The Children of Israel were told specifically, from God, they would be blessed above all nations because of what they received from Him. They received the written Ten Commandments as well as the other laws dealing with diet, civil and sacrificial laws not given to any other nation, and they would be recognized by such. It would set them apart and other nations would call them wise.
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon Him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” Deut 4:5-8 (KJV)
But sadly, they didn’t want to remain separate from the other nations and not too long into their being made special they raised this complaint to God:
“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” 1 Sam 8:19-20 (KJV)
They wanted to be like everybody else and they paid a dear price for being like everyone else. Seventh Day Adventist are in the midst of the same situation:
“And 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.” Rev 12:17 (KJV)
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev 19:10 (KJV)
Why is it we’re so ashamed of admitting we have the “Spirit of Prophecy”? Why is it we want to stress the issue, “Bible and Bible only”? If the devil did not see the evidence and strength in what God has given us, why then, did he endow other “nations” (denominations) with a counterfeit so they could claim similar to God’s remnant? The Mormons have their “The Book of Mormon”. Even the Muslims have “The Hadith”. God saw fit to give His people special encouragement, additional material which would give them guidance to the ONLY Holy Book, the Bible, and yet we, too, are wanting to be like the “other nations” by refusing its value, purpose and help it gives us to achieve the ultimate goal: salvation?
If the Spirit of Prophecy writings were not so important and a viable tool in our arsenal to fight the enemy, then why has satan placed upon them such attacks we’re witnessing today against them? Not only them but the author is under constant attack. If her work were not valid, then why are there so many sites devoted to her destruction? Why do you hear the complaint within the church body, “She should not be mentioned from the pulpit?” “There’s more Ellen White than the Scriptures!” My answer and response to those complainants is simply this: “So?” I’m grateful to have been given her work. Her work is sound and solid and I have to admit, without it, my understanding would not be as great as it is because of it. I am not ashamed and thankful to have it and will use it just as I use the Scriptures, because to not do so means I want to be like the other nations and they don’t have and lack and this is why they are where they are, so why do I want to be like them, when I have been called into the remnant, given this particularly as a sign of having been chosen?
Friends, when I speak and listen to those who are nominal (Sunday worshipers) I can be truly thankful I have been given the Spirit of Prophecy otherwise I might believe as they do and not have received the blessing I have received because of them. I’m not ashamed to admit this. And, if they wish to view me as they view the Mormons or Muslims, well, that cannot be helped, but when these last days are winding up and it appears what I am saying is coming true and they’re looking at me, because I’m standing out differently than they are, they may begin to wonder and ask, “How do you know so much because we were not told this in our church?” Will I stammer and be reluctant to witness to them about the Spirit of Prophecy writings given to the last-day “remnant” church of God? I think not and hope not.
I recognize their purpose. I know what they’ve done for me and my understanding, so why would I be ashamed to use them and admit I use them to others who do not? It should be quite obvious to a well-thinking individual God will bless His people above those who are calling upon His name, too.
May 30, 2016