​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