Noah and the Covenant

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Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was ever prophesying the coming of the Lord. This great event had been revealed to him in vision. Abel, though dead, is ever speaking of the blood of

Christ, which alone can make our offerings and gifts perfect. The Bible has accumulated and bound up together its treasures for this last generation.

All the great events and solemn transactions of Old Testament history have been, and are, repeating themselves in the church in these last days

The prophets are still testifying of the sufferings of

Christ and the glory that should follow.

There the whole accumulated truths are presented in force to us, that we may profit by their teachings. We are under the influence of the whole. {Christ Triumphant, p. 357}

Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line

. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel's message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel. The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy Spirit through the consecrated servants of God, the deeper and surer, even as the eternal throne, will appear the truths of ancient prophecy; we shall be assured that men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Men must themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the

Spirit's utterances through the prophets. These messages were given, not for those that uttered the prophecies,

but for us who are living amid the scenes of their fulfillment

.

{Selected Messages, book 2, p.114}

Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us. "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our

admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are

come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). "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" (1 Peter 1:12).

{Selected Messages, book 3, p.338}

There was a shut door in Noah's day. There was at that time a withdrawal of the Spirit of God from the sinful race that perished in the waters of the Flood.

God Himself gave the shut-door message to Noah

There was a shut door in the days of Abraham.

Mercy ceased to plead with the inhabitants of Sodom, and all but Lot, with his wife and two daughters, were consumed by the fire sent down from heaven.

There was a shut door in Christ's day. The Son of

God declared to the unbelieving Jews of that generation, "Your house is left unto you desolate"

(Matthew 23:38).

Looking down the stream of time to the last days, the same infinite power proclaimed through John:

"These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth"

(Revelation 3:7). {1SM 63.8}

I was shown in vision, and I still believe, that there was a shut door in 1844. All who saw the light of the first and second angels' messages and rejected that light, were left in darkness. And those who accepted it and received the Holy Spirit which attended the proclamation of the message from heaven, and who afterward renounced their faith and pronounced their

experience a delusion, thereby rejected the Spirit of

God, and it no longer pleaded with them. {1SM 63}

HISTORICAL EVENTS MARK THE ARRIVAL OF THE THIRD

MESSAGE

A FORM OF JUDGMENT TAKES PLACE

THERE IS A SHUT DOOR

THE “GATHERING” IS ACCOMPLISHED

TWO CLASSES ARE DEMONSTRATED

A COVENANT IS ESTABLISHED

FOLLOWED BY A DISAPPOINTMENT

ASSOCIATED WITH THE NUMBER SEVEN

- THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE GIVEN A PARTICULAR WORK

- FOLLOWED BY BACKSLIDING OR VACILLATING

When God's people are at ease and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God.

There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet

as a people we are asleep

. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action.

{Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 708}

• MIND

• HEART

• INTELLECTUALLY

• SPIRITUALLY

Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth,

both intellectually and spiritually

, so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming.

{Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 1161}

The comprehension of truth, the glad reception of the message, is represented in the eating of the little book.

{Seventh-Day Adventist Bible

Commentary, vol.7, p. 971}

A revival and a reformation must take place, under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death.

Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit.

Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work

they must blend

.

{Selected Messages, book 1, p. 128}

The third angel's message, embracing the messages of the first and second angels, is

the message for this time

. We are to raise aloft the banner on which is inscribed, "The commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." The world is soon to meet the great

Lawgiver over His broken law. This is not the time to put out of sight the great issues before us. God calls upon His people to magnify the law and make it honorable.

{Counsels on Health, p. 357}

Justification means the saving of a soul from perdition, that he may obtain sanctification, and through sanctification, the life of heaven. Justification means that the conscience, purged from dead works, is placed where it can receive the blessings of sanctification

Our crucified Lord is pleading for us in the presence of the Father at the throne of grace. His atoning sacrifice we may plead for justification, and our sanctification.

our pardon, our

The Lamb slain is our only hope

.

{Seventh-day Adventist Bible

Commentary, vol. 7, pp. 908, 948}

Before His crucifixion the Saviour explained to His disciples that He was to be put to death and to rise again from the tomb, and angels were present to impress His words on minds and hearts. But the disciples were looking for temporal deliverance from the Roman yoke, and they could not tolerate the thought that He in whom all their hopes centered should suffer an ignominious death. The words which they needed to remember were banished from their minds; and

when the time of trial came, it found them unprepared

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