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Sunday: Persecuted Yet Triumphant — 18 Comments

  1. Satan’s time of influence is now short, and his sphere of influence is reduced (“rejoice ye heavens” - he can’t go into God’s presence anymore as in Job’s day) (Rev. 12:12) . Satan has already lost. So his rage is directed against us. Just like military campaigns engage in mop-up operations… the end-run at the end of a war… which can be the bloodiest time of all with both sides laying all on the line. The dragon is enraged at the woman (the church - the bride of Jesus) and goes off to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. The raging increases until the end. Jesus’s parable of the wheat and the weeds says, “Let both grow until the end.” We will grow more and more like Jesus, even as we’re being more and more persecuted.

    Lord help us as the false accusations against us grow, may we lean more and more into You. Saved by the blood of the Lamb covering us, not by the intensity of our faith, thank you so much ….and please grow our faith.”

  2. How many of us have noticed the note at the bottom of the Sabbath lesson to "Study this week’s lesson, based on The Great Controversy, chapters 4–6, to prepare for Sabbath, April 27"?

    How many of us have actually been reading the book, The Great Controversy, to prepare for the lessons?

    Love Under Fire - Condensation of The Great Controversy by Ellen WhiteWe just read the 4th chapter of Love Under Fire, a modern-language digest version of The Great Controversy. It is largely about the Waldenses (also called Vaudois, in French), and what an inspiration it is! It is not only an inspiration, but a challenge. Children were taught self-denial and self-control from an early age. They grew up with hard work, working the gardens to grow their food. They were taught to keep their own counsel and not to give away their background and connections, lest they put whole communities in danger. And, I believe we all know that they grew up to travel the world as merchants, ostensibly selling silks, precious gems and/or useful household goods. In reality they were "selling" the Word of God to all who were earnestly seeking for light.

    It made me think of how we raised our children and how our grand-children are growing up. I watch parents indulging their children, then wondering why they are not more respectful. I remember the lessons of my teaching days - seeing that indulged children are truly "spoiled" for the realities of life and ungrateful for their parents' sacrifices.

    But I also ask myself: Am I practicing the self-denial and self-control practiced not only by the Waldensian children but also by their parents? Do I treasure the Word of God more than life itself?

    Our Sabbath School lessons focus on Bible prophecies and promises. The Great Controversy book focuses on how earlier Christians proved the prophecies and promises to be true.

    We know that the final trials and persecutions will be more difficult than any in the past. Are we preparing for that time by strengthening our faith through immersing ourselves in the Word of God and the history of those who went before us?

    I encourage all of us to read either the condensed Love Under Fire or the full version of The Great Controversy. I'm particularly recommending Love Under Fire because it lends itself better to reading in pace with the lessons. And if this is your first time with this book, it is a great first read. (I read the full version several times and the condensed version at least once, and I still find new inspiration.)

    [Note: The links to the books above go the Amazon.com, but you can also read the books in the free EGW writings page or the app. Check our page Great Controversy – War Between Good and Evil for more info.]

    • I have been reading the full version of The Great Controversy along with the lesson. I read it through once before and I intend to read entirely through it again this quarter. We can learn so many lessons from the lives of those who have gone before us. I will also take a look at Love Under Fire. Thank you, Inge, for telling us about it. I pray that every one of us draws closer to God as we not only study, but put into practice and share the great Bible truths and principles for these end times.

  3. It is such a privilege to have the interpretation of prophecies with the principle that the Word has to explain itself. Disclosing the future and registering what happened much ahead is more than proof that the Bible is the Word of God. The desire to do God's (blended with many other good feelings) is in my confidence that God knows the future and His plans are peaceful! And of eternal peace!

  4. "We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history", Ellen G White

    As long as we remember God's dealings in the past we can face the future with the full assurance that He who hath begun a good work in us will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus!!!

    Even so Lord Jesus come!!

  5. The Church as a body of believers, especially in the Western world, seems hardly to be suffering persecution today. Could it be that we have compromised so much that we're making the accuser's work that much easier?

    • Thank you for noting that. I'm kind of surprised that slipped in, especially with how the "little horn" is used so often in church presentations. The Visigoths were one of the 10 tribes, but they established a kingdom in present-day Spain.

      They misspelled Napoleon in the same paragraph too. Maybe the editor was just having a rough day. It happens.

  6. The lesson explains the day for a year principle but not how we get 360 days for a year. The story of Noah actually helps us out with that. So now, how does the story of Noah and the flood help us establish one year equaling 360 days to a year in Bible prophecy?

    In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Genesis 7:11NKJV

    And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24 NKJV

    And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:3-4 NKJV

    Here we see clearly that from the 17th day of the second month to the 17th day of the seventh month is exactly 150 days. Every month had 30 days equaling 360 days for a hear. With this in mind, the 42 months of Revelation 13:5 would be 1260 prophetic days or 1260 years.


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