“The Past with A Future—Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God”

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“The Past with A Future---Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God”

Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

What an enormous privilege to be in Battle Creek, Michigan, as we focus on “The Past with A Future—–Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God.”  The Lord has been leading His people and is about to accomplish His final work through them to proclaim the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and the fourth angel of Revelation 18 calling people to come out of confusion and into full Bible truth.  The three angels’ messages have at their core the righteousness of Jesus Christ and turning people back to the true worship of God in preparation for Christ’s soon coming. 

As we meet in Battle Creek, many are paying tribute to our pioneers today by wearing 19thcentury-looking clothing— ladies in long dresses and shawls and men in old-fashioned ties and interesting beards. We do this not as an attempt to turn the clock back more than a century, but rather to remember how God led this movement in the past, and to gain confidence that He will continue to do so now and in the future. We are reminded of a powerful promise, found in the book, Life Sketches, page 196, written by Ellen White as she remembered how God led in the early days of this movement. She wrote:  “In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, ‘Praise God!  As I see what the Lord has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader.  We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”

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