By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

"“O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man
[that] trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints:
for [there is] no want to them that fear him”
(Psalms 34:8, 9).

These words are comforting to those, who need strength in times of facing discouragement. At times, those, who seek to follow The Will of The LORD by taking heed, according to HIS Word, they will at times experience the things that caused Christ so much suffering.

Peter said, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

“For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:1-19).

In these words, Peter spoke words of comfort to those, who are being reproached for The Name of Christ. He reveals that they are partaking of His sufferings, and that His Spirit rests upon them. In the time of Peter’s generation, he says that “…the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?” Peter says that GOD’S Judgment begins first with them, and it continues to the time of the end when there will be those, who will obey not the gospel of GOD.

As we compare Peter’s generation with the generation in which we live, Jesus said something to them that will take place before His coming at the end. Luke testified of this message of Him, Who “…said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it]. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them]. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:22-26).

Notice that Jesus has Testified to His disciples and has revealed to them that before that day of The Son of Man, or that day of His coming, as lightning out of the one part under heaven, that shines unto the other part under heaven, He must suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. To explain the meaning of this saying, Jesus gave an example to them, saying, “…as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”

Again, there is the focus of Christ suffering, not only in the generation of His disciples, and the last generation before His coming, but also in the generation of Noah before the flood. Now how could Christ have suffered in all these generations, when He had not yet become The Son of Man--The Man Christ Jesus in His body of flesh, which was prepared for Him?

Even in the generation of the prophets, Isaiah testified of Christ years before His birth, as The Son of Man--Christ Jesus. Isaiah said, “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

“But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:1-12).

Isaiah was one of the prophets, who prophesied of the suffering that Christ would endure, because of the transgression of His people. This means that He suffered not just for the Jews, according to John 3:16, yet in speaking of the prophets through whom their report of Him came to us, Peter testified of these prophets and, “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:10-16).

Notice that Peter makes it clear that The Spirit of Christ was in His prophets. Peter testified that beforehand The Spirit of Christ was reporting through them of the things He Himself would suffer, because of man’s transgression in sin. They the prophets enquired and searched, what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ, Who was in them did signify. For Christ had not yet partook of the form of humanity until the prophesies of His birth were fulfilled. This means that His nature by which He could dwell in His prophets, before He took the form of humanity is Spirit. And by His Spirit, He could dwell in His prophets, who received Him, and not just Him, but The Father WHO was in Him, WHO Anointing Him with HIS MOST HOLY PRESENCE, to be known, as The Holy Ghost.

The prophet Samuel testified of The Spirit of Christ, Who was in David. Samuel testified and said, “Now these [be] the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man [who was] raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word [was] in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men [must be] just, ruling in the fear of God. And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the sun riseth, [even] a morning without clouds; [as] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Although my house [be] not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all [things], and sure: for [this is] all my salvation, and all [my] desire, although he make [it] not to grow” (2 Samuel 23:1-5).

According to the prophet Samuel, The LORD spoke by The Spirit, Who spoke by David, and GOD’S Word was in David’s tongue. The GOD of Israel spoke, and The Rock of Israel spoke GOD’S Will by the tongue of David. And it was by David that Christ revealed His mission to this earth. Christ said by him, “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me” (Psalms 40:6-11).

Although Christ Spirit was in His prophet Samuel and His servant David, He spoke through them before He partook of the body that was prepared for Him to dwell in among His people. According the report that He gave through Paul, who testified of Him, saying, that “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:5-7). And that Will is to preach HIS Righteousness in the great congregation, to make known HIS Righteousness, HIS Faithfulness and HIS Salvation, HIS Loving-kindness and HIS Truth. It is in The Heart of Christ in Whom is The Law of GOD. It is His Spirit abiding in the hearts of those, who receive Him to make them Holy.

As Christ made His petition to The LORD, to preserve Him, Peter wrote and said, “For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil. And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which some time were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (1 Peter 3:12-20).

Notice that Christ hath suffered for the sins of man in the body that was prepared for Him to dwell in, but in the generation of Noah, He preached by His Spirit through him to those, who were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, and only eight souls were saved by water. As He preached through Noah in his generation, He is preaching by His Spirit in these last days before He returns again at His second coming. For Paul testified of Him and said, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1, 2).

When He was upon the mount of transfiguration with His three disciples, who were to bear witness of His Glory, Luke testified of that event and said, “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither” (Luke 9:35-41).

Notice that although Christ Jesus was upon the mount with Peter James and John, His Spirit was with the other disciples, who were waiting for His return from the mount. And Jesus testified of that generation, which was being judged, as being faithless and perverse, to cause Him to suffer due to their lack of faith. In obeying Christ command to bring his son unto Jesus, it is written that, “…as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare [him]. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great” (Luke 9:42-48).

Notice that Jesus revealed something to His disciples, which they at that time did not understand. Not even the translators of the Scriptures understood what He was saying to them of being delivered into their hands. For some the translators have changed the meaning to say He will be betrayed into their hands, which He has, to suffer from man’s lack of understanding and blindness to The Word of Truth. But the same passage in 1599 Geneva Bible says, “Mark these words diligently: for it shall come to pass, that the son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men" (Luke 9:44 GNV). And in the footnote on this same verse in 1599 Geneva Bible, it says, "Give diligent ear unto them, and when you have once heard them, see that you keep them" (Luke 9:44 1599 Geneva Bible).

The focus of His words to them were illustrated by setting a child by Him, and saying to them, “…Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great” (Luke 9:48). The child did not betray Him into man’s hands; neither did He betray the child into their hands. Neither did His Father betray Him--The Son of GOD, Who is also The Son of Man into the hands of men. For HE said through Him to Moses, saying, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [is] in him.

“But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee” (Exodus 23:20-27).

Notice that GOD--The Father spoke to Moses by HIS Word, Whom HE has sent. He is That Angel in Whom The Father’s NAME, or HIS Character is revealed. Like the disciple Philip, who desired The Son of GOD to reveal The Father to them; Moses also desired to see GOD’S Way, Who was speaking to him, as The Angel of HIS Presence--The Word and Messenger of GOD. “And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation [is] thy people. And he said, My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:12-14).

Before taking the form of flesh to become One with man, Christ, Who is Spirit, He revealed Himself to the children of Israel, as a Pillar of Cloud by day, and a Pillar of Fire by night. It is through Him that GOD has spoken to all the prophets, to make known to men HIS Will. Paul spoke of Him and said, “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted” (1 Corinthians 10:1-6).

Through John, who testified of The Word, Who also became flesh, Jesus said to His Father, saying, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:6-8). It is those, who believe not GOD’S Word, and deny The Testimony of HIS Word, Who also became one with man, to fulfill GOD’S Promise to the children of Israel, to send a Prophet like unto Moses to be a Mediator between GOD and man. The Word of GOD is both The Son of GOD and The Son of Man--The Divine Human in Whom is The Fullness of GOD bodily.

As GOD spoke by HIS Word through David, and revealed that, “He [is] the LORD our God: his judgments [are] in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations. Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant” (Psalms 105:7-10). GOD’S Covenant is HIS Word, Whom HE has delivered into the hands of men. It is in His Heart that GOD has given HIS Law of Life to those, who will receive Him. For John said, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:10-14). The Law written in Stone is a Transcript of GOD’S Law, which HE will write upon our hearts by our receiving of HIS Word.

After the giving of The Ten Commandments to the children of Israel, it is written that, “…Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” (Exodus 20:20). When the children of Israel exited the land of Egypt, as a great multitude, were they all of Israel, who needed to be proved by God before they could enter into The Promised Land? And, as the coming of Christ draws nearer each day, to receive those, who are waiting for Him, does He need to prove His people, who are called by His Name?

As Peter said, “For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) Through Ellen G. White, whom many have been led to call her a fraud, The Word of GOD has revealed and said, “All through the pages of sacred history, where the dealings of God with His chosen people are recorded, there are burning traces of the great I AM. . . . In all these revelations of the divine presence, the glory of God was manifested through Christ. Not alone at the Saviour's advent, but through all the ages after the fall and the promise of redemption, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself." Christ was the foundation and center of the sacrificial system in both the patriarchal and the Jewish age. Since the sin of our first parents, there has been no direct communication between God and man. The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ, that through His mediatorial work He may redeem man, and vindicate the authority and holiness of the law of God. All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ. It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses understood the gospel. They looked for salvation through man's Substitute and Surety. . . . (That I Might Know Him, Page 102)

And through her witness, The LORD by HIS Word revealed a message for our generation, to those in our time, who are causing Him much suffering through His members. He said through her, “The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity, she will have to do in a terrible crisis, under most discouraging, forbidding, circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld, must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith, and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren, and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us. The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges.--Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 463.

“The Protestant world today see in the little company keeping the Sabbath a Mordecai in the gate. His character and conduct, expressing reverence for the law of God, are a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord, and are trampling upon His Sabbath; the unwelcome intruder must by some means be put out of the way. --Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 450.

“Satan will excite indignation against the humble minority who conscientiously refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will combine to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals, they will stir up the passions of the people. Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures" to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law. . . . On this battlefield comes the last great conflict of the controversy between truth and error.-- Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 450, 451. (Christian Service, Page 158.3)

Notice that these words were written in the years between 1882 and 1889, which is over 125 years. And although some of these prophecies were not as prominent, as we see them taking place today; they are being fulfill right before our eyes. Notice that, “Men of position and reputation will join with the LAWLESS and the vile to take counsel against the people of God.” The Word of GOD, Who is The Covenant of GOD to men, and in Whom is GOD’S Law, Which is within His Heart, according to His Testimony through David; He is The Spirit, Who abides in those, Who receive Him. He has revealed through His messenger that those, who take counsel against the people of God, they are LAWLESS. They are governed with out Law, which is what the adversary has been seeking to establish from the time of his rebellion against GOD, WHO has made known The Authority of HIS Will by HIS Covenant Word of Life to all, who will receive Him. The time to make a change of heart is just about up, as it was for the generation in the days of Noah. The message to you my brothers and sisters, who are following in the steps of Judas, is to repent before is it forever to late. “…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7). He is GOD, The Creator of both heaven and earth, and HIS Word is HIS Authority in both heaven and earth. “He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:33-36).

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