Who Are We?
by Cobus Fourie
Revelation 12:17 - “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Revelation 12:17
Revelation 19:10 - “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” – Revelation 19:10
We are the Remnant, the last part of Christ’s Church, who still keeps ALL God’s commandments and have the Spirit of Prophecy.
The Bible gives another description of the last Church or the Remnant in the Bible.
Revelation 3:14 - “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” – Revelation 3:14
When we do a study on the first three chapters of Revelation we will see that Christ’s Church from the early Church until the Second Coming is divided in the 7 Churches of Revelation. The Last Church or the Remnant is called Laodicea. This message given by Christ to us is important. Let’s see what it says about our state.
Revelation 3:15-17 - “ I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” – Revelation 3:15-17
Yes we are the Remnant, yes we are Laodicea, the last Church of Christ before the Second Coming BUT we are not in a good state. We have an attitude of “I am Rich, Increased with goods, and have need of nothing”, we think because we are in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, all is good. We have nothing to worry about. We think we are saved by association. We think the mere fact of being a member of the SDA Church will give us a free pass to Salvation.
Notice this statement:
“Weighty and eternal results” – God has given us a light, a work to do. It is a very important work and the result of it bears eternal results, while we are occupied with what the world has to offer, all the pleasures of this world, people are perishing. There are churches in this town far more active than us, the Kingdom of Darkness is advancing claiming souls for the eternity while the light of God’s Kingdom is hidden away in a small, withered bar.
First she asks a question, do we live the way a chosen people is suppose to live? Then she answers it by saying we have become so much like the world that almost no difference can be seen.
There’s this saying “If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it most definitely is a duck”.
Brothers and Sisters if we walk and talk like the world, if there is almost no difference between us and the world, then are we not THE WORLD?
She says we are to proclaim the message of Salvation to the world which is the messages of Revelation fourteen. This is our commission given by Christ Himself. His last message to us as Christians before he Ascended to our Father in Heaven, was to proclaim the message of salvation to the whole world.
Matthew 28:18-20 - “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:18-20
But she likened this commission for the message of Salvation unto Revelation fourteen:
Revelation 14:6-11 - “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having (1) the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, (2) Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, (3) 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 for ever 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.” – Revelation 14:6-11
Notice the message we are to give, is that the Judgment Is come, not will come, we are, since 1844 already living in the time of Judgment. How can we still be sleeping in such a time as this. God is now weighing us, trying our hearts to see whether we love Him and whether we are obedient to His laws.
Brothers we are asleep behind the wheel of a truck in the middle of the night on a slippery mountain pass with very narrow roads, and a drop that no one could survive, while our lights are off. It’s time for us to wake up.
We are to preach the Gospel (The Good News), we are to preach about Babylon the Harlot Church and her daughters and her false doctrines. We are to preach and warn people of the “Mark of the Beast”, The “Sunday Laws” that is to come. We are to warn the people to come out from Babylon. This is the Three Angels Message.
When we do a Prophecy Study on the Sunday Laws and we will, we will see that when those laws are implemented, when they are enforced on the people, then the probation for us as Seventh-Day Adventists closes, those still clinging to the world will be lost. We need to be ready, if we don’t have the characteristics of the Saints then we will not make it.
Revelation 14:12 - “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12
Brothers and Sisters this is what we need to be doing as a people, as the Remnant of Christ’s Church.
We have to prepare our lives according to the Word of God and we also need to be faithful Watchmen, warning the people.
Ezekiel 33:1-11 -“Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:1-11
We see here that not only are we to prepare ourselves, not only do we have to turn away from our sins BUT we need to warn our Brothers and Sisters, we need to warn the world.
Let’s look at the message John the Baptist gave:
We should not be worried about being mocked, persecuted or to suffer for the Lord. We have a work to do, we have to strive to prepare the way by preaching the Three Angels messages, to preach repentance and the Second Advent of Christ. Can we take this message to the world if we do not obey God’s commandments? Our Lord is coming, are we ready to meet Him?
She says that there is a great lack of love for God among us because of our continual resistance of light given by God. If we do not accept the light given we can not grow as Christians and will not be prepared for Christ’s coming.
Should we let our Brothers and Sisters resist the light until it is too late, until they end up crucifying our Saviour? NO, God says we are to be faithful watchmen, sounding warnings day and night.
We are given ample light, ample resources, if we do not make use of it, if we do not grow, we will be left in Darkness.
There is so much to say on being obedient, being a light for the people, witnessing and spreading the Gospel BUT unless we understand what motivates us, all is vanity. If we do not know why we are doing something we won’t have that zeal in us necessary to finish the work
Jeremiah 31:3 - “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”- Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD loves us with an everlasting love and with this love He draws us unto Himself.
John 12:32, 33 - “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.” – John 12:32, 33
Jesus said that when He was to be lifted up from the earth He will draw all men unto Himself. John tells us that Christ was referring to the death that Christ was to die. So what death did Christ die?
John 19:15-18 - “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” – John 19:15-18
Christ was crucified on the Cross. The Bible says that this love, the everlasting love, by which God draws us to Himself, this love was manifested on the cross. We are drawn to Christ by this act of Sacrifice on the cross, this act of everlasting love.
1 Corinthians 1:18 - “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
Paul tells us that the preaching of this act, the preaching of this everlasting love, the preaching of the cross is indeed the POWER OF GOD.
Romans 1:16 - “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
He continues to say that that this act on the cross, this manifestation of the Everlasting love God has for us, this preaching of the cross is the Gospel, which is the Power of God.
We are to preach the cross, to take the gospel, the Power of God, to the World.
John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
We read in this well known verse that it’s because of this love towards us that God gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for us
1 John 4:19 - “We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
It is because of this love that we love God, we love God because He loves us.
We see now that it is our love for God that motivates us to spread the Gospel, to work for Christ, it is our love for God that makes us active in the preaching of the cross to the world. We can only have the zeal to finish this important work if we understand that it is our love for God that motivates us, and that we can only have this love for God if we understand and appreciate the love He has for us.
In closing I want to end with the following statements from the book “Great Controversy”
Brothers In closing, we are to be the light in darkness, we are to take the good news to the world. It is a COMMAND from God, not a suggestion. The quicker we start doing it, the quicker we all can go home. Now none of us would really prefer to remain in this sinful world?
We need to be a light for Luderitz, we need to be a light for the South, we need to be a light for Namibia.
Let’s start working, let’s take each other’s hands and finish this work together.
Brothers I have a 7 point plan to start us off with. Those willing to let go of the world, those willing to dedicate him-or herself to the work of the Lord, you can either come see me after the sermon or during the week.
Let’s start preparing ourselves and the world for the Coming of our Saviour.