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Anyone who knows the history of the Adventist church knows that our founders started out believing they knew when Jesus would return. As they studied the prophecies of the Word of God, they became convinced that His return was imminent. When it didn’t happen as expected – that day we mark as the Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844 – many began to doubt and fall into discouragement. It was a few weeks after the Great Disappointment that William Miller wrote these words to the discouraged Advent believers:
“Although surrounded with enemies and scoffers, yet my mind is perfectly calm, and my hope in the coming of Christ is as sure as ever…. I have fixed my mind upon another time, and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light. – And that is To-day, TO-DAY, and TO-DAY, until He comes, and I see Him for whom my soul yearns.”

 
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A guest in a hotel in L.A. told the desk clerk he wanted to take a walking tour of the city but was terrified by all he had heard about the traffic. He asked about the safest time to venture out. The clerk was equal to the task. He said the safest time is Sunday morning. All the Jewish folk are down in Palm Springs, the Catholics go to the Saturday night service and sleep in, and the Protestants are all in church. The guest was greatly relieved and went out Sunday morning with a spring in his step – only to be run over by a Seventh-Day Adventist. Things are rough out there.

 
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PREDICTIONS OF HIS 2ND COMING:

Earliest known prediction by Tichonius 381 A.D.; Then 500 A.D. by Hippolytus (170-236). Later, predictions surrounded the 1st millennium:

1000 A.D., 1009 A.D., & 1033 A.D. were popular.

1533 A.D. was agreed upon by both Michael Stiefel (1486-1567) a friend of Martin Luther’s and by a group of Anabaptists of the period.

Isaac Newton held to 1715 A.D..

Recent memory has the two most famous dates as 1844 and 1914, predictions that laid the ground word for the 7th Day Adventists & J.W’s

Just in this Century alone, predictors have declared the 2nd coming to begin in 1921, ’22, 1953 or 54, 1960, ’62, ’64, ’69, 1975, ’77, ’78, 1983, ’88, and 2000 A.D..

Even the Hasidic Jews have gotten into the act, when Menachem Schneerson, head of a Brooklyn Based sect, declared September 9th, 1991 would be the date of the Messiah’s return. His followers would shout "We want Messiah, Now!"

According to Jewish Tradition, the world is to stand for 6000 years - 2000 of confusion, 2000 with the Law, 2000 with the Messiah. Then, 1000 years of peace. In this tradition, the last 1000 years represents a Sabbath rest, the millennium.

I’m not sure how Schneerson explains the "missing" Messiah who "should have come" 2000 years ago, or why he feels Messiah will come this year. But he surely must be basing his understanding on some count.

SOURCE: Jeff Strite. Citation: "Lederer Letter" by Barry Rubin of Jews for Jesus September 1991.

 
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DEFINITION OF MISSION

I think mission was put very nicely by the ’Sunday Times’ journalist Matthew Parris – a man, who is by his own confession, not a Christian.

’The New Testament offers a picture of God, who does not sound at all vague.

He has sent His Son to earth. He has distinct plans for each of us personally and can communicate directly with us.

We are capable of forming a direct relationship, individually with Him, and are commanded to try.

We are told that this can be done only through his son. And we are offered the prospect of eternal life – an afterlife in happy, blissful or glorious circumstances if we live this life in a certain manner.

Friends, if I believed that, or even a tenth of that, how could I care which version of the prayer book is used?

I would drop my job, sell my house, throw away all my possessions, leave my acquaintances and set out into the world burning with desire to know more and, w...

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I think the challenge was put very nicely by the ’Sunday Times’ journalist Matthew Parris – a man, who by his own confession, is not a Christian. Parris wrote:

’The New Testament offers a picture of God, who does not sound at all vague. He has sent His Son to earth. He has distinct plans for each of us personally and can communicate directly with us.

We are capable of forming a direct
relationship, individually with Him, and are commanded to try.

We are told that this can be done only through his son.

And we are offered the prospect of eternal life – an afterlife in happy, blissful or glorious circumstances if we live this life in a certain manner.

Friends, if I believed that, or even a tenth of that, how could I care which version of the prayer book is used.

I would drop my job, sell my house, throw away all my possessions, leave my acquaintances and set out into the world burning with desire to know more and, when I had found more, to act upon it and tell others.

Far from being puzzled that the Mormons and Adventists should knock on the door, I am unable to understand how anyone who believed that (which) is written in the Bible could choose to spend their waking hours in any other endeavour.’ (Matthew Parris).

 
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Listen to the description of a spirit-filled life by the ’Sunday Times’ journalist Matthew Parris – a man, who is by his own confession, not a Christian.
“The New Testament offers a picture of God, who does not sound at all vague. He has sent His Son to earth. He has distinct plans for each of us personally and can communicate directly with us. We are capable of forming a direct relationship, individually with Him, and are commanded to try. We are told that this can be done only through his son. And we are offered the prospect of eternal life – an afterlife in happy, blissful or glorious circumstances if we live this life in a certain manner.
Friends, if I believed that, or even a tenth of that, how could I care which version of the prayer book is used?
I would drop my job, sell my house, throw away all my possessions, leave my acquaintances and set out into the world burning with desire to know more and, when I had found more, to act upon it and tell others.
Far from being puzzled that the Mormons and Adventists should knock on the door, I am unable to understand how anyone who believed that (which) is written in the Bible could choose to spend their waking hours in any other endeavor.”

 
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Born Again Beliefs: The number of people born again varies widely by denomination. Using this definition, “they have made a personal commitment to Christ that is important in their life today and say that when they die they know they will go to Heaven solely because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior,” Barna Research has discovered the following:

Born Again & Evangelical Christians by Denomination
Born Again Evangelical % of U.S. Population
All Adults 41% 8% NA
Adventist 37% 5% 1%
Assembly of God 81% 33% 2%
Baptist 67% 14% 17%
Catholic 25% 1% 22%
Church of Christ 56% 12% 2%
Episcopal 30% 1% 22%
Lutheran 48% 6% 5%
Methodist 49% 4% 6%
Mormons 34% 1% 1%
Christian non-denominational 76% 29% 5%
Pentecostal/Foursquare 82% 27% 2%
Presbyterian 54% 8% 3%
(Barna Online 6/26/01)



 
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I think the challenge was put very nicely by the ’Sunday Times’ journalist Matthew Parris – a man, who by his own confession, is not a Christian. Parris wrote:

’The New Testament offers a picture of God, who does not sound at all vague.

He has sent His Son to earth. He has distinct plans for each of us personally and can communicate directly with us.

We are capable of forming a direct relationship, individually with Him, and are commanded to try.

We are told that this can be done only through his son. And we are offered the prospect of eternal life – an afterlife in happy, blissful or glorious circumstances if we live this life in a certain manner.

Friends, if I believed that, or even a tenth of that, how could I care which version of the prayer book is used.

I would drop my job, sell my house, throw away all my possessions, leave my acquaintances and set out into the world burning with desire to know mo...

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Gerald Albers
 
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There is a story about a young preacher that in 1995, he was in Glasgow Scotland. He wrote: I was living in a Center City Hotel. One morning I got up and decided that I was going to jog over into the south side of the city of Glasgow. I ran across the river Clyde on a bridge, and as I jogged through the south side of Glasgow I was impressed. Corner after corner, and on those corners sat big beautiful stone gothic Christian churches. They all had one thing in common. They were all boarded up. And I remember thinking, ’What happened?’ I fantasized, ’What was Christmas Eve like in 1901 in that church?’ I bet they were packed out. I bet you this was a going show. What happened between 1901 and 1995? I don’t know. But I do know, is that Christ removed their lampstand.
At the end of World War II, Christ came this close to removing the lampstand of from many of the Christian Churches. This close. And he can come and do that again, if we should ever get so presumptuous. We should never get so captivated with all of our good stuff that is going on here to the point where we let our first love slip to the side. We are a chosen people, we have the message of Good News and we should never hide it under a bushel. We should never be content doing the day-in and day-out work for the church, but rather have a heart burning desire to do an everlasting ongoing work for Christ. The words spoken to the Church of Ephesus 2000 years ago were true then, and are truly spoken to the Adventist Church today. We should never loose sight.

 
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David Koresh started out on the right track but soon thought he was God.

BIOGRAPHY from Frontline on : David Koresh
David Koresh was born Vernon Wayne Howell in Houston, Texas in 1959 to a 15-year old single mother. He never knew his father and was raised by his grandparents.
In his late night conversations with FBI agents during the siege, Koresh described his childhood as lonely. He said the other kids teased him and called him "Vernie." He was dyslexic, a bad student, and dropped out of high school. However, he had musical ability and a strong interest in the Bible. By 12, he had memorized large tracts of it.
When he was 20, Koresh turned to the Church of Seventh Day Adventists, his mother’s church. But he was expelled for being a bad influence on the young people. Sometime during the next couple of years, Koresh went to Hollywood to become a rock star but nothing came of it. Instead, in 1981 he went to Waco, Texas where he joined the Branch Davidians, a religious sect which in 1935 had settled 10 miles outside of Waco. At one time, it had more than 1,400 members.
Koresh had an affair with then-prophetess Lois Roden who was in her late sixties. The two travelled to Israel together. When Lois Roden died, a power struggle began between Koresh and Lois Roden’s son George. For a short time, Koresh retreated with his followers to eastern Texas. But in late 1987 he returned to Mount Carmel in camouflage with seven male followers, armed with five .223 caliber semiautomatic assault rifles, two .22 caliber rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition. During the gunfight, Roden was shot in the chest and hands.
He and his followers went on trial for attempted murder. The seven were acquitted and a mistrial was declared in Koresh’s case. (Koresh told the jury he and his men went to Mount Carmel to find evidence of corpse abuse by Roden and their shots were aimed at a tree.)
By 1990 Koresh had become the leader of the Branch Davidians and legally changed his name, saying on the court document that the change was "for publicity and business purposes." He said the switch arose from his belief that he was now head of the biblical House of David. (Koresh is a Hebrew transliteration of Cyrus, the name of the Persian king who allowed the Jews held captive in Babylon to return to Israel.
He was killed in 1993 along with 100’s of his followers when he set fire to their compound which had been seized by the ATF and FBI.

 
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