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How the Annual Sabbaths “Are Shadows of Things to Come” Col 2:17

July 27, 2017
This article was sent to hundreds of SDA pastors, including Conference Ministerial Directors and some at the GC and BRI with NO substantive responses. Are we like the Pharisees who couldn’t answer in Christ’s time? …..
Should We Divide Sabbaths into Some We Keep & Some We Don’t?
#1. Christ is the Word. Dividing the word Sabbath into some we keep, 7th day, and some we don’t (annual) is a division of Christ. Christ is not divided.
#2. In Gen 1:14, God gave the sun and moon for appointed times, mo’ed. This was before sin or Jews. Mo’ed applies to the annual Sabbaths in Lev 23:44. God calls them My feasts, enforced by statutes ‘forever.’ Did God forget Christ would die and they would be nailed to the cross?
#3. Paul didn’t think so. He kept those times with Greek believers in Acts 20:6; 1Cor 5:8 & said to follow his example. 1Cor 11. His fear for Galatians was their efforts to earn salvation by works to the minutest detail, Gal 4:10.
#4. Translators added “is” and changed the meaning of Col 2:17.  The text could read, Don’t let anyone judge how you keep these times; (they are a shadow of things to come)  but the body of Christ (local church can decide). Since they ‘are a shadow of things to come,’ they are not all fulfilled, hello!
#5. The papacy boasts of changing Sabbath to Sunday and abolishing the Jewish festivals (God’s feasts, Lev 23:2). Before He comes, Christ said Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.” Matt 17:11. The context is the law of Moses with statutes that enforced the appointed times, Mal 4:4,5
#6. Those statutes, judgments and sabbaths have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24, as a mark of end-time truth like Revelation is a book of sevens.
#7. Christ’s wedding parables have clues or links to Passover. The feast in Matt 22 is unleavened bread, but it’s ‘beware the leaven of Pharisees—their teachings. We should be able to see a spiritual application to God’s mo’ed-
#8. “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, Christ instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” DA 652.2 ‘In its place’ means doing the Lord’s Supper at Passover without lamb, herbs.
#9. SDAs are stuck on Day of Atonement, not seeing it’s for “the time of the dead that they should be judged,” Rev 11:18. Judgment of the living will include life or death issues as in Daniel 1-6 and judgments will fall on transgressors, 9T 20. Re this, ‘The types that relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at time pointed out in the symbolic service.’ GC 399.4 Judgment fell on Passover Ex 12:12; Gen 19:3 on Christ, and also on Jerusalem in 70 AD. Maybe for ‘remnant’ in Matt 22:6,7?
#10. “Judgment must begin at the house of God.” 2Pet 4:17. Why should this concern SDAs? Ellen White saw church leaders becoming Catholic, 1T 577.
After her appeal to re-organize in 1901, leaders voted a hierarchical structure in 1903 like the Catholic Church has. She wrote, “How is the faithful city be-come an harlot? My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise.”  8T 250.
#11. Two years later she wrote that the apostasy would continue “till the Lord descends from heaven”** Special Testimonies, Series B, #7. Leaders burned Series B in the GC furnace as ‘extra copies that weren’t needed’ related by BT Anderson, retired custodian, It fulfilled Mrs. White’s warning that Jeremiah 36 would be repeated, his scroll was burned, 4BC 1159. **Her quote is seen at EGWwritings.org—search for “One thing it is certain is soon to be realized”
#12. We should know Ellen White sent $5000 to arrive the day that a deposit was due for Loma Linda when leaders had no money, it was to be her school to train gospel workers for door to door, simple remedies, counsels on diet, etc
Church leaders hijacked her school to teach pharmacology against her will and nowhttp://LeadingCauseOfDeathPrescriptionDrugs.com when we could have had a healing program better than naturopaths with NEW START programs.
 A year later, Ellen White was at Loma Linda when she had a vision of an earthquake. “Many lives were blotted out…It seemed that…Judgment day had come.” 9T 92-95. Her comments re the San Francisco Earthquake are taken by many to mean that was the earthquake, but on page 95, she cites Zeph 1:8, “In the day of the Lord’s sacrifice (Passover**) I will punish the king’s children.”
**Christ’s closing parables ALL have 2nd Passover timing ‘as the days of Noah’ or ‘like a man traveling to a far country.’ Israelites didn’t travel in winter, and if they took a long trip in spring and couldn’t get back in time for Passover, they were to keep it the 2nd month, Num 9:10,11** The ‘goodman’ in Matt 24:43 was also on a long trip as seen in Prov 7:19,20 KJV–it also fits 2nd Passover, Num 9** This timing fits Christ’s last 7 parables–see pgs 21,22 at https://goo.gl/A6gkhm ‘You don’t know day or hour’ means understand. God reveals His plan, Amos 3:7
To be the movement of destiny endorsed in Rev 10, we “must prophesy again” with a better understanding of 1st angel’s message, judgment, how the Bridegroom comes and how we can marry Him as Israel married God in a covenant. He said, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. We aren’t seeing how it happens. For a better understanding, please read other articles on this website, http://TheBridegroomComes.wordpress.comand call to discuss any aspect.
To the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,”  Lk 12:44.
Richard Ruhling, Ruhling7@juno.com 928 583 7543, Blessings!
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