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Abraham Sacrifice

Sacrifice

My Dear Family in Christ,

God has put within the heart of each human being a desire to do good. We are all born with the goodness that comes from God. All good comes from God. “Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father . . .” James 1:17. Only God is good. Matthew 19:17. There is no good in this world that has not originated from the heart of God. We were created by the Creator to do good. “God planned for us to do good things and to live as He has always wanted us to live.” Ephesians 2:10. The problem is twofold.

1) Sin entered the world and robbed us of the good God planned for us to do.

2) Because of sin, the devil confuses God’s people as to what is good.

Therefore, it is on us to learn how to use God’s goodness for God and not for the devil. Keep in mind, the devil offered Jesus “good things” and “worldly blessings”. But Jesus knew His Word and understood the difference between the blessings of God and the blessings of the devil. The “blessings” of the devil gratify “self” while the blessings of God glorify God, His character and His Ten Commandments. Isaiah 42:21. Let us study into our obligations to God. Let us find out “what pleases God” and how to receive His blessings.

In every aspect of our lives we are to glorify God. He is our Creator and Redeemer. He gave the ultimate gift for us: His life. Therefore, we are to return to Him our love in every detail of our lives. Many go to church and claim they are “glorifying God” and “praising God” by singing songs and mouthing a few words. And of course this is what they want God to approve of, it costs them nothing. But God wants more than words that cost us nothing. “‘Oh, that one of you would shut the Temple doors . . . I’m not pleased with you,’ says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, ‘and I’ll accept no offerings from you.’” Mal 1:10

Jesus came and showed His love to His Father the same way we are to show our love to Him, through our living service to all around us. Not one person who came to Jesus was ever turned away. In my study I have found only two instances where Jesus did not comply with a humble request. The first was the request from the mother of James and John. “Jesus asked her what she wanted, and she said, ‘When you come into your kingdom, please let one of my sons sit at your right side and the other at your left’. Jesus replied, ‘… But it isn’t for me to say who will sit at my right side and at my left. That is for my Father to say’”. Matthew 20:21, 23. Jesus could not grant the mother’s request because it wasn’t His to grant. The other request came from Philip when he asked, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us.” John 14:8. Jesus could not “show” Philip and the disciples the Father. But what He could show them, and what He had been showing them, was the character of the Father in His own life. By looking at the life of Jesus they could see the Father in Him. And so it is with us. We are to live the perfect, sinless, commandment keeping life of Jesus so those around us will be able to say that they have seen the Father in us.

God is a giver. That is all He does, every minute, every hour of every day for all eternity, He gives. In order for us to show our love to Him we must develop within us the goodness that sin is slowly taking away from us. We must learn to give. “Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And He sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.” Matthew 5:45. And that brings us to the next question, Who do we give to?

Because we live in a sinful world God has laid down the conditions for His people in giving. Giving is so very important for our character development. We cannot get to heaven without the giving attribute of God. How did Jesus give glory to His Father? By sacrificing His life. He gave without asking or demanding anything in return. His was a selfless giving. How do we glorify Jesus? By our sacrifice. We do not give glory to God by how much money we make. Not by how much stuff we have. Not by how big or beautiful our homes, cars, clothes, churches, educational and health systems are; but how much we sacrifice for Jesus. Many claim that they are blessed by God. I doubt that. The things they have are blessings from the world. The devil offered Jesus all the “things” of the world. Jesus turned him down. True joy, true happiness and true peace comes in sacrificing for Jesus. Hanging on to our possessions will only bring us trouble, pain and eternal death.

Here are the true blessings of Jesus. Have you had your “blessings” today? “How blessed are those who are destitute in spirit, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!

“How blessed are those who mourn, because it is they who will be comforted!

“How blessed are those who are humble, because it is they who will inherit the earth!

“How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because it is they who will be satisfied!

“How blessed are those who are merciful, because it is they who will receive mercy!

“How blessed are those who are pure in heart, because it is they who will see God!

“How blessed are those who make peace, because it is they who will be called God’s children!

“How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!

“How blessed are you whenever people insult you, persecute you, and say all sorts of evil things against you falsely because of Me! Rejoice and be extremely glad, because your reward in heaven is great! That’s how they persecuted the prophets who came before you.” Matthew 5:3-12

The tithing and sacrificial systems God gave the world were for our good. They were given to develop righteous characters within us. They did not start at Mt. Sinai with the Israelites. They started at the gates of the Garden of Eden. After man sinned he needed a method of giving back to God what he had taken through sin. He needed a method to humble himself and show his love and service to Jesus. At the gate to the Garden of Eden, God introduced the sacrificial service to Adam and Eve as a way of showing them the true cost of their sin. Through the sacrificial system they were to be reminded over and over again what their sin would cost the Son of God. They had to “sacrifice” themselves by bringing a lamb, that cost them, as a sacrifice to God.

While the world rejected God and His plan of giving, sacrificing and humility, a line of decedents from Seth kept the true spirit of sacrifice alive. By the time of Noah the whole world had become so selfish, greedy and wicked that God had to wipe them out. Out of a population of about 2 billion people, only 8 were saved. Why? While the rest of the world was busy building their selfish homes and a selfish future for themselves, 8 sacrificed and gave all they had to build an Ark for the salvation of others. The “others” refused it. The 8 accepted it.

Selfishness is so destructive. Most in the world today give out of selfishness. Like the Pharisees, they give to be seen by men. To be praised by men. To get flattered and looked up to. To “buy” a seat at the “Board” table of the church, or to have influence. Most give to their churches in order to get entertained. They give to sooth their consciences. Many are subconsciously attempting to “buy” their way into heaven. Like a good Catholic, we go to church, say our prayers, pay our money, feel exonerated and then spend the week selfishly continuing in our sinful, worldly pursuits.

Many feel obligated to give to family and/or friends who are in “need”. Many use their money for control of others. They give to family and friends with an implied control attached to the “gift”. Many can’t help themselves to give to the “will work for food” person on the corner. Many send a check to the “feed the children” organizations to quiet their selfish consciences. But none of that will get you into heaven. God has given us a way to develop our characters after His divine example. Let us begin our study and see how we are to give and who we are to give to. It is in obedience that God is testing our characters.

Right in the beginning, Abel brought his “sacrifice” to God. The whole purpose of the “sacrifice” was to recognize that since God would be giving His life in exchange for our lives, we need to develop that same character within us by sacrificing something that costs us. If your neighbor has 20 sheep but keeps them all, he is going to have more than you if you sacrifice your 10% to God. Giving up two of your sheep is a “sacrifice”. “Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and of its fat. Yahweh respected Abel and his offering.” Genesis 4:4. However, we are not just to “give” whatever we want. God gave specific requirements on giving. Cain did not give what God required. His “sacrifice” was no “sacrifice” at all. He gave what would cost him next to nothing. He just wanted to pretend, play the game and think He could fool God. He went through the motions of giving. God refused to accept His “sacrifice”.

This topic is extremely touchy to those who are selfish, prideful and arrogant. Their hearts are not in tune with the Spirit of God and any mention of “giving” or “sacrifice” is an offence to them. They believe that what they have is theirs and no one should tell them what to do with what is “theirs”. What they don’t understand is, nothing belongs to us. Everything we have belongs to God. He gives us the breath, the energy and the ability to get anything we have. Therefore, it all belongs to God. God requires a return on what He has and is giving us every moment of every day. “Because you were bought for a price. Therefore, glorify God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:20. Everything we do is to glorify God. Every thought, every purchase, every moment at work, play, school and rest is to glorify God through obedience to His Word.

We must cultivate the same faith and attitude that Abraham had towards God. Abraham recognized that it was God who gave him his son Isaac. Abraham had no right to posses Isaac. Isaac belonged to God. So when God asked Abraham to give Isaac back by sacrificing him, Abraham was willing. Did it hurt? Of course. Was it painful? Of course. Was his life in emotional turmoil? Of course. That is why it was a “sacrifice”. Anything else would not have been a “sacrifice”. When we recognize that everything we have belongs to God, then when God calls for it to support His work, we will willingly surrender it no matter the sacrifice to us.

Every sacrifice must be from a free and willing heart. Giving at church because people are watching as the offering plate is being passed by, is no sacrifice. Giving because we feel under pressure to give, is no sacrifice. “Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7.

When Moses was about to build the Tabernacle as a home for God to live among the Israelis, God did not ask Moses to require the people to give. He did not ask Moses to put on a carnival and sell tickets to raise money. He didn’t ask him to sell food or other items. All he did was ask Moses to “Take from among yourselves an offering for the LORD. Everyone whose heart is willing is to bring it as an offering for the LORD.” Exodus 35:5. How sad that we only give to get.

How few of us have hearts that are “willing”. We are so selfish we are unwilling to give for fear that we will not have enough for our selfish lives. As Jesus was watching the people drop their offerings into the temple treasury, He was not happy. He was about to give His life for them, and they were only putting on a show, soothing their consciences or giving what did not require a “sacrifice”. How little they loved God. Not only that, but while the Pharisees were putting their offerings into the temple treasury, claiming to love God, they were plotting the death of their Creator. The same is happening in our churches today.

Then a poor widow showed up. Jesus straightened up. His eyes focused and the disciples turned to see what caught His eye. They could not see anyone who looked important. They could not see anyone with any worldly distinction. All they saw was a poor widow put two very small coins into the treasury. Not even enough for a loaf of bread. They started to dismiss the scene when the voice of Jesus arrested their ignorance. “He called his disciples and told them, ‘I tell you with certainty, this destitute widow has dropped in more than everyone who is contributing to the offering box, because all of them contributed out of their surplus, but out of her poverty she has given everything she had to live on.’” Mark 12:43, 44.

It wasn’t that she gave to the church, for the church was wealthy and did not need her two mites. It was the fact that she did not know what else to do with the love she had for God in her heart. That was all she knew at that time, and she did it. It was her heart that counted, not the “where” or the “how much”. She gave it all.

When the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what He had to do to get eternal life, Jesus didn’t tell him to support the church. He didn’t tell him to put an “offering” into the temple treasury. He didn’t tell him to make a big show about giving. He simply told him to do that which was necessary to change his selfish heart. He was breaking the tenth commandment, “thou shalt not covet”. He had to give up everything and give it to the poor, the very people he had been stealing from to get his riches. Matthew 19:21. And then he was to follow Jesus. This was totally against his character of selfishness. He was prideful, arrogant and controlling. He wanted to be the leader of men and to control his money, not follow. He needed money to buy followers, fame and position. He turned away very sad that he couldn’t have eternal life with his selfish, worldly ambitions.

The problem is, we are much like the sons of Eli. We scorn God’s offerings. Oh, we give what makes us look good. But we make sure “we get ours”. We make sure “we first have what we need” before we “give”. “Why then do you scorn My sacrifices and My offerings that I commanded for My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of My people Israel?” 1 Samuel 2:29.

Get the point? We scorn God when we are “fattening yourselves on the choicest parts” of what God has given us. Look at many ministers and “Christians” who claim to be “sacrificing” for Jesus. They are fat, over weight, lazy, full of talk and have wealth. But they have no understanding of self-control and discipline in their lives to sacrifice for Jesus. They take what belongs to God and, like Eli, give it to themselves for a comfortable living or their children for education, entertainment or travel. And that is why the church of today is called “Laodicea”. It is truly wealthy, fat, lazy, asleep and dead sitting in church in their sins. It no longer loves God. Oh, it puts on a real show of love for God. It has such wonderful music, videos, media propaganda and entertainment beyond number. But in the sight of God, it is naked, blind, poor and dead. It no longer teaches converts or members how to live a life of sacrifice. How to live a life that is “peculiar” and separate from the world.

Our educational system is for the world with a bit of “God” thrown in just to keep up appearances. Our healthcare system is of the world. It no longer lives in obedience to the health principles or commands of God. The whole church, educational and health systems no longer prepare people for Heaven. No, now we prepare people to live a long, selfish, prosperous life on earth to support the church. The original purpose has long been abolished in exchange for worldly fame, money, selfishness and acceptance. No longer do we believe Jesus who said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19, 20.

So who do we support? “To the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance . . .” Numbers 18:21. “Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:13, 14. “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” 3 John 1:8.

Since everything we have belongs to God, He has the right to command who we share it with. The first concept in all the Bible is that there is to be a separation between righteousness and wickedness. The Israelites were not to hang out with the wicked. They were to be separate. They were not to support them or in any way promote their pagan ways of living. We are not to support the wicked. At no time did God require the Israelis to help the poor pagans around them. They were only to help them if they accepted God’s plan of salvation. The devil has enough money on his side of the war. He can take care of his own. But he is doing everything in his power to rob God and take that which belongs to God and use it for his own purposes. Therefore, he has set up a lot of ministries, charities and other programs to take God’s money from the work that God requires of His people. There is no organization on earth that does more “good” than the Catholic Church. That is why Jesus said, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60. That is a profound statement. As Paul said, we are to support those who proclaim the gospel. We are not to waste God’s money on the “dead”. Any organization, person or entity that is not proclaiming “the gospel” we are not to support. So what is “the gospel”?

For an in-depth study on “the gospel” please go to our website and read what the gospel is. Here I will only touch on the highlights. Most claim they know the gospel or are teaching the gospel. Oh, they say, the gospel is the “good news” about Jesus and His birth, life, death and resurrection. If that were the case, we can support the Catholic Church, the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and every other religion in the world. But that is not the “gospel”. Jesus tells us to teach only what He taught - Matthew 28:20. Jesus taught the gospel - Matthew 4:23. But nowhere in all of the teachings of Jesus to the public will you find Him teaching about His birth, life, death and resurrection. And when He did teach His birth, life, death and resurrection to the disciples, in private, just before His death, they didn’t believe it. At no time did they “teach” “His birth, life, death and resurrection” to the people. Therefore, we must conclude that the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not the gospel. After all, the devil knows “His birth, life, death and resurrection” but won’t be in heaven. What Jesus did teach is: 1) be perfect - Matthew 5:48, 2) stop sinning - John 5:14 and 3) keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life - Matthew 19:17. All of that is the good news. Why is it “good news” or “the Gospel”? Because without it you have no eternal life and will die eternally. You can sit in your church knowing all about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus and still die eternally along with Lucifer. But if you are obedient to the gospel as Jesus taught and lived, the good news that we can stop sinning, be perfect and keep the ten Commandments for our eternal life, then we will have eternal life with Jesus. Now that is “good news”.

Therefore, God requires us to sacrifice and give our tithes and offerings to those who teach the good news: to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Any person, organization or entity that does not teach those teachings of Jesus or live by them belongs to the devil and we are not to support them. 2 John 1:8-11. This knocks out ADRA, Maranatha and every other church ministry and organization that I know of. They are teaching “smooth” things or “church” that have nothing to do with changing our lives for Heaven. It is all money making for the devil. You have an obligation to find out if your church, pastor or denomination, church paper, TV programs and other media or entities, who claim to be of God, are teaching the gospel. Just because they claim to be, doesn’t mean they are. The Catholic Church claims to be teaching the gospel. If any church is not, you must withdraw your support. Otherwise you are aiding and abetting the enemy of God. You are supporting wickedness. Lucifer, coming to you as an angel of light, is stealing God’s funds that are needed for God’s people and His work.

God raised up a people in the 1840’s for one purpose. They were to prepare the world for the close of probation. They were only to teach people the “gospel”, to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. That is the 3 Angels’ Messages. Nothing else were we to get involved in. That is a command from God Himself to the people of that “church”.

So who are God’s people, His true “church”? “Here is the perseverance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. It doesn’t say, here are those who belong to this or that church. It says those who “keep the commandments of God”. Those who are sinless. Those who have “overcome” the world and sin are the children of God. 1 John 2:13, 14. After all, you can’t break the commandments of God and be children of God. John 14:24. “The law of God will be satisfied with nothing short of perfection, of perfect and entire obedience to all its claims. To come halfway to its requirements, and not render perfect and thorough obedience, will avail nothing.” (1T 416) To be almost saved is to be totally lost.

“One great object of our schools is the training of youth to engage in service in our institutions and in different lines of gospel work. The people everywhere are to have the Bible opened to them. The time has come, the important time when through God’s messengers the scroll is being unrolled to the world. The truth comprised in the first, second, and third angels’ messages must go to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; it must lighten the darkness of every continent and extend to the islands of the sea. Nothing of human invention must be allowed to retard this work.” (6T 133). Well, as you can see, our schools and churches are no longer of God. They no longer teach “the gospel”.

The servants of God are not those who are paid by a church or read the Bible or claim to know God, but are those who teach “the gospel” to those around them. Those who teach you how to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. If your pastor, church and denomination are not pointing out your sins and admonishing you to stop your specific sins and live perfectly, they are not of God. They are not preparing you for Heaven but eternal death.

“The greatest sin which now exists in the church is covetousness. God frowns upon His professed people for their selfishness. His servants have sacrificed their time and strength to carry them the word of life, and many have shown by their works that they prize it but lightly. . . If they employ a day laborer, he must be paid full wages. But not so with the self-sacrificing servant of God. He labors for them in word and doctrine; he carries the heavy burden of the work on his soul; he patiently shows from the word of God the dangerous errors which are hurtful to the soul; he enforces the necessity of immediately tearing up the weeds which choke the good seed sown; he brings out of the storehouse of God’s word things new and old to feed the flock of God. . . but the poisonous weed, covetousness, is so deeply rooted that they let the servant of God leave them without ministering to him of their temporal things. They have prized his wearing labor just as highly as their acts show. Says the True Witness: ‘I know thy works.’” {1T 194}

This ministry works tirelessly and with great sacrifices to patiently show “from the word of God the dangerous errors which are hurtful to the soul; he enforces the necessity of immediately tearing up the weeds which choke the good seed sown”. But how few care to help and support that which God raised up to prepare them for their eternal life. They do not prize God’s efforts for their eternal life. They grip, complain, hate and criticise the message God is bringing to them. They act like the Pharisees who went to John the Baptist. Their eternal life has been sacrificed for their pride, ego, worldly and church ambitions.

We must now be searching out and finding that true “church of God” who is truly living, teaching and proclaiming the gospel as Jesus taught it. That is the “church” and those are the people we are to support with our sacrificial tithes and offerings. If our churches, educational institutions and healthcare systems are no longer teaching people to stop sinning, to get out of the world, to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life, they are no longer of God and have become agents of the enemy. If you participate in and/or with them, supporting them and promoting them, you are an enemy of God. 2 John 1:8-11. “You adulterers! Don’t you know that friendship with the world means hostility with God? So whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.” James 4:4.

Throughout the Bible and the instruction given by God’s modern day prophets, only those who are God’s people are to receive God’s tithes and offerings. The “worthy” poor are the ones we are to help. Many are poor, but not all are worthy of our help. Many have become poor because of their own stupidity and their wilful rejection of the laws of God. We are not to help them as long as they refuse to change their lives. We would only be enabling their wicked lives. Wasting God’s money on the enemy. The work our missions and ADRA are doing is for the advancement of the devil. They support and help those who do not live for Jesus and keep His Ten Commandments.

“The worthy poor, those who are made poor by misfortune and sickness, deserve your special care and help.” {1T 481} “The poor among God’s people must not be left without provision for their wants. Some way must be found whereby they may obtain a livelihood. Some will need to be taught to work. Others who work hard and are taxed to the utmost of their ability to support their families will need special assistance. We should take an interest in these cases and help them to secure employment. There should be a fund to aid such worthy poor families who love God and keep His commandments.” {CCh 284}

“In many cases means which should be devoted to the missionary work is diverted into other channels, from mistaken ideas of benevolence. We may err in making gifts to the poor which are not a blessing to them, leading them to feel that they need not exert themselves and practice economy, for others will not permit them to suffer. We should not give countenance to indolence, or encourage habits of self-gratification by affording means for indulgence. While the worthy poor are not to be neglected, all should be taught, so far as possible, to help themselves.” {CS 166}

“With every gift and offering there should be a suitable object before the giver, not to uphold any in idleness, not to be seen of men or to get a great name, but to glorify God by advancing His cause. Some make large donations to the cause of God (missions over seas) while their brother who is poor, may be suffering close by them, and they do nothing to relieve him. Little acts of kindness performed for their brother in a secret manner would bind their hearts together, and would be noticed in heaven. . . It is all written in heaven. ‘I know thy works.’” {1T 194}

“We are commanded to ‘do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.’ Galatians 6:10. In our benevolent work special help should be given to those who, through the presentation of the truth, are convicted and converted. We must have a care for those who have the moral courage to accept the truth, who lose their situations in consequence, and are refused work by which to support their families. Provision should be made to aid the worthy poor and to furnish employment for those who love God and keep His commandments. They should not be left without help, to feel that they are forced to work on the Sabbath or starve. ” {6T 85}

We no longer teach the original sacrificial teachings and concepts of the early pioneers to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments of God to get eternal life. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand beside the roads and watch. Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is. Walk in it and find rest for yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We won’t walk in it!’” Jeremiah 6:16.

Few today are interested in the sacrifices that God requires to get into heaven. Jesus left heaven for this dirty, old, smelly, sinful world. Are you willing to leave your expensive, wonderful home and downsize, as Jesus did, so you can sacrifice to support His gospel? Are you willing to move out of your comfort zone as Jesus did for you. There are ministries who are teaching people to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life who need your funding to reach those who are hungering for a new life?

“The Lord is testing His people to see who will be loyal to the principles of His truth. Our work is to proclaim to the world the first, second, and third angels’ messages. In the discharge of our duties we are neither to despise nor to fear our enemies. To bind ourselves up by contracts with those not of our faith is not in the order of God.” (7T 107). That one statement condemns our churches, denominations, educational and health systems. They are no longer of God.

Now that we know who we are to be supporting, how much are we to sacrifice? In Malachi God said, “‘Will a man rob God?’ Yet you rob Me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing Me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:8-12

The Bible gives many illustrations of how the heart that loves God can find ways and means to give and give and give to the cause of God they claim to love. There are many ways to show how much we truly care for Him through the agencies of His servants and the worthy poor. You are to offer your sacrifices, your tithes and your offerings, the gifts that you promise to the LORD, your freewill offerings, and the firstfruits of you labor.

So let’s add up what God requires in our tithes and offerings. In the Bible, the following were examples of how they could show their love to God in giving to His people. We can take the examples and find ways to do the same in our world today.

Leaving the edges of your field for the poor, etc.: Lev. 23:22 5%
Bringing the firstfruits of your occupation: Ex. 34:26 5%
Bringing other freewill offerings: Lev. 22:18 5%
Tithes: 10%
Total of all tithes and offerings: 25%

It is no different now than it was then. When you get hired, don’t you like it when your boss pays you for your work? Are you not pleased when your boss hands you the paycheck? God expects you to pay His servants. But how about when you put forth extra work and do a really great job that goes above and beyond the call of duty by putting in extra hours and maybe your own money, wouldn’t you like to get overtime or a bonus? Would you not like to get a raise? What would you think if your company or boss decided that the first thing he should do is make sure all his selfish desires were satisfied before giving you your pay?

God is no different. He is working overtime for your salvation. He is putting in extra hours and a lot at His own expense. I think He would like overtime and a bonus from you. I think He would like to see some true, heartfelt, appreciation for what He is doing for your eternal salvation. When you get paid, don’t you think you should give to God first, before you pay your worldly debts, obligations and selfishness? Don’t you think it would please God to see you “seek Him first” and give back to Him before you use any of your income on yourself? If you can’t, maybe you don’t love Him with all your heart, soul and mind. Maybe it is time to downsize so you can.

“God has given special direction as to the use of the tithe. He does not design that His work shall be crippled for want of means. That there may be no haphazard work and no error, He has made our duty on these points very plain. The portion that God has reserved for Himself is not to be diverted to any other purpose than that which He has specified. Let none feel at liberty to retain their tithe, to use according to their own judgment. They are not to use it for themselves in an emergency, nor to apply it as they see fit, even in what they may regard as the Lord’s work.” {9T 247}

The typical Israelite would give about twenty-five percent of his total income to the work of God. Those who claim to serve God today, and find it hard to give ten percent, have no idea how to sacrifice for God. We are not to be living for this world. And yet, those who claim to be God’s special people for these last days are working so hard for this world and to keep their stuff, they are going to miss the next one.

Everything that we do is to be done to support the cause of God. We are to do nothing for ourselves in this world. We are to be laying up treasure in Heaven, not here in banks, real estate and possessions. Our work is simply a means of supporting the work of God. Our living is simply a means by which we are to live for God. We are to live so simple that at minimum twenty-five percent of our income can be used to support God’s Gospel. After all, if you start a partnership with someone, both of you would expect to get 50/50 out of the partnership. Is God less of a Partner in your life? Maybe that is why things are not going well in your life. We are to live sacrificially on the rest. If we do, God has mansions in heaven for us. But if we don’t, those mansions will be given to someone else.

Trying to keep up with the fashions of the world is being of the world. Women wearing clothes that are far from humble are not of God. The attention we are to bring to ourselves is not in any way to arouse sexuality or lust. All attention to us is to be directed to Jesus. Our homes, our lives, our businesses and offices are to be so plain and simple that people will not be distracted by anything of this world, but be lifted up to Heaven. Every square inch of what we own should be working for Jesus. If we are using it for selfishness, God cannot bless it. We are not to spend time, energy, money or thought on decorating our bodies, homes, businesses, children or grandchildren. How much of God’s money is being wasted on pagans! We support this pagan world while God’s ministries are starving, poor and scrimping to get out the gospel that will save a soul. How will you be able to look Jesus in the face when He comes?

“The dreadful state of our nation calls for deep humility on the part of God’s people. The one all-important inquiry which should now engross the mind of everyone is: Am I prepared for the day of God? Can I stand the trying test before me?

“I saw that God is purifying and proving His people. He will refine them as gold, until the dross is consumed and His image is reflected in them. All have not that spirit of self-denial and that willingness to endure hardness and to suffer for the truth’s sake, which God requires. Their wills are not subdued; they have not consecrated themselves wholly to God, seeking no greater pleasure than to do His will. Ministers and people lack spirituality and true godliness. Everything is to be shaken that can be shaken. God’s people will be brought into most trying positions, and all must be settled, rooted, and grounded in the truth, or their steps will surely slide. If God comforts and nourishes the soul with His inspiring presence, they can endure, though the way may be dark and thorny. For the darkness will soon pass away, and the true light shine forever. I was pointed to Isaiah 58:1-15; Jeremiah 14:10-12, as a description of the present state of our nation. The people of this nation have forsaken and forgotten God. They have chosen other Gods and followed their own corrupt ways until God has turned from them. The inhabitants of the earth have trampled upon the law of God and broken His everlasting covenant.” {1T 355}

Selfishness has taken hold on the people of God. They truly have “trampled upon the law of God and broken His everlasting covenant”. They love to spend money on pictures, music, videos, eating out, dress and other frivolous selfish activities. Skiing, bicycling, parties, picnics, pageants, shows, food, clothes and every other selfish activity the devil can present to them are used to take up God’s money. They think nothing of taking out a loan for a home, a business, a car, education and travel. But if a ministry takes out a loan or goes into debt, how terrible the condemnations and denunciations that rain down upon that ministry. Obviously it is OK to go into debt for the devil and our selfishness, but not for the Lord. How sad. And people think they have a “right” to heaven. That Jesus will be pleased with them for getting all they can in the world while the work of God is suffering.

Many think that it is a terrible sin to go into debt for the Lord. That is because they want to go into debt for the devil. Their selfishness is so great that their eyes are blind and their ears are deaf. What they don’t realize is, the founding fathers and “mother” of the Three Angels’ Messages were constantly in debt and died in debt for the Lord.

“In 1855 the brethren in Michigan opened the way for the office of publication to be removed to Battle Creek. At that time my husband was owing between two and three thousand dollars, and all he had besides the books on hand was accounts for books, and some of these were doubtful. The cause had apparently come to a halt, orders for publications were very few and small, and he feared that he would die in debt. Brethren in Michigan assisted us in obtaining a lot and building a house. The deed was made in my name, so that I could dispose of it at pleasure after the death of my husband.” {1T 97} That three thousand dollar debt then would be approximately the same as a $77,000 debt today.

Jesus went into debt for us. How few of us are willing to go into debt for Jesus. This ministry is constantly going into and out of debt in order to accomplish the work God has given it. Right now we are $50,000 in debt. But we now have everything we need to accomplish everything God has called us to do. It has taken 19 years to get to this point of acquiring the equipment, supplies and infrastructure to do the work. If 10 people were willing to show their love to Jesus and take out a personal loan of $5,000 for this ministry, God’s ministry would be out of debt. But how few are willing to “sacrifice” for Jesus. With your sacrifice we could reach far more inmates and people of the world than the over 5,000 we reach every day. Hundreds of inmates a month are reaching out to us who want to change their lives but have no understanding how. But this ministry, by the power and truth of Jesus, is helping them change their lives and prepare for Heaven. Are their lives not worth a few extra dollars a month for you to pay off a personal loan of $5,000 for the ministry of God? Can you truly look Jesus in the face knowing He hung on the cross for you. Where is your cross? What are you “sacrificing” for Jesus?

We go to church, sit in the pew, listen to a man preach, pay our “bribe”, say a prayer and return home to continue spending God’s money for our selfish lives. Our feelings have completely taken over. Reason and love for God have well nigh vanished from the heart. Now is not the time for going to church. The Lord has made it very plain that in this, the last hour of earth’s history, we are to come out from among them, opening our homes and teach our families, neighbors, friends and co-workers what they must do to prepare for the close of probation. Money spent on churches could be spent to bring people the truth.

“The Lord has marked out our way of working. As a people we are not to imitate . . . Salvation Army methods. . .” (8T 184) “But the great work now to be accomplished is to bring up the people of God to engage in the work and exert a holy influence. They should act the part of laborers. With wisdom, caution, and love, they should labor for the salvation of neighbors and friends. There is too distant a feeling manifested. The cross is not laid right hold of and borne as it should be. All should feel that they are their brother’s keeper, that they are in a great degree responsible for the souls of those around them. The brethren err when they leave this work all to the ministers. The harvest is great, and the laborers are few. Those who are of good repute, whose lives are in accordance with their faith, can be workmen. They can converse with others, and urge upon them the importance of the truth. They must not wait for the ministers and neglect a plain duty which God has left for them to perform.” {1T 368}

God’s money is not to be put into churches that do nothing but put members to sleep. Nothing is done in church but rehash over and over and over again the same information until the Lord is about to spew you out of His mouth. He can’t stand your church services and phony worship. It has nothing to do with true worship of God. True worship is to cleans our body temples of sin, spend God’s money on those who are teaching people how to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus: stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life.

“The people of God generally feel a united interest in the spread of the truth. They cheerfully contribute toward a liberal support for those who labor in word and doctrine. And I saw that it is the duty of those who have the responsibility of distributing means, to see that the liberalities of the church are not squandered. . . it is the duty of those who labor in word and doctrine to manifest a zeal and self-sacrifice.” {1T 369} Few ministers show any “self-sacrifice”.

We go to church on the Sabbath thinking that we are better than our neighbors and have a right to heaven. How blinded we are. We continue to lie by claiming to be Christians while we live for the pagan world. Our church members celebrate the pagan holidays of Christmas and Easter and some members even take part in the most unholy day of Halloween. We buy and buy and buy all the trinkets that are advertized for those holidays and others without even a thought as to the money we are wasting for the devil. And then we drop a mite or two into God’s work thinking we are doing God a favor. How sick we have become. Pagan churches, pagan world, pagan ministers and pagan members all thinking they are saved. So few are listening to the teachings of Jesus and sacrificing to get eternal life. “The conditions of salvation brought to view in the word of God are reasonable, plain, and positive, being nothing less than perfect conformity to the will of God and purity of heart and life. We must crucify self with the lusts thereof. We must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” {1T 440}

How true it is, when Jesus comes, He will tell church people to depart from Him because He doesn’t know them. While they were claiming to have a “relationship” with Jesus going to church, they had nothing more than a selfish fantasy with nothing but pagan actions, desires and selfish motives. Sell, sell, sell, downsize, downsize and give it all to the poor who are teaching the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life, then go and follow Jesus and have treasure in heaven.

“God is displeased with the lack of self-denial in some of His servants. They have not the burden of the work upon them. They seem to be in a deathlike stupor. Angels of God stand amazed and ashamed of this lack of self-denial and perseverance. While the Author of our salvation was laboring and suffering for us, He denied Himself, and His whole life was one continued scene of toil and privation. He could have passed His days on earth in ease and plenty, and appropriated to Himself the pleasures of this life; but He considered not His own convenience. He lived to do others good. He suffered to save others from suffering. He endured to the end and finished the work which was given Him to do. All this was to save us from ruin. And now, can it be that we, the unworthy objects of so great love, will seek a better position in this life than was given to our Lord? Every moment of our lives we have been partakers of the blessings of His great love, and for this very reason we cannot fully realize the depths of ignorance and misery from which we have been saved. Can we look upon Him whom our sins have pierced and not be willing to drink with Him the bitter cup of humiliation and sorrow? Can we look upon Christ crucified and wish to enter His kingdom in any other way than through much tribulation?” {1T 370}

Are you involved in this world? Are you involved in the pleasures of this life? Are you looking at those new clothes, that new car, eating out, buying new skis, putting money into your hobby and planning that vacation while God’s work is crying out for funding. While your neighbors are lost, are you sitting in your home watching TV, sitting in church patting yourself on your back, listening to a good sermon that is doing nothing to reach your lost neighbors? How far we have fallen. The pig has no idea the depth it has gone to while playing in the mud. The farther I get away from the churches, the clearer I see how far they have fallen. I praise God for taking me out and setting me up on His Rock. This ministry was set up by God to help all those who want to get to heaven learn the truth that will save their lives.

“The value of time is beyond computation. Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is thus that we should regard it. Life is too short to be trifled away. We have but a few days of probation in which to prepare for eternity. We have no time to waste, no time to devote to selfish pleasure, no time for the indulgence of sin. It is now that we are to form characters for the future, immortal life. It is now that we are to prepare for the searching judgment.” {COL 342}

If your church isn’t teaching you to get out of the world and it’s selfish pleasures and indulgences, you are in the wrong church. If your church is putting on “fun” parties and trips to show how much “fun” Christianity is, you are not in the “Church of God”. We must stop sinning. We must teach our people how to live sacrificial lives and prepare for the searching judgment.

“The standard of piety is so low among professed Christians generally that those who wish to follow Christ in sincerity find the work much more laborious and trying than they otherwise would. The influence of worldly professors is injurious to the young. The mass of professed Christians have removed the line of distinction between Christians and the world, and while they profess to be living for Christ, they are living for the world. Their faith has but little restraining influence upon their pleasures; while they profess to be children of the light, they walk in darkness and are children of the night and of darkness. Those who walk in darkness cannot love God and sincerely desire to glorify Him. They are not enlightened to discern the excellence of heavenly things, and therefore cannot truly love them. They profess to be Christians because it is considered honorable, and there is no cross for them to bear. Their motives are often selfish. Some such professors can enter the ballroom and unite in all the amusements which it affords. Others cannot go to such a length as this, yet they can attend parties of pleasure, picnics, donation parties, and exhibitions. And the most discerning eye would fail to detect in such professed Christians one mark of Christianity. One would fail to see in their appearance any difference between them and the greatest unbeliever. The professed Christian, the profligate, the open scoffer at religion, and the openly profane all mingle together as one. And God regards them as one in spirit and practice.” {1T 403}

It is time to stand up in our churches and call out sin. It is time to distribute this book, “Change Your Life Biblically” that was dictated and directed by the Holy Spirit to every church member. How many of you are willing to take a case or two of books from this ministry and pass them out, place them and share them with others? Keep a case in your car so when you see a “poor” person, give him the true treasure of Heaven. Contact me and ask. God is waiting. This book was written to prepare today’s people for the close of probation. It is time to get serious with our eternal life. Look to Jesus and study carefully His life of sacrifice and then ask yourself, what must I do to be a follower of Jesus?

“In these days, persecution and reproach for Christ’s sake are scarcely known. Very little self-denial and sacrifice is necessary in order to put on a form of godliness and have the name upon the church book; but to live in such a manner that our ways will be pleasing to God, and our names registered in the book of life, will require watchfulness and prayer, self-denial and sacrifice on our part. Professed Christians are no example for the youth, only as far as they follow Christ. Right actions are unmistakable fruits of true godliness. The Judge of all the earth will give everyone according to his works. Children who follow Christ have a warfare before them; they have a daily cross to bear in coming out from the world and being separate, and imitating the life of Christ.” {1T 405}

“God’s people will be sifted, even as corn is sifted in a sieve, until all the chaff is separated from the pure kernels of grain. We are to look to Christ for an example and imitate the humble pattern. You do not feel reconciled to the discipline you need and do not exercise and practice that self-denial which Christ requires of those who are truly heirs of salvation. Those who are engaged in the work of saving souls are co-workers with Christ. His was a work of disinterested benevolence, of constant self-sacrifice. Those who have had so great a sacrifice made for them that they might become partakers of His heavenly grace should in their turn sacrifice and deny self to aid in the great work of bringing others to the knowledge of the truth. Self-interest should be laid aside; selfish desires and self-comfort should not now stand in the way of God’s work in saving souls. God’s ministers are laboring in Christ’s stead; they are His ambassadors. They are not to study their ease, comfort, pleasure, desires, or convenience. They must suffer for Christ, be crucified with Him, and rejoice that they can in every sense of the word know the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ.” {1T 431}

 

TIME WITH JESUS

Duty to the Poor

Inquiries are often made in regard to our duty to the poor who embrace the third message; and we ourselves have long been anxious to know how to manage with discretion the cases of poor families who embrace the Sabbath. But while at Roosevelt, New York, August 3, 1861, I was shown some things in regard to the poor.

God does not require our brethren to take charge of every poor family that shall embrace this message. If they should do this, the ministers must cease to enter new fields, for the funds would be exhausted. Many are poor from their own lack of diligence and economy; they know not how to use means aright. If they should be helped, it would hurt them. Some will always be poor. If they should have the very best advantages, their cases would not be helped. They have not good calculation and would use all the means they could obtain, were it much or little. Some know nothing of denying self and economizing to keep out of debt and to get a little ahead for a time of need. If the church should help such individuals instead of leaving them to rely upon their own resources, it would injure them in the end, for they look to the church and expect to receive help from them and do not practice self-denial and economy when they are well provided for. And if they do not receive help every time, Satan tempts them, and they become jealous and very conscientious for their brethren, fearing they will fail to do all their duty to them. The mistake is on their own part. They are deceived. They are not the Lord’s poor.

The instructions given in the word of God in regard to helping the poor do not touch such cases, but are for the unfortunate and afflicted. God in His providence has afflicted individuals to test and prove others. Widows and invalids are in the church to prove a blessing to the church. They are a part of the means which God has chosen to develop the true character of Christ’s professed followers and to call into exercise the precious traits of character manifested by our compassionate Redeemer.

Many who can but barely live when they are single, choose to marry and raise a family when they know they have nothing with which to support them. And worse than this, they have no family government. Their whole course in their family is marked with their loose, slack habits. They have but little control over themselves, and are passionate, impatient, and fretful. When such embrace the message, they feel that they are entitled to assistance from their more wealthy brethren; and if their expectations are not met, they complain of the church and accuse them of not living out their faith. Who must be the sufferers in this case? Must the cause of God be sapped, and the treasury in different places exhausted, to take care of these large families of poor? No. The parents must be the sufferers. They will not, as a general thing, suffer any greater lack after they embrace the Sabbath than they did before.

There is an evil among some of the poor which will certainly prove their ruin unless they overcome it. They have embraced the truth with their coarse, rough, uncultivated habits, and it takes some time for them to see and realize their coarseness, and that it is not in accordance with the character of Christ. They look upon others who are more orderly and refined as being proud, and you may hear them say: “The truth brings us all down upon a level.” But it is an entire mistake to think that the truth brings the receiver down. It brings him up, refines his taste, sanctifies his judgment, and, if lived out, is continually fitting him for the society of holy angels in the City of God. The truth is designed to bring us all up upon a level.

The more able should ever act a noble, generous part in their deal with their poorer brethren, and should also give them good advice, and then leave them to fight life’s battles through. But I was shown that a most solemn duty rests upon the church to have an especial care for the destitute widows, orphans, and invalids. {1T 272-274}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Hello,
I would like to be enrolled in your Bible study course as soon as possible. I’m 25 years old and I have a son who is 6 years old. I have no family support so I am turning to God for spiritual growth.
Eddie, CA

Hi,
So I was able to flip through your book because my bunkie had a copy and wow! I really want to read it. I love history and it looked like there was some very interesting things about the Bible. I would love to share this book with my 13 year old son. I have done 3 1/2 years and I’m just finishing up an intense treatment program and then I will be going home. I couldn’t have gotten through this time without Jesus. In fact, I met Him in here and He is my best Friend.
Robyn, ID

Dear Ron,
I got my wonderful booklet yesterday and was very happy to get it. I placed all the flyers out all over here telling about God’s message and telling my fellow inmates about what He has done for me. I want and need them to come to God. Ron, this world will be hell if everyone stays focused on the devil and keeps doing wickedness. The Newsletter you sent me was very touching. Some of the stuff the guys wrote in there kind of brought tears to my eyes. I want people to know I go through a lot of stuff every day too with being picked on because I follow God. But one thing they can’t do is rob the bond that Jesus and I have.
James, PA

To Whom It May Concern,
I’m writing you in regards to your “Change Your Life Biblically” book and any other religious materials you can provide for my life and my walk with Christ. It was through my cellmate that this book was brought to my attention.
Guss, CA

Hello,
I’m a child of God, thanks to Jesus. I read a paper with information about your ministry. I want to learn more.
Felix, MS

Brother in Christ,
I am extremely excited in starting a new life with Christ by my side. I have a few friends here that I hang with and we were just discussing starting a Bible study to help us strengthen our spirits. I showed them the book you sent me and they all want one too. So I’m wondering if you could send them their own. I know God has wonderful mind blowing plans for us. I am just as serious about changing my life as I was about getting high and living in sin. I know what God wants for me and I want the same as well. I just pray that I don’t get distracted by the ways of this world that will pull further away from God. I also pray that with your book, through Christ, I can get back to where I once was before I started using.
Patricia, MT

Hi Ron,
I haven’t touched a drink or drug. My neighbors tried to encourage me to get high and I wouldn’t. I am doing great Bible studies with four guys. It would have been five guys, but one of the guys went to the hole.
Jason, CA

Hi,
I would love a copy of your book of Bible studies, “Change Your Life Biblically”. Thank you for your time and assistance.
Jan, NE

Dear Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,
I am writing to you guys because I just read about your “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. I would like to receive one from you guys. I have been down for a year and a half with nobody to write to, not even my family will write to me. It would feel wonderful to know that somebody can or will take the time to write to me.
Eli, WA

Hello Ron,
I will tell you this, I’ve read the JCPM Introductory Issue and get nothing but great vibes and feelings from it. I would love to have the real workbook sent to me, if possible. It’s amazing how God changes people’s lives through you. I pray so that the Lord may bless me in the same way if I obey and serve Him. I don’t want to beat around the bush. I’m so tired of being a “Christian” and going against our Father’s teachings. I have accepted Christ in my heart and asked Him to forgive my horrible sins of the flesh. I have faith that I’ve never had before and I ask Him to keep changing my heart everyday. Serving myself and wicked ways has gotten me nothing but pain, guilt and now I’m incarcerated. All because I didn’t obey the signs God was throwing my way. I feel like such a fool for ignoring His calls and signs.
Jose, CA

Dear Ronald,
I received your Introductory Issue. I wanted very much to thank you. I enjoy how you shared your journey. I too am going through the same thing. I also enjoyed reading how you broke down the Scriptures. I am looking forward to completing the certificate course. I look forward to “Change Your Life Biblically”.
Confesor, NY

JCPM,
I wrote the chaplain here at the prison asking for any type of Bile studies or spiritual literature that he may have and he sent me the information to enroll in the program that you offer. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with anything that you have to offer.
Lesli, MS

Hi,
My husband and I have started doing Bible studies through the mail with each other. I was wondering if you could please send me “Change Your Life Biblically” and another “Change Your Life Biblically” to my husband?
Lauria, ID

To Whom This May Concern,
I found the address on our little board for free Bibles and Pen-pals. If possible I would like both. Thank you.
Randy, IN

Ronald,
Eli and I are in the same pod and he shared your address with me knowing that I would be interested in the free book you have to offer. I recently turned my life and will over to Jesus Christ and have been craving and seeking more wisdom, understanding and knowledge ever since. I have read all but ten books out of the Bible and I’ll continue to read until I finish the whole Bible. So now let me get to my request. Do you have Bible studies that you can send me?
Gregory, WA

JCPM,
I was given your information by a current inmate here with me. He told me I should write you. I am very interested in your Bible studies. If it is possible, I would like to be enrolled.
Derrick, KY

Dear Ronald,
I just completed the “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”. It was awesome. I am writing to ask if you have anything else you can send me to work on?
Eli, WA

 

Testimony for God's People

The Two Crowns

In the vision given me at Battle Creek, Michigan, October 25, 1861, I was shown this earth, dark and gloomy. Said the angel: “Look carefully!” Then I was shown the people upon the earth. Some were surrounded by angels of God, others were in total darkness, surrounded by evil angels. I saw an arm reached down from heaven, holding a golden scepter. On the top of the scepter was a crown studded with diamonds. Every diamond emitted light, bright, clear, and beautiful. Inscribed upon the crown were these words: “All who win me are happy, and shall have everlasting life.”

Below this crown was another scepter, and upon this also was placed a crown, in the center of which were jewels, gold, and silver, reflecting some light. The inscription upon the crown was: “Earthly treasure. Riches is power. All who win me have honor and fame.” I saw a vast multitude rushing forward to obtain this crown. They were clamorous. Some in their eagerness seemed bereft of reason. They would thrust one another, crowding back those who were weaker than they, and trampling upon those who in their haste fell. Many eagerly seized hold of the treasures within the crown, and held them fast. The heads of some were as white as silver, and their faces were furrowed with care and anxiety. Their own relatives, bone of their bone, and flesh of their flesh, they regarded not; but, as appealing looks were turned to them, they held their treasures more firmly, as though fearful that in an unguarded moment they should lose a little, or be induced to divide with them. Their eager eyes would often fasten upon the earthly crown, and count and recount its treasures. Images of want and wretchedness appeared in that multitude, and looked wishfully at the treasures there, and turned hopelessly away as the stronger overpowered and drove back the weaker. Yet they could not give it up thus, but with a multitude of deformed, sickly, and aged, they sought to press their way to the earthly crown. Some died in seeking to reach it. Others fell just in the act of taking hold of it. Many had but just laid hold of it when they fell. Dead bodies strewed the ground, yet on rushed the multitude, trampling over the fallen and dead bodies of their companions. Everyone who reached the crown possessed a share in it, and was loudly applauded by an interested company standing around it.

A large company of evil angels were very busy. Satan was in the midst of them, and all looked with the most exulting satisfaction upon the company struggling for the crown. He seemed to throw a peculiar charm upon those who eagerly sought it. Many who sought this earthly crown were professed Christians. Some of them seemed to have a little light. They would look wishfully upon the heavenly crown, and would often seem charmed with its beauty, yet they had no true sense of its value and glory. While with one hand they were reaching forth languidly for the heavenly, with the other they reached eagerly for the earthly, determined to possess that; and in their earnest pursuit for the earthly, they lost sight of the heavenly. They were left in darkness, yet were anxiously groping about to secure the earthly crown. Some became disgusted with the company who sought it so eagerly; they seemed to have a sense of their danger, and turned from it, and earnestly sought for the heavenly crown. The countenances of such soon changed from dark to light, from gloom to cheerfulness and holy joy.

I then saw a company pressing through the crowd with their eyes intently fixed upon the heavenly crown. As they earnestly urged their way through the disorderly crowd, angels attended them, and made room for them to advance. As they neared the heavenly crown, the light emanating from it shone upon them and around them, dispelling their darkness, and growing clearer and brighter, until they seemed to be transformed, and resembled the angels. They cast not one lingering look upon the earthly crown. Those who were in pursuit of the earthly, mocked them, and threw black balls after them. These did them no injury while their eyes were fixed upon the heavenly crown, but those who turned their attention to the black balls were stained with them. The following scripture was presented before me:
Matthew 6:19-24: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Then that which I had seen was explained to me as follows: The multitude who were so eagerly striving for the earthly crown, were those who love this world’s treasure, and are deceived and flattered with its short-lived attractions. Some, I saw, who profess to be the followers of Jesus, are so ambitious to obtain earthly treasures that they lose their love for heaven, act like the world, and are accounted of God as of the world. They profess to be seeking an immortal crown, a treasure in the heavens; but their interest and principal study is to acquire earthly treasures. Those who have their treasures in this world, and love their riches, cannot love Jesus. They may think that they are right, and, although they cling to their possessions with a miser’s grasp, they cannot be made to see it, or to feel that they love money more than the cause of truth or the heavenly treasure.

“If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” There was a point of time in the experience of such, when the light given them was not cherished, and it became darkness. Said the angel: “Ye cannot love and worship the treasures of earth, and have the true riches.” When the young man came to Jesus and said to Him, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Jesus gave him his choice, to part with his possessions and have eternal life, or retain them and lose it. His riches were of greater value to him than the heavenly treasure. The condition that he must part with his treasures and give to the poor in order to become a follower of Christ and have eternal life, chilled his desire; and he went away sorrowful.

Those who were shown me as clamorous for the earthly crown, were those who will resort to any means to acquire property. They become insane upon that point. All their thoughts and energies are directed to the acquirement of earthly riches. They trample upon the rights of others, and oppress the poor, and the hireling in his wages. If they can take advantage of those who are poorer and less shrewd than they, and thus manage to increase their riches, they will not hesitate a moment to oppress them, and even see them brought to beggary.

The men whose heads were white with age, and whose faces were furrowed with care, yet who were eagerly grasping the treasures within the crown, were the aged, who have but a few years before them. Yet they were eager to secure their earthly treasures. The nearer they came to the grave, the more anxious they were to cling to them. Their own relatives were not benefited. The members of their own families were permitted to labor beyond their strength to save a little money. They did not use it for others’ good, or for their own. It was enough for them to know that they had it. When their duty to relieve the wants of the poor, and to sustain God’s cause are presented before them, they are sorrowful. They would gladly accept the gift of everlasting life, but are not willing that it should cost them anything. The conditions are too hard. But Abraham would not withhold his only son. In obedience to God he could sacrifice this child of promise more easily than many would sacrifice some of their earthly possessions.

It was painful to see those who should have been ripening for glory, and daily fitting for immortality, exerting all their strength to keep their earthly treasures. Such, I saw, could not value the heavenly treasure. Their strong affections for the earthly cause them to show by their works that they do not esteem the heavenly inheritance enough to make any sacrifice for it. The “young man” manifested a willingness to keep the commandments, yet our Lord told him that he lacked one thing. He desired eternal life, but loved his possessions more. Many are self-deceived. They have not sought for truth as for hid treasures. Their powers are not put to the best account. Their minds, which might be illuminated with heaven’s light, are perplexed and troubled. “The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” “Such,” said the angel, “are without excuse.” I saw the light waning away from them. They did not desire to understand the solemn, important truths for this time, and thought they were well off without understanding them. Their light went out, and they were groping in darkness.

The multitude of deformed and sickly pressing for the earthly crown are those whose interests and treasures are in this world. Although they are disappointed on every side, they will not place their affections on heaven, and secure to themselves a treasure and home there. They fail of the earthly, yet while in pursuit of it, lose the heavenly. Notwithstanding the disappointment and unhappy life and death of those who were wholly bent upon obtaining earthly riches, others follow the same course. They rush madly on, disregarding the miserable end of those whose example they are following.

Those who reached the crown, and possessed a share in it, and were applauded, are those who obtain that which is the whole aim of their life—riches. They receive that honor which the world bestows upon those who are rich. They have influence in the world. Satan and his evil angels are satisfied. They know that such are surely theirs, that while they are living in rebellion against God, they are Satan’s powerful agents.

The ones who became disgusted with the company clamoring for the earthly crown are those who have marked the life and end of all who strive for earthly riches. They see that such are never satisfied, but are unhappy, and they become alarmed, and separate themselves from that unhappy class, and seek the true and durable riches.

Those who are urging their way through the crowd for the heavenly crown, attended by holy angels, were shown me to be God’s faithful people. Angels lead them on, and they are inspired with zeal to press forward for the heavenly treasure.

The black balls which were thrown after the saints were the reproachful falsehoods put in circulation concerning God’s people by those who love and make a lie. We should take the greatest care to live a blameless life, and abstain from all appearance of evil, and then it is our duty to move boldly forward, and pay no regard to the reproachful falsehoods of the wicked. While the eyes of the righteous are fixed upon the heavenly priceless treasure, they will become more and more like Christ, and thus they will be transformed and fitted for translation. {1T 347-353}

 

Ministry News

When the Lord called me to this ministry 19 years ago, I left everything. I sold off all my possessions and the equipment that I had used in my business of 10 years. I gave up my family. I have not seen them in 25 years. I was just notified last month that my youngest son had died do to an infection. I never knew him. But God has promised that if I surrender it all and give it to Him, He will take care of them. I believe it was best for Richard to be put to sleep. He was severely handicapped and life was not pleasant for him. He is now sleeping peacefully waiting for the trump of God to call him to heaven. I pray that the rest of my family will accept the truth and give their lives to Jesus. I know that if I work for Jesus, sacrificing all I have, He will find a way to touch their worldly hearts.

The pain and sorrow I experience every day in this ministry breaks my heart. To work so hard for the souls of people and to see them so unconcerned about their own eternal life weighs heavily upon me. What more can I do? What can I say to wake them up? The Lord has revealed so much to me, but I feel so unworthy of being able to present the information so as to be understood. Where have I failed? So few will be saved. So little funding to reach them all. 144,000 are all who will be alive during the close of probation who will be saved. Will you be one of them?

Again, please ask for a case of books to keep in your car, truck or other mode of transportation so the next time you see a beggar you can give him true treasure. Put them in laundromats, libraries for their “fund-raising” activities. Just hand them out, even while pumping gas. What a way to spread the Light of Jesus.

I want to thank each of you who have been and are so faithful to God through this ministry. Your loving support is helping to change thousands of lives each year. I have reformatted the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. This will allow us to send it less expensively than the last book. I can also print it and bind it myself. That way we can keep it up-to-date. It is in full color. But we need to use up the old books. Please help by asking for cases to pass out.

Love in Christ,

Ron