Lectures on the Spirit of Prophecy
Germany, 25 through 28 of May 2006
By: Johannes Terinathe
Greetings to all of you, Brethren and Sisters. Thanks a lot to your Board of Trustees, for the invitation to enable me to stand here before you. I am not a very eloquent preacher as you might think, nor even a well known minister of the gospel, to come to you with good sermons. I only want to teach you the foundation of our faith as Seventh-Day Adventists. Ellen G. White as the servant of the Lord and the establisher of our SDA Church, had ever said:
“Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-Day Adventists. The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be carefully studied, and in connection with them the words, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’” – Gospel Workers, p. 148.
“There should be less preaching and more teaching. There are those who want more definite light than they receive from hearing the sermons. ……. If the truth presented could be a little plainer, they would see it and take hold of it, and it would be like a nail fastened in a sure place.
“There must be less sermonizing and more tact to educate the people in practical religion.” – 6 Testimonies, p. 87.
Now let us read together the statement of
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this Law.” – Deuteronomy 29 : 29.
True religion means having the true faith, which is the belief that is followed by works, because faith without work is nil or nothing. Faith itself must be based upon the whole truth of the Bible from A --- up to --- Z. That is the whole Truth found in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, especially provided for the people in the time of the end. The servant of the Lord said:
“We may not, in this life, be able to explain the meaning of every passage of Scripture; but there are no vital points to practical truth that will be clouded in mystery.“ -- Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 692.
We are now living in the time of the end. Just in this time the word of Jesus in John 16 : 13 will be completely fulfilled. Jesus said: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth come, he will guide you into all Truth …… and he will shown you things to come.” (John 16 : 13). The Spirit of the first Pentecost is still abiding with us today, which is the Spirit of the early rain. The Spirit of the latter rain, which is prophesied by the prophet Joel in his book, chapter 2 is still in the future. With the aid of the Spirit, the Bible and all the prophetic and the parabolic words of Jesus, have now been interpreted into the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY by Mrs. E.G. White and Bro. Victor T. Houteff.
Most of our people today in their petitions to the Lord for the forgiveness of sin, they even do not know which rules of the Law they have transgressed, because they do not as yet have the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY to be the foundation of their faith. Most people today have been more familiar with the law of the land and the culture of the community wherein they live, than with the Law of God. When they err, instead of going to the Law of God and its rules of implementations in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY for correction to repent, they go right away to the Lord to pray for the forgiveness of sin. They think the Lord would always be willing to forgive whatever sin they have been committed in, although without any repentance on their parts. You see, how illogical it is!
The Old and the New Testament Prophets
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ : till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ : that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” — Ephesians 4 : 11 – 14. And Sister White said:
“God has a church, and she has a divinely appointed ministry. ‘And He gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ …………..etc.“ – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 52.
1. There is a need of reformation because there comes a new light to be presented to the people of God.
2. Reformation would continue until the end of human history as long as new light or new truths continue to be revealed one complemented the others until the end of time.
3. Luther was the first reformer with his first light of truth God has given him at the time.