|Friday, August 2, 2019|
Austin, Texas, USA
was born in Southern Nigeria to a Christian home and have been in the Sunday church until six years ago. I had been attending every seminar I could find on the Book of Revelation because I had a very strong desire to overcome my fear of it and get to understand it. It was then that I received an invitation in the mail to attend such a seminar at the local Seventh Day Adventist church. I attended that seminar.
In all, I have attended six seminars on the Book of Revelation. These include an introductory one by the Catholic Church, one by the Baptist Church, one by an Evangelical Church and three by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In addition to this, I attended two seminars on the Book of Daniel by the Adventist Church. The Adventist Seminars made copious references to the Book of Daniel. Remember Jesus (in Matthew 24) urged us to go study the Book of Daniel.When all was said and done, I switched churches and started attending the Adventist Church. First of all, the evidence is clear that Saturday is the 7th day of the week, which the Lord commanded us to keep holy. I found out that there are also Seventh Day Baptists and other churches that have continued to keep the true Sabbath. Additionally none of the Sunday churches could finger what is the Mark of the Beast of Revelation. The Adventists did. None of the Sunday churches could explain the 2300 - year prophesy in the Book of Daniel. The Adventist church did. Since I trust but always verify, I found the Adventist's churches explanation of Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy more accurate than what the Sunday churches taught. Finally, I found out that the Adventists pay particular attention to what is written in the word of God than the casual way I experienced in the Sunday churches. For sure some of their (Adventist) interpretations of Revelation are either over my pay grade or I disagree based on my reading the word myself. The areas of disagreement do not affect one's salvation and therefore is no big deal. It should now be clear why Mr. Fayemiwo's article caught my attention and produced this response. There are precepts we must bear in mind - Paul told us (1st Corinthians 13:9) that we will only have perfect understanding AFTER Christ returns. So we must not be quick to judgment and harsh judgment at that when we see a different interpretation/understanding of Scripture we are familiar with. So I now share my understanding with everyone hoping for constructive comments on anyplace that I might err. So brother Fayemiwo, here are my comments on what you wrote. Let me hear from you if you disagree with any or all of it.
Observance of the Sabbath:Mr. Fayemiwo is 100% wrong. The SDA does not teach that one can earn his/her way to Heaven by keeping the Sabbath. If one could do so, Jesus would not have rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees as He did. Those religious leaders were strict Sabbath keepers. Mr. Fayemiwo's error derives from the false teachings in the Sunday churches that the law was nailed to the cross and we are now under grace. No it was not (Romans 6: -2). The ceremonial laws that Moses wrote with ink on papyrus are what were nailed to the cross. The Ten Commandments written on stone by God Himself are in force for eternity. Yes no one can keep it hence the need for Jesus' righteousness to be bestowed on those who accept Him before they can enter into Heaven. Listen to prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 66:23) - "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, says the Lord". Listen to Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus". Listen to Jesus in Matthew "If you love me you will keep my commandments" Clearly one keeps the Sabbath as a sign one loves the Lord. Also, to obey is better than to sacrifice. Besides, there are blessings to boot (see Isaiah 58:13-14). Now let us ask the Sunday worshippers, why is it that it is ONLY when one expresses a desire to keep the true Sabbath that they say one is going back to live under the law? Should the same not be said if one wanted to not commit adultery, i.e., that one is going back to live under the law? Why would grace cover nine of the commandments but exclude the 4th commandment? Laughable! The Sabbath is a COVENANT (Ezekiel 20:14)! By the way the Sabbath starts at Sundown on Friday and ends at Sundown on Saturday. Sunday, the day the Romans worshipped the sun is not the Seventh Day of the week that God sanctified and asked us to keep holy. Many in the Sunday churches know this but are reluctant to change because everybody is worshipping on Sunday. Remember that narrow and straight is the road the leads to eternal life and few are they that follow it. Wide is the path and many are those who take it to eternal destruction (Matthew 7: 13-14).
He asserts "There is no picayune Biblical reference to the doctrinal expression of non-feeling death experience as held among SDA". Really?
Let us go to Ecclesiastes 9: 5 - 6. It reads "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing,, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun".
Now, let us go to the New Testament and read Jesus Himself in John 11: 11 -14. Jesus had been told that His friend Lazarus was sick. He delayed going to see him until he was dead. Then He told His disciples that Lazarus was asleep. They responded that sleep rest will be good for Lazarus since he was sick. Jesus the told them blankly that Lazarus was dead. So by Lazarus sleeps, Jesus meant Lazarus was dead.
Now let's go to Daniel 12:2. The Angel said to Daniel "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake ……".
I hope that these references improve brother Fayemiwo's understanding in this matter. And while we are at it, let us dispense with a touchy feel good saying one hears at funerals, to wit, that the dead is now in a better place. This is often uttered if the dead had been in pain during the sickness prior to death. Even Pastors say this. It is false! As you can see from what the Angel said to Daniel, the dead go neither to Heaven or Hell at death. They sleep in the dust. They feel no more pain. Their bodies return to the earth from which it was made and the spirit of God returns to God and they breathe no more. This is truth!
Stop and think. If anyone deserved to go to Heaven at death, Jesus did. But did Jesus go to Heaven at death, NO! He spent three days in the grave - the sign of the prophet Jonah. An Angel had to descend from Heaven to roll away the stone that covered Jesus' tomb so He could exit the tomb. Again, if the righteous dead go to Heaven at death, Lazarus (the friend of Jesus) should have gone to Heaven at death. In which case Jesus did not need to go to Lazarus' grave to call him back to life. But that is exactly what He did - go to the grave - site, had the covering stone rolled away before calling Lazarus back to life.