Hand in Hand by Fred Bischoff

Hand in Hand

by Fred Bischoff  |  February 2, 2015

“And they walked hand in hand off into the sunset….” There’s something about an ending like that which intrigues the imaginative soul. All’s well that ends well. Together… into the future…

Could God’s ending in the great controversy read something like that? Except maybe a sunrise rather than a sunset?

Do we realize how dark this world is? Are our eyes too adjusted to the dark? Ellen White’s first vision showed her the dark realities. “I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world….” She saw “a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.” The Advent people were walking on it, but became weary. “Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, ‘Alleluia!’ Others rashly denied the light behind them [the midnight cry] and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below” (Early Writings, p. 14).

Do we realize how dark this world is?

At the end of the vision she related, “Then an angel bore me gently down to this dark world. Sometimes I think I can stay here no longer; all things of earth look so dreary. I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a better land. Oh, that I had wings like a dove, then would I fly away and be at rest! After I came out of vision, everything looked changed; a gloom was spread over all that I beheld. Oh, how dark this world looked to me. I wept when I found myself here, and felt homesick. I had seen a better world, and it had spoiled this for me” (Ibid, pp. 19-20).

If we learn to walk with Jesus here in the darkness, hand in hand, we are safe. And our future, into the sunrise, is secure with Him. “There will always be obstacles before us, but we are to follow our Leader, and meet our difficulties unitedly, hand in hand” (Upward Look, p. 141). The future is not lonely, nor is the present.

But did you know we often present a lonely message? “The third angel’s message is the proclamation of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. The commandments of God have been proclaimed, but the faith of Jesus Christ has not been proclaimed by Seventh-day Adventists as of equal importance, the law and the gospel going hand in hand” (Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 172). Let’s present them, let’s live them, “hand in hand.” It will lighten this dark world with glory, and hasten the Sonrise.

Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers
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  • Kimberly

    This is beautiful !!!

  • eve

    amen

  • Eagleeye

    Thanks Fred!

  • Stephen

    Fred, thank you for continuing to point up upward to the Light of Truth!

  • Bill

    I agree with the content. When EGW is quoted, scripture must go hand in hand to support her sayings. Leaving out scripture and using her writings alone creates a read flag of concern. Her writings are NOT scripture.

  • Flynn Schnitzelring

    Amen! And thank you Mr. Bischoff. That is encouraging news and something to think about. Have so enjoyed the Loughborough CD’s I purchased last year. Am looking forward to speaking with you at this years LBM convocation. May the Lord continue to bless you and others through your words.

  • Jennifer

    This is such a blessed and true article!! As I come closer and closer to God everyday I see how dark this world is without our God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. I know it’s God’s love that is the ONLY saving grace on this Earth. Furthermore, the more I see the light of the Lord the more I pity those who do not, cannot, or reject it. Because without God, humans left to their own devices and negative Earthly influences, are in such sad, dark, lonely places that I ache with compassion for the lost. I pray that “we” as Adventist can bring the truth, hope, and love to anyone who will have it so that they may open their hearts to the Lord, and come out of the darkness and into the Light.

  • Maryann Lee

    Amen!