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39. Adventist imagination: When God will shut the door

Adventist imagination: When God will shut the door

Here is some interesting things, about 1881. It is a kind of William Miller and Ellen Gould White and others view about Adventist "shut door"

"2. November 18, 1844--William Miller Believed His Work Was Done and the Door Was Shut.
We have done our work in warning sinners, and in trying to awake a formal church. God, in his providence has shut the door; we can only stir one another up to be patient; and be diligent to make our calling and election sure. We are now living in the time specified by Malachi 3:18, also Daniel 12:10, Rev. 22:10-12. In this passage we cannot help but see that a little while before Christ should come, there would be a separation between the just and unjust, the righteous and wicked, between those who love his appearing, and those who hate it. -- William Miller Letter of Nov. 18, 1844, quoted inThe Advent Herald, Dec. 11, 1844, p. 142." http://www.whiteestate.org/issues/shutdoor.html

In 1916 Reprint 5918 the pastor Charles Taze Russell (a former Adventist) stated: 

"... the full complement of Body members of Christ is being secured, despite Satan's vigorous efforts to prevent it. Now the number is almost full; indeed the few now coming in, we believe, are merely taking the places vacated by some who by unfaithfulness have lost the crown laid up for them; for we understand that the full number had accepted the offer and been begotten of the Spirit when the general Call ceased, in the fall of 1881." http://www.network54.com/Forum/89087/message/1276833932/Re-+An+interesting+read!

"That narrow way stood open ever since, till Oct. 1881" "Till Oct. 1881?" Hmm, I though it was Johnson who closed the entrance into the narrow way! Perhaps I'm not reading this correctly!" - Bro. Harold 
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How the "Bible Students" explain the "shut door" are still open:
"No, you're reading it correctly, just not reading enough. 

Yes, the Pastor did believe and teach that 1881 would mark the closing of the door to enter into the little flock, this is clear from his early writings. In fact, he believe that 1881 would see the "rapture" of the feet members in 1881. 

"We know not the day or hour, but expect it during 1881, possibly near the autumn where the parallels show the favor to Zion complete and due to end, the door to the marriage to shut and the high calling to be the bride of Christ, to cease.)" R191 

In May 1881 issue, there appeared an article entitled: "The Year 1881" in the article were some thoughts as to what was to be expected on October 02, 1881. The Pastor believed and taught that the door to the high calling would be shut and all opportunity to enter in would be fruitless. 

"We have no desire to dogmatize nor to keep any one out, but we [believe] (and therefore speak) that the favor which ends this fall, is that of entering the [Bride company]. We believe the [door of favor] is now open and any who consecrate [all] and give up [all], can come in to the wedding and become members of the Bride, but that with this year the company will be reckoned [complete] and the [door to that high calling] (not the door of mercy) closed forever." R224 

In R833, the Pastor still believed the door was closed with no opportunity to get in, although he did believe that the sleeping saints were resurrected in 1881. 

Later the Pastor would amend his thoughts, and redefine what he believed was "closed". 

"Our thought is that a large number of those who consecrated prior to 1881 failed to "make good." It is our thought that you are still in time to make your consecration, with every reason for hoping that you may make your calling and election sure by zealous faithfulness in sacrificing earthly interests in favor of the Heavenly." 

So before there was no opportunity to run the race after 1881, now there is opportunity. So what ended? In the same article the Pastor states: 

"We make a distinction between the end of the public Call and the shutting of the door. We understand that the public Call ended when a sufficient number had been invited and had accepted the invitation--in 1881. But of these invited and accepted ones there was still to be a testing." 

So it was the public call that ended, and not the call itself. Mind you the above quotes come from the July 1915 Watch Tower 

In 1916 Reprint 5918 the pastor stated: 

"... the full complement of Body members of Christ is being secured, despite Satan's vigorous efforts to prevent it. Now the number is almost full; indeed the few now coming in, we believe, are merely taking the places vacated by some who by unfaithfulness have lost the crown laid up for them; for we understand that the full number had accepted the offer and been begotten of the Spirit when the general Call ceased, in the fall of 1881." 

So up until the time of his death, he still believed that the door was opened, replacements, but nevertheless, the door still open. 

This change, no doubtr was a result of so many falling away during the 1909 schism, and then again those who left when the expectations of 1914 were not realized. I would then add the many who fell away during the 1917 split. 

RR 

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Wrong, wrong, wrong, there are no shut door yet. Just speculations which is a great sin: "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son." 2John 1:9

See for more:

DEMONISM and the WATCH TOWER: JW's leader under the demon's control
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2012/12/i-still-need-information.html

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