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Righteousness by Faith and the Final Conflict

Stephen Bohr
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Current events both inside and outside of the church reveal that the final conflict will revolve around our view of righteousness by faith. Ellen White stated as much when she identified the third angel’s message as righteousness by faith in verity. In this seminar, we will study the relationship between righteousness by faith and end-time events.

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Stephen Bohr

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  • August 7, 2014
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00:00 Good morning everyone. I guess it´s time to start. I decided that I would give you the power point so you could have it in your hands. . . Can´t hear me. Kind of muffled? I don´t know if I can improve it or not. Is that better? It still sounds a little bit muffled. . . I don´t have the sound technician here so there is very little I can do. . . We are going to discuss righteousness by faith and the final conflict  . . .

 

01:56  …write down your e-mail address if you would like to get a fuller document with more information than what you have there. What you have there is just the basic information. I´m basically going to follow this handout that you have in your hands.

 

02:20  But, let´s begin with a word of prayer and ask the Lord to be with us as we study together.

 

02:29  Father in Heaven, we thank you for the privilege of being at ASI. What a blessing it is to see so many friends, so many ministries, involved in presenting the message of the Adventist church for these last days. It´s comforting to see that so many ministries are being established to share the message with the entire world. Father, we ask that as we study this material this morning that your Holy Spirit will be with us to guide our thoughts, to open our minds, to give us understanding, to give us your wisdom, and we thank you Father for your presence because we ask it in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

 

03:10  I´m going to follow this material quite closely because we are so limited in time that I want to cover as much of it as possible. If we don´t finish, you´ll have it in written form so that you can refer to it.

 

01:25   I´d like to begin by referring to Rev. 16:15. Let me give you a little bit of context about this verse. This verse is found in the context of the 6th plague of the book of Revelation. You´re aware of the fact that the plagues fall after the close of probation. But this verse, we´re going to find, does not describe events after the close of probation. This verse is a parenthetical warning stating that you need to prepare before the close of probation so that when this moment of the 6th plague comes you´re not caught by surprise. So we´re going to take a look at this text. I´m just going to read it, Jesus is speaking, “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” You notice that there are 6 elements there that we are going to take a look at. If you look at a red letter edition of the Bible you´ll see that this is the first time that Jesus speaks after the messages to the churches. And he doesn´t speak again until Rev. 21 and 22. So, this verse is a warning from Christ, inserted between the messages to the churches, and the messages concerning the new heavens and the new earth in Rev 21 and 22. So, it must be extremely important the fact that Jesus speaks there in this one verse between the first 3 chapters and the last 2 chapters of Revelation.

 

05:07 This message is especially for Seventh-day Adventists. And you say why is this? Because basically the terminology of Rev. 16:15 is a repetition of the terminology that is used in connection with the church of Laodicea, which is our church. Let´s read Rev. 3:18 and you will immediately see the connection. You notice in what we just read that it says that we need to keep our garments lest we walk naked and they see our shame. Notice the connection with the message to the church of Laodicea. Says the message,

 

05:46  “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich” –here you have the garments, now– “white garments, that you may be clothed” –what´s the purpose of the garments?– “that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” Is there a danger that Laodicea will be found walking naked in the context of the 6th plague? Yes, it´s a message especially to the Laodicean church, which we understand to be the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And we don´t say that proudly.

 

06:21 Ellen White agrees. In 2SM (volume 2, Selected Messages) p. 66 she says, “The message to the Laodiceans is applicable to Seventh-day Adventists who have had great light and have not walked in the light.” In other words it deals with action. Walking has to do with action, we´re going to notice that. They have great light, they profess great light, but she says here, they “have not walked in the light. It is those who have made great profession, but have not kept in step with their Leader” –in other words they haven´t walked with their Leader– “that will be spewed out of His mouth unless they repent.” So there´s a very real danger, that Laodiceans will be found on the wrong side at the time of the 6th plague. And it has to do with righteousness by faith because it speaks about garments. And garments are related to righteousness by faith.

 

07:25 How important is this message? It´s a matter of life and death, folks, because the message to the Laodiceans is going to cause the shaking. And I believe it is causing the shaking.  Notice Ellen White´s comment at the bottom of this page, 1T (volume 1, Testimonies for the Church) p. 181. She said, “I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God´s people.” Powerful. So how important is Rev. 16:15 and Rev. 3:18? It will determine whether you stay in or whether you´re shaken out.  It´s that important.

 

08:25 Now, let´s go to the page, the title where it says: The Context of Rev. 16:15, by the way I have a different page. I have all the material here. So, I´m going to mainly go by titles The Context of Rev. 16:15. Rev. 16:12 portrays the moment of the 6th plague after the close of probation. When the persecuting waters of Babylon withdraw their support and turn against Babylon.

 

08:57 So, basically, at the moment of the 6th plague the waters, the multitudes, nations, tongues and peoples are about to drown God´s people, basically. And the 6th plague simply means that the multitudes will be arrested, the waters will be dried up on Babylon. They will no longer support her. They will turn against her and they´ll be in favor of God´s people. That´s the moment of the 6th plague. Now, let´s read this verse.

 

09:24 “Then the 6th angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates” –that´s Babylon´s river, spiritual Babylon at the end of time, by the way– “and its water” –that´s multitudes, nations, tongues and peoples– “was dried up” –that means that the waters withdraw their support from Babylon so– “that the way of the kings from the east” –that´s Jesus and His angels– “might be prepared.” So, basically that´s the message of the 6th plague. And then we have verses 13 and 14. These verses go back in time, toward the very end of probationary time when three counterfeit angels gather the wicked of the world on Satan´s side. In other words, Rev 16:13, 14 do not follow sequentially after verse 12. They take you back, to before the close of probation. Are you following me? And you´re going to see that when it comes forth clearly.

 

10:24 The purpose of the gathering of the wicked waters is for them eventually to drown God´s people. On the other hand, three holy angels will gather God´s people on the other side. So, in other words, Rev. 16:13 and 14 speaking about the gathering of the wicked, the waters eventually persecute God´s people. On the other hand, we´re going to notice that God is gathering his people as well.

 

10:48 Now, let’s read these two verses, “And I saw three unclean spirits” –what are unclean spirits? Fallen angels, right? So we have three fallen angels– “like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon” –the dragon represents the secular power of the world– “out of the mouth of the beast” –which is the papacy– “and out of the mouth of the false prophet” –apostate Protestantism, as represented in the U.S. And then we find the reason why these three evil angels, so to speak, are working through this 3-fold union, they have a specific purpose. Verse 14– “For they are the spirits of demons, performing signs” –and here comes the purpose– “which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to battle, to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

 

11:50 So what is the purpose of these three evil angels, working through this 3-fold alliance? It is to gather the entire world on the devil´s side against God´s people. So there are two gatherings. You notice here, I have a little chart: you have the gathering of the righteous; three holy angels gather the righteous to God´s side. Does God also have three angels that proclaim messages to the world? Absolutely. Revelation says that those individuals who are gathered on God´s side follow the Lamb, wherever he goes. They worship God. They are gathered to Jerusalem, spiritual Jerusalem, because Jerusalem is global at the end of time. Represents God´s people all over the world; and God´s people receive the seal of God.

 

12:39 On the other side, you have the gathering of the wicked. Three evil angels gather the wicked to Satan´s side. Revelation says that they don´t follow the Lamb wherever he goes, they follow the beast. Instead of worshipping God, they worship the beast. Instead of being gathered to Jerusalem, they´re gathered to Babylon. And instead of receiving the seal of God, they receive the mark of the beast; so verses 13 and 14 are speaking about events that take place before the close of probation. It takes you before, in time, than what verse 12 is.

 

13:18 Let me just read you a statement from Ellen White where she makes it very clear that these two verses refer to pre-close of probation events. This is found in the 7BC ( SDA Bible Commentary, volume 7) p. 983 she says, “The present is a solemn, fearful time for the church. The angels are already girded, awaiting the mandate of God to pour their vials of wrath upon the world. Destroying angels are taking up the work of vengeance; for the Spirit of God is gradually withdrawing from the world.” – notice that it doesn´t happen overnight, it´s gradually withdrawing from the world. Now notice the tense of the verb–  “Satan is also mustering his forces of evil” –now she´s going to quote Rev. 16:14– “going forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them under his banner, to be trained for the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” So, is that gathering taking place now, the gathering of Rev. 16:13, 14? Absolutely, It´s taking place now. And then by the time you get to the 6th plague there all gathered to destroy God´s people. That´s when God is going to dry up the waters and the multitudes will withdraw their support from Babylon.

 

 14:40 Now, Rev 16:15 in other words is a parenthetical statement that encourages God´s people to prepare for the close of probation and to gather on the Lord´s side for the final battle. In other words Rev. 16:15 is a parenthetical statement, a warning where God says, O.K. the world is going to be gathered on two sides, ultimately the multitudes will withdraw their support for Babylon; make sure that you are on the Lord´s side. Make sure that you are in Jerusalem.

 

15:15 This warning would be fruitless after the close of probation because by then all cases will have been decided. Right? The ESV (English Standard Version) puts this verse in parenthesis indicating that it breaks the flow of thought. This is clear from the context, verse 14, I want you to notice: there is a connection between verse 14 and verse 16.  15 is a parenthetical statement. Verse 14 ends with the word gather. And verse 16 picks up with the word gather. The expression, “They gather them” they is the three evil angels. “They gather them” refers to the three counterfeit angels that gather the wicked world on Satan´s side. So let´s read Rev. 16:14, skip 15 and read verse 16. It says “for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty. And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.” Are you with me?

 

16:32 So Rev. 16:15 Jesus inserts that there. He says, When this time comes, you make sure that you´re on the right side. So it´s a warning.

 

16:43 Now let´s analyze the terminology of Rev. 16:15 and how it relates to righteousness by faith. “I come as a thief.” 

 

16:52 “I come as a thief.” We usually think of this as the 2nd coming of Christ. It´s not referring to the 2nd coming of Christ; it´s really referring to the close of probation. You see if you go to Mat. 24:37-39 you´re going to find that Jesus compared the days of Noah to the coming of the Son of man. That coming there does not refer only to the 2nd coming because it goes on to say, “As it was in the days of Noah, so also shall the coming of the Son of man be. They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came, and took them all away” –there are two points of time; there are two “untils”: the 1st  “until” is when the door closes; and the 2nd “until” is when it starts to rain; in-between the people didn´t know that they were lost; they did not know until the flood came and took them all away.

 

17:52 So, Jesus coming as a thief means people are caught by surprise when probation closes. Notice what Ellen White had to say. She understood this; and this is only one statement of many. She understood that God´s people are not to prepare for the 2nd coming, they are to prepare for the close of probation because if you´re not ready for the close of probation, you´re not going to be ready for the 2nd coming. I´m going to read this statement quickly. Powerful statement.

 

18:20   “Jesus has left us word: Watch ye therefore; for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Is that one of the words of Rev. 16:15? Yes, watch.  And then she comments on this verse where it speaks about the coming of the Master and the surprise of the coming of the Master. She says, “We are” –who does the “we” refer to? Seventh-day Adventists, right? – “We are waiting and watching for the return of the Master, who is to bring the morning, lest coming suddenly He find us sleeping.”  –And then she asks this question – “What time is here referred to?”  –What time is this referring to: the coming of the master? – ”Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but to His return from His ministration in the most holy place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, when He lays off His priestly attire and clothes Himself with garments of vengeance, and when the mandate goes forth: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” –And then she comments – “When Jesus ceases to plead for man” –that´s the close of probation– “the cases of all are forever decided. This is the time of reckoning with His servants.” – Now notice the terminology, what the dangers are for Adventists, because she´s talking to Adventists– “To those who have neglected” –not rejected– “To those who have neglected the preparation of purity and holiness” –Wow! That´s sanctification, isn´t it?–  “To those who have neglected the preparation of purity and holiness, which fits them to be waiting ones to welcome their Lord, the sun sets in gloom and darkness, and rises not again. Probation closes; Christ´s intercessions cease in Heaven. This time finally comes suddenly upon all” –now notice– “and those who have neglected” –to do what? – “to purify their souls by obeying the truth are found sleeping.” Does obedience have anything to do with watching and being ready for the coming of the Master? O, yes! It has to do with action.

 

20:52 Then she says, “They became weary of waiting and watching; they became indifferent.” –are you noticing the terminology? neglected, weary, indifferent – “in regard to the coming of their Master. They longed not for His appearing” –do you long for His appearing? – “and thought there was no need of such continued, persevering watching. They had been disappointed in their expectations and might be again. They concluded that there was time enough yet to arouse. They would be sure not to lose the opportunity of securing an earthly treasure. It would be safe to get all of this world they could. And in securing this object, they lost all anxiety and interest in the appearing of the Master. They became indifferent” –notice the terminology again– “and careless, as though His coming were yet in the distance. But while their interest was buried up in their worldly gains, the work closed in the Heavenly Sanctuary, and they were unprepared.” (2T 28:191)

 

22:10 So, what is meant here by “I come as a thief?” It´s speaking about the close of probation: and those who are indifferent and careless and don´t long for the 2nd coming of Christ. They´re Adventist, they go to church on Sabbath, they believe all the doctrines of the Adventist church; but they have not purified their soul by obedience to the truth. So, somehow the message of Rev. 16:15 has to do with obedience to the truth. 

 

22:37 Now the next word that we need to analyze is the word “watch.” And I´m not going to read all of these texts. I´m just going to refer to some of them. Jesus says, I´m coming as a thief, therefore watch. What did he mean by watch? Well basically the word means to be alert; to be awake; to be aware; to be vigilant. For that we have to be studying and we have to be praying. Remember when Jesus told his disciples, why don´t you pray, I´m going to go pray, you pray with me; watch; what did they do? They slept. They were totally unaware of what was happening because they were sleeping.

 

23:25 At the conclusion of the parable of the 10 virgins. You have this Matt 25:13. This is when the door closes. Remember the door closes? That´s not the 2nd coming. In the parable of the virgins, the closing of the door is not the 2nd coming because after this, those who don´t have enough oil, have time to go and try to look for more oil.

 

23:48 It refers to the moment when the door of probation closes. And notice, the warning that Jesus gives. Matt 25:13. This is the last verse of the parable of the 10 virgins. “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man is coming.”

 

24:06 This is not talking about the 2nd coming. It´s talking about the coming of Jesus to close the door of probation. It´s kind of like, just imagine you live in Grand Rapids, MI. (laughter) I lived in Andrews University. It´s freezing here in the winter. And lots of snow. You´ve just come home, changed into your pajamas, you put the thermostat down, and so you get into bed. You´re nice and warm under the covers. Ahh, I´m looking forward to a good night´s sleep and then you remember and say, oh-oh, I forgot to lock the door!  You say, I hate to get up out of this bed; it´s so warm. Ah, I´ve lived in this house 25 years and a thief has never come. (laughter) And that night while everybody in the house is sleeping, the thief comes. Are the people in the house aware that the thief came? Because they´re sleeping. When do they find out that the thief has come? When they wake up the next morning; but then it´s too late. You have 2 moments of time there. You have the moment when the thief comes and the people are surprised but they don´t know it. And then, when they actually find out that the thief came; but then it´s too late.

 

25:26 Are you understanding my point? So what does it mean to watch? Well, to watch means simply to be alert; to be awake; to be vigilant; to be studying; to be praying; to be witnessing to other people; it means to be active in the things of the Lord in the light of where we are.

 

25:47 Rev. 3:3 “Remember therefore how you have received and heard, hold fast, and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief” –this is the connection between Rev 16:15 again– “I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

 

26:14 So we understand now what it means: Jesus coming as a thief. We know what it means to watch.  What does it mean to keep the garments, to keep? Well, that word, the Greek word tadeo means to preserve; to protect; or to safeguard. According to the Exegetical Dictionary of the N.T. it means keeping or preserving the unblemished nature of a person or a condition.

 

26:56 So must a person be in an unblemished condition in order to be able to keep that unblemished condition? Absolutely, very, very important. Now, the apostle Paul uses this word keep. Incidentally, it´s the same word that says, Here are they who keep the commandments of God. The apostle Paul says, I have kept the faith, at the end of his letter. What does he mean when he says, I have kept the faith? I have stayed faithful until the end. Right? So, he accepted the faith and at the very end he is still faithful. Paul also encouraged the Ephesians to keep unity. Must they have been united before in order to keep unity? Of course. So if you´re suppose to keep your garment, must you have received those garments before? Absolutely.

 

27:50 And then Jude 6 speaks about the rebel angels who did not keep their place in heaven. See they were in heaven but they didn´t keep their place. So what is meant by keep, keeping the garment? It means persevering until the end. It means that you at one point received a white garment; but you´re suppose to what? But you are to persevere in it. (Stops, to turn off his cell phone.)

 

28:45 So, you understand what it means to keep? In order to keep you must have received before. It´s speaks about perseverance; it´s speaking about obedience; it´s speaking about remaining faithful even to the end.

 

29:05 Now, the next point that we find in this verse is walking. Keeping your garments so you don´t walk naked and they see your shame. So we need to ask the question, what does walk mean? When the word walk is used in a spiritual sense in Scripture it always refers to behavior or conduct. So, do garments have anything to do with conduct? Keeping the garments; does that have to do with behavior, with living a sanctified life? It does, absolutely. Let me give you some examples.

 

29:38  Eph. 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for” –what?– “good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should” –what?– “walk in them.” Is that behavioral? Yes it is.

 

29:57 1 John 2:6, you can repeat this one from memory, “He who says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, just as he walked.“ Does that have to do with life, conduct, behavior? Absolutely. Hebrews 11:5 says that Enoch walked with God and he was not. God took him because he walked with God. And the book of Genesis says that he pleased God. His life revealed that his faith was genuine. But you know the wicked also walk. Notice Eph. 2:1-3, “And you he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; in which you once walked” –so does walk there have to do with behavior? It has to do with wicked behavior here– “in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. Among whom also we all once” –notice, what´s the next word? – “conducted” –does that have to do with conduct or behavior? Yes– “conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Then Col. 3:6, 7 says “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of” –what? – “disobedience: which you yourselves once walked, when you lived in them.”

 

31:40 So, does walking have to do with conduct or behavior? So, does Rev. 16 and 15 have anything to do with when you´re covered with the garments you´re going to walk the way the Lord walked? And the wicked are going to walk in a contrary way? Absolutely.

 

31:59 Now, notice the message to the church of Sardis, Rev.3:4-6. Here it connects actually with the garments. Says, “Therefore if you will not watch,” –that´s a word that we found in Rev. 16:15– “I will come upon you as a” –that´s there also– “as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” –then it says– “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled” –what? – “their garments” –must they have had white garments in order to have defiled them? Absolutely– “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall” –what? – “walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garment.” This is speaking about the future.

 

32:48 By the way, now we wear spiritual white garments. But then we will have literal white garments of light. I might make a parenthesis here, the idea of garments and light is really interesting. Ellen White says that Adam and Eve were covered with robes of light; white robes of light in the Garden of Eden before they sinned. The garments were literal garments of white light. But those garments of light symbolized their righteousness. They were righteous because they were obedient. Now when they sinned, what did they lose first? Their spiritual robe or their literal robe? They lost righteousness, right? The robe represents righteousness. So when they lost their spiritual robe what happened with the robe of light? It went away too, the literal robe of light left.

 

33:48 So how does God restore the robe? He first of all restores, which robe? He first of all covers you with His spiritual robe of light. And then when Jesus comes, He´ll give you the literal robe of light. So, first you lose your spiritual and then you lose your literal robe. When Jesus restores, He restores your spiritual robe and then when He comes, He will give you the literal robe; and this is speaking about when Jesus will give His literal robe. Once again, verse 4, “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He, who overcomes, shall be clothed in white garments.  And I will not blot out his name from the book of Life, but I will confess his name before my Father, before His angels.”

 

 34:42 So Rev. 16:15 yes, it has to do with imputed righteousness. There can be no holy life unless Christ imputes His righteousness to us. But the emphasis that is being presented here in Rev. 16:15 is the life that flows from justification. Now I want to read some statements that make this clear in the book of Revelation. Rev 19:8 speaking about the church and the white garments, notice:

 

35:11 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give Him glory: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white” –notice what the fine linen represents– “for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” 

 

35:40 I thought the white raiment represents the righteousness of Christ? It is, but the righteousness of Christ is imputed and it is also imparted. This is speaking about His imparted righteousness. You have to have the imputed in order to receive the imparted. But it´s interesting, it says the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Notice Rev. 22:11, I´m reading from the EST (English Standard Version).

 

36:05 “Let the evil doer, still do evil;” –action– “and the filthy, still be filthy; and the righteous” –still what? – “do right” –notice the emphasis is on action– “still do right; and the holy, still be holy.” Now, I want to read you some statements from Ellen White. Very interesting statements.

 

36:56 COL (Christ Object Lesson) p. 310, actually that whole chapter is phenomenal, she says “By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character which Christ´s true followers will possess.” –So God´s people will possess Christ´s what? character – “To the church it is given” –now she´s going to quote the verse that we just mentioned– “that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white,´  ´not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.´ (Rev. 19:8; Eph. 5:27) The fine linen, says the Scripture, ´is the righteousness of saints.´ (Rev. 19:8) It is the righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished character, that through faith is” –what´s the next word? Not imputed– “is imparted to all who receive Him as their personal Saviour.”   So the emphasis is upon the impartation of Christ´s character. Now notice the next paragraph. Notice in the following statement that the fig-leaf garment is synonymous with nakedness, and the deformity of sin.

 

37:41 “That is to cover ourselves with our own righteousness is equivalent to nakedness. This is the reason why when Adam and Eve sinned they still felt naked and ashamed even after they had covered themselves with the fig-leaves.” They cover themselves, then they´re hiding, God says, Where are you? We were afraid because we´re naked. But they weren´t naked they had the fig-leaves. But to have fig leaves is to be naked. Notice this next statement.

 

38:08 “By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God´s commandments.” – and then comes the secret– “When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged with His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin” –so the fig-leaf garment is what? The nakedness and deformity of sin– “but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.” (COL 24:311)

 

39:11 You know there´s a lot of discussion about the 1888 message. There´s one little short statement here from Ellen White that synthesizes what it was. (chuckle) You know, it´s not rocket science. It doesn´t take an encyclopedia. TM (Testimonies to Ministers) p. 91, 92 she says, the 1888 message “presented justification through faith in Surety; It invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. “  (chuckle) See the balance? Justification is manifested. How do you know a person is justified? It´s manifested by what? By obedience to all of God´s commandments.

 

39:98   I love this statement in R&H, (Review and Herald) June 4, 1895 she says, “Righteousness within is testified to by righteousness without. “ So, if you´re righteous within, the testimony that that´s true, is by your outside. Then she says, “The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed.” Imputed means that it is credited to our account. It is not ours. It´s His righteousness. Imputed is a theological term.

 

40:32 “The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted.” –it becomes part and parcel of us because we reflect the character of Christ. She says– “The first is our title to heaven” –or our right to heaven– “the second is our fitness for heaven.” Is Jesus going to take anyone to heaven who´s not fit? No. Let me ask you, Do you think it´s possible for someone to get a driver´s license if they don´t know how to drive. Yes, I think so. Who knows the right people; get him a driver´s license. That would get him the right to drive. But he doesn´t have the fitness. Do you think there´s anybody who knows how to drive but doesn´t have a driver´s license? Of course. What do you need? You need the right to drive and you need to know how to do it. In order to drive. And so it is in order to make it to heaven we not only need to have, what Ellen White calls, the title to heaven, but we need to have the fitness for heaven: justification and sanctification.

 

41:44 Yes? (Audience member asked a question.) Let´s save them for the end.

 

41:54 Now the book of Revelation describes the end-time generation. In Rev. 7:1-8; Rev. 14:1-5; Rev. 15:2-4. Rev. 7 describes the sealing of the 144, 000; Rev. 14 describes the sterling character of the 144,000; and interestingly enough Rev. 15 describes their victory over the beast, it´s image and it´s mark. So three emphasis: Rev. 7 the sealing; Rev. 14 the character; Rev. 15 the victory over the beast, his image and his mark.

 

42:32 Have you ever noticed that Rev. 6:17, the previous verses speak about the 2nd coming of Christ, people are going to be hiding in caves, they´re going to cry for the rocks to fall upon them, and then verse 17 ends with a question “For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” The very next verse speaks of the sealing of the 144,000.

 

42:59 Now I want to show you several other verses that ask that same question, “Who?” And you´re going to see that always when the “Who?” is asked, it´s followed by a sterling character. Joel 2:11. This is not in your material so; just the references are but not the text. In Joel 2:1-10 the 2nd coming is described. You can read those verses. And then verse 11 says “The Lord gives voice before His army” –this is the Lord coming on a white horse – “for His camp is very great: for strong is the one who executes His word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible” –remember Rev. 6:17 says, For the great day of His wrath is come who shall be able to stand? Now notice – “For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?”

 

44:03 If you read beginning with verse 12 through verse 17 it uses Day of Atonement terminology. It speaks about the sounding of the trumpet, it speaks about afflicting the soul, between the porch and the altar, crying out “Lord, spare your people,” it speaks about fasting, all events that took place in the Day of Atonement. In other words, now is not a time for the church to be jumping up and down in church, and rolling in the aisles. Now we are in the Day of Atonement, it´s a time of affliction, examining the life. The celebration will come in the Feast of Tabernacles. But the Day of Atonement is a solemn day of heart searching, to make sure that our life is in harmony with the law of the Lord.

 

44:56 Notice Psalm 15 “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? ” –listen to the answer– “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does he evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend. In whose eyes a vile person is despised; but he honors those who fear the Lord. He who swears to his own hurt, and does not change. He who does not put out his money at usury” –doesn´t take advantage of people – “nor does he take a bribe against the innocent” –Are those all behavioral characteristics? Yes. And then notice the last verse– “He who does these things shall never be moved.” Who will be able to stand? These people.

 

45:50 Isaiah 33:14 asks the same question. “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites” – then comes the question– “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” You know, usually if you ask that question of someone who is not an Adventist, they will say “O, the wicked! They´re going to burn in the fire forever.” It´s the righteous who will live in the midst of the fire forever because the wicked are not fire proof. (chuckle) The fire is eternal because the fire is the glory of God. So the fire never goes out. But that doesn´t mean that what it burns doesn´t go out. (chuckle) So now notice the answer. Who will dwell with the devouring fire?

 

46:45 “Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” – here comes the answer– “He who walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil” –are those all behavior characteristics? yes– “he will dwell on high: his place of defense will be fortress of rocks: bread will be given him; his water will be sure.” Ellen White quotes that text in context of the time of trouble.

 

47:15 One final verse where the question is asked. Psalm 24:3-6 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” –remember that the 144,000 are standing on the hill of Mt. Zion, right? which is the Lord´s hill– “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from God of his salvation. This is Jacob the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.” Are you seeing the emphasis on sanctification?

 

47:58 Now righteousness by faith in verity. (chuckle) We only have like 25 minutes but we´re going to try to get through this. So you´ll get the gist of it. I hope you read the rest of it.

 

48:15 Ellen White in R&H April 1, 1890 wrote this, “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the 3rd angel´s message, and I have answered, It is the 3rd angel´s message in verity.” So the 3rd angel´s message is a message of what? Righteousness by faith. But when you read the 3rd angel´s message (chuckle) I don´t know for a long time I struggled trying to find righteousness by faith in those verses. I think that I know now what Ellen White meant. Rev. 14:9-12, let´s read those verses.

 

48:58  “Then a 3rd angel followed them saying with a loud voice, If any one worship the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of his indignation; he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascends for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

 

49:30 Of course, the question is, what possible relationship does this passage have with righteousness by faith? It certainly is not describing forensic justification. Do you understand what I mean by forensic justification? It´s not speaking about imputed righteousness.

 

49:48 Let me ask you, What´s the time of trouble going to be like? Ellen White says that the most vivid imagination cannot grasp what it´s going to be like. Because basically the devil is going to be in total control of planet earth except God is going to say, you can´t kill My people.

 

50:12 The story of Job is going to be repeated. God´s people are going to lose everything. And Satan is going to torture them with the idea that their sins have been so great that they can´t be accepted. So you better make sure that you´ve repented of sin. That you´ve confessed your sins, that they´ve gone into the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus. Because the devil is going to try to convince you that you´re sins are too big; that Jesus didn´t forgive you. And Ellen White says that if you come to the point where you believe that Jesus didn´t forgive you, you´re sunk because it´s trusting in the promise of God that God forgave your sins. Even though you don´t feel forgiven she says you, the righteous will look at their lives and they don´t see anything good but they claim the promises of God. It´s like Jesus when he was on the cross. He says, My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Because he was bearing the sins of the world, if he had gone by feelings, he would have failed. Ellen White says that Jesus on the cross did not trust his feelings where the devil was saying, You´re going to be separated from your father for ever because you´re bearing the sins of the world. It´s too offensive to God. You´re never going to see your Father´s face. You´re not going to see beyond the portals of the tomb.

 

51:28 Ellen White says that Jesus at that moment claimed the promises of his Father and he ignored his feelings. Isn´t it true that many of our problems come because we´re always caught up in our feelings rather than the promises of God?

 

51:45 Now I´m going to skip this section that deals with martyrs of the past and of the future. You can read that. It´s pretty interesting. But I want to go to the part where it says: Daniel and his Three Friends. So we understand righteousness by faith and the 3rd angel´s message.

 

52:00 Ellen White when she talks about righteousness by faith in the 3rd angel´s message she is referring primarily to righteousness by faith exhibited in faithfulness in the life. She´s talking about the sanctification, she´s talking about faithfulness. Let´s go through this very quickly.

 

52:20 The three young friends of Daniel are examples of the end-time generation. The story of the three young men is fulfilled on a global scale in Revelation. The 3rd angel´s message is actually a globalization of this story because the same elements are present in both. Did Nebuchadnezzar, for awhile, behave as a beast? Did he raise up an image? Did he command everyone to worship the image? Did he threaten everyone who was not willing to worship the image? Does that sound like Revelation 13? Absolutely.

 

53:00  Ellen White, in fact, links the story of Daniel 3 with the end-time crisis. In 14MR (Manuscript Releases, Volume 14) p. 91 she says, “An idol Sabbath has been set up as the golden image was set up in the planes of Dura. And as Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, issued a decree that all who would not bow down and worship this image should be killed so a proclamation will be made that all who will not reverence the Sunday institution will be punished with imprisonment and death.

 

52:37  So the crisis is going to be very similar, it´s going to be global. Now, how did Daniel and his three friends reveal that they had experienced righteousness by faith? The answer is folks, that their faithfulness exhibited their faith. So the 3rd angel´s message is righteousness by faith in the sense that those who go through this crisis will exhibit their faith through faithfulness.

 

54:00 The three young men revealed their trust and allegiance to Christ by their faithfulness even in the face of death. In YI (Youth Instructor) July 12, 1904 Ellen White says “The three Hebrews were called upon to confess Christ in the face of the burning fiery furnace. It cost them something to do this, for their lives were at stake. These youth imbued with the Holy Spirit declared to the whole kingdom of Babylon” – their what? – “their faith,” –How did they show that they had faith? By being willing to die. Right? So she says – “These youth imbued with the Holy Spirit declared to the whole kingdom of Babylon their faith, that He whom they worshipped was the only true and living God. The demonstration of their faith on the planes of Dura was a most eloquent presentation of their principles.”

 

54:53  “The demonstration of their faith.” Because of their faith the young men were delivered. Just like God´s people will be delivered because they don’t worship the beast, his image, or receive the mark, or the number of his name. Significantly, this is important; significantly, the word “deliver” is used in only three contexts in the book of Daniel: Daniel 3, Daniel 6, and Daniel 12:1. Those are the only places in Daniel where the word “deliver” is used. So they must be related, right?

 

55:26 So let´s read this passage Daniel 3:16-18, 28, 29 and it says there, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve” –what is the emphasis? They have been made righteous by faith but how is that exhibited? By their words and their actions– “our God whom we serve is able to” –what?  That´s a key word– “deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not” –see they don´t serve the Lord for the loaves and the fishes– “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you have set up.”

 

56:28  “Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying” –this is after the crisis – “Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel” –who was Jesus, by the way, and here comes the key word– “and delivered his servants who” –what´s a synonym of trust? Faith– “who trusted in him, and they have frustrated the king´s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.” Does the 3rd angel´s message have anything to do with being faithful to God in a crisis like this? Absolutely. So it´s righteousness, imputed righteousness manifested in faithfulness to God.

 

57:18  Verse 29 “Therefore I make a decree, That any people, nation, and language, which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap: because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

 

57:37   So, the word “deliver” is used four times in the context of Daniel 3, which is symbolic of the end-time. Incidentally, do you know that Hebrews 11:33, 34 clearly says that by faith the three young men quenched the fire. That´s not talking about imputed righteousness, that´s talking about faithfulness! Because they know Jesus; because they have experienced the righteousness of Jesus, they are faithful. So Hebrews 11:33, 34 underlines the fact that the three young men quenched the fire through faith. This indicates that their faith was more than intellectual ascent, more than believing something in their heads, more than a juridical act of imputation. True faith is exhibited faithfulness; this is righteousness by faith, in the end-time.

 

58:28 Are you understanding a little better in connection with the 3rd angel´s message?  Now let´s talk about Daniel. You can read the next statement, it uses expressions like: stand steadfastly for the right; stand unmoved; put their trust in Him; see the emphasize is on faith and faithfulness.

 

58:48 What about Daniel in the lion´s den? Another passage that illustrates righteousness by faith in the end-time crisis is the story found in Daniel 6. This story is an illustration of a crisis that will come as a result of the violation of the free exercise clause. I won´t get into that but really these two experiences: Daniel 3 and Daniel 6 are an illustration of the establishment clause and the free exercise clause of the 1st amendment to the constitution. What happens when the establishment and the free exercise clauses are violated.

 

59:18 The very existence of Daniel was put in jeopardy because of his worship practices and the law of his God. Are we going to see that crisis all over again? Absolutely. Notice Daniel. We´ll read several texts from Daniel. Daniel 6:5 “Then these men” –the enemies of Daniel – “said, We shall not find any charge against this Daniel, unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Is that what the end-time crisis is about? Absolutely. Now notice the following verses (16, 20, 22).

 

59:46 “So the king gave command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke saying to Daniel” –now notice here– “Your God whom you” –what? – “serve continually” –so what is the emphasize here? The fact that he depends on the Lord consistently– “He will” –what?  there´s the key word – “deliver you.” – And then after, he comes back to the lion´s den, the next morning – “When he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel: the king spoke saying to Daniel, Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve” –what? – “continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” –Then the king says, He delivers and rescues and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. –See the emphasize on “deliver”?

 

1:00:44  What kind of people is God going to deliver in the end-time? Those who not only have faith but are faithful. That´s the connection with the 3rd angel. See? The 3rd angel´s message says you´re going to have a crisis over the beast, his image, and his mark; and you´re going to have to choose whether you´ll be faithful to God even having to die. And that will show you whether you truly have faith and trust in Jesus. Is that righteousness by faith? In verity, as Ellen White said. 

 

1:01:19  Now when the trial was over, Daniel explained. He said, “My God sent his angel, and shut the lions´ mouths, so they have not hurt me: because I was found” –what? – “innocent before him; and also O king, I have done no wrong before you.” –Is that behavioral?  Yes. By the way do you know that Hebrews 11 also refers to this? It says that by faith Daniel shut the mouths´ of lions. By faith! Really by faithfulness.

 

1:01:45  Let´s talk about Paul and James, quickly. At this point it might be well to ask, Does Paul´s definition of righteousness by faith conflict with that of James´? Are you with me? I hope so because I have extra stuff here. Did Paul believe that man is made righteous by a forensic act of God while James believed that man is made righteous by a holy life?  Not at all.

 

1:02:13  Faith and works are a packaged deal. Neither can exist without the other. In order to be genuine, faith must be active. Faith is an action word. Paul was looking at the motivating force of works; and James was looking at the result of true faith. Paul was looking at the root; and James was looking at the fruit. True faith is an uncompromising trust in Jesus that translates into obedient faithfulness. In other words, faith is faithful.

 

1:02:48  James presented two examples of faith. Abraham and Rahab. Did Abraham act on his faith? When God said leave, what did Abraham do? Said, Pack up Sarah, we´re leaving. How about when God asked him to sacrifice his son? Did that take faith? O, yeah. How about Rahab? Says, By faith she received the spies. So how much faith to receive the spies? Folks, if they had discovered that she had the spies, she would have been killed. In fact P&P (Patriarchs and Prophets) p. 482, 483 says,

 

1:03:35   “The inhabitants of the city, terrified and suspicious, were constantly on the alert, and the messengers were in great danger. They were, however, preserved by Rahab, a woman of Jericho, at the peril of her own life. In return for her kindness they gave her a promise of protection when the city should be taken.”

 

1:03:55 So, Rahab is given as an example. And some people don´t like James. When is James quoted when you talk about righteousness by faith? Hardly ever. Because James says, Rahab? Was not Rahab justified by works? Was not Abraham our father justified by works? Don´t think that James and Paul are contradicting each other. No. James is looking at the fruit of faith. He´s looking at what proves that faith is genuine. Whereas, Paul is looking at the saving act of faith. In fact let´s notice on the next paragraph: The Heroes and Heroines of Hebrews 11 did not believe in something. They believed in Someone. They were acting in trust in God´s Word. Their faith was made complete by their works. The emphasize, in Hebrews 11, is not primarily upon imputed righteousness but rather upon the faithful obedient life that flows from a saving relationship with Christ. True faith always leads to faithfulness. Faith-less works will not save a person and a work-less faith will not save him either. Faith is the invisible side of works. And works are the visible side of faith. Faith is the internal propelling force; and works are the external manifestation.

 

1:05:15 The Heroes and Heroines of Hebrews 11 are doing something. Notice the list

Abel offered; Enoch pleased; Noah built; Abraham offered; Isaac and Jacob blessed; Moses was hidden: which was an act of faith because it was a crime; Moses refused; Moses left; Moses kept; Israel passed; Israel marched; Rehab hid; somehow I think God is trying to tell us that faith is an action word. Let´s go to where it says Daniel 12:1. A little bit further ahead.

 

1:05:55 Daniel 12:1 this is the only other place in Daniel where the word “deliver” is used. Interesting Daniel 3: the three young men who stood before the image of the beast and didn´t worship; Daniel 6: where Daniel was thrown into a lion´s den because of his worship practices; and now we come to the end-time fulfillment of Daniel 3 and Daniel 6 in Daniel 12:1.   

 

1:06:27   “At that time shall Michael stand up” –that refers to the close of probation– “the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people: there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that time” –that´s a crisis over the beast, his image, and his mark, folks, time of trouble where the lives of God´s people will be in danger but then notice– “and at that time Your people shall be” –what? There´s the word. Is there a connection between Daniel 3, 6 and 12? Absolutely – “Your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.”

1:07:15 After the close of probation God´s people will go through the same experience as Daniel and his three friends but on a global scale. The faith of God´s people will be exhibited by their faithfulness and loyalty to God. That´s the connection with the 3rd angel´s message; faith without faithfulness is not really faith. Now here comes an important paragraph. Some Adventists scholars are sotereological dualists. You say what does that mean? The word sotereology means salvation. When it comes to salvation they´re dualists. But they are anthropological monist in other words, when it comes to the doctrine of man they are not dualist they are monist. Single unity. Like evangelists they´ll say, the body and the breath makes one person, living soul; but when it comes to righteousness by faith: they say faith alone no works. That´s dualism; sotereological dualist. Because there´s no such thing. People are not saved by faith alone. They´re saved by a faith that works. And sometimes we just totally depreciate works.  Say, works they count for nothing. Ellen White warned Jones & Waggoner, Listen, I understand what you´re saying but you need to be clear on what you´re saying about this.

 

1:08:44 Certain Adventist scholars say that man is saved by faith alone without works; they also say that the body alone cannot live without the spirit; but James makes it clear that as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, as well.

 

1:09:01 So, is man justified by faith or by works? is the question. How do we reconcile these two? The only way is showing that James is teaching that faith is shown by faithfulness and obedience, even to the point of death. Justification is exhibited and sanctification. Faith is revealed in Abraham being willing to slay his own son, and Rahab being willing to risk her life in loyalty, even to the point of death.

 

1:09:30 I´m going to jump to where it says: The Book of Ephesians. I want to leave a couple of minutes for questions. The Book of Ephesians, you can read that paragraph. You know that book is divided. Three key words summarize that book: sit, walk and stand.

 

1:09:50 Watchman Nee actually wrote a book many years ago, Sit, Walk, Stand. First of all we´re seated with Christ in Heavenly places because it´s His righteousness. So when we´re seated and resting in Christ then we walk. And when we walk with Him, we are able to stand against the wiles of the devil. So basically that summarizes what we´ve been talking about.

 

1:10:16 Now how can this experience be real in our lives? Well there´s a section here that says: How? I´m just going to end by reading these two statements. One from the Bible and the other from the Spirit of Prophecy. 

 

1:10:30 Hebrews 12:1,2 says “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” –one thing we must do is lay aside sin– “and let us” –what? – “run with endurance the race that is set before us” –does that involve action? Those that run in marathons know – “run with endurance the race that is set before us” –and then notice what it says –  “looking unto” –what? there it is, unto– “Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross” –why was Jesus able to endure the cross? Because of the joy that was set before Him. Seeing everyone saved in His Kingdom– “despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God.”

 

1:11:22 5T (volume 5, Testimonies for the Church,) p.202, 203 Ellen White says “A deadly spiritual malady is upon the church. Its members are wounded by Satan; but they will not look to the cross of Christ, as the Israelites looked to the brazen serpent, that they may live. The world has so many claims upon them” –listen carefully – “The world has so many claims on them that they have not time to look to the cross of Calvary long enough to see its glory or to feel its power” –so it has to do with the length of your looking– “When they now and then catch a glimpse of the self-denial and self-dedication which the truth demands, it is unwelcome, and they turn their attention in another direction, that they may the sooner forget it” –so it´s dwelling, abiding in Christ, keeping your eyes on Him, not a glimpse here and there, but constantly keeping our eyes on Him, and you know when we keep our eyes on Jesus, you know what happens? First of all we see how evil we are, and we cry out when we look at Jesus and we say, Man, He´s so holy and perfect. I´m undone. But then as you look at the cross you say, wait a minute, Jesus was willing to die on the cross to save me from my sin, so there´s hope. So when we look at the holiness of Jesus, we see our unholiness, but when we look at the cross we see what Jesus has done to rescue us from our sinfulness. So the whole key is keeping our eyes on Jesus. And you know that´s what Enoch did. If you read about Enoch in P&P, Ellen White says that he walked with the Lord day-by-day, closer and closer, dwelt with Him through prayer, through communion with him, through entering in communication with the people that surrounded him.  And he grew so close to Jesus that Jesus said, Enoch there´s no use me walking up here and you walking down there, come up here to the New Jerusalem and we´ll walk together in the street of gold. That´s what God is waiting for. And that is included in righteousness by faith. I hope you study the section on the martyrs past and future; Rev. 5, the 5th seal; it speaks about the martyrs of the past during the 1260 years and the martyrs of the future, by the way, some people will lose their lives because they did not worship the best, his image, or receive the mark. Rev 20:4 makes that clear. But that´s during the short time of trouble before the close of probation. So folks, bottom line is: let´s spend quality time with our Lord. By beholding we are changed. If we contemplate the world we´ll be like the world. If we behold Christ and keep our eyes focused on Him we´ll be like Jesus. There is power, transforming power in the life and in the cross of Christ. Let´s pray.

 

1:14:42 Father in Heaven, we thank you for the beauty of your holy Word. We thank you for in spite of our sinfulness and our wicked sinful nature you have made everything possible for us not only to receive the imputed righteousness of Christ but to live the life of Christ  in our everyday walk. Father, we long to have that experience with Jesus. Help us Lord to abide in Him, to focus on Him, to speak about Him, to pray to Him, to study His Word that we might learn more about Him, help us Lord to stay close to Jesus, closer each day. We thank you Father, for having been with us, for answering our prayer, for we ask it in Jesus´ name. Amen.

 

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