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Does Imparted Divine Nature Make Us Divine?

Friday Morning Manna                                                             

October 18, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo                                                                  

email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com

Does Imparted Divine Nature Make Us Divine?

     Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

2 Pet. 1: 2-4, N.K.J.V.

It is by the power of Christ’s divine nature—rather than His incarnated human nature—that He gives all things pertaining to life, i.e., both temporal and eternal, and godliness. To those who willingly respond to His call to character glory, hence, virtue, obtain a knowledge of Him in this particular regard.

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Christ’s Humanity Suffered the Superhuman Agony of Soul in Gethsemane

Friday Morning Manna                 August 9, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo                          email:natfajardo777@yahoo.com

Christ’s Humanity Suffered the Superhuman Agony of Soul in Gethsemane

The shedding of the atoning, sin-cleansing blood of the second Adam “for the remission of sins” may also be thought of as a short yet intense process commencing in the night of His last agony in Gethsemane and culminated Calvary. It began when He “sweated blood” through the pores of His noble human brow in His death struggle at Gethsemane as the guilt of the sins of the world were rolled upon His human nature and the Father “hid His face” from His only-begotten Son, causing the dreadful sense of separation and connection between Father and Son.

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The Second Adam: The World’s Sin and Guilt Bearer

Friday Morning Manna                                                      

August 2, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo                                                                     

email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com

The Second Adam: The World’s Sin and Guilt Bearer

Jesus Christ, the “second” or “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15: 45-47)  was subject to the first death of all mortals because He had to die, not merely “walk in the valley of the shadow of death,” which He also did, but temporarily came under it as the one-and-only, once-and-for-all atoning sacrifice (Heb. 9: 25-28; 10: 10, 12, 14) that the Father made of His only-begotten Son at the antitypical altar of sacrifice of Calvary.

The “wages of sin is death.” Rom. 6: 23. In His death the second Adam, in His human nature “made in the likeness of sinful flesh,” did not die because He fell under the power of “him who had the power of death,” that is the devil” (Heb. 2: 14), because of the following:

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The Saving Flesh and Blood of the Passover Lamb


Friday Morning Manna 
                                                    July 19, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo

email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com


The Saving Flesh and Blood of the Passover Lamb  

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying . . .Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying . . every man shall take for himself a lamb, a lamb for a household . . . without blemish, a male of the first year.” 

Exodus 12: 1, 2, 3, 5

The Passover feast was instituted on the last night of Israel’s bondage, immediately before the tenth plague was poured out whereupon at midnight all the first-born of the Egyptians, both man and beast were slain by the Lord’s angel of death that passed over the whole land. It was God’s final judgment upon atheistic Egypt headed by the blasphemous pharaoh at that time (probably Amenhotep II). The tenth plague was the last straw, forcing that pharaoh to release God’s people from bondage, setting off the Exodus movement—the type of the Advent Movement of the New Testament.

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The Humanity That Will Forever Share with Divinity the Throne of the Universe

Friday Morning Manna                         July 5, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo

email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com

The Humanity That Will Forever Share with Divinity the Throne of the Universe

      “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest [most holy of the heavenly sanctuary] by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.”

Heb. 10: 19, 20, N.K.J.V. 

From Desire of Ages, pp. 23, 24:

     “Nearly two thousand years ago, a voice of mysterious import was heard in heaven, from the throne of God, ‘Lo, I come.’ ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.  . . .  Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.’ Heb. 10: 5-7. In these words is announced the fulfillment of the purpose that had been hidden from eternal ages.

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Do We Really Know the Prophets/Prophecies that We Need to Know?

Friday Morning Manna                           January 25, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo                                    email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com

Do We Really Know the Prophets/Prophecies that We Need to Know?

         Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1: 20, 21, N.K.J.V.

Verse 19 of these scriptures says: “We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to take heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.” 

How is the prophetic word made more sure? If we pay heed to—not just to any prophecies often introduced with curiosity-arousing “new” interpretations that ignore the “precept upon precept, line upon lite, here a little, there a little” test of Isaiah 28: 9,10, 13, but to thosemade more sure, i.e.,  secured and vetted by the sheer preponderance and weight of the combined, exhaustive, harmonious continuum of the corroborating prophetic testimonies of God’s Old and New Testament prophets/messengers.  All their prophecies and messages were, in fact,testimonies pointing to the Prophet to come, the Messiah, “the Holy One and the Just.” to come, Jesus Christ the Righteous. 

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The Elijah-John the Baptist Message of the Advent Movement

Friday Morning MannaJanuary 4, 2019

Nathaniel Fajardo             email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com

The Elijah-John the Baptist Message of the Advent Movement

     “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”Malachi 4: 5, K.J.V. (The last prophecy of the Old Testament)

To start this New Year 2019, let’s take a necessary stop as it were, as we travel the Advent Movement highway to take a much closer look at vital aspects of the appointed work and central message entrusted to the last-day Advent Movement.  

First, in Christ’s time the disciples and the religious leaders and people alike were familiar with  Malachi’s stirring prophecy. So the disciples inquired, ‘Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” Christ replied, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already.” After more explanations from Christ, “Then the disciples understood that He spake of unto them of John the Baptist.” Matt. 17: 10-18.

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Lest Christianity Forget ‘The Blackest in the Black Catalogue of Crime’

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Lest Christianity Forget ‘The Blackest in the Black Catalogue of Crime’

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in a dungeon.”

-E.G. White, “Death & Imprisonment of John” chapter, Desire of Ages, p. 225.

Jesus gave His disciples the brightest hopes and the greatest promises, including eternal life and a seat with Him in Read more

The time of the end, end of prophetic time, and the last days

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA

Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN

The time of the end, end of prophetic time, and the last days

The time of the end.   Again, the “time of the end” announced in the prophecy of Daniel 12: 4, 9 is not the end of earth’s history neither of probationary time nor of prophetic time. Not yet. Rather, the year 1798 marks two watershed events in church and world history: a) the end of the 1,260 years of the Dark Ages, and b) the beginning of reckoning the closing events of the end times, both of remaining time prophecies included within the 2300 day prophecy ending in the autumn of 1844, and the unfulfilled prophecies following this order yet are no longer subject to specific time periods such as when the image of the beast will be formed, when the mark of the beast will be enforced, the close of probation, Christ’s second coming, etc.

 Some fueled by “zeal not based on knowledge” (Rom. 10: 20), persist in pushing their elaborate “new light” studies and charts that allegedly give the precise dates when unfulfilled prophecies will occur, deceiving themselves and misleading the credulous. We never seem to learn.

The end of prophetic time periods.  By specific prophecies contained in Revelation 10: 1-11, God revealed when, how, and in what dramatic events the longest time prophecy (Daniel 8: 14) ends, thus ending all time prophecies, given in prophetic language, such as a “mighty angel with his right foot on the sea and left foot on the earth,” “seven thunders,” the “little book” when “eaten,” results in a “bitter-to-the belly” yet “sweet-as-honey-to-the-mouth” experience.  “Angel” here, like the three angels of Revelation 14, etc., describes a movement based on specific messages, not individuals whether angelic or human. Now consider the following:

      

      “The message itself [of Rev. 10: 2] sheds light as to the time when this movement is to take place. It is declared to be a part of the ‘everlasting gospel;’ and it announces the opening of the judgment.  The message of salvation has been preached in all ages; but the message is part of the gospel which could be proclaimed only in the last days, for only then would it be true that the hour of judgment had comeThe prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. This is especially true of the book of Daniel[the ‘little book’ described in Rev. 10]. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the end.’ Not until we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ Dan. 12: 4.”- E. G. White,Great Controversy (1911), pp. 355, 356.

“And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth”. Revelation 10: 2.

The full and perfect provisions of the plan of redemption are such because it is the exclusive brainchild of the Godhead. Prepared before the foundation of the world, nothing of it was of human origin and yet because it was for fallen man’s redemption it includes human participation but only by those who willingly choose salvation from sin and its power through an intelligent understanding of the revealed “mystery of iniquity,” and in contrast the “mystery of godliness.” Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son man, is the promised Messiah and Savior described by the prophets to be meek, humble and pure while being just, righteous, and all-powerful King of kings and Lord of lords. Thus He was designated in universal animal symbols as “the Lamb of God” and “the Lion of tribe of Judah,” respectively.  With all due respect based on the “truth as it is in Jesus,” the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie of the Rastafarian religious movement, (claimed by his followers as the “Lion of Judah” as descending from Solomon and Queen Sheba), could not and did not “unseal’ the “little book” of Daniel, particularly those referring to time. Now consider the following based on Daniel 12 and Revelation 10:

       “It was the Lion of tribe of Judah who unsealed the book and gave to John the revelation of what should be in these last days. Daniel ‘stood in his lot’ to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end, when the first angel’s message would be proclaimed to our world. These matters are of infinite importance in these last days; but while ‘many shall be purified, and made white, and tried,’ ‘the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand’ [Dan. 12: 4.] How true this is! Sin is the transgression of the law of God [1 John 3: 4, K.J.V.]; and those who will not accept the light in regard to the law of God willnot understand the proclamation of the first, the second, and third angel’s messages. The book of Daniel is unsealed in the revelation given to John [in the Revelation], and carries us forward to the last scenes of this earth’s history.”  Ibid, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 115.

        “The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.” – Ibid, Selected Messages, vol. 2, pp 107, 108.

      “[Rev.10: 5, 6 quoted]. This message announces the end of the prophetic periodsThe disappointment [bitter-sweet experience] of those who expected to see our Lord in 1844 was indeed bitter to those who had so ardently looked for His appearing. It was in the Lord’s order that this disappointment should come, and that hearts should be revealed.”  “7 BC 971.

 

The seven thunders and the little book. “And he cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” Rev. 10: 3.

       “The special light given to John which was expressed in seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angel’s messages. It was not best for the people to know these things [before its appointed time], for their faith must be necessarily tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angels’ messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work. This is represented by the angel standing with one foot on the sea, proclaiming with a most solemn oath that time should be no longer.” Ibid, 7 BC p. 971.

How important then that we all go back and humbly review, with renewed zeal guided by the Holy Spirit the historic events that transpired under the proclamation of the first and second angels’ messages!  For those whose attention has never been called in the past to read and understand these prophecies, this will be a new and even strange thing. But now that you have been informed “there remaineth no more excuse.”

 

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me , Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the and the angel which Is saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven. Rev. 10: 4, 5.

      “After the seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders.’ These relate to future events  which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book [Daniel] was the message in relation to timeThe books of Daniel and Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation’ one a book sealed, the other a book opened. John heard the mysteries which the [seven] thunders uttered, but he was commanded not to write them.” – Ibid, MS 59, 1900

And sware by Him  that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things that therein are, that the there should be time no longer. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven.” Rev. 10: 6.

 That there be time no longer. “This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message based on definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844 [October 14].” – Ibid,  7 BC 971.

   “Christ gave to His disciples truths whose breadth and depth and value they little appreciated, or even comprehended, and the same condition exists among the people of God today. We too have failed to take in the greatnessto perceive the beauty of the truth which God has entrusted to us today. Should we advance in spiritual knowledge, we would see the truth developing and expanding in lines of which we have little dreamed, but it will never develop in any line that will lead us to imagine that we may know the times and the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power. Again and again I have been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ.” – Ibid, 1 Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 188.

Among many others, this is one definite point of failure of those who claim to be God’s people of these last days who make up the remnant church of prophecy. I believe I am one. However, as the Jewish nation was in the time of Christ whom He sadly declared, “ye know not your time of visitation”(Luke 19: 44) and His own first disciples to whom He said, “I have still yet many things to say to you, but you can bear them now” (John 14: 12, N.K.J.V), we have likewise “failed to take in the greatness, to perceive the beauty of the “present truth” which God has entrusted to us today!  But while many of us appear appalled at their hard heartedness and unbelief, our situation is actually worse than theirs because our opportunities to know these truths that were sealed to them, has been unsealed to us since the time of the end! However, when Jesus told His disciples what we cited above (John 14: 12) He added: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16: 13, N.K.J.V.  Have you received the Spirit of truth? Do you want the Holy Spirit and His power?

     “The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel which related to the last days [not the whole book Daniel]. The Scripture says, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ (Dan. 12: 4. When the book was opened, the proclamation, ‘time shall be no longer.’ (See Revelation 10.6.) The book of Daniel is now unsealed, and the revelation made by Christ to John is come to all inhabitants of the earth [not just to Adventists]  By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days.”- Ibid, Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p.  105.

 Beginning and End of the Dark Ages   

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA

Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN

 Beginning and End of the Dark Ages   

The end of “a time, and times, and half a time” is the the time of the end” of Daniel 12:9.

From Facts of Faith by Christian Edwardson, pp. 52-60, Southern Publishing Association, Nashville 8 TN, 1943:

      “The little horn of Daniel 7: 8, 25, was to reign for ‘a time and times and the dividing of time.’ This same ‘time, and times, and half a time’ is also mentioned in Revelation 12: 14, Read more