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Sabbath School Lesson

QUARrERLY
Second Quarter. 1947

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TRUE AND FALSE WORSHIP


Past and Present
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Lesson No. I-Sabbath, April 5, 1947


THE LIGHT THAT SHINETH IN DARKNESS
'J i l. ,. (' I. " QUESTIONS. r, ) _ • (.1,'"
1. Where was the greatest spiritual darkness when Christ
. was born? Matt. 2:1-3. ~ "'4'" e. I'
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NOT.!!::' "Now ~e and envy closed the door against
the light. If the repo, s broug t b~shepherds and the
,Vise y;en were credited. they would place the priests and
rabbis in a most unenviable position, disprovinj their claim
to be the exp:ments of the truth of God, These le::rned
teachers would not stoop to be instructed by those whom
they termed heathen."-"The Desire of Ages," pp. 62, 63.
2. What did the wise men say was the purpose of their com·
ing? Matt. 2:2•.t9.a . &..,...".; 1. ~ (
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3. How and in what way did tl,ese heathen men unknowingly
give evidence bf true worship? Matt. 2 :11.
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NOTE. "Beneath the lowly guise of .Jesus, Jh.ey recog-
nized the presence of the Divinity. he ave fherr hearts
to im as nell' SaVIOur, an en poured out their ifts,-
go ,an :ranl<mcense, and myrrh.' What a alt was
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theirs! It mifTht have been sa;d of the wise men from the
East, as afterward of the Roman centurion 'I have not
found so great faith, no, (!lot ill Isr el'."-"The Desire of
Ages," pp. 63, 64. 'c:;; I K
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4. Who was numbered among the fe true worshipers in
Jerusalem? What does the Saviour, even as a child, im-
part to others? Luke 2:25-28.

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been returned to Mary, and he takes it in his arms and
presents itt~ God; while' a. joy that he has never before felt
ent~rs 'his soul • : .: Anna caIso, a Ptophet~ss,.' came, in and
confirmed Simeon's testimony concerning Christ. As Simeon
spoke, her face lighted' up 'with the glory of God, and she
I t; poured out her 1 ea'rtfelt thanks that she had been permitted
o e 101 ' Christ the Lord."-"The Desire of Ages; pp. 55.
6. Where did Jesus go on the 'Lord's day? Luke 4:14-19.

5 What did Jesus already expound in the temple at the age


of twelve years? Luke;l:41-49.
7. In what way did Jesus, asilde from the Jewish church, or-
g nize the first church of the New Testament era? Mark
j,().:1 ~. 3 . 151 <: c t..' "-- t r. .... ~ '. <" 'It
• • >< Note: "It was at the ordination of the twelve that the
fir1>t step was taken in the organization of the church that
after Christ's departure was to carryon His work on the
earth."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 18.'
8. What did Jesus teach regarding divine worship? John
4:23,24•• '
9. On what is the true church of Christ !recognized regardless
D o~ numbers? Matt. 18 :20. l' 5
NOTE: "A congregation may be the poorest in the
land. ' It may be without the attraction of any outward show;
but if the members possess the prinCiples of the character of
Christ, they will have His joy in their souls. Angels will
unite them in worship. The praise and tranksgiving from
grateful hearts will ascend to God as a sweet oblation."-
"Christ's Object Lessons," p. 298.
10. On what basis' will God judge true worship? John 8:12;
12 :35, 36~ '"':'" ~ .( )...... • . y- '1 '"
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11. Whereby will all men be judged? Jolm 3:19.
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lected, become awful 'ud ments.'" The warnings of God,
neglected, from"V.~ich men turn to a course of their own
choosing, will afford no practical lessons of instruction. Th~se
warnings will prove their condemnation in the day of Judg-
ment."-"Testimonies to Ministers," pp, 437, 438.

Lesson No.2-Sabbath, April 12, 1947


THE NEW TESTAMENT CHUuCH
QUESTIONS
1. How many churches can God recognize? Eph. 4:4-G:
Solomon's Song 6 :9.e • ,...

2. What symbol confirms this?


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NOTE: "'A woman,' the true church. A corrupt
wom:ln is used to represent an apostate or corrupt church.
Eze. 23:2-4; Rev. 17:3-6. 15, 18. By parity of reasoning, a
pure woman as in this instance, would represent the true
church. 'The sun,' the light and glory of the gospel dispen-
sation. 'The moon,' the Mosaic dispensation, As the moonc:,
shines with a borrowed light derived from the sun, so the
ormer dispensation shone with a light borrowed from the
resent. There they had the type and shadow: here we have
the antitype and substance. 'A crown of twelve stars,' the
twelve apostles."-"Daniel and the Revelation," p. 543.

2:19-20: 1 Cor. 3:11. " J- . . . l


3. Who represents the foundation of this church?
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Eph.

:-4 What does the church teach? Matt. 28 :20: ~ John verse 9.
5. Of what does the teach.ing of Christ consist? John 7:38:
14:15, 21,23.. .... -'h ;-
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NOTE: Faithful obedience to the commandments of
God is the sum total of the tea~hings of Christ.
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6. Wltat divine commission must the church of Cluist carry
out on earth"! at • 24:14; 28:19.
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7. What important 0 ce is conferred upon Goo's true
church? 2 Cor. 5:1 -20. ,/ ro- -t...- \ ,(
'8. On w om must the church and all who believe in salva-
.on fix their eyes? Acts 4 :12, John 1 :29.
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NOTE: I"The disciples were to carry their work for-
I war in Chl~st's name. Their every word and act was to
fasten :.<ttention on His name, as possessing that vital power
by which the sinners may be saved. Their faith was to cen-
ter in Him who is the source of mercy and power. In His
name they were to present their petitions to the Father, and
they WQuld receive answer. They were to baptize in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christ's
name was to be their watchword, their badge of distinction
their bond of union the authority for their course of action,
an t e source of their success. Nothing was to be recog-
nized in His kingdom that did 110t bear His name and super-
scription,"-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 28.
9. What sho ld the church make known to others? 1 Cor.
2:1.l). ,l" x
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10. What will God's c11iIdren have to endure for their faith?
John 15:20, Rev. 12:17; 1 Cor. 4:9·13.

11. But what wonderful promise is given to the church of


Christ? Luke 12:32; Rev. 15:2, 3.

Lesson No.3-Sabbath, April 19, 1947


THE ORDINANCES OF THE LORD
QUESTIONS
1. Whiclt holy ordinances did Jesus ordain for His cltutth?
Matt. 28:19, 20; 26:26-28. What did He inscribe upon
them?
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ANSWER: "The ordinances of baptism and the Lord's
supper are two monumental pillars. one w;ithout and one
within the church. Upon these ordinances Christ has in-
scribed the name ,of the true God."-"Testimonies," Vol. 6, '\
p. n. .1"1)
2. What is thc meaning of baptism for the believe, and what~;"
must precede this solemn act? 1 Pctcr 3:21; Acts 3:19; ,
2:38.

3. What ",ust the candidate for baptism be willing to do?


2 Cor. 6:17, 18. • •

4. What shou'd 'be the fi~'m conviction of everyone who is


baptized? Ron. 6 :3-6.

NOTE: "The vows which we take upon ourselves in


baptism embrace much. In the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit, we are buried in the likeness of Christ's
death, and raised in the likeness of His resurrection, and we
are to live~ n~'Y life;.'-"Testimonies." Vol. 6, p. 98.
5. What meaning has the second ordinance--the Lord's sup-
per-for us? 1 Cor. 11:23-25; 5:7, 8.

NOTE: "The ordinance of the Lord's supper was given


to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the
result of the death of Christ. Till He shall come the second
time in power and glory, this ordinance is to be celebrated.
Is is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept
fresh in our minds."-"The Desire of Ages," pp: 652, 653.
6. But what must precede the ordinance of the Lord's sup-
per? John 13:1-17.

NOTE: "This ordinance is Christ's appointed prepara-


tion for the sacramental service. While pride, variance, and
strife for supremacy are cherished, the heart cannot enter
into fellowship with Christ. We are not prepared to receive
the communion of His body and His blood. Therefore it was
that Jesus appointed the memorial of His humiliation to be
first observed . . . As the lesson of the preparatory serv-
ice is thus learned, the desire is kindled for a higher spi
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~al life. To this desire the divine Witness will respond.
The soul will be uplifted. We can partake of the commun-
ion with a consciousness of sins forgiven. The sunshine of
Christ's righteousness will :fj.ll the chambers of the mind and
the soul temple."-"The Desire of Ages," pp. 650, 651.
7. What should every one who. pall'takes of the Lord's supper
'do? Of what should we bewall'e? 1 Cor. 11:26, 27.
8. Should we refuse to participate of this holy ordinance bet-
cause of the shortcomings of others?
ANSWER: "None should exclude themselves from he
commmdon becau e some w 0 are unwo y may be present.
Eve disci e's callen u on to ar iCI a e ublicl , an thus
ear witness tha He accepts Christ as a personal Saviour.
It is at these, His own appointments, that Christ meets His
people, and energizes them by His presence. Hearts and
hands that are unworthy may even administer the ordinance,
yet Christ is there to minister to His children. All who come
with their faith fixed upon Him will be greatly blessed. All
who neglect these seasons of divine privilege will suffer loss."
- 'The Desire of Ages," p. 656.
9. Of what threefold blessing should those who partake or
this holy ordinance be worthy? Num. 6:24-26.

Lesson No.4-Sabbath, April 26, 1947


ELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS
• ( • QUESTIONS
1. From what did the Jews expect the blessings of the Lord?
Jer. 7:4.
2. In what condition was the temple at Jerusalem in the
days of Christ? Luke 19,t45-48. , , . . L'~.

3. To what does the Lord not bind Himself when His people'
hwve apostatized? Acts 7:48.
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4. In what way did Jesus educate His disciples 8S represen-
tatives of His kingdom? Matt•. 4 :19; 11 :29. .

NOTE:' "For three years and a half the disciples were


under the instruction of the greatest Teacher the world has
ever known. By personal contact and association, Christ
trained them for His service. Day by day they walked and
talked with Him, hearing His words of cheer to the weary
and heavy laden, and seeing the manifestations of His power
in behalf of the sick and afflicted . . . He did not command
the disciples to do this or that, but said, 'Follow Me"'-"The
Acts of the Apostles," pp. 17,18.
5. Who is accepted into the fellowship of the saints? Acts
10 :34, 35. ';"" 0 I ' . \ . ' r
6. Through what wOO1derful picture is true fellowship with
Christ shown? 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 12:4.5.

7. What i~ the high aim of the church of Christ? Eph. 4:


11-14.
8. What should we do when we meet together for worship?
Heb. 10:24, 25.

9. In what way should every member of the church conduct


himself? 1 Cor. 12 :25, 26. . .

10. What should we do, and what should we guard' against 't
1 John 3:11; Rom. 16:17. .

Lesson No.5-Sabbath, May 3, 1947


THE HOLY SPIRIT AS TEACHER AND JUDGE
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i. Without whom is all worship in vain? l' Cor. 12:3; Rom.
8:14. ~ -' r. • V'" V' ," r' \( .

2. Who only can receive and know the Spirit of God? 101m
14:15.17.~. X t:
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I 'Who is the great Teacher in this worl{l, and by whom are
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,r )tthe teachings of Christ made known? Col. 2:3; John 14:26.

4. Of whom shall the Spirit of (j()dnot spealk? In what will


He guide the believer? John 16:13. J CV \ '"b ..
5. Whom does the Holy Spi.rit glorify? John 16:14•. C
... 6. Who wall the teacher under the old covenall1.t? Neh. 9:20.

7. On what special occasion did the Holy Spirit manifest Him-


self in a mighty way? What was the result? Acts 2:1-12,
37-47. I .

8. Whereto will the Holy Spirit lead? 2 Cor. 3 :17. ('

9. What other office does the Holy Spirit have in the church?

ANSWER: The office of the Holy Spirit is distinctly


specified in the words of Christ: 'When He is come, He will
re rove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judg-
ment.' It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin. If the sin-
ner responds to the quickening In uence of the Spirit, he
will be brought to repentance, and aroused to the importance
of obeying the divine. requirements"-"The Acts of the
Apostles," p. 52.
10. On what occasion di the Holy Spirit act as judge? Acts
5:1-11. . ~ _·c - -
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11. Of what should every believer beware? Eph. 4:30; Matt.
12:31• . ~. ' - " 'ol

Lesson No.6-Sabbath, May 10, 1947


FALSE FORMS OF WORSHIP IN THE
NEW TESTAMENT PERIOD
(. .,. ~'u;ESTIONS
1. Against what did Jesus warn His disciples? Matt 15 :9,13. II
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2. What waTning did the apostle Paul give to the ,elders at
J<..'phesus? Acts 20:28·30. ..

3. In what prophecy is the departure from tl"uefaith and


worship predicted? 2 Thes. 2:3-7.

NOTE "Little by little, at first int'stealth and silence,


and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained
control of the minds of men, the mystery ,of iniquity carried
forward its deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost im-
percetibly the customs of heathenism found their way into
the Christian church ... This compromise between paganism
and Christianity resulted in the development of the 'man
of sin' foretold in prophecy as ppposing and exalting hi~nself
above God."-HThe Great Controversy," pp. 49, 50. -.. , ....'; ,
4. To whose temptation 'did the chUl1ch st!ccumb? Luke 4:8.

75. What contitutes the weapons of Christian warfare? Eph,


6:17; Matt 4:7-10. What had to be set aside in order that
false worship might be instituted? ,1 ~ ;. .', .
ANSWER: HSatan well knew that the Holy Scriptures
would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand
his power•.•. For hundreds of years the circulation of the
Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to ,read it
or have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and
prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their preten-
sions."-HThe Great Controversy," p. 51. '
6. "Which commandments were especially changed in order
to abolish true worship aud to institute false worship?
Ex. 20:4-6, 8-11; Dan. 7:25.

NOTE: "To afford converts from heathenism a substi-


tute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nom-
inal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and
relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worShip.
. '.. The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for
a still further disregard of Heaven's authority. Satan, work-
ing through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered
with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside
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the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and san-'
tified, and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the
heathen as 'the venerable day of the sun'."-"The Great Con-
troversy," p. 52 (") i'(.
7. In what had Swtan now fully succeeded? 2 Thess. 2:4.

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"The great apostate had' succeeded in exalting
himself 'above all that is called God, or what is worshiped,'
He had dared to change the only precept of the divine law
that unmistakably points all mankind to the true and living
God." -"The Great Controversy," p. 53.
8. What divine ordinances were also chamged in order to es-
tablish false worship? Mark 16:16; Matt. 26:26-28.

NOTE: B tis and the Lord's supper which are two


monumental pillars were likewise changed. In place of the
Biblical baptism by immersion, the baptism or sprinkling of
children was instituted. The ordinance of foot washing
was entirely eliminated, and the Lord's supper was so crip-
pled that only bread was served to the participant, while
the priefilt -only would partake of the wine.
9. What does Christ say the Fa,ther will do with every doc-
trine that is not established by the word of God? Matt.
15:13.

LesSOll No. 7--Sabbath, May 17, 1947


FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
QUESTIONS . ~'
1. In what direc:ion. did false worship lead manldn ? Job.
12 :25; Eph. 5 :l1·l , e- 'f If ;"-

2. What did God do when the darkness of the Middle Ages


became unbearable? Dan. 11 :34'l Q ' rL '- /.')-
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3. What did the Reformers present to the world? Ps. 119:
105. () "( .
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NOTE: "The Reformation had presented to the world
an open Bible, unsealing the precepts of the law of God,
\ ' and ur in its claims u on the consciences of the eople.
Infini e ve ad unfolded to men the statutes and princIples
of heaven." -"The Great Controversy," p. 230.
b / ' 4. ~at important doctrine was 9te b~' of the Reform·
p,. i" labon? Rom. 3:28; 1:17. / r~ \ ..
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5. Unto what should the light of Reformation finally lead?,
Provo 4:18. '-1 "L ,. : '
NOTE "The Reformation did not, as many suppose,
end with Luther. It is to be continueg to the close of this
world's history. "uther ad, a great work to do in reflect-
ing to others the light which God had permitted to shine
upon him; yet he did not receive all the light which was given
to the world. From that time to this, new light has been
continua ly...§.hining upon the Scriptures, and new truths
have been constantly unfolding." "The Great Controversy,"
pp. 148,149.
6. What timely message 'Calls for t'he re·establishment of
divine worship and the worship of the only true God?
Rev. 14:6·12. , " , . >< • ,. ><
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7. In what prophecy' this call already, m e known? Is.
, 56:1-8; 58:13,14. ftc> - '\..." \C •
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8. What angel is commissioned to bring this work to a final
close in all the world? Rev.18:1.,~·I·" ( ~,' ~'<

9. Have all errors been set aside through the threefold angels'
message?

ANSWER: Through the, threefold angels' message all


the truths of the Bible have been unfolded and true wor-
ship was re-established. Therefore all doctrines of false
worship were exposed and set aside. ----

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Lesson No.8-Sabbath, May 24, 1947
WORSHIP OF GOD IN THE CHURCH OF

QUESTIONS
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LAODICEA _ / ,f'L/.4 ~ - e v'
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1. In what condition was Laodicea or the Advent Church in
the beginning? Isa. 28:~' ~'"
2. But what happened S'n
t he course of time? Isa. 28:7,8.
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church? Rev. 19:10.. "'" \

4. What was made known to the church by the Spirit of


prophecy? Amos 3 :7. 0 '/ Y

NOTE "In ancient times God spoke to men by the


mouth of prophets and apostles. In these days He speaks
to them by the Testimones of His Spirit. There was never
a time when God instructed His people more earnestly than
He instructs them n~w concerning H's will, I and the course
that He would have them pursue."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5,
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5. But what did the church do with the light which was
so graciously given? John 3:19.
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, ( NOTE: "Testimonies of warning have been repeated.
I inquire, Who have heeded them? Who have been zealous
in repenting of their sins and idolatry, and have been earnest-
ly pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high call-
ing of God in Christ Jesus? . " • I have almost despaired
as I have seen, year after year, a greater departure from the
simplicity which God has shown me should characterize the
life of His followers."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5, pp. 662, 663-
6. What spirit has been manifested by the leading men in
Laodieea? Num.16:1',2•. ,o{'"- "\ ~ -( (~ • )(
NOTE: "If you seek to turn aside the counsel of God

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to suit yourselves; if you lessen the confidence of God's
people in the testimonies He has sent them, you are re-
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~ against God as certainly as were Korah, Dathan, and
Abiram. You have their history."-"Testimonies," Vol. 5,
p.66.
~ 7. What test did God pertmit to come to the chun:h after 70
>C years? Through what testimony was this foretold?
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ANSWER: ' oon God's people will be' tested by fiery
trials, and.. tne KJ;:@at .EF~ion of those who now appear
to be genuine and true wiU.J!rove to be base metal."-Testi-
monies," Vol. 5, p .136. iF - "

8. What resulted because of the unlawful connection with


the powers of da~kness? James 4:4. (~. \ -;- )(
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9. Through what false interpretation of God's holy law


has true worship been torn down a~d God'§. C9ve~ant
broken? Ex. 20:8·11, 13; Ps. 94:20. '?' ., r.. /
10. What divine sentence was therefore pronounced upon
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Laodicea? Rev. 3-16; Isn.. 22:19.. / ) ~'"
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11. To what wOl'shiper can we compare the worshipers of
Laodicea? Luke 18:9-12; Rev. 3:17•. ?",{ (.,. J. ,,'

NOTE: "The evil that led to Peter's fall, and that shut
out the Pharisee from comjPunion with God, is proving the
ruin of thousands to-day/There is ~ offensive to
God, or so dangerous to the human soul, as prid~ <lnn self-
~fficien<;y. Of all sins it is the most hopel~ moSt in-
curable,:;;.t"Christ's Object Lessons," p. 154.

Lesson No.9-Sabbath, May 31, 1947


THE LAST REFORMATION
QUESTIONS
1. What is the great need of the Laodicean church? Rev.
3 :18, first clause. What is represented by the gold? 1,
Peter 1:7.
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2. What do the Laodiceans need in ortIer to coveT their spirit-
'Ual nakedness? Rev. 3.18; second clause. 19:8.

3. What did they need for their blindness? R~v. 3:18, last
clause.

NOTE "The eye-salve is that wisdom and race which


enables us to discern- etween the evil and the good, and to
detect sin under any ~ise. God has given His c urch eyes
which He reqmres them to annoint with wisdom, that they
may see clearly. . . . The divine eye-salve will impart clear-
ness to e understanding."-"Testimonies," Vol. 4, pp. 88,89.
4. What must be done when a church is spewed out by the
Lord? Jer.6:16,17.'
5. Who can point to the gold tried in . e fire, the white
raiment, and the eye-salve? Isa. 58:1. ."

NOTE: Only those who have endured the fiery trial& of


faith; and have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and
believe and live out the testimonies of the Spirit of prophecy,
are called to bring the Laodicean message.
"The Lord has raised up messengers, and endued them
with His Spirit, and has said 'Cry aloud, spare not, lift up
thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their trans-
gression, and the 'house of Jacob their sins.' Let no one run
the risk of interposing between the people and the mes-
sage- of heaven"-"Gospel Workers," p. 304.
6. Who will gather around the banner of truth? Rev. 12:17;
Isa. 10:20·22. .

7. What angel has been commissioned to aocomplish the


work of Reformation? Rev. 18:1.

8. To what angel and to what church must the light of the


fourth angel first be given? Rev. 3:14,20. ,. I
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NOTE "Our Redeemer sends His messengers to beaf. a
testimony His people."-"Testimonies," Vol .6, p. 262.
9. What constitutes the light of the fourth angel or that of
the last Reformation?
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ANSWER: The light given by the fourth angel consti-
tutes the truth as revealed the testimonies. Here we
find all tlie u ness of the great plan of redemption.

Lesson No. 10-Sabbath, June 7, 1947


THE TRIAL OF THE REMNANT
QUESTIONS
1. What did Jesus say would be the lot of His followers?
Luke 21:12, 16, 17.
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2. Wh:t did Paul say concer~ng persecution? 2 Tim. 3:12.

3. Who will especially in these last da,ys feel the ire of the
dragop. and his hosts? Rev. 12:17.

4. Even who would be found on the side of the persecutors?


Isa. 66:5: Matt. 24 :10. oF

NOTE: "As the storm approaches, a large class who


have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have
not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon
their position, and join the ranks of the opposition. . • .
They become the most bitter enemies of their former breth-
ren,"-"The Great Controversy," p. 608.
5. Why (loes Goa permit perSecution to come upon His
peop'le? an 12 :10. . ( ;--
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character of God is revealed in His chosen ones. The believers
in Christ, hated and persecuted by the world, are educated
and discipline in the schoo o£ Christ "-"The Acts of the
Apostles," p~ 576.
6. Throur;-h what school did the S. D. A. Reform Church
pass ever 8in~ilI its origin? Zech. 13 :9.
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NOTE: Since the rise of the Reform Church the Lord
has intended not only happiness but also trials for them.
It is more than 30 years ago since the work of reformation
developed out of difficulties and persecutions of all kinds.
Until this day these trials have not ceased but have rather
increased, and they will not cease until J.esus comes.
"The heirs of God have come from garrets, from hovels,
from dungeons, from scaffolds, from mountains, from deserts,
from the caves of the earth, from the caverns of the sea.
On earth they were 'destitute, afflicted, tormented.' Millions
went down to the grave loaded with infamy, because they
steadfastly refused to yield to the deceptive claims of Satan.
By human tribunals they were adjudged the vilest of crim-
inals. But now 'God is judge Himself."-HThe Great Contro-
versy," p. 650.
7. But of what promise may God's children be sure?
Rev. 2:10. tk;.?:;l&'.
8. What will be the last great test? Rev. 13:16,17.

Lesson No. ll-Sabbath, June 14, 1947


RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH
QUESTIONS
1. What i~ reve,aled through the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Rom. 1:17. l:? • "
2. Which righteousness is accepted by God? Rom. 9:30. I.

3. Through what did the Jews and the L odiceans seek to


obtain righteousness? Rom. 10:3. 6"-Y • 'l(

4. With what did Adam and Eve try to substitute the robe
of righteousness which they had lost? Gen. 3:7.
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NOTE "The white robe of innocence was worn by our


first parents when they were placed by God in holy Eden.
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They lived in perfect conformity to the will of God. All the
strength of their affections was given to their Heavenly
Father. A beautiful' soft light, the light of God, enshrouded
the holy pair. This robe of light was a symbol of their spirit-
ual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true
to God, it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But
when sin entered, they severed their connection with God,
and the light that had encircled them departed, Nakedand
ashamed, they tried to supply the place of the heavenly
garments by sewing together fig-leaves for a covering."-
"Christ's Object Lessons," pp. 310, 311. r , f"; -.
5. In what state is the righteousness of all me sa. 64:6.

6. Who alone was perfect and righteous on this earth? Acts


3:14; 1 Peter 3:18; Matt. 27:19.

7. Who alone cam. make righteous? Rom. 3 :26.

8. In what is flJiUnd the power to make men pure and holy?


Rom. 5:9; 1 John 1:7. , I
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9. How must the church of God be at the coming of Jesus?
Eph. 5:27; Rev. 19:8. ~

10. With what name will the children of God then be caned?
Jer.23:6.
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Lesson No. 12-Sabbath, June 21, 1947·


c THE LATTER RAIN
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1. Wllat promise did God give to ancient ISTael, and on what
conditivn? Deut. 11 :13, 14.

2. What promise did Jesus give to His disciples concern-


ing th", early rain? What preparations did they make?
Acts 1 :8,14.
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NOTE: "In obedience to Christ's command, they waited
in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father,-the outpour-
ing of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. . • . The
disciples prayed with intense earnes~fitness to
meet men, and in their daily intercourse to speak words that
would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences,
all desire for the supremacy, they came c ose toge er III
Chrrsti"ail fellowship."-"The Acts of the Apostles," pp.
35,37.
3. How did the Lord manifest Himself in His true church?
Acts 2:1-8.
NOTE: "The Spirit came upon the waiting, praying
disciples with a fulness that reached every heart."-"The
Acts of t e pos es,' p. 38.
4. What great blessing is promised to the Remnant in the
time of the end? Ze~h. 10:1. --lllt'l,
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. , NOTE: "But near the close of earth's harvest, a special


bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church
for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the
Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain ;oland it is
for this added power that Christians are to send their pe-
titions to the Lord of the harvest 'in the time of the latter
rain."-"The Acts of the Apostles," p. 55.
5. But what is necessary before we can receive the latter
rain? -1cts 3 :19,20.

NOTE: "But unless the members of God's church' to-day


have a livin connection with the .§ource. of all spiritual
growth, ey will not be ready for t"€itime of reaping. Un-
less they keep t ell' lamps trimmed and burrung, hey will
fail of receiving a de ra e in tim1;) 0 special need."- he
Acts of the Apostles," p.55. l ' " .. ./ l. '.-
G. What earnest admonition has been given us by the Spirit
of prophecy?

ANSWER: l'I saw that none could share the 'refreshing,'


unless they obtain the vi~ver e-very-besetment, over
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pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong
word and action."-"Early Writings," p. 71. '
7. What wonderfut,worlf will ~he latter r in accomlish?
Rev. 18:1-4. ", , " t "
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NOTE: '~Servants, of God, with their faces lighted up


and shining with holy consecra,tion, will hasten from place to
place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of
voices all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles
will be wrought, the sick ...vlll be healed, and signs and won-
ders will follow the believers."-"The Great Controversy,"
p.612.
8. What will befinis'hed through the latter rain? Matt. 24:14;
Rev. 22:11. '
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Lesson No. 13-Sabbath, June 28, 1947


WORSHIP IN HEAVEN
QUESTIONS
1. What is the desire of Jesus? John 14:3; 17:24.
2. What wonderful promise points to worship in Heaven?
Isa. 66 :22,23.
3. Where shall the heavenly worshipers meet on the Sab·
bath duy? Rev. 21:1-3.

4. How will the redeemed come to worship the Lord? Isa.


35:10; 51:11.
5. What feast will then find its fulfillment in reaUty? Zeeh,
14:16.
6. Who aU will join in praising the Lord in our worship in
-Heaven? Rev. 5:13.
7. ,But Wllst will remain the cause of rejoicing by the re-
deemed thrQughout eternity? Hab. 3:3,4; Rev. 7:10.
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NOTE: "One reminder alone remains: our Redeemer will
ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded
head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces
of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet,
beholding Christ in His glory, 'He had bright beams coming
out of His side: and there was the hi<j.ing of His power.' That
pierced side whence flowed the crimson stream that re-
conciled man to God-there is the Saviour's glory, there 'the
hiding of His power.' 'Mighty to save,' through the sacrifice
of redemption, He was therefore strong to execute justice
upon them that despised God's mercy. And the tokens of His
humiliation are the highest honor j through the eternal ages
the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise, and de-
clare His power.'i-"The Great Controversy," p. 674.
8. What will the heavenly Jerusalem then be for all people?
Isa. 56.7.