The End of Adventism

Posted on April 13, 2013

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Second ComingAuthor: Ken Lytle

Have you ever thought about what the Church will look like when there is no longer an organized Adventist Church?  As of now, most countries around the world have laws in place to protect religious freedom.  We can worship however we like and will not be persecuted for our convictions.  One day “hopefully” very soon, all this will change.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allthese things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:4-14

Up to this point, we have seen numerous false-christs.  These Godless men have deceived millions into thinking they are Christ on earth.  We have seen wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. As the Word of God says, these are the beginning of sorrows… the end is not yet.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has had the freedom to evangelize and grow during this period in history.  But there is coming a time when the Adventist organization will no longer exist.  There will come a time when churches, schools, hospitals, conference offices, and the General Conference itself will be forced to close.

When the people of the world are being tormented by earthquakes, disease pandemics, crashing economics, deadly wars, and heartless crimes, they will eagerly allow the governments to legislate morality.  People will seek relief from the torment by trying to turn back to a God they do not know and will attempt to force others to do the same.  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”

This will be a terrible and evil time.  The Adventist Church will no longer exist.  Neighbors will be turning against neighbors and family members against family members.  Food will become scarce and basic utilities will be hard to come by.  This is why we have been counseled in the Spirit of Prophecy to find secluded homes in the countryside, mountains, and wildernesses… places where we can grow our own food and raise our children in a safe environment.

As for organized worship during this time of trouble, we need to begin to train our church members how to create and lead home churches.  It is during these final minutes of earth’s history that the group call, God’s final people, will grow very quickly.  People who have been running from God will see the signs of the times and will turn back to Him.

Many of God’s people will be killed for their faith in Jesus, which will only cause even more people to turn back to God.

Then there will come a time when Jesus stands up and says, “It is finished.” The books in heaven will be closed and those who are righteous will remain righteous and those who are lost will remain lost.

The living righteous will be Revelation’s 144,000 (symbolic or literal).  At this point the no more righteous people will die.  This period is called Jacob’s Time of Trouble.  The righteous living will experience mental and spiritual hopelessness as their Advocate and Savior and all the angels of heaven make their way to planet earth to retrieve the living and dead righteous followers of God.

I can’t wait until that great and glorious day, but in the meantime, we need to be getting ready.  If we cannot experience victory over self and sin while times are simple, we will not stand when times are difficult.  As the Spirit leads, please consider moving your family into the country to create a safe place for spiritual growth [See www.backtoenoch.org ]. Until this happens, you should be sharing your faith with everyone within your circle of influence.  Everyone you know should know that you know Jesus.

If you are a pastor or church leader, please consider developing some seminars on preparing people for the end of time.  We need to be teaching our church members about country living, how to develop home churches, how to effectively share God’s truth, and more.

HERE IS A MUST READ

It was not long after the passing of the time, in 1844, that my first vision was given me. I was visiting Mrs. Haines at Portland, a dear sister in Christ, whose heart was knit with mine; five of us, all women, were kneeling quietly at the family altar. While we were praying, the power of God came upon me as I had never felt it before. {CET 57.1}

I seemed to be surrounded with light, and to be rising higher and higher from the earth. I turned to look for the advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, “Look again, and look a little higher.” At this, I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the advent people were traveling to the city which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the “midnight cry.” [See Matthew 25:6.] This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet, so that they might not stumble. {CET 57.2}

If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the advent band, and they shouted “Alleluia!” Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. {CET 57.3}

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. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses’ did when he came down from Mount Sinai. {CET 58.1}

The 144,000 were all sealed, and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, “God, New Jerusalem,” and a glorious star containing Jesus’ new name. At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another’s feet, and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. {CET 58.2}

Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man’s hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, and became lighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most lovely song; and upon it sat the Son of man. His hair was white and curly, and lay on His shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were a flame of fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out: “Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?” Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: “Those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you.” At this our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sung again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. {CET 58.3}

Then Jesus’ silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to heaven, and cried, “Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise.” Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted “Alleluia!” as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. {CET 59.1}

We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, “You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth; enter in.” We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city. {CET 59.2}

Here we saw the tree of life and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree, and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure, transparent gold. At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again, and saw that they were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life on either side of the river of life. Its branches bowed to the place where we stood, and the fruit was glorious; it looked like gold mixed with silver. {CET 60.1}

We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when Brethren Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out, “Alleluia! heaven is cheap enough!” and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven’s arches ring. {CET 61.1}

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