New Light Concepts

"We must not for a moment think that there is no more light, no more truth, to be given us. We are in danger of becoming careless, by our indifference losing the sanctifying power of truth, and composing ourselves with the thought, 'I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.' While we must hold fast to the truths which we have already received, we must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may send." — Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, page 310 (written in 1915)

"The question has been asked me, 'Do you think that the Lord has any more light for us as a people?' I answer that He has light that is new to us and yet it is precious old light that is to shine forth from the Word of truth. We have only the glimmerings of the rays of the light that is yet to come to us." — Ellen G. White, Selected Messages Vol. 1, page 401

Throughout history any time God has seen fit to shed new light on His people, Satan has done his best to discredit God's messengers in whatever way he could. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the rest of the prophets were not greeted with open arms by God's chosen people. In fact, Jeremiah was thrown in a pit and Isaiah was killed for preaching new light. New light was as unpopular in Christ's day as it had been in the past. The apostle John is probably the only apostle of the 12 apostles that was not killed for his faith, but even he was thrown in boiling oil and banished to an island. Luther and Huss were not popular with the church when they brought new light to the people. Luther was excommunicated and Huss was burned at the stake. Ellen White and her whole family were disfellowshipped from their church when they accepted William Miller's message and began spreading it. Indeed, new light has always brought persecution to the bearer of the light.

Can we expect any better treatment today if we present new light than what God's messengers received in the past? History has a way of repeating itself. Bible Explorations is committed to preaching and spreading the truth regardless of the consequences. We ask that as you "explore" the Bible with us that you will first ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to all truth and that He will clearly show you any error that may occur. Second, set aside all of your preconceived ideas and let God lead you in your study. Third, any new light must agree with the Bible in order to be true new light. The Bible is the standard that all new light must be measured by. The opinions expressed by those of us working with Bible Explorations or anybody else for that matter, are worthless unless they are backed up with a "Thus saith the Lord." Remember that Satan also has new light to shine on anybody that will listen to him. Fourth, new light must not conflict with the Spirit of Prophecy. Finally one last reminder and word of warning--Satan always opposes all new light that God sends to His people. Your family, friends, and even your church may oppose you in your search for new light, but you must not let them influence you when God has led you to new light. With these thoughts in mind, let's begin:

We are told that we are to strive to be among the 144,000. What all does that include? The following videos and books will help shed light on this very important question. After all, if we are indeed the last generation and Christ's coming is imminent, then we must know more than any other generation has known. A brief description follows the listing of each item.


The Three Elijahs
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.

This DVD presents subject matter in a form that will arouse your interest to explore deeper into the Scriptures. Elijah the Tishbite battled with evil on Mount Carmel. He was one man against 400 of Baal's prophets in the ultimate struggle between good and evil. John the Baptist was the second "Elijah" who also battled against the forces of evil. The 144,000 are the third and final "Elijahs" who will battle against evil. You may be surprised at what you will learn will be the 144,000's battle plan against the enemy.

ND-8. The 144,000 Faithful Soldiers In the Final Crisis
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.


The Christian Passover
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.

Many Jews may not realize the spiritual significance of many of their own traditions. The Seder Table is a Jewish tradition rich in spiritual significance to the Christian who will take time to study its meanings. This fascinating study shows many of the meanings that even the Jews may not understand, but that are tremendously important to the Christian today. This DVD will greatly enrich your relationship with Jesus.

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EV-21. How To Enjoy Sabbath
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.

Have you ever wondered how to keep the Sabbath? Has it become a burden to you? This DVD is on the Seventh-Day Sabbath and provides useful insights into these questions and more.


An Innovative Approach to Holy History, 2nd Edition
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.

(Note: There are no 1st editions of this book, the 2nd is just the same with some minor corrections/changes when reprinted.)

Read it on-line or download the entire PDF document (478KB).

The author believes it is time for the 144,000 to be separating further from the world and its unwanted influences. He sees them as a confident, loyal, in-control people with their focus on God and His ideal for them. This book is written to show a helpful and practical means of acquiring the character they truly want.

This thought-provoking book explores the commandments, statutes, and judgments contained in the first five books of the Old Testament with particular emphasis on the statutes. What statutes, if any, are applicable to us today and which statutes were done away at the cross? Why did God give His people "appointed times" to worship Him and are they still applicable today? Did you know that the Battle of Armageddon will be fought over the issue of "appointed times?" What are these appointed times and why will they play a central role in end-time events? Satan and God each have their own set of "appointed times." Learn what they are and see for yourself what roles they play. The key to understanding the nature of "Armageddon" is found in the Word itself. This book will answer these questions and more. This book is a must-read for those who are striving to be among the 144,000.

"There are glorious truths to come before the people of God." EGW 1888 Materials pg. 333

The Church Triumphant, New Light, and the 144,000
VanDenburgh, Elder John L.

Read it on-line or download the entire PDF document (374KB).

What are the characteristics of the church triumphant? You may be surprised. Do we know all there is to know about scripture or is there much yet to learn? If there is more to learn, then what is it and where can we find it? Will God reveal more to the last generation? What, and who, are the 144,000 spoken of in the prophecies of Revelation? Are those who will eventually make up the 144,000 being selected now? Explore these questions, and more, as you read this book.

This is the second book written by the author sharing his belief that it is time for the 144,000 to be separating from the world as the world is separating from God. He sees the 144,000 as a confident, loyal, in-control people with their focus on God's ideals and recognizing these ideals being transcribed in them.

This book brings confidence to the dedicated soul and solidarity among all brothers and sisters who sense that Satan and the Spirit of God are making unusual changes in the church around them. Through the eyes of Ellen White the author has noted these changes as signs. He sees these signs coinciding with a 'go-ahead' for heavenly agencies to quietly select the multiplied thousands of believers who will eventually make up that special group, that very group the scriptures refer to as the 144,000.

Of necessity the subject matter has led this book's author into the realm of "new light." What is the new light promised to the remnant? How radical will it be? What clues do we have about its focus? Who will receive it? How will it truly help the church go through to the end?

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"While we must hold fast to the truths which we have already received, we must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may send." (GW p.310)
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