was a fiend, an evil beating that would seek to cause man to torture each other and would lead men to rape weak persons, and would move others to molest children. What if there was a fiend that not only encouraged people to do those things but hellishly worked to guide them into that path? Planned and schemed a way to make them do the most evil things. What would that being deserve?

I want to read to you from another book. This is Early Writings.

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Fire from God out of heaven is rained upon them, and the great men, and mighty men, the noble, the poor and miserable, are all consumed together. I saw that some were quickly destroyed, while others suffered longer. They were punished according to the deeds done in the body. Some were many days consuming, and just as long as there was a portion of them unconsumed, all the sense of suffering remained. Said the angel, “The worm of life shall not die; their fire shall not be quenched as long as there is the least particle for it to prey upon.” {EW 294.1}

So God is aiming for two things, one is reconciliation, but the other is justice. That’s what we’re coming to reason about today, is that the issue of justice, and so we come to this question next. How can Jesus be a substitute? how can that be fair? First of all we should say that justice is to a certain extent beyond us, that is, justice is related to the effects of sin. It is the pain I cause that warrants suffering on my part, and unless we can read the heart of God and see eternity into the future unless we aren't really in a position to say what is just, that’s why Jesus has been appointed as the judge of all mankind. But Jesus differs from me, not only in terms of moral purity, he even differs from holy angels with which he's shares with moral purity, do you see an angel could not die in my place, and this is why. It’s the reason you can't substitute for me and I can’t substitute for you, It’s because I am created and for that reason I owe my creator my existence. I did not make myself, I don't own myself, I did not buy myself, I am a dependent being created for purpose and so I owe my life to my creator. Praise God my creator loves me and cares for me and is kind and wise. But I owe my life to him. The angel also owes his life to that creator, and so when I do everything I should God doesn't owe me anything. I'm only fulfilling my duty and only the wisest most holy angel only do his duty but Jesus was never created Jesus is not a creation, and for that reason Jesus doesn't follow any obedience to himself or to the Father Jesus is not a debtor to do right, so when I do the right thing, I am not doing God any favors and I'm not earning any good wages. But when I see I am robbing God of the very life that he's given me. I am hurting the one who has given me everything. What about Jesus when he does the right thing, you know what Jesus does the right thing he is earning wages? Jesus has merit and when he lived a life of spotless purity he was earning holiness, He was earning blessings, He was living holiness and earning blessings every step of the way. He was giving obedience that was not owed he humbled himself and became obedient even to the cross but there was no debt on him so that Jesus deserves glory and honor and power and righteousness. Jesus and infinite life has something to give, and he has given us the life that He has, he took the death that was ours and gave the light that was his. Now some people can't see it, they can’t see how it’s fair they can’t fathom how there is any justice in that, and before you let yourself become an infidel over the smallness of your mind, think about something you can imagine eternity ago. You can’t imagine as a Christian, you can’t imagine God existing all by himself forever and ever and ever. The back your mind can't fathom that, but neither can you imagine it as an atheist. You can’t picture the substance of the universe existing from eternity. Where did it come from? There is no way to get started with this process our minds are too weak to understand eternity. And if they are too weak to grapple with something that obviously real, that is it's as obvious as the day, that somehow things that come into existence. If we can't grapple with obvious reality it should not surprise us if our minds are too weak to grapple with the idea of Divinity and justice. But at the very least mortal man should be humble enough to submit to what God says. Turn with in your Bibles to Hebrews 9. We’re going to address now this question about the judgment. How can someone that say that God examines Jesus in the judgment instead of me? I think now it's time that I speak names, its Timothy Jennings that I’ve heard make this illustration. And he has talked about the idea, made light of the idea of a patient, a healthy patient being examined in place of a sick one. I just want to put that illustration to rest is say that right here on this earth God examines us personally. Have you ever heard that Scripture song Psalm 139:23-24 search me oh God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. And what Paul said about communion, he said examine yourself, he said he would not be judged. And in the idea is a Revelation, that is, there is a self-examination that happens now, or a Judiciary examination that happens later. Either there is an examination that happens now, or there is an examination that happens later by ourselves and by our God or in the judgment we are examined for our evil deeds. are your in Hebrews 9 verse 27 and as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment, so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, but other than the look for him shall he appear the second time without sin until salvation. Do you see there in verse 27 that the judgment doesn't happen until after death? so while God is trying to heal the sick patient, he examines the sick patient, and now as you and I are sickly, God examines us he's told us plain in Isaiah that we’re sick from the head to the toe, there is no part healthy, and he is applying a cure, he has a bond, he is a physician, and he can make us well. That is the purpose of the gospel, but that is not the purpose of the executive judgment. The purpose of the executive judgment, which happens after death, is to punish those who have done wrong for the wrong that they have done and that is when the righteous are covered by the blood of Jesus. It says it this way in Revelation, he who overcomes will clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the book of life, but will confess his name for my Father and before his angels. Brothers and sisters, before death, the doctor examines us for healing. after death the judge examines the wicked for punishment and the righteous for blessings that is were covered with a robe, a white robe if we are found to be over comers and then we’re treated not as we deserve but as Jesus deserves; but it goes further than that, Jesus covers our life with his life and then he erases our evil deeds from the books of record, and Jennings makes light of that. But no matter that he does. Acts 3:19 affirms that our sins are blotted out, and when our sins are blotted out those records retain our good deeds and of the kindness of his heart, God rewards us for the good deeds. Those are not rewards we ever deserved but they are ones that he gives us if we answer these questions. What about the issue of God torturing the rebels? you may remember in Matthew 18 that parable, parable that ends in a surprising manner to ten thousand talents are freely forgiven, but then the cruel servant rings than neck of someone that owes some pence and then the unthinkable happens, those ten thousand talents that were forgiven are again held to the account of the servant. In other words he's forgiven in the parable and then he's held accountable in the parable for the very same day that which he had earlier been forgiven. And do you remember what it says there in Matthew 18:34 that you should be delivered to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due him. That is the executive judgment. How long is he tormented? Forever? No but how long is he tormented? … How long he tormented? He’s tormented until he pays all that is due. Paul said that Jesus will come in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those that know not God, but they will be punished with everlasting destruction. I'm about to close. I want to review with you some things that we’ve said and then review some history. what we’ve said is that we ought come and reason about justice, there are things about justice that are beyond us but there are things are revealed,  and what is revealed, is that justice is important to God, justice is important the holy angels, justice is important to the last day people on planet Earth. They hear about it in the first Angels message. And they hear about it in the third. And the seven last plagues they experience it, and angels in heaven say that it's fair. And the voice from the altar states that it’s right and just that people suffer for the cruel things they have done-playing in the @46.06… and don’t join your voice to those who say it's not right. Join your voice the holy angels and to those in the altar and to God the Judge of all the earth, and to the righteous people who say just and true are your ways O Lord your judgments are made manifest. David even said that I loved the judgments of God. Can Jesus be my substitute? Indeed he can because he does not owe a debt. Is God bloodthirsty? No indeed God hates the work. He finds it a strange work, the work of destroying the wicked. But he has a sense of justice that he's put inside of you and even you know that steens deserve to suffer for the suffering that they caused it is the law and justice that demand the payment. God is not a cruel one demanding that some payment be made, by the Father and the Son and holy Angels all agree, that justice rightfully should be served. It’s a matter of right, a matter of holiness, a matter of fairness, and we say God your ways or not fair, but he responds to us in Ezekiel. He says your ways are not fair. He never has said that vengeance is for us, he's asked us rather to heap coals of fire on the head of those that have done us wrong, but it does say vengeance does belong to him, that he will repay. What about this issue of history. The alpha of apostasy was a movement that said that God is life, and wherever you see life that is God, so God is in the leaves, God is in the flowers, God is in the air we breathe. That’s how far that Waggoner too the issue before he had gone as far as he would. It’s not true, the creator is not the creation. God supports the creation but he is not the creation. Ellen White said that @48.43 that alpha of apostasy, and it took with it some of the brightest minds of Adventism, Jones and Waggoner, Kellogg and others that it would give way to a startling omega and today we see an idea growing surprisingly growing, that makes a metaphor out of the most plainly revealed pictures of God 's justice. an apostasy and that would make the Devil the one who inflicts the seven last plagues, for who would put a white glove on a picture of the lake of fire, say that God has no part in punishing the wicked with pain. Teachers of that idea now include Herb Montgomery, Timothy Jennings, Kluge has done this Graham Maxwell has done it doctors Cole have done it. There are others who have picked up that movement and I'm sure that there will be others who pick it up. But listen don't be taken in by a teaching that makes light of God's judgments. At a very time when God is asking us to announce the truth about His justice to the world. We don't want to be part of anything that is going to be undone in the lake of fire. And the last thing we’d want to do is to fight against the atonement that has been made for us to count the blood of that cross as an unholy thing. Don’t you know that he will be worthy of sore punishment who has done this? Amen.

 

Our Father in heaven, I ask that you would bless our reading of the Bible. That you would save us from what is wrong and from sin. And as we live in a time of terrible shaking, preserve us from being shaken. I ask for that gift, and I humble myself before you asking that you would finish the work you started in us, I ask in the name of Jesus amen.

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