"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
November - December, 1999
"There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is `PRESENT TRUTH' that the flock needs now." Early Writings, p 63.
Elder: robert sessler
E-mail address: email@example.com
Dear brothers and sisters,
1 John 3:1.
For the next several Newsletters, we will be examining issues that have generated a lot of heated discussion over the past 1,000 years, especially over the past 40 years. These issues are important and inter-related dealing with the salvation of humanity.
Hundreds have argued back and forth over these issues for years. Many have never taken a firm and unwavering position on either side of these questions, while others believe bits and pieces from both sides. Several, having heard these issues being discussed so often, have become numb and have refused to study for themselves in order to know where the correct position is. Others have chosen to ignore these important issues altogether, or have chosen to take the side of their favorite minister, elder, teacher, spouse or relative.
But is it a safe course to pursue--to base our decision on truth upon the testimony of some other person? Absolutely not.
"If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today when prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would `come and see.'
"While they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit....Angels from the world of light are near to those who in humility seek for divine guidance." Desire of Ages, p 140-41.
If we base our decision on what is truth by trusting to the guidance of any other human, whether they are leaders of churches, our favorite minister, or even our spouse, we will never find Jesus. But if we study for ourselves, pleading with God to send His Holy Spirit to us that we might know and understand what is truth, then we will have the divine enlightenment from above necessary to understand the truth. If any rely upon the testimony of another person as to what is truth, they will not obtain salvation because that other person is standing between them and Christ, and thus Christ is shut out of the picture. And so it is in the issues that we will be examining.
These particular issues are vital for salvation, and depending upon what doctrinal position we take will determine whether we have eternal life, or whether we find ourselves in the lake of fire. And if we should choose the side of erroneous doctrine instead of the side of truth, then we have chosen death for ourselves--which is suicide.
In these important life or death issues, it is not safe for you to base your decisions merely upon your own thinking without any greater authority than that of your own mind. Many have seen the results of following one's own mind as to what is truth, and the result has been fanaticism and erroneous doctrines which are growing rampant all around us today.
In order to safely discover what is the truth of God we must use the greatest authority available to us. And the greatest authority available is God's inspired word. God has given us His word as the final and absolute authority as to what is truth in any theological issue or any doctrinal discussion.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." 2 Timothy 3:16.
So all scripture is given by inspiration of God to do what? To reprove us if we are believing something wrong, to correct our erroneous understanding of what is truth, and to instruct us in the pathways that lead to salvation through righteousness. God's word is the deciding factor on whether any doctrinal issue is truth or error. And we must do this study for ourselves. We cannot allow anyone else to study for us. We cannot trust to the guidance of anyone else as to what is truth. We must search God's word for ourselves.
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12.
God has even given all His people a simple test which they can apply to any doctrine to see if it is truth or not!
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.
It is by "the law"--or the word of God, and by "the testimony" of Jesus--or the Spirit of Prophecy (see Revelation 19:10), that we are to test every doctrine to determine if it is truth or not. If either the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy disagrees with the doctrine, then there is no light of truth in it! If we will only follow this simple God-given test, and be willing to do God's will (see John 7:17), then we shall never be led astray in doctrinal error. So in our examination of these salvational, life-dependant issues, we will be able to discover exactly what is truth by testing them all to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.
The very first doctrinal issue we are going to examine is the issue of Christ's nature. The main point at stake with this issue is whether Christ took upon Himself man's fallen or unfallen nature when He was alive on this earth.
Most all the churches and theologians in the world today, including the SDA church and it's theologians, teach that Christ took upon Himself the unfallen nature of man, which is the very same nature that angels, and God, and other unfallen beings possess. Others believe that Christ took upon Himself the fallen nature of man. And still others believe that Christ took a combination of both the fallen and the unfallen nature. How can we find out which of these positions is truth and which are error? By going to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy to see which position God declares is truth. So what does God state is the truth in this issue about Christ's nature? Did Christ take the fallen or the unfallen nature of man?
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15.
Christ was this seed of the woman who was to bruise Satan's head, meaning that He would be superior to, and a conqueror over, the devil (see Galatians 3:16). While Satan was to bruise Christ's heel, meaning that he would cause Christ severe trials and internal pain--which ultimately would lead to the crucifixion, but he could not be superior to Christ and would not conquer Him.
So Christ was to be born of a woman after the fall, not before the fall. Genesis 3:15 was the message of salvation given to Adam and Eve after sin had already come into the world. So Christ did not take upon Himself the unfallen nature of man, or of the unfallen angels and other sinless beings, but He took upon Himself the nature of man after the fall had occurred.
"For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham." Hebrews 2:16.
"...he (God) raised up upon them (Israel) David to be their king...
"Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:" Acts 13:22-23.
"Remember that Jesus Christ [is] of the seed of David..." 2 Timothy 2:8.
Not only was Christ born from the seed or linage of Abraham, but he was also born from the seed or lineage of David, as well as being born of a virgin woman named Mary. And what nature did Abraham, David, and Mary possess in which they must pass on to all of their offspring? It could only be a fallen human nature. So the only nature which Christ could be born with was the fallen human nature which He inherited from Abraham, David, and Mary.
But the Bible is just half the test to determine what is truth in this issue. What does the Spirit of Prophecy declare about Christ's nature?
"He took on Himself, not the nature of angels, but the nature of man, and in this world lived a life untainted by sin." Testimonies, vol 8, p 207.
"...(Christ) taking man's nature in its fallen condition..." Selected Messages, book 1, p 256.
"Christ, the spotless Son of God, honored humanity by taking upon himself fallen human nature." Review and Herald, September 29, 1896 (vol 3, p 397).
"...the divine Son of God, who had, with unprecedented self-denial, and love for the creatures formed in His image, come from heaven and assumed their fallen nature..." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 5, p 1150.
When Christ came to this earth, He took upon Himself our fallen nature and not the unfallen nature. And He did so out of love for you and me.
"Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal." Desire of Ages, p 112.
So when Christ took upon Himself our fallen nature, it was a great humiliation, not an honor.
"Jesus also told them (angels) that they would have a part to act, to be with Him and at different times strengthen Him; that He would take man's fallen nature, and His strength would not be even equal with theirs..." Early Writings, p 150-51.
Christ exhibited unprecedented self-denial and humiliation by taking upon Himself the fallen nature of sinful man! In this condition, His strength was not even equal to the strength of angels! Yet, some will argue that the words "fallen nature" refer only to the form of man after sin, and does not refer to the real inward nature of man which fell after sin. But what does God state about this belief?
"It was in the order of God that Christ should take upon himself the form and nature of fallen man..." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 2, p 39.
Thus Christ did not just take upon Himself the form of man, but He also took the inward nature of man after the fall. Christ did indeed become one with us in this same fallen nature. What a marvel! Yet still others will argue that the fallen human nature which Christ took upon Himself was somehow shielded from being contaminated or defiled with sin; that it was somehow supernaturally protected when He was born of Mary. But did Christ really unify our sinful nature with His sinless nature?
"He (Christ) took upon Him our sinful nature." Review and Herald, December 15, 1896 (vol 3, p 421).
"He took upon Himself fallen suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin." SDA Bible Commentary, vol 4, p 1147.
"Christ did in reality unite the offending nature of man with His own sinless nature..." Review and Herald, July 17, 1900 (vol 4, p 201).
"Though He had no taint of sin upon His character, yet He condescended to connect our fallen human nature with His divinity. By thus taking humanity, He honored humanity. Having taken our fallen nature, he showed what it might become..." Selected Messages, book 3, p 134.
Thus Christ took upon Himself our fallen nature, degraded and defiled by sin. And in doing so, He has honored humanity! So the fallen, sinful, human nature which Christ took upon Himself was just like the fallen, sinful human nature that you and I possess.
"The human nature of Christ was like unto ours..." Signs of the Times, December 9, 1897 (vol 3, p 436).
"Jesus assumed humanity...making all feel that His identification with their nature and interest is complete." 1895 General Conference Bulletin, p 338.
"The majesty of heaven held not Himself aloof from degraded, sinful humanity." Testimonies, vol 5, p 346.
"He humbled Himself that He might meet fallen men where they were..." Review and Herald, July 21, 1891 (vol 2, p 506).
So the nature that Christ voluntarily took upon Himself was completely like unto ours, brothers and sisters. It was no different. Jesus did not hold Himself away from our fallen, sinful nature, but He came and took our sinful nature upon His sinless nature so that He could become one with us. But what an infinite cost to Christ! What humiliation he endured and bore! What a depth of amazing love is here shown for us! But why? Why would the Son of God come down to this dark world, cursed with the stain of sin, and take upon Himself the fallen, sinful, defiled, offending, degraded human nature of man?
"Jesus laid aside his robes of royalty, stepped down from his eternal throne, clothed his divinity with humanity, and for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might become rich. Rich in money? in lands? in bank-stock?-- No; that we might secure eternal riches. There is no salvation except that which comes through Christ. He came to earth to lift up the fallen. With his human arm he encircles the race, while with his divine arm he grasps the throne of the infinite, thus connecting finite man to the infinite God, and uniting earth to heaven." Review and Herald, October 27, 1885 (vol 1, p 557).
Christ took upon Himself our fallen, sinful nature so that He could unite divinity with humanity, that He might then bring us into connection with the infinite God, so that we might secure eternal riches instead of eternal loss. But there is another reason why Christ took upon Himself our fallen, sinful nature.
"The Son of God does indeed call men, uniting them with Him as brethren, conferring upon them the honor of divine sonship. What wonderful condescension on the part of Christ. He became our elder brother, that we might become sons and daughters of God. We have been bought with a price--and what a price! Christ volunteered to come to this earth and stand at the head of fallen human beings, who were heirs of guilt, under sentence of eternal death. We must have perished had He not borne our guilt and the wrath of God." Manuscript Releases, vol 12, p 61.
So Christ took upon Himself our sinful nature so that He could become our Elder Brother, and thus we could become the sons and daughters of God in order to escape the sentence of death. Christ volunteered to reach His human hand down to where you and I were in the pit of woe, so that He might lift us up, bear our penalty for sin which we deserved to suffer, and with His divine hand being us into direct connection with His, and our, Father. That is why we are told:
"The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. It is the golden chain that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God." Our High Calling, p 48.
That is why understanding that Christ really took upon Himself our fallen, sinful, defiled human nature is essential to salvation. This is the truth that binds our souls through Christ to God our Father. If Christ took an unfallen nature or a combination of fallen and unfallen, then we have no tie that will bind us through Christ to our Father, because Christ would not be able to reach you and me since we only possess a fallen nature!
If we choose to believe differently that what God declares is the truth as seen above, and believe that Christ did not take upon Himself our fallen, suffering, sinful human nature; if we choose to believe that He did not live through this nature while He was on this earth, then how can our souls be bound to God through Christ? With this belief, we would have no Saviour to look to help us in our time of great temptation because Christ would not know from experience what we were going through because He would be on a scale different from you and me and thus could not help us escape from sin's grasp. Then He could not really be our Elder Brother who would know from experience how to guide us, and thus He could not be a personal Saviour to save us from sin and death. Christ would be robbed and stripped away from us by our choice to believe differently than what God has already declared is the truth, and we would be lost by this choice of ours--which is suicide. If Christ did not really take our fallen, sinful nature upon Himself, then we will all perish in our sins!
Brothers and sisters, do not allow any person or doctrine to cause you to lose your personal Saviour! It is only by looking to Jesus Christ that we find the way of salvation, a way of escape and freedom from the degradation that sin has brought us, and a way to commune with our Father and escape eternal destruction. But what humiliation Christ had to endure by taking our fallen, sinful nature in order to reach us where we were!
"It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, by His providence supplying the needs of every order of being in His vast creation--that He should consent to leave His glory and take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 69.
"Our Saviour purchased the human race by humiliation of the very severest kind. He, the Majesty of heaven, disrobed Himself of His glory, and clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might pass through what humanity must pass through." Review and Herald, October 23, 1900 (vol 4, p 229).
What type of humiliation? A humiliation of the very severest kind. Christ, the majesty of heaven, voluntarily stripped Himself of His glory and clothed His divinity with humanity so that He might pass through what humanity passes through! That is why the humanity of Christ means everything to us. To know and understand that Christ took our fallen, sinful nature upon Himself is the link that binds us to the Father through Jesus. WE HAVE A SAVIOUR THAT CAN INDEED SAVE US FROM SIN AND DEATH--BECAUSE HE KNOWS, FROM EXPERIENCE, WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH! If you choose to believe in the other doctrine, then there is no hope of salvation from sin and death for you.
Those who refuse to believe that Christ did in reality take upon Himself our fallen, sinful human nature and lived as one of us through this nature, will not stop at this wrong conclusion alone, but will be led to adopt other wrong conclusions as well in other essential aspects of truth. Thus they will continue to head down the wrong pathway which ends in eternal destruction. This issue of Christ's nature is the great key which allows us to determine what is truth in other salvational doctrines as well.
"In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord." Our High Calling, p 48.
But this raises the question: How could Christ save us from sin and death by just taking our fallen, sinful, defiled human nature upon Himself? There must be another reason why He had to endure such humiliation in order to accomplish our salvation.
"Christ assumed our fallen nature, and was subject to every temptation to which man is subject." Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 29.
"What love! What amazing condescension! The King of glory proposes to humble Himself to fallen humanity! He would place His feet in Adam's steps. He would take man's fallen nature, and engage to cope with the strong foe who triumphed over Adam. He would overcome Satan, and in thus doing He would open the way for the redemption from the disgrace of Adam's failure and fall, of all those who would believe on Him." God's Amazing Grace, p 23.
So Christ voluntarily took upon Himself our fallen, sinful nature that He might be subject to every temptation upon which you and I are subjected to. What love is this, brothers and sisters! Christ, who knew no sin, was willing to come down to the lowest point of humanity so that he could endure Satan's fierce temptations, overcome him, and thus provide you and me with a way of escape from sin and death! What amazing condescension on the part of our Saviour! What stupendous and limitless love and self-sacrifice is shown to us all! And yet many today are not even willing to give up their petty erroneous doctrinal views in order to be in complete harmony with the truth and their loving Saviour.
But praise God that Jesus did indeed take our sinful, fallen nature so that He could be subjected to and experience every temptation to which you and I are subjected to, in order to overcome the devil and provide a way for all mankind to be redeemed from sin and brought back into connection with our loving Father with the chance of eternal life once again! May all God's creation raise their voices and praise Him that sitteth on the throne for ever and ever!
This then brings us to the next salvational issue which we will examine in our next Newsletter--or the issue of Christ's flesh (January - February, 2000).
We are still moving forward in producing new tracts for simple evangelistic outreach--especially in local communities. We have received orders for, and have mailed out, a substantial amount of these silent preachers these past 2 months, and our prayers go along with each tract for God to send His angels to prepare hearts to receive and embrace the truth and thus gain salvation.
In the last mailing of our Newsletter, we enclosed two new tracts: one dealt with the state of the dead--titled "Is Death To Be Feared?" and the other dealt with the steps necessary for salvation titled "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" With this Newsletter, we are enclosing our two latest tracts which both deal with the vitally important topic of the heavenly sanctuary. The first tract is titled "God's Sanctuary and Dwelling Place", and deals with God's temple or dwelling place on earth, in heaven, and ultimately in the hearts of His true people. While the second is titled "God's Temple Needs Cleansing!?", and deals with the sanctuary in heaven, the 2300 day/year prophecy, the investigative judgment, and the day of atonement. We are told that if we do not understand the sanctuary and what Christ is doing for His people in this heavenly temple, then we will be lost without an anchor to hold us fast to the truth in these last "windy" days of earth's history (see Hebrews 6:19-20; EW 256; 1SG 165-66; MR #760, p 9). May God help us all to stand fast upon our Rock Christ Jesus, and to fulfil our responsibilities to Him and to one another while time lingers just a little longer.
After contemplating and praying about this for many months, we have finally decided to develop a web site for this Ministry which will enable us to reach out with the full present truth gospel through this ever growing world-wide communication tool. We have already started developing this site, and have already secured our web site address which is www.lightministries.com. Our goal is to have it fully ready and to be on line by January 1, 2000, although we will probably have it up sometime in early December. We are making available most all of our books, booklets, tracts, as well as some of our printed compilations. These will be available for reading and downloading purposes to whomever logs on and visits our web site. Not only will our English materials be available, but we are also providing those materials which have already been translated into foreign languages. Thus the present truth will be more readily available to reach the peoples of the world! And as more of our materials are translated or are produced, we will continue to update our web site. Also, brother Gary and sister Elizabeth Cain of Warning! Last Call Ministries are busy developing their own Ministry web site which will be especially geared in reaching out to the neglected Spanish speaking Countries and peoples with the present truth gospel. If you are looking for a good work to support, then please consider supporting this very worthy project of their ministry (for more information please contact Warning! Last Call Ministries, PO Box 1683, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924). Please keep these important world-wide web outreach projects in your prayers, and may God place His multiplying blessings upon it, as well as all the other evangelistic outreach projects we are involved with, so that our Saviour's return may be hastened and we can go home.
We have also finished printing our recent French translated booklet "The Abomination of Desolation Stands". Several boxes have already been mailed off to our worker, and more will be on their way soon. Since our last Newsletter, we have sent off to our various workers 25 full boxes (17.5" x 11.5" x 9.5" each box) of present truth materials! And may God richly bless each piece of literature so that thousands of precious souls may be snatched from darkness and Satan's grasp to be free in Jesus and live in the light of His glorious truth. Your prayers, as well as your continued donations, are especially needed so that this important printing and distribution work in spreading God's gospel of present truth may continue to go forward without any hindrance or delay.
May God's blessings rest richly upon every one of you--my fellow brethren!
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"Let There Be Light" Ministries is devoted to the spreading of the full present truth gospel message worldwide, and has been doing so since 1986. This Ministry has operating expenses covering the areas of: printing, publishing, and writing of present truth books, booklets, tracts, and other literature; video and audio taping, production, and distribution; supporting many ministers and workers in foreign Countries; mail order--both domestic and foreign; traveling to hold meetings--both locally, nationally, and internationally; answering correspondence and questions regarding the message of truth; ongoing National and International Bible studies; sending free present truth literature to contacts in many poor Countries; etc.
The Lord's blessings and guidance, along with your gracious prayers and support, is greatly appreciated and needed. Without such, this Ministry could not continue to reach out worldwide with the precious message of John 3:16-17 & Revelation 14:6-12, 18:1-5.
May our God and Saviour continue to lead and guide all those who have helped this Ministry reach out to souls who sit in darkness with the precious light of gospel truth. May our supporters remember that they share in each and every soul who has been reached by this Ministry and converted to the Lord through His present truth!
GENERAL FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
We are currently supporting many workers in 8 different Countries on a monthly basis. We check into the economy of each area and supply a base support which is adequate depending on their situation, but not extravagant. This base support is to ensure that the monthly needs of each worker and family is adequately met for that month so that the worker may devote full time to the ministry work. In addition to this, we are sending extra materials for evangelism, and money for printing, publishing, holding meetings, traveling, and other necessary areas in spreading the present truth in their Country. And as the work extends, especially will expenses for evangelism expand. Whatever you can send to help in this necessary and vital area is greatly appreciated.
The work of spreading God's present truth is not to be limited, but must extend world-wide, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before our Saviour can come (Matthew 24:14). What better way of spreading the present truth gospel than by having workers who speak the native language, who reside in that particular Country, who can live and preach the truth and visit the interests in their homes, and spread the printed truth translated into their common language! Please financially help us to continue consistently supporting our current ministers and workers, so that the spreading of the truth can quickly lighten this dark world with the glory of God.
SPECIFIC FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Fiji--about $100 monthly.
M Radio and/or T.V. broadcasting expenses--$100+ monthly.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to India.
M Computer, Printer, Scanner, and necessary software to print in India--$3000.
M Second hand van--$2500
M Telephone installation--$125.
M Color T.V. set and video player/recorder for evangelism--$650.
KENYA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
M Cost to print 10,000 of each of our booklets in Kenya, only costs $2000 US per booklet (or $1000 for 4,000 booklets).
M Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
M Color T.V. set and video player/recorder for evangelism--$650.
M Several different herbs, plus shipping--for our medical missionary worker there--$250.
M Second hand vehicle to help speed up work--$3000.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Malaysia.
M Several boxes of 1884 Great Controversy books for non-SDA outreach--$500.
TOGO, West Africa:
M Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books in French.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Togo.
M Printing expenses in Togo--about $100 each month.
M A small tent to live in while visiting and speaking in the many small villages.
UGANDA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Uganda.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Uganda--about $100 each month.
M Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to purchase and mail.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zambia.
M Portable generator for evangelistic meetings--$650.
Please be sure to mark all donated monies for any of the above Ministry or Foreign Mission needs. 100% of all donated monies will go where specified. Unspecified donations will go where needed. Thank you very much for making this evangelistic work possible, and may God's richest blessings attend you and yours.
LETTERS to "LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
Greetings to you in the most wonderful and all powerful name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I'm requesting that of you recent information and book of the Great Controversy. This wonderful book will broaden my understanding concerning end time events and troubles that are coming upon the world today. We as the Scripture say must redeem the time because the days are evil, so in summery I will have to order the free Great Controversy.
St. Vincent, West Indies.
Thank-you very much for your last article in the Newsletter. We pray the Lord continues to bless you.
Dear Elder Sessler,
I just realized I owed this tithe on my scholarships for school...I know that you'll put it to good use! Keep up the great work for the Lord!
Dear Bro. Bob,
Christian greetings! I bring better news than the last letter I sent. My husband has started going with us to attend the home church here in the Philippines for which oh be joyful. I believe this is an answer to our prayers for which I am most thankful and grateful. There really is nothing impossible with God....
Once again, thank you for all your prayers and may God bless you always.
Thanks for the Newsletters. May God continue to bless the work you and others are doing....
Your Sister in Christ, LM, FL.
God bless all of you at Let There Be Light Ministries! I pray for you each day.
In Christ, ES, OH.
Dear Elder Bob:
With gratitude in our hearts we would like to extend our thankfulness for being privilege of writing you...It's been our utmost desire that we are one of those who will receive a regular Newsletter....
We're looking forward that you'll (be able to) join us in our fellowship. There will be a camp-meeting here in ____, and most of our brethren from Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao will attend....we look forward, some how, some time soon that you can join us and share good tidings upon His word.
True missionary effort is in the printed page. It's a silent preacher that will convict soul from spiritual slumberness. The tracts & pamphlets really helps to reach the people who are so busy in these worldly gain. Please include us in your prayers that our efforts in sending the message to every soul will be a victory-gain for Christ.
Sincerely, J&S, Philippines.
Hello Bro. Bob,
I hope you still remember me. I left ____ for good in April 1998 and am now here in the Philippines actively engaged in missionary work. Well, thank God for giving me the present truth prevailing this time and also giving me the privilege to be a part in the highest work of soul saving. Actually, right now the Sabbath service is being held in our home church in ____, ____ Manila. We have new members who recently accepted the present truth as a result of our personal Bible studies.
By the way, I just want to inform you that I have translated the below Booklets and tracts to TAGALOG (national dialect in Philippines)....The booklets/tracts are as follows: 1. The Abomination of Desolation 2. The Protestant History 3. The Glorious Everlasting Gospel 4. The Battle of Armageddon 5. The Final Judgment. I am trying to translate all your booklets and tracts if possible so please include this work in your prayers....
Will talk to you later. May God bless you.
Romans 1:9, Bro A, Philippines.
Thank you for the pamphlets on the trumpets that you sent me. Br. ____ and I are in a process of copying them so as to avail it to all the brethren. It came at a right time when the church here is busy studying the book of Revelation. The books on Revelation and Daniel by Haskell you sent me earlier this year, are very helpful. Thank you once more. The study of the book of Revelation has been difficult, but very enriching. We have dug out much truth from it. At times, brethren differed, particularly when it came to the issue of seals. This has however, been resolved, and the Holy Spirit has prevailed us in unity....We are still busy with the study which will culminate in a camp meeting...
The SDA church here has decided to warn its members in every church against the present truth. Pastors have instructed the laity not to allow us in their homes. And this is being implemented, but we are not alarmed by this. We have a Creator on our side and if we are willing to cleanse ourselves from filthiness and have pure characters, the battle will be won for our Pattern had already conquered (the devil) and very soon the marriage will be consummated. Another measure that the SDA church has taken is to go (and visit) from village to village where the present truth has (already) taken hold and where souls have (already) embraced this message. Some members of their church who see truth and are questioning things, are being marked and persecuted....The message in Namibia has spread as wildfire that it has indeed alarmed the SDA church leadership...
May God bless, FM, Namibia.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings from the Philippines in Jesus Christ's mighty and wonderful name our Lord and Saviour. Hope you are all in the best of everything and enjoy God's wonderful blessings.
I write to you because I was impressed and blessed by your tracts entitled "Sunday Holiness." It is really great and clear.
I am a Sabbath keeper (not from SDA church) and work for the Lord independently, and the Lord blessed the gospel work here with souls. Please keep me and the work here in your prayers and please send me more tracts or any books about the Sabbath. I hope it can help me in witnessing the truth about the Sabbath.
I hope to hear from you. Thanks and God bless.
Your brother in the Lord, Bro J, Philippines.
Salutations of much grace and peace, all in the name of our heavenly Father, and His Christ...
I would appreciate that you continue to mail me of your tracts, and Newsletters, they're much encouragement.
We are a small youth group, and are assembling independent of the G.C. of S.D.A. We're less than two dozen with a population of over 100,000. We're therefore a very young church in quality and in quantity. Were started in 1996. Your book A.O.D. (Abomination of Desolation) has been a wonderful resource and gem, along with "The French Revolution Globalized."...
We visited some separated brethren in St. Lucia and shared with them....They're very zealous & particular for truth....
(I) request: permission to reprint and reproduce your tracts, please. (Permission willingly granted, as long as no changes are made).
Please, pray that as youths we may yield up self, and do the Lord's work as we "Let no man despise our youth."
Yours...Elder: C.J., St Vincent, West Indies.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM OUR FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
Dear Brother Bob
1 John 3:1.
Blessed be our God in Heaven and glory to His name that the whole gospel message of present truth is spreading wider and wider to the four corners of the earth. Keep up the good work my dear brother, may the Lord in heaven bless you for that encouragement and willingness to do the work He has entrusted us to do now more than ever since the time is so near and so short.
Evangelism outside the separated brethren is going forward. As a result we have form another two home churches and I have arranged for a hall here in ____ where we can assemble together on a Sabbath once a month. I firmly believe at the forming of small home churches is the best thing to do now and I will be concentrating on this work...
Evangelism of the separated brethren (those not attending SDA church, but not knowing full present truth) is going forward, booklets have been given out on loan, the response is very encouraging. I am sure that your video tapes will be very useful in this area and we will be giving them out on that loan system (also). I believe that after they have read the booklets and also see the video tapes this will no doubt at all change them...
The distribution of tracts, pamphlets, and other books and magazines were carried out in the ____ Division where I spent about two weeks. Where I visited towns and villagers and settlements. Thousands of tracts, pamphlets and others were distributed as a result.
Preaching the loud cry messages in the street is still going on...and as soon as I complete this report I will be on my way to the ____ Bus Station to preach to the people about the last message of mercy of God to the world.
I have already started on the translation of booklets into Fijian language and I am sure this is very important to our Fijian people who do not speak English Language. Please if you do have any booklets translated into Chinese Language send us some for our Chinese communities here in Fiji (already sent).
Yes prophecy is being fulfilled in regards to Radio Broadcasting on Sunday has come to a stop (been canceled by the Station), we maybe down now (not able to preach on Radio) but not out at all (as) attempts has been made on other Radio Stations and also on T.V. Station. Those who preach Sabbath will be stopped. I knew this will happen but I shall continue to fight on because there are still plenty people out there (who need) to know the truth....
Until next time, may God continue to keep you and bless you. You are in our prayers.
Your servant, V.A., Fiji.
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear elder sessler,
1 John 3:1.
I am very glad to send this first monthly ministerial report...After we received the best tidings of heaven along with the present needed message of separation from S.D.A. Church, we have passed our infant stage of one month. The Satanic power of darkness never left us with our opposition and threatenings from the Seventh-day Adventist camp....
In the beginning of this month the local Pastor of Seventh-day Adventist Church, saw my wife and threatened that I will be beatened by the local youths of their church and filed a (law) suit against me upon the resignation letter I gave and the reasons of abomination I mentioned therein....
The Lord is making war on behalf of us. We are not the people who are rejecting the Saviour's message of unity containing in John 17th chapter. Our separation is for sanctification, not for infection.
We are interested in make(ing) to understand the Indian Seventh-day Adventist people the reason for separation...For spreading the message we entered into translating the booklet Abomination of Desolation Stands in our language of Tamil. We have completed the translation and the manuscript is undergoing for computer typing. I hope in Lord, by His grace soon we will be printing and distributing this booklet which is expected to be a great awakening among the S.D.A. people. My wife Mrs. ____ has involved (herself) in this translation work and contributed her part in this God's ministry. We are also preparing a Newsletter as monthly media in English and Tamil languages, which will be containing the message of "Let There Be Light" Newsletter of every issue. Since our ____ city was belonging to French Government and many of our kinds are knowing French we have sent the French booklets (to them which have been already) send by elder Robert Sessler. The six Video cassettes sent by elder Sessler is extending more rays of light upon the ten virgins and Laodiceans....
As gospel order in our home church (is concerned), we give one year solidly to study the new attendees mind of understanding our principles of faith...We don't give the pulpit to anybody who is, though claiming as separatist....At present one more family is attending with us. One more Seventh-day Adventist church pastor who is in service has written letter of willing to join with our movement....I could meet this Seventh-day Adventist church pastor ____ only at ____ City. I stayed there for few days and said (told) him about the hidden truths I have found. He wondered and sent a letter stating that he and along with his family are coming to ____ for attending our two days camp meeting...Through this Pastor ____, we are entering into two new villages of hill-tribes at ____.
Number of whom received message and decided to attend our home church:...I could visit nearby thirteen souls. Among them three have decided to come to our home church....
In last Sabbath in our family prayer (worship), I was telling the experiences of Sister E.G. White and elder James White, how they were earning money from sickling green grass and selling, they used to eat turnip instead of potato for sacrificing (for) the cause of present truth. My younger son named ____, aged of nine years, told immediately that, "Daddy as soon as the money comes (for my birthday present) you purchase all the printing materials for God's ministry, I don't need cycle for my birthday." Immediately I thanked God for cultivating my children's mind for God's ministry....
I have released the first edition of our Oldpath Newsletter in English....This Newsletter is containing one of my little article and another of your message of Let There Be Light Ministries Newsletter. I am sending a copy of October edition. Soon we are planning to bring out this messages of Newsletter in Tamil also....
In your video cassettes message of 10 virgins the question you have asked who is giving the call "behold the bride groom cometh" is stirring the Seventh-day Adventist people of local church and those who have received our October Newsletter. We have got many plans to preach the present truth through Morder Communication Media's such as T.V., Radio, also I hope the Lord will be living (helping) us in financial and spiritual (support), as well as intellectual aspects...
May our God of heaven and Earth continue to lead and protect you in all your ways of His solemn ministry of present truth.
Job 19:25-27, D.S., India.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Elder Bob
It is a long time since I wrote to you that I have not communicated to you due to a lot of work here which has kept us busy...But I thank God greatly that He has opened ways that the truth is now penetrating to the dark parts of our Country. The hand of the Lord is in control of His work.
The ____ Camp (meeting) was wonderful. We enjoyed the presence of the Lord that things were opened to us as we have never seen--especially on the study of leadership and the Sabbath. We came out of that camp with full of the blessings from the Lord....
From there we had...a wonderful effort at the ____ and ____ boundary, but the venue was at ____ where the people of that area demanded to be given one worker to stay with them at least every Sabbath. There are so many places which have the same demand but we are not able to satisfy their demand, not because there are no workers to be sent there, but due to lack of funds to sustain a worker in such a place. Some draw back and we three are forced to come together to see how we can help such a situation. That demand is so heavy to us and Kenya is big, therefore brethren pray for us that means may be found in support of such a work here and other areas.
I think this is the problem why some of our fellow workers cling to a certain Ministry, which may promise to support him, without knowing the intentions of such a Ministry. But I thank God that He is opening the eyes of His people to know whom to work with and not to work with. That is my greatest joy.
May the Lord's hand continue upholding us that we may render an acceptable service to Him. Greet all them that work with you.
Yours, O.G., Kenya.
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Brother Bob,
1 John 3:1
Warm greetings from here - ____, ____, ____, and myself. We have been in camp meeting...Such a wonderful meeting that it was that we felt a Heavenly presence. But the area is semi-desert and sparsely populated, not a large number attended. Five souls made a step towards Christ, and shall be prepared for baptism. Earnestly pray for these ones. Brother ____ is at last married....This was another occasion where we witnessed how the great hand of God removes obstacles even to the last minute when all seems bleak. It was a wonderful service officiated by Brother and yoke fellow ____ ____. The occasion presented a wonderful opportunity, in a place plagued with Sunday keeping, to declare a moving third angels' message, and I believe the Lord used Brother ____ well on that day.
Earlier we had another Camp meeting in ____ where Brother ____ presented Christ in His last mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary to the touch of many (hearts). Please have this work in your prayers, and thank you for doing so. We are also praying for you there. Grateful indeed am I for your quick response. On unity, here our guiding principles is "fulfil ye my joy that ye be like-minded having the same love, being of ONE ACCORD, OF ONE MIND. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." Phil 2:3-4. The three of us from ____, ____ from Central ____, ____ and ____ from Eastern, ____ from ____ have formed a close working unity. Although we had almost got mixed up with these many Ministries from the U.S., but we are now righting up matters....
One major problem have has been lack of means to support the work, so much so that a Ministry that offers to support the work is almost embraced so that quickly (without checking them out first). If we could solve this so much the better. But as of now, we have realized that with or without funds the truth must TRIUMPH and only with those that choose to be labourers together with God. 9T 135....
If the Lord wills, our prayers is that we print our material locally (to save time and money), like now we have no booklets, tracts, nor Bibles, not even Great Controversies. Our other booklets translated into Kiswahili are lying in my cupboard for lack of funds (to print). Calls are coming in for booklets and Kiswahili Bibles and none is at hand. Who knows a call might come that will require us there soon. May the Lord be glorified and prepare the way Himself....(NOTE: please help us to be able to supply the needs of the gospel work there, as well as our other mission fields!)
May God bless you. 2 Thess 3:1,2, O.O., Kenya.
Dear Elder Bob,
1 John 3:1.
Nice to receive your two mails. Input of Jeremiah has been finished and now started on Wheat and Tares. These two will be mailed to you together as soon as the latter is finished. I am very much thankful for the Lord's help and guidance, having the privilege to work together with and for Him only. Meanwhile, I also start translation of WCC and SDA church. Please continue to pray for my work. My 14-inch monitor ran out of order a few times and I think it has come to its end pretty soon and need a replacement.
By the way, how is your work and design on the web-site going on? Regarding the booklets I sent out, I have not yet received the response from the adults except those from the teens saying that they don't understand. They are not well-grounded in our beliefs and (in the) Spirit of Prophecy. I think a simplified version is needed for these kids. Have you received any response so far, as the address (inside) is yours? They may write to you instead of writing to me. (No response yet, but seeds are being planted)....
Your Ministry are always well-remembered and prayed for in my daily prayers!
Romans 1:7, 16, V., Malaysia.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Dear bro. Bob,
3 John 2.
I thank God for every thing He has given us that we may be able to share in His great work.
In my previous letter to you I told you of our plan to visit somebody in ____ ____ who had an interest in the Present Truth, and we were able to see him personally.... we left leaving him a Bible and a lot of booklets containing the Present Truth message....
On the other hand, we met a church pastor of the SDA and after sharing to him the spiritual condition of the church we planned to give him two of your booklets but seeing that we have lots of them, he asked for all. We are praying that God will guide him into all truth contained in the booklets.
Just recently (October 10-17) we (with other workers) were privileged to give the Three Angels' Messages to a group of non-SDAs who were interested to listen to the messages. We spent one week transporting them to a place we rented for such an occasion. We also rented two jeeps to transport them nightly. We thank God for such an opportunity to tell others of God's Last Message of Mercy.
As of this writing we are taking some schedules for follow-ups for these interested ones.
Lastly, I thank you for your continued support and I am soliciting your prayers for our efforts here as we pray for your efforts also.
Yours in Christ, S.G., Philippines.
FROM TOGO, WEST AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
Received your messages very clearly. How are you doing? First of all, I wish to tell you the joy and the pleasure I am beginning to register these days. In the past I often wonder how and when (what to say) to send a very comprehensive report to you. Now, I think I have not to search for any report. Here and there, continued testimonies are coming in appreciating "Let There Be Light Ministry" booklets and Newsletters....That is indeed good news (that the Golden Calf Apostasy in French has been printed and most are already mailed off), but to me in particular, it is a miracle. To God be the glory! Please elder Bob, sing this hymn with me....Please, do sacrifice to save poor deluded S.D.A. men and women. The churches are awakening....Remember that this is the very first time in history when French S.D.A. churches are being challenged. There is restlessness everywhere....
The very first information you sent to me created a satisfaction never before felt. Ten boxes of "Golden Calf Apostasy" in French! To me it is a sign of a big shower on a parched land. And it is so indeed. Please Bob, when are started works of "Abomination of Desolation Stands"? (already printed and some full boxes already mailed off). These two booklets must come quickly.
I had a meeting with these brethren (the various separated groups). I think most of them need more instruction to finally settle them on the platform of Present Truth. There is really the need to place leaders (Elders) at the head of the groups. But, rest assure, I am very cautious how I proceed. Your advice is a good one. Last month I bought a piece of land and had (a simple) structure build for a new group of 30 members I spoke about in one of my previous correspondence with you. More localities need my attention as well I have been encouraging them to be self-supporting by engaging in vegetable gardening. Most of them are now rejoicing at the success attending their labors. I often ask them to take the promises found in Deut. 28:8-13. You will be receiving more details about this meeting with them.
There is the need for more S.O.P. books in French (SM, GC, DA, AA, P&K, EW, COL, etc). Please, do something about this as the field of my work enlarges. The groups need reading material especially (SM 1&2, EW). I sincerely hope you will take up this issue as the request for books are getting greater with the increase of membership....Let us continue to pray things go better.
Dear Bob, I received the pack containing the 7 trumpets. Thank you so much. Also, passages dealing with Sunday worship in the S.D.A. church. Very happy you (also) send the copy about the General Conference Committee. Thanks so much dear companion in the battle....
I left Togo about a week ago to visit brethren in Benin Republic. I returned and the following two days I left for neighboring Ghana....I hope you will recall what I wrote you about this Country with the greatest concentration of Seventh-day Adventists in West Africa.
I was in Ghana after repeated call to talk to friends....The introduction of our booklets would do great work....
Greet all in the ministry and workers at various places.
I am yours, S.C., Togo.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear elder Sessler, (Psalms 68:19 quoted)
Brother thanks a lot for your E-mails. Both were received...
On ____ two ladies visited our home church and they are taking Bible studies with us. On ____ Mrs ____ took some of our tracts "Sunday Holiness" to give some of her friends on her way to Nairobi. On ____ Steven ____ visited my place and he wanted to study the Bible with me, so we were taking the Bible study with him, he was given a Bible and some tracts. On ____ I received a letter from ____ saying "The Lord has taken the work in His reigns (hands)". People from ____ called him and gave him the leadership of the work (asked him to pastor their church), this church has at the present 35 members. He says the work is big and most of the flock are poor. In this same letter he proposed to organize a camp meeting around the end of ____...Friends this brother has been a dear soul, for whenever I go to ____ I lodge at this place. God willing I will be visiting that home church...
On ____ I was called to visit Rose ____ who have been bed ridden for some time. We shared the hope we have in Christ and I encouraged her to keep her eyes fixed on Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. The next day I visited ____ whereby I got a young man by the names of ____ ____, (and) we shared on the Sabbath question. He has fully believed the Bible truth since that date. We have been having prayers and studies...for God to come down and touch the hearts of our people. We have been mightily blessed in this errand, (and) I hereby bless the Father of all flesh....
Thanks once again for the compilations of Revelation 9 "Trumpets", the Newsletter and the E-mails received, more thanks to God for those who have been enlisted in the great army of Jesus Christ, I mean the new workers, for the Lord is "Enlarging the place of His tent".
This has been a very busy month....I visited a Pentecostal church in ____, this is a Catholic strong hold. Opportunity was given me to preach, our heavenly Father guided me in what to say and many souls were greatly touched with the message presented...they are greatly root(ed) in celebration type of worship. I left them our photo-copied tracts. Friends these need you prayers. I will make effort to visit home to home. The number were 17 souls. That same day I went to visit ____ ____...This is place given to alcohol and pork. ____ understood (the Bible study) and has promised to give up both articles.
On ____ I had a Bible study with over ten souls. Subject (was the) 2nd Advent of Christ Jesus. One lady believed the Bible Sabbath. Tracts were supplied them....
On ____, I visited ____ home church. On the Sabbath I shared with them in the Bible and S.O.P. There we talked on the (upcoming) camp-meeting, and organized (their) church (according to New Testament Gospel Order). The next day we went to ____ in open air meeting. They sang there after I preached, but my voice would not go far for we lacked P.A. System. The people were interested, (and) one lady promised to take Bible study with them (that home church)...The next day (after I returned home) I baptized 4 souls (of my home church), from thence made home to home visitation (and) covered 5 homes.
On ____, (I) moved out on a mission of home to home visitation, supplied our tracts at Railway quarters, there after went back to the ____ Pentecostal church. I was given chance to (again) speak...(after which) they stood up and said this man has been sent to us by God to save us from error, for what he preaches is what the Bible says. Friends I thank God for this one major step taken by these dear souls that is (of) believing the Bible Sabbath. But there remains a lot (left to do for them in matters of truth) for they have been over pentecostalized in praise, worship and prayers...
Elder we need $200 dollars...for the camp-meeting, the friends are welcoming over 70 people and I will also need to transport some brothers from this side, and many other things need to be bought before the time of the camp. Friend may this help be sent (NOTE: the Lord allowed enough funds to come in so that we were able to send this amount to help--Praise God!)...
May our heavenly Father be on our side.
Joel 3:14. Your Brother, K.I., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Attention Elder Bob,
Thank you for the continues flow of my support...
I thank you God (of heaven) for the mercy and the great light that has shined upon this country...This truth has shined to give a final warning "cause" our Saviour Jesus Christ is coming soon. Due to a big deception going on especially inside S.D.A. churches, many people have been mislead by the leaders of these churches (EW 212). Praise God for the last (message of) mercy which has come to us at the correct time when we can even see the closing of the age.
Elder Bob, my first and second week of this month were very busy weeks...Many chances were given to us to conduct Bible studies on present truth messages (Isaiah 58:1). Praise God at least some of these SDA brethrens are now coming to understand the required truth of God. It is pity the leaders of these people (SDA leaders), can't tell the truth and they are behaving as dumb dogs which cannot bark (vol. 5, p 211, Isaiah 56:10). They can't tell the people the required present truth of today. After some of these Bible studies, this Elder who has always been inviting us for those Bible studies, confessed that "your message in the booklets and in video tapes is the really message of mercy for this last generation." Besides this he has now risen to proclaim the full Three Angels' message including the message of the fourth (angel) of Revelation 18 which has been (kept) hidden (by) SDA churches for the sake of peace with the Roman Catholic church. I really pity these leaders cause during their camp-meeting in this very month, their message is that of feeble(ness) and showing people that salvation is in SDA church only....
...during the last two weeks of this month, my wife and I visited our (most) lovely ____ home church. There we had a good time for Bible studies and this home church suggested to hold a crusade for a week, and I was appointed to be the main speaker....Please put us in prayers. The only big problem we face may be on (having) public Amplifier (PA) system, (also) we really need a portable generator. After this meeting God blessed us with other visitors from ____ home church and who were accompanied by some evangelical church Elder and another brethren from the same church. These people stayed with us in our home for about three days. And on the (next) Sabbath our home church was blessed with many brethren and we had a series of Bible studies. The video Bible studies programmes is still ticking high and higher (having greater success)....
Be informed that I have taken another (ministry) job of translating our tracts (in)to some of our local languages. Elder, as you hear there is a lot to do but we are very few who are involved in the work direct....I pray to God to pour more blessings so that you can send us more material and enough money to enable us (to) buy a motor bike for my movements since a bicycle can't afford reaching some of the areas. I have found a secondhand motor bike costing 650 (US) dollars....Thank you for the GC (1884) which came at the right time.
NB (P.S.) Thank you for the Trumpets papers I have received today.
God bless you all. S.M., Zambia.