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Introduction

Due to recent events and developments in our home country and the world, many people are very depressed and inclined to feel hopeless. Please, do not despair. Take some time to read what the only source of hope we have truly says, and you will come out with renewed hope and vigour. It does take some reading time, but its worth it!

For a topic to be more easily understood, many times it helps to give a brief overview before the more detailed study is presented. For our topic we have twelve headlines which help us to get a handle on what the Bible teaches in the central chapters of the Book of Revelation.[5]

Let us begin with the first point.

  1. The Three Angels Messages are proclaimed by human beings who are aided by the angels, Revelation 1:1-3.

    In this scripture we learn that God follows a process or definite order in giving His messages. We gather in our reading of these verses that God gives His message to Jesus. Then, since we know that Revelation states repeatedly, "Hear what the Spirit says to the churches", we know that Jesus gives the message to the Holy Spirit, thirdly the Holy Spirit gives the message to the angels who give it to the apostle John, who gave it to the seven churches. (Rev. 2:1,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). That is also what is happening in Revelation chapter 14, there we find that angels, messengers (`angelos'), are human beings aided by angels to proclaim these messages (Verses using `angelos': Phil. 2:25; Mt. 11:10; Lk. 7:24; Jam. 2:25; Acts 6:15).

  2. The three angels fly in the midst of heaven; which means that these messages are of heavenly origin. They are God centered messages sent by God from His throne. While these messages are of divine origin, Revelation also speaks of an opposing message. Their points of origin are opposite. We read, "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Rev. 9:11. The opposition, we are told, has a king over them other then God. "They" in this verse is identified as "... those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads" (Rev. 14:1; 9:4); that is the wicked led on by Abbadon the destroyer. The two opposites, the mark of the beast and the seal of God, therefore, are presented just a few verses apart in Rev. 13:16 for `the mark' and in Rev. 14:1 for `the seal of God'. This point reminds us when God speaks it is well for us to listen. [See this and this link.]

  3. The three angels messages are proclaimed with a loud voice, that is with unmitigated power, Rev. 14:6-7. They are proclaiming loudly, "Fear God and give glory to him: for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water." (Cmpr. Ex. 20:11). - The third angel proclaims his message also with a `loud voice.' God knows that many of His professed people are not building for eternity, and in His mercy He is sending a message of warning to arouse us from our stupor and lead us to make ready for the coming of the Lord, "... so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebr. 10:25b. There is no instruction not to ruffle someone's feathers. There is no political correctness in these messages. The Bible teaches that God has given every person on earth a measure of faith, Rom. 12:3. If we do not excercise that faith it will grow weaker, but if we do exercise it, it will grow stronger. Thus we are not saved by grace alone, otherwise we would need no faith, but we are saved by the cooperative effort of exercising our faith in these messages and then grace saves us. That these messages must be presented is important for they are God's very last messages for people in the world to be still saved by faith just before Jesus comes. When Jesus has come faith is turned to sight and no one will be saved on that basis, Rom. 8:24.

  4. The angels are flying: That means the messages are to be proclaimed with the utmost speed and velocity. How angels give messages is beautifully illustrated in Ezekiel 1. We abbreviate,
    "Out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. ... they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. ... they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. ... Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. ... their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. ... And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning."
    Utter grandeur and speed is here presented as God sees it (the angels are going on missions and come back to get new commissions). We read here about fire, lamps and lightening denoting power and speed. (Hebr. 1) We learn here that God and the angels want to speed up the finishing of His work.

  5. The messages are universal in scope: They are to go to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, Rev. 14:6. That means these messages are not primarily for the Jews. The gospel is to go into all the world and to all peoples irrespective of their background. That also means that there must be a people who believe and understand these messages so they can be preached by human beings empowered by God in all languages around all corners of the world. God's Sabbath keeping people are such a people. May you be challenged in cooperating and helping with this call from God. May you, if you are a member of a group of people which you know has not been reached, decide to step in and further this cause and reach your people (translate, speak, write).

  6. The messages of the three angels must be given in their proper order: They are consecutive and cumulative, Rev. 14:6,8,9. The sequence is, "And I saw another angel ... and another angel followed him ... and another angel followed them" The 1st angel gives three commands: a) Fear God, b) Give Glory to God, c) worship Him because the hour of his judgment is come, the 2nd angel makes a call, to come out of Babylon. The 3rd angel gives a dire warning not to remain in Babylon in order not to receive the unmitigated wrath of God. The point is that these messages must be proclaimed in the order given in Revelation. No one can start the proclamation with the 2nd angel's message. You cannot call people out of Babylon unless you preach the 1st angel's message first to them in order to try and persuade people to accept God's everlasting gospel. Because the reason Babylon falls is that they rejected the 1st angel's message. If people don't understand the 1st angel's message they feel no urgency to come out of Babylon - (1) because Babylon does not fear God; (2) Babylon does not give glory to God; (3) Babylon does not believe that we are in the hour of God's judgment; (4) Babylon does not worship the Creator - therefore we must begin with the 1st angel's message otherwise they will say, why should I come out? On the other hand, once they understand these messages they say, `Wow, I am in Babylon. I must come out,' and they come out because now they understand these messages and are ready for the 2nd message and the 3rd. - Since God is a God of love, we are told that God loves people, he does not want them to receive the inevitable death sentence sin brings on itself, and that is why He gives the world these three final warnings.

  7. The three angels messages are God's final messages and appeals before Jesus comes again, Isa. 61:2; Luke 4:19. There will be no other message to the world after these messages. They are "meat in due season". That is how important they are. How do we know that? Because right after these three messages of the gospel commission (Mt. 24:14, 45; Acts 1:8-11) are proclaimed, Revelation says, Jesus comes, in Rev. 14:14. This then is a challenge to preachers to not fail to present these most important, present truth messages (2.Peter 1:12; Rev. 14:6-12) everywhere in our world today. The Bible means to say, `Woe to those who do not present them.' Isa. 30:1; 31:1; Amos 6:1; Zech. 11:17; Rev. 8:13; 12:12; [8]

  8. The messages are accompanied by the power of the latter rain. Anciently, those living in the Bible lands understood what `latter rain' meant. It was cyclic in their hemisphere for the farmers to sow their seeds and plant their plants just before the early rain (symbol for time during which transformation of our character must be complete) and then harvest the crop after the latter rain (since it ripens us to go through the final time of trouble). - With respect to the angels messages the latter rain means that these messages will be accompanied by a special power from on high which ripens the whole world for the harvest by opening hardened hearts and deaf ears one more time so people will be saved. That is why immediately after the three angels' messages are proclaimed, Jesus has a sickle in his hand, Rev. 14:14. By this time the world will be divided in two camps. Those who accept the messages that they are accepted of Christ already, will be reaped to be part of the kingdom of God, if not, you will be like "sour grapes" Ez. 18:2 which are rejected and will be in the "wine presses" Neh. 13:15 and lose eternal life with God. These messages will polarize the world because we know already that God's messages can either soften or harden people's heart. While God does not want to harden people, they are hardened by shutting their heart when they read or hear the message. That is a serious issue for these things will with certainty come about.

  9. These angels' messages are linked to the Most Holy Place of the heavenly Sanctuary. How so? They are connected to the Most Holy by the message of the first angel, to `fear God', `give glory to Him', and `worship Him.' As we explain from the Bible, these messages started to be understood and presented to the world when the door to the Most Holy was first opened as we read in Rev. 11:19. Therefore, these messages coming from the Most Holy place form the center of the Book of Revelation; they are framed by two important Bible texts where we read, "... the temple of God was opened in heaven ..." and, "... no man was able to enter into the temple ..." (Rev. 11:19; 15:8), which lets us know that the time of gospel opportunity is now, for after the temple of God in heaven is closed and all people on earth will have made their final decision, the time of probation is over, "... till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (Rev. 7:1-3; Eph. 4:30). Thus this probation is in effect only for a limited time. The opportunity to accept God's offer of salvation through faith in Christ who has accepted us already, is still reaching out for man and woman everywhere. After the message of the third angel is given to the world, the heavenly temple will be closed and the long time of probation is over for ever. [While we give all three messages now already, keep in mind the difference when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd is given during those days when the unbelieving world will enforce 3 unjust Sunday laws, then it will be much harder to give.] How do these messages present the love of God? God in His love presents these messages to you, to the whole world, because He loves people and does not want anyone to suffer the wrath of God but receive the 1st angel's message, which describes all the important truths God wants us to follow and come out of Babylon and be saved. We are to let the world know, if you pass a national Sunday Law it will be followed by the judgments of God and the country will be ruined. Please be reminded that we are now in the period of the judgment in heaven which decides every case of those who knew and know presently His name. Like on Yom Kippur the faithful Israelites were separated from the unfaithful ones (Lev. 16:5,15-17,29-31). Then, once the temple is closed - meaning everyone has made their free will decision to follow God or not (Rev. 15:8) - there is no more day of grace left for the world, Rev. 15:5ff. The wrath of God, the seven last plagues take now effect, for the long period of salvation, of many gospel invitations, is past and `no man is able to enter into the temple.'

  10. The acceptance or rejection of these messages is a matter of life and death as demonstrated by the third angel's message. If you seek a way how to be rescued, we ought to let the world know, it is a terrible mistake to live only for this world. (Rom. 12:2) Why? Some day you will look back and feel the condemnation of your own wrong course, and seek to justify yourself by finding fault with others. Whatever course others may pursue, or however wrong they may be, their errors will never cover one of your mistakes; and in the day of final reckoning you will not dare to plead this before God as a palliation for your neglect of duty. You either have the seal of God, which we talk about as you read further down, or you do not. Those who reject the invitational messages will receive the `mark of the beast' and find themselves outside of the city of God where the wrath of God is poured out without mixture of mercy after having tried all he could to draw all these to Him by faith exercising their own free choice, Rev. 14:10.

  11. The good news is God will have a victorious people in this world who will receive, proclaim and obey the three angels' messages even under severe and adverse circumstances, Rev. 15:2-4. This scripture teaches that God will have a people who will say `no' to the first and second beast, they say `no' to the image, the mark of the beast, they will stand up for what is right and righteous in the sight of God and be true to their Heavenly Father. That is why we read, "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." Rev. 15:2-4. - Since these people are standing on the sea of glass they obviously were victorious in the hour of trial and testing of their faith. Remnants of all nations will be among them who decided to follow the messages of the three angels.

  12. The central issue of the controversy and conflicts raging now close to the end of time will be twofold:

    (a) who you worship and
    (b) who you obey
People will either obey God or the devil. Those are in the end the only two choices each one makes. Why is the devil so bent on bringing sin to everyone? Why does the devil do that, go out to influence everybody to sin? The devil does that because he wants you the sinner to die for him - just the opposite what Jesus Christ did, he died for you so you can live.

Therefore, the central end time issues are not about the Middle-East, politics, wars, science. They are about the same issues we find already in Genesis. There we have Cain and Abel. Abel believed God and followed His instructions that only a blood sacrifice is able to forgive sins; Cain followed his own wisdom and logic and decided that offering vegetables was what he was going to present on the altar thus demonstrating that he disdained and opposed God's instructions. In the same way people are choosing today every day which side they want to belong to - the Lord's side or the wrong side.



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Introduction

In this article we shall present the message in an easy to follow format made user friendly by the Old Testament background revealed in the Book of Revelation. This reliance on the Old Testament is of course a result of the OT being the only Bible for Jesus, the disciples and very early Christians. Not until the apostles wrote their gospels and epistles, came a New Testament about. [10]

It fell upon the youngest of the 12 apostles, the Apostle John to write the last book of the New Testament, "... the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass ..." Rev. 1:1.

When we study the book we should take into account that Revelation was written on the basis of prophetic visions John saw, ie. it was not written like his gospel and epistles, based on notes and recollection of his walk with Jesus as a disciple of the Saviour. That is why we find Jesus described as "the lamb" only in his gospel of John (Jh. 1:29,36) and in Revelation (Rev. 5:6 + 28 more times). That is why it is true that we cannot really know Jesus as we should without studying His last book of the Revelation that He gave John to write out as John received the visions and insights in his days. That is why Revelation illuminates the entire Bible. When people say, `How do we know how to interpret the symbols of Revelation rightly?' The answer is, "no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." (2.Peter 1:20). That means the entire Bible interprets Revelation, and that makes it God's interpretation and not ours. Therefore, it takes the whole Bible to illuminate Revelation and it takes Revelation to illuminate the entire Bible. That is how import it is to study this book. Revelation is the tip of the tower, the culmination, the climax of all of history. - - We hold with many other historicists that Revelation, as a `prophetic' book is Jesus Christ spanning centuries, not days, months or years, as he shows His beloved disciple what must take place before He comes again the Second Time as King to end the reign of sin. Therefore, fulfillment of the prophecies contained in the book, if they superficially relate to events before the writing of the book in the mid 90's of AD when Domitian was emperor in Rome, are applicable to church history, the experience of the saints in the world up to and until the Coming of Christ in the clouds and heaven itself. When John uses the word "shortly" or `soon' we check how the Bible uses that word. What do we find? Revelation certainly contains references to events to take place in the not too distant future - things which must shortly come to pass, Rev. 22:6. Here is a list:

Rev. 1:3 - "the time is at hand"
Rev. 3:11;22:7,12,20 - "I come quickly"
Rev. 6:11 - "little season"
Rev. 12:12 - "a short time"
Rev. 17:10 - "a short space", explained in more detail in the reference.[20]

When John wrote his prophetic book, the destruction of Jerusalem, its Temple, and the dispersion of the Jews, was a quarter century in the past [30]. Those days were not current news anymore.

The reign of Domitian brought emperor worship starkly to the forefront and became for the first time a crucial issue for the Christians, in particular in Asia Minor, the area where the letters to the leaders of the seven churches were directed to. Emperor worship was known since at least the time of Alexander (b. 356-d. 323). Before His death, Alexander ordered the Greek cities to worship him as a god. The "beast" of Revelation 13 is "unto a leopard" because it took on the Greek culture and also has a leader that claims worship as God. His empire was divided between his four generals: Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleuchus, and Ptolomy. When the Romans conquered the east (168 B.C.), their generals and proconsuls were often idolized as deities. This is evident by the numerous temples to the goddess Roma, the personification of the spirit of the empire, built in many places. Such a temple was erected in 195 AD at Smyrna. In time the worship of Roma faded while that of the emperor rose. Rituals for the emperor were not easily distinguished from patriotic ceremonies, although the Senate did officially deify certain dead emperors, for example Gaius Gallus (37-41 AD) and Domitian (81-96).

Christianity had no legal recognition by the Roman government, but even such a religion was not likely to be persecuted by the Romans unless they ran afoul of the law. Christianity did just that. Domitian zealously sought to establish his claim to deity in the minds of the people, and to force his subjects to worship him. Suetonius records that he issued a circular letter in the name of his procurators, beginning with the words,

"Our Master and our God bids this to be done ..." [100]

We should also note the Roman historian Dio [200] whose account throws some light on the times:

"And the same year [95 AD] Domitian slew, along with many others, Flavius Clements the consul, although he was a cousin and had to wife Flavia Domitilla, who was also a relative of the emperor's. The charge brought against them both was that of atheism, a charge on which many others who drifted into Jewish ways were condemned. Some of these were put to death, and the rest were at least deprived of their property. Domitilla was merely banished to Pandateria."

Although on first sight this passage seems to record a persecution of Jews [300], scholars have suggested that it is really Christianity for which Flavius Clements and his wife were punished. From the standpoint of a pagan historian not intimately acquainted with Christianity, "Jewish ways" would be a logical description for Sabbath keeping Christianity, and "atheism" might well represent the refusal of Christians to worship the emperor.[310]

Such conditions of persecution for refusal to worship at the emperor's shrine doubtless constitute the immediate background of John's exile to Patmos, and thus of the writing of the Book of Revelation. Christianity had entered its second generation. Most of those who had known the Master were in their graves. The church was faced with the fiercest external threat it had yet known, and it needed a new revelation of Jesus Christ. We can see, therefore, how the visions given to John met a specific need in their own time. Through them heaven was opened to the suffering church, and Christians, who refused to bow to the pomp and circumstance of the emperor, were given reassurance that their Lord, now ascended and standing at the throne of God, infinitely transcended in majesty and power any earthly monarch who might demand their worship.

The Cosmic Sweep of the Apocalypse

Whereas most (classical) prophecy is concerned chiefly with national and international problems having to do with the history of Israel and the glorious future that might have been hers, apocalyptic (prophecy) events play upon the grander stage of the universe, and takes at its central theme from the great controversy between God and Christ on one side, and Satan on the other.[325] Today this controversy will likely appear to resolve itself into a contest to see which can preserve life on this planet. Are the powers that uphold Satans doctrine, teaching continuous sinning and thereby rebellion, winning or will the gospel of the three angels win? Read on to understand the issues in this great, spiritual conflict.

The apocalyptic writer records the dreams and visions granted him while "... in the spirit" (Rev. 1:10). He is often snatched away in vision and carried to distant viewing locations, where he beholds scenes of majesty and grandeur that defy adequate description in human language, and where he converses with angels. Although such experiences are also found repeatedly in the other prophets, they are particularly characteristic of apocalyptic writings; so much so, in fact, that they form virtually the whole content of the apocalyptic sections of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.

Not only that, Jesus Himself enumerated a list of signs which, when they are all happening together, let us know that His Coming is imminent. Jesus, the cornerstone, the rock of the ages (Psalms 62:1,2; 1.Cor. 10:4), is the one we look to for knowledge in these last days. He tells us that in the last days there is no reassurance and any kind of safety in riches. Only being rich in a knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ is of any value then. We read,

"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. . . .
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. . . .
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the Coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James 5:1-3, 5, 8.

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That is why Jesus said,

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. . . . Then shall the King say . . . I was hungry, and you gave me food . . . when? . . . Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matth. 25:31-40.

But concomitant with the developments leading to the end, Satan appears and his spirits of devils, to try to polarize the world and get people to accept and promote their false gospel message for everyone, designed to lead people away from keeping the commandments of God. This counterfeit message is devastating for those who are unprepared and cannot remember the scriptures in these critical moments were its says, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12. The wicked, on the other hand, not knowing the Bible anymore, fulfill where it says, "The dragon was wroth with the woman (God's church) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus." Rev. 12:7. It was then that Satan was "cast out" of heaven, Rev. 12:9, uprooted from heaven's last lingering sympathy for him. Christ's apparent defeat became His victory over the devil. This cosmic conflict should have ended right there and then with the verdict in God's favor, for Satan had lost his case at the Cross, Rev. 1:18. But the Book of Revelation says that there is more to the case, that has yet to be settled. We read, "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." Rev. 9:12. - "A short time" for what? To press his case in the final court session. Satan entertains a last-ditch hope that he might yet succeed, and millions of people mournfully expect that he will. Even though Christ overcame Satan at the cross, "I . . . was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore." (Rev. 1:18) there remains another battle in which God's people now must take center stage, for "our brethren . . . overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony", Rev. 9:10,11. They are now the decisive witnesses in court. - Suppose God's people, those who wait for His return, kid themselves that everything is fine. If God's people are as ready as they will ever be, then why has He not come? Because we are still in Laodicean mode. We still don't recognize our true condition, as we continue to sin and Christ as High Priest continues to "cover" for us. By supplying a wholly Christ-centered motivation, the 3rd Angel's Message is the one that accomplishes what has never been accomplished by any generation of saints in history. Why? Because it gets down to the blood and bone of those who profess to follow Christ, which removes the dross and purifies the gold; and those who worship the beast and experience the great agony that entails. That is the `Battle of Armageddon' distilled to its final terms, those who keep the commandments of man vs. those who keep the commandments of God.

Jesus gave us signs, which, when they all happen together in time, we know the end is near. These signs include those in the world of religion, in the world of politics, in nature and in society. [350]


False Christs - Mt. 24:5
False Prophets - Mt. 24:11,24
False Spirituality - Mt. 24:11
Wars & rumors of wars - Mt. 24:6
Famines - Mt. 24:7; Lk. 12:6,7.
Pestilences - Mt. 24:7
Families breaking up - Mt. 24:10
Love shall wax cold - Mt. 24:12
Increase in knowledge - Dan. 12:4
Unjust laws - Mark 13:9; Hab. 1:4
Economic uncertainties - James 5:1-3
Offended people betray one another - Mt. 24:10
`Cries of Peace' but `no peace.' - Jer. 8:11
Earthquakes - Mt. 24:7
Sexual immorality - Mt. 24:37,38
Violence - Mt. 24:12
Sudden destruction - 1.Thess. 5:3.
Persecution, tribulation - Mt. 24:9,21
Gospel preached around the world - Mt. 24:14

The First Angel's Everlasting Gospel

"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Rev. 14:6-7.

The three concepts emphasized above, `the everlasting gospel being preached among all nations of the world,' is presented in Revelation as leading right up close to the Second Coming of Christ to `harvest' His people on the earth. Everything in the three angels messages revolves around the everlasting gospel - the idea that Jesus died on the cross to suffer the penalty for sin for me, that he drank the cup that I should drink - that is the driving and the motivating force for everything else in these messages.

This first angel's message arranges the whole world before the judgment bar of God, it changes their orientation. Its message is a stop and listen message for a busy world. It appeals to those who have not given up hope. To those who are still looking for answers. For those who the Holy Spirit can still reach.

Actually, what John here describes is the same gospel Jesus Himself preached when on earth,

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14.

Both, Matthew and Revelation contain the same elements,

a) the gospel
b) being preached
c) in all the world

Both of these scriptures also end with Jesus coming again. So we see, Jesus preached the same gospel, as presented by Matthew and Luke, that John `saw' being preached.

We may compare this gospel that goes out into all the world with its opposite.[400] For that purpose we read just a few verses before the above quote from Rev. 14,

"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. 14:10.

In this scripture we read, that those who worship the beast and its image shall also drink ... drink of what?

"... drink of the wine of the wrath of God."

You can know those who worship the beast for they have no rest, no peace of mind, for they know not Jesus, Rev. 14:11. So we must discover the real `me' or `you'. Looking in a mirror, we see only our outside, not our inside. We must allow Jesus to clean our inside, the place which our body faithfully supplies with blood (oxygen, nutrients) and which contains our brain, by unceasing prayer, Col. 1:9.[404] So, is our head the real `me' or `you'? No. The real `me' or `you' is our spirit where God wants to implant His divinity, so that Jesus only dwells in there, because He was able to write His law into our heart and mind, Hebr. 10:16. We want only Jesus to dwell in us, so the faith of Jesus can reside in us, so we know who we are, whose names are written in the book of life. For we know, those who do not have Christ, their names are not written in the book of life, Rev. 13:8, because of free will choices made.

Who do people have inside their spirit before conversion? They do not have Christ indwelling, so they have a Satan like spirit, the spirit of which many think that they can't help themselves from. That is why we need to allow God to change us, desire our own conversion by cooperating with God and obey all His Word teaches, all which is according to the law and the faith of Jesus, Rev. 14:12; Psalms 51:10. It is the law which guides us; it is grace which saves us.

To not have the mind of Christ, means, we are still under the influence of the wine of Babylon. It is the condition most people are still in today. So, to understand this apocalyptic message let us look at the components we just read about. We have here,

a) they will drink
b) out of a cup
c) the wrath of God

In other words, the cup contains the `wrath of God' which the wicked must drink.

Our question is, `What has this strange language to do with the "... everlasting gospel ..." ?

Well, let us examine the gospels to find out what this is all about.

Please turn your Bible to the Book of Matthew. Jesus and the Pharisees Here we read about Jesus being in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is about to be arrested, put before Caiphas [510], Pilate and then crucified,

"Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." Matthew 26:38.

We read here about the innermost feelings of Jesus.

Why, then, was Jesus `exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death?'

We find the reason in the next verse,

"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Mat. 26:39.
But the account goes further,

"He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. ... And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words." Mat. 26:42,44.
Three times Jesus sighingly asked His Father that, if possible, he might not have to drink from that cup. Jesus is pictured as holding `a cup' in His hand.

We should now notice the connection between Revelation chapter 14 and Matthew 26, with respect to the experience Jesus is going through as far as drinking out of that cup is concerned.

In Revelation we are told that the wicked will drink from the wine that is in a cup. In Matthew, Jesus has to drink from that cup.[530]

We can also call on the Book of Hebrews to read how it describes so very vividly the sufferings of Jesus in Gethesemane.

"Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared." Hebrews 5:7.
What were these `supplications' of Jesus?

We recall that Jesus asked His Father about them this way, `If it is thy will, take this cup away from my hand so I do not have to drink it. But your will be done, not mine..'

Jesus feared what was before him. He could not see through to what was to come. Was the life he offered fulfilling what he had come for? Was it accepted by God? Or was it all a loss? Such were the trying fears of Jesus which weight so heavily upon his mind. He yearned for release if all that He did was of no avail. He feared now in his mind the death he would die, with no assurance of release. He had to drink the cup alone. His Father could send him no word, no reassurance, no comfort. His connection was cut off for these trying hours. He stood all alone.

But the situation is still getting worse for Jesus. We read,

"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Luke 22:44.

Unlike the way the movie `The Passion', which showed these events by concentrating on the physical sufferings of Jesus, in the gospels we read very little about the physical abuse, but more about his emotional sufferings. Jesus is agonizing before he is even arrested. While he suffered physically, being beaten and all, that is not the suffering stressed in the gospels.

To have sweat turn into blood, even before he was beaten or had the pain inducing crown of thorns placed upon his head, indicates another type of suffering, for Christ suffered our guilt.

We may think, `How can sweat turn into blood?' According to Luke, the physician, that is what happened.

Are the blood vessels somehow connected to the sweat glands?

In medical accounts it is known as `hematohidrosis' or `diapedesis' during which the many capillary blood vessels present in the lower skin layers become porous, allowing blood to enter the tissue and from there possibly allowing blood into the sweat glands, which then can come out of the skin as sweat mixed with drops of blood. [1000] Why should Christ have suffered such before the cross?

This event took place before anyone placed a finger on Jesus according to the biblical account.

Our question is, `Who gave Jesus this `cup' to drink?'

"Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" John 18:11.

So it was God the Father, who gave Jesus the cup to drink. But the Bible is not silent on the close knit relationship between Jesus and His Heavenly Father. We read,

"And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." John 8:29.
All during His ministry Jesus felt this close relationship between Him and His Father. He was zealous, dedicated to glorify His Father in everything He did.

But now, in Gethsemane, something terrible happened which He could not shake off even while hanging on the cross for He bore the guilt of everybody.[1100]

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? ... My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring (groaning)?" Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1,2.

Even though Christ knew from the Messianic prophecy of Psalm 22, what he would feel, he could not see through the veil. He suffered so intensively and severely because he identified himself with each of one of us so closely as estranged from the Holy God. It is not that the Son by His sacrifice has appeased an angry God or placated His angry Father; He has not by His self-abandoning goodness made up for our deficiency, but that in some inexplicable way, in the utter desolation of the forsaken Christ, God was able to reconcile the world to himself.

The Apostle Paul uses similar phraseology,

"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. ... He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:22,32.

Ellen White commented on this experience of Jesus using the following words,

"The sins of men weighed heavily upon Christ, and the sense of God's wrath against sin was crushing out His life." Desire of Ages, p. 687.

Here we are told that it was the wrath of God against `the sins' which crushed out the life of Jesus, ie. `our sins', the sins of all of us. That is why the Roman soldier was so surprised when he saw that Jesus was dead already, and he did not brake his bones, John 19:33.

She continues,

"The awful moment had come--that moment which was to decide the destiny of the world. The fate of humanity trembled in the balance. Christ might even now refuse to drink the cup apportioned to guilty man. It was not yet too late. He might wipe the bloody sweat from His brow, and leave man to perish in his iniquity. He might say, Let the transgressor receive the penalty of his sin, and I will go back to My Father. Will the Son of God drink the bitter cup of humiliation and agony? Will the innocent suffer the consequences of the curse of sin, to save the guilty? The words fall tremblingly from the pale lips of Jesus, "O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done." DA 687, 690.

Can you imagine that the fate of humanity hung in the Transfiguration, type of His Second Comingbalance in the Garden of Gethsemane? That His transfiguration on Mt. Olivet, or others say, on Mt. Hermon, was a figure of His Second Coming? Mt. 17:3.

"It was the sense of sin, bringing the Father's wrath upon Him as man's substitute, that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God." DA p. 753. [Heaven sent Moses and Elijah to encourage Jesus to go forward with His atoning death, we read "... and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem." Lk. 9:31.]

When Jesus asked Peter. James and John, the three disciples who were with him, to pray, they fell asleep. Today, we do not have to follow them in that, we can stay awake and pray and be unified with Christ. Jesus bore every sin that has ever been committed or will ever be committed upon the cross and because His Father cannot countenance sin, Jesus felt the wrath of God for all these sins during those agonizing hours.

No human being will ever comprehend what that really means. We are never called upon to bear the sin burden of all of humanity upon a cross. The wicked will have enough to carry their own burden on judgment day since they made light of the forgiving grace of God.

Paul writes about it this way,

"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." Galatians 3:13.

Is that a bad law Paul writes about?

Doesn't the Bible say here, that the law curses us?

If the law curses us, does that not say that the law must be bad?

Why does the law curse us?

Well, because we have broken it. - Because we are all sinners.[1200]

Do you suppose, that, if we had obeyed, the law would still curse us?

Doesn't the Bible also say, that "the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12?

So we can tell, it is not the law that is bad, we are the one's who are bad. Bad, bad, bad, as we sometimes heard it being said, while growing up.

The law says, `You are cursed. You deserve to drink the cup of suffering the death. That is what the law says.'

Because,

"... all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ... There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:23, 10;

That is man's situation without Christ. But the good news is, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. And how did He do it?

Because He "... became a curse for us ...".

He, who never sinned, who never broke the law, who didn't deserve what He got. - He bore our guilt! He suffered because He took your sins and mine upon His innocent shoulders and died for you and me on the Roman cross of calvary.

For humanity that is the Greatest News of all the Ages. Jesus took them all so we can be innocent and free.

Amen, Hallelujah, Amen.

The Bible puts it this way,

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2.Corinthians 5:21.

Listen! -- God Father made Jesus to be sin for us. -- By giving Him our sin --- that we might be looked upon as being righteous in him.

That is why we do not need to have any concern what God the Father thinks about us. We need to be concerned about what He thinks about Jesus, our Substitute. While the Jews had the law, they did not recognize the spirit which lies deeper than the law. They discerned the God of the law, but not God as His heavenly Father. That is why a Jew never discovered the real answer and meaning to his religion.

What does that mean?

When we sin, we make Jesus bear the burden for it. Satan can point his finger at us and accuse us before Jesus.

When we kid around and say all these things which make no one proud, which are not clean things, just and good. When we say such things, we sadden Jesus and the holy angels and they turn from us - until we come to our senses and pray, `Oh God, forgive me of my sins and my trespasses, for I have sinned against Thee. ... And He is just and good and forgives us our sins for He loves the sinner who comes before Him to ask for forgiveness (Ezekiel 18:9; Acts 26:18).[1400] Such a forgiven person has forgiven also all those whom he needed to forgive - without exception, Mark 11:25,26.

When we have Jesus, we have life -- everything, else you have a religion of death.

Let us read that from the Bible,

"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:4-6. Written 700 years before Jesus was born.

Here we read, `He was stricken by Caiphas, smitten by Pilate' -- is that what we read?

No! Jesus was stricken by me, by all of us. He was smitten by me, and all of us.

These are not the physical sufferings, these are the sufferings of the soul of the Son of God.

Romans says,

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23.
Paul is saying here that Satan is an equal opportunity employer. He is always looking for more helpers in his business of spreading sin to everyone.

His billboards and advertisements are gaudily colorful and show the good and careless life.

He works from an office which is for some hard to find. He likes to remain unrecognized. He wears disguises and runs more than one shady affair at a time.[See here for other, non SdA comments: here, here and here.]

When he pays his wages he tells you, he will write you a check. If we would look and read it, it will say `death.'

Most, like sheep, don't look. They just put it in their pocket thinking everything is fine.

The other equal opportunity is Mr. Righteousness. What are his wages?

He pays you with `everlasting life.'

That is what our text is saying. Mr. Satan pays you with the currency of death, but ... Mr. Righteousness `gives you the gift of eternal life through Jesus our Lord.'

When Jesus came, Satan told him, `I pay you the wages of death.' But when Jesus lived a righteous life -- what payment did He receive?

He was paid with death!

How can that be? If he worked so perfectly for Mr. Righteousness, how could He receive death? He never sinned -- Mr. Righteousness should not have paid Him any wages. He should have received the wages of life. Why?

Because He did not receive His own wages but ours, which we worked for in the office of Satan.

He took all the blame on Himself because He loved us. Jesus was made to be sin for us so we could be recognized as righteous.

We read,

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ... And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." John 3:16; 1.John 2:2.

Jesus died and paid for the sins of the whole world. He even bore the sins of the future. There is not one sin which Jesus did not pay for.

Now here comes the big question.

`If Jesus paid for all the sins then everybody will be saved, right?'

Isn't that the good news of the everlasting gospel?

Unfortunatly, No!

Let us read it again in John 3,

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Did Jesus pay?

Must we receive what Jesus paid?

Yes, But there is a condition. The condition is that we must believe, have faith in Him. That is why Jesus said, that he gave "his life a ransom for many", that means not for all, Matth. 20:28. The believers are a very special group of people. Potentially all could be saved, but many, all too many in final analysis "would not", Isa. 42:24; Jer. 13:11; Zech. 7:13; Matth. 22:2,3.

The gift of Jesus, eternal life, is that a free gift?

How much do gifts cost?

You say, `They are free.'

Is that right?

Well, Yes and No.

They are free for the one who receives them, but they cost something for the one who gives them.

So, how much did the human race have to pay for Jesus to come?

Nothing.

Jesus was given for the world.

He will always bear His scars. Jesus has become a member of the human family.

He alone can feel for us to the utmost.

God is closer to us now than He has ever been. And true, if He would not have been born as a babe, He would be only God. But He is not only God now, He is also one of us.

The Bible says that "... he is not ashamed to call us brethren ..." Hebr. 2:11, where `brethren' is a collective term and means `man and woman.' He became part of our family, so that we can become part of His family.

Jesus paid a very high price to purchase our salvation. He drank the cup that we should drink ourselves. He swetted the drops of blood that we should sweat. He cried out, `Why have you forsaken me?' That should be our cry because of our sins. All that Jesus gave us as a free gift.

But this is the question, `If someone gives you a gift, do you have the right to accept or reject it?'

Of course, we do not need to accept it but once we know that the true gospel is that Christ has accepted us already while we were still sinners, if we come home then as the prodigal son or daughter, we are part of God's family.

We could be like that little ungrateful child who rejects the present his parents bought him.

So, is everyone going to be saved?

No, not everyone will accept the free gift offered. Even so Jesus paid already for the gift, it is already purchased, not everyone will think to enjoy it as their own.

Therefore, only those who receive the gift will enjoy its values.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

So, how do we show that we believe in Jesus?

When we are adopted, there must be a legal ceremony of course. What is this ceremony?

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15,16; Acts 8:16; 10:48; 19:5.

When we join God's family we must be baptized, we must be saying, "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Ps. 119:11. Baptism is the official incorporation ceremony, the official marriage ceremony which makes us part of His Family.

When Jesus drank the cup of the wrath of God, He exhausted the wrath of God, so we don't have to drink that cup.

But the Bible tells us also about a group of people in the world who will drink the cup of the wrath of God. Why must they drink that cup of the wrath of God?

Because they did not receive Jesus who drank the cup of the wrath of God in their place. They decided against Him. They did not care about what heaven has to offer. They rather believed the lies of Satan. They could not trust the Biblical assertions that any of this was really true.

So they decided against Jesus free offer - His gift for all.

And the truth is, that if someone does not receive Jesus who drank the cup for him, he must drink it himself, Rom. 20:7-9. We ought to always keep in mind that the Word of God teaches that Jesus Himself personifies the way, the truth and the life, John 14:6.

Jesus opened the door of salvation, He invites us to become His children.

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins (Quit sinning. Use your power of choice and say no when it presents itself.), should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." 1.Peter 2:24,25.

That is the free gospel in verity. True followers of Christ grow continually in faith. They set out to study all subjects presented in the Bible. They will thus grow in maturity in faith and will be perfected in representing the heavenly kingdom for those on earth just before Jesus comes again.[1470]

The gospel that says, when summarized, that every man, woman and child (when of age and raised aright) must die daily. The will must be surrendered moment by moment to God, the heart united with His heart, the mind become one with His mind - only when we can think the thoughts and live the life of Jesus, only then will we be clothed with the beautiful garment of Christ's Righteousness.

This everlasting gospel became so unrecognizable through the teachings of some religious entities that the world had come to believe the false gospel of Satan - the concept that we can be saved in sin, not from sin.



The First Angel's Message on Fearing God

Having studied the First Angel's Message on the `everlasting gospel', we should be aware that the message is a call for God's people to do something after having heard the message of the everlasting gospel. What all of God's people ought to be doing we study in the following pages.

The second message is as follows and please notice the three emphasized imperatives contained in this message:

"... Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment has come: and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water." Revelation 14:7.

Here we have a compound sentence starting the first angel's message. Who is the subject in this message? It is `You'. `You fear God, and give glory to him.'

Saying it that way, we ask, `If you don't give glory to God, whom are you giving it to?'

What is the answer?

You give that glory to three people: me, myself and I.

That is so, because man has this idea of what is truly acceptable worship backwards, "Your glorying is not good." "Your self-satisfaction ill becomes you." (1.Cor. 5:6, KJV/ NEB; Mt. 19:17). We must learn to reverse our egocentricity.

We recall that the Book of Revelation contains about one thousand references to the Old Testament. It was the Bible in John's days and he depended on the guidance of the Holy Spirit when he wrote Revelation. For our subject the Old Testament contains the important explanations of what it means to `fear God' or having `the fear of the Lord.'

Let us read the first reference,

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:10.

What this verse is telling us is, that, if we do not have the `fear of the Lord' we do not even have a basic understanding to know what wisdom is. He is saying, first things first, let us first build a sure foundation.

Another text continues this train of thought,

"Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith." Proverbs 15:16.

In other words, the fear (being in awe) of the Lord is worth more than the most precious treasures on planet earth. Fear of the Lord is also the beginning of wisdom, if we do not have it, we do not have anything whatsoever.[1500]

Of course we want to know, `Why should we have the `fear of the Lord' in our lives?'

Well, the Bible gives us clear reasons to answer that question,

"Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. ... For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Psalms 9:20; 103:10.

The Psalmist is saying, the reason that the Lord puts the `fear of the Lord' in us is, because we are merely human beings, we are only `dust.' The Creator God made us out of the clay of the earth and when we die, we turn to dust again from which we came and therefore we owe Him `fear.'

Unless we do not always remember that, we do not even have the rudiments of wisdom.

Isaiah puts it this way,

"Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" Isaiah 45:9.

In other words, when the Bible uses the phrase, `the fear of God', that has nothing to do with being scared or afraid of God.

This fact is understood especially in the following scripture,

"Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:3.

Just as much as we `fear', that is respect, our earthly parents, just the same, and even more so, we must respect the Lord our God. In the older King James Bibles, the translators felt very uncomfortable writing that we should "fear" our parents and therefore they used the word "revere."

Again, the scriptures are not intending to tell us that we should be in shock-fear of our parents, absolutely not - we are supposed to "love" our parents, feel very close to our parents. Just the same, `fearing God' has nothing to do with being scared of God, feeling petrified in face of the prospect of getting close to God.

In fact, as we shall discover, those who `fear' the Lord are closest to God.

Therefore, in the Bible `fearing the Lord' means to be infinitely close to God.

In summary we may say, `Fearing God' means,

  • to have deep respect
  • to reverence
  • to stand in awe
  • to acknowledge the distinction between Creator and creature
  • Therefore, these attitudes we ought to display when we enter a house of worship no matter how humble it may look. It will be mostly the common people, you and I and those from the other churches who will join us, who will finish the work {Mar. 253}.

    Let us read about it,

    "Ye shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him" Deuteronomy 13:4.

    In this text we have several synonymous expressions which explain what it means to `fear God.' Please notice the parallel expressions. The word `cleave' here, we find used the first time, after God made Eve out of the bone of Adam in Genesis 2:24. Eve would `cleave' to Adam, be very close to him. That, the Bible teaches, is how close God's people can be to God. God is our loving father, our helper in distress, our Saviour, our substitute, our teacher.

    God's Name

    But there is something else having to do with `the fear of the Lord,' and that is that His name is intensely holy,

    "He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name." Psalm 111:9.

    In other words God is one whom we reverence because He is awesome. This is the reason why, in the Seventh day Adventist church, our pastors are not called , `yare,' `reverend' for there is only one in the universe who is worthy to be called `reverend.' This Hebrew word occurs only once in all the Bible right here in the verse we just cited. You might want to think about the ramifications of this scripture!

    It is the name, when angels speak it, in effect, they veil their countenance, Mt. 18:10; Rev. 7:11; Ps. 95:6; Rev. 5:11-14. Only God is to be revered, holy, held in awe, reverenced, worshipped and brought homage to. We must be very careful how we use His name.

    Notice how important the name of the Lord (Ex. 34:5) is in the next scripture,

    "You shall not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." Exodus 20:7.

    One would think this should cause a whole crowd of clergy to have to change the way they like to be called. Of course it should cause such a reaction. Why doesn't it? Because the church members of these clergy do not study the Bible, neither does their clergy, and they do not have the `fear of the Lord' in them. They use the name of the Lord God unnecessarily, flattering themselves as if they deserve such an appellation. In other words, they are far removed from the Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth. There is no closeness, only a vast distance no matter how pious they may sound.

    The reverend God of heaven is called Jesus, which means, `he saves us.' His name will be called `Immanuel', which means, `God is with us.'

    When you have the `name of the Lord' upon your forehead, you have the following characteristics which God has, you are "merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth." (Ex. 34:6) It is such people that the three angels messages produce.

    We learn here again the important message, that in the Bible, names have meaning and we should not presume to apply any name used in connection with God for someone among us. How man uses such names or personal addresses may very well indicate his lack of comprehension and appreciation of the holiness of God.

    Therefore, we should never say words like `gee' or `gosh' which are derogatory slang expressions for Jesus and God. That is why in orthodox Judaism they never pronounced the name of God for it was far too reverend to be spoken in conversations or prayers. Actually, in time they forgot how to pronounce God's name and we do not really know if His Name should be pronounced Jahwe or Jehovah. We should learn a lesson from this, that we use the name of God sparingly and in a careful manner.

    That is why Jesus said in the Lord's Prayer,

    "Hallowed be Thy Name" Matth. 6:9.

    Jesus is saying, `Sanctified be Thy Name.' `May Thy Name be Holy.'

    Therefore, those who `fear God,' respect the name of God, because they `respect' the character of God. They uphold His Name in utmost `Reverence.' They try to dispel the darkness enshrouding the world caused by man's misapprehension about God. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth. [1560]

    There are examples in the Bible of how people responded when they met God face to face, Isa. 1:4. Their experience gives us good examples on how to worship God.

    Let us read such a scripture,

    "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. " 1.Chronicles 16:29,30.

    We recall that we found these very same expressions presented in Revelation 14:7. So we realize how dependent John the Revelator was on the OT when he wrote the Book of Revelation. By observing these correlations we can tell which pages of the OT John may have especially enjoyed to study and we find excellent confirmation on the veracity of the Bible and how the Holy Spirit watched over the Word of God all these centuries.

    In the Presence of God

    Another scripture shows the worshipful attitude so well,

    "And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 2.Chronicles 7:3; Micah 7:18,19.

    How did Israel respond, when they saw, how God manifested His presence? The Bible says, that they bowed before Him, and they put their forehead to the ground.

    Do you know why they did that, bowing their forehead to the ground in biblical times?

    Israel did that because they had `humility.' A word that is akin to the Latin word `humus.' `Humus' is dirt. It is what my mother wanted in her garden for it was regarded as fertile, black-brown dirt.

    What is humility?

    Humility is humbling ourselves to the dirt, to the dust. Because we recognize that we are dust. And that is what the Israelites were doing, they acknowledged their `dustiness' before the Lord God.

    "And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." Exodus 3:5,6.

    Jesus would later quote this scripture when He said these tremendous words, and we read: "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58) In other words, the man Jesus standing before His Jewish accusers, states that He is God, that He is the self-existent One. That we should always remember even today.

    We have another example of how to come before the Lord,

    "When Simon Peter saw it (all the fish in the net), he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." Luke 5:8.

    The fish were all on the right side of the boat, where Jesus was. No Jesus, no fish. Jesus attracts fish, that is people seeking salvation.

    But as soon as Peter realized that great miracle he knew he was in the presence of divinity and his sinfulness stood out starkly and he felt so inadequate to be so close to Christ that he exclaimed this involuntary confession of his unworthiness. He had the same experience as Daniel, as that prophet fell, as if lifeless, when the angel of the Lord appeared, Dan. 10:8.

    Isaiah had a similar experience in a vision. He is in the Temple of the Lord and everything is shaking and full of the smoke of the incence of prayers and the Seraphim angels are there and we read how Isaiah reacts,

    "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." Isaiah 6:5.

    That is how we should feel when we come in the presence of God. We should not mill around outside. We should be found inside participating in the studies and be counted among God's people. We are admonished to attend the meetings of the congregation to train us to be unselfish and be ready for the Lord to come.

    The Bible teaches also, that those who fear the Lord are filled with joy.

    How many of you have ever been afraid and were filled with joy at the same time?

    On first glance the above may sound like it would contradict itself. But it does not.

    Here is why,

    "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling." Psalm 2:11.

    We can fear the Lord and at the same time rejoice ... albeit with trembling.

    But the vast majority of the verses talking about `fearing' God mean by that, we are to obey Him.

    Jesus says, these people, with their lips they worship me,

    "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." Matthew 15:8.

    Indeed, these are words reflecting what Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 29:13 and which Jesus quoted from.

    Let us read Deuteronomy,

    "And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? " Deuteronomy 10:12,13.

    Here is the list of what God expects of us. There is no dispensation in the history of the church where not all of these apply. However, what is the difference between the old and new covenant? It is not the law, it is the place where the law is written. For Israel the law was a list of regulations on tables of stone that they had to measure up to or else. In the New Covenant God takes His law and writes it in their heart and now they don't obey to measure up, they obey because it comes forth from their heart. They are eternal principles but they must come from the heart, from our love of God, Ex. 19:3-8; Jer. 31:31-34; Eze. 36:26.

    Question: What reason did Israel have to fear and obey God? How do the Ten Commandments begin?

    Do they begin with, `Thou shalt not?'

    Yes?

    ......

    No!

    In their despair of slavery, all Israel needed to do to be delivered was, to cry out to God for deliverance.

    It did not cost them anything. God released them from bondage.

    That is why we read here how the commandments begin,

    "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Exodus 20:1,2.

    What is the motivation for Israel to keep the Ten Commandments?

    It is to fear God, to reverence God, to cleave to God, to love God, to obey God, to serve God, to worship God.[1610]

    Their motivation to keep the law was that God had delivered them from a grinding-down life of bondage. A life with no freedoms, no liberties, no justice and no end in sight.

    New Modern Community

    But while still on earth, being in `Egypt', then, is perhaps like living in a new community, which advertises that all residents will be socially well received and be able to live their life in peace and have their needs sufficiently met.

    But then, after living there for a while, you find out what it means and what it does not mean. You'll be ok there all right just as long as you dance to their music and keep all their laws to the finest dot. Then you get just enough food to get by. Your family? What do you mean family? You live there until you die and that's it.

    That these kinds of changes are contemplated or ahead may be surmised by the recent (4/26/13) video entitled, `Micr0-living: Will ultra-tiny apartments become trend?', Foxnews (A temporary link).

    And God heard their travailing and groaning, Exodus 2:24, and remembered His covenant with Abraham and released them from such a wretched, exacting life of slavery under a despotic system so that they could learn to love again, to breath the air freely, to have a home life and be able to worship.

    What is the motivation for us to keep the Ten Commandments?

    It should be love.

    Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. God wants to fill that empty space in our `heart' again that `self' filled after the Fall.

    On this note, let us see if we can find something a bit more controversial. We are searching for some Bible texts which deal with the fear of the Lord entailing obedience.

    "And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

    Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?" Job 1:8,9.

    What does it mean for Job to fear the Lord?

    Verse 8, `He is perfect and upright, and he shuns evil.'

    That is it. That is the answer. God's answer on what it means to `fear the Lord.'

    Job shrank back from evil and rejected evil as we are to shrink back from the "evil to come", Isa. 57:1, which is already here. He was on the level, so must we. God trusted him as the rest of the Book of Job shows.

    We can clearly see that to `fear the Lord' has to do with obedience to the will of God. Later on he said,

    "Behold (look for yourself), the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28.
    In this parallelism, Job is saying, `To fear the Lord is wisdom' is the same as saying, `Depart from evil is understanding.'

    So what is the `fear of the Lord?'

    It means to depart from evil.

    Does `fear of God' have anything to do with our ethical behavior?

    Most certainly it does. We do well to recognize, once the gospel of Jesus Christ is gone from the heart, once the `fear of God' is gone in a nation, God's people will hardly have a place of refuge left to flee to, for then uncontrolled passions take over, like they did during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. False accusations made everyone's life uncertain, and God grants their desire, which says, `We don't want God any more, "Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." Isa. 30:11. Often the Christian life is beset with dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination, our feeling, picture impending ruin before and bondage or death behind. Nevertheless, God says, "Go forward," Ex. 14:15. We should obey that command even though we may not see our way through.

    Is it true, that obedience is the highest form of worship?

    There is no such thing as fearing God, worshipping God, serving God, if there is no obedience.

    You see, `fearing God' is not only what we do in church when we come together to worship. It is much more than that. It has to do with how we live all the rest of the time. It is our way of life which must be based on `obedient fear of God.'[1650]

    We depart from evil, we shun evil, we walk away from it. We desire to be cleansed of evil. We believe we are the last generation before Jesus comes again. We believe that we are to give these three last messages to the world before Jesus comes for He comes again immediately after the third angel's message has done its work, Rev. 14:14..

    But how can we know that God is with us?

    He is not with us, if we do the following. From Isaiah chapter 8 we know that God warns the nations and peoples not to associate and gird themselves or "take counsel together", with secret societies or leaders who belong to them as "it shall come to naught." Isa. 8:10a.

    God's people are not to be headstrong in these matters somewhat like Peter. It is the pressing duty of every God-fearing nation and individual to sincerely seek God's will by asking questions of orientation like David, did, `Lord, Shall I do this, or shall I do that?' 2.Sam. 2:1; Ps. 18:3.

    Perhaps we can understand that the real reason for the certain failure of nations in their attempts to prevent the fulfillment of their fears, is this: they fear God is not with them!

    But God will be with us, if we heed the call to center our life around Christ. For that reason it is the pressing duty of every God-fearing state and individual to sincerely seek to do God's will by reading His instructions in His word, if they and we are to survive and prosper.

    For if such a return to our Creator and Lord God of Heaven does not take place, nations and their people are more than merely in great danger, they are in danger of destruction, but not only of man, but of God for they violate universal principles like not being loyal to their Creator and because they manifest absence of pity (Amos 1:9 & 2:4). God teaches us that the person who assists or supports a crime is as guilty as the person who commits it, for God still rules sovereign over all His creation.

    8:11 "For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
    8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
    8:13 Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
    8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary
    (a shelter for His faithful); but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin (trap) and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." Isa. 8:11-14.

    What does it mean?

    To sanctify the Lord is to be all for Him, to have no one else in His stead, to put our entire trust in Him, not making flesh your arm, for He alone is able to see you through. Even if you may be the only one in the world to take such a stand, He will not fail you. If you can carry out such, your commission, you will become Heaven's greatest hero. - God alone is to be revered; He alone is to be feared (loved) and dreaded (respected). If there would be no possibility for fear (to love God) to fulfill this chapter, there would be no need for this reassurance and these instructions, which are in this chapter indicating the fact, that God's people will see themselves as absolutely helpless, and since they appear helpless to others before probation closes. Only under such conditions will they experience deliverance through the power of God, and all will notice it.

    As God's people are approaching the prophesied time of the close of probation, they must be developing that kind of faith which will cause them to believe that, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. . . . He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him." Psalm 9:5, 15.

    As to Isaiah 8:14, it is understood that the sanctuary is a place of refuge where God dwells and He keeps His promises. But besides it is also a `rock of offense to both the houses of Israel and Judah - and a trap and snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Why? Because of their unfaithfulness to God, in that they confederated themselves to surrounding nations instead of trusting the Lord alone, and so "... many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken." Isa. 8:15.

    Many confederacies are being hatched and planned today (as they were when Assyria was great), to trap nations leaders, citizens and it seems especially churches. We must take care not to join the world, for we are God's people and trust in Him alone. But many seem to be expecting a confederacy, instead of the expected RC supremacy, and thus they may fall into the trap for it appears harmless to them and perhaps even a good thing. But it will be a trap and snare nevertheless, and great danger looms ahead. But, despite you know better you want to ... "Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces." Isa. 8:9. Thus such a confederacy will fail.

    The prophecy of Isaiah 3 was presented before me as applying to these last days, and the reproofs are given to the daughters of Zion who have thought only of appearance and display. We read, "Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war." Isa. 3:25. I was shown (around 1900) that this scripture will be strictly fulfilled. Young men and women professing to be Christians, yet having no Christian experience, and having borne no burdens and felt no individual responsibility, are to be proved. They will be brought low in the dust and will long for an experience in the things of God, which they have failed to obtain. And thus, "War lifts his helmet to his brow; O God, protect thy people now." [1T 270.1; Ez. 27:10ff]

    Passing the Test

    This is the same message that comes through in Genesis 22,

    "And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." Genesis 22:12.

    Despite of such a seemingly unusual request by God, Abraham, being sure of who it was who asked him, with implicit obedience carried the task out.

    Would any of us do that?

    Today he would be guilty of child abuse.

    How about some different divine request, -- Lets's say, Please be a better witness of your faith, Isa. 43:10?

    Would we know how to carry that out?

    Simply tell the one you witness to how God saved you. It does not need to require great Bible or doctrinal knowledge, just say how you were saved from going a wrong or meaningless way, Romans 8:14-16; 1.John 1:2; Acts 1:8,22; Psalm 78:2-7.

    Or how about this request,

    I want you to keep my Sabbath holy.

    Wow, .... silence. Shocking silence.

    Then the suspicion, `No, God wouldn't ask me such a Jewish thing!

    Why not? Is God a Jew? Are you still living in the days of Roman hatred of the Jews? Or are you just repeating the poisonous words of some misinformed preacher? For you see, they hate the Sabbath. They hate it because it requires a change from their traditions to the requirements of God (Ps. 83; 86:9,17; 119:104), so they hate that day just like the Romans did.

    We ought not to hate the Sabbath of the Lord! The Sabbath of the Lord is not the Sabbath of the Pharisees in the way the latter represented it. The Bible teaches that those who keep "... all thy commandments ... theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Psalm 119:172b; Matth. 5:10b.

    We ought not to hate anything except sin, for nothing of hate will enter into heaven, Luke 16:13; Ex. 20:5.

    God is asking Christians to do just that, all throughout the whole Bible.

    No. I can't do that - keep the Sabbath. No. Please ask me something else.

    What is God's reply?

    If you do not ...

    "... keep my commandments ... keep my sabbaths ..." Ex. 20:6; Lev. 19:3, and we notice that the quotes taken from the Ten Commandments, and the New Testament content wise read the same, "... keep my commandments ... keep my words ..." Mt. 19:17; John 14:15,23; 15:10; 1.John 2:3; 3:22; 5:2,3, we do not really love Him.[1696]

    Who do we really worship then? A different god. (How to tell the difference.)

    We are to worship God as the Creator!

    Are we to ask Jesus, `Which words are we to keep?'

    Are you kidding?

    Don't you know what words are part of the Ten Commandments which Jesus published in His eternal law? [1700]

    Abraham and many other men of faith passed the test. We read,

    "And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." Genesis 22:12.

    You see, there is not a Sunday keeper who is implicitly obeying God. No, not one.

    When the Bible says, Abraham `feared' God, that means He obeyed all of His law, and Abraham was not a Jew.

    That is why we read,

    "He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him." Proverbs 14:2.

    Have you ever applied these words to the teachings of those who `fear not' the Lord on the Sabbath question? Do you rather obey your preacher than the Word of God?

    You see, we cannot fool God. He knows even the secret wickedness of our heart. He knows many do not want to be bothered, so He stops and they are on their own - left to their own devices.

    As long as you have a Bible in your house, there remains no excuse for you not to keep God's seventh day Sabbath holy. For it is taught in all the Bible and that is why that day will become the test of allegiance [1721] and true Bible faith as taught in Revelation 14. [Here and here you see demonstrated what a country comes to when they get rid of their Bibles, but here when they are not!]

    If you `fear' God you `obey' God in everything that He requires. If you don't, you worship another god.

    Such may fall into the trap that father Abraham fell into. Abraham went to Gerar and reasoned, surely the king of Gerar has no fear of the true God. Abraham thought, the king was an unbeliever. So too some Sunday keepers seem to think. They assume they are the ones who know the Lord, just like Abraham thought so. Well, it turns out that Abraham's lie was found out by the king and turned against him. The message comes through that the king was more righteous than father Abraham. [Based on Genesis 20]

    Paul also commented on our subject.

    "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
    They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
    Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
    Their feet are swift to shed blood:
    Destruction and misery are in their ways:
    And the way of peace have they not known:
    There is no fear of God before their eyes." Romans 3:11-18.

    Truly, we have before us here a very sad description of the human race.

    Why is this catalogue of evils practiced by the human race?

    It is because `there is no fear of God before their eyes.'

    It is like they don't really believe God exists for they flaunt each week their disbelief and commit open sin.

    Therefore it is really hard to find people in the world who truly love God, and serve him, and obey him, and keep all of his commandments, and stand in awe before him, and are true witnesses of His kingdom, Mal. 3:18.

    For you see, all of these ideas are contained in the words, "Fear God."

    Many do not ask themselves the question, `Is it truly easy for people to obey God because of what He has done for us?'

    Didn't we see already that Jesus paid the price for sin - for all - already?

    That Jesus took our curse, he took our punishment, he drank the cup of the wrath of God so we wouldn't have to?

    And yet, there is so little enthusiasm, thankfulness, awareness, comprehension, faith -- on this subject. Are the sports scores really more important? Scores which are good for nothing except the pocket books of those who get paid for running and doing these things?

    Is it worth to lose eternal life over such things of temporary interest?

    But a few do ask, `Oh, Jesus, you have done so much for us, what can we do for you?'

    And the reply comes back, `If you love me for what I have done, "keep my commandments." John 14:15; Ex. 20:6

    "Fear God."
    But that is so marvelous.

    We cannot tell people to fear God, and give glory to him until they have accepted the everlasting gospel. The gospel is the driving force which will lead people to do just that, `fear God', give glory to God and worship Him. You can never fulfill the imperatives to fear, give glory and to worship until you have accepted the everlasting gospel. [1800]

    The Bible tells us, that in the end time, God will have a people who `fear Him', `respect Him,' who `hold Him in awe,' as we said before, `fearing God' has nothing to do with being in shock fear. It has to do with respecting, reverencing, obeying and loving God like we are to love our parents. There is a `last generation' of believers, who, in a special way, obey God because He is in them; but they do not by obedience earn salvation. There is this special last generation of Christians today who understand that when they have done that which their Master asked, they remain being unprofitable servants still (Lk. 17:7-10). Yet God will not give "His glory unto another" (Isa. 48:11). These end-time believers realize that they have earned nothing, but their Savior Jesus Christ, through His merits, has made possible everything. When we seek to gain heaven through the merits of Christ, the soul makes progress.

    Let us open our Bibles to the Book of Hebrews,

    "Wherefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28,29.

    ... We may serve God, - How? with acceptable reverence, and - What? with godly fear, and - Why? for God is a consuming fire.

    The reason why we do all these things down to the last requirement, is, because we love God who is a consuming fire to sin, but a lovely light on our path to the City of God.

    Does that mean He will burn an unrepentent sinner? Throw such a person in hell fire?

    No, not just yet.

    What that means we shall talk about next!

    God wants us to develop a fireproof cubicle of service to Him (Isa. 33:12-15,17; Ps. 119:83; 1.Peter 3:11-14; 1Jhn. 3:2,3; Hebr. 12:14,28,29). The nature of God is that He is bright as fire. He is not that because He wants to punish us. God loves us. He wants to be our friend like He was a friend to Moses, Ex. 33:11.

    So Paul develops his theme by pointing out and showing the way as we read it in the following scriptures,

    "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? and what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? (a reference to sun worship) or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? (every idol is a devil, 1Cor. 10:19-21) for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Come out from among them, and be ye separate." 2.Cor. 6:14-17.

    A yoke of oxen plowing a field in India, late 1930's. Don't be unequally yoked together. We can wear only one yoke, the yoke of Jesus, Phil 4:3. This scripture says in order for our name to be in the `Book of Life,' we must be "fellowlabourers" and true "yokefellows" with each other in the work for Christ. So, based on this we may conclude, that, to have our name in the `Book of Life', is not a matter of baptism or being voted into the church. - No! It is rather a matter of accepting the invitation of Jesus Christ we read about in Matthew chapter 11.

    There it says,

    "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30.

    You must be a true "yokefellow", wearing the yoke of Jesus and no other yoke. Just before that we read, `Come out from among them, and be ye separate.' By being baptized we give witness to the world that we now separated from sin and belong to Jesus. What does the Second Angel's Message say?

    "Come out of her (Babylon) my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins ..." Rev. 18:4.

    Yes, John wrote the same message as all the scriptures in the Old Testament and he is on this subject on the same level as Paul is.

    And the Lord says,

    "... touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2.Cor. 6:18.; See also Isaiah 52:10-13.

    Now notice what the Apostle Paul says, Because God promises to be our father, and He promises that we can be His children, Paul puts it all together and councils us, writing,

    "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2.Cor. 7:1.

    We are to "cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, that is our body and the mind, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

    What is it that we have, when we have the `fear of God?'

    We have perfect holiness.

    On the air waves we hear a lot of talk about salvation and redemption and about grace, - but there is little talk about the holiness of God and how God is willing to impart His holiness to us. The God who is the originator of the law ("my commandments," Ex. 20:6), and of grace ("my grace," 2.Cor. 12:9), so that we should never assume the two are in conflict with one another. Operating on two different planes, they complement each other.

    We shall conlude this topic by comparing two verses which will set the stage for the phrase `the hour of His judgment has come.'

    The Judgment has come

    Daniel Webster, the great American statesman, was once asked, "What is the greatest question that has ever crossed your mind?" After a moment of thought he answered, "My personal accountability to God." So we have the sublime awareness that part of the `Everlasting Gospel,' which is to circle the world before Jesus comes again, is the message that the "Hour of His Judgment is Come!" Rev. 14:6-8. [1920]

    1. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." 2.Cor. 5:10.
    2. Personal accountability in judgment before God is a very solemn matter, Rom. 14:12, for each one of us is accountable for his/her own conscience. (See scriptures).
    3. God takes into account all our good and evil deeds, Eccl. 11:9.
    4. We are judged by every idle word, Matth. 12:36.
    5. Social and religious conditions reveal the lack of awareness and preparation for the judgment, 2.Tim. 3:1-5.
    6. Certainly God would warn us ahead of time, Amos 3:7; Acts 17:30,31; 24:25.

    There is an urgent warning message of the judgment in the time of the end.

    1. The first angel's message warns the world of the pre-advent judgment, Rev. 14:7; The message is that "The Hour ... IS Come".
    2. The dramatic context is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, portrayed in "harvest symbolism." Rev. 14:14-20.
    3. The Bible teaches that in the time of the end, in so many ways, people will "love death" (Prov. 8:36; 18:21; Song of Sol. 8:6), either as entertainment, by doing strange things, in sports, ignoring their health and responsibility before God, not remembering that the second death will be in their future unless they seek Jesus.
    4. Jesus said that there would be a detailed judgment in the future, Mt. 12:36.
    5. The apostle Paul warned of a future judgment, Acts 24:25,26; 17:31.
    6. the investigative Judgment must precede Jesus' coming since He brings His rewards when He comes, Rev. 22:11,12; Mt. 16:27.

    Revelation gives and speaks peace.


    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13,14. "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Rev. 14:7.

    True worship is the heart's response to the presence of God, Isa. 66:23; Rev. 7:9-12.



    We find in both of these scriptures the same elements. Fear God, and do -What? Give glory to Him, - Why? Because the hour of God's judgment has come.

    Is there a relationship between these two scriptures?

    Yes.

    In Solomon's time the judgment shall or will come for it was still in the future. In Revelation's First Angel's Message it says the judgment is or has come. It is in session right now.[2000]

    Wow!

    We shall soon learn that the judgment began after the fourth beast power and after the little horn power was wounded, the latter event which took place in 1798. We have no space here to detail the beginning of this judgment more closely, but it is presented here and here.

    Jesus will come soon and bring His reward with Him, Mt. 16:27; Rev. 11:18. Because Jesus brings the rewards with Him at the time of His Second Coming, that means who gets the rewards has been determined prior to that - namely in the judgment which for convenience sake we call the `Investigative Judgment.'

    By implication this means also that the dead are not in heaven because if the judgment has not taken place until the end of the long prophetic period of Daniel 8:14, then the imagined, immortal souls of human beings are not yet in heaven, before they were judged.

    That is why it says, we are to fear God, and give glory to Him. We are to obey His law and thus glorify God's character as He dwells in us and uses us as His witnesses, John 17:1-4.

    For while we are grateful of what He has done for us, we will be more than willing to do everything that He wants us to do for Him.

    You see, if we love Jesus, we do everything for Him.

    Oh, they say, that is legalism.

    No, it is the response of true love for what God has done for us first.

    If you love Jesus you will not perform evil, for you saw what sin did to Jesus.

    We studied the First Angels Message, - it began first to be sounded when the world was beginning to slip into the bottomless pit of evolution.[2050] In our days we have seen the diabolical theory captivate the minds of nearly the whole sophisticated, educated world. In this decade the world is wondering after the devil's great lie, many see it crumbling to pieces. The first angel challenges us not to accept evolution, but to return to worshiping the God who created this world and all life on it. We must arise and tell the world the truth - that those who will may fully "worship Him who made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountain of waters," so we hear and speak the truth God's way which says, Christ united himself with us and came to deliver us from our sins, Luke 2:8-11. When people hear the true gospel that saves, they will be willing to live with Him.

    Let us pray therefore for God to plant this `fear' of willing obedience in our hearts.

    Before we go on to the second angels message let us look some more at the `little horn' power because it is portrayed as a very influential power in the prophecies of Daniel. The question we want to ask is this, is the little horn power the same as the anichrist? Didn't the church, when it kept the first day instead of the seventh day, divorce itself from God and married the Horn power?

    The Bible makes six references to the antichrist. Here they are:

    1. The Man of Sin (2. Thessalonians 2; 1.John 2:18,19,22; 4:3,4; 2.Jh. 1:7)
    2. The Little Horn (Daniel 7)
    3. The Beast (`Gr. therion', Revelation 13)
    4. The Harlot (Revelation 17)
    5. The King of the North (Daniel 11)
    6. The Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24)

    May He help us to hold Him in awe.

    And may we serve Him, the only true Creator God, with every ounce of strength that is in us.

    Amen.

    (To Notes & References Part 1)

    The First The Third


    Reminders of God for Our Time
    The Second Angel's Message
    The Third
    The First
    Time Prophecy
    Jones on Daniel and Babylon
    Encyclo
    Introduction
    The Second Angel's Message Content
    The Three Parts of Babylon
    A Non-Doctrinal Church
    The Prophet Elijah
    The Old Testament
    The New Testament
    Pinpointing Some Details
    God Sends One More Message
    What are we to achieve in this life?
    Simon Magus
    Put It On
    Notes & References
    The Consuming Fire
    Die Zweite

    Introduction

    Reviewing briefly the 1st Angel's Message (Rev. 13:6 in particular), what did we learn?

    We learned that the 1st Angel's Message is a universal, world wide message because the angel flies `in the midst of heaven' (Rev. 8:13; 14:6). That also means that God must have a world wide people to preach these messages everywhere on earth. It tells us that the essence of the "gospel" is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and that he drank the cup of the wrath of God that we should drink. Out of gratefulness to Jesus, we are to obey the three commandments which we read about in verse 7,

    "Fear God" - that means obeying God's commandments
    "Give glory to Him" - which means we are to reflect His character in all our activities
    "and Worship Him" - which is part of the message that we are now in the period of God's Investigative Judgment taking place in heaven, it calls us to proclaim and keep God's holy Sabbath in honor of the Creator and teaches that the dead are dead until the moment of the resurrection.[100]
    [Click here for an easy to understand explanation of the Investigative Judgment.]

    So, all these things are contained in the First Angel's Message: `Obedience to God's commandments,' `reflecting His character,' `caring for our body and our mind,' `believing we are now in the hour of God's Judgment,' `keeping God's holy sabbath in honor of the Creator' and `the dead are dead until the moment that Jesus comes to resurrect them from the grave where they have been from the moment of their death.' That is the time when God's people will be clothed with a glorious garment of light, a white mantle or robe from our shoulders to our feet (Isa. 61:10; Rom. 13:12; Rev. 3:18; 6:11; 7:9-14). Then God will say, your sorrows are ended, and shouts of joy will be heard. So let us remember to give glory only to God, not to any man, as long as we are still down here, (Acts 12:22, 23).

    The Second Angel's Message Content

    Babylon comes from the word "Babel" (Babel, Gen. 10:10), the city where people determined their own belief system, since they had lost sight of God in heaven in views and in their thoughts since they loved their sins more than God. We read,

    "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.

    From where does this message come? It comes to us through people - from pulpits across the whole land, from government agencies, the culture at large, the media. ... It is a Babel of voices reaching us every day. But that was only "the beginning of sin to daughter Zion" (Micah 1:13). Did Jesus present this message? Yes! He said, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Mt. 15:8,9. Babylon was known for mixing truth with error. Belshazar did just that when he poured alcoholic wine into the once for holy service dedicated golden and silvery vessels (1.Kings 7:51) his father had looted (2.Chr. 36:10) from the once for godly service consecrated Temple of Jerusalem, Dan. 5:3,4.

    That is why John the Baptist left his relatives and went into the desert to `hear' God's word in crystal clarity. It was like he was lifted above the things of this world and you will be too, if you spend such quality time in God's Word. It is not hard to know how John derived the faith building gospel message he bore. It must have been based on his study of the time prophecies of Daniel so that he recognized, when he (John himself) was of age and started preaching and just before Christ came to him to be baptized, the Messiah must already be walking among the Jewish people. That was John's message which led many to believe and repent. So we can tell that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet in the sense that it was his privilege to announce the coming of Christ, to whom all the prophets had borne witness (Daniel 9; Lk. 24:27; Jh. 5:39,46).

    How did Babylon fall?

    Babylon is fallen because she did not accept the first angel's message, instead she has given to all nations "the wine of the wrath of her fornication."

    In other words, she has, like Israel of old, illicit relations with the kings of the earth.

    But why should that be such a serious thing?

    Because God's kingdom is not of this world. A church represents the body of Christ, the body of all believers in Christ. Christ has only one church on earth. For centuries the Roman church assumed she occupied that one place of Christ on earth. Why? The members of her flock actually believed she was God's church not knowing the Bible and how God's church is described in its pages. That she made war against all those who did not agree with her doctrines revealed that she was not representing the true Christ, the love God has for all His people, for the Bible says, do no violence to anyone, Lk. 3:14; Isa. 53:9.

    What we shall notice in this message is that her message is the exact opposite of the 1st Angel's Message.

    The First Angel's Message is God's message to the world and the Second Angel's Message is Babylon's Message to the world. What we shall discover is that Babylon teaches the opposite of what God teaches in the 1st angel's message.

    Some may wonder what it means that `Babylon is fallen.' We should realize that the Bible has a moral fall in mind and not the physical fall of Babylon. Babylon has fallen morally because she gives wine, her false teachings, to the world in contrast to the true teachings which God gives in the 1st angel's message.[118] Not only that, the Babylonian church, historically, also has been a prime merchant of liquor and strong drinks condemned in the Bible, Lev. 10:9; Jer. 22:13-17; Rom. 14:21. So we know that "ungodly teaching is regularly followed by sinful practice." [120]

    Another reason the `fall of Babylon' of Revelation is not the physical fall of her, because the physical fall is not described until Revelation chapter 16, verses 17 to 21. That fall does not take place until the seventh plague occurs when Jesus comes.

    At the time of the proclamation of the 2nd angel's message the `door of salvation' is still open. That means people other than Sabbath keepers [121] can still escape from that moral fall of Babylon and turn around to accept the 1st angel's message and be saved.

    The next question which begs for an answer is this, we need to know what Babylon is. What Babylon represents.

    Let us read about Babylon's physical fall when that whole, world wide system is going to collapse,

    Tennis ball size hail- effects

    "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. 16:19-21; Isa. 6:11.[125]

    Of course we know that "the great city" (Rev. 14:8) is Babylon. We also know that this 2nd angel's message is important. Why? Because it is the one which is repeated in Revelation chapter 18. It is important because it contains God's appeal to come out of Babylon, a term which stands for religious people who love the Lord but are confused about what the Bible teaches on many different subjects. The very fact that its message is repeated, Babylon "is fallen, is fallen" in chapter 14 and 18, indicates the importance to examine why God points that out that it is fallen.[126]
    But what could be that hail falling from heaven? It says `it fell upon men,' meaning all men collectively; it fell everywhere upon earth. What can produce such a huge hail storm? Only one thing, perhaps it is the result of the ice coming of a passing comet since they consist of icy particles. A still unknown comet which arrives just at the right time according to the ways of God. [Just a thought.]

    This city will be divided into three parts meaning that before being divided it was united.

    The Three Parts of Babylon

    What are the three parts of Babylon?

    We read,

    "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 (the trinity of evil), 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. [135]

    Satan, who is not as much an initiator as he is an imitator who aims to subvert God's work. And so these verses are actually a reflection of what we read about earlier in Revelation 12. There we have

    1. a dragon, the dragon which tried to kill Jesus when he was born.[156] Next,
    2. in the first ten verses of chapter 13 we have the beast and in the remaining verses of chapter 13 we have
    3. the image to the beast, that is the false prophet, which is written about with these two terms (#2-3).

    These parts will be discussed some more in the message of the Third Angel.


    Revelation 12 & 13

    dragon
    the sea beast
    the land beast

    Revelation 16:13-14

    dragon
    sea beast
    false prophet

    Revelation 17

    kings of the earth
    harlot
    daughters



    Thus we see that Revelation sets out to identify the dragon's messiah and his representatives. The satanic trinity, their activities, their claims, their worship, their following - all caricaturize God, His being, His character, His church, His worship.[166]

    In Revelation 17 we notice that the `dragon' are now the kings of the earth, the sea beast is now spoken of as the `harlot', and the land beast or false prophet is now a reference to the daughters of the harlot. [How does the Bible describe what a harlot is?]

    In Revelation 16 we have besides these three powers also the spirits of devils and the waters of the Euphrates. We notice that the purpose of these three evil spirits is the opposite of the three angels messages. The three angels sent by God gather people on their side and the three evil spirits are aiming to gather a throng of people on their side, Rev. 16:14.

    "... 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."


    Revelation 16:13,19

    ... Babylon - dragon, beast, false prophet,
    ....Euphrates - kings, spirits of devils, battle,
    ........................Christ's victory

    Revelation 17

    ....Babylon - kings, harlot, daughters,
    ....Euphrates - kings, spirits of devils (18:2,3),
    ........................battle, Christ's victory


    Let us remember, in the OT we had a wicked king, a harlot who uses the king, but she cannot influence the king enough unless she has an apostate, false priesthood (Baals priests) to help her. In the NT, again, we have a wicked king (Herod), a scheming, adulterous woman or mother (Herodias). But Herodias cannot do anything to John unless she can get to the king to have him influenced to do her will. She does that with the help of her daughter (Salome) to corroborate to kill John in prison. What we want to remember is, in the OT we had:

    1. a king used mightily by the devil, Ahab (1.Ki. 16:30-33)
    2. a beastly harlot, Jezebeel (1.Ki. 18:4,13; 21:25; 2.Ki. 9:22)
    3. a false prophet, the Baal's priests (2.Ki. 23:5) corresponding to Rev. 16.

    In the NT we have

    1. a wicked king, Herod
    2. a harlot, Herodias
    3. a daughter, Salome, corresponding to Rev. 17.[176]

    What is the intention of this threefold union which are similar to the threefold union of the time of Elijah and John the Baptist? What does the false prophet represent?

    The false prophet does everything that the beast power says. The false prophet will heal the deadly wound of the beast and it is taking place today.

    Notice what it says,

    "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. 16:14.

    What is the eventual goal of this three fold union and the three evil spirits coming out of their mouth?

    It is to unite the whole world in a final battle against God. But Satan has blinded the minds of many so that they have been glad to find any excuse not to make John's Revelation their study. But Christ through His servant John declared what shall be in the last days; and He says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." Rev.1:3. - So, diplomats, ambassadors, government officials from around the world, take heed.

    We may also say, based on this, that it is no coincident that God is sending three angels to deliver messages to the world and that we have God Father, Son and the Holy Spirit; for the opposition, the three spirits or fallen angels, the dragon, beast and the false prophet - each give their false message to the world. The intention of God's Messages are to unite the world on God's side, and according to Revelation 16, the purpose of the three fallen spirits or angels is, to unite the world against God. And so we have these threefold messages on both sides, God's side to unite the world toward Him and the evil's goal is to unite the world under his banner. And we are reminded of the words, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matth. 16:26.


    A Non-Doctrinal Church

    We live in a time of universal deception. We have come to a point in history in which the world refuses to be accountable for its actions. We refuse to take responsibility. We do not have the courage to say this is good and this is evil. This is right and this is wrong. Organizations and Courts of law subvert laws and bring ruin on the fabric of our society. - This generation does not want the sound doctrine from God's word. They do not want controversy. They do not want the truth as it is found in Christ, in His Word. They want a diluted or distorted message: "God is nice, we are nice, and everything we say or preach must be nice. Doctrines divide and we do not need them. All we need is Jesus." -- The Bible was never meant to be read this way. Jesus never supported a non-doctrinal organization. Where God is, everything is organized to the minutest detail. Those who turn away from God's organized church are in danger to entertain a spirit of rebellion that will scatter rather than unite, for whatever you labour on, you give birth to. The Spirit of Prophecy does not validate that kind of message which leads to a descend into ecumenism, those charming philosophical speculations, the type of dialogue with the serpent that led Eve to fall. While true Christians love their neighbor, it is agape love, not charity (mixed) love. The same type of fatal heresy comes out of the halls of the ecumenical movement which teaches trying to understand, appreciate, and develop mutual respect for each and all religions and doctrinally try to understand them and unite with them based on a few, vague similarities. Those caught up in the world's religions can be differentiated from the Creator taught religion in that they teach the commandments of man and do not have the faith of Jesus. It is important to realize that some faiths religion is destructive in the way that they deny the deity of Christ and the saving death He died to redeem us from the errors of the devil and turn Him into merely a good teacher by leaving out teachings about true faith, sin, righteousness, and revelation. The only criteria for being a Christian is not only to "believe" that Jesus is the son of God, for so the demons will claim it too, for it says, "... the devils also believe and tremble." James 2:19. Ecumenism, a form of the New Age Movement, has created a theology and theories known from Babylon, and Babylon is "the habitation of devils" (Rev. 18:2), which is comfortable for those who ignore that we must quit sinning to be saved in truth. Ecumenism, in its depth, will say, it does not matter in what you believe exactly, just join all the religions like in a big family because the important thing is that we love. This is considered to be the diluting or dummying down of the Word of God which says,

    "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." 2.John 1:9.

    Religion without Bible doctrine is impossible. They are saying in essence, "Give me Jesus, but don't give me his teachings." The only remedy to this complete, spiritual dilemma is the doctrine of Christ. For it is through this gospel that God can be sure that there will never again be another rebellion or great controversy in God's universe.

    Tornado The other danger already in progress is the power grabbing of the beast power, the unleashing of the false prophet and the rearing up of the frogs. Protestantism has stretched her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power and holds it faster and faster every day. When she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, which is happening right now [210], under the influence of this three-fold union our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government [this is in process with the Roman Supreme Court], and shall make provision for strong delusions and the false sabbath law.[211] While our eyes are focused on wars, weather and economical woes, modern Spiritualism inside the U.S. Government has already spoken and cast its influence by meditations in the U.S. Senate on July 12, 2007. The words, "We meditate on the transcendental glory of the deity supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of heaven", are words which come from the ungodly powers of this world. What we see now in the ME, I believe, is God working for us, buying us some time by putting at bay this countries enemies by Egypt itself. For the changes are, in their mind, all about reducing the whole world's population to a mere handful by around 2025, compared to what it is today. - Hindusim, Buddhism and sundry such -isms, provide the evil one with access to hearts which seek after fables and leave the cutting truths of the Word of God behind. -- Let the world be warned.


    To understand these three powers we shall study other Bible accounts which bear on such occurences relating to decrees issued against God's people. The best way to study the dragon, the beast and false prophet which represent Babylon united to join the world against God and which later on divides (Lk. 12:53), falls apart, is to recall the following stories.

    The Prophet Elijah

    The first of these stories is that of the prophet Elijah and the gospel he preached. Elijah had how many primary enemies?

    He had three primary enemies:

    1. King Ahab - a wicked king (1.Ki. 16:33)
    2. a vile harlot woman full of whoredoms and witchcraft - 2.Kings 9:22 - whose name was Jezebel.
    3. and the prophets of Baal who were under the auspices of Jezebel.

    The Phoenicians, home of Jezebel, were on the mind of King Ahab. He married the daughter of Ethbaal of Sidon, better known as Zezebel. To the Phoenicians, Baal was their sun-god (2.Kings 23:5,11; Zeph. 1:4,5) and they worshiped Baal and Molech/Moloch on their high places, including on the roofs of houses (Jer. 32:35,29). Baal was thought to have power over crops, flocks, and fertility. The `golden-calf' was linked with him. Baal rites were lascivious, 2.Ki 17:17;21:6. They included human sacrifices, self-torture (1.Ki 18:28), and kissing the image (1.Ki 19:18). God does not want us to remember even the names of these idols which represent abject sin, Deut. 12:3. Other idols may be worshipping mammon and gain, idol worship of a similar nature may be going shopping at the mall, serving self only and self-caring, not having love toward God nor Christian love for our neighbors, having no desire to live a righteous life. Such are idolators. There people congregate and talk about the newest fads; about anything except the God in heaven; and like in ancient days, they don't even realize their abominable worship of self and things they could get any other day, but they have to do it on God's holy day. What sacrifices does thronging in malls require? It has its own victims of people crushed and stepped on, sometimes to death. That alone should ring a bell in them of their guilt in participating in such unChristian ways.

    Among these three, Ahab the political ruler, the Baal prophets and the harlot Jezebel. The latter was the fearsome character and her (Jezebel's) servants the prophets, worked to extend the worship of the sun-god among all the Israelites. Because Elijah defeated her purposes, Jezebel issued a death decree against the prophet of the Lord, 1.Ki. 19:2.[252]

    The second story is that of John the Baptist. We remember the words of Jesus that John the Baptist was a likeness to the prophet Elijah, Mt. 11:14. He had the same message as Elijah. The type of apostasy of the days of Elijah and John was the same. God had raised up John the Baptist, to try and bring people back to God.

    How many enemies did John the Baptist have?

    Let us analyze his situation.

    Was there a king who opposed John the Baptist?

    Yes. King Herod.

    Was there a harlot woman who committed fornication with the king who hated John the Baptist?

    Yes. It was Herodias, Mt. 14:3.

    Did Herodias have a daughter who was an instrument of her mother to fulfill her purposes?

    Yes. It was Salome (Josephus, Antiquities, Bk. XVII, ch. I, Sec. 3).

    As with the story of Elijah, the dangerous figure in this story is Herodias, the harlot woman. In the story of Elijah, neither Ahab, nor the false prophets, left to their own devices, were a threat to Elijah. All these characters were controlled by Jezebel. A difference, however, is this, in the New Testament this three-fold union is actually successful in slaying John the Baptist.

    At the end of time, we find the same scenario in place with Babylon. We have

    1. the kings of the world join with the
    2. harlot religious system (Rev. 17:1-2) who will have
    3. daughters (Rev. 17:5 "mother") who will do her biddings to get God's people slain (Rev. 17:6).

    We may ask, `How is that possible?'

    To find the answer to who is Babylon and how can it happen like that, we must first study again the Old Testament. It is in its pages where we find the background for the fall of Babylon in Revelation 14 verse 8. How the city stands for a church becoming unfaithful to Christ, thus violating her marriage vow since she became attached to false doctrine and secular power. The message of Rev. 14 must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt. Since this message follows the warning of the judgment, it must be given in the last days.

    The Old Testament

    Let us first read how God calls His church, Israel, a beautiful and a delicate woman.

    "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman." Jeremiah 6:2.

    A text, where `Zion' stands for `Israel.'

    God then does call Israel as claimed above. In fact, the Old Testament states that God "married" Israel. God married Israel at Mt. Sinai. Let us read the opening words,

    "And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do." Exodus 19:3-8.

    This is actually a marriage covenant, not a contract. The former lasts as long as life does and the latter may be limited in time. And the terms of the covenant were what? They were the ten commandments for we read, "And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the ten commandments . . ." Deut. 4:13.

    Let us remember, the covenant's terms were summarized in the Ten Commandments. Making this covenant God actually says, I want to marry you.

    What does Israel say?

    They said in effect,

    "... I do."

    This is brought out in the words of Ezekiel,

    "Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine." Ezekiel 16:8.

    God says, `In the time of love I married ....

    And the marriage started out well. But then Israel fell into apostasy. God's very own, special people whom He married at Mt. Sinai, fell into apostasy.

    "Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations." Eze. 16:2; See also Jer. 3:1-3,12,14.

    According to this word, God's `wife' was committing abominations. What was the problem?[300]

    " And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD." Ez. 16:14.

    Is there any problem with that?

    It depends. Potentially there may be a problem. What could be that problem?

    "... thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty for it was perfect through My comeliness which I had put upon thee ..."

    Whose beauty, whose glory did Israel reflect?

    She reflected God's glory, not her own ...

    Woodcut of the Bible of 1534 showing the whore wearing the tiara. And yet the Bible writes that she began committing abominations.

    It gets worse.

    Notice the next verse,

    "But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was." Ez. 16:15.

    Notice three key words,

    1. Israel committed abominations
    2. she became a harlot
    3. she committed fornications

    Next let us notice the following scripture,

    "And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
    And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil." Ez. 23:40,41.

    Notice also Ezekiel 16 on this same point.

    "Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them." Ez. 16:17.

    Israel is described as a beautiful woman and is all decked with gold and silver and with all precious stones not to attract glory to God but to attract glory to herself.

    By doing and acting that way Israel is

    1. committing abominations, she is
    2. committing fornication,
    3. she is called a harlot

    We also notice,

    "And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood." Ez. 16:22.
    We remember, Israel was faithful and had a good relation when she was young. When she just got married she was ok. Yes! But she did not remember the days of her youth. And "... thou wast naked and bare and polluted in thy blood ..."

    God says, you do not remember when I picked you up, when you were desolate, when you were a slave in Egypt.

    Thou hast not remembered those good old days when I came to save you ...

    Notice how Israel committed fornication. She did it by having illicit relationships with the kings of the earth, thus mixing good with bad religion.

    Let us read it,

    "Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith." Ez. 16:28,29.

    In other words, Israel, instead of remaining as the committed bride with God is now committing fornication with the kings of the surrounding nations of that day and age, adopting their practices and their customs. Israel learned from them, not like Solomon where the kings learned from him, 1.Kings 10:23-25.

    It gets so bad, that when God speaks about His own chosen people, that in the next verse God says,

    "How weak is thine heart, sayeth the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman." Ez. 16:30.

    Strong language indeed. The word `imperious' means "great" like in imperial empire, it means "great" whore, "great" harlot. God is calling His professed people a "great" harlot. - Because of her abominations and fornications. She decks herself with all these jewels to attract the nations to herself but forgot to give the glory to God. She is proving herself to be an unfaithful wife to God. She, supposedly a church, involves herself in politics, instead of witnessing for the Lord alone. Having adopted the worship styles of the neighboring nation, even worshiping the "Queen of Heaven" (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-19, 25), they forsook worshiping the true God of heaven, and turned to gods made of wood, stone and metal, attributing to them every good thing they encountered - ignoring the second commandment which forbids the worship of images. The Second Commandment is about worship. God prohibits the worship of images, of bowing before a carved statue or pictures. It asks us to put away saint worship and all "foreign gods," Genesis 31:19-34. That idol worship was known to be sinful in the days of Jacob is related to us in Genesis 35:2, and Jeremiah and the prophets state that it is one reason that brings on the judgments of God.

    In fact, let us notice that,

    "But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!" Verse 32.

    What has Israel done here?

    She has found other lovers. Others then the Lord.

    Was she once married to the Lord?

    Was she once faithful to the Lord?

    She certainly was. - But then she forsook the way of the Lord and she became a harlot according to the Bible.

    This scripture is not talking merely about the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Philistines or the Babylonians. It is talking about those who profess to be God's chosen people.

    Notice the following scripture,

    "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord." Jer. 31:32.

    The situation worsens even more. God gave Israel the sanctuary, and God gave Israel the Sabbath. Before that he let man know that He would give Himself as the sacrifice, Gen. 22:8; Jh. 3:16.

    Do you know what God's own people were doing with the sanctuary and with the Sabbath?

    Notice this Bible portion,

    "Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths." Ez. 23:38.

    Well, is that about as bad as it gets?

    No! It gets still worse!

    Do you know that this harlot woman was actually slaying those who were faithful to God in Israel?

    Notice what we find in Ezekiel 23,

    "And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands." Ez. 23:45.

    What has Israel been doing? This harlot has shed the blood of God's faithful people among her.

    But she does not do that alone. She has daughters who helped her.

    "Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness." Ez. 23:48.

    And it continues,

    "As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters." Ez. 16:48. (Sodom stands for the types of wickedness practiced there.)

    Does God's church have daughters that were committing these abominations and these fornications? Were they spilling innocent blood?

    According to these scriptures, Yes. They did just that.

    Now, what did God's Word promise to do to Israel, His own professed people because they were doing this?

    Here it is,

    "Thus saith the Lord God; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup (speaking about Samaria) deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much." Ez. 23:32.[400]

    The punishment of Israel is spoken of as drinking what?

    Drinking the cup.

    And if you read Ezekiel 23, the totality of the chapter, you discover that God is saying that by drinking the cup, Israel is really drinking the cup of God's wrath.

    But how was that wrath manifested?

    This way,

    "And I will also give thee into their hand (the kings she has been fornicating with), and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare." Ez. 16:39; Dan. 5:1-4.

    A very important verse. With this we are setting the stage for what we are going to discuss in Revelation chapter 17. The people, palaces, temples and institutions of the wayward entity will suffer these destructions. It is as if the Edomites, Ishmaelites, Moabites, Gebalites, Ammonites, Amalekites, Philistines and Hagarenes, make a pact among themselves to pitch their tents among those people (Ps. 83:6-9) who say they serve God to infiltrate and destroy them.

    That is the way in which God's wrath is going to be manifested against His unfaithful people.

    This is not a very nice picture and all God's people today, just like way back then, should take note of it. - For what comes around, goes around (Mt. 18:35; Num. 33:56).

    We have here described a really terrible picture about God's people. None of us should take this lightly. It can repeat itself.

    Let us review once more what we studied.

    We have,

    1. this woman, God's wife, whom He married at Mt. Sinai,
    2. during her youth everything functioned ok, but then
    3. she went astray, she began committing abominations,
    4. she adopted neighboring nations evil practices,
    5. she fornicated with the surrounding kings,
    6. she became a harlot and
    7. she decked herself like it with expensive glitter,
    8. she wanted to attract attention to herself,
    9. she became a great harlot,
    10. she became unfaithful to her husband,
    11. she trampled upon God's sanctuary and God's Sabbath
    12. she shed the blood of the innocent along with her daughters

    And God said, because of this you are going to drink the cup of wrath and that will be manifested through the very kings you have been fornicating with, who are going to arise and destroy you.

    Why does God give us all these details from Old Testament times?

    Because, as we said, according to Revelation this story is going to reoccur again.

    In fact things are happening today which lead many to believe that it is in progress at this hour. In these end times.

    What are we talking about?

    We switch now to the Book of Revelation chapter 12.

    The New Testament

    We just read above how God compares his Old Testament church to a woman. Do we find anything comparable in the New Testament? We read,

    "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." Rev. 12:1.

    What does this woman represent?

    She represents Israel.

    How many stars are in her crown?

    Twelve stars, why twelve?

    Twelve tribes.

    You may say, `How do we know it is not the twelve apostles?

    Simple. Because in the next verse it says, that she is pregnant with a child and that child is Jesus. He had not been born yet.

    Therefore, it cannot be the New Testament church because the apostles haven't even been called yet.

    Therefore, God's Old Testament church is still being compared with a woman. - But you know something? In the New Testament we are dealing with the same woman.

    Well, some people say, there is a difference between Israel and the church. - Israel is one people, the church is another. - Revelation chapter 12 does not sustain that view.

    In this chapter the woman is with child, since it hasn't been born yet it must be the OT church represented by the twelve stars. And then it says, that the child is born and he has gone up to his throne, that is the ascension of Jesus, his resurrection is not mentioned, and then the same woman has to flee into the wilderness, in isolation and seclusion, for 1260 years, Rev. 11:3; 12:6.

    Is it the same woman?

    Yes!

    Is it the same church?

    Yes it is the same church. The only difference is, at first we are dealing with the OT church, which then is followed by the NT church!

    In the same line of thought that in the NT the relationship between Jesus and His people is also compared to a marriage. - Let us read it.

    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." Eph. 5:25.

    Evidently in the NT too, the relationship between husband and wife is the same as between Christ and the church.

    Another scripture says the same,

    "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." 2. Cor. 11:2; Eph 5:32.

    God speaks about His people, as His bride. [425]

    The relationship being the same, our questions may be the same.

    How did the relationship between Christ and the new church begin?

    Was it a pure church in the days of her youth?

    Was it a living and thriving church?

    Was it faithful to God's message?

    Acts chapter 1 and 2 clearly underscore that it was. - At the beginning of this marriage, between Jesus and His church at Pentecost, the church was in a very close relationship with Jesus.[430]

    She went out as a conqueror to conquer. She was pure. Her message and her lifestyle was pure.

    But what happened in the course of time?

    What happened is what the Bible calls the great apostasy, where the church looses its original purity, its original teachings, and you enter into the Second Century and onward loomed, what is known as the Dark Ages. They are called `Dark Ages' because God's truth has been forgotten, for you see, the Bible is a light unto our path, Ps. 119:105; 2Pet. 1:19. But soon darkness came into the church. The Bible had been neglected and cast aside, Isa. 5:24b.

    And the church that had been buried with Jesus and at first was pure, became involved in apostasy. Here we learn about the opposition against God's purposes. An apostasy that culminates in Revelation 17.

    Let us read in Revelation 17 now and notice the striking parallels between what we studied in the OT and what we study now.

    We study the OT because the Book of Revelation contains a thousand references to the OT. No one can understand Revelation unless he is intimately familiar with the OT.

    Therefore, the whole scenario with Israel committing all those sins we enumerated, and at the end drinking the cup of God's wrath and the kings of the earth turning against her, all this is being repeated at the end of time.

    Question: If in the OT it was God's professed church that apostatized, who will it be at the end of time?

    Today, many think, when we talk about Babylon, they think of Islam, in particular of the Iranian president.- It used to be Sadam Hussein, but he is no more.

    They look for a place close to where old Babylon was.

    But we ought to realize that the Book of Revelation is really talking about an apostate religious system. Not about a man, a city, or some influential cleric.

    Revelation talks about a religious system that once was married to Jesus but since has become a harlot.

    It is a harlot that teaches contrary to the First Angel's Message.

    And we shall notice that clearly!!!

    Let us start with this scripture,

    "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." Rev. 17:1.

    Other transliterations use "harlot" (NKJV) instead of "whore" (Moffatt, KJV).

    Do we have once again a harlot being spoken about in the Book of Revelation?

    Absolutely yes!

    But where is the harlot located or seated?

    We read, it is seated or

    "... sitteth upon many waters."

    What does sitting indicate?

    It indicates that this system is in control.

    It is a system that rules.

    Where does it rule?

    Upon the waters.

    What are the waters?

    We read - and we notice the relationship to the First Angel's Message,

    "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Rev. 17:15; Isaiah 17:12.

    These are the same expressions we noticed already in the First Angel's Message.

    Does this woman do the opposite of the First Angel's Message?

    Does she seek to control the multitudes of the world, - in contrast to God trying to gather the multitudes in the world on His side of the First Angel's Message?

    In other words, this harlot and God, both want to exercise control over the world.

    You see, over every nation, tongue and people - God through the 1st angel's message and the devil through Babylon's wine.

    Wine is the opposite of the First Angel's Message. This wine is the opposite of truth.

    That must mean Babylon teaches that the dead are not really dead, that the Sabbath is really not on the seventh day of the week, that they do not teach that we are now in the hour of God's judgment, they must teach that perhaps the law of God was nailed to the cross, that they teach that it doesn't really matter what you put in your mouth and into your belly, that health principles don't really matter that much ... [462] Interpreting God's Word this way results in sin loving people preferring sin accommodating teachings to the plain teachings of the Bible.

    So we see, that the wine, the abominations of Babylon is the opposite of the First Angel's Message.

    Are you still wondering, `What system this is?'

    Question: Must it be a world wide church? And why?

    Because it sits on every nation, tongue and people.

    Is it a church or something else?

    How can we tell?

    It is a woman. In the Bible a woman represents a church.

    What kind of a church is it?

    It is a harlot church.

    Was it once in a good relationship with Jesus?

    Yes. But what happened is, it apostatized and became a harlot.

    What does this harlot do? - Notice verse 2. - With who? ... the kings of the earth have committed fornication...." Rev. 17:2.

    Is she involved in the political systems of the world?

    It is a church but it is involved into the political systems of every nation, tongue and people of the world.

    Did we find in the OT that Israel had the same experience? That they fornicated with the kings of their world and assimilated their practices and ideologies?

    Yes, and yes!

    Let us read on,

    "And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth." Rev. 17:5.

    Babylon, a mysterious city. Paul wrote that in his days the "mystery of iniquity" or "the mystery of lawlessness" was already at work, 2.Thess. 2:7. The mystery why most people in the whole world will rather choose hell, death, than heaven - because of selfish unbelief. Those who are involved with this mysterious system of lawlessness think they are keeping the law when they are not. That is what makes it so devastating to Christianity. This apostate system, Paul wrote, is going to come "with all power and with signs and lying wonders"(2.Thess. 2:3-14), that is with all Satanic superstition providing power available to it. People travel all over the world to see `the tears' or a supposed `appearance of Mary' somewhere - a woman rides the beast. Paul is saying that the whole world will be deceived except those who hang on to the love of the truth. This power will come with "the lie". What is this lie? It is Satan coming, as we just read, and announcing that he is Christ. The lie is that we can be saved in our sins. Those involved with that system say it about this way, "just keep on confessing `your' sins every day and everything is ok." No, friends. We must confess and overcome the besetting sins in our lives. [475]

    A key recognizable feature must be the position they take on the subject of keeping the commandments of God. Some may claim, `If the commandments are so important, why where they only kept after the Exodus?' What is the answer to that? The answer is, in the beginning the Ten Commandments were written in the heart. We can proof that by reading Genesis. In the book of Genesis we find that the principles of the Ten Commandments were known to the people, as the scriptures cited in the local link provided will show.

    What is the name of this system that exhibits such delusion providing powers? Well, some may say, this is a harlot but there is no relationship to the Second Angel's Message!

    But there is a relationship. Notice Verse 5 again.

    "And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great" and what? - "... the mother of harlots".
    How many have ever known of a mother which does not have children?

    If she is a mother, she must have children, right?

    She has daughters.

    They are daughters because she is the mother of harlots (feminine).

    So this mother must have had daughters that were born of her at a certain stage of her existence.

    Are you, dear reader, following what we have been paying attention to up to this point?

    She is a mother, she has daughters, she is called Babylon, and now notice the last part of the verse, "... Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth." Rev. 17:5.

    This mother has daughters and besides that, she commits abominations.

    Is that the same picture we saw fitting Israel in the OT?

    Is this talking about some Muslim country that doesn't have the Christian religion?

    Does it talk about the Hindus, or the Buddhists?

    Of course not. They never claimed to be the bride (church) of God.

    They would never have committed adultery for they were never married to the Lord in the first place.

    But we are not finished. There is still more to be discovered.

    Notice what we find here,

    "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls ..." Rev. 17:4.

    The Bible speaks in hard terms about the Babylonian system. But isn't that what we read earlier about Israel in the OT?

    Sure, we find here the very same correlations that we found between Israel and Babylon.

    It goes on,

    "... having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." Verse 4b; Jer. 51:7.

    What does she have in her cup? - Her abominations - Wine! She is the only church sitting with such a cup in her hands. [500]

    Whom does she give the wine to? She gives the wine to the kings and inhabitants of the earth.

    Is this a blood thirsty system?

    Is this system guilty of killing God's saints in her history?

    Most certainly, yes.

    We read,

    "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration(or astonishment - NEB, see also here)." Rev. 17:6.

    What have we seen so far?

    01. we saw a woman, a woman represents the church,

    What kind of a woman?

    02. an adulterous woman, a great harlot,

    Where does she sit?

    03. on multitudes, nations, tongues and people, on the whole world,

    Must this be a world wide system? Absolutely!

    Is it a system that is involved with the political systems of the world? Yes,

    04. she fornicates with the kings of the earth,

    Is she also the mother of daughters that were born from her? Yes.

    Does she give wine or teachings in contrast to the First Angel's Message to the nations? Yes.

    Is she all decked out with jewels and precious stones? Yes.

    Is she drunk with the blood of the saints? Yes.

    Is this talking about an apostate religious system? Yes.

    It has to be in the light of what we find in the OT.

    In the OT it was Israel. In the NT it is the church. Yes.

    But how can we say such a thing?

    Question: When Jesus came to this world the first time, was Israel in open apostasy to God?

    Those who professed to be God's people, were their leaders in this open apostasy against God?

    Have they taught against the teachings of the Word of God?

    Have they gone against the practices of the Word of God, Yes and yes and yes they have - to such a point, that, when Jesus came, they not only were not expecting Him, they - What? They rejected Him!

    Is it just possible, that before the Second Coming of Christ those who profess to be the children of God will also be in the same situation?

    That they will not be teaching the truths of the Word of God?

    They will not be teaching the people the divine truths and practices of the Word of God!

    And when Jesus comes the Second Time, He will come to His own, and His own will not be ready ...

    We ask you, `Is that possible?

    It is not only possible but probable, because the devil is not sleeping. The same devil that deceived the leadership before the First Coming of Jesus, is the same devil who is alive and well and who knows his time is short. That is why he is getting angrier every day bringing calamities to everyone, 1.Pet. 5:8.

    What will be the end of this religious system we studied?

    We read,

    "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. . . ." Rev. 16:19.

    Here we read how the same ten horn powers, which she used and flirted with, will cause her end, just like it was with Israel. These ten horns are identified as kings, in fact the kings of the whole world, Rev. 16:14..

    " . . . And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." Rev. 17:16.

    The kings which she committed fornications with, it says, will `hate the horn.' Not only that, they will take away all her riches, and make her desolate and naked. So, we should never envy these clerics, theologians and religious leaders. They bear a solemn responsibility, which, if not administered in the spirit of Christ, will cause her eternal end.

    Why did those kings turn on their former `Mother?'

    Because at some point they found out the deceivableness, the lies, the abominations and wickedness of that whole system and it caused them to `hate the woman church.' 1.Sam. 24:13; Rev. 17:16.

    And yet, today we hear so many Christians say, that our big enemies are the Muslims, perhaps also the Hindus and Buddhists and the secular humanists for we know that SdAs look to Christ's ministry in heaven; Christianity looks to Jerusalem; Muslims look to Mecca; and humanists look to the Galapagos Islands as the spiritual center of their faith.

    How are true Christians supposed to react to this situation?

    We find the answer in Rev. 18:1-5.

    God says, you must come out from her. Click on it to review and come back.

    Dear readers. Let us not forget that throughout history the greatest enemies to God's people have been other people who claim to be God's people.

    However, what may be going on behind the scene is that the beast power is trying to rule the world. The frustration generated by such events could easily lead to look for a means to bring back "peace and safety" (1.Thess. 5:3) - in comes a Sunday law. 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. It will trigger world wide sudden changes.

    Who killed Abel?

    His own brother killed Abel on the question of how to worship God.

    Who killed the prophets in the OT?

    Their own people Israel to whom they were sent.

    Who killed Jesus?

    Well, you will say, our sins did.[580]

    That is true, but who appealed to the arm of the state to carry out the execution?

    They were the very people that claimed to serve God.

    Who persecuted God's saints during the Middle Ages?

    The established church that claimed to be the church of Jesus Christ - that is why Jesus said, "the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." John 16:2.

    The current movements to join church and state are an ominous sign and we should get ready, get ready, Rev. 19:7, EW 119.1.

    Are you ready to become another Stephanus? Or another Peter or John or Paul?

    The woman and her offspring fall because they reject the First Angel's Message. These are very serious issues. They will divide all of humanity into two camps. Those who are God's and those who are Satan's.

    Up to this point mainly (from here) the threefold system is discussed. We must say that to pass over this system lightly, saying they all represent the devil, which is true in a way, but the details reach further and we deal with a book that is called revelation. Therefore, it reveals more, but people do not want to "see" some things, because it seems to fight what they believe in. It is so because the Revelation of Jesus Christ exposes the deceptions of Satan, and calls us to separate from the world; yet the world, even the churches at large, tell us to unite with them - don't do it, follow the call of Jesus and you will be safe. That is when we must be on guard to follow the councils of God's Word only and not our own understanding.

    We are told, "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. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven." {GC 606.2}

    Pinpointing Some Details

    Pinpointing the location of this dragon beast rising out of the sea and the little horn power we study the following.

    Question: How do we know which sea it is? Could it be the Pacific or the Indian Ocean?

    Answer: We do not have to guess the answer. The Bible itself will make that quite clear. We read,

    "Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!" Isa. 17:12.

    So, we know `the sea' is compared to multitudes of people, nations. That means it would arise were civilization was long established with many nations and people, where the gospel would be widely preached. Europe is that place in recorded history.

    Where would it arise?

    So far we know it would arise in Europe, but where in Europe?

    "After this I saw ... a fourth beast ... and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." Dan. 7:7, 8.

    That tells us it would arise among the ten nations which had divided the European empire into ten parts before three of them were defeated, leaving seven. So we know it came up in Europe.

    But where exactly? In England, Germany or France?

    "And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Rev. 13:2.

    That tells us we must look for this antichrist power (the composite of leopard, bear, lion) specifically in Rome; where the government of Rome was seated or located; in the capital of the Roman Empire. It means that the similar phrase in Dan. 8:24 cannot apply to Antiochus Epiphanes, who was long gone after John wrote the Revelation. So we ask, what gave it "great authority"? Well, we may say, that it had many arms or tentacles reaching out through its various orders like the cardinals, bishops, priests, the Dominicans, the `Club of Rome', the `Daughters of Job', the Illuminati and so on. All these we must give the message of the three angels to get them out of there to be saved.

    The other pinpoint identifiers include the behavior or activities of this horn power. Its agencies and many orders are all held together for the purposes which they pursue, to rule the world. This would help to confirm what we so far concluded. We know already about the 1260 year time frame and geographical location of this power. Markers as to the activities of this power are related to us in Dan. 7:25 and in Rev. 13. These we already tabulated a few pages and one click away here and here.


    God Sends One More Message

    Let us read it (Rev. 18),

    "And after these things 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 ..."

    Is this the same as the Second Angel's Message?

    Yes, only intensified!

    "... and is become the habitation of devils ..."

    Because she teaches "the doctrines of devils". - An expression the apostle Paul uses, 1.Tim. 4:1. [598][See more]

    "... and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird (is now a closed structure) ." Rev. 18:1-2.

    Babylon also refuses to be healed of sin, Jer. 51:9. She also refuses to let go such a small minority of God's people, Jer. 50:33 ,and shows no mercy, Isa. 47:6.

    Does that sound like a place you want to be in?

    We learn here that the devil has doctrines, but God has life giving (`didaskalia') doctrines, "God and his doctrine", 1. Tim. 6:1. The devil always tries to trump what God does.

    What made Babylon fall into this condition?

    It was her wine!

    "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." Rev. 18:3; Esther 3:15b.

    Since all nations partake of her wine, this indicates the universal nature of Babylon whose changes are progressively becoming more wicked. (Also note that in the Bible being drunk with wine and wrath go together, Esther 7:7). Many inside Babylon will become increasingly dissatisfied as these religious bodies depart further from the truth, and at some point will separate themselves from it. The time will come when those who love God supremely can no longer remain connected with those who are `lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.'

    God is saying, Babylon is really fallen. No doubt about it.

    There is no hope of reforming her. Her mind is sealed.

    "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people ..." Rev. 18:4a; Cmp. 2.Cor. 6:17,18; 1.Pet. 2:9.

    Does God have people in Babylon?

    Yes! Most of God's people are still in Babylon.[610] They are not in the three angel's message preaching churches for many of those don't study, do not believe and will abandon ship.

    Why does God say, "My people?"

    Because God has people in all the churches of the world. They are sincere and are searching for the truth! They want to know what is right! They are hungry and thirsty for the Word of God!

    Once the issues become clear to them, they will Come out!

    God has brought you here so you can know His Word, and make a decision to receive it. And so the voice says, "Come out of her my People."

    Why now? Why not wait a little longer?

    "... that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 18:4b.

    Does it say, `Stay in', and just live the gospel there?

    No! It says get out!

    "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Rev. 18:5.

    There is nothing good to be found in Babylon!

    I praise God that in the end time God will have a people who sigh and cry - because of the abominations being performed both within our church and outside of it. Revelation says about Babylon, "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, saying, ... in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." Rev. 18:21-24. That means she is behind all of that. It means that all these persecutions, revolutions, wars, riots, crime, have leaders who, in some form, have connections to Babylon.

    Let us read two more texts,

    Notice, in Jerusalem all sorts of abominations were being committed but God had a faithful remnant people. A few people who were sealed! Does God speak of a faithful remnant in the Book of Revelation who are going to be sealed?

    He certainly does too and it comes from Ezekiel. Let us read in Ezekiel,

    "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." Ez. 9:4.

    Namely in the midst of Jerusalem. God has a people there, for they are saddened by what is happening in the church. Only those who belong to God bear His seal. Everyone needs to be sealed with God's seal. God's seal lands us into God's heaven, the beast's seal into doom. The former lifts us up, makes us like Jesus, the latter leaves some on earth.

    What does it mean to be sealed? After a believer has been sealed by God he does not change. To be sealed by God is not entirely an edict by God which forbids his changing, but this believer has had something in his or her own experience which confirmed them, fixed, and established them and settled them forever in the thing they have espoused. Those who espouse the full glory of the gospel light will be confirmed, or sealed by it.

    How many among you are really planning to be saved by God?

    Let us read one more scripture,

    "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Rev. 21:27.

    If you are planning to be in God's heavenly city this scripture is for you! These are the remnant who are sealed, according to the Book of Revelation.

    This scripture underscores that you will have to come out of Babylon because of what we just read.[685] No one who commits abominations will be found in God's holy city. That is why Jesus calls you and all to come out for Babylon does not present the correct picture of the character of God.

    God calls out also many Sabbath keeping Christians. Many of them have come out of Babylon but Babylon has not come out of them. That is how they end up in Babylon.

    It is like Lot's wife. She came out of Sodom, but Sodom had not come out of her.[700]

    So it stands. We have to come out of Babylon and Babylonian thinking, practice and doctrines have to come out of us.

    That is why we can't wait any longer to come out. We cannot get Babylon out of us in a couple hours. It takes time. It takes time to exchange the wine with God's pure doctrines. - In the city there will be no one who commits these abominations.

    These are strong words, but it is the truth.

    Babylon has fallen because she teaches contrary to the First Angel's Message. God calls upon His people to live this message and proclaim it to the world, so that many can be saved into the kingdom. Those, who perhaps now do not know these things.

    Who is going to tell them?

    You and I, all those who know - we better tell it.

    For God holds us responsible for what we know to be true.

    "Oh, God, thank you for revealing these truths to us. Help us overcome our unbelief. Help us to come out and take a stand for you and come out to obey all thy truths before it is too late."

    What does the Bible teach about what we are to achieve in this life?

    Christians everywhere have a high calling from God, Phil. 3:14. What is it? For many people, they just want to be saved like the thief on the cross, without "cleansing themselves from all unrighteousness." 1.Jh. 1:9.

    What about it? Can people be saved on the basis of the thief on the cross without hanging on the cross? There is no benefit to our Christian experience by carrying a cross around our neck when our Lord left a cross on that hill a long time ago.

    No!

    The thief on the cross is the only one saved on this term. God knew his heart. He would have been a faithful follower had he lived. He would have forsaken sins and become perfect, like the Apostle John says, to be saved. So, only those who convert like this former thief did just before they die, will be saved. Us, who survive our conversion are then to follow Christ in His footsteps and bear our cross.

    This is what the Apostle Peter says, amazing grace will do for His people.

    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
    According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
    And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
    And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
    **For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.**" 2.Peter 1:2-8.

    What does this all mean?

    Peter enumerates here the ladder of Christian progress. Those Christians who lived another minute after they were converted to Christ. This ladder pertains to all denominations.[820]

    Before citing the ladder let us talk just a little about meaning in the above Bible verses.

    Christians experience the grace and peace of God when they follow what Peter writes about.

    They seek Bible knowledge so that they are in tune with God who inspired people to write out what God presented to them by using their own words. When God calls us to glory Him, we do that by keeping His commandments which were kept underneath the Shekinah lid of the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy of the tabernacle and temple of our Lord God. To glory God, has not only to do with singing hymns during worship, but rather to live up to what He wants us to know about Him, that He is a God of love and justice - both of these. When God calls us to glory Him, we do not treat our body as a fun house but cleanse it to be a temple of God. To hold people in darkness and impenitence, till the mediation of Christ in the Most Holy is accomplished, and there is no more forgiveness (Hebr. 9:26), is the object which Satan seeks to accomplish.

    When God calls us to virtue, that means He calls us to abstain from sin. Abstaining from sin means we escape the corruption and sinfulness of this world. It means we become tempered followers of Christ. We refrain from the sinful excesses of our former life. These include all selfish desires we harbor inside of us. They include sins of a) hate, b) short temper, c) working so much that we do not find time for God, d) watching the tube instead of reading for some minutes, thus connecting with heaven, e) lack of faith and prayer.

    Churches which fail to renounce these things are not giving the second angel's message. They are out of step with God and do not "follow the lamb to whereever he goeth" (Rev. 14:4), but follow Babylon, where ever it goes. In the first angel's message we studied the "fear of God," and when you study it you find it is connected with the 10 commandments (Exodus, Deuteronomy), and it brings people to the judgment bar of God. It is the problem Pharaoh had, when he said, `Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice?' (Exodus 5:2). Today, people have lost the fear of the judgment bar of God, - of the terror to have to appear in their own uncleanness before the infinite purity of God. They lost the fear of the lake of fire, of transgression against God, therefore they have become a prey for evil spirits (thinking & actions) and a prey to evil agencies and then they fear other things than God.

    But here is Peter's ladder of Christian progress, every step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God, and in the climbing of which there is no standstill.

    Faith > Virtue > knowledge > temperance > patience > godliness > brotherly kindness > charity
    Jesus put Christian growth in these words.

    "This is eternal life, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast send." John 17:3. See also Jeremiah 9:23,24.

    What is Jesus saying? Knowing the true God means to become like Him, to strife to imitate the life of Jesus as we live our life. No Christian needs to fail in attaining to a level of perfection of the Character of Jesus. By His death on calvary He made it possible for us to receive and apply all these virtues unto life and godliness. We are to reach for the standard of perfection that Christ in innumerable ways wanted His followers to achieve. In His humanity, perfected by a constant resistance to evil, the Saviour shows us that through co-operation with the Divine will, human beings can obtain perfection of character for Christ took upon Himself our fallen nature to show, that we can achieve victory over sin and thus perfection too - just like He did.

    For it is true, when the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. For Christ shows us through His life that it is also possible for us to cease from sin. That is why Jesus told the long term patient at the Pool of Bethesda and the woman brought to Him for adultery to "sin no more" Jh. 5:14; 8:11.

    When Jesus forgave sins, that is what he meant to happen after that forgiveness. The forgiven sinner was expected to break his or her ties with sin from that moment on. But if someone falters we pray and ask for forgiveness right away. Never wait any length of time. Pray right away for our sins nailed Jesus to the cross. We cannot be lax about them. We must deal with them right away.

    God does not ask of us an impossibility. He showed us that by the perfect obedience of Jesus, He makes it possible for all of us to obey His commandments. When we give up our selfish desires our heart becomes united with His heart, our mind becomes one with His mind. Our thoughts pattern after His thoughts. That is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness, Matthew 22:1-14.

    We can and must overcome in Christ. But we must understand that we come to Christ just as we are; that the Father loves us and accepts us in the beloved; that we are complete in Him; that we are in Him and He in us; that as we are in Him, we are covered with His righteousness, and as He is in us, He is working out His righteousness within us. Righteousness, therefore, is always a term that means holiness that has confronted temptation in sinful nature and has overcome. We must also know, that He remembers, that we are dust. He will save us by any means that He can. Some will be saved through death and some through translation. But all who are saved have to follow Jesus through that one door that leads to salvation. Only thiefs and robbers will try to enter into the kingdom in other ways, and doing so may even attempt to convince you of their eligibility, but in the end they will be cast out.

    This work of putting on our wedding garment must be going on right now for Christ does not come to cleanse us of our sins, to remove from us the defects in our characters, or to cure us of the infirmities of our tempers and dispositions. If that is done for us at all, it must be accomplished before that time of His Coming. When the Lord comes, those who are holy will be holy still, Rev. 22:11. Those who have preserved their bodies and spirits (deeds and thoughts) in holiness, in sanctification and honor, will then receive the finishing touch of immortality, for to be redeemed means to cease from sin.

    That is why the Bible says that we cannot remain "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" but must accept God's counsel "... 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." Rev. 3:17,18.

    Why?

    For not one will receive the Seal of God (Rev. 7) while our characters have one spot or stain upon them, Eph. 5:27, for our church and we have a high supernatural calling, not a secular calling, we are to transform men spiritually first with the "everlasting gospel" contained in these Three Angels Messages and then this will enable them to change socially and separate from worldly lusts.

    When Paul writes that we are to be "reconciled to God" (2.Cor. 5:20), he is saying that man's sinful state ever since Eden requires that we accept the gift of the faith of Christ provided for us, so we can become righteous, i.e. obedient to God's requirements again. It means, to receive the gold, you must have been in the fire - those who have no care for living the gospel for fear of fire, neither will they get the gold and neither will they get the matchless power and charms of Jesus to help them. God send America an example of a life lived under fire.[855] It is the life of Desmond Doss. He never carried a gun but helped countless friends and foes to be saved when they were under life fire. His heroism was rewarded as God used him as a witness of His care and love for all. After the war all the great newspapers told his stories while serving as a medic in the US army. Despite many difficulties in his life, he persisted living his convictions. He is an example of one who has been in the fire that produces a golden character.

    With God's help we must overcome in that, in which Adam fell. Not by our own righteousness but according to His mercy and saving work, by the washing and regeneration, and renewing of our entire person through the Holy Ghost, which He sheds on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

    How? -- By us accepting Christ as our substitute, He who has accepted us already. To accept Christ means to hate sin and abide in Him, daily, hourly, in our thoughts gained from the study of His Word and through prayer as we do our daily chores. He who walks in the footsteps of Christ is being sanctified through the truth and will live a life of self-control until God's amazing grace culminates in glory. He is cooperating with God in his own salvation. This sanctification is not something that happens quickly, it may take a lifetime but does not have to. When Jesus `looked into the soul' of the thief on the cross He saw that all rebellion was gone and he was safe to be saved. For us today, obedience to all that God requires is the test of justification (being pardoned) and true discipleship. Jesus leads us to feel our great need of being forgiven, then He gives repentance (Acts 5:31). Should we come to Christ even before we are sorry for our sins? Yes! If you wait, you'll may never come. The sinner, thinking about what his sins did to Christ on the cross is so sorry for his sins, he is determined by the power of the Holy Spirit to stop sinning. He has hatred for sin, and is willing to be made willing to give loving obedience to Christ and His law to the finest detail. Then Christ wonderfully pardons or justifies him, and God the Father no longer sees the sinner, but a saint covered by the Robe of His Son's righteousness.

    How did the churches stray away from the word, character, and judgment of God? The 2nd angel's message is a faithful and clear delineation of apostasy. Satan, wants to stretch the time of sin as long as he can, while God wants to close it. The beast, through its highly trained troops, is using psychological manipulation on the `image of the beast,' of which its members are hardly aware. Rev. 13:14 tells us of the beast, it "deceiveth them that dwell on the earth". Vatican II's new doctrines, enforced through its canon laws, caused the structured churches to say in effect, `Oh, we only want to see good things.' `We only want to be positive, not negative.' Saying that, they are completely out of harmony with the 2nd angel's messages. Instead they are in harmony with the `New Age,' which teaches those soothing words - accepting that there is a place for evil and the good, and that all is fine.

    But with God there is moral clarity, there is moral perception.

    Earlier we stated the question to find out what and who Babylon is. Now we are at the end of the message of the 2nd angel and have not explicitly done so. Why? Well, we hope by presenting the data you would be able to decide the answer to the question. Even the Apostle Peter spoke in veiled language when he meant that great city of his time, writing, "The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you (church members in Pontus, Galatia, Asia), saluteth you, and so does Marcus my son." 1.Peter 5:13.[935] In the vision of the cloth containing all kinds of creatures, Peter learned that the gospel must go to the gentiles. After he had that vision, his mission was mainly to labor for the gentiles; however, that does not mean that converted Jews were ostracized for all belonged to the body of believers in Jesus Christ. His gaze was therefore directed to Rome, its people, in need of the gospel, rather than to those Jews still living in the old, destroyed Babylon in Mesopotamia. That is why expositors agree that Peter did not mean a place in Asia but one in Europe, the capital of the great empire of his days which will be made clear in the following section.

    Simon Magus

    Earlier in the life of the Apostle Peter, he had an encounter with Simon Magus (Engl. link offline), a Samaritan who was a priest of Babylonian persuasion. Simon Magus (German Link) was a studied man and wanted to purchase the title of Apostle which he thought he deserved after having been baptized by a mission effort of Peter in Samaria. (Acts 8:9-25). This Simon was a crafty man who saw an advantage for his own causes when there was one, and knew how to take advantage so as to further his own goals. His main goal became more and more to be the founder of a worldwide, universal church.[966] His `conversion' was not a genuine conversion. Having been rebuffed by Peter because of his `simony', trying to purchase a religious office (the word `simony' was coined after his name), he seemed to have entertained a defiant anger and used all his prowess and skill to achieve his goal to become the head of a universal church. For that purpose he removed at some point to Rome where he taught his mixture of Christianity and Babylonian mysticism, thereby revealing himself as the agency, the man of sin, by which the once true and pure Christian religion became adulterated in time to be a Romanized, Catholic, universal, supremacist, political, false religion. While in Rome, Simon Magus also assumed the name Simon Peter, which led to much confusion and the idea that the Apostle Peter was the first Pope, when it was actually this pagan priest Simon Magus, alias Simon Peter, who started the first universal church. Thus his sect of paganized Christian services were adopted into their Church.[988]

    Put It On

    Many claim today there is no Satan. Its just us who act up.

    Why is that?

    Because Satan hides in darkness, we need to seek the light to be able to withstand his attacks. The shorter the time gets the more dangerous Satan's devices become.[989] It is so with many who know their life is short, they want to fill what is left with whatever they desire. Satan does not want Jesus to bring His harvest of faithful followers with Him to heaven. He will fight it with all he can.

    So what does it mean to seek God's light?

    It means for us to "... put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts of it." for "... we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness." (Rom. 13:14; 1John 5:19).

    Satan is angry for Jesus has overcome the world and His followers are imitating Jesus and overcome the world but they know it is not their performance which redeems them . . . they know Satan's power has already been broken and his life cycle is nearing its close. That is why he moves around like "a roaring lion . . . seeking whom he may devour." (1Peter 5:8). Christ's followers know He has achieved victory over sin and bids us to put on the robe of His righteousness. We need that robe, but not to put it on over our old flesh. We decided to follow Jesus and are reborn. And because of it we are involved in the greatest `battle' anyone can wage, to say `No' to fleshly desires and pride in order to become spiritual people and keep our focus on "It is written." (Mt. 4). Christ's followers know they must `put on' "the whole armour of God" (Eph. 6:11).

    Satan uses in particular the following deceptions:

  • He uses materialism. Followers of Christ respond by saying, `It is written' "... godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. . . . For love of money is the root of all evil." (1.Tim. 6:6,7,10; Matth. 6:21)
  • He uses a false Christ when people say, `Oh, Jesus has done it all. Come let us go, its celebration time.'
  • When Satan does not succeed to turn people away from living a Christ-like-life, from people who have put on the whole armor of God for they know Satan is out to deceive many, then they know Satan's next weapon will be exposed ...

  • He uses the insurgent program - He attacks the church from all sides.
  • So, let us be wise and recognize the wily attacks. Call out, `Lord, help me,' when they occur. Stay in your mind on Christ all the time. Put on the whole armor:

    1. the loins girded with truth - "... thy word is truth" (Jh. 17:17)
    2. the breastplate of righteousness
    3. our feet shod with the gospel of peace
    4. the shield of faith
    5. the helmet of salvation
    6. the sword of the Spirit
    7. also pray always for everyone you know (Eph. 6:11-18).

    We are admonished to "fight the good fight of faith."


    [To Notes & References Part 2

    The First The Second


    Appeals of God for Our Time
    The Third Angel's Message
    The First
    The Second
    Woman & Moon
    Online Book: The Great Controversy
    Introduction
    The Second Beast, where it arises
    The Second Beast, when it arises
    The Importance of this Message
    Winning Back the Universe
    The Characteristics
    America in Prophecy
    What the dragon hates the most?
    The Image & Mark of the First Beast
    The Mark of the Beast
    The Critical Importance of this Message
    How to protect from rebellion.
    What Is the Seal of God
    First Law, Probation Closes
    God's GYC on Earth
    Ancient Seals
    Be On Guard
    The Fourth Angel
    Fire and Brimstone
    Nadab and Abihu
    The Israel in the World Today
    Shortness of Time
    Preparatory Steps Taken Today
    Ready for the Second Coming
    Jesus Coming in the Clouds
    What will Life be like in Heaven?
    Notes & References
    No Buy or Sell
    O&N Covenant
    How may that take place about a false Christ? Click here.

    How may Americans lose `free speech' and be brought before the world court? Become aware on what is being worked out underneath.


    Foreword

    Our Mission statement: "In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen (Isa. 62:6) and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world, 1.Pt. 5:8. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention." {9T 19.1}

    Thus, we are to prepare the world for the close of probation. [98]

    Introduction

    The first part of the Bible's 3rd Angel's Message (the justification by faith):

    "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the (first) 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: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."
    Rev. 14:9-11.[100]

    This is one of the most dire warnings we find in all of the Bible. It changes our perspective from looking at things horizontally, to looking at it vertically; from what happens on earth to what God will do. Speaking of those who worship the beast and receive the image of its mark, we find that the wrath of God will be poured out upon them without mixture of mercy. In other words, the door of mercy is closed. We find that what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah will happen again at the end of time in the exact sequence, (Cmpr. Genesis 19:24 with Rev. 14:9-11).

    We find the following parallels,

    1. brimstone and fire
    2. from the Lord out of heaven / in the presence of angels and the Lamb (Jesus)
    3. overthrowing the cities / smoke rises to heaven

    The Bible tells us that the judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah is for all the world an example of what such sinning, moral decline and wickedness will cause to happen. We read,

    "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 7; 2.Peter 2:6; Gen. 19:24.
    Before we discuss this topic, let us first review what we said before.

    This review is summarized here! Look at it briefly and then come back.

    Where it arises

    First we shall talk about the location, where the second beast arises (and we remember the discussion about the first beast).

    Was the lamb a bison calf "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." Rev. 13:11; 20:2.

    We find here a different point of origin for this (2nd) beast which comes "up out of the earth" while all others, including the first, came up out of the sea. That is the reason why this two horned land beast did not originate in Asia (lion and bear), or in Europe (like the leopard and the iron toothed beast) because these four powers (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome) rose up out of the sea, Dan.7:2-8. These powers progressed from the east toward the west, where the sea (i.e. waters) represents multitudes of people, long established and populated areas in the world.

    How about the second, lamb like beast to be

    1. coming up out of the earth means it comes up where such multitudes of people were not present. [There is no wind, no beating of the sea, Dan. 7:2,3.]
    2. In the progression from east to west it comes up further west than Rome.
    3. It did not come up like the previous powers as a result of warfare.Westward progression of world empires. See Wesley, quoted in {1892 JNA, TMR 83.2} [The bear won against the lion, the leopard against the bear, the dragon trampled on the leopard.]
    4. The two horned lamb helped the woman who was persecuted in Europe.
    5. It has something in common with the two horned ram of Daniel 8:3,4 - Rev. 13:11,12.
    6. Like the ram (Medo-Persia), made a decree against God's people (Esth. 3:8-11), so also the two horned lamb, turned beast, will at last influence world history.

    Looking at a globe, where should we pinpoint the origin of the twoAmerica horned beast?

    This much as to the `where' this lamb like beast arises.

    Let us talk about the `when.'

















    The Origin of the State
    When it arises

    We read on this account,

    "If any man have an ear, let him hear.
    He [the dragon beast] that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience or constancy and the faith of the saints." Rev. 13:9,10.

    Should we understand this as having a `spiritual' or `literal' fulfillment? Pope Pius VI

    Did the church go into captivity during the 1260 years? Yes!

    Napoleon Bonaparte Did the leader of the dragon like power literally go into captivity at the end of the 1260 years? Yes! He was imprisoned in 1798.

    He used the power of the state (the sword) to do its biddings which finally resulted in the state turning around, saying in effect, enough is enough, and using its sword against the dragon-beast. Finally, he had his hands tied. General Berthiere arrests Pope Pius VI, 1798 France finally refused to be the sword for the European major religion, the institution which flagrantly disregarded all ten of God's commandments in the sight of God and men. This resulted in a total disregard for law and order - the atheistic French revolution. Sin ceased to appear sinful and righteousness desirable. Those who refuse to submit to the government of God are totally unfit to govern themselves. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth. Liberty of conscience is being threatened. Through their pernicious teachings the spirit of insubordination is implanted in the hearts of children and youth, who are naturally impatient of control; and a lawless, licentious state of society results. This stage we have reached in America and in most countries in the world. Signer of the Constitution and President JeffersonWhile scoffing at the faith of those who obey the requirements of God, society eagerly accepts the delusions of Satan. A thermometer of the degree of lawlessness is behavior in traffic, robberies, lying and cheating. Churches preaching and parents teaching that any one of God's laws are no longer binding, remove restraints to keep any of His laws. Result, property is no longer safe, disrespect for life, even the life of parents and friends, the loss of peace, happiness and rest. Therefore, be wise when you answer the question, `Shall I obey God rather than men?' This decision we must make now. Are you prepared to stand firm in defense of the commandments of God and the necessary faith of Jesus?

    Question: Does the second, lamb-like beast of Rev. 13:11 arise when the first dragon like beast receives its deadly wound?

    It most certainly appears on the scene of the nations of the world immediately at the time the beast received its deadly wound. In fact, these two beasts coexist with one another. But when?

    Does the lamb like beast coexist with the sea beast in its 3rd stage or in its fourth?[200]

    Their time `together', according to the Bible, covers the period after it says, it came to the rescue when the 1260 years came to their end.

    So their time together is primarily when? --- After its deadly wound was healed. [201]

    Scripture actually indicates that the two horned land beast helps the sea beast to heal its wound, Rev. 13:11-18. In effect that could be seen in the end as its main purpose of arising. --- But this relationship is not yet well publicized in actual history. (Spring 2008: But it is now already quite well). However, Revelation indicates that the land beast plays an important role in the recovery of the sea beast.

    These two powers then are contemporary during the time the deadly wound is healed.

    Question: Does the land beast help the sea beast to regain its control over the state?

    What does the Bible mean by the deadly wound by the sword?

    We know from Romans 13:4 that the civil government, the state bears the sword.

    We also know that the state (France) wounded the sea beast. The state, which the sea beast had used for so long to accomplish its purposes.[203]

    Question: If this sea beast is going to recover from its wound by the sword, must that mean that the second lamb like beast is going to restore civil power to it? Yes!

    In fact, that is what the healing of the deadly wound means!

    The second (lamb) beast will heal its (the sea beast's) wound completely by giving it the support of the state or the political power.

    Review:

  • We know that the beast which restores its power arises from the earth.
  • We know it arises from a place on earth located further west than Europe.
  • We know it does not fight (to a significant degree) against any of the previous powers in order to arise.
  • We know it helps persecuted people in Europe (by giving them a refuge home).
  • We know it arises around the year 1798 (France, the government which arrested the Vatican's representative in 1798, was the first country the US had diplomatic relations with in that year) [207].
  • We know it plays an important role in the 4th stage of the sea beast.
  • We know that means, that the lamb like beast will exist in the end time, after 1798.
  • We know that the land beast restores the power of the state back to the first sea beast of Rev.13.


    Without a Wedding Garment Parable Explained

    All we can say is, `Wow.' How is that going to happen? How in the world could this lamb-like beast kingdom do such a thing? [210]

    To understand this better it helps to study the book of Esther. Why? Because what happened in the book of Esther on a small scale will happen in the end on a worldwide scale.[211]

    Before Medo-Persia, Babylon was the world power. It made laws designed to take away the separation of church and state, the freedom to worship God rather then man because the US wanted civil and religious liberty.

    In its pages we read about the following figures:

  • Mordechai - a prophet like figure; Esther 4:1,14.
  • Esther - an intercessory like figure, Ch. 4:16.
  • Haman - a Satan like figure; Ch. 3:5-15.
  • a King- symbol of all rulers in the world; Ch. 6:1; Rev. 17:1-2.
  • a universal death decree - a set date; Ch. 3:8,9; Rev. 13:15.
  • in one night - Ch. 3:19; Rev. 18:8,10,17.
  • an investigative judgment - rewards; Ch. 6:1-3; Rev. 15:3c;
  • drinking of wine in his wrath; Ch. 3:15; Rev. 17:4-6; 18:2,3.
  • On the other side we read of the patience of the saints. What characterizes this patience? Does it have to do with refraining from retaliation? --- Of course patient Christian people do not retaliate. Patience seeks to look at every situation or person in the best light possible. The saints will rather "take wrong" (1.Cor. 6:7; Ex. 14MR 330.3), then hurt Jesus in any way for He took all our wrongs when He died. Do not take your brother to court, rather take wrong. It is a sign of being born again.

    The Importance of this Message

    We saw that the first angel makes a statement and contains three commands, the second angel's message is a proclamation and then he makes a call to come out; the third angel does not give a command and he doesn't make a call to come out - what he does is he gives a dire warning to the world. These messages are God's final appeal to get ready for His Kingdom. That is how important they are. The 3rd message is the very last message before Jesus comes again for we read immediately after this 3rd angel's message is proclaimed,

    "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped." Rev. 14:14-16.

    We may compare the sharp sickle with the ". . . the angel of the church in Pergamos", whose message was, "... write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges," (Rev. 2:12), historically understood as the Old and New Testament, the word of God, which alone can distinguish between the false and the true. Finally, we should realize, that these messages ripen the people in the world to either accept God's gospel call that He has accepted us already and be ready for His Second Coming, or reject it and tread the wine presses alone. It was Christ Himself who tread the wine press alone for our sins. If we refuse His sacrifice, then we suffer the consequences alone, it is the consequence of a harvest of bad seeds sown in a life time, Micah 6:1-16. These messages polarize the world. The world will be divided into two camps, those who believe and those who do not. Therefore, trust not only in your pastors and preachers, study the word and learn of It.

    Winning Back the Universe

    But the question often asked is, `How can God win His universe back to trust, or confirm the trust, to the onlooking universe?'

    Can He do it by show of force or power?

    No. God can do it only by the demonstration of trustworthiness over a long period of time, under a great variety of circumstances, especially difficult ones. Only this way can trust be established and confirmed. That is why God has revealed Himself throughout the long history recorded in Scripture. (That is why we study the historical books - Joshua, Gideon, David, Solomon, Elijah, Saul, David, Jehoahaz, Ahab, Benhadad, Ahaziah, Joram - to know the conditions under which God will lead individual lives, why Israel ended eventually up in captivity for 70 yrs and then, later, crucified the Lord. We must know their history to avoid mistakes ourselves). Some may say, `I didn't know there are any conditions!' Since everybody's start of "trust" is different, down the line we must learn to most of all trust God for man is only man. That is why Christ came and provided the most persuasive evidence by the way He lived and treated people, by the truthful things He said about His Father - all of this body of evidence has been revealed before the universe, Hebr. 11:1; Jer. 32:10-16. Then Jesus, having completed the course, said, `It would be better that I go and let the Holy Spirit come to teach you' (Jh. 16:7) this evidence as exemplified by His discourse with the disciples on the road to Emmaus shortly after the unique and awful death He died. The wickedness in the world is God telling us to go out and tell them the good news of the saving gospel and the fulfillment of the latter rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Why do we need to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit? Our answer ought to be, `Because I have a desire to reach out to those who need to know.'

    Then there is the one we never see or hear. The one who works so quietly behind the scenes. The one whom we often identify with the still small voice and with truth, conviction, with light and insight. The one who seeks to convince on the basis of evidence alone, without Him being visibly present.

    Yes, we serve an infinitely majestic and powerful God, who ultimately wishes to work the way we just described.

    Why is that?

    Because any faith and trust based on anything else is not genuine.

    The trust Israel gave God at Mt. Sinai did not last very long. It is only on the basis of unquestionable evidence that we are thoroughly convinced and we remain convinced so long and are now so settled into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, that we cannot be moved. It is only that kind of trust that can take us through difficult times.

    So the work of the Holy Spirit is that He works quietly through the evidence to lead us to trust and through divine agape love. [225]

    While it is not God's plan to harden the heart of people against Himself we should understand how peoples hearts are hardened. The question is, `When they hear the message of invitation to surrender all, what do they do?' - They shut their heart and mind off to hear them. They just click on another channel. That is serious and very consequential for people. That is also the reason why we cannot rely on electronic media alone to reach people and bring them these messages. They must be led to query whom to trust, God or man. Everything is at stake now. The impression made by the third angel's message will be proportionate to the earnestness and solemnity with which it is proclaimed. It increases in importance as we near the close of this earth's history. The third angel's message must be supplemented by the arrival of great light from heaven, the "loud cry". Since the focus is on the law of God, God's people must realize that they must keep His holy day faithfully from sunset to sunset with all our heart, mind and body, so that we can receive the seal of the living God (Rev. 7:2; Jer. 10:10-12; Rv. 4:11; Ps. 95:6; Acts 17:23,24; Isa. 8:12; Ps. 119:142, 151; Mk. 2:27,28).

    And so we realize that our reaction to God's Word on these points are very consequential. When we accept these gospel messages of the free gift of salvation, the Bible says in the verse we just read, we will be gathered in God's barn. Conversely, when we reject them, God's Word will also ripen you, but on the wrong side - because you will have totally shut your heart against the voice of God and you will be left in darkness.

    The Characteristics of the Kingdom

    We know that a `beast' in prophecy stands for a nation or a kingdom.

    We recall how the beast `came up out of the earth' (Rev. 13:11).

    "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." Rev. 13:11.

    The Greek word `anabain' translated as `coming up, means to sprout up like a plant (Mt.13:7 ) or to ascent. What are we getting at?

    When the sea beast receives its wound, has the land-beast reached the apex of its power? - No!

    The lamb-beast is just starting to sprout in 1798.

    This beast looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon. That must mean that it looks like Jesus but talks like the devil; and since it looks like Christ, that is one of the reasons why people follow it - they cannot readily discern the true character of it, because they have believed the talking of doctrines which are false, but not readily discerned to be false - unless they study the Bible and especially Daniel's prophecies carefully.

    Therefore, we must look at what Jesus said. Jesus clarifies something important for us. He said,

    "They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor me." John 16:2,3.

    Organized killings of this type include many persecutions in the more remote past and then closer to our time in 1572 in France, lesser known persecutions in the Baltic countries and in Italy and Spain. And amazingly, each time the persecutors claimed that they were doing God a favor. But the greatest prophesied persecutions are still in the future as we know it from Revelation chapter 13. The Beast is actually sweet talking so well in order to get people to see things its way, that nearly the whole world will follow it, 2.Cor. 11:13-15; 2.Thess. 2:8-10. The only way to detect its cunning deceits, is by loving the truths so much that we want to know the Bible inside out. That is why we must study these issues very diligently (for instance the account of Mordecai, Esther and Haman in the Book of Esther, for it is a picture lesson of what will happen again in the end of time, Esther 3:8; 4:13-14). All those who believe they will be raptured out of the time of trouble, will not be able to discern the outworkings of the devil and be deceived.

    Question: Is this lamb like nation going to become a world wide super power? According to Revelation 13:11-18, it certainly will. --- We learn in that scripture, that this nation, because of the driving force leading it, is going to have immense military power to the point that it is able to kill everyone who will not worship the image of the beast. It has immense political power, `the whole world wonders after the beast' as a result of the influence of this nation. It has huge economic power because Rev. 13 says, it forbids buying and selling in the whole world unless you have the mark of the beast. - That must mean that this country will not go totally bankrupt until Jesus comes. Consequently, any fiscal alarms must be wind rustling in the leaves, blowing away chaff and dust but leaving the structures intact by this sifting.

    But like all kingdoms and rulers before, whose ambition it was to do their own will (Dan. 8:4; 11:3,4,15,16, 36) because they loved the world and the things in it, so too in our days, the powers who do not consider the Creator God but follow only their own course will experience the same consequences. It is their goal to grab as much of the world as possible and hang on to it as long as possible; but like the four old empires sought to gain it all, as they followed their own will, so today, they will lose it all and pass away - since they do not consider the King of kings and the Lord of lords. To win the race, nations and people are called to submit wholly to God and lay down their (our, the citizens) spiritual will to accept only God's will.

    Therefore, after a small beginning in 1798, when it is sprouting like a plant, it is going to reach world wide proportions. It shall be a world super power militarily, economically as well as religiously.

    Looking back in history, where is there such a power west of Rome? (Click here for a review.)

    As the prophecy (13:11) shows, the country had small beginnings. It is also true that it is in many respects the lone super power of the world.

    Dick Cheney said:

    "We are dealing with a terror network that has cells in 60 countries. Such a group cannot be held back by deterrents, nor reasoned with through diplomacy. For this reason the war against terror will not end in a treaty. There will be no summit meetings, no negotiations with terrorists. This conflict can only end in their complete and utter destruction. Many nations throughout the west, in Asia and in the Islamic world are joined with us in a broad coalition against terror. Only we can lead it. Only we can rally the world in a task of this complexity against an enemy so elusive and so resourceful. The United States, and only the United States, can see this effort through to victory. This responsibility did not come to us by chance. We are in a unique position, because of our unique assets, because of the character of our people, the strength of our ideals, the might of our military and the enormous economy that supports it -- we cannot take these for granted."
    In some ways it sounds as if we read Revelation 13:11-18.

    Only the US can do ... this and that ...

    The lamb grew to adulthood And so we look again at this second beast and notice that in its youth it came up out of the earth and had two horns like a lamb. --- What does that mean?

    America in Prophecy

    In Bible prophecy what do horns represent?

    The Ram power Horns grow out of the head of an animal. We recall Daniel 8, the description of the `ram' with two horns. It represents the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians. --- What do the two horns represent? One horn represents the Medes and the other the Persians. ---- The animal itself represents the kingdom. It was a dual kingdom.

    How about the lamb beast of Revelation 13, do these two horns represent two kingdoms? - Yes they do!

    Well, you say, that cannot be. The US is not two kingdoms, it is one!

    Ok. So we will show our readers that the US was established with the idea that it was two kingdoms which are mutually inseparable.

    One is the civil power, and the other is the church. Each of these were to be respected in their own sphere of influence.

    The US was founded on the idea that there are two kingdoms that must be separated one from the other.

    One is the kingdom of God, `Render therefore unto God what is God's and unto Caesar what is Caesar's.' --- Did Jesus recognize that there are two kingdoms? Yes, He most certainly did. --- In fact Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), while your's, `Pilate', is!"

    This idea is called, Republicanism and Protestantism.

    That stands for civil and religious liberty. -- It means a church without a pope and a state without a king. - One of the liberties which the God of heaven gives, is the liberty to investigate, learn and understand the intricacies of all of life and salvation - Mt. 11:29; TM 118; Ev. 233.2.

    Who in Europe during the Middle Ages exerted total and complete control in civil matters? - It was the king. [See here and here for emphasis on how that works.]

    In those days power originated from the top on down.

    Who in Europe during the Middle Ages exerted total and complete control in religious matters? - It was the pope.

    Therefore, the US made a tremendous experiment when establishing this civil land. -- The founding fathers decided to establish something in this country that had never been tried before in the entire history of the world. They wanted a government of the people, by the people and for the people where the power does not flow from up - down, but from the people, from down - up. The founding fathers also created a country whose Congress has only delegated powers. It has no other power; it cannot exercise any other according to Article X of the Amendments to the Constitution.

    This land decided to guarantee, in religious matters, full liberty of conscience to worship God according to the dictates of your conscience without having a pope to tell you how you are supposed to worship.

    This land decided, in political matters, to allow full civil liberty without the government unnecessarily restricting the natural rights an individual was supposed to have.

    Therefore, this nation was established on the principle of `separation of church and state' with full civil and religious liberty. (What the opposite looks like you can read about here). --- Thankfully this principle of civil and religious liberty was incorporated in the constitution of the United States of America.[260] We find it in the `Bill of Rights' which are 14 amendments to the Constitution of the United States which was ratified December 15, 1791. Among those amendments was the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution which is now being maligned and snubbed just like the power said she would do.

    We read it now and observe its three clauses. They are known as (1) `the establishment clause,' (illustrated1 by Dan.3); (2) `the free exercise clause' (illustr. by Dan. 6); and (3) `the civil liberties clause.' Let us read it:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof - or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Rev. 13:11.

    We ask, `What part of making no law respecting establishment of religion ... you don't understand? --- ... It also does not say, `Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a church ... like the religious right tries to interpret this amendment. They say, well, the framers of the constitution meant, the government cannot establish any church but it can treat all churches equally. - That is not what the first amendment says. It does not say, `Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or church, it says "respecting the establishment of religion." That is any religion.

    The free exercise clause says, If I want to worship a nail in the wall, the US cannot prohibit it. While it is kind of dum, we have the right to do it.

    Question: Why did they put religious and civil liberties together in the first amendment to the Constitution? --- Did they understand that there is a very intimate relationship between having religious liberty and civil liberty?

    Yes! They knew very well that you cannot have religious liberty unless you have civil liberty, and vice versa.

    The framers of our Constitution knew that, unless you have civil and religious liberty, and they are separate, people will loose both freedoms and you have no liberty at all.

    The framers of the Constitution knew very well three things:

    1. they knew the history of Europe in the Middle Ages. We notice that the Constitution was passed in 1791 and the deadly wound was inflicted in 1798. They knew very well what happened in Europe during those 1260 years to civil and religious liberty. They knew the following too:
    2. they knew America during the colonial period. Time wise they lived very close to that period in America.
    3. they knew their Bibles.

    They knew that the state killed everyone who was not in harmony with their beliefs. They knew that the right to life is a fundamental liberty we should enjoy. - Can the church say, `If you do not agree with me I kill you?'

    Can the church remove that civil right because of the religious views of that church?

    Absolutely not! Yet, that is exactly what happened in Europe.

    Martyrs like John Huss in 1415, because he was against the selling of indulgences. That you can pay, in order to have your sins forgiven. He taught that we are saved by the righteousness of Christ.[276] He decried the immorality because of impiety, the buying and selling of church offices, the adultery and the injustice among the clergy. -- He was taken to the Cathedral in Constance, tried in their court and delivered to the state to be burned to death at the stake.

    The founding fathers knew this history. They wanted none of that here in the United States to occur. When people forget, do not know, or consider their history, they are liable to repeat it.

    They wanted church and state separated so such atrocities could not happen again. They understood, like Pilate did, that only separation will provide civil and religious liberty. [280]

    When the Puritans fled England after about the period of 1590 into the early 1600's, they looked for better horizons and landed in America. They arrived in Massachusetts in September of 1620. After hardships, they established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Bad thing was, they brought their old world habits to the new world. They wanted to establish a theocracy in the colonies. They decided that,

  • only church members could hold civil offices
  • only church members could occupy government positions.
    (The later 14th amendment forbids that for the federal and state governments.)
  • During the colonial period you could get fined by the civil government for not attending church on Sunday. -- If you insisted on not attending church you could be spending time in jail. --- And some who kept on not attending church were executed.[282]

    Then, people were forced to pay tithe to the civil government so the preachers would get paid. But the difference between religious people and spiritually minded people is this: religious people pay tithe; spiritual people return tithe.

    All of this history was known to the framers of the Constitution. They wanted no part of those days.

    It was Roger Williams, after arriving in Boston in 1631, Roger Williams escaping religious persecutions by the Puritans who became instrumental in providing these liberties. In 1634 he was named pastor of the church in Salem, Massachusetts. His employment did not last long because he spoke about the need to separate church and state. He began to denounce the corruptions that existed already in the colonies - carbon copies of the situation in England and Europe during those, altogether 1260 years which were not to end until 1798. Roger Williams was a strict separationist; he put `liberty of conscience' above the laws of Caesar. Is that biblical or is it not? What does it say in Matthew 22:21? It is the principal of separation between church and state. "Give unto Caesar...", isn't that interesting? And yet there were two beasts in Revelation chapter 13. When did the first one come to a grinding halt? 1798! And about that time another beast rose up, didn't it? Roger Williams could not tolerate any connection between church and state. As a result he fell on hard times. One year after being pastor in Salem, in 1635, he was banished from the colonies. Later he described how he had to walk across huge forests and snow drifts for a little over three weeks, running from the lynch mob who wanted to kill him, because of his beliefs. Finally he arrived in what we call today Providence, Rhode Island. --- Therefore, the name `Providence' is providential, because Williams believed God kept him alive to allow him to establish the Colony of Rhode Island, with Providence as their capital city. He saw to it that in that colony there was to be total separation between church and state. He allowed everyone to come, for in the other colonies Quakers, Jews, Anabaptists and unbelievers were outlawed. Williams said, as long as you obey our civil laws and work hard, you are all welcome to come no matter what your religion is. -- Soon people flocked to Providence like it was a city of refuge. Soon it became apparent, that of all the colonies in New England, the most peaceful and the most prosperous was Rhode Island.

    The framers of the Constitution knew all this because they were still closer in time to it. It was Roger Williams who first coined the phrase of `separation of church and state' in his book, `The Bloody Tenant of Persecution.'[290]

    Roger Williams was way ahead of his time. He understood what the two horns of the lamb represented - full civil and religious liberty with both kingdoms separate from one another.

    Question: Is the conduct of this lamb-like beast going to change - the conduct of this country which was established on liberty and justice for all, the home of the free land of the land of the brave? --- People came here from all over the world to find freedom.

    Revelation 13 says, that this country is going to change on these issues.[300] Instead of guaranteeing civil and religious liberty, it is going to speak as a dragon.

    How does it "speak" like a dragon? -- It is going to help that first sea-beast recover its power by making an image of and to that sea-beast by legislating and causing laws to come about.

    If this lamb-beast is the United States, and to all we pointed out, it is --- is the United States going to come to a point where they are going to establish a system similar to the one which existed in Europe during the Middle Ages? - Yes! Because an `image' is a reflection - it is going to establish a system which is a reflection of the sea-beast which existed in Europe. ---- That means the United States shall repudiate its Constitution and join Church and State, thus helping the Roman power to be completely healed, recovered from its wound and recover its power. --- And this is happening right now.

    Do we have examples? -- President Ronald Reagan worked hand in hand with that power to overthrow the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union according to `Time' magazine and their story of the `holy alliance'.

    We remind ourselves by looking backward, but looking forward, that is where our hope is, Titus 2:13; Jude 1:21.

    Why? Ever since that event people look to the Middle East for cataclysmic events and fulfillment of prophecy to happen. They look at Israel, the Palestinians fighting, they look at Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.

    Many times, in Protestant book stores one cannot find one book which states that the beast is the majority religion in Europe. There is not one book that says that the second beast is the US.

    Remember, we identified them by their location on the map, their time period and by their characteristics. So this is no haphazard conclusion, it is not one to point fingers, it is definitely taught in the Bible. Therefore, dear reader, do not be angry with us, instead study it out.

    Of course Satan would not want anyone to believe that the antichrist sits in its place, Dan. 11:37.[400] He would not want anyone to believe the role Protestantism is playing in Bible prophecy. Of course not. Satan succeeded to deflect people's attention to the wrong place. Even more than before.

    September 11 also has helped the United States step on the stage of global dominion as never before. Militarily, economically and politically it can exercise the clout we find in the prophecy in Revelation 13.

    But that is not all.

    In order for people to go along with this agenda they have to be willing to give up some of their freedoms. That is why, we heard it said, `Oh, I'll be willing to give up some of my freedoms for security.' --- Enter the Patriot Act, and today, after this was first written, we are much further down the path than this act seemed to point forward to.

    We may have mixed feelings for the government about the Patriot Act. There are many things that are less public. Like giving the government permission to spy in churches and to listen in on telephone conversations. To hold people without due process ... But then we look and might say, `What else can the government do?' ---- Who is the fellow behind this whole thing- for people to give up their liberties? --- It is Satan. He caused September 11. --- He is behind it so people would become enslaved to the system, even though the US system did not premeditate to enslave people (however, the one in Europe does).

    Many other issues having to do with the separation of church and state took place and are taking place. Issues on displaying the Ten Commandments. -- What is wrong with displaying them? -- It is the government establishing religion, that is what is wrong with it. -- The government is supposed to keep out of these things. It is supposed to rule only in civil matters.

    Or consider `faith based initiatives.' The President could not get them passed through Congress so he signed an executive order in which the government gives money to church charitable organizations so they can use the money to help people. -- We need to listen up on these events. -- What happens with the charity of the church members? What happens with the control of the government? The government does not give money without telling you how to use it. - It mixes up the state in the affairs of the church, and it mixes up the church in the affairs of the state. - After September 11 Congress took a unanimous vote, 444 to nothing, in which they decided the government should place `In God we Trust' in public schools. -- That is something we should say in church. The state cannot say, `In God we Trust.'

    The sad point of all of this is, that the politicians have no idea what is behind this mixing what the `Bill of Rights' separates.[432] What is causing all of these efforts to undo that. They do not believe or know the Bible, or both.

    We need to pray for our political leaders to have discernment, clarity of thought.[433] That they may understand this prophecy in Revelation 13 where it speaks of Protestantism and the system of Catholicism joining hands to establish a religious/ political union like it existed during the Middle Ages. God's prophecies are no secret. Daniel is the example for that; after each chapter containing prophecies, they are explained.


    What is it that the dragon hates the most?

    Did we not just say, that the two horned lamb-beast is going to end up speaking like a dragon? -- Yes! We did! - Revelation 13:11 does not exactly say what the dragon hates, but our next text does.

    Let us read it,

    "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:7.

    Why was the dragon `wroth' with the woman? Is that anti-Semitism? No. The Semites, the Jews never accepted Jesus or anything about Him. It was wroth because the earth helped Christ viewing the shameful battle fields of history, where millions of his followers have been slain in His name, and for which they will be judged by God and lose eternal life. - We see a priest pray for the dead forbidden in the Bible, Jer. 22:10; Ez. 24:17. her in swallowing up the waters of persecution. `The earth', that is the lamb like beast, the United States helped in its period of tolerance [440] and separation of church and state. This helping of the woman by the early United States to shield the Protestants of Europe from the persecuting power is hinted at, nay, prophecied, in Revelation 12, verses 16 and 17 when it says, "the earth (the new world, further west than Europe) helped the woman (in prophecy a woman represents a {protesting Protestant} church {in this case}) , and opened up her mouth, and swallowed up the flood (of sin and persecution, Lk. 6:47-49; Rv. 12:15) which the dragon (the little horn grown large persecuting power) cast out of his mouth (which speaks great things against the Most High Dn. 7:25)." Thus this little horn power, as it grows, casts the truth to the ground, Dan. 8:12. What truths? We listed them here and here.

    Does the devil like the system of government of the United States? -- The devil hates it because he cannot exert control.[450] He endeavors unceasingly to get rid of this idea of separation of church and state so he can take matters in his own hands. In the end he works through global powers to achieve his goal.

    So "the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war ...".

    That is after the earth helps the woman, right? After the 1260 years!

    And "he went to make war with the remnant of her seed."

    What is it that Satan hates about `the remnant of her seed'?

    He hates it so much because they are those "And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:17).[475]

    The prophetic beasts represent earthly governments. Their false, religious character is shown by their fierce persecution of God's people. Governments alone may war against other governments but they do not persecute people unless they are controlled on account of (false) religion. Revelation 13:1,2 glances forward from the time of the dragon trying to destroy the man child after he was born, by bringing the composite leopard beast, successor of the dragon, into the foreground for it is the power which persecuted the church for 1260 years. The change in representing the Roman Empire from a dragon to a leopard beast signifies a change in its religious character; from paganism to its Christian form, which occupy the same territory. Their character, working influence, duration and eventual fate is the same. Christianity, however, was prevailing against paganism, sweeping away its idols, and dismantling its temples producing a change in the religious character of the empire when pagan Rome became religious Rome. The religious element of that dragon turned composite leopard beast was touched resulting in persecution. The beast hates those of the remnant who `keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.' The leopard beast's character is parallel to that of the little horn:

    1. Both speak against the Most High, Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:6.
    2. Both make war against the saints and overcome them, Dan. 7:21; Rev. 13:7.
    3. Both speak great things, Dan. 7:8,20; Rev. 13:5.
    4. The little horn arose toward the end of pagan Rome, so too the leopard beast receives its authority from pagan Rome, Rev. 13:2.
    5. Both exercise power for the same time period, Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:5.
    6. At the end of that period the `saints, times and laws' were taken out of the "hand" of the little horn, Dan. 7:25, as the leopard beast himself was led into captivity, Rev. 13:10.[495]

    Where is that remnant going to arise at first? -- It says the earth helped the woman, so they are going to start off first in the United States. -- This remnant is going to teach that you are supposed to keep the commandments of God. They are repairers of the breach, Isaiah 58:12-14. ... and prophecy foretells that among the remnant there will be the `testimony of Jesus.' -- Now, why are Protestants not standing in line to find out what that testimony of Jesus really is? What do they say?[500] They have been prejudiced against the gift of prophecy by their leaders. The Bible teaches that the gift of prophecy can exist till Jesus comes again. The Bible teaches also how to recognize the true from false manifestations of this gift and what the conditions are under which it operates. A primary condition is revealed here, because God normally sends prophets to His church only when it is keeping His commandments. Notice how Lamentations 2:9b (KJV) puts it: "The law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord." [550] But notice and be reminded, the punctuation in the Bible is not inspired. The semicolon was not there in the Hebrew text. A semicolon implies that the next phrase is disconnected from the phrase before. Therefore, we may place a comma and read the text like this, "The law is no more, and because of that her prophets find no vision from the Lord." The NIV, NKJV and GNB Bible translation say it this way, "... the law is no more, and her prophets no longer find visions from the Lord." We notice, these renditions use a comma instead of a semicolon. - Israel forsook to keep the law of God which resulted in God withdrawing His gifts, Ez. 7:26; Prov. 28:9. Among these gifts was the gift of prophecy.

    The framers of the Constitution also knew the Book of Daniel and how it describes what caused persecutions in Babylon and Persia.

  • Daniel 3 illustrates the danger of violating the establishment clause.
  • Daniel 6 illustrates the danger of violating the free exercise clause.
  • The United States is the greatest nation on earth because of the principles it was built upon. Principles which Satan hates and which he will soon overturn in this country.

    Let us pray that we will not be on the wrong side in this conflict. People must come out of the system of Babylon and the false prophet. The Bible says, `Come out of her.' (Rev. 18:4).

    It is high time to bring these messages so people will come out, for the powers that do these terrible things, are planning to get people used to see the power of the government over their lifes, through military actions, the working together of mixing chemicals so people will breath them in and get sick from having be prepared for that by supposed help in impfen.


    The Image and Mark of the First Beast, the Sea Beast

    How did the second beast, the land beast (recall here), arise, which at first was an innocent lamb? This lamb, turned beast, sets up an image to and of the first beast, which is also known as the sea beast, Rev. 13:1,14, because, unlike the second beast, the first beast arose out of the sea over there in Europe.

    What does that have to mean when a beast sets up an image to and of another beast?

    It changes its character from being peaceful to being abusive. It made "war with the saints", Rev. 13:12,16.

    What was the main characteristic of the (first) sea beast?

    It is a persecuting power, Rev. 13:7.[680]

    What did the sea beast join during the 1260 years?

    It joined church and state, for the United States shall repudiate that church and state must be separate, the principal which is agitated especially today. In the process of joining church and state or reaching over the abyss of (church) history of many centuries, it will shake hands with the sea beast and bring to an end the United State's unique contribution and secret of its success, the separation of church and state.[700] This separation brought millions into this country who sought those liberties to work and thrive and contribute to this land.

    As the lamb like creature, turned (second) beast, repudiates the first amendment of the constitution, that Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, in the course of time this former lamb like beast is going to enforce the receiving of the `mark of the beast.' We know God calls His people to obedience and trust, while in contrast, following the beast involves disobedience to God. Let us remember that the `image of the beast' is different then the `mark of the beast' and the `number of the beast' is different too. We already identified the sea beast as the Roman system and the second land beast we identified as the United States of America. The image of the sea beast that the second beast makes is what? It is a replica of the system of government that the sea beast had during the 1260 years; the image of the beast is therefor that form of Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches will seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. In this effort Rome and Protestantism will unite.

    The Mark of the Beast

    Now we want to talk about the `Mark of the Beast.' We read:

    "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:" Rev. 13:16.

    We read that the second beast "causes". What does that mean? It means he forces everyone to receive the mark of the beast in the right hand or in the forehead.[720] Once this mark is imposed, they have set their character in such a way that it will be easy for them to accept the `mark of the beast.' - `Oh, why not just switch the day of worship, what is the big deal?'

    Because the `fear or honoring of God' has not gone down deeply into them, they are unable to distinguish between worshiping the living God from worshiping the beast. They have accepted the principles and concepts, the propaganda of the beast and its image all along, and when the day comes for the imposition of the mark, it will be easy for them to make such a switch.

    The Critical Importance of this Message.

    Thoughts turn into actions and actions into habits. Our habits define our character and it is only by having the character of Jesus that we will be worthy to inhabit a pure and holy land. That is why how we live now is such a critical issue, to examine our habits to be sure that we worship the living God in truth; that our faith is pure; that we are in submission to the Lord God in Heaven. Thus we are to reflect the words, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. ... for love suffers long, and is kind, love envies not ... is not puffed up." 1Cor. 13:1,4. If any man worships the beast and its image, if they submit, if they bow down on the proverbial plain of Dura (Dan. 3:1), then they change allegiance to the beast power.[730]

    But there is a contrasting sign to this `seal' or `mark' sign. We find it in the very next chapter of Revelation.

    "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." Rev. 14:1.

    Who are the 144,000? According to Rev. 14:4 they are the first fruits offered unto God, that means they are the best of the fruits of the harvest, Numbers 18:12. And since the longer part in Revelatoin 14:1-3 dwells on them worshipping before the Throne of God, that must be a main characteristic of them. Thus they are the ones described in 1.Peter 2:21-23 who overcame sin and have no guile; deceit, treachery in their mouth like Jesus. They are those who are "holy and without blame" (Eph. 1:4), they do not murmure or dispute with you that they "may be sons of God" (Phil. 2:13-15). Thus we may say that the 144,000 are characterized by what Jesus said:

    1. they love attending meaningful worship services,
    2. they love even their enemies,
    3. they bless those who curse them,
    4. they do good to them who hate them,
    5. they pray for those who persecute them - Matthew 5:43.

    God's people pray for all of these with supplication and thanksgiving, Phil. 4:6, for they will sing before God, before the Throne of God a song that no one else could learn for they came out of great tribulation and were found worthy.

    What then is the contrast between Rev. 13:16 and Rev. 14:1?

    We have two marks that are placed on or in the forehead. These are two contrasting signs. We have the seal of God and we have the mark of the beast. The seal of God is placed on those who have come to Mt. Sinai, by cooperating with God in keeping His commandments, before they come to Mt. Sion, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebr. 12:22). In the next text this contrast is also shown.

    Let us read the following scripture,

    "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 free man, 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?" Rev. 6:15-17.

    Are these those who are going to be lost when Jesus comes?

    Did you notice that this is the same group of people which will receive the mark of the beast? Let us compare the characteristics of them.

    "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 free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains." Rev. 6:15.
    1 - the kings (basileus)
    2 - the great men (megistanes)
    3 - the rich men (plousios)
    4 - the chief captains (chiliarchos)
    5 - the mighty (dunatos) men
    6 - the bondmen (doulos)
    7 - the free (eleutheros) men
    "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.
    1 - kings are not mentioned, only causers
    2 - the small (mikros)
    3 - the great (megas)
    4 - the rich (plousios)
    5 - the poor (ptochos)
    6 - the free (eleutheros)
    7 - the bonded (doulos)
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    We notice that four of these characteristics match perfectly. Therefore we see a good correspondence between these two verses in Revelation.[770] The same terminology is used. We have here two different descriptions of the same event.

    Next we should notice that in Revelation 7 we have a contrasting group.

    "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
    And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God (in contrast to the mark): and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
    Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads."
    Rev. 7:1-3; Eph. 1:13.

    This passage says then, do not release the winds [800] so that the cataclysmic events of the end of chapter six do not take place until we have a chance to seal the servants of God in their foreheads. - So, we have here in Revelation two contrasting views of the saved and the lost.

    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 strained, restless relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they realize that something great and decisive is about to take place - that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis, Joel 1:15.

    Angels are now restraining the winds of strife, until the world shall be warned of its coming doom; but a storm is gathering, ready to burst upon the earth, and when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture. . . .

    A moment of respite has been graciously given us of God. Every power lent us of heaven is to be used in doing the work assigned us by the Lord for those who are perishing in ignorance. The warning message is to be sounded in all parts of the world. . . . A great work is to be done, and this work has been entrusted to those who know the truth for this time. We are to know that our guardian angel (Matth. 18:10) is looking upon us not to delay our complete surrender to Jesus Christ.

    Continuing, that surrender to Christ we must forever keep before our eyes, for the Christian world at large is in great darkness, for they do not discern the times we live in. Rome is right now employing every trick in its centuries old books of tricks to install its far reaching plans and influence that it was enjoying during those 1260 years of Rome's supremacy. They want to install their former influence and increase their power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to

    1. regain control of the whole world (the US military is in some 40 nations), to
    2. re-establish persecution, and to
    3. undo all that Protestantism has done.

    Catholicism is gaining ground upon every side. What will this fierce and determined conflict be like?

    Assembly of God Churches and Rome Protestants, fundamental Christianity, have tempered with and patronized the majority religion in Europe for a lengthy time now. They have made compromises and concessions which papists themselves are surprised to see, and fail to understand. Men are closing their eyes to the real character of Romanism, and the dangers to be apprehended from her supremacy, they don't realize that any movement in favour of religious legislation is really an act of concession to Rome, which for so many ages has steadily warred against liberty of conscience, GC 234.2, 235.1; 565.4; Mar 131. The people need to be aroused to resist the advances of this most dangerous foe to civil and religious liberty. While Protestants today are patronizing Rome, a few of the Protestants knew about the Mark, the Image of the beast and the seal of God fairly well, like Sabbath keepers know them today, way back in 1657, in the days following the reformation. They know why Protestants shunned any practices during worship services practiced in the church of Rome. Most of our churches don't even know what they are. Over time some have managed to creep in and God's people have fallen back into Roman devised worship styles. (See Encyclo under `mark' and `seal').

    Right in our days they are enacting what we are talking about. People hardly know it, but those three goals have been shaping what America has been changing into recently. Carefully observing the trends one can see that these goals are not being accomplished directly, but very indirectly in such a way that almost no one notices, or would believe it if you told them - such as indirectly through hundreds of Rome's daughters which are not generally known to be controlled by Rome. Only careful students of prophecy are aware or those who are part of the Roman hierarchy and part of the midst of it, and then, when they read and receive understanding of Bible prophecy, can they know and come out of it.

    A tip, which may help readers to realize the depth of deception going on, are for instance the symbols used by Islam - like `the star if Islam' symbol they use, made by two squares rotated against each other to form an 8 point star pattern, compared to the `star of David' made by two triangles to form a six point star which first surfaced in the Middle Ages when Jesuits succeeded in infiltrating Judaism and formed the Cabala, see `Time' magazine, Sept 13, 2010. Both of these religions are controlled by Jesuits through Masonry. That is what is so amazing, the powers today seem not to care if they face wars, etc. Why? Because they know all nations (Israel, Iran) are under Masonic control, which is positioning itself to break upon the whole world the three goals pointed out in prophecy.

    In chapter 6 and 13 we find that those, who are crying for the rocks to fall upon them, will be the ones having the mark of the beast. On the other hand in chapter 14 we find that those, who receive the seal of God, will be preserved in the midst of ruin, when destruction comes, for they most of all value their commitment to remain true to Jesus.[840]

    Two contrasting groups. In other words, at the end of time, when Jesus comes, there are only two groups in this world. Those who have the seal of God, and those who have the mark of the beast. [844] Those who have the seal of God will be saved and those who have the mark of the beast will be lost. None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict. Peter said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that fears (honors, obeys) him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him." Acts 10:34,35.

    Question: In light of this, how important is it to know what the Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast are?

    Is it a matter of life and death? - Absolutely!

    To identify the `mark of the beast' we have to know first, who the beast is. Let us study that now. This RC system must then have a mark which the US is going to "cause", that is, enforce by law. Therefore we shall need to know what that mark is.

    In order to understand the `seal of God', particularly in Revelation 7:1-3, we need to go back to the Old Testament. Without that background it is not possible to come to logical conclusions on the content and intent of the Book of Revelation. - We must go back to those portions of the OT which tell the story of Israel just before their Babylonian captivity for that captivity occurred because of their sins.[1000] In the end time, this world will also be destroyed because of the sins committed by its inhabitants. To study this we go to the Book of Ezekiel which tells us in chapter one that God is coming in judgment upon apostate Israel. God is represented as coming from heaven to the Jerusalem Temple to judge Israel because Israel has been in reckless apostasy against God.

    God had a right to do that to Israel for we studied already that God had `married' Israel, Ez. 16:8. He married no other nation, he made Israel His bride on Mt. Sinai. When we continue to read in Ezekiel we discover that Israel became an unfaithful bride. An unfaithful wife. She started being a harlot or whore, Ez. 16:30.

    Along with being a great harlot, Israel also committed great abominations and fornications with the kings of the earth (neighboring nations), Ez. 16:2. We learned how Israel decked herself with gold, silver, pearls and precious stones, items much sought after by museums via their archaeologists today. - We also learned that Israel has daughters (Samaria, Sodom & Jerusalem). That means she does not do her sins alone, she does them with her daughters, Ez. 16; 23 the whole chapters. - God also names the worst abomination that is being committed among His professed people which is sun worship.[1050] Therefore, we must remember that Ezekiel 16 and 23 is not talking merely about the Babylonians, the Philistines, the Assyrians or Egyptians, - it is talking about those who profess to be God's people. That we must remember to understand the Book of Revelation.

    Let us read some scriptures of the sins committed before the Babylonian captivity.

    "And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments." Ez. 23:40.

    " 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.
    Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose." Ez. 8:16,17.

    During His life among his brethren on earth, nothing could provoke Jesus to any degree of anger. He never debated with his brothers. He listened and spoke quietly at all times. That way He would never drive them away or destroy good family relations. Jesus trusted His Father, he was always kind, he never hurt or dismayed anybody, but people, religious leaders, treated him like bulls, like lions, full of poison and ready to condemn, Psalm 22. At length the Lord shows Ezekiel what the worst abomination is, the one on top of the list. We read,

    "... O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
    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.
    Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.
    Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." Ez. 8:15-18.

    Why was "worshipping toward the east" such a terrible abomination? - Because by worshipping toward the sunrise they were worshiping the sun like all the pagans around them did, they were trampling upon God as the Creator. They were really claiming that anyone or more of these gods: Baal, Ashera, Astarte, Ishtar, Amon-re or Mithra was their creator. At issue, by worshiping the sun, was their failure and rejection to worship God as the one who made everything, their Creator. They saw God as being angry, a God who must be appeased, not as a God of `agape' love.

    But again, why was that so bad? --- Because such abominations and false worship led Israel to shed the blood of innocent people in Jerusalem. [1200] You can read about that shedding of blood in the following scripture,

    "And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands." Ez. 23:45; Jer. 7.

    Because of these terrible conditions among those who forsook worshiping the only true God and instead worshiped the sun God, God said, `I am going to come in judgment against this people.' For remaining in such errors makes it impossible for God to reach them and bring them in harmony with His government.

    Ezekiel tells us, where the judgment is coming from:

    "Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
    Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land." Ez. 7:1,2.

    Does anyone reading this, recall reading about `four corners' in Revelation chapter 7?

    How there were four angels at the four corners holding the winds, and when they were released, what follows? - Destruction!

    Here in Ezekiel God is saying destruction is coming upon the four corners of the land of Israel - the whole country. This is a definite connection between Ezekiel and the Book of Revelation.

    But before God comes in judgment against Israel, those who claim to serve Him, who are committing abominations, fornications, shedding innocent blood, dominating the multitudes and people, being unfaithful to God, playing the harlot - before God comes in judgment and in punishment against them - there is a work that needs to be performed because not everyone was unfaithful to God. God has to separate a people. That work is described in the following scripture:

    "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 (angels) with his destroying weapon in his hand.
    And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen [1300], with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar.
    And the glory of the God of Israel
    (Hebr. Ichabod) was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called [1400] 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
    (after the sealing is finished), 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." Ez. 9:1-6.

    This passage is not talking about a judgment against some heathen nation, it is talking about the capital of God's chosen people, the city where God's Temple stood and where priests were supposed to offer offerings to the Lord God. - Here we learn that God's judgment will come over his own people. But before that judgment comes, God separates out those few, who were faithful, who sighed and cried over those abominations to save them from the destruction. A picture of end times.

    Israel was in a terrible apostasy. The leaders, the priests, scribes and princes were the instigators by pushing their apostasy. Their minds were utterly polluted by idolatry and immorality. They had become the most hardhearted people in the world, the hardest to impress with truth. Already since the time of Elijah, who was fed by a widow outside of Israel, God's people did not live up to the knowledge God brought to them. And so it was that the Syrian Naaman was healed of leprosy while Israelite lepers remained defiled. These are illustrations on what happens to a people who reject light of understanding divine truths from God.

    This message ought to cause us to look around today, in our own churches - are abominations being committed among Christian churches today? The lack of sessions in churches to pray, confess sins and repent leads to only one conclusion, church leaders, pastors, church officers, church members do not recognize sin. They are far removed from serving the Creator God in acceptable worship. No matter how pious and sincere they sound. We must sigh and cry for all of us to come before the Lord, confess, repent and change Our ways. God does not change. We must change. And an obvious change which must come is this, God's faithful people must keep the borders of the Sabbath and Sabbath itself faithfully. - Often, preaching in churches, is most inadequate, untimely and blind to what people need to hear in these last days. Too many pastors are spreading not bad, but untimely ideas, when they must preach what the 3 angels shout from heaven. Today there are churches that call themselves `Free Church.' Often these are composed of members who came from mainline churches. They are searching for truth. They want to know who the antichrist is, how to keep the Sabbath, etc. Here they can find the answers. Jesus comes soon and people will not be ready unless we reform our ways and get serious.[1455] Dear reader. Keep God's Sabbath holy, for it is God's test for citizenship in heaven.

    We are bidden to do this. Closely examine your own heart as in the light of eternity. Hide nothing from your examination. Search, oh! search, as for your life, and condemn yourself, pass judgment upon yourself, and then by faith claim the cleansing blood of Christ to remove the stains from your Christian character. Do not flatter or excuse yourself. Deal truly with your own soul. And then as you view yourself a sinner, fall, all broken, at the foot of the cross. Jesus will receive you, all polluted as you are, and will wash you in His blood, and cleanse you from all pollution, and make you fit for the society of heavenly angels, in a pure, harmonious heaven. There is no jar, no discord, there. All is health, happiness, and joy.

    This world is a training school for the higher school, this life a preparation for the life to come. Here we are to be prepared for entrance into the heavenly courts. Here we are to receive and believe and practice the truth until we are made ready for a home with the saints in light.

    Thank God, that He will seal his faithful people, so that when the destruction comes they are spared.

    What happens when God finishes His work of judgment?

    The Bible tells us the answer,

    "Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
    And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city (the Mt. of Olives)." Ez. 11:22,23.

    When God is finished separating all the righteous from the wicked, the Bibles says, that the glory that was in the Temple departed from it and Jerusalem was forsaken. Yaweh is no longer their shield. Their defender has become their enemy because they have joined the camp of His enemies, the idols. It speaks of the cherubim angels of the `Ark of the Covenant', in type, as leaving their place. Thus we see the word of God does not violate our human understanding how things can move by using the idea of wheels. Thus symbolically, and if we could see with spiritual eyes, actually, angels left and interceded and communicated no longer with His people. As a result, some foolishly try to discern the future by studying the abdominal entrails of animals like sheep to learn the future. They wanted to know what awaited them, but not on God's terms. - Jerusalem was now a city which no one could defend. The city was desolate and ready for destruction, Ez. 12:20.

    What historical event fulfilled the destruction of Jerusalem? [1460]

    The Bible tells us, that after the work of sealing, there came a terrible crisis over Jerusalem. The account of this we find written in the funeral dirge of Jeremiah, in the Book of Lamentations (Lam. 4). When Nebuchadnezzar encircled the city, he breached the walls and this is what happened ... ...[1470]

    "Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand." 2.Chr. 36:17 cmpr. Ez. 9:6; Ps. 74:3.

    Why did all of this have to happen? -- Because they were committing what?

    They were committing abominations! The people rejected the divine ordinances, Ez. 5:6-9. They brought about social injustices and disregard for the sanctuary, Amos 5:18ff. The result was religious, social and political chaos, Amos 5:7; 6:12. They were much like the people in the nations of today.

    And the greatest abomination they committed was to worship the sun god.[1478] Disregarding the day of the Creator God. Turning their back to the Most Holy where God's holy law was enshrined in the Ark of the Covenant and turning their faces toward the east. - - - Friends. God never changes, Mal. 3:6; Hebr. 13:8. That means He would never set aside, nullify, destroy a jot, tittle or letter in any of his 10 laws he engraved into tables of stone. These tables are so sacred that God did not allow them to fall into the hands of the Babylonians or any other wicked people. They are a copy of God's Law kept in the heavenly sanctuary. -- Do not dare to change them but keep them and you will be saved. -- But people forgot God's warning messages and they look upon their works and how they prosper and take that as their cue that they are all right with God, when examination by the Word would show them their sins which reach unto heaven. The Lord's teaching sometimes contains rebukes and warnings one would rather forget. But to do so is dangerous. Paul, after reviewing the historical failures of ancient Israel, tells the church in Corinth that God had them recorded for their admonition, 1.Cor. 10:6,11. The successes of churches is often due to dodged work and Satan's lack of strafing them for he has them in his pocket.

    That is what God's professed people do when they flaunt God's holy seventh day Sabbath and worship their god on Sundays religiously, Jer. 17:27. But when to start and when to finish keeping it, they do not know and give the Lord just enough hours as it pleases them. Each week they commit the worst abomination which caused the destruction of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple and brought them into a 70 year captivity. --- There will not be any more captivities, but God's final judgment day. [1500]

    Even some of the professed people of God have no excuse: Those who are part of Sabbath keeping church institutions, yet teach evolution, and those who teach creation and show creation to be true, yet, they still commit this great, terrible abomination in God's sight and trample on His holy Sabbath day. But Satan has his followers in both camps, those defending creation and those denying (Modus Tollens) or marginalizing it.[1510] Most adherents of these groups trample on God's holy day. That is not of God and He shows in His Word that eventually God-send- destruction will come upon those who break His Commandments and teach others to do so, for we read,

    "For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind (fast, suddenly), to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword the Lord will judge (or plead) with all flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many." Isa. 66: 15,16, NKJV

    In our fathers days and in our days we see these prophecies starting to be fulfilled. If you haven't noticed anything unusual, it is, because some and even many of those who were in the middle of it are now dead or injured.

    "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." Acts 2:19; Joel 2:30.

    What does it mean by, `there were voices'? We read,

    23:23 "And they (the multitude) were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
    23:24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
    23:25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will." Luke 23:23-25.

    Perhaps some Congressional hearings in D.C., Conclaves in Rome, meetings in church pastor's offices, Bundestag meetings in Berlin, Parliamentary hearings in London and in the Kremlin, Knesset meetings in Jerusalem, demonstrations in the cities may sound like this.

    In time things will escalate even more, until . . .

    "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. 16:18,20,21.

    Jeremiah and Ezekiel show at length that Nebuchadnezzar was given license to destroy Jerusalem, because Israel was not keeping God's holy Sabbath. Jeremiah's inspired words, "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall seek for me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13). This admonition, if heeded, would get God's people out of their Laodicean condition.[1520] Only a thorough reformation is acceptable to God. Today wickedness leads people to laugh about and scorn God's holy day just like they did then, See Lamentation 1:7-10.

    Nebuchadnezzar entered Jerusalem, destroyed and burned it and led Israel captive to Babylon because of their rebellion against God. Long before that, even in the desert wilderness, Israel was constantly rebellious and when she entered Canaan she was in rebellion too - more than once - and it is still today - until this will happen. Today, God's wake up call will also be severe. We may be headed straight into it.

    The Bible tells us what God gave Israel to protect them from rebellion.

    "And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God." Ez. 20:20.

    "Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." Ez. 20:12.

    Distorted teaching today assumes God abrogated His sacred Sabbath in favor of Sunday because of the resurrection. Why would God change something like that without an explicit statement in His word? The explicit statements to such a change occur only in documents of the RCC, whereas the Word of God reaffirms again and again His holy seventh day (Saturday) Sabbath day. As we just read, man may know something about God, the Great God of the Bible, John 17:23. For only by knowing Christ can we know God. Only by the law and the testimony do we have light. Christians everywhere need to face up to the commands of God and not of man. Read the Bible, don't ask your preacher is what God says.

    The scriptures we just quoted say, that Sabbath keeping reminds those who keep that day, who God is. [1550] What does that mean? (See sabbatismos in the NT) --- We could think of the inverse when using that assertion. ---- It means that those who do not keep the Sabbath have another god before them. And we are reminded of the words in Proverbs 28:9. No matter how skilled their preaching is, how mightily they work - in final analysis, they come short of the glory of God but are high up on the glory to Baal.

    While God may overlook times of ignorance, with the readily available numbers of Bibles around today, hardly anyone ought to have an excuse; if he can read. All that is required is to read Exodus 20. There we find God's eternally valid Law in any language (ca. 5,500) available in the world. If man would have faithfully kept the Sabbath, evolution would never have arisen as an explanation of origins while at the same time seeking to destroy faith in Creation by the hand of God. If Israel would have kept the Sabbath, Jerusalem also would never have been destroyed, Jer. 17:27. For you see God said so and it was. Jesus said so and the centurions servant was healed. When God speaks, His word creates immediately. It happens right away, for He Is the Creator. If it would take time, that would be evolution. Israel failed because they trusted in "We, I" will do it. They professed to believe in the creative power of the word of God, yet in their own lives they left it out. That is why those were evolutionists. The Centurion had great faith, he believed that the spoken word only was needed for healing. He was a Creationist. That is so because whoever lets time pass between the spoken word and the accomplished task, is an evolutionist. This way too, comes "a clean heart" by creation, Ps. 51:10.

    But who was to be blamed for the unfaithfulness of Israel?

    We read,

    "A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" Jer. 5:30,31.

    That is where the unfaithfulness of Israel came from. So it is today. The leaders of churches, pastors and theologians are to be blamed today for leading millions of professed Christians astray. Yes, the people also carry some blame. Today too. They `love to have it so.'

    That smells like blatant enmity and hostility toward the only true Creator God. It is abomination to the highest degree and soon we will see calamities taking lives and this world will go down on a path of destruction.

    Or read these words. The same idea,

    "The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit." Jer. 2:8.

    Let us paraphrase that in a free rendition. Here it goes,

    "The ministers, teachers, reverends, priests, bishops and popes said not, `Where is the Lord?' and they that handle the law, the same people, knew me not: the pastors of all these churches also transgressed against me, and the prophets, the theologians who predict how the Bible ought to be understood, prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit." [1600]

    I hope we all get the point. We must be more faithful to the Word. Not to people telling us what is in the Word. It does not take a degree to understand the Bible, just willingness, consecration, prayer, faith and a clear, thinking mind.

    How many groups were there in Jerusalem before the Babylonian destruction? -- There were two groups. One group worshipped the sun, the other group were those who were sighing and crying because of the abominations, particularly the worshipping of the sun being committed in Jerusalem. - - - And this whole scenario is actually transported into the Book of Revelation for the same situation shall happen again in our days.

    We recall that Jesus married the church, `husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved whom? .... the church, Eph. 5:25. God desired to bless His people, and elements of the blessings spoken of by Aaron (Num. 6;24-26), and the prayer of consecration by Solomon (1.Ki. 8:28) are found in the intercessory prayer of Daniel in Dan. 9:17. Despite the destruction and desolation of the earthly Temple, Daniel expected justice, including social justice, by God to come from the heavenly sanctuary. He expected the sedeq 'olamim, "Lord, hearken and do: defer not" (Dan. 9:19) to become reality; which may actually be understood as a reference to the Visible Coming of Christ. We too, today, know this justice will come, since Christ entered already once (Lev. 16:34; Hebr. 10:10-12) into the Most Holy and will clean it at the end of the age, and since the verdict was already known to Daniel, "... and judgment was given to the saints ... that the saints possessed the kingdom," Dan. 7:22.

    Did the church, according to Revelation chapters 2 and 3, after a good beginning, fall away from God and start playing the harlot? -- Yes, she did.

    Almost every conservative, biblical expositor says that Revelations 4th church of Thyatira is the church of the Middle Ages. -- Do you remember who was involved in the church of that time? -- We read it was that harlot woman `Jezebel' who enticed God's servants to be unfaithful to God.

    But by this time Jezebel was long dead and reduced to dust, but it was a church similar to Jezebel who had caused and pushed that slide into unfaithfulness. The church had become a harlot. --- We read:

    "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
    With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." Rev. 17:1,2.[1640]

    In the days of Jesus, the church was totally unprepared to receive the Son of God. Why? Because they were misinterpreting Bible prophecy, the prophecies of the Old Testament. That is happening today too. Most churches misinterpret the prophecies, now those of the Old and New Testament.

    Oh, they say, that is never going to happen again - because Satan is all tied up.

    It rather seems that the majority of the Christian world will be just as deceived over end time prophecies, as the Jews were on the First Coming of Jesus, the Messiah.[1650] -- And yet, they think of themselves as the most favorite of God and look at fulfilled prophecy to the Middle East and the Iranians, Iraqis, Afghans, Jews and Muslims. [What prophecy deals with Mohammedanism is briefly shown here for we certainly must present the people in those countries the Gospel of Christ. The link is meant to help in that someway.]

  • Do we have abominations today? Yes, we do.
  • Do we have fornication - the influencing of governments by the church to do her bidding? Yes, we do.
  • Do we have this woman filled with the blood of the saints? Yes.
  • Is this woman controlling the nations? Yes.
  • Is she decked with silver and gold and all precious things? Yes
  • This harlot woman, does she represent the Muslims?

    Why should that be the case? By what Bible principle would this harlot woman have anything to do with the Muslims?

    Is it because of news articles? What about the Bible? Bible prophecy must be interpreted by the Bible. Not by magazines or newspapers.

    Well, this we said before May 2010. That year I went to India and saw the Taj Mahal. While there I realized its now or never to find signs or symbols of the builders at the Taj, so we might know who they were. I found them only in one place, on top of the dome, and they are telling smbols and you must see the link.

    Remember, the sea beast resides on the city of the seven hills in Europe.

    What Is the Seal of God

    We shall determine the answer from several perspectives.

    First we shall take a brief look at the First Angel's Message.

    Does the First Angel's Message call us to keep God's Holy Law? We refer to where it says, `Fear God and keep His commandments.' (Rev. 14:7) We recall that Ecclesiastes says, Fear God and give glory to Him?' Eccl. 12:13,14.

    Oh, yes, then there are those who say, `But preacher, this is the Old Testament. We are New Testament Christians and do not have to worry about the Sabbath.' [1700]

    Right. That is what they say or something similar. For our answer you may click for several articles which we shall provide a quick link to. Why Not Ask God, Did God Change? and God's Sanctuary, but there are more articles which bear on the subject.

    But let us continue our line of thought. We know that the First Angel calls us to proclaim and keep God's Holy Law. - Does the First Angel call us to worship the Creator by keeping His Holy Sabbath?

    We determined that the answer is `Yes.'

    The First Message therefore contains these main points:

  • Keep God's Holy Law and
  • Worship the Creator God
  • We can hardly claim that we worship the Creator God unless we keep His holy Sabbath which is the `Sign' of the Creator as we read above from the Bible.

    Have you ever noticed the contrast of the First and the Third Angel's Message?

    The Third Angel's Message says, `If anyone worships the What .... ?

    ..... The beast or his image. Putting it that way, could that mean people are trampling on the true Creator? Yes? .... And upon His Holy Sabbath? Yes!

    So is the issue in the Third Angel's Message `worship?' Is the issue worshiping the Creator or worshiping the beast? Absolutely!

    Why does God's word speak so strongly against worshiping the beast? He does because He loves you, the reader. God knows persons cannot possibly be happy who are followers of such a power whose mark they bear and will later receive burnt into their conscience, Rev. 14:11. He knows, in following this power ". . . they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth (continuous form) the mark of his name." Rev. 14:11. There is only a strange, supposed happiness because they can live in sin. As a consequence many drown out their conscience by partaking of all sorts of vices which the beast power supports for they believe that we can drink and eat all we want.[1720] God loves us so much that He warns us in the strongest language known to man, see Rev. 14:9.10. The language of God's love is strong when it is a question of life and death to the one He loves. When God talks about the beast, He does not talk about sincere people who are involved with it "ignorantly." When He identifies it, He is talking about "the system;" the leaders, who know what they are doing, and deliberately disobey and change the word of God. He only holds those accountable who understand what the Bible commands, and knowingly disobey, or, those who turn away from hearing His word and are "willingly ignorant," 1.Peter 5:2. The beast exists now.

    And let us be reminded that the Third Angel's Message ends by saying, "Here are they that keep the commandments of God, ..." Rev. 14:12.

    So the First Angel's Message calls God's people to obedience and trust, to keep the commandments and to worship the Creator, that must mean that in the Third Angel's Message the beast counterfeits the work of the Creator .... and it must mean that he tramples upon the Holy Law of God. ... Because the First and the Third Angel's Messages are in contrast to each other.

    On that note, let us also remember the contrast we have in Ezekiel chapter 8 and 16 and in Ezekiel chapter 9. Let us underline in our mind these contrasts once more.

    One group in Ezekiel 8:16 is worshiping the what? And immediately in the next chapter are those who have what on their forehead? ..... the seal of God. This is also taught in Rev. 14:1,9; 22:4; where the first group has the `Father's name written in the foreheads', and the other the `mark of the beast'. So what is the contrast here? It is the contrast between those who worship the sun and those who have the seal of God. So does the `mark of the beast' have something to do with the sun? --- In contrast to those, who have the seal of God? -- Look at Ezekiel and we find that is true. Absolutely true.

    Let us look at some additional evidence,

    "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deut. 6:5; Ex. 20:1,2.

    What table of the law is that verse dealing with?

    It is dealing with the first table of the law.

    What did God tell Israel to do with this table of the law?

    Notice Deuteronomy 6:8, and thou shalt do what?

    "And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes." Deut. 6:8.

    Does the seal on the forehead have anything to do with God's commandments, particularly with the first table of the law? --- In context, Yes! It definitely has a relationship with the first table of the law. --- Which calls us by the way,

  • to have no other gods,
  • to make no images of God,
  • to not take God's name in vain,
  • and to keep His Holy Sabbath.
  • Let us read also Isaiah chapter 8. Serious Bible students discover that constantly in the Bible, the law is identified with the forehead - with sealing. Notice this reference,

    "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples." Isa. 8:16.

    Again, we have here the idea of sealing the what? ... the law among God's disciples.

    Are we to heed those who say, `Well, this is the Old Testament.' In the New we don't read that?

    Come on. Are you serious? ... Or are we wily when someone says that? ... wily means to wiggle your way out of having something to do which you have no desire to do. You are on a dangerous path when it comes to things pertaining to worshipping God if you do that.

    You see, the Bible teaches, when we are Christ's, we are Israel, Gal. 3:29. What makes us `Israel?' Is it our blood or name? No. We are `Israel' if we belong to Christ. When we are Israel, we are to keep the Sabbath holy. We have to choose, whether we want to belong to the harlot or to God's true church "which are written in heaven . . . the pillar and ground of the truth." Hebr. 12:23; 1.Tim. 3:15.

    Ok, having said that lets go to the New Testament. We read the same idea again and again in its pages. This scripture is actually a quote, that is a reamplification, one that is supposed to reverberate in our ears for all time to come, of the Old Testament.[1750]

    "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them." Hebr. 10:16; 8:10; Jer. 31:33.

    Where is God going to write His law? -- In the mind.

    Where is your mind? It has to do with the seat of our intelligence.

    God will take His law and He will write it into our mind. He will seal it there. So our obedience to it comes naturally, almost without thinking. We are then used to keep His law gladly because we are sealed, Eph. 1:13.

    That is when we have bound God's law as frontlets between our eyes. We delight to do His will.

    That is being a mature Christian. It is the way we have embarked on after we got baptized. Well, some of us on a circuitous route, nevertheless, we are now God's followers and reoccupy our mind, brain, forehead again with these eternal truths and inside we feel that joy rising higher and higher until we brake forth in a shout of `Hosanna, Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Amen.'

    Ezekiel chapter 8 contrasts those who worship the sun-god (followers of Esau) with those who worship God (followers of Abel). --- He contrasts those who receive the First Angel's Message to worship the Creator with those who worship the beast, who must be a counterfeit of the Creator.

    On this same note, time and again, in the Book of Revelation, we find this idea, that the devil is enraged against those who keep the commandments of God. Here is an example,

    "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17.

    The dragon was enraged with the woman. But he is even more vicious against his own followers. Some may think to follow the devil instead of Christ to survive the tribulation in the last days (Dt. 4:30); little do they know that Satan will treat them even worse, (Rev. 19:19,20). - - What does a woman represent? The church. -- How many women do we have in the Book of Revelation? Two. Yes, we have there two women.

    The woman in Revelation 12, is she pure or impure?

    She is the pure church. Do we realize that in Revelation 12 that the true church during the 1260 years was fleeing and was in exile? ... when it says, that the woman fled into the wilderness for 1260 days which are prophetic `day for a year' years, who did she flee from? She fled from the other woman. ---- So, how many churches were there during the 1260 years which span the Middle Ages? --- There were basically two churches the Bible shows. God's true church in Rev. 12, which had an uneasy and often dangerous existence because of persecution, and the ruling harlot church in Rev. 17. There was a persecuted church and a persecuting church. [1770]

    What characteristic does the pure woman, the pure bride of Christ, have, that enrages the devil?

    Oh, Rev 12:17 says, the devil was enraged and wants to make war on the The Seal of God Illustration woman because of what? ... Because he wants to make war on those `which keep the commandments (plural, all), and have the testimony of Jesus.'

    Does the devil hate the Law of God? --- Very much so!

    Let us reflect on something at this juncture. While the devil sowes seeds of hate for his followers, God's people know why the former cannot win, for all they have is hate; and why God's people cannot lose, for they have love; they will say, "Let us open our hearts to God in heaven and pray." Lam. 3:41, GNB.

    Remember that we said, that Daniel 7, Revelation 12 and Revelation 13 all present parallel material.

  • They all begin in the Old Testament.
  • They all refer to Rome.
  • They all talk about a dragon with ten horns (Rev. 13:1, looking back, mentions only the seven horns since three had been uprooted).
  • They all contain a period of 1260 years of persecution.
  • In context even Daniel 7 has this power still existing at the Second Coming of Christ and therefore its wound must be healed before Jesus comes.
  • The `healing of the wound' of Rev. 13 is also found in Rev. 12 when the earth helps the woman and persecution ceases.
  • Therefore these are all parallel passages.



    Revelation 12 - The Pure Church Revelation 13 - The Persecuting Church
    You have Rome ruling when the child was born in chapter 12. You have the dragon beast in chapter 13.
    Then the woman flees from the harlot woman into the wilderness for 1260 years. Then in chapter 13 the woman is persecuted for 42 (Jewish) months (=1260 prophetic years).
    Then in chapter 12 the earth helps the woman. < Help on both sides > Then in chapter 13 the beast receives a deadly wound.
    In chapter 12, after earth helped the woman, the dragon is enraged and goes to make war with those who keep commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, the spirit of prophecy. In chapter 13 after the wound was healed the US (lamb beast) speaks like a dragon. The beast counteracts the testimony of Jesus by raising a counterfeit daughter church which does the bidding of her mother church.
    The characteristic which enrages the dragon (devil) is, because she represents those who keep the commandment, which contains the seal of the Creator God. The characteristic the beast hates in the pure woman leads him to counteract the seal of God by setting up a mark of his own devising.
    Ezekiel 8:16,17 contrasts those who worship the sun god with those who receive the seal of God. God contrasts those who receive the 3rd angel's message, who worship the Creator, with those who worship the beast. Therefore false worshipers must worship a counterfeit creator, who cannot create, but represents only man's determined wisdom, to unseat the Creator God. Thus, the point of distinction between the two classes will be the keeping of God's law, on one hand, and a required refusal to keep it, on the other.


    Herod wanted to kill the child when it was born, the book of Revelation pulls the curtain aside and shows it was the dragon who wanted to kill the child; it presents the history behind the history - the real causes for historical events that are taking place.

    Then it says, the deadly wound is healed, and the United States speaks as a what?

  • the United States speaks as a dragon according to Rev. 13.

  • And Rev. 12 says, that after the earth helps the woman the dragon is enraged with the woman and goes to make war with the remnant of her seed who keep the commandments of God. ...

    What we are getting at is this: In Revelation 12 the final stage of persecution, of the dragon against the woman, is that she keeps the commandments of God and she has the testimony of Jesus.

    If Revelation 13 is parallel to Revelation 12, which it is, then we ask this question:

    Would you expect to find the two characteristics the devil hates also in chapter 13?

    Yes? Of course. What do you suppose the devil hates. Which commandment does the devil hate more than any other commandment?

    First Law, Probation Closes {the second, third}

    How is the campaign to worship God carried out today? Those who think to worship on the first day of the week, do not preach the three angels messages. Their message is based on finding "common ground" with all the other churches and religions. God's Sabbath keeping church has no "common ground", "shared interests", "confessional similarities" with the fallen churches. To claim we have is to lend a certain legitimacy to what they believe. It ought to be plain that we cannot legitimize the workings of the Mark of the Beast and the wine of Babylon spoken of in Revelation. These churches are represented as not being in a good standing with God. Sabbath keeping churches cannot unite with those pushing for Sunday laws. God's people must be made aware that probation, for Sabbath keepers, closes before the first is announced. We must make up our mind now that we will not accept the Mark and Its name. We must be sealed now before everything breaks loose. Our probation closes earlier than for those who do not know these issues, [1771]. The fact is that widespread apostasy matters to God, though primarily is it the apostasy of Christians. Buddhists, Hindus and all the other religions also ought to reexamine if they know the truth - upstart truths like that our earth, life and all that around us was created by God before sin. - Popes cannot save anyone! - The religions must know that sin requires a Savior which they do not have and teach about. Please, seek after the God who can save you out of this world. That is why He raised up a movement which would keep His Law and gave them a special work to perform in these last days. We are not to look for ways to settle down on earth but to get busy helping to close the work on earth. While God desires unity, it cannot be based on erroneous practices. We read, "Christ calls for unity. But He does not call for us to unify on wrong practices. The God of heaven draws a sharp contrast between pure, elevating, ennobling truth and false, misleading doctrines. . . . I urge our brethren to unify upon a true, Scriptural basis." [1772]

    God has raised up a movement to prepare the world for the final events that are taking place before our eyes. We are seeing Sunday laws being passed. Because the world is getting ready for the Mark of the Beast, it must be warned. [1773]

    God has given His people the Sanctuary Message, the Message to proclaim the Investigative Judgment, the 2300 days prophecy, the Health Messages, the Righteousness by Faith Message - the pure and unadulterated truth, to help people prepare for translation and be with God, forever. These doctrines and the work of preparation are summarized in the message of the third angel. for they are different "features" of His work. [1775]

    When we think about the solemn work we are called to do, and the short time we have, we begin to realize that this world is in mortal danger. For the world and the fallen churches of Babylon reject and deny the claims of the work of the third angel. How can we reach them? Notice how it will be done.

    "Those who engage in the solemn work of bearing the third angel's message, must move out decidedly, and in the Spirit and power of God, fearlessly preach the truth, and let it cut. They should elevate the standard of truth, and urge the people to come up to it. It has been lowered down to meet the people in their condition of darkness and sin. It is the pointed testimony that will bring up the people to decide. A peaceful testimony will not do this. The people have the privilege of listening to this kind of teaching from the pulpits of the day. But God has servants to whom he has entrusted a solemn, fearful message, to bring out and fit up a people for the coming of Christ." [1776] Jesus said also, "I tell you ... if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." Lk. 19:40.

    The truth is that God's endtime church is called to teach by its nature contrasting doctrines to those held by Babylon. There is no room to have any kind of relationship with Babylon.

    "He [fellow believers] is not a man who will entertain what he believes to be special light without imparting it to others; therefore it is not safe to give him influence that will enable him to unsettle other minds. It is opening a door through which Satan will rush in many errors to divert the mind from the importance of the truth for this time. Brethren, as an ambassador of Christ I warn you to beware of these side issues, whose tendency is to divert the mind from the truth. Error is never harmless. It never sanctifies, but always brings religious confusion and dissension. It is always dangerous. The enemy has great power over minds that are not thoroughly fortified by prayer and established in Bible truth." [1777]

    God's GYC on Earth

    The God's Sabbath keeping Church calls people out of Babylon, to call them into the Church of Laodicea - from Babylon, into lethargy. Yet God is preparing an upheaval among us, the warm side of us will win. A mighty call to the whole world is our project, a witness, to radically change our life, to get on with the task, have an experience with Jesus Christ taking the lead. And, yes, we look for help from people, willing to join our true Sabbath keeping ranks and take our stand on God's side. When you read this, why don't you contact the GYC, `God's Youth Conference' in the Seventh day Adventist church near you!! Get on fire for God's cause, to turn people's life around from death wishes, to abundant life, through faith In Jesus Christ, and His word for us all. A Christian revolution, which accomplishes something significant in a short space of time, to transform people's life from the regular, every day, hum-drum, to a life with a mission, by joining with people who love the faith they espouse, for it is a power from above.

    What is Satan doing in the mean time?

    Remember, he is going to enforce the `mark of the beast' because he wants to counteract the `seal of God,' and we are reminded of the words, "As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, ... they are striking directly against religious liberty." [1778] We learn here that this is an issue of enforcement, not enactment. Enactment has already happened in 33 states as I hear a while back. --- And, by the way, how does he counteract the testimony of Jesus? The way he tries to counteract the testimony of Jesus, which is identified in Revelation 19:10 [1800] as the Spirit of Prophecy, is by raising up a What? -- By raising up a false prophet or prophets. [1900] They are using their influence to sow disbelief in God's true prophet, of course.

    In other words, the true remnant church of God is going to keep the commandments of God and Revelation 13 says that they have the seal of God in contrast to the mark of the beast, because there is one commandment which is particularly the great issue, that is God's fourth Sabbath commandment, which the RCC moved down into third place in their catechisms and creeds.

    In Revelation chapter 13 it says, that God's people have the testimony of Jesus, they have the gift of prophecy or the admonitions of the gift of prophecy to counteract the work of the false prophet.

    Ancient Seals

    In ancient times, covenants were written between a king and a lesser king on cuneiform clay tablets. When the clay was still wet, the king's seal would be pressed into the center or near the center of the tablet to authenticate and seal the covenant. Since the seal would distort the cuneiform characters, the same text was repeated on the reverse side.

    This we may know about the issuing of a covenant in ancient times, a law could contain a seal which stated the title, name and territory of the king. Similarly the law of God also written on tablets has a seal in its center, albeit, it was not in the form of a signet ring, which contains the name, title and territory of its originator, "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth ...", Ex. 20:11. In other words, our own words,

    The Seal of God: The Lord God is His name, He made, that is created; His title or office is Creator of heaven and earth, that is God's territory, all the universe. Seal's content: Lord - Creator - the Universe

    Therefore the Giver of the law governs. There is only one commandment in the law of God, which is located at the very center, and which contains God's name, office and territory.

    And you know what? Satan hates this law the most. How is that shown by the beast, the harlot woman? ... Have you ever read in a catechism? Most catechisms that I have read in, have the Roman version of the ten commandments. And you know what? -- In it they abbreviated God's fourth law. Not only that, they also made unauthorized changes in the wording of this law turning it into a tongue twister:

    "Remember thou keep holy the sabbath day." `The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine', p. 38. [1940],

    That is all there is. They left out the seal of God.

    The devil hates the Sabbath, the fourth commandment, because it is the law which identifies God as the only true God and as the Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is; but the worshipers of God will be especially distinguished by their regard for the 4th commandment - since this is the sign or seal of His creative power, and the witness to His claim upon man's reverence and homage.

    All that is in what? -- All that is in the heavens, all the angels, the galaxies, the globular galaxies, the black eye galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy, all the stars and our sun and planets and so on and on ...

    That being so, what then would the mark of the beast be? --- Remember, we are dealing with opposites here.[1950]

    The mark of the beast must represent an opposite day of worship!

    It must have something to do with the day of the sun. Recall Ezekiel Sun disks - RCC, Krishna, Hindu and Buddhist (Japan) chapter 8 and Revelation chapter 7 which talk about the same seal. How did all these religions evolve? It takes only one father, one generation, who is unable or forgot to pass on his knowledge of the faith In God, the Creator, and the history of his family and people, and such knowledge will be lost. That is how the tribes on earth lost sight of the only true God.

    We are saying that some people worship at least not openly today the sun as much as they worship on the day of the sun. But the art of these religions tell the story as shown here and here.

    Well, you may say, `That is not the same thing.'

    If not, why do we read in the Scriptures continually not to worship

    1. man made relics, or idols, Ps. 97:7; 1.Cor. 8:10; Rev. 9:20
    2. images, Gen. 31:19; 2.Chr. 34:3-7.
    3. according to pagan practices as carried on in their groves, Jer. 17:1-3.
    4. the moon, planets or stars, Deut. 4:14-20.

    Did God make the sun for us to worship it?

    No.

    So what happens if people make it an object of worship? What is that called?

    It is called idolatry.

    Now, who made the first day of the week?

    God did. Did God make that day for worship?

    Show us from the Bible that God made the first day of the week for worship.

    Oh, they say, Jesus was resurrected on that day!

    So? Where does it say that we are supposed to keep the first day of the week in honor of His resurrection?

    It is merely a human assumption, when the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation that we are supposed to keep the Sabbath day holy in honor of the Creator. When Revelation references "the beginning of the creation of God" (Rev. 3:14; Mk. 10:6), it was an instantaneous creation (Ps. 33:6,9; Heb. 11:3) as God `spoke' during each day and it was (Ex. 20:11). Inspiration references Jesus as the "true Witness" and Creator who made the Sabbath day; and we recall that God cannot lie, Titus 1:2; - and we know, if Biblical Creation were not true, we would not know anything! [2033]

    This is a vital issue in the world today. For there are Sabbath keepers and first day keepers all around the world. Let us be faithful Sabbath keepers.

    So, what happens if you convert the first day of the week into a day of worship?

    It is idolatry. -- It does not matter if it is an object or a day. Anything that you make for worship that God did not make for worship is idolatry.

    Yet. There are many idolaters that do not know any better. And God will wink at their ignorance (Acts 17:30), if they did not have a chance to know the truth. But He will hold us responsible if we do not keep His law.

    If they knew, they would come out of Babylon.

    If you know, do come out and keep God's Holy Sabbath holy.

    What we really studied now is what the Bible says the little horn thought he could do. What did the little horn think he could do?

    Let us read it in the Bible,

    "I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. ... And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them ... And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."

    And we recall that the word "times" in the Bible means God's prophetic calendar, Acts 1:7.
    "But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end." Daniel 7:8,20,21,25,26.

    He shall think to change times and the law.

    "Thus says the Lord of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law." Haggai 2:11.

    Has the Roman Church claimed to have changed God's law?

    Yes! They did so frequently. They make no bones about it.

    J.F. Snider, in 1895, wrote a letter to Cardinal James Gibbons and asked him, whether it was true that the Sabbath was the day of rest. This is the question he asked, `Does the Roman Church claim the act of changing the observance of the Sabbath to the first day of the week as a mark of her power?'

    Here is the answer:

    "Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. ... And the act is a Mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." [Letter from C.F. Thomas in behalf of Cardinal Gibbons, dated October 28, 1895.]

    September 1, 1923, `The Catholic Record'.

    "Sunday is our mark of authority. .. The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." [Catholic Record', Sept. 1, 1923.]

    Check out what one of their Leaders said,

    "He alone promulgates law; he alone is absolved from all law. He alone sits in the chair of St. Peter, not as mere man, but as man and God ... His will is law; what he pleases has the force of law." [Pope John XXII in one of his edicts. Milman's `History of Latin Christianity,' Vol. VII, book XII, Chap. VI.]

    Here is one more quotation. Father Enright, longtime president of `Redempters College of America.'

    It was the Roman Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday, the first day of the week. And it not only compelled all to keep Sunday but urged all to labor on the seventh day under pain of anathema. Protestants profess great reverence for the Bible, and yet by their solemn act, in keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the power of the Roman Church. The Bible says, `Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy', but the Church says, `No! Keep the first day of the week.' And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverend obedience to the command of the holy Roman Church."

    Here is what Pope John Paul II wrote in his `Dies Domini', `The Day of the Lord' or `Lord's Day.' He calls Sunday

    "the churches precept" Paragraph 18; "Sunday was established through Christian reflection, pastoral practice and wise pastoral intuition." Paragraph 27; "Christians felt they had the authority to transfer Saturday to Sunday." Paragraph 63; "The spiritual and pastoral riches of Sunday, as it has been handed down to us by tradition." Paragraph 81.

    From all we said so far, we all should understand what the mark of the beast is. --- The Law of God has been chiseled as it were. Man has attempted to reach inside God's Ark of the Covenant by lifting up the mercy seat, and attempted to change God's law.

    We should also remember that the mark of the beast is received in the right hand or in the forehead, whereas the seal of God is received only in the forehead, Rev. 14:1. Why is that? What does the `hand' represent in the Bible? The `hand' represents work, Eccl. 9:10. All you have to do with your hand. What do we do with our mind? We think with our mind of course. Why do some worship the beast? Some worship the beast because they are really deceived into thinking that the beast is right. Their mind is totally given over to the beast. Others, in order to work, in order to carry on their activities, they will receive the mark of the beast because they are afraid of not being able to buy or sell, and they will receive the mark, even though they know the beast is wrong. -- We have here the same type of relationship between those two groups and the sin of Adam and Eve. --- Was Eve deceived by the serpent? Did she swallow the bait and the hook and the pole? Did Adam believe the serpent? No. He could not live without Eve. Adam sinned out of convenience, so he knew he was wrong. Therefore, there are only two types of people, but we also know that God will only have one type of people at the end of time, -- not those who serve Him out of convenience, only those whose mind is given over totally and completely to Him.

    What happened to those who were not authorized but did touch the Ark of the Covenant? The power of God caused that they died instantly. Since the Church has not touched that physical Ark directly, they have a period of amazing grace, during which God's people will come out of Babylon, at the end of which the same fate of those remaining in Babylon will be theirs.

    What we need to remember is this. The United States of America is going to make an image to this sea beast and it is happening now.

    All the world will acknowledge the power of the sea beast. For example this October 2007 the Dalai Lama coming before Congress to receive a `Peace' maker medal on invitation of President Bush. Do you suppose it will take much, to get the Buddhists to acknowledge the mark of the beast? --- It does not seem so now, does it?

    Making an image to and of the beast means to establish a system as it was in place in Europe during the Middle Ages. When the church controls the state to enforce her religion. That is an image, it is a likeness. But when we study through the sure word of prophecy we come to the conclusion that if someone wants to force a religion on people in the end time, he must first centralize economical and political power - buying and selling will be controlled.[2140]

    Of course the United States is not only going to make an image to the beast, it is going to enforce the mark of the beast which may also be identified by its number.[2150] Protestants little know what they are doing when they propose to accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation. While they are bent on the accomplishment of their purpose, Rome is aiming to reestablish her power, to recover her lost supremacy.

    No one in the world has the `Mark of the Beast' yet. Praise the Lord for that. But when people know the issues in the very end time, and they choose to keep the first day of the week, in spite of knowing what the Bible teaches about that, at that moment they will receive the mark of the beast and what will happen to them? --- The same thing that happened to Israel after the sealing. --- They will be left in this world without any refuge. Was the Sabbath only for literal Israel?

    That is why we present these messages. It is not to scare anyone into serving God. But you may make an intelligent study and serve the Lord as a result.[2185]

    Ultimately it does not do you any good to keep the Sabbath because you are afraid. You want to keep the Sabbath holy, because you love Jesus. You want to spend the Sabbath hours with Jesus in your heart. That is the purpose of the Sabbath.[2200] It is not just a legal precept, you better keep it or you are going to hell. No. It is a matter of having come to love Jesus for what He did when He died and rose and sent His Holy Spirit to convict us of sin so we confess, repent, get baptized and live the Christian life - this world is our training ground for life eternal in heaven. If that is what you want, these messages will bless you beyond all else that could ever come your way. The Sabbath rest (`sabbatismos') is an ongoing one.

    We must ask, is there any sighing and crying going on about these abominations as it was in old Jerusalem? (Ps. 56:8)

    Do we know where in the Bible we find it described for our days? Lets read it,

    "And after these things 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." Rev. 18:1,2.
    Is this an angel who just does that from heaven?

    No! He represents whom?

    He represents those who are faithful to God, His church, and cannot stand these abominations and falsities being preached in Babylon. This angel represents a group of people, who do not necessarily see or know each other, but they recognize and sigh over these terrible abominations being committed today by this harlot and her daughters. God's true people will discover the power of prayer, crying in prayer, fasting and pouring out our heart before God. Only these characteristics can get us through very troubelous times."Lord, talk to us, if need be chastise us; Lord, and clean us up, Lord, cleanse your Church and get us ready. Lord, empower us with the Holy Ghost so we will be able to stand in the terrible days to come." - Only such faith got Abraham out of Haran, Israel out of Egypt, the Jews out of Babylon/Persia, the many persecuted out of harms way and the Russian Bible believing Christians out of Russia before they, by persecutors trained Josef Stalin, killed millions, starting in 1933.

    "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." Rev. 18:3,4.

    So we know from this scripture that the seven last plagues are judgments that are poured out against those who make up Babylon, against those who with their refusal to repent "filled up the wrath of God", Rev. 15:7. Today we see the outworking of great evils fostering among man for a long time in that they drank the wine of false doctrines for so long, which leads many to end up with many doubts and in great consternation. Babylon is fallen, many among them are in great despair. There is chaotic theology which brings no real hope that they seek death, instead of life.

    Since they kept a false Sabbath, the pagan day of the sun, Revelation chapter 16 intends to show them their folly by sending the 4th plague for in doing so they denied "the Creator God, the Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace", Isaiah 9:6.

    God has his people among all walks of life, all around the world. Yes, leaders of nations are among them too.

    Be On Guard

    The final events will be a trying time for God's people, a time of Jacob's trouble, (Jer. 30:5-7). It will be a time where the issue is who we worship. In fact all the world will chose who they worship, Satan or our Creator God, for we read, "And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast . . ." in contrast to ". . . another angel fly in the midst of heaven . . . saying . . . worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water." Rev. 13:4, 14: 6,7. - Thus all mankind will choose if they will worship

    1. the dragon, which is Satan, (Rev. 13:4)
    2. or Him who created everything, Rev. 14:7.

    We all know that chickens produce only chicken, dogs only dogs, cats only cats, yet finite man then insists that life evolved, in fact evolved from amoebas or some tiny creature on earth or somewhere else and then traveled through space at a temperature of absolute zero and with no oxygen to breath until it entered the atmosphere of the earth, survived the plunge on a glowing asteroid and started life on earth, never mind how it came to life somewhere else. Evolution is a false tale. Only special Creation can explain what we see in the world. But since man refused to worship God on the day He told us to remember, evolution, Satan's tools, got a foothold in the churches and they became breakers of God's eternal law with lame excuses why they do not keep the seventh day Sabbath, but instead keep the lord's day.

    A time were recalling hymns have ever been a great comfort to suffering people. Hymns like, `Nearer still nearer,' `There were ninety and nine that safely lay in the shelter of the fold,' `Jesus is all the world to me' or `He leadeth me.' - But there is something we must especially guard against. It was written up as follows,

    "The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The observance of the false sabbath will be urged upon us. The contest will be between the commandments of God and the commandments of men." {PK 188.1}
    "Through His servants, God gave the Jewish people a last opportunity to repent. He manifested Himself through His witnesses in their arrest, in their trial, and in their imprisonment. Yet their judges pronounced on them the death sentence. They were men of whom the world was not worthy, and by killing them the Jews crucified afresh the Son of God. So it will be again. The authorities will make laws to restrict religious liberty. They will assume the right that is God's alone. They will think they can force the conscience, which God alone should control. Even now they are making a beginning; this work they will continue to carry forward till they reach a boundary over which they cannot step. God will interpose in behalf of His loyal, commandment-keeping people.
    On every occasion when persecution takes place, those who witness it make decisions either for Christ or against Him. Those who manifest sympathy for the ones wrongly condemned show their attachment for Christ. Others are offended because the principles of truth cut directly across their practice. Many stumble and fall away from the faith they once advocated. Those who leave the true faith of Jesus in time of trial will, to secure their own safety, bear false witness, and betray their brethren. Christ has warned us of this, that we may not be surprised at the unnatural, cruel course of those who reject the light." {DA 630. 1,2}

    Tribulation and persecution, in the Bible, was occasionally symbolized by eating a scroll or a book, Eze. 2:9-3:3l; Rev. 10:8-11. We learn here that, even though the scrolls eaten contained lamentations, mourning and woes, it was sweet to his taste - God's Word is like that (Ps. 19:10; Jer. 15:16), and the same time bitter. God's people know that He will fulfill His promises and to judge the sinful world is sweet news, but to be greatly persecuted is bitter. So we must rejoice and mourn, and speak with a measure of joy, sorrow and bitterness. It means we have a special responsibility, we must present God's messages no matter how it affects or offends people; but we must present the messages and truths in love and not compromise. The Bible's message on judgment, God's wrath and hell is rarely heard or understood today, yet there is no message more important for our world than that which Revelation clearly presents. Let us pray to God to be forgiven and remain faithful and heed what He says.[2002]

    As we saw, the beast power in the book of Revelation is first seen in Revelation chapter 13. We can summarize the following facts.

  • Like the beasts in Daniel 7:3, it comes up out of the sea (Rev. 13:1), which stands for a place with many people, Rev. 17:15.
  • It has 10 horns (Rev. 13:1), like the dreadful beast of Dan. 7:20.
  • We also notice that the beast of Revelation 13 is like the little horn power of Daniel 7 in the following list of characteristics:

    1. The beast opens its mouth in blasphemy against God (Rev. 13:6). Does the little horn power do this? (See Daniel 7:25) The answer is, `Yes!"
    2. The beast makes (unprovoked) war against the saints, Rev. 13:7. Does the little horn power do this? (See Dan. 7:21) The answer is, `Yes!'
    3. The beast has a mouth speaking great things (Rev. 13:5). Does the little horn power have such a mouth? (See Dan. 7:8) The answers is, `Yes!'
    4. The beast is given power for 42 months (Rev. 13:5). This is the same length of time as the 3½ years, which is the same length of time as the 1260 days or a time and times and the dividing of time [cf. ch.12:6,14]. Is the little horn in power for the same amount of time? (See Dan. 7:25) The answer is, `Yes!'

    Therefore, as we saw in our studies about the change of the Sabbath in our article on the Lord's day, the only power that meets all these characteristics is the majority religion in Europe. We ought to learn from this, if we obey God in even the small things, then we can be trusted with larger things! And, we will be able to stand in the time of trouble only if we have learned to be faithful in the preparation time before, which is now. In fact we are told, "except those days would be shortened, ... should no flesh be saved." Mt. 24:22; Mk. 13:20 Unfortunately many have and are neglecting their being prepared for the coming times; they are without a shelter. What will be the result? Will it be like old Israel when from among all the Israelites that left Egypt only a small number, two (Joshua and Caleb), entered Canaan? [2205]

    The Apostle Peter wrote (1.Pt. 2:4), that we should "honour all men", but how can we do this while we are exposing the majority religion in Europe as the beast power?

    We know that God wants us to understand the prophecies about the majority religion in Europe, because He gave us the books of Daniel and Revelation. He also said there is a blessing for those who "read", "hear" and "keep" the prophecies of Revelation in their thinking so they can react properly in the time of need, Rev. 1:3.

    God wants us to live peaceably with all people, as far as possible (Rom. 12:18). For this reason, it is good to mention the good things we know about the European religion like:

  • It has established many hospitals and orphanages.
  • It has a system to care for the unwed mothers, battered wives, and the elderly.
  • It has produced beautiful art, magnificent architecture, and majestic music.
  • It has many devout and sincere members.
  • Sadly, both, history and prophecy show another side to this powerful Church as it has claimed to have rights that are due only to God. Prophecy also issues a warning we cannot ignore. It describes a power that will be admired and feared by the entire world, and that will try to force a false system of worship because their leaders have made up their mind that there is no God in heaven and so they have given their heart to the god on earth. But God, in His love, told us to expect this so that we will not be surprised or deceived by all the events shaping up today and in the coming weeks and months. God also told us of the glorious outcome for those who refuse the mark of the beast power.

    As believers speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15), God's righteousness will go before you, and His glory will go behind you as your rereward, Isaiah 58:8.

    The Fourth Angel

    We have studied the three angels messages. But there is a fourth angel presented in Revelation chapter 18. Who is this angel and what is his work?

    When Jesus began His public ministry, He cleansed the temple from its sacrilegious profanation (John 2:13-25). Among the last acts of His ministry was the second cleansing of the temple (Mt. 21:12-16; Mk. 11:15-18). In the end, Jesus will cleanse His church "... the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion" (Isa. 4:4; 10:5; 30:29-30; Rev. 1:5b; 9T 228) How did God cleanse His ancient church? He used the Assyrians, Isa. 10:5. How will it happen in our time? He will use the Sunday laws. Likewise in the last work of warning the world of the soon Coming of Christ, three distinct calls are made to the churches. The first is "Fear God and give glory to Him." The second angel's message is, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." And in a loud voice the third angel's message warned, `not to worship a false god.' (Rev. 13; 14:6-10; EW 124,125) Among all nations on earth God had blessed America in her youth when it provided an asylum for His people, where they could worship Him according to the dictates of their conscience. Here Christianity has progressed in its purity. The life-giving doctrine of the one Mediator between God and man has been freely taught. God designed that this country should ever remain free for all people to worship Him in accordance with the dictates of conscience. He designed that its civil institutions, in their expansive productions, should represent the freedom of gospel privileges. The sins of the churches in particular brought this to an end. They denied their Creator and Saviour. What happened to the Jews is, their personal sin had grown to become national sin - so it is with every people and nation. It was accomplished by the nations leaders, and it bound the nation to corporate ruin. In our land of boasted freedom, religious liberty will come to an end. National apostasy will lead quite suddenly to national ruin.

    The fourth angel of Revelation 18 combines these three angel's messages for one final warning.

    "And after these things 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 (because) all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury." Rev. 18:1-3.

    Babylon, having been built on the sand of human traditions and opinions, misleads her to refuse to accept God's plain Bible truths; thus she refuses to accept God's sanctuary truths, but follows only her own constructions. Thus, one day soon the whole worldwide system of politics, religion, money markets, economy, sciences, arts and entertainment based on human willful desires and selfishness, will come crashing down. Then only those who built their life on the clear teachings and admonitions in the Word of God, will be able to stand.

    As Christ began His ministry in the Most Holy of the heavenly sanctuary - remember the cleansings of the Jerusalem temple just cited - in 1844, He sent the call "Babylon is fallen." By the end of His priestly ministry He again calls for the people the second time to come out of Babylon - this time He cries "mighty with a strong voice . . . Come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins."

    Looking at Revelation 18:21, we see a mighty angel with a great millstone casting it into the sea.[2240]

    Who is this fourth angel?

    This mighty angel is the same angel we read about in Revelation 10:1, he is Jesus Himself. [2250]

    Both cleansings of the temple by Christ were to be symbolic of the cleansing of the church.

    Both calls by Christ to come out of Babylon are similar to the cleansing of the temple.

    It is a call to the world to be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, whom He calls out of darkness to His marvelous light,

    "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." 1.Peter 2:9.

    It is an invitation to be Holy as He is Holy, to be "perfect, even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matth. 5:48. [This being holy we can perhaps comprehend by analogy. Like astronauts have to wear the whole outfit for a space walk, so God's people have to be transformed into holy people before their ascendancy into the heavens.]

    As Christ joins the Third Angel's Message it swells to a Loud Cry. The sealing angel which is the Third Angel [2260] has finished His work in the `Reverently Fearing God', seventh day Sabbath keeping, Second Coming (`parusia') preaching church. He now moves into the churches in Babylon to seal the honest in heart who respond to Christ's call to `come out of her my people.' That is why we read,

    "The Lord has His representatives in all the churches. These persons have not had the special testing truths for these last days presented to them under circumstances that brought conviction to heart and mind; therefore they have not, by rejecting light, severed their connection with God. Many there are who have faithfully walked in the light that has shone upon their pathway. They hunger to know more of the ways and works of God. All over the world men and women are looking wistfully to heaven. Prayers and tears and inquiries go up from souls longing for light, for grace, for the Holy Spirit. Many are on the very verge of the kingdom, waiting only to be gathered in." [2280]
    Fire and Brimstone

    Is there anything in the Bible which is a smaller version of the third angel's message?

    There certainly is. It is the account of God's judgment over the wicked and exceedingly sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorra. The parallels we find between the third angel's message and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra are these:

  • destruction happens by fire and brimstone, Gen.19:24; Rev.14:10.
  • both accounts speak of smoke which ascends, Gen.19:28; Rev.14:11.
  • three angel's are sent on both occasions which is no coincident, Gen.18:2; Rev.14.
  • their messages are delivered in the exact order both times:


  • Lord's Day History
    a) Sodomites were smitten with blindness, both small and great; Gen. 19:11. a) "If any man", that is, if any human being worships the beast and his image then ...; Rev. 14:9.
    b) the angels give Lot and family opportunity to escape destruction; Gen 19:12. b) It is the call to `Come out of Babylon.' If we do not drink of the wine of false doctrines, we escape the punishment of the wicked.; Rev. 14:10.
    c) next morning they hastened Lot out of the city; Gen. 19:15. c) Time is short. The devil is very mad. Our world is dying. The whole creation groaneth. We have to decide now to be true to God and follow Him in all that He requires.; Rev. 14:7.
    d) they laid hold upon his (Lot's and his families) hands and mercifully led them outside the city; Gen. 19:16. d) Choosing the `Seal of God' saves them from the seven plagues which will fall upon the wicked.; Rev. 16.
    e) they told them at the edge of the city, `Escape for your life.' Gen. 19:17. e) Follow God's messages now and you will be saved, Rev. 18:4ff.
    f) They accepted Lot's plea bargaining and let him reach Zoar; Gen. 19:20-23. f) Those who accept the `Seal of God' will reach the heavenly Jerusalem, Rev. 21; 22:4.

    And now God speaks to the wicked, those in whom all iniquity has settled down in, to awaken their memory that He has done everything possible that they might be saved. He declares,
    "Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. .... I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof." Proverbs 1: 23-25.

    The Bible uses the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah three times as examples for the destruction of the wicked at the time of the end. What can we do to detect if we are in danger? First of all, we must love the truth above all else by studying all we can in the Word of God. Second, we must decidedly accept and live that truth. Read 2.Thessalonians, the whole short book.

    We also read,

    "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." Luke 3:16,17; Malachi 4:1; Lev. 10:1-2; Acts 2.
    There is a fire that is unquenchable. Where does that fire come from? Let us find out.
    "Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God." Deut. 4:23,24.
    Here we read the Lord God is a consuming fire, not He has consuming fire. There is a difference. Israel was glad that Mt. Sinai was covered with a thick black cloud for otherwise they would have perished from the glory of the Lord, Ex. 19:9.

    Let us look at another text.

    "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire." Hebr. 12:28,29.

    Again, we read here the same thing. God, that is God's glory is a consuming fire. For how long does that fire exist?

    Forever. It is an eternal fire for God is eternal. However, while God is eternal, the glory fire of God consuming something, that which is consumed is not eternal. That was the case of Sodom and Gomorrah. Let us read it.

    "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 7 (KJV-GNB); Matth. 25:41; 2.Thess. 1:7,8.

    The effect of the fire has eternal results, for the wicked of the cities would not repent and the judgment of God cut them short.

    A similar situation we find explained in Leviticus chapter 10.

    Nadab and Abihu

    Their story, like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, has a lesson for us who live at the time of the end.

    Daniel 12:1 and Matthew 24:21 foresaw our age when terrorist bombings, drug abuse, racial riots, bloody wars, deadly epidemics, high taxes, political corruption, worldwide disasters, gross immorality, economic woes and nuclear threats cause great fear and will move events towards unjust religious laws.

    It is a time when careless religions invent a type of worship which is designed to lift up the opinions of mere men, rather then research God's ways. The Bible presents examples to what false doctrines (drunkeness) and erroneous religious thinking produces.

    "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.
    And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
    Lev. 10:1,2.

    Why did this have to happen? Because these two became careless. They followed their own inclinations and not the instructions of the Lord. They performed services in the tabernacle sanctuary. Inside the Most Holy stood the Ark of the Covenant with the Shekinah Glory between the Cherubim angels on top of the Ark. The Glory of God Almighty filled the sanctuary and these two kindled a strange fire. That means they did not use the fire from the altar but ignited sparks of their own kindling. (Isa. 50:10,11). That ordinance of holy fire was in place because God has no provision for self-willed works among his servants.

    "Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
    And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean
    ;
    And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses." Lev. 10:9-11.

    Nadab and Abihu drank wine which caused them not to put the Lord's work ahead of their own desires. Therefore, beware, wine blurs the ability to distinguish between the holy and the common and God's people should never touch it.

    But the wine which blurred the senses of Nadab and Abihu also blurs the senses of many people today. They come to church bringing their own strange fire to the Lord.

    What are we talking about?

    We are talking about the wine of false doctrines. False doctrines are those which do not glorify God, John 17:1-4; Acts 13:48.

  • Does it glorify God if we teach that it is permitted to drink wine?
  • Does it glorify God if we say that man has an immortal soul just like God?
  • Does it glorify God if we say, `Well, dear God, today we keep Sunday instead of your Sabbath.' Does that glorify God?
  • These are some examples of strange fire offered to the Lord in our day and age. - There is a complete lack of discernment, an inability to distinguish between the holy and the profane. These are the doctrines of Babylon and that is why the first Angel's Message calls out, `Fear God and give glory to him.' That is the start-out message we must present today.

    The wine of Babylon is contrary to God.[2330] Any doctrine that makes God look bad is a bad doctrine. Nadab and Abihu had sinned, they could not stand in the Shekinah Glory of God and were consumed.

    The Israel in the World Today

    But you say, `Well, but these laws were only for the Jews.'

    Where does it say that? It says it was for Israel, and today, God's people are the spiritual Israel.

    Are then these words for us today? Most certainly, they are guidelines by which we should live today too in order that we can know that God lives in our heart.

    What are we called to do? We are to glorify God.

    How is that done?

    "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Rev. 14:6,7.
    What is `the glory of God?' How are we to know? It means the glory we give to God came from Him in the first place. Therefore, in order to know how to give glory to God is to understand what the glory of God is that He gave us.

    Let us begin with Moses at the top of Mt. Sinai where he is going to receive the 10 commandments after he broke the first set at the foot of the mountain. And so Moses makes a very peculiar request of God.

    On the question, `What does it mean to glorify God' we read,

    "I beseech thee, show me thy glory." Ex. 33:18.

    Moses beseeches God, a stronger word than asking. So, did God show him a bolt of lightening? Or did he remove the veil and show Moses His glorious light that surrounds Him?

    No. Instead God said,

    "I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." Ex. 33:19.

    What did God show Moses? Not a blinding light but He showed (a) His goodness, (b)His mercy, and (c) His graciousness.

    In other words, God showed Moses traits of His wonderful character.

    In addition we learn of a larger list of God's character. We read,

    "And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
    Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin . . ."

    But God is also a just God.

    "... and that (He) will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." Ex. 34:6,7b.

    So the glory of God is really His character, His grace, mercy, truth, kindness, love, justice, long suffering . . .

    All of the traits of God's character are the traits of His glory. And one of the elements of the glory of God is to create. God loves to create, Ps. 19:1.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork." Ps. 19:1.

    God loves to create. That is also why we read, God . . .

    "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour." Ps. 8:5.

    God's glory is also His redemptive power. God glories in redeeming those who have great needs . . .

    "Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land." Ps. 85:9.

    But what happened when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai?

    Moses did not realize that the glory of God was in a way contagious, that it had rubbed off on him.

    "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him." Ex. 34:29.

    Where did the glory in the face of Moses come from?

    It came from spending time with God on the mount. - That is why we read,

    "And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." Ex. 33:11a.

    The Bible has to say a lot about Moses. We also read,

    "Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." Numbers 12:3.

    Does that mean Moses would let others step on him, roll all over him?

    No. To be meek does not mean to be weak. He also had a violent streak, Ex. 12:3.

    Moses had strong integrity and a strong character. He learned to be so during the 40 years working with sheep and being in the presence of God.

    Moses was pastor of a church with over half a million men, not counting women and children. For the next 40 years the Bible does not record a single sin until he struck the rock twice.

    Yes, he had 70 associate pastors and a lot of helpers. But he never complained or grumbled. He never said, `Lord, send a bolt of lightening and destroy this people. - In fact on Mt. Sinai he said, `Lord, you cannot destroy this people. What will the nations say?' Ex. 32.

    He said, `If you feel you need to destroy them, delete my name from your book, the Book of Life.'

    Was Moses reflecting the character of God? Most certainly he was.

    For 40 years he put up with every kind of insult, and yet he was firm, and patient, and kind and meek - because he had spent time with God, the glory of the character of God had rubbed off on him.

    Yet, the character of Moses was only a shadow of one who was greater than Moses - whose name was Jesus.

    While Moses was great leading Israel out of slavery, a subjective life and steeped in sin; Christ Jesus would lead the whole world out of the grasp of sin to the heavenly Canaan. What Moses did on a small scale, Jesus did on a large scale.

    Jesus being greater than Moses, would we expect Jesus to have an experience similar to that of Moses? Of having communion with the Father and reflecting the glory of the Father in his life?

    Yes. We would expect that.

    So we read,

    "And the Word - that is Jesus - was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14.

    So we know that Jesus having come down to this life on earth, revealing the glory of His Father.

    For Jesus says,

    "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." John 1:18.

    As Moses was close to God, he spoke to God face to face, so Jesus revealed the glory of the Father.

    How could that be? There is a secret - the same secret that Moses had.

    Moses had intimate communion with God and so did Jesus through his prayer life, Mark 1:35.

    How could Jesus make the hearts of the people glad? Because Jesus, like Moses, spent quality time praying and being close with the Father.

    The next verse gives a description of Jesus.

    "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2.Cor. 4:6.

    Where is the glory of God to be found? In the face of Jesus Christ!

    That is so because Jesus, like Moses, spent time with his Father.

    That is why Philip should have known how to see the Father, John 14:8,9.

    Philip was to know that the character of the Father was in the life of Jesus - Jesus was loving, he was kind, he was long-suffering, he was just, he was good, he revealed the graces of God, the salvation of God, the creative power of God . . . because he resurrected the dead.

    In other words, the mighty works that Jesus wrought were not a reflection of his power but a reflection of the power and the glory of his Father who has never been seen with eyes or heard of man, Jh. 5:37b. In other words it was the Son, Jesus, who created and appeared to Abraham, Moses and the prophets.

    And we remember that Jesus came at a time, when the religious leaders were teaching that God wanted people to actually get sick if they were great sinners.

    An example is that they called leprosy, the `Finger of God.'

    God places His finger on sinners and gives this leprosy was what they insinuated.

    So too with the blind man, and the paralyzed man.

    Jesus went completely contrary to the views the religious leaders had in those days and because of that the people too. - Just like errors exist today for these same reasons.

    Jesus was revealing that it was not God who wants people to be sick. Which means when Jesus healed people it was because the Father wanted them healed.

    Jesus means to say, if I heal the leper, it is because my Father wants him healed; if I heal the blind man it is because my Father wants him healed . . . but never against someone's will.

    That means Jesus was revealing the glorious character of his Father in his life.

    That is why the miracles of Jesus are called in the gospels the `glory of God.'

    "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." John 2:11.

    This miracle of changing water into wine, or grape juice, was called a revelation of his glory but it was really the glory of his Father.

    The same we find in the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus, because God delights in giving life.

    The devil delights in taking life; he delights in killing. The devil delights in making people sick. But the glory of God means to safe, to resurrect, to give life, to create. It is a revelation of who God is. His true character is demonstrated that way.

    Notice what we find,

    "When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." John 11:4.

    The resurrection of Lazarus was for the glory of God.

    That is why Jesus said,

    "Jesus saith unto her (Martha), Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40.

    Jesus revealed that God's character was love, kindness, long-suffering, grace, truth, righteousness, holiness . . .

    We are talking about all the traits of the character of God, that is what Jesus revealed in human flesh - in his flesh and bones like our flesh and bones. That is the glory of God reflected on the face of Jesus.

    We read what Jesus did while he walked on this earth,

    "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power . . . where did his power come from? It came from the Father . . . : who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; . . . How did he do it? . . . for God was with him." Acts 10:38.

    Not one of the miracles of Jesus came about through his own power. They all came about by the power of his Father. He cast out demons through the Spirit of God.

    His miracles reflected the character and the glory of his Father.

    Therefore, when Jesus reached the end of his life, in his prayer to his Father he says,

    "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one." John 17:22.

    Jesus is saying, `I have given the glory to them that you gave to me - that they may have this close relationship with you that I have with you - that they may be one as you and I are one.

    It is possible because Jesus has spent time with his Father, and the disciples spent time with Jesus.

    And so the greatest manifestation of glory that Jesus revealed was his death on the cross, Rev. 1:18. Please look up the scriptures: John 12:23,24 - Jesus was speaking of his death on the cross; Gal. 6:14.

    What is the glory of God? It is his character of

    1. love and
    2. mercy and
    3. long-suffering and
    4. justice and
    5. kindness
    so that His people could be saved and hopefully reflect some of that glory around them.

    That is the tremendous manifestation of the glory of God revealed to man. The God who creates; the God who saves; the God who heals . . . that is the glory of God.

    Do you know what the glory of God is that is reflected on the face of Jesus?

    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12.

    Jesus says that he is the light of the world. But what else did Jesus say?

    "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matth. 5:14.

    Now Jesus says that you - we - are the light of the world.

    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matth. 5:16.

    What does it mean? It means that Jesus shines his light and it is reflected by the moon - by his faithful, with God connected people. Therefore, giving glory to God means to reflect His character - - kindness, long-suffering, patience, courtesy, good-will, forgiveness, disarming love, caring for our body and our mind (1.Cor. 6:19,20; 10:31; Rev. 12).

    Question: How can we reflect the character of God?

    Answer: Studying the life of Jesus and of Moses will give the answer. - We must be in close proximity and in close contact with Jesus.

    Like God's glory reflected on the face of Moses, so "... we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (What do we behold?) the glory of the Lord, (What happens to us? We are being (in the Greek). . .) changed into the same image from glory to glory (it will take some time), even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2.Cor. 3:18.

    Be like Jesus is my song, in the home and in the throng, be like Jesus all day long, I would be like Jesus.

    So what shall the righteous do?

    That we shall find out next.

    Shortness of Time and The Shaking

    The Bible consistently represents the time left until the Second Coming of Christ (`parusia') as short in order for people to ready themselves.

    God's people are greatly strengthened when leaders encourage members to stand up for the Lord and the truths He has given His people. And because of His goodness, we know, He loves us to the uttermost. God lets us know two things, it is us, who often do not realize the value of a soul and the shortness of time. We know already that "liberal" interpretations are not based on faith alone but endeavor to mix in man's wisdom which leads to perdition, Job 28:28; 2.Thess. 2:1-3. So listen, how do people answer the question, `If God did not create the world in six literal days and then blessed the Sabbath day, why are we worshipping Him today on His seventh day-Sabbath?'

    Such a question will put those espousing something else than the literal creation to the test, and those who are not truly committed to a true faith in God will be put on notice that God requires the whole of our faith and not only what we are willing to give Him.

    The membership will hold their leaders, pastors, educators, institutions and conferences accountable.

    Why?

    For the observance of the Sabbath is not only a sign of His creatorship in the beginning, but it will also be THE sign of God's people in the last days in contrast to those with the mark of the beast representing an attempt to keep holy a day which God has not set apart as holy. [2550]

    God's people know, `A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs.'

    This kind of message has resulted in many faithful Sabbath keeping believers to lose their jobs, their positions, and in some cases their membership from the church. Is it possible that this could be a prelude to a bigger shaking coming into Adventism? Obviously, this kind of continuous preaching will inevitably bring opposition and times of trials and persecutions.

    "Some will not appreciate such straight teaching and will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people."

    What we said so far will certainly unsettle the faith of many church members and leaders who have accepted a false notion of what Seventh-day Adventism is all about. We are to be repairers of the breech which brought to no effect the law of God. We do not bring a social gospel to the world, words designed to appease the various cultures, but the straight testimony that Christ is coming soon, and all those who do not heed the message of the three angels will be leaving His side and will not receive the seal of God.

    This will shake all those in the church who think that Darwinism and evolution can be incorporated into the SdA faith. This will shake and unsettle those who go about destroying the prophetic authority and role of Ellen White. This will cause those, who no longer believe in giving the true three angel's messages, to feel uncomfortable.

    Therefore, we know it is time to let the truth cut at the root of those weeds which found their way in to hide and undo our foundations. For, if we are not properly constructed on the bedrock of truth - the foundation truths which have made us who we are, then it is time to examine ourselves and stand up and be counted.

    It is high time for a shaking within Adventism. It is time for those who are embracing falsehoods to lose their comforts within the church. May God strengthen our true yokefellows and leaders to not give in but present the straight testimony that those who are unsettled will have opportunity to choose how to exercise their faith. It may be that the unsettling is the prelude to a great shaking that is about to break upon God's people. Faithful church members will hold their leaders accountable for the tables of the scales in the church are tipping. Faithful members study and turn away from all worldliness, worldly aspirations, self seeking, gender seeking, all abominations which we know are condemned in the Word of God.

    The call for revival and reformation must still be given even if the vast majority should ignore the call. The good news is that some will listen for we know,

    "Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That will never come. There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest, prevailing prayer." [1SM, 122.]

    So, if you and I love the truth, if you and I love Jesus, who is the Truth, and the life, then we know that no man will come near the Father but by Jesus Christ. And if you and I ever see the face of the Father, we must take the way of the cross.

    That means the bottom line is simply this, `Have we opened our hearts to receive the love of the truth? Do we love to be crucified? - And there is no one from the viewpoint of our flesh who would say, `Yes.' But it is the only way to life. The Apostle Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ" - the way, the truth, and the life - "lives in me: and the life by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Gal. 2:20. When Jesus said, "It is finished," that is what he meant. Anyone. today, trying to crucify himself literally, is mocking the Lord for he also stated, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (Jh. 19:30; Mt. 6:1,2)

    And so it is, there are many cities all around the world, where there rules a `religion of death'. Why? One reason may be that the father or some family member has been murdered and now the children think that is what you have to do, so we have a vast mission field.

    You the reader, let us unite and be faithful to what we know the Lord wants to accomplish in these last days. We need to take action against those who know nothing but dissent from our historical teaching and principles. God's people can wear only one yoke, that of Christ. Above all let us pray for the saving love of God permeating His people to reflect on those around, but be steadfast in truth and not countenance untruths of any kind. We know, unless we take appropriate action and address the fundamental problems that have contributed to the terrible, spiritual condition we find ourselves in, no lasting reform will be seen. We are not to live through our problems but live above them, by abiding in the presence of God. We need to pray and work for taking a giant leap forward.

    Preparatory Steps Taken Today

    For all these events to occur and considering how close we have come for Christ to come again in might and power, what are the signs today helping us to see prophecy being fulfilled? Are there any signs? Well, elsewhere we had agreed to the view that in the eighth month of 08 the financial system in America would collapse. The woes in the financial system started to collapse at the very end of that month and in the next month continued in accelerated fashion, even around the whole world. - Studying the responses from all around the world reveals a very strange phenomena, countries which would normally disagree on everything, Islamic countries, China, Asia, France, England, Germany, are cooperating and one can hear hardly any inflammatory language blaming the US among all the voices publicized. - - And we are reminded of the thought inside many young people, avenge that terrible deed and deal out death to others. What alternatives are there? People could choose life instead, and become a person who goes out and heals emotional, traumatic events and evil thinking, with telling about forgiveness, repentance and obedience to the laws which are there to safeguard lives.

    "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. 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.

    Nebuchadnezzar lived as a beast for seven years (Dan. 4). He had raised an image before each one had to bow, those who did not were to be killed. This reminds us of Hananhiah, Mishael and Azariah, the three friends of Daniel who stood before the image of the beast (Dan. 3) but had developed a fire proof character so the incinerator oven could not destroy them. What is this type of character that will save us from being burned in the last great fire? Study the following scriptures and follow them: (Isa. 33:12-15,17; 1.Peter 3:11-14; 1Jhn. 3:2,3; Hebr. 12:14,28,29). They had a character of Jesus developed which we must have, Psalm 119:9,11; Eph. 5:25-27; 2.Cor. 3:18. God's Word gets into our heart through our eyes and ears. At the end of his life, Nebuchadnezzar was the only Babylonian who became a converted Christian. So let us use those and all our senses only to the honor of God.

    Ready for the Second Coming

    Dear reader, you have followed the account patiently this far. The following will be very encouraging and goal oriented. Jesus is coming back soon. The requirement for entering His kingdom, though is, that we must be absolutely perfect, without sins. But no one is without sin, not even one. All of us face eternal judgment, separation from God. That is why we must receive Jesus Christ into our life as Lord. He is the only one who lived a perfect life and thus became the substitute for our sins. He rose from the dead, proving that He was God. He wants to save us from the penalty of our sins and give us eternal life, but we must first individually receive Him. Before heaven can say, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, says the Holy Spirit ..." (Rev. 14:13), we must understand the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the resurrection of the dead - when deniers of God's gifts come, we must resurrect the Bible, learn to use our Bibles, and show God's truths from its pages. So, what is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the dead? First, "Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which you have of God, and you are not your own." 1.Cor 6:19 - the relationship is then - a living soul is the body and breath, a dead soul is the body and no breath - the body of a dead faithful follower of Christ was the temple for the Holy Spirit, and so the Holy Spirit preserves the DNA record of the Christian's body in the heavenly ledger for the day of the resurrection and his glorification, (2.Ki. 13:21). Thus the Holy Spirit is responsible for our character transformation and for our bodily resurrection which is a legal matter, and you must read the link and scriptures: 1.Cor. 3:16; John 14:17,18; Rom. 8:11; Ps. 139:14-16; 2.Cor. 5.

    That is what it means to believe in Jesus. God wants us to be reconciled to Himself, so much so that He gave us His only Son who died for us.

    So let us be diligent to make our calling and election sure. We need to be aroused to realize the solemnity of the time, the nearness of the day when human probation shall be ended. God gives no man a message that it will be five years or ten years or twenty years before this earth's history shall close. He would not give any living being an excuse for delaying the preparation for His appearing (Matth. 24:48; Lk. 12:45), but we can hasten it, 2.Pt. 3:11,12. We take a look at what God's people are like who will stand when Jesus comes again in the clouds. We read,

    "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
    And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
    And the heaven departed as a scroll ...
    And the kings of the earth ... the great men ... the rich men .... hid themselves
    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?" Rev. 6:12-17.

    We must find out who those are who will be able to stand on their feet when the Lord Jesus comes again as the great King of Glory (Ps. 24:7-10) who conquered death. The Bible lets us know when He returns. It says, at midnight, in the darkest hour of this world's history will He come again, Matth. 25:6. That day is fast approaching and we must be ready spiritually. Not like Peter, who still depended on himself, so we will not deny the Lord. It is dangerous to go without prayer for one hour. It would help greatly to be spiritually ready to read the Testimonies 1-9, I know this because I am reading and know it blesses the reader.

    Let us study a short list of scriptures.


    1. "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness . . . Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." 2.Pet. 3:11,14. 2. "He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes, that stopps his ears from hearing of blood, and shutts his eyes from seeing evil ... He shall dwell on high . . . his waters shall be sure. . . . Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off." Isa. 33:15-17.
    3. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebr. 12:14. 4. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
    And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure."
    1.John 3:2,3.




    There it is. In these scriptures we are told that we must live an ethical, biblical lifestyle without which we will not be able to stand on our feet when Jesus comes again. Revelation 6 asked that question, `Who will be able to stand?'

    In the next chapter we find the answer. They are those ...

    ". . . which were sealed . . . (with the seal of ) . . . God which sitteth upon the throne ... and ... the lamb." Rev. 7:4,10.

    Which are those who receive . . .

    ". . . a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."? Hebr. 12:28,29.

    They must be those who are like Jesus. We must be like Jesus. We must be like Jesus in love, faith and obedience. (How? See here.) That way we can live in the presence of God (Ps. 15:1,2) and not be consumed like Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Dan. 1:7) were not consumed. There is a close relationship between obedience and freedom, which is obedience = maintaining freedom.

    "John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; . . . To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Rev. 1:4; 3:21.[2906]

    That is how the message to the church of Laodicea ends.[2910] Divine love can conceive of no higher honor, no more exalted position, than that the Eternal would share the throne of the universe with frail and faulty man, now redeemed by His sacrifice and love.

    While it contains warning and reproof, it does not receive doctrinal reproof like some of the other churches before did. The Laodicean message is one of comfort and hope, "Oh, how precious was this promise, as it was shown to me in vision!" Or this one, "`I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.' (Rev. 3:20) Just look at that love, the wondrous love of God! After all our lukewarmness and sins He says: `Return unto Me, and I will return unto thee, and will heal all thy backslidings.' Mal. 3:7 The condition of our heart needs to be changed. We need to get on fire for the truths given us by God and proclaim them in all the world. We are only in 200 countries, I think their are some close to 300 countries - not to mention languages. This was repeated by the angel a number of times. `Return unto Me, and I will return unto thee, and will heal all thy backslidings'." {5T, p. 143} The counsel of the True Witness is full of encouragement and hope.

    The True Witness, after revealing to the Church of Laodicea her condition, recommends the three remedies to heal the three maladies, then discloses man's part of the transaction: he must repent - repent with zeal. "Be zealous therefore, and repent." Rev. 3:19 God's people must repent particularly of the lukewarmness they exhibited. The True Witness counsels us to buy gold.

    How do we do that?

    "We must buy, - we must `be zealous and repent' of our lukewarm state." {R&H, Sept. 4, 1883}

    We also read about Christ's righteousness that it "can be bought only of Christ for a life of willing obedience." {4T, 88}

    Sadly, those who remain careless and indifferent to their Laodicean condition will finally lose their salvation. At the end the issues are Christ our righteousness or self-righteousness. What does the True Witness mean when He says, "I will spew thee out of my mouth?" Rev. 3:16 .

    Simply this, "He cannot present their case to the Father." {7BC, p. 963}

    The Bible says, Christ "ever lives to make intercession for them" (Hebr. 7:25), but He cannot do it for the Laodicean who persists in his present condition. Since, as Jesus said, "no man comes unto the Father, but by me," (Jh. 14:6), it leaves the persistent Laodicean with no avenue of communication between him and the Father. That means God is saying, those who have this lukewarm condition in the church better get out. It is better to be cold than warm, your punishment will be more severe for those who are lukewarm than for those who are cold. - The separation, the vomiting process, after it has occurred, will mean that those remaining in Laodicea will be called by another name since they are not anymore in that Laodicean condition. It could be that they will go backwards when the earlier church was called Philadelphia, `brotherly love,' minus the `synagogue of Satan,' that will be done with. One of the names, the Bible says, the redeemed will receive is, "the children of the resurrection." Luke 20:36. We all should want to receive that name. Do not fail to keep your sight on it.

    On the other hand we must not overlook the persistence of Jesus. "His love is drawing us to Himself. If we do not resist this drawing, we shall be led to the foot of the cross in repentance." {DA p. 176}

    The Laodiceans have choices: Repentance and salvation, or resistance and eternal loss.

    The figure of Jesus knocking on the heart's door implies the Laodicean's need to decide. He will either open the door and let Him in or will refuse to open it.[2930]

    God's Sabbath keeping church began with a small group of believers with great faith, love for the truth and dedication, then retrograded into Laodicean apathy and lethargy in ten short years. But those belonging to it, like all other churches even more so, did not sense their condition. Then came the warning, "Buy faith and love . . . Buy the white raiment, which is Christ's glorious righteousness; and the eyesalve, that we may discern spiritual things." {7BC, p. 964} The challenge briefly shook the church, but then it lapsed into its former Laodiceanism. Here she has remained with greater or lesser consistency for many years. We have followed the course of every other church: birth, a deeply spiritual youth, and then drifting away.

    But let it be boldly proclaimed that Laodicea will break free from that pattern. It will end its earthly sojourn in holiness and power and victory:

    "In their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Rev. 14:5.

    Keeping the ninth commandment means, at the end God's people will have no lie in their mouth; it means that the truth was there instead. They are a people who value truth enough to diligently look for it and share it, 1.Peter 1:22, because it says it is in their mouth - they want to talk about it. What they had encountered changed their lives, and now they do not want to keep it to themselves. As a result they become fearless witnesses for God and for truth in the midst of overwhelming deception. - The Apostle Paul also tells of a time when Christ will present "to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blemish." Eph. 5:27. John says of that change, "We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1. John 3:2.

    Yet, among all the billions potentially redeemable people, only a small fraction will convert, for Jesus said, ". . . when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8b.

    What is the answer to that question?

    Sadly, the vast majority will spurn the offer of salvation, to them the warnings of Isaiah chapter three apply (1T270). As it is today, many seem to have chosen to do away with prayer, committing their life to the Lord, even among those who are to defend the country and who thus live a dangerous life, - they more and more seem to have given up on the saving message of the gospel. Why? They heard and saw false gospel presentations, they think time has gone so long with no sign of the coming of Jesus Christ, that they have given up waiting, just now, when the signs of the end of the world are thickening as never before, they reject salvation. That in itself is a sign of the coming of the Lord! When will He come? At midnight, in the world's darkest hour. When people stop to be converted anymore, that is when God will close the chapters of the reign of sin.

    But those who did choose salvation, the church of God, they will possess, just before Jesus returns, a holiness such as God's people have never before achieved. "Those who receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect the image of Jesus fully." {EW p. 71 ,85.3; RH May 27, 1862, par.1-4} "There will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive (original, genuine) godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times . . . At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept these great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's Second Coming." {GC, p. 464} Thus the sign is, "at that time" Dan. 3:8.

    As the church received power at Pentecost, so it will be prior to the Second Coming of Christ. "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." {GC, p. 611,612}

    Miracles and healings will take place. "In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought." {9T, p. 126} "Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers." {GC, p. 612}

    Prayer will revitalize the church. "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." {EW, p. 269}

    Never before will the church have attained such a capacity to love. The possession of such love will banish human selfishness and implant the Christian virtues. God's end time church will be a praying church. "Through the church [God's Sabbath keeping SdA church] eventually will be made manifest the final and full display of the love of God to the world that is to be lightened with its glory." {TM p. 50; 9T 19,20} The demonstration of God's love in the final victorious experience of His church will also exhibit to the watching universe that His dealings with His creatures had been just.

    What will bring about such an unprecedented degree of holiness, power, miracles, prayer, and finally the full display of God's love in the hearts of His people? He will produce these manifestations in human lives. But what is man's part? Repentance, confession, and reformation - not only of the sins of the flesh, but also, and especially with the Laodicean, the sins of the spirit, Ex. 1 2, 2Ki. 13:6; Neh. 1:6,7.

    This challenge of the Laodicean message is not an issue that lies in the future. It is here, today.

    While the above is hopeful, we also have dire warnings that many will be unaware about what is taking place. We read, "Only those who are living up to the light they have, will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 4}

    What does that mean? It means that those who should recognize the manifestations do not because they have not recognized a lot of other spiritual truths leading up to it and they are left unawares. Therefore, all ye believers, it is "high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Rom. 13:11.

    The times we are in, face every member of the church now and cannot be put off. It will not anymore be many years, for then it may be that none will be saved. The world cannot wait much longer, nor will the True Witness. The hour of decision crowds in. Note Mrs. White's warning, "And as we near the close of this earth's history, we either rapidly advance in Christian growth, or we rapidly retrograde toward the world." {R&H, Dec. 13, 1892}

    Which will it be?

    It is a decision that only the individual Laodicean can make. And it is the only aspect of the entire process that he needs to concern himself about. If he will surrender his will, the Lord will do all the rest. He guarantees to see the poor, frail Laodicean through to victory. Notice the following promise:

    "When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man's best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own merit." {1SM, p. 382}

    "If you will only watch, continually watch unto prayer, if you will do everything as if you were in the immediate presence of God, you will be saved from yielding to temptation, and many hope to be kept pure, spotless, and undefiled till the last." {5T, p. 148;}

    "As the people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for purity of heart, the command is given, "Take away the filthy garment" (Zech. 3:4) from them, and the encouraging words are spoken, "Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment." Zech. 3:4. The spotless robe of Christ's righteousness is placed upon the tried, tempted, yet faithful children of God. The despised remnant are clothed in glorious apparel, nevermore to be defiled by the corruptions of the world. Their names are retained in the Lamb's book of life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages. They have resisted the wiles of the deceiver; they have not been turned from their loyalty by the dragon's roar. Now they are eternally secure from the tempter's devices. Their sins are transferred to the originator of sin. And the remnant are not only pardoned and accepted, but honored. "A fair mitre" (Zech. 3:5) is set upon their heads. They are to be as kings and priests unto God. While Satan was urging his accusations and seeking to destroy this company, holy angels, unseen, were passing to and fro, placing upon them the seal of the living God. These are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father's name written in their foreheads. They sing the new song before the throne, that song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. "These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." {Rev. 14:4; 5T 475.2}

    Isaiah caught a glimpse of the triumph of the forces of God. "Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light." Isa. 60:2,3. He wrote about what could have been Israel's story: "O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea." Isa. 48:18. Someday that will happen. As the waves of the sea. When His people respond to His commandments, righteousness, like a tide, will finally conquer evil.

    But first, there will be a tide of repentance, a tide of character surrender, a tide of confession, a tide of conversion permeating the Christian experience. Then will follow a tide of prayer - earnest, persevering, agonizing prayer, intercessory prayer - for those within the church and for those without. Then "the people of God are sighing and crying for the abominations done in the land. With tears they warn the wicked of their danger in trampling upon the divine law, and with unutterable sorrow they humble themselves before the Lord on account of their own transgression." {5T, p. 474; Rv. 18:1}. Thus it is the matured Christian character which provides the best evidence testifying to God's righteousness and unselfishness. The power of God unto salvation is the gospel. Their response is their own free-will response to be obedient to God that arises because of being convicted by the evidence of their faith. They will not continually trample upon God's holy Sabbath, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice as a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression." "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, ... Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord." Isa. 58:1,13,14. "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee." Job 22:21.

    The time has come when God will open the floodgates [2989], and the tide of salvation will sweep away all before it. Now all those who have waited, the children who have drifted, the loved ones who have hesitated, the neighbors who have not understood, the truant members who have strayed, and the hungry individuals on far-off shores - all of them the mighty tide will now sweep in. Amen. [2990]

    May God help us to use our time left to us towards this goal.

    Jesus Coming in the Clouds

    We read in Daniel's prophecy: "And at that time, Michael shall 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, every one that shall be found written in the book." (Dan. 12:1) I want to be among that number who shall have their names written in the book, who shall be delivered. I want the overcomer's reward. The masterly temptations of Satan will overpower many who now profess to believe the truth. Their unworthy course of action, their denial of Christ, will make it necessary for God to blot their names from the book of life. But may it not be so with you! Jesus has said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20.[2995]

    We shall find out that the science of redemption is the science of all sciences. The whole universe will be the field of study of the redeemed, Psalm 104:24. They, having eternal life, will be able to visit all the worlds around, Psalm 91:16; Isaiah 45:11,12.

    What will Life be like in Heaven?

    Rest assured, there will be no moment of being bored and wishing to be somewhere else. The most desired occupations will be possible where God is. You will not have to wait for a bus, a train or jet at an airport, God's word teaches that we will be able to move around like the angels and they can fly or transport themselves quickly to distant places. The whole universe will be open for God's people to visit. The most gorgeous music we will be playing, singing and enjoy. The most delicious foods will be on the menu, and everyone will have plenty of true friends.

    (To Notes & References Part 3)

    The First The Second


    Notes & References to Part 1

    [5] The importance of studying prophecy is clearly presented in the Bible. Here are a few scriptures to underscore that: John 5:50; Acts 10:43; Rom. 15:4; 2.Tim. 3:16a; Isa. 42:9; 46:9,10; Amos 3:7; Dt. 29:29; 1.Pet. 1:9,10,23; 2.Pet. 1:19-21; Dan. 12:3,4,9,10.; Most the time we use the King James Version, KJV; a few times perhaps the Good News Bible, GNB, and/or the English Standard Version, ESV (obtained recently), the New English Bible, NEB; rarely perhaps the New International Version, NIV.

    [8] How or who would ever stop these messages? It is not God or the preachers of these messages who would stop them, it is Abbadon and his agents. How could it happen? Things are already being prepared to restrict all freedoms in our United States of America. People discussing politics suggest to restrict religious freedom for they fear Islam. Thus they think restricting religious freedom would restrain Islam. Nothing is further from the truth, it would only restrain the spreading of the Word of God.

    [10] Some interpreters, you will find, refrain from researching all the details of the Book of Revelation and make light of those who do. We shall follow the Lord's admonition to "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Jh. 5:39.

    [20] John's personal response to these declarations of the soon accomplishment of the divine purpose was, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20). The concept of the imminence of the return of Jesus is therefore both explicit and implicit throughout the book.- The Second Coming of Christ is the climactic event which ends the reign of sin and statements in Revelation and elsewhere must be tethered to this background when it comes to explain time in the account of this conflict. God might justly have annihilated Lucifer when, in obdurate impenitence, he persisted in rebellion. But divine wisdom deferred the extermination of evil until the nature and results of sin became fully apparent to the inhabitants of the universe. At any one time God could say, `It is done', except His people were not ready. Therefore, while the Bible represents that event to come shortly, the Bible also teaches that the promises and threatenings of God are conditional (Jer. 18:7-10) in the same way and we should not interpret them in terms of the foreknowledge of God that there would be such a long delay. God couches his messages in terms which helps his people to be conscious of the fact that in divine providence no delay was necessary. Consequently the seven statements in Revelation concerning the nearness of Christ's coming are to be understood in terms of God's will and purpose, as promises conditionally set forth, and not as utterances based on divine foreknowledge. In this fact, doubtless, is to be found the harmony between

    (a) those passages that exhort to readiness for the soon Coming of Christ and
    (b) those time prophecies that reveal how far ahead lay the actual day of the Lord.
    Christianity could hardly have grown to become the major religion if the Second Coming would have been stated to be more than 1900 years in the future. The truth is, Christ's Coming is `soon', `quickly', `shortly' for all of us, for our lives are short - as it was particularly short at that time of writing for John the Revelator.

    [30] For the account of Josephus of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD see his Wars of the Jews, Books I to VII. For those interested in James Ussher's account see his The Annals of the World, 2005 Ed., Running paragraph 6968ff, p. 877-880.
    Add on to where ever it fits: "Afterward, as we read in the Jewish Talmud and in Maimonides, Turnus Rufus, or rather `Terentius Rufus, who was left to command the army at Jerusalem,' did with a plowshare tear up the foundation of the temple; and thereby signally fulfilled those words of Micah 3:12, `Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field.'
    Eusebius, too, affirms, "that it was plowed by the Romans, and he saw it lying in ruins."
    The city also shared the same fate, and was burned and destroyed as well as the temple." [Thomas Newton D.D., Dissertations of the Prophets,' p. 375. - London: B. Blake, 1840.; `Source Book for Bible Students,' R&H, 1940, p. 270, 372, 373.]

    [100 Domitian xiii. 2; Loeb ed., Suetonius vol. 2, p. 367.

    [200] Dio, possibly Dio Chrysostom (born ca. 40-ca.120AD), Roman History lxvii. 14. 1-3; Loeb ed., vol. 8, p. 349.

    [300] According to the Jewish historian H. Graetz, Dominitian's cousin was a Jewish proselyte, in History of the Jews, vol. 2, pp. 387-389.

    [310] Paganism in Greek and Roman times: Both worshipped many gods. Their religion had great effect on the way the worshipper lived because it included not uncommonly gross acts of different types of perversions prohibited by God. On the outside it seemed that people could belief what they wished as long as they remained to be good citizens and loyal to the state. During times of emperor worship attitudes intensified greatly. Overall, most of the time there was no great stress on a search for truth. The gods were distant. They were to be paid due honour. But they seemed to be projected as not deeply interested in human affairs. Some say Christianity has not been found to be wanting but it is viewed as being hard and is therefore often left untried. But is that true? No. It is much harder to live a life apart from God, than with Christ in our heart. The burden on our mind without God finds no relief, it can grow to a critical state and affect emotions and health. Forgiveness of sins gives ease of mind and returns peace and joy. Lastly, many concluded that truth cannot result out of a sea of errors, it must have been there first. - For more information on how to get help for emotional, stress, related conditions expressing themselves in many maladies throughout the body fail not to order `Can Attitude Affect Your Health?' by D.Vierra, which I read and believe is the most helpful reading material for many people for I met some who had the types of maladies described. Other titles for various conditions are available. They are small 32 page books packed with helpful and very explanatory information. Ideal for your own use and as give aways. Go to Modern Manna.

    [325] The great controversy between good and evil is the central theme in the entire Bible, as it is reflected briefly in Micah 6:2; Daniel 7:25 and James 2:10. The two types of prophecy are (1) Classical Prophecy which has to do with `Thus sayeth the Lord,' or `what might have been,' and (2) Apocalyptic Prophecy which has to do with `visions and dreams' and `what will be.' It may be helpful for our readers to remember that a great deal of confusion with respect to apocalyptic prophecy has to do with people confusing it by applying Classical Prophecy principles of interpretation. Apocalyptic Prophecy contrasts good and evil, this age with the age to come, Christ and Satan, the righteous and the wicked... Daniel and Revelation, as well as Matthew 24, are apocalyptic prophecy, they are companion books. They are tethered to each other and the whole of the Old Testament, the Bible of the Apostles. To understand Revelation we must compare the text with similar statements in the OT.

    [350] Can we Know the time of the End? We find additional signs to this text reference listed in Matthew 24. But this time we shall read some more about `knowing the hour' and about `the celestial signs',
    "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. . . But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Matthew 24:29,30, 33, 34, 36, KJV. (The Greek word `ekeines' means it is expressly forbidden as it relates to time; {"verbietet es durchaus", "also die genaueren Zeitmaße". (D. Eberhard Nestle, Sprachlicher Schlüssel, 1963, Mt. 24:36, p. 67.)), and `oude' Strongs#3761 means neither, nor, not even, neither indeed'; Young's, `oudeis' = no, not even.)
    Jesus means to say that the generation which sees these (highlighted) celestial signs shall not pass away, but see Christ coming. Well, of course we know the generation which saw the signs pertaining to the sun darkened, the moon as blood and the meteor shower, passed away by the time the gospel was preached in all the world. Therefore, the blue highlighted sign (the powers of heaven shaking) is the only one outstanding. What might it be? Is it fair enough to say, that Christ's statement about the generation which will not pass away, till "this" be fulfilled is the one that will see this last sign for they will be saved?
    Double "No" means "No": Then Jesus said, Only God Father knows exactly when Christ comes, Matth. 24:36. When Jesus Christ says, `No, no' that means NO one else can figure it out by mathematical shenanigans unless they presume to be more informed then Jesus was. The word of God does not present end time prophecy numbers unless they are clearly identified to be understood as such (Dan. 9:21-23) - they require the day for a year usage. (The last calculable date is shown here. When we read, "time shall be no longer," Rev. 10:6, that is prophetic time, Rev. 10:9,10. It is time for additional sanctuary connected truths now, Rev. 10:11; 11:1ff) We only may know when the end of the world is near but not to the day or hour when it will be. {GC 370.2; 2SM 109.1}
    Question: Why does the Bible not give the exact time/hour of the end of the world?
    Answer: Because God in His wisdom knows, if He would let man know the exact time, they would keep on sinning till just (minutes?) before the end and then try to be converted to enjoy heaven with their sinful scheming mind intact. That will never be.
    We found also the word `Sign' in Matthew 24:30. In the Bible, does this word mean a spiritual or definitive sign? On the outset we must caution against the manner of some, to reinterpret Bible passages, and/or words to give them new meanings not originally intended. There are those who discount instances in the Bible were the word `sign' appears (Hebr. , "oth"; Greek, "semeion") and maintain they mean to give those parts spiritual meaning, not actual events. That is not true. They virtually always indicate real signs/events starting with Gen. 1:14; Ex. 4:8, 9, 17; etc. Thus when it says, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isa. 7:14, the Hebrew word for sign is "oth". What does it mean? When Jesus was born of a virgin in the city of David, He was a "sign" of the continuance of the Davidic line and represented God's presence with His people as was expressed by the name `Immanuel', meaning `God with us.' There is here a basic homogeneity between the prediction of Isa. 7:14 and the future virgin birth of Jesus - both events are part of the divine plan of salvation. In other words, Matthew did not read a new meaning into the OT prophecy; he did not misapply the text he quoted - he brought a deeper meaning out already present in the text itself. This observation is always crucial because it is an essential element of the perspective of salvation history.
    "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken," Mt. 24:29. Some want to make these physical signs into merely `spiritual' signs - no sun to them means no Bible truth, no moon means s.th. similar, etc. The fact is these physical signs appeared in that very order in actual, documented history.

    [400] Stated differently, the everlasting gospel is the truth that Jesus died for our sins on the cross and drank the cup so we would not have to drink it ourselves. He died on that Friday, the preparation day when he cried out, "It is finished," Jh. 19:30; Gen. 2:1. The parallels between Christ's experience in the middle of that prophetic week, Christ rested in the grave as he rested on the 6th day after finishing the creation. Not only that, His followers also rested on the Sabbath, Lk. 23:56.

    Everything that happened at creation, has parallels when Christ died. - That means that the Sabbath is not only the sign of the Creator, but it is also the sign of the Redeemer for Christ not only made us, but He also rescued us from sin and we celebrate this on His holy Sabbath day. When people learn this and contemplate these interwoven meanings, the want to embrace this faith and be baptized into the resurrection of Christ their new found Savior. The day of the resurrection of Christ is thus upheld in baptisms and in the Lord's Supper as a memorial of dying on the cross, buried in the grave and risen to life.

    [404] See Bible Echo, March 1, 1893, par. 4; ST, August 15, 1892 par. 4. Pray at least every hour, for if we don't sin is going to overcome us. It is something we must learn to do with joy in our heart.
    There are two kinds of prayer--the prayer of form and the prayer of faith. The repetition of set, customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God, is formal prayer. . . . We should be extremely careful in all our prayers to speak the wants of the heart and to say only what we mean. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire. The most eloquent prayers are but vain repetitions if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart. But the prayer that comes from an earnest heart, when the simple wants of the soul are expressed just as we would ask an earthly friend for a favor, expecting that it would be granted--this is the prayer of faith. The publican who went up to the temple to pray is a good example of a sincere, devoted worshiper. He felt that he was a sinner, and his great need led to an outburst of passionate desire, "God be merciful to me a sinner." {Luke 18:13; ML 19.2}

    [510] Let us give Caiaphas the generous benefit of a doubt. At first he could have been sincerely uncertain how to relate to Jesus in the early days of His ministry. But by the time of Jesus' trial he could have taken a firm stand for right. He needed only to make a simple speech such as this to the Sanhedrin: "For a time I didn't understand the work of Jesus. You brethren have shared my misunderstanding. Something has happened among us that has been beyond us. But I have studied the Scriptures lately. I have seen that beneath His lowly outward guise, Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the true Messiah. He fulfills the prophetic details. And now, brethren, I humbly acknowledge Him as such, and I forthwith step down from my high position and shall be the first to install Him as Israel's true High Priest." (Hebr. 7:26)
    A gasp of surprise would have rippled through the Sanhedrin chambers if Caiaphas had said these words. Today he would be honored all over the world as the noblest leader of God's people in all history. He could have done what Moses would have loved to do. The Jews, many of them, would doubtless have followed Caiaphas' lead. Christ could have died in some other way than murder by His own people, and Jerusalem could today be the "joy of the whole earth" rather than its sorest plague spot bound for another destruction.

    [530] Many people wonder, does the Bible prohibit drinking of alcoholic wine and other drinks of that sort? Most assuredly yes. We should never put into our body substances which alter our mind.

    [1000] A few notable cases have been left on record by historians and physicians where people under great anguish, or fear have sweated blood. G.H. Kannegiesser, a German physician wrote, "Violent mental excitement ... and in like manner sudden terror, or intense fear, forces out a sweat. . . . If the mind is seized with a sudden fear of death, the sweat, owing to the excess degree of constriction, often becomes bloody." - Of this rare occurrence another physician wrote: "Of all the maladies which affect cutaneous transpiration, diapedesis, or sweating of blood, is the most singular; so much so indeed that its existence has been doubted. It is probable that the strange disorder arises from a violent commotion of the nervous system, turning the streams of blood out of their natural course, and forcing the red cell particles into the cutaneous excretion." [Millingen, J.G. MD, `Curiosities of Medical Experience,' Vol. 2, pp. 338-342.]
    A Swiss physician and author who lived between 1728 and 1779, reported the case of a sailor who was so alarmed by a storm, that through fear he fell down, and his face sweated blood, which during the whole continuance of the storm returned like ordinary sweat, as fast as it was wiped away." [Tissot, A.D., `Traite des Nerfs,' pp. 279,280 (Stroud)]
    A German physician cites the case of "a nun who fell into the hands of soldiers; and, on seeing herself encompassed with swords and daggers threatening instant death, was so terrified and agitated, that she discharged blood from every part of her body." [Johannes Schenck a Grafenberg in `Observ. Medic., lib. 3, p. 458.]
    The French historian, De Thou, tells of "an Italian officer who commanded at Monte-Maro, a fortress of Piedmont, during the warfare in 1552, between Henry II. of France (1547-1559) and the emperor Charles V. (1519-1556). This officer, having been treacherously seized by order of the hostile general, and threatened with public execution unless he surrenders the place, was so agitated at the prospect of an ignominious death, that he sweated blood from every part of his body." The same author also wrote of a young Florentine at Rome, unjustly put to death, and says, "When the youth was led forth to execution, he excited the commiseration of many, and through excess of grief, was observed to shed bloody tears, and to discharge blood instead of sweat from his whole body." [De Thou, `The Physical Case of the Death of Christ,' pp. 86,87.]
    When Jesus came to the disciples, He found them sleeping. Again He felt a longing for companionship, for some words from His disciples which would bring relief, and break the spell of darkness that well-nigh overpowered Him. But their eyes were heavy. `neither wist they what to answer Him.' His presence aroused them. They saw His face marked with the bloody sweat of agony, and they were filled with fear. His anguish of mind they could not understand. "His visage was so marred more than any other man, and His form more than the sons of men." (Isaiah 52:14.)

    [1100] Jesus death on the cross was also prophezied in Zecharaiah 11:10,11. The thought that sin was so offensive to God that He, Jesus Himself, might never be allowed back in heaven hammered in His mind, boxing Him in with terror. The tomb yawned open in endless darkness, and He begged God to release Him from the second death, the death caused by separation from God. The thought of not being with the Father was the worst thing He could ever imagine. But Jesus ended each plea, saying, "Father, not my will, but thine."

    [1200] Amazingly, when you talk to people, many do not know or realize that they are sinners and in need of forgiveness. They never heard a sermon or scriptural admonitions. They are completely unprepared for what is ahead but they are those whom God loves and wants to save for they may not know Him yet, but they also have not actively resisted His Spirit. - In our role as a caring church we must recognize our need of this genuine, unfailing Christ-like love. We can preach about it a thousand years and never get beyond the window-dressing that psychological techniques can offer, the polished furniture and soft chairs, except through the mature faith that will characterize Laodicea's final repentance. The impact of the future will not be our charitable "works," in which others will always far out-do us. It will be the Good News content of our message. It will be a distinct, unique presentation of righteousness by faith - in a message that goes far beyond the message by the same name of the popular churches! Such faith appreciates His character, seen more clearly through repentant eyes, Rev. 3:19. His repentance represents a vital aspect of Immanuel's (Jesus) sinless character. - Through union with Him by faith we become part of the corporate body of humanity in Him, Eph. 1:1 NEB. Is it not gross selfishness to want to appropriate Christ, yet refuse to appropriate His love for sinners? How can we receive Him and not receive that love which is "in Him"? - Truly, we have infinitely more reason to feel close to sinners than did our sinless Lord, for we ourselves are sinners; but our human pride holds us back from the warm empathy that Christ felt. How to experience this closeness is the purpose of true repentance. - The first step must be to recognize our corporate involvement with the sin of the whole world. Although we were not physically present at the events of Calvary 2000 years ago, "in Adam" the whole human race was there. So surely are we in Adam's sin. - Suppose that we had no Saviour. If any of us were left to develop to the full the evil latent in our own soul, if we were tempted to the ultimate as others have been tempted, we would surely duplicate their sin if given enough time and opportunity - that is, if there were no Saviour to save us from ourselves. - Suppose Hitler had lived as long as Methuselah. None of us dares to say, "I could never do what others have done!" - The apostle John says it is only when we confess a sin that we can experience Christ's "faithful" forgiveness and cleansing from it (1.Jh. 1:9). But to confess a sin without sensing its reality becomes lip-service, perilously close to hypocrisy. Skin-deep confession and skin-deep repentance bring skin-deep love, skin-deep devotion. Jesus teaches the principle that we must realize we have been forgiven much before we can learn to"love much." Mary Magdalene was "forgiven . . . much" because she had been possessed by "seven devils" (Lk. 7:47; 8:2). Must we also go into devil possession, to "love much" after being forgiven? No, there is a better way: realize that we would be possessed by seven devils if it were not for the grace of the Saviour! - When Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ" (Gal. 2:20), he meant that he identified himself with Christ. In the same way we identify ourselves with Christ's repentance in behalf of the human race. The footsteps of Christ are a path to repentance. - In the light of Christ's cross the true dimensions of our sin begin to take shape out of the fog.

    [1400] The problems sin causes was also familiar to the authors of the ancient El Amarna Letters. But they did not worship the true God but their self-made gods. Rib-Addi wrote, "the gods of Gubla are angry, and the disease is worse, and I have acknowledged my sins to the gods';" Rooted in paganism which serves angry gods, there may be a slight hint that the author had some Bible knowledge which would lead him to seek forgiveness and put his life in order before death, which in turn might indicate that he knew something about a resurrection, provided the translation is justified. That makes Rib-Addi certainly very familiar with Hebrew beliefs. [See EA Letter 137]

    [1470] See J. R. Spangler, `Three Angels of the Apocalypse, Part 2', Ministry, May 1980, p. 16-18.

    [1500] What may be some of the reasons that man ought to have "fear of the Lord" which means, being in awe; it has nothing to do with being afraid? This awe was experienced by a pilot of `Blackbird' (SR-71) spy jet that can travel at 200 feet per second, faster than a bullet. They could only be seen between 1961 and 1990, when they were retired. The former Air Force pilot was once flying high over the Pacific when he turned down the lights in the cockpit to see the stars. This is what he saw, "I saw a bright light outside my window. As my eyes adjusted, I realized that the brilliance was the broad expanse of the Milky Way, now a gleaming stripe across the sky. Where the dark spaces in the sky had usually existed, there were now dense clusters of sparkling stars. Shooting stars flashed across the canvass every few seconds. It was like a fireworks display with no sound." The reason for being awed is the greatness of God and what He has done in His creation. We just cite a little example of the universe. We could cite examples from all areas of creation which we can observe, like: A system of knowledge that we acquire; a systematic acumen, a body of data that we can observe; limitless space; unending time; every wharf and woof - perpetual motion; unbounded variety; infinite complexity; consciousness; feelings; will; ethical values; religious values; beauty; a system of justice, sometimes distorted but it is there; a recognition of righteousness; good above bad; right above wrong; love and life. So, "As we learn more about the universe, we are continually amazed at the astonishing diversity and beauty that we find. Though marred by the curse, the universe still exhibits the handiwork of the Lord. By learning more about the intricacies of the celestial realm, we gain an infinitesimal glimpse into the infinite mind of God. One extraordinary aspect of creation is the incredible range of sizes and distances we observe. According to Hebrews 1:3 and Colossians 1:16,17, Jesus continues to sustain the existence of the universe by His power. The universe is not independent; its existence depends on the continuous exercise of His divine will. This refutes deism, the philosophy that teaches that God created the world to govern itself and then left it to evolve without any further action on His part. The Bible rules out such theories. Also, God is not within the creation, constantly creating it, as in the false theories of pantheism (which says God & the universe are the same thing) or panentheism (which says God inhabits the universe as though it were His own body). God is not dependent on the universe in any way. He existed and continues to exist, independently of it. Therefore, the universe depends on God; God does not depend on the universe; deism and pantheism is false.
    The International Space Station orbits approximately 200 miles above the surface of the earth. This is far higher than any aircraft and yet it is not very far into space. The earth itself is nearly 8,000 miles in diameter and yet the expanse beyond extends to distances that we cannot truly comprehend. The space station and other man made satellites represent only the surface of the celestial ocean.
    The Apollo astronauts traversed a much greater distance. Traveling at the speed of a bullet, they took three days to reach the moon. The moon lies at the average distance of 240,000 miles from earth. This is the furthest that human beings have traveled into space. Yet, the earth's distance from the sun is 400 times greater. Distance to a starThe earth orbits at an average distance of 93 million miles from the sun, but the outer planets orbit at much greater distances. Neptune orbits 30 times further from the sun than earth does. The dwarf worlds (or asteroids) Pluto and Eris are even further out. Their orbits do not lie in the same plane as the planets. The orbits of all the planets could be contained in a cube that is 6 billion miles on a side. Yet, the distance to the stars is far greater. The next nearest star system is `Alpha Centauri'. How many solar systems would fit between the sun and `Alpha Centauri'? The answer is an astonishing 4278. It is a distance that is almost impossible to imagine.
    Upon our arrival we can see that `Alpha Centauri' consists of more than one star. The combined light from these two stars appears as a single star in our night sky. `Alpha Centauri A' is the larger and brighter of these two stars. It is a glowing orb of hydrogen gas, very similar to the sun, though slightly larger. Its surface temperature is around 6000 degrees Celsius, the same as the sun, and so, it has a similar color. `Alpha Centauri B' is slightly smaller and cooler than the sun. Alpha Centauri A & B orbit each other every 80 years. A third system star of Alpha Centauri is called Proxima Centauri is faintly visible.
    The constellations look still similar as from our solar system. This indicates that most bright stars are far more distant than Alpha Centauri.
    The `Big Dipper' is a familiar sight, and so is the constellation Cassiopia. Except, there is now an extra star in this constellation, looking from the Alpha Centauri star system, that is our sun. As seen from Alpha Centauri, the sun is just a bright star. The planets cannot be seen at all from this distance.
    As we journey back to the solar system, the constellations change only slightly.
    The sun is almost 100 x larger than the earth in diameter, and, while most stars are smaller than this, some of the brighter stars in our night sky are considerably larger. Sirius is the brightest star in our night time sky; it is bright because it is relatively nearby. A mere 50 trillion miles away, yet at almost twice the diameter of the sun. The light blue color indicates that Sirius has a surface temperature of around 9000 degrees Celsius. So, blue stars are considerably hotter than the sun, whereas red stars, are cooler.
    Pollux is a member of the constellation Gemini. It is a giant star, nearly 10 x larger than the sun in diameter. The constellation Orion is a familiar sight in our winter sky. It has a number of stars, even larger than Pollux. The center star of Orion's belt is called Alnilam, it is a blue super giant. 25 suns could be lined up across its disk. Blue stars, like Alnilam, are very luminous. They expend their fuel quickly and cannot last billions of years, just the same as comets cannot last that long letting us know that the universe we live in is not old, at least not as old as some claim. So, blue stars remind us that the universe is much younger than is generally claimed.
    Some astronomers claim that Alnilam has spontaneously formed in the recent past. However, star formation is riddled with theoretical problems and has never been observed.
    Rigel is also a blue super giant. It stretches nearly 70 suns across. As amazing as this seems, even larger stars have been discovered. Betelgeuse is one of the largest stars in the solar neighborhood. It is a read super giant, even larger than Rigel. Betelgeuse is roughly 600 x the diameter of the sun. If Betelgeuse were placed at the center of our solar system, we would be inside it. Betelgeuse would completely engulf the inner planets and Jupiter would be just somewhat outside of its mass. The size of Betelgeuse pails in comparison to its distance from our planet. Astronomers often use the term - lightyear - when referring to stellar distances. A light year is a measure of distance, not time.
    One light year = 9.46e 15m = 5.66 trillion miles.
    Betelgeuse is over 400 light years away, or 2400 trillion miles. Yet, it is one of the nearest of Orion's bright stars. Alnilam is over 1000 light years away.
    Now we will travel much deeper into space. Several hundred light years toward Orion's belt. On our journey, we get a sense of the astonishing distances to these stars. The Hyades star cluster is visible on our right. We pass Beliatrix, the nearest of Orion's bright stars. Next out - Betelgeuse slowly drifts across the scene. A myriad of faint stars continually glides past our field of view. We are now roughly 400 light years away from home. As we pick up speed, we pass by Rigel and Saiph. Finally, we reach the nearest stars of Orion's belt. We have traveled a distance of 5 million billion miles into space. We glance back in the direction of the solar system. However the sun could not be seen at this distance without a telescope. It is a humbling experience to think of our entire solar system reduced to an invisible point. The constellations are completely unrecognizable from this distance. Although many of the same stars are visible, they no longer connect in a way that makes sense. Since we define the constellations as seen from our solar system, they point the way home, and as we travel back to the sun, they return to their familiar shapes.
    We now know that our sun is not the only system with planets. Astronomers have detected one or more planets around several hundred other stars, several hundred extra solar planets are now known to exist and it seems that countless more remain undetected in the depths of space. In most cases the planet itself cannot be seen directly, it is lost in the powerful glare of its host star. However, astronomers are able to measure the slight wobble the planet gravitationally induces on its star. This technique allows us to estimate the orbital period and minimum mass of the planet. In some rare cases the planet passes directly in front of its star, as seen from earth. The star B376 Pegesar has a planet that crosses its disk precisely every 3.52 days. Astronomers can measure the drop in the stars brightness and determine the size of the planet. Of course this technique is only possible for a handful of star systems that are nearly edge on relative to us.
    This planet is larger than Jupiter, but it orbits 20 x closer to its star than earth orbits the sun. This, so-called hot-Jupiter, is a serious problem for secular models of planet formation. These scenarios had predicted that gas giants can only form far away from their parent star. Yet, the vast majority of extra solar planets, so far detected, are hot-Jupiters. Ii is a difficult problem for secular notions, but not for biblical creation. Such diversity we would expect from the Biblical God.
    Then there is the well known Y-Andromeda system. It has three known planets. All three are larger than Jupiter and orbit remarkably close to their star. The innermost planet is estimated to be 20 x larger than earth in diameter. Its proximity to the star makes its temperature over 1100 degrees Celsius. Since current technology is not able to observe these worlds directly, we can only speculate what they look like using our own planets as a guide. We can be certain that their riches, declare the majesty of their Maker." We are not alone in the universe, but the only world were sin reigns for just a little longer. [J. Lisle, Author of `The Ultimate Proof of Creation', a fine book.]
    The prophet wrote about Orion: "Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. The atmosphere parted and rolled back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the voice of God. The Holy City will come down through that open space. I saw that the powers of earth are now being shaken and that events come in order. War, and rumors of war, sword, famine, and pestilence are first to shake the powers of earth, then the voice of God will shake the sun, moon, and stars, and this earth also. I saw that the shaking of the powers in Europe is not, as some teach, the shaking of the powers of heaven, but it is the shaking of the angry nations." {EW 41.2; January 20, 2011 - Astronomers say that Betelgeuse may explode as a supernova very soon (2012 or before. Well, its Nov 2012 now.) they seem to say. Will celestial events warn the world? Satan knows where heaven is.

    [1560] See `Christ's Object Lessons', 415.3. How is the character of God to be made known? Through deeds which help people to God displays His 10 Commandments when He returns for all the world to seehave a church to meet in instead of under a tree; and a school for their children to go to; and a clinic to get medical help; and reading material to help young people study for their future life. All these projects and much more are going on in many countries. - - This love is the evidence of their discipleship. "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples," said Jesus, "if ye have love one to another." When men are bound together, not by force or self-interest, but by love, they show the working of an influence that is above every human influence. Where this oneness exists, it is evidence that the image of God is being restored in humanity, that a new principle of life has been implanted, that meaning in our life is important, Isaiah 44. It shows that there is power in the divine nature to withstand the supernatural agencies of evil, and that the grace of God subdues the selfishness inherent in the natural heart. (`Desire of Ages' 678.1) - Let us remember that the opposite of love is not hate, but fear, the fear of not being loved, a primary emotion.

    [1610] & [1650] Where does `fear of God' in our culture or cultural thinking come from - historically speaking? It, indeed, has a long, deeply rooted history. It is passed on by parents, clergy, teachers, artwork, etc., and often results in turning away from faith in God. If we begin in the 16th century, that of the Reformation, Christianity was mixed with elements of paganism, debauchery, outright demon possession, even of the clergy, whom the people were taught to look up to as being the embodiment of the "church". This "church" taught constantly that the world was filled with demons which only the "church" could save people from. For protection and deliverance from eternal damnation, the church demanded absolute and unquestioning, despotic type obedience. Luther was a rare person, being able to free himself from that thinking. He learned that indulgences, by visiting relics to be saved from thousands of years in purgatory, were a fraud. He saw how the church had made merchandise of the grace of God. But many millions still belong to this religious system, from the poor to teachers, judges, kings and presidents. They have never learned that the Bible teaches a God of love, `agape', completely unselfish love.

    [1696] Actually, Hebrews 4:9 is an affirmation of the command to keep the Sabbath holy in the NT. It should read, "There remains therefore the keeping of the Sabbath to the people of God." That is supported by the German language Zurcher Bible which says, "Also bleibt dem Volk Gottes eine Sabbatruhe uebrig." That is so, because the Greek word `sabbatismos' means "the keeping of the Sabbath."

    [1700] Where exactly does the Bible say that it was actually Jesus who created the world, and with it the Sabbath, and who gave the Law of God to Moses on Mt. Sinai?
    "In the beginning was the Word ... and the Word was God ... All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... He was in the world, and the world was made by him ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us ..." John 1:1,3,10,14.
    ". . . God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." Eph. 3:9.
    But in the beginning the world was "without form and void", or as the Spanish and German version reads - the earth was in a disorderly state and empty, it was without any life whatsoever and contained nothing which could support any life.
    But then,
    "the Father . . . and . . . his dear Son . . . by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible . . . all things were created by him, and for him." Col. 1:12,13,16.
    "God . . . spake in time past . . . Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son . . . by whom also he made the worlds." Hebr. 1:1,2.
    "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we . . . To day if ye will hear his voice . . . Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years." Hebr. 3:6-9. These scriptures ought to explain sufficiently the questions asked. But let no one take the limited, narrow position that any of the works of man can help in the least possible way to liquidate the debt of his transgression. This is a fatal deception. If you would understand it, you must cease haggling over your pet ideas, and with humble hearts survey the atonement. {6BC 1071.4}

    [1721] Question: Where in the Bible does it indicate that the Sabbath is a sign of allegiance?
    Answer: The admonition to keep the Sabbath holy recurs 4 times in the Book of Exodus after Exodus 20, the law chapter. See Ex. 23:12; 31:13; 34:21; 35:2,3. The restatement in Ex. 31:13 introduces an important thought not mentioned in others. The Sabbath is said to be "... a sign between Me and you; . . . that you may know that I am the Lord that does sanctify you." Later Ezekiel also calls attention to the Sabbath as a sign, Eze. 20:12,20. - That the Sabbath is a sign of God's sanctifying power (our dedication) in no way detracts from the Sabbath as a memorial of creation. As a memorial it focuses attention on God's creative power and acts. - The Sabbath is,

    1. A sign of obedience. When God sent manna, God used the Sabbath to test His people, Ex. 16:27,28; James 2:10.
    2. A sign of sanctification, coming into God's rest, Matth. 11:28.
    3. It is a Seal, a sign of divine approval on those who shall enter His eternal kingdom. At conversion the Holy Spirit comes into the life. His presence signifies that the believer is accepted and that God's approval rests upon him, Eph. 1:13; 4:30. Near the end, before Jesus comes again, there will be another call for decision. Each person's loyalty will be tested. Those who remain loyal will have God's final approval of their choice and experience. This approval is called the "the sealing of the living God", Rev. 7:2.
    4. There is also a Counterfeit `Mark.' The book of Revelation speaks of a sign of allegiance to the great power opposing God, which is in contrast to God's sign or seal. This power is referred to as the "beast", and its followers are said to receive "the mark of the beast", Rev. 13:16,17; 14:9,11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4.

    [1725] The Flying Scroll: The prophet Zechariah (5:1-4) illustrates the function of the Law of God as follows. He describes God's Holy Law as a flying scroll measuring 20 by 10 cubits. It is a play on words for the Ten commandment tablets consisted of two slabs of stone on which God wrote His Ten Laws (10) with His own finger. That this scripture talks about both tables of the 10 commandments is indicated by pointing to the 8th commandment, `Thou shalt not steal', and the 3rd commandment, `Thou shalt not take the name of God in vain', which is false swearing. Thus Zechariah references the first tablet of the law having to do with our love of God and the second tablet having to do with loving our fellow men, Mt. 22:36-40; Lk. 10:27. - Next the prophet describes how the scroll of this Law flies over the land, that is the whole world, in order to take up residence in each home where people live who have all broken God's law and no one can prevent it from reaching everyone. For we read, ".. it shall enter into the house of the thief ..", and "into the house of him who sweareth falsely". Then it says that God's law, "shall remain in the midst of the house ...". The intend is to show that, if the occupants of the house do not exercise faith but instead disregard the law, there will come a day when the house and all its occupants will not exist anymore, (1Tim. 1:9). On the other hand, if those who inhabit the house do find a solution to their problem of transgressing God's Law and keep it, when they repent and confess and turn to Christ for salvation from this world of sin, ... then they are free from the curse of sin and free from the deadly consequences of breaking God's Law. In the latter case, the occupants of the house then hardly notice the Law of God laying in the corner, since now it is written in their heart. (Ex. 31:12-18) That means, the man who confesses his guilt and finds forgiveness is not freed from the desires and tendencies of sinful flesh. However, he is freed from being ruled by his flesh and has come under the authority of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says about this, "Mortify your members ..." or as other translators put it, "Put to death .. whatever belongs to your earthly nature ..." (Colossians 3:5; NIV) - - All the sins mentioned in this text are still present in the clamoring of our flesh. They would gain the upper hand again, if we allow our flesh to rule us, instead of faith. Thus, living by faith means submitting daily, hour by hour, to the will of God. Since God's people decided to remain true to God, to have Him rule their lives through His Holy Spirit, all these evil sins will be destroyed by their roots and become powerless in such a house. Now these sins do not raise their ugly heads anymore in our life and the law does not condemn us. This difference is described in these scriptures:

    (1) The rule of the flesh in our life - Romans 7:14-24; and
    (2) the rule of God in our life: 1.Corinthians 9:26,27.
    A saved person is not saved like from a one time wrestling match; he does not find himself in a position where he does not have to fight anymore. So, against what does he fight and what will victory be like? - He fights against the lusts of the flesh, against his former life in sin. Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is therefore not a life without conflicts. Far from it, the conflicts will intensify. However, we also know that such a converted person finds also the power of God on His side to help him overcome, learn how to use his power of choice to always decide for God.
    If it would have been possible to free us from all temptations, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross for our sins. But He died to forgive the sins of those who are His followers. So, instead of freeing us from the clamors of sin in our lives, Jesus took on our "likeness of sinful flesh" (Rom. 8:3) exactly on that spot where we find ourselves in and where our flesh is with all its wants of the flesh. - Instead of saving us in a way which would have made us incapable of living as free human beings (if we could not be tempted anymore), He came to meet us at the place where we find us in. - Christ was born in our type of flesh and yet He overcame all temptations to sin and because of His victory over the attacks of evil, He can give us victory too if we seek and accept it.
    This way, the flying scroll, points out the right way to live - do not do the evil deed - no one can force you to commit sin. You can refuse to sin. - Thus the Spirit of God strengthens you and we live in the power which only God can give. - This attitude, being now our way of life, allows God to be able to work through us. Our senses will be sharpened to sense the wily attempts of evil when it comes to tempt us, but now we stop it in its budding stage. - How can this happen? This way,

    "I do not frustrate the grace of God (anymore): for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:21.
    From Galatians 5:16-26 we learn that God's law is still in full force (Vers 21); however, it also shows that the Law of God does not remain (anymore) to be our schoolmaster but becomes a light showing us the way to live so we can be in God's Kingdom for ever.

    [1800] The gospel is a broad subject. Here are a few more aspects of the gospel presented in brief format. The human mind is the battle ground where the conflict between good and evil takes place. In the beginning God created man perfect, Mark 10:6. All the universe lived in perfect obedience to the law of God the following of which was the normal way of existence. Not until the wily insinuations of Satan, angelic beings became even aware of such a law. God knew of the spot of sin right away. Because of the freedom to choose, He had to let the true nature of this evil take its course. Angelic perfection failed in heaven. Human perfection failed in Eden. Because Lucifer lived at first in a perfect environment, the stain of sin arising in him without remorse, was tolerated until he overstepped the patience of God by intending to kill the Son of God on the cross and he was banned from heaven. In the beginning the nature of man was in total harmony with heaven. Man became a sinner when he chose to believe Satan rather than God. Selfishness became the foundation of all sin and revealed itself in pride, jealousy, deceitfulness and open rebellion. A sinner either worships himself or hates himself, Jh. 12:25; 3:6. Since selfishness is the root of all sin, different sins are but variations of the plant from which they grow. The more carefully selfishness is camouflaged within the temptation, the stronger is the temptation. Eve was tempted to question why God withheld the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This became very strong when she thought the serpent could read her mind and had gained his capacity to speak by eating of this fruit. "Why should I not have such a wonderful fruit?" This is selfishness of the most common kind. --- Christ ever retained this utmost hatred for sin but not the sinner. Ah, yes, sin is so dangerous because it dulls our senses; it causes us to misjudge our true condition. While Satan could not tempt Christ with something he hated, man had not this natural hatred for sin.
    Christ took upon himself the nature of Adam after the Fall. Even though Christ was born sinless, for without sinning there is no sin, he was not immune from yielding to temptation. But in no thought or action did Christ ever succumb to anything of sin.
    Ever since the fall we either choose God's plan or Satan's. God vies for our willing surrender to Him. Satan, by man's insistence of independence, can bring man on his side. Man's supposed independence is in reality like a chain to an unbalanced life. Man must remove his will from Satan's control before he can give it to Christ. With Christ in us, Satan is powerless to cause us to sin. To become and remain in Christ we must grow in faith and distrust feelings. Faith takes the Word of God and believes its utterances, feelings are of our sinful flesh. Perfect faith trusts God implicitly without doubting and questioning, Job 1:8. We are told that in the time of the end, "... they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:12. - - Then "A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate [1800b] with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. " {Cmpr. DA 324.1}
    [1800b] Bible texts and explanations on co-operation: Hebr. 1:14; Phil. 2:16; Luke 14:23; 2.Cor. 10:5; All who enter Heaven's gates, will in this life have chosen the right, at the cost of friends, applause, power, and position. Luke 12:40,46,49,53. - Some teach that we absolutely cannot do anything to be saved. That is very true, God does it all. But it is stated that way wrongly. We should say we cannot "merit" anything to be saved - do penance, pilgrimages, say hail marys, etc. That will clarify the other side of the coin for we have also many scriptures that God wants to be invited into our life. He does not force His will on us, we must accept His invitation to being saved. That means we co-operate with the divine agencies in our own salvation. While our part is small and God's large, God will not do His part if we do not do our part, that of letting Him into our heart, obeying, following Jesus where ever He goeth, etc.. That is why preachers preach. Saying that we can't do absolutely anything to be saved all by itself may lead people to say, `Ok, so I turn over and go back to sleep.' We certainly would not want to cause such a reaction.

    [1920] That the judgment "is" come means it is in session now is established this way. Even though it says "Is" come since it was written by John, it belongs within the narrower time from of when the first door into the Most Holy apartment was opened, according to Rev. 11:19, which took place in 1844, and when access to the Most Holy will end, when the High Priestly ministry of Christ is finished, at the end of the age, when no more people will convert to Christ, Rev. 15:8; an event which is very near before us. It can take place any day now, depending how God sees things.

    [2000] How can we say that the judgment is taking place now? Because just previous to this, in Rev. 13:2, John points out

    1. the lion, representing Babylon (Daniel 7:4ff), whose king wanted to be worshiped as a god,
    2. the bear, representing Medo-Persia (with the three ribs in its mouth representing Lydia, Babylon and Egypt), whose king wanted to be worshiped as a god,
    3. the leopard, representing Greece whose king wanted to be worshiped as a god,
    4. the non-descript dragon beast with ten horns (Rome) whose powers are like tentacles, all the different orders.

    So, we may know that `the judgment was set, and the books were opened' (Dan. 7 :10) and we want to pray: "Please God, help me. Give me Thy love for my fellow men to win them for your kingdom. I call upon my Savior, upon Jesus, forgive me my self-seeking. Send me Lord, to be a river of Thy grace for the salvation of multitudes and thousands or hundreds. Give me of Thy wisdom to preach Thy three angels messages to a dying world so people can be saved before it is too late. Amen."
    Continuing: These ten horns of the non-descript beast, of course, represent ten kingdoms (10 toes of Dan. 2:42) which were in place in Europe by the year 476 A.D. According to what Daniel saw in vision, "after" (Dan. 7:24) these 10 powers were in place, the little horn would receive its power. The little horn power, therefore, would arise shortly after 476 AD for it comes up among the ten horns - by 538 A.D. that little horn power began its activities. That means, the scene presented in Rev. 14:7 comes subsequent to the last of these empires.
    Additional Comment: The 2005 Catholic Youth Bible explains these four animal world empires as Babylon, Media, Persia and Greece, leaving out the Roman Empire entirely. That way they seem to hope to escape the understanding that their church leadership features in Bible prophecy in a very unflattering way. It is a historical fact that Media and Persia were a dual empire, not two separate empires. This two-sided characteristic, noted as a distinguishing mark in prophecy, was emphasized by ancient writers also. Aeschylus, the Greek poet, who lived in the time of Persia, wrote in his `Persae' : "Asia's brave host, a Mede first led. The virtues of his son fixed firm the empire. . . . Cyrus third, by fortune graced, adorned the throne."
    The succession was as follows: Medes: Ahasuerus - Darius the Mede (Dan. 5:31; 6:1; 9:1; Gobryas), Cyrus - Cambyses - False Smerdes; Persians: Darius I. (different from Darius the Mede) - Xerxes, etc.
    The words, "Arise, devour much flesh," (Dan. 7:5) describes the history from the time when the Persian side rose uppermost. Rawlinson says, "Cyrus proceeded with scarcely a pause on a long career of conquest." - According to Herodotus, an alliance against Persia was formed by Croesus, king of Lydia, which included Egypt and Babylon - three powers. When these three great provinces were subdued by Persia, they may well be represented by the three ribs in the mouth of the bear empire. [Herodotus, Book I, Sec. 77, p. 31 in my 1954 Penguin Classics edition.
    The horn power etc. Catholics interpret with Antiochus Epiphanes which we show to be false in the link. Ecclesiastical Rome virtually also `had three conquests or ribs,' the Ostrogoths, Vandals and Heruli, which it overcame.
    The Book of Revelation Babylon and harlot texts are interpreted falsely to refer to pagan Rome under Nero in order to escape identifying themselves as those references.]

    Comparing the historical time frame, the 3 ½ times, the 1260 days and the 42 months, and the characteristics.


    In addition the time span allotted to the beast power is given in Rev. 13:5 as 42 months and in Daniel 7:25 "a time and times and the dividing of times" represents 3½ times in which each "time" is one prophetic year of 360 days, therefore the total = prophetic 1260 day/years. We notice that 42 months also = 3½ years = 1260 prophetic day/years. So, both Daniel and John state that the, "another" or "different" little horn power of Daniel 7:24 is the same power, "one of its heads", of Rev. 13:3 which `was wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed,' is the same power described in Dan. 7:25, which shall `speak great words against the most High ... and think to change times and laws' up until the judgment (investigative judgment) was set in heaven.
    3½ times = 42 months = 1260 days = 1260 years
    Dan. 7:25 = Rev. 13:5 = Rev. 11:3; 12:6



    "another" shall arise, "diverse" or "different" from the first = "one of its heads" or "was wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed"
    Daniel 7:24 = Revelation 13:3



    The power which shall "speak great words against the Most High ... and thinks to change times and laws" = "one of its heads" which "was wounded to death".
    Daniel 7:25 = Revelation 13:3


    This reminds us of the words that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Like in Bible times it was true of the Jews, it is the leaders (theologians, teachers, preachers), who are foremost in corrupting the churches, and the laity loves it so. They are playing church. It will be a church without God in it. Today especially we must remember "ye shall know them by their fruits." Mt. 7:16-20. We are all guilty. The law the horn thinks to change is not that of a corporation, or city, or nation. No. He thinks to change God's law. That means this power intends to make itself a god. But to be `like God' can be understood in a positive or a negative sense. Cooperating with God's law is positive, to position oneself against God's eternal law, is being negative. No one can please God while violating God's commandments.
    Of course, while the ten horns represent ten kings (those of Europe), Die 10 Nationen im geteilten Römischen Reichthese are also referred to in Rev. 17:12. It appears they will set up, or attempt to set up as the New World Order capital, but for how long will it endure? It says way in the future from the time of John, they will be prominent for "one hour". For `one hour' they will collect global tax, a portion of which is supposed to help the poor, in Jerusalem under the control of the NWO. How long is one hour in prophetic time? It's half a month, but since we are not anymore in prophetic time, it just means short time. Just as truly as gambling money does not help the school system, so sure it is that tax money won't help. It is all done in order to further the goals of the `MTB'. The final events will lead to its destruction, for all we know.

    [2050] Since we mention evolution we ought to define what we mean. We shall quote two defintions: (1) "change in the genetic makeup of a population over time." Many times studies which fall into this group are not inconsistent with a biblical creation worldview. Creatures certainly can appear to have changed, but the type of changes do not suggest that they came from a different species or that they are on their way to becoming a different specie. Ironically, this type of evolutionary research is critical to further developing the creation model and understanding speciation (changes within a kind). This pattern of creative change has been demonstrated scientifically.
    (2) "All life on earth arose from a common ancestor." This second definition obviously contradicts the biblical testimony that all living things were created by God according to their kind. Those promoting the "common ancestor" concept blur the two definitions of evolution to make it appear that scientific studies support the atheistic evolutionary worldview. It is important to realize that the evolutionary worldview requires a specific type of change not predicted by the creation model. It requires that the overall pattern of mutational change be creative, adding information for new organs and structures. Furthermore, only naturalistic processes can be invoked for the formation of this information. This pattern of creative changes has not been demonstrated scientifically.



    Notes & References to Part 2

    [100] Because if God's judgment is taking place in heaven right now then people did not receive their rewards of life or death at the moment that they die.

    [118] In the Bible, `Babylon' stands for confusion. Let us examine that condition as it appears today. Since Babylon contains confused religious people we examine things in history having to do with Christian nations, churches and people. We may cite the `Geneva Convention' for example. It has to do with how countries ought to treat prisoners of war - "Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or admission by the detaining power causing death or seriously endangering the health of the prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited ...". Sadly, just about every country in the world mistreats prisoners of war, including our own, as if the Geneva Convention does not mean anything anymore. - Of course governments go to war and bomb and kill many people. So war itself is the major problem, not how people are treated afterwards - which is in our example a case of showing mercy. The call may be `let's have a civilized war,' or, `let us civilize sinners.' -- This kind of thing Jesus also dealt with during his time on earth, Lk. 11:37-54.
    What is it that makes the inside so smelly and corrupt? According to Jesus the causes are teachings which are contrary to the Word of God. Anything that does not agree in essence with `Thus says the Lord,' is dirty and stinks. The Geneva Convention also aimed to treat the outside of the cup without the inside. They tried to maintain civility while letting wars go on. The Bible says, `They speak not according to the law and to the testimony' and they let people drown in those erroneous teachings but they make sure that the members of their choirs are dressed in the latest and finest robes. There is nothing wrong with choirs but we must not only worship in spirit, but also in truth. When truth is not on the inside, the outside can look good, but it is not.
    Other phenomena in the religious world in our country at least which reveal themselves as of the Babylonian variety are efforts to use worship styles called celebration and charismatics, or teachings we find in mega and giga churches - none of these are worth imitating. True Christian worship is something different than that. Praising, happy Christians, yes, when singing hymns, but often congregations are tempted to carry that to such an extent because they think it looks good and attracts people - but churches ought to exist to worship God who is always and much more concerned about teaching the truths found in His Word - the inside of the cup (Lk. 11:39).
    Other typical items which help illustrate the issue of `confusion' in the religious world are books. There are many good books but if they are not 100% based on the Word of God, they are dangerous influences. For example, one book says, `I want to teach you how to pray a prayer that God always answers,' and word for word you are told what to say and instructed to says this same prayer several times a day and every day. What is wrong with that? Jesus says in Matthew 6:7, "When you pray do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do." May this serve as an example of such things in Christendom which sound good, they look good like the outside of a cup, but on the inside is filth - wrong teachings and doctrines. Jesus wants prayers coming from the heart. Therefore, it is important to know that we practice what we preach, but we should also preach what we should be practicing.
    For additional examples click here.

    [120] Vol. 8, of the Testimonies, p. 293.

    [121] God in His mercy keeps the door of salvation open for as long as He can for those who had no opportunity to hear about such a great salvation, Micah 7:18,19. But God's longsuffering mercy will soon reach its limits, Mt. 24:15-17. Those who know this message, however, their probation closes earlier. "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. . . ." It closes when the first law is issued and they are being asked, are you one of them? When they say `Yes', they put themselves on the side of those who are sealed by God, when they say `No' because of fear or whatever, they are being directed to join those who receive the Mark of the Beast. Such a question at that time seals a person's decision for eternity. This we must point out so we know how to decide now and each following day for the powers which are represented by the Mark are stealthily and unsuspectedly strengthening their forces to consolidate their own ends for the time when she can strike those who obey the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus, Rev. 12:17.{7BC 976.2}

    [125] Hail the weight of a talent, according to some data.

    [126] Other Bible verses containing such repeating phrases are 2.Samuel 19:4 where David laments the death of his son Absalom. The connection between this event and Babylon is (a) that Absalom tried to take the kingdom by force which is the intention of those in Babylon who will not come out. (b) Another example of such a repetition factor is when Jesus looked upon Jerusalem and he saw the city and cried out, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem." Jesus longed for Jerusalem to hear his voice but they would not. So too with those in Babylon.(c) The first city of Babylon which built that tower would not believe God that He would not send another flood. That is typical Babylon today too. They do not believe the plain words of God.

    [135] These three unclean spirits are functioning in the world today. What is represented by them? They are false practices and doctrines of devils in established churches.(Isa. 28:17,18). Rev. 16:12 references the drying up of the river Euphrates the time when Babylon was destroyed, cmpr. Isa. 11:15,16; Dan. 5:30. Next Rev. 16:13,14 in particular reflects the spiritual or lack of spiritual condition many in so-called Christian institutions find themselves increasingly afflicted with, - they have no faith in the truths of the Word of God. The situation is so bad for the whole structure; (a) those who deny the six day Creation account, and those (b) who profess to believe it, but trespass the law of God with some inexcusable excuse. That is why in God's eyes these dire words are pronounced over them all for they, battle against the government of God - His law, and His Character - Rev. 16:14, for they are deceived, Rev. 20:3,8. They succumbed to God's arch enemy on those two fronts (1) thinking they are serving Him while despising clear Bible teachings (on the Sabbath, the dead go to heaven the moment they die), (2) thinking religion is just man's wishful thinking and that adaptation of species is evolution, when it cannot produce new species. [See Ken Ham, "A Tsunami of Compromise," in `1:1answersupdate,' Vol. 18, Issues 5, May 2011. p. 1,2.] That is why, in the last days, God's people must memorize the promises of God for the time will come when there may be no Bible in your possession. In your "heart" and mind "abide" in Jesus and you will be safe - though you will see "1000 fall at your side and 10,000 at your right hand." Psalm 91:7.

    [156] Herod, son of Antipas I., was not a king because he had no pedigree connecting him to the royal house of King David. A number of decades before, the country of Rome had sent its armies all over the then known world to conquer and subdue established powers until they were under its influence. In 63 B.C. Rome made Judea a province but it was at first not tightly controlled. The first ruler which answered to Rome in some respects was the High Priest Hyrcanus II. (64-40 BC) whose son Herod (40-4 BC) re-conquered Judea with the aid of the Roman army in 37 BC. Herod was named King of Judea by the Roman Senate when he was 35 years of age. See the link for more details. - The Frogs: But why does the Bible use such strange images like frogs? What does that mean? Think about it. A frog catches its prey with its sticky tongue. The spirits like frogs come out from the dragon (the vastly ungodly world of spiritualism, the beast (the vast RCC system), the false prophet (rc infiltrated `Protestantism'). The spirits work among these in that they inspire demon possessed men (leaders, politicians, etc.), to influence world leaders against God using their language skills, their tongue, and against those who labor `in God's vineyard' on earth, by doing what they are told to do of those in power. Their influence is tending to instigate a world wide battle against the cause of God. The work these men are engaged in, if they are aware of it or not, is, what the Bible calls `the Battle of Armageddon.' Earth's final battle which will end the conflict, the controversy about good and evil with victory for God. Many of these men originate from Rome since they have given their life to accomplish the works of those who want a NWO, a return to the type of governing the conscience of all people by one supreme ruler; however, Bible prophecy says that the beast power will not succeed to form a NWO, for it says, "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: . . . but it shall break in pieces and consume all these (earthly) kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." Dan. 2:44. And the apostle John wrote, "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the throne, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev. 19:19,20. In prophecy the dragon represents primarily Satan and in a secondary sense, paganism, Roman army standard - the dragon a false ecclesiastical system, dominating the Roman Empire. Next to the eagle, a red dragon was the principle Roman army standard from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD; the image shows only part of the wings of the dragon. They were conscious of John the Revelator's prophetic images and knew it represented their empire.
    That is why the true commandment keeping Christian is the one who believes in the 3 AM, because he or she cannot put away faith in the 7th day Sabbath keeping SdA church, because he is the SdA church. He is part of the continuous faith of the faith of the Sabbath keeping apostles (sabbatismos Hebr. 4:9) and pioneers and that is why he will go to glory. That is also the reason why it is so very important to know these truths because the coming storm will try to wrench away the faith, the foundation of the faith, of these people. Therefore we have to build our faith on the rock that does not move (Mt. 7:24,25) and wrestle with God (Gen. 32:24-26) and define all our positions according to the word of God. That is the orientation we operate from.

    [166] See J.P. Sweet's commentary, Revelation, Philad. 1979, for the development of this parody.

    [176] What was the role of Salome? Instructed by her mother (the church), danced (enticing evil forces) before Herod (a picture of Satan). In the end, how will that play out? Perhaps this way, when all the churches unite together with their mother church (they have a number of doctrines in common), the mother church will ask them what are we going to do with the `John the Baptists,' those nay sayers? And they will pronounce them guilty for they have decided on that already on the `Sabbath' and `State of the Dead' questions and on the `Spirit of Prophecy,' (According to comments of John MacArthur). It appears the ground work has been laid. - 13th, Jan, 13 - May be it will be s.th. along these lines; There is an event planned, "The event will feature a U.S. House Chaplain, an author, congress people, broadcasting people, entertainers and such who have a master of ceremonies," and who want to call on God for help no doubt. But we know whom God will hear and whom not. We also know that such religious alignment with government will lead to certain types of laws, "religious" laws, making it appear that they unite for mutual support to achieve their goal which they may not even clearly know yet themselves. (Jan 15 13, 01:01:22 www.wnd.com/2013/01/washington-plans-meeting-to-call-on-god.html)

    [210] How is Spiritualism sweeping the world? It happens on multiple fronts. The latest events in this direction we just saw unfolding: the change from a two party system to a one party system - Rome does not like our form of government - they staged a budget and Healthcare crisis to (a) sign away our sovereignty and make one of the parties look silly. According to `U.S. News and World Report,' The devil is very angry but he has some legal rights. We are in for some surprises.

    [211] Here are the scriptures on the subject of strong delusions, 2.Thess. 2:11; 2.Tim. 4:3; 2.Peter2:1; 6T 408; 19MR, 280.1.

    [252] Such a decree was also issued in the endtime prophetic parallel book of Esther in the conspiracy of the Agagite/Amalekite descendant named Haman (Esther 3:1) who demanded to be worshiped as a god (bowed to & paid homage to, v. 2). We find the details of this death decree of King Ahasuerus of Shu-Shan (Susa) in Esther 3:5-9-15; it was a binding, universal decree (Esth. 3:12) initiated by a religious figure. We find here that the causer of all sin got ready to destroy God's people (Esth. 3:13 hatred), the Jewish nation, in order to prevent God's plan of salvation to being fulfilled. The Book of Esther shows the consequence of the sin of King Saul when he disobeyed the direct command of God to destroy the Amalekites (1Sam. 15:3) and let their king Agag (v. 8) live. Even though the Israelites in Persia, like Christians today, are no threat to the government, they were then perceived as a threat, and today they are said to be worthy of being hated by those who, like Haman because of his religious assumption of wanting to be worshiped as a god, want to have no one believe that sin destroys everything good on earth and thus are understandably different then they are. [See also the story of Simon Magus.] This decree to destroy the Jews was to be executed on a particular date, on the 13th day of the 12th month. This history in the Book of Esther, their salvation from destruction (Esth. 9:2.16), became the occasion for the Jewish feast named `Purim.' (Esth. 9:17,18,26,31; middle of March; Jh. 5:1) -- In the end time such issues will again come to the forefront as it is happening in our very own days today, as Bible Christians are hated more and more for no good reasons. A religious ruler will cause a political ruler to make religious laws defying the `separation of church and state.'

    [300] What are these abominations? The reality of what Israel did during this time and as spoken of in the Old Testament may be understood by discoveries made by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Quoting, "A hoard of several dozen broken female and zoomorphic figurines of the seventh century BC, including many examples of Mother Goddess or Asherah figurines, deposited in a cave a few hundred yards south of the Temple Mount" were found. "... the reforms of Josiah, who, according to 2. Kings 23:12-13, dismantled the shrines of Ashtoreth and other deities on the Temple Mount, smashed their paraphernalia and then had the debris thrown out into the Kidron Valley below." The cave was considered to have been used by those `nonconformists' of the Israelites, as the author calls them. Other items found over time in Israel included: miniature horned altars, terra cotta offering stands, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figurines, so called "trick vessels", kernoi, and other items. The author, in this age of unbelief and skepticism, did not even consider Jeremiah's and Ezekiel's statements. [Source: Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1991, p. 64.]
    See also numerous `Cultic (Ashera) Inscriptions Found in Ekron' in Biblical Archaeology, Dec 1990, p. 232, and a `naos' from Tell el Farah showing a crescent moon and stars between the two tree columns forming the sides of the naos and the palmette volute, a motif symbolizing the mother goddess probably dedicated to Astarte. Such items belong to the time leading up to the Babylonian Exile. After the return from captivity, such items were destroyed and the name of the gods and goddesses removed from all writings they were able to locate. [BAR, Mar 2008, p. 62.]
    Also found near the old `Dung Gate' in Jerusalem was a black stone seal showing two bearded figures, an altar and a crescent moon. The name `Temech' is written at the bottom. We find that name in Nehemiah 7:55, as of a family which was exiled in 586 BC by Nebuchadnezzar to be allowed to return again to Jerusalem 70 years later. The stone illustrates apparently the spiritual condition of God's people during that time.[Reported January of 2008 by Prof. Eliat Mazar.] - Conclusion Abominations includes idolatry, ethical perversions, false worship, to name a few. The false chronology advanced in all secular publications has contributed much for theologians to doubt God and His faithful people, and everything the Bible teaches; thus it is imperative to teach the truth about who knew whom anciently in Bible times.

    [400] Do the ancient Assyrian and/or Babylonian documents verify this scornful attitude toward Israel and/or Judah? Yes they do. Links: (1), This link indicates that the whole region was exploited by Assyria to subjugate them for tribute. (2) Other texts verify that tribute was paid by several nations including Judah, J.B. Pritchard, Ancient Near Eastern Texts, pp. 291, 294. (3) A king(?) by the name of Adon (thought to have lived in the five city area of the old Philistine lands) wrote a letter to Pharaoh for assistance when Babylonian armies threatened his Palestinian possession. [See John Bright, A new letter in Aramaic, written to a pharaoh of Egypt in The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. XII, No. 2, May 1949, pp. 49-52.]

    [425] He wants her to be cleansed by the water of the Word and ready to be presented to Christ, radiant, stainless, with no wrinkles or blemishes, but holy and blameless, Eph. 5:27. We need to be more loving to one another. To spurn Christ's church is to spurn God for it is precious to Him. When a Christian expresses sadness about the church it is always the sadness of a lover. This institution must be led of God, who always tends to lead His people to provide conditions in which repentance can take place as in the days of King Josiah. We must know and believe that Jesus loves the church and will make it His glorious bride, once each one of us loves the church too. We can love the church, for God loves us. In it we can find a place where we can practice what we believe and pray, members and tenders. See sermon by Hebert H. Broeckel in Adventist Review, October 1995, p. 8-10. - We ought to know, to miss one sermon from a Godly messenger, makes it double hard to get uplifted the next time, for we read, "The power of the truth is taking hold of minds, and striking down deep into many hearts. Last winter ... a French lady walked, regularly, several miles to attend the little gatherings upon the Sabbath, although she could not understand any thing that was said, not being acquainted with the English language. Her sister asked her why she took so much trouble to attend the meetings, when she could not understand what was spoken there. She answered that she was sorry she did not comprehend what was said, but she could feel the blessing, and her heart was so strengthened and encouraged that she felt this influence all through the week. It did her so much good that she felt it a great loss to miss one meeting. I am glad in God that I find my heart stirred as I see minds thus affected and embracing the truth. But few turn back; nearly all hold on, faithful and true." [RH, May 25, 1876 par. 4]

    [430] Why was the early church of the apostles a pure church? Because there was no danger then that people with corrupt hearts would join this church of God; for true Christians, who dared to live and speak about their faith, were in great danger of being burned, thrown before wild animals, being beheaded, and suffer every torture which Satan and his evil angels could invent, and put into the mind of man. Don't all true Christians know that the greater success of true followers of Christ is the success of another? That threat kept the church pure and the lack of it today, keeps it impure for there are those who do not want to hear it mentioned, these prophecies of God.[See also SG, I, p. 119.]

    [462] According to statistics, since 1980 America has become a nation of overweights in a marked way. Since 1993, it increased the most - within only 16 years. That tells us it has nothing to do with our genes. It has to do with what we put in our body. People today are not living temperate lives. They do not read and/or understand the labels put on purchased foods. Years ago a cola bottle was one serving, today many products are super-sized and contain more than one serving. That means if you finish such products all in one day, you take in way too much.
    That means if the calories of a product are 110 and you consume two servings, you take in double the calories. That is when you get oversize waistlines rapidly.
    (a) For a healthier diet we ought to ingest only about 3 to 5% fat a day, not over 35% as many consume. Our fat intake limit per serving should be no more than about 20% of our calories intake. Further we should avoid saturated animal fats, saturated vegetable fats and inter-esterified fats. (b) Sodium intake should be no more than 1500 mg if you are under 50 and no more than 1200 mg if you are under 70. One tablespoon salt is about 2200 mg. (c) Since our body derives its energy from sugar and fat we do need some but the right kinds and quantities. Our brain needs sugar to function well. Avoid `added' sugar. Therefore read the label of what you purchase on (1) fat, (2) sodium (3) calories and (4) carbohydrates contains. Everything else most can ignore. - Remember: There are no slaughter houses in heaven. Get off of it now.

    [475] We are to be made Perfect in Christ who alone is perfect. - Does the statement mean that during probationary time the living saints will attain to a state of holiness when our carnal nature no longer operates? - Will there come a time when we will be free from temptations? - These are vital questions. - Our heavenly Father considers us perfect "in Christ" now, and all the time, if our wills are wholly on His side. He does this in spite of the fact that some aspects of our behavior may not yet have been brought under full control of the principles of heaven. "We are not yet perfect, but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance: . . . to perfection." [AA 565.1] - Our loving Lord knows more clearly than we do that we are incapable of overcoming. This is where he acts in our behalf, for "he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Psalm 103.14. - "By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right the children of God are to seal their destiny." [8T 314.2] - Again we want to emphasize that only those who are daily overcoming inherited weaknesses and acquired tendencies to evil, who are living wholly for Christ, will receive the latter rain. They will long for a living, personal, Spirit-controlled experience in Christ. The latter rain will come when we reach the standard He requires. - "Today you are to have your vessel purified that it may be ready for the heavenly dew, ready for the showers of the latter rain; for the latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul purified from every defilement." [Ev. 701.4; 1SM 190.3] - What happens if we let God write His law into our hearts? This happens, "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean . . . Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances." Eze. 36:25-27.

    [500] Not to repeat ourselves, we said already this much about the use of the word wine. But there is another avenue by which we can clarify what the Bible means by these sayings. So we ask us, `How can we say that the wine as used in the prophetic books of the Bible are abominations, false teachings?' The best way to clarify the issue we find here. We read, "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." Rev. 17:4; Jer. 51:7.
    A. We ask, `What is in the cup?' The answer is `abominations', fermented, spoiled, unbecoming, adulterated, unnatural, falsified, unholy things are in the cup. The wine became this way because it set around too long before it was used. It was not freshly made wine. It was spoiled. When `wine' the blood of Christ, His Word and teachings, sits around too long unused, when people do not heed them and partake of them daily, sin (fermentation) sets in against which they have less and less power to overcome. In time abominable sins are committed and people forget what the Lord told them, how they were to eat His body and drink His blood right there and then, not two weeks later - which is most often actually never. Certainly the `golden cup' in Rev. 17:4; Jer. 51:7 has not the kind of wine in it which Jesus offers. -- There are many churches in the world today, every time they have a new pastor, the doctrines the members hear in their church changes depending on the views of the pastor. That is what illustrates the wine of false doctrines. What we must remember is this, the wine of Babylon represents false doctrines or teachings, Matthew 9:17. In effect Jesus is saying to the Jews, I will not put my newly explained, fresh doctrines within the framework of your old traditions and your old erroneous views. This interpretation may be derived from texts such as Mt. 26:27,28. After reading this scripture we realize that the `wine' represents the blood of Jesus. How is the blood of Jesus assimilated? We read in John 6:63 that we read and accept His words and His teachings. This is the kind of wine which keeps people sober - unfermented wine. -- What unbecoming wine is like is presented in Rev. 17:4; Jer. 51:7. The wine in the golden cup contains abominations, spoiled, fermented wine, the wine of false doctrines about who Jesus is, what is taught about Him in the Bible, and the salvation He gives to His people. The Bible says, that false teachers about the Sabbath and kindred teachings are drunk with the wine of Babylon. As a consequence they are unable to distinguish truth from error. They offer God to worship Him on a common work day, the 1st day of the week, as if it were holy. What does the Bible say in the third angels message will happen with them? It clearly illustrates that the same thing will happen with them that happened to Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-2) and that happened to Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:28-30; Matth. 25:41). The message underscored is this: Luke says in verse 28 that the cities of the plain, lived the sort of life many live in our suburbs. Just be merry, eat and drink and don't worry about God all the time. What is the lesson for us? They have not the love of the truth. It is sad, you go to church and strike up a conversation with someone trying to say how excited you are about knowing the Lord and understanding His Word, and all you get is incomprehensible looks. Too many do not have the love of the truth overflowing in their conversations.
    B. What more does the Bible tell us `abominations' are? We read, "The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with Sequence of End Time Events
    fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. ..."
    Deut. 7:25,26. Was Israel to take the gods of the nations and transform them into teachings of the real and true God who led them out of slavery? Were they to convert heathen idols and convert them into idols that they could use? Of course not. That is why it continues, "... Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing." Deut. 7:26. Compare this with the second commandment where we read, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:4-6. -- Question: `Does God forbid making images and bowing down to the images? Yes or No? He most certainly forbids it in His 2nd commandment of the Law of God. -- But we find that this religious system of Babylon, of which we read that it gives wine of her fornications to drink to all the nations, deleted this 2nd commandment out of the Word of God in their own publications. Click here to see that for yourself. We learn that the following abominations are practiced: 1) idolatry, 2) making a son or daughter pass through the fire. -- At this point we must solemnly consider how this Roman and Babylonian power forced untold thousands and thousands of people to be burned to death for their faith. They trespassed God's Law in multiple ways and still do today. Every occultic practice is forbidden in the Word of God. -- Let us continue, 3) no divination, i.e. fortune telling, Harry Potter' books (`Lord of the rings') {Instead of reading Harry Potter books, read alternative writings like: `Desire of Ages', p. 461; `Christ's Object Lessons', p. 209 "... The parable was still enacting, and it rested with His hearers to determine what the outcome should be."}, palm reading, etc., 4) no observing of times, i.e. horoscopes, Zodiac related things, 5) no enchanters, i.e. calling upon ghosts and spirits, 6) no witches, i.e. no occupying oneself with the paranormal and spiritualistic in any way, shape or form. Things like believing that the dead are not really dead. All these and related things are forbidden in the Word of God, Deut. 18:9-12. -- If people would realize and believe that the dead are really dead until Jesus comes again, the occult would disappear overnight for they flourish as a result of these false teachings, part of the wine of the woman representing Babylon. 7) charmers, 8) consulters of familiar spirits, 9) wizards and 10) necromancers (one who thinks he can communicate with the dead) (Deut. 18:9-12). All these are falsities; they are abominations to God. --
    C. Here is another abomination, "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." Proverbs 28:9. How does God look upon people who try to get rid of His Law? What does God say about those who say that the law was nailed to the cross, about those who say that we are not under the law but under grace? We learn here that anyone who teaches that the law of God is no longer binding is practicing an `abomination' in the sight of God.' --
    D. But here is the other side of the issue. We also read, "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15. We remind us at this point, that the everlasting gospel does not teach that we can save ourselves. The everlasting gospel teaches that Jesus drank the cup that otherwise we must drink. That He suffered the punishment that otherwise we must suffer, that we bring honor and glory to His name rather then to ourselves. The everlasting gospel is the opposite of what those say, who teach that we can save ourselves by: 1) pilgrimages (spending money on trips to Israel more than once to walk where Jesus walked, instead of helping the poor), 2) alms, 3) confessing sins to another human being, etc. --
    E. The Bible has still more to say on this subject of what abominations are. We read, "I have seen thine adulteries and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?" Jeremiah 13:27. -- Jeremiah points out that Israel had illicit relationships with all of the surrounding nations, the Egyptians, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians (Ez. 16; 23),.... Israel assimilated their practices instead of conserving themselves only for the Lord. -- This is the same problem today. This political/religious system is having illicit relationships with the political systems of the world instead of only doing the Lord's work among all nations. We learn from this that any church which claims that they need the help of the state to fulfill its agenda or to get people to believe its system is an `abomination' in the sight of God based on Jeremiah 13:27. Spiritual fornication of the church with the state is an `abomination.' It is not only one particular religious system which does this, no, many religions do this and even those we consider close to God. Analyzing the situation, probably all religions are doing this very abominable thing. They disregard the complete separation of church and state today. They call upon the state to defend and help them. They have left the platform of Bible truth. Therefore, they expose themselves to the judgments of God, Acts 17:30,31. The judgment of God has been preached since the time of Noah, way down nearer the beginning of history. Exposing Deception. A: When Noah preached that a Flood was coming, did the people believe him? No, they were not receptive to his message. What did Jesus say? We are talking about deception: Matth. 24:37-39, "So shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." The Anti-deluvians did not believe what Noah preached to them. Q: So we ask, `Will the world be deceived by things that look good or by things that look bad?' A: Most will answer, `By things that look good.' Q: We ask, `How many were saved from the Flood?' - A: `Four men and four women.' Q: Yes. What about all the rest of the people that perished, did they think they were right or did they think they were wrong? - A: `They thought they were right' - Q: Yes. So we come down to the days when Jesus was crucified, `Who was right at that time?' - A: They will say, `Only Jesus was right.' - Q: Yes. `What about the major church at the time?' - A: `The major churches must have been wrong.' Q: Does that mean that Jesus was right and the whole of Israel was wrong? A: Yes, they must have been wrong. Q: How about in the 16th century, the reformation. And how the archbishop of Reggio at the Council of Trent/Trient made it known to the reformers that they kept the Roman Sabbath, and they could not answer that, showing that the Church's claims to have the authority to change the 10 commandments. A: Some may say, `No, the RCC only adjusted them, they did not change them.' So we have here double talking, a denial of what they did. For they certainly go to church on a different day than the Jews and Sabbath keepers go to church. Well, we know they were changed from Sabbath to Sunday starting by about 321 AD because the popes wanted to take the place of Christ on earth. The questions posed and the answers show that throughout history the majority was not right.
    We live today at the other end of human history. Since wickedness in the earth has increased many times since then, and since over 4000 years have passed until our day, of all those who warned of a coming judgment, our warning today is the most credible - for God's Word assures us the sin in this world, our refusal to love God as He loves us (Rom. 5:5,18,19), is temporary and He will put an end to it. So, today we are sliding back into the bottomless pit of the Dark Ages, "For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people." Isa. 60:2. Having rejected obedience to the Law of God, man has no welcome mat on the day the Lord returns, unless they change their distrust to believe in every word that He said, which is in the Bible. Our world is like a dark pit, with the whole human race trapped, as it were, deep down in some mine shaft- condemned to die if it were not for God's plan of salvation. Can you imagine the worlds reaction if the miners in Chile would have refused being saved out of that mine? Yet, much of the world rejects being saved out of this world of sin because of unbelief. God says, `Prepare to meet thy God.' Amos 4:12. The stories of the world are myths, the Bible contains no myths whatsoever, every word is connected to some truth. That every word is important, is shown by what Jesus said, "How readest thou?" Luke 10:26.
    F. Let us talk about the issue of health as an abomination. What does the Bible have to say on this subject. God starts this message as follows, "Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing." Deut. 14:3; Isa. 66:12-17; Lev. 11. Then follows a menu of choice but forbidden creature meals which true followers of God obey. With this list of forbidden creatures for consumption things are getting closer to what some may consider their `comfort zone'. While we try to be gentle in these messages, the plain word is not mincing words. But, are we going about this the right way? Is our method of Bible interpretation solid on this? (Notice: Pope Blames Private Interpretation of Bible Prophecy For Disunity. He wants only his church (or Mary) to interpret the Bible. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit would interpret God's book, 1.Cor. 2:10, 11b, 13; Jh. 16:13,14. We also learn that it interprets itself (Ex. Rev. 17:1 cmpr. 17:15). May God save us from such Popish interpretations. His church had more than 1400 years to do it. They failed to divide the Word of God rightly. Their spirit is as the one brought out here). Where would you go for consideration? To learn what in the sight of God is `abomination' we would have to consult other places in His Word, what it has to say about it, right? So we know that we follow God's way of reading His Word. Habakuk said, "Write the vision, and make it plain, . . . that he may run that readeth it." Hab. 2:2. That must mean that the prophets understanding must be presented understandably for everyone so people will come running to learn and understand it. We are to consult all of His Word for the answers. Then we remember that, as Christians, we decided to put Him first in our lives and subordinate our own desires to His Word. Therefore, it is not Christian to pick and choose what we want to comply with and what not. When God's Word calls some things `abomination', we better listen up and do not commit those things He calls thus. So, when John the Revelator uses the word abomination we must consult all the other books to check on the meanings included in that word since it would be impracticable for John to define everything all over again in his book. This way we are to allow the Bible to explain itself by looking up key words and study that way. Remember, studying the Bible takes `the patience of the saints.' It does little for readers if they do not take time and research what the book (66 books combined) really says.--
    G. What else is included in the word `abomination'? We read, "Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all abominations." Eze. 22:2. What did Jerusalem do? They shed innocent blood. They offered their children to the god Molech, 1. Kings 11:7; 2. Kings 23:10; Jer. 32:35; Amos 5:26. They did this under the abominable pagan belief that they needed to appease an angry god. So they carried it out by burning, murdering their children instead of themselves. Therefore, any church which teaches doctrines which say that God is an angry God who needs to be appeased is carrying out this abomination in principle. The burning of the wicked in eternal hell fire is such a doctrine. That tells us that these pagan ideas are still with us today. According to Revelation 17 what does the harlot do? She is drunk with the blood of the saints of God. Is that an abomination? Of course it is! Therefore, any system which tries to force people to believe a certain way is committing an abomination against God.
    H. A list of abominations includes: 1) Shedding of innocent blood, Ez. 22:2; Rev. 17:6. Any system which tries to force people to believe a certain way is committing an `abomination' in the sight of God.; 2) Making or adopting graven images and bowing before them is an abomination.; 3) The idea, that when you die your soul survives, which is the basis for the occult, is an abomination.; 4) The idea that we do not need to keep God's Law is an abomination.; 5) The idea that you can save yourself by works is an abomination.; 6) The idea that church and state should be joined together, to get the nations to do what only the Holy Spirit should do, is an abomination (See 2nd AMessage).; 7) The idea that you `can eat anything', even if it is forbidden by God, is an abomination.; 8) The idea that God is a God of wrath, who has to be appeased by throwing people into a fire to burn forever, is an abomination.; 9) The idea that the church should shed the blood of people because they are not in harmony with Babylon, is an abomination.; 10) The greatest abomination is stated here.

    [580] What killed Jesus on the cross? For one thing it was the separation from His Father, but it was more than that, it was also that Jesus knew that He was hanging there, suffering and dying, paying the penalty of every person who ever lived and of whom most of them will burn up in hell and, sadly, will die forever in the presence of abundant help. He knew that most people would not choose to accept His free gift. They would not accept that He died for their sins, but would choose the second death (which He suffered for them), because of unbelieve.
    What would cause more pain, for your father to leave you, or for the father to leave his son? As Jesus suffered on the cross so did His Father, shrouded in the darkness, for He could not comfort His Son during those hours. Jesus must bear it all on his shoulders.
    The sufferings of Jesus Christ He suffered because of our sins. Therefore, we can now determine not to cause any more sufferings, by continuing in our sins, but we can determine to die to them and come before Jesus in prayer, He who loves us already. There we confess, repent and find forgiveness. We want to say, `Jesus, take me for I am wholly Thine, I claim your blood, I come to you Father in Jesus holy name. I claim the blood of Jesus, His grace, to wash me and cleanse me from all sins. I claim your promise holy Father, "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin."' 1.Jh. 1:7.
    You can claim this promise and your sins will be gone because of what Jesus did for you already on the cross. And because of your love for Jesus, for His such a great salvation, you now follow Him in everything He bids us do in His word. We know then, that we cannot push us up into the kingdom of God, we have to be pulled up by Jesus. Just like the `mineral kingdom' has to be sucked up by the plants, and `the vegetable kingdom' cannot push its way up into the animal kingdom, it has to be pulled up, so it is with us. It is all His salvation, it is all His saving us because of His grace and love for you. Jesus died to bring us into the kingdom of grace, and then we can grow up into the kingdom of glory. That is how heaven begins here as we live in this world and by the power of God we can live like we are already in heaven. While on earth, we are His ambassadors to help others to find the way to be drawn up into God's kingdom.

    [598] What is the connection between Rev. 8:2 and 1.Tim. 4:1, between the "habitation of devils" and "doctrines of devils"? Expositors may say that Satan works through human beings, how some think and what they do. We are to close the door to the devil in our own life and not heed any of his suggestions.

    [610] "At the proclamation of the first angel's message, the people of God were in Babylon; and many true Christians are still to be found in her communion. Not a few who have never seen the special truths for this time are dissatisfied with their present position, and are longing for clearer light. They look in vain for the image of Christ in the church. As the churches depart more and more widely from the truth, and ally themselves more closely with the world, the time will come when those who fear and honor God can no longer remain in connection with them. Those that "believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness," will be left to receive "strong delusion," and to "believe a lie." [2 Thess. 2:11, 12.] Then the spirit of persecution will again be revealed. The majority church had some 1500 years to make this world a better place, she failed to do so. But the light of truth will shine upon all whose hearts are open to receive it, and all the children of the Lord still in Babylon, will heed the call, "Come out of her, my people." {4SP 239.3}[See `The Spirit of Prophecy (1884) Volume Four' (4SP), chapter XV, `The Second Angel's Message,' p. 239.] - Well, I wanted to try out the advise, they don't come to my church, I go to theirs, for you see Christ has a church, Mt. 16:18. So recently I visited two Sunday churches, when I got to the first large one (almost all parking spaces were filled), they had what they call Christian rock performers on stage playing their music. Not wanting to hear that I went to the second, smaller church, they were just setting up for having such a band play too. So, I did not stay around to see if there would be some preaching. The image of Christ - its difficult to see it among all that ding-dong and noise.

    [685] The importance to come out of Babylon may be seen in the light of the fact that the Bible teaches that two documents were written by God Himself, (1) the Ten Commandments and (2) the writing on the wall in the reign of Belshazar of Babylon. (a) The Ten Commandments let us know that sinning has to be discontinued by God's people and (b) the writing on the wall lets us know in order to be overcomers it is God's message for us to come out of today's system of Babylon, worldliness, false doctrines, abominations and defiance against what God has commanded in order to be saved. - - How can a God of love have wrath? Is that a message of love? That is why God gives the message in Revelation because he does not want you to suffer His wrath. He wants you to come out of Babylon now while you still can. In God's love He warns the world, will they heed His warning? Please, you yourself, heed God's warning.

    [700] What were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah which made them eligible for destruction? Where they mostly sexual sins? The Bible says what they were. We read, "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 (they didn't help the needy) And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good." Ezekiel 16:49,50; Dan. 11:37. - About six areas of sin are listed, pride, gluttonous eating, idleness, no charity, haughty and committing abominations. The sin of "pride" is first on the list. Why? Because "pride" was Satan's initial malignancy. The inhabitants of these cities lived a worldly life without caring about God or agape, neighborly love. They were on the fast lane to infectious self-destruction for the whole land. "Their useless, idle life made them a prey to Satan's temptations, and they defaced the image of God, and became satanic rather than divine. Idleness is the greatest curse that can fall upon man, for vice and crime follow in its train. It enfeebles the mind, perverts the understanding, and debases the soul. Satan lies in ambush, ready to destroy those who are unguarded, whose leisure gives him opportunity to insinuate himself under some attractive disguise. He is never more successful than when he comes to men in their idle hours." - Sunday laws are of that variety. Why? Because they legislate people to be idle on Sundays. God's way of Sabbath keeping has nothing to do with idleness. Keeping the Sabbath of the Lord holy can only be done toward or with respect to God, not Caesar. The Law of God forbids the state to have anything to do with Sabbath keeping. That we may become tired is not given as a reason for Sabbath keeping in the 4th commandment. God does not say that on the 7th day you shall do no work, because if you should, you would over work yourself and break down your physical system. Man's physical wants are not referred to in the commandment. It is written with respect to God. It is not a day for man's physical but rather for his spiritual needs. When the state undertakes to secure observance of the Sabbath, it undertakes an impossibility, because "holiness" is not an attribute of civil government, nor does the state have the divine credentials to promote holiness; even working for a church it does not have that power. Therefore, Sunday laws are not for the good of anybody or anything in the world. (See A.T. Jones, The National Sunday Law, p. 55-57)

    [820] Why are there so many denominations when there is only one God, one Bible and one Holy Spirit? The Bible itself will explain the answer to that often asked question. After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the early Christian church grew fast and mightily throughout the then known world, and we are told that in heaven God's redeemed people will receive a title which is "the children of the resurrection.", Luke 20:35,36. At first it was a church preserving the pure faith as taught by Jesus and the apostels, represented by the white horse of Rev. 6:2. This purity of doctrines lasted from 31 to about 100 A.D. It was the time of the mighty preaching of Peter and Paul and many others. On Paul's voyage through the Aegean Sea back to Jerusalem he had just left the harbor of Ephesus when he approached the harbor of Miletus and bade the captain to let him off for he was impressed to preach to the believers in this great city. He bade all the elders from the churches to come together to hear him give a much needed message for the last time. They all came and he preached the words we read in Acts 20:27-30. In his message he had a burden to warn the church of great changes and problems that in the near future will effect the church and how they should not falter from their faith in Jesus. After the apostles had passed away, a period of great persecutions set in represented by the red horse, Rev. 6:3,4 (ca. 100-321 AD). Many lost their life but yet, the church grew stronger and larger. When persecution did not stop the growth of the Christian faith, the great deceiver tried to present errors and divisions. Bible testimony alone will detect the deceiver in his disguise. That period is represented by the black horse, Rev. 6:5--6. It lasted from ca. 321 to 538 AD. The fourth or pale horse represents the period of influences entering the church which turned it away from Bible based truths and instead adopting pagan doctrines under Christian names. This lasted between ca, 538 to 1798. - We see that within 500 years the pure teachings of the early church had been turned into impure teachings after that length of time. - But God was getting ready to purify His truths again. As it took centuries, so it would take centuries to come back to the pure doctrines of the early Christian Church. It started out with the Paulicians/Cathari and the Waldensians, they preached confidence in the Word of God which they carried and distributed around wherever they went. John Wycliffe (died 1384) translating the Bible into English. Now more people could read the word of God in their mother tongue. Then came John Huss (1372 to Sabbath, 6.Juli, 1415) who taught obedience to God; Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546) taught that salvation comes by grace alone; the Anabaptists taught adult baptism by immersion and from them came the Baptist Church; then came the Methodists who taught that believers must show in the way they live that they belong to Christ; then came William Miller who preached that Jesus would come again soon. He and his like minded followers "ate the book" (Rev. 10:10), that is they internalized the prophecies of Daniel to preach heaven sent recognitions of Bible truths. - All of these movements taught each one just a little truth; none taught all the truth. Each one represented the repairing of the breach by just one board at a time. Just like it took 500 years for God's truth to vanish from among the church, so it would take some 500 years to slowly reveal it again so that by the end of the age, when the last movement brings out all the Bible truth in all its glory, Jesus can come again to take a purified people home to heaven. Before the eyes of the world scriptures have been and are being fulfilled at this very hour. We read,
    "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him." Ps. 50:3. - Spreading of the Bible in times of persecutions.
    "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Jh. 7:17. Doctrinal development leading to the establishment of various demonimations.
    "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." Rev. 1:7.
    These scriptures show the gradual coming forth of the all important gospel truths before Jesus comes again.

    [855] What is meant by the `matchless charms of Christ'? - It refers to the kind of Christian life which follows the scriptural injunctions to live a life dedicated to service for Christ, a life which lays aside selfishness and pride, participates in furthering the health of family and friend, stays away from excesses, practices justice and equity among those they influence, and furthers the gospel work.

    [935] That the Apostle Peter meant Rome when writing `Babylon' was upheld because Rome performed the same part toward the Jews under the second temple as Babylon did under the first, see {Schoetgen, Hor. Hebr., Vol. I, p. 1050}. Other authorities voiced that same opinion, men like Augustine, Jerome, Tertullian, Victorinus, Primasius, Andrew of Caesarea.; Pope Leo XII on a medal of 1825 showing a seated woman holding in one hand a cross and in the other a cup, had it inscribed to read, "Sedet super universum", `the whole world is her seat.' [Alex. Hislop, `The Two Babylons,' London, 1907, p. 6.; `Source Book for Bible Studies', R&H, 1940, p. 66,67, 71]

    [966] The Dictates of Hildebrand, the later pope Gregory VII, the Great (ca. born 1020-1085):

  • That the Romish Church was founded by our Lord alone.
  • That the Roman Pontiff alone is justly styled universal.
  • That he alone can depose bishops and restore them.
  • That all princes should kiss his feet only.
  • That it is lawful for him to depose emperors.
  • That his sentence is not to be reviewed by any one; while he alone can review the decisions of all others.
  • That he can be judged by no one.
  • That the Romish Church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err.
  • That he can absolve subjects from their allegiance to unrighteous rulers. [See under `Dictates' in Caesare Baronio, `Annales Ecclesiastici', anno 1076, secs. 31-33; cited in Giesler's `Ecclesiastical History,' period 3, div. 3, par. 47, note 2.; `Source Book for Bible Students, R&H, 1940, p. 244.; Making America Catholic.]
  • [988] See also A. Harnack, A History of the Christian Church, N.Y. 1907-10; Vol. p..; J. Hasting, Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, 1915-18, Vol. I, II, various pages.; and his History of Dogma. If you can read German or would want to see just a few more Bible texts and explanations click here.
    We also read, "Very soon after our Saviour's decease appeared Simon Magus (Acts 8:9,10), `and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that he himself was some great one: to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.'
    He boasted himself likewise among the Jews, as the Son of God. Of the same stamp and character was also Dositheus the Samaritan, who pretended that he was the Christ foretold by Moses."

    [989] What are some of Satan's devices? A short list may include sins of the flesh - appetite, selfishness, lust, unhealthful living, laziness -, unhealthy competition, pride, covetousness. 2.Peter 2:10; 1.John 2:16.



    Notes & References to Part 3
    Please note that some references are rather long.

    [90] The three angels messages, over the decades, have been presented largely by literature. {7T 140.3} Only in the last few decades have other media contributed to the proclamation. While the church believes in aiding the poor and sick, our social gospel aims not solely or primarily to improve life here on earth, but where each one will be, lets say, five thousand years from now. Why deal with that subject? Because originally man was created to live for ever. That we lost because of sin, but can receive it again as a gift from God when living according to His principles.

    [98] The close of probation is taught in the following parabels: (1) The Wheat and the weeds (Mt. 13: 24-30; 36-43); (2) the fish in the net (Mt. 13:47-50); (3) the ten virgins (Mt. 25:1-13); (4) the men with talents (Mt. 25:14-30); (5) the sheep and the goats (Mt. 25:31-46).

    [100] The 3 inscriptions on the gold and silver triple crown presented to Pope Leo XIII in 1903: 1) Omnis Regis Christi Pastorum Pastor Ovilis (Chief shepherd of the whole fold of King Christ) 2) Nescius Errandi Fide Morumque (Incapable of erring in the faith and master of customs) 3) Sacerdos Maximus in Terris Divino (High Priest in the earth by divine right). Also notice how on October 17, 2007 the Dalai Lama gets a Peace decoration in US Congress via Bush.

    [200] Rome's 4 stages are: 1. The imperial period, 2. The ecclesiastical period, 3. the `little horn' stage and 4. the final stage of the little horn. [See Vatican II, The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Gen. Editor Austin Flannery, Costello Publ. NY, 1984.] - Please note that all of these stages are Roman stages. Why? Because they originate from the same beast power. In addition we must recognize that there are not 1500 years or similar long time gaps between the stages. Prophecy does not stop for such a long period so that the little horn arises over a millennia after the ten heads; instead everything is sequential: lion, bear, leopard, dragon beast, ten horns, little horn. Putting in long gaps are attempts to draw the attention away from the little horn power at work especially since 538 AD and in particular rising again today. It is the horn that had ruled already for 1260 years which ended in 1798 when it was wounded. The length of its rule shows that it is a succession of rulers, a system, which make up this little horn power - not a single person. Since then the wound has healed and it is growing rapidly in power to set itself up to rule again.

    [201] Former US president John Adams (1797) was aware about President John Adams, 1797the prophecy of the wounding that it related to the Roman power for he is quoted as having written, "At present it has a mortal wound," and opined that such was the strength of its error that it might take another 200 years to pass away - for some early presidents thought that Protestantism could only survive if Romanism faded. Apparently they knew about the wounding of the power but not about the healing of the wound.

    [203] Here are additional links where the working together of the nations with Rome during the Middle Ages is delineated. This is provided to save you time. We provide links to paragraphs using words indicated. Just click on the numbers to take you to those selected portions. It is not an exhaustive list, but nearly so.
    `papacy': 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    pope: 1,2,3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8, 9.
    Rome: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8.
    eccles...: 1, 2.
    archbi ...: 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    bishop: 1, 2, 3,4, 3,
    excomm...: 1, 2, 3.

    [207] "At present (2003), 174 sovereign nations maintain full diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The Holy See is the central governing unit of the RCC. These ambassadors represent the governments to Pope John Paul II and to the offices assisting him in governing the CC, and not to the Vatican or Vatican City as such. Fifty years ago, President Harry S. Truman attempted to reinstate American diplomatic relations with the Holy See, but anti-Catholic objections in the US halted the process. Twenty years ago, President Ronald Reagan succeeded." [Msgr. Owen F. Campion]

    [210] See also (1) the book written by someone using the assumed name `Brutus', `Foreign Conspiracy against the Liberties of the United States', Originally published in the New York `Observer', N.Y., Leavitt, Lord & Co., 1835. With recommendations by James Milnor (Episcopal), Thomas De Witt (Presbyterian), N. Bangs (Methodist) and Jonathan Going (Baptist). The section on how a church directed, political significant conspiracy was projected in the early 1800's is here. - (2) Ragnhild Hatton, Europe in the Age of Louis XIV, Great Britain, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1969; a book by a Catholic oriented author, thus excusing or downplaying what happened in history.

    [211] Why should that be so that the Book of Esther events will repeat in the end time on a worldwide scale.

    Events in the days of Esther Events fulfilled in the end time
    1 It shows a human being reverenced, paid homage to and honored as if he was God.
    "And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence." Esther 3:2.
    "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 to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
    2 A universal decree was issued!
    "Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring." Esther 3:12.
    The world will be deceived to make unrighteous legislation which `makes', `power' (forces) people to `speak' (enact laws) and `cause' (forces) a death sentence to be carried out. - This is the result of uniting church and state against what is taught in the Bible, Dan. 3; 6;
    "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth . . . that they should make an image to the beast . . . And he (the USA) 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. 13:14,15.
    3 An investigation of the books of record was performed to see what judgments it contained.
    "On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king." Esther 6:1.
    "Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Acts 17:31.
    "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit . . . the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Dan. 7:9-10.
    "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:27.
    "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev. 20:15.
    4 Wine was served and consumed because of anger and wrath, to make drunk.
    "And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king." Esther 7:7.
    "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." Rev. 17:1,2.
    5 It appears that angels avenged God's people with the sword.
    "But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey, . . . " Esther 9:16.
    "And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." Rev. 17:2,3.

    What happens when church and state is not separated is illustrated in the Book of Esther, among other books like Daniel. It caused religious laws to be enacted, as it was done throughout the Middle Ages. Participation in elections is based on everybody's conscience and ought not be based on church organized consolidation of voting blocks. Preach to people to do the right thing and leave it up to them to vote according to their conscience. If a church recommends to vote a certain way, that is historically a point of concern for it was always misused in forcing one religious view on everybody else.
    Unfortunately today in the religious world there are many who, as they believe, are working for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ as an earthly and temporal dominion. They desire to make our Lord the ruler of the kingdoms of this world, the ruler in its courts and cities, its legislative halls, its palaces and market places. They want to point people to vote in more Godly direction. They expect Him to rule through legal enactments, enforced by human authority. Since Christ is not now here in person, they themselves will undertake to act in His stead. . . . The establishment of such a kingdom is what the Jews desired in the days of Christ. . . . But He said, "My kingdom is not of this world." He would not accept the earthly throne.
    The government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses - extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Jesus Christ, our Saviour, attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart.
    Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit. "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

    [225] Think about the role of evidence in our church. There can be meetings where there are brought forward many spiritual references, many prayers are offered, but then it can be that there is hardly any concern about evidence, the evidence for our faith. Even though the right people are present, concern about written evidence was lacking. But such evidence about the reasons for our faith may be the devil's greatest deception in these last days. We see the so-called charismatic, spiritual renewal in many parts of the world, but there is one thing that does not go with it - a very careful pursuit of the evidence in order to find out the truth, through, we might say, intellectual activity. - But conviction happens in the mind, however, we know that the unsanctified spirit has a strange value system. What is the only medium through which heaven communicates with men that effects the inward life? Yes, it is our brain and nervous system - that is why we must keep it healthy. God made us that way. Truth is not apprehended through our bowels. It is in our heart, the Biblical way of saying in our mind. But we know it is heart and hard work to study His Word and think things through. It is easier to dig a ditch then to make up someone's mind on some of these issues, but unless we care enough to really wrestle with the evidence, and be sure not to waste any, how can the Spirit lead us into truth? That is why we must talk about `Medical ministry, but also about science, worldviews, creationism, dinosaurs, fossils, Noahs' Flood, the Ice Age and the big ark he built. About ancient history, the kings, queens and the numerous multi-named kings (i.e. Daniel and his 3 friends), and who knew whom in their day and circumstance - especially to children. Satan has brought in tons of errors on these topics. We should know some about it, so we can become the `sealed group' who is intellectually so settled into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, that we cannot be moved. Jesus said, `If these should hold their peace - not present the truth - the stones would immediately cry out.' Lk. 19:40. What is some of the evidence or testimony, His existence and character, the truthfulness of His word, in practical terms? God always makes the truth reasonable before He asks us to believe. It includes,
    1. We can know that He lives, because He is the Creator.
    2. He shows us His character by what He does for us. And
    3. we know His word is true because things have happened the way He said they would.
    However, let us hasten to say, that intellectual activity has its limits. What are these limits? We read, "When we come to the Bible, reason must acknowledge an authority superior to itself, and heart and intellect must bow to the great I AM.
    We shall advance in true spiritual knowledge only as we realize our own littleness and our entire dependence upon God; but all who come to the Bible with a teachable and prayerful spirit, to study its utterances as the word of God, will receive divine enlightenment. There are many things apparently difficult or obscure which God will make plain and simple to those who thus seek an understanding of them.
    It is sometimes the case that (a) men of intellectual ability, improved by education and culture, fail to comprehend certain passages of Scripture, while (b) others who are uneducated, whose understanding seems weak and whose minds are undisciplined, will grasp the meaning, finding strength and comfort in that which the former declare to be mysterious or pass by as unimportant. Why is this? It has been explained to me that the latter (b) class do not rely upon their own understanding. They go to the Source of light, the One who has inspired the Scriptures, and with humility of heart ask God for wisdom, and they receive it. . . .
    Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we shall be continually liable to wrest the Scriptures or to misinterpret them. There is much reading of the Bible that is without profit and in many cases is a positive injury. When the word of God is opened without reverence and without prayer; when the thoughts and affections are not fixed upon God or in harmony with His will, the mind is clouded with doubt; and in the very study of the Bible, skepticism strengthens. The enemy takes control of the thoughts, and he suggests interpretations that are not correct."
    {5T, 703.5-704.3}

    So, when the church has power, what will it be doing? Please, do not try to use short cuts. After 160 years, short cuts lead astray. - There is only one way, we must be bearing witness to the truth. That is why Christ used the healing ministry to bear witness to the truth about God. But all fields of knowledge, rightly understood, bear witness to the truth. This approach will have the power to convict, because that is good demonstration and teaching. The Spirit of Prophecy says, when these two (medical missionary work and preaching) are blended then the church will have power to finish the work. - Alas, medicine today is failing on many fronts, physicians proscribe poisons claiming they heal people because its easy to give pills and results in rich dividends for the large corporations which set the tone in the field today. Enter the history approach. Ellen White wrote that we should teach geology to our students {See CE 192.3; CT 390.1; Ed 128.2; 3SG 90-93}, saying: "In some other schools they teach geology on the evolution basis. We can teach geology and show that evolution is false." {LLM 427.3} - A church, if she is a corporation (not owned by Jesus Christ alone), has to consider Isaiah 8:8-14. But none of these come easy. It is all hard work and trust in the Word of God. How are we saved? By all kinds of knowledge? No. It is not just one aspect which saves, not just justification and not just sanctification. Both are there together to change obstinate sinners so they are willingly obedient. Thus the keeping of God's law is sanctification since we live then as obedient children within the will of God's Word knowing the universe is watching and waiting for our sanctification, Rom. 8:18-22. That makes sanctification into a process of growth in our personal holiness as we co-operate [1800b] with God letting His Spirit change us. Justification and sanctification are part of one gospel. Therefore, give the Good News first, then heal and help people to understand. We hope this helps not to grieve the Holy Spirit and that it is not an arbitrary approach.

    [260] Around January 1862 Ellen White wrote much on the inner feelings of those involved in the Civil War and how their loyalties often conflicted with their wants and duties. In the beginning of the war the South won more easily. She wrote, "A great share of the volunteers enlisted fully believing that the result of the war would be to abolish slavery. Others enlisted intending to be very careful to keep slavery just as it is, but to put down the rebellion and preserve the Union." Not until Abraham Lincoln (2/12/1809 - 4/15/65) read what Ellen White had written, and he could see more clearly what justly had to be done, was he moved to proclaim the emancipation of the slaves. In his brief Gettysberg address Lincoln stated, "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    Man could not see how God directed to punish those who would not stand for justice and His directing the affairs of man toward freedom and liberty. Once the proclamation was uttered, the cause of slavery was in retreat and lost.[Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. I, ch. `The North and the South', `Great Distress Coming', `Slavery and the War'. p. 253-267.]

    [276] The Righteousness of Christ; The ca. 9 foot high white linen enclosure of the court of the desert tabernacle, hid anyone entering the court from view from the outside. Each day, when repentant sinners went to the tabernacle to offer their sin offering, they had to walk through the free space between the tents of the people and the sanctuary tent to be seen by all onlookers as a public declaration of their faith. The onlookers then knew that this person went to the tabernacle to have his/her sins forgiven. The four pillars of the gate into the forecourt (Ex. 25:9; 27:16), represent the four gospels (Mt, Mk, Lk, John) and the 4th commandment with "Abba," the name of God in its very center. Likewise, everything that took place with respect to mankind's reconciliation to God and His holy law took place within the humanity of Christ. - (1) When we accept Christ by faith (enter into the court), we are `clothed' with His righteousness symbolized by the white linen fence. (2) The wedding garment in the parable of the Wedding Feast (Mt. 22:10) represents not our own righteousness but rather the righteousness of Christ since those wearing it had prepared themselves by accepting the invitation of the bridegroom, Mt. 25:6. (3) This is imputed (accounted or credited to) and imparted (communicated, given) righteousness, the latter of which is then the gift of God which becomes part of the believer's character, 1.Thess. 2:8. (4) The righteousness that qualifies the believer for heaven is the imputed righteousness of Christ, because in that righteousness we stand perfect (Col. 1:28; 2:10; Hebr. 10:14), for Christ is perfect. - So, in Christ we stand perfect in nature, in character, and in relation to the law. - The evidence that we are actually wearing the garment is the imparted righteousness of Christ, or the righteousness of Christ reproduced in us as we live our daily lives. While these works do not qualify us for heaven, they are visible evidence that we are wearing the imputed righteousness of Christ. This tangible evidence is what proves in the judgment that we have become one with Christ.
    Why is the `Sabbath of the Lord thy God' a puzzler? When we look at the word - Sabbath', what do we see? We see the word `abba'. What does that mean? The word `abba' is an Aramaic word. Jesus uses it in his prayer in the `Garden of Gethsemane,' Mark 14:36. It is the word that we find right in the middle of the Ten Commandments in the center of the fourth commandment where it says, "the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God", and in the center of the word `Sabbath' is the word `abba', in Hebrew just written as the Hebrew letter , which is preceded and followed by the only sounded letter aleph , making the Aramaic word "abba". It means, `our kind heavenly father.' That is how important the Sabbath ought to be to all who claim to be Christians.

    [280] Professor S.E. Morison of Harvard knew that most of the Colonists left their homes with religious motives uppermost. [See `Builders of the Bay Colony', Appendix (Boston, 1930.] We can discern that note of enthusiasm in Captain Edward Johnson's `Wonder-working Providence in New England', publ. in London; where it says, "Oh, yes! Oh yes! All you the people of Christ that are here Oppressed, Imprisoned and scurriously derided, gather yourselves together, your wives and your little ones, and answer to your several names as you shall be shipped to . . . the Westerne world. Could Caesar so suddenly fetch over fresh forces from Europe to Asia, Pompey to foyle? How much more shall Christ call over this 900 leagues Ocean such instruments as you . . . Know this is the place where the Lord will create a new Heaven, and a new Earth in new Churches, and a new Common-wealth together." [Adapted from Andrew L. Drummond, Story of American Protestantism, 1951, p. 54.]

    [282] Examples of persecutions by the Puritans during the colonial period are: (a) They arrested a sea captain and locked him in stocks after he was caught kissing his wife on a Sunday. (b) One man had fallen into a pond and skipped Sunday services to dry his suit. They whipped him in the name of Jesus. (c) John Lewis and Sarah Chapman, two lovers, were brought to justice for "sitting together on the Lord's day under an apple tree in Goodman Chapman's orchard." Christians engaging in political activism do not follow Christ's example. Jesus showed that the problem lies deeper, in sinful human hearts. Religious legislation is legalism. Outward conduct may be changed, but not the heart.

    [290] `The Bloody Tenant of Persecution' was published in 1644 and can be purchased via online book sales. But what about those who say the words `separation of church and state' are not found in the constitution - presumably implying, if we don't want it anymore we can unite state and church? Protestantism is frequently proclaiming that point in our day and age. While they many times understand how to recognize principles, why can they not see that principle of `separation of church and state' in our laws? The answer must be, `Because they do not want to. They are in the process of adopting an un-American agenda to do away with `separation of church and state.' Therefore, those who do not know the history of this Roman power, will not be able to recognize its workings in the end time. Rome hates liberty and the Constitution, the same way they hated the Magna Carta. When pope Innocent III. (1198-1216) got a copy of the Magna Carta (1215) which the barons of England forced king John (1199-1216) to sign, he tore it up and denounced it. In their hatred of liberty, Rome has sent its Armadas against England (1588) and French soldiers against Scotland (1638). - A great personality to study for the time when one religion and one pope ruled the consciences of man is Oliver Cromwell (active before and during the kingless Interregnum from 1645-1660). During his time a significant shift in thinking took place. Where to begin for the roots of the upheaval? The reformation which Dr. Martin Luther caused, was of course a major contributor to many shifts in thinking which affected especially politics and religion. Then there was one personality in Germany who perceived another area which needed change, namely the repressive taxes and economic hardship people lived under. This man was Thomas Muentzer (? to 1525), unfortunately he was a rebel rouser and great troublemaker. He claimed, "Luther says that the poor people have enough in their faith. Doesn't he see that usury and taxes impede the reception of the faith? He claims that the Word of God is sufficient. Doesn't he realize that men whose every moment is consumed in the making of a living have no time to learn to read the Word of God? The princes bleed the people with usury and count as their own the fish in the stream, the bird of the air, and the grass in the field.", and Dr. Liar says, "Amen!" What courage has he, the new pope of Wittenberg, Dr. Easychair, the basking sycophant? He says there should be no rebellion because the sword has been committed by God to the ruler, but the power of the sword belongs to the whole community. In the old days the people stood by when judgment was rendered lest the ruler perverted justice, and the rulers have perverted justice. They shall be cast down from their seats. The fowls of the heavens are gathered to devour their carcasses." In such a mood Thomas Muentzer came to Muehlhausen (ca. Longt.10.4, Lat.51.2) and became responsible for fomenting a peasants' war. Luther countered Muenzer's fomenting by writing his famous `Wider die Nordischen und Reubischen Rotten der Bawren', translated as `Against the Murderous and Thieving Hordes of Peasants'. The title page to his tract quoted, "Seyne tueck werden sii selbs treffen/ Und seyn muetvill/ wirdt uber in aussgeen", "His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate." Ps. 7:16. Luther supported immediate action against the peasants saying, "If the peasant is in open rebellion, then he is outside the law of God, for rebellion is not simply murder, but it is like a great fire which attacks and lays waste a whole land." This "Bauernkrieg" began in 1525 and stretched from the Dutch border to Thuringar and south toward Austria. It ended with a terrible defeat of the peasants. --
    Enter Oliver Cromwell. In this connection we read this interesting observation, One of the great puzzles to foreign observers of the U.S. political and religious scene is how an overtly religious movement can flourish in a country, which, more than any other Western nation, has maintained clear blue water between church and state and has an unequivocal, even dogmatic, attachment to the principles of religious liberty. The two tendencies seem incompatible - seem like they should not both emerge from the same society. Part of the explanation is to be found by examining 17th century England and the policies of the great Puritan general and statesman, Oliver Cromwell.
    The worldview in his days was all across Christendom that any nation must be confessionally unitary or fall into chaos. In England, Cromwell differed from many of his fellow Calvinists. Most were Presbyterians, who, though persecuted themselves by the established national church in the 1630's, were opposed to any kind of religious liberty. Most Protestants were no advocates of toleration. There was also extreme reluctance to allow liberty of worship to those who were not orthodox in the Christianity, or those who were more particular in their social views or apocalyptism like the: anti-Trinitarians, Quakers, seventh-day Sabbath keepers and `Ranters.' In 1650, England and Scotland being involved in a war with each other, led Cromwell to recognize that, even though the national majority religions had "established themselves upon the Word of God," all they said was "therefore infallibly agreeable to the Word of God. ... I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken." Although not broad minded enough that he himself might be mistaken, he acknowledged that different people could read the same Scriptures sincerely, yet genuinely arrive at two quite different interpretations. Even Cromwell's willingness to reason in a Christian spirit with his confessional enemies is in sharp contrast to the normal, fiercely polemical, tone of post-Reformation interconfessional "dialogue" and arguably, too, of the strident declarations of today's so-called `Religious Right.' In Cromwell's army by late summer of 1655 "each Major-General was instructed not only to suppress rebellions, enforce law and order, and maintain surveillance of disaffected persons,' but also to `promote godliness and virtue and discountenance all profaness and ungodliness.'" This lasted until January of 1657. Within this one year they generated so much hostility that it ensured that their authority was short-lived, but also to create a long-standing suspicion of standing armies that was to be transmitted from Britain to North America, where it produced a pronounced preference for a citizen militia. It in turn produced the constitutional guarantee for the right to bear arms. The controversy this still generates is thus one of the legacies of Cromwell's experiment in military government. Cromwell's instructions to the Major-Generals resulted in a narrow interpretation of what kind of behavior was permissible and what not. While true Christianity is based on the love of God in the heart of individuals, unconverted people cannot thus reflect such love and will turn to legalistic handling of matters. God's Law in the truly obedient does not evoke intolerance, strictness toward all those around him, but only with himself in his daily communion with God. The separation of church and state, then, was evidence not of the demise of the Cromwellian ideal of a state that acted to promote godly behavior, but of a widespread assumption that truthful doctrine and proper actions were really promoted by the rivals to the established state church. Cromwell did not consider that religion is a matter of the heart only and outside the bounds of what a state can enforce.
    The state has no mandate to enforce obedience to the first table of the law. The state can only require obedience to the second table of the Law of God. We live in a world steeped in sin. It will never be the case that a godly group of people will be a majority. Cromwell's liberal and illiberal sides alike arose from his vision of a transformed Christian nation. The phrase `a Christian nation' is an oxymoron. There is no such thing as a Christian nation. It can only be that there may live some Christians in a nation, but that is all. But in Cromwell's days, as well as in our days, people loved their "sin", the drinking, debauchery, begging, football, gambling, horse racing and dancing. Three of Cromwell's Major-Generals immigrated to the United States after 1660. These never changed their views but carried themselves in such a way that they were held in high esteem. The sentiments of the campaign for a godly nation expressed itself in the early 20th century by the publication of a series of booklets entitled `The Fundamentals' (1910-1915). Unfortunately, today, too many evangelists, pastors and television preachers turned lobbyists or politicians are keen to do and to do to others, forgetting that as Christians we may instead be called to suffer (1.Pet.4:16), whether actually or metaphorically. What we need today is commitment to religious freedom and plenty of toleration. Since the 1990's, prominent Christian conservatives - judges, evangelists, legislators - have made it clear that they regard America's statutory separation of church and state as against the intentions of the Founding Fathers and thus ripe to be undone. Thus the results of the First Amendment are radically repealed or reinterpreted by the courts. The experience of anti-cult legislation shows how easily religious minorities can be demonized and subject to repressive legislation. `We should not forget that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. If morality can be legislated, then the majority will legislate it according to the spirit they are of, however, in matters of conscience the majority has no power. Every human being has a nature that is inclined toward sin. But Jesus' spirit is that of delivering from coercion. - A man seeking to become conscience for you is a man who is seeking to become the Holy Spirit for you. He wishes to place himself in the place of Christ for you. He is an antichrist. And it is an unholy mixture that combines the influence of the church with the gun of the state.' [LK] While the Cromwellian legacy is an ambivalent one, a great certainty of belief unchecked by commitment to liberty can lead to intolerance. In the end, the enthusiastic restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660 showed that the English people were not ready or willing to rule themselves through Parliament.

    [300] Read the message of Revelation 13 and that of the third angel in Revelation14.

    [400] The theology which Satan hates especially is demonstrated to us during the trial of Jesus before Pilate. In the preceding days, Jesus had asked his disciples, `Who do you say I am?' (Mt. 16:15) And Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Verse 16) -- Peter knew without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was a man. He knew it. He knew where His home was. He knew His mother, Mary. He saw the perspiration trickle down His forehead under the hot Palestinian sun. He saw the dust settle on His body. He saw Him get weary. He saw Him get hungry. He saw Him get thirsty. Peter knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus was a man. But Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Peter recognized that, in the Man that was questioning him, there was divinity; this Man was not "just from the earth." He was heaven come down to men. -- It was on this very point of truth that those same leaders condemned Jesus to die on the day of His trial before Pilate. John 19:7 says, "The Jews answered him [Pilate], We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God." This truth, that Jesus accepted fallen humanity, took upon Himself the seed of Abraham, that He is a union of our humanity and Godhead divinity, is the truth against which Satan manifests his special hatred.
    "And if ye be in Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heir according to the promise." Gal. 3:29. Paul says, the church is of the seed of Abraham, just like Israel was. The church is the spiritual Israel which kept God's Sabbath day holy. What makes us Israel, the blood in our veins? .. our last name? .. where we live? No! If we are Christ's, then we are Abraham's seed.

  • It is in opposition to this truth that Satan has raised up the citadel of sin, "Babylon," in which a man, un-united to divinity, sits in the temple of God and attempts to show the world and himself that he is God. Satan's counterfeit of this truth is the antichrist. It is because this truth is the foundation of the true believer's faith, the very foundation of "salvation from sin," that Satan has declared war on this truth and all who hold this teaching. But true faith expects the word of God to do what it says, for it has power to accomplish it, Jh. 15:3. we know that those who belong to Satan, pray to their dark lord, to thwart what Christians do, we must dedicate our life to God and pray more earnestly for God to stem the tide of Satanism everywhere.

    [432] Pretty much from the beginning of its existenc the RCC has mixed religion and state. Numerous examples could be cited. Here is just one presented from the time of Aeneas Sylvius, known as Pope Pius II (1458-1464) who wrote anonymous books in the third person and laudatory of the pope, ". . . for we ourselves who were both king and priest . . ." Citation given. `These are the memoirs of a monarch as well as of a pope, the work record of a sovereign who had to carry on wars, suppress insurrections, build fortresses, keep a hundred political factors in balance.' {Luisa Ambrosini, `The Secret Archives of the Vatican', (1969), p. 147. Sylvius, `Historia Rerum Ubique Gestarum.'}
    As a leader of a supposedly Christian Church he should have known that God's kingdom is not of this world and should have stayed out of politics completely, but because they saw themselves as above the word of God they were enticed into unfaithfulness to the Lord God and followed their own man made god, the prince of evil.

    [433] Many leaders of nations have no or little knowledge about God and salvation. They may talk about faith but fail to mention what or whom they have faith in. While they know that they are "imperfect human beings", they do not know that they must be forgiven of their sins by God. They do not know that salvation comes only by faith in Jesus Christ and the great salvation He has wrought for all, provided they accept Him as their Savior.
    In a blogg, the late Mr. Kennedy is quoted to have written (to the pope) that his faith "has sustained and nurtured and provided solace to me in the darkest hours," and though "I have been an imperfect human being," faith helped "right my path." [08-30-09 Blogg]

    [440] Tolerance in the Bible may be best described by the Greek word which is translated `forbearance', Rome. 2:4; 3:25; the only two occurrences. There are more occurrences of the Hebrew and Greek word for "forbear", which is found 22 x in the Bible.

    [450] In the Bible Satan is depicted as a provoker, one who pushes sin in order to tempt us to sin against God and to control events in human affairs, 1.Chronicles 21:1.
    The European religion embodies in itself THE CLOSEST UNION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
    Observe it at the fountain head. In the Roman States the civil and ecclesiastical offices are blended together in the same individual.

    The Head is the King.
    A Cardinal is Secretary of State.
    The Consistory of Cardinals is

    the Cabinet Council,
    the Ministry, and
    they are Viceroys in the provinces.
    The Archbishops are Ambassadors to foreign courts.
    The Bishops are Judges and Magistrates. [See brutus.html#union">here]

    [475] The prophetic symbols in these two verses are: the earth has a mouth which can swallow up a flood, the woman, the dragon and the seed. The earth (world) represents land which the woman inhabits. The flood is a deadly danger which is being averted by the earth rendering it harmless by reason of the `land' of the `earth' being far removed from where the sea beast rules. Interpreters have long understood this to be the United States providing a safe haven for the persecuted people of Europe around the end of the 1260 year period (1798) when America was being settled. America was like an innocent lamb by reason of its remoteness from the persecuting powers and is therefore not described as a beast of prey like the lion, bear, leopard and iron toothed composite sea beast. The lamb beast arose in previously thinly inhabited territory and grew up relatively speaking, gradually and peacefully.

    [495] The Bible Evidence about "Both" - Leopard Beast and Little Horn.

  • The Leopard Beast Character
    "And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard ... his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed ... And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies ... 42 months ... it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them ... And ... 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.
    The Little Horn Character
    "And the ten horns . . . another (horn) shall rise after them ... he shall be diverse ... subdue three kings. ... speak great words against the most High ... wear out the saints ... think to change times and laws . . . given into his hand ... 3½ times." Dan. 7:24,25.
    Note: The (Little Horn) leopard beast in Rev.13 is not the same (Greek) leopard beast from Daniel 7:6 but it seems it has some of its agile, flexible, smart animal instincts, some of its destructive characteristics.
    Babylon and Medo-Persia covered Asia; Greece covered Eastern Europe as well as Russia; Rome with the 10 kingdoms/horns (Dn. 7:7; Rv. 12:3; 13:1) covered Western Europe - all of these are part of the eastern hemisphere. The two horned lamb, turned beast, covers the western hemisphere.

    [500] They categorically deny that apostles and prophets can exist today. We agree that apostles, in the sense of those who knew Jesus face to face, do not exist today. The role of the twelve was unique. They were special witnesses of the incarnate Christ--His ministry, His atoning death, especially His resurrection, and His ascension (cf. Acts 1:21, 22). However, nowhere does Scripture indicate that their distinctive role and authority was to be transferred from generation to generation through certain selected persons. As John R.W. Stott has written: "The apostles were unique in both authorization and inspiration, and they have no successors." Their role came to an end when the last apostle, John, passed away. -- But the gift of prophecy is not like that of apostleship. The gift of prophecy, to guide God's people through difficult times, is to be present until the time of the end, Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28-32. Jesus is very much alive and works for His people today just like He did in the days of old Israel and the Apostles when He raised up prophets to give guidance to His people living amidst the spiritual darkness in this world. It is only God who can call a prophet. People cannot want to be true prophets of God on their own volition.

    [550] Please review the following texts:
    "Thus saith the Lord; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth." Jeremiah 26:4-6.
    "Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients." Ezekiel 7:26.
    "Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." Ezekiel 20:12-16. Words which reflect God's outflowing love, 1.John 4:19; Revelation 1:5.

    These verses verify that when God's people disregard His commandments, He sends no prophet. When they begin to obey His commands, He sends a prophet to assist, encourage, and guide. So when God's remnant church for the end time emerged keeping His commandments, it was time for a prophet. And God sent one - right on schedule. "I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Rev. 19:10, and the seed of the woman "which keep the commandments ... and have the testimony of Jesus." Rev. 12:17;14:12. But some will say, that was then - in OT times, today we do not need to worry about prophecy. - Yes, they think they are in a different dispensation. - Many of these same people uphold the sayings of the Apostle Paul. What about this one? ""Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1.Thessalonians 5:20-21. - Well, may be not this one. They don't care about this one. They are worried about prophets like Joseph Smith and Mary Eddy Baker, and some, yes, about Ellen G. White. They compare apples with thistles. We are to apply the test (tests) of true prophets. Just one check and false ones are eliminated. Here is the check, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20. So, if a Christian church does not have a prophet, read the law of God and check if they comply with all its aspects. If, not, you know what to think and do. - But did you know that Joseph Smith was a prophet? He had some 64 visions or prophecies, all of them wrong. So he was a false prophet.

    [680] See `Making America Catholic', issued by order of pope Pius X, Make America C.came out in 1925. While most lay members may be innocent of the changes ahead, the leadership of religions everywhere know fairly well what they are doing. The booklet reveals its stand toward the followers of the reformers as it was in the 1920's still. Today the situation is quite different.

    [700] Our freedoms are based on the Word of God which clearly displays and teaches separation of church and state, Matth. 22:21, ". . . Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's," which says in effect: `God, being more cunning than man, separated religion from politics.' And so it is true, Christian religion can be either a form or a power, 2.Tim. 3:5. -- In ancient times, most of the people living in the great centers of the world - Babylon, Persepolis, Susa, Athens, Rome - were slaves to the elite upper class. Many times diseases ran rampant and violence filled the realm. If Christ would not have come when he did, sin steeped mankind would have most likely annihilated itself by now. Christendom gave the world a new lease on life. They taught God's word, powerful to create and speak things into existence, who can make us into a new man or person in no time at all. We, by faith, take God at His word. In this way giving our life to Jesus takes no time at all if you want to follow Him. Becoming a faithful believer does not need to be a long, tedious, wearing out process to meet the Lord in glory. But there are enemies along the way. Persecuting powers are reckless, enslaving not only the body but also the mind of its victims. We must know that we serve a great, all powerful God before whom thousands and millions of angels serve and whose throne is up high above everything. This implies dimensions about the greatness of God which we cannot comprehend.
    "But today in the religious world there are multitudes who, as they believe, are working for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ as an earthly and temporal dominion. They desire to make our Lord the ruler of the kingdoms of this world, the ruler in its courts and camps, its legislative halls, its palaces and market places. They expect Him to rule through legal enactments, enforced by human authority. Since Christ is not now here in person, they themselves will undertake to act in His stead, to execute the laws of His kingdom. The establishment of such a kingdom is what the Jews desired in the days of Christ. They would have received Jesus, had He been willing to establish a temporal dominion, to enforce what they regarded as the laws of God, and to make them the expositors of His will and the agents of His authority. But He said, "My kingdom is not of this world." John 18:36. He would not accept the earthly throne." {DA 509.2}
    What does the Bible teach? We read, "And there were loud voices in heaven saying, `The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever." Rev. 11:15. In these last days there is the idea that we are going to dominate everything by a perfect brotherhood. Many seem to say, we are headed into a federation of religions and nations were distinctions will be obliterated and there will be a great universal brotherhood, which God challenges, Isa. 8:9. At such a time they envision no more independent nations, they will be all led by one world leader. Supposedly that will stop the quarreling among nations, albeit it must mean nations with vastly reduced populations. So how can we still say that there is a God who oversees things? The Apostle Peter wrote, God is "longsuffering toward us" (2.Pt. 3:9). That must mean that in our days God is giving men opportunities to try every line they like in individual life as well as in the life of the nations around the globe. Some things have not been tried yet, and if God were to cut us off short we would complain and say, `If you had left us a bit longer we would have realized our ideal of society and national life.' God is allowing all in the world to prove to the utmost that it cannot be done in any other way than that which Jesus Christ said it can only be done in: that is, by a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ who is God and Man - One. When sooner or later we are coming to the end of our plans, Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit" (Mt. 5:3). That means God will give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks, a gift of God through an unsullied heredity through Jesus Himself. - That is how the love of God comes into the human life, one at a time, to make citizens who will be more Christ like - unsullied by sin. Faith in God is a terrific venture in the dark; we have to believe that God is love despite all that seems to contradict it. Every human mind represents some kind of battlefield were the conflict rages. The great point for true Christians is to remain perfectly confident in God. Paul states that when the sons of God are manifested, and everything is in a right relationship with God and expressed in devotion to Jesus Christ, all the wildness and contradiction in nature and in nations will cease, and the love of God will be the great reality, Romans chapter 8. That is the end of nations, the obliteration of nations.
    Coming down to 2010, some see in the specter of revived Islam, that a change took place, perhaps a change in what prophecy forecasts. But we ought to remember that Islam is an offspring of the RCC. Their symbols and history shows that to be the case. The `mystery' of Rome is deep and many can hardly fathom its work over the ages, for she invented other religions, which like herself, have certain characteristics in common. In the end it will be a painful but also a passing concern.

    [720] The strong `dualism' or contrast in Revelation 13 and 14. Receiving the mark in the right hand: right hand means, `power to do', `power to get', `power to make a living', `power to support yourself.' Forehead is the seat of our conscience.{5T 136.2}

    Forces of Good
    Michael (12:7)
    Lamb (12:11; 14:1)
    Angels of Michael (12:7)
    Mt. Zion (14:1)
    Voice of many waters (14:2)
    3 ½ times of witness (12:6; 14)
    144,000 (14:1)
    Father's name (14:1)
    Throne of God (12:5; 14:3)
    Foreheads (14:1)
    Worship of God (14:6,7)
    Praise to God (14:3)
    Glory to God (14:6,7)
    Death to enemies (14:17-20)
    Loyalty to God (14:12)
    Without guile (14:5)
    Call to exalt God (14:6-12)
    Universal invitation (14:6)
    Faithful remnant (12:17)
    Forces of Evil
    Dragon (12:7; 13:2)
    Beast (13:1)
    Angels of the dragon (12:7)
    Seashore (13:1)
    Sea (13:1)
    42 months of success (13:5)
    "Earth-dwellers" (13:12-16)
    Name of beast (13:17)
    Throne of beast (13:2)
    Foreheads (13:16)
    Worship of beast (13:8)
    Praise to beast (13:4)
    Blasphemy (13:1,5,6)
    Death to enemies (13:15)
    Allegiance to beast (13:14-17)
    Deception (13:14,15)
    Call to exalt beast (13:12-17)
    Universal compulsion (13:12)
    Mass allegiance (14:16)

    [730] Daniel chapter 3: It was Nebuchadnezzar who set up a golden image on the plain of Dura. In doing so he was rejecting the vision God had given him that he was just the head of gold.The head of gold He wanted an eternal kingdom, like a thousand year Reich, with no toes of iron and clay **. He also wanted to make sure that every single person bowed down to that image as he assigned a day and brought all the people to Dura. Thousands of people came; all the leaders of the realm. First the king tried psychological persuasion with beautiful music (v.5) to try and charm the senses, (Ez. 28:13) to get them into the mood of submission. And get it Ez. 28:2 is often quoted as describing the 1st Sunday law, followed by Psalms 119:125,126 and Rev. 13:15. Ez. 28 is the chapter that shows the secret thoughts of Babylonian thinking. It is as if God's people have inside information. Even today, most popular music which people listen to has hypnotic powers. Therefore, it is of the devil. Turn away from it. Repetitive beat and syllables fascinates the people and drives the Holy Spirit from them until their mind is so debauched that they don't see or care how Rome is taking over this nation. How can songs with Christian content be of the devil? If such songs reveal themselves as mockery, it is for the same reason as that, what caused the demoniacs to cry out, what we read in Mark 5:7. - Nebuchadnezzar knew about the hypnotic power brought about by this swaying music. Next he brings the people face to face with the situation that they either had to bow down before the image or die (v.10,11). But the worshipers of the true God knew that there was another dimension to all of this, there is a Lord God of heaven who rules over the kingdoms of man. Out of all the thousands, three Jews refused to bow down before the image. But the Chaldeans spoke up and turned in to the authorities those hated, Sabbath keeping Jewish boys. While the Bible clearly delineates between the righteous and the wicked, looking around us, often it may not seem that there is such a clear difference discernible. It is more a mass of grey. Why? Because there is not a clear separation. People are walking down the "wide . . . broad . . . way that leadeth to destruction..." (Matt. 7:13). Even today, people are trained to just dial 1-800 ... to turn those in who decided to walk the narrow path. Most of us do not understand what faith is until it has been tested. Such a testing time is soon upon us. Then we will know what our faith is made of and if we really have true faith. - Faith is the very essence of liberty. In order to maintain liberty in the hearts of people, they must have true faith. They must have the love of the everlasting gospel, the faith of Jesus, keep the commandments of God (Rev. 14:12). Paul says, people are lost because "They received not the love of the truth." (2.Thess. 2:10-11). People who have that love and believe thus can be part of a righteous nation in which peace is found. - Why was it important for the king that every person would bow down and submit to his control? Whenever you have a false premise you are working on that level. Whenever you have things which are not firmly grounded, it becomes a crisis when one person does not submit, for a crisis shows who we really are. That is why Nebuchadnezzar had to make sure that everyone submitted or else the whole plan would fall apart. - Such a design will also be revealed when the image of the beast will be imposed on all the people - only today it is more sophisticated. They can use electronics to help them identify each living soul. - If you are one who is able to see part of the picture revealed in Revelation, the history of the beast power will supply the remaining part. - The beast and its image will cause the world to believe that there is no escape, that they are all powerful and all knowing and that their databases have all the information ... and there is no way that you can get out of their clutches. That is what the image wants you to believe. They ask you, and ... "who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" Dan. 3:15. The three Jewish boys were prepared. They would not bow down to the one world government of Nebuchadnezzar, but trust in the Lord as members of the eternal kingdom, of the family of God and only worship the Lord God of heaven. - On an interesting comparison about pure faith click the link.


    ** A Prof. of History of the University of Rome named LaBanca said, "To the succession of the Caesars came the succession of the pontiffs in Rome. When Constantine left Rome he gave his seat to the pontiff. In the policies of the religious system, who received the city of Rome as a gift from Constantine, we have a continuation of the firmness of this `iron empire' as for 1260 long years she ruled in the chair of power in Rome."
    Stanley's history, p. 40: "The head of the Roman church filled the place of the vacant empire in Rome inheriting their power, seat and titles from paganism. Constantin left all to the bishop of Rome. That power is but the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire sitting crowned upon its grave."
    The iron in the ten toes represents the iron monarchy of the papal system as she ruled with an iron hand down through the centuries. Does the RCC agree with this view?
    Father J.P.Conroy of the RCC, `The American Catholic World Review', April 1911, "Meekly stepping to the throne of Caesar the pope of Rome took up the scepter to which the emperors and kings of Europe were to bow in reverence through so many centuries."

    [770] In the Greek the not matching words are chiliarchos (chief captains) and dunatos (mighty men) in Rev. 6, and in Rev. 13 we find the words, mikros (small) and ptochos (poor). -- Perhaps we can say that chiliarchos captains should represent the `small' or `rich' and dunatos the mighty, the always present and politically `significant' or `mighty' ptochos poor people. The ptochos poor can also mean `crouch', `beggar' and sometimes `suffering'. [Strong's Concordance, 4434] These poor may sometimes, therefore, exert a significant influence on the chief captains or leaders of the land, since there are so many of them.

    [800] These four winds were anciently turned into pagan concepts as can be seen in a wall painting in the Roman city of Dura Europos illustrating the `Restoration to National Life' found in the `House of Assembly.' The angelic `four winds' are depicted as restoring breath to the lifeless bodies. Of course those lifeless bodies remained lifeless and God's judgment was carried out to the letter as prophesied by Ezekiel. [See BA, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 176.] - Today moral and spiritual plagues afflict society. People lost their moral compass. While the gospel is still being preached, the sealing of God's people will be the final work. "The loosening of the "four winds" will be the complete breakdown of social order, decency, morality, fidelity, including economic and political security. The Bible says it will be `Babylon' dropping into the sea `like a millstone' - the end of weddings, Christmases, Easters, shopping malls, sports, materialistic orgies, vacations and sensuality. - If the special message to the world which the 3 angels of Rev. 14 proclaim is `the everlasting gospel' in the setting of the Day of Atonement, then it is obvious that the gospel cannot be clearly understood except in the context of the cleansing of the sanctuary." . . . A half-gospel cannot truly save people, only all the gospel can. If a half-gospel does anything, it delays the entrance of God's people into the Promised `Beulah' (`married' to Jesus) Land, Isa. 62:4. -- We can be (2001) perilously close to economic, political, and social ruin." Today moral collapse goes down to the toes. How were these problems solved in the Church at Corinth? - by the message of justification by faith! "There was frightful moral depravity then. Citizens and slaves were so violently cruel that they reveled in watching human beings fight wild animals, and each other, to the death. The more blood the more fun. Prostitution was sanctified as a part of religion. But through the proclamation of the gospel, `grace did much more abound' and reigned `through righteousness [by faith] unto eternal life.' Rom. 5:20,21 The story of the cross touched secret springs hidden deep in Gentile and Jewish human hearts, and released latent abilities undreamed of. - The message placed `under grace' people who were shackled by all kinds of compulsive sin, including that of `abusers of themselves with mankind.' Now a new compulsion of love shackled them willingly and gladly to Christ. The result: a happy one. `Sin shall not have dominion over you,' Paul said, `for you are not under law but under grace.' Rom. 6:14. Even today, that message of grace conquers all kinds of secret addictions when appeals to self-centered concern are helpless to motivate people to a true and lasting change." - The truth which is emphasized by this message of grace is this: a) Christ's human nature is like, not unlike ours so Christ was tempted in everything like we are; b) Christ accepted his followers poverty that he might give them His wealth, conquering their temptations by faith but with the same `equipment' they had (2.Cor. 8:9); c) Such a change can be achieved right away. All it takes is a willing and determined decision (Gen. 39:8) to from now on walk in the true and tried ways of God - no delay at all to ready thousands for the Soon Coming of our Saviour from this world of sin. - Here was a power that gripped human hearts as nothing had done in all previous history. The most hopeless captives found deliverance. The reality of the cross burned its way into the deepest recesses of thinking as a spiritual purification of emotions. A new sense of self-respect emerged that no other thing could destroy. [Wieland, Grace on Trial, p. 80.; Early Writings, p. 254. 1.Cor. 6:9-11.]
    Justification by Faith in the 3rd AM: Thus we know that `justificaton by faith' was preached by Moses to Israel (Hebr. 4:2), it is also known as `the gospel of Christ' (Rom.1:16), `the gospel of the grace of God' (Acts 20:24), `this gospel of the kingdom' (Mt. 24:14), `the gospel of your salvation' (Eph.1:13) and `the everlasting gospel' (Rev. 14:6). There is only one true gospel just as there is only one Savior. The third angel's message directs our attention to certain truths: (1) the arrival of God's judgment hour; (2) the worship of God as the Creator of heaven and earth; (3) the fall of Babylon; (4) the warning against obeying the beast power or receiving its mark. These special truths are not items outside the gospel of God. They are the one true gospel's special feature to be emphasized in the closing period of history. Aside from justification there is no means of salvation. Some think the giving of the threefold message must necessarily be confined to preaching of the message in the exact words of the three angels. That is not the case. The third AM is not limited to items of the beast, the image, and the mark of the beast, or the fall of Babylon, or the judgment. It includes all the saving truths of the gospel. That kind of preaching must be cradled within the three angels messages and so it must be given to the world. It includes preaching justification by faith along with keeping the commandments of God, His distinguishing sign the seventh day Sabbath of the fourth commandment, Rev. 14:12. In keeping with this, the Bible declares that the Sabbath is the Lord's sign that He is the Creator (Ex. 31:16,17) and the Sanctifier (Eze. 20:12). Why? Because it takes creative power to give the believer a new heart and to save him from sin, Ps. 51:10. That is why Christ is the only Savior because He is the only Creator. The keeping of the Sabbath is a sign whereby we acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the Creator and the only Savior. This is what makes Sabbathkeeping a part of righteousness by faith. - - Keeping the Sabbath does not convey Christ's righteousness; that comes by faith alone. But "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). So after righteousness is received by faith alone, this faith will manifest or reveal itself in the observance of the 7th day, as the sign of Christ's power to create and to re-create. Thus we keep the Sabbath not to earn salvation but because we are being saved from sin; from transgressing the law of God. - - This is why the devil has struck at the Sabbath command more than at any other commandment. He has attempted to abolish it by setting in its place another day, the man-made Sunday Sabbath. This also shows why the keeping of the 7th day by a converted person is a token of righteousness by faith. [Based on J.L. Shuler, R&H, August 17, 1967] - - Please help to preach this only true gospel for our time in all the world.

    [840] The destruction of Revelation chapter six comes after the great earthquake at Lisbon in 1755, the dark day of 1780, and the great meteor shower of 1833. In prophetic history, these long in advance prophesied signs are important on the divine calendar, for they are the signs of the beginning of the time of the end of the history of sin and the devil on earth, Isa. 14:16-19. After the third celestial glory or sign follows a time which is not explained in this chapter, which proceeds to the next event closer to the Coming of Christ. The next events read as follows, "And the heaven 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 free man, 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?"
    Rev. 6:14-17.

    [844] That in the end only two groups will exist, two persuasions on how to see the world, is taught in Isaiah 2. We read,
    2:1 "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
    2:2 it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
    2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
    2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Group A
    2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
    2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
    2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:
    2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: Group B
    2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
    2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.
    2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
    2:12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
    2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
    2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
    2:15 And upon all the high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
    2:16 And upon all the ships ot Tar'shish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
    2:17 And the loftines of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be exalted in that day.
    2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
    2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
    2:20 In the day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
    2:21 To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
    2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?" Isaiah 2:1-22.
    Interpretation: That means various religious orientations and spiritualism, in the end time (accelerated by the destruction of the Word Trade Center, a water-shed event since it precipitates speedly the fulfillment of end time prophecies of Daniel and Rev.), will mix together by leading the non-religious liberals to the liberal form of churches and spiritualism which Satan will use to help them to accept his soon-coming national law. Thus, `All nations will flow' into the final "mountain" top religion, to call for peace - beating of swords into pruning hooks, but in reality being "replenished from the east," and "soothsayers like the Philistines," in a time when there is "no end of their chariots," and they are suddenly taken by surprise to "enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty," when He comes again. 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. 16:14)
    While right now there are still many religious liberals opposed to any Sunday law type legislation, their minds will be changed. Changed by what? We may say, that the members of those churches will accept the idea of a Sunday law - even if they get the "mark of the beast" in their hand and not in their foreheads (Rev. 14:9) - as they "believe" in the beast already and its mark with all their hearts [mind]. But most people in the world will receive the dreaded "mark of the beast" in their hands and not in their foreheads - because they will not really believe in it, but will "forsake us," (5T136) and go along with the law, just to save their jobs, and their necks from fines, persecution, and imprisonment. If one would look up every single verse in the Bible with the word "hand" in it you would find the following meanings: `Hand' is a symbol of "power to do", "power to get," "power to work,", "power to make a living," "power to support yourself." Such people receive the `mark' or the `seal of God' in where the conscience resides. However, the seal of God can only be received in the `forehead' (Rev. 14:1; 22:4), not in the hands by being `scared into' disobeying God by going along with the Sunday law. Since no one is going to be `scared into' heaven - you can only get the "Seal of God" in your forhead, Rev. 14:1; 22:4.
    The amazing thing we may notice in our days is, how the devil is slowly destroying the conscience of people. This has taken place through atheistic beliefs (evolution, false religion, they use these to divide the church) and eating unhealthy foods to name a few, since many people don't care, just as long as they are as big as the football players. God's people should ever keep in mind to do away with flesh foods as we draw near to the end of time, for we are counseled, "Is it not time that all should aim to dispense with flesh foods? How can those who are seeking to become pure, refined, and holy, that they may have the companionship of heavenly angels, continue to use as food anything that has so harmful an effect on soul and body? How can they take the life of God's creatures that they may consume the flesh as a luxury? Let them, rather, return to the wholesome and delicious food given to man in the beginning, and themselves practice, and teach their children to practice, mercy toward the dumb creatures that God has made and has placed under our dominion." {CD 380.3}
    God's people, therefore, may know that God calls for our hearts, our self-sacrifice for good reasons - namely our very health and abstinence of animal flesh, animals which are raised under diseased, deplorable conditions, for disease among animals and all kinds of medical injections are increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men and the time is nearing, when, because of the iniquity of fallen people, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. Therefore, we are not to make a god out of our belly. We ought to remember that His grace is given to overcome all sin, for free. For that we praise God! We claim His grace in our prayers! It is a mystery how most church going people do not seem to want this wonderful grace of God to overcome all sin - even among current Sabbath keepers, for the Bible says, "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." Daniel 12:10. Because God has given His wonderful health laws to His people, we do not need to get the horrible diseases that are coming upon the poor unbelievers by the hundreds of millions. We are thankful that God's people can be physically, mentally, and spiritually strong enough to go through the time of trouble just ahead of us, and to "stand before the Son of Man." (Lk. 21:36) So let us praise the Lord that we can be "filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18) to stand before the world and give God's mighty 3 angels's messages.
    God calls for our "foreheads" to place His seal there, so that our Lord and Saviour can place a shining crown there. When the angel puts God's seal on our forehead, will that painfully burn? No. You will hardly know it for Jesus took away the pain already when He died on the cross. Jesus has given His all for us - denying appetite in the desert to the point of death, and on the cross of Calvary (Lk. 23:36), so that we can be happy, healthy, and be saved in the end of the world.[Feb 2002]

    [1000] The Bible teaches that Israel was led into captivity because they did not keep the Sabbath, Jer, 17:27; Eze. 20:12,20. Not keeping the Sabbath was the greatest abomination they could commit. See also: Nehemia 10:31; 13:15; Jer. 17:21-27; Eze. 20:20,12,21; 22:8,26; 23:38; Mal. 2:11.
    Dimensions of Sabbath keeping: Question: Was the Sabbath given to illustrate the rest Jesus would give His people when He died on the cross? Answer: The fact is that Sabbath and marriage were given before there was any need of the cross. The Sabbath was created before sin. It is part of God's original plan for mankind. The primary reason for the Sabbath is that God made this world in six days and He rested on the seventh and invited man to rest with Him on the Sabbath.
    Bible Christians must remember that Jesus died on the cross before the Sabbath (Luk. 23:54-56; Jh. 19:31), and Jesus said, "It is finished." (Jh. 19:30). The same words Jesus spoke during creation week. On which day? He said, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished ..." (Gen. 2:1) on the sixth day of the week. Therefore, Jesus did the same thing in His redemption as He did in creation. Not only that, Jesus, after creating, rested on the 7th day; Jesus, after dying on the cross, rested in the grave on the Sabbath day and His followers rested with Him. -- Both times what happened in creation happened also in redemption. That means, the Sabbath is not only the sign for us of Jesus as the Creator, but also the sign for us of Jesus as the Redeemer. True Bible believing Christians have two reasons to proclaim and keep the Sabbath - Jesus made us and then, when we fell into sin, He rescued and redeemed us. That means on each Sabbath we have the opportunity to sing about Jesus, to read about Him and to bask in His presence and to suspend all our weekly activities and dedicate 24 hours to lovely Jesus. Sabbath keeping, therefore, is about our relationship. - - That is why the 1st angel says, we are supposed to worship the Creator whose sign is the Sabbath. But Babylon does not teach to keep God's Sabbath holy. That is one of the reasons why `Babylon is fallen.' Looking from the cross forward to the time when the third angel's message is to be preached, shows, that God is very concerned that man will look to Christ crucified because of our sins, thus providing the escape route from certain death for sinners, who may consider Christ's sacrifice lightly, not as the means, to fill their life full of the highest meaning man can ever be part of. The third angel's message presents the culmination of Satanic power trying to keep people from being saved by coming to Christ and seeing what He suffered so life eternal may be freely given to those who see how the love of God in Jesus draws them to Christ and God's kingdom of unselfish love. - - There is another meaning for the end of time. We find out that the `Seven Last Plagues' are the reverse of creation. All vegetation, birds, fish, land animals, human beings, all these perish, Rev. 19:21; 16:3; Jer. 4:25; Hosea 4:1-4; Zeph. 1:3. The heavenly bodies are moved out of their places and darkness prevails. The effect will be, the earth is going to be empty and void. That is why we read, "I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form and void, and the heavens, and they had no light." Jer. 4:23. How do we know this scripture refers to a situation present at the time of the coming of Jesus? We read for that, "My bowles, my bowles! (Jeremiah feels sick to the stomach.) I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war." Jer. 4:19; 1Cor. 14:8. The Bible says, "And I saw . . . a white horse; and he that sat upon him . . . and the armies . . . (of) . . . heaven followed him . . . . for the Lord himself shall descend . . . with the trump of God, ... Then we which are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air so shall we ever be with the Lord." Rev. 19:11,14; 1.Thess. 4:16, 17. [Please note that Jesus will not descend to the surface of the earth. He will not touch the ground, Mt. 24:26,27,31; 25:31; 1Thess. 4:17.] Thus the earth will be in ruins for 1000 years at the end of which its surface will be burned up (2.Peter 3:10,12,13), it will be cleansed of all signs of the reign of sin and be remade new just like when first created in Genesis chapter 1. Only difference is, this time God's people will witness the Creation of the planet which will be their home. Which day will be kept holy then? We do not need to guess. We read what Isaiah saw in prophetic vision, "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another (each month), and from one sabbath to another (each week), shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:22,23. Does it say, that from one Sunday to another? ... Does it say, the Jews shall worship before me? No! It is God's Sabbath that all flesh, all people will keep. Thus this text is related to the first angel's message, Rev. 14:7. - - We find a close relationship between Isaiah and Revelation. We read, "And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Rev. 22:1,2. Thus, in the city will be the `Tree of Life.' This tree bears fruits every month. Why? Because God's redeemed will go every month to eat of the tree, to perpetuate their life in heaven. That is why we read, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Rev. 22:14. These scriptures teach therefore that our source of eternal life will not be inside ourselves, but it will be possible by eating the fruits of God's Tree. God's people will have to eat these fruits every month to continue living; but the leaves are for the healing of the cultural differences, and all that divides among all the nations, shortly after we are all together in heaven, until those things from the old sinful earth are forgotten; however we probably ought to strive to learn to live like that today already. That way it is shown that our dependence for life is upon God, not upon ourselves. We can tell that we will be in the City of God every month and we will be worshiping our Re-Creator every Sabbath day together with all the heavenly hosts in song and music and great joy. The eternity God provides, therefore, is not absence of time, it is endless time in the presence of God (Rev. 21:23, no need for the sun or moon in the city only).

    [1050] This sin of worshipping idolatrous and decor items, can that be more clearly demonstrated? The apex of Bernini's canopyThe following items from Lachish are attributed to the Canaanites by the author based on Egyptian artifacts, a scarab, belonging to the 18th Dynasty time of Amenhotep III, predecessor of Akhnaton, known from the El Amarna period. Amenhotep III (ca. 911-874 BC) belongs in our verified and proven revised chronology into the time of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab. Finding a scarab of Amenhotep III at Lachish (similar to the one of the link) then places the events at his or following his time and not in the 12th century BC as the BAR article states. Archaeology, run by humanistic educated men, has made havoc of true Bible history.

    [1200] Of course the long range effects are much worse. Just look back in more recent history. How rejecting the Creator led to slavery, naturalism and humanism and the shedding of blood by notorious evil men before and during World War I (Ex. in Africa), during World War II and after that all around the globe because of humanistic, naturalistic, evolutionistic world views. Today, murders are largely committed by those who were led to believe there is no God and no judgment. Satan instigated successfully that masses of people hate their Creator God.

    [1300] Please compare the white robes of Rev. 7. It is significant to remember that the high priest in the sanctuary on the day of atonement, the great judgment day, wore white linen clothing (Ex. 28:38,39; Isa. 59:17).

    [1400] By the way, was there a voice in heaven in the Book of Revelation 7:2 which said, do not let loose the winds, do not destroy the earth, the sea and the trees? Let us remember these parallels.
    The angels just demonstrate what man has done on earth. Pollution is rapidly destroying the fabric of life on this planet helping us understand that without Christ coming again, humanity, because of sin, would destroy itself on earth completely. This helps us understand how end time events will accelerate greatly. Therefore, when medically trained people are told by their Roman Pharmaceutical advisers to tell others who believe in healthful living and avoid certain foods because of chemical contents, these people do not have `orthorexia' but rather those who say they do. It can be used as an affront to faithful people.

    [1455] Do the members of Christian churches reform routinely? No. In fact many Christians make only few reforms and little effort to reform. They are astonishingly content. They pass through life with a few changed beliefs but little change in the life. They have been taught that they have little substantive role in the process of end-time events. They have been taught that they are already "saved." And unless the heart is radically changed, we may be sure that men will follow what Albert Jay Nock called Epstean's law: "Man tends always to satisfy his needs and desires with the least possible exertion." We may regard this as a law of fallen human nature. What difference does `effort' make? It is like this: The teacher asks his class to make a windmill and bring it to school a week later. What happened? Nothing. Nobody did anything about it as far as the students could tell. Then the day arrived and only one student brought a beautifully made windmill to the class. But there was one other student who was shocked when he saw the windmill. He frantically went to his desk, pulled out three sheets of paper, a scissors, some tape and began working. Eventually the teacher entered the class room. He asked for the windmills to be brought. The one with the nice mill went forward. The teacher admired it and gave him an A. The 3 page, quick job mill was finished just in time for the second call. The teacher received it and gave him an A. The class was shocked. Then the teacher said, `I asked for a windmill and both brought one. Both get an A.' Matth. 20:1-7; COL 399-404.

    [1460] While this word "fulfilled" comes up on these subjects we would like to remind our readers how exactly Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. This is well illustrated in another article we carry here about the first advent of Jesus Christ. If His first advent was so precisely forecast in the pages of the Old Testament, it ought to remind us that we should pay attention to Bible prophecy - even more so than to the evening news. While the first advent prophecies seem pretty much forward, the end time prophecies are more complicated and involved. The reason must be obvious. It relates to worldwide, cataclysmic events.

    [1470] When Nebuchadnezzar came to destroy Jerusalem, they built a siege wall around the city as the Ark of the Covenant was still within the Temple. The only place where someone could leave Jerusalem unobserved by the Babylonians were two little gates on the north side of the city. According to an Apogryphical book, Jeremiah and his helpers took the ark and hid it in a cave. Israel had broken God's Sinaitic covenant with them and the ark was removed out of their sight.

    [1478] For an example which documents this, see a Hebrew seal which was dated to the 8th century BC and is shown in BAR, Sep 1984, p. 54.

    [1500] The wearying 70 year captivity had a prophetic light at the end found in Zechariah 10:6-9. - While the Bible teaches the destruction of Jerusalem because of the abominations enumerated, some may wonder, `How come Christianity is said to trespass God's Law in the same way, and yet, no destruction came over them?' Answer: We may suppose no destruction exactly like in the days of Zedekiah came over us, but so called Christian nations did suffer many wars and conflicts. However, God is patient and overlooks the time of ignorance. That will not last. We must speak up like Elijah did when he announced to king Ahab, "... there shall not be dew nor rain these years ..." (1.Ki. 17:1) because of their apostasy. Three years later the showdown came and the priests of Baal lost. Elijah alone was faithful and God could use him in a mighty way. But on that day, when Elijah faced Ahab and his imposing military and 450 priests of Baal, he stood solemn and calmly crying out, "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." Next comes a fateful reaction. A reaction which God abhors more than any other. We read, "And the people answered him not a word." (1.Ki. 18:21) From the events unfolding we learn that if God abhors one sin above another, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime, and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God. God's followers are to guard the truth about God and be watchman to guard people against sneak attacks by the forces of evil. -- All Israel was silent. They were afraid of Jezebel and the priests of Baal who had killed all the prophets of Judah and destroyed the altar of the Lord. This day, on Mt. Carmel, was reckoning time. -- God's enemies learn from this that their time will come too. Slowly but surely.

    [1510] A key aspect we ought to remember when it comes to teaching Creation, is this, true science supports Creation, not evolution. True science is that branch of science which conducts experiments we can observe in the present, while evolution is historical science, things that may have taken place or not in the past. No one saw it happen, except God. This is also the case with astronomy in a more limited sense. We can measure the speed of light in a lab setting, or the revolution of the planets, etc. Not all of astronomy can be done in the lab, and no doubt, some of their statements and conclusions are based rather than on verifiable truth, they are probably based on authority rather than fact. The ultimate proof of creation is, if it wasn't true, no one would know anything.

    [1520] The Laodicean condition is that sin outside of the church is not the danger to it, but sin inside.

    [1550] Bible interpretation is based on the Bible interpreting itself. No commentaries, pastors or theologians are needed. What is needed is prayer and the Holy Spirit (A concordance may be helpful). This is the assurance to avoid man's opinion in place of God's exposition of truth.

    [1600] For everything we do and think is recorded in heaven's memory bank, Dan. 12:1, to be used for or against us on judgment day. According to Isaiah there will be a day of reckoning for those who profess to be leaders of churches and congregations failing to preach God's truths, Isa. 43:27.

    [1640] What is the meaning of all the number sevens in Revelation? We have 7 churches, spirits, golden candlesticks, stars, seals, horns, eyes, angels, trumpets, thunders, heads, crowns, plagues and golden vials. - The number seven in the Bible is the number for completeness. Without the `seven fold' spirits we could not be saved. It takes absolute perfection, Jesus, to save man from sin.

    [1650] Messiah means `the annointed.' (Luke 4:18) The Greek equivalent of Messiah is `Christos.'

    [1700] What is the Word of the Lord? Are we to occupy us with smooth sayings (Isa. 30:10)? Are we not to straighten us up, polish our rough edges? Are we not to bear good fruit? How can disobeying God's clear commandments be depending on which time of earth's history you live in? That is man's wisdom seeking to speak for God. It is from the same source which nailed Jesus to the cross. We must have the character of the great men of God who obeyed the Lord on whatever He asked them to do. We are to obey God's Ten Commandments from the day Adam was created into all eternity without interruption. Sin started because Lucifer trespassed the Law of God. Anyone who teaches his listeners to trespass any of God's commandments is like that fallen angel.

    [1720] What does the Bible teach about what we take into our body? Why should we concern ourselves as to what we eat and drink? Because we are what we eat and drink. Despite energetic attempts to stamp out sickness and disease through modern medicine and technology, people are worse of today then they used to be. You see it was not until 1943 that the first anti-biotic Penicilin was available for regular use. Some years ago people came down with one disease which afflicted and perhaps killed them. Today people come often down with multiple often diet related diseases. Many are sick for many years, suffering miserably, until they finally die. That is not the way it was for much of history. Most people lived in the possession of their ability to walk and work until they sort of just fell over and died. We are world wide in health care systems in a time of crisis. The Bible's remedy is quite simple and basic. It teaches `the pill of prevention' - which is the treatment of causes. Do not abuse your own body, do not eat unclean foods and partake of drinks which affect your spirit, your thinking mind. When Noah took in 7 pairs of clean animals into the ark and only 2 pairs of unclean creatures, God was showing this way, that even after the Flood, there would be clean and unclean food categories. It is absolutely false to state that God permits the consumption of everything man may desire. There are health laws in the Bible. The experience of Daniel and his three friends in Babylon is an example. The eating of swine flesh is condemned in the Bible. We read, "For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream . . . your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb . . . For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. . . . They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:12-17. See also the Bible principles of good physical and spiritual health: 3.John 2; Matth. 4:23; 1.Cor. 10:31 (Therefore it is possible to eat to the glory of God and to the glory of the devil.); Isa. 55; (God would not command us to eat that which is good if it was not possible to eat that which is bad. It does matter. Read carefully about the animal vision that the apostle Peter had.); John 10:10; Ex. 23:25; Ps. 105:37 (after following the health principles for 40 years). The original diet was (Gen. 1:29), fruits, grains, nuts and legumes (garden beans, peas). Fruits are the products of the blossom of a plant. Legumes are a subdivision of fruits. After sin, when man could no longer eat of the Tree of Life, vegetables were added to the diet, Genesis 3:18. Obviously there was now something missing that man needed and vegetables substituted in part for it.
    What can we learn about the tree of life? We are told in Revelation that this tree bears 12 different kinds of fruit. Christ is that tree of life to us and all who would can pluck and eat of it even now anytime you desire. The Word of God is to us the `tree of life,' "Christ is the source of our life, the source of immortality. He is the tree of life, and to all who come to Him He gives spiritual life." {7BC 989.8}
    "After the entrance of sin, the heavenly Husbandman transplanted the tree of life to the Paradise above; but its branches hang over the wall to the lower world. Through the redemption purchased by the blood of Christ, we may still eat of its life-giving fruit." {7BC 989.1}
    The Word of God are the branches that hang over the wall and that which gives spiritual life is available here now. While everybody has the Word in their home, but do they eat of it? While everybody wants to live the temporary physical life, not everybody wants the eternal spiritual life.
    "Let all bear in mind that the tree of life bears twelve manner of fruits. This represents the spiritual work of our earthly missions. The Word of God is to us the tree of life. The Word of God is to us the tree of life. Every portion of the Scripture has its use. In every part of the Word is some lesson to be learned. Then learn how to study your Bibles. This book is not a heap of odds and ends. It is an educator. Your own thoughts must be called into exercise before you can be really benefited by Bible study." {7BC 989.7}.
    What are the 12 fruits or areas of study in the Bible? If we would understand the key that unlocks these scriptures, we may have some of the fruits already. - But this also extends to the tree of life in heaven. No doubt God tells this to broaden our spiritual horizon, to cause us to think of the joy that will be when He leads us to this tree to eat from it. Jesus told us the title the redeemed will have in heaven when they are introduced to all the heavenly hosts. You can read that unique title in Luke 20:35,36. We will be called "the children of the resurrection." - May this be encouragement for you to remain true to God.[After thoughts by Bob Taylor, '85]

    [1750] Babylon has another epidemic in the land, that of "itching ears." (2.Tim. 4:2,3). Studying this scripture we recognize that having "itching ears" as spoken about by Paul, causes Babylonian, religious confusion. It may include those who listen to every wind of doctrine which sounds good and appeals to sensual pleasures. What Christian people really need is a longing heart for the truth of God's word in order to stay and call people out of Babylon. For Jesus, the truth of God stood always above the truth of the church. Perhaps that is why we read in DA 414 that Jesus Christ is the president of this church, ""The head of every man is Christ." And in Review & Herald, Jul 23, 1895, Ellen White wrote, "The Lord does not ask permission of those in responsible positions when he wishes to use certain ones as his agents for the promulgation of truth." Did you know that? We need to know these things.
    Among these religious confusions is that which says, the wall of separation between church and state is all wrong. We heard it said, `There is no such thing as the separation of church and state in the constitution, it is a lie of the left and we are not going to take it anymore.'
    Those who hold that view seem not to have thought this out very thoroughly. There are at least two major flaws in the Christian Right's agenda to create a righteous nation by removing the barrier of entanglement between church and state. The first problem is, it will not work. Strict laws enforcing morality have never produced a just, righteous or moral society. The second problem is, that religion's control of the state violates the principles of religious freedom that are central to the very Bible the Christian Right claims to be upholding with such zeal.
    That shows those who agitate that don't realize the confused state they are in themselves. They say in effect, lets get our lawmakers to make some laws to enforce people to worship according to the Bible but then they add things that are not even according to the Bible and want to make laws about that and they ignore the most time honored truth in all of God's word, and that is, that God never forces anybody. (a) When Peter used the sword to cut off a man's ear, he meant in effect to say, lets use force. But Jesus said, `No' and healed the man's ear again. (b) Judas went to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver to force the master to reveal his divinity and Jesus said, `No. That is not how my kingdom works.' These men were confused and it is wise today to stay clear of politics.

    [1770] `Humanities first freedom is religious liberty. It is first, because at the nascence of human history, God gave Adam and Eve the right to choose whether to follow Him. God thereby established a precedent for the human race that remains as alive today as it was all those years ago in the Garden of Eden. - Religious liberty is also the first liberty expressed in the United States Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." But there is a third reason, this is humanity's "first freedom." There is no more sacred space in the human experience than our search for the ultimate meaning of our existence. Repressing religious liberty is at its heart an attempt to extinguish this core of the human soul.' - James Standish's presentation at the Liberty Banquet, `Frontlines of Freedom', Vol. 51, July 25, 2007, p.4. - Unfortunately many treat these liberties not as they should for they are fragile indeed. Church speakers and News media not infrequently do not realize that they can speak their mind without worrying about legal consequences, within esthetic limits, because there exist agencies defending religious liberty. When these spokes-people slight religion and use occasions to ridicule faith in God, they work into the hands of those who would take away their right to speak as they do.

    [1771] "As I saw what we must be in order to inherit glory, and then saw how much Jesus had suffered to obtain for us so rich an inheritance, I prayed that we might be baptized into Christ's sufferings, that we might not shrink at trials, but bear them with patience and joy, knowing what Jesus had suffered that we through His poverty and sufferings might be made rich. Said the angel, `Deny self; ye must step fast.' Some of us have had time to get the truth and to advance step by step, and every step we have taken has given us strength to take the next. But now time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have much to unlearn and much to learn again. Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision now to say, Nay, we will not regard the institution of the beast." {EW 67.2} - So many have departed from the faith - often unwittingly - that so far as the majority is concerned the departure from the faith has come to be considered orthodox, and the man who still stands by "the faith once delivered to the saints" is liable to be branded as a fanatic and declared to be unsound and unsafe. We must know that it is just as easy to be sealed in an error as it is in the truth. Being perfectly obedient to the Lord, we must be sealed by His Spirit, based on the scriptural pattern in all things.
    Where in the Bible do we find the three Sunday Laws?
    We read: "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 to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; 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. 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. 13:11-15.

    1. The line in `Italics' is the first `national' Sunday law;
    2. The underlined line is the second `world wide' Sunday law;
    3. The bold line is the third `death decree' Sunday law.

    First National Sunday Law: Sunday laws are promulgated by Sunday keeping churches - like the many churches which had ties to the old reformers and the Church of Rome, their mother church. Thus the former are the image of the latter especially today. While Emperor Constantine first introduced a Sunday law, that type of law will be more rigorously enforced again in our days through various means. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20. The miracle-working power manifested through spiritualism will exert its influence against those who choose to obey God rather than men. 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 (1st Sunday law). 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. {GC 563-581}
    Second World Wide Sunday Law: {the first, third}"And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim." 1 Kings 18:17, 18. As the wrath of the people shall be excited by false charges, they will pursue a course toward God's ambassadors very similar to that which apostate Israel pursued toward Elijah. The miracle-working power manifested through spiritualism will exert its influence against those who choose to obey God rather than men. 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. {GC 590.2} This are about the sentiments during the time of the second Sunday law.
    Third Sunday Law and Decree: {the first, second}"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." Revelation 14:9, 10. Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been--the defender of religious freedom. 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. {GC 605.3} Now we can know the meaning of "without mixture," - means that someday soon undiluted judgments will fall upon the transgressors of God's law and the despisers of His grace `without mixture of mercy.' The 3rd angel's message, amidst all the goings on in the world, will cause a third Sunday law that is world wide. The final events of the plagues get us ready to get into the presence of Jesus, that is how important to decide these issues correctly.

    [1772] Manuscript 10, 1905; 1SM 175.1.

    [1773] 3SM, 389,390.

    [1775] UL, 277; 15MR 320.2.

    [1776] 2SG 299.2. It is no "secret coming" also confirmed in some Protestant writings, see David Hocking, The Coming World Leader, 1981 DHCWL, p. 29, 30, "This is no secret coming for believers only, but is a world-wide demonstration of the Lord's presence and power."

    [1777] 5T 292.2.

    [1778] GC 607; 5T 711.

    [1800] If your Bible does not say that, it is because some translations followed other, we believe and show, corrupted sources of another age, even if involuntary, a devilish scheme to subvert and fight the Word of God is employed.

    [1900] The false prophet, from Bible faith fallen away Protestantism, is here represented. At first sight, many members of Protestant churches have great zeal to reach people with their message. As I listen to them, my heart gets warmed many times. I admire how they seem to want to spread God's word and help people among as many as they can. But when I look at their message in more detail, there are these missing Bible verses and chapters and I remember that Jesus said that, in the last days, "... many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able," there would be people who will say, "... Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Mt. 7:22,23. Why will Jesus say that to some? Because they do not believe essential details about Him and His gospel. They are steeped in their own traditions and slight truths without which they will not be in the kingdom of God. As they began more and more to seek the favor of the world, false charity blinded their eyes. They want it to be true that it is right to believe good of evil, and finally they will believe that evil is good as a result. Instead of being defenders of the faith they are now apologizing to Rome for their uncharitable opinion of her, begging pardon for her bigotry. Now they apprehend little danger from Romanism thinking we are beyond that time of such occurrences of persecutions as they took place in her long history. So they ignore or explain away the prophecies in the Bible as meaning something else or for a different time. They are wrong. They do not know themselves anymore. They look for those who will quiet their conscience and thus will be betrayed. It was the great sin of the Jews to reject Christ; the great sin of the Christian world is their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government in heaven and earth.

    [1940] That great church is preparing people all around the world to reject God's final effort to save the world. They are instructing their memberships to discredit the final warning message of Rev. 14 and 18 as not coming from God. The rules they passed on how to accept or reject "manifestations" and "revelations", presents the following guidelines:

    1. In order to determine the authenticity of an apparition or revelation it must display "honesty," "sincerity" and "rectitude" of moral life, and that they are free from "psychological disorder or psychopathic tendencies," that there is no evidence of search for profit or gain, and that the sight is inspiring "healthy devotion and abundant and constant spiritual fruit.
      Those who would really want to follow this test, would lead people to have to reject, after careful study, the some 1850 year old history of that Ecclesiastical Empire since they have spent all that time in teaching conflicting traditions and superstitions in disreputable and questionable methods to accumulate power, wealth, and control over the church and the world.
    2. These new revelations or manifestations must reflect true theological and spiritual doctrine and be immune from error. And they must recognize the primacy and authority of the church hierarchy by demonstrating `habitual docility towards ecclesiastical authority.'
      The problem with this is, if they would apply this same criteria in regards to accepting their own `revelation'. they would be forced to reject their entire system of religion as false. Why? Because all of the human tradition that has crept into the church was and still is in complete contradiction to the "original" revelation as given to all of us by the apostles of Jesus Christ. Thus careful investigation will lead one to have to reject all the traditions that have slowly crept into the church after Jesus died, resurrected and ascended and after the apostles had died.
    3. This is a warning against false revelations. Negative evidence against revelation and proof against accepting any manifestations would be if it contained `doctrinal errors attributed to God himself, or to the blessed virgin Mary, or to some saint in their manifestation.'
      That means, if a `new' revelation speaks against God (probably the pope), the Virgin Mary, or any of the saints who are `in heaven' apparently mediating for us, then the church is told to reject those manifestations as false. In other words, that church is more interested in maintaining the status quo than to allow members to accept any "new" truth. It is clear that human tradition and human authority is placed as primary and is considered superior to `any future Biblical revelation, reformation, or doctrine.'

    These conditions make it impossible for the church to accept any message that God may intend to send them. It is another attempt to force God's will to be subservient to that of the church. These `new' standards for determining the authenticity of revelation are not new. What we have here only reemphasizes that church's continued attempt to place itself above the word of God! If God wanted to send a message of revival and reformation, as He tried to during the Protestant Reformation, it would never be accepted as long as these `rules' are imposed on people. This proves that Rome never changes. [LDE 130.2] This is an attempt to prevent others from coming into the knowledge of God's truths in these last days. In fact, God's final warning message of Revelation 14:6-12 is a heavenly sent message that takes us forward. God wants to restore truth that has been distorted. The dragon of Rev. 13:1-4; 12:17, does not want the world to know these solemn messages. Ultimately he is behind all of this. - God does not place upon any human being or group of men, even if they are good men, to become the arbiters of His revelations to mankind. When man becomes the final authority in determining what is or what is not truth, what message is inspired, which message is anti that old church and unloving, then that means that no further revelation will be admissible if it contradicts what man already believes to be truth - even when they are errors not taught in the word of God! - If we accept these kinds of principles or norms for determining the authenticity of revelation, then we prevent any new future revelation of truth. - We have been given a standard of truth to evaluate revelation in the Bible for "God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The

    1. opinions of learned men, the
    2. deductions of science, the
    3. creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the
    4. voice of the majority-- not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord" in its support. {GC 595.1; Ex. 4:22; Mal. 1:4; Mt. 15:3,6,14; }

    "Great truths that have long been obscured by superstition and false doctrine will blaze forth from the illuminated pages of the Sacred Word. The living oracles pour forth their treasures new and old, bringing light and joy to all who will receive them." [5T 388.3]

    [1950] In a meeting a cardinal presented corroboration on how they present this opposite message. Because of them not knowing the message in Revelation, their views are impartial and revealing. In his presentation he emphasized the need to guard "the Lord's Day", of course meaning Sunday in the face of the Bible calling the seventh day Sabbath the real Lord's Day, Mark 2:28. Among the largely Protestant audience there was hearty, general agreement to his remarks. - Frequent mention was made of the immoral decay that America was rapidly sliding into and the indications that the judgments of God were soon to fall, as evidenced by the rapid increase of natural disasters - of course after Al Gore showed them his DVD the day before. Appeals were made that the only way in which America could be saved from its rapid descent into immorality was by stopping the desecration of the Lord's Day. It was stated, otherwise God's judgments would fall all the harder on America. - With that, we discern here the reverse mirror-image of the 1st Angel's Message of Rev. 14:6-7! Us Adventists used to warn the world that the Judgment was imminent, and all must keep the Ten Commandments and keep the Bible Sabbath. Now we are told by Rome that the judgments of God will fall upon us - if we do not sacredly observe the false Sabbath! - Wake up friends. And on May 10, 2008, about 18:00 hours Colorado time, a series of tornadoes killed 14 people, six of them in flipped cars, and destroyed many homes in a large area. This was just a day as we had already several, just a few days apart. Indeed, God's protective care is being withdrawn. People are reminded to consider that we are dust and only God can save us from the Second death from which there is no resurrection. So, people, consider your maker. Flee to the foot of the cross, surrender all and accept the sacrifice of Jesus before it is too late. - When is it too late? After the Sunday Law, friends, it is too late!! In my humble opinion that may be very, very, very soon. Meanwhile they will use any convenient event or circumstance to deliver their message and achieve their goal - to dominate once more the whole world and do that until Jesus comes again. That is why we must heed the call, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Phil. 2:12. As we see Rome flexing its muscles, we must exercise our faith and maintain a closer connection with the Lord, daily, hourly.
    The good news is, that God's investigative judgment is taking place since 1844. It is the judgment which lets all heaven know which are God's people on earth from Adam to the end time generation. Important End Time Events Chart before Jesus Returns
    These, because they were sealed with the seal of God, will receive the kingdom when Christ returns as King, Rev. 20:4, the hour or date of which no one knows, Mark 13:32. (We may only know when it is near by the signs of the times). During the Millennium when Satan is in the `bottomless pit', these saints will be judging the wicked (Isa. 24:5; Rev. 20:1-3) according to their records in the Books of Heaven and sentence their former oppressors. This constitutes a reversal of events, for now their onetime judges are judged in heaven in absentia and all the good deeds of the wicked will be deleted at this time for they did not accept by faith the once free gift of Christ as their Saviour but actively rejected Him. For you see, God's goal for you and me is not clean books in heaven, but clean hearts here on earth. Unless we respond to that positively, there is no salvation. At the end of the Millennium will the second resurrection call all wicked people from their grave to see for themselves the records of their life and acknowledge the righteous judgment of God Almighty and then will, according to the biblical record, the punishment (Isa. 24:19-23), die the second death; God's "strange act", Isa. 28:21. Question: How long will the wicked be alive before the second death? Answer: According to Isaiah 65 infants and young people will grow to be a hundred years old, verse 20 (See also Zechariah 14:4,16). What are they doing for such a long time? God gives them opportunity to ready themselves for the final conflict by training their armies and building weapons so all the universe can see the results of sin, the desire to unseat the righteous God from His throne.

    [2033] Jason Lisle, `The Ultimate Proof of Creation' and Logic.

    [2140] How Long Do We Have? - This is the most interesting thing I've read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming. - I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us that we not deserve it. - How Long Do We Have? About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
    'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury (Josh. 6:19,24; Jer. 38:11;Mt. 27:6; Mk. 12:41-43; Jh. 8:20). From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed and deteriorated through the following sequence:

    1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
    2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
    3. from courage to liberty;
    4. from liberty to abundance;
    5. from abundance to complacency;
    6. from complacency to apathy;
    7. from apathy to dependence;
    8. from dependence back into bondage.' [the State of Israel, Greece, Rome, the USA]
    9. being from someplace is fine, but it is better to be in the state of continual surrender to God in these last days.
    10. Therefore, when someone says, `I live in the State of Kentucky,' say, `I live in the state of surrender' to God and you will be saved and God may be able to save the other person too, when you say that.
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University, School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
    Number of States won by: Democrats: 19, Republicans: 29.
    Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million Democrats
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2; Republicans: 2.1
    Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...'
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase. -- If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years. - And we remember that not withstanding all the republics and democracies the world saw in the last 100 years; the most devastating wars in human history occurred in that period of republics and democracies. In Revelation 13 we are told, it will be a democracy that imposes the death penalty on religious dissenters. That is when a "stone", a very large asteroid like stone, comes down to planet earth and fill the earth and end the reign of sin, Daniel 2:34. That asteroid, however, will be Jesus Christ coming back and not some rock, for God's word uses images we can understand today.
    If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message. If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

    [2150] What does `enforcing the mark of the beast' mean? It means a national, religious law is going to be enforced which will force people to either disobey God's commandments or be destroyed. Such a law as a national Sunday law. Why should instituting a Sunday law have such an effect? The Bible indicates it will open the flood gates to demons to do their work. When that happens the words of Zephaniah 1:2 will come to mind where it says about God: "I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord." That means national ruin because the anger of God is kindled. It goes on and says, "That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess." Verse 16 says, "A day of trumpet. . . [that is of war]" Verses 17 and 18, "I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land."
    The following is based on Revelation chapters 14-18. The wrath of the Lord is created by false doctrines, false doctrines are abominations rampant in many churches today. [`A hallmark of false doctrine is when we try to explain in full that which Scripture explains only in part (1 Corinthians 2:14). LKG] It is the "wine", these false doctrines, which produces anger. Anger in who? The Bible says, the woman is drunk with the blood of whom? With the saints and the followers of Jesus. Is she angry? Why is she not angry with the world? She is not angry with the world because the world drinks her wine. And when the world drinks her wine, what will they become? They will also become angry. So we read, "The fallen denominational churches are Babylon. Babylon has been fostering poisonous doctrines, the wine of error called "false prophets". This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as (1) the natural immortality of the soul, (2) the eternal torment of the wicked, (3) the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and (4) advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God's holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, 'For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.' While their will be torment for the wicked (Rev. 14:11), it will not be eternal torment. It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God's memorial." So we must know the pillars, the landmarks, the foundations of our faith. {TM 61.3}
    Some people will not drink the wine of Babylon. The whole land is going to be devoured as a result of the anger growing against the truths of God. We ought to always remember the words, "Buy the truth and sell it not ..." (Prov. 23:23). --- Now what should we do when we see this sudden change is coming that is described in Zephaniah chapter 1? Look at chapter 2, it says, "Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, before the decree is issued, [that is before this sudden change happens] before the day passes like chaff, before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you. . . Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger." (Zeph. 2:1-2) Oh, friend, will you be one of those who are hidden in the day of the Lord's anger? When all of a sudden there is a change in the way God deals with the human race? And once that change happens, this world will never be the same again. By fire and by sword the Lord will plead with all flesh and the slain of the Lord will be many. It will be the last call. It will be too late, by the way, for many Christians. -- There will be some people who will be hid. Here in Isaiah 26 it talks about this time as we draw right down to the end. Isaiah 26:20, 21, "Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain." Are you ready for that? Up until now, when people die we always bury them, even in wartime. Sometimes we make mass graves, but we bury them. But there is coming a time when they are not going to bury them anymore. There are going to be so many people dying they will not be able to bury them anymore. It is going to happen. There are some people who are going to be hid. There are going to be some people who will be delivered. This deliverance is spoken of again in Isaiah 30:29, 30, it says, "You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones." That is the seventh plague, Rev. 16:17-21.
    Is a `Sunday Law' possible in our time? May the following points be considered: 1) The immense immorality, natural disasters, and international crises appear to be lessening the distance between us and the end of time. 2) The SoP has warned that final events will break upon us suddenly or in quick succession when least expected. {9T 11 (1909); LDE 11.2} 3) The ground work has been laid with the creation of the CCT (Christian Churches Together) organization dedicated to work toward that end. 4) The 2008 visit of the head of the RCC to the US, greatly encouraged the leading men to work towards it. 5) The CCT with millions of its church members can produce results towards it and many people in this country will readily unite and lend their voices in calling for such a sweeping law. 6) The head of the RCC is not getting younger and made it his top-most goal to be the one who would bring about Sunday legislation. They are to preach, (a) the (churches) law, (b) unity among the churches, (c) not against the RC church, (d) do not reproof sin. 7) The enactment of Sunday legislation will make to them good political sense. Whichever party leads out in it will be received with great favor in later elections. The great majority of Americans would be (sadly) in favor of such an overreaching law which would bring the kind of "goodness" to the nation that preaching failed to achieve. They would approve of it, a high sounding profession of national righteousness, which requires no putting away of sin or genuine obedience to God's requirements. Such a total counterfeit of true godliness could receive the approval of Protestants, the RCC, secularists, addicts and all sorts of groups of people with only their supposed connection to the living God.

    The following list illustrates the pillars of our faith. None of these truths are found in nominal, popular "basic Christianity":

    The "Landmarks", the "Pillars" of our Faith

    1) cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary; [See here]
    2) its relation to God's people on earth;
    3) the first, second and third angel's messages; [See here]
    4) the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus; [See here and here]
    5) the temple of God in heaven and the ark containing the law of God; [See here]
    6) the Sabbath of the fourth commandment; [See here]
    7) the non-immortality of the soul. [See here and here.]

    In harmony with these distinguishing truths [combined as: (1) Christ in His sanctuary, (2) keeping God's holy Sabbath law, (3) mortality of man, (4) healthful living] she then proclaims: "Now at the present time God designs a new and fresh impetus shall be given to His work. . . ."

    [2185] On the subject of "if" or "when" to present these cutting truths of endtime events to Christians at large, we heard or read it said: "We are aligning ourselves with the secularists and the atheists rather than with our Christian friends who care about the moral deterioration in today's society and public school system. Steed ignores the fact that for more than 150 years religion was respected and its free exercise practiced in the public school system without any denominational religion becoming established in our country. It had a good moral effect on the students. - Our problem is this: Since we believe the time will come when these persecuting actions will happen, we insist on laying that guilt on current concerned Christians, without any reasonable justification for doing so. We are judging their motives and their minds on the basis of our future expectations, rather than their understandable objectives. We have no right to project on them what we believe someone will do in the future. - I would rather be their ally working for the free exercise of religion, as we did for more than a century and have them be our friends when the crunch time comes, than make them our enemies by our unjustified judgments and have no influence or weight in helping them see their error when that time comes." See also 9T 243.
    Comment: While this view attracts many and they like that to be followed, we ought to consider also the other side of the coin. If we wait to warn our friends in the other churches until `when the crunch time comes' is that way to late. It takes time to realize that a change is advisable, a change in one's beliefs. In the end things will happen fast and suddenly even. Laws are on the books; they can be enforced as to be an overwhelming surprise. We see that today, how quickly and often behind the scenes things can change. Unless you or your Christian friends in other churches are always glued to the news, you will not be able to even realize how far gone time has. - As for me, that is much too dangerous a position to be in. I believe we must act now and sow the seeds of the truths for these endtimes everywhere and let God do the appealing and changing of hearts. Let no one assume the idea that, `oh, I am holding the winds back,' when they should warn of them. - - By the way, it seems that we are currently flooded by immigrants from the south, from Asia and probably many other places. We are edged on by followers of Arabia everywhere. We are far gone already. We do not have much time at all. The only good thing of all those immigrants arriving which ever way, is that they have a chance to hear the truth (assuming someone will present it to them) and hopefully let their folks at home know about it so some honest of heart can be saved. So use your language and communication skills to further the gospel.

    [2200] What about those who may ask, `What is the difference between Seventh Day Baptists and Seventh Day Adventists?' - Well, briefly we me say, one difference is, that we cannot separate the Sabbath from the Third Angel's Message of Revelation 14. If we "... separate the Sabbath from the message it loses its force and power, but the Sabbath connected with the message of the third angel and the testimony of Jesus--the whole taken together--cannot be overthrown. They have a power and force which affects and convicts the unbeliever and infidel and brings them out with some strength to stand and live and grow and flourish." [Ms 3, 1862, pp. 4, 5. ("The Cause in Wisconsin," circa 1862.) -- 5MR 295.4.]

    [2002] Cmpr. DHCWL, p. 179.

    [2205] EW 71; 1T 608,609. The group of scriptures which underscore the word of the Lord, who will be able to stand, "Who can endure the day of His coming?" Mal. 3:2, are at least these,

    1. "For the great day of His wrath has come and who is able to stand?" Rev. 6:17.
    2. "For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible, who can endure it?" Joel 2:11.
    3. "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" Isa. 33:14.
    4. "Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?" Ps. 15:1.
    5. "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?" Ps. 24:3.

    What is the answer? The answer is, "He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who depises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil." Isa. 33:15; Hebr. 12:14, 28,29; 1.John 3:3; Eph. 5:25-27; Titus 2:11-14.
    Bumper Sticker Christianity: Some bumper stickers epitomize the sorry state of Christianity. You may have seen some of them. They may say proudly, "I'm not perfect, just forgiven." "Honk if you love Jesus." "If you love Jesus, tithe, anyone can honk." But the religion of Jesus goes far beyond that. Jesus says, "If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. The Book of Revelation tells as clear as the noonday sun, that God's people will keep His commandments, and that Satan will hate them for that, Rev. 12:17; 14:12; 22:14. - You see, God's Law was not nailed to the cross. We are commanded to "Fear God", Rev. 14:7, that means we obey God's commands implicitly because of the great love He has for us, saving us as we converted, even so we sinned greatly. Superficial religion will leave you lost in this world. Acts 3:19-26 tells the world what God is waiting for to happen, to see genuine sorrow for sin, turn away from it and gain victory over sin in cooperation with what God does for us, unlike to what the priests of Baal wanted to see happen. Not wanting to countenance the Sabbath, some may preach about the powerful message in the last eight verses of the Gospel of Mark, instead of preaching about the powerful message of the whole last chapter of Mark.

    [2240] The image of a millstone is several times used in the Bible as an instrument of violence and death. In Revelation 18:22 (Jer. 51:64) it may indicate that the usual sounds of daily life at a mill, when people reflect and recount stories out of their life, if they reject salvation, turning to God, even though they had the opportunity to accept, it is a wasted life, for man must remember that we are dust and only the power of the gospel of Christ in cooperation with our choosing Him daily can transform us into people who shall have life more abundantly.

    [2250] The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. The 3rd angel's message Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan. This position denotes His supreme power and authority over the whole earth. The controversy had waxed stronger and more determined from age to age, and will continue to do so, to the concluding scenes when the masterly working of the powers of darkness shall reach their height. Satan, united with evil men, will deceive the whole world and the churches who receive not the love of the truth. But the mighty angel demands attention. He cries with a loud voice. He is to show the power and authority of His voice to those who have united with Satan to oppose the truth. - God's love for His church is infinite ... He will purify His church even as He purified the temple at the beginning and close of His ministry on earth. {7BC 971.3; MH, 254.3; 9T 228; Mt. 21;12; Mk. 11:15; Dan. 8:14}
    There is no power in the whole Satanic force that can disable the soul that trusts in simple confidence, in the wisdom that comes from God. - For Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who finds refuge in that mighty name. {Y.I., 12-15-1898, 4; MS 15, 1908}
    The three angels' messages are to be combined, giving their threefold light to the world. In the Revelation, John says, "I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." [Rev. 18:2-5 quoted.] This represents the giving of the last and threefold message of warning to the world (MS 52, 1900). {7BC 985.6}

    [2260] Said the angel, "The third angel is binding, or sealing, them in bundles for the heavenly garner." This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe trials and conflicts. And it appeared as if the sun had just risen from behind a cloud and shone upon their countenances, causing them to look triumphant, as if their victories were nearly won. {EW 88.3}
    I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, "Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention." {EW 118.1}

    [2280] See 6T 70.4.; GC 390.

    [2330] Ellen White commented on the wine, saying: "When faithful teachers expound the word of God, there arise men of learning, ministers professing to understand the Scriptures, who denounce sound doctrine as heresya, and thus turn away inquirers after truth. Were it not that the world is hopelessly intoxicated with the wine of Babylon, multitudes would be convicted and converted by the plain, cutting truths of the word of God. But religious faith appears so confused and discordant that the people know not what to believe as truth. The sin of the world's impenitence lies at the door of the church." {GC 389}
    The wine causes people to say, `I am not even trying to find the truth, there are so many belief system disagreeing with each other, I don't think we can ever find the truth.' If preachers would teach the Bible, letting it interpret itself, then truth can be found and people would not be intoxicated with false doctrines. We ought to always strive to put into our heart not so much what we read into Bible, but rather what speaks out of it into our ears and eyes as we study it diligently.
    [The definition of heresy (a Greek word itself) is: (a) "Heresy means selected truth; it does not mean error; heresy and error are very different things. Heresy is truth pushed into undue importance, to the disparagement of the truth upon the other side. Heresy is an act of choice, the picking and choosing of a part, instead of comprehensively embracing the whole truth." {Strong's Concordance, p. 800; #139.}]
    (b) "Heresy is that which is chosen, a chosen course of thought and action; hence one's chosen opinion, tenet - an opinion varying from the true exposition of the Christian faith." [Thayer's `Greek Lexicon.']

    [2550] In the Bible the number `seven' stands for completeness. There are many references to `sevens', while the number `six' falls short. The `number of the beast' is presented in the Book of Daniel and Revelation as a human number which is stated to be 666. We find it referenced for the first time in Daniel 3:1, albeit in a somewhat hidden way. We read, "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was 60 cubits, and the breadth thereof 6 cubits ...". These numbers seem to add up to either 606 or 66. Of course we should not assume that this image was as thin as paper, that is, it was not two dimensional, and so we may not be far off to assume that it was also 6 cubits deep. Using this information we get the satisfactory rendition of 666 right here in the Book of Daniel in a compelling way. In Revelation 14:18 we are informed that the number 666 is the number of a man. In this connection we also remember that King Nebuchadnezzar was living like a beast for seven years. His history and that of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Dan. 1:7), are a type of the end time when the beast power sets up an image to destroy those who do not bow down to it and the people of God are saved on the same basis as these three young man in Babylon - they remained true, sealed, to God. - Satan, a being which causes the beast power to compel people to commit crimes against humanity and God, goes about it again until the end of time. There are then only two parties in our world, those who are loyal to God, and those who stand under the banner of darkness. The last message will wake up those who are honest, and the plagues of Revelation those who are not.
    The Bible specifies that the number of the beast is based on its name (not its mark) and that this name is a blasphemous name, Rev. 13:1, 6, 17. Its name must be of a Roman power, whose numbers were derived from their Latin alphabet. Therefore, we cannot use names of just anybody whose name might add up to 666. Emperor Nero is out, because he was only one. His successors names or titles did not add up to 666. It must be a succession of title bearers who constitute that power for 1260 years. The name must belong to (1) a Roman power of the (2) Latin period. The leaders of this horn beast religious system have been pursuing their career for many centuries. It is no secret. They called themselves in the past, and probably today, in a more hidden way, the `Representatives of Jesus Christ on earth', which in Latin is `VICARIVS FILII DEI'. Since in Latin numerals are made up of letters of the alphabet, V=5, I=1, C=100, L=50, D=500, this, their most exalted title, adds up to exactly: 5+ 1+ 100+ 1+ 5+ 1+ 50+ 1+ 1+ 500+ 1= 666. The same number we deduced from Daniel 3:1. The biblical criteria for the number of the beast is that it is "the number of his name." (Rev. 13:17) and that it is (3) a blasphemous name (therefore not just any name) arising out of the 4th beast, Roman system, "I ... saw a beast rise up ... and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." (Rev. 13:1) We learn here that all the heads (a succession of heads), not just one, of this beast bear that name which means or intends to replace God on earth. -- This interpretation is also supported in recent times. We read, "The bishops, as vicars and legates of Christ, govern the particular churches assigned to them by their counsels, exhortations and example, but over and above that also by the authority and sacred power which indeed they exercise exclusively for the spiritual development of their flock in truth and holiness, keeping in mind that he who is greater should become as the lesser, and he who is the leader as the servant (cf. Lk. 22:26-27). This power, which they exercise personally in the name of Christ, is proper, ordinary and immediate, although its exercise is ultimately controlled by the supreme authority of the Church and can be confined within certain limits should the usefulness of the Church and the faithful require that." [Austin Flannery, Editor, Vatican II, Vol. I, ch. III, `The church is hierarchical', §27, p. 382,383.; See also Edward Manning, Archbishop of Westminster, 1865, Cardinal 1875 and his book, `The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ', underlining that popes used that title.; And Pope John Paul II. book entitled, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 3 where he writes, "The leader of the Catholic Church is defined by the faith as the Vicar of Jesus Christ (and is accepted as such by believers). The Leader is considered the man on earth, who represents the `Son of God' on earth, who `takes the place' of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity."]
    What constitutes the real power of the European religion? What is the secret of its real character? Why are so many people in all nations around the world attracted to this power? The reason why these many are attracted to the Roman power can be expressed in one brief paragraph, here it is, " They must have some means of quieting their consciences; and they seek that which is least spiritual and humiliating. What they desire is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method of remembering him. They are well adapted to meet the wants of all these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind, embracing nearly the whole world, - those who would be saved by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here is the secret of its power." {GC, 572.2} The only sin, Rome cannot tolerate - in their thinking - is the trespass of reproving sin - for they want to be able to sin. That she does her work in secrecy is shown by the words of John when he writes, "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy ..." Rev. 17:3, at the same time as she is interacting with the nations.
    The blasphemies include: Claim of infallibility (only God is infallible, James 1:17; Acts 1:3; Jh. 6:33, 63; Prov. 5:3, 21), that he can depose and install kings (only God can do that, 1. Sam 28:17; Jer. 1:10; Dan. 2:44, 47; 4:14; 5:18; 1. Cor. 15:23, 24; 2.Chr. 13:5), that he is the judge of all (Jesus is the Judge, Hebr. 12:23; Jh. 5:27; Acts 10:36, 42; Rom. 14:10; 2. Cor 5:10).
    Comparing the "beast" and the "little horn."

    1. (a) The "little horn" has the "eyes of man." Dan. 7:8.
      (b) The "beast" has the "number of a man", Rev. 13:18.
    2. (a) The "little horn" "wears out the saints of the Most High," Dan. 7:25.
      (b) The "beast" also "makes war with the saints," Rev. 13:7.
    3. (a) The "little horn" speaks "great words against the Most High," Dan. 7:25.
      (b) The "beast" also "Opened his mouth in blasphemy against God," Rev. 13:6.
    4. (a) The "little horn" comes up among the ten horns, Dan. 7:8.
      (b) The "beast" receives its "power, seat, and great authority" from Rome (after the ten divisions were formed), Rev. 13:2. - All of it together shows, it is Antichrist.

    [2906] The "seven Spirits" are discussed and work on a new article.

    [2910] Laodicea in Greek is made up of `lao' which means "people" and `dicea' comes from the Greek word `dike' (Strong's #1349) and/or `dikas' which means `judge, right, justice, a decision or execution, determine, judgment. While some may say that Laodicea means lukewarm that adjective describes more what its condition, its characteristic is according to Revelation 3:14-22. However, the Greek meaning of the word is `judging the people.' - In a spelling contest the young lady, Kavia S., who was able to spell `L-a-o-d-i-c-e-a-n', won the contest; albeit she was taught that `Laodicean' means lukewarm (Heard in the news May 29, 2009).

    [2930] The `lukewarm' condition of the church of Laodicea, which is neither hot nor cold - she is lukewarm in everything - to which God in His word is so opposed, for Laodicea's self-righteousness and works of the law are so nauseating to the Lord that he will spit us out. The four reasons are: (1) hypocrisy: That means our human flesh, our sinful nature is 100% sinful, Rom 7:18. Therefore, when we try to imitate God and His righteousness, that is hypocrisy. Paul calls it "a fair show in the flesh", Gal. 6:12. In the church of Galatia the issue was circumcision, for us it could be dress, diet or such. A dress reform is strongly indicated among us today, Zeph. 1:8. Now some want to include Sabbath keeping, but that is a known commanded law of God. It is nothing peripheral. It is not Pharisaic to keep the Sabbath, unless someone burdens it with later, self-willed Jewish laws. So, the principle of this type of hypocrisy of added laws is the same. It is the flesh trying to be good and to show others how good it can be. In other words, you do not elevate Christ by wearing of ties and elegant suits, you just are modest then.; (2) self-righteousness, doing the right things for the wrong reasons.; (3) works of the law, unbelief. Now this is somewhat different today. In the time of Christ on earth, the law referenced then were largely the bylaws, the Talmud and many other Jewish law writings and how they interpreted God's law, thus making their interpretations more important than the plain words. (4) denying Christ. Works of the law deny Christ and His righteousness, Gal 5:4. Briefly stated, they wanted to be saved by faith plus works. It means, should faith plus works purchase the gift of salvation for anyone, then the Creator is under obligation to the creature. Here is an opportunity for falsehood to be accepted as truth. - - This is where the RCC has gone wrong for they teach that a person is saved by faith plus penance. After confession to a human priest, their members have to do penance.

    [2989] Opening the flood gates may very well mean that at some point not far distant, God's holy day, who we worship and who we obey, His historical test for all His people, will be agitated in the world. The Bible says that "worship" is the trigger that brings persecution, Mt. 4:9; 1.Pt. 5:8. One could conceive of scenarios how this may come about, but that it must come about may be the background to the 3rd angel's message. But the current cardinal of the highest court said, `Christians are in a war and they are to stand up for the natural moral law (i.e. Catholic law).' He speaks of persecution of Christians - insinuating Cath. Christians - when they know it will come to those who keep God's 7th day Sabbath holy for violating the law enforcing Sunday - the mark of Rome.

    [2990] Lorenz, Felix A., The Only Hope, p. 106-111.

    [2995] On the question of who is Michael the Arch Angel we believe that it is just one more of many titles of Jesus Christ, whose pre-existence is supported by John 17:5; Micah 5:2; John 1:1,2. The Greek word `beginning' without the article includes the most remote time we can imagine, before the creation of anything, Jh. 1:3, before any other beginning in eternities past. That means `the beginning' in Gen. 1:1 refers to the beginning of this world. John 1:1-4 refers to `the beginning of all things' and therefore precedes (antedates) `the beginning' of Gen.1:1. In other words, these scriptures indicate, when everything that had a beginning began, the `Word' already `was.' {Jh. 1:15; 8:58; 17:24; Phil. 2:6-8; Col. 1:17; Hebr. 1:8}
    But Christ has many attributes and names in the scriptural record. Christ's attributes include: (1) omnipresence: Mt. 18:20; 28:20; Psalm 139: 7-12; (2) omnipotence: Mt. 28:18; Jh. 1:3; 17:2; 1.Cor. 1:24; Eph. 1:20,22; (3) omniscience: Col. 2:2,3; (4) immutability: Hebr. 13:8.
    Christ's Names: Christ is called (1) God: Isa. 9:6; Lk. 1:35; (2) Son of God: Mt. 16:16,17; Mark 1:1; Lk. 1:35; Jh. 5:24,25; (3) Lord: Lk. 2:11; Jh. 20:28; Acts 4:33; (4) Other names and titles: Acts 7:59; Hebr. 1. Jh. 5:20; Rev. 1:17; Rev. 3:14.
    The Functions of the Godhead and Jesus' close relationship with His Father: John chapters 14 to 17, espec. Jh. 14:6,28; 15:10. The `Father is greater than I', for the Father is electing, loving, bestowing: Before his incarnation, Jesus "thought it not robbery to be equal with God", Phil. 2:6; Jh. 1:1-3; for Jesus is redeeming, upholding in the universe. After his crucifixion God "highly exalted Him", and gave him "a name which is above every name," Phil. 2:9; Hebr. 1:3,8. But during his incarnation Jesus voluntarily laid aside the independent exercise of his divine authority and prerogatives. For that period his life was wholly under the direction and power of the Father, since Christ knew from the Thora what his work must be and what he must experience. Now he had the form of a servant, Phil. 2:7. And the Holy Spirit is regenerating, indwelling, satisfying, energetic and sanctifying
    Michael the archangel: Were it not for other Scripture references, which present Him in another relationship, one might at first conclude that Christ was a created being, as are the angels in general. But there are indications, we believe, which reveal His real status like, He serves as supreme leader of the angelic hosts.
    Christ in relationship to the angelic hosts: (1) Angels are created beings, messengers, and are not worshiped: Col. 1:16; 2:18; Rev. 19:10; Hebr. 1:13,14. - But Christ has a more excellent name "than the angels" (Hebr. 1:4). He has "a name which is above every name", Phil. 2:9. The angels are subject to Him: 1.Peter 3:22; They bow before Him, Phil. 2:10; and worship Him, Hebr. 1:6. Angels refuse the worship of men, Rev. 22:8,9.
    Christ the Prince of Princes: This we find in Dan. 8:25. It appears that `Prince of Princes' is the same as `Prince of the host', Dan. 8:11; who is also called `Michael your prince', Dan. 10:21, `the great prince', Dan. 10:21; who is also `Messiah the Prince', Dan. 9:25.
    Michael and Archangel as Titles of our Lord: In Greek `arche' means `beginning', i.e. `beginning rule, principality (1.Cor. 15:24; Eph. 1:21); also the `alpha and omega, the beginning.' Rev. 21:6; 22:13. All the time Christ was on earth as man, He was at the same time God manifested in the flesh, 1.Tim. 4:10. He was also revealed as the leader of the hosts of angels without equating Him with angels as created beings, Joshua 5:14. That means the hosts of the Lord are under the command of a divine being worthy of worship, and whose presence makes a place holy, Josh. 5:15. We believe this divine Being was Jesus Christ.
    Micheal in Jude 9: Jude wrote his epistle letter to combat a heresy that had invaded the early church. The corrupt teachings he fought were: (1) libertinism and (2) antinomianism. When followed out in life these concepts would lead to depravity and revolting immorality - he references the rebellion of Korah (v. 11), Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 7) and probably Cain (v. 15). He also references the rebellion of `angels'. It was not Jude's purpose to identify Michael except to call attention to the fact that He was the archangel. His reference to Michael is by way of contrast; the contrast between those who brought a railing accusation, and Michael who would not do so. On the one hand he contrasts those `filthy dreamers' who `despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities', with Michael, the archangel, on the other hand. Michael is a heavenly being even when in dispute with the prince of evil, though there was just reason for doing so, `durst not" bring a railing accusation. This is the contrast: They, mere men, so despised authority as to rail against those in high authority: whereas Michael, the archangel, would not act that way even when disputing with Satan, Jude 9; Zech. 3:2 (the speaker is here the angel of the Lord in v. 1 but in v. 2 it is expressly the "Lord" who speaks. Here we find the `angel of the Lord' equated with Jehovah Himself, and it is He who says to Satan, `the Lord rebuke thee,' which is in Jude another of His titles, namely "Michael."
    The Account of Manoah and the Angel of the Lord: The Bible teaches several times about the angel of the Lord (Gen. 16:7-11; 22:11,15; Ex. 3:2; Num. 22:22-27, 31-35; Judg. 2:1,4,5; 5:23; 6:1,12,21,22; 13:3,13-21; 2.Sam. 24:16; 1Ki. 19:7; 2Ki. 1:3,15; 19:35; 1Chr. 21:12,15-18; 1Chr. 21:30; Ps. 34:7; 35:5,6; Zech. 1:11,12; 3:1-6; 12:8; Mt. 1:20,24; 2:13,19; 28:2; Acts 5:19; 7:30; 8:26; 12:7,23,59; 37:36 -- some ca. 24 separate incidents). But in Judges 13:17,18 Manoah asked "the angel of the Lord", `What is thy name?' And the angel of the Lord said to him, "Why do you want to know my name? It is a name of wonder." GNB
    It may be instructive to compare this with Revelation 19:11,12 where we read, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself." From this we may know that Manoah and John saw or met the same `angel of the Lord' who, according to Rev. 19, the `Second Coming' chapter, verse 11 must be Jesus Christ Himself.
    Conclusion: Jesus uses a number of names in the Biblical record for the various functions and goals he pursues. There is no need to be so dogmatic and rule out that Michael was Christ.
    How you can hear the 3 Angels Messages: Pastor Bohr here and Kenneth Cox here, but be careful about who you listen to for there seem to be many diverse voices which may lead astray. We have only written presentations in English and German so far.

    [3000] Towards some approximate definitions of certain words. Click on the choices to see various definitions. (1) `abominations', 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; (2) `harlot', 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.


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