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The Final Movements
A compilation of Last Day Events from the pen of Ellen G. White
29 March 2009
We have put together this compilation of statements from the pen of the Servant of the Lord
on the events of the last days as we have found that existing compilations, due to space
limitations or other reasons have left out many important statements. We believe that some of
these omitted statements are essential to forming a correct view of last day events as they
pertain to Seventh Day Adventists. We wanted to have all of her statements on the matter in a
single document and organised into topics and placed in the same order as they appear in the
Great Controversy where possible. We have not included every single statement from the
Servant of the Lord as many are so similar they do not contribute additional information that
has not already been encapsulated in other statements. A few statements have been repeated
in a couple of places as they don't fit under a single event. In various places we have provided
documentation showing how some of these events have already been fulfilled, and where we
stand in the stream of time but this documentation is not as up to date as it could be.
Table of Contents
Sequence of Events .................................................................................................................... 3
Beginning of the end .................................................................................................................. 5
Destruction in New York .................................................................................................................5
As the days of Noah and Lot............................................................................................................6
Time to Leave the Cities ..................................................................................................................7
Destruction of Cities ........................................................................................................................8
Increasing Natural Disasters ............................................................................................................9
Economic Conditions.......................................................................................................................9
Sunday Law Movement .................................................................................................................10
3. The Beasts of Revelation ......................................................................................................... 11
His Deadly Wound Was Healed ....................................................................................................11
He Spake As A Dragon ..................................................................................................................11
All The World Wondered After The Beast ....................................................................................11
All That Dwell On The Earth Shall Worship Him.........................................................................12
Make An Image To The Beast .......................................................................................................13
Ten Kings Give Their Kingdom Unto The Beast ..........................................................................14
The Wine Of Her Fornication ........................................................................................................14
Lamb Like Beast Causes All To Worship The First Beast ............................................................16
Gather Them Together For The Battle...........................................................................................17
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Threefold Union.............................................................................................................................18
4. The Sifting and Shaking........................................................................................................... 24
Duty During the Shaking Time......................................................................................................24
A View of the Shaking...................................................................................................................25
Need to Study the Prophecies. .......................................................................................................26
Worse than Ancient Israel..............................................................................................................27
Testimonies Made of No Effect .....................................................................................................29
The Testimonies Slighted...............................................................................................................29
The Omega Apostasy.....................................................................................................................31
The Message that the Church is Babylon.......................................................................................34
Investigative Judgement – Blotting out of Sin...............................................................................36
The Sealing Time ...........................................................................................................................37
5. The First Sunday Law .............................................................................................................. 39
The Approaching Peril ...................................................................................................................39
Image to the Beast Formed ............................................................................................................42
Entire world follows America's lead..............................................................................................43
Some Laid to Rest ..........................................................................................................................44
Foolish Virgins and the Midnight Cry ...........................................................................................44
False Leaders and Brethren............................................................................................................45
God’s Church does not Fall ...........................................................................................................48
The Sealing Over ...........................................................................................................................49
Judgement Begins at house of God................................................................................................53
6. National Ruin ........................................................................................................................... 55
Spirits of Devils .............................................................................................................................55
Natural Disasters ............................................................................................................................56
7. Second Sunday Law................................................................................................................. 60
Economic Boycott..........................................................................................................................60
Third Angel's Message Proclaimed ...............................................................................................61
Persecution of the Saints – "Little" time of Trouble......................................................................62
Duty in View of the Time of Trouble ............................................................................................66
Majority of Adventists Renounce the faith ....................................................................................67
8. Loud Cry .................................................................................................................................. 70
Latter Rain Falls.............................................................................................................................70
The Fourth Angel's Message..........................................................................................................73
The Eleventh Hour Workers ..........................................................................................................75
Third Sunday Law – Death Penalty ...............................................................................................77
Mark of the Beast Revealed ...........................................................................................................78
Satan Impersonates Christ..............................................................................................................79
9. Great Time of Trouble ............................................................................................................. 81
The Third Message Closed ............................................................................................................81
General Close of Probation ............................................................................................................83
Decree to Slay the Saints ...............................................................................................................84
Angelic Protection..........................................................................................................................85
Time of Jacob’s Trouble ................................................................................................................87
Seven Last Plagues.........................................................................................................................88
Nominal Adventists in Agony........................................................................................................90
Deliverance of the Saints ...............................................................................................................91
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1. Sequence of Events
The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the
time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of
these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away
every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find
them unready. {GC88 594.1}
Eds Note:- We have attempted to present these events in sequence to the best of our ability
following the basic order given in the Great Controversy. It is however difficult to describe the
sequence exactly since some of these events may take place in parallel or overlap. For
example there are logical arguments to sustain the view that Satan's impersonation of Christ is
either immediately before or after or maybe even during the general close of probation. For
the sake of this compilation we have needed to present the statements from the Servant of the
Lord on this event in a given sequence but we leave it to you to decide from the statements
themselves in which order they occur. The table below is a summary of these events.
Sifting and Shaking in Church
Introduction of false theories and idolatry - Testimonies Slighted
Church Departed from Light - Retreating to Egypt – Worse than Israel
The Omega Apostasy – our religion changed – reorganisation – books of
new order written – system of intellectual philosophy – new worship style
Introduction of psychology and hypnotism into church
Many Declare Church to be Babylon
The Indifferent careless class vs earnest agonizing and pleading
Beginning of the End
New York Towers destroyed (Sept 11, 2001) –– World stirred with Spirit
of War (against terror)- Uncertain economy
Men extorting great fortunes – Gigantic Monopolies formed
As it was in the days of Noah – Amalgamation of man and beast
As it was in the days of Sodom – Abundance and Rampant Immorality
Move to the country – Natural disasters increasing - Price of food rising
Great changes taking part in the world – legal / political / economic
American Economic Crash - Impossible to export food from America
The Image of the Beast: First Sunday Law
Three fold union – repudiate every principle of constitution
Sunday Law – Saints threatened with fines and imprisonment
Time to leave large cities – prepare to leave smaller ones
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Time to do neglected work – Duty to avert threatened danger
Babies and Elderly laid to rest
All countries follow America’s example
SDA Ministers urge people to keep Sunday
Every wind of doctrine blowing – more to fear from within than without
Probation passes to the living – judgement begins at house of God
National Ruin
National ruin follows national apostasy - Fires, floods, earthquakes –
destruction of cities – balls of fire – Famines and pestilence
Time for the marvellous working of Satan through Spiritism
Second Sunday Law
Saints prohibited from buying or selling– property of no value
Third Angel's message proclaimed warning against the mark of the beast
"Little" time of trouble – persecution of the saints
Majority of SDAs renounce the faith – seal of God placed on faithful
Lord will work though humble instruments not self-sufficient ministers
Nominal SDAs betray saints to Catholics – saints are an obscure people
Saints flee before infuriated mobs – Probation closes for SDAs
Loud Cry
Latter Rain Falls – this enrages churches and nominal Adventists
Eleventh hour workers give the Loud Cry
Third Sunday Law: Death Penalty
Satan Impersonates Christ
General Close of Probation
Angels release four winds – famine, pestilence and sword
Date set to slay the saints – Time of Jacob's Trouble
Angelic protection - saints scattered in solitary places
Seven last plagues - Nominal Adventists howl in agony
Saints delivered at midnight
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2. Beginning of the end
New York Towers Destroyed - World stirred with Spirit of War
Uncertain Economy – America’s Loss of Temporal Prosperity
Men extorting great fortunes – Gigantic Monopolies
Time to get out of cities – Natural disasters – Price of food rising - Impossible
to export food from America
As it was in the day’s of Noah – Amalgamation of man and beast
Great chances taking part in the world
The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who
occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their
attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the relations
that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every
earthly element and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take
place--that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis.--PK 537 (c. 1914).
We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the
coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. The
Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments
are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea,
the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast
approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combining their
forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes
are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones. {9T
Destruction in New York
On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold
buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be
fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher
these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used. Those to whom these
buildings belonged were not asking themselves: "How can we best glorify God?" The Lord was
not in their thoughts. The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked
at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe."
But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do
nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines. {9T
I am instructed that when the Lord's time comes, should no change have taken place in the
hearts of proud, ambitious human beings, men will find that the hand that had been strong to
save will be strong to destroy. No earthly power can stay the hand of God. No material can be
used in the erection of buildings that will preserve them from destruction when God's
appointed time comes to send retribution on men for their disregard of His law and for their
selfish ambition. {9T 13.2}
On September 11, 2001, The 110 story twin towers in the World Trade Center Complex
were hit by two large airplanes exploding into flames. An hour later the south tower
collapsed at approximately 9:59 a.m. The north tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after
burning for approximately 102 minutes. The firemen were unable to put out the fires
burning within the buildings before their collapse, leaving nothing but rubble.
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This event significantly impacted the United
States economic. The Dow Jones Industrial
Average stock market index fell or 7.1%, its
biggest-ever one-day point decline. By the
end of the week, the DJIA had fallen 14.3%,
its largest one-week point drop in history,
losing $1.2 trillion in value for the week.
President Bush immediately declared a “war
on terror” a perpetual, non-conventional
war without a specific enemy and based on
unilateral pre-emptive strikes. Bush rallied
the entire world into a spirit of war declaring
that “those who are not with us are
against us” to initiate a US-led 2001
invasion Afghanistan and forming a “coalition
of the willing” to invade Iraq in 2003. Two of
the main targets of the war on terror have
been human rights and the US constitution.
There are not many, even among educators and statesmen, who comprehend the causes that
underlie the present state of society. Those who hold the reins of government are not able to
solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime. They are
struggling in vain to place business operations on a more secure basis. If men would
give more heed to the teaching of God's word, they would find a solution of the problems that
perplex them. {9T 13.3}
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet,
but it tendeth to poverty. Pro 11:24
The Scriptures describe the condition of the world just before Christ's second coming. Of the
men who by robbery and extortion are amassing great riches, it is written: "Ye have
heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped
down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have
reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the
earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have
condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you." James 5:3-6. {9T 13.4}
But who reads the warnings given by the fast-fulfilling signs of the times? What impression is
made upon worldlings? What change is seen in their attitude? No more than was seen in the
attitude of the inhabitants of the Noachian world. Absorbed in worldly business and pleasure,
the antediluvians "knew not until the Flood came, and took them all away." Matthew 24:39.
They had heaven-sent warnings, but they refused to listen. And today the world, utterly
regardless of the warning voice of God, is hurrying on to eternal ruin. {9T 14.1}
The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecy of the eleventh chapter of Daniel
has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the
prophecies will take place. {9T 14.2}
As the days of Noah and Lot
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Mat 24:37
If there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it
was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God,
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and caused confusion everywhere. God purposed to destroy by a flood that powerful, longlived race that had corrupted their ways before him. {1SP 69.1}
Animal-human embryo research is approved - Mark Henderson, Science Editor
Experiments to create Britain’s first embryos that combine human and animal material will
begin within months after a government watchdog gave its approval yesterday to two
research teams to carry out the controversial work. Scientists at King’s College London, and
the University of Newcastle will inject human DNA into empty eggs from cows to create
embryos known as cytoplasmic hybrids, which are 99.9 per cent human in genetic terms...
The creation of human-animal embryos will be explicitly permitted by the Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently passing through Parliament, subject to HFEA
licensing. An amendment that would have blocked such research was defeated in the House
of Lords on Monday by a majority of 172. - From The Times January 18, 2008
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of
man is revealed. Luk 17:28,30
Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of
Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. Gen 13:12-13
The wrath of God is upon the inhabitants of the world, who are fast becoming as corrupt as
were the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. {8T 49.3}
We are not ignorant of the fall of Sodom because of the corruption of its inhabitants. The
prophet has here [Eze. 16:49] specified the particular evils which led to dissolute morals. We
see the very sins now existing in the world which were in Sodom and which brought upon her
the wrath of God, even to her utter destruction.—{4BC 1161}.
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of
idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor
and needy. Eze 16:49
Everywhere are seen wrecks of humanity, broken-down family altars, broken-up families.
There is a strange abandonment of principle, the standard of morality is lowered, and the earth
is fast becoming a Sodom. The Sodomitish practices which brought the judgment of God
upon the world, and caused it to be deluged with water, and which caused Sodom to be
destroyed by fire, are fast increasing. We are nearing the end. God has borne long with the
perversity of mankind, but their punishment is no less certain. Let those who profess to be the
light of the world, depart from all iniquity.--RH Nov. 10, 1884.
Same-sex Marriages
The Netherlands was the first country to allow same-sex marriage in 2001. Same-sex
marriages are also recognized in Belgium, Spain, Canada and South Africa. While
Massachusetts is the only state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, several
other states - including New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont - offer civil
unions or domestic partnerships, which grant same-sex couples some or all of the same
rights under state law granted to married couples. -, Feb 10, 2008
Time to Leave the Cities
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2Co 6:17
Scattered Flock
To parents who are living in the cities, the Lord is sending the warning cry, Gather your
children into your own houses; gather them away from those who are disregarding the
commandments of God, who are teaching and practising evil. Get out of the cities as fast as
possible. Parents can secure small homes in the country, with land for cultivation, where the
children will not be surrounded with the corrupting influences of city life. God will help his
people to find such homes outside the cities." R&H, July 5, 1906, paragraph 30
Parents can secure small homes in the country, with land for cultivation, where they can have
orchards and where they can raise vegetables and small fruits to take the place of flesh meat,
which is so corrupting to the life-blood coursing through the veins. Counsels on Diet and Foods
(1938), page 400, paragraph 2
Destruction of Cities
Oh that God's people had a sense of the impending destruction of thousands of cities,
now almost given to idolatry.--Ev 29 (1903). {AH 136.6}
The ungodly cities of our world are to be swept away by the besom of destruction. In the
calamities that are now befalling immense buildings and large portions of cities, God is
showing us what will come upon the whole earth. —7 T 82, 83. (1902)
I am bidden to declare the message that cities full of transgression, and sinful in the extreme,
will be destroyed by earthquakes, by fire, by flood. All the world will be warned that there
is a God who will display His authority as God. His unseen agencies will cause destruction,
devastation, and death. All the accumulated riches will be as nothingness. Calamities will
come--calamities most awful, most unexpected; and these destructions will follow one after
another. If there will be a heeding of the warnings that God has given, and if churches will
repent, returning to their allegiance, then other cities may be spared for a time. But if men
who have been deceived continue in the same way in which they have been walking,
disregarding the law of God, and presenting falsehoods before the people, God allows them to
suffer calamity, that their senses may be awakened. The Lord will not suddenly cast off all
transgressors, or destroy entire nations; but He will punish cities and places where men have
given themselves up to the possession of Satanic agencies. Strictly will the cities of the nations
be dealt with, and yet they will not be visited in the extreme of God's indignation, because
some souls will yet break away from the delusions of the enemy, and will repent and be
converted, while the mass will be treasuring up wrath against the day of wrath.--Ev, p. 27.
The time is near when large cities will be swept away, and all should be warned of these
coming judgments. --Ev 29 (1910).
Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans,
As Hurricane Katrina approached the city of New Orleans in August 2005, the city's federal
flood protection system failed, resulting in the worst civil engineering disaster in American
history. Floodwalls and levees failed and 80% of the city flooded. Over 1,500 people died.
The devastation coincided with an annual gay pride festival that was due to take place the
same weekend. New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras a modern equivalent of pagan
Roman orgies. New Orleans has a high violent crime rate and had the distinction of being
the "per capita murder capital of the U.S." Its homicide rate has consistently ranked in the
top five since the 1980s and had the highest homicide rate of any major American city in
2002 and 2003. The predominant religion of New Orleans is Roman Catholicism and it is
famous for its distinctive variety of Voodoo, due in part to syncretism with Roman Catholic
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Increasing Natural Disasters
While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he
will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even
now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in
fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and
earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He
sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a
deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more
and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. "The earth
mourneth and fadeth away," "the haughty people . . . do languish. The earth also is defiled
under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the
ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant." Isaiah 24:4, 5. {GC 589.3}
Tennessee governor on tornadoes: 'The wrath of God...' 2/10/2008
ATKINS, Ark. -- Residents in five Southern states rose Wednesday to widespread clusters of
destruction caused by an unusually ferocious winter tornado system. At least 54 people
were killed and scores more were injured... "The wrath of God is the only way I can
describe it," Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee said after surveying the damage by
helicopter. "I'm used to seeing roofs off houses; houses blown over. These houses were
down to their foundations, stripped clean." The governor said 1,000 houses in Tennessee
were destroyed. President Bush announced he would head to the state on Friday to view
the damage. Much of the havoc was wreaked by rare "long-track" tornadoes, which stay on
the ground for distances of 30 to 50 miles... Tornado experts said there was no evidence
that the deadly outbreak was related to global warming or anything other than the clash of
contrasting cold and warm air masses that usually precedes such events. - New York Times
News Service
Iran Earthquake - December 26, 2003 Tragedy hit Iran when a major earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale hit on 26
December 2003. The area most affected was the ancient city of Bam where more than
43,000 people were killed, an estimated 30,000 injured and up to 75,000 left homeless,
according to official estimates.
Boxing Day Tsunami - December 26, 2004,
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake… triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the
coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing more than 225,000 people in
eleven countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100
feet). It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India,
and Thailand were hardest hit. With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is the second
largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. This earthquake had the longest
duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet
to vibrate as much as 1 cm (0.5 inches) and triggered other earthquakes as far away as
Economic Conditions
Go to now, ye rich men… Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire
of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud,
crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of
sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your
hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not
resist you. Jam 5:1,3 -6
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The work of the people of God is to prepare for the events of the future, which will soon
come upon them with blinding force. In the world gigantic monopolies will be
formed. Men will bind themselves together in unions that will wrap them in the folds of the
enemy. A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines
of business. Trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be
marked men.--Letter 26, 1903. {2SM 142.2}
The trade unions will be the cause of the most terrible violence that has ever been seen
among human beings.--Letter 99, p. 3. (February 23, 1904.)
The Lord has shown me that some of His children would fear when they see the price of food
rising, and they would buy food and lay it by for the time of trouble. Then in a time of need, I
saw them go to their food and look at it, and it had bred worms, and was full of living
creatures, and not fit for use. {Mar 181.1}
In the future it will be impossible to transport the health foods from America. And for
other reasons, it will be better to make your foods where you are, as far as possible. We are
living amidst the perils of the last days, and the Lord desires His people to establish industries
in the different countries. {7 MR [Nos. 419-525] (1990), page 58}
In India, China, Russia, and the cities of America, thousands of men and women are dying of
starvation. The monied men, because they have the power, control the market. They
purchase at low rates all they can obtain, and then sell at greatly increased prices.
This means starvation to the poorer classes, and will result in a civil war. There will be
a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. "And at that time shall Michael
stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a
time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time; and at
that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. . . .
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none
of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand." — Ms 114, 1899. 5MR - page
"There will be many great failures in earthly banks, and in speculations, including mining and
real estate." Manuscript Releases, Vol. 13, page 236.
"Money will soon depreciate in value very suddenly when the reality of eternal scenes opens to
the senses of man." Evangelism, page 62.
Sunday Law Movement
The teachings of religious leaders have opened the door to infidelity, to spiritualism, and to
contempt for God's holy law; and upon these leaders rests a fearful responsibility for the
iniquity that exists in the Christian world… Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fastspreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called "Christian
sabbath," and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the
morals of society. This claim is especially urged in America, where the doctrine of the true
Sabbath has been most widely preached. – GC page 588
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3. The Beasts of Revelation
His Deadly Wound Was Healed
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:.
Rev 13:3
Signing of Lateran Treaty On February 11th, 1929
For 59 years the Pope was a virtual prisoner in the Vatican, never leaving it until the pact
was signed, resolving the "Roman question". Known as the Lateran Treaty or Lateran
Concordat of 1929, this historic treaty signed between the Italian Government and the
Vatican re-establishing the political power and diplomatic standing of the Catholic Church,
which had been lost when Italy seized the Papal territories in 1870
“Heal Wound of Many Years” “Vatican again at peace with Italy after long Quarrel”
February 12th, 1929 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle
Signing of Lateran Treaty On February 11th, 1929
For 59 years the Pope was a virtual prisoner in the Vatican, never leaving it until the pact
was signed, resolving the "Roman question". Known as the Lateran Treaty or Lateran
Concordat of 1929, this historic treaty signed between the Italian Government and the
Vatican re-establishing the political power and diplomatic standing of the Catholic Church,
which had been lost when Italy seized the Papal territories in 1870
He Spake As A Dragon
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb,
and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and
causeth the earth and them which dwell therein… Rev 13:11 12
US Empire Dominates the World
“They came, they saw, they conquered. Now the US dominates the world. With the rise of
the New Age Roman Empire, Jonathan Freedland asks ‘How long before the fall?”…People
are coming out of the closet on the word empire… ‘Americans should admit the truth and
face up to their responsibilities as the undisputed masters of the world.’ (Quoted from
Charles Krauthammer in the New York Times)… The fact is no country has been as
dominant, culturally, economically, technologically and militarily in the history of the world
since the Roman Empire. The Sydney Morning Herald Sept. 2, 2002 in an article extracted
from the English Guardian newspaper.
Either with Us or Against Us
President George W. Bush, in an address to a joint session of Congress on September 20,
2001 said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
Bush said he would not point out any specific countries in his speech. "Over time it's going
to be important for nations to know they will be held accountable for inactivity," he said.
"You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror." CNN November 6, 2001
All The World Wondered After The Beast
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:
and all the world wondered after the beast. Rev 13:3
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All the World Wonders
“The Prime Minister of Australia has praised the Pope as a great nationalist on the eve of his
audience with the Pontiff today….”Mr Howard, who was brought up a Methodist but
worships in the Anglican church, said he would be carrying the greetings of millions of
Australian Catholics and the goodwill of Australians generally. Sydney Morning Herald,
weekend edition, July 6&7, 2002.
“[Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Conner] became the first member of the Roman
Catholic hierarchy since the Reformation to preach at a service at the invitation of the
Sovereign.” The London Daily Telegraph, January 14, 2002.
“I may not be a parishioner but I’m proud to live in your archdiocese [to the archbishop of
Washington DC]… One journalist, after hearing the new pope’s blessing in St. Peter’s
Square wired back to his editors: ‘This is not a pope from Poland, this is a pope from
Galilee’. From that day to this, the Pope’s life has written one of the great inspiring stories
of our time… [the pope] is the highest moral authority on the earth… maybe the reason this
person became pope is that he bears the message our world needs to hear… Pope John Paul
II brings that message of liberation to every corner of the world… we, in our country, must
not ignore the words the pope addresses to us… I’m grateful that Pope John Paul II chose
Washington as the site of this centre. It brings honor and it fills a need. We are thankful for
the message. We are also thankful for the messenger, for his personal warmth and
prophetic strength, for his good humour and his bracing honesty; for his spiritual and
intellectual gifts, for his moral courage, tested against tyranny and against our own
complacency… We thank God for this rare man, a servant of God and a hero of history.”
President George Bush Jnr at the dedication of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre
opening on March 1, 2001. Taken from the white house web site
All That Dwell On The Earth Shall Worship Him
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the
book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev 13:8
Rome readies to farewell John Paul II: Four kings, five queens and at least 70
presidents and prime ministers will join more than 1 million mourners in St Peter's Square
and the surrounding streets of the Vatican.” By Rafael Epstein in Rome and AFP, Friday,
April 8, 2005
World leaders kneel in homage: By Natasha Bita in Vatican City, The Australian, April
08, 2005, “IN death, Pope John Paul II has achieved what he failed to in life - bringing the
Commander in Chief of the world's superpower to his knees. George W. Bush made history
yesterday as the first American president to attend a papal funeral, kneeling in silent prayer
before the Catholic leader who opposed US intervention in Iraq. …. Kings, queens, prime
ministers and presidents of more than 150 nations will join 300,000 public mourners…
including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, German
Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The funeral pitches
political rivals and enemies under the same roof. President Mohammad Khatami of Iran,
nominated by Mr Bush as one corner of the "axis of evil", will sit just metres from the
presidents of Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, King Abdullah II of Jordan and the president of
the Arab League. Prince Charles has postponed his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles to
attend, joining European royals King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and King Albert
II and Queen Paola of Belgium. …four million pilgrims choked Rome last night”
“Religious leaders of all faiths spoke out to honor him, as did political leaders. … "We will
always remember the humble, wise and fearless priest who became one of history's great
moral leaders,'' said President Bush, who singled out John Paul's praise for America's
Constitution. "All popes belong to the world, but Americans had special reasons to love the
man from Krakow.''” Associated Press April 2, 2005 POPE0403.US
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World leaders pay tribute to Pope: British Prime Minister Tony Blair says …. "The world
has lost a religious leader who was revered across people of all faiths and none… "He was
an inspiration, a man of extraordinary faith, dignity and courage." Queen Elizabeth II
expressed her "deep sorrow" at the Pope's death. US President George W Bush made a
brief media appearance shortly after the Pope's death, calling John Paul II a "champion of
human freedom". With the passing of the Pontiff, "the Catholic Church has lost its
shepherd, the world has lost a champion of human freedom, and a good and faithful
servant of God has been called home," Mr Bush said from the White House, with his wife
Laura Bush by his side.-AFP/Reuters Sunday, April 3, 2005
Ex-Presidents, Bush to Go to Pope Funeral: By JENNIFER LOVEN, The Associated Press,
WASHINGTON, Apr 5, 2005 — “Former Presidents Bush and Clinton will accompany
President Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the White House announced Tuesday.
The delegation will also include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. … It wasn't
immediately clear why former President Carter was not going along as well. McClellan said
the White House reached out to him but would not elaborate. A spokesman with his Carter
Center in Atlanta, Jon Moore, also would not explain. Former President Ford, who lives in
California, is 91 and no longer travels extensively.”
“[On March 1, 1997] Pakistan formally gave up the Islamic weekend… Mr [Nawaz]
Sharif [Prime Minister of Pakistan] personally ordered the switch over to a one-day Sunday
weekend from Friday in a televised address on Sunday, six days after taking office.” Deccan
Herald, Bangalore, India, March 2, 1997.
Make An Image To The Beast
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth… saying to them that dwell on the earth, that
they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Rev
“Separation of church and state is a deception of Satan… We need to unite to get a lot
done in Washington. There are more of us than there are more of them… we are going to
have a world wide revival.” Joyce Meyer, Televangelist, co-sponsor of ‘Road to Victory Rally
of the Christian Coalition’ held at Washington Convention Centre, October 11-12, 2002.
Bush To Obey the Pope: “In 1960, John Kennedy went from Washington down to Texas
to assure Protestant preachers that he would not obey the pope. In 2001, George Bush
came from Texas up to Washington to assure a group of Catholic bishops that he would…
Bush seeking to capitalize on those trends has met privately with at least three high
Catholic Church officials and has adopted Catholic themes in speeches; his staff has
instituted a weekly conference call with an informal group of Catholic advisors; and the
Republican National Committee is setting up a Catholic Task Force.” Robert George,
Professor of Political Science at Princeton University quoted in The Washington Past, April
26, 2001.
Kerry: Bush's Vatican appeal 'inappropriate'
HEBRON, Kentucky (CNN) -- President Bush was out of line to ask the Vatican to get U.S.
bishops more involved in promoting his conservative social agenda, Democratic presidential
candidate John Kerry said Tuesday. "I think it was entirely and extraordinarily
inappropriate, and I think it speaks for itself," the Massachusetts senator, who is Catholic,
told reporters in a question-and-answer session outside Cincinnati, Ohio. CNN.Com
Tuesday, June 15, 2004 Posted: 6:49 PM EDT (2249 GMT)
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Ten Kings Give Their Kingdom Unto The Beast
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings… These have one mind, and shall give
their power and strength unto the beast… and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the
words of God shall be fulfilled. Rev 17:12 –13, 17
As Bush Wins, Blair Signs It
NEWSPAPER – 12 November 2004 Dr
Clive Gillis. In a day full of symbolism
glorifying ancient Rome and the
papacy, the most blatant symbols
were reserved for the ceremony in
the Orazi e Curiazi. The grainy black
and white photographs of the signing
of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 show a
table along one wall. But for the
signing of the EU Constitution on the
29 October 2004, the whole axis of
the ceremony within the room had
statesman signed on a table draped
with the EU flag while towering above
him was a colossal statue of Innocent
X (see picture). Every one of the 25
signatories to the EU Constitution was
so positioned that the official archive
photograph shows the huge hand of
Innocent X reaching out paternally
above him. Innocent takes up three
quarters of the picture with the
statesmen relegated to a little strip
across the bottom. Innocent milked
the papacy to provide a huge
personal and family fortune including
a Palace on the Piazza Navonna. In
his old age he had a lover, Donna
Olympia, who in turn extracted
immense wealth with her charms. The gaze of the statesmen signing the document was
directed to the opposite end of the room where a huge fresco of the Rape of the Sabine
Women by the Romans was displayed. Here a colossal marble of Urban VIII waved as
condescendingly as Innocent X at the other end. Urban indecently assaulted the papacy
and much of Rome to carry off even greater wealth than Innocent X….. This signing of
the new EU constitution on Rome’s Capitoline Hill on 29th October, was a political farce.
At least 11 of the 25 states, including Britain, were committed to retrospective
referenda. What is more, many people were incensed that the Constitution omitted any
reference to Europe’s Roman Catholic foundations….. The rest of the huge relics at which
the dignitaries gazed bore inscriptions recording the subjection of the nations to Rome.
The Wine Of Her Fornication
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;. Rev 13:5
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because
she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Rev 14:8
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Cardinals Hoping for a 5th Marian Dogma To Declare Mary as Mother of Humanity
ROME, FEB. 11, 2008 ( Five cardinals have sent a letter inviting prelates
worldwide to join them in petitioning Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma they said
would "proclaim the full Christian truth about Mary." The text, released last week, includes
the petition that asks the Pope to proclaim Mary as "the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity,
the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one
mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race."… Pointing to
ecumenical concerns… The text adds that the move would be "the ultimate expression of
doctrinal clarity at the service of our Christian and non-Christian brothers and sisters who
are not in communion with Rome."… The statement added, "This initiative also intends to
start an in-depth worldwide dialogue on Mary's role in salvation for our time. [...] Should
this effort prove successful, a proclamation would constitute a historical event for the
Church as only the fifth Marian dogma defined in its 2,000-year history." Cardinal Aponte
Martínez, one of the cardinal co-patrons said: "I believe the time is now for the papal
definition of the relationship of the Mother of Jesus to the each one of us, her earthly
children, in her roles as co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate.
Urging Millennial Penitence, Pope Is Offering Indulgences
By ALESSANDRA STANLE, New York Times, November 28, 1998
For Roman Catholics, the year 2000 offers early salvation.
Pope John Paul II announced today that in celebration of entering the third millennium of
Christianity, penitents who do a charitable deed or give up cigarettes or alcohol for a day
can earn an ''indulgence'' to eliminate punishment on earth or in purgatory… Indulgences
are an ancient form of church-granted amnesty from certain forms of punishment, in this
life or hereafter, for sin. The medieval church sold indulgences, a practice that drove Martin
Luther to rebel, beginning the Reformation. They remain a source of theological debate
between Protestants and Catholics, and since Vatican II, the Roman Catholic Church had
played down their importance. By restoring indulgences to so prominent a position, John
Paul II is making penitence a theme of the millennium celebration. He is also reassuring
conservatives in the church. But by broadening the ways believers can earn an indulgence,
he is also trying to imbue indulgences with some of the ecumenical spirit he wants to give
the celebrations.
Urging Sunday Laws
“The Lord’s Day has structured the history of the Church through two thousand years: how
could we think that it will not continue to shape the future?”… In the particular
circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation
respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” Encyclical of Pope John Paul II: Dies Domini, May
31, 1998,
“Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal
holidays” Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 528. 1994
Assumption of Mary
The Viring Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and
soul into heavenly glory” Pope Pius XII: "Munificentissimus Deus - Defining the Dogma of
the Assumption", par. 44. Vatican, November 1, 1950
"In thy hands I place my eternal salvation, and to thee do I entrust my soul.... For, if thou
protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me
the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell
together; nor even from Jesus, my Judge himself, because by one prayer from thee, he will
be appeased." --Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
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At the World Youth Day in Denver, in 1993, Pope John Paul II prayed: "In Mary the final
victory of life over death is already a reality." --NRI Trumpet, October 1993.
"Mary is so perfectly united with the Holy Spirit that He acts only through [her] His
spouse.... All our life, every thought, word, and deed is in Her hands ... at every moment,
She Herself must instruct, guide, and transform each one of us into Herself, so that not we
but She lives in us, as Jesus lives in Her, and the Father in the Son." --Soul Magazine,
November-December 1984.
"Mary is the refuge of sinners ... the Gate of Heaven ... our way to enter into paradise." -Catholic Twin Circle, August 26, 1990, p. 20.
“He who does not seek refuge in Mary is fallen and lost… When we seek refuge in Mary and
call upon her holy name, we are heard much more quickly than when we call the name of
Jesus, our Redeemer… We request much from God, and it is not granted. Request from
Mary and it is already received, [for] she is even the queen of hell.... To you [Mary] all
power is given in heaven and on earth, so that all obey at Mary's command, even God. God
also placed the entire church... under Mary's sovereignty.'" Cardinal Alphonsus de Liguori
[The Glories of Mary, Tan Books, 1977].
Religious liberty: No Private Religion
“The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty of conscience are a
most pestilential error – a pest, of all others, mst to be dreaded in a state.” Encyclical of
Pope Pius IX: August 15, 1854
“Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted… In Christianity, there
can be no room for purely private religion: Christ is the Savior of the world. To the
extent that religion becomes a purely private affair, it loses its very soul." - Pope Benedict
XVI, speaking to US bishops, April 16, 2008
[Public religion is that which is carried out at public expense on behalf of the populus as a
whole. In ancient Rome, both public and private religions were officially overseen by the
state through the ius divinum. But whereas public religion was restricted to the worship of a
limited number of approved gods and select festivals private religion allowed for the
worship of any god and celebration of any festival providing that no breach of the peace
Lamb Like Beast Causes All To Worship The First Beast
And he… causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose
deadly wound was healed. Rev 13:12
“...'In what's being called a historic declaration, evangelicals including Pat Robertson
and Charles Colson joined with conservative Roman Catholic leaders today in upholding the
ties of faith that bind the nation's largest and most politically active religious groups....
“Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the 3rd Millennium” The New
York Times, March 29, 1994.
"One leading evangelical declared: '[This document] has the potential to recast all the
ecumenical discussions that have gone on through the years.... This is a new day. Our
closest friends, as evangelicals, in the cultural task and in the fundamental
theological task, are Roman Catholics.' " --Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast, pp.
“The nation's Roman Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to join a new alliance that would be
the broadest Christian group ever formed in the United States, linking American
evangelicals and Catholics in an ecumenical organization for the first time. ….The
alliance, called Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., is set to kick off next year. It
would also include mainline Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and black and other minority
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churches, though with about 67 million members the U.S. Catholic Church would be the
largest denomination. ‘It's not to create some kind of megabody or megachurch,’ said
Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the ecumenical committee for the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops. ‘It is a forum for participation so that we can pray together, grow in our
understanding together and witness together our faith.’ It is considered a biblical
imperative for Christians to find ways to build unity among their different denominations.
Pope John Paul II has made such efforts a priority of his pontificate.” ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 17, 2004 “U.S. Catholic Bishops Join Alliance”.
"CCT is the best chance that we will have in this decade to really change the ecumenical
landscape and to create a body that more fully reflects the life of the churches in the United
States," Granberg-Michaelson concluded. "It could be a very powerful tool for the
mission of the church." Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary of the
Reformed Church in America and who currently chairs CCT’s steering committee, January
29, 2003, PASADENA, California
“We pray for a fresh awareness of the Holy Spirit’s work among us that will foster… a strong
prophetic voice of the Christian community in America” CCT proposal, I. Preamble
Gather Them Together For The Battle
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of
the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of
devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world,
to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev 16:13 - 14
“The Lutheran World Federation which represents 95% of Lutherans signed the document
with the Vatican affirming that Catholics and Lutherans have found an essential common
ground on the issue of Justification, the action by which a human being is made worthy of
salvation.” The International Herald Tribune June 27,1998.
“Pope John Paul II warmly praised on Sunday [the] Catholic-Lutheran agreement… The
Vatican said that much agreement had been reached with the Lutherans about a joint
declaration that would remove most of the condemnations that the two churches levelled at
each other when Western Christianity split in the 16th century.” The International Herald
Tribune June 29,1998.
“[At an] inter-faith celebration without fear of difference… hundreds of spiritual
leaders from around the world assembled [in Cape Town, South Africa] to honour and fall in
love with our differences and see God in our differences.” The Sydney Sunday Telegraph,
Dec. 12, 1999
“ASSISI, Italy--Chants, temple bells and pagan spells echoed around the Roman
Catholic shrines of Assisi yesterday as Pope John Paul II and his 200 guests from the
world’s 12 main religions prayed for world peace...“The medicineman of the Crow Indians
[spirit worshippers], Chief John Pretty-on-Top, offered to cast out evil spirits. Many came
forward, among them a young Franciscan monk. “In a chapel down the road, the head of
the Zorastrian church in Bombay prayed before a fire that symbolized his God. “Next door,
six turbanned Sikhs--all Italian converts--sat chanting their prayers in the lotus position to
gramophone music.“At an old Roman temple, shoeless Moslems sat on prayer mats.“The
14th Dalai Lama, exiled god-king of Tibet, headed the strong Buddhist contingent,
mumbling sutras amid tinkling bells at the Basilica of St. Peter. “In the gardens outside, a
Shinto sect called Tenrikyo, in black kimonos, swayed to temple music. “African animists,
their togas the envy of any designer, invoked the spirits of trees and plants to come to the
aid of peace... “The Pope made three speeches” (Gazette News Services, taken from the
AP, Chicago Tribune and reproduced in Christian Beacon, December 25, 1986, p. 7).
Surrounded by icebergs, Sunni, Shiite, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Shinto
leaders committed themselves last Friday to leave the planet "in all its wisdom and beauty
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to the generations to come." They included the Grand Rabbi of Paris, René-Samuel Sirat,
Bishop Sofie Petersen of Greenland, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, and the
Rev. Jim Ball, founder of the Evangelical Environmental Network.... Religious leaders also
signaled the need to work together. "It is very, very key for as many voices from as
many fields as possible to come together to present a common effort," Cardinal
McCarrick, Pope Benedict XVI's official representative, told the Monitor." By Colin Woodard |
Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the September 12, 2007 edition
The pope's visit coincided with a three-day meeting of religious leaders from around the
world on the role of religion and culture in creating a violence-free world. The pope told
the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist leaders they must work for peace and
reconciliation among peoples. Benedict prayed before the relics of Naples' patron saint,
fourth-century St. Gennaro, in the cathedral. Faithful believe that a miracle occurs several
times a year when the saint's blood, contained in a vial, liquefies when it is placed next to a
box containing the relics of St. Gennaro's skull. The blood did not liquefy during Benedict's
prayer.... At lunch, however, only one Muslim representative was invited to sit at Benedict's
table -- Ezzeddine Ibrahim, a cultural adviser to the president of the United Arab Emirates.
Ibrahim was among the 138 Muslim scholars who recently signed a letter to Christian
leaders urging Christians and Muslims to build on their common belief in one God to
work for peace. Other religious leaders attending the meeting included one of Israel's chief
rabbis, Yona Metzger; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's
Orthodox Christians; the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; the head of the World
Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia; and Buddhist, Shinto, Hindu and
Zoroastrian representatives. - By: NICOLE WINFIELD - Associated Press Sunday,
October 21, 2007 - This Naples meeting, organized by the St. Egidio community, was the
annual renewal of the inter-faith assembly for peace inaugurated by Pope John Paul II,
which first met in Assisi in October 1986.
Threefold Union
When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman
power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the
influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its
Constitution as a Protestant and republican government and shall make provision for the
propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come
for the marvellous working of Satan and that the end is near.--5T 451 (1885).
USA: Evangelicals and Catholics Together
"The most significant event in nearly 500 years of church history was revealed as a fait
accompli on March 29, 1994. On that day leading American evangelicals and Catholics
signed a joint declaration titled 'Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission
in the 3rd Millennium.'... "The New York Times release ...said in part: "...'In what's being
called a historic declaration, evangelicals including Pat Robertson and Charles Colson joined
with conservative Roman Catholic leaders today in upholding the ties of faith that bind the
nation's largest and most politically active religious groups.... "One leading evangelical
declared: '[This document] has the potential to recast all the ecumenical discussions that
have gone on through the years.... This is a new day. Our closest friends, as evangelicals,
in the cultural task and in the fundamental theological task, are Roman Catholics.' " --Dave
Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast, pp. 5-7.
Television evangelist Pat Robertson said: "God showed me ... that He was going to bless
the Christian Coalition [Protestants and Roman Catholics] beyond our wildest
expectations... We'll be back, until we win it all." -Hope Liberty News, No. 4, December
"It's high time that all of us who are Christians come together regardless of the differences
of our confessions and our traditions and make common cause to bring Christian values to
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bear in our society." -Keith Fournier, Evangelical Catholics (Thomas Nelson, Nashville,
1990), p. iv.
"The future of American politics lies in the growing strength of Evangelicals and their
Roman Catholic allies. If these two core constituencies--Evangelicals comprising the swing
vote in the South, Catholics holding sway in the North--can cooperate on issues and
support like-minded candidates, they can determine the outcome of almost any election in
the nation." -Ralph Reed, Politically Incorrect, p. 16.
Catholics and Protestants in Europe
"Leading the way to unity in diversity."
"The chairman of the Council of Evangelical Churches in Germany (EKD), Klaus Engelhardt,
addressed Pope John Paul II during a meeting in Paderborn (Germany), the most important
passages of which are documented in the following:
" 'Your Holiness, exalted Bishop of Rome, dear Brother in Christ!
" '...So the Christian churches can overcome their painful separation and lead the way to a
unity in diversity, we need the view that is both committed to the truth and also moved by
love.... With the German bishops' conference and its position concerning the study
'Doctrinal Opinions Separating Churches,' the evangelical churches would welcome it if the
doctrinal condemnations pronounced in the 16th Century would no longer burden the
present relationship of the churches and if the hindrances to a closer communion of the
churches, connected to the historical memory of them, would be forgotten. 'The Evangelical
churches thoroughly discussed this document and, with the high authority of their Synods,
confirmed that none of the doctrinal condemnations pronounced by the Reform side in the
16th Century applies to the present doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church it is assumed in
the study of the doctrinal condemnations. In accordance with the positive votes of the papal
council for the furthering of Christian unity and the German bishops' conference, we hope
for a corresponding declaration from the Roman Catholic Church, along with the highest
commitment. Thankfully and expectantly, we are following the efforts between your church
and the Lutheran World Council to get to a common declaration concerning the doctrine of
justification.... In our country, the Christian churches together are advocating the hallowing
of Sunday and observance of church holidays. To our so unchristian world we owe it to
prevent such profanation not just for the sake of common belief but also to demonstrate
the sacredness of Sunday through common worship on Sunday morning.... 'We are also
waiting with patient hope for an open invitation by your church that we are welcome as
guests and friends at the celebration of the eucharist, without therefore giving up our own
church affiliation.' " --Berliner Tagesspiegel (Berlin Daily Mirror), June 23, 1996.
U.S. President Readies Welcome for Benedict XVI
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 13, 2008 ( U.S. President George Bush said that
when he looks into Benedict XVI's eyes, he sees God.The president made this
affirmation Friday when he answered the last question posed him during an interview with
Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) anchor Raymond Arroyo. Arroyo noted that Bush
is planning an all-out welcome for the Pope, who arrives in the United States on Tuesday
for a five-day visit. Most notably, Bush will go to the airport to receive the Holy Father, a
courtesy he has never extended to any visiting leader. The president says he plans to do
this "because [the Pope] is a really important figure in a lot of ways. One, he speaks for
millions. Two, he doesn't come as a politician; he comes as a man of faith. And, three, that
I so subscribe to his notion that [...] there's right and wrong in life, that moral relativism
has a danger of undermining the capacity to have more hopeful and free societies, that I
want to honor his convictions, as well." The Holy Father, Bush said, "represents and stands
for some values that I think are important for the health of the country, and when he
comes to America, millions of my fellow citizens will be hanging on his every word. And
that's why it's important."
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Whitehouse Papal Welcome: As the time for the ceremony got closer, fir the VIP
participants were escorted in waves, like a parade. First came the U.S. cardinals, then the
bishops, also the Sisters of the poor. After them were the boy scouts and girl scouts, the
Knights of Columbus in their full regalia, and then Catholic students in their school
uniforms. After that came a wave of interfaith representatives including Archbishop
Demetrious, head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Imam Talal Eid from the
Muslim community in Boston, Protestant mainline denominational leaders, and several
Jewish representatives and also Sikhs wearing the traditional turban. Finally, the reporters
were escorted into a White House hallway and on through to the South Lawn, past some
beautiful tulips in full bloom. The crowd was very excited, at times yelling "Viva el Papa."
The soprano Kathleen Battle sing the Lord's Prayer and he was given a 21-gun salute, a
ceremonial military honour used for a visiting foreign heads of state. There were about
12,000 people in attendance.
US President Welcomes Pope: President and Mrs. Bush will welcome His Holiness Pope
Benedict XVI to the White House on April 16, 2008, during his first visit to the United States
as Pope. The President and the Holy Father will continue discussions, which they began
during the President's visit to the Vatican in June 2007, on their common commitment to
During their meeting, the Holy Father and the President discussed a number of topics of
common interest to the Holy See and the United States of America, including moral and
religious considerations to which both parties are committed: the respect of the dignity of
the human person; the defense and promotion of life, matrimony and the family; the
education of future generations; human rights and religious freedom.
WELCOME BY PRESIDENT BUSH: “Holy Father, Laura and I are privileged to have you here
at the White House. We welcome you with the ancient words commended by Saint
Augustine: "Pax Tecum." Peace be with you… This is your first trip to the United States
since you ascended to the Chair of Saint Peter. … Here in America you'll find a nation of
prayer... a nation that welcomes the role of faith in the public square… We also believe that
a love for freedom and a common moral law… constitute the firm foundation on which
any successful free society must be built. Here in America, you'll find a nation that is fully
modern, yet guided by ancient and eternal truths…. In our nation, faith and reason coexist
in harmony… Most of all, Holy Father, you will find in America people whose hearts are
open to your message of hope. And America and the world need this message… we need
your message that "God is love."… we need your message that all human life is sacred…
we need your message to reject this "dictatorship of relativism," and embrace a culture
of justice and truth. In a world where some see freedom as simply the right to do as they
wish, we need your message that true liberty requires us to live our freedom not just for
ourselves, but "in a spirit of mutual support." Holy Father, thank you for making this
journey to America. Our nation welcomes you. We appreciate the example you set for the
world, and we ask that you always keep us in your prayers.”
REPLY BY POPE BENEDICT XVI: Mr. President, thank you for your gracious words of
welcome on behalf of the people of the United States of America. I deeply appreciate your
invitation to visit this great country. My visit coincides with an important moment in the life
of the Catholic community in America: the celebration of the 200th anniversary of elevation
of the country's first Diocese… Yet I am happy to be here as a guest of all Americans...
America's Catholics have made, and continue to make, an excellent contribution to the life
of their country. As I begin my visit, I trust that my presence will be a source of renewal
and hope for the Church in the United States, and strengthen the resolve of Catholics
to contribute ever more responsibly to the life of this nation, of which they are proud to
be citizens. From the dawn of the Republic, Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons
to personal responsibility… The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue,
self-discipline, sacrifice for the common good, and a sense of responsibility towards the
less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life and to bring one's
deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. On this, the 60th anniversary of the
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the need for global solidarity is as urgent as
ever… America's quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles
governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the
dominion of God the Creator. [, April 16, 2008]
Farewell Ceremony for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the John F. Kennedy International
Airport, New York.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Your Holiness, President and Senator Clinton, Your Eminences
Cardinal Bertoni and Cardinal Egan, Your Excellency Bishop DiMarzio, clergy and religious,
distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen, good evening. It's a privilege to join all of
you as our esteemed visitor, the Holy Father, concludes his visit to the United States. It has
been a memorable week, and Pope Benedict XVI has stepped into the history of our
country in a very special way… all of America respects this messenger of peace and
justice and freedom… our citizens have received the Pope with reverence and with affection,
with songs of joy and with prayers of thanksgiving. Your Holiness, on your first apostolic
visit to the United States, you've encountered a nation facing many challenges… You have
met a people of resonating faith who affirm that our nation was founded under God, who
seek His purposes and bow to His will… a country where you, a herald of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, will always be welcome… you
have brought a universal message of hope and salvation… Whether in your presence or
listening across great distances, millions have found in your words hope against despair,
certainty amid confusion, and strength for journeys of their own… Your Holiness, nearly 57
years have passed since the day of your ordination as a priest in June 1951. You might
have found it hard to imagine then that you would stand before all humanity as a teacher, a
statesman, and the shepherd of more than a billion souls. That is what God has called you
to do. In these 57 years, your wisdom and your pastoral gifts have been extraordinary
blessings to our world… Your presence has honored our country. Although you must leave
us now, your words and the memory of this week will stay with us. For that, we are truly
and humbly grateful. And so with the greatest warmth and respect, we thank you, we bid
you a safe return to Rome, and until we meet again we ask Your Holiness to remember in
your prayers the United States of America.
Bush's upcoming visit with Pope marks unprecedented relationship
12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, June 7, 2008 Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY – When President Bush pays a visit to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on
Friday, it will be his sixth meeting with a pope, and his third meeting with Benedict in just
over a year.Never in U.S. history has a president consulted so often with the leader of the
Catholic Church. Carl Anderson, a former Reagan aide who now heads the Knights of
Columbus, calls it "remarkable." "Less than 50 years ago," he said, "it was a question as to
whether a Catholic should even be able to run for president." Mr. Bush has emphasized his
admiration for the papacy, and in particular for Benedict, whom he has called a "very
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smart, loving man." When Benedict arrived in Washington in April, Mr. Bush personally met
the pope on the tarmac, the only time that the president has so honored any dignitary.
Changing the Constitution
"Separation of church and state is a dangerous concept.... It [the first Amendment to the
American Constitution, which forbids Congress to make any law restricting the exercise of
freedom of religion] does not mean that our beliefs cannot be legislated...." -Moral
Majority's Washington State Newspaper, August 1980.
Keith Fournier, a Catholic, is the executive director of the American Center for Law and
Justice, which is the "religious liberty" arm and legal aid of the Christian Coalition. He said,
"The wall of separation between church and state that was erected by secular humanists
and other enemies of religious freedom has to come down. That wall is more a threat to
society than the Berlin wall ever was." -Keith Fournier, Esq., "Tear down This Wall!" Law
and Justice, Winter 1992.
"On his trip through Poland in June 1991, John Paul II explained, in a speech on the Ten
Commandments, that the separation of church and state was contrary to the Ten
Commandments. He also called on the world to hallow Sunday." -Deine Freiheit in der
Weltkrise (Your Freedom in the World Crisis), p. 25.
"When Pastor W.A. Criswell was once asked by reporters what he thought of the separation
of church and state, he shot back with: 'I believe this idea was the fantasy of a couple of
unbelievers.' " -Church and State, October 1984. Pastor Criswell is Baptist.
"In what was called a 'radical departure' from previous rulings protecting religion, the
Supreme Court [of the USA] declared that it would no longer shield believers whose
practices violate general law. ...But in a sweeping opinion, [Catholic] Justice Antonin Scalia
went far beyond the case and declared that when religious rights clash with the
government's need for uniform rules, the court will side with the government. As a nation,
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'we cannot afford the luxury' of striking down laws simply because they limit someone's
religious practices." -Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1990 (emphasis supplied by author).
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner is concerned about the high court's
recent direction on religious issues. "On May 31, 1991, [American] Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Conner spoke in Philadelphia to the Conference for Religious Missions. She
said in an anxious tone: 'I believe, that the introductory clause [amendment to the
American Constitution that the Congress may not enact any law forbidding the free exercise
of religion] and also the free exercise clause have come to a parting of the ways. Chief
Justice William Rehnquist is tearing down the wall of separation [of church and state].... I
have, as I have already said, very great concern about this point [the free exercise of
religion].' " -Deine Freiheit in der Weltkrise (Your Freedom in the World Crisis), p. 13.
Chief Justice Rehnquist: "The wall separating church and state is a graphic concept based
on the bad experiences in history, a concept which has proven to be useless as a guide in
the administration of justice. It should clearly and openly be given up." -Church and State,
July-August 1985, p. 14 (translated from German).
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4. The Sifting and Shaking
The Indifferent careless class vs earnest agonizing and pleading
Caused by false theories and idolatory - Testimonies Slighted
Church Departed from Light - Retreating to Egypt – Worse than Israel
The Omega Apostacy – our religion changed – reorganisation – books of new
order written – system of intellectual philosophy – new worship styles
Introduction of psychology and hypnotism into church
Duty During the Shaking Time
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter
days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the
LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget
the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deu 4:30 - 31
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer
My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus
Christ be in your minds continually and let them crowd out worldly thoughts and cares.
When you lie down and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live and act wholly in
reference to the coming of the Son of man. The sealing time is very short, and will soon
be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling
and election sure. {EW 58.2}
At the present time, when the end of all things earthly is rapidly approaching, Satan is putting
forth desperate efforts to ensnare the world. He is devising many plans to occupy minds
and to divert attention from the truths essential to salvation. {AA 219.2}
A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek
this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord,
not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared
to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him,
than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession,
humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has
promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. {1SM
There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest,
prevailing prayer. We must enter upon the work individually. We must pray more, and talk
less. Iniquity abounds, and the people must be taught not to be satisfied with a form of
godliness without the spirit and power. If we are intent upon searching our own hearts, putting
away our sins, and correcting our evil tendencies, our souls will not be lifted up unto vanity;
we shall be distrustful of ourselves, having an abiding sense that our sufficiency is of God.
{1SM 122.2}
The Lord has shown me the danger of letting our minds be filled with worldly thoughts and
cares. I saw that some minds are led away from present truth and a love of the Holy Bible by
reading other exciting books; others are filled with perplexity and care for what they shall eat,
drink, and wear. Some are looking too far off for the coming of the Lord. Time has continued a
few years longer than they expected; therefore they think it may continue a few years more,
and in this way their minds are being led from present truth, out after the world. In these
things I saw great danger; for if the mind is filled with other things, present truth is
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shut out, and there is no place in our foreheads for the seal of the living God. I saw
that the time for Jesus to be in the most holy place was nearly finished and that time can last
but a very little longer. What leisure time we have should be spent in searching the Bible,
which is to judge us in the last day. {EW 58.1}
Many are leaning upon a supposed hope without a true foundation. The fountain is not
cleansed, therefore the streams proceeding from that fountain are not pure. Cleanse the
fountain, and the streams will be pure. If the heart is right, your words, your dress, your acts,
will all be right. True godliness is lacking. I would not dishonor my Master so much as to admit
that a careless, trifling, prayerless person is a Christian. No; a Christian has victory over his
besetments, over his passions. There is a remedy for the sin-sick soul. That remedy is in
Jesus. Precious Saviour! His grace is sufficient for the weakest; and the strongest must also
have His grace or perish.
I saw how this grace could be obtained. Go to your closet, and
there alone plead with God: "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within
me" (Ps. 51:10). Be in earnest, be sincere. Fervent prayer availeth much. Jacoblike,
wrestle in prayer. Agonize. Jesus, in the garden, sweat great drops of blood; you must
make an effort. Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God; then watch, and just as
long as you watch and pray you can keep these evil besetments under, and the grace of God
can and will appear in you. God forbid that I should cease to warn you. Young friends, seek
the Lord with all your heart. Come with zeal, and when you sincerely feel that without the help
of God you perish, when you pant after Him as the hart panteth after the water brooks, then
will the Lord strengthen you speedily. Then will your peace pass all understanding. If you
expect salvation, you must pray… Beg of God to work in you a thorough reformation that the
fruits of His Spirit may dwell in you... It is the privilege of every Christian to enjoy the deep
movings of the Spirit of God. A sweet heavenly peace will pervade the mind, and you will love
to meditate upon God and heaven. You will feast upon the glorious promises of His Word. But
know first that you have begun the Christian course. Know that the first steps are taken in the
road to everlasting life. {AG 318.4}
A View of the Shaking
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of
Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the
abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Eze 9:4
I saw some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. Their countenances were
pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle. Firmness and great
earnestness was expressed in their countenances; large drops of perspiration fell from their
foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation, and
again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them. {EW 269.1}
Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their view,
that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they be led to
distrust God and murmur against Him. Their only safety was in keeping their eyes directed
upward. Angels of God had charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere of evil
angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting
their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness. {EW 269.2}
As the praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus came to
them, to encourage their hearts and light up their countenances. Some, I saw, did not
participate in this work of agonizing and pleading. They seemed indifferent and careless. They
were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud. The angels
of God left these and went to the aid of the earnest, praying ones. I saw angels of God hasten
to the assistance of all who were struggling with all their power to resist the evil angels and
trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But His angels left those who
made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them. {EW 270.1}
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I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the
straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will
have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour
forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it,
and this is what will cause a shaking among God's people. {EW 270.2}
I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony
upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely
disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it
and be purified. {EW 270.3}
Need to Study the Prophecies.
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the
prophets. Amo 3:7
We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures and should task the
understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of God; yet we must not
forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner… The Bible
should never be studied without prayer. The Holy Spirit alone can cause us to feel the
importance of those things easy to be understood, or prevent us from wresting truths difficult
of comprehension. – GC page 600
Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated… We, with all our
religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know. {TM 116.3}
The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it
contains… When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be
seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it
teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it {TM 113.2}
Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come. {1SM 122.1}
When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an
entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates
of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in
order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. {TM 114.3}
In our day the church has been to a great degree content with the surface truths of
revelation, made so plain and easy to be understand that many have thought these supplied
all that was essential, and in accepting them they have been content. But the Holy Spirit,
working upon the mind, will not allow it to rest in indolence. It awakens an earnest desire for
truth uncorrupted with error and false doctrines. Celestial truths will reward the diligent
seeker. The mind that is really desirous to know what is truth, cannot be content in indolence.
{1888 1537.2}
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things
which must shortly come to pass... Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."
Revelation 1:1-3. The solemn messages that have been given in their order in the
Revelation are to occupy the first place in the minds of God's people. Nothing else is
to be allowed to engross our attention. {8T 301-302}
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Worse than Ancient Israel
He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great
abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my
sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations. Eze 8:6
I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness. Stripping them off,
He laid bare the defilement beneath. Then He said to me: "Can you not see how they have
pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character? 'How is the faithful
city become an harlot!' My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence
the divine presence and glory have departed! For this cause there is weakness, and
strength is lacking. Unless the church, which is now being leavened with her own backsliding,
shall repent and be converted, she will eat of the fruit of her own doing, until she shall abhor
herself. {8T 250}
"When I study the Scriptures, I am alarmed for the Israel of God in these last days. They are
exhorted to flee from idolatry. I fear that they are asleep and so conformed to the world that it
would be difficult to discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. The
distance is widening between Christ and His people, and lessening between them and the
world. The marks of distinction between Christ's professed people and the world have almost
disappeared. Like ancient Israel, they follow after the abominations of the nations
around them." 1T277
"Like ancient Israel the church has dishonored her God by departing from the light,
neglecting her duties, and abusing her high and exalted privilege of being perculiar and holy in
character. Her members have violated their coventant to live for God and Him only. They have
joined with the selfish and the world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure and sin have been
cherised, and Christ has departed. His Spirit has been quenched in the church. Satan works
side by side with professed Christians; yet they are so destitute of spiritual discernment that
they do not detect him....." 2T 441,442
For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land
of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they
obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of
their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I
commanded them to do; but they did them not. And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy
is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words;
and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah
have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. Jer 11:8-10
"The desolation of Jerusalem in the days of Jeremiah is a solemn warning to modern Israel,
that the counsels and admonishions given them through chosen instrumentalities can not be
disregarded with impunity.... Jeremiah's message to priests and people aroused the
antagonism of many.
With boisterous denounciation they cryed out, "Why hast thou
prophecied in the name of the Lord, saying.... And all the people were gathered against
Jeremiah in the house of the Lord." Jer 26:9 Priests, false prophets and people turned in wrath
upon him who would not speak to them smooth things nor prophesy deceit. Thus was the
message of God, despised, and His servant threated with death." PK 417
"For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of
Cannan. The same sins have delayed the intrance of modern Israel into the heavenly
Cannan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault. It is the unbelief, the wordliness,
unconsecration, and strife among the Lord's professed people that have kept us in this world of
sin and sorrow so many years." Ev 696
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"The sin of ancient Israel was in disregarding the expressed will of God and following their own
way according to the leadings of unsanctified hearts. Modern Israel are fast following in
their footsteps, and the displeasure of God is as surely resting upon them." 5T 94
"Satans snares are laid out for us as verily as they were laid out for the children of Israel just
prior to their entrance into the land of Cannan. We are repeating the history of that
people. Lightness, vanity, love of ease and pleasure, selfishness, and impurity are increasing
among us. There is need now of men who are firm and fearless in declaring the whole counsel
of God; men who will not sleep as do others, but watch and be sober.." 5T160
"There is less excuse in our day for stubborness and unbelief than their was for the
Jews in the days of Christ.. Our sin and its retribution will be the greater if we refuse to
walk in the light. Many say, "If I had only lived in the days of Christ, I would not have wrested
His words, or falsely interpreted His instruction. I would not have rejected and crucified Him,
as did the Jews"; but that will be proved by the way in which you deal with His message and
His messangers today… Those who live in this day are not accountable for the deeds of those
who crucified the Son of God; but if with all the light that shone upon His people delineated
before us, we travel over the same ground, cherist the same spirit, refuse to receive reproof
and warning, then our guilt will be greatly augmented." Review, April 11, 1893
It is a solemn and terrible truth that many who have been zealous in proclaiming the third
angel's message are now becoming listless and indifferent! The line of demarcation
between worldlings and many professed Christians is almost indistinguishable. Many
who once were earnest Adventists are conforming to the world--to its practices, its
customs, its selfishness. Instead of leading the world to render obedience to God's law, the
church is uniting more and more closely with the world in transgression. Daily the church is
becoming converted to the world. How many professing Christians are slaves of mammon!
Their indulgence of appetite, their extravagant expenditure of money for selfish gratification,
greatly dishonors God. {8T 118.4}
…many others, while not apparently living in transgression, are nevertheless as verily
lending their influence on the side of Satan as are those who openly sin against God.
Multitudes are perishing; but how few are burdened for these souls! There is a stupor, a
paralysis, upon many of the people of God, which prevents them from understanding the duty
of the hour. {8T 119.1}
When the Israelites entered Canaan, they did not fulfill God's purpose by taking
possession of the whole land. After making a partial conquest, they settled down to enjoy the
fruit of their victories. In their unbelief and love of ease they congregated in the portions
already conquered, instead of pushing forward to occupy new territory. Thus they began to
depart from God. By their failure to carry out His purpose they made it impossible for Him to
fulfill to them His promise of blessing. {8T 119.2}
Is not the church of today doing the same thing? With the whole world before them in
need of the gospel, professed Christians congregate where they themselves can enjoy gospel
privileges. They do not feel the necessity of occupying new territory, carrying the message of
salvation into regions beyond. They refuse to fulfill Christ's commission: "Go ye into all
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Are they less guilty than was the
Jewish church? {8T 119.3}
There will be a sharp conflict between those who are loyal to God and those who cast scorn
upon His law. Reverence for God's law has been subverted. The religious leaders are
teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. As it was in the days of ancient
Israel, so it is in this age of the world. But because of the prevalence of disloyalty and
transgression, will those who have reverenced the law of God now cherish less respect for it?
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Will they unite with the powers of earth to make it void?… The test comes to
everyone. There are only two sides. On which side are you? {8T 120}
Testimonies Made of No Effect
Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying,
Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear
to turn from their wickedness. Jer 44:4-5
The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the
Spirit of God. "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Satan will work
ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of
God's remnant people in the true testimony. --1SM 48 (1890).
One thing is certain: Those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under
Satan's banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in
the Testimonies of God's Spirit. --3SM 84 (1903).
It is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the Testimonies. Next follows
skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to
the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which
were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at
this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes
incurable and ends in destruction.--4T 211.
"The facts concerning the real condition of the professed people of God speak more loudly than
their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to
the Eternal Rock, and they are drifting away to sea without chart or compass." EGW, RH July
24, 1888.
If the preconceived opinions or particular ideas of some are crossed in being reproved by
testimonies, they have a burden at once to make plain their position to discriminate
between the testimonies, defining what is Sister White's human judgment and what
is the word of the Lord. Everything that sustains their cherished ideas is divine, and the
testimonies to correct their errors are human--Sister White's opinions. They make of none
effect the counsel of God by their tradition.--Ms 16, 1889, p. 1. ("The Discernment of Truth,"
circa Jan. 1889. 3SM p. 69.)
The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader, and is steadily
retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power.
Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God is leavening our churches
everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ, would have
it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has
been shining from his word and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted
and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith
among us. { 5T 217 }
The Testimonies Slighted
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and
they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love,
but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Eze 33:31
The patience of God has an object, but you are defeating it. He is allowing a state of things to
come that you would fain see counteracted by and by, but it will be too late. God commanded
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Elijah to anoint the cruel and deceitful Hazael king over Syria, that he might be a scourge to
idolatrous Israel. Who knows whether God will not give you up to the deceptions you love?
Who knows but that the preachers who are faithful, firm, and true may be the last who shall
offer the gospel of peace to our unthankful churches? It may be that the destroyers are
already training under the hand of Satan and only wait the departure of a few more standardbearers to take their places, and with the voice of the false prophet cry, Peace, peace," when
the Lord hath not spoken peace. I seldom weep, but now I find my eyes blinded with tears;
they are falling upon my paper as I write. It may be that erelong all prophesyings among
us will be at an end, and the voice which has stirred the people may no longer
disturb their carnal slumbers. When God shall work His strange work on the earth, when
holy hands bear the ark no longer, woe will be upon the people. Oh, that thou hadst known,
even thou, in this thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace! Oh, that our people
may, as did Nineveh, repent with all their might and believe with all their heart, that
God may turn away His fierce anger from them. {5T 77.1-2}
I am filled with pain and anguish as I see parents conforming to the world and allowing their
children to meet the worldly standard at such a time as this. I am filled with horror as the
condition of families professing present truth is opened before me... Our only safety is to stand
as God’s peculiar people. We must not yield one inch to the customs and fashions of this
degenerate age, but stand in moral independence, making no compromise with its corrupt and
idolatrous practices. It will require courage and independence to rise above the religious
standard of the Christian world… What can I say to arouse our people? I tell you not a few
ministers who stand before the people to explain the Scriptures are defiled. Their
hearts are corrupt, their hands unclean. Yet many are crying, "Peace, peace;" and the workers
of iniquity are not alarmed. The Lord's hand is not shortened that He cannot save, nor His ear
heavy that He cannot hear; but it is our sins that have separated us from God. The church is
corrupt because of her members who defile their bodies and pollute their souls. {5T 78}
The prevailing spirit of our time is that of infidelity and apostasy--a spirit of pretended
illumination because of knowledge of the truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption.
There is a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God and to the testimony of His Spirit. There
is a spirit of idolatrous exaltation of mere human reason above the revealed wisdom of God.
{5T 79.1}
There are men among us in responsible positions who hold that the opinions of a few
conceited philosophers, so called, are more to be trusted than the truth of the Bible,
or the testimonies of the Holy Spirit. Such a faith as that of Paul, Peter, or John is
considered old-fashioned and insufferable at the present day. It is pronounced absurd,
mystical, and unworthy of an intelligent mind. {5T 79.2}
God has shown me that these men are Hazaels to prove a scourge to our people. They
are wise above what is written. This unbelief of the very truths of God's word… is taught
in most of our schools and comes into the lessons of the nurseries. Thousands who profess
to be Christians give heed to lying spirits. Everywhere the spirit of darkness in the garb of
religion will confront you. {5T 79.3}
If all that appears to be divine life were such in reality; if all who profess to present the truth
to the world were preaching for the truth and not against it, and if they were men of God
guided by His Spirit,--then might we see something cheering amid the prevailing moral
darkness. But the spirit of antichrist is prevailing to such an extent as never before.
Well may we exclaim: "Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among
the children of men." I know that many think far too favorably of the present time.
These ease-loving souls will be engulfed in the general ruin. Yet we do not despair. We
have been inclined to think that where there are no faithful ministers there can be no true
Christians, but this is not the case. God has promised that where the shepherds are not true
He will take charge of the flock Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon
human instrumentalities. But the days of purification of the church are hastening on
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apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place
we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time
is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge
His floor. {5T 79.4}
The Omega Apostasy
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the
land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy
of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have
devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many
widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned
mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane,
neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their
eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Eze 22:23-26
Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines
of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most
startling nature. {-TI- Selected Messages Book 1-PG- 197}
I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people.
{-TI- Selected Messages Book 1-PG- 203}
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of
men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Col 2:8
The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take
place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the
doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization.
Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His
wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be
changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years
would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new
order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The
founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of
course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be
allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is
better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power,
which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and
tempest would sweep away the structure. {-TI- Selected Messages Book 1-PG- 204 }
"Next to the Roman Catholic Church, the Adventist Church is the most centralized of all
major Christian denominations in this country." Proctor case [No.81 C 4938,B.77,
"The plain and undeniable fact is that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is most assuredly
not a 'congregational one'...but it is clearly of the 'representative' or 'hierarchical'
variety. Merikay Silver case, [PPPA v. EEOC, CIV No. 74-2025 CBR, Opening Brief for
"Those who work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church respond to a religious vocation in
exactly the same sense as does a cloistered nun. (74-2025 CBR Ibid.)
"The orders of ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist Church include ordained ministers,
credentialed Missionaries, licensed Ministers, licensed missionaries, and credentialed
literature Evangelists. (Affidavit of Robert H. Pierson, No. 74-2025 CBR).
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The book “Seventh-day Adventists Answers Questions on Doctrine” was published in 1957
of it Dr. George Knight states “Questions on Doctrine: Symbol of Adventist Theological
Tension… Fifty years ago what is undoubtedly the most divisive book in Seventh-day
Adventist history was released… [it] brought about prolonged alienation and separation
within the denomination to the Adventist factions the grew up around it.” – Opening paper
by Dr G. Knight in Questions on Doctrine 50th Anniversary Conference, 24-27 October
2007, Andrews University.
When the shaking comes, by the introduction of false theories, these surface readers,
anchored nowhere, are like shifting sand. They slide into any position to suit the tenor of their
feelings of bitterness. --TM 112 (1897).
"Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term
"hierarchy" was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance,
that attitude on the church's part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread
anti-popery among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this century,
and the latter part of the last, which has now been consigned to the historical trash
heap as far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned." Sworn affidavit of
Neal C. Wilson, Vice President of The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists-in the
Merikay McLeod lawsuit: Page 4, Footnote #2, Docket entry #84: EEOC vs. PPPA, C-742025-CBR. February 6, 1976.
The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary.
This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith. --Ev 224 (1905).
God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them,
which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe
His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible
truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of
the Scriptures, and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. Counsels to
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I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye
offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard
the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I
will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and
righteousness as a mighty stream. Amo 5:21-24
The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take
place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There
will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will
become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is
called the moving of the Holy Spirit. {2SM 36.2} The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in
such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his
ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling,
sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than
to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be
brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work
of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted
aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to
have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit's working. {2SM 36.3}
This entering in of Satan through the sciences is well devised. Through the channel of
phrenology, psychology, and mesmerism [hypnotism], he comes more directly to the
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people of this generation, and works with that power which is to characterize his efforts
near the close of probation.. {ST, November 6, 1884 par. 2} {2SM 351.4}
After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, at a time when every
conceivable power of evil is set in operation… there is a removing of the landmarks, and an
attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith--then a more decided effort is made to exalt
the false sabbath,. {3SM 406.2}
Unsanctified ministers are arraying themselves against God. They are praising Christ and
the god of this world in the same breath. While professedly they receive Christ, they
embrace Barabbas, and by their actions say, "Not this Man, but Barabbas."… Let the son of
deceit and false witness be entertained by a church that has had great light, great evidence,
and that church will discard the message the Lord has sent, and receive the most
unreasonable assertions and false suppositions and false theories. Satan laughs at
their folly, for he knows what truth is. {TM 409.2}
Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled
from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful
ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much. "If thou hadst
known," said Christ, "even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy
peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." {TM 409.3}
"To a large degree the General Conference Association has lost its sacred character,
because some connected with it have not changed their sentiments in any particular since the
conference held at minneapolis." "The same work that has been done in the past, will be
carried forward under the guise of the General Conference Association.
The sacred
character of this Association is fast disappearing. What will then be respected as pure,
holy, and undefiled? Will there be any voice that God's people can regard as a voice they can
respect? There certainly is nothing now that bears the divine credentials." E.G. White
letter to Elder O.A. Olsen, found in Testimonies, Series A, page 174.
"That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as
we once believed the General Conference to be, - that is passed." EGB, GCB 1901, p.25
I saw that Satan was working through agents in a number of ways. He was at work through
ministers who have rejected the truth and are given over to strong delusions to believe a
lie that they might be damned. While they were preaching or praying, some would fall
prostrate and helpless, not by the power of the Holy Ghost, but by the power of Satan
breathed upon these agents, and through them to the people. While preaching, praying, or
conversing, some professed Adventists who had rejected present truth used
mesmerism to gain adherents, and the people would rejoice in this influence, for they
thought it was the Holy Ghost. Some even that used it were so far in the darkness and
deception of the devil that they thought it was the power of God, given them to exercise. They
had made God altogether such a one as themselves and had valued His power as a thing of
nought. {EW 43-44}
The sin of these last days is upon the professed people of God. Through selfishness,
love of pleasure, and love of dress, they deny the Christ that their church membership says
that they are following. I thank God that Jesus Christ knows every impulse in the heart of the
believer. Many profess to be children of God who do not follow Christ. Their frivolity, their
cheap conversation, their want of high-toned piety, their low aims, mislead others who would
pursue a different course were it not for the example of these deceptive characters, those who
do not love Christ or do His will but simply follow their own imaginations. {TM 129.1}
Divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares
grow up together for the harvest. The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to
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the very close of time. And all who are laborers together with God will contend most
earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. They will not be turned from the
present message, which is already lightening the earth with its glory. Nothing is worth
contending for but the glory of God. The only rock that will stand is the Rock of Ages. The truth
as it is in Jesus is the refuge in these days of error. {2SM 113-114.1}
God never forsakes people or individuals until they forsake Him. Outward opposition will not
cause the faith of God's people, who are keeping His commandments, to become dim. The
neglect to bring purity and truth into practice will grieve the Spirit of God and
weaken them because God is not in their midst to bless. Internal corruption will bring
the denunciations of God upon this people as it did upon Jerusalem. Oh, let pleading
voices, let earnest prayer be heard, that those who preach to others shall not themselves be
castaways. My brethren, we know not what is before us, and our only safety is in following the
Light of the world. God will work with us and for us if the sins which brought His wrath upon
the old world, upon Sodom and Gomorrah and upon ancient Jerusalem, do not become our
crime. {2SM 378.3}
The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan,
clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and
lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing… In the last solemn work few great
men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them.
The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There
are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the
light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough
and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In
the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the
firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster.
{5T 80.1}
We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The
Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His
commands.--6T 332 (1900).
"Let those in different countries walk by faith. Let them inquire, Am I serving the men at
Battle Creek, or am I serving the Lord. They are to feel their individual accountability to
God, not to men who give evidence that they themselves need to seek the Lord for wisdom."
EGW 1888 Materials, Vol.4, p.1612.
The Message that the Church is Babylon
God is leading out a people. He has a chosen people, a church on the earth, whom He has
made the depositaries of His law. He has committed to them sacred trust and eternal truth to
be given to the world. He would reprove and correct them. The message to the Laodiceans
is applicable to Seventh-day Adventists who have had great light and have not
walked in the light. It is those who have made great profession, but have not kept in step
with their Leader, that will be spewed out of His mouth unless they repent. The message to
pronounce the Seventh-day Adventist Church Babylon, and call the people of God out
of her, does not come from any heavenly messenger, or any human agent inspired by
the Spirit of God. {2SM 66.2}
Again I say, The Lord hath not spoken by any messenger who calls the church that
keeps the commandments of God, Babylon. True, there are tares with the wheat; but
Christ said He would send His angels to first gather the tares and bind them in bundles to burn
them, but gather the wheat into the garner. I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to
be disorganized or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in
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this; there is not the least evidence that such a thing will be. Those who shall heed this false
message and try to leaven others will be deceived and prepared to receive advanced delusions,
and they will come to nought. {MR 311}
We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy,
and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are
handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors'
wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to
fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul
spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided
movements to cure the existing evil? {21MR 380.1}
Mark the whole tenor of this chapter, and learn the lesson it conveys to modern Israel. These
things are written for our ensamples upon whom the ends of the world are come. We see the
unbelief, and the stout resistance of some who have had great light, and although evidence
has been piled upon evidence, they have kept themselves in stubborn resistance. The Lord has
sent messages of warning and entreaty, messages of reproof and rebuke, and they have not
been in vain. But we have never had a message that the Lord would disorganize the
church. We have never had the prophecy concerning Babylon applied to the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, or been informed that the "loud cry" consisted in calling God's people to
come out of her; for this is not God's plan concerning Israel. {RH 10-03-93 PG 12}
"My brother, if you are teaching that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Babylon, you are
wrong. God has not given you any such message to bear. Satan will use every mind to which
he can attain access, inspiring men to originate false theories, or go off on some wrong
tangent, that he may create a false excitement, and thus divert souls from the true issue for
this time. I presume that some may be deceived by your message, because they are full of
curiosity and desire for some new thing. {R&H
09-12-93 P15}
The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the
closing work. Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the
world. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now step off the
foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for
this would mean apostasy from the truth.--MS. 129, 1905.
In the example of Moses pleading for the children of Israel, is represented the
position that we should take in regard to the people of God, however erring, or weak,
or defective they may be. By the mighty cleaver of truth, the Lord has brought out a people
from the quarry of the world, as he brought out of Egypt a people to keep his commandments,
and at every step he has shown them that he is leading them in paths of truth and
righteousness. He has sent his light and his counsels, instructing them to build institutions of
learning, to provide sanitariums and publishing houses, and success has attended the carrying
out of these plans. The money of the Seventh-day Adventists has not been hoarded in order
that they might live delicately, but self-denial and self-sacrifice have marked their history, and
still their work is to make progress, and to be aggressive. The world have a light constantly
shining upon them, because this people honor God in keeping his commandments. Now can we
expect that a message would be true that would designate as Babylon the people for whom
God has done so much? Hell would triumph should such a message be received, and the world
would be strengthened in iniquity. All the reproaches which Satan has cast upon the character
of God, would appear as truth, and the conclusion would be made that God has no chosen or
organized church in the world. O, what a triumph would this be to Satan and his confederacy
of evil! God does not work in this way. He does just what he said he would do in the 58th
chapter of Isaiah:-- {R&H
10-03-93 P13}
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Investigative Judgement – Blotting out of Sin
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the
times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus
Christ, which before was preached unto you: Act 3:19 -20
We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest
was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance
of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like
manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few
remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true
repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The light, frivolous spirit
indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest
warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery.
The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and
devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to
pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and
searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested
and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. {GC 489.3}
The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the
gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are "the times of refreshing"
to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said, "Repent ye therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be blotted out [in the investigative Judgment], when the
times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." [ACTS
3:19, 20.] {GC88 611.1}
The time of the judgment is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among
the tares. Those who have been members of the same family are separated. A mark is
placed upon the righteous. "They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I
make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him."
Those who have been obedient to God's commandments will unite with the company of the
saints in light... The one shall be taken. His name shall stand in the book of life, while those
with whom he associated shall have the mark of eternal separation from God. {TM 234.2}
The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly
understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and
work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the
faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to
fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God.
Each must meet the great Judge face-to-face. ... {GC 488.2}
What is our condition in this fearful and solemn time? Alas, what pride is prevailing in the
church, what hypocrisy, what deception, what love of dress, frivolity, and
amusement, what desire for the supremacy! All these sins have clouded the mind, so that
eternal things have not been discerned. Shall we not search the Scriptures, that we may know
where we are in this world's history? Shall we not become intelligent in regard to the work that
is being accomplished for us at this time, and the position that we as sinners should occupy
while this work of atonement is going forward? If we have any regard for our souls' salvation,
we must make a decided change. We must seek the Lord with true penitence; we must with
deep contrition of soul confess our sins, that they may be blotted out. {1SM 125.2}
Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the
sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes
must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling.
Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in
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the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven,
while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a
special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth.
{GC 425.1}
The seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to
Christ in character.--7BC 970 (1895).
Are we striving with all our God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and
women in Christ? Are we seeking for His fullness, ever reaching higher and higher, trying to
attain to the perfection of His character? When God's servants reach this point, they will
be sealed in their foreheads. The recording angel will declare, "It is done." They will be
complete in Him whose they are by creation and by redemption.--3SM 427 (1899).
Love is expressed in obedience, and perfect love casteth out all fear. Those who love God,
have the seal of God in their foreheads, and work the works of God.--SD 51 (1894).
Those that overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, will be the favored ones who shall
receive the seal of the living God.--TM 445 (c. 1886).
What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His people? It is a mark
which angels, but not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of
redemption. The intelligent mind has seen the sign of the cross of Calvary in the Lord's
adopted sons and daughters. The sin of the transgression of the law of God is taken away.
They have on the wedding garment, and are obedient and faithful to all God's
commands (Letter 126, 1898). {7BC 968.13}
Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in
them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are
those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done" in the church.
{3T 267}
We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, with fasting and prayer, and to meditate much
upon His word, especially upon the scenes of the judgment. We should now seek a deep and
living experience in the things of God. We have not a moment to lose. Events of vital
importance are taking place around us; we are on Satan's enchanted ground. Sleep not,
sentinels of God; the foe is lurking near, ready at any moment, should you become lax and
drowsy, to spring upon you and make you his prey. – GC page 602 We must no longer remain upon the enchanted ground. We are fast approaching the
close of our probation. Let every soul inquire, How do I stand before God? We know not how
soon our names may be taken into the lips of Christ, and our cases be finally decided. What,
oh, what will these decisions be! Shall we be counted with the righteous, or shall we be
numbered with the wicked? {1SM 125.3}
The Sealing Time
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. Isa 8:16.
Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the
interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For
many years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon--it will pass to
the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At
this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition: "Watch and
pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will
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come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation
3:3. {GC 490.1}
Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or
mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually,
so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the
shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already. --4BC 1161 (1902).
The living righteous will receive the seal of God prior to the close of probation. {1SM 66}
What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of his people? It is a mark
which angels, not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of
redemption. The intelligent mind has seen the sign of the cross of Calvary in the Lord's
adopted sons and daughters. The sin of the transgression of the law of God is taken away.
They have on the wedding garment, and are obedient and faithful to all God's commands.
{Gospel Herald, June 11, 1902 par. 4}
In a little while every one who is a child of God will have His seal placed upon him. Oh, that
it may be placed upon our foreheads! Who can endure the thought of being passed by when
the angel goes forth to seal the servants of God in their foreheads?--7BC 969, 970 (1889).
There are living upon our earth men who have passed the age of four score and ten. The
natural results of old age are seen in their feebleness. But they believe God, and God loves
them. The seal of God is upon them, and they will be among the number of whom the Lord
has said, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." With Paul they can say, "I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for
me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but unto all them also which love His appearing." There are many whose
grey hairs God honors because they have fought a good fight and kept the faith. {14MR 57.4}
I saw that she [Mrs. Hastings] was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and
stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. I saw we need not mourn for her;
she would rest in the time of trouble.--2SM 263 (1850).
I saw that Satan was at work in these ways to distract, deceive, and draw away God's
people, just now in this sealing time. I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present
truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet sliding, because they were not firmly planted
on the truth, and the covering of Almighty God could not be drawn over them while
they were thus trembling. {EW 44.1}
Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was
past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from the
burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues. God has begun to draw this covering over
His people, and it will soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day of
slaughter. God will work in power for His people; and Satan will be permitted to work also.
{EW 44.2}
Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's people
from the present truth and to cause them to waver.--EW 42, 43
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5. The First Sunday Law
Duty when peril seen to be approaching.
Image to the beast forms
Three fold union - All nations to follow America’s lead
First Sunday Law: fines and imprisonment
False brethern & foolish virgins – church does not fall
Seal of God –those who sigh and cry – probation closes for church
The Approaching Peril
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in
Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take
any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his
clothes. Mat 24:15-18
Transgression has almost reached its limit. Confusion fills the world, and a great terror is
soon to come upon human beings. The end is very near. We who know the truth should be
preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise.--8T 28
We as a people have not accomplished the work which God has committed to us. We are not
ready for the issue to which the enforcement of the Sunday law will bring us. It is our duty,
as we see the signs of approaching peril, to arouse to action. Let none sit in calm
expectation of the evil, comforting themselves with the belief that this work must go on
because prophecy has foretold it, and that the Lord will shelter His people. We are not doing
the will of God if we sit in quietude, doing nothing to preserve liberty of conscience. Fervent,
effectual prayer should be ascending to heaven that this calamity may be deferred until we can
accomplish the work which has so long been neglected. Let there be most earnest prayer, and
then let us work in harmony with our prayers. 5T714
It is our duty to do all in our power to avert the threatened danger.... A vast
responsibility is devolving upon men and women of prayer throughout the land to petition that
God may sweep back this cloud of evil, and give a few more years of grace to work for the
Master. --RH Extra, Dec. 11, 1888.
None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand
through the last great conflict. – GC page 594
We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures and should task the
understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of God; yet we must not
forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner… The Bible
should never be studied without prayer. The Holy Spirit alone can cause us to feel the
importance of those things easy to be understood, or prevent us from wresting truths difficult
of comprehension. –GC page 600
As we work with all our might, our trust must be in God. Sooner or later Sunday laws will be
passed. But there is much for God's servants to do to warn the people. This work has been
greatly retarded by their having to wait and stand against the devisings of Satan,
which have been striving to find a place in our work. We are years behind. {RH, February 16,
1905 par. 4}
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Seventh-day Adventists will fight the battle over the seventh-day Sabbath. The
authorities in the United States and in other countries will rise up in their pride and power and
make laws to restrict religious liberty.--Ms 78, 1897.
Let not the commandment-keeping people of God be silent at this time, as though we
gracefully accepted the situation. There is the prospect before us of waging a continuous war,
at the risk of imprisonment, of losing property and even life itself, to defend the law of God,
which is being made void by the laws of men (RH Jan. 1, 1889). {7BC 975.6}
We are today to watch that we offend not in word or deed. We must today praise and
honor God. By the exercise of living faith today we are to conquer the enemy. We must today
seek God and be determined that we will not rest satisfied without His presence. We
should watch and work and pray as though this were the last day that would be granted
us. How intensely earnest, then, would be our life. How closely would we follow Jesus in all our
words and deeds. {5T 200.3}
"As the trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. …Those
who have had great light and precious privileges, but have not improved them, will, under one
pretext or another, go out from us." Testimonies for the Church, Volume 6, p. 400, 401.
The "time of trouble, such as never was," is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an
experience which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is
greater in anticipation than in reality, but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid
presentation can not reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that trial every man must stand for
himself before God. Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in the land, "as I live, saith the Lord
God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters;" "they should deliver but their own souls by
their righteousness." {RH, March 14, 1912 par. 7}
Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have been often
regarded as mere alarmists... But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is
widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and
the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before. {RH, April 27,
1911 par. 18}
Those whose faith and zeal are proportionate to their knowledge of the truth will reveal their
loyalty to God by communicating the truth, in all its saving, sanctifying power, to those with
whom they associate. Their lives of holiness and unselfish service will be in conformity
with the vital principles of the kingdom of heaven. {8T 118.3}
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
The world can only be warned by seeing those who believe the truth sanctified
through the truth, acting upon high and holy principles, showing in a high, elevated
sense, the line of demarcation between those who keep the commandments of God and whose
who trample them under their feet. The sanctification of the Spirit signalizes the difference
between those who have the seal of God and those who keep a spurious rest day. {7BC
In the great conflict between faith and unbelief the whole Christian world will be involved. All
will take sides. Some apparently may not engage in the conflict on either side. They
may not appear to take sides against the truth, but they will not come out boldly for Christ
through fear of losing property or suffering reproach. All such are numbered with the
enemies of Christ.--RH Feb. 7, 1893.
There have arisen in our conference questions that need to have careful attention, whether the
Sabbath-keepers in the Southern States where they are liable to feel the oppressive power of
their State laws if they labor on Sunday shall rest on Sunday to avoid the persecution which
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must come if they do any labor. Some of our brethren seem anxious that a resolution
shall be passed by the General Conference advising our Sabbathkeeping brethren
liable to imprisonment and fines, to refrain from labor on that day. Such resolutions
should not be placed before this conference requiring their action… If the decision is
made that our people shall not labor on Sunday and that our brethren in the Southern States
shall appear to harmonize with the Sunday law, because of opposition, how long before all
over the world [our people] shall be in like circumstances as they are in the South. The
decision is to be a universal one. If it comes to the light of day as it will in degrees and there
will be concessions and servile bowing to an idol god by those who claim to be Sabbathkeepers, there will be a yielding of principles until all is lost to them… Let no resolutions be
passed here which will encourage half-hearted service or cowardly hiding our light under a
bushel or under a bed for we will certainly be tried and tested… The position taken by some is,
that this civil enactment has no relation to the present observance of the Sabbath. Here again
great blindness is shown to be upon them… anything that shall by this people go forth as their
voice, to respect the idol sabbath, would it not dishonor God and confuse minds and place
them where they will be deceived by Satan’s devices? Anything we may do that lifts up the
spurious to take the place of the true and genuine Sabbath, is disloyal to God and we must
move very carefully lest we exalt the decisions of the man of sin… There will be, even among
us, hirelings and wolves in sheep’s clothing who will persuade the flock of God to sacrifice unto
other gods before the Lord. We have reason to know how Paul would act in any emergency.
“The love of Christ constraineth us.” (II Cor. 5:13). Youth who are not established, rooted and
grounded in the truth, will be corrupted and drawn away by the blind leaders of the blind, and
the ungodly, the despisers that wonder and perish, who despise the sovereignty of the Ancient
of days and place on the throne a false god, a being of their own defining, a being altogether
such an one as themselves, --these will be agents in Satan’s hands to corrupt the faith of the
unwary. {Manuscript Release #157 (Battle Creek, Mich., Nov. 4, 1889)}
One indiscreet, high-tempered, stubborn-willed man will, in the great question
introduced before us, do much harm. Yes, he will leave such an impression that all the
force of Seventh-day Adventists could not counteract his acts of presumption… Many did this in
the ranks of the reformers of past ages. Luther had great trouble because of these elements.
Rash persons stepped out of their place and rushed heedlessly forward when God did not send
them to do a very objectionable, impulsive work. They ran ahead of Christ and provoked the
devil’s wrath. In their untimely, misguided zeal, they closed the door to great usefulness of
many souls who might have done great good for the Master. We have all kinds of material to
deal with. There are those who will, through hasty, unadvised moves, betray the cause
of God into the enemy’s power. There will be men who will seek to be revenged who will
become apostates and betray Christ in the person of his saints. All need to learn discretion;
then there is danger on the other hand of being conservative, of giving away to the enemy in
concession. {Manuscript Release #157, pg 11,12}
Prophecy represents Protestantism as having lamblike horns, but speaking like a dragon.
Already we are beginning to hear the voice of the dragon. There is a satanic force propelling
the Sunday movement, but it is concealed. Even the men who are engaged in the work, are
themselves blinded to the results which will follow their movement. {7BC 975.5}
I have been much burdened in regard to movements that are now in progress for the
enforcement of Sunday observance. It has been shown to me that Satan has been working
earnestly to carry out his designs to restrict religious liberty. Plans of serious import to the
people of God are advancing in an underhand manner among the clergymen of various
denominations, and the object of this secret maneuvering is to win popular favor for the
enforcement of Sunday sacredness. If the people can be led to favor a Sunday law, then the
clergy intend to exert their united influence to obtain a religious amendment to the
Constitution, and compel the nation to keep Sunday. {RH, December 24, 1889 par. 1}
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Image to the Beast Formed
The teachings of religious leaders have opened the door to infidelity, to spiritualism, and to
contempt for God's holy law; and upon these leaders rests a fearful responsibility for the
iniquity that exists in the Christian world… Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fastspreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called "Christian
sabbath," and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the
morals of society. This claim is especially urged in America, where the doctrine of the true
Sabbath has been most widely preached. – GC page 588
Human enactments, laws manufactured by satanic agencies under a plea of goodness and
restriction of evil, will be exalted, while God's holy commandments are despised and
trampled underfoot. And all who prove their loyalty by obedience to the law of Jehovah must
be prepared to be arrested, to be brought before councils that have not for their standard the
high and holy law of God (RH Dec. 26, 1899). {7BC 977.5}
Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth, and even in free America
rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand
for a law enforcing Sunday observance.--GC 578, 579, 592 (1911).
The Word of God plainly declares that His law is to be scorned, trampled upon, by the world;
there will be an extraordinary prevalence of iniquity. The professed Protestant world will form a
confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in corrupt
harmony. {7BC 975.9}
Here the great crisis is coming upon the world. The Scriptures teach that popery is to regain its
lost supremacy, and that the fires of persecution will be rekindled through the timeserving
concessions of the so-called Protestant world (GCB April 13, 1891). {7BC 975.10}
When the legislature frames laws which exalt the first day of the week, and put it in the place
of the seventh day, the device of Satan will be perfected (RH April 15, 1890). {7BC 976.6}
The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the
gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the
Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in
the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. GC - page 589
As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the
conscience and compelling men to honor the false sabbath, the people of every country
on the globe will be led to follow her example.--6T 18 (1900).
When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the
Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when,
under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of
its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government and shall make provision for the
propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come
for the marvellous working of Satan and that the end is near.--5T 451 (1885).
When the state shall use its power to enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the
church--then will Protestant America have formed an image to the papacy, and there will be a
national apostasy which will end only in national ruin. --7BC 976 (1910).
Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the state. This
national apostasy will speedily be followed by national ruin. --RH June 15, 1897.
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When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in
regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive
power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law of God will, to all
intents and purposes, be made void in our land, and national apostasy will be followed by
national ruin. --7BC 977 (1888).
It is at the time of the national apostasy when, acting on the policy of Satan, the rulers of the
land will rank themselves on the side of the man of sin. It is then the measure of guilt is
full. The national apostasy is the signal for national ruin. --2SM 373 (1891).
When Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for
opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal sabbath be
enforced by the combined authority of church and state. There will be a national apostasy,
which will end only in national ruin. --Ev 235 (1899).
When the state shall use its power to enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the
church--then will Protestant America have formed an image to the papacy, and there will be a
national apostasy which will end only in national ruin. --7BC 976 (1910).
The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before probation
closes, for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny
will be decided. --2SM 81 (1890).
The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in
desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for
flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation, in
the decree enforcing the papal sabbath, will be a warning to us. It will then be time to
leave the large cities, preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes in secluded
places among the mountains.--Testimonies, vol.5, pp.464, 465.
Trial and persecution will come to all who, in obedience to the Word of God, refuse to worship
this false sabbath. Force is the last resort of every false religion. At first it tries
attraction, as the king of Babylon tried the power of music and outward show. If these
attractions, invented by men inspired by Satan, failed to make men worship the image, the
hungry flames of the furnace were ready to consume them. So it will be now. (ST May 6,
1897). {7BC 976.9}
The Image of the Beast is formed when the First Sunday Law is passed in order to "improve
the morals of society" and initially has relatively mild civil penalties.
Entire world follows America's lead
As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience
and compelling men to honor the false sabbath, the people of every country on the globe
will be led to follow her example.--6T 18 (1900).
Foreign nations will follow the example of the United States. Though she leads out, yet
the same crisis will come upon our people in all parts of the world.--6T 395 (1900).
The substitution of the laws of men for the law of God, the exaltation, by merely human
authority, of Sunday in place of the Bible Sabbath, is the last act in the drama. When this
substitution becomes universal, God will reveal Himself. He will arise in His majesty to
shake terribly the earth. He will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the world for
their iniquity, and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. -Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 141. {ChS 160.2}
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Some Laid to Rest
It is not always safe to ask for unconditional healing.... He knows whether or not those for
whom petitions are offered would be able to endure the trial and test that would come upon
them if they lived. He knows the end from the beginning. Many will be laid away to sleep
before the fiery ordeal of the time of trouble shall come upon our world.--CH 375
The Lord has often instructed me that many little ones are to be laid away before the
time of trouble. We shall see our children again. We shall meet them and know them in the
heavenly courts.--2SM 259 (1899).
Ere long we are to be brought into strait and trying places, and the many children brought
into the world will in mercy be taken away before the time of trouble comes.-Manuscript 152, 1899. {3SM 419.2}
Foolish Virgins and the Midnight Cry
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and
went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They
that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at
midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise,
Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest
there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready
went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other
virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I
know you not. (Mat 25:1-12
As Christ sat looking upon the party that waited for the bridegroom, He told His disciples the
story of the ten virgins, by their experience illustrating the experience of the church that
shall live just before His second coming. {COL 406.2}
The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord.
They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith. By the lamps is represented the
word of God. The psalmist says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto may path."
Ps. 119:105. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit…. {COL 407}
In the parable, all the ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom. All had lamps and vessels
for oil. For a time there was seen no difference between them. So with the church that lives
just before Christ's second coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the
message of Christ's near approach, and confidently expect His appearing. But as in the
parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith is tried; and when the cry is
heard, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him," many are unready.
They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit. {COL
Without the Spirit of God a knowledge of His word is of no avail. The theory of truth,
unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart. One may be
familiar with the commands and promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the
truth home, the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the
Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the
masterful temptations of Satan. {COL 408.3}
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The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for
the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth;
but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working. They have not
fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up.
This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with
readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit
works upon man's heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature;
but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial
work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held
communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their
service to God degenerates into a form. "They come unto thee as the people cometh, and
they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; for with
their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness." Eze. 33:31.
The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic of those who live just
before Christ's second coming. He says, "In the last days perilous times shall come: for men
shall be lovers of their own selves; . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a
form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." 2 Tim. 3:1-5. {COL 411.1}
"They all slumbered and slept;" one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith,
the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of
trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The halfhearted and
superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for
himself. About this time, fanaticism began to appear. Some who had professed to be
zealous believers in the message rejected the word of God as the one infallible guide and,
claiming to be led by the Spirit, gave themselves up to the control of their own feelings,
impressions, and imaginations. There were some who manifested a blind and bigoted zeal,
denouncing all who would not sanction their course. {GC 394-395}
The ten virgins are watching in the evening of this earth's history. All claim to be
Christians. All have a call, a name, a lamp, and all profess to be doing God's service.
All apparently wait for Christ's appearing. But five are unready. Five will be found
surprised, dismayed, outside the banquet hall. {COL 412.2}
The Sunday Law is represented as the midnight cry. Before it, God’s people have been
waiting asleep, but the Sunday Law wakes them up because they know it is the sign of the
coming of Christ; the start of the final rapid events of this world’s history. Unfortunately it
will be too late for those who have been careless and feeling rich and increased with goods,
it will be too late for them to change the direction of their lives.
False Leaders and Brethren
And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the
temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with
their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they
worshipped the sun toward the east. Eze 8:16
The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this
controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by
Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try
to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches
and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers will urge upon the people the
necessity of keeping the first day of the week. There are calamities on sea and land: and
these calamities will increase, one disaster following close upon another; and the little band of
conscientious Sabbath-keepers will be pointed out as the ones who are bringing the wrath of
God upon the world by their disregard of Sunday. – {Second Advent Review and Sabbath
Herald, March 18, 1884, paragraph 8 Article Title: A Sabbath Reform Needed}
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I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts,
and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. And
there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst
of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a
thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the
ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his
imagery? Eze 8:10 - 12
The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan,
clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and
lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme
homage to "science falsely so called" will not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to
intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep
pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted
with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient,
independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the
shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have
not bowed the knee to Baal. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure
brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward
heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot
distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster. {5T 76-80.1}
The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be
urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and
conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers
that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment,
and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of
men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will
be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have
admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on
the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the
ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's righteousness, will appear in the
shame of their own nakedness. {5T 81.1}
He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they
do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the
north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Eze 8:13 - 14
If you indulge stubbornness of heart, and through pride and self-righteousness do not
confess your faults, you will be left subject to Satan's temptations. If when the Lord
reveals your errors you do not repent or make confession, his providence will bring you
over the ground again and again. You will be left to make mistakes of a similar character, you
will continue to lack wisdom, and will call sin righteousness, and righteousness sin. The
multitude of deceptions that will prevail in these last days will encircle you, and you will
change leaders, and not know that you have done so. {R&H December 16, 1890,
paragraph 19 }
But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither
say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain,
both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed
weeks of the harvest. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins
have withholden good things from you. Jer 5:23-25
Many are holding the truth only with the tips of their fingers. They have had great light and
many privileges. Like Capernaum they have been exalted to heaven in this respect. In the time
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of test and trial that is approaching, they will become apostates unless they put away their
pride and self-confidence, unless they have an entire transformation of character.-Letter 5, 1883. {3SM 415.4}
I also saw that many do not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the Lord
without a high priest in the sanctuary through the time of trouble. Those who receive the seal
of the living God and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect the image of Jesus fully.
I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the
time of "refreshing" and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord
and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They
had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing
that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who refuse to be hewed
by the prophets and fail to purify their souls in obeying the whole truth, and who are willing
to believe that their condition is far better than it really is, will come up to the time
of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared
for the building. But there will be no time then to do it and no Mediator to plead their cause
before the Father. Before this time the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth, "He that is
unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is
righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." I saw that none
could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment,
over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We
should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that
preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all
remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence -Early Writings (1882), page 71, paragraph 2
We have far more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and
success are far greater from the church itself than from the world. Unbelievers have a right to
expect that those who profess to be keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus,
will do more than any other class to promote and honor, by their consistent lives, by their
godly example and their active influence, the cause which they represent. But how often have
the professed advocates of the truth proved the greatest obstacle to its advancement! The
unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of
evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's devices.--1SM 122 (1887).
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then
because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and
knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev
3:15 - 17
Will the churches heed the Laodicean message? Will they repent, or will they,
notwithstanding that the most solemn message of truth--the third angel's message--is being
proclaimed to the world, go on in sin? This is the last message of mercy, the last warning
to a fallen world. If the church of God becomes lukewarm, it does not stand in favor with
God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the
habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful
bird. Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive the truth and who have united
with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandmentkeeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do
the nominal churches, will receive of the plagues of God just as verily as the churches
who oppose the law of God.. 19MR [Nos. 1360-1419] (1990), page 176, paragraph 1
Church members, who have seen the light and been convicted, but who have trusted
the salvation of their souls to the minister, will learn in the day of God that no other
soul can pay the ransom for their transgression. A terrible cry will be raised, "I am lost,
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eternally lost." Men will feel as though they could rend in pieces the ministers who have
preached falsehoods and condemned the truth. The pure truth for this time requires a
reformation in the life, but they separate themselves from the love of the truth, and of them it
can be said, "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself." The Lord sends a message to the people,
"Set a trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord,
because they have transgressed My covenant and trespassed against My law."--Letter 30,
1900. pp.5,6 (To “Brother and Sister Hickox” Feb 25) {19MR 265.3}
God’s Church does not Fall
God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national
establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God
and keep His commandments. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few,
this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can
alone constitute a church. {Upward Look 315.5}
From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth. In every age
the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in
which they lived. These sentinels gave the message of warning; and when they were called to
lay off their armor, others took up the work. God brought these witnesses into covenant
relation with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth
His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against
His people. The Acts of the Apostles-PG- 11
Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his power as supreme. The church may
appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will
be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but
nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of
the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or
stain of sin, without guile in their mouths.... The remnant that purify their souls by obeying
the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the
surrounding apostasy. 2SM 380
Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary, to put on garments of
vengeance, and pour out His wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded
to the light God has given them. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecclesiastes
8:11. Instead of being softened by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has
exercised toward them, those who fear not God and love not the truth, strengthen their hearts
in their evil course. But there are limits even to the forbearance of God, and many are
exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun the limits of grace, and therefore God
must interfere and vindicate His honor. {CET 185.3}
The crisis is fast approaching. The time for God's visitation has about come. Although
loth to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily. Those who walk in the
light will see signs of the approaching peril; but they are not to sit in quiet,
unconcerned expectancy of the ruin, comforting themselves with the belief that God will
shelter His people in the day of visitation. Far from it. They should realize that it is their duty
to labor diligently to save others, looking with strong faith to God for help. "The effectual,
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16. {CET 186.3}
The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and
depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the
light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But
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more especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church, because its members
are doing after the manner of the world. {CET 186.4}
The earnest prayers of this faithful few will not be in vain. When the Lord comes forth as an
avenger, He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its
purity, and kept themselves unspotted from the world. It is at this time that God has
promised to avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with
them. {CET 187.1}
The Sealing Over
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first
begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the
righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1Pe 4:17 18
"He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the
city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand." {5T 207.2}
And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and
the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and
set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that
be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him
through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and
young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is
the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were
before the house." {5T 207.3}
Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary to put on garments of
vengeance and pour out His wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded to the
light God has given them. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Instead of being softened
by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has exercised toward them, those who fear
not God and love not the truth strengthen their hearts in their evil course. But there are limits
even to the forbearance of God, and many are exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun
the limits of grace, and therefore God must interfere and vindicate His own honor. {5T 207.4}
With unerring accuracy the Infinite One still keeps an account with all nations. While His mercy
is tendered with calls to repentance, this account will remain open; but when the figures reach
a certain amount which God has fixed, the ministry of His wrath commences. The account is
closed. Divine patience ceases. There is no more pleading of mercy in their behalf. {5T 208.2}
The prophet, looking down the ages, had this time presented before his vision. The nations of
this age have been the recipients of unprecedented mercies. The choicest of heaven's blessings
have been given them, but increased pride, covetousness, idolatry, contempt of God, and base
ingratitude are written against them. They are fast closing up their account with God. {5T
But that which causes me to tremble is the fact that those who have had the greatest
light and privileges have become contaminated by the prevailing iniquity. Influenced
by the unrighteous around them, many, even of those who profess the truth, have grown
cold and are borne down by the strong current of evil. The universal scorn thrown upon true
piety and holiness leads those who do not connect closely with God to lose their reverence for
His law. If they were following the light and obeying the truth from the heart, this holy law
would seem even more precious to them when thus despised and set aside. As the disrespect
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for God's law becomes more manifest, the line of demarcation between its observers and the
world becomes more distinct. Love for the divine precepts increases with one class according
as contempt for them increases with another class. {5T 209.1}
The crisis is fast approaching. The rapidly swelling figures show that the time for God's
visitation has about come. Although loath to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that
speedily. Those who walk in the light will see signs of the approaching peril; but they are not
to sit in quiet, unconcerned expectancy of the ruin, comforting themselves with the belief that
God will shelter His people in the day of visitation. Far from it. They should realize that it is
their duty to labor diligently to save others, looking with strong faith to God for help. "The
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." {5T 209.2}
The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and
depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light
will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But more
especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its members are doing
after the manner of the world. {5T 209.3}
The earnest prayers of this faithful few will not be in vain. When the Lord comes forth as an
avenger, He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its purity
and kept themselves unspotted from the world. It is at this time that God has promised to
avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them. {5T
The command is: "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a
mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be
done in the midst thereof." These sighing, crying ones had been holding forth the words of life;
they had reproved, counseled, and entreated. Some who had been dishonoring God repented
and humbled their hearts before Him. But the glory of the Lord had departed from Israel;
although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and presence were
lacking. {5T 210.2}
In the time when His wrath shall go forth in judgments, these humble, devoted followers
of Christ will be distinguished from the rest of the world by their soul anguish, which
is expressed in lamentation and weeping, reproofs and warnings. While others try to
throw a cloak over the existing evil, and excuse the great wickedness everywhere prevalent,
those who have a zeal for God's honor and a love for souls will not hold their peace to obtain
favor of any. Their righteous souls are vexed day by day with the unholy works and
conversation of the unrighteous. They are powerless to stop the rushing torrent of iniquity, and
hence they are filled with grief and alarm. They mourn before God to see religion
despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. They lament and
afflict their souls because pride, avarice, selfishness, and deception of almost every
kind are in the church. The Spirit of God, which prompts to reproof, is trampled underfoot,
while the servants of Satan triumph. God is dishonored, the truth made of none effect. {5T
The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins
of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men
with slaughtering weapons in their hands: "Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not
your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My
sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." {5T
Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of
the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had
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stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had
taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's
power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and
they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His
people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up
their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob
their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of
an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. {5T 211.2}
The abominations for which the faithful ones were sighing and crying were all that could be
discerned by finite eyes, but by far the worst sins, those which provoked the jealousy of the
pure and holy God, were unrevealed. The great Searcher of hearts knoweth every sin
committed in secret by the workers of iniquity. These persons come to feel secure in their
deceptions and, because of His long-suffering, say that the Lord seeth not, and then act as
though He had forsaken the earth. But He will detect their hypocrisy and will open before
others those sins which they were so careful to hide. {5T 211.3}
No superiority of rank, dignity, or worldly wisdom, no position in sacred office, will preserve
men from sacrificing principle when left to their own deceitful hearts. Those who have been
regarded as worthy and righteous prove to be ring-leaders in apostasy and examples
in indifference and in the abuse of God's mercies. Their wicked course He will tolerate no
longer, and in His wrath He deals with them without mercy. {5T 212.1}
It is with reluctance that the Lord withdraws His presence from those who have been
blessed with great light and who have felt the power of the word in ministering to
others. They were once His faithful servants, favored with His presence and
guidance; but they departed from Him and led others into error, and therefore are
brought under the divine displeasure. {5T 212.2}
The day of God's vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads
of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. Those who link in
sympathy with the world are eating and drinking with the drunken and will surely be
destroyed with the workers of iniquity. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and
His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." {5T
Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God or
be cut down by the destroying weapons. Already a few drops of God's wrath have fallen upon
the earth; but when the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into the cup of
His indignation, then it will be forever too late to repent and find shelter. No atoning blood will
then wash away the stains of sin. {5T 212.4}
"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of
thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation
even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be
found written in the book." When this time of trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no
longer probation, no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His
people. This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers
of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host, make God their defense. The decree has been
passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive his mark
under pain of persecution and death. May God help His people now, for what can they then do
in such a fearful conflict without His assistance! {5T 212.5}
Courage, fortitude, faith, and implicit trust in God's power to save do not come in a moment.
These heavenly graces are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor
and firm adherence to the right the children of God were sealing their destiny. Beset
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with temptations without number, they knew they must resist firmly or be conquered. They
felt that they had a great work to do, and at any hour they might be called to lay off their
armor; and should they come to the close of life with their work undone, it would be an eternal
loss. They eagerly accepted the light from heaven, as did the first disciples from the lips of
Jesus. When those early Christians were exiled to mountains and deserts, when left in
dungeons to die with hunger, cold, and torture, when martyrdom seemed the only way out of
their distress, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for Christ, who was
crucified for them. Their worthy example will be a comfort and encouragement to the people of
God who will be brought into the time of trouble such as never was. {5T 213.1}
Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among
those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads.
They had the light of truth, they knew their Master's will, they understood every point of our
faith, but they had not corresponding works. These who were so familiar with prophecy and
the treasures of divine wisdom should have acted their faith. They should have commanded
their households after them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the world the
influence of the truth upon the human heart. {5T 213.2}
By their lack of devotion and piety, and their failure to reach a high religious standard, they
make other souls contented with their position. Men of finite judgment cannot see that in
patterning after these men who have so often opened to them the treasures of God's word,
they will surely endanger their souls. Jesus is the only true pattern. Everyone must now search
the Bible for himself upon his knees before God, with the humble, teachable heart of a child, if
he would know what the Lord requires of him. However high any minister may have stood in
the favor of God, if he neglects to follow out the light given him of God, if he refuses to be
taught as a little child, he will go into darkness and satanic delusions and will lead others in the
same path. {5T 214.1}
Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or
stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the
soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell
upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. {5T 214.2}
We are too easily satisfied with our attainments. We feel rich and increased with goods and
know not that we are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Now is the
time to heed the admonition of the True Witness: "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the
shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest
see." {5T 214.3}
In this life we must meet fiery trials and make costly sacrifices, but the peace of Christ is the
reward. There has been so little self-denial, so little suffering for Christ's sake, that the cross is
almost entirely forgotten. We must be partakers with Christ of His sufferings if we would sit
down in triumph with Him on His throne. So long as we choose the easy path of selfindulgence and are frightened at self-denial, our faith will never become firm, and we cannot
know the peace of Jesus nor the joy that comes through conscious victory. The most exalted of
the redeemed host that stand before the throne of God and the Lamb, clad in white, know the
conflict of overcoming, for they have come up through great tribulation. Those who have
yielded to circumstances rather than engage in this conflict will not know how to stand in that
day when anguish will be upon every soul, when, though Noah, Job, and Daniel were in the
land, they could save neither son nor daughter, for everyone must deliver his soul by his own
righteousness. {5T 215.1}
No one need say that his case is hopeless, that he cannot live the life of a Christian.
Ample provision is made by the death of Christ for every soul. Jesus is our ever-present
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help in time of need. Only call upon Him in faith, and He has promised to hear and answer
your petitions. {5T 215.2}
Oh, for a living, active faith! We need it; we must have it, or we shall faint and fail in the day
of trial. The darkness that will then rest upon our path must not discourage us or drive us to
despair. It is the veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich blessings.
We should know this by our past experience. In that day when God has a controversy with His
people this experience will be a source of comfort and hope. {5T 215.3}
It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted from the world. It is now
that we must wash our robes of character and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It is
now that we must overcome pride, passion, and spiritual slothfulness. It is now that we must
awake and make determined effort for symmetry of character. "Today if ye will hear His voice,
harden not your hearts." We are in a most trying position, waiting, watching for our Lord's
appearing. The world is in darkness. "But ye, brethren," says Paul, "are not in darkness, that
that day should overtake you as a thief." It is ever God's purpose to bring light out of
darkness, joy out of sorrow, and rest out of weariness for the waiting, longing soul. {5T
What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with
the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who
are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their
souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for
the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed,
their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. {5T 216.1}
Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of
an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious,
world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of
false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God-candidates for heaven. Go forward, my brethren and sisters. I can only write briefly upon these
points at this time, merely calling your attention to the necessity of preparation. Search the
Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour.
{5T 216.2}
There can be only two classes. Each party is distinctly stamped, either with the seal of the
living God, or with the mark of the beast or his image.--RH Jan. 30, 1900.
If the light of truth has been presented to you, revealing the Sabbath of the fourth
commandment, and showing that there is no foundation in the Word of God for Sunday
observance, and yet you still cling to the false sabbath, refusing to keep holy the Sabbath
which God calls "my holy day," you receive the mark of the beast. When does this take place?
When you obey the decree that commands you to cease from labor on Sunday and
worship God, while you know that there is not a word in the Bible showing Sunday to
be other than a common working day, you consent to receive the mark of the beast,
and refuse the seal of God. {Ev 235}
"To receive this mark [of the beast] means to come to the same decision as the beast has
done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word of God. {RH, April 27,
1911 par. 25}
Judgement Begins at house of God
"[Aaron] shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house… and he shall take a
censor full of burning coals of fire… and he shall put the incense upon the fire before the
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LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony,
that he die not" Lev 16:11-13
He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the
city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand… Slay utterly old
and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon
whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men
which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts
with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city… And he spake unto the
man clothed with linen, and said, Go… and fill thine hand with coals of fire from
between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in, in my sight.
Eze 9:1 – 7; 10:2
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the
earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the
seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Rev 8:5-6
Oh, that the people might know the time of their visitation! There are many who have
not yet heard the testing truth for this time. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is
striving. The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have had
no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of
mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to
those who would not enter. {9T 97.2}
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Mat 23:32
When the Saviour saw in the Jewish people a nation divorced from God, He saw also
a professed Christian Church united to the world and the papacy. And as He stood upon
Olivet, weeping over Jerusalem till the sun sank behind the western hills, so He is weeping
over and pleading with sinners in these last moments of time. Soon He will say to the angels
who are holding the four winds, "Let the plagues loose; let darkness, destruction, and death
come upon the transgressors of my law." Will He be obliged to say to those who have had
great light and knowledge, as He said to the Jews, "If thou hadst known, even thou at
least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid
from thine eyes"? {RH, October 8, 1901 par. 15}
That night I dreamed that I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door and
saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I
knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look
again. The scene was changed. The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic
procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one
carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: "This house is proscribed.
The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order." Terror seized me,
and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a
company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being
betrayed. I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without meeting eager,
inquisitive eyes wherever I turned. I repeated frequently: "If I could only understand this! If
they will tell me what I have said or what I have done!" {1T 577.2}
I wept and prayed much as I saw our goods confiscated. I tried to read sympathy or pity for
me in the looks of those around me, and marked the countenances of several whom I thought
would speak to me and comfort me if they did not fear that they would be observed by others.
I made one attempt to escape from the crowd, but seeing that I was watched, I concealed my
intentions. I commenced weeping aloud, and saying: "If they would only tell me what I have
done or what I have said!" My husband, who was sleeping in a bed in the same room, heard
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me weeping aloud and awoke me. My pillow was wet with tears, and a sad depression of spirits
was upon me. {1T 578.1}
6. National Ruin
Spirits of devils; Marvellous working of Satan
National ruin follows national apostasy
Spirits of Devils
And no marvel; …it is no great thing if [Satan’s] ministers also be transformed as the
ministers of righteousness. 2Cor 11:14 15
As spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power
to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things.
He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of spiritualism,
miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be
performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the
institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power. – GC
page 589
Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without
the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world
and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium. – GC p.589
[Matt. 7:21-23 quoted.] These may profess to be followers of Christ, but they have lost sight
of their Leader. They may say, "Lord, Lord"; they may point to the sick who are healed
through them, and to other marvelous works, and claim that they have more of the Spirit
and power of God than is manifested by those who keep His law. But their works are
done under the supervision of the enemy of righteousness, whose aim it is to deceive souls,
and are designed to lead away from obedience, truth, and duty. In the near future there will
be still more marked manifestations of this miracle-working power; for it is said of him, "And
he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the
sight of men" (ST Feb. 26, 1885). {7BC 975.12}
Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls… Satan has
control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to
further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is
God who is afflicting them. – GC page 590
The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works
in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to
distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement
and every miracle must be tested. – GC page 594.
The saints must get a thorough understanding of present truth, which they will be obliged to
maintain from the Scriptures. They must understand the state of the dead, for the spirits of
devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved friends and relatives, who will
declare to them that the Sabbath has been changed, also other unscriptural
doctrines.--EW 87 (1854).
The apostles, as personated by these lying spirits, are made to contradict what they
wrote at the dictation of the Holy Spirit when on earth. They deny the divine origin of the
Bible.--GC 557
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He [Satan] has power to bring before men the appearance of their departed friends. The
counterfeitis perfect; the familiar look, the words, the tone, are reproduced with marvelous
distinctness. ... Many will be confronted by the spirits of devils personating beloved
relatives or friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies. These visitants will appeal to
our tenderest sympathies and will work miracles to sustain their pretensions.--GC 552, 560
"A woman in the Rhineland [Germany] came to know the Bible. One day she was sitting in
her kitchen reading the Bible. Suddenly there was a bright light in the room, and in the light
she saw a beautiful young woman dressed in light blue. She smiled at her and said in a
soft, kind voice, 'I am the Holy Virgin, and I've come to keep you from the way of error.
Kneel down, my daughter; I will bless you and give you a message from Jesus.' The woman
then did something that is the one single means that can always unmask deceptive
demons: 'I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to tell me who you really are!' She
thus placed herself under the protecting power of the Lord Jesus Christ... Suddenly the
beautiful virgin changed into a hideous, cursing demon, stormed past her, gave her a push,
from which she suffered a long time, and disappeared." --Die Ausserirdischen (The
Extraterrestrials), pp. 120, 121.
"In this time evil angels in the form of men will talk with those who know the truth. They will
misinterpret and misconstrue the statements of the messengers of God.... We are engaged in
a warfare against the hosts of darkness. Unless we follow our Leader closely, Satan will obtain
the victory over us." --Selected Messages, vol. 3, p. 411.
Bruno Cornacchiola, was born in 1913. Bruno first joined the Italian military. After his
discharge, he participated in the Spanish civil war. In 1939, he returned to Italy as an antiCatholic. He first became Baptist, then later Adventist. At home he incinerated all the
images and crucifixes. He became a passionate agitator against Catholic Italy and especially
against Mary."… On April 12, 1947, he went on an excursion in the woods near the Tre
Fontane monastery. His children were playing near a cave. Catholic sources say that he
"was preparing a lecture in which he wanted to prove that 'Mary' was not the virgin, was
not immaculate, and had not been accepted into heaven." His children called to him,
because they had lost their ball. He was helping them look for it, and suddenly he saw a
shining white face light up: "The mother of God wears a bright white tunic, bound at the
waist by a rose ribbon, with a green veil over her head, reaching to the ground.... The
vision thrills Bruno. Then he hears a voice: '...You are persecuting me. Now it is enough.
Enter the holy fold, the heavenly court on earth.'… In addition, she gave him prophecies
which came true exactly --Erscheinungen und Botschaften der Gottesmutter Maria
(Appearances and Messages of God's Mother Mary), p. 350-351. " On December 9, 1949,
he met Pope Pius XII at Saint Peter's Square in Rome. From then on, Bruno had much
success and became the top candidate in a Christian political party. His Bible became
meaningless to him." --Die Ausserirdischen (The Extraterrestrials), p. 121-122.
Natural Disasters
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be
famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of
sorrows. Mat 24:7-8
It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. Psa 119:126
While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he
will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even
now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in
fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and
earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps
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away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint,
and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more
frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. - page GC 590
The desolating power of God is upon the earth to rend and destroy; the inhabitants of the
earth are appointed to the sword, famine, and pestilence.-- {7MR 112.1}
The law of God is made void. We see and hear of confusion and perplexity, want and famine,
earthquakes and floods; terrible outrages will be committed by men; passion, not reason,
bears sway. The wrath of God is upon the inhabitants of the world, who are fast becoming as
corrupt as were the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. Already fire and flood are
destroying thousands of lives and the property that has been selfishly accumulated by the
oppression of the poor. The Lord is soon to cut short His work and put an end to sin. Oh, that
the scenes which have come before me of the iniquities practiced in these last days, might
make a deep impression on the minds of God's professing people. As it was in the days of
Noah, so shall it be when the Son of man shall be revealed. The Lord is removing His
restrictions from the earth, and soon there will be death and destruction, increasing crime,
and cruel, evil working against the rich who have exalted themselves against the poor.
Those who are without God's protection will find no safety in any place or position. Human
agents are being trained and are using their inventive power to put in operation the most
powerful machinery to wound and to kill. {8T 49.3}
The time is nearing when the great crisis in the history of the world will have come, when
every movement in the government of God will be watched with intense interest and
inexpressible apprehension. In quick succession the judgements of God will follow one
another,--fire and flood and earthquakes, with war and bloodshed. Something great
and decisive will soon of necessity take place. {BCL 65.1}
In the last scenes of this earth's history war will rage. There will be pestilence, plague and
famine. The waters of the deep will overflow their boundaries. Property and life will be
destroyed by fire and flood. We should be preparing for the mansions that Christ has gone to
prepare for them that love Him.--Mar 174 (1897). {LDE 24.2}
The time is now come when one moment we may be on solid earth, the next the earth may be
heaving beneath our feet. Earthquakes will take place when least expected. --TM 421 (1896).
In fires, in floods, in earthquakes, in the fury of the great deep, in calamities by sea and by
land, the warning is given that God's Spirit will not always strive with men. --3MR 31.
Famines will increase. Pestilences will sweep away thousands. Dangers are all around us from
the powers without and satanic workings within, but the restraining power of God is now being
exercised. --19MR 382 (1897).
While at Loma Linda, Calif., April 16, 1906, there passed before me a most wonderful
representation. During a vision of the night, I stood on an eminence, from which I could see
houses shaken like a reed in the wind. Buildings, great and small, were falling to the ground.
Pleasure resorts, theaters, hotels, and the homes of the wealthy were shaken and shattered.
Many lives were blotted out of existence, and the air was filled with the shrieks of the injured
and the terrified. The destroying angels of God were at work. One touch, and buildings so
thoroughly constructed that men regarded them as secure against every danger, quickly
became heaps of rubbish. There was no assurance of safety in any place. I did not feel in any
special peril, but the awfulness of the scenes that passed before me I cannot find words to
describe. It seemed that the forbearance of God was exhausted, and that the judgment day
had come. The angel that stood at my side then instructed me that but few have any
conception of the wickedness existing in our world today, and especially the wickedness in the
large cities. He declared that the Lord has appointed a time when He will visit transgressors in
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wrath for persistent disregard of His law. Terrible as was the representation that passed before
me, that which impressed itself most vividly upon my mind was the instruction given in
connection with it. The angel that stood by my side declared that God's supreme rulership, and
the sacredness of His law, must be revealed to those who persistently refuse to render
obedience to the King of kings. Those who choose to remain disloyal, must be visited in mercy
with judgments, in order that, if possible, they may be aroused to a realization of the
sinfulness of their course.-- Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 92, 93. (1909) {CL 9.3}
The tempest is coming and we must get ready for its fury by having repentance toward God
and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will arise to shake terribly the earth. We shall
see troubles on all sides. Thousands of ships will be hurled into the depths of the sea.
Navies will go down, and human lives will be sacrificed by millions. Fires will break out
unexpectedly and no human effort will be able to quench them. The palaces of earth will be
swept away in the fury of the flames. Disasters by rail will become more and more
frequent. Confusion, collision, and death without a moment's warning will occur on the great
lines of travel. The end is near, probation is closing. Oh, let us seek God while He may be
found, call upon Him while He is near!--MYP 89, 90 (1890).
The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have had no
opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is
touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who
would not enter. {9T 97.2}
Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites
European Space Agency News - 21 July 2004
Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey
apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results
from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves
and are now being used to study their origins. Severe weather has sunk more than 200
supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two
decades. Rogue waves are believed to be the major cause in many such cases. Mariners
who survived similar encounters have had remarkable stories to tell. In February 1995 the
cruiser liner Queen Elizabeth II met a 29-metre high rogue wave during a hurricane in the
North Atlantic that Captain Ronald Warwick described as "a great wall of water… it looked
as if we were going into the White Cliffs of Dover." And within the week between February
and March 2001 two hardened tourist cruisers – the Bremen and the Caledonian Star – had
their bridge windows smashed by 30-metre rogue waves in the South Atlantic, the former
ship left drifting without navigation or propulsion for a period of two hours... "The same
phenomenon could have sunk many less lucky vessels: two large ships sink every week on
average, but the cause is never studied to the same detail as an air crash. It simply gets
put down to 'bad weather'."
Last Friday morning, just before I awoke, a very impressive scene was presented before me. I
seemed to awake from sleep but was not in my home. From the windows I could behold a
terrible conflagration. Great balls of fire were falling upon houses, and from these balls
fiery arrows were flying in every direction. It was impossible to check the fires that were
kindled, and many places were being destroyed. The terror of the people was indescribable.
After a time I awoke and found myself at home. --Ev 29 (1906).
I saw an immense ball of fire fall among some beautiful mansions, causing their instant
destruction. I heard someone say: "We knew that the judgments of God were coming upon the
earth, but we did not know that they would come so soon." Others, with agonized voices, said:
"You knew! Why then did you not tell us? We did not know." --9T 28 (1909).
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The only major asteroid impact on the Earth recorded in modern history occurred on the
morning of 30 June 1908, when witnesses observed a huge fireball almost as bright as
the Sun plunging across the Siberian sky, terminating in a huge explosion that registered
on seismic stations all across Eurasia… Locals reported the blast, of huge stretches of forest
being flattened, of people being blown over by the shock.
A few hundred "near-Earth asteroids (NEAs)" capable of impacting earth are known,
ranging in size up to four kilometres. Tens of thousands probably exist. An impacting NEO
that is 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) wide or larger would cause catastrophic local damage and
severe global consequences. Approximately 800 of these NEOs have been detected.
According to the most widely accepted estimates, there are still 200 more that have not
been found yet.
March 18, 2004 saw a very close recorded approach of a near-Earth object (NEO). Asteroid
2004 FH, about 30 meters (100 feet) in diameter, passed approximately 43,000 kilometers
(26,500 miles or one-tenth the lunar distance) above the Earth's surface. Astronomers had
detected it just three days before.
Asteroid 2007 TU24 was discovered on October 11, 2007. Imaging radar has estimated that
this asteroid is 250 meters (820 ft) in diameter. This object's 554,209 kilometer (344,370
mile or 1.4-lunar distance) approach on January 29, 2008 was the closest for any known
potentially hazardous asteroid. At closest approach the asteroid was about 50 times fainter
than what can be seen with the naked eye.
The earth's crust will be rent by the outbursts of the elements concealed in the bowels of
the earth. These elements, once broken loose, will sweep away the treasures of those who for
years have been adding to their wealth by securing large possessions at starvation prices from
those in their employ. And the religious world, too, is to be terribly shaken, for the end of all
things is at hand. --3MR 208 (1891).
Before the Son of man appears in the clouds of heaven everything in nature will be convulsed.
Lightning from heaven uniting with the fire in the earth will cause the mountains to
burn like a furnace and pour out their floods of lava over villages and cities. Molten
masses of rock thrown into the water by the upheaval of things hidden in the earth will cause
the water to boil and send forth rocks and earth. There will be mighty earthquakes and great
destruction of human life. --7BC 946 (1907).
The Secrets of Supervolcanoes
Lurking deep below the surface in California and Wyoming are two hibernating volcanoes of
almost unimaginable fury. Were they to go critical, they would blanket the western U.S.
with many centimeters of ash in a matter of hours… Similar supervolcanoes smolder
underneath Indonesia and New Zealand. A supervolcano eruption packs the devastating
force of a small asteroid colliding with the earth… making such an explosion one of the most
dramatic natural catastrophes… One of geologists' first discoveries was the existence of
enormous circular valleys--some 30 to 60 kilometers across and several kilometers deep…
investigators realized they were seeing the remnants of volcanoes hundreds or even
thousands of times larger than the familiar Mount St. Helens in Washington State… these
eruptions feature supersonic blasts of superheated, foamlike gas and ash that rise
buoyantly all the way into the earth's stratosphere, 50 kilometers high. As the land above
the magma chamber collapses, immense gray clouds called pyroclastic flows burst out
horizontally all around the caldera. These flows are an intermediate stage between lava and
ash, so they move extremely rapidly--up to 400 kilometers an hour, some sources say; cars
and even small airplanes would have no chance of outrunning them. These flows are also
intensely hot--600 to 700 degrees Celsius--so they burn and bury everything for tens of
kilometers in every direction. - By Ilya N. Bindeman - Scientific American Magazine - June,
Yellowstone Volcano Rises at Unprecedented Rate
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By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer 08 November 2007
Yellowstone’s ancient volcanic floor has been rising since mid-2004 because a blob of
molten rock the size of Los Angeles infiltrated the system 6 miles beneath the surface,
scientists say... Yellowstone National Park is the site of North America's largest volcanic
field, which is produced by a hotspot, or gigantic plume of hot, molten rock, that begins at
least 400 miles (643 kilometers) beneath Earth's surface and rises to 30 miles (48
kilometers) underground, where it widens to about 300 miles across.… the caldera floor
[has risen] by almost 3 inches (7 centimeters) per year over the past three years—more
than three times faster than it has more typically risen since observations began in 1923.
"Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock," said
study leader Robert Smith, a seismologist at the University of Utah. "But we have no idea
how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock
stops and the caldera deflates again."
The power of the Holy Ghost must be upon us, and the Captain of the Lord's host will stand at
the head of the angels of heaven to direct the battle. Solemn events before us are yet to
transpire. Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured out one after
another upon the inhabitants of the earth. Scenes of stupendous interest are right upon
us. {Mar 257.4}
7. Second Sunday Law
Second Sunday Law: can not buy or sell
Third Angel's Message proclaimed: the mark of the beast
Testing time – the Persecution of Saints
Majority of SDAs renounce the faith
Economic Boycott
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in
their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had
the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:16-17
And then the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these
evils. The class that have provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles
upon those whose obedience to God's commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors.
It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this
sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly
enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus
destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration
to divine favor and temporal prosperity. {GC 590.1}
Communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters
of Sunday of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the
law of God. They will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimony of
religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday.
Great will be the indignation excited against all who refuse to accept their testimony. - page
Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as
breaking down the moral restraints of society, causing anarchy and corruption, and calling
down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious scruples will be pronounced
obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority. They will be accused of disaffection
toward the government. Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from
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the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience to the civil authorities as ordained of God. In
legislative halls and courts of justice, commandment keepers will be misrepresented and
condemned. A false coloring will be given to their words; the worst construction will be put
upon their motives. GC 592
The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor
the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political
corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers
and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law
enforcing Sunday observance. –GC page 592
Wonderful events are soon to open before the world. The end of all things is at hand. The
time of trouble is about to come upon the people of God. Then it is that the decree will go forth
forbidding those who keep the Sabbath of the Lord to buy or sell, and threatening them with
punishment, and even death, if they do not observe the first day of the week as the
Sabbath. {HP 344.3} {RH, November 19, 1908 par. 12}
A refusal to obey the commandments of God, and a determination to cherish hatred against
those who proclaim these commandments, leads to the most determined war on the part of
the dragon, whose whole energies are brought to bear against the commandment-keeping
people of God. 'He causeth all, both small and great… to receive a mark in their right hand, or
in their foreheads.'" Not only are men not to work with their hands on Sunday, but with
their minds are they to acknowledge Sunday as the Sabbath. "And that no man might
buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
{RH, April 27, 1911 par. 13}
There is a time coming when commandment-keepers can neither buy nor sell. In the last
extremity, before this work shall close, thousands of dollars will be cheerfully laid
upon the altar. Men and women will feel it a blessed privilege to share in the great work of
preparing souls to stand in the great day of God, and they will give hundreds as readily as five
dollars are given now. But let us not dishonor God by thinking that the church has not the
means to do all the work that devolves upon her just now. {RH, October 12, 1886 par. 12}
Hoarded wealth will soon be worthless. When the decree shall go forth that none shall buy or
sell except they have the mark of the beast, very much means will be of no avail. God calls for
us now to do all in our power to send forth the warning to the world.--RH March 21, 1878.
The time is coming when we cannot sell at any price. The decree will soon go forth
prohibiting men to buy or sell of any man save him that hath the mark of the beast.... We are
not just ready. There is a work yet to be done, and then the angels will be bidden to let
go, that the four winds may blow upon the earth. That will be a decisive time for God's
children, a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Now is our opportunity
to work. {5T 152.2}
Third Angel's Message Proclaimed
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast
and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of
the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy
angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Rev 14:9 - 10
The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will
have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The
warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest
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opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class,
whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the
faith and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have
long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their
power to oppress and malign their former brethren and to excite indignation against them.
This day is just before us. The members of the church will individually be tested and
proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the
truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately
and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have
neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and
neglected privileges. {5T 463.2}
When Christ came to speak the words of life, the common people heard Him gladly; and many,
even of the priests and rulers, believed on Him. But the chief of the priesthood and the leading
men of the nation were determined to condemn and repudiate His teachings… The spirit which
actuated those priests and rulers is still manifested by many who make a high profession of
piety. They refuse to examine the testimony of the Scriptures concerning the special truths for
this time. They point to their own numbers, wealth, and popularity, and look with contempt
upon the advocates of truth as few, poor, and unpopular, having a faith that separates them
from the world. – GC page 597
A lack of moral courage to step aside from the beaten track of the world leads many to follow
in the steps of learned men; and by their reluctance to investigate for themselves, they are
becoming hopelessly fastened in the chains of error. They see that the truth for this time is
plainly brought to view in the Bible; and they feel the power of the Holy Spirit attending
its proclamation; yet they allow the opposition of the clergy to turn them from the light. page 598
Persecution of the Saints – "Little" time of Trouble
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all
nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another. Mat 24:9-10
When the testing time shall come, those who have made God's word their rule of life will be
revealed. In summer there is no noticeable difference between evergreens and other trees;
but when the blasts of winter come, the evergreens remain unchanged, while other trees are
stripped of their foliage. So the falsehearted professor may not now be distinguished from the
real Christian, but the time is just upon us when the difference will be apparent. Let
opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be
kindled, and the halfhearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the
true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, than in
days of prosperity. – GC page 602 –
In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see
every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly
powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell. It will finally be decreed that they shall be put to
death… But to the obedient is given the promise, "He shall dwell on high: his place of defence
shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Isa 33:16.
By this promise the children of God will live. {DA 121,122}
[Satan says] I will make the observance of the seventh day a sign of disloyalty to the
authorities of earth. Human laws will be made so stringent that men and women will not dare
to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. For fear of wanting food and clothing, they will join
with the world in transgressing God's law. The earth will be wholly under my dominion."
{PK 184.2}
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I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the
Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an
obscure people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who
know of our faith and customs (for they hated us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not
refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the
institutions of the people; that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday. -Spalding and Magan Collection (1985), page 1, paragraph 5
Satan will excite the indignation of apostate Christendom against the humble remnant who
conscientiously refuse to accept false customs and traditions. Blinded by the prince of
darkness, popular religionists will see only as he sees, and feel as he feels. They will determine
as he determines, and oppress as he has oppressed. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so
great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. The church and the world will unite, and the
world will lend to the church power to crush out the right of the people to worship God
according to His Word. {ST, November 8, 1899 par. 8}
The apostle Paul declares that "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
Why is it, then, that persecution seems in a great degree to slumber? The only reason is, that
the church has conformed to the world's standard, and therefore awakens no opposition. The
religion which is current in our day is not of the pure and holy character that marked the
Christian faith in the days of Christ and His apostles. It is only because of the spirit of
compromise with sin, because the great truths of the Word of God are so indifferently
regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church, that Christianity is apparently
so popular with the world. Let there be a revival of faith and power of the early church, and
the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled.--The
Great Controversy, p. 48. {ChS 159.3}
There is a marked contrast between those who bear the seal of God and those who worship
the beast and his image. The Lord's faithful servants will receive the bitterest persecution from
false teachers, who will not hear the word of God, and who prepare stumbling blocks to put in
the way of those who would hear. But God's people are not to fear. Satan cannot go beyond
his limit. The Lord will be the defense of His people. He regards the injury done to His servants
for the truth's sake as done to Himself. When the last decision has been made, when all have
taken sides, either for Christ and the commandments or for the great apostate, God will arise
in His power, and the mouths of those who have blasphemed against Him will be forever
stopped. Every opposing power will receive its punishment. {Mar 191.2}
With pity and compassion, with tender yearning, the Lord is looking upon His tempted and
tried people. For a time the oppressors will be permitted to triumph over those who
know God's holy commandments. All are given the same opportunity that was granted to
the first great rebel to demonstrate the spirit that moves them to action. It is God's purpose
that everyone shall be tested and proved, to see whether he will be loyal or disloyal to the
laws which govern the kingdom of heaven. To the last God permits Satan to reveal his
character as a liar, an accuser, and a murderer. Thus the final triumph of His people is made
more marked, more glorious, more full and complete. {3SM 414.2}
In some places where the opposition is very pronounced, the lives of God's messengers may
be endangered. It is then their privilege to follow the example of their Master and go to
another place. --Letter 20, 1901. {3SM 420.1}
As enmity is aroused in various places against those who observe the Sabbath of the Lord, it
may become necessary for God's people to move from those places to places where they will
not be so bitterly opposed. {LDE 151.3}
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The time is soon coming when God's people, because of persecution, will be scattered in many
countries. Those who have received an all-round education will have the advantage where they
are. --5MR 280 (1908).
Some will be imprisoned because they refuse to desecrate the Sabbath of the Lord.--PC 118
There is a prospect before us of a continued struggle, at the risk of imprisonment, loss of
property and even of life itself, to defend the law of God.--5T 712 (1889). {LDE 150.2}
Many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be
martyrs for Christ's sake in standing in defense of the truth.--3SM 397 (1889).
As the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday- sabbath some of them will be thrust
into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. To human wisdom all
this now seems impossible, but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men
and they shall be under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be
strange developments. The heart can be very cruel when God's fear and love are removed.-GC 608 (1911).
I was pointed to the providence of God among His people and was shown that every trial made
by the refining, purifying process upon professed Christians proves some to be dross. The fine
gold does not always appear. In every religious crisis some fall under temptation. The
shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves. Prosperity multiplies a mass
of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church. As a class, their spirits are not
steadfast with God. They go out from us because they are not of us; for when tribulation or
persecution arises because of the word, many are offended. {4T 89 (1876).}
The time is upon us when the miracle-working power of the arch deceiver will be more
decidedly revealed. And his deceptions will increase in their delusive attraction, so that they
will perplex, and if possible, deceive, the very elect. The prince of darkness with his evil angels
is working upon the Christian world, inducing those who profess the name of Christ to stand
under the banner of darkness, to make war with those who keep the commandments of God,
and have the faith of Jesus. An apostate church will unite with the powers of earth and
hell to place upon the forehead or in the hand, the mark of the beast, and prevail upon the
children of God to worship the beast and his image. They will seek to compel them to renounce
their allegiance to God's law, and yield homage to the papacy. Then will come the times which
will try men's souls; for the confederacy of apostasy will demand that the loyal subjects of God
shall renounce the law of Jehovah, and repudiate the truth of his word. Then will the gold
be separated from the dross, and it will be made apparent who are the godly, who
are loyal and true, and who are the disloyal, the dross and the tinsel. What clouds of chaff
will then be borne away by the fan of God! Where now our eyes can discover only rich
floors of wheat, will be chaff blown away with the fan of God. Every one who is not centered in
Christ will fail to stand the test and ordeal of that day. While those who are clothed with
Christ’s righteousness will stand firm to truth and duty, those who have trusted in their own
righteousness will be ranged under the black banner of the prince of darkness. Then it will be
seen whether the choice is for Christ or Belial. Those who have been self-distrustful, who have
been so circumstanced that they have not dared to face stigma and reproach, will at last
openly declare themselves for Christ and his law; while many who have appeared to be
flourishing trees, but who have borne no fruit, will go with the multitude to do evil, and will
receive the mark of apostasy in the forehead or in the hand. {R&H November 8, 1892,
paragraph 7 }
I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of
God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his
mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; Rev 20:4 .
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The disciples were not endowed with the courage and fortitude of the martyrs until such grace
was needed.--DA 354 (1898).
The best thing for us is to come into close connection with God and, if He would have us be
martyrs for the truth's sake, it may be the means of bringing many more into the truth.--3SM
420 (1886).
We are not to have the courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until brought into the position
they were in.... Should there be a return of persecution there would be grace given to arouse
every energy of the soul to show a true heroism.--OHC 125 (1889).
When the fifth seal was opened, John the Revelator in vision saw beneath the altar the
company that were slain for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. After this
came the scenes described in the eighteenth of Revelation, when those who are faithful and
true are called out from Babylon [Rev. 18: 1-5 quoted] (MS 39, 1906). {7BC 968.5}
Never is the tempest-tried soul more dearly loved by his Saviour than when he is suffering
reproach for the truth's sake. When for the truth's sake the believer stands at the bar of
unrighteous tribunals, Christ stands by his side. All the reproaches that fall upon the human
believer fall upon Christ in the person of His saints. "I will love him," said Christ, "and will
manifest myself to him" (John 14:21). Christ is condemned over again in the person of His
believing disciples. {3SM 420.4}
When for the truth's sake the believer is incarcerated in prison walls, Christ manifests Himself
to him, and ravishes his heart with His love. When he suffers death for the sake of Christ,
Christ says to him, "They may kill the body, but they cannot hurt the soul." "Be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world." "They crucified Me, and if they put you to death, they crucify Me
afresh inthe person of My saints." {3SM 420.5}
Persecution cannot do more than cause death, but the life is preserved to eternal life and
glory. The persecuting power may take its stand, and command the disciples of Christ to deny
the faith, to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, by making void the law of
God. But the disciples may ask, "Why should I do this? I love Jesus, and I will never deny His
name." When the power says, "I will call you a disturber of the peace," they may answer,
"Thus they called Jesus, who was truth, and grace and peace."--Letter 116, 1896. {3SM
During the time of trouble, the position of God's people will be similar to the position of
Joshua. They will not be ignorant of the work going on in heaven in their behalf. They
will realize that sin is recorded against their names, but they will also know that the sins of all
who repent and lay hold of the merits of Christ will be canceled.... Those who have manifested
true repentance for sin, and by living faith in Christ are obedient to God's commandments, will
have their names retained in the book of life, and they will be confessed before the Father and
before the holy angels. Jesus will say, "They are mine; I have purchased them with my own
blood."--Signs of the Times, June 2, 1890. {YRP 359.3}
These statements refer to the "little time of trouble" since the during the "big" time of
trouble the work in heaven has ended and there will be no sins recorded against ther
names of the saints. Also the wicked will not be claiming that it is the temporal millennium
while the plagues are falling after the close of probation- Eds
The remnant in the time of trouble will cry, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken
me? {SpM 2A.3}
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I saw that a time of trouble was before us, when stern necessity will compel the
people of God to live on bread and water, but I saw that God did not require His people to
live so now. God commands that all whom He has not especially called to labor in word and
doctrine should labor with their hands [in] the thing that is good, and supply their own
necessities, and have wherewith to bestow upon others.... But in the time of trouble none
will labor with their hands. Their sufferings will be mental, and God will provide food
for them. -- Manuscript 2, p. 4. (December 27, 1857.)
The reason why many of us will fall in the time of trouble is because of laxity in temperance
and indulgence of appetite. {RH, October 21, 1884 par. 1}
The time of trouble was upon us. I saw our people in great distress, weeping and praying,
pleading the sure promises of God, while the wicked were all around us mocking us and
threatening to destroy us. They ridiculed our feebleness, they mocked at the
smallness of our numbers, and taunted us with words calculated to cut deep. They charged
us with taking an independent position from all the rest of the world. They had cut off our
resources so that we could not buy or sell, and they referred to our abject poverty
and stricken condition. They could not see how we could live without the world. We were
dependent on the world, and we must concede to the customs, practices, and laws of the
world, or go out of it. If we were the only people in the world whom the Lord favored, the
appearances were awfully against us. {3SM 427.5} They declared that they had the truth, that
miracles were among them; that angels from heaven talked with them and walked with them,
that great power and signs and wonders were performed among them, and that this was the
temporal millennium they had been expecting so long. The whole world was converted and in
harmony with the Sunday law, and this little feeble people stood out in defiance of the laws of
the land and the law of God, and claimed to be the only ones right on the earth. {3SM 428.1}
When the storm of persecution really breaks upon us, the true sheep will hear the true
Shepherd's voice. Self-denying efforts will be put forth to save the lost, and many who
have strayed from the fold will come back to follow the great Shepherd. The people of God will
draw together and present to the enemy a united front. In view of the common peril strife
for supremacy will cease, there will be no disputing as to who shall be accounted
greatest.--6T 401 (1900).
Duty in View of the Time of Trouble
The Lord has shown me repeatedly that it is contrary to the Bible to make any provision for
our temporal wants in the time of trouble. I saw that if the saints had food laid up by
them or in the field in the time of trouble, when sword, famine, and pestilence are in the
land, it would be taken from them by violent hands and strangers would reap their
fields. Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and He will sustain us. I saw that
our bread and water will be sure at that time, and that we shall not lack or suffer
hunger; for God is able to spread a table for us in the wilderness. If necessary He would send
ravens to feed us, as He did to feed Elijah, or rain manna from heaven, as He did for the
Israelites. {EW 56.2}
Houses and lands will be of no use to the saints in the time of trouble, for they will
then have to flee before infuriated mobs, and at that time their possessions cannot be
disposed of to advance the cause of present truth. I was shown that it is the will of God that
the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance before the time of trouble comes, and
make a covenant with God through sacrifice. If they have their property on the altar and
earnestly inquire of God for duty, He will teach them when to dispose of these things. Then
they will be free in the time of trouble and have no clogs to weigh them down. {EW
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I saw that if any held on to their property and did not inquire of the Lord as to their duty, He
would not make duty known, and they would be permitted to keep their property, and in the
time of trouble it would come up before them like a mountain to crush them, and they
would try to dispose of it, but would not be able. I heard some mourn like this: "The
cause was languishing, God's people were starving for the truth, and we made no effort to
supply the lack; now our property is useless. Oh, that we had let it go, and laid up treasure in
heaven!" I saw that a sacrifice did not increase, but it decreased and was consumed. I also
saw that God had not required all of His people to dispose of their property at the same time;
but if they desired to be taught, He would teach them, in a time of need, when to sell
and how much to sell. Some have been required to dispose of their property in times past to
sustain the Advent cause, while others have been permitted to keep theirs until a time of need.
Then, as the cause needs it, their duty is to sell. {EW 57.1}
I saw that the message, "Sell that ye have, and give alms," has not been given, by some, in its
clear light, and the object of the words of our Saviour has not been clearly presented. The
object of selling is not to give to those who are able to labor and support themselves, but to
spread the truth. It is a sin to support and indulge in idleness those who are able to labor.
Some have been zealous to attend all the meetings, not to glorify God, but for the "loaves and
fishes." Such would much better have been at home laboring with their hands, "the thing that
is good," to supply the wants of their families and to have something to give to sustain the
precious cause of present truth. Now is the time to lay up treasure in heaven and to set our
hearts in order, ready for the time of trouble. Those only who have clean hands and pure
hearts will stand in that trying time. Now is the time for the law of God to be in our minds,
foreheads, and written in our hearts. {EW 57.2}
"Because we are now settled here, we seem to think that we shall never be moved. But there
will come a time when there will be a great scattering—a scattering that we do not now dream
of--and it will brought about in unexpected ways. Some of you will be taken away to remote
regions, but God will have a work for you there. While you are here, let everyone be teachable.
Educate and train every power of the mind, that you may obtain an understanding in every
part of the work. Cultivate the voice. Learn to speak so as to make the most favorable
impression upon other minds." {5MR 72.3}
Majority of Adventists Renounce the faith
Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the
ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the
land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness. Therefore the showers have been
withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's
forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. Jer 3:2-3
Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of
them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from
the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; Luke 11:49-50
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the
name of the LORD. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall
a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall
make them afraid. Zep 3:12-13
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." The very atmosphere is
polluted with sin. Soon God's people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great
proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal.
Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will
cowardly take the side of the opposers. The promise is: "Them that honor Me I will honor."
Shall we be less firmly attached to God's law because the world at large have attempted to
make it void? {5T 136.1}
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Already the judgments of God are abroad in the land, as seen in storms, in floods, in tempests,
in earthquakes, in peril by land and by sea. The great I AM is speaking to those who make void
His law. When God's wrath is poured out upon the earth, who will then be able to stand? Now
is the time for God's people to show themselves true to principle. When the religion of Christ is
most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest
and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and
righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when
champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the
coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason. The
nation will be on the side of the great rebel leader. {5T 136.2}
When the law of God is made void the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a
larger proportion than we now anticipate, will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines
of devils. Instead of being strengthened when brought into strait places, many prove that they
are not living branches of the True Vine; they bore no fruit, and the husbandman taketh
them away. {2SM 368.1}
When trees without fruit are cut down as cumberers of the ground, when multitudes
of false brethren are distinguished from the true, then the hidden ones will be
revealed to view, and with hosannas range under the banner of Christ. Those who have been
timid and self-distrustful will declare themselves openly for Christ and His truth. The most
weak and hesitating in the church will be as David--willing to do and dare. The deeper the
night for God's people, the more brilliant the stars. Satan will sorely harass the faithful;
but, in the name of Jesus, they will come off more than conquerors. Then will the church of
Christ appear "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." {5T
But a small number of those who have had great light and abundant opportunities and
continuous privileges have anything more than a theoretical knowledge of the truth.
Many think that such a knowledge is all that is required. They are not doers of the word.
{1888 1455.1}
In concluding this narrative, I would say that we are living in a most solemn time. In the last
vision given me, I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who
now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved. Many will get above the
simplicity of the work. They will conform to the world, cherish idols, and become spiritually
dead. The humble, self-sacrificing followers of Jesus will pass on to perfection, leaving behind
the indifferent and lovers of the world. {1T 608.3}
Standard after standard was left to trail in the dust as company after company from
the Lord's army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with
the commandment-keeping people of God.--8T 41 (1904).
It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are
registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as
verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner.--ChS 41 (1893).
Profession alone is nothing. Names are registered upon the church-books upon earth, but not
in the book of life. I saw that there is not one in twenty of the youth who knows what
experimental religion is. They serve themselves, and yet profess to be servants of Christ; but
unless the spell which is upon them be broken, they will soon realize that the portion of the
transgressor is theirs. As for self-denial or sacrifice for the truth's sake, they have
found an easier way above it all. As for the earnest pleading with tears and strong cries to
God for His pardoning grace, and for strength from Him to resist the temptations of Satan,
they have found it unnecessary to be so earnest and zealous; they can get along well
without it. Christ, the King of glory, went often alone to the mountains and desert places to
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pour out His soul's request to His Father; but sinful man, in whom is no strength, thinks he can
live without so much prayer.—{ 1T 503-505.}
Nothing is more essential to communion with God than the most profound humility. "I dwell,"
says the High and Holy One, "with him that is contrite and of a humble spirit." While you are
so eagerly striving to be first, remember that you will be last in the favour of God, if you fail to
cherish a meek and lowly spirit. Pride of heart will cause many to fail where they might have
made a success. "Before honour is humility, and the humble in spirit is greater than the proud
in spirit." "When Ephraim spake tremblingly, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he
offended in Baal, he died." "Many are called, but few chosen." Many hear the invitation of
mercy, are tested and proved; but few are sealed with the seal of the living God. Few
will humble themselves as a little child, that they may enter the kingdom of Heaven.
{PH117 25.1}
As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's
message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their
position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its
spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought,
they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who
once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the
most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the
courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to
misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers
against them. {GC 608.2}
Railroad Vision published in Our Firm Foundation, Volume 20, Number 6, June 2005
More than 50 years ago, a brother Will Ross testified of a time when Sister Ellen White
related to a group of Seventh-day Adventists a vision that she received—one that, to the
best of our knowledge, she never put down in writing.
In April 1989, [we] received a letter from an Evere A. Rogers, which we quote below in its
entirety. As you will see, Brother Rogers was confirming the testimony of Elmer Johnson,
both of whom had heard brother Ross relate Sister White’s vision on several occasions.
Names enclosed in [brackets] clarify who wrote each part of the letter.
[Elmer Johnson:]
Brother Will Ross (now deceased) was a personal friend of mine, and an acquaintance of
about forty-five years. In our church fellowship we very frequently spent our Sabbath
afternoons discussing his experiences in the message, and his conversations with Mrs. E.
About 1908, while in Loma Linda and living near Sister White, he would frequently
accompany her in her walks, and would discuss the message and future events. On one of
these walks together, and while waiting at the Loma Linda railroad depot in company with
Sister McInterfer [Sister White’s secretary] and Elder D. E. Robinson [The husband of Ellen
White’s granddaughter] present, Sister White related to the three of them about the storm
of persecution that was coming upon the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Will Ross related it
to me as follows:
[Will Ross:]
“Sister White told us, as we three stood there on the railroad depot platform, that a terrible
storm of persecution was coming, just like a windstorm, that blew down every standing
object. There was not a Seventh-day Adventist to be seen. They, like the disciples forsook
Christ and fled. All who had sought positions were never seen any more. After the storm
there was a calm. Then the Adventists arose like a great flock of sheep, but were without
shepherds. They all united in earnest prayer for help and wisdom, and the Lord answered
by helping them choose leaders among them, who had never sought positions before. They
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prayed earnestly for the aid of the Holy Spirit which was poured out upon them making
them fully ready for service. They then went forth ‘fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and
terrible as an army with banners’ to give the message to all the world. [See Song of
Solomon 6:10.]
“I was astonished, and asked if that applied to Loma Linda, as we were looking that way.
Sister White replied to my question by stating that it applied to the entire denominational
world. It so stunned me, that I did not ask any more questions.” Will Ross, Boulder,
[Elmer Johnson:]
In the year 1943, Elder D. E. Robinson was visiting the churches of Colorado. I was serving
as the elder on the platform that Sabbath that Elder Robinson visited and spoke in the
Boulder SDA Church, and having with him the large Bible which Sister White held in her
hand, and leafed through during one of her visions.
At the close of the service, Brother Ross talked with Elder Robinson and asked him if he
remembered when he and Elder Robinson, and Sister McInterfer were standing on the
depot platform visiting with Sister White, and she related to them about the terrible
windstorm of persecution that was coming upon the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Elder
Robinson replied, “Yes, brother Ross, I remember it.”
So I documented this reply January 15, 1946. Not wishing to forget this important narration
that was related to me by brother Ross, I frequently discussed it with him in later years,
and his statements never varied.
(Signed) Elmer Johnson
[Evere Rogers:]
Dear Dave:
I wrote this up and had Elmer Johnson sign it as he knew Will Ross well for years. Elmer
was an old pioneer Adventist around here and died at 88 years of age. I, too, heard Will
Ross tell this story many times and am the only one left who heard Will Ross many times.
Will Ross also passed away in Boulder, Colorado.
(Signed) Everett Rogers
8. Loud Cry
Latter rain falls
Fourth Angel's Message
Satan impersonates Christ
Third angel’s message closed
Third Sunday Law: Death Decree
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ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:13
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:30
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Co 1:22
Before giving us the baptism of the Holy Spirit, our heavenly Father will try us, to see
if we can live without dishonoring Him. --Letter 22, 1902. {3SM 426.4}
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I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. War, bloodshed, privation,
want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land. As these things surrounded God's
people, they began to press together, and to cast aside their little difficulties. Selfdignity no longer controlled them; deep humility took its place. Suffering, perplexity,
and privation caused reason to resume its throne, and the passionate and unreasonable man
became sane, and acted with discretion and wisdom. My attention was then called from the
scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth
were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and
bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this
war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then
men's hearts failed them for fear, "and for looking after those things which are coming on the
earth." {1T 268}
Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds,
and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. Zec 10:1
It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for
the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.--8T 20 (1904).
The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily
intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences,
all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship… The
disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them
for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. …"And when
the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly
there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where
they were sitting. {AA 37.4}
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath
smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise
us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the
latter and former rain unto the earth. Hos 6:1-3
As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, "the time of
Jacob's trouble," they will grow up into Christ, and will partake largely of his Spirit. As
the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attends the closing work,
the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain which revives and
strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory of
that light which attends the third angel. {1T 353.3} 1862
Just before we entered it [the time of trouble], we all received the seal of the living God. Then
I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword,
nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion {7BC 968.11}
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman
waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the
early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord
draweth nigh. Jam 5:7 -8
Said the angel, "List ye!" Soon I heard a voice like many musical instruments all sounding in
perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever heard, seeming to
be full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy. It thrilled through my whole being. Said
the angel, "Look ye!" My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were
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mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying in agony of
spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were
clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, like a
company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had
endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked
with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of heaven. They had
obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude and holy, sacred
joy. {EW 270.4}
The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out and left by the
way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and
salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they
were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold
of the truth and coming into the ranks. Evil angels still pressed around them, but could have
no power over them. {EW 271.1}
I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power. It had
effect. Many had been bound; some wives by their husbands, and some children by their
parents. The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold
upon it. All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them. They had
been hungering and thirsting for truth; it was dearer and more precious than life. I asked
what had made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter rain, the
refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel." {EW 271.2}
Great power was with these chosen ones. Said the angel, "Look ye!" My attention was turned
to the wicked, or unbelievers. They were all astir. The zeal and power with the people of
God had aroused and enraged them. Confusion, confusion, was on every side. I saw
measures taken against the company who had the light and power of God. Darkness thickened
around them; yet they stood firm, approved of God, and trusting in Him. I saw them
perplexed; next I heard them crying unto God earnestly. Day and night their cry ceased not:
"Thy will, O God, be done! If it can glorify Thy name, make a way of escape for Thy people!
Deliver us from the heathen around about us. They have appointed us unto death; but Thine
arm can bring salvation." These are all the words which I can bring to mind. All seemed to
have a deep sense of their unworthiness and manifested entire submission to the will of God;
yet, like Jacob, every one, without an exception, was earnestly pleading and wrestling for
deliverance. {EW 272.1}
Soon after they had commenced their earnest cry, the angels, in sympathy, desired to go to
their deliverance. But a tall, commanding angel suffered them not. He said, "The will of God is
not yet fulfilled. They must drink of the cup. They must be baptized with the baptism." {EW
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you
the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former
rain, and the latter rain in the first month. Joe 2:23
I saw that God had children, who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They had not rejected the
light on it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the
Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the
churches, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this
time God's chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the
persecution with us. And I saw the sword, famine, pestilence and great confusion in the land.
The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments down on them. They rose up and took
counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed. {EW 33} "The
commencement of that time of trouble," here mentioned does not refer to the time when the
plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out,
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while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will
be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent
the work of the third angel. At that time the "latter rain," or refreshing from the presence of
the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints
to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out. {EW 85.3}
The Fourth Angel's Message
As foretold in the eighteenth of Revelation, the third angel's message is to be proclaimed with
great power by those who give the final warning against the beast and his image: "I saw
another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with
his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is
fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of
every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her
fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants
of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice
from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double
according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." Rev 18:1-6. This is
the message given by God to be sounded forth in the loud cry of the third angel. {8T 118.2}
I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to
heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty
angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give
power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he
descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light which attended this angel
penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice, "Babylon the great is fallen,
is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of
every unclean and hateful bird." The message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the second
angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the
churches since 1844. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great
work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus
prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light
resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message. {EW
Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from heaven, and I heard voices which seemed to
sound everywhere, "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered her iniquities." This message seemed to be an addition to the third message,
joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844. The glory of God
rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning,
proclaiming the fall of Babylon and calling upon God's people to come out of her that they
might escape her fearful doom. {EW 277.2}
The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the
churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the
call and left the fallen churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these
messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose
life or death. Some chose life and took their stand with those who were looking for their Lord
and keeping all His commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be
tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies. A
compelling power moved the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a
fear and restraint upon their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not, neither
had they the power to, hinder those who felt the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last
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call was carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them poured forth their songs of
rapturous joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance. Their masters could not check them;
fear and astonishment kept them silent. Mighty miracles were wrought, the sick were healed,
and signs and wonders followed the believers. God was in the work, and every saint, fearless
of consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united with those who
were keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded abroad the third
message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the
midnight cry. {EW 278.1}
Servants of God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining
with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that were
scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried
out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's
people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance
and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices
saying, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of
God, and the faith of Jesus." {EW 278.2}
The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel's message is to lighten the whole
earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold. The
advent movement of 1840-44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first
angel's message was carried to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries
there was the greatest religious interest which has been witnessed in any land since the
Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be exceeded by the mighty movement
under the last warning of the third angel. {GC 611.1}
The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the "former rain" was given, in the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the
precious seed, so the "latter rain" will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest.
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the
morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."
Hosea 6:3. "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath
given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the
former rain, and the latter rain." Joel 2:23. "In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My
Spirit upon all flesh." "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the
Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:17, 21. {GC 611.2}
The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of
God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the
former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close.
Here are "the times of refreshing" to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said:
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20.
{GC 611.3}
Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten
from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over
the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and
signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works, with lying wonders, even
bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13. Thus the inhabitants of
the earth will be brought to take their stand. {GC 612.1}
The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of
the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it
will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted
their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully
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comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate
everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands
which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now.
Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the
truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side. {GC 612.2}
Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be
given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the
minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather
by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer
will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them…. By
these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who
have never heard words like these. As the controversy extends into new fields and the minds
of the people are called to God's downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the
message will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost
superhuman efforts to shut away the light, lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every
means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital
questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and in this work papists
and Protestants unite. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and
decided, the law will be invoked against commandment-keepers. They will be threatened with
fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence and other rewards and
advantages as inducements to renounce their faith… Those who are arraigned before the
courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their
stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who
otherwise would know nothing of these truths.{GC 607}
The Eleventh Hour Workers
But I speak not my own words when I say that God's Spirit will pass by those who have
had their day of test and opportunity, but who have not distinguished the voice of
God or appreciated the movings of His Spirit. Then thousands in the eleventh hour will
see and acknowledge the truth. {2SM 16.1}
Thousands in the eleventh hour will see and acknowledge the truth... These conversions to
truth will be made with a rapidity that will surprise the church, and God's name alone will be
glorified.--2SM 16 (1890). {LDE 212.1}
"The laborers for the Master, were his official servants upon whom he laid the weightiest
responsibilities to do his work. …Some were found waiting for work at the eleventh hour,
only one hour before the close of the working-day." Review and Herald, June 28, 1898.
"There are diligent students of the word of prophecy in all parts of the world, who are
obtaining light and still greater light from searching the Scriptures. This is true of all nations,
of all tribes, and of all peoples. These will come from the grossest error, and will take the
place of those who have had opportunities and privileges and have not prized them.
These have worked out their own salvation with fear and trembling, lest they should become
deficient in doing the ways and will of God, while those who have had great light, through the
perversity of their own natural heart, turned away from Christ because they were displeased
with his requirements. But God will not be left without witnesses. The one-hour laborers will be
brought in at the eleventh hour, and will consecrate their ability and all their entrusted means
to advance the work. These will receive the reward for their faithfulness, because they are true
to principle, and shun not their duty to declare the whole counsel of God. When those who
have had abundance of light throw off the restraint which the word of God imposes, and makes
void his law, others will come in to fill their places and take their crown." Review and Herald,
June 5, 1897.
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"At the eleventh hour the Lord will gather a company out of the world to serve Him.
There will be a converted ministry. Those who have had privileges and opportunities to become
intelligent in regard to the truth and yet who continue to counterwork the work God would
have accomplished, will be purged out, for God accepts the service of no man whose interest
is divided. He accepts the whole heart, or none." Manuscript Releases, Volume 20, p. 320.
"Many souls will come from other denominational churches, and at the eleventh hour will obey
all the truth, because they have not set themselves in array against heaven's light, but lived
up to all the light they had; while those who have had great light, large privileges and
opportunities, and have failed to live in the light, and walk in the light will drop out by the way.
Their light will shine less and less until their lamps will go out for the want of the oil
of grace in their vessels with their lamps." Letter 36 A, 1890.
The broken ranks will be filled up by those represented by Christ as coming in at the
eleventh hour… The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who
[now] have no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His
heart of mercy is touched, His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to
those who would not enter. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the
truth for the first time.--Letter 103, 1903.
There are many souls to come out of the ranks of the world, out of the churches--even the
Catholic Church--whose zeal will far exceed that of those who have stood in rank and file to
proclaim the truth heretofore. For this reason the eleventh hour laborers will receive their
penny. These will see the battle coming and will give the trumpet a certain sound. When the
crisis is upon us, when the season of calamity shall come, they will come to the front, gird
themselves with the whole armor of God, and exalt His law, adhere to the faith of Jesus, and
maintain the cause of religious liberty which reformers defended with toil and for which they
sacrificed their lives. {3SM 386.4}
"At the eleventh hour the Lord will call into his service many faithful workers. Self-sacrificing
men and women will step into the places made vacant by apostasy and death. To young
men and women, as well as those who are older, God will give power from above. With
converted minds, converted hands, converted feet, and converted tongues, their lips touched
with a living coal from the divine altar, they will go forth in the Master's service, moving
steadily onward and upward, carrying the work forward to completion." Youth's
Instructor, February 13, 1902.
Cornelius, a man of high position, maintained his religious experience, strictly walking in
accordance with the light he had received. God had His eye upon him, and He sent His angel
with a message to him. The heavenly messenger passed by the self-righteous ones, came to
Cornelius, and called him by name... This record is made for the special benefit of those
who are living in these last days. Many who have had great light have not appreciated and
improved it as it was their privilege to do. They have not practiced the truth. And because of
this the Lord will bring in those who have lived up to all the light they have had. And those
who have been privileged with opportunities to understand the truth and who have not obeyed
its principles will be swayed by Satan's temptations for self-advancement. They will deny the
principles of truth in practice and bring reproach upon the cause of God. Christ declares that
He will spue these out of His mouth, and leave them to follow their own course of actions to
distinguish themselves. This course of action does indeed make them prominent as men that
are unfaithful householders. The Lord will give His message to those who have walked in
accordance with the light they have had, and will recognize them as true and faithful,
according to the measurement of God. These men will take the place of those who, having
light and knowledge, have walked not in the way of the Lord, but in the imagination of their
own unsanctified hearts. We are now living in the last days, when the truth must be spoken,
when in reproof and warning it must be given to the world, irrespective of consequences. If
there are some who will become offended and turn from the truth, we must bear in mind that
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there were those who did the same in Christ's day. But there are men who will receive the
truth, and these will take the places made vacant by those who become offended and leave
the truth… The Lord will work so that the disaffected ones will be separated from the true and
loyal ones... The ranks will not be diminished. Those who are firm and true will close up the
vacancies that are made by those who become offended and apostatize. {3SM 421 - 422}
"the Lord can do more in one hour than we can do in a lifetime, and when He sees that His
people are fully consecrated, let me tell you, that a great work will be done in a short time,
and the message of truth is to be carried into the dark places of the earth, where it has
never been proclaimed." Manuscript Releases, Volume 5, p. 347.
Third Sunday Law – Death Penalty
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should
both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be
killed. Rev 13:15
The decree is to go forth that all who will not receive the mark of the beast shall neither buy
nor sell, and, finally, that they shall be put to death. But the saints of God do not receive
this mark. The prophet of Patmos beheld those that had gotten the victory over the beast and
over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of
glass, having the harps of God, and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. {ST, November
8, 1899 par. 11}
In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see
every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly
powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell. It will finally be decreed that they shall be
put to death. See Rev. 13:11-17. But to the obedient is given the promise, "He shall dwell on
high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters
shall be sure." Isa. 33:16. By this promise the children of God will live. When the earth shall be
wasted with famine, they shall be fed." {DA 121.3}
God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of His judgments these faithful ones
must be called out, that they partake not of her sins and "receive not of her plagues."…In
connection with his message the call is heard: "Come out of her, My people." These
announcements, uniting with the third angel's message, constitute the final warning
to be given to the inhabitants of the earth… Fearful is the issue to which the world is to
be brought. The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of God, will
decree that "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond" (Revelation 13:16), shall
conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath. All who
refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they
are deserving of death. On the other hand, the law of God enjoining the Creator's rest day
demands obedience, and threatens wrath against all who transgress its precepts. With the
issue thus clearly brought before him, whosoever shall trample upon God's law to obey a
human enactment, receives the mark of the beast; he accepts the sign of allegiance to the
power which he chooses to obey instead of God. {GC 604-605 }
Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the
parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress
will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be
disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: "All that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders of truth
refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will
be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. To human wisdom all this now seems
impossible; but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men, and they shall be
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under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be strange developments.
The heart can be very cruel when God's fear and love are removed. {GC 608.1}
In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. They have
faithfully given the warning, looking to God and to His word alone. God's Spirit, moving upon
their hearts, has constrained them to speak. Stimulated with holy zeal, and with the divine
impulse strong upon them, they entered upon the performance of their duties without coldly
calculating the consequences of speaking to the people the word which the Lord had given
them. They have not consulted their temporal interests, nor sought to preserve their
reputation or their lives. Yet when the storm of opposition and reproach bursts upon
them, some, overwhelmed with consternation, will be ready to exclaim: "Had we foreseen the
consequences of our words, we would have held our peace." They are hedged in with
difficulties. Satan assails them with fierce temptations. The work which they have undertaken
seems far beyond their ability to accomplish. They are threatened with destruction. The
enthusiasm which animated them is gone; yet they cannot turn back. Then, feeling
their utter helplessness, they flee to the Mighty One for strength. They remember that the
words which they have spoken were not theirs, but His who bade them give the warning. God
put the truth into their hearts, and they could not forbear to proclaim it. {GC 608.3}
As the opposition rises to a fiercer height, the servants of God are again perplexed;
for it seems to them that they have brought the crisis. But conscience and the word of God
assure them that their course is right; and although the trials continue, they are strengthened
to bear them. The contest grows closer and sharper, but their faith and courage rise with the
emergency. Their testimony is: "We dare not tamper with God's word, dividing His holy law;
calling one portion essential and another nonessential, to gain the favor of the world. The Lord
whom we serve is able to deliver us. Christ has conquered the powers of earth; and shall we
be afraid of a world already conquered?" {GC 610.1}
But so long as Jesus remains man's intercessor in the sanctuary above, the restraining
influence of the Holy Spirit is felt by rulers and people. It still controls to some extent the laws
of the land. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be much worse than it
now is. While many of our rulers are active agents of Satan, God also has His agents among
the leading men of the nation. The enemy moves upon his servants to propose measures that
would greatly impede the work of God; but statesmen who fear the Lord are influenced by holy
angels to oppose such propositions with unanswerable arguments. Thus a few men will hold in
check a powerful current of evil. The opposition of the enemies of truth will be restrained that
the third angel's message may do its work. When the final warning shall be given, it will arrest
the attention of these leading men through whom the Lord is now working, and some of them
will accept it, and will stand with the people of God through the time of trouble. {GC 610.3}
Mark of the Beast Revealed
When the test comes, it will be clearly shown what the mark of the beast is. It is the
keeping of Sunday.--7BC 980 (1900).
The mark of the beast is the papal sabbath.--Ev 234 (1899).
Sundaykeeping is not yet the mark of the beast, and will not be until the decree goes
forth causing men to worship this idol sabbath. The time will come when this day will be the
test, but that time has not come yet. {7 BC 977}
The sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord's
memorial of creation… The mark of the beast is the opposite of this--the observance of
the first day of the week. This mark distinguishes those who acknowledge the supremacy of
the papal authority from those who acknowledge the authority of God. {8T 117}
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None are condemned until they have had the light and have seen the obligation of the fourth
commandment. But when the decree shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit sabbath, and
the loud cry of the third angel shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his
image, the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true. Then those who still
continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast.--Ev 234, 235 (1899).
As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and
honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will
thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome--"the mark of the beast." And it is not until
the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between
the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in
transgression will receive "the mark of the beast."--GC 449 (1911).
The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially
controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of
distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While
the observance of the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the
fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God,
the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law, is an evidence of loyalty to the
Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the
mark of the beast, the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the
seal of God. {GC 605.2}
Satan Impersonates Christ
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2Co 11:14
Satan sees that he is about to lose his case. He cannot sweep in the whole world. He
makes one last desperate effort to overcome the faithful by deception. He does this in
personating Christ. He clothes himself with the garments of royalty which have been accurately
described in the vision of John. He has power to do this. He will appear to his deluded
followers, the Christian world who received not the love of the truth but had pleasure in
unrighteousness (transgression of the law), as Christ coming the second time.
He proclaims
himself Christ, and he is believed to be Christ, a beautiful, majestic being clothed with majesty
and, with soft voice and pleasant words, with glory unsurpassed by anything their mortal eyes
had yet beheld. Then his deceived, deluded followers set up a shout of victory, "Christ has
come the second time! Christ has come! He has lifted up His hands just as He did when He
was upon the earth, and blessed us."...
The saints look on with amazement. Will they also
be deceived? Will they worship Satan? Angels of God are about them. A clear, firm, musical
voice is heard, "Look up." There was one object before the praying ones--the final and eternal
salvation of their souls. This object was before them constantly--that immortal life was
promised to those who endure unto the end. Oh, how earnest and fervent had been their
desires. The judgment and eternity were in view. Their eyes by faith were fixed on the blazing
throne, before which the white-robed ones were to stand. This restrained them from the
indulgence of sin... One effort more, and then Satan's last device is employed. He hears the
unceasing cry for Christ to come, for Christ to deliver them. This last strategy is to personate
Christ, and make them think their prayers are answered.--Ms 16, 1884.
It is impossible to give any idea of the experience of the people of God who shall be alive upon
the earth when celestial glory and a repetition of the persecutions of the past are
blended. They will walk in the light proceeding from the throne of God. By means of the
angels there will be constant communication between heaven and earth. And Satan,
surrounded by evil angels, and claiming to be God, will work miracles of all kinds, to deceive, if
possible, the very elect. God's people will not find their safety in working miracles, for Satan
will counterfeit the miracles that will be wrought. God's tried and tested people will find their
power in the sign spoken of in Exodus 31:12-18. They are to take their stand on the living
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word: "It is written." This is the only foundation upon which they can stand securely. Those
who have broken their covenant with God will in that day be without God and without hope.
{9T 16.1}
The wrath of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and destruction
will reach its culmination in the time of trouble. – GC page 624
As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate
Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of
her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts
of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling
brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. (Rev.
1:13-15). The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet
beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: "Christ has come! Christ has come!"
The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and
pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth.
His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents
some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases
of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the
Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares
that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing
to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost
overmastering delusion. --GC 624 (1911).
But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in
accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast
and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God's unmingled wrath shall
be poured out… And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ's
advent.--GC 625 (1911).
There is a limit beyond which Satan cannot go, and here he calls deception to his aid and
counterfeits the work which he has not power actually to perform. In the last days he will
appear in such a manner as to make men believe him to be Christ come the second time into
the world. He will indeed transform himself into an angel of light. But while he will bear the
appearance of Christ in every particular, so far as mere appearance goes, it will deceive none
but those who, like Pharaoh, are seeking to resist the truth.--5T 698.
Satan came as an angel of light in the wilderness of temptation to deceive Christ; and he does
not come to man in a hideous form, as he is sometimes represented, but as an angel of light.
He will come personating Jesus Christ, working mighty miracles; and men will fall down and
worship him as Jesus Christ. We shall be commanded to worship this being, whom the world
will glorify as Christ. What shall we do?--Tell them that Christ has warned us against
just such a foe, who is man's worst enemy, yet who claims to be God; and that when
Christ shall make His appearance, it will be with power and great glory, accompanied by
ten thousand times ten thousand angels and thousands of thousands; and that when He shall
come, we shall know His voice (RH Dec. 18, 1888). {6BC 1105.11}
In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be
fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God's holy law will be fully
ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be
deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose,
and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth,
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall
be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her" [Rev. 18:8].--TM 62
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On the contrary, it is the miracle-working power of the great deceiver. He is a transgressor of
the moral law, and employs every device that he can master to blind men to its true character.
We are warned that in the last days he will work with signs and lying wonders. And he
will continue these wonders until the close of probation that he may point to them as
evidence that he is an angel of light and not of darkness. {5BC 1099.3} {RH, November 17,
1885 par. 11}
Satan impersonates Christ before God's Law is fully made void and continues until the close
of probation– yet during the time of trouble. This appears to refer to the "little" time of
trouble. Yet the Great Controversy presents this event in the chapter on the plagues - Eds
9. Great Time of Trouble
The Third Message Closed
General Close of Probation
Fleeing to the mountains
Decree to say saints
Time of Jacob's trouble
Seven Last Plagues
The Third Message Closed
I was pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of God
had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the
trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence
of the Lord, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded
everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who would not
receive the message. {EW 279.1}
I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side
returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were
numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing
the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice
said, "It is done." And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn
declaration, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy
still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy
still." {EW 279.2}
Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the
sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous
living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His people and blotted
out their sins. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage of the Lamb was
consummated. And the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven,
was given to Jesus and the heirs of salvation, and Jesus was to reign as King of kings and Lord
of lords. {EW 280.1}
Oh, let us live wholly for the Lord and show by a well-ordered life and godly conversation that
we have been with Jesus and are His meek and lowly followers. We must work while the day
lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God.
Jesus is in His holy temple and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our
confessions of faults and sins and will pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that
they may be blotted out before He leaves the sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the sanctuary,
then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then
be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust
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and filthy will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the sanctuary to
offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father's throne.
Therefore what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath must be done before
Jesus leaves the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. {EW 48.1}
When the third angel's message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty
inhabitants of the earth. The people of God have accomplished their work. They have
received "the latter rain," "the refreshing from the presence of the Lord," and they are
prepared for the trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in heaven. An angel
returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon
the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the
seal of the living God." Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His
hands and with a loud voice says, "It is done;" and all the angelic host lay off their crowns as
He makes the solemn announcement: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which
is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is
holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11. Every case has been decided for life or death.
Christ has made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The number of His
subjects is made up; "the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under
the whole heaven," is about to be given to the heirs of salvation, and Jesus is to reign as King
of kings and Lord of lords. {GC 613.2}
When he leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful
time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. The
restraint which has been upon the wicked is removed, and Satan has entire control of the
finally impenitent. God's long-suffering has ended. The world has rejected his mercy, despised
his love, and trampled upon his law. The wicked have passed the boundary of their probation;
the Spirit of God, persistently resisted, has been at last withdrawn. Unsheltered by divine
grace, they have no protection from the wicked one. Satan will then plunge the inhabitants of
the earth into one great, final trouble. As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce
winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole world will be
involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old. {GC88
As Jesus moved out of the most holy place, I heard the tinkling of the bells upon His garment;
and as He left, a cloud of darkness covered the inhabitants of the earth. There was then
no mediator between guilty man and an offended God. While Jesus had been standing between
God and guilty man, a restraint was upon the people; but when He stepped out from between
man and the Father, the restraint was removed and Satan had entire control of the finally
impenitent. It was impossible for the plagues to be poured out while Jesus officiated in the
sanctuary; but as His work there is finished, and His intercession closes, there is nothing to
stay the wrath of God, and it breaks with fury upon the shelterless head of the guilty sinner,
who has slighted salvation and hated reproof. In that fearful time, after the close of Jesus'
mediation, the saints were living in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. Every case
was decided, every jewel numbered. Jesus tarried a moment in the outer apartment of the
heavenly sanctuary, and the sins which had been confessed while He was in the most holy
place were placed upon Satan, the originator of sin, who must suffer their punishment. {EW
Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly robes. Upon
His head were many crowns, a crown within a crown. Surrounded by the angelic host, He left
heaven. The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some were denouncing
God and cursing Him. Others rushed to the people of God and begged to be taught how they
might escape His judgments. But the saints had nothing for them. The last tear for sinners had
been shed, the last agonizing prayer offered, the last burden borne, the last warning given.
The sweet voice of mercy was no more to invite them. When the saints, and all heaven, were
interested for their salvation, they had no interest for themselves. Life and death had been set
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before them. Many desired life, but made no effort to obtain it. They did not choose life,
and now there was no atoning blood to cleanse the guilty, no compassionate Saviour to plead
for them, and cry, "Spare, spare the sinner a little longer." All heaven had united with Jesus,
as they heard the fearful words, "It is done. It is finished." The plan of salvation had been
accomplished, but few had chosen to accept it. And as mercy's sweet voice died away, fear
and horror seized the wicked. With terrible distinctness they heard the words, "Too late! too
late!" {EW 281.1}
Those who had not prized God's Word were hurrying to and fro, wandering from sea to
sea, and from the north to the east, to seek the Word of the Lord. Said the angel, "They shall
not find it. There is a famine in the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but for
hearing the words of the Lord. What would they not give for one word of approval from God!
but no, they must hunger and thirst on. Day after day have they slighted salvation,
prizing earthly riches and earthly pleasure higher than any heavenly treasure or
inducement. They have rejected Jesus and despised His saints. The filthy must remain filthy
forever." {EW 281.2}
General Close of Probation
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as
travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1Th 5:3
When the professed people of God are uniting with the world, living as they live, and
joining with them in forbidden pleasure; when the luxury of the world becomes the luxury
of the church; when the marriage bells are chiming, and all are looking forward to many years
of worldly prosperity--then, suddenly as the lightning flashes from the heavens, will come the
end of their bright visions and delusive hopes. --GC 338, 339 (1911).
While the man of business is absorbed in the pursuit of gain, while the pleasure lover is
seeking indulgence, while the daughter of fashion is arranging her adornments--it may be in
that hour the Judge of all the earth will pronounce the sentence: "Thou art weighed in the
balances, and art found wanting" (Dan. 5:27).--GC 490, 491 (1911).
The righteous and the wicked will still be living upon the earth in their mortal state--men will
be planting and building, eating and drinking, all unconscious that the final, irrevocable
decision has been pronounced in the sanctuary above.--GC 491 (1911).
When the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced, and the destiny of the
world has been forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not. The forms
of religion will be continued by a people from whom the Spirit of God has been finally
withdrawn, and the satanic zeal with which the prince of evil will inspire them for the
accomplishment of his malignant designs, will bear the semblance of zeal for God.--GC 615
When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly--at a time when we are least
expecting it. But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us.-7BC 989 (1906).
God has not revealed to us the time when this message will close or when probation will have
an end. Those things that are revealed we shall accept for ourselves and for our children, but
let us not seek to know that which has been kept secret in the councils of the Almighty. {LDE
When the work of the investigative judgment closes, the destiny of all will have been
decided for life or death. Probation is ended a short time before the appearing of the Lord in
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the clouds of heaven. Christ in the Revelation, looking forward to that time, declares: "He that
is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is
righteous let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I
come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
Revelation 22:11, 12. {GC 490.2}
Letters have come to me asking me if I have any special light as to the time when probation
will close, and I answer that I have only this message to bear, that it is now time to work while
the day lasts, for the night cometh in which no man can work.--1SM 191 (1894).
Then the inhabitants of the earth were again presented before me, and everything was in the
utmost confusion again. Strife, war and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged
everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this confusion and war. War caused famine.
Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men's hearts will fail them for fear, "and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." {RH, August 27, 1861 par. 14}
John… was a witness of the terrible scenes that will take place as signs of Christ's coming. He
saw armies mustering for battle, and men's hearts failing them for fear. He saw the earth
moved out of its place, the mountains carried into the midst of the sea, the waves
thereof roaring and troubled, and the mountains shaking with the swelling thereof. He saw
the vials of God's wrath opened, and pestilence, famine, and death come upon the
inhabitants of the earth (RH Jan. 11, 1887). {7BC 982.3}
Four mighty angels hold back the powers of this earth till the servants of God are sealed in
their foreheads. The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by
the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and
anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo,
will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the
leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall
come for the great battle of Armageddon. {7BC 967.8}
Only a moment of time, as it were, yet remains. But while already nation is rising against
nation and kingdom against kingdom, there is not now a general engagement. As yet
the four winds are held until the servants of God shall be sealed in their foreheads. Then the
powers of earth will marshal their forces for the last great battle.--6T 14 (1900).
Everything in the world is in an unsettled state. The nations are angry, and great preparations
for war are being made. Nation is plotting against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. The
great day of God is hasting greatly. But although the nations are mustering their forces for war
and bloodshed, the command to the angels is still in force, that they hold the four winds until
the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads (RH Jan. 28, 1909). {7BC 968.12}
Decree to Slay the Saints
As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God's
people in the time of trouble.... He sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that
their sins have been pardoned, but he does not know that their cases have been decided in the
sanctuary above.--GC 618 (1911).
Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward, and issue a decree that all who will not
observe the first day of the week, instead of the seventh day, shall be slain. And the Catholics,
whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to
the image of the beast. And the Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to
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destroy the saints. But before their decree bring or bear fruit, the saints will be
delivered by the Voice of God. {SpM 2.1}
As the decree issued by the various rulers of Christendom against commandment keepers shall
withdraw the protection of government and abandon them to those who desire their
destruction, the people of God will flee from the cities and villages and associate together in
companies, dwelling in the most desolate and solitary places. Many will find refuge in the
strongholds of the mountains. Like the Christians of the Piedmont valleys, they will make
the high places of the earth their sanctuaries and will thank God for "the munitions of rocks."
Isaiah 33:16. But many of all nations and of all classes, high and low, rich and poor,
black and white, will be cast into the most unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved of
God pass weary days, bound in chains, shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain, some
apparently left to die of starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons. No human ear is open to
hear their moans; no human hand is ready to lend them help. – GC page 626-7
Though enemies may thrust them into prison, yet dungeon walls cannot cut off the
communication between their souls and Christ. One who sees their every weakness, who is
acquainted with every trial, is above all earthly powers; and angels will come to them in lonely
cells, bringing light and peace from heaven. The prison will be as a palace; for the rich in faith
dwell there, and the gloomy walls will be lighted up with heavenly light as when Paul and Silas
prayed and sang praises at midnight in the Philippian dungeon. GC page 626-7
Angelic Protection
I saw that God will in a wonderful manner preserve his people through the time of trouble. As
Jesus poured out his soul in agony in the garden, they will earnestly cry and agonize day
and night for deliverance. The decree will go forth that they must disregard the
Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but
they will not yield, and trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an
institution of Papacy." {RH, April 27, 1911 par. 10}
During the night a very impressive scene passed before me. There seemed to be great
confusion and the conflict of armies. A messenger from the Lord stood before me, and said,
"Call your household. I will lead you; follow me." He led me down a dark passage, through
a forest, then through the clefts of mountains, and said, "Here you are safe." There
were others who had been led to this retreat. The heavenly messenger said. "The time of
trouble has come as a thief in the night, as the Lord warned you it would come." {Mar 270.3}
In the day of fierce trial He [Christ] will say, "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation
be overpast." What are the chambers in which they are to hide? They are the protection of
Christ and holy angels. The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in
different companies, and in all parts of the earth. {Mar 270.1}
Fearful tests and trials await the people of God. The spirit of war is stirring the nations from
one end of the earth to the other. But in the midst of the time of trouble that is coming--a time
of trouble such as has not been since there was a nation--God's chosen people will stand
unmoved. Satan and his angels cannot destroy them, for angels that excel in strength will
protect them.--Letter 119, 1904. {2SM 55.2}
In the time of trouble we all fled from the cities and villages, but were pursued by the wicked,
who entered the houses of the saints with a sword. They raised the sword to kill us, but it
broke, and fell as powerless as a straw. EW 34
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In the midst of the time of trouble that is coming--a time of trouble such as has not been since
there was a nation--God's chosen people will stand unmoved. Satan and his host cannot
destroy them, for angels that excel in strength will protect them.--9T 16, 17.
Could men see with heavenly vision, they would behold companies of angels that excel in
strength stationed about those who have kept the word of Christ's patience. With sympathizing
tenderness, angels have witnessed their distress and have heard their prayers. They are
waiting the word of their Commander to snatch them from their peril… The precious Saviour
will send help just when we need it.--GC 630, 633 (1911).
The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and distressed,
while they endure privation, and suffer for want of food, they will not be left to perish.
While the wicked are dying from hunger and pestilence, angels will shield the righteous and
supply their wants. --GC 629 (1911).
Yet to human sight it will appear that the people of God must soon seal their testimony with
their blood as did the martyrs before them. They themselves begin to fear that the Lord has
left them to fall by the hand of their enemies. It is a time of fearful agony. Day and night they
cry unto God for deliverance. The wicked exult, and the jeering cry is heard: "Where now is
your faith? Why does not God deliver you out of our hands if you are indeed His people?"
…Like Jacob, all are wrestling with God. Their countenances express their internal struggle.
Paleness sits upon every face. Yet they cease not their earnest intercession. . - GC page 630
As they endeavor to wait trustingly for the Lord to work they are led to exercise faith, hope,
and patience, which have been too little exercised during their religious experience. Yet for the
elect's sake the time of trouble will be shortened… The end will come more quickly than
men expect. - GC page 631
Though a general decree has fixed the time when commandment keepers may be put to death,
their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and before the time specified, will
endeavor to take their lives. But none can pass the mighty guardians stationed about every
faithful soul. Some are assailed in their flight from the cities and villages; but the swords
raised against them break and fall powerless as a straw. Others are defended by angels in the
form of men of war. – GC page 631 –
The eye of God, looking down the ages, was fixed upon the crisis which His people are to
meet, when earthly powers shall be arrayed against them. Like the captive exile, they will be
in fear of death by starvation or by violence. But the Holy One who divided the Red Sea
before Israel, will manifest His mighty power and turn their captivity… If the blood of
Christ's faithful witnesses were shed at this time, it would not, like the blood of the
martyrs, be as seed sown to yield a harvest for God. Their fidelity would not be a
testimony to convince others of the truth; for the obdurate heart has beaten back the waves of
mercy until they return no more. If the righteous were now left to fall a prey to their enemies,
it would be a triumph for the prince of darkness. - GC 634
Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and He will sustain us. I saw that our
bread and water will be sure at that time, and that we shall not lack or suffer hunger,
for God is able to spread a table for us in the wilderness. If necessary He would send ravens to
feed us, as He did to feed Elijah, or rain manna from heaven, as He did for the Israelites.--EW
56 (1851).
I saw that a time of trouble was before us, when stern necessity will compel the people of God
to live on bread and water.... In the time of trouble none will labor with their hands. Their
sufferings will be mental, and God will provide food for them.--Ms 2, 1858.
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The time of trouble is just before us, and then stern necessity will require the people of God to
deny self and to eat merely enough to sustain life, but God will prepare us for that time. In
that fearful hour our necessity will be God's opportunity to impart His strengthening power and
to sustain His people.--1T 206 (1859).
Bread and water is all that is promised to the remnant in the time of trouble.--SR 129 (1870).
Time of Jacob’s Trouble
I saw the saints leaving the cities and villages, and associating together in companies, and
living in the most solitary places. Angels provided them food and water, while the wicked
were suffering from hunger and thirst. Then I saw the leading men of the earth consulting
together, and Satan and his angels busy around them. I saw a writing, copies of which were
scattered in different parts of the land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their
peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week, the people were at
liberty after a certain time to put them to death. But in this hour of trial the saints were calm
and composed, trusting in God and leaning upon His promise that a way of escape would be
made for them. In some places, before the time for the decree to be executed, the wicked
rushed upon the saints to slay them; but angels in the form of men of war fought for them.
Satan wished to have the privilege of destroying the saints of the Most High; but Jesus bade
His angels watch over them. God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had
kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by
translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected
Him. {EW 282.2}
Soon I saw the saints suffering great mental anguish. They seemed to be surrounded by
the wicked inhabitants of the earth. Every appearance was against them. Some began to
fear that God had at last left them to perish by the hand of the wicked. But if their eyes could
have been opened, they would have seen themselves surrounded by angels of God. Next
came the multitude of the angry wicked, and next a mass of evil angels, hurrying on
the wicked to slay the saints. But before they could approach God's people, the wicked
must first pass this company of mighty, holy angels. This was impossible. The angels of God
were causing them to recede and also causing the evil angels who were pressing around them
to fall back. {EW 283.1}
It was an hour of fearful, terrible agony to the saints. Day and night they cried unto
God for deliverance. To outward appearance, there was no possibility of their escape.
The wicked had already begun to triumph, crying out, "Why doesn't your God deliver you out
of our hands? Why don't you go up and save your lives?" But the saints heeded them not, Like
Jacob, they were wrestling with God. The angels longed to deliver them, but they must wait a
little longer; the people of God must drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism. The
angels, faithful to their trust, continued their watch. God would not suffer His name to be
reproached among the heathen. The time had nearly come when He was to manifest His
mighty power and gloriously deliver His saints. For His name's glory He would deliver every
one of those who had patiently waited for Him and whose names were written in the book.
{EW 283.2}
I was pointed back to faithful Noah. When the rain descended and the flood came, Noah and
his family had entered the ark, and God had shut them in. Noah had faithfully warned the
inhabitants of the antediluvian world, while they had mocked and derided him. And as the
waters descended upon the earth, and one after another was drowning, they beheld that ark,
of which they had made so much sport, riding safely upon the waters, preserving the faithful
Noah and His family. So I saw that the people of God, who had faithfully warned the world of
His coming wrath, would be delivered. God would not suffer the wicked to destroy those
who were expecting translation and who would not bow to the decree of the beast or
receive his mark. I saw that if the wicked were permitted to slay the saints, Satan and all his
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evil host, and all who hate God, would be gratified. And oh, what a triumph it would be for his
satanic majesty to have power, in the last closing struggle, over those who had so long waited
to behold Him whom they loved! Those who have mocked at the idea of the saints' going up
will witness the care of God for His people and behold their glorious deliverance. {EW 284.1}
As the saints left the cities and villages, they were pursued by the wicked, who sought to slay
them. But the swords that were raised to kill God's people broke and fell as powerless
as a straw. Angels of God shielded the saints. As they cried day and night for deliverance,
their cry came up before the Lord. -{EW 284.2}
Seven Last Plagues
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and
pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. Rev 16:1
I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the
sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked
against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments of God upon them and
that if they could rid the earth of us the plagues would then be stayed. A decree went forth to
slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance.--EW 36, 37 (1851).
When Christ ceases His intercession in the sanctuary, the unmingled wrath threatened against
those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark (Revelation 14:9, 10), will be
poured out… Terrible as these inflictions are, God's justice stands fully vindicated… By
condemning the people of God to death, they have as truly incurred the guilt of their blood as
if it had been shed by their hands. – GC page 628
These plagues are not universal, or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off. Yet
they will be the most awful scourges that have ever been known to mortals.--GC 628, 629
Many of the wicked were greatly enraged as they suffered the effects of the plagues. It was a
scene of fearful agony. Parents were bitterly reproaching their children, and children their
parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers. Loud, wailing cries were heard in
every direction, "It was you who kept me from receiving the truth which would have saved me
from this awful hour." The people turned upon their ministers with bitter hate and reproached
them, saying, "You have not warned us. You told us that all the world was to be converted,
and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every fear that was aroused. You have not told us of this
hour; and those who warned us of it you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin
us." But I saw that the ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was
tenfold greater than that of their people. {EW 282.1}
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and
grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which
worshipped his image. Rev 16:2
Incurable skin infections: Super Bugs
Boils or skin ulcers are caused by the Staphylococcus aureus strain of baterium which is one
of the major drug resistant pathogens or "super bugs". Staphylococcus aureus normally lives
on the skin surface and causes infection when it enters the skin via a tiny break in the skin.
In a severe infection, multiple boils may develop and may lead to fever and swollen lymph
nodes. Itching may develop and in severe cases also burning and stabbing pain. When
discharge is present Sometimes boils will emit an unpleasant smell
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And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead
man: and every living soul died in the sea.
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they
became blood. Rev 16:3-4
Deadly Red Tide
"Red tide" is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom. The most
conspicuous effects of red tides are the associated wildlife mortalities among marine and
coastal species of fish, birds, marine mammals and other organisms. These mortalities are
caused by exposure to a potent neurotoxin called brevetoxin which is produced naturally by
the marine algae Karenia brevis.
The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some were denouncing God and
cursing Him. Others rushed to the people of God and begged to be taught how they might
escape His judgments. But the saints had nothing for them. The last tear for sinners had been
shed, the last agonizing prayer offered, the last burden borne, the last warning given.--EW 281
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to
scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of
God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. Rev
16:8 - 9
Deadly Heat Waves:
At least 35,000 people died as a result of the record heatwave that scorched Europe in
August 2003… The Earth Policy Institute (EPI), based in Washington DC, warns that such
deaths are likely to increase, as "even more extreme weather events lie ahead". August
2003 was the hottest August on record in the northern hemisphere… "Though heat waves
rarely are given adequate attention, they claim more lives each year than floods,
tornadoes, and hurricanes combined," warns the EPI. "Heat waves are a silent killer, mostly
affecting the elderly, the very young, or the chronically ill." The searing August heat
claimed about 7000 lives in Germany, nearly 4200 lives in both Spain and Italy. Over 2000
people died in the UK, with the country recording is first ever temperature over 100°F
(40°C) on 10th August. - Shaoni Bhattacharya, news service, 10 October
In 1991… the Danish Meteorological Institute released a study using data that went back
centuries that showed that global temperatures closely tracked solar cycles… R. Timothy
Patterson, professor of geology and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center of
Canada's Carleton University, says… 'I and the first-class scientists I work with are
consistently finding excellent correlations between the regular fluctuations of the sun and
earthly climate. This is not surprising. The sun and the stars are the ultimate source of
energy on this planet.' Investor's Business Daily Thursday, February 07, 2008
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full
of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven
because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. Rev 16: 10 - 11
In 1883 the volcanic island of Krakatoa exploded with the force of 13,000 Hiroshimas and
was heard almost 5000 kilometres away (3000 miles). So much dust and gas was ejected
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into the upper atmosphere that the following year the average global temperature fell by
more than one degree causing crop failures and acid rain. The eruption darkened the sky
for years around the world producing spectacular blood red skies and sunsets, a blue moon
was seen for two years. The famous painting of the “Scream” by Munch depicted the
appearance of the sky over Norway. Munch said: “suddenly the sky turned blood red ... I
stood there shaking with fear and felt an endless scream passing through nature.”
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water
thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Rev 16:12
Euphrates: Babylon's support dried up
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of
the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and
thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were
upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into
three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance
before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every
island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail
out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of
the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. Rev 16: 17 - 21
Great Earthquake, Hail of about 30kgs
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? Job
38:22 - 23
The whole earth heaves and swells like the waves of the sea. Its surface is breaking up. Its
very foundations seem to be giving way. Mountain chains are sinking. Inhabited islands
disappear. The seaports that have become like Sodom for wickedness, are swallowed up by the
angry waters... The proudest cities of the earth are laid low. The lordly palaces, upon which
the world's great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are crumbling
to ruin before their eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and God's people, who have been held
in bondage for their faith, are set free.--GC 637 (1911).
Nominal Adventists in Agony
Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On their garments was written in
large characters, "Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting." I asked who this
company were. The angel said, "These are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have
given it up." I heard them cry with a loud voice, "We have believed in thy coming, and taught
it with energy." And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and
see the writing, and then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters,
and fouled the residue with their feet-- trodden the Sabbath under foot, and that is why they
were weighed in the balance and found wanting. { EW 36.2 }
Those professed believers who come up to the time of trouble unprepared, will, in their
despair, confess their sins before the world in words of burning anguish, while the wicked exult
over their distress. The case of all such is hopeless. When Christ stands up, and leaves the
most holy place, the time of trouble commences, the case of every soul is decided, and there
will be no atoning blood to cleanse from sin and pollution. As Jesus leaves the most holy, he
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speaks in tones of decision and kingly authority: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and
he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and
he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to
give every man according as his work shall be." {ST, November 27, 1879 par. 7}
Those who have delayed a preparation for the day of God, cannot obtain it in the time of
trouble, or at any future period. The righteous will not cease their earnest, agonizing cries for
deliverance. They cannot bring to mind any particular sins; but in their whole life they can see
little good. Their sins have gone before hand to judgment, and pardon has been written. Their
sins have been borne away into the land of forgetfulness, and they can not bring them to
remembrance. Certain destruction threatens them, and, like Jacob, they will not suffer their
faith to grow weak because their prayers are not immediately answered. Though suffering the
pangs of hunger, they will not cease their intercessions. They lay hold of the strength of God,
as Jacob laid hold of the angel; and the language of their soul is, "I will not let thee go except
thou bless me." {ST, November 27, 1879 par. 8}
That season of distress and anguish will require an effort of earnestness and determined faith
that can endure delay and hunger, and will not fail under weakness, though severely tried. The
period of probation is the time granted to all to prepare for the day of God. If any neglect the
preparation, and heed not the faithful warnings given, they will be without excuse. Jacob's
course in wrestling with the angel, should be an example for Christians. Jacob prevailed
because he was persevering and determined. All who desire the blessing of God, as did Jacob,
and who will lay hold of the promises as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was,
will succeed as he succeeded. The reason there is so little exercise of true faith, and so little of
the weight of truth resting upon many professed believers, is they are indolent in spiritual
things. They are unwilling to make exertions, to deny self, to agonize before God, to
pray long and earnestly for the blessing, and therefore they do not obtain it. That faith
which will live through the time of trouble must be developed now. Those who do not make
strong efforts now to exercise persevering faith, will be unable to stand in the day of
trouble. {ST, November 27, 1879 par. 9}
Deliverance of the Saints
As the wrestling ones urge their petitions before God, the veil separating them from the
unseen seems almost withdrawn. The heavens glow with the dawning of eternal day, and like
the melody of angel songs the words fall upon the ear: "Stand fast to your allegiance. Help is
coming." Christ, the almighty Victor, holds out to His weary soldiers a crown of immortal glory;
and His voice comes from the gates ajar: "Lo, I am with you. Be not afraid."- GC page 632 Soon I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty
earthquake. Buildings were shaken down on every side. I then heard a triumphant shout of
victory, loud, musical, and clear. I looked upon the company, who, a short time before, were
in such distress and bondage. Their captivity was turned. A glorious light shone upon them.
How beautiful they then looked! All marks of care and weariness were gone, and health and
beauty were seen in every countenance. Their enemies, the heathen around them, fell like
dead men; they could not endure the light that shone upon the delivered, holy ones. This light
and glory remained upon them, until Jesus was seen in the clouds of heaven, and the faithful,
tried company were changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, from glory to glory. And
the graves were opened, and the saints came forth, clothed with immortality, crying, "Victory
over death and the grave"; and together with the living saints they were caught up to meet
their Lord in the air, while rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were upon every immortal
tongue. {EW 272.3}
It was at midnight that God chose to deliver His people. As the wicked were mocking around
them, suddenly the sun appeared, shining in his strength, and the moon stood still. The wicked
looked upon the scene with amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy the tokens of
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their deliverance. Signs and wonders followed in quick succession. Everything seemed turned
out of its natural course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed
against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of
God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake.
The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel's message,
keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of
peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law. {EW 285.1}
The sky opened and shut and was in commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the wind
and cast out ragged rocks all around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones upon the
land. And as God spoke the day and the hour of Jesus' coming and delivered the everlasting
covenant to His people, He spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling
through the earth. The Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed upward, listening to the words
as they came from the mouth of Jehovah and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest
thunder. It was awfully solemn. At the end of every sentence the saints shouted, "Glory!
Hallelujah!" Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God, and they shone with
glory as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked could not look upon
them for the glory. And when the never-ending blessing was pronounced on those who had
honored God in keeping His Sabbath holy, there was a mighty shout of victory over the beast
and over his image. {EW 285.2}
Then commenced the jubilee, when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in victory
and triumph, and shake off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was in
confusion and knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the
voice of God. {EW 286.1}
Soon appeared the great white cloud, upon which sat the Son of man. When it first appeared
in the distance, this cloud looked very small. The angel said that it was the sign of the Son of
man. As it drew nearer the earth, we could behold the excellent glory and majesty of Jesus as
He rode forth to conquer. A retinue of holy angels, with bright, glittering crowns upon their
heads, escorted Him on His way. No language can describe the glory of the scene. The living
cloud of majesty and unsurpassed glory came still nearer, and we could clearly behold the
lovely person of Jesus. He did not wear a crown of thorns, but a crown of glory rested upon His
holy brow. Upon His vesture and thigh was a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
His countenance was as bright as the noonday sun, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His
feet had the appearance of fine brass. His voice sounded like many musical instruments. The
earth trembled before Him, the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and
every mountain and island were moved out of their places. "And the kings of the earth, and
the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every
bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth
on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and
who shall be able to stand?" Those who a short time before would have destroyed God's
faithful children from the earth, now witnessed the glory of God which rested upon them. And
amid all their terror they heard the voices of the saints in joyful strains, saying, "Lo, this is our
God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us." {EW 286.2}
The earth mightily shook as the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints. They
responded to the call and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, "Victory,
victory, over death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their voices in a long, transporting shout of
victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the grave bearing the marks of disease and
death came up in immortal health and vigor. The living saints are changed in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, and caught up with the risen ones, and together they meet their Lord in
the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting! Friends whom death had separated were united, never
more to part. {EW 287.1}
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On each side of the cloudy chariot were wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and as the
chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, "Holy," and the wings, as they moved, cried, "Holy,"
and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!"
And the saints in the cloud cried, "Glory! Alleluia!" And the chariot rolled upward to the Holy
City. Before entering the city, the saints were arranged in a perfect square, with Jesus in the
midst. He stood head and shoulders above the saints and above the angels. His majestic form
and lovely countenance could be seen by all in the square.
In the day of His coming, the last great trumpet is heard, and there is a terrible shaking of
earth and heaven. The whole earth, from the loftiest mountains to the deepest mines, will
hear. Everything will be penetrated by fire. The tainted atmosphere will be cleansed by
fire. The fire having fulfilled its mission, the dead that have been laid away in the grave will
come forth--some to the resurrection of life, to be caught up to meet their Lord in the air, and
some to behold the coming of Him whom they have despised and whom they now recognize as
the Judge of all the earth. {UL 261.4}
Atmosphere on fire:
Astronomical amounts of methane are stored in the form of frozen methyl hydrates, in sea
sediments on the edges of continental shelfs and in Arctic permafrost. Methane hydrate is a
cage-like lattice of ice inside of which are trapped molecules of methane, the chief
constituent of natural gas. The energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form is
immense, possibly exceeding the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. If
methane hydrate is either warmed or depressurized, it will revert back to water and natural
gas. When brought to the earth's surface, one cubic meter of gas hydrate releases 164
cubic meters of natural gas. As global temperatures rise there is increasing likelihood that
the rate of these melting will increase, thus spiralling the greenhouse effect out of human
control as methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. {Source U.S.
Department. of Energy, }
All the righteous are untouched by the flames. They can walk through the fire, as Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego walked in the midst of the furnace heated seven times hotter than it
was wont to be heated. The Hebrew worthies could not be consumed, because the form of the
fourth, the Son of God, was with them. So in the day of the coming of the Lord, smoke and
flame will be powerless to harm the righteous. Those who are united with the Lord will escape
unscathed. Earthquakes, hurricanes, flame, and flood cannot injure those who are prepared to
meet their Saviour in peace. But those who rejected our Saviour, and scourged and crucified
Him, will be among those who will be raised from the dead to behold His coming in the clouds
of heaven, attended by the heavenly host--ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of
thousands. {UL 261.5}
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