74. In Vision January 23, 2014, Does Ezekiel 9 BEGIN at the Apostate SDA  “Spiritual Jerusalem” Church, or in a General Destruction of Babylon and the World,

OR BOTH?


January 23, 2014


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The Lord showed me in vision exactly when Ezekiel 9 begins for spiritual Jerusalem, the apostate, new movement, Seventh-day Adventist once church militant. He showed me how to make this so plain that a child could understand it, and all the kings men will not be able to refute it. So I won’t beat around the bush. I will get straight to the point.

 

The proof absolute that I was shown is the fact that there will be many martyrs and THERE WILL BE NO MARTYRS AFTER THE CLOSE OF PROBATION said Ellen White, because they would serve no purpose then. Here is the proof you need:

 

Persecution in the Battle Before the Last Closing Conflict.--The two armies will stand distinct and  separate, and this distinction will be so marked that  many who shall be convinced of the truth will come on the side of God's commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, prior to the last closing conflict, many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be martyrs for Christ's sake in standing in defense of the truth. . . . You will not be tempted above what you are able to bear. Jesus bore all this and far more. . . . {3SM 397.4}

 

·       It is prior to the last conflict that many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns and many will be martyrs for Christ’s sake in standing in defense of the truth.

·       The fact that there will be many martyrs for Christ’s sake BEFORE THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, proves that there will be mayhem and slaughter before that time. It is at that time that Ezekiel 9 begins at God’s once church, His once Sanctuary, His people, the House of Jacob.

·       We know that this occurs BEFORE THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, because after the close of probation it will be too late for many who shall be convinced of the truth to come on the side of God’s commandment-keeping people!

·       Does it make one whit of sense that any SDA church would be spared at a time when many martyrs are being killed BEFORE the close of probation?

·       Does it make one whit of sense that apostate SDA “Christian” churches around the world will be spared the onslaught of the Muslim killing of Christians, especially when the governments of the world will legislate a death decree on day 1290 after the initial legislation of the National Sunday Law? It will then be open “legal” season on killing Christians! And SDA’s believe that the Muslims and Babylonians will wait until the very end of time to execute Ezekiel 9 within its churches around the world!

 

Chap. 269 - No Martyrs After Probation Closes

 

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. Ps. 91:15.

 

     The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and distressed, while they endure privation and suffer for want of food they will not be left to perish. . . . {Mar 277.1}

 

     Yet to human sight it will appear that the people of God must soon seal their testimony with their blood as did the martyrs before them. They themselves begin to fear that the Lord has left them to fall by the hand of their enemies. It is a time of fearful agony. Day and night they cry unto God for deliverance. . . . {Mar 277.2}\

 

The eye of God, looking down the ages, was fixed upon the crisis which His people are to meet, when earthly powers shall be arrayed against them. Like the captive exile, they will be in fear of death by starvation or by violence. But the Holy One who divided the Red Sea before Israel, will manifest His mighty power and turn their captivity. "They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." Malachi 3:17. If the blood of Christ's faithful witnesses were shed at this time, it would not, like the blood of the martyrs, be as seed sown to yield a harvest for God. Their fidelity would not be a testimony to convince others of the truth; for the obdurate heart has beaten back the waves of mercy until they return no more. If the righteous were now [AFTER THE CLOSE OF PROBATION] left to fall a prey to their enemies, it would be a triumph for the prince of darkness. Says the psalmist: "In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me." Psalm 27:5. Christ has spoken: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity." Isaiah 26:20, 21. Glorious will be the deliverance of those who have patiently waited for His coming and whose names are written in the book of life. {Mar 277.3}

 

·       Any person who survives to the time the plagues begin will not be a martyr. Any faithful SDA who survives until the seven last plagues begin will be one of the 144,000 and will be translated without seeing death or martyrdom after that point.

·       The only righteous who survive until AFTER the close of probation, are the 144,000 who are translated without seeing death. This means that every Seventh-day Adventist who is saved, OTHER THAN THE 144,000, will be a martyr, for only the 144,000 will be translated without seeing death. That amounts to a great slaughter which must take place before the close of probation, for martyrs would serve no purpose after the close of probation.

·       In its first literal fulfillment, Ezekiel 9 began at the Temple in Jerusalem, and then spread to the city proper. In order to be literally fulfilled again, as Ellen White says it will, it will have to begin at a literal church, the House of Jacob, God’s Sanctuary, those who have been privileged with great light, to wit:

·       Begin at My Sanctuary – "Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus 'Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

·       “In the very courts of the temple, scenes will be enacted that few realize. God's people will be proved and tested, that He may discern 'between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.' Vengeance will be executed against those who sit in the gate, deciding what the people should have and what they should not have. These take away the key of knowledge. They refuse to enter in themselves, and those who would enter in they hinder. These bear not the seal of the living God. All who now occupy responsible positions should be solemnly and terribly afraid lest in this time they shall be found as unfaithful stewards.” E.G. White, Manuscript 15, 1886, Paulson Collection, p. 55.

·       Vengeance is going to occur in LITERAL COURTS OF THE TEMPLE, THE CHURCH. God has shown me that this vengeance is the same vengeance described in Ezekiel Chapter 5, which is another description of Ezekiel 9. This vengeance occurs before the close of probation when every faithful Adventist except the 144,000, is martyred.

·       Is it reasonable to conclude that only faithful Adventists will be martyred before the close of probation, and that all the unfaithful Adventists will experience Ezekiel 9 slaughter after the close of probation when Ezekiel 9 is manifest upon Babylon and the world, per The Great Controversy, pp. 453-456? We will investigate the answer to this question within the remainder of this manuscript.

 

Chap. 10. - The Little Time of Trouble

             A Time of Trouble Before Probation Closes

 

     On page 33 [of Early Writings] is given the following: ". . . At the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully." {LDE 143.1}

 

     This view was given in 1847 when there were but very few of the Advent brethren observing the Sabbath, and of these but few supposed that its observance was of sufficient importance to draw a line between the people of God and unbelievers. Now the fulfillment of that view is beginning to be seen. "The commencement of that time of trouble," here mentioned, does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel.--EW 85, 86 (1854). {LDE 143.2}

 

Many Seventh-day Adventists believe that any mention of Ezekiel 9 being literally fulfilled again relates to the Shepherd Rod movement. That is not true. Ellen White was not a Shepherd’s Rodsman just because she said that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY FULFILLED. I am not a Shepherd’s Rodsman because I agree with Ellen White and Scripture.

 

Study Ezekiel 9  "Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.

 

I asked the Lord to show me how Ellen White knew that Ezekiel 9 would be literally fulfilled again. He showed me that the proof is in the words of Ezekiel Chapter 5, verse 9. It is at the end-time that God does the worst thing He has ever done or will ever do again, cf. Matthew 24:21 and Revelation 3:10-12. Though Ezekiel 9 was literally fulfilled in A.D. 70, that was not the worst thing God ever did or will do, for at the end-time, Ezekiel 9 is TWOFOLD, in that it applies once again to JERUSALEM, the professing SDA church (Spiritual Jerusalem), as well as Babylon and the unbelieving world, and not just JERUSALEM as was the case in the first literal fulfillment. I will prove this later in this manuscript.

 

The time will soon come when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 will be fulfilled; that prophecy should be carefully studied, for it will be fulfilled to the very letter.”— Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1303.

 

The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel.” The Signs of the Times, February 12, 1880.

 

SDA Gross Misinterpretation of the following passages from The Great Controversy

 

Another great mistake made by every professing Seventh-day Adventist I have ever known, is the SDA misinterpretation of the following words by Ellen G. White, in The Great Controversy. If the following execution of Ezekiel 9 applies to the SDA church, then she would be BABYLON. I am NOT saying that church is Babylon. I AM SAYING that church is JERUSALEM, SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM.

 

Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. . . . In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, . . . saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation 18:5-10.

 

"The merchants of the earth," that have "waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies," "shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought." Revelation 18:11, 3, 15-17.

 

Such are the judgments that fall upon Babylon in the day of the visitation of God's wrath. She [BABYLON in context] has filled up the measure of her iniquity; her time has come; she is ripe for destruction….” The Great Controversy, p. 653.

 

The mark of deliverance has been set upon those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done." Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel's vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." Says the prophet: "They began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezekiel 9:1-6. The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.” The Great Controversy, p. 656.

·       In the first paragraph from GC, p. 653, Ellen White is describing BABYLON. It is the Roman Catholic church that has committed fornication with the kings of the earth and lived deliciously with her. They bewail and lament her demise. She is the great city BABYLON.

·       Revelation 18 describes the fall and demise of BABYLON, NOT APOSTATE SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM.

·       The above statements says that BABYLON is ripe for destruction.

·       The Great Controversy, p. 653, sets the CONTEXT for page 656.

·       By interpreting the above GC statements to mean SDA’s, church leaders and laity who do so are actually labelling the SDA church as BABYLON, rather than SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM.

·       The execution of Ezekiel 9 BEGINS with end-time, apostate, spiritual JERUSALEM, the professing SDA church, and ends with the destruction of the fallen Babylonian churches, to wit:


Ezekiel 9

King James Version (KJV)

1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

4 And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

·       The instruction is to go through the midst of the city of JERUSALEM, NOT BABYLON!

·       We are to sigh and cry for the abominations done IN THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM!

·       Beginning at “MY SANCTUARY” refers to SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM, NOT BABYLON! Fallen Babylon IS NOT God’s Sanctuary.

·       God FIRST pours out His fury upon JERUSALEM, THE HOUSE OF Israel and Judah.

·       Then, God will pour out Ezekiel 9 fury upon the other fallen churches of Babylon.


Where is BABYLON Found in the Following Statement?

 

Begin at My Sanctuary -- "Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus 'Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

·       In the first literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, in A.D. 70, where was God’s Sanctuary, His church? It was at Jerusalem.

·       Who has God given GREAT LIGHT, SDA’s or Babylon?

·       Where/what is the Lord’s Sanctuary, the SDA church or Babylon?

·       Who are God’s people? SDA’s or Babylon?

·       Who does the HOUSE OF JACOB refer to, Babylon or JERUSALEM?

 

Ezekiel Chapter 5 Applies to Jerusalem Being Destroyed as a Taunt, as an Astonishment, an Example

 

Ezekiel Chapter 5 is another description of Ezekiel 9. God destroys Jerusalem as an example of what happens to even a “chosen” people who reject His conditions and refuse to keep His commandment. If Ezekiel Chapter 5 occurred at the same time as Ezekiel 9 is perpetrated upon Babylon, how would the destruction of Jerusalem be any example or an instruction to Babylon and the world?


The TWOFOLD Fulfillment of Ezekiel 9


What follows is the interpretation of Ellen White’s statements by Ulicia Unruh, the wife of Ollie Unruh who is an SDA minister:

mydedication2000 (Ulicia Unruh, the wife of an Adventist Minister Ollie Unruh).

Ulicia is responding to the following question by a member of her internet forum:

 

I'm not Shepherds Rod but what do we do with the statement?


Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley," September 26, 1909.)  {1MR 260.2}


Ulicia’s response:

Jan 21 8:53 PM

How do you understand it?

Probably the best thing is to look further in her writings where she specifically mentions Ezekiel 9 and see how she defines that chapter for the last days.

You will find quite a few passage concerning the sealing.

In the quote you provided she says:

"Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity."

So here the emphases is on being converted and receiving the seal of God before probation closes and every case is decided.

In 3T she again references Ezekiel 9 emphasizing the importance of the sealing -- those who do not receive this seal will "fall in the GENERAL destruction of wicked" .

Quote:


Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done" in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.  {3T 267.1}

Does she describe when this "GENERAL destruction of the wicked" is and when this destruction described in Ezekiel takes place?

Yes, she does,

It takes place at the very end, after the Sunday laws, after probation has closed, after the beast powers have issued their death decree and after God's voice delivers His people.

That is described in Great Controversy pages 654-656

Especially page 656 paragraph 2

Quote:

"When the voice of God turns the captivity of His people, there is a terrible awakening of those who have lost all in the great conflict of life. While probation continued they were blinded by Satan's deceptions, and they justified their course of sin....The wicked are filled with regret, not because of their sinful neglect of God and their fellow men, but because God has conquered. ...The minister who has sacrificed truth to gain the favor of men now discerns the character and influence of his teachings....Ministers and people see that they have not sustained the right relation to God. They see that they have rebelled against the Author of all just and righteous law....The people see that they have been deluded. They accuse one another of having led them to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers.....

Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. "We are lost!" they cry, "and you are the cause of our ruin;" and they turn upon the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay God's people are now employed to destroy their enemies. Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed. ....

 "He will give them that are wicked to the sword."  

     The mark of deliverance has been set upon those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done." Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel's vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." Says the prophet: "They began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezekiel 9:1-6. The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.  {GC 654 - 656.2} 


Ron’s response to Ulicia’s above statement:


It is interesting to me that in quoting The Great Controversy, Ulicia begins on page 654 rather than page 653, which gives the context of Babylon being ripe for destruction!

What about Adventists falling in the general destruction of the wicked per the following E. G. White statement quoted by Ulicia?

Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done" in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.  {3T 267.1}


Ron responds: At this juncture, I will respond to my earlier question: Is it reasonable to conclude that only faithful Adventists will be martyred before the close of probation, and that all the unfaithful Adventists will experience Ezekiel 9 slaughter after the close of probation when Ezekiel 9 is manifest upon Babylon and the world, per The Great Controversy, pp. 453-456?

 

The answer is that the issue becomes a bit more complex when we consider that Adventists who join the ranks of the fallen churches at the time of the Sunday law and on, will surely fall in the general destruction of the wicked. Let’s look a bit closer at Ellen White’s 3T 267 statement, that Ulicia quotes in the third paragraph above. That statement expresses a very serious CONDITION:

·       “Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval.

·       Is it likely that Adventists who don’t repent and leave the work of Satan, will remain Adventists after the crunch of the time of trouble comes? The answer is NO! Those type of Adventists will readily join the ranks of the enemy, Babylon, and Ellen White says as much in other statements. So Ulicia is interpreting Ellen White’s statement OUT OF PROPER CONTEXT. Of course those who don’t repent and leave the work of Satan, will join the ranks of Babylon and fall in the general destruction of the manifestation of Ezekiel 9 upon Babylon and the world.

·       One must continually keep in mind that Ezekiel 9 has two manifestations. Ellen White said it was TWOFOLD, GC, p. 25. While referring to the destruction that BEGINS AT HIS SANCTUARY, HIS CHURCH, HIS PEOPLE, THE HOUSE OF JACOB, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED WITH GREAT LIGHT, 5T 211, it also has an application to the destruction of Babylon and the world. But judgment BEGINS at the House of God.

·       It is possible that some Adventist churches will escape Ezekiel 9 slaughter and burning until the second application of Ezekiel 9 upon Babylon and the world for the reason that men in responsible positions in the Adventist church will URGE upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week:

·       “The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers, will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.

·       The only type of Adventist church that could survive the little and great times of trouble to be destroyed with Babylon and the world at the very end of time, is an Adventist church that joins the ranks of Babylon, and many have already done that.

·       Men in responsible positions in the fallen Babylonian churches would not have to URGE upon their people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week, for they already do that and have done so for centuries!

·       “The enemy knows that if the church can be controlled by political enactments, if she can be led to unite with the world, she virtually acknowledges him as her head. Then the authority of man-made commandments will work to oppose the rule of the government of heaven. Under the leadership of Satan men will dispense with the righteous, holy enactments of God concerning the Sabbath, the observance of which is to be a sign between God and His people forever. {ST, November 22, 1899 par. 1}

·       Another consideration (option) is that Ellen White could well mean the general destruction of the wicked Adventists for the following problematic reasons. It would be a bit difficult to apply the following descriptions of Ezekiel 9 to a church that was going down with Babylon in a general destruction at the very end of time:

·       Ezekiel Chapter 5, portrays Ezekiel 9 being fulfilled as an instruction. If SDA’s are going down in a GENERAL DESTRUCTION of the wicked and the world per GC 456, who is being instructed? Why any instruction at that time?!

·       Ellen White elsewhere says that Ezekiel 9 begins at His church, His sanctuary, Jerusalem. 5T 211.

·       How could a bonafide SDA church survive to the very end of time to THEN be destroyed with Babylon and the world? How could it survive the no buy/sell and death sentence time when all the faithful martyrs will occur? Answer: That would be impossible. So Adventist leaders and laity who, like Ulicia Unruh confess that the SDA church goes down in an Ezekiel 9 general destruction with Babylon and the world at the very end of time, are confessing that the SDA church militant will ultimately fail and fall in that destruction and manifestation of Ezekiel 9.

·       It is true that some Adventists will even convert to the Muslim religion in order to save their necks. These will preserve their lives a bit longer until the final manifestation of Ezekiel 9 upon the general destruction of the world, but they will lose eternal life.

·       Revelation mentions the saints that are beheaded for the truth. This is a reference to the faithful martyrs of which there will be many at the end-time. Muslims will be killing Christians. When the killing becomes “legal” at the first death decree on day 1290, will Muslims spare SDA Christians, or will there more likely be an Ezekiel 9 slaughter at SDA churches around the world? Again, if these churches “convert” to the Muslim religion, AND SOME OF THEM WILL, they will be spared for the final execution of Ezekiel 9, the general destruction of the world.

·       Ellen White says that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY FULFILLED. There was a TYPICAL [PREFIGURE TYPE] fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 in 70 A.D. If that TYPE did not involve Jerusalem being destroyed in a general destruction with Babylon and the world, the end-time cannot involve this for if it did, it would not be LITERALLY FULFILLED, as it was in the TYPE!

·       There was a GENERAL DESTRUCTION beginning at His Temple, which spread to the city of Jerusalem and then surrounding areas. So there has to be a GENERAL DESTRUCTION involving spiritual Jerusalem, the apostate SDA church, or Ezekiel 9 would not be LITERALLY fulfilled according to the TYPE.

·       Ellen White says that Ezekiel 9 begins with those who have been privileged with great light.

·       Ellen White says that Ezekiel 9 begins with the House of Jacob.

·       If Adventists fall in the general destruction of wicked Babylon and the unbelieving world, how, pray tell, does that constitute Ezekiel 9 BEGINNING at His Sanctuary, His church, Jerusalem, the House of Jacob?

·       There must be two literal GENERAL DESTRUCTION fulfillments of Ezekiel 9, beginning with the destruction of apostate spiritual Jerusalem, the SDA apostate church, and then the other fallen churches of Babylon, and the world.

·       Ellen White said in Great Controversy, p. 25, that the words of Jesus to His disciples had a two-fold meaning: “The future was mercifully veiled from the disciples. Had they at that time fully comprehend the two awful facts--the Redeemer's sufferings and death, and the destruction of their city and temple--they would have been overwhelmed with horror. Christ presented before them an outline of the prominent events to take place before the close of time. His words were not then fully understood; but their meaning was to be unfolded as His people should need the instruction therein given. The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning; while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day.” The Great Controversy, p. 25.

·       The prophecy which Christ uttered regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, their city, and the Temple, was an outline of the prominent events to take place before the close of time.

·       The prophecy Christ related concerning the destruction of their city and temple was TWOFOLD. 1) It foreshadowed the Ezekiel 9 destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. 2) It prefigured ALSO the terrors of the last great day.

·       Ezekiel 9 could NEVER have been fulfilled prior to A.D. 34, because Israel’s probation did not end until the A.D. 34 stoning of Stephen which was commensurate with the end of the 490 years of probation mentioned in Daniel 9. God would not consign His people to forever slaughter and loss of eternal life while their probation was still on-going.

·       The A.D. 70 literal fulfillment of Jerusalem BEGAN with His church, His Sanctuary, His Temple, His people, and DID NOT involve a combined general destruction with any Babylonian or worldly element. So for Ezekiel 9 to have another LITERAL FULFILLMENT, it cannot be combined with a general destruction with Babylon and the world.

·       Ezekiel 9 destruction as depicted on pp. 653-656 of The Great Controversy, is AFTER the National Sunday Law HAS BEEN ENFORCED with no buy and sell, as well as a death decree. It is AFTER probation has closed and AFTER the seven last plagues have occurred. How, pray tell, would a VALID, visible, literal SDA church be intact at that time, as was the Temple in A.D. 70, so that any literal Ezekiel 9 destruction could BEGIN at His Church, His Sanctuary, His people, the House of Jacob? Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211, has it all BEGINNING at His church, His Sanctuary, THE HOUSE OF JACOB, those who were privileged with great light, not isolated individuals who had fallen away from that church!

·       In answer to the above stated question, to conclude that Ezekiel 9 begins at the SDA church at the very end of time, when Ezekiel 9 is executed in a general destruction of Babylon and the world, is to conclude that the once SDA church militant does indeed completely apostatize to the point that it joins Babylon and is destroyed with her.

·       In the first literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, there was a conservative faction of the Jews, as there is a conservative faction of Seventh-day Adventists. That conservative faction of Jews established a fortress at a mountain called Misada.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Masada


This event could have a counterpart as mounted by conservative Adventists at the end-time.

·       God’s Word says BEGIN AT MY SANCTUARY, not any general destruction of the Babylonian wicked and the wicked world. See Ezekiel 9:6. Ellen White said the same thing in Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211. Ellen White must be interpreted so as to NOT contradict the Bible, and that is exactly what I am doing! The commonly held Adventist interpretation contradicts Ezekiel 9:6, to wit: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” This DOES NOT mention any general destruction of Jerusalem with any Babylonian or worldly element! But there is a separate and distinct Ezekiel 9 general destruction of Babylon and the world! That was prophesied by Ellen White on page 25 of The Great Controversy, as cited in this manuscript. That is the reference to “the terrors of the last great day!”

·       Were sinners shaken out of the church militant to leave it the church triumphant, why would Ezekiel 9 BEGIN at such a purged and purified church? Ellen White said that sinners are shaken out of Zion. Zion is the bride of Christ church triumphant, Isaiah 62:1-5, that is married. The bride of Christ is the 144,000. In Christ’s Object Lessons, 405-405, all ten virgins hear the voice of God AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE, giving the Loud Cry call. So sinners are shaken out of the church triumphant, the heavenly church of Zion, Heb. 12:22, 23, by the earthly representative of that church, the bride, the 144,000. She achieves this with the shaking message of the true reformers who are called by God, to wit: "Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, those who avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151, & Review and Herald, Oct. 13, 1891. The earthly representatives of the heavenly church of Zion (Sion) is the bride, the 144,000, to wit: "The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' Said the angel to John: 'Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.' 'He carried me away in the spirit,' says the prophet, 'and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.' Revelation 21:9, 10. Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant]. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride...He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 427.

·       In Revelation 3:10-12, Philadelphia, the blameless church (Rev. 14:1-4) gets the NEW NAME, [TRUE] JERUSALEM.

 

You can discern from the above factors that the issue is far more complex than what is generally believed by the average Seventh-day Adventist—leaders and laity alike!


When Ezekiel 9 Begins for the Apostate SDA Church


The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy give us a number of important instructions as to when Ezekiel 9 first BEGINS at His Sanctuary, His church. This has to occur while the church is still a literal church, corporate body. As previously mentioned, Ezekiel 5 is another take on the destruction involved with Ezekiel 9. God uses that destruction as a taunt, astonishment and as an instruction. 


Ellen White says that the church leaders will instruct the members to keep Sunday sacred. This will come just before the no buy/sell time, and the time of the death decree verdict. To avoid this the church will instruct its members to keep Sunday. Notice: "The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers, will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.

 

The enemy knows that if the church can be controlled by political enactments, if she can be led to unite with the world, she virtually acknowledges him as her head. Then the authority of man-made commandments will work to oppose the rule of the government of heaven. Under the leadership of Satan men will dispense with the righteous, holy enactments of God concerning the Sabbath, the observance of which is to be a sign between God and His people forever. {ST, November 22, 1899 par. 1}

 

When SDA men in responsible positions URGE God’s people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week, this will infuriate the other churches. They will regard the SDA church as an opportunistic harlot, because they know that the SDA church has used the Sabbath to steal away their members since 1844! And now, when the crunch comes, she will URGE upon the SDA people the necessity of keeping Sunday sacred. Babylon would not have to URGE any such thing, because her churches already keep Sunday and have been for centuries!

 

When the above final act of apostasy of the SDA church occurs, the Babylonian churches will be infuriated and they will LITERALLY execute Ezekiel 9 slaughter and burning of SDA people and churches around the world. Men, maidens and little children will all perish without mercy. This occurs just at the time the National Sunday Law will be ENFORCED by penalty of no buy/sell, and the death decree. In some cases, killing of Adventists will be anticipated before that time, and Ellen White says that government official will turn their heads away from these anticipated events because they know the law is imminent!

 

The heavenly sentinels, faithful to their trust, continue their watch. Though a general decree has fixed the time when commandment-keepers may be put to death, their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and, before the time specified, will endeavor to take their lives. But none can pass the mighty guardians stationed about every faithful soul. Some are assailed in their flight from the cities and villages; but the swords raised against them break and fall as powerless as a straw. Others are defended by angels in the form of men of war.” {GC88 631.1}

 

The above account will not apply to every person who is saved because Ellen White also says that there will be many martyrs who will serve as seed for fruit.

 

Also, Ellen White reapplies Matthew 22:1-10 to our day and the end-time in Sermon’s and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 4-9. In Matthew 22:1-10, verse 7 is the literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9—the destruction of the murderous city of Jerusalem. This occurs just before the final LOUD CRY to the world which lingers from the initial legislation of the National Sunday Law to day 1335. See Daniel 12:11, 12.

 

In summary, for important emphasis, I will ask once again the important questions I posed at the beginning of this manuscript:

 

·       It is prior to the last conflict that many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns and many will be martyrs for Christ’s sake in standing in defense of the truth.

·       The fact that there will be many martyrs for Christ’s sake BEFORE THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, proves that there will be mayhem and slaughter before that time. It is at that time that Ezekiel 9 begins at God’s once church, His once Sanctuary, His people, the House of Jacob.

·       We know that this occurs BEFORE THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, because after the close of probation it will be too late for many who shall be convinced of the truth to come on the side of God’s commandment-keeping people!

·       Does it make one whit of sense that any SDA church would be spared at a time when many martyrs are being killed BEFORE the close of probation? Yes! Because many Adventist churches will fully apostatize to join in the worship of Allah and the beast.

·       Does it make one whit of sense that apostate SDA “Christian” churches around the world will be spared the onslaught of the Muslim killing of Christians, especially when the governments of the world will legislate a death decree on day 1290 after the initial legislation of the National Sunday Law? It will then be open “legal” season on killing Christians! And SDA’s believe that the Muslims and Babylonians will wait until the very end of time to execute Ezekiel 9 within its churches around the world!

·       The truth is that Adventists will be involved in both of the twofold manifestations of Ezekiel 9—one upon “hold out” SDA churches on day 1290 after the initial legislation of the Sunday law. On day 1260, there will be a 30 day warning of a death decree to all who will not take the mark. On day 1290, that decree will be enforced, and it will be open season on all who will not take that mark. Some very stubborn Adventists will be instructed by their leaders to “hole up” in their churches and that God will protect them there, because the church is the apple of God’s eye and the gates of hell will not prevail against their churches. This is what the apostate Jewish leaders told the Jews at the Temple in A.D. 70. The people were told that the enemy would never penetrate the 24 foot thick gates to the city of Jerusalem. Read Chapter 1 of The Great Controversy, for the truth about that lie! These churches will experience Ezekiel 9 on day 1290, when the “legal” slaughter of Christians begins! Ellen White said some will kill before that time and that government authorities will turn their heads the other way! Other SDA churches that fully commiserate to Babylon, will remain until Ezekiel 9 is executed upon Babylon and the world. So both of Ellen White’s renditions are true!

·       One thing is sure! If the tares were shaken from the SDA church to leave it purged and purified, there would be no mention of Ezekiel 9 beginning there. In the first literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, the tares (dross) was gathered into the midsts of Jerusalem for slaughter and burning, Ezekiel 22:17-31. Ezekiel 9 would not be literally fulfilled unless this same thing accrued at the end-time LITERAL fulfillment!

·       Ellen White likens the church and the world unto the field where tares are burned, as opposed to the heavenly garner where the only church triumphant exists. That heavenly church triumphant has earthly representatives in the form of faithful souls. It is from that church and by these faithful souls that the tares are expelled from the heavenly church triumphant. This is clear from Matthew 13, Hebrews 12:22, 23, and Ezekiel 20:34-38.

 

Via Satan’s Synagogue, the World Council of Churches, it began a program years ago to migrate Muslims into every country of the world for free! They are pouring into Canada where I live. When they arrive in these countries they receive welfare and free health care. Satan is doing this for the express purpose of killing the Christians he hates. The World Council of Churches is operated by the Jesuits, the Free Masons and the Illuminati, and they all hate Christians. At the head of these secret societies are Zionists who hate Christians. If you speak against the Zionist values, you are considered an anti-Semite, because the Zionists are Jews who want to control the world from Jerusalem under a New World Order. But it is okay for them to speak against, hate, and kill Christians. That is the spirit of the character of Lucifer whom they worship, the Dragon of Revelation—the beast upon whom sits the Whore of Rome, Revelation 17.

 

If you don’t agree with the Zionists that they are entitled by God to rule the earth for 1,000 years from Jerusalem, you are branded an anti-Semite. This has nothing to do with race. I don’t hate the Jews or the Zionists and I would never engage any movement against them. I leave that to God. I merely disagree with their interpretation of Scripture. It has everything to do with truth and what the Bible says about the millennium—that we will be caught up in the air to meet Christ when He comes, and be with Him in heaven for the millennium.

 

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