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In the night hours of March 28, 2012, what began as a dream, transformed into a vision that interpreted the dream. I was shown a view that appeared as the largest tornado I have ever seen, and it was bearing down on the General Conference Office and facilities. It was so enormous in scope, seemingly spanning in every direction I looked to either side of me. I then saw similar devastatingly angry appearing tornadoes bearing down, in what I can only describe as a kaleidoscopic fashion, on what my angel said was every Seventh-day Adventist church in the world. The visuals were terrifying to me. I heard the wind twirling extremely loud, and any thought of it still sends chills up and down my spine.

I saw and heard the storm hit the General Conference offices, and the sights and sounds were beyond description. I kept calling on the name of Jesus of Nazareth, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob until the ear piercing noise subsided. No one at the General Conference and its offices was spared. No members of the organized SDA church around the world at that time, were spared. Noone who had heard the final message to Godís church, but rejected it, was spared. Men, maidens and little children were strewn over the earth. This was unmistakenly symbolic of the literal fulfillment of the Ezekiel 9 slaughter upon the professing SDA Church around the world. Ezekiel chapter 5 depicts the church being made and example of and this is it. It was a most terrible sight to behold. I shrank back in abject horror. I glanced at my angel for I was anxious to see his response. At first He appeared very sad, but, readily that appearance changed to calm, and his apparent manner was that justice had finally been meted out.

I was reminded of how Godís people had become lax and careless because judgment had long been delayed in the hope that more would repent, and for the reason that the bride was making herself ready by the empowerment of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Then I was made to understand that the tornados were of metaphorical inference, not literal, and were indicative of the Ezekiel 9 destruction that will surely come. The faithful of Godís fold will have left the apostate SDA denomination before the Ezekiel 9 slaughter, just as all the faithful amongst the Jews separated from the apostate Temple to join the disciples in home churches from A.D. 34 and on, until they fled to Pella, 3 Ĺ years before the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in A.D. 70.

I was then shown that the flagship paper of the church, the Adventist Review, is in a state of abomination; that it has never been so shallow and without substance. I saw that itís publishers were indifferent and careless, and that they are as deaf and dumb regarding what is about to engulf the church on a world scale. I was shown that they are not warning the members of the church of what is coming because the leaders are filled with the scourge of unbelief, and that when the crunch comes, they plan to join in with the fallen and play things out to their bitter end, for when they wake up to their plight, it will be well nigh too late.

I saw that there are some amongst the leadership who are secretly members of secret societies and that their indifference to the principles of true Adventism has had an impressionable affect on the others, so that they are in a state of stupor and disarray as to what to do by way of making any meaningful attempt at preparing Godís people for what is about to engulf the entire world. Like Judas, the leaders have betrayed their sacred trust and now they can only fatalistically await their eternal doom.

I was shown that the number of the lost in the church will be in proportion to the spirit of indifference to present truth and the state of the world. I saw that not one in one-thousand is preparing for the greatest time of trouble that has ever tested and plagued mankind and that they are merely playing church for social and/or job related reasons. I was told that the leaders are responsible for this state of the church, and that the sheep they lead tend to never aspire much higher than those they follow. The members reflect the peace and safety carelessness, and clamor for the world that their leaders demonstrate by their lives, and their disregard for the counsels of Godís Word and the Spirit of Prophecy.

My angel Gabriel expressed disdain and utter disgust at how church leaders have consulted and relied upon the counsel of fallen Babylon, and the world, over and above the gift of prophecy that God so lovingly provided to the church for its edification. ďAnd ah, the price, the price,Ē my angel said, with bowed head, and a forlorn look, as one who had just experienced the loss of all in life that he held dear. The strong emotion emitted by the painful look was contagious and emotive, and it caused me great pain of heart.

I was told how ignorant the Seventh-day Adventist people are of the abominations of the church, and how even some who are aware of them are reticent to sigh and cry about them and warn their fellow Adventists. God tells us to sigh and cry for the abominations in the church, while the sheeple and their leaders, by their ďWe are the people of the LordĒ arrogance, act out the exclamation: WHAT ABOMINATIONS?!

I saw the following words as written across the sky outlined with what appeared as blood admixed with burning flame. I was emphatically told that these words apply to every person who has ever had the privilege of hearing the truth. I was told that this process is part and parcel of the duty to sigh and cry for all the abominations in the church:

 18When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

 19Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

 20Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

 21Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezekiel 3:18-21

By way of confirmation, I was shown that SDA leaders have committed whoredom with Babylon. I was told that by means of this whoredom, SDA leaders have stepped off the Midnight Cry lighted path and just how serious this error is. Inspiration says that it is then impossible to get back on that pathway to heaven. WTLF, p. 14. That, my friends, connotes unpardonable sin.

My angel told me that for SDA leaders to think they can convert members of fallen Babylon by joining their brothel associations, councils, girdings and confederacies, is like a prostitute thinking she can convert other prostitutes by joining their brothel while doing what they do. They only feel more justified because of being joined by yet another of their kind.

I was shown that it is just as impossible to give the truth in a fallen church, as it would be for a prostitute to convert the madam of a brothel, while playing the role of a harlot herself. Jesus went amongst sinners for the purpose of recovering them from their sins, but He did not join their associations, seek their counsel, and gird with their councils and confederacies in order to influence them. Jesus did not join Mary Magdalene in her harlotry in order to convert her, but I was shown that is exactly what the church has done with Babylon by joining her councils, listening to, and heeding her antichrist counsel on issues of eternal consequence, and finally confederating with her (betrothing her) in lieu of Christ Jesus. Inspiration to the church instructs that we are not to even hear their counsel! I was reminded that the only option for all who commit such sin is being broken in pieces, Isaiah 8:9-12.

The history of Solomon was recounted to me and I was told to show Godís people and the world the subtle, deceptive path pursued by the once wisest man the world has ever known. My angel told me that some foolish individuals are of the notion that the church can do as Solomon did and be saved anyway. Said my angel: ďThere is no excuse for such a course, because Godís people have the history of Solomonís mistakes, and his history was given in Holy Writ for the express purpose that all should avoid his pitfalls.Ē

I was shown that the foolish virgins imagine in their minds that we can commit all the follies of Godís first chosen people and still be saved, regardless of having their history as an example. I was shown that the reason for their false security in light of the abominations they commit, is that they take presumptuous refuge in their superficial Sabbath-keeping, and use their knowledge as a license to violate what they know, as though knowledge, without obedience, could save them in spite of themselves.

I was vividly shown that Godís people harbor the misconception that since the end-time test is on the Sabbath, they think that if they keep the right day, they are holy, and will pass all Godís tests of character, but this is the folly of all foolish virgins. I was also shown that refuge in Sabbath keeping is why Seventh-day Adventists donít heed the Laodicean message to buy gold tried in the fire, faith that works by the self-sacrificing love of Christ indwelling the heart, mind and soul. They tend to feel that their salvation is secure if they keep the Sabbath, and this is the ultimate false sense of security and deceptive legalism.

It was primarily apostasy outside the realm of the Sabbath-keeping of the Jews that sealed their fate, and so it will be with Godís second chosen people. Because of the apostasy of both of Godís chosen peoples, they really didnít/donít keep the Sabbath properly as well.

My angel pointed to the fall of Godís first chosen people, the Jews, and their destruction in A.D. 70, as constituting the fallaciousness of such notions that we can imperviously imbibe their same errors in principle. I was shown that the same principle applied to Solomon and his apostasy. The truth of this principle was stressed three times to me! My angel then stated: ďIt is a distinct mystery to the unfallen angelís why Godís second chosen people think they can apostatize and be saved anyway, when His first chosen were destroyed for their apostasy even though they prided themselves on Sabbath observance and law-keeping, while being neglectful of the broader principles of the law?Ē

Here is the history of Solomon I was told to relate from Prophets and Kings. My angel told me that discerning minds will see the parallel between Solomonís errors and those of the leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist church, as regards the 1957 Evangelical Conferences with Dr.ís Walter Martin and Donald Grey Barnhouse, and additional violations of Godís Word in seeking out the counsel of unbelievers (fallen Babylon), and ecumenically compromising with those who cannot be distinguished from the world. Early Writings, pp. 273, 274. I was told to stress the similarities between the ecumenical pursuits of Solomon with unbelievers, and those of Seventh-day Adventist leaders with the support of the laity.

Iím not enclosing the following treatise on Solomon in quotation marks, but if I add notes, I will say: Note by Ron. If we cannot learn from the mistakes of the wisest man who ever lived, then we are no more than foolish virgins.

While Solomon exalted the law of heaven, God was with him, and wisdom was given him to rule over Israel with impartiality and mercy. At first, as wealth and worldly honor came to him, he remained humble, and great was the extent of his influence. "Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river [Euphrates] unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt." "He . . . had peace on all sides round about him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, . . . all the days of Solomon." I Kings 4:21, 24, 25. {PK 51.1}

 

But after a morning of great promise his life was darkened by apostasy. History records the melancholy fact that he who had been called Jedidiah,--"Beloved of the Lord" (2 Samuel 12:25, margin),--he who had been honored by God with tokens of divine favor so remarkable that his wisdom and uprightness gained for him world-wide fame, he who had led others to ascribe honor to the God of [BEGIN P.52] Israel, turned from the worship of Jehovah to bow before the idols of the heathen. {PK 51.2}

 

Hundreds of years before Solomon came to the throne, the Lord, foreseeing the perils that would beset those who might be chosen as rulers of Israel, gave Moses instruction for their guidance. Directions were given that he who should sit on the throne of Israel should "write him a copy" of the statutes of Jehovah "in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites." "It shall be with him," the Lord said, "and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel." Deuteronomy 17:18-20. {PK 52.1}

 

In connection with this instruction the Lord particularly cautioned the one who might be anointed king not to "multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." Verse 17. {PK 52.2}

 

With these warnings Solomon was familiar, and for a time he heeded them. His greatest desire was to live and rule in accordance with the statutes given at Sinai. His manner of conducting the affairs of the kingdom was in striking contrast with the customs of the nations of his time--nations who feared not God and whose rulers trampled underfoot His holy law. [BEGIN P.53] {PK 52.3}

 

[Solomonís Apostasy]

 

In seeking to strengthen his relations with the powerful kingdom lying to the southward of Israel, Solomon ventured upon forbidden ground. Satan knew the results that would attend obedience; and during the earlier years of Solomonís reign--years glorious because of the wisdom, the beneficence, and the uprightness of the king--he sought to bring in influences that would insidiously undermine Solomonís loyalty to principle and cause him to separate from God. That the enemy was successful in this effort, we know from the record: "Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaohís daughter, and brought her into the City of David." I Kings 3:I. {PK 53.1}

 

From a human point of view, this marriage, though contrary to the teachings of Godís law, seemed to prove a blessing; for Solomonís heathen wife was converted and united with him in the worship of the true God. Furthermore, Pharaoh rendered signal service to Israel by taking Gezer, slaying "the Canaanites that dwelt in the city," and giving it "for a present unto his daughter, Solomonís wife." I Kings 9:16. This city Solomon rebuilt and thus apparently greatly strengthened his kingdom along the Mediterranean seacoast. But in forming an alliance with a heathen nation, and sealing the compact by marriage with an idolatrous princess, Solomon rashly disregarded the wise provision that God had made for maintaining the purity of His people. The hope that his Egyptian wife might be converted was but a feeble excuse for the sin. {PK 53.2}

 

For a time God in His compassionate mercy overruled this terrible mistake; and the king, by a wise course, could [BEGIN P.54] have checked at least in a large measure the evil forces that his imprudence had set in operation. But Solomon had begun to lose sight of the Source of his power and glory. As inclination gained the ascendancy over reason, self-confidence increased, and he sought to carry out the Lordís purpose in his own way. He reasoned that political and commercial alliances with the surrounding nations would bring these nations to a knowledge of the true God; and he entered into unholy alliance with nation after nation. Often these alliances were sealed by marriages with heathen princesses. The commands of Jehovah were set aside for the customs of surrounding peoples. {PK 53.3}

 

Solomon flattered himself that his wisdom and the power of his example would lead his wives from idolatry to the worship of the true God, and also that the alliances thus formed would draw the nations round about into close touch with Israel. Vain hope! Solomonís mistake in regarding himself as strong enough to resist the influence of heathen associates was fatal. And fatal, too, the deception that led him to hope that notwithstanding a disregard of Godís law on his part, others might be led to revere and obey its sacred precepts. {PK 54.1}

 

The kingís alliances and commercial relations with heathen nations brought him renown, honor, and the riches of this world. He was enabled to bring gold from Ophir and silver from Tarshish in great abundance. "The king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the vale for abundance." 2 Chronicles 1:15. Wealth, with [BEGIN P.55] all its attendant temptations, came in Solomonís day to an increasingly large number of people; but the fine gold of character was dimmed and marred. {PK 54.2}

 

So gradual was Solomonís apostasy that before he was aware of it; he had wandered far from God. Almost imperceptibly he began to trust less and less in divine guidance and blessing, and to put confidence in his own strength. Little by little he withheld from God that unswerving obedience which was to make Israel a peculiar people, and he conformed more and more closely to the customs of the surrounding nations. Yielding to the temptations incident to his success and his honored position, he forgot the Source of his prosperity. An ambition to excel all other nations in power and grandeur led him to pervert for selfish purposes the heavenly gifts hitherto employed for the glory of God. The money which should have been held in sacred trust for the benefit of the worthy poor and for the extension of principles of holy living throughout the world, was selfishly absorbed in ambitious projects. {PK 55.1}

 

Engrossed in an overmastering desire to surpass other nations in outward display, the king overlooked the need of acquiring beauty and perfection of character. In seeking to glorify himself before the world, he sold his honor and integrity. The enormous revenues acquired through commerce with many lands were supplemented by heavy taxes. Thus pride, ambition, prodigality, and indulgence bore fruit in cruelty and exaction. The conscientious, considerate spirit that had marked his dealings with the people during the early part of his reign, was now changed. From the wisest [BEGIN P.56] and most merciful of rulers, he degenerated into a tyrant. Once the compassionate, God-fearing guardian of the people, he became oppressive and despotic. Tax after tax was levied upon the people, that means might be forthcoming to support the luxurious court. {PK 55.2}

 

The people began to complain. The respect and admiration they had once cherished for their king was changed into disaffection and abhorrence. {PK 56.1}

 

As a safeguard against dependence on the arm of flesh, the Lord had warned those who should rule over Israel not to multiply horses to themselves. But in utter disregard of this command, "Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt." "And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands." "Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem." 2 Chronicles I:16; 9:28; I Kings 10:26. {PK 56.2}

 

More and more the king came to regard luxury, self-indulgence, and the favor of the world as indications of greatness. Beautiful and attractive women were brought from Egypt, Phoenicia, Edom, and Moab, and from many other places. These women were numbered by hundreds. Their religion was idol worship, and they had been taught to practice cruel and degrading rites. Infatuated with their beauty, the king neglected his duties to God and to his kingdom. {PK 56.3}

 

His wives exerted a strong influence over him and gradually prevailed on him to unite with them in their worship. Solomon had disregarded the instruction that God had given to serve as a barrier against apostasy, and [BEGIN P.57] now he gave himself up to the worship of the false gods. "It came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites." I Kings II:4,5. {PK 56.4}

 

On the southern eminence of the Mount of Olives, opposite Mount Moriah, where stood the beautiful temple of Jehovah, Solomon erected an imposing pile of buildings to be used as idolatrous shrines. To please his wives, he placed huge idols, unshapely images of wood and stone, amidst the groves of myrtle and olive. There, before the altars of heathen deities, "Chemosh, the abomination of Moab," and "Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon," were practiced the most degrading rites of heathenism. Verse 7. {PK 57.1}

 

Solomonís course brought its sure penalty. His separation from God through communication with idolaters was his ruin. As he cast off his allegiance to God, he lost the mastery of himself. His moral efficiency was gone. His fine sensibilities became blunted, his conscience seared. He who in his early reign had displayed so much wisdom and sympathy in restoring a helpless babe to its unfortunate mother (see I Kings 3:16-28), fell so low as to consent to the erection of an idol to whom living children were offered as sacrifices. He who in his youth was endowed with discretion and understanding, and who in his strong manhood had been inspired to write, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12), in later years departed so far [BEGIN P.58] from purity as to countenance licentious, revolting rites connected with the worship of Chemosh and Ashtoreth. He who at the dedication of the temple had said to his people, "Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God" (I Kings 8:61), became himself an offender, in heart and life denying his own words. He mistook license for liberty. He tried--but at what cost!--to unite light with darkness, good with evil, purity with impurity, Christ with Belial. {PK 57.2}

 

From being one of the greatest kings that ever wielded a scepter, Solomon became a profligate, the tool and slave of others. His character, once noble and manly, became enervated and effeminate. His faith in the living God was supplanted by atheistic doubts. Unbelief marred his happiness, weakened his principles, and degraded his life. The justice and magnanimity of his early reign were changed to despotism and tyranny. Poor, frail human nature! God can do little for men who lose their sense of dependence upon Him. {PK 58.1}

 

During these years of apostasy, the spiritual decline of Israel progressed steadily. How could it be otherwise when their king had united his interests with satanic agencies? Through these agencies the enemy worked to confuse the minds of the Israelites in regard to true and false worship, and they became an easy prey. Commerce with other nations brought them into intimate contact with those who had no love for God, and their own love for Him was greatly lessened. Their keen sense of the high, holy character of God was deadened. Refusing to follow in the path of [BEGIN P.59] obedience, they transferred their allegiance to the enemy of righteousness. It came to be a common practice to intermarry with idolaters, and the Israelites rapidly lost their abhorrence of idol worship. Polygamy was countenanced. Idolatrous mothers brought their children up to observe heathen rites. In the lives of some, the pure religious service instituted by God was replaced by idolatry of the darkest hue. {PK 58.2}

 

Christians are to keep themselves distinct and separate from the world, its spirit, and its influences. God is fully able to keep us in the world, but we are not to be of the world. His love is not uncertain and fluctuating. Ever He watches over His children with a care that is measureless. But He requires undivided allegiance. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24. {PK 59.1}

 

Solomon was endued with wonderful wisdom, but the world drew him away from God. Men today are no stronger than he; they are as prone to yield to the influences that caused his downfall. As God warned Solomon of his danger, so today He warns His children not to imperil their souls by affinity with the world. "Come out from among them," He pleads, "and be ye separate, . . . and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18. {PK 59.2}

 

In the midst of prosperity lurks danger. Throughout the ages, riches and honor have ever been attended with peril to humility and spirituality. It is not the empty cup [BEGIN P.60] that we have difficulty in carrying; it is the cup full to the brim that must be carefully balanced. Affliction and adversity may cause sorrow, but it is prosperity that is most dangerous to spiritual life. Unless the human subject is in constant submission to the will of God, unless he is sanctified by the truth, prosperity will surely arouse the natural inclination to presumption. {PK 59.3}

 

In the valley of humiliation, where men depend on God to teach them and to guide their every step, there is comparative safety. But the men who stand, as it were, on a lofty pinnacle, and who, because of their position, are supposed to possess great wisdom--these are in gravest peril. Unless such men make God their dependence, they will surely fall. {PK 60.1}

 

Whenever pride and ambition are indulged, the life is marred, for pride, feeling no need, closes the heart against the infinite blessings of Heaven. He who makes self-glorification his aim will find himself destitute of the grace of God, through whose efficiency the truest riches and the most satisfying joys are won. But he who gives all and does all for Christ will know the fulfillment of the promise, "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10:22. With the gentle touch of grace the Saviour banishes from the soul unrest and unholy ambition, changing enmity to love and unbelief to confidence. When He speaks to the soul, saying, "Follow Me," the spell of the worldís enchantment is broken. At the sound of His voice the spirit of greed and ambition flees from the heart, and men arise, emancipated, to follow Him. [BEGIN P.61] {PK 60.2}

 

Chap. 4 - Results of Transgression

Prominent among the primary causes that led Solomon into extravagance and oppression was his failure to maintain and foster the spirit of self-sacrifice. {PK 61.1}

 

When, at the foot of Sinai, Moses told the people of the divine command, "Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them," the response of the Israelites was accompanied by the appropriate gifts. "They came, everyone whose heart stirred him up, and everyone whom his spirit made willing," and brought offerings. Exodus 25:8; 35:21. For the building of the sanctuary, great and extensive preparations were necessary; a large amount of the most precious and costly material was required, but the Lord accepted only freewill offerings. "Of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take My offering," was the command repeated by Moses to the congregation. Exodus 25:2. Devotion to God and a spirit of sacrifice were the [BEGIN P.62] first requisites in preparing a dwelling place for the Most High. {PK 61.2}

 

A similar call to self-sacrifice was made when David turned over to Solomon the responsibility of building the temple. Of the assembled multitude David asked, "Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?" 1 Chronicles 29:5. This call to consecration and willing service should ever have been kept in mind by those who had to do with the erection of the temple. {PK 62.1}

 

For the construction of the wilderness tabernacle, chosen men were endowed by God with special skill and wisdom. "Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel, . . . of the tribe of Judah; and He hath filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship. . . . And He hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, . . . of the tribe of Dan. Them hath He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, . . . and of the weaver, even of them that do any work. . . . Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wisehearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding." Exodus 35:30-35; 36:1. Heavenly intelligences co-operated with the workmen whom God Himself had chosen. {PK 62.2}

 

The descendants of these workmen inherited to a large degree the talents conferred on their forefathers. For a time these men of Judah and Dan remained humble and unselfish; but gradually, almost imperceptibly, they lost their hold upon God and their desire to serve Him unselfishly. They [BEGIN P.63] asked higher wages for their services, because of their superior skill as workmen in the finer arts. In some instances their request was granted, but more often they found employment in the surrounding nations. In place of the noble spirit of self-sacrifice that had filled the hearts of their illustrious ancestors, they indulged a spirit of covetousness, of grasping for more and more. That their selfish desires might be gratified, they used their God-given skill in the service of heathen kings, and lent their talent to the perfecting of works which were a dishonor to their Maker. {PK 62.3}

 

It was among these men that Solomon looked for a master workman to superintend the construction of the temple on Mount Moriah. Minute specifications, in writing, regarding every portion of the sacred structure, had been entrusted to the king; and he could have looked to God in faith for consecrated helpers, to whom would have been granted special skill for doing with exactness the work required. But Solomon lost sight of this opportunity to exercise faith in God. He sent to the king of Tyre for a man, "cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men . . . in Judah and in Jerusalem." 2 Chronicles 2:7. {PK 63.1}

 

The Phoenician king responded by sending Huram, "the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre." Verse 14. Huram was a descendant, on his motherís side, of Aholiab, to whom, hundreds of years before, God had given special wisdom for the construction of the tabernacle. {PK 63.2}

 

Thus at the head of Solomonís company of workmen [BEGIN P.64] there was placed a man whose efforts were not prompted by an unselfish desire to render service to God. He served the god of this world, mammon. The very fibers of his being were inwrought with the principles of selfishness. {PK 63.3}

 

Because of his unusual skill, Huram demanded large wages. Gradually the wrong principles that he cherished came to be accepted by his associates. As they labored with him day after day, they yielded to the inclination to compare his wages with their own, and they began to lose sight of the holy character of their work. The spirit of self-denial left them, and in its place came the spirit of covetousness. The result was a demand for higher wages, which was granted. {PK 64.1}

 

The baleful influences thus set in operation permeated all branches of the Lordís service, and extended throughout the kingdom. The high wages demanded and received gave to many an opportunity to indulge in luxury and extravagance. The poor were oppressed by the rich; the spirit of self-sacrifice was well-nigh lost. In the far-reaching effects of these influences may be traced one of the principal causes of the terrible apostasy of him who once was numbered among the wisest of mortals. {PK 64.2}

 

The sharp contrast between the spirit and motives of the people building the wilderness tabernacle, and of those engaged in erecting Solomonís temple, has a lesson of deep significance. The self-seeking that characterized the workers on the temple finds its counterpart today in the selfishness that rules in the world. The spirit of covetousness, of seeking for the highest position and the highest wage, is rife. [BEGIN P.65] The willing service and joyous self-denial of the tabernacle workers is seldom met with. But this is the only spirit that should actuate the followers of Jesus. Our divine Master has given an example of how His disciples are to work. To those whom He bade, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19), He offered no stated sum as a reward for their services. They were to share with Him in self-denial and sacrifice. {PK 64.3}

 

Not for the wages we receive are we to labor. The motive that prompts us to work for God should have in it nothing akin to self-serving. Unselfish devotion and a spirit of sacrifice have always been and always will be the first requisite of acceptable service. Our Lord and Master designs that not one thread of selfishness shall be woven into His work. Into our efforts we are to bring the tact and skill, the exactitude and wisdom, that the God of perfection required of the builders of the earthly tabernacle; yet in all our labors we are to remember that the greatest talents or the most splendid services are acceptable only when self is laid upon the altar, a living, consuming sacrifice. {PK 65.1}

 

Another of the deviations from right principles that finally led to the downfall of Israelís king was his yielding to the temptation to take to himself the glory that belongs to God alone. {PK 65.2}

 

From the day that Solomon was entrusted with the work of building the temple, to the time of its completion, his avowed purpose was "to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel." 2 Chronicles 6:7. This purpose was fully recognized before the assembled hosts of Israel [BEGIN P.66] at the time of the dedication of the temple. In his prayer the king acknowledged that Jehovah had said, "My name shall be there." 1 Kings 8:29. {PK 65.3}

 

One of the most touching portions of Solomonís dedicatory prayer was his plea to God for the strangers that should come from countries afar to learn more of Him whose fame had been spread abroad among the nations. "They shall hear," the king pleaded, "of Thy great name, and of Thy strong hand, and of Thy stretched-out arm." In behalf of every one of these stranger worshipers Solomon had petitioned: "Hear Thou, . . . and do according to all that the stranger calleth to Thee for: that all people of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, as do Thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by Thy name." Verses 42, 43. {PK 66.1}

 

At the close of the service, Solomon had exhorted Israel to be faithful and true to God, in order that "all the people of the earth may know," he said, "that the Lord is God, and that there is none else." Verse 60. {PK 66.2}

 

A Greater than Solomon was the designer of the temple; the wisdom and glory of God stood there revealed. Those who were unacquainted with this fact naturally admired and praised Solomon as the architect and builder; but the king disclaimed any honor for its conception or erection. {PK 66.3}

 

Thus it was when the Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon. Hearing of his wisdom and of the magnificent temple he had built, she determined "to prove him with hard questions" and to see for herself his famous works. Attended by a retinue of servants, and with camels bearing [BEGIN P.67] "spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones," she made the long journey to Jerusalem. "And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart." She talked with him of the mysteries of nature; and Solomon taught her of the God of nature, the great Creator, who dwells in the highest heaven and rules over all. "Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not." 1 Kings 10:1-3; 2 Chronicles 9:1, 2. {PK 66.4}

 

"When the Queen of Sheba had seen all Solomonís wisdom, and the house that he had built, . . . there was no more spirit in her." "It was a true report," she acknowledged, "which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:" "and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom." 1 Kings 10:4-8; 2 Chronicles 9:3-6. {PK 67.1}

 

By the time of the close of her visit the queen had been so fully taught by Solomon as to the source of his wisdom and prosperity that she was constrained, not to extol the human agent, but to exclaim, "Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore made He thee king, to do judgment and justice." 1 Kings 10:9. This is the impression that God designed should be made upon all peoples. And when "all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had [BEGIN P.68] put in his heart" (2 Chronicles 9:23), Solomon for a time honored God by reverently pointing them to the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Ruler of the universe, the All-wise. {PK 67.2}

 

Had Solomon continued in humility of mind to turn the attention of men from himself to the One who had given him wisdom and riches and honor, what a history might have been his! But while the pen of inspiration records his virtues, it also bears faithful witness to his downfall. Raised to a pinnacle of greatness and surrounded with the gifts of fortune, Solomon became dizzy, lost his balance, and fell. Constantly extolled by men of the world, he was at length unable to withstand the flattery offered him. The wisdom entrusted to him that he might glorify the Giver, filled him with pride. He finally permitted men to speak of him as the one most worthy of praise for the matchless splendor of the building planned and erected for the honor of "the name of the Lord God of Israel." {PK 68.1}

 

Thus it was that the temple of Jehovah came to be known throughout the nations as "Solomonís temple." The human agent had taken to himself the glory that belonged to the One "higher than the highest." Ecclesiastes 5:8. Even to this day the temple of which Solomon declared, "This house which I have built is called by Thy name" (2 Chronicles 6:33), is oftenest spoken of, not as the temple of Jehovah, but as "Solomonís temple." {PK 68.2}

 

Man cannot show greater weakness than by allowing men to ascribe to him the honor for gifts that are Heaven-bestowed. The true Christian will make God first and [BEGIN P.69] last and best in everything. No ambitious motives will chill his love for God; steadily, perseveringly, will he cause honor to redound to his heavenly Father. It is when we are faithful in exalting the name of God that our impulses are under divine supervision, and we are enabled to develop spiritual and intellectual power. {PK 68.3}

 

Jesus, the divine Master, ever exalted the name of His heavenly Father. He taught His disciples to pray, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name." Matthew 6:9, A.R.V. And they were not to forget to acknowledge, "Thine is . . . the glory." Verse 13. So careful was the great Healer to direct attention from Himself to the Source of His power, that the wondering multitude, "when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see," did not glorify Him, but "glorified the God of Israel." Matthew 15:31. In the wonderful prayer that Christ offered just before His crucifixion, He declared, "I have glorified Thee on the earth." "Glorify Thy Son," He pleaded, "that Thy Son also may glorify Thee." "O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me. And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:1, 4, 25, 26. {PK 69.1}

 

"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, [BEGIN P.70] that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 9:23, 24.

 

"I will praise the name of God, . . .
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving."

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor
and power."

"I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart:
And I will glorify Thy name forevermore."

"O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together."
Psalm 69:30; Revelation 4:11; Psalms 86:12; 34:3. {PK 69.2}

The introduction of principles leading away from a spirit of sacrifice and tending toward self-glorification, was accompanied by yet another gross perversion of the divine plan for Israel. God had designed that His people should be the light of the world. From them was to shine forth the glory of His law as revealed in the life practice. For the carrying out of this design, He had caused the chosen nation to occupy a strategic position among the nations of earth. {PK 70.1}

 

In the days of Solomon the kingdom of Israel extended from Hamath on the north to Egypt on the south, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the river Euphrates. Through this territory ran many natural highways of the worldís commerce, and caravans from distant lands were constantly passing to and fro. Thus there was given to Solomon and his people opportunity to reveal to men of all nations the character of the King of kings, and to teach them to reverence and obey Him. To all the world this knowledge was [BEGIN P.71] to be given. Through the teaching of the sacrificial offerings, Christ was to be uplifted before the nations, that all who would might live. {PK 70.2}

 

Placed at the head of a nation that had been set as a beacon light to the surrounding nations, Solomon should have used his God-given wisdom and power of influence in organizing and directing a great movement for the enlightenment of those who were ignorant of God and His truth. Thus multitudes would have been won to allegiance to the divine precepts, Israel would have been shielded from the evils practiced by the heathen, and the Lord of glory would have been greatly honored. But Solomon lost sight of this high purpose. He failed of improving his splendid opportunities for enlightening those who were continually passing through his territory or tarrying at the principal cities. {PK 71.1}

 

The missionary spirit that God had implanted in the heart of Solomon and in the hearts of all true Israelites was supplanted by a spirit of commercialism. The opportunities afforded by contact with many nations were used for personal aggrandizement. Solomon sought to strengthen his position politically by building fortified cities at the gateways of commerce. He rebuilt Gezer, near Joppa, lying along the road between Egypt and Syria; Beth-horon, to the westward of Jerusalem, commanding the passes of the highway leading from the heart of Judea to Gezer and the seacoast; Megiddo, situated on the caravan road from Damascus to Egypt, and from Jerusalem to the northward; and "Tadmor in the wilderness" (2 Chronicles 8:4), along the route of caravans from the east. All these cities were strongly [BEGIN P.72] fortified. The commercial advantages of an outlet at the head of the Red Sea were developed by the construction of "a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, . . . on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom." Trained sailors from Tyre, "with the servants of Solomon," manned these vessels on voyages "to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold," and "great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones." Verse 18; 1 Kings 9:26, 28; 10:11. {PK 71.2}

 

The revenue of the king and of many of his subjects was greatly increased, but at what a cost! Through the cupidity and shortsightedness of those to whom had been entrusted the oracles of God, the countless multitudes who thronged [BEGIN P.73] the highways of travel were allowed to remain in ignorance of Jehovah. {PK 72.1}

 

In striking contrast to the course pursued by Solomon was the course followed by Christ when He was on this earth. The Saviour, though possessing "all power," never used this power for self-aggrandizement. No dream of earthly conquest, of worldly greatness, marred the perfection of His service for mankind. "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests," He said, "but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head." Matthew 8:20. Those who, in response to the call of the hour, have entered the service of the Master Worker, may well study His methods. He took advantage of the opportunities to be found along the great thoroughfares of travel. {PK 73.1}

 

In the intervals of His journeys to and fro, Jesus dwelt at Capernaum, which came to be known as "His own city." Matthew 9:1. Situated on the highway from Damascus to Jerusalem and Egypt and to the Mediterranean Sea, it was well adapted to be the center of the Saviourís work. People from many lands passed through the city or tarried for rest. There Jesus met with those of all nations and all ranks, and thus His lessons were carried to other countries and into many households. By this means interest was aroused in the prophecies pointing forward to the Messiah, attention was directed to the Saviour, and His mission was brought before the world. {PK 73.2}

 

In this our day the opportunities for coming into contact with men and women of all classes and many nationalities are much greater than in the days of Israel. The thoroughfares of travel have multiplied a thousandfold. [BEGIN P.74] {PK 73.3}

 

Like Christ, the messengers of the Most High today should take their position in these great thoroughfares, where they can meet the passing multitudes from all parts of the world. Like Him, hiding self in God, they are to sow the gospel seed, presenting before others the precious truths of Holy Scripture that will take deep root in mind and heart, and spring up unto life eternal. {PK 74.1}

 

Note by Ron: This is why I take my position on the great worldwide thoroughfare of the Internet. My message has gone, and continues to go, into most every country of the world. End note.

 

Solemn are the lessons of Israelís failure during the years when ruler and people turned from the high purpose they had been called to fulfill. Wherein they were weak, even to the point of failure, the Israel of God today, the representatives of heaven that make up the true church of Christ, must be strong; for upon them devolves the task of finishing the work that has been committed to man, and of ushering in the day of final awards. Yet the same influences that prevailed against Israel in the time when Solomon reigned are to be met with still. The forces of the enemy of all righteousness are strongly entrenched; only by the power of God can the victory be gained. The conflict before us calls for the exercise of a spirit of self-denial, for distrust of self and for dependence on God alone, for the wise use of every opportunity for the saving of souls. The Lordís blessing will attend His church as they advance unitedly, revealing to a world lying in the darkness of error the beauty of holiness as manifested in a Christlike spirit of self-sacrifice, in an exaltation of the divine rather than the human, and in loving and untiring service for those so much in need of the blessings of the gospel. [BEGIN P.75] {PK 74.2}

 

Note by Ron: It is uppermost in importance that we rightly interpret the words: ďHis church,Ē for the following prophecy by Ellen G. White, the gift of prophecy to Godís people, is true:

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"Jesus sends HIS PEOPLE a message of warning to prepare them for his coming. To the prophet John was made known the closing work in the great plan of man's redemption. He beheld an angel flying 'in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him for the hour of his Judgment is come and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters [Rev. 14:6, 7.].

The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who, obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message was not to be committed to the religious leaders of the people. They had failed to preserve their connection with God, and had REFUSED THE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN therefore they WERE NOT of the number described by the apostle Paul: 'But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day we are not of the night nor of darkness' [1 Thess. 5:4, 5]. 

The watchmen upon the walls of Zion should be the first to catch the tidings of the Saviour's advent, the first to lift their voices to proclaim him near, the first to warn the people to prepare for his coming. But they were at ease, dreaming of peace and safety, while the people were asleep in their sins. Jesus saw HIS CHURCH, like the barren fig-tree, covered with pretentious leaves, yet destitute of precious fruit. There was a boastful observance of the forms of religion, while the spirit of true humility, penitence and faith--which alone could render the service acceptable to God--was lacking. Instead of the graces of the Spirit, there were manifested pride, formalism, vainglory, selfishness, oppression. A BACKSLIDING CHURCH closed their eyes to the signs of the times. God did nor forsake them, or suffer his faithfulness to fail but they departed from him, and SEPARATED THEMSELVES from his love. As they REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS, his promises were NOT FULFILLED to them."  E.G. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, pp. 199-200 [The 1884 edition of The Great Controversy, 199, 200].

 

In my vision of the night, I was told to show Adventists some titles from a recent edition of the Adventist Review, and enquire of you: Are these issues the most apropos and salvific oriented for the serious times we are in? Here are some of the titles.I tell you before God Almighty, one can find more compelling reading in some of Babylonís periodicals as far as the state of the times is concerned, and concerning preparation for Christís coming.

Adventist Review ISSUE FOCUS March 21, 2012

Breaking Church News

AUC Board Plans Evangelism Training Center

Atlantic Union College still seeks return; center is unrelated move.

Remembering Leo R. Van Dolson

The former Adventist Review associate editor died on March 11, 2012.

It Is Written Draws Thousands in Las Vegas

Month-long series gained global audience: Isle of Man, Fiji, Argentina watched.

Adventist Camps for Blind Offer Winter, Summer Experiences

Christian Record Service outreach to provide blind persons with fun--and Jesus.

World Religion News

Headlines From Religion News Service

Harold Camping Repents for 'Sinful' Prediction

The Family Radio chief had predicted Christ's return on May 21, 2011.

Vatican Reverses 13 Cleveland Church Closures

Bishop Richard Lennon can appeal the ruling.

Jews Are World's Most Migratory Religious Group

New Pew study tracked 214 million migrants.

England: Atheists Likely to Outnumber Christians in 20 Years

Researchers surveyed 50,000 people.

March 22, 2012, Adventist Review

Of Giants and Grasshoppers

Cover Feature: Mark Ferrell on when seeing is still not believing.

The Teenager in My House

Adventist Life: Allan Martin's shares his thoughts on raising a teenage daughter.

Carpe Diem

Editorial: Gerald Klingbeil invites us to seize our day--even if we're feeling like we are constantly running through them.

What a Ukrainian Bird Told Me

Dateline Moscow: Dig deeper into Matthew 27:24 with Andrew McChesney.

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Cover Feature: Adventist Review editor Bill Knott talks with Willie and Elaine Oliver about something near and dear to the heart of this church--family.

Facing God's Judgment

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Another serious issue I was prompted to apprise Godís people of is how delinquent members of the church are in recognizing truly serious issues for which we are to sigh and cry. These are not exactly the worst abominations compared to the truly abominable apostasies of the church, but here is what some members of the church regard as things for which we are to sigh and cry:

http://www.adventistonline.com/forum/topics/partial-list-of-abominations?commentId=1451550%3AComment%3A303018

Here is a list of some of the more serious abominations and some of them involve antichrist, unpardonable sin, and that is why the Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, 199, 200 quote (cited in this document) on the end-time fate of the church is NOT conditional:

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

In the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

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