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What is God’s mark, or symbol, of authority?

“I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Ezekiel 20:12. “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth.” Exodus 31:17.

God is saying in the texts above that He gave us His Sabbath as a glorious sign of His power to create and His power to sanctify (convert and save) us. In the Bible, the words seal, sign, mark, and token are used interchangeably.7God’s sign, the Sabbath, represents His holy power to rule as Creator and Saviour.Revelation 7:1-3 says it will be written upon the foreheads (minds, Hebrews 10:16) of His people. It will signify that they are owned by Him and have His character. Hebrews 4:4-10 confirms this by saying that when we enter His rest (receive salvation), we should keep His seventh-day Sabbath holy as a symbol, or mark, of salvation. True Sabbath-keeping signifies that a person has surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and is willing to follow wherever Jesus leads.

Since the symbol, or mark, of God’s authority and power is His holy Sabbath day, it seems likely that the symbol, or mark, of God’s challenger, the beast, might also involve a holy day. Let’s see if it does
7(Compare Genesis 17:11 with Romans 4:11 and Revelation 7:3 with Ezekiel 9:4.)

Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:

Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”8

So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority.

8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174.

 

Revelation 13:16 says people will receive the mark of the beast in the forehead or in the hand. What does this mean?

Answer:   The forehead represents the mind (Hebrews 10:16). A person will be marked in the forehead by a decision to keep Sunday as a holy day. The hand is a symbol of work (Ecclesiastes 9:10). A person will be marked in the hand by working on God’s holy Sabbath or by going along with Sunday laws for practical reasons (job, family, etc.). The sign, or mark, for either God or the beast will be invisible to people. You will, in essence, mark yourself by accepting either God’s sign or mark, the Sabbath, or the beast’s mark, Sunday. Though invisible to men, God will know who has which mark (2 Timothy 2:19).

 

“The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty; for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve him not. While the observance of the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of an allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God’s law, is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other, choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the seal of God.” {Review and Herald, April 27, 1911 par. 17}

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Are the cares of life sucking the life out of you are you searching for peace. God’s word says For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Give your burdens to Christ he will give you rest let Christ come into your heart He restores families, He helps the drunkered become sober, He turns rage into peace, He turns the broken harded into joy. Come find peace in learning about the Sabbath at http://www.sabbathtruth.com

What about Eating Just a Little Meat?

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
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It has long been known that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies have shown over and over again that those who eat meat one or more days a week had significantly higher rates of diabetes, and the more frequently they ate meat, the more frequent the disease. And also those who ate plant-based food had only a fraction of the diabetes even though they lived a lot longer (and therefore had more time to develop diabetes) than those who ate meat.

Today, as the Adventist-2 health study’s 89,000 participants show, there is a step by step drop in rates of diabetes as one eats more and more plant-based food down to a 78% lower prevalence of the disease. The protection builds incrementally as one’s diet of daily meat eating migrates to eating meat weekly, to just fish, to no meat, and then to no eggs and dairy either. A plant-based diet has the potential to stem the current diabetes epidemic.

The same is true for high blood pressure and excess body fat. The greater the proportion of plant foods, the lower the rates of hypertension and excess body fat. In fact, the only group that was not overweight, on average, were those eating exclusively plant-based.

But what about eating a really healthy diet with just a little meat? A study of Asians in Taiwan compared Buddhist vegetarians to Buddhist non-vegetarians, eating traditional Asian food. Even the omnivores were eating predominately plant-based diet, with only a little meat and fish – 3-8% of their Western counterparts.

Those men who ate vegetarian had half the incidence of diabetes and the women only had a quarter of the rates of their meat-eating Buddhist compatriots. They wanted to break up their study to look at ovo-lacto and vegan participants like what was done in the Adventist-2 study, but they couldn’t because they had no incidence of diabetes among the vegan group.

The Adventist-2 study is important because it’s not only the biggest study of those eating plant-based diets in North America, but the largest such study anywhere anytime.

So, eat plants, not animals. You’ll have the longest life-span and the best quality of life.

“Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.” Ministry of Healing, page 296

Nature knows Best!

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Thursday February 16th, 2017 in

“Absolutely I feel it works,” Trump told an interviewer about his views on torture. “Have I spoken to people at the top levels and people that have seen it work? I haven’t seen it work. But I think it works. Have I spoken to people that feel strongly about it? Absolutely.”

Trump’s controversial position in support of torture including waterboarding in “black op” sites (secret prisons) goes back to the Roman Catholic Inquisition of the Middle Ages.

In another interview Mr. Trump said he would do “everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally,” including considering the use of waterboarding. He said that to deal with the Islamic State, the US needed to “fight fire with fire.” Trump said he would discuss the matter with incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Republican Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war who Mr. Trump famously said wasn’t a “real” war hero because he got caught remarked in a tweet that “@POTUS can sign whatever executive orders he likes, but the law is the law – we’re not bringing back torture… I’m very confident it wouldn’t stand a day in court if they tried to restore that.”

Teresa May, Britain’s prime minster says the UK “does not condone torture or inhumane treatment and its close relationship with the United States allows frank exchanges on areas of disagreement.”

Sonva Sceats the Director of Policy at Freedom from Torture tweeted Trump and said torture is “morally repugnant.” She also said “for survivors of torture to hear the leader of the free world legitimize torture is absolutely devastating.”

Mr. Trump campaigned on expanding torture laws, including waterboarding.

Mr. McCain is wrong. Torture will come back in western countries. It’s only a matter of time. For “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12.

“The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas, she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed, and Rome be re-instated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution.” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, page 381.

“Protestants are losing the mark of distinction that distinguished them from the world, and they are lessening the distance between themselves and the Roman power. They have turned away their ears from hearing the truth; they have been unwilling to accept light which God shed upon their pathway, and are therefore going into darkness. They speak with contempt of the idea that there will be a revival of the past cruel persecution on the part of Romanists and those who affiliate with them. They do not recognize the fact that the word of God fully predicts such a revival, and will not concede that the people of God in the last days shall suffer persecution, although the Bible says, “The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Signs of the Times, February 19, 1894.

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Keith Ellison

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) the first Muslim U.S. Representative said President Donald Trump’s 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is “a religiously based ban.” He was being interviewed on the TV show Face the Nation. “If they can ban Muslims, why can’t they ban Mormons, why can’t they ban Seventh-day Adventists, why can’t [they] move into ethnic groups?”

Here is the key part of the conversation as it happened:

“It is a religiously based ban, which is something that our — our Constitution says Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or abridge the free exercise thereof. This is a violation of equal protection. It’s a religiously based ban,” Ellison said.

Host John Dickerson compared Trump’s travel ban to what former President Jimmy Carter did after the Iranian hostage crisis and when former President Barack Obama paused the processing of Iraqi refugees.

“Congressman, the president’s defenders would say that, after the Iranian hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter asked Iranian students to report to immigration offices,” said host John Dickerson. “During the Obama administration, the State Department paused Iraqi refugee processing because of terrorism concerns, so that what Donald Trump is doing here, it may be bigger, but it’s in keeping with what previous presidents have done.”

“You know what? We have never had a religious-based ban before, and they can’t deny that this is a Muslim ban,” responded Ellison. “It is a Muslim ban. On the campaign trail, he said he wanted a Muslim ban. He said on national television that there would be other religious groups that would receive priority. This is a Muslim ban,” Ellison insisted.

“Rudy Giuliani, who helped him write it, said that they started out with the intention of a Muslim ban, and then they sort of languaged it up so to try to avoid that label, but it is a religiously based ban…” he added.

“If they can ban Muslims, why can’t they ban Mormons, why can’t they ban Seventh-day Adventists, why can’t [they] move into ethnic groups?” Ellison said.

“Congressman, but, in this case, they have named countries which were named on lists already by the Obama administration,” said Dickerson. “And if it were a Muslim ban, why wouldn’t they ban Pakistan and Indonesia and Turkey and Egypt? None of those countries are affected.”

“Well, according to Reince Priebus, they’re working on it, right? That’s what I heard him just tell you, that they might just add more, but the fact is, is that terrorism, a horrible scourge on the planet, comes from all kinds of places, some where the majority of the population is Muslim, some not, and it even comes from within our country, and the fact is that we cannot make a religious-based distinction,” Ellison said.

“We have to go based on the evidence that we find that people are actually engaged in…” Ellison added.

Could Mr. Trump’s temporary immigration ban on citizens of certain countries in which Muslim extremists are active in terrorism be used one day as a precedence to restrict the movements of other religious groups like Seventh-day Adventists and Mormons? That’s how all undermining of the constitution starts, whether surveillance, torture in secret prisons, extra-judicial killings, etc. – in the name of fighting religious extremism in the form of terrorism. Eventually, the target will morph to those originally unintended and even unrelated to the original purpose. The immigration ban may well be the start of preparations for the following statement to be fulfilled.

“We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, page 22.

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