Frederick Wheeler, Rachel Oakes Preston & The Sabbath | Episode 10 | Lineage


Rachel Oakes was attending this church
here in Washington, New Hampshire one particular Sunday as she was visiting her daughter Delight, when the circuit riding preacher
who came to town was Frederick Wheeler. That particular Sunday it was communion,
and as the speaker spoke, he spoke of how we ought to be willing to follow Christ all the way; how we need to obey God and keep His commandments. Rachel Oakes was a woman of conviction, and as she heard these words
she decided to speak to him afterwards. She later said that she wanted to stand up in the middle of the message but she refrained from such a public spectacle. [music] ‘My brother, you’d do better to set that communion table
back against the wall and cover it with a white cloth until you’re willing to keep all the commandments of God [yourself]’. You see, Rachel Oakes was a Seventh-day Baptist
and she felt strongly about this subject and admonished Frederick Wheeler
that he ought to follow God all the way. Wheeler later stated that her words cut deep and they sent him straight back to the Bible
to study the subject for himself. This was a turning point in his life
and he was convicted on the Sabbath and saw it as binding. [music] This event would actually happen before
the Great Disappointment of October the 22nd 1844, and the big issue at that time
was the imminent return of Jesus rather than the Sabbath. This would soon change, though. [music] Rachael Preston lived the rest of her life
in Vernon, Vermont, in an area rich in history. Near her home is a well-preserved Advent Christian chapel
that Joshua V. Himes dedicated in the 1860s. Dwight L. Moody lived nearby and preached here on a few occasions and Ira B. Sankey also sang here. Rachel Preston did not become a Seventh-day Adventist
until just a year before her death. She is buried here in Vernon, Vermont and near her grave there is a fitting historic marker
that outlines her special place in history. [music] The town of Washington, New Hampshire
has a special place in history and whilst it might not be entirely accurate to say
it’s the birthplace of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is the location of the first Sabbath-keeping Millerite church
that continues as a Seventh-day Adventist church today. [music] Here you can walk the Sabbath Trail that charts the history of the Sabbath
from creation to the New Earth on 31 granite stones. The Sabbath is a beautiful truth that God
was slowly restoring back to His people bit by bit. The Sabbath is a gift that God has given to us, a time to take out of our busy schedules
to renew and deepen our relationship with Him. I pray that this week you may take the time
to spend with Him on the day that God has given to us. [music] Frederick Wheeler moved from the Washington, New Hampshire area
and went to live in upstate New York and lived a long life of loyal service to God, always faithful in following Him
and remaining confident in his beliefs. At the age of 96 he wrote, ‘The gospel armor I will not put off, the contest I will not yield,
until with the ransomed host I shout the final victory. He died at the age of 99
and is buried here in West Monroe, New York. His tombstone reads,
‘He was a pioneer minister of the Seventh-day Adventists.’ [music] Rachel Preston teaches us the importance of boldness,
but not any type of boldness; boldness that was kind and courteous. She didn’t seek to embarrass the person she was talking to, but approached him in a kind, courteous, and Christ-like manner. Frederick Wheeler teaches us the importance of humble honesty. When he saw something in his life
and it was pointed out something that wasn’t right, he changed what he did and he changed what he believed
to be in line with God’s Word. May God grant us these attributes of character
as we follow Him in our lives.

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