Living in the End-time | Adventist World (2023)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14, KJV).

This scripture teaches a very different lesson from that which is presented in the words of many who profess to believe the gospel. We are exhorted to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, and to look for the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Some have made an objection to my work, because I teach that it is our duty to be looking for Christ’s personal appearing in the clouds of heaven. They have said, “You would think that the day of the Lord was right upon us to hear Mrs. White speak in reference to the coming of Christ; and she has been preaching on that same subject for the last forty years, and the Lord has not yet come.”

This very objection might have been brought against the words of Christ Himself. He said by the mouth of the beloved disciple, “Behold, I come quickly,” and John responds, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Jesus spoke these words as words of warning and encouragement to His people; and why should we not heed them? The Lord has said that it is the faithful who will be found watching and waiting for Him. . . .

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The exact time of Christ’s second coming is not revealed. Jesus said, “No man knoweth the day nor the hour.” But He also gave signs of His coming, and said, “When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door.” He bade them, as the signs of His coming should appear, “Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

And in view of these things the apostle wrote: “Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day.” Since we know not the hour of Christ’s coming, we must live soberly and godly in this present world, “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. His people are to preserve their peculiar character as His representatives.

There is work for every one of them to do. The rich should bring their means, the honored their influence, the learned their wisdom, the poor their virtue, if they would be effective workers with God. They are to bring themselves into right relation with God, that they may reflect the light of the glory of God that shines in the face of Jesus Christ.

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We read of a class who put far off the day of the coming of Jesus; but upon such His coming will be as a thief in the night, and they will be suddenly overtaken with destruction. How many there are who are willing to be rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal security; but it is time for us to wake out of sleep. Says the apostle, “We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

We should be awake to discern the signs of the times, and to give warning to the people. There are many in the world who seek to quiet the alarm of the people, who say, “Peace, peace; when there is no peace”; but we should take an opposite course from this. There are many who say to the aroused people, “Do not disturb yourselves, go on in godlessness, go on glorifying yourselves, and living in pleasure. The day of the Lord is not at hand.”

Did not Christ have an object in view when He said, “Behold, I come quickly”? Did He not see that His church would need to keep this solemn event in mind? Shall we say with the last-day scoffers, “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”? I do not mean to be with this class. I mean to arouse men with the message of Christ’s near coming.

A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

Those who have a knowledge of present truth are under a great responsibility before the world. They are to warn men of the coming judgments. They are to represent Christ to the people. They are not to go about deploring their condition, talking of their darkness, and murmuring and complaining of the hardness of the way; they are to lift up their minds to God, open the door of their hearts to Jesus, and let Him come in and abide with them.

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We must have Christ enthroned in the heart, that the soul-temple may be cleansed from every defilement. The soon coming of our Saviour must be a living reality to us. The question of all importance for this time is, “How is it with my soul? Am I seeking to reiterate the words of Christ? Am I teaching my children that they have souls to save; that peace and holiness must be a part of their life? Am I teaching them to place their hands in the hands of Christ, that He may guide them?”

We have most earnest work to do, and we have no time to waste in drinking at empty cisterns that can hold no water. We should come to Christ without delay for the water 23of life. We should diligently study the Bible. The study of the Bible is of the greatest importance to us. The Scriptures are able to make men wise unto salvation, yet how few find time to search the Word of God!

Men and women are all absorbed in the things of this perishing earth. They are building their hopes upon worthless foundations, and writing their names in the sand. Even those who profess to be followers of Christ do not heed His injunction. . . .

God gives us His rich blessings to enjoy, and He expects us to bring forth fruit to His glory; but many neglect His work. They do not make a full surrender to His will. There are many who seem to feel that to think of God and heavenly things tends to make men gloomy and desponding; that it is detrimental to health to permit the mind to dwell upon religious subjects.

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When in my youth God opened the Scriptures to my mind, giving me light upon the truths of His Word, I went forth to proclaim to others the precious news of salvation. My brother wrote to me, and said, “I beg of you do not disgrace the family. I will do anything for you if you will not go out as a preacher.”

“Disgrace the family!” I replied. “Can it disgrace the family for me to preach Christ and Him crucified! If you would give me all the gold your house could hold, I would not cease giving my testimony for God. I have respect unto the recompense of the reward. I will not keep silent, for when God imparts His light to me, He means that I shall diffuse it to others, according to my ability.”

Did not the priests and rulers come to the disciples, and command them to cease preaching in the name of Christ? They shut the faithful men in prison, but the angel of the Lord came to them and released them that they might speak the words of life to the people. This is our work. . . .

TRUTH AS IT IS IN JESUS

We are to present the truth as it is in Jesus. Christ came into the world to save sinners. For thirty years He lived our example. He endured insult, ignominy, reproach, rejection, and death; yet He lives. He is a living Saviour. He has ascended on high to make intercession for us.

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Just before His crucifixion, He prayed that His disciples might be one with Him, as He was one with the Father. Is it indeed a possibility that sinful, fallen man may be brought into such exalted relationship with Christ? Such a union with Christ will bring light and peace and comfort to our souls. When He went to heaven, He told His disciples, “It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” Who would not have the Comforter in times of trial?…

Tell of the love of Christ, talk of His power, and you may have a heaven in this world to go to heaven in. Respond to the light of God, and you will be like a watered garden; your health will spring forth speedily; your light will rise in obscurity, and the glory of the Lord will be your rereward.

Questions for Reflection

  • What does it mean to live “soberly, righteously, and godly”? In that context, does the nearness of Christ’s return make us more inclusive, or more exclusive?
  • As we anticipate Christ’s return, which Bible passages are most useful in learning to reflect Christ’s character to those around us?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how confident are you that you will be saved if Christ returned today? Be honest.

FAQs

Do Seventh Day Adventist believe in Jesus? ›

Evangelicals and Adventists believe in salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and many of their original members came from other related denominations, like Methodism, or even some from Roman Catholic traditions. The current Seventh-day Adventist Church considers itself to be Protestant.

What are the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist? ›

Our 28 Fundamental Beliefs begin like this: (1) The Holy Scriptures, (2) The Trinity, (3) God the Father, (4) God the Son, (5) God the Holy Spirit, (6) Creation. They end like this: (25) The Second Coming of Christ, (26) Death and Resurrection, (27) The Millennium and the End of Sin, (28) The New Earth.

How do Seventh Day Adventist differ from Christianity? ›

Seventh-day Adventists differ in only four areas of beliefs from the mainstream Trinitarian Christian denominations. These are the Sabbath day, the doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary, the status of the writings of Ellen White, and their doctrine of the second coming and millennium.

What religion is the Seventh Day Adventist? ›

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is an Adventist Protestant Christian denomination which is distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the seventh day of the week in the Christian (Gregorian) and the Hebrew calendar, as the Sabbath, and its emphasis on the imminent Second Coming (advent) of Jesus Christ.

What religions do not believe in the Holy Trinity? ›

After the denominations in the Oneness Pentecostal movement, the largest nontrinitarian Christian denominations are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, La Luz del Mundo, and Iglesia ni Cristo.

Why do Seventh-day Adventist not celebrate Christmas? ›

Seventh-day Adventists who celebrate Christmas are expected to avoid the materialism seen in many people's remembrance of the day. Seventh-day Adventists find biblical direction only to keep the weekly Sabbath, so that is the only holy day in the church's calendar.

What foods are forbidden in Seventh-day Adventist? ›

Pork, rabbit, and shellfish are considered “unclean” and thus banned by Adventists. However, some Adventists choose to eat certain “clean” meats, such as fish, poultry, and red meats other than pork, as well as other animal products like eggs and low-fat dairy ( 5 ).

What are Seventh-day Adventist not allowed to do on the Sabbath? ›

Sabbath activities

To help in keeping the Sabbath holy, Adventists abstain from secular work on Saturday.

What is forbidden in Seventh-day Adventist? ›

You should avoid alcohol, tobacco, and mind-altering substances. A well-balanced vegetarian diet promotes health. Legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, along with a source of vitamin B12 promote health. You should not eat unclean foods listed in the Bible.

Why was the Sabbath changed to Sunday? ›

Early Christianity

This is made clear in Acts 20:7 when Paul continued his message "until midnight" and a young man went to sleep and fell out of the window. Christians celebrate on Sunday because it is the day on which Jesus had risen from the dead and on which the Holy Spirit had come to the apostles.

What do 7th day Adventists believe about death? ›

Seventh-day Adventists believe that when a person dies, they do not immediately go to heaven or hell. Instead, they enter into an unconscious state referred to as “soul sleep.” This image of sleep reminds believers that death is not the end.

Do Seventh Day Adventists like Catholics? ›

Adventists are concerned about the institution of the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church, yet recognize many sincere individual Catholics. Woodrow Whidden wrote, "we must forthrightly affirm that many positive things have taken place in Roman Catholicism".

What religion can't work on Sundays? ›

Sabbatarianism, doctrine of those Christians who believe that the Sabbath (usually on Sundays) should be observed in accordance with the Fourth Commandment, which forbids work on the Sabbath because it is a holy day (see Ten Commandments).

Who is Jehovah in the Jehovah Witness religion? ›

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that: God the Father (whose name is Jehovah) is "the only true God". Jesus Christ is his firstborn son, is inferior to God, and was created by God. The Holy Spirit is not a person; it is God's active force.

What religion Cannot work on Saturday? ›

As a Seventh Day Adventist, Patterson's religious beliefs prohibited him from working during his Sabbath, which was sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Do Christians believe Jesus is God? ›

Christians believe that there is only one God, whom they call Father as Jesus Christ taught them. They recognise Jesus as the son of God and believe God functions as a Trinity.

Is Trinity mentioned in the Bible? ›

Neither the word “Trinity” nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Hebrew Scriptures: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4).

Why do some Christians not accept the Trinity? ›

Some Christians do not believe in the Trinity because they think it may lead to the idea that there is more than one God. 5. Describe how Philippians 2:5–8 and John 14:16–17 can be used to support the Christian belief in the Trinity. Philippians shows that Jesus is equal to God as it says he was 'in very nature God'.

What do Seventh-day Adventists say about Jesus? ›

Here is how it is explained in our Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief # 4, titled "God the Son": "God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged.

What religion does not follow Christmas? ›

Among the largest group of Christmas-shunners are the Jehovah's Witnesses, which number close to 2 million in the United States, Kellner writes. The group once observed Dec. 25, but dropped the observance in 1928.

Do Seventh-day Adventists believe in being born again? ›

Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God's law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment.

What do Seventh-day Adventist eat for breakfast? ›

Oatmeal. A staple for Adventists, slow-cooked oatmeal is frequently mentioned as the breakfast for American centenarians everywhere. It provides a balanced portion of fats, complex carbohydrates, and plant protein, along with good doses of iron and B vitamins.

Can Seventh-day Adventists drink milk? ›

Eggs and dairy products are acceptable in the Seventh Day Adventist Diet but should be consumed in moderation to keep cholesterol intake under control. Low-fat dairy is the preferred choice for those who choose to consume dairy. Alternatives such as soy, almond and rice milk are also acceptable.

Can Adventist drink beer? ›

The Adventist faith imposes prohibits the use of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol as “unclean” chemicals. For some Adventists, red meat (especially pork), refined foods, and Caffeine are also forbidden. Many Adventists believe substances harm people, destroy families, and hinder spiritual growth.

Is it OK to cook on Sabbath? ›

Sabbath food preparation refers to the preparation and handling of food before the Sabbath, (also called Shabbat, or the seventh day of the week) beginning at sundown Friday concluding at sundown Saturday, the Bible day of rest, when cooking, baking, and the kindling of a fire are prohibited by the Jewish law.

Can I watch TV on Sabbath? ›

Television and radio

Most rabbinical authorities have prohibited watching television during Shabbat, even if the TV is turned on before the start of Shabbat, and its settings are not changed.

What day is the true Sabbath? ›

The Jewish Sabbath (from Hebrew shavat, “to rest”) is observed throughout the year on the seventh day of the week—Saturday. According to biblical tradition, it commemorates the original seventh day on which God rested after completing the creation.

Are Seventh-day Adventists allowed to smoke? ›

The risks of leukemia and myeloma associated with cigarette smoking were evaluated in a cohort study of 34,000 Seventh-day Adventists. Although Seventh-day Adventists do not smoke by church proscription, many are adult converts who smoked cigarettes prior to their baptism into the church.

Do Seventh-day Adventist have a dress code? ›

Sagging or skin-tight-fitting pants are not permitted. Caps/Hats/Hoods/Sunglasses are not to be worn within school buildings. Face coverings (medical masks, N95) should be of SOLID COLOR with no designs. Jewelry - Simple, stud earrings may be worn.

Can Adventist smoke? ›

The Seventh-day Adventist Church also recommends that its members abstain from tobacco use.

Do Christians have to keep the Sabbath? ›

Sabbath is not a commandment we are bound to; it's a promise we're invited to enjoy. Sabbath rest is an invitation to practice for eternity in God's presence. It is an act of regular and intentional trust of God's rule on Earth. We shabbat in order to nuakh—when we stop working, we can truly rest in God's presence.

What did Jesus say about Sabbath? ›

When religious leaders accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath because his disciples plucked some grain and ate it as they walked through a field, he said: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).

What 7 books did Martin Luther remove from the Bible? ›

Luther considered Hebrews, James, Jude, and the Revelation to be "disputed books", which he included in his translation but placed separately at the end in his New Testament published in 1522.

How soon after death do you go to heaven? ›

We enter heaven immediately upon our death, or our souls sleep until the second coming of Christ and the accompanying resurrection. Most have chosen to believe what the Bible appears to overwhelmingly propose: our souls (spirits) penetrate heaven immediately after we take our final breath.

What happens to a person after death? ›

During death, your body's vital functions stop entirely. Your heart no longer beats, your breath stops and your brain stops functioning. Studies suggest that brain activity may continue several minutes after a person has been declared dead. Still, brain activity isn't the same as consciousness or awareness.

Do Adventists believe in the afterlife? ›

Afterlife: Unlike other Christian denominations, the Adventist afterlife model excludes heaven and hell. Instead, the righteous remain unconscious after death and are resurrected after the Second Coming.

Do Adventists believe in cross? ›

Seventh-day Adventists have always believed in a complete atonement that is not completed. Venden points out that the atonement must have been complete at the cross—the sacrifice was sufficient. For when Jesus died for man's sin, it was enough to purchase man's salvation and man cannot add anything to it.

Do Adventists believe in the Holy Spirit? ›

Our fifth Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief explains the Holy Spirit in this way: "God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He is as much a person as are the Father and the Son. He inspired the writers of Scripture.

Why do Seventh-day Adventists live longer than average? ›

Many Adventists do not eat meat, but even those that do outlive their peers thanks to the amount of vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods they eat. Meat-eating Adventist men live 7.3 years longer while the women live 4.4 years longer than other Californians.

What religions have to be home before darkness? ›

According to halakha (Jewish religious law), Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before sunset on Friday evening until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night. Shabbat is ushered in by lighting candles and reciting a blessing.

Can Jews work on a Saturday? ›

The Jewish Sabbath—Shabbat in Hebrew, Shabbos in Yiddish—is observed every week beginning at sunset on Friday evening and ending after dark on Saturday evening. For religiously observant Jews, Shabbat is as important as any other holy day. Orthodox Jews do not work or travel on Shabbat.

Can Muslims work on Friday? ›

On this day, Muslims are called to pray in a congregation during the midday prayer. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation's newsletter.] So, in much of the Muslim world, the modern weekend is adapted to allow Friday as a day off from work to accommodate the congregational prayer.

What is Jehovah Witness real name? ›

The followers of this movement were first called the Bible Students up until 1931 when they adopted the name Jehovah's Witnesses.

Is Jehovah's Witnesses a true religion? ›

Religious beliefs and practices

For instance, they teach that Jesus is the son of God but is not part of a Trinity. By traditional measures of religious commitment, Jehovah's Witnesses are one of the most highly religious major U.S. religious groups.

What is forbidden for Jehovah's Witnesses? ›

The denomination requires adherence to a strict moral code, which forbids premarital sex, homosexuality, gender transitioning, adultery, smoking, drunkenness and drug abuse, and blood transfusions.

Why do Christians worship on Sunday? ›

The Lord's Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship. It is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week.

Are Christians allowed to work on Sunday? ›

Since 2003, employers have not been able to require Christians to work on Sunday unless the employer can show that such a requirement is objectively justified and a proportionate means of meeting a legitimate aim.

What religion goes to church on Tuesday? ›

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Armenian Apostolic church and those Eastern Catholic Churches that follow the Byzantine Rite, this day is referred to as Great and Holy Tuesday, or Great Tuesday.

What do Seventh Day Adventists say about Jesus? ›

Here is how it is explained in our Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief # 4, titled "God the Son": "God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged.

What does Seventh-day Adventist believe in the resurrection? ›

The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The bodily resurrection of Christ proclaims God's triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death.

Is Seventh-day Adventist Church of God? ›

The Church of God (Seventh Day) represents a line of Sabbatarian Adventists that rejected the visions and teachings of Ellen G. White before the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1863.

Is Seventh-day Adventist a Baptist? ›

They adopt a covenant Baptist theology, based on the concept of regenerated society, conscious baptism of believers by immersion, congregational government and the scriptural basis of opinion and practice.
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Do Seventh-day Adventist pray in Jesus name? ›

We only can come to God in prayer pleading for grace, because we have a high priest, which is why we pray in Jesus' name. We have no access to God without Christ and his name. And so when we pray in Jesus' name we are saying that to the Father; I am coming not in my own name, not in my own merit, not in my own worth.

What can Adventists not eat? ›

Foods to Avoid on the Seventh-day Adventist Diet
  • Caffeine.
  • Alcohol.
  • Hot condiments.
  • Hot spices.
  • Pork.
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What is forbidden in Seventh-Day Adventist? ›

The Seventh-day Adventist diet discourages using products that the Bible considers “unclean,” like alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Some Adventists also avoid refined foods, sweeteners, and caffeine (1).

What do Seventh-Day Adventists believe happens after death? ›

Seventh-day Adventists believe that when a person dies, they do not immediately go to heaven or hell. Instead, they enter into an unconscious state referred to as “soul sleep.” This image of sleep reminds believers that death is not the end.

Can you watch TV on the Sabbath? ›

Most rabbinical authorities have prohibited watching television during Shabbat, even if the TV is turned on before the start of Shabbat, and its settings are not changed.

Who changed the Sabbath day to Sunday? ›

On March 7, 321, however, Roman Emperor Constantine I issued a civil decree making Sunday a day of rest from labor, stating: All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the sun.

How should an Adventist dress? ›

ALL Clothing should be of proper fit. Sagging or skin-tight-fitting pants are not permitted.
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SPECIFICS
  1. COLLARED POLO/OXFORD SHIRT - long or short-sleeved allowed.
  2. SWEATERS - Cardigan/V-neck and Crew neck allowed.
  3. Sweatshirts may be worn over collared polo if additional warmth is necessary.

Do you have to be baptized to be saved? ›

No passage in the New Testament says that water baptism is essential for getting into heaven. Therefore, baptism is not necessary as a means of obtaining eternal life.

How many times can you be baptized according to the Bible? ›

Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.

What did Jesus say about the Sabbath? ›

When religious leaders accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath because his disciples plucked some grain and ate it as they walked through a field, he said: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).

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