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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 28-

WHAT TO DO NOW-part 2-

THE NEW BIRTH

WITH an earthy friend we make connection with a look for a touch.  With Jesus we make union with our thoughts. You believe God’s Word.  You believe with the heart.  See Romans 10:10. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Then the faith of Jesus comes by studying God’s Word.  See Revelation 14:12.  We must study to show ourselves approved unto God, and then obey present truth.  See 2 Timothy 2:15.  Then that Word (in your heart) begins the new life which is the “new birth”.  See 1 Peter 1:23.  Then, keep drinking the milk of the Word, and so, “grow”.  See 1 Peter 2:2. DO NOT WAIT FOR SOME FEELING. TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD, NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL.

CLEANSED NOW

BY LOVING obedience to God’s commandments, our love for Him is expressed. “And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:3-5). Whatever you want, ask God for it, then thank God for it. Now it is yours.  See Mark 11:24.  Of course you must ask according to God’s will.  See 1 John 5:14-15.

God says, “I will cleanse you.” “I will give you a new heart.” “I will put my Spirit in you”  (Ezekiel 36: 25-27).

Ask Him to do it. Thank Him that it is done, because He promised.  Confess your sins to Him.  Ask him to forgive you.  Thank Him that He has done it. (1 John 1:9, Matthew 7: 7, 11; Philippians 4:6, 19.  The Bible is full of promises –all yours, regarding this simple plan.

WALK WITH CHRIST

DOES God want you, dear reader, to be His child? The answer is YES, YES, YES! Now the question is, Do you, dear reader, want to be God’s child? If your answer is Yes, then by the authority of God’s Word, you are a child of God. Put your hand into His and stay with Him.” THOU WILT KEEPS HIM IN PERFECT PEACE, WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: BECAUSE HE TRUSTETH IN THEE.  TRUST YE IN THE LORD FOR EVER: FOR IN THE LORD JEHOVAH IS EVERLASTING STRENGTH” (ISAIAH 26: 3-4)

READER: WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 27-

WHAT TO DO NOW-part 1-

AT THIS point let us change our focus from past history, and the crisis that lies just ahead, and consider the heart of the matter.

You can be God’s child just now –this very minute- if you will.  God has already done all that a God can do, until you accept what He has done.  God loved you so much “that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

ENABLING POWER

HAVE you received that gift? All who receive Him are given power to be God’s children.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).  You belong to God.  He made you.  So you are also His by creation. He redeemed you. So you are His by redemption.  But He will not take you by force; you must choose to be his; you must acknowledge His rights, and your relationship. When you yield to Him, then you are His.  See Romans 6:16.  Just the minute that you surrender your life to His guidance, that minute He takes control.  Then it is a minute-by-minute walk with God.  Led by Him, you are His child.  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

Do you know that sin is the transgression of God’s Law? “Whosoever commiteth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).  See also Romans 5:13 and 7:7.

Do you know that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord? “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3). See also Exodus 20:8-11.

THE NEW BIRTH

WITH an earthy friend we make connection with a look for a touch.  With Jesus we make union with our thoughts. You believe God’s Word.  You believe with the heart.  See Romans 10:10. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Then the faith of Jesus comes by studying God’s Word.  See Revelation 14:12.  We must study to show ourselves approved unto God, and then obey present truth.  See 2 Timothy 2:15.  Then that Word (in your heart) begins the new life which is the “new birth”.  See 1 Peter 1:23.  Then, keep drinking the milk of the Word, and so, “grow”.  See 1 Peter 2:2. DO NOT WAIT FOR SOME FEELING. TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD, NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL.

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 26-

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD-part 2-

SATAN PERSONATES CHRIST

AS THE crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ.  The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes.  Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation.  Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld.

The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: “Christ has come!” The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth.  His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody.  In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changes de Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed.

He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth.  This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is “the great power of God” (Acts 8:10).

DETECTING THE DECEIVER

BUT the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures.  His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God’s unmingled wrath shall be poured out.

And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ’s advent.  The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, the shall deceive the very elect…Where fore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth, behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting.  It will be universally known-witnessed by the Whole World.

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THE BIBLE ONLY

ONLY those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive.  By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise.  To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed.  Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His Word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day.  He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 25-

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD

THROUGH Spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the race, healing the diseases of the people, and professing to present a new and more exalted system of religious faith; but at the same time he works as a destroyer.  His temptations are leading multitudes to ruin. Intemperance dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow.  Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood.  It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God. Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls.

He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer.  But the Christian world have shown contempt for the Law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would- He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His Law and teaching and forcing others to do the same.  Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard.  He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them.

While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation.

TROUBLERS IDENTIFIED

AND then the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these evils.  The class that has provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God’s commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity. 

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.

Sunday is our mark of authority. The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact” (The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923)

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 24-

WHERE DID SATAN, THE SOWER OF EVIL, COME FROM?-part 2-

CLOTHED WITH MYSTERY

SATAN had been so highly honored, and all his acts were so clothed with mystery, that it was difficult to disclose to the angels the true nature of his work.  Until fully developed, sin would not appear the evil thing it was. Heretofore it had had no place in the universe of God, and holy beings had no conception of its nature and malignity.  They could not discern the terrible consequences that would result from setting aside the Divine Law.  In His dealing with sin, God could employ only righteousness and truth.  Satan could use what God could not-flattery and deceit. 

The discord which his own course had caused in heaven, Satan charged upon the law and government of God.  All evil he declared to be the result of the divine administration.  He claimed that it was his own object to improve upon the statutes of Jehovah. Therefore it was necessary that he should demonstrate the nature of his claims, and show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. His own work must condemn him. Satan had claimed from the first that he was not in rebellion. He must have time to manifest himself by his wicked works. The whole universe must see the deceiver unmasked.

THE SAME SPIRIT

THE same spirit that prompted rebellion in heaven still inspires rebellion on earth.  Satan has continued with men the same policy which he pursued with the angels. By the same misrepresentation of the character of God as he had practiced in heaven, causing Him to be regarded as severe and tyrannical, Satan induced man to sin. And having succeeded thus far, he declared that God’s unjust restriction had led to man’s Fall, as they had led to his own rebellion. God gave an evidence of His love by yielding up His only begotten Son to die for the fallen race.  In the atonement the character of God is revealed. The mighty argument of the cross demonstrates to the whole universe that the course of sin which Lucifer had chosen was in no wise chargeable upon the government of God.

MORE THAN REDEMPTION

IT WAS not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die.  He came to “magnify the Law” and to “make it honorable”. Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the Law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s Law is unchangeable.  Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable.

In the final execution of the judgment it will be seen that no cause for sin exists.  The cross of Calvary, while it declares the Law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death.  In the Savior’s expiring cry, “It is finished”, the death knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was the decided, and the final eradication of evil was made certain.  The whole universe will have become witnesses to the nature and results of sin.

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 23-

WHERE DID SATAN, THE SOWER OF EVIL, COME FROM?-part 1-

THE ORIGIN OF SIN

TO many minds the origin of sin and the reason for its existence are a source of great perplexity. They see the work of evil, with its terrible results of woe and desolation, and they question how all this can exist under the sovereignty of One who is infinite in wisdom, in power, and in love.  It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence. Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin to make fully manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all His dealings with evil.  Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given.  Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin.  Our only definition of sin is that given in the Word of God; it is the transgression of the law”.

GOD’S LOVE VERSUS PRIDE

THE law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created being depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love-homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character.  He takes no pleasure in a force allegiance and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service.  But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom.  Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven.  Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. See Ezekiel 28:12-15.

Lucifer might have remained in favor with God, beloved and honored by all the angelic host, exercising his noble powers to bless others and to glorify his Maker.  But, says the prophet, Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Ezekiel 28:17).  Little by little, Lucifer came to indulge a desire for self-exaltation. “Thou hast said,…I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of His creatures, it was Lucifer’s endeavor to win their service and homage to himself. And coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield.

The Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power an authority with the Father.  I all the councils of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was not permitted thus to enter into the divine purposes. “Why”, questions this mighty angel, “should Christ have the supremacy? Why He is thus honored above Lucifer?

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 22-

THE MARK OF THE BEAST-par 3-

THE FEARFUL THREATENING

THE most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortal is contained in the third angel’s message. That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of God unmingled with mercy.  Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of God’s judgments, that all may know why they are to be inflicted, and have opportunity to escape them.  It is represented in the prophecy as being proclaimed with a loud voice, by an angel flying in the midst of heaven; and it will command the attention of the world.

TWO CLASSES DEVELOP

IN THE issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes-those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark. Although church and state will unite their power to compel “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation 13:6), to receive “the mark of the beast”, yet the people of God will not receive it.  The prophet of Patmos beholds “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” (Revelation 15:2-3).

“The observance of Sunday by Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church”. (Monsignor Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today-page 213)

THE TWO GREAT ERRORS

THROUGH the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of Spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.  The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.

The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable.  Church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of Spiritualism.  Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded.  Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.

 

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