Seventh-Day Adventists/A parable of Jesus


Hi Tom,
Could you explain what Jesus was teaching in the parable found in Matthew 22:1-13? I know the wedding takes place in heaven and Christ's followers attend by faith.

vs. 8 - they were not ready for the wedding (which was ready)

vs. 9 - says they were to go and gather as many guests as they could find.

vs. 10 - mentions they found both good and bad to attend the wedding(??).

What does this mean - both good and BAD at the wedding?
How do bad people attend the wedding?

vs. 11, 12 has the king examining the guests and one does not have on the proper garment - what does this mean?
How did he get into the wedding with no garment?

What is Jesus teaching here? What does this all mean?

vs. 13 has the man being thrown out of the wedding.

Can you please explain what Jesus is trying to teach in this parable and what everything means?

Thanks, David R.

David, those SDA’s that support the error of the IJ, use the parable of Matt 22 to help support their false doctrine.  They claim to see the IJ in this parable because this is what they want to see, not because it is in the text.  

But Jesus never taught anything about the IJ or 1844, much less in this parable.

Let everyone clearly understand that there is no such doctrine as the IJ in the Bible, even though the stubborn SDA’s, alone, claim otherwise.  No other group in the long history of the church has ever endorsed this late and strange (1857) doctrine, which has been strongly repudiated by the leading SDA theologians many decades ago, such as Dr. Ford and Raymond Cottrell.  

In addition, millions of once loyal SDA’s have rejected this doctrine and flocked out of the church as a result of Glacier View.  Such facts can’t be denied, even as more SDA’s leave all the time.

Leaving the Church

Today, no one can defend the IJ; it is a foolish doctrine for foolish people who do not understand the Gospel or church history correctly.

It is a doctrine that has also been clearly rejected by the Adventist Community.  Which explains why the SDA’s cannot grow, and why their churches are empty and dying.

Traditional Takoma Park Adventism, which features the IJ, and many other false doctrines, like tithe and Old Covenant Sabbath keeping, has failed for all to see.  The status quo is not sustainable or true.  Thus all the errors of the 3rd Angels Message, which are many, must be purged out of the Advent Movement.  Starting with the IJ!  This is the only way Adventism can go forward to the 4th Angels Message of Rev 18.

However, before addressing any assumptions about the IJ, we must first understand its’ historical context and development, which few take time to comprehend.  Had the church leaders listened to Dr. Ford, they could have better understood how the IJ developed and changed over time, and why it cannot possibly be true Gospel doctrine for the church today, as so many SDA’s assumed in Takoma Park.   

Dr. Ford was, and still is, the leading expert on the IJ in the entire world.  There is no other scholar who has studied as much, published more facts on this topic, or who knows the material better.  He was correct in 1980 at Glacier View and he is still correct today.  The IJ is a false doctrine that must be repudiated by all that embrace the genuine Gospel and the fundamentals of the Three Angels Messages.

The SDA’s are looking pretty foolish today, much like a typical cult that insists their strange and false doctrines are true - when everyone else who can read knows different.  The SDA’s are clearly full of error, as they endeavor to follow the Old Covenant, not the New Covenant.  This is why people keep leaving and why everyone is angry at their Judaizing ways, which they arrogantly deny.

Exiling Dr. Ford did not change the facts of history or theology, nor does the passage of time since Glacier View make what happened there less of a crime.  The IJ is more false today then ever before.  It has been universally REJECTED by every denomination in the world, including the vast majority of the Advent Community.  

As a result, no one is buying this strange, legalistic, and discredited doctrine any more, except those who are paid to do so.  The IJ is a dead doctrine for good reason.  Those who deny it are simply in denial, not able to honestly admit their error or understand the Gospel.  They are blind by choice, refusing to repent and see the Gospel. Just like the 1st century Jews.


The site would not take the full answer, so the rest of this post can be found at the ATomorrow site.  See post #'s 64 & 65 in the thread about the Judgment in the 1st Angels Message.

I hope this information will be of help,

Tom Norris for All Experts.Com & Adventist Reform

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.


Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform.

Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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