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A Solemn Warning to God’s People

7 Dec

There are too many of God’s professed people living in ease and comfort and continuing on with their lives as if nothing is about to happen.           For some time now I have heard people tell me that we must continue “living life as normal”, and that we cannot start living as if tomorrow           was our last day.  Now I would love to know where this teaching came from, because it is neither Biblical, nor does it come from the            spirit of prophecy.  What did Jesus even say?  He said in Luke 17:26 that “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also            in the days of the Son of man.” … What was it like in the days of Noah, when Noah was warning the people that the earth was soon           to be destroyed?  The people were “eating, drinking, marrying” etc, as if nothing was about to happen.  And Jesus is WARNING           us NOT to be like this.  Because what happened to those who carried on “living as normal”?  They were destroyed!

Ezekiel 9

If we as God’s people are not willing to heed the warning found in the message to the Laodicean church (Revelation 3), and this message             found in Ezekiel 9, then we have a problem.  God, in His mercy, is giving us plenty of warning to get right with Him.  In His mercy, He is             showing us that merely “knowing” the truth about the end times and the mark of the beast is NOT ENOUGH to get us through.             Because if we really had a love for the truth, then that truth would stir us into action for Christ Jesus and His people. So let’s take             a look at what Ezekiel 9 says and what the spirit of prophecy says about it.

Ezekiel 9:2-6 …’And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a              slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and              stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the              house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the LORD said unto him, Go through the              midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the              abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let              not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man              upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.’

So who is the one with the “writer’s inkhorn” by his side?  This is none other than the SEALING ANGEL who places the seal of God             upon all of God’s true people.  Take a look at what Ellen White says about the one with the writer’s inkhorn …

“I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer’s inkhorn by his side returned              from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and SEALED. Then I saw Jesus, who had been              ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, “It is              done”. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, “He that is unjust, let him be              unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy,              let him be holy still”. (E.G.White, Early Writings, p.279)

Now you may say, “big deal! This is just confirming that God will seal those who refuse the mark of the beast”.  But is it             THAT simple.  Is it just a case of waiting until the Sunday law comes along, refuse to go along with it, and we will be sealed?  No, I’m             afraid it’s not THAT simple.  Because anyone who truly loves Christ Jesus will not sit back waiting for the Sunday law to come along.  They             will be ACTIVE in God’s work.  They will be ACTIVE in turning away from sin.  They will be ACTIVE in doing good works.  They will be ACTIVE             in getting the truth out there and warning the world.  Which is why people in the lukewarm Laodicean state are so wretched.  Because even             though they know the truth, they are doing NOTHING about it.  They think that they are safe and continue to live life as normal, waiting             to see what happens.

Now does God say in Ezekiel 9 that the sealing angel will seal those who merely “know” the truth and keep the sabbath day?  No.             The sealing angel with the writer’s inkhorn seals those who are sighing and crying for the sins that are committed in the earth and in             the midst of God’s people.  In other words, those who have been truly CHANGED by the truth.  Those who have humbled themselves             before God and turned away from sin themselves and are hurt and cry for the sins that are committed in the midst of the church. Those who             warn others with the truth they have been shown.

Ellen White states that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY fulfilled.

“Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing,              and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the              people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience.              The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very              soon, every case will be decided for eternity.” (E.G.White, Manuscript Releases, Vol.1, p.260)

My friend, please heed the warning.  Please put the sacred truths that have been revealed to you into ACTION.  Do not be one of the many whom             the Lord will spue out of His mouth, because they didn’t have a love for the truth.  Please give your ALL to Christ Jesus now and let Him             use you to further God’s kingdom on earth.  Please get right with God now before it’s too late and probation closes forever.

What did God say will happen to those who do not have a love for the truth? … 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 …’And with all deceivableness of              unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send              them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.’

They will be deceived!

“While the man of business is absorbed in the pursuit of gain, while the pleasure lover is seeking              indulgence, while the daughter of fashion is arranging her adornments – it may be in that hour the Judge of all the earth will pronounce              the sentence: “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” (E.G.White, Last Day Events, p.230)

“When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly – at a time when we are least expecting it.              But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us.” (E.G.White, Last Day Events, p.230)

The people are perishing.  Please do what you can to warn them!

Please heed the solemn warning found in Ezekiel 9

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Bible Symbol Chart

14 Oct
SYMBOL MEANING REFERENCES
Angel Messenger Daniel 8:16;   9:21; Luke 1:19,26; Hebrews 1:14
Ark of   Testimony Ark of the   covenant/mercy seat where God dwells Exodus   25:10-22; Psalms 80:1
Babylon Religious   apostasy/confusion Genesis   10:8-10; 11:6-9; Revelation 18:2-3; 17:1-5
Balaam,   Doctrine of Advancing   our own interests, compromise, idolatry Numbers   22:5-25
Beast Kingdom,   government, political power Daniel   7:23
Bear Destructive   Power / Medo Persia Proverbs   28:15; 2 Kings 2:23-24; Daniel 7:5
Binding of   Satan A symbolic   chain of circumstances Isaiah   14:12-20
Black Moral   darkness, sin, apostasy Exodus   10:21-23; Jeremiah 4:20-28; 8:21; Acts 26:18; John 12:35; Joel 2:1-10
Blood Life Leviticus   17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23
Blue   (color) Law Numbers   15:38-39
Bottomless   pit Earth in   chaos, torn up, dark and empty Genesis   1:1,2; Jeremiah 4:23-28; Isaiah 24:1-4, 19; Revelation 20:1-3
Bow Success in   battle against evil Psalm   7:11,12; Psalms 45:4,5
Bread Word of   God John 6:35,   51, 52, 63
Brass,   Tin, Iron, Lead, Silver dross Impure   Character Ezekiel   22:20-21
Corrupt   Woman Corrupt,   apostate church Ezekiel   16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hosea 2:5; 3:1
Crowns Kingship,   victory 1   Chronicles 20:2; 2 Kings 11:12; Ezekiel 21:26,27; James 1:12; 2 Timothy   4:7,8;

1 Corinthians   9:25

Clothing Character Isaiah   64:6, Isaiah 59:6
Cup Meted out   suffering and judgments Psalm   11:6; Isaiah 51:12,22-23; Jeremiah 25:12-17; 49:12
Day Literal   year Ezekiel   4:6; Numbers 14:34
Door Opportunity/

Probation

2   Corinthians 2:12; Revelation 3:20

Luke   12:24, 25

Dove Holy   Spirit Mark 1:10
Dragon Satan or   his agency Isaiah   27:1; 30:6; Psalms 74:13,14; Revelation 12:7,9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34
Eagle Speed,   Power, vision, vengeance, protection Deut   28:49; Habakkuk 1:6-8; Revelation 12:1-4
Eating of   the book Assimilating   the message Ezekiel   3:1-3; Jeremiah 15:16
Egypt Symbol of   atheism Exodus 5:2
Eyes Spiritual   Discernment Matthew   13:10-17, 1 John 2:11
Eye salve Holy   Spirit to help us see truth, discernment to understand word, antidote for   spiritual blindness Ephesians   1:12-19; Psalms 119:18; I John 2: 20,27; John 16:7-13
Faithful   witness Christ John   18:37; John 3:11; Revelation 1:5; 3:14; 19:11
False   Prophet Apostate   Protestantism Revelation   16:13,14; 13:13,14; 19:20
Famine Dearth of   Truth Amos 8:11
Feet Your Walk   / Direction Genesis   19:2, Psalm 119:105
Forehead Mind Romans   7:25; Ezekiel 3:8,9
Fornication   Illicit   connection between church and world Ezekiel   16:15,26; Isaiah 23:17; James 4:4; Revelation 14:4
Four   Beasts of Living Creatures Heavenly   beings with special responsibilities Revelation   5:8-10; 4:6-9; 6:1-7; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4
Four   corners of Earth Four   directions of compass Jeremiah   49:36
Fire Holy   Spirit Luke 3:16
Fig Tree A Nation   that should bear fruit Luke   13:6-9
Field World Matthew   13:38, John 4:35
Fruit Works /   Actions Galatians   5:22
Garments Covering   of righteousness Genesis   35:2; Isaiah 61:10; 52:1; Zechariah 3:3-5; Romans 13:14
Gold True   riches of heaven, faith, scripture Psalms   19:7-10; Galatians 5:6; James 2:5; Job 23:10; Isaiah 13:12
Goat Greece Daniel   8:21
Hand Symbol of   Deeds / Works / Actions Ecclesiastes   9:10, Isaiah 59:6
Harvest End of   World Matthew   13:39
Harlot Apostate   church/religion Isaiah   1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9
Heads Major   powers/rulers/governments Revelation   17:3, 9, 10; Daniel 7:6; 8:8,22
Healing Salvation Luke 5:23-24
Hidden   Manna Christ John   6:49,50,53; mathew13:44
Honey happy life   Ezekiel   20:6, Deuteronomy 8:8-9
Horn King or   kingdom

Power and   Strength

Daniel   7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zechariah 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12
Horse Strength   and Power in Battle

Special   representatives/angel

Job 39:19,   Psalms 147:10, Proverbs 21:31; Exodus 15:21; Isaiah 43:17; Jeremiah 8:6

Zechariah   1:8-10; 6:1-8

Image A likeness Exodus   20:4; Genesis 1:26; 5:3
Incense Prayers of   God’s people Psalms   141:2; Revelations 5:8
Israel True   Followers of Christ Romans   9:6-8; 2:28,29; Galatians 3:29
Jar /   Vessel Person Jeremiah   18:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:7
Jezebel Immorality,   Idolatry, Apostasy 1 Kings   21:25; 2 Kings 9:22
Jordan death Romans   6:4, Deuteronomy 4:22
Key of   David Power to   open & close the sanctuary Revelations   3:7-9; Isaiah 22:22
Keys Control/jurisdiction Isaiah22:22;   Matthew 16:19
Lamb Jesus/sacrifice   John 1:29;   1 Corinthians 5:7; Genesis 22:7,8
Lamp Word of   God Psalm   119:105
Lamb’s   Wife New   Jerusalem Revelation   19:7-9; 21:2,9,10
Lion Jesus/Powerful   King i.e. Babylon Rev.   5:4-9, Jer. 50:43-44, Dan. 7:4,17,23
Locusts Destruction Joel 1:4;   Deuteronomy 28:38
Leopard Greece Daniel 7:6
Leprosy /   Sickness Sin Luke   5:23-24
Lords Day The   Sabbath Isaiah   58:13; Matthew 12:8; Exodus 20:10
Man Child Jesus Psalms   2:7-9; Revelation 12:5
Mark Sign/Seal/mark   of approval or disapproval Romans   4:11; Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2, 3
Measuring   Rod God’s Law

God’s Word

James   2:10-12; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

Isaiah   8:19,20; 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Merchants Advocates   of Babylon’s teachings Isaiah   47:11-15;Nahum 3:16; Revelations 18:3,11,15,23
Moon Permanence

Moses’   system of types of sacrifices

Psalms   89:35-37

Hebrews   10:1,11

Morning   star Jesus Revelations   22:16
Mountains Political   or religion-political powers Isaiah   2:2, 3; Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24, 25; Ezekiel 17:22, 23; Daniel 2:35, 44,   45
Mystery of   God The gospel Ephesians   1:9,10, 3:9, 6:19; Colossians 1:26,27
New   Jerusalem The Holy   city of Heaven Revelations   3:12, 21:2
Oil Holy   Spirit Zechariah   4:2-6; Revelation 4:5
Open Door Unlimited   Opportunity 1   Corinthians 16:9; Acts14:27; John 10:7-9

Hosea   2:15; Colossians 4:3

Purple Royalty Mark   15:17, Judges 8:26
Rainbow Token of   covenant keeping Genesis   9:11-17
Ram Medo   Persia Daniel   8:20
Red /   Scarlet (color) Sin/corruption   Isaiah   1:18; Nahum 2:3; Revelation 17:1-4
Reapers Angels Matthew   13:39
Reins Seat of   will, affections Psalms   7:9, 16:7, 26:2, 73:21; Proverbs 23:16; Jeremiah 17:10
Ring Authority Genesis   41:42-43, Esther 3:10-11
Rock Jesus/truth   1   Corinthians 10:4; Isaiah 8:13, 14; Romans 9:33; Matthew 7:24
Seal Sign or   mark of approval or disapproval Romans   4:11; Revelation 7:2, 3
Seed Descendents   / Jesus Romans   9:8, Galatians 3:16
Second   Death Lake of   fire Revelations   21:8; 20:2
Serpent Satan Revelation   12:9; 20:2
Seven   Candle sticks 7   candlesticks in Holy Place of Sanctuary

Seven   Churches

Exodus   25:31-40

Revelations1:20

Seven   Heads Seven Political   Powers Revelations   17:9,10; Isaiah 2:2-4
Seven   Lamps Jesus,   Word of God John 9:5,   1:9; Psalms 119:105; Revelations 4:5
Sickle Symbol of   Harvest-End of world Mathew   13:39; Revelations 14:14
Silver Pure Words   & Understanding Proverbs   2:4, 3:13-14, 10:20, 25:11, Psalms 12:6
Sodom Moral   degradations Ezekiel   16:46-55; Jeremiah 23:14; Genesis 19:4-14
Stars Angels/messengers   Revelation   1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7
Sun Jesus/the   gospel Psalm   84:11; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; John 8:12; 9:5
Skin Christ’s   righteousness Exodus   12:5, 1 Peter 1:19, Isaiah 1:4-6
Sword Word of   God

Bloodshed,   Destruction

Ephesians   6:17; Hebrews 4:12

Isaiah   3:25, 13:15; Acts 12:1,2; Jeremiah 48:2

Testimony   of Jesus Holy   Spirit/ gift of prophecy Revelations   19:10; 22:9; 1 Corinthians 13:2
Thief Suddenness   of Jesus’ coming 1   Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10
Thorns /   Thorny Ground Cares of   this life Mark   4:18-19
Tongue Language /   Speech Exodus   4:10
Time 360 Day   (Literal Years) Daniel   4:16, 23, 25, 32; 7:25; Daniel 11:13 margin
Times 720 Days   (Literal Years) Daniel   7:25, Revelation 12:6,14, 13:5; 11:1,2
Trumpet loud   warning of God’s approach Exodus   19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5
Tree Cross;   People / Nation Deut.   21:22-23, Psalm 92:12, 37:35
Torment Test,   prove by trial 1   Corinthians 3:13; Hebrews 12:29; Isaiah 33:14
Twenty-four   elders A group   redeemed from earth Revelations   5:9-10, 4:4; 7:9-14
Two-edged   Sword God’s word Ephesians   6:17; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 10:34
Two   witnesses Old and   New Testaments John 5:39,   Zechariah 4:1-14; psalms 119:130, 105; John 12:48
Vineyard Church   that should bear fruit Luke   20:9-16
Waters Inhabited   Area-People/ Nations Revelations   17:15
Water Holy   Spirit / Everlasting Life John 7:39,   4:14, Rev. 22:17, Eph. 5:26
White   (Color) Purity Revelation   12:9; 20:2
White   Robes Victory/righteousness   Revelation   19:8; 3:5; 7:14
Winds Strife,   Commotions, “winds of war” Jeremiah   25:31-33,49:36,37, 4:11-13; Zechariah 7:14
Wings Speed /   Protection / Deliverance Deuteronomy   28:49, Matthew 23:37
Wine blood/covenant/doctrines   Luke 5:37
Woman,   Pure True   Church Jeremiah   6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
Woman,   Corrupt Apostate   church Ezk.   16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
Wolf Disguised   Enemies that hunt in a time of darkness Matthew   7:15
Wormwood Sorrow/bitterness Jeremiah   9:15, 23:15; Lamentations 3:19
Wrath of   God Seven Last   Plagues Revelations   15:1
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