Part Three: WP4.6 Preparation for Time of Trouble

All the world will wonder after the beast whose deadly wound is healed by October 31st 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This will fulfill Bible prophecy in the closing chapter of earth's history when all the world accepts the pope as the leader who gathered people of all faith under his one world religion ecumenical movement.

WP4.6 Preparation for Time of Trouble

The time of trouble as never was must precedes the Second Coming of Christ. Having the Faith of Christ, is the only Hope of Glory

4.6 The Invitation  (Posted Jan 1, 2017, reviewed on 4th)

In His discourse (at the last supper) to the disciples, Jesus made no mournful allusion to His own sufferings and death. His last legacy to them was a legacy of peace. He said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  {DA 672.2} In case the composite picture of the Passover message (par 4.1) has hidden the forewarning of persecution, it will need to be taken up as preparation for the time of trouble, the peak of the persecution where God will finally confine Satan when he fills up the cup of God’s wrath. Jesus has given His peace. We know that as peacemaker, seventh blessing in the Beatitude, we shall be “called the children of God” (Mat 5:9). The martyrs have secured their place in heaven (eighth blessing). For the living children of God is the ninth blessing,” Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” –Mat 5:11,12. We are to rejoice having the faith of “Christ in you, the hope of glory”(Col 1:27). “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”-2Cor 4:18.

4.6.1 The Preparation for Persecution

Nobody wants to be persecuted. Neither do many believe that we can be born again. Death is a reality that ends life. But Jesus, Son of God, is also real for he came to earth in His first advent and through his earthly life, ministry, death and resurrection to return to be with God, the Father. Jesus has given us the hope of redemption from our inherited sinful nature. In His Passover farewell message (Part one of this series, WP 4.2), He promised us to come back for us at His second coming. Part Two, WP4.5, continued with the time of investigative judgment (started since October 22nd 1844) on the dead and then the living which will be completed at the appointed time when Satan has reached the limit of God’s forbearance by  stretching the persecution of God’s people to the point of the death  decree in the Sunday law.

This final part, WP 4.6, “Preparation for Time of Trouble” gives us lessons from the past so that we will be prepared for what is the climax of the persecution which is the time of trouble preceding Jesus second Coming. Historical events reviewed are: Noah’s time of trouble in the Great Flood in the saving of his family of eight to perpetuate the human race; Time of Jacob’s trouble on his return to face the wrath of Esau, his brother, who was cheated of his birth right; the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 to note and be horrified by the nature of the destruction as an example of the final time of trouble in the end-time; and then story of Job which is the SDA weekly Bible study for the last quarter, October to December, of 2016.

God was showing us how to prepare in view of the urgency in the one-year-countdown on October 31st 2016 in Lund, Sweden, to the joint ecumenical commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Protestant Reformation on October 31st 2017 (discussed in Part One) It was providential to be brought to study many of the lessons contained in the book of Job in learning how to overcome Satan’s persecution by stripping us of our family, property ,  without support of friends and afflicted with disease and pain that would even cause us to feel that God is our enemy. This is the nature of the time of trouble which God  raised as a rhetoric question for Job, “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, “ Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?”-Job 38:22, 23. The spiritual depth in understanding the intricacies of each snowflake as a unique thing of beauty  is discussed D10, Nature’s Majesty at http://www.discoverylifediy.com/432560771, par 3.1.2.2, Snow. It could also be the hailstone that will rain down on the wicked  in the time of trouble at the end of the world. 

The article is based on five sermons from two godly pastors, one elderly and the other younger. It is also the compilation from five chapters of Ellen G. White, God’s messenger. The suggested way to prepare and be ready for the end-time of trouble is provided.

We will start by reviewing the classic case of religious persecution for very important background to understand why Jesus second coming is imminent and soon.

Contents

4.6 The Invitation; 4.6.1 Topics of Great Interest; 4.6.1.1 Forewarned Persecution in Farewell Message; 4.6.1.2 Classic Case of Religious Persecution; 4.6.1.2.1 The Protestant Reformation; 4.6.1.2.1.1 Reformation Day; 4.6.1.2.1.1.3 The Protestant Movement; 4.6.1.2.1.1.3.1 Protestantism; 4.6.1.2.1.1.4 Counter Protestant Reformation; 4.6.1.2.1.1.4.1 The Council of Trent; 4.6.1.2.1.1.4.2 The Jesuit Order; 4.6. 1.2.1.1.4.2.1 Jesuits’ Unscrupulous Effectiveness; 4.6. 1.2.1.1.4.2.2 The Inquisitions; 4.6.1.2.2 Persecution in the First Century; 4.6.1.2.3 An Era of Spiritual Darkness; 4.6.1.2.3.1 Rise of Church and State Power; 4.6.1.2.3.1.1 Main Doctrine of Romanism; 4.6.1.2.3.1.2 First Sunday Law Decree;  4.6.1.2.3.1.3 1260 years of Papal Oppression; 4.6.1.2.3.1.2 God’s Remnant People; 4.6.1.2.3.1.2.1 The Waldenses; 4.6.1,2.3.1.2.1.1 Condemned as Cult of Heretics; 4.6.1.2.3.1.2.2 The Godly Individuals in Protestantism; 4.6.1.2.3.1.3. The French Reformation; 4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1 The French Revolution; 4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1.1 The St. Bartholomew Massacre; 4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1.2 The Goddess of Reason; 4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1.3 Ruination of France; 4.6.1.2.3.1.4 The Bible Thrives and Spread; 4.6.2 The Readiness of the Final Assault; 4.6.2.1 Supporting LGBT Movement by Some SDA Church; 4.6.2.2 Precursor to Sunday Law; 4.6.3 Reality of Time of Trouble; 4.6.3.1 ‘Days of Noah’ Lesson;

4.6.3.2 The Time of Jacobs's Trouble; 4.6.3.2.1 The Character of Esau; 4.6.3.2.2 The Character of Jacob; 4.6.3.2.2.1 Returning Home- Jacob prepares to meet Esau; 4.6.3.2.2.2 The Wrestle with God; 4.6.3.2.2.3 Time of Jacob’s Trouble at End-time; 4.6.3.2.2.3.1 Prophecy in Dan 11:44-12:1; 4.6.3.2.2.3.2 Addition to the Prophecy in Revelation; 4.6.3.2.2.3.3 Sequencing  in The Great Controversy; 4.6.3.2.2.3.4 God’s Remnant will Overcome; 4.6.3.2.2.3.5 Preparation of Character is Now; 4.6.3.2.2.3.6 Character Change by Faith in Christ’s Righteousness;

4.6.3.3 Example of Devastation in Time of Trouble; 4.6.3.3.1 Jesus Anguish for Jerusalem; 4.6.3.3.2 The Providential Respite for Escape; 4.6.3.3.3 Parents Slewing Children; 4.6.3.3.4 The Final Assault; 4.6.3.3.5 How were the Christians spared? 4.6.3.3.5.1 Tribulation will be Repeated in End-time; 4.6.3.3.5.2 The Leaders’ Rebellious Stubbornness; 4.6.3.3.5.3 The Sovereign God is in Control; 4.6.3.3.5.4 Jerusalem Destruction a faint shadow of End-time Desolation ; 4.6.3.3.5.5 Get Ready, Watch and Pray;

4.6.3.4 The Book of Job; 4.6.3.4.1 Historicity of Job; 4.6.3.4.1.1 The Lifetime of Job; 4.6.3.4.1.2 The Period of His Suffering; 4.6.3.4.2 The Main Event of Job; 4.6.3.4.2.1 The Challenge on Job’s Uprightness in Heaven; 4.6.3.4.2.2 The Challenge Extended to Affliction of Boils; 4.6.3.4.2.3 Job’s Period of Suffering and Trial; 4.6.3.4.2.3.1 The Three Comforters; 4.6.3.4.2.3.1.1 Human Experience View of Eliphaz; 4.6.3.4.2.3.1.1.2 Human Tradition View of Bildad; 4.6.3.4.2.3.1.1.3 Human Merit View of Zophar; 4.6.3.4.2.3.2 The Spiritual Anguishes of Job; 4.6.3.4.2.3.3 Job still Clings to His Faith in God; 4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1 The State of the Dead; 4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1.1 State of the Living; 4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1.2 Hope in Christ, God-Man; 4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1.3 Christ My Redeemer; 4.6.3.4.2.3.4 Elihu Opinion on the Dialogue Exchanges; 4.6.3.4.3 God Speaks from the Whirlwind; 4.6.3.4.3.1 God’s Seventy-four  Rhetoric Questions  to Job; 4.6.3.4.3.1.1 Satan is Exposed as Leviathan; 4.6.3.4.3.1.2 God Rebukes Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar; 4.6.3.4.3.2 The Restoration of Job; 4.6.3.4.3.2.1 The Restoration of God’s Children;  

4.6.3.4.4 Job Points to Christ, The Redeemer; 4.6.3.4.4.1The Parallels Between Job and Jesus; 4.6.3.4.4.1.1 Moral Uprightness; 4.6.3.4.4.1.2 Lost all His Riches and Forsaken; 4.6.3.4.4.1.3 Disfigured and Mocked; 4.6.3.4.4.1.4 Setting aside Glory; 4.6.3.4.4.1.5 Forsaken by God; 4.6.3.4.4.1.6 Wish for Intercessor; 4.6.3.4.4.1.7 Steadfast Faith in Tribulation; 4.6.3.4.4.1.8 No unconfessed Sin/Sinless; 4.6.3.4.4.2 The Exposure of Satan’s Plot; 4.6.3.4.4.3 Victory over Trials; 4.6.3.4.4.3.1 Satan Deviousness Unmasked; 4.6.3.4.4.3.2 The End of Satan; 4.6.3.4.4.4 Job’s Happy Ending; 4.6.3.4.4.5 Time of Trouble; 4.6.3.4.5 The Lessons in Job; 4.6.3.4.5.1 Collection of Lessons; 4.6.3.4.5.1.1 Lesson on Evil, Suffering and Salvation; 4.6.3.4.5.1.2 Lessons on Faith; 4.6.3.4.5.1.3 Lessons on Hope;

 4.6.3.5 Faith-filled Way of Preparation; 4.6.3.5.1 The Love of Crucified Christ; 4.6.3.5.1.1 Look to Jesus Lifted on the Cross; 4.6.3.5.2 Jesus in the Heavenly Court; 4.6.3.5.2.1 Consistent Meditation and Speaking His Promises ; 4.6.3.5.2.2 The Power and Working of Prayer; 4.6.3.5.3 Affirmation of Spirit of Prophecy; 4.6.3.5.4 The Vision of Martyr Steven; 4.6.3.5.5 The Faith of Enoch; 4.6.3.5.5.1The Background on Faith of Jesus; 4.6.3.5.5.1.1 Faith of Cain and Abel; 4.6.3.5.5.1.2 Corruption By Intermarriage; 4.6.3.5.5.2 The Life of Enoch; 4.6.3.5.5.2.1 Experiencing the Love of God; 4.6.3.5.5.2.2 Revelation on the Great Flood and End-time Events; 4.6.3.5.5.2.2.1 Warning the World of Impending Judgment and Destruction; 4.6.3.5.5.2.3 Close Intimate Communion with God; 4.6.3.5.5.2.4 Translation to Heaven; 4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1 God’s Lesson on Enoch’s Translation; 4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1.1 Reward of Immortal Life at Judgment; 4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1.2 Be Like Jesus to Please God;

4.6.3.5.5.3 Jesus Promise of His Second Advent  (added on Jan 13, 2017); 4.6.3.5.5.3.1 The Stimulation Enoch’s Faith; 4.6.3.5.5.3.1.1 Enoch’s Walk with God; 4.6.3.5.5.3.2 The Condition of the World; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3 The Four Horses of Bible Prophecy; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.1 The Red Horse; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2 Parallels in Current Events; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.1 Repetition of the Black Horse; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.2 Impending Sunday Law Enforcement; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.3 Compromise within SDA West; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.3.1 Compromise within SDA East; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4 The Counterfeit “Loud Cry”; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4.1 Last Days’ Miracles; 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4.2 The Practical Lesson form Enoch;   4.6.4 Time for Action

 

4.6.1.1 Forewarned Persecution in Farewell Message (Jn 15-17)

The message at the Passover supper should be extended to the ensuing discourse on the way to Gethsemane.  The full discourse is covered in John chapters 15 to 17)

Jesus warned his disciples not to expect the commendation of the world. Said he, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." Those who are of the same spirit with the world receive its smiles and approbation; but the humble disciples of Jesus were to suffer scorn and persecution. Jesus declared that they should be brought before kings and rulers for his name's sake, and whosoever should destroy their lives would be so deceived by Satan as to think they were doing God service. Every indignity and cruelty that the ingenuity of man could devise would be visited upon the followers of Christ. But in all their trials they were to remember that their Master had endured like reproach and suffering. They were to remember his words: "The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not Him that sent me."  {3SP 91.3} 

Jesus carefully opened before his disciples the events which would follow his death, that when persecution should overtake them they might be prepared to endure it, and not be tempted to apostatize from their faith to avert suffering and dishonor. He led them gently on to understand the great subjects which they were to deliver to the world. He impressed upon them the importance of their position as those who had witnessed the wonderful manifestations of God to his Son, who had beheld the miracles of Christ, and received his words of wisdom. Said he, "Ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning." The history of those disciples, and the evidence which they were to record, were to be the study of thinking minds through all ages.  {3SP 92.2} 

Jesus plainly stated to the disciples that he had left the presence of his Father to come unto the world, and that he was now about to leave the world and return to his Father; but he refrained from crowding their minds and confusing their understanding. Said he, "I have many things to say unto you; but ye cannot bear them now." Jesus knew they were not strong enough to hear all the wonderful truths relative to his humiliation and death. After his resurrection they would be better able to understand and appreciate them.  {3SP 93.1} 

Jesus now had but a short time in which to comfort and instruct his little band of followers. His farewell counsel was rich in sympathy and truth. Exceeding precious to his disciples were those last moments passed with their beloved Master. Like a consecrated high priest he now poured forth the burden of his soul to his Father in a petition for his church such as the angels had never before heard. This prayer was deep and full, broad as the earth, and reaching high Heaven. With his human arm he encircled the children of Adam in a firm embrace; and with his strong divine arm he grasped the throne of the Infinite, thus uniting earth to Heaven, and finite man to the infinite God.  {3SP 93.2}

The preparation of the second coming involves the steadfastness in faith to overcome the time of trouble  constituting the culmination of the prophesied last seven plagues and it is at the climax of the plagues that Jesus will come in the Clouds with all His angels to deliver us. According to the sure word of prophecy the catalyst is the enforcement of the Sunday law In America. The fierce persecution will fill up the cup of wrath of God and then Michael will stand up, signifying the close of probation and the investigative judgement of the living ends. The four winds of strife are released and the last seven plagues commence.  The people of God must make the preparation for the time of trouble such as was not since the beginning of the world. Thus we must be prepared for the worst form of persecution that must precede the second advent.  (See FoC10, Entering into True Happiness, Pt3: Time in Preparation at  http://www.wakeupow.com/159912048, par 3.3.4.2.1.3.3.5 The Final Conflict and also FoC14 at http://www.wakeupow.com/159912053, for chronology of last day events on front page and outline at par 7.2.4. The Five Prophesied Signpost Stages.) 

4.6.1.2 Classic Case of Religious Persecution

The history of past time of trouble caused by the Roman Church since its inception must be made known first in order for the reader and the secular people to relate how  religious persecution began and what is happening right now in relation to main current event connected with Pope Francis. The religious persecution resulting from the Protestant Reformation must not be swept away with Joint celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Protestant Reformation.

Pope Francis kicked off a yearlong commemoration of the Protestant Reformation, at Lund, Sweden marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on October 31st 2017.  On that day of the Jubilee Celebration, in the eye of the world, the Protestant Reformation is over and all Protestant denominations should come under the Pope. Protestants now seeking union with Rome are fulfilling Bible prophecy which states that in the closing of moments of time “All the world marvelled and followed the beast whose wound was healed” Rev 13:3.

This is a compilation of snippets of reliable information mainly from “the Great Controversy” to piece together the history that will be revived as our impending time of trouble we will be facing soon.  We will begin with the history of the Protestant Reform and then start from the beginning of the road to where we are now, January 2017, in order to know what is the hidden agenda behind the Jubilee celebration of October 31st this year, the  public expectancy of great time of trouble that will be resolved by enforcing  Sunday law of rest for the family based on the word of the supreme religious leader who assures the world following him that keeping Sunday sacred will please God and there will be peace and prosperity for a thousand year.

However it was studying Bible prophesy that caused Luther,  and many other diligent Bible students thereafter,  to  declare, “ We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist” (August 18, 1520)  The broad road that all are following blinded by propaganda and celebration  will be unprepared for the “time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book.” (Dan 12:1). In other word, Sunday law initiated by America in alliance with Papacy will snowball very quickly to the worst ever  time of trouble that precedes  the coming of Jesus, the second time to deliver us and to put away the Antichrist.

4.6.1.2.1 The Protestant Reformation 

The Protestant Reformation started in October 31st 1517, after Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the church door in the town of Wittenberg for the Halloween gathering, denouncing what he saw as the abuses of the Catholic Church, especially the sale of indulgences [a way of buying one's way to heaven] and questioning papal authority

Pope Leo X excommunicated him, but the church couldn't stop his teachings from spreading throughout northern Europe or the world.

As Protestantism spread, religious wars erupted, including the Thirty Years War in 1618-48, one of Europe's bloodiest conflicts (time of trouble)

In Sweden, Catholics who rejected the new Lutheran faith were punished with deportation or death.

4.6.1.2.1.1 Reformation Day (https://www.gotquestions.org/Reformation-Day.html )

Reformation Day is a Protestant religious holiday celebrated on October 31. It recognizes the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in 1517. This act is commemorated as the official starting point of the Protestant Reformation.

Officially, Reformation Day has been commemorated since 1567. Exact dates for the holiday varied until after the two hundredth celebration in 1717 when October 31 became the official date of celebration in Germany and later expanded internationally.

Within the Lutheran tradition, Reformation Day is considered a lesser holiday and is officially named “The Festival of the Reformation.” Most Lutheran churches (and others who celebrate this day) commemorate it on the Sunday prior to October 31.

4.6.1.2.1.1.3 The Protestant Movement

The impact of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation has been enormous on global Christianity. In contrast to the extra-biblical traditions and works-based practices of Roman Catholicism, Luther called the Church back to the good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Luther was brought to trial before the church, and the court attempted to force him to recant. Luther’s response is often quoted: “I cannot choose but adhere to the Word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.”
From Germany, the Protestant Reformation expanded through Europe, influencing the work of John Calvin in Geneva, Ulrich Zwingli in Zurich, and John Knox in Scotland. The Reformation Luther led also sparked the Anabaptist (free church) movement and the English Reformation. These movements, in turn, influenced the spread of Christianity to the Americas and throughout the world where European exploration took place. South Africa, India, Australia, and New Zealand all felt the impact of Luther’s hammer in Wittenberg.

Robert Rothwell has noted, “Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.”

(4.6.1.2.1.1.3.1 Protestantism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism )

Protestantism is a form of Christian faith and practice which originated with the Protestant Reformation,[a] a movement against what its followers considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic Church.[1] It is one of the three major divisions of Christendom, together with Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.[2][3] The term derives from the letter of protestation from German Lutheran princes in 1529 against an edict condemning the teachings of Martin Luther as heretical.[4]

With its origins in Germany, the modern movement is popularly considered to have begun in 1517 when Luther published his Ninety-five Theses as a reaction against abuses in the sale of indulgences, which purported to offer remission of sin to their purchasers.[5] Although there were earlier breaks from or attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church—notably by Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, and Jan Hus—only Luther succeeded in sparking a wider, lasting movement.[6]

All Protestant denominations reject the notion of papal supremacy over the Church universal and generally deny the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, but they disagree among themselves regarding the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.[7] The various denominations generally emphasize the priesthood of all believers, the doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide) rather than by or with good works, and a belief in the Bible alone (rather than with sacred tradition) as the highest authority in matters of faith and morals (sola scriptura).[8] The "Five solae" summarize the reformers' basic differences in theological beliefs in opposition to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day.[9]

Protestantism spread in Europe during the 16th century. Lutheranism spread from Germany into its surrounding areas,[b] Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states, and Iceland, as well as other smaller territories.[10] Reformed churches were founded primarily in Germany and its adjacent regions,[c] Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland and France by such reformers as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Knox.[11] The political separation of the Church of England from Rome under King Henry VIII brought England alongside this broad Reformation movement; albeit Anglicanism is sometimes considered to be independent from Protestantism.[d] In later centuries, Protestants developed their own culture, which made major contributions in education, the humanities and sciences, the political and social order, the economy and the arts, and other fields.[12]

Collectively encompassing more than 900 million adherents, or nearly 40 percent of Christians worldwide, Protestantism is present on all populated continents.[3][13][14][e] The movement is more divided theologically and ecclesiastically than either Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism,[16] lacking both structural unity and central human authority.[16] Some Protestant denominations do have a worldwide scope and distribution of membership, while others are confined to a single country.[16] A majority of Protestants[f] are members of just a handful of denominational families: Adventism, Anglicanism, Baptist churches, Reformed churches,[g] Lutheranism, Methodism, and Pentecostalism.[3] Nondenominational, evangelical, charismatic, independent and other churches are on the rise, and constitute a significant part of Protestant Christianity.[19][20]
(Reformation Day remains a central rallying point for all of those who choose to follow Christ by faith according to His Word. The holiday commemorates the actions of a man who was willing to stand against the ideas of his day and to present God’s Word as our guide for salvation (John 3:16) and Christian living.)

4.6.1.2.1.1.4 Counter Protestant Reformation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-Reformation )

The Counter-Reformation, also called the Catholic Reformation or the Catholic Revival,[1] was the period of Catholic resurgence initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation, beginning with the Council of Trent (1545–1563) and ending at the close of the Thirty Years' War (1648).

(The Counter-Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries was largely due to the Jesuits. With their vows of total obedience to the Pope and their strict, military-style training, the Jesuits became feared across Europe as the “storm troopers” of the Catholic Church, and they led armies which recaptured large areas for the Roman Catholic Church. Along with the military actions, their work centered on education and missionary expansion, and by the end of Loyola's life in 1556, there were Jesuits in Japan, Brazil, Ethiopia, and most parts of Europe. Many of the explorers of that period were accompanied by Jesuit priests, eager to bring Catholicism to new lands.

The Jesuits are still active in the world today, though the military actions of those early years have been left behind. The goal of spreading the Catholic faith is still their primary objective, and they do it through missionary work and education. As for their beliefs, they hold to the historic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The practice of “Ignatian spirituality” follows the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola and forms the foundation of their daily lives –(https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesuits-Society-of-Jesus.html )

The Counter-Reformation was Roman Catholicism’s response to the Protestant Reformation. In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, Christians began to openly criticize the Roman Catholic Church for teaching things contrary to the Bible. The Reformers objected to the veneration (worship) of Mary, the selling of indulgences, the insistence that rituals and sacraments were necessary for salvation, and so forth. As the Reformation took hold culturally and theologically, Catholicism responded with its own efforts. Some of these were intended to change the Catholic Church itself, but most were designed to resist the claims of the Reformers. Collectively, these Catholic efforts became known as the Counter-Reformation.

In truth, the Counter-Reformation wasn’t really much of a “reformation” of Catholicism, at least not from a theological perspective. It was truly a “counter to the Reformation”; that is, it was primarily concerned with refuting and silencing Protestant disagreements. Much of the Counter-Reformation was driven by politics. In Spain, for example, kings and queens were more than happy to apply Catholic resources toward stamping out dissenters—in their case, mostly Protestants. Deportation, excommunication, and execution were common tools used in the Counter-Reformation.

Two lasting effects came out of the Counter-Reformation: the Jesuit Order (the Society of Jesus) and the Council of Trent.

4.6.1.2.1.1.4.1 The Council of Trent ( https://www.gotquestions.org/Counter-Reformation.html )

The Council of Trent was, in theory, an attempt to change those aspects of Catholicism that Protestants were justified in complaining about. Unfortunately, the council itself came far too late. By the time the council convened, the Reformation had been in full swing for nearly a quarter-century. By that time, the church was well and truly split.

The Council of Trent did positively address some complaints of the Reformers. The sale of indulgences was stopped, the roles of priests were more carefully defined, and the use of sacred artifacts—relics—was greatly reduced. Certain aspects of music and liturgy and other practical issues were discussed as well.

However, on the most critical issues, the Council of Trent, like the rest of the Counter-Reformation, was mostly a doubling-down on entrenched Catholic theology. This council, and the other Counter-Reformers, doggedly defended transubstantiation, upheld the necessity of sacraments for salvation, rejected sola fide, and claimed outright that Catholic tradition was as equally authoritative as the Bible. In addition, the council members determined that the Latin Vulgate was the one and only acceptable Bible for church use. And they insisted that, since politics was instituted by God, all political leaders were subject to papal authority.

Even though some aspects of the Counter-Reformation were aimed at repairing broken parts of Catholicism, the primary effect was to stabilize and reinforce Catholic errors. It would be fair to say that the Counter-Reformation, especially the founding of the Jesuits and the results of the Council of Trent, slammed the door shut on any possible reconciliation with Protestantism or the Reformers.

4.6.1.2.1.1.4.2 The Jesuit Order

The Jesuits are a religious order formed specifically to counter Protestantism. Their tactics during the Counter-Reformation involved intellectual and theological arguments, although they also used less spiritual methods of accomplishing their goals. The Inquisition was a product of Jesuit influence. The Jesuits also produced an Index of Prohibited Books: texts Catholics were officially forbidden to read. The Jesuits’ influence on Catholic philosophy and theology was significant.

4.6.1.2.1.1.4.2.1 Jesuits’ Unscrupulous Effectiveness (From “The Great Controversy”)

Throughout Christendom, Protestantism was menaced by formidable foes. The first triumphs of the Reformation past, Rome summoned new forces, hoping to accomplish its destruction. At this time the order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interests, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of Christ had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endure suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy.  {GC 234.2} ( Pope Francis is a Jesuit and every Jesuit lay down their life for the supremacy of Papacy.) 

When appearing as members of their order, they wore a garb of sanctity, visiting prisons and hospitals, ministering to the sick and the poor, professing to have renounced the world, and bearing the sacred name of Jesus, who went about doing good. But under this blameless exterior the most criminal and deadly purposes were often concealed. It was a fundamental principle of the order that the end justifies the means. By this code, lying, theft, perjury, assassination, were not only pardonable but commendable, when they served the interests of the church. Under various disguises the Jesuits worked their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. They became servants to act as spies upon their masters. They established colleges for the sons of princes and nobles, and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites. All the outward pomp and display of the Romish worship was brought to bear to confuse the mind and dazzle and captivate the imagination, and thus the liberty for which the fathers had toiled and bled was betrayed by the sons. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.  {GC 235.1} 

To give them greater power, a bull was issued re-establishing the inquisition. Notwithstanding the general abhorrence with which it was regarded, even in Catholic countries, this terrible tribunal was again set up by popish rulers, and atrocities too terrible to bear the light of day were repeated in its secret dungeons. In many countries, thousands upon thousands of the very flower of the nation, the purest and noblest, the most intellectual and highly educated, pious and devoted pastors, industrious and patriotic citizens, brilliant scholars, talented artists, skillful artisans, were slain or forced to flee to other lands.  {GC 235.2}

Such were the means which Rome had invoked to quench the light of the Reformation, to withdraw from men the Bible, and to restore the ignorance and superstition of the Dark Ages. But under God's blessing and the labors of those noble men whom He had raised up to succeed Luther, Protestantism was not overthrown. Not to the favor or arms of princes was it to owe its strength. The smallest countries, the humblest and least powerful nations, became its strongholds. It was little Geneva in the midst of mighty foes plotting her destruction; it was Holland on her sandbanks by the northern sea, wrestling against the tyranny of Spain, then the greatest and most opulent of kingdoms; it was bleak, sterile Sweden, that gained victories for the Reformation.  {GC 235.3} 

4.6.1.2.1.1.4.2.2 The Inquisitions 

The Inquisitions were judicial institutions or tribunals that were established by the Roman Catholic Church in order to seek out, try, and sentence people that the Roman Catholic Church believed to be guilty of heresy. The purpose of the inquisitions was to secure and maintain religious and doctrinal unity in the Roman Catholic Church and throughout the Holy Roman Empire, through either the conversion or persecution of alleged heretics. Historians generally distinguish the Inquisitions based on four different time frames and areas that they took place in. These are the Medieval or Episcopal Inquisition, the Spanish Inquisition, the Portuguese Inquisition, and the Roman Inquisition.

Prior to the founding of the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of their version of Christianity as the official state religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th century, the punishment for heresy among Christians was usually excommunication from the church. However, with the marriage of church and state that arose in the 4th century, people that the Roman Catholic Church considered to be heretics also came to be considered as enemies of the state and were subject to many forms of extreme punishment, including death. It wasn’t until the 12th century that official Inquisitions were organized and sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church to officially deal with what they saw as a rise in organized heretical groups within the Holy Roman Empire.

The last period is known as the Roman Inquisition, and it was established in 1542 when Pope Paul III established the Holy Office as the final court of appeals in all trials of heresy. This group was made up of cardinals and other officials whose task was to maintain and defend the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. This group played an important role in the Counter-Reformation, and it was also this body that condemned Galileo for “grave suspicion of heresy” and banned all of his works in 1633 for teaching that the sun was the center of the universe and that the earth revolved around it. In 1965, Pope Paul VI reorganized the Holy Office and renamed it as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and it remains in effect today.(https://www.gotquestions.org/inquisitions.html)

4.6.1.2.2 Persecution in the First Century

When Jesus revealed to His disciples the fate of Jerusalem and the scenes of the second advent, He foretold also the experience of His people from the time when He should be taken from them, to His return in power and glory for their deliverance. From Olivet the Saviour beheld the storms about to fall upon the apostolic church; and penetrating deeper into the future, His eye discerned the fierce, wasting tempests that were to beat upon His followers in the coming ages of darkness and persecution. In a few brief utterances of awful significance He foretold the portion which the rulers of this world would mete out to the church of God. Matthew 24:9, 21, 22. The followers of Christ must tread the same path of humiliation, reproach, and suffering which their Master trod. The enmity that burst forth against the world's Redeemer would be manifested against all who should believe on His name.  {GC 39.1} 

The history of the early church testified to the fulfillment of the Saviour's words. The powers of earth and hell arrayed themselves against Christ in the person of His followers. Paganism foresaw that should the gospel triumph, her temples and altars would be swept away; therefore she summoned her forces to destroy Christianity. The fires of persecution were kindled. Christians were stripped of their possessions and driven from their homes. They "endured a great fight of afflictions." Hebrews 10:32. They "had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment." Hebrews 11:36. Great numbers sealed their testimony with their blood. Noble and slave, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, were alike slain without mercy.

These persecutions, beginning under Nero about the time of the martyrdom of Paul, continued with greater or less fury for centuries. Christians were falsely accused of the most dreadful crimes and declared to be the cause of great calamities--famine, pestilence, and earthquake.

Thousands were imprisoned and slain, but others sprang up to fill their places. And those who were martyred for their faith were secured to Christ and accounted of Him as conquerors. They had fought the good fight, and they were to receive the crown of glory when Christ should come. The sufferings which they endured brought Christians nearer to one another and to their Redeemer. Their living example and dying testimony were a constant witness for the truth; and where least expected, the subjects of Satan were leaving his service and enlisting under the banner of Christ.  {GC 42.1} 

Satan therefore laid his plans to war more successfully against the government of God by planting his banner in the Christian church. If the followers of Christ could be deceived and led to displease God, then their strength, fortitude, and firmness would fail, and they would fall an easy prey.

4.6.1.2.3 An Era of Spiritual Darkness

The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power. He declared that the day of Christ should not come, "except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." And furthermore, the apostle warns his brethren that "the mystery of iniquity doth already work." 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 7. Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of the papacy.  {GC 49.1} 

4.6.1.2.3.1 Rise of Church and State Power

Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, "the mystery of iniquity" carried forward its deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost imperceptibly the customs of heathenism found their way into the Christian church. The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism. But as persecution ceased, and Christianity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and His apostles for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of God, she substituted human theories and traditions. The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed. Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror. Her spirit controlled the  church. Her doctrines, ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ.  {GC 49.2} 

This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of "the man of sin" foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan's power--a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will.  {GC 50.1} 

4.6.1.2.3.1.1 Main Doctrine of Romanism

It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Christ, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the world. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled "Lord God the Pope" (see Appendix), and has been declared infallible. He demands the homage of all men. The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage. {GC 50.3} ..The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures. The pope can have no power over Christ's church except by usurpation.  {GC 51.1}..  Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church. But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 3.  {GC 51.2} ..To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number.  {GC 51.4} 

To prepare the way for the work which he designed to accomplish, Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Christ, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden. Now, taking advantage of the false light in which he had thus caused it to be regarded, he cast contempt upon it as a Jewish institution. While Christians generally continued to observe the Sunday as a joyous festival, he led them, in order to show their hatred of Judaism, to make the Sabbath a fast, a day of sadness and gloom.  {GC 52.2}

4.6.1.2.3.1.2 First Sunday Law Decree

In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while many God-fearing Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.  {GC 53.1} 

Protestants now urge that the resurrection of Christ on Sunday made it the Christian Sabbath. But Scripture evidence is lacking. No such honor was given to the day by Christ or His apostles. The observance of Sunday as a Christian institution had its origin in that "mystery of lawlessness" (2 Thessalonians 2:7, R.V.) which, even in Paul's day, had begun its work. {GC 54.1}

4.6.1.2.3.1.2 1260 years of Papal Oppression

In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the beast "his power, and his seat, and great authority." Revelation 13:2. And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation. Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5-7. (Christians were forced to choose either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeons or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman's ax. Now were fulfilled the words of Jesus: "Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake." Luke 21:16, 17. Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the world became a vast battlefield. For hundreds of years the church of Christ found refuge in seclusion and obscurity. Thus says the prophet: "The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three-score days." Revelation 12:6.  {GC 54.2}  

Thus the minds of the people were turned away from God to fallible, erring, and cruel men, nay, more, to the prince of darkness himself, who exercised his power through them. Sin was disguised in a garb of sanctity. When the Scriptures are suppressed, and man comes to regard himself as supreme, we need look only for fraud, deception, and debasing iniquity. With the elevation of human laws and traditions was manifest the corruption that ever results from setting aside the law of God.  {GC 55.1} 

4.6.1.2.3.1.2 God’s Remnant People

Amid the gloom that settled upon the earth during the long period of papal supremacy, the light of truth could not be wholly extinguished. In every age there were witnesses for God--men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man, who held the Bible as the only rule of life, and who hallowed the true Sabbath. How much the world owes to these men, posterity will never know. They were branded as heretics, their motives impugned, their characters maligned, their writings suppressed, misrepresented, or mutilated. Yet they stood firm, and from age to age maintained their faith in its purity, as a sacred heritage for the generations to come.  {GC 61.1} 

The history of God's people during the ages of darkness that followed upon Rome's supremacy is written in heaven, but they have little place in human records. Few traces of their existence can be found, except in the accusations of their persecutors… The Waldenses stood foremost.

4.6.1.2.3.1.2.1 The Waldenses

The Waldenses were among the first of the peoples of Europe to obtain a translation of the Holy Scriptures. The Waldenses had sacrificed their worldly prosperity for the truth's sake, and with persevering patience they toiled for their bread. They were educated from childhood by parents to endure hardness, to submit to control, and yet to think and act for themselves.  From their pastors the youth received instruction. While attention was given to branches of general learning, the Bible was made the chief study… The spirit of Christ is a missionary spirit. The very first impulse of the renewed heart is to bring others also to the Saviour. Such was the spirit of the Vaudois Christians. They felt that God required more of them than merely to preserve the truth in its purity in their own churches; that a solemn responsibility rested upon them to let their light shine forth to those who were in darkness; by the mighty power of God's word they sought to break the bondage which Rome had imposed.

4.6.1,2.3.1.2.1.1 Condemned as Cult of Heretics

The Vaudois ministers were trained as missionaries, everyone who expected to enter the ministry being required first to gain an experience as an evangelist. Each was to serve three years in some mission field before taking charge of a church at home.

The Waldensian missionaries were invading the kingdom of Satan, and the powers of darkness aroused to greater vigilance. Every effort to advance the truth was watched by the prince of evil, and he excited the fears of his agents. The papal leaders saw a portent of danger to their cause from the labors of these humble itinerants. If the light of truth were allowed to shine unobstructed, it would sweep away the heavy clouds of error that enveloped the people. It would direct the minds of men to God alone and would eventually destroy the supremacy of Rome.  {GC 76.1} 

When Rome at one time determined to exterminate the hated sect, a bull was issued by the pope, condemning them as heretics, and delivering them to slaughter. .. This bull called upon all members of the church to join the crusade against the heretics. As an incentive to engage in this cruel work, it "absolved from all ecclesiastical pains and penalties, general and particular; it released all who joined the crusade from any oaths they might have taken; it legitimatized their title to any property they might have illegally acquired; and promised remission of all their sins to such as should kill any heretic. It annulled all contracts made in favor of Vaudois, ordered their domestics to abandon them, forbade all persons to give them any aid whatever, and empowered all persons to take possession of their property."--Wylie, b. 16, ch. 1. This document clearly reveals the master spirit behind the scenes. It is the roar of the dragon, and not the voice of Christ, that is heard therein.  {GC 77.2} 

4.6.1.2.3.1.2.2 The Godly Individuals in Protestantism

In the fourteenth century arose in England the "morning star of the Reformation." John Wycliffe was the herald of reform, not for England alone, but for all Christendom. The great protest against Rome which it was permitted him to utter was never to be silenced. That protest opened the struggle which was to result in the emancipation of individuals, of churches, and of nations…He gave the world the first English translation of the Bible ever made. The word of God was opened to England. The Reformer feared not now the prison or the stake. He had placed in the hands of the English people a light which should never be extinguished. In giving the Bible to his countrymen, he had done more to break the fetters of ignorance and vice, more to liberate and elevate his country, than was ever achieved by the most brilliant victories on fields of battle.  {GC 88.2} 

It was through the writings of Wycliffe that John Huss, of Bohemia, was led to renounce many of the errors of Romanism and to enter upon the work of reform. Thus in these two countries, so widely separated, the seed of truth was sown. From Bohemia the work extended to other lands. The minds of men were directed to the long-forgotten word of God. A divine hand was preparing the way for the Great Reformation.  {GC 96.1} 

From Bohemia the light extended to Germany, for disturbances in the University of Prague caused the withdrawal of hundreds of German students. Many of them had received from Huss their first knowledge of the Bible, and on their return they spread the gospel in their fatherland.  {GC 100.2} 

Tidings of the work at Prague were carried to Rome, and Huss was soon summoned to appear before the pope. To obey would be to expose himself to certain death. The king and queen of Bohemia, the university, members of the nobility, and officers of the government united in an appeal to the pontiff that Huss be permitted to remain at Prague and to answer at Rome by deputy. Instead of granting this request, the pope proceeded to the trial and condemnation of Huss, and then declared the city of Prague to be under interdict.

Even his enemies were struck with his heroic bearing. A zealous papist, describing the martyrdom of Huss, and of his brother Jerome, who died soon after, said: "Both bore themselves with constant mind when their last hour approached. They prepared for the fire as if they were going to a marriage feast. They uttered no cry of pain. When the flames rose, they began to sing hymns; and scarce could the vehemency of the fire stop their singing."--Ibid., b. 3, ch. 7.  {GC 109.3}

Then it was Martin Luther in Germany who started the Protestant Reformation which the Pope Francis is determined to diffuse and end by October 31st 2017 with a grand jubilee celebration, a joint event with the Lutherans and attended by all the supporting Protestant denominations and the groups of other religious faith who are in the ecumenical one world religion. 

4.6.1.2.3.1.3 The French Reformation

The Protest of Spires and the Confession at Augsburg, which marked the triumph of the Reformation in Germany, were followed by years of conflict and darkness. Weakened by divisions among its supporters, and assailed by powerful foes, Protestantism seemed destined to be utterly destroyed. Thousands sealed their testimony with their blood. Civil war broke out; the Protestant cause was betrayed by one of its leading adherents; the noblest of the reformed princes fell into the hands of the emperor and were dragged as captives from town to town…Charles V had been battling against omnipotent power. God had said, "Let there be light," but the emperor had sought to keep the darkness unbroken. His purposes had failed; and in premature old age, worn out with the long struggle, he abdicated the throne and buried himself in a cloister.  {GC 211.1} 

The French Reformers (Lefevre, Farel, Calvin and others), eager to see their country keeping pace with Germany and Switzerland, determined to strike a bold blow against the superstitions of Rome, that should arouse the whole nation. Accordingly placards attacking the mass were in one night posted all over France. Instead of advancing the reform, this zealous but ill-judged movement brought ruin, not only upon its propagators, but upon the friends of the reformed faith throughout France. It gave the Romanists what they had long desired--a pretext for demanding the utter destruction of the heretics as agitators dangerous to the stability of the throne and the peace of the nation.  {GC 224.3} 

Francis I had gloried in being a leader in the great movement for the revival of learning which marked the opening of the sixteenth century. He had delighted to gather at his court men of letters from every country. To his love of learning and his contempt for the ignorance and superstition of the monks was due, in part at least, the degree of toleration that had been granted to the reform. But, inspired with zeal to stamp out heresy, this patron of learning issued an edict declaring printing abolished all over France! Francis I presents one among the many examples on record showing that intellectual culture is not a safeguard against religious intolerance and persecution.  {GC 227.2} 

France by a solemn and public ceremony was to commit herself fully to the destruction of Protestantism. The priests demanded that the affront offered to High Heaven in the condemnation of the mass be expiated in blood, and that the king, in behalf of his people, publicly give his sanction to the dreadful work. 

Such were the means which Rome had invoked to quench the light of the Reformation, to withdraw from men the Bible, and to restore the ignorance and superstition of the Dark Ages. But under God's blessing and the labors of those noble men whom He had raised up to succeed Luther, Protestantism was not overthrown. Not to the favor or arms of princes was it to owe its strength. The smallest countries, the humblest and least powerful nations, became its strongholds. It was little Geneva in the midst of mighty foes plotting her destruction; it was Holland on her sandbanks by the northern sea, wrestling against the tyranny of Spain, then the greatest and most opulent of kingdoms; it was bleak, sterile Sweden, that gained victories for the Reformation.  {GC 235.3} 

For nearly thirty years Calvin labored at Geneva, first to establish there a church adhering to the morality of the Bible, and then for the advancement of the Reformation throughout Europe. His course as a public leader was not faultless, nor were his doctrines free from error. But he was instrumental in promulgating truths that were of special importance in his time, in maintaining the principles of Protestantism against the fast-returning tide of popery, and in promoting in the reformed churches simplicity and purity of life, in place of the pride and corruption fostered under the Romish teaching.  {GC 236.1} 

From Geneva, publications and teachers went out to spread the reformed doctrines. To this point the persecuted of all lands looked for instruction, counsel, and encouragement. The city of Calvin became a refuge for the hunted Reformers of all Western Europe. Fleeing from the awful tempests that continued for centuries, the fugitives came to the gates of Geneva. Starving, wounded, bereft of home and kindred, they were warmly welcomed and tenderly cared for; and finding a home here, they blessed the city of their adoption by their skill, their learning, and their piety. Many who sought here a refuge returned to their own countries to resist the tyranny of Rome. John Knox, the brave Scotch Reformer, not a few of the English Puritans, the Protestants of Holland and of Spain, and the Huguenots of France carried from Geneva the torch of truth to lighten the darkness of their native lands.  {GC 236.2} 

4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1 The French Revolution

In the sixteenth century the Reformation, presenting an open Bible to the people, had sought admission to all the countries of Europe. Some nations welcomed it with gladness, as a messenger of Heaven. In other lands the papacy succeeded to a great extent in preventing its entrance; and the light of Bible knowledge, with its elevating influences, was almost wholly excluded.

The war against the Bible, carried forward for so many centuries in France, culminated in the scenes of the Revolution. That terrible outbreaking was but the legitimate result of Rome's suppression of the Scriptures. It presented the most striking illustration which the world has ever witnessed of the working out of the papal policy-- an illustration of the results to which for more than a thousand years the teaching of the Roman Church had been tending.  {GC 265.2} 

The suppression of the Scriptures during the period of papal supremacy was foretold by the prophets; and the Revelator points also to the terrible results that were to accrue especially to France from the domination of the "man of sin." {GC 266.1} 

Said the angel of the Lord: "The holy city shall they tread underfoot forty and two months. And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. . . . And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. . . . And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them." Revelation 11:2-11.  {GC 266.2} 

The persecution of the church did not continue throughout the entire period of the 1260 years. God in mercy to His people cut short the time of their fiery trial. In foretelling the "great tribulation" to befall the church, the Saviour said: "Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Matthew 24:22. Through the influence of the Reformation the persecution was brought to an end prior to 1798.  {GC 266.4}

According to the words of the prophet, then, a little before the year 1798 some power of satanic origin and character would rise to make war upon the Bible. And in the land where the testimony of God's two witnesses should thus be silenced, there would be manifest the atheism of the Pharaoh and the licentiousness of Sodom.  {GC 269.3} 

This prophecy has received a most exact and striking fulfillment in the history of France. During the Revolution, in 1793, "the world for the first time heard an assembly of men, born and educated in civilization, and assuming the right to govern one of the finest of the European nations, uplift their united voice to deny the most solemn truth which man's soul receives, and renounce unanimously the belief and worship of a Deity."--Sir Walter Scott, Life of Napoleon, vol. 1, ch. 17. "France is the only nation in the world concerning which the authentic record survives, that as a nation she lifted her hand in open rebellion against the Author of the universe. Plenty of blasphemers, plenty of infidels, there have been, and still continue to be, in England, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere; but France stands apart in the world's history as the single state which, by the decree of her Legislative Assembly, pronounced that there was no God, and of which the entire population of the capital, and a vast majority elsewhere, women as well as men, danced and sang with joy in accepting the announcement."--Blackwood's Magazine, November, 1870.  {GC 269.4}

In the persecution which France had visited upon the confessors of the gospel, she had crucified Christ in the person of His disciples.  {GC 271.1} Century after century the blood of the saints had been shed. While the Waldenses laid down their lives upon the mountains of Piedmont "for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ," similar witness to the truth had been borne by their brethren, the Albigenses of France. In the days of the Reformation its disciples had been put to death with horrible tortures. King and nobles, highborn women and delicate maidens, the pride and chivalry of the nation, had feasted their eyes upon the agonies of the martyrs of Jesus. The brave Huguenots, battling for those rights which the human heart holds most sacred, had poured out their blood on many a hard-fought field. The Protestants were counted as outlaws, a price was set upon their heads, and they were hunted down like wild beasts.  {GC 271.2} 

4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1.1 The St. Bartholomew Massacre

The blackest in the black catalogue of crime, most horrible among the fiendish deeds of all the dreadful centuries, was the St. Bartholomew Massacre. The world still recalls with shuddering horror the scenes of that most cowardly and cruel onslaught. The king of France, urged on by Romish priests and prelates, lent his sanction to the dreadful work. A bell, tolling at dead of night, was a signal for the slaughter. Protestants by thousands, sleeping quietly in their homes, trusting to the plighted honor of their king, were dragged forth without a warning and murdered in cold blood.  {GC 272.1} 

As Christ was the invisible leader of His people from Egyptian bondage, so was Satan the unseen leader of his subjects in this horrible work of multiplying martyrs. For seven days the massacre was continued in Paris, the first three with inconceivable fury. And it was not confined to the city itself, but by special order of the king was extended to all the provinces and towns where Protestants were found. Neither age nor sex was respected. Neither the innocent babe nor the man of gray hairs was spared. Noble and peasant, old and young, mother and child, were cut down together. Throughout France the butchery continued for two months. Seventy thousand of the very flower of the nation perished.  {GC 272.2} 

"When the news of the massacre reached Rome, the exultation among the clergy knew no bounds. The cardinal of Lorraine rewarded the messenger with a thousand crowns; the cannon of St. Angelo thundered forth a joyous salute; and bells rang out from every steeple; bonfires turned night into day; and Gregory XIII, attended by the cardinals and other ecclesiastical dignitaries, went in long procession to the church of St. Louis, where the cardinal of Lorraine chanted a Te Deum. . . . A medal was struck to commemorate the massacre, and in the Vatican may still be seen three frescoes of Vasari, describing the attack upon the admiral, the king in council plotting the massacre, and the massacre itself. Gregory sent Charles the Golden Rose; and four months after the massacre, . . . he listened complacently to the sermon of a French priest, . . . who spoke of 'that day so full of happiness and joy, when the most holy father received the news, and went in solemn state to render thanks to God and St. Louis.'"--Henry White, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew, ch. 14, par. 34.  {GC 272.3} 

The same master spirit that urged on the St. Bartholomew Massacre led also in the scenes of the Revolution. Jesus Christ was declared to be an impostor, and the rallying cry of the French infidels was, "Crush the Wretch," meaning Christ. Heaven-daring blasphemy and abominable wickedness went hand in hand, and the basest of men, the most abandoned monsters of cruelty and vice, were most highly exalted. In all this, supreme homage was paid to Satan; while Christ, in His characteristics of truth, purity, and unselfish love, was crucified.  {GC 273.1} 

 "The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." (Rev 11:7) The atheistical power that ruled in France during the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, did wage such a war against God and His holy word as the world had never witnessed. The worship of the Deity was abolished by the National Assembly. Bibles were collected and publicly burned with every possible manifestation of scorn. The law of God was trampled underfoot. The institutions of the Bible were abolished. The weekly rest day was set aside, and in its stead every tenth day was devoted to reveling and blasphemy. Baptism and the Communion were prohibited. And announcements posted conspicuously over the burial places declared death to be an eternal sleep.  {GC 273.2}

4.6.1.2.3.1.2 The Goddess of Reason

After France had renounced the worship of the living God, "the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity," it was only a little time till she descended to degrading idolatry, by the worship of the Goddess of Reason, in the person of a profligate woman. And this in the representative assembly of the nation, and by its highest civil and legislative authorities! .. To this person, as the fittest representative of that reason whom they worshiped, the National Convention of France rendered public homage.  {GC 275.1}

Said the orator who introduced the worship of Reason: "Legislators! Fanaticism has given way to reason. Its bleared eyes could not endure the brilliancy of the light. This day an immense concourse has assembled beneath those gothic vaults, which, for the first time, re-echoed the truth. There the French have celebrated the only true worship,--that of Liberty, that of Reason. There we have formed wishes for the prosperity of the arms of the Republic. There we have abandoned inanimate idols for Reason, for that animated image, the masterpiece of nature."--M. A. Thiers, History of the French Revolution, vol. 2, pp. 370, 371.  {GC 275.3} 

It was popery that had begun the work which atheism was completing. The policy of Rome had wrought out those conditions, social, political, and religious, that were hurrying France on to ruin. Writers, in referring to the horrors of the Revolution, say that these excesses are to be charged upon the throne and the church. (See Appendix.) In strict justice they are to be charged upon the church. Popery had poisoned the minds of kings against the Reformation, as an enemy to the crown, an element of discord that would be fatal to the peace and harmony of the nation. It was the genius of Rome that by this means inspired the direst cruelty and the most galling oppression which proceeded from the throne.  {GC 276.4} 

The spirit of liberty went with the Bible. Wherever the gospel was received, the minds of the people were awakened. They began to cast off the shackles that had held them bond slaves of ignorance, vice, and superstition. They began to think and act as men. Monarchs saw it and trembled for their despotism.  {GC 277.1}

 4.6.1.2.3.1.3.1.3 Ruination of France

At last the ruin of the state was complete; there remained no more conscience to be proscribed; no more religion to be dragged to the stake; no more patriotism to be chased into banishment."--Wylie, b. 13, ch. 20. And the Revolution, with all its horrors, was the dire result.  {GC 279.1} 

"With the flight of the Huguenots a general decline settled upon France. Flourishing manufacturing cities fell into decay; fertile districts returned to their native wildness; intellectual dullness and moral declension succeeded a period of unwonted progress. Paris became one vast almshouse, and it is estimated that, at the breaking out of the Revolution, two hundred thousand paupers claimed charity from the hands of the king. The Jesuits alone flourished in the decaying nation, and ruled with dreadful tyranny over churches and schools, the prisons and the galleys."  {GC 279.2}  

All too well the people had learned the lessons of cruelty and torture which Rome had so diligently taught. A day of retribution at last had come. It was not now the disciples of Jesus that were thrust into dungeons and dragged to the stake. Long ago these had perished or been driven into exile. Unsparing Rome now felt the deadly power of those whom she had trained to delight in deeds of blood. "The example of persecution which the clergy of France had exhibited for so many ages, was now retorted upon them with signal vigor. The scaffolds ran red with the blood of the priests. The galleys and the prisons, once crowded with Huguenots, were now filled with their persecutors. Chained to the bench and toiling at the oar, the Roman Catholic clergy experienced all those woes which their church had so freely inflicted on the gentle heretics {GC 283.2} 

"Then came those days when the most barbarous of all codes was administered by the most barbarous of all tribunals; when no man could greet his neighbors or say his prayers . . . without danger of committing a capital crime; when spies lurked in every corner; when the guillotine was long and hard at work every morning; when the jails were filled as close as the holds of a slave ship; when the gutters ran foaming with blood into the Seine. . . . While the daily wagonloads of victims were carried to their doom through the streets of Paris, the proconsuls, whom the sovereign committee had sent forth to the departments, reveled in an extravagance of cruelty unknown even in the capital. The knife of the deadly machine rose and fell too slow for their work of slaughter. Long rows of captives were mowed down with grapeshot. Holes were made in the bottom of crowded barges. Lyons was turned into a desert. At Arras even the cruel mercy of a speedy death was denied to the prisoners. All down the Loire, from Saumur to the sea, great flocks of crows and kites feasted on naked corpses, twined together in hideous embraces. No mercy was shown to sex or age. The number of young lads and of girls of seventeen who were murdered by that execrable government, is to be reckoned by hundreds. Babies torn from the breast were tossed from pike to pike along the Jacobin ranks." In the short space of ten years, multitudes of human beings perished.  {GC 284.1} 

All this was as Satan would have it. This was what for ages he had been working to secure. His policy is deception from first to last, and his steadfast purpose is to bring woe and wretchedness upon men, to deface and defile the workmanship of God, to mar the divine purposes of benevolence and love, and thus cause grief in heaven. Then by his deceptive arts he blinds the minds of men, and leads them to throw back the blame of his work upon God, as if all this misery were the result of the Creator's plan. In like manner, when those who have been degraded and brutalized through his cruel power achieve their freedom, he urges them on to excesses and atrocities. Then this picture of unbridled license is pointed out by tyrants and oppressors as an illustration of the results of liberty. {GC 284.2}

(This is the big decision we have to make knowing what we have discussed. The easy road is to wonder after the Pope who has promised to resolve the world’s calamities by enforcing Sunday Law so as not to violate the sacred Sunday of Catholicism.)

4.6.1.2.3.1.4 The Bible Thrives and Spread

God's faithful witnesses (the Old Testament and the New Testament), slain by the blasphemous power that "ascendeth out of the bottomless pit," were not long to remain silent. "After three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them." Revelation 11:11. It was in 1793 that the decrees which abolished the Christian religion and set aside the Bible passed the French Assembly. Three years and a half later a resolution rescinding these decrees, thus granting toleration to the Scriptures, was adopted by the same body. The world stood aghast at the enormity of guilt which had resulted from a rejection of the Sacred Oracles, and men recognized the necessity of faith in God and His word as the foundation of virtue and morality. Saith the Lord: "Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel," Isaiah 37:23. "Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is Jehovah." Jeremiah 16:21, A.R.V.  {GC 287.1} 

Concerning the two witnesses the prophet declares further: "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." Revelation 11:12. Since France made war upon God's two witnesses, they have been honored as never before. In 1804 the British and Foreign Bible Society was organized. This was followed by similar organizations, with numerous branches, upon the continent of Europe. In 1816 the American Bible Society was founded. When the British Society was formed, the Bible had been printed and circulated in fifty tongues. It has since been translated into many hundreds of languages and dialects. {GC 287.2} 

For the fifty years preceding 1792, little attention was given to the work of foreign missions. No new societies were formed, and there were but few churches that made any effort for the spread of Christianity in heathen lands. But toward the close of the eighteenth century a great change took place. Men became dissatisfied with the results of rationalism and realized the necessity of divine revelation and experimental religion. From this time the work of foreign missions attained an unprecedented growth. {GC 287.3} 

The improvements in printing have given an impetus to the work of circulating the Bible. The increased facilities for communication between different countries, the breaking down of ancient barriers of prejudice and national exclusiveness, and the loss of secular power by the pontiff of Rome have opened the way for the entrance of the word of God. For some years the Bible has been sold without restraint in the streets of Rome, and it has now been carried to every part of the habitable globe.  {GC 288.1}  (When the whole world has been reached and everyone has to decide on their allegiance then shall the end come. (Mat 24:14). This should be achieved very, very soon, with the advent of the internet and the increase in the ability of translators.)    

Note: Seventh-day Adventists have generally attached prophetic significance ( deadly wound of Rev !3:14) to the date February 15, 1798, when French troops entered Rome and their commander, General Berthier, deposed Pope Pius VI and took over the Vatican. It was reinstate in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty signed by Benito Mussolini for the Italian government and by cardinal secretary of state Pietro Gasparri for the papacy and confirmed by the Italian constitution of 1948. The papacy recognized the state of Italy, with Rome as its capital. Italy in return recognized papal sovereignty over the Vatican City, a minute territory of 44 hectares (109 acres), and secured full independence for the pope. The Papacy has since been regaining its strength in the world of politics and religion.

To know the original details read “The Great Controversy” by E.G. White. This book covers church history from the start of the early church, the dark ages, the reformation and all the way to God’s kingdom. It shows how religion became corrupt and the solution God has provided. Get the online book at https://egwwritings.org/?ref=en_GC.i&para=132.2

4.6.2 The Readiness of the Final Assault

 (The source is from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y9tgZN4b4 – (1:53:30), “SDAs & World Make Open, Avowed War On Bible;  Pope: Remnant Must Lose Freedom Of Press ,  by Ps Andrew Hendriques, published on Dec 10, 2016. This sermon is divided into two portions with the first part ending at 1:01:35)  

The current events even from within the remnant church since the last watch spells the closeness of the close of probation, that, it is even at the door. The great controversy between Christ and Satan is over worship. Over the word of God and from the word we derive worship. Gen 2:16,17. God gave Adam and Eve some instruction (his word) and Satan came and counteracted that word (Gen 3:1-5) Eve and then Adam believed in Satan’s lie. This great controversy has now come down to earth and in the final assault has come into the church, because SDA is God’s remnant preserved with his word, the present truth to counteract the wines of Babylon. It has just happened on Dec 3, 2016 that Satan has agents within the church to make an avowed war against the word of God.

Prophecies are building block in knowing the signs of the time where in Dan 11:40 we are told about great controversy between the King of the North and the King of the South. The King of the South represents two primary policies (principles, theories), life style practices that came from France during the French revolution; legalised atheism and legalised Sodomy (Rev 11). This is the precursor to bring about the enforcing of Sunday Law, and observance of the mark of the beast (Rev13) by the King of the North. While we look at the world, we can see events and steps are showing us that the King of the South is here- legalised immorality which is atheism. The King of the North will return as a whirlwind to persecute God’s people who refuse to honour Sunday and give up Sabbath as a day of rest and worship.  The King of the North have rounded up all the people of the world through his ecumenical interfaith alliance where he is proclaimed as the supreme moral leader of the world  and he has just issued the one year countdown deadline for all Protestants to end their protest by Oct 31, 2017. Agents of Satan are now active in North America (being the last bastion of resistance) as manifested in the SDA seminar at the Loma Linda Campus on Dec 3, 2016.

Rev 11:3-9 is the prophecy which was fulfiiled in the French Revolution. It mentions the beast from the bottomless pit in verses 7-9. The identification of this beast is Sodom (licentiousness) and Egypt atheism) (v.8). The French Revolution ended in 1798 but the bottomless pit lived on as Rev 20;1-3 says Satan will be bound for a thousand years at the second  coming of Jesus. He will be loosed for a short season after the one thousand years and then he, the false prophets and his evil agents will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone to be destroyed from the face of the earth forever (Rev 20:10). (The section earlier at par 4.6.1.2 Classic Case of Religious Persecution gave a quick background overview)

4.6.2.1 Supporting LGBT Movement by Some SDA Church

The event at  one of our SDA events involving six speakers amongst them Dr Jon Paulien, professor Religion-Theological Studies, Dr David R. Larson, professor Ethical Studies, Daneen Akers Film Director, Seventh-Gay Adventists documentary), supporting the LGBT Lifestyle  by  negating the word of God a blatant act of  burning the Bible. See Sermon -5:59-17:48 and the article at Adventist Today, Dec 3, 2016- Religion and LGBT Community.)This event, the LGBT movement in the church, is following on the heel of the sanctioning of women ordination in NAD (and even transgender elder)

Then there is the Pasadena (California) SDA  Church on Dec 9, 2016, protesting  against the group of former Gays in giving testimonies of the victories over their former LGBT lifestyles through faith in Christ (18:40-29:15)  In all these recent events involving the media the leaders  of the California Conference and the General Conference of SDA   have remained silent. Will the SDA pastors still be preaching the truth without any compromise and stand for the truth of God’s word? What will happen to the members in the pew when the majority, particularly the millennial generation, are  in support of the LGBT movement?   The world is now looking at the SDA protestant denomination as to how they are dealing with women being ordained, individuals who are part of the LGBT community who are already members of their church. The church is sorely in need of reprove, rebuke and instruction to righteousness. What must we be found keeping just before the close of probation?- The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:12). God could finish the work in eradicating sins, but He wants to prove Satan wrong that the weakest race of human being will be able to lovingly obey His laws. He wants to use us as His consecrated vessel.

4.6.2.2 Precursor to Sunday Law

The Sunday law is near. Here is some of the basis:

 Phillip Schaff in an article “The Connecting Links between Church and State” says that there are three links, namely Marriage, Sunday, and the Public School. That is these are the three links which form the union of Church and State in the United State (mentioned by A. T. Jones in 1887). It means that a law must now legalise marriage, joining Church and State.

1. News Headline 12/02/2016: Trump’s education pick says reform can 'advance God’s Kingdom’.

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Secretary has expressed her preference in the past to give Christianity a bigger part in schooling in the United States. At a meeting in 2001, the DEVos couple reportedly discussed how they are motivated by the Christian faith in pushing for reforms in how the youth are educated in the U.S.  This agenda will join Church and State, the image of the beast. Since Papacy is a union of Church and State , the U.S. must also form a union of Church and State and consequently the likelihood of the Sunday law under the Trump administration. The best thing for us is to get ready.

2. Climate Change ( 33:20): Lauato Si’ – On Care for our Common Home (Pope's Encyclical)

237. On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. .. The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day,.. (Ex 23:12). Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centred on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.

The Pope says that Sunday law must be enforced to combat climate change. This is because of the Pope’s concern for the poor. However the Sunday law can never be enforced under a Trump administration because the Republican Party holds that climate change is a hoax.  But all of a sudden , the San Diego Union- Tribune on Dec 3, 2016 reported:  “It is clear that climate change is a pro-life issue,” said Sarah Spengememan with Catholic Climate Covenant. “ If we want to leave our children an inhabitable earth, if we have a responsibility to the unborn, we have a responsibility to act on climate.” This fall, the U.s. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Climate Covenant rolled out a program aimed at mobilising action around Pope Francis encyclical, which outlined a moral obligation for combating climate change.  (The Republican is against abortion with the Democrat supporting climate change. Now the Catholica are saying that climate change is on the same level as abortion and by the same principle of preserving life must also combat climate change.  Both these issues are now moral issues.

3. The Making of Church and State Alliance

Albert Mohle, head of Southern Baptist Church in Nov 8, 2016 said that Christians voted for Donald Trump because he opposes abortion. They also voted for him because of any number of other “major moral issues- in legalising moral issues)”.  By the way the Pope had in Jun 18, 2015 publically asserted his moral case for taking on climate change. Therefore the Republican must change their stance on climate change swayed by the Catholics (the largest voting bloc in America) who will be guided by the Pope. (Laudato Si’ 120. Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”) It was the White evangelicals, Catholics and Mormons who carried Trump in the presidential election. 

The inspired writing says, “.. and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: "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." Revelation 12:17.  {GC 592.3} 

Trump had two advisory boards, Catholic Advisory and Evangelical Protestant board, for his election campaign and is keeping them to advise him on public policy. Therefore both these moral issues will be legalised under the union of church and state. The evangelical leader, Richard Land, a long- time leader in Southern Baptist Convention confirmed, in Politico Dec 7, 2016, that there are discussions underway for the board to meet in person in Washington. And they have already been asked by the transition team to provide names for key slots in the administration including the faith-based offices. He said “I have been surprised at the level to which the transition team has solicited our input on personnel.” “I will say, having been in administration from Reagan’s forward, this is the most solicitous that any incoming administration has been for input from evangelicals concerning personnel that I have experienced” and Pam (President’s staff) has said, ‘He is very grateful for the faith community, he wants your input.’ That didn’t happen under George W. Bush, They were willing to take our recommendations, but they didn’t actively solicit them there times before inauguration.” (So civil leaders want churchmen to advise them. These are final movements.)

Consider the fact that President J.F. Kennedy was assassinated and also the fact that he said that we should not take direction from church leaders. Now Al Gore is reported on Dec 5, 2016, praising Ivanka Trump on climate policy after meeting. Then on Dec 5, the New York Times reported that Trump meets with Al Gore on Climate change while House G.O.P. rebuffs tariff plan. There is also Leonardo Di Caprio hoping to use Ivanka Trump to push climate change policy, reported on Dec 5, 2016. The media is telling us that she carries much influence on the mind of her father. But it is the people who rise up and say our church say we must enforce Sunday law to combat climate change, to bring back morality, to care for the poor. The leaders to stay in power will have to legislate it based on the misdirected fervent demands of the people. We see now that even the leaders are getting on board with this agenda to remain popular and keep their position. Even Michael Bloomberg on Dec 4, 2016 says “Its unclear whether the Republican controlled Congress will back Trump’s future policies on the environment. But cities can make a difference with their own climate strategies. “ (He recognised that  all the world mayors met Pope Francis at the Vatican on July 21-22, 2016 to pledge climate action and resulted in the ratification of the Paris Accord in November 2016. All that is needed is a global calamities, natural or man-made, which will be blamed on the violation of Sunday sacredness with the ready solution of legislative enforcement.

4. Fake News and Censorship by Media Giants

“Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content’ was theguardian headline on Dec 5, 2016 saying that these tech companies are planning to create a shared database unique digital fingerprints that can identify images and videos promoting terrorism (implying fundamentalism- anything the Pope condemns, Bible believing Christians).  Following on, the European Commission said on Sunday, Dec 8, 2016 that U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube and Microsoft will have to act fast to tackle online hate speech or face  laws forcing them to do so. Freedom of speech will be repudiated soon signifying the final movements are gathering pace and will be rapid ones.

5. Pope Condemnation of Terrorism -“Europe is in need of leaders who go ahead”- Vatican Insider, 07/12/2016 - http://www.lastampa.it/2016/12/07/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/europe-is-in-need-of-leaders-who-go-ahead-vc08STV1q7InpkR2iWsReO/pagina.html

The Pope said this in an interview with Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio  following the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The Pope went on to reiterate his condemnation of terrorism: “No religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred. One cannot wage war in the name of God or in the name of a religious position. War cannot be waged in any religion (Pope please remember you said this and you claim to be infallible). And for this reason terrorism and war are not related to religion. Religion is distorted to justify them, this is true… no religion proclaims war for the fact of religion. Religious distortions, yes. For example, all religions have fundamentalist groups (but please don’t include Bible believing Christians). All of them, we do too. And they destroy, starting from their fundamentalism. But these are small religious groups that have distorted and have “sickened” their religion, and as a result they fight, they wage war, or they cause division in communities, which is a form of war. But these are the fundamentalist groups we have in all religions. There is always a small group…” (The Pope is right (without knowing Bible prophecy) that there will be many within Catholicism who will leave to join the true movement when they hear and receive present truth in the three angels’ messages, God’s final warning to the world. The Pope is right about saying that there is a small group because in the time of trouble, the remnant is a small group (“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.) He also said those who use hate speech and bring about division are sinners and they must lose their rights. “They can be used as means of defamation.” Defamation Francis cautioned is a sin and he took the task of explaining it inthe next Press news.

6.  Media Brainwashing for Police State

Pope Warns Media Over ‘Sin’ Of Spreading Fake News, Smearing Politicians. Spreading Disinformation is “the greatest damage that the media can do.” The Huffington Post, 12/07/2016

“The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics,” he said. “They can be used as means of defamation...” Then he said “No one has a right to do this and it is hurtful.” (We all have a right to speak up guided by our conscience. Pope Francis is against freedom of speech, one of the principles of freedom in any democratic nation under the protection of big brother, USA.)

 Under the smoke screens of propaganda Papacy and its machinery are brainwashing us to gladly embrace a police state (as exemplified next).

No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude - Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2016     

On Tuesday, commuters were met by heavily armed deputies, dogs and bag searches, part of increased security visible across the Los Angeles County transit system. (L.A. City and New York City State are two typical example of a police state where the individual right is repudiated on the pretext of a terrorist threat.

This is a strong forewarning that the final crisis is coming and we must be found in God’s character. We must be found keeping God’s character and be found faithful now.  (First part ends at 1:01:35, second part resume later)

4.6.3 Reality of Time of Trouble

In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what the Lord has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.--LS 196 (1902).  {LDE 72.1}

 If there ever was a time when serious reflection becomes every one who fears God, it is now, when personal piety is essential. The inquiry should be made, "What am I, and what is my work and mission in this time? On which side am I working--Christ's side or the enemy's side?" Let every soul now humble himself or herself before God, for now we are surely living in the great Day of Atonement. The cases even now of many are passing in review before God, for they are to sleep in their graves a little season. Your profession of faith is not your guarantee in that day, but the state of your affections. Is the soul-temple cleansed of its defilement? Are my sins confessed and am I repenting of them before God, that they may be blotted out? Do I esteem myself too lightly? Am I willing to make any and every sacrifice for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ? Do I feel every moment I am not my own, but Christ's property, that my service belongs to God, whose I am?--Ms 87, 1886.  {LDE 72.2} We should ask ourselves, "For what are we living and working? And what will be the outcome of it all?"--ST Nov. 21, 1892.  {LDE 73.1}

 I have questioned in my mind, as I have seen the people in our cities hurrying to and fro with business, whether they ever thought of the day of God that is just upon us. Every one of us should be living with reference to the great day which is soon to come upon us.--1SAT 25 (1886).  {LDE 73.2}  

We cannot afford to live with no reference to the day of judgment; for though long delayed, it is now near, even at the door, and hasteth greatly. The trumpet of the Archangel will soon startle the living and wake the dead.--CG 560, 561 (1892).  {LDE 73.3}

The lessons of the past starts with God sending Noah to warn the world before the Great Flood that the people might be led to repentance, and thus escape the threatened destruction. The time of Noah prefigures the present age. Christ tells us that as it was in the time of Noah, so shall it be in the days that immediately precede his appearing in the clouds of heaven. Human nature in our day, uninfluenced by the Spirit of God, is the same as in the age of Noah (Mat 24: 37-39). As the time of Christ's second appearing draws near, the Lord will send His servants with a warning to the world to prepare for that great event (to prepare for the time of trouble preceding the second coming).

4.6.3.1 ‘Days of Noah’ Lesson

(Excerpts from Foc1 at http://www.wakeupow.com/159912035 par 4.1 ‘Days of Noah’ Lesson; 4.1.1 The Great Flood Destruction; 4.1.1.1 Another Storm Coming Soon; 4.1.1.2 Noah Constructs the Ark; 4.1.2 Our Present Time; 4.1.2.1 The Day of The Lord.)

The 120 years signified the 120 years of probation to allow the ungodly antediluvians to be convicted by the preaching of Noah, the priest of righteousness, to repent and be converted. Spirit of prophecy says history is to be repeated and that prophecy is given for our benefit and lesson. The intent is to direct us to diligently learn from these past events in order to avoid the mistakes revealed

Par 4.1.1 The Great Flood Destruction

In the days of Noah, the wickedness of the world became so great that God could no longer bear with it. . . . But He pitied the race, and in His love provided a refuge for all who would accept it. He gave the message to Noah to be given to the people: "My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."(Gen 6:3) The Spirit of God continued to strive with rebellious man until the time specified had nearly expired, when Noah and his family entered the ark, and the hand of God closed its door. Mercy had stepped from the golden throne, no longer to intercede for the guilty sinner.  {RC 321.3}

Before the Flood God sent Noah to warn the world, that the people might be led to repentance, and thus escape the threatened destruction. (God is teaching us to learn of this experience) (Therefore,) as the time of Christ's second appearing draws near, the Lord sends His servants with a warning to the world to prepare for that great event. Multitudes have been living in transgression of God's law, and now He in mercy calls them to obey its sacred precepts. All who will put away their sins by repentance toward God and faith in Christ are offered pardon. But many feel that it requires too great a sacrifice to put away sin. Because their life does not harmonize with the pure principles of God's moral government, they reject His warnings and deny the authority of His law.  {PP 102.1}  (Please heed.)

Of the vast population of the earth before the Flood, only eight souls believed and obeyed God's word through Noah. For a hundred and twenty years the preacher of righteousness warned the world of the coming destruction, but his message was rejected and despised. So it will be now. Before the Lawgiver shall come to punish the disobedient, transgressors are warned to repent, and return to their allegiance; but with the majority these warnings will be in vain.

As the time of their probation was closing, the antediluvians gave themselves up to exciting amusements and festivities. Those who possessed influence and power were bent on keeping the minds of the people engrossed with mirth and pleasure, lest any should be impressed by the last solemn warning. Do we not see the same repeated in our day? While God's servants are giving the message that the end of all things is at hand, the world is absorbed in amusements and pleasure seeking. There is a constant round of excitement that causes indifference to God and prevents the people from being impressed by the truths which alone can save them from the coming destruction.  {PP 103.1}

Par 4.1.1.1 Another Storm Coming Soon

(This storm is to be the worst time of trouble that ever was- Matt 24: 21; Dan 12:1)

The sins that called for vengeance upon the antediluvian world exist today. The fear of God is banished from the hearts of men, and His law is treated with indifference and contempt… God did not condemn the antediluvians for eating and drinking; He had given them the fruits of the earth in great abundance to supply their physical wants. Their sin consisted in taking these gifts without gratitude to the Giver, and debasing themselves by indulging appetite without restraint… A similar condition of things exists now.

In Noah's day philosophers declared that it was impossible for the world to be destroyed by water; so now there are men of science who endeavour to show that the world cannot be destroyed by fire--that this would be inconsistent with the laws of nature.

The message of Noah was to him a reality. Amid the scoffs and jeers of the world, he was an unbending witness for God. His meekness and righteousness were in bright contrast to the revolting crimes, intrigue, and violence continually practiced around him. A power attended his words; for it was the voice of God to man through his servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power, while for one hundred and twenty years his solemn warning voice fell upon the ears of the men of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, seemed impossible. Some were deeply convicted, and would have heeded the words of warning; but there were so many to jest and ridicule that they partook of the same spirit, resisted the invitations of mercy, refused to reform, and were soon among the boldest and most defiant scoffers; for none are so reckless, and go to such lengths in sin, as those who have once had light, but have resisted the convicting Spirit of God. Thus while God was working to draw man to himself, man, in his rebellion, was drawing away from God, and continually resisting the pleadings of infinite love.  {ST, April 1, 1886 par. 7}

Par 4.1.1.2 Noah Constructs the Ark

Amid the unbelief of a scoffing world, was the faith of Noah. ..He gave to the world an example of believing just what God said. In accordance with the directions of God, he commenced to construct the ark, an immense boat, on dry ground.

The time of Noah prefigures the present age. Christ tells us that as it was in the time of Noah, so shall it be in the days that immediately precede his appearing in the clouds of heaven. Human nature in our day, uninfluenced by the Spirit of God, is the same as in the age of Noah. And Satan is not asleep; he is as active and vigilant now as he was then. While the voice of God is making itself heard through his servants in warning and entreaties, he is mustering his forces. He engages his host with gigantic energies to make, through his sophistry, cruelties, and oppression, the words of warning of none effect. The people are tested, and the great mass will be found on the side of the great deceiver, and will be overwhelmed in swift and irretrievable destruction. But those that heed the warnings of God, and in their lives bring forth fruits meet for repentance, shall "dwell in the secret place of the Most High;" they "shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." For them is the promise: "With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation."   {ST, April 1, 1886 par. 11}

Par 4.1.2 Our Present Time

Is not this picture of the antediluvian world reproduced in our time? Man has not grown more pure and holy since the days of Noah. His heart has not changed; it is still "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." The intense worldliness of that generation is exceeded by that of the generation now living. Money is lavishly spent for costly houses, fine horses and carriages, and other expensive articles of luxury and display, while the poor suffer for food and clothing. The fear of God is banished from the hearts of the children of men, and his law is treated with indifference and neglect.  {BEcho, July 1, 1887 par. 9}

A similar state of things exists now in relation to marriage. Marriages are formed between the godly and the ungodly, because inclination governs in the selection of husband or wife. The parties do not ask counsel of God, nor have his glory in view. Christianity ought to have a controlling, sanctifying influence upon the marriage relation; but husband and wife are not united by Christian principle; uncontrolled passion lies at the foundation of many of the marriages that are contracted at the present time.  {BEcho, July 1, 1887 par. 12}

Par 4.1.2.1 The Day of The Lord

Reader, another storm is coming. The earth will again be swept by the desolating wrath of God, and again sin and sinners will be destroyed. Do you feel that it is an event of little importance? Then read some of the utterances of the prophets in reference to the day of God: "Behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." "Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come." "The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord. The mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness."  {BEcho, July 1, 1887 par. 14}

But though this is a day of trouble and distress to the wicked, the righteous will be able to say, "Lo, this is our God;" "we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." The truth will be their shield and buckler. God will be their refuge, and under his wings shall they trust. Says the psalmist: "Because thou hast made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."   {BEcho, July 1, 1887 par. 15}

4.6.3.1.1 Reminder of Important Lessons

1. Amid the prevailing corruption, Methuselah, Noah, and many others laboured to keep alive the knowledge of the true God and to stay the tide of moral evil. A hundred and twenty years before the Flood, the Lord by a holy angel declared to Noah His purpose, and directed him to build an ark. While building the ark he was to preach that God would bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy the wicked.. Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation should find pardon and be saved. Enoch had repeated to his children what God had shown him in regard to the Flood, and Methuselah and his sons, who lived to hear the preaching of Noah, assisted in building the ark

2. "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Hebrews 11:7. While Noah was giving his warning message to the world, his works testified of his sincerity. It was thus that his faith was perfected and made evident. He gave the world an example of believing just what God says.

3. The world was arrayed against God's justice and His laws, and Noah was regarded as a fanatic. Satan, when tempting Eve to disobey God, said to her, "Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4. Great men, worldly, honored, and wise men, repeated the same…Had the antediluvians believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh. But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God's prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction.

4. he period of their probation was about to expire…Beasts of every description, the fiercest as well as the most gentle, were seen coming from mountain and forest and quietly making their way toward the ark. A noise as of a rushing wind was heard, and lo, birds were flocking from all directions. .. Animals obeyed the command of God, while men were disobedient. Guided by holy angels, they "went in two and two unto Noah into the ark," and the clean beasts by sevens. The world looked on in wonder, some in fear. Philosophers were called upon to account for the singular occurrence, but in vain. It was a mystery which they could not fathom. But men had become so hardened by their persistent rejection of light that even this scene produced but a momentary impression…Mercy had ceased its pleadings for the guilty race. The beasts of the field and the birds of the air had entered the place of refuge. Noah and his household were within the ark, "and the Lord shut him in."

5. For seven days after Noah and his family entered the ark, there appeared no sign of the coming storm. During this period their faith was tested. It was a time of triumph to the world without. The apparent delay confirmed them in the belief that Noah's message was a delusion, and that the Flood would never come. Notwithstanding the solemn scenes which they had witnessed--the beasts and birds entering the ark, and the angel of God closing the door--they still continued their sport and revelry, even making a jest of these signal manifestations of God's power. They gathered in crowds about the ark, deriding its inmates with a daring violence which they had never ventured upon before.

6. Rain with thunder and lightning came on the eighth day and "the fountains of the great deep" were "broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." ..As the violence of the storm increased, trees, buildings, rocks, and earth were hurled in every direction. The terror of man and beast was beyond description… Some in their desperation endeavored to break into the ark, but the firm-made structure withstood their efforts. Some clung to the ark until they were borne away by the surging waters, or their hold was broken by collision with rocks and trees. .. “before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the Flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:38, 39…The picture which Inspiration has given of the antediluvian world represents too truly the condition to which modern society is fast hastening.

7. Before the Flood God sent Noah to warn the world, that the people might be led to repentance, and thus escape the threatened destruction. As the time of Christ's second appearing draws near, the Lord sends His servants (in the remnant church) with a warning to the world to prepare for that great event (to prepare for the time of trouble preceding the second coming).

8. The flood lasted for five month and the water rose fifteen cubits (23feet) above the highest mountains. .. Noah and his family anxiously waited for the decrease of the waters, for they longed to go forth again upon the earth. Forty days after the tops of the mountains became visible. The raven sent out did not find dry land yet, Seven days later a dove was sent forth, which, finding no footing, returned to the ark. Noah waited seven days longer, and again sent forth the dove. When she returned at evening with an olive leaf in her mouth, there was great rejoicing. At last an angel descended from heaven, opened the massive door, and bade the patriarch and his house hold  to go forth upon the earth and take with them every living thing. 

9. Noah first act after leaving the ark was to build an altar and offer from every kind of clean beast and fowl a sacrifice, thus manifesting his gratitude to God for deliverance and his faith in Christ, the great sacrifice. Lest the gathering clouds and falling rain should fill men with constant terror, from fear of another flood, the Lord encouraged the family of Noah by a promise: "I will establish My covenant with you; . . . neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. . . . I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. . . . And I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature." This is the Noahic covenant ( see the other six covenants at FoC13 Watch and pray updates at http://www.wakeupow.com/159912052 , par 6.3.1 God’s Covenants Perspective covering the seven covenants ).

10. Before this time God had given man no permission to eat animal food; He intended that the race should subsist wholly upon the productions of the earth; but now that every green thing had been destroyed, He allowed them to eat the flesh of the clean beasts that had been preserved in the ark. The eating of flesh over times has caused the drastic shortening of life span (See D6 Best Health Plan, at http://www.discoverylifediy.com/430332456 , par 6.1.1.1 Main Effects of Eating Meat; 6.1.3 Food for the Soul.)

11. The time of trouble at the end-time will climax with more terrible manifestations than the world has ever yet beheld, will be witnessed at the second advent of Christ. "The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger?" Nahum 1:5, 6. Lightning from heaven will unite with the fire in the earth, the mountains will burn like a furnace, and will pour forth terrific streams of lava, overwhelming gardens and fields, villages and cities. Seething molten masses thrown into the rivers will cause the waters to boil, sending forth massive rocks with indescribable violence and scattering their broken fragments upon the land. Rivers will be dried up. The earth will be convulsed; everywhere there will be dreadful earthquakes and eruptions.  {PP 110.2}  Thus God will destroy the wicked from off the earth. But the righteous will be preserved in the midst of these commotions, as Noah was preserved in the ark. God will be their refuge, and under His wings shall they trust. Says the psalmist: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee." Psalm 91:9, 10. "In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me." Psalm 27:5. God's promise is, "Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name." Psalm 91:14.  {PP 110.3} (We must be enabled to seek Jesus to hide us in the time of time preceding His second coming.)

(See the article at www.discoverylifediy.com/432560781 - D11 Discovery of The Earth’s Age, posted on Jan 24,2017.  The Hydroplate Theory is now able to scientifically  explain  in great depth  how and what  subsequently happened in the Great (Global) Flood  based on the Genesis account in chapters 6-9. The article covers scientific evidence proving  the lie in the 4.5 billion years  age of the evolutionary model and centres on the work of  Dr Robert Gentry  with his proof on the instantaneous creation of Granite, the main crustal rock and that coal and oil did  not require millions of years to form in the earth.  Amazingly, insight into the truth was already made known to Ellen G. White in 1890 when she wrote “Patriarchic and Prophets,” one of her many Spirit of Prophecy books. – added on 26 Jan ‘17 )

4.6.3.2 The Time of Jacobs's Trouble

(Based on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpJsHZfVMHk (58:10)- The Time of Jacobs's Trouble - Cracking The Genesis Code by Ps Steven Bohr, published on Nov 18, 2012)

The experience of Jacob in his time of trouble is valuable lesson  on what this time would be like and the preparation that will be necessary to go through this period victorious. Esau and Jacob represent two different characters that people on planet earth will have throughout the course of history and particularly at the end of time. The struggle represents the final struggle in controversy between those two character manifestations, the righteous and the wicked.

4.6.3.2.1 The Character of Esau

Esau believed that the law of God was a yoke of bondage which restricted his freedom and his liberty. He had no interest in the responsibilities connected with the birthright, such as being a righteous ruler over his household; being the spiritual leader the priest of his house; and having the privilege of being the progenitor of the Messiah. He lived for the here and now instead of being focused on the future life.

4.6.3.2.2 The Character of Jacob

Jacob was different even though he stole the birthright from his brother and deceived his father Jacob, a righteous man.  Esau was very hardened and rude man whereas Jacob was docile and mild, an illustration of God’s people particularly at the end of time and actually at the very origin of human history.  The element of the life (plight) of Jacob: lost his home because of sin but in running away from home he truly repented and confessed his sin to God who forgave his sin. At Bethel God gave Jacob marvelous promises that he was going to bless him and to eventually bring him back to his home in Canaan that from him would come innumerable multitudes and that God would protect him from his enemies. Jacob ended in Laban’s house, a type of satanic figure, a deceiver, a conniver, a very wicked individual who changed Jacob salary repeatedly for his own purposes who feigned his love for his daughters but really he was more interested in money and material resources. The life of Jacob in his house was very difficult and trying,  but it was a blessing to him because he learned how to trust God, how to be firm and remain unmoved in the midst of trials and tribulations. After spending 20 years there God commanded him to return to the land of Canaan.

4.6.3.2.2.1 Returning Home- Jacob prepares to meet Esau  

It was in this event of his return to Canaan before he and his household re-entered his lost home, at the very end of the experience of Jacob. When Jacob had to leave home on the way to Laban, his mother’s brother, that God showed him this dream of a ladder that bridged heaven and earth and  said even though you’ve sinned you’ve repented and communion between heaven and earth, between you and me has not been broken. There is an open communion. Immediately after this dream God gave him certain promises: land, innumerable posterity, the blessing and to protect and keep him Gen 28:13-16

He has left Laban and about to enter the home where he was cast out of because of his sin and about to recover he has this experience that is told in Gen. 32. His brother Esau is coming against him with 400 armed men: V6-The day will come when I will kill my brother, said Esau filled with hatred. The bible tells us that Jacob is very distressed and anxious.  V7- The fear that Jacob had is that his sin were so great that God was not going to be able to fulfill the promises. He feared that when Esau comes against him that he is going to destroy him because his sins is so great that God is not going to fulfill the promises. He was not presumptuous by demanding that God fulfil His promises. V10- He confessed his unworthiness to God. Vs11,12- Prayed for God’s deliverance from his brother and claimed and trusted that God is good and worthy.

4.6.3.2.2.2 The Wrestle with God

Suddenly a man showed up and lays hold of Jacob. He thinks it is an enemy and so he begins wrestling with this man (V 24) that lasted the whole night. Eventually the man touches his hip which is thrown out of joint and Jacob realized that this man is a supernatural being (V25-26). In spite of his physical and   psychological anguish and knowing that Esau is coming to destroy him and his only way out is to depend on the promises of God who is faithful to his promises. Jacob says to the angel (V26) that he will not let loose of this angel and he wants the assurance of God’s blessing  (Jacob for 20 years has not forgiven himself of his sin and so now he is not sure.) V27, 28-The angel tells him that his name shall be changed to Israel.  When Jacob struggles and wrestle with this man and refuses to let him go  in spite of the excruciating physical pain and the psychological load of sin that is upon him  the angel says your name will be no longer be called the Supplanter (Jacob) the one who wants to take someone’s place because now your character has changed. You felt your unworthiness and you’re clinging onto the promises of God that He gave you at Bethel. Now you’re no longer like that anymore. Your name will now be called Israel which means the prince of God (V29). Vs 30,31- Jacob gave the place a name Peniel  which means face of God. That man was God (Hos 12:3-4). Jesus is identified as Michael , the Archangel, and in several passages He is also called the angel of the Lord. In the Old Testament, Jesus in his pre-incarnate state is angel of God’s presence. He is God who fulfills the function of an angel, the commander of the Lord’s hosts.

4.6.3.2.2.3 Time of Jacob’s Trouble at End-time

Now we need to go forward in history to see how this experience of Jacob will be fulfilled with God’s people. Because the Bible tells us there will be another time of trouble which is prefigured (illustrated small scale) in the experience of Jacob as he was about to enter the land of Canaan.  The sequence described in Dan 11:44, 12:1 is very important and with the understanding that we need to learn how things are ordered as they appear. We will make three comparisons: firstly, Dan11:44-12:1; then Rev 14, 15  to show the same sequence of events; and finally to the book , the Great Controversy which presents the true scenario of end time events. 

4.6.3.2.2.3.1 Prophecy in Dan 11:44-12:1

The King of the North represents the power which is going to rule the world. It is a religious power and is going to persecute God’s people. V44-Certain news cause the King to destroy many (God’s faithful people). Dan 12:1- Michael shall stand up signifying  Jesus begins to rule or take over the kingdom and there will be the time of trouble such as never was ..Jesus ceases to be a priest and becomes a king. And at that time your people shall be delivered from the power of the king.

4.6.3.2.2.3.2 Addition to the Prophecy in Revelation

Notice the same sequence in Rev 14:15. Tidings from the North and the East are the seal of God (Rev 7- Angels come from the rising sun and the loud cry of Rev 18 comes from heaven ( North where God sits in the sides of the North . so they are the three angels’ messages, particularly intensified by the message of this fourth angel which brings the sealing message that separate the righteous from the wicked. When the messages are finished the humanity will be divided into two groups. Rev 14:14-20 says the harvest of the earth and the grapes of the earth. The grapes are outside the holy city and the righteous are inside. The wicked have come and surrounded the city ( the church, the spiritual Jerusalem) to destroy those that are found inside.

As soon as the three angels’ messages are finished we have the closing of the heavenly temple service (Rev 15:5-8). This is the closing of probation when Jesus ceases to be High Priest and takes over His position as King. He changes His priestly garments to His kingly Garments. – the closing of the door (Rev 15:0 and as a result we have the time of trouble in Rev 16. which is the period of the last seven plagues. Revelation indicates that God’s people will come victorious from this period (Rev 15:2-4).This is the same structure and sequence as in Dan 11

4.6.3.2.2.3.3 Sequencing  in The Great Controversy

This is amazingly amplified in the Great Controversy, chap 38, “the Final Warning”, Pg 603-612. (i.e. tidings from the East and the North).  It’s a whole chapter about the sealing and about the mighty angel that comes from heaven (Rev 18:1-4). The next chapter following is called the Time of Trouble. Ellen White began that chapter by quoting Dan 12:1. She said that everyone has been either sealed with the seal of God or has received the mark of the beast. Then she says in pages 614-15 that the wicked are enraged against God’s people. This is the same identical sequence in the correct order. Page 616 describes God’s people will be plunged into those scenes which are called in the Bible the time of Jacob’s trouble (prefiguring what is going to happen to God’s people). She goes on to talk about the experience of Jacob. Interestingly in page 635, the next chapter is titled “God’s people delivered” and finally on p 637 She quotes Dan 12:2 where it speaks about the special resurrection of many.

4.6.3.2.2.3.4 God’s Remnant will Overcome  

In these three different lines of argument we can see what these prophecies are talking about. They are talking about the final onslaught of the wicked against God’s people after the close of probation and the trials that God’s people are going to have when the wicked come against them just like Esau was coming against Jacob. God’s people are going to go through the same type of experiences that Jacob went through during this period.

Now many believe in the rapture idea that the church will be taken out of this world before the tribulation. Those who believe this are setting themselves up to be caught in the time of trouble without the necessary preparation to go through this period. The time of trouble is going to be the worst period of distress and anguish and tribulation in the history of planet earth. The devil knows it and tries to convince the church that Jesus is going to take the church out of the world before the tribulation so that when they are caught in the tribulation they don’t have the necessary preparation, faith and perseverance in order to go through this time successfully.

 Mat 24:21-22 describe this period as the worst in intensity in the history of the world. But God gave the undertaking those days will be shortened for the elects sake. It is going to be just like the experience of Jacob only it’s not going to be only on the borders of literal Canaan, it’s going to be on the borders of the heavenly kingdom. We will be wondering whether God is going to fulfill His promises because of our sinfulness and our unworthiness. We will cry out to God day and night for deliverance.  We will wrestle with God in prayer but of course we need to learn that now, and that what Jacob learn in the house of Laban where he developed the character, learn to be industrious, to be patient in affliction.  He learnt to be patient when he was mistreated. Therefore he was ready for this period.

The Psalm of the tribulation, Ps 91:14-16, has several important points:- No plague will afflict God’s people. We cannot live without a protector He will listen to His people. We will be able to claim the promises of God. This period is described in Isa 54: 7-8 “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. “In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” For a moment it looks like God withdrew his face and his presence from us Jesus went through that experience and Job went through the same experience. The answer will not come immediately, we will have to prevail in prayer, to wrestle with God, have perseverance unshakable unbreakable faith as we pray to God. Claim God promises no matter how they feel. The devil is going to whisper you are too sinful for God to protect you. We must trust in what God says rather than trusting our feelings and emotions. 

This is the same experience of the three friends of Daniel in the valley of Dura. Nebuchadnezzar, who lived for a while like a beast, put up an image and he commanded everyone to worship the image that he had built. Everyone who would not worship the image (over his mark and the image of his name) was to be killed- Dan 3:15-18. This will be the same experience at a worldwide scale at the time of the end. In the fiery furnace, the fourth person (Dan 3:25) was same person Jacob struggled with. The angel who will rise to deliver his people in Dan 12:1. Dan 3:28 is another experience that illustrates the same point. Dan 6:27 speaking about end time generation God’s people victorious . If we have the faith of Jacob, if we learn to trust God like Jacob, If we learn to confess our sins and to repent from sin, no matter how far down we feel , we can trust the promises of God. God is going to deliver His people in the midst of this terrible end time tribulation -Rev 7:13-17.

4.6.3.2.2.3.5 Preparation of Character is Now    

But when do we learn to trust the promises of God? The time to feel our unworthiness, the time to repent of our sins, to confess, to develop an unshakable, unbreakable faith is now because at that time it is going to be too late.   Some will come without the necessary preparation and they will cry out in anguish to God (having lost their inheritance) as Esau did when he lost the birthright he cried out with a bitter cry. Everyone around them will simply make fun of them when they hear them crying -Rev 13:15.There will be a trial over our worship. Our life is going to be in danger absolutely. The powers of the earth will gather against God’s people. When Jacob overcame by clinging onto Christ in his struggle with self, he was given a new name (signifying a new transformed character). Those who go through this end time tribulation will receive a new name, the name of God- Rev 14:1.  So God is going to give us a new name,  to those who overcome- Rev 3:12.  So our name will be changed. And it is going to manifest and reveal the victory that we have gained over the flesh, the world and the devil.

4.6.3.2.2.3.6 Character Change by Faith in Christ’s Righteousness

The preparation of a character that is fit for admission into the heavenly kingdom is a hard goal to reach on our own. But in Christ we can do all things.

The "time of trouble, such as never was," is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. "Though Noah, Daniel, and Job" were in the land, "as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness." Ezekiel 14:20.  {GC 622.4} 

 Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ. Not even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to the power of temptation. Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their power. But Christ declared of Himself: "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father's commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.  {GC 623.1}  It is by faith in Christ that we can have the hope of glory -Col1:27.sy

Note: The “Time of Trouble” event  and the continuation to the end  of the great controversy has been covered in FoC7, From End to Beginning at http://www.wakeupow.com/159912043, par 6.2.1.2.2 Intense Persecution – to par  6.2.5.4.2 The Eternal Blissful Life.    

4.6.3.3 Example of Devastation in Time of Trouble

In order to appreciate the nature and extent of the suffering in the time of trouble, the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 is the best epic historical illustration which Jesus told his apostles that will be repeated with greater intensity and extent.  May we be able to discern lessons from this reading , be afflicted in our heart and make the right decision to accept and surrender to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour right now.

Excerpts from The Great Controversy by Ellen White, Chap. 1 - The Destruction of Jerusalem, pp 17-38, are appended below:

4.6.3.3.1 Jesus Anguish for Jerusalem

Christ saw in Jerusalem a symbol of the world hardened in unbelief and rebellion, and hastening on to meet the retributive judgments of God. The woes of a fallen race, pressing upon His soul, forced from His lips that exceeding bitter cry. He saw the record of sin traced in human misery, tears, and blood; His heart was moved with infinite pity for the afflicted and suffering ones of earth; He yearned to relieve them all. But even His hand might not turn back the tide of human woe; few would seek their only Source of help. He was willing to pour out His soul unto death, to bring salvation within their reach; but few would come to Him that they might have life.  {GC 22.1} 

The Majesty of heaven in tears! the Son of the infinite God troubled in spirit, bowed down with anguish! The scene filled all heaven with wonder. That scene reveals to us the exceeding sinfulness of sin; it shows how hard a task it is, even for Infinite Power, to save the guilty from the consequences of transgressing the law of God. Jesus, looking down to the last generation, saw the world involved in a deception similar to that which caused the destruction of Jerusalem. The great sin of the Jews was their rejection of Christ; the great sin of the Christian world would be their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government in heaven and earth. The precepts of Jehovah would be despised and set at nought. Millions in bondage to sin, slaves of Satan, doomed to suffer the second death, would refuse to listen to the words of truth in their day of visitation. Terrible blindness! strange infatuation!

4.6.3.3.2 The Providential Respite for Escape

Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah. Unmistakable signs would precede the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Saviour warned His followers: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains." Matthew 24:15, 16; Luke 21:20, 21. When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, those who would escape must make no delay. Throughout the land of Judea, as well as in Jerusalem itself, the signal for flight must be immediately obeyed. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down into his house, even to save his most valued treasures. Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction.  {GC 25.4}

For nearly forty years after the doom of Jerusalem had been pronounced by Christ Himself, the Lord delayed His judgments upon the city and the nation. Wonderful was the long-suffering of God toward the rejectors of His gospel and the murderers of His Son. The parable of the unfruitful tree represented God's dealings with the Jewish nation. (Note this is the dark intention of Pope Francis in the one year countdown for the 500th Jubilee of Luther’s Protestant Reformation.) The command had gone forth, "Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?" (Luke 13:7) but divine mercy had spared it yet a little longer. There were still many among the Jews who were ignorant of the character and the work of Christ. And the children had not enjoyed the opportunities or received the light which their parents had spurned. Through the preaching of the apostles and their associates, God would cause light to shine upon them; they would be permitted to see how prophecy had been fulfilled, not only in the birth and life of Christ, but in His death and resurrection. The children were not condemned for the sins of the parents; but when, with a knowledge of all the light given to their parents, the children rejected the additional light granted to themselves, they became partakers of the parents' sins, and filled up the measure of their iniquity.  {GC 27.3}

4.6.3.3.3 Parents Slewing Children    

The long-suffering of God toward Jerusalem only confirmed the Jews in their stubborn impenitence. In their hatred and cruelty toward the disciples of Jesus they rejected the last offer of mercy. Then God withdrew His protection from them and removed His restraining power from Satan and his angels, and the nation was left to the control of the leader she had chosen. Her children had spurned the grace of Christ, which would have enabled them to subdue their evil impulses, and now these became the conquerors. Satan aroused the fiercest and most debased passions of the soul. Men did not reason; they were beyond reason--controlled by impulse and blind rage. They became satanic in their cruelty. In the family and in the nation, among the highest and the lowest classes alike, there was suspicion, envy, hatred, strife, rebellion, murder. There was no safety anywhere. Friends and kindred betrayed one another. Parents slew their children, and children their parents. The rulers of the people had no power to rule themselves. Uncontrolled passions made them tyrants. The Jews had accepted false testimony to condemn the innocent Son of God. Now false accusations made their own lives uncertain. By their actions they had long been saying: "Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." Isaiah 30:11. Now their desire was granted. The fear of God no longer disturbed them. Satan was at the head of the nation, and the highest civil and religious authorities were under his sway.  {GC 28.1}

The leaders of the opposing factions at times united to plunder and torture their wretched victims, and again they fell upon each other's forces and slaughtered without mercy…To establish their power more firmly, they bribed false prophets to proclaim, even while Roman legions were besieging the temple, that the people were to wait for deliverance from God. To the last, multitudes held fast to the belief that the Most High would interpose for the defeat of their adversaries.

4.6.3.3.4 The Final Assault

In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order. By the year 68, resistance in the northern part of the province had been eradicated and the Romans turned their full attention to the subjugation of Jerusalem. That same year, the Emperor Nero died by his own hand, creating a power vacuum in Rome. In the resultant chaos, Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to the Imperial City. It fell to his son, Titus, to lead the remaining army in the assault on Jerusalem.

The Roman legions surrounded the city and began to slowly squeeze the life out of the Jewish stronghold. By the year 70, the attackers had breached Jerusalem's outer walls and began a systematic ransacking of the city. The assault culminated in the burning and destruction of the Temple that served as the center of Judaism.

When the Roman legions destroyed Judaea and Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Josephus says that more than 1,100,000 Jews perished and nearly 100,000 were taken captive. 1 In Rome’s ancient forum, the Arch of Titus, which still stands, depicts Jewish captives in chains and Roman soldiers carrying the seven-branched temple candlestick on their shoulders. Yet, while the Jews suffered starvation, slaughter, and capture, their fellow Christians in Jerusalem escaped.

4.6.3.3.5 How were the Christians spared?

About thirty-seven years before the destruction, Jesus had foretold the terrible events that would follow his death. He warned his followers to immediately flee Jerusalem when the signs he predicted occurred. The Christian community carefully watched for the signs and followed the Savior’s warning.

The Lord first identified the situation leading up to destruction: Many would deceive the people by saying that they were prophets or even Christ himself. The disciples would be delivered up and afflicted, hated of all nations. Betrayal and iniquity would abound, and the love of many would turn cold. (See Matt. 24:10–12; JS—M 1:6–10.)

The Lord then taught of two major signs that would alert believers to flee: “When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” (Luke 21:20.)

He also said, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: “Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: “Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.” (Matt. 24:15–18.)

Jesus had given adequate warning, and those who heeded the prophecies survived, while most others perished. Pella continued as an important Christian center for more than seventy years, during the time that Jerusalem remained desolate.

4.6.3.3.5.1 Tribulation will be Repeated in End-time

The prophecies of Jesus concerning Jerusalem and the temple are not a lesson of the past only. In this case, history presents a type of what will happen again. The Lord told us that the signs that preceded the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple shall occur again, including the abomination of desolation.

Not one Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem. Christ had given His disciples warning, and all who believed His words watched for the promised sign. "When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies," said Jesus, "then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out." Luke 21:20, 21. After the Romans under Cestius ( General Cestius Gallus in September A.D. 66) had surrounded the city, they unexpectedly abandoned the siege when everything seemed favorable for an immediate attack. The besieged, despairing of successful resistance, were on the point of surrender, when the Roman general withdrew his forces without the least apparent reason. But God's merciful providence was directing events for the good of His own people. The promised sign had been given to the waiting Christians, and now an opportunity was offered for all who would, to obey the Saviour's warning. Events were so overruled that neither Jews nor Romans should hinder the flight of the Christians. Upon the retreat of Cestius, the Jews, sallying from Jerusalem, pursued after his retiring army; and while both forces were thus fully engaged, the Christians had an opportunity to leave the city. At this time the country also had been cleared of enemies who might have endeavored to intercept them. At the time of the siege, the Jews were assembled at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, and thus the Christians throughout the land were able to make their escape unmolested. Without delay they fled to a place of safety--the city of Pella, in the land of Perea, beyond Jordan.  {GC 30.2}  

Terrible were the calamities that fell upon Jerusalem when the siege was resumed by Titus (son of Emperor Vespasian in A.D. 68) The city was invested at the time of the Passover, when millions of Jews were assembled within its walls. Their stores of provision, which if carefully preserved would have supplied the inhabitants for years, had previously been destroyed through the jealousy and revenge of the contending factions, and now all the horrors of starvation were experienced.

Thousands perished from famine and pestilence. Natural affection seemed to have been destroyed. Husbands robbed their wives, and wives their husbands. Children would be seen snatching the food from the mouths of their aged parents. The question of the prophet, "Can a woman forget her sucking child?" received the answer within the walls of that doomed city: "The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people." Isaiah 49:15; Lamentations 4:10. Again was fulfilled the warning prophecy given fourteen centuries before: "The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, . . . and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates." Deuteronomy 28:56, 57.

Titus would willingly have put an end to the fearful scene, and thus have spared Jerusalem the full measure of her doom. He was filled with horror as he saw the bodies of the dead lying in heaps in the valleys… he made an earnest appeal to the Jewish leaders not to force him to defile the sacred place with blood. If they would come forth and fight in any other place, no Roman should violate the sanctity of the temple.

4.6.3.3.5.2 The Leaders’ Rebellious Stubbornness

The blind obstinacy of the Jewish leaders, and the detestable crimes perpetrated within the besieged city, excited the horror and indignation of the Romans, and Titus at last decided to take the temple by storm. He determined, however, that if possible it should be saved from destruction. But his commands were disregarded. After he had retired to his tent at night, the Jews, sallying from the temple, attacked the soldiers without. In the struggle, a firebrand was flung by a soldier through an opening in the porch, and immediately the cedar-lined chambers about the holy house were in a blaze. Titus rushed to the place, followed by his generals and legionaries, and commanded the soldiers to quench the flames. His words were unheeded. In their fury the soldiers hurled blazing brands into the chambers adjoining the temple, and then with their swords they slaughtered in great numbers those who had found shelter there. Blood flowed down the temple steps like water. Thousands upon thousands of Jews perished. Above the sound of battle, voices were heard shouting: "Ichabod!"--the glory is departed.  {GC 33.1} 

"Titus found it impossible to check the rage of the soldiery; he entered with his officers, and surveyed the interior of the sacred edifice. The splendor filled them with wonder; and as the flames had not yet penetrated to the holy place, he made a last effort to save it, and springing forth, again exhorted the soldiers to stay the progress of the conflagration.

4.6.3.3.5.3 The Sovereign God is in Control

We cannot know how much we owe to Christ for the peace and protection which we enjoy. It is the restraining power of God that prevents mankind from passing fully under the control of Satan. The disobedient and unthankful have great reason for gratitude for God's mercy and long-suffering in holding in check the cruel, malignant power of the evil one. But when men pass the limits of divine forbearance, that restraint is removed. God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of the sentence against transgression; but He leaves the rejectors of His mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown. Every ray of light rejected, every warning despised or unheeded, every passion indulged, every transgression of the law of God, is a seed sown which yields its unfailing harvest. The Spirit of God, persistently resisted, is at last withdrawn from the sinner, and then there is left no power to control the evil passions of the soul, and no protection from the malice and enmity of Satan. The destruction of Jerusalem is a fearful and solemn warning to all who are trifling with the offers of divine grace and resisting the pleadings of divine mercy. Never was there given a more decisive testimony to God's hatred of sin and to the certain punishment that will fall upon the guilty.  {GC 36.1}

4.6.3.3.5.4 Jerusalem Destruction a faint shadow of End-time Desolation  

The Saviour's prophecy concerning the visitation of judgments upon Jerusalem is to have another fulfillment, of which that terrible desolation was but a faint shadow. In the fate of the chosen city we may behold the doom of a world that has rejected God's mercy and trampled upon His law. Dark are the records of human misery that earth has witnessed during its long centuries of crime. The heart sickens, and the mind grows faint in contemplation. Terrible have been the results of rejecting the authority of Heaven. But a scene yet darker is presented in the revelations of the future. The records of the past,--the long procession of tumults, conflicts, and revolutions, the "battle of the warrior . . . with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood" (Isaiah 9:5),--what are these, in contrast with the terrors of that day when the restraining Spirit of God shall be wholly withdrawn from the wicked, no longer to hold in check the outburst of human passion and satanic wrath! The world will then behold, as never before, the results of Satan's rule.  {GC 36.2}

 But in that day, as in the time of Jerusalem's destruction, God's people will be delivered, everyone that shall be found written among the living. Isaiah 4:3. Christ has declared that He will come the second time to gather His faithful ones to Himself: "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. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:30, 31. Then shall they that obey not the gospel be consumed with the spirit of His mouth and be destroyed with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:8. Like Israel of old the wicked destroy themselves; they fall by their iniquity. By a life of sin, they have placed themselves so out of harmony with God, their natures have become so debased with evil, that the manifestation of His glory is to them a consuming fire.  {GC 37.1}

4.6.3.3.5.5 Get Ready, Watch and Pray

Let men beware lest they neglect the lesson conveyed to them in the words of Christ. As He warned His disciples of Jerusalem's destruction, giving them a sign of the approaching ruin, that they might make their escape; so He has warned the world of the day of final destruction and has given them tokens of its approach, that all who will may flee from the wrath to come. Jesus declares: "There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations." Luke 21:25; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-26; Revelation 6:12-17. Those who behold these harbingers of His coming are to "know that it is near, even at the doors." Matthew 24:33. "Watch ye therefore," are His words of admonition. Mark 13:35. They that heed the warning shall not be left in darkness, that that day should overtake them unawares. But to them that will not watch, "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.  {GC 37.2} 

The world is no more ready to credit the message for this time than were the Jews to receive the Saviour's warning concerning Jerusalem. Come when it may, the day of God will come unawares to the ungodly. When life is going on in its unvarying round; when men are absorbed in pleasure, in business, in traffic, in money-making; when religious leaders are magnifying the world's progress and enlightenment, and the people are lulled in a false security--then, as the midnight thief steals within the unguarded dwelling, so shall sudden destruction come upon the careless and ungodly, "and they shall not escape." Verse 3.  {GC 38.1}

4.6.3.4 The Book of Job

By providence, we have for a great introduction to the book of Job  in a  very insightful article,“Did Job live before Abraham or before Noah? Published Febuary 6, 2016 at https://chicagobible.org/did-job-live-before-abraham-or-before-noah/) :

Job is an example of a righteous man; he is one of whom the Apostle Paul said: “…we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses”, (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV), and consider “the issue of their life, imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7 ASV).

In James 5:11, we read, “Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy”. We are also told that “Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, their righteousness would save no one but themselves, says the Sovereign LORD”, Ezekiel 14:14 NLT.

So, let’s research when this righteous man may have lived.

We find that 70 souls left Canaan and traveled into Egypt. Genesis 46:13; “Among them there was one man called Job – son of Issachar: And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.”

The land of Uz, where Job lived, was located most likely between the city of Damascus and the Euphrates River.  It was near the area occupied by the Sabeans and the Chaldeans who were the marauding bands of people living in close proximity to Job  described as the greatest of all men in the East (Job 1:3, 15, 17). This would place Uz near the modern day boundary between the countries of Iraq and Saudi Arabia and including the Edomites and adjacent tribes.

We also read that Jacob had a twin brother called Esau, who had 4 sons, one of them named Eliphaz. (1 Chronicles 1:35)

Within the book of Job, we find both names. Job had three comforters, or friends, who came to talk with him; one man was called Eliphaz (Job 2:11). Thus, the relationship between Job and Eliphaz may be proven by connecting Genesis 46, 1 Chronicles 1, and Job 2. However, some may say that the people in the book of Job reference a different Job and a different Eliphaz. Are there any other scriptures which might further connect them? Yes!

In Eliphaz’s talk to Job he said, “What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?  With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.” Job 15:9,10

Eliphaz mentioned Job’s father, and he indicated that he knew him. He also mentioned that one of them (indirectly pointing back to himself) was older than his father. Eliphaz mentioned that he was older than Job’s father (Issachar), and that was very true. We remember that Esau married when he was only 40 years old (Genesis 26:34), and he took two wives. Jacob didn’t get married until he was about 70 years old. So of course Esau’s sons were older than Jacob’s sons. This was exactly what Eliphaz said – that he (Eliphaz) was older than his father (Issachar). So this scripture supports the assertion that the genealogy from Genesis is connected to Job.

The three friends of Job were men from the East, noted for their wisdom. Elipaz means “God is strong od” or “God is defender”(Job 4:1).   Bildad means “son of contention” was from Shuah or Sukhu in the Euphrates area (Job 8:1, 6) as was Zophar (1 Ki 4:30) whose home was in Naamah (Northern Arabia). His name means “chatterer” or “rough.”

Elihu was said to have been of the “kindred of Ram (Aram, noted for its prophets),.”  and located located close to the border of  present day Syria and Turkey. He was the descendant from Buz, son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Gen 22:21)

Another proof focuses on what God said about Job. Job 1:8, “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?” So, as a result we see that Job lived during a time when there were no other people better than him. During which period of time were there no others with Job’s righteousness?

Returning to the Genesis genealogy, we find that Job must have lived after all the sons of Jacob died and before Moses – in a time in which there were no other faithful people. Some suggest that Job could have lived during Abraham’s and Melchizedek’s time. That would conflict with the Scripture that there was no man on the earth like him (Job), because Abraham was a man of faith. Abraham received the promise that in him and his seed, all the families of the earth would be blessed.

All these scriptures harmonize to show that Job really lived after the sons of Jacob died and before Moses. (We will next try to give a reasonable estimate as to when he lived within the allowable confine of Scriptural texts. This is to give us a solid frame of reference in discussing and understanding  the interactions in the story.)

4.6.3.4.1 Historicity of Job

Job was one of the first two books of the Bible to be written. It was not until around the days of Moses that an alphabetic form of writing was invented. Ellen White wrote,  “The long years amid desert solitudes were not lost. Not only was Moses gaining a preparation for the great work before him, but during this time, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote the book of Genesis and also the book of Job, which would be read with the deepest interest by the people of God until the close of time.” (ST Feb. 19, 1880). ( I would venture to even say (on the 50/50 chance) that Moses under inspiration wrote Job first as he must  have heard  the Story of the great upright Job in his stay at Midian.

When the book was translated into the Septuagint, Greek Old Testament, there were sections of Job that had such an archaic Hebrew that the translators had trouble translating the ancient Hebrew. It is a literally masterpiece other than being an inspired book of Holy Scripture.

Job is the first of five books commonly referred to as "The Books Of Poetry"-  Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.  It is also called the Wisdom Literature. It is not the first book in the canon of the Bible because rightfully Genesis is the beginning, God’s account of the creation of the world and the history of the patriarchs before Moses which was passed on by word from his parents and godly wise men at that time.  Thus Moses is used by God in beginning the writing of Scripture.  At the end of his forty years stay in Midian God called him from the burning bush to by His instrument to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt (Exo 3: 1-22)

The historical events appear to be set in the "Patriarchal" period (i.e., sometime between Noah and Moses). God ask Moses to write the book of Job at the beginning of the writing of inspired Scripture to tell Moses and in turn for all generations to come that this world is a theatre and a lesson book on the great controversy or cosmic conflict brought out in the first chapters of Genesis and in the first two chapters of Job. God is under trial and the people made in his image have been deceived by Satan, the accuser, who charges that God is arbitrary, selfish and vindictive and that God’s law could not be obeyed. The Book of Job tells us that God is real and He will be vindicated through, Job, a foreshadow of Jesus Christ who will defeat Satan at the cross and raise up His remnant church that will overcome the tribulation in the time of trouble to vindicate that the law of god is obeyed out of the service of love to God and not by self-interest.

Passages in Matthew 6:34; John 16:33; Daniel 12:1; and Matthew 24:7 covey that  evil and trouble are coming the likes of which the world has never known. God will gradually withdraw His protection from the world and will let Satan have more and more control. The universe will see what it would be like if Satan were given the authority to rule over everything. People will hear the everlasting gospel and make up their decision to come out of spiritual Babylon and return to worship the true God.

4.6.3.4.1.1 The Lifetime of Job (From the Companion Bible on the Note on the Book of Job)

If Job was the son of Issachar (Gen 46:13) he would have gone down to Egypt with his father. Issachar was forty at “the going down to Egypt” with Jacob. IF Job was the third son he would have been twenty at that time (1706 B.C.) He lived 140 years after his “double blessing. Thus his  lifetime would be from 1726- 1516 B.C.

He was born after Joseph was sold so he died 119 years after Joseph’ death (1635 B.C.). Job could have left Egypt to move to Ur while Joseph was alive His affliction must have taken place when he was seventy (He must have married late as the eldest of his ten children had not married yet)

When Job died (1516 B.C.), Moses was fifty-five, and he had been in Midian fifteen years (25 years before the Exodus (1486- 1446 B.C).

This would account for Job being a worshipper of the God of Abraham, and explains how Moses could have been the author of the book, and perhaps an eye-and ear witness of the events he was inspired to record in Midian (and was humbled by the experience). ( This could have motivated him to write Genesis  thereafter during his forty years stay.

4.6.3.4.1.2 The Period of His Suffering

The patience of Job is remarkable. James 5:11 speaks of Job’s endurance in his affliction: “You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.” The words perseverance and finally might seem to suggest a long period of time, but the fact is that the Bible does not specify how long Job suffered. (https://gotquestions.org/Job-suffering.html )

We know that Job suffered for more than a week, at least. Job 2:13 says that, when Job’s three friends arrived, “they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights” in total silence. To these seven silent days we add time for the Job’s friends to hear news of the tragedy, meet together, and travel to Job’s place: when “Job’s three friends . . . heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him” (Job 2:11). How long did it take for the bad news to reach Job’s friends? How long did it take the friends to prepare to travel and then make the trip? Scripture doesn’t give any indication.

To the travel time and the “silent” week, we add time for the dialogue that follows in Job 3–37. After that, we have God’s stormy questions in Job 38–41, God’s rebuke of Job’s three friends, and the sacrifice of seven bulls and seven rams in Job 42. It is “after Job had prayed for his friends” (Job 42:10) that the Lord restores Job’s fortunes.

If Job’s friends lived close by, and if the dialogues all took place on the same day, and if God’s revelation occurred immediately following, and if Job’s friends did not delay in making things right, then it’s possible that Job’s suffering would have lasted for eight or nine days. However, if there were gaps between any of those events, or if Job’s friends lived at more of a distance, Job’s suffering could have lasted for up to a month.

No matter how long Job actually suffered, it likely felt like an eternity to him. But Job was patient and endured to see God’s blessing after the test: “[The Lord] gave him twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10). Job thus models the patience we should all have, and his story becomes an illustration of the reward we await: “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:16).

(It is sound and reasonable to attempt to answer these questions here.  The most likely age his affliction ended was when he was seventy. The heavenly council met twice in his trial. So we have to assume that God hold these meeting at monthly interval  ( from one new moon to another),rather than daily, or weekly. His affliction of boils was dependent on how long the news travelled to his friends and the  arrangement by his friends  to meet and travel down to see him. It is reasonable to say about a mouth as his condition was worn down to reveal his bones and all the people were mocking him by then. The dialogues   could be in the same day after a week of silence. Thus Job could have been afflicted with boils for forty day as a foreshadow of what Jesus will undergo in the forty days trial in the wilderness. )

4.6.3.4.2 The Main Event of Job

 (This section of the article is based on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opq-hG65NFU ( 58:00 )- "God on Trial" - the theology of Job - Part 1 by  Stephen Bohr, Published on Mar 8, 2014. Comments are added within parenthesis .)

This book is organized into three sections, with the middle larger portion (Chap 3-41) in poetry. It describes something that is happening before the eyes of the on-looking universe (Chap 1 and 2 in prose). It involves job and all of the heavenly intelligences witnessing a trial and judgment. The theme of the story is God being judged. The accuser is Satan. The judge and the defense attorney (which in ancient time is the same person) is God. The evidence being examined is the case of Job. The jury is a group of individuals who are called the sons of God. The one who is accused is God. At the end of the book is the pronunciation of the verdict of the story.  The story begins in heaven and describes the many facets on the character of God. On earth is Job going through this experience but he does not know what is happening in heaven. Heaven knows what is happening on earth but what is transpiring on earth the individuals involved are totally oblivious  that the event on earth is a repercussion of something happening in heaven  ( the spiritual realm). The book fluctuates between heaven and earth, particularly in the first two chapters.

4.6.3.4.2.1 The Challenge on Job’s Uprightness in Heaven

Job was introduced as the greatest (richest man) of all the people of the East (Job 1:1-3). He was also a spiritual man (being blameless and upright who feared God and shunned evil and was  proclaimed  by God to Satan).  He used his wealth to help the blind and those who were oppressed (Job 29:12-17),

Then the scene shifted to heaven where God was having His council meeting and Satan attended as earth’s representative (having dethroned Adam). God asked Satan who behaved listlessly whether he knew Job. as “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil”- Job 1:8 “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. “But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” -Job 1:9-11) (This was the core issue of the book. Satan charged that Job served God out of self-interest. God was being accused of giving Job preferential treatment) “And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”(v12) (In order to vindicate Himself God said to Satan to try Job and you will see that he serves me because he loves me, not out of self-interest. The devil was given permission to take everything he wished from Job.

The next scene on earth is the series of calamities suffered by Job. All his ten children and servants, all his animals stolen, and loses all his possessions. Satan has taken everything that Job has. The response of Job was “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, “And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”-Job 1:20-22. (Job did not know that it was Satan who was given permission to cause these calamities. But Job did not blame God and Satan was proven wrong.)

4.6.3.4.2.2 The Challenge Extended to Affliction of Boils

Next, another council meeting in heaven is taking place and Satan is asked again whether he has confirmed that “that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. ”And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. “But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life-Job 2:3-6. (The whole heavenly universe is observing to see who is right in this controversy over whether Job, a servant of God serves God  simply out of love or just because God is good to them. God is being accused by Satan primarily for giving Job all the blessings, the accusation is not against Job. 

Returning to earth Satan “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.” (Job 2:7-8) Job has now lost his health and “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”(Job 2:9-10) The wife was being made used of by the devil ( just as he used the serpent as his instrument to beguile Eve) as he had said that “Job will curse you to your face.” But Job rebuked his wife instead and the devil is snubbed.

4.6.3.4.2.3 Job’s Period of Suffering and Trial

“Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.”- Job 2:11. Having heard  about  what  happened  to  Job,  these  planned to come together and see their friend. They were stunned at what they saw because Job was so disfigured by scratching himself with the piece of pottery, and they began the process of mourning sitting silently with him for seven days, never saying a word. However, once Job first spoke, uttering his complaints, these men had plenty to say. As the story transpires these three friends become his enemies as they start accusing Job and saying this is happening to Job because of his unfaithfulness to God. They are trying to encourage his relationship with God. Thus Job in a short period of time Job has lost all earthly support, possesions, ten children, health, wife’s moral support, and now his friends. In the process he will be struggling to justify whether he has also lost his relationship with God; that God doesn’t care at all. It is very significant to note that Satan disappears out of sight from the rest of the book, that he and his evil agents are plotting behind the scenes of suffering and disaster that the earth is experiencing still until the end of the world, until the second coming of Jesus.

The main section, chapters 3-41, written in poetry, is divided into two parts with the first part, Chapters 3-37 narrating on Job struggling in his relationships where he is tempted to admit that God has left him and might as well curse God and die.

 (4.6.3.4.2.3.1 The Three Comforters  

Eliphaz the Temanite is first mentioned in Job 2:11. He is one of Job’s  true three friends and would-be comforters ( having concern of his predicament). However, Eliphaz, along with Bildad and Zophar, failed in his attempt to comfort his suffering friend. The sympathy shown to Job in Job 2:12–13 was soon swallowed up in accusations, fuzzy theology, and wrangling over Job’s character because they were not strong in the true faith in Christ. Eliphaz attaches importance to human experience; Bildad relies mainly on human tradition; and Zophar focuses  on human merit.

Much of what they say is true but they missed the basic truth that affliction ( such as the case with Job) is  not always punishment. Jesus in answer to his disciples’ question  whether the man born blind had sinned or his parents said clearly “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”-Jn 9:1-3. It is highly possible that Satan used the words of these men in an attempt to cause Job to sin.)

(4.6.3.4.2.3.1.1 Human Experience View of Eliphaz

After Job’s complaints in Job 3, Eliphaz is the first of the friends to speak. Chapters 4—5 contain his first speech, which focuses on the theme of the innocent prospering. In other words, Eliphaz thought that Job, who was obviously not prospering, must have done something wrong. No life encountering such suffering can be innocent, according to Eliphaz.

Following the speech by Eliphaz, Job replies with a statement regarding his innocence. Eliphaz provides a second speech, in Job 15, asserting that Job does not fear God. If Job did fear God, Eliphaz reasons, he would not face such suffering. Job responds that his friends are “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2).

Eliphaz offers a third speech, recorded in Job 22. This time, he accuses Job of great wrongdoing: “Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless?” (Job 22:5). He then proceeds to list all of Job’s supposed sins (verses 6–9). From Eliphaz’s perspective, God would only allow great evil to befall someone who had done something very bad. Job replies by asking for God to intervene on his behalf (Job 23).- https://www.gotquestions.org/Eliphaz-the-Temanite.html)

(4.6.3.4.2.3.1.2 Human Tradition View of Bildad

After Eliphaz, Bildad the Shuhite is the second of Job’s friends to speak. In Job 8, Bildad’s perspective is that Job should repent of his wrong. If Job repents, according to Bildad, all the material things he had lost will be restored: “If you will seek God earnestly  and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, / even now he will rouse himself on your behalf / and restore you to your prosperous state” (Job 8:5–6). The implication of Bildad’s speech is that Job is not pure and upright and that material prosperity is directly linked to one’s righteous behavior. Job responds in Job 9 with a wish that he could plead his case before God and lamenting the fact that there is no one to intervene on his behalf.

Bildad’s second speech, in Job 18, focuses on the theme that God punishes the wicked. His logic is that, since Job is being punished, he must have done something wrong. In Job 19, Job responds with a plea to be left alone: “How long will you torment me  and crush me with words?” (verse 2). He also asks for his friends’ pity (verse 21) and declares that his God is alive and knows all things. God would be the one to judge him fairly, and Job puts his trust in Him (verses 25–27).

Bildad’s third speech, in Job 25, focuses on the idea that a person cannot be righteous before God. The center of this brief chapter says, “How then can man be in the right before God? / How can he who is born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). Job answers in Job 26 with sarcasm, arguing that only God can know all things and fully understand the situation.- https://www.gotquestions.org/Bildad-the-Shuhite.html)

(4.6.3.4.2.3.1.3 Human Merit View of Zophar

Zophar the Naamathite spoke third in offering advice to Job. Zophar’s speech begins in chapter 11. Giving the strongest of the three initial speeches, Zophar declares that Job deserved even worse than what he got. In verse 6, he states, “Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves” (ESV). Job responds in chapter 12 that it was the Lord who brought this suffering upon him, and in chapter 13 maintains his innocence: “I know I will be vindicated” (Job 13:18).

Zophar’s second speech (in Job 20) focuses on the theme that the one who commits wickedness will suffer for it. In his words, “A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God’s wrath. Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God” (Job 20:28–29). In Job 21, Job answers that God, for some reason, does allow the wicked to prosper: “They spend their years in prosperity  and go down to the grave in peace” (Job 21:13). Zophar’s assessment of Job’s condition was not accurate, because Job had done nothing wrong and was suffering, while others who did evil lived “safe and free from fear” (verse 9).

Job’s other two friends each give three speeches, but Zophar gives only two. Following Job’s extended defense after Bildad’s third speech, a fourth man, Elihu, speaks up (Job 32). Elihu’s two concerns are expressed in Job 32:2–3: “He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. He burned with anger also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong” (ESV).-  https://www.gotquestions.org/Zophar-the-Naamathite.html )

4.6.3.4.2.3.2 The Spiritual Anguishes of Job

The three friends who visited Jobs mourned with him for seven days in silence. They were silent. Concerned and confused over the calamities that happened to him (Job 2:11-13). Job’s expressed his feelings in three cycles of dialogue and ending with his monologue in chapters 28-31. He started his first lament in chapter 3. “After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. “ And Job spake, and said, “ Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. “ (job 3:1-3).” Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; “Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; “Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?” (Job 3:20-22). “For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.” (Job 3:24-26). 

He is plagued by questions and by doubts. Covering all his subsequent speeches from Chapters 6-31. He is looking for answers to his suffering and it seems that even God has forsaken him.  He cries out for God, he requests that God give him an explanation and there is deafening silence. He had offered sacrifices for his children every day, He had used his wealth to benefit the needy and has been a blameless and upright in the sight of God. (Job has faith in the sacrificial service as the priest of his household  just as Abel offer of a lamb was a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous- Heb 11:4.

His feelings are very clearly revealed in the following series of texts. Speaking about the wicked people who surround him, he says, “They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. ”God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.” I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. “His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. “He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.” Job 16:10-14. We need to understand that Job had no written Scriptures like we do and also did not know of what is happening behind the scenes. “My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; “Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. “O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. “Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. “My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.” Job 16:20. “He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. “He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. “He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.” Job 19:9-11 Job is pleading for God to vindicate him against his friends’ accusations that he is a great sinner who is being punished by God. “Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. “Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.” Job 19:6,7 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! “I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. “I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.” Job 23:3-5 “I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. “Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.” Job 30:20,21 “And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. “They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. “Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. “Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. “They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.” Job30:9-13. “If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” Job 31:5,6 “Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.” Job 31:35 ( These are judgment term  as God is being judged since Satan has accused Him and the whole universe is observing if the followers of God serve him because they love Him rather than because of self-interest.)

4.6.3.4.2.3.3 Job still Clings to His Faith in God

There are also flashes and moments while Job is going through this suffering and anguish that he reveals his staunch faith. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  ”And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: “Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed (my heart yearns) within me.” Job 19:25-27 (Here his shows his magnificent faith. He seems to understand that he is going through this trial so that his character can be cleansed and purified.  “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: “On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. “My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:8-12 He has this ambivalent feeling that God is absent and has become his enemy. He rebukes his friends who say that he is a big sinner and that God is not a rewarder of those who are faithful to Him.

But Job is solidly grounded in the present truth of God’s word.

(4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1 The State of the Dead (Job 14 ; John 11:11–14)

While Job most probably did not intend his narrative to serve as a primer on the biblical doctrine of the state of the dead, the statements throughout his discourses clearly show that he understood death as an unconscious sleep, a view indicated throughout the rest of the Bible. It is interesting to note that of the two books (Job and Genesis) that stand at the beginning of the writing of the Bible, the book of Job deals with the issues of suffering and death, issues that through the ages have been distorted to misrepresent the character of God and to lead people to believe in the immortality of the soul. Both issues point back to Satan’s initial lie in Eden (compare Gen. 3:1–5). Job talks about human life as being fleeting (Job 14:2), contrasting human mortality with God’s exclusive immortality (1 Tim. 6:16). Then he compares human death to a sleep (Job 14:10–12; compare Ps. 13:3; Jer. 51:39, 57; Dan. 12:2), during which there is no conscious state (Eccles. 9:5, 6).  As there is harmony in Scripture and continuity between the Old and New Testaments, this imagery of death as a sleep is taken up in the New Testament and applied in the most dramatic way by Jesus Himself to the death of His friend Lazarus (John 11:11–14). His disciples and apostles reiterate throughout their writings this understanding of death as a sleep (Acts 7:60; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess. 4:13–17; 2 Pet. 3:4). Finally, the closing scenes of the book of Revelation refer to a time when there will be no more suffering and death (Rev. 21:4), following a resurrection to eternal life or to final destruction (1 Cor. 15:26, Rev. 2:11, 20:14, 21:8). (It is sad that the belief in the immortality of the soul so prevalent among most  Christian churches and distort their image of God that is based on Satan’s fist lie)?

4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1.1 State of the Living (Job 7:17–21; 14:13–15; 19:25, 26; John 3:16)

No biblical anthropology would be complete that looked solely at human death. Indeed, the biblical metaphor of death as a sleep implies an awakening, which leads to the doctrine of the resurrection, which in turn, leads us to Jesus Christ. The big question of “What is man?” in Job 7:17 can be answered only by looking at the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, whose return to life serves as the guarantee for our victory over death (John 5:28, 29). Job already had a concept of this resurrection (Job 19:25, 26). The Father who sent His Son to die for our sins answers all questions of life and death once and forever (John 3:16).- https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_05.pdf , pg 68-69

4.6.3.4.2.3.3.1.2 Hope in Christ, God-Man

Amid his terrible suffering, Job really had something to hope for. In fact, living when we do and knowing the end of the whole book, i.e., the Bible, we can see that Job had a whole lot more to hope in than he could possibly have imagined at the time. But when his children died, his property was taken, and his health was ruined, Job didn’t have the advantage of knowing how things would turn out. What he knew, instead, was that life had suddenly turned nasty. At the same time, even amid his bitter laments about wishing he hadn’t been born or wishing that he had gone from the womb to the grave, Job still expressed hope, and this hope was in God—the same God who he thought was dealing so unfairly with him now.

“Even if He will kill me, I will trust Him.” (Job 13:15) What a powerful affirmation of faith! With all that had happened to him, Job knew that very possibly the final thing, the only thing that hadn’t happened to him, death, could come—and God could cause it too. Yet, even if this happened, Job would die trusting in the Lord anyway. “The riches of the grace of Christ must be kept before the mind. Treasure up the lessons that his love provides. Let your faith be like Job’s, that you may declare, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’ Lay hold on the promises of your Heavenly Father, and remember his former dealings with you and with his servants; for ‘all things work together for good. From a purely human perspective, Job had no reason to hope for anything. But the fact was, Job wasn’t looking from a purely human perspective. If he had done so, what hope could he possibly have? Instead, when he makes this amazing affirmation of faith and hope, he does it in the context of God and of trusting in Him.- https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_09.pdf ,p 113

4.6.3.4.2.3.3.2 Christ My Redeemer

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: “Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”- Job 19:25–27. This passage reveals about Job’s hope of salvation. Job shows that he had some knowledge of the Redeemer, some knowledge that, though people died, there was hope beyond the grave, and this hope was found in the Redeemer, who was to come to the earth one day. These words of Job point to what is the most crucial and important truth in the Bible: God as our Redeemer. When God appeared to Job in chapter 38, He revealed Himself to Job as the Creator, who “ ‘divided a channel for the overflowing water,’ ” the One who made “ ‘a path for the thunderbolt, to cause it to rain on a land where there is no one’ ” (Job 38:25, 26, NKJV). Yes, God is our Creator. But in a fallen world, in a world of sinners doomed to die eternally in their sins, we need more than a Creator. We need a Redeemer, as well. And that’s precisely who our God is: both our Creator and our Redeemer (see Isa. 48:13–17), and it’s from Him in both those roles that we have the great hope of eternal life. (See 1:1–14 where John tie together Jesus as Creator with Jesus as our Redeemer.)

The allusion to Genesis 1:1, God as Creator, is obvious in John 1:1. And if that weren’t enough, these words—“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him. . . . But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:10–12, NKJV)—make the link between Jesus as Creator and Redeemer inseparable. Indeed, it’s only because He is the Creator that He can be our Redeemer, as well. ( It is so crucial that having created us that he still cares for us in our fall state and desires to redeem us only if we want to live with Him forever.) -https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_12.pdf , p 151)

(4.6.3.4.2.3.4 Elihu Opinion on the Dialogue Exchanges (https://gotquestions.org/Elihu-Job.html)

Elihu was one of Job’s Jewish friends—not one of the three who had come to comfort Job at the beginning of the book, but one who arrives later and offers the last and longest single speech to Job. Elihu is identified only as the “son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram” (Job 32:2). In Job 32—37 Elihu offers a response to Job that lifts up the Lord, condemns Job’s three friends, and rightly confronts Job. In Job 32 Elihu focuses his response on rebuking Job’s three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. In verse 12 he notes, “I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.” Because Elihu was younger than the other friends of Job, he had held his peace during their conversation to that point (Job 32:4–7). But he could finally take no more. Elihu speaks up because he is “very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God” and with Job’s three friends, “because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him” (Job 32:2–3).

In Job 33 Elihu turns his attention to Job. He declares Job wrong in saying he was without any sin and that God would not answer. Elihu says, “But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal” (Job 33:12). In Job 34 Elihu shifts to declaring God’s justice. Verse 12 specifically states, “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.” In Job 35 Elihu turns again to Job in condemnation. In verses 13–14 Elihu says, “Indeed, God does not listen to [the arrogant person’s] empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it. How much less, then, will he listen  when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him  and you must wait for him.” In Job 36—37 Elihu highlights God’s greatness. This lengthy portion declares many of God’s attributes. In Job 36:26 Elihu states, “How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.” Elihu rightly points Job to God’s might, saying, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders” (Job 37:14).

In short, Elihu condemns Job’s friends and Job’s claim of being without sin, declares God’s justice, condemns Job’s attitude toward God, and exalts God’s greatness. Elihu’s four-part speech is followed by God breaking His silence to directly answer Job. In Job 42:7 the Lord condemns Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Elihu is not mentioned again after he finishes his speech, but, significantly, he is not rebuked by God.
Elihu’s life and speech offer many insights for today. First, he dealt with the real issues of the situation rather than looking at the situation from a human perspective. Second, he emphasized God and His greatness rather than focus on a human response to problems. Third, he responded with respect, allowing others to speak first before offering his own response. These traits can help us today as we seek to understand why God allows suffering (to try and refine us) and as we attempt to help others who face suffering.)

(The possible reasons Elihu is not rebuked by God are: He gives a more balanced theology than that of the three elderly counsellors. However in his zeal and youthful spirit he claimed a special inspiration (Job 32:8, 18). His attack on Job is limited to Job’s defensive statements during the dialogue. He did not accuse Job for a wicked life for which he was being punished. So Elihu was not guilty of false accusation. (He acts the role of heralding the entrance of God in proclaiming His greatness as the almighty Creator and His wonderful works in nature (Job 36:26-37:24) “ Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.” - Job 37:9. Significantly, he said at  the  end  of  his  speeches  that  God  will be speaking  out  of  the  storm (Job  37:1–13)  to  correct  Job. –Zonderervan NIV Commentary, Vol1: Old Testament.)

4.6.3.4.3 God Speaks from the Whirlwind

God has allowed Job complain until he runs dry and He had heard enough then He finally break his silence. “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.” Job 31:1-3

(Nothing really prepares Job and this four friends for the sudden appearance of God. Job 37 ends with Elihu’s speech, and the next thing we know, “the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind” (Job 38:1). Instantly it is just God and Job, as if the other men are irrelevant, at least for now. The word whirlwind comes from a Hebrew word that means “storm” or “tempest,” and it has been used in connection with the appearance of God to humans (see Isa. 29:6, Zech. 9:14). It was also the word used in the context of Elijah’s being taken to heaven: “When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal” (2 Kings 2:1, NIV; emphasis added). Though we are not given any physical details about this “theophany” (a visible manifestation of God to humanity), it is clear that God isn’t speaking to Job in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). Instead, the Lord manifested Himself in a very powerful way, one that certainly got Job’s attention. Of course, this wasn’t the only time God had revealed Himself to fallen humans. Again and again, the Scriptures show us the closeness of God to humanity. What do these texts teach us about how near God can be to us : Abraham in Gen. 15:1–6, Moses in Gen. 32:24–32, Jesus  as the lamb of God in John 1:29.  

The Bible teaches us the great and important truth that our God is not a distant God who created our world and then left us to ourselves. Instead, He is a God who closely interacts with us. No matter our sorrows, our troubles, or whatever we face in this life, we can have the assurance that God is near and that we can trust Him. (We need more than knowledge in the nearness of God to us; we need to learn to draw close to God and to derive hope and comfort from the daily experience of this relationship.- https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_11.pdf ,p138)

4.6.3.4.3.1 God’s Seventy-four  Rhetoric Questions  to Job

(The whirlwind stirs up the surrounding so that we can then notice the wind which cannot be seen otherwise. This is to shield us from the face of God.  Since Job may be the first book written by Moses, we can apply the principle of first mention that the whirlwind without the lightning and thunder is a personal and private conversation.  The speech applicable to Job is heard only by him and each of his three friends  hear only that addressed to them individually so that each has to make their own decision.)

(When  Yahweh  really  speaks,  He  bypasses  all  of  Elihu’s  rhetoric  and  responds  to  His  servant  Job.  Elihu  paints a picture of a distant God who only appears to correct and mete out justice, whereas Yahweh’s self-revelation is that of a personal God who is interested  and  involved  in  the  smallest  affairs  of  His  universe,  including  the fate of Job. (God did not answer the mystery of Job’s suffering nor to vindicate Himself, for in doing so, it would allow men to judge  Him. Also these seventy-four questions are not to reveal  God’s omnipotence nor is it  to reveal God’s wisdom for there are many marvellous things about God and His works which are never answered.)

(Job 38:1 connects directly to Job 38:35, finally turning Job’s monologue into a dialogue with God. We have seen how the question of suffering is really about the  character  of  God.  The following two chapters  provide  a  beautiful self-revelation of who God is. By sobering contrast, these revelation also answers God’s question, “ ‘Who is this?’ ” (Job 38:2). In God’s light, we see a realistic picture of ourselves.. Job had no authority to judge God.

By  way  of  direct  questions,  God  now  focuses  on  His  creation  and  humankind’s absence from the primordial event (Job 38:4–7). Then God moves  through  the  different  aspects  of  His  dominion  over  heaven  and  earth, from the sea (Job 38:8–11) to the daily cycle (Job 38:12–15), even to the realms of death (Job 38:17), and beyond the earth to the elements (Job 38:18–21) and the heavens(Job 38:31–38). The beginning of chapter 39 moves to God’s care for the animal kingdom. God gives freedom, speed, strength, and so on, to His creation.

The  final  words  of  God’s  first  speech  are  in  Job  40:2.  He  ends  His words  with  the  rhetorical  question:  Is  there  anybody  who  can  instruct  “Shaddai” (the Almighty)? using the divine name that mostly underlines His supreme sovereignty. He is the Almighty, and, by contrast, who is Job? God is using questions throughout, and Job is not able to answer. It is the method of the teacher, the instructor, who teaches torah (“instruction”) to his pupil.- source: https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_12.pdf p 160 )

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. “Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.: Job 40:3-5 However Job found it necessary to speak again later on when God revealed the antagonist working behind his calamities. (“ Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? “ Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?”- Job 40:8, 9.  God sees the heart and knows when there is a need for correction that man cannot see.  God’s purpose was to elevate Job spirituality by this personal experience to establish his faith in the redeemer that is to come.)  

4.6.3.4.3.1.1 Satan is Exposed as Leviathan  

Satan did not disappear from the story after chapter 2. He is called Satan (the accuser) earlier but he reappears at the end of when God exposes him as Leviathan in Job 41:1-4, “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? “Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? “Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? “Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?” –Job is asked whether he is able to defeat Leviathan and take him as a servant. Archaeologists have found evidence that according to the culture of the time that the people believed that the enemy of the gods were called Leviathan and Job would have understood that Leviathan was the great enemy of God. God gives a description of Leviathan, “By his sneezes a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. “Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. “Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. “His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. -this is a fire breathing creature. “In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. “The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. “His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. “When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. “The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. “He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. “The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. “Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear- this is an invincible creature. “Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. “He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. “He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. “Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. “He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”- the first creature who ever had pride was Lucifer according to Scripture. Job 41:18-34

God is telling Job that His problem is much larger than Job’s questions and why He can’t at this point in time answer his complaint. God’s conflict is with Leviathan. No humans can conquer him. He is the one who is causing all problems on earth.                  

There are references to this same creature which proves Leviathan is a symbol of Satan. “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isa 27:1 Leviathan is also a multi-headed creature, “Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. “Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.” Psa 74:13-14 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Job 12:7-9 “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Rev 12:3 Thus there can be no doubt that Leviathan is a symbol of Satan. (Starting from the first book  by Moses, mankind has no excuse in believing the word of God.)

So all of Jobs trials and tribulations are caused by Leviathan and now Job understands. God says ‘I will defeat him because I sit on the throne of the universe and I am in control of history.’ Satan will eventually get his just due. Thus Job did not lose his hold on God and God is vindicated to the heavenly hosts. “Then Job answered the LORD, and said, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. “Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6 Job mistake is he uttered what he did not understand. When he heard of Leviathan he instantly understands God’s action in his case. He therefore repents for demanding an answer from God.

4.6.3.4.3.1.2 God Rebukes Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar

God speaks on Job’s behalf and rebukes Job’s friends, saying, “My anger burns against you . . . for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (Job 42:7). Eliphaz and his companions are required to offer burnt offerings, and Job prays on their behalf. In the end, Job’s fortunes are restored (doubled), and he is blessed with new children in place of those who had died.

Eliphaz is an example of someone responding with the world’s wisdom to suffering. It made sense to Eliphaz that suffering was the consequence of sin and that, if a person suffered, he was being punished by God. However, Eliphaz was wrong. Job’s life is a clear example of how sometimes the innocent suffer. God can use suffering as part of His divine plan to strengthen a believer’s life and to change the lives of others for His glory.

Bildad’s speeches are an example of how people often view suffering from a human perspective and assume that suffering is always the result of doing something wrong. God had allowed Job to suffer as part of His divine plan and that Job was not to blame for his trials.  He obeys the Lord’s command to offer burnt offerings, and they are forgiven their sin of misrepresenting the Lord.

Zophar also views suffering from a human perspective that overlooks God’s divine plan. While it is true that those who do wrong often suffer, God also allows suffering for other reasons often unknown to us at the time. Instead of assuming all suffering is due to a person’s wrongdoing, we should examine our own lives before the Lord and see how we can live for Him during times of struggle (James 5:11), knowing that suffering can serve as part of His sovereign plan. Zophar last appears in verse 9, where we find him offering the sacrifices God had required.

“So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them.”(Job 42:9)  Despite their bad advice and his inaccurate portrayal of God, they all repented when rebuked by God and  offered burnt offering and Job prayed for them and they were forgiven. (Job 42:10)

4.6.3.4.3.2 The Restoration of Job

(The story ends with Job receiving double of what he had lost. (Job 42:10). We are told of the surprisingly positive outcome to his suffering. At the same time, we need to realize that in this world, not all suffering ends in restoration. Rather, Job’s restoration can serve as a type for God’s final restoration on the new earth, which is dependent on a change of heart and not so much on a change of circumstances. In the second coming of Jesus, all his ten children who died at the hand of Satan will be resurrected.

The mention of Job’s three daughters by name—in contrast to the seven unnamed sons—restored to Job at the end of the book has puzzled commentators throughout the ages. Some have allegorically connected the ten children with the Ten Commandments (the first three represented by the daughters, the other seven by the sons); others have seen the Trinity represented in the three daughters. An eschatological meaning in the names of the three girls has been suggested: for example, Jemimah means “day by day” or “dove” and points to the resurrection day or the Holy Spirit; Keziah is the aromatic bark of the cassia tree, supposedly referring to the “Anointed One,” the Messiah; and Keren-happuch means “horn of antimony,” a colored powder used as eye make-up, usually stored in a horn, which eschatologically might point to the beauty and abundance of eternal life.

While all biblical names have meanings, it is probably safer to stay away from these spiritualizing speculations; but the special mention of the daughters’ names, their exceptional beauty, and their unusual inclusion in the inheritance law (compare with Numbers 36) points to the fact that the story once more upsets our expectations and conventions. As much as Job’s friends were not correct in their understanding of God, it is now not just the sons but also Job’s daughters—and more emphatically so—who carry on Job’s legacy. Thus, Job’s heritage is a universal one. Job’s three beautiful daughters extend the narrative beyond the expected, inasmuch as God’s answer goes beyond retribution theology.- https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_01.pdf ,pp  15-17.)

4.6.3.4.3.2.1 The Restoration of God’s Children

 Human nature, together with the rest of creation, longs for restoration. While there is sometimes full or partial restoration from suffering here on earth, God has a bigger plan for our lives, which is eternal restoration. This renewal can be accomplished only when we permit Him to change our hearts. Job must acknowledge God as His Creator. This recognition catalyzes the big change, or renewal, that takes place in Job’s heart. 

The story of Job is a microcosm, a miniature illustration of what is going to happen in the great time of trouble such as never has existed in the history of the world. Once again God’s people are going to be tried again to the utmost like Job. They are going to lose every earthly support, children, possessions, health, freedom, and friends. The whole world will turn against them according to Scripture and they are going to feel like God perhaps have forsaken them and they will cry out to God for deliverance day and night like the widow who came to the judge asking for the judge to do justice ( Luk 18) God has given the story of Job to know the controversy that is going to ensue at the end od time. At the end time generation God is going to have a whole group of people who will prove the devil wrong that God is served simply out of love without ant self-interest. God’s faithful people will say “Though He slays me yet will I trust in Him. ”They will say “ I know that my redeemer lives and even after this skin falls apart I know that in my flesh I shall see God.” They will vindicate the character of God before the universe. God will be proven right and the whole universe will end up with a great round of applause.

4.6.3.4.4 Job Points to Christ, The Redeemer  (Based on the sermon “Job on Trial Pt 2 by Ps Stephen Bohr at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1v9OmL5wsQ).

After knowing about the story of Job  we need to know of its Messianic meaning.  This is necessary in  our preparation for the time of trouble that is one of God ‘s  question for Job and all us: Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, “Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?”- Job 38:22, 23. God has given us the sure word of prophesy of the end of the world and of Jesus second coming and then the third and final restoration of the new heaven and new earth.  He has given  to the remnant  Church the Spirit of Prophecy that amplifies the word of the Bible.  We need to know what will happen to God’s people when they go through the end time tribulation.

Job a type of Jesus.  A type is not as perfect as the fulfillment. job is a sinful human being who becomes an illustration of the experience that Jesus would go through. Other types are King David, Joseph, and others in the Old Testament that prefigured what Jesus would do in His lifetime. Job foreshadows the experience of Jesus  who would come about 1700 years after this story transpires. The entire heavenly council is observing ( witnessing) what is taking place on earth in the story. God is trying to prove a very important spiritual point. Satan was the culprit working behind the scenes.  Job and the world did not understand this. But the story is very clear that all the calamities that Job suffered came to him as a result of the work of Satan behind the scenes. It was Satan who unleashed all the powers of Hell against Job. The purpose of Satan’s work was to lead Job to let go of his relationship with God. God allowed Satan to harm Job short of taking his life to prove before the universe that Job served God not because he loved God but because of everything that God did for him because God helped him and God prospered him.

4.6.3.4.4.1The Parallels Between Job and Jesus

Let us examine the parallels between this Old Testament patriarch and the experience of Jesus Christ

4.6.3.4.4.1.1 Moral Uprightness

 “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?” -Job 1:8.  This is matched by ”For such an high priest  (Jesus) became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”- Heb 7:26

4.6.3.4.4.1.2 Lost all His Riches and Forsaken

 Job was a very rich man (Job 1:3) and so was Jesus who was the owner of the universe. Job lost all of his riches  and Jesus gave up all of his riches (Paul tells us that he became the poorest of the poor. He took the place of a servant and he even humbled himself more than a servant dying the death on the cross-(2Cor 8:9). Both of them lost the support of their family who did not understand the experience they were going through. His wife told him to curse God and die- Job 2:9.

Job was forsaken by his family, misunderstood by his relatives, his friends and acquaintances. And actually Job believed that God was persecuting him as his three very close friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Sophar were likewise persecuting him without showing any pity - -Job 19: 13-15, 21, 22.

Jesus mother and brother did not understand his mission (Mk 3: 31-35). John says even Jesus brothers did not believe in him- Jn 7:5. Jesus had Peter, John and James who forsook him at Gethsemane- Mk 14:33, 50.  

Job was accused by his friends (enemies) as being a great sinner- Eliphaz telling Job ‘it is not because you fear god, it is because you are iniquitous that these calamities are falling upon you’-. Job 22: 4-5.  This was the same accusation made against Jesus when he hung on the cross by his enemies saying ‘if this man was of God he wouldn’t be going through all of these sufferings that he is going through now.’- “Satanic agencies confederated with evil men in leading the people to believe Christ the chief of sinners, and to make Him the object of detestation. Those who mocked Christ as He hung upon the cross were imbued with the spirit of the first great rebel. He filled them with vile and loathsome speeches. He inspired their taunts.”- {DA, 760-761} The enemies of Jesus taunted Jesus with satanic arguments.

4.6.3.4.4.1.3 Disfigured and Mocked

 Job had to scratch himself with a piece of broken pottery and was so physically disfigured that his friends could not recognize  him - Job 2:7-8. The Messianic prophecy says His visage was marred more than any man and in his suffering he was going to be disfigured- Isa 52:14; 53:2. Both were mocked by the multitudes. “He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. “They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. “God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.” - Job 16:9-11.

 The description of Jesus on the cross was very similar. “And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! “And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. “And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him”- Mat 27:28-31. Both were also spat on- Job 17:6, 30:9-13; Mat 26:67-68.

4.6.3.4.4.1.4 Setting aside Glory

 “He (God) hath stripped me (Job) of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. “He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. “He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies”- Job 19:9-11.  The inspired passage on Jesus says: “He might have retained the glory of heaven, and the homage of the angels. But He chose to give back the scepter into the Father's hands, and to step down from the throne of the universe, that He might bring light to the benighted, and life to the perishing.  {DA 22.4} 

4.6.3.4.4.1.5 Forsaken by God

 After a period of suffering his bones could be seen through his skin- Job 19:20/ Ps 22:17 (prophecy). Both cried out to God for answers but God was silent and not answer their pleas immediately. “I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. “His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground”- Job 16:12,13; “I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. “Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me”-Job 30:20-21.

Both Job and Jesus were men of sorrows acquainted with grief- Job was weeping in great sorrow  saying “although no violence is in my hands, and my prayer is pure” ( pleading that I don’t deserve this  as I did no violence)- Job 16:16-17. This sorrow Jesus went through  as prophesied  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not”-Isa 53: 3. Job felt forsaken by God and every earthly support was removed ( lost possessions, children, his physical health), and now it appeared that God had forsaken him. This is true also of Jesus when he hung on the cross He had nothing in this world to lean upon.

4.6.3.4.4.1.6 Wish for Intercessor

 Job says,“Oh that one would hear me ! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.”- Job 31:35

Jesus in Psalm-“Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”- Ps 69:20-21. “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?”- Mat 27:46 

Jesus sheds his tears and he suffered alone is expressed in Desire of Ages: “But now with the terrible weight of guilt He bears, He cannot see the Father's reconciling face. The withdrawal of the divine countenance from the Saviour in this hour of supreme anguish pierced His heart with a sorrow that can never be fully understood by man. So great was this agony that His physical pain was hardly felt.  {DA 753.1} Similarly, Job was not complaining about his physical suffering because his spiritual anguish was so great for his friends apparently had turned against him. His family and the multitudes have turned against him. He can’t understand why this was happening.

“Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal.- {DA 753.2) Meanwhile Satan was saying to Jesus as he said to Job (without his knowledge), ‘it’s because you are bearing all these sins  that  this is happening to you and if you are going forward with it you are  going to be separated from your Father  forever. You are suffering this because you are never going to see your father’s face again.

The difference is that Jesus is actually bearing the sins of the whole world upon himself and the devil was saying it was because of those sins that you are suffering this and you are never going to see your father’s face again.  Satan also accused Job of being a great sinner but Job said ‘you can look at my life and in my life I have totally consecrated myself to the Lord, I fear him and I reject evil.’

The devil whispers to Jesus, ‘Can you trust a God that treats you this way? If God really loved you, do you think that God would leave you suffering from the cross like this?’ He says’ sin is so great that you are going to be eternally separated from your father.’  Job expressed his anguish, “How many are mine iniquities and sins? ”make me to know my transgression and my sin. “Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? “-Job 13:23-24.

Without Job realizing it, God himself said Job was a righteous man who feared God. He rejected evil, blameless and upright. Job was asking God to show him his iniquities and justify what was happening to him. Job had understood that “For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.”- Job 9:32-33.  Just like Job, Jesus longed to have an intercessor: “As the substitute and surety for sinful man, Christ was suffering under divine justice. He saw what justice meant. Hitherto He had been as an intercessor for others; now He longed to have an intercessor for Himself.”  {DA 686.4}  Both felt that if only he could present his case before his father his father would see things as he did. Yet the answer of God was silence.

4.6.3.4.4.1.7 Steadfast Faith in Tribulation

During the time of his tribulation Job’s faith would fluctuate between low and high. He had said at his high moments, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth that I know my redeemer lives “-Job 19:25 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”- Job 13:15.

Jesus had the same experience. Immediately after Jesus said “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” the next very words he spoke expressed faith and confidence in his father, “Father into your hands I commend my Spirit:”- Luk 23:46 , and having said this, he breathed his last. Jesus and Job, even though they were going through this intense experience, refused to let go of the hand of God. Job hanged on for dear life to his relationship with God. “My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. “God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.”- Job 27:4-6 Job realised that his experience was actually a refining experience that was going to benefit him in his future life (a physical refinement where his character come forth from the furnace as pure gold). “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: “On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”-Job 23:8-10.

Jesus also went through suffering to prepare his character so that he could serve as our mediator in the heavenly court.  It was also a refining experience for Christ. “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; “Though he were a Son, yet learned(grew) he obedience by the things which he suffered; “And being made perfect (refined), he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”- Heb 5:7-10.

4.6.3.4.4.1.8 No unconfessed Sin /Sinless

Job seeks for sin in his life and could not find any unconfessed sin in his life. “If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”- Job 31:5-6. (He is willing to be tested by God on his integrity concerning the sin in his life that warrant the suffering he was having.)

Jesus when he hung on the cross was also sinless as amplified by Ellen White saying: “Could one sin have been found in Christ, had He in one particular yielded to Satan to escape the terrible torture, the enemy of God and man would have triumphed. (Christ bowed His head and died, but He held fast His faith and His submission to God. Not one sin could be found in Jesus other than the sins he was bearing for the world ("And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Revelation 12:10).  {DA 761.1} Both Jesus and Jo lost every earthly support. The devil tried to shake their confidence and the relationship with God the Father. But the devil could not do it with Job and the devil could not do it with Jesus.

4.6.3.4.4.2 The Exposure of Satan’s Plot

 It was through the experience of Job that the vile character of Satan was revealed before the whole universe. Moses under inspiration narrated in Chapters 1 and 2, what was taking place in the presence of heavenly counsel. God is saying to the devil, “Look at Job, take everything he has, even take his health, only don’t kill him. He is going to continue serving me because he loves me even if calamities come.”  God said the same about Jesus before the heavenly beings, ”I’m going to send him to the world. You can do your utmost to tempt him. You can do your utmost to make him suffer. You can take everything from him and you will see that he will be faithful to me.“  The purpose of the sufferings of Jesus is explained in this passage about the death on the cross and the way that the devil made him suffer:  “Satan saw that his disguise was torn away. His administration was laid open before the unfallen angels and before the heavenly universe. He had revealed himself as a murderer. By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings. Henceforth his work was restricted. Whatever attitude he might assume, he could no longer await the angels as they came from the heavenly courts, and before them accuse Christ's brethren of being clothed with the garments of blackness and the defilement of sin. The last link of sympathy between Satan and the heavenly world was broken.  {DA 761.2} 

So the story of Job was given to show the heavenly intelligences what was going to happen when Jesus would come to this world. As Jesus was going through the experience, the people in heaven were recalling the experience of Job in realizing that Jesus on the cross is taking place on a much larger scale. The experience of Job illustrated the experience through which Jesus went. Jesus experience exceeded Job’s in two senses:  (In typology where Job is the shadow (type, a small scale model) which is never identical to the substance (antitype).) Firstly, Job was not allowed to die and secondly, Job was not bearing upon himself the sins of the world.  Job was innocent and yet he was suffering. Jesus was innocent but he was bearing upon himself the sins of the whole world and that is what led to the sufferings of Jesus and death on the cross.

4.6.3.4.4.3 Victory over Trials

The secret of the victory of Jesus in his trials on earth, is the same secret that Job had when he overcame the devil as the devil came and put him through all of his suffering. Job was close to God in times of prosperity. Job kept his integrity when things went well. He was a family man. He offered the sacrifices for each of his children daily. Job said he was clothing to the naked, eye to the blind, a blessing of giving necessary things to the poor (using all of his riches to benefit humanity). Job had a strong relationship with God (strong understanding of the character of God) in times of prosperity). When times of adversity and difficulty came he could lean on the experience which he had developed previously with God.

Ellen White describes the secret of the victory of Jesus : “Amid the awful darkness, apparently forsaken of God, Christ had drained the last dregs in the cup of human woe. In those dreadful hours He had relied upon the evidence of His Father's acceptance heretofore given Him. He was acquainted with the character of His Father; He understood His justice, His mercy, and His great love. By faith He rested in Him whom it had ever been His joy to obey. And as in submission He committed Himself to God, the sense of the loss of His Father's favor was withdrawn. By faith, Christ was victor.”  {DA 756.3}

4.6.3.4.4.3.1 Satan Deviousness Unmasked  

At the end of the book appear the individuals who caused all of the sufferings of Job. At the beginning of the book, his enemy id called Satan.  At the end of the book, Satan is no longer referred to that name, he is called Leviathan.  God asked Job, “Are you able to fish Leviathan out of the sea and to cut him in pieces or to take him as your servant?” –Job 41:1-10. Job would have understood immediately when God spoke of Leviathan that this was the enemy of God because in that cultural context it’s been discovered archaeologically  that there was a creature called Leviathan or Lotan who had several heads  and who was considered to be the enemy of the Gods. Suddenly it then dawned on Job that its Leviathan who is doing this to me.

After God showed Job this part of Leviathan, he said “Now I know that you can do all things, even defeat Leviathan, you can defeat the devil.” In Scriptures we are told that Jesus is going to defeat Leviathan. He is going to defeat the devil and destroy him.  “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”- Rev 12:9. (Before Jesus died on the cross Satan could go to the heavenly courts representing this world.  This casting out refers to Satan being  cast out of heaven as the representative of this world after Jesus died on the cross,.  Satan is called the great dragon, the serpent of old, and the devil in this verse, same as in Isa 27:1.

4.6.3.4.4.3.2 The End of Satan 

Bible prophecy tells us on the end of Satan. “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”- Rev 20:7-10 ( Satan, his angel and all the wicked people who oppressed Jesus and his people and the devil who oppressed Job eventually is going to be destroyed by the Lord himself. This was prophesied in Job 41. )

4.6.3.4.4.4 Job’s Happy Ending

Job received a double amount of the blessings he had enjoyed before his trials. For us, the Book of Revelation says that God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth for those who have been oppressed by the devil. Jesus himself is going to seat on the throne of God and he is going to reign on this earth made new forever and ever among his people. The story of Job would have reached its fullest fulfillment at the end of the millennium. 

4.6.3.4.4.5 Time of Trouble

There is another dimension to this most ancient book in the Bible.  This is an important aspect of great relevance and lesson to us living in the end time concerning the great final tribulation in the history of this world. The Bible tells us (in Mat 24, Mk 13 and Luk 21) that in the end-time God’s people are going to lose the support of their family and their friends. The nations are going to rise against them and they are going to go through a time of tribulation such as the world has never seen. They are going to lose everything they have, their houses, their cars, money in the bank, and every single earthly support on earth. When they go through this severe time of trouble, it’s going to appear that God has forsaken them on this earth. God’s people during the time of trouble will cry out day and night pleading with God to deliver them from the hands of their enemies who are being used by the devil to persecute God’s people. Yet for a while, God will keep his silence, just like in the Book of Job where God after chapter 37 then is revealed in a great theophany. Likewise God is revealed in creation at the end of time. God is going to be revealed in the midst of great scenes of nature (see D10). He is going to speak to his people and He is going to invite His people to inherit the kingdom which was lost by Adam. We will go through the same experience that Job went through. We are going to suffer the same suffering, to feel like God has forsaken us. But God will not forsake. He promised that ”and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mat 28:20).  He will be as close as ever even if we do not feel him then.

4.6.3.4.5 The Lessons in Job

The main lesson in the story of Job is to prepare to be upright so that God can proclaim us to the angels that we are fit for heaven. we can learn the fact that Job was faithful to God in these severe trials because he knew God from the prosperous and peaceful times. We need to develop a connection with God as soon as we hear and believed in the word of God. Presently we have many material possessions, everything that the heart could desire.  We don’t have persecution yet, but are we developing that relationship with God? God tells us that time of adversity are coming where we are going to lose every earthly support. The preparation for the time of trouble prior to Jesus second coming is to develop the connection with God that no matter if we lost everything and the whole world turn against God’s people and it appeared that we are going to lose our life that we would say like Job, “though he slay me yet will I trust in Him.” This is the kind of faith we are going to have to develop in the end time. “If any man have an ear, let him hear. “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”- Rev 13:9-10. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”- Rev 14:12 (God’s people will keep the faith of Jesus, be patient like Job and in the end they will be victorious because they trust their life to the Lord.

4.6.3.4.5.1 Collection of Lessons   

Summarising  some of the lessons from the book of Job in point format:

1-There is a  reality beyond which we can see,  a dimension with which we  are  currently  out of phase ; 2- That there is a real intelligent being who is evil, consumed completely with selfishness; 3-That bad things can happen to good people through no choice or wrong of their own; 4- That people with good intentions can be the voice of the evil one;  5- That  sometimes  the  circumstances  we  are  in  don’t  make  sense  to  our  current  level  of understanding—yet God is still good and is worthy of our trust!; 5- That we have genuine freedom and God doesn’t use His power to control His intelligent creatures like puppets; 7- Say the right words with love  in the right place, at the right time, in the right circumstances. If we do not know what to say, just pray for those in mourning or in sickness; 8- We cannot judge others because we do not know their heart.  Leave the judgment to God who reserves this prerogative until the final divine judgement for He is merciful and just; 9. Job points forward to Jesus  while we look back to Jesus as our living Redeemer.

Lessons requiring elaboration cover : 1. Lesson on Evil, Suffering and Salvation; 2. Lessons on Faith; 3. Lessons on Hope.

4.6.3.4.5.1.1 Lesson on Evil, Suffering and Salvation

The Book of Job  can help us, like what Job undergoes to be faithful to the Lord amid a world of troubles https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_14.pdf p176

Evil is real; it’s a part of this world.  The Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Bible teaches that evil originated in the fall of a created being, Satan. Scripture depicts Satan as a real being out to do humans as much harm as possible. In Job’s case, Satan was directly responsible for the evil, both moral and natural, that fell upon this man. The friends of Job blamed God, they blamed Job, but never Satan himself. Nevertheless, the book of Job should show us who is responsible in the end for the evil on the earth.  (Ibid, 178)

The universality of suffering is counteracted by the universality of redemption. This lesson is probably one of the biggest ones to be learned from the book of Job. As Job has become the symbol for suffering humanity (how often have we heard somebody refer to him when talking about his or her own suffering), Job, at the same time, prefigures Christ, who has provided the ultimate resolution to suffering on earth. ..Satan cannot do anything to Job unless God gives him the permission to do so. Throughout the dialogue between the two, God remains in absolute control. (Ibid, 187)

All suffering people need is grace and forgiveness. The compassion of Jesus even provided for the woman caught in adultery (Jn 8:1-10.) He seeks not to condemn, but to save. The world had for this erring woman only contempt and scorn; but Jesus speaks words of comfort and hope. We need to remember humbly and meekly that we are sinners ourselves saved by grace through faith in the righteousness of Christ (Eph 2:8), which is a free gift from God.  (Ibid, 179)

Jesus lived a sinless life, one that perfectly embodied the character of God. Jesus was the “express image of His [God’s] person” (Heb. 1:3, NKJV), and thus alone had the righteousness needed for salvation, “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Rom. 3:22). As great as it all was, Job, his suffering, and his faithfulness amid the suffering were a small and imperfect reflection of what Jesus, his Redeemer, would face in Job’s behalf and in ours, when He will indeed come and “stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25). (Ibid, 181)

Job was sorely tested by the devil, as was Jesus. All through the book of Job, Job was falsely accused; Jesus, too, faced false accusations. Finally, and perhaps most important, despite all that happened, Job stayed faithful to the Lord.

Through the centuries, the book of Job has thrilled, enlightened, and challenged readers in Judaism, Christianity, and even Islam (which has its own variant of the biblical account). Fom Genesis to Revelation, what book of the Bible doesn’t leave questions unanswered? Even taken as a whole, the Bible doesn’t answer every issue that it raises.  The topics it covers, the fall of humanity and the plan of salvation, are subjects that we will be studying throughout eternity (see The Great Controversy, p. 678). How could one finite book of it, even one inspired by the Lord (2 Tim. 3:16), answer everything for us now?

Everything we learn and discover simply leads to more things to learn and to discover. And if it’s like that with atoms, stars, jellyfish, and math equations, how much more so with the Word of God? “We have no reason to doubt God’s word because we cannot understand the mysteries of His providence. In the natural world we are constantly surrounded with wonders beyond our comprehension. Should we then be surprised to find in the spiritual world also mysteries that we cannot fathom?

Jobs friends who came to console him have some understanding about God and His character and creative power. But outside the bare facts of reality that they could see—that is, Job’s calamity—they didn’t have a clue as to what was happening behind the scenes. In the same way, might we not at times be as clueless as to the unseen realities around us? The book of Job, then, teaches us that we need to learn to live by faith, realizing our weakness and just how little we really see and know ibid p 177

We must learn that we must not as Job’s friends did, in trying to convince Job of his own guilt, or as we sometimes may be tempted to do to others. Jesus’ dealing with the woman caught in adultery once more clarifies what our task should be to anyone in mourning, suffering or pain: showing compassion; comforting, not condemning; and pointing to the only source of hope, Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:1). (Ibid, 187)

4.6.3.4.5.1.2 Lessons on Faith

The way the world currently operates is out of harmony with God’s design—in other words, we  cannot  look  at  nature  and say,  the  strong  prey  on  the  weak,  innocents  are  slaughtered  all the time, therefore God is the one doing this, or it is God’s will for it to be this way, or it is God’s design. No! God challenged Job’s assumption on this and pointed out that Job was not there when God created earth and life on it, and Job’s current view is misinformed. Much of our modern world, both Christian and scientific need to learn this lesson;

That just because we cannot currently understand something doesn’t mean God is not good or that God cannot be trusted. That the problem is in our limited awareness of all the facts and variables involved, but, is this saying that  because  we  are  limited in  our  understanding  that  we  should  NOT  try  to  comprehend  and understand? No! God invites us to reason, to think, to intelligently understand as far as we are able and to never rest satisfied in our current understanding but to keep moving forward in the truth!

The lesson points us to 2Cor 5:7: “We live by faith, not by sight.” and 2 Cor 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not  on  what  is  seen,  but  on  what  is  unseen.  For  what  is  seen  is  temporary,  but  what  is  unseen  is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18 is the promise of transformation to immortality, talking about the end times, when we are clothed in immortality, a great promise that we don’t yet see fulfilled. That’s a promise we have to take by faith and not by sight, because it hasn’t come to pass yet. Likewise, the book of Job shows us that there’s so much more to reality than what we can see. This should not, though, be so difficult a concept for people living in our day and age to grasp, not when science has revealed the existence of unseen forces all around us.

 “Even if He will kill me, I will trust Him.”( Job 13:15) What a powerful affirmation of faith! With all that had happened to him, Job knew that very possibly the final thing, the only thing that hadn’t happened to him, death, could come—and God could cause it too. Yet, even if this happened, Job would die trusting in the Lord anyway. “The riches of the grace of Christ must be kept before the mind. Treasure up the lessons that his love provides. Let your faith be like Job’s, that you may declare, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’ Lay hold on the promises of your Heavenly Father, and remember his former dealings with you and with his servants; for ‘all things work together for good to them that love God.’ ”—Ellen G. White, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, October 20, 1910. From a purely human perspective, Job had no reason to hope for anything. But the fact was, Job wasn’t looking from a purely human perspective. If he had done so, what hope could he possibly have? Instead, when he makes this amazing affirmation of faith and hope, he does it in the context of God and of trusting in Him.

4.6.3.4.5.1.3 Lessons on Hope – (https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_09.pdf  

The Lord let our first parents know what some of the results of their transgression would be (see Gen. 3:16–24). We look around, and what do we see but suffering, sickness, poverty, war, crime, depression, pollution, and injustice. In the book of Job, though, there is a message for us about the human condition. Job could be deemed a symbol of all humanity, in that all of us suffer—often in ways that just don’t seem fair, that don’t seem appropriate to whatever sins we have all inevitably committed. And yet, in all of this, what the book of Job can say to us is that God is there, God knows, and God promises that it doesn’t all have to be for nothing. Secular writers, atheistic writers, struggle to come to terms with the meaninglessness of a life that ends forever in death. They struggle and struggle for answers and yet come up with nothing, because this life, in and of itself, offers nothing. Nihilism in atheistic philosophy, teaches that our world and our lives in the world mean nothing.

The book of Job, though, points us to a transcendent reality beyond the nihil that our mortal lives threaten us with. It points us to God and to a realm of existence from which we can draw hope. It tells us that all that happens to us does not happen in a vacuum but that there is a God who knows all about what is happening, a God who promises to make it all right one day. Whatever grand questions the book of Job leaves unanswered, it doesn’t leave us with nothing in our hands but the ashes of our lives (see Gen. 3:19, Job 2:8). Instead, it leaves us with the hope of hopes, the hope of something beyond what’s presented to our immediate senses, the spiritual realm. (Ibid, 180)

The book of Job certainly has provided some deep insights into the spiritual realm. The encounter between God and Satan at the beginning of the book demonstrates how real it was then. Satan tempts Job to denounce God, and Job resists. Satan tempts Adam and Eve, and they fall. Where is the difference? Satan’s temptations of humanity through the ages find their climax in his temptations of Christ in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1–11). In their physical (bread), mental (power), spiritual (worship), and emotional aspects, they are representative of all temptations that can possibly come our way. Not Job but Jesus is the ultimate symbol for our sufferings (Heb. 4:15). He is the One who understands our suffering, as well as the One who provides us with hope beyond them

For a Christian who lives with the promise of the Second Coming, there is hope—a great hope of what things will become (2 Pet. 3:13). They will become something so wonderful that we, with sin-darkened minds (1 Cor. 13:12), can barely imagine it now. This is a hope that the secular mind, in all its narrowness and parochialism, has lost long ago; (Ibid , 111)

Job still expressed hope, and this hope was in God—the same God who he thought was dealing so unfairly with him now, b even amid his bitter laments about wishing he hadn’t been born or wishing that he had gone from the womb to the grave; (Ibid ,113)

Most likely Job was expressing what he understood as his “assurance of salvation.” Though Job faithfully offered animal sacrifices for sin, we don’t know how much he understood of their significance. Before the Cross, most faithful followers of the Lord, such as Job, surely didn’t have as full an understanding of salvation as we can have living after the Cross. Nevertheless, Job still knew enough to know that his hope of salvation was to be found only in the Lord and that those sacrifices were an expression of how this salvation was to be found. “The world has been committed to Christ, and through Him has come every blessing from God to the fallen race. He was the Redeemer before as after His incarnation. As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 210. (Ibid, 114)

2 Timothy 1:9 says that we have been called by a grace given to us in Christ Jesus “before eternal time.” This is a grace given us, “not according to our works” (how could it have been “our works” if we didn’t even exist then?) but through Jesus. Even before we existed, God put a plan in place that offered humanity the hope of eternal life. The hope didn’t arise after we needed it; instead, it was already there, ready for us when we did need it. As Christians, we have so much to hope for and to hope in. We exist in a universe created by a God who loves us (John 3:16), a God who redeemed us (Titus 2:14), a God who hears our prayers (Matt. 6:6), a God who intercedes for us (Heb. 7:25), a God who promises never to forsake us (Heb. 13:5), a God who promises to raise our bodies from death (Isa. 26:19), and to give us eternal life with Him (John 14:2, 3); (Ibid ,115)

From cover to cover, the Bible is filled with wonderful words of hope. “ ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’ ” (John 16:33, NKJV). “ ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ ” (Matt. 28:20, NKJV). “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13, NKJV). “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12, NKJV). “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38, 39, NKJV). “ ‘The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth’ ” (Gen. 9:16, NKJV). “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1, NKJV). “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3, NKJV). These texts are just a small portion of what is revealed to us in the Word about what our God is like and what He offers us. (Ibid, 117)

In saying “He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him’ ” (Job 13:16, NKJV) Job’s conviction is if God killed him, Job still trusted in his God for salvation. He understands salvation is liberation from death. Death, at least for the saved, is a quick moment of rest, an instant of sleep, followed by the resurrection to eternal life. This is hope of the resurrection to eternal life the great hope of all of God’s people through the millennia.(1 Corinthians 15:11–20) gives a summary of the gospel)  Job knew that his salvation was to be found only in God, only in a life surrendered in faithful obedience to Him expressed in faithfully offered animal sacrifices for sin. The evil and godless man didn’t have that hope;                   - https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2016/4Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ416_10.pdf 

A popular definition of a hypocrite is somebody who preaches one thing but does another. Especially in the religious sphere, hypocrites can cause a lot of damage, though we are all susceptible to hypocrisy. .. So, hypocrisy is actually more than just failing to do what one preaches; it is a form of ungodliness, which perverts the character of God. This ungodliness is what Job detects in his friends (compare Job 8:13, 15:34, 17:8, 20:5, 27:8, 34:30, and 36:13). We can only pray to God to protect us from being guilty of the same; ((bid, 122)

4.6.3.5 Faith-filled Way of Preparation

 (This is the resumption of the sermon “SDAs & World Make Open, Avowed War On Bible. Pope: Remnant Must Lose Freedom Of Press ,” by Ps Andrew Hendriques,  published on Dec 10, 2016 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y9tgZN4b4 – (from 1:01:35 -1:48:35)

Sunday Law crisis is coming soon and we must be aware of its nearness as we read about  our rights being repudiated  with L.A. police  searching through handbags on the premise of a threat of terrorist attempt. We must be found in God’s character, keeping God’s character. We must be found faithful now and with great earnestness and urgency. “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”  Act 14:22 Can we not see that the great tribulation is upon us. It is already happening in the God’s church. We must be found continuing in the faith of Jesus in church and in the world. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  Rom 12:3 God has dealt to each of us, a measure of faith.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1. We all have the ability to hope for faith and evidence of receiving.  “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Rom 8:24,25. 

The six things that Jesus would do to stimulate our faith are: 1. His Word; 2. What He has done in the lives of for others; 3. What He has promised to do to you personally; 4. What God has done in nature; 5. He died on Calvary’s cross; and 6. His work in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.

The first four things is about Christ as the Creator and  His ministry on earth at the first advent to reveal God, the Father, to us, to manifest the love of the Father that is also in Christ. Watch the sermon by Ps Hendriques at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFcEtsfyc7M   (play video from 1:01:51  – 1:50: 00) 

4.6.3.5.1 The Love of Crucified Christ

We need to discuss in detail the last two stimulations. The things we hope for is righteousness by faith even though we don’t see it. “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Love makes faith works.”- Gal 5: 5 ,6. So what makes our faith work is love. ”God is love. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”  (1Jn 4:18, 19)

Thus, before we can manifest the faith of Jesus, even the righteousness by faith, we must receive the love of Jesus. We receive this love because He first loved us. Christ demonstrated that love for us by dying on the cross. So we must behold him on the cross in order to stimulate our faith that work because of love.

 Ellen White explained: “It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence (faith) in Him will be more constant (no doubting), our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.”  {DA 83.4}  Seeing His death our love must be quickened and the faith that works by love that purifies the soul.  Then we can hope for righteousness.  But faith must do work that is by way of personal devotion. Because my faith (the devotion) is working because of the quickened love that I have this hope in Christ.

4.6.3.5.1.1 Look to Jesus Lifted on the Cross

 Many people are doing ministry work without personal devotion, i.e. no self- examination and no, thoughtful hour in contemplation on the life of Christ, looking at His great life for us. They believe that mere evangelising will merit them salvation, and they have no connection with Christ. All the evangelising become works in the eyes of Jesus. The incident of Num 21: 8,9 was God telling Moses to erect a  with a brass serpent to bring healing to Israelites bitten by a poisonous snake. Only those who have the faith to look will live. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jn 3:14-15.  Those who look lived. The type of look was the look of faith.

The application for us is to look at Jesus lifted on the cross to receive healing, and to look daily. As we look at His great sacrifice for us our faith in Him will be stimulated. Then we can now hope for healing even though we see no evidences. Therefore we must spend a thoughtful hour daily contemplating on the life of Christ. The faith of Jesus will be imparted supernaturally to you and you will get the victory over every sin. The first promise of victory over sin was “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”-Gen 3:15. We are to hate and separate ourselves from sin as Christ has imparted enmity(hatred, separation)  between us and Satan. The promise of bruising Satan’s head was also fulfilled at the hill of Golgotha. We must believe it and then our works are in harmony with our belief which will transform our character and behaviour. If we don’t behold Jesus it is salvation by works. The more we behold Jesus, His victory on the cross, even though the flesh is weak, we can still hope and our works will be in harmony with that hope. We can die with that hope and we will rise in Jesus with that hope.

4.6.3.5.2 Jesus in the Heavenly Court

The sixth stimulation of Faith is Jesus ministry in the heavenly court sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. “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?” Rom 8:32.   Because of Christ death on the cross, we can freely receive all things freely. These things will consist of all our temporal needs that are in harmony with Scripture, our spiritual need, and family and marital needs. “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:” -2 Pet 1:2,3. The ‘all things’ also include all things that pertain unto life and godliness “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.”-v4.

4.6.3.5.2.1 Consistent Meditation and Speaking His Promises

 So make sure we keep believing and exercise this promise by speaking it constantly and keep looking for it until the desire in the name of Christ be ours. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”- Rom 8:34. Once we believe “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Rom 8:35.  As we focused on His intercession for us in the Most Holy Place, no one can separate us from the love of Christ. This is the faith that works by such love as we contemplate on this intercession. So the keeping of God’s commandments is works, but it is the faith of Jesus that works. Once I consider Christ work in the heavenly sanctuary, He will give me faith to endure tribulation, famine, weariness, delay and hunger. Our faith will not fade though it is severely tried. This is the power of the Gospel.

We will go through trying circumstance every day. So our focus must remain on the sacrifice of Christ and His work of intercession in the sanctuary and this will give us the faith to endure. “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”v37.  

4.6.3.5.2.2 The Power and Working of Prayer

 “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. “And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. “And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”-Rev 8:1-5. These verses shows us an angel with the golden censer who receives prayers of the saints. He mingles the prayers with the incense and sends them up to God. Then fire descends from heaven. This angel is the mediator between God and man. It is Jesus. Angel means messenger. The day on which the golden censer is used is the Day of Atonement (Lev 16) and these verses describes the prayer of intercession for us that Jesus is doing that started on October 22nd 1844 and extending to now and until He stands up at the close of probation when intercession is finally ended. Knowing this will encourage us to be more fervent in prayer and more so in time of trouble. The fire that descends is the Spirit of God. It causes voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake which represents close of probation. It was also the scene that occurred at the base of Mount Sinai . So we must be praying for the character of Jesus Christ. This must encourage us with the faith that works by love.

4.6.3.5.3 Affirmation of Spirit of Prophecy

Here is the affirmation from Ellen White, God’s messenger, “The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. Each must meet the great Judge face to face. How important, then, that every mind contemplate often the solemn scene when the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened, when, with Daniel, every individual must stand in his lot, at the end of the days.”  {GC 488.2}

4.6.3.5.4 The Vision of Martyr Steven

Knowing that Jesus Christ is in the most Holy Place must stimulate the faith of Jesus. This was the experience of Steven, the first Christian martyr, documented in Acts chapter 7. Steven was a man full of faith and the power of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:5, 8). When Steven was preaching the last warning to the church it was said they gnashed upon me with their teeth and they marched against Steven. “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,”- Acts 7:55. Because he had the faith of Jesus,he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Steven was going through a crisis, he was being persecuted. He was given the strength to endure the crisis, the fiery trials of life, when he focused on Jesus standing at the right hand of God in the heavenly sanctuary. This is the message to prepare for the end-time. But before we can stand there, we must learn to stand now. Steven could say “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,”and he went to sleep in Jesus. Stephen on resurrection day will see Jesus face to face in an incorruptible body. (1:48:20)

4.6.3.5.5 The Faith of Enoch

“The world has been committed to Christ, and through Him has come every blessing from God to the fallen race. He was the Redeemer before as after His incarnation. As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 210.

In claiming to be the redeemed we must keep God’s law and have the faith of Jesus which is centred  on faith that works by love (Gal 5:.5,6). Before we can have this faith we must first receive it. The first four stimulations from Jesus are by the general revelation about Christ as the Creator and His ministry on earth. Then there is the special revelation of   that touches on looking to Christ on the cross (fifth stimulation) and then following Jesus into the heavenly throne room (sixth stimulation) to receive His guidance to stand before the investigative judgment.   We receive His love for us by looking, with a contrite and broken heart, at Jesus lifted on the cross and dying on the cross (as the sacrificial lamb at Passover). Next Christ defeated eternal death for us and as our Redeemer is our friend, intercessor, advocate and judge to help us transform our character that is fit for heaven. After these two steps (cross and the judgment) the final realization of salvation is to be translated to heaven without tasting death like Enoch. The first four stimulations is in knowing Jesus by His creative evidence and the next three stimulations is in beholding and following Christ all the way to heaven. Therefore the seventh stimulation in bringing completion is to learn the important lesson  the Lord designed to teach by the translation of Enoch so that we too will be translated at the second coming of Jesus.

4.6.3.5.5.1The Background on Faith of Jesus (“Patriarchs and Prophets” by Ellen G. White – chapter 5 & 6, pp 71 -89)

Adam's life was one of sorrow, humility, and contrition. When he left Eden, the thought that he must die thrilled him with horror. He was first made acquainted with the reality of death in the human family when Cain, his first-born son, became the murderer of his brother. Filled with the keenest remorse for his own sin, and doubly bereaved in the death of Abel and the rejection of Cain, Adam was bowed down with anguish. He witnessed the wide-spreading corruption that was finally to cause the destruction of the world by a flood; and though the sentence of death pronounced upon him by His Maker had at first appeared terrible, yet after beholding for nearly a thousand years the results of sin, he felt that it was merciful in God to bring to an end a life of suffering and sorrow.  {PP 82.2} 

Adam had learned from the Creator the history of creation; he himself witnessed the events of nine centuries; and he imparted his knowledge to his descendants. The antediluvians were without books, they had no written records; but with their great physical and mental vigor, they had strong memories, able to grasp and to retain that which was communicated to them, and in turn to transmit it unimpaired to their posterity.

To Adam was given another son, Seth, with the death of Abel by Cain, to be the inheritor of the divine promise, the heir of the spiritual birthright.

While Adam was created sinless, in the likeness of God, Seth, like Cain, inherited the fallen nature of his parents. But he received also the knowledge of the Redeemer and instruction in righteousness. By divine grace he served and honored God; and he labored, as Abel would have done, had he lived, to turn the minds of sinful men to revere and obey their Creator.  {PP 80.1}

For nearly a thousand years Adam lived among men, a witness to the results of sin. Faithfully he sought to stem the tide of evil. He had been commanded to instruct his posterity in the way of the Lord; and he carefully treasured what God had revealed to him, and repeated it to succeeding generations.

"To Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of Jehovah." The faithful had worshiped God before; but as men increased, the distinction between the two classes became more marked. There was an open profession of loyalty to God on the part of one, as there was of contempt and disobedience on the part of the other.  {PP 80.2} 

4.6.3.5.5.1.1 Faith of Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam, differed widely in character. Abel had a spirit of loyalty to God; he saw justice and mercy in the Creator's dealings with the fallen race, and gratefully accepted the hope of redemption. But Cain cherished feelings of rebellion, and murmured against God because of the curse pronounced upon the earth and upon the human race for Adam's sin. He permitted his mind to run in the same channel that led to Satan's fall--indulging the desire for self-exaltation and questioning the divine justice and authority

These brothers were tested, as Adam had been tested before them, to prove whether they would believe and obey the word of God. They were acquainted with the provision made for the salvation of man, and understood the system of offerings which God had ordained. They knew that in these offerings they were to express faith in the Saviour whom the offerings typified, and at the same time to acknowledge their total dependence on Him for pardon; and they knew that by thus conforming to the divine plan for their redemption, they were giving proof of their obedience to the will of God. Without the shedding of blood there could be no remission of sin; and they were to show their faith in the blood of Christ as the promised atonement by offering the firstlings of the flock in sacrifice. Besides this, the first fruits of the earth were to be presented before the Lord as a thank offering.

So far as birth and religious instruction were concerned, these brothers were equal. Both were sinners, and both acknowledged the claims of God to reverence and worship. To outward appearance their religion was the same up to a certain point, but beyond this the difference between the two was great.  {PP 72.2} 

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain." Hebrews 11:4. Abel grasped the great principles of redemption. He saw himself a sinner, and he saw sin and its penalty, death, standing between his soul and communion with God. He brought the slain victim, the sacrificed life, thus acknowledging the claims of the law that had been transgressed. Through the shed blood he looked to the future sacrifice, Christ dying on the cross of Calvary; and trusting in the atonement that was there to be made, he had the witness that he was righteous, and his offering accepted.  {PP 72.3}  Abel had led a pastoral life, dwelling in tents or booths, and the descendants of Seth followed the same course, counting themselves "strangers and pilgrims on the earth," seeking "a better country, that is, an heavenly." Hebrews 11:13, 16.  {PP 81.1} 

Cain had the same opportunity of learning and accepting these truths as had Abel. He was not the victim of an arbitrary purpose. (God has given us the free will to choose.)  One brother was not elected to be accepted of God, and the other to be rejected. Abel chose faith and obedience; Cain, unbelief and rebellion. Here the whole matter rested.  {PP 72.4}  Cain and Abel represent two classes that will exist in the world till the close of time.

4.6.3.5.5.1.2 Corruption By Intermarriages

To the crime of murder, in which Cain had led the way, Lamech, the fifth in descent, added polygamy, and, boastfully defiant, he acknowledged God, only to draw from the avenging of Cain an assurance of his own safety.

The intermarriage of some of the descendants of Seth with the descendants  of Cain  caused them “to go in the way of Cain” (Jude 9).  The corrupted descendants  fixed their minds upon worldly prosperity and enjoyment and neglected the commandments of the Lord. Men "did not like to retain God in their knowledge;" they "became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1:21. Therefore "God gave them over to a mind void of judgment." Verse 28. Sin spread abroad in the earth like a deadly leprosy.

Notwithstanding the prevailing iniquity, there was a line of holy men who, elevated and ennobled by communion with God, lived as in the companionship of heaven. They were men of massive intellect, of wonderful attainments. They had a great and holy mission--to develop a character of righteousness, to teach a lesson of godliness, not only to the men of their time, but for future generations. Only a few of the most prominent are mentioned in the Scriptures; but all through the ages God had faithful witnesses, truehearted worshipers.  {PP 84.2}

4.6.3.5.5.2 The Life of Enoch (Chapter 6 “Seth and Enoch, pp 84-89)

Of Enoch it is written that he lived sixty-five years, and begat a son. After that he walked with God three hundred years. During these earlier years Enoch had loved and feared God and had kept His commandments. He was one of the holy line, the preservers of the true faith, the progenitors of the promised seed. From the lips of Adam he had learned the dark story of the Fall, and the cheering one of God's grace as seen in the promise; and he relied upon the Redeemer to come.

4.6.3.5.5.2.1 Experiencing the Love of God

But after the birth of his first son, Enoch reached a higher experience; he was drawn into a closer relationship with God. He realized more fully his own obligations and responsibility as a son of God. And as he saw the child's love for its father, its simple trust in his protection; as he felt the deep, yearning tenderness of his own heart for that first-born son, he learned a precious lesson of the wonderful love of God to men in the gift of His Son, and the confidence which the children of God may repose in their heavenly Father. The infinite, unfathomable love of God through Christ became the subject of his meditations day and night; and with all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to the people among whom he dwelt.  {PP 84.3} 

Enoch's walk with God was not in a trance or vision, but in all the duties of his daily life. He did not become a hermit, shutting himself entirely from the world; for he had a work to do for God in the world. In the family and in his intercourse with men, as a husband and father, a friend, a citizen, he was the steadfast, unwavering servant of the Lord.  {PP 85.1} 

His heart was in harmony with God's will… Enoch was a man of strong and highly cultivated mind and extensive knowledge; he was honored with special revelations from God; yet being in constant communion with Heaven, with a sense of the divine greatness and perfection ever before him, he was one of the humblest of men. The closer the connection with God, the deeper was the sense of his own weakness and imperfection.  {PP 85.3}

Distressed by the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, and fearing that their infidelity might lessen his reverence for God, Enoch avoided constant association with them, and spent much time in solitude, giving himself to meditation and prayer. Thus he waited before the Lord, seeking a clearer knowledge of His will, that he might perform it. To him prayer was as the breath of the soul; he lived in the very atmosphere of heaven.  {PP 85.4}

4.6.3.5.5.2.2 Revelation on the Great Flood and End-time Events

Through holy angels God revealed to Enoch His purpose to destroy the world by a flood, and He also opened more fully to him the plan of redemption. By the spirit of prophecy He carried him down through the generations that should live after the Flood, and showed him the great events connected with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world.  {PP 85.5} 

.. In prophetic vision he was instructed concerning the death of Christ, and was shown His coming in glory, attended by all the holy angels, to ransom His people from the grave. He also saw the corrupt state of the world when Christ should appear the second time--that there would be a boastful, presumptuous, self-willed generation, denying the only God and the Lord Jesus Christ, trampling upon the law, and despising the atonement. He saw the righteous crowned with glory and honor, and the wicked banished from the presence of the Lord, and destroyed by fire.  {PP 85.6}

4.6.3.5.5.2.2.1 Warning the World of Impending Judgment and Destruction

Enoch became a preacher of righteousness, making known to the people what God had revealed to him. Those who feared the Lord sought out this holy man, to share his instruction and his prayers. He labored publicly also, bearing God's messages to all who would hear the words of warning… the prophet of God made known the wonderful scenes that had passed before his vision. "Behold," he declared, "the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds." Jude 14, 15.  {PP 86.1}

He was a fearless reprover of sin. While he preached the love of God in Christ to the people of his time, and pleaded with them to forsake their evil ways, he rebuked the prevailing iniquity and warned the men of his generation that judgment would surely be visited upon the transgressor. It was the Spirit of Christ that spoke through Enoch; that Spirit is manifested, not alone in utterances of love, compassion, and entreaty; it is not smooth things only that are spoken by holy men. God puts into the heart and lips of His messengers truths to utter that are keen and cutting as a two-edged sword.  {PP 86.2} 

The power of God that wrought with His servant was felt by those who heard. Some gave heed to the warning, and renounced their sins; but the multitudes mocked at the solemn message, and went on more boldly in their evil ways. The servants of God are to bear a similar message to the world in the last days, and it will also be received with unbelief and mockery. The antediluvian world rejected the warning words of him who walked with God. So will the last generation make light of the warnings of the Lord's messengers.  {PP 86.3}

4.6.3.5.5.2.3 Close Intimate Communion with God – Meditation and Prayer

In the midst of a life of active labor, Enoch steadfastly maintained his communion with God. The greater and more pressing his labors, the more constant and earnest were his prayers. He continued to exclude himself, at certain periods, from all society. After remaining for a time among the people, laboring to benefit them by instruction and example, he would withdraw, to spend a season in solitude, hungering and thirsting for that divine knowledge which God alone can impart. Communing thus with God, Enoch came more and more to reflect the divine image. His face was radiant with a holy light, even the light that shineth in the face of Jesus. As he came forth from these divine communings, even the ungodly beheld with awe the impress of heaven upon his countenance.  {PP 86.4} 

.. But Enoch's heart was upon eternal treasures. He had looked upon the celestial city. He had seen the King in His glory in the midst of Zion. His mind, his heart, his conversation, were in heaven. The greater the existing iniquity, the more earnest was his longing for the home of God. While still on earth, he dwelt, by faith, in the realms of light.  {PP 87.2}

4.6.3.5.5.2.4 Translation to Heaven

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8. For three hundred years Enoch had been seeking purity of soul, that he might be in harmony with Heaven. For three centuries he had walked with God. Day by day he had longed for a closer union; nearer and nearer had grown the communion, until God took him to Himself. He had stood at the threshold of the eternal world, only a step between him and the land of the blest; and now the portals opened, the walk with God, so long pursued on earth, continued, and he passed through the gates of the Holy City--the first from among men to enter there. {PP 87.3}

4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1 God’s Lesson on Enoch’s Translation

.. By the translation of Enoch the Lord designed to teach an important lesson. There was danger that men would yield to discouragement, because of the fearful results of Adam's sin. Many were ready to exclaim, "What profit is it that we have feared the Lord and have kept His ordinances, since a heavy curse is resting upon the race, and death is the portion of us all?" But the instructions which God gave to Adam, and which were repeated by Seth, and exemplified by Enoch, swept away the gloom and darkness, and gave hope to man, that as through Adam came death, so through the promised Redeemer would come life and immortality.

4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1.1 Reward of Immortal Life at Judgment

Satan was urging upon men the belief that there was no reward for the righteous or punishment for the wicked, and that it was impossible for men to obey the divine statutes. But in the case of Enoch, God declares "that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6. He shows what He will do for those who keep His commandments. Men were taught that it is possible to obey the law of God; that even while living in the midst of the sinful and corrupt, they were able, by the grace of God, to resist temptation, and become pure and holy. They saw in his example the blessedness of such a life; and his translation was an evidence of the truth of his prophecy concerning the hereafter, with its award of joy and glory and immortal life to the obedient, and of condemnation, woe, and death to the transgressor.  {PP 88.2}

4.6.3.5.5.2.4.1.2 Be Like Jesus to Please God

By faith Enoch "was translated that he should not see death; . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." Hebrews 11:5. In the midst of a world by its iniquity doomed to destruction, Enoch lived a life of such close communion with God that he was not permitted to fall under the power of death. The godly character of this prophet represents the state of holiness which must be attained by those who shall be "redeemed from the earth" (Revelation 14:3) at the time of Christ's second advent. ..But like Enoch, God's people will seek for purity of heart and conformity to His will, until they shall reflect the likeness of Christ. Like Enoch, they will warn the world of the Lord's second coming and of the judgments to be visited upon transgression, and by their holy conversation and example they will condemn the sins of the ungodly. As Enoch was translated to heaven before the destruction of the world by water, so the living righteous will be translated from the earth before its destruction by fire. Says the apostle: "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump." "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God;" "the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." "The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.  {PP 88.3}

Post Note: At the time this section was being written, Ps Hendriques had not posted his sermon on the seventh stimulation to our faith from Jesus which is more thorough than my presentation but the theme is the same. He has given his insight of the working out of Bible prophecy in the apocalyptic four horsemen in Rev 6:1-8. His sermon is now added below for completeness.

4.6.3.5.5.3 Jesus Promise of His Second Advent  (added on Jan 8, 2017)

(Based on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvRuktzyRm8 (1:48:16)- “Pope preaches Loud Cry, 3 Angels, as US & Finland SDAs join Popery; leading Ecumenist preaches to GYC,” by Ps Andrew Hendriques,  published on Dec 31, 2016.)

This is the seventh stimulation from Jesus to arouse (increase) our faith (in Him) so that we may exercise our faith to be saved in these last days. Since the mark of the beast is soon to be enforced, death can come at any time, and the second coming of Jesus is near, it is time for us to manifest the faith of Jesus.  In order for us to keep the faith of Jesus, we must first receive the faith. Enoch is set forth as an example for us, as a man of faith who walked with God and was translated without seeing death to be with God because he pleased God- Heb 11:5. He is a type of the 144,000 described in Rev 14:1-5, the antitype in the last days God’s commandment-keeping people  that will be translated without seeing death. Some people will be taken to heaven, like Enoch, who did not experience the first death. Others will be taken to heaven after they experienced the first death. In summation, all the saints will be translated to heaven without experiencing the second death.  

4.6.3.5.5.3.1 The Stimulation Enoch’s Faith

“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”- Gen 5:21-24.

In the account of Enoch, we see God’s love revealed to Enoch that caused Enoch to love God; and so that Enoch’s faith could work. By faith Enoch walked with God and then was translated.

 4.6.3.5.5.3.1.1 Enoch’s Walk with God

 Since Enoch walked with God, there must be a way that they traveled. The way of God is in the sanctuary Psalm 77:13. Therefore, Enoch walked with God through the steps of the sanctuary, from the ministry and experience of the courtyard to the experience laid out in the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. (See illustration and description of the steps through the sanctuary and its meaning in the plan of salvation at (18:00-23:00)

 But by nature we don’t want to walk with God because it entails works. Man needs a stimulation for a love in our heart of Jesus. It is having  His faith that works, to cause us to surrender and to pray.  God revealed His love to Enoch that led him to walk with Him, to agree with Him (Amos 3:3, 1Jn 2:6) to walk with the Truth (Ps 119:142), to walk in the truth for three hundred years  after the birth of his son when he was sixty five.

 “During those earlier years, Enoch had loved and feared God, and had kept His commandments. After the birth of his first son, he reached a higher experience; he was drawn into closer relationship with God. As he saw the child's love for its father, its simple trust in his protection; as he felt the deep yearning tenderness of his own heart for that first-born son, he learned a precious lesson of the wonderful love of God to man in the gift of His Son, and the confidence which the children of God may repose in their heavenly Father. The infinite, unfathomable love of God through Christ, became the subject of his meditations day and night. With all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to the people among whom he dwelt.”  {GW 51.2}

 “God has bound our hearts to Him by unnumbered tokens in heaven and in earth. Through the things of nature, and the deepest and tenderest earthly ties that human hearts can know, He has sought to reveal Himself to us. Yet these but imperfectly represent His love.” {SC 10.3}  (We must see and experience what Enoch experienced so that we will be willing to walk with the Truth, to walk in the truth and to obey the truth. Love of God in his heart stimulated his faith) (32:06)

 4.6.3.5.5.3.2 The Condition of the World

 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.”- Jud 1:14-16

 The word ungodly was used four times (symbol for universality) which implies that the whole world was corrupt similar to the days before the Flood. See Genesis 6:5. Enoch preached the second coming of Jesus to execute judgment upon the ungodly. Enoch was an Adventist preacher.  Enoch also kept the Sabbath. Therefore, Enoch was a Seventh-day Adventist preacher. “Enoch was an Adventist. He directed the minds of men forward to the great day of God, when Christ will come the second time, to judge every man’s work." ST October 12, 1904 (Noah was the fourth generation from Enoch. He preached for 120 years to three generations then   divine judgment came to the wicked and unrepentant. The same scenario will soon be taking place in the last days.)

4.6.3.5.5.3.3 The Four Horses of Bible Prophecy (Rev 6:1-8)

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. “And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”- Rev 6:1-8

Revelation 6:1-8 points to Bible prophecy that has been fulfilled in the past according to historical events  and is meant as lesson for us since it will be repeated but with greater intensity and extent  in the time of trouble of the last seven plagues of Rev  15:1, 16:1-21.

The white horse represents the ministry of Jesus and covers a few years after His ascension. The red horse represents persecution of the saints for 10 years under the Roman emperor Diocletian. The black horse (compromise) represents the time period of Constantine, the Roman emperor; the Edict of Milan which ended persecution of Christians, especially the persecution of Christians in countries where they were in the minority; it also points to the Sunday Law enacted by Constantine in A.D. 321 and the union of church and state. The pale horse represents the time period of persecution by the Papacy against God’s people for 1260 years. Let us confirm the above statements.

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.1 The Red Horse

 “The reign of the emperor Diocletian (A.D. 284−305) marked the final widespread persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. The most intense period of violence came after Diocletian issued an edict in 303 more strictly enforcing adherence to the traditional religious practices of Rome in conjunction with Imperial cult...Christians were executed under the authority of Imperial edicts...the persecution intensified until all Christians in the empire were commanded to sacrifice to the gods or face immediate execution. Over 20,000 Christians are thought to have died during Diocletian's reign. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_martyred_during_the_reign_of_Diocletian  ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians#The_Great_Persecution)

“It [the Edict of Milan] came out of a two-man [Emperors Constantine and Licinius] summit meeting in the northern Italian city of Milan in January 313... And after the failure of the Great Persecution (initiated by the emperors Diocletian and Galerius in 303–304), the Christian church had begun to recover its stability...This [the Edict of Milan] required a guarantee of full religious freedom to the Christians, setting them on a par with those who followed other religions. It marks the Roman Empire’s final abandonment of the policies of persecution of Christians. The age of the martyrs was at an end. The transition to the era of the “Christian Empire” had begun. –(http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/1990/issue28/2809.html )

On this day in the year 321, Constantine decreed ‘the day of the sun’ as a day of rest.”   http://www.historychannel.com.au/classroom/day-in-history/473/constantine-decrees-sun-day-as-day-of-restIn the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire.”  {GC 53.1}

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2 Parallels in Current Events

Let us now discover that the events under the four horses are being repeated today.

Based on the historical record, many Christians were slain under the reign of emperor Diocletian of Rome, during the period of the red horse.

“The reign of the emperor Diocletian (284−305) marked the final widespread persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. The most intense period of violence came after Diocletian issued an edict in 303 more strictly enforcing adherence to the traditional religious practices of Rome in conjunction with Imperial cult...Christians were executed under the authority of Imperial edicts...the persecution intensified until all Christians in the empire were commanded to sacrifice to the gods or face immediate execution. Over 20,000 Christians are thought to have died during Diocletian's reign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_martyred_during_the_reign_of_Diocletian  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians#The_Great_Persecution

Consider the recent news report on this same subject and ask if prophesy is  being repeated concerning the four horses and that  judgment is coming soon. (44:02)

“Church Has More Martyrs Today than in First Centuries, Says Pope Francis” Dec 27, 2016 The Christian Post- http://www.christianpost.com/news/church-has-more-martyrs-today-than-first-centuries-pope-francis-172388/  

"Today, too, the Church, to bear witness to light and truth, experiences harsh persecution in different places, [to the point of] the supreme test of martyrdom. How many of our brothers and sisters in faith suffer abuse, violence, and are hated for Jesus' sake! I'll tell you something. The martyrs of today are greater in number than those of the first centuries," he said. 

 “Brutal Rise In Persecution Of Christians Around The World Forecast In New Report” http://www.christiantoday.com/article/brutal.rise.in.persecution.of.christians.around.the.world.forecast.in.new.report/103433.htm  Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today Contributing Editor 29 December 2016 - (red horse riding again)

A shocking rise in violent persecution of Christians is forecast for next year by the charity Release International. The most dramatic increase is expected to be in the Islamic world, where Christians are finding themselves at ever greater risk of persecution from both the state and Islamic militants.Persecution of Christians is also on the rise in India, from militant Hindus, and China, where the pressure is continuing to grow on unregistered churches. The full figures will be published next month in Release International's annual Persecution Trends report.

“90,000 Christians Killed in 2016, 1 Every 6 Minutes: Study” Christian Post, Dec 30, 2016 http://www.christianpost.com/news/90000-christians-killed-in-2016-1-every-6-minutes-study-172464/

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.1 Repetition of the Black Horse

Based on the prophecy of Revelation 6:1-8, we must now expect a call for a repetition of the Edict of Milan, ending the persecution of Christians, especially in countries where they are the minority faith. This would signal a repetition of the black horse.

The New Exodus: Christian flee ISIS in the Middle East, Newsweek - This is a report , Mar 26, 2015 about the Christian community in the Middle East - After years of slow but steady decline, Christians are being driven from the Middle East by ISIS. -http://europe.newsweek.com/new-exodus-christians-flee-isis-middle-east-316785?rm=eu

Christian must cooperate to help the persecuted Church, Pope tells Patriarch, 2 Dec 2013 Catholic herald- http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/12/02/christians-must-cooperate-to-help-the-persecuted-church-pope-tells-patriarch/

Pope Francis has called for increased cooperation among Christians to protect religious freedom and the right to promote Christian values in society without discrimination. In a message delivered on Saturday to Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, he said there is “an urgent need for effective and committed cooperation among Christians in order to safeguard everywhere the right to express publicly one’s faith and to be treated fairly when promoting the contribution which Christianity continues to offer to contemporary society and culture”.

Pope Francis wrote that many Christians in many parts of the world still experience discrimination “and at times pay with their own blood the price of their profession of faith.” He noted that 2013 marked the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan – a proclamation of tolerance of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, which is often seen as a symbol of the first affirmation of the principle of religious freedom. The edict “put an end to religious persecution in the Roman Empire in both East and West, and opened new channels for the dissemination of the Gospel,” he wrote. “Today, as then, Christians of East and West must give common witness so that, strengthened by the spirit of the risen Christ, they may disseminate the message of salvation to the entire world,” the pope said.

Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism, Dec 07, 2016, Herald Malaysia Online calling for the edict to return. http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/news/for-bartholomew-christians-cannot-be-indifferent-to-migrants-and-fundamentalism/33569/2

“Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I made a heartfelt appeal today during Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas, telling Christians that they cannot be indifferent to human exploitation, the suffering of those forced to leave their land, or the "religious fundamentalism that claims to act in God’s name.” For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism”  “Defender of the poor, implacable judge in front of the injustices of the powerful, and a steely fighter of sin, he was also a gentle man, full of self-constraint, forgiving, full of compassion for the weaknesses of the faithful – which began to manifest itself with the freedom for the Christian faith following the Edict of Milan –and a firm aide in defending traditions and righteousness.” 

Prince Charles warns against religious persecution , BBC News, 22 Dec, 2016 (Black Horse)- http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38401857

Prince Charles has spoken out about the danger of religious persecution, warning against a repeat of "the horrors of the past".   Delivering BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, the Prince of Wales said the rise of populist groups "aggressive" to minority faiths had "deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days" of the 1930s… He said religious freedom was a "choice between life and death" for some…He said: "He  (a Jesuit priest from Syria) told me of mass kidnappings in parts of Syria and Iraq and how he feared that Christians will be driven en masse out of lands described in the Bible.

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.2 Impending Sunday Law Enforcement

Based on the prophecy, we can expect the enforcing of a Sunday Law, as Constantine did in A.D. 321; eight years after Constantine had enacted the Edict of Milan.

GC53.1 ‘the day of the Sun’ as a day of rest. March 07, 321 This is a marker that Jesus is about to close the work of investigative judgment. We have no more opportunity to be saved. So are you ready? Are you living by faith?

Consider that President Obama recently signed into law a legislation similar to the Edict of Milan.

“Congrats, Frank Wolf: Obama Approves Expansion of International Religious Freedom Act”  Dec 16, 2016 Christianity Today http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/december/congrats-frank-wolf-obama-expansion-irfa-religious-freedom.html  President Obama has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities.

Pope Francis supported President Obama’s legislation.  Pope Francis decries 'epidemic of animosity' toward minorities https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/19/pope-francis-decries-epidemic-of-animosity-toward-minorities

Pope Francis has said an “epidemic of animosity” toward religious and ethnic minorities is hurting the weakest in society, in a thinly veiled assessment of the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, which has buoyed anti-immigration parties in Europe, the pope said people should not be seen as enemies because they were different. The 79-year-old Argentinian pontiff has repeatedly voiced support for immigrants, and last year made an impassioned speech on cultural diversity in Philadelphia. .'Never be ashamed': Pope forcefully defends immigrants in Philadelphia ..Trump branded Pope Francis “disgraceful” in February after he suggested the billionaire tycoon was “not a Christian” because of his plan to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.3 Compromise within SDA West

The current events are repeating the prophecy of Revelation 6:1-8 and Seventh-day Adventists should not support these legislations that are similar to the Edict of Milan. Yet the following news report shows that Seventh-day Adventist leaders did support the legislation.

Adventists welcome new US International Religious Freedom law , Dec 21, 2016- https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2016-12-21/adventists-welcome-new-us-international-religious-freedom-law/  (54: 32)

 “Adventists welcome new US International Religious Freedom law...Church leaders encourage governments in every country to protect and promote freedom of religion and belief.” We pray that this new law will stimulate greater awareness, both within the United States and around the world...we hope that it will help shine a spotlight on the plight of the many millions of men, women and children—members of vulnerable religious minorities” says Dwayne LeslieDr. Ganoune Diop*, director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) department of the world church, says that supporting legislation such as this within every nation’s political system is a core part of the work of PARL. “Here at the world church headquarters, as well as at each of the church’s 13 world divisions, PARL leaders are charged with monitoring legislation, and advocating for legal change that will increase protections for religious freedom for all,” he says. (Dec 21, 2016)  (Pale horse came and Waldenses had to flee.)

*Note: This person Ganoune Diop* recently joined hands with Pope Francis and supported his agenda. Yet Ganoune Diop was invited to and he did speak at the recent Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) meeting. Ganoune Diop’s message was about “Co-exist- Understanding World Religions.” Yet the president of GYC stated that the youth are leaving the message and the Seventh-day Adventist church at a rapid pace.  https://gycweb.org/conference/seminars/   (SDA  should not be talking about joining world religion but to evangelise  on getting  out rather than to shake hands with them. Diop is even advocating for legal change in UN for one world religion.)

GYC: Calling for Commitment, Adventist Review, posted December 30, 2016 - http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story-gyc-calling-for-commitment

“It’s the opening night of GYC 2016. And for the fifteenth year in a row, thousands of young people have come together from all corners of the country and the world for this five-day event organized by Adventist young adults for Adventist young adults. There’s energy. There’s enthusiasm. Still, what can a five-day conference do about the staggering numbers of youth leaving the Seventh-day Adventist church?” Very soon we are going to be called extremeist, separatist  but following Bible truth

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.3.1 Compromise within SDA East

Similar apostasy that is presently happening in the west is also happening in the east. The context of this report is the recent Ecumenical Christmas Celebration on December 24, 2016. The following homily from the former Finnish Finnish president, Tarja Halonen’s, gives the theme of the gathering.

A war-torn nation is not likely to be able to do this alone, and there is a need for international support and solidarity...Sustainable peace requires the building of a new kind of culture. Let us not be afraid of change... I am pleased that, in addition to Turku’s traditional Christmas declaration, our celebration preparations also include this ecumenical declaration of peace. There is a great need for the Christian world and the various denominations to find unifying, cooperation building powers. Thereby can the means of using religion to incite hatred between various faith communities be weakened. The ecumenical movement can also strengthen and unite us in the preservation of the world through the necessary support for sustainable development. The majority of ordinary people, however, have begun to understand the necessity of sustainable development. We will go forward. UN member countries’ governments are responsible for implementing decisions, but businesses and civil society have more power and responsibility. That’s how we create the foundation for civil peace.

*Note: Kalervo Aromäki*, president of the Finnish (Finland) Union of Churches Conference, Seventh-day Adventist Church, was present at this Ecumenical Christmas Celebration and delivered a lengthy speech in harmony with the heads of the Orthodox, Lutherans, and Roman Catholic churches in Finland.

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of life, which doesn’t need to be claimed or paid, just lived. Help us today to live our gift according to its value, wisely, constructively and lovingly. We thank You for creating us equal without regard to gender, color, education or experience. Help us to respect one another and to show solidarity, especially towards those who have received less in life, such as single parents, orphans, migrants, those fleeing violence. You intended for us to live in peace and harmony with one another. When we look around us, we see more injustice, evil and violence than solidarity, understanding, harmony and peace. Help us to act today in accordance with the life-supporting values of justice, mutual love and peace. Thank You for understanding and wanting to help. You were a refugee Yourself, and although You died a victim of violence, You did not remain a victim, but raised from the dead. Help us to rise above our own experience, so that we can continue living. When we think of Syria’s Aleppo and Iraq’s Mosul or Burma’s violence and threats towards minorities, our hearts are crushed. We feel powerless. We pray that You will intercede in the situation and change their destiny. Thank You for having the solution’s key in Your hand. You’ve promised to come back. This we await. We share John the Revelator’s prayer: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” https://areena.yle.fi/1-3259929

(The devil is using Pope Francis to muddy the water to sat this is the true understanding of the loud cry message, and they will accept the error. We don’t accept your perspective we believe the pope. If we are walking with God we will be far further.

 4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4 The Counterfeit “Loud Cry”

While the majority of Seventh-day Adventist administrators, pastors, professors, and people have laid aside the preaching of the everlasting gospel, the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and have discarded the three angels’ logo, Pope Francis is now preaching his perspective of the Loud Cry message of Revelation 18. He is perverting the gospel to deceive souls.

The first voice Francis spoke of was “the cry”: referring to the cry that is the “loud voice” of the angel, as we read in the passage taken from the Book of Revelation (18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3,9)... The angel “cried with a loud voice: ‘Babylon has fallen’”. And, the Pope explained...“Corruption is the way of living blasphemy...” “corruption is a form of blasphemy, the language of this Babylon, of this worldliness, blasphemy: there is no God”, however “there is the god of money, the god of wellbeing, the God of exploitation”. The Pontiff went on to say that “this Babylon, this worldliness, this kingship of the world that seduces the great of the earth — some do not fall and are holy, others fall due to the power of corruption, the ‘power of blasphemy’ — it will fall, this civilization will fall and the angel’s cry is a cry of victory: ‘fallen’”. Babylon ends in this way, “that deceived with its seductions. And the empire of vanity and pride will fall, as Satan fell, it will fall”.  Nov 24, 2016 http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/news/three-voices.  (If we don’t preach it, another voice, a perverted voice will preach it? Satan allows the Pope to preach who Babylon is.  Corruption is a form of blasphemy, worldliness seduces leaders. This civilization will fall. The Angel’s cry is a call of victory.  Babylon is deceived with a seduction.  It’s time to be our father’s business in the work of aggressive evangelism. We are playing church and not getting the everlasting gospel out. The door of probation will be closed and people will get more confused because we are dumbing down the message. With the Pope preaching a perverted message the  Longer we delay  the harder will be the work. )

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4.1 Last Days’ Miracles  

“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 13:13-15

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”- Rev 16:13-14. (This is enacted  by the pope  as follows: )

Pope Francis 'levitates' table during circus troupe visit to the Vatican  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pope-francis-captivated-cockatoo-helps-9532541 12-28-2016 – (Spiritual Babylon is working miracles and Spiritualism will be the omega of apostasy which is in the form of spiritual formation exercise of Loyola  and which the Pope Pope Francis’ held up Father Thomas Merton, founder of U.S Catholic Contemplative Christianity, as a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people as a man of dialogue and a “promoter of peace between peoples and religions” by sowing “peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” The world is ungodly today and there is no time to delay further. What are we doing for God now? )

4.6.3.5.5.3.3.2.4.2 The Practical Lesson form Enoch

The following quotation speaks to Enoch’s walk with God during a time when the whole world was corrupt.  “Enoch’s walk with God was not in a trance or a vision, but in all the duties of his daily life. He did not become a hermit, shutting himself entirely from the world; for he had, in the world, a work to do for God. In the family and in his intercourse with men, as a husband and father, a friend, a citizen, he was the steadfast, unwavering servant of God.  {GW 51.3}    (1:16:15:30) (We start with getting our religion at home right.)

In the midst of a life of active labor, Enoch steadfastly maintained his communion with God. The greater and more pressing his labors, the more constant and earnest were his prayers. He continued to exclude himself at certain periods from all society. After remaining for a time among the people, laboring to benefit them by instruction and example, he would withdraw, to spend a season in solitude, hungering and thirsting for that divine knowledge which God alone can impart.  {GW 52.1}         Communing thus with God, Enoch came more and more to reflect the divine image. His face was radiant with a holy light, even the light that shineth in the face of Jesus. As he came forth from these divine communings, even the ungodly beheld with awe the impress of heaven upon his countenance.  {GW 52.2} (The weaker we are spiritually the more time we are to spend on the Word of God.)

He [Enoch] did not make his abode with the wicked. He did not locate in Sodom, thinking to save Sodom. He placed himself and his family where the atmosphere would be as pure as possible. Then at times he went forth to the inhabitants of the world with his God-given message. Every visit he made to the world was painful to him.  (Compare our local church association with Sodom, sins of the LGBT community. Do not mingle in the cities unless we are evangelizing them.)

He saw and understood something of the leprosy of sin. After proclaiming his message, he always took back with him to his place of retirement some who had received the warning. Some of these became overcomers, and died before the Flood came. But some had lived so long in the corrupting influence of sin that they could not endure righteousnessThey did not retain their purity of faith, but returned to their former customs and practices. {1BC 1087.10}  (1:33:40)

In conclusion, the seven things that the Lord will do to stimulate our love for Him and to exercise faith in Him, which will lead us to hope for the things, even though we see no evidence of receiving them: 1. His word; 2. His works in the lives of others; 3. His promise to work for us personally; 4. His creative works in nature; 5. His death on the cross for us; 6. His intercessory work for us in the heavenly sanctuary; 7.  and the promise of His Second coming.

Our testimony before we are translated to heaven and not taste the second death must be that of   Enoch’s testimony before he was translated.  He pleased God- Hebrews 11:5. What does it mean to please God?  We must obey His commandments- Hebrews 11:6; 1John 3:22.  We must not be in the flesh- Romans 8:8; not be entangled with the affairs of this worldly life-2 Timothy 2:4; not be an idolater, commit fornication,  murmuring  about and tempting Jesus -1 Corinthians 10:5-11.

Our victory must be rooted in the love of Jesus such that this love is the faith that works. We have this faith in the promise of His second coming. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”- Rev 22:12,14. Christ as the Lord of lords (all the translated saints) at His coming will reward those translated with the right to the tree of life.

4.6.4 Time for Action

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; “And having an high priest over the house of God; “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;”And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”- Heb 10:19-25

On these six texts from Paul we have come to the close of our exhortation to stand steadfast on our faith in Christ till the end of time. The posting today, January 1st 2017, of “Preparation for Time of Trouble,” is the final part, of the series that started with Part One at  Wp 4. “Passover Farewell Message”, posted on November 1st 2016, to confront  and make known of The papal devious scheme deliberately organized as a grand celebration t requiring the one-year-countdown on October 31st 2016 in Lund, Sweden,  to the joint ecumenical commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Protestant Reformation on October 31st 2017. This would mean the end of the protestant movement.  The world is celebrating with the Pope inaugurating him as the supreme religious leader of the ecumenical one world religion. Will you be willing to be a Protestant upholding one of his reform principle that “Christians should place God’s word first, even above the Pope.”  Christ is the only way by which one may be saved. It is “Sola Scriptura” by Scripture alone, “Sola Christo” through Christ alone, “Sola Fide,” by faith alone.  

We are to be reminded that there is only ten months left  to keep the protest alive and to call God’s people in the other churches and other beliefs  by sharing the three angels’ messages, particularly the third angel’s message which is righteousness by faith in verity . Part Two, WP4.5,  on the” Hour of Judgment is Here” was  posted on November 30th  2016 to warn the people of the impending final conflict as is seen in the current events  reported in the news media.  

In Jesus farewell message at the Last Supper, He promised us  the gift of the Holy Spirit, Comforter and the Spirit of Truth, to “teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”- Jn 14:26.  He will abide in us, “and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”-1Jn:2:27. He will also “show you things to come” (Jn 16:13). The Holy Spirit does this by pointing to Jesus Christ and by helping us to remember what Jesus has said (John 15:26) and done for us. The truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us is very personal: He lifts up Jesus and leads us into a living and  faithful  relationship  with  Him. When we ask for the leading of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, He will lead us to Jesus, who is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Jesus says “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. “ (Jn 9:4)  We too must follow Jesus and do likewise and to expect persecution intensifying and  expecting the night to come with the enforcement of Universal Sunday law in fulfilment of the sure word of prophecy.  “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1Th_5:2 and we have this hope in Christ the hope of glory. 

It now remains for you to check out what have been written and decide if it could be a possible way to get started in getting ready to prepare for the time of trouble. If you have a better way, do share it with me and readers of this website. Your feedback and comments will be most welcomed. My email is  singtsc@yahoo.com .   Information on this website can be freely copied for dissemination and sharing with others.  Your prayer for me and for all the readers of  this website will be greatly appreciated. 

 WP4.6 ends at page 62 when posted on January 1St 2017 expanded to 82 pages on Jan 4, 2017, and further added to 91 pages on Jan 13, 2017

 

 Postscript:

I am quite troubled after posting this article to further learn about another version on the reading of the Book of Job at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mhEf5XDoXQ (1:34:37)- 4th qtr 2016, lesson 14 - The Lessons of Job, by Elder Bing Alabata, published on Dec 26, 2016 with very good lesson preview handouts at http://www.hinsdalefilam.org/site/1/pages/Lesson%20Preview/Job14.pdf or (http://goo.gl/3YqoR)

Please watch and be the jury to decide your verdict on the following issues:

1. Is God putting His reputation at stake on Job’s trusting in Him in spite of the unwarranted time of trouble (calamities) he received from Satan expressly stated in this presentation?

2. Is Satan (the accuser against God that Job worship God only because he was protected and blessed by God) revealed as to his identity on earth by God to Job and substantiated by Bible verses?

3. Is Job (when he claimed his innocence in Job chapter 23-24) not a type of Jesus (who at the cross felt the Father has left Him for ever and yet said “Your Will be done.”)?

4. Is Job not in communion with God (like Jesus was) when God declared him to be upright and blameless to Satan in front of the heavenly council?

5. Is the finding that Job was self-righteous totally correct before the trial by Satan that was permitted by God?  

6. Are the three friends of Job the cause for Job to argue and defend his innocence and in the process fall into Satan’s trap of sinning against God?

7. Is Satan, the antichrist in the great controversy we are in, made a key lesson of the Book of Job and that we must guard against worshiping the antichrist arising from contemplative prayer instead of God by faith in the true Christ and keeping the Law, not just by grace with the commandments nailed to the Cross?

Note of Caution: Truth is absolute. If the finding from Elder Bing Alabata is more convincing  than my article ( not claiming infallibility but always eager to learn the truth) let this be the present truth you believe in until another better truth displaces it. But make sure the new present truth is in harmony with the word of God.

“Satan has a counterfeit church, a counterfeit priesthood, a counterfeit plan of salvation, a counterfeit Lord’s supper, a counterfeit baptism, and a counterfeit righteousness by faith message!

Therefore we must know the genuine in order to detect the spurious that we be not deceived and lost. “- Gordon Collier

   

Comments Received:

C1. In your article you referred to Job being instigated by Satan "that would even cause us to feel that God is our enemy".

EGW on Jacob whose God was perceived an avenging enemy.....

By self-surrender and confiding faith Jacob gained what he had failed to gain by conflict in his own strength. God would here fully make known to his servant that it was divine power and grace alone that could give him the life and peace he so much craved. This lesson is for all time. Those who live in the last days must pass through an experience similar to that of Jacob. Foes will be all around them, ready to condemn and destroy. Alarm and despair will seize them, for it appears to them as to Jacob in his distress, that God himself has become an avenging enemy. It is the design of God to arouse the dormant energies of his people to look out of and away from self to One who can bring help and salvation, that the promises given for just such a time may be seen in their preciousness, and relied upon with unwavering trust. Here faith is proved. {ST November 27, 1879, par. 11}

Elsewhere EGW wrote that God allowed Satan to tempt the remnant that God was not with them. Consider that as this was after end of probation, that this temptation is allowed upon a people that was already "saved". Amazing what God knows and what confidence He has as one who can read hearts. (Sender: YKT Jan 5, 2017)

Response: This is a very important lesson for us to remember when we are going through our time of trouble and as EGW counselled as a lesson for all time.  (Posted Jan 6, 2017)    )  (Last entry Jan 13, 2017)

Addendum Jan 22, 2017

Relevant youtube videos  on the same topic:

1. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb0j5j078RQ (29:34) - Sunday Law News Report - Time of Trouble, Published on Dec 14, 2016

Sunday Law News Report - Time of Trouble. http://AdventMessage.com. A great crisis awaits the people of God. Very soon our nation will attempt to enforce upon all the observance of the first day of the week as a sacred day.

2. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Vnkhli3jI  (31:14) -

THE FOUR STAGES OF THE NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW, Published on Sep 15, 2016

This message is a Bible and Spirit of Prophecy study on the four stages of the National Sunday Law. By watching this, your understanding of end time events will increase.

Added on Jan 26 Jan, 2017

Please also check out the article at www.discoverylifediy.com/432560781 - D11 Discovery of The Earth’s Age, posted on Jan 24,2017.  The Hydroplate Theory is now able to scientifically  explain  in great depth  how and what  subsequently happened in the Great (Global) Flood  based on the Genesis account in chapters 6-9. The article covers scientific evidence proving  the lie in the 4.5 billion years  age of the evolutionary model and centres on the work of  Dr Robert Gentry  with his proof on the instantaneous creation of Granite, the main crustal rock and that coal and oil did  not require millions of years to form in the earth.  Amazingly, insight into the truth was already made known to Ellen G. White in 1890 when she wrote “Patriarchic and Prophets,” one of her many Spirit of Prophecy books.  

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