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Laying Up Treasure in Heaven

"show me what you spend your money on, and I will show you where your heart is, because wherever you put your money, your heart is sure to follow, if it's not there already."

Noah, how did he lay up treasure in heaven?

Noah did not follow the science.
In fact, science predicted a flood could never happen and Noah was just an old deluded man.

Noah gave up everything, his money, his reputation, the respect from others, all in order to build a huge boat on dry ground, preparing for a flood, which science of that time, said couldn't happen.
Noah believed God, in spite of of all the opposing opinions, in spite of suffering ridicule and in spite of all scientific evidence against his project; he believed and put everything into it and moved forward.

The important thing is that, like Noah, we do what God asks of us, even if, as with Noah, it means some radical life changes in how we would like things to happen down here. The big question-- is our greatest aim to make everything, as cushy and fancy here, as possible, or are we preparing for eternal life with Christ.
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Bible Evidence
Yesterday at 08:01 PM
Now this gets interesting as Ellen White calls theistic evolutionism "The worst kind of infidelity" because it is "disguised infidelity".....

"I was then carried back to the creation and was shown that the first week, in which God performed the work of creation in six days and rested on the seventh day, was just like every other week. The great God in his days of creation and day of rest, measured off the first cycle as a sample for successive weeks till the close of time. ?These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.? God gives us the productions of his work at the close of each literal day. Each day was accounted of him a generation, because every day he generated or produced some new portion of his work. On the seventh day of the first week God rested from his work, and then blessed the day of his rest, and set it apart for the use of man. The weekly cycle of seven literal days, six for labor, and the seventh for rest, which has been preserved and brought down through Bible history, originated in the great facts of the first seven days...

But the infidel supposition, that the events of the first week required seven vast, indefinite periods for their accomplishment, strikes directly at the foundation of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. It makes indefinite and obscure that which God has made very plain. It is the worst kind of infidelity; for with many who profess to believe the record of creation, it is infidelity in disguise. It charges God with commanding men to observe the week of seven literal days in commemoration of seven indefinite periods, which is unlike his dealings with mortals, and is an impeachment of his wisdom.

Infidel geologists claim that the world is very much older than the Bible record makes it. They reject the Bible record, because of those things which are to them evidences from the earth itself, that the world has existed tens of thousands of years. And many who profess to believe the Bible record are at a loss to account for wonderful things which are found in the earth, with the view that creation week was only seven literal days, and that the world is now only about six thousand years old. These, to free themselves of difficulties thrown in their way by infidel geologists, adopt the view that the six days of creation were six vast, indefinite periods, and the day of God's rest was another indefinite period; making senseless the fourth commandment of God's holy law. Some eagerly receive this position, for it destroys the force of the fourth commandment, and they feel a freedom from its claims upon them. They have limited ideas of the size of men, animals and trees before the flood, and of the great changes which then took place in the earth."... https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/106.357#358
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Yesterday at 05:07 AM
Rereading Rick's OP post On Joel 2:23-32

Here's how I understand that passage.

I see the verses 23-27 as being literal promises of literal rain in the spring and fall, which farmers depended on to grow bountiful crops. Their return to God would end the drought and insect damage, and God would enable them to fill their barns with wheat and other produce.

Secondly, in Joel 2:28-32, the literal spring and fall rains are an example of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. That includes the two rains, the early rain and the latter rain.

In Acts 2 Peter claims the promise in Joel 2.
The Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit is considered the "spring" or early rain.
The outpouring that caused the church to take root and grow.

But that's just the early rain, Joel's predictions includes things that did not happen at Penticost.

The latter rain will come to empower God's people to give the last "loud cry" and prepare them to stand in the time of trouble (which is touched on in Joel 2)

So it's not actually a dual fulfillment.
There was the early "rain" at Pentecost
The latter rain comes shortly before the final events wrap up.
Two different parts of the same prophecy.

Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands at seedtime and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual grace in extraordinary measure upon God's church. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. . . . But near the close of earth's harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain. {FLB 333.2}
The latter rain, ripening earth's harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man.

There is however, another personal application: each person needs the "early rain" in their experience, to prepare them to receive the latter rain'

But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. . . . {FLB 333.3}

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02/02/23 09:06 PM
I see, EGW's comments are not to be considered.
So if a person can come up with an interpretation that causes people to reject her writings, is that a good thing, even when an interpretation that fully supports her writings can be plainly shown?

Revelation gives the story of history in cyclic revelations.
So we see in chapters 1-12 the prophecies keep going over the same history from start to finish several times each time showing a different aspect of what's going on during this time.
Chapter 12 takes us even further back to the spiritual powers at the root of the conflict, and then announces the last war at the time of the end.
Chapters 13 to 19 describe the last war. The end time events
Chapters 20 -22 tell us what happens after Christ's second coming

Thus Revelation 8:2-5 Tells us what Christ is DOING in heaven during the same time period when the trumpets sound on earth.

First Christ is ministering in the holy place at the altar of incense
He will take the coals of the altar, put them in the golden censer to continue His work in the Most Holy.
---- that act was always done on the day atonement.
When He comes out, yes, He will cast down the censer showing it is done.
THEN the thunders and voices, lightning and earthquake, etc.

See it outlined in the chart below.
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Natural Health
01/31/23 10:11 PM
Last year in June, MIT scientist, Dr. Stephanie Seneff warned that by 2025, half of all U.S. children would be autistic.
There are some others that have been warning and suggesting the causes of this increase.
Seneff points to things as herbicides (Roundup) as well as vac@ines as the cause

And if we look at the dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism, it?s difficult not to think about these things, even if the main line media boo hoos investigation and calls all suggested reasons as "myth" and removes the credentials of doctors who sound a warning.

Even in my own range of acquaintances I'm shocked at the high ratio of boys (and it seems the boys are hit the most, at least around here) who have some level of autism.

Autism apocalypse

What would our world be like if this prediction came true?
The ones I know with autism, though they have a certain level of functioning normally with abilities, still they have pretty big problems carrying out a normal, competent, self reliant, adult life.

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Endtime Events
01/30/23 09:44 PM
In spite of the papacy's blasphemous declarations of infallibility it was clearly confirmed that the LEGAL control of the papacy over the people was gone-- it had ended in 1798

But in verse 40 things have changed. The papacy finds new military support, especially from the most powerful nation on earth.
They will seek to control, and move into what will look like defensive action at first, but will progress into aggressive action that finally resorts to massive violence.
But they will NOT win!

Jesus, Michael the leader of the whole heavenly hosts will stand up and deliver His people.
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