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Your Biggest Problem Between Now and the Second Coming

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Voice of Prophecy director challenges ASi congregation to let God be in control


Voice of Prophecy ministry speaker/director Shawn Boonstra made an impassioned plea to let God be on His throne and take control of our individual lives, in his worship service message at the 2017 Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASi) Convention in Houston, Texas, United States, on August 5.


Based on the Apostle Paul’s mention of the “man of sin” and the “son of perdition” (2 Tess. 2:3), Boonstra warned against a tendency to read that passage with “an external set of eyes.” “We know who the man of sin is, don’t we?” he said, in a nod to a prophetic interpretation that anticipates a time when a corrupt system of worship will be enforced.


But it is time for this to change, said Boonstra.


“Your biggest problem between now and the second coming of Jesus is not the little horn power,” he said, in another reference to a prophecy pointing out to an absolutist political-religious power that opposes God. “The biggest problem you face is not the decline of Western civilization, nor another ruling by the Supreme Court, nor the last executive order by the President, nor your wife, your kids—nor even your mother in law,” he quipped.


Drawing on the Bible story of the moment Israelite leaders approached the prophet Samuel to ask for a king “like all the nations” (1 Sam. 8), Boonstra reminded how throughout history humanity has tried time after time to take God off His throne. Man sought to replace Him with human-made substitutes, he explained, before concluding, “The biggest problem you face between now and the second coming of Jesus is you—your tendency to take control.”


When darkness falls upon the earth, if God is not God in your life, you will stumble


Boonstra said that if we don’t get that impulse under control and let God reign in our lives, we are in trouble. “When darkness falls upon the earth, if God is not God in your life, you will stumble,” he warned.


A Lesson from History


Starting with Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, Boonstra reminded his audience at the George R. Brown Convention Center what happened when a king was introduced in the church. “The inside asked the outside to come,” he said, “which ultimately resulted in a thousand years of darkness.”


Reformation, said Boonstra, was an attempt to go back to the Bible, to undo the power of the king in the church. “People began to flee….and to dream, and to pray of a place with no king,” he said.


It is not a coincidence, said Boonstra, that the US Constitution describes a government without a king. “The founding fathers knew exactly what they were building, and they didn’t need a king because they already had the King of kings,” he said.


Boonstra, however, believes the US Constitution is currently under attack, something that according to him, it’s just a warm-up of worse things to come.


“We are running out of answers,” he said. “And it doesn’t matter who won the [2016] election [in the US] because no human being has the answers we are looking for.”


No Time for Distractions


It is against this backdrop that Boonstra said to be concerned about all the things that distract God’s church. “Our whole focus should be listening to God, who is telling us, ‘All I ask you is to get my children and bring them home.’” Quoting a statement by church cofounder Ellen G. White, he said that “it is no time now to allow our minds to be engrossed with things of minor importance,”* and insisted, “We do not have time to get distracted.”


Boonstra’s message ended up on a hopeful note, emphasizing that as Revelation 3:20 points out, God wants to “dine” with each one of us if we just open our “door” and let Him in.


“The throne is His, so let Him have it,” he said. “When you do, He will share His throne with you.”


*Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 452.


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