Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 19 (Noble Bereans, Part 19: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding The Mark of the Beast & The Sunday Sabbath”)

By admin On January 25th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 2: December 19

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Noble Bereans, Part 19: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding The Mark of the Beast & The Sunday Sabbath”

To read part 1, click here…“September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration into another area of concern.

St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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OK, so those in Berea were more noble, because they: 1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.” 

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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“WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU…TRY HIM EVERY MOMENT?”

Job 7:17, 18

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The Bible clearly reveals…“Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people.” Hebrews 10:30

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Yes, God sends His people various tests, to prove them, whether they are lovers of truth, or merely religionists clinging to their comfortable religion.

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Ellen G White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ELLEN G. WHITE: MUCH MALIGNED!

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Such was the case when God raised up a little lady named Ellen G. White.

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And though her name has been thoroughly tarnished by the rulers of the so-called “orthodoxy” of today’s Christian community, nevertheless this does not negate her calling and election by God to present the message given to her to share with all truth-seekers.

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The problem is, today’s church-world is every bit as closed-minded as were the Old Testament people of God. And just as they rejected every prophet who God sent into their midst, so also the Church today has virtually done the same thing.

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WE’RE NOT LIKE THOSE NOBLE BEREANS!

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Instead of being like those “noble Bereans” who studied daily with an open mind and Bibles open, today’s Christians are content to rely on the advice of their church leaders who have condemned God’s messenger, because of her supposed errors.

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Today’s average Christian is so busy in the world, that they have little time nor inclination to study the writings of Mrs. White with an open-minded desire to discover whether or not she was a true prophet.

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They are rather content to merely rely of the stock answers supplied by their favorite Bible teachers…“Oh, she copied other peoples writings.” “Oh, how could Sunday be the Mark of the beast?” “Well, she got arrested once!” “She didn’t even follow her own advice!”

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And armed with such similar critiques, the Church world is mostly content to move on, thinking that God is going to bless such stiff-necked, close-minded Phariseeism!

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SUNDAY: THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

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Take, for example, the criticism of her teaching that “Sunday is the Mark of the Beast”. If only there were truth-seeking Bible students who would imitate those noble Bereans by studying her writings to the point that they might discover the true nature of the Mark of the Beast as truly depicted by Ellen White.

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Ellen White had so much to say concerning the apostasy of the Church (including her own denomination), that to encapsulate her stance by saying “She believed that Sunday is the Mark of the Beast” does not even begin to scratch the surface of what she taught on the subject.

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ANY NOBLE BEREANS OUT THERE?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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And so, if there are any true “noble Bereans” who have “an ear to hear”, the following chapter from her book, “The Desire of Ages” begins to shed light on what she believed was the true reason for a church to fall into apostasy.

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So hopefully, this revealing chapter might inspire the reader to begin to explore more of her writings, which by the way many can be heard on audio.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 20, CLICK HERE…NOVEMBER 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”)

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This is 18+ minute audio version of chapter 64 from Desire of Ages, is entitled, “A Doomed People”…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011) 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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ThomasCole-Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey wikimedia US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

DECEMBER 20 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 2: “Pharisee-ism Today!”)

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

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TO HEAR MORE OF THESE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER PROGRAMS, PLUS OTHER TEACHINGS OF HAROLD CAMP, CLICK HERE…“FOUNDER’S SITE/HAROLD CAMPING”

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