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  1. If Adam didn’t eat the fruit I wonder what would happen to Eve, would have she died alone or will God make him an other Eve ?

    • The Bible doesn't give us any information other than that God is trustworthy and always does what is best for us. Beyond that is not for us to speculate because the Bible says that "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deut 29:29)

  2. It is amazing to know what insight Jesus Christ the True Witnesd has given His remnant church through the inspired writings of His Servant and Messenger Mrs. Ellen G. White in Testimonies to the Church, volume 1, page 466 where we read this: " I was shown that a most solemn work is before us. Its importance and magnitude are not realized. As I marked the indifference which was everywhere apparent, I was alarmed for ministers and people. There seemed to be a paralysis upon the cause of present truth. The work of God seemed stayed.Ministers and people are unprepared for the time in which they live, and nearly all who profess to believe present truth are unprepared to understand the work of preparation for this time. In their present state of worldly ambition, with their lack of consecration to God, their devotion to self, they are wholly unfitted to receive the latter rain and, having done all, to stand against the wrath of Satan, who by his inventions would cause them to make shipwreck of faith, fastening upon them some pleasing self-deception. They think they are all right when they are all wrong. 1T 466.1Ministers and people must make greater advancement in the work of reform. They should commence without delay to correct their wrong habits of eating, drinking, dressing, and working. I saw that quite a number of the ministers are not awake upon this important subject. They are not all where God would have them. The result is, some can show but little fruit of their labors. Ministers should be ensamples to the flock of God. But they are not safe from Satan's temptations.They are the very ones whom he will seek to ensnare. If he can succeed in lulling one minister to carnal security, and by so doing divert his mind from the work, or deceive him with regard to his own true condition before God, he has accomplished much. 1T 466.2

    Here we see that God's intention is that preparation for the soon coming of Jesus Christ envolved reform in eating, drinking, dressing and working. But unfortunately we are unprepared to even understand this. Paul emphasized the inevitability of reform in Romans 12:1,2 as well as in 1 Cor. 10: 31. Peter in his sermon of Acts 3:19-21 also emphasizes reformation in all things unto 'Edenic standards' as conditions of church readiness for Christ's return. My prayer is that as we study this quarter's lessons on preparation for Christ's second coming, we as God's end-time church may emphasize these important points of reform as commanded by Jesus Christ as part of His will for His end-time church.

    • God BLESS you my Brother and Elder, for this timely admonition. Satan's "tares" are so effective, because his planting is so innocuous. It is a call to pray MORE fervently for the discernment that only the Holy Spirit can supply. How we need Him! Praying, especially for our leadership and the decisions they are making that affect God's remnant for generations to come. They are prime targets of the enemy's snares. God help me, and all of us, to be less critical and more PRAYERFUL. Until at last, together, we hear Our Father declare, "Well done..."

      • We need to understand that when we pray for our leadership we need to pray for ourselves. Our leadership is a reflection of our own spiritual experience. Prayer is not a magic wand but the opportunity to listen to God speaking to our hearts. If prayer is not followed by action, our prayers are just noise.

        • Please, please provide practical ways laity, particularly within local churches, or even spouses, can "actively" make a DIFFERENCE to "change the tide"... beyond prayer? How do you continue to remain "in the ship" when you're constantly in the minority? You soon learn to simply be quiet. Lest others accuse you of being intolerant or self-righteous.
          My comment was not meant to imply that ONLY leadership needed prayer - as we ALL need to pray for each other. Only that their decisions often times have the greatest impact, therefore they needed more prayer.
          But then, I suppose that, virtually, we are all leaders - " a kingdom of priests, a holy nation..." Exodus 19:6
          I NEED the prayers of those I love...

  3. what about Jesus' counsel to us in matthew 6:6? about praying to God in secret and in 10:16 to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves?" Daniel did not have this advise from Jesus but we do. But it will not be that easy with THE DAY OF WORSHIP of 24 hours every seven days to keep it holy against the wrong day of worship. But God will see HIS PEOPLE through like he did Daniel in the Lions' Den.


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