PANORAMA OF TRUTH

Volume One

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PANORAMA OF TRUTH

 

Volume One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written Transcripts

 

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EIGHT AUDIO TAPE/LETTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From reel-to-reel audio tapes, originally authored

from 1959-1961 by:

 

 

 

J. Wilfred Johnson (1915-1995)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANORAMA OF TRUTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PREFACE

 

About 1933, a young Seventh-day Adventist anguishes over his inability to reconcile the scientific evidences he observes in natural law that support evolution, with the Genesis account of miraculous creation.

Yearning to be an honest-hearted member of God's remnant church, he turns to God, praying for wisdom that he might comprehend this great mystery, and after some seven years, (then confirmed by dramatic signs and coincidences,) God more than answers that prayer, as Brother Johnson states: "unfolding a panorama of integrated truth stretching from eternity in the past, right on through to the future."

 

Over the next fifty years, evidence after evidence, link after link, and pin upon pin continued to be shown to Brother Johnson, strengthening and supporting the pillars of this great panorama; illuminating and enlarging upon every major doctrine held by the remnant church. The eight reel-to-reel audio tapes, which comprise this book, were submitted (in audio form only) to the General Conference by the author, J. W Johnson, from 1959 to 1961. * (See footnote, bottom of page ii).

 

Panorama of Truth, Volume One consists of written transcriptions of the above-mentioned 17 to 18 hours of the eight reel-to-reel audio tapes. Volume Two is comprised almost completely of written material. Both volumes were authored by the late J. Wilfred Johnson [1915-1995]. To those who prayerfully and patiently study the contents herein, will unfold not only his attempts to communicate from time, to time to the General Conference, the nature and scope of this "panorama" of new light, but messages essential to God's remnant people in this emergency hour.

 

We feel it nigh impossible to over-emphasize the importance of the subject matter - for as Bro. Johnson states on page 112 of this book: "...this story is either the greatest unfolding of truth in the remnant church, or else it is the most astounding mirage Satan has succeeded in conjuring up on the horizon of expanding truth".

 

From a letter dated May 26th, 1968 (found on pp. 180 & 181 (of Panorama of Truth Vol. 2) to the Bible Research Department of the General Conference, Brother Johnson writes:

 

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"During the past twenty-five years [1942-1967], God has brought to me through His Word and the Spirit of truth, an expanded understanding of the everlasting covenant, its nature and its outworking. The keys to this understanding are to be delivered to the 144,000 saints in whom the Spirit of truth will integrate and confirm the truth of this covenant and fulfill its promises, thus sealing them ... The demonstration of final victory will be accomplished in their lives."

 

Unfolded on the ensuing pages is much concerning the mystery of the 144,000, and "The great temple rising so slowly through the centuries (The Great Controversy p.120), without the noise of hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron (1st Kings 6:7).

 

Pg. 195 (this book): "But these tapes contain only the bare outline of the great panorama of truth." Refer in this book also to pages 20,79; 86; 187.5 and 195.8 - 196.5; then in Vol. Two, page 87, as to why these volumes are so titled Panorama of Truth. (cf. also the abbreviated concordance at the back of this volume under "Panorama", page 334.

 

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* Footnote: The Publishers do not wish to infer in the above Preface, that The General Conference doctrinally approved or disapproved of the material contained on the eight reel to reel audio tapes submitted to them by J. W. Johnson from 1959 through 1961.

 

Perhaps this matter can better be judged by the reader, especially as he reads letters written by Bro. Johnson to Robert Brinsmead, and also to the General Conference in Volume Two of this series. Also insightful are early experiences as briefly related by J. W. Johnson, on pages 14 through 33 of this book (Volume One).

 

Quite possibly the eight reel-to-reel submissions comprising this volume, were cumbersome indeed for the General Conference or its appointed Committee to seriously study under that "audio only" format; and to follow the author's suggestion noted at the end of audio tape/letter # 6 to "sift these tapes with a fine-tooth comb." (P. 214).

 

The Publishers

 

 

 

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J. Wilfred Johnson

 

(Photo taken about 1936 or 1937)

 

 

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He being dead yet speaketh - Hebrews 11:4

 

How so? In addition to the original eight reel-to-reel tapes, transcripts of which comprise this book, as well as the written material in Volume Two, this publisher is in possession of many hours of audio cassette sermons, Sabbath School lessons, prayer and vesper meetings, as well as other studies by Brother Johnson, originally recorded on reel to reel or cassette tapes.

 

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A Note to the Reader

[The first three paragraphs are transcribed from a 1957 reel-reel tape by the late J W Johnson.]

 

"It will also be impossible for me to present the panoramic views precisely as I saw them, for words are too clumsy a tool to portray the spontaneity of those experiences. But I shall endeavor faithfully to present the constituent parts of these complex integrations of thought, and insofar as it is possible, attempt to show the various relationships of the ingredients. Only the Spirit of God can reproduce these integrations, for they are the product of a creative process.

 

"At any stage in the presentation, there will inevitably arise questions or objections which cannot be answered until sometime later when another matter or line of truth will be dealt with, which will qualify the former, and answer the questions. Thus it will be necessary to exercise patience in considering these matters, and to avoid jumping to conclusions before adequate opportunity has been given to present all the relevant information.

 

"For the most part, this initial presentation will be rather general in nature, with no particular attempt to document the references alluded to. Should we attempt to give all the details and references during this initial treatment, we would become so engrossed in the individual topics, that we should lose ourselves in the details, and miss the significant relationships which are essential to obtaining a unified view. A more precise treatment may be worked out at a future time."

 

[The next three transcribed paragraphs, also by the late J W Johnson, are from page 202 of this book:]

 

"And will you permit me just a word about the structure of this original presentation, and the partial expansion of it? You may feel that in several places this material has been illogically arranged, that we have jumped from one item to another without adequate transition and coherence. There have been reasons for this.

 

"It may also be significant that the evidences of nature reveal that a spiral method of education is fundamental. The human mind learns better by accepting "a line here and a little there ... precept upon precept." [Isaiah 28:9, 10]. Certainly God must have recognized this when He inspired the structure of the Scriptures.

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A note to the Reader (concluded)

"Nor do we find the teachings of Jesus clothed in meticulous, formal organization. The mind itself has a way of interlacing and amalgamating the numerous independent thoughts which constantly bombard it; and it is highly probable that the synthesis of integrations of major thoughts or principles is accomplished more readily through a less organized infiltration of individual, but rather closely packed ideas."

 

[Transcription from reel-to-reel audio tapes; formatting of this book; its title *Panorama of Truth, Volume One; most subheadings; Table of Contents; all square-bracketed material [ ]; indices and appendices have been supplied by: - The Publisher]

 

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[* Note: The title for this book is drawn from the many references by the author, J. W. Johnson, in describing the "great panorama" which God unfolded to him over the years.] The Publisher

 

IMPORTANT! : All of the eight original, reel to reel Tape/Letters by the late, J. Wilfred Johnson, which comprise the entirety of this book, have now, (in 1998); been copied from the original audio tapes to cassettes, and then later, in the 1990's, formatted onto CD's. Each Tape/Letter requires two CD's thus equaling sixteen CD's per set. These sets are now available from the Publisher (at their discretion).

 

Tape #1 CD1 (60.5 min) pg. 14: - CD 2 (62 min.) pg. 28

Tape #2 CD1 (62.5 min) pg. 44: - CD 2 (63 min.) pg. 58

Tape #3 CD1 (61.5 min) pg. 74: - CD 2 (62~min.) pg. 89

Tape #4 CD1 (63 min.) pg.l04: - CD 2 (65.5 min.)pg.1l9

Tape #5 CD1 (63 min.) pg.140: - CD 2 (62.5 min.)pg.158

Tape #6 CD1 (65.2 min) pg.177: - CD 2 (65 min.) pg.197

Tape #7 CD1 (69.5 min.)pg.215: - CD 2 (72.5 min.)pg.236

Tape #8 CD1 (62.5 min.)pg.261: - CD 2 (62.5 min.)pg.278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER #1 page

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES - THE SUBSTANCE....................14 - 43

 

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE; (BELOW) ON PAGE 14 (60.5 MINUTES) 14

 

INTRODUCTORY - SAFEGUARDING OUR CHURCH UNITY .......................14

THESE TAPES CONTAIN BUT A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE GREAT PANORAMA SCENE 15

BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES.................................16

TWO PRAYERS FOR WISDOM .............................................16

ARRIVAL AT CANADIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE..................................19

EXPERIENCES & COINCIDENCES CONNECTED WITH RECEIVING NEW LIGHT ......19

TRIALS TO FOLLOW ...................................................22

"STEMMING THE TIDE".................................................23

APPROACHING GOD FOR A DISTINCT SIGN ................................24

THE SIGN FOR WHICH I CHOSE TO ASK WAS THE SYMBOL OF RAIN ...........25

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE; (BELOW) ON PAGE 28 (62 minutes) 28

A MOST STRIKING EXPERIENCE..........................................28 DECISION IN 1958 TO PRESENT THE THINGS SEEN TO BRETHREN AT THE G.C. 28

UNDERSTANDING THE MAJOR PHASES OF THE CLOSING WORK .................30

RESIGNATION FROM THE COLLEGE .......................................31

THE ORGANIZED CHURCH IS UNDOUBTEDLY GOD'S REMNANT CHURCH ...........33

PRINCIPLES OF UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE ..........................34

RESISTANCE TO NEW TRUTH ............................................36

EXPANDING TRUTH AND THE ELEMENT OF INCOMPLETENESS ..................37

THE SUBSTANCE ......................................................38

THE EXPERIENCE OF THE 144,000 ......................................39

THE 144,000 MUST INCLUDE THE APOSTLES ..............................40

THE REGENERATION OF THE 144,000 ....................................41

FOOTNOTE: ADDED TO THIS TRANSCRIPT BY J. W. JOHNSON ABOUT 1992......43

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/ LETTER #2 .............44 - 73

THE 144,000-SABBATH VERSUS SUNDAY - MAN'S MIND

 

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 44 (62.5 MINUTES) ......44

 

WHO ARE THE 144,000?................................................44

LOOK BACK TO JESUS TO DISCOVER HOW THE 144,000 WILL REAPPEAR .......45

THE GREAT CHRIST LAYS DOWN His LIFE IN THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY ......46

PROPHECIES CEASED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK OF SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS 47

CHRIST HAD RELINQUISHED HIS HERITAGE - THE HOLY GHOST...............48

THROUGH NATURAL LAW JESUS WAS BORN AND GREW TO MATURITY.............49

THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT OF THE 144,000...........................50

 

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CONTENTS

(Tape/Letter # 2 Continued)

SATAN IS COUNTERFEITING THE EXPERIENCE OF THE 144,000...............50

THE RESURRECTION OF THE 144,000.....................................52

LUCIFER'S REBELLION AND ITS RELATION TO THE CREATION OF THIS EARTH .54

THE PRINCIPLE OF VARIETY AND THE FREE WILL..........................55

CHRIST WISHED TO PROVE THE PURE NATURE OF HIS CREATION..............57

 

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 58 (63 Minutes).........58

 

THIS WORLD WAS CREATED DIFFERENTLY - IT WAS GREATLY ACCELERATED.....58

TREMENDOUS SIGNIFICANCE IN THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SABBATH.............58

THE SABBATH AND ITS RELATION TO THE PRINCIPLE OF REGENERATION.......60

SATAN'S METHOD OF CREATION..........................................61

SUNDAY WORSHIP - COUNTERFEIT OF THE TRUE SABBATH....................63

PARADOX OVER THE SYMBOLS OF SABBATH AND SUNDAY......................65

SABBATH - SIGN OF FAITH IN CHRIST AS CREATOR OF NATURAL LAW.........67

THE SIN QUESTION AND THE LAW........................................68

ASPECTS OF MAN'S MIND AND ALSO HIS NATURE...........................69 REWARDS FOR OBEDIENCE - PUNISHMENTS FOR DISOBEDIENCE................73

 

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 3

 

THE SIN QUESTION CHRISTS IMMENSE SACRIFICE ............74-103

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW JON PAGE 74 (61.5 MINUTES).......74

SIN, LAW, AND THE FREE WILL.........................................74 TREE OF LIFE - SYMBOLIC OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ETERNAL FIXATION........75

PRINCIPLE OF ETERNAL FIXATION ENABLES THE 144,000 TO DESTROY SIN....76

SIN IS WRITTEN DEEPLY INTO THE INHERITANCE MECHANISM OF MAN.........77

SINS DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY VANISH....................................78

THE NEW TEMPLE OF GOD - COMPOSED OF THE 144,000 SAINTS..............78

WHEN WE SIN - JESUS SUFFERS NOW.....................................79

THE VASTNESS OF THE GREAT SANCTUARY QUESTION........................79

THE SANCTUARY AND THE SHUT DOOR PROBLEM OF 1844.....................80

THE RESURRECTION OCCURS AT THE LAST TRUMP...........................81

THE PART THE GUARDIAN ANGELS PLAY IN THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT.....82

DID WILLIAM MILLER MAKE A MISTAKE BY PREACHING ABOUT 1844?..........83

THE "TESTING TIME" OF NEW TESTAMENT CHARACTERS......................84

PLEA FOR PATIENCE - MORE EVIDENCE COMING............................85

Two GENERAL CLASSES OF PEOPLE TO BE SAVED...........................87

How CAN MAN GAIN COMPLETE VICTORY OVER SIN?.........................88

 

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CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE; (BELOW) ON PAGE 89 (62 Minutes) .......89

THE SIN QUESTION AND THE OLD & NEW COVENANTS........................89

A SERIOUS ERROR OF MAINSTREAM PROTESTANTISM.........................91

As PARENTS SUFFER WHEN THEIR CHILDREN SIN,

SO DOES JESUS WHEN WE SIN...........................................93

THE PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING - PATH TO OBEDIENCE......................94

THE GREAT MIRACLE OF THE SPIRITUAL REBIRTH .........................95

JESUS - THE LINK BETWEEN THE ETERNAL CHRIST OF THE PAST AND THE ETERNAL CHRIST OF THE FUTURE........................................97 CHRIST'S IMMENSE SACRIFICE - GATEWAY TO PROFOUND MYSTERY............98

THE ETERNAL LIFE OF CHRIST (HIS BLOOD) WAS SHED FOR HIS SAINTS......98

How COULD THE ETERNAL CHRIST DIE WHEN HE HAD ETERNAL LIFE..........100

THE LIMITATIONS OF JESUS IN HIS HUMAN TABERNACLE...................101

THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB TO HIS 144,000 SAINTS.....................101

THE NEW HABITATION OF GOD IS JESUS AND THE 144,000 ................102

COULD THERE BE A MORE WONDERFUL GOVERNMENT? .......................103

 

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 4

 

SWEEPING TRUTHS - ELIJAH'S RETURN MIRACLES ............104139

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS H ERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 104 (63 minutes)...........104

SWEEPING TRUTHS CONCERNING THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST, HIS ETERNAL SACRIFICE, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF HEAVEN ...........................104

APPROPRIATE NOW TO DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT LINE OF TRUTH.............105

GOD DELIVERED THE OLD COVENANT THROUGH MOSES.......................106

THE NEW COVENANT IS TO BE DELIVERED BY ANOTHER WITNESS.............106

THE LAST PROPHECY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TIES TOGETHER THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS AND THE PERSONAL WITNESSES OF BOTH...............107

AS MOSES WAS A TYPE OF CHRIST,

SO IS ELIJAH A TYPE OF THE HOLY GHOST .............................108

ELIJAH AND JOHN THE BAPTIST........................................109

HOW Will ELIJAH RETURN............................................ 109

THE MAN WITH THE WRITER'S INKHORN, CLOTHED IN LINEN................110 THE TWO WITNESSES AND THE GREAT SHAKING............................111

ALMOST INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS RE THESE TAPE PRESENTATIONS.........111

PREJUDICE IS CERTAIN TO ARISE......................................112

THESE TRUTHS Will BE PROVED IN DUE COURSE OF TIME..................113

ELIJAH IS TO COME AND RESTORE ALL THINGS...........................113

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH.............................................114

THE OLD COVENANT LAYS DOWN THE LAW - THE NEW WINS MEN'S HEARTS.....116

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ILLUSTRATION OF FAITHFUL SISTER IN THE CHURCH......................116

FAITH - KEY TO SINLESSNESS.........................................118

ILLUSTRATION OF THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS DOCTOR..........................119

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 119 (65.5 minutes).....119

FOR MATURE PEOPLE THE LITERAL LAW IS INADEQUATE....................120

GOD'S GOVERNMENT IS ESSENTIALLY ALLEGIANCE BASED ON LOVE...........121

ILLUSTRATION OF TWO BOYS PLAYING NEAR A DANGEROUS EXCAVATION.......121 MIRACLES - A 1958 CHAPEL TALK AT C. U. C. BY J. W. JOHNSON.........122

WHAT ARE THE LAWS OF NATURE?.......................................123

OUR PHYSICAL BODIES ARE BUT THE TOOLS TO CARRY OUT OUR DECISIONS...124

HOW COULD THE SUN STANDSTILL IN JOSHUA'S DAY?......................124

THE NATURAL OR PHYSICAL LAWS OF GOD ARE LIKE MAN'S HABITS..........125 Is GOD BOUND BY THE LAWS OF NATURE WHICH H E CREATED? .............125

ILLUSTRATION OF GIRL WITH HER BICYCLE .............................125 OCCASIONALLY (RARELY) GOD ACTS CONTRARY TO HIS HABITS (LAWS) ......126

THE CREATION OF THIS WORLD WAS ONE OF THOSE RARE MIRACLES .........127

SCIENCE SHOWS NATURAL LAW'S WAY IS SLOW EVOLVING GROWTH ...........127

IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SABBATH AND SUNDAY ...................127

SABBATH - SIGN OF GOD'S PREROGATIVE TO ARBITRARILY CHOOSE .........128 THE MIRACLE OF ACCELERATED FUNCTION OF NATURAL LAW ................129

THE SLAYBAUGH STORY ...............................................129

CHRIST'S MIRACLES ALL WROUGHT THROUGH THE AGENCY OF ANGELS ........131

CHRIST USED NO POWER ... NOT FREELY AVAILABLE TO US ...............131

STORY OF A SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST PASTOR IN NORWAY .................132

STORY OF GODLY LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER ................................132

STORY OF THE FREEZING WIDOW IN ALASKA .............................133

THE MIRACLE OF COINCIDENCE ........................................134

WHEN SURRENDERED TO GOD. ANGELS CAN MODIFY OUR DECISIONS ..........136

THE HIDDEN MIRACLE OF PRESERVED HEALTH ............................136

NO SAFETY IN BASING YOUR FAITH ON MIRACLES IN THESE LAST DAYS .....137

PUT NOT YOUR TRUST IN THE OCCULT OR SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA.........138

TRUST GOD - SURRENDER YOUR LIFE PROGRAM TO HIM ....................138

MIRACLES ONLY BECAME NECESSARY TO MEET THE EMERGENCY OF SIN........139

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WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 5

THE PLAN OF SALVATION AND THE EVERLASTING COVENANT ......140-176

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 140 (63 minutes) ............140

THE NEW BIRTH .....................................................140 A YOUNG MAN ASKED ME, "ARE YOU SAVED?" ............................141

TWO ASPECTS TO SALVATION ..........................................141

TWO KINDS OF LOVE .................................................142 FEAR - THE FIRST RESULT OF SIN ....................................143

LIFE FOR DEATH.....................................................143 A STARTLING THOUGHT................................................147 ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR TREASURE? ...................................149 YOU STILL HAVE SIN IN YOUR SOUL TEMPLE DON'T YOU? .................150 THE GOVERNMENT OF HEAVEN BEFORE SIN .............................. 151 MECHANICAL DOMINION ...............................................151 GOD LIMITED HIS OWN POWER OF CHOICE IN BESTOWING FREE WILL ........152 CREATIVE GENIUS ARISES OUT OF FREE CHOICE .........................152 ANIMALS CAN CREATE NOTHING NEW ....................................152 SELF-DENYING LOVE IMPELLED GOD TO CREATE ..........................153 FELLOWSHIP - THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN RENDER TO GOD ...............153 VOLUNTARY ALLEGIANCE - THE VERY NATURE OF GOD'S GOVERNMENT ........153 FREE WILL OPENS POSSIBILITIES FOR VAST EXPANSIONS .................154 ANNOYANCE SOON RIPENS INTO HATRED .................................154 CHRIST'S HUMILITY PREVENTED HIM FROM DISPLAYING HIS GREAT POWER....155 THE PRINCIPLE OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES............................155 DIFFERENCES PROVIDE FOR UNNUMBERED AND MAJESTIC POSSIBILITIES .....156 DIFFERENCES ALSO PROVIDE FOR ENVY, JEALOUSY AND COVETOUSNESS ......156 LUCIFER FAILED TO ACCEPT HIS POSITION .............................156 CHRIST ALONE HAD THE PREROGATIVE OF CREATIVE POWER ................157 SIN BEGAN WITH THE ONE WHO HAD THE LEAST REASON TO SIN ............157

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 158 (62.5 MINUTES) ..........158

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT - PROVISIONARY PLAN SHOULD SIN ARISE......158 CHRIST OVER-STEPS HIS USUAL METHOD OF CREATING A WORLD ............159 LUCIFER DESTROYED ALLEGIANCE TO GOD IN THE UNIVERSE ...............159 MAN WAS MADE AN EXPERIMENTAL CREATURE .............................160 SATAN AS A BIOLOGICAL CREATOR - AND HIS SUNDAY ....................160 CHRIST'S GREAT BODY WAS LINKED WITH THE HOLY GHOST ................161

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CHRIST ORIGINATED THE PROPOSAL FOR THE EVERLASTING COVENANT ...... 162 WHAT WAS IT THAT CHRIST PROPOSED TO THE FATHER?....................163

ENOCH, MOSES AND ELIJAH - TYPES OF THE DEITY ......................166

THE PLURALITY OF THE ELIJAH WORK ..................................167 IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE ELIJAH MESSAGE ...........................168 THE 144,000 CONSTITUTE THE TRUE SANCTUARY OF GOD ..................169

THE CLEANSING OF THE 144,000 - POWER TO EXPEL SIN .................170 UNCONDITIONAL IMMORTALITY BESTOWED ON THE SAINTS SO THEY CAN SURVIVE THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE .......................................171 THE OLD AND NEW COVENANT EXPERIENCES ..............................172

THE GOSPEL IN ITS GLORY - SINS FORGIVEN .......................... 173

THE NEEDFUL SUFFERING OF THE SAINTS .............................. 174

ONLY THE ANGELS CAN RELEASE THE SAINTS FROM SUFFERING .............174

UNFAIR SUFFERING COMES NOT AS A PENALTY - IT ISA BLESSING .........175

THE RESTORATION OF UNIVERSAL ALLEGIANCE BASED ON LOVE .............176

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 6

 

VOLUNTARY ALLEGIANCE - FOUNDATION OF GOD'S GOVERNMENT ...177-214

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 177 (65,2 minutes)...........177

WHY DID CHRIST ENDURE SUCH SUFFERING? ............................ 177

A WARNING TO PARENTS...............................................178

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES AS OURSELVES?...................178

OUR GREATEST ENEMIES WILL COME FROM THE RANKS OF OUR BRETHREN..... 179

THE SAINTS - PRIVILEGED TO SHARE IN THE BEARING OF SINS ...........179

THE FORMER AND LATTER RAIN PHASES OF THE NEW BIRTH ................180

MAN CANNOT CHANGE HIS NATURE - ONLY THE HOLY GHOST ................180

ASPECTS OF THE CLOSING WORK AND THE THREE ANGELS' MESSAGE .........181

THE SECOND ANGEL'S MESSAGE.........................................182

THE MIGHTY ANGEL OF REVELATION 18 DENOUNCES COMMERCIALISM .........183

THE THIRD ANGEL'S MESSAGE..........................................183

SIN IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF ALL WHO WILL BE SAVED ..................184 KEY TO SALVATION ..................................................184 A VITAL TRUTH - VICTORY OVER SIN ..................................184

WE CAN BE EMPOWERED TO DISCONTINUE OUR SINNING ....................185 CONDITIONS FOR RECEIVING THE CLEANSING STREAM .....................185

SUFFERING INTENSIFIES THE SAINTS' DESIRE TO CEASE FROM SIN.........186

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NEVER LOSE FAITH IN GOD'S FORGIVING POWER..........................186 THINK ABOUT THIS ..................................................186 THE LATTER RAIN OUTPOURING ........................................187 CHRIST THROUGH THE 144,000 WILL VINDICATE GOD'S LAW ...............187 TWO DIFFERENT FORMS OF GOVERNMENT .................................188 ADAM AND EVE LACKED CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S JUSTICE ...................189

By THE ACT OF CREATION CHRIST OVER-STEPPED HIS SELF-ABNEGATION ....189

SATAN'S METHODS OF FEAR AND FORCE .................................190 GOD'S GOVERNMENT - ALWAYS VOLUNTARY ALLEGIANCE ....................191 THE FINAL CONFLICT REVEALS THE TWO FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ............191 THE LOUD CRY MESSAGE AND THE SABBATH ............................. 192 TWO EXTREME ERRORS ................................................193 SYMBOLIC PROPHECIES OF HAGGAI 2, ZECH. 4, AND REV. 11 .............194 THE SIGNET ........................................................194 THE VOICE OF GOD SPEAKING THROUGH MANY ............................195

THESE TAPES CONTAIN ONLY A BARE OUTLINE OF THE GREAT PANORAMA .....195 THE DETAILS OF THE PANORAMA WILL BE GLEANED FROM THE APOSTLES .....196 THE REMNANT SAINTS WILL POSSESS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY ............196

SOME FIELDS OF SCIENCE WILL YET CONTRIBUTE TO THE PANORAMA ........197

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE; (BELOW) ON PAGE 197 (65 MINUTES) ...........197

REVIEW OF SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS COVERED SO FAR ON THESE TAPES .....197

THE SPIRAL METHOD - THIS IS HOW GOD TEACHES .......................202 THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE ........................................203 DESPISE NOT THE DAY OF SMALL BEGINNINGS ...........................203 A FUTURE WORK OF UNIFICATION AMONG GOD'S PEOPLE ...................204 (1992- LEAVE ONE OR TWO SPACES HERE- REQUEST OF J. W. JOHNSON) ....205 THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT ON THESE TAPES........................... 209 CHRIST DIED THE ETERNAL DEATH OF THE SINNER .......................210

THE TIME WHEN 144,000 COLLECTIVELY RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST..........210 THE EVERLASTING COVENANT DELIVERED ................................211

THE FIERY TRIAL COMING UPON THE PEOPLE OF GOD .....................211

PARTAKING OF THE STRIPES WHICH JESUS SUFFERED .....................212 THE SHAKING -TIME OF GREATEST SUFFERING TO THE SAINTS .............214 SIFT THESE TAPES WITH A FINE-TOOTH COMB ...........................214

 

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WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 7

 

THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL IN THIS EMERGENCY HOUR ...........215-260

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 215 (69.5 minutes)...........215

PREPARATION TO MEET THE CRISIS (A VESPER TALK BY J. W. JOHNSON) ...216 THE BATTLE WITH SIN IN THE SOUL ...................................217 IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO EXHAUST EVEN ONE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE ...........220 GOD'S TRUTH IS LIKE A DIAMOND .....................................221 LET GO AND LET GOD" - DOES IT WORK ...............................223 NO SUCH THING AS A TRUE INTELLIGENCE TEST .........................225 EXERCISE YOUR MIND ................................................225 GOD CAN GIVE WISDOM ...............................................227 GOD'S WORD IS EVER UNFOLDING ......................................228 THE STORY ABOUT SALLY .............................................229 SIX CONDITIONS FOR CLAIMING GOD'S PROMISES ........................232 READ THE BIBLE ....................................................233 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON THE PREPARATION ............................235

 

CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 237 (72.5 minutes) ..........236

HOW TO STAND THROUGH THE TIME OF TROUBLE ..........................237 DISTINCTION BETWEEN CONFESSED SINS BEFORE 1844 AND AFTER 1844 .....238 FORGIVENESS ALWAYS COSTS JESUS SOMETHING ..........................239 TASTING OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST ...............................239 WE PARTAKE OF HIS SUFFERINGS IN ORDER TO LEARN

WHAT IT COSTS HIM TO FORGIVE OUR SINS..............................241 THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS .......................242 THE ELIJAH PROPHETS ...............................................242 THE BIBLE PREDICTS A FAMINE FOR THE WORD OF GOD ...................244 THE NEW COVENANT MESSAGE - CHRIST OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ...............245 DELIVERING THE NEW COVENANT .......................................246 LEADING SPIRITUAL ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT - MOSES & ELIJAH ............247 GOD IS LEADING A PEOPLE - NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL ..................249 JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS THE FIRST OF THE ELIJAH WITNESSES ............249 ELIAS TO RESTORE ALL THINGS .......................................249 THE SYMBOL OF RAIN AND THE LA TIER RAIN ...........................250 REVELATION 11 AND THE LOUD CRY ....................................251 THE INCARNATION OF THE HOLY GHOST & THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB ......251 TRUE PROPHETS WILL PROCLAIM THIS MESSAGE ..........................252 THE ELIJAH PROPHETS - SUPPLEMENT ..................................252 THE Two WITNESSES TAKE THE PLACE FROM WHICH LUCIFER FELL ..........252 MOSES AND THE OLD TESTAMENT ARE BUT ONE OF THE TWO WITNESSES ......254

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ELIJAH ON MOUNT HOREB .............................................255 BY ONE MAN ........................................................256 A MAN WITH A WRITER'S INKHORN .....................................256 ELIJAH WILL COME THROUGH THE PROCESS OF LITERAL REGENERATION ......257 THE TWO PHASES OF THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT ......................257 THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE .......................................258 THE "FAITH OF JESUS" IN HIS SAINTS IS ALSO TO BE TESTED .......... 258 A DANGEROUS AND SIFTING DOCTRINE ..................................259 THE EVERLASTING COVENANT DELIVERED................................ 260

 

WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 8

 

HONORING GOD DURING THE DAYS OF THE FINAL CONFLICT.............261-297

 

CD 1 OF 2 BEGINS HERE (BELOW) ON PAGE 261 (62.5 (minutes) .........261

FOUR GENERAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE TERM "PERFECTION" ..............261 THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST - KEY TO ATTAINING PERFECTION ........262 SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE MAKES THE BLOOD OF CHRIST MERITORIOUS .......263 LOVE VERSUS FEAR - SELFLESSNESS VERSUS SELF-CENTEREDNESS ..........264 JUDGE NOT THE MOTIVES OF ANOTHER'S ACTIONS ........................265 A MOST CRUCIAL MESSAGE ............................................265 THE EVERLASTING COVENANT IS ONE-SIDED .............................266 OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT A CONDITION OF ETERNAL LIFE ..............267

OBTAIN AN "EXPERIMENTAL" KNOWLEDGE OF GOD BY SHARING IN

THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST ..........................................269 GOD'S THREE BOOKS .................................................269 UNDESERVED PAIN GIVES A NEW CONCEPT OF LOVE .......................270 THE TIME WHEN WE WILL FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTINUE TO SIN........271 How TO GAIN AN "EXPERIMENTAL" KNOWLEDGE OF GOD ....................272 THE BITTER CUP OF UNDESERVED SUFFERING ............................272 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH AND WORKING OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION ...273 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUFFERING AND VICTORY ....................274 A WORD TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH TEMPTATION ........................275 LOVE - THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE ....................276 A DANGEROUS MESSAGE ...............................................277 JESUS' ACCEPTANCE RELEASES THE PENITENT FROM FEAR .................278 THEY WILL BE DELIVERED ............................................278

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CD 2 OF 2 BEGINS HERE; (BELOW) ON PAGE 278 (62.5 Minutes)..........278

VICTORY OVER SIN ..................................................278 THE HUMAN SOUL - COUNTERPART OF THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY ............279 COME TO THE MOST HOLY PLACE .......................................279 THE HUMAN SOUL TEMPLE TO BE CLEANSED FROM SIN .....................280 BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE? ........................281

A SPECIAL WORK OF GUARDIAN ANGELS .................................282 THE BOOKS WHERE THE RECORDS ARE KEPT ..............................283 ETERNAL LIFE BY FAITH - IN WHAT ...................................283 THE INCARNATION AND GROWTH EXPERIENCE OF JESUS ....................284 THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST REPRODUCED IN THE BOY JESUS................285 THE WORK IN THE FIRST APARTMENT ...................................286 THE TESTING OF PREDESTINED CHARACTERS .............................286 THE OVERCOMERS FROM EACH ERA OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH ..............287 THE 144,000 WILL UNDERSTAND AND COME FOR THE CLEANSING ............288 THE RECEPTION OF THE KINGDOM AND THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB .........289 THE SAINTS RECEIVE OF THE HERITAGE OF THE SON OF GOD ..............289 THE "GHOST' OF THE BODY OF CHRIST BECOMES A PART OF THE 144,000 ...290 SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT SINS CONFESSED SINCE 1844 ...............290 THE 144,000 - CLEANSED AND WITHOUT FAULT ..........................291 CHRIST STAKED HIS ENTIRE LIFE FOR HIS SAINTS ......................291 THE 144,000 - WHY PRIESTS FOR A THOUSAND YEARS? ...................292 PROVIDENTIAL PROCEDURE AND PREDICTING THE COURSE OF FUTURE EVENTS .292 THE MAIN TRACK OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION............................293 THE MOST PROFOUND MYSTERY OF ALL AGES .............................294 EARTHQUAKES AND GOD'S GREAT CLOCK OF TIME .........................294 A MAN, BY DECISION, CAN MODIFY THE COURSE OF HISTORY ..............295 GOD DOES NOT COMPEL WORSHIP .......................................296 THE FINAL DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE AND FEAR ..........................296 BELOVED, ACCEPT GOD'S PROMISE OF HIS EVERLASTING COVENANT .........297

 

ADDENDUM ..........................................................299 INDEX OF NINETEEN (2 HOUR) BIBLE STUDIES ON CD'S,

BY J. W. JOHNSON IN 1976 ......................................299-300

INDEX OF QUESTIONS ............................................301-306 CONCORDANCE OF SELECTED WORDS AND PHRASES .....................307-355 NOTES .........................................................356-368

 

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He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward;...

 

- Matthew 10:41.

 

 

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AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 1

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES - THE SUBSTANCE

 

CD 1 OF 2 COMMENCES BELOW;(60.5 MINUTES)

 

(This tape/letter is being addressed to the Brethren of the General Conference Committee of Seventh-day Adventists at Washington, D.C. from J. W. Johnson of Lacombe, Alberta. It is being recorded during the month of September, 1959, although much of the content has been prepared previously.)

 

INTRODUCTORY - SAFEGUARDING OUR CHURCH UNITY

 

Dear Brethren;

 

It is impractical for me at the present time to visit with you personally, and for that reason I am choosing to communicate with you in this particular manner.

 

It is to be in harmony with the instruction given to us through the servant of God, for the safeguarding of our Church unity, that I have decided to place before you the things which I have seen during the past seventeen years [1942-1959]. This decision has taken several years to materialize, for the following reasons:

First: I have wanted to be sure in my own mind, that in this day of rampant deception I have not been just another deluded soul.

Second: I have recognized the inevitable fact that my past errors will be thoroughly utilized to discount any message of truth which God may have given me.

 

Third: I am not without fault or shortcomings; and this condition is a serious deterrent to any messenger of truth.

 

Fourth: The things which I have seen have always presented an element of incompleteness.

 

Fifth: They have satisfied a personal need; but until the present time [1959], they have scarcely warranted a presentation to the Church. Indeed, even now, it may be expedient to delay a presentation of some of them.

 

I have made this decision now to place these things before you because first, the structure of truth involved has reached such a magnitude that the impulse to share it with others is sometimes almost irresistible, despite the inhibiting factors. But to share it liberally with

 

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local friends and brethren is almost certain to give rise to contention and division; and this I would prefer to avoid, if it is possible to do so.

 

Nevertheless, world events indicate that the hour for the final phases of God's work in the earth is close at hand, and the truths which I have seen do vitally concern those who shall remain unto the "coming of the Lord." Furthermore, my personal conflict with the powers of darkness concerning the matter of bearing the standard of truth before my brethren, has been so intense at times that I feel I can no longer delay that issue. I am in personal need of the succor of my fellow believers and pillars of the church in this matter.

 

THESE TAPES CONTAIN A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE GREAT PANORAMA SEEN

 

At this point you may be thinking that here is just another one in the long line of self-styled messengers of truth, and that it is but a waste of your time to listen any further. If I were of the same opinion, of course, I would not now be communicating with you. But I have waited patiently for more than fifteen years [1942-1959], in order that I might be certain in my own mind, at least, whether I am a servant of God or a servant of the devil. My ultimate conclusion, that God has been my faithful teacher down through the years, and also the tremendous significance of the things which God has permitted me to see, I say, these things give me courage to encroach upon your congenial nature, and ask that you be patient enough to continue to give these tapes an audition. They will contain but a brief summary of the great panorama which God has permitted me to see.

 

Now, I have not always been without temptation to doubt the validity of my experience. During the past few years there have been times when I have tried to discredit the things I have seen and have temporarily placed them "on the shelf." The condition of my health has sometimes made this necessary.

 

I have, time and again, laid the whole matter at the feet of the Master with the plea that He would make plain to me, beyond a shadow of doubt, whether He were my Teacher, or whether I were merely a victim of deception. Each time He has never failed to bring me further evidences, through experience or additional light, to verify the former things. I have frequently tested them against my own spiritual condition and faith in God. And I cannot avoid discerning that I have been drawn closer to the Saviour.

 

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Nevertheless, I realize that the crowning test of any new truth is its harmony with the Word of God and with the foundations of our established message; and it is in this final test that I seek your counsel at this time.

 

BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

 

Perhaps I can begin by giving an extremely abbreviated summary of the personal experiences leading up to the present situation:

I was raised by a Christian mother, and during my early years she belonged to the Danish Lutheran Church in the city of Calgary. And for a few years before his death, when I was seven [in l922], my father also belonged to this church. After seeing the truth of baptism by immersion, mother joined the Baptist church. Then later, during my mid-teens [in 1931], we all as a family - that is, Mother and three boys, turned to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, following attendance at a series of evangelistic meetings.

 

During my high school career, I took readily to the courses in science and technical work, and absorbed the general principles of scientific investigation and progress. It was at this time that the major problem of my religious life developed. I could not reconcile the Biblical account of creation, and of the miracles of Christ, with my observations of the workings of natural law. I did not believe in the six, literal-day creation, nor in the probability of miracles. Nevertheless, I was received into the fellowship of the church in spite of this handicap.

 

My honesty in these convictions caused some concern to my Adventist friends, and particularly my mother. Frequently this conflict harassed me. I was uncomfortable in the knowledge of semi-hypocrisy; and I longed for a closer fellowship with the other young people of the church, through gaining a mutual understanding of the things we all professed to believe.

 

TWO PRAYERS FOR WISDOM

 

Then came a day when I chanced to read the story of Solomon. Noting his simple but sincere prayer for wisdom, and the response he received from God, the thought occurred to me that if God could enlighten the mind of Solomon with wisdom to understand and judge correctly, then perhaps He could also open my mind to comprehend the mysteries of Scripture.

 

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I was filled with deep emotion the night I poured out my heart to God. I prayed as I had not prayed before, that He would make His Word so plain to me that I might honestly be able to say, "I see and believe." Though I was a doubting Thomas, nevertheless I was intellectually honest.

 

God responded to that prayer, - at least I believe that God did; and while I was falling asleep that night, I had a sort of dream, which in beautiful symbolic form, portrayed to me the fulfillment of my fondest hopes. And within a few days, my attention was directed to several texts of Scripture which seemed to bear home to me a personal message. Now, whereas I am aware that some followers of Christ do not believe that specific texts of Scripture can be applied to one's personal experience directly, nevertheless the servant of the Lord bears out this possibility in one of her passages [cf. Great Controversy 93].

 

The tenor of the message in the texts was that "the just shall live by faith." And that after having done the will of God, the promise would be fulfilled - "Though the vision tarry, wait patiently for it, because it will surely come." [Habakkuk 2:3]. In these Scripture passages, and in the dream (for to me they appeared to be tied together), I recognized a call to a holier way of life and a call to accept the word of God, by faith. But if the experience had ended there, I would, of course, have completely discounted it. At this time, I was about eighteen years of age [In 1933]. And during the next seven years or so, there was no major change in my religious status, unless it were an increase in the intensity of the conflict. Sincere doubt resulted in some degree of laxity in measuring up to church standards; yet respect for friends held me fairly close to the accepted code of conduct. I participated actively in church affairs, gave many talks, taught many Sabbath school classes, contributed to music, song, and social activities.

 

And all the while I was more or less perturbed at my inability to accept wholeheartedly the doctrines I was teaching and professing to believe. Whereas my knowledge of the Bible increased, my understanding failed to follow. In some ways, I lived near the fringe of our message, though I did not become involved in any major sins.

 

But the situation finally built up to an intense and serious crisis in the spring of 1941. I could no longer endure the conscientious torture of being a hypocrite. I was not lusting after the world; but I knew that by remaining a Church member, I was professing to believe things which I actually did not. I could not bring myself to believe doctrines

 

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which I could not understand, and which appeared to contradict the evidences of nature. How I yearned for a clear understanding, that I might act intelligently.

One evening, while trying to ease my troubled spirit, by walking through the open fields and the grassy hillsides neat the town where I was teaching, I was overshadowed by a conviction that I ought to turn wholeheartedly to God, trust Him, and follow His program. I remembered some experiences of previous years, on occasions when there had seemed to be some evidence that God existed, and that He was personally interested in my welfare.

 

I recalled the apparently personal message in the texts of several years before..."that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise." [Hebrews 10:36]. But doubts swarmed into my mind, and all but choked the spark of faith.

 

For some time I sat on a hillside and watched a most glorious sunset. As I contemplated the beauty of that brilliant panorama of glowing colors, I could not avoid the threatening conviction that a great Lover of beauty must somehow be responsible for such a magnificent display. Though I knew that the entire picture could be interpreted in terms of pure physical law, yet I felt myself reaching out to greet the unknown Person, whose magic paintbrush had so gorgeously touched that canvas of the sky.

 

At length I brought myself to pray, the same intense prayer for wisdom which I had offered about seven years before. Then, while passing along a dark street nearing my apartment, I made a bargain with the unseen God. I promised Him, that if He would open up the truth of His Word to me, in a manner that I could grasp and appreciate, I would give my life to His service. I remember speaking to God something on this wise, which reflects the spirit of a teenage prayer:

 

"Lord, if you exist and can hear me, please open up your Word to me. Make the things of the Bible plain to me; show me the sense in the doctrines of the Church, and I will surrender my life to your service. But I cannot surrender myself to a phantom, - I must have a tangible basis for service. If You will just show me the logic and the sense in our religion, I will go all out for You." This was a genuine and unconditional promise, contingent only on His clarifying the truth in my mind.

 

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ARRIVAL AT CANADIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE

 

Here was the second time I had asked God for this favor. This time I was apparently more ready to receive the answer; for almost immediately, things began to happen in my circumstances. Within a few weeks I found myself at Canadian Junior College, a school I had frequently vowed I would never attend, - with a secondary motive of continuing my education, and with a primary motive of becoming more definitely acquainted with the people and program of God.

 

During this time, God also brought me an experience, strongly fortified by coincidences, which proved to me that events can go contrary to apparently established laws of science. And this gave me reason to believe that miracles were probably possible.

My five years at Canadian Junior College brought me the happiest experiences of my life, as well as the most baffling dilemma. Within a few weeks of my arrival, the whole tenor of my outlook on life, and on the things of God, changed. I decided to give God a fair chance, by determining to accept His Word at face value, and by studying our doctrines with an open mind and an unbiased attitude. It was then that the Bible became a new book to me. To describe in detail all that happened, would be to attempt an impossibility. I will, however, do my best to portray the nature of the experiences which came to me, and will then proceed to elaborate on the principles of truth which were born in my mind.

 

In the first place, I had a fairly general knowledge of the facts of the Bible. But my knowledge of the Testimonies For the Church and the other Spirit of Prophecy writings was pitifully small. I had not read any of Sister White's books.

 

In contrast to this, I had a rather fundamental understanding of the general principles of physics, including astronomy, optics, sound, music, electricity, radio, mechanics, and several others. Besides this, I had been teaching in the public schools of Alberta for several years. I mention this here, because it probably has some relation to the background of the phenomenon which I am about to describe:

 

EXPERIENCES & COINCIDENCES CONNECTED WITH RECEIVING NEW LIGHT

 

Experiences which became plentifully frequent during the winter and spring of 1942, and ever since, more or less frequent, were closely related to coincidences. My mind was generally in a state of alert

 

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anticipation. Each experience and thought was noted and filed in the storehouse of memory. Among the items observed were frequent problematic ideas, ideas which gave rise to questions that were unaccountable or unexplainable in terms of my present background of knowledge. This in itself; of course, was not remarkable.

 

But the significant feature about these problematic thoughts was the fact that within the course of a few hours, or at most a few days, a number of these apparently unrelated and divergent ideas would at some unexpected moment, swarm back into my consciousness, almost simultaneously, and I would experience an acute awareness, (somewhat similar to that in a dream), of many thoughts and ideas all at essentially the same time. The independent thoughts or memories of experiences would then integrate into a sort of clear-cut relationship, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle falling into place, to reveal the coherent picture, and I would see the meaning of each of the problems, the solution as it were, in the light of the overall integrated pattern. Generally the aggregate of thought contained from one to several connecting links with former knowledge or experience.

The phenomenon of acute awareness would leave me momentarily unconscious of my environment, though usually not for more than a few seconds, and not in any way to create interference with my normal relationship to it. The panoramas of integration sometimes included points of truth stretching from eternity in the past right on through to the future; and the clarity of the relationships would captivate my intensely keen appreciation. Howbeit, no matter how strenuously I tried to retain the whole unit in my mind, so that I might study it in all its detail, it would stubbornly recede into oblivion within a few seconds, as unaccountably as it had appeared.

 

Some time later, as I would attempt to recover and record what I had seen, the various parts of the panorama would usually return at a more leisurely pace. And as the days progressed, and I encountered various phases of doctrine, I would be able to clearly interpret those doctrines in the light of the panorama I had seen.

 

These experiences occurred during my waking hours, and were usually triggered by some idea expressed by a minister, or a teacher, or some friend, or by a statement in the Bible, or the Morning Watch, or the Sabbath School lesson, or the Spirit of Prophecy, or by a circumstantial event, or just a plain, passing thought. At the time, I accepted them as normal mental processes; and I presently believe that

 

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they can be accounted for psychologically, though not everyone ordinarily experiences them in such a pronounced form, nor with such frequency. They are a phenomenon related to certain types of mentality. Some would even classify them as an evidence of a form of mental aberration or emotional illness. I would not quarrel with this view. I only know that God has sometimes used strange and unexpected means to further His ends.

 

Another kind of experience which occurred fairly frequently during those weeks, and on several occasions since, was that of a series of consecutive coincidental happenings, not necessarily associated with an integration. An example might be as follows:

I am sitting at ease, meditating about some specific problem or query, when unexpectedly, someone speaking on the radio just then, begins to talk about the identical problem and adds something in the way of enlightenment. If the coincidence ended there, I would think little of it. But hardly has he finished, than a member of the family brings in the newspaper for me, not having any thought in mind concerning the talk on the radio. And as I casually page through it, I'm arrested by an item in the corner of a page, dealing with the same idea, but in an entirely different setting, having no relation to the radio talk. This item contributes further to the concept. When I'm about to lay the paper aside the phone rings, and a friend asks whether I have heard about a certain man from somewhere who thinks such and such. And here again appears a different slant to the same problem, not having been previously discussed with the friend. Thus is a further contribution added to the rising structure of thought.

 

I have known such a series of coincidences to build up to as many as eight or ten, within the space of a few hours. And in each case, there was distinctly no collusion among the separate instances. Granting the remoteness of chance in several such happenings occurring within a few weeks to one person, the significance becomes greater when I explain that the net outcome in knowledge resulted invariably to an improved comprehension of some phase of Biblical doctrine or problematic solution.

 

During the two school years, 1941/42 and 1942/43, I was a student and part-time teacher at the College, [Canadian Union College] residing in the old East Hall, boys' dormitory. In the early part of this period, I took two Bible subjects: Bible Doctrines, and Spirit of Prophecy. Though some of the thoughts expressed in these courses

 

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appeared to me at first to be rather weak or erroneous, I had previously decided to tentatively accept all points of doctrine in the hope that after acquainting myself with the complete structure, I might discover their truth. I was not disappointed.

 

TRIALS TO FOLLOW

 

But the discovery and conviction of the truth of our doctrines did not result alone from my class studies. The experiences described above [in the last several pages] were almost entirely responsible for my enlightenment and understanding, resulting in conviction. This early period of abundant experience and discovery was perhaps the happiest of my life, for I was not yet aware of the trials to follow, and the fiery darts of the wicked one which would be directed at me, and bring me to the valley of fear, bitter frustration and nervous exhaustion.

 

Had my understanding reached no farther than the established doctrines of our Church, my course in life might have been different, and my youthful zeal in voicing a testimony might have been tolerated as genuine. But the fact is, the understanding I received concerning many of the doctrines of our Church, reached beyond our present view of them. Many new relationships and new meanings were an integral part of my understanding of the established doctrines. And when I discovered this extended view, I began to question the experiences which I had undergone, and which I was still having; for I was not yet aware that Sister White clearly taught the ever-unfolding nature of truth. [cf. Panorama of Truth, Vol. 2, Sections 1 & 2, pp 54-91.]

 

In answer to my prayer for guidance, I came across numerous statements from the Spirit of Prophecy, verifying advancement in understanding, and new views of old truths. In reviewing my past, I recalled that I had asked God on two occasions for a clear-cut understanding of His Word, that I might honestly surrender my life to Him, and serve Him in His program on this earth. I had not thought of receiving a comprehension going beyond that of our established Church order. And with this discrepancy in mind, I laid my dilemma before the Lord.

 

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He responded by directing my attention to the existence of a promise that before the close of earth's present history, "all things Will be restored," and the Holy Spirit "will guide the disciples into all truth." I also discovered that Sister White points out that there is still more to be understood about our doctrines. [cf. pages 145 thru 152 of Vol. 2]. I saw that the work of Elijah in restoring all things was not fully accomplished through John the Baptist, but was still a future prophecy.

 

Not many weeks went by before I learned that my new and enlarging under-standing of the Scriptures was not favorably shared by those who had been in the message for many years. For during the course of my new discoveries, I spoke with fellow students and staff members, and sometimes expressed myself in Bible Doctrines and Spirit of Prophecy classes. And my views were regarded with suspicion, and sometimes disdain, though there were a few of my friends who seemed to absorb some of them, to some degree.

 

"STEMMING THE TIDE"

 

It became obvious to me that the understanding I was receiving concerning the doctrines, which I had heretofore been unable to comprehend, was reaching beyond that held by the leaders and workers in our cause. And I was accused of teaching false doctrine and of being deceived by the devil. My testimony to some of my fellow students in the dormitory soon brought repercussions through official channels. It was felt that I was rapidly becoming deluded by the devil, and unless something was done to stem the tide, much damage might be accomplished. In "stemming the tide," the chief method was that of indoctrination of the student body against my testimony, as being of the devil, and this indoctrination was accomplished through special talks in public meetings, and through private interviews with students. My own personal requests for studies with a Pastor or Bible teacher were squeezed, and eventually ignored.

 

So, at that time, I had no choice but to go back to God. These things caused me great concern. I cannot describe how badly I felt over this situation, nor how puzzled I was about the whole matter. I had been rejoicing in the fact that God was finally honoring my prayer for wisdom, but somehow the devil was considered to be tied up with it. The whole thing was very confusing to me.

 

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Day by day, new thoughts and clearer concepts of truth were flashing into my consciousness. I was receiving answers to questions and problems which had been harassing me for years - questions which no one of our teachers or workers had answered to my satisfaction. And week by week, the marvelous, inherent glories of the Book of God were unfolding to my logical understanding. I had received scores of coincidental experiences which could hardly be regarded as less than unique, and by these I had come to quickly comprehend the doctrines which had been conundrums to me since my early youth. Wherever I turned in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy, I found more and more gems of truth shining forth. My doubts and skepticism regarding the Scriptures and the Testimonies had melted away; and my attitude toward the things of God was rapidly mellowing and positively crystallizing.

 

I could not see the work of Satan in this. Yet, I was advised that Satan could perform these things; that no other truth was to be given, and that I was speculating and delving into false doctrines. I was personally aware however, that I had not erred by delving into forbidden areas, for I had not methodically attacked each problem to attempt to find a solution. On the contrary, the solutions had come to me, all unexpectedly, in the normal course of my daily program and routine study.

 

My life had become filled with coincidences, which often brought the solutions forcefully to my mind. Now, I was brought to consider the possibility that this was all a master plot of Satan, designed to lead me further astray by making me think I had the truth, when I was actually in error. I became acquainted with the fact that numerous proponents of supposed new truth had fallen by the wayside, or had become enemies of the truth over the years.

 

APPROACHING GOD FOR A DISTINCT SIGN

 

Since my future course in life depended on my getting a correct grasp of my present situation, I laid the matter prayerfully before God. In fact, the thing was so critical, that I felt disposed to approach God for a distinct sign as had Gideon of old. I realized this was imposing upon God, and that it was an act not to be regarded lightly. Indeed, it was to me, far from trivial; and since I was teaching on the staff of the College, it was very important to me that the matter be definitely clarified so far as I was concerned.

 

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Meanwhile, I had asked God why it was that after asking Him for a better understanding of our doctrines, He had brought them to me in a manner which was not understood by those who had been His faithful servants for many years; and God had brought in response to that question, a line of truth which clarified the matter directly. But now, I was disposed to doubt even this. For if the first experiences were false, then, of necessity, this must also be false. So, more definitely than ever, my future life would hinge on the establishment of these experiences as genuine or false. It would be impossible for me to remain undecided for very long.

 

Now, I would like to make plain right here, that I do not believe it is God's will that we should go asking Him for miraculous signs and symbols every time we are undecided about some matter. This is not God's usual way of dealing with His people. But there are occasions there have been in the past, and there still are, when a man reaches a severe crisis, and under circumstances of great importance, God will honor a man's request for a definite evidence of His guidance. And this was a crisis! My whole future life hinged on whether Christ were my teacher, or the devil. I had to have some tangible evidence, some token of divine favor.

 

I remembered that when Gideon had been faced with grave uncertainty, he had asked a sign of God. But how could I know that Satan would not answer my prayer for a sign, instead of God? - as good Christian men were saying he had already done. Would God give a stone to one who asks for bread? I had to be absolutely certain, for I could not consider building my future life and faith on a false foundation.

 

It was then I discovered that Sister White says that Satan is not permitted to read our thoughts directly [Gospel Workers, p. 417], and that when we kneel in prayer, the devil flees. Thus I concluded that I could ask God silently for a sign which Satan could not even know. If it were then given, I would know that God had given it.

 

THE SIGN FOR WHICH I CHOSE TO ASK WAS THE SYMBOL OF RAIN

 

The sign for which I chose to ask has a special significance which I did not fully understand at that time. The sign which I chose to ask God to give me as an evidence of His guidance was the symbol of rain. The significance of this request will be much better understood when I explain that it was, at this time, about the middle of December, going

 

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on toward Christmas; and in this area [central Alberta, Canada], that is well on into the severe part of our winter. A rain storm at this season of the year would be, to say the least, an unusual event, and at the time I had not known of a rain storm to occur at that time of year, although later acquaintance with meteorological evidence would indicate that it has occurred on rare occasions. But the winter that year had been quite severe and there was no indication whatsoever of any change. So I asked God, that if He were indeed my Teacher, to show me a little token, by bringing a rain storm. I told no one about my prayer; and I prayed silently with my lips totally sealed. And I put my faith in God's word and in the testimony of His servant.

 

Shortly thereafter, in the course of my reading, I came across the statement where God spoke to Moses at the Mount, in which He asked him to be ready against the third day, and He would come to him in the sight of all the people, in a cloud. I could not be sure that God was speaking to me personally through that text at that particular time, but in the light of all the previous coincidences I had recently [experienced], this seemed to be another one.

 

It was at this time too, that I had recently come across many statements in the Spirit of Prophecy concerning the principles of health and diet reform, and I had been putting forth a strenuous effort to align my life with these principles. But during the weekend after offering this prayer, I recall giving evidence of weakness in this respect, even though my transgression was no more severe than is popularly being indulged in by God's people everywhere. Nevertheless, I felt keenly my weakness in this moderate indulgence of appetite, and I felt that I had let the Master down. Somehow I could hardly bring myself to believe that God would answer my special request, in the light of this weakness; and I resigned myself to having to find my way through this crisis without a definite sign. This too was an evidence of lack of faith, and reveals quite clearly that I did not at that time understand the plan of salvation, and God's great mercy and tenderness and kindness, as I do today.

 

The third day came and went; and there was no rain. Again, I felt that God could not honor my prayer. I did not know what I was going to do - I was very much disturbed, but resigned myself to the fact that the sign could not be given.

 

The next morning however, as I rounded the corner of the boys' dormitory on my way to the dining hall for breakfast, while it was still dark, I felt a distinct puff of warm, moist air on my face. And in a few

 

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seconds, two or three drops of rain fell on my bare head. God had answered my request with just a sprinkling of evidence.

But God wasn't going to leave it at that; He wanted to make sure that I saw this sign. Within a few minutes, it began to rain. And it rained steadily all that morning and on into the afternoon. I can distinctly remember one of the faculty members returning to school after lunch under an umbrella. And it wasn't just a little local shower around the hilltop by the school; it rained all the way from north of Edmonton clear down to the American border south of Medicine Hat, a distance of probably some three to five hundred miles across. The weather then quickly turned cold again, as we moved into the severest part of our winter. For a while I could hardly avoid feeling that this was an evidence of God's guidance and favor; that He was my Teacher.

 

But after about three or four weeks, somewhere going down toward the middle of January, I began to feel somewhat doubtful whether these events were of any special significance, especially in the face of the criticism which I was receiving.

 

Remembering that Gideon of old had asked God twice for His sign, I gained sufficient courage to again go before God and to ask for a repetition of the sign, now that we were right in the coldest part of our winter, and a rainstorm in the middle of January would indeed be an outstanding event. I felt that if God would give me the sign just once more, I could be completely confident in Him as my Teacher.

 

Without going into all the details surrounding this second event, let me summarize by saying that the rain came, exhibiting the symbols of ice-crystal sun dogs in the western sky, and rainbow in the eastern sky, both within a few minutes of each other, - a most unusual coincidental phenomenon. The rain continued sporadically during the evening and on into the night. Then the weather quickly turned again, to give us the severest and longest cold spell of the season.

 

I mention these experiences here, not as proof that God has given me a measure of truth, but to help you to understand something about the background of the experience which brought to me the truths that I am going to present for your study. And you will also discover in due time that these experiences have a direct relationship to some of the truths which will be presented, and I humbly solicit your patience until sufficient background material can be presented to enable you to gain a better and more complete understanding of the things which are to follow.

 

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Again I say, I do not believe that God is pleased to give outstanding, miraculous manifestations at every turn of our experience. But I do believe that there are times, during stress and crisis, when God will overstep the general rules of nature, or apparently do so, and give a little token of His personal favor to one of His trusting children. These natural phenomena could have been purely coincidental, and I believe they were. But it was the unique relationships among the various coincidences which was most convincing. God's complex mathematics, which defines the intricate harmonious co-ordination of the multitude of nature's laws, is perfectly adequate to produce whatever goal He determines to establish.

 

Nevertheless, I do not base my faith solely on these manifestations.

 

It is the profound and beautiful logic of the truths themselves which in the final analysis brings the conviction. And this too has been coupled with the favorable changes and development in my own Christian experience.

 

[Transcript of side A of this tape concludes here; side B continues below.]

 

CD 2 OF 2 FOR TAPE/LETTER # 1 COMMENCES BELOW (62 minutes)

 

A MOST STRIKING EXPERIENCE

 

Now, I realize that there are some faithful servants of God who place very little, or no stock at all in manifestations of this sort. But there are others who have had somewhat similar experiences, perhaps on a very rare occasion. And for the benefit of these, I wish to add before continuing, that God apparently chose the symbol of rain to be a continual sign in my personal experience, for there has never occurred any significant event in my life since that time, but what it has been clearly accompanied in summer by rain, and in winter by snow; and that now is almost eighteen years ago [January of 1941]. This has been a most striking experience.

 

During those years, I cannot recall a single instance in which rain ever appeared in this area between the middle of December and the middle of January, as it did back there - not until this past winter.

 

DECISION IN 1958 TO PRESENT THINGS SEEN TO BRETHREN AT THE G.C.

 

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for me to do this, in the light of the instruction in the Spirit of Prophecy, and in the light of my promise to God, many years back, that if He would just open His Word to me in a tangible fashion, I would give Him my life for service. And having seen the purpose of the revelations which He has delivered, I have known for many months what the task would be. But the handicaps and hindrances have been many. God has been patient; He applies no compulsion to His servants. And I have realized that He has been waiting until I could gain sufficient strength and courage to pursue this course of action, within the limits of His foreknown schedule.

 

For some time I have been preparing various phases of this task, but it was not until just before Christmas last year, that I began to realize that it would be my responsibility now to make the move. And during the last week of the year 1958, I purposed in my heart to move forward during the year 1959.

 

I did not expect God to give me any special tokens of His approval. The evidence of instruction in the revelations of the Spirit of Prophecy, I felt, would be sufficient. Nevertheless, I did ask God that, if He felt disposed to do so, I would appreciate any little token of His favor.

 

It was just a few minutes before sundown, on the last day of l958, as the new year was about to be ushered in, that the course of our winter changed again. There was a severe rain squall which covered a considerable area; and as the night proceeded, it turned on into bitterly cold winter. God had again brought, in a coincidental way, the same token of His favor which He had given sixteen years before.

 

Again I would point out, that this whole thing might be one grand, gigantic coincidence. It probably was. But sometime later we may have occasion to study a little further on the matter of coincidences, and perhaps discover some things that we had not thought of before. I am certain that there is much profound truth in the principle of coincidences. [cf. Pages 134, 136 and 295 & 296.]

 

But now, back to the story, and we shall endeavor to quickly finish that phase:

 

It was about this time that my attention was somehow directed to a statement of Sister White, explaining that God will make plain, to anyone who earnestly seeks Him, the work which He is to do [Vol. 6 of Manuscript Releases, number 362, page 119]. It occurred to me that the things God had been revealing to me must have some sort of

 

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bearing on His plan for my life. Though I had already surrendered my life plans to Him, yet I did not know which direction He desired me to go. So I laid this matter before Him, asking for wisdom and understanding, according to my needs; and that if it were His will, to help me understand the direction which I should take in the work which I should plan to do.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE MAJOR PHASES OF THE CLOSING WORK

 

It was then that He brought to me a general understanding of the major phases of the closing work in the earth, and the part that He was calling me to fulfill. I learned about the loud cry and the latter rain, about the meaning of the return of Elijah to restore all things, about the relation of Moses and Elijah to God on Mount Horeb; and of the Covenants, and the Plan of Salvation; about the symbolic relation of Moses to Christ, and Elijah to the Holy Spirit; about the sanctuary question; about the seal of God, and the 144,000; about the Sabbath, and numerous other relevant items. I did not specifically seek these things. They came to me in the course of my daily devotions and study. But the tremendous impact of this experience, coupled with the increasing misunderstanding by others, plunged me into a condition of profound perplexity and bitter discouragement.

 

I found it practically impossible to discuss the doctrines of our people without bringing into the discussion some of the items which I had seen. For without them, it appeared to me, our doctrines did not make too much sense. But recognizing the confusion and perplexity that some of my remarks and statements were bringing to other students at times, I felt that it would be better if I did not reveal the things that I had seen, and in order to co-operate with the administrators of the school I tried to keep my experiences more or less to myself. But after repeated attempts to do so, I found it impossible.

 

The revelations which I had seen were so closely tied in with all the various phases of our message that it became almost impossible for me to talk on any doctrinal subject without giving the added understanding which I had received.

 

It would be unfair of me if I failed, at this point, to also reveal the mistakes which I made. I was young, and ignorant. There were many things that I had not yet learned, so I was over-zealous. And with the increased understanding, not only of our doctrines but of other matters,

 

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I passed through a period of over-confidence. There were times, I know, when I confused speculation with truth. And I did make some rather serious errors in things which I said and did. This was very unfortunate. Unquestionably, God used these erroneous experiences to teach me some valuable lessons, and I thank Him that I was able to survive those disciplinary experiences. But I am genuinely sorry for any damage which they may have caused, not only to our institution, but to some of its students.

 

RESIGNATION FROM THE COLLEGE

 

It was about this time that the college was attempting to improve its accreditation. And as I was teaching subjects in the college [Canadian Union College], for which I hardly had correct credentials, (a sort of war-time extremity measure), it became obvious to me that it would be my duty to gain a little further education in order to fulfill my responsibilities at the school. But as the restrictions of the war were still in place, and it was impossible for me to go across the line [the Canadian/U. S. border] to continue in that field; and as I recognized the difficulties the administrators were having because of criticism concerning my service at the school, I realized that it would be the better part of wisdom to resign my post. And I am sure the administrators were very much in harmony with that course of action.

 

Meanwhile, I was hopeful that God would permit me to remain in this local community, in order that I might "weather the storm;" that I might be able to prove whether I were genuine or false, and not run away from the battlefield. And this God did permit me to do.

 

I have now lived here in this community for the past thirteen years since leaving the college [1946-1959], and have been a member of our local church, serving in whatever capacities the Brethren felt I was suited to fulfill.

 

During these years, my church brethren and sisters have been very kind to me. And in the light of many similar experiences which have occurred to other individuals in years gone by, experiences which have ended in disaster for those individuals, if not for our Church, I can readily appreciate that if I were not treated entirely as some other members might have been - that if I have been slighted in any way whatsoever, it is perfectly excusable. I am sure that I have been treated more kindly than I deserve.

 

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You see, Satan made many powerful, personal attacks upon my mental equilibrium. This he did through trying circumstances, misunderstandings, and false accusations. But my old nature of selfishness and self-confidence did also make spasmodic inroads upon my Christian experience, leading to errors of thought and expression. Periodic over-confidence in the genuineness of my experience resulted in self-constructed theories and deductions, which undermined the genuine truths. Youthful ignorance accounted for some mistakes, which were seized upon as negative evidence. And the net result of all this was a rather decided loss in prestige with many people, particularly with parents in the field, and others who were unfamiliar with the entire story. And this in turn resulted in serious personal injury and bitter emotional trial.

 

And so, after five years at the college, as a student and as a teacher, I left [in 1946]. I was deeply hurt and deeply disappointed. But as I have mentioned, God did permit me to remain right here in this community. Nevertheless, the terrific impact of this whole situation with all its emotional ramifications was just a little more than my rather fragile nervous system was able to bear; and I was plunged into a condition of nervous exhaustion and deep emotional disturbance, greatly handicapping me in my work. My poor condition of health has been a heavy trial to my beloved family. And yet, God has always sustained me, and has always provided sufficient strength for the essential tasks.

 

These years have been years of stern discipline. I have been brought through the valley of the shadow, and self-aggrandizement has had to be crucified. There were months when it was practically impossible for me to engage in any amount of study of the Word of God, for a return to a consideration of these topics so rapidly drained my nervous system that I was left in a state of exhaustion. Therefore, I had to guard rigidly my limited health, and strictly abide by the principles of correct living in order to regain a measure of the strength which I had lost. This has taken several years to accomplish, and even now it is necessary for me to restrict my activities to such as come within the limits of my capacity.

 

Nevertheless, it has not been possible for me to remain perfectly silent during these past thirteen years [1946 - 1959], since leaving the college. From time to time the cup has overflowed, and I have expressed some of the truths which are so clearly portrayed in my

 

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consciousness. The public reaction to this has been a mixture of appreciation, sympathy, and even pity. Appreciation on the part of some, pity for my supposed deluded condition by others, but generally a cautious aloofness.

 

Meanwhile, God has continued to bring me a clearer perception of many important truths. And the impress of these truths, their important relation to our present need, and my ever-growing conviction of the genuineness of this expanding panorama, impel me against all personal fear and caution, to present them to you at this late hour.

 

While I recognize, only too well, that there have been times in the past when my thinking has not been too clear, I believe God has now enabled me to level off in my assessment of these matters; that sound logic prevails, and that the danger of sliding into radicalism, extremism, and fanaticism, has decreased to a tolerable extent. None of us is completely free from this danger, and that is why we must work together and counsel one with another. And your assistance in this matter, your co-operation and counsel, will be most deeply appreciated. It is my desire to remain faithful to God through thick and thin; to stand by Him and His people until the end. And this, I am sure, He will enable all of us to do, if we put our complete trust in Him.

 

And so for the present, this very much abbreviated summary of the background experiences must of necessity suffice. If you feel that there is any merit in the truths which I shall present, and you would care to investigate further the details of the events leading up to these things, I shall be very happy to give them in a more complete form.

 

THE ORGANIZED CHURCH IS UNDOUBTEDLY GOD'S REMNANT CHURCH

 

Meanwhile, I would like it to be understood at the outset, that it is not my purpose to discount the teachings of our church, nor to suggest the rise of a new movement. Our present organized church is undoubtedly God's true remnant Church; and through His people, He will finish His work. If anything I present fails to harmonize with, or build upon the old foundations, then it cannot be true. But that there is new truth to be built upon the old, we certainly cannot deny.*

 

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PRINCIPLES OF UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE

 

Now, before going into a consideration of the specific truths in question, there are just a few miscellaneous items which I believe it would be well to mention at this time.

 

First, a few words about the principles of knowledge and understanding. Understanding is partly a state of relationships between present knowledge and experience with past knowledge and experience. The ability to implement these relationships is known as reasoning power. But understanding is also a process of integration of several component parts of knowledge into a principle or concept.

 

Understanding always involves several component facts or pieces of knowledge, gleaned over a period of time, and stored in the memory. But these stored facts do not in themselves constitute understanding or comprehension. Understanding is not present until two or more of these separate facts are brought together into a relationship, which relationship may sometimes be expressed as a law or a principle, a sort of always-is-or-happens-or-acts-this-way generality.

 

A modification of the relationship of memories contains the idea of interdependence, or inter-relationship, or balance of condition, whereby a change or variation in one component will cause a corresponding variation, or corresponding variations, in one or more of the other components, according to a fixed relating formula or equation. But, in general, the principle relationship of memories involves the actual integration of separate parts into a new composite unit ~ a unit which can no longer be thought of entirely in terms of its separate parts, but rather as a newly created complex product. For example, common table salt can hardly be thought of entirely in terms of sodium and chorine, which are both deadly poisons; but rather as the compound of sodium- chloride or common salt, which is edible.

 

Many of our ideas are composed of several components. Children's ideas are rather simple in structure. But as maturity advances, the mental equipment becomes more highly organized and integrated into complex compounds of thought. In chemistry, the organic compounds have the most highly organized and complex molecules, containing many atoms. These compare to some of the spiritual ideas expressed in Scripture, ideas which can only be comprehended as the highly complex and delicate organization of the numerous atomic ingredients of thought become available to the consciousness spontaneously.

 

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Such spontaneous integration probably involves creative power of some sort, and is thus associated with the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit which "guides" into all truth. And so it is the highly organized mind, containing a wealth of ideas, which has the greater comprehension.

 

On this basis, the first and primary requisite for intelligent understanding is the acquisition of knowledge and experience - that is, the building up of an adequate stockpile of memories from which to draw the ingredients necessary in the construction of complex thought or comprehensive understanding. Therefore, we have the admonition to "fortify our minds with the truths of the Bible," in order to acquire the knowledge necessary to meet the problems of the last great conflict.

 

Some of the deeper principles of the Scriptures are integrations of such a wide variety of component parts that some minds may find it difficult to suspend them all in the region of consciousness at the same time, a feat which is essential to grasping the integration of the principle. Simple principles may be composed of only a few components; but complex ones, of many components.

 

For example, the human being is a complex organism compared to the amoeba, because it has many more parts; and thus it is more difficult to understand and interpret. So we may need to recognize that there are some principles of truth in the Scriptures which some minds may not be able to grasp because of their inability to encompass a complex structure of ingredients. This, of course, may possibly hinge upon the capacity of the individual in respect of his inherent mental ability.

 

It may also be impossible for some minds to comprehend the full meaning of a set of related knowledge facts because one or more of the required ingredients is missing, - there is an inadequate supply of the component parts of the concept. It is impossible to bake a chocolate cake without the chocolate. Unless we have the essential ingredients with which to build a structure, it is not possible for that structure to be totally integrated. But again, even if all the ingredients are available, if they cannot be assembled in the area of the consciousness at essentially the same time, and if the individual does not have the adeptness at integrating those thoughts, it will not be seen as a principle.

 

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here, I fully believe it will be possible for any open and educated mind, which is willing to accept the ingredients without bias - I truly believe it will be possible for any such mind to grasp the things which will be presented.

 

At the same time, I do know that it will require a great deal of patience, because it will take much time in order to provide all of the ingredients necessary to grasp the entire panorama. And while some of these things are being presented, there will unquestionably arise problems and difficulties, in your minds, which may cause you to stumble. But if it is possible for you to do so, leave those questions or problems "on the shelf," (perhaps jot them down), and in due time they will undoubtedly be dealt with, and be brought into relationship with all the other components. And if we should fail to do that, these questions will be welcomed and the problems will be dealt with separately.

RESISTANCE TO NEW TRUTH

 

Now, here is another relevant thought which I feel should be expressed at this point, dealing with resistance to new truth. Any significant advancement in knowledge has nearly always made its way against criticism and opposition. Much of this resistance has arisen because of the uncertainties and incompletenesses associated with progress in knowledge. New discoveries are often partial in nature, and a few loopholes may remain to be explained by later research or discovery.

 

Meanwhile, misconceptions arise because of the incompletenesses, and often the value of the new discovery is severely injured, if not completely destroyed, by reason of the misconceptions which exhibit glaring weaknesses. This "incompleteness" aspect of advancing knowledge is not only applicable to discovery in the natural sciences, but it is equally applicable to the expanding truths of the Scriptures.

 

Resistance to new truth may furthermore be aggravated by reason of the unpalatable environment in which it is often discovered. One may, here and there, find among the philosophies and religions of our day, some gem of truth which is unfortunately so badly marred and confused with error, or so overshadowed by the undesirable nature of its proponents, that it is rejected purely on the basis of its unacceptable association. Rejection of truth on this basis may be a grave fault. We should learn to discern and evaluate truth, and to extract it from its

 

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surroundings. It is often necessary to sweep the "dust of the floor" in order to find the "pearl of great price."

Numerous examples of the above principles could be given. In olden times, men thought the sun came up and went down, and that the earth was flat. For many years Newton's Law of Gravitation was accepted as precisely true. From 1832 to 1844 William Miller thought that Jesus was going to return personally to earth about 1844. The disappointment "loophole" had to be explained by the later discovery of a new and superseding principle of truth. Again, Jesus was born in a stable, and He came out of Nazareth. He did not have the social prestige which the elite leaders of Israel expected their Messiah to have. Therefore His message, though it was extremely powerful, was rejected by them.

 

Nevertheless, the increase in knowledge is inevitable. Those who resist new light are fighting a losing battle, for the angel said to Daniel some three thousand years ago, that "at the time of the end, knowledge should be increased" [Daniel 12:4]. And the prophet Joel stated, that "in the last days the Spirit of God would be poured out, and men would see visions and dream dreams" (Joel 2:28, 29). And the greatest of all teachers and prophets also promised the "Spirit of truth" to His disciples, and the work of the Spirit was declared to "guide you into all truth." [John 16:13].

 

EXPANDING TRUTH AND THE ELEMENT OF INCOMPLETENESS

 

Now, there is a fact of great significance in the principle of expanding truth. It is the element of incompleteness or discrepancy present in any discovery of new truth. It is this element which actually guarantees future advancement in knowledge, for if this element were not present, there could be no expansion of present truth. Indeed, it is actually an evidence of truth.

 

And just one more thought here: The range between the most ignorant person in the world and the most enlightened one is enormous. Most people have no inkling of the vast area of comprehension which lies beyond their present scope of knowledge, an area which others, perhaps their associates, have already explored.

 

Now, in harmony with your request, I am not going to present on these initial tapes a complete and detailed study of the various phases of truth. In the first place, if I were to attempt to do this, we would become lost in a maze of details and fail to bring together the various

 

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elements into an integration. Rather, I shall on these initial tapes, present these truths in a more general way, constantly referring from one to another as we move along in order to attempt to build up the integration and not to lose the relationships. It will not be possible, of course, to do this completely at any stage of the presentation. And again I say, we will have to exercise a measure of patience until the complete panorama can be presented. Nor will I at all points give direct references to the Scripture and Spirit of Prophecy writings; but indirect references may often appear, in the understanding that you Brethren are already familiar with these passages; and it will save us much time if we can just simply refer to the thoughts contained in any passage. Many times the reference will not even be mentioned, because we recognize its familiarity.

 

And finally, I would like to offer an apology for any evidence of weakness in organization in this presentation. The pressure of every day duties and circumstances have made it practically impossible for me to monopolize sufficiently long periods of time to prepare this in a well polished form. The urgency of getting this task accomplished, and the lack of time and even energy to accomplish it in a highly organized and finished form, I trust will be respected by you, and excused. We are primarily interested in presenting the messages of truth, and we shall reserve until a later time, if necessary, the more detailed and elaborate organization of the material. In any case, your preliminary counsel and advice in such a program would definitely be appreciated and, I feel, required. Please excuse then any irregularities in organization, and attempt to center your attention upon the items of truth.

 

THE SUBSTANCE

 

And now to the substance:

 

I'm sure we are all aware that the most important truth in the Scriptures, is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we all recognize that this message of the gospel is intimately associated with the final loud cry of the third angel. We know that the gospel story is to be the great truth to encircle the globe, but before we can understand the expanded meaning of this gospel story, as it applies to this final generation, it will be necessary for us to consider a number of other topics surrounding it. And it is for that reason that I am not going to deal with the gospel story first.

 

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THE EXPERIENCE OF THE 144,000

 

One of the first things which was presented to me, back about seventeen years ago [1941-42], was the truth about the 144,000 and the experience which will be theirs. Now, I know that this is a touchy subject, and it is with some degree of reticence that I present it at the outset. But there are some very pertinent and significant features about this topic which I feel we should have in the background of our thinking as we progress through some of the other studies. And so, I shall present at this point what I saw concerning this group:

 

The 144,000 are the overcomers from each of the eras in the history of the Church. [Acts of The Apostles, p. 585] These are the first-fruits unto God from each generation. These are they who have applied the principle of the gospel and its power to gain the victory over sin; for "the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, unto all that believe." And that is not only salvation from eternal death, but salvation from sinning. We could present a number of evidences in favor of this thought that appear in the Scripture, and evidences which appear in logical consideration. Our God is a God of logic - He is a God of fairness, and these matters do enter into an understanding of His truth.

 

In the first place, the 144,000 are the living saints on the earth before Jesus comes. They are the only ones who are translated, as was Elijah and Enoch, directly, without seeing death at that time. And we are told in Early Writings [page 19] that the 144,000 are the only ones who can enter with Jesus into the temple on Mount Zion. These are the first-fruits unto God, and "they follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth" [Revelation 14:4].

 

If the overcomers down through the years are not a part of the 144,000, then the overcomers cannot follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth, for they are excluded from 'the temple on Mount Zion. What more logical concept than that the overcomers from each of the eras of the Church's history [Ibid, p. 585], should live together on the earth during the final crisis and conflict, and together prove the merits of the power of the gospel? Should this privilege be reserved to those only who might live in the last generation? Should the disciples, the foundation of God's Church, and all the faithful overcomers down through those years be excluded from the privilege of inheriting "all things" according to the promise in Revelation [21:7], that "he that overcometh shall inherit all things?"

 

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THE 144,000 MUST INCLUDE THE APOSTLES

SO the 144,000 must include the apostles, and they must necessarily be alive on the earth before Jesus comes in order to receive the promise to the overcomers. The apostle Paul may have recognized this principle when he said (as he had seen in vision), "Then we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, ... shall be caught up together with them in the clouds" - and so on; [cf. 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17]. The apostle Paul uses the pronoun "we", including himself among those who were alive at the coming of Jesus before the general resurrection. If Paul saw this in vision, could it have been an error? [Ellen White says in the Review & Herald, 09-28-97: "The Bible, just as it reads, is to be our guide."], - I am sure it was not an error.

 

The apostle John was given the commission when he received his revelations to faithfully record what he saw and heard (Rev. 1.11). And John heard what the "seven thunders uttered", and he was about to fulfill his instruction to write what they said, but the angel stopped him (Rev. 10:2-4), and explained something about the truth and the little book, and then concluded: "thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues and kings." (Rev. 10: 8-11).

 

We now say that John did do that, through the book that he wrote, - and that's true; but that book does not contain what the seven thunders uttered, and it was in this connection that the angel said he must prophesy again. There is only one way that would seem reasonable for him to be able to fulfill that prophecy, and that is to be alive and present again in the last generation. This may not be the only correct interpretation, but if what we have said about the 144,000 is true, then John will be here before the second coming of Christ. And if John is here he will have his message, for he will have the same memory that he had before. And he will remember what the seven thunders uttered, because Jesus told His disciples that He would send to them the Holy Spirit, and He would bring all things to their remembrance, whatsoever He had told them, and He would guide them into all truth. So John will have His prophecy.

 

Further light is thrown on this by the statement of Jesus where, after His resurrection, He was instructing Peter to feed His lambs. And you will remember that Peter turned to John, and pointing to him asked Jesus, "What shall this man do?" Jesus politely told Peter that so far as he was concerned it wasn't of any consequence to him at the time;

 

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but that if Jesus would that John should remain until He came, it should make no difference to Peter. Now, Jesus didnt say that John would remain alive until the second coming; but that was the saying which went abroad. Jesus simply implied that John could be alive on the earth before the second coming. [John 21: 21-23]

 

Sister White tells us very plainly that all the statements of Jesus contain deeper significances beyond their unpretending surface meaning [cf. COL 110.3]. His words are not accidental. Sometimes we have to think a little more specifically on a statement in order to discover a gem of truth or a key to a mystery. If the Scripture is continually expanding in meaning, and if as we are told, "no human mind can exhaust a single passage of Scripture" [Education 171], then it must be true that any passage of Scripture, such as this, is capable of an expanded meaning. And what more logical expansion could come from this particular passage than the one which we have just suggested? Nevertheless, as we consider other topics on tapes to come, the real logic and significance and harmony of this particular view will be established.

 

THE REGENERATION OF THE 144,000

 

Now, the question arises, how can the 144,000 be people who have lived before, when they are only born during the last generation? The answer is quite simple. They are born again. [cf. Testimonies to Ministers 243.2 re: the seed and resurrection of the body. Also COL p.87].

 

Here we have once more, an example of an expanded meaning of a passage of Scripture. There is a spiritual rebirth, but there is also a literal rebirth as we shall see in due time. If, as our popular conception is at the moment, in its limited way, the 144,000 are completely new people, born in the last generation, and they are translated without seeing death; then they contradict the testimony of Scripture, which says "that all men must die; but after this the judgment:" [Heb. 9:27].

 

However, if we accept the view which has been presented, then these men have already died, and are now born again to go through their investigative judgment in a literal, living demonstration on this earth; even as Jesus did in demonstrating a life of victory over sin, in the face of the greatest attempts of Satan - the accumulated attempts of all ages, to induce them to break faith with God. Just how they overcome their sin, and just how they live without sin, without guile and fault before God, is another topic which will be thoroughly considered at a later point in this presentation.

 

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Here we have, then, the 144,000 living saints, who have fulfilled the edict of Scripture, passing through the portals of the tomb, and living again in the final generation to experience direct translation; but only after they have demonstrated, before the entire universe, the merits of the plan of salvation from sin; and having lived on this earth without sinning, after the High Priest Mediator in the heavenly sanctuary has laid down His mediatorial robes, thus proving Satan's charges against the law of God to be totally false.

 

Now, so far as the regeneration of the 144,000 is concerned; Jesus had promised His disciples that because of their faithfulness to Him, "in the regeneration they should sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" - in the regeneration. There is a regeneration! [See footnote, p. 43, at end of this transcript of Tape/letter # 1]

 

Generation is the original production, and regeneration is the reproduction. If we want to find how the 144,000 are raised from the dead to live again, and to be tested here on the earth as Jesus was, we simply have to go to the Sample, the First begotten from the dead, who was the Lord Jesus Himself. And the first-fruits of the resurrection will follow after - and they are the 144,000.

 

If we study the experience of Jesus, we shall discover how the 144,000 will appear, for the 144,000 have the experience of the Lamb. Remember, they sing the song of Moses and the Lamb; and Sister White tells us that this is the song of their experience. The song of Moses was the song of deliverance from Egypt, which is victory over sin - coming out of Egypt. The song of the Lamb is the song of the experience of the Lamb; the experience which He had. [cf. LD E 268].

 

He demonstrated a life without sin. And the 144,000 will do the same, but only through the merits of Christ's character of righteousness and the power of the gospel, as delivered through the shedding of His blood - which is another topic. They will have the experience of the Lamb. They will go through an experience whereby they shall be able to testify to the nature of the experience of Jesus; and we will consider this particular experience in some of its aspects, beginning with the next tape. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus we understand in a very tangible and literal manner; but this phase of Christ's experience is a revelation to us of a deeper experience which He underwent.

 

The Spirit of Prophecy plainly tells us that the death of Jesus on the cross was but a revelation to our dull senses of the pain which entered the heart of God at the inception of sin. [cf. Education page

 

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1263]. The suffering of Jesus did not begin in Gethsemane. The Lamb was slain "from the foundation of the world" (Revelation. 13:8]. There are some profound things in the Scriptures.

 

FOOTNOTE: ADDED TO THIS TRANSCRIPT BY J. W. JOHNSON ABOUT 1992.

 

Furthermore, He promised them [the disciples], just before His ascension to heaven, that where He was going, they could not come with Him at that time; but later He would come and receive them unto Himself, that where He was, they could come also [John 14:3].

 

The fact is, that at His ascension, Jesus went into the temple on "Mount Zion" where God dwelt, there to exercise His intercessory priesthood. But in her first vision, Ellen White saw Jesus at the door of the temple on Mount Zion in the new earth, where He paused to raise His voice to inform the retinue of saints. (whom He had just finished leading on a guided tour through the New Jerusalem and out to the temple on Mount Zion), that "only the 144,000 could enter this temple," the dwelling place of God. [cf. Early Writings, pg. 19].

 

If the 144,000 are the "living saints" at the time of Jesus' second coming (and Early Writings definitely identifies that they are [cf. Early Writings, 15]), then Jesus would have to say to His disciples that they could not enter here with Him, since they had lived two thousand years before the final time of the final generation of living saints.

 

If Jesus is to fulfill His last parting promise to His bereaved disciples, [John 14:3], that they could go with Him into the heavenly temple now transported to its new location on the new earth (as promised in the Scriptures,) God's dwelling place would be with His people on the new earth, (Mount Zion in the new earth;) then those disciples must be among the 144,000 living saints on the earth at the time of Jesus' second coming, to receive them to Himself. And to be among the living saints at that time, to demonstrate the full and flawless keeping of God's law before an observing universe, proving the devil's charge against that law to be totally false; they must have been previously resurrected in the "special" resurrection before the general resurrection.

 

How this resurrection takes place will be reviewed at a later point in this series of manuscripts. [cf. Testimonies to Ministers 243].

 

[This concludes audio tape/letter # 1)

 

 

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AUDIO TAPE LETTER # 2

THE 144,000 - SABBATH VERSUS SUNDAY MANS MIND

 

CD 1 OF 2 COMMENCES BELOW; (62.5 MINUTES)

This is the second in a series of tapes addressed to the Brethren of the General Conference Committee of Seventh-day Adventists, from J. W. Johnson of Lacombe, Alberta. [This tape was prepared during the month of October, 1959].

 

Dear Brethren;

 

On the previous tape I related a little of the background of personal experience which led up to the discovery of many expanded meanings of our doctrines. This narrative was very much incomplete and may fail to give too accurate an impression. A more complete chronology can be prepared at some future time if it is desired. I also began on this previous tape a consideration of the 144,000, and will continue now with this and related topics:

 

WHO ARE THE 144,000?

 

We have often been cautioned not to spend our time trying to figure out who the 144,000 are, and in defense of this advice, a statement is quoted from the Spirit of Prophecy [cf. Volume 7 BC 978]. This is unquestionably sound counsel Nevertheless, it has been my observation that whenever this particular statement is quoted, only the first part of it is presented; the second part is generally omitted. The statement goes on to say that the 144,000 will know positively who they are, and that very soon. It has been quite a few years since that statement was written. Perhaps it is soon time for them to know who they are. If it were soon then, it must certainly be sooner now!

 

We may not know at the present time who each individual member of the 144,000 is, but the identity of this group has already been revealed on the previous tape. The 144,000 are the overcomers from each of the eras of the church's history. [Cf. footnote, top of page 43].

 

Revelation 20:4 may add a little further substantiation to this thought. Here John "saw the souls of them which were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and which had not

 

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worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither received his mark upon their foreheads nor in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." Regardless of what interpretation is placed upon this passage of Scripture, we know that its meaning is not exhausted, for Sister White does tell us that no human mind can exhaust a single passage of Scripture [Education 17l] Therefore an expanded meaning is always potentially forthcoming.

 

In one of her passages Sister White also tells us that the mark of the beast is not received until some future time when the truth of God becomes a final test; that is, the receiving of the mark of the beast applies to the time just before the close of this present era's history. And we all know that at that time, those who do not receive the mark of the beast are the ones who will go forward to translation; namely, the 144,000 [cf. Early Writings p. 164; & The Day-Star 01-24-46]. How then could these have been beheaded for the witness of Jesus when they are to be translated?

 

Now I say again there may be, and undoubtedly is, more than one translation or interpretation of this passage; but in the light of what has been said concerning the 144,000 on the preceding tape, this passage can be understood. For there will be those who have been beheaded for the witness of Jesus, in former generations, who will be among the 144,000, demonstrating the merits of the righteousness of Christ, through their refusal to accept the mark of the beast.

 

LOOK BACK TO JESUS TO DISCOVER HOW THE 144,000 WILL REAPPEAR

 

But now let us look back to Jesus to discover how these 144,000 will reappear on the earth before the second coming. We are told that Jesus is the first begotten from the dead; that He is the first-fruits of the resurrection. Now if this applies only to His physical resurrection from the tomb, we encounter a serious problem; for we all recognize that others were raised before Jesus was - even permanently. Moses was raised and has been in the kingdom of glory since that time, many years ago. It would appear that Moses was the first-begotten from the dead, for we read of no resurrection prior to that time. But now the Scripture says that Jesus was the "First-begotten." We can come to only one conclusion: that there is a deeper meaning to this statement; that Jesus went through a different form of resurrection, a form of which He was the first to experience.

 

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Let us consider how Jesus came: Before the first advent, Jesus existed in the form of Christ, the Archangel, the only begotten Son of God, the Ruler of the universe. While in this state Christ was all powerful, all-wise, and had all knowledge. In His mind were recorded all events which had ever occurred, and He never forgot. Therefore His mind was a record of all things that had ever occurred. But anything which occurs is truth; therefore Christ was the record of eternal truth, - He was The Truth.

 

When sin entered the universe it was recorded in the mind of Christ, and with it came the pain. As Sister White tells us, the cross is a revelation of the pain which entered the heart of God at the inception of sin. [Education, page 263]. Since the mind of Christ was eternal, since there could be no erasure of His eternal thoughts, He was doomed to a life of eternal pain unless He died. It was sin which caused the death of the Son of God. The Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world" [Revelation 13:8]. With the progression of sin, came the increase in the intensity of the record of sin and its pain in the mind of Christ.

 

THE GREAT CHRIST LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE IN THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY

 

Came the day when the great Son of God, in the heavenly sanctuary above, laid down His life. And His Spirit, that great eternal Spirit, returned to His heavenly Father who had given it.

 

Now I know, as you do, that Christ was an eternal God. How an eternal God could die is a mystery; but the testimony of Scripture says that He died an eternal death. The Spirit of prophecy tells us that the death of the sinner is a death which is everlasting, from which there can be no hope of a resurrection [Early Writings, page 51], and it also tells us that Christ died the death of the sinner [cf. Desire of Ages, page 25]. So He laid down His life and He went to sleep, a sleep from which there could be no hope of a resurrection.

 

But before He died, He made a covenant with His Father, and that covenant was simply that the Father should bestow the heritage of the Son, the great heritage of His eternal life, His eternal body, His eternal prerogatives - that the Father should bestow this great heritage on mankind, on those who should believe in Him as the eternal Son of God, and accept His sacrifice on their behalf - they only, should receive of that heritage.

 

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be relieved from the intensity of the sufferings of sin as an eternal component in His nature, it became necessary for Him to relinquish His attachment to the eternal memory of the past; and this He did. Before the appearance of the little seed in the womb of Mary, the Son of God had given up His life. [Phil. 2:5-11; refer also to DA 22.9&23 wherein it states "... He chose to give back the scepter..." etc.].

 

PROPHECIES CEASED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK OF SEVEN THOUSAND YEARS

 

It may be significant at this point to note that for approximately four or five hundred years before the first Advent, no prophecies were forthcoming from the Son of God to the prophets of ancient Israel. And this would place the cessation of prophecies from Christ at approximately the middle of the week of earth's history of seven thousand years; and it was in the "midst of the week" that "Messiah should be cut off. [Daniel 9:26]. Here again we may be viewing an expanded meaning of a message of Scripture. If Christ had not died before the first advent, then there would have been two Christs. This is untenable and unscriptural.

 

So Jesus appeared as a little boy. Through the processes of natural law, whereby God functions, the only-begotten Son was born; and as He grew, He developed or reacquired the character of righteousness and the identity which had been His - for this was Christ.

 

But He had no memory of His former existence while He was yet a lad. His knowledge of His divinity and His identity was obtained primarily through the teachings of His mother and the study of Scripture, and through a personal experience with His heavenly Father, as is available to every one of mankind.

 

Here was the first example of the development of a righteous life in human form. Or should I say, here was the first example of the proving of a righteous character; "the testing", the investigative judgment of character; for you will remember that the character of Christ had been challenged by Lucifer; and now God would prove the character of Christ from the ground up. And when Jesus' character had been completely tested, when He had been proved righteous before the eyes of all the universe, then He was baptized with the Holy Ghost, (the baptism of water being a symbol); and He became the Messiah. Hebrews 5:8 & 9 tells us that "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation to all them that obey Him."

 

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CHRIST HAD RELINQUISHED HIS HERITAGE - THE HOLY GHOST

 

The heritage which Christ had left with His Father, that great Spirit which He relinquished, was the Holy Ghost. There is a significance in the term "ghost, for a ghost represents that which is left after one dies. The element of eternal life and of eternal truth is wrapped up with the Holy Ghost, and Jesus became the first partaker of this great heritage, according to the everlasting covenant; and He became the firstborn of every creature, the first-begotten of the dead, (Colossians 1:15,18; Revelation 1:5). Now Jesus could look back into the past and say, "before Abraham was, I Am," He could pray to the Father in truth, "glorify me now with the glory which I had with Thee, before the world was;" He could say, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven;" - and He was telling the truth.

 

It was after His baptism and anointing with the Holy Spirit that He received the eternal power that was the heritage of His previous Self; and He went into the wilderness for forty days to make His adjustment to this new phenomenal experience. And thereby is the significance in the temptations which Satan brought to Him near the end of those days; for as He looked upon the stone and suffered the pangs of physical hunger, He knew that He had the power to turn that stone to bread, a power which He did not have before His anointing; - and therein lay the temptation. But if He were to use this power in His own behalf, He would fail to prove the character of Christ which He had come to prove. The exact nature of this failure is subject for another topic. [See Desire of Ages, page 131, last paragraph - re: "risk of failure and eternal loss".]

 

Again, He knew that He had the capacity to conquer the world, and Satan brought this temptation to Him. But Jesus knew that the kingdom of heaven was a different kingdom from this temporal kingdom with which Satan was tempting Him, and He refused to submit. He knew that He could cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple and that the angels of God would bear Him up. Here again, had He done so, He would have been demonstrating self-exaltation, a principle absolutely contrary to the character of God. Jesus used His divine power only in behalf of others. He committed Himself completely into the hands of His Father for His own self-protection; but we will deal more fully with this principle in the life of Christ at a later time.

 

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THROUGH NATURAL LAW JESUS WAS BORN AND GREW TO MATURITY

 

So I point you back to Jesus. Here was One who had been born of a woman, who had grown through the processes of natural evolution and development into a mature human being. He had proved a character of righteousness, and had received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and had become the union of divinity and humanity; and resulting from this union had evolved the existence of a complete personality who had lived before. In this way Jesus was the first begotten from the dead; He was the first one to be raised from the dead in this manner. Moses was raised into the same physical body which had fallen asleep. But Jesus was born; He was begotten; He was the First begotten, the only be gotten Son of God.

 

But this great experience which had become the possession of Jesus, He did not selfishly hoard for Himself alone. The privilege of partaking of the heritage, promised through the everlasting covenant; - this privilege He laid down to share with others. He invited all who would believe upon Him as the Son of God to share in this heritage, to become brothers and sisters of His, to become joint-heirs with Him. He offered the power of the Holy Ghost to all who would believe in Him - and this He offered as a gift. He said: "I will pray the Father and He will send you another Comforter, namely, the Spirit of truth ... But tarry ye in Jerusalem, until ye be endowed with power from on high" [cf. Luke 24:29].

 

There are two aspects to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit: the early rain, and the latter rain. The early rain experience was attained by the overcomers in each of the eras of the church's history, through the merits of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as delivered through the power of His shed blood and through the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the former rain, - I say this gift enabled those who purposed to take full advantage of the provisions that were made to overcome all sin and to attain, as it were, a character of righteousness.

 

These became members of the 144,000 group; these became the first-fruits unto God; these became the joint-heirs with Jesus, the brothers and sisters. And in the last generation of mankind they will be born again. And in their physical bodies, their former characters will be reproduced as was the character of Christ in the boy Jesus. And as they grow to maturity, those characters will be tested, as was the character of the boy Jesus.

 

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THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT OF THE 144,000

 

This is the investigative judgment of the 144,000, and they prove, in actual physical demonstration, the efficacy of the gospel in their former lives for the development of a righteous character. And this character is now proved and tested in these reborn physical bodies in the last generation, before the eyes of all the universe, that all might know that these characters are righteous. And having proved this character, (this type of character), they too become baptized with the Holy Ghost - they become anointed, as was Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

When this occurs as a final phase of the latter rain, then will come to pass the promise of the Saviour to His disciples that the Spirit of truth would guide them into all truth and bring all things to their remembrance whatsoever He had said unto them, something which was not completed in their first experience. This will bring to them the resurrection of their former mind, and they will remember who they were - they will know positively who they are. They will receive a "new name which no man knoweth, saveth he who receiveth it." [Revelation 2:17]; for no one can counterfeit another's memory. They are raised from the dead; they live again; they are born again, physically as well as spiritually. Hereby they go through an experience which is similar to that of Jesus, and therefore they can sing the song of the Lamb. This furthermore constitutes the genuine seal of God's people which cannot be counterfeited. But this phase will be dealt with at a future point because it involves another line of study as a background before it can be understood. [We suggest you research here the words "seal", "sealed" and "sealing" referenced on page 343 of this book.]

 

And so, you see, the disciples of Jesus will follow Him withersoever He goeth; they will follow Him through a similar experience; and they will be with Him in the temple on Mount Zion.

 

SATAN IS COUNTERFEITING THE EXPERIENCE OF THE 144,000

 

It may be appropriate at this point to call attention to the counterfeits which Satan has already attempted of this particular experience; for Satan is a deep student of prophecy and he anticipates the fulfillment of these things. And in order to throw God's people off their guard he invariably counterfeits the true experience before it occurs, associating it with unpalatable things and events. This gives it a color which makes it very unpalatable to God's people when the true

 

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revelation occurs. I'm sure you can discern how the forces of spiritualism will bring about a more powerful counterfeit of this experience than has yet occurred. While we recognize that in the institutions for mental illness of our land, we find many people who are Napoleons, and Christs, and Elijahs, and other great figures of history. Nevertheless, these 144,000 of whom we have spoken, will receive a genuine resurrection experience. And the apostle Paul will remember the experience he had on the road to Damascus; he will remember the many experiences of his missionary journeys; and he will remember the language in which he spoke. And herein we have a deeper significance to the term "talking in tongues"; for each of the 144,000 will have his former language restored and he will speak in his own tongue. But at the same time, he will be completely oriented in his present environment, having lived in it since the time of his birth.

 

What more plausible, what more logical method could God have used to bring together the overcomers from all the eras of the church's history, and bring them together so that they would understand each other? that they would know each other? and that they would have a symbol of their genuine experience? The apostle Peter will know John, and they will converse together in their original tongue; and John will prophesy the things which the seven thunders uttered; and Paul will be present to remain with the 144,000 until the coming of the Lord. And they will all be perfectly united, having the same seal brought to them by the Holy Spirit of promise for the Scripture says, "you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise"(Ephesians 1:13). There is a relation between this sealing, and the principle of the Sabbath. [Refer in this book to pages 59 - 61; page 67; also page 200; - item "Thirteen"].

 

And now, just before proceeding to the next topic, let us turn back to a quick consideration of the original question which we set about to answer on this tape. That question which comes to mind is this: How will these 144,000 saints appear on the earth in the last generation without inflicting terrible confusion? How can men from many different generations, and of many different tongues and languages, come forth from their graves to live together harmoniously in this modern environment? This question poses a very pertinent problem and a very practical one. Some would say, "why worry about such things when there are so many more important matters to take our attention?" I would reply first, that I do not and have not worried about this problem, and bring it up here only because the answer has

 

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been shown to me; and secondly, that answer is very important to those who shall appear among this group; and their appearance is not too far in the future.

 

THE RESURRECTION OF THE 144,000

 

There is only one way in which the 144,000 saints who have lived before can appear on the earth in the last generation, and that is: they must be resurrected. Now our popular conception of the resurrection is one in which the bodies of the sleeping saints are re-composed in the graves, and the graves erupt, and the revitalized, recomposed bodies come forth fully clothed and in the same mind as was present when they went into the graves many years before. I'm not at this point going to take time to consider all the problems in connection with this concept of the resurrection, - (and there are many), but I will simply mention two or three, to show that this concept constitutes a very restricted and inadequate view and that it demands expansion, especially in the light of its imminent fulfillment. [Please refer again to Testimonies to Ministers page 243, concerning the lesson from the seed and the resurrection of the body.] *

 

First: If the former body elements have been completely destroyed and absorbed into the surrounding soil, or if, as is true in many cases, the former bodies were completely annihilated through cremation or being devoured by wild animals; then why should it be necessary for a grave to erupt when there is nothing in it to erupt for?

 

Second: If they come forth with the same current of thoughts with which they went into the grave (and Sister White says they do - Early Writings 293), then they will be completely disorientated and strange in this modern environment without knowledge of customs or language, but recognizing only their own immediate friends in the group, if indeed any of their friends attained to the same status and were numbered among them. Certainly they could hardly feel at home.

 

Third: Clothed in their ancient diversity of garments and styles of grooming, they would present a strange spectacle indeed to be mingling with the modern inhabitants of the world.

These may be minor points in themselves, but they do pose the need for an expansion of our present concept. There can be no doubt that a problem does exist. But our God is a practical God, and there is a practical solution.

 

* [This principal is also expressed in: 1st Cor. 15:35-38, and COL 87.

 

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And now let us take a look at that solution as we have presented it in brief form: The new physical bodies of the 144,000 will be raised up through the process of natural birth, which is God's normal method of creating an individual. And in these new bodies will be reproduced the personal character of each of these people, to be tested in a literal investigative judgment on the earth during the "testing time" which has been in progress since 1844. The testing is done by means of the testing truths for this time, and these truths are received in the face of all the opposition of Satan's forces, with the skills accumulated down through the ages. The testing truths for the investigative judgment were, in a large measure, delivered through the agency of the Spirit of Prophecy through the testimony of Sister White.

 

After the characters of the 144,000 have been proved without fault, they receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, even as Jesus had received it two thousand years before; and they are restored to their former status as individuals; - they are resurrected.

 

This presents a very plausible and practical means of executing a resurrection. For here come forth 144,000 people from many different periods in earth's history, with vastly different languages, customs and tongues; yet they are all perfectly orientated. They speak a modern language but can also converse in their ancient tongue. The two aspects of their lives fuse into one harmonious pattern, even as the images received from our two eyes merge in the mind as one image. But as the two eyes, giving binocular vision, present a more genuine sense of depth and perspective, even so will their two lives present a clearer perception of the depth of time and experience. The memories of their former lives will merge, even as do the memories of the different years of anyone's past life. They will speak in tongues obviously; but it will not be an unintelligible gibberish, it will be the language of their first youth. The apostle Paul will be able to drive an automobile; and Peter will have no difficulty operating a telephone; while John can readily give his message to the nations over the radio.

 

By their own experience they will understand more clearly the nature of the experience of Jesus, their Trail-blazer. The intervening years between the two episodes of their lives will be a long night of sleep; and when they awaken, they will already be endowed with the mental equipment necessary to establish them in the modern society. What more practical method could God use? It is in perfect harmony with the laws of nature, which are the tools of the Creator.

 

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LUCIFER'S REBELLION AND ITS RELATION TO THE CREATION OF THIS EARTH

 

We will now turn to a more detailed consideration of the nature of the rebellion of Lucifer and its relation to the creation of this earth.

 

We must first recognize that the government of Heaven was different from the general concept of government as we see it about us today. The need for government arises when a group of free-will beings. live together in a community. Were there no free will, there would be no need for government; for all would obey instinctively the laws of nature and of their being. If God had created only automatons in His universe, that is creatures without free choices, then His whole universe would be founded on mechanics. Every detail would operate purely and precisely in accordance with the meticulous and unbreakable laws. Every outcome and event could be minutely predicted by anyone who understood the mechanics of those laws. There could be no sin, for there could be no transgression of laws since there was no free will. But looking into the ages of eternity, God could foresee the rising monotony of such a program. One such as God, who possesses a character of love, whose being is charged with selfless emotion, could not be satisfied with mere mechanical companions.

 

He desired fellowship - fellowship with beings made in His own image, beings with emotions and personalities, beings with free wills, who could bring forth patterns of thought and action out of pure spontaneity by virtue of their freedom of choice; for the principle of creative thought and action and personality development is wrapped up in the principle of the free will. By creating beings with free wills, God opened up a vast and limitless area of new potential possibilities. He gave something of His own prerogative by endowing His creative beings with free wills. He shared His creativeness with others, and thereby unveiled the most priceless treasure of fellowship; - emotional fellowship, spiritual fellowship, intellectual fellowship and physical fellowship through association.

 

The creation of free-will beings was a tremendous forward step; but every advancement brings its risks. By introducing the principle of free choice into the universe, God provided the possibility for sin, which is a transgression of the law of self-denial. Whenever two free-will beings exist together, there inevitably arises the chance that one will make decisions to satisfy himself, but at the expense of the happiness or welfare of the other.

 

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Hence the need for the law of self-denial or consideration for others. This is basic.

 

The moral law of God, pertaining to the relationships among the free-will beings in His kingdom, is summed up in the statements of Scripture; namely, "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbor as thyself ... And whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them." Herein then, lies the possibility for sin. A free-will being is created with the potential to develop his own personality and character to a very large extent; but he may develop this character in harmony with the great principle of God's law, or he may choose selfishly to provide for his own indulgence and self-satisfaction. Happiness for all can only be maintained as the law of consideration for one's neighbor is respected and kept.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF VARIETY AND THE FREE WILL

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Another aspect of the government of Heaven lies in the principle of variety. Were God to create all His beings exactly alike, with equal endowments and talents and glory, a most terrible monotony would prevail; but the moment variations in talent and ability are introduced, there arises the possibility of envy and jealousy. One may feel that God had honored someone else more than himself, and consequently become envious. This again would transgress the basic law of the universe and would constitute sin. So, you see, the possibility of sin is a natural outcome of the expanding principles of free-will and variety. There is no excuse for sin; but the potential is present wherever inequality and individuality exist.

 

Lucifer was the first created free-will being in God's universe, brought into existence through the agency of Christ. He was the "son of the morning". The morning is the dawn of the day and Lucifer was created in the dawn of the day of God's creation of free-will beings. He was the firstborn of this race, apart from Christ Himself The creation of Lucifer was a new step in the outworking of the principle of God's unselfish kindness; for in Lucifer, God gave of Himself and shared His prerogative. Here was one who could survive as an independent being with a free choice, - to act as an individual creature. He was provided with an environment in which he could exercise his decisions and manipulate the tools of nature. He could do things as an independent being outside, of and apart from, the direct decision and control of God.

 

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Here was someone who could provide not only homage and worship, but fellowship and companionship, and could share in the operation and control of the universe.

In addition to this, by virtue of the freedom of choice resident in his makeup, Lucifer was permitted to share in the creations of new things, including new worlds. He sat in the councils with Christ and His Father in the planning of new worlds.

 

The method by which Christ wrought creative works in the universe was through the agency of the natural laws established in the world of physics, and chemistry, and biology. Many years were allowed for the development and production of new things, even as is evident in the course of nature today. This is God's normal method of creation. We are told in the Spirit of Prophecy, that if we would learn how God works, we should but look about us and see how He works today in His natural creation, through the laws which He has established. [cf. Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, page 92.]

 

But in the course of time, as more and more creatures were brought into existence and more and more worlds were made, Lucifer's understanding of the workings of those laws, increased; his education and powers of judgment expanded, and he reached the point where he realized that he was able to do great and mighty things. God had entrusted him. with enormous power; * and Christ, who was his superior, honored Lucifer with the privilege of being a great executive in the government, and in the progress of creation. By virtue of His own selfless character, Christ kept His supreme power and authority in the background. It was not His habit to display Himself as the Almighty; He was the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

 

Combined with his outstanding knowledge and wisdom, Lucifer's great beauty bestirred within him a sense of superiority and self-satisfaction. His heart became lifted up. The self-denying element in the law of heaven, restricted his desire for indulgence of self. He would gladly have the law of God changed a little, to make room for a measure of self-interest. And in future creations he felt the plans might include a bent toward this objective. The righteous character of Christ however, offered resistance to these ideas, and the seeds of independent action were born in Lucifer's heart.

 

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The principle of the free will was working out its direst possibility. Lucifer would act independently of Christ. He would draw with him the allegiance of the angels who honored and respected him; he would present plans which would be "better" than Christ's; he would become the supreme ruler and king, and manipulate the laws of nature to create things in his own way. And since all creation in those days was wrought through the normal processes of evolutionary growth, even as it is today, Satan fell into the erroneous conclusion that he could manipulate the laws of nature independently of Christ. He lost faith in Christ as the true Creator behind nature, and felt that he himself had every chance of eventually becoming the supreme creator. He said in his heart "I will exalt myself above the throne of Christ" [Isa. 14:12-14]

 

Now if, as some people vaguely suppose, all creation had been wrought by instantaneous command from Christ, then Lucifer could never have been tempted to think he could become superior to Christ; for Lucifer could not create that way. The works of Lucifer's creation, as were all the works of creation at that time, were confined to the use of natural law. Mighty projects had to be methodically planned and inaugurated, and time was necessary to attain the ultimate fruition of those plans. Christ was the true Creator of all things, but He worked behind the laws of nature; He did not display Himself.

 

The details of Lucifer's rebellion are dearly portrayed in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy, and I shall not repeat them here. Let it be sufficient to say that Christ planned to create a new world to be a demonstration of the real facts in the matter. Through this new creation, the only-begotten Son of God would prove Himself, beyond a shadow of doubt, to be the true Creator.

 

CHRIST WISHED TO PROVE THE NATURE OF HIS OWN CREATION

 

It would be a unique creation, such as had never been seen before nor ever would be seen again. It would be a once-and-for-all demonstration; and through the creatures on this new earth would be revealed the true nature of the battle between good and evil, and the two types of government would be dearly manifest. Lucifer would be given an opportunity to carry out his ideas about creation and his ideas about government; and at the same time, Christ would reveal the true nature of His own character on which His system of creation and government are based.

 

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THIS WORLD WAS CREATED DIFFERENTLY - IT WAS GREATLY ACCELERATED

 

In the planning of this world, Lucifer was not taken into counsel. Christ wanted to first prove the pure nature of His creation, and He could do so only if Lucifer had absolutely nothing to do with it. Then Lucifer would be given a chance to go ahead with his form of creation in the manipulation of natural laws; and the outcome of his choices would become evident.

 

Thus, this world was created in six literal days, greatly accelerated over that of any other creation. When Christ spoke, it was done. Precisely how much of each day's 24 hours was used in the working out of each day's creation, we cannot tell for sure, but probably most of the day was required. It is highly improbable that the work was accomplished during the first second of each day, and then during the remaining 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds things lay idle. Such a view would detract from the significance of the seventh day, which was a day of rest at the conclusion of the six days' work. God's command requires that we labor six days and rest on the Seventh; not that we would labor only one second of each of those six days and then omit that second's worth of labor on the seventh day, to make it alone entirely a day of rest, - but this is hardly an important point.

 

[Transcript of side A of the original audio tape recording number two, is here concluded. Transcript of side B

continues below.]

 

CD 2 OF 2 FOR TAPE/LETTER # 2 COMMENCES BELOW (63 minutes)

 

TREMENDOUS SIGNIFICANCES IN THE PRINCIPLE OF THE SABBATH

 

The important thing is that this world was created in six days, a thing Lucifer had never before seen. Here was a genuine proof as to the identity of the true Creator, and as to who had the real power of creation. Christ had direct control over the forces of nature, which Lucifer did not; and this fact was revealed by the six-day creation of this world.

 

Since such a creation was contrary to the usual method of God, and since it would not occur again, God made a memorial of it which was to stand through all eternity. That memorial was the seventh-day Sabbath. This very memorial is an evidence that such a creation will never again occur, for we do not need a memorial of something which is already going to be perpetuated.

 

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There is a tremendous amount of significance in the principle of the Sabbath. We cannot begin to deal with it here. But some things we must point out in order to grasp the truth concerning other related topics, particularly of the resurrection of the 144,000, and their sealing.

 

In the first place, the Sabbath was given as a sign of faith in the fact that the ultimate power of creation ~ the heritage of Christ alone. Any share which the creatures had in the works of creation was an endowment from the Giver of all good gifts. If Lucifer had recognized that all his talents were endowments from his Creator, Christ, he could hardly have fallen into such a fantastic rebellion. The Sabbath was given to be a safeguard against any future repetition of Satan's error. Honoring the Sabbath day is an acknowledgment of faith in Christ as the Creator of this world in six literal days.

 

But the meaning of the Sabbath goes deeper than that. The creation of this world was accomplished in a manner contrary to that usually followed by Christ. In creating this world in six literal days, Christ was overruling His established habit in the operation of His fixed laws of nature. By an act of decision Christ superseded the established laws, and demonstrated that He was the Master of those laws. Thus the Sabbath takes on a significance associated with the free will. It recognizes God's privilege of over-ruling His own habits and laws.

 

Nevertheless, if God should permanently change any of His fixed laws, He would be acknowledging, in a sense, that He had made an error in the first place in establishing that law. He would be admitting that the law was faulty. But none of God's laws is faulty. Herein lies the significance of the context in the last verse of the Old Testament. [cf. Malachi 4:5&6.]

 

The Bible declares that the law of the Lord is perfect (Psalms 19:7). It was by virtue of granting His created beings the power of freedom to choose, that the way was open for the emergency of sin to arise. And it is in emergencies that the overruling power of a free choice becomes a saving necessity.

 

The laws of God were adequate to handle any situation which might arise in a universe free from sin. But when sin entered, an uncalled-for emergency arose; and God had to make an arbitrary decision to overrule His usual habit of creating through the slow, evolving process of natural law, and resort to bringing forth a sudden creation.

 

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The Sabbath is a sign of faith in the prerogative of God to exercise His freedom of choice at His discretion, and to save His universe from a tragic consequence, caused by the wrong choices of His created freewill beings. It acknowledges faith in the reality of creation as an act of decision, an exercise of the free will.

 

But the Sabbath has a further meaning: The highest evidence of divine power is the power of creation. This power was the heritage of Christ. Any creative power which may be vested in the creatures of God's universe, is theirs by virtue of the selfless character of Christ, expressing itself through His sharing that power with them. They are but the tools in His great work of progressive creation. Lucifer could not have aspired to make himself equal with Christ unless he aspired to equal Christ in this respect also. Therefore, the most pertinent element in the rebellion of Lucifer surrounded creative power.

 

The creation of this earth was a demonstration to specifically reveal Christ as the true Creator, and to provide the true perspective of Christ's position. The Sabbath is a memorial of this demonstration, designed to show that those who honor it do thereby acknowledge the true position of Christ; On this attitude the fruit of salvation depends. For only as one believes that Jesus Christ is "come in the flesh," and that this same Jesus is the only begotten divine Son of God in whom is vested all power and authority in heaven and earth, can one be the recipient of the gift of eternal life. For unless the subjects of a kingdom have respect for its government and its king, there can be no lasting harmony in that kingdom.

 

THE SABBATH AND ITS RELATION TO THE PRINCIPLE OF REGENERATION

 

Lucifer failed to recognize Christ as the true Creator behind natural law. But the creation of this world proved that He definitely was! Hence the Sabbath, as a memorial of this world's creation, is a sign of faith in Christ as the true Creator behind nature's laws. Thus, while I personally came into this world through the process of natural birth and growth, and while my parents had a definite share in my creation, not only physically but educationally in shaping my personality; nevertheless, I still believe that Christ is my true Creator, that I am a product of His hand, even though He accomplished the task through the agency of others of His created beings, and through His laws of nature.

 

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This aspect of the meaning of the Sabbath is extremely important. It is related to the principle of regeneration, a principle of which we have long recognized the Sabbath as a sign.

 

But there are two kinds of regeneration; physical as well as spiritual. As the cells of my skin are constantly dying, other new ones are created by regeneration. As the individuals in the world die off over the years, others are regenerated to take their places. While as yet we recognize only new individuals in this process of regeneration, I have already pointed out that Jesus was an example of a regeneration of an individual who had existed before. He was the first-begotten from the dead from One who had lived before. He was the first-fruits of the resurrection. Even so will the 144,000 be the re-creation, through regeneration, of individuals who have lived before. It is possible through the process of regeneration to not only replace elements and patterns which have been destroyed by death, bur also to produce patterns which will develop into the identity of some which have existed before. This principle will be dealt with in a more scientific and mathematical way at a future time.

 

Let it be emphasized here however, that the principle of regeneration is the principle which God is using and will use to overcome death and to restore that which has been lost through death. This process is going on continually in our human organisms, and it will reach its acme of triumph in the regeneration of the complete body, through a new birth. The blueprints of the individual human being are traced into the mathematical principle of genetic inheritance and reappear in a future generation. Herein lies the significance of the context in the last verse of the Old Testament [cf. Malachi 4:5,6].

 

Another influence is also present in accomplishing this task, but it will not be dealt with here. But we have gone a little ahead of our story at this point.

 

SATAN'S METHOD OF CREATION

 

Let us now return to notice how Satan was given the chance before the flood to try out "his" method of creation.

 

When God made man and all the other species in creation, He asked them to be fruitful and multiply and to reproduce after their kind. But at that time, natural law was broad enough to take in the possibility of crossing the species; and through the control of Satan, the base crime

 

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of amalgamation among the beasts, and of man and beast, went forward. The resulting creatures which were brought into existence, through the evolutionary processes, can only be described as grotesque. The prehistoric fossils of animals and man bear out the results of Satan's control of the forces of natural creation.

 

In the St. George's Island Park in the city of Calgary may be seen life-sized models of several types of dinosaurs whore skeletons have been unearthed in the so-called "Badlands" of the Red Deer River Valley here in Alberta. Some of these creatures give remarkable evidence of the strange mixtures of reptile, beast, bird and fish; giant lizards with huge legs and scales and fins and armor and ribs, and even wings; - almost every conceivable combination can be seen. And the unearthed skeletons of low-grade human beings give evidence of the degradation of the human race during this period. And as God looked down on this condition before the flood, He saw that it was enough to prove His point. The picture was disgusting. It proved what would inevitably happen when the counsels of the true Creator are ignored.

 

And "it repented the Lord that He had made man." and He destroyed the world with a flood. The strange mixtures of the species which God had not created, but which were the product of amalgamation, did not go into the ark. They were destroyed by the flood.

 

Since the flood, there has been some amalgamation among the beasts, and of man and beast, as is evidenced in the animal world, and in certain races of men. Some difference of opinion exists on the meaning of the statement of Sister White concerning amalgamation of man and beast since the flood; but there can hardly be any dispute about the meaning of this statement when we consider that only three sons of Noah and their wives, together with Noah and his wife, emerged from the ark. If the children of these should intermarry, it could hardly be construed as being the "base crime of amalgamation." In certain areas of the earth there are animals which in some respects resemble human beings, and it may be noted that in these areas the human beings have some characteristics which resemble those of these animals.

 

But God has long since removed the possibility of inter-mixing the species to any appreciable extent; and herein lies a paradox: The evolutionist today would dearly love to find one single evidence that crossing of the species is possible, while the creationist Christian abhors the thought.

 

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On the other hand, the principle of evolutionistic growth, which is the normal way of creation in the vast universe of God, is rejected by the creationist Christian, who is thrilled whenever he sees the slightest evidence of dramatic overruling of the laws of nature on the part of God. But these evidences are generally misconstrued by the Christian, for while they may appear to go contrary to the laws of nature, in actual fact, they do not; they merely utilize those laws in a manner not yet understood by us. Even the miracles of Jesus were performed by the angels at His command [Desire of Ages 143], and these angels function under the processes of natural law just as you and I do.

 

And that brings us to a very important issue. Satan is a great master of natural law. Through his manipulative interference, the course of nature has been substantially modified; and the annals of history are liberally dotted with tragedies and catastrophes. But more significant than this is the enormous program of counterfeiting which Satan has carried on down through the years, and which in these closing years will enlarge into an extremely powerful array of deceptions.

 

There are certain basic lies which seem to be Satan's favorites. The most outstanding of these is the age-old statement made to Eve in the Garden of Eden, "thou shalt not surely die". Satan knows that miracles are accepted by men as certain evidence of divine or supernatural interference, and with his superior knowledge of the laws of nature, He has planned how to utilize those laws to give semblance of miracles and miraculous performances. By holding his manifestations over and beyond the understanding of man, he is able to command attention and reverence, and to pose as a power from heaven.

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP - COUNTERFEIT OF THE TRUE SABBATH

 

Through this means he will function to perpetuate his lies. In the manifestations of spiritualism he corroborates the first and primary lie, that in death man does not really die but lives on. Through counterfeit visions and signs he proposes that the law of God has been changed and that Sunday is now the Lord's day, set aside for worship in honor of the resurrection, the regeneration of a new life - the re-creation, if you please. While the Sabbath was originally a sign of creation and also of regeneration or re-creation, now Satan would have men believe that Sunday is the token of belief in the re-creation.

 

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But Sunday worship has a history. Sunday is the day of the sun the day on which pagans worshiped the sun. They believed that all their life came through the agency of the sun; for was it not the sun which gave the earth heat and light and rain, and caused the plants to grow for food and for clothing and even for shelter? While they believed in the sun god as the primary force in these things, nevertheless the actual operation of the sun as a life-giver on earth is through the medium of the established laws of nature. And so, in a counterfeit manner only, Sunday worship represents the miraculous restoration of life through the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb - the belief in God as the primary force in the miraculous re-creation of the soul and of the body.

 

To substantiate this, Satan will bring forward spiritualistic manifestations and miracles purporting to be of God, and men will say, "Here is the revival of the old time religion, as it was in the days when Jesus walked on earth; here is the evidence that those to whom these miracles are shown are favored of God." And their doctrine of the sacredness of Sunday as a day of worship and as a sign of the miraculous resurrection of Jesus from the tomb, appears to be vindicated.

 

Through the increase in the catastrophes of nature, Satan will initiate a false reformation or turning to God. But this turning to God will be based on fear, and for the selfish purpose of attempting to earn acceptance with God. It is not a genuine repentance and sorrow for sin. Satan will himself respond to their efforts by affirming their decision and pointing out that the opposers of Sunday worship are the real cause of the trouble, because they are dishonoring the resurrection of Jesus.

But notice here, that there is a much deeper and subtler significance in this program. The method whereby the 144,000 are resurrected is through regeneration. By means of the operation of natural laws, they reappear on the earth as fully acclimatized and orientated modern individuals. Satan knows this will occur. He has already counterfeited such an experience and has widely displayed it to be a hoax. He has done this through the medium of hypnotism. Thus scientific men will thoroughly discount any such experience.

 

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PARADOX OVER THE SYMBOLS OF SABBATH AND SUNDAY

 

This counterfeit will be a serious blow to the prestige of the 144,000 who do undergo a real such experience; and this displays the paradox: The Sabbath is the true sign of faith in Christ as Creator. The 144,000 will be the only ones who ultimately will have this sign in their foreheads and in their hands; but as we have already pointed out, sometime previously, God's usual method of performing His creative works is through His established natural laws.

 

The 144,000 will be a product of precisely this kind of creation. They believe in the genuineness of their experience even though no bold outward miraculous manifestation of erupting graves occurs in their resurrection. They each receive a new name "which no man can read, save he that receiveth it" [Rev. 2:17]; for no man can read or counterfeit the memory of another. These men will receive their former genuine memories - it will not be a hoax. While a man may keep the Sabbath outwardly, without being sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise in the literal regeneration of physical rebirth, the real seal of God cannot be counterfeited. I wonder if you can discern the subtleness of this most powerful, paradoxical, delusion?

 

Satan will see to it that there will be plenty of cause to ridicule and persecute the saints. It can readily be seen how plausibly they will be classed as fanatics and mentally deranged people. Any informed person knows that in the asylums of our land are those who profess to be great figures in history. There are kings and Presidents and Napoleons, and even Elijahs, and Christs. In fact, it is not even necessary to go to the asylums to find such characters. So when the apostle Paul appears on the scene with John and Peter and others, it might be to their advantage not to display their private evidence of the true seal of God.

 

But they will all be sealed and perfectly united. And the great truth which will unite the hearts of these dear waiting saints through the hours of their trial will be this same Sabbath truth. In the future ages of eternity, all the new creations of God will again be wrought through the agency of created beings and the processes of natural law; and the perpetual reminder of the true personal power behind all creation, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be the memorial of the greatest and most gigantic demonstration of all creative genius - the Sabbath.

 

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This Holy Institution will be kept throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity as a safeguard against a repetition of the error of Lucifer. Can you not see this deeper meaning? God grant that we may all be able to discover this vital truth, in order that He may go forward with the final phases of His work in the hearts of men.

 

But that is not all. Satan, through the agencies of spiritualism and hypnosis and other forces, will bring about miraculous manifestations that will appear to be over and beyond the general course of nature, that will appear to be contrary to natural law; and these miracles will be heralded by many, many people as a sign of the return of the miraculous power of God to His final church. It is when this occurs that there will be no safety in placing one's trust in miracles. "Signs and wonders will follow the believers" (Colporteur Ministry p. 151); but these signs and wonders will be more confirmed to their own personal experiences, than to any outward manifestation.

 

Even today we do not see too many manifestations of divine healing in our Church; but God is constantly exercising His healing power through the agency of His angels and His natural laws, to give health and strength to His people, that they may perform the tasks and duties before them. Through the manipulation of coincidental circumstances, God is often revealing His personal interest and care in the welfare of His children. The true people of God will have a quiet confidence in His protecting care, and will discern in their circumstances, His protecting hand. Their faith will be based upon the written Word and the promises contained therein. They will not base their faith on divine manifestations. Their faith will be firmly fixed upon their understanding of the truth.

 

And when the Holy Spirit brings to them the knowledge of their former lives, and returns to them the memory of their previous experience and existence, and when they remember the words of Jesus to them, as the apostles will remember, then will their hearts be firmly united in the knowledge and understanding of the great principle of creation which has occurred in their experience, and of which the Sabbath is an outward sign. Sunday will be kept by those who joined the ranks of the great false reformation, based upon miracles and the delusions of Satan. Sabbath will be kept by those who have the genuine experience, not only of spiritual regeneration, but of physical regeneration. These are marvelous truths.

 

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After listening to the foregoing consideration of the symbolism of the Sabbath, I feel I should make one more attempt to express this paradox with greater directness:

 

While Sunday was originally a symbol of sun worship, the belief in nature and natural laws as the source of life; and while this may have been embellished with a superfluous, fictitious sun-god; nevertheless Satan has succeeded in having this symbol adopted as a memorial of the miraculous resurrection of Jesus. And before the close of time, he will furthermore succeed in expanding the significance of Sunday worship to be a sign of faith in the spurious miracles which he will perform, as being genuine and of God. Men will point to the miracles as evidence that here is indeed the outpouring of the Spirit of God in the last days, as promised. Through the miraculous manifestations of spiritualism, the sanctity of Sunday will be corroborated.

 

In direct contrast to this, the Sabbath was originally a sign of faith in the miraculous creation of this earth in six days, as opposed to the supposed long period (evolutionary creation), which theories are prominent today.

 

SABBATH - SIGN OF FAITH IN CHRIST AS CREATOR OF NATURAL LAW

 

But in the last days there will be no safety in placing one's trust in miracles. The saints will have a quiet confidence in the ability of God to care for them through the forces of natural laws and the control of their circumstances. They will put their trust in the written promises of God's word, and will have no difficulty in recognizing the true Creator, behind the process of regeneration, in their own lives. Thus, while Satan counterfeits the Sabbath and makes Sunday the sign of faith in miraculous creation, the true Sabbath, which was originally the sign of miraculous creation, retires to the far more profound significance of faith in the true Creator behind the laws of nature, and of Christ, as the supreme power in the course of circumstances.

 

A grasp of this truth is of paramount importance to the latter day saints, as will be recognized in due course of time. It involves a direct relation to the seal of God and the mark of the beast. It also involves another aspect which we have not as yet discussed to any extent, namely, the real motive behind a man's worship of God. It is this basic motive and fundamental attitude toward God that determines the sealing, and whether the law of God is written in the heart or whether it is merely on "tables of stone".

 

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THE SIN QUESTION AND THE LAW

Perhaps we should now consider some of the elements surrounding this aspect. This brings us face to face with the question of sin, for sin is defined as "the transgression of the law'; and when we think of the law, we think always in terms of the ten commandments. We should, however, remember that the ten commandments are broader than a first glance would indicate. Jesus came to magnify that Ten Commandment law, and He pointed out that it was based fundamentally upon the principle of love to God and love to fellow men. This love which Jesus speaks about is a special kind of love, it is unselfish love or self denying love.

 

So there are really two phases to commandment keeping. First; the meticulous keeping of a set of regulations; and secondly, the reason or motive for keeping those regulations. These two phases we shall attempt to clarify as we consider further this question of sin:

 

We all know that we need to be getting rid of sin; we all know that probation is closing. And as we look about us, we may well ask the questions: "where is the man without sin? when will we be ready? how can we get rid of our sins?" We're told that we are helpless; we need help. We're told that Jesus will help us. But how? Does He drag us bodily out of the sinner's den? Does He force our decisions? Does He frighten us into obedience? Many times we have heard the complaint, "I have asked God over and over again to help me gain the victory; but the harder I try, the worse it gets."

 

It is obvious to anyone who has tried, that victory over sin requires a power outside of oneself. We have often been told to "let go and let God," But what does this mean? Nothing seems to happen. The same old urges and temptations keep coming back. Surely there is some tangible process whereby a victorious life is accomplished.

 

It says that faith is the victory. Faith in what? - in victory? Merely believing that one is victorious does not make it so. Many have tried that and failed. What then? - faith in Christ? The devil has faith in Christ, but he's not getting any better. You say he does not try, therefore he does not improve. But we are told that our efforts are fruitless. Then why should we try? The whole thing is vague and confusing, especially to young people. This whole question of sin and sinfulness needs an extensive clarification if it is to be grasped in its relation to the sanctuary service and the gospel.

 

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True, it can be stated in simple terms, and it has been; we need not repeat it. But there are ways of viewing this thing which will at least make the plan of salvation in this area more coherent and logical. But before we can understand this sin question, we must know something about the structure of man's mind and nature.

 

ASPECTS OF MAN'S MIND AND ALSO HIS NATURE

 

Now I don't intend to give a complete treatment of the various aspects of man's mind, which is a most fascinating study and a most useful one; but I shall merely touch upon some of the basic characteristics and functions of the mind, sufficient to help us to understand this question of sin and victory over it.

 

Briefly, a few definitions first:

 

1. INSTINCT. Instinct is the automatic response of man to certain stimuli from the environment or from. the organism. For example, when something passes near the eye, it blinks. When the hand touches something hot, it recoils. When food enters the mouth, the salivary glands begin to secrete their juices. When a man runs, the heart and lungs increase the frequency of their cycles to supply additional oxygen for releasing energy by the combustion of fuel in the muscles. Many examples could be given of the instinct process. Instinct is written into the neuro-muscular and neuro-glandular structure of the brain and nervous system. It functions much as the thermostatic control on a furnace heating unit. Instinct is the quality which enables an animal to cope with its environment; and much of man's activities is also generated by instinct.

 

2. NEURO-MUSCULAR & NEURO-GLANDULAR ACTION is principally an electro-chemical process. Electrical energy is generated somehow in nerve or brain cells and is transmitted through nerve fibers to the muscles or glands where appropriate chemical responses occur. For example, muscles burn food as fuel to generate mechanical energy of motion, while glands manufacture and secrete chemicals which act as governors or regulators of the numerous body functions. The distribution of many of these electric currents to the proper response channels is governed by the instinct patterns. Certain connections are inherent. Others are built up through the basic growth structure of man, and these connections become like permanent connections on a telephone switchboard. Dial a certain number, and a specific phone is always connected. Similarly, receive a certain response from the environment, and a specific result follows consistently.

 

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3. HABITS. When a man is born, he is equipped with a vast number of brain cells, capable of growing potentially to some ten billion. These cells are endowed with the capacity to link electrically with neighboring cells, thus providing a line of flow for the electric current. The precise pattern of connections, which can become extremely involved, determines the response to a given stimulus. There may be thousands of separate circuits built up. Those that are established by inherent growth are instincts, but many others which would not normally appear by instinct, may be built up by the decisions of the individual. Responses which are developed by the consistent and persistent choices of the individual constitute habits. When choices are inconsistent, no definite patterns are formed, or confused habit patterns may even develop. By far, the vast majority of any man's actions are the result of habits and instincts.

 

4. FREE WILL or DECISION. This is the power which makes man distinctly superior to animals and makes him closer akin to the image of God. By this power, man may create new electrical circuits or habit patterns, and may modify old ones. He may also to some degree change some of his inherent instinct patterns. Of course, there are some of these deeper instinct patterns which he cannot influence directly; and this is for his self-protection. For example, the heartbeat cannot be changed by a direct decision, but it may be changed indirectly by exercise or by emotion or by drugs. [Refer also to pages 124 - 127.]

 

There is an element of creative power associated with the free will. By means of it, entirely new patterns of action may be created. It is this gift of man which enables him to build on his own personality over and above the inherited characteristics. By means of this power, he may also establish habits of choosing, and the sum total of all his choice habits in relation to the moral law of God is known as his character.

 

5. MEMORY. The fifth aspect of mind which we wish to briefly refer to is memory. Memory is that aspect or quality of the mind whereby the electrical circuit patterns tend to remain fixed, and an electrical impulse can be re-stimulated to traverse anyone of those patterns, and thus repeat the same thought or the same action. The degree of permanency of these patterns seems to depend somewhat on the strength of the original impression and on the number of repetitions. It may be compared to the driving of a car over a clean field of pasture land. The first time the car is driven over the route across the pasture, the track will show up because the grass has been bent down

 

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where the wheels traversed. But if the car did not repeat its tour across that particular track, it would not be too long before the grass would be restored and the path would be obliterated. If however, the car were to repeat its tour across that particular path or track consistently on the same route, it would not be too long before the grass would begin to decay and the path would become permanently marked, and eventually deep ruts would be cut into the soil, and we would have an old fashioned prairie trail. Also, if a very heavy vehicle such as a truck had been used instead of a car, it would not require so many repetitions to create the same depression or impression.

 

In building up a habit of thought or action, the same thought or action must be re-stimulated or repeated many times consistently, and eventually the pattern of thought and action will reach an automatic stage and will require only an initial stimulus, and the train of action will go forward under its own initiative. And the speed or rapidity of the habitual action may be increased far beyond that which could be consciously controlled. This is beautifully illustrated in the learning and operating of a typewriter. At first every movement must be distinctly and accurately controlled and directed by a decision or choice, but after consistently performing the same actions many many times, the process will become habitual, and it is possible to go through a complete series of movements far more rapidly than they could be consciously controlled. Thus memory serves the purpose of a permanent recording system when it is diligently exercised.

 

6. CONSCIOUSNESS. Consciousness is a quality of mind whereby an individual is aware that he exists; and he is aware of things that are operating in his environment and in his own organism. Consciousness, along with many other aspects of the human being, is a complete mystery, but it is probably associated with the electrical patterns in the brain.

 

A further and more complete treatment of many of these aspects may be given at a future time, but for the present let us simply state that there are different levels of consciousness. There is the upper level which is active when one is awake to varying degrees. There is a subconscious level where many mental activities are going forward, of which the individual is not immediately aware but which may be, under some circumstances, available to consciousness to varying degrees; and certainly these activities do influence the conscious direction and decision from moment to moment. And then there is the unconscious

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area which is very deep in the mind and operates almost, if not entirely, independently of the consciousness and the decision or will. These are the very mechanical instincts of which we spoke a few minutes ago; and in this area we may also have a set of established habits which have reached the stage of complete automation, and have or may have become somewhat detached from the conscious area. Under some circumstances, however, it would probably be possible to bring these habit mechanisms back into the conscious area.

 

7. EMOTION. Emotion is an aspect of the organism, closely associated with the mind, which expresses itself in physical changes. Emotion is the fundamental driving force of all action. There would be no action without emotion. Emotion is the primary mover of the decision or the will. There are two principal emotions: love and fear. Of these two, love is the stronger. Love is the basic emotion of God, for God is love. It is a basic aspect in creation and it is a primary characteristic of all the moral law. In contrast to this we have the emotion of fear. Fear is one of the most powerful of all emotions, but it is second only to love; for the Scripture says that perfect love can cast out fear (1st John 4:18).

 

Both of these emotions can activate a man's decision. For example, a man can decide to obey God because he is afraid of the consequences of disobedience; or he may decide to obey God because of his love and consideration for Him. These two aspects of motivation are basic in the conflict between good and evil, and are directly related to the two covenants in the plan of salvation. Satan has pretty well succeeded in "establishing the motive of fear of punishment as the basis of a man's worship of God. Throughout the Christian world today we hear the dynamic call, "to come to Christ, to serve God; or else meet hell-fire". On the other hand, God is vigorously attempting through His plan of salvation and through His Son Jesus, to bring about man's worship of Him through the motive of love. [See page 96: "the emotion of love ... cf. also pages 179 and 180].

 

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And now with this extremely brief sketch of some of the aspects of mind and the functioning of it, we are brought to the point where we will consider more directly the principle of sin and the plan of salvation as it is worked out in the Course of human history and in the heart of man. I realize that for many people, a far more complete and detailed presentation of these basic facts would have to be given before they would be able to understand, but I am assuming that those who listen to these tapes are already in possession of a fairly thorough knowledge on these foundation principles. We will, of course, have a number of occasions to refer to these definitions or these aspects as we discuss these many topics more extensively.

 

REWARDS FOR OBEDIENCE, PUNISHMENTS FOR DISOBEDIENCE

 

To understand then, God's dealing with mankind in the plan of salvation, we need to take a look at the situation which exists in the family - in the home, where children are being brought up. The little child is endowed with a stock of instincts upon which must be built a stock of habits; but because of lack of experience and ignorance, it becomes necessary for the parents to train the child, to direct its thinking and its actions - to educate it. During the early years of the child's existence, the parents must lay down the laws. Certain regulations and restrictions must be enforced for the good of the child. This will establish in the child's mind a set of correct and good habit patterns. The type of discipline applied during this stage is the one in which there are rewards for obedience, and punishments for disobedience. * The child does not understand too well, as yet, any other language. This is essentially the method which God used with ancient Israel under the terms of the old covenant. If Israel would choose to obey God, He would abundantly bless them; but if they would persistently disobey, He would permit their enemies to overtake them and punish them.

This subject will be continued on the next tape. The foregoing tape was prepared during the month of October, 1959.

 

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* [Notice the last two, paragraphs on page 293, and that now, "God offers rewards without obedience and punishment without disobedience".]

 

 

 

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AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 3

 

THE SIN QUESTION - CHRIST'S IMMENSE SACRIFICE

 

CD 1 OF 2 COMMENCES BELOW; (61.5 MINUTES)

 

(This is the third in a series of tapes addressed to the Brethren of the General Conference Committee of Seventh-day Adventists, at Washington, D.C., from J. W. Johnson of Lacombe, Alberta. [This tape was prepared during the month of November, 1959]).

SIN, LAW, AND THE FREE WILL

 

On the previous tape we began a consideration of the question of sin and we shall continue with that topic here. Our present concept is that sin is a transgression of the law, and we equate the law to the Ten Commandments delivered to Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. In addition to this we recognize the amplification of that law to include thoughts and motives. This amplification was given through Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. To what extent we apply this amplification I am not too sure, but at a later point the principle of justification by faith will be considered, and this aspect of sin is directly related to that topic.

 

Our present concept also recognizes the necessity for law. Where there is no law there can be no sin, for sin is directly dependant upon the function of the will. Without a will - the power of decision, there could be no sin. But as soon as two or more individuals with free wills are put together in a society, there arises the possibility that one of these individuals might choose to satisfy himself at the expense of others, and in so doing, the happiness of the group is disturbed. Therefore a moral law or code of ethics governing the activities of the free will is necessary in order to guarantee the harmonious association and happiness of a group of free-will individuals.

 

Law is necessary to protect the rights of individual citizens against each other and the group. But the very existence of a law circumscribes the free will. This is true in the sense that if complete freedom is given to the will to override the law, discord and unhappiness will result. Therefore the circumscription of the law is essential to guarantee the happiness and the harmony. Nevertheless, a freedom of the will may still exist, and an individual has the choice of transgressing the law and

 

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accepting the consequences. Those consequences can only result in death, - and we shall now consider the justice of that penalty:

 

TREE OF LIFE - SYMBOLIC OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ETERNAL FIXATION

 

In considering this aspect, let us return to a view of the situation as it existed in the experience of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Adam was created a fully grown individual with all the aspects that apply to human nature. He had a free will; he had a stock of instinct patterns which had been his endowment by his Creator, a stock which would enable him to adequately cope with the environmental situation in which he found himself. He had the privilege of communicating with angels, and with the Son of God, and of learning directly concerning the environment in which he was placed.

 

By means of exercising his freedom of choice he could record in his habit nature patterns of righteousness - patterns which conform to the principles of right-doing and which would guarantee the happiness of himself, and his wife, and his posterity. Adam had the privilege of eating of the fruit of the tree of life. This tree was symbolic of the principle of eternal life or eternal fixation - that is, the opposite to death or destruction. By means of this principle it was possible for Adam to eternally fix into his habit nature the choices which he made, thereby establishing a system of patterns of behavior (habit behavior), upon which he could depend and exist in the future. Once he had solved a new problem and had made decisions and actions in respect to it, those decisions would become a permanent part of his response nature, and it would not be necessary for him to continually apply his conscious decision to similar problems in the future.

 

We today experience a somewhat similar situation, for by persistent use of our decision mechanism, - by consistently choosing to do something in a specific manner, a habit may be developed, and it is then unnecessary for us to continue to make similar choices, - the organism will function automatically. But the difference between our experience and that of Adam lies in the fact that we no longer have had the privilege of eating of the fruit of the tree of life, and that the principle of eternal fixation is no longer as strong in our nature as it was in Adam's, for in the case of Adam, his habits would become eternally fixed by virtue of this principle.

 

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This has its advantage and it has its disadvantage.

Had Adam always chosen correctly, he would have built into his nature only a righteous character, - a stock of righteous choices or choice habits. But because he sinned (that is, he chose to go contrary to the law of God), had he been permitted to continue to eat of the fruit of the tree of life, he would have become an eternal sinner because the pattern of his wrong choices would have become eternally fixed. Had this been permitted to occur, Adam would have had to endure eternal suffering the result of his transgression. And therefore the principle of death was permitted as an act of mercy and a means of destroying the sinful pattern which had been written into his nature; - so he was removed from access to the tree of life.

 

Nevertheless, the effects of the fruit of the tree of life were so powerful in the nature of Adam that his one sin, his one transgression of God's law, became so deeply ingrained into his nature that it could not be erased during his lifetime; but he would have to physically die to have it destroyed. And in addition to this, it was also written right down into the genetic principles of his nature, and was passed on to his posterity, to become the heritage of every man born into this world; and thus we are all born with sinful instincts. These we have inherited right down from the first man who lived on this earth, and by virtue of the fact that he had eaten of the tree of life.

 

Thus by the act of one man, sin became recorded in the temples of mankind; and by the sprinkling of the blood of inheritance it has been transferred to every human soul born into the world. When Jesus appeared, He inherited this same sinfulness and in His own body, on the tree, He bore the sins of the world, also in this manner.

 

And in the last generation of mankind, when the new temple of God will be born in the persons of the 144,000 saints, the sinfulness of Adam will again appear in their natures, being transferred to this temple through the sprinkling of the blood of inheritance.

 

PRINCIPLE OF ETERNAL FIXATION ENABLES THE 144,000 TO DESTROY SIN

 

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destroy sin. In a similar manner, the 144,000 will also be endowed with the principle of eternal life - eternal fixation - and they will not die physically nor will they die mentally, for the eternal memory will again return to them. But this power, received from the fruit of the tree of life (symbolic in this sense), will enable them to destroy sin in the flesh.

 

But this power will not be delivered to them in accordance with the terms of the everlasting covenant, until after their characters have been proved righteous, for should they receive this power before attaining a completely righteous character, they would but repeat the situation which existed under the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Hence, the investigative judgment must be completed in their lives before this outpouring of the Holy Ghost, in this particular way, is delivered. But we are a little ahead of our story here.

 

When Adam was driven from the Garden of Eden and no longer had access to the tree of life, the principle of death began to overtake him. This death was not entirely confined to his physical structure, but to his mental structure as well. Now Adam had the ability to forget. Now, the patterns that had been traced into his memory by his decisions could fade, - not very much at first because of the potency of the power of the fruit of the tree of life, - but gradually the principle overtook him. It required several hundred years before his physical structure finally gave way and he died. In those days the sins of the forefathers were visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generations by virtue of this same principle of genetic transference of a man's decision patterns to his children.

 

SIN IS WRITTEN DEEPLY INTO THE INHERITANCE MECHANISM OF MAN

 

But today, it is no longer possible for any man to transfer his own sinful choices, genetically and by inheritance, to his children. The sinfulness which the human race inherits today is not the result of the individual sins of recent forefathers; it is the far deeper result of the sin of Adam, which was originally written deeply into the inheritance mechanism of mankind. We inherit the sinfulness of Adam. It is true that a life of persistent debauchery and degradation will have its influence upon the potential capacities and strength of children; but any individual sin of a father is not genetically recorded to be transmitted to his posterity.

 

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When Jesus appeared on earth He bore the sins of the world. Since that time we are dealing primarily with individual sins. It is the individual sin which is confessed and transferred to the heavenly sanctuary. It is the individual sin which is taken care of by Jesus as High Priest. We are now in the period in which the application of the atonement principle is in force. Jesus no longer bears the sins of the world; He bore those once on the tree. But Jesus is "crucified afresh" when one who has known the way of life has sinned and has returned to Jesus to ask forgiveness of his sins. These sins are forgiven as individual sins and as the sins of an individual; and Jesus has a work [to do] in the heavenly sanctuary, in connection with these sins.

 

SINS DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY VANISH

 

Let us not think for one moment that these sins automatically vanish. According to the instruction of the Old Testament ceremony, they are transferred to the heavenly sanctuary; and that heavenly sanctuary must be cleansed; and it can be cleansed only by the sprinkling of blood. This sprinkling of blood represents the life of the Son of God, for the life is in the blood.

 

It is not the literal, physical blood of Jesus which was shed on Calvary that cleanses us from sin - this is a symbol. The blood which cleanses us from sin is the eternal life principle which Jesus Christ alone was Possessor of. It was this life that He gave to man for his salvation. The sanctuary cannot be cleansed without the shedding of this blood and its sprinkling.

THE NEW TEMPLE OF GOD - COMPOSED OF THE 144,000 SAINTS

 

But in the ultimate analysis, the new sanctuary or temple of God, is composed of 144,000 saints; and these saints have sinful bodies. Sin has been transferred to the sanctuary - to these sanctuaries (if we may put it in the plural). As a unit they comprise one sanctuary, but as individuals they are temples of the Holy Ghost; and sin has been transferred to these temples by inheritance. And through the influence of this inherited nature, they, by their own choices, have created sin in their own lives; and thus in these two ways sin has been transferred to these sanctuaries. But they must be cleansed; and the cleansing is accomplished on the antitypical Day of Atonement in which we are now living. The application of the blood will do the cleansing.

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This is a large topic and it may require further study of other topics before it can be clearly understood in this particular aspect.

 

WHEN WE SIN - JESUS SUFFERS NOW

 

The point I wish to emphasize here is that, in a very literal way, Jesus suffers in a sense, the penalty of the transgression of His people; for when a sin is confessed it can only be forgiven at the expense of the suffering of Jesus. There is no such thing as a sin without a penalty - the law of God cannot be broken. The Scripture teaches that Jesus bears the penalty of our sins. Somehow we feel or have felt perhaps, that on the cross Jesus bore all of this - and He did!

 

But I was not living then - I had not even sinned. What had my individual sins today to do with the suffering of the Son of God nineteen hundred years ago? It was the sins of the world, the general sinfulness transmitted through the nature of sin created by Adam, which Jesus bore on the cross. My individual sins, which had not been committed, were not at that time transferred directly to Him. My sins are transferred to Him now, when I confess them; and if I do not confess them they are not transferred to Him. He does not bear the sins that are not confessed, just as through the priests in the sanctuary, only confessed sins (through the sprinkling of blood, and the sacrifice), were transferred to the tabernacle - to the sanctuary.

 

THE VASTNESS OF THIS GREAT SANCTUARY TOPIC

 

I realize that there are areas here which may be obscure - indistinct. It is impossible for me in a few words to portray the vastness of this great sanctuary topic, but with God's help, in due time, I shall endeavor to present the various aspects and details necessary to build up the structure of a panoramic view of this great truth.

 

We must recognize that our present view of the heavenly Sanctuary and its service is still very limited; but this little illustration may help us to understand somewhat, how Jesus could suffer for the sins of His people today:

 

Any parent suffers when his child continues to transgress in the full knowledge that his parent - his father or mother ~ is unhappy about his transgression. If the child continues in sin, after having received a knowledge of the desires of his parents, then his parents must suffer when that child continues to sin.

 

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If you are not a child of the family they would not suffer. But now, being a child of the family, they accept the penalty of the child's transgression, and the damage that the child does, they pay for. This is not a completely adequate illustration, but it may give us a little clearer understanding of the principle that the Lord Jesus is "crucified afresh" when those who have partaken of His great provisions for salvation continue in sin and confess those sins.

 

But now, today, in order for man to record a choice in his permanent memory structure, it is necessary for him to repeat that choice consistently over a period of time in order to build up the habit. This is a blessing, for should he make a wrong choice, that choice will not be permanently fixed in his nature - at least it will not be deeply fixed in his nature; and it will gradually fade so that no habit pattern is produced.

 

Thus man today is functioning under the principles of death and regeneration. By consistent choices, by regenerating (re-stimulating) a choice, a permanent habit may be established; not entirely an ultimately permanent habit, - there is the faint possibility of its destruction in the future if regeneration is discontinued. But the more deeply the pattern is fixed by consistent regenerating, the more permanently will that pattern remain.

 

On the other hand, man is endowed with the blessing of death - the principle of forgetting; for should a wrong choice be made, that choice may be permitted to fade and not become a permanent part of his structure.

 

THE SANCTUARY AND THE SHUT DOOR PROBLEM OF 1844

 

Now let us consider another phase of the sanctuary question which presents a further problem. There are two aspects to the sanctuary service: The daily work in the holy apartment, which in the antitypical sanctuary has been taking place since the time of Christ's ascension until 1844; and secondly; the work on the Day of Atonement in the most holy apartment, which has been taking place in the antitypical sanctuary since 1844. In the daily service sins are transferred to the sanctuary. On the Day of Atonement, the sins in the sanctuary are eradicated and the sanctuary is cleansed.

 

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We are now living in the time of the antitypical Day of Atonement, which is a day of judgment - that is, the investigative judgment has been going on, and a day of cleansing - that is, the sanctuary will be cleansed. But here we run face to face with a serious problem. For since 1844, we are told in the Spirit of Prophecy, the door to the holy apartment of the sanctuary was shut, and the door to the Most Holy was opened. [Early Writings 42].

 

Now, if the door to the holy apartment was closed in 1844, then what has happened to the confessed sins of God's people since that time? - for they could hardly be transferred to the heavenly sanctuary through the service of the first apartment, when the door to that apartment has been closed.

 

During the first few years since 1844 it was held that the day of salvation for sinners had passed, and in the light of this "shut door" doctrine, that would seem obvious. On the other hand, we recognize that there have been many sinners saved by grace since 1844, and this appears to be a most serious contradiction.

 

A few years after 1844, our pioneers modified their view of this doctrine to mean that the day of salvation for sinners who had refused the 1844 message had passed. This apparently has been a satisfactory compromise and we have not concerned ourselves about this problem to any extent since that time, although I believe there have been some who have made an issue of this point.

 

Now, I would like to present some thoughts which will harmonize this particular view in the light of the things which are presented in the Scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy, and some of which have been presented on these tapes. Let us begin first by considering the prophecy concerning the resurrection:

 

THE RESURRECTION OCCURS AT THE LAST TRUMP IN A SERIES

 

The apostle Paul tells us that the resurrection will occur at the last trump [1st Thess. 4:16.] It should be obvious that the last trump must be the final trump in a series. There is only one series of trumpets prophetic trumpets, recorded in Scripture, and that series is found in Revelation; and according to our doctrine, the seventh or last of those trumpets began to sound in 1844 [cf. Volume 7A, Bible Commentary, p. 805-6.] If this be true, then in some way the resurrection was due to begin in 1844.

 

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But here we are faced with another problem, for our present concept of the resurrection is that it occurs in the "twinkling of an eye" just at the coming of Jesus personally, at the close of time. We will not be able to reconcile this contradiction until we consider Jesus as the firstborn and the first-fruits of the resurrection. And we have already explained this to a degree; and we will recognize that in the resurrection of Jesus, a number of years were required - His body being born and growing up to maturity, - and not until He was endowed with the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the return of His former memory and a knowledge of His former Self, was His resurrection completed. His investigative judgment occurred during the years prior to His anointing with the Holy Ghost.

 

His character was on test before the entire universe. All heaven could see that His choices were righteous. This was His investigative judgment - the judgment of His character. This was what He came in one sense to prove, that the character of Christ was worthy to be that of the Son of God. Satan's claims to superiority could not be upheld in the light of this great demonstration!

 

THE PART THE GUARDIAN ANGELS PLAY IN THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT

(cf. ALSO PAGES 282 THRU 284)

 

The investigative judgment of the characters of all mankind began in 1844, and they were conducted in a similar manner to that of Christ's. Their bodies were reborn; their characters were reproduced. And in this work the guardian angel has an important part, for the guardian angel is the only one who is conversant with all the thoughts and the intents of the individual mind. This is his charge. And the books are opened, - and the book of the individual life which is opened in the investigative judgment, is the mind of the guardian angel, where a faithful and undying record has been kept. [cf. Volume Two, p. 255].

 

This character is superimposed in the body of an individual who has been born since 1844, even as the character of Christ was superimposed or incarnated into the body of the boy Jesus. This is a wonderful concept!

 

After the character has been tested and proved righteous, or unrighteous, the decision has been made for eternal salvation or everlasting death. And since this judgment is taking place over a period of many years, those who have been judged have been laid to sleep to await their final resurrection at the second coming of Christ.

 

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DID WILLIAM MILLER MAKE A MISTAKE BY PREACHING ABOUT 1844?

 

The reason that no sins can be transferred to the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary since 1844 because the door is shut, is that the number of men and women in this world's history had been made up by 1844. Do you think for one moment that the preaching of the message of the second coming of Jesus by William Miller, and all his followers, during the years preceding 1844, was a big mistake? Do you think for one moment that God was not behind this message?

 

There is great significance in the preaching of the message of William Miller; for by 1844 the day of judgment began. And whereas we have tended to think of these closing movements as being condensed into a very small fraction of time, they are nevertheless being carried on according to God's usual plan of time, and growth, and evolutionary development. This is a vital point! and I realize that it will be a stumbling block to many of God's people; but it must be recognized, there is no other solution.

 

We have not covered all the points yet - let us continue: "Some men's sins are open beforehand, having gone before to judgment;..." [1st Timothy 5:24]. All the sins of the world, or should I say all the sins of God's people which have been confessed, have been recorded in the heavenly sanctuary prior to 1844. The work which is now going on since that time is the work of cleansing - the work of judgment rather; and the work of cleansing. And the sins which are being committed by people today are but the outcome of characters which have existed before. This is the great demonstration during this "testing time" during these closing days - of the characters which have been developed by men and women down through the ages until the close of time in 1844. (I say the "close of time" in a particular sense.)

 

There are two phases to this investigative judgment which we will not understand too well until we have considered in greater detail the two covenants. But under the Old Testament, men were living according to a literal law; and those characters were judged since 1844, according to a literal keeping of the commandments of God. And to a great extent the truths - the testing truths - by which those characters were tested, were delivered to God's people through Moses, the servant who was endowed with the gift of prophecy. Those testing truths were given to God's people, and those characters of Old Testament days were tested according to those principles.

 

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THE "TESTING TIME" OF NEW TESTAMENT CHARACTERS

 

We are now living today in the "testing time" of the New Testament characters, whose characters were developed under the principle of the new covenant; and we will consider this aspect very shortly. The testing of these characters will ultimately climax in the victorious demonstration of 144,000 victors over sin. And because of the demonstration of these characters of complete righteousness and complete victory, there can be no more death; and these righteous characters will be endowed with the principle of eternal life, and they will not die - they will be translated. And they will be re-endowed with the principle of the fruit of the tree of life, and will be enabled to eternally fix their characters of righteousness.

 

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.

 

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then laid to rest again, awaiting the day of the Life-giver. But this should not be too hard to understand; for every night when we retire to our beds our memories go to sleep, the upper functions of our organism go to rest, and only the essential life functions of the physical organism continue. This happens every day. Day after day we die mentally and reappear again in the morning. Is it such a difficult thought that perhaps our bodies should also go to sleep and reappear again in the morning more than once?

 

What about the thought that we could have been in the kingdom long before now if we had been faithful? Had this occurred, I would not even have been here as the person that I am today. Therefore if I have existed, I must have been present previously. If I were to be saved, I must have lived prior to that time; otherwise, here I am a completely new person, and my sins cannot be transferred to the heavenly sanctuary if the "door is shut", - my sins must have been transferred before. But if I have not committed them before, how could they be transferred?

 

I think I have explained that the sins which I commit today are but the result of the outcome of the character which I produced in my previous existence.

 

Certainly it makes more sense to accept the thought that the number of God's people were made up by 1844. There is a finality to that - there is no haphazardness. And these bodies which are being prepared abundantly in this generation, are being used as the tools for the testing of characters and the reproducing of lives which have existed before.

 

Take a look around at nature, in the world of plants and animals, and see the profusion which God makes in order to sustain the species of these various lines of life. As the various memories of the different days of my past existence merge, in anyone day, into a complete fusion and I am an integrated person having lived through many days, - even so will the memories of these different life experiences merge into the fusion of one individual existence. This should not be too hard to grasp. It occurred in the life of Jesus; and it will occur in the life of His followers.

 

PLEA FOR PATIENCE - MORE EVIDENCE COMING

 

At this point it may be that some of you feel we have gone too far off the beaten path. If so, I would like to encourage you to be patient.

 

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It is impossible in one short preview to present all the details of the various aspects which are necessary in order to bring this thing together into a logical and coherent panorama. I will confess without hesitation, that there were times as God brought some of these points to me over the years, that I felt the same way; and I placed some of these thoughts into the icebox of my mind and left them there.

 

But presently God brought further evidences in other fields, and further truths, which when brought together, made the entire picture very plausible. And in the light of many of the problems which at present exist in our concept of this thing, and in the face of the fact that these problems are ironed out with the added views which will be presented here, it should give us courage to continue to audit this material with an open mind, until such time as it will be possible for us to offer a sound and more comprehensive judgment.

 

I am certainly aware that a partial knowledge of any subject is more dangerous than no knowledge at all; but it is physically impossible for me to present this entire panorama in one complete view. While there were times when God presented much of this material as a panorama in a few seconds of time to my consciousness, it is impossible for me to reproduce such an experience in the minds of others. The best I can do is to present the details, and leave it for the Spirit of God to bring about an integration such as I have seen. And on these initial tapes, I am endeavoring to reduce this into as compact a form as possible, simply to give you a general idea of the nature and scope of this panorama, and it will remain to a future time to bring out many more details which will improve the plausibility of this thing.

 

A complete understanding of this is not possible without a reasonably adequate scientific background, and certainly a thorough Biblical background, and a knowledge of the Spirit of Prophecy. I am also fully aware that I do not have a complete knowledge of all Scripture and of all truth - my knowledge is limited. When I am finished with this project there will be many areas which will contain new problems. There will be new phases which are not explained. But this is as it should be, for were everything explained there could be no advancement in knowledge. God's truth is wonderful in this aspect, that as new things are discovered explaining old problems, new problems arise; and thus the expansion of truth continues - indefinitely.

 

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May God help us then to be patient in analyzing these details until such time as a sufficient quantity has been presented to bring about a reasonable plausibility, and may He help each one of us, including myself, to recognize any errors or false points that may have crept into this presentation - for we are not infallible,

 

TWO GENERAL CLASSES OF PEOPLE TO BE SAVED

 

On the remaining few minutes of this tape, I would like to discuss briefly the aspects of a righteous character.

 

There are two kinds of people who are saved - two general classes: [[1] There are those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour as did the thief on the cross, but who, even having lived some years (the thief on the cross only a few minutes), but after having lived for some little time, have not had complete victory over all past besetments and sins - perhaps have not had opportunity to gain victory over these for some specific reason. There are people who trust in God and who are accepted of Him, whom He takes out of this world before they have attained to a complete victory over all sin. Certainly this must have been true of the thief on the cross, and of any deathbed repentance.

 

These people are accepted of God on the basis of their faith, and God has reserved one thousand years for completing their education in His program of righteousness. During this one thousand years there will be no Satan to tempt them, and under these circumstances they are fully co-operative with God. Had they been permitted to live on in this world of temptation, they would have sinned again; but their sins would have been forgiven under the merits of Christ's righteousness, and thereby they are accepted.

 

It is in connection with their education program during this thousand years, that the 144,000 function as kings and priests, for it says they do function even as priests for one thousand years, but no longer. For by the end of the thousand years, all will have attained to the "fullness of the stature of Christ." In their function as kings and priests the 144,000, in some sense, share the work of Christ.

 

[2] The second kind of individual who is saved is precisely this kind of which the 144,000 are made up. This is made up of those who have taken full advantage of the merits and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and who have gained complete victory over all sin.

 

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These have attained to the fullness of the stature of Christ, and have undergone a great demonstration by way of testing the righteousness of their characters. And they have been permitted to live after the close of probation when Jesus has laid down His responsibility as High Priest; - that is, He is no longer officiating as such; and these people have lived before God without an Intercessor and they have lived without sin. They have refused to submit to the temptations of Satan.

 

In this way they are the first-fruits unto God. They are His coworkers and co-heirs. They sit down with Him in His throne as He is set down with His Father in His throne. They share in His work as they have shared in His experience. These are without guile and without fault before God. These are they who become the kings and priests and officiate during the thousand years, while all the others who are saved are gaining the fullness of their education, so that by the time the one thousand years are finished, it will be safe for God to create the new earth and set up the new kingdom. There will be no more sin and no more errors. All will be in perfect harmony and co-operate with God and His government.

 

HOW CAN MAN GAIN COMPLETE VICTORY OVER SIN?

 

And now, so far as the sin question is concerned, there still remains a study of how the sanctuary is cleansed. How does a person get rid of his sin? How can a man gain complete victory over sin? There is provision made in the gospel to do this, for it says that the gospel "is the power of God unto salvation to all that believe" (Romans 1:16); and this is not merely salvation from eternal death (that is, salvation from the penalty of sin), but it is salvation from sinningness, that is, a continuance in sin. God's people must be completely without sin, they must choose righteously. They must have an understanding of His law and how it is to be kept.

 

It is one thing to keep the literal ten commandments, but it is another thing to keep them in the spirit of those commandments; for it is possible to outwardly keep the literal commandments and still be a big sinner. And it is also possible to apparently outwardly break one of the literal commandments, and yet be without sin.

 

We shall reserve a consideration of these aspects for the other side of the tape.

 

[This concludes side A of tape # 3; side B continues on the next page]:

 

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THE SIN QUESTION AND THE OLD & NEW COVENANTS

 

On this side of the tape we will continue to consider further aspects of the sin question and the plan of salvation. There are two covenants revealed in the Scriptures: the old and the new. The old covenant was revealed primarily in the Old Testament, and was delivered in literal form through Moses on Mount Sinai where he met with Christ literally, and received the law engraved on two tables of stone, written with the finger of God. .... The participants of this covenant were the children of Israel and God - that is, Christ. God promised His people that if they would obey Him He would bless them, but if they disobeyed He would permit their enemies to overtake them and punish them; and the people promised to do all that the Lord commanded.

 

Under this covenant, God dealt with the children of Israel as children. It was a very matter-of-fact arrangement and was quite mechanical in its function. Through the work or the workings of this covenant, God taught His people the importance of obedience. He laid down the law, as it were, to His children, and exercised a balance of discipline and mercy to encourage them to obey. But in the main, obedience was rendered on the basis of fear of consequences. When thoroughly frightened they turned to God and re-affirmed their intention to obey.

 

But also at the time that this great covenant was delivered, God instituted a vast system of ordinances, designed to teach His people the seriousness of sin and to foreshadow to them the essentials of the remarkable new covenant, - to be more fully revealed in the New Testament. Israel learned that their sins could be forgiven; but they could only be forgiven through the shedding of the blood of an innocent substitute. When a man sinned, he had to take an innocent animal, one without blemish, one to which perhaps he had become very closely attached and had learned to love as the most beautiful of his flock - he had to take this animal, and slay it. Its blood had to be shed. This animal had to bear the penalty of his transgression before he could be forgiven.

 

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be cleansed. The whole picture of the animal sacrificial system of the Old Testament was a gruesome and revolting one. It portrayed the awfulness of sin and its terrible penalty; and that sinful man could live only through the substitutionary death of an Innocent One. Of course, we recognize that this animal was but a symbol or type of the real Lamb of God.

 

But this covenant was found faulty. It was not faulty because of any failure on the part of God to set it up correctly in the first place; but it was faulty because man was a participant in it; and man failed to keep his part of the bargain. Each Israelite learned that he did not have the power in himself to keep the law of God. He learned that he could not earn his own salvation. Being found faulty, the covenant was ready to vanish away and be replaced by a new one. The old covenant has been discarded only in the sense that man was not able to keep his promise. The promise of God still holds.

 

But under the new covenant two changes have been made: First - man is no longer a participant but is a recipient. This covenant was an agreement between God the Son and God the Father, not between God and man; and in this covenant God promises to do something at the request of His Son. And the second difference; the punishment for transgression does not fall upon the sinner, but upon Christ Himself.

 

These are the two essential differences between the old covenant and the new. Let us take a closer look at this: The Lord says, "a new covenant will I make with them in those days." I will forgive their iniquity and "I will remember their sins no more"; I will put my laws within their hearts [cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34, and Hebrews 8:8-12].

 

This is essentially the message of the gospel. It is the promise of forgiven sins and the gift of a changed heart. The penalty of transgression has been removed from the man who confesses his sins, and is placed upon the Sin-bearer, Christ, the spotless Lamb of God.

 

Christ bears the penalty of eternal death and provides His eternal life for the benefit of the repentant sinner. And through this act of substitution, provision is made for man to be born into the family of God and thereby to inherit the righteousness, or rather the righteous character of Christ; and this character he receives through the sprinkling of the spiritual blood of inheritance. The character of Christ, which is inherited, is the character of self-denying love; and thereby he obtains the power to obey his Sovereign.

 

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Under the new covenant, the law of God is expressed in a new commandment which Jesus gave to His disciples, namely: "That ye love one another; ... Love the Lord your God with all your heart, .... and your neighbor as yourself' [John 15:12; Matthew 22:37]. The heart is the seat of the affections - the emotions. Wherein the new covenant promises the law to be placed in the heart, it means that the law of self denying love will take possession of the man's heart. It will become the overruling emotion, and henceforth his actions will be motivated by this principle. Let us again take a look at this a little more closely:

 

Under the old covenant, man usually attempted to obey God's laws because he was afraid of the punishment he would receive if he disobeyed. But God did not desire to have His creatures serve Him from fear. If He had wanted this, He could have avoided the painful plan of salvation, for He could have destroyed Lucifer in the very beginning, and all His remaining creatures would have served Him from fear of death. Service on this basis was not satisfactory as was shown through the experience of Israel.

All parents prefer to have their children obey them out of respect and out of love, rather than out of fear of punishment. But in order to guarantee, without any question of doubt, that all God's people will serve Him out of love and not through fear of consequences, God did the only thing which would certainly guarantee this; namely, He removed the penalty of transgression from man. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, took upon Himself the punishment for man's transgressions, leaving man without condemnation. Man is now free from the penalty of the law under the provisions of the new covenant.

 

A SERIOUS ERROR OF MAINSTREAM PROTESTANTISM

 

At precisely this point is where most of the popular Protestant churches of today make a serious error. They say that because the penalty of the law is removed from man when his sins are confessed, we need no longer keep the law of God, for sin is not imputed to us. In this fact itself they do not err, for our sins may be forgiven unto "seventy times seven" [Matthew 18: 21 & 22] - that is, indefinitely. But the error lies in their failure to recognize a very important contingent truth, which truth is, I believe, practically exclusive, - or practically an exclusive possession of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

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It is the truth about the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary service. For while man need no longer fear the penalty of the law which is eternal death, and hence need no longer worry about keeping the commandments in order to earn his salvation, nevertheless, there is a very definite condition under which alone he can receive the forgiveness of his transgressions of that holy law. And that condition is that he permit the Son of God to accept the penalty of his transgression in his place.

 

Our Protestant brethren believe that Jesus accepted this penalty once for all, (for all mankind), on the cross; and we believe that too. But that places the penalty so far away from our present sins that somehow we do not see the importance of refusing to sin. Why should we worry about sin? If Christ has already suffered for our sins then a few more sins now will not change His suffering. He has completed His suffering; He has already died His eternal death, - what need for us then to keep the law? That may be the way that we hazily reason.

 

The error lies in the recently contested issue of the atoning work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary. For while Jesus died on the cross once for the sins of the world, and made complete provision for the atonement of every sinner, nevertheless, the individual application of that atonement, the individual forgiveness of sins, and the individual victory over sin, is a work which is being accomplished through the ministry of the Son of God as High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. This is one of the most pertinent points which will be presented on these tapes! It must be grasped or no sinner will gain a complete victory over sin in this closing hour of the cleansing of the sanctuary.

 

The main reason we do not yet find among the people of God those who are without sin is our failure to emphasize this truth. And what is this truth? Listen while I state it in as simple and direct language of which I am capable:

 

When a man confesses his sins and asks Jesus to forgive him, those sins are accepted by Jesus - they do not just automatically vanish. The outcome of those sins, the penalty of those sins, becomes the heritage of Jesus. He accepts the sinner's death and the sinner inherits His life!; and the death of the sinner which Jesus accepts is an "everlasting death, from which there can be no hope of a resurrection." [Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, July 10th, 1896.] This is a statement, founded on the direct testimony of the Spirit of Prophecy, which has not been fully absorbed.

 

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AS PARENTS SUFFER WHEN THEIR CHILDREN SIN -

SO DOES JESUS SUFFER WHEN WE SIN

 

Jesus has a work to do as Priest in the sanctuary, in the bearing of the confessed sins of His people. He suffers for those sins just as verily as any parent suffers when his children continue to transgress his commandments. He bears the penalty of those sins just as truly as a parent accepts the consequences of the transgressions of his children and pays for the damage.

 

When one who has known the will of God deliberately transgresses that will, he can only receive pardon for that sin if he permits the Son of God to be crucified afresh; for as a parent accepts all the potential sins of his child when that child is born into his family, even so, does Christ. But the application of that provision for accepting the consequences of a child's disobedience - I say, the application to the individual acts of sin, remains for a future time as the child grows and develops and commits those sins.

 

Again I say, let us look squarely at this thing. The motive for a man's refusing to sin cannot be selfish under the new covenant, for under this gospel of grace he earns his salvation, (his ticket to heaven), by simply believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Ruler of the universe, and as the Saviour of man. His salvation is a gift. He does not need to worry about transgressing the law, for he himself does not need to bear the penalty of that law; therefore his incentive to keep the commandments cannot, under any consideration, be selfish.

 

If a man ever decides to discontinue to sin, it can only be because he does not want the Son of God to have to suffer further for his sins. His refusal to sin is out of consideration for Christ as his Sin-bearer. This can only be a selfless motive - one of love and consideration for Christ. [Desire of Ages, 200: "He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him."]. His allegiance to the commandments of God can only be based on selfless love, which is the law of life for earth and heaven, and the essence of God's character.

 

Again I repeat: this doctrine of the sanctuary service, and the work of Christ in accepting the confessed sins of His people, is the doctrine which will inspire the work of the cleansing of the soul temple from every defilement. It is the message for this hour!

 

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THE PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING - PATH TO OBEDIENCE

 

One more point here: What will make a man want to spare the Son of God further suffering? The Scripture says that a man will be made perfect after he has suffered awhile [1st Peter 5:10]; and that Jesus Himself learned obedience through His sufferings. [Hebrews 5:8]. Only as a man partakes of the sufferings of Christ will he come to realize what it costs the Son of God to forgive his sins. Suffering is the path to obedience. The suffering is not administered as a penalty of transgression.

 

I repeat: The suffering is not administered as a penalty of transgression; rather it is permitted to grant the sinner the privilege of sharing in the sufferings of Christ for his own sins and for the sins of others, that he might learn to appreciate the meaning of Christ's love in forgiving those sins [cf. Desire of Ages page 225, last sentence].

 

Even as a wise parent will permit his children to gradually assume a share in the consequences of his own transgressions, that he might learn the value of obedience, - even so, does Christ permit us to share in His sufferings, that we might learn the meaning of obedience.

 

We will never appreciate Christ's sacrifice for us until we are permitted to share in His sufferings. We ought to be happy when we are privileged to share in these, for we do thereby know that He is leading us on to the only road to perfection and sinlessness.

 

We are not released from suffering through obedience. Obedience does not inevitably earn release from suffering; nor is suffering inevitably a consequence of disobedience. In the final and ultimate consequence, the Sin, bearer stands ready to accept the penalty of eternal death for every confessed sin; but He permits the sharing of His sufferings until we learn the value of obedience in releasing Him from the inevitable consequence of our sins.

 

Not until His people have attained the victory over all their sins and besetments, will it be possible for Christ to lay down His work in the most holy apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, for only then will His substitution be no longer necessary. His people will then be able to stand before their God and His unbreakable law without an Intercessor. Thus is a man saved by grace!

 

It is through the forgiveness of his sins that man is placed in a position where he can overcome those sins. Were the penalty always to be hanging over his head, he could not gain the victory; but when the

 

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pressure of the necessity to keep the law is removed from him, he can then voluntarily respond to the love of God and the love of his dear Saviour. It is the power of love that constrains a man to refuse to sin; "The love of Christ constraineth us" (2nd Corinthians 5:14).

 

In the final analysis, sin is not magically removed from man, but man himself must make the decision to cease from sin. "The expulsion of sin from the life is an act of the soul itself." [Desire of Ages 466.] By a decision man created sin in his own life, and by a decision sin must be destroyed. Only by a paramount faith in this truth of the forgiveness of sins can a man be saved. We are saved by grace, through faith; - there is no other way.

 

Again, I must acknowledge that there are areas in this recent presentation which require further treatment. It has been abbreviated here in order not to make this initial survey too unwieldy.

 

THE GREAT MIRACLE OF THE SPIRITUAL REBIRTH

 

And now let us meditate for a few minutes on the great miracle of the spiritual rebirth:

 

We have long believed that in order to see the kingdom of God we must be born again. The first time we were born of physical parents. Now, we must be born of God - born of the Spirit. But the Scripture also says that God is a Spirit and that God is love. Therefore, God is the Spirit of love; and to be born of God means to be born of the Spirit of love. This brings us right back to the question of receiving a new heart as per the promise of the new covenant, for the heart is the seat of the emotions; and the most powerful of all emotions, the one which is the essence of God's character, is the emotion of love.

 

This love of God is however, a special kind of love. It is not selfish love; it is not puppy love; it is not sensual love. Rather, it is pure, self-denying love, - love which reaches out to others and sacrifices self. Self-sacrificing love is the great principle of life in earth and heaven according to the statement in Desire of Ages [page 20].

 

Thus to be born again of the self-denying love of the Spirit of God, means to receive the gift of the principle of a new life - or should I say, a new life principle - namely, the eternal life principle of which we have spoken somewhat previously.

 

This ties in with the symbol of the "fruit of the tree of life." The eating of the fruit of this tree brings with it the power of eternal fixation

 

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- the principle of eternal life. But we are informed that this new birth is brought through the agency of the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost. We have already expressed that the gift of the Holy Ghost to man is an outcome of the everlasting covenant between Christ and His Father, entered into before the Son of God gave up His life in the courts of the heavenly sanctuary, many years before His first advent.

 

And before Jesus ascended into the courts of heaven after His resurrection, He promised His disciples that He would pray the Father to send this Comforter, even the Holy Ghost, to give them power. Power for what? - why power to become the sons of God, for "as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God," (John 1:12). That is, He gave them power to become born again into the family of God.

 

But the Scripture says that he that is born of God cannot sin because he is born of God [1st John 3:9]. This would seem quite obvious in the light of what we have discussed; for to be born of God means to be born of self-denying love, and when this love becomes the supreme motive in a man's life, he cannot bring himself to transgress the law of God and heap further suffering on the beloved Son of God.

 

The emotion of love is the most powerful motivating force in the universe. A man will do something for one he truly loves which he would not think of doing for anyone else. In the final analysis it is the emotion of self-denying love, which is the primary fruit of the indwelling Spirit of God, that empowers the man to implement his decision to cease from sin; and it is this eternal life principle which empowers a man to expel the nature of sin from his life - to cleanse his body temple, or sanctuary.

It should be obvious that the agency of the rebirth is the Holy Ghost. This leads us once more to the consideration of the communion of the body and blood of Christ as portrayed in the communion service. At the last supper Jesus delivered to His disciples an emblem of the great sacrifice which He had made in the courts of heaven, and which He was again making now as He faced the cross. For while Jesus on earth had the privilege of regaining His former heritage and reserving it for Himself alone (He could have given up lost man at any time and returned to His Father), He now manifested the greatest demonstration of His self-denying character of love by laying down this privilege and making it available to all who should believe in Him as the Son of God and the Saviour of sinners.

 

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And He made it plain to His disciples that He himself would not again partake of it until He partook of it anew with them in the kingdom. And as He cried out on the cross; "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?", He experienced the everlasting death of the sinner - a separation from the gift of the eternal power and the eternal life of the Holy Ghost. His eternal Spirit returned to God who had given it at His baptism.

 

JESUS - THE LINK BETWEEN THE ETERNAL CHRIST OF THE PAST AND

THE NEW CHRIST OF THE FUTURE

(FROM HERE TO PAGE 106)

 

When Jesus emerged from the tomb, His memory - that is, His past life - did not reach beyond the cradle. No longer did He share in the eternal heritage of His former life, for He had died the eternal death of the sinner from which there was no hope of a resurrection. *

 

Henceforth, He was the One who was "alive and was dead, and behold He is alive forevermore," as the first-born of the new race, who gave His eternal spiritual body and blood to be eaten and absorbed, through the communion of the Holy Ghost by His new body temple of saints. Only through them would He ever again partake of this eternal heritage, for it is through the body structure and the circulation of the blood stream, that the head of the body receives its life.

 

Jesus is the Head of the new body temple of saints, and He has exposed Himself to a bodily communion with those saints, and functions through them to receive the knowledge of all former things, [just] as any person receives his knowledge through the five senses of his physical body; and to execute His counsels through their body temples, as any person operates through the muscles of his own body.

 

This experience of the communion with His saints is related to the marriage of the Lamb which occurs before Jesus leaves the sanctuary. He receives His inheritance, but He receives it through His saints, for His inheritance is in His saints. The literal man Jesus was the link between the eternal Christ of the past and the new Christ of the future; for the former Christ died in the heavenly sanctuary to be regenerated by the gift of the Holy Ghost in the man Jesus. But on the cross, that Christ died the second death, from which there is no hope of a resurrection [cf. Early Writings 218].

 

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The resurrected Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6), and His saints are His new spiritual body temple through whom He functions. [cf. Volume 7 BC 931, column 2: "The Jewish tabernacle .... is Christ's body, and from north, south, east, and west He gathers those who will help to compose it. .... A holy tabernacle is built up of those who receive Christ as a personal Saviour."]

 

The great former Christ of the pre-advent days is gone as a unit. He is now absorbed in the communion of the saints, and it requires 144,000 human body temples to make up the new structure of the great spiritual body of Christ. Christ was alive, He died, and behold He is alive forevermore in His saints [cf. Revelation. 1:18]. And Jesus is the Head of that body, and in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. But when He speaks through His new body temple, His voice, which is the voice of God, will speak "like many waters" - for waters are people [cf. Signs of the Times 03-28-00].

 

CHRIST'S IMMENSE SACRIFICE - GATEWAY TO PROFOUND MYSTERY

 

But we have again slipped ahead of our story. This experience on the cross was a revelation to our dull senses of the pain which entered the heart of God at the inception of sin [cf. Education 263]. It was also a revelation of the real death which Christ, the former Archangel and Son of God, had experienced in the courts of the heavenly sanctuary.

 

The Millerites of the pre-1844 movement made the error of considering this earth, (this earthly experience rather), as the only and complete experience of the death of Christ; and thus [concluded] that this earth was the sanctuary where the Lamb was slain. But this earthly demonstration, while it embodies all that has been taught concerning it over the years, is yet but the symbol or gateway to a far deeper and more profound experience which occurred in the tabernacle of heaven.

 

I cannot, in this brief preview, portray the enormity of this great mystery - my speech is here inadequate! God has permitted me to catch a little glimpse of the tremendous sacrifice of Christ; and if this glimpse should ever expand into a brilliant image, I shall not be negligent in offering to share it with you.

 

THE ETERNAL LIFE OF CHRIST (HIS BLOOD) WAS SHED FOR HIS SAINTS

 

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body and blood of the Son of God to the saints, through the Holy Ghost. And this new testament was in the blood of that former eternal body, for Jesus said "This ... is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." [Luke 22:20]. The covenant was ratified by the shedding of that blood. The very life of Christ was in that blood,* for the Scripture says that the blood is the life of the body. And the New Testament in that blood was the promise of the eternal life of Christ to His saints.

 

But we have also known that the fruit of the tree of life is another symbol for the eternal life principle; and the eating of the fruit of the tree of life is but another way of expressing the communion of the body and blood of Christ. When Adam sinned he became separated from the attachment to this spiritual body, and he began to die. Not until man is restored to this eternal body and blood will he again receive the heritage of eternal life; and this he receives when he becomes born again of the Spirit of God's love, for this love is the principle of everlasting life; for he that is born again "hath everlasting life." [John 6:47].

 

In the past few minutes we have covered quickly a generous number of ideas, and these ideas are subject to a large number of interrelationships. And when these inter-relationships are seen in their true light, then an integrated concept will emerge, revealing a profound image of the great Christ, the eternal Son of God.

 

His enormous sacrifice will be seen in a new light; the gift of eternal life will be more highly appreciated; the awfulness of sin will be more thoroughly impressed and despised; and the love of God will be far more brilliantly displayed.

 

Again I am forced to confess that a superficial acquaintance with the relationships here implied, so inadequately, will not yield a clear-cut and plausible picture. A more thorough and painstaking treatment would be required to bring into sharp focus the impressive panorama which they actually reveal. But I will pause now, that we may each have an opportunity to meditate upon these most solemn and profound truths...

 

Anyone who reviews carefully the material which is recorded on these tapes, will come up with questions, for there are a number of new problems which have arisen and which remain unsolved. Certainly one of these questions would be regarding the eternal death of Christ:

 

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HOW COULD THE ETERNAL CHRIST DIE WHEN HE HAD ETERNAL LIFE

 

For instance, we may logically ask: how could the eternal Son of God die, when He was endowed with eternal life? The answer must lie in His autonomous power over all things; for if He had life in Himself, and at the same time had all power, it would conceivably be possible for Him to separate Himself from His eternal life - to lay it down. This is precisely what the Scripture teaches wherein it quotes Jesus as saying: "I have power to lay it down, and power to take it again" [John 10:18].

It was in the courts of the heavenly sanctuary that He first relinquished His eternal life and lapsed into a sleep from which there would have been no resurrection, except through the action of God the Father in fulfilling His part of the everlasting covenant, - to deliver by the Holy Ghost that eternal heritage of Christ, namely, the great spiritual body and blood of the eternal One; and to deliver it to the family of mankind [cf. Desire of Ages 22 & 23, also p. 20 "gave back"].

 

It was in fulfillment of this covenant that the entire plan of salvation, as evidenced in the New Testament, evolved, including the miraculous birth of the boy Jesus. Even as sinners who die the everlasting death are raised from their first death of sleep to experience later a second death from which there can be no hope of a resurrection, - even so, Christ was raised from His first sleep into the boy Jesus, only to experience His second death on the cross of Calvary. But the resurrection of Christ into the man Jesus, which occurred at the anointing of the Holy Ghost (as was verified by the voice from heaven), was not a full and complete restoration of the enormous structure of the former Christ; for it is impossible to embody into one human being the vastness of that incomprehensible spiritual body of Christ.

 

We learn from the testimony of the Spirit of Prophecy that in the early morning hours of His prayer and devotions Jesus received His strength and His instructions for the day's tasks [Desire of Ages 208]. He was not at anyone moment endowed with the fullness of all power and all knowledge - no single human body could contain this.

 

"Divinity flashed through humanity" [Signs of the Times 04-18-92], but did not completely engulf it. Nevertheless, Jesus had access to the potential powers of that former body; but He exercised it only through the ministry and obedience of the angels. At no time did He use His eternal prerogative for self-gratification. [DA 24: "And He exercised on His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us"].

 

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Even His miracles were performed by the ministry and obedience of the angels [cf. Vol. 2 Spirit of Prophecy, 67]; and it was an angel who ministered to Him in the hour of His temptation in the wilderness. If he had needed protection, or rather if He had chosen to solicit protection against the soldiers in the garden of Gethsemane, He could have received it in the form of twelve legions of angels from His Father [Matthew 26:53]. He said nothing about having power in Himself to save Himself from these enemies. There may be a little difficulty here in reconciling these thoughts, but they must be reconciled.

 

THE LIMITATION OF JESUS IN HIS HUMAN TABERNACLE

[REFER ALSO TO PAGE 285 OF THIS BOOK.]

 

It should seem clear that Jesus, as the resurrected Christ, was subject to certain limitations because of His having accepted a human tabernacle in which to live. And as we have already pointed out, Jesus will not attain the fullness of His structure in the new body temple of Christ until He becomes married to the 144,000 saints; for the new body temple must be built up first [cf. Great Controversy 120 .... "rising slowly through the centuries", and from Acts of the Apostles last chapter, (p. 599) "...."but the structure is not yet complete."]

 

THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB TO HIS 144,000 SAINTS

[REFER ALSO TO:PAGES 104,165,204,209,251 & 289 OF

THIS BOOK RE "MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB"]

 

It must be raised to become an habitation of God through the eternal Spirit; and this body temple of saints must be endowed with the communion of the body and blood of the former heritage of Christ, which body was broken and divided for them to eat, and which blood was shed for them to drink. [John 6:53-58]. And then they must be married to Jesus, as the bride adorned in white linen to the Bridegroom. [Revelation 19:7-9]. Out of this union will emerge the fullness of the structure of the eternal Christ - the Son of God!

 

The original temple of God, in His Son Christ, had to be destroyed because of the eternal record of sin transferred to it by the eternal blood - that is, by virtue of the fact that this body had direct sensory experience with all events transpiring in the universe, and also that its record of these events was everlasting and permanent. Hence, this record could only be destroyed by the death of the One who had that record in His Own spiritual body.

 

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The principle of eternal life was then applied to human temples, to regenerate in them only that which is righteous and true; and the first of these human temples to experience this was Jesus, the First-begotten. Thus, through the death and regeneration is sin destroyed, and righteousness preserved.

 

I say again, the original body and blood of Christ was relinquished by Him, and He died. In the human body of Jesus, the principle of death, manifested through the ability to forget or erase the patterns of past sinfulness in His mental make-up, enabled Him by rejection of these patterns to destroy sin in the flesh. And then by His access to the principle of eternal life, delivered through the Holy Ghost, He could regenerate His righteous choices and cause them to become eternally fixed into His new nature. Thus He bore the sins of the world in His own body, and destroyed sin in the flesh through death, and at the same time proved that His character - the sum total of His choice habits - was righteous.

 

In this process, the restoration of the memory of His former Self was adequate to identify Him. But in His daily routine work He was not constantly and unavoidably conscious of all His eternally past experiences in heaven, any more than we are, at anyone moment, conscious of all our past experiences. The great former Christ, as a singular unit of eternal memory, had passed out of existence. He had died an eternal death!

 

THE NEW HABITATION OF GOD IS JESUS AND THE 144,000

 

There could be no restoration of that identical structure into one single human body temple. If there had been, it could not be said that Christ had died a permanent death - the death of the sinner. It would merely have been a temporary death of sleep which is not the death of the sinner. This is one aspect of the permanent sacrifice of Christ, and of God's giving of His Son; for only as this original body and blood heritage of Christ was divided, and provided for His individual saints, would it be possible to build a comparable body temple structure. And while the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus, the fullness of the former body and blood of Christ in the Holy Ghost, dwells in His saints.

 

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It is now a co-operative unit of 144,000 human body temples. This is the new habitation of God! He dwells with them; He dwells in them; He sups with them; - it is the communion of the Holy Ghost. Henceforth, the telescopic decisions of Jesus, the Godhead, will be executed through His new body, the 144,000 saints who have eternal power. And henceforth, the telescopic sensory perceptions of Jesus, the Godhead, will be received through His new body structure - the 144,000 saints; for it is they whom the Holy Spirit will "guide into all truth." The record of "all truth" will be restored in them, and through them transferred to the Head.

 

This puts Jesus in the humble position where He has placed complete confidence in the voluntary co-operation of His saints. Should they choose to sin, they could become eternal sinners and heap eternal suffering on their Saviour.

 

Henceforth, there can never be any accusation made against the character of Christ, for it is placed on perpetual demonstration as the most humble of all. The character of Christ has been completely vindicated, and His worthiness of the position of supreme Law-giver, and Creator, and only-begotten Son of God, cannot be challenged ever again. He is now the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counselor - not the autocratic dictator.

 

COULD THERE BE A MORE WONDERFUL GOVERNMENT?

 

Although He has vested all power in His saints, yet His saints serve Him from love alone. There can be no question about this now, for without their voluntarily co-operation He could not function as all powerful and supreme Ruler; for one cannot function except through one's body.

 

This then is the government of Heaven. It is a government of allegiance completely based on voluntary submission and co-operation, prompted by the deep and sincere, divine and self-denying love of the subjects for their Creator and their Ruler. Could there be a more wonderful government?

 

(We will continue this study on the next tape [tape/letter # 4]. This tape was prepared during the month of November, 1959.)

 

 

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AUDIO TAPE/LETTER # 4

 

SWEEPING TRUTHS - ELIJAH'S RETURN - MIRACLES

 

CD 1 OF 2 COMMENCES HERE BELOW (63 minutes)

 

This is the fourth in a series of tapes addressed to the brethren of the General Conference Committee of Seventh-day Adventists in Washington, D.C. from J. W. Johnson of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. [This tape was prepared during the month of November, 1959].

 

On this tape we will continue a consideration of the eternal death of Christ which was begun on the preceding tape.

 

SWEEPING TRUTHS CONCERNING THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST,

HIS ETERNAL SACRIFICE, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF HEAVEN

 

Jesus made the same sacrifice on the cross as Christ had made in the heavenly sanctuary. For Jesus laid down His direct access to the former body and blood, and He will never partake of it again, except and until, He partakes of it in the kingdom with His disciples, - that is, after He receives this kingdom at the marriage of the Lamb at the close of His work in the most holy apartment of the sanctuary, when the new sanctuary of l44,000 body temples has been cleansed. I say, He will not partake of it until He partakes of it in the kingdom with His saints.

 

For you see, He receives it through them; they are His body. Without His body He could not receive it. It comes through His body; His inheritance is in His saints. Had they failed to evolve into the fullness of the stature of Christ, the new body of Christ would never have appeared. Jesus did die an eternal death in the second death on the cross. He has access to the eternal memory of all past truth only through the 144,000 saints!

 

This is another meaning of the statement of Jesus regarding "raising up the temple in three days" (John 2:19); for the original body temple of Christ was destroyed, as it were, several hundred years before the first advent, in the midst of the week of seven thousand years. And now in the last generation of the third day of one thousand years [2nd Peter 3:8], the new temple is raised.

 

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These are sweeping words. They portray sweeping truths concerning the incarnation of Christ, His eternal sacrifice, and the government of heaven. But does not Sister White tell us that these truths will be better understood?

 

Recall the statement in Christ's Object Lessons, page 114 "When a man is willing to be instructed as a little child, when he submits wholly to God, he will find the truth in His Word. If men would be obedient, they would understand the plan of God's government .... The mystery of redemption, the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice, would not be as they are now, vague in our minds. They would be not only better understood, but altogether more highly appreciated."

 

And another statement on page 36 of Christ's Object Lessons - "All who come to Christ for a clearer knowledge of the truth will receive it. He will unfold to them the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, and these mysteries will be understood by the heart that longs to know the truth."

 

And from page 129 [Christ's Object Lessons]: "If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go Out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet joyful sense of the presence of Jesus. Often our hearts will burn within us as He draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch."

 

APPROPRIATE NOW TO DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT LINE OF TRUTH

(FROM HERE TO PAGE 114.3)

 

And now, I believe, is an appropriate time to deal with a line of truth which will unquestionably be the most difficult for us not only to present but to accept. Not that it is so difficult of comprehension, but that it touches upon a human trait which has ever caused a high degree of bias and prejudice, because it involves the issue which was deeply rooted in the rebellion of Lucifer, and was also uppermost in the minds of the faulty disciples, even on the eve of the crucifixion of their dear Lord. But I cannot complete my testimony if I do not include this aspect of the prophecies of the inspired Book.

 

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The revelation of this truth places me in the position of accepting the greatest risk I have ever taken. But no significant progress has ever been made without a risk. Christ took a tremendous risk when He created Lucifer. And the price for the creation of this world and the salvation of man was His own eternal death; for "the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world." [Revelation 13:8]. If Christ, our Master, was willing to accept this for my sake, then I ought also to be willing to accept my risk for the sake of my consecration to God, and for the sake of God's remnant people - so I will proceed:

 

GOD DELIVERED THE OLD COVENANT THROUGH MOSES

 

Back in the days of Israel, God delivered the old covenant to His people from Mount Sinai through His servant Moses. Moses was the mouthpiece, the voice of God, to the people. He went up into the Mount and fasted forty days and forty nights. He met there with his God in a literal way; and while standing in the cleft of the rock, he saw with his own eyes his Creator. There also he received the two actual tables of stone on which God had written with His own finger the sacred precepts of His law. In great manifestations of power, by thunder and thick cloud, God displayed Himself to His people. Moses was the personal witness of the God of the earth who stood before him in the Mount.

 

When the testimony of Moses to God's people was finished at the end of forty long weary years, God permitted His faithful servant to pass through the portals of the grave; but He did not suffer His beloved one to see corruption. Moses was raised from the dead and was taken to heaven, there to be a perpetual witness of the momentous things to transpire in the outworking of the plan of salvation.

 

THE NEW COVENANT IS TO BE DELIVERED BY ANOTHER WITNESS

 

But, there is another covenant which is to be delivered to God's people in the last generation by the voice of God, according to the statement in Early Writings [on page 34]. God has two faithful witnesses who have borne His testimony for hundreds of years. These are the two witnesses of Revelation chapter eleven, - the Old and New Testaments. But these Old and New Testaments, as we have already mentioned, are related to the old and new covenants. For the Old Testament reveals the old covenant, and is the testimony of Moses and

 

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of the prophets who recorded the outcome of Moses' testimony in the experience of Israel. The new covenant is predicted in the Old Testament, but is revealed in the New. The New Testament bears witness of the new covenant of grace, and the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of eternal life through the endowment of the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of Truth. Through the communion of the body and blood of the Son of God, which must be eaten and drunk in order to be raised up in the last day, (Gospel of John, chapter Six), this, the great heritage of the Christ who died, becomes the heritage of the saints in the revelation of the witness of the New Testament.

 

But as in the Old Testament Scripture, there was a personal witness who received the covenant from God through the Son and delivered it to God's people through the voice of his brother Aaron, even so there will be another personal witness in the New Testament who will receive the everlasting covenant from God, through the Holy Spirit, who reveals all truth. And he will deliver it to God's people through the voice of the saints (the apostles), who then become the voice of God like many waters. This will, of course, be in the nature of an inter-communication, for all the saints will not understand all the truth. There are twelve manner of fruits on the tree of life, and there are twelve tribes in the 144,000 body temple of saints. The twelve apostles will be present to build the temple of God, for they are the foundation of His church. It will be built upon them now, in its final form, under the latter rain, as it was also built upon them in its early form under the former rain.

 

THE LAST PROPHECY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TIES TOGETHER THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANTS AND THE PERSONAL WITNESSES OF BOTH

 

In the last few verses of the Old Testament is recorded the last prophecy which Christ ever gave to His people before He died in the heavenly Sanctuary and came to this earth to assume the human body of Jesus. That prophecy ties together the old and the new covenants, and the personal witnesses of those two covenants, for it says:

 

"Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse" [Malachi 4:5 & 6].

 

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How significant that this prophecy should appear at the meeting place between the Old Testament and the New Testament, and should tie together these two covenants - the literal law on tables of stone, and the law of love in the hearts of men. And how significant that the name of the personal witness of the new covenant is here revealed; for this same Elijah also came to Horeb, the Mount of God, and fasted forty days and forty nights. He too stood in the cleft of the rock, in the cave, and met with his God. But again, significantly, Elijah did not meet with the literal God through Christ, nor did he see that God. The God of Elijah was not in the mighty manifestations of the wind, nor the fire, nor the earthquake, but in the still small voice of the Spirit of God, -- the Holy Spirit.

 

AS MOSES WAS A TYPE OF CHRIST, SO IS ELIJAH A TYPE OF THE HOLY GHOST

 

As Moses was a type of Christ, the Son of God, even so is Elijah a type of the Holy Ghost, - the Spirit of truth. As Moses was a type of the old covenant saints who passed through death and are brought forth at the second coming of Christ, even so is Elijah a type of the new covenant saints who are translated without seeing death at the second coming of Jesus. For Elijah did not see death, but was translated and taken up to be with Moses, as the second of the two anointed witnesses who stand before the God of the earth.

 

These two anointed witnesses take the place from which Lucifer fell, according to the testimony of the Spirit of Prophecy [cf. Prophets and Kings 188 & 189]. These two men have been alive in heaven for thousands of years and have seen with their own eyes the out-workings of the plan of salvation. These two conversed personally with the Son of God, and were instructed in the purposes of God and the details of the plan. Elijah heard Christ give that last great prophecy [Mal. 4:4-6] concerning the promise of His return to testify regarding the true nature of the everlasting covenant which he had witnessed. Elijah saw the death of Christ; and he saw the appearance of the boy, Jesus, on the earth some hundreds of years later. He has been with Jesus for nineteen hundred years, and has observed the work of the priesthood in the heavenly sanctuary.

 

I say again; Elijah heard Christ give the prophecy concerning his return to God's people to "restore all things" [Matthew 17:11]. He received his instructions before Christ died; and on the Mount of Transfiguration he began to fulfill those instructions. There, with

 

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Moses, he spoke to Jesus concerning His sufferings and death. It must have been a great comfort to Jesus to have the privilege of speaking directly with His two former, personal witnesses as He had known them in the kingdom, before He came to earth.

 

ELIJAH AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

 

But now the disciples asked Jesus concerning this prophecy of the return of Elijah, and Jesus answered them by saying that Elijah truly should first come, and restore all things. [Matthew 17:11] But as He looked far down into the future when that prophecy should meet its final fulfillment, He knew that so far as the disciples were concerned, the Elijah messenger for their time had already come; and He spoke of John the Baptist. But when they had asked John the Baptist if he really were that prophet, he had denied it, saying, "I am not." This is, of course, but another example of a multiple prophecy.

 

John the Baptist did not restore all things. It remains for the final return of somebody in the spirit and power of Elijah to fulfill that prophecy as a type of the Holy Spirit and the outpouring of the latter rain, to guide the disciples into all truth when they appear in the regeneration of the last days. We understand that our people fulfill the Elijah prophecy, in a sense; but this does not detract from the truth of the personal return of Elijah, which alone could adequately fulfill the prophecy and place him in the position of a true personal witness.

 

HOW WILL ELIJAH RETURN?

 

But how will Elijah return to deliver the truth of the everlasting covenant, and bring about a restoration of all things? Will he come in a supernatural fashion as an angel of light from heaven?, or as the ancient bearded prophet in a mantle? No, he will not come in this fashion; for Satan could impersonate him and more easily bring his testimony to naught. He will come through the quiet agency of the Spirit of God, working a work of creation through regeneration, of which, in a sense, he is a symbol- the regeneration of the new birth of the Spirit. Elijah will be literally born on the earth as a human being, orientated in the modern environment. He will experience, personally, something similar to the incarnation of Jesus; for Jesus was the incarnation of Christ who had left heaven. Even so, will the Elijah prophet be the incarnation of the Elijah, who leaves heaven to return to

 

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God's people, according to the last prophetic promise of Christ in the Old Testament.

Thereby, Elijah will become a first-hand witness of what the Saviour experienced - in type only; not as a saviour himself; and he will be able to bear witness of Christ through having shared in a similar experience. He will be able to "sing the song" of the Lamb which is the song of his experience. As in the early experience of Elijah in the days of ancient Israel, he was given the symbol of rain, (both its withholding and its abundance), even so, in his latter experience, will he be endowed with the same symbol - the symbol of the outpouring of the Spirit of God.

 

According to Revelation eleven, the testimony will be "clothed in sackcloth;" and the Spirit will be withheld during those years. Not until the witnesses have been overcome and resurrected will the testimony be recognized in its full light; and glory will be given to God. It will also be noticed that the measuring of the temple of God occurs at the beginning of this chapter; but the court is not measured at this time. The temple as we have already pointed out, is the 144,000 saints. It is at this time that they are to be numbered and sealed.

 

THE MAN WITH THE WRITER'S INKHORN, CLOTHED IN LINEN

 

A man clothed in linen (in Ezekiel 9), who goes through the midst of the city (the church), with the writer's inkhorn at his side, is none other than Elijah, who also must assume the robe of Christ's righteousness symbolized by the linen. It is he who places the mark through the deliverance of the specific truth which is the sign of the sealing by the Holy Spirit of promise, namely, the expanded meaning of the Sabbath and its relation to the regeneration of the 144,000 overcomers. In this way the Sabbath is proclaimed more fully as is predicted in Early Writings [pages 43 & 85]. This does not mean merely more extensively, but also with a fuller meaning.

 

In this connection we may also profitably consider the message of Revelation eleven more thoroughly. Here we find the measuring of the temple, which refers to the same event of numbering the 144,000, who are the ingredients of that temple. These are numbered and made up during the sealing work. And in this connection it is also a renewal of the testimony of the two witnesses. With the expanded meanings given to the two Testaments of the Scriptures, through the medium of the

 

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Spirit of Truth in the persons of the Elijah witnesses and the twelve apostles, the saints will be guided into "all truth", and "all things" will be restored. (John 16:13).

 

THE TWO WITNESSES AND THE GREAT SHAKING

 

The two witnesses will assume renewed importance in the last generation. They will again bear their testimony for three and one-half years, clothed in sackcloth. Again an attempt will be made to discredit their testimony; but out of their mouth will proceed, as it were, fire, which will devour or silence their enemies. These will also have power to shut heaven that it rain not on the earth during the days of their testimony; that is, there will be a dearth of the Spirit of God on the earth during those days.

 

This symbol of rain being withheld for three and a half years, ties in with the experience of ancient Elijah, and history is here repeated; for in the days of Elijah the rain was withheld for three and one-half years from literal Israel; and now this same sign will occur again, in a spiritual way, in the days of spiritual Israel. Then again the two witnesses will be overcome by the dragon and slain, and men will rejoice over their destruction. But they will be called forth by the voice from Heaven, and will ascend up. Their testimony will do its appointed work. There will be a great earthquake (spiritually speaking), and a part of the church will fall, and the remnant will give glory to God. This is the great shaking. Herein is history repeated in the book of Revelation [cf. Testimonies to Ministers, p. 30], as the servant of the Lord says it will be. This is but another example of multiple application of prophecy.

There is much food for thought in these words....

 

ALMOST INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS RE THESE TAPE PRESENTATIONS

 

And now brethren, some of you will be thinking that here certainly is another deluded soul who has been taken away in a most fantastic dream. I can hardly blame you for this. The problem confronting me seems almost insurmountable. What I have presented on these tapes is a severely compressed outline of a vast array of coordinated items containing many new slants or views of old truths. Two serious limitations are evident: First; the brevity of the presentation of the items, some lacking completely in explanation; and second; the inadequate specification of the interlocking relationships,

 

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necessarily so, to prevent utter confusion through too wide an expansion of the parts. It is impossible to adequately clarify these relationships until a more thorough development of its parts is accomplished and until those parts are thoroughly learned so that they will spontaneously return to consciousness in full and vivid form, very quickly, as the numerous facts are rapidly traversed. Undoubtedly, if you should find it expedient to review these tapes thoroughly, many plausible expansions of the items will occur to you as you relate them to familiar passages of Scripture and of the Spirit of Prophecy.

 

I assure you brethren, I am not beside myself - I am not confused. This thing is very plain and very plausible. I'm thinking clearly and soundly in these matters, even though this abbreviated survey may give a contrary impression. I am fully aware, perhaps more so than you are, that this story is either the greatest unfolding of truth in the remnant church, or else it is the most astounding mirage Satan has succeeded in conjuring up on the horizon of expanding truth.

 

PREJUDICE IS CERTAIN TO ARISE

 

Again I repeat: It will not be possible to judge this thing fairly until other features have been added to lend considerably more plausibility to the items presented. There are scientific and mathematical aspects which must be studied to fully appreciate some of these truths - especially the resurrection. More detailed and documented manuscripts should be prepared on a number of the doctrines mentioned. Only after this has been done will it be possible for some minds to follow the relationships.

Meanwhile, prejudice is certain to arise. Satan has so colored the doctrines. over the years, and wrapped them in so much foolishness and fanaticism, that when anything true does appear, it is immediately regarded as but another angle in the large polygon of deception. I have no power to destroy this prejudice. Only before my Maker, I am telling the truth as I saw it and have tested it in my own experience. Should you succeed in proving that this story is nothing but one grand hoax, I will have no choice but to follow the counsel of the servant of God and let it humbly down. I will then have no foundation for my faith left, for my victory over the many pitfalls that have strewn my pathway over the years has been directly related to my faith in the hundreds of experiences which God has given me, proving His watch-care over me

 

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and my family, and in the scores of clear-cut revelations of truth in His Word and in nature, which have combined into a harmonious panorama of integrated logic.

 

If you feel any areas in this initial survey merit a more comprehensive treatment, I will be glad to oblige by preparing such treatment. Until such further study has been given, it would seem to me that no fair and final decision can possibly be reached regarding these matters. Nevertheless, I am reluctant to encroach upon your time.

 

In the light of what I have seen, I believe some truths I have presented are of vital importance to God's saints at this hour. But it is hardly my place to dictate procedures to our headquarters. Only if you feel that you can justifiably spend the time to investigate further some of the matters contained on these tapes, will I submit them for your study. Should you feel you cannot find it reasonable to spend this time, I will fulfill my obligation to God by recording these further studies and placing them on file for future reference, when they may be needed; for it is certain that I have placed myself on trial.

 

THESE TRUTHS WILL BE PROVED IN DUE COURSE OF TIME

 

If these things are true, they will be proved true in due course of time; and should they be false, they will come to naught. If they should prove false, I am prepared to build my Christian faith from the ground up once more. God will have an enormous task on His hands should that be necessary; - but who am I to be worthy of such attention? Ere long, if what I have said is true, I will know positively who I am, even as did our predecessor, Jesus; and not I alone, but all those who are to come forth in the resurrection of the 144,000.

 

["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." Vol. 7 A, Bible Commentary, page 978.]

 

ELIJAH IS TO COME AND RESTORE ALL THINGS

 

If what I have said is not true, then there must come forth another who will fulfill the prophecies of the infallible word of God; for the promise truly is given that Elijah will first come and "restore all things." The servant of the Lord tells us that "Somebody is to come in the Spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say, 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.'" [1st Selected Messages, 412].

 

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May God give us grace to fulfill His purpose in our lives, and wisdom to judge His truth aright; and may He bestow on each of us an abundance of His divine love, that we may fulfill all righteousness in His immutable law of self-denial.

 

This completes the initial survey; and while I realize that all the points have not been mentioned which could be mentioned, sufficient has been given to present an overall picture.

 

"JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH"

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And now on the remaining portion of this tape, I would like to give an example or two of how one or more of these points can be amplified and expanded. These will just be samples; many other points can and should be amplified in a somewhat similar way. The first one is entitled; Justification By Faith:

 

We have previously noted that any one interpretation of a principle may not necessarily exhaust the meaning of that principle. This is probably true also of the principle of justification by faith. The familiar explanation is the one which portrays the repentant sinner as a faultless being before the eyes of the Father. This is possible through the covering robe of the righteousness of Christ.

 

In some way the Father is able to view the sinner as though he had not sinned; He is able to do this because His Son has paid the penalty for the sin. It is, of course, necessary for the sinner to believe that his sins are forgiven; and therein is his faith. Unless he believes he is forgiven, he cannot be justified. He must believe that Christ's sacrifice on his behalf is sufficient to make him clean in the sight of God.

 

I would like now to propose another viewpoint on this matter of righteousness by faith. In doing so, I do not by any means wish to cast a shadow of doubt on the foregoing interpretation; in fact, I am in full agreement with it. The above treatment, however, is so radically abbreviated that it presents little plausibility, and a more adequate treatment could and should be given to justify the view, though this will not be done just here.

 

There are two aspects to the training of child