"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
March - April, 2009
"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
THE EIGHTH and LAST CHURCH: Part 3
In part one of this 8th Church series, we learned from inspiration that the 7 churches listed in Revelation chapters 1-3 can be interpreted in 3 different ways.
In the first interpretation which is backed up by inspiration we learned that each name of these 7 churches represents a different period in the time extending from the Christian church down through to the second coming; and that it is only the church name that represents each period, not the message to the church. We also found that inspiration establishes that God has faithful souls all over the earth; that His true church is made up of individuals, not groups; and that God would have His people today unite together in church capacity in order to bring about the love and unity necessary to perfect character, and to let the world see that God has indeed sent Jesus Christ to save them from sin.
In the second interpretation which is backed up by inspiration we learned that the messages of the 7 churches do not apply to the corporate body or to the denominational church itself, but it applies directly to the individual Christian believer; that these 7 messages are not limited to any particular time period, but are all applicable today. We also learned that only those Christians who exhibit the characteristics of either the message of Smyrna or of Philadelphia will be saved, while any of those exhibiting the characteristics of any of the other 5 church messages must repent and overcome these or they will be condemned; and that the Synagogue of Satan represents professed Adventists that have fallen away from the 3 angels’ messages.
In the third interpretation which is backed up by inspiration we learned that these 7 church conditions and messages are seen applying today to all of the groups and church denominations in the whole world. We also learned that even though we are in the time period for the name of Laodicea, yet the message to the Philadelphian church is applicable today; that if a group or church overcame the condition of Laodicea then the Laodicean message would no longer apply to them, but they would be in another condition; that a group or church – including the SDA church – can manifest more than just one particular church condition, and can even manifest 2 or 3 conditions at the same time; and that there is no group or church that can represent any of these 7 churches itself – including the Laodicean church, but can only have the message to the particular church apply to them depending on what condition they are manifesting. We also learned that since the SDA church is not the Laodicean church itself, and thus not the last organized church of God before the second coming of Christ, then it would not be displeasing to God and would not be apostasy from His truth, if those who have separated from the SDA church and from all the other apostate and corrupt Babylonian churches, should unite and organize themselves into a church body – especially since it is clear from inspiration that God desires His people to do this in these last days!
We ended last time with this big controversial question: Is Laodicea the last church listed in the book of Revelation? Does inspiration point out that there is another group or church of God after Laodicea? Even though many may not believe this, and will try with all their might and ability to deny this, the correct answer to this solemn question is YES!
God knew that the SDA church would claim to be the Laodicean church, would then claim to be the last church, and thereby many precious souls would be deceived by this great and presumptuous claim. So God has revealed the truth necessary to expose this great claim as being nothing more than pure deception, and is trying to make it of none effect in order to help set His honest people free.
This is because the last church listed in Revelation, the one beyond the 7 churches of chapters 2 & 3 – including Laodicea, thereby making it the 8th church if you would just count, is found in Revelation 12:17 dealing with the Remnant.
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
What does this passage mean? Let us briefly understand this chapter and define some of these symbols.
In Revelation chapter 12, verses1-5 deals with a woman, which represents a church (see Jeremiah 6:2), and this woman or church depicted here represents the church of Israel, the 12 stars represents the 12 tribes, the child represents Jesus, who died, was raised, and ascended to Heaven and to God’s throne.
Verses 6, 13-16 deals with the devil persecuting this woman or the church of God. Yet the woman depicted here was not the church of Israel, but another group of people which were from the early Christian church and continuing up through the Reformation of the Protestant churches to the ending of the 1260 years, which was in 1798.
So with this background, let us look again at the symbols of Revelation 12:17:
Who represents the dragon? It is Satan.
Who represents the woman that the devil is wroth with? What church of God was in existence at the ending of the 1260 years in 1798? The Protestant churches.
Who represents the seed of the woman, or the offspring from these Protestant churches? Well, which church issued out from the Protestant churches? The Seventh-day Adventist church.
Now who represents the Remnant of this seed, or of the SDA church? It would represent those who have separated out of that apostate church, as well as from all the other apostate churches in obedience to God’s loud cry command of Revelation 18 – which is the final separation Movement of God’s people!
So this plainly tells us that the Remnant is not the SDA church! The SDAs represent the seed or the offspring of the Protestant churches. But the Remnant represents those who have separated from the seed or separated themselves out from the SDA church, and from all the corrupt churches for that matter, in obedience to the loud cry message!
Since in Revelation there are no other churches of God listed and named beyond the Remnant, then the Remnant is the very last church listed in Revelation. And since Laodicea is the 7th of the 7 churches in Revelation 3, and since the Remnant comes after Laodicea, then the Remnant becomes the 8th and the last church listed in Revelation. Thus the SDA church is not the last church before Christ comes – the Remnant church is!
But there are many people who want you to believe in the worst way that there is no such thing as there being an 8th church. They declare that Laodicea is the last church, because the Remnant of Revelation 12:17 in no way refers to a church of God called the Remnant, but just describes individuals who keep God’s commandments. So who is teaching the truth on this issue? Are we correct in stating that the Remnant church is the 8th and last church listed in the Revelation? Or are they correct in stating that Laodicea is the last church, and there is not another church after Laodicea called the Remnant?
I urge each and every person to not just accept what your favorite Ministry or minister or pastor or elder or evangelist or brother or sister or even your own mind tells you is the truth, but to allow inspiration to teach you what is the truth on this or any other subject. And I also urge each and every person to willingly change your position if you find that you are not in harmony with what God is trying to teach you through inspiration. So then what does inspiration teach us is the truth on this important subject of the Remnant of Revelation 12:17? Are they a church or not?
“Those who love and keep the commandments of God are most obnoxious to the synagogue of Satan, and the powers of evil will manifest their hatred toward them to the fullest extent possible. John foresaw the conflict between the remnant church and the power of evil, and said, ‘The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 974.
“This has always been applicable to God's people in every age of the world, but how much more so to the remnant church who have to meet the constant and most powerful masterly workings of the power of darkness for this last time.” That I May Know Him, p 346.
“The people of God have had their attention called to the ark of the testimony, and the law within it has been revealed with its unalterable precepts. In holy vision, John saw the remnant church on the earth, in an age of lawlessness, and he points them out in unmistakable language: ‘Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ They are in harmony with that law that rests in the ark in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.” Signs of the Times, February 3, 1888.
“Christ's true disciples follow Him through sore conflicts, enduring self-denial and experiencing bitter disappointment; but this teaches them the guilt and woe of sin, and they are led to look upon it with abhorrence. Partakers of Christ's sufferings, they are destined to be partakers of His glory. In holy vision the prophet saw the ultimate triumph of God's remnant church.” Acts of Apostles, p 590.
So inspiration refers to the Remnant of Revelation 12:17 as being a church of God’s people! So even though we are in the time period for the name of Laodicea – “judging the people”, yet Laodicea is not the last church listed in Revelation. But the Remnant church is the last church just before Christ comes. And since this Remnant church comes after the 7th church of Revelation 3 – or the Laodicean church, then just as surely as 1 number past 7 is the number 8, so just as surely is the Remnant church the 8th and last church listed in Revelation!
And the Lord is indeed calling His remnant people to stand up and be counted in these last days just before His soon return! He is gathering His Remnant people together out of all the fallen and corrupt churches of Babylon, and desires to do great things through them as they reveal His glory to the world. The question is: are you willing to humble yourself and be used of God? Are you willing to become one of His Remnant people who obey all of God’s commands?
“If the remnant people of God will walk before Him in humility and faith, He will carry out through them His eternal purpose, enabling them to work harmoniously in giving to the world the truth as it is in Jesus. He will use all--men, women, and children--in making the light shine forth to the world and calling out a people that will be true to His commandments. Through the faith that His people exercise in Him, God will make known to the world that He is the true God, the God of Israel.” Testimonies, vol 9, p 274.
If you want to be one of God’s Remnant people, then you will crucify self and will give up your own ways and opinions in order to be used of God to do great things for His glory. You know, all heaven is earnestly watching and waiting to see if God’s Remnant people will humbly follow only His advancing truth and commands, while shunning all error and every false doctrine coming from the devil and his agents.
“Coming events, of a solemn character, are opening before us, and God would not have any one of us think that in these last days there is no more that we need to know. This is a continual snare of Satan. He would have us meet coming events without that special preparation which is essential to guide them through every difficulty. He would have all stumbling their way along in ignorance, making self-conceit, self-esteem, self-confidence, take the place of true knowledge. The more satisfied anyone is with himself, and his present knowledge, the less earnestly and humbly will he seek to be guided into all truth. The less of the Holy Spirit of God he has, the more self-satisfied and complacent he will feel. He will not search earnestly and with the deepest interest to know more of truth. But unless he keeps pace with the Leader, who is guiding into all truth, he will be left behind, belated, blinded, confused, because he is not walking in the light....All heaven is looking upon the remnant people of God, to see if they will make truth alone their shield and buckler.” Manuscript Releases, vol 5, p 50-51.
So all heaven is closely watching God’s Remnant people to see if they will follow His truth alone. If they refuse to follow His advancing truth, but choose instead to follow error or cling to their own ideas or opinions, then they cannot make up God’s Remnant church in these last days. Are you, dear ones, willing to follow God’s truth?
“Christ would have His followers brought together in church capacity, observing order, having rules and discipline, and all subject one to another, esteeming others better than themselves. Union and confidence are essential to the prosperity of the church.” Testimonies, vol 3, p 445.
But many of our separated people believe, and some even teach, that since God’s Remnant people are depicted as being a scattered people during the plagues and Jacob’s Time of Trouble, then this proves that they must also be a scattered people today without any unity or organization among themselves. But is this belief and teaching really the truth of God, or is it just the error or opinion of men? Does inspiration indicate that those who make up the Remnant church and people are to be united and organized together in church capacity or not?
“Through the grace freely given them of God, all will seek to answer the prayer of Christ, that His disciples should be one, even as He and the Father are one. Peace, love, mercy, and benevolence will be the abiding principles of the soul. The love of Christ will be the theme of every tongue...The people of God will be abiding in Christ, the love of Jesus will be revealed, and one Spirit will animate all hearts, regenerating and renewing all in the image of Christ, fashioning all hearts alike. As living branches of the True Vine, all will be united to Christ, the living head. Christ will abide in every heart, guiding, comforting, sanctifying, and presenting to the world the unity of the followers of Jesus, thus bearing testimony that the heavenly credentials are supplied to the remnant church. In the oneness of Christ's church it will be proved that God sent His only-begotten Son into the world.
“When God's people are one in the unity of the Spirit, all of Phariseeism, all of self-righteousness, which was the sin of the Jewish nation, will be expelled from all hearts. The mold of Christ will be upon each individual member of His body, and His people will be new bottles into which He can pour His new wine, and the new wine will not break the bottles. God will make known the mystery which hath been hidden for ages. He will make known what are the ‘riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Col. 1:27).” Selected Messages, book 1, p 385-386.
“As we near the close of time, Satan comes down with great power, knowing that his time is short. Especially will his power be exercised upon the remnant. He will war against them, and seek to divide and scatter them, that they may grow weak and be overthrown. The people of God should move understandingly, and should be united in their efforts. They should be of the same mind, of the same judgment; then their efforts will not be scattered, but will tell forcibly in the upbuilding of the cause of present truth. Order must be observed, and there must be union in maintaining order, or Satan will take the advantage.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 210.
“The oneness and unity of God's truth-believing remnant people carries powerful conviction to the world that they have the truth, and are the peculiar, chosen people of God. This oneness and unity disconcerts the enemy, and he is determined that it shall not exist. The present truth, believed in the heart and exemplified in the life, makes God's people one, and gives them a powerful influence.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 327.
So it is God’s will and His truth that His separated people are to unite and organize themselves in church capacity. And if you want to be part of God’s Remnant people and church then you will give up your own ways and opinions in order to humbly obey God and follow this truth!
But let us not deceive ourselves either, because not all who have separated from the apostate and corrupt churches are willing to unite and organize together and become God’s Remnant people and church – even though God is calling for His people to do so. As this is true, then from whom will a great amount of trials and discouragement come to God’s Remnant people as they unite and organize together?
“If we hope to wear the crown, we must expect to bear the cross. Our greatest trials will come from those who profess godliness. It was so with the world's Redeemer; it will be so with His followers. I should doubt whether I were a child of God, if the world, or even all professed Christians, spoke well of me. Those who are in earnest to win the crown of eternal life need not be surprised or disheartened because at every step toward the heavenly Canaan they meet with obstacles and encounter trials. The opposition which Christ received came from his own nation, who would have been greatly blessed had they accepted him. In like manner the remnant church receive opposition from those who profess to be their brethren.” Review and Herald, August 28, 1883.
Now if some among our separated people care so little for what God desires, if they care so little even for their own souls that they have no desire to unite with their fellow brothers and sisters, then so be it! If they are determined in their course of no-unity and no-organization, then let them alone to follow their own ways.
“He would soon either have united with the remnant people of God or been left [to] one side.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 251.
“All who desire to draw away from God's remnant people in order to follow their own corrupt hearts would throw themselves willingly into Satan's hands, and should have the privilege. There are others among us who are in danger. They have an exalted opinion of their own ability, while their influence in many respects has been but little better than that of Elder Hull. Unless they thoroughly reform, the cause would be better off without them. Unsanctified ministers injure the cause and are a heavy tax upon their brethren.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 439.
So what are God’s Remnant people to do with those who continue to preach the devil’s no-unity and no-organization false doctrine which is causing division and dissension among us? Are we to continue to allow them access and influence among our home churches and people by continuing to receive or even pass out their sermons, DVDs, video or audio tapes, newsletters or literature? Are we to continue to support them and further their deceptive work with our tithes, offerings and gifts – even if they appear to be doing a good work for God? What does God say for His Remnant people to do?
“I saw that if God's people in ____ would prosper, they must take a decided position in regard to these things, and thereby cut off the influence of those who are causing distraction and division by teaching sentiments contrary to the body. Such are wandering stars. They seem to emit a little light; they profess and carry along a little truth, and thus deceive the inexperienced. Satan endows them with his spirit, but God is not with them; His Spirit does not dwell in them. Jesus prayed that His disciples might be one, as He is one with the Father, ‘that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.’...
“Had [God’s people]...earnestly sought and labored to be in union with the prayer of Christ, to be one as He is one with the Father, Satan's work would have been defeated. If all had sought to be in union with the body, the fanaticism which has brought so deep a stain upon the cause of present truth...would not have arisen; for it is the result of drawing off from the body, and seeking to have an original, independent faith, regardless of the faith of the body.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 327.
So God’s Remnant people are not to continue to support, receive or pass out any of the sermons, DVDs, video or audio tapes, newsletters, books, booklets or other literature from any Independent or separated Ministry, minister, or individual who is continuing to oppose unity and organization in church capacity among God’s separated people. The influence of such is not to be promoted among us, but “cut off” from among our people, so that their efforts to cause distraction and division among us will be eliminated as much as possible.
Now many of our separated people from around the world have decided to follow God’s will and truth, and we have formed ourselves into one body called the Seventh-day Remnant Church. But this is not a church formed under a hierarchy which controls all entities and members beneath a centralized headquarters. It is a collection of individual home churches, Ministries, ministers and laymembers from around the world who have all chosen to follow God’s will by uniting and working together as one people, seeing eye-to-eye on one faith, and adopting the name Seventh-day Remnant, in order to more quickly hasten Christ’s return.
But is every one who joins with the Seventh-day Remnant church part of this Remnant people of Revelation 12:17? No, because to be part of the Remnant of Revelation 12:17, you must indeed keep all of God’s commandments and indeed follow the Spirit of Prophecy. So those who have chosen to join with us in the SDR church are all to strive to be this Remnant people of Revelation 12:17, but membership with the SDR church does not guarantee your salvation. You must live up to all the light that you know, you must remain faithful to the present truth, you must keep God’s commandments and the Spirit of Prophecy, and you must remain inseparably connected with Christ under any and all trials, opposition, oppression and persecution in order to be saved as His Remnant people and church.
And I tell you honestly, it is such a joy to be united in church capacity with other brothers and sisters who are striving to be the Remnant of Revelation 12:17 – or God’s last day church, so that we can hasten our Lord’s return! And we extend our brotherly and sisterly invitation to others of our separated people, home churches, Ministries and ministers, to come and talk with us, and hopefully we can unite together to more quickly hasten our Lord’s return. No one can do the Lord’s work all by themselves, but united together as one we can then more quickly accomplish great things for our Lord and His kingdom of righteousness.
“Some have advanced the thought that, as we near the close of time, every child of God will act independently of any religious organization. But I have been instructed by the Lord that in this work there is no such thing as every man's being independent....And, in order that the Lord's work may advance healthfully and solidly, His people must draw together.” Testimonies, vol 9, p 258.
Now for those who have and are uniting together into one body, under one faith, adopting one common name and striving to be the Remnant people and church of God listed in Revelation 12:17; what are we to be doing now?
“Mysteries into which angels desire to look, which prophets and kings and righteous men desired to understand, the remnant church will carry in messages from God to the world.” Testimonies, vol 6, p 19.
“As God's people approach the final crisis, they must with increasing power proclaim the message He has given them. The warning must be given to the churches. God's requirements must be laid before those who are transgressing His law. They must be made to understand that this is a life and death question. God's remnant people are to fill the earth with the cry of the third angel.” Review and Herald, July 16, 1901.
“We stand as the remnant people in these last days to promulgate the truth and swell the cry of the third angel's wonderful distinct message, giving the trumpet a certain sound. Eternal truth, which we have adhered to from the beginning is to be maintained in all its increasing importance to the close of probation. The trumpet is to give no uncertain sound. We must devise and plan wisely, practicing simplicity and the strictest economy and manifesting Christ's likeness of character. Faith, eternal faith in the past and in the present truth is to be talked, is to be prayed, is to be presented with pen and voice.” Manuscript Releases, vol 3, p 301.
“The remnant people of God are to endure persecutions. ‘And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ They are to give the warning message against the power represented by ‘the beast.’...The remnant church of God are to give the warning of the third angel to the world: ‘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.’” Signs of the Times, June 18, 1894.
Who is to give the 3rd angel’s message to the world before probation closes? God’s Remnant church and people! Who is to fill this earth with the loud cry? God’s Remnant church and people! Are you one of these Remnant of God? If you are not following God’s will to unite and organize in church capacity with your fellow separated brothers and sisters, then you have a work to do. If you find that you are fighting against the idea of unity and organization among God’s separated people, which is exactly the same message that Satan is preaching, then you have another work to do to cut yourself away from being the agent, medium and advocate of the Devil! And may God have mercy upon you if you continue on in this deceptive and destructive work!
Throughout this series, we have learned the truth that God would have His people to earnestly seek to be united together in one body, having one faith, in order to answer the prayer of Christ. It is through their unity that their characters will be perfected!
“Perfection of character means perfection in unity. ‘That they all may be one,’ Christ said, ‘as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee’ (John 17:21).” Manuscript Releases, vol 11, p 179.
Dear ones, it is because God’s Remnant people are not yet perfect in character that they cannot yet be sealed, and thus this dark world of sin and wickedness continues on! This solemn fact is vividly portrayed in the following testimony:
“I saw four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and were on their way to accomplish it. Jesus was clothed with priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant, then raised His hands, and with a voice of deep pity cried, ‘My blood, Father, My blood, My blood, My blood!’ Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from God, who sat upon the great white throne, and was shed all about Jesus. Then I saw an angel with a commission from Jesus, swiftly flying to the four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and waving something up and down in his hand, and crying with a loud voice, ‘Hold! Hold! Hold! Hold! until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.’
“I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He gave His angels charge over things on the earth; that the four angels had power from God to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let them go; but while their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold, until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads.” Early Writings, p 38.
So why couldn’t the 4 winds be let loosed? Because the Remnant people were not sealed! And why weren’t they sealed? Because they were not yet perfect in character! And why were they not yet prefect in character? Because they were not yet united together as one! I hope you can understand more clearly why Satan is so determined to prevent God’s people from uniting and organizing together as one, and is indeed making war against the Remnant!
But I ask you: how much longer must God hold back these 4 winds because His people will not obey His command to unite together and then perfect their characters so that they can be sealed and not lost? How much longer must God wait for His loud cry message to fill this earth with His glory? How much longer must Jesus wait for His bride to make herself ready? How many more precious souls must lose their lives as servants under Satan, when they could be set free by the truth as it is in Jesus because they have seen it lived in the lives of God’s unified Remnant people? Oh, that our separated people, including those who are opposed to unity and organization among us, will realize how much God is longing for His people to stop being divided, to stop exalting self, and instead to humble themselves and obey God by unifying and pressing together!
God’s Remnant people and church are not a scattered people in these last days before the plagues are poured out. But they are to be a united and organized people bearing one faith on one banner to all the world and who show the love of God for sinners among themselves! Being of one mind, of one heart, and of one judgment is indeed possible, but only through uniting together in church capacity. As long as we remain independent atoms, this unity will never be achieved, Christ’s prayer will never be answered, and thus God’s glory will not fill this earth!
“Let our prayers go forth from unfeigned lips that the union for which our Lord prayed, may be found among his people. All who are united in church capacity, may be of one mind, of one heart, of one judgment, that Satan may not take any fresh advantage of the followers of Christ. We have one faith, one Lord, one God and Father, who is above all, and in you all; then let there be a glorifying of God with one mouth, and one spirit. Where there is union there is strength. United we stand, divided we fall.” Review and Herald, July 10, 1888.
So what can be a motto for God’s separated people to be voicing today? “Where there is union there is strength. United we stand, divided we fall.” Dear one, are you voicing this inspired motto from God? Or are you voicing the infernal motto from Satan and his agents who declare: “Where there is division there is strength. Disorganized we stand, united we fall!” Dear reader, which motto are you voicing – God’s or Satan’s? Who are you really working for in these last days – God or His enemy? Anyone can clearly tell who you are really working for by just examining your position on this subject of unity and organization!
To all those who truly and honestly desire to obey God’s truth and to work for Him in these last days I ask this question: Will you choose to unite in church capacity with those seeking to make up the Remnant people and church of God? Will you join with us for the purpose of glorifying God and filling His kingdom of righteousness with precious souls snatched from the Babylonian ranks of the enemy? You know, the people of the world will accept this invitation, the question is: will you?
“When God's people so fully separate themselves from evil that He can let the light of heaven rest upon them in rich measure, and shine forth from them to the world, then there will be fulfilled, more fully than it has ever been fulfilled in the past, the prophecy of Isaiah, in which the servant of God declared of the remnant church in the last days: ‘The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.’” Review and Herald, March 31, 1910.
“I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant.” Early Writings, p 261.
As this is true, will YOU take your stand with the Remnant? If you are one of the honest in heart who have left the fallen churches, including the apostate SDA church, and have embraced the present truth as it is in Jesus, then we welcome you to come and stand with us. But if you are not honest in heart, and refuse to stand with the Remnant, being determined to remain independent and against organization in church capacity, then may God have mercy upon your soul!
Now in closing, to all those of my dear precious brothers and sisters who have already chosen to follow God and His truth, who have united together in church capacity under the name Seventh-day Remnant and who are striving to make up God’s Remnant people and church, I would say to you all: do not allow any of the Devil’s agents or mediums to try and convince you that you have made a great mistake in doing this – no matter who they are, or how long they have been separated, or how great a work they claim to be doing for God. Because you have not and can never make a mistake in following the revealed will and truth of God!
“When he [Satan] suggests doubts as to whether we are really the people whom God is leading, whom by tests and provings He is preparing to stand in the great day, be ready to meet his insinuations by presenting the clear evidence from the Word of God that this is the remnant people who are keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Review and Herald, April 8, 1884.
So my dear fellow Remnant people, do not listen to any of the Devil’s agents, but instead “arise and shine” and go to work in unitedly spreading the loud cry of the 3rd angel as far and wide as possible. And may God help us all to humbly remain faithful to Him and His truth, and indeed achieve the loving unity and oneness that all heaven has been waiting so long for the Remnant to achieve, so that our characters can be perfected, Christ’s prayer may finally be answered, and the world can then be convinced that God has indeed sent His Son Jesus Christ to save them from their sins and bring lasting change and conversion to their lives. After this takes place, then soon all choices will be made, probation will close, Christ will come and we can then go home. This is my prayer!
We have decided to print and enclose a complimentary copy of a tract that has been long overdue. The tract is titled “Is Your SDA Church Part of Babylon?” It was written by Josh Patula, Adele Sessler and Justin Sessler as part of their Christian training work at Remnant of God Ministry. Lord willing, this tract will become a useful tool in trying to awaken SDA’s to the present truth. Please feel free to xerox and pass out as many copies as you need, or if you prefer to order from us, they are for a suggested donation of only 8 cents each. If you would like to find out more information about this important Christian training work, please contact brother Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lord is continuing to bless our TrueChurchofGod.info Web Site. In the month of January we had 8,012 hits, which were generated by 1,610 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 4,955 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 276 million bits of information were downloaded.
In the month of February we had 8,244 hits, which were generated by 1,446 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 4,894 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 281 million bits of information were downloaded!
So for these past 2 months, over 558 million bits of information were downloaded from our Gospel Truth Web Site by over 3,000 visitors!
The Lord is also abundantly blessing our LightMinistries.com Web Site! In the month of January we had 123,529 hits, which were generated by 17,215 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 57,684 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 6.9 billion bits of information were downloaded.
In the month of February we had 120,515 hits, which were generated by 17,491 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 51,286 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 6.3 billion bits of information were downloaded!
So for these past 2 months alone, over 13.3 billion bits of information were downloaded from our Present Truth Web Site by over 34,700 visitors! MAY GOD'S HOLY NAME BE PRAISED!!
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 Patula. Please feel free to come and fellowship with others of like faith and enjoy the spiritual uplifting experience. You can also stay after the church service and be able to chat with brothers and sisters, as well as visitors, from around the world. Many come away with their questions answered, their hearts uplifted and filled with gratefulness for all that God has and is doing for His people! If you would like to fellowship with us, go to www.RemnantofGod.org/pogmchat.htm.
TO OUR SUPPORTERS: Please know that "Let There Be Light" Ministries is not using your support to build itself up into a kingdom, nor are we trying to acquire expensive video, TV or shortwave facilities. But we are trying to spread the truth as quickly and economically as possible. Please also know that you have played an important part in helping spread the Present Truth into various parts of this world, including through the printed page, through the living full-time workers and ministers we sponsor, and also through our Web Sites on the internet. This is how the Loud Cry of the third angel will be spread, and is now being spread! If the Lord impresses you to help in these endeavors, your donations and prayers will be greatly appreciated, and not just by this Ministry. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU!
"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; DVD, 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 native 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
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Fiji.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
KENYA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Kenya.
M Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to PNG.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in PNG.
M A small portable speaker system for street preaching.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Used SOP books.
M Clothes to pass out to naked villagers.
M Laptop computer to help with evangelism and work–$550.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Philippines.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Philippines.
M Printing 100,000 tracts in Philippines--$1,450.
UGANDA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets to Uganda.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Uganda.
M Printing 100,000 tracts in Uganda--$1,600.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
M Monthly operating expenses for the publication work already established there.
M Start up costs to open a Health Center and Herbal Store--$6,000.
M Donations of any amount to help with construction of a home–$12,000 total cost.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Donations of any amount to help purchase a vehicle–$6,000 total cost.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zimbabwe.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Zimbabwe.
M Computer for translation work–$600.
M Donations of any amount to help with construction of a home–$12,000 total cost.
M Cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Donations of any amount to help purchase a vehicle–$6,000 total cost.
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
Is this (that is taking place in the world) sounding at all familiar with what I've been talking about, with one world government and one world bank, with the book I'm re-reading called to Be God Of One World? It's all coming together quickly, but God IS IN CONTROL. But I still think it's good to know what we're looking at as it happens.
Dear Elder Robert Sessler,
Many Christian greetings from Tanzania. I take this opportunity to write this e-mail to you. I am too busy even to update you on what is going on in this part of the globe.
We went in ____ village in August, 2008. We made our presentations and almost all except one refused the Present Truth. People told us that we were confused. We left the place as total failures. After six months, I went back. To my surprise, I found more than 20 men who have gone to the extent of burning their Sabbath School lessons and left the harlot SDA Church. They had taken the booklets even to the islands where I have never dreamed to go. Coming from ____ (____ parts of Tanzania), I visited ____...I left about 30 sincere Truth seekers in December, 2008. When I went back, I found more than 40 souls who are ready even for baptism. My mother-in-law was one of them and she had been disfellowshipped from the SDA Church for embracing the truth. She promised to give about US $1,000.00 by ____ for printing booklets to distribute in the district.
From there I traveled to the ____ city, ____, where they had called me for discussing on various topics. I went there immediately even before having enough time to rest. As soon as I reached there, my hosts had booked a room for me in a Hotel where I spent 4 days. They had accumulated thousands of questions. They had surfed much of your web-site and they were looking for someone who has been doing the translations in Kiswahili. I told them that I was the one. They had already printed many pamphlets and distributed them to their relatives. On the Sabbath I attended their services. They numbered more than 30. Whatever I had they took it. On the Sabbath we failed even to eat, just discussing. One of those who had hosted the meeting told me that you (Let There Be Light Ministries) have punished the SDA Church mercilessly. All in all, I came back last week very tired. While there, I made arrangements with them and they have agreed to produce 2000 booklets for distributing in the capital city by the end of ____ 2009. (Editor’s Note: may God indeed be praised!) Pray for the success of this plan. The booklets we are producing are not in good quality, but we are pushing on. We hope to buy a strong paper cutter for trimming the booklets.
As soon as I came back, I worked on the translation, however, I expect to edit the two chapters by this week. I am very tired because of the movements I have done in the past two months. The day after tomorrow, my fellow worker will be going to ____ to meet with more than 10 people in a baptismal class. They began taking the documents I was preparing since 2007 and have called me to go there. However, I am tired and I told my fellow worker to there instead.
Yours in the Blessed Hope, B.T., Tanzania.
My dear Elder Robert Sessler
I feel grateful to have managed to write you again after a long time. Thank you so much for the November-December Newsletter that I last received in December last year. The letter is really informative. I managed to print four copies for the other home churches here.
Would you please, means permitting that is, send me...DVDs...The ones you sent to brother ____ have been very useful so far, but I have to take them back to him for his evangelism programs at his home church. We are now living a great distance apart now with the brother and I would be really grateful to receive a full set of our own here. I have also managed to lend the one on the Ten Virgins to two of my friends who are still with the SDA church. They all appreciated the message contained therein. So, this is the reason why I would like to acquire a full set for circulation purposes also here....
Otherwise, greet your family and that of brother Garry Cain (not sure of the spelling). Have a blessed Sabbath preparation then.
Mrs. H.S., Zimbabwe.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
(Combination of 2 letters) 1 John 3:1.
Greetings in the name of the Lord.
Hi Bro Bob.
Sorry for the delay in sending my reports. This month has been a very busy time for me since I have been looking after my granddaughter who is just 7 months old. But I thank the Lord for giving me the strength, the will and most of all the power to do His will.
Work here in Fiji is moving forward, right now I am doing translations of the tracts while my grandson whom I have mentioned earlier is distributing tracts now. That he went down to the western side of the country, he came back with his story saying that it was a great experience for him, it encourages him to do more for the Lord.
We have been experiencing changes of climates here, in one day the weather can change 3 times, like in the morning it will be so fine and all of a sudden black clouds with strong winds and heavy rain, looks like its gonna be a hurricane, and the rain and wind just stops again and out comes the sunshine.
You know, bro Bob, this is always my message to my children and my grandchildren that the God we are serving is such a loving God cause He wants all His children to inherit external life, He gives us a sign to warn us beforehand. I tell them that the end is right in front of us so we have to be prepared. So we need your prayers. Thank you for the e-mails.
Eight Churches, my son got it from his email. My son has been receiving messages from you through emails, and I thank you for that because he has been a back slider. But I know that the Holy Spirit is working in him through you....
Well this month has been a very exciting month for me, I was so thrilled to see and prove what the Bible has said in Titus 3:4-6. My sister, and all of my children and their children and the couples whom I was sharing with them Spirit of Prophecy Books and their children, we (all) spent the Sabbath together at home. It was the first Sabbath in the month of December, and so I called ____ to come over and so he did and we were blessed with the message he shared to us.
The couple I am talking about is our neighbour, and now they are keeping the Sabbath. They were member of a group called CCC, and they said that they don’t feel right with what they teach, until they read the books Great Controversy and Desire of Ages and I also gave the lady a book. “Life At Its Best,” by E.G. White. Her comment was “when I read that book it gives me peace.” Praise the Lord. Isn’t that was His promise (is), that He will give peace which the world cannot give? And they were given also a set of the D.V.D. to help them. They were so happy.
Well life here is going to be very hard cause we were hit with hurricane and flooding and people losing their homes, and their only hopes is their crops in the plantation, and also losing lives. But we thank the Lord for where we are living in now is not flooded, even though we are close to the ____ river.
So in times like this people will have no where else to look to but “Up Ward” to the Lord.
So we need your prayers so that Lord can help us in whatever small things we are doing to help the people know Christ and glorify him.
May God bless you. S.K., Fiji Islands.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear elder Robert,
General Christian greetings in Jesus’ name.
I wish you a happy new year. The old year with its burden of record has passed into eternity. Now let every thought every feeling be that of remembrance of God’s love . Lets gather up one token after another…(and) draw from God’s promises all that peace, that comfort, that hope that will develop in us the fruits of peace, joy and faith. And by bringing these promises into our own light we bring then always into the lives of others. Then let us appropriate these promises to ourselves. They are like the precious flowers in the garden of God.
To review last years work, I can say that the (whole year) ended fine with great fruits. We had two camp meetings on December for the close of the year, one was in Western Kenya from 05th - 14th of December. This was the year end camp for the Remnants of Western Kenya which I had told you last time. In that camp, ____ spake of the plans of our faith which most of them never knew, even church history which impressed them very much. ____ spake of the glory of God, while I spake of the grace of God.
The camp ended wonderfully, and we invited them to our end year camp at ____ which they joyfully attended. We were all happily united as one team. They could not wish to leave us for we were a great comfort to them, for they are of old age as Paul who needed Timothy and Titus. They were a comfort to us very much (as well) because they were as Elijah to Elisha while thy have fought the Christian warfare since (separated in) 1970. They need new strength from us of (those who separated in) 1990.
I am thanking you greatly and the Lord who had impressed those who donated for our support which helped us very much. Those camp meetings could not have succeeded without that support. Some among us we could not have found a means of traveling to Western Kenya, but God is God....
I'm very much sorry that I have delayed to report to you that the support came and helped us very much for the work. May God bless whoever donated for that support.
The progress of the work here is not so much successful, but the Lord is helping us to push forward even though there are some misunderstandings from those who have withdrawn from us. We hope the Lord will help those who are with us and those who have newly united with us.
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear bro. Bob,
Praise be to God who ever have us in His minds. I’m grateful He has remembered us yet again. I believe there is no bleak future with Him.
This last weekend were at ____ for a meeting with our brethren from Western (parts). We had a blessed Sabbath, and a joint planning meeting thereafter. These brothers have been a great blessing, especially after our brethren ____ and ____ left us (in) joining Sabbath Rest. Praise be to God who thus encourages His trusting children.
Work is vigorously opening in ____ where now many of our booklets are required. Unfortunately our stocks have been depleted. Now that we've not been enabled to reprint them here. Would you please, by God's grace, send in more? May God bless His work abundantly....
I’m also glad to learn that sister ____ is holding on in spite of the difficulties. I will surely write to her a little later....
Our mission to ____ seems to be going on well. We were there for a weekend Bible Institute which ended well. Our relationship with them is growing stronger. We are praying that God brings us into closer working union.
This is one field that is now demanding many of our booklets which currently we have none. For this reason we are once again making this special request that you send more booklets with the present truth....
Thank you too for the materials you sent to ____ in Nairobi. He is doing a good work, and there is a call from there for us to visit them. We are looking into it, if we can before we go to Camp in April.
Thank you for now, and may (God) be more gracious to you all.
2 Cor 12:9, B.I., Kenya.
FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Dear elder Bob, Christian greetings.
Thought for today: “As the shepherds leads his flock over the rocky hills, through forests and wild ravines, to grassy nooks by the river side, as he watches them on the mountains through the lonely night, shielding from robberies, caring tenderly for the sickly and feeble, his life comes to be one with theirs…”
Trip To ____, (____ District). March 02-18 2009:
____ people are known as a back page (backwards) and unfortunate people living in the forests, ravine and in the high mountains isolating themselves from the goods and services from the PNG Government. They lived 10 miles away (12 hrs walk) from the naked people.
It took us 6 days to reach out our destination from home (____) to ____ church, (____ District). Two (2) days on the vehicle and four (4) days by foot. The journey we get through was very tough and unsafed up into the high mountains, ravines and into the wild forest in the heavy rain session. The Lord has (been) good to us that He has provide us an extra care and we all arrived safely to our destination without hurt or sickness.
We were glad to meet some faithful flocks there and they warmly welcoming us home as the elderly folks shed their tears of joy.
We spend almost 2 weeks with them enjoin (beginning one) week evangelistic program. On Friday 13th March, we dedicate a small beautiful church building size enough to hold 40 members. On Sabbath another ordinance took place, which is leaders and child ordination and after the Sabbath service I gave more counseling on family and body management. 21 faithful senior members plus children with one fulltime self Supporting Missionary of the SDR church faithfully upholding the everlasting gospel and patiently waiting for the soon coming of our wonderful Lord and Saviour.
All of the donated money for the clothes for last year has been directed to these people as well as naked people. Their Missionary appreciates and thanks LTBL donors on behalf of his people for the clothes donated to them. The bad weather did not allow me to visit the naked villages, but I promised them to return back some times during the fine weather.
Their priority needs at this moment is; Training and portable PA Systems to evangelizing in their areas.
I promised to provide a training combining the 3 main Districts, ____, ____ and ____ District in ____ 2009. But I cannot afford them with the PA Systems, and now I am appealing to any interested believers who can donate funds to meet their desperate hunger. Your donation to this faithful folks is much appreciate.
May the good Lord be with you all unto the end.
Report, from P.K., Papua New Guinea.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
(Combination of 4 letters) Dear Bro Bob,
1 John 3:1.
Hi! Happy New Year! How are you now? Me: well I'm doing fine through the help and guidance of our Lord....
Anyway, I continue on doing in my humble way through the leadings of the Holy Spirit the work that the Lord entrusted me to do. Last Sabbath I went to ____. I visited our brethren there and then studied with them. And also we were able to invite some people, and I was given a chance to share with them our message especially the three angel's message and about Sabbath. Tomorrow I will be going to ____ to spend Sabbath with our brethren there and studied together with them. We have several youths there who are spending Sabbaths just in the park, so I will visit them and studied with them. Please continue to pray for us here. May God be glorify as we humbly do His work....
Anyway, Bro Bob we just came back from ____. We...visited our brethren in ____ last January 31 and spend Sabbath with them. Glad to see them again. We were very happy also that the 2 young sisters were able to attend when we were there and were able to studied with them again. We haven't seen them for a very long time. We just spend Sabbath in the park. After our morning Sabbath service and after eating our lunch, we go around giving out tracts with the people. The kids were very happy while doing a little missionary work for the Lord, but sometimes they look sad when some people refused to accept what they are giving. But we told them that its okay. Those people will realize someday how important those pamphlets (were) that they rejected.
On the afternoon, we continue our studies. We studied together about the Babylon issue because some requested to tackle it again for the benefit of the others who are not yet establish on this issue. We went home very happy and refreshed as we met again with our brothers and sisters there.
Yesterday, February 7, my supposed visit in our brethren in ____, ____, but it was postponed because we were able to talk and share with our new friends. The guy is a Catholic and his wife is an SDA. We invited them to spend the whole Sabbath in our house with us together with their 3 children and they accepted our invitation. We shared with them the three angels’ message, especially giving more time sharing about the Sabbath because the guy has so many questions about Sabbath.
On the afternoon, I had a chance to talk with the wife alone about the issue of coming out from SDA church. She asked so many questions (such as) why do we need to come out from the church and what are the reasons? I shared to her all the reasons why we came out according to the light that has revealed in His word. I showed to her through the help of the Holy Spirit that God is calling us to come out from sin and from all the fallen churches. I also shared to her that the SDA church was no longer the people of God because she already apostatized from the truth, she rejected the Lord and His truth and was converted to the world. This couple has an open mind and heart and I am hoping and praying that they will continue in searching what is truth. We invited them again for study and they are much willing. So please include these precious souls in all your prayers....
I had contacted already bro ____ but no reply yet, and I am still waiting for his response.
About God's work here, my husband and I are sharing and giving studies for almost a month now to several people, both SDA's and non-SDA's. We'd been sharing for (to) 4 SDA's about the present truth, especially about the issue of Babylon and separation, and they attended and observe the Sabbath with us for 3 Sabbaths already. As we presented to them through the word of God how the church became corrupt and harlot, they do agreed that it was really true. And as they are spending Sabbaths with us, the church where they belong are being alarm now and these people were threatened by the church leader and pastor. We are hoping and praying that they will continue to search out for the truth and at last will firmly stand for it.
Also, there are several youth who also attended Sabbath with us, and every Sabbath another new faces were added to hear the truth. Most of them are Catholics and others are born again Christians. We were very glad to meet these people and had an opportunity to share the truth with them. We are praying that all these souls will be convicted by the Holy Spirit to receive the truth. We know that end is fast nearing, and may God help us and give us power in proclaiming the truth to those around us. Please continue to pray for our work here especially include these souls into your prayers.
This coming Sabbath we will be having a fellowship here in ____. We will meet all our brethren here in ____ and we also invited these souls that we are sharing and they are willing to come also. Also this coming April 5-11, our brethren in ____ will be having a camp meeting and they are inviting us to come and attend there. We are praying that God will provide and help us in doing His work. May His name be praised always!...
Thank you Bro bob for helping us buy Bibles and SOP. I bought already sets of Tagalog SOP and I gave some of it to our new members. I thank God for answering our prayers. And thank you also bro for all your prayers and support.
The 4 souls (all are SDA's) that I told you in my last letter that we'd been sharing and giving studies, had decided to accept the present truth and to stand with us in the Lord. (Editor’s Note: that is wonderful news!) Last week, they were being presented to a (SDA church) board meeting, and there they told the panel that they are requesting that their names be removed from the church book and they told to the board their reason. But the pastor and their former brethren don't want that their names be removed. And they were threatened and falsely accused by these people, and they'd been persecuted also in some way. But they are not affected by all of these. They are very eager to stand firm for the truth and to learn and study more about it. Now they spend Sabbath with us. Please continue to pray for them.
We'd been sharing also to some Baptist members. We already talked about the law, especially the Sabbath. We also tackled some of our differences in belief and faith. I hope and pray that God will open their eyes that they may see the truth.
This coming April 5-11 (as I mentioned), we will be having a camp meeting in ____ in ____. We are praying that God will bless us in this camp meeting and will pour to us His Spirit as He has promised.
Till here for now. May God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.
In Christ, S.B., Philippines.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Elder Sessler,
Thanks alot for the second batch of the Bibles. We thank God for the giver of the funds as it is said it is more blessed to give than to receive. More thanks for the support and your earnest prayers which I believe our heavenly Father takes note of.
It happens that I had written a report which I thought I had sent only to (find) out it is not sent and lost.
The Lord has been good. Made some few journeys for His name sake and calls are still coming, but some power seems to be holding me back which I kindly ask for the prayers of all the brothers and sisters that side and elsewhere (for God to deliver me from these hinderances). I had heeded your call to write to sr, ____, save the same strange power still holds me back and I want to have break through in this matter, the Lord to quicken me.
____ was brought (with us) this side. She is with us (and) we are trying all that is within our reach to help her, but she was brought at the threshhold of death or point of death. She was not eating, but at moment there is some change. She can sit by herself and she (is) trying to eat and drink. Sr. ____ was again brought to hospital after having convulsions. She decided to move to country life (and) at the moment she (is) being monitored there. After (some time), God willing, she get back to the village.
____ is with us. He had gone to seek for green pastures around ____, but things have not worked out well (for) him. We will try to help him do driving course. As funds will be got we may be able to help him do that.
Visited ____, he (is) trying to do some translation work on tracts. Talked over the issue of work.
It has not been easy, the work is some how stalled, but we still trust in the Author of this grand work to open lots of avenue to reach out. There are serious signs of the Lord to do that in the near future....
Yours in Christ, B.K., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dearest Elder Bob,
Greetings to you and the brethren with you in the home church.
The great Lord is with us all here in ____. From the time we started our new home worship here we have been having new visitors coming to congregate with us. So far by His grace we have been joined with by two sisters and one br. from the SDA (who) also is interested with our truths. Pray with us that many may hear these truths....
My brother, thank you for the great support on (the) nutritional project. I have made orders from br. ____ in South Africa and from Malawi for these books. I will send the copies of the receipts soon after these materials are in my hands. Last week I passed through the District Health Director's office and was told by the secretary that the introduction letter you sent reached the Director and he wants me to meet him tomorrow on 17th, Feb, 2009 to get the final programme for the the hospital and the clinics. Br. Bob, the rate of ART patients is growing speedily and many of our brethrens are dying, not because of the disease, but due to lack of knowledge of the right nutritional food stuff they need for their immune system to boost (back) up....Thank you again for this support because it will help many. I will give you the details of what the DHD will say to me.
I really want to do a lot in this medical work as I have discovered that this is the great method in preaching to many. I will also write many pamphlets on Food and Nutrition. It has saved my wife and family, and I want to help others too. Pray for me and the programme so that we can also help these people with the very food stuff that they are missing....
Br. Bob, I read the letter you sent to me so that I can get in touch with Sr. ____ of Malawi. Am making communications and waiting for the rains to end in April, (then) God willing I plan to go there the first week of ____ 2009. When I was there last year the home churches requested that I should go there for Health lessons, this the same request (I) am receiving now, and I want to visit Sr. ____ and stay with her in her home and worship with her....
...I want to say thank you again for all that you are doing for the church and my family in publishing our requests for the shelter (in) Zambia. The letter of introduction you wrote for me has been welcomed with two heavy hands by both the District Health Director and his management. They almost gave me 20 clinics to work there, but I only accepted to take 5 to start with. And the big general hospital where ____ is doing her nursing training got this news from the DHD, and they have also requested that I should extend my programme to them. I will be sending the letters from them to you soonest. (Editor’s Note: May God be praised for this open door, and may He abundantly bless your efforts in restoring health to the sick and especially opening their hearts for the present truth.)
The only thing (I) am praying for is the great Lord to help me through your office with some money for fuel to be covering these areas. I need about 30 litres of petrol per week (about $30 US) to cover all the 6 centres. I will soon give you the statistics of the patients. Kindly pray for this programme as many souls will be meet....
God be with you and with all the sponsors, and that we may start receiving support for the house project as we are really in trouble by mosquitoes in this house with (its) open windows and doors (where) we are staying in (now)....
I have been receiving calls from a family of Sr. ____ of ____ rural (area) where we had gone for a week seminar with brethren from here. There is a big home church and many members. The leader is Elder ____. This family has a sister who is HIV patient and they are requesting that I should go there and pick up the parents to go and meet this sister in ____ about 1000+km from ____. This sister is one of us in faith, and I meet her when she was in ____ the time we where there.
My great request from brethren is that you keep this case in prayers and as I go and meet her she may receive help both physically and spiritually. The condition is bad. This is why am always praying that the Lord may help the means for me to open up a herbal clinic. I have a lot to do in the medical field, but brethren I lack the means to start a full programme which I believe will even preach to many when this is done....
Pray for me for all this work to be accomplished. God be with you all.
Your br. in faith, B.W., Zambia.
FROM ZIMBABWE, AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
Greetings with Ephesians 6:21.
Hope this one has found you well in the Lord into this new year, and is my prayer that the lapse of time should also correspondingly see the preparedness of the church of God for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh, how I wish I should have given you this update earlier, but it was not so due to Network problems and the daily rise in costs for the Internet. Nevertheless, the whole month of December was lined up with a series of progressive Bible studies, both with SDAs and non-SDAs. And I praise God that much of these studies were largely generated by the DVD evangelism....
Well, I thank God for keeping me through thick and thin in this most trying world. Even though I had many many problems to encounter in accomplishing my duties, I have also something to say on the progress of the work in this part of the globe.
I am pleased that about three former SDAs whom I had ministered unto previously in the ____ home church have finally been healed of their blindness of not seeing their harlotrous love affair with the church. These I am pleased to report that they have finally separated, and I am still having a lot to do with them to establish them in this message. I am doing this noble work together with the ____ brethren.
I have also begun to launch a program to spread our message more faster in schools and hospitals. I have already found favor in most schools by being given an opportunity to preach in these institutions at appointed periods every week. However I am experiencing transport problems that sometimes I fail to meet the time allocated to me due to my slow movements that I wish if I could get a car of my own (and then not have to rely on the help of others, or upon hiring a vehicle)....
Pleased to write to you this time of the year and that you have not lost sight of me in everything pertaining to my welfare. I am also pleased that you have attempted to address my brethren that are here in Zimbabwe on the name issue, and this will give me more confidence to approach the throne of mercy without fear pleading for these same brethren. May the name of Lord be glorified for that.
However, I am facing a lot of challenges in this work that sometimes I am constrained not to let you know even though it is necessary. To this end, I am hardly getting enough time to communicate with you due to lack of resources. I have even decided to send to you my reports after every two months because of that. On that same note, I have also managed to get a broken computer from a brother in Namibia which I thought could be repaired so as to continue translation work. Now its getting difficult to do so due to lack of resources. I appreciates that this need you had enlisted me on the Foreign Mission Needs in the Newsletter. But believe me, my heart really goes out burning to see this work completed.
I have also the perspective that I need a permanent home of my own for the welfare of my family since I got the much needed residential stand. I wish if I could get some help to do the building. This would greatly reduce costs that are unnecessary in renting a house all the time. I am also failing to pay for my postal box that these two previous newsletters I have not been able to get them. I only need about $24 for that. I am now working without literature to distribute and I hope you saw my e-mail asking for some. I am not saying you are not doing your utmost best you can toward meeting some of these challenges, but it is because in most cases I fear to overburden you with so much demands. So I am appealing for help from well-wishers from all the corners of the globe.
I hope you have seen my report in which I sited also the need even of a second hand vehicle at least from the brethren who are being blessed richly (and) who may need to donate. This will help a lot to travel more faster to accomplish my duties as now the work itself is beginning to be more demanding. I also want to praise the Lord that some brethren from UK are intending to donate Bibles here for the furtherance of the gospel in Zimbabwe. Please help me in praying for that.
Yours in Christ, B.N., Zimbabwe.