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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2018, 04:31:02 AM »
It's hard to believe that we have come to the end of another reading of "The Desire of Ages". Each reading brings such blessings as we behold the loveliness of Jesus. As we have watched Him ascend into heaven through today's chapter I am filled with such gratitude for all He has done to make salvation available to each one of us.  What a future we have to look forward to. We are soon to be united with Jesus and all of heaven. Sin will never again arise. How my heart longs for that day. So until that day......

"From that scene of heavenly joy, there comes back to us on earth the echo of Christ's own wonderful words, "I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God." John 20:17. The family of heaven and the family of earth are one. For us our Lord ascended, and for us He lives. "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25. "
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: March 15, 2018, 05:37:17 AM »
Amen, dear sister Dorine! We have heaven to look forward to, and even in this life, what makes each moment so meaningful and beautiful is that we can have an ever-increasing, ever-broadening, ever-deepening living connection with Jesus that brings us joy in each trial in the heavenward path of His choosing! I love The Desire of Ages, and I am already looking forward to starting chapter 1 again tomorrow! I pray that those of you who are reading with us and not yet posting will PLEASE JOIN US and share how Jesus is blessing you as you behold His infinite loveliness of character! The more we share and give, the more we receive to impart to others! Let us rejoice that this is the very thing we were counseled to do in learning to spend a "thoughtful hour" upon the life of Jesus!!!!!

“When the disciples went back to Jerusalem, the people looked upon them with amazement. After the trial and crucifixion of Christ, it had been thought that they would appear downcast and ashamed. Their enemies expected to see upon their faces an expression of sorrow and defeat. Instead of this there was only gladness and triumph. Their faces were aglow with a happiness not born of earth. They did not mourn over disappointed hopes, but were full of praise and thanksgiving to God. With rejoicing they told the wonderful story of Christ’s resurrection and His ascension to heaven, and their testimony was received by many.” – {The Desire of Ages, page 832, paragraph 3}

Have you gone through trials? Does the world around you expect you to be sad? When I lost my parents, I did go through a valley of depression and trial, and I know that the disciples were deeply tried at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But the trial and pain is but I pledge of the joy, exultation and healing that comes from beholding the loveliness of Jesus continually!!! I am truly deeply happy, because I have an ever–living Savior abiding in my heart by faith! He sheds voice through my life all the fruits of His Spirit—not one can be missing as long as I by faith am trusting that I am already seated with Him in heavenly places!
I am experiencing the fruition of these words: “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:11-13).

Did you catch that? He "hath translated us"!!! When the 144,000 ascend to heaven with Jesus and all the resurrected saints, it is simply because they have already been translated by faith to have a heavenly experience upon the earth here and now!!

Will you join me in this experience?

Hallelujah!!!!!!!
"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--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2018, 06:19:41 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean! I too was impressed with the fact that we have been given a glimpse into heaven. We too, have a wonderful testimony to share with the world about Christ. What a revelation we have been given! "With rejoicing they told the wonderful story of Christ’s resurrection and His ascension to heaven, and their testimony was received by many.”

I love so much to hear the exaltation of Christ by the Angels as they receive Him back into heaven!

     All heaven was waiting to welcome the Saviour to the celestial courts. As He ascended, He led the way, and the multitude of captives set free at His resurrection followed. The heavenly host, with shouts and acclamations of praise and celestial song, attended the joyous train.
     As they drew near to the city of God, the challenge is given by the escorting angels,--


                 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
                  And be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
                  And the King of glory shall come in."
     Joyfully the waiting sentinels respond,--

          "Who is this King of glory?"
     This they say, not because they know not who He is, but because they would hear the answer of exalted praise,--


                "The Lord strong and mighty,
                 The Lord mighty in battle!
                 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
                 Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
                 And the King of glory shall come in."

     Again is heard the challenge, "Who is this King of glory?" for the angels never weary of hearing His name exalted. The escorting angels make reply,--


                 "The Lord of hosts;
                  He is the King of glory." Psalm 24:7-10.

     Then the portals of the city of God are opened wide, and the angelic throng sweep through the gates amid a burst of rapturous music.
     There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of promise. There are cherubim and seraphim. The commanders of the angel hosts, the sons of God, the representatives of the unfallen worlds, are assembled. The heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son, the representatives of those sinless realms over which Satan had thought to establish his dominion,--all are there to welcome the Redeemer. They are eager to celebrate His triumph and to glorify their King.


Who are we that we should be the object of His great love!! That He would leave heaven to come to this dark spot in the universe to suffer and die on our account!! What a testimony we have to share!!!

And yes, dear Sister Dorine, how we long to be with our Lord in our heavenly home!! "The family of heaven and the family of earth are one. For us our Lord ascended, and for us He lives. We are one with Savior and Elder Brother, and He longs to have us with Him in Spirit today and in heaven tomorrow!! He lives for us!! Let us live for Him!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2018, 02:57:51 AM »
I love to behold Jesus, and by faith grasp the reality of heaven! He ascended in the form of humanity to be our Intercessor, and He is our King! Behold Him who was crucified ascended to the heavenly throne, and know that in Him we find access to our Father. Through sincere prayer we are brought into communion with the mind of the Infinite, and have the exceeding privilege of being made partakers of the divine nature through receiving the grace abundantly poured out to us in His word! As I travel today to get ready to set up for Michigan Camp Meeting, I am so happy to keep my focus on Jesus and I pray that He continues to reveal more of His exceeding loveliness of character that transforms us from glory to glory, from character to character! Heaven is a wonderful place to have our minds dwell!!

"There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of promise. There are cherubim and seraphim. The commanders of the angel hosts, the sons of God, the representatives of the unfallen worlds, are assembled. The heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son, the representatives of those sinless realms over which Satan had thought to establish his dominion,--all are there to welcome the Redeemer. They are eager to celebrate His triumph and to glorify their King."  {The Desire of Ages, page 834, paragraph 2}
     "But He waves them back. Not yet; He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet; He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. He approaches the Father, with whom there is joy over one sinner that repents; who rejoices over one with singing. Before the foundations of the earth were laid, the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race. This pledge Christ has fulfilled. When upon the cross He cried out, 'It is finished,' He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, 'I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.' John 19:30; 17:24."  {The Desire of Ages, page 834, paragraph 3}
     "The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are 'accepted in the Beloved.' Ephesians 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be. 'Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.' Psalm 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' Hebrews 1:6.   {The Desire of Ages, page 834, paragraph 3}


This is such an amazing scene to behold by faith. Christ, when at the tomb from which He had just arisen 40 days prior had given this message:

"But now in His own familiar voice Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' Now she knew that it was not a stranger who was addressing her, and turning she saw before her the living Christ. In her joy she forgot that He had been crucified. Springing toward Him, as if to embrace His feet, she said, 'Rabboni.' But Christ raised His hand, saying, Detain Me not; 'for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.' And Mary went her way to the disciples with the joyful message." {The Desire of Ages, page 790, paragraph 2}

Now catch this amazing reality of the risk the Godhead took--as Jesus Himself did not yet know His sacrifice was accepted just after He arose on the morning of the resurrection:

"Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son. Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to 'make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.' Isa. 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory." {The Desire of Ages, page 790, paragraph 3}

Having this private interview in the Godhead, Jesus would then return to the world to lift the disciples' faith and prepare them for His glorious ascension 40 days later:

"While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject." {The Desire of Ages, page 790, paragraph 4}

The beautiful truth of how these two accounts is reconciled was made beautifully clear to me just this last Tuesday in answer to earnest prayer with a dear brother in the Lord. When Christ ascended with the risen saints, the scene of when he first went to heaven to know that the sacrifice was accepted seemed to be the same event. But it could not be. There was a beautiful reason Jesus first ascended--it was the first time since He had taken humanity that He actually came into the Father's physical presence! What a reunion for the Godhead, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are once again united after Christ's sojourn. But in the first interview, Christ receives the assurance that His sacrifice is accepted, thus preparing the way for the public experience of bringing a host of risen saints and having all the angels in heaven publicly worship Him. When Jesus first went to heaven, it was for the sake of the Godhead; when Jesus next ascended to heaven, it was for a public worship and coronation service, and this was authenticated by the gift of Pentecost, for Christ's enthronement meant that all power was to be poured upon His church! I just love how God reveals His beauty of character to us!! Praise God for such a Savior!!
"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--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2018, 10:27:55 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean. What a reunion that was in heaven. Imagin how our heavenly Father felt when he  wrapped His arms around His Son!

   The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are "accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be. "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Psalm 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:6. 


We need to understand what these words mean. "Mercy and truth are met together."  It is in Christ that this is true. At the cross mercy, forgiveness for  sin, met truth  which is justice. In the suffering and death of Jesus we see demonstrated both mercy  and  justice. Christ's suffering  reveals  He   has paid the price for our sins,  so that He  may forgive us. Justice is also seen in that He did not just wave His hand  and say we are forgiven, but rather He suffered for every sin that should ever be, that we might live. What a God we serve!!!

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« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2018, 07:32:45 AM »
What a scene to contemplate--the ascension of Christ to the heavenly courts, taking with Him those who were raised with Him when He came forth from the grave a conqueror of death! We have a risen Savior, one who has gone to heaven to stand in God's presence for us! Jesus was first interested in the risen saints having a place with Him in heaven, knowing that they were accepted before the Father because of His sacrifice and the transformation wrought in them by the Holy Spirit. What a wondrous thought! We also will soon be home with God in heaven as we cooperate daily with His saving grace that transforms sinners revealing the works of the flesh into redeemed saints who bear all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! What a glorious plan of redemption! May we keep our eyes of faith fixed on Jesus, for He is soon to return in glory!

"But He waves them back. Not yet; He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet; He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. He approaches the Father, with whom there is joy over one sinner that repents; who rejoices over one with singing. Before the foundations of the earth were laid, the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race. This pledge Christ has fulfilled. When upon the cross He cried out, 'It is finished,' He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, 'I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.' John 19:30; 17:24." {The Desire of Ages, page 834, 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 #26 on: September 05, 2018, 07:58:52 AM »
Amen! Oh how I love Jesus!!  Because He first loved me!! What love! And, Oh how I love our heavenly Father!!

    "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Psalm 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:6.
     With joy unutterable, rulers and principalities and powers acknowledge the supremacy of the Prince of life. The angel host prostrate themselves before Him, while the glad shout fills all the courts of heaven, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." Revelation 5:12.
     Songs of triumph mingle with the music from angel harps, till heaven seems to overflow with joy and praise. Love has conquered. The lost is found. Heaven rings with voices in lofty strains proclaiming, "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever."
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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2018, 02:42:56 AM »
You and I do not know the future--but we can know through an intimate experience of surrendered trust the One who DOES KNOW the future, and His perfect love can cast out all fear as He guides us in the unfolding of His plans that are higher than our highest thoughts can reach!

What a joy to contemplate Jesus' ascension to heaven, and the blessed assurance of the Holy Spirit who prepares us for His soon return!

"The disciples no longer had any distrust of the future. They knew that Jesus was in heaven, and that His sympathies were with them still. They knew that they had a friend at the throne of God, and they were eager to present their requests to the Father in the name of Jesus. In solemn awe they bowed in prayer, repeating the assurance, 'Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.' John 16:23, 24. They extended the hand of faith higher and higher, with the mighty argument, 'It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.' Romans 8:34. And Pentecost brought them fullness of joy in the presence of the Comforter, even as Christ had promised." {The Desire of Ages, page 833, paragraph 1}
"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 #28 on: December 01, 2018, 06:45:32 AM »
The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are "accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be. "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Psalm 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:6.
     With joy unutterable, rulers and principalities and powers acknowledge the supremacy of the Prince of life. The angel host prostrate themselves before Him, while the glad shout fills all the courts of heaven, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." Revelation 5:12.
     Songs of triumph mingle with the music from angel harps, till heaven seems to overflow with joy and praise. Love has conquered. The lost is found. Heaven rings with voices in lofty strains proclaiming, "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever." Revelation 5:13.


What a description! Just makes me want to be there with the angels singing and shouting His glorious name!. Now move forward in time not long from now when Christ will again return to Heaven. Only this time with the redeemed ones from earth. ransomed for the rest of eternity! We will then be able to join our voices with the angel's voice. But then as we praise God the angels will have to be silent. Why you may ask?? Well... here is why...

Holy, holy, is what the angels sing,
And I expect to help them make the courts of Heaven ring;
But when I sing redemption’s story, they will fold their wings,
For angels never felt the joys that our salvation brings.


Can you image... just imagine what it will be like. To be there in person with Christ and the Father and your guardian angel! Here is a description that brings joy to my heart.

Rev 7:9-12  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  (10)  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  (11)  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  (12)  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Maybe the Father Himself shall join us in singing??

Zep 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2018, 06:51:27 AM »
"Christ had sojourned in the world for thirty-three years; He had endured its scorn, insult, and mockery; He had been rejected and crucified. Now, when about to ascend to His throne of glory,--as He reviews the ingratitude of the people He came to save,--will He not withdraw from them His sympathy and love? Will not His affections be centered upon that realm where He is appreciated, and where sinless angels wait to do His bidding? No; His promise to those loved ones whom He leaves on earth is, "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20."

This promise includes you and me. Soon we will be reunited with our faithful loved ones as we ascend to that glorious city of God to never part again. It's important to keep this vision before us as we face the events yet to come. He will never leave us or forsake us but give us the strength to endure as it is needed.  Then we too will be ushered through those pearly gates to spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour and all the heavenly hosts.


I'm sure this chapter has stirred our hearts this morning with happy anticipation of what is to come.
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 #30 on: December 01, 2018, 03:03:42 PM »
Amen!!! What rejoicing there was! What rejoicing there is!! And, yes, imagine standing in the presence of God!!!  The angels loved to see Jesus return to heaven. Imagine the joy in our heavenly Father's heart as He placed His arms around His Son!!Would He do that for you.....and me?  After risking His So, I think so as unworthy as we are! This is the character of our God!! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth. Herein is love!

What a message that has been entrusted to us!! Shall we tell the world of His love? Amen!!

     All heaven was waiting to welcome the Saviour to the celestial courts. As He ascended, He led the way, and the multitude of captives set free at His resurrection followed. The heavenly host, with shouts and acclamations of praise and celestial song, attended the joyous train.
     As they drew near to the city of God, the challenge is given by the escorting angels,--


                 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
                  And be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
                  And the King of glory shall come in."
     Joyfully the waiting sentinels respond,--

          "Who is this King of glory?"
     This they say, not because they know not who He is, but because they would hear the answer of exalted praise,--


                "The Lord strong and mighty,
                 The Lord mighty in battle!
                 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
                 Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
                 And the King of glory shall come in."

     Again is heard the challenge, "Who is this King of glory?" for the angels never weary of hearing His name exalted. The escorting angels make reply,--


                 "The Lord of hosts;
                  He is the King of glory."
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« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2019, 05:27:52 AM »
Expectations--we all have them. As we try to contemplate what it was like for the people who had seen the disciples of Jesus endure the experience of seeing their Lord crucified as if He were the vilest criminal, there were expectations in many minds as to how these disciples would be acting following this experience. But there was a very important event that changed EVERYTHING. The resurrection of Christ shows that He bore and atoned for the sins of the world! Justice is satisfied! Christ is risen, and His ascension to heaven is a fulfillment of His promise to go and prepare a place for us. And HE WILL COME AGAIN!! Hallelujah!!

So let me get personal. You may have gone through some great trials in your life. I know I have. Losing my parents, struggling with bipolar disorder (from which I have been healed by the Lord for 8 years), and the experiences of life can at times lead people around us to have "expectations" of who or what we will be. But God is so much bigger than all of this! He came to restore His image in us, and we can look upon Jesus and experience a joy and happiness that does not come from this world--it comes from a completely surrendered will to Jesus whose grace renews the heart and mind, imbuing us with all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing! Let us live above the expectations of this world, and live in the divine ideal God has for us that prepares us for the better world--even heaven itself and the new earth that He will make!!

 "When the disciples went back to Jerusalem, the people looked upon them with amazement. After the trial and crucifixion of Christ, it had been thought that they would appear downcast and ashamed. Their enemies expected to see upon their faces an expression of sorrow and defeat. Instead of this there was only gladness and triumph. Their faces were aglow with a happiness not born of earth. They did not mourn over disappointed hopes, but were full of praise and thanksgiving to God. With rejoicing they told the wonderful story of Christ's resurrection and His ascension to heaven, and their testimony was received by many." {The Desire of Ages, page 832, paragraph 3}

You and I have a testimony. God desires us to share with others what Christ has done for us! As we share of His loveliness of character, and how we saw our sinfulness and need of Jesus, and found in Him the courage and strength to walk in His light of love, we have something to share that can and will encourage others heavenward! What a joy that we are upon this dark speck of a world to bear witness to His grace that has power to change confused and hurting sinners into happy, peaceful and obedient saints who delight to do God's will!
"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--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2019, 05:42:10 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. When we feed Upon Jesus, and see His grace daily, how can we not love Him and obey him? In today's reading we see how much Jesus loves the sinner. As he was preparing to leave this world, he was in Gethsemane and remembering what had happened the night before His crucifixion. He remembered the unrequited love, especially that of His disciples who had forsaken Him in the hour of His humiliation.

The Apostle John writes  "I say these things that you sin  not, but if  you sin we have an advocate before the Father Jesus Christ." And if we sin, let us remember the love that Jesus had for his disciples after they had forsaken Him.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2019, 06:56:27 AM »
"From that scene of heavenly joy, there comes back to us on earth the echo of Christ's own wonderful words, "I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God." John 20:17. The family of heaven and the family of earth are one. For us our Lord ascended, and for us He lives. "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25."

We have once again come to the final chapter in the Life of Jesus. Each reading brings to light deeper understanding and realization of what God has done for sinful erring humanity. But it doesn't end there. Christ is ministering in the sanctuary above as our mediator right now. He is preparing a place for us that we may live with Him throughout eternity. He is creating in us new hearts that will be fit for entrance into our heavenly home. Are we willing to accept Jesus as not only our Saviour but our Lord as well.   

As Pastor Sean posted, we all should have a testimony that will be a blessing to someone but only if we share it. It doesn't have to be some dramatic event in our eyes but every heart that turns from a life of self love to a life of full surrender to Christ has a beautiful testimony, for the things they once loved they now hate and the  things they once hated they now love. That in itself is a miracle worth sharing. We are about to embark on the greatest journey ever taken. I want to be part of that great multitude that will inherit the purified earth.

(1Co 2:9)  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love 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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Re: The Desire of Ages--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2019, 07:25:10 AM »
 "When upon the cross He cried out, "It is finished," He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, "I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am."" John 19:30; 17:24.

What wonderful, reassuring words " IT IS FINISHED " & The plan for our salvation has now become our surety . Praise the Lord [/u]

"The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are "accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be.

Our guarantee that sin will never again come to God's universe again is completed ---" Satan is Vanquished "
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« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2019, 09:05:05 PM »
"The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are 'accepted in the Beloved.' Ephesians 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be. 'Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.' Psalm 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' Hebrews 1:6."

" Satan is vanquished" He is a defeated foe!! Those who surrender to Jesus NOW can rest assured that if they remain faithful in their earthly journey, they also will join the heavenly throng when Jesus comes to take His children home. There will be no more suffering, pain and sorrow. No more death!! All the trials of this life are behind them -- FOREVER MORE " What joy it will be to be with Jesus. When we turn our eyes upon Jesus the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace.

THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE AWESOME PLAN OF REDEMPTION EXECUTED FOR PLANET EARTH SO THAT ONCE AGAIN THE UNIVERSE WILL PULSE IN HARMONY WITH IT'S CREATOR AND SIN WILL " NEVER RISE AGAIN" John 3:16 SAYS .." For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

What temporary sinful pleasure would we, you and I , exchange for what Jesus has made possible ?? Let us today renew our commitment to Jesus and by His grace be ready to celebrate with Him an eternity that will be beyond our imagination.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2019, 07:17:21 AM »
  "The disciples no longer had any distrust of the future. They knew that Jesus was in heaven, and that His sympathies were with them still. They knew that they had a friend at the throne of God, and they were eager to present their requests to the Father in the name of Jesus. In solemn awe they bowed in prayer, repeating the assurance, "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23, 24."

I am filled this morning with such joy and confidence in God's word because this promise is for all who come to Jesus in humility, love and surrender. He will transform our lives just as He did the disciples. We too can know that we have a Friend at the throne of God presenting our requests to the Father. I praise God this morning that Jesus is soon coming again to take us to our heavenly home that He is now preparing for us. 
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--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #37 on: May 24, 2019, 07:26:02 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine! We can rejoice in the realization that Christ is now in heaven, that Satan is a defeated foe, and that by a living faith surrender to Christ we are justified by grace through faith to become partakers of His divine nature, and to finally inherit our heavenly home!

"Christ had sojourned in the world for thirty-three years; He had endured its scorn, insult, and mockery; He had been rejected and crucified. Now, when about to ascend to His throne of glory,--as He reviews the ingratitude of the people He came to save,--will He not withdraw from them His sympathy and love? Will not His affections be centered upon that realm where He is appreciated, and where sinless angels wait to do His bidding? No; His promise to those loved ones whom He leaves on earth is, 'I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.' Matthew 28:20." {The Desire of Ages, page 830, paragraph 2} 

Jesus is with us to the end! No need to fear for the future as we keep our eyes on Jesus and remember what He has done for us! As we look forward to His soon return, we can rejoice that He gives us the privilege of sharing the everlasting gospel of His grace that has the power to transform sinners into saints, bringing forth in our lives the genuine fruits of conversion: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith and temperance. As long as Christ has the throne of the heart, and the Holy Spirit abides in us, all of the these traits of the divine nature will be manifest in our lives--not one will be missing! We can rejoice in our earthly sojourn even as Jesus did, for we are bound for the promised land!!!
"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--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #38 on: May 24, 2019, 09:53:00 PM »
As there always is, there is much light to glean from this last chapter in our reading. As I read what has been shared, we see two main themes that illustrates what is so very important to God and the world above, therefore is so very important for us to understand. The suffering and death of Christ was not just for sinners on this Earth, but for the universe also. Brother Beacon has pointed out that there was a need for the universe to see that in all that God has done, justice was satisfied in the suffering and death of our Savior. "The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished." The "great controversy" between Christ and Satan involved more than our salvation.

Sister Dorine saw that the work of salvation done for sinners will indeed bring great reward to all who love Jesus supremely. He will come back for us. "We too can know that we have a Friend at the throne of God presenting our requests to the Father. I praise God this morning that Jesus is soon coming again to take us to our heavenly home that He is now preparing for us."

And Pastor Sean presents both the victory in the "great controversy" for Satan is defeated, and the power of grace revealed at the cross and ratified in heaven that will transform sinners into saints who will then live for eternity with God. Such a wonderful story!

And I like the revelation that two exalted angels instead of witnessing the grand occasion of celebrating the victory won by Christ over Satan, they had been with Christ throughout His sojourn on this Earth, they stayed behind to work with those who could be saved to live in a world without  sin, sorrow, suffering, and death. Both of these themes are clearly presented not only in this closing message, but throughout the Desire of Ages! What brilliant light we have to share with a world soon to perish!

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     These angels were of the company that had been waiting in a shining cloud to escort Jesus to His heavenly home. The most exalted of the angel throng, they were the two who had come to the tomb at Christ's resurrection, and they had been with Him throughout His life on earth. With eager desire all heaven had waited for the end of His tarrying in a world marred by the curse of sin. The time had now come for the heavenly universe to receive their King. Did not the two angels long to join the throng that welcomed Jesus? But in sympathy and love for those whom He had left, they waited to give them comfort. "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Hebrews 1:14.
     Christ had ascended to heaven in the form of humanity. The disciples had beheld the cloud receive Him. The same Jesus who had walked and talked and prayed with them; who had broken bread with them; who had been with them in their boats on the lake; and who had that very day toiled with them up the ascent of Olivet,--the same Jesus had now gone to share His Father's throne. And the angels had assured them that the very One whom they had seen go up into heaven, would come again even as He had ascended. He will come "with clouds; and every eye shall see Him." "The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise." "The Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory." Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 25:31. Thus will be fulfilled the Lord's own promise to His disciples: "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:3. Well might the disciples rejoice in the hope of their Lord's return.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--Final Chapter--"To My Father, and Your Father"
« Reply #39 on: November 10, 2019, 09:22:12 AM »
When Christ hung on the cross the disciples they doubted that Jesus was the Son of God. They feared the same would happen to them. But, when Jesus came from the grave and met with them, all this changed.

     When the disciples went back to Jerusalem, the people looked upon them with amazement. After the trial and crucifixion of Christ, it had been thought that they would appear downcast and ashamed. Their enemies expected to see upon their faces an expression of sorrow and defeat. Instead of this there was only gladness and triumph. Their faces were aglow with a happiness not born of earth. They did not mourn over disappointed hopes, but were full of praise and thanksgiving to God. With rejoicing they told the wonderful story of Christ's resurrection and His ascension to heaven, and their testimony was received by many.

How is it with us? Do we rejoice knowing that Christ has won the battle for us? Are we on fire for the Lord as they were? Do we rejoice in telling the wonderful story of Christ's resurrection? Are we prepared for a time of trouble such as never was? They were and they spread the gospel message everywhere they went. Let us do the same.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.