The Great Controversy – Hit the Mark

A man walking down a dark road.

If the story of Job is a microcosm of The Great Controversy anticipated, we, the church, are in serious trouble. Please allow my generalities for the sake of discussion. May it be true that you are an exception to the following. As a church we talk often about the Great Controversy scenario of the end-time – … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Great Controversy

The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

The concept of a struggle, a controversy, between good and evil is found in many cultures. The idea has persisted through the millennia often expressed through myths. Today, because of the influence of higher criticism and modernist rationalism, many Christians deny the reality of a literal devil and evil angels. These were, the argument goes, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Answers at the Cross

Jesus on the cross

The book of Job brings up many important issues. But many of these same issues do not get answered there. We need the rest of the Bible. And even then we still “see through a glass, darkly” (1 Cor. 13:12). As we saw yesterday, for example, the book of Job says nothing about how Satan’s rebellion … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Great Controversy

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Great Controversy” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Job as a Microcosm

Satan the Accuser

The opening scenes of the book of Job show us a few crucial points. First, as we have stated, they reveal the reality of another dimension beyond what, of ourselves, we can now know-a heavenly dimension with heavenly beings other than God. Second, they also show just how interconnected our earthly life here is with … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Conflict on Earth

Jesus keeping the devil away as a teenage boy reads the Bible.

The book of Job pulls back a veil and reveals a dimension of existence that our eyes and ears and worldly philosophies could never show us. (If anything, these verses should show us just how limited our eyes and ears and worldly philosophies are when it comes to understanding the big picture!) And what these … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Cosmic Conflict

Cosmic Conflict

The book of Job begins on earth, in a place of peace and tranquility. However, by the sixth verse of the first chapter, the venue changes. It instantly shifts to an entirely different aspect of reality, one that is not seen by humans unless through divine revelation. And interestingly enough, this other aspect of reality, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Little Heaven on Earth

Job in his prosperity

The book of Job begins on a relatively positive note. From a worldly perspective at least, we see a man blessed in every way. Read Job 1:1-4. What do the texts reveal about the kind of life that Job lived? What were the positive aspects of Job’s existence? Job certainly seems to have it all, … [Click to read more …]