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Cream of Chickpea Soup | 13
The Covering
In Missouri, winter is coming quickly and my children eagerly antici-
pate the first snowfall. Although fun to play in, snow also acts as a protec-
tive covering—just one foot of snow can keep the soil underneath moist and
relatively warm. But snow isn't the only protective covering found in nature.
On the first and second days of creation, God made light and the atmo-
sphere (Genesis 1:3-8). If you've ever seen a shooting star, you've actually
watched Earth's protective shield in action as the friction of the atmosphere
burns up an intruding object. Recently, scientists have discovered that sun-
light, too, helps protect and cleanse the earth. When sunlight interacts with
pollutants in the atmosphere, something called a hydroxyl free radical begins
breaking down those pollutants, making it easier for rain and snow to wash
them out of the sky. Viewed on a spiritual level, this is a powerful illustration
of what happens when Jesus (the Light of the World) touches our sin, breaks
its power in our lives, and then cleanses us "with the washing of water by the
word" (Ephesians 5:26).
On the third day of creation God made dry land, and then covered it
with a blanket of green vegetation (Genesis 1:9-13). Vegetation, of course,
protects the soil from erosion, but certain plants also cleanse the soil from
contaminants. For example, sunflowers soak up radioactive materials, and
clover removes oil. Alpine pennycress removes heavy metals from the soil,
while sugar beets mop up sodium chloride from the ground. It has even been
discovered that poplar trees can remove dry cleaning solvents from the dirt!
In what generation did humanity need plants that could do all of these
things? Only in our generation, the generation that, according to the Bible, is
living in the "time of the end" (Daniel 12:9) while Christ completes His final
work of atonement in heaven. Atonement is an English word for a Hebrew
concept that literally means "to be covered." It encompasses the entirety of
Christ's salvific work of forgiving and cleansing from sin. Just as God has
built coverings into nature, that protect and cleanse, He has power to for-
give and cleanse you from sin (1 John 1:9). He wants
to protect you from the penalty of sin and also to
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character, so that "as he is, so are we in this world" (1
John 4:17). Yes, this world is headed toward an eter-
nal winter, but in Christ you can live in the warmth
of God's holy presence! Praise God!
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Confirmation and
Earth's Final Crisis
Tim Rumsey

On October 6, 2018, Brett Ka- man, really, is Brett Kavanaugh?

vanaugh was confirmed to the Su- We may, of course, never know
preme Court of the United States the true answer to that question.
(SCOTUS) as an associate justice. The prophet Daniel faced a
His long and contentious con- similar situation thousands of
firmation process culminated in years ago in Babylon. I am not
a series of allegations by several comparing Brett Kavanaugh to
women accusing Kavanaugh of Daniel, but important lessons can
sexual assault decades ago. Numer- be learned by observing Kavana-
ous details of Kavanaugh’s past, ugh’s dilemma and by studying
including a hand-marked calendar this episode in Daniel’s life. Shortly
from his years in high school, were after the Medes and Persians con-
investigated in an effort to deter- quered Babylon, King Darius set
mine the truth. The political stakes 120 princes over the empire, with
were high, but the moral stakes Daniel placed in preeminence over
rose even higher. And a simple all the other princes. This didn’t
question rested at the bottom of sit well with his political adversar-
all the controversy: What kind of ies, and they immediately began a
campaign of character assassina- thing could be found. Certainly,
tion. Daniel 6:4 records, “Then just once Daniel and his friends
the presidents and princes sought had enjoyed a night on the town.
to find occasion against Dan- Perhaps he had even spent a little
iel concerning the kingdom…” while in the red light district. May-
In other words, Babylon’s politi- be, just once, this professed servant
cal machinery began a systematic of God had gambled in the casinos
search of Daniel’s long life. His by the river Euphrates, understated
enemies hoped that they would his earnings on his income tax re-
find record of bribery, misappro- turn, or “borrowed” the company
priated funds, political treachery, camel for a vacation to the coast.
or some other kind of official mis- Again, they found nothing. And
conduct. Instead, “they could find again, a simple question rested at
none occasion nor fault, forasmuch the bottom of all the controversy:
as he was faithful” (Daniel 6:4). What kind of man, really, is Daniel?
Next, Babylon’s equivalent of the What is his character? In answer to
FBI turned to Daniel’s personal life, that question, the Bible provides
no doubt confident that here some- a stunning conclusion. “[N]either
was there any error or fault found he [the beast from the earth] had
in him” (Daniel 6:4). The proph- power to give life unto the image
et’s character was so spotless that of the beast, that the image of the
even false charges would be point- beast should both speak, and cause
less, and Daniel’s enemies knew it. that as many as would not worship
Only one alternative remained the image of the beast should be
in order to condemn and destroy killed” (Revelation 13:15). In this
Daniel. “Then said these men, time of crisis that still stands in
We shall not find any occasion front of us, God’s people, like Dan-
against this Daniel, except we find iel, will stand trial for their faith in
it against him concerning the law Christ and obedience to God’s law.
of his God” (Daniel 6:5). So Dan- The time is not far off when
iel’s enemies devised a law prohib- the people of God will be called
upon to give their testimony
iting worship of the true God, and
before the rulers of the earth…
then they attached a death penalty Many will have to stand in the
for failure to comply with the law legislative courts; some will
(see Daniel 6:6-9). Daniel’s charac- have to stand before kings and
ter was so above reproach that his before the learned of the earth,
enemies knew this utterly unjust to answer for their faith.1
law was the only way to destroy This investigation will start with
him. The rest of the story is well what we believe, but it will end up
known. Daniel remained faith- scrutinizing how we live. As with
ful to God, was hauled into court, the attacks on Daniel, every effort
condemned to death, and cast into will be made to discredit the char-
acter of God’s people and to present
a den of hungry lions. The next
them as among the vilest and most
morning, King Darius returned
dangerous of criminal offenders.
to the lion pit and found Dan-
iel unharmed, his life protected Kings, governors, and great
men will hear of you through
by God’s angel (Daniel 6:19-22).
the reports of those who are at
Earth's Final Crisis enmity with you, and your faith
So what does all this have to and character will be misrepre-
do with earth’s final crisis? Revela- sented before them.2
tion reveals that at the end of time, All who in that evil day
would fearlessly serve God ac-
a similar plot, with a similar law
cording to the dictates of con-
and a similar death penalty, will science, will need courage, firm-
be brought against God’s people. ness, and a knowledge of God
Revelation 13:15 predicts, “And and His Word, for those who are
true to God will be persecuted, quickly condemned on any vari-
their motives will be impugned, ety of charges and it will be seen
their best efforts misinterpreted,
that our character is no different
and their names cast out as evil.3
from that of the rest of the world.
When this crisis hits God’s peo-
ple, the political drama surround- However, the Bible predicts that
ing SCOTUS nominees will look God’s people will be found, like
like a children’s charade in com- Daniel, with “no guile” and “with-
parison. And the real question in out fault” (Revelation 14:5). They
these unjust trials will be a famil- will be living testimonies to the
iar one: What kind of people, re- absolutely perfect redeeming grace
ally, are these professed servants of of God—a grace that not only for-
God? This is a good question, and gives sin, but that also cleanses the
one that needs to be contemplated. heart and mind of the disease of sin
What kind of person, really, am (1 John 1:9). They will be sanctified
I? What do I watch when no one and cleansed “with the washing of

When this crisis hits God’s people, the political

drama surrounding SCOTUS nominees will
look like a children’s charade in comparison.
else is home? What emotions and water by the word,” and will stand
thought processes have I allowed to as “a glorious church, not having
become etched in my mind? What spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
grudges and hard feelings toward but that it should be holy and with-
others might still be lurking in the out blemish” (Ephesians 5:26,27).
dark corners of my heart? What ar- God's Amazing Promise
eas of my life do I still refuse to com- Embedded within Daniel’s sto-
pletely and permanently surrender ry and Revelation’s prophecies is an
to Christ? What is my character? incredible promise: It is possible to
As with Daniel, how we live “keep the commandments of God”
now will determine what happens and live with the “faith of Jesus”
then. If we, as professed Chris- (Revelation 14:12). Many people
tians, continue stuffing the pro- today—even many within the rem-
verbial skeletons into the closet nant church—assert that true or
now, the investigation then will complete obedience to God’s law is
be relatively short. We will be impossible on this side of eternity.
Yet at the end of time God’s people and those who love God for the
will be condemned precisely be- gift of His saving grace will keep
cause they are keeping God’s law. His commandments (John 14:15).
Those who honor the Bible Now here is the kicker. The
Sabbath will be denounced Bible states, “whosoever shall keep
as enemies of law and order, the whole law, and yet offend in
as breaking down the moral one point, he is guilty of all” (James
restraints of society, causing
2:10). This means that in earth’s
anarchy and corruption, and
calling down the judgments of final crisis, God’s people must be
God upon the earth. Their con- living in harmony with all of God’s
scientious scruples will be pro- law, not just the fourth command-
nounced obstinacy, stubborn- ment. A failure to reflect God’s
ness, and contempt of authority. character in relation to any of the
They will be accused of disaffec-
other nine commandments will,
tion toward the government.4 in God’s sight—and in the world’s
One of the Bible’s last prom- opinion—completely erase the wit-
ises reveals that loving obedience ness that could have been gained
to God’s law is not only possible, by remaining faithful to God’s
it is also necessary in order to ex- seventh-day Sabbath. Imagine that
perience the blessings of heaven. you, when the mark of the beast is
“Blessed are they that do his com- enforced, are hauled into court for
mandments, that they may have continuing to worship God on the
right to the tree of life, and may seventh day of the week. You are
enter in through the gates into the subsequently charged with “break-
city” (Revelation 22:14). Obedi- ing down the moral restraints of so-
ence has never earned salvation ciety,” an accusation you of course
or merited favor with God, and deny. A relentless investigation of
it won’t at the end of time either. your life follows, and it is eventual-
However, God’s grace leads to “obe- ly discovered that you never gained
dience to the faith” (Romans 1:5), the victory over pornography, or

perhaps that your business trans- justice Brett Kavanaugh will turn
actions were often less than com- out to be. He bears a tremendous
pletely honest. At that moment, responsibility to rightly interpret
if you are found guilty “in one and defend the Constitution of the
point,” you will be “guilty of all.” United States of America. However,
Daniel underwent this kind of an even greater responsibility rests
investigation, and the verdict at upon God’s professed people, those
the end was that his only guilt was who claim to “keep the command-
“concerning the law of his God.” ments of God, and the faith of Je-
True, Daniel was still condemned, sus” (Revelation 14:12). They are
but because of his character and called to represent and defend the
his faithfulness to God, God was Constitution of Heaven—the Law
able to save Daniel and glorify His of God. And the world is in desper-
name as well. We are given the ate need of this faithful testimony.
promise that it is possible to live as The greatest want of the
Daniel did in the midst of this cor- world is the want of men—men
who will not be bought or sold,
rupt world. It is possible, through men who in their inmost souls
Christ’s power, to keep God’s law. are true and honest, men who
It is possible, through God’s trans- do not fear to call sin by its right
forming grace, for a born-again name, men whose conscience
Christian to reflect God’s image is as true to duty as the needle
to the pole, men who will stand
and His character. “Herein is our
for the right though the heavens
love made perfect, that we may
have boldness in the day of judg- How is this kind of charac-
ment: because as he is, so are ter obtained? Does it come auto-
we in this world” (1 John 4:17). matically following baptism, or
The Final Test does it inevitably develop through
As I write this, it remains to be years of church attendance? Is it
seen what kind of a supreme court due to a favorable environment

or a fortuitous fluke of hered- is our only hope of glory (Colos-
ity? Is it something that some sians 1:27). When that decision is
people “just have,” while others finally made, God’s people will, like
are doomed to struggle forever Daniel, “shine as the brightness of
without hope of ever overcoming?
the firmament; and…turn many
[S]uch a character is not the
to righteousness as the stars for
result of accident; it is not due
to special favors or endowments ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). God
of Providence. A noble charac- will have a final witness within His
ter is the result of self-discipline,
people that He is able to complete-
of the subjection of the lower to
the higher nature—the surren- ly forgive and cleanse from sin.
der of self for the service of love
to God and man.6 1. E.G. White, Maranatha, p. 254.
A character transformed by 2. Ibid.
Christ and in harmony with all
3. E.G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, pp.
of God’s law is possible, but it re-
quires the surrender of our finite,
4. E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 592.
selfish, deceptive, and sinful wills
to God. We must die to self, and 5. E.G. White, Education, p. 57.
allow Christ to live within, for this 6. Ibid.

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