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ADVENTIST LAYMEN'S FOUNDATION OF CANADA (ALF)

Publisher of the
"Watchman, What of the Night?" (WWN)
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- 1980s
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- 2000s

All the Specials and Commentaries are in the last file of the year. There are 4 files for each year: jm=Jan-Mar; aj=Apr-Jun; js-=Jul-Sep; od=Oct-Dec

WWN is a thought paper that was published monthly continuously from Jan, 1968 to the end of Dec. 2006 . by the Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Mississippi, Inc.(ALF), with William H. Grotheer as the Editor of Research & Publication.

The Nov. 1977 issue discusses "What is the "Watchman, What of the Night?"

SHORT STUDIES - William H. Grotheer -
"Another Comforter", study on the Holy Spirit
1976 a Letter and a Reply: - SDA General Conference warning against WWN.
Further Background Information on Zaire -General Conference pays Government to keep church there.
From a WWN letter to a reader: RE: Lakes of Fire - 2 lakes of fire.
Trademark of the name Seventh-day Adventist [Perez Court Case] - US District Court Case - GC of SDA vs.R. Perez, and others [Franchize of name "SDA" not to be used outside of denominational bounds.]

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Manuscripts

Interpretative History of the Doctrine of the Incarnation as Taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, An
- William H. Grotheer

Bible Study Guides
- William H. Grotheer

End Time Line Re-Surveyed Parts 1 & 2 - Adventist Layman's Foundation

Excerpts - Legal Documents
- EEOC vs PPPA - Adventist Laymen's Foundation

Holy Flesh Movement 1899-1901, The - William H. Grotheer

Hour and the End is Striking at You, The - William H. Grotheer

In the Form of a Slave
- William H. Grotheer

Jerusalem In Bible Prophecy
- William H. Grotheer

Key Doctrinal Comparisons - Statements of Belief 1872-1980
- William H. Grotheer

Pope Paul VI Given Gold Medallion by Adventist Church Leader
- William H. Grotheer

Sacred Trust BETRAYED!, The - William H. Grotheer

Seal of God
 - William H. Grotheer

Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences of 1955-1956
 - William H. Grotheer

SIGN of the END of TIME, The - William H. Grotheer

STEPS to ROME
- William H. Grotheer

Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled, The - A Study in Depth of Luke 21:24
- William H. Grotheer

Remembering
Elder William H. Grotheer

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BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

Song of Solomon - Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary

OTHER BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS & ARTICLES:

Ten Commandments - as Compared in the New International Version & the King James Version & the Hebrew Interlinear

Additional Various Studies --
"Saving Faith" - Dr. E. J. Waggoner
"What is Man" The Gospel in Creation - "The Gospel in Creation"
"A Convicting Jewish Witness", study on the Godhead - David L. Cooper D.D.

Bible As History - Werner Keller

Canons of the Bible, The - Raymond A. Cutts

Daniel and the Revelation - Uriah Smith

Facts of Faith - Christian Edwardson

Individuality in Religion - Alonzo T. Jones

"Is the Bible Inspired or Expired?" - J. J. Williamson

Letters to the Churches - M. L. Andreasen

Place of the Bible In Education, The - Alonzo T. Jones

Sabbath, The - M. L. Andreasen

Sanctuary Service, The
- M. L. Andreasen

So Much In Common - WCC/SDA

Spiritual Gifts. The Great Controversy, between Christ and His Angels, and Satan and his Angels - Ellen G. White

Under Which Banner? - Jon A. Vannoy

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As of 2010, with the official closing of the ALF of USA , The Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada with its website www.Adventist Alert.com is the only officially operating ALF branch established by Elder Grotheer worldwide.

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Blog Thoughts
by Raymond A. Cutts
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“Active Righteousness”
What is needed today by Christians is to practice, what is termed by Martin Luther, “active righteousness.” This is no more than sanctification, which is the advancing step by step closer to Christ in our Christian experience. This comes directly from faith. This faith is imperfect because it comes through our impure human channels, but through this our repentance goes deeper and also our dependence upon the Holy Spirit greatens. We know this from what Paul said in Romans 7:18, “I know that in me [which means in my human form] dwelleth no good thing,” realizing that our sufficiency is totally in Christ alone for this “active righteousness” or sanctification. Study the “man” Romans chapter 7 to get on the right track of truth. In this chapter is illustrated a marriage of a man with Christ, with the conclusion of the marriage “that we should bring forth fruit unto God” [Romans 7:4] out of this new relationship. This man “delights in the law of God” [Romans 7:22], which is taken from Psalms 1:1-4 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, … his delight is in the law of the Lord … The ungodly are not so.” Our prayers, praise and confessions ascend to the heavenly sanctuary, but they are corrupt unless they are purified by the blood of our Intercessory Priest, Christ the Son of God, waiving His censer at the altar. Then, and only then, will there be no taint of human corruption on our petitions and our works of “active righteousness” before the throne of God.

Warning, Judgment and a “Peculiar People”
Warnings and judgments given by God are directed to a particular time and a particular people. A good example is Noah giving the people of his time the warning from God for 120 years; this warning is addressed to that particular people. It is the same with the warnings given of the Final Judgment as referred to in Daniel 8:17, 26 and 12:4, 9. Here Daniel is shown the vision with the historical time-line parade, and then he was told to close up and seal the vision for the time of the end. However, in the time of the end God is preparing a people, this is told in Daniel 12:10 “Many shall be purified and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Also, Titus talks of this same group, in Titus 2:12-14 as “a peculiar people.” He says God is “teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, [WHEN?] in this present world; … that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” A Peculiar People, yes in this time, when the majority of Christians obey only nine out of ten of the commandments of God. Ten out of ten is a peculiarity, but God’s Law is the standard in the Final Judgment.

Stand Justified Before God
The only way for a man to stand before his Maker, justified for acceptance into heaven, is by knowing that God has first accepted his sacrificial offering. God’s acceptance has been done with Christ as the sacrificial offering on the cross. However, Christ’s offering of Himself had to be accepted by God first. This is why our Master would not accept homage from Mary after His resurrection from the dead. John relates this to us in John 20:11-18 where Christ said to Mary “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” He needed the preliminary acknowledgement of His sacrificial offering, in the heavenly tabernacle, by God the Father, thus showing God’s receiving of sinners, who, through Christ, have repented and turned from sin, in the transgressing of His Law. By this act, man, in the end, can stand justified before the Law of God without shame, purified, as if he had never sinned. And, also by this act, fulfilling what the prophet said of man in Isaiah 13:12 making “man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the wedge of Ophir.” Each person is precious in the sight of God. But, remember what Paul said of the Levitical priesthood as serving “unto the example of heavenly things” Hebrews 8:5. The highest point the sinner could come was placing his own hands on the head of the sacrifice and slay it [Leviticus 4]. This is the same with us; the highest point we can come is to kneel at the foot of the cross and look upon Christ our sacrifice that we have slain. Without this as our own experience, we can never point others to the cross of Christ, so they too may be able to stand justified before God.

An Ultimate Deception
That “old serpent,” Satan - the devil, has ultimate deceptive plans in regard to the old city of Jerusalem, right now in these last days in conjunction with the battle of Armageddon. These plans involve the final events prior to Christ’s return in deceiving people. Jerusalem, for the Christian, is being touted as a rallying point, and therefore a perfect place for satanic delusions. Lucifer knew this long ago, as told in his boasts of exceeding God, in Isaiah 14:13 “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” “The sides of the north” is reference to Jerusalem as told in Psalms 48:2 “mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king.” The deception to come is revealed in Isaiah 2:2-6 “it shall come to pass in the last days [end of time], that the mountain of the Lords house shall be established … many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways … thou hast forsaken thy people of the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.” Note in the verses that the term is “Jacob,” and not “Israel” that is used; “Jacob” – means supplanter or deceiver, whereas “Israel” – means a true overcomer. “Replenished from the east,” to the east are Babylon and the seat of confusion in heathenism. What kind of spiritual replenishment is coming from there? “Spirits of devils working miracles” in the last days are termed “frogs” in Revelation 16:13-16; and frogs catch there prey by the tongue. This part of the war is ultimate deception by speech, false messages and traditions given by the gods of the Jacobites – the deceivers, and coming from Mount Zion.

Be Ready - Not Getting Ready
Christ stresses the urgency of readiness where in Luke 12:40 He says “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” He is telling us to “be ready,” not “getting ready,” because there is an eternity of time that is lost between. For how many have stood on the platform watching the last bus pull away without them. We think we have so much time to play with. The people watched and scoffed at Noah building the ark, but the flood washed them away. Lot’s wife lingered in her reluctance to leave Sodom and she lost her life. At the time of Joshua, Achan was so entranced by the golden wedge that he forfeited his life for it. The rich young ruler played for time in relishing his riches while he stood before Him who could give all his desires. In Isaiah 52:11 the counsel is given to depart from unrighteousness “Depart ye, depart ye from them … go ye out from the midst of her: be ye clean.” The Ephesians in Acts 18:18-19, when urged by the Holy Spirit, rid themselves of sin in burning their books. We say we believe in Christ and His soon return, but does our life reflect the genuineness of this profession? Or are we so wound up with jobs, social position, life style and a myriad of material things that our spiritual profession and witness to others are lost. We must “be ready” now, not “getting ready,” for the text said Christ will come “when ye think not.”

Open Your Eyes On Prophecy!
Christ gave a prophecy on a series of actions over many years that were to occur prior to His second coming. This series of prophecies is recorded in three Books – Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:14-27; and Luke 21:20-32. However, Luke stands alone, in that it reveals something that is not recorded in Matthew or Mark; this is found in Luke 21:24 in direct reference to the city of Jerusalem. After the complete destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., with the few remaining Jews taken off into slavery, the text then reads “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Jerusalem was totally controlled by Gentile nations until 1948 with the re-establishing of Israel as a nation, but Jerusalem was not totally in Jewish hands until 1967 with the Six Day War. The word “Gentiles” in the Greek is the exact same word used in the next verse for “nations.” The year 1967 is the fulfillment of part of the prophecy and the beginning of the next part of this same prophecy. The next verse reads at the end that there is to come “upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity.” The phrase “with perplexity” in the Greek, according to Moulton and Milligan in their “Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament,” refers to financial bankruptcy of nations. In the magazine “Myer’s Finance and Energy” of July, 1974 pp.2-3, it says “since 1967 – there is nothing in this world the international money authorities can do … to avoid … resulting depressions … inflation has undermined world confidence in money; and now the bankruptcies come.” The time is overdue to take these prophecies of Christ to heart and open our eyes to His truths.

The Twelve Tribes Now
The original twelve tribes in the Old Testament came from the twelve sons of Jacob; however, these have changed over the years. The tribe of Levi was taken out for special use in the sanctuary as the priesthood. The tribe of Joseph was split in two under his sons Ephraim and Manasseh. But in reading the listing in Revelation 7:4-8 we find Ephraim removed and Joseph put back in, and Levi put back in and the tribe of Dan removed due to addiction to idolatry. Of these listed tribes it says 12,000 from each are taken to make the 144,000 sealed at the end of time. This list of names is on the gates of New Jerusalem, but the foundation names are the twelve disciple of Christ. In a natural order the foundation is before the walls and gates, and there is a reason for the twelve tribes to follow after the twelve disciples. It is because the twelve tribes noted in Revelation are not all Jews just as New Jerusalem is not Jewish but Christian. When Christ spoke about Israel as the olive tree from which branches were cutout and wild branches grafted in, it is the same as Paul said “They are not all Israel which are of Israel” and “he is not a Jew which is one outwardly … but he is a Jew which is one inwardly,” Romans 9:6-8; 2:28-29. The twelve tribes are found at the end of time, at the second coming of Christ, and are therefore, not converts to Christianity from Judaism in the early church. This is shown in reading the book of James 1:1-2 “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad … my brethren” [“my brethren” – Christians] and then in chapter 5 he views the coming of Christ. So, the twelve tribes now are Christians, ones grafted into the olive tree, standing at the end of time, and sealed with the “seal of God.”

Analysis of Brilliant Insanity!
Lucifer, known now as Satan and the Devil, moved from being the highest person in the heavenly angelic host, next only to the Godhead, to become the greatest ego-maniac ever. For a created being to ever attempt to be greater than his creator, is brilliantly insane. The wisdom created in him by God became corrupted. The story of Lucifer is found in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. First, in Ezekiel 28 11-19, specifically verse 17, says of him “thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.” In his vane delusions of grandeur, Lucifer not only wanted to be like God, but to excel above God. For Isaiah 14:12-15 tells the ultimate plan in Lucifer’s heart “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God … I will be like the most High.” Lucifer is not only insane but schizophrenic, or has a split personality, by encouraging sadistic prods in humanity and at the same time promoting spiritually grand world peace programs. This person is so spiritually delusive that his path closely imitates Christ’s path of truth. Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:12 saying “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against … spiritual wickedness in high places.” “High places” such as pulpits, for Paul also says of Satan in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 that “it is no great thing if his [Satan’s] ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness” preaching deceiving sophistries under guised messages of God’s truth. Feelings or emotions do not help in this situation, only a firm grounding in God’s Word minus all the deluding church traditions.

Doctrine of Antichrist
Five times [1 John 2:18(twice) & 22; 4:3; 2 John 7] the apostle John uses the term “antichrist,” which in the Greek is “antichristos” and means “opposite to.” In fact in The Greek-English Lexicon by Thayer he suggests the term brings forth a hostile influence of false teaching disseminating errors in the church. But there is a specific doctrine that John points out in regard to “antichrist.” In 1 John 4:3 he says “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (a flesh not exempt from natural human tendencies) is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist;” also he says in 2 John 7 “many deceivers are entered in the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” John is saying to us that once we take Christ, in His incarnation, out of the realm of our humanity, and exempt Him from our problems, then you take His glory from Him, and make excuses for us to sin. If this is the case, He cannot be our Savior or our example if we cannot follow His example. The word “flesh” used by John is the same as he used in another part of the same book in 1 John 2:16 where he talks of our flesh in the “lust of the flesh.” When Christians today in understanding Christ’s humanity, exempt Him from natural human passions, they are taking an Immaculate Conception approach akin to Catholicism where Christ’s birth was “exempt from the original taint” of sin. According to John this doctrine is the “spirit of antichrist.” But beware, for he says in 1 John 2:18 “even now are there many antichrists,” but what about us in our generation? Read Hebrews 2:9-18 and Hebrews 4:15 where Paul says that Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are,” now ask yourself the question - if He were exempt or different, how could He be “in all points tempted” like we are?

“Holy Father”?
As a whole, the prophetic interpreters at the time of the Protestant Reformation all held in common the identification of the Papacy as “the anti-christ.” The term “anti-christ” intimates a personal power, a hostile influence, and an imposter working in the place of the true Christ. It is the Devil, or Satan, the same person, who imitated an angel of light at the temptations of Christ in the wilderness, with the same request then as now - for all to bow down and worship him instead of God. This imposter imitates the Word of truth as much as possible. The imitations are very close, so note the comparison. Christ came as “the Word” who “was God” [John 1:1-4]; was “slain to death” upon a cross [John 19:30-37]; yet He arose from the dead, was exalted on high and irresistibly appealing is His Gospel. Now, here is the imitation. Satan under the guise of “the anti-christ,” the Papacy, the “man of sin …who exalteth himself … that he is God” [2 Thessalonians 2:3-4], was also “slain to death” [the Pope died in captivity, with no replacement allowed, in 1798 by order of Napoleon], yet the resurrection of the Papacy from the dead comes when [1929 Mussolini gave world recognition to the Pope] “the deadly wound was healed” [Revelation 13:3]. Unfortunately, the now so-called Protestant world “wondered after the beast” who by his false charismatic power all call him “Holy Father” and bow down and kiss his ring in recognition of him as the world’s Christian leader. Oh, the delusions of Satan! Oh, this tragic picture, his masterpiece of evil! The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation interpret each other to expose the truths that need to be fully understood.

Eternal Fixtures of Faith
For a Christian, there are many fixtures in our faith that are eternal and can not be altered or changed in any way. First, the Son of God, Christ our Lord, after coming from heaven, was made the same flesh as you and I, lived and worked among men as our example to emulate. Second, Christ died outside Jerusalem on a Roman cross, as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Third, to justify us before God, Christ, on the third day, rose to heaven from among the earthly dead. Four, Christ now sits at the right hand of God in heaven as our Advocate or priest intervening on our behalf before God. And finally, five, where Christ will come again from heaven, in the clouds, to take His true followers home with Him in power and glory. There, in heaven, Christ will present His glorious church to God the Father and His angels. These are the essential eternal fixtures of the true Christian faith. As Paul said in Hebrews 8:1-2 “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”

A Season and Time
Daniel 7:12, speaking prophetically about the three beasts - the lion, the bear and the leopard - says “yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” Then Paul, speaking about the fallacy of predicting the year or season of the year for the second coming of Christ, says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 “But of the times and seasons … yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” “A season and time,” and “the times and seasons;” the one Daniel is prophetic, whereas the phrase in 1 Thessalonians is actual. Looking into the phrase in Daniel 7:12 it says “the rest of the beasts [the first three- representing Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece], they had their dominion taken away.” The actual dominion and territory of Babylon was taken away by Medo-Persia, but the influence and lives of the populace continued on. The same goes for Medo-Persia into Greece, and Greece into Rome. The influence of these peoples continues even to today. Not only in the culture but their philosophy and religion are continued. In fact, the Church of Rome finds itself identified with Babylon all throughout Bible prophecies. And from Medo-Persia in religion comes the influence of Mithaism with its Lord’s Day – Sunday, and birthday of the sun-god Mithra on December 25. Then, the philosophy of Greece is still predominating the thinking and reasoning patterns of today’s learned in their circles of supposed higher education. This “season and time” will continue to Christ’s return and all of these influences along with the last beast will be “given to the burning flame.”

Synonymous Terms
The terms – “sign, seal, token and mark” – are all synonymous terms, all of which refer to law, power and a mark of distinction in regard to demands of obedience to legal documents or persons. Hence we come to terms used like “the mark of the beast” or “the seal of God” in the book of Revelation. The word “seal” cannot be separated from law. In Isaiah 8:16 God said “seal the law among my disciples;” this is a mental revival of the claims of God’s law. The use of a “seal” is for validating or authenticating a law or document, as in a king’s seal or seal-ring. A “seal” contains three points – the name of the ruler, his title and his area of dominion – and these are noted somewhere in the law or document. All Christians admit that the Ten Commandments are the Law of God; yet it is only in the fourth command, regarding the Sabbath, that “the seal of God” is constituted. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 8:5 that in this world there are “gods many and lords many.” If you skip over the fourth command, the word “God” and “Lord” are used everywhere but not defined, and therefore can refer to anyone of them. It is only by the fourth command that the true God is identified; saying the God of this law is our Creator. Jeremiah 10:11 says that false gods are not creators and “have not made the heavens and the earth.” The word “sign” is also synonymous with “seal” or “mark” and God said that the Sabbath is His sign, and how we “know” the true God. It says in Exodus 31:13 “my Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you …that ye may know that I am the Lord.” This text is not only for the literal Israelite or Jew, for the Gentiles are to partake of Abraham’s blessing and as Paul said we are “Israelites indeed.” The other synonymous term “mark,” as in “the mark of the beast,” in Revelation 14:16 says “he causeth all” [Greek – forces] the “mark” to be put into “the right hand or in their forehead,” meaning – what you put your “hand” to do, or what you put mind to thinking in your belief regarding this enforcement. What synonymous term suits you?
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The Restoration of Man
It is only by a full understanding of what happened to man at his downfall in Eden that we can realize what is needed for his restoration to grace with God. Genesis chapter 3 gives the short, but concise, story of Satan using the serpent to communicate his poisonous thoughts. The fruit of the tree was not the problem, for in Genesis 1:29 it says that God gave of “every tree” for food to man, but the fruit of one particular tree God said in Genesis 2:17 “thou shalt not eat of it.” The fruit of it was good but the “not eating” of it was a test of allegiance to God. The appetite and inclination of man were divinely appointed in creation but the perversion of them was the problem. Eve sinned by disobeying God then Adam, as he could not imagine a future without her, followed her into sin. He chose the present over an unknown future. God asked Adam to give an account of his decision, so in Genesis 3:10 he said “I was afraid,” revealing a sense of guilt which introduced an imbalance in man’s whole system of being. Thus in the church today is coined the term “original sin.” Before this state man was in harmony with God, but this guilt introduced imbalance in man so much so that man of himself has a “bent to evil” coming from an overpowering force, and man today is unable to make correct valued judgments. We can choose to do right, and obey God, but without help from Christ, by the agency of the Holy Spirit, our God-created faculties and powers remain perverted and settled with the lower standard instead of the high and holy. The restoration of man to God is the renewing of the proper balance and harmony which is accomplished through the Holy Spirit working in us.

Successive Three-Stage Work of Christ
Christ’s work is in three stages which do not overlap but are in succession. He was and is Prophet, Priest and King. In the past Christ on earth came as Prophet and teacher; at present He is our intercessory priest acting for us before God in heaven; in the future, after the redeemed are called home to heaven, He will take the throne as King in heaven. As Prophet - God said of Christ through Moses “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee” Deuteronomy 18:18 [See also Acts 3:22]. As Priest - God said “Behold whose name is the Branch … he shall build the temple of the Lord … he shall be a priest” Zechariah 6:12-13 [See also Hebrews 8]. As King - it is said “He … shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” Luke 1:32.The throne of David was discontinued because of wickedness and profanity before God. This is recorded in Ezekiel 21:25-27 “And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come … remove the diadem, and take off the crown … it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.” Here is where there is some confusion. For this type of reign is different in nature than the priest-kingship of Melchizedek. Also, Christ as a babe in Bethlehem was born a King by right, but will only receive that crown, diadem and office much later, after He comes in glory at His second coming. And at His second coming there is no more need of a priest in heaven, He will reign as King in the New Jerusalem on the throne of David His earthly father.

Is Feelings The Test?
Feelings are quite variable, that is why the religion taught by Christ is not based on feelings or emotion. Too many Christians operate their spiritual life relying on feelings of the heart, saying “if it feels good, it must be of God.” The prophet of God talked about relying on emotion and feelings of the heart when he said in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” The heart needs to be trained by knowledge in God’s Word. Solomon, the wisest man in history, wrote in Proverbs 2:2 “incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.” And again he said in Proverbs 23:12 “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” A religious experience based on feelings is very weak, flimsy and untrustworthy. A solid religious base comes only by rightly understanding and total dependence on the Word of God. We must live by faith in God’s Word through wisdom granted to us by the Holy Spirit, thus opening our minds to His truth. When we, through outside circumstances, become mournful or depressed, we can get into a stage of doubt as to whether we are with God or not. Remember what Paul says in Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” We each have to teach and educate our heart and soul to fully trust in God’s Word, and not rely on our feelings or emotion to rule our lives. By doubting we dishonor God.

The Fruit Inspector
In Matthew 7:20 it says, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." The Law of God is the transcript of His character. Those who profess to keep this law [the Ten Commandments], but fail to show it in thought or deed are not obedient children of God, keeping neither the first four commandments, which shows love to God, nor the remaining six which shows love to your fellow man. For in breaking one commandment, you break all, as said in James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” This description of the Ten Commandments divided into two categories is found in Matthew 22:37-40 where Jesus said “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, this is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law [Read also Romans 13:8-9]. The fruits are the natural works or outcropping of obedience to God’s commands; and this is made available to all by God’s Spirit working through us, which is that free gift – grace. Therefore, as was said before "By their fruits ye shall know them." The fruits are deeds, works, or outward attitude which is visibly seen by all, and by which all can know by which spirit you are being directed. In conclusion, I would add, we are not to judge our fellows intentions, but we are admonished to be good fruit inspectors.

Where Are We Now?
At this immediate time in our earth’s history we are standing between the 13th and 14th verses of Revelation chapter 6 (under the sixth Seal). We are living in the most important and most solemn time period in world history. Revelation chapter 6 is New Testament history from the time of Christ’s First Coming to His Second Coming, under what John saw as the opening of the Seven Seals of the Book mentioned in Revelation 5:8-9. Six of the seven seals are opened in Revelation chapter 6 but the seventh seal is opened in chapter 8. The four horses (White, Red, Black and Pale) and horsemen come under the first four seals. The White Horse denotes the purity of the early Gospel immediately after Christ’s death and ascension; the Red Horse signifying the corruption of that message through to 323 AD (the days of Constantine); the Black Horse denotes the opposite of White purity when the Gospel was engrossed with errors of compromise from 323 AD to 538 AD and the establishment of the Roman Catholic church; the Pale (yellow or jaundice) Horse denotes the sickly diminished message through the Dark Ages. The next seal is the 5th with the incoming Reformation Period. Then comes the 6th Seal with the period of religious Awakening of the 1800’s ushered in by the worldwide study of the 2300 year prophecy of Daniel 8:14. Revelation 6:12-14 speaks about this period of “a great earthquake” which is the greatest recorded earthquake in history, the Great Lisbon Earthquake of Nov. 1, 1755; after which John saw that “the sun became black … and moon became as blood” which is recorded in history as the Dark Day of the east coast of North America on May 19, 1780 and that night the Moon rose as red as blood; finally he saw that “the stars of heaven fell” which is also a historical one time happening on Nov. 13, 1833, with this meteor shower which was like snow falling that continued for over three hours and was seen also on the east coast of North America from Florida to Nova Scotia. Where we are now historically is just after these sights with the next and final sight as stated in verse 14 when “the heaven departed as a scroll” just prior to Christ’s return. We live in an awesome time.

The Law and the Gospel
To receive salvation, or to be saved, comes only through a uniting of the Law of God and the gospel of Christ. Today sin abounds greater than any other period of time in earth’s history. But, to continually preach about obedience to the Law of God, as drastically important as it is, is not enough. There must be a balance; like rowing a boat, rowing with one oar you go around in circles with no movement forward. This is as it is in Christianity, preach the Law without the gospel or the gospel without the Law, you get nowhere. The two elements are necessary. When we talk of the saved, the term “saints” comes to mind, but the Greek word for “saint” is “hagios” which means “holy” as used in Ephesians 5:27 a church or His people “holy and without blemish;” and Colossians 1:22 “present you holy and unblameable” and numerous other references. In Revelation 14:12 it says of God’s people “Here is the patience of the saints,” but of the “saints” it goes on to describe them by saying “here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” This kind of faith is not passive or shrinking from activity; it is an aggressive faith with absolute loyalty to God in obedience to His commands and optimism in a persistent faith in the gospel. Sadly most of professing Christianity follow a popular theory that does not combine holiness with fully keeping the Law of God. It is a watered down gospel full of traditions of men and compromises of God’s truth. The text in Revelation 14:12 and many other places throughout the Bible, God wishes a defining of those who are truly His, holy, the true remnant as described in Revelation 12:17 “the remnant … which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus.” God is looking for this awakening in His people to the two fold message of the Law and the Gospel, the people called in Isaiah 58:12 “The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in.”
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Allegory of Two Covenants
In Galatians chapter 4 Paul speaks to the people about obedience to the Law of Moses, Jewish ceremonial law. He speaks in an allegory, which is a narrative story that is figurative in meaning. In this allegory, the two covenants - Old Testament sacrificial service and its corresponding laws, the “Jerusalem which is now” to Paul, and - the New Testament services in the heavenly sanctuary “Jerusalem which is above” Galatians 3:25-26. He uses the story of Hagar, with her son Ishmael, the son by works of the flesh and Sarah, with her son Isaac, the son of faith and promise (Genesis chapters 12; 13; 15; 17; 19). The bondswoman or slave, Hagar, represents those clinging to a system of “works of the ceremonial law” after Christ came and became the ultimate sacrifice of that law, thus bringing it to an end and moving it into the “new covenant” relationship with Christ. And now, as Sarah, the freewoman and “mother” of the heir to the promise, we see that law in a new perspective of freedom within Christ. There has been much difficulty on this pointed allegory. Old Jerusalem represented by Hagar is the “mother” of bondage; trying to gain heaven by works and allegiance to man-made organizations and looking to earthly leaders as spiritual guides. New Jerusalem “which is above is free,” and is the true “mother of us all.” The question is how are you born again? Are you born again by the will of man with the new birth of flesh or bondage? Or are you born again of the Holy Spirit and free, brought forth in new birth by “the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father” (Galatians 4:6). It is the New Jerusalem which is above and being part of the heavenly sanctuary that is important as said to those overcoming saints in Revelation 3:12 “will I make a pillar in the temple of my God.”

Sacrifice and Example, Both Perfect
Christ lived the life of a man as a perfect example for us; He, through His death on the cross became our perfect sacrifice. Because of sin, the priest in the Old Testament was the mediator between God and man; and all this system pointed forward to Christ as the perfect sacrifice and mediator after His death. 1 Timothy 2:5 states “there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” And His mediatory work extends, as stated in Hebrews 6:19-20 “within the veil” to that of “an High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” We, today, need to fully understand just what Christ is doing for us now. Paul knew and understood how the sanctuary service of the Old Testament was “the example and shadow of heavenly things” (read Hebrews 8:1-5) and how that system was “a figure” (read Hebrews 9:6-9) of what was coming ahead. The Old Testament sanctuary service and it buildings were a “pattern shewed to thee (Moses) in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5); it was a prototype that needs to be fully understood today by all of us. Well did Asaph the Seer (2 Chronicles 29:30) write in Psalms 77:13 “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God.” The seat between the two cherubim’s emanates God’s power, from “within veil” of the Most Holy apartment (the seat or throne is the on the lid of the ark in which is housed the Ten Commandments), as Asaph said in Psalms 80:1 “O Shepherd of Israel … thou that dwellst between the cherubim’s, shine forth.” Also, in Psalms 99:1 “The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved (stagger).” God has not changed in His attitude toward His true followers, sin is sin, it needs to be addressed and eradicated, only through a close connection with Christ, our perfect sacrifice and example.

True and False Christs
Today, we hear the term “transformers” in children’s toys, but there are “transformers” in the church also; 2 Corinthians 11:13 says of this term, “false apostles … transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.” Christ warned that after He left “many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ: and deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). Notice the word “many;” He did not say “some” or “few;” thus showing a majority in the church following in error. And He goes on in Matthew 24:24 saying “there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders.” These emissaries of Satan, false teachers, will perform grand spiritual signs and wonders to prove that they are the correct channel to follow. We cannot follow feelings or emotions in spiritual things. There is a text describing these false teachers in 2 Timothy 3:7 “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Strict adherence in following God’s Word is the only safe course. That was the cry of the early Reformers, “the Bible and the Bible only;” but now this has been relegated to the historic trash heap because of all the compromises and church “traditions” that supersede the Bible. One of the most distorted of all Biblical truths is that of the human nature Christ assumed on earth at His incarnation. Which was it – the sinless human nature of Adam before his fall in Eden, or – did He take upon Himself the degraded, sinful, fallen human nature of the sons of Adam? Which is it? It cannot be both, or compromised away. Two points about God must be taken into account; that of “nature” and “character.” As for the “nature” of God, it entails – immortality, omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. However, Christ came not in the “nature” of God, but in the “character” of God. The “character” of God entails – wisdom, spirituality, purity, truthfulness, goodness and benevolence. Paul stated of Christ, in Hebrews 5:8 that Christ “learned obedience, through the things which He suffered;” and in Romans 8:3 “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (His own flesh);” then in Hebrews 2:10-18 Christ “the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering … took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren … hath suffered being tempted;” and Hebrews 4:15 that Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Christ was born, the sinless babe in Bethlehem, but He took upon His sinless form our sinful form and nature (Philippians 2:7-8). For, if we assume Christ came to earth with all the powers of God, where is the fight with Satan, the suffering and what was there to overcome? There would have been no contest! If Christ had the powers of the “nature” of God, how could He be “in all points tempted” like you and I? And the final consequence would be, for life today, and as is used frequently today, an easy excuse for sin in disobedience to the commandments of God. So, which is the true Christ, and the model human life for man to follow?

Two Ministrations
Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-11. Paul here discusses two “ministrations” regarding one subject, which is regarding the ten commandment law “in tables of stone.” However, it is not the law directly that is addressed by Paul, but the “ministration,” or administering of the law in the Old and New Testaments. The “ministration of death,” or “condemnation,” is compared to the “ministration of the Spirit,” or of “righteousness.” The administering of each is different. In the old Hebrew sanctuary service, the sacrifice for sin, which John says is “transgression of the law” 1 John 3:4, was the death of an innocent animal victim, as we read in Leviticus chapter 4, “kill the bullock,” “slay the sin offering.” The Jews realized that sin meant death, of which Paul calls this “ministration of death” - “glorious,” because it looked forward to Christ and His sacrificial death. And after the sacrifice Leviticus 4:20 says that the man went away from the altar “forgiven.” Yet, this “glory was to be done away” with by the ending of this sacrificial system by the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross (the innocent Lamb of God dying for the sins of the world). This ushered in a new system, with Christ as both sacrifice for our sins and also as our intercessory priest and High Priest. Paul refers to this as the new “ministration of the Spirit,” or “righteousness,” and says of this administration of God’s law as to “exceed in glory.” In John 15:10 Christ our earthly Exemplar said of Himself, “I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” God’s moral law is not changed or done away with, and never can be. But, by the difference in the “ministrations,” the law of God has moved from “glory” to “exceed in glory.”

Totally Indebt to Christ
We are totally indebted to Christ for the grace He extends to us, and the example He left for us to follow by which we gain eternal life. It is by beholding Christ though His life history that we are changed into His likeness. Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” This is true conversion, reflecting the image of Christ in our life today. This same thought is also confirmed in 1 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear (at His second coming), we shall be like him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” As we study the life of Christ more closely, we catch the image of our Master. Thus, by looking upon the “author and finisher of our faith,” His image is reflected in us. And this is accomplished through grace “by the Spirit of the Lord” dwelling in us. For every good quality we have, and the ability we possess to fully distinguish spiritual things, we are fully indebted to the grace which Christ brought from heaven. Finally, by reflecting His image fully, “whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).
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Final Atonement – Phase I
In comparing the sanctuary in heaven with the Old Testament sanctuary service, the annual Atonement service was in two phases. Phase I was the sacrificial portion of the Atonement service which was conducted in the first apartment of the sanctuary, called the Holy Place. This sacrificial portion was the slaying of the victim, which represented Christ, as the suffering Messiah. Phase II of the Atonement service began when the High Priest went into the apartment known as the Most Holy Place in the concluding portion of the service; that of making the repentant people holy and perfect again before God, with all sins forgiven. This represents Christ at His second coming as the conquering Messiah. The Jews knew of both, the suffering Messiah and conquering Messiah, but they did not want this suffering Messiah, they were looking for phase II, the conquering Messiah and blinded their eyes to phase I. Thus, they rejected Christ, His life and His message. Isaiah chapter 53 goes into great detail describing Christ in phase I, the suffering Messiah. Isaiah 53:3-12 says Christ was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief … wounded for our transgressions … with his stripes we are healed … the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all … he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many.” Christ became sin for us in taking on the sins of all mankind of every generation. Now we can get a glimpse of why in Gethsemane Christ sweat blood. The pressure of sin was enormous and seemed to separate Him from God. We hear the smear tactic in the term “the sinful nature of Christ.” Christ was sinless, but He did take upon Himself “our” sinful nature. It was not His, but “ours.” He was defiled before God by “our” sin that He took upon Himself. Yet, in this state of humanity, and total reliance on God, He overcame sin. He became one with us in the flesh, so that we might become one with Him spiritually. Zechariah 9:16 says, in speaking of the redeemed at the end of time, “they shall be as stones (gems) of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land (the earth made new).” In this sense, Christ views His true followers as pure, righteous and holy, even here on earth now. This is His reward for all the suffering and humiliation of sin. He has already borne our punishment; it is our turn, in accepting this gift, to fully obey His law as the standard of righteousness for us all.

Creation and Procreation
According to Webster, to create - is to bring into existence by imaginative skill; to procreate - is to reproduce as birthing an off-spring (Biblically - to beget). God the Father and Christ are both joint-creators; however, only once is it recorded that God the Father, through His Holy Spirit, brought forth by procreation. This is recorded in Luke 1:35 and Matthew 1:18, where the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she gave birth to a child by natural birth. Therefore, Christ truly is "the only begotten" Son of the Father (John 1:14 and 18; Hebrews 11:17). There is a text though, that states of Christ, that He is "the beginning of the creation" of God. This is found in Revelation 3:14 "the true Witness (Christ), the beginning of the creation of God." This could be read in a way indicating that Christ is a created being, but let us look closer. The word "beginning," more properly translated means "effective cause" or "agent," which properly brings forth the work of Christ as the agent through whom God created all things. Paul in Hebrews 1:2 states about Christ, "by his Son … by whom also he made the worlds." Notice the plural "worlds" [world - an inhabited orb], which says Christ is the active agent with God the Father in creating the entire Universe. And John 1:3 also states of Christ, "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." Some have thought to bring forth what is spoken of about Christ in Proverbs 8:22 and on, "the Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way," to infer Christ as created by God. But remember, these texts are an allegory. So let's not stretch it beyond the allegorical.

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