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  1. For Seventh-day Adventists, the hope of Jesus' return is part of our DNA. We have preached it for nearly a couple of centuries and most of us have read Ellen White's description of the event:

    Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer and became lighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most lovely song; and upon it sat the Son of man. His hair was white and curly and lay on His shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were as a flame of fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out, “Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?” Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: “Those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you.” At this our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sang again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. Ellen White, "Early Writings" 15,2 (also repeated in several other books)

    The fact remains that such an event is seen as fantasy by a generation that has been brought up on special effects in movies and video games. Preaching an apocalyptic end-time event to world history is just like a video game with flashing lights and loud noise. The second coming only has meaning if Christianity has a message for the present.

    In teaching science, one of the major principles is that you teach from the observable to the unknown. You start with things you can see and touch and develop and grow your understanding to the big ideas of science behind the observable.

    For our big ideas of Christianity - salvation and eternal life - we must begin with observable, touchable, loving, caring Christianity. It is much more than the fulfilment of prophecy. Our vision of the future must be reflected in our interactions with people in the present.

      • I agree with Dahlia to have your personal anecdotes and stories compiled in a book. Thank you very much for your service in helping us to understand.

    • You need to have someone compile your personal anecdotes and stories into a book.

      I became recently aware that I learn more from experiences that illustrate in a tangible way, the truths that are espoused by true Christians.

      Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  2. Although we may not see the great controversy surrounding us all, it's impossible not to feel the barriers and limitations we are all confined to. (Thank God for His promise of rescue.) May we remember, at least briefly, the freedom God desires for us?

  3. I believe that Jesus return is soon, however we are to wait and watch without somnulence. We are to busy ourselves with living the gospel. How do we live the gospel, by being kind to all we come in contact with? Make friends with those who walk through the doors of our church.
    1 Thessalonians 1:3.

    Another way to occupy till He comes is to feed the hungry, which my not always be physical sustenance. We can feed the gospel to hungry souls. We keep in mind the 3 W's, waiting, watching, and working, or occupying till He comes, if we prefer.
    Matthew 25:35-36
    1 Thessalonians 5:6-11.
    Isaiah 58:10-11.

    Some may not know of what Ellen White gave us with the following admonition.

    Christ, the Master of the household, has gone to prepare for us mansions in the heavenly city. We are waiting for His return. Let us honor Him in His absence by doing with faithfulness the work He has placed in our hands. Waiting, watching, working, we are to prepare for His return. If we are faithful, if we serve Him with full purpose of heart, He will receive us with the gracious words, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." He will receive us with honor. To us will be given a crown of glory that fadeth not away, and a new name, "which no man knoweth saving He that receiveth it." Those who follow Christ here will one day "follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth." RH May 27, 1902, par. 15
    Matthew 25:34.
    Revelation 19:12.
    Revelation 14:4.

  4. My country had a 6.2 earthquake. So many felts it while so many were asleep in their beds felt nothing. What ever condition we die in Jesus has come for us

  5. All I can think of is “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see,
    And I look upon His face, The one who saved me by His grace,
    When He takes me by the hand and lead me to the Promised land,
    What a day, glorious day that will be. “
    Let us live with the hope of eternity ever before us.


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