"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
November - December, 2010
"There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is 'PRESENT TRUTH' that the flock needs now." Early Writings, p 63.
Elder: robert sessler
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
...AND GOD SPOKE THESE WORDS
In the beginning of this series we amazingly saw that the Lord God Michael decided to personally speak with His own majestic voice to all of His followers gathered before Mount Sinai to prove to them that He really existed. It was at this time that the Lord God Michael audibly spoke each one of His 10 commandments.
In part 1 we examined the first 4 commandments of God, and in part 2 we examined the remaining 6 commandments. In part 3, we discovered that this was not the last time in which the Lord God Michael had personally spoken to any of His people at Sinai, but He had also called Moses to the top of the Mount and personally revealed to him His glory and declared: “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7).
Thus the Lord God Michael audibly declared to Moses 9 different aspects of His glorious character. In our last Newsletter we examined the first 7 of these aspects of the glory or way or character of the Lord God Michael, and now we will continue on with the 8th aspect.
#8 – The Lord God Michael “will by no means clear the guilty”. Now this particular aspect of the Lord God Michael’s glory is so in-depth and so full of meat and substance that some precious souls may find it difficult to take it all in. So we encourage you to please take a few moments to ask for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth.
So the Lord God Michael “will by no means clear the guilty”. The Hebrew word for “clear” used here is “naqah”, which translates and means “to be clean, acquit, be blameless, be free, leave unpunished” (Strong’s, word #5352). Now even though we earlier discovered that the Lord God is merciful and willing to forgive all types of sin, because He is “slow to anger, and great in power...[yet He] will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nahum 1:3), or make blameless or cleanse any who refuses to admit or confess that they have sinned. So even though the Lord God indeed loves all of His creation, yet He will not allow any unrepentant sinner to go free and leave them unpunished for each and every one of their unconfessed sins. And what ultimate punishment will the unrepentant sinner receive? “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.
Now the Lord God Michael does not just threaten death to all sinners who refuse to give up their evil ways, but then when it comes time to carry out the sentence He instead turns the other way and refuses to execute the guilty. Nor will the Lord God look the other way and let escape from punishment any of His followers who may have confessed and repented of their sins, but who then go back and commit the same sins over again in a never-ending cycle of sin and repent, sin and repent. All who continue to commit sin, irregardless of whether they are pagan or one of His closest followers, will be punished for their continued sinning.
“O wicked man, thou shalt surely die;...if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity...[and] When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” Ezekiel 33:13.
Yet the Lord God Michael does not want to see a single one of His precious creation perish in their sins, because “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). And neither is God just waiting around until our probation closes and we are doomed, but He is doing all He can to awaken us and help us to recognize and repent of all our sins, so that we can then turn from our wicked ways and find life.
There are several ways in which the Lord God Michael helps us sinners to recognize and repent of all our sins. One way is by sending us warnings of what punishments and judgments are coming upon all disobedient and wicked souls.
“Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee...against all the nations...It may be that...[they] will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.” Jeremiah 36:2-3.
So through all these warnings, the Lord God Michael is mercifully and lovingly reaching out to all sinners in all the nations of this world before these punishments fall upon them so that they can find shelter and safety by returning to the Lord and finding free forgiveness by confessing and repenting for all their sins.
Another way in which the Lord God Michael helps us sinners to recognize and repent of all our sins is by leaving us to suffer some of the punishment and afflictions now, while He patiently and eagerly waits for us to wake up and come to Him.
“I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” Hosea 5:15.
Thus through these punishments and afflictions, the Lord God Michael is mercifully and lovingly reaching out to all sinners with just a slight taste of what greater afflictions and punishments are heading their way. So instead of withholding all punishment until our probation closes when it would then be too late for us to repent and find forgiveness, Michael allows us sinners to suffer through some punishments now so that we can have a precious chance to wake up and find shelter and safety by returning to the Lord and finding free forgiveness by confessing and repenting for all our sins. And the punishments and afflictions the Lord God Michael allows to come to us now, are definitely less in intensity than what we really deserve!
“And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God has punished us less than our iniquities deserve...Should we again break thy commandments...? Wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?” Ezra 9:12-14.
So the Lord God Michael mercifully punishes sinners less than they deserve in an effort of trying to awaken them to stop breaking His commandments. But should any refuse to awaken and repent with that particular lite level of punishment, then Michael does not give up but will mercifully continue to increase the intensity of the next round of punishments in hopes that we will then be led to repentance. And this cycle of increasing the intensity of punishments will continue on until we either humbly choose to repent and find everlasting forgiveness, or rebelliously cling to our sins until there is no way of escaping from suffering total destruction!
Therefore even though the Lord God Michael is full of goodness and forbearance and is longsuffering towards all sinners, including you dear one, yet you must also understand “that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Should you still refuse to repent through “thy hardness and impenitent heart”, then you must also know that God “will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:6). This plainly reveals that the punishment for every sin you have committed is not being forgotten, but is actually accumulating and treasuring “up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5). All unrepentant sinners, as well as those of God’s followers who cannot live without sinning, will suffer punishment for every one of their sins.
Now we have discovered that the Lord God Michael tremendously loves both the unrepentant sinner as well as His sinning follower, that He is longsuffering towards all their waywardness against Him and His law, and mercifully does everything He can do in trying to win them back from all their evil ways. Yet if they choose not to return to Him seeking forgiveness and the washing away of their guilt; if they do not seek His strength to remain free from sinning and gain eternal life, then He sorrowfully accepts their decision, regretfully passes judgment upon them, and then angrily punishes them with the eternal death they chose more than enjoying everlasting life with Him.
This then clearly shows us that the Lord God Michael does not lie by giving idle threats, but is truthful and means exactly what He says. It also proves what we learned previously that the Lord God is not a hypocrite that says one thing and then does another. But the Lord God is impartial, is no respecter of persons, and does not play favorites.
Also, as love “thinketh no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5), then the Lord God Michael does not and will not believe that we are guilty of committing all kinds of sin and wickedness just because we may be accused of doing so, but He will only attribute guilt for those actual sins we did in fact commit! The Lord God Michael promises that “every man shall be put to death for his own sin” (Deuteronomy 24:16), and not for the sins which he may alone be accused of, but is not guilty of committing.
But this now raises the question of how are the actual sins of each and every human being ever born on this earth kept track of?
“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalms 139:16.
So this tells us that as soon as the egg becomes fertilized and conception occurs, the Lord God begins documenting this new living human being in a book – even though their body form has not yet taken shape. In this heavenly book is found recorded everything about this particular individual – from the very beginning of life and whether they were born handicapped or perfectly normal, and continues recording all the way unto the end of their life. Thus in this book is found recorded all of “their works” or actions or deeds throughout life (Revelation 20:12), including “every secret thing” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) such as the thoughts and motives that led them to act the way they did. This book further indicates whether their thoughts, motives and actions were “good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) according to the standard of God’s “commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
But this personal book records more than just the good and bad thoughts and deeds of each individual. It records all of their travels and “wanderings” throughout life (Psalms 56:8). It records every one of the “tears” they shed or sorrows they suffered (Psalms 56:8). And “when He writeth up the people” God even records in their book “that this man was born there” (Psalms 87:6) in the city of “Babylon” (Psalms 87:4) – the most wickedest of places, or that this person was born there in the most godly of places, such as “Zion” (Psalms 87:5). This means even the influences we grew up around and conditions we lived in, which helped to form our character in either a bad and crooked way, or in a good and solid way, are noted in this book. Thus this personal heavenly book records all the seen and unseen details that dealt with every minute and intricate aspect of the life of each human individual which led them towards developing the particular kind of character that made them who they are.
So every human being on this earth has a record book that documents their actions and life experiences, and it is kept secure in heaven beyond the reach of mankind. Therefore it does not matter what your relatives, loved ones, friends, acquaintances, or even enemies may wrongly say about you. It does not matter if your motives are misjudged, or if you are falsely accused, or even if your name is cast out as evil by the entire world. This is because just like Job in all which he endured, though innocent of any wrong doing, you can know that “my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high” (Job 16:19). Thus you can take comfort in the fact that God is not being misled, and that the truth will eventually come out in the end.
Therefore, as each and every person ever conceived on this earth has their own book in heaven documenting everything about them, then there must be billions of different books. But why keep such a detailed and intricate written record in the first place? It is so that an honest and just sentence of either eternal life or eternal death can be passed by the Lord God Michael upon each human being that is based upon the undisputed facts of truth found documented in their record book.
But some may be wondering why it is the Lord God Michael who passes judgment upon the guilty, and not the Almighty Lord God of heaven Himself who is above Michael in divine authority? It all has to do with the plan of salvation.
When Adam and Eve chose to sin in the garden of Eden and deserved the penalty of death, the loving heart of the Lord God Michael was touched to try and save them and mercifully allow them another chance to be faithful to God when again tempted to break His commandments. Michael then chose to carry out a devised plan that amazingly would legally delay their death penalty, give them and their offspring this second chance to show their obedience to God, while providing them with total forgiveness and full cleansing from their sins and saving them from the death penalty.
But this plan of salvation involved the Lord God Michael becoming a human being and then living His human life in such a way that would always please God by keeping all of His commandments. If Michael proved successful in carrying out this plan, then Adam and Eve’s failure to keep God’s commandments would be redeemed, and all of sinful humanity could be legally saved from sin and death.
Now so far throughout this series we have been dealing within the limited time frame of the children of Israel at Mount Sinai some 3000 years ago. “But when the fulness of the time was come” (Galatians 4:4), the Lord God Michael left heaven, was miraculously born or “brought forth” (Matthew 1:25) into the human family as the eldest or “firstborn son” (Matthew 1:25) of His human virgin mother Mary (Luke 1:27; Matthew 1:18) – thus becoming “the son of man” (Matthew 16:13). And at the very same time Michael also became “the only begotten Son” (John 3:18) of the Almighty God of heaven – who was now His Father. So the Lord God Michael was not only just a God, but He was also now a human in one Being! The Lord God Michael “was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14): He actually became one of His own human creation – just like Adam and you and me and all mankind, and thus He was both the Son of man and the Son of God at the same time.
Having the Almighty God as His real Father, Michael’s human nature was without the slightest taint of sin. But having Mary as His real human mother was a very different matter. Mary had inherited a fallen human nature from her ancestors that could be traced all the way back to Adam and Eve (compare Joseph’s ancestral line in Matthew 1:1-16 with the ancestral life recorded in Luke 3:23-38 and notice the differences, then realize that “Heli” in Luke 3:23 had to be Mary’s father, which then made Joseph, Heli’s son, or more correctly his son in law), and therefore she needed “God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46) in order to save her from her sins and death. So even though Mary was a virgin, yet she had a fallen sinful human nature which was then unavoidably passed on to Michael’s human nature, thus subjecting Him to the same inward desires and urges towards sin that is common to all of fallen humanity. So while Michael’s human nature was pure and spotless without any personal sin, yet He humbly took on Him our sinful nature and thereby was subject and “touched with the feeling of our infirmities...[and] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
So I hope you can see the great risk that the Lord God Michael was taking by becoming human and living in our sinful nature in order to save all of mankind. Should Michael fail in His humanity and commit the slightest sin, then all of humanity was doomed. But it would not just be humanity that was doomed for destruction, because Michael Himself would also be a sinner and thus would have to be destroyed right along with them. And the One who would be forced to destroy Michael, along with all the rest of sinners, would be His own Father – the Almighty God – which would have devastated God and all of heaven for ever. So you can see that there was a lot at stake, and Michael was risking a tremendous amount in voluntarily choosing to carry out this amazing plan of salvation.
After Michael was born the son of man and the Son of God, His human “name was called [Joshua, (which in Greek is written and pronounced)] Jesus” (Luke 2:21), and this God/man Michael or Jesus then chose to live strictly in His human nature and not in His Godhood. In living and identifying Himself only in His human nature, Michael/Jesus successfully lived His human life in a perfect and complete way, always denying self and never giving in to the slightest temptation to commit sin and corrupt His purity. Thus Michael/Jesus was without sin at birth, and lived His entire life without sinning by keeping all of His Father’s commandments and doing His will and “not my will” (Luke 22:42), thereby becoming victorious over sin and the devil.
It was by successfully living without sinning that Michael/Jesus accomplished three stupendous things: 1) - As every aspect of each of God’s 10 commandment law had been kept perfectly by Jesus in human nature, it then proved that Adam and Eve could have also done so, that God had giving a law that was faultless because it could be kept, and thus there was no reason for sin to exist in Lucifer in the first place. 2) - The pure innocent life which Jesus lived also fulfilled every aspect of the plan of salvation, thereby legally making it possible to save all mankind from sin and death. And 3) - The righteous actions which Jesus performed on earth also fulfilled every one of some 300 or so Bible prophecies given about the life of the promised Anointed One thereby proving that Jesus was indeed the long looked for Messiah and “the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:27; Matthew 16:16).
As this was true, “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). So this God/man Michael/Jesus Christ the Messiah willingly offered His righteous and innocent life on the cross as a substitute for the guilty life of us sinners – just like an innocent lamb. He then shed His precious blood to freely cover up and atone for all our sins, and then died to fulfill the covenant and legally make His eternal life available for all. As the Almighty God accepted His Son’s offering as a full and complete sacrifice, then this God/man Michael/Jesus Christ made this great sacrifice and salvation available as a “free gift” (Romans 5:16-18) to all sinners if they will just accept Him as their God and Saviour, confess and repent and forsake all of their sins, and then follow Him in living His life of obedience to God’s commandments!
Now because the Lord God Michael or Jesus Christ the Son of the Almighty God risked so much, and successfully accomplished so much for the saving of guilty sinners, there were two special things done. 1) - There was a special book of record created in heaven called “the book of life” (Revelation 13:8, 17:8, 21:27, 22:19). This special book documented the names of all who have made the choice to accept Michael/Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour on earth in order to receive eternal life. And 2) - Since Michael/Jesus was also a human like we are and therefore personally knows everything by His own inward and outward experiences what we humans go through in this sinful world, because “he hath himself suffered being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18), then there is no One better suited and qualified to judge and pass sentence upon other humans than He is. Therefore in recognition of this fact of truth, the Almighty Lord God “hath committed all judgment unto the Son...and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man” (John 5:22, 27).
Thus all human beings will have to “stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10), and even though Michael/Jesus dearly loves and died for each and every human being so that they all can have everlasting life, yet only those who accept Him as their God and Saviour will have their individual names placed in this book of life that clearly documents only those who will gain eternal life. Any who refuse to accept and acknowledge that the Lord God Michael/Jesus Christ is their God and Saviour will not have their names in that book, and will not receive eternal life.
It is during the time when “the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:10) that each and every human being must “appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). It is at this time that their record book is reviewed so “that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Those individuals who are judged worthy of the reward of everlasting life are those “that overcometh” their sins (Revelation 3:5) “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11), and thereby have their names written and retained in the book of life. This is only made possible because they accepted Michael or Christ as their God and Saviour, confessed His name before the world, and He has forgiven and even “blotted out” (Acts 3:19) all of their sins from every page of their record book so that only their good deeds remain recorded on its pages. While those individuals who are judged worthy of the reward of everlasting death are those who have not overcome all of their sins, and therefore their names are not found written in the book of life, or their names once written there have been “blotted out of the book of the living” (Psalms 69:28, see also Exodus 32:33). This is because either they did not accept Michael or Christ as their God and Saviour, but accepted other gods instead. Or they had once accepted Him, but then gave Him up to continue in their sins. Thus both groups of lost souls ended up not confessing His name before the world, but confessing another master’s name instead, and thus Michael or Christ could not forgive or blot out any of their sins, but all of their sins are found still remaining on the pages of their record book. Thus these record books are the key to determining whether any human being is saved or lost.
Now with this being the case, if any questions should arise as to why this particular individual was judged worthy of gaining eternal life, but this other person received eternal death, then their record books can be closely examined to see and understand why. And ultimately who bears all responsibility for someone being lost? Is it the Lord God Michael or Jesus Christ – the Son of the Almighty God? No. Is the Almighty God and Father Himself to be blamed? No. The only person that can be blamed for being lost is the person themselves, because no one forced them to make the decisions they did, and no one forced them to perform the actions they did, but they freely chose to live their life in their own selfish way separate from Jesus Christ, and their record book proves it! So they cannot blame anyone else but themselves, and in reality they themselves actually chose eternal death by refusing to accept and confess that Michael/Jesus Christ was their God and Saviour, because “he that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12).
After all human beings have been judged and received their reward according to their works, and all questions have been forever settled as to why the decision was so, the Lord God Michael will be proven to be just, righteous and faultless in all the decisions He made. In fact, even though the wicked received the sentence of eternal death and will obviously be angry that they lost eternal life, yet even they themselves will understand that they deserved death, and together with the righteous “every knee shall bow, every tongue shall sware” or confess (Isaiah 45:23), that “true and righteous are his judgements” (Revelation 19:2). So even though the wicked are furious when the Lord causes “judgment to be heard from heaven” (Psalms 76:8), and they see and fully realize that they are forever lost, yet even “the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shall thou restrain” (Psalms 76:10), as “all nations [or people] whom thou has made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name” (Psalms 86:9).
All of this plainly tells us that any who sin, whether they are pagan, or atheist, or even one of God’s followers, will be punished for each and every one of their actual sins, unless they are found to have their names retained in the book of life because they have accepted the Lord God Michael or Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour and have remained faithful to Him. And there will indeed come a time in which the sinner will finally cross over the line of God’s forbearance. Then their probation will close, the judgment will commence, the books will be opened and investigated into and discovery made that their sins have not been forgiven and blotted out of their book, and their name is “not found written in the book of life” (Revelation 20:15). Then judgement will be pronounced against them, and they are destined for everlasting destruction by being “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15), that is “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
Now even though these unrepentant sinners are destroyed by an angry God in His full wrath, yet their destruction is amazingly still carried out in love. Yes, in love, because God realizes that as these sinners could not live without enjoying to break His law on earth, then they could not live without sinning in heaven either. And since sin will not be allowed to “rise up the second time” (Nahum 1:9), and thus there will be no sin committed in heaven or in any where else in God’s creations, then these sinners would be most miserable being forced to live forever in a sinless environment. So God mercifully and lovingly allows the life of all determined sinners to forever end in the lake of fire so that they would not have to suffer in misery for eternity.
Therefore the question is: Since the Lord God Michael will not at all acquit the guilty, will you awaken now and repent, or continue on in sin until your probation closes, you are judged guilty and unworthy of everlasting life, and are then finally consumed in everlasting destruction?
“And the times of this (or our) ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness...” Acts 17:30-31.
I sincerely pray and hope that you will awaken now and allow the love of the Lord God Michael/Jesus Christ to soften your hearts and lead you to repentance, because after reading this I hope you now understand more fully just how much He risked and endured in order to provide you with a free salvation!
Now next time we will examine the 9th and last aspect of the glory of the Lord God Michael, and will also close up this insightful series on And God Spoke These Words.
The Lord is continuing to bless our TrueChurchofGod.info website. In the month of September we had 11,766 hits, which were generated by 964 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 4,459 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 382 million bytes of information were downloaded.
In the month of October we had about 12,617 hits, which were generated by about 1,038 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, about 4,326 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 366 million bytes of information were downloaded.
So for these past 2 months, over 748 million bytes of information were downloaded from our Gospel Truth website by over 2,000 visitors!
The Lord is also abundantly blessing our LightMinistries.com website! In the month of September we had 143,408 hits, which were generated by 14,532 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 39,592 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 24.82 billion bytes of information were downloaded.
In the month of October we had about 130,715 hits, which were generated by about 17,196 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, about 32,480 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 18.68 billion bytes of information were downloaded.
So for these past 2 months, over 43.5 billion bytes of information were downloaded from our Gospel Truth website by over 31,700 visitors! MAY GOD'S HOLY NAME BE INDEED PRAISED!!
We would like to encourage our readers to check out a website that is dedicated to providing a “voice” to the people who have joined the separation movement out of the SDA church, as well as out of all the other churches of Babylon. The website is www.SDRVoice.org. This site also publishes an excellent Magazine called “The SDR Voice”, and on the site you can view past articles of interest, and can also request to be added to their mailing list to receive future copies for free.
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 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 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
Dear Elder Robert,
General Christian greetings in Jesus name. I hope the Lord is sustaining you well.
We thank God greatly who has taken care over you for I had [heard] that you were sick, but His hand sustained you because you have a work for the Lord which is not yet finished. The last two weeks we have been out for the work from 3rd September to 10th we were in ____ near Kenya/Tanzania border for the Camp meeting, then from 10th - 17th we went to Tanzania for another week effort, so the work is extending.
In regard to the Brother in ____ whom you asked whether He is with us. The answer is that he is half way with us. Because since we meet in 2008 they had separated from Sabbath Rest of FT Right from Australia. Still they have some teachings from Sabbath Rest which they have not abandoned. We are trying to share with them and streamline some teachings, but we have not yet come to an agreement in other portions.
Thanks and may God be with you. B.N, Kenya, East Africa.
There are so very few who truly believe in Sister White's writings as Inspired from the Throne of God. I know you do from your heart-felt pleading on your sites.
I am a SDA from the mid 80's and would be long gone if it weren't for her writings. The Omega has controlled the Church for a long time. As you know, the GC President is as close to a Pope as the Pope himself! We are admonished to: "sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land." 5 Test 210 and other places....
I am sure I will be challenged by our communications,
God Bless you my friend, S.M., Internet.
Dear pastor Sessler,
May the Lord bless you and your family at this special time of year....We appreciate the work you are doing in sharing God’s great love message to a dying world. Enclosed is tithe...You are very special to us and we love you!
Love always, L., P. and J., NH.
Dear brother Sessler,
I am glad you are felling better. God bless you & your family & your ministry.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for sending me the Newsletter entitled, “And God Spoke These Words” Part 2. My heart rejoiced in reading the instruction to the commandments 6-10.
But I was greatly saddened, because I didn’t receive the commandments 1 to 4. This is not an error on your part, since the mailman and mailwomen that handle our mail have caused a great deal of problems with delivering our mail. So I am now asking you to please send me Part 1 of the Newsletter entitled “And God Spoke These Words”, the commandments 1 to 4. I have enclosed a contribution to cover the cost of shipping.
May God bless your work.
Your friend, J.Q., NY.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
Dear Elder Bob,
I greet you once again in His wonderful name and may His peace, love, and joy be with you always.
Bula Vinaka! Once again from Fiji I take this opportunity in thanking you so much for the support and mostly for your prayers, it has been a slow but challenging months for me.
Right now I am translating the True Church of God (tracts) because it’s easy to print tracts then booklets, which cost more. I am just on to the last two pages and when I am finish I will send you a copy before printing it. I know this is a faster way to reach the people, especially in the islands.
A family I was visiting have moved away. They were told to vacate the place because he told the owner of the land which they worked for that he wanted to keep the Sabbath which is Saturday. He came to say goodbye, and thanked me for the Bible and the truth that we were sharing together. I encouraged them before they left and said we will always remember them in our prayers....
Well it’s not much to say, but all I know that the work here in Fiji is moving on, with the tracts and booklets that we have been giving out.
Thank you so much for being a source of blessing to us.
May God bless and shower you with His blessing. S.K., Fiji Islands.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
My dear Bob,
I’m sorry I have not been much on the internet this past month since I last wrote to you. Indeed accept my heartfelt feelings for your illness. None of us here knew about it until three days ago when I visited the cyber café. Even then power went off as I was in the middle of writing. I could not make it again later till now.
I praise God for your healing too. For sure we need ever to be remembering one another every time for we know not when the enemy will strike. I thank God for His constant mercies to have healed and strengthened you. Now go out in His strength even more powerfully, even as Wycliffe did after his healing. May our loving Father greatly bless you. The enemy must, as he will at last, be vanquished by the faith of Jesus. Praise God for all His bounties.
The work for us here last month [is as follows]. We had an effort meeting around my place of residence, and the response was not so bad. Two families have joined the faith, one of whom had broken away in the 2006 crisis. We are also having in-house studies with some families too. Our Church History chart has proved no small blessing as a soul-winning tool. We praise God for that. It is creating influence with those in the conference church too.
We are now going on a two-week mission to ____ (for one week) and further to ____ Tanzania (for another week).We look forward to seeing God's hand of goodness in those areas too. Keep us in your prayers.
I am grateful for the support. I hope to get a good printer to assist me [and] make some light printing at home. So far, the computer is helping us typeset tracts and translate others into Kiswahili. Then we take the documents to the business printing to do for us the larger printing. I hope God will one day furnish us with enough funds to print more tracts. These do us a lot of good as we go out for efforts and for even personal witnessing. I think after our present mission I will send you those we have already done in Kiswahili that you may have them on the internet. Thank you.
May God bless you. Phil. 4:13,19.
More later with God's blessings. B.I., Kenya.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Praise God! Bro Bob. Thank God that you are better now. I pray that God will continue to give you health and strength.
About us here, from these past weeks I had passed through also from sickness, but I also thank God that I am getting better now. But before I got sick we were able to go some places here in our area to labor to those in darkness and to strengthen our brethren in the faith. This coming Oct 16, we are planning to work again in ____ area and ____, hoping to open new fields of labor. We will also visit some interested persons there and our brethren in the faith there. Please continue to pray for our work here that God may bless us and showered us the promised of His Holy Spirit.
Till here for now. God bless! S.B., Philippines.
FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Dear Elder Bob Sessler,
Christian greetings. 1 John 3:1.
I made a 13 days tour in ____ Island. The purpose of the trip was to do the ground work. The Island fields were new to me. The Island was dominated by SDA conference and Catholic Church.
When the Independent Ministries begin to explode in mid 90’s, ____ Island Adventists put an extra careful watch not to allow us to enter into the Island. But 4 years ago the 2 of our missionaries [____ & ____] have visited the Island doing street preaching and visiting few couples and doing some ground work.
The Lord gave us another opportunity to do more ground work in the island. Mrs ____, a lady from ____ Island living in ____ Province organized my trip to the Island. Mrs ____ arranged brother ____ and family from ____ SDA conference church who accommodate me during my stay. The village was located [on] ____ of the South East and 15 km away from ____ town.
Every individuals and leaders welcomed me into their homes and I do Bible studies and discuss on family, leadership quality and issues of the church from one end to other end praying and giving encouragement. I really thank God for the future plan He has for us. Though it was far from town but this could be the rightful place which God has appointed for establishing our home church....
It’s another opportunities and blessings for the school students. The RI [religious instruction] program was arranged by SB chairman, bro. ____ (ch/elder). He introduced me to the school principle and I took one hour combine Bible studies with the students each day from Monday to Friday in Catholic run school. General studies were taken each sessions till the last was creation and the Sabbath truth were make known to all students and attending teachers.
The final Sabbath was a surprising to all the ____ church members. Six SDA conference ministers and pastors visit our small church on Sabbath without a proper arrangement as usual. The purpose of their visit is to find out where I come from, why I am there and which family accommodate me?
After the worship, they held an agent ch/board meeting and warned the church folks and leaders: “We heard from the school students about your visitor from ____ who took RI program in school for 1 week, who organized a program for him? If he [is] a pastor, ____ conference church doesn’t [isn’t] aware of his visit, and why [then did] you folks accommodate him? We suspect that he is one from the Independent Ministries”. Pastor seriously warned them, “____ church will face the higher church board for accommodating the Independent Ministry pastor.”
Elder ____ replied in respond to pastor’s warning, “All I know is that, our brother (____) is a true Adventist. During his stay, he does a lot to help us know Christ and His mission. He visits every home and giving us Bible studies, our visitor does more than what you supposed to do”. Conf pastor replied with angry voice:“I know he does a good work but he is an Independent Ministry, he’s not from our organization!” Elder ____ replied with a soft and calmly voice quoting from John 9:25, “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” I really thank God that the man of God speaks with faith.
Next day [Sunday] I leave ____ Island and return home. Brother ____ accompanied me on the second trip to the Island. This time I traveled with my full set of sound system targeting ____ town for the street preaching. The public pulpit was erected by town authority in market ground for NGOs, GO bodies, Institutions, churches and general public’s uses. I asked and the authority allowed me to use the stage for 6 days. We base our studies on Rev 16:13-4. [The 3 Unclean Spirits]. The market sellers, working classes and the street roamers have their quiet time enjoying an unheard truth from the scripture. All the listeners confirmed that this massage is from God and it’s a great final warning to us according to the comments, except the two clergymen from the Catholic rank approached and defend their errors.
We have good contacts with some new friends from other faiths and SDA’s those who want to know more on the present truths. But SDA conference church leaders are with the great fear and panic for our move. My good Adventist friend told me, they [SDA] held meetings after [our] meetings [were over and] brainwashed their folks not to make any positive response or accommodate us into their homes. Also they make plans to attack ____ church....
Please we need your daily prayers to uphold our faithful members at ____ church to stand unmoved despite been attack by their former brethrens for the sake of truth. Our third visit to the Island is schedule to ____ 2011.
[May the] Great God be with all. P.K., Fiji.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
Dearest Elder bob,
Greetings to you and all the brethren in faith.
The grace of God is still with us after passing through a very hard moment toward the camp and after the camp. As I told you I lost my young sister and the only sister who was alive in the family. She died on 25th Aug. and we started the camp on the 29th Aug. Brethren from Namibia arrived and by then the little money we had was spent on the funeral and by the grace of God at the last day, the day of shifting that is when I received three messages of condolences from relatives from afar, with some sum of money. This is the amount that helped us very much in the camp program and unto day my wife and I can not understand this thing....
We had sister ____ from Malawi and Brs. ____ and ____ with sister ____ from Namibia. It was not an easy thing to start this year's camp because many of the brethren who where the keys to this camp had funerals within the shifting week. We praise our living God for the great work that He did by sending His angels from different countries to revival us in the almost failing camp. The messages that came at this camp was a message of warning us to get prepared for the soon time of troubles before us and also to strengthen us in the most sinful days we are living. We really enjoyed this camp. The last message had a call and about 4 souls came to the Lord and later in the evening we had our Lord's supper....
The brethren faced another temptation with the police over a mistake made by their migration officers in recording the dates of their entry in Zambia. Again the grace of God helped us. I told the brethren to leave the case with me and so they left me with the police, and after ten minutes the case was solved and from there I was told to drive the brethren unto where I dropped [them off].
When I can back home two days later, the six months baby who was left [me] by my late sister fell sick and got admission till yesterday when she was discharged. Please kindly pray with us [as] we have a big responsibility of keeping two orphans now. Pray for this 6 months baby and that the Lord my bless us with means to feed her.
Br. Bob, I have received the two names of the brethren who wrote to you about materials, God willing I will find some for them. Please help me with the means to print more materials for free distributions. Right now we have a lot of calls, but the trouble is means to print more copies for the distributions. We need many of the GCs and Steps to Christ [books]. But we need more than $700 for many of our copies to meet the present demand. Please may the grace of Jesus come in for us to do the work while time lingers....
How is Jim and Gary with their families?...
The plat is ready for building, but no means to buy materials. Kindly help.
Your brother in faith, B.W., Zambia.
FROM ZIMBABWE, SOUTH AFRICA
Dear Elder Sessler
I hope I find you well this time of the year and also that the work of the Lord Jesus is progressing well on your part despite encountering various difficulties. The work is of the Lord. I have steadily continued forward the work of translation of the booklets and hopefully soon I shall be sending them to you.
The home churches of Zimbabwe sends warm greetings to you and our beloved brethren in America. Briefly, 2 have renounced their membership from the fallen SDA and 2 shall be receiving the ordinance of baptism soon.
May you please continue to stand by my side as you have always done, since because of the name issue here in Zimbabwe I am no longer receiving support from my brethren.
Hope to here from you soon. K.M., Zimbabwe.