Daisy says that Jesus told her that martyrdom is at its peak. Victor says that this is not true, he claims that martyrdom will be at its peak after the decree goes forth.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
There isn’t just one type of martyrdom, the Bible and writings of the Spirit of Prophecy describe many types of martyrdoms… to God martyrdom means a lot more that physical death. Just like “thou shalt not commit adultery” at the first glance would be simply interpreted not to cheat on your wife but in reality it covers even a simple thought of committing adultery, just the same martyrdom covers a lot more than simple death.
Jesus has both a visible church and an invisible one. He sees everything, He sees both His visible and invisible church, the one that we cannot see… this church is a target for Satan’s attacks as well.
Many christians are physically killed at the present time, and even if they do not have the advent truth, they are still the invisible church of God.
The physical martyrdom of the visible church (Revelation 20:4) will be after the decree, in the little time of trouble (check Last day Events page 143), many adventists will be imprisoned or killed.
The death decree for the 144000 will happen after the close of probation and none of them will be killed.
2) The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy writings teach that martyrdom does not refer only to physical death, but also to persecution, unjust accusations, gossip, evil surmisings, tarnishing one’s name, neglecting the widow and the orphan… even raising a child with bad habbits that destroy its health.
TODAT, THE PSYCHICAL AND SPIRITUAL MARTYRDOM OF THE REMNANT IS AT ITS PEAK, as Jesus is stating to Daisy. Those that hold fast to principle, that aim to obey the truth and show the people their sins (unlike those that the Bible describes as “dumb dogs” – these harsh words should show how much God holds in contempt not warning our brothers of sliding into sin) ARE BEING PERSECUTED (MARTYRED) by the SDA Organization, the nominal, laodicean church.
Because physical martyrdom is a clear truth for SDA’s, we will focus on proof from the inspired writings regarding the psychical and spiritual martyrdom THAT TODAY IS AT ITS PEAK in the remnant church (Ezekiel 34).
COMMENT : persecution, not helping those in need with food and clothes, anger, false accusations, gossip and every type of evil speaking are sins commited by breaking the 6th commandment “thou shalt not kill”. Basically all of the above is equal to killing in the sight of God and those that suffer due to these are seen as martyrs.
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
+ (Paul explains what being “killed all the day long” means… )
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite (nâkâh = to strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill) him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
Jesus Talks about Anger
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
KJV Isaiah 59
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
KJV Jeremiah 22
3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
KJV Ezekiel 18
10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,
11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife,
12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
KJV Ezekiel 22
Sins of Jerusalem
1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.
3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.
6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.
7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.
8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.
10 In thee have they discovered their fathers’ nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.
11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.
12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.
37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.
45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
KJV Nahum 3
The Miserable Ruin of Nineveh
1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;
Habacuc 2: 12 Vai celui ce construiește un ORAȘ CU SÂNGE și întemeiază o CETATE PRIN NELEGIUIRE !
COMMENT: the martyrdom that is currently taking place in the remnant church, of the leaders against the members that keep the truth, is plainly stated in Ezekiel 34:
The Promise of a New Shepherd
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
PROOF FROM THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY WRITINGS
“Manuscript 17, 1898”
The Lord’s people are mainly made up of the poor of this world, the common people. Not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble are called. God hath chosen the poor of this world. The poor have the gospel preached unto them. The wealthy are called, in one sense; they are invited, but they do not accept the invitation. But in these wicked cities, the Lord has many who are humble and yet trustful. Many of these the ministers of the gospel know nothing about. The churches do not know them, because there are many professors, but few who minister; but they are the Lord’s lights, shining in lowly, miserable places. Patient, meek, gentle, suffering with nakedness, hunger, and cold, they are the Lord’s martyrs. Angels visit them, and bear to heaven the record that the Lord’s capital, entrusted to human agents, is misappropriated, that the church is guilty of squandering the Lord’s means. Ms17-1898.2
It was an insult to God when David numbered Israel. God’s rebuke rested upon him; for he made himself as God, as though he could tell the strength of the armies of Israel by their numbers. “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” God looks not to the numbers of Israel for the success of His work. His armies number thousands of thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. These co – operate with the men who will connect with God to be channels of light. Ms17-1898.3
There are in our cities thousands who have the fear of God before them, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. It is because so many of these are in lowly circumstances that the world does not notice them. But though hidden in highways and hedges, these are seeking God. Ms17-1898.4
It is because of poverty that many are sick, and because of sickness that there is so much poverty. Many in their poverty minister to others. The reward received by these will be proportionate to their willing obedience. Jesus saw how it would be, and He desires His servants to communicate with these suffering ones. The last gospel call is to be sounded, not only in the highways, but in the hedges. Ms17-1898.5
“Testimonies for the church volume two”
But the poor children, who think that mother knows best what is right, are the greatest sufferers. The mother’s wrong course has enfeebled herself, and, if chilly, she bundles up in more wrappings, and provides the same for the children, thinking that they also must be chilly. The doors and windows are closed, and the temperature of the room increased. The children are frequently puny and weakly, and do not possess a high degree of moral worth. Husband and children are thus shut up for the winter, slaves to the notions of a woman controlled by imagination, and sometimes having a set will. The members of such a family are daily martyrs. They are sacrificing health to the caprice of an imaginative, complaining, murmuring woman. They are deprived, in a great measure, of air, which will invigorate them and give them energy and vitality. 2T 532.1
Many infants are poisoned beyond remedy by sleeping in beds with their tobacco – using fathers. By inhaling the poisonous tobacco effluvium, which is thrown from the lungs and pores of the skin, the system of the infant is filled with poison. While it acts upon some infants as a slow poison, and affects the brain, heart, liver, and lungs, and they waste away and fade gradually; upon others it has a more direct influence, causing spasms, paralysis, and sudden death. The bereaved parents mourn the loss of their loved ones, and wonder at the mysterious providence of God, which has so cruelly afflicted them, when Providence designed not the death of these infants. They died martyrs to the filthy lust for tobacco. Every exhalation of the lungs of the tobacco slave poisons the air about him. – The Health Reformer, January 1, 1872. HL 111.1
“Selected messages book 2”
Thousands of infants have died who might have lived. They are martyrs to their parent’s ignorance of the relation which food, dress and the air they breathe, sustain to health and life. Mothers in past ages, should have been physicians to their own children. 2SM 469.1
“Testimonies on sexual behavior, adultery and divorce”
There are many living martyrs today who suffer in silence, who trust in God when they are abused with the tongue and who are tantalized, who are hurt and wounded by coarse, harsh denunciations, whose lot seems to be to live and to suffer, receiving comfort only from Jesus who is the Source of their strength. Such souls are missionaries. They are Christ’s noble ones, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. TSB 47.2
“Manuscript releases volume 3”
I am pained when I receive letters from mothers who have children inquiring, Shall I leave my children to do missionary work? In the fear and love of God, I say, become a home missionary. Educate yourself in Bible ways and means that you may be a successful worker in your own home, for you see they need to be saved, for they are sinners. Do not forsake your post of duty because of the unpleasantness of it. There are many living martyrs today who suffer in silence, who trust in God when they are abused with the tongue and who are tantalized, who are hurt and wounded by coarse, harsh denunciations, whose lot seems to be to live and to suffer, receiving comfort only from Jesus, who is the source of their strength. Such souls are missionaries. They are Christ’s noble ones, and their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 3MR 372.1
“Manuscript 56, 1886”
So will it be with the remnant people of God who are scattered – some in the mountain fastness, some exiled, some pursued, some persecuted. When the voice of God is heard, and the brightness of the glory is revealed, and the trial is over, the dross removed, they know they are in the presence of One who has redeemed them by His own blood. Just what Christ was to John in his exile, He will be to His people who are made to feel the hand of oppression for the faith and testimony of Jesus Christ. These very martyrs will one day be resplendent with the glory of God because He has faithful ones who have been loyal where the world, the churches, have made void His holy law. These were driven by the storm and tempest of persecution to the crevices of the rocks, but were hiding in the Rock of Ages; and in the fastness of the mountains, in the caves and dens of the earth, the Saviour reveals His presence and His glory. Ms56-1886.14
Today there are many classes of martyrs in God’s people, both visible and invisible
– living martyrs suffering from hunger, poverty, diseases etc. that in spite of all of this, serve God
– martyrs of the parents’ lust and their unwillingness to lead the children in the health reform
– living martyrs “ABUSED WITH THE TONGUE that are TORMENTED, WOUNDED BY HARSH AND CRUEL DENUNCIATIONS”, persecuted for the truth, called extremists, dissidents, separatists, independent atoms, all of these unjustly.
– living martyrs in prisons or dead martyrs belonging to the invisible church, all around the world.
In the future, after the sunday law, there will be the last martyrs in the little time of trouble, while there is still grace left. Those will be all the ones that will not accept the sign of the beast under threat of death or imprisonment. (Revelation 20:4)
We can conclude that what was told to Daisy is true. Martyrdom is at its peak today in more areas than one. Poverty is at its peak and neglection of these suffering ones is at its peak; religious persecution is at its peak; there are douzins of wars going on at the same time in the world today, people are losing their homes, their loved ones; insults and “killing with the tongue” is at its peak, the lack of respect and courtesy in the world today is unbelievable; martyrdom in the SDA organization is at its peak, while homosexuals and transexuals, adulterers and thieves etc. are being baptized to increase the treasury income, those that faithfully admonish, warn, reprove as being directed by the Spirit, are insulted, persecuted, framed for heinous acts, called extremists.
Martyrdom is at its peak today and it will stay so until the sunday law.
During the great time of trouble, after the closing of probation, the worldwide death decree will go forth, but it will not produce a single victim. So, after the close of probation there won’t be any physically dead martyrs, only living ones. The 144000 are called martyrs in a quote above from Manuscript 56, 1886