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After reading Ernie's dreams at www.formypeople.org my heart was thrilled with the message that Jesus is warning his people to get ready for his soon return. Like many christians, I had lost my first love over time and was slowly sinking back into the world. I thank God for his wake up call through the dreams God gave to Ernie and am now reclaiming the love I once had for my Lord.
Like a new Christian who can't help but share what God has done for them, my wife and I began to share with fellow church members the dreams that had blessed us so much. We told them about the web site. We asked them to let us know if they could find any errors in them as we had not. You can imagine our surprise when hardly anyone showed any interest! Some people responded by saying “they were skeptical of such things.” Others said they didn't have enough time to read them, while others said all we “needed was the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy.” Another group of people received emails or went to the internet and found articles which claimed Ernie was speaking error, even by the power of the devil! It reminds me of the parable Jesus spoke in Luke 14:16-24 where everyone who was bidden to come to the great supper found excuses not to come. How sad they lost their opportunity!
My wife and I then set out to read all the “bad press” Ernie was getting which were partly responsible for turning people away from the dreams. We expected to read intelligent, in depth studies showing where Ernie Knoll's dreams contradict the Bible or Spirit of Prophecy. Unfortunately we were disappointed. Instead of pointing out doctrinal errors, the critics falsely accused and misinterpreted the dreams. We noticed the corner stone of their rejection of the dreams was based on what was said by the Herald in the “Stand Fast” dream concerning our tithe. Considering the tithing subject has been very controversial in the church for a long time, we found it strange that “the critics” should spearhead their attack with this doctrinal point.
Although we have not yet found any errors, we still test each dream by God's word and the Spirit of Prophecy and remain open and cautious, as should everyone.
Considering there was little on the internet that promoted the dreams, my wife and I decided we could do our bit by building this web site. We pray that it will be a blessing to all who find it.
By Ed R. Meelhuysen, Editor, www.BiblePlus.org
November 21, 2008
First a brief background as a way of introduction: As a long time believer, a student of the Bible, the writings of Ellen G White, and the editor and compiler of the Sola Scriptura series of comprehensive scripture compilations (posted at www.bibleplus.org), I had the opportunity to become deeply acquainted with scripture as well as the language of God-given dreams and/or visions. I have written an online book entitled Revelation for the Wise, a look at the book of Revelation (not completed yet). I have served in short-term and year-long mission/volunteer capacities in Japan, Romania, India, the Philippines and Mexico and been an elder/pastoral assistant and bible lesson teacher at several of churches where I have attended. Nevertheless, I am a sinner, saved only by God’s merciful grace. Like many of you, I am a pilgrim on a journey to a better city and land, whose builder and maker is God.
Given my studies, I knew God was to send more messengers before Jesus’ second coming. In January of 2007, someone introduced me to Ernie Knoll and the messages he was receiving from God (he had only 3 messages at that time). As I read the dream “A View of Heaven,” I got excited. I recognized the language of biblical dreams as well as that of E.G. White as used in her earlier dreams and/or visions. It seemed as if God was visiting His people with a clear message, an end time message. “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) The dream made me long for heaven. It seemed so real, providing a hope-filled glimpse into what will be; a land of smiling happy people! But the dream was also a call to reevaluate our worship services, to worship God in a style that honors Him rather than appealing to our need to be entertained. Throughout many of the prior visions I had read, I find that two-edged sword: encouragement with views of what is to come, and a rebuke and a call to repentance, to act and worship God in a way that honors Him. The messages given through Ernie echo this style.
I shared Ernie’s dreams with a number of church members. I took copies to the Oregon State Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison, and read and shared them with the inmates that attended the Sabbath services. The hand of God was upon all that heard and believed the messages. The messages spoke with a clarion call to repentance and preparation for the events to come, that time is short and Jesus, our Lord and Savior is coming soon for His chosen ones (“those who are they” as used in Ernie’s dreams).
It was with great disappointment, but no surprise that I watched Ernie and his messages being attacked, even by the one who originally introduce me to his writings. All other prophets and messengers have been attacked. Should Ernie expect less? As I read the arguments against the messages, many made little sense. Linda Kirk especially attacked Ernie’s character, implying that he was not the type of person that God would choose and that he was a false prophet as a number of his dreams had not yet come true. Since when does God choose perfect people? In fact, has God ever chosen perfect people? Does not God call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32) and to be the vessels He will use? Saul (who later became the apostle Paul) was not perfect or a godly man when the bright light on the road to Damascus arrested him (Acts 9). When Isaiah saw the glory of God, he proclaimed “Woe to me!" "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). God prepares His called, changing and strengthening them according to His will. Since when do God’s prophecies have to be fulfilled within 6 or 12 months in order for the messenger to be declared true? Should John the Revelator be labeled as a false prophet because the statement from Jesus, “Behold I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20) has not been fulfilled for over 1900 years?
A number of writers especially those on the www.4hispeople.info have done a good job of rebutting the claims against Ernie and/or the messages so I won’t repeat those here. If in order to understand some of the messages given to Ernie, which may specifically address some of his detractors by name, you may study those arguments, both pro and con at http://www.4hispeople.org/ernieknoll.htm Scroll down to read the letters in support of or against Ernie and the messages. But I recommend that you read and study the messages first, so that you have a strong foundation and perspective first.
I was challenged by a number of the messages to move to a more primitive form of godliness, a putting away of the internal and external inclinations towards worldliness (especially as shared in the book Creeping Compromise, which was referred to a number of times), a sense of my own sinfulness, of the necessity of pleading for forgiveness and cleansing, of relying solely on the grace and merits of Jesus Christ and His blood shed for sinners. While my human nature struggles against the changes, reading the messages (as supplemental to Bible study and prayer) encourages me to continue on the journey. And when I feel like I’m weakening in resolve, God sends another message. How good He is!
I encourage those who question the authenticity of the messages to lay aside their skepticism, and to read the messages with an open heart, asking, “What is God trying to teach me through these messages?” And “What is my role, my part, in order to be among the redeemed?” If you do not understand one message, move on to the next one. As part of a greater canvas, each message is just one or more brush strokes in the greater picture. The colors, hues and shades will begin to make sense as you step back and look at God’s wonderful messages for His People! Also as shown in the dreams, read, study and understand the books The Great Controversy, Creeping Compromise and the scriptures.
Ellen White predicted: "Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times" (The Great Controversy, p. 464). Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:16-20)
So what are the fruits of those who listen to and obey God’s messages through Ernie? Certainly it would be a movement towards primitive godliness, of pleading for forgiveness of sins committed, of manifesting the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26), and a deeper longing to be in God’s heavenly kingdom. This is in keeping with the scripture and the messages sent via His servant Ellen White.
This morning, in my quiet time, God shared with me how to bring to remembrance sins that need to be brought before His throne of grace. Firstly, ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you. Then review God’s commandments one at a time, asking yourself, how have you committed a sin in breaking that commandment, not only in deed, but in intent or in the heart. Jesus stated in His sermon on the mount, "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.” and "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:21, 22, 27, 28).
Once your sins are brought to mind, ask for forgiveness specifically, accepting God’s promise that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
Start with God’s obvious commandments such as the great commandments (" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[a]; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' ” Luke 10:27, Deut. 6:5, Lev. 19:18)
Then continue on to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) going through each on in detail:
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbor’s.
Then branch to God’s other commandments that apply to His people. For example:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31; “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.” Leviticus 19:16
“Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Corinthians 6:19
"They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents" Romans 1:29-30
In God's church, "I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged." 2 Corinthians 12:20, 21
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Revelation 22:14, 15
And there are many more verses in the Bible declaring God’s will for His people.
Look carefully at the characteristics that God will not allow into His kingdom and if you find those in your life, repent of those. For example if slander (diminishing one’s reputation in the eyes of others), criticizing or gossiping has been a problem for you, repent of that and practice speaking well of others. If you have read books on the occult such as recent popular series that teach sorcery in the form of “children’s stories”, repent that you have exposed your mind to those. If you vicariously thrill to the violence and sexual immorality in movies or other entertainment, repent of that. Let God lead you. He will be faithful to lead you “in paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.” (Psalms 23:3). God wants to help you! He wants you to be in His kingdom. And then bear fruits in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8).
Surely God has visited His people. Those who will, will hear His voice, recognize it and follow the Shepherd. May the LORD be praised, now and forevermore.