In the the United States, on the last Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is celebrated annually. The tradition for many households is to gather with family members and friends to a sumptuous feast. For some, this is the only time during the entire year when they see certain family members. Unfortunately, at such gatherings, many let their guards down, and for one day give themselves up to gluttony, levity and general self-indulgence. However, how should individuals, especially God’s professed people, conduct themselves in relation to such gatherings? “Thanksgiving Day will be respected, but how is it used? This day's privileges are turned out of their proper course and it is made a day of feasting and gluttony. Is it a day to set your tables with luxuries and load them down with sweetmeats and condiments for you and yours? Christ said, ‘When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.' Luke 14:13, 14. Now, you may not be at a loss to number how many Thanksgivings are kept according to this rule.”1 Consider that this may be your last opportunity to witness to a family member or friend as it may be their last or even your last Thanksgiving.
“If you should bring an offering to God upon that day, do you not believe that God would be as well pleased as any one of your earthly friends would be with a present from you?This may be the last Thanksgiving you may ever have in which to make a thank offering to God. Instead of gorging yourselves with the good things of this life, let us come to God and give Him, upon that day, a gift in gratitude for His loving-kindness, and so have a genuine thanksgiving day for God. Let there be no murmurings, no unpleasant feelings, no unholy thoughts, but turn your attention to God.”2
With all this in mind, should not we, to whom have been committed the understanding of Bible prophecy and the Three Angels’ Messages, use every opportunity and even this occasion to enlighten our family members and friends of the current events that are transpiring day by day that are fulfilling Bible prophecies? How can we profess to know what is soon to break upon the world and the fate of the unrepentant and yet remain silent? You can use these gatherings to tell others about events such as the large fireball that fell from the sky and was seen in Oregon.
FireBalls to Strike Cities, then Sunday Law. Large FireBall Hits Salem, Oregon. Nashville & Other Large Cities Next. “You Knew & Didn’t Warn Us”. This may be the Last Thanksgiving! Remember Lot's Wife!
The following was reported: “Police are investigating a mysterious ‘large fireball falling to the earth’ spotted in Salem, Oregon, in the southwest of Polk County… ‘PCSO is currently investigating a large fireball falling to the earth in the southwest area of Polk County. The fireball was reported as a plane crash and PCSO is working to locate a possible landing location and exactly what the fireball is,' the PCSO said on its official Facebook page… ‘After the 911 call came we were able to get a helicopter in the area (as it is pretty remote) and they didn't see anything of concern. There were no reports of downed aircraft either. We really believe it was a meteor as yesterday there was a somewhat rare meteor shower in our area as well,’ Sheriff Mark Garton from the PCSO told Newsweek. The exact location of the fireball is unknown.”3
How many were aware that Ellen White, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, predicted the frequent occurrence of fireballs falling from the sky in the major cities of the United States, specifically Nashville?
“When I was at Nashville, I had been speaking to the people, and in the night season, there was an immense ball of fire that came right from heaven and settled in Nashville. There were flames going out like arrows from that ball; houses were being consumed; houses were tottering and falling. Some of our people were standing there. 'It is just as we expected,’ they said, ‘we expected this.’ Others were wringing their hands in agony and crying unto God for mercy. ‘You knew it,’ said they, ‘you knew that this was coming, and never said a word to warn us!' They seemed as though they would almost tear them to pieces, to think they had never told them or given them any warning at all.”4 What awful words to hear from those we claim to love and care about—“You knew and didn’t warn us!”
Consider these statements as well regarding fireballs. “In the night I was, I thought, in a room but not in my own house. I was in a city, where I knew not, and I heard explosion after explosion. I rose up quickly in bed, and saw from my window large balls of fire. Jetting out were sparks, in the form of arrows, and buildings were being consumed, and in a very few minutes the entire block of buildings was falling and the screeching and mournful groans came distinctly to my ears. I cried out, in my raised position, to learn what was happening: Where am I? And where are our family circle? Then I awoke. But I could not tell where I was for I was in another place than home. I said, Oh Lord, where am I and what shall I do? It was a voice that spoke, ‘Be not afraid. Nothing shall harm you.’”5
“I was instructed that destruction hath gone forth upon cities. The word of the Lord will be fulfilled. Isaiah 29:19-24 was repeated. I dared not move, not knowing where I was. I cried unto the Lord, What does it mean? These representations of destruction were repeated. Where am I? ‘In scenes I have represented that which will be; but warn My people to cease from putting their trust in men who are not obedient to my warnings and who despise My reproof, for the day of the Lord is right upon the world when evidence shall be made sure. Those who have followed the voices that would turn things upside down will themselves be turned where they cannot see, but will be as blind men.’”6
May we ever remember that the next moment is not guaranteed us or anyone else. Let us now make the most of every opportunity that we have to warn our fellow man of what is soon to come and how they are to be prepared to meet it!
“Are we to wait until the fulfillment of the prophecies of the end before we say anything concerning them? Of what value will our words be then? Shall we wait until God's judgments fall upon the transgressor before we tell him how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said? In clear, distinct rays light has come to us, showing us that the great day of the Lord is near at hand, ‘even at the doors.’ Let us read and understand before it is too late."7
White, Ellen. Manuscript Releases, Volume 21 (1993), page 222
White, Ellen. Manuscript Releases, Volume 21 (1993), pages 222 and 223
White, Ellen. Letters and Manuscripts, Volume 20 (1905), Ms 188, par. 13
White, Ellen. White, Ellen. Manuscript Releases, Volume 11 (1990), page 361
White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9 (1909), page 20