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I have a question that someone may be able to answer. The chapter ends with "Thus they sorrowed and doubted, hoped and feared, for six long, gloomy days." Where are we here before the cross? How long before Christ enters Jerusalem when He will be murdered by crucifixion?

Richard, that is an excellent question, but for which I only have a partial answer from what I read in the Bible. The reference to the six long, gloomy days is answered by the fact that a glorious event awaits Jesus and Peter, James and John--the Mount of Transfiguration. Notice the reference to six days in both Matthew and Mark's accounts that are immediately following the portion of Scripture upon which is based this present chapter in The Desire of Ages:

Matthew 17:1-2: "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light."

Mark 9:2: "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them."

If someone else knows the exact timing from the Mount of Transfiguration to the time of the crucifixion, I would be glad to learn about that. But in context with what was written at the end of the chapter of The Desire of Ages we studied today, it seems to refer to the Transfiguration, and that was such an amazing experience that the disciples with Jesus for a time did forget the earlier gloom of Jesus' prediction of His crucifixion and death. But had they listened intently to what the conversation between Moses and Elijah was with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, they would have realized more clearly that it was about His sufferings so soon to befall Jesus--that must come to save us!

Ellen White was a woman mightily used of God and I pray that my daughters would one day be so privileged.

Why is it that those who act contrary to the General Conference decision and want to raise a women to authority over men have such little regard for the woman who God used in such a mighty manner? There has never been consistency in error and never will be. When our people cherish the light that God has been pleased to send to His church, then we shall see a revival of primitive godliness that will culminate in the second coming of Christ.

The Bible is the rule of my life. It gives me great joy to say that my mind has been formed by the Bible and the writings of Ellen White more than any other influence in this world. I would that I could find a man to learn from in such a profound manner. The idea that men ordained into the ministry would want to be led by a woman is a revelation of the sad condition we find our ministry in.

One last comment that must be seen as a truth that cannot easily be overlooked. The Pacific Union Conference has certain specific responsibilities. What are they? There are church institutions that have been established by the union and look to the Union for leadership. What institutions are these that the union has responsibilities towards? Two come to mind very quickly. Schools of "higher" education and hospitals (sanitariums). When one examines these institutions in the Pacific Union and compares the counsels given through a woman prophet for the running of these institutions, one will find that no matter what one says about respecting the position of a woman, little regard has been shown to the inspired writings of this woman, Ellen White.

It is not what one says, but what one does that indicates character. Profession means nothing to God, only the obedience rendered from a willing heart. Professing to want to be led by a woman means nothing. God chose a woman to speak through and much of what was said is rejected. Let the desire to see women exalted be given to exalting God and His inspired  counsel.

Once again a line has been drawn in the sand. And in this case the General Conference in session stands on the right side. Who else will stand on the Lord's side?
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--45--The Foreshadowing of the Cross
« Last post by Beacon on January 15, 2019, 07:06:28 AM »
"The work of Christ on earth was hastening to a close. Before Him, in vivid outline, lay the scenes whither His feet were tending. Even before He took humanity upon Him, He saw the whole length of the path He must travel in order to save that which was lost. Every pang that rent His heart, every insult that was heaped upon His head, every privation that He was called to endure, was open to His view before He laid aside His crown and royal robe, and stepped down from the throne, to clothe His divinity with humanity. The path from the manger to Calvary was all before His eyes. He knew the anguish that would come upon Him. He knew it all, and yet He said, "Lo, I come: in the volume of the Book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Psalm 40:7, 8. (DA 410.1)

Sometimes we're tempted to feel like we're "ALL ALONE"  and that no one understands what we're going through. The words in this chapter have reinforced my mind once again that we are NEVER ALONE and that our Wonderful Compassionate Jesus, having walked the face of this earth on our behalf understands EVERY TRIAL, EVERY SITUATION, EVERY WEAKNESS , of our human existence  and has given us wonderful promises to cling to.

 "Ever before Him He saw the result of His mission. His earthly life, so full of toil and self-sacrifice, was cheered by the prospect that He would not have all this travail for nought. By giving His life for the life of men, He would win back the world to its loyalty to God. Although the baptism of blood must first be received; although the sins of the world were to weigh upon His innocent soul; although the shadow of an unspeakable woe was upon Him; yet for the joy that was set before Him, He chose to endure the cross, and despised the shame."  {DA 410.2}
Jesus says to us today...."Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."  Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV) THANK YOU JESUS!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--45--The Foreshadowing of the Cross
« Last post by Richard Myers on January 15, 2019, 06:00:11 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. And why was it that the Holy Spirit rested upon the disciples that day? Was it not because Jesus asked for the Holy Spirit to open their minds and hearts to the message he had to give them? We often don't realize the opportunities we have to ask for the Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds before we share a message of grace. How very sad! Often before the minister preaches a message on Sabbath from the pulpit, we hear prayers that his lips may be touched with a coal from the altar of God. But do we always hear a prayer that the Holy Spirit will open the ears and eyes of those in the congregation? It is the Holy Spirit that is the Teacher. Let us consider the opportunities before us when we share a message that is designed to reach the hearts and minds of the hearers. Let us always pray that the Holy Spirit will go before us.

    He was about to tell them of the suffering that awaited Him. But first He went away alone, and prayed that their hearts might be prepared to receive His words.

I have a question that someone may be able to answer. The chapter ends with "Thus they sorrowed and doubted, hoped and feared, for six long, gloomy days." Where are we here before the cross? How long before Christ enters Jerusalem when He will be murdered by crucifixion? 
Parents have an incredible influence on their children. By their genetics, their habits, and their understanding of truth, they directly mold the opening minds of their children in ways that will either help or hinder them heavenward. As I was contemplating Jesus' bitter task to press His way against the early training of the 12 whose conception of His kingdom had been a mixture of truth and error, I was encouraged with the thought that parents coming on the stage of the last days have the opportunity to do what Jesus did with His 12 disciples, but much more effectively. Why? For one thing, a tiny infant's heart and mind are far more moldable and impressible than are grown men who all their lives have been hoping to be "Number One" in God's kingdom. But if children are trained to consider duty a delight, sacrifice a pleasure, and know that the most weighty trust and highest honor could be to suffer and be translated having passed through the time of trouble such as never was, with a clear conception of the kingdom of God and the truth of the simplicity of the gospel as manifest in the lives of the parents that they were shaped by from inception, does it not follow that the place we need to start in preparing for Jesus to come is in our families? I am not saying that Bible studies and evangelistic series are ineffective means of saving souls--but the power of the gospel goes so much deeper when it is early received, when children are trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That is why Jesus' ability to use John to spread the gospel was so much more effective than with the other disciples--he was younger and more receptive! Let us take the lesson to heart, and I pray that you will take the gospel into your marriage, your child rearing, and into every sphere where God has placed you!!

    "Peter had expressed the faith of the twelve. Yet the disciples were still far from understanding Christ's mission. The opposition and misrepresentation of the priests and rulers, while it could not turn them away from Christ, still caused them great perplexity. They did not see their way clearly. The influence of their early training, the teaching of the rabbis, the power of tradition, still intercepted their view of truth. From time to time precious rays of light from Jesus shone upon them, yet often they were like men groping among shadows. But on this day, before they were brought face to face with the great trial of their faith, the Holy Spirit rested upon them in power. For a little time their eyes were turned away from 'the things which are seen,' to behold 'the things which are not seen.' 2 Corinthians 4:18. Beneath the guise of humanity they discerned the glory of the Son of God."  {The Desire of Ages, page 412, paragraph 1} 

But what a difference if families are reared in a way as to avoid the contaminating influences of secular cultural lies, church tradition, and the deceptions so prevalent that make the gospel powerless! When children grow up seeing their parents live the very life of Jesus, the husband treating his wife the way Christ treats the church, the wife fulfilling her role in dignity and honor to bring completeness to her husband's character and train up children to have roles in eternity for God's glory, we will see the message and movement move like wildfire. We are on the verge of the greatest revival and reformation the world has ever seen. We can take to heart what Jesus did, and go deeper than the disciples went because the light shining in our time is MUCH MUCH BRIGHTER!!! Let us walk in the light, because God would much rather accomplish His purposes through our honor and exaltation when we are humbly obedient to all that He has revealed! And more light will shine to us streaming from the cross as day by day the darkness of error and unbelief are swallowed up in the glory of doing His will from a heart renewed by grace that pours forth spontaneously all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!! Hallelujah!!!!!!!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Beacon on January 14, 2019, 09:29:28 AM »
The Spiritual Leaders of Israel asked Jesus for a "SIGN" to prove that He was the True Messiah but....[/color]

"Every miracle that Christ performed was a sign of His divinity
. He was doing the very work that had been foretold of the Messiah; but to the Pharisees these works of mercy were a positive offense. The Jewish leaders looked with heartless indifference on human suffering. In many cases their selfishness and oppression had caused the affliction that Christ relieved. Thus His miracles were to them a reproach."
"That which led the Jews to reject the Saviour's work was the highest evidence of His divine character. The greatest significance of His miracles is seen in the fact that they were for the blessing of humanity. The highest evidence that He came from God is that His life revealed the character of God. He did the works and spoke the words of God." Such a life is the greatest of all miracles."[/color]

The transformational power of God as demonstrated by the demon possessed men was a most powerful SIGN!  These men who only had a few hours with Jesus before he left the area were appointed as His 1st Missionary's. Their only testimony was that of what Jesus had done for them!  But they were "faithful" to their calling and the when Jesus came back to this area this is the testimony of what happened.

"It was in the region of Decapolis that the demoniacs of Gergesa had been healed. Here the people, alarmed at the destruction of the swine, had constrained Jesus to depart from among them. But they had listened to the messengers He left behind, and a desire was aroused to see Him. As He came again into that region, a crowd gathered about Him...Jesus went up into a mountain, and there the multitude flocked to Him, bringing their sick and lame, and laying them at His feet. He healed them all; and the people, heathen as they were, glorified the God of Israel." [/b]

The " SIGN " of a changed life - one that honors and glorifies Jesus is the Greatest Sign of all -!! What do our friends - neighbors  and co-workers see in our life??

The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Richard Myers on January 14, 2019, 06:45:26 AM »
Amen, dear Sister. The greatest miracle God can do is to transform sinners into saints. It happens at conversion when the Holy Spirit takes possession of the whole heart and  brings with Him all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. What a miracle!

     When the message of truth is presented in our day, there are many who, like the Jews, cry, Show us a sign. Work us a miracle. Christ wrought no miracle at the demand of the Pharisees. He wrought no miracle in the wilderness in answer to Satan's insinuations. He does not impart to us power to vindicate ourselves or to satisfy the demands of unbelief and pride. But the gospel is not without a sign of its divine origin. Is it not a miracle that we can break from the bondage of Satan? Enmity against Satan is not natural to the human heart; it is implanted by the grace of God. When one who has been controlled by a stubborn, wayward will is set free, and yields himself wholeheartedly to the drawing of God's heavenly agencies, a miracle is wrought; so also when a man who has been under strong delusion comes to understand moral truth. Every time a soul is converted, and learns to love God and keep His commandments, the promise of God is fulfilled, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you." Ezekiel 36:26. The change in human hearts, the transformation of human characters, is a miracle that reveals an ever-living Saviour, working to rescue souls. A consistent life in Christ is a great miracle. In the preaching of the word of God, the sign that should be manifest now and always is the presence of the Holy Spirit, to make the word a regenerating power to those that hear. This is God's witness before the world to the divine mission of His Son. 

Many years ago, I was very sick. Dr. Agatha Thrash was giving me instruction for treatment and it was not working. I was trying to treat myself and realized it was dangerous. I called a friend and he came from a distance away, prayed for me and gave me a water treatment. It worked and as I was getting better, I prayed to God that since I had been faithful to not turn to physicians and the ways of the world, but to Him for healing, could He now just say the Word and finish the healing. I wanted to see the miraculous healing power of God by His Word. The Spirit asked me "why?" It was enough, I knew it was a silly and quite stupid request. I had already seen the greatest of all miracles. God had brought me to a place where I trusted Him with all I had and all I was. And, I wanted to see something supernatural?  How silly. What a God we serve!!!

Have you given your whole heart to God? Do you trust Him with all? Do you have saving faith? Then you too have witnessed the greatest miracle of all!!  It was easy for God to make Adam from the dust of the ground, holy and undefiled. But, to recreate man in His image takes more than God's creative power, it takes the cooperation of man. Then, God's part is immeasurably great, and our part is immeasurably small. Together, the world witnesses God's greatest of all miracles the transformation (new birth) of a new creature in Christ Jesus!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Dorine on January 14, 2019, 06:28:01 AM »
"That which led the Jews to reject the Saviour's work was the highest evidence of His divine character. The greatest significance of His miracles is seen in the fact that they were for the blessing of humanity. The highest evidence that He came from God is that His life revealed the character of God. He did the works and spoke the words of God. Such a life is the greatest of all miracles"

How blind can the blind be? They need the eye suave of Jesus so that their eyes may be opened to see their hopeless condition.  But it doesn't need to remain hopeless. Jesus' life of love and sacrifice, is (then and now) such a contrast to their own selfish hearts that they could/would not see beyond their own desires.

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;

Place in my hands the wonderful key

That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God, Thy will to see,

Open my eyes, illumine me,

Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear

Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;

And while the wave notes fall on my ear,

Everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God, Thy will to see,

Open my ears, illumine me,

Spirit divine!

Open my mind, that I may read

More of Thy love in word and deed;

What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?

Only for light from Thee I plead.

Silently now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God, Thy will to see,

Open my mind, illumine me,

Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear,

Gladly the warm truth everywhere;

Open my heart and let me prepare

Love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God, Thy will to see,

Open my heart, illumine me,

Spirit divine!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 14, 2019, 05:10:26 AM »
What is the religion of Christ? What is its fruit in the life of one who beholds and surrenders fully to Him?

"The religion of Christ is sincerity itself. Zeal for God's glory is the motive implanted by the Holy Spirit; and only the effectual working of the Spirit can implant this motive. Only the power of God can banish self-seeking and hypocrisy. This change is the sign of His working. When the faith we accept destroys selfishness and pretense, when it leads us to seek God's glory and not our own, we may know that it is of the right order. 'Father, glorify Thy name' (John 12:28), was the keynote of Christ's life, and if we follow Him, this will be the keynote of our life. He commands us to 'walk, even as He walked;" and "hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.' 1 John 2:6, 3." {The Desire of Ages, page 409, paragraph 3}

God's glory is seen in each truly converted soul as all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one missing, are manifest in a life of willing, cheerful, prompt obedience to all God has revealed to the soul of His law of love. As we walk in sincerity and earnestness because Christ abides in us, we can rejoice continually in Him and reveal God's glory to a world that needs to see the practical power of the gospel to change the life from sin to holiness!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--43--Barriers Broken Down
« Last post by Beacon on January 13, 2019, 10:59:41 AM »
"Here Christ meets one of an unfortunate and despised race, the Canaanite women,  that has not been favored with the light of God's word; yet she yields at once to the divine influence of Christ, and has implicit faith in His ability to grant the favor she asks. She begs for the crumbs that fall from the Master's table. If she may have the privilege of a dog, she is willing to be regarded as a dog. She has no national or religious prejudice or pride to influence her course, and she immediately acknowledges Jesus as the Redeemer, and as being able to do all that she asks of Him."

What a great example of a mother's love for her daughter..."she is willing to be regarded as a dog" if only her daughter could be cleansed and made whole. Jesus had not found this level of faith and trust in all Israel. I can't help but wonder, if we today, sometimes treat others or at least think of them as did the disciples while professing to be followers of Jesus??

"This act, of healing, opened the minds of the disciples more fully to the labor that lay before them among the Gentiles. They saw a wide field of usefulness outside of Judea. They saw souls bearing sorrows unknown to those more highly favored. Among those whom they had been taught to despise were souls longing for help from the mighty Healer, hungering for the light of truth, which had been so abundantly given to the Jews"

The question is: "Are we willing, as disciples of Jesus, to adopt the same attitude of love and compassion to all those we meet?

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