Over the years the question has come up regarding why the church stopped displaying the amazing fruits it did during Mosesí day or during the time of the Apostles. And as is always the case, the answer comes to mind in one simple word. Disobedience.
Look around today and you will see that every church out there claims that when you keep the Ten Commandments you are actually trying to build a stairway to Heaven. They say keeping the Law takes away from what Christ did at the cross. They say we are trying to get to Heaven by good works. Obviously, when you come to Christ, and I mean REALLY come to Christ, you understand perfectly that we donít keep the law to get saved, we keep the law because we are saved. In fact, prophecy stated those that were not considered the chosen people at one time would eventually come to keep the law and embrace the Creator as God and New Testament record confirms the prophetic event did in fact come to fruition.
One day the Jews were angered by the message Paul was preaching, so they confronted him. In Acts 13:46-49 it says that "Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region."
So again, we donít keep the law to become Christians. According to Scripture, only real Christians can keep it because the Lord writes it upon our hearts.
Now.. when I became a Christian I noticed something that I didnít see before. True, for the first 10 years of my Christian walk I was a Sunday keeper and I did have prayers answered, yes, but I believe it was only because my Father winked at my ignorance regarding His Law. As Sunday keeping Christians, my wife and I kept the Sunday as if it was the real Sabbath. Later when we started to keep the real Sabbath I noticed that my prayer life, which was still just as active as it always was, had many more fruits in it. It was then I saw the big picture. And when I say big picture, I mean one that spanned 6000 years!
What I mean is, I discovered why the church became weak around 300 years after Jesus ascended back to Heaven. It was because the Christian churches stopped keeping the law!
All over the Old Testament we find that the Lord always said "The Law and the Prophets" were there to direct the people in their day to day lives. And whenever they denied the Law, all prophetic understanding left the church. Sure, they still had prophets. But now, all the prophets did was repeatedly warn them to repent!
It says in Lamentations 2:9, "Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD."
Did you get that? Because they stopped keeping the Law, their prophets were no longer given the visions they required in whatever area they needed additional guidance from the Lord. All they would hear now is, repent! In Ezekiel 7:26 we find that, "Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients."
When they reject His Law, He stops the mouths of the prophets. This is something that has happened all throughout time. Proverbs 29:18 clearly says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
As long as the people are obedient to the Law of the Lord the vision of the prophets is given to give them guidance and council. But as we look back in history, the people rejected the Law and the visions ended and they no longer had counsel from the Lord to keep them safe. Proverbs 11:14, "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."
This is also why weíre seeing what weíre seeing in the church today. In fact, itís been like this for exactly 1692 years! Iíll explain how I came up with that number in a moment.
Even today we hear of Christians complaining how God doesnít answer their prayers and this has been the case for nearly 2000 years because Ezekiel 20:3 said quite plainly, "..Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you."
Pretty scary statement isnít it? So, why did the Lord say when they seek Him He will not be there for them? Jump down just a few more verses and you will find in Ezekiel 20:11-13, "I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them."
The Lord clearly says here that He gave them His Law, He gave them His Sabbath, but they rejected those blessings and turned away from Him and so He is left with no choice but to ignore them and not answer their prayers or even guide them with the prophets when danger comes their way.
Truth is brothers and sisters, when you reject the Law you are actually choosing to do that which is sinful and when you know what youíre doing is sin, the Bible states you are a worker of iniquity. This is why so many Christians have difficulty in their prayer life. This is also why I always say when someone asks me to do something or condone something I know is sinful I always say, no thanks, I like having my prayers answered because I know it says in Psalms 66:18 that, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"
When they rejected His Law they were boldly rejecting His leadership. That meant He would no longer be there to council or guide them. And as expected, because of their disobedience, where there is no vision, the people perish.
As I stated earlier, yes, the Lord did still sends prophets to warn them to repent, but He stopped guiding them day by day because of their rejection of His Law. Itís really rather simple to see when you think about it. The Law is the Law of His Kingdom. He rules that Kingdom eternally even now. On this planet are many people who are in training that He has called to be part of His Kingdom for all eternity. But before they can be allowed entrance they must learn to keep His Law and obey Him. And while doing so He promises to guide them step by step all through this life as the loving Father that He is. But the moment they choose to reject His Law they are openly declaring they donít need His leadership in their lives, and they have no intention of keeping His Law in His kingdom, and so, He steps back because He has also given them free will to do as they choose. He doesnít want robotic worship like all the cult leaders do. He doesnít want worship out of abject fear as the bloodthirsty Roman prelates do. And He certainly doesnít want to false lip service that the Protestants do. All He wants is simple loving worship.
So.. how does this affect us today? How does this affect the New Testament church? Did we see the Law of God rejected after Christ ascended? Yes we did brothers and sisters. I have a page on the website all about this. It happened on March 7, 321AD when Constantine declared that Sundays would from that moment on be the Sabbath of the Christian church! Most of the Christians started to keep Sunday holy that day and in so doing the guiding Spirit of prophecy was completely removed from the church just as it was in the Old Testament when the chosen people of that day rejected His Law. This is why I believe so many Christians were killed by the Roman Catholic Church back then. None of them made the connection as to what was prophesied concerning this beast. They couldnt see the Catholic church as a threat because they simply couldnít understand Daniel or Revelationís exposition on that church, and so a secular leader by the name of Napoleon was called to finally end the Vatican rule just as the Prophet Daniel predicted thousands of years earlier.
Now.. ask yourself this question. If the church repented and then decided to start keeping the Law and keep the Sabbath as He commands, would the spirit of prophecy begin to shine within the church? Yes.. of course it would; just as it did of old whenever the people repented. And so, looking back in time, did the Law eventually find its way back into the church? Yes.. again. In the 9th hour movement when the SDA church was formed.
Now, notice this, when the SDA people started to keep the Law of God, the understanding of prophecy became very apparent. In fact, it was so powerful a message that the Vatican took notice in abject fear and made the decision to attack that church because when they understood prophecy, unlike the many martyrs during the dark ages where no Light from heaven was guiding the church, they learned who the man of sin was, and they also learned he set up shop in the Vatican. And so it goes.. the SDA church was attacked.. it was infiltrated by the Roman Catholic Church and it did eventually fall into its open arms as a loving sister in agreement with Pagan heresy. I have a page describing this well prophesied fall on my ďSeven Churches four MovementsĒ page on the site. Itís also on SDAapostasy.org.
Now that the SDA church fell and became a sister to fallen Babylon; something very interesting happened. Not only did the remnant of her seed pick up the task they were originally called to do, all we see the SDA church doing today is echoing old sermons of the past. They are desperately trying to appear as if the Spirit of Prophecy is still within their church. But we know it cannot be there because of what our Lord said plainly in His Word. If they reject His Law He will no longer lead and guide them. How do I know they rejected His Law?
On my sister site at SDAapostasy.org I have a page titled, ďSDAís keeping Sunday holy.Ē On that page I have 14 links that list dozens of SDA churches that officially keep Sunday holy to bring people into the church. There was even a church in Law Vegas Nevada that did this for an entire year some time ago. They claimed it was to test the idea of using Sunday to bring them in. But we all know who originated that method of evangelization. It was Constantine who was moved by the prelates of the infant Church of Rome to do that in 321AD. Plus, on that page wherein I list the Sunday keeping SDA churches, the last link is a PDF file that lists dozens more SDA churches that keep Sunday holy. So there is no question they are in fact doing this as we speak.
Ok.. we have the evidence that many SDA general conference churches are in fact keeping Sunday holy. And we also know the Lord said in many areas of His Old and New Testament Word that if you reject His Law the Spirit of Prophecy will no longer be given unto the church. That my brothers and sisters is why you see men like Dough Bachelour, Walter Veith, Kenneth Cox or any other General Conference pastor reciting the long understood early SDA discoveries found in Daniel and Revelation. But NONE of these men can tell you what the Lord is telling His remnant people about whatís happening in the world right now, today! Iíve already witnessed some SDA leaders preaching heresy about which comes first, the Sunday Law or the Loud Cry. They simply have no idea and one of them I guess just took a chance and he picked the wrong scenario.
These SDA men have had the Spirit of prophecy removed from their pulpits and I can prove it with just one simple prophesied fact. Now there are many ways to prove this, but I like to use this one because itís so overwhelmingly blunt and easy to explain for anyone. The prophesied event they missed is Ö THE 501C3.
If these men in the SDA church truly understood prophecy, as is only possible for the obedient Christian as per Godís written Word. Then they would never have gotten the 501C3 tax ID number. Why is that? In Revelation 13:14 it says, "Öthat they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
I have a few pages on my site that explain who this beast is, and what it means to have the wound by the sword yet live means. Most of us hear have done the study and have realized this beast to be the Roman Catholic church who was mortally wounded in 1798 when Napoleon removed the Pope from power, and then in 1929 Cardinal Gasspari and Mussolini signed the treaty in the Lateran Palace on February 11. The Vatican was once again in power as a Church & State. The prophecy said in Revelation 17:8, "... behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
The prophecy also said the Roman Catholic Church would be a Church & State combined form of government.
In prophecy, a woman is defined as a church...
We also understand the Church of Jesus Christ is considered to be the "Bride of Christ" because of many areas of Scriptures that describe her as such. It is also commonly understood that prophecy defines a beast to be a nation.
Even in today's world, nations are described as beasts. The USA is seen as an eagle. Russia is likened unto a bear, and China carries the image of a dragon.
Ok, now we know that the beast is the Roman Catholic church. And in order to create an image of this beast, as we saw in Revelation 13:14 the church in America and then no doubt around the world, must emulate its nature. So why is it I declare the 501C3 is in fact that image?
According to the United States Government, in order to get a 501C3 tax free ID number, you must first incorporate your church. Every SDA pastor, and every SDA preacher has done this. Why is this a problem? To incorporate your church or ministry you must join it with the State of origin! That means, the SDA church, and all of its ministries, as well as all the other so called Protestant churches are in fact miniature versions of the Roman Catholic church. The Vatican is a Church and a State right? Well the SDA church is now a church and a State as well. But it gets worse.
Because the SDA church rejected Godís Law in many ways, the Spirit of prophecy was removed and they saw no connection or problem between joining their church with the State which in fact means they are those people prophecy said would make an image to the beast in Rome. Now for the clincher in all this! Ö On the exact same date of the first Sunday law in 321AD, we saw George W. Bush sign into law on March 7th 2006 a brand new executive order (# 13397) that legally REMOVES the separation of church and state and forces all churches (with 501C3 status) to become official government agencies with the POWER to actually lobby law.
Now not only are all 501C3 churches emulating the church & State image of the beast, they now have the same power when it comes to legislative affairs. Strangely enough, this came almost exactly one year after Pope John Paul II said the followingÖ
Church and State Can
Cooperate, Says Pope
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II believes that the Church and state can and must collaborate in their service to the person and the common good with relations of "autonomy and difference."
Why is this so important? Remember Revelation 13:14 where it says they would create the image of the beast? Notice the very next verse..
The 501C3 what given ďlifeĒ on March 7, 2006 by President Bush and all those holding the 501C3 would be able to lobby law. Or as the prophecy says, they can now ďSpeakĒ and ďCauseĒ those that refuse these laws to be killed. Speak = Legislate law. Cause = Enforcement.
The SDA church has not the Spirit of prophecy brothers and sisters. All they can do now is echo old sermons that were written over 100 years ago to try and save face and none of their leaders knew the prophecy warned them not to join their church with the State! NOT ONE! Just as the Christians after 321AD saw no danger in the Roman church, the 501C3 preachers of today saw no danger because the Spirit of prophecy can no longer guide their hearts. All it can do is warn them to come out of that apostate church.
Praise God, the remnant of her seed has no 501C3. And the remnant of her seed can tell you today, what the Pope plans for tomorrow, but only can she do this when in perfect obedience to our Lordís Law because it is written in Proverbs 29:18 that "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
If you are SDA, and I know some attending are, you now know why your church cannot understand the signs of the times, and you also know now why your prayers are failing to reach your Fatherís ear. You have yoked with that which the Lord said is unclean and you are just as guilty as the leaders are when you tithe and support their evil actions. The SDA church cannot see the rain falling, they cannot see probation has closed on their corporate body of their church, they canít even see that it is sin to keep Sunday holy, it is sin to embrace Pagan holidays and worse yet, the most basic prophecy of all concerning the creation of the image of the beast was totally missed by them. They canít even realize the exodus of the remnant faithful who do understand the signs of the times are leaving their churches in droves as we speak. And just as Jesus predicted in Matthew 20:1-7 and confirms later in Revelation 12:17, the 11th hour remnant of her seed are doing the work exactly as He predicted for this day because WE OBEY HIS LAW!
We know the remnant of her seed is the SDR church because we know the woman in this passage is the SDA church. The dragon is angry with her yes, but who is he making war with? Us, the remnant of her seed. Why? Itís because we keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. But what is the testimony of Jesus Christ?
So again.. because we keep His Law, we understand the prophecies and can walk accordingly. Therefore we can see clearly as to whatís happening all around us. But because all the other churches donít keep the law, they have no idea what time it is. Sure, they can echo old sermons and studies about the Daniel and Revelation prophecies. But then so can anyone else that knows how to read and write. But when it comes to whatís happening now.. or what will happen tomorrow.. no, they have no idea whatsoever. And this is why you see men in all the churches that claim to be Protestant like Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey and Benny Hinn making prophetic statements that fail. And yes, even in the SDA church you have men like Ernie Knolls making prophetic statements that fail as well. Plus, notice again that in his so called visions that many of them are also echoes of the past truths discovered during the 9th hour. Even the demons writing those dreams must fail because they too keep not the Law of our God. Why would the Lord give anyone a vision about something He already penned in His Word?
In short.. if you seek to understand prophecy, study His Word, pray as often as did Daniel, and then be obedient to the Law of the very God that will enlighten you when the time comes for Him to do so.
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