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THE FINAL ATONEMENT
THE JUDGMENT FOR THE DEAD AND THE LIVING
Aim to Show:
Gem Thought: "We are now living in the great day of atonement . . . all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance." G. C. 489-0
Introduction: The Third Angel's message in its initial phase is about ended and the second phase, the Loud Cry, the Judgment for Living in the world is soon to begin.
First, however, the church must be warned of her pending judgment. The Lord's servant, Mrs. White, wrote, "In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had." 8T 247.
Read also 1 Pet. 4:17. "In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review." G. C. 490
In this study we will show through Inspiration the difference between the Third Angel's Message of the Judgment of the Dead, beginning Oct. 22, 1844, and the Loud Cry of the Third Angel's message, the Ju of L.
"Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The Judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For more than forty years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon--it will pass to the cases of the living." G. C. 490, 1888 ed.
The investigative Judgment begins with the dead, those who first lived upon the earth, and closes with those who are living on the earth.
If the living are to know the time of their investigative Judgment, they must be told by Inspiration.
The Revelator saw another angel: "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe." Rev. 14:15.
Here we see:
The Lord, Himself, reaps the first fruits. Rev. 14:16, Read Rev. 7:1-8.
"And another angel (another prophetic message) came out of the temple (from the Judgment scene) which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle." Rev. 14:17. "And another angel came out from the altar (Holy Place), which had power over fire; and he cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." Rev. 14:18.
When the Lord seals (3T 266-7) and reaps the first fruits of Rev. 7:1-8, the church will be purified by the fire from the Holy Place (altar, Rev. 14:18), and the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon the remnant (Acts 2).
Then the Loud Cry will be given with power (9T 126) to gather the second fruits–the grapes. See Rev. 7:9. Hence, we see the spiritual harvests of Rev. 14 are in harmony with the literal feast laws of first and second fruits of the Old Testament. It also is in harmony with what took place shortly after the Lord ascended. Here type is fulfilled in antitype.
Therefore, the light of Rev. 14 shines as bright as the noon day sun and shows that the Judgment of the dead and living are in two sections. And also the Judgment for the living is divided into two parts. (1) The Judgment for the living in the church will separate the tares and the wheat. (2) After the separation takes place in the church, those who are left will give the Loud Cry to the world, by reaping the second fruits, the grapes from the vine of the earth after which the vine, the residue, is destroyed by the wrath of God, without the city. See Rev. 14:18, 19
"The second angel's message of Rev. 14, was first preached in the summer of 1844 . . . But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfillment in 1844. The churches then experienced a moral fall, in consequence of their refusal of the light of the Advent message; but that fall was not complete . . . Not yet, however, can it be said that 'Babylon is fallen . . . because she made all nations (italics theirs) drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.' She has not yet made all nations do this.
". . . Not until this condition shall be reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete. The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future." G. C. 389-90
"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Rev. 14:8
The Revelator says:
There are two falls of Babylon. The second time she has a great fall—the nations fall by uniting with the church. "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen." Rev. 18:2
Again we see:
"The second angel's message was to go to Babylon (the churches) – parentheses theirs – proclaiming her downfall, and calling the people to come out of her. This same message is to be proclaimed the second time. And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with
his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen." T.M. 59
There are two falls of Babylon and two messages of the second angel. (a) The one in 1844 proclaiming the moral fall of the churches for rejecting the Advent message. (b) The second angel's message in our day proclaiming the state (in the land of the two-horned beast) has joined hands with the church to enforce Sunday blue laws, and therefore their fall is very great.
"Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Rev. 14:6-12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion. This message is the last that will ever be given to the world; and it will accomplish its work." G. C. 390
We see plainly that after the third (three) angel's message has been given to the world and rejected in its first phase—the Judgment of the dead, the second angel's message of Rev. 18:1,2 comes on the scene of action proclaiming that as a result of the churches comprising Babylon rejecting the Third angel's message (uniting with state) Babylon the great has fallen. When the Lord purifies His church the call will he given for God's people who are left in Babylon (all the fallen churches and fallen nations) to "come out of her." Rev. 18:4
The Lord Says:
There is to be a separation between the tares (unconverted) and the wheat (the converted), in the church in the time called harvest.
"But there are many, many in our churches who know little of the real meaning of the truth for this time . . .O, how many who have not sought their souls' salvation will soon make the bitter lamentation, 'The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved.'!" 8T 252
If the harvest is at the time Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven when the wicked are destroyed by the brightness of His coming, how is it that the tares say the harvest is already past?
We must understand that harvest means Judgment for the living, and it takes place before Jesus comes. Rev. 14:14-18 is very clear on the harvest of first and second fruits. All we need to do is to exercise our minds the very slightest to understand it.
"Many, I saw, were flattering themselves that they were good Christians, who have not a single ray of light from Jesus . . . And I saw that the Lord was whetting his sword in Heaven to cut them down. Oh that every lukewarm professor could realize the clean work that God is about to make among his professed people! Dear friends, do not deceive yourselves concerning your condition. You cannot deceive God." 1T 190
"Thoughts on Revelation 14"
"All classes of second advent believers agree, that the angels brought to view in the 6th and 7th verses of this chapter, represents the advent message, to the church and world. If this is true, then all five of the angels brought to view in this chapter, represent FIVE distinct messages, prior to the advent, or we are left without a rule to interpret this chapter . . . The last two angels are messages of prayer. We shall, no doubt, better understand them at the time of their fulfillment." A Word to the 'Little Flock,' pp. 10, 11 Facsimile Reproduction, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C.
Now we can easily see that these are messages announcing the Judgment for the living which are the last messages given to the church and the world. These two messages are messages of prayer for the reason it is a solemn time when our cases are being decided for eternity.
"Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. Each must meet the great Judge face to face." G. C. 488. "We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance." G. C. 489-0. "The sanctuary in heaven is the very center of Christ's work in behalf of men. It concerns every soul living upon the earth." G. C. 488
The dead are to be judged before they are resurrected, and the living are judged before they can be translated.
What are the dead judged by in their atonement?
All are to be judged by the ten commandments. Therefore, the Sabbath and Sanctuary truth of the three angels of Rev. 14, beginning in 1844 at the end of the 2300 days of Dan. 8:14, the first two of which were brought by Miller, constitute the Judgment for the dead. Ellen G. White wrote, "I saw the third angel pointing upward, showing the disappointed ones the way to the holiest of the heavenly sanctuary . . . Jesus then raised the cover of the ark, and lo! the tables of stone, with the ten commandments written upon them. They trace down the lively oracles, but start back with trembling when they see the fourth commandment among the ten holy precepts, with a brighter light shining upon it than upon the other nine, and a halo of glory all around it." E.W. 254-5.
Sr. White was given light on the third angel's message—the Judgment of the dead. All who break the ten commandments must die and go through the grave. "sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4 and "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23. Therefore all must die and pass through the grave. Here again we see the ten commandment law is the Judgment of the dead.
"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Cor. 15:51,52.
How can some be changed without seeing death? Paul says it is a mystery, and truly it is a mystery, and no one is able to solve the mysteries of God. Only Inspiration can solve God's mysteries of the translation. Although it is necessary to our salvation, no one can be translated by just keeping the ten commandments for all have sinned and the wages of sin is death.
"Remember ye, the law of Moses my servant which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." Mal. 4:4 "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with malice and wickedness." 1 Cor. 5:7,8
What feast, Paul?
Easter, Lent, Christmas, etc., which were instituted by the Beast Power of Dan. 7:24, 25? Absolutely not. The
Spirit of Prophecy says, "Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles." P.P. 540-1 ". . . the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type." P.P. 539
"Anything which preserves . . . the memory of something." Webster. The Lord's Supper is to remind us of our Passover and was instituted at Passover time by the Lord to take the place of the typical Passover. The memorial of signing the Declaration of the Independence of the United States on the 4th of July cannot be changed to the 5th of August and that day be a true memorial for the simple reason the Independence was signed on July 4, not August 5.
God cannot change the memorial of Creation from the seventh to the first day of the week because He did not rest on the first-day. If God or His Son should do this, they would be breaking God's ten commandments, which is impossible for them to do. God commands us to rest on the Seventh-day in memory of the day He rested. God cannot tell the inhabitants of this earth to rest on the first-day of the week or any other day other than the Seventh-day in memory of the day He rested, which is a memorial of creation.
How, then, can man change the memorial of the antitypical Passover, the Lord's Supper, from the night following Abib 14, of the first month of the Bible year to 11:00 A.M. every Sunday morning? The Lord's Supper is a night event† (Matt. 26:20; 1 Cor. 11:23), not a midday luncheon. By partaking of the emblems of Christ's broken body and spilt blood on Sunday morning, there are many who honestly believe they are following the Lord's command when He said that as often as you do this, do it in memory of Him. If just anytime is alright to have the Lord's Supper, then it could be at church luncheons and afternoon teas. It is left up to us who know better to do all possible to enlighten those who do not know the truth in this matter so that they may receive a greater blessing in their devotion to Christ.
Therefore, the Ceremonial law in the light of the New Testament, observed in harmony with the Old Testament, is the new Covenant, and when God's people as a unit observe the memorial of the sacrifice for sin as strictly as all should the memorial of creation, the world will see a strong healthy (Ex. 15:26) righteous people. Read Isa. 62:2.
This is the message of the angel of Rev. 18 who joins the third angel's message. "The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message . . . This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844." E.W. 277
There are two laws in the Heavenly Sanctuary. The ten commandments were put inside the ark of the covenant under the mercy seat and the ceremonial laws in the sides of the ark. The ten commandment law is the Judgment of the dead, and the ten commandments plus the ceremonial law is what judges the living. Since God,
through the third angel, revealed to Sr. White the obligation of this earth to keep the ten commandments with special emphasis on the fourth commandment, and has not revealed the necessity of the ceremonial law until now, shows that the first phase of the third angel's message is the Judgment of the Dead which started in 1844. Now that the importance of the ceremonial law has been revealed to God's people by the second angel's message of Rev. 18, it is plain to see that the second or translation phase of the Third Angel's message will soon begin for the world. We repeat, the ceremonial law was added because of transgressions, and the sacrificial part of that law was nailed to the cross. However, transgressions still exist, hence there still remains a need for the added precepts of the ceremonial law which magnify the moral law.
Since the Spirit of Prophecy explains that the Judgment of the dead is the first message of the third angel and the Judgment of the living is the last work of the Third Angel's message, the light revealed in this study on the importance of the two laws is the only way we are able to distinguish and separate the Judgment of the Living from the Judgment of the Dead. Think this through Brethren and Sisters and act fast that all may be ready to give the translation phase of the third message to the world. For, says the Lord's servant Sr. White, "In the time of the end, every divine institution is to be restored." P.K. 678
"Even Seventh-day Adventist are in danger of closing their eyes to truth as it is in Jesus, because it contradicts something which they have taken for granted as truth but which the Holy Spirit teaches is not truth." T.M. 70.
We have learned through tradition and have taken for granted that any time may be set by the church to observe the Lord's Supper, but the Holy Spirit shows that upon a critical examination of the Scriptures and the writings of Ellen G. White, the church as a people have as well as other protestant churches been building upon a wrong concept. Therefore, let all Seventh-day Adventists in general and the General Conference in this session of July 26 to August 4, 1962, in particular, critically examine this subject and honestly accept by the weight of evidence this glorious truth, so that all may be translated when Jesus comes.
"I know that work must be done for the people or many will not be prepared to receive the light of the angel sent down from heaven to lighten the whole earth with His glory." Life Sketches 327
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isa. 8:20.
"Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples." Isa. 8:16. Therefore, keep the atonement (Lev. 23:26-32)
Yours to accept a thus saith the Lord
Waco, Texas 76705
Emphasis and parenthesis in quotations ours unless otherwise stated.
Aug. 1, 1962