Friend, we are getting closer to the end of this world. How incredible it will be to see our lovely Jesus. Our Lord is coming in just a matter of months. It may be 3, 6, 12, 24, 36 months; but, it is no longer years and years of putting up with this depraved world until Jesus comes. The two classes of people in this world are becoming much easier for us to see. It is not difficult to discern the wicked from those that love Jesus and are looking forward to His appearing in the clouds of glory.
Those that are following Satan have his character traits. And, those traits we can see every day in the cruel, selfish, evil speech and behavior of those that have chosen to make Satan their leader. It is tragic that the group that is blindly following Satan is growing. What a contrast between those that have surrendered their lives to Satan and those that have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. It is painful for those of us that love the Lord to observe those that have turned their backs on Jesus. We love the Lord so much and find it troublesome to fathom anyone not wanting to be with our lovely Jesus, forever.
If it grieves us that almost all have no wish to know Jesus, and I am sure it grieves our Savior, even more. Every day our Lord watches those making the choice to go along with Satan. Jesus Christ knows that He can give them eternal life, and He knows Satan can give them no more than what he is going to get which is the lake of fire. Earnestly, we pray for those that cannot see their need of Jesus.
Minute by minute the Holy Spirit is tenderly trying to draw people to our Redeemer before it is too late. Soon the Door of Probation will be closed, and just like the days of Noah when the door on the ark was shut, the people ran to the door trying to get in; but, it was too late. Very soon many are going to wish they had taken the time to know Jesus. They will hear Him say to them, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23 The Holy Spirit will not always strive with men. Soon, the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn from the earth. In fact, we can see it happening, right now. It is slowly being withdrawn. The wicked are becoming crueler. The Holy Spirit is what keeps them in check. Actually, it keeps everything in check. We can see the wicked becoming more and more out of control with their evil deeds. Our earth is showing signs of the Holy Spirit being withdrawn. It is falling apart so quickly. The natural disasters are increasing because the Holy Spirit is being withdrawn. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man” Genesis 6:3
It is so imperative that you and I, Friend, surrender our lives completely to Jesus, now. “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2 It is very important that you and I spend much time in prayer and Bible study. And, it is crucial that we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. He is the one that can give us eternal life, and He is the One that is coming to get us, very soon. We are going to dwell in His kingdom with Him. So, it just makes sense to me if we want His gift of eternal life and to dwell with Him, we had better walk in His footsteps. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I John 2:6 What do you think, friend?
We are living in the Little Time of Trouble right now. But, soon the Door of Probation will shut, and then this world will be in the midst of the Terrible Time of Trouble that Daniel reveals to us. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1 Oh, friend, when the Door of Probation shuts, then the 7 last plagues will start to fall, and it is for sure you and I want to be under the wings of our Lord during those 7 last plagues. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4 We want to be under His wings and want His truth to be our shield and buckler. But, how are you and I going to know His truth if we do not read His word? “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39 It is the Lord’s truth that will be our shield and buckler during the Terrible Time of Trouble–not our pastors opinions or interpretation of the Bible; not our friends opinions or interpretation of the Bible; not our relatives opinions or interpretation of the Bible; and not the Popes opinions or interpretation of the Bible. It is the word of the Lord that we need to be deep in and stay with right up until we see our Lord in the clouds of glory. It is His word that will be our shield and buckler. Take some time to memorize some of the promises of God. They will be a tremendous strength to you, friend, in the days ahead and during the Terrible Time of Trouble. Remember, after the door was shut on the ark during the days of Noah then anguish and desolation broke loose on the earth. It was a terrifying experience for those that were not in the ark of safety. They did not have God’s word deep in their hearts, and they were not under His divine protection. They never took the time to know Him. And, what did our Lord say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23
There were only two classes of people in the days of Noah. Do we have the same today? One group loves the Lord and is waiting for His coming and the other group does not. There were only 8 people that went into the ark, right? The majority experienced the wrath of God being poured out on this world in the form of a flood. For 120 years God pleaded with the people to turn to Him with all their hearts. They would not because they loved their sins; they were enjoying the pleasures of this world at that time; they loved their comfortable lifestyle; they did not believe the word of God being preached to them through Noah. The Door of Probation was shut to them, and God poured out His wrath upon them without mercy. Soon, the Door of Probation will be shut to this world again, and God will pour out His wrath without mercy, again.
Why do you suppose that God’s wrath will be poured out on this world after the Door of Probation shuts, friend? Does it have anything to do with the majority having no desire to walk in the footsteps of Jesus? Do you think our Lord is getting fed-up with the stiff-necked, disobedient people of this world? Do you sense He is furious with the greater part on this earth having no wish to read His word and to put it to practice in their lives?
How many want the gift of eternal life; but, do not want to know the One that offers them that gift. They want to live in the gorgeous mansion that Jesus is preparing for them, and they want to live in that stunning, flawless world where there will be no evil. But, to have a cozy relationship with the One that has the keys to the gate that leads into that fabulous world, they do not want to know. Do you think, friend, that many are going to be angry, even some Christians, when they are forbidden to enter in through the gate because they had no desire to do the “will” of our heavenly Father? In doing our heavenly Father’s “will” means we love to obey Him.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:21-27
When our heavenly Father wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone, do you think it was His “will” that we obey them? Our precious Lord tells us that if we obey them, we are being wise, and we are building our house or life on a solid rock. Who is the Rock or the sure foundation that you and I want to build our lives on? “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea: And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea: And did all eat the same spiritual meat: And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” I Corinthians 10:1-4
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22
By being wise and doing God’s “will” and choosing to make Him the center of our lives, when the Terrible Time of Trouble comes and beats on us, we will stand firm because, daily, we have been walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Daily, we have been reading His sayings, and with His power and grace we have put them to practice in our lives. No way, do we want to be foolish and build our house (life) on the sand (things of this world) so, when the Terrible Time of Trouble comes and beats on us, we fall away from our Lord.
Nothing in this world is as solid and trustworthy as Jesus. The sand of this world is always changing and growing more and more unstable day by day. We do not want to build our house (life) on this crumbling, decaying world. When the terrible winds, rains and floods that are going to take place during the Terrible Time of Trouble beat on this world and finally destroy it, we will be destroyed with it because we did not build our house (life) on the solid Rock—Jesus Christ.
Friend, if you have not built your house (life) on Jesus Christ, do it now. We do not have much time. You must make that choice to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, today. You must make that choice to stand firm on the Rock—Jesus Christ.
When people run to their religious leaders and ask them if they should do God’s “will” and obey the Ten Commandments, they are told, “Oh, no that is works.” And, when they run to their religious leaders and ask, “Why are we keeping Sunday, the first-day of the week, as the Sabbath instead of keeping Saturday, the seventh-day of the week, as the Sabbath”, they are told, “We are not saved by our works.”
True, we are not saved by our works. We are rewarded according to our works. Our works will determine our reward. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12
Obedience to God is an expression of our love for God.
“Works show whether the faith is genuine.” E. G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 311-312
“Good works do not purchase the love of God, but they reveal that we possess that love.” E. G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 282, 283
Take the time to read James the second chapter. You will find in that chapter two good examples of how faith and works go hand and hand in the lives of Rahab and Abraham.
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:17-26
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
It seems when our religious leaders quote verses eight and nine in Ephesians the second chapter, they stop after verse nine. In verse ten we are told to walk in the good works of our God.
In doing the good works of God, we are doing His “will”. So, when I hear our religious leaders say that, “We are not saved by our works”, I wonder if they are trying to tell us that we do not have to obey God? Doing God’s “will” is obedience. So, if we hear or read the sayings of God and do not take His sayings to heart and do them, we are building our house or life on the sand. We are being a foolish man or woman, and we are going to fall and great will be our fall. I think I am right in my thinking, friend. What do you think when you read the following verses, again?
“ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:21-27
So, are our religious leaders lying to us when they tell us that we do not have to obey the Ten Commandments? I wonder? Are we deceiving ourselves?
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” I John 2:1-9
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
Do you think it is wrong to walk in the footsteps of our heavenly Father and Jesus, friend? “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I John 2:6 Actually, I think it might be a safe thing to do since our heavenly father and Jesus are out for our best good, always. And, I always say, “If it is good enough for Jesus and my heavenly Father, it is good enough for me.”
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10
Soon, there is going to be a National Sunday Law that will be passed in this land and throughout the world. It is right around the corner. It is going to start out very easy. What I mean is, it will start out as a family day of rest, which is good for us all, and a day that we can all help the environment by just taking it easy on that day and not going much of anywhere and just kinda staying at home and relaxing. But, after awhile, those that do not want to go along with the National Sunday law will be persecuted.
I agree that we are all busy and need a day of rest. And we can see that the climate is changing around the world. So, perhaps one day a week just staying around the house would be good for us and would help with the changing climate. What day of the week do you think will be chosen for all to keep as a day of rest and a day to help the environment? Of course, Sunday!
So, on down the road a law is going to be passed for us all to keep Sunday as a day of rest as well as a day to help our environment. We will not go shopping on that day because the stores will be closed, and all will enjoy a nice family day. And, soon the whole world will think it is a good idea to keep Sunday as a day of rest and as a day to help our environment. Everyone will think the idea is so cool.
The masses will not even grasp that Satan has slipped one more of his tricks right past them. He is a sly one. He slipped one over on Adam and Eve, didn’t he? And, Satan tried to cause our Lord to slip-up during His 40 days in the wilderness, didn’t he? Satan was so sly in working through the religious leaders with their tricks and plans during the time our Lord walked this earth. That old devil tried every trick in the book to cause our Lord to sin knowing that if he could cause Him to sin, just once, then there would be no hope for any of us to have more than this life. Jesus was the true Lamb of God without any blemish of any kind. He was a perfect, flawless sacrifice. There was no sin in Him. Had there been sin in Him, He never could have taken my place or your place on the cross. He never could have been our substitute.
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” I Peter 2:21, 22
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” I Peter 1:18, 19
He Made Him To Be Sin For Us
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:21
“God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death… Behold Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, upon the cross! The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes between God and man. This wrung from His lips the anguished cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” It was the burden of sin, the sense of its terrible enormity, of its separation of the soul from God,–it was this that broke the heart of the Son of God.
But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father’s heart a love for man, not to make Him willing to save. No, no! God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.”
The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world… None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption; for only He who was in the bosom of the Father could declare Him. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest. Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father’s love to lost humanity.” —Steps To Christ, pp. 14-16
E. G. White, With God At Dawn, p. 52
God’s Character Revealed
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“The fall of man, with all its consequences, was not hidden from the Omnipotent. Redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam, but an eternal purpose, suffered to be wrought out for the blessing not only of this atom of a world. But for the good of all the worlds that God had created…
When man sinned, all heaven was filled with sorrow… Out of harmony with the nature of God, unyielding to the claims of His law, naught but destruction was before the human race. Since the divine law is as changeless as the character of God, there could be no hope for man unless some way could be devised whereby his transgression might be pardoned, his nature renewed, and his spirit restored to reflect the image of God. Divine love had conceived such a plan…
In the work of creation Christ was with God. He was one with God, equal with Him… He alone, the Creator of men, could be his Saviour. No angel of heaven could reveal the Father to the sinner, and win him back to allegiance to God. But Christ could manifest the Father’s love, for God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. Christ could be the “daysman” between a holy God and lost humanity, one who could “lay his hand upon us both” Job 9:33… He proposed to take upon Himself the guilt and shame of sin—sin so offensive in the sight of God that it would necessitate separation from His Father. Christ proposed to reach to the depths of man’s degradation and woe, and restore the repenting, believing soul to harmony with God. Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, offered Himself as a sacrifice and substitute for the fallen sons of Adam.
Through creation and redemption, through nature and through Christ, the glories of the divine character are revealed. By the marvelous display of His love in giving “his only begotten Son,”…the character of God is revealed to the intelligences of the universe.”
E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 18
As I mentioned in a few paragraphs above, soon there will be a National Sunday Law passed in this country first, and then it will go around the world. We will be told to rest on Sunday because our world is falling apart at the seams. The climate is changing and that could be bad for all of us.
But, why Sunday, the first-day of the week? Doesn’t our Bible tell us to rest on the seventh-day of the week? So, by observing the first-day of the week after the National Sunday Law goes through, we will still be experiencing God’s wrath. Of course, it is not doing God’s “will”. It is disobedience-is it not? We may be doing a good thing, all the way around, but it is on the wrong day. God tells us to “Remember” the seventh-day as the Sabbath rest.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11
God seems to be a real “stickler” when it comes to obedience. I would say that He is rather “rigid” when it comes to His Ten Commandments. Isn’t that the reason this world is in the mess that it is in because the majority have no desire to do God’s “will” in keeping His Ten Commandments? Adam and Eve sinned when they disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “ For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 So, because of the big, fat mistake that they made, we have a sinful, corrupt world full of disobedience and falling apart very quickly. When Adam and Eve sinned, they transgressed the law of God. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” I John 3:4
Most in this world are not obeying the Ten Commandments. And, when the National Sunday law goes through, they will just keep right on disobeying God and think nothing of it. Only a small group will be keeping the seventh-day Bible Sabbath, Saturday, at that time. And that little group will be so looked down on. Life will be made “miserable” for them. That little group will be so hated by the people of this world that they will not be able to buy or sell, and finally a death decree will go out for that small group because they want to do God’s “will” and keep the Fourth Commandment.
So, my question to you, friend, is which side of the fence will you be on? Are you going along with the world when the National Sunday law goes through or are you going to stand up for Jesus? If you choose Jesus, strength will be given you and all your needs will be supplied. He will cover you with His wings. And, the day will come when you will have the privilege of walking on the streets of gold with Jesus by your side. What an awesome experience that will be!
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalms 91:3
We are saved by grace (unmerited favor). We are delighted that Jesus did us a favor and took our place on the cross. We do not have to die for our sins. We can have eternal life because of what Jesus did for us. By faith we believe our Lord was the true Lamb of God that shed His blood for us. “ Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22 (ESV)
We love Jesus with all our heart, soul and strength because His gift of eternal life is for all. How sad it would be if we had no more than this life. Because we value all that He has done for us and love Him so much, we want to obey Him. We want to do His “will”.
Often times our religious leaders tell us that because we are saved by grace, we do not have to obey the Ten Commandments. It that true, friend? Is grace a license to sin? What is sin? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” I John 3:4
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31
“For sin (transgression of the law) shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, (transgress the law) because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin (transgression of the law) unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Hebrews 6:14-16
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14
May the Lord continue to bless you, friend, and your loved ones during these last few months of this earth’s history. Soon, we will enjoy the experience of sitting on the bank of the River of Life talking and laughing together. The thrill of being with Jesus and our family and friends in the New World will be fantastic.