There was also another reason for this cleansing, or restoring of the temple.
In Daniel chapter eight verses nine through 13 we find the worldwide
pagan "Christian" church doing several things.
1. It grew until it reached the host of heavens.
2. It threw some of the starry host down to earth.
3. It trampled on them.
4. It set itself up as great as the Prince of the host (Jesus Christ). (Jesus Christ: Acts 5:31)
5. It took away the daily sacrifice from Jesus.
6. The place of the sanctuary was brought low.
7. The daily sacrifices were given over to it.
8. Truth was thrown to the ground.
These things would happen, said the "holy one" until the end of the
2300 days. So, what happened on October 22, 1844?
The first thing that took place was the "beginning of the end". Daniel
8:14 was the last time prophecy to be given until the close of probation. There is no more
time. We are in the "end of time". The investigative judgment has begun. The
heavenly sanctuary is in the process of being cleansed.
"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took
His seat." Daniel 7:9. Here we have the beginning of the investigative judgment. Everyone who has ever lived and now dead, must pass before the reviewing
panel of God. "The court was seated, and the books were opened." Daniel
In 1844, the Court of the Universe was seated, much like the U.S. Supreme
Court taking its seat to hear a case. Every recording angel who had attended
a person on earth brought his book to that court. "A river of fire was
flowing, coming out from before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended
Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him." Daniel 7:10. In
the Hebrew the sense of this verse is One coming into a mighty hall where
all the angels had been waiting for Him. Then as He entered, they all stood up. After the One came to His place, the angels then sat down and court
was in session.
Now lets go back up and take a look at what is being judged.
1. The worldly Christians have grown to the power of "heaven".
They claim that you are saved by belonging to their church or organization. Not true. We are saved only through
Jesus and His teachings: the truth.
2. Throwing some of the starry host (saints) down is symbolic of the persecution
that would take place. Righteous people are called saints. We belong to
the family of God. The worldly churches are trying to cast us down from
our high calling and make us "sinners" as they are. Trying to keep us from
the power of Jesus that purifies and cleanses us.
3. It (the established church) trampled on them. During the 1260
years that the Catholic Church ruled the world, they killed over 75 million
people. Persecution will again arise by the "Christian" church against
the saints of God who keep His Ten Commandments. Churches are suing other churches. Trampling truth. They do not teach the teachings of Jesus.
4. The churches have set themselves up as our savior. They teach their pagan teachings as the teachings for eternal life. They have set themselves up in place of God and Jesus Christ, the Way the Truth and the Life. This is now all churches, including the Sabbath keeping churches.
5. The worldly churches take away the daily sacrifice of Jesus by making it of none effect. They tell you that you can go on sinning, and it is OK because Jesus died and His blood covers us. NO! You must not crucify the Son of God all over again and subject Him to public disgrace. His death will not save you, nor His blood cover you if you do not obey Him and stop sinning and become perfect as He is through His power. He died to give us the power to conquer sin in our lives right now!
6. The teachings of the truths of the sanctuary have been brought
low and are almost forgotten by the worldly churches. They don’t want you
to know that your sins will be brought up in judgment. They fight the truths
of God to pacify you and teach you "peace, peace" when there is no peace. Have you confessed all your sins and turned away from them? You
name may come up at any moment now in the Court of the Universe. What will
be the outcome? Will you be able to stand in the assembly of the righteous,
perfect, sinless people? Or not?
7. The daily sacrifice was given over to it because it has taken
it and perverted it. You don’t need Jesus any more. All you need is "speaking
in tongues" and to "claim the name" or go to a "praise" worship to be saved. But that is not what Jesus
teaches. You must daily die to self and to sin and live daily, the righteous,
perfect sinless life of Jesus.
8. It threw truth down to the ground and trampled it underfoot
The worldly churches are teaching paganism that has been passed
down to us through the Catholic Church. You try to teach the teachings
of Jesus: Stop
sinning, be perfect, and keep the Ten Commandments to have
"get" eternal life, to the churches, and they will spit on them and trample on them. They don’t want to hear it.
In 1844, God began to make it all right again. He took back His sanctuary
and opened the "windows" of heaven. "Then God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and within his temple was seen the ark of His covenant." Revelation 11:19.
God let the truth shine out. Truth that had been trampled on, hidden,
and twisted was now shining brightly to the world. Now the whole world
would know that the sanctuary was not the earth, as was once thought by
the worldly churches, but is in heaven. Now the world would see that God
is judge and High Priest, not the pope or any church. God began to set
the record straight.
God was cleansing, reconsecrating and vindicating His sanctuary in Heaven and
His authority. With a loud cry, the message was given to the earth. It literally
filled the whole world. In the early 1800’s, there was a great religious
awakening. The entire world was expecting Jesus to come and cleanse the
sanctuary. However, they thought the earth was the "temple" that would be cleansed.
So how did God bring the attention of the world to His temple
cleansing, reconsecrating, that was going on? He sent the three angels’
messages of Revelation 14:6, 7.
The Three Angels Message
"Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel
to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language
and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because
the hour of his judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the
earth, the sea and the springs of water.’" Revelation 14:6, 7.
The main points of this proclamation are as follows:
1.) Gave the eternal gospel
2.) It is given to everyone on the whole earth
3.) We are to fear God
4.) The hour of His judgment Had come
5.) Worship Him as Creator
The first point is the eternal gospel.
Most of the worldly churches
do not teach the eternal gospel. They teach that the gospel is the good
news of Christ being born, living, dying and rising again. Wow! They say,
that is good news. Then they go off and make idol worship out of a pagan
holiday called Easter. They shout for joy over the resurrection of Christ.
However, that is not the eternal gospel! If it was "the gospel," it could not
be eternal. It would have a beginning and would be called the "New Testament
Gospel". However, it is called the eternal gospel. Why?
The eternal gospel is from eternity. The good news has always been,
"If you keep the Ten Commandments, you will have eternal life". That is
the eternal good news. Adam and Eve were given it in the Garden:
obey and live eternally, disobey and die. They broke the Ten Commandments
and instead of paying the penalty immediately, they were given grace to
keep them alive physically so they could experience, once again, the good
news of the gospel: that if they obeyed the gospel, they could once again
have eternal life.
The good news has always been:
Stop sinning, be perfect and keep the
Ten Commandments to have eternal life. The angel came to Mary and said,
"You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from
their sins." Matthew 1:21. That is the good news. That is the gospel. We can be saved, right now, from our sins and never again have to be bound
by them and live in them. We can be set free from sin, right now!
John the Baptist was sent to preach the "good news" to the world. He
was sent to "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient
to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the
Lord." "To remember His holy covenant (Ten Commandments)." "To enable us
to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all
our days." "To give His people the knowledge of salvation." Luke 1:17,
72, 74, 77.
When John began preaching, he was preaching a "baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins." He was a "voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’" He taught
the people to "produce fruit (works) in keeping with repentance." Luke 3:3, 4, 8.
When Jesus sent out His disciples to teach the gospel, they did not
go out teaching the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. One half of that had not yet been accomplished. No, they went out teaching
people that they were to stop sinning, and to prepare their lives for the
kingdom of God that had come to them.
In fact, Jesus never taught His disciples about His death until about
three months before His died. And when He taught them, He always "took the
Twelve aside". Luke 18:31. He never told them in public. And even after
telling His disciples about His death and resurrection, "they did not understand
what He meant." Mark 9:32. How could they teach what they did not believe?
Why is the resurrection of Christ not the "Good News’? Because it doesn’t
make any difference for our salvation. Did you know that it is not the
resurrection that was important, but the death that was all-important?
It was the death of Christ that paid the penalty for sin, not the resurrection. If Jesus had never risen from the grave, we still would have had eternal
life. He was willing to give His life, eternally, that we might have eternal
life. His resurrection was not important for our resurrection. His resurrection
was just the result of His righteous, obedient and perfect life. That is
all. The same for us. If we live His righteous, obedient and perfect life,
we too will be resurrected. Yet look at how mixed up we have become in
our teaching and thinking.
Remember, Jesus represented the lamb. The lamb was slain. The lamb was not raised to life after being slain. It is the death of Christ that pays the penalty for our past sins. There is nothing in all the temple symbolism that represents the resurrection of Christ. And yet, that is about all you hear today is the resurrection and the “benefits” of Christ’s resurrection. But how few are understanding His death.
At the last supper, Jesus never mentioned His resurrection. He gave
them the symbols and memorial of His death.
Nevertheless, we have
all but forgotten His death. We do not want to be reminded that we also
are to die to self. Instead, we want to have the glory of the resurrection
without the pain and suffering of the sacrifice. We want the world and eternal life. Can’t be done!
So where did we pick up this ritual of Easter and resurrection idolatry?
Simple, if you know your history. Let’s start with the Bible. In Ezekiel
8:14, 15 we read, "Then He (Jesus) brought me to the entrance to the north
gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning
for Tammuz. He said to me, ‘Do you see this, son of man? You will see things
that are even more detestable than this.’"
What was "detestable"? The worship of
Tammuz! The weeping was a form
of worship for Tammuz. God detested it. Why? For that answer, we go to
the history books.
"Another prevalent myth of pastoral societies, often enacted as sacred
drama, was the search of the earth goddess for her lost lover, brother,
or child who either has been killed or has disappeared from Earth. Symbolizing
death and the return of vegetation and life (resurrection), this myth was
recorded as early as 3000 BC in the Babylonian cult of ISHTAR (Innina)
and Tammuz…" Compton’s Encyclopedia
"The cult of Tammuz, under the west-Semitic name of Adoni (my Lord)
and the Greek equivalent Adonis, was widespread throughout the Mediterranean
world. According to still extant mythology, Tammuz died, descended to the
lower world, was resurrected, and ascended again to earth and then to heaven. During his absence the earth remained sterile and the flocks were
plundered. Because of his close association with the realm of nature, the fields and
animals, he was called "the shepherd." Collier’s Encyclopedia
Do you see? Are you getting the picture? The reason God does not want
us to have anything to do with Easter is because it is a pagan holiday
that dates as far back as 3000 years before Christ. He didn’t want any
mingling of righteousness with wickedness. That is why we are not to celebrate His resurrection.
"According to the Venerable Bede, the name Easter is derived from the
pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, and many folk
customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter eggs) are of pagan
origin." Compton’s Encyclopedia
"Popular Easter customs have included the ‘Easter laugh,’ in which the
congregation was moved to laughter by the preacher’s telling amusing
stories that contained a moral lesson; games played with decorated
eggs,… and dramatic representations of the Resurrection." Collier’s Encyclopedia
It was the Catholic Church that adopted the pagan ritual of Easter. The Protestants have adopted it from the
Catholics. Now you can understand
how stupid it is for Protestants to speak against the Catholics, when the
Protestants teach almost every single pagan doctrine that the Catholic
Church teaches. There is no difference between a Catholic of today and
a Protestant of today. Both are observing pagan rituals.
Do we praise God for the resurrection of Christ? YES! Thank God for raising Him from the dead. But His resurrection has nothing to do with your eternal salvation unless you live as He lived. Only those who follow Jesus into the death of their old natures and put on Christ’s new creation will follow Christ in His resurrection.
The second point is that this Good News, which God is waiting for His
church to proclaim, must be taught to all the world. It was taught briefly
between 1844 and 1900, but then was lost. When this gospel: Stop sinning, Be
perfect, Keep the ten Commandments to earn your eternal life, is given to every
nation, tribe, language and people, then Jesus will come.
The third point is to fear God. He deserves our respect and fear. He holds in His hands our eternal
destiny. If you do not fear Him, you
will not obey Him. The world has tried to downplay that fear. They teach
that He is just a good drinking buddy and a good Joe-blow that we can slap
on the back. That He is a God of "love" and we don’t need to be afraid
of Him, or fear Him. How sad. In addition, their lives reveal that attitude. They still go on sinning.
The fourth point is the why. Why are we to accept this eternal
gospel, fear God and stop sinning? Because the judgment has begun!
In 1844, the investigative judgment began. Starting with Adam and Eve,
their books were opened and their lives were compared to the standard of
righteousness, the Ten Commandments. If they humbled themselves and accepted
the power of the Messiah in their lives, by keeping the Ten Commandments
perfectly, then their sins would be blotted out from their books and their
names registered in the Book of Life. If they did not stop sinning, then
their sins could not be blotted out and they would have to pay the penalty
for their sins. Soon He will be to your book.
The fifth point is that God deserves our worship. We must be
teaching people how to serve God. Jesus said, before He left for
heaven to be our High Priest, teach "them to obey everything I have commanded
you." Matthew 28:20. But is that what we are doing? No! We are teaching
paganism and worldly, man-made, teachings and traditions.
Notice that this fifth point tells us Who this God is that we are to
worship. He is the creator of heaven, earth, the sea and the springs of water. This is an exact parallel of the 4th Commandment of the
Ten Commandments. We are to come back to the God who not only created the
world, but also the Sabbath. We are to teach people how to keep the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath. The world teaches the pagan tradition of the 1st day (Sunday) sabbath. But that day is the devil’s counterfeit to God’s
Now you can understand the significance of this angel’s message. It is loud.
It is to all the world. It is so very important. Every
soul must make a decision. Every soul must decide to either worship the
God of the Saturday Sabbath, or the god of the Sunday sabbath. One will
give you eternal life, the other eternal death.
The hour of His judgment has come.
The court has been set. The books
are being opened. What will your book reveal? Is your life ready to be
reviewed by God and the holy angels?
This message was begun in 1844, at the end of the 2300 days which began
in 457 BC. In 1798 the time prophecy of Daniel 7:25 came to an end. The
world was beginning to experience a great religious revival. But by 1860,
most of the fervor of the churches had died out. They had become steeped
in tradition and were, and are, unwilling to accept the truths as they
are taught by Jesus.
Around 1960, the second angel "followed and said, ‘Fallen! Fallen is
Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine
of her adulteries.’" Revelation 14:8.
It was in the early 1960’s that humanism began to be taught in the schools
and churches. "Humanism, an educational and philosophical outlook that
emphasizes the personal worth of the individual and the central importance
of human values as opposed to religious belief, developed in Europe during
the RENAISSANCE, influenced by the study of ancient Greek and Latin literature
and philosophy. Humanism thus began as an educational program called the
humanities, which inculcated those ancient secular values which were consistent
with Christian teachings. The Renaissance humanists were often devout Christians,
but they promoted secular values and a love of pagan antiquity." Grolier
"By the 18th century the word humanism had come to be identified with
a purely secular attitude--one that often rejected Christianity altogether.
In the 20th century the term has taken on a number of different, often
conflicting, meanings. In the works of the pragmatist philosopher Ferdinand
Schiller (1864-1937) humanism is seen as that philosophical understanding
which stems from human activity. Irving BABBITT used the word to describe
a program of reaction against romanticism and naturalism in literature. Jean Paul SARTRE developed a scientific humanism preaching human worth
based on Marxist theory, and the Roman Catholic Jacques MARITAIN tried
to formulate a new Christian humanism based on the philosophy of Thomas AQUINAS. The American Humanist Association, which grew out of the Unitarian
movement, holds that human beings can satisfy religious needs from within,
discarding the concept of God as inconsistent with advanced thought and
human freedom." Grolier
God says to this church, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold
nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm
– neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a
you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.’"
Revelation 3:15, 16.
All the Christian Churches have apostatized.
Starting around now, the third
angel beginning to sound.
"A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: ‘If anyone worships
the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the
hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured
full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning
sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb… There is no
rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for
anyone who receives the mark of his name.’" Revelation 14:9-11.
As we have already learned, the mark of the beast is Sunday worship
and the acceptance of the teachings of the modern worldly churches, such
as "saved by grace". Those who voluntarily keep Sunday instead of
Saturday, and who have accepted the worldly, pagan traditions have the
mark of the beast.
Who are the true saints of God?
“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. Those who keep the Commandments of God are saints. Those who do not are beast worshipers. This doesn’t mean just keeping one or two of them, like Saturday as the Sabbath. It means living them perfectly, without breaking one of them.
The Day of Atonement was a miniature end-of-time play. As the people
came out of the camp, the world and their associations with the pagans,
to assemble and confess their sins, so we must do the same. We must come
out from the worldly churches that keep the pagan Sunday. "Then I heard
another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, My people, so that you
will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.’"
"Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because
of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; He will pay her what
she deserves." "Come out of her, my people! Run for your lives! Run from
the fierce anger of the Lord." Jeremiah 51:6, 45.
It is now time to come out of all churches.
Not one is teaching the truth. Any denomination, church, minister or priest who teaches that we are saved eternally by grace is not teaching truth. They have accepted the pagan, humanistic teachings of saved by grace and tradition. The church has become their savior. Many “love” their church and their “prophet”, but like the Jews who loved their church and their prophets, they hate God and refuse to listen to those of us He is sending to wake them up.
It is time to come out. Not to start a new church, but to live
righteously and perfectly. We are to prepare our lives to fit into the heavenly kingdom.
We must start washing our robes and purifying ourselves so we
will be able to stand in the sight of a perfect God, perfectly.
That was the symbolic message of the temple and the Day of Atonement. The people spent a few days prior to the Day of Atonement washing their
clothes and getting their minds and hearts ready to meet their God. Are
you getting your mind and heart ready to meet the God of the Bible and
the Seventh-day (Saturday) Sabbath?