"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
January - February, 2008
"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
THESE LAWS RESTORE HEALTH !
It has been proven that there is a direct connection between our body and our mind. Whatever injures our health, not only lessens physical vigor, but also weakens our mental and spiritual powers. Indulgence in any unhealthful practice affects the mind and thus makes it more difficult for us to discriminate between right and wrong, to discern between truth and error. But we can injure our spiritual health even though we may be otherwise healthy. So not only do we need to be concerned about our physical health, but there is also the need to be careful to maintain our spiritual health as well.
In our last Newsletter we examined the laws of nature in regards to our physical health. Now we will examine some spiritual laws of health.
As physical health does not depend upon chance, but is the direct result of obedience to the laws of nature, so spiritual health is also dependant upon laws of truth. If we should believe some false or fanatical doctrine, it would make us spiritually sick as well as mentally and emotionally imbalanced. So along with the laws of nature, God has provided us with some simple laws or messages of truth found in His word that must be followed in order to grow spiritually and become mentally and emotionally healthy. Not only will these spiritual truths lead to health here on earth, but if faithfully followed they will enable us to have eternal life when Jesus comes to take His people home.
There are actually seven of these simple spiritual truths of the Bible, which we will now briefly examine:
FIRST ANGEL'S MESSAGE
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Revelation 14:6-7.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
This is a warning message to all the world telling them to no longer fear or honor men, but instead to fear or honor God. This is because God is the Creator of everything - both animate and inanimate. Since all things, especially human beings, are only in existence because God spoke them into life, then God alone deserves our loving gratitude and worship. As this is true, then our worship is not to be shared or given to any created entity: not to the sun, moon, planets or stars; not to any man - whether they be Peter or Pope, Buddha or Krishna, Mohammed or Maitreya; nor to any groups of men - whether religious groups, clergy, priesthood, councils, congress, etc. But our grateful and loving worship is to be given only to God our Creator!
Not only are we to worship God, but we are also to give Him glory. And what better way to glorify God than by obeying Him, keeping all of His commandments, and reflecting His loving character in our own life.
But this warning message is of such urgency because the hour of God's judgment of the earth is finally here! This judgment involves the investigation into the life and character of every human being who has ever lived, or is living, on this earth. This is necessary in order to determine whether each one has lived to please and honor God by right doing, and thus they will acquitted and given everlasting life. Or whether their actions prove that they have lived to please and honor Satan by continuing in sin, and thus they will be condemned and given everlasting death.
How would you stand today, dear reader, if your name and character came up in review in this investigative judgement? For all who understand that they are sinners deserving everlasting death, but who honestly desire to change and live a new life pleasing and honoring God, this solemn judgment message also reveals that there is a way to escape this penalty of death through an everlasting gospel.
This gospel provides only one way for you to be completely redeemed and saved from all your sins and thus avoid being condemned in the judgment and receiving everlasting death. This one way was provided you at immense cost, but is offered to you as a free gift. If you will receive this gift, all of your sins will be forgiven through the precious blood and merits of God's crucified and risen Son - the only Mediator between God and man. By accepting the free gift of Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and allowing Him to lead and guide in your daily life, you will pass from death to life and be enabled to change from honoring Satan into honoring God. But will you accept this free gift? (For further study please read: Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:3-6; 1 Kings 8:60; Psalms 19:9; Proverbs 2:5; 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 5:16; 28:19; John 1:3; 14:6; 17:3; Acts 1:8; 14:15; 17:24-25; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Timothy 2:5).
SECOND ANGEL'S MESSAGE
"And there followed another angel saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Revelation 14:8.
The Babylon referred to in this message is not of the literal city or kingdom of ancient Babylon, but represents the various churches which have morally fallen due to their continued failure and refusal to live solely for the honor and glory of God as mentioned in the first angel's message. These fallen churches, who once protested against the evils of Catholicism, have therefore rejected the light of truth sent to them from heaven, and God is no longer encouraging His followers to join or remain connected with any of these fallen churches of darkness. (For further study: Isaiah 28:7, 48:17-20; Jeremiah 50:6; 51:6,8,44-45; Ezekiel 21:3-4; Zechariah 2:6-7; Matthew 24:15-16; Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20-21; Acts 15:14; Revelation 11:8, 16:19, 17:18, 18:1-5).
THE HEAVENLY TEMPLE, ARK, AND IMMUTABLE LAW OF GOD
"And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments therefore, even so shall ye make it." Exodus 25:8-9.
"And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament." Revelation 11:19.
There is a temple in heaven of which the ancient Hebrew sanctuary was just a pattern or copy of. This heavenly sanctuary is composed of two apartments - the first is the holy place, the second is the most holy place. In the second apartment is found the ark of the covenant of God which contained His immutable law perpetually embodied in the ten commandments, which is actually a transcript of His perfect character. These divine principles and moral requirements are binding upon all human beings in all ages, and constitutes the basis of God's covenant with His people, as well as the standard of character that all will be judged by in the judgment. (For further study: Numbers 14:18; Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 32:19; Ezekiel 18:30; 33:20; 34:17, 20; Daniel 7:9-10; Matthew 22:1-14; Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; All of the book of Hebrews; James 4:12; 1 Peter 4:5; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:1-9, 11:18).
CHRIST'S MINISTRY IN CLEANSING THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY
"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Daniel 8:14.
"...I have appointed thee each day for a year." Ezekiel 4:6.
Christ's ministry began in the first apartment or holy place of the heavenly sanctuary after His ascension, and continued there until the ending of the 2300 days or prophetic years recorded in the prophecy of Daniel. On this prophetic ending date of October 22, 1844, Christ ceased His work in the first apartment, and then He entered into the second apartment or most holy place to begin His final mediatorial work. As our High Priest, Jesus is now making intercession and atonement for all who accept Him as their Saviour. He is also earnestly working to prepare His followers for their investigative judgment, and finally Jesus will cleanse the heavenly sanctuary from all sin. (For further study: Leviticus 16, 23:27-32; Numbers 14:34; Hebrews 6:19-20, 9:3,7,11-15; 12:24).
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hollowed it." Exodus 20:8-11.
After six days of creationary work, God Himself blessed, sanctified, and rested on the seventh day as His special and only Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3). This Sabbath of creation was further written down by God as the fourth commandment of His holy law so that no one would forget it. God still today requires all of His true followers to remember to devote the seventh day of each week, beginning at sunset Friday and ending at sunset Saturday, to the worship of God as their Creator. This is a sacred day of rest requiring abstinence from all secular labor and unnecessary work, while devoting this one day every week to God and religious themes. This Sabbath commandment contains God's official seal which includes His name - "Lord thy God"; His official position - "Creator"; His domain - "heaven and earth". Therefore the seventh day Sabbath is the seal of God's creative and sanctifying power which is exercised through the Holy Spirit in the lives of His obedient people - even today! (For further study: Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31; 2:2-3; Nehemiah 13:19; Isaiah 8:16, 58:12-14; Ezekiel 20:12; Daniel 7:25; Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 1:32, 2:27,28; Luke 23:54-56, 24:1; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 4:4-10; James 2:10-11; Revelation 12:17, 14:12).
THIRD ANGEL'S MESSAGE
"And the third angel followed them saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14: 9-12.
"And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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." Revelation 18:1-5.
This solemn last day message warns all mankind against worshiping the beast (which prophecy shows to be Roman Catholicism), or his image (which prophecy shows to be the fallen churches of Protestantism), or receiving the mark of the beast/Catholicism (which is submitting to worship on the day of Catholicism - or on Sunday). If any do these things, they will receive the wrath of God which is poured out in the seven last plagues. This message further warns all of God's followers to willingly separate themselves from all unclean, apostate, harlot churches of fallen Babylon, which includes churches of Catholicism, Protestantism, as well as Seventh-day Adventism, or they will become partakers of Babylon's sins and thus receive her plagues of destruction.
This solemn last day message also points out, in direct contrast to those who are condemned to receive the plagues, a group of people who keep all the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. This special last day group of God's followers are only able to do this because they have accepted the righteousness of Christ by faith, which was then imputed to them in justification and imparted to them through sanctification. As we are indeed living in the last days, it shows us that Christ's righteousness is today available for every truly repentant sinner who will accept this free gift as their own by and through faith.
If you, dear reader, will only accept this free gift of Christ and His righteousness, then you too will be enabled to keep all of God's commandments, overcome all sin through His grace and strength working in you to perfect holiness in the fear of God. Thus you will be able through Christ to avoid worshiping the beast, or his image, or receiving the mark, and you will escape being condemned and destroyed along with the wicked! (For further study: Genesis 19:24; Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalms 92:7; Isaiah 52:18; Ezekiel 22:31; Daniel 3:5-29; Luke 17:29; Acts 2:27; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; James 4:12; 2 Peter 3:10; Jude 7; Revelation 12:17, 13:1-18, 14:11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:10, 20:10,14-15).
NON-IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL (State of the dead)
"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun...for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:5-6,10.
God's word depicts death to be just a state of silence, inactivity, and entire unconsciousness, referring to it as "sleep". The Bible further teaches that the dead are not in either heaven or hell, but are patiently waiting in their graves until the resurrection occurs. As this is true, then all apparitions of those who have already died, including the Virgin Mary, are shown to be just the spirits of demons working miracles to deceive, if possible, God's people (see Revelation 16:14). It is actually the outcome of the investigative judgment which determines whether each dead person will awaken at Christ's second coming, being raised in the first resurrection to inherit everlasting life, or whether they will remain in the grave until the second resurrection, to be everlastingly consumed in the lake fire - which is the second and final death. (For further study: Job 14:21; Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 22:30; John 11:24-25; Acts 2:29,34; Colossians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 15:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 14:13, 20:5, 21:4; Hebrews 9:24; Isaiah 26:14; Ecclesiastes 3:20).
God has mercifully given to all human beings these 7 spiritual laws, as well as the 8 physical laws of nature (please click here for these). These laws of health are lovingly given to each one to help us maintain our complete health and avoid becoming sick - either physically or mentally.
It is our hope that you too will choose to follow these simple laws so that you can be as healthy and happy as you can be, and also be a blessing to others around you. But please remember that God, through His Son Jesus Christ, has made all this possible because of His great love and merciful kindness for you, and He is longingly waiting with His strong arms open to lovingly embrace and warmly welcome you back home as His dear child - if you will only accept the free gift of Christ.
Will you, dear reader, choose to accept this free gift and come home? It is still not too late today to make this important decision, but tomorrow just may be!
We have decided to begin putting out our LTBL Newsletters on a bi-monthly basis instead of each quarter. The signs of the times are fast fulfilling, and we want to do more to help our readers get ready, and not get caught unprepared.
In our last Newsletter, we briefly presented the importance of the 8 laws of physical health, and in with this Newsletter we are including a complimentary copy of our tract on this subject. It is hoped that you will see the importance of sharing this tract to all in your community. This tract, as well as all our other present truth tracts, are available for only a suggested donation of 08 cents each. Since health is the opening wedge to sharing the gospel, we pray that God will lead and guide you in this important evangelistic tool.
The Lord is continuing to bless our TrueChurchofGod.info Web Site. In the month of October we had 7,075 hits, which were generated by 1,611 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, over 3,707 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and 186,013,000 bits of information were downloaded.
In the month of November we had 6,352 hits, which were generated by 1,366 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 3,705 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and 157,473,000 bits of information were downloaded!
In the month of December we had 6,805 hits, which were generated by 1,589 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 4,327 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and 205,975,000 bits of information were downloaded!
So for these 3 months, over 549 million bits of information were downloaded from our Gospel Truth Web Site by over 4,500 visitors!
The Lord is also abundantly blessing our LightMinistries.com Web Site! In the month of October we had 108,543 hits, which were generated by 27,509 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 77,739 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 6.51 billion bits of information were downloaded.
In the month of November we had 118,435 hits, which were generated by 32,623 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 60,751 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 7.88 billion bits of information were downloaded!
In the month of December we had 112,708 hits, which were generated by 25,550 visitors! In these Visitor Sessions, 53,879 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 9 billion bits of information were downloaded!
So for these 3 months alone, over 23.48 billion bits of information were downloaded from our Present Truth Web Site by over 85,682 visitors! PRAISE GOD'S HOLY NAME!
For those who are not able to have a home church to attend and who miss the benefit of fellowshipping together with others of like faith, there is an on-line home church which meets every Sabbath at 12:00 noon Central Time. This is a live broadcast of one of our separated Home Churches in Indiana which is pastored by brother Nicholas. Please feel free to come and fellowship with others of like faith and enjoy the spiritual uplifting experience, and also be able to chat with them after church! If you would like to fellowship, go to www.RemnantofGod.org/pogmchat.htm.
"Let There Be Light" Ministries is committed 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 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; offering National and International Bible studies; sending free present truth literature to contacts in many poor Countries; etc.
Your gracious prayers and support is greatly appreciated and needed. Without the Lord's guidance, blessings, and your support, 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 us reach 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 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, 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 MONTHLY FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
-- Printing our booklets and tracts in Fiji.
KENYA, East Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
-- Printing our booklets and tracts in Kenya.
-- Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
-- 2 good used PA Systems for evangelistic meetings--$300 each.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to PNG.
-- A small portable speaker system for street preaching.
-- Cartons of KJV Bibles and Study Bibles for workers.
-- Used SOP books.
-- Clothes to pass out to naked villagers.
-- Boxes of 1884 Great Controversy books for non-SDA outreach.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Philippines.
-- Printing 100,000 tracts in Philippines--$1,450.
UGANDA, East Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets to Uganda.
-- Printing of booklets in Uganda.
-- A good used PA System for meetings--$300.
-- Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to purchase and mail.
-- Printing 100,000 tracts in Uganda--$1,600.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zambia.
-- Computer for translation work--$600.
-- A printing press or Risograph Duplicator to spread the printed truth throughout all of Africa.
-- Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zimbabwe.
-- Printing our booklets in Zimbabwe.
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
I discovered your ministry via the internet on your web site, www.LightMinistries.com. I believe that it is the answer to my prayers. For a long time I have been searching for Biblical truth and to discover what the true church of God really is. Now I am starting to understand these truths from the Bible, not based upon the claim of any man-made organization. I never knew that Christians should keep the Sabbath day, for example, so the teaching are very new to me. However, I am striving to be a true Christian according to the Bible. I just hope that I am doing so correctly, as I have no one to teach me (except for your wonderful web site).
I don't have a computer of my own, so I must use the library computer. Since I can only use it for 30 min. a day (when I can get there, as I am busy with work) it is not very conductive to a lengthy study of your web site. As such, I would appreciate it if you could please send me any materials (i.e. pamphlets, tracts, booklets, Bible studies, etc.) by mail so that I can continue my study of God's word more intensely and without disruption.
Thank you in advance for your kind assistance in this matter and for any materials you send me. I look forward to receiving your response.
Best, and God bless, J.S., MT.
My name is ____ from Canada. The Lord guided me to your site. After listening to your unedited sermons I send to my church to cancel my name off their books. If the LORD is telling me, so I will do. I LOVE MY JESUS A LOT.
God bless you brother Sessler to always lifting His banner high. I am telling every one of my brothers and sisters. It is hard for them to believe that SDA church is Babylon. I am praying so much for all.
Dear Br. Bob,
I greet you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, and are overjoyed to be reminded of what happened on the historic meeting we attended in Zambia and meeting brethren from all over....I beg for your prayers for our home churches in South Africa. Prayers are needed even here.
I am now back in ____ after 2 months in the ____ area. Of our people are still restudying the issue about the name to take in the final stand. My prayers is that each would take a stand for accepting the name of SDR in accordance with the Bible & SOP statements....
Bro Bob, I have translated "Christ's Prayer" and "God's True Church" -- the tract. I am in the need of means to finish it and send it abroad. It is ready to be typed and sent....
Please Br. Sessler, help me that the message can go forward, for I plan also to visit friends in our neighbouring towns to share with them and distribute tracts around. Without means to travel, opportunities are lost and the work for the Remnant are somehow hindered....
Keep up the good work in the Lord.
Yours in Christ, B.B., South Africa.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Brother Bob,
Phil -- 4:13.
May I greet you once again in His wonderful name and may His peace, love and joy be with you always.
Sorry for the delay in sending you my reports. Well I hope you will understand the situations I am going through right now, I went to check with the printers and it seems to me that he doesn't know what to do, so I took the corrections that you sent me to another computer people so they can set it up for me and to be printed. They did a very good job, and so I thought if they could just do me photocopies of booklets, say to start with 50 copies of booklets first. So they said that they can do it and so I was so happy about that, so its in process now.
Work here in Fiji is going on. Booklets and tracts are being distributed even though we don't stand and preach to the people, but what we are doing is a silent preachers.
Three weeks ago the Seventh Day Adventist church here had a three days conference, they announce it on the radio and had it printed on Fiji Times, inviting 5000 people to come and have free breakfast, (and) they were promoting Sanitarium foods, like weetbix, peanut butter and soy milk, but no message -- what a pity.
A pastor of one the division here went and visit ____, because he (____) was banned from their church, because of sharing this truth, and asking him questions, and was answered properly from ____. But praise the Lord! At the end of the discussion, he just end up saying -- “All these things I have never known, even when I was practicing to be a pastor in Fulton College.”
I have just completed translating a tracts -- "What Must I Do to be Saved?” And having it typed and be sent to you.....
It is such a big relief to me when I was able to finish and complete this booklet "The Latter Rain and Loud Cry of the Angel of Revelation 18", and I do praise the Lord for He has been leading and helping me through. Even though I can feel the pressure in my daily life with my family, my children and my grandchildren, but you know what? The most precious thing of all is to know that God's presence is there with me encouraging me and giving me comfort, through His words and to hear His promising words - “Hold on”, that's what keep me going on.
So brother Bob, the work here in Fiji is moving forward. During this busy time in town people going about their shopping for Christmas, me and my grandson were also busy giving out tracts to them.
I have sent you the translations booklets of Latter Rain - and also a copy of a booklet for the Abomination and Desolation which ____ translated, you should be receiving it in two weeks time. And I am also sending you translations of "God’s Last Message of Mercy to the World" tracts....
There is a topic which is now being heard and discussed in the broadcast (which) is the “Godhead 1,2 or 3, Gods?” We are lucky that we have these booklets that we were distributing to the people...So we are giving out tracts and booklets and I do believe that the swelling up of this Loud Cry Message is now (going on). And only God knows the work that we are doing now. So let me say once again, work in Fiji is moving forward and lets join with PHIL 4:13....
Last Sunday brother ____ from ____ paid us a visit at home for some booklets too, and we were discussing about this booklets "Why are Protestants Bowing to the Pope" because I have given him all that's left. And he has asked me if I could just ask you about the reprinting this booklets because it's been going well in ____ that people are asking for more. (Editor’s Note: yes, by all means go ahead and reprint them, but without any changes.)
Work in Fiji is going forward even though we are facing hard times, crisis after crisis, but it gives us hope and joy because the Bible says that these things will happen.
And so God may help us to be faithful in our duty.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Elder Robert,
General Christian Greetings in Jesus’ name. I hope the Lord is sustaining you well with the work over there. With us here the work is heavy because some of the workers had separated and joined other independent ministries, so the few of us who remained are going on with the work and others have joined with us, and we are on with the work (but) very busy.
The whole of last month we were out for the work. We have been in ____, ____, ____, and finally ____ for two weeks. Now we are at home preparing for the December meetings.
I am very thankful for your support of the work which is helping boost the work very quickly to other corners of Kenya. May God bless whoever is concerned (responsible) for that support.
Yours, B.N., Kenya.
FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Dear Elder BOB. Christian greetings.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: "Christ died for all the world. Therefore His church must carry the glad tidings to the entire creation. Individual responsibility to His command is essential and must include daily personal witnessing to those in need."
What a wonderful commitment! We rejoiced when the street preaching concluded with the amazing topics of the "12 Characters of the New Testament and other related subjects" after 17 days under the searing sun on two separate grounds. The message attracted the large crowd, especially the youths and the adulthood people from different denominations, as well as street roamers. They were really touched by the message as they listened to the individual characters and their backgrounds and experiences, missionary fields and also their sufferings for the truth sake. Some people shed tears for how the disciples being cruelly persecuted for the gospel sake. We thought that these message are simple and common, but to the listeners it was very new to them, something they never heard it before.
During the presentation hours, (the) Holy Spirit has been kindly impressed the hearts of few people and they came forward asking us for a church location and requesting us to take further Bible studies at home with their families. Among them was a person namely ____ who is working with the ____ Embassy, quietly pacing in front of us after listening to the four characters, and grab some "Image To The Beast” and “The True Church of God" from my hand and leave his contact card and begged us for more booklets saying, "Pastor, Today I want to become a modern disciple among the classes I'm working with". And so I equipped brother ____ with one full carton of more booklets and leaflets, and today he is actively distributing to his work mates in offices.
When we return back from ____ after a week and half evangelism trip, we heard that people are still waiting for us to continue on the subject (when we return there). This is amazing. The outcome of the efforts on the streets turned to good news that the Lord has opened up to us several doors that we now (have some) begging (us to have) the Bible studies with them.
The Lord has open for us another pasture, and it has been our great opportunity to share His wonderful love to the thirsty and hungry souls. A village called ____, in ____ and about six to seven hours drive on the north coast of ____....The Sabbath truth message already made a break through since early 2000 through an elderly person named ____ who is now ordained as elder (with) over fifteen family members (accepting). Gospel workers from the various centers frequently visited the village for sharing the truth by words and printed word, but the sad thing was that the people did not respond immediate. It was because of fear of reproach and perhaps lack of confidence. Also their understanding was crippled by Babylonian teachings, and the occult belief and practices implemented in their churches as well as in community.
Following the footprints of the fellow workers, five of us took the same routing at mid-day on the 21 of October and the trip was very fatigued, but then we arrived lately at night hours by truck and boat and that was my second time to be there. Next evening the program begins in the heart of the village. This time God has sent us with a different method to share His wonderful truth amid the obstinate people. And this is the slide evangelistic program that amazed and involved more than one third of the villagers on that riverside village.
However the token of their curiosity for the unique message was marked by their sacrifice (to remain) in the showers that came each night. From the young to the old stood patiently in the rain as they watching on the slide show and listen to the 3 angels’ messages, though the kids were too noisy and disrespectful at first. Clear manifestation of the enemy was seen in them as Satan involved aggressively by using nature and human agent to disrupt whole program, but thank God that He is in control and the message of the Sabbath truth had shaken the entire village and amazed some of the thinking people, and they as individual greatly appreciate us at their own time.
Pr ____ currently served as church pastor for 9 years at ____ (Sunday church) confidently approaching us one day and confessed Sabbath was a biblical and true day of rest as he had learned from the booklet "Why Are Protestants Bowing to Pope?" two years ago. He said he collected the booklet at ____ street after we preach and distributed in 2005. He said after studying the book, he told his congregation in their church to switch off with Sunday and keep the Sabbath Holy, but unfortunately they all fled, leaving him and his family (alone). The Sabbath truth doctrine caused a great shaking within and he lost all his congregations, but he said, "I have to stand alone with my families”, quoting (Joshua-24:15) to worship the Lord on the true Sabbath day. We believe that God is calling Pr ____ out from the apostate church on right time to move in conjunction with elder ____ (to) propelled the 3 angels' messages across their own native land....
(At our Loud Cry Camp Meeting) FOURTEEN people including a former notorious criminal have publicly have made their stand to accept the Sabbath truth and follow Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. The 14 new converts made their declarations in front of a capacity crowd of fellow believers when they got baptized at ____ in the nearby creek in the periphery of the new found church ground, outside ____ on Sept 22. This is the second baptism for the ____. It had its first baptism in 2006 when only three people baptized. The three included now church elder ____ and wife who are now both leading and actively supporting the ____ home church group, which currently has a growing membership of close to 100 people....
Brother ____, the current SDA conf. church elder made a huge U-turn with the conviction of the Holy Spirit and he left the conf/organization, and today with his entire family they are worshiping with us since after the camp meeting. (Editor’s Note: May God be praised for all that He is doing in converting hearts to the present truth!)
People came from far and near including believers who came as far as the ____ just to attend and hear the life changing message. During the daytime we went out into the public street at ____ sharing the same message, which were delivered in the night meetings. As we came to the end of the program, we realized that it's just a beginning of the work. The Lord has shown us that there is much to do for Him at this limited time....
More people are now turning to God while sleeping helplessly on their sick beds in the hope to see God's healing and forgiveness. ____, the active and leading medical missionary said, every twice a week the medical missionary team would visit the ____ General Hospital, the biggest hospital in the country to share God's word and to pray for the sick people.
"There is big hunger for God's word at the hospital especially in the tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS wards. Some of this sick patients is making decisions to follow Christ while lying right on their sick beds. The hospital visitation is part of laymen's evangelism program to share God's word" Moses said. The hospital is one of the perfect places to witness for the Lord because when the sick person finds that when the medicine wont help anymore they turn to God for help and healing.
It is at this particular moment when the sick patience is ready to take in God's healing word; we explained that there is only one way of God's method of dealing with His people. By allowing situation and circumstances to occur God allow His people to reach out to them and open the life giving word before them. We prayed and comfort the helpless souls with the word of God and also put them in treatment if necessary.
This important job we will never let it down. ____ is speaking behalf of the ____ based medical workers said they are in dire need (of) medical missionary resources such as books and other items adding, this would help and equip them with the basic knowledge to continue reach out to many sick people....
Brother, thank you for your best support in finance and materials that keep me alive in gospel fields. Poor and naked people have been blessed with the donations specified to them. Elder please extend my appreciation to those who faithfully and continually donate their funds toward those people because some of them are now put on their new second hand clothes and happily attend the Sabbath school.
P.K., Papua New Guinea.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Bro Bob,
1 John 3:1.
Hi! How are you? I hope and pray that you are in always in good physical and spiritual condition in God's hand. We too here in the Philippines are okay, still moving forward, though there are trials that sometimes seems to discourage us. But thank God that He's always there to uplift, encourage and strengthen all of us here. It's really true that we are not traveling in a smooth and plain path, but we are traveling in a very rugged and narrow way. There are always trials in the path of God's children. God allows this so that we will be refine and come up pure and noble both in character and principles.
This past few months we were really affected by what happen to Bro Harry, not that we were shaken in the truth of the Godhead, but on the issue that they are putting on us. They (Bro Harry, his wife and their relatives) are accusing us of being injustice (unjust) through the decision that the church made in cutting him off after all the efforts have made to win him (back), and in not allowing him to speak to our churches after the decision. But thank God that the brethren stand firm to the principles.
Also, though I wasn’t able now to continue to work on in my translation work because of the problem with my computer, but I was able to work outside. I am sharing to some people our message especially the Sabbath and about Health. Some are willing, and others are not. Also through the help of our Lord, I focus on establishing the church here and in helping and encouraging those brethren who become weak and discouraged because of trials they are suffering.
Our world now is really full of misery and sorrow and full of sicknesses. Almost 70-80% of our population are now suffering from different illnesses, and it is because of the violation of the laws of nature or laws of health. Anywhere we go, we will encounter different persons suffering from different sicknesses. And because of this, many are now open for changes especially in their practices. Just like of the people that I've met.
First is the lady who is a registrar in the school and who is a member of a born again Christian. I've known this lady for more than 3 years now, and from time to time I had a privilege to talk and shared to her our beliefs and practices. At the start, she didn’t showed any interest, but last week she ask to me about our beliefs interestingly. I was very happy about it and I praise the Lord for He open her heart. I was given a chance to give a Bible study and shared to her our faith especially the Sabbath as the sign or seal of God. I also shared to her the Revelation 13, the beast with 7 heads & 10 horns, the lamb-like beast, the mark of the beast and the seal of God and the number of the beast. She told me that she don’t read the book of revelation before because she was afraid about what it contains. She was also very interested in the health reform especially about diet. She knows very well that I am a vegetarian and every time we see each other, she keep on asking if I am still a vegetarian. When I visited her last week, she told (asked) me that if I can teach her how to be a vegetarian and how to cook vegetarian food. So I taught her. She told me that she will try to eat and live healthy and she will also teach her children about it. I was very happy about her turn outs (how things turned out with her). And I am praying that God will continue to convict her and open her heart and eyes so that she could see the truth....For I believed what sister White says that the health reform is the opening wedge of the third angel's message....
I am sorry Bro Bob that I wasn't able to write you as much as I can. Maybe because of the busy things that I am doing these past weeks, both my work in home and in His cause. These past weeks I became busy in giving follow-ups to those people that I met who are sick and very interested in health reform. I am teaching and sharing to them now how to cook and prepare healthful foods. Especially now...they are experiencing a big change in their life and really need to assist, encourage and help them. So I hope that the grace of God be with this people....
Just pray for us here, especially for the up-coming camp meeting, that God may bless us all and pour out His promise latter rain. May God continue to bind us in love and in truth. God bless!
In Christ, S.B., Philippines.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
Christian greetings from this way. It is always long that I write that. However first and foremost I want to thank for the support. It found (me) in trouble with the land lord. The LORD KNOWS HOW TO REDEEM THE humble subjects of His.
I have done two journeys to brothers. I was blessed that on all this journeys met some one that I shared the truth for this time.
We are planning to have a camp meeting on 12th December 2007. (It is expected) to take a week in ____ (and) we beg for your prayers. It will end on SUNDAY....(Especially pray because) the nation is with deadly Ebola Virus, which to date has claimed some lives, and hence some restrictive measure (are being taken) by the Government on the movement of person and associations or gatherings in some places where there is fear of contamination. (So) God willing we shall be in the meeting....
The theme of the meeting was the Laodicean Syndrome. (Topics dealing with) The loss of interest among Gods people; the issue of spreading the message for this time; the matter such gathering for religious purposes; the self exaltation and thinking. The issue of the name, (not being readily embraced) which renders some of our (work) immature even after ten years of labour, (and) this (lack) has only helped to scatter (rather) than to gather for the good of the Gospel. The future of this work in case Christ delays His coming, (all these) were some of the burning questions.
The brothers welcomed the Seventh-day Remnant name...Hence the (name being) accepted, we register (the name as embracing our home churches), and (this allows us to) stop work against the law (of) the land about (no) gatherings (allowed for unregistered churches)....
I encouraged them not lose heart in such an important time, that God in mercy has called us to be part of His working team in the last days. The call of (God was to) the 12 disciples -- Luke 6 verse 13 to 16. Most of this men had no religious training whatever, they were empty men, plain papers that need to be written on, fresh men, common men (whom Jesus trained) for the great work that awaited them even to be lights and salts of the world, reapers together with Himself. It was sweet to be with the brothers and their families once again after almost two years since we last had such gathering....
God richly bless you and all His own that side. Thanks for the support and prayers.
I remain yours In Christ, B.K., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
Dearest br. Bob,
Greetings to you and all the brethren with you in the faith.
The work that we are in is the great work of faith, and the work of (involves) continual fight with the devil. Sometimes I get in a situation where I ask my Lord a lot of questions with His work and those in it. The devil is ahead with his plans, and the work of God is slow with very few willing to do it, it (is also) a hard way with limited funds. I only get strengthened when I sing with David in Psa; "THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD..."
The great Lord has been so good to me with the brethren in ____ home church that we had means to travel to ____ home church for revival to that home church. We organized ourselves and went to visit the brethren and encouraged each other for two days. This was a great wonderful time as the brethren were revived. After this I had another great opportunity to visit ____ home churches brethren and had good time with them, and we shared encouraging words from the scriptures.
Br. Bob, we and the brethren in ____ are facing a very great hardship especially with many new members, those that came and the camp during your preaching. Some of the old members among the Leadership have gone out of our home churches due to fear that we are not following the laws of the government by not registering, and so are discouraging new members. So most of them have gone to Seventh Day Reformed movement...And because of this brethren can not do the work as they have been waiting for the registration programme.
The Lord has been so good to us in ____ home that we have this year done or fulfilled some of the planned programmes. Although we have less materials for free distribution, but we managed to do some evangelism programmes that the good Lord has even given us one soul, a sister has joined us and we are together in our home churches.
Last week we had a week of revival prayers with lessons on the pillars of our faith that gave us a lot of encouragements. We were blessed with two gospel workers who joined us on Friday before the conclusion day. These are br. ____ from ____ and br. ____ from Namibia who took even the last lessons on the Sabbath. The Lord is so wonderful that after the conclusion we also ourselves waiting before the scale of the great God. We where really revived. Thank you, for the prayers you offered on our behalf. This programme was very good...
Br. Bob, we are have a lot to do, and many are the people who know what the truth (is) as never before. But the question still remains on when, and how long are we going to (be) waiting for the certificate (to be able to register)? We can not do our work more now as the government is now so strict.
I have another programme as I told you earlier on that I have to go to Namibia, and mostly like with br. ____ as he is with us for medical missionary programmes lessons. He will be going back in December (at) month end. Pray with me and with the brethren in Namibia and mostly with our situation in ____. This one has brought a lot of trouble. I will soon be going there again for a leaders' meeting. More in the next mail.
May God bless you and all the brethren with you. We again appreciate for the support of our families and the generator which will be with us for the great work ahead.
Your Loving br., B.W., Zambia.
FROM ZIMBABWE, AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
"But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things." Ephesians 6:21.
Pleased once again to meet you through this media. Hope this one will find you well in the Lord. There is quite a lot to say my brother, pertaining to the progress of work here in Zimbabwe, but will try to be brief that you also may join me in praying to the Lord to gather His scattered flock in these last days. Confident enough, I am told that the "Lord will work in this last work out of the common order of things and contrary to any human planning, and it will be seen that the Lord has taken the work into His own hands:" TM, p 300.
This is so because sometimes I do not understand what happens in this field of work. You will be bearing a life giving message to a perishing world like that, when to your surprise that message will be utterly rejected. I have been sharing a most sensitive issue of the SDA in partnership with WCC with a certain lady whom I happen to know later that she is an SDA member, AND SHE SHOWED GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND INTEREST as I told her these hard facts. And later I handed over to her the booklet: WCC and SDA. To my surprise she did not study the whole of it, but (gave it to) her husband (to study it) who is not a member at all. As I continued to visit her for the study, she later began to tell me of the struggle her father is undergoing with the SDA leadership as he took to resist the Women’s Ministry in the Church. So I WISHED TO SEE HIM and I PRAYED ABOUT IT.
The lady's husband tried his best to convince his wife of the truths that he had read in that (WCC) booklet -- who happen to have read it all. He later went to preach this message to the SDA pastor who is my neighbour. The pastor requested this article to read for himself, and it was handed to him. Later sometime I and wife visited that couple’s household to hold a discussion soon after the Sabbath. To my surprise again it became my privilege to meet that lady’s father whom I had prayed to meet. I tell you my brother this name of ours (Seventh-day Remnant) triggers into a study. It is good for us to be identified with a certain name as a separated group. We did not get much further that day, and we managed to secure an appointment in the following day when we had quite a showdown presenting the separation message.
I was with my wife once again, but I nearly shed tears as I witnessed the rejection of Jesus in the form of His truth. We set for more than four hours and that lady, together with her father, they utterly rejected the truth saying we can not come out of the church. He insisted that we are to rebuke the sins of the church while in the church. Pray for the ongoing work in Zimbabwe. I am also beginning to put on the computer the finished translated work to send to you....
I received a message from one of the families who attended our Camp meeting in ____ Valley who were in great need to know more of our message. In fact, the name of our Lord is to be praised, for from the time we (I and my fellow worker) first visited the place for the preparation of the Camp meeting, it is the family whom we stayed together with for nearly two weeks and who even developed an interest with (this) message that we had. I began at once to (make) my arrangements with Elder ____ in order to travel. I then managed to reach the place and visited the family who later confessed that we (they) really wanted to be baptized at the Camp. I studied with the family the major points of our faith briefly in order to have enough time to visit others as well.
This was a precious time to see how among the group who stood for Christ at the camp were doing since the last day of the Camp meeting. It was clear from how the brethren welcomed me and all that we later discussed that a great work had begun in that previously unentered area. Later by the end of that week, I also had a good Sabbath with the ____ family, though I was not then feeling well due to a toothache. I am supposed to visit again that family to establish them in the truth. I then returned back home to continue with the work of translation, and the only hindrance to this work is that I am running short of the other tracts as you did not then sent them to me. However I am about to finish putting: THE CURSE OF THE LAW on the computer, and as soon as I finish I will be sending it to you....
These (past) two months have been the most busiest of all the past months. There was a lot of visiting, especially our former site for the Camp meeting, trying to strengthen the things that were lacking in the newly established brethren in the faith. Twice did I visit that area, and it's a pity to note that some are beginning to waver. There is quite a lot of work to be done, and it's my wish that the brethren remain firm (in) the truth.
I also had the pleasure to visit my former workmate in this movement to discuss over a sensitive issue of him being associated with one of the secret societies in doing medical work. After I had presented all that I had to him, to my surprise he (himself) alluded to the issue, announcing that he had reduced the certificate to ashes. The wife also testified to the truthfulness of the issue. This issue was fast creating a gap between him and the other brethren in the faith.
It did not take long since that had been done and also having informed the other brethren the stance of the brother, I received a call from the Namibian brethren in ____ for a medical missionary work that was to be attended to. I took with me this brother having sort for some funds for the journey, (and) we left on the 2nd of December and we arrived on the 7th. There is great work on the point of medical work on the entire globe to be accomplished in order to finish the work. We were referred to two critical cases of SISTERS suffering from TB, and some related ailments attached to it. We worked tirelessly for the limited number of days that we were given by the immigration. We praise God that the symptoms began to disappear in the very few days of our arrival. (Editor’s Note: May our Great Physician be praised for His merciful kindness!)
I had to leave the brother to attend to the patients as I was to attend to some other duties back home. This also explains why I had to take this long delay to give you the report, my brother. This is the end of the year, my brother, and would like to end this report with some remarks as to our way forward in the next coming year.
I wish if the Lord would bless His work worldwide to progress towards fulfillment. This year quite a lot things were amiss in the area of means (money) in the publishing work for materials since we in particular have need of more literature to distribute, means to launch crusades....I pray the Lord to bless you, my brother, next year to provide me with all the tracts to finish off the work of translation. Time is running away. God bless.
Your loving brother in the Lord, K.N., Zimbabwe.