By ELDER DR MASIMBA MAVAZA
Memory Text: 1 Corinthians 2:9
“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’ ”
Have you ever felt that you were in the midst of a great battle, a kind of struggle between good and evil? Many, even secular people, have sensed this reality. And we feel that way because, well, it’s true. We are in a great battle between good and evil, between Christ (the good) and Satan (the bad).
Life, then, is really being played out on two levels. The great controversy between Christ and Satan is taking place on a global scale—in fact, even a cosmic level, for in heaven is where it first began (Rev. 12:7). Yet, in the confusion of events, we can easily lose the big picture of God’s escape plan for this world. Wars, political unrest, and natural disasters can hold us in helpless terror. But God’s prophetic guidance can help us keep in mind the big picture of where we are going and how we will get there.
SABBATH: The earth is a battlefield & on it is the fight between; truth & error, good & evil, Christ & Satan. Since the start of this great battle in heaven, it has been the purpose of Satan to overthrow God’s law. The cosmic conflict continues here on earth when Satan was cast out. We feel it on a personal & global level (Rev. 12:7). We’re tested on faith & we see the atrocities/wars on earth. Christ offers rest amid the battle.
SUNDAY: Heavy persecution fell on the apostles & many were martyred for their faith. Condemned to the Isle of Patmos to die, John, the last disciple left felt helpless & restless. Yet, “this gloomy abode became the gate of heaven” (Acts 1:11, Rev. 1:9-19). God gave him a vision to comfort his soul & His people in the world. God is with us always (Matt. 28:20). John was promised the new heaven & new earth (Rev. 21:1, 2).
MONDAY: The sermon on Mount of Olives tells the signs of the second advent of Christ. All major events that’d climax the end of the world’s history was presented by Christ in an interruptible fashion (Matt. 24). Christ wants us to be ready for this time of trouble (Dan. 12:1). His 2nd coming is literal & is an ultimate event. Only 8 souls were saved in the Flood. We must be watchful (Matt. 24:4-8, 23-31, 37-39).
TUESDAY: As the battle between the Prince of Light (Christ) & the Prince of darkness (Satan) unfolds, we’re not to be idle or sit back. Our solemn duty is to share the gospel to everyone. One person can win many lives for Christ & one soul won for Christ is a big deal (Rev. 14). SDAs are to share the “present truth” (Rev. 14:6-12; 2 Pet. 1:12). Those who remain in sin will have no rest, day or night (Rev. 14:11).
WEDNESDAY: Death is but a sleep & the dead knows nothing—wishes & hopes disappear after death. Our great consolation is that Christ died & is risen, & will unite the saints with their loved ones who died in Him. For now, the dead are resting till Christ comes again to judge the world. No one goes to heaven after death (Heb. 11:13-16, John 11:11, 14; 5:28, 29; DA, p. 787). We must prepare for death when it comes.
THURSDAY: Just as we resort to Google Maps to find directions in a foreign city, so are we to rely on the Bible to find our way to heaven in this foreign world. Otherwise, we will end up at a place where we’d be restless. There is no shortcut in enjoying true rest & peace in God. Amid test & trials, we’re to rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4-6). The fear of death disappears when we trust in God’s love (2 Cor. 11).
FRIDAY: Patience is a true virtue to cultivate in these end times. We want quick responses to our texts & even in prayer. We get discouraged when God is seemingly silent. “God is too wise & good to answer our prayers always at just at the time & in just the manner we desire.” We must trust in His will & not ask Him to concede to our will. All desires must be lost in the will of Christ. He will come to save His own soon.
—Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, p. 219 & Counsels on Stewardship, p. 350.
SDAs- Seventh-day Adventists
DA- The Desire of Ages
SUNDAY- A Vision Of The End
MONDAY- The Countdown
TUESDAY- Marching Orders
WEDNESDAY- Rest In Peace
THURSDAY- Rejoice In The Lord Always
📌 Think about the reality of the great controversy. How do you see it being played out in the world? How about in your own personal life? It’s very real, isn’t it? In fact, it’s more real than many people think, because many don’t believe in a literal devil. Why is understanding the reality of the great controversy so important in helping us to understand the state of our world? Also, why is our understanding of how this great controversy will end so comforting?
📌 Prophecy can be a distraction if we try to go beyond what is clearly revealed. How often have church members gotten in trouble, making predictions about events that didn’t come to pass or believing in others’ predictions that didn’t come to pass? How can we protect ourselves from falling into that kind of trap?
📌 In class, go over Revelation 14:9-11 and the question about those who worship the beast and his image not having rest. What might that mean?
📌 A controversial topic in the church has to do with what role we do or do not have in the timing of Christ’s return. Whatever position one takes on this, why is it still very important that we take an active role in spreading the message of His return to the world?