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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 14-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 8

LAW AND ORDER THE REAL ISSUE-part 2-

SIN NO LONGER SINFUL

WHEREVER the divine precepts are rejected, sin ceases to appear sinful or righteousness desirable. Those who refuse to submit to the government of God are wholly unfitted to govern themselves.  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. While scoffing at the credulity of those who obey the requirements of God, the multitudes eagerly accept the delusions of Satan.  They give the rein to lust and practice the sins which have called down judgments upon the heathen.

SOCIETY IN DISARRAY

ALREADY the doctrine that men are released from obedience to God’s requirements has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon the world. Lawlessness, dissipation, and corruption are sweeping in upon us like an overwhelming tide.  In the family, Satan is at work.  His banner waves, even in professedly Christian households.  There is envy, evil surmising, hypocrisy, estrangement, emulation, strife, betrayal of sacred trusts, and indulgence of lust.  The whole system of religious principles and doctrines, which should form the foundation and framework of social life, seems to be a tottering mass, ready to fall to ruin.

The vilest of criminals, when thrown into prison for their offenses, are often made the recipients of gifts and attentions as if they had attained an enviable distinction. Great publicity is given to their character and crimes. The press publishes the revolting details of vice, thus initiating others into the practice of fraud, robbery, and murder; and Satan exults in the success of his hellish schemes.  The infatuation of vice, the wanton taking of life, the terrible increase of intemperance and iniquity of every order and degree, should arouse all who fear God, to inquire what can be done to stay the tide of evil.

SCRIPTURES NOW REJECTED

THE iniquity and spiritual darkness that prevailed under the supremacy of Rome were the inevitable result of her suppression of the Scriptures; but where is to be found the cause of the widespread infidelity, the rejection of the Law of God, and the consequent corruption, under the full blaze of gospel light in an age of religious freedom? Now that Satan can no longer keep the world under his control by withholding the Scriptures, he resorts to other means to accomplish the same object.  To destroy faith in the Bible serves his purpose as well as to destroy the Bible itself.  By introducing the belief that God’s law is not binding, he as effectually leads men to transgress as if they were wholly ignorant of its precepts.  And now- as if former ages, he has worked through the church to further his designs.  The religious organizations of the day have refused to listen to unpopular truths plainly brought to view in the Scriptures, and in combating them they have adopted interpretations and taken positions which have sown broadcast the seeds of skepticism.

Clinging to the papal error of natural immortality and man’s consciousness in death, they have rejected the only defense against the delusions of Spiritualism.  The doctrine of eternal torment has led many to disbelieve the Bible.  And as the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon the people, it is found that the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath s enjoined; and as the only way to free themselves from a duty which they are unwilling to perform, many popular teachers declare that the Law of God is no longer binding.  Thus they cast away the law and the Sabbath together.  As the work of Sabbath reform extends, this rejection of the Divine Law to avoid the claims of the fourth commandment will become well-nigh universal.

 

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 13-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 7

LAW AND ORDER THE REAL ISSUE-part 1-

FROM the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the Law of God.  To deceive men, and thus lead them to transgress God’s law, is the object which he has steadfastly pursued. Whether it be accomplished by casting aside the law altogether, or by rejecting one of its precepts, the result will be ultimately the same.  He that offends in one point,” manifests contempt for the whole law; his influence and example are on the side of transgression; he becomes “guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

In seeking to cast contempt upon the divine statutes, Satan has perverted the doctrines of the Bible, and errors have thus become incorporated into the faith of thousands who profess to believe the Scriptures.  The last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle of the long-standing controversy concerning the Law of God.  Upon this battle we are now entering-a battle between the laws of men and the precepts of Jehovah, between the religion of the Bible and the religion of fable and tradition.

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INFIDELITY prevails to an alarming extent, not in the world merely, but in the church. Many have come to deny doctrines which are the very pillars of the Christian faith.  The great facts of Creation as presented by the inspired writers, the Fall of man, the atonement, and the perpetuity of the Law of God, are practically rejected, either wholly or in part, by a large share of the professedly Christian world.  Many ministers are teaching their people, and many professors and teachers are instructing their students, that the Law of God has been changed or abrogated; and those who regard its requirements as still valid, to be literally obeyed, are thought to be deserving only of ridicule or contempt.

DOCTRINAL IDOLATRY

IN rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the Law of God, they deny the authority of the Lawgiver. It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone. By misrepresenting the attributes of God, Satan leads men to conceive of Him in a false character.  With many, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His Word, in Christ, and in the works of creation, is worshiped by but few.  Thousands deify nature while they deny the God of nature. 

Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian world today as verily as it existed among ancient Israel in the days of Elijah.  The god of many professedly wise men, of philosophers, poets, politicians, journalists- the god of polished fashionable circles, of many colleges and universities, even of some theological institutions- is little better than Baal,  the sun-god of Phoenicia.

No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more directly opposed to the dictates of reason, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that Gods’ Law is no longer binding upon men.  Suppose that prominent ministers were publicly to teach that the statutes which govern their land and protect the rights of its citizens were not obligatory-that they restricted the liberties of the people, and therefore ought not to be obeyed; how long would such men be tolerated in the pulpit? But is it a graver offense to disregard the laws of states and nations than to trample upon those divine precepts which are the foundation of all government?

 

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 10-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 4-

THE DARKNESS DEEPENS

The advancing centuries witnessed a constant increase of error in the doctrines put forth from Rome.  Even before the establishment of the Papacy the teachings of heathen philosophers had received attention and exerted an influence in the church.  Many who professed conversion still clung to the tenets of their pagan philosophy, and not only continued its study themselves, but urged it upon others as a means of extending their influence among the heathen.  Serious errors were thus introduced into the Christian faith.  Prominent among these was the belief in man’s natural immortality and his consciousness in death. This doctrine laid the foundation upon which Rome established the invocation of saints and the adoration of the Virgin Mary. From it sprang also the heresy of eternal torment for the finally impenitent, which was early incorporated into the papal faith.

Then the way was prepared for the introduction of still another invention of paganism, which Rome named purgatory, and employed to terrify the credulous and superstitious multitudes.  By this heresy is affirmed the existence of a place of torment, in which the souls of such as have not merited eternal damnation are to suffer punishment for their sins, and from which, when freed from impurity, they are admitted to heaven.

THE FINANCIAL ANGLE

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but is Jesus Christ, hidden under a veil of flesh”-The Catholic National, July, 1895- ????

Still another fabrication was needed to enable Rome to profit by the fears and the vices of her adherents.  This was supplied by the doctrine of indulgences. Full remission of sins, past, present, and future, and release from all the pains and penalties incurred, were promised to all who would enlist in the pontiff’s wars to extend his temporal dominion, to punish his enemies, or to exterminate those who dared deny his spiritual supremacy.  The people were also taught that by the payment of money to the church they might free themselves from sin, and also release the souls of their deceased friends who were confined in the tormenting flames.  By such means did Rome fill her coffers and sustain the magnificence, luxury, and vice of the pretended representatives of Him who had not where to lay His head.

THE CREATOR CREATED

The scriptural ordinance of the Lord’s Supper had been supplanted by the idolatrous sacrifice of the Mass.  Papal priests pretended, by their senseless mummery, to convert the simple bread and wine into the actual “body and blood of Christ”- Cardinal Wiseman, “The Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Eucharist, Proved From Scripture”, lecture 8, sec.3, par.26. With blasphemous presumption, they openly claimed the power of creating God, the Creator of all things.  Christians were required, on pain of death, to avow their faith in this horrible, Heaven-insulting heresy. Multitudes that refused were given to the flames.

 

 

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