J. Wilfred Johnson
March 31, 1976
Transcribed from C/Ds #39 & #40
August 20, 2012 thru Sept. 7, 2012
We are pleased to have a few new faces with us tonight. We hope that we
not say something that you aren’t able to follow because we have
discussed a lot of things in the past and we sort of take it for
granted that everybody knows the background and I may just
forget myself in spots, and if I do, I wish that you would let me know
afterwards, or ask a question afterwards concerning any point that you
were not able to pick up. I’m not saying that you are not intelligent
rest of us; I am simply saying that unless you have the algebra you
can’t do the trigonometry. And we have discussed some things that maybe
you don’t have in your mind at the moment that we talk about them.
Before we go into the regular study for
tonight I have a few
miscellaneous things which I seem to be in the habit of picking up. And
I’d like to share some of these things with you. I think I gave you on
a previous occasion the one from Great Controversy
says; "With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves.” I
am bringing it up again tonight because we have some folks that
haven’t been with us and I would just like you to be sure that you
understand that anything which we present, we endeavor to present it
directly from the word of God or from the Spirit of Prophesy and
don’t expect you to take it just because we say so and sometimes I
don’t always look up references because if we were to look up every
reference for every sentence I spoke we wouldn’t get very far. And we
take it for granted that some of the references you are familiar with.
At the same time we would like you to feel that you really are
obligated to check into the evidences on your own to make your own
opinions, to form your own conclusions.
Now the statement, I’m not reading
the whole statement; It says that we
should be studying our Bibles diligently day by day. Secondly, we
should be weighing every thought. And thirdly, we should be comparing
scripture with scripture. And that also means; Spirit of Prophesy
statement with Spirit of
Prophesy statement. If we do those things then
we're in a position to be able to form an opinion. Maybe not
always but sometimes we don’t have sufficient evidence to make a solid
conclusion so we just hold it in abeyance or we come to a tentative
conclusion and as evidence continues to come in we modify our
conclusion. We should also understand that there is no way of
understanding the truth of God without the help of the Spirit of God.
After all, the author of the Word of God is the Spirit of God. Holy men
of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and since the Holy
Spirit is the author of the word, if we want to understand the Word we
need to have the Spirit to interpret it. Sister White says that God’s
Holy Educating Spirit is in His Word. And she also says that without
spirit we can’t understand it. Well, you know yourself that there are
people who have read the Bible from cover to cover and have studied it
as a book of literature and a book of history and what have you but they
don’t understand the spiritual significance of it at all. So this can
There’s one you might be interested
in checking. 6th volume of The
Testimonies for the Church,
page 19.7; I don’t have the quote
right here, I’m just
giving the thought that is in it. Do you remember a statement that came
in our Sabbath School lessons, Oh, sometime back, maybe several years
ago which said something about the tree of life hanging over the wall
and that the leaves were for the healing of the nations and these were
the promises of the word of God that we could eat of and gain life.
Well, here is a statement which speaks of the Word of truth as a tree
of life and it has the same characteristics as the Edenic tree of life,
the one that was in Eden. We can eat of this tree, everyone can eat of
this tree she says and live forever. Wasn’t that what the one in Eden
did? You ate of the tree of life and lived forever? Well, it’s an
interesting statement. 6th volume of the Testimonies for the Church
19.7, you may want to read it
I’ll just take a few minutes here in
case somebody else comes. We’ll
not miss the beginning of the regular talk.
You remember the parable of the ten
virgins? And five of them had oil
for the lamps and five didn’t. What did the oil represent?
(John) The Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) Oh, I thought you would
say that. Let me read from The
Herald Feb. 11th 1896; “My mind was carried to the future, when
signal will be given. Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet
him." But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing
their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is
represented by the oil, is not transferable.”
Now, can any of you recall a precise
statement where she says that it
represents the Holy Spirit?
(A man in the audience) Christ's Object Lessons.
(Wilfred) I think you are right.
(A man in the audience)
...chapter of "The Ten Virgins".
(John) Then both are true.
(Wilfred) That’s right. Now, this
brings out another point. And I’m
bringing this in particularly for the benefit of those who haven’t been
with us. The rest of us understand this, but you may not. There are
many statements in The
Spirit of Prophesy which appear the contradict
or at least not harmonize and there are many passages in the Bible the
same way. I can read you a statement from the Spirit of Prophesy for
instance which says that if you are a guest at the wedding you cannot
also be the bride. And I can read you another statement which
definitely says that the church is the bride. And those two statements
just directly contradict one another.
(John) Or, they appear to.
(Wilfred) Or, they appear to. Yes.
And many people lose confidence in
the Spirit of Prophesy
when they bump into things like that. And they
say; well, you can’t take everything she says. She had an experience
that was expanding things. So you have to take the situation in which
she said it and that’s true. And if she said it some years later one
way and different sometime earlier you have to conceder the fact that
she was growing and she may have made a mistake back there so you take
the later statement. Don’t agree with that?
(Several voices from the audience)
(Wilfred) Well, I have heard this
argument. Well, we won’t take time to
reconcile all these statements tonight. But a number of these have
already been reconciled during our studies.
Page 407 Christ’s Object Lessons,
She says definitely, the oil is a
symbol of the Holy Spirit. Now, it is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and
it also represents the character. So, if somebody says that the oil is
the character and somebody else starts saying well it’s the Holy Spirit
and they start an argument you’ll know that she says both. Ok?
5th volume, SDA Bible Commentary, page
1085, “As the artist transfers to
the canvas the features of the face so the features of each individual
character are transferred to the books of Heaven.”
Now, the previous statement said you
cannot transfer character from one
person to the other. But your character is transferred to the books of
Heaven. She says, God has a perfect photograph of every man’s
character. Nothing is going to be missed, every detail is going to be
there and it’s going to be correct. And then I didn’t look this one up
to bring you but I am sure you are familiar with it. What does she say
about the character by the time you die.
(John) It’s fixed for eternity.
(Wilfred) It’s fixed for eternity.
So what you make of yourself, she
says in probationary time that you will remain through all eternity.
Now, I hope you recognize then the value of each day that God lets you
You cannot get oil at the last minute from somebody else. What you have
developed in your own personal character is being accurately
photographed and recorded in Heaven, and it will not be tampered with
I've got a lot of gems in here that
I would like to share with you, but
we have another study to get on to tonight and I want to make sure we
Now, I think these thoughts, some of
you may have heard me present
before but some of you may not and I think I’ll repeat them at this
There is one here which deals with
present truth. I think we need to be
aware of this. (Counsels to Ministers) “That
which God gives His servants
to speak today would not perhaps
have been present truth twenty years ago, but it is God’s message for
time. With the unrolling scroll of history the prophecy becomes more
clear.” What she is saying here is that God’s truth is progressive,
what’s present truth in one generation may not be present truth in the
next generation. There are aspects of truth that are changing or are
being added to. And I have read a number of statements in the past and
I won’t read them tonight. But Sister White definitely indicates that
in every generation there is a special truth and a special message for
those people. And she also says that in an emergency God has a special
message for His people. And I pointed out that we today are living in a
different generation from Sister White’s day. In 1856 Sister White saw
three kinds of people in a vision at a conference. Some were going to
be food for
worms, that means they were going to die and decay, some were to be
subjects of the seven last plagues. That means that they were going to
live on through to the end of time as being among the wicked, and some
going to... I don't think I gave the details exactly correct but it
doesn't matter, some are going to go through to the end and be
translated as among the
righteous. All three groups she saw there at that conference in 1856
and there isn’t a one of them left. So here is another statement that
doesn’t look like it is very true, right?
Now what is present truth today? Did
Sister White make a mistake or is
there an interpretation of the statement which is true today? We
haven’t dealt with that in these meetings and maybe we will at some
future time. That remains to be seen.
Do you remember that we talked about
a statement which says Christ came
forth from the tomb by a power that was inherent in Himself, remember
that? My encyclopedia’s got it here (laughing, referring to John).
looking it up here is another one from the little book; The Faith I
Live By, it actually has another source but I didn’t look that
one up. It’s
in the book, The Faith I
Live By page 50; “He," That was the
Father, “Was bearing the sins of the world and His Father only
could release Him.” Now that, I think has reference to His... I
have to look that up to get the total statement. I’m sure it had
reference to His dying on the cross and his Father could release Him at
that point. Only his Father could release Him at that point. But that
wasn’t the one I thought I had.
(John) I found a statement. But this
isn’t the exact
statement that you wanted but I read this one this week and I wanted to
bring it to you.
(John) And it’s on the same things.
(John) “The Spirit of Jesus slept
in the tomb with
His body and did not wing its way to heaven there to maintain a
separate existence and to look down upon the mourning disciples
embalming the body from which it had taken flight. All that comprised
the life and intelligence of Jesus remained with His body in the
sepulcher and when He came forth, it was as a whole being. He did not
have to summon His Spirit from Heaven. He had power to lay down His
life and to take it up again.” Volume 5 of The SDA Bible Commentary
(Wilfred) Now, that statement of
course contradicts some others. The bible says
very plainly in many places that it was His Father that raised Him from
And here is one on page 50 of this
same book. It says, “God
himself was crucified with Christ.” Think about that one. “God himself
was crucified with Christ. For Christ was one with the Father.” At the
same time we read one about three weeks ago which said that divinity
could not die, remember that? If divinity could not die, then God could
not die. Then how was He crucified with His Son? The conclusion is that
there must be something more to crucifixion than just the termination
of life; the crucifixion of Christ has another meaning beside just
the fact that He died on the cross. Do you see that point? Otherwise
God had to die, but God didn’t die. Neither did the divinity of Christ
die otherwise the Spirit of
Prophesy is false.
Well I’m bringing to you some
problems here; I just want you to realize
that we don’t understand everything about the Spirit of Prophesy and
the Bible yet. And we need to start digging in and getting some more of
these pieces and getting them put together so we can get a concept of what
is really going on and understand this thing, because the Spirit of
Truth is going to guide us into about 75% of the truth before the Lord
(Voices from the audience) All truth.
(Wilfred) Well, we don’t need to
understand this do we?
(Another man) We won't know if...
(Wilfred) What was it given
you think the Lord just gave it to
Sister White just to keep her busy so she wouldn’t get into mischief or
do you think He had a reason for giving it to her? Do you
(John) Look at the book of Revelation and how little
we understand it and yet it says over and over again, blessed is he
that readeth and understandeth the words of this prophecy.
(Wilfred) And what is the rebuke to
(John) You think you are rich and
increased with goods
and have need of nothing you've got all the light you need.
(Wilfred) And what is one of the
most common things that Adventists
used to do if they don’t do it so much now?
(John) We've got the truth.
(Wilfred) Every camp meeting
somebody gets up and brags about what we
have and what we’ve done, and where we are. Not so much any more. I
wonder why not?
(A man in the audience) They’re
starting to wake up.
They’re starting to wake up. That’s right. There are
some very strong denunciations in The Spirit of Prophecy
type of thing. And I think a few of our people are beginning to find
them. And the sword of the Lord, we have talked about it. And the sword
of the Lord is going to come upon His Laodicean people pricking their hearts,
cutting deeper, discerning the thoughts and the intents of the hearts.
And those who are willing to be taught as a little child the Spirit of
the Lord will enlighten them. That’s what it says.
Now, can I take time for one more?
This is from page 49 of the same
book; “Christ's humanity was united with
divinity,” Tying this in with
what we said before. “And in this strength He would bear all
the temptations that Satan could bring against Him, and yet keep His
soul untainted by sin.” That’s what happened to Jesus. He came in
a human body with all the degeneracy of the race at that level, four
thousand years from Adam. And in that human body He kept His soul
completely pure in spite of all the temptations that the devil could
bring to His soul through that fallen sinful body. Now some of you may
question that Jesus came in a fallen and sinful body. But we read it.
There are at least two statements that say it. He had the same type of
body as we have, not the kind of body Adam had before he sinned. Don’t
get caught on that one. That comes from, and dare I say it? The same
source as this idea about the immaculate Mary the mother of Jesus who
was different from all other woman and therefore the body that Jesus
received was a holy body. Its not true doctrine and it’s not the truth.
The truth is, He came with the same form of humanity that we have. In
all points He was temped like as we are. If He had a perfect body like
Adam had He could never have received the same temptations in His soul
we get. Could He?
Now, let me read on. "And this power
to overcome He would give to every
son and daughter of Adam who would accept by faith the righteous
attributes of His character." The same power that Jesus had to
all those temptations in his body, we too may have to overcome all the
temptations in our bodies. If his body was different from ours, if He
had an advantage over us then we would need more power than He had to
overcome. Can’t you see that? What is the condition? We have to accept
by faith the righteous attributes of his character. In other words we
have to acknowledge that the attributes of his character are the right
ones. They are the ones that ought to be. The devil questioned them.
Therefore it is necessary that before God can provide us with the power
to overcome temptations in our lives we must acknowledge that his
character is correct, or what is the use of trying to build a character
like it? Simple.
All right, the plan of salvation in
a nut shell, Christ’s object
lesson, page 250; “Grace in the covenant ordained our adoption.” I
think we all got that. To ordain something means to set it up to make
it to be. The Everlasting covenant ordained or provided for our
into the family of God. “Grace in the Saviour effected our
redemption, our regeneration, and our exaltation to the heirship with
Christ.” Now listen to what that means. Grace is unmerited favor.
Favor that we don’t deserve. Grace is a means of revealing the true
character of God. The character that we have to acknowledge is right,
in order to get the power to overcome sin that I just read. Grace is a
revelation of the love of God. You don’t show grace, you don’t practice
grace if you don’t have love in your heart. There’s just no way, you
just don’t do it.
Now, by the covenant this was ordained and by the Savior’s experience
in his sacrifice, his life, his death, his resurrection, his priestly
ministry, the whole bit, by all of these things, He is revealing the
love of God. And that’s the key to salvation. Let me point it out by
reading a statement from Desire
of Ages, pages 761-762, This statement
says that there is no provision for Lucifer’s salvation. And I wondered
about that for quite awhile I couldn’t understand why the Lord made no
provision to save Lucifer’s when He made a provision to save man. Here
it is; “Lucifer in heaven had sinned in the
light of God's glory.” Where
was Lucifer when he sinned? In the light of God’s Glory. Now what is
(John) His character.
(Wilfred) His character. And what is light?
(A man in the audience) Enlightenment.
(Wilfred) Enlightenment. That’s right. Understanding, with complete
understanding of the character of God, Lucifer still sinned. That’s
what it is saying. “To him as to no other created being was given
a revelation of God's love." Isn’t that plain? Nobody else
in the whole creation had a better understanding of the true nature of
God’s love than Lucifer had. Yet, in spite of that, let me read it,
“Understanding the character of God, knowing his goodness, Satan
chose to follow his own selfish, independent will. This choice was
final. There was no more that God could do to save him.” Did you
get that? The reason that God didn’t do any more is because He had done
all, already. To Lucifer he had given a full revelation of his love.
And He had nothing left to save him with because freedom of choice
cannot be forced. The moment you force it, it is no longer free. So, no
force. The only thing that God could do was to reveal his love. And it
through the drawing power of love that salvation comes about. But
Lucifer had all that to start with and he sinned anyway. So God could
not provide any further plan of salvation for Lucifer. There was
nothing left. Now, this choice was final, there was no more that God
could do to save him. “But man was deceived; his mind was darkened
by Satan's sophistry. The height and depth of the love of God he did
not know. For him there was hope in a knowledge of God's love. By
beholding His character, that is by beholding God's character he (That
is man) might be drawn back to God.” Did
you get that?
Now, the plan of salvation has been an unfolding of the love of God to
deceived mankind. From the beginning man was deceived by Satan and he
has been living in deception ever since. But God has been gradually
revealing His true character in opposition to the deceptions of Satan,
the conflict has been going on, the great conflict. And now in this
last generation God’s final move will be a full revelation of His love.
A final message of mercy to the dying world, she says, is the
revelation of the love of God. And the thing that reveals it is the
cross. And that’s another big story in itself. After you have had a
full understanding and revelation of the love of God as Lucifer had it
and you make your choice, that choice is final. You’re in the same
position as He was in. If you still decide to sin in spite of all that
has done there is nothing more He can do for you. You have made our decision.
Well, I’d better quit here or I won’t get through this. Those are just
a few tidbits for you to be chewing upon during the week.
We’re taking our topic from Zechariah
chapter 3 tonight. And I am going
to read the commentary that appears in the fifth volume of the
Testimonies for the Church, starting on page 467. If you do not
your commentary with you, you can follow through the Bible. You will
find she refers to it a bit of the time.
(John) You mean the
Testimonies or the
(Wilfred) What did I say?
(John) You said Commentary I think you mean Testimonies.
(Wilfred) I meant the Commentary in the Testimonies. Sister White's
commentary is what I meant.
(John) Oh I'm sorry.
(Wilfred) It's in the 5th volume of the Testimonies for the Church.
I'm sorry my terminolorgy is lacking here. It is page 467 in here.
We have a picture here of Joshua who was the first high priest after
the restoration. And he was standing before the angel of the Lord and
that according to the SDA
Bible Commentary this time, says that the angel that he
was standing before was Christ. And Satan was standing at his right
hand to accuse him or resist him. He was the adversary. And the Lord
said unto Satan, "The Lord rebuke thee." Now, this was Christ saying, "The
Lord rebuke thee." And as I understand it, that Lord is a different word
from the other one. In other words he’s turning this over to the entire
Deity, not handling it just on His own. "O Satan, even the Lord that
hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of
the fire?" Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and stood
the Angel. What was the matter with Joshua? Dirty garments, where did
he get these from?
(John) He was a sinner.
(Wilfred) It goes a little deeper than that.
(John) He was bearing the sins of the people, as the
(Wilfred) Good! He was the high priest and he stood in behalf of the
people, and the people were full of sin. And He answered and spake unto
those who stood before him, saying; "Take away the filthy garments from
him and under him." He said, "Behold, I have caused thine
to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment." Who
did this? The Lord did. And when he got a change of raiment what kind
of person was he in the sight of God? Clean. “And I said, let them
set a fair miter upon his head," And the commentary said that was
kind of turban. “So they set a fair miter upon his head, and
clothed him with garments.” And the Angel of the Lord stood by. And the
Angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua saying,” The word
“protested” also paraphrased in the commentary, what does it say?
Advised, counseled, enjoined. “Thus says the Lord of Hosts, If
thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou
shalt also judge My house, and shalt also keep My courts, and I will
give thee places to walk among these that stand by." The point I
would like you to notice there in verse 7 is; that after Joshua had
received the change of garments and had been accepted as righteous, was
at the end of the deal. No, it wasn’t. What was he supposed to do from
henceforth? Keep the commandments. That’s right. And so we have people
who preach righteousness by faith and they get so wrapped up in it that
they fail to see that righteousness by faith is a means to an end, not
an end in its self. To be absolved of your sins, and the quilt of
your sins, and to be forgiven of all your transgressions, that’s one
thing, you escape eternal death, you’re no longer under the penalty of
death. But that’s not the end of it. The end of salvation is
sinlessness. That is you do not go out and continue in sin. If you love
Him you keep his commandments. We must not only be saved from the
penalty of sin, we must be saved from sinning. And that’s what he goes
on to say there.
Well let’s get on into the commentary. I’m reading now from the sixth
volume of the SDA Bible
commentary, page 1118, Only those who through faith
in Christ obey all of Christ’s commandments will reach the condition of
sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression. They testify
to their love of Christ by obeying all his precepts.
My question is; do you think that this refers to a people on this earth
or after the second coming?
(John) ...close to probation.
(Wilfred) It says, they testify to their love of Christ by obeying all his precepts. When is this testimony to be given?
(Several voices in the audience) unintelligible
(Wilfred) Well, on this earth it's to be given. And I can read you
other statements for that. But if I take time to look them all up we
won’t get through here. The point is; there are people who will reach a
condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his fall.
Now, in Selected Messages
volume 3, page 355.4 she says; “We cannot
say, I am sinless until this vile body is changed and fashioned like
unto His glorious body.” Now Adams body was created pure and holy.
Before he fell it was pure and holy and he was sinless. But we can’t
that until this body is changed. When is it going to be changed?
(Several voices in the audience) At the second coming.
(Wilfred) At the second coming. Then how can we have a sinlessness body as
Adam had it before he fell if our body isn’t going to be changed?
(A man in the audience) unintelligible
(Wilfred) Can you give me a proof that it is possible?
(Wilfred) What is it?
(John) The example of Jesus.
(Wilfred) Good for you! The example of Jesus tells us that it is
possible. And if He is the example somebody else is going to do
it. So, what’s the conclusion? We are not going to be sinless like Adam
yet we are going to be sinless like Adam. Another one of these
contradictions again. The conclusion is that there is a sinlessness
spoken of in terms of the body, and a sinfulness, and there is a
sinlessness and a sinfulness spoken of in connection with the soul. You
can have a sinlessness as Christ had it in a sinful body. Got that?
Now, God’s people are to attain to sinlessness of character and soul as
Jesus did while still being in a sinful body. Are you agreed on that?
They used to read to us this statement here to prove that we could
never be sinless before Jesus comes. It’s from the Review and Herald,
May 6, 1862. It’s a long ways back. It’s quoted in the seventh volume
of the SDA Bible Commentary
page 947. It says; “As long as Satan reigns we
shall have self to subdue, besetments to overcome and there is no
stopping place, there is no point to which we can come and say, we have
attained.” So, we’re never going to be perfect before Jesus comes. Just
cannot be. And I sat like a good little humble Seventh-Day Adventist
and listened to that and soaked it all up and took it all in, but I
couldn’t understand it because it didn’t seem to connect with some of
the other passages in the
Spirit of Prophesy and the Bible. How does it
(A woman in the audience) As long as Satan reigns.
(Wilfred) That’s correct! You have been with us before sister, I can
tell that. Did you notice that condition there? It says, "As long as
Satan reigns." Well how long does Satan reign? Well that’s easy, he
reigns right up to the end, doesn’t he?
(Several voices at once in the audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Ok. Let me read one now from Christ’s Object Lesson’s
419, 420. “The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of
sin; it means taking away our sins, and filling the vacuum with the
graces of the Holy Spirit.” .... What’s it going to take away?
(Several voices in the audience) Our sins.
(Wilfred) Our sins. Part of them?
(Several voices in the audience) All of them.
(Wilfred) All of them. And what’s going to come in its place?
(Several voices in the audience) The graces of the Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) The graces of the Holy Spirit. Listen; “When Christ reigns
the soul, there is purity, freedom from sin. The glory, the fullness,
the completeness of the gospel plan is fulfilled in the life.” When who reigns in the soul?
(Several voices in the audience) Christ.
(Wilfred) If Christ reigns in the soul, is the devil still reigning?
(Several voices in the audience) No.
(Wilfred) Not in God’s people. Now when this condition here occurs then
Satan no longer reigns. Can you see that? And if Satan no longer reigns
then that other statement does not apply.
(John) May I read a statement on this?
(John) Desire of Ages,
324, “The soul that is
yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a
revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it
but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is
impregnable to the assaults of Satan.”
(Wilfred) Excellent. And I have some others to compare it to but I
think that is enough. I want to get through this tonight. You can
always dig out some more, and you will come across some more on your
own anyway. Sooner or later if you keep studying.
Now let’s read what she says here, and we will see exactly how it
happens. Page 467, the 5th volume of the Testimonies for the Church
"If the veil which separates the visible from the
invisible world could be lifted the people of God could behold the
great controversy that is going on between Christ and holy angels and
Satan and his evil host concerning the redemption of man. If they could
understand the wonderful work of God for the rescue of souls from the
bondage of sin and the constant exercise of His power for their
protection from the malice of the evil one. They would be better
prepared to withstand the devises of Satan." Did
you notice that we have constant protection? Did you notice that? “Their
minds would be solemnized in view of the vast extent and
importance of the plan of redemption and the greatness of the work
before them as co-laborers with Christ. They would be humbled, yet
encouraged, knowing that all heaven is interested in their salvation. A
most forcible and impressive illustration of the work of Satan and the
work of Christ, and the power of our Mediator to vanquish the accuser
of His people, is given in the prophecy of Zechariah. In holy vision
the prophet beholds Joshua the high priest, "clothed with filthy
garments," standing before the Angel of the Lord, entreating the mercy
of God in behalf of his people who are in deep affliction.” In
what condition are God’s people in? Deep affliction. Now if they are
not in deep affliction they don’t qualify here. This is on the Day of
Atonement incidentally. This applies on the Day of Atonement she talks
about later. And on the Day of Atonement what were the people doing?
(John) Afflicting their souls.
Wilfred) Afflicting their souls, this is the one day they must not sin.
“Satan stands at his right hand to resist him. Because Israel had been
chosen to preserve the knowledge of God in the earth, they had been,
from their first existence as a nation, the special objects of Satan's
enmity,” Now this applies to spiritual Israel too. Spiritual
Israel today has been chosen to preserve the knowledge of God in the
earth. “He could do them no harm while they were obedient to God;” This
is Satan. Satan can do them no harm while they are obedient
to God. Is that important to you? Is it? If you don’t want Satan to be
able do you any harm, what’s your job? Obedience to God. “Therefore he
had bent all his power and cunning” To do what? “Enticing them into
sin.” That’s what he's trying to do. Now,
he can’t force you into it but he can sure enough but a lot of barbed
wire fences around and lollipops at the other end. “Ensnared
by his temptations they had transgressed the law of God” Does that
apply to His people today? Does it apply to you? “And thus
separated from the Source of their strength,” What about that
protection? Weakening. “And had been left to become the prey
of their heathen enemies. They were carried into captivity to Babylon,
and there remained for many years. Yet they were not forsaken of the
Lord. His prophets were sent to them with reproofs and warnings. The
people were awakened to see their guilt; they humbled themselves before
God, and returned to Him with true repentance. Then the Lord sent them
messages of encouragement, declaring that He would deliver them from
their captivity and restore them to his favor. That promise is for
you. If you are in captivity to sin he will restore you to his favor.
“It was this that Satan was determined to prevent." And that’s
why we have the rugged time we have sometimes. You know what I am
talking about, some of you, don’t you? “A remnant of Israel had
already returned to their own land, and Satan was seeking to move upon
the heathen nations, who were his agents, to utterly destroy them.” Who
was controlling the heathen nations?
(Several voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) Satan. But only as far as
God permitted. “As Joshua humbly
pleads for the fulfillment of God's promises, Satan stands up boldly to
resist him.” Imagine the audacity of this fellow. “He points
to the transgressions of Israel as a reason why that people should not
be restored to the favor of God. He claims them as his prey” As he
owned them, “And demands” Notice that word? Demands. Can you
see the audacity reflected in some people that you know on this earth?
You seen anything like that, around? I’ve seen some. Perfect tools of
Satan. “And demands that they be given into his hands to be
destroyed. The high priest cannot defend himself or his people from
Satan's accusations.” And neither can you, there is no excuse for
sinning, she says. “He does not claim that Israel are free from
fault. In his filthy garments, symbolizing the sins of the people,
which he bears as their representative,” That’s Joshua. “He
stands before the Angel, That’s Christ. “Confessing their
guilt, yet pointing to their repentance and humiliation, relying upon
the mercy of a sin-pardoning Redeemer and in faith claiming the
promises of God.” And that’s important, if you don’t claim the
promises of God, you’re licked. You’ve got no other recourse. It is the
only way out. “Then the Angel, who is Christ Himself, the Saviour
of sinners, puts to silence the accuser of His people, declaring: "The
Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem
rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Israel had
long remained in the furnace of affliction. We
talked about that,
haven’t we? And listen, this is coming upon God’s people, you
know that don’t you? And it is during this time that this furnace of
affliction is tearing God’s people to pieces and purifying them and
cleansing them. It's at this time that a declaration coming up a
little bit later in the chapter is going to be made. And you will
it when it comes. But let’s follow it now. “Because of their sins
they had been well-nigh consumed in the flame kindled by Satan and his
agents for their destruction,” I hope some of you are reading
and thinking and getting this. “Because of their sins” And
you know your sins. “They had been well-nigh consumed in the
flame kindled by Satan” See who’s doing it? “And his agents
for their destruction,” Trying to just pull you to pieces. “But God had
now set His hand to bring them forth.” He’s going to
do it see? So just hang on. “In their penitence and humiliation
the compassionate Saviour will not leave his people to the cruel power
of the heathen. "A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking
flax shall He not quench. As the intercession of Joshua is accepted,
the command is given, "Take away the filthy garments from him," and to
Joshua the Angel declares, "Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to
pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment." "So
they set a fair miter upon his head, and clothed him with garments."
His own sins and those of his people were pardoned. Israel were clothed
with "change of raiment" — the righteousness of Christ imputed to
them.” So you see what the raiment is? The righteousness of
Imputed or counted in their favor. “The miter placed upon Joshua's
head was such as was worn by the priests and bore the inscription,
"Holiness to the Lord," signifying that, notwithstanding his former
transgressions, he was now qualified to minister before God in His
sanctuary.” And that applies to you. You can become qualified to
function as a priest of God and minister in His sanctuary. And what is
(John) His church on earth.
(Wilfred) His church on earth. And He is looking for a people who
will qualify to do the ministry. Did you get it? How many is He going
(Many voices in the audience) One hundred and forty four thousand.
(Wilfred) And how long are they
going to remain as kings and priests?
(Many voices in the audience) For a
(Wilfred) For one thousand years it
says. There is a reason God needs
priests for a thousand years because there is going to be a lot of
coming up on the first resurrection who have not attained to the
fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ. That would be me if God
took me tonight, I would be one of those. My father was another one.
Now if I happen to make it maybe I could be given the privilege of
being a teacher to my father and standing good for him until he grows
up into the fullness of the stature of Christ. Don’t you get it? Now,
the Bible says it, not me. God says He is going to have priests who
will officiate for a thousand years. And if you want to know what a
priest does go to the Bible it’s all in there, it tells you what
priests do. Oh, you say, brother Johnson, you’re saying that there is
going to be sin during the millennium. I didn’t say that. Don’t jump to
conclusions. I didn’t say that at all. I said my father hadn’t grown up
into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
(John) He had a lot of wrong ideas.
(Wilfred) He didn’t have the correct
idea of the Sabbath and there were
one or two other things he didn’t have correct but he was a genuine
Christian before he died and God took him. And there are going to be a
lot of genuine Christians today who are not going to go through to
translation, They’re going to be resting in their beds. They are going
to come up in the first resurrection. But God is going to have a
hundred and forty four thousand who will go through and who will have
the same experience that Jesus had. They’ll sing the new song, the song
of Moses and the Lamb which no man can sing save the hundred and forty
four thousand. She says that it is the song of their experience. They
will not only be witness’s here on earth. And I can read you where they
will be that. Testifying to the efficacy of the plan of salvation and
the integrity of God’s word. They will prove that salvation is possible
in sinful human flesh. They’ll prove it. Not themselves they won’t,
they will surrender so God can do it. And I have talked to you about
what surrender is and I won’t go over that again.
“After thus solemnly investing him
with the dignity of the priesthood
the Angel declared: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in
My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge My
house,” Now do you see the hundred and forty four thousand in
there? Do you? “And shalt also keep my courts, and I will give
thee places to walk among these that stand by." He would be honored as
the judge or ruler over the temple and all its services;” Who is
honored as a judge and a ruler over the temple and all it’s
(John) The priests.
(Wilfred) The priests. “He should walk among attending
angels, even in this life, and should at last join the glorified throng
around the throne of God. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and
thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at:" And we could dwell on that too but these people are going to be
The whole universe is going to wonder after them. There are some that
are going to wonder after the beast you know. The whole world is going
to wonder after the beast, but believe me there are angels and
intelligent beings on other worlds that are going to wonder after the
hundred and forty four thousand. Joel talks about it too. Perfect
harmony, a strong and mighty people such as there never has been. Joel chapter
2 “For, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch." Now
remember, he’s talking to these ancient Israelites. So He’s
weaving into the prophecy like He does in so many places the thing
that applies to them but also the thing that applies in our day. Don’t
forget what the Bible says, that all these experiences were written for
our admonition upon whom the ends of the world have come. And that just
doesn’t mean the end of the world in terms of time it means on whom the
ends, or purposes, or outcomes of the world are come. What is the
purpose of this world, what is the outcome of this world?
(John) Salvation from sin.
(Wilfred) Salvation from sin.
created this world to be a laboratory
in which He permits the demonstration between the two forces to be
carried forward and be demonstrated. It’s a book being written for all
time. “Here is revealed the hope of Israel.” Through the
coming of Christ and we are looking for the coming of Christ
today. They were looking for Him back there and John the Baptist came
and proclaimed He was coming. Get ready, be prepared. Ok, He’s coming
now, see? He’s coming first to his temple. The messenger of the
covenant is coming suddenly to his temple. Remember that? And there is
to be a work today which parallels the work of John the Baptist,
proclaiming a preparation for that coming. “It was by faith in the
coming Saviour that Joshua and his people received pardon. Through
faith in Christ they were restored to God's favor. By virtue of His
merits, if they walked in His ways and kept His statutes,” What’s
that? By virtue of His merits, if they walked in His ways and kept His
statutes, they would be "men wondered at. What’s the condition? If they
walk in His statutes and His ways then they will be men wonder at. If
they don’t walk in His statutes, by virtue of His merits they will not
be men wondered at because they will not attain to the fullness of the
stature of Christ. Do you get it? “Honored as the chosen of
heaven among the nations of the earth. Christ was their hope, their
defense, their justification and redemption, and He is the hope of his
church today. As Satan accused Joshua and his people, so in all ages he
accuses those who are seeking the mercy and favor of God.” That
includes us. “In the Revelation he is declared to be the "accuser
of our brethren," "which accused them before our God day and night."
The controversy is repeated over every soul that is rescued from the
power of evil and whose name is registered in the Lamb's book of life.”
So everyone of you have been a center of controversy between
Christ and Satan. “Never is one received from the family of Satan
into the family of God without exciting the determined resistance of
the wicked one.” We’ve had some recent believers baptized in the
last few months and would you believe it, some of them are experiencing
this very thing. Why? The devil wants them. He doesn’t want God to have
them. And that’s the way it goes. “Satan's accusations against
those who seek the Lord are not prompted by displeasure at their sins.
No. He exults in their defective characters. Only through their
transgression of God's law can he obtain power over them.” I
repeat, only through their transgression of God's law can he obtain
power over them. So then, obedience is the key to victory over the
devils influence and controlling power. Obedience. Only through their
transgression of God's law can he obtain power over them. “His
accusations arise solely”, that means alone or only, from his enmity to
Christ. Through the plan of salvation, Jesus is
breaking Satan's hold upon the human family and rescuing souls from his
power. All the hatred and malignity of the arch rebel is stirred as he
beholds the evidence of Christ's supremacy, and with fiendish power and
cunning he works to wrest from Him the remnant of the children of men
who have accepted His salvation.” Brother and Sister you are going
to be the target of the devils cleverest tricks and there is only one
safety, perfect confidence in God and perfect obedience to His
Now you say, I can’t do it. Oh, yes
you can. God never asks you to do
anything that He doesn’t supply the power to do. But you may not be
able to do it overnight. Sanctification is a growth. Children grow and
you can’t expect them to lift weights beyond their ability at any level
and neither does God. He does not expect you to be a 100% full replica
of the full stature of Christ overnight. But He does expect you to put
forth your best efforts and when you do that, what is the promise?
(A man in the audience)
(Wilfred) Yes, that’s right, He
makes up for your deficiency with His
own divine merit. “With fiendish power and cunning he works to
wrest from Him the remnant of the children of men who have accepted His
“He leads men into skepticism,
causing them to lose confidence in God
and to separate from His love; he tempts them to break His law, and
then he claims them as his captives and contests the right of Christ to
take them from him. He knows that those who seek God earnestly for
pardon and grace will obtain it” The devil’s smart enough to know
that. “Therefore he presents their sins before them to discourage
them.” So you get qualms of conscience, see, you see how wicked
you really are, how weak you are, how little progress you have made and
you despair that you will never make it. That’s what the devil wants.
That’s exactly what the devil wants. Don’t listen to him; don’t pay
any attention to him. Even though you are weak as a kitten, tell the
that my strength is in Christ. That’s all you have to do. Don’t pay any
attention to his nonsense. “He is constantly seeking
occasion against those who are trying to obey God.” And that is
you and that is me. He is constantly seeking occasion against us
because we are trying to obey God. I like that word “trying” in there,
don’t you? That includes us all. “Even their best and most
acceptable services he seeks to make appear corrupt. By countless
devices, the most subtle and the most cruel, he endeavors to secure
their condemnation. Man cannot meet these charges himself.” You
can’t talk back to him. You can’t deny it. “In his sin-stained
garments, confessing his guilt, he stands before God. But Jesus our
Advocate presents an effectual plea in behalf of all who by repentance
and faith have committed the keeping of their souls to Him. He pleads
their cause and vanquishes their accuser by the mighty arguments of
Calvary. His perfect obedience to God's law, even unto the death of the
cross, has given Him all power in heaven and in earth, and He claims of
His Father mercy and reconciliation for guilty man.” And the
Father listens to the son. Because He has given the Son all power and
He has agreed to the terms of the Everlasting Covenant, and that is one
of the terms. And the Father is fulfilling His obligation. “To the
accuser of His people He declares: "'The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan.'
These are the purchase of my blood, brands plucked from the burning."
Those who rely upon Him in faith receive the comforting assurance:
"Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will
clothe thee with change of raiment." All that have put on the robe of
Christ's righteousness will stand before Him as chosen and faithful and
true.” What a promise. “Satan has no power to pluck
them out of the hand of Christ." Is He ruling?
end of C/D #39 and the beginning of C/D #40)
Satan has no power
to pluck them out of the hand of Christ. “Not one soul that in
penitence and faith has claimed His protection will Christ permit to
pass under the enemy's power.” Now if you don’t believe that
promise you’re sunk. But if you believe that promise you’ve got it
made. Sure He will permit the devil to sneak up on you like He did with
Peter because you need to learn some things. Here’s the lesson book in
this world, here’s the time to learn. Now is the time to make your
mistakes. But He is never going to leave you there; did He leave Peter?
No way! “His word is pledged: "Let him take hold of my strength,
that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me." The
promise given to Joshua is made to all: "If thou wilt keep my charge, I
will give thee places to walk among these that stand by." Angels
of God will walk on either side of them, even in this world, and they
will stand at last among the angels that surround the throne of God.
The fact that the acknowledged
people of God are represented as
standing before the Lord in filthy garments should lead to humility and
deep searching of heart” Don’t ever get proud of yourself because
of your righteousness. “Those who are indeed purifying their souls
by obeying the truth” - How do you purify your soul? Obeying the
truth. And we have talked about that before. Although I could deal with
it a bit more fully but I don’t think I’ll have time tonight. “Will
have a most humble opinion of themselves. The more closely they
view the spotless character of Christ, the stronger will be their
desire to be conformed to His image, and the less will they see of
purity or holiness in themselves. Now look, if you want to have a
desire to be conformed to the image of Christ then you need to get a
closer view of the spotless character of Christ. That’s what it says,
and where do you find the spotless character of Christ?
(A man in the audience) In His word.
(Wilfred) In His word is a more complete answer. And what does His word
(A man in the audience) The written word.
(Wilfred) The written word, the book of nature, the book of experience,
and God’s dealing with human life. And all of those are supervised by
the influence of the Spirit. Every last one of them. And if you want to
have a clearer view of the cross of Christ, by the way, it’s the cross
that reveals the love. The word reveals the cross. It is in the third
book, the book of experience that you are going to get your larger
revelation of the cross. Your experimental knowledge of God is going to
come through experience. You need the written word, the knowledge of
the word. You need the book of nature to get a total concept of the
written message of God. But you won’t understand that written message
have an experience. And it’s the experimental knowledge that gives you
the true vision of the love of God because it will give you an
understanding of His sufferings. The sufferings of the cross, what He
has been enduring because of sin for six thousand years, yes it's even
more than that, on the account
of man to give man a probation. He’s been hanging out and He will
continue to hang out there and take the gaff until we quit. But He is
going to permit you to share his suffering. That’s what the Bible says.
And through sharing his suffering and through putting you through the
of affliction to get a vision of His love for you, you will be
purified. It’s the power of love that cleanses the soul temple. I could
read you that too. The key to the gospel is the love of God.
That’s the key to the gospel. Everything centers around the love of
God. Creation came from that, the law came from that, salvation and
redemption came from that, the Everlasting Covenant, the plan of
salvation, the total future life comes from that. It is the central
core of God. God is love. “But while we should realize our sinful
condition, we are to rely upon Christ as our righteousness, our
sanctification, and redemption. We cannot answer the charges of
Satan against us. Christ alone can make an effectual plea in our
behalf. He is able to silence the accuser with arguments founded not
upon our merits, but on His own.”
“Yet we should never be content with
life. It is a thought that should arouse Christians to greater zeal and
earnestness in overcoming evil. What’s our job?
(John) To overcome evil.
(Wilfred) To make a decision to quit sinning. That’s it. “That
every defect in character, every point in which they fail to meet the
divine standard, is an open door by which Satan can enter to tempt and
destroy them;” What is? Every defect in character, every point in
which they fail to meet the divine standard, that is an open door by
which Satan can come in without a key to temp and destroy. “And,
furthermore, that every failure and defect on their part gives occasion
to the tempter and his agents to reproach Christ”. So he’s making
fun of Christ. You’re a liar Christ. Your word isn’t true. I told you
so. Christ is not true. He didn’t tell the truth. Do you see it? “We
are to exert every energy of the soul in the work of overcoming,” Why?
So that we can exonerate the charges of Satan against Christ
that’s why. So that Christ can be released from Hs position as
mediator, bearing our sins. Until such time as we quit, He’s got to
stay there. He can’t lay down His priestly robes until we quit sinning.
Because He has committed Himself to be our priest until the close of
(A man in the audience) Forever!
(Wilfred) Forever. So when is probation going to close? When we quit
sinning. It’s that simple. “We are to exert every energy of the
soul in the work of overcoming, and to look to Jesus for strength to do
what we cannot do of ourselves.” If we can’t do it for ourselves
where do we get the strength? Christ. “No sin” Please note,
No sin, not even a little white one. “Can be tolerated in those
who shall walk with Christ in white.” I’ve marked that word “In” in red pencil. Because some people teach, even some in our
denomination, that it is the work Christ does outside of us that is all
meritorious, and not what He does in us. Now, can you not see that the
of salvation is to get rid of sin in us? What’s the value of getting
rid of sin outside of us and have us saved as sinners. Is God going to
take a bunch of sinners to heaven? And constantly cover them with the
of his righteousness throughout eternity. Is this what He’s going to
yes, partly. He is going to constantly cover them throughout eternity.
But they of their own decision are going the refuse to sin. Who was it
that brought sin into the world in the first place? Christ or Adam?
Adam. Adam decided to sin. How is sin going to be removed? By us
deciding not to sin. And she says that the expulsion of sin from the
life is the act of the soul itself. That’s plain. Only we sin, not God.
Only we can put sin out because sin is our decision not God’s decision.
But we haven’t the power to do it. That’s where God comes in. The
sacrifice of Christ was necessary to provide the motive power to enable
us to make the decision and put it into effect. And what is that motive
(A man in the audience) Love.
(Wilfred) Love. That’s why He had to die, to reveal His totality of
love, His law is self-sacrifice, self-sacrificing love. How could He
reveal that he was a self-sacrificing God if he didn’t give all He had?
Well, He could give a little bit. Do you know how much it takes to save
a man from sin? A little bit? It takes all. And Christ did it. And that
is what silenced the devil. He can never say again that God does not
live up to His own law. What do you think we are going to have to give?
Listen, if we are going to reflect the image of Christ fully, how much
are we going to have to give?
(Wilfred) All. Now where did I get to? “The filthy garments are to be
removed, and Christ's robe of righteousness is to be placed upon us."
That’s not just imputed righteousness, that is also the imparted
righteousness. Because she goes on to say, “By repentance and
faith we are enabled to render obedience” To nine commandments? “All
the commandments of God, and are found without blame before
Him.” Do you see imparted righteousness there? “Those
who shall meet the approval of God are now afflicting their souls,
confessing their sins, and earnestly pleading for pardon through Jesus
their Advocate.” That’s what we ought to be doing right now. “Their
attention is fixed upon Him, their hopes, their
faith, are centered on Him, and when the command is given, "Take away
the filthy garments, and clothe him with change of raiment, and set a
fair miter upon his head," they are prepared to give” Themselves
all the glory for their salvation...
(A man in the audience) To give Him all the glory.
(Wilfred) To give Him all the glory of their salvation. All right. Now
here comes a significant statement.
“Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel applies with peculiar force
to the experience of God's people in the closing up of the great Day of
Atonement.” Where are we living today?
(John) In the closing up of the great Day of Atonement.
(Wilfred) In the closing up of the
great Day of Atonement. So how does this apply to us today? With
peculiar force. “The remnant church will be brought into great
trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the
faith of Jesus will feel the ire (Wrath) of the dragon and his hosts.
Satan numbers the world as his subjects, he has gained control of the
apostate churches;” Can we dispute that? At this particular time
that statement will be true. “But here is a little company who are
resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his
triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to
destroy Israel," Remember that? “So in the near future he
stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. All
will be required to render obedience to human edicts in violation of
the divine law.” The mark of the beast. “Those who will
be true to God and to duty will be menaced, denounced, and proscribed.”
That means they will be closed in so they can’t do much, they
can’t buy and sell, remember? “They will "be betrayed by both.” By what? “Parents, and.” I hope that nobody here betrays
somebody else that is here. But its going to happen. Brethren, and
parents and kinsfolks and friends are going to betray Gods true
people. Their only hope is in the mercy of God. What’s their hope? Have
they any swords like Peter had in Gethsemane? No, no swords. Just
trusting in God. Did Jesus have any sword that he could have used in
Gethsemane? Why don’t you know, I could call to My Father and He would
send me twelve legions of angels. Oh, He had a sword, did he use it? He
trusted His Father, He committed Himself to Him that judges
righteously, and that is what He asks us to do. When He was reviled He
didn’t revile again.
Ok. “As Joshua was pleading
the Angel, so the remnant church,
with brokenness of heart and earnest faith," You’ll recognize
conditions. And that’s the way you’ll feel about it. “Will plead
for pardon and deliverance through Jesus their Advocate. They are fully
conscious of the sinfulness of their lives, they see their weakness and
unworthiness, and as they look upon themselves they are ready to
despair.” I’ll never make it Mr. Johnson; I’ll never make it. I’ve
heard that hundreds of times in the last thirty years. Honestly, I’ll
never make it. I can’t make it. That’s a sign that you are in the right
group, isn’t it? Isn’t that what it says about these people? That’s the
way they are going to feel. So, you’re in the right group. I’ve heard
other people who don’t say that. They are quite confident that they are
the Lords people and one of these days the Lord is going come and take
them home. Maybe He is and maybe He isn’t. But the people who are going
through to translation, this is the way they are going to feel. That
will be one of the signs that you will know the remnant. “The
tempter stands by to accuse them, as he stood by to resist Joshua. He
points to their filthy garments, their defective characters. He
presents their weakness and folly, their sins of ingratitude,” Any
of you folks felt ungrateful to God? Even rebellious once in a while.
“Their unlikeness to Christ, which has dishonored their Redeemer.” Have
you felt like that? Well you’re in the right group.
Who’s doing this, who’s making you feel like that? Satan. “He
endeavors to affright the soul with the thought that their case is
hopeless,” And can never make it. “That the stain of their
defilement will never be washed away.” I’m just too wicked. Can’t
clean me up. No hope, “He hopes to so destroy their” What?
(Several voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) Yes. It isn’t that he
hopes to destroy their sinlessness or
their sinfulness, or anything like that, no, it’s their faith. What is
the key then to getting through?
(Several voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) Faith in what?
(Many voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) Yes, in His promise
that He will do it. Faith in the
promise of changing your raiment. Do you change your raiment? What do
(Many voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) You decide to surrender
your will to Him and what does that
(No response from the audience)
(Wilfred) Come on.
(A few voices in the audience)
(Wilfred) That’s right. When God
says do this, He says keep my
commandments. You don’t feel like keeping His commandments. To
surrender your will to Him means to keep His commandments. That’s what
it means. You are surrendering your will to the will of God by keeping His
commandments. That’s what he asked you to do.
(A man in the audience) But if it's
not out of love you’re still not
(Wilfred) You still do it.
(Same man in the audience) But it’s
(Wilfred) That’s right. But that’s
the best you can do until He changes
the heart. You can’t change your heart, He has to do it, don’t you see?
This is the difference between the Old and New Covenant, Brother. In
the Old Covenant they said “We’ll do it” and they did it, as best they
could. And I can imagine some of them managed to get by for quite a few
months without having to bring one of those animals, because they
didn’t like cutting those animals, especially when it was the best one
of the flock. So they would do it. Understand? But the Lord had to
teach them that there was no way that they could do it. Man cannot keep
the law of God, because what is the law? Keeping the Ten Commandments?
Is that the law?
(Same man in the audience) No.
(Wilfred) What is the law?
(Several voices at once)
(Wilfred) Keeping the law of
self-renouncing love. And you cannot make
your heart love by deciding that you are going to do it. No way. Love
is something that comes spontaneously. And I can show you from the
Bible that the love of God is a gift to you, and it comes through the
agency of the Holy Spirit. And you have to ask for that, and He will
give it. So you keep the commandments, but you’re not keeping them
until the heart is changed, then they are acceptable. That’s why your
righteousness which is your commandment keeping is like filthy rags in
His sight, It’s unacceptable, it won’t do, because you are just doing
it out of a sense of obligation, because you have to, because you want
to gain some reward for doing it. That’s self-interest and totally
contrary God’s law.
(John) I think the thing that’s
and it’s bothered me, and again, it’s another one of these
contradictions, and you just said to Larry; Well, it’s the best you can
do and you must do it. But this statement which you often quoted
yourself from Christ’s
Object Lessons I would like to read. And its
bothered me and maybe that’s why many of us who read this statement
say, well, we’re not going to make it. “The man who attempts to keep
the commandments of God from a sense of obligation merely because he is
required to do so will never enter the joy of obedience.
(Wilfred) Ok, may I stop you just
there, just a minute. You can easily
see why he would not enter the joy of obedience if he is keeping them
because he is obliged to keep them and doesn’t really want to. He’s not
going to enjoy that. Ok.
(John) He does not obey, that’s the
next statement, but notice;
“When the requirements of God are accounted a burden because they cut
across human inclination we may know that the life is not a Christian
(Wilfred) Right. Correct.
(John) You see, I have read
statements like this
and that bothers me, and then in another place you read that every day
in the life of the apostle Paul that he had to fight against
inclination. So the requirements of God cut across inclination in his
(Wilfred) Don’t you see that we are
engaged in a struggle between good
and evil all the way through until we attain to the fullness of the
measure of the stature of Christ. We will never be able to keep God’s
law without their cutting across our inclination. But it is a relative
thing as you continue to demonstrate to
God that you are going to keep his
commandments come hell or high water, what does He do?
(John) Changes the heart.
(Wilfred) He starts sending that
Spirit and what happens?
(John) The things you used to think...
(Wilfred) Right. This is the
transformation of the heart. This is the
new birth experience. It doesn’t take place instantaneously. The new
birth experience in its fullest sense is not completed until you attain
to the fullness of the stature of Christ. You’re grown up. The actual
new birth experience as an instantaneous thing so to speak is just a
small portion of the total progression of the Christian growing up.
(A man in the Audience) The thing I can’t
understand, it seems like
it’s suggesting, get into legalism until it gets to be a thing of love
and I would think that you should get a vision of love first and then
there would be a natural response to want to keep the commandments. But
the way I’m seeing it right now, the way I’m getting it, is to get into
the action of obedience, although it’s going against your grain, do it
(Wilfred) Right. Let me answer your
problem here. How do you treat the
kids? Do you say, Well look, you must love to do this, you’ve got to
love to do these dishes or else you aren’t doing them. Is that what you
think? You get those dishes done, or else. And that is what the Lord
did back there with ancient Israel. You obey my commandments or else,
didn’t He? Isn’t that what He did? Come on now, you’ve read your
(A man in the Audience) Yea, He was
supposed to do that, was He?
(Wilfred) Well, wasn’t He?
(A man in the Audience) Well, they
(Wilfred) Yes, they had a choice and
so do your kids, they either wash
the dishes or not. If they don’t wash the dishes then comes the rod.
And when they didn’t obey the Lord, and He was long suffering and
patient with them, let's not get this twisted. But ultimately, what did
God do when they persisted? He lowered the boom. Why, because he loved
them and wanted them to grow up into characters that He could put into
His Kingdom and give eternal life. That’s why. But listen,
now you say, we need to start on the love and that’s right, she has a
statement to that effect, we need to start with the heart, But, you
can’t start with the heart because you can’t make yourself love mustard
if you don’t like it. All you can do is make yourself eat it, in spite
of the fact you don’t like it. But you can do that, I’ve done it. But I
don’t persist with mustard because mustard is not good for me anyway and I
don’t care to build up a desire for mustard. But, I didn’t like rolled
oats once and we were in a predicament where mother was in the hospital,
no father and three boys and no money and we had to eat and oatmeal
was the cheapest thing you could buy. So we bought oatmeal and I was the
cook. And I hated oatmeal and it just about came up every time I put a
spoonful down. And I said to myself, I’m going to eat oatmeal if it
kills me because if I don’t eat it I’m going to get killed anyway. And
I cooked oatmeal a little different from what mother used to cooked it;
I thought I could improve on things. I eat oatmeal no matter how I felt
about it. I had to start with my decision, not with my heart. If I had
started with my heart I wouldn’t have eaten the stuff. You know what
happened after a while? I like oatmeal today. I love oatmeal porridge,
and oatmeal cookies, and oatmeal everything.
(John) Sister White had the same
experience with whole
(Wilfred) Right, now you cannot
start with love excepting as God gives
it to you. And you are correct up to a point. Let me show you. What
starts the process of repentance in the first place? You or God? God.
How does He do it?
(John) The Spirit.
(Wilfred) He gives you the full out-pouring of the Spirit all at once?
No He doesn’t, He gives you a little sprinkle and starts to draw you.
Then you have to make a decision to respond, no matter how you feel
about it. You have a little inclination but all the things of the world
are pulling you the other way. Are you going against the grain? Does
His desire cut across the grain? Yes, it does. But what decision do you
make? Go to the world or go to God? Well, that’s up to you. But if you
go to God what happens?
(A man in the Audience) A little
(Wilfred) A little more Spirit.
Don’t you see? It builds up. And as you
grow He can give you more. As your children grow you can give them more
responsibility, more power, bigger guns or whatever.
(John) Can’t we ask God when we have
heart in some area, saying, Look Lord I am going to obey because I know
I’m doing the wrong thing even though I feel like doing the other thing
and ask Him to change our hearts and He will if we are sincere about
it. As we participate in obedience doesn’t He give us His Spirit to
change that heart and to empower us to...
(Wilfred) Yes He does. And there are
times when He does in the
spiritual realm what He sometimes does in the physical realm. One of my
good friends, some of you may have known him. Avey Farnsworth, remember
him? One of the Farnsworth boys from Castles. Their father or was it
grandfather, I forgot. Claimed to be the first Seven-Day Adventist.
Anyway, He was diagnosed with cancer and was scheduled for an
And normally of course with cancer it’s downhill, you know? But he was
getting to be an elderly man and felt he couldn’t make it and if he had
to go through that operation it would be the end of him. I mean, that
was his feeling. So he committed himself to the Lord and said, Now Lord
if you have anything more for me to do in this life you’re just going
to have to step in and pull me through that because I don’t think I can
make it. Well, when He finally got a place in the hospital and they
took him in to get x-rays to know exactly where to operate and what all to
do, there wasn’t any cancer there, it had all disappeared. Now the Lord
does that sometimes. And there was Slaybaugh, he was all banged up too.
He would have been months in the hospital if he had lived under severe
pain and dope to pull him through. And he lay, was it about four days
unconscious and then when they anointed him with oil, and one the few
people there was Wymer. Remember the Wymers, they used to live out
here in the valley. Clyde Wymer went to India, China, or Japan as a
missionary. Anyway he was back on furlough at the time and the old
Wymers were living down there on the west coast of Oregon. Well that’s
a big story, there’s a whole book written on it, probably most of you
have read it anyway. But what happened to slaybaugh? When they touched
that little part of his forehead that wasn’t bandaged there, woooof!
Sparks and energy went through that fellow and he shook like a leaf and
the whole bed trembled and the minister had to pull his hand away from
the spark. And that one eye that wasn’t smashed, Slaybaugh opened it up
and looked around, and said, where am I? No pain, no pain at all. His
jaws were all smashed, his teeth broken, his tongue all mangled up, one
ear cut off, just hanging by a thread, one eye smashed, just smashed
it, no sight in it at all, scalp cut open, brain fluid oozing out, just
a mess, and he was dying, definitely dying, no question about that.
Mrs. Slaybaugh was afraid that they wouldn’t be able to get the
minister there soon enough before he went. There he was, he said I’m
hungry and they called a nurse in and she ran out screaming and when
they got her calmed down a bit she came back with some candy, you know
this Christmas candy, that hard stuff? She figured that he could put
that in his mouth and it would melt and he could suck on it, you know,
and get a bit of nourishment that way. Because she knew his jaws were
all broken and he couldn’t chew on anything. He just crunched it to
powder. I guess that was when she went out screaming. I guess I got that
twisted. Anyway, the doctor came in, pulled the bandage off the eye and
there was a brand new eye, he took the one off the ear and there was
the ear tacked back on. Slaybaugh went to the optometrist just to get an
eye test, and didn’t tell the optometrist anything about his
optometrist just happened to check this eye first, the new one that he
got. And he said, Slaybaugh, you’ve got the eye of a young fellow, yet,
(A man in the audience) 20/20 vision.
(Wilfred) He never bothered to check
the other eye, which was the old
one. Look, the Lord can do it, see? He’s not limited. And there are some
fellows who come to the Lord with a terrible craving for tobacco and he
says Lord please take it away from me, and the Lord takes it away. And
it’s gone in an instant. But that is not the normal thing. The normal
thing is a process, a scientific process. She calls it the science of
salvation. You make the decision then the thing will heal. The old
pattern will fade out the new pattern will be created. There is power
in the gospel to overcome every hereditary and cultivated tendency to
sin. But He doesn’t guarantee that it will happen instantaneously. You
get the point? He can do it, but He doesn’t always do it. Now, some of
you know why He doesn’t do it. Tell these folks who haven’t heard it
(A man in the audience) To
enable you to build a character.
(Wilfred) To enable you to build a
character. Character is built by
making a decision against a resistance of the flesh. When you decide to
obey God’s law contrary to your feelings, you are building the muscle
your willpower just like I build a muscle in this arm when we were
kids, we used to do that and you put it through a stretch just as hard
as you can pull it and then you completely relax. Then you give it
another shot, then you completely relax, maybe ten times the first day,
and that’s all. Then you wait for a whole twenty-four hours before you
do it again. Then you give it another shot. And pretty soon you can
pull twenty times. Then pretty soon you’re to have to put an extra
elastic band on that thing. You see? You’re building a muscle by
putting it to the stretch. That’s the way you build willpower. And by
building willpower you are implanting character. You are building a
strong character that will enable you to stand firm when tremendous
resistances show up. God can depend on you, you will never budge.
You’ve got a character. Now that is your job in probationary time. And
God in His mercy permits you to face up against those resistances to
let you build that character. So, when you ask the lord, Lord I can’t
take it. He says ok, I’ll not suffer you to be temped above what you
able to bear. If you can’t do it, that’s find with me. But what happens
to you? You keep your weak muscles.
(John) You keep your weak character
that will limit
your possibilities in heaven.
(Wilfred) And your character will
not change a bit. What you make of
yourself, "WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOURSELF", I’m quoting, “IN PROBATIONARY
TIME, THAT YOU WILL REMAIN THROUGH ALL ETERNITY. Now, I don’t
know whether I have answered it adequately or not but let it simmer for
awhile. Before we take a crack at it again. I could give you two
references on this too, but I don’t have them on my mind right now.
(John) In another place brother she
says, we do not
appreciate the power of the will God has given to us.
(Wilfred) That’s right. God has
given us the power and the strength to
do much more than we think we can do. But it’s his power, his strength,
He gave it to us, we must acknowledge that.
(A man in the Audience) Along with
that though in Steps to
Christ...in over coming sin... Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Without the strength God
gives us. But He gives you a measure
to start with. And He doesn’t give the same measure to everybody. Like
talents, some He gives ten, some five, some two. Some people have a
strong willpower to start with, they are just giants when it comes to
(John) The strength of the will lies
surrendering of the will, that’s brought out in Steps to Christ too.
She says that everything hinges on us understanding this point of
surrendering the will.
(Wilfred) She’s even more specific
than that, John, she says that when
your will is lined up with the will of Christ and that means when you
are deciding to do what He asks you to do, that’s what that means. So
when you decide to do what God asks you to do regardless of how you
feel your will is lining up with the will of Christ. Then you get
(A man in the audience) The fact
that I love my wife and I make a
decision to want to go buy her some roses it doesn’t go against my
grain. Ok? That’s the principle that I work on, so it’s not something
that goes across my grain because my nature has changed to loving her.
(Wilfred) Perfect. That’s exactly
it. And that’s what God wants to
restore in his people relative to his total law. And I could read it to
you. That’s what He’s going to restore. But you’ve got to go through
the process. You’ve got to..........
(A man in the Audience) To be
(Wilfred) That’s right. And you have
to surrender your will to his
will, which means, do his will.
(A man in the Audience) Well, what
do we do with the statement where it
says, by beholding we become changed?
(Wilfred) That’s where the
transformation comes in. It is the love of
Christ revealed to you that causes the transformation. We think in
terms of Him giving us this power sort of in a miraculous way, it’s
also scientific. What was it that made you do those things for your
wife? Did you do that before you ever knew her?
(A man in the Audience) Absolutely
(Wilfred) No. You had to get to know
her before you got to love her.
And that is the way it is with God. To know Him is to Love Him. That’s
why the knowledge of God is so important, When you get to know what God
is really like, you spontaneously love Him. Because you will see his
love. She says, love begets love. It’s all there in a nutshell. It is
as scientific as it can be. Just one step after the other, it’s
tremendous what God has done.
Well let me finish this, I’ve got
another two pages and I must get
through. We are coming up to the most important part.
“He hopes to destroy their faith
that they will yield to his
temptations, turn from their allegiance to God,” What will they
do? “Turn from their allegiance to God and receive the mark of the
beast.” That’s what the devil wants. Don’t do it. Don’t do
“Satan urges before God his
accusations against them, declaring that
they have by their sins forfeited the divine protection,” He says
Lord, you can't protect those people, look at what they are doing.
They’re mine. “And claiming the right to destroy them as transgressors. He
pronounces them just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the
favor of God." He says Lord; you can’t take those people in
than you can take me in. If you can’t take me in you can’t take Wilf
Johnson in. He’s just as bad as I am. That’s the devils accusations.
What does the Lord do? "Are these," he says, "the people who
are to take my place in heaven and the place of the angels who united
with me?” I made the statement once that the saved in the
last generation are going to replace the devil, Satan, Lucifer, and the
angels that fell. And somebody challenged me on it. Well, there it is.
The devil knows it. Somebody’s going to replace Lucifer. That’s what it
says. “While they profess to obey the law of God, have they kept
its precepts? Have they not been lovers of self more than of God?” Check yourself on it. “Have they not placed their own
interests above His service?” Check yourself on it. “Have they not loved the things of the world?” Haven’t you? Now
honestly, haven’t you? “Look at the sins which have marked their
lives. Behold their selfishness, their malice, their hatred toward one
“The people of God have been in many
respects very faulty. Satan has an
accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to commit, and
he presents these in the most exaggerated light,” You see, he has
a recording system and he knows exactly what he has temped you to do
and he knows exactly what you did. And so he declares "Will God
banish me and my angels from His presence, and yet reward those who
have been guilty of the same sins?” Very good argument
isn’t it? “Thou canst not do this, O Lord, in justice. Thy throne
will not stand in righteousness and judgment. Justice demands that
sentence be pronounced against them." That’s the devil. Now look.
“But while the followers of Christ
have sinned, they have not given
themselves to the control of evil." See they slipped. They’ve
fallen. But they have not given themselves over to evil. It’s not their
general pattern, they want righteousness. “They have put away
their sins, and have sought the Lord in humility and contrition, and
the divine Advocate pleads in their behalf. He who has been most abused
by their ingratitude, who knows their sin, and also their repentance -
He declares: "'The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan.' I gave my life for these
souls. They are graven upon the palms of my hands." And if they
are graven upon the palms of His hands. Can you ever get rid of those
gravens there on the palms of your hands? No. And Jesus said, nobody
can pluck you out of His hand. That’s what He says. He says, my father
is greater than I am and nobody can pluck you out of My Fathers hand.
Then how can you get lost? By your own decision, only. You can walk
away. But as long as you stay in that palm you’ll get through.
“The assaults of Satan are strong,
his delusions are terrible; Now
I want to point out to you that here is a description of the great and
dreadful day of the lord spoken of by Joel as it occurs before the
close of probation in the lives of God’s people. That great and
dreadful day continues on through after the close of probation and
comes upon the wicked. But the great and dreadful day of the lord comes
first upon His people, what for?
(John) To try them.
(Wilfred) To try them and to?
(John) To purify them.
(Wilfred) To purify them.
(John) To separate the most...
(Wilfred) Yes, that’s the shaking.
The assaults of Satan are strong;
his delusions are terrible; that’s exactly what Joel said. “But
eye is upon his people. Their affliction is great, the flames of the
furnace seem about to consume them; but Jesus will bring them forth as
gold tried in the fire.” .... There’s your Laodicean reference
again. "Their earthliness must be removed that the image of Christ
may be perfectly reflected;” Are they going to get the perfect
reflection of Christ’s image? Yes
sir. “Unbelief must be overcome; faith,
hope,” And What? Read
it again. You know what patience is?
(A man in the Audience) No.
(Wilfred) Well, you’d better start
finding out. Here is the patience of
the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the
faith of Jesus. And we always quote the last two and leave the first
one off, don’t we? We say, here are they that keep the commandments of
God. Here are they that have the faith of Jesus. That’s the way we say
it. We forget about the first one.
Ok, “The people of God are sighing
and crying for the abominations done
in the land.” Now what is that a reference to?
(John) Ezekiel chapter 9.
(Wilfred) And what is that?
(John) The shaking and the sealing.
(Wilfred) The sealing and shaking,
both. I think I’m going to deal with
that more specifically next week. I’ve gone over some of that before
but I’ve never done a complete job of it. And I think I may do that next
week. There is a whole chapter in the Spirit of Prophesy
“With tears they warn the wicked of
their danger in trampling upon the
divine law,“ How do they feel about warning the wicked? Very
deeply, don’t they. With tears. “And with unutterable sorrow they
humble themselves before the Lord on account of their own
transgressions.” Have you reached that place yet? Have you humbled
yourself with unutterable sorrow? Well, that’s still coming up then.
“The wicked mock their sorrow, ridicule their solemn appeals, and
sneer at what they term their weakness.” Look at these silly weak
people. Crying their hearts out for the Lord to help them. Such
nonsense. “But the anguish and humiliation of God's people is
unmistakable evidence that they are regaining”, the what? “The
strength and nobility of character lost in consequence of sin.” Here is
the restoration of the image of God coming about and the
strength that they lost. When Adam sinned they could not overcome sin,
now their getting it back and what is the sign that they are getting
back? Their anguish and humiliation and unutterable sorrow for their
sins. That’s a sign that you are getting close to Jesus. Good. “It
is because they are drawing nearer to Christ, and their eyes are fixed
upon His perfect purity.” What are they looking at? His perfect
purity. “That they so clearly discern the exceeding sinfulness of
sin.” See, it’s the contrast. One’s black and the other is white.
“Their contrition and self-abasement are infinitely more
acceptable in the sight of God than is the self-sufficient, haughty
spirit of those who see no cause to lament, who scorn the humility of
Christ, and who claim perfection while transgressing God's law.” There
are people who claim perfection through imputed righteousness and
they say we don’t have to keep the law any more, it’s gone. And I’ve
said the same thing and I still say it. You don’t believe that? You
want to keep it. God is going to make you want to keep it. Not have to
keep it. If you have to keep it, you’re still down on that elementary
stage. You're still floundering around in self-interest. Don’t you see?
Well, it’s true and it’s not true.
It’s one of these conundrums. I lost
my place again. “Who claim perfection while transgressing God's
law.” She talking here I think about nominal Christians who
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. They talk about Jesus, come to Jesus,
come to Christ and they have a vague philosophy about it, and somehow
or other you’re saved. But the law doesn’t come into it at all.
By the way Larry, you said something
about “Do we have to start on this
legalistic bases? Do you realize that the Seven-Day Adventist Church
from 1844 to 1888 was legalistic to the point that Mrs. White says; we
preached the law until it was as dry as the hills of Gilboa.
(Larry) Was she pleased with it?
(Wilfred) Was she pleased with it?
(Larry) No, of course not. So we
must be on the wrong step if we’re
starting out on legalism.
(Wilfred) Oh no. But they were, they
did. The message of imputed
righteousness, as we know it today, as a means to an end was not
(Wilfred) Partially. You dig through
those old books, and I haven’t
found it. You may find somebody who had it pretty close. But as a
church it was not understood. And even today as a church I’m dubious
about how well it is understood, just a little dubious. Anyway that
certainly is a part of the message that will be understood by the one
hundred and forty four thousand, no question about it. Because you are
never going to reach perfection until you understand it.
“Meekness and lowliness of heart are
the conditions for strength and
victory. The crown of glory awaits those who bow at the foot of the
cross. Blessed are the mourners, for they shall be comforted.” We are coming up now to the most
important part. We're just about through.
The faithful, praying ones are as it
were, shut in with God. They
themselves know not how securely they are shielded.” They don’t
realize it. “Urged on by Satan, the rulers of this world are
seeking to destroy them; but could their eyes be opened, as were the
eyes of Elisha's servant at Dothan, they would see the angels of God
encamped about them, by their brightness and glory holding in check the
hosts of darkness.” But these people don’t see it. Now listen! “As the
people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for
purity of heart, the command is given, "Take away the filthy garments"
from them, and the encouraging words are spoken, "Behold, I have caused
thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of
raiment." The spotless robe of Christ's righteousness is placed upon
the tried, tempted, yet faithful children of God. The despised remnant
are clothed in glorious apparel, nevermore to be defiled by the
corruptions of the world. Their names are retained in the Lamb's book
of life,” What has happened?
(John) They’re ... of
(Wilfred) They’re judgment is fixed.
Their names are retained in the
Lamb’s book of life. “Enrolled among the faithful of all ages, they
have resisted the wiles of the deceiver,” They did float in there;
they had some resisting to do. “They have not been turned from
their loyalty by the dragon's roar. Now they are eternally secure from
the tempter's devices.” How long are they secure from
the tempter's devices? Does
in their hearts? No he does not. Now do you see that the door is open
for perfection of soul and character? Do you see that? God has now
eternally accepted them. They are eternally secure. They will never be
rejected. Not even if they sin.
(John) And Christ is still in the
(Wilfred) And Christ is still in the
sanctuary as the mediator and the
high priest ready to step in if He’s needed. But He steps out, why? To
prove to the universe that the plan has worked. If He didn’t step out
the devil would say, well, sure, they still got you there. So He steps
out, He says, Ok, Just like the tumblers, you know, they put that
little youngster way up to the top rung there, see. And no spotters
around, the spotters disappear. And what if she falls? What if she
falls? Do you see the demonstration? But Christ will always be there.
Always. And if ever you sin again He’s the one who takes the gaff. And
that is an eternal guarantee that your allegiance to God and your
sinlessness is based upon selflessness. Did I make that plain? Look, if
your eternal life depended on your perfect commandment keeping how
could you prove that your motive was selfless? You couldn’t do it. God
had to take away from you the condition of your perfect commandment
keeping for your eternal life. He had to take it away. Because if He
hadn’t taken it away He couldn’t have proved that you were keeping the
law perfectly, which is self-renunciation, out of love for Him, not out
of self-interest. But He took it away and He says, now look, I’m giving
you eternal life, I am declaring you to be eternally righteous forever
and ever and ever.
Now if you love me won’t you please
be my witness at my trial and prove
the devil false? And what can you say in return to that? What can you
say? If you have the love of God in your heart there is only one
answer. Just one. I will never let you down. The kingdom of God is
based on self-denying love. The whole bit. That’s God’s kingdom. And
I’m glad it’s that way, or I wouldn’t want to go there. When God made that
plain to me I said, Ok Lord, that’s it, I am yours I don’t care what
happens. I don’t care what anybody calls me, or what they say to me, or
what they do to me, I will stick by you as long as I am in my right
mind. And if ever I go out of my mind or you let something happen to me
that I can’t use my decision you will take me anyway. I have confidence
enough to believe that, because you know what I wanted to do. Does that
And what about you? How do you feel
about it? Are you willing to go
with God through this ordeal that’s coming up very fast now on God’s
people? It’s going to burst upon the world as an overwhelming
surprise. It’s going to come overnight. All of a sudden you’re plunged
into it. I’m telling you, it’s either up or down. And God said He’s not
going to send that day upon his people before He gives them a warning.
He says that in the last verse in Malachi. He told us that.
warning is coming now, it’s coming now. God is working on minds in this
denomination who are tumbling to the real meaning of the plan of
salvation. We’ve had a glimpse of it before, yes; we’ve had a glimpse
of it. But we’ve been floundering around for a hundred and thirty years
when we should have been there a long time ago, and letting Him down,
and keeping Him in that position where He has to take all that dirt
from the devil that we’ve just been reading about. And He’s waiting for
you and me to stop it, by our decision. If we say, Ok Lord, I’m with
you, I’ll stand on those commandments because I believe they are just
and fair and true like you say they are. I’ll stay loyal to you; I will
not turn from my loyalty, that’s what it said here. Because I believe
you are fair, just, and merciful and true and longsuffering and
patient, just as you said you were and declared to Moses and I believe
it. And I’m going to stand firm for you. Now, do one thing for me, purify my heart. That’s what they pled for and He’s going
to do it. But before He does it do you see what He does? They’re
pleading for purity of heart, what does He do? He declares them
righteous. Because you cannot have a pure heart until that’s done.
Really, how can you demonstrate that the heart is changed until that
As long as you still have that
condition of your keeping the
commandments to gain eternal life there is no way your heart can
be proved pure. Self-denial. No way. So God says, All right, the time
is coming when the Lord is going to declare you eternally righteous. I
have read it. It’s here in black and white. And the devil is no longer
going to have a part in you, you are eternally secure. What a
tremendous gift is this anyway. It is a fulfillment of God’s promise,
He said, that if you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh, you are born of God. He says, if you believe in me you have
eternal life. Now, to believe in Him is to accept Him. To believe in
Him means to believe that He is what He says He is. And if you believe
what He says He is, you will respect His law. But if you do it, you
have eternal life not that you are going to have it. My beloved
Brethren and Sisters, right now you have the assurance of eternal life.
Right now. You are eternally accepted by God, right now. This passage
can apply to you, right now. The only way you will ever lose it is to
do what Jesus did to give you this life. He voluntarily laid down His
eternal life in Himself or He could not have died. Do you get that?
When the Lord gives you eternal life, He gives it to you for keeps.
When the judgment is finished, and we are in the time of the judgment
now, aren’t we? The only way you can lose that is for you to
voluntarily reject it, it’s the only way you can lose it.
Now there are some things I haven’t
touched on. And I am going to leave
them because it’s getting late. And I think you need to let this simmer
for a while. You
are going to run into things that you'll question. You’ll
find passages that maybe you think contradict, and I wish that you
would make a note of them and bring them to us so we could discuss them.
(John) Brother Johnson, may I make
this comment? That
it is obvious that this paragraph on page 475, volume 5 of the
Testimonies for the Church is definitely referring
the one hundred and forty four thousand only.
(Wilfred) It is! I’m coming to it on
the next page.
(Wilfred) We’ll be through in just a
few minutes here. Please be
patient. I’m long winded I know. These things are worth their weight in
gold to people today, there are people who have lived in this world in
all generations who would give their eyeteeth to be sitting here
tonight and leaning about what God is doing for His people today. You
don’t believe that? Yes, you’ll find it out when you're up on the other
Well, let’s finish it.
I thanked God for this prophet so
many times, I couldn’t count the
times. And how it is that some people in our church reject the messages
that she has brought. I cannot understand except as she explains it.
They have given room for the devil to come in and seed it with tares.
Don’t ever doubt the Spirit
of Prophesy. If you don’t understand it,
don’t doubt it. Accept it. I can assure you that I have doubted many
things she said in times gone by. Questioned them, and year-by-year
these are dissolving. And some of these things that were the hardest to
understand, that seemed to be the most contradictory are the most
important things in bringing together the truth to give you a clear
understanding of what it’s all about. So don’t bypass any statements
she makes and say, Well, that can’t be right, just can’t be right She
must have made a mistake here, just hang on for a while and you'll
probably find out she did not make a mistake. Even that statement in
1856 where all those people are dead. That statement is still true.
Just take... Well don’t take my word, but mark my word you'll find
that that’s true. The Lord didn’t deceive her. Neither was William
Miller wrong when he said that Christ was going to come in 1844. He
wasn’t wrong. That was God’s message, God doesn’t make any mistakes.
Well, let’s finish this. I’m getting
“Now they are eternally secure from
the tempter's devices." Do you
know what happens to their sins? “Their sins are transferred to
the originator of sin.” In Great Controversy she says,
before He leaves the sanctuary He places on the head of the scapegoat
all the sins that have been confessed by His people since He entered
the most holy apartment”. When was that?
(Several voices in the audience)
So He makes a distinction between
the sins that were confessed since
1844 and those that were confessed before 1844. And that’s something
else for you to chew on. “And the remnant are not only pardoned and
accepted, but honored. "A fair miter" is set upon their heads. They are
to be "What?" As kings and priests unto God.” And
the Bible says for a thousand years. “While Satan was urging his
accusations and seeking to destroy this company, holy angels, unseen,
were passing to and fro,” And what were they doing?
(John) Placing upon them the seal of
the living God.
This was before the close of probation.
(Wilfred) Right. And do you realize
then what’s going to happen to you
before the close of probation? You are going to know that you are
eternally accepted; you are going to know that you are one of the one
hundred and forty four thousand, positively. Do you realize that? She
says it. Not only here, she has another statement on it. “These
are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father's
name written in their foreheads. They sing the new song before the
throne, that song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and
four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” As plain as it
can be. "These are they which follow the Lamb” How far?
(John) Whithersoever He goeth.
(Wilfred) So they get to the
fullness of the stature. “These were
redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God” The
Bible says the last shall be first and the first shall be last. “And to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile:” That’s
exactly what they said of Jesus. “For they are without fault
before the throne of God."
Now is reached, "The partial
fulfillment of those words?" The
complete fulfillment of those words of the Angel: "Hear now, O Joshua
the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they
are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My servant the
Branch." The complete fulfillment of that passage that she has
just quoted is now accomplished. So that passage is comparing these
people to the Branch.
(John) They seem to be part of it.
(Wilfred) They are part of the
Branch. They have the same experience as
the Branch, Now you understand that from what we talked about before,
don’t you? That the saints are going to be the new body of Christ. And
He is going to be the head, and there is a marriage union in which they
twain become one flesh so to speak. Paul says this is a terrible
mystery. I know you won’t understand it. Then he says, I am talking
about Christ and His Church. We become sons of God, joint heirs with
Christ. Don’t you see? So, the prophecy that applies to Christ, in the
sense that He becomes perfected in humanity, watch what I say now,
closely. The prophecy that applies to Christ in so far as He became
perfected in humanity is going to be duplicated in a hundred and forty
four thousand people. And in that sense they qualify under that
prophecy. “Now indeed are the remnant "men wondered at," as the
tears and humiliation of their pilgrimage give place to joy and honor
in the presence of God and the Lamb." In that day shall the branch of
the Lord be beautiful” Now that branch is a small letter not a
capital, did you notice that? “The branch of the Lord shall be beautiful
and glorious, and the fruit of the earth” Who is that?
(Several voices from the audience)
(Wilfred) Mankind. The saved of men,
the first fruits of men, they are
the branch. “Shall be excellent and comely for them that are
escaped of Israel.” Now, there is a significance in that. Them that
are escaped of Israel. But I won’t touch that tonight. It has to do
with the way our work is going to be finished and how the Church is
going to fold up. And that is coming fairly soon. “And it shall
come to pass, that he that is left in Zion,” Where is he left?
(A man in the audience) In Zion.
(Wilfred) “And he that remaineth in
Jerusalem, shall be called holy,
even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem." Tremendous chapter. Just a tremendous chapter.
I’m sorry I took so long.
(Several people in the audience
speaking at once) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) But how do you really get
anything out of this unless you
take time? You scan through it, you read through it, how much do you
get? If you read this over again you’ll probably get something more
than what we have brought out of it tonight. I hope that it will do
something for you. If it doesn’t, we’ve wasted our time, I suppose. If
it doesn’t, if nobody responds, I repeat, if nobody responds, and you
know what happens? Read the last verse in Malachi, the very last
Do you want to read it?
(A man in the audience) He’s going
to smite the earth with a curse.
(Wilfred) He’s going to smite the
earth with a curse. What else can He
do? He cannot save you against your will. You can fail. So can Jesus.
But I want to get you a note of encouragement. You won’t. You
won’t. Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross.
He could have failed but He knew that He was going to come through. He
told His disciples, I am going to meet you in Galilee. Didn’t He? Where
I go you can’t come, but you can come afterwards. Didn’t He say that?
Didn’t He say that the Son of Man would be killed of these rulers and
on the third day He would rise again? Didn’t He say that? What did He
say about the hundred and forty four thousand and the Bible many, many
years ago? He revealed it to John.
(A man in the audience) They’re
going to be victorious.
(Wilfred) They’re going to be
victorious. So, it’s going to happen. But
you make the decision as to whether it will happen in you! You can
either go with Him or not. If you don’t go He’s going to wait until He
finds somebody who will. And do you know how He’s going to get it? Do
know how He can guarantee that it’s going to happen? Because the world
is going to get worse and worse and worse until finally somebody is
going to say it’s time we quit. And that’s what’s going to happen to
us. He’s going to put the squeeze on. He’s going to do like you do to
the youngster that refuses to wash the dishes. That’s what the Lord’s
going to do. It’s in the Bible. It’s in the Laodicean message. Who the
Lord loveth He...
(Wilfred) And He says in the
Laodicean message, how does He put it? “As
many as I love, I rebuke; and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
repent.” What’s the purpose of the rebuking? And the chastening? To
cause you to repent. And what is the outcome of this? He says,
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with me.” And we went over to John to find out what it means when He
comes to us. Does Jesus come down from Heaven and come inside me? If
He does, how can He get inside you?
(John) It’s the Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) It’s the Holy Spirit. It
is Christ’s soul, the very soul of
His life. That’s what it is. That’s what He sacrificed. That’s what He
relinquished, before He ever came to this world, He did this. And on
the cross He died the second death, where He made that
irrevocable decision and sealed it with His blood. And He told his disciples
before He went to the cross, just the night before, just a few hours
before He went. He said, now look, This is my body and this is my
blood. And it’s in the New Covenant and He says, You eat this, My
body’s broken for you and My blood is shed for you. What was the body?
(A man in the audience) His Word.
(Wilfred) His Word of truth. And
there is more to it than that. What
was the blood?
(A man in the audience) The Spirit.
(Wilfred) The Life, which is the
Spirit. And He made available a more
abundant outpouring of that Spirit so that you could become transformed
into his image. If He hadn’t done that His sacrifice on the cross would
have been to no avail. She says that. It’s the Holy Spirit that comes
in the latter rain to write the law of God in the heart. Oh yes, it’s
been doing it all down through the years, but in a different way. The
total transformation has not taken place because the Day of Atonement
come. It’s on the Day of Atonement that the sanctuary is cleansed. And
what is the sanctuary?
(A man in the audience) His
(Wilfred) His Church. So it’s on the
Day of Atonement that the
sanctuary will be cleansed. Well, there is much more. That Bible is
chucked full of stuff. It is a tremendous book! May the Lord add his
blessing to this study and I trust that it will be of some profit to
you and I hope that you will not be confused and if you do find some
that are confusing put them on the shelf, the day will come when they
will be clarified.
Do you want to close, or maybe some
people want to go and if anybody
wants to stay and discuss something then...
(John) Well, maybe we could have
prayer, then those
who want to leave can leave and we can answer some questions.
end of this two C/D series on Joshua and the Angel)