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    Hello Martin, the sundown to sundown Sabbath is in fact backed by the Holy scriptures. It’s first mentioned in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis where the creation account is recorded. In this section of scripture, we read that God created the heavenly bodies to mark the passage of time. For example, after dividing day from night, God tells us that “the evening and the morning were the first day”. He then describes each following day in similar terms. In Genesis 2:1-3 we find that the seventh day was different than the previous six. On the seventh day, God ceased from His works. He blessed this day, sanctified it, and rested. That seventh day we find in Genesis, is the day we call Saturday on the Gregorian calendar we use today. I encourage you to read more on the seventh day Sabbath, by reading our study aid, Sunset to Sunset: God's Sabbath Rest.
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    Robert, thank you for your request, but we are not sure to which booklet you are referring to? Once we know which booklet you are requesting we'll have it shipped to you.
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    You’re correct in that there are two distinct Beings within the Godhead, God the Father and God the Son. However, they were not known as the Father and Son in the Old Testament. The Being known as the Father in the New Testament was called the Most High God in the Old Testament. The Being that became known as Jesus Christ in the New Testament, is the Word or Logos, John 1:1-14. He was the Being who interacted with the patriarchs and ancient Israel, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5. The tetragrammaton “YHWH” often translated “LORD” used in the Old Testament is most often in reference to the Word, Jesus Christ. However, there are few scriptures where “YHWH” is referring to the Most High, the Father. In some instances, it can also be referencing both God Beings. Reading the entire section in context helps determine who is being referenced.
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    It is interesting that Jesus himself warns us that simply calling on His name is not enough in Matthew 7:21-23. ‘Believing in Him’ requires accepting all of Jesus’s teachings, using His life as our example to follow. Nowhere in scripture do we find Jesus teaching that we go to heaven at death. Even at His own death, Jesus did not go to heaven. He was dead and in the grave for three days and three nights until His Father resurrected Him back to life. Jesus himself confirmed the fact he wasn’t in heaven in John 20:17 where he tells Mary after the resurrection, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” So Scripture clearly says that Jesus had not been in the presence of His Heavenly Father. Just like Jesus, we too at death will wait in the grave until the time of our resurrection.
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    (Part 2) This is the same process for all of God’s saints within the body. The duties of the two witnesses will understandably be significantly different, but Holiness as God demands will never change (Leviticus 11:44-45, Hebrews 13:8). There is no doubt that these two prophesied individuals will have a great battle on their hands. Exactly who, what, when, and how this will all come about, is completely up to God and known only by Him and Jesus Christ. Many specific details are not written within the pages of the Bible. Our duty at this time is to do our part and let God do His part at identifying and working with these two individuals. We will know more when He chooses to reveal it (Psalm 25:8-10, 14).
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    (Part 1) Mr. Wengeler, The Bible does not mention that only one of the two witnesses will stand alone to fight against Satan himself. Revelation 11 refers to “they” and “them” rather than individuals. It’s logical to think that when these two anointed ones are called to come forth, they will stand together in perfect unity in like manner. If you stop and think about it, those who are called today are engaged in a battle against Satan, (Ephesians 6:10-17). God has not called us to stand alone, but in unity, assisting each other in overcoming, and caring for one another (Ephesians 4:1-16). Nothing is mentioned to us in Scripture about our part in assisting the two witnesses. I’m sure that we will all be doing our share of praying, fasting, and whatever God asks of us at that time. Exactly how this will play out, we’ll just have to wait and see. The symbolism concerning their clothing is the same for all those who approach God. Every human being will need to put on new spiritual clothing through repentance and baptism - buried with Christ to become a new creation.
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    (Part 2) “In the last days” is another important factor. Considering the world around us recognizing the signs of the times it seems evident that these are in fact the last days. Ethnically speaking both of these nations are comprised of many different ethnical backgrounds. If we were to sample the DNA from across the lands we would probably be surprised at how blended the nations of the earth have become. Only God knows where the true descendants are today. No doubt, hind sight is 20/20. If time is allowed to continue and two other Super Powers arise then we would have to reassess our thinking. While we still see “through a glass darkly” we strive to put our trust In God to lead us in our studies of these prophecies.
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    (Part 1) In this sermon Mr. Myers was explaining that based upon historical and prophetic evidence, the United States of America and the British Commonwealth seem to be a perfect match to the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham over 4,000 years ago. Through the family of this faithful friend of God, the promises were passed down and also recorded throughout many prophesies throughout the book of Genesis. The interesting facts of their rise to power and the timing of how and when the United States and Britain came to be world leaders is quite interesting. God inspired the Patriarch Jacob to record in Genesis 49:1 the exact timing of the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham concerning his heirs, Ephraim and Manasseh, “in the last days”. If we look throughout history there has never been a nation or empire like these two nations.
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    Mr. Reit, sorry to hear of this not working for you. I've had this happen on certain sermons as well. I have had success with the Downloads Button when this has occurred. Have you tried clicking on the Downloads Button that's on the right side of page? This will allow you to download it directly to your computer without playing directly from website. Once the sermon is downloaded to your computer you will be able to choose the Audio Players on your computer to play message. (Ex. Real, VLC, Itunes, Media player.) Hope that helps.