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After what seems like a great, long time, working at a snail’s pace, I am pleased to announce that my prophecy DVDs are up on the Internet. I hope you will watch them, and if you do you’re in for a delightful surprise. Here is what some viewers said about them:

 “The Seventh Era Series is Amazing! Using the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the conclusions of the Millerite and Adventist pioneers as a basis, Ms. Campbell has constructed a typical/antitypical timeline and a very plausible end-time scenario. Every Seventh Day Adventist should see this DVD series. It is an invaluable tool; a systematic and logical study of end time events, specifically designed for Seventh Day Adventists, that will aid them in preparing for the soon coming of Jesus.”      John, Wisconsin

“I’ve met with and listened to the author teach on Sabbaths for several years now, and it has always been such a treat to hear this expanded view of end-time events. I appreciate its agreement with the foundation laid in earlier days. This model of prophecy is the clearest and most reasonable I have ever seen.” Kathy, Idaho

“[There is] something new with each DVD. [It doesn’t] promise dollars and pay off in nickels. Any serious student of the Bible will find this material compelling. They may not agree but if they wish to rebut, they need to challenge a mountain of material… The result is a ‘mind blowing’ view of Earth’s final events.” Terry, Seattle

Thank you Marilyn. I have your DVD’s and they are great! Kelly, Somewhere

 Be sure to watch the videos in order. Otherwise, you will get confused and won’t receive the benefit from them that is there for you. So WATCH THEM IN ORDER! I have tried to make this easy for you by listing them in order. But if you watch them out of order, I take no responsibility for what you may THINK they say. The link is: http://www.AdventistApocalypse.com.

 [Perhaps I should say, that I am having some trouble with my webmaster. Ordinarily, he’s very reasonable, but perhaps because of the weight of business or for whatever reason, getting him to do anything on these DVDs has been like pulling teeth! There is still a lot wrong with them. For example, it’s not possible to go into YouTube and watch them in order. So I am still working with/on him to make the numbering correct so they can be watched in order on YouTube. With that in mind, you can still watch them in order by going into the above site and watching them that way, not being surprised by the occasional “glitch.”]

 Maranatha!

 

Marilyn

 

A couple of weeks ago a friend sent to me a series of articles written by (Name Withheld) on the subject of the ‘emergent church.’ These articles were, shall I say, very concerned that we are pursuing the emergent (or emerging) church, the latest device of the evangelicals to promote church growth and plant churches. They warned, among other things, of the dangers of the emergent churches’ reason for being—placing intuition or instinct on a par with (or slightly above) the Holy Scriptures. The tone seemed perhaps assertive if not aggressive. (Name Withheld) really believed what he was saying and wanted to warn Adventists to stay away from this danger.

Then a little later another friend sent me a copy of what might be considered a response to the first articles by (Name Withheld). It was a gentle thing, logical, reasonable, well-organized, thoughtful, tolerant and it went down just a little easier than did the (Name Withheld)) articles. (Name Withheld) supported our close ties with the emergent church and buttressed his thesis generously with Ellen White quotes. No drop of gall appeared in the (Name Withheld) article. It is clear that (Name Withheld) takes his religion seriously.

But let me ask this: Does the emergent church place intuition and instinct on a level with or above Scripture? If it does, how can we associate so closely with it, when we believe in the Bible and the Bible only—the Sola Scriptura of the early Protestants? Sandra K. Workman in her (unpublished) Creation of the 144,000 said it well. “Prophecy tells us that Babylon will never recover from her apostasy, so, those who say they believe in the second angel’s message should be very alarmed when there is any narrowing in the gulf between them and the fallen churches. If this begins to happen it will never mean that the fallen churches are drawing nearer to God, but only that the Advent believers are falling [a]way from Him” (p. 15).

If it does place intuition and instinct above Scripture, must we not say a kindly, Thanks but no thanks to such closeness? Do we still believe in the Bible, that someday there’s going to be a national and international Sunday law? If we do, can we imagine coming up to the point where we have to go public against public opinion and decline the Sunday law? When we say, Where do you find that in Scripture, do we want to give our respected adversaries an opening to say, “We don’t need Scripture. We’ve got intuition and instinct telling us to venerate Sunday.” If we have been feeding from their plate through the years, won’t it be an easy matter then to go right along with them on the Sunday issue? Will we have the gumption to stand up and honor our wonderful Jesus by choosing His ways in the great controversy?

I am alarmed when I read how greatly Adventism is supporting the emergent church—the  new spirituality—with funding, attendance at functions, and other moral support.

It reminds me of the story of the golden calf and how Moses and Aaron dealt with it at that time. Aaron was a genial guy; he liked to be liked and couldn’t bring himself to disagree with the people. Moses, on the other hand, was livid! He behaved like a madman, powdering up the gold and making people drink it, while Aaron proceeded forth, halo intact. The people, observing the two men, thought highly of Aaron but thought Moses had lost his mind! What was Moses’ problem? He knew that God is of purer eyes than to behold evil and cannot look upon the wrong. He knew that anyplace the people happened to be it was a good plan to refrain from evil, but out here, in the wilderness they could not afford to be without the protection of God. He knew what the people were bringing on themselves by their sin, and he behaved accordingly. If God left, there goes the cloudy/fiery canopy; there goes their protection from serpents, their protection from the many warlike nations that surrounded them and who knows what else. Sinning was a bad idea anytime, but out here it was suicide.

Are we repeating the experience of Moses and Aaron today in depending upon the strategies of the emergent church to fill the pews?

We know what Jesus’ words will be when he welcomes His own to the eternal city. He will say, “You have washed your robes in my blood, stood stiffly for my truth; enter in.” In order to make ourselves agreeable to God, we may need at some point to make ourselves disagreeable to the world. What we are here dealing with may be the first salvo across the bow of the good ship Adventism, because it points up the frustration of the evangelicals among us at the reluctance of the “old guard” to go along. And the old guard is equally frustrated by the concessions of the “evangelicals” among us. Can we feel the fabric straining, pulling apart?

When I try to make friendly with the “emergent church’ and any similar evangelical movements, I no longer have the clarity in my faith that ties me to Scripture. Confusion, subtle mind manipulation, disorder envelopes me. I wonder if there are any absolutes anymore. (Is Babylon no longer fallen—or is it??)

God calls upon us to be separate. “God separates His children from the fallen churches so that He can bring them into a sacred nearness to Himself” (Ibid.) “’[C]ome out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:17, 18, NAS). Our brethren in the past have separated. “[T]hey were ridiculed and oppressed, denied the privilege of speaking of their hope, or of attending preaching upon the Lord’s coming [and] many at last arose and cast off the yoke which had been imposed upon them” (4 SOP 237).

“Light and darkness cannot have fellowship together. It is not that they simply refuse to have fellowship with one another, it is impossible. This division is not an arbitrary act on the part of God or His people; it is simply [the] outworking of the truth—cause and effect. Throw a rock over a cliff and gravity will take it down. It is the same in the spiritual realm. When Christ comes into the heart the darkness has to go because there is only light in Him, no darkness!” (Workman, p. 16).

So, frankly, I cannot support the emergent church. I’ve seen the power of the simple gospel to gain the genuine in heart, and, while I value that wonderful intuition and instinct that lets me know my Savior is near, I can’t move from the position of finding my truth in the word of God alone.

 

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Awwwww—vacation time! I will be taking some time off my blog to take care of some other things that require my full attention. Look for me back in about a month or so.

Meantime, I have a surprise for you. I am putting my prophecy DVDs online—full and uncensored—over the next few weeks. They will appear on my www.AdventistApocalypse.com web site, on www.YouTube.com, and on  www.3AngelsTube.com (as soon as they allow uploading again). My webmaster has her instructions, so don’t hassle her about this. They’ll be uploaded as soon as possible.

 “Now, unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24).

Have a wonderful summer!

 

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A Final Coming Out

Some might be interested to know what Ellen said about two mutually exclusive gospels being taught in the church concurrently. Here is just a sample of her writings in chronological order:

 “Again I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily receiving or imbibing new error. I saw that neither young [n]or old should attend the assemblies of those who are in error and darkness. Said the angel ‘Let the mind cease to dwell on things of no profit’” (Ms. 3, 7/2/1853).

“We had hoped that there would not be the necessity for another coming out” (Ms. 30, 6/1889).

“While we should not seek for controversy, and should not needlessly offend, we must present the truth clearly and decidedly and stand firm to what God has taught us in His word. You are not to look to the world in order to learn what you shall write and publish or what you should speak” (Letter 3, 1890).

“When the law of God is made void, the church will be sifted by fiery trials and a larger portion than we now anticipate will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils [and be lost]” (Letter 3, 1890).

“Take the young men and women and place them where they will come in as little contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian” (Letter 16F, 5/9/1892).

“The true people of God are now pulling apart” (Letter 12, 8/22/1892).

 After Laodicea
And what saith the Scriptures:

 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me: which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1, KJV).

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things’” (Rev. 4:1, NASV).

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this’” (Rev. 4:1, NIV).

Revelation begins with a recital of the seven churches, representing the seven periods of church history (AA 586). The last church is Laodicea, the “judging of the people.” Ellen White has identified the Laodicean church as Seventh-day Adventism. “I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God’s people at the present time” (4T186). This identification seems fitting, for it describes Seventh-day Adventism to a “tee.”

But the True Witness doesn’t want to talk about Laodicea; He wants to talk about what comes after her. Yes, there is an after Laodicea. It is a short period that can only be referred to as the time of the clash of the titans. In fact, that’s what the book of Revelation is all about.

Uriah Smith, in his now generally discredited work, Daniel and the Revelation (Scholars say he was a terrible historian.), nevertheless said something regarding this text that will help us here. He said, “A new scene and a new vision now open before us. The expression ‘after this’ does not denote that what is recorded in Revelation 4 and onward was to take place after the fulfillment of everything recorded in the three preceding chapters. It means only that after the prophet had seen and heard what is there recorded, he had the new view which he now introduces” (p. 407; emphasis his). This pertains to the first “after this.”

But what of the second word, hereafter. Does that not say that the angel will show John what will come after Laodicea is no more? Both phrases, after this and hereafter, occurring in Revelation 4:1 come from the same Greek word. Therefore, the New American Standard version and the New International version are very accurate when they translate these two words the same way.

In fact, virtually all Bible translations render these two words alike or nearly alike. The angel will show John all that will take place when Laodicea is no more. Except for some background, is it possible that the book of Revelation finds its fulfillment in this great conflict at the very end of time? We have become so accustomed to interpret them as does Uriah Smith, we read over the words and don’t give them a second thought. But is it possible that these words are to have profound meaning as we enter the crisis of the last days?

Back to Sr. White
What problem in the church so concerned Sister White? What was the rock-bottom problem she saw?

She felt we were confused on the question of sin and what to do about it. How can we say, on one hand, that we have no power over sin, that it is to strong for us to defeat, and also say, on the other hand, that we must defeat it totally so that our righteousness is as complete as was Adam’s before the fall? And, further, how can we say that we believe it can be defeated, and yet confess that we are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” and we cannot defeat it, as Scripture tells us?

Both theories in which we are now mired try to answer these questions. One theory has Jesus as a mere word that is spoken; He is an appendage on the experience of such believers. The other theory has Jesus in it as a living entity—a personal presence who comes in and lives the law inside the person, giving the impression that the person is doing it. But all the while the human has surrendered and it is only Jesus.

And in that garment—the garment of His righteousness—we must sound the message over the mountains and through the valleys with a new and urgent purpose. Since entrance of the character of God message, believers in that message must let our brothers and sisters know that they must put their sins away, for if they don’t they are putting God in a position where He cannot defend them in their day of trial. There are earthquakes and volcanoes, flooding and tsunamis in the future. But if they continue in their sins, God will, in order to respect their free will, tearfully and reluctantly have to let them go (2 Chron. 15:2).

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Laws are made for law breakers. If we virtually unconsciously, routinely observe the laws of man, it is common knowledge that we have nothing to fear from the law.

If we observe the law of God routinely, attesting that we have passed from death unto life, why devote attention to it? Isn’t it enough that we finally “get it,” that we finally realize the “how to” of righteous living?

There exists two good reasons for devoting attention to this matter.

First, many have not entered into that blessed state, and we earnestly desire that they do so. This is not as arrogant as it appears on the surface. When we understand the ”how to” of righteous living, we realize that we get our righteousness from living in Jesus, by abiding in Him. So it is not a statement of what we can do. It’s actually a praise statement of our indebtedness to the real Jesus, for what He can do in us—when He is really, truly living out His life in us.

Second, we are keenly aware of the consequences of sin, having new knowledge of the character of God. We tremble as we see the condition of the earth and know the consequences she faces, when God is obliged to release earth, into the hands of Satan, her chosen master. All this because humanity refuses to obey God.

It has been said that there is no salvation merit in obedience to God’s law. So why obey? There are virtually a million things that have no salvation merit, but we are still well advised to do them.

There is no salvation merit in tying our shoes. But is there wisdom? Yes. If we have shoes with laces in them, isn’t it wise to tie them up? And what of washing our car. Do we wash our car? Do we mow the lawn, eat, go to work, take a bath, brush our teeth? Yes, indeed we do, unless we want to appear slovenly. But there is no salvation merit in any of them. Can we entertain the idea that while there is no salvation merit in doing any of these things, there is indeed wisdom.

And what of obeying God? Is there wisdom in obeying God, although there is no salvation merit in it? What is the opposite of obedience. What are we doing if we are not obeying God? Answer: Disobedience. Is there salvation merit in disobedience? Most definitely No! But if we are not obedient, it follows that we are disobedient; there is no middle ground. But Satan wants to assure us, by twisted theology, that it’s okay to disobey, because there is no salvation merit in obedience. But is there salvation merit in disobedience? No. In disobedience there is most definitely loss of soul. Let’s streamline our thinking where obedience is concerned, because it is still true, if we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). It’s elementary.

Will anyone go to heaven who doesn’t love Jesus? I hope you said No! Isn’t obedience the way God can tell whether we love Him or not? If you say you can’t obey, you’re admitting that you don’t love Jesus, for that’s what He looks for to divide the sheep from the goats. When He returns, it will be an easy task for Him to recognize who are His, in spite of all their pretensions. It is by their obedience.

Therefore, let us put away our sin, and we shall go happily forward, never again giving excessive thought to sin but instead praising our beautiful God throughout eternity.

 

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Two Groups

Continuing on with Ellen White’s statement that there will be two groups in the church when Jesus returns . . . .

Today the church is in a great state of fluctuation in the manifestation of these two groups, with some leaving one camp for another group, and others pulling back as they leave and going in another direction, leadership too busy having their heads in “evangelism” to provide meaningful direction to their confused members. And then there are those who seem unaffected by it all, who continue mindlessly attending church, preparing for potluck, and doing their part in the programs of the church, for the most part unaware of the conflict in the church over righteousness—or How Does God Save Humans? It’s business as usual. But underneath it all there is a current, a tide, moving the members progressively into the two great camps of which she spoke.

Sandy Workman in The Creation of the 144,000 wrote about it also in these insightful words:

“On one side stand those who cling to the laws and doctrines which they have been taught to believe are the messages of Revelation 14:6-12 (I was there). On the other side stand those who have taken the more liberal position of the evangelical world (only believe and you will be saved – but there is not real victory over sin before Jesus comes). Both of these groups believe they have the truth on the matter.

“Then there is a third group in the Adventist world. They believe that the message initially sent through William Miller and his friends, and brought again through Waggoner and Jones, is the third angel’s message in verity and is the truth that will finish the work. While the first two classes struggle for supremacy in the church, this third class is preoccupied with learning, living and teaching the truth as it is in Jesus” (p. 44).

She goes on to compare this situation with that of Jesus in the first century. Two groups united to crucify Him, but we shall leave that subject for another time.

I want to talk about the third group, what it looks like from my POV (Point of View). It seems to me that there are many in the third group who know the theory of righteousness by faith very well but who have not entered into the experience of it. And righteousness by faith is most definitely an experience.

Let me give you an example. We recognize A. G. Daniels’ Christ Our Righteousness as a nonpareil of righteousness by faith. But I suggest that Daniels knew only the theory of righteousness by faith; he did not have the experience. If he had, he would not have opposed Ellen White in her insistence there was “kingly authority” in the church around the turn of the twentieth century. At Ellen’s insistence, they had a reorganization at that time. There was to be no hierarchical governance. They established a congregational form which lasted a short time until A. G. Daniels manipulated himself back into the presidency, and Ellen White gave up. Clearly, he had no concept of the experience of righteousness by faith. Is it possible that others in the righteousness by faith movement know the theory well but have never entered into the experience?

History will most likely designate the early twenty-first century as a time of change in the Seventh-day Adventist church. There is the old guard, many of whom are mindlessly unaware that any change is taking place. Then there are those who do know but zealously guard the past, because they know God requires full obedience and they mistakenly believe that they can provide it. There are those who realize the Adventist church has been legalistic, and they believe the only other choice is the “new theology,” where they exchange one error for another.

Lastly, there are those who believe the theory of true righteousness by faith. And a small percentage of these have found the Lord Jesus, His righteousness lived out in them and the peace that attends them, as they live their lives in humble praise and thanksgiving to Him. Stay tuned. . .

 

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By now you should know that I am an unapologetic believer in the prophetic ministry of Ellen White. I seldom encounter Adventists who are embarrassed by her, but I did recently. That got me to thinking.

It was said she was “inspiring” but not “inspired.” She cannot predict the future. But if she is not good at predicting the future, she is not a prophet or messenger of God. Many people are inspiring; many enhance our relationship with God. But they are not inspired in the “prophetic” sense, it doesn’t matter how inspiring they are. We must conclude if she cannot accurately predict the future, that she is a false prophet, that her source is from somewhere other than God.

Here are just a few of the prophecies she has made (and prophecies made about her):

  •  Revelation 12:17 and 19:10 describe the last church as keeping the commandments of God (a Sabbath-keeping communion) and having the testimony of Jesus which is the Spirit of Prophecy. If this doesn’t describe Ellen White, then who does it describe?
  • In the Review and Herald, October 13, 1904, she said, “The fourteenth chapter of Revelation is a chapter of the deepest interest. This scripture will soon be understood in all it bearings.” Has our understanding of Revelation fourteen been enhanced in recent years? Yes. In the years since 1904 we have learned from F. T. Wright that there are seven angels in Revelation 14, not just three. My work, the Seventh Era (coming soon to this blog), further expands our understanding of Revelation 14 and makes it a “chapter of the deepest interest.” We can now see much more of what she saw when viewing Revelation 14. My question: Who told her?
  • “Old controversies will arouse to new life” (TM 116). A striking fulfillment of this prophecy is the antitrinitarian belief that is growing in the church. This is an old controversy. It dates back to the very beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and farther. It began in heaven, when Lucifer became jealous of Christ and from that point desired to “demote” Him. I ask, Who told her?
  • She said in Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 415, that the last message to be given to the world will be a revelation of God’s character of love. And now, in the tag end of time, what has sprung spontaneously upon us? A new message, “illuminating in its influence and saving in its power.” A message that cannot be refuted. A message that says our God doesn’t “steal, kill . . . [or] destroy,” just as Jesus said. A message that clarifies God’s character so that humans can, in Him, imitate it. Who told her?
  • In Letter 1, Oct 13, 1975, she wrote, “The third angels message means far more than we take it to mean. We should search to find out all that is possible concerning this solemn message.” Recent research has revealed that this message, the third angel, is given to refute the claims of the great imitator, who is here, on the earth, when this message is given in its primary, antitypical form. If you don’t believe it, I invite you to watch “The Seventh Era: Advanced Prophecy for SDAs” (coming soon). Who told her, if not God?
  • “The enemy will ring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith” (RH 5/25/1905). If the sanctuary doctrine is not under attack, then Ellen White is a false prophet. If it is under attack, she knew it many years ago. Is she then a true prophet? I’m sure we can all agree that the slaying of animals got wholly out of hand in ancient times. If they had just stopped sinning, no more blood would have had to flow. The killing of innocent animals is repulsive to most—almost as repulsive as the innocent Son of God having to come to this planet and give His life a ransom for our souls. But who told her this? How did she know?
  • And you who imply or state she was a false prophet, she talked about you. Yes, she did. She said, “I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day of the week” (Ms. 15, 3/27/1896). Isn’t our faith beginning to look a lot like theirs?
  • And all her pronouncements on health? Who told her?  Who enabled her to be at least a century before her time regarding health and healing? Who gave her the information that makes Adventists desirable candidates for medical research studies? They live about ten years longer than non-Adventists who don’t follow her health counsels.

But what of those failed prophecies? Can we properly assess them from our vantage point this side of eternity?  According to my understanding, she still has some time left. What about changed conditions that made the fulfillment of prophecy impossible? There are many reasons for her prophecies to appear unfulfilled. But the great bulk of them are either fulfilled or in the process of fulfilling, and it is on these that believers in SOP choose to trust.

There are atheists who don’t believe in the Bible largely for the same reasons that some supposedly enlightened Adventists no longer believe in Spirit of Prophecy. Many, many other prophecies and predictions could be cited as evidence that Ellen White knew what she was talking about. If you have decided to discard her because she was human and sometimes did human things, perhaps you might want to rethink your position. She was right too many times.

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