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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--23--The Kingdom of God is at Hand
« Last post by Dorine on March 21, 2019, 07:49:54 AM »
What a blessing to read each comment this morning. There is something spiritually uplifting sharing with each other the thoughts that the Holy Spirit has revealed to us.

I was impressed this morning with the thought that Jesus always reaches out first. He doesn't hide Himself and expect us to go looking for Him. The following quote points out this very thought. If the people were in ignorance it was because they chose to not believe what God was revealing to them through the prophets, scripture and then Jesus Himself.

It is no different today. I've even heard people say, "don't tell me; if I don't know I won't be held responsible." When you study the Sanctuary service you find out that this attitude is not acceptable to God and we will be held accountable for the things we had the opportunity to know but didn't bother to find out.

May we not only appreciate the tender compassion, long suffering and gentle attributes of our Saviour but may we come to appreciate the warnings He gives us to keep us from spiritual danger and destruction. His love is portrayed just as strongly in His warnings as in His mercy.

"The Messiah’s coming had been first announced in Judea. In the temple at Jerusalem the birth of the forerunner had been foretold to Zacharias as he ministered before the altar. On the hills of Bethlehem the angels had proclaimed the birth of Jesus. To Jerusalem the magi had come in search of Him. In the temple Simeon and Anna had testified to His divinity. “Jerusalem, and all Judea” had listened to the preaching of John the Baptist; and the deputation from the Sanhedrin, with the multitude, had heard his testimony concerning Jesus. In Judea, Christ had received His first disciples. Here much of His early ministry had been spent. The flashing forth of His divinity in the cleansing of the temple, His miracles of healing, and the lessons of divine truth that fell from His lips, all proclaimed that which after the healing at Bethesda He had declared before the Sanhedrin,—His Sonship to the Eternal."
.......“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:31, 34, 36.
Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Cop on March 21, 2019, 06:26:15 AM »
Kamala Rips Pence for Not Meeting Alone w/ Women

Vice President Mike Pence has a catch-all solution for avoiding the type of problems that have ensnared countless politicians and recently sparked the so-called “MeToo” movement — he doesn’t meet privately with women who aren’t his wife. But Sen. Kamala Harris of California says that’s “outrageous.”

I disagree with him when he suggests it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself,” she said. “I think that’s ridiculous — the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States is outrageous.

Pence, a devout Christian, said in 2002 interview that he would never eat alone with a woman other than his wife. He was serving in the U.S. House at the time, and the Washington Post resurrected the quote in 2017 to hammer the Trump administration.


[So...advoiding the appearce of evil and being a decent man is now considered, "outrageous" by the worldly? LORD please come soon!]
Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Cop on March 21, 2019, 06:15:03 AM »
Record Snowfall Across Himalayas Blamed On … Global Warming

Last year, scientists blamed global warming for decreasing  snowfall in the Himalayas. This year, record-breaking snowfall has been blamed on global warming.

Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Cop on March 21, 2019, 06:11:59 AM »
One "inconvenient truth" in this whole global warming myth, is that the poor polar bears, you know, the ones which are endangered because of the shrinking polar ice cap, are thriving.


Another lie being proclaimed is that ALL the world's glaciers are shrinking.

Climate shock: 90 percent of the world’s glaciers are GROWING:
"Satellite measurements show an 82-112 gigaton-a-year net ice gain. That’s 82-112 billion tons per year! Nine zeroes!in other words that is 112,000,000,000 tons. Per year."

Amen, Beacon! We need Jesus, the Lion who says to us to fear God and give glory to Him, and Jesus the gentle Lamb who laid down His life to save us as a sacrifice. We need both mercy and justice, we need a complete revelation of Christ's character, so we can be brought to true repentance! By beholding we become changed! When we are changed by God's grace, we are miraculously converted and sustained by God's grace, and the fruit of God's grace in our lives is that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives--not one will be missing!!

"The burden of Christ’s preaching was, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Thus the gospel message, as given by the Saviour Himself, was based on the prophecies." {The Desire of Ages, page 233, paragraph 1}

As we see the message for our time, as the prophecies unfold before our very eyes, we can rejoice in His power to bring us to repentance! Jesus is about to come and the condition of our world is indicating that while the devil has but a short time, we also have a short time to cooperate with Christ in giving the last message of mercy and repentance to the world! Let us behold Christ, looking to His word, and anchoring our faith in that which cannot change!
Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Cop on March 21, 2019, 06:05:14 AM »
What many do not know today is that there were many blacks who owned great plantations and possessed many slaves in antebellum days. There were also black slave dealers who bought and sold slaves. Would the descendants of black slave owners have to pay themselves reparations?

Isaiah 29:14 "Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."

Truly this prophecy is being fulfilled as this is the condition of the world today...we are going mad!!!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--23--The Kingdom of God is at Hand
« Last post by Beacon on March 20, 2019, 11:26:06 PM »
"If the leaders in Israel had received Christ, He would have honored them as His messengers to carry the gospel to the world. To them first was given the opportunity to become heralds of the kingdom and grace of God. But Israel knew not the time of her visitation. The jealousy and distrust of the Jewish leaders had ripened into open hatred, and the hearts of the people were turned away from Jesus."

How sad it was...The King of Kings - Lord of Lords came to this earth after 4,000 yrs of prophetic messages given to His people and  " They knew not the time of His viisitation.

"So today the kingdom of this world absorbs men’s thoughts, and they take no note of the rapidly fulfilling prophecies and the tokens of the swift-coming kingdom of God.“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.While we are not to know the hour of our Lord’s return, we may know when it is near. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6.
We are living in the time period of the Laodicean church just before the second coming of our Lord and Saviour and the devil is doing his best to distract and destroy God's remnant people because he knows his time is short. The question is....Do we know OUR TIME IS SHORT?? The Bible says... "Satan is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour"!! But we need to focus on the Lamb of God who said... "All Power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." We need to have a strong personal relationship with Him who has the POWER to SAVE..Do not focus on the Lion - focus on the Lamb...

Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Marelis on March 20, 2019, 10:27:54 PM »
That's good news about polar bears!
"God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. "Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake." Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor."

God provides the help and strength in the measure we need it. All we have to do is 'trust and obey Him'. We have nothing to fear. As we read the story of John the Baptist what a contrast we see in his life compared to Herod. Herod was more of a prisoner than John was only John was a prisoner for Christ and Herod a prisoner of Satan. John died in peace. Herod died a distraught and fearful man. I pray that my life will be a witness for Jesus; that like John I will be firm as a rock in my loyalty to Christ. No matter what the circumstance is that surrounds us Christ has given us promise after promise that He will never leave us or forsake us even unto death.

Amen Dear Sister Dorine. I love this statement that Jesus leads us in the very best way, and one day by His grace we shall understand why He did what He did. No matter what the circumstances, all will work for our good if we love Jesus supremely.
Trials, however great, need not come between us and Jesus.

"But the Baptist did not surrender his faith in Christ. The memory of the voice from heaven and the descending dove, the spotless purity of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit that had rested upon John as he came into the Saviour's presence, and the testimony of the prophetic scriptures,--all witnessed that Jesus of Nazareth was the Promised One." {The Desire of Ages, page 216, paragraph 3}

Amen Pastor Sean. John was attacked by Satan as his disciples spoke words that would lead him to doubt the Jesus was the Messiah. John did not understand Jesus did not come to die, but he thought he was going to sit on an earthly throne. Such is the power of deception. And when doubts entered his mind as to the reality of Jesus being the Son of God, John's faith failed not.

There were hours when the whisperings of demons tortured his spirit, and the shadow of a terrible fear crept over him. Could it be that the long-hoped-for Deliverer had not yet appeared? Then what meant the message that he himself had been impelled to bear? John had been bitterly disappointed in the result of his mission. He had expected that the message from God would have the same effect as when the law was read in the days of Josiah and of Ezra (2 Chronicles 34; Nehemiah 8, 9); that there would follow a deep-seated work of repentance and returning unto the Lord. For the success of this mission his whole life had been sacrificed. Had it been in vain? 

What a trial!! But, John knew Jesus and he did not give in to the temptation to not believe. It was his character and his knowledge of Jesus that kept him faithful.

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