Victor CaDavid Discusses the Two Enochs
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 26, 2015 began with an introit by Evelyn (junior) on the piano.
Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Min Sterling talked about a church bulletin insert, which talked about the low intake of Iodine in the American diet. This is a result of bromine in various parts of the American diet. Rich Sutton talked about Laurelbrook’s CNA program leading into a health evangelism program and the canvassing program. He asked for prayer as the canvassing program begins this week. There will also be a mass mailing to lead into the Bible worker program.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. Vespers this evening will be at the church at 7:30.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Praise to the Lord”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Isaac (junior) then called for the offering. Scott Sterling and Matthew (sophomore) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Elyjah (9th grader) prayed for the offering.
Pedro Acre then told the children a story about a musician whose love of music started early. His brother was also a musician but got jealous of his younger brother due to the brother’s superior musical ability. But the younger brother discovered copies of music his older brother had and started playing this music on the organ. The church filled up, but the older brother took away the music and locked it up. But the brother’s wife gave the younger brother a key to the room; the younger brother copied the music. This younger brother was John Sebastian Bach.
Nicole (9th grader) read the scripture reading – Matthew 5:8 “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” She then had prayer. The Arce family then had special music. Victor CaDavid discussed the topic “Enoch vs. Enoch”. The congregation sang “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. Victor CaDavid had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Min Sterling – works in the academy registrar’s office and with the music program
Rodney Herra – local head church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program
Victor CaDavid – works at Wildwood Institute
Following are some notes on the sermon by Victor CaDavid:
What are we doing to keep our hearts pure so we can see Jesus?
- Everything is falling into place for Christ’s Second Coming.
- Matthew 5:8 “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
- Jesus is explaining to the Pharisees a broader application of the Ten Commandments.
- The only way we can see God is if we are pure. What does it take to have a pure heart?
- From the Creation of the world, Jesus has been trying to reach us with the same message time and again so we would follow Him.
- Cain had the opportunity to repent – and didn’t.
- God took the Israelites out of Egypt into a new environment to teach them salvation.
- People before the Flood had the opportunity to hear the gospel for 120 years – and a small number responded to the message of repentance.
- The USA was built with the promise of religious liberty, but it is turning its back on Jesus, adopting same sex marriage, destroying animal and human life, and killing people.
- Genesis 6:7 “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
- Note that what is taking place today has happened before. God is about to feel the same about the present world.
- We are about to face the end of the world (prophecies of Daniel and Revelation are being fulfilled). There will be only two groups of people soon.
- There are two types of Enochs in the Bible like the two types of people at the end of the world. Both have the same ancestry.
- Genesis 4:17 “And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” The first Enoch (and the first group) came from Cain, who was given the opportunity to repent and turn to God. All of his descendants became lost sinners, Satan’s helpers.
- The 2nd Enoch - Genesis 5:18 “And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch.” He walked with God for 300 years. He pleased God in everything and walked with God in all his duties of daily life.
- Enoch’s heart was in communion with heaven all the time, God the boss and the ruler of his life.
- God revealed His plan of salvation to Enoch, and Enoch was transformed into a messenger, a preacher, for God.
- The people before the Flood, like the generation before the Second Coming, rejected the message God had for them.
- So God took Enoch to be with Him in heaven because he walked with God with a pure heart.