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The Greatest Woman in History–Ellen White?

November 20, 2017

Ellen White Founded a Church with Counsels to Establish Schools, Health Institutions and Publishing Houses that Belt the World. The Most Translated Woman Ever, She Overcame Obstacles to Write High-Value Books on Health, Happiness and Guidance for Today

God chose Israel, not because they were the greatest nation, but to show His power to make them great. When Israel was obedient to God, they were great under David and Solomon, at the crossroads of the nations. But Israel forgot the source of their greatness was humble obedience to God’s great laws. Could we be repeating history?

Like Israel, God chose a weak woman whose injury in childhood ended her formal education at age 9, yet her life was huge with all of the above accomplishments that she credited God for.

When she died, she left behind 25 million written words, a total literary output of 100,000 printed pages.  In 2015, her best known book, Steps to Christ, was available in more than 165 languages. 

Her books are not fiction—they address all areas of life affecting health, happiness and destiny, Many were to edify the church and 10 of her books are posted online so anyone may access them here. Of the 10, this author has read nine and would consider them classics of high value.

They include Steps to Christ, as it gives a picture of God’s love for mankind and our need of Him, and how to find peace by surrendering our lives as Scripture shows.

Drs. Calvin and Agatha Thrash were atheists, graduates of Emory University, but came across The Ministry of Healing. It changed their lives and practices of medicine. They gave their lives to a ministry of health that blessed thousands with health instruction and recovery in their home-like Uchee Pines Institute. Dr. Agatha Thrash said, “The Ministry of Healing is the best single book ever written.”

This author, having taught Health Science at Loma Linda University, agrees. Subtitled Health & Happiness, it’s a well-balanced book recognizing that health is a by-product of obedience to natural laws, and happiness is a by-product of obedience to moral laws—laws of relationship that God has given.

“Saved to Serve” is an example of a chapter pointing to a destiny beyond. The book covers everything from Christ’s life as a healer and natural remedies to foods and eating habits that are unsurpassed by the myriad of diet books on the market today. It’s the perfect ‘missionary book’ with substance on topics that address real needs in our degenerating society and can be gotten inexpensively by the box with attractive cover at the ABC for sharing with others, perhaps a great gift for visitors to the church if they don’t have it.

Dr. Clive McCay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University reviewed Ellen White’s writings on health and nutrition. He was surprised that she did not incorporate the fads and fallacies of her time and he summarized a six-page review by saying, “In spite of the fact that the works of Mrs. White were written long before the advent of modern scientific nutrition, no better over-all guide is available today.”

Ellen White encouraged the purchase of a property in Loma Linda, California that she said God had shown her, but when the day came, leaders had no money for the $5000 deposit until the mail arrived with a letter from Ellen White mailed a month earlier from New Jersey with a $5000 check for the deposit!

Her vision for the school was to train gospel workers to go house to house, singing gospel songs, giving Bible readings and instructions on eating, along with natural remedies and treatments that she said God would bless in answer to prayer.

Today this sounds like weak medicine, but this author’s father, a graduate of Loma Linda and who later taught at St. Louis University said 65 years ago that 85% of his patients would get well no matter what he did; 10% he helped and 5% would die no matter what he did.

If we applied those figures to Ellen White’s plan for natural treatments and instructions on eating, 95% of people would get well with no need to see a doctor for another prescription. Ellen White did not want pharmacology taught at Loma Linda, but leaders, eager for AMA approval, gave in to pressure to be recognized, and now prescription drugs are a leading cause of illness and death due to adverse drug reactions.[1]

White acknowledged that drugs relieve symptoms, but “in most cases, the drug only changes the form and location of the disease.” Ministry of Healing, 126. We call it “healthcare” in spite of the fact that the drug does not address the true causes and that people with lots of MD “healthcare” prescriptions die sooner.

The Ministry of Healing also has seven excellent chapters on the Christian home and child-rearing. Her book Education was eulogized by Florence Stratemeyer, Professor of Education at Columbia University and a leading educator—“The breadth and depth of its philosophy amazed me. Its concepts of balanced education, harmonious development, and of thinking and acting on principle are advanced educational concepts.. the teaching of parental responsibility, and the emphasis on self-control in the child are ideals that the world desperately needs.

“Mrs. White did not necessarily use current terms. In fact, she did not use the word curriculum in her writing. But the book Education in certain parts treats of important curriculum principles. She was concerned with the whole learner—the harmonious development of mental, physical, and spiritual powers.

“Today many are stressing the development of the intellect. But feelings and emotional development are equally important. In our changing society, the ability to act on thought and in terms of principle is central. It is this harmonious development that is so greatly needed, yet so generally neglected today.”

It’s an excellent help in home-schooling and everyone familiar with what’s happening in US schools should be considering what the Bible says—“You shall teach them…” Deuteronomy 6:7. A current headline says, Schools Approve Teaching Students: ‘It’s Okay To Break The Law, Police Are Evil’

Just as Adventist leaders made a huge mistake by seeking AMA accreditation for their health work, they did the same in seeking accreditation for their schools. Now when it’s clear that the world is ignorant of true education, Adventism has little to offer when it could have been “the head and not the tail” (Moses’ blessing if the Jews did Deuteronomy.)

Adventism has copied the world for most of a century, adding Bible classes to whatever accrediting bodies recommended, much like a junk-food diet is made better with a vitamin pill?

A curator of religious books at the Library of Congress said that Ellen White’s book, The Desire of Ages, was at the top of a list given to the average person seeking a book on the life of Christ for many year–they no longer recommend any.

Some have tried to undercut Ellen White with accusations of plagiarism, but the statements by McCay and Stratemeyer above disprove it. At worst, she was an inspired borrower who knew what was true.

Attorney Vincent Ramik, a Roman Catholic, spent more than 300 hours researching Ellen White to say she was not a plagiarist and her work did not constitute copyright infringement.

It was her godly counsels written in about 50 books that include Testimonies for the Church in nine volumes, that made a huge difference for Adventism.  Other 7th-day churches starting in the mid-1800’s like the Church of God (Seventh-day), for example in 2012 had ~ 200,000 members and 7th-day Baptists about half as many, but 7th-day Adventists have over 18 million members worldwide with churches, schools and hospitals exceeding every other Protestant Church.

Her vision of 9-11, published in 1909 is here.

 Another measurement of a person is not only what they wrote, but the obstacles they had to overcome. She faced opposition from church leaders that rejected the 1888 message of righteousness by faith. Further insights are found in What Might Have Been, published in 8T 104. She went to campmeetings with the proponents (two brilliant ministers) until church leaders wanted her to stop and asked her to go to Australia to start a school. She submitted and from Australia wrote some of her best books.

To overcome those obstacles, to write with depth and clarity on many aspects of diet, health, education, as well as her books explaining the Bible, counsels for establishing churches, publishing houses, schools and medical institutions while being opposed by some leaders and still get her writings into print–all of this goes beyond the accomplishments of any women in history, even greater than great men in history with few exceptions, perhaps like Moses, Daniel and Paul in this writers opinion.

Ellen White titled her last book, The Captivity & Restoration of Israel. The change to Prophets & Kings by publishers obscures her message from Jeremiah 30:3 as context for the New Covenant Promise in Jeremiah 31:8,16,17,31.

“That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today. He has “let out His vineyard unto other husbandmen,” even to His covenant-keeping people, who faithfully “render Him the fruits in their seasons.” Never has the Lord been without true representatives on this earth who have made His interests their own. These witnesses for God are numbered among the spiritual Israel, and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people….

“Clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. “Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners” (Song of Solomon 6:10), she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.”[2]

That last phrase, “conquering and to conquer” is an allusion to the white horse in Revelation 6:2. While some evangelical Christians think this is about the antichrist coming before the tribulation (represented by the other three horses), others see white as a symbol of Christ and His message while scarlet is the color of the beast in Revelation 13, and the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17 is also wearing scarlet.

The crown on the rider of the white horse is not the diadema of the antichrist, but a stefanos, a victors crown given to overcomers.

The early gospel was represented by the white horse, “conquering and to conquer” before the red horse of Roman persecution, followed by famine and the plagues of the Dark Ages, spanning the centuries, but White’s allusion in her last book, last chapter, places an end-time application to the white horse.

We are living when Christ’s words will be fulfilled, that Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.”[3] This may appropriately be represented by the white horse. Elijah is also seen as coming in the context of Malachi 4:4 to remember the statutes and judgments in the law that Christ said should not pass till heaven and earth pass.[4]

“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. These commands were enforced by the power of the moral law, and they clearly and definitely explained that law.”[5]

The statutes and judgments have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezekiel 20:11-24 where they are linked to sabbaths. Seven-fold emphasis reminds us of Revelation, a book of end-time truth with its 7 churches, 7 trumpets.

Such emphasis may be considered a mark of end-time truth that needs to be restored, even as the statutes (cited above) are relevant at a time when earthly governments crumble because of bad laws in contrast to what Moses said: “What great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?”[6]

In the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15, most of church teachings that we now count important were not discussed because they didn’t want obstacles to new believers joining the church…

“For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”[7]

We might do well to consider that difference as a contributing factor to the early church growing and flourishing in contrast to the Laodicean condition that is a deterrent to growth in North America. Based on her quote above, we would expect Ellen White to favor such an emphasis.

[1] Journal of American Medical Assoc, 4-15-1998

[2] Prophets & Kings, 713, 725

[3] Matthew 17:11, KJV unless specified

[4] Matthew 5:18

[5] 1BC 1104.6

[6] Deuteronomy 4:8, NKJV

[7] Acts 15:21, NKJV

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Did Satan Create Catholicism?

October 22, 2017

The above headline question in Newsweek (10/21/17) went unanswered as the article diverted into a political free-for-all citing Dr. Robert Jeffress, mega-church pastor, a Trump supporter in Dallas.

Newsweek also cited him as linking the church to the “Whore of Babylon” in Revelation, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, author on current events and Bible prophecy. He offers the following view in the context of some Catholics and Lutherans healing a “deadly wound” resulting from Luther’s posting 95 theses (points) on the church door 500 years ago this month.

Online sources also cite the healing of the deadly wound (Revelation 13), but the imagery begs some explanation for “the beast.”

When asked about the end of the world, Christ said to understand the book of Daniel where the world empires were depicted as beasts–a lion (Babylon), bear (Medo-Persia), leopard (Grecia) and dragon (Rome) with a little horn growing out of the beast that Protestant reformers said was the papacy because it did what verse 25 of Daniel 7 foretold.

Early Americans saw the beast in Revelation 13 as the papacy because it was an amalgamation of the four beasts from Daniel 7. It had a mouth like a lion, feet like a bear, looked like a leopard, and had the total of 7 heads and 10 horns from Daniel 7.

It also had a ‘deadly wound’ that healed, (verse 3) saying ‘all the world wondered after the beast.’ Pope John Paul’s funeral had every living US President bowing before his casket. Revelation 13 continues: “they worshipped the dragon [Satan, previous chapter] that gave power unto the beast.” Verse 4.

This suggests Dr. Jeffress was right, but it’s important to not let the facts in the Bible degenerate into a political name calling to divert attention because the age-old trick is, if the message is too strong and the facts can’t be overthrown, then focus on the messenger to get him discredited as so much of mainstream media seems to be doing.

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” John 7. Ruhling claims this includes Revelation 17 where a church is represented, not as the Bride of Christ (a pure woman), but by a harlot in bed with kings (a political church that for centuries has used and abused kings and governments to compel the consciences and martyr millions.

This whore is sitting on a beast. Which beast is it? It’s the ‘image’ beast that the US (lamb-like beast in Revelation 13) “causes the world to make” of the previous [papal] beast we saw above.

Sorting the three beasts of Revelation 13 suggests that the pope will ride and guide the United Nations New World Order as a final world government that will also compel false worship (‘image beast,’ looks like Rome) in Revelation 13.

The harlot is dressed in scarlet (color of cardinals) and decked with gold, a wealthy church. She is shown to be a mother of harlots—other churches that no longer protest her abominations cited in verse 5.

She is drunken with the blood of saints, verse 6. Conservative estimates are 50-80 million martyrs and this is no longer restricted to the Dark Ages. The pope had a concordat with Hitler to make the world Catholic when he won World War II.

Knowledge of Rome’s role in the war with Italy, Spain and Hitler (all Catholic) prevented the appointing of an ambassador to the Vatican when President Truman was asked to do so, but after Kennedy was shot and Reagan took a bullet, he decided to do so, and also to open the border to Mexico as the pope asked.

The Bible is light to see the road and what is coming. It offers politicians a warning and a call to everyone to come out of the false systems of government, education and religion that are seeking to control the masses, even to the point that they can mark everyone, Revelation 13.

Dr. Richard Ruhling is a retired physician whose books on health and geopolitics are on Amazon and some will be no charge on Saturday.

Adventism Must ‘Prophesy Again’ or Fail to be Movement of Destiny-

September 29, 2017

Unless there is a serious change, Adventism as represented by the General Conference will fail to be the movement of destiny endorsed by the ‘bitter-belly’ experience of John in Rev 10:10,11. Christ said, “You must prophesy again.”

Those 1844 messages would prepare us for what’s impending, but we should give them with a better understanding.

Pioneers thought ‘the Bridegroom comes’ meant the 2nd coming and the world would burn. Neither is true now, but as wise virgins, we need extra oil from the Old Testament olive tree in Zechariah 4. The Old Testament shows how both messages fit.

God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant, later saying, I am married to you, Jer 3:14. That’s how “the Bridegroom comes” and this is supported by Paul who wrote, “All those things happened to them for tupos, types…ends of the world.”1Cor 10:1,11

America has parallels to Egypt as the greatest nation then and now.

  1. They killed babies; the US has aborted 60 million.
  2. Egypt was a source of food in times of famine as America is.
  3. Israel went to Egypt in a famine. Pioneers came here when the spiritual Bread of Life was banned by the papacy in medieval times.
  4. Egypt enslaved Israel; the US has enslaved most of its people with alcohol, tobacco, drugs and bondage to food, gambling, greed, crime, sex, perversion, ‘music’, TV, violence, etc.

God will execute judgment on the US as He did on Egypt. When Israel made a covenant at Sinai, they became God’s kingdom and Bride, Exod 19:5,6; Jer 3:14. This brings us to a more biblical understanding of what the wedding parables mean. Readiness for the calamity in each wedding parable is the key to high destiny and the Rule of 1st Use helps us understand them. For example…

The cry at midnight in Matthew 25:6 is first found in Exod 12:29,30 as calamity fell on Egypt. The ‘knock’ in Luke 12:36 is an earthquake because Laodicea (where He knocked) ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. “The day of the Lord’ begins with an earthquake in Joel 2:10,11; Paul said ‘sudden destruction.’ 1Thess 5:2,3.

Paul’s reference was to when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety.’ The UN’s International Day of Peace was September 21, and the theme for this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” (Google)

Two days later, “the Great Sign of Revelation 12” was in the sky. Some Christians took it as a sign of impending rapture or “end of days.”

The sign, according to astronomers, is a complex convergence of aligning planets and constellations that unfolds over 9 months that fits Revelation 12:1,2. Starting September 23, 2017, the sun will be in the virgin, Virgo, and the moon will be at her feet.

She will have a crown of nine stars and three planets in alignment making 12. Jupiter, symbol of deity, will be in the womb area, exiting at her feet. A 90-sec YouTube video asks us what it means.

9-months for pregnancy could mean next spring. Christians might think the child that is birthed and caught up to heaven would be Christ, but as a sign of Christ’s birth, it’s 2000 years late.

But since God is on time, and He’s the Author of nature and the Bible, we should see that the Bible explains what nature doesn’t.

God called Israel His “first-born” in Exodus 4:22. But ‘first-born” implies another, and if we would sing the song of Moses (Rev 15), a song of our experience, then we should anticipate God’s timeliness as in Egypt.

The wedding parables all have Passover imagery like the cry at midnight in Matt 25:6 and Exod 12:29,30. Luke’s wedding parable has triple imagery for Passover. ‘Loins girded’ (Luke 12:35; Exod 12:11) and watching (the Greek word, gregoreo, means to be awake) as they were to be in Exod 12:10.

If we are watching and open when Christ ‘knocks,’ (earthquake), “He will gird himself and make [us] sit down to eat and serve [us].” Luke 12:37. This is imagery from the Last Supper at Passover.

It would have been unfair for Christ to tell us to watch (be awake) if there were no clue for when, but Passover was the only night it was commanded, even as Christ said, “Watch, could you not [be awake] one hour.” Matt 26:38-41.

But there’s an important modification seen in Christ’s closing parables that support 2nd Passover timing. It was a provision for Israelites who didn’t travel in winter, but if they took a long journey in spring and couldn’t get back to Jerusalem for Passover, they were to keep it a month later.

This was based on Numbers 9:10,11, part of the law that Christ said is in effect till heaven and earth pass, Matthew 5:18.

When five women missed the wedding, Christ said, Watch…you don’t know, (the Greek word, eido, means be aware), for the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country. Christ was linking the reason for their not knowing when to watch (be awake) to the timing as a ‘long journey’ that we now see is a clue for 2nd Passover.

This is also the timing “as the days of Noah” when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd month, Gen 7:4,11.

It was Passover timing, because when people chose not to enter the ark on the 10th day as Noah did, they were selecting themselves for sacrifice, Exod 12:3.

Christ’s next parable begins, “Then [same timing!] shall two be in the field, one taken, the other left.” Martial law?

The following parable is the goodman (could be Adventism?) who has his house broken because he doesn’t know when to watch. Prov 7:19 shows him gone on a long journey and returning on the yom kece—full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but “long journey” means 2nd Passover, Numbers 9:10,11.

At a time when some churches seek an authentic worship with a Jewish seder on the eve of Passover, we should consider an authentic alternative.

“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.” Desire of Ages, 652.

Doing so and then spending some time eating the Lamb spiritually by reviewing the closing scenes of His life to consider what He bore for us would be a perfect way to be ready for end-times that could begin then, as Christ’s words in Luke 12:36,37 suggest.

If we are watching when He knocks and open to Him, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,” and we can avoid the “many stripes” that we could get if we shrug this off, Luke 12:35-48.

We may expect a ‘heads up’ next spring. The Jewish time for judgment is Passover as seen in Egypt, Sodom (‘unleavened bread,’ Gen 19:3), and 70 AD when Titus began his siege.

If we see Jerusalem again ‘compassed with armies’ as Luke 21:20 and Zech 14:2 suggest, it should ignite a ‘midnight cry’ that the Bridegroom comes, for Christians everywhere to watch at 2nd Passover a month later, for reasons beyond the scope here.

Failure to understand the signs of the times suggests a foolish virgin response when it will be too late to get ready after the fact.

Richard Ruhling is a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University. He offers health programming to churches and may be contacted at Ruhling7@juno.com

 

Response to Spectrum’s “Theology of Unity”

September 28, 2017

Here are some thoughts re Spectrum’s “Theology of Unity...” at conversation.spectrummagazine.org

Being left-handed piqued my interest in a group of left-handed men who could sling a sling at a hair’s breadth and not miss in Judges 19,20. The story has overtones of what we see happening in the church at this time…

A Levite went in search of a lost concubine and is returning to Jerusalem when night catches them at Gibeah. An old man offers hospitality to them like Lot did to angels in Sodom and the men of Gibeah were beating the door when the old man offers his daughter and the concubine to the men instead of the Levite. In the morning, the concubine was dead on the doorstep.

Christ is our High Priest; Levites were high priests. A concubine is not legally married (similar to the church now). God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant and said, ‘I am married to you,’ Jer 3:14. Paul included the Exodus in ‘all those things happened to them for examples…ends of the world.’ 1Cor 10:1,11.

The US is like Egypt—they murdered babies, the US has aborted 60 million. Egypt enslaved Israel; the US has enslaved millions in alcohol, tobacco, drugs call ‘healthcare,’ but it’s a leading cause of illness and death,  food, gambling, sex, perversion, TV, movies, ‘music,’ violence, etc.

We will see the history of the Exodus repeat in order for 144,000 to sing the song of Moses, a song of their experience and they will make a covenant marriage, which is how the wise virgins get into the marriage. (144,000 are said to be virgins in Rev 14:4).

The article on a Theology of Unity cited Exod 19:4–God bore them on eagle’s wings to Sinai for the covenant, but Rev 12:14 also shows Him giving the woman “two wings of a great eagle…”

But right now, we are pre-covenant and in the concubine role with left-handed men (not medical missionaries, wrong approach) dividing the church like the men of Gibeah.

When two women were fighting over a baby, Solomon wisely said to divide the baby for each to have half. The true-hearted mother surrendered. Rather than fight over women’s ordination or other divisive issues, perhaps the best response is to surrender it to God’s intervention.

The ‘Great Sign of Revelation 12’ in the sky a week ago included imagery of a pregnancy pointing to next spring and with imagery of childbirth, we are reminded that Israel was God’s ‘first-born,” (Exod 4:22) suggesting another event, as some of the above passages do, at a time when Laodicea is ‘blind’ and doesn’t see what’s coming…

Richard Ruhling (MD, MPH, taught Health Science at LLU, 1974-78)
http://TheBridegroomComes.com

Adventism’s Failed Eschatology?

September 23, 2017

An article on Spectrum’s website compares Adventism’s Failed Eschatology to ISIS. Joshua Keating’s article fails to see God as a master psychologist who allowed the antedeluvians to mock the lunatic Noah before reality set in, and Christ clued us that it would be like that.  Also in Matthew 24, the last sign is the evil servant who thinks his lord delays his coming.

Peter said, “Be not ignorant…1000 years are as a day, and a day as 1000 years. God is not slack…the day of the Lord will come,” 2Peter 3:8-10. We can be ignorant by choosing to ignore or by being uninformed, but how could we be otherwise—do we expect God to shout when time is up?

It’s been 30 years since I attended a prophecy conference on topics I had never heard discussed in Adventism, like jubilee, but it holds a key that this writer finds meaningful.

After seven weeks of years in which Israel was let their land rest on the sabbatical year, jubilee was proclaimed in the 49th year on the Day of Atonement, Lev 25:9,10. Because the years came in weeks, the 50th was the first year of the next cycle, so the jubilees spanned 49 years. The most famous time prophecy of Daniel 9:24 spanned 10 jubilees and it began with a jubilee event when captives were free and they got their land back when they returned under Ezra and Nehemiah.

The best dating we have for that decree is 457 BC, but if we take the following spring of 456 when they actually left Persia, it synchronizes with 35 AD in a breath-taking application for us.

Fast-forward from 35 AD, 40 more jubilees (40 x 49 = 1960 years) bringing us to 1995 when Pope John Paul went to the UN on the Day of Atonement. Think about it…Christ is in heaven seeking a heavenly kingdom from His Father (Daniel 7:13) and the pope is seeking an earthly kingdom, and of all the days in the year the pope goes to the UN, it’s on the day specified for jubilee, Lev 25:9.

The timing fits the evil servant that begins to smite his fellow servants. ‘All roads lead to Rome’ for the 1994 genocide according to a video documentary: https://youtu.be/LfSK-_fT368

The documentary video shows anger on the part of an aid worker when a million people died, 80% being Tutsi Protestants who were labeled as communists in a Catholic strategy to get support for the “Christian” Democratic [Catholic] Party.

The US aid worker said there were so many UN vehicles and soldiers that if you spit on the street, you would probably hit a UN vehicle, but all that security proved to be nothing.

When the word came of impending genocide, Kofi Annan ordered a stand-down so the genocide could be done without interference. The Clinton administration shares in the guilt. Belgium officers that could have stopped it testified of their guilt. (video link above)

Y2K came and went. So did the housing bubble of 2008. Adventism is divided between failed eschatologists and those who see serious meaning to Peter’s “be not ignorant…” But how so?

If we take Peter’s reference to a thousand years like a day (God gives us six days to do our work) and if we integrate the jubilee cycles that point to an ultimate jubilee, we find that 490 years span 10 jubilees and 490 more make 980 years with a 20 year gap at the end.

We saw how the 50 jubilees from the famous time prophecy in Daniel 9 ended with the pope’s UN visit in 1995. 20 years later, Pope Francis ALSO went to the UN, ALSO on the Day of Atonement!

Is it a mere coincidence—one chance in 365 that he might visit on that day, and one chance in 365 that John Paul might visit also on a Day of Atonement? Simple math gives us a probability of 1 chance in 133225 that they did so by chance for the 20 year gap to be marked by those events.

Let the scoffers scoff, but 2015 when the pope went to UN was a marked year by several other events that herald “the day of the Lord.”

  1. “The sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood before the day of the Lord” Joel 2:31. A rare solar eclipse on the equinox, followed by a blood moon on Passover (Jewish time of judgment) and the word for “before” is paniym—facing the day of the Lord.
  2. “The day of the Lord comes as a thief…when they shall say ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction comes,” 1Thess 5:2,3. The Iran Nuclear Treaty was ‘Peace and safety,” signed by seven nations (God’s signature?), 2015. This ‘peace and safety’ sign is echoed now. September 21 is the UN’s “International Day of Peace” with a chosen theme for this year, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” (Google)
  3. The Supreme Court approval of what Leviticus 18 calls an abomination reminds us of Christ’s warning of Lot’s fleeing Sodom in Luke 17.
  4. Should we flee when an abomination is “standing where it ought not”? Mark 13:14. Early believers understood Christ’s reference to Rome, and fled when a Roman general came to Jerusalem in 66 AD. Should we draw a parallel to another Roman general, the pope when he stood where he ought not, in US Congress, promoting his Laudato Si’, an appeal for Sunday and blessings of the Eucharist, paragraph 237 in an online pdf.

All of this may be meaningful or meaningless, depending on our preference of view. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life…”

Even as this is written, some evangelical Christians look for a rapture this Saturday because of the ‘Great Sign of Revelation 12’ that they interpret as the beginning of a rapture. For an alternate view, readers may visit http://TheBridegroomComes.com and the ebook, God Bless America? 

Richard Ruhling is a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda, School of Health and in retirement, finds current events often fit Bible prophecy as the above links suggest.

Israel: No Non-Jewish Marriages and How It May Change Soon

September 7, 2017

“A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country.” WorldNewDaily.com, 9-2-17.

Didn’t Moses say that the land would spew them out if they didn’t live by the law—the law that taught equality and freedom? Summarizing the law, the Messiah taught us to love God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves.

So how many times should we expect a spewing out? Moses and Ezekiel might help us see that Israel was not free to return when the United Nations gave them land, or do we think God can’t count? He said if Israel walked contrary to His law, that He would punish them seven times over (Leviticus 26).

But Israel walked contrary for 390 years, according to Ezekiel 4. Seven times 390 years suggests 2730 years of exile that began in 722 BC when the Assyrians took Israel captive and they were scattered among the nations. The math is easy. 2730 minus 722 = 2008, but with no year “0” it is 2009, when Israel could have returned, but for one thing.

Yeshua warned of an ‘abomination standing where it ought not’ in Mark 13. Early Christians understood that warning to be Rome and fled when Cestius came in 66 AD. Their fleeing spared them the siege by Titus in 70 AD. But Rome came to Jerusalem in 2009, when Pope Benedict was “standing where he ought not” and the sign to flee would over-ride Jewish freedom to return after their long exile.

The United Nations is the beast system that the pope will ride in Revelation 17. Israel’s return (Aliyah) was premature and they are destined to trouble as this unfulfilled prophecy of Zechariah 14 shows—

“I will gather all nations (United Nations? Arab nations?) against Jerusalem to battle. The house shall be rifled and the women ravished. Half the city shall go into captivity. Then the Lord will go forth to fight against those nations.”
For more information on how this plays out, visit  http://IslamUSinProphecy.wordpress.com

That vision’s context is the “day of the Lord” and the link above supports it as “the time of the end.” I can hear the skeptics laughing, but the vision in the link above, thought 2500 years old, is half-fulfilled with the war against Iraq and the death of Saddam. War against Iran has been discussed in Washington. The Bible transcends best-sellers.

Dr. Richard Ruhling writes on current events and Bible prophecy. His article is excerpted from God Bless America? that has more information and is available at no charge Friday, September 8 at http://amzn.to/2grtEQx  Readers that don’t have Kindle, can download a pc app from the above webpage (no charge) that lets them read Kindle books.

The Solar Eclipses of 2017 & 2024–What They Mean

August 15, 2017

An email from a friend cites some guru who says next week’s eclipse means “the end of the world!”

This is baloney, and probably nothing huge will happen August 21 to endorse the significance of the eclipse. “Signs of the times” should be taken in their context and it is interesting that another solar eclipse will occur in seven years with a path that marks a big ‘X’ across the US with path of August 21. https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html

The idea of a big ‘X’ marked over a 7-year period does have eschatological implications if we consider God’s plan to make an end of nations as He said in Jeremiah 30:11. “In the latter days” we are to consider it, verse 24.

Are there other meanings to an eclipse? We should consider that the sun is the source of light and life for our world physically, and it represents what the Son represents spiritually. Christ is light and life for us.

The moon shines by reflected light and represents the church. The moon was to rule the night (Genesis 1) and the papacy ruled the night of a period of time known as the ‘Dark Ages.’ The eclipse is the moon interposing between us and the sun, even as the papacy interposes between a billion members and the Son, with claims to forgive sin and offer salvation—things that only Christ can do.

The eclipse coming at this time in earth’s history suggests an impending time when billions will be blinded to what the Bible calls the Mother of Harlots and Abominations and perhaps it’s time for a reality check for SDAs.

Ellen White saw church leaders transformed into a Catholic procession in 1T 577.2 Later, against her appeal of 1901, leaders voted a hierarchical church structure like the Catholic Church in spite of warnings by PT Magan in 1903. Her response?  ‘How is the faithful city become an harlot!’ 8T 250.2 You can read more in the 1903 General Conference Bulletin in the SDA room of Southern Adventist University library, or similar.

Ellen White did not want a General Conference President, but saw the need for leaders over South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, like our division leaders who understand the issues on their continent better than someone from Washington, but and these leaders could confer together about methods and strategies that work.

“Human wisdom tends to centralization, to the building up of great churches and institutions.” MH 147.3

Beyond church organization, there are half a  dozen ways that Adventism resembles the Catholic Church. Our medical work is an example and further explained in the following link re Ellen White; page down three times to see how leaders hijacked her school to teach pharmakeia (Greek word for sorcery in Rev 18:23) https://news4living.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/the-greatest-woman-in-history-ellen-white-founded-a-church-scores-of-schools-health-institutions-wrote-10-outstanding-books/

It is sorcery to take a drug hoping for a cure when most medical conditions are of “unknown etiology” and pharmacology evolved from toxicology, the study of how much chemical kills half the animals, nothing new.

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May God bless and guide you.
Richard Ruhling