Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 28 (Noble Bereans, Part 24: “The Message of the First Angel of Revelation 14”)

By admin On October 16th, 2017

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 28

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Noble Bereans, Part 24: “The Message of the First Angel of Revelation 14″

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: 

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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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1ST ANGEL’S MESSAGE

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here to read) the basic principle of proper Bible interpretation has been set forth, and so, the focus of today will be on Revelation 14:6-12 in which three messages are given to the inhabitants of the earth.

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Actually, only the 1st message will be our focus today. And again, since this is only a little devotional with limited space, this subject can only be lightly touched upon, but hopefully enough to whet the appetite of any truth-seeking “noble Berean” who desires to continue their own personal on-going study on this subject.

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And this website has many other articles which may further direct the Reader into these truths.

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3 Angels Message – Wikipedia via www.pri.org – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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1ST ANGEL’S MESSAGE

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Listen to the 1st angel’s message… “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6, 7 

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Here we have the first message preached to Earth’s dwellers, that includes the preaching of the everlasting Gospel, but also the warning that the fearful hour of God’s Judgment is come. In addition to this, the message contains an exhortation to worship the one and true God who created heaven and earth and the sea and fountains of waters.

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ELLEN G. WHITE

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Now, for brevity’s sake, let’s just “cut to the chase”.

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Has there been any significant candidate who has proclaimed to be a fulfillment of this message?

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Yes, there was a lady back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s named Ellen G. White who made the claim of giving this 1st angel’s message (along with the other two messages).

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No, she never claimed to be an angel, only that the message she gave was symbolized as being given by an angel flying in the midst of heaven.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JUDGMENT HOUR BACK IN 1800’s!?

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Now while it could be somewhat conceded that her writings contained the everlasting Gospel, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1858-great-controversy-book-cover.JPGyet many will instead argue that no possibility exists for the Judgment Hour to have begun all the way back in the mid-nineteenth century. After all, that’s over 150 years ago!

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Nevertheless, upon reading such writings as her book, “Great Controversy”, she clearly stated that God’s Judgment must first begin at the house of God, but will progress until it eventually extends to the entire world, finally culminating with the long-awaited return of Christ in the clouds of glory!

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Now does the Bible support such an extension of prophetic time?

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Oh yes, in a number of places, the Bible says such things as”For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1st Peter 4:17

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So even back in Peter’s day, the Judgment of God was beginning to fall on God’s Church, as the first three chapters of Revelation likewise reveal. So, how much more in Ellen White’s day (and even more so in our day), when the churches were becoming complacent and world-loving because of the lack of outside persecution from the secular world, as well as a lack of persecution from the apostate religious community.

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1858 version The Great Controversy by E.G. White – Public Domain

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HER WRITINGS WERE A PARAPHRASE OF THE BIBLE

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Now as far as preaching the everlasting Gospel, those who are thoroughly familiar with the Bible http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgcan begin as “Noble Bereans” to examine her many writings (on a daily basis) and be delighted to discover that much or perhaps most of her writings were merely paraphrasing some portion of the New and Old Testaments, either literally or allegorically.

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For example, her counsels concerning a healthy diet have a relation to biblical references to food in the Bible. Such things as milk, bread, fruit. etc., can be found in the many Bible allegories concerning “the milk of the Word”, or “the fruit of the Spirit”, or “the bread from Heaven”.

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THE SABBATH REST UNTO OUR SOULS

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But this isn’t the only example one could offer. No, even her references to the Sabbath, while http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_Moses_and_the_Ten_Commandments.jpgseemingly Old Testament, can easily be spiritualized by such passages as this…”Come unto Me (Jesus), all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28, 29

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Here are the very words of Jesus, in which is plainly spiritualized the 4th Commandment. And so, Ellen White’s seemingly Old Testament teachings can easily be spiritualized in such a way that aligns perfectly with Scripture! In other words, the New Testament spiritualizes away the Old Testament types and shadows and allegories. And just like the Old Testament presented the Law in precepts, so did Ellen White’s writing, howbeit to a much lessor extent. After all, the everlasting Gospel includes both the New, but also the Old Testament. And so do her writings!

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Tissot – Moses and the Ten Commandments – Wikipedia – US Public Dom.

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AN EXAMPLE OF PARAPHRASING

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But Ellen White was by no means stuck in the Old Testament, but often paraphrased many New Testament passages…”Every faculty, every attribute, with which the Creator has endowed the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconschildren of men, is to be employed for His glory; and in this employment is found its purest, noblest, happiest exercise. The principles of heaven should be made paramount in the life, and every advance step taken in the acquirement of knowledge or in the culture of the intellect should be a step toward the assimilation of the human to the divine. { FE 544.2}”

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Here is just one quote and yet is literally dripping with Old and New Testament references such as Luke 10:27…”And He (Jesus) answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (And this Luke reference is also found in the Old Testament)

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Magnifying Glass – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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NOBLE BEREANS WILL STUDY WITH OPEN MINDS

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Now, of course, those who are not “Noble Bereans” will be content to merely study Ellen White’s writings in a superficial manner, just long enough to find some supposed flaw in her writings. And truth-be-told, Ellen White warned her readers not to get the notion that her writings were infallible…In regard to infallibility, I never claimed it; God alone is infallible. His word is true, and in Him is no variableness, or shadow of turning.—Letter 10, 1895. { 1SM 37.4}”

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And so, Ellen White’s writings could very well be the fulfillment of the 1st angel of Revelation 14. And perhaps, more will be later offered on this website in support of this idea.

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And in tomorrow’s devotional, the message of the 2nd angel, “Babylon is fallen is fallen” will be our theme of exploration.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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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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TO READ THE NEXT PART 25, CLICK HERE…October 29 (Noble Bereans, Part 25: ″The Message of the Second Angel of Revelation 14″

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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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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…

October 29 (Noble Bereans, Part 25: ″The Message of the Second Angel of Revelation 14″

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