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What Is Present Truth?

June 22, 2017

The purpose of this week’s post is to focus our understanding on present truth. Favorite author, Ellen White, wrote “There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is “present truth” that the flock needs now.” EW 63.1 (Click links to see if you wish) She explains this concept further…

“In every age there is a new development of truth, a message of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it. It is only as the old truths are understood that we can comprehend the new…He who rejects or neglects the new does not really possess the old.” COL 127.4 

But we should be prepared for resistance from those who seem locked in the old familiar truths and are resistant to anything new, even though it may be supported from the Bible—“Opposition is the lot of all whom God employs to present truths specially applicable to their time.” GC 143.3

So what is present truth for our time?

In 1844, SDA pioneers proclaimed the 1st angel’s message of judgment and the Bridegroom comes. The ‘Great Disappointment’ (Google) was foretold by John’s ‘bitter-belly’ but he was told, ‘You must prophesy again,’ Rev 10:10,11. ‘Again’ implies the same messages. Ellen White understood this…

“All three of the messages are still to be proclaimed…showing their order** and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. CW 26. **1st angel must come before the focus on Sunday (3rd angel’s message). The judgment of the living will involve life and death issues as in the book of Daniel. His name means ‘God is my judge.’

God “executed judgment” on Egypt, Exod 12:12. They murdered babies; the US is worse; aborting 60 million.   Egypt enslaved Israelites; the US enslaves most people in alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, drugs falsely called health  care that’s now a leading cause of illness & death–addictions to food, sex, perversions, gambling, TV, rock/rap. As God executed judgment on Egypt, He will do so on US as a lesson to the world from us, a ‘Christian’ nation.

God took His people to a covenant by which they became His kingdom and His Bride, Exod 19:5,6; Jer 3:14. It’s in this sense that “the Bridegroom comes,” Matt 25:6. He comes with judgment that will separate the wise from the foolish who don’t recognize His coming in a “sudden, unlooked-for calamity,” 1Thess 5:2,3; COL 412.

The wedding parables each have a calamity. The ‘remnant’ have their city burned, Matt 22:6,7, KJV. The cry at midnight is an echo of Exod 12:29,30. The ‘knock’ in Lk 12:36 is an earthquake as in Rev 3:20—that church where He knocked ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. Ellen White’s vision at Loma Linda of an earthquake “seemed that Judgment day had come.” 9T 92.3  “Judgment begins at the house of God,” 1Pet 4:17. US too…

God is going to “execute judgment” on the US as in Egypt. ‘All those things happened for examples’ for us at the end–Paul included the Exodus in 1Cor 10:1,11. It will be an experience so we can sing the song of Moses (Rev 15:3) but nobody else can sing it (Rev 14:3) because no one else will have that experience!

Judgment is impending, krisis is the Greek word in Revelation 14:7. The message was given in 1844, but not to this generation. It didn’t fit 1844. Pioneers overlooked the context of the judgment in Dan 7:8-11.

Verses 8, 11 are about “great words” of the little horn. After Napoleon took the pope prisoner, 1844 had no ‘great words’ but he did in 2015, when the pope came to Congress, and for the UN. It was ALSO on the Day of Atonement! With the missing ingredients from 1844 now satisfied, we must prophesy again. If we shrug this off, we risk being foolish virgins and missing the wedding for not understanding the messages.

We’ll need a covenant with Christ. In her last book Ellen White defined the church as a ‘covenant-keeping people…and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises…’ PK 713,14

The wedding parables all suggest we don’t understand them, or why would the king’s invitation be scorned. We are asleep with lights out. The above information is shared with you, to the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” and not beaten with many stripes as He warned will happen if we shrug this off, Luke 12:44,47.

May God bless us as we consideration how to become the Bride of Christ and be ready for His ‘knock,’ Lk 12:36. Please invite your friends to the Bride of Christ by Covenant or share the information with them. It’s the king’s servants who ‘bid’ others to the wedding feast and there’s more to share. Please come again Fridays or Sabbaths.

If you have questions, you may email me at Ruhling7@juno.com and I might include your question because others may have the same question. Thank You!

Six Prophetic Pictures of End-Times and How They Are All Related

June 16, 2017

#1. The Exodus was the greatest event of Old Testament, but it is “prophetic history” that will be repeated. “What is to come has been already; God summons each event back…” Eccl 3:15 There will be 144,000 who sing the song of Moses, a song of their experience, Rev 15:3. Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened…for examples,” 1Cor 10:1,11 The Exodus had 2 ingredients that are key to what’s impending.

A) God “executed judgment” on Egypt, Exod 12:12. They murdered babies; the US is worse; aborting 60 mil. Egypt enslaved Israelites; the US enslaves most people in alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, drugs falsely called health care that’s now  leading cause of illness and death–addictions to food, sex, perversions, gambling, TV, rock/rap. God executed judgment on Egypt as He will on the US as a lesson for the world from this ‘Christian’ nation.

B) God took His people to a covenant by which they became His kingdom and His Bride, Exod 19:5,6; Jer 3:14. It is in this sense that “the Bridegroom comes,” Matt 25:6. He comes with judgment and it will separate the wise from the foolish who don’t recognize His coming in a “sudden, unlooked-for calamity,” 1Thess 5:2,3; COL 412.

#2. The wedding parables are not a rapture, but an opportunity for a covenant relationship that will protect us in the end-times, Exod 34:10,11. Each has a calamity; the ‘remnant’ have their city burned, Matt 22:6,7; the cry at midnight is an echo of Exod 12:29,30. The ‘knock’ in Lk 12:36 is an earthquake as in Rev 3:20—that church where He knocks ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. Lk 12:35-44 has seven parallels to Rev 3:17-21. As in chess, the Queen, the Bride of Christ will be the most valuable and versatile player that wins victory for God.

God got an ignorant bride a Sinai. This must not happen to Christ, and the provision to prevent it is a prenuptial feast of betrothal for us to consider what He wants from us. Bible weddings took a week, Gen 29:27, and they coincide with the feast in Matt 22:3-10. Since every wedding parable has Passover imagery, it is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not crackers, but teachings not leavened by church leaders, Matt 16:12. Union with Christ by communion (unleavened bread) had the same meaning of union by covenant based on the Word.

#3. Elijah ‘shall first come and restore all things’ Matt 17:11. Malachi 4:4,5 shows this includes the statutes that have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24. The 7-fold emphasis is a mark of end-time truth—the “all things” that Elijah restores are topics for the covenant that the Bride of Christ must make and Bible covenants were linked to 7’s as in Gen 21:27,28; Lev 23. The 7 topics are the unleavened bread to consider before making a covenant.

#4. The white horse in Rev 6 represents the “all things” to be restored, Matt 17:11. The 7 topics are contextually linked to the 7 seals and are represented as a message of truth by the white horse in the 1st seal. Some think this is antichrist, but white is associated with Christ; scarlet is the color of antichrist and the beast system, Rev 17:4. The crown on the rider is a stefanos, a victor’s crown, not the diadema on the beast. Before the red horse “takes peace from the earth,” a message of truth will bless all who receive it, as Noah’s warning was intended to save. Horses in the Bible were for war. The imagery of a white horse suggests militancy for truth in the end-times.

#5. The Stone Kingdom breaks the kingdoms represented by image in Daniel 2. It is cut from a mountain.
The only usage of ‘mountain’ in Daniel is Jerusalem—My holy mountain. So the stone is cut from the church that’s divided into wise and foolish by earthquake that initiates ‘the day of the Lord,’ Joel 2:10,11; 1Thess 5:2,3. The wise know it’s Christ’s ‘knock’ (Lk 12:36) and they ‘open to Him immediately’ in the Feast of Unleavened Bread and consider the 7-seal topics to make a covenant and be His bride. Representing God’s kingdom of love and fairness, they break the world’s dominion that millions are rebelling against due to unfair laws, inequity, etc

#6. The 144,000 are not male virgins living in Israel. They are the wise virgins who are ready to seek a covenant relationship. They sing the song of Moses (#1) and are sealed in Rev 7 by the seals of Rev 6. For a copy of The Earthquake & the 7 Seals, please call Richard Ruhling, 928 583 7543, to discuss any questions re this information to the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has…[not] beaten with many stripes” Luke 12:44,47.

A Day’s Wage for an Hour’s Work? 

June 13, 2017
Christ’s parable of the 11th hour workers that got a day’s wage (Matthew 20) is about His offer to us!
“He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we do our part in His wedding parable, but we will be beaten with “stripes” if we ignore this, Lk 12:44-48. This is important or He wouldn’t be mixing the highest possible reward and the fear of loss and a beating as a motivation for us, and this is real, not an internet scam!
The Good News is that we can do it if we understand (stand under, support) the meaning of His words. A key to understanding is that this is a wedding parable (Lk 12:36) and “every prophecy is an explana-tion of some other prophecy.” Educ Pioneers gave the ‘midnight cry’ in 1844, but it didn’t fit as they expected. The Angel told John who typified their experience that he must prophesy again, Rev 10:11.
Pioneers overlooked the context of the judgment in Daniel 7:10. Verses before and after refer to “great words” of the little horn,” but after Napoleon took the pope prisoner, not many great words in 1844. But in 2015, the pope had “great words” for the Congress and the UN was on the Day of Atonement! With missing ingredients from 1844 satisfied, we can and “must prophesy again,” Rev 10:11.
“Again” means to give the same messages that pioneers misunderstood. The 1st angel’s message is not about the world burning. The Greek word in Rev 14:7 is krisis, and it’s appropriate now. “The Bride-groom comes” is not about a rapture. God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant that He regarded as marriage, Jer 3:14. In that same way, we will have an opportunity to marry Christ because Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened to them for examples,” 1Cor 10:1,11.
Egypt killed babies; the US has aborted 60 million. Egypt enslaved people; the US has enslaved nearly all with alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, Rx drugs falsely called ‘healthcare’ when it’s the #1 cause of death, gambling, sex, perversion, crime, violence on TV, movies, rock or rap music; we’re ripe for judgment.
Adventism is focused on ‘Sunday,’ but the world hasn’t heard the 1st angel’s message of judgment.
It takes judgment to marry wisely and “the Bridegroom comes” fits with the 1st angel’s message. As a “sudden, unlooked-for calamity” fell on Egypt, Ellen White applies those words for us in COL 412. This is a stern introduction to the wedding parables where the ‘remnant’ have their city burned for no interest in the wedding feast, Matt 22:6,7, KJV. We should rather be the “king’s servants” who bid others to the feast, but how is the wedding a feast?

A Dozen Reasons for Christians to Observe the Biblical Festivals, and Why They’re Not Jewish!

#1. Before Jews, God created the sun and moon for mo’ed, appointed times, Gen 1:14. Appointed for whom?

#2. These mo’ed applied to “the feasts of the Lord” in Leviticus 23:2,44. It doesn’t say Jewish, but God wanted Jews to evangelize the world with open borders to friendly “strangers within thy gates.” Exod 20:10

#3. They were enforced as a “statute forever.” Lev 23 Did God forget they would be ‘nailed to the cross’?

#4. God says, “I change not.” Mal 3:6. Christ affirmed this–“Till heaven and earth pass, not one yod… (smallest letter of Hebrew alphabet) shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18.

#5. Christ fulfilled the sacrificial part of those times so that we don’t need to kill lambs, but Passover also included judgment (Exod 12:12) and they “are a shadow of things to come.” Col 2:17. [Note: Catholic trans-lators added “is” and changed the meaning; the text could read, Don’t let any person judge how you keep these times; the body of Christ (local church) decides. Zeph 1:7,8 supports end-time judgment at Passover.

#6. Paul kept those times with Greek believers in Acts 20:6; 1Cor 5:8 & said to follow his example. 1Cor 11

#7. Paul’s fear for the Galatians was their efforts to earn salvation by works. The meaning of the Greek in Gal 4:10 was observing the law to the minutest detail. As ‘hair-splitters’ they lost the Spirit of the festival.

#8. The Protestant reformers all saw the papacy as the little horn of Daniel 7:25 that would change time law The papacy admits changing Sabbath to Sunday and abolishing the Jewish festivals (God’s feasts, Lev 23).

#9. Before His return, Christ said Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.” Matt 17:11. The context is seen as the law of Moses with statutes enforcing the appointed times in Lev 23, Mal 4:4,5; Ezek 20:11,12

#10. Readiness for His return is based on those times! Christ’s last six parables have timing specific for 2nd Passover, “as the days of Noah” when the Flood had Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Gen 7:11 The next parable begins, “Then shall two be in the field…” Then means at the same time! The next parable has the goodman not knowing when to watch, but Prov 7:19,20 shows he is on a long journey and returns at yom kece, full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but ‘long journey’ means 2nd Passover, Num 9:10,11

The evil servant begins to smite, ‘Then’ [same timing] it’s like 10 virgins, but when five missed a wedding Christ said, You don’t eido/understand, for [because] it’s like a man traveling to a far country, Num 9:10,11 2nd Passover is a clue for the last 3 parables also. Laodicea is ‘naked,’–loins not girded with truth, Eph 6:14.

#11. The wedding parables have links or imagery to Passover. “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we are ‘watching’ (gregoreo means awake and it was only commanded at Passover, Exod 12; Matt 26:38 in contrast to the servant who isn’t watching–he’s beaten with stripes. Please read Luke 12:35-48. It shows we have everything to gain and only sleep to lose one night in order to claim this richest promise. Why not?

#12. Many will say, ‘Lord, we did many good things’ and He will say, ‘I never knew you.’ Matt 7:14. The Greek word, ginosko, means intimate love as in the marriage covenant. The wedding parables all have Passover timing. To be ready, we need to observe these times in a spiritual way. As one commentator says…

“As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” DA 652. There is no biblical basis for quarterly, monthly or weekly communion. The Lord’s Supper prepares us for the greatest night of Old & New Testament events–‘watch and pray’ as Christ asks, Matt 26:38-41.  Watching would protect the goodman to prevent loss, Matt 24:43, sudden destruction in 1Thess 5:1-6; Rev 3:3. ‘Judgment begins at the house of God’ at (2nd) Passover, See Zeph 1:8 cited in 9T 93,95 The types that relate to the 2nd advent [judgment] must be fulfilled at time of symbolic service GC399.4 Ex 12:12

Questions or wish to discuss? Please call Richard Ruhling, 928 583 7543 (8-8 PT) or email Ruhling7@juno.com

To the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.”

PS: If we are tempted to ‘wait and see,’ we won’t be ready for ‘immediately’ in Luke 12:36—please call!

Appreciation for Pastor Melashenko and a Question for Church Leaders, Bible Students

June 9, 2017

Pastor Melashenko’s YouTube sermon may be seen here– Elijah Message He cited Christ that Elijah “shall first comes and restore all things” (Matt 17:11) and implied that we can be a part of that restoring process, but how do we know what the ‘all things’ are that need restoring?

The context of Elijah shown in Mal 4:4 is the law of Moses with statutes and judgments. EW supports them fully in 1BC 1104.6  They have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezekiel 20:11-24 where they are linked to sabbaths. The 7-fold emphasis is a mark of end-time truth, just like Revelation is a book of 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 thunders.

I’m seeing 7 topics that have a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth to be restored by Elijah. Let me give you another example. There were no J’s in Hebrew nor Greek, so his name was Elia, and it meant  El (Elohim) is IA.This is the short form of God’s name found in Ps 68:4 where King James translators replace yods with a J’s.

Bad idea since Christ said, Not on yod should pass from the law, and God wrote His name in the law 7 times.    Few people know that Josephus said God’s name “consists of four vowels” and some modern sources agree. Vowels are the music or beauty in our words or we couldn’t make intelligent sound with b,d,m. You can get more information at http://GodsName1stSeal.wordpress.com  I’m seeing that the 7 topics with 7-fold emphasis have a contextual link to the seals in Rev 6–thunder links to God’s name in John 12:28,29; Rev 14:1,2 and is the 1st seal.

Why Revelation 6? In Ellen White’s last book, last chapter, she said the church, “clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer,” an allusion to Rev 6:2 in PK 725.
I believe God gave me a token of the white horse. When mother died in Paradise, she left me a white Mustang with an odometer reading of 48,777, a token of 7 topics with a 7-fold emphasis for the last 7 years, like Joseph’s famine, Daniel 4, 7 days around Jericho, the judgment of the living with two 3.5 year periods: Rev 11:1-7 & 13:5.

The Bride of Christ is another imagery for Elijah to restore all things. God got an ignorant bride at Sinai and it must not happen to Christ. Provision is embedded in the wedding parables but the invitation to the feast is scorned in Matt 22. Since all 3 wedding parables have Passover imagery, it’s the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Passover imagery in Matt 25 is a cry at midnight (Exod 12:29,30)—‘sudden unlooked-for calamity,’ COL 412    Passover imagery in Luke 12:35-37 includes ‘loins girded’ (Exod 12:11), ‘watch’ = be awake, Matt 26:38-41. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is not crackers but teachings, Matt 16:12. (“Restore all things!) The 7-day feast of unleavened bread (teachings) coincides with a week for biblical weddings, Gen 29:27. See GC 399, last line.

Communion with unleavened teaching = union with Christ by covenant at the end of the week if we consider the 7 topics and commit to them. Israel did before they knew. It’s how we “open to Him immediately” at His ‘knock’ (Lk 12:36) that’s an earthquake initiating ‘the day of the Lord’ (Joel 2:10,11) and it brings ‘sudden destruction,’ 1Thess 5:2,3. Sr. White saw an earthquake at Loma Linda, 9T 92-95, cited Zeph 1:8 I can explain We are the ‘goodman’ who doesn’t know when to watch, but it’s protective, Matt 24:43; Rev 3:3; 1Thes 5:6

Passover was the only night that watching was enjoined in torah, but Christ modified it in His last parables from ‘as the days of Noah’ (Gen 7:11) to ‘like a man traveling to a far country,’ Matt 25:14. I can show that each parable fits a provision in the law for Passover a month later—Christ took the long journey; His return must fit the law that’s in effect till heaven and earth pass; that’s 2nd Passover–Num 9:10,11; Amos 3:7; EW.

This isn’t for 18 million SDAs; it’s like Gideon’s 300 and how Christ gets 144,000 virgins–the wise virgins that get into the wedding. ‘He will make [them] ruler over all that He has’ not ‘beaten with stripes’ Lk 12:44-48

Please call to discuss or if you have questions, 928 583 7543 or email if you prefer, Ruhling7@juno.com

The Wedding Parables Imply We Aren’t Ready for End-Times to Begin

May 28, 2017

We are asleep with lights out in Matthew 25:5. ‘Remnant’ (KJV) scorn the invitation and have their city burned in Matt 22:6,7. Ellen White suggests the midnight cry is a ‘sudden, unlooked-for calamity’ in COL 412.1

All of this suggests that we don’t understand the wedding parables. God “exercised judgment” on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant relationship that He regarded as marriage, Jer 3:14. Paul included that history in “all those things happened to them for typesends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11.

The US has killed far more infants in the womb than Egypt killed and enslaved far more with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, food, gambling, sex and perversions, all of which suggest that a time of judgment is impending for the US & us?

We are to be ready, “that when He comes and knocks, [we] may open unto Him immediately.” Luke 12:36. Since the Bible explains itself, and the only other place Christ ‘knocks’ is Rev 3:20 for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake, we should consider Ellen White’s earthquake vision at Loma Linda as a possible knock, but how do we open to Him immediately?

The next verse has imagery of the Last Supper when Christ girded Himself to serve the disciples on the eve of Passover. Lk 12:37. Each of the wedding parables has Passover imagery. The midnight cry (Matt 25) echoes Exod 12

Passover was when God “executed judgment,” Exod 12:12. When the judg-ment of the living begins with life or death issues as in the book of Daniel, we should consider it likely at Passover because “The types that relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at the time of symbolic service,” GC 399.4

EW says, “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His sacrifice.” DA 652.2

“In its place” suggests Passover timing, but with a modification by Christ’s words, You don’t know the day or hour (eido means understand) Each time He gave examples that fit a provision in their law for a late Passover, “as the days of Noah” or “like a man traveling to a far country.” Matt 25:14.
If Israelites took a long trip in spring and couldn‘t get back for Passover, they were to keep it the 2nd spring month, Numbers 9:10,11.

In Gen 1:14, God appointed the sun and moon for mo’ed, appointed times (before sin or Jews) and the word is found in Lev 23:44 for ‘feasts of the Lord.’ The wedding parable of Matt 22 is an invitation to a feast, but it is scorned, maybe because unleavened bread at Passover isn’t appreciated.

But in antitype, the unleavened bread is teachings not leavened by church leaders, Matt 16:12. God got an ignorant bride at Sinai and this must not happen to Christ. We need unleavened ‘bread.’ It’s a 7-day feast and Bible weddings also took a week, Gen 29:27. They coincide as a pre-nuptial feast of betrothal for us to understand true worship. Example: He says, “Call me Ishi (husband)…call me no more Baali (lord) Hosea 2:16.

Just as Revelation has 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 thunders, there are 7 topics that have a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth that’s to be restored (Matt 17:11) and Mal 4:4,5 shows the statutes as one these topics. We see they have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24 where they link to sabbaths.

“Christ gave to Moses religious precepts which were to govern everyday life. These statutes were explicitly given to guard the Ten Commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ. They were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last.” 1BC 1104.6

The statutes & judgments “were only the principles of the ten commandments amplified and given in a specific manner, that none need err.” PP 364.1 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” Ps 19:7. If we had to repay five oxen for an ox that we stole, it would convert us. Exod 22:1.

The Good News is that God will write His laws in our hearts—it has an end-time or latter-day context, Jer 31:1.31, so it’s not a works trip. God’s law will be vindicated by the Bride of Christ. God will empower us as His witnesses with Elijah-like power in Rev 11:3-6. Elijah “restores all things.” Matt 17:11.

In a prenuptial agreement, we covenant re those things that have a 7-fold emphasis to be restored and share in the role of Elijah. EW was right that we will be blamed for bringing judgment as Elijah was blamed, GC 590.1

As the Bride of Christ, we are the 144,000–the ‘virgins’ in Rev 14:4–the wise virgins that get in the wedding (Matt 25) because we were ready at His knock; readiness includes watching in order to respond immediately, Luke 12:36,37

If we are “so doing” when He knocks (earthquake), “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.” Luke 12:44. For more information on any aspect of this, please send an email to Ruhling7@juno.com or call to discuss any questions, 928 583 7543. To the intent that we are ready and spared the stripes, Luke 12:47.

These are the Days of Elijah! What are the “all things” that Elijah is to Restore and How?

May 17, 2017

If you type the above title into Google, 171,000 results suggest interest in this topic, and if you click the first link, 1.7 million have heard thlis inspiring message in song, “These are the Days of Elijah!

What about Elijah? Christ said before He comes, Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.”[1] If we want Christ to come soon, we must want Elijah to come first, and we might wonder if we can help him to “restore all things.” This article is about two questions: What are the ‘all things’ to be restored and what’s the process so that we might have a share in his ministry?

Just as the book of Revelation has seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, we might see that a 7-fold emphasis of a topic could be a marker for end-time truth to be restored. An example of this would be an article in the Adventist Review by Don Neufeld 40+ years ago about God’s name in the Ten Commandments.

It would surprise most Christians to learn that God’s name was removed by translators who substituted the title, LORD, in all capital letters. We find “LORD” seven times in Exodus 20:4-13, three times in the 4th Commandment which is like a seal containing God’s name, office (Creator) and dominion–heaven and earth.

In desiring God’s seal of approval on us, we are encouraged to see God’s name on 144,000 in Revelation 14:1. This example supports the relevance of topics having a 7-fold emphasis for the end-times, like LORD  in the Ten Commandments seven times. Our purpose here is not to delineate what the seven topics are, but to show their broader relevance to the seals in Revelation 6 and to the wedding parables.

In Revelation 6:1, John heard ‘thunder; one of the four beasts saying, Come and see…behold a white horse.’ Thunder is linked to God’s name–when Christ asked God to glorify His name, the people said it thundered.[2] We also see thunder associated with God’s name in Revelation 14:1,2.

In the end-time when many will die, those who call upon His name will be delivered.[3] Like the iceberg, there is more to this issue than we see on the surface, as a study on God’s name would support.

This is also relevant to the wedding parables. The Bride must take her Husband’s name. When Israel made a covenant with God at Sinai, He got an ignorant bride that worshiped a calf called Baal. The translation of Baal is “lord.” We don’t worship a calf, but we call God by the same title, Lord, but for the impending times ahead, He says, “you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me, ‘My Master,’”[4] [Baali in KJV]

Elijah came to bring repentance which means a change of mind. We should know there is no “J” letter in Hebrew, so the New Testament is closer to the truth. Christ said, “Elias truly shall first come and restore all things,” except there was no “s.” Elia means my El (short for Elohim, God) is IA. HalleluIA, an international word that means Praise God in most languages. Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah or Zechariah had God’s name, but they pronounced IA as in Maria or Gloria.

When Israel made a covenant with God at Sinai, He regarded it as a marriage and said, “Return…I am married to you.”[5] Bible covenants were linked to 7’s, like the seven ewes that Abraham gave to Abimelech in their covenant.[6] Another example would be the seven holy convocations that God gave to Israel in Leviticus 23, where they are called “the feasts of the LORD.” This brings us to the wedding feast…

Christ’s first wedding parable was about a King who made a marriage for His Son and sent His servants to bid people to the wedding feast. If it were real food, they probably would have gone, but they scorned it, and for persistent disinterest and mistreatment of the message by the “remnant,…the King burned up their city.”[7]

In the wedding parables of Matthew 25, the cry at midnight is an echo from the cry at Passover in Egypt.[8] Calamity fell on the Egyptians and God took Israel to Sinai for the covenant marriage. Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened for examples…ends of the world.”[9]

Passover imagery is also seen in Luke 12:35-37 where “loins girded” is first found in Exodus 12:11 and “watching” (being awake as the Greek word, gregoreo, means) was also in that context at Passover.

The point is, since the wedding includes an invitation to a feast in Matthew 22, it may have Passover timing, but the feast then is unleavened bread—and perhaps the ‘remnant’ aren’t interested in plain crackers! But after 2000 years, we should think ‘spiritual feast’ and recall that when Christ said, Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, He meant their teachings.[10]

So we have come full circle from Elijah restoring all things, to a wedding covenant based on unleavened teachings that are not made light by church leaders or traditions.

The “all things” are 7 topics emphasized 7 times in the Bible as a mark of end-time truth that are the basis of a covenant we make to become the Bride of Christ, like Israel covenanted and became God’s bride.

Those truths to be restored are also represented by the white horse in Revelation 6 where they have a contextual link to the 7 Seals. We showed this with God’s name linked by ‘thunder’ to the white horse.

Ellen White alludes to the white horse in the last chapter of her last book–“Clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict… she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.”[11]

Somehow, when we read “church,” we tend to think of church buildings, institutions or headquarters, and we miss Ellen White’s last definition of “church” in the previous chapter…

“That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today…even His covenant-keeping people…and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people.”[12]

Because Bible covenants were linked to sevens as shown above, the covenant is one of the seven topics that have a contextual link to the seals in Revelation 6. The rider on the red horse has a great sword that takes peace from the earth. We should expect this to happen after we make a covenant with Christ.

When God made a covenant with Israel, He said He would drive out the Canaanite.[13] We can expect the world to soon be a dangerous place when only those who have God’s name and covenant of protection will survive to see Christ’s coming.

We shouldn’t overlook the imagery of a white horse “conquering and to conquer” in a militant way. Horses in the Bible were used for war. Israel was not to multiply horses. Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey. But the white horse represents truths that enable us to be victorious as kingdoms crumble.

This leads us to the parallel imagery from Daniel 2. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom.”[14] When Christ comes in the sky, there will be no kings standing. The earthquake of the 7th vial destroys Babylon.[15]

A close look at the context shows the stone is cut out of a mountain,[16] but the only other uses of “mountain” in Daniel refer to God’s holy mountain, Jerusalem. In other words, it’s His people. The stone is cut from the church like the wise virgins who are ready in the wedding parable–they are separated from the foolish.

Furthermore, the stone grows to become a great mountain and fill the whole earth, verse 35. This won’t happen when Christ comes in the sky. This is the 144,000 who are anointed in a similar way to Christ or Elijah with power for 1260 days to shut the heavens and to turn water to blood.[17]

The 144,000 are said to be “virgins” in Revelation 14:4, and since the Bible explains itself, they must be the wise virgins that get into the wedding—a covenant relationship.

We should recall that the foolish were shut out by a short delay. In Luke’s wedding parable, when Christ ‘knocks,’ we must “open unto Him immediately.”[18] This is a problem for a church that needs a committee to decide. Unless we arrive at a better understanding of how ‘the Bridegroom comes,’ we might not be included. There needs to be a widespread understanding of what we are looking for and a readiness for His ‘knock.’

Since the only other place Christ ‘knocks’ is Revelation 3:20, and historically, that lukewarm church ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD, we should consider the possibility that Ellen White’s vision of an earthquake at Loma Linda is relevant. “Buildings, great and small, were falling to the ground….It seemed that the Judgment day had come.”[19] “Laodicea” means “people judging” (laos, people and dicea, decree/judgment).

Most readers think the above vision was about the San Francisco Earthquake that occurred then, but Ellen White cited Zephaniah 1:8 where God said He will punish the king’s children.

We should also see that an earthquake is encoded in Revelation 6:1. When John heard thunder, it was “one of the four beasts.” Verses 3,5,7 support the first creature as the Lion of Judah.[20] It was His roar that sounded like thunder. “The Lord also shall roar…the heavens and earth shall shake.”[21] The Lion’s roar is an encoded earthquake.

This ‘roar’ (earthquake) calls attention to the white horse—a message of truth for the end-time. In Luke’s wedding parable, the ‘knock’ is an earthquake, a signal to ‘open unto Him immediately.’

The Rule of 1st Use is helpful in understanding “immediately.” The word is first found in the King James Bible when Christ called James and John–“they immediately left the ship and their father and followed Him.”[22] Recognizing Christ’s ‘knock’ may be a similar high calling for us.

James and John wanted to be on Christ’s right hand and left in the kingdom and He asked, Can you drink of the cup that I drink of. They said yes, but slept when they should have prayed, and ran when they should have stayed with Him. But if we respond with immediate readiness for a covenant, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,” or we could be “beaten with many stripes” if we shrug this off.[23]

Closing: Elijah’s ministry is something that everyone can share. The ‘all things’ to be restored are marked by a 7-fold emphasis in Scripture and they have a contextual link to the 7 seals. They also fit the 7 days for Bible weddings.[24] Opening immediately at Christ’s ‘knock’ means a focus on those topics and a willingness to leave our ‘ship’ as James and John did. If our employment does not allow freedom of conscience to live for present truth as we understand it, we should be ready to leave the ship at His ‘knock.’

Horses were used for war. The white horse is militant in a spiritual sense for the truths of the covenant by which we become Christ’s kingdom as Israel became God’s kingdom when they made a covenant.[25]

The imagery of the Stone Kingdom in Daniel 2 is parallel. The stone beats the kingdoms to chaff. God will change Jacob from a “worm” to a threshing instrument to beat the mountains to chaff.[26] We should be happy to be a worm for His sake and look forward to beating the ‘high places.’ Earthly kingdoms will become chaff when people see the “gospel of the kingdom.” Kingdom means dominion of a king by his laws. God’s laws are wise and fair, even “perfect” as David said.[27] The power for Elijah’s ministry in Revelation 11:6 is given in verse 3 in the context of God measuring the church in verse 1. Important times are impending!

[1] Matthew 17:11 KJV unless specified

[2] John 12:28,29

[3] Joel 2:32

[4] Hosea 2:16, NKJV

[5] Jeremiah 3:14

[6] Genesis 21:27,28

[7] Matthew 22:6,7

[8] Exodus 12:29,30

[9] 1Corinthians 10:1,11

[10] Matthew 16:12

[11] Prophets & Kings, p 725

[12] Ibid, p 713,714

[13] Exodus 34:10,11

[14] Daniel 2:44

[15] Revelation 16:19

[16] Daniel 2:45

[17] Revelation 11:3-6

[18] Luke 12:36

[19] Testimonies for the Church, Vol 9, p 92-95

[20] Revelation 4:7; 5:5

[21] Joel 3:16

[22] Matthew 4:22

[23] Luke 12:44-48

[24] Genesis 29:27

[25] Exodus 19:5,6

[26] Isaiah 41:14,15

[27] Psalm 19:7

The Adventist Disconnect–Not Knowing What God Has Revealed

May 5, 2017

     “You don’t know the day or hour”—Christ said it three times; what did He mean? The Greek word for know is eido. It means be aware, understand. Christ meant His disciples didn’t understand. Each time He said it, He gave an example of a provision in the law for Passover (time of judgment, Exod 12:12), a month later.

“As the days of Noah, the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Noah entered the ark on the 10th day, the same day the sacrifice was selected in Exodus 12:3. When people refused Noah’s invitation, they were selecting themselves for sacrifice. Could we be doing the same, not paying attention?

“If the goodman had known, he would have watched, and not suffered his house to be broken by the thief.” The only Old Testament reference to goodman in the King James Bible is Proverbs 7:19,20. He is “gone a long journey” and comes home at the yom kece—full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but a long trip means 2nd Passover. If Israelites couldn’t get back for Passover, they kept it a month later. Numbers 9:10,11* (Links are active to show source)

After five women missed the wedding. Christ said, Watch (a clue for Passover as the one night in a year that being awake was required, Exod 12:10) You don’t know the day or hour (don’t understand) ‘for the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country.’ Matt 25:14. Christ is the Master who took the long journey to heaven. His return must fit His provision in the law* and should convince honest Jews that He’s the Master.

“In this time of well-nigh universal apostasy…[when leaders have no interest in doing so] we are to give, with no uncertain sound, the message: “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.” 4BC 1184. (Link to paragraph with red arrow)

The judgment of the living should begin on Passover as when God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant and said, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. That’s how “the Bridegroom comes” and there will be a ‘midnight cry’ of calamity. COL 412 The types that relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at the time of the symbolic service, GC 399 [Passover]

We think ‘all is well till Sunday comes,’ but judgment is impending. It begins with ‘the house of God.’ 1Pet 4 God ‘will bring the blind by a way they knew not.’ Isa 42:16. The lukewarm church where Christ ‘knocked,’ ended in an earthquake; He also knocks in Luke’s wedding parable and we must ‘open to Him immediately.’ His words imply it is only possible if we are ‘watching’ and if so, ‘He will make [us] ruler over all He has.‘Watching’ (being awake at Passover as in Egypt, 1Cor 10:1,11) is protective for the earthquake that initiates end-times. God says He won’t do anything without revealing it, Amos 3:7,8.

The lion’s ‘roar’ is an earthquake. ‘The Lord also shall roar…the heavens and earth shall shake,’ Joel 3:16. Earthquake initiates the day of Lord. The day of the Lord brings ‘sudden destruction…watch, 1Thess 5:2-6. If we don’t watch, He comes as a thief.Mrs. White saw an earthquake at Loma Linda. ‘It seemed that Judgment day had come.’ 9T 92-95. Readers think it was about San Francisco’s earthquake, but she cited Zeph 1:8–God will punish the ‘king’s children.’

Why Loma Linda? Sr. White sent $5000 for the deposit; she wanted natural remedies taught for door-to-door ministry. Leaders went against her “No!” re pharmacology. http://LeadingCauseOfDeathPrescriptionDrugs.com for ‘by her sorcery [Greek word is pharmekeia] were all nations deceived.’ Rev 18:23. We have the beast system*

2nd Passover (time of judgment clued by Christ) is Thurs night, May 11/12 when we should ‘watch and pray’ as Christ asked His disciples. If not, we may be like the goodman who had his house broken–he didn’t watch.

“As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” DA 652. Churches worldwide should be open to celebrate this event and then eat the Lamb spiritually by considering the closing scenes of His life and what He bore for us. If so, we are ready–“Blessed is that servant whom His Lord when He comes shall find watching…He will make him ruler over all that He has…and that servant who knew to prepare and did not, shall be beaten with stripes.” Lk 12:36-47

We have the technology to wake up the world if we would, but we are the ‘remnant’ who get their city burned before the wedding feast gets guests, Matt 22:7.  If we don’t proclaim the time of God’s judgmnet is come, we will still bear the message! For more information, please visit http://MayJudgmentDay.com