These are truly exciting times to be living and awake in !
They are made even more so, not merely because of the decay of polite society in the so-called ‘cosmos’ of the modern world, but because of the surprising new growth of polite society in the SDA church, in spite of being immersed in this very harsh world.
World history has recorded plenty of troubles in the past, and still in the present. (ISIS for instance.) But ‘troubles’ are merely ‘signs’ of, not the cause of, Jesus returning. If troubles were the cause, then surely the bloody sight of the past century’s persistent social engineering atrocities should have brought Jesus flying to our rescue long before ‘Y2K’ !
Ironically too many of us SDAs may have become so obsessed with the study of the ‘coming’ of the
‘3 (or 4) Angel’s’ that we fail to notice that it is the prospect of a fully-ripe ‘harvest’ – the ‘3rd Angel’ announcing that what the 1st Angel is searching for is found : “Here are they . . . .”— that brings Jesus’ 2nd coming, flying on the angelic clouds of Heaven, to ‘harvest’ us home. But, ‘us’ who ? Is there even one tender new blade of SDA ‘grass’ to be found sprouting out of Earth’s blasted battlefield that is symmetrically ‘full’ and worthy of becoming ‘ripe’ ?
Yes ! It is called ‘equity’, or ‘iquity’, as opposed to ‘in-iquity.’ Finally, we SDAs who hope to be the last generation, are awakening to grasp that Godly concept which we should have been leaders in teaching to the world’s social engineers long ago, not vice versa. ‘Iquity’ originated with our Creators, not as a mere ‘right’, but as a necessity for life itself to exist.
As a child of the 20th century I listened naively to male ‘ministers of the Gospel’ – supported by that tithe dedicated to the Gospel Work – preach from Malachi on bringing the ‘whole tithe’ into the storehouse. They presented Malachi’s challenge from God as if the congregation spoken of was only delivering from 0 % to 99.9 % of the quantity due. It wasn’t until I let Malachi, himself, educate me about the ‘symmetry’ of God, as an adult, that I realized that the whole quantity of 10% was being given. However, with the complicity of the very Levitical Gospel Workers, themselves, un-symmetrical animals of un-whole quality were being selected from the tithe-flock for the altar. Such ‘un-whole’, ‘un-healthy’, animals brought to the altar were blasphemous misrepresentations of the good ‘name’, or good ‘quality’, of Christ, and of the Father, as being ‘iniquitable’, ‘sinful’, ‘vain’, useless. God could not open the channels of heaven to bless such false imagery of ‘God’, and the sacrifice of Himself, in Christ.
Malachi also expressed God’s distaste of divorce, not merely for the sake of the divorced parents, but especially for the sake of their highly-impressionable shared ‘offspring’. God wanted healthy marriages enabling ‘offspring’ to be symmetrically-‘iquitable’, or ‘Godly’. Again, God was focused on the production of equitable, ‘full-eared’ souls fit for ‘harvest’—mentally, emotionally, and physically ‘fit’, just as ‘Ellen’ described the 3-in-1 symmetrical focus of ‘true education’.
Ellen’s life roughly spanned the era named after a woman who ruled a world empire upon which the sun never set. Ellen died before she would have been allowed to even vote in the country that claimed to be ‘free’ of Queen Victoria’s reign. Yet, Ellen’s own understanding of God’s own mind was very ‘free’, and far ahead of many male SDA church leaders who were ‘voted’ into office.
On page 34 of Patriarchs and Prophets, the ‘Father’ and ‘Word’, or ‘Son of God’ were described by Ellen as having a highly-equitable marriage-style relationship during the ‘Creation’ of mankind. On page 46, as mankind was created, they were given the same highly-equitable God-style relationship in order to produce the ‘godly offspring’ (or ‘sprouts’) which Malachi said God desires to see produced of such things He has symmetrically ‘joined together’.
So, clearly – even according to Ellen – before sin, or ‘inequity’ occurred on this Earth’s ‘theater’ of the universe, the woman, Eve, was intended to fulfill the very real, and very ‘typical’, ‘role’ with Adam on Earth that would most clearly reflect the ‘anti-typical’ role of the ‘Word of God’ with the Father in Heaven. Then, surely, as God-intended, and created, ‘Eve’ to exist – before the fall – she was highly-ordainable, was she not ?
The closer we SDAs get to being ‘ripe for harvest’ – thereby helping to ‘ripen’ the rest of the world – the closer we will reflect and promote . . . what ? The ideal role, of female SDAs being an ‘image’ of the intended role of ‘Eve’ – as reflecting the ‘Word of God’ ? Or as an ‘image’ of that role of that other ‘iniquitable’ mother of divorce, ‘Babylon’ ?
If women cannot be ‘born again’, right now on this Earth, into their God-intended pre-fall ‘image’, as men can be, then why do we SDAs even bother baptizing them ‘into Christ’ – the ‘Word of God’ ? Can ‘Adam’ ever forgive ‘Eve’ ? Yes, ‘he’ must, and seeing that sprout of highly-‘iquitable’ forgiveness grow more fully among some SDA male leaders is very exciting ! It means the SDA ‘crop’ is getting ‘riper’.
There’s hope the mess of this world’s ‘cosmos’ is about to end !
But first, there are lingering sinful ‘inequities’ of understanding, and of teaching, ‘God’, that we have too long inherited and passed along from our clearly ‘unripe’ SDA history. ‘Iniquities’ that can prevent that ‘harvest home’ we SDAs claim to preach in our very name ! Consciously or not, an ungodly, sin-biased ideal, or model, of post-fall social engineering – one of ‘divorce’, in the image of sin-ful, not sin-less, Adam and Eve – has plagued the fertile minds of generation after generation of tender-hearted, new, SDA ‘offspring’. Offspring who have pathetically struggled to grow, to become able to sincerely ‘worship’ a happily-married, symmetrically-‘iquitable’ ‘God Family’ that doesn’t argue in ‘judging’ the savability of its Earthly ‘children’. And we have struggled in the face of an ‘iniquitably’-divorced, male-dominated SDA church leadership which claims – whether consciously, or unconsciously – that they alone, without ‘mom’, are able to fully-represent that ‘whole’ ‘God Family’ from a ‘pulpit’ ‘blessed’ stubbornly by the post-fall ‘model’ of male-only ordination . . . all in hopes of our attaining a pre-fall state as a ‘church family’ . . . so we can all go home ? ! The ‘family’ metaphors our SDA theology claims keep falling out of step with the Biblical model.
Such inconsistent claims are very ‘unripening’, are they not ? .
The ‘Word of God’, IS ‘God’, too . . . or was John wrong ?