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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2018, 08:17:41 AM »
"Reports have reached the rulers in Jerusalem that Jesus is approaching the city with a great concourse of people. But they have no welcome for the Son of God. In fear they go out to meet Him, hoping to disperse the throng. As the procession is about to descend the Mount of Olives, it is intercepted by the rulers. They inquire the cause of the tumultuous rejoicing. As they question, "Who is this?" the disciples, filled with the spirit of inspiration, answer this question. In eloquent strains they repeat the prophecies concerning Christ:
     Adam will tell you, It is the seed of the woman that shall bruise the serpent's head. 
     Ask Abraham, he will tell you, It is "Melchizedek King of Salem," King of Peace. Genesis 14:18.
     Jacob will tell you, He is Shiloh of the tribe of Judah.  { 
     Isaiah will tell you, "Immanuel," "Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 7:14; 9:6. 
     Jeremiah will tell you, The Branch of David, "the Lord our Righteousness." Jeremiah 23:6. 
     Daniel will tell you, He is the Messiah. 
     Hosea will tell you, He is "the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is His memorial." Hosea 12:5. 
     John the Baptist will tell you, He is "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.   
     The great Jehovah has proclaimed from His throne, "This is My beloved Son." Matthew 3:17.   
     We, His disciples, declare, This is Jesus, the Messiah, the Prince of life, the Redeemer of the world. 
     And the prince of the powers of darkness acknowledges Him, saying, "I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God." Mark 1:24"


This passage stirs my heart this morning in a way that words can not express. I have followed the crowd, imagined the excitement of what was expected to happen, the sudden gloom as Jesus weeps with agony over Jerusalem, the rulers arrogant interruption hoping to draw attention and authority away from Jesus and back to themselves asks the question, "Who is this?" 

I want to join with the disciples and shout from the mountain top.....He is my Redeemer, my King of Kings, Lord of Lords, He has rescued me from the bondage of sin, He is coming very soon to usher His people into the glorious heavenly city on high. Praise God I am free at last. My eyes are fixed on Jesus as I realize my frail, human condition, knowing all things work together for good to those who love God.  To love God means more than just believing in Him. It requires obedience to all His requirements.

May God grant us courage to faithfully stand for Him no matter the circumstances we are facing.

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2018, 10:37:57 AM »
Amen, Jim and Dorine! What a blessing to behold Jesus in His triumphal entry here as His ministry comes to a culmination before the cross--for He knows that the triumphal entry would lead Him there, as those whose hearts were not open to the light of truth would plot His death.

I was moved with the thought of what we, as a church, could be, if we heeded faithfully the light that has been given to us. I rejoice that the light WILL BE RECEIVED by those who truly repent, and that there will be revival and reformation--but let us not make our Savior wait longer! Let us behold Him today and be truly converted (fully surrendered, so all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing!) God loves us! Let us look and live!

 "Israel had been a favored people; God had made their temple His habitation; it was 'beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth.' Psalm 48:2. The record of more than a thousand years of Christ's guardian care and tender love, such as a father bears his only child, was there. In that temple the prophets had uttered their solemn warnings. There had the burning censers waved, while incense, mingled with the prayers of the worshipers, had ascended to God. There the blood of beasts had flowed, typical of the blood of Christ. There Jehovah had manifested His glory above the mercy seat. There the priests had officiated, and the pomp of symbol and ceremony had gone on for ages. But all this must have an end. Jesus raised His hand,--that had so often blessed the sick and suffering,--and waving it toward the doomed city, in broken utterances of grief exclaimed: 'If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!--' Here the Saviour paused, and left unsaid what might have been the condition of Jerusalem had she accepted the help that God desired to give her,--the gift of His beloved Son. If Jerusalem had known what it was her privilege to know, and had heeded the light which Heaven had sent her, she might have stood forth in the pride of prosperity, the queen of kingdoms, free in the strength of her God-given power. There would have been no armed soldiers standing at her gates, no Roman banners waving from her walls. The glorious destiny that might have blessed Jerusalem had she accepted her Redeemer rose before the Son of God. He saw that she might through Him have been healed of her grievous malady, liberated from bondage, and established as the mighty metropolis of the earth. From her walls the dove of peace would have gone forth to all nations. She would have been the world's diadem of glory. {The Desire of Ages, page 576, paragraph 1}

Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for us as His children. Let us learn from the lesson of Jerusalem's rejection of Christ, and today open our hearts to Jesus' loveliness, the very message and experience that the Holy Spirit is seeking to imbue us with, that we may show forth His praise and be a blessing to a world that is lying in darkness and misapprehension of His character.
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2018, 01:22:57 PM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. God will have a people who will conquer the kingdoms of this world. But, before the glory comes the cross. What an example we have as we read of the thoughts and words of our Savior as He goes forward to the cross! As Sister Dorine has said, may God give us courage to be faithful as we walk in the shadow of the cross. It is our privilege to vindicate the character of our God. It is not in pleasure or quietude, but in the midst of the great battle between good and evil. It is standing on the platform of truth when surrounded by darkness that the glory of God will be revealed in His church. It is the character that has been developed by obedience no matter what the cost that will be seen in the final act that is just in front of us. The pope has fulfilled his part, now it is only God's church that will do her part as she abides in Christ walking in the path that follows in the footsteps of our Savior.

What makes the world hate Christ and His true followers? It is their opposition to the truth. 'They stand opposed to it, for it condemns them. Thus it has always been, thus it is today, and thus it will be when the world condemns His children at the end of time, just as Israel condemned their Messiah.

   Many Pharisees witnessed the scene, and, burning with envy and malice, sought to turn the current of popular feeling. With all their authority they tried to silence the people; but their appeals and threats only increased the enthusiasm. They feared that this multitude, in the strength of their numbers, would make Jesus king. As a last resort they pressed through the crowd to where the Saviour was, and accosted Him with reproving and threatening words: "Master, rebuke Thy disciples." They declared that such noisy demonstrations were unlawful, and would not be permitted by the authorities. But they were silenced by the reply of Jesus, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." That scene of triumph was of God's own appointing. It had been foretold by the prophet, and man was powerless to turn aside God's purpose. Had men failed to carry out His plan, He would have given a voice to the inanimate stones, and they would have hailed His Son with acclamations of praise.

It is God's purpose and promise that there will be a church that is fully surrendered and so grounded that no matter what Satan throws at them, they will not sin. The pillars will not have to cry out, for His people will reflect the glory both He and and our heavenly Father deserve. May God grant us this privilege.
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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2018, 04:03:32 AM »
Jesus loves us and desires us to accept the testimony of Scripture as to His divinity, and the fulfillment of His crowning sacrifice in humanity to atone for our sins by the shedding of His blood on Calvary. When we accept Christ by surrendering our whole heart to Him, He also gives us a living testimony--the faith of Jesus is wrought out in our experience--and we reveal the character of God as manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing and living up to the highest standard of truth we know from God's law of love!

"Yet again the Spirit of God speaks to Jerusalem. Before the day is done, another testimony is borne to Christ. The voice of witness is lifted up, responding to the call from a prophetic past. If Jerusalem will hear the call, if she will receive the Saviour who is entering her gates, she may yet be saved." {The Desire of Ages, page 578, paragraph 1}

Christ was on His triumphal entry, deeply longing that His people would repent and accept Him as the Savior. Will you respond to Jesus' pleading voice to turn to Him with your whole heart? He has something vastly better than what you would choose for yourself, for "God is love" (1 John 4:16).

 
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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2018, 04:35:26 AM »
This account of Jesus should stir our souls to the core. I can't help but think that Jesus is again in deep agony as He looks down upon His church today. He longs to bring us all home but He knows that time is running out. His people think they are rich and in need of nothing but He is pleading with all to open their eyes to see their true condition and repent.

"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent....Rev. 3:1718,19"

Just as when Jesus wept over Jerusalem there was still time for them to repent; so it is with His church today. He doesn't want to let one person go. He holds out the offer to each one for a little while longer. Just one word. "Repent". Praise God for those that do hear His call and follow Him.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2018, 06:48:55 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean and Sister Doreen. How very sad that a whole nation should reject God's grace. God's own people knew Him not!  :(    So it is in the world today. And, even His own church remains in a Laodicean state. But, there is revealed in this chapter such love for sinners. Let us not disappoint our Savior. He would have suffered and died for just one sinner.

     Jerusalem had been the child of His care, and as a tender father mourns over a wayward son, so Jesus wept over the beloved city. How can I give thee up? How can I see thee devoted to destruction? Must I let thee go to fill up the cup of thine iniquity? One soul is of such value that, in comparison with it, worlds sink into insignificance; but here was a whole nation to be lost. When the fast westering sun should pass from sight in the heavens, Jerusalem's day of grace would be ended. While the procession was halting on the brow of Olivet, it was not yet too late for Jerusalem to repent. The angel of mercy was then folding her wings to step down from the golden throne to give place to justice and swift-coming judgment. But Christ's great heart of love still pleaded for Jerusalem, that had scorned His mercies, despised His warnings, and was about to imbrue her hands in His blood. If Jerusalem would but repent, it was not yet too late. While the last rays of the setting sun were lingering on temple, tower, and pinnacle, would not some good angel lead her to the Saviour's love, and avert her doom? Beautiful and unholy city, that had stoned the prophets, that had rejected the Son of God, that was locking herself by her impenitence in fetters of bondage,--her day of mercy was almost spent!
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« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2018, 06:15:50 AM »
Jesus loves us so much and only desires to give us what is best. We see in His triumphal ride into Jerusalem the sorrow of His heart for those who would not partake of the exceedingly high privilege of receiving His character to transform their lives and make them His witnesses.

"Jesus raised His hand,--that had so often blessed the sick and suffering,--and waving it toward the doomed city, in broken utterances of grief exclaimed: 'If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!--' Here the Saviour paused, and left unsaid what might have been the condition of Jerusalem had she accepted the help that God desired to give her,--the gift of His beloved Son. If Jerusalem had known what it was her privilege to know, and had heeded the light which Heaven had sent her, she might have stood forth in the pride of prosperity, the queen of kingdoms, free in the strength of her God-given power. There would have been no armed soldiers standing at her gates, no Roman banners waving from her walls. The glorious destiny that might have blessed Jerusalem had she accepted her Redeemer rose before the Son of God. He saw that she might through Him have been healed of her grievous malady, liberated from bondage, and established as the mighty metropolis of the earth. From her walls the dove of peace would have gone forth to all nations. She would have been the world's diadem of glory." {The Desire of Ages, page 576, paragraph 3}

One sentence I must pull out and note: "If Jerusalem had known what it was her privilege to know, and had heeded the light which Heaven had sent her, she might have stood forth in the pride of prosperity, the queen of kingdoms, free in the strength of her God-given power."

The phrase, "what it was her privilege to know" immediately triggered my thoughts to one of my favorite statements in The Desire of Ages, page 668, paragraph 3:

"All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us."

This is the key--knowing God as it is our privilege to know Him. For lack of this, we will perish, even though abundant light and opportunity shines all around us. The grace of God is as thick around us as the air we breathe. Why are not all saved? Because few will choose to look and live, to behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, to spend a "thoughtful hour" upon the life of Christ, and in thus coming, surrendering fully, begin the life eternal. But I choose to get to know Him. I choose to have my heart freshly converted each day as I behold the exceedingly beautiful loveliness of Jesus' character, which is the overflow of our Heavenly Father's paternal love for a perishing race! Will you come join me daily to behold Jesus? If so, you will be converted, the evidence will be manifest in the life--all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit will be present without one missing, and you will gladly follow all the light of God's law you know, and cheerfully fulfill every duty that He reveals to you!

This is the witness for which Christ longs, and it is taking place even now!!
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2018, 08:12:21 PM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  It is a well kept secret that if will spend a thoughtful hour a day looking upon Jesus we would not only be saved, but be a light on a shining hill! Thy King is coming very soon and few are making preparation  of Him. How can we prepare for Him? We can learn of Him. We can behold His grace. We can worship Him in Word, in truth, and in song.. We can bless Jesus if we will appreciate all He has done for us.

   Jesus gazes upon the scene, and the vast multitude hush their shouts, spellbound by the sudden vision of beauty. All eyes turn upon the Saviour, expecting to see in His countenance the admiration they themselves feel. But instead of this they behold a cloud of sorrow. They are surprised and disappointed to see His eyes fill with tears, and His body rock to and fro like a tree before the tempest, while a wail of anguish bursts from His quivering lips, as if from the depths of a broken heart. What a sight was this for angels to behold! their loved Commander in an agony of tears! What a sight was this for the glad throng that with shouts of triumph and the waving of palm branches were escorting Him to the glorious city, where they fondly hoped He was about to reign! Jesus had wept at the grave of Lazarus, but it was in a godlike grief in sympathy with human woe. But this sudden sorrow was like a note of wailing in a grand triumphal chorus. In the midst of a scene of rejoicing, where all were paying Him homage, Israel's King was in tears; not silent tears of gladness, but tears and groans of insuppressible agony.


Agony over the loss  of souls! Will He weep over you? Over me? It is in our power to bless Jesus and to spend eternity with Him! Let us do that!!
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« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2018, 05:04:54 AM »
You appreciate something more if you did not have it before, it often seems. I can say this from my own experience and testimony, that being able to have a sound mind after struggling with bipolar (from which Jesus healed me) has made me even more appreciative of the mental faculties that can be used to contemplate things of eternal value, sharing them with others. Whatever Jesus has given you, express eternal gratitude with all the vigor and power He has given! Jesus is coming soon! 

"Never before had the world seen such a triumphal procession. It was not like that of the earth's famous conquerors. No train of mourning captives, as trophies of kingly valor, made a feature of that scene. But about the Saviour were the glorious trophies of His labors of love for sinful man. There were the captives whom He had rescued from Satan's power, praising God for their deliverance. The blind whom He had restored to sight were leading the way. The dumb whose tongues He had loosed shouted the loudest hosannas. The cripples whom He had healed bounded with joy, and were the most active in breaking the palm branches and waving them before the Saviour. Widows and orphans were exalting the name of Jesus for His works of mercy to them. The lepers whom He had cleansed spread their untainted garments in His path, and hailed Him as the King of glory. Those whom His voice had awakened from the sleep of death were in that throng. Lazarus, whose body had seen corruption in the grave, but who now rejoiced in the strength of glorious manhood, led the beast on which the Saviour rode." {The Desire of Ages, page 572, paragraph 2}
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2018, 05:13:09 AM »
Whatever Jesus has given you, express eternal gratitude with all the vigor and power He has given! Jesus is coming soon! 

I appreciate this thought this morning pastor Sean as it reminded me of the following SOP reference.

If you sit in heavenly places with Christ, you cannot refrain from praising God. Begin to educate your tongues to praise Him and train your hearts to make melody to God; and when the evil one begins to settle his gloom about you, sing praise to God. When things go crossways at your homes, strike up a song about the matchless charms of the Son of God, and I tell you, when you touch this strain, Satan will leave you. You can drive out the enemy with his gloom; ... and you can see, oh, so much clearer, the love and compassion of your heavenly Father. {HP 95.4}
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2018, 08:16:09 AM »
Amen! When we make a habit of praising our Lord, when things go bad, which they will, like Moses when he struck the Rock, we will turn back to Jesus praising Him for we know all things work for our good and His glory as we abide in Him. Even Job knowing the character of our God, praised His name after losing everything except his wife who Satan was going to use to tempt him to curse God.

Israel had been chosen of God. He dwelt among them. It was not easy for Jesus to see them cut off from heaven. He wept over Jerusalem. He understood what had been planned for His chosen nation. But, it was not to be. When He came to them, they knew Him not, and put Him on the cross. What was God's plan for Israel? What is God's plan for His remnant church, for you and me?

    Israel had been a favored people; God had made their temple His habitation; it was "beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth." Psalm 48:2. The record of more than a thousand years of Christ's guardian care and tender love, such as a father bears his only child, was there. In that temple the prophets had uttered their solemn warnings. There had the burning censers waved, while incense, mingled with the prayers of the worshipers, had ascended to God. There the blood of beasts had flowed, typical of the blood of Christ. There Jehovah had manifested His glory above the mercy seat. There the priests had officiated, and the pomp of symbol and ceremony had gone on for ages. But all this must have an end. Jesus raised His hand,--that had so often blessed the sick and suffering,--and waving it toward the doomed city, in broken utterances of grief exclaimed: "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!--" Here the Saviour paused, and left unsaid what might have been the condition of Jerusalem had she accepted the help that God desired to give her,--the gift of His beloved Son. If Jerusalem had known what it was her privilege to know, and had heeded the light which Heaven had sent her, she might have stood forth in the pride of prosperity, the queen of kingdoms, free in the strength of her God-given power. There would have been no armed soldiers standing at her gates, no Roman banners waving from her walls. The glorious destiny that might have blessed Jerusalem had she accepted her Redeemer rose before the Son of God. He saw that she might through Him have been healed of her grievous malady, liberated from bondage, and established as the mighty metropolis of the earth. From her walls the dove of peace would have gone forth to all nations. She would have been the world's diadem of glory.


Imagine if Israel had been faithful! The future of His remnant church will end in His glory. But, it will not be because we have earned it. He will cleanse His remnant church, He will pour out His Spirit upon His church for His holy name's sake. "Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you." Ezekiel 36:22-25.

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« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2019, 03:34:19 AM »
Jesus sees things as they really are. As the triumphal entry is proceeding to Jerusalem and "all seems well" to those in the crowd, Jesus sees the real condition of His people, and it breaks His heart, and He weeps in deep agony of spirit. This reminds me of how it breaks His heart to see His people at this late hour of earth's history, with all the light and privileges available, still continuing in a Laodicean condition, not coming to true repentance. May the tears Jesus shed over Jerusalem touch our hearts today of how much He loves us and how sinful we really are, and how much we need Jesus. We have such value to God that He left heaven to save us. Let us not break His heart by choosing to cling to any sin or neglecting to really get to know His heart of infinite love, because it is beholding His grace that changes us from unrepentant sinners (who may even feel like saints) to truly converted Christians who manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing and gladly go wherever and do whatever God invites them to do by His word!

 "Jerusalem had been the child of His care, and as a tender father mourns over a wayward son, so Jesus wept over the beloved city. How can I give thee up? How can I see thee devoted to destruction? Must I let thee go to fill up the cup of thine iniquity? One soul is of such value that, in comparison with it, worlds sink into insignificance; but here was a whole nation to be lost. When the fast westering sun should pass from sight in the heavens, Jerusalem's day of grace would be ended. While the procession was halting on the brow of Olivet, it was not yet too late for Jerusalem to repent. The angel of mercy was then folding her wings to step down from the golden throne to give place to justice and swift-coming judgment. But Christ's great heart of love still pleaded for Jerusalem, that had scorned His mercies, despised His warnings, and was about to imbrue her hands in His blood. If Jerusalem would but repent, it was not yet too late. While the last rays of the setting sun were lingering on temple, tower, and pinnacle, would not some good angel lead her to the Saviour's love, and avert her doom? Beautiful and unholy city, that had stoned the prophets, that had rejected the Son of God, that was locking herself by her impenitence in fetters of bondage,--her day of mercy was almost spent!" {The Desire of Ages, page 577, paragraph 3}
     "Yet again the Spirit of God speaks to Jerusalem. Before the day is done, another testimony is borne to Christ. The voice of witness is lifted up, responding to the call from a prophetic past. If Jerusalem will hear the call, if she will receive the Saviour who is entering her gates, she may yet be saved."  {The Desire of Ages, page 578, paragraph 1}


If we will appreciate what Christ has revealed to us by His word and the Spirit of prophecy we can profit from today's precious revelation of Christ's character, and overcome through His grace. Do not wait for those around you to repent--come to Christ just as you are and let nothing hinder you from receiving the full gift of repentance that leads you to esteem Christ, not self, and calls forth the sacred harmonies of the soul in answer to His divine touch!
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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2019, 07:17:25 AM »
"The events connected with this triumphal ride would be the talk of every tongue, and would bring Jesus before every mind. After His crucifixion, many would recall these events in their connection with His trial and death. They would be led to search the prophecies, and would be convinced that Jesus was the Messiah; and in all lands converts to the faith would be multiplied."

Jesus knew what lay ahead of Him and the horrific price He had to pay but the Bible says.... in Hebrews 12:2
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." There is a really important lesson for us who are about to pass through the Time of Trouble. We also will have to focus on the wonderful outcome which is promised to us. We must cling to the promises that God will " Never Leave Us Nor Forsake us"
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"Never before had the world seen such a triumphal procession. It was not like that of the earth's famous conquerors. No train of mourning captives, as trophies of kingly valor, made a feature of that scene. But about the Saviour were the glorious trophies of His labors of love for sinful man. There were the captives whom He had rescued from Satan's power, praising God for their deliverance. The blind whom He had restored to sight were leading the way. The dumb whose tongues He had loosed shouted the loudest hosannas. The cripples whom He had healed bounded with joy, and were the most active in breaking the palm branches and waving them before the Saviour. Widows and orphans were exalting the name of Jesus for His works of mercy to them. The lepers whom He had cleansed spread their untainted garments in His path, and hailed Him as the King of glory. Those whom His voice had awakened from the sleep of death were in that throng. Lazarus, whose body had seen corruption in the grave, but who now rejoiced in the strength of glorious manhood, led the beast on which the Saviour rode."

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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2019, 07:30:13 AM »
Jesus sees things as they really are.

He saw Israel as she really was. He sees us as we really are. To a church that has been greatly deceived is a lesson for us today. Are we certain we see ourselves as we really are? How great were the deceptions of Israel?

We can better understand our danger as a people if we see the condition of the priests and leaders of Israel, and the condition of those Christ chose as His disciples at the time of His entry into Jerusalem. They had been taught by the greatest Teacher for 3 1/2 years, yet they did not learn that the Lamb had to die for them to be saved. How many times did Jesus tell them He must die?

   This day, which seemed to the disciples the crowning day of their lives, would have been shadowed with gloomy clouds had they known that this scene of rejoicing was but a prelude to the suffering and death of their Master. Although He had repeatedly told them of His certain sacrifice, yet in the glad triumph of the present they forgot His sorrowful words, and looked forward to His prosperous reign on David's throne. 


Such deception! And how is it today? Do a people who Jesus loves and calls know their condition? Jesus speaks to us in the same manner He spoke to Israel. He sent prophets to warn her. So today, he speaks to us. If but we would repent, then many who will be lost could be saved. It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, for by beholding His grace we shall be saved.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2019, 08:16:06 PM »
"Christ came to save Jerusalem with her children; but Pharisaical pride, hypocrisy, jealousy, and malice had prevented Him from accomplishing His purpose. Jesus knew the terrible retribution which would be visited upon the doomed city. He saw Jerusalem encompassed with armies, the besieged inhabitants driven to starvation and death, mothers feeding upon the dead bodies of their own children, and both parents and children snatching the last morsel of food from one another, natural affection being destroyed by the gnawing pangs of hunger. "

The heart of Jesus was breaking - His wayward children would not listen to His pleading voice.  Are we willing to listen and turn from our sins? 

"When the fast westering sun should pass from sight in the heavens, Jerusalem's day of grace would be ended. While the procession was halting on the brow of Olivet, it was not yet too late for Jerusalem to repent. The angel of mercy was then folding her wings to step down from the golden throne to give place to justice and swift-coming judgment. But Christ's great heart of love still pleaded for Jerusalem, that had scorned His mercies, despised His warnings, and was about to imbrue her hands in His blood. If Jerusalem would but repent, it was not yet too late."

Are we not in the same position today? Is not our probationary time to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior almost fulfilled? If we linger in our sins when we feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit calling to our hearts to surrender lives to Jesus and be healed there will come a time when IT'S TOO LATE - The door of mercy will close for us as it did for the Jewish nation when the sun set. Ezekiel 33:11 speaks to us today as it did to Israel..."Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? "  I pray that we will not harden our hearts when we hear the Holy Spirit call us to repent and be saved[/size][/b]
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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2019, 05:29:24 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! What a chapter! So much truth! In it we see the glory of God in the great Sacrifice to be made. Such love! We also see justice that will follow the Jews until the end of time. The barren fig tr See foreshadowed this. It was a warning to all who reject God's grace and ignore the Spirit's message of love and grace.

I noticed something important this morning. Present truth for us is seen in this chapter in that it was necessary for the world to see the sacrifice of Christ. He made a triumphal entry that all might be aware of His sacrifice. After His crucifixion, many studied the prophecies to understand what had happened. So it will be in our day. Why the persecution of the saints? Why the time of trouble such as never was? The first is for a witness to those who are still open to truth. The second is for the unfallen worlds that they may better understand the power of God's love to keep them from sin for eternity.

  The events connected with this triumphal ride would be the talk of every tongue, and would bring Jesus before every mind. After His crucifixion, many would recall these events in their connection with His trial and death. They would be led to search the prophecies, and would be convinced that Jesus was the Messiah; and in all lands converts to the faith would be multiplied.   


Yes, the time of trouble such as never was will cause the watching universe to consider what has been written in the Bible that they might better understand the mercy and justice of our wonderful heavenly Father, His glorious Son, our Savior, and the ever present Holy Spirit that is the revealer of all truth. The persecution of the saints will be the talk of every tongue. That the last generation to live on this Earth after 6,000  years of sin, the weakest of the weak could stand without sin when Satan is allowed to fiercely attack them is a most amazing event.

Christ was the revealer of truth to the world. By Him the incorruptible seedóthe word of Godówas sown in the hearts of men. But many of the most precious lessons of the Great Teacher were spoken to those who did not then understand them. When, after His ascension, the Holy Spirit brought His teachings to the remembrance of the disciples, their slumbering senses awoke. The meaning of these truths flashed upon their minds as a new revelation, and truth, pure and unadulterated, made a place for itself.   Acts of the Apostles, pg 520.


And the disciples forgetfulness is a warning to us today. We ought to know the truth of what Christ is doing in our day. If we do not know where Jesus is and what He is doing, then we cannot benefit from His ministry. The disciples were warned many times that Jesus was going to die, but they did not want to know this and they were not prepared for what was coming. So it is with many in our day. Suffering is not understood by a Laodicean church. Yet, it is this suffering that reveals the power of God's grace to keep from sin amid great trials. With the 144,000 these trials will more intense than any experienced in past ages. It is for God's glory and the security of the universe forever.

 This day, which seemed to the disciples the crowning day of their lives, would have been shadowed with gloomy clouds had they known that this scene of rejoicing was but a prelude to the suffering and death of their Master. Although He had repeatedly told them of His certain sacrifice, yet in the glad triumph of the present they forgot His sorrowful words, and looked forward to His prosperous reign on David's throne. 
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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2019, 05:44:51 AM »
"The events connected with this triumphal ride would be the talk of every tongue, and would bring Jesus before every mind. After His crucifixion, many would recall these events in their connection with His trial and death. They would be led to search the prophecies, and would be convinced that Jesus was the Messiah; and in all lands converts to the faith would be multiplied."   

This reminds me of what is happening in the church today. How Jesus must be weeping. Are we weeping between the porch and the altar for the apostasy and rebellion that is quickly sweeping through our ranks? Events are coming soon that will put us on the front page news around the world. Just as in Jesus' day people will be led to search the scriptures to see if what we stand for is truth. And we are told that thousands will join us as thousands leave. As horrific an ordeal that this will be it will bring about a remnant that will be united in truth and will give the loud cry to finish the work and save souls for God's kingdom. I want to go home. I want to see Jesus.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2019, 05:56:11 AM »
Amen dear Sister! Our suffering is for God's glory and the saving a multitude of sinners. We are His witnesses when things go well, but how much more when we stand unmoved amid the evil which is now present in the world. We are to glory in our tribulation knowing it works for our good and God's glory!
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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2019, 08:20:42 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard!!

As we realize the parallels of Christ's triumphal ride to the attention and fervor that spread during the Millerite Movement in the mid-1800s not only in America but in many parts of the world as the second coming of Christ was thought to take place in 1844, the time was right, but the event was off. It was that way with the disciples in Christ's day and it was that way among the early Advent believers. Christ's death of the cross happened instead of His coronation on David's temporal throne. Christ's coming to the Most Holy Place happened instead of Him coming to the earth in 1844. Both events were attended with great glory in the preparation (for a slightly off event), but the prophecies studied confirmed what REALLY HAPPENED. And now we are in the closing time of all the prophecies, including the ones in Daniel 11 and 12. Will we awake to study the truth as it is in Jesus? I pray we will not only be wide awake to the signs of the times, but we will actively seek to bring many more to Christ in the present truth that is shining brighter and brighter every day!!

"Never before in His earthly life had Jesus permitted such a demonstration. He clearly foresaw the result. It would bring Him to the cross. But it was His purpose thus publicly to present Himself as the Redeemer. He desired to call attention to the sacrifice that was to crown His mission to a fallen world. While the people were assembling at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, He, the antitypical Lamb, by a voluntary act set Himself apart as an oblation. It would be needful for His church in all succeeding ages to make His death for the sins of the world a subject of deep thought and study. Every fact connected with it should be verified beyond a doubt. It was necessary, then, that the eyes of all people should now be directed to Him; the events which preceded His great sacrifice must be such as to call attention to the sacrifice itself. After such a demonstration as that attending His entry into Jerusalem, all eyes would follow His rapid progress to the final scene." {The Desire of Ages, page 571, paragraph 2}

I choose to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus who is about to come forth of the heavenly sanctuary as the glorious returning king for all who have been made white by His blood and overcome by the word of their testimony in His amazing grace that transforms sinners into saints and keeps them from falling as they abide in Him--revealing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!!!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--63--Thy King Cometh
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2019, 07:26:09 PM »
"The tears of Jesus were not in anticipation of His own suffering. Just before Him was Gethsemane, where soon the horror of a great darkness would overshadow Him. The sheepgate also was in sight, through which for centuries the beasts for sacrificial offerings had been led. This gate was soon to open for Him, the great Antitype, toward whose sacrifice for the sins of the world all these offerings had pointed. Near by was Calvary, the scene of His approaching agony. Yet it was not because of these reminders of His cruel death that the Redeemer wept and groaned in anguish of spirit. His was no selfish sorrow. The thought of His own agony did not intimidate that noble, self-sacrificing soul."

"It was the sight of Jerusalem that pierced the heart of Jesus--Jerusalem that had rejected the Son of God and scorned His love, that refused to be convinced by His mighty miracles, and was about to take His life. He saw what she was in her guilt of rejecting her Redeemer, and what she might have been had she accepted Him who alone could heal her wound. He had come to save her; how could He give her up?"

Soon the door of our probationary time will close as it did for the inhabitants Israel and that same love and sorrow that Jesus expressed over Jerusalem will be felt again by Jesus if we continue in our sins and refuse to let Him be the King of Kings in our lives today and every day.

"We need a Total Transformation"
and that is possible only when become willing to Surrender All to Jesus. Let's determine that by His Grace and Mercy we will be willing to let Him work that Total Transformation in our lives -- Then we will be able to look up and say " He is our God and He will save us." This will bring Joy and Happiness to Jesus.
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