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messengers of GOD, Gabriel, John Baptist

Q4: Ch:10. The Voice in the Wilderness

Show the Desire of Ages is inspired..

(1) messengers for GOD : angels..

To the question of Zacharias, the angel said, "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and amsent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings." Five hundred years before, Gabriel hadmade known to Daniel the prophetic period which was to extend to the coming of Christ.

Da 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

Da 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

The words of the angel, "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God," show that he holds a positionof high honor in the heavenly courts. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said, "There is nonethat holdeth with me in these things, but Michael [Christ] your Prince." Dan. 10:21. Of Gabriel theSaviour speaks in the Revelation, saying that "He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servantJohn." Rev. 1:1. And to John the angel declared, "I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethrenthe prophets." Rev. 22:9, R. V. Wonderful thought--that the angel who stands next in honor to the Sonof God is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men

Da 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning,.....

The Scriptures do agree with SOP concerning the angel Gabriel.

  • Da 10:11 ... for unto thee am I now sent.....(a second vision sent by a messenger)...
  • Da 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me;...
  • Da 10:21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

    The Spirit of Prophecy says Gabriel was the angel who spoke to John in Revelation, but such proof is not NOT directly revealed in the writings of Revelation.

    Notice how easily and with child like faith the SOP puts the story of Gabriel concerning Jesus together so well and quickly, yet many stumble over who Michael is. Some say Michael is a chief angel. But angels were never referenced as a prince or king. And why would an angel like Gabriel who looks like a man , speak to another chief angel who looks like a Son of Man (Daniel 10:16), speak about a heavenly scripture of truth, that only GOD knows about? It makes more sense the Son of Man who has written in heaven a Scripture of truth concerning the future, is Jesus, or Michael who is like GOD, our chief prince.

    And how easily with child like faith, we have passionate confidence in the reading of the SOP in the Desire of Ages.

    (2) messengers for GOD : humans....

    John was to go forth as Jehovah's messenger, to bring to men the light of God. He must give a newdirection to their thoughts. He must impress them with the holiness of God's requirements, and theirneed of His perfect righteousness. Such a messenger must be holy. He must be a temple for theindwelling Spirit of God. In order to fulfill his mission, he must have a sound physical constitution, andmental and spiritual strength. Therefore it would be necessary for him to control the appetites andpassions. He must be able so to control all his powers that he could stand among men as unmoved bysurrounding circumstances as the rocks and mountains of the wilderness.

    To bring the Father's love to mankind from heaven, the messenger was Jesus YHWH, and this is seen many times in the OT. To bring the salvation flow of the Father via His Son, Jesus YHWH chose His angels, foremost was Gabriel, who replaced Lucifer, who left his position next to Christ. And to demonstrate that flow of salvation from Jesus to humans when Jesus became a human in flesh, Jesus choose human messengers to represent His flow of love to humans.

    Notice the similes of why different messengers are used for the heavenly flow of love.

    In the time of John the Baptist, greed for riches, and the love of luxury and display had becomewidespread. Sensuous pleasures, feasting and drinking, were causing physical disease and degeneracy,benumbing the spiritual perceptions, and lessening the sensibility to sin. John was to stand as areformer.

    GOD is a god of order, following His own natural laws, and health laws tell us how to maintain that vital relationship of the biological human divine connection of the Father's life force within us, administrated in us personally via the Holy Spirit, it is important we follow all the health laws to maintain this relationship, BEFORE we can expect any spiritual connection in a relationship unto salvation.

    Dedicated to God as a Nazarite from his birth, he made the vow his own in a life-long consecration. Hisdress was that of the ancient prophets, a garment of camel's hair, confined by a leather girdle. He atethe "locusts and wild honey" found in the wilderness, and drank the pure water from the hills.But the life of John was not spent in idleness, in ascetic gloom, or in selfish isolation. From time totime he went forth to mingle with men; and he was ever an interested observer of what was passing inthe world.

    The special prayer vow of a Nazarite from birth, is important because while John and Samson were Nararites, so was Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes over the baby from birth as a ruler over our soul, rather than Satan as our natural ruler, and we grow up as babes unto GOD without sinning, unless we choose to do sinning. Those of us born the natural way without the Holy Spirit's breath of salvation from birth, we quickly under Satan's rulership become sinners through wrong decisions of action.

    Many church faith's say humans are naturally born sinning, but this removes the will to choose, and makes our fallen flesh sinful. It is true the Scripture say our flesh fell into condemnation (Romans5:16), but Scripture never says it was sinful, only condemned. Some scholars nit pick the author over word meanings, but Scripture is Scripture, and these word meanings we must follow.

    For more on this concept see the link:

    What is sinning?

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at baptism, which Jesus left as an example..

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