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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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