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Issues with Sabbath School Lessons on End-Time #2-7

May 4, 2018

Lesson 2: Daniel & the End-Time.
It would be an easy mistake for Miller and SDA pioneers to think that the 2300 day prophecy was the vision “at the time of the end” three verses later, Dan 8:14,17, but the Hebrew word for vision in verse 17 is chazown, and it’s about the ram and goat! The Medes & Persians are now Iraq & Iran and we are “at the time of the end.”

Lesson 3: Memory Verse, Rev 3:21 offers high reward, for overcomers to share Christ’s throne, but the lesson fails to show half a dozen parallels of that message for Laodicea to Luke’s wedding parable with similar reward, to be ‘ruler over all that He has’ Luke 12:35-44. Parallels include loins girded (not ‘naked’), lights burning to see (like eye salve), both get a knock and are to open. The last church is also those who are “so doing when He comes,” Lk 12:43,44.

Lesson 4: Memory Verse, Christ as an atoning sacrifice reminds us of the earthly sanctuary with the altar in the outer court, but those different phases represented aspects of the Christian’s experience—justification in the outer court, sanctification in the holy place where the bread was the Word of God, incense represented prayer and candle-stick represented walking in the light of the Holy Spirit. The Most Holy Place represented the presence of God over the law which we must be conformed to, as the New Cove-nant Promise to put His laws in our hearts is for the ‘latter day’ (end-times) Jer 31:1,31-33. We overlook the context in verses 8,10,16,17. Ellen White understood it by the title that she gave to her last book, The Captivity & Restoration of Israel, taken from Jeremiah 30:3,11 (pls read the texts!)

Lesson 5: The Heavenly Sanctuary had 3 paragraphs (brief) on the Day of Atonement and did not mention the ‘fit man’ (representing the 144,000) that takes the goat that represents the devil to the wilderness. Like Daniel, 144,000 would rather die than dishonor God by sinning. Satan accused God of a law that cannot be kept. To vindicate God there needs to be a group of people who have His covenant written in their hearts so they don’t sin in a time of trouble.

Lesson 6: The ‘Change’ of the Law focuses on Sabbath. It fails to see the 10 Commandments as a table of contents to the law. Just as the 7th Commandment protects marriage, the 1st four commandments protect God’s identity as our Creator, but the lesson fails to mention several important changes made by the papacy mentioned only in Thursday’s lesson. The ‘little horn’ growing out of Rome is guilty of more than just Sabbath to Sunday.

The 2nd Commandment forbidding images was abolished in the catechism. The 3rd Commandment says not to take God’s name in vain (empty) but that’s what happened with catholic (universal) translators seeking to make God more acceptable with the generic title, LORD, in all caps where His name, 4 Hebrew letters (tetragrammaton) were removed

Last but not least, from Gen 1:14, we see mo’ed, appointed times were the basis of the law (torah means 5 books) in Lev 23 where annual sabbaths were instituted as statutes forever to teach truths in the plan of salvation.

Malachi 4:4,5 supports the need to restore those statutes as Ellen White so well said, “They were to be binding upon men in every age, as long as time should last.” 1BC 1104.6

She gave us a clue that Adventism has not recognized. “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 652.2 We don’t need Jewish ceremonies but ‘In its place’ means at Passover, God’s appointed time…

This is not just about tradition and ritual observance. The wedding parables tell us to watch (gregoreo means to be awake) It would be unfair for Christ to ask us if there were no clues for when, but Passover was the only night in the year that watching was commanded; Ex 12:10; Matt 26:38

“The types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time…of the symbolic service.” GC 399.4 Failure to see this will make us foolish virgins, unready.

Lesson 7: Matthew 25, The Wedding Parables.
The wedding parables all show a sudden event for which there is no later time to get ready. Those who ‘wait & see’ will be foolish virgins in comparison to those who under-stand God’s appointed times, who watch as He asked.

The ‘midnight cry’ is a sudden, unlooked-for calamity, COL 412.1 and is an echo of the 1st midnight cry in Egypt. They killed babies, the US has aborted 60 million. Egypt enslaved Israel. The US has enslaved most people: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, prescription drugs are a leading cause of death but we call it ‘healthcare.’ God is going to afflict US, and take those who are watching to a covenant marriage, but He will “punish the king’s children”-SDAs in Zeph 1:8 cited by Sr White in her earthquake vision at Loma Linda, 9T 92-95.  To understand the wedding parables that imply we are asleep with lights out and we scorn the invitation in Matt 22:2-7, please reply by email to request a pdf of God Bless America? and call to discuss questions, 928 583 7543, or if you prefer, you can get a free copy of it for your Kindle Sabbath, May 5 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075896HPD

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Five Fatal Errors that Most SDAs Believe

March 16, 2018
  1. “Sunday” is the next prophetic event

That’s what Dr. Gulley (Southern Adventist University) preached 30 years ago, but since then there have been numerous examples of biblical significance including was with Iraq. Gabriel told Daniel (8:17) his vision of ram & goat is ‘at the time of the end’ Medes = Iraq.

Papal visits have intersected the jubilee timelines to signal the end-time “day of the Lord” and now 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Jerusalem (WND) also ‘day of Lord’ Zech 14:1

  1. The 3rd angel’s message is the message for now

The 3rd angel’s message is a warning against receiving the mark of the beast, but it is the image beast or look-alike that does the compelling to cause all to receive the mark. While it is coming, we should be more relevant with a message to current events now.

  1. Ellen White gave us all we need to know.

This assumes what we have is all that she gave us, but publishers changed the title that she gave her last book, The Captivity & Restoration of Israel.  This hides the biblical basis of it in Jer 30:3—“I will bring again the captivity of my people, Israel and Judah, and cause them to return to the land that I gave their fathers…though I make a full end of all nations.” vs 11.

This is just an example. Her statement on the statutes, “not shadowy types to pass away…but binding…as long as time should last” supports Matt 5:18 re the law. She also saw opposition re the annual sabbaths, but managed one sentence—the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service.” GC 399.4

  1. The Church is going through; sinners will be shaken out

This should cause us to ask, what is her definition of “church.” In the last book, PK 713,714 it is a “covenant-keeping people,” but we are failing to see an impending repeat of history of how God “executed judgment” on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant [marriage] Jer 3:14.

We say, “the Bridegroom comes” but most seem clueless that it’s not about His coming in the sky, but like Egypt that killed babies, the US has aborted 60 mil and enslaved most in alcohol, tobacco, drugs, food, fashion, fiction, gambling, greed, ‘music,’ sex, perversion etc

  1. The messages of 1844 and viewpoints then are irrelevant to today.

Pioneers gave a message of impending judgment and Bridegroom’s coming and neither fit as they expected, but Christ told John who typified the remnant (bitter belly like 1844) that “you must prophesy again.” Those who do with a better understanding of those messages will be ready for what’s coming. Those who shrug it off to “wait and see” will not be ready because ‘wait and see’ needs no faith, and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” Rom 14:23. Christ is looking for a mature Bride who ‘gets it,’ not vegetables that can also wait and see.

“When you see Jerusalem compassed with armies,” Luke 21:20 will be the sign of the day of the Lord in Zech 14:1,2, which is why Christ mentioned it first in Matthew 24:1-3. But “the day of the Lord” is also linked with an earthquake in Joel 2:10,11; Zeph 1:7,10  and Ellen White linked Zephaniah 1:8 with her vision at Loma Linda of an earthquake when it “it seemed that Judgment day had come” and when God “will punish the king’s children.”

Why us? We have the door closed to Christ who is the Truth. As the aggelos (messenger to that lukewarm church, will you please open the door by sharing this information so your members can decide for themselves, rather than being the gatekeeper of it? The Protestant Ethic is “priesthood of all believers,” not Catholic as she saw when leaders chose in 1903 to have a hierarchical structure in spite of warnings. We’re like Israel that wanted a king/President.

To get a free copy of The Destruction of Jerusalem: a Sign for US, please visit http://amzn.to/2AwUOh6 Sabbath, March 17 and they also offer a free app to read on your phone or computer. You can download it first. Jerusalem’s destruction is the 1st sign of end-times, Zech 14:1,2; Matt 24:1-3. Here’s a short video summary of the book, https://youtu.be/zAzpI7pSwRs

 

 

A Wakeup Call for High Destiny or ‘Beaten with Stripes’ Luke 12:35-48

February 9, 2018

Adventism became a movement of destiny by giving two mes-sages in 1844 that fit now. John typified the remnant and Christ told him, You must prophesy again, Rev 10:11.

Pioneers overlooked the context of the judgment in Dan 7:8-11. No ‘great words’ for the horn (papacy) after Napoleon took the pope prisoner, but the pope had great words for US congress & UN in 2015 with other signs signaling judgment.

How do the messages of judgment & ‘Bridegroom comes’ fit? God executed judgment on Egypt & took Israel to a covenant making them His kingdom and Bride. Exod 19:5,6; Jer 3:14.

Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened to them for examples…ends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11.

Egypt killed babies; the US has aborted 60 million, enslaving most people in alcohol, tobacco, drugs, food, sex, perversion.

Judgment must begin at the house of God.” 1Pet 4:17. Our church leaders chose a Catholic organizational plan in 1903, contrary to Ellen White & other warnings (GC Bulletin 1903)

Mrs White replied, How is the faithful city become a harlot? 8T 250. She said the apostasy would continue till the Lord comes. Spec Test. Series B. Links are clickable to see source.

She did not want drug treatment taught at Loma Linda. Her vision of an earthquake there will be just. 9T 12,13; 92-95. She said God would punish “the king’s children…” Zeph 1:8. San Andreas Fault is “ready to roll.” http://bit.ly/2EwVd5y

She said the church would be like Jerusalem if we don’t walk in the light, 8T 67. and later said we weren’t walking in light. Jerusalem’s destruction will soon be our sign! Zech 14:1,2. When we see it, we ‘must prophesy again,’ as they did, 1844.

He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we follow His example on His last night that was a microcosm of end-time events. We’ll be spared if we do as Luke 12:35-44 says.

Each wedding parable has Passover (judgment) imagery. In Matt 22:7 “the remnant get their city burned.” (Loma Linda) but ‘watching’ (being awake, praying) spares us, Matt 24:43.

1. “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 652.2 *Do the Lord’s Supper at Passover.

2. Then they went out to “watch and pray,” but they slept and ran; history took a bad detour, but may pick up where it went wrong. As an aid to staying awake and praying, we should eat the Passover Lamb spiritually by considering the closing scenes of His life and what He bore for us. “If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lessons of penitance and humility at the foot of the cross.” DA 83.4

3. It would be unfair for Christ to tell us to watch, be awake, Matthew 26:38-41) unless we knew when and Passover was the only night in the year that watching was commanded, and the wedding parables are linked to Passover as in Luke 12:37

4. There’s an important variation to Passover timing. Christ’s closing parables support a provision in the law of Numbers 9:10,11 for Passover a month later, “as the days of Noah” when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Noah buried Methuselah whose name meant, ‘at his death, the sending forth of waters.’ See Num 9:10,11.

This was also the focus when 5 women missed the wedding. Christ said to watch (clue for Passover) you don’t know (understand) for (because) it’s like a man traveling to a far country. If Israelites took a long journey and couldn’t return for Passover, they were to keep it a month later, Num 9:10,11

Christ’s return in judgment on 2nd Passover should convince honest Jews that He was the Master who took a long journey in Matthew 25:14 and has returned as the parable implies.

When summer is nigh” for the fig tree is 2nd Passover in May, 2 weeks after a thin crescent moon in west after sunset.

As the days of Noah… Then [same timing] shall two be in the field—one taken, the other left.” This could mean martial law and the end of US freedom after a calamity like the days of Noah. Passover is the time of judgment, Exod 12:12.

If we are the king’s servants in Matt 22, we will be bidding others to the wedding feast. Pls do so by sharing this page…

The feast at Passover is unleavened bread—maybe why the king’s invitation is scorned in Matthew 22, but it’s not about wafers; it’s about doctrines leavened by leaders, Matt 16:12.

We don’t do Passover? See #1-4. Paul kept it in 1Cor 5:8 and Acts 20:6, saying they are “shadows of things to come,” Col 2:17, GC 399.4, will we side with the papacy? Daniel 7:25.

5. To be the king’s servants, we should invite others to the wedding feast as above to be ready and if He ‘knocks’ with an earthquake as seen in Lk 12:36, we open to Him with a feast of unleavened bread—Bible teachings that have a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth as in Revelation.

6. That 7-day feast is also a feast of betrothal so that Christ doesn’t get an ignorant bride as God did at Sinai, Jer 3:14. The 1st topic is http://GodsName1stSeal.wordpress.com or may be considered in The Earthquake & 7 Seals available at http://amzn.to/2si2b9s 5-star reviews

7. God promises not to do anything without revealing it by His servants, Amos 3:7, but who knows the next verse of what He wants to reveal? It’s about a lion’s roar. Amos 1:1,2 links the Lord’s roar with an earthquake, also Joel 3:16. Christ is the Lion of Judah. Compare Rev 8:5 with Rev 10:3.

Isaiah was called to be a prophet amid an earthquake–roaring of lions or roaring of the sea, Isa 5:29,30; 6:4-9. John was too Rev 1:15. Do we want to be anointed by God with power (Rev 11:3) to see His side win in the great controversy? We can do so if we comply with our best understanding PK 626

That’s the Good News that in every age is different. COL 127 The good news in Noah’s time was a boat, but it didn’t seem like good news & Noah seemed like a lunatic. Friend, you will have to decide if you are going to act on the Word for high destiny.

Wait-and-see requires no faith and is sin, Rom 14:23. Wait and see will not help your friends to be ready. This issue needs study and prayer. Like a bomb scare, we can’t decide it is not so and the only way to be ready is #1-5, and we can do that if we aren’t afraid of what others think ~ days of Noah? Please ask the person who shared this if you have questions or email Ruhling7@juno.com  Here’s a short video on the wedding parables…

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

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