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When we come back to Revelation, we find in 14:1-5 that the 144,000 are sinless and without lies and that they stand with God on Mount Zion singing! Quite obviously, the 144,000 are the end-time "remnant" foretold by the Old Testament prophets.

These 144,000, who are victorious over the beast (Revelation 15:2-5), are the same as the "saints" in 14:12 who instead of worshiping the beast keep God's commandments; and these "saints" are the same as the people who keep God's commandments in 12:17. God Cares, Vol. 2, p. 407.

Daniel 7:13, 14 shows that at the close of the pre-advent phase of the final judgment, which began in 1844 and ends just before the second coming, Jesus, the Son of man, was to receive "dominion and glory and kingdom" from God the Father, the Ancient of Days. Christ's kingdom on this earth becomes truly His when, as a result of the judgment and of the preaching of the three angels' messages, His church comes to be composed entirely of individuals fully committed to His service. (In the final analysis, a kingdom belongs to a king only to the extent that its people choose to obey him.)

Immediately upon receiving His kingdom in its fullness, Jesus rushes off jumps on His "white horse" and gallops away to rescue from the earth His loyal but harassed citizens and share His kingship with them.

To put the matter another way, during the pre-advent phase of the judgment, Christ's church becomes "bright and pure" (Revelation 19:8), "without spot or wrinkle or any such thing" (see Ephesians 5:26, 27). By clothing herself in "fine linen" (the "righteous deeds of the saints"), she thus makes herself "ready." Revelation 19:7, 8. At once Jesus marries His church, symbolized as New Jerusalem. Immediately after the wedding (see Luke 12:35-37) He returns to His waiting servants on earth to invite them to attend the "marriage supper of the Lamb." Revelation 19:9 . . . . God Cares, Vol. 2, p. 489.

The investigative judgment takes place in heaven before Christ comes, in order to ascertain who are worthy to be raised in the first resurrection, at His coming, and who among the living are to be changed in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trump. It is necessary for this to take place before the Second Advent, as there will be no time for such a work between the coming of Christ and the raising of the righteous dead. Bible Readings for the Home, pp. 211, 212 (1949 ed.).

NOTE. The beast "which had the wound by a sword, and did live," is the Papacy. That was a church dominating the civil power, a union of church and state, enforcing its religious dogmas by the civil power, by confiscation, imprisonment, and death. An image to this beast would be another ecclesiastical organization clothed with civil power another union of church and state to enforce religion by law. Ibid, p. 236.


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Why a Petition?


WHY A PETITION?
It is imperative that we help our brethren in Hawaii if we can possibly do so. Not because we either agree or disagree with their position, but because a 'precedent in court' is being established where a large denomination may take a small group to court for being too close to the foundation beliefs of the larger denomination, and yet be separate from them. Thus no one knows how far this can take the entire religious world, restricting religious freedom.

Make additional copies of the petition, if you wish, and send them to whomsoever will get them filled out for you. Send me the originals and send a copy to Neal Wilson, 6840 Eastern Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C. 20012. We wish the originals so they can be used by Max Corbett as he defends the Hawaii people.

This is a matter of grave importance to all of us. It is a similar matter to that resulting from action taken by the Roman Catholic Church in 313 A.D. In that year the Edict of Milan was issued by Constantine. As a result of the issuing of the edict, any persons not members of the Roman Catholic Church were declared to be heretics. Thus, they were liable to have their property confiscated.

Thus there is a great need for a sufficient number of Seventh-day Adventists to ask their Conference officials to take a good look at the path upon which we have strayed.

It is desired that these petitions be secured so that they can be presented as a package to the court by the attorney for the defense; thus I will be the one holding them in readiness for that time. It is necessary that this be done before November 1, 1988, so please help us. Catherine Curtis, P.O. Box 138, Bangor, Ca. 95914

PETITION

The undersigned, each being a constituent member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, hereby petition the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists that a general assembly of the Seventh-day Adventist Church be promptly called to meet in special session to consider the grievance hereafter specified, and after due deliberation, take whatever steps, procedures and actions are necessary to correct all matters requiring correction, including removal from office of any party or parties deemed appropriate or necessary, by impeachment or otherwise, instituting or amending bylaws or procedures to prevent reoccurrence of member actions taken, including changes in organizational structure of the church, and taking whatever steps and means are necessary or appropriate to quickly finish the gospel proclamation mission of the church.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, acting by and through the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists has trademarked the name of "Seventh-day Adventist." Suit has been instituted against various churches utilizing this name who are not part of the duly organized Seventh-day Adventist Church for trademark violations. In one instance lawsuit has been brought against a small church of twelve members, the Seventh-day Adventist Congregational Church of Hawaii. Fines of $500 per day were accessed against this church and its pastor, individually and collectively, for trademark violation and a warrant was issued for arrest of its pastor, John R. Marik. We firmly believe that this is clearly contrary to the Biblical injunctions: "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?" (1 Corinthians 6:1)

The Spirit of Prophecy emphatically cautions against such a course of action: 1T 201, 5T 242-3, Acts of Apostles 304-306.

The trademarking of the name "Seventh-day Adventist", the institution of suits for violation of such trademark, and the continuance of such lawsuits constitutes our grievance. Immediate redress is sought.

Under these circumstances, it is duly recognized that an emergency exists for it is evident that appeals through normal channels will avail nothing, and that a call has gone forth: "Who is on the Lord's side?" (Exodus 32:26)

Firmly believing in the council, "If God abhors one sin above another, of which his people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency." We do hereby affix our signature, calling upon the Lord to duly witness thereto:

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From: Judgment Hour Call,
Vol. 1, Number 1, September 15, 1988, Editor: G. Harvey Rue.


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