Jesus and Daniel 8:14

Jesus and Daniel 8:14

The church should be vitally interested in the cleansing of the sanctuary for Jesus’ sake . In the ancient ritual, the high priest symbolically bore the sins of the people . (Ex. 28 :38 ; Lev . 10 :17.) When the people sinned, the sanctuary was defiled (Lev. 20 :3; Ezek. 5 :11), and the high priest bore the iniquity of the sanctuary. (Num . 18 :1.) When the people repented and transferred their sins into the sanctuary through the blood of the sin offering, they transferred the burden of guilt to the high priest. (Questions on Doctrine, p. 678.) Not until the sanctuary was cleansed was he freed from his sin-bearing capacity .

It is essential to consider the reality of the ancient ceremony . Jesus, the High Priest of the church, has made Himself one with His people . He is their Head ; they are His body . Just as men feel the pain when their bodies are injured, just as they suffer when their bodies suffer, so Jesus feels all the sin and bears all the imperfections of His people. When Satan bruises one of God’s children and defiles a member of His body with sin, Jesus is verily crucified afresh . (Desire of Ages, page 300 .) When a repentant sinner comes to Christ, th e sin is not blotted out, but is transferred to Christ . (Great Controversy, page 421 .) The Saviour must even purify the prayers, praise, and good works of His children from all defilement. (1 Selected Messages, page 344.)

Calvary, with its burden of sin and pain, ha s a much wider dimension than usually supposed . Christ is presented to the church as a torn an d mangled Lamb in the sanctuary above . (Early Writings, page 79 ; Rev. 5 :6.)

“Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity . The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God . Every departure from right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him . When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,—subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death,—it is said that ‘His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel .’ ‘In all their affliction He was afflicted . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old .’ Judges 10 :16; Isaiah 63 :9.” —Education, page 263.

What, then, does the cleansing of the sanctuary mean to Jesus? What does the blotting out of sins mean to Him?

“Thou hast made Me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied Me with thine iniquities . I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Hine own sake, and will not remember thy sins .”—Is . 43 :24, 25.

For six thousand years Jesus has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Even yet He is “wounded for our transgressions” and “bruise d for our iniquities .” Not alone by looking back is Calvary beheld . The sanctuary above reflects the full dimension of Jesus’sin-bearing love . (Great Controversy, page 489 .) And He will suffer the pain and agony of the cross until His sanctuary is cleansed .

Thus Daniel 8 :14 is an announcement that the time has come to release Jesus from the pain and agony of Calvary . But the church’s sympathy and cooperation are necessary if this is to be effected . Are the people of God interested?

“And they crucified him . . . . And sitting down they watched Him there .”—Matt . 27 :35, 36 .

“And I looked for some to take pity, but there was none ; and for comforters, but I found none .”—Ps. 69:20.

Taken from, ‘The Sanctuary Restored’, page 83, Peter C. Jarnes.

Progress on Closure for Jesus Farm

Progress on Closure for Jesus Farm

It is SO exciting to see things moving forward in the preparation of our property for the ministry.  Kalon and I have been super busy, and God has shown Himself strong and trustworthy in so many ways.  We are so thankful for the faith walk He is allowing us to experience right now.

September 28, 2012
September 28, 2012

When Kalon and I married, we had all pastors in elders present come forward and pray with us as we surrendered our lives to His service.  We now wish to renew this commitment.  We will have a little service on Sunday, August 28 to dedicate this property and re-dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s work.

We have been able to purchase a farm in Liberty, KY, and have divided it with friends who plan to join us in ministry.  Dave and Debbie Brummel will head up the agricultural/market gardening part of our work.  Dave plans to take interns, and we will use his work to help teach the gardening components of our meetings.

Don Miller, ND, currently abroad teaching health and nutrition, has also purchased part of the farm and plans to retire here and continue his labors for the Lord in teaching here with us.  Prayerfully there is a dear couple from Michigan who wish to join us as well, but I will wait on that for now.  Needless to say, we are very excited about the work God is bringing together and look forward to getting started.

Below is a little video of the beginning stages of the building preparation.  The ministry building will be on our part of the farm, and is where the dedication service will be held this weekend.  We wish you could join us!!  10AM Eastern.  Contact us if you’d like to come.

My Silent, Noisy World–Danna Gesellchen

My Silent, Noisy World–Danna Gesellchen

While still in my early 20’s, a friend of mine looked at me one day and said, “You really need to get your hearing tested!!” I had known for years that hearing came hard for me, and hearing loss runs in my family. But this statement really hit me with the reality of how obvious my handicap really was to others.

I called and made an appointment for a test and looked at the graph in dismay. I had no idea what it meant, and the tech didn’t explain anything to me either. All I had was a test result with a graph on it and a tech who said I have hearing loss. So for the next 20 years or so I continued my silent, noisy life, having no idea I actually had developed quite the skill of lip-reading.

Later, while in my early 40’s, I had another hearing test done. After my test, which took quite a long time, the tech looked at me in dismay and exclaimed (as though he’d discovered gold or something), “You have a reverse slope!!!” I had no idea what that meant, but as he explained it, I burst into tears!! I wasn’t crazy after all! There really WAS a reason for my silent, noisy world! I discovered that my low-frequency hearing, which is where most voice tones are, was right at the border of being categorized as “severely hearing impaired”, while my high-frequency hearing capability was way above normal.

I was born with something called “Reverse Slope Hearing Loss” (RSHL). Most people have never heard of it, and many hearing instrument specialists don’t know how to deal with it. Typical hearing loss that comes with aging or noise exposure causes loss of the ability to hear high frequency tones, while retaining more of the ability to hear the low tones. But RSHL is just the opposite. The high frequency tones are clearly heard, while the low tones are nearly inaudible to some of us.

So what does this mean? Well, practically speaking, in terms of every day life stuff, it means that soft spoken people are nearly impossible for me to hear, while I am the first one to know when hummingbirds arrive in the spring because their “chirp” is so high pitched. It means when people whistle or clap their hands suddenly, it is painful, though I may have no idea what they just said to me. It means I’ve gone through life having people think I’m lying about my hearing loss because the cricket in the corner of the room is driving me nuts, while others don’t even know he’s there! Indeed, some people with RSHL have such intense high frequency hearing that they reportedly can hear dog whistles. Bizarre!!   It means I cannot tell when I go off key, though I love to sing!

Being hearing impaired is a very lonely world as well. Just recently my husband and I bought some land on which to more permanently establish our ministry. As we’ve dealt with different servicemen for the well, excavation, building, etc., I’ve been locked in a veritable auditory solitary confinement. My husband, a soft-spoken man, while standing right next to me as he talks to a man not more than 4 feet away from me, carries on a practically private conversation. It is frustrating to keep butting in with, “What’d you say?”, and my husband gets tired of me asking him to interpret for him–”What’d he say, honey?” is often met with , “Just wait.” Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! . So I just wait to ask him later what “we” just decided with the workman. Adding to my frustration is that my husband is typically a man of few words and often just says, “Well, he’s going to dig the well over there.” I know that a 20 minute conversation revealed more than that, but I just have to be content with what I can get because I don’t want to frustrate others by begging for information.

Hearing aids? I have them. I wear them in the “perfect” environment. The one where there’s no background noise and everyone’s sitting still. Like in church or meetings, so I can hear what comments those in the congregation or audience make. Other than that the aids only frustrate me with the whistling, tinny sounds they bring to my brain–amplifying every little noise painfully.

So what am I learning from all of this? Well, that’s a good question. For one, patience. The frustration with being a communicator and public speaker who hears so poorly is sometimes off the charts. I have to pray. A lot! So in that regard, since I know that the Lord weighs everything in His merciful hand, I pray for grace to accept my handicap.

Another thing I’m learning is humility. It’s so embarrassing to look into the face of a friend or stranger and say for the second or third time, “I have no idea what you just said. Can you repeat it for me please.” It sort of makes me feel stupid, like I “just don’t get it.” But I’m not stupid because I can’t hear people. And so, this RSHL can be a blessing to me in my character development.

Sometimes being hearing impaired is a blessing when there are things being said that I’d rather not hear. It is a blessing because I can have a heart to understand and be sympathetic to others who have disabilities. It is a blessing because I know that I am limited and I need help–it keeps me praying; it keeps me connected with those who are willing to be my ears. Being hearing impaired has made my eyes keener to discern facial expressions. It has made my heart softer to the “aura” around others.

And when the earth is made new, I will hear an owl for the first time. I will hear the Mourning Dove that my husband so enjoys. I will be able to hear the Bass Fiddle in heaven’s band! But most of all I want to hear the voice of Jesus. He will say to these ears, “Be opened!” Tears well in my eyes as I long for that day when I am freed from my silent, noisy world.  Until then, my heart can still sing on key!

Take My Hand, Lord…

Take My Hand, Lord…

HANDS

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

Years ago when my oldest niece was about 4-5 and my second oldest was maybe 3, I was babysitting them for my sister one day and took them out for a walk. My sister lives in the country, and the girls wanted to take their little wagon with us. As we were coming back home up the country road, there were big pot holes full of water from a recent rain. I reached for my oldest niece’s hand to help her navigate the potholes, and my youngest had her hands full trying to pull the wagon. The younger one looked up and said, “Help me, Aunt Danna”, as she struggled with the wagon. The older one said, “I can do it myself!”, and she pulled her hand out of mine and walked on ahead of us. In short order my little independent one took a nasty tumble into one of the potholes, quickly looking back to see if her mishap was noticed.
As I evaluated the situation, looking ahead to what had just taken place, then at my side to see the little one patiently pulling the wagon, content with my hand beside hers, I thought of my walk with God. How often do I pull my hand from His in self-confidence? And how does His heart of love long to help me avoid the consequences? How many nasty falls would He have helped me to avoid in my life? All of them!!
It is my prayer for myself and for my friends and family that we will learn to allow the Lord to fulfill the beautiful promise above from Isaiah 41: 13. God bless you!

A Simple Life…Mowing with Titus

A Simple Life…Mowing with Titus

Part of our ministry includes helping God’s people learn to live in the country.  Many long to move to the country, and believe the Lord is calling them to do so.  But for many, fear is a huge barrier.  They just don’t know how or what to do.  We are establishing our ministry here in Central Kentucky in order to provide a place where God’s people can come to learn physically, mentally and spiritually how to prepare for the final scenes in this earth’s history.  We want to cooperate with Jesus to help bring this scene of sin and misery in this world to an end.  Want to learn more?  Watch Titus mow, then check our youtube channel for more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC70hCQOU7UV5Gop-jCWTBPw

Counting our BLESSINGS!

Counting our BLESSINGS!

God has been so very good to us as we prepare to establish our ministry at our new home base here in Liberty, Kentucky.  Listen to the video below to see what He has been up to!  We know He will help us with the rest of the needs for our establishing our work here!  If you’d like to be a part of helping, please contact us.