Darwin Whitman Illustrates the Sanctuary's Impact on the Young
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 19, 2016 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Stanton Rolle welcomed everyone and talked about the fact that many cities have gates that mark a transition from one phase to another. At 2:00 this afternoon there will be a concert by the Laurelbrook music organizations in the Ogden Road Seventh-day Adventist Church. At 5:00 there will be another meeting on the sanctuary in this auditorium.
It should be noted that these Sabbath meetings are a culmination of a week of meetings twice a day in the auditorium - at 7:25 in the morning and at 7:00 p.m. in the evening.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Standing by a Purpose True”. Darwin Whitman, Sr. then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Stanton Rolle then called for the church offerings. Terrence White, Daryll Ellis, TJ (senior), and Isaac (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering.
Keonwoo (senior) then read 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” Clifton and Clayton Brandt then sang a vocal duet for special music, accompanied by Beth Brandt on the piano.
Darwin Whitman, Sr. introduced Lisa Fowler. He then gave an introduction to a short talk by Lisa Fowler’s grandson Antonio Mata. on the topic “The Youth in the Priesthood”. The congregation sang “Softly and Tenderly”. Antonio Mata had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Antonio Mata – 10-year-old grandson of Lisa Fowler from Orlando, Florida
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / Clifton Brandt’s twin
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler program
Darwin Whitman, Sr. – well-known presenter on the Wilderness Sanctuary services
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the talk during the sermon time by Darwin Whitman, Sr., Antonio Mata, and Lisa Fowler (Antonio’s grandmother):
- Lisa Fowler - Antonio became interested in the early sanctuary and the high priest’s role, in time removing anything that was not in harmony with the sanctuary. This included Pokémon cards and CDs and DVDs and other video games.
- He then wanted to study the Bible for long periods of time in the mornings. The more you commune with God, the more God talks with you.
- Darwin Whitman – Samuel was but three years old when he was taken to the sanctuary. The oldest priest was 130 years old. Every one of us is a priest.
- John 9:1-3 “1 ¶ And as [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man which was blind from [his] birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
- This physically blind man brought spiritual sight to the disciples. Then Jesus healed him – now his priesthood depended on sight.
- God and Moses are having a discussion. The challenge of sighted people is that they want something yesterday.
- Exodus 4:10-11 “10 ¶ And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” Everyone is chosen to be a priest.
- Jeremiah 1:5-7 “5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child. 7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I [am] a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.”
- The table of showbread was the throne of God prior to the Day of Atonement. Jesus wrote all people’s names and parts in a book.
- Psalm 139:14- “14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.”
- Ellen White, Education, p 271 – we can have the education of angels at our disposal, more important than the curriculum of worldly universities.
- Antonio – there’s subtle heathen worship (sun god) in many of these games available today.
- He found interesting and fun to assist Darwin Whitman in his sanctuary work.
- Darwin Whitman – a little child shall teach them / young men may yet take over the work / young people present may do this work despite the sacrifices you have to make.
- The priesthood includes everyone (young people and old alike). We have to support young people in what they think is important.
- If you want young people to take the right course in life, put some responsibility on them.