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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!

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