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Monday, March 28, 2011

Angel Messages From Outer Space

Angels are featured throughout the Bible, used by God to minister to people on the earth. Sometimes they protect, sometimes they punish—but one of their most important missions is to reveal and explain prophecy.
And one of the most important angelic revelations in the Bible is for God's people in the end times, found in Revelation 14. In this chapter, God reveals some awesome last-day messages coded in the symbolism of three flying angels ...

Q. Isn't the book of Revelation sealed?
  • “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near” (Revelation 22:10).
God Himself, in the very book itself, commands that Revelation not be sealed! And it never has been sealed. Satan wants you to believe it is sealed because if you read it, you will learn about the strategies and devious last-day plans he has for God's children.
If you know the truth in advance, as God desires and has revealed in Revelation, then Satan cannot trap you with his deceptions.
The very name "Revelation" means "unveiling," "opening," or "revealing"—the complete opposite of being sealed—and Revelation begins with the words, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” The book of Revelation is from Jesus, and it reveals His last-day instructions and plans for His work and His people. Plus, a special blessing is pronounced upon those who read Revelation and heed its counsel:
  • “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
  • “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll” (Revelation 22:7).
Does that sound like something God doesn't want you to read or understand? No! He says you will receive a blessing by reading it, believing it, and doing what it says. It is Satan who wants to discourage you from reading it and understanding it.
Revelation describes God's end-time people and church with startling clarity. It makes the Bible come to life when you see the last-day events depicted in Revelation taking place.
Finally, Revelation is written primarily for and geared to the people of our day—just before Jesus' return. It is written “to show His servants what must soon take place,” and “because the time is near.”  All throughout, Jesus declares, “I am coming soon.” (See Revelation 1:1-3; 3:11; 22:6, 7, 12, 20.)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

GC President Releases Statement on the Japan Earthquake

Ted Wilson calls Adventists to prayer for the people of Japan
Seventh-day Adventists around the world unite today with the people of Japan in mourning the losses caused by the 2011 Sendai earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Our thoughts, our prayers, and our sympathies go out to those who have suffered such loss.

"The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is mobilizing to share resources and meet human need in the affected regions. An ADRA representative was in Fukushima on March 12, and more help is coming.

"We remember the Bible's promise in Psalm 91, verse 1: "He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty," and we claim that promise for the people of Japan, and for all areas affected by this tragedy.

"Seventh-day Adventists have worked in Japan since 1889 and continue to serve the people of that great country. We are committed to helping meet human needs and sharing the greatest news of all: that God loves and cares for each of us, and that He is coming again soon! We call for all Seventh-day Adventists and others to pray for the people of Japan during this time of intense need."
There are about 15,000 Adventists in Japan worshiping in 115 churches. 
Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson cuts the ribbon at the reopening ceremony for the denomination’s headquarters office for the United Kingdom and Ireland in Watford, England on Sunday, March 13. The office burned in a fire in November of 2008. [photo: Victor Hulbert]

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

His Eye is On the Sparrow

Written in 1905, "His Eye is on the Sparrow" is a hymn loved by millions. Civilla Martin based the hymn on words spoken by Christ to the disciples. "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Luke 12:6-7) There is no trial missed, no cry unheard, no life unseen by our caring God.

The hymn imparts, "'Let not your heart be troubled,' His tender word I hear, And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears; Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."  When it seems as though we are wandering in the fog of worry and fear, the promise is as necessary as a lighthouse to a ship.  The Father’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

The hymn is a poignant reminder that though we will find discouragement and loneliness, we were not intended to.  We long for home because at present we are not home.  Yet God’s careful eye is on even the sparrow, God’s Spirit is on our trail, and one day, we shall make it home.

What must Christ be like if he can tell us not to let our hearts be troubled on the eve of his own violent death?  Who is this God we follow, this God who knows every sparrow and know the hairs on our heads?

Civilla Martin's hymn was inspired by a couple she knew – Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle.  Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden with illness for almost twenty years. Confined to a wheel chair, Mr. Doolittle was also fraught with adversity.  Yet despite their afflictions, they offered inspiration and comfort to all who knew them.  When asked how they could have hope in the face of their sufferings, Mrs. Doolittle replied: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me.”

With Love,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tanzania Sermon

Blasius Ruguri, President of the church’s East-Central Africa Division, preaches to some 20,000 people at Biafra Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 26. That Saturday was the close of the week of Revival and Reformation emphasis for the region. [photo: Jonas Singo at]

Monday, March 14, 2011

Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.