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Abraham’s Journey in Gen 12 is a Pattern for Adventism

Posted Feb 26, 2010 by Adrian Ebens in Adventist Church
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Many are familiar with the fact that Adventism is following the pattern of Israel

1 Cor 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Ellen White says specifically regarding the Adventism and Israel

"Satan's snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people." 5T 160

It is also significant that Israel repeated the experience of Abraham in going down into Egypt, getting caught there and then being delivered by plagues and being released by the king. This pattern becomes significant for Adventism in the context that we have been grafted into this covenant people and were raised in exactly the same manner as Israel of old.

"God has called His church in this day, as He called ancient Israel, to stand as a light in the earth. By the mighty cleaver of truth, the messages of the first, second, and third angels, He has separated them from the churches and from the world to bring them into a sacred nearness to Himself. He has made them the depositaries of His law and has committed to them the great truths of prophecy for this time. Like the holy oracles committed to ancient Israel, these are a sacred trust to be communicated to the world." 5T 455

Let us notice carefully the pattern of Abraham

1.    Gen 12:2,3 Promised the blessing and covenant through which all families of the earth will be blessed.
2.    Gen 12:4 Abraham comes out of Babylon
3.    Gen 12:6 Came to the hill or mountain of the teacher (Moreh)
4.    Gen 12:7 The Lord appears and promises the land to the seed of Abraham. Abraham builds an altar and worships the Lord.
5.    Gen 12:10 The Land suffers a famine and the decision is made to travel to Egypt
6.    Gen 12:11-13 Abraham asks his wife to disguise her true identity and state that she has the same origin as himself – His sister. The true position of submission is lost.
7.    Gen 12:14-16. Pharaoh finds Sarah attractive and on the basis of her new identity brings her into his house and rewards Abraham
8.    Gen 12:17-19. The Lord sends plagues to Pharaoh so that he discovers Sarah’s true identity
9.      Gen 12:20, Gen 13:1-4 Pharaoh send Abraham away and he goes to Caanan

This is the Pattern that Adventism has and will follow

1.    God gave Adventism the Blessing and Covenant in the Third Angel’s message in the context of Elijah. This message would go to every nation (tribe), kindred (clan) tongue and people. TM 50, EW 258, 5T 381, 7T 138
2.    Adventism comes out of Papal Babylon onto the pillars of the Sabbath and the State of the Dead and removes from Sunday Sacredness and Immortality of the Soul. CW 30, EW 258
3.    Adventism travels towards 1888 where they encounter a teacher of righteousness in the message of righteousness by Faith. TM 91
4.    Adventism begin to receive the latter rain and the promise of the land is before us. {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 7}
5.    Adventism rejects the message and a famine for the Word enters into God’s people and we wander towards Egypt looking for food. 1888 page 1067
6.    The leaders of Adventism hide the truth about its understanding of the submission of Christ to the Father as the Son of God and present Him to Martin and Barnhouse as having the same origin as the Father. See Questions on Doctrine and Questions on Doctrine Revisited by Leroy Moore for detail on how the book QOD passed into circulation.
7.    Martin and Barnhouse declare Adventism strange but orthodox because of our acceptance of the Trinity and rejection of the Nature of Christ. This legitimizes Adventism and opens many doors for us and gives us many advantages. “ is perfectly possible to be a Seventh-day Adventists and be a true follower of Jesus Christ despite heterodox concepts...” Kingdom of the Cults p517
8.    We are currently held captive due to our lying about the true identity of Christ the Divine submissive agent, but God will send the 7 last plagues to alert Babylon and the kings of the earth concerning the true identity of Jesus which is revealed under the angel of Revelation 18.

Until we pray the prayer of Daniel 9 and repent of hiding the true identity of the submissive Son of God, we will remain in captivity and the message of Rev 18 will not come.

We are now almost fully exposed to the whim and desire of Babylon and God’s hedge of protection has departed from us. We have danced with the Moabites and drunk their wine right on the borders of Canaan and a plague is certainly about to descend upon us.

I urge everyone to pray for God to intervene and save us. We are a covenant people and only those who identity themselves as part of this people and pray “we have sinned” and “remain in the City” will avert the slaughter of the avenging angels. My heart aches for our people and I pray day and night that God will be merciful to us and forgive us for turning away from His Son.