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The Special Resurrection

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This document will deal with every statement some pioneers tried to use to teach the error that all Adventists who are saved are part of the 144,000. The best pretext in the quest of finding the truth on this issue, is the reading of the first few pages of Chapter 40 of The Great Controversy, entitled God’s people delivered. This document will also deal with the purposes for Regeneration, relative to the love and justice of God Almighty. We will prove that because most of God’s people don’t understand the Biblical Principle of Regeneration, they are straining at the gnat to come up with all manner of erroneous interpretations of the Bible and Ellen White on the resurrection issue.

It is becoming common place for many Adventists to teach that all SDA’s who are saved are part of the 144,000. This document will totally expose the folly of this teaching, and I mean TOTALLY! In light of the facts I give in this document, I prove that even James White was grossly errant on this issue, and I mean PROVE IT BEYONE THE PARTICLE OF A DOUBT! The false charters of end-time events are also following Andrew Henriques on this gross error.

The Principle of Regeneration is fully supported by Sola Scriptura, the Bible alone.

http://omega77.tripod.com/myvisionregenerationbiblealone.htm

God's People Delivered

“When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honor the law of God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement for their destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to strike in one night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof.

The people of God--some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the forests and the mountains--still plead for divine protection, while in every quarter companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing for the work of death. It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity, that the God of Israel will interpose for the deliverance of His chosen. Saith the Lord; "Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth . . . to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall show the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones." Isaiah 30:29, 30.

With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation, throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey, when, lo, a

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dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the night, falls upon the earth. Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company. The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries die away. The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness.

By the people of God a voice, clear and melodious, is heard, saying, "Look up," and lifting their eyes to the heavens, they behold the bow of promise. The black, angry clouds that covered the firmament are parted, and like Stephen they look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of God and the Son of man seated upon His throne. In His divine form they discern the marks of His humiliation; and from His lips they hear the request presented before His Father and the holy angels: "I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am." John 17:24. Again a voice, musical and triumphant, is heard, saying: "They come! they come! holy, harmless, and undefiled. They have kept the word of My patience; they shall walk among the angels;" and the pale, quivering lips of those who have held fast their faith utter a shout of victory.

It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. The sun appears, shining in its strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Everything in nature seems turned out of its course. The streams cease to flow. Dark, heavy clouds come up and clash against each other. In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of indescribable glory, whence comes the voice of God like the sound of many waters, saying: "It is done." Revelation 16:17.

That voice shakes the heavens and the earth. There is a

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mighty earthquake, "such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." Verses 17, 18. The firmament appears to open and shut. The glory from the throne of God seems flashing through. The mountains shake like a reed in the wind, and ragged rocks are scattered on every side. There is a roar as of a coming tempest. The sea is lashed into fury. There is heard the shriek of a hurricane like the voice of demons upon a mission of destruction. The whole earth heaves and swells like the waves of the sea. Its surface is breaking up. Its very foundations seem to be giving way. Mountain chains are sinking. Inhabited islands disappear. The seaports that have become like Sodom for wickedness are swallowed up by the angry waters. Babylon the great has come in remembrance before God, "to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." Great hailstones, every one "about the weight of a talent," are doing their work of destruction. Verses 19, 21. The proudest cities of the earth are laid low. The lordly palaces, upon which the world's great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are crumbling to ruin before their eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and God's people, who have been held in bondage for their faith, are set free.

Graves are opened, and "many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel's message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. "They also which pierced Him" (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ's dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient.

Note by Ron: It is of extreme importance to note here that many are teaching that those raised in the special resurrection go through the time of trouble, but this is not true. A voice from heaven has already said: “IT IS DONE.” As you will see in this document, some are saying that only the 144,000 hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. That is not true as you see above. End note by Ron.

Thick clouds still cover the sky; yet the sun now and then breaks through, appearing like the avenging eye of Jehovah.

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Fierce lightnings leap from the heavens, enveloping the earth in a sheet of flame. Above the terrific roar of thunder, voices, mysterious and awful, declare the doom of the wicked. The words spoken are not comprehended by all; but they are distinctly understood by the false teachers. Those who a little before were so reckless, so boastful and defiant, so exultant in their cruelty to God's commandment-keeping people, are now overwhelmed with consternation and shuddering in fear. Their wails are heard above the sound of the elements. Demons acknowledge the deity of Christ and tremble before His power, while men are supplicating for mercy and groveling in abject terror.

Said the prophets of old, as they beheld in holy vision the day of God: "Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty." Isaiah 13:6. "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low." "In that day a man shall cast the idols of his silver, and the idols of his gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth." Isaiah 2:10-12, 20, 21, margin.

Through a rift in the clouds there beams a star whose brilliancy is increased fourfold in contrast with the darkness. It speaks hope and joy to the faithful, but severity and wrath to the transgressors of God's law. Those who have sacrificed all for Christ are now secure, hidden as in the secret of the Lord's pavilion. They have been tested, and before the world and the despisers of truth they have evinced their fidelity to Him

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who died for them. A marvelous change has come over those who have held fast their integrity in the very face of death. They have been suddenly delivered from the dark and terrible tyranny of men transformed to demons. Their faces, so lately pale, anxious, and haggard, are now aglow with wonder, faith, and love. Their voices rise in triumphant song: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." Psalm 46:1-3.

While these words of holy trust ascend to God, the clouds sweep back, and the starry heavens are seen, unspeakably glorious in contrast with the black and angry firmament on either side. The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar. Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet: "The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself." Psalm 50:6. That holy law, God's righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire. The words are so plain that all can read them. Memory is aroused, the darkness of superstition and heresy is swept from every mind, and God's ten words, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, are presented to the view of all the inhabitants of the earth.

It is impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled upon God's holy requirements. The Lord gave them His law; they might have compared their characters with it and learned their defects while there was yet opportunity for repentance and reform; but in order to secure the favor of the world, they set aside its precepts and taught others to transgress. They have endeavored to compel

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God's people to profane His Sabbath. Now they are condemned by that law which they have despised. With awful distinctness they see that they are without excuse. They chose whom they would serve and worship. "Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not." Malachi 3:18.

The enemies of God's law, from the ministers down to the least among them, have a new conception of truth and duty. Too late they see that the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living God. Too late they see the true nature of their spurious sabbath and the sandy foundation upon which they have been building. They find that they have been fighting against God. Religious teachers have led souls to perdition while professing to guide them to the gates of Paradise. Not until the day of final accounts will it be known how great is the responsibility of men in holy office and how terrible are the results of their unfaithfulness. Only in eternity can we rightly estimate the loss of a single soul. Fearful will be the doom of him to whom God shall say: Depart, thou wicked servant.

The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory.

Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man's hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it

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draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a "Man of Sorrows," to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. "Faithful and True," "in righteousness He doth judge and make war." And "the armies which were in heaven" (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way. The firmament seems filled with radiant forms--"ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." No human pen can portray the scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendor. "His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light." Habakkuk 3:3,4. As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. "And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords." Revelation 19:16. The Great Controversy, pp. 635-641.

THE SPECIAL RESURRECTION of Daniel 12:2, 3, and Early Writings, 285.

Daniel 12:2, 3, and Early Writings, p. 285, are being interpreted by some to mean that all Seventh-day Adventists who are saved and died in the faith, are part of the 144,000.

Dan 12:2   And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 

Dan 12:3   And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 

Why Does It Say the 144,000 Do Not Taste Death? See article at this link:

https://sabbathsermons.com/2010/04/30/why-does-it-say-the-144000-do-not-taste-death/

Note by Ron: I am quoting only a few paragraphs of the article here at the beginning of this document, but I quote the entire article and respond to it further down.

THE TIME OF TROUBLE

“God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him.” {EW 282.2}

They don’t see death by persecution in the plagues, but some will see death since the sealing commenced in 1848 but are raised in the Daniel 12:2 special resurrection.

THE SPECIAL RESURRECTION

“Some of the 144,000 who are sleeping are raised during the seventh plague. Only the 144,000 hear the covenant of peace;”

Note by Ron: The author of the article wrongly presumes that because “God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen around them…” that only the 144,000 hear the covenant of peace. That is not true, to wit:

“Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient. {GC 637.1}

The reason the author says that only the 144,000 hear the covenant of peace, is because the burden of his article is to prove that all SDA’s who go to heaven are one of the 144,000. He errantly assumes that from the following statement:

 

“God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him.” {EW 282.2}

Continued: Note by Ron: God makes a covenant BOTH with those who die and are raised at the special resurrection to be with the 144,000, AND THE 144,000. They BOTH hear the covenant of peace that God makes with those who had kept His law. They are both law keepers, but those who are raised from the dead don’t fulfill all the conditions for being one of the 144,000. I cite those conditions near the end of this document.

“The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.” {EW 285.1}

“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.” {EW 14.1}

There is an “apparent” conflict between the above two statements and Ellen White’s below (further down) definition of the 144,000, that they are… “the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent….” “whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death.”

Elder Johnson said that Regeneration resolves all “apparent” contradiction by Ellen White on the issue of the resurrection. He said that the opening of the graves of those “…who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law” are those who were Regenerated, but did not qualify to be one of the 144,000.

The 144,000 are those who are translated without seeing death. Both of these groups derive ONLY from faithful Adventists.

Quote by Elder J. Wilfred Johnson:

“All those whose characters are righteous but who have not attained to the fullness of the stature of Christ, who have depended upon the substitutionary merits of Christ’s righteousness to obtain their ticket to salvation, (they all have, for that matter, but in a different sense) – those who have not attained to the complete fullness of the stature of Christ but who still manifest shortcomings and faults, but who nevertheless believe in the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour, and who are co-operative with the government of heaven – I say these, whose characters have also been tested since 1844, are the great multitude who will be laid to sleep again but on whom the second death will have no power; for at the coming of Jesus they will be raised into the fullness of their former lives

They will again receive their characters and their memories. In the investigative judgment they received their characters but were unconscious of their former existence, having not received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the sense that the 144,000 will ultimately receive it.

But among these there are those who have attained to the fullness of the stature of Christ, coming from each era of the church’s history; and these characters will all be reborn and re-appear in a special resurrection just before the coming of Christ. And it is through this appearance that they receive the fullness of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the final phase of the latter rain and are translated.” Elder J. Wilfred Johnson, Panorama of Truth, Vol. 1, p. 84.

Two Different SDA Groups in the Special Resurrection

There are others who interpret all of the above in a very different way, that makes Ellen White contradict herself. Also, their interpretation makes ALL SAVED SDA’S ONE OF THE 144,000. That teaching makes a lot of other E. G. White statements contradict one another. For example, her clear definition of the 144,000 below. Elder Johnson’s view of Regeneration does not make Ellen White contradict this statement. All other views do make her contradict herself.

Ellen White’s Definition of the 144,000

“The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon’s warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. {3SG 26.2}

Could God hold us responsible for interpreting Ellen White so as not to make her contradict herself, as she instructed in the following statement?

“1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible.” {RH November 25, 1884, par. 24}

The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth. {RH November 25, 1884, par. 25}

The same principles should be used when applying the Spirit of Prophecy, which comes from the same Holy Spirit from whom Bible prophets received their Spirit of Prophecy. Why would the process be different with Ellen White?

“The word of the Lord, spoken through His servants, is received by many with questionings and fears. And many will defer their obedience to the warning and reproofs given, waiting till every shadow of uncertainty is removed from their minds. The unbelief that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to the evidence that God is pleased to give. He requires of His people faith that rests upon the weight of evidence, not upon perfect knowledge. Those followers of Christ who accept the light that God sends them must obey the voice of God speaking to them when there are many other voices crying out against it. It requires discernment to distinguish the voice of God.” {3T 258.2}

Notes by Ron: The next few pages are by me until I say End of Note by Ron.

More Statements That Sound Like Every SDA is one of the 144,000

“Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient. {GC 637.1}

The 144,000 as Distinguished From Other SDA’s Who are Saved

“As we were traveling along, we met a company who also were gazing at the glories of the place. I noticed red as a border on their garments; their crowns were brilliant; their robes were pure white. As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they were. He said they were martyrs that had been slain for Him. With them was an innumerable company of little ones; they also had a hem of red on their garments. {CET 63.1}

Mount Zion was just before us, and on the mount was a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses and lilies. And I saw the little ones climb, or, if they chose, use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains, and pluck the never-fading flowers. There were all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place; the box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate, and the fig-tree bowed down with the weight of its timely figs,—these made the place all over glorious. And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, “Only the 144,000 enter this place,” and we shouted, “Alleluia.” {CET 63.2}

This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw, I cannot describe. Oh, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the better world. I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. {CET 63.3}

After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out, and Jesus left us, and went to the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying: “Come, My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you.” We shouted, “Alleluia! glory!” and entered into the city.” {CET 64.1}

The Dead are Raised After the 144,000 are Sealed

“While I was praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell upon me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. 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. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. 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. 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. {CCh 33.1}

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 [those who chose to follow 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. {CCh 33.2}

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 as 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 sang again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. {CCh 33.3}

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.” {CCh 34.1}

Important Points to Observe in the Above Statement

·       The 144,000 are sealed BEFORE the “dead” saints are later raised from their graves at the time of the mighty earthquake.

·       According to the above statement, the graves of the dead don’t open until after Jesus comes and the mighty earthquake takes place. At this point, it is too late for the “dead” buried in literal graves in the earth to be tested by the wicked who were earlier rushing 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.

·       The violent who attacked the 144,000 earlier, BEFORE the dead are raised from their graves, are killed by the brightness of Christ’s coming says Ellen White in other statements. So, these could not be tested by the Great Time of Trouble, which is Satan’s final death decree, by  which he attempts to destroy the saints in ONE NIGHT, The Great Controversy, p. 635.

“A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God. The 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God. Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On their garments was written in large characters, “Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting.” I asked who this company were. The angel said, “These are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up.” I heard them cry with a loud voice, “We have believed in Thy coming, and taught it with energy.” And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the residue with their feet—trodden the Sabbath underfoot—and that was why they were weighed in the balance and found wanting. {EW 36.2}

·       Thus, the dead who come out of their graves could not in any way go through the time of trouble, and the 144,000 are described as coming out of Great Tribulation.

·       Elder Johnson’s vision on Regeneration solves all the cited problems by identifying those who come forth from their graves in the special resurrection, as faithful Adventists who did not qualify to be one of the 144,000. The other group who are in the special resurrection of the living are the 144,000, who are translated without seeing death, and who will have indeed lived through the Great Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the FINAL death decree by Satan (GC 635). They then discover their true identity by “awakening” at this time to recognize one another as well as their own true identity before they were Regenerated for the Investigative Judgment. For example, the Regenerated disciples will recognize one another at that time, and not before that time. This interpretation totally conforms to the weight of evidence formula, by incurring NO CONTRADICTIONS. This will be better appreciated as you read all of this document. Regeneration is well documented in Sola Scriptura, and the writings of Ellen G. White.

·       Other scenarios (such as the two false end-time charters) are saying that those who come out of their graves at the 7th plague, do experience great tribulation. That is not true. They don’t even experience those who rush upon the 144,000 to slay them, because those enemies are slain by the brightness of Christ’s coming, and those supposed as dead in literal graves of the earth, are not raised until the mighty earthquake that accompanies the coming of Christ, which destroys the wicked who were seeking to destroy the 144,000.

·        “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 & cried out, 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, Hallelujah! as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death [before being Regenerated to be the last remnant living just before Jesus come], and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them [all our former friends we were blinded to] to meet the Lord in the air.” Early Writings, p. 16.

·       It is at the time of the resurrection of the sleeping saints, that the 144,000 also awaken from their “sleep” as to their true, pre-Investigative Judgment identity.

·       As I have pointed out many times over the years, all but the 144,000 SDA’s are martyred. They have red on their robes, and they are distinguished from the bride in a statement we will examine further down.

·       The martyred SDA’s are not part of the 144,000, but they are saved. I’m informing you that all other scenarios I have read, including that of Andrew Henriques, makes all SDA’s who are saved, the 144,000, as does the apostate SDA church, and that simply is not true.

·       Elder Johnson followed the weight of evidence formula. He first formed a theory and interpreted it so that NOTHING CONTRADICTS. I did the same thing. Could God hold anyone responsible in any negative way, for following the weight of evidence formula? Nay!

·       Could the Lord hold anyone negatively responsible for NOT following the weight of evidence formula? Yea!

·       Some are saying that even saved children are among the 144,000. I did not know that children could serve as priests in the Temple of God on Mt. Zion, especially when the purpose of that Temple priesthood is to instruct 11th hour converts and children so that they may “grow them up” in the truth.

·       In the New Earth after the Millennium, John sees NO TEMPLE, so the purpose of the Temple is complete.

·       Some of the members of the other 7 churches are saved, for example, Smyrna. But only Philadelphia get the New Name of the Father, New Jerusalem.

What About Brother Hasting’s Wife

The following statement is used to contravene all other weight of evidence, even the fact that the 144,000 go through the time of trouble. The statement says that sister Hastings will come up at the voice of God and be with the 144,000. That does not make it conclusive that she will be one of the 144,000, because the statement also says she will rest during the time of trouble, and the 144,000 come out of Great Tribulation. So we must conclude that sister Hastings IS NOT one of the 144,000, even though she is brought forth at the voice of God. Here again, we must go strictly by the weight of evidence formula. We cannot as humans conclude that being with the 144,000, even though not going through the time of trouble, makes a person one with the 144,000. We just can’t make that leap, and abide by the weight of evidence formula.

What is conclusive about sister Hastings is the fact that she comes up at the voice of God, and that is exactly the time of the GENERAL RESURRECTION. All will be “WITH” the 144,000, and will ascend to heaven “WITH” the 144,000. See the description of the general resurrection further down.

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

·       The living righteous are the 144,000.

·       They are glorified at the voice of God.

·       The living righteous are made immortal and with the risen saints (general resurrection) are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

Dear Brother Hastings:

I hardly know what to say to you. The news of your wife’s death was to me overwhelming. I could hardly believe it and can hardly believe it now.2 God gave me a view last Sabbath night which I will write. {1EGWLM 199.4}

I saw God gave Brother Bates [Joseph Bates]3 a dream which if he had followed, he would have been with you in your wife’s distress; and if Brother Chamberlain [Ezra L. H. Chamberlain]4 had not been with him, he would have gone to God alone, and he would have seen by the dream and by the drawings of the Spirit that he must come directly to your house when Satan had got your wife in his grasp, and by faith in God would have wrenched her from the power of the enemy. But he leaned upon Brother Chamberlain some for duty and followed his impressions instead of the light God gave him in the dream. {1EGWLM 199.5}

I saw it was for no wrong of yours that she was taken away, but if Brother Bates had come directly to your house, she would have been rescued from the grasp of the enemy. {1EGWLM 200.1}

I saw they did wrong in afflicting the afflicted by reproving you for having the funeral on the Sabbath. I saw they had better been looking at themselves and seeing where they had erred from the path of duty that God had marked out for them to go in. {1EGWLM 200.2}

I saw that she was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company. I saw her death would result in good. {1EGWLM 200.3}

Note by Ron: This is repeated for emphasis: Sister Hastings will come up at the voice of God. That is when all SDA’s, with the 144,000, are glorified and are caught up together with the 144,000 to meet the Lord in the air. So naturally, the risen saints would “be with the 144,000, at that time, but will not be ONE OF THEM. To say or imply that Sister Hastings will be one of the 144,000, is just plain wrong, to wit:

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

To say, infer, or imply that Sister Hastings, and/or all SDA’s are part of the 144,000, because of the statement about Sister Hastings, is totally not true.

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the “great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, ... before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs.” {DD 54.3}

1.    Nearest the throne one would expect the bride, the 144,000, for the good reason that Christ is her head and she is His body.

2.    Next are the martyrs. These cannot be the 144,000, for they are not translated without seeing death. They die at the time of the first death decree announced on day 1260 after the initial legislation of a National/World Sunday Law, when Satan comes out of the bottomless pit. On day 1260 he announces the first death decree that kills all the martyrs. There is a 30-day warning period which accounts for the 30 day time span from the 1260 to the 1290, Daniel 12. But Ellen White says that time will be anticipated in some cases, so some will be killed beginning on day 1260.

3.    Some question how the martyrs could be seed for fruit at that time. Fact is, the truth will have been going like fire through stubble for 3 ½ years. All will have heard the truth. When they see martyrs willing to die for the truth they have heard, they are inspired to give their lives as a testament to truth.

4.    Next is the great multitude which no man can number.

 

The General Resurrection at the Voice of God

 

“6:14-17). A Lively Image of Glory—In this scene of the resurrection of the Son of God is given a lively image of the glory that will be revealed at the general resurrection of the just at the second appearing of Christ in the clouds of heaven. Then the dead that are in their graves shall hear His voice and come forth to life; and not only the earth, but the heavens themselves, shall be shaken. A few graves were opened at the resurrection of Christ; but at His second coming all the precious dead, from righteous Abel to the last saint that dies, shall awake to glorious, immortal life. {5BC 1110.3}

Other E. G. White Statements Used to Apply Other Scenarios than Regeneration

From here down, this is another treatise by the same person who wrote the above one. The link is:

https://sabbathsermons.com/2010/04/30/why-does-it-say-the-144000-do-not-taste-death/

Why Does It Say the 144,000 Do Not Taste Death?

THE TIME OF TROUBLE

“God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him.” {EW 282.2}

They don’t see death by persecution in the plagues, but some will see death since the sealing commenced in 1848 but are raised in the Daniel 12:2 special resurrection.

THE SPECIAL RESURRECTION

“The great multitude do not hear the covenant of peace but only sealed Sabbath keepers;”

“The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory.” {GC 640.2}

The great multitude aren’t raised yet.

“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.” {EW 15.1}

Jesus hasn’t come back yet, he’s still coming and the great multitude haven’t been resurrected yet. Then in paragraph two it then says;

“Soon appeared the great white cloud, upon which sat the Son of man. When it first appeared in the distance, this cloud looked very small. The angel said that it was the sign of the Son of man. As it drew nearer the earth, we could behold the excellent glory and majesty of Jesus as He rode forth to conquer.” {EW 286.2}

“The earth mightily shook as the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints. They responded to the call and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, “Victory, victory, over death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their voices in a long, transporting shout of victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the grave bearing the marks of disease and death came up in immortal health and vigor. The living saints are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up with the risen ones, and together they meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting! Friends whom death had separated were united, never more to part.” {EW 287.1}

Note by Ron: The above statement describes the rising of the sleeping SDA saints who did not aspire to being the 144,000. They were regenerated as well for the Investigative Judgment. Thus, the special resurrection is inclusive of two groups of SDA’s—those who aspired to be the 144,000, who “awaken” to who they really are at this time (Who they were before they were regenerated), and those who did not aspire to being one of the 144,000, but who kept the commandments of God and are safe to save. End note.

The Spirit of Prophecy clearly shows two resurrections.

1. Part of the sleeping 144,000 are raised in the plagues

2. The great earthquake occurs

3. The great multitude are raised

Elder Johnson saw three resurrections:

1.    In the Special Resurrection, The 144,000 awaken to their true identity.

2.    All who died in the SDA faith from 1844, but who did not become one of the 144,000. This includes all who covert to Adventism during the final Midnight Cry, who are martyred. IS THIS IN THE BIBLE?

3.    The General resurrection of all non-SDA’s from past ages who lived up to all the light they had. They form the great multitude.

       End of long Note by Ron.

       Back to the article:

Who is patient? The 144,000.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

When are the sleeping ones raised?

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.

WHAT DID THE PIONEERS SAY?

James White:

“Those who die under the third angel’s message are a part of the 144,000; there are not 144,000 in addition to these, but these help make up that number. They are raised to mortal life shortly before Christ comes, and are changed to immortality when Christ appears.” RH Sept 23, 1880.

Note by Ron: There is absolutely no Bible support for James White’s above statement. Ellen White never made any such statement.

As regards to all other “heresay” statements that are similar to that of James White, if that was the general belief and intent of the Holy Spirit, Ellen White would have made such a statement.

 The Lord has shown me that we cannot take hearsay statements by second and third parties as being reliable. Ellen White never made a statement to the affect that all SDA’s who die under the third angels message are a part of the 144,000. End note.

W. C. White:

“Now to the question: Did Sister White teach that those who died in the message since 1844 and of whom it is said, ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth,’ that they shall be members of the 144,000?

“I can assure you, my brother, that this was the belief and the teaching of Ellen G White. Many times I have heard her make statements to this effect, and I am in possession of a letter to Brother Hastings who is mentioned on page 237 of Life Sketches in which she says plainly that his wife who had recently died would be a member of the 144,000.

Note by Ron: If Willie White heard his mother make statement to that effect, then she would have published such. If that was the common belief of all pioneers, Ellen White would surely have stated it in writing. And the Hasting’s statement DOES NOT SAY that Sister Hasting would be ONE OF THE 144,000. It says that she will be with them. The reason she will be with them, is because faithful SDA’s who did not make the 144,000, but are saved, will also rise at the voice of Christ, to wit:

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

Ellen White’s statement DOES NOT say that Hasting’s wife would be one of the 144,000, but would be with them, just as all those who are Regenerated during the Investigative Judgment from 1844 and on, who do not qualify to be one of the 144,000. They are raised at the same time that the 144,000 awaken to their true identity. End note by Ron.

“In a letter recently received from a brother in Reno, Nevada, reference is made to a statement in Elder Loughborough’s book found on page 29 in which it is reported that Sister White said: ‘Those who died in the faith will be among the 144,000, I am clear on that matter’

“And I testify, my brother, that that is in perfect harmony with her writings, her sayings and her teachings throughout the years of her ministry.” Letter of W C White, dated April 18, 1929.

Note by Ron: The terminology was subject to being grossly misunderstood because those who died in the faith will be AMONG the 144,000, but not one of them. They are “among” them because the living righteous (144,000) are together with the risen saints, and glorified at the same time (below) statement. This is the reason this is easily misapprehended.

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

End note by Ron.

Lewis Harrison Christian (not a pioneer):

We find this, too, in the life and teachings of Mrs. White. She foresaw and predicted many things. There is in her writings, however, no time prophecies of things to come. Some have tried to discover these by explaining her words that some people present at a conference would be alive when Jesus comes. They forget her other words about a special resurrection. {1947 LHC, FSG 407.2}

Note by Ron: If Ellen White taught that all SDA who died in the faith would be among the 144,000, there would be such a statement in her writings. Also, she would not have instructed all to strive to be one of the 144,000. She would have merely said strive to be saved and you will be one of the 144,000. But she never said either. They forget her “other words” about a special resurrection, because she never wrote such, and we cannot go by hearsay! End note by Ron.

Stephen Haskell:

So those who have fallen asleep, having the seal of God, will have a special resurrection, and will be called forth to hear the covenant of peace, and to behold their Lord as He comes in the clouds of heaven. {1905 SNH, SSP 252.1}

Christ Himself came to earth, and claimed the body of Moses. He did not wait until all came from their graves. So those who have fallen asleep, having the seal of God, will have a special resurrection, and will be called forth to hear the covenant of peace, and to behold their Lord as He comes in the clouds of heaven. . {1905 SNH, SSP 252.1}

Note by Ron: Yes, all faithful SDA come up in the special resurrection, but there are two different groups—the 144,000, and those who fell asleep in the message, but did not qualify to be one of the 144,000. This is very clear. I repeat:

“The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.15 {CG 566.3}

End note by Ron.

John N. Loughborough:

Some persons, more especially since 1894, have claimed that none will be reckoned among the 144,000 but those who lived until the second coming of Christ; and that this must be so, for according to Rev.14:3,4, they are “redeemed from among men,” and “from the earth.” According to Daniel 12, there is a partial resurrection in the “time of trouble,” just before Christ’s second coming. We read: “At that time shall Michael stand up, . . . And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Surely those who awake to everlasting life will be alive and “among men,” when Christ comes. {1916 JNL, QSM 22.1}

If, in 1848-1850, persons were being sealed, we would naturally expect they would be of those wakened to everlasting life, and so be with the 144,000. Of this resurrection we read in “Early Writings,” “Spiritual Gifts,” old edition, page 145: “There was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.”  {1916 JNL, QSM 22.2}

I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. After we beheld the glory of the temple we went out, and Jesus left us, and went to the city.” From this we would surely conclude that in the new earth, Sister White would be one of the 144,000. 1 {1916 JNL, QSM 25.1}

Note by Ron: If Ellen White is one of the 144,000, she will be alive to be translated without seeing death again. And yes: at the voice of God, the graves of all SDA’s who did not qualify as one of the 144,000, will join the 144,000 and be WITH THE 144,000, but not be one of them in that sense, but not ONE OF THEM. That is precisely the case of Sister Hastings. End note by Ron.

It was because of these plain statements, that our people and ministers, down to 1894, believed and taught that the sealing work had been going on since 1848, and that the 144,000 were being sealed. I do not see how we could draw any other idea, from the testimonies we have quoted, than that the sealing work had begun in 1848-1850. {1916 JNL, QSM 21.1}

Note by Ron: All who are saved are sealed, but that does not mean all who are saved are sealed to be one of the 144,000 to be translated without seeing death. End note.

“These having been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as ‘the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.’ (The Sabbath keepers resurrected to eternal life will surely be among the living at Christ’s second coming.) ‘These are they which came out of great tribulation;’ they have passed through the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.” That trouble of the nations will be under the sixth plague; and it is at that time, according to Dan.12:1, that the partial resurrection will take place, bringing up the sealed Sabbath keepers. This will be when the seventh plague is yet to come.  {1916 JNL, QSM 26.1}

Note by Ron: Some say that it is at the sixth plague that the partial resurrection will take place. The above says the seventh! At the seventh plague there is a mighty earthquake. The voice from heaven says: IT IS DONE! So how do those who come up at the time of the voice of God and the great earthquake go through the time of trouble?

Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 

Rev 16:18   And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 

It is absolutely false that all Sabbath keepers resurrected to eternal life are “…they which came out of great tribulation, because they don’t pass through the time of trouble. They are raised at the time of the great earthquake that accompanies the coming of Christ. The following statement makes it clear that those who come forth from their dusty beds, to be with the 144,000, do not come forth under the sixth plague, but rather the seventh (see last sentence in the above statement).

If, in 1848-1850, persons were being sealed, we would naturally expect they would be of those wakened to everlasting life, and so be with the 144,000. Of this resurrection we read in “Early Writings,” “Spiritual Gifts,” old edition, page 145: “There was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.”  {1916 JNL, QSM 22.2}

End note by Ron

If there is still a doubt of the resurrected Sabbath keepers’ being numbered with the 144,000, consider the following from Sister White’s words in 1909. At the general Conference in 1909, Elder Irwin had a stenographer accompany him in a call upon Sister White. He wished to ask her some questions, and have an exact copy of the words of the questions, and the exact words of the replies. Among other questions was this one: “Will those who have died in the message be among the 144,000?” In reply, Sister White said: “Oh, yes, those who have died in the faith will be among the 144,000. I am clear on that matter.” These were the exact words of question and answer, as Brother Irwin permitted me to copy from his stenographer’s report. {1916 JNL, QSM 31.1}

Note by Ron: I absolutely agree that those who are raised at the voice of God and the great earthquake will be among (with) the 144,000, but that does not make them ONE OF THE 144,000, because Ellen White clearly stated that the 144,000 remnant would be translated without seeing death, to wit:

“The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon’s warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. {3SG 26.2}

End not by Ron.

THE query may now arise: “If the sealing message is to go to all the world with a Pentecostal power, and the earth to be lighted with its glory, and if, as recently stated by Brother Blank, it is to result in ‘millions’ being prepared for Christ’s second coming, is not 144,000 a small number to be sealed? It is only a fraction of one million.” In His word the Lord has spoken of those to be saved at His coming as a “little flock.” Luke 12:32. They are also a people who have been subject to a very rigid test. The prophet Daniel speaks of them: “Many shall be purified, and made white and tried.” Dan.12:10. Some translate this “thoroughly tested.” It may be true in this case, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt.22:14. In “Testimonies,” volume 5, page 136, published in 1881, we read, “The great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. {1916 JNL, QSM 32.1}

IS THE NUMBER LITERAL OF SYMBOLIC?

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. {EW 14.1}

Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. {EW 16.2}

The bible does the maths also. 12,000 + 12,000 and so on… equals 144,000.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

7:5 Of the tribe of Juda [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad [were] sealed twelve thousand.

7:6 Of the tribe of Aser [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses [were] sealed twelve thousand.

7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand.

7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand.

7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

REVELATION 20:4 EXPLAINED

The scripture of Revelation 20:4 is speaking of two groups –  the 144,000 and those who were beheaded in the dark ages.

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Uriah Smith says this:

The Exaltation of the Saints. — From the devil in his gloomy confinement, John now directs our attention to the saints in victory and glory, — the saints reigning with Christ — their employment being to assign to the wicked dead the punishment due their evil deeds. From that general assembly John then selects two classes as worthy of especial attention: first, the martyrs, those who had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus; and secondly, those who had not worshiped the beast and his image. This class, the ones who refuse the mark of the beast and his image, are of course the ones who hear and obey the third message of Revelation 14; but these are not the ones who are beheaded for the witness of Jesus, as some who claim that the last generation of saints are all to be slain, would have us believe. The word rendered which, in the expression, “and which had not worshiped the beast,” etc., shows that there is another class introduced. The word is the compound relative, (hostis), not merely the simple relative, and is defined by Liddell and Scott, “Whosoever; whichsoever; any one who; anything which;” and by Robinson, “One who; some one who; whosoever; whatsoever.” As one class, John saw the martyrs, and as another, he saw those who had not worshiped the beast and his image. {1897 UrS, DAR 737.2}

Lest any one should say that if we render the passage “and whosoever had not worshiped the beast,” we thereby include millions of heathen and sinners who have not worshiped the beast, and promise them a reign with Christ of a thousand years, we would call attention to the fact that the preceding chapter states that the wicked had all been slain, and the seal of death had been set upon them for a thousand years; and John is viewing only the righteous company who have part in the first resurrection. {1897 UrS, DAR 738.2}

To avoid the doctrine of two resurrections, some claim that the passage, “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished,” is an interpolation, not found in the original, and hence not genuine. Even if this were so, it would not disprove the main proposition that the righteous dead are raised by themselves, in a “first resurrection,” and that there is a second resurrection a thousand years later, in which all the wicked are brought from their graves. But the criticism is not true. All scholarship is against it. The Revised Version retains the passage. {1897 UrS, DAR 738.3}

WHEN DID THE SEALING COMMENCE?

What follows are several excerpts from Stephen Haskell’s books and the Spirit of Prophecy.

Haskell’s Statements

The sealing, as described in the seventh chapter of Revelation, is going forward while the beast and his image, the ruling powers of earth, are striving to gain the recognition of all.  The interest of heaven centres in those few who receive the mark of the great Jehovah.  John, in the opening verse of chapter fourteen, sees them as they gather about the Saviour on Mount Zion. Gods Word traces their history minutely. {1905 SNH, SSP 246.1}

In the year 1848 the four angels of the seventh chapter of Revelation took their stand upon the four corners of the earth, to hold the winds of strife until the servants of God were sealed. … Between 1798 and the close of time, the wound of the beast is fully healed, and he renews his work of oppression through the powers of the earth. {1905 SNH, SSP 247.1}

Note by Ron: The false charters of end-time events, interpret the above statement to mean that the wound was healed in 1798. The wound is not healed until Rome gets a Sunday Law, and reigns again for 3 ½ years, 42 months, per Revelation 13:1-15. End note.

Christ himself came to earth, and claimed the body of Moses.  He did not wait until all came from their graves.  So those who have fallen asleep, having the seal of God, will have a special resurrection, and will be called forth to hear the covenant of peace, and to behold their Lord as He comes in the clouds of heaven. {1905 SNH, SSP 252.2} 

These men were redeemed from the earth, from among men,-the first fruits unto God and the Lamb. They have been snatched as brands from the burning. “They were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.” The prophet Isaiah, in describing the condition of the churches in the days when the sealing work is in progress, says: “In that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” {1905 SNH, SSP 249.1} 

In 1848 occurred one of the greatest upheavals in the national affairs of Europe that had been for many centuries. Decided changes were made in some of the leading nations. In a brief period of time, many of the crowned heads of Europe submitted themselves to the people. It looked as if universal war was inevitable. In the midst of the turmoil and strife, came a sudden calm. No man could assign any reason for it, but the student of prophecy knew that the angels were holding the winds until the servants of God could be sealed in their foreheads. {1914 SNH, CIS 363.3}

The one hundred and forty-four thousand are redeemed from the earth–from among men. [Rev. 14:3,4] They are alive upon the earth when the Saviour comes, and will be translated, together with the innumerable host who will come from their dusty beds, clad in glorious immortality, when Christ comes in the clouds of heaven. [1 Thess. 4:16,17] {1914 SNH, CIS 359.3}

Note by Ron: The above two groups are what Elder Johnson sees as:

1.    The 144,000 who are translated without seeing death.

2.    All the faithful who were regenerated from 1844 and on, and who died under the Adventist faith, but did not qualify to be one of the 144,000.

End note by Ron.

Spirit of Prophecy Clarifications

Just before we entered it [the time of trouble], we all received the seal of the living God. Then I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword, nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion (Day-Star, March 14, 1846). {7BC 968.11}

The 144,000 are also called the firstfruits, but they are the firstfruits of the living.

These, having been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as “the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” {GC 648.3}

Just as Jesus and those resurrected with Him (being the first group to be resurrected from the dead) pointed forward to another harvest of resurrected saints at His second coming, so the 144,000 (first fruits of the living) must point forward to another living harvest to be harvested just before Christ’s second coming, a second fruits.

Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation. {1T 187.1}

They are called first fruits because they are the first ones to be harvested.

It is not His will that they shall get into controversy over questions which will not help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question. {1SM 174.3}

According to the last sentence of the above quotation, the time would come when the subject would be crystal clear, as there would be no question as to the identity of the 144,000. However, it is true that we are not able today to pick out certain individuals and say: “This one is to be one of the 144,000 and that one will not be” because God only knows who has the seal.

144,000 – Translated Without Seeing Death https://sabbathsermons.com/2012/07/14/144000-translated-without-seeing-death/

Question: If the sealing of the 144,000 commenced in 1848, and some of that number have died and will be resurrected in the “special resurrection”, how can it be said that the 144,000 are translated without seeing death? If order to find the answer to this question, we must be willing to read the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy very, very, carefully, and to take it exactly as it reads. We open the consideration with the following statements:

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

Only the 144,000 will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. We now read this simple statement from the Spirit of Prophecy:

Mary, dear precious child, is at rest. She was the companion of your sorrows and disappointed hopes. She will no more have grief or want or distress. Through faith’s discerning eye you may anticipate, amid your sorrows and griefs and perplexities, your Mary with her mother and other members of your family answering the call of the Life-giver and coming forth from their prison house triumphing over death and the grave. Your faith may see the loved and the lost ones reunited among the redeemed of earth. You with them erelong, if faithful, will be walking in the streets of the New Jerusalem, singing the song of Moses and the Lamb, wearing the jeweled crown. . . . {HP 272.4}

This man was told that if he was faithful, he would sing the song of Moses and the Lamb with his wife and her mother, who had both passed into the grave. If only the 144,000 sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, then we must conclude that the number will be made up of those who have already died. I will not spend any more time now on this point as this has been thoroughly covered in a previous study titled: 144,000 Dead or Alive. Such plain statements as quoted above from the Spirit of Prophecy are often cast aside because it conflicts with how we may have understood the matter.

Note by Ron: The above statement from HP 272, is a classic reason why Regeneration is true. The person who commented on the E. G. White statement did not know about Regeneration, as most don’t. But Regeneration explains the statement perfectly, without encountering the contradiction of having a non-member of the 144,000 singing the Song of Moses. End note by Ron.

Testimony of Henry N White Ellen White’s son who died at 16 states he will not experience the seven last plagues:

“HE FELT ANXIOUS LEST SOME ONE MIGHT BE AWAY WEEPING, AND INQUIRED FOR HIS MOTHER, SAYING, ‘O MY DEAR MOTHER, MAY GOD COMFORT HER.’ AFTER THIS HE INQUIRED IF THE PHYSICIAN WAS COMING SOON, AND SAID THERE WAS NOT MUCH NEED OF A PHYSICIAN THEN. HIS MOTHER ASKED HIM IF HE SUFFERED PAIN, AND HE REPLIED THAT HE DID NOT. HE CALLED HIS FATHER, AND SAID, ‘FATHER, YOU ARE LOSING YOUR SON. YOU WILL MISS ME, BUT DON’T MOURN. IT IS BETTER FOR ME. I SHALL ESCAPE BEING DRAFTED, AND SHALL NOT WITNESS THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES. TO DIE SO HAPPY IS A PRIVILEGE.’ HE SAID THAT MUSIC HAD BEEN HIS GREATEST EARTHLY PLEASURE, AND ASKED EDSON TO PLAY ‘MOUNT VERNON’ FOR HIM ON THE MELODEON. EDSON WENT INTO THE PARLOR AND COMPLIED WITH HIS REQUEST, AND ON HIS RETURN HENRY SAID, ‘MUSIC IN HEAVEN WILL BE SWEETER THAN THAT.’ {LS88 348.1}

I myself have often queried the idea that the number of the 144,000 could include those who have “died in the faith of the third angel’s message”. It was words and phrases quoted throughout the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy such as “translated” and “without seeing death” that caused me to question as to whether this was the case or not. And it is my belief that it is for the same reason that many Seventh-day Adventists are unwilling to accept such plain statements as the one above. I took it for granted that I understood the subject of the 144,000. But when I returned to study it for myself, I realized that I had yet many questions unanswered, and that I was unable to give a reason for my belief. In this short study, I hope to make the subject clearer and remove many of the obstacles that still prevent us from receiving a plain “Thus saith the Lord”.

Note by Ron: The author of the article being critiqued was questioning Ellen White’s verity in saying that the 144,000 are translated without seeing death. End note by Ron.

We will read some examples of the statements that seemingly contradict the idea that some may have already died previously. We will take each one at a time and make some observations. But first, let us look at the word “translated”. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the word “translate/translated” thus:

1.a) to bear, remove, or change from one place, state, form, or appearance to another

b) to convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without death

from Strong’s Concordance we gather that the word “translate” comes from metatithēmi, which means: 1) to transpose (two things, one of which is put in place of the other)

a) to transfer

b) to change

c) to transfer one’s self or suffer one’s self to be transferred

1) to go or pass over

2) to fall away or desert from one person or thing to another

“Transpose” at Merriam-Websters Online:

1: to change in form or nature

3: to transfer from one place or period to another :

By the above definitions, we can see the two ways in which the word “translated” applies:

Those that are translated are changed from one state or condition to another

Those that are translated are transferred to one place from another

When we read the word in the inspired writings we can safely apply both definitions.

You will see both applications in the following two quotes:

“I might mention very many instances where I was pressed and urged, wept over and prayed for by zealots to come to these manufactured tests and crosses. I utterly refused to submit my judgment, my sense of Christian duties, and the dignity we should ever maintain as followers of Jesus Christ, who were expecting to be translated to heaven by receiving the finishing touch of immortality.” {8MR 230.1}

For his faithful obedience to God he [Enoch]was translated. So, also, the faithful, who are alive and remain, will be translated. They will be removed from a sinful and corrupt world to the pure joys of heaven. {CC 29.6}

However, it is also important that we take note where the “without death” applies in the definition of translation. It only applies in the sense of being conveyed to heaven or to a non-temporal condition, i.e. changed from mortality to immortality. It applies in the PROCESS of the change from location or condition. It is not cognizant of the life prior to the commencement of the process of translation, or as to whether there has been a death previously or not. It is simply applicable to the change made on one who is LIVING at the time of their change, and for the duration of the process of the change that is made. Whether they have died previously or not does not come into the definition of the word translated. This is a vital understanding. “Without death”, and “Without seeing death” is exactly the same. It is in the process of being conveyed to heaven or to an immortal condition that death is not seen. Bearing this uppermost in our minds, we can now more safely examine the main quotes that seem to be the occasion for misunderstanding.

Note by Ron: The author of the article is not taking the plain words of Ellen White just as they read, to wit:

“The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon’s warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. {3SG 26.2}

Could God hold us responsible for interpreting Ellen White so as not to make her contradict herself, as she instructed in the following statement?

“1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible.” {RH November 25, 1884, par. 24}

End note by Ron.

Example 1

Still seeking to give a true direction to her faith, Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. “He that hath the Son hath life.” 1 John 5:12. The divinity of Christ is the believer’s assurance of eternal life. “He that believeth in Me,” said Jesus, “though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Christ here looks forward to the time of His second coming. Then the righteous dead shall be raised incorruptible, and the living righteous shall be translated to heaven without seeing death. … {DA 530.3}

Observations: This is a perfect illustration of what we have just come to comprehend by the correct definition of translated – those that are living, i.e, the “living righteous” shall be “translated”, conveyed to heaven or to a non-temporal condition, “without seeing death” – that is, they are alive at the commencement of the change, are alive through the process of change, and are still alive when the change is complete.

Example 2

Moses upon the mount of transfiguration was a witness to Christ’s victory over sin and death. He represented those who shall come forth from the grave at the resurrection of the just. Elijah, who had been translated to heaven without seeing death, represented those who will be living upon the earth at Christ’s second coming, and who will be “changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” when “this mortal must put on immortality,” and “this corruptible must put on incorruption.” {DA 421.4}

Observations: Here we see the meaning of the word clearly. Elijah represented those who would be living upon the earth at the time of Christ’s second coming. Moses died and Christ resurrected Him. When Christ came, Moses was raised FROM THE DEAD, i.e. He was NOT alive when Christ came and it was when Christ was already present that he was given immortality and taken to heaven. Therefore, Moses was not translated without seeing death. Elijah was already alive when his body was changed to a non-temporal condition, and was conveyed to heaven with no death involved in the process. Elijah was translated without seeing death.

Example 3

With the Lamb upon Mount Zion, “having the harps of God,” they stand, the hundred and forty and four thousand that were redeemed from among men; and there is heard, as the sound of many waters, and as the sound of a great thunder, “the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” And they sing “a new song” before the throne, a song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand. It is the song of Moses and the Lamb–a song of deliverance. None but the hundred and forty-four thousand can learn that song; for it is the song of their experience–an experience such as no other company have ever had. “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” These, having been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as “the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. . {GC 648.3}

Observations: Simply read in its context, we see that the 144,000 are the only ones among the living who will be translated from the earth – the rest of those who are living at the time of Christ’s second coming will be killed by His brightness.

Example 4

I saw the saints leaving the cities and villages, and associating together in companies, and living in the most solitary places. Angels provided them food and water, while the wicked were suffering from hunger and thirst. Then I saw the leading men of the earth consulting together, and Satan and his angels busy around them. I saw a writing, copies of which were scattered in different parts of the land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week, the people were at liberty after a certain time to put them to death. But in this hour of trial the saints were calm and composed, trusting in God and leaning upon His promise that a way of escape would be made for them. In some places, before the time for the decree to be executed, the wicked rushed upon the saints to slay them; but angels in the form of men of war fought for them. Satan wished to have the privilege of destroying the saints of the Most High; but Jesus bade His angels watch over them. God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him. {EW 282.2}

Observations: Do we read “without their seeing death” as the same as “without seeing death”? In this example, it does not matter whether we will read it as applying to not seeing death in just the process of translation, or that they have never seen death even prior to their translation. If we read this one in context, it is only speaking of those who have lived through the Sunday laws and through the entirety of the seven last plagues. This statement does not include those who had died in the faith of the third angel’s message and who had been resurrected in the special resurrection.

Note by Ron: Those who died in the faith of the third angel’s message who are raised from the grave in the special resurrection, obviously are not alive on the earth when Christ comes, for they are raised at His voice at the time of the great earthquake, at which time he says “IT IS DONE.” End note by Ron.

If you are not comfortable in taking the words “without death” as the same as “without seeing death”, please bear in mind that wherever the spirit of Prophecy uses such statements, she is never speaking specifically about the 144,000. There will be those who will never taste of death, but in the Spirit of Prophecy there is no specific mention that the 144,000 in particular have never seen death. Death is not something that will disqualify someone from being numbered among them. Don’t forget that letter that was written over a hundred years ago to a man whose wife had died and the assurance was given that if he was faithful, he could sing that special song only the 144,000 can sing with his late wife. If Enoch and Elijah represent those who have never died previous to their translation, then in that sense can we consider them as representatives only of those who will live though the Sunday laws and the entirety of the seven last plagues. Moses would then represent those who do pass under the dominion of death at some time in their lives, including the 144,000.

However, if we will stay strictly with the literal definition of the word translated, as is correctly used in the English language, we will see that it applies only to that particular point in time – that their translation is not cognizant of any previous state, but that there is no death involved in their removal to heaven or their change from mortality to immortality. They are alive when Jesus comes, are alive when their bodies are changed, and are alive when they are received into the presence of Christ.

Thus, for those who are hoping on being translated the following admonition is given:

Those who have trained the mind to delight in spiritual exercises are the ones who can be translated and not be overwhelmed with the purity and transcendent glory of heaven. You may have a good knowledge of the arts, you may have an acquaintance with the sciences, you may excel in music and in penmanship, your manners may please your associates, but what have these things to do with a preparation for heaven? {CCh 186.3}

To be alive upon the earth and see Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven before our vile bodies are changed, we will need to have a mind that is well-disciplined in spiritual exercises. Like Apostle Paul, we need to learn to “keep under my body”, with all its thoughts and feelings if I want to be received into the presence of Christ without seeing death.

May God help us to lay down all our own conclusions and read His word exactly as it reads.

Amen.

End of Article by an unknown author who refers to him/herself as The Typist

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Addendum by Ron

 

Important Observations by Ron:

 

·       The general resurrection is the resurrection of the masses of Christians throughout the ages who did not qualify to be one of the 144,000.

·       In the special resurrection are those who were also regenerated since 1844, but died, not having qualified as one of the 144,000 in their past life.

·       The 144,000 are regenerated last, to be the final generation on earth, the final remnant who lives just before Christ comes.

·       The 144,000 qualified to be one of the 144,000 in their pre-1844 life, for example, the disciples, DA 179.

·       The only scenario that answers all issues so that nothing contradicts, is Elder J. Wilfred Johnson’s theory of Regeneration, which was verified to him in a vision while he was teaching a class. The Lord Jesus also gave me a vision verifying the findings of Elder Johnson, so my interpretation is not of a private one.

·       Some don’t have the spiritual discernment to see any need or purpose for Regeneration, but the following needs for it were taught by Elder Johnson:

 

1.    It would be only just to subject the bride of all ages to the same temptations Satan has mastered and puts in practice to deceive at the end-time. In other words, the disciples of Christ are the bride per DA 179. How could those disciples have experienced

what the 144,000 remnant experience at the end-time, now that there are myriad more temptations and diversions?

2.    Christ brings the bride of all ages to the same degree of testing at the end-time, so Satan, and no one can contest whether or not some would have folded or not had he/she lived at the end-time, rather than anciently.

3.    To eliminate any questionings whatsoever, on the part of any of the angels and the hosts of other worlds, God runs His bride through a second time for the Investigative Judgment, for a real, live PROOF TO ALL, that His bride is without fault, even when tested by Satan’s state of the art temptations developed by him for about six thousand years.

4.    Regeneration is NOT a second chance. It is to prove the character of all and that Christ’s final JUDGMENT of all is righteous in the sight of all the universe. Thus, the Investigative Judgment, which is denied by most, becomes one of the greatest demonstrations of the love and justice of God.

5.    Mr. Johnson recognized that no foolish virgin would discern the need for Regeneration for the Investigative Judgment.

6.    With the many issues Regeneration solves WITHOUT CONTRADICTION, it will give extra faith to the 144,000 during their severe trial and especially during the time they are to live without an intercessor.

7.    Elder Johnson felt that Regeneration is especially for the knowledge of the 144,000, and that they would accept it. When I view the character of some who vehemently reject it, I better understand what he meant.

 

·       Dr. Russell Standish, co-founder of Hartland Institute, defined the special resurrection as follows:

 

“This special resurrection probably occurs at the time of the great earthquake of the seventh plague. It includes some of the righteous dead: heroes for Christ who have stood mightily for His pure faith in times of trial and test.https://www.andrews.edu/library/car/cardigital/Periodicals/Remnant_Herald/Number_130.pdf

 

·       Truly, the heroes for Christ who have stood mightily for His pure faith in time of trial and test throughout the ages, have been the bride of Christ in every age, to include the disciples, of course, whom Ellen White defines as His bride, Desire of Ages, 179.

 

·       Elder J. Wilfred Johnson believed that in the statements cited below, that the 144,000 are included. But not in the sense that some interpret these statements. Elder Johnson believed the special resurrection to be the time at which the 144,000 were awakened from a “sleep-like” existence to recognize their true identity as lived in a past life.

“The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.” {EW 285.1}

Elder Johnson believed that the 144,000 are relative to the above statement in the sense that at this same time, the 144,000 “awaken” to their true identity before they were Regenerated. But the above statement DOES NOT apply to the 144,000.

“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.” {EW 14.1}

“Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient.” {GC 637.1}

·       It is of especial interest to me that all who believe in any other scenario than Regeneration, end up teaching that all SDA’s who are saved are one of the 144,000. This, in and of itself, is a high recommendation for the Principle of Regeneration.

·       Regeneration is the only theory Principle, which eliminates all contradictions for those who have the discernment to see this fact. I fully recognize that to the undiscerning, Regeneration will be fraught with stumbling-block contradictions.

Deliverance of the Saints

“It was at midnight that God chose to deliver His people. As the wicked were mocking around them, suddenly the sun appeared, shining in his strength, and the moon stood still. The wicked looked upon the scene with amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Signs and wonders followed in quick succession. Everything seemed turned out of its natural course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.” {EW 285.1}

“The earth mightily shook as the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints. They responded to the call and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, “Victory, victory, over death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their voices in a long, transporting shout of victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the grave bearing the marks of disease and death came up in immortal health and vigor. The living saints are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up with the risen ones, and together they meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting! Friends whom death had separated were united, never more to part.” {EW 287.1}

“On each side of the cloudy chariot were wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and as the chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, “Holy,” and the wings, as they moved, cried, “Holy,” and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” And the saints in the cloud cried, “Glory! Alleluia!” And the chariot rolled upward to the Holy City. Before entering the city, the saints were arranged in a perfect square, with Jesus in the midst. He stood head and shoulders above the saints and above the angels. His majestic form and lovely countenance could be seen by all in the square.: {EW 287.2}

A perfect square comprised of 144,000, is 36,000 on each of the four sides. This also proves the literal number of 144,000.

Qualifications to Become One of the 144,000

From Desire of Ages, 179-182

John had by nature the faults and weaknesses common to humanity, but the touch of divine love had transformed him. He dwelt in an atmosphere uncontaminated with selfishness and ambition, and far above the miasma of jealousy. He manifested no sympathy with the dissatisfaction of his disciples, but showed how clearly he understood his relation to the Messiah, and how gladly he welcomed the One for whom he had prepared the way.

He said, "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice." John represented himself as the friend who acted as a messenger between the betrothed parties, preparing the way for the marriage. When the bridegroom had received his bride, the mission of the friend was fulfilled. He rejoiced in the happiness of those whose union he had promoted. So John had been called to direct the people to Jesus, and it was his joy to witness the success of the Saviour's work. He said, "This my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease."

Note by Ron:

·       As a friend of the bridegroom, John helped in preparing a bride for Jesus Christ.

·       John was also a messenger between the betrothed parties, preparing the way for the marriage.

·       When the bridegroom had received his bride, the mission of the friend was fulfilled. End note by Ron.

Looking in faith to the Redeemer, John had risen to the height of self-abnegation. He sought not to attract men to himself, but to lift their thoughts higher and still higher, until they should rest upon the Lamb of God. He himself had been only a voice, a cry in the wilderness. Now with joy he accepted silence and obscurity, that the eyes of all might be turned to the Light of life.

Those who are true to their calling as messengers for God will not seek honor for themselves. Love for self will be swallowed up in love for Christ. No rivalry will mar the precious cause of the gospel. They will recognize that it is their work to proclaim, as did John the Baptist,

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"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. They will lift up Jesus, and with Him humanity will be lifted up. "Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isa. 57:15.

The soul of the prophet, emptied of self, was filled with the light of the divine. As he witnessed to the Saviour's glory, his words were almost a counterpart of those that Christ Himself had spoken in His interview with Nicodemus. John said, "He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all. . . . For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him." Christ could say, "I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me." John 5:30. To Him it is declared, "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows." Heb. 1:9. The Father "giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him."

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So with the followers of Christ. We can receive of heaven's light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ "dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full." Col. 2:9, 10, R. V.

The disciples of John had declared that all men were coming to Christ; but with clearer insight, John said, "No man receiveth His witness;" so few were ready to accept Him as the Saviour from sin. But "he that hath received His witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true." John 3:33, R. V. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." No need of disputation as to whether Christ's baptism or John's purified from sin. It is the grace of Christ that gives life to the soul. Apart from Christ, baptism, like any other service, is a worthless form. "He that believeth not the Son shall not see life."

The success of Christ's work, which the Baptist had received with such joy, was reported also to the authorities at Jerusalem. The priests and rabbis had been jealous of John's influence as they saw the people leaving the synagogues and flocking to the wilderness; but here was One who had still greater power to attract the multitudes. Those leaders in Israel were not willing to say with John, "He must increase, but I must decrease." They arose with a new determination to put an end to the work that was drawing the people away from them.

Jesus knew that they would spare no effort to create a division between His own disciples and those of John. He knew that the storm was gathering which would sweep away one of the greatest prophets ever given to the world. Wishing to avoid all occasion for misunderstanding or dissension, He quietly ceased His labors, and withdrew to Galilee. We also, while loyal to truth, should try to avoid all that may lead to discord and misapprehension. For whenever these arise, they result in the loss of souls. Whenever circumstances occur that threaten to cause division, we should follow the example of Jesus and of John the Baptist.

John had been called to lead out as a reformer. Because of this, his disciples were in danger of fixing their attention upon him, feeling that the success of the work depended upon his labors, and losing sight of the fact that he was only an instrument through which God had wrought. But the work of John was not sufficient to lay the foundation of the

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Christian church. When he had fulfilled his mission, another work was to be done, which his testimony could not accomplish. His disciples did not understand this. When they saw Christ coming in to take the work, they were jealous and dissatisfied.

The same dangers still exist. God calls a man to do a certain work; and when he has carried it as far as he is qualified to take it, the Lord brings in others, to carry it still farther. But, like John's disciples, many feel that the success of the work depends on the first laborer. Attention is fixed upon the human instead of the divine, jealousy comes in, and the work of God is marred. The one thus unduly honored is tempted to cherish self-confidence. He does not realize his dependence on God. The people are taught to rely on man for guidance, and thus they fall into error, and are led away from God.

The work of God is not to bear the image and superscription of man. From time to time the Lord will bring in different agencies, through whom His purpose can best be accomplished. Happy are they who are willing for self to be humbled, saying with John the Baptist, "He must increase, but I must decrease."

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 

Rev 14:2   And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 

Rev 14:3   And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 

Rev 14:4   These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 

Rev 14:5   And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Characteristics of True Reformers Who Are the Bride of Jesus Christ and are Earthly Representatives of the Church in Heaven, Hebrews 12:22, 23:

The 144,000 are True Reformers. They follow the Greatest Reformer who ever existed, Jesus Christ:

Christ was a protestant. He protested against the formal worship of the Jewish nation, who rejected the counsel of God against themselves. He told them that they taught for doctrines the commandments of men, and that they were pretenders and hypocrites. Like whited sepulchers they were beautiful without, but within full of impurity and corruption. The Reformers date back to Christ and the apostles. They came out and separated themselves from a religion of forms and ceremonies. Luther and his followers did not invent the reformed religion. They simply accepted it as presented by Christ and the apostles. The Bible is presented to us as a sufficient guide; but the pope and his workers remove it from the people as if it were a curse, because it exposes their pretensions and rebukes their idolatry. {RH June 1, 1886, par. 14}

Characteristics of True Reformers—Here are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel’s message, those who avow themselves God’s commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations (E. G. White, The Review and Herald, October 13, 1891). {4BC 1151.7}

9, 10. Compassion Causes Light to Rise—[Isaiah 58:9, 10 quoted.] All around us are afflicted souls. Let us search out these suffering ones, and speak a word in season to comfort their hearts. Here and there—everywhere—we shall find them. Let us ever be channels through which may flow to them the refreshing waters of compassion. To those who minister to the necessities of the hungry and afflicted, the promise is, “Then shall thy light rise in obscurity.” {4BC 1151.8}

Many are in obscurity. They have lost their bearings. They know not what course to pursue. Let the perplexed ones search out others who are in perplexity, and speak to them words of hope and encouragement. When they begin to do this work, the light of heaven will reveal to them the path that they should follow. By their words of consolation to the afflicted they themselves will be consoled. By helping others, they themselves will be helped out of their difficulties. Joy takes the place of sadness and gloom. The heart, filled with the Spirit of God, glows with warmth toward every fellow being. Every such an one is no longer in darkness; for his “darkness” is “as the noon day” (Manuscript 116, 1902). {4BC 1151.9}

11. God’s Guidance Gives Clear Discernment—Of him who walks in the way of life everlasting, using his blessings to bless others, the prophet Isaiah declares: “The Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” {4BC 1151.10}

These blessings we need. We need the water of life that flows from Jesus Christ, which will be in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life. “The Lord shall guide thee continually.” When we are guided by the Lord, we shall have clear discernment. We shall not call righteousness unrighteousness, nor think that things that the Lord has forbidden are right. We shall understand where the Lord is working. {4BC 1152.1}

Many have not understood this. There are some who I know have been led astray by the enemy. But God wants to make you a partaker of the divine nature. He wants no yoke of human authority on your neck, but that you shall look to Him who is able to save to the uttermost every one that comes to Him in righteousness and truth. We have no time to tamper with the enemy; for we are very near the close of this earth’s history (Manuscript 43, 1908). {4BC 1152.2}

12-14 (Revelation 11:19; 14:9-12). Sabbathkeepers Repair the Breach—[Isaiah 58:8-14 quoted.] Where do we find the people who are thus addressed? Who is it that shall build the old waste places, and raise up the foundation of many generations? Where are the people who have had light from heaven to see that a breach has been made in the law of God? {4BC 1152.3}

In the Revelation, John says, “The temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” Revelation 11:19. John saw in vision the Lord’s people looking for His coming and searching for truth. As the temple of God was opened unto His people, the light of the law of God, which was in the ark, shone forth. Those who receive this light are brought to view in the proclamation of the third angel’s message. {4BC 1152.4}

This angel is seen flying in the midst of heaven, “saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.... Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” {4BC 1152.5}

This is the people that are repairing the breach in the law of God. They see that the Sabbath of the fourth commandment has been supplanted by a spurious sabbath, a day that has no sanction in the Word of God. Amid great opposition they become loyal to their God, and take their position under the standard of the third angel (Manuscript 48, 1900). {4BC 1152.6}

As the end approaches, the testimonies of God’s servants will become more decided and more powerful, flashing the light of truth upon the systems of error and oppression that have so long held the supremacy. The Lord has sent us messages for this time to establish Christianity upon an eternal basis, and all who believe present truth must stand, not in their own wisdom, but in God; and raise up the foundation of many generations. These will be registered in the books of heaven as repairers of the breach, the restorers of paths to dwell in. We are to maintain the truth because it is truth, in the face of the bitterest opposition. God is at work upon human minds; it is not man alone that is working. The great illuminating power is from Christ; the brightness of His example is to be kept before the people in every discourse (Letter 1f, 1890). {4BC 1152.7}

Whole-souled Men to Stand in the Gap—I write this because many in the church are represented to me as seeing men like trees walking. They must have another and deeper experience before they discern the snares spread to take them in the net of the deceiver. There must be no halfway work done now. The Lord calls for stanch, decided, whole-souled men and women to stand in the gap, and make up the hedge. [Isaiah 58:12-14 quoted.] {4BC 1152.8}

There is a decided testimony to be borne by all our ministers in all our churches. God has permitted apostasies to take place in order to show how little dependence can be placed in man. We are always to look to God; His word is not Yea and Nay, but Yea and Amen (NL No. 19, pp. 2, 3). {4BC 1152.9}

13, 14. See EGW on Exodus 20:1-17, Vol. 1, p. 1103. {4BC 1152.10}

The 144,000 follow all of the above pattern. They are God’s earthly priests who represent the church in heaven, Hebrews 12:22, 23. It is they as the bride of Christ, who will give the final Loud Cry message to the world, Isaiah 62, whole chapter, with the last verses being a paraphrase of the Midnight Cry. The people of the church who do not all of the above, but keep His commandments, are guests at the wedding, See Christ’s Objects Lessons, pp. 405-406, and The Great Controversy, pp. 426, 427. If guests, they CANNOT BE THE BRIDE.

“The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Said the angel to John: “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” “He carried me away in the spirit,” says the prophet, “and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Revelation 21:9, 10. Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride. Christ, as stated by the prophet Daniel, will receive from the Ancient of Days in heaven, “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom;” He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Daniel 7:14; Revelation 21:2. Having received the kingdom, He will come in His glory, as King of kings and Lord of lords, for the redemption of His people, who are to “sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob,” at His table in His kingdom (Matthew 8:11; Luke 22:30), to partake of the marriage supper of the Lamb. {GC 426.2}

The True Reformers are faithful men who constitute the THIRD ANGEL that selects the wheat from the tares by a shaking message. All wo receive that message are shaken in to the Church of Zion, heavenly Zion. All who reject that message are shaking out of ZION, the church in heaven, Heb. 12:22, 23. That is Ellen White’s meaning when she says sinners are shaken out of Zion. The apostate church applies the term Zion to itself, when in reality it is the Synagogue of Satan. Now understand the following quote in its’ true sense:

“The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.—Selected Messages 2:380 (1886). {LDE 180.5}

The reason the church appears to fall, is because the apostate Synagogue of Satan new movement, DOES FALL, while sinners are shaken out of heavenly Zion by earthly representatives of that church. But the true SDA church led by the bride, as the disciples led the true church of their day, will not fall.

It is such a deception that the apostate SDA church applies the accolade of the title Zion to itself. Now that you know the truth about this deception, you should be able to read all the other statements that SDA leaders have misrepresented and misapplied since the death of Ellen White. They are as follows:

Chapter 12—The Shaking

Church Membership No Guarantee of Salvation

It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner.—Christian Service, 41 (1893). {LDE 172.1}

Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive of the truth and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment-keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God.—Manuscript Releases 19:176 (1898). {LDE 172.2}

The Chaff Separated From the Wheat

Divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest.—Selected Messages 2:114 (1896). {LDE 172.3}

There will be a shaking of the sieve. The chaff must in time be separated from the wheat. Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold. It is the very time when the genuine will be the strongest.—Letter 46, 1887. {LDE 173.1}

The history of the rebellion of Dathan and Abiram is being repeated, and will be repeated till the close of time. Who will be on the Lord’s side? Who will be deceived, and in their turn become deceivers?—Letter 15, 1892. {LDE 173.2}

The Lord is soon to come. There must be a refining, winnowing process in every church, for there are among us wicked men who do not love the truth or honor God.—The Review and Herald, March 19, 1895. {LDE 173.3}

We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His commands.—Testimonies for the Church 6:332 (1900). {LDE 173.4}

Persecution Cleanses the Church

Prosperity multiplies a mass of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church.—Testimonies for the Church 4:89 (1876). {LDE 173.5}

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.—Testimonies for the Church 5:81 (1882). {LDE 173.6}

In the absence of the persecution there have drifted into our ranks men who appear sound and their Christianity unquestionable, but who, if persecution should arise, would go out from us.—Evangelism, 360 (1890). {LDE 174.1}

When the law of God is made void the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.—Selected Messages 2:368 (1891). {LDE 174.2}

Superficial Believers Will Renounce the Faith

The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative [Ellen White is not here distinguishing theological conservatives from their liberal counterparts; she is describing those who put “worldly conformity” first and God’s cause second.] class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith.—Testimonies for the Church 5:463 (1885). {LDE 174.3}

If Satan sees that the Lord is blessing His people and preparing them to discern his delusions, he will work with his master power to bring in fanaticism on the one hand and cold formalism on the other, that he may gather in a harvest of souls.—Selected Messages 2:19 (1890). {LDE 174.4}

Those who have had privileges and opportunities to become intelligent in regard to the truth and yet who continue to counterwork the work God would have accomplished will be purged out, for God accepts the service of no man whose interest is divided.—Manuscript 64, 1898. {LDE 175.1}

As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock; they will yield to temptation. Those who have had great light and precious privileges but have not improved them will, under one pretext or another, go out from us.—Testimonies for the Church 6:400 (1900). {LDE 175.2}

The Straight Testimony Produces a Shaking

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God’s people.—Testimonies For The Church 1:181 (1857). {LDE 175.3}

There are those among us who will make confessions, as did Achan, too late to save themselves. ... They are not in harmony with right. They despise the straight testimony that reaches the heart, and would rejoice to see everyone silenced who gives reproof.—Testimonies for the Church 3:272 (1873). {LDE 175.4}

The Lord calls for a renewal of the straight testimony borne in years past. He calls for a renewal of spiritual life. The spiritual energies of His people have long been torpid, but there is to be a resurrection from apparent death. By prayer and confession of sin we must clear the King’s highway.—Testimonies for the Church 8:297 (1904). {LDE 176.1}

Unjust Criticism Causes Loss of Souls

Even in our day there have been and will continue to be entire families who have once rejoiced in the truth, but who will lose faith because of calumnies and falsehoods brought to them in regard to those whom they have loved and with whom they have had sweet counsel. They opened their hearts to the sowing of tares, the tares sprang up among the wheat, they strengthened, the crop of wheat became less and less, and the precious truth lost its power to them.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 411 (1898). {LDE 176.2}

False Doctrines Draw Some Away

Science, so-called, and religion will be placed in opposition to each other because finite men do not comprehend the power and greatness of God. These words of Holy Writ were presented to me, “Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” [Acts 20:30]. This will surely be seen among the people of God.—Evangelism, 593 (1890). {LDE 176.3}

When the shaking comes, by the introduction of false theories, these surface readers, anchored nowhere, are like shifting sand. They slide into any position to suit the tenor of their feelings of bitterness.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 112 (1897). {LDE 177.1}

Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils and will depart from the faith.—Testimonies for the Church 6:401 (1900). {LDE 177.2}

The enemy will bring 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.—Evangelism, 224 (1905). {LDE 177.3}

Rejection of the Testimonies Results in Apostasy

One thing is certain: Those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan’s banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God’s Spirit.—Selected Messages 3:84 (1903). {LDE 177.4}

The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.—Selected Messages 1:48 (1890). {LDE 177.5}

The enemy has made his masterly efforts to unsettle the faith of our own people in the Testimonies.... This is just as Satan designed it should be, and those who have been preparing the way for the people to pay no heed to the warnings and reproofs of the Testimonies of the Spirit of God will see that a tide of errors of all kinds will spring into life.—Selected Messages 3:83 (1890). {LDE 178.1}

It is Satan’s plan to weaken the faith of God’s people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.—Testimonies for the Church 4:211. {LDE 178.2}

Defections Among Church Leaders

Many a star that we have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness.—Prophets and Kings, 188 (c. 1914). {LDE 178.3}

Men whom He has greatly honored will, in the closing scenes of this earth’s history, pattern after ancient Israel.... A departure from the great principles Christ has laid down in His teachings, a working out of human projects, using the Scriptures to justify a wrong course of action under the perverse working of Lucifer, will confirm men in misunderstanding, and the truth that they need to keep them from wrong practices will leak out of the soul like water from a leaky vessel.—Manuscript Releases 13:379, 381 (1904). {LDE 178.4}

Many will show that they are not one with Christ, that they are not dead to the world, that they may live with Him; and frequent will be the apostasies of men who have occupied responsible positions.—The Review and Herald, September 11, 1888. {LDE 179.1}

Unsanctified Ministers Will Be Weeded Out

The great issue so near at hand [enforcement of Sunday laws] will weed out those whom God has not appointed and He will have a pure, true, sanctified ministry prepared for the latter rain.—Selected Messages 3:385 (1886). {LDE 179.2}

Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan.... {LDE 179.3}

Some will go out from among us who will bear the ark no longer. But these can not make walls to obstruct the truth; for it will go onward and upward to the end.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 409, 411 (1898). {LDE 179.4}

Ministers and doctors may depart from the faith, as the Word declares they will, and as the messages that God has given His servant declare they will.—Manuscript Releases 7:192 (1906). {LDE 179.5}

The Church May Appear as About to Fall

The shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves.—Testimonies for the Church 4:89 (1876). {LDE 180.1}

Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat.—Testimonies for the Church 5:81 (1882). {LDE 180.2}

Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal.... {LDE 180.3}

When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few—this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason.—Testimonies for the Church 5:136 (1882). {LDE 180.4}

The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.—Selected Messages 2:380 (1886). {LDE 180.5}

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.—The Great Controversy, 608 (1911). {LDE 180.6}

God’s Faithful Will Be Revealed

The Lord has faithful servants who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the daytime we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster.—Testimonies for the Church 5:80, 81 (1882). {LDE 181.1}

On every occasion that persecution takes place, the witnesses make decisions, either for Christ or against Him. Those who show sympathy for the men wrongly condemned, who are not bitter against them, show their attachment for Christ.—The Signs of the Times, February 20, 1901. {LDE 181.2}

Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the half-hearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter than in days of prosperity.—The Great Controversy, 602 (1911). {LDE 181.3}

New Converts Will Take the Places of Those Who Leave

Some had been shaken out and left by the way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks.—Early Writings, 271 (1858). {LDE 182.1}

The broken ranks will be filled up by those represented by Christ as coming in at the eleventh hour. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is striving. The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who [now] have no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched, His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time.—Letter 103, 1903. {LDE 182.2}

Standard after standard was left to trail in the dust as company after company from the Lord’s army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with the commandment-keeping people of God.—Testimonies for the Church 8:41 (1904). {LDE 182.3}

Important Conclusions:

·       Those who fulfill all the duties listed above are the bride, the 144,000.

·       Does the whole church do all these duties listed above? Nay! Then it is pure foolish-virgin folly to try to teach that all Adventists who are saved are PART OF THE BRIDE, THE 144,000. All who teach such are saying there are no guests at the wedding. They are saying that all the members of the church do all the qualifications I have listed above, to qualify as the bride, the 144,000. That is preposterous. That is a demonic lie.

·       How can apparently zealous men like Andrew Henriques teach that all SDA’s who are saved, are one of the 144,000? How can he teach antichrist error on the Godhead? This shows how we cannot place trust in man.

·       The true false charters follow Andrew Henriques’ teaching that all SDA’s who are saved, are one of the 144,000. This is the epitome of foolish virgin deception.

·       The “people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride.”

·       The bride awakens all ten virgins (COL, 405-406) which includes ALL THE WORLD, with the final Loud Midnight Cry Message. The apostate church is not going to give that message. It does not qualify because of its apostasy abominations for which Ezekiel instructs us to sigh and cry as a CONDITION for receiving the seal of God. This seal the bride must have BEFORE the Loud Cry, so as to be prepared to give the Loud Cry.

·       Now that you know all the great distinctions between the leadership of the 144,000 and the laymen in the true church, how could James White have penned the following statement?

“Those who die under the third angel’s message are a part of the 144,000; there are not 144,000 in addition to these, but these help make up that number. They are raised to mortal life shortly before Christ comes, and are changed to immortality when Christ appears.” RH Sept 23, 1880.

James White could not have been more DEAD WRONG! That would mean that every faithful Adventist would be a priest in the Temple on Mt. Zion in heaven, and that is preposterous, for so many would not qualify because they don’t begin to fulfill the requirements to be one of the 144,000.

This goes to show that we can’t take statements from any others than Ellen White and the Bible! The pioneers taught some good truths, but EVIDENTLY they possessed some gross errors as well. For example, James White never stated that Jesus was God in the highest sense, but Ellen White surely did!

God’s richest blessings to the sincere truth seekers, and may His Spirit continue to labor with those who think they know it all, while falling into grievous errors like the ones we have studied in this document, is my prayer.

~rwb