"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
November - December, 2002
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN IS THE LOUD CRY TO BE GIVEN?
Since this is such an important topic, and there is so much confusion regarding it, we are again investigating this subject.
There are many different theories being taught as to when God desires His people to give the loud cry message. Is this message to be sounded forth now, or at some future time or event? In this important issue, it behooves us to avoid either of these two following major snares of the devil: #1--moving forward when the Lord says it is not yet time, or #2--holding back when the Lord says it is now time to go forward. In avoiding either of these extremes, we must know for ourselves what is God's will in this issue, and thus we cannot trust to the theories of any man or Ministry to tell us what is truth. Our only safe course is to base our study upon the word of inspiration. So what does inspiration declare as to when the loud cry message is to be sounded forth?
First, we should all understand that the message of Revelation 18:1-6 "is to be sounded forth in the loud cry of the third angel" (Testimonies, vol 8, p 118; Selected Messages, book 2, p 118). We should also understand that the message of the loud cry is not the message of Revelation 18 alone, and neither is it the message of the third angel alone. Neither one of these two messages alone make up the loud cry! But when the precious message of Revelation 18 is combined together with the precious message of the third angel--especially in the aspect of the righteousness of Christ, then you have the message which makes up the loud cry. AND WHEN THIS COMPLETE MESSAGE IS ATTENDED WITH THE MIGHTY CONVICTING AND CONVERTING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, you have the loud cry going forth to enlighten this dark world with the glory of God.
"As these warnings (Revelation 18:1-5) join the third angel's message, it swells to a loud cry." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 422.
If this is indeed true, and since both these precious messages were being combined together and preached with the convicting and converting power of the Holy Spirit by a few in Ellen White's day, then surely the beginning of, and the swelling of, the loud cry must have already begun at some point during Ellen White's lifetime? And believe it or not, the answer to this question is YES, it had!
"The third angel's message is swelling into a loud cry..." Review and Herald, March 22, 1892.
"The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth." Review and Herald, November 22, 1892.
So this last message of mercy was indeed already "swelling into a loud cry"! Thus the loud cry of the third angel "has already begun", and this was during Ellen White's lifetime and before the Sunday law! Now please do not believe that I am intimating that the fullest extent of the loud cry took place at that time, because it did not happen then and its fullness has still not yet occurred. But inspiration declared that it had already started, and was already lightening some of the earth with its glory!
"The work to be done now is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world....They (God's servants) will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the world with its glory." Selected Messages, book 2, p 114.
Even though the loud cry was not at its loudest point, or had not yet reached its greatest intensity, or was not yet at its fullest swelling, does not mean that the loud cry had not yet begun to swell and was not yet lightening some of the world with its glory! And since the loud cry had already started, it shows that when these precious messages of the third and fourth angel are combined together, coupled with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, you still have the loud cry going forth--including today!
Many have been taught that God's people have to wait for the Sunday law crisis to occur before they rise up and proclaim these precious messages in the power of the Spirit. They believe this because they have been taught that the Sunday law is the signal for the time when the loud cry begins, and thus reason that only at this time will it begin to swell and then fill the whole earth with God's glory. But the correct understanding is that it was already time for God's people to rise up and proclaim these most precious messages in Ellen White's day, because the time for the loud cry to start was already here, and it had already begun to swell!
The reason why we are still here today is because the SDA church turned her back on this realization and ridiculed, criticized, slighted, and rejected these precious messages (see Selected Messages, book 1, p 234-235; Testimonies to Ministers, p 467-468). Thus the loud cry could not continue to increase or swell in intensity.
God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the heavenly angels, were all anxiously waiting for more SDA's to believe and follow the Spirit of Prophecy by rising up and giving this precious message to the world, but not enough were willing to do so and so it could not swell into a full loud cry. Instead of accepting these messages and swelling the loud cry, the SDA church rejected these precious messages--and this rejection continues up to the present day! Therefore they have been rejected by God, and God is calling all His honest SDA people to come out of her, so that they can help to finish the work which the church has refused to do for over 100 years now!
For those who have already separated themselves from the SDA church, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the heavenly angels are still anxiously waiting for us to understand that as the loud cry had already begun to swell in Ellen White's day, so we have the distinct privilege to help it to swell in our day! This privilege will only be for those who will rise up, make sure that they completely obey this message themselves (by purifying their hearts and in separating from all corrupt churches of fallen Babylon), and then to preach these precious truths to others.
As more and more of our brothers and sisters understand this truth, and join this precious "movement symbolized by the angel" of Revelation 18 (see Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 422), the loud cry can continue to increase in intensity and swell more and more until all the people of the earth have made their decisions to either stand with Jesus and His pure righteous remnant few, or to stand with Satan and his wicked corrupt majority! But without the giving of these messages, the Sunday law crisis will never come!
The Sunday law is only brought about by proclaiming the loud cry message of the 3rd and 4th angel, and it is not the Sunday law crisis which signals the time for us to give this message. We are to rise up and give this truth now which will bring on the crisis, and we are not to wait for the crisis of the Sunday law--which will never come until we give the message!
"We have the truth which, in its proclamation is to bring the crisis for this world's history." Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 190 (Letter 94, July 3, 1900).
"Today, as in the days of Elijah, the line of demarcation between God's commandment-keeping people and the worshippers of false gods is clearly drawn. `How long halt ye between two opinions?' Elijah cried; `if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.' 1 Kings 18:21. And the message for today is: `Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.' Rev 18:2, 4, 5.
"The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The observance of the false Sabbath will be urged upon us." Prophets and Kings, p 187-88.
So the loud cry message is given first, and then the crisis of the Sunday law occurs! This is why sister White clearly specified that the message of Revelation 18 was already to be given in her day--before any Sunday law!
"The message of the angel [Revelation 18] following the third is now to be given to all parts of the world. It is to be the harvest message, and the whole earth will be lighted with the glory of God. The Lord has this one [last] call of mercy to [give to] the world, but the perversity of men diverts the work from its true bearing, and the light has to struggle amid the darkness of men who feel themselves competent to do a work that God has not appointed them to do." Last Day Events, p 78 (Letter 86, June 18, 1900).
"All are to hear the last message of warning. The prophecies in the book of Revelation, chapters 12 to 18, are being fulfilled. In the eighteenth chapter is recorded the very last call to the churches. This call is now to be given." Last Day Events, p 83 (Manuscript 75, September 20, 1906) see also Upward Look, p 277.
So God through sister White stated that Revelation 18 is already "the message for today", that it "is now to be given", and that it is "the harvest message". Why? Because the "loud cry of the third angel has already begun", was already "swelling into a loud cry" and thus was "already lightening the earth with its glory"! (For more testimonies on this point, please see the list after this study). But it was also revealed that there would be some perverse men who would try and divert this message from being given until some time in the future. Thus this loud cry message has to struggle to try and lighten this earth because there are not enough voices willing to give it! Are you, dear reader, one of these perverse people who are working to hinder this glorious message from going forth by believing that it is not yet time for the loud cry to be given? Or are you one of those who are awake and giving this message of the loud cry now and thus helping it to swell?
My dear brothers and sisters, don't you see what time we are living in today? We are all living in the time of the swelling of the loud cry! Don't you see what honor God is holding out to each one of us? The blessed honor and privilege to have a part NOW in helping to swell this message into the loudest cry possible, and to NOW fill this earth with God's glory! But God cannot use a single one of us while we are still touching or connected in any way to known sin or to the SDA fallen Babylon church? This is because we are not pure by that connection, we are corrupted by that touch, and thus cannot be used of God in this impure condition! And yes, membership in the apostate SDA church does indeed "touch" you to that corrupt thing, and you are thus impure! Hence the importance of yourself following Revelation 18:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Isaiah 52:11 and to "touch not the unclean thing" becomes paramount to understand and why it must be followed--if you want to be used of God in this great and final work!
Please do not allow the Devil to hold you into a position of inaction believing a futuristic doctrine that it is not yet time to give this last message of mercy; or that it is not yet time for the probation of the churches, including the SDA, to be closed; or that it is not yet time to separate; or that the beginning of the loud cry is not yet here or has not yet begun to swell--because all of the above is not true! In believing any of the above, you are really working to hinder the loud cry from swelling, instead of working to further its increase in intensity--and thus you are working to hinder Christ from coming to this earth!
But if you recognize and follow this precious loud cry message yourself, and understand that God is calling for His people to come together and unitedly stand upon this same platform of truth, then our united voices, combined with the mighty convicting and converting power of the Holy Spirit, can work to further increase and intensify this last message of mercy and swell it more and more into a loud cry! Oh brothers and sisters, what blessed possibilities are lovingly held out for each one of us TODAY!! Shall we not grasp them?
"The work to be done now is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world....The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time. And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. They will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the earth with its glory. Nothing is worth contending for but the glory of God. The only rock that will stand is the Rock of Ages. The truth as it is in Jesus is the refuge in these days of error." Selected Messages, book 2, p 114.
"The messenger turned to the congregation and said, `Do you believe the prophecies? Do you who know the truth, understand that the last message of warning is now being given to the world,--the last call of mercy is now being heard. Do you believe that Satan has come down with great power, working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in every place? Do you believe that great Babylon has come up in remembrance before God, and that soon she will receive from God's hand double for all her sins and iniquities?'...If the enemy can keep workers out of the field on any pretext, he will do so." Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 362-63.
Who wants to end this great controversy? Who wants to go home and be with our Saviour for eternity? I don't want to sit down, relax and wait for the crisis to come; which will never come, because no one will give the message that will bring it! Hasn't 100 years of waiting been enough time to prove this so? Brethren, let us go to work, for our light has already come, and the glory of the Lord has already risen upon us. Let us completely follow this light ourselves, and then take this light and fill this earth with its glory! But we cannot do this important work while we are connected to personal sin or to a harlot Babylon fallen church. And we cannot give this last message of mercy if we are unwilling to plainly call others out of a harlot Babylon fallen church.
God did not use the word "Babylon" in this last message of mercy to have it reasoned away as being too blunt for sensitive ears to hear! God purposely put the word "Babylon" in this last message of mercy for a good reason--so that it could be wisely, but boldly given, and thus all may awaken at its sharp sound, and then begin to inquire "are these things so?" (see Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 424-425; Great Controversy, p 606-607).
If you really want to go home to heaven and be with our blessed Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ, then it's time to accept, to act upon, to live, and raise your voices today in boldly giving the last saving message of the loud cry--the righteousness of Christ, and separation from all corrupt churches of fallen Babylon to be with Christ. It is time to give this complete and harmonious gospel truth with unmuffled boldness and power (Evangelism, p 230), which will swell the loud cry, bring on the Sunday law and the crisis, and the second coming of Christ, and the ending of this whole great controversy, to the glory of God and Christ.
Some are doing this right now! Will you unite and join your voices with us? Or will you be led away from giving the loud cry message by the perversion of men who twist the truth, and thus keep yourselves out of the field of labor by following a false pretext and erroneous futuristic message? May God help us all to clearly understand the seriousness of the times in which we are NOW living in.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO PROCLAIM THE FALL OF BABYLON AND
GIVE THE LOUD CRY MESSAGE OF REVELATION 18?
1. The time to give this message is after the fifth seal was opened (which symbolized the time of the Reformation through to 1844)--Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 968; Maranatha, p 199.
2. God "has sent" this message for "our own time", for "this time"--Review and Herald, vol 2, p 341-342 (November 5, 1889).
3. "The time has come" to give this message--Manuscript Releases, vol 2, p 229; Selected Messages, book 3, p 406-407 (Letter 1f, November, 1890).
4. God's church is to arise now under this message for "the glory of the Lord has risen upon her"--1888 Materials, p 761 (Letter 112, December 2, 1890).
5. God's people are now to catch the beams of His righteousness "which have been shining" from this message--1888 Materials, p 763 (Letter 112, December 2, 1890).
6. "The time has come" to sound the loud cry--Signs of the Times, vol 3, p 165 (November 19, 1894).
7. The last call of mercy and warning is "now" to be given--Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 362; Special Testimonies on Education, p 141 (March 21, 1895).
8. The time "has come" when Babylon is in remembrance before God--Gospel of Health, September 1, 1898; Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 363 (March 21, 1895).
9. We are to be "voicing" the third and fourth angel's message--Manuscript Releases, vol 14, p 95-96 (Manuscript 7a, 1896).
10. "The time has come" to give this message which is the "special work" of "His church"--Review and Herald, vol 3, p 593 (July 26, 1898).
11. "The time has come" to give this message of Revelation 18--Manuscript Release #311, p 47 (Manuscript 177, 1899).
12. The message of Revelation 18 is "the message for this time"--Manuscript Releases, vol 9, p 290 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).
13. "(Revelation 18) is now to be given to all parts of the world"--Manuscript Releases, vol 9, p 290 (Letter 86, June 18, 1900.)
14. "Today" we are to be "announcing" the message of the third and fourth angel--Manuscript Releases, vol 10, p 315 (Letter 121, August 13, 1900).
15. "The time has come" to give this last message of warning--Review and Herald, vol 4, p 251 (January 1, 1901).
16. We are to "advance the proclamation of" this message--Review and Herald, vol 5, p 61 (July 28, 1904).
17. "This call (Revelation 18) is now to be given"--Upward Look, p 277 (Manuscript 75, September 20, 1906).
18. "The time has come" to give this last warning message--Manuscript Releases, vol 10, p 219 (September 17, 1909).
19. "The message for today" is Revelation 18--Prophets and Kings, p 187; Lift Him Up, p 164; Review and Herald, vol 6, p 382 (November 20, 1913).
Our Web site for the world on God's True Church is continuing to receive more visitors. Since this site was put on the Web on March 14, and so far through November 7, we have had 19,608 hits, which were generated by 3,015 visitors. While most of these visitors were from America, we also have had visitors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom. These visitors have downloaded 275,310,000 bits of information off the web site. Please recommend this site to your friends and relatives to visit and check out. You can visit this site at http://www.TrueChurchofGod.info.
The Lord is also continuing to bless our www.LightMinistries.com Web Site. In the month of September we had 42,145 hits, which were generated by 6,711 visitors, who stayed an average of 16:24 minutes each. In these Visitor Sessions, 19,162 documents of Present Truth were viewed. While most of these visitors were from America, we also had visitors from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All our visitors downloaded over 32,100 files, which totalled 1,611,373,000 bits of information!
In the month of October we had 36,981 hits, which were generated by 7,226 visitors, who stayed an average of 11:54 minutes each! In these Visitor Sessions, 15,286 documents of Present Truth were viewed. Again, while most of these were from America, there were also visitors from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom! Over 29,800 files were downloaded from our Web Site, which totaled 1,329,923,000 bits of information! So the combined total for these past two months is that over 2.94 billion bits of information were downloaded from our Present Truth Web Site by over 13,900 visitors! MAY GOD BE PRAISED!!
In January, 2003, there is being planned a Convocation to be held from Friday through Sunday in the Central California area. Even though the particular week in January has not yet been finalized before this Newsletter was printed, I felt it necessary to alert our readers about this Convocation in case they would like to attend. We hope to see you there!
TO OUR READERS AND SUPPORTERS: Please know that "Let There Be Light" Ministries is not concerned with using your prayers and donations to build itself into a kingdom, but is concerned with getting the Present Truth into the hands of the common people quickly, effectively, and wisely. Instead of working towards acquiring expensive video and T.V. production equipment, satellite or shortwave facilities, we would rather use the Lord's money in publishing and distributing materials which give the full present truth gospel, as well as supporting many full-time foreign ministers and workers in various countries around the world who have proven themselves to be reliable and stable. With their monthly support and present truth materials supplied them, these ministers and workers then have the ability to more effectively spread the spoken and printed truth, establish the people in it, and carry this precious truth into the very homes of those who sit in darkness. This is how the loud cry of the third angel will be spread, and is now being spread! If the Lord so impresses you to help in these endeavors, your donations will be greatly appreciated--not just by this Ministry, but by many others as well! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU!
"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 several ministers/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; offering 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 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 and His present truth!
GENERAL FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
We are currently supporting several workers in many 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 the 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!
"Our publications should be printed in other languages, that foreign nations may be reached. Much can be done through the medium of the press, but still more can be accomplished if the influence of the living preacher goes with our publications....The Lord has moved upon men of other tongues and has brought them under the influence of the truth, that they might be qualified to labor in His cause." Testimonies, vol 3, p 204-205.
Please financially help us to continue supporting our current ministers and workers on a consistent basis, so that the spreading of the truth will not be interrupted but can quickly lighten this dark world with the glory of God.
"Every opportunity should be improved to extend the truth to other nations. This will be attended with considerable expense, but expense should in no case hinder the performance of this work. Means are of value only as they are used to advance the interest of the kingdom of God. The Lord has lent men means for this very purpose, to use in sending the truth to their fellow men." Testimonies, vol 3, p 208.
SPECIFIC FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Fiji--about $100 monthly.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to India.
-- Printing our booklets in India--$1450 for 10,000 copies (less than $0.15 per booklet!)
-- Printing press to print materials there and save on time and money--$6000.
KENYA, East Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
-- Printing our booklets in Kenya--$2000 for 10,000 copies ($0.20 per booklet).
-- Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
-- Several different herbs, plus shipping--for our medical missionary worker there--$250.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Malaysia.
-- Purchasing of Chinese Bibles--$7. each.
-- Several boxes of 1884 Great Controversy books for non-SDA outreach--$500.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Philippines.
-- Printing tracts in the Philippines--$100.
UGANDA, East Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Uganda.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Uganda--about $100 each month.
-- A good PA System for meetings--$600.
-- Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to purchase and mail.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zambia.
-- Portable generator for evangelistic meetings--$650.
-- Computer for translation work--$600.
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
Dear brother and sister Sessler & family,
Thank you so much for the Newsletter and for the message of health principles. Especially in the end times we need to be physically & spiritually fit.
These past weeks Jan Marcussen has sent me a book titled, "The Agony and Ecstasy" and on page 14-15 he quotes: "Now, the devil wants to get God's people looking at all the hypocrites and trick them into thinking that the Seventh-day Adventist church is fallen--is Babylon--so that they will leave. But the devil knows that it will be the foolish virgins that will leave as the church is purified by the fires of persecution. He hopes to fool you. Don't be fooled by the devil on this. Don't look at the hypocrites. Look at, and abide in the lovely Jesus. As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be now. God's church is like Noah's ark. I'm not about to get out of the ark just before the flood! God tells us that the church may appear as about to fall, but it does not, it remains while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out. Praise God! Our mighty God is going to finish His work and the devil can't stop it...." (Editor's note: it is amazing to see how Jan twists plain scripture in order to teach error. It was the wise virgins who left to join Christ (see Matt 25:1-13; Christ's Object Lessons, p 405-406). It is also amazing to see Jan teaching blatant Catholic doctrine in saying that the church is the Ark of safety, while the Ark of safety is Jesus alone! And it is sad to see that Jan is misleading hundreds and thousands into believing that they must remain within a corrupt church in order to be purified and saved! Whereas God has consistently showed throughout history that it was only those who separated from the corrupt church who had a chance to be purified and saved! For more information on this, please write for our booklet "Bible History of Separation, parts 1 & 2". May God have mercy on all those who follow Jan's teachings!)
This man wrote the National Sunday Law book and many had kept the Sabbath, but he is directing these poor souls into the 7th day Adventist church. I thought he was a Independent minister but I guess he is a Conference man. He also sent me a tape that Jesus loves the Conference and Jesus is Head and King of the Adventist Church. How sad! I am glad I am separated from the church.
In Jesus, A.U., CA.
Dear Bro. Bob and Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' precious name. I thank you very much for the recent Newsletter "The Principle of Health". This Study has been a real blessing, and encouragement to strengthen my health reform. I also appreciate the tract you enclosed in the Newsletter "God's True Church". This tract was well over-due, the majority of people I know does not understand who and what is the church. This tract is the answer. It is a great enlightenment to perishing souls.
Thanks also for the Booklet that you sent me "Will You Answer Christ's Prayer?" I've now reached page #6 of this very important study. I'm confident that I will gain the true understanding that we will be one even as Christ and His Father are one.
The Roman S.D.A. Movie is fantastic. Now without a shadow of a doubt can anyone disclaim the sad reality of the shift of belief in the S.D.A. church? Their members have all right to know, and hopefully with this information they will choose to follow God and not man.
I've shared Part 1 of (the video on the 10) Virgins (titled) "Passed By and Lost" with some friends that our church group have been fellowshipping with since late June, 2002. Their comments were the parable was never presented with the application you brought forth before (with) the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy references support(ing) the true meaning of the parable. They've really gained a good understanding that all Christian churches are represented in the parable including S.D.A., and also it is the good that leaves the bad to join the procession to be with Christ. Our church group thank you so much Bro. Bob for teaching and preaching the true word of God. (Editor's Note: please thank our heavenly Father for His mercy to know and understand the present truth!) Through your Ministry many souls will be won to our heavenly Father.
May God continue to bless and keep you always.
Keep up "The Good Work." Jesus is coming soon.
Your sister in Christ, P.B., FL.
Really enjoyed your e-mail, Michele. I don't know if ____ responded, but I have been a couple of hours away. I helped a friend (30 yr. female) to go through ____'s cleanse. She had had a constant headache since (last) Christmas. Didn't have the time or $ to go to ____'s or ____'s (home for cleansing) so (I helped her out)...the 1st 4 days the headaches got worse--by the 4th day they left & haven't returned. We have thanked & praised God--over & over & over again. What a marvelous God we serve. And what blessings He longs to bestow upon us!! My prayer is that I may be willing that the Holy Spirit may use me & teach me & reprove me & & & &...not just me, but all of us.
Love bunches, W. & G., TN.
....Your Newsletter discussing the reasons for observing the first day of the week is very good, as well as timely. It's an excellent summary of the Sabbath-Sunday question, and that question will become prominent in the near future as not only "the man of sin, the son of perdition" continues to agitate the Sunday issue, but as the Christian Coalition and other "Protestants" push for Sunday observance nationally. The message in that wonderful book, Great Controversy, is unfolding just as it states it will.
It's inspiring to read about the increasing activity on your website. I do not currently have a computer, so have not seen it yet, although at times I'm tempted to invite some friends who have computers to show it to me - as well as to themselves! I would like to see it.
The response to your newspaper ad is also impressive, especially since the vast majority of respondents were positive on that topic.
Blessings to all of you as you continue sharing God's truth. I pray for you daily.
Sincerely, E.S., OH.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM OUR FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bro Bob,
1 John 3:1.
I wish to greet to (you) once again in His wonderful name and may peace, love and joy from God the Father and also from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always, my brother.
Thank you very much for your messages and confirmation that you (sent, and I) have received everything in good order.
The Fijian Golden Calf Apostasy is well received in the SDA church. I have delivered it to the President of the Fijian Mission of SDA, and his top ministers in their office and were given one copy each.
Every time when I go down to the city, my bag is always full to give out this booklets to SDA people. Please be advised that the booklet, "The True Church of God" has already been translated and at the moment are being typed and I will be advising you later of its progress. The next booklet to be translated is "Why are Protestants Bowing to the Pope?" (Editor's note: May God be praised!) This booklet is very important to the people of Fiji, because it will be translated into their language and this will help the other denominations, besides SDA, to know the truth about Sunday, and I want to translate also the tract about Sunday Holiness into Fijian language...
Two men from the SDA joined us last Sabbath at home and fellowshipped together with us. They have asked me for more books to take to their brothers in the church. Specially the booklet "The Golden Calf Apostasy" in Fijian. I praise God very much for the work in Fiji is now moving forward. The people are coming (to my) home for more books....
Thank you very much for the beautiful and well written newsletter on the principle of Health. I do enjoyed it very much...
Last week I sent a big carton containing booklets and (tracts to) bro. ____ in ____ where he will be distributing all this and also at the Island of ____. We are now spreading out to the ____ where bro. ____ and his family are working very hard. They are visiting towns and villages, sharing and witnessing for Christ and also distributing out tracts and booklets, etc., etc.
Request for (our) booklets came from a lot of people, including the Dorcas Society from the Fiji Mission, quite a lot of people came home for it. Three elders from the SDA also came to take their supply to their various churches. I have also received request from two different churches outside SDA....
I am pleased to advice you that the ("Let There Be Light" Ministries) work in Fiji is now being recognized by the other denominations. This is because of the hard work of sharing and witnessing to all the people. May God be praised as the people outside have shown interest in our work....
May God bless you richly and also your good family and everyone in the Ministries.
Your servant in Christ, B.A., Fiji.
(Combination of 6 letters) Dear elder Sessler,
1 John 3:1.
Yesterday evening when I was having a walk in the street, my neighbor, one of the R.C. (Roman Catholic) family, called me and wife to pray and give a message. Myself and my wife went (over to) their house and sang nice songs and gave them a message upon Luke 19:25-37. I explained about the true Christian religion. They said that this is the great privilege for them to have our presence with them. The more R.C. families are attending our church services....These R.C. people are stepped out of their Mary worship. Our God is doing wonderful work among these R.C. people. The people are very eager in listening (to the) truth. The only lacking is books and tracts in Indian languages. Please do the needful to print these....Last night more than twenty people attended our cottage meetings....
Today in Sabbath service I presented the message of Sabbath and ten commandments. In evening we concluded with the image of the Daniel 2 chapter. When I concluded with (the) second advent of Christ, the attendees of this meeting, two R.C. families, accepted this message and came forward to take (their) stand with this present truth. It is a joyful hours also in the heaven as these souls surrendered themselves to Christ. (Editor's note: Indeed, may God be praised!) They agreed (with) the Sabbath truth and the ten commandments.
Here in ____ state and many other places, the R.C. people are coming out of their churches and forming their own (home church) groups. The R.C. church authorities are disfellowshipping such believers from their churches. In such situation this R.C. believers are listening to our messages. They are prepared to face whatever the troubles are approaching them. The Lord has open a great way to proclaim this message here....
Have you seen (in) the news, in India in our state of ____, the conversion from hindu religion is banned? The tribulation is started here. If we convert any hindu we will be punished with one year of imprisonment and penalty and many more....The hindu movements are here very vigorous here in opposing the Christian missions. We can not even conduct public meetings here....I do not know how the Lord is going to lead the Ministry in India. Let His will be done. Many of the Christian missions are already moved their office to near by countries.
Maranatha, Brother D.S., India.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
1 John 3:1.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14.
It was on 20th September 2002 when we had an announcement at ____ area, when we had finished the first lesson at the evening, people came in around 2nd hour. They started beating us by swords and others deadly weapons intending to kill us, but our God is good that we are alive all of us in the group. They took 10,000 Kenyan money from my pocket, one sweater of 1,500 (shillings), a wrist watch, PS Machines--that is amplifier, one microphone, one speaker, dry battery, two spotlights, an axe, and many other things. When I chanced to get a narrow way of escape. My ways were made by using (crawling on) my stomach and jumping several fences, sometimes by repeating the same route, in order to get a thorough way ahead. In some areas I passed along the riverbanks and other areas through uphills. I was meeting with things which were most scaring because it was night time. God's hands did most to give me an escape.
I started at second hour on the evening until the ninth hour in morning, so I used seven hours traveling by foot until I reached to my brother ____ home. I pleased (praise) God for the services which my brother offered me. May God please (bless) him. Now I'm suffering from some cuts, bruises, pains and tiredness because of the long distance travelling. None of us went without injury. The one's who didn't manage to escape were taken, but they were released...I am sensing that prosecution will start soon, if it has not started (already), let us pray for each other for this. (Editor's note: you are indeed in our daily prayers!)
May God take care of you and His people.
Yours in service, B.P., Kenya.
1 Jn 3:1.
Glory to God in the highest and peace and goodwill toward men on earth. Would to God grant His people peace on their hearts...
Our brothers ____ and ____ have come under attack while giving an arousement on the present truth. The message had been resisted and some church elders were involved in the machination (attack). After the evening lesson, a number of fatally armed men (wielding) daggers, pangas, and rubber whips, fell on them mercilessly injuring them....They were determined to kill, but God interfered and saved them alive....Remember us in your daily prayers please.
2 Thess 3:1-3, In loving service to the Lord, I.O., Kenya.
General Christian greetings in Jesus name. Grace and peace be multiplied to you.
A nice time once more God has given me this opportunity to thank you for the work you are doing in support of the work of God.
The booklet "Will You Answer Christ's Prayer?" have reached (us) at the right time. We had planned a meeting on 15th this month for our separated people, at least representatives or leaders from different centres, to study on unity in the work. Even though this subject has a great problem with, many who wants to strive for unity for it is God's will. When we received the booklets we were very happy, and we saw that God has answered through those booklets.
Wars have not ended, but we know that where this is no war, there is no Christianity. Christian life is a way and a march. For we have not yet resisted to blood striving against sin. Heb 12:4.
My joy is that while those who are not for unity are trying to isolate themselves, others are (accepting it and) (be)coming among our old (good) friends. Praise the Lord.
Thank you, and God bless you, S.N., Kenya.
Dear Elder Bob,
1 Jn 3:1.
Greetings from Malaysia. I had posted the booklets, "Transmutation" & "Christ's Prayer" separately to you a few days ago. (Editor's note: I received them both in good shape, and they will be placed on the web site soon!) Despite having some difficulties while editing (this usually happens with the Chinese software), I had them solved without knowing any reasons (how I did it)--Praise His wonderful name! Now I'm busy inputting another booklet, "Tithe", while translating "Why Are Protestants Bowing to the Pope?"
I had received 3 vol of SOP, some hundred of this booklet (on Protestants Bowing) plus the tract "The Truth About Hell" for distribution here in my country. Thanks for the effort. Sabbath is coming soon, I will write more in the next mail.
May our blessed Lord continue His richest blessings upon your Ministry for Him!
Happy Sabbath! Co-worker in Christ, V., Malaysia.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Bro. Bob,
3 John 2.
Thank you very much for all your concern in the work here. We've been very bless by the Lord by helping us in our work here. Again we're back here in ____ to pass out the remaining materials to those who needed those most.
About the translation work, I'm still active (in) doing it. I have finished the "What Must I Do to Be Saved?" and also the "Image of the Beast"....I'm planning to translate all of those tracts in(to) Tagalog and those are my priorities for now because we really need Tagalog tracts now. Most of the brethren here in our place, if not all, prefer Tagalog....Please help us in raising funds to print those translated tracts here so that those people who had a hard understanding in English will understand our message....
The camp meeting is over. All of us were blessed and refreshed. We really felt the workings and presence of the Holy Spirit. All the messages we received lift(ed), revived and encourage us to move forward and be firm in the truth that we are holding. The theme of the camp meeting was to prepare for the soon coming of Jesus Christ. We talked about the preparation needed in order to be ready for His second coming, which included the character building, health, the condition of every Christian family that Christ are about to take, and so many truths which will help us to be ready. Of course we also reviewed all the pillars of truth to help all of us to be more firm in the present truth.
We also thank God that He open the way for the unbelievers to hear the message. Some stayed at the camp for a week, but some arrived at the middle of it. Also people who live near and beside the campsite whom we invited attended also.
God really work at this gathering. And we also want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you bro Bob and also to bro Snipes for helping this camp meeting push through, through your prayers and through the financial (help) you've sent through brother ____. May the rich blessing of the Lord continually be with you, with brother Snipes and will all the brethren there who help us....
Till here for now. God bless us all! I.F., Philippines.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
Precious greetings in the name of Jesus. We have laboured in the lines of tracts. Souls are receiving these messages, save most of them are over (out of tracts). I...am only left with "The Two Laws".
Sunday 8th September, I visited ____ (and) met brother ____. This brother gave testimony of what he went through ever since he believed the Sabbath truth. 1st he got sick, they thought it was cancer. They later discovered that he was deficient in nutrition, of which the doctors put him on diet. He recovered and thanks to Jesus. This friend took us to his home in ____. He with others had put a church structure (up) to window level. He said we should take over this structure (and) finish building it, thereafter (we can) evangelize the place. The Lord seems to be giving us places we never built. If it is the Lord's doing, He will finish His work in that place.
I once again thank you for the 2 M-bags, "Will You Answer Christ's Prayer" (booklet) and "The Truth About Hell" tract.
I have been invited to visit the border of Kenya and Tanzania. God willing I will be going there on Monday ____. I hereby ask for your earnest prayer, the people we are going to see are hostile....
I last communicated while at ____ (and) things did not go well for us that side. We escaped death in the hands of Muslims. They had planned to kill us on Tuesday ____, but the Lord worked...I am so thankful to God and happy that I am still alive to this self-same day, and your prayers worked for our good...
Despite the threats of death we got some people. The pastor, still a young man, cried bitterly, for they could do very little to stay the Mohammedan threats. Later he told us about many precious souls who have been killed by the Muslims. This place is the strong hold of Islam in Kenya. They have killed and murdered Christians time and again. We left behind booklets and tracts....
I am yours in Christ, K.I., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
Dearest Eld. Robert,
Greetings from Ephesians 1:1-3.
My beloved Eld., I write with the love of Jesus to let you face the facts over the work which the Lord had given us.
Last month... ____ and I left for Botswana in town called ____ for the distribution of our tracts and booklets. Praise God during our stay there we made friendship with this woman who is an SDA. She wanted to learn more on these present truths of which we used for a short study. We left a lot of quotations for her studies and she accepted the apostasy going on in the SDA...Alternatively, she even requested for a box of tracts entitled: Is Death to be Feared? These tracts or messages are needed by the prisoners in her area, since she visits the prison for witness programmes.
Personally (I) have been to Botswana twice, but these separation messages has (not) been received fully, and no home churches are there (yet). The SDA's have (been) taught alot of lies...God willing I will be visiting this ____ sometime in the future...
I am happy to report to you that the message is going on in Zambia too, though at a very slow rate due to limited transport. In this month of August, Eld. ____ has been very busy going around home churches reviving each other. I was also in ____ for two weeks for the same programme and in preparations for our camp meeting which will be held in ____...We have invited pr. ____ of ____ home church (in) Malawi. Pray for us as we also expect many visitors this year. There will be baptism and Lord's Supper, and the Lord has blessed us with another new family in our home church.
Brethren help this work to prosper in Africa as we near His second coming. There are many calls for more studies over the separation message, but due to limited transport funds, others are still pending till the Lord blesses us with more means again.
God bless, W.M., Zambia.