Friday, October 11, 2013


Submitted by: Richard Rhuling

Dear Fellow Believer,
Paul said God winks in times of ignorance, but commands repentance in a time of
judgment when (apparently) we are to have a better understanding, Acts 17:30,31
This includes Adventism's choice to ignore some things re the sanctuary--our contribution
to theology. Ellen White clued us in GC 399.9--"the types which relate to the 2nd advent
must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service" but we still don't get it 
Her comment suggests that our names will come up for judgment on a Day of Atonement as 
suggested by the symbolic service when all Israel was to fast and pray or be "cut off." Lev 23:29.
The SS lesson dealing with the sanctuary says NOTHING about the Day of Atonement (Oct 16)
this coming week. She said the year begins "with the first new moon after the vernal equinox" 4 SOP 497.
This means the Easter & Passover celebrated by Jews and Catholics this year was disqualified because
the new moon came before the equinox when they celebrated Easter (  full moon) 2 weeks later, March 31.
Paul said, Don't let anyone judge you for keeping the holy days--they are a shadow of things to come,
Col 2:17 implies a FUTURE (antitypical) application.
The new moon was in the sky when the US Senate approved $760 billion in bailout and the stock 
market crashed for 10 days in 2008, with perfect timing for a fiscal day of atonement. In Bible times,
they blew the trumpet for 10 days as a summons to prepare and be right with God. Currently
we see the markets down and problems swarming around an impending Day of Atonement. 
Paul kept those feast days as seen in Acts 20:6,16; 27:9 and he said "Follow me as I follow Christ" 
1 Cor 11:1. We have been misled by POOR translation by men who came out of Catholicism and thought 
the festivals were abolished but they designed to teach truths in the plan of salvation. Here are examples: 
Translators added the italicized "is" in Col 2:17 and it makes the text sound like forget the holy days
(shadows), the body (substance) is Christ. Eliminate the added "is" and Paul was saying, Don't let anyone 
judge your keeping those feast days,but the body of Christ (the local church) can decide how to observe them.
A second example is Gal 4:10. where the word for "observe" means to the minutest detail. The Galatians 
were hair-splitters and doing it to earn their salvation and had lost the spirit like he said in 1 Cor 5:8-- 
"let us keep the feast (Passover) with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
"Not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law [torah--5 books]  till all be fulfilled." Matt 5:18. Christ fulfilled 
the animal sacrifices that were done on the 7th day Sabbath as well as on the annual Sabbaths. We got 
rid of the sacrifices but we only keep the weekly Sabbath--why not the annual Sabbaths? The word "Sabbath" 
applies to both. Christ is the Word and "Christ is not divided" so we should not keep some and toss others.
The little horn boasts that they got rid of the Jewish festivals. Shouldn't we seek to "restore all things"
as Christ foretold of Elijah in Matt 17:11? Elijah comes in the context of "Remember the law of Moses
with the statutes and judgments." Malachi 4:4,5. We can have a part in that.
There's a huge reason we should consider, but this is enough for now. Having written to men at the GC and 
on TV and being accustomed to silence, I'm not expecting an answer to the above, but I promise to include any
reply with any substantive rebuttal against the feast days a week from now.
May God bless and guide your study of His Word,
Richard Ruhling
PS: Adventists pride themselves that the Sabbath is a sign of God's people, but we fail to see the larger picture. 
Seven times there is an emphasis of statutes, judgments, Sabbaths in Ezekiel 20:11-24 and Sabbaths has an "s." 
Why not fast and pray on the Day of Atonement, October 16? It's the 10th day, counting from the new moon Oct 7.

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