Pentecostal Sevewnth Day Adventist! Bring It!
hahaha, the topic of Adventism has never ceased to amaze me. My mother grew up a mormon/methodist, my father was a Hindu and in the end their 6 kids were brought up as Jehovah's Witnesses. I found church boring and a waste of time whilst growing up, never did anything for me but to see cute guys and hang out with the friends you met and made.
In 2002 did i really give my Life to God, as did the rest of my family one by one in their own time did they feel it was time to surrender their life to God. Now this didnt mean to kill yourself and slave yourself away for HIm lol but simply admitting that YOur life is NOT your own. We were baptised into the Pentecoastal church and MAN it was powerful, i guess you dont really understand until you experience it for yourself. At first i thought evryone was weird, raising their hands, yelling hallelujah, shaking, crying uncontrolably, it just all didnt make any sense to me. Only when I started to read the Bible - the book people call Ancient and oldschool when really they are- did i really start to understand someone called the Holy Spirit- its not an it so people should get it right, but in all there are three beings: God Jehovah, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Once we accepted Jesus we were so strong, and were blessed with the gifts of dreams and visions (Icorinthian12 & Joel 2:28). to cut an extremely long story short, my mama had a series of dreams and visions that eventually led us to Australia (we were living in NEw Zealand at the time). One of those dreams she had of the 10 commandments. the next, of a finger pointing to the 4th which is the sabbath commandment- Keeping the sabbath day holy. My mama was so confused! she said "God what are you trying to say? we keep the sabbath on a sunday! what we do on a sunday is for you!". My sinblings and I were also part of the worship team.
Now we loved our fellow brethren but becoming Seventh day adventists was FAR from our minds! we thought those people were weird!!! lol. 3 confirmations were given,
1) My 2 older sibblings were the ones most UNHAPPY with the dream. Whilst they were at work on a friday afternoon they were asked to work overtime. My sis was a checkout operator, as soon as she looked down at the til she was blinded in one eye, she could not see anything! My brother walked in about an hour later and confessed the same thing! it was then he rememebred "hey sis, dont they say the sabbath starts when the sun goes down on friday?".
2) Mama had a dream about the books of Daniel and Revelation and if you know your bilbe these books are CRAZY! they talk about beasts and dragons and etc and so we read it like a story book night after night in our devotions trying to figure out why God revealed these books to us and what the point was coz we were getting kinda bored and tired of reading it over and over. Not even 2 Days later e get a knock from Seventh day adventists from the Samoan Independant SDA church inviting us to their seminar. it had been going on for 4 weeks and they found us in their LAST WEEK! When we got there they were talking about the books of Danie and revelation!!
3) when we got fed up because we couldnt shop on the sabbath we figured "God is a God of freedom- which is absolutely true but let me explain later" and decided to go shopping. This time round it felt so wrong! so unusal for us because Saturday was our shoping day. as we got home however and were going about our business inside the house, we heard a Loud crash at the front of our house. now we had a massive rock sitting on the edge of our driveway, about more than 90cm and a car had crashed into it, broke it into LLITTLE pieces then driven away. Now my house was situted on a bend so it was confusing because really, how Could you dirve STRAIGHT into the rock, reverse and continue driving?? ANd thats not the freky part, at that same time my sister came running out of the room with a panic look on her face and said "its us Guys!!" . While this happened at the same time she was reading in the bible about how moses came down and when seeing the ISraelites sinning threw down the 10 commandments and smashed the tablets into small pieces.
The transition was very hard and if it DID not say it in the Bible then we would NOT be SDA but the fact that it does makes one thing very clear, God desires his people to worhsip and rest on the day he created right from the beginning. People say "oh the law is done away with!" but so that would mean we are allowed to kill and gossip about eachother right?? The fact is the law is there to show us our sin, we shouldnt be UNDER it, God knows we aint good enough to keep it perfectly but it is there as a guide. The first 4 commandments are for you and GOD and the rest of the 6 are for you and PEOPLE.
I disagree with SDA pushing the faith and beliefs onto others and calling SUnday worhipers the Mark of the beast or any of that nonsence hence creating haters. I think that because i have that background i understand what it is like. they just need to be reminded that SALVAATION IS NOT BASED ON THE KEEPING OF THE LAW but having FAITH in Jesus christ just as the bible sayss! if you would like to know more or confrim things be sure to let me know!
GOD BLESS You all