Godhead Study 5: Commonly Misunderstood Verses

a) First Born

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (KJV)

The preposition ‘of’ suggests that Jesus is a created being. But we need to understand that the preposition is not there in the original Greek and was supplemented to complete the sentence.

Some translations render the word ‘over’ instead of ‘of’.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. NIV

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation NLT

How do we know that we should use over not of?

We have seen in lesson 4 that Bible is very clear on that Jesus is not a created being. Check my website for lesson 4 in case you missed it.

The word firstborn means the one who is having preminence.

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: Exo 4:22

Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. Psalms 89: 27

Someone can be made into firstborn!

b) Begotten

Another misunderstood phrase is Jesus was begotten. In lesson 4 we saw that Bible is very clear that Jesus coexisting with Father since eternity.

Now we understand the term begotten.

Paul says he had begotten son.

I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: Philemon 1:10

For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Cor 4: 15

We can spiritually begot someone.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Heb 11:17

Isaac is called Abraham’s only begotten son though he had 7 other sons.

How do we know Jesus was spiritually begotten for a purpose.

Bible tells us why Jesus is called begotten son. Read this carefully. You will Jesus is called begotten son for a reason.

God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Acts 13:33

Jesus was begotten as son for the plan of salvation. The word begotten was fulfilled when Jesus was resurrected. Please read the above verse again.

In Psalms 2 we see the below sequence

v1-3, we see man’s sin. Humanity’s rebellion against God and Messiah (here Anointed)

v7-12, God declares His plan for humanity i.e., Jesus is begotten as son., higher than the kings of the earth. Psalms 89: 27

(All Emphasis on Bible Verses are by me)

Godhead Study 4: Was Jesus created or literally begotten?

Some Christians teach that Jesus was the first created being. Some Christians teach that Father alone existed in the beginning and Jesus was literally begotten by the Father into a new being.

Does Bible support those views?

Isa 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. (Emphasis by me)

The Old Testament God repeatedly claims that He is the first and He is the last. God created all things and nothing existed before God, hence He claims to be the first. Similarly everything is sustained by God. After Him there will be nothing hence He claims to be the last.

God alone can claim that He is first and last

In New Testament we see Jesus also making the same claim!

Rev 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive (Emphasize by me)

Jesus also repeatedly claims in New Testament that He is the first and last.

If God created Jesus or literally begot Jesus then Jesus cannot be First; at the maximum Jesus can be second.

By claiming to be first and the last just like God of the old testament, Jesus tells us that He co-existed with God from eternity without any beginning.

Let us see another verse which makes it very clear.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

It says all created things are created by Jesus. There is no created thing which is not created by Jesus. Logically it means Father did not create anything without Jesus; also logically Jesus is not a created being.

Godhead Study 3: Is Jesus God?

We need to understand that the word god is not a name of a person but it is title given to a person like King or President.

God is also name given to a being who possesses these things omniscient, omnipresent and omnipresence. To make it clearer, it is name of a species like man, lion or tiger.

Let us see the below three verses which helps us understand the term ‘god’.

Who, being in the *form of God*, thought it not robbery to be *equal with God* Phi 2:6

We see two things, Jesus is equal with a person called God (title of a particular individual) and Jesus is in the form of God (species of an individual).

In the beginning was the Word, and the *Word was with God*, and the *Word was God*. John 1:1

Jesus was with God (title of particular individual) and Jesus was (also) God (species of an individual belong to).

What is this title of an individual and species of an individual! Let us see the below verse which helps us to understand.

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them(mankind – species); and blessed them, and called their (notices the plurality) name Adam (name of the species both man and woman), in the day when they were created. Gen 5:1,2 (the words in brackets are mine)

Adam (which means man in Hebrew) is title of a person and also name of the species mankind.

Example:

Man – title of a person
Man – name of the species ( man and woman are collectively called man)

Lion – title of a male lion
Lion – name of the species (both lion and lioness are collectively called with their species name i.e., lion)

In summary the title God belongs to Father alone. But Jesus is also god not in title but as a being (He is not an angelic being or any other created being). Jesus is a self existing being just like the Father who has no beginning and end (we will see this in the next lesson)

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Rev 1:8

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6

Godhead study 2: Does old testament support more than one person Godhead doctrine?

Evidence 1:

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psa 110:1

We see a messianic prophecy where God addressing Messiah whom David calls as Lord.

Evidence 2:

Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Isa 48:16

Jesus speaking here as the one who speaks from the beginning. He says God and His Spirit has sent Him.

Evidence 3:

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Gen 3:22

God speaking about man who became like one of them (plural).

Evidence 4:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6

Another messianic prophecy where Messiah is called as both everlasting Father and mighty God.

Evidence 5:

But thou, Beth–lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

Messiah is from eternity who had no beginning.

Godhead study 1: Does Old Testament God has a son?

Muslims and Jews deny that God has a son. Do we have sufficient evidence in Old Testament to prove that God has a son?

Evidence 1:

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? *who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name*, if thou canst tell? Pro 30:4 (Emphasis by me)

The above verse is talking about God (who has established all ends of the earth) and the says He has a son.

Evidence 2:

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Kiss l the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psa 2: 7, 12.

In verse 7 we that God declares someone as His son. Also this son cannot be a human or created being as we see in verse 12 that we are asked to trust in the son. Throughout Psalms we are asked to put our trust in God and not in man. Psalms 2.12 won’t contradict all other verses in Psalms which is asking us to put our Trust in God alone. So the son in verse 7 must be God.

Why Pastors should be also trained as Medical Missionaries

Pastors should be trained as medical missionaries. We lack this badly in our theology seminaries.

The minister will often be called upon to act the part of a physician. He should have a training that will enable him to administer the simpler remedies for the relief of suffering. Ministers and Bible workers should prepare themselves for this line of work; for in doing it, they are following the example of Christ. They should be as well prepared by education and practice to combat disease of the body as they are to heal the sin – sick soul by pointing to the great Physician. MM 253

Doors that have been closed to him who merely preaches the gospel will be opened to the intelligent medical missionary. God reaches hearts through the relief of physical suffering. – Manuscript 58, 1901

I wish to tell you that soon there will be no work done in ministerial lines but medical missionary work. – Counsels on Health, 533 (1901).

Medical missionary work is the right hand of the gospel. It is necessary to the advancement of the cause of God. As through it men and women are led to see the importance of right habits of living, the saving power of the truth will be made known. Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth. – Testimonies for the Church 7:59

I can see in the Lord’s providence that the medical missionary work is to be a great entering wedge, whereby the diseased soul may be reached. – Counsels on Health, 535 (1893)

Medical missionary work is the pioneer work of the gospel, the door through which the truth for this time is to find entrance to many homes…. A demonstration of the principles of health reform will do much toward removing prejudice against our evangelical work. The Great Physician, the originator of medical missionary work, will bless all who thus seek to impart the truth for this time. – Counsels on Health, 497 (1902).

The principles of health reform are found in the Word of God. The gospel of health is to be firmly linked with the ministry of the Word. It is the Lord’s design that the restoring influence of health reform shall be a part of the last great effort to proclaim the gospel message. – Medical Ministry, 259

As a means of overcoming prejudice and gaining access to minds, medical missionary work must be done, not in one or two places only, but in many places where the truth has not yet been proclaimed. We are to work as gospel medical missionaries, to heal the sin – sick souls by giving them the message of salvation. This work will break down prejudice as nothing else can. – Testimonies For The Church 9:211 (1909).

​Why some Christians don’t bear fruit?

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Mat 13:22

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4.19
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  Luke 8.14
Four reasons
1. Care of this world

2. Deceitfulness of riches

3. Lust for worldly possessions

4. Pleasures of this life
We were never taught in our pulpits that riches deceive.
The first reason ‘care of this world’ reminds me this verse
Luke 21:34. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Cares of this life will take eternal life away from us.
Martha was worried and focussed on preparing food for Jesus. Mary sat at Jesus feet eagerly listening to His words of eternal life. To Martha Jesus said.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10. 41, 42
There is only one thing we ever need to care for: to be at the feet of Jesus listening to Him.

​Which caste does Christ belong to?

Throughout history almost in every culture except Israelites and even in modern times people tend to divide man on the nature of the job they do. 

People have developed a mindset that those who do manual work are inferior.
Manual work is looked down.
For example in medieval Europe, man was divided into noble class, merchant class and labour class.
Some cultures gave religious color to casteism. They convinced people to believe that God created people to belong to certain caste.
Mosaic Judaism and Christianity taught a principle different from all these cultures.
In Bible God gave the job of tending plants in the garden of Eden. Post expulsion from the garden man’s primary job was to take care of the land. Man was not a hunter and gatherer of food as evolutionist believe. Man grew food and entire humanity were basically farmers and manual workers.
All men lived a self sustaining life. They grew their own food, they built their own house and made their own furniture.
Their primary education was to know God.
As some men of means got others to work for them, they developed a view that those who have people work under them is superior to the ones work for them. This mindset made men of means to do less manual work and depend on others to do manual work.
In the economy of ancient Israel all men were given an equal portion of land. All Israelites were farmers and manual workers. In the culture of Israel all men were required to learn manual work. In the school of prophets manual work was part of their education. There was no caste system in Israel. 
Christ lived in a time when humanity looked down upon the labour class. But God the Father sent His son to be a carpenter. He knew manual work is important for His son to prepare for His ministry. Son of God came to serve not to be served. 
To answer the title which caste does Christ belong to. In God’s eyes there is no caste. 
All men are of one blood
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth Acts 17.26
God hates caste
Caste is hateful to God. He ignores everything of this character. DoA p403
Christ came to destroy caste
No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God. He is the Maker of all mankind. All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment of the temple, that every soul may have free access to God. Col p386
Christ do not tolerate caste
They should be taught that the gospel of Christ tolerates no spirit of caste CE 201
Christ ignores caste
The Saviour ignores both rank and caste, worldly honor and riches. It is character and devotedness of purpose that are of high value with Him. Cch 283
In the religion of Christ there is no caste
The life of Christ established a religion in which there is no caste, a religion by which Jew and Gentile, free and bond, are linked in a common brotherhood, equal before God. Cch 289

Who are 144000?

First we will see what Bible says on this topic and then we will end with Spirit of Prophecy quotes supporting it.

The book of Revelation chapter 6 ends with a serious question. The question is verse 17 “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Who will be able to stand the wrath of God as described in the previous verses 14-16 ” And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: ” Psa_76:7, Psa_130:3-4; Joe_2:11; Mal_3:2

The describing of hurting of the earth is further continued in Rev 7. It tells the hurting won’t start until the 144000 is sealed.

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Once the 144000 is sealed the wrath of God is poured upon the earth.

Who are these 144000 and why God seals them before pouring of the wrath of God?

Rev 14 tells us the characteristics of these 144000.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Rev 14:1,3-5

i) The 144000 had a unique experience which no other human had and they sing this experience as a song which no other man could learn. For only they had this experience.

ii) They are faultless before the throne of God i.e., they are without sin

iii) They perfectly reproduce the character of Jesus.

iv) Once 144000 is sealed the wrath of God falls on this earth

v) Only 144000 is able to stand the wrath of God.

The sealing of 144000 starts the wrath the God; The beginning of wrath of God on wicked man also signifies the end of probation for mankind.

Rev 15 tells that Jesus ends his intercessory ministry in the sanctuary which signifies the end of probabtion for mankind.

” And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Rev 15:7,8

Also Rev 22 tells of a period of time when no human could repent of his sins anymore

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev 22:11

Why God raises this 144000?

After satan overcame man God promised that the seed of the woman (The Church) will bruise Satans head.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen 3:15

Christ lived a sinless life and died as the penalty for the sins of human race. Paul says that God will bruise satans head under the feet of the saints in future.

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly Rom 16:20

God will bruise Satans head by preparing a people for Him (14400) who will live a sinless life under all circumstances and there by overcome Satan just like Christ overcame Him.

Spirit of Prophecy quotes on 144000 and close of probation:

Great Controversy, pages 648/ 649, “Upon the crystal sea before the throne, that sea of glass as it were mingled with fire, –so resplendent is it with the glory of Elohim, –are gathered the company that have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.”[1 REV. 15:2]…. And they sing “a new song” before the throne…. it is the song of their experience,–an experience such as NO OTHER COMPANY have EVER HAD…. they have stood WITHOUT AN INTERCESSOR through the FINAL OUTPOURING of Elohim’s judgements….They have seen the earth wasted with famine and pestilence, the sun having power to scorch men with great heat.”

The seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to Christ incharacter.–7BC 970 (1895).

Those who receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect the image of Jesus fully.–EW 71 (1851).

Just before we entered it [the time of trouble], we all received the seal of the living God. Then I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword, nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion.–7BC 968 (1846).

I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer’s inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, “It is done.”–EW 279 (1858).

So once the 144000 is numbered and sealed the probation closes.

Is the number 144000 symbolic or literal

In EW p279 Ellen White writes that the 144000 is numbered.

Also we see in EW p15 ““Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The LIVING SAINTS, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake.””

Rev 7 says that 144000 from Israel and people confuse this with the nation of Israel. In Bible the seed of Abraham is the people of promise and not of genetics.

“For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh [literal Israel], these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise [to Abraham as fulfilled in Jesus] are counted for the seed…. not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles… As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people [these]… shall they be called the children of the living Elohim.” – Rom. 9:6, 23-26.

John the Baptist says God can raise seed of Abraham from the stones.

Israel means overcomer. God will raise the 14400 among the overcomers.

In Conclusion:

“Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand. And let us do all that we can to help others to gain heaven.”– Review and Herald, March 9, 1905.

Songs in the Night

“When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is by our side a Witness, a heavenly Messenger, who will lift up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this shield of holy light.

“Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds. He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watch care, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.” — Steps to Christ, page 100.
 
 
“In the full light of day, and in the hearing of the music of other voices, the caged bird will not sing the song that his master seeks to teach him. He learns a snatch of this, a trill of that, but never a separate and entire melody. But the master covers the cage, and places it where the bird will listen to the one song he is to sing. In the dark, he tries and tries again to sing that song until it is learned, and he breaks forth in perfect melody. Then the bird is brought forth, and ever after he can sing that song in the light. Thus God deals with His children. He has a song to teach us, and when we have learned it amid the shadows of affliction we can sing is ever afterward.” –Ministry of Healing, page 251.
 
 
Job 35:10 says: “But none saith, Where is God, my maker, who giveth songs in the night?”

Is adventist church correct in its stand on Jewellery?

When Old testament people used Jewellery then why church is teaching against it.

Jewellery was used in old testament time for two reasons

1. They used it as money

God made all of the gold, silver, and precious jewels in the world, and He intended for them to have a practical use. Since even small amounts of these minerals are so rare and valuable, long ago they began to be used as money. Over time, people began wearing their money in order to impress others with their wealth. When shoppers went to the market to buy an expensive item, they would simply pull off one of their rings or bracelets to pay. After Rebecca had watered the camels for Abraham’s servant, the Bible says that he paid her in this way. “And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold.” Genesis 24:22.When the children of Israel brought an offering to the Lord to build the tabernacle, they used the jewels they had received from the Egyptians. It was their money. “And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord.” Exodus 35:22. (from the article how much jewellery is too much. see below for the link)

2. They wore their pagan Gods as Ornaments.

Remember Jacob asks his family to put away the earrings and strange Gods in their hand. Gen 35:2,4

Women in nature have desire to be beautiful. They desire to wear to Jewels so they appear beautiful. But Bible repeatedly says the true beauty is in the inward Character and not the outward appearance.

John, in the book of Revelation, describes the scarlet woman of sin (symbolising the false church) as “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” Revelation 17:4. In contrast, the true church is depicted in Revelation 12:1 as a beautiful woman clothed with the glory of the sun. This woman is called the bride of Christ in Revelation 21:9..

Paul wrote, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9, 10.

Peter wrote in much the same manner, except that he especially addressed Christian women who had unbelieving husbands. “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:1-4.

Through Ezekiel, God symbolised His apostatised people, Judah and Israel, by two harlots named Aholah and Aholibah. His description of their bold ornamentation matched the lewdness of their conduct. “And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments.” Ezekiel 23:40.

 Hosea expresses the same thought when he describes the hypocrisy of Israel. Again, the unfaithfulness was well dramatised by a decorated woman. “And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord.” Hosea 2:13.

What about wedding ring?

History gives us a very clear picture of the relationship between early church apostasy and the introduction of the wedding ring. The famous Catholic Cardinal, John Henry Newman, described it in 1845 in his monumental book Development of Christian Doctrine, p. 373: “Constantine, in order to recommend the new religion to the heathen, transferred into it the outward adornments to which they had been accustomed in their own. It is not necessary to go into a subject which the diligence of Protestant writers has made familiar to most of us. The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints … incense … candles … holy water … processions … the ring in marriage, turning to the east, images at a later date … are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church.”

In the book Testimonies to Ministers, page 161, Ellen White makes the following statement on the practice of wearing a wedding ring (it was written to American missionaries in Australiawho were beginning to wear the wedding ring with the excuse that it would increase their influence with the Australians):

 “I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on among us, in the conformity to custom and fashion. not one penny should be spent for the circle of gold to testify that we are married. In countries where the custom is imperative, we have no burden to condemn those who have their marriage ring; let them wear it if they can do so conscientiously: but let not our missionaries feel that the wearing of the ring will increase their influence one jot or tittle.”

Wearing a wedding ring is called a “leavening process” that the prophet “felt deeply over.”

When we make decisons on wearing Jewels let us not rely on what we think or how we feel. Let all the decisions have a solid foundation of what would Jesus do or What is the principle underlying this or Thus saith the Lord. There is much safety in that.

Also read: http://www.amazingfacts.org/FreeStuff/OnlineLibrary/tabid/106/ctl/ViewMedia/mid/447/IID/23/LNG/en/SC/R/Default.aspx?7=Jewelry:-How-Much-is-Too-Much?

Ellen White Quotes – 1

All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. –  Ministry of Healing


Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. – Desire of Ages


The Warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought. Steps to Christ, p. 27


The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian. Help in Daily Living, p. 2


Not by painful struggles or wearisome toil, not by gift or sacrifice, is righteousness obtained; but it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 18


The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it except His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. Desire of Ages, p. 324


Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed. Help in Daily Living, p. 6


All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us. Desire of Ages, p. 668


The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. Steps to Christ, p. 44
God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Help in Daily Living, p. 11

Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet. Help in Daily Living, p. 13


Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). COL p 69

The conference

–Author unkown

 

Satan recently called a worldwide convention of demons to catch up with the strong and growing Christian Movement;
 
In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians away from going to church.”
 
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
 
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour.”
 
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
 
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..”
 
 “This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:
 
 “Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”
 
 “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
 
 “Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
 
 “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
 
 “Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
 
 “Keep them from spending time with their children.”
 
 “As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”
 
 “Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”
 
 “Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.” To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.”
 
 “This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
 
 “Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
 
 “Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
 
 “Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
 
 “Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..”
 
 “Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. ”
 
 “Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”
 
 “Give them headaches too! ”
 
 “If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.”
 
 “That will fragment their families quickly!”
 
 “Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
 
 “Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
 
 “Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”
 
 “Keep them busy, busy, and busy!”
 
 “And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. ”
 
 “Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”
 
 “Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”
 
 “It will work!”
 
 “It will work!”
 
 It was quite a plan!
 
 The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.
 
 Having little time for their God or their families.
 
 Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.
 
 I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?
 
 You be the judge!!!!!
 
 Does “BUSY” mean: B-eing U-under S-atan’s Y-oke?

Be still, and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10
 

All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. –  Ministry of Healing

 

Also read.

http://empoweredlivingministries.org/articles/BeStillandKnow.pdf

Are there intellectual beings in other worlds

Bible says there are other beings in other planets. First we should understand little basics on interpreting Bible Prophecies.

Figures always have a figurative meaning, and are used much in prophecy to represent future times, and events; such as mountains. meaning governments; beasts. meaning kingdoms; waters. meaning people; lamp. meaning Word of God; day. meaning year (Daniel 2:35, 44; 7:8, 17; Revelation 17:1, 15; Psalm 119:105; Ezekiel 4:6).
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little Isaiah 28:10

Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. Isaiah 34:16

Bible says Angels and beings from other planets were witnessing creation.
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7
Who is this morning stars and sons of God?

As per below verses the stars are angels.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Revelation 12:4

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.Revelation 1:20
Now the sons of God should be beings other than angels.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6
This I believe to be a representation of beings from their planets.

Does Bible Condemn celebrating Christmas

Bible is against celebrating Christmas. I believe we Adventist are aware of the Pagan origin of Christmas. That is why we shun Easter, Good Friday, Lent days etc.,

Leviticus 18:3

3After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Leviticus 10
1And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Exodus 32
4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

Though they worshiped Jehovah here God did n’t accept their worship since the worship is not in harmony with His principles.

 

 

R&H 12-9-1884
For the very same purpose he has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth; that the day should not receive the honour that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world, – one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as he who could save to the uttermost all who come unto him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God.

There is no divine sanctity resting upon the twenty-fifth of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of man through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for him to come to our world.

7BC 978
Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand. They who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question. My brethren and sisters, appreciate and study the truths God has given for you and your children. Spend not your time in seeking to know that which will be no spiritual help. “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” This is the all-important question, and it has been clearly answered. “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”
The pagan Origin of Christmas.

http://www.amazingfacts.org/FreeStuff/OnlineLibrary/tabid/106/ctl/ViewMedia/mid/447/IID/59/LNG/en/7/Baptized-Paganism/SC/R/Default.aspx

http://www.sdadefend.com/Standards/Christmas-1.htm