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Marian G. Berry Marian G. Berry, passed away at 1:27 PM - April 29, 2011 at the age of 89.

Marian G. Berry
1922-2011
Served the Lord her entire life: Colporter, Evangelist, Missionary to Africa 1948-1953, Girl’s Dean, Bible Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Supervisor of Elementary Education, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Author of 15 books, numerous articles, and videos
BA - University of Baltimore with undergraduate work at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska
MA - Rutgers University
PhD - Not completed at Bowling Green University. She lacked one course of obtaining her PhD in psychology. The university required a class in hyptnotism. She stood by her beliefs and refused to participate in the class. Bowling Green University refused to give her the PhD, Marian stood for her belief's rather than compromise on her principles.

The viewing and the funeral will be in Shawnee Mission Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City, MO) and the grave side ceremony will be in Loma Linda, California (about 60 miles East of Los Angeles). All are invited to attend either of these services. The service in Kansas City will be longer. The grave side service in Loma Linda will be short.

Services:
Chapel Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church
2245 Monticello Road
Shawnee, KS 66226 USA

Friday, May 6, 2011
Viewing: 10 AM Funeral: 11 AM Lunch Afterwards
Monday, May 9, 2011
Grave Side Ceremony 10 AM
Montecito Memorial Park
24145 Barton Road
Loma Linda, CA 92354 USA

Point of Contact: Daniel Berry (Marian’s Son)
Cell: + 1 443 307-1970
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The Third Angel’s Message “Here is the patience of the saints:
here are they that keep the commandments of God,
and the faith of Jesus.”  Rev. 14:12.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:…(1)
“Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the
thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”  Dan. 12:12.










All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message
Will rise from their graves, to hear their God say
“It is done!”  Victory’s won!
On the one thousand, three hundred and thirty fifth day!

God’s people Delivered!  And they are set free
from the bondage of sin for eternity
In final atonement the blood was applied
Names retained in the  Lamb’s Book of Life
Sealed in His image in faith when they died.

Delivered from sin and their worst enemies
from death and the grave, with faces that shine
With the glory of Jesus, men fall at their feet
Satan‘s vast host in utter defeat

And looking up, they hear God’s great voice
Persecutions are finished, and they rejoice,
The covenant words roll ‘round the earth
The Everlasting Covenant “Blessing”
promised at “new birth”
Tells them, like a will, what they’re  going to get
A body incorruptible, a mind that won’t forget
Eternal life, eternal youth. And Immortality,
A country home to call your own, and mansion in the city.
And travel through the universes for all eternity.

They, with the hundred forty and four thousand
Just waiting for translation.
Are soon to know the meaning of the book of Revelation.
“Blessed is he that waits” counting out the days,
A thousand three hundred and thirty five, and they will leave their graves!
Dan. 12:12  (See  The Great Controversy  pp. 635-652.
Chapter 40  “God’s People Delivered.” Resurrection  Timeline
1335th day  Dan.  12:12. Special Resurrection General Resurrection (1000 years) Resurrection of the Wicked 1844-1335th day
“All who died in the
3rd Angel’s Message Those who pierced
Him.
Dan. 12:2,  Rev. 1:7
John 29:37.  Second Coming
Righteous of all  ages arise
I Thess. 4:16  I Cor. 15:51-53
“1st Resurrection.  Rev. 20:6.  Third  Coming of Jesus.
Wicked of all ages arise
Rev. 20:5.
2nd Resurrection  (Rev. 20:5)
2nd  Death.   “Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth…
Awake, some to everlasting life, and some to
Shame and everlasting contempt.”  Dan. 12:2.
All who have died
in the faith of the third angel’s  message
come forth from their tomb glorified,
to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept his law.
They also which pierced him  (Rev. 1:7)
Those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies,
and the most violent opposes of His truth and his people
are raised to behold Him in his glory
and see the honor  placed upon the loyal and obedient.”
The Great Controversy   p.  637. This is the positive and glorious message of the third angel of Revelation 14:12.   It is given to encourage the remnant who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus to push on to be an overcomer that they may experience the rewards of the righteous.  As they view the fall of Babylon  (Rev. 18) and see the destruction of the forces of evil.  They will walk unharmed and glorified until Jesus comes to take them home with Him. The warning or negative message of the third angel will follow: THE   THIRD ANGEL’S  WARNING  MESSAGE “And the third angel followed them,  saying with a loud voice,
If any man worship the beast and his image,
and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation;
And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels,
and in the presence of the Lamb:
and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night,
who worship the beast and his image,
and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”  Rev. 14:9-11 Who or what is the “beast”?
The “beast” is described as follows: “And I stood on the sand of the sea,
and saw a beast  rise up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns,
and upon his heads ten crowns,
and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast, which I saw was like a
leopard, and feet were as the feet of a bear,
and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
And his deadly wound was healed:
and all the world wondered after the beast.” …
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things
And blasphemies;
And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months….
And it was given unto  him to make war with the saints,
To overcome them:
And power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall WORSHIP him,
Whose names are not written in the book of life
of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.”  Rev. 13:1-9
Question No.  1.    Where did the prophet, John, see the beast coming from?
Answer:   The “sea.”   Rev. 13:1.
Note:   The “sea” is a symbol.   Unlike a river, the waters of a sea are subject to constant motion of tides, currents, waves, crashing, overturning and overturning where ships go down and lives are lost.  This action represents the upheavals of wars wherein empires rose and fell through centuries of time.
The “sea” is a symbol of the “Old Word” or Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

In contrast,  “another beast coming up out of the earth”  (Rev. 13:11)  not the “sea” represents the “New World”  or  the  USA.  

It is important to remember that the “seven heads” on the “beast” are from the old world, and are not referring to the new world or the USA.

Question 2.   Who is this “beast” from the Old World?
Answer:    The “beast” is described as a “composite” picture.  Composed of several components.
“And the beast which is saw was like a
leopard, …a bear…a lion.”  Rev. 13:2.

Question  3.  Where have the lion, bear, and leopard symbols been described in Scripture?
“And four great beasts came up from the sea,…
…like a lion…a bear…a leopard..”
A fourth beast, dreadful and terrible…”Dan. 7:3-5,7

Question  4.  What do the four symbolic  “beasts from the sea”  represent?
Answer:   These four beasts represent four kings or kingdoms  (Empires).
“These great beasts, which are four,
Are four kings…” (with their kingdoms or empires)   Dan. 7:17.

Question 5.  What kings or kingdoms or empires are represented?
Answer:   1.  Babylon, 2.  Medo-Persia, 3.  Grecia, 4.  Imperial or “pagan” Rome.

Question  6.  Did Jesus return to earth  when Rome fell?  Or  Did other empires follow?
Answer:   Jesus did not come right after the fall of Rome in A.D.  476.
A fifth empire reigned for 1,260 years from A.D. 538-1798 over Europe
Larger and longer than any before it.  It was the Papal Supremacy    
described in Dan. 7 and 8 as the symbolic “Little  Horn.”

Question  7.   When the 5th empire fell in 1798, did another empire rise and fall in the Old world?
Answer:    Yes.  A   6th empire rose in 1917 that was known as the USSR.  It encompassed 11 time zones (almost half the world’s surface) and in the “cold war” attempted to spread its domain over all of Europe, South and Central America and even the USA!   It was identified with Communism and penetrated into the far east, to China and sought for world dominion.  It is described in Dan. 11:36 -40.
It was a new attempt by Satan to set up a godless world government, but it fell in 1989 .

Question 8.   Are there just six empires brought to view in the book of Daniel?
Answer:  No.   There are seven empires described in Dan. 11 and 12..

Question  9   Where in the book of Daniel, is the 7th empire described?
Answer:    The 7th empire is described in the book of Daniel in chapter 12:7-11,
In verse 11, it reveals that the power to rule or sovereignty of the nations will be “taken
away” in order to set up an empire that is called “the abomination that maketh
desolate”—an evil government that desolates God’s work and persecutes God’s people.

Question 10  What is the name of that government or empire and how long will it reign?
The 7th empire will reign exactly 1,290 literal days until it falls.  Dan. 12:11.
The 7th empire has several different names: A.     The New World Order
B.    The One World Government
C.    The New Confederation (of nations)
D.    The “Abomination that maketh desolate”
E.    Papal Supremacy No. 2. We are now in the transition and formation of this new world dominion or empire No. 7.
Everything in our world today is being linked together:  communication, transportation, (your credit card will get you everywhere in this world ) trade, commerce, shipping, manufacturing, buying and selling at all levels, into one unit with one government, planning for one religion, one day of worship, with no freedom of individual choice.

Question 11.  What comes after the One World Order?
Answer:    No more earthly empires.  Jesus will come.  Dan. 2:34,35.
“…it shall be for a time, times, and an half (three and a half literal years)
(or 2360 literal days)  and when he shall have accomplished
To scatter (pulverize) the power of the holy people.
All these things (persecutions) shall be finished.”  Dan. 12:7

Question  12   Why study the book of Daniel, to identify the “beast” of Revelation?
Answer:      Daniel and Revelation are both classified as “apocalyptic” literature.
Both books are prophetic, describing events of the past, current events,
and the future.  The two books make up one “picture.”  Neither book will
give the whole picture by itself.  Daniel has four historical-prophetic outlines
that describe the rise and fall of seven empires that persecute the people
of God.  Revelation merges all seven persecuting empires into one picture
of a “beast” with seven heads…but focuses on the 7th head that is still future.

Question 13.  In what way were all seven empires persecuting God’s people?
Answer:   1.   Babylon destroyed the temple, and the city of Jerusalem, taking many captive.
2.  Medo-Persia, under Haaman attempted to destroy all the Jews by one death decree.
3.  Grecia determined to wipe out the sacrificial system or “cult” and introduced sports
gymnasiums for the youth and lined the roads out of Jerusalem with crucifixions of
those who resisted their efforts.
4.  Imperial Rome nailed Jesus to the cross and purged early Christianity
5.  Papal Rome slew 50 million martyrs during the Dark Ages in Europe.
6.  Millions were  put death or made slaves under the USSR reign .
7. Already the advocates (ecologists) for the New World Order desire to reduce the population
on earth by the millions. Conclusion:  The “beast” of Revelation  13 is a composite picture of seven persecuting empires.
The “beast” is composed of seven empires as follows:   Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia, ‘
Imperial Rome, Papal Rome, the USSR, and a final One World Order with Papal head.
All of these empires are in the “Old d World” of Europe and Asia. The   Seven  Heads on the Composite Beast “And I stood upon the sand of the sea,
And saw a beast rise up out of the sea,’
Having seven heads…
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
And his deadly wound was healed:
And all the world wondered after the beast.”  Rev. 13:1,3.

Dr. Leslie Hardinge explained to his students in a class on Revelation, that each time the Bible teachers would meet they would discuss the “seven” heads.   Which empires did they represent?  Some thought  Egypt that enslaved God’s people should be included.   Some thought that Assyria that swallowed up Israel should be counted in.   Some thought that the Jews that put Jesus and early Christians to death should fit in somehow.   All were agreed that the “beast” was a composite picture of persecuting empires.   They all agreed that a “head” represented an empire.  (Dan. 2:38  “Thou, [O king of Babylon]
Art this head of gold, and after thee shall arise another kingdom [empire].” They also agreed that the “head” that received the “deadly wound” was the “little horn” Papal Supremacy.   They knew when that empire was set up  in A.D. 538 and fell in A.D. 1798.  

In those meetings, there were those that insisted that John’s description of the “beast” in its references to a “lion” “bear” and “leopard” were the anchor to keep the “ship from drifting” into strange waters.
They knew that in the book of Daniel, the lion, bear and leopard referred to Babylon, Medo-Persiea, Grecia, and that Imperial Rome followed but fell in A.D. 476.  So soon after that date, in A.D. 538 the Papal Supremacy reigned for 1260 years.   Many of those teachers then were settled on the first five heads that they referred to Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia, Imperial Rome and Papal Rome.
But they were “prisoners of history” and could not identify the last two heads.

At that time, the western nations were struggling in what was called a “cold war” with atheistic communism as its ideology as it emerged from its geological setting to seek to swallow up all countries all over the world.  It was a quiet war!  We did not hear much about it, but the USA kept its planes in the air 24-7 guarding the north pole and Canada and Alaska.  There was a crisis under Jack Kennedy regarding threats to our security from Cuba.  European countries changed their railroad tracks to different sizes so that trains could not roll in with a take over!   Central and South America were vulnerable as the Soviet power grew for seventy years.

The USSR occupied 11 time zones of earth’s 24!    It was described in Dan. 11:36-40, but  those verses had been given  different applications by prominent writers and theologians.    Finally,  when the Berlin wall fell,  Time magazine had a cover picture of the Pope and Ronnie Regan, with the words, “Holy Alliance” revealing how they had worked together to bring about the fall of the USSR.  The year was 1989.    Many astute Bible students suddenly knew where they were in the stream of time and declared,  “This is the fulfillment of Dan. 11:40.”  

They knew then who the sixth head had been.   IT was the persecuting, godless empire that murdered and enslaved millions of God’s people.   The USSR was the largest of any Old World empire that went before it.   Its objective was to rule the world.   Yet, there is much resistance to identify it as the sixth “head” of the beast.   It lasted seventy years and fell around 1990.   The president of the USA, George Bush, Sr. stated that “We have now entered into the New World Order.”    Very few took notice of that statement but it was a clue that the seventh “head” was already  forming.

Between the fall of Imperial Rome  (A.D. 476)  and the rise of Papal Rome (A.D. 538) there was a transition period of  52 years,   Between the fall of the Papacy (A.D. 1798) and the rise of atheistic communism in the Bolshevic Revolution in the USSR  (1917) there was a transition period of 119 years.   Again, at this time we are living in a transition period waiting for the complete formation of the 7th head. THE  SEVENTH  HEAD
“THE  NEW  WORLD  ORDER” The seventh head on the “beast” of Revelation 13 is described,  first in Dan. 12:7 and 11.   It is described again in fuller detail in Revelation 13. ‘ AND WHEN HE SHALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO SCATTER  (SHATTER OR CRUSH)
THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE,
(FOR A TIME, TIMES, AND AN HALF”)  ( THREE AND A HALF LITERAL YEARS…)
DAN. 12:7
“And from the time that the daily  (sovereignty of the nations)
Shall be taken away (from them)
And the ABOMINATION THAT MAKETH DESOLATE SET UP,
Shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety (literal) days.”
(until it too will fall.)
Dan. 12:11.
“…he shall come to his end and none shall help him.”  Dan. 11:45. The above verses tell us that the seventh head of the persecuting “beast” will:
1.     Persecute the “holy people” who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.
2.    Persecution will last “time, times, and an half” or 1260 literal days, or 3 ½ years.
3.    Then all persecutions will be finished for the people of God.
4.    The sovereignty and protection of the nations will be taken away
5.    This seventh empire will last 1,290 literal days until it will be destroyed.
6.    He will have headquarters in old Jerusalem, but will come to his end. (Dan 11:45.)
7.    None will deliver him—(the political and religious head of the New World Order.)

Question:   How does Revelation enlarge and clarify,  and identify exactly who this last empire will be and who will be its head-man? “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
(The “Little Horn” empire of Dan. 7, --Papal supremacy fell in A.D. 1798)
And his deadly wound  was healed:  (Healing now)
And all the world  (A New World Order)
Wondered after the beast.”  Rev. 13:3. “and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months
(42 months =1260 days or three and a half years.)
Rev. 13:5
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,
And to overcome them.  (Dan. 12:7)
And power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
Rev. 13:7.

The “Little Horn” 5th Empire that ended in 1798 never ruled over “ALL” kindreds, and tongues, and nations in the world!   It ruled mainly over the nations of Europe and sent out to explore the rest of the world in hopes of gaining world control, but never ruled over all nations.   This alone is a very good reason to understand that these prophecies in Daniel 12 and Revelation 13 are referring to future events and not to the past.  

These verses in Revelation correspond with Dan. 12 timelines, but Revelation adds an identification of that seventh head, explaining exactly who it will be!    These added insights are as follows:

There is a chronological series of events that can be dated:
1.    The “deadly wound”  A.D. 1798.
2.    The wound is healing          Now.
3.    (The New World Order” will continue the persecuting action of the “Little Horn” for
42 months or 3 ½ years  or 1260 literal days or “time, times, and an half.
4     Every kindred, tongue and nation will come under the New World Order.        

It is evident that the wound was inflicted on the Papacy.   The healing is that of the Papacy.   It will be the Papal power that will control the New World Order and bring all nations under its authority.   The Pope will be the head of the New World Order and by his authority, his laws will be forced upon the whole world.    Those who resist his rule will be the objects of persecution.   But “all the world (the wicked) wondered after the beast.”  Rev. 13:3.   

Note:   The “little horn” empire ended in A.D.. 1798.   It was the 5th head.   It is not the 7th head which is the future New World Order.”   But it is the healing that forms the new and seventh head.   The fifth head ruled mainly over Europe,  but the seventh head will finally gain control over all kindreds, tongues and nations.    

Revelation 13 has a dual application.   When looking at the symbolic context of “beasts”, “heads”, “horns” etc., the pioneers of Adventism were correct in applying Rev. 13 to the “Little Horn” Papacy that existed A.D. 538-1798.   But when looking at the chronological chain of events of a wounded head, a healed, head, a “continuing” action of persecution, and at last “all the world” following after the “beast” wearing its seventh head,  the major application for our day is all relevant to future events.  Head No, 1.    Babylon,   2.  Medo-Persia.   3.  Grecia.  4.  Rome    5.  Papal Rome.  6. USSR
8.    New World Order THE  HORNS AND  CROWNS “…having seven heads and ten horns,
And upon his horns ten crowns.”
Rev. 13:1 In the book of Daniel, the consecutive empires are represented as symbolic “beasts.”   But on the last beast mentioned, there are horns.    It then brings to view the “Little Horn.”   By chapters 8-11 certain kings are represented as a “horn that was broken” and the symbolism changes from empires to kings.

In Revelation the symbolism moves from a persecuting composite “beast” of seven empires or “heads”
To “horns” and interprets them as follows.
“And the ten horns which thou sawest  are ten kings.”  Rev. 17:12.

“Crowns” are simply worn by kings to reveal power, seat, and authority.   If there are ten kings and ten crowns, it is a “double reference” to kingship.    The ten kings of Rev. 17:12 are ten rulers that will serve under the New World Order.   (They are not the ten horns (kings and kingdoms) of Europe that emerged after the fall of Rome.   The text in Rev. 17:12 plainly states that they have received “no kingdom or authority to act as yet.”

The New World Order has already divided the world into ten sections.   The USA,  Mexico and Canada are counted as one division.   (That is why the federal government at this time is unable to control the borders and there is an immigration problem.)   

The New World Order is not yet set up in place. It does not yet have a recognized “head” or administrator.   It is not yet able to enforce its laws, nor put so-called heretics to death.   It does not yet have all nations subject to it, now does it have Islam under its control, yet,  but it is working to break down the Constitutions and systems of law and order, and the sovereignty of the nations, before it can be “set up” as the one ruling force over the entire world.   It has not as yet established its mark of authority. THE  “MARK OF THE “BEAST” The “mark of the beast” is the mark or sign of its authority.   Roman Catholic literature readily admits that the Bible with the Ten Commandments reveals the Sabbath to be the seventh day of the week—Saturday.   But they claim that God has given the church the right to change the day of rest to Sunday, the first day of the week.   This very act of changing God’s law, they claim, and the fact that all the world keeps Sunday (in one way or another) is the sign or mark of their authority to reign on earth.

^Therefore, Sunday worship will become the “mark of the beast” while Saturday Sabbath will be the mark or sign of the authority of God and is called “The Seal of the Living God.” THE  IMAGE  TO  THE  BEAST.

“And the third angel followed the,
Saying with a loud voiced,  
IF any man worship the beast and his image,
And receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand…
The same shall drink of the wrath of God…”    Rev. 14:9,10. Question 1.   Who or what is the “image of the beast”?
Answer:   An image is a sculpted, or painted, or reflected likeness to the real thing.
The “beast” of Rev. 13 is a composite of Persecuting empires.
The seventh “head” on the “beast” is the last or future persecuting empire
With headquarters in the Old World of Europe and Asia.
The “image to the beast” is not one of those seven “heads”
The “image to the beast” needs to be identified from Scripture.

Question  2.  Where in Scripture is this image brought to view?
Answer:    The “image to the beast” is described in Rev. 13:11 to 15.
It describes “another beast” in Rev. 13:11 and
finally calls it called the “image of the beast” in verse 15. “And I behold another beast coming up out of the earth
(not from the sea or Old World, but from the “earth”  The New World)
And he had two horns as a lamb…” Question 3.   What does the “lamb” represent?  And what are the  “two horns”?
Answer:   Throughout Revelation the lamb represents Jesus Christ, and His attributes.
The “two horns” are also “lamblike” or harmless.  Horns in Scripture consistently
Represent kings or powers of government.
It is the USA that signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and
set up  a unique government, “of the people.”   Its two powers were built on freedoms,
Republicanism (political freedom) and Protestantism (religious freedom).  It was a new
experiment in governing without a Pope and without a king.   The USA was formed by
those who fled the persecutions of Europe and were from the Northern European
countries that had joined the Protestant Reformation in Europe.    They came to this
new land with honest hearts and a good work ethic.   It demonstrated what a country
can become that has the characteristics of Jesus Christ.  It became the leader in the
world and the envy of all who looked at it with awe and longing.  It is described in
Revelation 13:11 as “another beast”-- another empire that emherged as a lamb and
as  Protestant Christian nation.

But suddenly, the character of the USA changes completely!   Right in the same verse
that change is described thus:   “and it spake as a dragon.”    Rev. 13:11.

Question:   Who is the “dragon”?
Answer:
“And the dragon was cast out,
That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan.”  Rev. 12:9.

Satan has three symbolic names:  The serpent, the dragon, and the eighth “head” on the “beast.”  Rev. 12, 13, 17.  1.  As a “serpent” with its forked tongue, he is a deceiver,  2.  as a “dragon” a persecutor, and 3.  as the “eighth “head” in connection with  the seven-headed beast” as the very last ruler of the last empire or One World Order.   At the last empire is formed by the seventh “head” in the  very end, when Satan has become visible, rulership will be turned completely over to him..  (Rev. 17)

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:…
Rev. 12:4
“And the beast that was [visible]
And is not [now vivible]
Even he is the eighth [head]
And is of the seven [persecuting empires]
And goeth into prediction.”  Rev. 17:11.


Question:   When will the lamb-like “beast”—the USA  “speak like a dragon.”  To form the “image to the beast’?
Answer:   We are now in the transition period. When we watch with horror the declining value of our dollar
And realize there’s no solution for the hapless Constitution
That was broken, and other laws were spoken!
Then the problems with immigration and their demonstrations
Our borders unprotected and the druggers not arrested,
The homeless and the beggars are increasing every day
We wonder what is happening to the good old USA.
The T.V. and the talk shows men are nearly at wits end
To figure out the problems that are increasing all the time
If they just knew their Bible,  and what the prophets say
They’d find the answers brought to mind,
That will be the time when sinners get their way!
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1888 Background Information

In 1941, while at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, I gave my heart and my life to the Lord. In 1942 I married a young evangelist; Ken Berry.   We worked for a year as colporteurs of Christian literature and he as tent master for ministers who were holding evangelistic meetings. Then he became the Conference evangelist to raise up churches in Sterns, KY, Centerville, TN, and other small towns. I cooked on a hot plate, slept in tents, and was his “one and only” Bible worker. Not knowing what questions would come my way, I read my Bible with great interest and a red pen. Time and again he preached a sermon on “The Two Laws”—The Ten Commandments that were written in stone and placed in the ark, and the “Ceremonial Law” written by Moses that was placed in the side of the ark and was “nailed to the cross” on Calvary.   I taught this same thing in many homes to many persons. It was such an effective doctrine and so easily illustrated.

In 1946 we were called to be missionaries in Kenya, East Africa. While he was being instructed on how to go on safari journeys, I was told to stay at the Kendu Hospital to learn the procedures that I would need to know in running the dispensary at Chebwai Mission where we were assigned to be the next seven years. There I met Dr. and Susie Abbot and D.K. Short who was in charge of the Gendia Mission just two miles down the hill from the hospital. One day I heard Dr. Abbot say to Don Short, “You know, the Israelites did not have refrigerators as we do now. Pork is held at nearly freezing temperature for three months.  Today you could eat it without fear of parasites. You know that all those ceremonial laws were “nailed to the cross.” Brother Short did not make any protest and I assumed that he agreed with that idea.

As a child, my parents were regular Christians, who at least once a year when the weather was cold enough, they slaughtered a pig. It was a day of celebration with a big roast-gravy-potatoes, veggies, pie cake, cookies and condiments. Everyone expected and made ready to be sick afterward! We all knew that a fresh port dinner had its after-affects! Basins and sacks were made ready. Even at fourteen years of age, I was sick from a fresh pork dinner. I thought of that and looked at my Bible underlined with red pen that rested in Lev. 11. Pork was banned! Why? If the laws were nailed to the cross, why was it still making people sick?

I went back to our mission, sick at heart. I fasted and prayed for light on the subject.  Something just was not making sense. Something was “out of joint.” Little by little the Lord answered my prayers. I wrote a paper titled “The Four Laws” in which I pointed out four categories of law found in the Old Testament.   1.  The Ten Commandments; 2. The Health Laws; 3. The Civil laws for the courts; and  4. The Sacrificial laws that were nailed to the cross at the crucifixion. I showed when each began and when the sacrificial laws ended at the cross. That paper was published word for word in the Ministry magazine 4-6-1948.

Later, I learned the following: Elder Kotz, a German minister was presiding in the Sligo Church right there in Washington D.C. at the General Conference headquarters. For years he had been having breakfast at the near-by diner relishing his sausages and pancakes! He was beginning to share his new-found license to eat what he pleased since such laws had all been “nailed to the cross.” Those who went out to eat with him, did not know what to make of this new doctrine.  

When the Ministry magazine published the paper on the “Four Laws” he was challenged and removed from that prestigious position.

From that very early experience, I knew there were more than just two kinds of laws given in the Old Testament. I did not yet know that the “Health Laws” were called “Statutes” nor how the statiutes were related to the Ten Commandmnents. That was to come many years later. Read On…

About 1952-3, Elder Wieland became President of the Kenya, East Africa Mission Field in which was the Chebwai Mission station where my husband, Ken Berry and I had lived since 1947. Elder Wieland visited our station several times, from which we traveled to a number of outlying “branch” churches we had raised up. He preached in our mission church and we traveled together to one fine church up on Mt. Elgon. As we traveled we had many fine conversations regarding his research and he asked me to read his manuscript, “1888 Examined.”

When we first arrived in Africa, we went to the Kendu Hospital for me to learn how to do “dispensary: work and a couple miles from the hospital was Gendia Mission Station and Kenya Publishing House where D. K. Short was in charge. We enjoyed many days in their home and enjoyed his sense of humor!

1888 Examined.

With great interest I read the manuscript which was not yet published. I was puzzled. There was no doubt in reading the exact quotations, that Ellen G. White expressed great disappointment with the 1888 meetings held in Minneapolis. It was obvious that she expressed her disapproval of the leading brethren who had vented their disdain for the two young men who were bringing a special message to the meeting. I saw that the main objection in the manuscript was that the whole church had rejected “Righteousness by Faith.”   That I could not understand.

“Righteousness by Faith” Rejected?

For several years, I had given many Bible studies to people who attended my husband’s evangelistic meetings. (In those days every evangelist needed a Bible Worker,)  I had also done much Bible research on a personal basis. I knew that the church had faithfully taught “Righteousness by Faith” through justification in the name of Jesus. I had also read many times that the church taught “Righteousness by Faith” through sanctification (not by works alone) but by faith in the power of Jesus to bring the character into harmony with the character of God. It seemed to me that this must be a false charge. I was convinced that the meetings in Minneapolis had gone wrong but that the charges were false. I also read the little book “Righteousness by Faith” and that settled it in my thinking.

Time passed; by 1970, my husband was stationed in Ohio where I became an Associate Superintendant of Education and had an office in the Ohio Conference building in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The officers and ministers in Ohio were to attend a very special meeting or “retreat” held by the Columbia Union Conference. I was included in that ten-day experience.

The Columbia Union Ten Day Meeting.

I had read the four volumes titled “The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers” by Dr. L. E. Froom. He had spent thirteen years researching the libraries of Europe and had produced excellent documentation to reveal the progressive fulfillment and recognition of Bible prophecy which Seventh-day Adventists hold so dear to their hearts. I treasured those books which had so strengthened my faith. I confess that I had them all underlined here and there with red pen!

Dr. Froom was the main speaker at the Columbia Union ten day meeting. He had made a chart that was about 30 feet long that stretched all across the front of the conference room. Day after day he explained the “roots” of the Adventists movement, as it arose out of the 1800 Awakening. To me, all this was extremely fascinating. He covered the Great Disappointment of 1844 in great detail. Then he explained what had happened in Minneapolis in 1888. This was what he said:

The Report by L. E. Froom’

(As I remember his report in a brief)
Two young men, A.T. Jones and E.J Wagner attended the 1888 Minneapolis meeting with an urgent message. Wagner had previously attended a summer camp meeting. He had decided to sit out on the edge of the hot tent and large crowd, to get the breeze, not paying full attention to the speaker when it seemed that he had a vision and saw Christ hanging on the cross. It so moved him that he had prepared a series to present at the 1888 General Conference meeting to be held in Minneapolis. His plan was to present Jesus each day in each aspect of His work, in each of His offices to accomplish our salvation.    His sermons were very well organized and they had taken notes of all that he had presented. He had an attractive manner of presentation and was well received. Jones was not so well received because he had “uncouth gestures” and was too repetitious.

(At that point the meetings were about to close and Dr. Froom asked if there were any questions.)
I rose to my feet and said, “You have explained very well what was done by Wagner. Can you give us information on what was said by Jones?”

Dr. Froom appeared to be “flustered” but said, “No.  I cannot; because we cannot get our hands on the book that has that information in it. The book is held by some contrary persons who will not turn it over to us.”

At that point, I knew that the issue was not about “Righteousness by Faith” nor the work of Jesus for our salvation. There had been an issue which was still not understood. Later, I heard that Jones had introduced two abrasive topics: “Perfection of character” and “Kingly Power” [as held by administrators] of the church! The latter seemed to align with a statement of Ellen G. White who registered her disappointment that there had been no change after 1888 in the administrative structure.

Fall Counsel in Mexico—Repentance

There was a Fall Counsel held in Mexico. The Ohio President returned from it saying that an action was taken to make a statement of repentance for the unkind attitudes and actions of those who attended the 1888 meetings. The action was for what “our fathers” had done. I did not feel the issue was settled.

Light on the “main issue”

In my thinking, the main issue has been lying dormant for over a century. And, yes, it does have to do with “righteousness” but not with justification or sanctification. Though the church has promoted fully “Righteousness” that has to do with justification and sanctification by faith, there was still something that was unsolved.  “Right doing” and right thinking is always connected with the keeping of God’s laws. An issue has been rising among honest-hearted children of God regarding God’s laws. There is something that seems to be “out of joint” as follows:

Denominational history and current practice reveals the fact that the early pioneers of Adventism were students of Scripture. They based their “Advent” date on a study of the statutes that included the “day of Atonement” that occurred Oct. 22, 1844. This was called “The Seventh Month Movement, referring to the Feast of Tabernacles and the “Day of Atonement” An important date to Adventism to this day. They felt duty bound to keep the seventh-day Sabbath from sundown to sundown because they found that instruction in the statutes. They made tithes and offerings an important part of their worship of the Creator because they found that instruction in the statutes. Likewise the health message of Lev. 11—another statute. Ellen G. White explained that the statutes were given to guard the Ten Commandments and were not to pass away at the death of Christ but to continue as long as time should last. “…The statutes were explicitly given to guard the Ten Commandments
They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ
They were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last
These commands were enforced by the power of the moral law, and
They clearly and definitely explained that law.”
ST 4/15/1875  (Reprinted in RH May 6, 1875)  Ellen G. White. As a matter of fact, the “Heb. Word “mo’edeim” or “appointed times” to worship the Creator God is found in Gen. 1:14-16 which was before the creation of mankind. These “appointed times” for worship are listed in Lev. 23 and are known as “the feasts of the Lord.” (not the feasts of the Jews). The seventh day-Sabbath is the first “feast” listed. The other six are annual Sabbaths and all are known as statutes.   They are regulated in time by the sun and moon in the sky.

Not until man fell, was there a need for the ceremonial sacrificial system. The “appointed times” for worship, the Edenic diet, marriage, the best occupation for man, the statutes, were all given before the fall, but the ceremonial law came into being after the fall. There are many who are thinking that the real issue of 1888 was the determination by some of the leadership of the church to lump the statutes in with the ceremonial law “nailing them to the cross”. This decision was not “Righteousness” in a disregard of God’s holy statutes that guard and are empowered by His moral law.

Today, the consensus of opinion is that the statutes are a part of the ceremonial law that was “’nailed to the cross.” Six million books have been circulated advocating this very idea. When and how did that idea come into Adventism? Was that the real issue of 1888? Apparently, from 1875 to 1888 this issue over the statutes was rising and came to a head in the 1888 meeting. But, as in every issue, the prophetess was determined to prevent the remnant church from disintegrating over a theological split and although she voiced her disappointment over the matter, she withdrew to Australia to begin a good work there.   But the issue still remained and the Lord still has not come because his remnant are not yet ready.

How could a church be in ignorance regarding part of the statutes for over 120 years and still be “spiritual; Israel”? The story of ancient Israel under king Hezekiah is a partial explanation. In ancient times, Israel had been carried away into Babylon and only Judah was left. It had also fallen into apostasy so that the temple was in disrepair, Hezekiah had the scrolls of the prophets—the Word of God read to him. He saw their true state and went about the work of reform. When the enemy came, the Lord delivered them in a most miraculous way. Today and over the past century God has seen spiritual Israel struggling to keep the first one of the statutes, to give the gospel to the world, to take the three angels’ messages and to work for the healing ministry in a lost and dying world. He has not thrown away His remnant people because of their theological misunderstanding and following the confusion established by leadership so long ago.

But today, “knowledge shall be increased” (Dan. 12:4). Like Hezekiah, the statutes shall be restored to their proper place. There are to be no doctrines taught that don’t make sense or that seem to be “out of joint” with reality! A little remnant, called out of the remnant are known as the 144,000 who will be blessed as they know and keep the statutes in their fullness. All seven “appointed times” to worship their Creator-Life-giver God will be kept to His glory to prepare them for translation.
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Light “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
And God said,  “let there be light.”  Gen. 1:1. For the first four days of creation, God Himself was the Source of light.   As the world began to turn on its axis, half was in darkness and the other half illuminated by the light of God’s presence.   Therefore “the evening and the morning were the first day [of creation]. “  Gen. 1:1-5,8,13,19,23,31.   The seventh-day Sabbath that is a memorial of the Creator’s work is still computed in that way, beginning in the evening and continuing to the next evening—sundown to sundown.

God created most ambulatory animals with eyes—an extension of the brain, to see while it is light. They usually rest or sleep while darkness reigns.   The light of God encompasses more than visual acuity but also encompasses knowledge, skills, accomplishments, wisdom and other brain functions. But it is necessary for light to enable the eye and brain to function at peak activity. Therefore in the same verse that defines a creation day there is another definition of a “day”   “And God called the light “day” and the darkness he called night.”  Gen. 1:5. This definition of a “day” was used by God’s people, and mentioned in the New Testament. Beginning the day as the “first hour” at sunrise.   (See  Matt. 27:45)   They counted the hours of the day from sunrise when the sun became visible and the light of day continued.

Sophisticated man is always looking for something “new and improved” better than God’s plan. In the scientific wisdom of man, he invented a new definition of a “day.”   With the invention of various time pieces, refusing God’s definition, they declared that the day begins at midnight—in the darkness of the night.  The hours are numbered as 1:oo am, 2:00 am  etc. and we rise at 6:00 a.m. and many watches continue to number the hours up to 24.   “he shall think to change times and laws”  Dan. 7:25.

On the fourth day of creation, God placed lights in the heavens.  The sun and the moon began to give light to the earth.  “to give light upon the earth.”  Gen. 1:14-16. Again, light facilitates vision. Both sun and moon were given to be seen, and to count out time. Whereas, the sun “rules the day” one orbit by this planet around the sun counts out one year. The sun marks out the timing for the memorial of creation and the time to worship the Creator. The moon was to “rule” the timing for annual holidays—feast day Statutes.   The new moon was to begin the year, the month, and to begin the special days of worship of the Creator-God.

For centuries, the people of God looked up in the sky to see the first sliver of the new moon to know when to begin counting out the year, the months, and special feast days.

Again, sophisticated man, with his inventions such as the telescope and computer with its software, and their astronomical wisdom set up a new definition of the new moon. Just as “the day” was begun at midnight when people are sleeping, the new moon was defined as beginning in its dark phase when the actual alignment of sun, moon, and earth hides the moon from our eyes, so that it cannot be seen.

If God instructed His people to begin counting the beginning of the new year, and each month, and counting from the new moon to their feast days, and then hid the new moon in total darkness,  His instructions would be most unreasonable and unjust. God is neither facetious nor playing games with his people. His commands are reasonable and can be obeyed.  The idea that the new moon occurs in its darkened phase when it cannot be seen with the naked eye is a hidden stroke against the character of God.  Israel, for centuries had no Naval Observatory nor computers to know when that alignment would occur and would have been “in the dark” as to when to start their counting out of time. No, God put the sun and moon in the heavens where every inhabitant of earth could look up and see them with their eyes and it was that visible sliver of moon that alerted them and enabled them to count out time and make their yearly Scriptural calendars.

Just as it is necessary to see the light of the sun that “rules the day” at sunrise to know when the new day has come, so also it is necessary to see the new noon arise to know how to count out the time for years, months, and days to the “appointed time” for worship.

The following text makes clear the fact that the laws ordained by God for their “appointed times” to worship the Creator–God were to be counted from the new moon which emerged from its darkened phase. “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon,
In the time appointed on our solemn feast day.
For this [is] a statute (law) for Israel,
And a law of the God of Israel.”  Ps. 81:3,4. What about Baal worship, where they worship the moon goddess? Was Israel in apostasy because they worshipped the moon goddess as they saw the crescent moon to establish their yearly calendar? It is true that the crescent moon became the IKON for false religions and it is still with us today in the religion of Islam. But was the observation of the crescent moon, to regulate their timing and seasons, a part of their apostasies? Or were they following God’s directions?

We need to remember that Satan is not a creator! He has nothing new to offer. Any practices by false religions were borrowed from God’s original truth and religious instructions to His people. If some worshippers use the crescent moon for an IKON of their religion, they borrowed it from God’s original true worship. The crescent moon of Islam is borrowed from Israel. And, yes, Allah is the ancient name for the moon goddess.

It is important to recognize that Gen. 1:5 gives two different definitions of a “day.” One definition gives understanding of a day of creation of 24 literal hours. The other is a practical definition of the light part that is, throughout history, ruled by the sun from sunrise to sunset and visible to the naked eye. That is Inspiration. But man is always thinking his definitions are smarter than that which God has specified. They “muddy the waters” by setting new standards and regulations so that man cannot see or be intelligent regarding the most simple of things in his surroundings. They think they have something new and “scientific” that keeps important information “in the dark”.
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