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Seventh-day Adventist's Prophetic Mission And Message
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There have been many misconceptions with regards to the Seventh-day Adventist movement. However, we can see throughout every generation that God's work and purposes have always been misrepresented by the culture of its time. And today there is no exception. God work's has always been and will always be misrepresented by the popular voice of the majority.
But the fact that Seventh-day Adventists have been mischaracterized doesn't take away from the truth that it is a movement born for the fulfillment of a special work - to fulfill God's prophetic mission. Every time the world has met a crisis, albeit the destruction of the world through a flood, the coming plagues of Egypt, the announcement of the destruction of Solomon's Temple, or the proclamation of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, God has always looked for someone to take up the solemn responsibility to represent Him and to complete the special task appointed to its time.
It is no different today. The prophecies of Isaiah, Malachi, Daniel, and Revelation all point to a final work of preparation that must be accomplished in this world before Jesus returns the second time. This work was the same work given to the children of Israel in their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. And before God brought His people into Canaan, they needed to be restored and fitted spiritually. This work parallels the work of the Seventh-day Adventist people.
From Egypt the children of Israel journeyed to Sinai to receive God's written word and laws. They where given the sanctuary and its priestly services. These gifts where designed to typify the work of restoration and purification so that Israel would be established in Canaan as His holy nation. They were to represent God and His character to the entire world. The law and the sanctuary typified the work which Christ would perform in behalf of His people. His perfect life of obedience, His life as a sacrifice, and His work of atonement is offered to each of us as a free gift that can only be received through faith.
Anciently, God had a perfect plan to lead His people directly to Canaan. Today the same God has a message to prepare people for the heavenly Canaan. Tragically, there are so many conflicting voices in the world with so much confusion, unbelief, and presumption. Yet, God is proclaiming a very clear voice that the end of all things is at hand. And there is a work of preparation that very few sincere people realize. Seventh-day Adventism fulfills this unique role because they are a "restoration" movement. Their beliefs are not new; but rather, they are as old as the truth of God.
The fundamental principles of the Seventh-day Adventist faith can be summarized by the following points:
Second Coming of Christ
The Seventh-day Sabbath
The Immutable 10 Commandments
The Sanctuary Message
Christ Our Righteousness
The Non-immortality of the Soul
The Three Angels' Messages
Seventh-day Adventists believe that the origin of these fundamental doctrines can be found in the word of God - the Holy Bible. They also believe that many traditions and man-made doctrines have been creeping into the teaching of the church that do not originate from God's word. And just as ancient Israel was seduced by the culture of it's time by the pagan nations that surrounded her - so much so that Israel began to worship false gods and idols - so Seventh-day Adventists believe that general church doctrine today has been compromised throughout history and that the present condition is no better than the ancient alters the were erected by Israel to the sun god Baal.
Seventh-day Adventists believe in religious liberty and in the freedom of expression. They also defend the right of all people to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience. But freedom of religious also means that one has a right to share one's faith in the public forum. Seventh-day Adventists welcome dialog and open discussions for all people of all faiths. And they respect the opinions and religions of others, even if they don't necessarily agree with them.
We welcome each of you to acquaint yourselves with Seventh-day Adventism. It is quite possible that many of the misconceptions will be cleared away after making an open assessment of the Seventh-day Adventists faith.
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