Why Seventh-Day Adventists Live Longer – It is More Than Just Diet

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Below are links to Huffington Post and LA Times articles reporting on the fact that Seventh-day Adventists live on average 10 years longer than other Americans, and compares them to long-living populations in other parts of the world, such as those blue zoners in Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan.

What Seventh-Day Adventists Get Right That Lengthens Their Life Expectancy By Ryan Buxton

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/seventh-day-adventists-life-expectancy_n_5638098.html

Why Loma Linda residents live longer than the rest of us: They treat the body like a temple By Mary MacVean

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-blue-zone-loma-linda-20150711-story.html

My mother and I became involved with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for a number of reasons, the least important but still significant being their health message, which my diet was already inclined toward, but has become much more in line with over the past year and a half, and which my 86 year old mother is thriving on. We are not vegan, and may never completely give up eggs and dairy, although we use very infrequently now with salmonella egg scares and such. I prefer almond, cashew and coconut milk and vegan cheese is actually very good and has a much longer shelf-life than dairy cheese; and my mother, who loves ice cream, enjoys coconut or cashew milk ice cream just as much as the dairy version.

The first meal pictured above is black rice with black beans, corn and black sesame seeds, kale and tomato salad and oatloaf (with tomato sauce and melted cheese on top, like traditional meatloaf), which has become my new favorite to make up a big batch of and freeze as loaf and burgers—fiber, protein and nutrition packed, low-cost, quick to make and delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The second meal is oatloaf with chickpea cheese scrambled eggs. I have started making my own vegan cheese using chickpeas and sunflower seeds, which are equally as good for you but significantly less expensive than cashews, which most vegan cheese recipes call for.

As great as their health message is, the primary reasons we joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church is: 1) they keep the Sabbath of the Bible, as God commanded us to keep it in Exodus 20:8-11; 2) they teach the truths the Holy Spirit had in recent time opened my eyes to see in the Bible, which were not being taught in other Churches we had attended (Methodist, Baptist, Bible, Non Denominational, Mega Evangelical and Community); and 3) the SDA Church has the most inspired Bible scholars and teachers I have ever experienced—especially in the area of Bible prophecy. They have an abundance (almost an embarrassment of riches) of powerful, spirit-filled preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the end times messages contained in the Old and New Testaments, especially the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12, which is the God-given end time mission of the Church to preach to the world.

As someone who spends on average four-five hours a day studying God’s word, I could not bear to spend another hour in a lukewarm, milk preaching, Laodicean church. My mother had long ago become very disillusioned with the Methodist Church she had faithfully belonged to for over 50 years because of the apostasy that continued to creep in until the Church no longer bore any resemblance to the Church she had joined, been led to Christ in, and faithfully served—the one John Wesley had founded and would no longer recognize.

As I pursued my own study of the Bible, and God continued to shine more light on the truth of His his word, my search continued for a Church that preached Bible truth, and not traditions of men and politically correct and worldly doctrines of devils. Each time I would find one I thought could be home for us, some blatant errors would be preached and I would be on the search again.

Once the Holy Spirit revealed the Sabbath truth to me, I began prayerfully searching for a Sabbath-keeping Church that preached the meat of God’s word, and God led us straight to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where we immediately knew we were home.

I knew nothing about the SDA Church except that I had known an elderly SDA man who used to visit me when I lived in Jamaica in the early 90’s. We would discuss the Bible, especially prophecy, but I thought he was strange because he kept telling me the Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. It is funny now, but I used all the same arguments with him that I hear Sunday Christians try to use with me now that I know the Sabbath truth but it has not yet been revealed to them. These arguments include: 1) “I worship God every day”—which of course all Christians should do, but the Sabbath is a specific day sanctified and blessed by God for us to keep holy, do no secular work or focus on our personal stuff, and instead give glory to and commune with our Creator (who in six days made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, blessed and hallowed it)—of course worship and fellowship, caring for and visiting the sick, infirmed, imprisoned, walking in nature and enjoying God’s creation, etc. as Jesus did and showed us to do, is acceptable and encouraged). Jesus kept and taught us to keep the Sabbath, not legalistically, as did the scribes and Pharisees, but in love and devotion, as He created it to be kept. 2) “Jesus did away with that when He died.” Jesus actually kept the Sabbath while resting in the tomb and rose on the first day; and of course He kept it throughout His life and ministry. 3) “The Apostles did away with that after Jesus ascended to Heaven.” No where in the Bible will you find any scriptural evidence of this, and early Christians continued keeping the 4th Commandment Sabbath until at least 331 AD, when Roman Emperor Constantine legislated the Venerable Day of the Sun to honor and worship the sun god. Then in 364 AD at the Council of Laodicea, the Roman Catholic Church adopted Sunday as their official day of worship—it is therefore an institution of Rome contrary to the commandment of God. 5) “We are no longer under the law so don’t have to keep the Ten Commandments at all.” Of all the great deceptions Satan has used to blind the end time Church and lead her into apostasy to prepare her to receive the mark of the beast that she might be lost, this is the greatest and most dreadful, Revelation 14:9-12. Once I realized where Sunday worship had actually come from—pagan sun worship, hence “Sunday”, decreed by Emperor Constantine in 321AD and then picked up and enforced by the Roman Catholic Church State, who openly boasts it is her change, and not contained anywhere in the Bible—I ran from it like the sin it is. Sin is transgression of the law, and that was a definite transgression. 6) “The sabbath is only for the Jews.” This can only be said by Christians who do not study their Bibles for themselves (which I was once guilty of myself). The Sabbath was created by God in the Book of Genesis 2:2-3, long before a Jew existed, and long before God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, speaking them with His mouth and writing them with His own finger in stone, to evidence their permanence.

When the Holy Spirit revealed the truth of the Sabbath to me, I was shocked and then dismayed that I had heard the truth and rebelled against it, and had allowed the erroneous traditions of men to override the true word of God in my life. I just thank God He didn’t give up on getting through to me, and that I didn’t grieve away the Holy Spirit in the process. I have to say that keeping the Sabbath as God commanded is such an amazing blessing, as God intended it to be. To take a whole 24 hours to separate from the worldly and connect with the Holy does more to rejuvenate a person and solidify our relationship with our Creator than anything else could. I know in these end times, the Holy Spirit is working to get through to all Christians, as the call to “come out of her my people, that ye not be partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4) is given louder and more powerfully. If you feel the conviction, do not turn from it, no matter how inconvenient it might seem to be. God and our right relationship with Him is eternally more important than our earthly conveniences and traditions.

The Holy Spirit also led us to present truth ministries which we still listen to daily on Youtube and continue to be edified by, such as Greg at Bible Flock Box https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIR5QZdcEZgpeCCXIiCxRYg (Greg was the one who the Holy Spirit used to unquestioningly convict me of the Sabbath truth – watch his video “20 facts every Christian should know about the Sabbath” https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=20+things+every+christian+should+know+about+the+sabbath, along with all his other other short but scripture packed and truth filled videos – he is a truly spirit-filled young man.)

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Will You Survive The Tribulation and Avoid the Mark of the Beast?

Excellent Teaching for those who have been deceived by the false doctrine of a pre-trib rapture, which is no where contained in the Bible, followed by Ten Facts About the Mark of the Beast, so you can avoid it.

 

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Infant Baptism is Wrong

Baptism is a something Jesus commanded his followers to do, as He did when He was baptized by John the Baptist “to fulfill all righteousness”. It is a ceremony entered into with forethought and  deliberation, after making an informed decision to repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, Lord and Savior and to obey and follow Him—a decision no infant is capable of making. Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Aside from the fact that it is not biblical, infant baptism can lead to child abuse, as this video of a priest in France slapping a baby who is crying evidences. Now many babies getting water dribbled on them might be likely to cry, but most spiritual leaders are not in the habit of striking them and holding their faces until they scream and their frantic parent has to snatch them away. It was reported that after this video went viral, the priest was suspended.

You can read the complete Newsweek article here if you video-catholic-priest-caught-violently-slapping-baby-during-baptism-stop-it-989009

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A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible

An excellent documentary on the history of the Bible which every Christian and Catholic should watch, as well as those who question the accuracy of the Bible. It does confirm in my mind the importance of doing our study with the King James Version, even if we read the NKJV or other version.

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America Fulfilling Revelation 13:11-17 — The Mark of the Beast is Near

   The Beast with Seven Heads (Rev. 17)           Second Lamb-like Beast (Rev. 13:11-17)

The Beast and his Image

While the White House release below might sound good on the surface to Christians who are not students of end time Bible prophecy, it is a clear sign of the approaching fulfillment of prophecy concerning the mark of the beast, before the second advent of Jesus Christ. President Trump identifies America as a nation of believers, and by that we assume he means Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ; however, that is far from true. I personally know many more atheists, new agers, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, stardust, goddess, angel and self as god worshippers than I know true Bible believing Christians.

This is breaking down the wall of separation between Church and State in America, where religion is dictating to the state. Next America will begin to speak like a dragon and legislate religious practice, particularly as encouraged by the Evangelical Churches (via his Evangelical Advisory Committee) and others who have joined hands with the Vatican, which practices will not be biblical, but commandments and traditions created by man contrary to God’s law.

The two horned lamb-like beast (America) is forming an image to the beast (the Roman Catholic Church/State system) as the wall of separation between Church and State comes down. Soon the two horned beast will speak like a dragon, and America will begin legislating matters of conscience, religion and faith in support of the beast and the false prophet (apostate Evangelical and Pentecostal Protestantism which has joined hands with the beast system), and persecution will follow, just as it did at the hands of Papal Rome in the dark ages. All people of faith, whatever faith or religion you may follow, should be concerned.

The Bible tells us that the United States will enforce the mark of the beast, initially with economic sanctions for violators (that no man might buy or sell, save he that has the mark of the beast in his right hand or forehead), followed by death decrees. This is all about worship, so has to do with our beliefs (forehead) and actions (right hand), not an actual physical mark. It further comes down to day of worship—Sunday worship as instituted by the Roman Catholic Church with no biblical support therefor, or Sabbath worship as commanded by God in His law, which was instituted in Eden and will exist into eternity. It may also involve idolatry (“cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed”), since the 2nd commandment prohibiting idolatry was removed in the Catholic Catechism so they could encourage the pagan practice of bowing down to and worshipping statues. The early statues of Mary and the saints were just renamed statues of pagan gods introduced into Catholicism to entice pagans to join.

Prophecy in the Bible has never failed, nor will it fail now as we approach the end. Watch and listen closely to what is coming out of the Vatican and the White House so you will not be caught off guard and unprepared. Most importantly, keep your eyes stayed on Jesus, your mind focused on the Bible, and your soul in a state of prayerful surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit in all things that He convicts you of.

Religious Freedom in the US

President Donald J. Trump Stands Up For Religious Freedom In The United States

A VOICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to ensure that the faith-based and community organizations that form the bedrock of our society have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the Federal Government.

  • President Trump has signed an Executive Order entitled “Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” in order to:
    • provide recommendations on the Administration’s policy agenda affecting faith-based and community programs;
    • provide recommendations on programs and policies where faith-based and community organizations may partner and/or deliver more effective solutions to poverty;
    • apprise the Administration of any failures of the executive branch to comply with religious liberty protections under law; and
    • reduce the burdens on the exercise of free religion.
  • The Executive Order creates the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Executive Office of the President.
    • The Initiative will be led by the newly created position of Advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (Initiative) and be supported by experts and various community and faith leaders from outside of the Federal Government.
    • All executive departments and agencies that do not have Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives will designate a liaison to the Initiative.

PRIORITIZING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: President Trump has made it clear that religious freedom is a priority throughout his Administration.

  • In October 2017, the Department of Justice issued twenty principles of religious liberty to guide the Administration’s litigation strategy and protect religious freedom.
  • In January 2018, the Justice Department announced a religious liberty update to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual, raising the profile of religious liberty cases and directing the designation of a Religious Liberty Point of Contact for all U.S. Attorney’s offices.
  • In January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced major policy changes protecting freedom of religion inside and outside of the government:
    • forming a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, providing HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom; and
    • proposing to more vigorously enforce twenty-five existing statutory conscience protections for Americans involved in HHS programs, in order to protect Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services.

ONE NATION UNDER GOD: President Trump has publicly stood with people of faith and with those who advocate for the sanctity of life.

  • This is the President’s third public event marking the importance of prayer, including attending the National Prayer Breakfast just two weeks after his inauguration.
    • President Trump has declared several days of prayer, including a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for America’s National Response and Recovery Efforts.
  • On October 13, 2017, President Trump spoke at the Value Voters Summit.
  • On January 19, 2018, President Trump became the first President to address the March for Life rally live via satellite.
    • Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life in 2017, becoming the first sitting Vice President to do so in person.

PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Throughout his tenure as President, Donald Trump has been a champion for religious liberty in the United States, restoring the ideals that have undergirded our Nation’s freedom and prosperity since its founding.

  • On May 4, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order to greatly enhance religious freedom and freedom of speech:
    • taking action to ensure that religious institutions may freely exercise their First Amendment right to support and advocate for candidates and causes in line with their values; and
    • ensuring that religious Americans and their organizations, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, are not be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.
  • The President has announced a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy and is allowing houses of worship to receive crucial disaster aid in times of crisis.
  • The Trump Administration has taken a stand on behalf of religious liberty in the courts:
    • it supported baker Jack Phillips’s right to operate his bakery in accordance with his religious beliefs.
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God’s Seal or the Beast’s Mark, Babylon and Armageddon

Excellent Sabbath study lessons on the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God, and Babylon and Armageddon.

 

 

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The Pope doth protest too much, methinks

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Pope Francis rejects donation from Argentinian president with 666 in sum

Centre-right leader Mauricio Macri gave 16,666,000 pesos to educational foundation backed by pope, reports say

The frosty relationship between two of the world’s most prominent Argentinians appears to have taken a turn for the worse after it emerged that Pope Francis rejected a charitable donation from the government of President Mauricio Macri – at least partly – because the sum included the figure 666.

Earlier this month, the centre-right president made a donation that totaled 16,666,000 pesos (slightly under $1.2m) from the Argentinian government to the Scholas Occurentes educational foundation, which is backed by the pope and is based on a similar organization founded by Francis when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires.

Two weeks ago, the pope presided over an event in Rome at which medals were awarded to Hollywood celebrities George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Richard Gere, who have agreed to be ambassadors for the charity. Shortly afterwards, Macri made the donation.

But according to the Vatican Insider – a publication specializing in papal affairs published by the Italian newspaper La Stampa – Francis wrote to the Argentinian branch of the foundation, asking them to return the money. In a postcript, he wrote: “I don’t like the 666…”

 

Those who study the Bible, especially the books of Daniel and Revelation, know full well what system the first beast (kingdom or power) of Revelation represents (and the lamb-like beast as well), and the beast system knows full well that it is the described beast, no matter how much it might try to dodge and weave and create false doctrines to lead astray the uninitiated who follow the teachings of men rather than study the Bible for themselves. Methinks Pope Francis protests the number 666 too much.

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:18 NKJV). Vicarius Filii Dei, translated “Vicar of the Son of God” = 666.

Our Sunday Visitor, a Jesuit publication, published two admissions that Vicarius Filii Dei is in fact a title for the pope—on November 15, 1914, and April 18, 1915.

“The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. This is inscribed on his mitre.” If you take the letters of his title, convert them to Roman numerals and add them together, the total will be 666.

While this is an interesting scripture that many people focus great attention on; it is merely one of many scriptures that identify the Roman Catholic Church/Vatican State and Pope who rules over it as the beast system. A beast in the Bible represents a kingdom or power. The important thing is who you will worship: the beast, and receive his mark and “drink of the wine of the wrath of God poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation…and be tormented with fire and brimstone”; or God, by keeping His commandments and having the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14.

There are two choices—one leads to eternal life—the other leads to destruction in the lake of fire. Choose life, which is what God wants for all of his children. He loves us and does not want to see any perish, which is why He sent His son to die in our places, if we will only repent and turn to Him for our salvation, then obey and follow Him. He made it so simple for us. Just don’t follow the beast and her false teachings, or you will be lost. Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” This is a call out of the apostate mother Church of confusion (Babylon) and her harlot daughters (apostate Protestantism which has joined with her). Revelation 17:5

 

 

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The Holy Spirit

An excellent Grace Gem on the Holy Spirit by James Smith, 18021862.

The Holy Spirit

(James Smith, “The Way of Salvation Set Forth”)

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

The Holy Spirit is the author of the great work of regeneration. He takes up His abode in the renewed heart, as His temple. He dwells in us, and shall be with us. Jesus does all for us, in our justification; and the Holy Spirit does all in us, for our sanctification.

The Holy Spirit is the source of all holy desires, consistent purposes and good works. There is no good thing in us, but what He produces. He dwells within us as the Teacher, the Comforter and the Advocate of the soul. He leads us . . .
into truth,
against Satan,
and to labor for God.

He . . .
warns us of evil,
directs us to Jesus, and
applies the blessings of salvation to our souls.
He is in us as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Without the Holy Spirit there is not, there cannot be, genuine religion; for He is its author, guardian, and guide.

To Him we are indebted . . .
for every good desire,
for every holy thought,
for every good word, and
for every fruitful work.
He works in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure.

Every tear of penitence,
every contrite sigh,
every fervent prayer,
every ray of spiritual light,
every holy emotion toward God
–is from the Holy Spirit.

If He left us–our graces would soon wither, fade and die.

When we grieve Him . . .
our comforts decline,
our evidences are beclouded,
and our hands wax feeble.
But . . .
if we sow to the Spirit,
if we walk in the Spirit,
if we aim in all things to please Him–then . . .
our souls are vigorous,
our graces are lively, and
we are enabled to find our joy in God.

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We have published Charles Naylor’s practical two page article, “The Easiest Way!

Grace Gems!

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Defeating Demons, Devils and Evil Spirits

As I know from firsthand experience, they exist, and we are all affected by them, whether we acknowledge them or not. Best to see them for what they are, how they impact our lives, and know how the Bible teaches us to deal with them. Saying Satan and his evil fallen angels don’t exist is the most dangerous course to take, because that gives them free reign over our lives. I made that mistake a one point in my life, and God allowed them to work a full measure of wickedness and grand deception on me, such that I would never again dare to even think that they are not all around us, looking for any opportunity to take us down. This is true for all humankind, but especially true for Christians. Those who don’t believe, Satan already possesses—it is the believers they desire to lead astray. They are most dangerous when they appear as angels of light, which they once were and are very capable of disguising themselves as now. It requires discernment, which only comes from knowledge of God’s word by the working of His Spirit in us, to distinguish the true from the false.

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Good Short End Time Prophecy Video

Greg is a gifted student and teacher of Bible prophecy, and great at pointing out false teachings, deceptions and errors being bandied about on the internet. This is a good, brief summary on the US in end time prophecy, the beasts, etc.  He has excellent videos on many subjects relating to prophecy and salvation at Bible Flock Box https://www.youtube.com/user/BibleFlockBox2.

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