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ADVENTIST LAYMEN'S FOUNDATION OF CANADA (ALF)

Publisher of the
"Watchman, What of the Night?" (WWN)
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- 1970s
- 1980s
- 1990s
- 2000s

All the Specials and Commentaries are in the last file of the year. There are 4 files for each year: jm=Jan-Mar; aj=Apr-Jun; js-=Jul-Sep; od=Oct-Dec

WWN is a thought paper that was published monthly continuously from Jan, 1968 to the end of Dec. 2006 . by the Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Mississippi, Inc.(ALF), with William H. Grotheer as the Editor of Research & Publication.

The Nov. 1977 issue discusses "What is the "Watchman, What of the Night?"

SHORT STUDIES - William H. Grotheer -
"Another Comforter", study on the Holy Spirit
1976 a Letter and a Reply: - SDA General Conference warning against WWN.
Further Background Information on Zaire -General Conference pays Government to keep church there.
From a WWN letter to a reader: RE: Lakes of Fire - 2 lakes of fire.
Trademark of the name Seventh-day Adventist [Perez Court Case] - US District Court Case - GC of SDA vs.R. Perez, and others [Franchize of name "SDA" not to be used outside of denominational bounds.]

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Interpretative History of the Doctrine of the Incarnation as Taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, An
- William H. Grotheer

Bible Study Guides
- William H. Grotheer

End Time Line Re-Surveyed Parts 1 & 2 - Adventist Layman's Foundation

Excerpts - Legal Documents
- EEOC vs PPPA - Adventist Laymen's Foundation

Holy Flesh Movement 1899-1901, The - William H. Grotheer

Hour and the End is Striking at You, The - William H. Grotheer

In the Form of a Slave
- William H. Grotheer

Jerusalem In Bible Prophecy
- William H. Grotheer

Key Doctrinal Comparisons - Statements of Belief 1872-1980
- William H. Grotheer

Pope Paul VI Given Gold Medallion by Adventist Church Leader
- William H. Grotheer

Sacred Trust BETRAYED!, The - William H. Grotheer

Seal of God
 - William H. Grotheer

Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences of 1955-1956
 - William H. Grotheer

SIGN of the END of TIME, The - William H. Grotheer

STEPS to ROME
- William H. Grotheer

Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled, The - A Study in Depth of Luke 21:24
- William H. Grotheer

Remembering
Elder William H. Grotheer

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BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

Song of Solomon - Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary

OTHER BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS & ARTICLES:

Ten Commandments - as Compared in the New International Version & the King James Version & the Hebrew Interlinear

Additional Various Studies --
"Saving Faith" - Dr. E. J. Waggoner
"What is Man" The Gospel in Creation - "The Gospel in Creation"
"A Convicting Jewish Witness", study on the Godhead - David L. Cooper D.D.

Bible As History - Werner Keller

Canons of the Bible, The - Raymond A. Cutts

Daniel and the Revelation - Uriah Smith

Facts of Faith - Christian Edwardson

Individuality in Religion - Alonzo T. Jones

"Is the Bible Inspired or Expired?" - J. J. Williamson

Letters to the Churches - M. L. Andreasen

Place of the Bible In Education, The - Alonzo T. Jones

Sabbath, The - M. L. Andreasen

Sanctuary Service, The
- M. L. Andreasen

So Much In Common - WCC/SDA

Spiritual Gifts. The Great Controversy, between Christ and His Angels, and Satan and his Angels - Ellen G. White

Under Which Banner? - Jon A. Vannoy

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Due to his failing health, Elder Grotheer requested that ALF of Canada continue publishing thoughts through its website www.AdventistAlet.com which now has developed into frequent Blog Thought articles plus all of the Foundation's historical published works written and audio.

As of 2010, with the official closing of the ALF of USA , The Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada with its website www.Adventist Alert.com is the only officially operating ALF branch established by Elder Grotheer worldwide.

We are thankful for the historical legacy that is now available through

The Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada, 1526 Haultain Street,
Victoria, BC V8R 2K4 Canada

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The MISSION of this site -- is to put the articles from the thought paper "Watchman, What of the Night?" in Essay form. It is not our purpose to copy WWN in whole.

Any portion of the thought paper may be reproduced without further permission by adding the credit line - "Reprinted from WWN, Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada."

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"IS THE BIBLE INSPIRED
OR EXPIRED
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By J. J. WILLIAMSON --

p 1 -- There are many today that loudly decry the thought that the Bible is the inspired word of God. They like to call it the opiate of the people. Their whole purpose in living is to accumulate as much unto themselves as possible regardless of others. They loudly proclaim that the human race is enslaved to the Capitalist who uses the church to keep his hold upon the common people. But while these people so readily relegate the Holy Scriptures to the land of fanciful dreams, the fact remains that one must acknowledge that there is a supreme power that guides the universe and all that is in it. Reason alone tells us three things; we exist, we did not bring ourselves into existence, and when that power which brings us into existence ceases to uphold us, we die. One may call that power whatever he wishes, but the Christian calls it God. And furthermore, the only written record of such a power complete with all the answers, is the Bible.

Many people say that if they could be sure that this is true, that they would gladly accept its teachings. Many others who sincerely believe that there is a God, would like to have faith in it, but it seems too far removed from the One they call Jesus. If they only could have witnessed the wonderful works that the Bible has recorded. If they could only have lived in the times of Jesus and been eye witnesses to those mighty miracles, but alas that day is past and now the doubting eye sees no sign.

And yet there is a sign, more mighty, more wonderful, and more certain than anything else. It is time that all men everywhere learned that "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved ... neither is there salvation in any other." Acts 4:12. Again we read in Philippians 2:9 that "God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." How can we know that only Christ is our Saviour? The answer is in the sure word of prophecy and it is to this that God calls our attention in these perilous days. Notice Second Peter 1:l9 "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day star arise in your hearts." Peter tells us that if we would turn to the prophecies of the Bible, that we would have all the answers that our hearts would need, FOR NOTHING CAN BE MORE SURE THAN THE PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE, not even signs or miracles, or the privilege that some had of seeing and hearing Jesus Himself. Bible Prophecy is God's answer to all men in all ages. What wonderful counsel is given in Isaiah 46:9-10: "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand; and I will do all my pleasure:" God says that, there is none like Him. He can tell the end from the beginning. It is the sign that He is God. And this is exactly what He has done in the prophecies of the Bible. If we will search the Bible, its prophecies will guide us safely to the daystar, Jesus, who alone can save His people.

John 1:45 tells us of the wonderful experience of Philip: "We have found him of whom Moses ... and the prophets did write, JESUS OF NAZARETH." How did he know that he had found Jesus? The same way that you may find Jesus. THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE. It was from this source that all the disciples made sure, and if men would take time today to seek this same source, there would be no honest infidels in all the world.

But you say, Jesus was just a Jewish boy, born in a humble home and in very strange circumstances. Until He was about thirty years of age, He worked as a tradesman, a carpenter. He didn't even have the religious training of His day that was provided by the schools of the land. Then from the carpenter shop, He stepped forth to proclaim that He was the Son of God. Was He the Son of God? If we accept Him, can we be sure of our hope? Again I say that the Bible must be our foundation.

p 2 -- If we are to uphold our belief in Jesus, we must be able to show from the Bible that beyond doubt He is the Messiah. In Acts 18:8, I read that this was the method that the Apostles used in their teachings; "Showing by the scripture that Jesus was the Christ." WHAT SCRIPTURES? Here we come to a very vital point. THE ONLY SCRIPTURES that the Apostles had to use at that time was the OLD TESTAMENT. The Old Testament proved that Jesus was the true and living Christ, the only Saviour of men. Another reality that we must not omit is that the supreme proof that Jesus was the true and only Saviour is found in the fact that the life of Jesus IN THE NEW TESTAMENT is just as it was prophesied in the Old Testament. JESUS SAID, "I AM THE ONE, I AM HE."

In the Old Testament, God recorded the life story of Jesus that when He came, men might recognize the Messiah. Centuries before He was born on this earth, the events of His life were foretold and in the record of the New Testament we find these predictions fulfilled to the letter. Let us start with the very beginning and trace this record for ourselves.

Concerning the birth of Jesus, Micah prophesied 710 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem with these words found in Micah 5:2: "But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Through Micah was pointed out the very place that the Messiah would be born. God put His finger on the little village of Bethlehem, and said, This is the place.

Was Jesus born in Bethlehem? Everyone who has ever heard anything about Jesus is aware that this is true. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF. Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth. Nazareth was about 70 miles from Bethlehem. And 70 miles in those days meant from 3 to more days journey. If you had lived back there, you would have probably concluded that Jesus would be born in Nazareth. BUT 710 YEARS BEFORE, GOD HAD SAID THAT IT WOULD BE BETHLEHEM. And we must never forget that the hand of God is on the lever of circumstances. He moves in Mysterious ways His wonders to per form. What happens to change the circumstances of Jesus' Birth? At just the right time, the decree goes forth from Augustus Caesar at Rome, a decree that all the world must be taxed. Every man had to register at his designated place, and so Joseph and Mary had to go up to Bethlehem. And while they were there Jesus was born at Bethlehem just as God had said He would be. The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem was the first sign that He was the Messiah.

The mother of Jesus was designated as a virgin. We read in Isaiah 7:14, written 700 years before His birth: "Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Everybody knows that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Some people say that they have great difficulty with this matter of the virgin birth, that to them it is impossible. But the fact remains that no one can deny the virgin birth because he cannot explain it, for there are a great many things that we accept and know yet cannot explain. For instance, I can not understand a virgin rabbit can give birth to little ones without the seeming necessary father. But I know that this is true, because some of the leading Universities of America have conducted experiments and found this to be so. If men of science can take a virgin rabbit and cause it to produce offspring without the male, then I am sure that God Who made man can take a woman and cause her to produce offspring without the aid of man. In other words the results of science with rabbit experiments only strengthens the fact of the virgin birth of Jesus. But aside from all this, WHEN YOU COME TO READ THE PROPHECIES, THE OUTSTANDING FACT IS THAT GOD IS A TRUE GOD: WHEN HE SAYS ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN, IT HAPPENS. No word of God fails. What He promises, He does. When He says anything will happen, it happens. God said 700 years before that Jesus would be born of a virgin, and He was.

God even foretold the family from which Jesus would come. In Isaiah 11:1: it says: "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." God said that Jesus would come forth from the family of David.

p 3 -- And what is Christ known as in the New Testament? He is known as the son of David and He was recognized as the legal successor to the throne of David.

That there might be no doubt or mistake, God even foretold the time that the Messiah would appear. Daniel 9:25 tells us that the Messiah would appear 69 weeks, or 483 years prophetic time after the decree of the "going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem".

We will study this decree in its fulness soon, but sufficient for now is the date 456 B.C. From this date, the Messiah was to appear on the scene after 483 years. AND AT THE EXACT TIME JESUS CAME FORTH. GOD SAID THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD BE THERE AND HE WAS EXACTLY ON TIME. [Webmaster note: Prophetic time = 1 Day equals 1 Year. This principle will be covered more fully as we study prophetic books such as Daniel and Revelation.]

How do we know this is true? John the Baptist was out there at the river Jordan baptizing people, when suddenly there appears a striking figure. Pointing to Him, John says, "Behold the Lamb of God". John recognized Him. Jesus was baptized. And when Jesus came out of the water after His baptism "he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him; and there came a voice from heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". Mark 1:10-11.

Immediately Jesus went from that baptism to be tempted in the wilderness and to begin His personal ministry. Thus we read of this event in Mark 1:15-17; "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the gospel." In Luke 3:1 we read that this was "in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar" which we know to be 27 A.D. when Jesus came forth and was baptized. THE 69 WEEKS WERE UP. Count from 456 BC to 27 A.D. When Jesus came forth and was baptized. GOD NAMED THE EXACT NUMBER OF YEARS; AND AT THE EXACT TIME JESUS CAME FORTH. GOD SAID THE MESSIAH WOULD BE THERE AND HE WAS EXACTLY ON TIME. HOW WONDERFULLY GOD MARKS EVEN THE DETAILS.

God foretold 1000 years before that Jesus Would be betrayed by one of His disciples Psalms 141:9 : "Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the signs - or the traps - of the workers of iniquity." The price also that Jesus would be sold for was exactly foretold by Zechariah, 500 years before Jesus was born. In Zechariah 11:12-13 we read: "And I said unto them, if ye think good, give me my price: and if not, forbear, So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast them unto the potter: a goodly price that I was praised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord." NOT ONLY HOW MUCH THAT JESUS WOULD BE SOLD FOR, BUT ALSO WHAT THE PRIESTS WOULD USE THE MONEY FOR.

It is uncanny. 500 years before Jesus was born, the exact price that Jesus was to be sold for was written in the scrolls. IT WAS AN EXACT PRICE, FOR JUDAS RECEIVED JUST THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER. When Judas became remorseful, (he was not repentant), he took the 30 pieces of silver and said, "I have sinned. I have betrayed innocent blood", and he cast the money at the feet of the priests. Then he went out and hanged himself. This is THE SORROW THAT WORKETH DEATH, THE SORROW OF THE WORLD - because it is not true repentance. Then the priests had a problem on their hands. "What will we do with this money?" one said. GOD HAD SAID THAT THEY WOULD BUY A POTTERS FIELD: and, THEY SAID, WE WILL BUY A POTTER'S FIELD TO BURY STRANGERS IN". All was as God had said they would do. It is wonderfully accurate even to the very details.

One thousand years before-hand, the Bible foretold that they would drive the nails in the Son of God, a time when crucifixion was unknown. That is another marvel of God. The Roman people invented crucifixion. Psalms 22:16 says, "They pierced my hands and my feet." THAT IS WHAT THEY DID TO JESUS. Then as Jesus hung on the cross, He knew that everything was fulfilled up to that moment; but that they must give Him vinegar to drink. Compare Psalms 69:21 with John 19:28-30: " they gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst, they gave me also vinegar to give"..."After this, Jesus knowing that all things were accomplished, that the scriptures might be fulfilled saith, I thirst. Now there was a set vessel full of vinegar, and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it into his mouth." "When Jesus, therefore, had received

p 4 -- the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost." THAT IS THE VERY SUBSTANCE OF WHAT HAD BEEN SAID A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE. It is wonderful to note the accuracy of Divine prediction.

Then there is that interesting circumstance connected with the clothing of Jesus. There were four soldiers on guard when Jesus was crucified. Jesus was wearing five articles of clothing. According to the custom of the day the clothing of the one to be crucified would be divided among them. Each soldier took one item of clothing, leaving the long, simple coat. They said, We will tear the remaining piece into four parts so we will each have the same amount, but if they had done this, the Bible would have not been a true book, for in Psalms 22:18 it had said: " They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." The record tells us that instead of tearing the garment, it was as God had said, THE SOLDIERS CAST LOTS FOR THE COAT.

As we read the account of the burial of Jesus, we find that the Scribes and the Pharisees wanted to place all the reproach possible upon Jesus. They were not only crucifying Him, but they planned to bury Him with criminals. But God had said in Isaiah 53:9 that "He would make his grave with the rich in his death," and we find that Joseph of Arimathea came and buried Jesus in his own new tomb. He came personally to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus and thus was God's word fulfilled. We might do well to remember that God always has a man at the right time for all occasions.

Most life stories of individuals end with death, but in this respect the life story of Jesus is entirely different from any other man. As prophesied in the Old Testament, He was to be raised from the dead, and it was to occur before His body would see corruption. Psalms 16:10 says: "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption." Christ was placed in the tomb late on Friday and in fulfillment of this promise, He was raised early on the first day of the week or Sunday.

Not only was His death and resurrection recorded, but also His ascension to the Father. A thousand years before His birth we read in Psalms 24.7-10: " Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors; and the king of glory shall come in. Who is the king of glory? The Lord strong and mighty". And more than this, God even foretold the place that Christ would occupy when He ascended into heaven. Psalms 110:1: "The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thine footstool". God the Father and God the Son are recorded here, as talking together. When Christ ascended to heaven, He went to His Father's right hand. The position He is now holding was foretold in Zechariah 6:13: "And he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between them both". When you sum it all up, it is easy to see that there would be no honest infidels, if these prophecies were understood. It is this of evidence that makes a person sure that Jesus is the only true and personal Saviour of mankind.

Suppose you have a friend who is going to visit you. You send him implicit directions even to a description of what your house looks like. He follows your directions and finally drives up to your front door. He sees your house and the landscape of your yard, and he knows it is the right place. How does he know? It fulfills the description.

We have never seen Jesus with the natural eyes, BUT JESUS CAME AND FULFILLED EVERY ONE OF THESE PROPHECIES. That is positive evidence that He is the one and only Messiah. Jesus Christ is the only man that ever lived to whom all these prophecies can be applied. THERE IS NO MISTAKE. We can sing, Yes, there's one, only one. The blessed, blessed Jesus, he's the one. He is the only one. "On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand." FRIENDS, THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT.

p align="left">But have we received this wonderful Saviour as our personal Saviour. Calvin said: "One of the most wonderful discoveries that I have ever made is that Christ is my personal Saviour." May God give us grace to accept Him as such in our own lives. --- END --- TOP
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