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‘Go Into Harvest Field,’ Wilson Tells
North Asia Seventh-day Adventists

 Sabbath sermon part of International Mission Conference wrap-up (Posted September 1, 2013)
 
BY MARK A. KELLNER, News Editor, reporting from Jeju Island, Republic of Korea
 
On what was the brightest and balmiest day of the four-day event, Seventh-day Adventists attending morning worship at the 2013 Northern Asia-Pacific Division International Mission Conference were challenged to “go forward into the harvest field” and tell the world about Jesus and His soon coming. Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president, issued the appeal in a Sabbath, August 31, 2013 sermon heard by over 4,000 gathered at the Jeju International Conference Center on this island off the southern coast of the Republic of Korea.

 
JESUS IS COMING SOON: Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president, reminded International Mission Conference participants that the Lord's return is soon. WIlson, at left with translator, spoke at Sabbath morning worship on August 31, 2013, in Jeju Island, Korea. [PHOTOS: Mark A. Kellner/AR]
Recalling the morning’s varied activities: the Sabbath school lesson, choral music, a sand “painting” done on a lightbox in front of the congregation, young children’s spirited performance that “told us about Abraham’s faith,” and a “wonderful testimony from China about the faithfulness of the people of the division,” Wilson praised the efforts he called but a prelude for the congregation.. . .

“All of this is pointing to God’s call to you and to me, people who accept God’s commandments and the faith of Jesus, to go forward into the harvest field, all through the power of the Holy Spirit,” Wilson said.
 
“We have had quite a display of human activity and creativity during this Congress, and we thank God for the skills and the creativity,” he noted, adding, “But I want to tell you brothers and sisters, none of this is possible without the power of the Holy Spirit.”
 
In an impassioned message, Wilson discussed the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and their link to today’s world. He implored his hearers to lovingly and cheerfully share these messages with others to help “call out” those attentive to God’s word at the end of time.
 
He tied the First Angel’s message, a summons to worship the Creator of the Universe, to the keeping of the Bible Sabbath: “The call to worship God as the Creator automatically places upon people the responsibility to observe the day that honors His creative act,” Wilson said.  “A created being cannot honor his Creator while defying the command to keep Saturday, the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, holy, which God Himself set aside as a memorial of His creation.  During the time of trouble that immediately precedes Jesus’ return, the seventh-day Sabbath will be the central issue of conflict in the great controversy.”

 
YES, MY LORD: Youngsters retell the story of Abraham, who answered God's call with a "Yes, My Lord." They performed during the Sabbath School period August 31, 2013,at the International Missions Conference.
Wilson added that this first message is also tied to the issue of origins: “But there is more to recognizing and worshiping God as the Creator.  To worship God as the Creator means there must be a willingness to reject false theories about the origin of life, such as evolution,” he said.  “It is impossible to believe in evolution and say that God is Creator of heaven and earth and all the life they contain.  The two concepts do not mix.  In essence, evolution is not a science; it is a false form of religion.”
 
The Adventist leader noted that the Second Angel’s message is a plea to abandon a dead, false and fallen religious system: “God’s people who are still in Babylon are called out so they will not be guilty of participating in her sins and will not receive the plagues that are to be poured out upon her,” Wilson said. “Therefore, Babylon is constituted by churches that teach many of the theological errors passed down through the church of the middle ages.”
 
Wilson added, “In order for God’s people who are still in Babylon to understand the urgency of getting out, they must understand the sins and errors of Babylon.  This puts a tremendous responsibility upon God’s remnant people.  The preaching of the three angels’ messages will be met by intense anger and fierce opposition for exposing Babylon for what it is, even though it is done with Christian love and biblical authenticity.”

 
 
Noting that those who reject the Sabbath will be angered by the support of Adventists and others for the biblical day of rest, part of the Third Angel’s message, Wilson said a time of testing will follow.

 
THOUSANDS IN ATTENDANCE: A gathering estimated at 4,000 people filled the main hall at the Jeju International Convention Center for Sabbath worship on August 31, 2013
“We are so grateful for the religious freedom that is available in many countries around the world. Thank God for it; we need to use our religious liberty to defend religious liberty,” he told the congregation. “However, according to Bible prophecy, the time is coming when religious freedom will be reduced and churches will so control the government that the government will pass laws that will fulfill the wishes of the apostate churches. Anyone who disagrees with what this church/state relationship stands for, will be persecuted. Don’t be afraid of that day. Lean on Jesus today and you will lean on Him in the future.”
 
Wilson noted, “Apostate religious leaders will not be able to refute Scriptural evidence for the sacredness of Saturday and this will fill them with anger.  As a result, Sabbath keepers will be persecuted and imprisoned.”
 
He told his hearers, in remarks streamed over the Internet throughout the division and worldwide: “The time will come when people do not want to hear the truth, but preach the truth anyhow. Live like the Lord is coming soon… because He is!”
 
A period of prayer and dedication followed for the thousands in the conference center’s main hall. The service also featured an offering for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in and for the people of North Korea.




 

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