Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 2 Chronicals 20:20
Then he said unto them,
O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. Luke 18:17
There are a number of ways the enemy is confusing people. Higher criticism, form criticism, and circular reasoning are possibly the main strategies the enemy uses against human beings. He is very successful at it. Most people that enter in to conversation with people using these communication skills are overthrown… or we could say it another way: They are deceived.
How does this work? Simply enough. We read a straight forward statement in the Spirit of Prophecy. God says, Believe my prophets, listen to them. So, we read. God says through His messenger, that He had the charts as He wanted them. He tells us through her, that the 1843 chart is not to be altered unless by inspiration. Simple. What is hard to understand about this?
God tells us other simple things. He told Abraham something once….
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. Genesis 22:2
You know the rest of the story. Abraham wakes up his son early in the morning and the two of them head out to the mountain. They traveled three days. What must Abraham have thought during the journey? God had spoken. God would not tell him a second time. Would Abraham obey? You know the rest. He went and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
God does not change. He speaks. We are to listen… and not forget!
Mrs. White has told us various things, and that was that. She told us God was in the first 2 charts. She told us the second chart was corrected where the first chart was in error. She told us the people giving the message in the 1840s understood the Daily of Daniel. Ok. This is simple. ALL future messages from the messenger will agree and be in “this” context of what she has told us so far. There will be “no” new light that changes what we simply know at this point. New light expands and deepens our understanding.
She tells us new light will come. She tells us the leadership of the church is the last to accept new light. We have the history of the ancient Jewish nation to collaborate with this statement from Mrs. White. Sadly, we know what to expect, and we see the reality as it currently is, and was, over the past 100 years.
She said nothing during her ministry about the 2520. She said nothing was revealed to her about the Daily. During her ministry, many articles were written by the pioneers including the Daily and 2520. One breath from the Lord would have caused her to tell us something if we were off course. On the contrary. Both charts included the Daily and 2520 and were endorsed.
Today, misguided brothers and sisters take these simple straight forward statements from Mrs. White and twist them all up. They say the context of later statements change the meaning of earlier statements. This is backwards. Sadly, many are beguiled and believe the lie. If they agree not with our past history, “There is NO light in Them!”
It takes faith to believe the early simple statements. As we believe – as it comes from the prophet, we listen and discern later statements – to be in agreement with earlier statements. In this way, we stay on track, because all along the way God is our guide. We have not chosen our own path. But this is not satisfactory to some. As Mrs. White said, some get off the foundation and pronounce it faulty. I pray we do not fulfill this prophecy.
Men act as though they had been given special liberty to cancel the decisions of God. The higher critics put themselves in the place of God, and review the Word of God, revising or endorsing it…. Upward Look, 35
Today, men (higher critics) think they can cancel the plainest words of God given through His prophet, Ellen White. They are critics. It does not suit them to believe it as delivered to us. Our only safety is to believe it as it is. We might not understand all of it and that is OK. It took years for the pioneers to hammer out what they passed along to us. Pray for understanding where you do not understand. God will in His time reward your patience.
There are those that do not keep the Sabbath because Paul was silent on it. Silence does not make null the truth.
Our past history is like a narrow beam of light [narrow path]. Within this beam of light are all the truths the pioneers learned, represented on the 43 and 50 charts. We are safe on our path as we do not step out of that beam of light/truth. If someone today is teaching something that is contrary to our beam of light/truth…. stay within the narrow path. Do not venture out of it. This is our only safety. It makes more sense as we are reminded that the light that lights our feet, as our gaze is fixed on Jesus, is the experience of the Midnight Cry. All the truths on the 1843 chart produced the experience of the Midnight cry which lights “our” narrow path.
I pray we all will not stumble. I pray we will stay on the path. I pray for discernment that we will not be beguiled by imposters teaching against the foundation of our church.