Bible Study – The Sealing of the 144,000

November 20 – 26, 2022

Key Text

“Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1

Study Help: Early Writings, 64–71


“John saw a Lamb on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 978



1.a. What is the seal or sign of the living God that will be placed upon the foreheads of God’s servants? Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Revelation 7:2, 3. Are “seal” and “sign” to be understood as synonymous expressions? Romans 4:11

 Note: “The sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord’s memorial of creation.” Testimonies, Vol. 8, 117

“The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living God. It points to God as the Creator, and is the sign of His rightful authority over the beings He has made. Those who obey this law will bear the seal of God, for He has set apart this day as a sign of loyalty between Himself and His people.” The Signs of the Times, March 22, 1910

1.b. Why is the seventh-day Sabbath the seal of God’s law? To what event does the Sabbath point? Exodus 31:14–17

Note: “The seal of God’s law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all others.” The Great Controversy, 452

“In the fourth commandment we have the proof that our God is the true and living God. In it is the seal of His authority.” The Bible Echo, October 12, 1896



2.a. What vision was given to John the Revelator about a work that should take place in the last days? Revelation 7:1–4

 Note: “Why is it that all this wickedness does not break forth in decided violence against righteousness and truth? It is because the four angels are holding the four winds, that they shall not blow upon the earth. But human passions are reaching a high pass, and the Spirit of the Lord is being withdrawn from the earth.” In Heavenly Places, 96

“John sees the elements of nature—earthquake, tempest, and political strife—represented as being held by four angels. These winds are under control until God gives the word to let them go. There is the safety of God’s church.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 444

“The accidents by land and by sea; the loss of life, steadily increasing, by storm, by tempest, by railroad disaster, by conflagration; the terrible floods, the earthquakes, and the winds will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat, while the angels hold the four winds, forbidding the terrible power of Satan to be exercised in its fury until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.” My Life Today, 308

“Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.” Testimonies, Vol. 6, 408

2.b. How long will the angels hold back the winds? Revelation 7:2, 3

Note: “I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues.” Early Writings, 36

“Satan will then plunge the inhabitants of the earth into one great, final trouble. As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old.” The Great Controversy, 614



3.a. In the early days of the great Advent Movement, what did they understand to be the “present truth”? 2 Peter 1:12; Revelation 14:6–12

 Note: “Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God’s people from the present truth and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing over His people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth and was pure in heart was to be covered with the covering of the Almighty.” Early Writings, 43

“The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure.” Ibid., 58

 3.b. What has Satan been doing since 1844, when the sealing work commenced? 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:12. What should the faithful ones do? Luke 21:34, 36

 Note: “Those that overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, will be the favored ones who shall receive the seal of the living God. Those whose hands are not clean, whose hearts are not pure, will not have the seal of the living God. Those who are planning sin and acting it will be passed by. Only those who, in their attitude before God, are filling the position of those who are repenting and confessing their sins in the great antitypical day of atonement, will be recognized and marked as worthy of God’s protection.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 445

3.c. Where does Christ also have true followers who have not been reached by the “present truth”? Revelation 18:4

 Note: “God has jewels in all the churches, and it is not for us to make sweeping denunciation of the professed religious world, but in humility and love, present to all the truth as it is in Jesus. Let men see piety and devotion, let them behold Christlikeness of character, and they will be drawn to the truth. He who loves God supremely and his neighbor as himself will be a light in the world. Those who have a knowledge of the truth are to communicate the same. They are to lift up Jesus, the world’s Redeemer; they are to hold forth the Word of life.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1184



4.a. Against what does the third angel of Revelation 14 warn the people, and what will be the result of his message? Revelation 14:9, 10, 12; 15:2

 Note: “The third angel closes his message thus: ‘Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ Revelation 14:12. As he repeated these words, he pointed to the heavenly sanctuary. The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the most holy place, where Jesus stands before the ark, making His final intercession for all those for whom mercy still lingers and for those who have ignorantly broken the law of God. This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living.” Early Writings, 254

“In the issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes—those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark.” The Great Controversy, 450

4.b. What did John see coming up from the east, what did he have in his hands, and who is he? Revelation 7:2, first part

 Note: “A parchment was placed in the [third] angel’s hand, and as he descended to the earth in power and majesty, he proclaimed a fearful warning, with the most terrible threatening ever borne to man. This message was designed to put the children of God upon their guard, by showing them the hour of temptation and anguish that was before them. Said the angel, ‘They will be brought into close combat with the beast and his image. Their only hope of eternal life is to remain steadfast.’ ” Early Writings, 254

“The third angel’s message is to be regarded as of the highest importance. It is a life and death question.”

“Satan is making desperate efforts to make himself god, to speak and act like God, to appear as one who has a right to control the consciences of men.” The Review and Herald, April 23, 1901

“When the law of God is most derided and brought into the most contempt, then it is time for every true follower of Christ, for those whose hearts have been given to God, and who are fixed to obey God, to stand unflinchingly for the faith once delivered to the saints.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 981, 982



5.a. As a result of the work of the third angel, what company did John see, and how many are they? Revelation 7:4

Note: “When Jesus leaves the [heavenly] sanctuary, then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God.” Early Writings, 48

“The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus’ coming.” The Great Controversy, 640

“The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice [of God].” Early Writings, 15

5.b. What should be our concern today in regard to the sealing work? Will any be saved having the knowledge of the third angel’s message without having the seal of the living God? Ezekiel 9:4–6; Luke 13:24

 Note: “Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 970

“All self-righteousness must be given up, for we have no righteousness of ourselves. It is the gift of God; therefore we should not be exalted, or by any means pretentious, for it is an offence to God. What have we that we have not received? Man cannot rely upon himself for anything good or righteous. Christ, only Christ and His righteousness, will obtain for us a passport into heaven.” Testimonies to Southern Africa, 32



1    What spiritual significance is involved in true Sabbathkeeping?

2    How is God extending His mercy to us in this sealing time, and why?

3    Describe Satan’s strategy against Sabbathkeepers in this sealing time.

4    If we are serious about receiving God’s seal, what should we consider?

5    What will the universe be able to see in the life of all who are sealed?

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Bible Study – Signs of the End of the World

November 13 – 19, 2022

Key Text

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” Luke 21:31

Study Help: The Great Controversy, 333, 334, 624, 625


“We have reached the period foretold in these scriptures. The time of the end is come, the visions of the prophets are unsealed, and their solemn warnings point us to our Lord’s coming in glory as near at hand.” The Desire of Ages, 235



1.a. What was one of the signs of the end mentioned by Jesus? Matthew 24:6, 7

 Note: “The signs of the times—the wars and rumors of wars, the strikes, murders, robberies, and accidents—tell us that the end of all things is at hand. Who can doubt the truth of the prophet’s words?” The Review and Herald, May 13, 1902

1.b. Whose plan is carried out by the nations warring one against the other? John 8:44

 Note: “Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood. It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God.” The Great Controversy, 589

“In the future there will be broken thrones and great distress of nations, with perplexity. Satan will work with intense activity. The earth will be filled with the shrieks of suffering, expiring nations. There will be war, war.” Manuscript Releases, Vol. 18, 92



2.a. What prediction of the prophet Joel, repeated by Jesus, will take place? Joel 2:31; Matthew 24:29

 Note: “In the Saviour’s conversation with His disciples upon Olivet, after describing the long period of trial for the church—the 1260 years of papal persecution, concerning which He had promised that the tribulation should be shortened—He thus mentioned certain events to precede His coming, and fixed the time when the first of these should be witnessed: ‘In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.’ Mark 13:24. The 1260 days, or years, terminated in 1798. A quarter of a century earlier, persecution had almost wholly ceased. Following this persecution, according to the words of Christ, the sun was to be darkened. On the 19th of May, 1780, this prophecy was fulfilled.” The Great Controversy, 306

“At the close of the great papal persecution, Christ declared, the sun should be darkened, and the moon should not give her light. Next, the stars should fall from heaven.” The Desire of Ages, 632

2.b. Fifty-three years after the “dark day” what other sign of the end was fulfilled? Mark 13:25; Revelation 6:13

 Note: “In 1833, two years after Miller began to present in public the evidences of Christ’s soon coming, the last of the signs appeared which were promised by the Saviour as tokens of His second advent. Said Jesus: ‘The stars shall fall from heaven.’ Matthew 24:29. … This prophecy received a striking and impressive fulfilment in the great meteoric shower of November 13, 1833. That was the most extensive and wonderful display of falling stars which has ever been recorded.” The Great Controversy, 333

“Many who witnessed the falling of the stars, looked upon it as a herald of the coming judgment, ‘an awful type, a sure forerunner, a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful day.’—‘The Old Countryman,’ in Portland Evening Advertiser, Nov. 26, 1833. Thus the attention of the people was directed to the fulfilment of prophecy, and many were led to give heed to the warning of the second advent.” Ibid., 334



3.a. What signs appeared in the skies before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70? What will appear in the last days? Luke 21:11, last part, 26; Joel 2:30

 Note: “All the predictions given by Christ concerning the destruction of Jerusalem were fulfilled to the letter. …

“Signs and wonders appeared, foreboding disaster and doom. In the midst of the night an unnatural light shone over the temple and the altar. Upon the clouds at sunset were pictured chariots and men of war gathering for battle.” The Great Controversy, 29, 30

“The coming of the Lord is to be preceded by ‘the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10. And the apostle John, describing the miracle working power that will be manifested in the last days, declares: ‘He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.’ Revelation 13:13, 14. No mere impostures are here foretold. Men are deceived by the miracles which Satan’s agents have power to do, not which they pretend to do.” Ibid., 553

3.b. What natural phenomena are to occur just before Christ’s second coming? Matthew 24, last part; Luke 21:11, first part

 Note: “More and more, as the days go by, it is becoming apparent that God’s judgments are in the world. In fire and flood and earthquake He is warning the inhabitants of this earth of His near approach. The time is nearing when the great crisis in the history of the world will have come, when every movement in the government of God will be watched with intense interest and inexpressible apprehension. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire and flood and earthquake, with war and bloodshed.” Testimonies, Vol. 9, 97

“The earth itself is convulsed, the ground heaves and swells like the waves of the sea, great fissures appear, and sometimes cities, villages, and burning mountains are swallowed up. These wonderful manifestations will be more and more frequent and terrible just before the second coming of Christ and the end of the world, as signs of its speedy destruction.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 109



4.a. What other sign points to the nearness of Jesus’ second coming? Matthew 24:4, 5, 23–26

Note: “The time is coming when Satan will work miracles right in your sight, claiming that he is Christ; and if your feet are not firmly established upon the truth of God, then you will be led away from your foundation.” In Heavenly Places, 350

“As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13–15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: ‘Christ has come! Christ has come!’ The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. …

“But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures.” The Great Controversy, 624, 625

4.b. What conditions are prevalent among professed Christians just before Jesus’ return? 2 Timothy 3:1–5; Luke 18:8, last part; Matthew 24:10–12

 Note: “Popular revivals are too often carried by appeals to the imagination, by exciting the emotions, by gratifying the love for what is new and startling. Converts thus gained have little desire to listen to Bible truth, little interest in the testimony of prophets and apostles.” The Great Controversy, 463



5.a. What mandate given to the disciples is also applicable to us in these last days? Mark 16:15; Romans 10:15; Luke 9:59, 60

Note: “The world around us is stirred from beneath with earnest activity in evil works, but apparently dead to all that pertains to their eternal interests. But although this seems to be the condition of those around us, and there is little to encourage us to hope for the conversion of souls, God requires those to whom He has committed His truth for these last days, to present the word to the fallen children of Adam.” The Review and Herald, January 17, 1893

5.b. What is one of the last signs to be fulfilled before the end of the world? Matthew 24:14

 Note: “Long has God waited for the spirit of service to take possession of the whole church so that everyone shall be working for Him according to his ability. When the members of the church of God do their appointed work in the needy fields at home and abroad, in fulfilment of the gospel commission, the whole world will soon be warned and the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with power and great glory.” The Acts of the Apostles, 111

“He [Christ] does not say that all the world will be converted, but that ‘this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return.” The Desire of Ages, 633



1    Why is war so appealing to the enemy of souls?

2    What three signs in nature marked the beginning of the end-times?

3    What additional signs will be seen with increasing frequency?

4    Why is the old saying, “Seeing is believing” not to be our criterion?

5    How can mere mortals hasten the time of Christ’s return?

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Bible Study – That Other Angel

November 6 – 12, 2022

Key Text

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.” Revelation 18:1

Study Help: The Great Controversy, 603–612


“As foretold in the eighteenth of Revelation, the third angel’s message is to be proclaimed with great power by those who give the final warning against the beast and his image: [Revelation 18:1 quoted.]”  Testimonies, Vol. 8, 118



1.a. What is the meaning of the third angel’s message being given in a loud voice? Revelation 14:9

 Note: “Satan has devised a state of things whereby the proclamation of the third angel’s message shall be bound about. … There must be no toning down of the truth, no muffling of the message for this time. The third angel’s message must be strengthened and confirmed. … There has been too much beating about the bush in the proclamation of the third angel’s message. The message has not been given as clearly and distinctly as it should have been.” Evangelism, 230

1.b. What warning is given to those who try to make changes in God’s threefold message? Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18, 19

 Note: “I was shown three steps—the first, second, and third angels’ messages. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received.’ ” Early Writings, 258, 259



2.a. What did John witness as he began to write chapter 18 of Revelation? Why did this angel have to come? Revelation 18:1, first part

 Note: “The third angel’s message is to be given with power. The power of the proclamation of the first and second messages is to be intensified in the third. In the Revelation John says of the heavenly messenger who unites with the third angel: ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice.’ Revelation 18:1, 2 … We are in danger of giving the third angel’s message in so indefinite a manner that it does not impress the people. So many other interests are brought in that the very message which should be proclaimed with power becomes tame and voiceless.” Testimonies, Vol. 6, 60

“What is our condition in this fearful and solemn time? Alas, what pride is prevailing in the church, what hypocrisy, what deception, what love of dress, frivolity, and amusement, what desire for the supremacy!” The Review and Herald, March 22, 1887

 2.b. What other conditions prevalent in the church required the coming of that other angel? 1 John 2:15, 16; 2 Corinthians 6:14–16

 Note: “It is a solemn and terrible truth that many who have been zealous in proclaiming the third angel’s message are now becoming listless and indifferent! The line of demarcation between worldlings and many professed Christians is almost indistinguishable. Many who once were earnest Adventists are conforming to the world—to its practices, its customs, its selfishness. Instead of leading the world to render obedience to God’s law, the church is uniting more and more closely with the world in transgression. Daily the church is becoming converted to the world.” Testimonies, Vol. 8, 118, 119

“Our own course of continual backsliding has separated us from God. Pride, covetousness, and love of the world have lived in the heart without fear of banishment or condemnation. Grievous and presumptuous sins have dwelt among us. And yet the general opinion is that the church is flourishing and that peace and spiritual prosperity are in all her borders.

“The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt, and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere.” Ibid., Vol. 5, 217



3.a. What duty is imposed on those who are to diffuse darkness and shed the light of truth to the world? Isaiah 60:1, 2

Note: “The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.” The Review and Herald, November 22, 1892

“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 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.” Early Writings, 277

“God meant that the watchmen should arise and with united voices send forth a decided message, giving the trumpet a certain sound, that the people might all spring to their post of duty and act their part in the great work. Then the strong, clear light of that other angel who comes down from heaven having great power, would have filled the earth with his glory. We are years behind.” Manuscript Releases, Vol. 14, 111

3.b. What makes it clear that the work of the angel of Revelation 18 began in the past? How are we to show our willingness to receive the light of that angel? Romans 13:11, 12; Ephesians 5:14

 Note: “The question of most vital importance for this time is, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will unite with the angel in giving the message of truth to the world? Who will receive the light that is to fill the whole earth with its glory?’ Those who cherish the light that they have, will receive more.” The Review and Herald, November 5, 1889

“Mystic Babylon has not been sparing in the blood of the saints and shall we [not] be wide awake to catch the beams of light which have been shining from the light of the angel who is to brighten the earth with his glory.” Selected Messages, Book 3, 426



4.a. What work must the angel of Revelation 18 accomplish before the earth is enlightened with God’s glory? Revelation 3:18, 19

 Note: “The testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God’s people at the present time, and the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts. But God has given the message time to do its work. The heart must be purified from sins which have so long shut out Jesus. This fearful message will do its work. When it was first presented, it led to close examination of heart. Sins were confessed, and the people of God were stirred everywhere. Nearly all believed that this message would end in the loud cry of the third angel. But as they failed to see the powerful work accomplished in a short time, many lost the effect of the message. I saw that this message would not accomplish its work in a few short months. It is designed to arouse the people of God, to discover to them their backslidings, and to lead to zealous repentance, that they may be favored with the presence of Jesus, and be fitted for the loud cry of the third angel.” Testimonies, Vol. 1, 186

“The testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it and be purified.” Early Writings, 270

4.b. When God’s people become purified by accepting the counsel to Laodicea and receive the latter rain, what work will that other angel do? Who are represented by that other angel? Revelation 18:1, last part

 Note: “Another angel unites his voice with the third angel, and the earth is lighted with its glory. The light increases, and it shines out to all the nations of the earth. It is to go forth as a light that burneth. It will be attended with great power, until its golden beams have fallen upon every tongue, every people, and every nation upon the face of the whole earth. Let me ask you, What you are doing to prepare for this work? Are you building for eternity? You must remember that this angel represents the people that have this message to give to the world. Are you among that people?” The Review and Herald, August 18, 1885



5.a. What does the prophet say about the glory of the Lord? Habakkuk 2:14

 Note: “The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 415

5b. What will take place when the whole earth is enlightened with the light, Christ Our Righteousness? Romans 9:27, 28

Note: “Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. …

“The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord’s side.” The Great Controversy, 612



1    What duty comes with the knowledge of the three angels’ messages?

2    Why was it necessary for “that other angel” to come?

3    With what exhortations are we called to unite in the work of this angel?

4    What is the aim of this angel?

5    Describe the culmination of God’s final work on earth.

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Bible Study – The Three Angels’ Messages

This We Believe (3)

October 30 – November 5, 2022

Key Text

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people.” Revelation 14:6

Study Help: The Great Controversy, 355, 356, 603–607


“The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; but it is a part of the gospel to warn the sinner of the doom that awaits the unbelieving and unrepentant soul.” The Signs of the Times, April 18, 1895



1.a. What did Jesus say will happen when the gospel has gone to the entire world? Matthew 24:14

 Note: “It [the first angel’s message] is declared to be a part of the ‘everlasting gospel;’ and it announces the opening of the judgment. The message of salvation has been preached in all ages; but this message is a part of the gospel which could be proclaimed only in the last days, for only then would it be true that the hour of judgment had come.” The Great Controversy [1888 edition], 355, 356. [Author’s emphasis.]

1.b. What is the first angel’s warning, and how is it to be given? Revelation 14:6, 7 (compare Revelation 22:12)

Note: “[Revelation 22:12 quoted.] It is this work of judgment, immediately preceding the second advent, that is announced in the first angel’s message of Revelation 14:7.” The Great Controversy, 352



2.a. Who is the only object of worship? Exodus 20:4–6? What does the second commandment forbid? Revelation 19:10; 22:8, 9

 Note: “God is to be the subject of thought, the object of worship; and anything that attracts the mind from the solemn, sacred service is an offence to Him.” Testimonies, Vol. 5, 499

“The second commandment forbids the worship of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations claimed that their images were mere figures or symbols by which the Deity was worshiped, but God has declared such worship to be sin.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 306

2.b. By keeping the seventh-day Sabbath, what are we acknowledging about true worship? Exodus 20:8–11; Revelation 14:7, last part

 Note: “In the fourth commandment, God is revealed as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and is thereby distinguished from all false gods. It was as a memorial of the work of creation that the seventh day was sanctified as a rest day for man. It was designed to keep the living God ever before the minds of men as the source of being and the object of reverence and worship.” The Great Controversy, 54

“ ‘The Sabbath … lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten.’ (J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27). It was to keep this truth ever before the minds of men, that God instituted the Sabbath in Eden; and so long as the fact that He is our Creator continues to be a reason why we should worship Him, so long the Sabbath will continue as its sign and memorial. Had the Sabbath been universally kept, man’s thoughts and affections would have been led to the Creator as the object of reverence and worship, and there would never have been an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel. The keeping of the Sabbath is a sign of loyalty to the true God … that the message which commands men to worship God and keep His commandments will especially call upon them to keep the fourth commandment.” Ibid., 437, 438



3.a. What does the second angel announce, and what is the meaning of his message? Revelation 14:8

 Note: “The term ‘Babylon’ is derived from ‘Babel,’ and signifies confusion. It is employed in Scripture to designate the various forms of false or apostate religion. In Revelation 17 Babylon is represented as a woman—a figure which is used in the Bible as the symbol of a church, a virtuous woman representing a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.” The Great Controversy, 381

“Babylon is said to be ‘the mother of harlots.’ By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world. The message of Revelation 14, announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt.” Ibid., 382, 383. [Author’s emphasis.]

 3.b. When was the second angel’s message proclaimed for the first time, and when will it be repeated? Revelation 18:1–5; Revelation 14:6–8

 Note: “The second angel’s message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844, and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States, where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected, and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfilment in 1844.” The Great Controversy, 389

“God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of His judgments these faithful ones must be called out. … Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from heaven. … announcing the sins of Babylon. In connection with his message the call is heard: ‘Come out of her, My people.’ ” Ibid., 604

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!’ … And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’ ” Revelation 18:1, 2, 4

“This scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14 (verse 8), is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given.” Ibid., 603



4.a. Against what specific sins does the third angel warn the inhabitants of the earth? Revelation 14:9, 10

Note: “That institution [the Sabbath] which points to God as the Creator is a sign of His rightful authority over the beings He has made. The change of the Sabbath is the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Romish Church. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false in place of the true Sabbath, are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. …

“In the issue of the great contest, two distinct, opposite classes are developed. One class ‘worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark,’ and thus bring upon themselves the awful judgments threatened by the third angel. The other class, in marked contrast to the world, ‘keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ Revelation 14:9, 12.” The Story of Redemption, 383

4.b. In order to escape the wrath of God we should heed the warning of the third angel. What or who is the beast, the image of the beast, and what is the mark of the beast? Revelation 13:1–7, 14–16

Note: “ ‘The beast’ mentioned in this message, whose worship is enforced by the two horned beast, is the first, or leopardlike beast of Revelation 13—the papacy. The ‘image to the beast’ represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas.” The Great Controversy, 445

“The sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord’s memorial of creation. …

“The mark of the beast is the opposite of this—the observance of the first day of the week. This mark distinguishes those who acknowledge the supremacy of the papal authority from those who acknowledge the authority of God.” Testimonies, Vol. 8, 117

“John was called to behold a people distinct from those who worship the beast or his image by keeping the first day of the week. The observance of this day is the mark of the beast.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 133



5.a. As the third angel concludes his warning, what is declared about God’s people? Revelation 14:12

Note: “The third angel’s message is the proclamation of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. …

“ ‘The faith of Jesus.’ It is talked of, but not understood. What constitutes the faith of Jesus, that belongs to the third angel’s message? Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that He might become our sin pardoning Saviour. He was treated as we deserve to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins that we might take His righteousness. And faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus. …

“Christ ‘was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:5). ‘Saved by the blood of Jesus Christ,’ will be our only hope for time and our song throughout eternity.” Selected Messages, Book 3, 172, 173

5.b. Where did the apostle John see those that have overcome the beast, his image, and have not received the mark of the beast? Revelation 15:2, 3; 14:1–3

 Note: “Upon the crystal sea before the throne, that sea of glass as it were mingled with fire—so resplendent is it with the glory of God—are gathered the company that have ‘gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.’ With the Lamb upon Mount Zion, ‘having the harps of God,’ they stand, the hundred and forty and four thousand.” The Great Controversy, 648



1    How is the everlasting gospel deeper than most people realize?

2    Why is the day on which we spiritually rest so important to God?

3    What constitutes spiritual Babylon in the last days?

4    Why do people need to understand the third angel’s message?

5    What reveals the great victory of those who accept this vital truth?

Copyright 2000, Reformation Herald Publishing Association, 5240 Hollins Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24019-5048, U.S.A.

Recipe – Sprouted Sunflower Seed Paté

Sunflower Seeds

While living in Nebraska, I regularly drove down to Kansas to visit my parents. Along my regular route, there was a massive field of sunflowers. When I headed south in the morning, all the sunflowers would be facing east, and when I headed north in the evening, they would all be facing west. I am reminded of the quotation from Steps to Christ, 68, “As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams may aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Sun of Righteousness, that heaven’s light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed into the likeness of Christ.”

The flower head of the sunflower plant can measure 12 inches or more in diameter. Each of these can contain as many as 2,000 seeds. These seeds are considered the fruit of the sunflower plant.

Typically, there are two types of sunflower crops—seeds for oil and seeds to eat. The seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and firm, yet tender texture. Roasting the seeds enhances the flavor.

They are high in vitamin E and selenium, which act as antioxidants and help to protect the body’s cells from free radical damage. Also, the seeds are a good source of beneficial plant compounds, including phenolic acids and flavonoids which also function as antioxidants.

Including sunflower seeds as part of a balanced diet may help lower blood pressure, decrease LDL cholesterol and blood sugar because they contain magnesium, protein, and linoleic fatty acids. They also, by way of the vitamin E, can help reduce inflammation. The seeds can lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Sunflower seeds should be eaten in moderation, and you should make sure you are not allergic before consuming them.

Sources:;; Wikipedia

Recipe – Sprouted Sunflower Seed Paté


1 cup of lemon juice

2 whole garlic cloves

¼ cup of Bragg’s Aminos


Soak 3 cups of sunflower seeds 12 to 24 hours. Make sure they are sprouted. They will look like the open beak of a bird when sprouted. Place sprouted seeds into blender and blend with the rest of the ingredients.

Grace or Works?

The Bible says that a person is saved by grace, but that they will be judged by their works. Can both of those statements be true?

The Bible states that there will be a judgment of the entire world and that God will judge both the righteous and the wicked. Moses wrote about the judgment in Deuteronomy 32, and it is found throughout the New Testament. Prophets and apostles spoke or wrote of the judgment over and over again. It is one of the most prominent teachings in the Bible.

The apostle Paul wrote a lot about the judgment. He had the opportunity to preach about it to the philosophers in Athens. There is an appointed day when God will judge the world. “Because He [God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:31

On another occasion, he presented the subject of the judgment to the Roman governor Felix. This was a once-and-only-once opportunity to speak to Felix. “After some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.’ ” Acts 24:24, 25. Unfortunately for Felix, like for so many people who procrastinate, that convenient time never came. Felix was given an opportunity that day to forsake his evil ways and to be made ready for the judgment, but he let it go by disregarded.

In this world, it is a judge’s responsibility to pass judgment based upon a set standard by which that judgment is determined. This standard is composed of the laws passed by the local, state and federal governments.

God also has a standard, a law made up of ten commandments (Exodus 20:3–17), and it is according to this law that He will judge the world on the appointed day.

This is described in James 2:10–12: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.”

James makes this very clear: while there are ten commandments, the Bible speaks of them as one law. So, if a person breaks just one of the ten commandments, that person is a transgressor of God’s law and will be judged according to that law.

God spoke the law with His own voice to the children of Israel, and He wrote it with His own finger on tables of stone. Those tables of stone were given to Moses and placed in the ark of the covenant, in the most holy place of the earthly sanctuary.

When God spoke His law to the children of Israel, it was not the beginning or the origin of the law. Man knew from the time sin entered the world that it was not right to kill someone. It was wrong to lie, even all the way back to Lucifer’s campaign of deception in heaven. The Sabbath was established and sanctified at the end of the Creation week and had been observed by God’s people for thousands of years before the law was written down at Mt. Sinai. The children of Israel had spent many years in captivity in Egypt, and during their captivity, they neglected to teach their children about God’s law. This made it necessary for God to remind them of the law they had once faithfully followed.

God wrote the law, the ten commandments, on tables of stone, and it is significant that He did so. Writing with His own finger in solid rock, it showed that the character of His law was permanent, enduring—it could not be done away with. To express the everlasting nature of God’s law, Jesus said, “it is easier for heaven and earth to pass” than for a single part of a letter to pass from the law (Luke 16:17).

This presents to us a problem. We have all broken that law. “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness [transgression KJV].” 1 John 3:4. “[For] all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

So if all have sinned, if all have broken the law, and if all are to be judged by that law, then we all deserve to be judged guilty. Is it possible for us to escape the penalty of our sins?

First, let’s see what the penalty for breaking God’s law is. We find that in Romans 6:23 Paul wrote, “The wages of sin is death.” If the wages of sin were a ten-year prison sentence, then you could pay that penalty yourself. But the wages of sin is eternal, permanent death. Is there any way that we can escape this penalty?

If the penalty for sin is eternal death, then the only way of escape is if someone else pays the price. And that is exactly what Jesus Christ did. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures … .” 1 Corinthians 15:3. Christ died and paid the penalty for our sins.

However, if we continue in sin, there is no chance that we will receive salvation. Notice what the Bible says: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked … . ” Ecclesiastes 8:11–13, first part

We cannot continue to live in sin and expect to be saved. Isaiah speaks to this principle, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Isaiah 3:10, 11

We cannot be saved in our sin. There is only one way that we can be saved and that is to be saved from our sins. This was proclaimed before Jesus’ birth. The angel said to Joseph, “You can marry your wife, because, that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she is going to bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

How exactly does God save a sinner from their sin? One of the most comprehensive explanations of how God does this is found in the book of Romans. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Christ Jesus, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21–26

A scripture like that might cause some people to say, “That just sounds like theological talk. I don’t understand how it works. I don’t understand how or what to do. I can’t explain or understand all that theological language. Can’t you just tell it to me in simple language?”

Yes, the gospel can be stated in very simple language.

The first step is to repent—to be sorry enough for the sins we’ve committed that we turn away from them. “Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a Godly manner. What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:10, 11

Repentance is the first step in salvation, but what is it that makes a person sorry for what they have done? The Bible says that it is the goodness of God that leads a person to repentance (Romans 2).

Since the Bible is clear that all have sinned, then everyone in the world needs to repent. Paul further supports this in Acts 17:30. Speaking to the philosophers in Athens he says, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” Remember, repentance is simply being sorry enough to quit doing the sinful things they do. Genuine sorrow for sin gives no excuse for it. Unlike Adam and Eve who both tried to justify what they had done, the sin will be faced and confessed.

Once we have repented from our sins, the next step is to confess our sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Confession involves not only God, but the individual we have wronged. We must go to that person to confess and make it right. Ezekiel talks about the necessity of making things right in Ezekiel 33:15. “If the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.” So confession also involves making restitution. If I have wronged someone, and if it is possible to do so, then I must make it right.

Having repented, confessed, and made restoration, one must make a commitment. Remember the story of the Philippian jailor found in Acts 16: “ ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ” Verses 30, 31

The word “believe” is usually translated and used to mean faith, to believe something enough to make a commitment to it. In this case, you believe in the Lord enough to make a commitment to Him; to believe in Jesus, not only as your Saviour from sin, but as the Lord of your life.

Jesus explained this belief to the Jews in so simple a manner, that none could misunderstand. “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and you do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46. If you make a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in Him as your Saviour from sin, choosing to follow Him, then your faith will be accounted for righteousness and you will receive the gift of salvation. Faith is simply trusting in God enough to make a commitment to Him as your Lord, Master, and Saviour; then you just follow Him. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Luke 9:23 tells us, “ ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’ ” Making a commitment to accept Jesus as your Saviour and the Lord of your life, means denying self.

By denying self, we surrender to the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts to transform our sinful nature so that we can, by the power and grace of God, become like Christ—to ultimately have a Christlike character. “He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 John 2:6. This means that we will live the way Jesus did.

We are not to simply make a profession of faith or belief. Rather we are to repent, confess, make restitution, and then commit to actually following Jesus. A wonderful promise is given to us when we follow these steps to salvation. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

The Bible says that by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body. Baptism by water is a symbol of being baptized by [receiving] the Holy Spirit. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:16, 17 that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we become a new creation. “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The Holy Spirit creates in us a new mind, a new Spirit, making everything new. Then He will enable us to follow Christ in righteous, holy living; something we could never do ourselves.

The apostle Paul explains this all in greater detail in Romans 8:1–14. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” With a new heart, a new mind, and a new Spirit, we are enabled to live a new life, one patterned after Christ’s own life.

This is why the final judgment is based on works. We are saved by grace, but we must then exhibit the corresponding works of a transformed life. Our works are an outward expression of an inward change. Without the transformation of the Holy Spirit, we will continue to live a life according to the flesh and our works will, in the judgment, condemn us, because it will be clear that we have not received the Holy Spirit.

Jesus has said that no one can be in the kingdom of heaven unless they have received the Holy Spirit. “ ‘… Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ … ‘… Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ ” John 3:3, 5. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16, 22–25

We can only receive the Holy Spirit if we choose to follow and obey Jesus. But when we receive the Holy Spirit, when He enables us to live a new life of faith, then in the judgment, when our works are examined, they will not be found to be the works of the old unconverted man, but the works of a life transformed by the saving power of the Holy Spirit. [Emphasis supplied.]

Pastor John J. Grosboll is Director of Steps to Life and pastors the Prairie Meadows Church in Wichita, Kansas. He may be contacted by email at:, or by telephone at: 316-788-5559.

Health – Exercise

Nature’s Remedial Agencies – Exercise

“God designed that the living machinery should be in daily activity; for in this activity or motion is its preserving power.”

Healthful Living, 131

“Each organ and muscle has its work to do in the living organism. Every wheel in the machinery must be a living, active, working wheel. Nature’s fine and wonderful works need to be kept in active motion in order to accomplish the object for which they were designed.”

My Life Today, 130

Daily Regimen and Determining Your Needs

The American College of Sports Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACSM-CDC), and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) have updated the general guideline for how much to exercise daily:

  • Preschool-aged children (3-5 years) — at least three hours daily of light to vigorous, active play for growth enhancement and development.
  • Youth (6-17 years) — one hour daily of moderate to vigorous activity to increase muscle and bone strength.
  • Younger and older adults alike (18-65 years) — at least 30 minutes of moderate, aerobic activity five days per week, vigorous activity for at least 20 minutes, three days per week, or a combination of both is favorable. Additionally, muscle-strengthening activity is recommended at least two times per week to further increase muscular strength and endurance.

Previously, it was believed that if one exercised for less than 20 minutes, it would be of no lasting value. It has been found that exercise even in 10-minute increments can be of benefit to health.

Whether your goal is weight loss, obtaining a particular goal, or maintenance, daily exercise needs are best assessed on an individual basis. Age, current inactivity level, medications, health conditions, disabilities, and pregnancy should be considered, and seeking the counsel of a physician is preferable.

Health Benefits of Exercise

“Exercise equalizes the circulation, vitalizes the blood, helps the body expel impurities, improves the body’s tone, aids digestion, relieves nervousness, prevents disease, improves the function of the kidneys and liver, keeps the lungs in good condition, and tones up the muscles. Exercise is one of nature’s best remedies. There are very few maladies that will not respond favorably to exercise.” Jack Kendall

As we now know, even small increments of exercise can be beneficial. However, the ODPHP also encourages increasingly more frequent movement throughout the day, working toward meeting the guidelines above. Meeting the guidelines includes both immediate and long-term benefits.

Decreased anxiety and blood pressure while improving sleep quality and insulin sensitivity are immediate benefits.

Long-term benefits include improved cognition, bone health, fitness, and heart health; lower risk of anxiety and depression; reduced risk of eight types of cancer (bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach, and lung); lowered risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes; improved immune system; lowered risk of obesity; improved physical function, and quality of life. In older adults regular exercise can reduce the risk of falling and fall-related injuries. Exercise can also reduce the risk of postpartum depression, strengthen abdominal muscles, and improve energy and sleep during pregnancy.

In pre-existing conditions such as osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, exercise significantly reduces symptoms and disease progression, and improves cognition for those with dementia, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle and a Simple Start

“Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises, are within the reach of all, with but little expense; but drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means, and the effect produced upon the system.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 301

It is no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle hastens illness, disease, and death; the more sedentary, the higher the risks are. Fitness centers may not always be accessible, affordable, or easily included in a tightly scheduled day. However, there are several notably convenient ways to exercise that are quite interesting and enjoyable. Whether inactive or active, there are exercises that can benefit your mind and body simply with the use of a broom or mop.

Sweeping and mopping are chores that are done practically on a daily basis. Monotonous chores can easily be made more enjoyable with variety and spark more enthusiasm when realizing how simple it is to obtain health benefits from them. Sweeping and mopping burn calories, maintain a healthy weight, reduce belly fat, are therapeutic, lower stress and anger levels, and prevent infections and allergies.

There are five common exercises that can be done using the broom or a mop while engaging in your regular housekeeping duties anytime and anywhere. Be sure to alternate the end of the broom or mop, as this will balance resistance on each side of the body throughout the exercise routine. Also, adjust the speed and number of repetitions at your own convenience and remember, have fun!

Overhead Wide Grip Squats 

Hold the broom flat with hands gripped close to each end, keeping arms straight and above the head. Place legs in a wide stance. Lower into a deep squat. Return to a standing position. Repeat.

Forward Lunges w/ Lateral Twist  

Hold the broom flat with hands gripped close to the ends, extending arms forward at shoulder level. Lunge one foot forward, bending at the knee; keep the knee aligned over top of the toes. Place the other leg behind. Twist to the left. Twist to the right. Repeat.

Overhead Shoulder Press 

Hold the broom flat with hands gripped shoulder-width apart. Place feet shoulder-width apart. Begin with the broom at the shoulder level and press forward, outward, and upward. Repeat.


Lie down on your back. Bend knees, keeping feet flat on the floor. Hold the broom flat with hands gripped at a comfortable width and over the top of the torso. Lift the head, neck, and shoulders upwards. Repeat.

Alternating Side Bend / Knee Touches 

Place feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart and slightly bend knees. Rest the broom behind the neck and on top of the shoulders. Hold the broom flat with a comfortable, wide grip. Simultaneously raise the right knee and side bend downward to the right; raising the knee upward to touch the broom stick. Then the left side. Repeat.

Care and Effort

Be encouraged! Whether initiating a simple start or finding new ways to enhance a current routine, everyday items and chores can be valuable in increasing health benefits and reaching goals. Also, bring to remembrance:

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their grey head.“ Proverbs 20:29

“She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.” Proverbs 31:17 [Emphasis supplied.]

Sources: Adapted from a pamphlet and online articles – ACMS – Staff, – Staff, STL Exercise Pamphlet – Jack Kendall, Onlymyhealth – Chanchal Sentra, CEB Fitness & Wellness, LLC – Candace Brooks;; 10 things to know; benefits of sweeping and mopping the floor;

Question – How can I be fit for the Master’s presence?


How can I be fit for the Master’s presence?


“Wherever you go, carry on the good work of searching the Scriptures, and the Lord Jesus will always be at your right hand to help you. … There is no excuse for wavering or sinning. But in order to be upright, you must keep all these rich and full promises in memory’s hall. Clear the mind of all objectionable, foolish things; retain the precious truths that you have heard here. … What weapon did Jesus present to the enemy in his temptation in the wilderness? … ‘It is written.’

“[Y]ou are to remember what is written, and when the enemy comes, and tempts you … just say firmly, ‘No, I cannot go there.’ Make up your mind, and know how to say ‘No’ squarely. ‘When sinners entice thee, consent thou not.’ ” The Bible Echo, January 15, 1893

“The law of God is the standard by which character is to be tested; if we erect a standard to suit ourselves, and attempt to follow a criterion of our own devising, we shall utterly fail to secure heaven at last. …

“Jesus is the perfect pattern. Instead of trying to please self and have our own way, let us seek to reflect His image. …

“It is not enough that we merely profess the faith; something more than a nominal assent is wanted. There must be a real knowledge, a genuine experience in the principles of the truth as it is in Jesus. The Holy Spirit must work within, bringing these principles into the strong light of distinct consciousness, that we may know their power and make them a living reality. The mind must yield obedience to the royal law of liberty, the law which the Spirit of God impresses upon the heart, and makes plain to the understanding. The expulsion of sin must be the act of the soul itself, in calling into exercise its noblest powers. The only freedom a finite will can enjoy, consists in coming into harmony with the will of God, complying with the conditions that make man a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The Review and Herald, November 24, 1885

“It is a subject of interest to every soul of us, how we shall keep our vessels unto honor in the sight of a holy God. … There is no safety for us when we lie down, when we rise up, when we go out, and when we come in. Satan and evil angels have conspired with evil men and evil women, and the whole energies of the powers of darkness will gather themselves together to lead astray and destroy every soul that is not garrisoned with firm principles of eternal truths. …

“The principles of righteousness must be implanted in the soul. Faith must grasp the power of Jesus Christ, else there is no safety.” In Heavenly Places, 199 [Emphasis supplied.]

Nature – The Beaver

The beaver is an engineer with amazing features and knowledge. It builds its dam, up to hundreds of feet long, with such engineering skill that men study the beaver’s dam to know how to build strength into a dam and how to channel water.

Building a dam means spending a lot of time in the water and the beaver has special physical equipment that enables him to do that. A protective nose and ear flaps that close when it goes under the water are part of this equipment. The flaps close so that he can freely swim in the water and open when he surfaces so he can breathe again. His eyelids are transparent and close when he is under the water. This allows for protection from debris and irritants in the water and yet allows him to see very well.

Beavers have uniquely designed, self-sharpening front incisors which continue to grow as they are worn down allowing for a continuous and sharp supply of front teeth. They use these sharp front teeth to cut young tender branches to a specific size to be stored in the mud at the bottom of the pond for their food supplies in the winter. In order to retrieve the branches, the beaver needs to chew them underwater. They are able to do this without water entering their mouth with the aid of fur mouth flaps between their front incisors and their rear molar teeth. These flaps of fur seal off the mouth behind the front incisors.

To build a dam, the beaver chooses the location and gnaws away at trees and branches along the bank, which when properly placed cuts off the flow of water. Nearby, a lodge is built into the bank of the stream or river. These dome-shaped structures are made of sticks, grass, and moss. The lodge provides a home for a single family of beavers consisting of as many as 12. The purpose of the dam is to create a “moat” around the lodge, providing protection from predators.

Beavers love their homes and will typically remain in the same location for years, until the food supply runs out. Since the animal lives just ten years in the wild, it could spend its entire life in the same place.

The beaver’s ability to swim long distances without harm is unlike other air-breathing water creatures. He can swim submerged for up to a half-mile or more. In order to do this without lack of oxygen to the brain, the beaver has large lungs and liver to store more air and oxygenated blood. His heart also compensates by beating more slowly when he dives. Blood is also restricted to the extremities during swimming allowing the brain to receive more oxygen.

The beaver is often in cold water that has ice formed on the top. In order for the skin to keep from freezing in this frigid water, the fur of the beaver is oiled by two large oil glands that produce a rich, thick, deep yellow oily liquid, which the beaver spreads on its fur to waterproof it. He also has two layers of fur and then a layer of fat just beneath the skin which helps further protect it from its cold winter environment.

The beaver is truly another example of a wise plan developed by a caring, Creator God. Such variety of special features could not have evolved over time and by chance. All of the physical features inherent to the beaver must be present and fully functional from the beginning for it to survive.

Adapted from Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Volume 1 and The Evolution of a Creationist by Jobe Martin, D.M.D. Th. M., Biblical Discipleship Publishers, Rockwall, Texas 75032;

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

Fanny Crosby was born on March 24, 1820, in Putnam County, New York. She became permanently blind at the age of six weeks after being prescribed the wrong treatment for her inflamed eyes. Always positive, Fanny turned her handicap into an asset; even commenting that her blindness was actually a blessing for it removed the many distractions around her. When she was eight years old, with the same feeling as Paul when writing in Philippians 4:11–13, she wrote:

Oh, what a happy child I am,

Although I cannot see!

I am resolved that in this world

Contented I will be.

At the age of 15 she attended the New York Institution for the Blind, and in 1847 became a teacher there until 1858. She taught English grammar, rhetoric, and American history. But Fanny’s true love was poetry.

Her poems have been used the world over, set to the music of the popular tunes of her day as well as tunes especially written for them, both secular and sacred. She could compose at any time. Always in possession of a book of paper just for that purpose; and her spur-of-the-moment poems often became her best hymns.

Her hymns have been the favorites of composers and evangelists like W. H. Doane, who composed the music for many of her most well-known hymns, and Ira D. Sankey, a gospel singer and composer long associated with Dwight L. Moody.

We are familiar with many of these songs: Tell Me the Story of Jesus; I am Thine, O Lord; Sweet By and By; To God be the Glory; Take the World, but Give Me Jesus; All the Way My Saviour Leads Me; Praise Him, Praise Him; Blessed Assurance; Redeemed; Near the Cross; Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour, and over four thousand more. Fanny’s personal favorite was Safe in the Arms of Jesus.

“Contented I will be” remained the governing principle throughout Fanny’s life. She loved her work and was happy doing it. She often reflected that had it not been for her blindness, she might not have obtained such a good education or had so great an influence. It also strengthened her memory. She committed to memory large portions of the Bible, including the first four books of the Old Testament and all four of the Gospels before she was ten years old.

 Safe in the arms of Jesus,

Safe on His gentle breast,

There by His love o’ershaded,

Sweetly my soul shall rest.

Hark! ‘tis the voice of angels,

Borne in a song to me,

Over the fields of glory,

Over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,

Safe from corroding care,

Safe from the world’s temptations,

Sin cannot harm me there.

Free from the blight of sorrow,

Free from my doubts and fears;

Only a few more trials,

Only a few more tears.

Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge,

Jesus has died for me;

Firm on the Rock of Ages,

Ever my trust shall be.

Here let me wait with patience,

Wait till the night is o’er;

Wait till I see the morning

Break on the golden shore.

Safe in the arms of Jesus

Safe on His gentle breast,

There by His love o’ershaded,

Sweetly my soul shall rest.