Turning Hearts in the End Time

“Turning hearts in the end time” here we come. The heart does enough work in one hour to lift a 150-pound man to the top of a three-story building, enough energy in twelve hours to lift a 65-ton tank car one foot off the ground, or enough power in seventy years to lift the largest battleship afloat completely out of the water.

Prophet Malachi predicted the coming of Elijah, which was fulfilled in the birth, ministry, and life of John the Baptist (Luke 1:17; Matt 17:11-13). John’s ministry consisted of turning the hearts of the fathers to their children; that is, his ministry will bring reconciliation of the people of Israel with the Lord.

A restored relationship with God brings a restored relationship with family members. God is so concerned with His relationship with man, and man should reflect that union with his fellow man, especially with family members. The word family is mentioned around 396 times in the Scriptures. This tells us that family members are obviously important to God. For that reason, the Lord has released “the spirit of Elijah” to bring restoration to this unique institution.

Reconciliation and restoration should not be confined to the ecclesiastical aspect only, but also maintain a healthy relationship in the commercial and government spheres, respectively. In the words of Gordon E. Bradshaw, “the church must develop and maintain a strong relationship with believers in both the marketplace and the municipality as well.”[1] A healthy relationship is vital for the success of these dimensions. Solomon said, “A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart (Eccl 4:12b).

King Ahab seemed to be concerned with the commercial and governmental aspects of his kingdom while neglecting the ecclesiastical feature and its core doctrines. Ahab and his wife, queen Jezebel, led the people astray and propagated Baal worship. By marrying Jezebel, king Ahab made Israel prey to moral degradation in almost every facet of life. Idolatry is not restricted to Ahab and Jezebel’s spirit only; it is one of Satan’s schemes; it has infiltrated our society at many levels. God sent Elijah, whose name means, “God is Jehovah,” to restore the broken worship of Jehovah.

Interestingly, both the widow of Zarephath and Jezebel came from Sidon; one dedicated to the worship of Baal, the other—though a poverty-stricken Gentile lady who lived in a foreign land—was devoted to the worship of God. In spite of the crucibles that Prophet Elijah and the widow of Zarephath faced, God provided for their needs. Even when they were amid scarcity, God ceased not to sustain both. The reciprocity in the narrative is worthy of mentioning here. While the widow met Elijah’s physical needs, he reciprocated by providing an endless supply of flour and oil and by raising her child from death. Her ministry brought Elijah and her people into unison, while Elijah’s ministry brought union between her family and the dead child. There was a reciprocal treatment! Reciprocity is a crucial component of cooperation.

After three years of famine, Elijah prayed, and God sent rain. From turning hearts to a family reunion, we now move to turning hearts at the altar where Elijah admonished the people at Mount Carmel to recommit themselves to the true worship of God. After the adnomination, which is presented in First Kings 18:22-24:

Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 men. “Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox, and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it. “Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people answered and said, “That is a good idea.”

The contest ended during the evening sacrifice when Elijah prayed, and fire came and consumed the sacrifice. I like how the author of the lesson applies this passage. He states:

The all-consuming fire fell, not upon the guilty but upon the sacrifice, pointing forward to Jesus, who was made “sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21, NKJV). Confession and praise burst from the people’s lips. Because they did not respond to God’s call, the false priests were executed. Then refreshing rains ended the curse upon the land.

As a result of Elijah’s ministry at Carmel, the people turned their hearts to focus towards the worship of the true God, and the Bible records the people’s response, “The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God” (1 Kgs 18:39). In other words, there was a significant turning to God. Elijah’s message was a call to repentance and obedience to the commandments of God.

John went forth in the spirit and the power of Prophet Elijah; he prepared people for the first Advent of Christ. His work was similar to that of Elijah’s; he had the same burden to “call people to repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matt 3:2). John’s message called families to true worship; his message is relevant for us today.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we see ourselves as the Remnant of Bible prophecy. Our role as a Church is a similar to the role John the Baptist played. We are heralds of Elijah and John’s message, heralds of Bible prophecy, heralds of uniting and restoring families. Ellen G White states:

Our message must be as direct as was that of John. He rebuked kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding the peril his life was in, he never allowed truth to languish on his lips. Our work in this age must be as faithfully done.[2] (RC, 339)

I like to recall the words of Robert Folkenberg, in his book We Still Believe, who said,

It is this: As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe we have a prophetic role to play as God’s remnant church in the last days. … I believe it is this sense of special mission that has made Seventh-day Adventists place such a high priority on evangelism.[3]

Before Christ can come for the second time, the remnant will preach the three angels’ message found in Revelation 14. As John the Baptist’s message brought reconciliation and restoration, so does the message at the end of time. (Rev 14:6-11).

Youssry Guirguis currently serves as a full-time Lecturer at Asia-Pacific International University (AIU), Muak Lek, Thailand and also as an adjunct professor at the Adventist Institute for Islamic & Arabic Studies at Middle East University (MEU), Beirut, Lebanon.

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[1]Gordon E. Bradshaw, The Technology of Apostolic Succession: Transferring the Purpose of God to the Next Generation of Kingdom Citizens (Washington, DC: Whitaker House, 2014), 21.

[2]Ellen G. White, Reflecting Christ (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1985), 339.

[3]Robert Folkenberg, We Still Believe (Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 1994), 49.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/9696

Evangelism is not that Jesus is soon to return but that Christ invites us all to come unto Him.

Adventism plays on here comes the Judge, rather than the adopted sons and daughters are brought home. In Christ, the thief on the Cross and Paul are kin as are we in Christ. Go tell it on the mountain.

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So well put. That distinction, all by itself, characterizes the church that puts out the message. “Here comes the Judge” can only appeal to those who feel they can meet the Judge with confidence - the self-righteous, who “pray in public places so as to be seen”; while the invitation to come to Christ, which characterizes those that find this invitation “living water”.

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Thank you for your thoughts on the weekly lesson! However, I never get why Adventists are like a second John the Baptist/Elijah in the lesson. According to Jesus, every believer in the new covenant is greater than John the Baptist. Why do we base ourselves on the greatest prophet of the old covenant? The kingdom is right here, now, like really… now. Yes, it will be clearer and stuff in the future, but it’s already somehow here. And we live in it and by doing so enlarge its influence. We don’t have to be heralds, we are actual citizens, not just preparing for something in the future. Live. Love. Peace. Christ in our midst. Christ is risen. I sometimes wonder if our denomination has ever actually entered the new covenant.

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Welcome to your voice,“crying in the wilderness”. :upside_down_face:

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Yes!
Jesus Himself [according to the Gospels] said, the Kingdom is Near,
then the Kingdom is Here, then the Kingdom of Heaven is IN You.
Jesus teaching a template for prayer – Thy Kingdom come, Thy will
be done on earth as in heaven.
Apparently for Jesus, the Kingdom has been in Human Hearts since
A.D. 30.
It is our job to announce that it is here. And HOW to be Kingdom people
as Jesus outlines it in the Gospels.
LESSON-- Luke 9:59,60. Jesus to the person who wanted to follow Jesus
but felt the social pressure to bury his father first. “…as for you, go and
proclaim the Kingdom of God.” [notice to announce without much training.
Just Announce.]

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Many thanks! Spectrum and the contributions are like little lights on the horizon.

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Whoa, whoa, WHOA! What are we really talking about here, Youssry?

I’m not quite believing my eyes.

Sure hope I’m misunderstanding. If so, I apologize in advance!

Let’s start with your references.

Ellen White: fair enough.

Gordon E. Bradshaw: this man is a Dominionist.

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Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement in Plain Sight

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions.

https://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/08/18/dominionism-rising-a-theocratic-movement-hiding-in-plain-sight/

Robert Folkenberg: introduced the Total Commitment to God scheme while president of the GC.

I have to wonder where this is going.

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Author Youssry Guirguis cites Gordon E. Bradshaw in this article.

I hope all Adventists will become acquainted with Seven Mountains Mandate theology.

Since the author seems to have drawn heavily on the thinking of his source, Gordon E. Bradshaw, I hope he will respond and elaborate on how the Three Angels Messages can possibly integrate with the Seven Mountains Mandate.

This is a mystery!

I find it interesting how many premillennial Christians have taken up Dominionism.

Some say it is due to postmillennial Christian Reconstructionist influence.

The antidemocratic implications are troubling.

I’m trying to make sense of this article in relation to its footnotes.

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People should be more careful with what they write when Cassie is around. They may be in trouble very quickly!!! :laughing:

Cass, you should tell when you won’t be around for 30 days, leaving an open window for people to write whatever they want on certain issues… LOL

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Good idea, George, but one never knows what I might get up to on Twitter when I’m gone…

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LOL…
Cass you should never leave for more than 25 days. This would scare people who write nonsensical statements. :laughing:

Sometimes I need to get away from Cassandra for longer than that. :nerd_face:

Count your blessings. :rofl:

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Question: "What is the seven mountain mandate (7-M / 7M), and is it biblical?"

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Answer:

The seven mountain mandate or the seven mountain prophecy is an anti-biblical and damaging movement that has gained a following in some Charismatic and Pentecostal churches.

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Those who follow the seven mountain mandate believe that, in order for Christ to return to earth, the church must take control of the seven major spheres of influence in society for the glory of Christ.

Once the world has been made subject to the kingdom of God, Jesus will return and rule the world.

Here are the seven mountains, according to the seven mountain mandate:

  1. Education
  2. Religion
  3. Family
  4. Business
  5. Government/Military
  6. Arts/Entertainment
  7. Media

https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-mountain-mandate.html

Compare:

The Messages of the Three Angels

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Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The Fall of Babylon

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Does anyone see how these two scenarios can be reconciled?

Never forget that Dominionism is what brought us Male Headship ideology!

By all means, make a case for Dominionism—write articles—defend it. But, please, don’t try to slide it in with stealth cloaking. Not fair, in my opinion.

If this was inadvertent, my apologies, as I said.

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Uh huh…preach 3 angels message…and where do the listeners go then? To an SDA church that needs revival & reformation…that is a luke warm Laodicean…that is in conflict over WO, LGBT…that hears that God is a CONTROL freak?

Gideon –
3 Angels
Sanctuary: Earthly -vs- Heavenly
Investigative Judgment that began 1844.
Perfection

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