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Is the Seventh-day Adventist Church God’s?


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ml xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word"xmlns="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40">The word “remnant” means a lot to some people and absolutely nothing toothers
 

 

The word “remnant” means a lot to some people and absolutelynothing to others. The same is true about “end-time.” Here’s your questionwithout those key words: Is the Seventh-day Adventist Church God’s people?Let’s respond to that question and then consider the other terms.

I believe the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God’s people.While we’re not as old as many Protestant denominations, our roots go all the

way back to God’s call to Abram (later called Abraham) inGenesis 12.

God’s call involved trusting Him in big things and littlethings, in fact, in all areas of life. It also included having an ongoingrelationship with Him. In return, God’s desire was to bless His people so thatthey’d bless others. The blessings for others could be with material things orspiritual things. But God’s people didn’t always maintain an on-goingrelationship with Him. Read the book of Judges or 2 Kings for more examplesthan you’ll ever want! Yet God sent messengers called prophets to bring Hispeople back to Him. When that didn’t work, He sent enemies that helped peoplesense their need for something greater than themselves and for the previousblessings that He’d given them. Read one of the many examples in 2 Chronicles20:1-30. Eventually God sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth, but God’s peoplekilled Him. Read about that in the form of a parable in Matthew 21:33-46. Nowthat’s really messed up! Just before He returned to heaven, Jesus told Hisdisciples that they’d receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Thatwould lead to their witnessing where they were and eventually to the wholeworld. It did! Incredible things happened—read the whole book of Acts! Buteventually God’s people slipped into following traditions and humanexplanations about God, so that they were actually following humans instead ofGod. Then there was a great movement to reform things. The reformers receivedthe general term “protestant” because they “protested” what was going on in thechurch. Seventh-day Adventists are part of the Protestant movement that seeksGod directly, not through human channels, decrees, or traditions.

In the middle of Revelation God gives a warning message forall people throughout the world. It calls for us to return to God, our Creator.Seventh-day Adventists see this as our call to share the gospel of Jesus asCreator of the world and the Ten Commandments, namely the fourth commandment.Read Revelation 14:7. Many Christians share Jesus with others. Seventh-dayAdventists are Christians, so we do the same thing. Our unique understandingand contributions about Jesus include His promise to return and the gift of theSabbath. The context of time takes us back to those unique terms in yourquestion: “remnant” and “end-time.” You may have heard of carpet remnants orfabric remnants. It’s the last bit on the roll or bolt when most of thematerial is gone. Sometimes there isn’t enough left to be useful for much. It’susually reduced in price and doesn’t amount to enough for a regular purchase.Sometimes it’s just thrown away. It’s the last you’ll see of that item. Theword “remnant” can be found repeatedly in Isaiah and Jeremiah. See Isaiah10:20-22; 11:11; 37:31, 32; 46:3 and Jeremiah 23:3; 31:7; 42:2; 43:5. It alwaysrefers to the last bit. Sometimes it’s favorable, and sometimes it’s not.



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