The phrase is used twice in the book of Revelation. The first is with reference to the endurance of persecution by God’s people during the centuries of papal supremacy, culminating in the decapitation and eclipse of this apostate power at the close of 1,260 years (Rev. 13:5).
The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates as a representative democracy. The Church’s final authority is the assembly of duly-elected delegates from all parts of the world field in its General Conference Session.
It is a well-known story from the Old Testament. King Saul was commanded by the prophet Samuel to gather an army and destroy the Amalekites, whose cup of iniquity had reached its limit (I Sam. 15:2). This was not to be an ordinary war of plunder and conquest, by a divine punishment on account of sin. No spoil of any kind was to be taken. Nothing was to be spared, not even the animals.
Pastor Larry Kirkpatrick will be tweeting live updates from Fall Annual Council of 2017. You can follow his feed here.
On the weekend of September 22-24, hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist adults and young adults converged on the Little York Spanish SDA Church in Houston, Texas. Initially it was planned as a Master Guide camping, but was transformed into a relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Texas Conference Youth Director Paulo Tenorio led the effort.
Andrews University is excited to announce and congratulate our colleague, Tiffany Summerscales, professor of physics, for her part in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory(LIGO) Scientific Collaboration recognized today with a Nobel Prize in Physics for its discoveries of gravitational waves.
As the Annual Council of 2017 approaches, and the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church confront challenges to both Biblical and structural integrity, more than one story from sacred history offers guidance and encouragement. The story of Nehemiah's reformation in post-exilic Judah is one such example.
Adventist young adults are calling for greater church unity during this time. As our world hurls even faster toward the finish line, more and more distractions are thrown our way. Young people are recognizing the importance of unity. In truth, they merely want to reemphasize the counsel of inspiration:
The World Church Affirmation Sabbath Committee is now holding their Third Quarter session to discuss issues affecting church unity in light of ongoing controversial issues. The session will be livestreamed, and links will be provided below.
Currently our church leaders are in the process of seeking to bring about reconciliation between certain church entities and voted church policy. This is a work we all ought to assist through our prayers and vocal support.
As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, the spotlight of interest in Bible-believing circles is focusing on the principal teachings of the Reformers, particularly regarding Biblical authority and the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith.
There are two sides of the Christian’s fate with regards to persecution (i.e. tribulation or trial). Anyone who endeavors to be true to principle will surely face one of these. The Bible has already admonished us to be faithful till death, and that we should not count it strange when we suffer as if some strange thing happened to us, but should rejoice because great is our reward in heaven.