Studies for Restitution

Whom the heaven must receive
until the times of restitution of all things,
which God hath spoken by the mouth of
all his holy prophets since the world began.
Acts 3:21

THE ORDER
IN HEAVEN


Study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

Prepared by:
Restitution Ministries,

P. O. Box 7137 Kariong
NSW 2250, Australia
www.acts321.org


THE ORDER IN HEAVEN

The status and order of Heaven according to the vast majority of Christendom is: 1.God the Father. 2. God the Son. 3. God the Holy Spirit (all co-equal - co-eternal) or some may say that, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one and all three make one God.

The Old Testament writers worshipped the one God of the Bible.

Deut 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD."

Ps 86:10 "For thou [art] great, and doest wondrous things: thou [art] God alone."

Isa 44:6 "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God."

Isa 44:8 "Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared [it]? ye [are] even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, [there is] no God; I know not [any]."

The New Testament writers also speak of only one God,

Mar 5:7 "What have I to do with thee, Jesus, [thou] Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not."

Mar 12:29 "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord."

Mar 12:32 "And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he."

Luk 5:21 "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" (Man with palsy)

Jn 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

Rom 3:29 "[Is he] the God of the Jews only? [is he] not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also."

Rom 3:30 "Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith."

1Cor 8:6 "But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him."

Gal 1:3 "Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ."

Eph 1:2 "Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ."

Eph 1:3 "Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ."

Eph 4:5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

Eph 4:6 'One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all."

Col 1:2 "To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

1Tim 2:5 "For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

Jam 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."

Jam 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

2Pet 1:2 "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."

2Jn 3 "Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.'

Jude 1 "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called."

Jude 4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.'

Note1: There is always a distinction between God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Note2: Never is praise, or worship, given to the Gods of heaven, or God in Trinity, or any multiplication of God.

All Scripture speaks of only one God. Many times the very words of Jesus and His disciples were of the one God. There was never a mention of three Gods, a triune God or a Trinity.

So who should we worship?
Are we to take the Bible as it reads?
Where does the weight of evidence lead us?

1Jn1:3 "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is]
with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."

THE BIBLE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE BELIEF
OF THE MAJORITY OF CHRISTENDOM.

The order of Heaven according to the Spirit of prophecy is:

Before rebellion

"Lucifer . . . , before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him brighter and more beautiful than around the other angels; yet Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created" . . . {FLB 67.2}

"Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will." {PP 36.2}

"He shared the Father's counsels, while Lucifer did not thus enter into the purposes of God. "Why," questioned this mighty angel, "should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He honored above Lucifer?"

{PP 36.3}

After rebellion

"It was Gabriel, the angel next in rank to the Son of God, who came with the divine message to Daniel. It was Gabriel, "His angel," whom Christ sent to open the future to the beloved John; and a blessing is pronounced on those who read and hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things written therein Rev.1:3."

{DA 234.2}

Jn 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (Why a distinction?)

"The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver."

{RH, December 17, 1872 par. 1}

THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY DOES NOT SUPPORT
THE BELIEF OF THE MAJORITY OF CHRISTENDOM.

With the evidence we have looked at so far, there shouldn't be any doubt or question as to the status and position of either the Father or His Son.

But what about the Holy Spirit? What position does the Spirit hold?

When the co-equality of the Holy Spirit is taught, (in Christendom) what texts are used? (1Jn 5:7)

Is there any clear Scripture that supports this doctrine?

It is true that God and His Son share a Holy Spirit, but is this the Spirit of the majority of Christendom?

It was Lucifer who wanted worship and God's position in heaven.

Isa 14:13-14 "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

Lucifer sounds determined to gain worship. But in order for him to achieve this, he must either remove God from His throne, or establish another throne, a false throne by which he may gain worship. Has he achieved this?

The polytheistic (multiple god's) nations of the Bible are understood to be pagan nations.

Who was the author of Paganism and Babylonian worship?

By the flood approximately 2347 B.C. God cleansed the earth of the sin sick people who inhabited it. Those who were left upon the earth composed of only one family, that of Noah.

Only about 100 years later, approximately 2247 B.C. (the building of the tower of Babel), the master plan of Satan was put into effect.

Ham the son of Noah begat Cush. And Cush begat Nimrod.

(we wil rebel) (Gen 10:1-8)

(It is believed that Nimrod was murdered by Shem, his grandfather's brother. He did this to stop the evil religious worship that was being practised. (Two Babylons p276) Important point !

After the death of Nimrod, the false Babylonian Trinity was established. This paved the way for all other trinities.

Babylonian trinity = Nimrod - Semiramus - Tammuz

Egyptian trinity, = Osirus - Isis - Horus

Hindu trinity, = Brahma- Vishnu - Shiva

Etc. Etc.

It was through the illegitimate birth of Tammuz that the Christmas celebration originated, and sun worship, by the birth of the "sun god." (Tammuz) Miraculously conceived on March 25, the Feast of Ishtar (Easter). Born December 25, Feast of Yule (infant) Christmas (children's day). (Two Babylons p77) Because of their origin, these are definitely pagan festivals.

If pagan, then who is being worshiped?
Could it be the author of paganism?

Up to this point, the belief in "three gods or the triune god" was clearly pagan, and it remained this way up till the 4th centuryA.D. Right through the establishment of Israel and the ministry of Jesus. The Saviour never mentioned worship to three Gods or a Trinity. In fact, Jesus and the Jews taught the exact opposite. Through the ministry of all the disciples, including all the counsel given by them, there was never instruction given to worship a "Holy Trinity" or three Gods.

Note; Israel was led out of paganism and was given all the oracles of God and they never mentioned worship to a trinity.

So how did Christendom embrace such a pagan doctrine?

History records that Tertullian 1st used the word Trinity in the 2nd century. (Via Platonic philosophy.) Here we can see that Satan was targeting the very church of God, planning to infiltrate and deceive the Christian church with his type of worship.

Transition between pagan and papal

Nicea 325 A.D. Alexander and Athanasius

Rimini 359 A.D. Arian victory not well recognised

Constantinople 538 A.D. The Catholic Trinity and Sunday Sabbath firmly established. Arians then banished and all records destroyed.

1. Athanasius, main speaker bringing in the philosophical concepts (same substance)

2. Arius and party quoted Scripture to prove the status of heaven, and that Jesus was begotten from the Father.

3. In Nice, the basis for declaring the teachings of Arius to be heretical, was "Sacred Tradition". From then on they continued this concept.

4. These debates were also used to prove that "sola scriptura" alone is not sufficient, and only the Catholic Church is infallible.

5. Interestingly, out of these counsels, the two main doctrines that were firmly established were -- Sunday worship and the Trinity.

6. Dan 7:8. The three horns plucked up before the Little Horn were the Heruli, the Ostrogoths, and the Vandals. The reason they were plucked up was because they were opposed to the teachings and claims of the Papal hierarchy and the supremacy of the bishop of Rome. Again all their records were destroyed.

Why?

The same tactics were used on the church in the wilderness,

Again all their records were destroyed.

Why?

What were Satan's agents trying to hide?

What was so important in the beliefs of these select people that Satan needed to eradicate all traces of their records?

This was the end of 1260 year period spoken of by Daniel.

Now we come to 1844, the time of the end.

Dan 8:25 "…and by peace shall destroy many…"

The establishment of God's last remnant church and the prophetic gift. Would God now allow error in His church, just when the final warning message was to be given to a dying world?

Our history records that the 1872 Statement of Beliefs remained unchanged until 1914. (The Greatest Conspiracy p 14-15)

During the 1902-1904 period, Dr John Harvey Kellogg, wrote a book called "The Living Temple". What was the main issue contained in this book?

"About the time that Living Temple was published, there passed before me in the night season, representations indicating that some danger was approaching, and that I must prepare for it by writing out the things God had revealed to me regarding the foundation principles of our faith. A copy of Living Temple was sent me, but it remained in my library, unread. From the light given me by the Lord, I knew that some of the sentiments advocated in the book did not bear the endorsement of God, and that they were a snare that the enemy had prepared for the last days." {1SM 202.3}

"Living Temple contains the alpha of these theories. (1902) I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people. I knew that I must warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the presence and personality of God. The statements made in Living Temple in regard to this point are incorrect. The Scripture used to substantiate the doctrine there set forth, is scripture misapplied." {1SM 203.2}

"When men come in who would move one pin or pillar from the foundation which God has established by His Holy Spirit, let the aged men who were pioneers in our work speak plainly, and let those who are dead speak also, by the reprinting of their articles in our periodicals. Gather up the rays of divine light that God has given as He has led His people on step by step in the way of truth. This truth will stand the test of time and trial…."{5BIO 412.4}

If "The Living Temple" contained the Alpha of deadly heresies, then what followed shortly after, described as the Omega?

Leroy Froom, leading historian of the SDA church, is asked to present a series of studies on the Holy Spirit.

Later in his book 'Movement of Destiny' p322, he says, "I must confess that apart from some priceless leads in the Spirit of Prophecy, our literature had hardly nothing on such a fruitful field of study.' He had to go outside of our denomination to get what he wanted.

The pioneers prayed to God for revelation of truth!

In his book 'The Coming of the Comforter', Froom says, "You wouldn't believe how I was pummelled by the old timers"

The change in doctrine was not by the pioneers, but by a new generation of theologians, after the passing away of our pioneers.

( what happened after the passing away of the disciples, were they not pioneers also?)

The word "trinity" was used in the 1931 Statement of Belief, the first time in our statements of belief.

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.' {1SM 204.2}

Yes, the books of the pioneers were changed, eighteen non- Trinitarian statements were removed from Uriah Smith's 'Daniel and the Revelation'. This was of course done after his death. Other books were taken out of print.

Books of a new order written 'Evangelism' directed by Leroy Froom. 'Questions on Doctrine'. 'Movement of Destiny'. 'The Coming of the Comforter' etc.

The Barnhouse and Martin episode.

(Ecumenical evangelical theologians -- one agenda.)

1980. Finally voted in by a GC session. This is the first time the doctrine of the Godhead was voted on. This is the only doctrine that has been completely changed in the SDA church. Our founding pioneers established a faith according to God's leading.

Our religion has been changed.

"Living Temple contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people." 1SM 203

The prophet told how efforts were made by some to introduce erroneous and fanatical teachings into the church. Early believers of the Seventh-day Adventist movement "had the truth so firmly established" in their minds, that they "had nothing to fear."  {6BIO 77.1}

The prophet cautioned further:

"And now, after half a century of clear light from the word as to what is truth, there are arising many false theories, to unsettle minds. But the evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought for out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth today in every particular." Letter 38,1906. {6BIO 77.2}

Ministry Magazine 1993 p10, George Knight. "Most of the founders of the SDA church would not be able to join the church today…"

Sister White said of herself, when our founders were searching for truth, "…during this period of our experience, my mind was locked to an understanding of the Scriptures. It was one of the greatest sorrows of my life. Thus it was every point of our faith was established in harmony with the Word of God." {1SAT 345.2}

The Bible and The Spirit of Prophecy say one God the Father.

The creeds of men say one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

The Bible is silent about three Gods

Jesus Himself said "the Lord our God is one Lord'.

The disciples never mentioned the worship of three Gods

John said, "and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." 1Jn 1:3

Ellen White and the pioneers studied and prayed for truth from God and this is the light they were given by God. (1872 S.O.B.)

Truth comes from God and by His true prophets.

Error comes from man, who is not led by God.

In the S.D.A. church, Dr. Kellogg began the great error of a misrepresentation of the personality of God. The writings of Ellen White were misapplied to support his belief. Ellen White called this work the alpha of deadly heresies.

After the Kellogg crisis, Leroy Froom arose on the scene. Using the same tactics, he misused Ellen White's writings to support his belief. He went even further, by compiling information from outside God's remnant church, he bolstered his stand. (Our religion would be changed. Books of a new order would be written." This is certainly the omega.

Then came the Barnhouse and Martin episode. This was manipulation through pressure. Our leaders bowed down for the sake of popularity. Again Froom was involved.

The events from Kellogg to Froom paved the way for the final conclusion -- voting of the Trinity doctrine into the S.D.A. church in 1980.

According to Alberto Rivera all mainstream churches were taken over by 1980.

There could be cause for doubt if we had just one text saying worship the trinity

or knowledge of just one Godly bible character worshiping multiple Gods.

But all the examples we have say worship one God the Father & His son Jesus

Where do our strongest proponents get their belief from, for support of the trinity doctrine, or the three Gods?

Is this inspiration misapplied again?

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 Jon 1:3