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That everyone who thirsteth for the truth may obtain it, these publications are, as a Christian service, provided without charge. They levy but one exaction: the soul's obligation to itself to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. The only strings attached to this free proffer are the golden strands of Eden and the crimson cords of Calvary - the ties that bind.
 
Benjamin L. Roden

THE ATONEMENT DAY

BL 31


September 27, 1962           


GEM THOUGHT: "When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness." Christ Object Lessons, p. 312:0.


INTRODUCTION: The signs of the times tell us it is high time all awake out of sleep; for our redemption draweth nigh. It is evident that some of God's people in the church (the virgins, Matthew 25), are beginning to realize that God has a message for them in this crucial hour that will prepare them for the Loud Cry of the third angel's message. It is our prayer that every honest soul in the church will awaken out of sleep before it is too late.


God's righteous character is disclosed to view in the law of ten commandments "He who becomes a partaker of the divine nature will be in harmony with God's great standard of righteousness, His holy law..." Christ Object Lessons, p. 114.


While on earth Jesus said, "I have kept My Father's commandments." John 15:10 "Righteousness is right doing, and it is by their deeds that all will be judged." Christ Object Lessons, p. 312:2.


All who have broken the ten commandments have sinned. "...sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4. Hence, all must die. "Because the law worketh wrath." Rom. 4:15. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23.


Let us remember that the Sabbath and Sanctuary truth of the third angel's message that began in 1844, is the judgment of the dead. Great Controversy, p. 490.


However, Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:51 that some never die. And the Spirit of Prophecy by Mrs. White says, "...our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living." Great Controversy, p. 483:1. Therefore, those who are to be translated must be judged by the Judgment of the Living message – the addition to the Third Angel's Message (Rev. 14:14-18; 18:1-4; Early Writings, p. 277; Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 406; Great Controversy, p. 406) "Remember ye the law of Moses...for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Mal. 4:4.


Therefore, let God's people keep the Seventh-day Sabbath instead of Sunday, which is not Scriptural for: "in 321, under Constantine the Great, the first Sunday law was enacted." National Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, p. 2, Art. Sabbath. We must also keep the statutes and judgments which includes the Passover (Lord's Supper) just as Jesus instituted it (Matt. 26:17-30), which was changed to Easter by "The Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.)" Id., Vol. 4, p. 8, Art. Easter.


Tithing and the law of clean and unclean meats are a part of the Levitical law God gave to Moses (Mal. 4:4) as found in the New Testament (1 Cor. 5:7, 8) harmonizing with the Old Testament (Nah. 1:15; Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 539, 540; Evangelism, p. 579:0). This is the testimony of Jesus. (Isa. 8:20) Therefore, the correct place for all God's true people to pay their tithes and offerings is into God's storehouse of Present Truth (Mal. 3:10). The place where God's people "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus {illegible}


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Under the initial phase of the third angel's message -- the judgment of the dead (Great Controversy, p. 490) since 1844, God did not reveal the necessity of observing the holy feast laws of Lev. 23:23-32. However, under the message of the angel of Rev. 18:1, the message that joins the Third Angel's Message (Early Writings, p. 277), which is the message of the Judgment of the Living. Inspiration reveals God's requirements of observing His holy fast day of the Atonement, as well as the feast days and the seventh-day Sabbath. Hence, we see God reveals by Inspiration to His people their privilege and duty in our day just as He did through the holy prophets of old to His ancient people.


All who wish to have their sins pardoned, follow the Lord into the Most Holy at the going down of the sun, Sunday, October 7, as He pleads your cases with His spilt blood before our Heavenly Father. Sunday night at sundown October 7, till Monday night at sundown is the day that we are to fast and afflict our souls. The first day of the 7th month is likewise a sabbath. (Lev. 23:23-25) This year it falls on Sabbath, September 29.


NOTE: Atonement services this year will be held in Ft. Davis, Texas, October 8. Those who wish a home in Israel now or in the future write in for applications. A house and land awaits your occupancy. There will be a political and religious asylum in Palestine for those who keep the Sabbath and God's solemn feasts.


Yours to keep all of God's command- ments, statutes, and judgments,


(Signed) Benjamin L. Roden



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