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Branch Sabbath School Lessons, Volume 8, Numbers 1-3



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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.






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The Daily


Volume 8Numbers 1-3

CONTENTS

Lesson  1 - "In the Beginning" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Lesson  2 - Abraham's Daily Example. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Poem:. . . .Sweet Hour of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Lesson  3 - Children of Abraham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Lesson  4 - The Sanctuary and its Daily Service. . . . . . . . .16
Lesson  5 - The Fall and Restoration of True Worship in the
            History of Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Lesson  6 - The Lamb of God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Lesson  7 - "After the Order of Melchisedec" . . . . . . . . . .28
Lesson  8 - The Ram and the He Goat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Lesson  9 - Taking Away the Daily. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Lesson 10 - Primitive Godliness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Lesson 11 - The Blood of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Lesson 12 - The Glory of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Lesson 13 - Visions of Future Glory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Letters From Around the World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Announcements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Holy Convocations - 1978-1979. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Poem: . . . 'Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer. . . . . . . . . . .63


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In The Beginning



Memory Verse

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." – Matt. 6:10.

Introduction

"To the humble, believing soul, the house of God on earth is the gate of heaven. The song of praise, the prayer, the words spoken by Christ's representatives, are God's appointed agencies to prepare a people for the church above, for that loftier worship into which there can enter nothing that defileth. . . There should be rules in regard to the time, the place, and the manner of worshiping. Nothing that is sacred, nothing that pertains to the worship of God, should be treated with carelessness or indifference. In order that men may do their best work in showing forth the praises of God, their associations must be such as will keep the sacred distinct from the common, in their minds." – Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 491.


Question 1

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, what pattern did He give for them to follow? Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4.


Question 2

What significance does the phrase "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" have? Matt. 6:10.


Note – "The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this


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reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer and will banish from the church the spirit of discord and strife. Those who have not been living in Christian fellowship will draw close to one another. One member working in right lines will lead other members to unite with him in making intercession for the revelation of the Holy Spirit. There will be no confusion, because all will be in harmony with the mind of the Spirit. The barriers separating believer from believer will be broken down, and God's servants will speak the same things. The Lord will co-operate with His servants. All will pray understandingly the prayer that Christ taught His servants: 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.' Matthew 6:10." – Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 251


“In the Lord's Prayer we have an example of a perfect petition. How simple, yet how comprehensive it is! This prayer should be taught to the children. Let all study carefully the principles contained in it. In response to the prayers of God's people, angels are sent with heavenly blessings. . . Through daily prayer and consecration all may so relate themselves to their heavenly Father that He can bestow upon them rich blessings. . .” – Review and Herald, Jan 3, 1907 (In Heavenly Places, p. 93).


"Those who seek to answer the prayer, 'Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,' will seek by living pure, sanctified lives to show to the world how the will of God is done in heaven.” – Manuscript 11, 1901 (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 1102).


“. . . in heaven, service is not rendered in the spirit of legality . . . . There is perfect unity between them (the angels) and their Creator. Obedience is to them no drudgery. Love for God makes their service a joy.” – The Mount of Blessing, p. 109.


Question 3

In order to show how things are done in heaven, what did God do in the beginning? Gen. 1:1,26,27; 2:8,15.


Note – “The Creator chose for our first parents the surroundings best adapted for their health and happiness. He did not place them in a palace or surround them with the artificial adornments and luxuries that so many today are struggling to obtain. He placed them in close touch with nature and in close communion with the holy ones of heaven.” – The Ministry of Healing, p 261.


"Adam had themes for contemplation in the works of God in Eden, which was heaven in miniature." – Review and Herald, Feb. 24, 1874 (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, p. 1082).


Question 4

Prior to his rebellion and expulsion from heaven, what exalted position had Lucifer held in the worship above? Eze. 28:11-17; Isa. 14:12-15.


Note – "The hour for joyful, happy songs of praise to God and His dear Son had come. Satan had led the heavenly choir. He had raised the first note; then all the angelic host had united with him, and glorious strains of music had resounded


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through heaven in honor of God and His dear Son. But now, instead of strains of sweetest music, discord and angry words fall upon the ear of the great rebel leader. Where is he? Is it not all a horrible dream? Is he shut out of heaven? Are the gates of heaven never more to open to admit him? The hour of worship draws nigh, when bright and holy angels bow before the Father. No more will he unite in heavenly song. No more will he bow in reverence and holy awe before the presence of the eternal God." – The Story of Redemption, p. 25.


Question 5

Did the worship in Eden follow the heavenly pattern? Gen. 3:8.


Note – "It was under the trees of Eden that the first dwellers on earth had chosen their sanctuary. There Christ had communed with the father of mankind." – The Desire of Ages, p. 290.


"He (Adam) stood in the strength of perfect manhood, possessing the full vigor of mind and body. He was surrounded with the glories of Eden, and was in daily communion with heavenly beings." – Ibid., p. 117.


"Adam and Eve, in their untainted purity, delighted in the sights and sounds of Eden . . . .Each day's labor brought them health and gladness, and the happy pair greeted with joy the visits of their Creator, as in the cool of the day He walked and talked with them. Daily God taught them His lessons." – The Ministry of Healing, p. 261.


Question 6

After the fall, what form did the worship of our first parents and their children take? Gen. 4:1-4.


Note – "The Garden of Eden remained upon the earth long after man had become an outcast from its pleasant paths. The fallen race were long permitted to gaze upon the home of innocence, their entrance barred only by the watching angels. At the cherubim-guarded gate of Paradise the divine glory was revealed. Hither came Adam and his sons to worship God. Here they renewed their vows of obedience to that law the transgression of which had banished them from Eden." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 62.


"The sacrificial offerings were ordained by God to be to man a perpetual reminder and a penitential acknowledgment of his sin and a confession of his faith in the promised Redeemer. They were intended to impress upon the fallen race the solemn truth that it was sin that caused death. To Adam, the offering of the first sacrifice was a most painful ceremony. His hand must be raised to take life, which only God could give. It was the first time he had ever witnessed death, and he knew that had he been obedient to God, there would have been no death of man or beast. As he slew the innocent victim, he trembled at the thought that his sin must shed the blood of the spotless Lamb of God." – Ibid., p. 68.


"Here (at the gate of Eden) their altars were reared, and their offerings presented. It was here that Cain and Abel had brought their sacrifices, and God had condescended to communicate with them." – Ibid., p. 84.


“With intense interest he (Satan) watched the sacrifices offered by Adam and his


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sons. In these ceremonies he discerned a symbol of communion between earth and heaven.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 115.


“. . . in the Child of Bethlehem was veiled the glory before which angels bow. This unconscious babe was the promised seed, to whom the first altar at the gate of Eden pointed.” – Ibid., p. 52


Question 7

How did Jesus fulfill both the daily sacrifices? Mark 15:25,33,34.


Note – “Christ was nailed to the cross between the third and sixth hour, that is, between nine and twelve o'clock. In the afternoon He died. This was the hour of the evening sacrifice. Then the veil of the temple, that which hid God's glory from the view of the congregation of Israel, was rent in twain from top to bottom.” – Letter 230, 1907 (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, pp. 1108,1109).


“In the antitype, Christ fulfilled the Sanctuary law of both the morning and evening sacrifice. He was nailed to the cross at the third hour, 9 o'clock. . . He died at the ninth hour, 3 o'clock.” – The Daily, Part 1, p. 4.


Question 8

What should all this teach us today about the worship in heaven and our worship here on earth? Matt. 6:10.


Note – “We must now, by diligent, self-sacrificing effort, endeavor to walk in the love of Christ, in the unity of the Spirit, through sanctification of the truth. No halfway work will suffice to fulfill the representation given in the prayer of Christ. We are to practice the principles of heaven here below. In heaven there is one grand meeting place.” – Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 197.


“From every Christian home a holy light should shine forth. Love should be revealed in action. It should flow out in all home intercourse, showing itself in thoughtful kindness, in gentle, unselfish courtesy. There are homes where this principle is carried out – homes where God is worshiped and truest love reigns From these homes morning and evening prayer ascends to God as sweet incense, and His mercies and blessings descend upon the suppliants like the morning dew.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 144.



Your children . . . should be taught to respect the hour of prayer; they should be required to rise in the morning so as to be present at family worship. – Child Guidance, p. 521.

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Abraham's Daily Example



Memory Verse

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." – Heb. 11:8.

Introduction

"After the Flood the people once more increased on the earth, and wickedness also increased. Idolatry became well-nigh universal, and the Lord finally left the hardened transgressors to follow their evil ways, while He chose Abraham, of the line of Shem, and made him the keeper of His law for future generations (MS 65, 1906)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, p. 1092.

"In that age, idolatry was fast creeping in and conflicting with the worship of the true God. But Abraham did not become an idolater. Although his own father was vacillating between the true and the false worship, and with his knowledge of the truth false theories and idolatrous practices were mingled, Abraham kept free from this infatuation. He was not ashamed of his faith, and made no effort to hide the fact that he made God his trust. He 'builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord' (YI March 4, 1897)." – Ibid.



Question 1

For what purpose did God call Abraham to leave Ur? Gen. 12:1-3.


Note – "The message of God came to Abraham, 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee.' In order that God might qualify him for his great work as the keeper of the sacred oracles, Abraham must be separated from the associations of his early life. The influence of kindred and friends would interfere with the training which the Lord purposed to give His servant. Now that Abraham was, in a special sense, connected with heaven, he must dwell among strangers. His character must be peculiar, differing from all the world. He could not even explain his course of action so as to be understood by his friends. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, his motives and actions were not comprehended hy his idolatrous kindred.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 126.


"God selected Abraham as His messenger through whom to communicate light to the world." – Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 523.


“God called Abraham to be a teacher of His word, He chose him to be the father of a great nation, because He saw that Abraham would instruct his children and his household in the principles of God's law. And that which gave power to Abraham's teaching was the influence of his own life." – Education, p. 187.


Question 2

How does sacred history record Abraham’s response to the call? Gen. 12:4,5; Heb. 11:8.


Note – “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.' Hebrews 11:8. Abraham's unquestioning obedience is one of the most striking evidences of faith to be found in all the Bible. To him, faith was 'the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' Verse 1. Relying upon the divine promise, without the least outward assurance of its fulfillment, he abandoned home and kindred and native land, and went forth, he knew not whither, to follow where God should lead. . . it was no light test that was thus brought upon Abraham, no small sacrifice that was required of him. There were strong ties to bind him to his country, his kindred, and his home. But he did not hesitate to obey the call. He had no question to ask concerning the land of promise – whether the soil was fertile and the climate healthful; whether the country afforded agreeable surroundings and would afford opportunities for amassing wealth. God had spoken, and His servant must obey; the happiest place on earth for him was the place where God would have him to be." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 126.


Question 3

By what method did Abraham teach God's law and the promise of a Redeemer to come, to the heathen? Gen. 12:6-8; 13:1-4.


Note – ". . . Abraham made his encampment . . . . But to the worshiper of Jehovah, a heavy shadow rested upon wooded hill and fruitful plain. 'The Canaanite was then in the land.' Abraham had reached the goal of his hopes to find a country occupied by an alien race and overspread with idolatry. In the groves were set up



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the altars of false gods, and human sacrifices were offered upon the neighboring heights. While he clung to the divine promise, it was not without distressful forebodings that he pitched his tent. Then 'the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land.' His faith was strengthened by this assurance that the divine presence was with him, that he was not left to the mercy of the wicked. 'And there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.' Still a wayfarer, he soon removed to a spot near Bethel, and again erected an altar, and called upon the name of the Lord." – Ibid., p. 128.


Question 4

At what special times did Abraham sacrifice on these altars? 1 Chron. 16:40.


Note – "The life of Abraham, the friend of God, was a life of prayer. Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was built an altar, upon which were offered the morning and evening sacrifice." – Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 44.


Question 5

Were the teachings and example of Abraham followed by his descendants? Gen. 33:18-20.


Note – ". . .Isaac had been trained from childhood to ready, trusting obedience, and as the purpose of God was opened before him, he yielded a willing submission. He was a sharer in Abraham's faith. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 152.


"Crossing the Jordan, 'Jacob came in peace to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan.' Genesis 33:18, R.V. Thus the patriarch's prayer at Bethel, that God would bring him again in peace to his own land, had been granted. For a time he dwelt in the vale of Shechem. It was here that Abraham, more than a hundred years before, had made his first encampment and erected his first altar in the Land of Promise. Here Jacob 'bought the parcel of ground where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money. And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel' (verses 19,20) – 'God, the God of Israel.' Like Abraham, Jacob set up beside his tent an altar unto the Lord, calling the members of his household to the morning and evening sacrifice." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 204.


Question 6

Did any of the heathen learn to worship the true God from Abraham's example? Gen. 13:14-18.


Note – "Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was set up his altar, calling all within his encampment to the morning and evening sacrifice. When his tent was removed, the altar remained. In following years, there were those among the roving Canaanites who received instruction from Abraham; and whenever one of these came to that altar, he knew who had been there before him; and when he had pitched his tent, he repaired the altar, and there worshiped the living God." – Ibid., p. 128.


". . .many a roving Canaanite, whose knowledge of God had been gained from the life of Abraham His servant, tarried at that altar to offer sacrifice to Jehovah." – Education, p. 187.


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Question 7

What are we to learn from this lesson? 1 Cor. 10:11.


Note – "The example of Abraham is recorded in sacred history for the benefit of his believing children." – Signs of the Times, April 1, 1875.


“Abraham, ‘the friend of God,’ set us a worthy example. His was a life of prayer.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 128.




‘When thou makest a dinner or a supper,’ Christ says, ‘call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, no thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: . . . .' These are guests whom it will lay on you no great burden to receive. You will not need to provide for them elaborate or expensive entertainment. You will need to make no effort at display. The warmth of a genial welcome, a place at your fireside, a seat at your home table, the privilege of sharing the blessing of the hour of prayer, would to many of these be like a glimpse of heaven. – The Adventist Home, p. 448.




Sweet Hour of Prayer


Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me, at my Father's throne, Make all my wants and wishes known!

In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter's snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His word, and trust His grace,

I'll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! May I thy consolation share

Till from Mount Pisgah's lofty height I view my home and take my flight.

In my immortal flesh I'll rise To seize the everlasting prize.

And shout while passing throught the air, "Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”


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Children of Abraham



Memory Verse

"And if ye be Christ's, then, are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." – Gal. 3:29.

Introduction

"The spirit of bondage is engendered by seeking to live in accordance with legal religion, through striving to fulfill the claims of the law in our own strength. There is hope for us only as we come under the Abrahamic covenant, which is the covenant of grace by faith in Christ Jesus. The gospel preached to Abraham, through which he had hope, was the same gospel that is preached to us today, through which we have hope. Abraham looked unto Jesus, who is also the Author and the Finisher of our faith (YI Sept. 22, 1892)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 1077.



Question 1

To what heritage do all Christians lay claim? Gal. 3:6,7,26-29.


Note – ". . Abraham's seed was to be as the sand of the sea for multitude. It is, therefore, obvious that the few identified Jews of today are not the only descendants of Abraham's, but that many of the Gentiles must be of Abraham. Since this mixed up situation exists, hardly anyone can really say for sure that he is not one of Abraham's children. Perhaps many of the nations whom the world calls Gentiles are the children of Abraham. We do not know for sure who is who. God, however, has kept a perfect geneological record, for He says: 'I will make mention


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of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest Himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.' Psa. 87:4-6. Furthermore, though one be of Gentile blood, if he truly accepts Christ he by his spiritual birth becomes of the seed of Abraham for says Inspiration, 'If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.' Gal. 3:29. The children of Abraham here addressed, therefore, are not to be sought among the identified unbelieving Jews, but among the Christians." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 37 (Revised), pp. 11,12.


“Whosoever has been converted to Christianity, accepting Christ as his personal Saviour, has had an experience which has completely overthrown and revolutionized his former plans and hopes, his entire way of life. He has renounced the world and all its 'pleasures of sin for a season' (Heb. 11:25), and has become a new creature in Christ, born again, heir of the kingdom according to the promise! This is what Jesus meant when He declared to Nicodemus: 'Ye must be born again.' And Paul, having this experience in mind, says: 'If ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.' Gal. 3:29. Regardless, therefore, whether one be Jew or Gentile, he can have no part in the kingdom of Christ, save through the second birth, by which he becomes one of the seed of Abraham. This spiritual transformation, nevertheless, does not fix anyone's racial identity and tribal lineage." – Mount Sion At The Eleventh Hour,' Tract No. 8, pp. 7,8. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 2

What counsel does Isaiah the Gospel prophet give us? Isa. 51:1,2.


Note – “Those who profess to be looking for the soon coming of our Saviour, should have Abrahamic faith, a faith that is valued because it has cost them something, a faith that works by love, and purifies the soul. The example of Abraham is left on record for us upon whom the ends of the world have come." – The Signs of the Times, April 1, 1875.


Question 3

In view of our claim, to be children of Abraham, what did Jesus say that we should do? John 8:39.


Note – "If you want the blessing of God, parents, do as did Abraham." – Letter 53, 1887. (Quoted in Bible Biographies, Old Testament by Mrs. E. G. White, Vol. 1, p. 57 – Compiled by Walter T. Rea.)


“When the method pursued by Abraham is followed, then, and then only, can any one of us be justified; there is no other way. 'And if ye be Christ's then are y Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.' (Gal. 3:29.) 'If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.' (John 8:39.) Let us take notice of Abraham's faith, experience, and justification. 'Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father.' (Isa. 51:1,2.) . . . .By simply doing the things that God asked of him he obtained this record: 'Because that Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my


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charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.' 'In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.' (Gen. 26:5,4.) Having childlike faith in the Word, and doing all God has said, is the only sanctification and righteousness that is Christ's. Such are the children of Abraham, and to them is the promise. They openly declare that the blood of Christ has the power to save them from the bondage of sin, and from the condemnation of the law. They shall inherit the land for ever and ever. These are the Israel of God. There are no others, and this only is righteousness and sanctification by faith.” – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 298,300. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


Question 4

What is one of the works of Abraham that we are admonished to do? Gen. 12:6-8; 13:1-4, 14-18.


Note – "Abraham, 'the friend of God,' set us a worthy example. His was a life of prayer. Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was set up his altar, calling all within his encampment to the morning and evening sacrifice." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 128.


"From every Christian home a holy light should shine forth Love should be revealed in action. It should flow out in all home intercourse, showing itself in thoughtful kindness, in gentle, unselfish courtesy. There are homes where this principle is carried out – homes where God is worshiped and truest love reigns. From these homes morning and evening prayer ascends to God as sweet incense, and His mercies and blessings descend upon the suppliants like the morning dew." – Ibid., p. 144.


Question 5

Wouldn't observing the sacred hours of prayer, as did Abraham, constitute trying to be saved by works instead of faith? James 2:14-26.


Note – "There are many who fail to understand the relation of faith and works. They say, 'Only believe in Christ, and you are safe. You have nothing to do with keeping the law.' But genuine faith will be manifest in obedience. Said Christ to the unbelieving Jews, 'if ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.' John 8:39. And concerning the father of the faithful the Lord declares, 'Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.' Genesis 26:5. Says the apostle James, 'Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.' James 2:17. And John, who dwells so fully upon love, tells us, 'This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.' 1 John 5:3." – Ibid., pp. 153,154.


Question 6

What sad experience is recorded in sacred history, concerning one who left off worshiping with Abraham? Gen. 13:1-18; 19:1-26.


Note – "In how wide contrast to the life of Abraham was that of Lot! Once they had been companions, worshiping at one altar, dwelling side by side in their pilgrim tents; but how widely separated now! Lot had chosen Sodom for its pleasure and profit. Leaving Abraham's altar and its daily sacrifice to the living God, he had permitted his children to mingle with a corrupt and idolatrous


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people . . . .He was saved at last as 'a brand plucked out of the fire' (Zechariah 3:2), yet stripped of his possessions, bereaved of his wife and children, dwelling in caves, like the wild beasts, covered with infamy in his old age . . . .How terrible were the results that followed one unwise step." – Patriachs and Prophets, p. 168. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 7

What counsel, given by Paul, would be well to consider in the light of this story? Heb. 10:23-25.


Note – "The life of Abraham, the friend of God, was a life of prayer. Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was built an altar, upon which were offered the morning and the evening sacrifice. . . So the homes of Christians should be lights in the world. From them, morning and evening, prayer should ascend to God as sweet incense. And as the morning dew, His mercies and blessings will descend upon the suppliants. Fathers and mothers, each morning and evening gather your children around you, and in humble supplication lift the heart to God for help. Your dear ones are exposed to temptation. Daily annoyances beset the path of young and old. Those who would live patient, loving, cheerful lives must pray. Only by receiving constant help from God can we gain the victory over self. Each morning consecrate yourselves and your children to God for that day. Make no calculation for months or years; these are not yours. One brief day is given you As if it were your last on earth, work during its hours for the Master." – Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 44.


"In every family there should be fixed time for morning and evening worship.” – Ibid., p. 43.


“The hour of prayer should not be neglected for any consideration. Do not talk and amuse yourselves till all are too weary to enjoy the season of devotion. To do this is to present to God a lame offering. At an early hour in the evening (3 o'clock), when we can pray unhurriedly and understandingly, we should present our supplications, and raise our voices in happy, grateful praise." – Messages to Young People, p. 342.


"God loves His obedient children. He has a kingdom prepared, not for disloyal subjects, but for His children whom He has tested and tried in a world marred and corrupted by sin. As obedient children, we have the privilege of relationship with God. 'If children,' He says, 'then heirs' to an immortal inheritance. . . Christ and His people are one (Letter 119, 1897)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 1077.


“What if you personally and alone were called by His word, as was Abraham, to stand alone for Truth and righteousness, would you be a hero for God as was Abraham, or would you do as did backsliding Judas Iscariot?” – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 37 (Revised), p. 12.


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The Sactuary and its Daily Service



Memory Verse

"It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these." – Heb. 9:23.

Introduction

"After the settlement of the Hebrews in Canaan, the tabernacle was replaced by the temple of Solomon, which, though a permanent structure and upon a larger scale, observed the same proportions, and was similarly furnished. In this form the sanctuary existed – except while it lay in ruins in Daniel's time – until its destruction by the Romans, in A.D. 70. This is the only sanctuary that ever existed on the earth, of which the Bible gives any information. This was declared by Paul to be the sanctuary of the first covenant . . . .And Paul says that the first tabernacle 'was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices;' that its holy places were 'patterns of things in the heavens;' that the priests who offered gifts according to the law served 'unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,' and that 'Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.' " – The Great Controversy, pp. 412,413.



Question 1

While Israel was in the wilderness, what did God command Moses to do? Ex. 25:1-8; Heb. 9:1-5.


Note – "The sanctuary to which Paul here refers was the tabernacle built by Moses at the command of God as the earthly dwelling place of the Most High. 'Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them' (Exodus 25:8), was the direction given to Moses while in the mount with God. The Israelites were journeying through the wilderness, and the tabernacle was so constructed that it could be removed from place to place." – The Great Controversy, pp. 411,412. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 2

What pattern did Moses use for the construction of the tabernacle? Ex. 25:9; Heb. 8:5 9:23,24.


Note – “In order that the earthly tabernacle might represent the heavenly, it must be perfect in all its parts, and it must be, in every smallest detail, like the pattern in the heavens." – Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 60.


"God Himself gave to Moses the plan of that structure, with particular directions as to its size and form, the materials to be employed, and every article of furniture which it was to contain. The holy places made with hands were to be 'figures of the true,' 'patterns of things in the heavens'. . . – a miniature representation of the heavenly temple where Christ, our great High Priest, after offering His life as sacrifice, was to minister in the sinner's behalf. God presented before Moses in the mount a view of the heavenly sanctuary, and commanded him to make all things according to the pattern shown him." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 343.


“Moses made the earthly sanctuary, 'according to the fashion that he had seen.’ Paul declares that 'the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry,' when completed, were 'patterns of things in the heavens.' Acts 7:44; Hebrews 9:21,23. And John says that he saw the sanctuary in heaven. That sanctuary, in which Jesus ministers in our behalf, is the great original, of which the sanctuary built by Moses was a copy.” – Ibid., p. 357.


Question 3

What ordinance, observed since Adam, was incorporated into the services of the sanctuary? Num. 4:16; 1 Chron. 16:40; 2 Chron. 2:4; Ezra 3:3.


Note – "The ministration of the earthly sanctuary consisted of two divisions; the priests ministered daily in the holy place, while once a year the high priest performed a special work of atonement in the most holy, for the cleansing of the sanctuary. Day by day the repentant sinner brought his offering to the door of the tabernacle and, placing his hand upon the victim's head, confessed his sins, thus in figure transferring them from himself to the innocent sacrifice . . . .The blood, representing the forfeited life of the sinner, whose guilt the victim bore, was carried by the priest into the holy place and sprinkled before the veil, behind which was the ark containing the law that the sinner had transgressed." – The Great Controversy, p. 418.


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Question 4

What was done at 9 and 3 each day? Ex. 29:38-46; Lev. 6:8-13; Num. 28:3,4.


Note – "Every morning and evening a lamb of a year old was burned upon the altar, With its appropriate meat offering, thus symbolizing the daily consecration of the nation to Jehovah, and their constant dependence upon the atoning blood of Christ. God expressly directed that every offering presented for the service of the sanctuary should be 'without blemish.' Exodus 12:5. The priests were to examine all animals brought as a sacrifice, and were to reject every one in which a defect was discovered. Only an offering 'without blemish' could be a symbol of His perfect purity who was to offer Himself as 'a lamb without blemish and without spot.' 1 Peter 1:19." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 352.


Question 5

What was offered to God, morning and evening, besides the two lambs? Ex. 30:1,7,8.


Note – "In the offering of incense the priest was brought more directly into the presence of God than in any other act of the daily ministration. As the inner veil of the sanctuary did not extend to the top of the building, the glory of God, which was manifested above the mercy seat, was partially visible from the first apartment. When the priest offered incense before the Lord, he looked toward the ark; and as the cloud of incense arose, the divine glory descended upon the mercy seat and filled the most holy place, and often so filled both apartments that the priest was obliged to retire to the door of the tabernacle." – Ibid., p. 353.


Question 6

Did the offering of the incense have any significance? Ps. 141:2; Eph. 5:1,2; Rev. 8:3-5.


Note – "The incense, ascending with the prayers of Israel, represents the merits and intercession of Christ, His perfect righteousness, which through faith is imputed to His people, and which can alone make the worship of sinful beings acceptable to God. Before the veil of the most holy place was an altar of perpetual intercession, before the holy, an altar of continual atonement . . . .As the priests morning and evening entered the holy place at the time of incense, the daily sacrifice was ready to be offered upon the altar in the court without. This was a time of intense interest to the worshipers who assembled at the tabernacle. Before entering into the presence of God through the ministration of the priest, they were to engage in earnest searching of heart and confession of sin. They united in silent prayer, with their faces toward the holy place. Thus their petitions ascended with the cloud of incense, while faith laid hold upon the merits of the promised Saviour prefigured by the atoning sacrifice." – Ibid.


Question 7

What have we learned about the ministration in the heavenly sanctuary, besides Christ offering His blood? Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18.


Note – "By blood and by incense God was to be approached – symbols pointing to the great Mediator, through whom sinners may approach Jehovah, and through whom alone mercy and salvation can be granted to the repentant, believing soul." – Ibid.


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"Christ, our Mediator, and the Holy Spirit are constantly interceding in man's behalf . . .(MS 50, 1900)" – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 1077.


Question 8

How important was the time involved in the morning and evening services?


Note – "The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 48,49.


"The hours appointed for the morning and evening sacrifice were regarded as sacred, and they came to be observed as the set time for worship throughout the Jewish nation. And when in later times the Jews were scattered as captives in distant lands, they still at the appointed hour turned their faces toward Jerusalem and offered up their petitions to the God of Israel. In this custom Christians have an example for morning and evening prayer. While God condemns a mere round of ceremonies, without the spirit of worship, He looks with great pleasure upon those who love Him, bowing morning and evening to seek pardon for sins committed and to present their requests for needed blessings." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 353,354.


"Children should be taught to respect and reverence the hour of prayer. . . It is the duty of Christian parents, morning and evening, by earnest prayer and persevering faith, to make a hedge about their children." – Testimonies, Vol. 1, pp. 397,398.


"Every week God is robbed by some infringement upon the borders of His holy time; and the hours that should be devoted to prayer and meditation are given to worldly employments." – Ibid., Vol. 4, p. 247.


"Morning and evening your earnest prayers should ascend to God for His blessing and guidance." – Ibid., pp. 615,616.


"Let the families, the individual Christians, and the churches bear in mind that they are closely allied to heaven. The Lord has a special interest in His church militant here below. The angels who offer the smoke of the fragrant incense are for the praying saints. . . Morning and evening the heavenly universe behold every household that prays, and the angel with the incense (the Holy Spirit), representing the blood of the atonement, finds access to God (MS 15, 1897).” – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 971.


“Without a knowledge of the Holy Spirit as our Intercessor to make efficaceous the precious blood of Christ, our Intercessor. . .we cannot approach God. . .” – The Daily, Part 2, p. 8.


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The Fall and Restoration of True Worship in the History of Israel



Memory Verse

"Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up." – Hos. 6:1.

Introduction

"With the rending of the kingdom early in Rehoboam's reign the glory of Israel began to depart, never again to be regained in its fullness. At times during the centuries that followed, the throne of David was occupied by men of moral worth and far-seeing judgment, and under the rulership of these sovereigns the blessings resting upon the men of Judah were extended to the surrounding nations. At times the name of Jehovah was exalted above every false god, and His law was held in reverence. From time to time mighty prophets arose to strengthen the hands of the rulers and to encourage the people to continued faithfulness. But the seeds of evil already springing up when Rehoboam ascended the throne were never to be wholly uprooted; and at times the once favored people of God were to fall so low as to become a byword among the heathen." – Prophets and Kings, p. 96.

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the teachings of the prophets, His love for and His plan for their salvation are clearly revealed. Th story of Israel's call, of their successes and failures, of their restoration to divine favor, of their rejection of the Master of the vineyard, and of the carrying out of the plan of the ages by a goodly remnant to whom are to be fulfilled all the covenant promises – this has been the theme of God's messengers to His church throughout the centuries that have passed." – Prophets and Kings, p. 22.



Question 1

At what special times do we find David devoting himself to prayer? Ps. 5:1-3; 55:16,17; 141:2.


Note – "Prayer means very much to the children of God, and thank offerings should come up before God morning and evening. Says the Psalmist, 'O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.' (MS 12, 1898)" – My Life Today, p. 29.


Question 2

After the division of the kingdom of Israel, how did Jeroboam wean the people away from the true system of worship? 1 Kings 12:20,26-31.


Note – “Placed on the throne by the ten tribes of Israel who had rebelled against the house of David, Jeroboam, the former servant of Solomon, was in a position to bring about wise reforms in both civil and religious affairs . . . But Jeroboam failed to make God his trust. Jeroboam's greatest fear was that at some future time the hearts of his subjects might be won over by the ruler occupying the throne of David. He reasoned that if the ten tribes should be permitted to visit often the ancient seat of the Jewish monarchy, where the services of the temple were still conducted as in the years of Solomon's reign, many might feel inclined to renew their allegiance to the government centering at Jerusalem. Taking counsel with his advisers, Jeroboam determined by one bold stroke to lessen, so far as possible, the probability of a revolt from his rule. He would bring this about by creating within the borders of his newly formed kingdom two centers of worship, one at Bethel and the other at Dan. In these places the ten tribes should be invited to assemble, instead of at Jerusalem, to worship God. . . Accordingly he caused to be made two calves of gold. . . So strong was Jeroboam's desire to keep the ten tribes away from Jerusalem that he lost sight of the fundamental weakness of his plan. He failed to take into consideration the great peril to which he was exposing the Israelites by setting before them the idolatrous symbol of the deity with which their ancestors had been so familiar during the centuries of Egyptian bondage . . . .But his set purpose of inducing the northern tribes to discontinue their annual visits to the Holy City led him to adopt the most imprudent of measures . . . . Thus they were invited to bow down before the golden images and adopt strange forms of worship." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 99-101.


Question 3

During the years, how did God endeavour to lead His people back from their idolatry? Hos. 4:1-14.


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Note – “Through faithful messengers the Lord sent repeated warnings to the apostate king and the people, but in vain were these words of reproof. In vain did the inspired messengers assert Jehovah’s right to be the only God in Israel; in vain did they exalt the laws that He had entrusted to them.” – Prophets and Kings, p. 116.


Question 4

What outstanding demonstration was enacted by Elijah in order to win the people’s allegiance back to Jehovah? 1 Kings 18:17-40.


Note – “It is the hour of the evening sacrifice, and Elijah bids the people, ‘Come near unto me.’ As they tremblingly draw near, he turns to the broken-down altar where once men worshipped the God of heaven, and repairs it. To him this heap of ruins is more precious than al the magnificent altars of heathendom. In the reconstruction of this ancient altar, Elijah revealed his respect for the covenant that the Lord made with Israel when they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land.” – Ibid., p. 151.


“Elijah at the hour of evening sacrifice repairs the altar of God which the apostasy of Israel has allowed the priests of Baal to tear down. He does not call upon one of the people to aid him in his laborious work. The altars of Baal are all prepared; but he turns to the broken-down altar of God, which is more sacred and precious to him in its unsightly ruins than all the magnificent altars of Baal. . . .With calmness and solemnity he repairs the broken-down altar with twelve stones, according to the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. . . .After the victim is laid upon the altar, he commands the people to flood the sacrifice and the altar with water, and to fill the trench round about the altar. He then reverentially bows before the unseen God, raises his hands toward heaven, and offers a calm and simple prayer, unattended with violent gestures or contortions of the body. . . .No shrieks. . . .no extravagant expressions. . . Elijah’s prayer is very short, earnest, reverential, and sincere.” – Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 284,285.


“ ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel,’ the prophet pleads, ‘let it be known this day that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the Lord God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again.’ . . .No sooner is the prayer of Elijah ended than flames of fire, like brilliant flashes of lightning, descend from heaven upon the upreared altar, consuming the sacrifice, licking up the water in the trench, an dconsuming even the stones of the altar. . . It resembles the pillar of fire which at the Red Sea separated the children of Israel from the Egyptian host. The people on the mount. . . .convicted of their duty to acknowledge the God of Elijah as the God of their fathers, to whom they owe allegiance, they cry out together as with one voice, ‘The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.’ “ – Prophets and Kings, pp. 152,153.


Question 5

Even though the two tribes still had the temple, how had they responded to God’s messengers? 2 Chron. 24:19; 36:15,16.


Note – “ ‘The Lord brought Judah low’ because of continued transgression. In this time of chastisement Ahaz, instead of repenting, trespassed ‘yet more against the Lord:. . .for he sacrificed unto the Gods of Damascus.’ ‘Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them,’ he said, ‘therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me.’ 2 Chronicles 28:19,22,23. As the apostate king neared the end of his reign, he caused the doors of the temple to be closed. The sacred services were interrupted. No longer were the candlesticks kept burning before the altar. No longer were offerings made for the sins of the people. No longer did sweet incense ascend on high at the time of the morning and the evening sacrifice. Deserting the courts of the house of God and locking fast the doors, the inhabitants of the godless city boldly set up altars for the worship of heathen deities on the street corners throughout Jerusalem.” – Prophets and Kings, p. 330.


Question 6

During the captivity, were there any who remained true to God, worshipping at the sacred hours? Dan. 6:1-28.


Note – “And when in later times the Jews were scattered as captives in distant lands, they still at the appointed hour turned their faces toward Jerusalem and offered up their petitions to the God of Israel. In this custom Christians have an example for morning and evening prayer.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 354.


“The honors bestowed upon Daniel excited the jealousy of the leading men of the kingdom, and they sought for occasion of complaint against him. But they could find none. . . .Thereupon the presidents and princes, counseling together, devised a scheme whereby they hoped to accomplish the prophet’s destruction. They determined to ask the king to sign a decree which they should prepare, forbidding any person in the realm to ask anything of God or man, except of Darius the king, for the space of thirty days. . . .The prophet’s enemies counted on Daniel’s firm adherence to principle for the success of their plan. And they were not mistaken in their estimate of his character. He quickly read their malignant purpose in framing the decree, but he did not change his course in a single particular. Why should he cease to pray now, when he most needed to pray? . . .With calmness he performed his duties as chief of the princes; and at the hour of prayer he went to his chamber, and with his windows open toward Jerusalem, in accordance with his usual custom, he offered his petition to the God of heaven. He did not try to conceal his act. Although he knew full well the consequences of his fidelity to God. . . .Surrounded by idolaters, he was a faithful witness to this truth.” – Prophets and Kings, pp. 539-542.


Question 7

Years later, what did Ezra discover, and what did He do? Ezra 9:1-15.


Note – “In his study of the causes leading to the Babylonish captivity, Ezra had learned that Israel’s apostasy was largely traceable to their mingling with heathen nations. . . .He thought of God’s goodness in again giving His people a foothold in their native land, and he was overwhelmed with righteous indignation and with


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grief at their ingratitude. 'When I heard this thing,' he says, 'I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied. Then were assembled unto me everyone that trembled at the words of the God of Israel. . . and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.' Verses 3,4. At the time of the evening sacrifice Ezra rose, and, once more rending his garment and his mantle, he fell upon his knees and unburdened his soul in supplication to Heaven. . . . This was the beginning of a wonderful reformation. . . More than two thousand years have passed since Ezra 'prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it' (Ezra 7:10), yet the lapse of time has not lessened the influence of his pious example." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 620-623. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 8

At what special time was the announcement of the forerunner of the Great Sacrifice, the Lamb of God, made to Zacharias? Luke 1:5-23,57-64.


Note – "Zacharias dwelt in 'the hill country of Judea,' but he had gone up to Jerusalem to minister for one week in the temple, a service required twice a year from the priests of each course. 'And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord ('It was the duty of the priest in this service [morning and evening sacrifice] to pray for the pardon of public and national sins, and for the coming of the Messiah. . .' – The Desire of Ages, p. 99).' He was standing before the golden altar in the holy place of the sanctuary. The cloud of incense with the prayers of Israel was ascending before God. Suddenly he became conscious of a divine presence. An angel of the Lord was 'standing on the right side of the altar.' The position of the angel was an indication of favor, but Zacharias took no note of this. For many years he had prayed for the coming of the Redeemer; now heaven had sent its messenger to announce that these prayers were about to be answered . . . . He was filled with fear and self-condemnation. But he was greeted with the joyful assurance: 'Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. . . and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost. . . And he shall. . .make ready a people prepared for the Lord. . .' " – The Desire of Ages, pp. 97,98.



The hours of morning and evening worship should be the sweetest and most helpful of the day. – Child Guidance, p. 522.



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The Lamb of God



Memory Verse

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." – John 1:29, last part

Introduction

"There is no discord between the Old Testament and the New. In the Old Testament we find the gospel of a corning Saviour; in the New Testament we have the gospel of a Saviour revealed as the prophecies had foretold. While the Old Testament is constantly pointing forward to the true offering, the New Testament shows that the Saviour prefigured by the typical offerings has come. The dim glory of the Jewish age has been succeeded by the brighter, clearer glory of the Christian age. But not once has Christ stated that His coming destroyed the claims of God's law. On the contrary, in the very last message to His church, by way of Patmos, He pronounces a benediction upon those who keep His Father's law: 'Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city' (ST July 29, 1886)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, pp. 1095,1096. (Paren. belong.)



Question 1

What did we learn was offered morning and evening in the sanctuary? Ex. 29:38-46.


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the offering of sweet incense on the golden altar, and the special offerings for individual sins. And there were also offerings for sabbaths, new moons, and special feasts. Every morning and evening a lamb of a year old was burned upon the altar, with its appropriate meat offering, thus symbolizing the daily consecration of the nation to Jehovah. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 352.


Question 2

To Whom had these lambs pointed forward for centuries? John 1:29,35,36; Isa. 53:4-7.


Note – "The offerings presented to the Lord were to be without blemish. These offerings represented Christ, and from this it is evident that Jesus Himself was free from physical deformity. He was the 'lamb without blemish and without spot.' 1 Peter 1:19." – The Desire of Ages, p. 50.


"Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death." – Ibid., p. 652.


"The typical system of sacrifices and offerings was established that through these services the sinner might discern the great offering, Christ. But the Jews were so blinded by pride and sin that but few of them could see farther than the death of beasts as an atonement for sin; and when Christ, whom these offerings prefigured, came, they could not discern Him. The ceremonial law was glorious; it was the provision made by Jesus Christ in counsel with His Father, to aid in the salvation of the race. The whole arrangement of the typical system was founded on Christ. Adam saw Christ prefigured in the innocent beast suffering the penalty of his transgression of Jehovah's law (RH May 6, 1875)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, pp. 1094,1095. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 3

During His life on earth, did Jesus observe the daily hours of the morning and evening sacrifice? John 8:46, last part; 1 Peter 2:21, 22.


Note – ". . .Christ must conform to the law in every particular." – The Desire of Ages, p. 50.


"In His life on earth, Christ developed a perfect character, He rendered perfect obedience to His Father's commandments . . . .Before the Pharisees He could say, 'Which of you convinceth me of sin?' Not one stain of sin was found upon Him. He stood before the world the spotless Lamb of God (YI Dec. 29, 1898)." Sons and Daughters of God, p. 25.


"For thirty years He lived the life of a perfect man, meeting the highest standard of perfection (Letter 69, 1897)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1086. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 4

During His crucifixion how did Jesus fulfill the types of the morning and evening sacrifice? Num. 28:4; Mark 15:24,25; Num. 28:8; Mark 15:34-38.


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Note – "In the antitype, Christ fulfilled the Sanctuary law of both the morning and the evening sacrifice. He was nailed to the cross at the third hour, 9 o'clock (Num. 28:4). 'And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.' Mark 15:24,25. He died at the ninth hour, 3 o’clock. . .” – The Daily, Part 1, p. 4. (Parenthesis belong to quotation.)


“When the loud cry, ‘It is finished,’ came from the lips of Christ, the priests were officiating in the temple. It was the hour of the evening sacrifice." – The Desire of Ages, p. 756.


Question 5

At Jesus death, what took place in the temple that was very significant? Matt. 27:50,51.


Note – “But the earth trembles and quakes; for the Lord (Holy Spirit). . .draws near. With a rending noise the inner veil of the temple is torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand, throwing open to the gaze of the multitude a place once filled with the presence of God . . . . All is terror and confusion. The priest is about to slay the victim; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes. Type has met antitype in the death of God's Son. The great sacrifice has been made." – Ibid., pp. 756,757.


“As the high priest was ready to stay the lamb, the ‘Daily’ typical evening service, at the ninth hour, 3:00 p.m., which pointed to Jesus, the antitypical Lamb, the veil of the temple between the holy and the most holy place, where the high priest was forbidden to enter except once a year on the occasion of the day of Atonement, was rent by the hand of Omnipotence, and the typical sacrifice escaped. Here was shown the transferral of the 'Daily' from earth to heaven." – The Daily, Part 2, p. 8.


Question 6


How could the services of the earthly sanctuary be transferred to the heavenly, at this time – Friday, if Jesus did not ascend till Sunday morning? Heb. 9:14: Rom. 8:26.


Note – ". . what was done in type in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary (bringing the fresh warm blood of the lamb into the holy place and offering it before the veil) is done in reality (on Friday at 3:00 p.m.) in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary." – The Great Controversy, p. 420.


How? "The Holy Spirit left Jesus and ascended to the Heavenly sanctuary to mediate His precious blood in the holy place to atone for Israel that day." – The Daily, Part 2, p. 8.


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necessary to fulfill the sanctuary law, for His blood to be mediated in the heavenly sanctuary at the time of the evening sacrifice, when the blood of the sacrifice must be offered as the seventh-day Sabbath drew on. Therefore, it was mandatory the Messiah's Father sit on His throne as the Holy Spirit, acting in the capacity of High Priest, Melchizedek, mediated the blood of the Son, the Sacrifice, in the heavenly sanctuary. Consequently, we see not only the Son involved in the sacrifice of His life to redeem man, but also, all heaven and the Triune Godhead, the whole Heavenly Family were involved . . . . The transfer of the temple service from the earthly sanctuary, offering of the blood of animals, which was a pattern of the Heavenly, was accomplished by offering the blood of the Son of Gods in the heavenly sanctuary by the Eternal Spirit, Melchizedek (Heb. 9:14)." – The Daily, Part 2, pp. 7,8. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)



After the Order of Melchisedec



Memory Verse

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. By a new and living way. . ." – Heb. 10:19,20, first part.

Introduction

"The significance of the Jewish economy is not yet fully comprehended. Truths vast and profound are shadowed forth in its rites and symbols. The gospel is the key that unlocks its mysteries. Through a knowledge of the plan of redemption,, its truths are opened to the understanding. Far more than we do, it is our privilege to understand these wonderful themes. We are to comprehend the deep things of God." – Christ's Object Lessons, p. 133.


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Question 1

What special appoiniment did Jesus have in heaven, after His resurrection? John 20:1-18; Lev. 23:10,11.


Note – "Since the One to whom all the animal sacrifices pointed forward, in the type, had come, the plan of redemption and recreation had met its fulfillment. On the morrow after the seventh-day Sabbath the antitypical wave-sheaf was offered in the tabernacle not made with hands, signifying the beginning of the harvest for the dead and the transformation of the temple service from earth to heaven.” – Seven Letters to Florence Houteff and the Executive Council of the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventist Association, pp. 95,96.


"He arose in time, early the first day of the week, to present the wave-sheaf at the third hour (9 o'clock in the morning) in the Heavenly Sanctuary. . ." – The Daily, Part 1, p. 4. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


"He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet; He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave-sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. He approaches the Father . . . .Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. . . The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 834.


“Christ’s crucifixion on the cross, the rending of the veil on Friday, and His resting in the grave on the seventh-day Sabbath, signified the ending of the typical earthly temple ceremonies. At that time, the Mosaic dispensation with the presence of the Holy Shekinah, the offering of animal sacrifices, and the Levitical priesthood officially ended. The Messiah's resurrection on the first day of the week, the offering of the wave-sheaf at Passover time in the heavenly courts, on the morrow after the Sabbath (Lev. 23:11) before the Eternal Father, signalized the beginning of the heavenly Sanctuary 'daily,' morning and evening, temple service in the holy place." – Seven Letters to Florence Houteff and the Executive Council of the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventist Association, p. 96. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


“. . .then (He), returned to earth the same morning with those who ascended with Him, and labored forty days to gather the 120. . ." – The Daily, Part 1, p. 4.


Question 2

Fifty days later, what special ceremony took place in heaven? Heb. 8:1-7; 9:11,12.


Note – "Christ's ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they entered upon their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer's


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inauguration was accomplished.” – The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 38,39.


“. . .after Christ’s ascension His enthronement in His mediatorial kingdom was signalized by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” – Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 120.


“Jesus offered the antitypical wave-sheaf of the dead at the time pointed out in the symbolic service and He received His mediatorial crown on the day of Pentecost, the day the Theocratic kings of Israel were crowned, in harmony with the ceremonial law (at the third hour).” – Seven Letters to Florence Houteff and the Executive Council of the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventist Association, p. 98. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 3

Into what order of priesthood was Jesus inaugurated on that day? Heb. 5:5-10; 7:11-22.


Note – “The high priest was designed in an especial manner to represent Christ, who was to become a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. This order of priesthood was not to pass to another, or be superceded by another (Redemption: The First Advent of Christ, p. 14).” – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 930. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


“Christ glorified not Himself in being made High Priest. God gave Him His appointment to the priesthood. He was to be an example to all the human family. He qualified Himself to be, not only the representative of the race, but their Advocate, so that every soul if he will may say, I have a Friend at court. He is a High Priest that can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities (MS 101, 1897).” – Ibid. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 4

Who was the Priest, Melchizedek, that Jesus joined? Heb. 5:10,11; 7:15.


Note – “God has never left Himself without witness on the earth. At one time Melchisedek represented the Lord Jesus Christ in person, to reveal the truth of heaven, and perpetuate the law of God (Letter 190, 1905).” – Ibid., Vol. 1, pp. 1092,1093. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


“Melchisedek was not Christ, but he was the voice of God in the world, the representative of the Father. . . (RH Feb. 18, 1890).” – Ibid., p. 1093.


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“The Holy Spirit is Christ’s representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 669.


“Christ tells us that the Spirit is the Comforter, ‘the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father.’ “ – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 51.


“ ‘At a Council meeting in Avondale School in Australia about the year 1893 there were present Elders Haskell, F. L. H. Baker, G. B. Starr, and wives, and Sr. E. G. White, also W. A. Colcord, Editor of Australian Signs of the Times. Elder Colcord was addressed by Sr. White, when he asked, ‘Who then is Melchizedek?’ She replied, ‘I will tell you who Melchizedek was. He was the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who took the form of humanity and represented the Lord Jesus to that generation.’ Heb. 7:3. . . .Elder Haskell published the above in his paper, South Lancaster, Mass.’ – Signed G. B. Starr. The foregoing statement was taken from The Liberator, Vol. 17, No. 7, and although not generally accepted as an authentic statement from Sister White, it carries the same thought that Melchizedek is the Holy Spirit.” – Christ and the Holy Spirit “Two Turtle Doves,” p. 12.


Question 5

How did the disciples show their faith in Jesus’ ministry above? Heb. 10:19-25.


Note – “. . .our Advocate is standing before the Father, pleading as our intercessor. In place of wrapping about us the garments of self-righteousness, we should be found daily humbling ourselves before God, confessing our own individual sins, seeking pardon of our transgressions, and cooperating with Christ in the work of preparing our souls to reflect the divine image. Unless we enter the sanctuary above, and unite with Christ in working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, we shall be weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, and shall be pronounced wanting (MS 168, 1898).” – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, pp. 933,934. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 6

How was their faith, in keeping the sacred hours of prayer, rewarded? Acts 2:1-4,14,15; 3:1-8.


Note – “Let us read and receive and present to others the second chapter of the book of Acts. We need a deeper piety and the sincere meekness of the Great Teacher. I am instructed. . .that the whole book of Acts is our lesson book. All of us need to humble our own individual hearts, and be converted daily (Letter 32, 1910).” – Ibid., Vol. 6, p. 1055. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


“The time has now come. The Spirit had been waiting for the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. For ten days the disciples offered their petitions for the outpouring of the Spirit, and Christ in heaven added His intercession. This was the occasion of His ascension and inauguration, a jubilee in heaven. He had ascended on high, leading captivity captive, and He now claimed the gift of the Spirit, that He might pour it out upon His disciples (SW Nov. 28, 1905).” – Ibid. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


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"What was the result of the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost? The glad tidings of a risen Saviour were carried to the uttermost parts of the inhabited world. As the disciples proclaimed the message of redeeming grace, hearts yielded to the power of this message. The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Backsliders were reconverted. Sinners united with believers in seeking the pearl of great price. Some who had been the bitterest opponents of the gospel became its champions." – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 48.


"Remember, the one hundred and twenty received the outpouring of power on the day the first-fruits were offered, Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus was raised from the dead; conclusive proof that these ceremonial offerings were not nailed to the cross, but were observed by Jesus and the disciples after the crucifixion." – The Daily, Part 1, pp. 4,5.


Question 7

As the church grew, what do we find the believers doing? Acts 1:46,47.


Note – "While our High Priest was offering 'Daily' in heaven, the Apostles were offering daily in the temple on earth (Acts 3:1) the emblems of His broken body and spilt blood, the bread and the wine (Acts 2:46) from house to house." – Seven Letters to Florence Houteff and the Executive Council of the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventist Association, p. 97. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


"Under the new covenant, the conditions by which eternal life may be gained are the same as under the old – perfect obedience. Under the old covenant, there were many offenses of a daring, presumptuous character, for which there was no atonement specified by law. In the new and better covenant, Christ has fulfilled the law for the transgressors of law, if they receive Him by faith as a personal Saviour. 'As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.' Mercy and forgiveness are the reward of all who come to Christ trusting in His merits to take away their sins. In the better covenant we are cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ (Letter 276, 1904)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 931. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)



We must not only pray in Christ's name, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This explains what is meant when it is said that the Spirit 'maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered.' Rom. 8:26. Such prayer God delights to answer. – Christ's Object Lessons, p. 147.



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The Ram and the He Goat



Memory Verse

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." 2 Thess. 2:3.

Introduction

"The light that Daniel received from God was given especially for these last days. The visions he saw by the banks of the Ulai and the Hiddekel, the great rivers of Shinar, are now in process of fulfillment, and all the events foretold will soon come to pass." – Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 112,113.

"As we near the close of this world's history, the prophecies recorded by Daniel demand our special attention, as they relate to the very time in which we are living. With them should be linked the teachings of the last book of the New Testament Scriptures. . . A careful study of the working out of God's purpose in the history of nations and in the revelation of things to come, will help us to estimate at their true value things seen and things unseen, and to learn what is the true aim of life." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 547,548.


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Question 1

While Daniel was in captivity in Babylon, what did God choose to show him in vision? Dan. 8:1-14.


Question 2

Who was sent to enlighten Daniel as to the meaning of this vision? Dan. 8:15.19.


Note – "The words of the angel, 'I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God,' show that he holds a position of high honor in the heavenly courts. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said, 'There is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael [Christ] your Prince.' Dan. 10:21. Of Gabriel the Saviour speaks in the Revelation, saying that 'He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.' Rev. 1:1. And to John the angel declared, 'I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets.' Rev. 22:9, R.V. Wonderful thought – that the angel who stands next in honor to the Son of God is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men." – The Desire of Ages, p. 99. (Brackets belong to quotation.)


". . the angel Gabriel, though commanded to make Daniel understand the vision, gave him only a partial explanation. As the terrible persecution to befall the church was unfolded to the prophet's vision, physical strength gave way. He could endure no more, and the angel left him for a time. Daniel 'fainted, and was sick certain days.' 'And I was astonished at the vision,' he says, 'but none understood it.' Yet God had bidden His messenger: 'Make this man to understand the vision.' That commission must be fulfilled. In obedience to it, the angel, some time afterward, returned to Daniel, saying: 'I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding;' 'therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.' Daniel 8:27,16; 9:22,23,25-27." – The Great Controversy, p. 325.


Question 3

What did Daniel learn was represented by the ram and the he goat? Dan. 8:3-7.


Note – "The entire conflict between the nations is symbolized by the ram and the goat, with various horns coming up and breaking off. Why a ram and a goat? Why not some other species of animals? Jesus gives the answer: 'And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.' (Matt. 25:32,33.) By these domestic beasts inspiration conveys the thought that the inhabitants of earth are but sheep and goats – true and false religion. It also signifies that wars are a strife between good and evil. But why Medo-Persia by a ram, and Grecia by a goat? Why not the reverse? The kings of the Medo-Persian empire became believers in the true God. . . thus having principles contrary to those of Grecia. For that reason Medo-Persia was represented by a ram, and Grecia by a goat. Wonderful it is to note how perfect and thoughtful was the great wisdom and care of the Infinite One, as exercised to devise these symbols. Only omnipotence can invent such perfect prophetic art, foretelling historical events." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 53. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 4

What happened to the notable horn on the he goat after he destroyed the ram? Dan. 8:8,9,22,23.


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Note – “ ' . . .the great horn that is between his eyes,' explained the angel, 'is the first king' – Alexander.” – The Judgment and the Harvest, Tract No. 3, p. 28.


". . .Daniel saw that the goat in its first phase (that of the 'great horn' – the king of 'Grecia'), trampled down the ram ('Media and Persia'), and that after the great horn broke off (Alexander's passing away), four horns came up in its stead (the kingdom divided into four parts), and that finally from one of the four, came a fifth, the 'exceeding great horn' (Rome).” – The World, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Tract No. 12, p. 11. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


“. . . no sooner had Alexander conquered the empire, than he engaged in a drunken debauch and passed away while yet in his youth. Thus the horn of the 'he goat' was broken off from between his eyes, 'And for it came up four notable ones towards the four winds of heaven.' Alexander not having a successor to inherit the throne, the kingdom was divided between his four generals; namely, Cassander, Lysimachus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 50,53.


Question 5

Who was represented by the little horn which arose from one of the four? Dan. 8:9-12,23-26; 7:8,25.


Note – “Some think the 'exceeding great horn' – the fifth – symbolizes Antiochus, who ruled one of the four divisions, but this cannot be, because the exceeding great horn's coming out of one of the four, symbolizes a fifth kingdom not one of the four expanded. Moreover, the term, 'exceeding great,' in contrast to the term, 'great,' denotes a greater kingdom than Alexander's. And as Antiochus' kingdom in its greatness was not half so great as Alexander's, the theory is discredited. The Roman Empire is the one that was much greater than Alexander's, and therefore it alone answers to the symbolism. In going south, then east, then on toward the pleasant land, the west (Palestine), it necessarily went toward the four corners of the compass, which is just what Rome did. Daniel 8:9 says that the 'exceeding great horn' came out of one of the four horns of the goat, but does not tell out of which one. Daniel 11:5, however, explains that 'one of the princes' of the kingdom of the south was to have a great dominion. This prince, therefore, is symbolized by the exceeding great horn, and shows that it came from the horn which symbolized the Ptolemaic Dynasty – the southern division. Here is shown what history fails to chronicle concerning the origin of Pagan Rome." – The World, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Tract No. 12, pp. 11-13. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


" 'And in the latter time of their kingdom [the four Grecian divisions], a king of fierce countenance. . .shall stand up.' This Scripture is applicable to the Roman monarchy, for this king must stand at the end of the reign of the kings of Grecia. The Ptolemy's was the last of the four Grecian divisions to fall under the ascendancy of Rome. With the defeat of Anthony, and the death of Cleopatra about 27 B.C., the noted dynasty of the Ptolemy's came to its end, and Egypt became province of the Roman state. He was to stand up 'when the transgressors are come to the full.' The Grecians have never been anything but transgressors; therefor the reference can be applied only to the Jewish nation, at which time the


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once favored people of God would have exceeded any previous record of both moral and Spiritual corruption. The Jewish nation reached that condition at the time of the ascendency of Rome, and the first advent of Christ. Therefore, this king of 'fierce countenance' is the Roman monarchy, after the 'transgressors' (Jews) had come to their 'full.' " – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 126,127. (Brackets and parenthesis belong to quotation.)


Question 6

As the horn grew, what other traits began to reveal themselves? Dan. 8:11,23,24.


Note – "'He shall understand dark sentences,' and 'his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power.' His prosperity is accomplished by peace; then, if by peace, the Scripture can have no reference to ambitious conquests of territory. His power was to be directed against the holy people (the Christians). 'He shall also stand against the Prince of princes' (Christ). In order that a human being may understand dark sentences, he must use supernatural power, and that power cannot be his own. The question arises as to where he was to obtain his mighty power. If his attack is to be against Christ and His people, it would not be hard to recognize the kind of power that he would use. . . Therefore, the power that Rome used in her cruelty against the 'holy people and the Prince of princes' 'was the old dragon power, and thereby the Roman emperors 'understand dark sentences' through which he, the devil, was determined to destroy Christ and His followers." – Ibid., Vol. 2, pp. 127,129. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


Question 7

What does the prophecy show would be one of his main points of attack? Dan. 8:11,12,26; 11:31; 7:25.


Note – "Though the fourth beast of Daniel 7 shows that this desolating power is descended from Rome, the symbolism of the he goat goes further back to show that this world power originally descended from one of the Grecian divisions (Dan. 11:5), and later put on the garb of Christianity – the religion of 'a god whom his fathers knew not.' Verse 38. Gradually assuming the ornaments of the sanctuary, he before long magnified himself against the Prince (Christ) of the host (the Christians). And disregarding 'the god of his fathers,' he ostensibly became Christianized, but at what cost to Christianity! – Not only was the 'daily' 'taken away,' but also 'the place of His sanctuary was cast down.' In other words, he 'cast down' the Lord's 'place' and there set up his own – elevated himself to Christ's place." – The Judgment and the Harvest, Tract No. 3, pp. 30,31. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


". . a vision was given regarding the text, making it evident that a vital truth is involved in the words 'daily,' and 'sanctuary.' Whatever the 'daily' may be, it was taken away by the 'Great Horn.' In Daniel 11:31, reference is made to the same incident: 'And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily, . . and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.' The verse just quoted makes clear the idea that both the 'daily' and the 'sanctuary' must be a part of God's truth. This thought cannot be misconstrued without doing injury to the Scripture. Note the language used: 'And they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take away the 'daily.' After


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polluting the sanctuary and taking away the 'daily,' then it says: 'They shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.' That is to say: The 'sanctuary' and the 'daily' were replaced by the abomination. The abomination must be some Pagan religious institution, and that Pagan doctrine ('Abomination') was to make desolate. That is to say, it laid waste the 'sanctuary,' the 'daily,' and the 'truth'; or as it is expressed in Daniel 8:13, 'Trodden under foot.' 'And it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.' (Verse 12.) Jesus, speaking of the same incident, says: 'When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.') (Matt. 24:15.) Jesus calls the 'daily' and the 'sanctuary,' 'holy place.' No Pagan sanctuary would the Master call 'holy place'; neither can it b polluted, for it has always been unclean. No Pagan daily can be holy. Therefore the 'daily' and the sanctuary' must hold truth vital to the Christian church. . ." – The Shepherd’s Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 130,131. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Taking Away The Daily



Memory Verse

"And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days." – Dan. 8:26.

Introduction

“When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 114.


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Question 1

In studying Daniel's prophecy of the ram and the he goat, what did we learn was to be taken away? Dan. 8:11.


Note – "The 'sanctuary' and the 'daily' were replaced by the abomination. The abomination must be some Pagan religious institution, and that Pagan doctrine ('abomination') was to make desolate. That is to say, it laid waste the 'sanctuary,' the 'daily,' and the 'truth'; or as it is expressed in Daniel 8:13, 'Trodden under foot.' 'And it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.' (Verse 12.)" – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 131. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


Question 2

What various ideas do Seventh-day Adventists and Davidians have concerning the daily? Dan. 8:11-13.


Note – "As the Sabbath (daily) was taken away, and the 'abomination set up,' then that which took the place of the Holy Sabbath, and the Sanctuary truth, is called 'the abomination.' Consequently, Sunday observance and a counterfeit priesthood are the only things to which the term 'abomination' can be applied, for the seventh-day was supplanted by the first day of the week, Sunday – 'the abomination that maketh desolate.' " – Ibid., p. 132. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation)


"The horn's taking away the 'daily,' was therefore nothing other than his taking away from the Christian church the Lord's Sabbath and putting in its place Sunday worship, a pagan sabbath, – 'abomination that maketh desolate', – a desecration which grieved away God's presence from the church." – The Judgment and the Harvest, Tract No. 3, p. 32.


"As to the meaning of tamid in this passage three main views have been held: 1. That the 'daily' refers exclusively to the sacrifices offered in the Temple in Jerusalem. Some expositors holding to this view apply the taking away of the 'daily' to the interruption of the Temple service by Antiochus Epiphanes. . . Others apply it to the desolation of the Temple by the Romans in A.D. 70. 2. That the 'daily' stands for 'paganism,' in contrast with 'the abomination that maketh desolate'. . . papal Rome, replacing pagan Rome . . . . 3. That the term 'daily' – 'continual' refers to the continual priestly ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. . .and to the true worship of Christ in the gospel age; that the taking away of the 'daily' represents the substitution by the papacy . . . .Both the second and the third interpretations have been held by various able expositors within the Advent Movement . . . .Perhaps this is one of the passages of Scripture on which we must wait until a better day for a final answer." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, pp. 842,843.


Question 3

Upon what do some base the conclusion that the daily is the Sabbath? Dan. 8:11-13; 11:31; Ex. 20:8-11.


Note – "Then I saw in relation to the 'daily' (Dan. 8:12) that the word 'sacrifice' was supplied by man's wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry." – Early Writings, pp. 74,75. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


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"The word 'sacrifice' being supplied in connection with the word 'daily,' it manifestly does not belong to the text. Since, however, the English language does not have an exact equivalent of the Hebrew word 'daily,' which is variously rendered 'continual,' 'perpetual,' 'everlasting,' and since none of these terms are synonymous, but carry individual connotations, it is consequently imperative to take them all together as a compound word, so as to arrive at the exact truth. In view, therefore, of this fact, also the fact that the Sabbath doctrine is the only Bible doctrine in the Christian era that can possibly be designated as 'daily' (pertaining to worship in respect to a day), as well as 'continual,' 'perpetual,' and 'everlasting,' – from time immemorial to time eternal, – it is hence evident that all these various renderings can apply to no other doctrine than the Sabbath – the eternal rest day." – The Judgment and the Harvest, Tract No. 3, p. 31. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 4

What does Daniel himself show the prophecy of the daily to refer to? Dan. 8:26.


Note – “To say, 'Daily Sacrifice,' would be somewhat like the colloquialism, 'two twins.' Only one word in each case is necessary – the meaning is obvious. 'Twins' means 'two.' 'Daily' includes two sacrifices, morning and evening, and the rendering is continual, endless. The true understanding of the word 'Daily' involves the morning and evening sacrifice, at the third and ninth hours .... Numbers 28:2-4,6, 8. According to the Sanctuary service, every day involved a morning and evening sacrifice. Hence, when the 'Daily' was referred to, Israel understood it involved a sacrifice, morning and evening. In fact, the one term suggested the other." – The Daily, Part 1, pp. 3,4.


“The Seventh-day Sabbath is a ‘Daily' in that it consists of a morning and evening sacrifice (Num. 28:9,10). According to Leviticus 23:3, it is the first feast mentioned. The same is true of each of the special sabbaths enumerated in the chapter, each of which has its special offering, besides the continual, morning and evening sacrifice, the 'Daily.' " – Ibid., p. 5. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


"The daily service consisted of the morning and evening burnt offering, the offering of sweet incense on the golden altar, and special offerings for individual sins." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 352.


"In the Talmud, when tamid is used independently as here [Dan. 8:11] , the word consistently denotes the daily sacrifice. The translators of the KJV, who supplied the word 'sacrifice,' obviously believed that the daily burnt-offering was the subject of the prophecy." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 842. (Brackets belong to quotation.)


"The hours appointed for the morning and the evening sacrifice were regarded as sacred, and they came to be observed as the set time for worship throughout the Jewish nation. And when in later times the Jews were scattered as captives in distant lands, they still at the appointed hour turned their faces toward Jerusalem and offered up their petitions to the God of Israel. In this custom Christians have an example for morning and evening prayer." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 353, 354.


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Question 5

What counterfeit ceremony did the Catholic Church institute on a daily basis?


Answer – "Papal priests pretended, by their senseless mummery, to convert the simple bread and wine into the actual 'body and blood of Christ.'. . . With blasphemous presumption, they openly claimed the power of creating God, the Creator of all things. Christians were required, on pain of death, to avow their faith in this horrible, Heaven-insulting heresy. Multitudes who refused were given to the flames." – The Great Controversy, p. 59.


"Luther's fearless and persevering efforts to lift up the down-trodden truth (Dan. 8:11,12; 11:31), fathered forth Protestantism (he certainly was not restoring the seventh-day Sabbath)." – The Answerer, Book No. 2, pp. 21,22. (First parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Said he: " 'The mass is a bad thing; God is opposed to it; it ought to be abolished; and I would that throughout the whole world it were replaced by the supper of the gospel. . . ' " – The Great Controversy, p. 189.


"The incense that is offered now by men, the masses that are said for the deliverance of souls from purgatory, are not of the least avail with God. All the altars and sacrifices, the traditions and inventions whereby men hope to earn salvation are fallacies. No sacrifices are to be offered without; for the great High Priest is performing His work in the holy place (where the daily was offered). No prince or monarch dare venture within the holy enclosure . . . .This makes of no avail the offering of mass, one of the falsehoods of Romanism . . . .(MS 128, 1897)." S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 913. (Last parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 6

After what period of time was the daily to be restored to God's people? Dan. 8:14; 12:11,12.


Note – "Expressed in modern speech, the angel's answer to Daniel's question would be that 2300 days would be required for 'both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot,' also for the daily to be cast down and for the transgression of desolation to be set up, and that afterwards shall the sanctuary be cleansed." The Judgment and the Harvest, Tract No. 3, p. 38.


"In order to understand the truth of the 1290 years ('days'), add this figure to 508 ['In that year the 'Daily'. . and the 'Sanctuary' truths were cast to the ground,'. . .' – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 133.], which points forward to 1798 AD. at which time the 1260 prophetic days of Daniel 7:25 terminated with the imprisonment of Pope Pius VI. Thus the prophetic treading of the 'host' ended in 1798, but the 'sanctuary' and the 'daily' truths were not restored and placed in the church until after the fulfillment of the 1335 days (years) in 1844. This unquestionable evidence proves that the movement that arose in 1844 is God's true church, and divinely predicted. Hence it clears up the widespread confusion in Christendom, as to which denomination has the truth for the present time; it also weeds out all the rest as false, for it is the only movement that has the truth of the sanctuary." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 133. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


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"In 1844, after the end of the 2300 days (years) of Daniel 8:14, the restitution of true worship was begun. It is to continue until all things are restored by antitypical Elijah (Matt. 17:11)." – Seven Letters to Florence Houteff and the Executive Council of the Davidian Seventh Day Adventist Association, pg. 97. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


Question 7

Did Sister White restore the daily in its completeness, and if not then what counsel is given us by Inspiration in regards to this issue? Amos 3:7.


Note – "I now ask that my ministering brethren shall not make use of my writings in their arguments regarding this question ['the daily'] ; for I have had no instruction on the point under discussion, and I see no need for the controversy. Regarding this matter under present conditions, silence is eloquence .... The Lord calls upon those of us who have had great light to be converted daily (not just weekly on the Sabbath)." – Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 164,165. (Brackets belong to quotation.)


". . we must... hold to the 'daily,'. . a vision was given regarding the text, making it evident that a vital truth is involved in the words 'daily,' and 'sanctuary.' " – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol 2, p. 13 0.


"Since the Lord reveals His secrets to His prophets, and the church, admittedly, does not have a correct understanding of Daniel 8:11, 'taking away the 'daily,' and since of this Scripture the Bible Commentary says, 'We must wait until a better day for a final answer,' it is evident that another prophet must come after Ellen G. White to explain, 'Taking away the 'Daily,' of Daniel 8:11, as well as many other prophecies that the church does not understand. For a better day and the final answer to Daniel's 8:11, the Lord says, 'Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.' Mal. 4:4,5.... The 'Daily' is a part of the ceremonial law of Moses, and this is one reason we are admonished to remember the ceremonial law of Moses." – The Daily, Part 2, pp. 4,5.


"That time has come, and the answer to Daniel's vision of Chapter 8:11 is here. . ." – Ibid., p. 4.


". . . ‘ . . .the messenger . . . ‘ . . . is today teaching the 'Daily' ministration of His (Christ's) blood in the Sanctuary above and is calling all Israel to the daily worship hours, 9 and 3, that each may be prepared to stand in the great and dreadful day. . ." – The Daily, Part 1, pp. 7,8.



If ever there was a time when every house should be a house of prayer, it is now. – Child Guidance, p. 517.



Primitive Godliness



Memory Verse

“. . .be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." – Rom. 12:2, last part.

Introduction

"The visible and the invisible world are in close contact. Could the veil be lifted, we would see evil angels pressing their darkness around us and working with all their power to deceive and destroy. Wicked men are surrounded, influenced, and aided by evil spirits. The man of faith and prayer has yielded his soul to divine guidance, and angels of God bring to him light and strength from heaven. No man can serve two masters. Light and darkness are no more opposites than are the service of God and the service of Satan. The prophet Elijah presented the matter in the true light when he fearlessly appealed to apostate Israel: 'If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.' Those who give themselves up to the sorcery of Satan may boast of great benefit received thereby, but does this prove their course to be wise or safe? What if life should be prolonged? What if temporal gain should be secured? Will it pay in the end to disregard the will of God? All such apparent gain will prove at last an irrecoverable loss. We cannot with impunity break down a single barrier which God has erected to guard His people from Satan's power. Our only safety is in preserving the ancient landmarks." – Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 199.


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Question 1

What did Sister White see taking place among God’s people in the last days? Isa. 58:12.


Note – “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work . . . .A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer." – Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 121.


"Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ . . . .Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times." – The Great Controversy, p. 464.


Question 2

What is the meaning of the word "primitive”?


Answer – “Primitive. . . 1. Belonging to earlier ages; original; first. 2. Crude; simple; in the style of early times." --- Webster.


Question 3

In looking back at apostolic times, when do we find the believers meeting together to worship God? Acts 2:1,15,46,47: 3:1.


Note – “In obedience to Christ’s command, they waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father – the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were 'continually (daily) in the temple, praising and blessing God.' Luke 24:53. They also met together to present their requests to the Father in the name of Jesus. They knew that they had a Representative in heaven, an Advocate at the throne of God. In solemn awe they bowed in prayer. . .” – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 35.


“ ‘They. . .did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people: and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.' Those primitive Christians were few in numbers, without wealth or honor, yet they exerted a mighty influence. . . The standard of holiness is the same today as in the days of the apostles. Neither the promises nor the requirements of God have lost aught of their force.” – Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 239,240.


Question 4

If we are to have this revival of primitive godliness, what will it involve? Rom. 12:2.


Note – “God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place, those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse to acknowledge them as His children. A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation


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are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend." – Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902. (Christ Our Righteousness, p. 121 – A. G. Daniells)


Question 5

What will the people of God be found doing to show that they are changing their ideas, theories, habits and practices for God's ways? PS. 1:1-3; Nah. 1:15.


Note – "It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people." The Great Controversy, p. 478.


"Your obeying 'all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again, that you have been endowed with power from above, that you are enabled to choose the good and to refuse the evil, that you are the children of God. Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the outward sign that by the life of Christ you have overcome the Enemy of your soul and body. This system of worship, therefore, is truly the Righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the people of God." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, p. 24.


"It is those who by faith follow Jesus in the great work of the atonement who receive the benefits of His mediation in their behalf, while those who reject the light which brings to view this work of ministration are not benefitted thereby." – The Great Controversy, p. 430.


"To the humble, believing soul, the house of God on earth is the gate of heaven. . . From the sacredness which was attached to the earthly sanctuary, Christians may learn how they should regard the place where the Lord meets with His people . . . .God Himself gave the order of His service, exalting it high above everything of a temporal nature . . . .There should be rules in regard to the time, the place, and the manner of worshiping." – Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 491.


"Let the families, the individual Christians, and the churches bear in mind that they are closely allied to heaven. The Lord has a special interest in His church militant here below. The angels who offer the smoke of the fragrant incense are for the praying saints ....Morning and evening the heavenly universe behold every household that prays, and the angel with the incense, representing the blood of the atonement, finds access to God (MS 15, 1897)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 971. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


"This is the seventh round, and those who desire to stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb, live forever, never to see death; will be found observing His ordinances, laws, and statutes, including the morning and evening sacred hours of worship, at 9 A.M. and 3 P.M., as restored by the Elijah of today, when Christ our High Priest offers His blood in behalf of all repentant sinners. They will be one of the 144,000 and a part of God's great army to the whole world in this generation." – The Daily, Part 1, p. 8.


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"Let the church respond to the words of the prophet. . .God’s people have lost their first love. They must now repent and make steady advancement in the path of holiness. God's purposes reach to every phase of life. They are immutable, eternal; and at the time appointed they will be executed. . . God rebukes His people for their sins, that He may humble them, and lead them to seek His face. As they reform, and His love revives in their hearts, His loving answers will come to their requests. He will strengthen them in reformatory action, lifting up for them a standard against the enemy. His rich blessing will rest upon them and in bright rays they will reflect the light of heaven. Then a multitude not of their faith, seeing that God is with His people, will unite with them in serving the Redeemer." – Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902. (Christ our Righteousness, p. 123 – A. G. Daniells.)


The Blood of Jesus


Memory Verse

"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission." – Heb. 9:22.

Introduction

"The intercession of Christ in man's behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven." – The Signs of the Times, Jan. 11, 1910.


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Question 1

Of what should every Seventh-day Adventist be aware? Ps. 77:13; Mal. 4:4,5.


Note – "We all need to keep the subject of the sanctuary in mind. God forbid that the clatter of words coming from human lips should lessen the belief of our people in the truth that there is a sanctuary in heaven, and that a pattern of this sanctuary was once built on this earth. God desires His people to become familiar with this pattern, keeping ever before their minds the heavenly sanctuary, where God is all and in all." – Letter 233, 1904. (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 482.)


Question 2

How many times did Jesus need to be sacrificed in order to take the place of all the many animals killed in the type? Heb. 7:27; 9:25,26,28; 10:12,14.


Note – "Type met antitype in the death of Christ, the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. Our great High Priest has made the only sacrifice that is of any value in our salvation. When He offered Himself on the cross, a perfect atonement was made for the sins of the people." – The Signs of the Times, June 28, 1899.


"Listen as he (Paul) makes plain the work of the Redeemer as the great high priest of mankind – the One who through the sacrifice of His own life was to make atonement for sin once for all, and was then to take up His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary." – The Acts of the Apostles, p. 246.


"Our Saviour was not to be sacrificed a second time. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 411.


Question 3

As an antitype of the earthly priests, where did Christ enter upon His priestly ministry? Heb. 8:1,2; 4:14; 9:24.


Note – "After His ascension, our Saviour was to begin His work as our High Priest. Says Paul, 'Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands; which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.' Hebrews 9:24. As Christ's ministration was to consist of two great divisions, each occupying a period of time and having a distinctive place in the heavenly sanctuary, so the typical ministration consisted of two divisions, the daily and the yearly service, and to each a department of the tabernacle was devoted." – Ibid., p. 357.


Question 4

Being a High Priest, what did Jesus need to be able to approach the Father on our behalf? Heb. 9:12,22-28; 13:12.


Note – "By blood and by incense God was to be approached – symbols pointing to the great Mediator, through whom sinners may approach Jehovah, and through whom alone mercy and salvation can be granted to the repentant, believing soul." – Ibid., p. 353.


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plainly taught. 'Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these [the blood of animals]; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these' (Hebrews 9:22 23), even the precious blood of Christ. The cleansing, both in the typical and in the real service, must be accomplished with blood: in the former, with the blood of animals; in the latter, with the blood of Christ." – The Great Controversy, pp. 417,418. (Brackets and parenthesis belong to quotation.)


Question 5

How often does Jesus present His blood in the heavenly sanctuary? Ex. 29:39,42; Num 28:3.


Note – “The work of Christ in the sanctuary above, presenting His own blood each moment before the mercy-seat, as He makes intercession for us, should have its full impression upon the heart, that we may realize the worth of each moment. . .” – Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 86.


"Jesus stands before the Father, continually offering a sacrifice for the sins of the world. . . because of the continual commission of sin, the atoning sacrifice of a heavenly Mediator is essential. Jesus, our great high priest, officiates for us in the presence of God, offering in our behalf His shed blood." – The Youths Instructor, April 16, 1903. (S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 479.)


“. . . morning and evening. . .at 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. . . Christ our High Priest offers His blood in behalf of all repentant sinners." – The Daily, Part 1, p. 8.


". . .what was done in type in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary (a continual round of service) is done in reality in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary (daily)." – The Great Controversy, p. 420.


Question 6

Does Jesus offer real, literal blood at these times, or is it only figurative, pointing back to the blood spilt on the cross? Heb. 9:23.


Note – “The wonderful symbol of the living bird dipped in the blood of the bird slain and then set free to its joyous life [Lev. 14:4-8], is to us the symbol of the atonement. There was death and life blended, presenting to the searcher for truth and hidden treasure, the union of the pardoning blood with the resurrection and life of our Redeemer. The bird slain was over living water; that flowing stream was a symbol of the ever flowing, ever cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.... We are to have free access to the atoning blood of Christ. This we must regard as the most precious privilege, the greatest blessing, ever granted to sinful man (Letter 87, 1894 – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, p. 1111)." – Sons and Daughters of God, p. 226. (Brackets belong to quotation)


“The Redeemer, with a heart of unalterable love, still sheds His sacred blood in the sinner's behalf. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead eloquently for fallen man, whose redemption is purchased at so great a cost. O matchless condescension!" – Review and Herald, Jan. 9, 1883.


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"Christ is our Mediator and officiating High Priest in the presence of the Father. He was shown to John as a Lamb that had been slain, as in the very act of pouring out His blood in the sinner's behalf." – Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 395.


"Thus Christ in His own spotless righteousness, after shedding His precious blood enters into the holy place to cleanse the sanctuary. And there the crimson current is brought into the service of reconciling God to man.... The repeated sprinklings illustrate the thoroughness of the work that must be accomplished for the repenting sinner. . . The blood of Christ is efficacious, but it needs to be applied continually." – Ibid., p. 122.


"Jesus was clothed in priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant, then raised His hands, and with a voice of deep pity cried, 'My blood, Father, My blood, My blood, My blood (notice He did not say: 'My scars')!" – Early Writings, p. 38.


Question 7

What is it that activates the blood of Jesus in the sanctuary above? James 6:16.


Note – "The typical shadows of the Jewish tabernacle no longer possess any virtue. A daily and yearly typical atonement is no longer to be made, but the atoning sacrifice through a mediator is essential because of the constant commission of sin. Jesus is officiating in the presence of God, offering up His shed blood, as it had been a lamb slain. Jesus presents the oblation offered for every offense and every shortcoming of the sinner. . . The religious services, the prayers, the praise, the penitent confession of sin ascend from true believers as incense to the heavenly sanctuary, but passing through the corrupt channels of humanity, they are so defiled that unless purified by blood, they can never be of value with God. They ascend not in spotless purity, and unless the Intercessor, who is at God’s right hand, presents and purifies all by His righteousness, it is not acceptable to God. All incense from earthly tabernacles must be moist with the cleansing drops of the blood of Christ." – Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 344.


"The smitten rock was a figure of Christ, and through this symbol the most precious spiritual truths are taught. As the life-giving waters flowed from the smitten rock, so from Christ, 'smitten of God,'. . .the stream of salvation flows for a lost race. As the rock had been once smitten, so Christ was to be 'once offered to bear the sins of many.' Hebrews 9:28. Our Saviour was not to be sacrificed a second time; and it is only necessary for those who seek the blessings of His grace to ask in the name of Jesus, pouring forth the heart's desire in penitential prayer. Such prayer will bring before the Lord of hosts the wounds of Jesus, and then will flow forth afresh the life-giving blood, symbolized by the flowing of the living water for Israel." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 411.


"The efficacy of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with freshness and power, that their faith might lay hold upon its merits. As the high priest sprinkled the warm blood upon the mercy seat, while the fragrant cloud of incense ascended before God, so while we confess our sins, and plead the efficacy of Christ's atoning blood, our prayers are to ascend to heaven, fragrant with the


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merits of our Saviour’s character, we are ever to bear in mind that there is One that can take away sin and save the sinner. Every sin acknowledged before God with a contrite heart, He will remove. This faith is the life of the church." – Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 92,93.


“It is Satan’s studied purpose to keep souls from believing in Christ as their only hope; for the blood of Christ that cleanseth from all sin is efficacious in behalf of those only who believe in its merit, and who present before the Father as did Abel in his offering." – Gospel Workers, p. 162.


The Glory of God



Memory Verse

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may he glad also with exceeding joy." – 1 Pet. 4:13.

Introduction

God, in His infinite wisdom, chose Israel as the depositary of priceless treasures of truth for all nations. He gave them His law as the standard of the character they were to develop before the world.... They were to reveal to the world the laws of the government of heaven By precept and example they were to bear a decided testimony for the truth. The glory of God, His majesty and power, were to be revealed in all their prosperity. They were to be a kingdom of priests and princes. God furnished them with every facility for becoming the greatest nation on the earth. Through disloyalty, God's

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chosen people developed a character exactly opposite of the character He desired them to develop... They forgot God, and lost sight of their high privilege as His representatives... (SW Jan. 10, 1905).” – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, pp. 1180,1181. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 1

How was the Glory of God manifested in the wilderness of Mt. Sinai? Ex. 19:16-18; Deut. 5:22-24.


Note – “When the divine Presence was manifested upon Sinai, the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire in the sight of all Israel.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 339.


“They did not behold the Deity, but they saw the glory of His presence. Before this they could not have endured such a scene; but the exhibition of God’s power had awed them to repentance; they had been contemplating His glory, purity, and mercy, until they could approach nearer to Him who was the subject of their meditations.” – Ibid., p. 312.


Question 2

What did God instruct Israel to do that they might have His Glory in their midst continually? Ex. 25:8, 29:38-46.


Note – “In the offering of incense the priest was brought more directly into the presence of God than in any other act of the daily ministration. As the inner veil of the sanctuary did not extend to the top of the building, the glory of God, which was manifested above the mercy seat, was partially visible from the first apartment. When the priest offered incense before the Lord, he looked toward the ark; and as the cloud of incense arose, the divine glory descended upon the mercy seat and filled the most holy place, and often so filled both apartments that the priest was obliged to retire to the door of the tabernacle.” – Ibid., p. 353.


“If Israel would keep their appointment with Him at the two sacred hours of prayer: the morning and evening sacrifice at the 3rd hour – 9:00 a..m., and the 9th hour – 3:00 p.m., He would meet with them at the door of the tabernacle, and would sanctify the altar, the tabernacle, the congregation, and the priests, Aaron and his sons.” – The Daily, Part 2, p. 3.


Question 3

Who or what was this Glory that dwelt in the sanctuary? Ex. 25:22.


Note – “No language can describe the glory of the scene presented within the sanctuary. . .beyond the second veil the sacred ark, with its mystic cherubim, and above it the holy Shekinah, the visible manifestation of Jehovah’s presence; all but a dim reflection of the glories of the temple of God in heaven, the great center of the work for man’s redemption.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 349.


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“Direct from the throne issue the beams of His glory. The heavens are opened, and upon the Saviour’s head descends a dovelike form of purest light (the Holy Spirit), – fit emblem of Him, the meek and lowly One. . . His form was bathed in the light that ever surrounds the throne of God. . . the glory of God encircled Him. . . The Holy Spirit rested upon Him. . .” – The Desire of Ages, p. 112.


“Sanctuary. . .Dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.” – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 448.


“. . .the Holy Spirit is the Glory of God. . .” – Christ and the Holy Spirit “Two Turtle Doves,” p. 21.


“. . .the illumination of the Holy Spirit reveal to us (both) the Father and the Son.” – Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 391.


Question 4

On what occasion in Israel’s history do we find the Glory of God departing from the tabernacle? 1 Sam. 4:12-22.


Note – “The most terrifying calamity that could occur had befallen Israel. The ark of God had been captured, and was in the possession of the enemy. The glory had indeed departed from Israel when the symbol of the abiding presence and power of Jehovah was removed from the midst of them. With this sacred chest were associated the most wonderful revelations of God’s truth and power. In former days miraculous victories had been achieved whenever it appeared. It was shadowed by the wings of the golden cherubim, and the unspeakable glory of the Shekinah, the visible symbol of the most high God, had rested over it in the holy of holies. . . When the people obeyed the holy precepts, the Lord was with them to work for them by His infinite power; but when they looked upon the ark, and did not associate it with God, nor honor His revealed will by obedience to His law, it could avail them little more than a common box. . . But the Lord had not wholly cast aside His people. . .” – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 584,585.


Question 5

Just before the Babylonian captivity, what did Jeremiah the prophet do, and what was the long-range results of this act? 2 Maccabees 2:4-6.


Note – “It was also contained in the same writing, that the prophet, being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him, as he went forth when Jeremy came thither, he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. And some of those that followed him came to mark the way, but they could not find it.” – 2 Macc. 2:4-6.


“Before the temple was destroyed, God made known to a few of his faithful servants the fate of the temple, which was the pride of Israel. . . He also revealed to them the captivity of Israel. These righteous men, just before the destruction of the temple, removed the sacred ark. . . and with mourning and sadness, secreted it in a cave where it was to be hid from the people of Israel, because of their sins,


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and was to be no more restored to them. That sacred ark is yet hid. It has never been disturbed since it was secreted." – Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 4, pp. 114,115. (See also Prophets and Kings, p. 453.)


"The holy Shekinah, in departing from the first temple, had stood upon the eastern mountain (the Mount of Olives), as if loath to forsake the chosen city. . .” – The Desire of Ages, p. 829.


"The second temple did not equal the first in magnificence, nor was it hallowed by those visible tokens of the divine presence which pertained to the first temple. There was no manifestation of supernatural power to mark its dedication. No cloud of glory was seen to fill the newly erected sanctuary. No fire from heaven descended to consume the sacrifice upon its altar. The Shekinah no longer abode between the cherubim in the most holy place; the ark, the mercy seat, and the tables of testimony were not found there. No sign from heaven made known to the inquiring priest the will of Jehovah." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 596,597.


Question 6

Will the ark, the symbol of God's presence, ever be returned to God's people? 2 Maccabees 2:7,8.


Note – ". . As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy. Then shall the Lord shew them these things, and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also, as it was shewed under Moses, and as when Solomon desired that the place might be honorably sanctified." – 2 Macc. 2:7,8.


"'And He [Christ] gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communicating with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written by the finger of God.' Nothing written on these tables could be blotted out. The precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in God's appointed time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world... (MS 122, 1901)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, p. 1109. (Brackets and parenthesis belong to quotation.)


"When the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened, and every man shall be judged according to the things written in the books, then the tables of stone hidden by God until that day, will be presented before the world as the standard of righteousness." – Review and Herald, Jan. 28, 1909.


"It (God's law) was written with the finger of God, never to be obliterated, never to be destroyed. The tables of stone are hidden by God, to be produced in the great judgment-day, just as he wrote them." – Review and Herald, Mar. 26, 1908.


"These tables of stone will be brought forth from their hiding place, and on them will be seen the Ten Commandments engraved by the finger of God. These tables of stone now lying in the ark of the testament will be a convincing testimony of the truth and binding claims of God's law (Letter 47, 1902)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 972. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


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'In the closing work of God in the earth, the standard of His law will be again exalted. . . in the hour of greatest peril the God of Elijah will raise up human instrumentalities to bear a message that will not be silenced .... God will not break His covenant, nor alter the thing that has gone out of His lips. His word will stand fast forever as unalterable as His throne. At the judgment this covenant will be brought forth, plainly written with the finger of God and the world will be arraigned before the bar of Infinite Justice to receive sentence." – Prophets and Kings, pp. 186,187.


Question 7


Can God's people expect to have the visible presence of God in their midst again as it was in the type? Ex. 29:45; Zech. 2:6-13; John 14:15-18; Nah. 1:15; Isa. 52:7; 60:1-13.


Note – "The Lord's purposes for His people have ever been the same. He desires to bestow on the children of men the riches of an eternal inheritance. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. When those who choose to become obedient subjects of the Most High are finally saved in the kingdom of glory, God's purpose for mankind will have been fulfilled (RH Dec. 26, 1907)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 1177. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


"This covenant promise that God will literally 'dwell among the children of Israel,' was not only to Israel after the flesh in the days of Moses and Aaron, but also to Israel by the promise, the apostolic church, and even to the church in our day. Certainly, when the future purified church, the 144,000, stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb before the 1,000 years (Rev. 14:1-5), the presence of God's glory will be witnessed at the door of the congregation at the time of the morning and evening hours of the 'Daily' sacrifice." – The Daily, Part 2, p. 3. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)



Every family should rear its altar of prayer, realizing that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If any persons in the world need the strength and encouragement that religion gives, it is those who are responsible for the education and training of children. They cannot do their work in a manner acceptable to God while their daily example teaches those who look to them for guidance that they can live without God. If they educate their children to live for this life only, they will make no preparation for eternity. They will die as they have lived, without God, and parents will be called to account for the loss of their souls. Fathers, mothers, you need to seek God morning and evening at the family altar, that you may learn how to teach your children wisely, tenderly, lovingly. (Review and Herald, June 27, 1899). – Child Guidance, p. 517.



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Visions of Future Glory



Memory Verse

"And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." – Rev. 18:1.

Introduction

"The whole worship of ancient Israel was a promise, in figures and symbols, of Christ; and it was not merely a promise, but an actual provision, designed by God to aid millions of people by lifting their thoughts to Him who was to manifest Himself in our world." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 123.

"Daily they are to behold His glory, and contemplate His incomparable excellence." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 122.

"God will work for those of His people who will submit themselves to the working of the Holy Spirit. He pledges His glory for the success of the Messiah and His kingdom." – Testimonies, Vol. 9, pp. 138,139.


Question 1

In the Revelation, who is pictured as bringing power and glory back to God's church? Rev. 18:1.


Note – "I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event.


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Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. . . 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.” – Early Writings, p. 277.


"...when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness. Those who are accounted good workers will need to draw nigh to God, they will need the divine touch. They will need to drink more deeply and continuously at the fountain of living water, in order that they may discern God's work at every point." – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300.


Question 2

How was the return of God's Glory to the church shown to the prophet Isaiah? Isa. 6:1-7.


Note – "As the prophet Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he was amazed, and, overwhelmed with a sense of his own weakness and unworthiness.... The vision given to Isaiah represents the condition of God's people in the last days. They are privileged to see by faith the work that is going forward in the heavenly sanctuary.... if they, like Isaiah, will receive the impression the Lord designs shall be made upon the heart, if they will humble their souls before God, there is hope for them. The bow of promise is above the throne, and the work done for Isaiah will be performed in them. . . .(RH Dec. 22, 1896)." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, pp. 1138,1139. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


"This was the Shekinah, the visible pavilion of Jehovah. It was this glory that was revealed to Isaiah. . .(MS 71, 1897)." – Ibid., p. 1139. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 3

What will those who accept the message of the Mighty Angel be found doing? Ex. 29:39,41; Acts 1:46; 1 Cor. 11:26.


Note – “When we follow the humble Bible way, we shall have the movings of the Spirit of God. All will be in sweet harmony if we follow the humble channel of truth, depending wholly upon God .... Duties are laid down in God's Word, the performance of which will keep the people of God humble and separate from the world, and from backsliding, like the nominal churches. The washing of feet and partaking of the Lord's supper should be more frequently practiced." – Early Writings, p 116


“The salvation of men depends upon a continual application to their hearts of the cleansing blood of Christ. Therefore, the Lord's supper was not to be observed only occasionally or yearly, but more frequently than the annual passover." – Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, p. 228.


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"These meetings (the morning and evening) are continual; not to offer the lambs as in the type (Ex. 29:39,41), but to offer the oblation (the bread and the wine, Ex. 29:40) that Jesus reinstituted on the night of the Passover with His apostles (Luke 22:15,19,20). Ellen G. White says. . .we should partake of the emblems of Christ more often than once a year on the night of the Passover. Then, why not serve th emblems (the bread and the wine) at the headquarters of the church, 'Daily,' continually? This is a requirement of God in order that we may meet the conditions to receive the presence of God's Glory made manifest in pre-Pentecostal power . . . . We see by the weight of Scriptural evidence that the observance of the 'Daily' is mandatory in the reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit by the church.” – The Daily, Part 2, pp. 3,4. (Parentheses belong to quotation.)


"When believers assemble to celebrate the ordinances .... Christ by the Holy Spirit is there to set the seal to His own ordinance." – The Desire of Ages, p. 656.


Question 4

As His people assemble to partake of the emblems on earth, what is Jesus doing in heaven? Heb. 9:22-24.


Note – "We need to restudy the typical ceremonial system and do what it says, leaving off those things, as Paul says, ‘that was against us.' Col. 2:14. . . Then, we will have the true form of worship and God will meet with us and we will be glorified . . . .The covenant promise concerning the 'Daily' is continual, day after day, in the Sanctuary above. Our Messiah offers His blood now for all Israel 'Daily.' Since Israel is scattered over all the earth, the Son of the Most High atones with His Own blood, in the Holy Place of the Sanctuary in the heavens, in each time zone at nine and at three." – The Daily, Part 2, p. 4.


Question 5

What will happen to those who refuse to advance with this knowledge of the daily? Heb. 12:27-29.


Note – "The old standard bearers knew what it was to wrestle with God in prayer, and to enjoy the outpouring of His Spirit. But these are passing off from the stage of action; and who are coming up to fill their places? How is it with the rising generation? Are they converted to God? Are we awake to the work that is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, or are we waiting for some compelling power to come upon the church before we shall arouse? Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come . . . .We have far more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world." – Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 122.


"I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony. . . This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God's people." – Early Writings, p. 270.


Question 6

What destiny awaits those who do follow the Lord's leading under the angel of Revelation 18:1? Joel 2:6; Isa. 62:2; 4:2-6; 60:21; 66:19.


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Note – "The work of this angel (Rev. 18:1) 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." – Ibid., p. 277.


"My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying with agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, firmly, like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy. The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left by the way .... but their numbers were immediately made up by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks . . . .I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power. It had effect." – Testimonies, Vol. 1, pp. 181,182.


"In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought. A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great Day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifest. On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth. The world seemed to be lightened with the heavenly influence. Great blessings were received by the true and humble people of God." – Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 126.


"Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers . . . .The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit." – The Great Controversy, p. 612.


'[heir countenances were lighted up with the glory of God, and they shone with glory as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked could not look upon them for the glory." – Early Writings, p. 286.


"Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. 'Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners' (Song of Solomon 6:10), she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer." – Prophets and Kings, p. 725. (Parenthesis belongs to quotation.)


Question 7

What final word does John present to us? John 13:17.


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Note – “And now, since you are privileged to hear all these things, ‘happy are ye,’ says the Lord, 'if ye do them.' John 13:17 . . . .Yes, be convinced of the truth which I have tried to present to you, for it is your life, your prosperity, your health and happiness, your eternity." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, p. 25.


Letters from around the world

Dear Sir:

Please send or give me some information in connection with the brochure of "Deliverance" and "Constantine to Carter." Because I did receive them without an accompanying letter to explain the purpose of those brochures. So, please give me more details of them. Hoping to hear soon from you.

Yours sincerely,

Indonesia


Dear Sir:

I would appreciate it if you would send me 12 copies of "Constantine to Carter." Please bill me for that amount.

Sincerely,

Florida


Dear Bro. Roden,

Christian greetings, I am glad you have not dropped my name from your mailing list. Though I have not sent you any help for a long time....Your papers have been carefully read, and I must say they have given much light on the happenings of the world we have at present. You know I have been a S.D.A. from 1927... In closing please give the saints my love while I pray

that we may all be joined in the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, then in the Kingdom live for ever. Yours in His service.

Grenada


Dear Branch,

I would like to have more details on what you are talking about. I understand very well what you are talking about but would like to have more details about it. Sincerely yours,

Georgia


Dear Sir/Madam.

I am a Christian of Seventh Day Adventist Church here in Zambia. I am writing you this letter is because I do not have enough material for reading, and that is why I have decided to write you so that you will be sending me books or anything about our church. I would like you first of all to send me The Prophetic Bible Charts and The Shepherd's Rod (Vol. 1) and after this you send me the materials you think will be of great help to me here...Yours sincerely,

Zambia



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Dear Friend:

Would you be so kind as to send our study group the following materials; Tract Nos. 14, 12, 15, and 5....We would also appreciate the Timely Greetings.... And, any materials which in your opinion would help our sincere group in its endeavor to ascertain the truth.... Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you Sisters and Brothers. Sincerely yours,

New York


Dear Sir,

Thanks a million for that nice and beautiful Bible...hope you will go on sending tracts and magazines. Sincerely,

Philippines


Dear Sir:

I am a student at the -------- and am doing a research project about other religious groups who keep the Sabbath. Could you please send me a tract stating your basic beliefs, and what you teach about the Sabbath? If it is possible, I would appreciate receiving 20 copies, for my fellow classmates. Please send them as soon as you possibly can. Sincerely,

Michigan


Dear Sir.

Having received a booklet a reprint of 1977 called "The Final Atonement" and being interested in the keeping of the ceremonial law etc. I am taking this opportunity of seeking further information of such. Believing you may be able to send a booklet perhaps I would send a subscription for same. Thanking you,

Australia


Gentlemen:

Some time ago I received a little pamphlet entitled "The Daily," Part 1. Would you please inform me how I

can obtain the remainder of these studies? Thank you.

Florida


Recently on holiday in Georgetown, Guyana, I stayed with brother ----- where I read some of your inspiring literature. This was a definite answer to prayer.

England


Dear Sir:

We are interested in more information, would you at your earliest convenience please send all possible information. We want to know more. May God bless and help you all in your work and help others. I do not want it to be forever too late. I do believe there soon will come a time here in our U.S.A. when we Adventists will be forced farther and farther into a corner, and soon will have to act to insure our rightful place and must heed the call. I am a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church ------. We want to know more, the time is fast approaching. Sincerely,

California


Dear Sirs,

Would you please send me some of your leaflets such as "Deliverance" "Constantine to Carter" and if you have others please I will be pleased if you could send it to me. Thanks and hope to hear from you very soon. Yours faithfully.

Solomon Islands


Dear Sr. Roden,

Please accept this check...for your good work showing how the Holy Spirit is the feminine part of the GodHead. I always told my Mother that God's nature had to be both feminine and masculine, otherwise we would


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not have such Old Testament descriptions such as gathering his children under his wings like a mother hen, etc. May the Lord bless your work,

California


Dear Brother & Sister Roden,

Greetings in Messiah's new name "The Branch." Praise His Holy Name. Oh! What joy filled me heart as I listened to the tape of "Crude Oil," praise and joy inexpressible filled my soul, and I do bow and thank the God of Heaven for His wonderful love. What is all the fuss about the Holy Spirit having a female as... representative on earth. Isa. 11:1 says, "The Spirit of wisdom and understanding shall rest upon him" The Bible defines this Spirit as (her or she) ....Sister White says we have many, many, things to unlearn. By this time we Branch believers should have some sense, when a message sounds strange to our ears to go to the Lord in prayer and diligently search the Scriptures to see if these things are so, rather than setting our stakes and refusing to move "what folly"? ....Yours in Christ,

England


Dear Sir,

Regarding your article in the Deliverance titled, The way is opening, I would like more information on the Immigration to Israel and its potential. I'm a Seventh Day Adventist and I am 54 years old ....Sincerely yours,

Rhode Island


Dear Sir,

Peace be to you. Recently I got some of The Branch publications. It was... "Constantine to Carter," I read it right up to the end and enjoyed it very much, and it was profitable to me also. So, dear Sir, I wish to get more like these hand bills or booklets. Kindly enroll my name also in your list and

send me your publications. Thanking you. May God bless your work. Yours truly in Christ,

Sri Lanka


Dear Brethren in Christ,

I hardly know what to write. Although I know that I have to write and ask some questions. I have studied The Rod for a long time, although I was never joined to the Fellowship. I never had any doubts about the Rod beingof God. My family is at a turning point we need information about the

great cleansing work, and the Kingdom of God .... We want to help support the Movement .... Please give us information. Your Brother in Christ,

Alabama


Dear Sirs:

We received at church "Constantine to Carter" also "Deliverance" and are very interested. It says, at the back, for more detailed information write, so I am writing for just that. I do not think, we as a people, looking for the coming of Jesus, should pass off; not get all the information etc. necessary to make us wise to what is about to happen, and to warn others. I thank you. Yours truly,

Canada


Gentlemen:

Please place my name on your mailing list, I would also like to request Tracts, Nos. 1-14. To make it very plain and simple, would you send me all of the publications listed...Please accept my thanks in advance. Sincerely,

Washington


Dear Brother in Christ:

Thanks so much for your package of Spanish booklets El Continuo Sacrificio. The distribution of literature is


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playing an important role in winning souls for the message...

Puerto Rico


Dear Bro. Roden:

I was glad to receive the sweet letter from The Branch, and I'm well and hope all the rest of the Branch members are likewise. I'm still enjoying the sweet word and I'm pressing forward because this is the only truth. I am a full fledged Branch member, and I wouldn't be anything else .... Your sister in the Branch,

Alabama


Dear Brethren in Christ, The Branch,

May the Lord bless you and your mission to the end of the world is my prayer. Dear Brother and Sister Roden and members of like faith in Christ The Branch. First I must say thanks for all the articles I have got from your mission. I have received the 50 tracts on God's Holy Feasts two months ago, and...(also) the last parcel, which to me is the tiding of great joy. The booklet, "A Word to the Little Flock" is the joy of my salvation.-The Branch message is growing in Trinidad. Yours truly,

Trinidad


Dear Association at Mt. Carmel Center. Enclosed is.... It's for the Branch, and the reestablishment of God's people in the Land of Israel. The promise of the Lord unto all those who believe, and will do His will. I want to thank you for the Sabbath School Lessons that I have received and ask you to remember

me in your prayers. I am also praying for the Branch.

Michigan


Dear Brethren:

Could you please send me a sample of all your present truth literature from the inception of your movement down to the present time that I may have a clear picture of your position, and make my decision on the "weight of evidence." Also send Sabbath School Quarterlies, etc. Let me know how much cost is involved. Please add me to your mailing list. I trust that I shall hear from you brethren as soon as possible. May the Lord have His way with each of you. Your friend and brother,

Canada


Gentlemen

Please send more detailed information to the above address concerning "Constantine to Carter." Thank you. Yours truly,

Texas


Dear Friends,

I am very jubilant beyond the maximum point, hoping and trusting that you are in a good stage. First of all greetings, in fact I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ .... Actually my friends I want to ask you something which I don't have because I am suffering here at my school. In fact friend the thing which I want to ask you or which I want to help me is this, I want some clothes and also shoes .... I remain yours faithful,

Kenya


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HOLY CONVOCATIONS
1978-1979

Feast of TrumpetsOct. 2
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Feast of TabernaclesOct. 16-13
Solemn Service (Fast – Neh. 9:1)Oct. 25
New MoonNov. 1
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New MoonJan. 29
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*Each Feast day begins at sundown of the night before



'Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer


'Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bend,

And we gather to Jesus, our Saviour and Friend;

If we come to Him in faith, His protection to share,

What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there!


'Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when the Saviour draws near,

With a tender compassion His children to hear;

When He tells us we may cast at His feet every care,

What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there!


'Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when the tempted and tried

To the Saviour who loves them their sorrows confide;

With a sympathizing heart He removes every care;

What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there!


At the blessed hour of prayer, trusting Him we believe,

That the blessings we're needing we'll surely receive;

In the fullness of this trust we shall lose every care;

What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there!



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