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Tidings From the East!

“At the time of the End…” Daniel 11:40

When a Bible verse starts with the words: “At the time of the end” we should really take notice.  A new book on Daniel and Revelation, How Does A Dragon Speak?, reveals the events in the 21st century that have fulfilled the prophecy of the Bible in Daniel 11:40-43!

Daniel Chapter 11 also contains prophecy concerning Muslims and how America is involved with the King of the North.

In this essential book for our day, Daniel 11 (verse by verse interpretation) and Revelation 9-11 (The Three Woes) are fully explained.  This book also contains much interesting history of America, including pilgrim and indians, Lewis and Clark, little known facts of American presidents, and more!

The Word of God is the news or “tidings” that we should trust.

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How Does A Dragon Speak?

This was written by an 11-year-old at https://ofschooldays.wordpress.com

Today I am writing about a special book. It is very special to me because my father is the author of this book. It is entitled “How Does a Dragon Speak?” The title is based on a verse from the book of Revelation which says “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11

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Who is this dragon? How does it speak? And who is this lamb-like creature that echoes the dragon? In his book my dad addresses these very important questions because people need to be warned about what is to come. To be able to know what the mark of the beast is we must find out first who the beast is and second how it speaks, because the lamb-like beast who will be speaking as a dragon will be the entity that will enforce the mark of the beast. This is very important for the last days for our planet is running out of time. God, in the book of Revelation, reveals in symbolic language what is about to happen.

At the beginning of the book my father writes about Roger Williams of Providence, Rhode Island. Roger Williams is one of my dad’s heroes. Though he was born in England in the early 1600s Roger came to America seeking to live and worship according to the dictates of his conscience and also promoting this idea here, in the New World. He thought that in America they would be free from the ire of the King, especially in religious matters and was very disappointed that things were not so.  He had to fight for this fundamental right risking his own life, suffering banishment from the colony, and also suffering various other hardships. But his idea prevailed in the end and religious freedom did become a core principle of America and also part of the 1st amendment of the United States Constitution. This piece of history is very important because the idea of freedom of conscience will be revisited in the last days when the law will demand to worship in a certain way or a certain day, or else.

Then Dad writes about the rebellion in heaven, the fall of mankind, and the history of the nation of Israel up to about 500 B.C. It was around this time when an important statesman and prophet by the name Daniel, who concerned with the affairs of his people, started receiving visions and dreams, and also prophecies about the future.  In the book, my dad goes through every chapter of the prophetic book of Daniel, and gives a verse-by-verse interpretation of Daniel chapter 11, arguably the hardest chapter in the Bible to understand.

In the second half of the book Dad writes about the prophetic book of Revelation, some important American history and then he concludes by talking about the wonders of heaven and the glorious hope. It is a very good book if I may say so. I hope many people will get to read it. It has valuable information for everyone who happens to live in this period of Earth’s history that we find ourselves in. Happy Reading to everyone!

The book is available via the following websites:

http://www.tidingsfromtheeast.com

https://www.amazon.com/Does-Dragon-Speak-Stephen-Calais-ebook

 

500 Years of Protestant Reformation 1517 – 2017

What prompted Luther and the other reformers to protest? What were they protesting against and why were so many persecuted and burned at the stake?

Few movements have altered the course of world history more than the Protestant Reformation. Though it began long before Luther came on the scene, historians mark its beginnings with the life and ministry of Martin Luther.

In 1517, in response to the prevailing spiritual abuses of the church Luther wrote his Ninety-Five Theses in hopes to reform the church by pointing to the forgotten and neglected truths of the Holy Scriptures. He championed two major issues: the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice, and Christ as the only way to salvation.

Luther also taught that:

  • Christ is the true head of the church, not the pope;
  • Scripture is the ultimate authority, not the traditions of the Church of Rome;
  • Scripture is not reserved for leaders, clergy, and theologians, it is meant to be read and understood by everyone;
  • Prayerful study of the Bible, guided by the Holy Spirit, will lead the believer to an understanding of God’s will for his life.

The 95 propositions were rejected by the Roman church. Luther was condemned as heretic and excommunicated by the pope himself. And if it weren’t for his friends who kidnapped him and took him to a secure place he would have been put to death as many reformers before and after him have. What was their crime? They took a stand for the truth of the Holy Scriptures while exposing the errors of the church.

Truth is never popular because it rebukes sin. It has never been accepted by the majority because it calls to repentance. It is not convenient because it demands obedience, yet it is worth living and even dying for.

5 Distinctive Teachings of the Protestant Reformation

  1. Sola Scriptura – “The Bible alone.” Scripture alone is the authority and the standard of truth to every believer.

  2. Sola Gratia – “Grace alone.” God’s undeserved grace has alone the power to draw people to Himself.

  3. Sola Fide – “Faith alone. Man is justified by faith alone in the finished work of Christ, not by any works or merits of his own. Obedience is the response of the believer.

  4. Sola Christus – “Christ alone.” Salvation is accomplished by Christ alone. He is the only mediator between man and God. We are to pray and confess our sins directly to Him.

  5. Soli Deo Gloria – “To God alone be the glory.” Praise, and honor, and glory belong to Him, undivided.

Many today cling to the traditions of their ancestors. When the Lord sends additional light, they refuse to accept it because their fathers had not received it. God will not approve us  if we look to our fathers to decide our duty instead of searching the Word of Truth for ourselves. We are accountable for the additional light that now shines on us from the Word of God.

Some say the protest is over. This must mean one of two things, either that the church has reformed and abides completely by the Holy Scriptures or that the counter-reformation launched by the Jesuits accomplished its goal of silencing the protest.

You don’t need a PhD in order to conclude that the teachings of the Universal church have not changed and that it has not reformed. The practice of confessing the sins to a priest, prayers addressed to dead saints, the 10 commandments altered (second commandment removed and the 10th divided to keep the 10 count), biblical Sabbath replaced by the pagan Sunday, and other non biblical practices are issues that should prompt us to keep the protest going.

But be prepared, for everyone whom God uses to present truths that apply especially to their time will face opposition. There was a present truth in the days of Luther and before him in the days of Abel, and Noah, and Abraham, and Jeremiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, and many others. There is present truth for the church today. But the majority today as in the days of old want truth no more than Luther’s opponents did. Those who present the truth for this time should not expect to be received more favorably than the earlier Reformers were. The great controversy between truth and error, between Christ and Satan, is expected to increase towards the close of this world’s history. May God helps us take our stand with the truth!

Inspired by Signs of The Times, Special Edition 500 Years of Reformation and The Great Controversy by E. G. White

Going against the Dictates of Conscience Is neither Right nor Safe…

500 Years of Reformation 1517 – 2017

Liberty of Conscience Threatened – An Important Lesson in History

It was October 1517 when the priest and scholar Martin Luther, concerned about the non biblical teachings that crept into the church and out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, wrote his famous 95 Theses (http://www.luther.de/en/95thesen.html) and thus heated up the Protestant Reformation.

Though Luther was not shown from the scriptures where he was wrong, Pope Leo X excommunicated him from the church and later that year, because Luther refused to recant his writings, he was declared an outlaw and a heretic and the permission was given for anyone to kill him without consequence. Why was this man outlawed? Where did he err? And why is this still relevant today?

Luther compared the teachings of the church to the Bible, a copy of which he discovered in the university library. He was astonished to find truths that were not taught by the church. And he was equally alarmed to discover that many practices of the church were in complete contradiction with the Word of God. Because the Bible was not available people were ignorant of its precious teachings and many lived in despair. Meanwhile the popes and priests took advantage of the abounding ignorance and abused their powers. Luther had the call to expose the excesses and the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church and so through him God accomplished a great work for the reformation of the church and the enlightenment of the world.

Sola Scriptura – Bible alone is the rule of faith and conduct for a Christian. Martin Luther understood this full well and declared his conscience captive to the Word of God alone. The Bible is the ultimate standard for truth. Though he never intended to rise against the church or the authority of the king, Luther was forced to take a stand and this he did, choosing to side with the truth as it is written in the Bible at the expense of his reputation and almost losing his own life. Our real safety is in acting and believing in accordance with the Holy Writ and demanding a “thus saith the Lord” for every doctrine or practice of the church.

Below is the speech Luther offered in his defense to the charges of heresy brought against him by the Roman Catholic Church. I could not help but note the respectful tone and the eloquence in which he expresses himself.

“Most Serene Emperor, Illustrious Princes, Gracious Lords: I this day appear before you in all humility, according to your command, and I implore your majesty and your august highnesses, by the mercies of God, to listen with favor to the defense of a cause which I am well assured is just and right. I ask pardon, if by reason of my ignorance, I am wanting in the manners that befit a court; for I have not been brought up in king’s palaces, but in the seclusion of a cloister; and I claim no other merit than that of having spoken and written with the simplicity of mind which regards nothing but the glory of God and the pure instruction of the people of Christ.

Two questions were yesterday put to me by his imperial majesty; the first, whether I was the author of the books whose titles were read; the second, whether I wished to revoke or defend the doctrine I have taught. I answered the first directly, and I adhere to that answer: that these books are mine and published by me, except so far as they may have been altered or interpolated by the craft or officiousness of opponents.

As for the second question, I am now about to reply to it; and I must first entreat you Majesty and your Highnesses to deign to consider that I have composed writings on very different subjects. In some I have discussed Faith and Good Works, in a spirit at once so pure, clear, and Christian, that even my adversaries themselves, far from finding anything to censure, confess that these writings are profitable, and deserve to be perused by devout persons. The pope’s bull, violent as it is, acknowledges this. What, then, should I be doing if I were now to retract these writings? Wretched man! I alone, of all men living, should be abandoning truths approved by the unanimous voice of friends and enemies, and should be opposing doctrines that the whole world glories in confessing!

I have composed, secondly, certain works against the papacy, wherein I have attacked such as by false doctrines, irregular lives, and scandalous examples, afflict the Christian world, and ruin the bodies and souls of men. And is not this confirmed by the grief of all who fear God? Is it not manifest that the laws and human doctrines of the popes entangle, vex, and distress the consciences of the faithful, while the crying and endless extortions of Rome engulf the property and wealth of Christendom, and more particularly of this illustrious nation? Yet it is a perpetual statute that the laws and doctrines of the pope be held erroneous and reprobate when they are contrary to the Gospel and the opinions of the church fathers.

If I were to revoke what I have written on that subject, what should I do but strengthen this tyranny, and open a wider door to so many and flagrant impieties? Bearing down all resistance with fresh fury, we should behold these proud men swell, foam, and rage more than ever! And not merely would the yoke which now weighs down Christians be made more grinding by my retractation it would thereby become, so to speak, lawful, for, by my retractation, it would receive confirmation from your most serene majesty, and all the States of the Empire. Great God! I should thus be like to an infamous cloak, used to hide and cover over every kind of malice and tyranny.

In the third and last place, I have written some books against private individuals, who had undertaken to defend the tyranny of Rome by destroying the faith. I freely confess that I may have attacked such persons with more violence than was consistent with my profession as an ecclesiastic: I do not think of myself as a saint; but neither can I retract these books. Because I should, by so doing, sanction the impieties of my opponents, and they would thence take occasion to crush God’s people with still more cruelty.

Yet, as I am a mere man, and not God, I will defend myself after the example of Jesus Christ, who said: “If I have spoken evil, bear witness against me; but if well, why doest thou strike me?” (John 18:23). How much more should I, who am but dust and ashes, and so prone to error, desire that everyone should bring forward what he can against my doctrine. Therefore, most serene emperor, and you illustrious princes, and all, whether high or low, who hear me, I implore you by the mercies of God to prove to me by the writings of the prophets and apostles that I am in error. As soon as I shall be convinced, I will instantly retract all my errors, and will myself be the first to seize my writings, and commit them to the flames.

What I have just said will, I think, clearly show that I have well considered and weighed, not only the dangers to which I am exposing myself, but also the parties and dissensions excited in the world by means of my doctrine, of which I was yesterday so gravely admonished. But far from being dismayed by them, I rejoice exceedingly to see the Gospel this day, as of old, a cause of disturbance and disagreement; for such is the character and destiny of God’s word. “I came not to send peace unto the earth, but a sword,” said Jesus Christ. “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes shall be those of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-36)

God is wonderful and terrible in His counsels. Let us have a care, lest in our endeavors to arrest discords, we be bound to fight against the holy word of God and bring down upon our heads a frightful deluge of inextricable dangers, present disaster, and everlasting desolations. Let us have a care that the reign of the young and noble prince, the Emperor Charles, on whom, next to God, we build so many hopes, should not only commence, but continue and terminate its course, under the most favorable auspices.

I might cite examples drawn from the oracles of God. I might speak of Pharaohs, of kings of Babylon, or of Israel, who were never more contributing to their own ruin than when, by measures in appearances most prudent, they thought to establish their authority! God removeth the mountains and they know not (Job 9:5). In speaking thus, I do not suppose that such noble princes have need of my poor judgment; but I wish to acquit myself of a duty whose fulfillment my native Germany has a right to expect from her children. And so commending myself to your august majesty, and your most serene highnesses, I beseech you in all humility, not to permit the hatred of my enemies to rain upon me an indignation I have not deserved. I have done.

[Having delivered this speech in German, Luther was now asked to repeat it in Latin. After some hesitation, he did so. He was then reminded that he should answer a simple question: whether he would retract or not. Thus he continued:]

Since your most serene majesty and your high mightinesses require of me a simple, clear and direct answer, I will give one, and it is this: I cannot submit my faith either to the pope or to the council, because it is as clear as noonday that they have fallen into error and even into glaring inconsistency with themselves. If, then, I am not convinced by proof from Holy Scripture, or by cogent reasons, if I am not satisfied by the very text I have cited, and if my judgment is not in this way brought into subjection to God’s word, I neither can nor will retract anything; for it cannot be either safe or honest for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise; God help me! Amen.” Martin Luther’s Speech at the Imperial Diet in Worms, Germany (18 April 1521)

Zealous, ardent, and devoted, knowing no fear but the fear of God and acknowledging no foundation for religious faith but the Holy Scriptures, Luther was the man for his time; through him God accomplished a great work for the reformation of the church and the enlightenment of the world. – E. G. White

The Constitution is our final defense against threats to liberty of conscience. What once was seen as established law is now viewed as a customizable tool to violate the very rights it was written to protect. (http://www.lightbearers.org/freedom-of-conscience-threatened/)  May we know our history well that we many not repeat the same mistakes or commit the same atrocities that had not needed to ever happen.