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A Latter Rain message

We will now turn our attention to fundamental knowledge concerning the


Final Atonement taking place in the sanctuary in heaven, which is necessary to our
receiving the final act of cleansing, when our sins are to be blotted out when the
times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. It is these
very truths which the church should have been advancing unto; which the doctrine
of the Trinity has effectively hidden from view for too many years now.
The whole message of the SDA church, yea, the whole purpose for the SDA
church to exist, is to promulgate the truths and impart the light we have received by
understanding Christs ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. This is where the entirety
of our whole work proceeded from (the Three angels who carry the last threefold
message of mercy are sent forth from the heavenly sanctuary see Early Writings
pages 245-258). The Sabbath and the three angels messages came to us
inseparably connected with the Biblical teaching of the sanctuary. We were to
always advance in this light. The following quote from Vol. 4 of the Spirit of
Prophecy will for us chart out the key points for the rest of this study:
those who followed in the advancing light of the prophetic
word saw that instead of coming to the earth at the termination of the 2300
days in 1844, Christ then entered the most holy place of the heavenly
sanctuary, into the presence of God, to perform the closing work of
atonement, preparatory to his coming.
It was seen, also, that while the sin-offering pointed to Christ as a
sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly
penitent will finally be placed. When the high priest,

by virtue of the

blood of the sin-offering, removed the sins from the sanctuary, he


placed them upon the scape-goat. When Christ, by virtue of His Own
blood, removes the sins of His people from the heavenly sanctuary at
the close of His ministration, He will place them upon Satan, who, in the
execution of the judgment, must bear the final penalty. The scape-goat was
sent away into a land not inhabited, never to come again into the
congregation of Israel. So will Satan be forever banished from the presence of
God and His people, and he will be blotted from existence in the final
destruction of sin and sinners. {Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4 page 266.2,3}
Thus is brought to our view the time since Christ entered into the Most Holy
Place of the heavenly sanctuary until the final expulsion of sin and the close of the
Great Controversy. First we are told that the light which brought SDAs this
knowledge is advancing light. It doesnt rest. The light doesnt stop advancing

until the people of God have their sins blotted out; the Light advances until He
becomes in us Himself the full measure poured out in the latter rain of Christs
Spirit!

Advancing Light from the Sanctuary in Heaven: The virtue of the blood of
the (Great) sin offering
The rest of our study will focus on another point brought out in the quote;
specifically this, by virtue of the blood of the sin-offering, removed the sins from
the sanctuary We need to study more about the VIRTUE of the blood of the sin
offering by following in advancing light. Listen to what EGW had to say further about
growing specifically in THIS understanding:
We need to keep ever before us the efficacy of the blood of Jesus.
That life-cleansing, life-sustaining blood, appropriated by living faith, is our

to grow in appreciation of its inestimable value, for


it speaks for us only as we by faith claim its virtue, keeping the
hope. We need

conscience clean and at peace with God. {SDA Bible Commentary Volume 7
page 947.11}
So let us with fear and trembling study what is now revealed concerning the
virtue of blood of the sin offering.
Leviticus chapter 16: The Day of Atonement
In going back to Leviticus chapter 16 to review what the Bible teaches about
the Day of Atonement, we will learn something very significant which must be
considered if we are to grow in our appreciation of the virtue of the blood of the
sin offering. We learn there that the High Priest on the Day of Atonement actually
makes two sacrifices which are both called a sin offering.
Leviticus 16:5: And he shall take of the congregation of the children of
Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering
Leviticus 16:3: Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young
bullock for a sin offering

Two types of blood used to cleanse the sanctuary


Once these two beasts were slain, the blood of BOTH was used to sprinkle
upon the mercy seat and make atonement for the sins of Israel.

Leviticus 16:14-16: And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and
sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the
mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and
bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with
the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before
the mercy seat:
And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the
uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in
all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that
remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
After this, the blood of the two sin offerings was to be used to cleanse the
altar:
Leviticus 16:18,19: And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the
LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the
bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the
altar round about.
And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and
cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
It is now manifest that for us to grow in appreciation for the inestimable
value of the blood of Jesus and to by faith claim its virtue, we need to
appropriate all the light and knowledge God is pleased to give upon this subject. Let
us look at how Christ fulfills the full ministry of these two types represented by the
sin offering of the bullock and of the Lords goat.
And what was done in type in the ministration of the earthly
sanctuary is done in reality in the ministration of the heavenly
sanctuary. {The Great Controversy page 420.2}

How Jesus fulfills the two sin offerings from the typical service
First the young bullock which the High Priest slays, we are told in Leviticus
the purpose of this sin offering:
And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself,
and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. Lev. 16:6
While Jesus, unlike the High Priest on earth, does not need to make an
atonement for Himself; He still fulfills the type in that the bullock represents the
atonement for His house. Christs church, the people of God, is His house even

as Aaron the first High priest of the earthly tabernacle made an atonement for his
house, the house of Aaron:
And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
Exodus 19:6
But Christ as a Son over His Own house; whose house are we, if we
hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Heb. 3:6
The young bullock represents the sin offering when Christ took upon
Himself humanity and partook of flesh and blood that He might be a faithful and
merciful High Priest.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to
God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb 2:17
The blood of Christs perfect humanity was necessary for to be sprinkled upon
the Mercy Seat in the antitypical Day of Atonement, in His ministry of Final
Atonement in the heavenly sanctuary, when our sins shall be blotted out. This was
represented by the blood of the young bullock.

The Lords goat and the scapegoat


As we turn our attention to the offering of the Lords goat, which was also for
a sin offering, many hidden truths are revealed. It is significant that in the typical
service, two goats were brought before the Lord and lots were cast to determine
which one would be the Lords goat and which the scapegoat. We believe this is not
meant to teach that in the anti-type they are equal, but to focus our attention on
the fact that in some ways, the Lords goat and the scapegoat were at one time
very much in league with each other.
We know that the scapegoat represents Lucifer and the Lords goat
represents Christ. They are obviously not equal, but let us consider, how they were
in league in some way in Heaven before sin.
The two A(a)rchangels
Lucifer, "son of the morning," was first of the covering cherubs, holy and
undefiled. He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless
beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rested upon him. {Patriarchs and
Prophets page 35.1}

We know from the earthly sanctuary, which stands as an example and


shadow of heavenly things, that there are two covering cherubs which veil the
glory of God in the Most Holy Place. EGW states that Lucifer was the first of these
two
also consider these significant revelations given the Testimony of Jesus:
Christ Himself called him forth to life. Satan the tempter had claimed the
body of Moses because of his sin; but Christ the Saviour brought him forth
from the grave. Jude 9. {The Desire of Ages page 421.3}

Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed
about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The
Lord rebuke thee.
Michael, or Christ, with the angels that buried Moses, came down from
heaven, after he had remained in the grave a short time, and resurrected him
and took him to heaven. {Story of Redemption page 173.2}
The Bible reveals that Christs position before His incarnation was as an
Archangel in heaven; now behold what is revealed about Lucifers position as
covering cherub:
Rebellion originated with Satan. Notwithstanding the exalted position
which he occupied among the heavenly host, he became dissatisfied because
he was not accorded supreme honor. Hence he questioned God's purposes
and impugned his justice. He bent all his powers to allure the angels from
their allegiance. The fact that he was an archangel, glorious and
powerful, enabled him to exert a mighty influence. His complaints against
God's government, at first met with no favor; yet being urged again and
again, they were finally accepted by those who had before been loyal and
happy subjects of the King of Heaven. There was not the shadow of
justification or excuse for disaffection; but envy and jealousy, once cherished,
gained a power that paralyzed reason and destroyed honor and loyalty. As
the result, Satan and all his sympathizers were cast out of Heaven. {Signs
of the Times, September 14, 1882 par. 9}
We believe that Christ condescended to the position of an Archangel, as is in
harmony with His character of meekness and humility and, in Gods counsel, made
necessary because His were the hands which created the angels. Jesus was called
the Angel of the LORD and (still is called) the Only Begotten Son of God;
according to His wonderful character, He comes very near to His created family
members, He calls them sons and dwells among them as a brother. It seems that
even though God made Lucifer exceedingly beautiful and more exalted than all the
other created angels, He suffered a test to come upon Lucifer after he cherished
envy in His heart for Christ. That test was that after Lucifer indulged in envy of

Christ, God the Father openly conferred (restated, surely made clear) supreme
authority upon Jesus, Who had condescended even to take a role or position as an
Archangel, which was the same position Lucifer occupied.
EGW declares by the Spirit of Prophecy that Lucifer made this revealing
remark:
Satan, who was once an honored angel in Heaven, had been ambitious
for the more exalted honors which God had bestowed upon His Son. He
became envious of Christ, and represented to the angels who honored him as
covering cherub that he had not the honor conferred upon him which
his position demanded. He asserted that he should be exalted equal in
honor with God. {The Review and Herald, February 24, 1874 par. 2}
And again,
There were some who looked with favor upon Lucifer's insinuations
against the government of God. Although they had heretofore been in perfect
harmony with the order which God had established, they were now
discontented and unhappy because they could not penetrate His
unsearchable counsels; they were dissatisfied with His purpose in exalting
Christ. These stood ready to second Lucifer's demand for equal authority
with the Son of God. But angels who were loyal and true maintained the
wisdom and justice of the divine decree and endeavored to reconcile this
disaffected being to the will of God. Christ was the Son of God; He had
been one with Him before the angels were called into existence. He
had ever stood at the right hand of the Father; His supremacy, so full of
blessing to all who came under its benignant control, had not heretofore been
questioned. {Patriarchs and Prophets page 38.3}
Lucifers demand for equal authority with the Son of God seems to be
based on his idea that as covering cherubhe had not the honor conferred
upon him which his position demanded.
Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs in terms of the responsibilities of the
position as covering cherub he also held a position called an archangel, yet the
Son of God condescended to take the same position as an Archangel. Still, Lucifer
understood that Jesus was taken into councils which he was not permitted to. This
maddened him and tested his loyalty to God the Father and to the Son. Instead of
being reconciled to the fact that this was by Gods arrangement, Lucifer rebelled
and incited rebellion among the angels because they could not penetrate
(Gods) unsearchable counsels; they were dissatisfied with His purpose in
exalting Christ.
In all the councils of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was
not permitted thus to enter into the divine purpose s. "Why,"

questioned this mighty angel, "should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He
thus honored above Lucifer?" {The Great Controversy page 495.1}

These two A(a)rchangels are represented in the earthly type of the Day of
Atonement service as the two goats which are brought before the Lord. As the
scapegoat represents Satan who was an archangel who is a spirit being, so also The
Lords goat requires the sacrifice of the Archangel Who was also a Spirit Being (God
is a Spirit John 4:24) and He was in the form of God and equal to God the
Father (Phil. 2:6).
In His incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit

as a

sacrifice, but not as a Redeemer. {12MR 409.1}

What the blood of the Lords goat typifies


God said this about the virtue of the great sin offering:
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given
it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is
the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
In a painful process, God the Father and Jesus committed Themselves to
perform the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, at which time Christs very own Holy Spirit
was separated from Jesus and the Holy Spirit Himself caused Jesus to begin to
develop inside of Marys womb as a human baby. We must needs also acknowledge
this eternal sacrifice when we by living faith appropriate the blood of Jesus, because
it speaks for us

only as we by faith claim its virtue

The sacrifice of the One Who was in the form of God was typified in the
sacrifice of the Lords goat. Jesus also shed His sacred blood, the Soul of His Life,
in emptying out Himself for us His own Holy Spirit. This is the meaning of the
mingling of the blood of the two sin offerings, in the types of the bullock and the
Lords goat in the earthly sanctuary where both life bloods were necessary to obey
the Lords direction in cleansing the sanctuary on the Day of Atonement.

Final Atonement
When the high priest, by virtue of the blood of the sin-offering,
removed the sins from the sanctuary, he placed them upon the scapegoat.

When

the times of refreshing shall come from the


presence of the Lord, then the sins of the repentant soul who
received the grace of Christ and has overcome through the blood of the
Lamb, will be removed from the records of heaven, and will be placed
upon Satan, the scapegoat, the originator of sin, and be remembered
no more against him forever. The sins of the overcomers will be blotted out of
the books of record, but their names will be retained on the book of life.
{The Sign of the Times, May 16, 1895 par. 4}
To receive the latter rain, we must pray for the blood of sprinkling to be
applied to our hearts. Now, in the light of this truth, we must grow in our
appreciation of the blood shed upon Calvary (and is yet shed in the heavenly
sanctuary) and also the blood (Spirit Life is in the blood) when Christ in His
incarnation shed the Holy Spirit,--the soul of His life, the efficacy of His
church, the light and life of the world. With His Spirit Christ sends a reconciling
influence and a power that takes away sin. {The Review and Herald, May 19,
1904 par. 1}
The blood of His unblemished sacrifice in humanity and the blood of His
sacrifice in giving up the form of God are inseparably connected May this
truth go forth to finish the work and make a perfect people (to our Lords glory),
prepared for the trying hour before them:

We

need to keep ever before us the efficacy of the blood


of Jesus. That life-cleansing, life-sustaining blood,
appropriated by living faith, is our hope. We need to grow
in appreciation of its inestimable value, for it speaks
for us only as we by faith claim its virtue, keeping the
conscience clean and at peace with God.
This is represented as the pardoning blood,
inseparably connected with the resurrection and life of our
Redeemer, illustrated by the ever-flowing stream that
proceeds from the throne of God, the water of the river of
life (Letter 87, 1894). {SDA Bible Commentary Volume 7, page 948.1}

Sanctification and Justification: in the Holiest of All on the Day of Atonement

Christ's sacred blood, represented by the the blood of the Bullock - transfers sins to the
heavenly sanctuary, even on the Day of Atonement. We know this because in Levitus 16 the
High Priest was to lay his hands upon and confess the sins of his house over the bullock
before slaying it. When his blood was sprinkled upon and before the mercy seat, sins were
transfered to the sanctuary, even on the Day of Atonement. This is Justification.
Christ's Holy Spirit, "the Soul of His Life" - is a "Power that takes away sin" and is the
represented as the blood of the Lord's goat - The blood that cleanses the heavenly
sanctuary when the "times of refreshing shall come from the Presence of the Lord". We say
this because the Lord's goat is a very unique sin offering in that no sins are confessed over
him before he was slain. His blood did not transfer sins to the sanctuary, but cleansed it of
sin. This was fulfilled in antitype when Christ "divested" the Soul of His Life - His Holy Spirit
in His incarnation. This Sacrifice was initiated by God in heaven and no sins were laid upon
this Holy Offering before transacted. When the times of refreshing shall come from the
Presence of the Lord - Christ will send an overflowing of Righteousness in the fullness of
His Spirit in Latter Rain POWER and the saints of God on earth will have their sins finally
and completely purged in this final act of cleansing the heavenly sanctaury, by stopping sins
from entering at thier source: the hearts of God's people. " This will close the great
controversy by finishing the work of sanctification in our hearts.

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will
put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and
iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more
offering for sin." (Hebrews 10:16)

Yes, the so long looked for and prayed for act of Christ will finally come, the fullfilment of His
New Covenant Promise.
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the
times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." (Acts 3:19)

This act by Jesus of Final Atonement will close the great controversy by finishing the work
of sanctification in our hearts.
We are sanctified by the Spirit of Christ coming into our hearts, even as the sap of the Vine
is communicated through the fibers into the grafted in branches... This is sanctification by
faith, Christ living HIS LIFE within us...
You might suffer us to speak so about sanctification because most churches do not even
speak of sanctification these days and even less of those who preach it really understand it

(truly we speak of things we know not, these things are high, who can attain to it?.. "even so
the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God...")
But what is prophesied to bring a shaking is our focusing actually on Justification... which
doctrine EVERY Christian church teaches and everyone assumes we understand quite
well... many would suffer us to speak on sanctification by the Spirit through Christ's Infinite
Sacrifice... but is there any among us who would think that there is yet important light on
Justification in light of the heavenly sanctuary, that Christ has held last as most full
revelation of Himself as the Lamb Slain in heaven?

The meaning of the two sin offerings from the typical service are
illustrated in Habakkuks vision made plain upon tables for the end time

The first Table


The second Table

Love to God

Love to man

This great truth is plainly illustrated in the vision which Habakkuk saw, which
is now made plain upon the two tables of the Ten Commandments. Upon the first
table is pictured Christ with bright beams coming out of His side, and there is the
hiding of His power Hab.3:4. Upon the second table is pictured Jesus upon the
Cross having received the cruel wound in His side; and also clearly depicting from
the wound thus made, there flowed two copious and distinct streams, one of blood,
the other of water. {The Desire of Ages, page 771.4} Here, in the vision ordained
by the Lord for the end time to be an ensign unto all nations, is made manifest the
twofold, mingled virtue of the blood of the sin offering: the blood which flowed
from the Cross (and yet flows from Christs pierced side) and the bright beams of
Christs Own Holy Spirit - both pouring forth from the heart of our Sacrifice,

Redeemer and Lord. Jesus would have us grow in appreciation of its (His
bloods) inestimable value. Concerning this virtue, Habakkuk well said:
and

there is the hiding of His Power. Habakkuk 3:4

The blood was sprinkled to make atonement for transgression of the Law
of self-sacrificing love
God required the High Priest to bring the blood of the two sin offerings into
the Most Holy Place and to then sprinkle the blood upon the Mercy Seat which
covered the Ten Commandment Law contained in the Ark of the Covenant. The
broken law of God demanded the life of the transgressor. {GC 418.1} The blood,
(which) represent(ed) the forfeited life of the sinner, whose guilt the victim bore
{GC 418.1}, was sprinkled above the Law to make atonement for the transgression
of its sacred precepts.
The 10 precepts of the Law can be summed as Love for God and Love to Man.
It is also called in EGWs book the Desire of Ages: the law of life for earth and
heaven and the Law self-sacrificing love: the love which "seeketh not her own"
(which) has its source in the heart of God. In Habakkuks vision of Christs pieced
side made plain upon the two tables of the Ten Commandment Law illustrate the
two sacrifices Jesus made in fulfillment of the two sin offerings in the typical service
on the Day of Atonement. The image of the bright beams coming out of His side is
depicted on the first table representing Love to God. Jesus voluntarily consented to
become the Lords goat: the sacrifice of the Father This represents when Jesus
emptied Himself of the form of God and separated His own Holy Spirit, sent to us
as a Power that takes away sin. Also in Habakkuks vision the sacrifice of Christs
perfect humanity upon the Cross is illustrated upon the second table of the Ten
Commandments representing Love to man. In this sacrifice Christ fulfilled the reality
foreshadowed in the sin offering of the bullock for the family or house of the High
Priest. Christ in heaven sprinkles His blood at the mercy seat to transfer our sins to
the sanctuary, even in the services of the Day of Atonement. Then He sends us His
Holy Spirit, the Soul of His Life and a Power that takes away sin. This sacrifice
was represented as the Lords goat, who unlike the bullock, no sins are confessed
over him before He is slain, it is His blood that cleanses the sanctuary in type, and
Jesus Spirit that cleanses our hearts in the divine exchange which cleanses us, His
human sanctuaries.
In these images of Christ made plain upon the two Ten Commandment
tables, the dual atonement of Christ, the divine exchange and the glory of selfsacrificing love are clearly illustrated.
God has ordained that the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of
the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14) in the

last days of earths history, heralding the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. This shall be accomplished by lifting up this mighty standard of
Righteousness.
A revelation of Love that must go to all the world
This is the purpose for lifting up the vision of Jesus made plain upon tables at
this time. It is only by beholding Christs infinite sacrifice that we gain the true
conception that sin is exceeding sinful and heinous in character. The world must
be brought understand this, so that all may choose Christ and His light or they shall
choose to walk in darkness and then shall the end come. In lifting up the vision of
Christs pierced side, revealed to Habakkuk the prophet to be declared in the end
time, God has commanded that the bright beams of His character of selfsacrificing love be shined into our dark world. The scripture declares that The
law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans
4:15 Where there is no clear revelation of the Love of Christ and His infinite sacrifice
made in our behalf men are left to feel that it is right for every man to follow the
depraved impulses of his own heart; for there is no standard by which evil can
be detected. {Signs of the Times, October 2, 1893 par. 4} Again, this is the
purpose for lifting up the vision of Jesus made plain upon tables at this time; it shall
bring the people of earth to face the great moral mirror, the law of God, which
discovers to them the defects in their character {4MR 185.2} and our hidden
selfishness, to drive us all to the Savior of all mankind.

The first Table of the Law : Love to God


Law : Love to man

The second Table of the

Let us now behold Jesus infinite sacrifice that our hearts may be melted and
broken at the revelation of His love He has made provision that we shall receive
abundant help to overcome Satan, who is represented as the scapegoat, and sit
down with Jesus in His throne even as Jesus overcame Satan and sat down in the
Fathers throne.
The Holy Spirit,--the soul of His life a power that takes away
sin {The Review and Herald, May 19, 1904 par. 1}
There is power in the blood of Christ to remove sin. {The Sign of
the Times, August 6, 1885 par. 19}
Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine
nature. {Desire of Ages page 671 paragraph 2}
through the blood of the atonement, we become partakers of the
divine nature {Testimonies Vol. 5 page 740.3}

Now let us turn away from error and walk in the advancing light shining,
until we receive His fullness
These sanctuary truths we have been discussing, the doctrine of the Trinity
eclipses from view because it hides the fact the Jesus made an eternal sacrifice in
shedding His own Holy Spirit for us. The Trinity teaches that the Holy Spirit was
always separated from Jesus since eternity; thereby denying Christs great sacrifice
of pouring out His Own Holy Spirit for us, given as a reconciling Power that takes
away sins, in the incarnation.
Now let us reject the Trinity doctrine (Come out of Babylon error) and as we
pray, let us claim the virtue of Christs blood believing and knowing that the time
for the unfolding of special truth in relation to the closing scenes of this earth's
history is during the last generations that shall live upon the earth. {Testimonies
Volume 2 page 692.2} Even unto the end as we follow advancing light.
The truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light.
{1888 Materials page 547.4}
When God's people are at ease, and satisfied with their present
enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that
they should be ever moving forward, to receive the increased and everincreasing light which is shining for them. {Testimonies Volume 5 page
708.3}
New light will ever be revealed on the Word of God to him who is in living
connection with the Sun of Righteousness. Let no one come to the conclusion
that there is no more truth to be revealed. The diligent, prayerful seeker for
truth will find precious rays of light yet to shine forth from the Word of God.
Many gems are yet scattered that are to be gathered together to
become the property of the remnant people of God. But light is not
given simply to be a strength to the church, but to be shed upon those
who are in darkness. {Testimonies on Sabbath School page 53.2}
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Additional information and Bible studies under this topic:
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Does the Seventh Day Adventist Church Corporation teach that its Trinity
conception is Consubstantial (One Being)? See what the Biblical Research
Institute (the Corporate SDA doctrinal authorities) teaches on its web-site set
up to guide Pastors, leaders and lay-men on what the church believes the
following is from the paper called Reflections on the Doctrine of the Trinity
page 8:
Therefore, even the best analogies fall short in their attempt to describe the

divine Being. Any and all spiritualistic interpretations are simply imperfect and untrue. They
weaken and diminish the divine majesty to which no earthly likeness can be compared. The
word person is still a poor way of expressing the reality. Here more than anywhere else in
theology are we reminded of the purely hypothetical character of our speculations. Therefore,
we must confess that the Trinity is one indivisible God and that the distinctions of the Persons
do not destroy the divine unity. This unity of God is expressed by saying that He is one
substance. Nevertheless, in the divine unity there are three co-eternal and co-equal Persons,
who, though distinct, are the One undivided and adorable God. This is the doctrine of
Scripture.
The preceding document can be accessed here:
http://biblicalresearch.gc.adventist.org/documents/Doctrine%20of%20the
%20Trinity.pdf
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Many call the Church Babylon and leave, but go out and still drink the wine of
Babylon. Coming out of Babylon does not refer to leaving the Corporate SDA
church. To flee out of the midst of Babylon means to stop drinking the wine of
Babylon, which is error. In correcting error, Gods people shall have plenty
enough challenge and spiritual battle; it is not as easy as to simply stop
attending a certain Church fellowship Jesus and the prophets gave no such
example of leaving the flock of God because of their sins and error.
The Lord had sent them messages of warning and reproof, of consolation
and promise, by his prophets, rising up early and sending them, but they had
beaten one and stoned another, and it could not be that a prophet
should perish outside of Jerusalem. Finally God had sent his Son, and
from the highest bough to the lowest he had searched for fruit, and had found
none. For their sakes he had clothed his divinity with humanity, made himself
of no reputation, fled before the feet of his accusers and haters, and yet
carried a rebellious people upon his heart. He had done all that could be
done, but they turned from him, demanding still more evidence. His life was
one continual miracle, but they knew it not, and demanded that he should
show them a miracle. But in the face of their utter rejection of his love, their
unbelief in his mission and divinity, when he knew that the representative
men of the nation were plotting for his destruction, he wept over the city of
his love. His prophetic eye read the history of the past, and the woe and the
guilt of the future, and his heart was breaking with agony because the people
of God knew not the time of their visitation. Hell moved by a power from
beneath, that the guilty inhabitants of Jerusalem might carry out the will of
the prince of darkness. Stirred with enmity they would yield themselves to
the control of the malignant foe, and make the Prince of life their victim.
Clouds of wrath were gathering over the doomed city; for they called down
upon themselves judgment, crying, "His blood be on us and upon our
children." That blood by virtue of which the repentant sinner might be
forgiven--that blood by which a guilty world might be saved, by

which the Jewish nation might be saved and purified, which was paid
a ransom for the sins of the world, was to them the final guilt in the
cup of their iniquity. Jesus knew that his chosen people were to put him,
the Prince of life and glory, to an ignominious death. He knew what was to be
their doom. With prophetic glance he saw the Roman legions, he heard the
tramp of armies, saw the city encompassed and in flames, and the temple a
smoking ruin. The miseries of the people whom he longed to save, rose up
before him. He beholds their guilt and agony, but they are as unrelenting
as was Satan in his rebellion against God. {1888 1059.2}
The heart of Jesus was pierced with agony, and from his pale lips came
forth the words, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the
things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." In
their blind unbelief they would not know the Prince of life; if they had known
him, they would not have crucified him. {1888 1059.3}