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Pope Francis, Jubilee Timelines: Good News and Bad

April 6, 2016

Summary: Pope Francis’ UN visit last fall intersected three biblical timelines with end-time significance. They include the jubilee cycles (good news) and Peter’s comment that 1000 years are as a day with an impending time of judgment.

Pope Francis’ timing for his UN address had awesome significance; the papal UN visits mark the jubilee of jubilees and signal a time of judgment that some Christians call the tribulation:

#1. The 4th Commandment (eliminated from schools–the average person has little understanding of this all-time best-seller) says that God gives man six days to do his work, with the 7th day as a Sabbath, a memorial to God’s Creation of the world in six days. A system of sevens re-enforced this for Israel in Leviticus 25 where they worked the land for six years and rested it during a sabbatical year.

After seven sabbatical years, on the Day of Atonement, jubilee was proclaimed as slaves were released and debts were cancelled in the 50th year. We might wonder if debts will be cancelled in an impending collapse.

The jubilee year was also the first year of the next sequence so that jubilees came every 49 years. The 70-week prophecy (70 x 7) of Daniel 9 (490 years) spanned 10 jubilees (70 x 7 = 49 x 10) and pointed also to the Messiah.

That prophecy began with a jubilee event in 457 BC when Artaxerxes gave Israelites freedom to leave Persia and to rebuild Jerusalem. The 490 years ended in 34 AD (no year “0”).

Forty more jubilees of 49 years bring us to 1994-95—the jubilee (50th) of jubilees from 457 BC, and in 1995, Pope John Paul II spoke to the UN General Assembly, and it was on the Day of Atonement.

Most Jews would not recognize that fact because they use astronomy to mark the new month when the moon is in conjunction with the sun and it cannot be seen. In Bible times, the thin crescent in the western sky after sunset was counted as the new moon and beginning of the new month.

#2. Using the visible crescent, the papal visits to the UN were on the Day of Atonement, both in 1995 and 2015 and it introduces a 2nd timeline because 20 jubilees (20 x 49) = 980 years with 20 extra years in a 1000 years. With 20 years between papal visits on the Day of Atonement, 2015 marked the end of 6,000 years from Creation and bring us to what St. Peter said not to ignore–

1000 years are as a day…God is not slack [the Greek word, braduno, means no tarrying or delay]  the day of the Lord will come.” (2Peter 3:8-10)  If there is no tarrying or delay, we should expect a time of judgment to begin this spring.

#3. A 3rd timeline occurred when 50 thousand Christians accepted Baptist Wm Miller’s message of impending judgment, based on a misunderstanding of Daniel and ‘the Bridegroom comes,’ (they thought it was a rapture), they suffered a Great Disappointment in 1844.

This was typified by John’s ‘bitter belly’ when he ate the little book of Daniel in the 10th of Revelation, but John was told to ‘prophesy again,’ which means those same messages will fit later, but when?

The context of the judgment in Daniel 7 is the key. The context before and after the judgment is the ‘great words’ of the little horn which Protestant reformers said was the papacy. In 1844 the pope had no great words. Napoleon took the pope prisoner and he died in exile.

But in 2015, the pope had ‘great words’ for the UN General Assembly on the Day of Atonement. With this missing ingredient from 1844 now satisfied, the Angel’s words to John, ‘Prophesy again’ fit. A time of judgment is impending and it is also good news for Christians who believe ‘the Bridegroom comes.’

Christ’s wedding parables offer high destiny for readiness and understanding but serious loss for failure. This begs a better understanding but it’s beyond the scope of this release. Readers can get more information at website, http://MayJudgmentDay.com

For those who have difficulty with math, God gave some ‘when-then’ signs that also point to this spring for huge events. They may be considered at http://bit.ly/1n0n01M

Ellen White’s Warning to All Seventh-day Adventists

March 11, 2016

General Conference leaders voted a hierarchical church structure as when the Papacy was made. PT Magan, GC Bulletin, 1903, p 150.

Ellen White’s response was clear: “How is the faithful city become an harlot? My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed.” 8Testimonies, p 250. She had previously dreamed of church leaders becoming Catholic in 1Testimonies, p 577. 

Two years later she wrote, “The great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout.” Spec Testimonies Series B, 1905

Ellen White seemed to know they would burn her Series B warning, so she warned us again in her comment on Jeremiah 36, where the king burned Jeremiah’s scroll: “This chapter is a record of historical events that will be repeated. Let all who desire to receive warning read carefully.” 4BC 1159.

In 1988, BT Anderson, a retired custodian of the General Conference said that he was asked to stoke up the furnace in the basement–they had some extra books that weren’t needed, and they tossed them in the furnace. He choked the fire out after they left and printed them himself.

If Mrs. White was correct, church members are in grave danger of staying in the church beyond the point “when judgment begins at the house of God” (1Pet 4:17) and it is clear that judgment has fallen as she saw in her earthquake vision at Loma Linda, a school she founded for medical missionary training with natural remedies, but church leaders taught pharmacology to become an accredited medical school against her will. She said, “Many lives were blotted out…It seemed that…Judgment day had come.” 9T 93.

Until then, we should be proclaiming a time of judgment as supported by five ‘when-then’ signs last year. Current church leadership at the top and several levels seems unwilling to address the issues. For a better understanding of readiness, please visit http://bit.ly/1MtyX9r  It shows how to be part of the 144,000 and is so important, that if you don’t understand it, call me for questions or discussion, 928 583 7543

Obama Seen As President At Christ’s Coming In SDA Pastor’s Dream 30 Years Ago–It Could Be!

February 27, 2016

Summary: A pastor dreamed of an African-American president with Obama’s description, well-liked at first, but he became a ‘terrible dictator.’ The dream was not shared widely because it seemed impossible in the 1980’s. (Google or click ‘Jack Darnall’s Dream‘)

Jack Darnall, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor was running a ‘prepper’ Bible prophecy course 36 years ago in California when this author met him. Darnall is deceased but his dream describes a tall, thin, close-cropped hair and large eared, black president who became a ‘terrible dictator.’ We look now at how he could be president when Christ comes.

Five ‘when-then’ events from 2015 signal the end-time ‘day of the Lord,’ to begin this spring, based on the solar eclipse followed by a blood moon two weeks later on Passover in 2015. The Bible says, “The sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood before [paniym means facing] the day of the Lord.” in the last verses of Joel’s 2nd chapter. Those signal events of 2015 face this year.

“The day of the Lord” brings bad news for Israel because the 14th of Zechariah shows it linked to hostile forces surrounding Jerusalem with houses rifled and women raped. Additional basis for this is explained at http://bit.ly/1Kk22zW If we see this at Passover, a biblical time of judgment, it signals Christ’s sayings in the last half of Matthew’s 24th chapter as follows:

“Learn a parable of a fig tree.” It was a tree that had leaves but no fruit. It represented the Jewish nation, professing to be a godly nation, but they lacked the fruits of righteousness. In an acted parable, Christ cursed the fig tree and it withered in the 21st chapter of Matthew. But how about the United States now? We profess to be a godly nation, but Roe v Wade showed the US more like Egypt that killed infants.

God took Israel from Egypt to a covenant relationship, later saying, “I am married to you,” and it’s in that sense Christians should understand the wedding parables and God’s protection of His covenant-keeping people in the land of the covenant as the context of the New Covenant Promise shows in the 31st of Jeremiah and affirmed by the apostle Paul in his 3rd chapter to the Galatians, last verse.

“As the days of Noah,” we may expect a sudden calamity that causes many deaths and devastates our nation–it’s probably an earthquake that does this because “the day of the Lord” is linked to an earthquake in several passages and the apostle Paul said it comes with “sudden destruction” when they say ‘Peace and safety’ (Iran Nuclear Treaty) in the 5th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians.

“Then shall two be in the field. One shall be taken and the other left.” This was the basis of fictional books and movies on a sudden rapture, but it ignores the context at the end of the 17th chapter of Luke where the disciples asked, Where [taken]? Christ said, Where the body is, there will the vultures be. This reference by Christ may be about martial law as a result of the earthquake (previous paragraph) and Obama’s executive orders to stay in power rather than have free elections.

“The goodman, if he had known, would have watched, and not suffered his house to be broken by the thief.” The house being broken supports the idea of an earthquake and Christ said if we don’t watch, He will come as a thief to us in the 3rd chapter of Revelation. It is this coming of Christ that could fit Jack Darnall’s dream, even this spring.

“The evil servant thinks his lord delays his coming and begins to smite fellow servants.” We see Islam smiting Christians, but Christ’s meaning could include the prophetic picture of a UN New World Order. The 24th chapter of Matthew ends with “Then shall the kingdom be like 10 virgins,” a parable that implies we are asleep with our lights out re the wedding parables that are poorly understood, but explained in an article here.

Dr. Richard Ruhling is a physician whose primary interest in retirement is seeing how geopolitical events fit Bible prophecy. His ebooks on Amazon like The Alpha & Omega Bible Code have mostly 5-star reviews.

Seven ‘When-Then’ Signs for a Historic Message; the Angel said, “Prophecy again.” Will We?

December 23, 2015

Summary: Millerite pioneers misunderstood the nature of the judgment they proclaimed in 1844 and also the nature of the wedding in Christ’s parable. They thought they would be raptured and the world would burn. Their misunderstanding was typified by John’s ‘bitter-belly’ experience in Revelation 10:10, but the Angel told John, “prophesy again.” This means at some point, “the Bridegroom comes” in a time of judgment like He did in Egypt when He took Israel to a covenant and later said “I am married to you.”

Signs suggest that now is the time and we are the people, but we need a better understanding to play this prophetic role. Seven ‘when-then’ signs suggest a time of impending judgment announced in the 1st angel’s message.1 The Greek word for judgment is krisis—crisis! As we look at our world, we might not even need seven signs to see how “on target” the message is. Nevertheless, here are seven signs in the order they unfolded:

  1. “The sun shall be darkened…” A rare solar eclipse on the spring equinox, March 20, 2015 began the biblical year that starts with spring, Exodus 12:2.
  2. “and the moon turned to blood before the day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31. The blood moon 2 weeks later on Passover was a memorial of when Israel put blood on their doorpost, The word for “before” ispaniym, It means “facing,” and the events of 2015 are facing end-times.
  3. “When they say ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction comes…”2Seven nations (God’s endorsement of a sign?) signed the Iran Nuclear Treaty and Iran has already violated it in testing a rocket, according to UN officials.
  4. “When you see the abomination… standing where it ought not.”4The Bible also calls homosexuality an abomination, and with Supreme Court approval, it was “standing where it ought not.” Christ said end-times would be “as it was in the days of Lot” when it rained fire the day that Lot fled Sodom.5Could God be waiting for us to get out of the cities? Will He wait indefinitely beyond a reasonable warning? Shouldn’t we participate in giving a warning (1stangel’s message)? If we see trouble and don’t warn, God may hold us responsible…Ezekiel 33:6.
  5. Early believers understood Christ’s reference to the abomination as military and when the Roman army came to Jerusalem, they fled and were spared the siege by Titus in 70 AD. But US military also stood “where it ought not” with JADE HELM covering the southwest, July 15-Sept 15. Some say it’s a drill in anticipation of martial law when constitutional rights could end.
  6. Early Christians saw the idolatrous standard of the Roman army that included emblems of their sun god planted outside Jerusalem as a sign to flee. We saw Rome “standing where it ought not” with an appeal that included “Sunday” as part of the “great words” to the US Congress.
  7. September 25, 20115, Pope Francis had ‘great words’ for the UN General Assembly on the Day of Atonement, the same time thought to initiate the judgment in Daniel 7:10, but pioneers overlooked the context in 1844. The pope had been taken prisoner by Napoleon and he died in exile, a ‘deadly wound,’ Rev 13:3. In 1844, the pope didn’t have much to talk about, but on the Day of Atonement, 2015, the “great words” suggest the missing ingredient of 1844 is now satisfied. The Movement of Destiny endorsed in Rev 10:10 must “prophesy again,”

Additional signs include Daniel 8: Alexander’s victory over the Medes and Persians was a fulfillment of Daniel’s vision, but Gabriel said “the vision (chazown of ram and goat) is “at the time of the end.”3 This supports the “unsealed” meaning of Daniel as having a double application—once in history and again in “the time of the end” with a ram pushing west as militant Islam (Iraq, Iran/ISIS) Will we learn from Europe?

After the pope signed a concordat with Hitler to make the world Catholic when he won the war, there was so much protest when President Truman tried to appoint an ambassador to the Vatican, that it couldn’t be done.

But when President Reagan did so, Adventism “consented by silence”–no protest and we did so again when Pope Francis came to Congress in contrast to a Catholic congressman who saw it wasn’t right and boycotted the pope’s visit!6

This brings us to consider the contented condition of the seventh, lukewarm church of Laodicea. Its name, laos, means people and dicea or decree–judging, or “people in a time of judgment.” For the above reasons, we become God’s people if we will “prophesy again” of His impending judgments.

F.D. Nichol’s book, The Midnight Cry, shows another message given by SDA pioneers in 1844. “The Bridegroom comes” was part of their disappointment when He didn’t come as they expected. This message also should be included in “prophesy again…”

To see the latest article showing how the pope’s visits also signaled the end of when 1,000 years are as a day that we should not ignore (2Peter 3:8-10) please see #2 at https://thebridegroomcomes.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/every-christian-needs-to-read-this/

14:7 NKJV unless specified.

21Thessalonians 5:2,3

3Daniel 8:17

4Mark 13:14

5Luke 17:28,29

6Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2015

7Revelation 10:11

8Exodus 19:5,6; Jeremiah 3:14

9Great Controversy, EG White, p 426.

AExodus 12:2; Leviticus 23:28

BRevelation 11:18

CMatthew 5:18

DMatthew 17:11; Malachi 4:4,5

E1Corinthians 10:1,11

FExodus 12:10; Matthew 26:38-41

GMatthew 24:43; Revelation 3:3

HActs 20:6; 1Corinthians 5:8

IGalatians 4:10; Colossians 2:16,17

JGreat Controversy, EG White, p 399

JNumbers 9:10,11

KZechariah 13:6

LLuke 12:36,44,47

MActs 15:21

NDesire of Ages, EG White, p 652.

OPsalm 81:3

Four Fresh Facts Begging SDAs to Correct a Misunderstanding

November 27, 2015

1. SDA pioneers believed that the Judgment in Daniel 7:9,10 began on the Day of Atonement in 1844.

2. They overlooked the context of the “great words” in the verse before and after–Daniel 7:8,11,20,25. (The “little horn” was the papacy that grew out of the Roman Empire, the 4th beast in Daniel 7.)

3. Napoleon took the pope prisoner in 1798 and he died in exile. The horn had no great words in 1844.

4. But in 2015, ON the Day of Atonement, the pope had great words for Congress on Sept 24, the 10th day from when the 7th new moon was seen. Dan 7:9-14 is being fulfilled NOW. Ellen White says Daniel 7:13 is the same event as the coming of the Bridegroom to the marriage in Great Controversy, p 426.

The means there is a transition from “the time of the dead that they should be judged” (Rev 11:18 ) to the judgment of the living and it will have life or death events as in Daniel 1-6.

Rightly understood, this enables us to do what the Angel told John after his bitter belly– “prophesy again!” Rev 10:11. This information means that the 1st angel’s message of judgment should be proclaimed with the “midnight cry”– “the Bridegroom comes!” as pioneers did in 1844, Great Controversy, p 398.

The message of judgment is a warning, and it is balanced by Good News–the Bridegroom comes to deliver us. “Daniel” means God is my Judge; God delivered him, Daniel 1-6. The book of Judges also shows those judges as deliverers.

God came as judge to Egypt but He came as Bridegroom to Israel. There was a “midnight cry” (Matt 25:6; Exod 12:29,30) God delivered Israel and they became His bride when they covenanted to be His kingdom; see Exod 19:5,6 and Jer 3:14.

We misunderstand the wedding parables if we think they are about a rapture or 2nd coming in the sky. They are about a covenant relationship that we must have with Christ.

Ellen White’s last definition of the church is a “covenant-keeping people…and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to that ancient people.” PK 713,714. This includes the New Covenant Promise to write His laws in our hearts—we must have this before He comes in the sky.

If we are faithful to the covenant that we must make with Him, it will preserve us through end-times when He will defend us as He did Israel, see Exod 34:10. We need a better understanding of the wedding parables, but first, here are five brief reasons why judgment is impending–five “when-then” signs for End-Times to begin in 2016.

  1. Signs of Decay. The Supreme Court redefined marriage for some. Christ said end-times would be as the days of Lot. Destruction fell when Lot fled Sodom. Luke 17:29.
  2. Signs of Destruction. Six nations ended a 12-year standoff in a nuclear agreement with Iran, and now Iran is not agreeing with what they agreed. “The day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night, for when they say ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction comes…” 1Thessalonians 5:2,3.
  3. Signs of War. Gabriel said the horns on the ram in Daniel’s vision were kings of Media and Persia, but those areas are now Iraq and Iran. Gabriel also said, “the vision is at the time of the end,” Daniel 8:17. Some best-selling authors are now seeing an end-time application for the book of Daniel, as the unsealed meaning! Daniel saw a ram was pushing west, north and south, Dan 8:5. West is Europe and its invasion by Islam is apocalyptic.
  4. Signs of Martial Law. In Christ’s warning of end-times, he said to flee “when you see the abomination… standing where it ought not, Mark 13:14. The early believers understood that reference to military and when the Roman army came to Jerusalem, they fled and were spared the siege by Titus in 70 AD. But now, US military stood “where it ought not” in a drill (JADE HELM) covering the southwest USA last summer.
  5. The sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood before the day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31. The word for “before” is paniym, which means “facing.” This suggests that end-times are impending for 2016, based on all of the above signs in 2015.

More signs could be given, but this should be enough to see that judgment is impending on America. But doesn’t the Bible say, “Judgment must begin at the house of God”? (1Peter 4:17).

Before looking at the wedding message from Christ’s parables, please consider reasons why the Adventist Church will receive judgment

  1. The church was called into existence to proclaim the 3 angels’ messages. Unwillingness to proclaim the time of judgment to warn others may mean that judgment falls on the church in order to still convey the message to the world. 
  2. Rightly understanding the church’s rejection of truth from 1888 till now, it deserves judgment and further reasons may be considered here– http://TheBridegroomComes.wordpress.com 

Three Reasons to Leave the Adventist Church & One Reason to Stay…for Now*

November 5, 2015

#1. It’s hard for us to believe Christ’s description, “blind and naked,” of His last lukewarm church in Revelation 3:15-20 applies to us. Truthfully, His words are addressed to the aggelos, or messenger. It’s really the pastors or church leadership that God holds responsible, but the church rarely rises above its leaders.

Because Christ’s call to come out of the false systems that include medicine, education, government and religion, all Christians, and especially Seventh-day Adventists, should take a deeper look at what these messages mean for today.

#2. In her book on Christ’s life, Ellen White titled the chapter on the fig tree as ‘A Doomed People’. It was about the Jewish nation then, like the fig tree flaunting its pretentious leaves but lacking fruit. Christ cursed the tree as a lesson against empty or shallow religion. “So it is now,” wrote Ellen White from Australia where brethren sent her to get rid of her agitation for righteousness by faith, DA 588.

She returned to appeal for a reorganization of the General Conference in 1901. They voted her request, but never carried it out and in 1903, they voted a hierarchical structure that GC President Wilson said in court was like the Roman Catholic Church. (Merikay Silver v PPPA).

Ellen White’s response to 1903 was, “How is the faithful city become an harlot? My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise; a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed.” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol 8, pg 250).

Two years later she wrote, “the great apostasy which is developing…will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout.” Special Testimonies, Series B, #7, 1905. But Special Testimonies, Series B was burned in the basement of the General Conference. BT Anderson, custodian was told they had extra copies they didn’t need, to stoke up the furnace. After he retired, he said they burned her books.

Church leaders cite Ellen White that we should not call the church “Babylon,” but she later wrote, “The first, second and third angels’ messages will need to be repeated. The call will be given to the church, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins.” Manuscript 92a, 1898. There’s more than can be said here.

Ellen White played a key role in Loma Linda’s development. At one point, when the brethren had no money, her check for $35,000 mailed from Australia months earlier arrived on the date that payment was due.

Ellen White envisioned Loma Linda as a place where thousands were to be trained, not as professional doctors and nurses but as gospel medical missionaries going from home to home, giving simple treatments, praying for the sick, singing gospel songs and claiming Bible promises.

It never happened. She said drugs do not cure disease. Pharmacology was not to be taught. Church leaders seeking accreditation were told “no” twice but after a third trip to see her when she refused to see them, they reported to the committee that “she didn’t say no,” and everything changed as Loma Linda taught pharmacology and graduated licensed MD’s instead of a system of natural healing she envisioned.

3. Medical care is now a leading cause of death due to Adverse Drug Reactions from drugs “properly prescribed and administered.” Journal of AMA, 4-15-1998. SDA hospitals are essentially no different than Catholic hospitals that have the same medical care, diet, TV and a generic chaplain to say a prayer.

National Geographic featured Loma Linda in their cover story on longevity, Nov, 2005, but SDA health has nothing to do with medical care—it’s what Ellen White wrote about food that has made Adventists healthy, a message we’ve conveyed so poorly that NIH spent millions to discover why we live about 7 extra years.

The world would also be wondering why our educational system is so successful if we had stayed with the counsels of Ellen White instead of seeking accreditation and doing what they said we needed. Now we must teach Jesuit Spiritual Formation to ministers to keep our accreditation—what a disaster!

In addition to all of the above, top General Conference leaders hold to several serious errors.

1. The hierarchical church structure condemned by Ellen White in 1903 (above)
2. The name, “Seventh-day Adventist” was trademarked so the GC could sue any church that didn’t meet their standards” which include paying the tithe to them so that it has control over what is done and said in all “SDA” churches.
3. Millions of dollars were raised under President Ted Wilson for The Great Controversy to be used in sharing our message, but after a severe editing, it hardly mentioned Luther, the pope or the sins of Babylon, and it has such fine print that some say it’s really The Great Hoax, not the new title, The Great Hope.

4. When President Truman tried to appoint an ambassador to the Vatican, there was such a protest that he could not do so. But when President Reagan did so, the GC under Neal Wilson gave their consent by silence and it’s been downhill for America since then, continuing under Ted Wilson with NOTHING said as the pope came to address the US Congress.

5. Ellen White foresaw the Catholic changes in our church. She “dreamed that [she] was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look again. The scene was changed.
“The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: “This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order.” Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed.” 1Testiminonies p 578. http://egwtext.whiteestate.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=1T&lang=en&pagenumber=578&m=1&paragraphReferences=1

She “knew them well,” but then it became a Catholic procession. Is that from her time to ours? Destiny depends on our understanding of the three angels’ messages, and those in the “blind” church are in grave danger.

SDA pioneers believed the judgment scene in Daniel 7:9,10 was on the Day of Atonement in 1844. But they overlooked the context of “great words.” Napoleon had taken the pope prisoner and he died in exile. The little horn had NO great words in 1844, but in 2015, ON the Day of Atonement, the pope, speaking to US Congress, had “great words” mentioned four times in Dan 7:8,11,20,25.

SDA pioneers suffered a Great Disappointment (Google) typified by the “bitter belly” of John when he ate the little book of Daniel and was told he “must prophesy again,” Rev 10:11. SDA leaders have no interest in “prophesy again.”

They don’t understand how the messages that didn’t fit 1844 now fit as judgment comes to the living with life and death issues as in Daniel 1-6. But because of their reluctance to proclaim the message of Judgment (Rev 14:7), we may expect that judgment will befall the church in order to convey the message to the world, much like the Jews became a rejected people after 70 AD.

*But this is not the time to leave the church. We should do what we can to awaken others who are represented as asleep with lights out in Matthew 25:5. We are coming to verse 6, a midnight cry that Ellen White likened to “a sudden and unlooked-for calamity.” COL 412.

“Judgment must begin at the house of God.” 1Pet 4:17. It will convey the message, “the Bridegroom comes! Go ye OUT to meet Him.” Matt 25:6.

Please read The Bridegroom Comes!  to understand how to be ready next spring. Ellen White understood the execution of judgment on the living who are out of compliance with the law, even as Moses faced death for non-compliance in Exodus 4:24. Adventists are similarly out of compliance.

Mrs. White said there would never again be a message based on [prophetic] time. But “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the TIME of His judgment is come” is not based on time prophecy; it’s based on LAW—please consider how in the next article, The Bridegroom Comes!

About the Author:

Dr. Richard Ruhling is a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University. He recommends White’s book, The Ministry of Healing as 100 years ahead of science on smoking, prescription drugs, foods as a cause of cancer and other diseases. Known by Adventists for its eight natural remedies, (proper diet being one), it’s a non-denominational book of biblical wisdom with seven chapter on the home, available cheap at http://ChooseABetterDestiny.com

Ruhling recommends a better understanding of the wedding parables and how “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” as explained in The Alpha & Omega Bible Code. With mostly 5-star reviews, he invites readers to get a cheap copy on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010CFNMCU They have a free app for computers if one does not have a Kindle.

The Bridegroom Comes! Will It Be ‘Lord, Lord’ or Will He Make Us “Ruler Over All That He Has”?

October 1, 2015

Christ’s wedding parables offer a sharp contrast in destiny for readiness when suddenly there is no time to prepare, but it is not His coming in the sky in Revelation 19. It is typified by the event that startled John in Revelation 1 and will be a watershed event, splitting the past, present and future. Many Christians think it’s about a rapture when, after the seven churches, John was told, “Come up,” but why would He rapture lukewarm Christians who are said to be wretched, miserable…and naked? They aren’t even ready to go to the door at His knock. This information sees the wedding parables as having a different biblical meaning.

The foolish women who arrived a little late were shut out. They lacked oil to find their way to the wedding. The Bible shows the oil coming from the two olive trees in Zechariah 4 that represent the Old and New Testaments. Jews who reject the New and Christians who aren’t familiar with the Old Testament may miss seeing how God made a covenant with Israel and later said, “I am married to you.”1

But we can’t just make a covenant with God anytime we feel like it; we need to understand the context. God did something huge to deliver Israel. We are coming to a watershed event for which we will need instant readiness when there will be no time to prepare. All three wedding parables teach this, and it begs prior consideration by all Christians so they can decide if they will be “watching” as Christ said.

Many pastors have been taught the Rule of First Use which says that where a word or phrase is first found in the Bible, it may have a meaning or context to consider for an end-time application because Christ is the Word, and He is also the First and the Last.2 This rule helps us to see additional meaning in Christ’s sayings.

The cry at midnight in Matthew 25:6 is an echo of the cry at midnight when calamity fell on Egypt and God took Israel to Sinai for a covenant marriage. Paul included the Exodus in “all these things happened to them as examples…ends of the ages.”3

The cry at midnight as a calamity is also supported by Luke’s wedding parable where Christ “knocks.” So what’s the knock? The Bible explains itself and the only other place where Christ knocks is Revelation 3:20, for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. We might think that’s just a coincidence with no bearing on gentle Jesus coming for us, but His “knock” in Revelation 3 is one of six parallels to Luke’s parable.

Luke 12:35 says to have loins girded (same idea as white raiment in Revelation 3) and lights burning (like eye salve), both get a knock and are to open. “Ruler over all that He has” in Luke 12 is the same idea as sharing His throne. Laodicea is the last church and Luke 12:36 is when He comes. These parallels suggest that the Laodicean message is an overlooked wedding invitation, not perceived because we’re asleep on this topic.

The idea of an earthquake as the watershed event to initiate the scenes of Revelation and separate the past from present and future is supported by the Rule of First Use for the great voice of a trumpet that startled John. “Trumpet” is first found in Exodus 19 where it waxed loud and the whole mountain shook at God’s presence in a type of mini-Judgment Day.

It seemed that…Judgment day had come” were Ellen White’s words re a vision she had of an earthquake while visiting Loma Linda. Most readers think she was reporting the San Francisco Earthquake that occurred then, but her use of Zephaniah 1:8 where God punishes the king’s children in strange apparel suggest a future application for those with no wedding garment.5

God won’t do anything without revealing it and the next sentence is, “A lion has roared! Who will not fear?” We forget that Amos begins, “two years before the earthquake…he said, The LORD will roar.”6 That roaring will be like the roaring of the sea that startled John and like the trumpet he heard and as Sinai shook.

We are to be ready “that when he comes and knocks [we] may open to him immediately.”4 This means there is no time to prepare. It implies prior consideration and our looking for His “knock” to be ready.

So what kind of readiness do we need to “open unto Him immediately”? All three wedding parables have an overlooked context for Passover, enabling us to have “immediate” readiness. When the king was wroth and “burned up their city,” (Matthew 22) it was Titus who came at Passover. The midnight cry in Matthew 25 is an echo of the midnight cry at Passover in Egypt. Luke’s wedding parable has thee clues for Passover.

  1. Let your loins be girded” reminds us that Israel had “loins girded” at the first Passover.7
  2. Watching” is the key ingredient for readiness, and it was only commanded at Passover. The Greek word, gregoreo, means to be awake, and that’s how Christ used it—Watch with Me. Could you not [be awake] one hour, He asked as He sweat blood with the weight of sin crushing Him.
  3. For the servants watching (awake) when He knocks (earthquake), “He will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.” This is an allusion to what He did at the Last Supper, and it was also on the eve of Passover when everything took a huge detour.

James and John had asked to be on Christ’s right hand and left in His kingdom. When He asked if they could drink of His cup, they said yes, and He offered the cup of His blood at the Last Supper, but later they slept when they should have prayed, and ran when they should have stayed with Him.

If they had stayed to support Him at the trial, when accused of intent to tear down the temple and build it in three days, they could have explained that it was about His death and resurrection, inviting everyone to meet at the tomb Sunday morning! If so, the Jews could not have lied then, and Pentecost could have seen the whole nation repenting to receive the Holy Spirit. If so, we might now be seeing a much more law-observant world.

Their failure and sad detour that began on Passover might take up where it left off, at Passover as Christ’s wedding parable clues suggest. As an aid to watching (being awake) on the eve of Passover, here’s an idea:

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.”8

But wait a minute! Didn’t Christ say, You don’t know the day or hour? Let’s take a broad look at His words. The Greek word for know is oida, It means to be aware or understand. Christ was saying, You don’t understand, and each time He said it, He gave an example, “as the days of Noah,” when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the second spring month.

Again after five women missed the wedding He said, “watch (clue for Passover)…for the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country.” Israelites didn’t travel in winter, and if they took a long trip in the spring and couldn’t get back for Passover, they were to keep it in the second month.9 Christ is the Master and He took a long journey to heaven. His return as Bridegroom and for an accounting of talents must conform to the law that He said is in effect till heaven and earth pass.i

His choice to do so at second Passover will help the Jews to understand that He is the Messiah who was “wounded in the house of My friends”ii and is returning from a long journey as their law specifies.

The worst case scenario is that we plan a spiritual exercise of “watching” to review the closing scenes of Christ’s life on the eve of second Passover, ready for His knock, and were refreshed with spiritual insights by considering what He bore for us, in spite of no earth-shaking event.

On the other hand, if this next spring is when He comes to knock (a midnight cry as in Matthew 25), and we are watching, He promises to make us sit down to meat and to serve us as He did at the Last Supper. What that means we don’t know, but the bottom line to this parable in Luke 12 is, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,” or we will be beaten with many stripes if we know to prepare and fail to do so.iii

Are we thinking we don’t do Passover? The apostle Paul did; he kept it with Greek believers in Philippi and Corinth and said not to let anyone judge us for these holy days because they are “shadows of things to come.”iv

Paul’s fear for the church at Galatia was their attempt to earn salvation by the works of the law, and they were “hair-splitters.” The Greek word for “observe” in Galatians 4:10 means to the minutest detail. We don’t need to do that. The Jerusalem Council didn’t make observance a requirement before baptism because “Moses has…those who preach him in every city…every Sabbath”v In other words, they would get it as they attended.

This is not an appeal for a Jewish seder or bitter herbs. “As [Christ] ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place [at Passover] the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.”vi Having communion on the eve of second Passover is the perfect preparation to watch and pray as He said. Counting from the thin crescent moon as they did in Bible times, seen after sunset on May 7 this coming spring, 2nd Passover would be two weeks later on Sabbath evening, May 21. What a great time to celebrate His sacrifice!

And there is a huge reason why we might be expectant. Adventist pioneers thought the Judgment in Daniel 7:8-14 was on the Day of Atonement in 1844. but the text twice mentions the “great words” of the little horn In 1844, the papacy (the little horn that grew out of the 4th beast of Rome) was NOT speaking “great words.” Napoleon had taken the pope prisoner and he died in exile, and the Vatican land was not restored until 1929. So the context of Daniel 7:8-14 wasn’t fully met in 1844—there were no great words on the Day of Atonement.

But last fall, the pope had “great words” for the UN General Assembly ON the Day of Atonement! Though Orthodox Jews kept Yom Kippur on the 10th day, counting from a dark moon in conjunction, counted from the visible crescent seen in Jerusalem, September 25 was the 10th day when the pope urged his agenda for “common good.”

His “great words” fit Daniel 7:8-14 and its context for the Son of man coming to the Ancient of days for His kingdom. We should be ready for His return as the wedding parables teach, not a visible coming, but amid a calamity that we can be spared if we watch. If the goodman had known, he would have watched and not suffered his house to be broken by the thief. Christ said, If you don’t watch, I will come on you as a thief.”vii

This coming spring, He may come as Bridegroom to accept all who are ready and watching for Him as Luke’s wedding parable implies. “The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”viii Sudden destruction came on Egypt as labor pains at Passover when God took Israel to a covenant (marriage) at Sinai.

The Lord Jesus was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. Its imposing services were of divine appointment. They were designed to teach the people that at the time appointed One would come to whom those ceremonies pointed.ix

God “declares the end from the beginning.” Those who sing the song of Moses and the Lamb may have a similar experience to Moses. They are privileged to follow Christ wherever He goes in eternity and they are said to be virgins,x The only passage that helps us understand this is Matthew 25—they are the wise virgins who are ready for an implied calamity, even as “knock” suggests an earthquake as shown above.

In 1844, SDA pioneers gave the first angel’s message to warn others of a time of judgment, and they gave, without phones, faxes email, radio or TV, a midnight cry, a wakeup call that went around the world in the two month before October 22, 1844.

They suffered the “bitter belly” experience of John when they misunderstood the little book of Daniel, but we have now better information that would enable us to “prophesy again” as the angel said.xi What excuse would we have for not forwarding this information? We could whine that we can’t be sure, but “whatever is not from faith is sin.”xii

It’s time to wake up and light our lamps by sharing information so others can choose to do similarly, or shrug it off. Are we afraid, as the days of Noah, of others’ scoffing? There’s so much to gain by complying with Scripture and what’s there to lose but time well-spent watching and praying as Scripture prescribes. We can do this!

And if Christ ‘knocks’ with an earthquake May 21/22, we must “open to Him immediately” with a feast of unleavened bread (doctrines not corrupted by church leaders, Matt 16:12). It’s a 7-day feast (Lev 23:6) and Christ said before He comes, “Elias must first come and restore all things,” Matt 17:11.

Elijah comes in the context of the law seen in Malachi 4:4,5. The statutes and judgments have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezekiel 20:11-24 where they are linked with sabbaths. The 7-fold emphasis is a mark of end-time truth, like the book of Revelation with its 7 angels, 7 candlesticks, 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets.

For the 7 days of unleavened bread, we should consider the 7 topics that need to be restored so we can cooperate with the work of Elijah to restore them. We don’t know if Elijah will show up literally, but the 7 topics fit also the concept of Bible covenants that were linked to 7’s as in Gen 21:27-30 and Daniel 12:7 where “sware” means to seven oneself as in an oath or covenant.

All of this is to the intent that Christ does not get an ignorant bride as God did at Sinai when Israel worshiped a calf 40 days after agreeing to the covenant. The feast of unleavened bread is like a pre-nuptial agreement of betrothal and if we are faithful to it like Jacob was to Rachel for 7 years, we may expect to eat the wedding cake in heaven!

Think about it–unleavened bread is what Christ used for the communion in the Last Supper. It means union with Him in the Word. Marriage is also union–by covenant, so they have similar meaning and in the Bible, weddings also took a week, Gen 29:27. So we should expect these meanings to coincide if Christ ‘knocks’ with an earthquake on the eve of 2nd Passover as His clues suggest.

A ‘heads up’ sign would be destruction of Jerusalem at Passover in April that introduces “the day of the Lord,” Zech 14:1,2. If we see that, we should do all we can to tell everyone we know to be ready at 2nd Passover. In the meantime, as a would-be bride, we may want to consider those topics that God has emphasized 7 times. They begin with who He is, at http://GodsName1stSeal.wordpress.com 

1 Jeremiah 3:14, NKJV unless specified.

2Revelation 1:11

31Corinthians 10:1,11

5Testimonies for the Church, Vol 9, p 92-95

6Amos 1:1,2; 3:7,8

4Luke 12:36

7Luke 12:35; Exodus 12:11, KJV

8Desire of Ages, p 83

9 Matthew 25:13,14; Numbers 9:10,11

iMatthew 5:18

iiZechariah 13:6

iiiLuke 12:43-47

ivActs 20:6; 1Corinthians 5:8; Colossians 2:16,17

vActs 15:21

viDesire of Ages, p 652

viiMatthew 24:43; Revelation 3:3

viii 1Thessalonians 5:2,3

ixChrist’s Object Lessons, p 34

x Revelation 14:4

xiRevelation 10:11

xiiRomans 14:24

NANSINGS sent an email with comments that are relevant to some readers so I’m excerpting and replying here: She first said the Bible identifies the 144,000 (Rev. 14:3-4) as virgin Jewishmen.

Reply: The apostle Paul says, “If you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29.  In other words, genetic lineage does not secure salvation; faith does. Faith embraces the Messiah and recognizes Abraham as the father of the faithful and we are all brethren.

NANSINGS says:  the 144,000) are they which were not defiled with women; forthey are virgins. 

Reply: Revelation 17 identifies Babylon as a harlot involved with kings, sitting on 7 hills (Rome). Verse 5 says she is a mother of harlots–other false churches. Those are are not defiled with those false teachings are pure, or virgins. And they don’t have to be men, for in Christ there is neither male nor female.

NANSINGS believes  the gentile church (bride) will be married to Jesus (Yahushua = son of Yahweh; God)  and the remnant Jews to God (Yahweh).

Reply: On the surface, it seems like Christians have a “new deal”–a New Covenant that does not require them to do what the Jews did under the Old Covenant.  Ezekiel 37:16,17,22 shows two sticks, one for Israel which I believe are the 10 tribes scattered among the nations (Jeremiah 31:10 who get the New Covenant Promise fulfilled to them, verse 31) but Ezekiel 36:24-28 shows them gathered from every nation and given God’s Spirit to keep His statutes and judgments. THIS is the context of the two sticks coming together to be ONE kingdom, Ezek 37:22.

And it’s not just Christians who have to make an adjustment (to keep statutes and judgments that were not ceremonial laws or sacrifices fulfilled by Christ, Matt 5:18), but Jews who accept the Messiah are represented by Judah (the two tribes that were not scattered among the nations when Israel was).

NANSINGS missed my point re a pre-tribulation rapture in opening paragraph:  Why would Christ rapture lukewarm Christians who are said to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked? They aren’t even ready to go to the door and can’t find it when He knocks. This information sees the wedding parables as having a different biblical meaning. For those who are thinking rapture and not seeing our need to make a covenant of engagement like Jacob with Rachel, faithful for 7 years, please consider a dozen concise reasons at http://ChooseABetterDestiny.com/rapture.htm