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REVIVAL & REFORMATION IN MATHEW 9

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By Thabo NaSekai

Introduction

God’s people at the end of the world are described by the True and Faithful Witness as being in a wretched spiritual condition (Revelation 3:14-17; Isaiah 1:3-6). Their state is even likened to death in Ezekiel 37.

“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry… Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.” Ezekiel 37:1, 2, 11

But God does not leave His people without answers as to how they may be saved. The remedy is stated plainly in God’s word — the only solution to the Laodicean condition is revival and reformation. Revival is the most urgent of all our needs:

“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.” Selected Messages Vol 1, 121

But a revival of spiritual life must be accompanied by a reformation — a change in the actions, habits and in the practices that comprise the way of life:

“A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.” — Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902. Christian Service, 42.2

Revival and reformation are clearly illustrated in Matthew 9. The experiences of the two women in this chapter, and the deep spiritual significance of Christ’s interactions with them, will be the subject of this two part series of articles.

The Young Maiden — A Type of Revival

The first account to be examined is that of the ruler’s daughter.

“While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples… And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.” Matthew 9:18, 19, 23-26

The ruler’s daughter is a symbol of the church (Jeremiah 6:2, 2 Corinthians 11:2). Mark’s account of the same event reveals that she was 12 years of age (Mark 5:42). The number 12 symbolizes a connection with God, His Kingdom and His people (Revelation 21:12-21, Matthew 19:28). Her lifeless state fittingly represents the spiritually dead condition of the Laodicean church.

But in order to gain a clearer understanding of how Christ’s raising of this young maid parallel’s events in our day, a principle of prophetic interpretation must here be introduced.

The Three-and-One Combination

The “three-and-one combination” illustrates, or typifies, the Three Angels’ messages of Revelation 14 followed by the Fourth Angel of Revelation 18. When presented in scripture the first three objects in the combination are similar and the fourth is usually distinct in some way from the preceding three. In connection with the Fourth object, or action, are symbols that convey lessons, or typify events to occur during the history of the Fourth Angel at the end of the world.

There are numerous three-and-one combinations in the Bible. The events at the mount of transfiguration are an illustration of this principle:

“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.” Matthew 17:1-3

Christ brought three disciples — Peter James and John — to the mount; Christ Himself representing the “one.” What followed was a glorious manifestation of the power of God. Christ was transfigured before them, and they beheld Him in His glory. These transactions typify events that will take place under the proclamation of the Fourth Angel which joins the Third. The people who partake of the experience of the Fourth Angel and engage in the work of proclaiming this message will meet our Saviour in peace at His second coming. They will behold Him in the glory that He had in the beginning; the same glory with which He appeared unto His disciples on the mount of transfiguration.

A second illustration of the three-and-one combination is located in Daniel chapter 3. The three Hebrew worthies were cast alive into a burning furnace. But One appeared among them. This fourth entity in the fire was Christ Himself.1 He intervened, not only to reward the fidelity of His loyal servants, but to illustrate to His people at the end of the world that it is those who proclaim the Three Angel’s messages and the increase of knowledge brought by the Fourth, who will be preserved through the fires of persecution at the Sunday law. As the three Hebrews were given to the flames for their refusal to compromise God’s law, so will God’s people at the end of the world be subjected to persecution, imprisonment, and threatened death for their refusal to bow down to the antitypical image in the plain of Dura — the Sunday law.2 But just as surely as Christ interposed to preserve these three worthies, so will He be with His people in that time. They will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted to stand in the time of trouble such as never was;3 and Christ will preserve them from their enemies.

A third illustration is Lazarus’ being raised from the dead. Lazarus, a man greatly beloved by the Saviour during His time here on earth, is a fitting symbol of His people in these last days. Lazarus lay in the tomb three days and was raised on the fourth.

“Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.” John 11:38-45

Thus symbolizing that it is under the ministration of the Fourth Angel, which brings the latter rain, and the “refreshing” or revival (Act3:19),4 that spiritually dead Laodicea will be revived to bear a living testimony.5 This is further conveyed by Christ’s own words regarding the event:

“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:1-4

Christ waited until Lazarus had died that God may be glorified by the miracle He was going to perform. Even the Pharisees acknowledged that the glory brought to Christ by this miracle went into the entire world:

“Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.” John 12:9-19

At the end of the world it is the Fourth Angel that lightens the earth with its glory (Revelation 18:1), and that will, through the power imparted to the Third Angel’s message, cause many to believe on Jesus.

Another illustration is the account of Elijah’s revival of the widow of Zarephath’s dead son.

“And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.” 1 Kings 17:17-23

Elijah stretched himself upon the child three times thus typifying the Three Angel’s messages. The Fourth Angel is typified by his cry unto God. It is the Fourth Angel that enables God’s people to give the Third Angel’s message with a Loud Cry.6 And it is the latter rain that accompanies this Angel that will revive the Laodicean church as the widow’s son was revived.

The Three-and-One Combination and the Revival of the Young Maiden

There is a three-and-one combination in the raising of the ruler’s daughter. Luke’s account of the same event reveals that Christ entered the house with only three of His disciples — Peter, James and John.

“And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.” Luke 8:51

Thus forming a three-and-one combination of the three disciples and Christ Himself representing the “one.” This lets us know that these transactions typify events in our day as the Three Angels messages are present truth.

“And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” Mark 5:41, 42

Christ declares that His words are Spirit and life (John 6:63). The same word which spoke the world into existence, and that will speak to raise the righteous dead of all ages, was spoken to bring revival and newness of life to the young damsel. In like manner, the church is now being revived by the communications of God’s Spirit in the messages of the Latter Rain. These messages are bringing revival, and imparting spiritual life, to those who are receiving them in spirit and in truth.

The Fate of the Scorners

“And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.” Luke 8:51-55

It is true that whenever God is performing a work of restoration, opposing elements are on the ground seeking to discourage God’s faithful servants and counteract the work.8 All who are living in these most solemn and important times would do well to mark the end of those who laughed our Saviour to scorn, as His response typifies how He will deal with those who pursue a similar course in our day. The scorners were put out.

Those who scorn this work of revival or deride the messages through which it is being carried forward will have no part in it. They will not receive of the latter rain which would enable them to stand in the time of trouble such as never was. The latter rain may fall on hearts all around them, but they will neither discern nor receive it.9 They will thus be prepared to receive the Mark of the Beast and finally be put out of the eternal kingdom at the close of this world’s history.

“Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:” Isaiah 29:17-20

In Closing

It is the increase of knowledge brought by the Fourth Angel — the messages of Daniel 11:40-45, and the foundations of Adventism, Islam and the judgement of the living, the reformatory movements of Bible prophecy, etc. — that is calculated to revive God’s people. None will be prepared to stand at the Sunday Law, or give the Third Angel’s message with force and clarity, without the living faith these messages are calculated to produce.

However a reformation must accompany a genuine revival; it is just as essential to the work of preparing to meet our Saviour. This aspect will be taken up in part 2.

God Bless.
1. Prophets and Kings pg. 508-509
2. The vainglory and oppression seen in the course pursued by the heathen king, Nebuchadnezzar, is being and will continue to be manifested in our day. History will repeat itself. In this age the test will be on the point of Sabbath observance. The heavenly universe behold men trampling upon the law of Jehovah, making the memorial of God, the sign between him and his commandment-keeping people, a thing of naught, something to be despised, while a rival sabbath is exalted as was the great golden image in the plain of Dura. Men claiming to be Christians will call upon the world to observe this spurious sabbath that they have made. All who refuse will be placed under oppressive laws. This is the mystery of iniquity, the devising of satanic agencies, carried into effect by the man of sin. {Youth Instructor, July 12, 1904 par. 4}
3. As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” they will grow up into Christ, and will partake largely of His Spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory of that light which attends the third angel (The Review and Herald, May 27, 1862).
4 .Great Controversy pg. 611-612
5 .The Story of Redemption pg. 400-401
6. Faith I Live By pg. 335, Selected Messages vol. 3 pg. 412

“God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place, those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse to acknowledge them as His children.” Selected Messages Vol. 1, 127.3
“As the light of truth is received and followed out, it will work an entire reformation in the life and character of all those who are sanctified through it.” Testimonies for the Church Vol. 2, 60.2
“We need to have our souls humbled before God, that every heart may drink in the truth and let it work in the life a reformation that will convince the world that this is indeed the truth of God. Let the life be hid with Christ in God. Only when we seek the Lord as little children… can he use us to the glory of his name.” General Conference Bulletin, June 6, 1909 par. 14

                                                                           

                                                               PART 2-REFORMATION

Introduction

On His way to the ruler’s home Christ had an encounter with a woman who had been sick with an issue of blood for twelve years. Christ’s dealings with this woman are a type of true reformation — the foundation of which is God’s law. This account will be the subject of the second part of this two-part series on revival and reformation in Matthew 9.

Woman with the Issue of Blood

“While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” Matthew 9:18-22

A woman represents a church as stated in part 1. This woman was diseased for 12 years; the number 12 symbolizing a connection with God’s kingdom and His people.1 The illness that had afflicted this woman for so long is a symbol of sin (Isaiah 1:1-6). Sickness, be it physical or spiritual, is a result of walking contrary to God’s law (Romans 6:23, Galatians 6:7-8).2 The laws governing our physical being are just as sacred as the spiritual laws that God has given to govern our morality:

“The same power that upholds nature is working also in man. The same great laws that guide alike the star and the atom control human life. The laws that govern the heart’s action, regulating the flow of the current of life to the body, are the laws of the mighty Intelligence that has the jurisdiction of the soul. From Him all life proceeds. Only in harmony with Him can be found its true sphere of action. For all the objects of His creation the condition is the same–a life sustained by receiving the life of God, a life exercised in harmony with the Creator’s will. To transgress His law–physical, mental, or moral–is to place one’s self out of harmony with the universe, to introduce discord, anarchy, ruin.” Child Guidance, 55.2

Understanding her condition to symbolize the sin-sick state of God’s church at the end of the world (1 Corinthians 10:11, Romans 15:4), the question to be answered is, “Wherein did she find healing?”

Healing in His Wings

It is interesting that the Bible specifically states that it was the hem of Christ’s garment that this woman touched in order to be healed. Every detail given in scripture is significant. As stated by Solomon – “every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5).3 The hem of Christ’s garment is mentioned because there are significant truths in connection with it that will be opened to diligent and sincere seeker of truth.

The hem or fringe of a Jewish garment was bordered by a blue stripe. The color blue is a symbol of God’s law. And when a Jew saw the blue stripe on his or her garment, God purposed that it would remind them of His law and their responsibility to be obedient to it.

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 15:38-41

Christ being a Jew would undoubtedly have had a ribband of blue on the hem of His garment, and it would have been this ribband of blue that the woman would have touched. Consider Malachi 4 in light of this fact:

“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Malachi 4:1, 2

The word translated as “wings” in Malachi 4:2 also means “fringe;” or as stated in Strong’s concordance, “[the] edge or extremity” “of a garment”.4 Connecting this with the woman touching the hem or fringe of Christ’s garment, God’s people are to understand that it is by taking hold of God’s law, as symbolized by the ribband of blue, that they will find healing from both physical sickness and the spiritual sickness of sin.

God’s Law is the Foundation of true Reformation

Obedience to God’s law requires a reformation of the life. Revival furnishes the motive, impetus, or “holy unction;” and reformation is the out-flowing of a living spirituality in the actions, words, habits, and manners. Revival and reformation are to blend to recreate fallen human beings in the lovely image of Jesus — mirroring Him in thought, action, and life.

This transformation is well illustrated in the following passage from inspiration:

“The work [of reform] must begin in the heart and then the spirit, the words, the expression of the countenance, and the actions of the life, will make manifest that a change has taken place. In knowing Christ through the grace that he has shed forth abundantly, we become changed, and the character is sanctified through belief of the truth. The inward life grows strong, and the entire conduct will be in conformity to the will of God. Humility will be cultivated, because we shall feel our nothingness, and realize our dependence upon God. We shall remember that we have been bought with the price of the blood of the Son of God, and that every faculty of our being must be brought into captivity to Christ, that we may glorify him. In humility we shall correct every fault and defect of character; because Christ is abiding in the heart, we shall be fitted up for the heavenly family above. “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed…” Youths Instructor, August 31, 1893 par. 7

In considering the work of developing a character after Christ’s own likeness, attention must be paid to the reforms He has given to assist in this work. Reformation calls for a change in “ideas and theories, habits and practices” (Christian Service pg. 42.2). The health reform, if rightly accepted, constitutes a part of such a work. Inspiration states that diet and spirituality are closely linked.

“With our first parents, intemperate desire resulted in the loss of Eden. Temperance in all things has more to do with our restoration to Eden than men realize.” Counsels of Diet and Foods, 43.2

Therefore health reform must form a part of true reformation:

“All are bound by the most sacred obligations to God to heed the sound philosophy and genuine experience which he is now giving them in reference to health reform. He designs that the great subject of health reform shall be agitated, and the public mind deeply stirred to investigate; for it is impossible for men and women, with all their sinful, health-destroying, brain-enervating habits, to discern sacred truth, through which they are to be sanctified, refined, elevated, and made fit for the society of heavenly angels in the kingdom of glory.” –Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 162. A Call to Medical Evangelism and Health Education, 33.2

God has given dress reform to support good health and to promote decency and modesty; all of which affect our morality, and ultimately, our ability to keep God’s law:

“To protect the people of God from the corrupting influence of the world, as well as to promote physical and moral health, the dress reform was introduced among us. It was not intended to be a yoke of bondage, but a blessing, not to increase labor, but to save labor, not to add to the expense of dress, but to save expense. It would distinguish God’s people from the world and thus serve as a barrier against its fashions and follies. He who knows the end from the beginning, who understands our nature and our needs,–our compassionate Redeemer,–saw our dangers and difficulties, and condescended to give us timely warning and instruction concerning our habits of life, even in the proper selection of food and clothing.” Counsels on Health, 598.3

He has also given us country living which is calculated to support our physical and moral development:

“The physical surroundings in the cities are often a peril to health. The constant liability to contact with disease, the prevalence of foul air, impure water, impure food, the crowded, dark, unhealthful dwellings, are some of the many evils to be met.

“It was not God’s purpose that people should be crowded into cities, huddled together in terraces and tenements. In the beginning He placed our first parents amidst the beautiful sights and sounds He desires us to rejoice in today. The more nearly we come into harmony with God’s original plan, the more favorable will be our position to secure health of body and mind and soul.” Adventist Home, 135.2-135.3

God has given these and all other Biblical reforms not to be a burden, but to support His people in the work of character development — to assist them in understanding and keeping His law which is a transcript of His character. Whether the soul is finally crowned with immortality in paradise, or consigned to the blackness of eternal death, hinges upon the character developed in this life. And as God’s people at the end of the world we should seek to take advantage of every facility He has provided to assist us in this work.

The Touch of Faith

A crucial factor when considering revival and reformation, is the role of faith. It was not any power in Christ’s garment that wrought the cure, but the woman’s concerted action driven by a living faith in Christ as the Great Physician:

“The golden opportunity had come. She was in the presence of the Great Physician! But amid the confusion she could not speak to Him, nor catch more than a passing glimpse of His figure. Fearful of losing her one chance of relief, she pressed forward, saying to herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.” As He was passing, she reached forward, and succeeded in barely touching the border of His garment. But in that moment she knew that she was healed. In that one touch was concentrated the faith of her life, and instantly her pain and feebleness gave place to the vigor of perfect health.

“With a grateful heart she then tried to withdraw from the crowd; but suddenly Jesus stopped, and the people halted with Him. He turned, and looking about asked in a voice distinctly heard above the confusion of the multitude, “Who touched Me?”…Looking toward the woman, Jesus insisted on knowing who had touched Him. Finding concealment vain, she came forward tremblingly, and cast herself at His feet. With grateful tears she told the story of her suffering, and how she had found relief. Jesus gently said, “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” He gave no opportunity for superstition to claim healing virtue for the mere act of touching His garments. It was not through the outward contact with Him, but through the faith which took hold on His divine power, that the cure was wrought.

“The wondering crowd that pressed close about Christ realized no accession of vital power. But when the suffering woman put forth her hand to touch Him, believing that she would be made whole, she felt the healing virtue. So in spiritual things. To talk of religion in a casual way, to pray without soul hunger and living faith, avails nothing. A nominal faith in Christ, which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world, can never bring healing to the soul. The faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth. He who waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith, cannot receive blessing from God. It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many hold faith as an opinion. Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life. A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power.” The Desire of Ages, 343-347

Relating the preceding account to God’s church in the last days, it can be seen that faith is what makes true reformation effectual. It is the vital current that energizes every effort to bring ones ideas, theories, habits’ and practices in conformity to the divine Pattern. Thus exercised it will work a transformation of the soul — a restoration of the image of God in man.

In Closing
The messages that constitute present truth bring revival. They are calculated to awaken God’s people and brace them to prosecute the work of personal preparation, and the proclamation of the Third Angel’s message with an urgency and vigor befitting the magnitude of the closing scenes. If accepted in faith, these truths will lead to a reformation of the life. The foundation of this reformation is God’s law; and its outcome is the fulfillment of the new covenant promise — the sealing of God’s law upon the hearts and minds of His people (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

1. See Part 1 for further discussion on the number 12
2. Health, strength, and happiness, depend upon immutable laws; but these laws cannot be obeyed where there is no anxiety to become acquainted with them. The Creator has given us natural life, and physical laws, which relate to the preservation of the life he has given; and we are under most sacred obligations to become intelligent in regard to the laws of our being, lest we be found unwittingly transgressors, and be obliged to pay the penalty of our lawless course by disease and suffering.
“All who transgress physical law must sooner or later suffer the penalty of physical suffering. God has not changed, neither does he propose to change, our physical organism, in order that we may violate a single law, without feeling the effects of its violation. {HR, September 1, 1871 par. 11 & 12}
3. See rules 1 and 2 of William Miller’s Rules of Interpretation:
“1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible. Matthew 5:18.”
“2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study. 2 Timothy 3:15-17.” – William Miller, Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, 20
4 .Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: H3671 kaw-nawf’ From H3670; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle: – + bird, border, corner, end, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).