Are We All Called To Be Teachers?

We All Are Called To Be Teachers

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Many newcomers to the Rod’s Message and even some who have been around for a long time, feel intimidated by the breath and scope of the message. They look at some of the great studies to name a few: The Seven Seals; The Assyrian Confederacy; The Seven Trumpet; The River of Ezekiel Nine; and think they would never be able to grasp or remember these studies much more teach them. They believe that as a teacher they would have to store all these studies to memory. That is far from the reality of what it takes to be a teacher of the message. But there are some basic things that must be understood about the message in order to share it. And the word share is used here because unlike some of our illustrious and seasoned teachers about Davidia, what most regular members ever get to do is share the fundamental truths of this message with people they come in contact with. Most believers never get the opportunity to sit with a person from month to month and teach them a good portion, or even less likely, the entire Rod’s Message.

To know the Rod message enough to share it, these are some of the facts that must be understood: That there is an investigative judgment going on right now in heaven; the messenger, E. G. White, testified that this investigative judgment began in 1844; God had begun then to judge the dead from the books; and that soon thereafter, he was going to start judging the living from the books in heaven also. If according to 2 Peter 4:17 judgment begins at the house of God, by definition it must begin with the SDA church, for this is the last church spoken of in Revelation 3:14-18. But God always send an immediate message to warn His people before He visits them in Judgment. Therefore the Rod message is a message of warning, reproof, and preparation.

This preparatory message is described in a number of terms. Here are a few of them: A Revival and reformation; An afflicting of souls before God in this antitypical Day of atonement; A putting away of idols before the coming of the Great and Dreadful day of the Lord; Procuring the extra oil much like the five wise virgins of Matthew 25:1-13

” the long expected message of the sealing of the 144,000 (the purification of the church — the judgment of the living in the “house of God”: the message to the Laodiceans), the Loud Cry, and kindred events.” 1 Jezreel Letters pg 1

After God has given ample warning there is going to be a separation, which is the physical judgment here on earth; the separation will take the form of the slaughter of Ezekiel 9. This separation will bring about the 144,000 saints spoken of in Rev 7;  after which God is going to set up the everlasting kingdom described in Daniel 2.

If you have gotten this far in studying with an individual, it is because they are being convinced. If they should require further and deeper studies, you have some options:

a. Dig deeper into the other subjects yourself and then pass it on to your student as you go. It is the way every great teacher earned his knowledge and experience.

b. Take the student to the group’s monthly scheduled studies because he or she is now ready for that.

c. Enlist the assistant of a bible worker in your area, or someone of more experience to continue with the individual.

“As this ministry, of which “there hath not been ever the like, neither shall he any more after it” (Joel 2:2), is to be free from all earthly encumbrances, let not anyone longer delay in effecting the transition which will ultimately see him engaged heart and soul in the Lord’s “closing work for the church,” in the ingathering of the “firstfruits” who are to be sealed from among the living in Laodicea. And while giving himself to this work, he will at the same time be preparing himself to give the message in the time of the Loud Cry, which the purification of the church — the deliverance of the sealed and the destruction of the unsealed — is to usher in, and which the purified are to proclaim.” Fundamental Beliefs pg 27

Therefore do not be dismayed that you are not well versed in the Rod’s Message as yet. Even Ellen G. White, being a messenger of God, lamented about her inability to grasp the prophecies as she sat with the men of advanced knowledge in the scriptures. If you are asked certain questions you do not yet know the answers to, tell the student frankly, you do not have that information at the moment but you would possibly have it at a later date. That leaves the door wide open for further communication. Beside, you have to control the study and not be taken off subject with a slew of unrelated questions. So be confident and as you learn to give studies you would develop techniques of wisdom and dove’s harmlessness.

 

References

 Investigative Judgment References: Heb 8:24.  “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

 VOL 4:267:3 ”…in 1844, Christ then entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, into the presence of God, to perform the closing work of atonement, preparatory to his coming… The sanctuary in Heaven is the very center of Christ’s work in behalf of men. It concerns every soul living upon the earth.”

(N.B.: Read more on the twenty-three hundred days prophecy. It ended in 1844. Daniel 8:14: says: “Unto two thousand three hundred days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” It meant the beginning of the cleansing of the names of the unrighteous dead out of the heavenly books by Christ himself]

The messenger of God did testify that when Christ entered the most holy place, He began judging the dead out of the books; The judgment of the dead began in 1844 and “when that work shall be completed, judgment is to be pronounced upon the living.” Selected Messages 1:125

How soon will the judgment of the living begin? Ellen White answers, “Soon—none know how soon—it will pass to the cases of the living” GC 490.

Though we don’t know how soon, we do know that “the great work of judging the living is about to begin” Testimonies For the Church 6:130

And if judgment begins at the house of God, 2 Peter 4:17, it must begin with the SDA church.

But God has been known always, to send an immediate message of warning to His people before He visits them in judgment. This message therefore, must be a message of warning so one can prepare.

What we ought to look for before the judgment then? “…some special truthadapted to the necessities of God’s people at that time. …”

What would be the overwhelming response to this message of warning?

“Many who hear the message – by far the greatest number will not credit the solemn warning. Many will be found disloyal to the commandments of God, which are a test of character. The Lord’s servants will be called enthusiast. Ministers will warn the people not to listen to them. Noah received the same treatment while the spirit of God was urging him to give the message, whether men would hear, or whether they will forbear.” Ministers and Gospel Workers. 233.,

The messenger had been prophesied to come, and confirmed by Ellen G. White:

“I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice, “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.” The message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the second angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel’s message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel’s message.”

Additional references:

.Read the full chapter of Ezekiel 9

This separation of church members will bring about the 144,000 saints spoken of in Rev 7:1-3, after which God is going to set up the kingdom described in Daniel 2:44, Dan 2:20-45.

But this truth, this last and saving message to the church is going to meet with fierce opposition, as mentioned above. Satan does not want God’s work to be completed because his doom would be sure. And since this message is what’s going to prepare the saints in the church to evangelize the world with the Loud Cry of the third angel’s message, the enemy is going to do everything in his power to prevent it.

Here are some  of the quotes to prepare the listener for the opposition he is going to experience from family and church members.

FULL TEXT ON REVIVAL AND REFORMATION

“There is yet much precious truth to be revealed to the people in this time of peril and darkness, but it is Satan’s determined purpose to prevent the light of truth from shining into the hearts of men… Precious truths that have long been in obscurity are to be revealed in a light that will make manifest their sacred worth; for God will glorify His word, that it may appear in a light in which we have never before beheld it. But those who profess to love the truth must put to the stretch their powers, that they may comprehend the deep things of the word, that God may be glorified and His people may be blessed and enlightened.  Revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death.

Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.” Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902.  {ChS 42.2}

“Precious light is to shine forth from the Word of God, and let no one presume to dictate what shall or what shall not be brought before the people in the messages of enlightenment that He shall send, and so quench the Spirit of God. Whatever may be his position of authority, no one has a right to shut away the light from the people. When a message comes in the name of the Lord to His people, no one may excuse himself from an investigation of its claims. No one can afford to stand back in an attitude of indifference and self-confidence, and say: “I know what is truth. I am satisfied with my position. I have set my stakes, and I will not be moved away from my position, whatever may come. I will not listen to the message of this messenger; for I know that it can not be truth.” It was from pursuing this very course that the popular churches were left in partial darkness, and that is why the messages of heaven have not reached them.”

Be encouraged. This is only an outline for beginners, and the faint of heart, who are interested in how they can engage someone showing interest in the message. It is not meant to limit those who may have a more advanced understanding and larger arsenal of quotes from the scriptures and SOP. SOP = Spirit Of Prophecy

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