The Finishing Act, Part 1-Repeating the UrgencyAlarm

Barely 8 months left to be Genuine PROTESTANTS before OCTOBER 31, 2017

WP5 The Finishing Act: Part 1-Repeating the Urgency Alarm

The unfruitful Fig tree is given one year with nurturing to bear fruit; otherwise it will be cut down.

(Note: WP%a Pt2 added on May 15, 2017, May 18 and May 29, 2017)

The Invitation

We are but one breath from eternity – either to everlasting life (Jn 3:15-18; Rev3:21, 20:6) or to the second death (Rev 2:11, 20:6, 21:8) . God has made us in His image and has made each of us unique and free agent to choose. The decision must be made while we are alive and conscious. “The hour of His judgment is come” (Rev 14:7) since Oct 22, 1844 and He did sent  the message of His return in 1888 but His remnant  church was not ready then. From this bitter lesson we must not fail again in receiving His message the second time.

God’s people will not be caught by surprise (1The 5:4.) although we do not know the day or the hour of Jesus second coming and that He will come as a thief in the night. God’s remnant will know that Jesus is even at the door today by looking at the events leading up to His return from the perspective of the general trends of the day to day events. To discuss one event by itself may not be significant. When we put all of it together, 2017 may bring a more rapid and accelerated culmination. It will open our eyes that we may not sleep to see what is happening before us. When the Master comes, God  please prepare us as 2017 is into the month of March and the one year of grace for the unfruitful Fig tree has only eight months left (1/3 spent in procrastination but hopefully  for the remnant in prayer, preparation and sharing with the help of the Holy Spirit). We have seen several important final events in 2015, and 2016, and 2017 will bring more with the looming of the end of Protestantism in Oct 31, 2017.

“The Finishing Act” will lay out the suggested plan and the needed personal work prior to the enforcement of Sunday law, the close of the investigative judgment and causing the time of trouble that must precede Jesus second coming. First and foremost is alerting God’s people (from within and without God’s remnant church) of the time left to finish the work (the commissioned mission -Mat 28:18,19.) It is by dying to self, daily, in total surrender to Jesus to following Him into the Most Holy Place in the heavenly by faith, allowing Him to work in us through the Holy Spirit to transform us to be fit for heaven in the sanctification process that will be covered in part 2.

To those who prefer to watch rather than to read, scan the contents and decide whether this article may be worth your attention and then watch the videos as follow:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DExlbBNzZC0  ( (1:02:17):” End Time Review “ by Ps. David Gates, posted  Feb 11, 2017.

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fODWEK6BpyA&list=PL2Vg4yxRA7URq-r1cqImLsKxoOcdUQU1j&index=160   Sermon by Ps Andrew Hendriques  discussing  the activities of  Pope Francis  in 2016 (play from  22: 20- 1:06: 30)

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0KD8sc2SYU (1: 41:26) “6 more States to amend Constitution; Pope & U.S grant limited rights; Protestants join Pope pressure Gov.” by Ps Andrew Hendriques, published on Feb 11, 2017

4. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upoq6ZTHKB0 - History of 1888, part1 by Norman McNulty, published on Dec 14, 2014.

 

Contents

The Invitation; 1 The Level Playing Field Rule; 1.1 Review of End-time Events; 1.1.1The Changes to SDA Fundament Beliefs; 1.1.2 Reminder of the Midnight Cry; 1.1.3 Heed the Watchman Cry; 1.1.3.1The Historic Visit of Pope Francis,2015; 1.1.3.1.1The Complacency of SDA General Congress; 1.1.3.2 The Pope’s Prowess in 2016; 1.1.3.2.1 Pope sought by Orthodox Movement; 1.1.3.2.2 Vatican Assistance Request from Venezuela Socialist Government; 1.1.3.2.2.1 The Jesuits Influence; 1.1.3.2.2.2 The Pope Condemning the Vatican; 1.1.3.2.3 Reaching the Other Faiths; 1.1.3.2.3.1 Interfaith Meeting of Prayer for Peace; 1.1.3.2.3.2 Integrating Sports with Faith; 1.1.3.2.4 The Pope and America; 1.1.3.2.4.1 Redefinition of Religious Freedom; 1.1.3.2.4.2 The Christian Gathering 2016 in Washington; 1.1.3.3 The Presidential Election in 2016; 1.1.3.3.1The Impending End of Protestantism; 1.2 Disturbing Current News Report; 1.2.1 The Faith of Jesus; 1.2.1.1 Moses is our Example; 1.2.1.2 The End-time  Application; 1.2.1.2.1 Key Public Events; 1.2.1.2.1.1 Redefinition of Religious Freedom; 1.2.1.2.1.2 The Christian Gathering  2016 in Washington;  1.2.1.2.2 Pope Sets the Rule on Freedom; 1.2.1.2.3 Trump’s Protection of Religious Liberty; 1.2.1.2.3.1The Jesuits Influence in U.S. Education; 1.2.1.2.4 Eric Walsh Won Religious Liberty Law Suit; 1.2.1.3 Background to Sunday Law; 1.2.1.3.1 Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; 1.2.1.4 Fulfilment of Prophecy; 1.2.1.4.1 Apostasy of German Evangelical Church; 1.2.1.4.2 Apostasy of America; 1.2.1.5 Contemplation of the Passover; 1.2.1.5.1 The Sanctuary Message; 1.2.1.5.2 Reviewing the Passover Experience; 1.2.1.5.3 Food Washing Ordinance; 1.2.1.5.4 The Lord’s Supper Ordinance; 1.3 The History of I888; 1.3.1 The Righteousness  By Faith Message; 1.3.2 The Lesson of 1888; 1.3.2.1 Our Total Commitment Needed;

The Finishing Act, Part 1-Repeating the Urgency Alarm

1 The Level Playing Field Rule

God will not surprise anybody, He will give plenty of evidence (Amos 3:7) even the devil can do nothing unless he reveal it to God open playing field where everybody is to see what is happening and know through media, music, videos, cartoon characters, and other means we will find the enemy announcing what he is going to do, announcing what he is going to do. He does not always have permission to carry it out  but one thing is sure he always announces it. It is part of the rule of the game. God make the rules and both parties have to play by the rules. Satan is a liar, hides everything and disguises his information. Look at some of the things he announces, what they intend to do and note the manty times they have cancelled and postponed them. So how can these people that serve the enemy think they are in charge when they have to operate by the rules that God imposes upon His creation. There are limits to what they can do, within the margin they are given as in the case of Job, where Satan is not to kill Job. But Satan has convinced them that he is in charge. David Gates has pointed out in his talk on  End Time Review at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DExlbBNzZC0  ( (1:02:17) posted  Feb 11, 2017.

1.1 Review of End-time Events

David Gates in his talk  is affirming what earlier articles( from FoC13, "Watch &Pray Updates" and onward- WP2-WP4) have been sharing about other godly servants like Stephen Bohr, Walter Veith , Andrew Hendriques and others  have said  that the years in 2015, 2016 and 2017 are very strategic years in the closing events of earth history. We are told by Sister White that the greatest enemy comes from inside.  If we are going to finish the work we have to realise where our greatest obstacle lie, inside. Firstly, the greatest enemy is self. Then we have to contend with our own home, and our own church where  God’s people is the greatest obstacle to Jesus coming. Our greatest opposition lies inside. Yet God has chosen to play by the rule and He will wait on His people. He will prepare his people for He is a faithful God who keeps His convent made with Abraham. He will not come till His people are ready. This is the will of God (2Pet 3:9, 10).  Satan knows God will not come till His people are ready because that is His closing evidence before Jesus returns. There must be the people prepared. There must be a people that reflect His character, otherwise Satan’s lies have not been conclusively proven false. Satan declares that it is impossible to trust and obey God. His laws are unreasonable and impossible. What Jesus did was because He is God. Humans can’t do it. So God reply is “I will show you not only one but  a 144,000, the whole last day generation, ( Rev 7:3, 14:1-5- the 144,000 be it symbolic or literal is still a very large number, considering that we only had Enoch and Elijah in the past) . Thousands of people following Jesus will be sealed for eternity. God confidently rest his case that if one single individual fails the whole entire evidence is thrown out.  (hear his story about a pastor who was once a mafia executioner (9:34 – 16:51) All Satan has to do is to prove that one of the 144,000 could not be committed to the Lord., who keeps his commandment and have the faith of Jesus ( Rev 14:12)  That is why they go through so much anguish because the all-powerful and eternal God  declares the evidence that the whole bunch is save to live in heaven and  If Satan can cause one to fall that means God doesn’t know what He is doing and Satan can say that God is a liar. The problem is that many of God’s people does not know the implication that we are part of the closing  evidence  and we don’t realise there is a preparation process as we look at the events happening in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Satan has openly declared his agenda through his chief and the world who loves the darkness (because they shun the truth) is looking forward to the celebration of the Grand Daddy Jubilee on October 31, 2017.

1.1.1The Changes to SDA Fundament Beliefs

2015 was an important year. At the SDA General Conference world session in San Antonio  two major  changes were made to the basic fundamental beliefs of SDA.  We did it to ourselves. The World delegates have approved it.

The two very important changes are: (see http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story2975-what-got-changed-in-fundamental-beliefs)

1. Fundamental Belief, number 25, The Second Coming, had a phrase changed from “Christ’s coming is imminent” to “Christ’s coming is near.”  The rationale was that this change not only has the advantage of using biblical language, but it makes for easier reading and is easier to translate.

We have always believed that Jesus coming is imminent, (at the door- likely to occur at any moment)  Jesus is waiting at the door for 153  years, we are the ones who have kept Him there. Our unbelieve has  kept him and guess what we put it official writing by taking the  word imminent out we Officially believe that Jesus second coming is no longer imminent but “near” which can mean to be expected  in the near future, it could be in a 100 years and it may be many, many, years in the near future). This is very serious  at the very year when things from the enemy are accelerating with the Pope coming to North America and The SDA says before hand we really don’t think that things are rapping up like we did before..  It showed that the majority of the SDA in the world no longer believe that Jesus is coming is imminent. Several people have opposed it but the majority approved the changes crafted by a small committee.

2. Fundamental Belief Number 18*, “The Gift of Prophecy”:Some felt that the church’s prior statement gave Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White authority comparable to that of the Bible. Changes* have been made to remove this potential ambiguity. White herself emphasizes that her authority is subject to the Scriptures. The new wording of this statement does not in any way diminish the church’s understanding of the authority of the Bible or the prophetic authority of Ellen G. White. - Here is one the comment on this change:

*Number 18 modification: INFURIATING!

(1) Ellen White's TITLE - "The Lord's Messenger" - removed: (Why & How did they remove this title of her while she herself OPENLY stated that 'THIS TITLE' OF HER is given by God Himself?)

“I have had no claims to make, only that I AM INSTRUCTED that I AM THE LORD'S MESSENGER; that HE CALLED ME in my youth to be HIS MESSENGER, to receive His word, and to give a clear and decided message in the name of the Lord Jesus. Early in my youth I was asked several times, Are you a prophet? I have ever responded, "I AM THE LORD'S MESSENGER". I know that many have called me a prophet, but I have made no claim to this title. MY SAVIOR DECLARED ME to be HIS MESSENGER.” Selected Messages, Book 1 (1958), page 32

(2) "Her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth" - REMOVED. Aren't her writings a SOURCE OF TRUTH? Aren't her writings a CONTINUING AUTHORITATIVE Word of God? What problem did they get in this piece of statement? What is the intention behind removing this statement? Does "SOME FELT or SOME SAY" reasoning seem to you enough evidence to remove this statement? I don't really think so! It is to make of none effect the Testimony of Jesus Christ! It is a hatred kindled against The Spirit of Prophecy!

“Satan is . . . constantly pressing in the spurious–to lead away from the truth. The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony. There will be a hatred kindled against the testimonies which is satanic." Selected Messages, Book 1, (1958), page 48

"Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit." Jeremiah 2:11 “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself...” Hosea 13:9

This change in the opinion of David Gates means that Ellen G. White is no longer the guiding channel  to the source of truth, the spirit of prophecy ( Rev 12:17, 19:10) We have the last generation prophet to be no longer speaking for God. It is to be used for counselling, for advising, but it is no longer pertaining to truth of God’s word. We no longer can quote Ellen G. White as an authority, not if you believe as the majority of SDA sadly believe now through the preaching in most of thelocal churches.

Other changes summarized by David were in the church manual strengthening the authority of the pastor and reducing the authority of the Church board in making it easier to dis-fellowship people for the slightest problem instead of apostasy like before. There were lots of changes some were positive and others very negative. This does not mean we are not God’s church any more but that we are seriously ill. We are still God’s remnant people, we still believe the correct doctrine except that we ( the majority)are no longer convinced that His prophet speaks for Him and that Jesus is coming back as soon as we had interpreted His prophecy and as imminent based on the signs of the times.

1.1.2 Reminder of the Midnight Cry

David pointed out that remnant people inside the church still believe in the parable of the “Ten Virgins.” Christ told the parable of the ten virgins to illustrate the experience of the church of the last days. (Matt 25:1-13). (see T10 at http://www.wakeupow.com/152909634 , par 10.22) The two classes of virgins represent the two kinds of believers who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith. Their lamps represent the Word of God, the oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. Superficially, these two groups appear alike; both go out to meet the Bridegroom, both have oil in their lamps, and their behavior doesn't seem to differ. They have all heard the message of Christ's soon coming and are looking forward to it. But then comes an apparent delay—their faith is to be tested. Five of the virgins (God’s professed believers who knows the truth) carried no extra oil in their lamps, perhaps because they didn’t expect the bridegroom ( Jesus) to come back that soon. While waiting for the Groom, all fell asleep, (yet there are some watchmen to sound the midnight cry when the groom returns).

"Satan has come down with great power, knowing that his time is short. The continued apostasy, the abounding iniquity, which chills the faith and constancy of many, should call the faithful ones to the front. Straight, clear, decided testimonies, freighted with the light for the time, will be given. Truth, undimmed by the furnace, will shine brighter and brighter until the perfect day. The Spirit and power of the coming One will be imparted in large measure to those who are preparing to stand in the day of God, who are hastening the second advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To these faithful ones Christ gives special communications. He talks with them as He talked with His disciples before leaving them. The Spirit of truth will guide them into all truth. God has lines of communication with the world today. Through His appointed agencies, He speaks to the people He is purifying, warning and encouraging them". . . .  {5MR 50.2}

1.1.3 Heed the Watchman Cry

 For the preparation to endure Satan’s last days deceptions, we are told that God is looking for people that can give the trumpet a certain sound and He is looking for people that are willing to do that. Not everybody is willing.  As a result, God cannot trust his last days’ message to every single person because not every person is will to pay the prices that it takes to preach the message as it should be preached. “ In this age, just prior to the second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven, such a work as that of John [the Baptist] is to be done. God calls for men who will prepare a people to stand in the great day of the Lord. . . . In order to give such a message as John gave, we must have a spiritual experience like his. The same work must be wrought in us. We must behold God, and in beholding Him lose sight of self.-“-8T 332, 333 (1904).  {LDE 63.1}   We have to be willing to suffer hunger and delay. Our faith has to be strong enough. We have to understand what we are dealing, what the issues are. As we go through these times  we are going to to be tempted to tell God. But how many of us have gone through this before?  John had the Elijah message. Elijah had simple fare, simple dress but he was persecuted by  a woman.  The last Elijah is going to have simple fair, simple dress and is going to be persecuted by a woman. What if our head is to be cut off? You just close your life story and nobody can change it. If God sees it fit to keep you alive to the end then He will give you the strength to do it.

1.1.3.1The Historic Visit of Pope Francis, 2015

2015 brought some very sad changes to our fundamental beliefs, God’s remnant people just prior to the September historic visit by the  Pope ( see FoC 13 and subsequent  issues) not on any day but decidedly ( not accidental) on the day of atonement, which is very significant with respect to the Sanctuary message. Everything that God does is by way of the sanctuary. We can look at the sanctuary and we can understand what God has done and what God will do in the future because He acts according to his declared will. When things happen on important sanctuary days we have important implications. The Pope came and on the day of atonement entered the White House, the president’s house, and Americans opened their arms and acknowledged him as the moral leader of the world.

Incidentally some young fervent Adventists have decided to protest on the event. On applying for lots allocated for protestors they were told the Vatican said that there will be no protesters. They insisted that they have a right to protest.  The reply was that the Vatican has taken all the protest sites. The lady officer scanned over the booking and exclaimed that there was one that they missed, number 7, right across the main entrance.  So they put up the picture of the pure woman standing on the moon with stars around her head and the wording “here are they which keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.” They had a table and were handing out the book “the Great Controversy.  The cardinals, bishops and priests were going in and out of Congress  in arranging everything. They came over when they saw the picture and asked about the picture which they thought was Mother Mary. They were disgusted that it was not her but the pure woman (the pure church) that keeps the commandments of God. On hearing that the Great Controversy was being handed out remarked that so you are those people. One of our directors that asked them  whether it Is correct that the Encyclical “ Laudato Si’” from the pope is asking the whole world to protect the environment  by setting up a day which can be declared a family day to protect the environment but it is really about a day a worship, iIt is really about a Sunday law. They replied that it is exactly what it is about. Then they left.

1.1.3.1.1The Complacency of SDA General Conference

The Vatican went about to all the major world meetings on Global warming and the SDA HQ, the General Conference, kept quiet and did not say anything about it. It was never mentioned to get our attention. It may be that we are sleeping or maybe we don’t want to step on the dragon’s tail. It may be we don’t want to make anybody upset. This is contrary to our mission to warn the world of the events that are happening. So the ten virgin are sleeping and will sleep right through it. Once the midnight cry comes out the bridegroom is coming and that will be the Sunday law. The Sunday law is going to wake up every single Adventist. They will cry “we do not realise it is going to be so soon. So what do we do to prepare? “ “ Sorry , go buy your own oil’ is the only reply” according to the parable. When SDA wake up to this reality of the Sunday law that has just been passed they are going to scramble to get ready. It is too late then. Preparation time comes before the close of probation. The final crisis is the final exam. That is the closing of the process of judgment of the living which starts in the house of God. It will rapidly progress to the rest of the whole world. SDA will be judged before non SDA. Those who know the truth will be judged first. We are told that the door is closed to those that will not enter but it is yet open to those that had not yet heard. How important that those of us that know to prepare. On this final exam hangs our destiny. It is about the oil, the building up of the relationship with Jesus with the Holy Spirit as our comforter and teacher. The relation is personal and cannot be shared as it is built over many years of trials and wrestling with the Lord.  In 2015, we have just voted that there is no urgency over the second coming and allaying (covering up) the implication of the pope’s visit to Washington.

1.1.3.2 The Pope’s Prowess in 2016 (par 1.1.3.2 to par 1.1.3.2.4.2 is based on video of Hendriques sermon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fODWEK6BpyA&list=PL2Vg4yxRA7URq-r1cqImLsKxoOcdUQU1j&index=160   play from 22:20 to 1:06:30)

The following are news reports that are fulfilling Bible prophecy (Revelation 13:3,4,11-17); they show that we are living in the last days. The purpose is to create in us a desire for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of righteousness because none of us is going to be saved unless we reflect the character of Jesus fully. So many of us are only focused on temporal  things when our spiritual lives are degenerating and literally dead if it is not growing.

Consider this passage: “Before His crucifixion the Saviour explained to His disciples that He was to be put to death and to rise again from the tomb, and angels were present to impress His words on minds and hearts. But the disciples were looking for temporal deliverance from the Roman yoke, and they could not tolerate the thought that He in whom all their hopes centered should suffer an ignominious death. The words which they needed to remember were banished from their minds; and when the time of trial came, it found them unprepared. The death of Jesus as fully destroyed their hopes as if He had not forewarned them. So in the prophecies the future is opened before us as plainly as it was opened to the disciples by the words of Christ. The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready. “ {GC 594.1}

The Bible reveals to us the close of probation and the work of preparation. God has called us to be Protestants. In Rev 13:1-10 we see the power of the leopard-like beast, the papacy and that nobody can make war with the beast - Rev 13:3,4. Is this not the present state of the popularity and veneration of Pope Francis? When his wound is completely healed it will bring persecution to God’s people.

1.1.3.2.1 Pope sought by Orthodox Movement

In Ukraine and Russia there is a schism within its orthodox movement and they are looking to the Pope to solve their problem. Reported on Sep 12, 2016:“An Orthodox schism could be looming. But there might just be a Catholic solution” http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/09/12/an-orthodox-schism-could-be-looming-but-there-might-just-be-a-catholic-solution/    

Since 1798 the power of Vatican was cut until 1928. But now it has almost regained its full power. Take the case of the collapse of Venezuela in 2016.

1.1.3.2.2 Venezuela Socialist Government Request

 “The Holy See could become a major player in resolving the crisis in Venezuela...Last July, the Union of South American Nations wrote to the Vatican to ask for their collaboration to solve the crisis in Venezuela.” http://www.romereports.com/2016/09/15/the-holy-see-could-become-a-major-player-in-resolving-the-crisis-in-venezuela 

1.1.3.2.2.1 The Jesuits Influence

This is the union of church and state.  Consider this passage written in the 1800s: “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 ( Venezuela is asking  the Vatican, a church whose leader is a Jesuit, to solve their financial and political crisis). They became servants to act as spies upon their masters. They established colleges for the sons of princes and nobles (Univ. of Notre Dame, Georgetown Univ. and others), and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites...The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.”  {GC 235.1}

“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. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.  {GC 235.1} (see par 1.2.1.2.3.1)   Is this being fulfilled in the news reported in “Pope Francis [a Jesuit] visits neonatal unit as part of year of mercy”   https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/09/16/pope-francis-visits-neonatal-unit-part-year-mercy/  (The deadly wound is almost healed and probation hour is almost closed.)

1.1.3.2.2.2 The Pope Condemning the Vatican

The verses of Revelation 17:1-7 (Vatican has a seat at the UN; purple (bishop), scarlet (cardinal); blasphemy (vicar of God)is any human who claims to be God –Jn 10:30-33 and able to forgive sin (Mk 2:5-7) affirms what the pope announces  on Vatican Radio:  "We Christians have a Mother, Jesus’ [Mother]...And from that moment she becomes our Mother, from that moment she is our Mother, the one who takes care of us and is not ashamed of us: she defends us.”  "In a world we could call an orphan, in this world that suffers the crisis perhaps our help lies in saying ‘Look to your Mother!’ May the Holy Spirit make us understand this very great mystery of the maternity  Mary (unbiblical).” http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/15/pope_francis_mary_is_our_mother,_who_defends_us/1258237 

Rev 17:6 says the woman (church ) was drunken with the blood of saints and the martyrs of Jesus. Yet the pope announces: “To kill in the name of God is satanic,” Pope Francis says at Mass offered for Fr. Jacques Hamel http://aleteia.org/2016/09/14/killing-in-the-name-of-god-is-satanic-pope-francis-says-at-mass-offered-for-fr-jaques-hamel/

The Pope has condemned himself and the institution he represents. The Catholic Church System in the name of religion had murdered the most people in history from 538-1798 than any other entities combined.  It is crucial to know that Scripture says that the Leopard will not change its spots –Jer 13:23. Sadly it is the leadership and the influencial and powerful people that are being deceived. These leaders are misleading their devout followers who must now realise the truth in God’s word.

1.1.3.2.3 Reaching the Other Faiths

The Pope is also reaching out to the leaders of the Muslim religion as reported in Rome Reports , Sep 17, 2017:“Pope Francis continues to strengthen ties with the Muslim world.”  http://www.romereports.com/2016/09/17/pope-francis-meets-with-crown-prince-of-abu-dhabi-mohammed-bin-zayed  

 “Pope, UAE build bridges to take on ideology of hate and terror”   When His Holiness Pope Francis received His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates, it was the highest-level official delegation from the Gulf state ever to visit the Vatican, and comes at a time when constructive dialogue between people of all faiths is of paramount importance. It is critical to take every opportunity to show a united front against all forms of intolerance. Pope Francis has reached out to faith leaders of all religions to reject extremism wherever it occurs. The UAE is proud to stand with him. –(http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/15/opinions/pope-uae-meeting-terror/index.html ) (Recall that in the 6th and 7Th century Muslims persecuted the Roman Catholic Churches. They are joining to eradicate every one they deemed extremists.)

“When we reach the standard that the Lord would have us reach, worldlings will regard Seventh-day Adventists as odd, singular, strait-laced extremists. ‘We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.’”  {FE 289.1} (All the world will unite with Papacy to follow her agenda. But Bible believing Christians will not and we will be called separatists and extremists causing dissension in the world.

“Pope Francis meets with a delegation of Tendai Buddhists”    First, they greeted each other in the Oriental fashion, and after did so in the Western way. Pope Francis met with Koei Morikawa, the leader of Tendai Buddhism, a branch born more than 1200 years ago. On his way to the inter-religious meeting for peace in Assisi, he stopped by Rome to visit Pope Francis.-  (http://www.romereports.com/2016/09/16/pope-francis-meets-with-a-delegation-of-tendai-buddhists )

1.1.3.2.3.1 Interfaith Meeting of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis will participate in the interfaith meeting of prayer for peace on September 20. Then, as it is now, peace is more necessary than ever. Among other leaders, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will also be in attendance. More than 500 representatives from 9 different religions gathered in Assisi will be given with one goal...Even atheists have been invited to join in the  spirit of Assisi (the unclean spirit like frog ( Rev 16:13-14) along with politicians, religious leaders and representatives of the world of culture. http://www.romereports.com/2016/09/13/pope-francis-will-pray-in-assisi-for-peace-with-representatives-of-nine-religions  (The scape goat is the ISIS terrorists to bring about the one world government. By peace they shall destroy many- Dan 8:23-25. Who will they will then turn to next, the Sunday law breakers? The end is at the threshold.  But, 1The 5:3 says “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. “)

1.1.3.2.3.2 Integrating Sports with Faith

Sports and faith have more in common than you think. On several occasions, Pope Francis has mentioned that he is a big fan of sports, especially soccer. In fact, the inter-webbing of sports and faith has become a frequent occurrence. This is why the Vatican has organized the first global conference on "Sport at the service of humanity,” which will take place in Rome October 5-7...Among the attendees present: Pope Francis, the secretary of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon and President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. http://www.romereports.com/2016/09/16/sports-and-faith-join-forces-in-rome-to-create-a-global-change .

“Pope Francis supports “Football for Peace” match in Rome” http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/09/pope_francis_supports_%E2%80%9Cfootball_for_peace%E2%80%9D_match_in_rome/1257090

“Vatican cricketers head to UK with interfaith agenda”  http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/05/vatican_cricketers_head_to_uk_with_interfaith_agen

The Vatican is trying to control every aspect of life. He is controlling presidents, business giants, politicians, Hollywood  stars, musicians, etc. The Pope is almost back complete healing from the deadly wound. This is a parallel of Dan 3:1-7. The musicians were gathered to play in the dedication of peace and safety in at the Paris Summit on Climate Change. The next step is the proclamation to fall down and worship the image of the beast.)

1.1.3.2.4 The Pope and America 

Consider the following passages:

“When we reach the standard that the Lord would have us reach, worldlings will regard Seventh-day Adventists as odd, singular, strait-laced extremists.  ‘We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.’”  {FE 289.1}

 “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.”  {GC 445.1}

1.1.3.2.4.1 Redefinition of Religious Freedom

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) report,  “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” states “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have become merely code words for intolerance, Christian supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and therefore must yield before LGBT anti-discrimination laws. Regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, this report also does not support those people who hold to their religious belief of traditional marriage as they provide services such as marriage licenses, photography, cake decorating or flower arranging...The report calls for laws that eliminate exemptions or accommodation for religious convictions.- http://canadafreepress.com/article/u.s.-commission-on-civil-rights-chairman-attacks-religious-freedom  

1.1.3.2.4.2 The Christian Gathering 2016 in Washington     

The Gathering has one purpose: to unite the Body of Christ in America – all believers, regardless of race, age, or denomination – in prayer for forgiveness, wisdom, and provision for our nation...The church must again become the conscience of the government. Through its national solemn assembly it should clearly and respectfully call political leadership to God’s principles for government (Romans 13:1-7) which means that we cannot be so entrenched within political parties that we are not free to speak truth to power.  http://thegathering2016.com/about/

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: "We stand at the precipice of losing our religious liberties via the conduit of judicial activism and legislative initiatives that view our Judeo-Christian values system as a threat to advancing a morally relativistic worldview. "Complacency is captivity, we must pray, preach and vote," he added.  http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-unite-in-texas-for-the-gathering-solemn-assembly-pray-for-the-nation-169598/

Other noteworthy guest speakers who will be at The Gathering include Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land, Pastor Max Lucado, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and the Benham Brothers. http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-unite-in-texas-for-the-gathering-solemn-assembly-pray-for-the-nation-169598/ ( September 18, 2016 was made a “National Back to Church Sunday” in America)

 God has revealed what is to take place in the last days, that His people may be prepared to stand against the tempest of opposition and wrath. Those who have been warned of the events before them are not to sit in calm expectation of the coming storm, comforting themselves that the Lord will shelter His faithful ones in the day of trouble. We are to be as men waiting for their Lord, not in idle expectancy, but in earnest work, with unwavering faith. It is no time now to allow our minds to be engrossed with things of minor importance. While men are sleeping, Satan is actively arranging matters so that the Lord's people may not have mercy or justice. The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending. Its professions are mild and apparently Christian, but when it shall speak it will reveal the spirit of the dragon.  {5T 452.1}

1.1.3.3 The Presidential Election in 2016

Then we have political situation in 2016.on the election of the U.S. A. President in 2016. Both the candidates were evil, an arrogant proud business man contending with an experienced woman lawyer by training who was accused of being a criminal while in high office. So we have to leave them into God’s hand. It is not about who is being elected as the final events are still closing. No one single candidate is going to cause the close of probation. For the first time in history, both candidates were so unpopular that the people were voting the less unpopular of the two. If they had a choice they would not have voted for any of those two.

The close of probation is in our hands. Jesus would have come a long time ago. He was making ready in 1888. Ellen White told of the closure with the acceptance of the message of righteousness by faith. In two years Jesus would have finished the work even without internet, TV and the mass media. The Sunday law was being prepared then and the events in Turkey concerning the Ottoman Empire were put on hold. The worst consequences of the world wars would not have happened but because the SDA leaders would not accept the message of righteous by faith delivered by Waggoner and Jones with sister White’s support. We are about to experience the same hardheadedness again. Persecution is not happening because we are not truly converted and are not truly united in the church. As long as we are silent and worldly the world is not angry with us.

The rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Num 16:1-3) is now surfacing in the northern American division, the Trans European division, the Inter European division and the South Pacific division. They are openly disregarding what the World Church has decided at the world General Conference session of 2015. God stepped in and the ground swallowed Korah, Dathan and Abiram up. We are in deep water and God is the one who will solve the big problem. He is long suffering wishing that all should repent. God loves his church and is crying over us.   So unless we put our acts together to demonstrate love and be united as one without any differences and be Christ-like we will be conforming to the Pope’s control under the counterfeit unity of the one world religion.

1.1.3.3.1 The Impending End of Protestantism

2017 is going to bear fruit of the decision that have made in the last several years. Similarly Satan and his agents are filling up the cup of God’s wrath. The success of Satan’s  strategic finishing works are signs that Sunday law is about to be enforced. It is being held back as God is waiting on His people to be united to ask for the outpouring of the latter rain. The latter rain must precede the Sunday law. It could happen, it is imminent, but only God will decide. Things could wrap up very fast. It probably could bring us to the final exam. Sep 1, 20011 changed history and the world forever with respect to individual liberty and right. God will buy a little time but if we make the right decision in 2017 we are going home. As soon as God has a people that are ready He is going to bring it to a close. (Part 2 will elaborate on what may be the missing aspect to set it up.)

1.2 Disturbing Current News Report

The urgency of the destiny of the world with regard to the imminence of the Sunday law enforcement  in America  could not be dismissed in the sermon of Pastor Andrew Hendriques  published on Feb 11, 2017 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0KD8sc2SYU (1: 41:26) “6 more States to amend Constitution; Pope & U.S grant limited rights; Protestants join Pope pressure Gov.”

1.2.1 The Faith of Jesus

Before the Sunday law (mark of the beast) is enforced   we are all called by God to manifest the fruit of the Spirit, the faith of Jesus Christ. We also understand that before we die all of us must manifest the fruit of the Spirit, which Paul defines in Galatians 5:22,23 as the nine characteristics of Christ. Faithfulness is the seventh of the nine characteristics of Christ when faith has matured and perfected to its fullness. By providence, some of God’s saints ( even the young) are being put to rest as they have  earned their rest in Christ and because the Jacob’s time of trouble is about to happen. The day of the Lord is imminent and the issue is whether we are ready. Revelation 14:12 states we must keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.  In order for us to keep the faith of Jesus, we must first receive the faith.

1.2.1.1 Moses is our Example

Moses is set forth as an example for us, and as a man of faith. “Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” (Heb 11:28) It was the tenth plague (Exo 11:4,5) that destroyed the firstborn in Egypt before the Pharaoh could let Moses and the Israelites go free (Exo 12:29-31). Faith was the one reason why Moses and the Hebrews kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood. As the Hebrews kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to escape the tenth plague and death, we today must experience the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to escape the seven last plagues and the second death. As the Hebrews kept the Passover, what are we to keep? What did Jesus establish to take the place of the Passover? It is the Lord’s Supper, consisting of  Foot washing and Communion Service, that we must experience  (Matthew 26:19-29; Luke 22:13-20 ) “On the fourteenth day of the month, at even, the Passover was celebrated, its solemn, impressive ceremonies commemorating the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, and pointing forward to the sacrifice that should deliver from the bondage of sin. When the Savior yielded up His life on Calvary, the significance of the Passover ceased, and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type.” {PP 539.3} When Christ died on the cross the type met the antitype and He put in its place the Lord’s Supper.

1.2.1.2 The End-time Application

“Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.” {DA 652.2}

The Passover was ordained as a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. God had directed that, year by year, as the children should ask the meaning of this ordinance, the history should be repeated. Thus the wonderful deliverance was to be kept fresh in the minds of all.) The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was given to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the result of the death of Christ. Till He shall come the second time in power and glory, this ordinance is to be celebrated. It is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept fresh in our minds. {DA 652.3}  Since the Hebrews kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to escape the tenth plague and death, we must have the experience of the Lord’s Supper before the seven last plagues are poured out and before we die.

The event that precedes the pouring out of the seven last plagues is the mark of the beast, which is the  enforcement of Sunday law in America and then taken up by the whole world - Revelation 14:9,10; Revelation 15:1; Revelation 16:1,2.

1.2.1.2.1 Key Public Events

 The following events show that the image of the beast is almost completely set up and that the mark of the beast is soon to be enforced. See Revelation 13:11-18. The Bible tells us that just before the mark of the beast is enforced our civil and religious liberties will be restricted and revoked. See Revelation 13:11-17.

We have this lesson from the past given for an example for the end time. Just before the Lord delivered the Hebrews from Egypt, Pharaoh of Egypt unwillingly granted religious freedom to the Hebrews. However, it was given to them with limitations (that they shall not go very far away) See Exodus 8:25-28.

1.2.1.2.2 Pope Sets the Rule on Freedom

What is being repeated now is apparent in “Pope Francis: freedom of expression has limits” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/15/pope-francis-limits-tofreedom-of-expression

In Egypt the report was spread that the children of Israel, instead of tarrying to worship in the desert, were pressing on toward the Red Sea. Pharaoh's counselors declared to the king that their bondmen had fled, never to return. The people deplored their folly in attributing the death of the first-born to the power of God. Their great men, recovering from their fears, accounted for the plagues as the result of natural causes. "Why have we done this that we have let Israel go from serving us?" was the bitter cry. {PP 283.3}

Similarly, we have the modern day version as reported in “Pope Francis: religion should not be confined to 'personal conscience’")- The orderly development of "a civil, pluralistic society requires” that the “authentic spirit of religion” not be “confined” to “personal conscience but that its significant role in the construction of society is recognized,” said Pope Francis in his remarks to the Italian president. ((http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/04/18/pope_religion_should_not_be_confined_to_personal_conscience/1137800 )

1.2.1.2.3 Trump’s Protection of Religious Liberty

The supporters of President Donald Trump are hailing and looking to him to preserve their religious freedom. However, Bible prophecy states that the United States will speak as a dragon (Revelation 13:11,12 and Revelation 12:17) and all the world will follow America’s lead. There is also a connection between America speaking as a dragon and the events that happened in Egypt just before God delivered the Hebrews. Compare Revelation 13:11 with Ezekiel 29:2,3.

This is the news in The Daily Signal, Feb 02, 2017: “Liberals are up in arms over a possible executive order from President Donald Trump protecting religious freedom. A draft copy of the executive order was leaked to LGBT groups and liberal media outlets in an attempt to prevent the president from issuing it. The executive order is good, lawful public policy. And it makes good on several promises then-candidate rump made to his supporters.”. http://dailysignal.com/2017/02/02/mr-president-dont-cave-to-liberal-fearmongering-protect-religious-freedom/  

The Sunday law is making its way in darkness. Some of our civil leaders know what they are doing behind the scene, others do not have a clue, just as the many who crucified Christ.( in Acts 2, 3 Peter said you crucified Jesus ignorantly as the rulers told you to do so. But now repent and be converted)

On one hand President Trump is talking about granting and preserving religious freedom; on the other hand he is exalting the Jesuits and the educational system of Roman Catholicism. The educational system of the Roman Catholic church is to destroy Protestantism and Republicanism and the U.S. Constitution Consider the following two statements.

1.2.1.2.3.1 The Jesuits Influence in U.S. Education

“Trump issues statement for National Catholic Schools Week’- Aleteia, Feb 5, 2017 (http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/trump-issues-statement-for-national-catholic-schools-week/ )

This may be a first. After a Google search, I couldn’t find other president who had done this. Text below, which was released on Friday: In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation… I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter their halls every day and to the diverse communities they serve. Congratulations for the tremendous work you have done to educate our Nation’s youth each and every day. Your continued and sustained efforts are vital to our success and prosperity as a country. Sincerely, DONALD J. TRUMP

But what says the prophetic word: “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 (top universities like Univ. of Notre Dame and Georgrtown Univ. the alma mater of the elites and top ranking personnel),  and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.” {GC 235.1} -(as per par 1.1.3.2.2.1. (It is quite likely that America will speak like a dragoon very soon.)

1.2.1.2.4 Eric Walsh Won Religious Liberty Law Suit

On the same issue of liberty in America, we have the legal court case of Eric Walsh fired by the State of Georgia because for his religious beliefs and sermons. He was preaching against spiritualism and against the sins of the LGBT community. This week Eric Walsh’s lawsuit against the State of Georgia was settled.

The CBN News reported on Oct 2, 2017: “Pastor Fired for Religious Beliefs Wins Big" First Liberty Institute represented Walsh during the entire legal showdown and finally won a $225,000 settlement…"I am grateful this trial has finally ended," Dr. Eric Walsh says. "It's been a long, difficult journey, but it's worth it to have my name cleared and to ensure that all Georgia government employees know they have religious liberty." http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/february/pastor-fired-for-religious-beliefs-wins-big  (Many people are saying the settlement sum for the defamation is a mockery. However in this case he had so redress but it would not be so in the last days.)

1.2.1.3 Background to Sunday Law

Church historian Alonzo T. Jones stated that during the 1888’s when the Sunday Law was attempting to be passed in the United States, the sponsors of the Sunday Law bill were also pushing for an amendment to the United States Constitution.

 We printed in full in the July SENTINEL (1888) both the Sunday Bill, and the proposed constitutional amendment introduced by Senator Blair. We(SDA) oppose them both because they are both antichristian, subversive of liberty, savoring of tyranny, and directly in the line of the establishment of a religious despotism. {November 1888 ATJ, AMS 87.3}

What are we to do, since we see that the Sunday Law is near and that there is a call for an amendment to the United States Constitution?

Sister White said then, “I have been much burdened in regard to movements that are now in progress for the enforcement of Sunday observance. It has been shown to me that Satan has been working earnestly to carry out his designs to restrict religious liberty. Plans of serious import to the people of God are advancing in an underhand manner among the clergymen of various denominations, and the object of this secret maneuvering is to win popular favor for the enforcement of Sunday sacredness. If the people can be led to favor a Sunday law, then the clergy intend to exert their united influence to obtain a religious amendment to the Constitution, and compel the nation to keep Sunday.”  {RH, December 24, 1889 par. 1} 

“There are many who are at ease, who are, as it were, asleep. They say, "If prophecy has foretold the enforcement of Sunday observance, the law will surely be enacted;" and having come to this conclusion, they sit down in calm expectation of the event, comforting themselves with the thought that God will protect his people in the day of trouble. But God will not save us if we make no effort to do the work he has committed to our charge. We must be found faithfully guarding the outposts, watching as vigilant soldiers, lest Satan shall gain an advantage which it is our duty to prevent. We should diligently study the word of God, and pray in faith that God will restrain the powers of darkness; for as yet the message has gone to comparatively few, and the world is to be lightened with its glory. The present truth--the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus--has not yet been sounded as it must be.” {RH, December 24, 1889 par. 3}

In 1888 the Church was sleeping, but what is it today? What are we being fed from the pulpit today that there is nothing that call for alarm and preparation. We are having a form of godliness and not doing the work tells us to do in finishing the work. “There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is "present truth" that the flock needs now. I have seen the danger of the messengers running off from the important points of present truth, to dwell upon subjects that are not calculated to unite the flock and sanctify the soul. Satan will here take every possible advantage to injure the cause.”  {EW 63.1}   But such subjects as the sanctuary, in connection with the 2300 days, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, are perfectly calculated to explain the past Advent movement and show what our present position is, establish the faith of the doubting, and give certainty to the glorious future. These, I have frequently seen, were the principal subjects on which the messengers should dwell.”  {EW 63.2}

1.2.1.3.1 Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

In order for the Sunday Law to be enforced in the United States, Ellen White wrote in 1889 that there must be an amendment to the United States Constitution.

The following reports show that the call for an amendment to the United States Constitution is getting louder and gaining momentum.

“New Bill Proposes Constitutional Convention to Amend Constitution to Ban Gay Marriage All Together”- Law Newz, Feb 3, 2017 http://lawnewz.com/uncategorized/new-bill-proposesconstitutional-convention-to-amend-constitution-to-ban-gay-marriage-all-together/  http://katv.com/news/local/sen-rapert-files-bill-to-amend-us-constitution-defining-marriage-as-between-a-man-woman

A newly proposed bill in Arkansas calls for a constitutional convention in order to amend the United States Constitution so as to ban same-sex marriage all together across the country. The bill, which was introduced on Thursday by State Senator Jason Rapert (R), would serve as an application to Congress to call a convention “for the purpose of proposing an amendment prohibiting the United States Constitution or the Constitution or Laws of any state from defining or construing the definition of ‘marriage’ to mean anything other than the union of one man and one woman.” This week, Sen. Rapert also filed a bill asking for an additional constitutional convention to ban abortion in the U.S. The Senate is scheduled to have a hearing on the same sex marriage bill on February 7th.

“South Dakota Article V debate goes national,” Feb 9, 2017 (http://kelo.com/news/articles/2017/feb/09/south-dakota-article-v-debate-goes-national/ )

An Article V convention would allow the states to offer proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution on balancing the budget and other issues dear to the hearts of conservatives ( primarily marriage and worship).

Texas Governor Abbott Declares Convention of States An ‘Emergency item.’ – CBSDFW, Jan 31, 2017 (http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/01/31/texas-governor-abbott-declares-convention-of-states-an-emergency-item/ )

He declared action on the resolution an “Emergency Item” for the legislature. “For decades now the federal government has grown out of control, it has increasingly abandoned the constitution; it has stiff-armed the states; and ignored its very own citizens,” said Abbott. “Now this isn’t a problem caused by just one president and it’s not a problem that can be solved by one president. It must be fixed by the people themselves,” Abbott continued to a standing ovation. “That is why we need a Convention of States – authorized in the constitution – to propose amendments to fix America.” Successfully assembling a Convention of States would require approval from 34 states. Over the past four decades, more than two dozen states have endorsed the idea at one time or another.  (It is the people of America that will cry out for it as prophesied in Rev 13:14. And pointed out by Sis White in the Great Controversy: It is the beast with lamblike horns--in profession pure, gentle, and harmless--that speaks as a dragon. "Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast." Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people, a most striking evidence that the United States is the nation denoted in the prophecy.  {GC 442.3}) 

It would take 34 states to call a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. In February, 2017, 28 States have signed on and only 6 more states are needed as reported in  “ As Momentum Builds Behind Constitutional Convention Movement, Many Questions Remain Unanswered” by Joy Powers • Feb 3, 2017:  Currently, 28 states have called for an Article V Convention, meaning only 6 more states are needed to hold one. Wisconsin has yet to join the campaign, but is a likely target for the conservative movement. ( Sunday Law is very near and it is time to experience the Passover, to experience the Lord’s Supper to escape the seven last plagues and second death. Only God can protect us in these last days. The deadly wounds of Rev 13:3,4 ) would be healed and the whole world wondered after the beast.)

1.2.1.4 Fulfilment of Prophecy

 “The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. “{GC 588.1}

The following news reports are fulfilling Revelation 13:3,4, 11-17 and The Great Controversy, page 588. The only difference is found with the words United States and Germany. Consider the fact that the pendulum of Bible prophecy swings from east to west.

1.2.1.4.1 Apostasy of German Evangelical Church

America  the Jesuit Review  says in  “German Evangelical Church issues historic invite to Pope Francis” – (http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/02/06/german-evangelical-church-issues-historic-invite-pope-francis )  For the first time since the Reformation, the Evangelical Church in Germany, which represents the vast majority of Protestants in that country, has invited the pope to visit their homeland, the nation where the Reformation began. An ecumenical delegation from Germany visited Pope Francis in the Vatican on Feb. 6, 2017 as part of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of that event….Pope Francis has already participated in a joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, in October last year, but this invitation is even more significant. “We have the same baptism: We must walk together, without growing tired,” Francis said. There is no going back on the road to unity he assured the delegation; Catholics and evangelicals must “continue to witness together to the Gospel and to continue on the road to full unity.” (the counter unity of the Church) Pope Francis welcomed a joint evangelical-Catholic initiative in Germany to hold a ceremony of penance and reconciliation in March because “to heal memory, to witness to Christ” is an ecumenical task.

“Keep searching for unity, pope tells German Lutherans, Catholics”- Christ’s call for his disciples to be one requires that even as they try to resolve their differences on doctrinal and moral questions, they must get used to working and praying together, Pope Francis said…Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference, accompanied the group to the papal meeting and told reporters, “there is momentum now for our unity.” http://catholicphilly.com/2017/02/news/world-news/keep-searching-for-unity-popetells-german-lutherans-catholics/  (Protestantism is on death row)

1.2.1.4.2 Apostasy of America

The following news reports are fulfilling Revelation 13:3,4, 11-17 and The Great Controversy, page 445.

“When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.” {GC 445.1 (Kennet h Copeland has a direct line to deliver messages from God to President Trump, news published Nov 10, 2016. The next step is persecution to those who stands for God’s commandment.)

Christian Today headline , Jan 31, 2017 “ Reformation 500: Evangelical Alliance Warns Against Compromise With Catholicism”…"As evangelicals, we owe a great deal of our doctrinal, spiritual and cultural identity to the Reformation," the statement read…It insists the "core distinctions" between Luther and the 16th-century Roman Catholic church "remain between modern-day evangelicals and Catholics despite efforts at reconciliation”…The eight-page document points to the Catholic's high view of Church authority, the Pope's infallibility, the importance of sacraments such as confirmation and the devotion of Mary as having no "biblical grounds”…Rev Dr David Hilborn, chair of the Evangelical Alliance's Theology Advisory Group, said they amounted to "significant differences in doctrine and practice" between evangelicals and Catholics. But the statement did go on to emphasise "points of convergence" including in particular the shared opposition to gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia….Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "It has been in the area of public policy especially that evangelicals and Catholics have come together over the last 40 years to put pressure on the government and work for the common good.”…”We have also sought to ensure that we are not driving a wedge between the differences that do exist. We want to recognise the importance of the reformation, but also seek ways that we can work together with the Roman Catholic church." We want to recognise the importance of the reformation, but also seek ways that we can work together with the Roman Catholic church.” (http://www.christiantoday.com/article/reformation.500.evangelical.alliance.warns.against.compromise.with.catholicism/104301.htm)

1.2.1.5 Contemplation of the Passover

Since the mark of the beast is near, what must we do by faith as did Moses and the Hebrews (Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. (Heb 11:28) The first instruction that the Lord gave to the Hebrews to keep the Passover was in  Exodus 12:3,4,21 which is to have a lamb for the household and to invite the neighbours to share the lamb when it is killed at Passover (Exo 12:6) which points to the time of three pm . on the Passover day when Jesus died  (Mat 27:46,50) The family members were to see that their sins caused the innocent lamb, which typified Jesus, to die. It is important to understand that our sins crucify Jesus. (By watching the innocent lamb being killed, God was showing them how their sins caused the death of the innocent Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. It is all our sins that crucified Jesus. With the destruction  (final plague) that is coming  unless we have the experienced of godly sorrow for that sin and we surrender that sin then Christ can engulf us. Since God says behold Me and I will take away from your heart, He will do it and Jesus will protect us. 

 Ellen White explained, “We often sorrow because our evil deeds bring unpleasant consequences to ourselves; but this is not repentance. Real sorrow for sin is the result of the working of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit reveals the ingratitude of the heart that has slighted and grieved the Saviour, and brings us in contrition to the foot of the cross. By every sin Jesus is wounded afresh; and as we look upon Him whom we have pierced, we mourn for the sins that have brought anguish upon Him. Such mourning will lead to the renunciation of sin (getting victory over sin)” {DA 300.3}

Make sure you are in the right house (church) to get victory over sin. We must behold Jesus. Ellen White counselled “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 in Him will be more constant, 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} By doing all this by faith, we can expect that when the time of crisiscomes Jesus to protect us.

Then there is the application of the blood using the hyssop on the lintel and the two door posts (Exo 12:7). The blood of Christ is covering this home. It is not until we see our sins do to Jesus , not until we surrender our sins will His blood covers us. It has to be done if we desire to be saved.   They are to next eat the roasted lamb with unleaven bread and bitter herbs (Exo 12:8)so as to remind them the bitterness of bondage, the bitter herb to cause us to bitter and mourn over causing the death of Jesus and at the same time the bitter hyssop dipped in  Jesus blood is to clean and wash them from their sins. (Exo 1:14; Zec 12:10; 2 Cor 7:10,11; Ps 51:7; Luk 22:41-44).The final instruction is to eat it in haste and dressed up ready to leave (Exo 12:11). This is to signify that in the final event “time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have much to unlearn and much to learn again. Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision now to say, Nay, we will not regard the institution of the beast.” {EW 67.2}

1.2.1.5.1 The Sanctuary Message

Let us look at the layout of the sanctuary to better comprehend this Passover and the sprinkling of blood. The lamb for the Passover was killed on the altar of sacrifice. God led the Hebrews through the Red Sea, which typified baptism and washing.(1 Cor 10:1,2). In the layout of the sanctuary, the crossing of the Red Sea would point to the Laver with water (baptism experience).  Once the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea, God was leading them into the sanctuary experience (Exo 15:16,17; Ps 77:19,20,23) The next step is to go into the holy place of the sanctuary where there is the table of showbread. This is the bread from heaven, God’s ideal food for the Hebrews once they crossed the Red Sea ( Exo 16:2-4,14,15)

This application is manifested in Acts 2:36-47. We see that by experience the apostles led the people to repentance (altar of sacrifice); the people were baptized (the laver); the people began to eat bread (the Holy Place experience);  They received the outpouring of the early rain and God added to that church daily such as should be saved. In the presence of the golden candlestick they became the light of the world in evangelism). “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Act 2:42) Spiritually they were in the most holy place as the altar of incense is in the most holy place. They were having the experience in the sanctuary. In that vein we cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper till we pass the Laver which signify foot-washing (John 13:4-10,18) the surrender of self by dying  at the altar of sacrifice.

1.2.1.5.2 Reviewing the Passover Experience

Moses by faith kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to escape the plague and death.( Heb 11:28). The sprinkling of blood took place in the Holy Place of the sanctuary and in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary. Prior to the advent of Jesus, God’s people  since Moses by faith kept the Passover and followed with the sprinkling of blood on the veil and on the arc in the most holy place as atonement for our sins.  Let us look at the former first, Leviticus 4:1-6. By following these instructions, then we can have faith that the Lord will do His part; He will completely pardon and protect us. 

Leviticus 16:15,16 concerns the latter work of the sprinkling of the blood and this  sprinkling the blood in the Most Holy Place is the type expressing our access to God  as expressed in  Hebrews 10:19,20,22. Jesus is now at the most holy place where we can meet Him. This access is available when Jesus died on the cross (the inner veil of the temple is torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand, throwing open to the gaze of the multitude a place once filled with the presence of God. In this place the Shekinah had dwelt. Here God had manifested His glory above the mercy seat. No one but the high priest ever lifted the veil separating this apartment from the rest of the temple. He entered in once a year to make an atonement for the sins of the people. But lo, this veil is rent in twain. The most holy place of the earthly sanctuary is no longer sacred.  {DA 756.5}) 

The priest is about to slay the victim at the evening service of Passover; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes. Type has met antitype in the death of God's Son. The great sacrifice has been made. The way into the holiest is laid open. A new and living way is prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Saviour was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens. It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers: There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, "Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God." "By His own blood" He entereth "in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews 10:7; 9:12.  {DA 757.1}

1.2.1.5.3 Foot Washing Ordinance

The ceremonial law was nailed to the cross and Jesus instituted two ordinances to be kept in remembrance of Him, the foot washing service prior to the Communion service. The foot washing service was to be observed by the disciples, that they might ever keep in mind His lessons of humility and service.{DA 650.2}  This ordinance is Christ's appointed preparation for the sacramental service. While pride, variance, and strife for supremacy are cherished, the heart cannot enter into fellowship with Christ. We are not prepared to receive the communion of His body and His blood. Therefore it was that Jesus appointed the memorial of His humiliation to be first observed.  {DA 650.3}.. The ordinance preceding the Lord's Supper is to clear away these misunderstandings, to bring man out of his selfishness, down from his stilts of self-exaltation, to the humility of heart that will lead him to serve his brother.  {DA 650.4}.. As the Saviour's humiliation for us is remembered, thought links with thought; a chain of memories is called up, memories of God's great goodness and of the favor and tenderness of earthly friends. Blessings forgotten, mercies abused, kindnesses slighted, are called to mind. Roots of bitterness that have crowded out the precious plant of love are made manifest. Defects of character, neglect of duties, ingratitude to God, coldness toward our brethren, are called to remembrance. Sin is seen in the light in which God views it. Our thoughts are not thoughts of self-complacency, but of severe self-censure and humiliation. The mind is energized to break down every barrier that has caused alienation. Evil thinking and evil speaking are put away. Sins are confessed, they are forgiven. The subduing grace of Christ comes into the soul, and the love of Christ draws hearts together in a blessed unity.  {DA 650.5}  As the lesson of the preparatory service is thus learned, the desire is kindled for a higher spiritual life. To this desire the divine Witness will respond. The soul will be uplifted. We can partake of the Communion with a consciousness of sins forgiven. The sunshine of Christ's righteousness will fill the chambers of the mind and the soul temple. We "behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.  {DA 651.1}..  Whenever this ordinance is rightly celebrated, the children of God are brought into a holy relationship, to help and bless each other. They covenant that the life shall be given to unselfish ministry. And this, not only for one another. Their field of labor is as wide as their Master's was. The world is full of those who need our ministry. The poor, the helpless, the ignorant, are on every hand. Those who have communed with Christ in the upper chamber will go forth to minister as He did.  {DA 651.2}

1.2.1.5.4 The Lord’s Supper Ordinance

The Passover was ordained as a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. God had directed that, year by year, as the children should ask the meaning of this ordinance, the history should be repeated. Thus the wonderful deliverance was to be kept fresh in the minds of all. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was given to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the result of the death of Christ. Till He shall come the second time in power and glory, this ordinance is to be celebrated. It is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept fresh in our minds.  {DA 652.3}

He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.  {DA 652.2}    

In partaking with His disciples of the bread and wine, Christ pledged Himself to them as their Redeemer. He committed to them the new covenant, by which all who receive Him become children of God, and joint heirs with Christ. By this covenant every blessing that heaven could bestow for this life and the life to come was theirs. This covenant deed was to be ratified with the blood of Christ. And the administration of the Sacrament was to keep before the disciples the infinite sacrifice made for each of them individually as a part of the great whole of fallen humanity.  {DA 656.5} 

The Communion service points to Christ's second coming. It was designed to keep this hope vivid in the minds of the disciples. ..In their tribulation they found comfort in the hope of their Lord's return. Unspeakably precious to them was the thought, "As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come." 1 Corinthians 11:26.  {DA 659.3} 

These are the things we are never to forget. The love of Jesus, with its constraining power, is to be kept fresh in our memory. Christ has instituted this service that it may speak to our senses of the love of God that has been expressed in our behalf. There can be no union between our souls and God except through Christ. The union and love between brother and brother must be cemented and rendered eternal by the love of Jesus. And nothing less than the death of Christ could make His love efficacious for us. It is only because of His death that we can look with joy to His second coming. His sacrifice is the center of our hope. Upon this we must fix our faith.  {DA 660.1}

1.3 The History of I888

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upoq6ZTHKB0 - History of 1888, part1 by Norman McNulty, published on Dec 14, 2014.

The history of the events that occurred in 1888 and the ensuing years was greatly misunderstood by a majority of SDA members and even to now. According to Norman McNulty, the committee set up to clarify the 1888 message may not have fully understood the theology of the message of righteousness by faith preached by E.J. Waggoner and A.T. Jones which was strongly supported by Ellen G. White. 

The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders [E.J.] Waggoner and [A. T.] Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.  {LDE 200.1} 

Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.--TM 91, 92 (1895).  {LDE 200.2}  Sister said that Dr Waggoner had given a fair clear manner. But the historians says now, based on hearsay, that it was the attitude of the messenger that  turned people off. The yarn was given that the Lord had given a most precious mess but it was given in an un-Christ-like manner. Waggoner and Jones did make some mistakes prior to the Minneapolis conference, but the brethren used against accepting the message. We have to be careful which history book we read. Avoid George Knight and Woodrow Wheaton. Read “The Return of the Latter Rain “ by Ron Duffield. SDA ministers were very versed in debating on the ten commandments and they would win every debates but they were unable to convert people as their message left out Jesus.

1.3.1 The Righteousness  By Faith Message

Jones and Waggoner saw a beautiful message in Scripture that lifts up Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of the world and when we accept his sacrifice we receive justification through faith and this is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.  So when we see Jesus for who He is we will live an obedient life.  Jones and Waggoner were able communicators of the truth  whom Ellen White, God’s end-time messenger supported against the whole General Conference officials.

Ellen White said, “This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory.” (That is the language of the loud cry of Rev 18:1-4 under the power of the latter rain.) The great decisive question is to be brought before all nations, tongues, and peoples. The closing work of the third angel's message will be attended with a power that will send the rays of the Sun of Righteousness into all the highways and byways of life, and decisions will be made for God." --Ms 15, 1888, p. 5. (To "Dear Brethren Assembled at General Conference," Nov. 1, 1888.) Released July, 1958.  {2MR 58.2} If we have accepted the message  we would have given the loud cry in 1888 and in the few years after we would have finished the work in being perfected  and vindicated  the law of God can be obeyed . Christ would have come and Satan would have been eradicated. 

It was also in 1888 that the Sunday law bill was discussed in the U.S. Senate. If God’s people had been ready to move forward, that Sunday law would have been implemented in fulfillment of prophecy. Ironically, it was Jones who represented SDA at the Senate, the most powerful body in the entire world,  to argue successfully  that the Blair Bill was a violation of religious liberty because our Sabbath worship principles are protected by the U.S. Constitution and we shouldn’t have to make a clause to protect it. God used Jones because we were not ready to move forward yet with the loud cry message of Jones and Waggoner. The irony was we were to hasten the Lord’s coming but at the same time we work in opposition to Satan in the secular arena in pushing for Sunday law. We spoke up against the message so that everybody had a chance to hear the message. In this message God was intending to prepare a people to give a final warning to the world through the 1888 message.

Ellen White wrote, “By exciting that opposition Satan succeeded in shutting away from our people, in a great measure, the special power of the Holy Spirit that God longed to impart to them. The enemy prevented them from obtaining that efficiency which might have been theirs in carrying the truth to the world, as the apostles proclaimed it after the day of Pentecost. The light that is to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted (SDA resisted the message in 1888), and by the action of our own brethren has been in a great degree kept away from the world. {1SM 234.6} So a most precious message was sent to God’s people to prepare them to receive the latter rain, to give the loud cry message, to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus, and those SDA who claimed to be followers of Jesus resisted the most precious message He sent to us in 1888.

1.3.2 The Lesson of 1888

In finishing the work that we must now do, it is a scary reminder  that God’s people had a living prophet among them to give guidance and yet they rejected the message. It is not surprising that there is apathy and resistance to the works of Ellen White today. We only need to look back to the history of 1888 on how the leading brethren treated Sister White. She was sent on missionary in 1891 to Australia and Waggoner was sent to England leaving Jones on his own.

1.3.2.1 Our Total Commitment Needed

We revert back to Ps David Gates. According to him the cost for God to wait was the lives of 6 million people and the 20 million Russians lost in the two world wars. Watch all those pains we cost God by not putting on the righteous robe and every time we choose to delay and sin some more. Satan knows his  time is almost over but he would not hasten it unnecessarily. He is trying to artificially destroy the world before God has a chance to seal His people.  He is hoping that God’s people will sin a little longer until the point of no return for the earth’s environment and God is still without His closing evidence, the 144,000. Will God have to wait until nobody is alive any more. God is waiting anxiously for your one vote of total commitment to God. He so badly wants to come but it depends on our votes. The sooner we make that choice and agree to finish His work to prove Satan a liar and we can all go home.  His coming is imminent in spite of the rewording of our fundamental belief in 2015. Whatever it cost, vote that Jesus come back right away.  Pray the prayer of David Gates, lamenting that Satan is replicating his character in filling people with his demons. Demons are controlling and destroying humanity. It is not a level playing ground, for we are in a land of slavery. Father God you have been calling us to total commitment allowing you to have total control so that you can set your people free. Satan seek to enslave  and refuse to set your people free and call us to be his agent in this process. Because of our human weakness we can only  have liberty to decide only when   you have total control  over us  and prepare us for the seal and some day when you see fit to place on us as a permanent record that will not be changed. We long for that day, we know we are not ready yet.  We look at our self and see weakness but we long for that day as  we  place ourselves in your hand  You are the master worker and you will do the work as we provide ourselves as your instruments. Take total control and pour out your spirit, fill us with your love, understanding and strength by your Holy Spirit in carrying out the work of proclaiming the everlasting Gospel and the third angel’s message to a dying world. We long for Jesus second Coming. We ask in the name of Jesus and reckon by faith that it will be done in accordance to your will.

End of Part 1(26 pages). To be continued with Part 2 (and added below when ready). Posted on 12 March 2017

 

 

Wp5a The Finishing Act: Pt 2, “Realisation of Spiritual Condition”

To be in Christ we must be born again first. Spiritual revival must be sought by prayer for Christians who are not growing in Christ.

Preface (recapping email announcement)

Wp5a The Finishing Act: Pt 2, “Realisation of Spiritual Condition”  was just begun (May 1) after the  seven weeks  of hospitalization and rehabilitation from being knocked down while crossing the road by the motor cyclist on the morning, Mar 13 , a day after posting Wp5 Pt 1-Repeating the Urgency Alarm. Thus this issue should be posted by May 15 to maintain its bimonthly posting in spite of unforeseen circumstances.

The Invitation

The Mar 13 accident starkly conveys the message that we can only live life one day at a time. I did not expect the accident that Monday morning at the end of my routine morning exercise. The outcome of the accident could have been the close of my probation (death) or even a worse outcome such as being incapacitated and dependent on caregivers for the rest of my life.  My individual close of probation would be in vain if my name is not recorded in the book of life in heaven when we have not genuinely accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, have not zealously proclaimed the three angels’ messages, have not pointed lost souls to Christ and have not been persecuted for the faith of Christ.

I thank God for preserving my life for He has a better plan to use me that is as yet unfinished  in praising and glorifying Him for the blessing of His love through hospital staff, close relatives, church members and other new neighbours.

After repeating the urgency call, we will need in Part 2, to return to practical Christian basics, to self-examine our spiritual condition with respect to the populace at large. We need to seriously heed Jesus words to the Laodicean church (last days Christian generation): "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth….” (Rev 3:15-22) In simple term, Jesus says it is easier to convert a non-believer (pre-believer) with a good conscience than a professed Christian who is a hearer but not a doer of the word (e.g. the foolish virgins in His parable, see par 2.3.4, 2.3.7).

This article attempts to cover the people who have not been witnessed to properly to bring them to be “born again” because Jesus told Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jn 3: 3)   It is also to revive those who are born again Christians that have become lukewarm (not growing in Christ) and need to be spiritually revived again. This is no different to a repeat of being born again, i.e. rebaptism in the spirit.

Throughout Scripture the descriptions of the believer's experience (from born again to deliverance and glorification) —salvation, justification, sanctification, purification, and redemption—are spoken of as (1) already accomplished, (2) presently being realized, and (3) to be realized in the future. An understanding of these three perspectives (as it is best explained in the SDA fundamental belief #10 helps to solve the seeming tensions in emphasis relative to justification (imputed righteousness in hearing and believing in Jesus)  and sanctification which is  growing in Christ into his divine nature and be perfected and sealed before the time of trouble. This is the preparation that cannot be delayed.

To those who prefer to watch rather than to read, scan the contents and decide whether this article may be worth your attention and then watch the videos as follows:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQYO6tgHqsE - Sabbath School Panel - “Feed My Sheep: 1 and 2 Peter” - Lesson 05, published on Apr 25, 2017. Watch the topic “Born Again” from 23:20 – 34:25 min 
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5o2EfYdZ0o – ( 10:02- 39:11)Godhead & the Holy Spirit - Part 2, Published on Sep 12, 2013
  3.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJPwgY_txCY&index=22&list=PLRASAWaTYh86PpE0VO-YiyIJLJjChG7rV  -3rd Qtr 2014, Lesson 04 - The Teachings of Jesus: Salvation,  published on Jul 20, 2014.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmGZhpUqeJU - Sabbath School Panel - “Feed My Sheep: 1 and 2 Peter” - Lesson 06 : "Suffering for Christ" (April 29-May 5, 2017)), published on May 2, 2017. Watch the topic Judgment at End Time from 35:20-46:30 min 
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5drOz9bTvCc - Sunday Law News Report The Beast Roars, by  Brent Whinfield, published on Mar 25, 2017 (17:56)
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC9Xd0-bdCI -- Revive us Again by Mark Finley, Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011.
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWxW-oPiUE -Lessons Learned in the Temptation of Jesus – Dr. Charles Stanley, Published on Feb 3, 2015
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwvreoBoPn4&t=215s -Anchors Of Truth - 3. True & False Revivals by Pastor Mark Finley,Published on Oct 11, 2013

 

 

Contents

Preface; The Invitation; 2 Spirituality and Spiritual Nature; 2.1 Spiritual Grouping of People; 2.1.1 Conviction of Present Day Pre-believers; 2.1.1.1 The Testimony of Apostle Peter; 2.1.2 Urgency of End-time Spirituality and Preparation; 2.1.2.1 Christians must be Born Again; 2.1.2.1.1 Danger of Presumptuous Conversion; 2.1.2.1.2 The Three Steps of Spiritual Conversion; 2.1.2.1.2.1 Repentance; 2.1.2.1.2.2 Baptism; 2.1.2.1.2.3 Infilling of the Holy Ghost; 2.1.2.1.2.4 The  Experience of Salvation; 2.1.2.1.2.4.1 The Experience of Justification; 2.1.2.1.2.4.2 Sanctification (Holiness) ; 2.1.2.1.3 Additional Useful Resource ; 2.1.3 Ignorance over Key Role of Holy Spirit; 2.1.3.1 The Trinity; 2.1.3.2 The Holy Spirit and Revival; 2.1.3.2.1 Personal Helper; 2.1.3.2.2 Personal Teacher; 2.1.3.2.3 Personal Guide;  2.2 Preparation for End-Time Judgment ; 2.2.1 Peter’s Practical Counsel on Preparation for Judgment; 2.2.1.1 The Sure Word of God; 2.2.1.1.1 Evidence against Unbelievers and Scoffers; 2.2.1.2 Judgment Delayed Is Not Judgment Deflected ; 2.2.1.3 Faith Amid Trials; 2.2.1.4 Urgency of Being Ready Today; 2.2.1.4.1 Watch and Pray to be Ready Always; 2.2.1.4.2 The Remnant Church; 2.2.1.4.3 Hope in the Second Coming; 2.2.1.4.4 Judgment and the People of God ; 2.2.1.4.4.1 The Good News on Judgment; 2.2.1.5 Signs of the Soon Coming; ; …to be continued.

2.3 Urgency of Spiritual Revival; 2.3.1The Mission of God’s Church; 2.3.2 Foolish Virgin’s Prophesied Eternal Lament; 2.3.2.1 Neglect of Daily Spiritual Nourishment; 2.3.3 The Meaning Of Genuine Conversion; 2.3.4 The Sanctifying Work of the Holy Spirit; 2.3.5 The Inevitable Slumber while Waiting; 2.3.5.1 Three Reasons for the Delayed Second Coming; 2.3.6 The Two Harvests; 2.3.7 Our Greatest Danger; 2.3.7.1 Self-Examine Your Spiritual Condition; 2.3.7.1.1 Your only Last Recourse; ..to be continued.

2.4 Spirit Led Temptations in Wilderness ; 2.4.1 Definition of Temptation; 2.4.1.1 Jesus Remedy for Satan’s Temptation; 2.4.1.1.1 Early Writings (1882); 2.4.1.1.1.1 Temptation on Appetite; 2.4.1.1.1.2 Temptation of Display; 2.4.1.1.1.3 Temptation of Power; 2.4.1.1.1.4 The Law Cannot Pardon; 2.4.1.1.1.4.1  Satan Defeated by Christ's Death; 2.4.1.1.2 The Desire of Ages ( 1898); 2.4.1.1.2.1 Satan’s Primary Warfare Objective; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1 Our Engagement in The Warfare; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1 The First Great Temptation –Appetite; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.1 Remedy  in the Words of Scripture; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.2 Satan Attack at Our Weakest Moment; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.3 Lessons for The Final Conflict; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.3.1 The Only Remedy is Faith in Christ; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.2 The Second Temptation of Presumption ; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.2.1 Faith is Remedy to Presumption; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3 Offer of Power for Loyalty; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3.1 Remedy for Securing our Heavenly Inheritance; 2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3.1.1The Cost of our Redemption;  

2.5 True and False Revival; 2.5.1 Preparation for Jesus First Advent; 2.5.1.1 Baptism by Fire; 2.5.1.2 Fruit of the Spirit; 2.5.1.2.1 Life Example in Old Dalmatia House; 2.5.1.3 The Strange Fire; 2.5.1.4 The Genuine Revival; 2.5.2 Daily Preparation for Second Coming;

 

 

 

The Finishing Act: Pt 2, “Realisation of Spiritual Condition” 

2 Spirituality and Spiritual Nature

Religion is any cultural system of worship, including designated behaviors and practices, world views, texts, places, ethics, or organizations that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. A Christian is “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” While this is a good starting point, like many dictionary definitions, it falls somewhat short of really communicating the biblical truth of what it means to be a Christian. The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”

The term "spirituality" originally developed within early Christianity, refers to a life oriented toward the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which "aims to recover the original shape of man," oriented at "the image of God" as exemplified by the founders (self-proclaimed, since there is only one true God) and sacred texts of the religions of the world. For  most  individuals in post-modern society,  religion  and spirituality   are   intimately   connected,   but   for some,  spirituality  is unmoored  from  religion  and is  rooted  in  either  humanism,  ecology,  or  "New Age"  spirituality (another scheme of Satan to pervert  the truth causing people to reject  the true living God.)

In spite of the fact the many are professed Christians (33% of world’s population- Wikipedia) we will need to clarify what constitute that great body of believers and what could be the basis for their belief.

It is God’s design that in the hearts of all mankind are the inexpressible longings for something that is missing in their lives. When God made humanity, he designed our brains to function as the highest faculties we possess that will most directly reflect the image of God, one that many Christians recognize as our spiritual nature and by which God intended to govern us provided we give Him that freedom. It consists of those qualities and abilities that make us most Godlike. They are the traits that separate us from the animal and make us accountable to God. The spiritual nature is made of the faculty of reason and the faculty of conscience. They work jointly to make decision and judgement. The third faculty of spiritual nature is an innate desire to worship. Dr Tim Jennings said “It is an inherent part of our being, whether we admit it or not. It might not be God but it could be money, power, a movie star or even oneself. Everyone worship something, some might call this a drive for meaning or purpose, seeking for answers to the meaning and purpose and understanding to life.  God tell us to worship him because we actually adapt ourselves to the things we admire and devote ourselves to the things we idolize. {This is the law of worship.)  Our character actually become transformed to reflect that which we revere ( 2 Cor 3:18).Conscience is the spiritual eye( Mat 6:22). It is the faculty through which the Spirit of God communicates directly to us.” (Tim Jennings : “Could it be This Simple,” pp 17-18)

The hierarchy of the mind is structured in descending order from the Spiritual Nature to Will, followed by Thoughts ( encompassing beliefs, values, morals and imagination) and ending with Feeling covering entire spectrum of emotion, and in particular, desires for relationship, and affections.

2.1 Spiritual Grouping of People

All people who ever lived can be divided into five groups with respect to their spirituality:

1. Those that accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They dedicated their lives (born again) to the advancement of the gospel and were led by the Holy Spirit to develop a Christ-like character.

2. There are those that called Jesus “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:22), but failed to respond to the Holy Spirit for character development. Unfortunately, they (the foolish virgins) eventually fell for Satan’s deception and -unknowingly- worked for the cause of Satan. (This group must seriously seek the Lord in earnest prayer for spiritual revival)

3. This is an interesting group: those that probably never knew Jesus by name, but would still respond to the Holy Spirit who talked to them through their consciousness (Romans 2:14.15). (This group refers to two types: those with clear conscience that have died never knowing Jesus by name will be saved); however, those that are alive are the ones that must now respond to the Holy Spirit and be born again before the close of Jesus invitation at the general close of probation. It is to these living pre-believers that they must now hear the word of God.) (See par 2.1.1)

4. Those that -at one point in their lives- knew the Lord but went openly apostate and intentionally worked against God. An example of this kind is Lucifer himself (Isaiah 14)

5. Others, and this may even be the majority of mankind, never knew God and never made any decision to accept salvation. Since people of this group were never touched by the Holy Spirit nor accepted the sacrifice of the Lamb, their names don’t show up in the book of life in the first place. Consequently, the Judge does not have to adjudicate, i.e. does not have to legally deal with, these cases.

God’s will is that all of humanity be saved from the bondage to sin caused by Satan sowing seeds of lies about the character of God and His government. From the beginning of the great controversy that began in heaven ( Rev 12:7-10) Satan has endeavored to prove God's principles of action to be selfish, and God deals in the same selfish way with all who serve God. {Ed 154.3}  We are made a theater unto the world, both (R.V., margin) to angels, and to men." 1 Corinthians 4:9, margin.  {Ed 154.2} It is God’s plan of salvation to let Satan reveals his alternative form of government based on lies, deception and force. To disprove Satan's claim is the work of Christ and of all who bear His name.  {Ed 154.3}  It was to give in His own life an illustration of unselfishness that Jesus came in the form of humanity. And all who accept this principle are to be workers together with Him in demonstrating it in practical life. To choose the right because it is right; to stand for truth at the cost of suffering and sacrifice--"this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17.  {Ed 154.4}

2.1.1 Conviction of Present Day Pre-believers

The Bible points to an interesting group that probably never had the opportunity to know Jesus by name but would still respond to the Holy Spirit who guided them through their consciousness (spiritual nature). They had died and would be resurrected in heaven at the second coming of Christ. ( Rom 2:14-16). But there are many in this group who are still alive and have the opportunity to know Him. They need to see by faith that Jesus is their personal Saviour, and alive forevermore, able to save unto the uttermost all that come to Him. This is to be made possible since “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17)

Jesus has commissioned His followers to preach The Gospel to the end of the world so that everyone will have the chance to hear and decide to believe in Him or reject Him for Satan. The general close of probation is the end of the opportunity for the human race, the present day pre-believers, to hear the word of God and decide to believe in Him or remain an unbeliever . The wrath of God will then be poured out and then Jesus will return to deliver His people.    

A person becomes a believer and returns to God by hearing the word of God together with the conviction of the Holy Spirit that should lead the hearer to the Saviour who alone is able to save a sinner to the uttermost. The pre- believers, in response to their circumstances in life, by hearing the word of God preached are touched and aroused by their need and thirst for a saviour. They now can have the faith and hope in Jesus who can save them from their sinful and helpless predicament. ( Everlasting life is promised to the believer that Jesus is the Son of God  sent   by God the Father  who so loved the world- Jn 3:16)

Self is our greatest enemy and the only defence is in experiencing our spiritual poverty: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”-Mat 5:3.  This is the first of the nine progressive steps of Christ’s blessings in the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount on our spiritual journey to the kingdom of God . 

Sister White explained: Christ leaves us in no doubt as to the traits of character that He will always recognize and bless. From the ambitious favorites of the world, He turns to those whom they disown, pronouncing all blessed who receive His light and life. To the poor in spirit, the meek, the lowly, the sorrowful, the despised, the persecuted, He opens His arms of refuge, saying, "Come unto Me, . . . and I will give you rest."  {MB vii.4}  .. Christ can look upon the misery of the world without a shade of sorrow for having created man. In the human heart He sees more than sin, more than misery. In His infinite wisdom and love He sees man's possibilities, the height to which he may attain. He knows that, even though human beings have abused their mercies and destroyed their God-given dignity, yet the Creator is to be glorified in their redemption.  {MB vii.5}  ..Throughout all time the words that Christ spoke from the mount of Beatitudes will retain their power. Every sentence is a jewel from the treasure house of truth. The principles enunciated in this discourse are for all ages and for all classes of men. With divine energy, Christ expressed His faith and hope as He pointed out class after class as blessed because of having formed righteous characters. Living the life of the Life-giver, through faith in Him, everyone can reach the standard held up in His words.- E.G.W.  {MB viii.1} 

2.1.1.1 The Testimony of Apostle Peter

(https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2017/2Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ217_00.pdf , pp1-3)

The New Testament (NT) contains the 27 letters/ books from eight eyewitnesses, prominent among who are Paul, Peter and John. We will focus on the main themes of Peter in his two letters written to the five Roman provinces in Asia Minor. He was with Jesus at most of the important moments in His ministry. Peter also had become a prominent leader among the earliest Christians. His two letters were written to churches experiencing troubled times: they faced persecution from without and the danger of false teachers arising from within (even in the early churches). Peter warns that among the things that these false teachers will promote is doubt about the second coming of Jesus (2 Pet.  3:4). Today,  more  than  two  thousand  years  later,  we  know the reality of that charge, don’t we?

The counsel from Peter is equally applicable in the approaching end-time scenario prior to the final close of probation, followed by the time of trouble and then the deliverance with the second coming of Jesus Christ, the King of kings. 

All the letters in the NT except Mark and Luke are the apostles’ eye witness deathbed accounts about the Ministry of Jesus. Only John survived immersion in boiling oil.  Thus they attest to the validity of the prophets accounts  of the Divinity of  Jesus who manifested as man to reveal the true loving character of God and  gives us the sure word of prophesy about His imminent second coming– “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. “For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. “And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”-2 Pet 1:16-18. 

The manner Peter died manifested his faith and total transformation was recorded by inspired writing:  “Peter, as a Jew and a foreigner, was condemned to be scourged and crucified. In prospect of this fearful death, the apostle remembered his great sin in denying Jesus in the hour of His trial. Once so unready to acknowledge the cross, he now counted it a joy to yield up his life for the gospel, feeling only that, for him who had denied his Lord, to die in the same manner as his Master died was too great an honor. Peter had sincerely repented of that sin and had been forgiven by Christ, as is shown by the high commission given him to feed the sheep and lambs of the flock. But he could never forgive himself. Not even the thought of the agonies of the last terrible scene could lessen the bitterness of his sorrow and repentance. As a last favor he entreated his executioners that he might be nailed to the cross with his head downward. The request was granted, and in this manner died the great apostle Peter.”  {AA 537.3}

 Peter warned about the suffering the churches experienced. This suffering, he says, mirrors the sufferings of Jesus, who took our sins in His body when He died on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24). But the good news is that Jesus’ death brought nothing less than freedom from the eternal death caused by sin, as well as a life of righteousness here and now for those who trust in Him (1 Pet. 2:24). Peter says that Jesus not only died for our sins but will return to earth and usher in the judgment of God (2 Pet. 3:10–12). He stresses that the prospect of judgment should have significant practical implications in the life of the believer. When Jesus returns, He will destroy all sin and will cleanse the earth with fire (2 Pet. 3:7). Then Christians  will  receive  the  inheritance  that  God  has  been  storing  up  for  them  in  heaven (1 Pet. 1:4).

Peter has very practical words on how Christians should live. First and foremost, Christians  should  love  one  another (1  Pet.  4:8). He sums up his view by saying, “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Pet. 3:8, NRSV).

Peter’s epistles are also a fervent proclamation of the gospel, the  central  message  of  the  whole  Bible.  After  all,  if  anyone  should  know  the  saving  grace  of  the  Lord, it is Peter. This same Peter, who so openly and crassly  denied  his  Lord  three times (even  with  cursing),  saying,  “ ‘I do not know the Man’ ” (Matt. 26:74, NKJV), is the one to whom Jesus later said, “ ‘Feed My sheep’ ” (John  21:17,  NKJV). Any part of that feeding would include the great truth of salvation by  faith  in  Christ,  a  theme  that  his  fellow  worker,  the  apostle  Paul,  so  powerfully  proclaimed. This is the truth of God’s grace. Peter knew about this, not just theoretically, or just as a doctrine, but because he had experienced the reality and power of that grace for himself. ( Peter is an example of us who have denied  Jesus many time and yet He is willing to forgive us if we repent and confessed our sins.)

As Martin Luther wrote in his commentary on Peter: “Consequently this Epistle of St. Peter is one of the grandest books of the New Testament, and it is the true, pure Gospel. For Peter does also the very same thing as Paul and all the Evangelists do in that he inculcates the true doctrine of faith, how Christ has been given to us, who takes away our sins and saves us.”—Commentary on the Epistles of Peter and Jude (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1982), pp. 2, 3

2.1.2 Urgency of End-time Spirituality and Preparation

We are living in a very serious time; we do not recognize it and understand the solemnity of the time in which we live. Right now up there Christ is recording and logging everything we do, and say, think, and feel. There are angels out here, moving up and down, carrying these things to Heaven. There is an angel with the writer’s ink‐horn right now, making his way throughout Adventism. That’s a reality! Judgment begins at the house of the Lord in Ezekiel nine; “Begin at my sanctuary”.

We are living in finite time while in this world which is not our home. The heavenly Father tells us to take no thought of what we eat, drink or wear “for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ” Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. “-Mat 6:32-34

The urgency of preparation for persecution by taking up the cross of Christ and getting ready for His second coming works on the same principle of making today (one day at a time) the focus of our whole hearted surrender to Christ and trusting by faith only in His righteousness that we may grow and mature into His divine nature and bear the fruit of the Spirit so that God the Father is glorified.

Death is a reality in this life on earth because we are all born with a sinful nature (Rom 3:23). On our own, without a Saviour, we are spiritually helpless in overcoming sin and ”the wages of sin (which is transgression of the law) is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”(Rom 6:23) But many are unaware of the gospel, the good news, attraction and the hope of eternal life if we believe in Jesus, the Son of God, who died for our sins and conquered death. ( Biblically death is like a a sleep. The only difference is that our spirit is returned to God to give an account in the final judgment of our deeds hear on earth.  We are not aware of how long we sleep on waking up. There is the first death for the true believers who die physically and awaiting Jesus second coming to be awakened. The unbelievers will be awakened after a thousand year when Jesus returns again  to face sentence and die the ultimate second death.  This gift offer from God is clearly revealed in many other verses in the New Testament (Jn 3:16; 2Cor 5:21; 1Jn 2:2: Heb 7:24-25 ..) The Bible offers information and solutions that have withstood the test of time. It reveals the origin of evil, some of the ways God has dealt with evil in the past and His plan for resolving it completely in the near future. This ancient book that has been miraculously preserved so that everyone will have the opportunity to hear God’s plan of salvation  and decide freely to believe in the everlasting gospel and be a follower of Christ.

It is an amazing and humanly impossible accomplishment that the spread of Christianity started with the witnessing and preaching of the twelve disciples to be the world's largest religion with over 2.4 billion followers or 33% of the global population, known as Christians. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah (the Christ) was prophesied in the Old Testament (Wikipedia). The statistical evidence is for all to marvel and contemplate about the urgency of the need to search for the truth in the Bible. There are somethings in life that we just cannot put off until tomorrow. They have to be done today, or the consequences may be catastrophic. Something matters little if we put it off until tomorrow, but other things we put off to our eternal loss.

The focus for today is to seek God first. It is the only safeguard to seek the only true God, to be still and know that He is our God who loves us and has a plan for us. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. “ And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. “And I will be found of you,”-Jer29:11-14  

2.1.2.1 Christians must be Born Again

Finding God is in realising our separation from Him due to our sinful nature. The Bible writers knew the reality of human sinfulness.  The world reeks of it. Besides, they knew their own sinfulness, as well (see 1 Tim.  1:15).  They  knew  just  how  serious  it  was,  too;  after  all,  look  at  what  it  took—the  cross  of  Jesus  Christ—to solve the problem of sin. That’s how deep and pervasive the reality of sin really is. But the Bible writers also were greatly aware of the power of Christ to change our lives and make us new people in Him (after they have given themselves to Him and have been baptized- i.e. having been born again. In fact, the change will be so great that others will notice it.  Peter  doesn’t  say  that  this  change  will  always  be  easy; indeed, he talks about the need to suffer in the flesh (1 Pet. 4:1) in order to have the victory that we are promised… Peter points out that Christ suffered for our sins in order that He might bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18) and that “baptism doth also now save us” (1 Pet. 3:21). Baptism, then, is perhaps the best context against which to understand Peter’s words, “for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” (1 Pet. 4:1). By baptism, the Christian participates in the suffering and death and resurrection of Jesus; the Christian has made a choice to “live for the rest of [his or her] earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God” (1 Pet. 4:2, NRSV). This can be accomplished only by the daily surrender of self to the Lord and the crucifying of “the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24, NKJV).In  Romans  6:1–11,  Paul  says  that  at  baptism  Christians  are  united  with  Jesus  in  His  death  and  resurrection.  At baptism, we  have  died  to sin. We need now to make that death to sin real in our lives. Paul’s words, “reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:11), give the secret of the Christian’s life - in order to have the victory that we are promised. Peter continues a theme that pervades the Bible, the reality of love in the life of a believer in Jesus. “Love,” he writes, “will cover a multitude of sins”  (1  Pet.  4:8, NKJV).  When  we  love,  when  we  forgive,  we  are  reflecting what Jesus has done and still does for us. (https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2017/2Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ217_05.pdf, pp 57- 60)

 

In Christ, we have a new  life,  a  new  beginning.  We are born  again.  This is the prime crucial conversion experience. If this means anything, especially for those who accepted Christ after childhood, it must mean that they will live differently from the way they did before. There are many, some incredible, stories of those who having been in the world, experienced a radical transformation because of Jesus and His saving grace.  The kind of changes  are  from drunkenness (NRSV), reveling, banqueting’s (KJV), and carousing(NRSV). To use modern phraseology, one’s partying days are over. In fact, according to Peter, the change that a Christian experiences should be great enough so that those who knew the Christian in his or her past life will “think it strange” that he or she no longer takes part in those same dissipations (1 Pet. 4:3-6, NKJV). By their change lifestyle they are witnesses to unbelievers without having to preach. A godly Christian life can be more of a witness than all the sermons in the world.

2.1.2.1.1 Danger of Presumptuous Conversion

Ellen White wrote: “Dear SDA youth (children of SDA parents), if you are unbelieving, and feel that nothing is required of you in repentance, faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and baptism unto his death and resurrection, you have no part with Christ. You are not adopted into God's family; but remain acknowledged children of the wicked one. All who live have sins to wash away. They may have good intentions, and good purposes; they may have noble traits of character and live moral lives; notwithstanding, they need a Saviour.”.. YI, February 1, 1874 par. 8. 9 (i.e. We need to be born again and die to self daily so as to be continually connected with Christ through the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in us. This is how we are continually growing in Christ and to be established in the truth)

Jesus humbled himself to become man and to associate with sinful man and leave them a bright example to copy in his own perfection of character. He does not leave his people in darkness. He shows them the way. He travels the road himself, and invites us to follow. What condescension in the Majesty of Heaven! What amazing love for sinful man, that God's dear Son should leave the heavenly courts and come to a world polluted with sin, to save from ruin the guilty sinner!  {YI, February 1, 1874 par. 1}

2.1.2.1.2 The Three Steps of Spiritual Conversion   

(https://www.endtime.com/what-do-you-mean-born-again/-Part of article by Irvin Baxter “What do you mean Born Again?”)

Being born again ("spiritual rebirth", or a regeneration of the human spirit from the Holy Spirit) is the plan of salvation that Jesus authored at Calvary. It is imperative that we understand what is required for us to be born again!

All agree that when Jesus went to the cross, He brought in the means of salvation for everyone who will accept it. But what really happened at Calvary? What can it do for me? How do I accept what was done there in my own personal life?

At Calvary, there were three steps to the work of Christ: death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It is very easy to see that these three steps make up the act of being born again spoken of by Jesus (John 3:1-5); to die, to be buried, and to rise again—that is to be born again. So we see that Jesus, through His death, burial, and resurrection, bought for us the plan of being born again spoken of in John 3:3, whereby we receive salvation.

The fact that Jesus purchased a plan of salvation for us is the greatest news the world has ever received. The thing we must understand is that not only was it necessary for Jesus to do something, but also it is absolutely essential for us to act upon what He did. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

Now the astonishing thing is that Nicodemus was a religious leader of his day; yet, he had no concept of what it meant to be born again! We find that the very same thing is true in the day in which we live. Many men and women who fill positions of spiritual leadership in our world have no real understanding of the born again experience. Nicodemus inquired of Jesus in John 3:4, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” You can’t be born again of a woman. The second birth is a spiritual birth.

Notice that Jesus said without being born again we cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. In other words, we cannot be saved. On the day of Pentecost when Peter preached the first message after Calvary, the men cried out, “What must we do?”

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Peter was giving them the plan of salvation: repentance, baptism, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. If being born again is to be saved, Peter was evidently talking to them about being saved.

Remember, there were three steps to Calvary: death, burial, and resurrection. The way to accept Calvary in our individual life is to accept the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We don’t have to literally die, be buried, and rise again. Jesus was our substitute and did this for us. All we must do is accept what He did by spiritually dying, symbolically being buried, and spiritually rising again. (The steps in conversion, plainly marked out, are repentance, faith in Christ as the world's Redeemer, faith in his death, burial, and resurrection, shown by baptism, and his ascension on high to plead in the sinner's behalf.  {YI, February 1, 1874 par. 4}) 

2.1.2.1.2.1 Repentance

We take on His death by repentance, which is spiritual death. When a person truly repents, he dies out to his own will, renounces it forever, and vows to live from that time on according to the will of Jesus Christ.

(Genuine repentance results in a radical change in attitude toward God and sin. God's Spirit convicts those who receive Him of the seriousness of sin by bringing them to a sense of God's righteousness and of their own lost condition. They experience sorrow and guilt. Recognizing the truth that "he who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy" (Prov. 28:13), they confess specific sins. Through the decided exercise of their wills, they surrender totally to the Saviour and renounce their sinful behavior. Thus repentance reaches its climax in conversion—a turning of the sinner toward God (from the Greek epistrophe, "a turning toward," cf. Acts 15:3)- http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/books/27/27-10.htm p135)

2.1.2.1.2.2 Baptism

We take on His burial by baptism in water, by immersion into His name. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism”. Baptism must be done by immersion; for something cannot be buried by sprinkling a little dirt on top of it. That burial, after a few days, would certainly prove to be insufficient! Furthermore, every baptism of which we have biblical record was administered by immersion. That alone should determine our course of action on this matter.

The rite of baptism is administered in the name of the Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Ghost. These three great powers of heaven pledge themselves to be the efficiency of all who submit to this ordinance, and who faithfully keep the vow they then make. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him; rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." It is here that the great danger comes in. A worldly spirit and worldly practices have taken the place that Christ should have in the life. "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. . . . Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."  {6MR 27.1} (In taking the baptismal vows, you have united with the highest powers in the heavenly courts, to live a life patterned after the life of Christ.) 

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. . . . Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things, put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts."  {6MR 27.2} 

2.1.2.1.2.3 Infilling of the Holy Ghost

Finally, we partake of the resurrection of Jesus Christ by the infilling of the Holy Ghost. This is the new life that enables us to live as a Christian should.

Christ will fulfil every promise that He has made in His word. Wonderful is His work in behalf of fallen man. For those who endeavor to follow in His footsteps, He molds the character after the divine similitude. What privileges and blessings are ours, as children of the heavenly King! In our Christian experience as children of God, we are to be workers together with Christ, our lives fashioned after His life. And if we bear His likeness, we shall represent Him before the world."--Letter 174, 1909, pp. 1, 2. (To Sister Rambaugh, December 21, 1909.)  {6MR 29.4}

We see then that being born again means to spiritually die—repent; symbolically be buried—baptism; and spiritually rise again—receive the Holy Ghost. Thus, in plain language an individual must repent of his sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ by immersion, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It says in I John 5:8, “And there are three that bear witness in the earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” What is the one thing in which the spirit, water, and blood agree? Is it not the new birth? Blood covers our sins at repentance; the waters of baptism wash them away, thus making us clean for the Spirit to come into our lives to dwell. When the Roman soldiers thrust the spear into Jesus’ side after He died, the scripture tells us that there came forth blood and water (John 19:34). This was for cleansing of the nations. It takes blood and water to eradicate sin. Blood is the cleansing agent, and water is the flushing agent. When a jar is washed for canning, soap AND water are necessary to cleanse that jar so that it might be filled with good fruit. Likewise, blood and water are necessary to cleanse the human soul so that it may receive the Spirit of Christ, which is the Holy Ghost. This teaching was verified by Peter when he said, “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Repentance and baptism are both absolutely essential for the remission of sins!

Paul taught that the three steps of Calvary is the gospel that we should preach. In I Corinthians 15:1-4 he tells us,

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I have preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

Paul went on to say in II Thessalonians 1:7-8, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul told us that the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. How can we obey the death, burial, and resurrection? We obey by repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost as we have previously explained. Notice that the Lord Jesus is to appear “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.” It is absolutely necessary for every human being to obey the gospel by being born again. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7).

2.1.2.1.2.4 The Experience of Salvation

We have been given the first church and the Apostles after which to pattern our teaching and practices. In each recorded account of conversions under the Apostles’ ministries, the three steps of being born again are evident. In Acts 2:38 it was repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost. In Acts 8:12, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:1-6, we find the born again experience taught and received. Do not allow anything to turn you aside from this truth: you must be born again. If you haven’t as yet, you should do so today! Similarly for those Christians who are convicted by the Holy Spirit that they are not growing in Christ they must pray for the rebaptism of the Holy Spirit.

The experience of salvation involves repentance, confession, forgiveness, justification, and sanctification. The last two experiences are under the realm of the power of the Holy Spirit when we are infilled by the Holy Spirit.

2.1.2.1.2.4.1 The Experience of Justification

Through justification by faith in Christ, His righteousness is imputed to us. We are right with God because of Christ our Substitute. God, Paul said, "made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21). As repentant sinners, we experience full and complete pardon. We are reconciled to God! (Ibid p 137) This is the beginning of our spiritual journey in Christ to grow up to His full stature. Thus revival of spiritually sleeping Christians needs to be awakened and be reconnected with the Holy Spirit.

2.1.2.1.2.4.2 Sanctification (Holiness)

True repentance and justification lead to sanctification. Justification and sanctification are closely related, distinct but never separate. They designate two phases of salvation: Justification is what God does for us, while sanctification is what God does in us.

Neither justification nor sanctification is the result of meritorious works. Both are solely due to Christ's grace and righteousness. "The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven."

The three phases of sanctification the Bible presents are: (1) an accomplished act in the believer's past; (2) a process in the believer's present experience; (3) and the final result that the believer experiences at Christ's return.

As to the believer's past, at the moment of justification the believer is also sanctified "in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:11). He or she becomes a "saint." At that point the new believer is redeemed, and belongs fully to God.

As a result of God's call (Rom. 1:7), believers are called "saints" for they are "in Christ" (Phil. 1:1; see also John 15:1-7), not because they have achieved a state of sinlessness. Salvation is a present experience. "His mercy," Paul said, has "saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5), setting us apart and consecrating us to a holy purpose and walk with Christ.- Ibid p138)

2.1.2.1.3 Additional Useful Resource

Watch the topic “Born Again” from 23:20 – 34:25 mins at-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQYO6tgHqsE - Sabbath School Panel - “Feed My Sheep: 1 and 2 Peter” - Lesson 05, published on Apr 25, 2017.

We need to be born again (to establish God’s righteousness by removing sinful flesh-lust of eye, flesh and pride) to see the truth because Satan has blinded us. (The process – Mat 4:1; Rom 8:14; 1Pet 4:3,4; Rev 12:17; 1 Cor 15:31 (die daily- sanctification); Phi 2:13;1:6)     

2.1.3 Ignorance over Key Role of Holy Spirit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5o2EfYdZ0o – ( 10:02- 39:11)Godhead & the Holy Spirit - Part 2, Published on Sep 12, 2013

The early founding father  of Adventism were all against the Unitarian concept of Father , Son and Holy Spirit being morphed into one God. In 23 years, between 1855 and 1877; in 1196 issues of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, containing 10, 000 articles, six of our pioneers wrote eight articles against the Trinity doctrine of Catholicism ( as it was a minor issue to the church). However there was not one statement from Ellen on this issue. Her clarification on the Godhead was in the following passages:

The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight… The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested… the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. ( See The Trinity, par 2.1.3.1)

The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. There are three living persons of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers --the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized, and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ-- Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 62, 63. (1905)

The Spirit of Prophecy (SOP) used 20 terms to describe the Holy Spirit’s work.1. the Comforter- TM476; 2. The author of Spiritual life – AA 284; 3. The Heavenly Guest- CT 684; 4. The Guide – AA 49; 5. 5. The Messenger – CT 358; 6. The Reprover- TM176; 7. The Searcher – CT 68; 8. The Teacher – CT 364; 9. The Visitant –CT 384; 10. The Watcher – CT 369; 11. The Witness – AA 49; 12. The Director of Salvation – GC 343; 13. The Revealer –FCE 391; 14. The Dstector of Satan’s Approach – DA 102; 15. The Convictor – TM 176; 16. The Instructor – ED 95; 17. The Councellor – AA 49; 18. The Sanctifier – AA 49; 19. The Successor – DA 669; 20. The Representative – 6T 91.

The greatest work in our lives is the fruit of the spirit. Luk 11:34-36 Ask Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit (HS). Today God is waiting to pour out on His church to take the three angels’ messages to the world to finish the work. Allow the HS to work in us. We are living in the last days and we need the HS power as never ever before in our lives. Working timelessly of a gospel of a crucified Christ  to speak not of  ourselves but to point to Jesus, the lamb of God. He points lost souls to the lamb. We are to be filled with the HS and be the living vessels and allowing the fruits to attract people to Jesus Christ - Eph 5:18.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the three holy dignitaries of heaven, have declared that they will strengthen men to overcome the powers of darkness. All the facilities of heaven are pledged to those who by their baptismal vows have entered into a covenant with God (MS 92, 1901).  {5BC 1110.8}

Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power {671.2} .. The Saviour came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world.

We need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds.--Manuscript 66, 1899.

The prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.--Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897)  {Ev 617.2} 

We are to co-operate with the three highest powers in heaven,--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, --and these powers will work through us, making us workers together with God.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 51. (1905)  {Ev 617.3}

Our sanctification is the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is the fulfilment of the covenant that God has made with those who bind themselves up with Him, to stand with Him, with His Son, and with His Spirit in holy fellowship. Have you been born again? Have you become a new being in Christ Jesus? Then co-operate with the three great powers of heaven who are working in your behalf. Doing this you will reveal to the world the principles of righteousness.  {ST, June 19, 1901 par. 4}

2.1.3.1. The Trinity

Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJPwgY_txCY&index=22&list=PLRASAWaTYh86PpE0VO-YiyIJLJjChG7rV  -3rd Qtr 2014, Lesson 04 - The Teachings of Jesus: Salvation,  published on Jul 20, 2014. This video clearly explains that without the essence of the Trinity the gospel would be impossible.

A key principle in interpreting the Trinity is "union without fusion and distinction without separation." Though the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  are  one  God,  they  cannot  be  confused.  In  like manner,  though  They  are  distinct  persons,  They  cannot  be separated. Though the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are coequally and coeternally God, there are Biblical passages that speak of the subordination of the Son and the Holy Spirit. However, three kinds of subordination must be distinguished: Firstly, there is subordination in the modes of   operation. This has reference to the subordination of the God-man to the Father in the economy of redemption. This may be called economic subordination. Secondly, there is subordination in the modes of subsistence. This has reference to an order and relationship of derivation among the persons (or hypostases) of the Trinity itself. The Son is begotten of the Father. The Spirit proceeds from both. This may be called hypostatic subordination. Thirdly, there is subordination in essence. This has reference to the idea that the deity of the Son and Spirit is a qualified form of the deity of the Father. This may be called essential subordination.  While the first two are supported by Scripture, the third has no Biblical basis. As to their essence the Son and Spirit are equal  in  power  and  glory  to  the  Father,  but  as  to  their persons they are eternally generated and eternally proceed from  the  Father.  Thus, as  to  their  essence,  they  are  self-existent, while as to their persons, they are eternally derived from the Father.

2.1.3.2 The Holy Spirit and Revival* (Ps Mark A. Finley, “Revive Us Again”- chap 2 )

It is imperative to recognize that the Holy Spirit (HS) is a divine person , the Third Person of the Godhead that we will yield to His influence and control, surrender to His guidance, open our hearts to His Instruction, and yield to His will. Our only desire and prayer will be to allow Him to use us.

A genuine spiritual revival is the work of the HS. We cannot revive ourselves. Only the HS can bring revival.  Ellen White states: A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. We must have the holy unction from God, the baptism of his Spirit; for this is the only efficient agent in the promulgation of sacred truth. It is the Spirit of God that quickens the lifeless faculties of the soul to appreciate heavenly things, and attracts the affections toward God and the truth.  {GW92 370.1}

Unfortunately, many Christians in churches around the world do not have a clear understanding of who the HS is or His work in their lives. Dr. Bill Bright, the founder and former president of Campus Crusade for Christ, points out that his organization has surveyed “ thousands of Christian churches  and nearly 95 percent of the respondents indicated that they have little knowledge of who the Holy Spirit is or why He exists.”

In Jn 14-16, Jesus describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit in detail. His teaching on the HS is life transforming.  Through the ages past, the Hs has been with the faithful believers; but from Pentecost forward, Gods purpose was that “He dwell with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:16-17). The Father and the Son, take up residence in our heart through the Third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.

“The work of the Holy Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God; and the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, as the personal presence of Christ to the soul.” {RH, November 29, 1892 par. 3}  He is our personal Helper, personal  Teacher and personal Guide

2.1.3.2.1 Personal Helper

The “another helper” (‘paraclete’, comforter, advocate)Jesus sent  is  another divinity who stands with us at all times comforting, strengthening, guiding and filling the future with hope. The Hs dwelling in our hearts is like a close friend whom we can trust to give us strength to face whatever the evil one throw at us.  In the midst of ur trials and pains He stands by our side to give us peace that passes all human understanding. He helps us to overcome our human weakness and temptations, the powers of darkness that enslave us and to set us free. Revival takes place when we open our  hearts to the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. “None are so vile, none have fallen so low, as to be beyond the working of this power. In all who will submit themselves to the Holy Spirit a new principle of life is to be implanted; the lost image of God is to be restored in humanity.”  {COL 96.1}

2.1.3.2.2 Personal Teacher

The HS is the “Spirit of Truth “ (Jn14:17) He is our personal Teacher to instruct us in the ways  of the spiritual realm and eternity as we read God’s word There is no truth  we nee to know into which the HS is unprepared to guide us ( Jn 16:13) “We can attain to an understanding of God's word only through the illumination of that Spirit by which the word was given. " {SC 109.2} The same HS that inspired the prophets to write the Bible inspires us as we read it today. Our Divine Teacher reveals the deep and hidden things of God’s word as well. –( Jn 16:13; Isa 58:11; PS 32:8)

2.1.3.2.3 Personal Guide

As our personal Guide, He will convict us of unconfessed sin. He will seek to prevent us from fall in the first place before we do it. He may bring a scriptural command to our mind, reminding us of what Jesus has taught us He may give us a sense of conviction about something we are going to do. HE will steer us toward God’s will in all the decisions of life.

(*Note:  This important topic will be covered later in greater depth.)

2.2 Preparation for End-Time Judgment

Law and judgment is the basis of a civilized and peaceful nation. By the same analogy our universe as scientists are finding out is governed by strict physical laws which can only be the design protocol of its  maker or Creator of which Earth is one of the smallest planets in the universe. The fact from the ancient book , the Bible states “in the beginning of the Earth God created the  heavens and the earth “ (Gen 1:1), where we have life and consciousness of our existence.

The world is a theatre created after Satan and a third of the heavenly host of angels were cast out of heaven (rev 12:7-13). In the great controversy on earth the whole universe must see the consequences of Satan’s rebellious strategies to seek worship as the counterfeit  god on earth.  God sacrifices His Son, Jesus Christ to reveal the truth about His character and the righteousness of His Law and government. At the Cross of Calvary, Jesus died bearing all our sins and rose again and returned to be our Priest, Advocate and Judge.  He gained the victory over death (the wages of sin) because He was sinless and death has no claim over the sinless person. However, only the heavenly angels and the unfallen beings in the universe are witnesses and are convinced. But we on earth are the last ones to be convinced yet and God is on trial and He is to vindicate to Satan that His Law is perfect and obeyed by the !44,000  in His remnant before eradicating Satan and sin forever.

In the progress of the great controversy, God will demonstrate the principles of His rules of government, which have been falsified by Satan and by all whom he has deceived. His justice will finally be acknowledged by the whole world, though the acknowledgment will be made too late to save the rebellious. God carries with Him the sympathy and approval of the whole universe as step by step His great plan advances to its complete fulfillment. He will carry it with Him in the final eradication of rebellion. The working out of Satan's rule in contrast with the government of God will be presented to the whole universe. Satan's own works have condemned him, since the cross of Calvary. It will be seen that all who have forsaken the divine precepts have placed themselves on the side of Satan, in warfare against Christ. When the prince of this world shall be judged, and all who have united with him shall share his fate, the whole universe as witnesses to the sentence will declare, "Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints." Revelation 15:3.  {PP 79.1} Christians have this faith in Christ , the hope of Glory on His imminent second coming.

God thus, as we believe, has tested His people, has tried their faith, has proved them, and seen whether they would shrink, in the hour of trial, from the position in which He might see fit to place them; and whether they would relinquish this world and rely with implicit confidence in the word of God."--The Advent Herald and Signs of the Times Reporter, vol. 8, No. 14 (Nov 13, 1844).  {GC 406.1} 

The feelings of those who still believed that God had led them in their past experience are expressed in the words of William Miller: "Were I to live my life over again, with the same evidence that I then had, to be honest with God and man I should have to do as I have done." "I hope that I have cleansed my garments from the blood of souls. I feel that, as far as it was in my power, I have freed myself from all guilt in their condemnation." "Although I have been twice disappointed," wrote this man of God, "I am not yet cast down or discouraged. . . . My hope in the coming of Christ is as strong as ever. I have done only what, after years of solemn consideration, I felt it my solemn duty to do. If I have erred, it has been on the side of charity, love to my fellow men, and conviction of duty to God." "One thing I do know, I have preached nothing but what I believed; and God has been with me; His power has been manifested in the work, and much good has been effected." "Many thousands, to all human appearance, have been made to study the Scriptures by the preaching of the time; and by that means, through faith and the sprinkling of the blood of Christ, have been reconciled to God." --Bliss, pages 256, 255, 277, 280, 281. "I have never courted the smiles of the proud, nor quailed when the world frowned. I shall not now purchase their favor, nor shall I go beyond duty to tempt their hate. I shall never seek my life at their hands, nor shrink, I hope, from losing it, if God in His good providence so orders." --J. White, Life of Wm. Miller, page 315.  {GC 406.2}

God did not forsake His people; His Spirit still abode with those who did not rashly deny the light which they had received, and denounce the advent movement. In the Epistle to the Hebrews are words of encouragement and warning for the tried, waiting ones at this crisis: "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:35-39.  {GC 407.1} 

That this admonition is addressed to the church in the last days is evident from the words pointing to the nearness of the Lord's coming: "For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come and will not tarry." And it is plainly implied that there would be a seeming delay and that the Lord would appear to tarry. The instruction here given is especially adapted to the experience of Adventists at this time. The people here addressed were in danger of making shipwreck of faith. They had done the will of God in following the guidance of his Spirit and his Word; yet they could not understand his purpose in their past experience, nor could they discern the pathway before them, and they were tempted to doubt whether God had indeed been leading them. At this time the words were applicable, “Now the just shall live by faith.” As the bright light of the “midnight cry” had shone upon their pathway, and they had seen the prophecies unsealed, and the rapidly fulfilling signs telling that the coming of Christ was near, they had walked, as it were, by sight. But now, bowed down by disappointed hopes, they could stand only by faith in God and in his Word. The scoffing world were saying, “You have been deceived. Give up your faith, and say that the Advent movement was of Satan.” But God's Word declared, “If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” To renounce their faith now, and deny the power of the Holy Spirit which had attended the message, would be drawing back toward perdition. They were encouraged to steadfastness by the words of Paul, “Cast not away therefore your confidence;” “ye have need of patience;” “for yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Their only safe course was to cherish the light which they had already received of God, hold fast to his promises, and continue to search the Scriptures, and patiently wait and watch to receive further light.  {GC88 407.2}

2.2.1 Peter’s Practical Counsel on Preparation for Judgment

(https://absg.adventist.org/assets/public/files/lessons/2017/2Q/TE/PDFs/ETQ217_12.pdf )

In ages past, people who didn’t believe in God were seen as untrustworthy, even potentially dangerous. Why? The idea was simple: if they  didn’t  believe  in  God,  then  they  didn’t  believe  in  any  future  judgment  in  which  they  would  have  to  answer  before  Him  for  their  deeds.  Without  this  incentive ( threat),  people  would  have  a  greater  tendency  to do wrong. Of course, many  people  don’t  need  the  fear  of  a  future  judgment  in  order  to  do  right.  But  at  the  same  time,  the  prospect  of  answering  to  God  could  certainly help motivate correct behavior.

Peter  was  not  afraid  to  warn  about  the  judgment  that  evildoers  would  face  before  God,  because  the  Bible  is  clear  that  such  a  judgment  will  come.  In this  context,  Peter  speaks  unambiguously about the end of days, judgment, the second coming of Jesus, and the time that the “elements shall melt with fervent heat” (2 Pet. 3:10). Peter knew that we are all sinners, and thus, with such prospects before us, he asks: “What manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?” (2 Pet. 3:11, NKJV).

2.2.1.1 The Sure Word of God

In 2 Peter 3:1, 2, Peter reminds them of the inspired words that had come before in the “holy prophets.” Thus, he was again pointing them back to the Bible, to  the  Old  Testament.  He  was  reminding  them  that  they  had  the  “sure  word  of  prophecy”  (2  Pet.  1:19). He wanted to be clear that their beliefs were grounded in the Word of God. Nothing in the  New  Testament  justifies  the  idea  that  the  Old  Testament  was  no  longer valid or of little importance. On the contrary, it is the testimony of  the  Old  Testament  that  helps  establish  the  validity  of  the  New  and  the claims that Peter was making about Jesus.

But there’s more. Peter then asserts a clear line from the “holy prophets” of the Old Testament to his own authority as one of the “apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” He was clear about the calling that he received from the Lord to do what he was doing. No wonder he spoke with such conviction and certainty. He knew the source of his message.

(Peter says that Jesus not only died for our sins but will return to earth and usher in the judgment of God (2 Pet. 3:10–12). He stresses that the prospect of judgment should have significant practical implications in the life of the believer. When Jesus returns, He will destroy all sin and will cleanse the earth with fire (2 Pet. 3:7). Then Christians  will  receive  the  inheritance  that  God  has  been  storing  up  for  them  in  heaven (1 Pet. 1:4).)

In view of the coming  destruction and the promise reward for the faithful servants of God Peter encourages us to hasten Christ’s return in view of the fact that God is patiently waiting for all to come to repentance. While we are alive before our physical death ( individual close of probation) he wants to stimulate his readers into preparing for judgment at the coming “day  of  God,”  when  the  atmospheric  heavens  will  be  destroyed  by  fire  and  the  elements  of  the  earth  will  melt  with  intense  heat  (2  Pet.  3:12). Scoffers willfully deny  that  such  judgment  is  coming.  They  argue  that  God  has  not  intervened  in  the  past,  so  we  should  not  expect  His  intervention  in  the  future.  But, believers  in  Scripture  know  that  God  intervened  at  Creation  and  at  the  worldwide  Flood*  and  that  He  will  do  so  again,  but with fire (2 Pet. 3:3–7).This knowledge is motivation for living holy and godly lives in preparation for such severe judgment (2 Pet. 3:11, 14).

2.2.1.1.1 Evidence against Unbelievers and Scoffers

Romans 1:18–21 points out that, based on abundant evidence in the natural world, there is no excuse for ignorance about the power and deity of God. Yet, Peter points to scoffers in the last days who deny God’s intervention in history, whether in the past or in the future. The scoffers  of  the  last  days  teach  uniformitarianism.  This  view  posits that history is an unbroken cycle of material causes and effects, which  account  for  all  data  without  any  supernatural  intervention.  Asserting  that  history  is  a  closed  continuum,  they  insist  that  there  is a fundamental homogeneity between all events such that an analogy  can  be  made  between  any  two  or  more  points,  and  the  present  provides  the  clues  to  explain  the  past  and  the  future.  “  ‘All  things  continue as they have been since the beginning of creation,’ ” scoffers assert(2 Pet. 3:4, HCSB). By  ruling  out  the  supernatural  a  priori,  skeptics  of  the  Bible  are  able  to  control  the  variables  and,  assuming  uniformity  in  rates  of  change,  extrapolate  backward  to  postulate  long  ages  of  time  during  which  microevolution  eventually  results  in  macroevolution.  Thus, they can deny a relatively recent literal six-day Creation, as claimed in Scripture, as well as Noah’s worldwide flood, which produced the world more or less as we know it today. Denying  God’s  activity  in  past  history,  including  Creation  and  judgment,  they  feel  confident  about  denying  God’s  activity  in  the  future, including final judgment and a new creation. Peter says that these claims are willful ignorance in the face of historical reality. ( Ibid, p159)

(Note* Worldwide Flood- See http://www.discoverylifediy.com/432560781, D11 Discovery of The Earth’s Age, par 3.1.2.1 The Bible Record; 3.1.2.2 Prophetic understanding on Flood’s Aftermath; 3.1.3.1 The Hydroplate Theory)

2.2.1.2 Judgment Delayed Is Not Judgment Deflected

Despite  an  apparent  delay  in  the  anticipated  day  of  judgment,  which  leads  many to scoff at its prospect, Peter assures his readers that any seeming slowness of God to fulfill His promise of judgment in no way decreases the certainty of judgment. God views time not from the human perspective of a brief lifetime but from the divine perspective of eternity (compare with Ps. 90:4).He is patient about bringing judgment, unwilling that any should perish, wanting all to come to repentance. Nevertheless, the day of the Lord will come. Like a thief in the night, it will catch many by surprise because they did not heed Jesus’ command to keep alert and to watch. It will be a cataclysmic event. Both atmospheric heavens and the elements of earth will be completely destroyed by a roaring inferno of fire, which John calls a lake or sea of fire (Rev. 20:14). Peter’s appeal is vivid: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what  kind  of  people  ought  you  to  be?  You  ought  to  live  holy  and  godly  lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Pet. 3:11,  12,  NIV).

(Note  that  Peter  here  conflates  all  of  the  end-time  judgment events into a single description. He does not attempt to separate the Second Coming from the final judgment but melds them together into the eschatological day of the Lord.  One must  not  attempt  to  reconstruct  an  end-time sequence of events from this passage, because that is not Peter’s purpose. Rather, he is talking about preparation for judgment.)

2.2.1.3 Faith Amid Trials

The urgency of preparation for persecution by taking up the cross of Christ and getting ready for His second coming works on the same principle of making today as our priority  (one day at a time). It must be the basis of conversion and spiritual revival  and the focus of our whole hearted surrender to Christ and trusting by faith only in His righteousness that we may grow and mature into His divine nature and bear the fruit of the Spirit so that God the Father is glorified.

Peter  was  writing  to  believers  who  were  suffering  for  their  faith.  And  as  Christian  history  has  shown,  things  only  got  worse,  at  least  for  a  while.  Surely  many  Christians  in  the  ensuing  years  found  solace  and  comfort  in  what  Peter  wrote.  No doubt, many  do today, too. Why the suffering? That, of course, is an age-old question. The book of Job, one of the first books of the Bible to be written, has suffering as a key  theme.  Indeed, if  there  was  anyone  (besides  Jesus)  who  suffered not as “a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters” (1 Pet. 4:15, NKJV), it was Job. After all, even God said of Job: “ ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ ”(Job 1:8, NKJV). And yet, look at what poor Job had endured, not because he was evil but because he was good and God has declared “that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evilupright ! “-Job 1:8. ( See http://www.wakeupow.com/159912045 - WP  4.6 Time of Trouble,  par4.6.3.4 The Book of Job) How do these texts help answer the question of the origin of suffering? 1 Pet. 5:8, Rev. 12:9, Rev. 2:10.The short answer is that we suffer because we are in the midst of the great controversy  between  Christ  and  Satan.  This is  not  a  mere  metaphor, a mere symbol for the good and evil in our natures. There is a real devil and a real Jesus fighting a real battle for human beings. 

When  we  suffer,  especially  when  that  suffering  does  not  come  directly as a result of our own evildoing, we naturally ask the question that Job had asked, again and again: Why? And, as is so often the case, we don’t have an answer. As Peter says, all we can do, even amid our suffering, is to commit our souls to God, trusting in Him, our “faithful Creator,” and continue in “doing good” (1 Pet.4:19, NKJV). Knowing  the  character  of  God  for  yourself,  knowing  of  His  goodness  and  His  love  for  you  personally by daily studying the word of God is  such  a  crucial  component for a Christian, especially one who is suffering so as to be encouraged by  the reality of His love.

 Peter’s  readers  were  instructed  to  expect  some  fiery  ordeal  to  take  place  among  them  in  order  to  test  them,  “for  it  is  time  for  judgment  to  begin with the household of God” (1 Pet. 4:17, NASB). They were not to find it a strange thing but rather to rejoice that they would be participating in the sufferings of Christ and to commit themselves to a faithful Creator and continue to practice doing that which is right.

2.2.1.4 Urgency of Being Ready Today

Preparation for the second coming is one of those absolute vital things that cannot be delayed. The second coming may be delayed, but our preparation for His return should never be delayed. Jesus warned “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come… Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh..” (Mat 24:42-44) Then He gave the first three of his parables about what it means to “watch “and be “ready” for His coming. Most of His parables concern the spiritual condition of His people and refers to the kingdom of God or the church.

2.2.1.4.1 Watch and Pray to be Ready Always

From our perspective, it can seem as if the Second Coming is greatly delayed.  Jesus  obviously  knew  that  we  would  feel  this way, and in some parables He warned against what could happen if  we  weren’t  careful  and  watchful  during  this  time.  Take the parable of the  two  servants  in  Matthew  24:45–51. They both expected their master to return. But they reached two different conclusions about  his  return.  One decided he  must  be  ready  for the master to return at any time. The other said that the master was delayed,  and  therefore  he  took  it  as  an  opportunity  to  act  in  an  evil  manner. “Because we know not the exact time of His coming, we are commanded to watch. ‘Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching.’ Luke 12:37. Those who watch for the Lord’s coming are  not  waiting  in  idle  expectancy.  The expectation of  Christ’s coming is to make men fear the Lord, and fear His judgments upon  transgression.  It  is  to  awaken  them  to  the  great  sin  of  rejecting  His offers of mercy. Those who are watching for the Lord are purifying their souls by obedience to the truth.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 634.

Peter  concludes  his  letter  with  an  appeal  to  prepare  for  the  coming  judgment. His readers need to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless  and  at  peace  with  [God]”  (2  Pet.  3:14, NIV).  Lest they  become  discouraged with the passage of time, they need to bear in mind that God’s patience is meant to result in salvation for as many as possible. They also need to be on their guard against being led astray by the errors of lawless people, lest they fall from their secure position in Christ. Finally, they need to grow in the grace and knowledge of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Peter also paid tribute to “our dear brother Paul,” who “also wrote you with the wisdom that  God  gave  him.  He  writes  the  same  way  in  all  his  letters,  speaking  in  them  of  these  matters”  (2  Pet.  3:15,  16,  NIV). The problem  is  that  because  Paul’s letters “contain some things that are hard to understand,” “ignorant and unstable people distort” them, “as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2  Pet.  3:16, NIV).  Peter  is  essentially  equating  Paul’s  epistles  with  the  rest  of  Scripture,  acknowledging  their  teaching  authority  for  the  church. And considering the presence of false teachers who promise  liberty,  it’s  not  hard  to  imagine  people  using  Paul’s  writings  about  liberty and grace as an excuse for sinful behavior. Paul strongly emphasized righteousness by faith alone (Rom. 3:21, 22), but nothing in his writings gives people a license for sin (see Rom. 6:1–14). Paul himself had to deal with this error in regard to what he had been preaching and teaching about righteousness by faith. Yet, Peter warns, those who twist his writings do so at the risk of “their own destruction” (2 Pet. 3:16)

Peter and Paul were contemporaries who knew each other personally and  respected  each  other.  Many  scholars  have  sought  to  portray  them  as  having  different  theologies  and  being  in  competition  with  one  another, but Peter shows great respect for Paul and his writings—even equating them with Scripture. Peter submits that Paul is his mentor on theological understanding.

Hebrews 11:6 informs us that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV). If we do not believe that we are accountable to God and that there will be  a  judgment  against  sin  and  a  reward  for  the  righteous,  there  is  no  point in believing in God, for we have no one to answer to and there is no future to look forward to.

Ellen  G.  White  says,  “God’s  purposes  know  no  haste  and  no  delay (Heb 10:37)”—The Desire   of  Ages,p.  32.  Delay  is  only  from  the  human  perspective,  because we do not view time as God does. There seems to have been a delay because we expected the event of His coming to happen sooner; but God’s plans have not changed. He would like to have been able to come sooner, but He could not because we have not done the preparatory work  He  has  given  us  to  do.  This  failure  on  our  part,  however,  does  not  take  God  by  surprise  or  cause  Him  to  delay  His  plans. He knew what was going to happen even if He provided for it to happen sooner. (Ibid p162)

Yet, warns Peter, God’s patience should not be taken as an opportunity to postpone a decision about Jesus. The day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief in the night. A thief who comes at night probably expects to sneak away unnoticed. But while the day of  the  Lord  will  come  like  a  thief,  it  will  certainly  be  noticed.  As Peter says, “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements  shall  melt  with  fervent  heat”  (2  Pet.  3:10). Thus, Peter’s message  is  like  Paul’s:  “Behold,  now  is  the  accepted  time;  behold,  now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2)

2.2.1.4.2 The Remnant Church

The very name  Seventh-day  Adventist  reveals  our  belief in the reality of Christ’s return. The teaching is foundational; our whole Christian faith would become meaningless without the return of Christ and all that it promises. But are we not in danger of becoming like the wicked servant in the parable of Matthew 24:43–51? We might not be doing the specific kind of evil depicted in the parable, but that’s not the point (it is, after all, a parable). Instead, what the parable warns about is that it could become easier to lower our standards, especially regarding how we treat others, and to become more like the world and less fervent in our belief in the Lord’s return. Sure, now and then we do face those who, with their charts and prophetic calculations, claim to  have  the  date  for  Christ’s  return.  But for the most part the danger facing Seventh-day Adventists is not that they are setting dates for Christ’s soon return. Rather, the danger is that as the years pass, the promise of the Second Coming starts to play a much smaller role in our thinking. Yes, the longer we are here, the closer we get to the Second Coming. On the other hand, the longer we are here, the easier it is for us to imagine His return as so far away that it really doesn’t impact our daily lives. Scripture warns against this kind of complacency. As Peter said, if Jesus is to return, and we are to face judgment, Christians should live lives of holiness and godliness (2 Pet. 3:11).

2.2.1.4.3 Hope in the Second Coming

All Christians who take up the cross will suffer for Christ, persecution  ( beatitudes eight and nine- Mat 5:10-12)which happened in the early church one of the main crucial  issues  confronting the faith of the converts then. Peter comforts his readers with the thought that, even though their lives may be hampered by persecution, there is a future reward waiting for them in heaven, a reward that cannot be taken  away.  Very  early  in  1  Peter,  he  mentions  that  Christians  have  an  imperishable  inheritance  kept  in  heaven  for  them (1  Pet.  1:4).

Peter highlights two things that will take place in the future: the last judgment and  the  fiery  destruction  of  evil.  In other words,  he  shows that although there is persecution now, justice and judgment will be done, and believers will receive their eternal reward.  Peter mentions  judgment  on  three  separate  occasions (1  Pet.  1:17; 4:5, 6, 17). He says that God the Father judges all humans impartially according to their  deeds  (1  Pet.  1:17).  He  notes  that  Jesus  Himself  stands  ready  to  judge  the  living  and  the  dead  (1  Pet.  4:5). He also  makes the intriguing observation that judgment starts with the house-hold of God (1 Pet. 4:17)(See The Good News on Judgment Par 2.2.1.4.4.1)

Peter  also  emphasizes  that  “the  godless”  will  be  destroyed  in  a  worldwide firestorm (2 Pet. 3:7).Peter  spends  some  time  dealing  with  problems  that  arose  about  whether  or  not  Jesus  is  indeed  coming  back  (2  Pet.  3:1–10).  He points out that the “delay” of Jesus’ second coming is to allow more people to repent and be saved. He also points out that the certainty of  a  future  reckoning  should  convince  everyone  to  live  a  holy  and  blameless life.

Thus, however focused Peter is on the here and now and on practical  Christian  living,  he  still  keeps  before  his  readers  the  future  hope  that  awaits  them.  In short,  whatever  the  circumstances  at  the  moment, they need to press on ahead in faith and obedience.

2.2.1.4.4 Judgment and the People of God

1 Peter 4:17–19 with Isaiah 10:11, 12 and Malachi 3:1–6. In all these passages, the process of judgment is portrayed as starting with the  people  of  God.  Peter  even  links  the  sufferings  of  his  readers  to the judgment of God. For him, the sufferings that his Christian readers are experiencing might be nothing less than the judgment of God, which  begins  with  the  household  of  God.  “Therefore  let  those  who  suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Pet. 4:19, NKJV).

Luke 18:1–8.In biblical times, judgment was usually something highly desired. The picture  of  the  poor  widow  in  Luke  18:1–8  captures  the  wider  attitude  toward  judgment.  The  widow  knows  that  she  will  prevail  in  her  case  if  only  she  can  find  a  judge  who  will  take  her  case.  She  has  insufficient  money  and  status  to  get  her  case  heard,  but  she  finally  persuades  the  judge to hear it and to give her what she deserves. As Jesus says, “ ‘And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him?’ ” (Luke 18:7, NKJV).Sin has brought evil into the world, and God’s people throughout the ages have long waited for God to make things right again. “ ‘Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested’ ” (Rev. 15:4, NKJV).

Think  of  all  the  evil  in  the  world  that  has  gone,  and  still  goes,  unpunished. Why, then, is the concept of justice and God’s righteous judgment  so  crucial  for  us  as  Christians?  The promise that justice will be done is the  great hope  of Christians! ( Ibid p76)

2.2.1.4.4.1 The Good News on Judgment

Watch the topic Judgment at End Time from 35:20-46:30 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmGZhpUqeJU - Sabbath School Panel - “Feed My Sheep: 1 and 2 Peter” - Lesson 06 : "Suffering for Christ" (April 29-May 5, 2017)Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN), published on May 2, 2017

The Good news is that Jesus is now in throne room with God , the Father, and all judgment has been committed to the Son (Jn 5:22). He is our advocate also in the investigative judgment began in Oct 22, 1844 ( Dan 8:14; Rev 14:7). The fact that judgment must begin at the house of God ( 1Pet 4:17) is the reason to believe by faith in Christ  so that through the power of the Holy Spirit, our filthy character will gradually be purified  and transformed  an d we are settled into the truth and be sealed  before the close of probation.   

The gist of the lesson by Ps Lomacang: There is a controversy between Satan (our accuser ) and Christ ( the defender and advocate who can blot out our sins)  We must all appear in the final judgment, 2Cor 5:10;.Ecc 12:14;Acts 3:19- sins blotted out; Dan 7:21,22. Reason for not fearing judgment- 1Jn 4:17-19; With Jesus as our advocate we are covered in His righteousness. Without Him it is the second death, the punitive judgment- Rev 20:15; Unbelievers are already condemned- Jn 3:18

2.2.1.5 Signs of the Soon Coming

(Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5drOz9bTvCc - Sunday Law News Report The Beast Roars, by  Brent Whinfield, published on Mar 25, 2017 (17:56))

Elder Whinfield is attempting  to show you in what ways prophecy is being fulfilled. As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe that church and state has been prophesied as coming together to initiate a climate of persecution for God's remnant people.

The stage is now set for Catholicism to take firm control of the US government (supreme court judges- 6 Catholics, 3 Judaism, notable members of the Trump administration are Catholics, Steven Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer (Press Secretary, Whie House Communication Director), Andrew Bremberg  (Director White  House Domestic Policy Council), Andrew Puzder (President’s Labour Secretary),  Gen John Kelly (Head of Homeland Security- Department of Homeland Security will play a major role in enforcing  the conservative agenda of this government). In addition evangelical Christian community given a key policy making role, a level of power and influence on American life that they have never enjoyed before (consequence of 81 percent of evangelical vote).

 Ellen White in her visions saw more than the resurgence of papal adoration worldwide. She also saw what no person even a few years ago would have dreamed the astonishing partnership between Catholics and Protestants, even evangelical Protestants- written in 1885, GC, p 445, 448, 449). The Bible predicts that there is a time of trouble that is a soon to break upon this world, and the main object will be directed at God’s commandment keeping people. This time of trouble was prophesied to happen by Daniel (Dan 12:1). When judgment has been decided for the saved and lost, the four angels who are holding the four winds will be told to loosen them and then the world will be plunged into a great unparalleled ruin such as never been seen before.

But today, God’s spirit is still striving with mankind, to save as many people as the Lord can, and the full power of Satan is being kept in check. But once God’s spirit is removed from the earth the powers of darkness will unleash its complete fury upon mankind. The stage is set, Pope Francis, the Jesuit, at the behest of his master, the devil, is silently pulling the strings in Washington, D.C. The Jesuit order has one goal and one goal only, that is to bind all religion into one.

Pope Francis the Jesuit who at the behest of his master the devil is silently pulling the strings in Washington, D.C. The Jesuit order has one goal and one goal only, and that is to bind all religions under Catholic domination. The beast is using the brilliant strategy of combining traditional Catholicism with conservative Evangelicalism to enforce Sunday worship. The facts are all there. It’s simply a matter for you to see them. In these final moments of earth’s history you will prepare for the final onslaught by placing Christ firmly inside your heart. There is no time at all to get ready as the hands of the clock is about to strike midnight. We see enemies lurking in the shadow, the strings of government that Bible has prophesied will persecute God’s people. But we have faith in Lord Jesus Christ and we ask the Lord to intervene and deliver your people from certain death. And thanking for your promises of your word.

Today, God's Spirit is still striving with mankind, to save as many people as the Lord can, and the full power of Satan is being kept in check. But once God's Spirit is removed from the earth, the powers of darkness will unleash its complete fury upon mankind. (http://AdventMessage.com - Sunday Law News Report The Beast Roars.)    … Pt 2 to be continued and added progressively   Posted on May 15, 2017

 

2.3 Urgency of Spiritual Revival

(Mark A. Finley, “Revival Us Again” –Chap 3, The Urgency of Renewal . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC9Xd0-bdCI -- Revive us Again by Mark Finley, Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011.)

Preparation for the second coming of Christ is one of those absolutely vital things that cannot be delayed. The second coming may seem to be delayed, but our preparation for His return should never be delayed.

Jesus discusses the signs of His return in Matthew  chapter and then in the next chapter focuses on what is going on in the church before His return with three parables about what it means to” watch and be ready “for His coming. They concern the spiritual condition of His people  which Ellen White says that the tens virgins parable  “has been fulfilled and will be fulfilled  to the very letter” {RH, Aug 19, 1890}

Living on the knife edge of eternity, on the verge of the Kingdom of God,  the woman, representing the entire church is pictured as spiritually drowsy, asleep to the great opportunities to prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom ( Jesus). The secular , materialistic , godless culture  around us has lulls us into spiritual stupor .

2.3.1The Mission of God’s Church

God’s people are a people with a message, a people with a mission, a people raised up to powerfully share the light of his Word with a world in darkness.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, filled with the oil of His grace, God’s people will illuminate the world with His Glory. They will impact the world the world with His truth. The Gospel will be preached to the ends of the earth .( It is been prophesied in Isa 60 :1-4) The mission will be accomplished. The task will be completed. The work will be finished. The way will be prepared for the Bridegroom’s return. The path will be lighted with the torch of truth.

This is our destiny. This is our calling. This is the reason for our existence as God’s people. There is no other reason for the existence of the Seventh-day Adventist  (SDA)Church ( Rev 10:1-11)

2.3.2 Foolish Virgin’s Prophesied Eternal Lament

But the five foolish virgins fail to participate in this closing work of God on earth. And miss out on this only magnificent opportunity of eternity. They are all members of the true church. They are all waiting for the coming of the Bridegroom. They all anticipate our Lord’s return. They all accept and believe the truths of Scripture. They are all doctrinally orthodox. THEY ALL LIVE MORALLY UPRIGHT LIVES. They all enjoy the fellowship of the church and the companionship if the wise virgins.

Unfortunately, the foolish virgins lacked the all-essential oil, the Holy Spirit.( Oil symbolized total complete consecration, heating and illumination or witnessing) They depended on oil they had acquired in the past – They were born again but they made a spiritually devastating, fatal mistake, they did not grow daily in Christ. They had some oil but not enough and they thought the limited supply of oil they had was sufficient, the lukewarm mentality which Jesus rebuked about the spiritual condition of the Laodicean church (Rev 3:17)

But when the cry came , “ Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him!” they cried out. “Our lamps are going out” (mat 25:6)  Their supply of oil was not sufficient for the unanticipated delay, their superficial experience with God in forgetting about the indwelling of  the Holy Spirit will not get them through the great crisis that is coming prior to Jesus return.  “We need an experience much higher, deeper, broader than many have yet thought of having.” {GW 274.3}  (We need constantly a fresh revelation of Christ, a daily experience that harmonizes with His teachings. High and holy attainments are within our reach. Continual progress in knowledge and virtue is God's purpose for us. His law is the echo of His own voice, giving to all the invitation, "Come up higher; be holy, holier still." Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character.  {GW 274.2}

2.3.2.1 Neglect of Daily Spiritual Nourishment

The foolish virgins were part of the superficial, conservative class. They trusted in their experience as if they had all that was needed for their spiritual lives. The height of Christian folly is neglecting personal soul culture and believing everything is all right. The foolish virgins neglected to nourish their souls.

Ellen White puts it this way: “The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working. They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class is represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man's heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their service to God degenerates into a form. (The truth had not transformed their lives. They still operate in their old nature. They have the theory without the reality)

"They come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness." Ezekiel 33:31.

The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic of those who live just before Christ's second coming. He says, "In the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves; . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." 2 Timothy 3:1-5.  {COL 411.1} (The foolish virgins were informed but not transformed. They were instructed in the word but not changed by the word. They were convicted of the truth but not changed  through the truth. Doctrinal correctness does not save. Here is the essential question to ask ourselves: Has the truth that we believe I, and the Christ we proclaim to others radically transformed our own lives?

2.3.3 The Meaning Of Genuine Conversion

God’s last- day messenger explained what the foolish virgins lacked. “In the parable of the ten virgins, five of them are described as wise, and five as foolish. The foolish virgins took no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They did not obtain the grace of Christ. They were just like the wise virgins as far as theory and appearances were concerned. They had their lamps, but they had no oil. They made a profession, but they did not know what genuine conversion meant; …(and when the bridegroom came, they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. "When once the master of the house is risen up," saith Christ, "and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are; then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." ) {ST, February 17, 1890 par. 4}

Ellen White continues by describing the difference between mere belief and biblical faith:

“Genuine faith works by love, and purifies the soul. There is a faith that has power to cleanse the life from sin. The devils believe that Christ came into this world as man's Redeemer, that he wrought mighty miracles, that he was one with the Father, that he died a shameful death to save fallen man. The devils believe that he rose from the dead, that he ascended into the heavens, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. The devils believe that he is coming again, and that shortly, with power and great glory, taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel. They believe all that is recorded in the Old and New Testaments. But will this faith save the demons of darkness? They have not the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. That faith, and that alone, which cleanses the soul-temple, is the genuine faith… Everything that defileth must be put away, all filthiness of the flesh and spirit must be removed from us, if we would enter in through the gates into the city. Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."   {ST, February 17, 1890 par. 6} 

2.3.4 The Sanctifying Work of the Holy Spirit

The oil represents the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit that transforms the character and enables us to be the lights of the world to prepare the way for the coming of the Bridegroom.

The foolish virgins neglected their ongoing sanctification process. They hoped to make up for their lack by their association with the wise virgins ( observing fellowship gathering on Sabbath worship service). They hoped to get from them what they have lacked for themselves.  Vy asking the wise , “ Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” (Mat 25:8)

Here is the incredible good news. There is an abundant supply of heavens’ oil from each one of us. There is no shortage of the Holy Spirit to gives us the victories we long for in our personal loves and the powerful witness we long to be to the world. But no one can be spiritual for us. Nobody else’s prayers can substitute for our own. No one can study the word of God to receive His blessing for us. No one can have any intimate relationship with God for us. Someone else’s prayer and Bible study will not transform our characters.

2.3.5 The Inevitable Slumber while Waiting

In the Bridegroom’s absence, we have a tendency as Jesus foretold “ While the bridegroom was delayed , they all slumbered and slept” (Mat 25:5)  It is easy to become complacent over time  and the longer the delay, the greater the danger  of doubting why Jesus hasn’t come. This fundamental question must be answered.

2.3.5.1 Three Reasons for the Delayed Second Coming

Reason 1 –Christs waits in Love

He is suffering over the pain, agonysorrow, poverty, sickness and death of our world, waiting for the gospel to be preached with all power so all humanity will have an opportunity to be saved. (Mat 24:14) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2Pet 3:9) 

Ellen White points out the church’s role. “By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:12, margin. Had the church of Christ done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole world would before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come to our earth in power and great glory.”  {DA 633.3}

“He has put it in our power, through co-operation with Him, to bring this scene of misery to an end.” {Ed 263.2} 

Reason 2 –Church Character of Love Transformation

Christ is waiting for His church to reveal His incredible of love to a waiting world and watching universe.  The cross is the answer to the great controversy. Jesus’ death on the cross answers Satan’s charges. Our Lord now longs for a community of grace. His body, His church, reveals that His way brings life’s greatest happiness One of the basic New Testament principles relating to the second coming is the principle of ripening harvest.

Jesus shares this harvest principle in Mark 4:28,29: “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” The principle of ripening harvest suggests that Jesus will come when the seeds of the righteousness are fully developed in the lives of the church and the seeds of the wicked are fully developed in the lives of those who reject His grace.

Ellen White affirms the harvest principle in this classic statement: “Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.”  {COL 69.1}

A waiting and watching universe must see, once and for all, that the work on the Cross is finished in the lives of God’s people. God longs to develop a group of people at the end time who are passionate about knowing Him, absolutely convinced that His way is best, and consumed with sharing His love with others. They have been justified by His grace, sanctified through His grace, and are ready to be glorified because of His grace. Jesus is their Saviour, their resurrected Lord, their living High Priest, and their long-awaited King.

Reason 3 – Full Manifestation of Wickedness Revealed.

Christ waits for the full manifestation of wickedness to be revealed in this world. Christ waits not only for a complete demonstration of His Love to be revealed through His people but also for the seeds of rebellion to be matured in the hearts of those who reject His love. He must let wickedness, evil and sin runs its full course so the whole universe will see the ultimate results of Satan’s rebellion and will be secure in His love forever.

2.3.6 The Two Harvests

The book of Revelation describes two harvests. 1) The harvest of golden grain is a community of believers who reveal His grace and love through their obedience. 2) The harvest of grapes reveals the full display of rebellion, wickedness and sin in our world. The two harvests reveal that God’s way of redeeming love brings life and that Satan’s way of selfishness brings death. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”- Mat 24:37   

Ellen White explains how wickedness must mature:” God keeps a reckoning with the nations. . . . When the time fully comes that iniquity shall have reached the stated boundary of God's mercy, His forbearance will cease. When the accumulated figures in heaven's record books shall mark the sum of transgression complete, wrath will come.”--5T 524 (1889).  {LDE 40.2}

“There is a limit beyond which the judgments of Jehovah can no longer be delayed.” {PK 416.2}

The church can hasten the coming of Jesus but it cannot delay it indefinitely. There will be a convergence of praying, converted, transformed people revealing His glory, filled with His spirit, proclaiming the message of His love and truth in a world  of ever-increasing wickedness God will soon one day declare before the universe, “It is finished; it is done. My people have revealed my character of love to a sin-polluted world Every honest person on the planet has had a reasonable opportunity to respond to My grace and accept My truth, and Satan has demonstrated the depths of his selfishness.”

2.3.7 Our Greatest Danger

The greatest that the foolish virgins faced were the danger of putting off a decision of enormous consequence. Spiritual complacency paralysed them. They were blinded by self- congratulation. They were bathed in self-confidence. They were satisfied with what they had.

The foolish virgins never dreamed they were unprepared for the coming of the bridegroom. They failed to understand their lack. They were waiting for the coming of the bridegroom when they should be preparing for the coming of the bridegroom .

The fictitious story is told of a strategy session of Satan held with his evil angels which is all too accurate and a valuable lesson.  They were discussing how to keep human beings from entering heaven.

One angel said, “I will tell them there is no God.” Satan responded, “That will never work. The evidence from nature, the Bible, prophecy, and changed lives is too great. You must think of another one.”

To another suggestion, “ I will tell them there is no truth”  that Satan rejected saying, “ You may deceive some that way, but thinking people recognize that just as there is scientific truth, there must be religious truth or moral truth. Think of something else.”

A third angel came up with a brilliant idea. “I will tell they that there is no hurry. They have all the time in the world to prepare for the return of their Lord.”

Satan agreed. “Tell them there is plenty of time. Tell they there is no need for urgency. Tell them to put off personal preparation. Tell them to wait until a more convenient time to deal with their inner attitudes. Tell they there is no need to be in a hurry at all about a personal relationship with God.”

2.3.7.1 Self-Examine Your Spiritual Condition

Is God calling you to do something you have been putting off?  Are you growing in Christ daily? Is the oil in your lamp running low? Are you dependent on an experience with God that you used to have? Are attitudes of jealousy, pride, or animosity towards others lurking deeply in your own heart? Do you become easily irritated with others and hold grudges? Do you overstate your accomplishments and exaggerate your successes to make yourself appear superior to others?  God is calling people who love Him supremely and who share Him passionately.

2.3.7.1.1 Your only Last Recourse

The only way to be ready for the second coming of Christ Is to get ready  today and stay ready tomorrow. It is not waiting for His soon return without getting ready and not be caught by surprise like the foolish virgins.

If that is your desire, will you open your heart to Jesus right now? If possible, fall on your knees and ask Him to forgive your ignorance and complacency. Plead with Him for a revival of true godliness in your own soul. Seek Him right now; not to be put off for tomorrow. … to be continued. Posted on May 18, 2017

 

2.4 Spirit Led Temptations in Wilderness  (Temptations  Overcome  lead to Righteous Persecution and the Cross)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWxW-oPiUE -Lessons Learned in the Temptation of Jesus – Dr. Charles Stanley, Published on Feb 3, 2015

We are reverting to the study of Jesus temptations in the Wilderness because the true spiritual knowledge must be indelibly retained in the heart of the genuine born again Christian. If you only have a superficial understanding as a professed Christian  ( foolish virgin attitude), the discussion of this topic is paramount for your spiritual revival.

We live in a corrupt world where temptation is a part of life. In this sermon, Dr. Stanley discusses that though everyone deals with temptation differently Jesus showed us—through His own trial on Earth—what the best defense is. Watch his video in pointing out the only solution to deal with temptation is Jesus Christ, the only one who conquered it every single time.  You will understand what temptation is like, its goal, who is behind it, in order that we can live not without temptation but without continuous falling, and gain victory in overcoming and not facing the same sin over and over again. Having temptation is not a sin. We may live with a temptation but not falling, not succumbing and be defeated by it. It is a vital issue affecting your eternal destiny as God has graciously provided for everyone.  He has provided the possibility of building a defense in your life to protect you if you so choose to believe in Him.

Adam and Eve had to deal with it and every generation had to deal with it because we have a fallen nature inherited from them. We live in a fallen world and temptation is something we have to deal with probably most every day, not necessarily every day, not with the same temptation all the time. However most people never bother about how to deal with it for there is no way to deal with it specifically as far as they know. If that is true, we are subject to satanic power,  the power of the devil to hit us anywhere any time; and down we go.

 But that is not the will of God, the purpose or plan of God. Can we live without temptation? No, but we don’t have to yield to it unless we choose to. If you never trusted Jesus as your personal Saviour you are on your own. You have no real defense because you are dealing with someone who is a supernatural being and has got the answers  and know exactly when to hit you to bring you down. If you are not a believer in God, you have  no chance  and no choice.

The best way to deal with temptation is to follow the example of one who conquered it every single time. Jesus is sent on a mission by God, the Father, to reveal about the truth of God’s character and the law of His government and to defeat the tempter. It is His mission to please the Father, not His will to live falling into the devil’s temptation. He has, a plan when attacked what to do next (Tempter always chooses to come at our weakest moment). The New Testament gives the account of Jesus facing temptations in the wilderness by Satan in Matt 4:1-11 to teach us the primary reason why we need to be born again and to stay grounded in this truth as we are engaged in the great controversy  between Satan and Jesus in order to protect ourselves from falling to the incessant fierce temptations of Satan.  Baptism is the confirmation of being born again and we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is a replication of Jesus baptism by John at the Jordan River. “Immediately Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted, He was led by the Spirit of God. He did not invite temptation.” (The 40 days is retracing the 40 years Exodus led by Moses out of the  bondage to slavery in Egypt in which only two faithful survived to enter into  Canaan, the promise land.  The purpose is to be an example for us not to fall like the Israelites then but to have victory to overcome temptation by the principles and the method He used.) “He went to the wilderness to be alone, to contemplate His mission and work. By fasting and prayer He was to brace Himself for the bloodstained path He must travel. But Satan knew that the Saviour had gone into the wilderness, and he thought this the best time to approach Him.  {DA 114.2}.. “ Mighty issues for the world were at stake in the conflict between the Prince of light and the leader of the kingdom of darkness. After tempting man to sin, Satan claimed the earth as his, and styled himself the prince of this world. Having conformed to his own nature the father and mother of our race, he thought to establish here his empire. He declared that men had chosen him as their sovereign. Through his control of men, he held dominion over the world. Christ had come to disprove Satan's claim. As the Son of man, Christ would stand loyal to God. Thus it would be shown that Satan had not gained complete control of the human race, and that his claim to the world was false. All who desired deliverance from his power would be set free. The dominion that Adam had lost through sin would be recovered.”  {DA 114.3}  Having this knowledge for the new born again is laying the foundation for his walk in the Spirit  that he may die to self daily and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit  to guide him to walk, humbly, justly  and be merciful  day by day in growing in the likeness of Christ. (Mic 6:8) If we forget this fundamental truth we will need to be reminded to pray earnestly for spiritual revival in order to resume our walk in the Spirit.

2.4.1 Definition of Temptation - Easton's Bible Dictionary

Trial; a being put to the test. Thus God "tempted [ Genesis 22: : 1; RSV, 'did prove'] Abraham;" and afflictions are said to tempt, i.e., to try, men ( James 1:2 James 1:12 ; Compare Deuteronomy 8:2 ), putting their faith and patience to the test.

 Ordinarily, however, the word means solicitation to that which is evil, and hence Satan is called "the tempter" ( Matthew 4:3 ). Our Lord was in this way tempted in the wilderness. That temptation was not internal, but by a real, active, subtle being. It was not self-sought. It was submitted to as an act of obedience on his part.

The scene of the temptation of our Lord is generally supposed to have been the mountain of Quarantania (q.v.), "a high and precipitous wall of rock, 1,200 or 1,500 feet above the plain west of Jordan, near Jericho."

Temptation is common to all ( Daniel 12:10 ; Zechariah 13:9 ; Psalms 66:10 ; Luke 22:31 Luke 22:40 ; Hebrews 11:17 ; James 1:12 ; 1 Peter 1:7 ; 4:12 ). We read of the temptation of Joseph ( Genesis 39 ), of David ( 2 Samuel 24 ; 1 Chronicles 21 ), of Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 32:31 ), of Daniel ( Daniel 6 ), etc. So long as we are in this world we are exposed to temptations, and need ever to be on our watch against them.)

Temptation is an enticement to get a person to act contrary to God’s will. ( other than God’s plan and to do it our way, in other words to disobey God.  Obedience is absolutely essential to walking with the Lord. Disobedience gets us in trouble because we are enticed by something , said  or done.- saying something , looking  like someone, thinking like some famous movie star,  and in many other forms.

 The tempter is an intelligent being that is completely evil and is directly involved in perpetrating evil in the lives of individuals as well as the whole world.  Who is the tempter? The Bible calls him Satan, devil, slanderer, accuser, father of lies. Ask Adam and Eve on the consequence of succumbing to the bewitching enticement of the serpent ( Satan) that brought about the fallen nature of mankind after them.

If you don’t believe, you had it. Because the truth is he has already successfully tempted you in the state of unbelief and exactly where he wants you.  If you do not believe that Satan exists and say that the devil is a figment of your imagination, then you are saying that God is a liar and the Bible is not true. Then how do you explain all the evil things happening in the world? Bible is clear where it starts, who is behind it all and best of all the way on how we are to respond to it. He lied and you accepted it you will live under the penalty of believing Satan’s lie that he does not even exist.  This isspiritual suicide. What is motivating you to sin? Do you know who are you? If you are living in sin and disobeying God deliberately or willfully then you are unknowingly fulfilling exactly where Satan wants you. It is in not believing in him but following his plan to wreck andruin your life.

He is a fallen angel who shows up in the Garden of Eden and is working ever since. He will do anything to destroy us, up to a point where God has put a level (Job 2:6; 1Cor 10:13). Satan cannot make us do it, he may have challenged us but ultimately we have a will of our own.

It is extremely foolish to deny Satan’s existence. You deny an awesome indescribable immeasurable powerful source of evil in the world whose very object is your destruction in order he might live in sin.  You need to ask what is the truth?  The answer is you either believe in Jesus or you don’t because in the Testimony of Jesus  the devil is a powerful evil being who tempted even Jesus, the eternal Son of God and our Saviour in order to stay his execution and remain the prince of this world.

2.4.1.1 Jesus Remedy for Satan’s Temptation

(The amplification of Matthew 4:1-11 from Ellen Whites’ writings give the spiritual insight into the principles in overcoming the temptations of Satan which had succeeded in causing the fallen nature of humankind through Adam and Eve into disbelieving God’s word and gave over the dominion of earth to Satan. There will be two main references to her writings (by way of excerpts): Early Writings (1882) and The Desire of Ages (1898)

2.4.1.1.1 Early Writings (1882)- Spiritual Gifts , Vol 1, The First Advent of Christ

John came in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the first advent of Jesus. I (Ellen White in vision) was pointed down to the last days and saw that John represented those who should go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to herald the day of wrath and the second advent of Jesus.  {EW 155.1} 

 After the baptism of Jesus in Jordan, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. The Holy Spirit had prepared Him for that special scene of fierce temptations. Forty days He was tempted of Satan, and in those days He ate nothing. Everything around Him was unpleasant, from which human nature would be led to shrink. He was with the wild beasts and the devil, in a desolate, lonely place. The Son of God was pale and emaciated, through fasting and suffering. But His course was marked out, and He must fulfill the work which He came to do.  {EW 155.2}

2.4.1.1.1.1 Temptation on Appetite (Lust of the Flesh)

Satan took advantage of the sufferings of the Son of God and prepared to beset Him with manifold temptations, hoping to obtain the victory over Him, because He had humbled Himself as a man. Satan came with this temptation: "If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." He tempted Jesus to condescend to give him proof of His being the Messiah, by exercising His divine power. Jesus mildly answered him, "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."  {EW 155.3} 

Satan was seeking a dispute with Jesus concerning His being the Son of God. He referred to His weak, suffering condition and boastingly affirmed that he was stronger than Jesus. But the word spoken from heaven, "Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased," was sufficient to sustain Jesus through all His sufferings. I saw that Christ had nothing to do in convincing Satan of His power or of His being the Saviour of the world. Satan had sufficient evidence of the exalted station and authority of the Son of God. His unwillingness to yield to Christ's authority had shut him out of heaven.  {EW 155.4} 

Shows up when Jesus physical , mental and vulnerable to Satan. More prone. He was going to be test  for our example.  First Temptation on appetite  use power, misuse it , satify hunger, every word of God, not an idea , a plan to go to Fathet word of God  1 Cor 10:13 Promise of God  bear depending and trust on him. No believer no defense against the devil win every time who know all the strategy deception, camouflage we cannot see. Cant beat him at his game of temptation. Jesus plan go to word of God. Don’t contend and engage him find verses of protection shield . We are fallen , Savioyur came to live within us through the Holy Spirit ignites our faith , charge of confidence and assurance to protect find one that best suit  eg anger, immoral no argument with devil, will lose because he smart practice long enough, know our weakness. Build a fdn of strong truth

2.4.1.1.1.2 Temptation of Display (Presumption- Lust of the Eye, love of display)

Satan, to manifest his power, carried Jesus to Jerusalem, and set Him upon a pinnacle of the temple, and there tempted Him to give evidence that He was the Son of God, by casting Himself down from that dizzy height. Satan came with the words of inspiration: "For it is written, ‘He shall give His angels charge over Thee,  to keep Thee (in all thy ways): and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone."-(Ps 91:11-12)( Satan deliberately omitted  part of the verse in parenthesis.)  Jesus answering said unto him, "It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Satan wished to cause Jesus to presume upon the mercy of His Father and risk His life before the fulfillment of His mission. He had hoped that the plan of salvation would fail; but the plan was laid too deep to be overthrown or marred by Satan.  {EW 156.1}

In this second temptation, Satan craftily quotes scripture to defend his deed, but deliberately omits the condition for God to  give victory.  He wants to gain your confidence and engage you in dialogue so as to get a foot hold into your life.

Dr Stanley in his sermon aptly illustrated the tactic of this second temptation in getting recognition by  publicizing the superhuman display of power  and then  in front of a big crowd throw yourself down. They will be so excited and when you claim “I am the son of god” they will readily believe.

Christ is the example for all Christians. When they are tempted, or their rights are disputed, they should bear it patiently. They should not feel that they have a right to call upon the Lord to display His power that they may obtain a victory over their enemies, unless God can be directly honored and glorified thereby. If Jesus had cast Himself from the pinnacle of the temple, it would not have glorified His Father; for none would have witnessed the act but Satan and the angels of God. And it would have been tempting the Lord to display His power to His bitterest foe. It would have been condescending to the one whom Jesus came to conquer.  {EW 156.2} This is presumption that God will save you even if you keep on sinning in disobedience to His will. (See Par 2.4.1.1.1.4 for additional explanation)

2.4.1.1.1.3 Temptation of Power (Love of the World, Pride of Life-Exaltation, worship)

"And the devil, taking Him up into a high mountain, showed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."  {EW 157.1}

In secular language, Satan final attempt is to offer Jesus the whole world just by bowing to him in worship and circumvent Jesus mission of having to suffer and die on the cross for mankind.  By the way the issue of worship will be the final contention in the great controversy that will culminate with the vindication that Satan’s charges are unfounded and The Law of God vindicated.

Satan presented before Jesus the kingdoms of the world in the most attractive light. If Jesus would there worship him, he offered to relinquish his claims to the possessions of earth. If the plan of salvation should be carried out, and Jesus should die to redeem man, Satan knew that his own power must be limited and finally taken away, and that he would be destroyed. Therefore it was his studied plan to prevent, if possible, the completion of the great work which had been commenced by the Son of God. If the plan of man's redemption should fail, Satan would retain the kingdom which he then claimed. And if he should succeed, he flattered himself that he would reign in opposition to the God of heaven.  {EW 157.2} 

Satan exulted when Jesus laid aside His power and glory and left heaven. He thought that the Son of God was then placed in his power. The temptation took so easily with the holy pair in Eden that he hoped by his satanic power and cunning to overthrow even the Son of God, and thereby save his own life and kingdom. If he could tempt Jesus to depart from the will of His Father, his object would be gained. But Jesus met the tempter with the rebuke, "Get thee behind Me, Satan." He was to bow only to His Father.

Satan claimed the kingdom of earth as his and insinuated to Jesus that all His sufferings might be saved: that He need not die to obtain the kingdoms of this world; if He would worship him He might have all the possessions of earth and the glory of reigning over them. But Jesus was steadfast. He knew that the time was to come when He would by His own life redeem the kingdom from Satan, and that, after a season, all in heaven and earth would submit to Him. He chose His life of suffering and His dreadful death, as the way appointed by His Father that He might  become a lawful heir to the kingdoms of earth and have them given into His hands as an everlasting possession. Satan also will be given into His hands to be destroyed by death, nevermore to annoy Jesus or the saints in glory. {EW 157.3}

2.4.1.1.1.4 The Law Cannot Pardon

Paul learned that there was no power in the law to pardon the transgressor of law. "By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified" (Romans 3:20). "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:3, 4).  {1SM 347.2} 

The Lord saw our fallen condition; He saw our need of grace, and because He loved our souls, He has given us grace and peace. Grace means favor to one who is undeserving, to one who is lost. The fact that we are sinners, instead of shutting us away from the mercy and love of God, makes the exercise of His love to us a positive necessity in order that we may be saved. Christ says, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain" (John 15:16).  {1SM 347.3} 

When Adam fell, provision was made for his restoration. In due time Jesus, the Prince of life, came to our world to enter into controversy with the powers of darkness. In this world Satan had an opportunity to exhibit the result of the working out of his principles of freedom from all law, and Christ, by His unswerving obedience to His Father's commandments, made manifest the result of practicing the principles of righteousness. In accordance with his principles of evil, Satan harassed the Son of God with fierce temptations, and finally brought Him to the judgment hall, that He might be condemned to death without cause. The confederacy of evil moved upon the hearts of men to work out the principles of evil. Christ and Barabbas were presented before the multitude. Barabbas was a notable robber and murderer; Christ was the Son of God. Pilate looked upon the two, and thought there would be no hesitation in the choice of Jesus. The marks of nobility, intelligence, and purity were plainly revealed in His countenance, in marked contrast to the coarse features of Barabbas. He asked, "Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? (Matthew 27:21). And the hoarse cry of the infuriated mob was heard, calling, "Barabbas." "Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified" (Matthew 27:22, 23).  {1SM 347.4}

2.4.1.1.1.4.1 Satan Defeated by Christ's Death

In this choice of crucifying Jesus  rather than Barabbas,  the principles of Satan were made manifest; and the hosts of heaven, and all the worlds that God had created, judged that Satan was an accuser of the brethren, a liar, and a murderer. In heaven and among the unfallen worlds the question of Satan's deceiving power, of his malignant principles, was settled, and the perfect purity and holiness of Christ, who was bearing the test and trial in behalf of fallen man, was forever proved. Through the development of Satan's character and principles, he was forever uprooted from the affection of the unfallen worlds, and the controversy concerning his claims and the claims of Christ was forever settled in heaven. The righteousness manifested in the character of Christ was forever to be the anchor, the saving hope, of the world. Every soul who chooses Christ can say with faith, "The Lord my righteousness."  {1SM 348.1} 

Christ was "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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:3-5).  {1SM 349.1} 

The grace of Christ and the law of God are inseparable. In Jesus mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other. In His life and character He not only reveals the character of God, but the possibility of man. He was the representative of God and the exemplar of humanity. He presented to the world what humanity might become when united by faith with divinity. The only-begotten Son of God took upon Him the nature of man, and established His cross between earth and heaven. Through the cross, man was drawn to God, and God to man. Justice moved from its high and awful position, and the heavenly hosts, the armies of holiness, drew near to the cross, bowing with reverence; for at the cross justice was satisfied. Through the cross the sinner was drawn from the stronghold of sin, from the confederacy of evil, and at every approach to the cross his heart relents and in penitence he cries, "It was my sins that crucified the Son of God." At the cross he leaves his sins, and through the grace of Christ his character is transformed. The Redeemer raises the sinner from the dust, and places him under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the sinner looks upon the Redeemer, he finds hope, assurance, and joy. Faith takes hold of Christ in love. Faith works by love, and purifies the soul.  {1SM 349.2}

2.4.1.1.2 The Desire of Ages (1898), chapter 12- “The Temptation” and chapter 13- “The Victory”

This is a brief overview  by way of excerpts ) of the principles and background  involved in the great controversy that has been shifted to Earth as the theatre to the Universe to manifest the outworking of Satan’s  rebellion that will inevitably convict him as the true character of the love of God for all his created beings is vindicated.

2.4.1.1.2.1 Satan’s Primary Warfare Objective –Stopping the Plan of Redemption

Not without hindrance was the Commander of heaven to win the souls of men to His kingdom. From the time when He was a babe in Bethlehem, He was continually assailed by the evil one. The image of God was manifest in Christ, and in the councils of Satan it was determined that He should be overcome. No human being had come into the world and escaped the power of the deceiver. The forces of the confederacy of evil were set upon His track to engage in warfare against Him, and if possible to prevail over Him.  {DA 116.1} 

 At the Saviour's baptism, Satan was among the witnesses. He saw the Father's glory overshadowing His Son. He heard the voice of Jehovah testifying to the divinity of Jesus. Ever since Adam's sin, the human race had been cut off from direct communion with God; the intercourse between heaven and earth had been through Christ; but now that Jesus had come "in the likeness of sinful flesh" (Romans 8:3), the Father Himself spoke. He had before communicated with humanity through Christ; now He communicated with humanity in Christ. Satan had hoped that God's abhorrence of evil would bring an eternal separation between heaven and earth. But now it was manifest that the connection between God and man had been restored.  {DA 116.2} 

Satan saw that he must either conquer or be conquered. The issues of the conflict involved too much to be entrusted to his confederate angels. He must personally conduct the warfare. All the energies of apostasy were rallied against the Son of God. Christ was made the mark of every weapon of hell.  {DA 116.3}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1 Our Engagement in The Warfare (through the three temptations)    

Many look on this conflict between Christ and Satan as having no special bearing on their own life; and for them it has little interest. But within the domain of every human heart this controversy is repeated. Never does one leave the ranks of evil for the service of God without encountering the assaults of Satan. The enticements which Christ resisted were those that we find it so difficult to withstand. They were urged upon Him in as much greater degree as His character is superior to ours. With the terrible weight of the sins of the world upon Him, Christ withstood the test upon appetite, upon the love of the world, and upon that love of display which leads to presumption. These were the temptations that overcame Adam and Eve, and that so readily overcome us.  {DA 116.4}

Many claim that it was impossible for Christ to be overcome by temptation. Then He could not have been placed in Adam's position; He could not have gained the victory that Adam failed to gain. If we have in any sense a more trying conflict than had Christ, then He would not be able to succor us. But our Saviour took humanity, with all its liabilities. He took the nature of man, with the possibility of yielding to temptation. We have nothing to bear which He has not endured.  {DA 117.2}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1 The First Great Temptation -Appetite  

With Christ, as with the holy pair in Eden, appetite was the ground of the first great temptation. Just where the ruin began, the work of our redemption must begin. As by the indulgence of appetite Adam fell, so by the denial of appetite Christ must overcome.. From the time of Adam to that of Christ, self-indulgence had increased the power of the appetites and passions, until they had almost unlimited control. Thus men had become debased and diseased, and of themselves it was impossible for them to overcome. In man's behalf, Christ conquered by enduring the severest test. For our sake He exercised a self-control stronger than hunger or death. And in this first victory were involved other issues that enter into all our conflicts with the powers of darkness.  {DA 117.4} 

Though he (Satan) appears as an angel of light, these first words betray his character. "If Thou be the Son of God." Here is the insinuation of distrust. Should Jesus do what Satan suggests, it would be an acceptance of the doubt. The tempter plans to overthrow Christ by the same means that were so successful with the human race in the beginning. How artfully had Satan approached Eve in Eden! "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Genesis 3:1. Thus far the tempter's words were truth; but in his manner of speaking them there was a disguised contempt for the words of God. There was a covert negative, a doubt of the divine truthfulness. Satan sought to instill into the mind of Eve the thought that God would not do as He had said; that the withholding of such beautiful fruit was a contradiction of His love and compassion for man. So now the tempter seeks to inspire Christ with his own sentiments. "If Thou be the Son of God." The words rankle with bitterness in his mind. In the tones of his voice is an expression of utter incredulity. Would God treat His own Son thus? Would He leave Him in the desert with wild beasts, without food, without companions, without comfort? He insinuates that God never meant His Son to be in such a state as this. "If Thou be the Son of God," show Thy power by relieving Thyself of this pressing hunger. Command that this stone be made bread.  {DA 118.3}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.1 Remedy in the Words of Scripture

But the Son of God was not to prove His divinity to Satan, or to explain the reason of His humiliation. By conceding to the demands of the rebel, nothing for the good of man or the glory of God would be gained. Had Christ complied with the suggestion of the enemy, Satan would still have said, Show me a sign that I may believe you to be the Son of God. Evidence would have been worthless to break the power of rebellion in his heart. And Christ was not to exercise divine power for His own benefit. He had come to bear trial as we must do, leaving us an example of faith and submission. Neither here nor at any subsequent time in His earthly life did He work a miracle in His own behalf. His wonderful works were all for the good of others. Though Jesus recognized Satan from the beginning, He was not provoked to enter into controversy with him. Strengthened with the memory of the voice from heaven, He rested in His Father's love. He would not parley with temptation.  {DA 119.3} 

Jesus met Satan with the words of Scripture. "It is written," He said. In every temptation the weapon of His warfare was the word of God. Satan demanded of Christ a miracle as a sign of His divinity. But that which is greater than all miracles, a firm reliance upon a "Thus saith the Lord," was a sign that could not be controverted. So long as Christ held to this position, the tempter could gain no advantage.  {DA 120.1}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.2 Satan Attack at Our Weakest Moment

It was in the time of greatest weakness that Christ was assailed by the fiercest temptations. Thus Satan thought to prevail. By this policy he had gained the victory over men. When strength failed, and the will power weakened, and faith ceased to repose in God, then those who had stood long and valiantly for the right were overcome. Moses was wearied with the forty years' wandering of Israel, when for the moment his faith let go its hold upon infinite power. He failed just upon the borders of the Promised Land. So with Elijah, who had stood undaunted before King Ahab, who had faced the whole nation of Israel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal at their head.  After that terrible day upon Carmel, when the false prophets had been slain, and the people had declared their allegiance to God, Elijah fled for his life before the threats of the idolatrous Jezebel. Thus Satan has taken advantage of the weakness of humanity. And he will still work in the same way. Whenever one is encompassed with clouds, perplexed by circumstances, or afflicted by poverty or distress, Satan is at hand to tempt and annoy. He attacks our weak points of character. He seeks to shake our confidence in God, who suffers such a condition of things to exist. We are tempted to distrust God, to question His love. Often the tempter comes to us as he came to Christ, arraying before us our weakness and infirmities. He hopes to discourage the soul, and to break our hold on God. Then he is sure of his prey. If we would meet him as Jesus did, we should escape many a defeat. By parleying with the enemy, we give him an advantage.  {DA 120.2}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.3 Lessons for The Final Conflict

In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell. It will finally be decreed that they shall be put to death. See Revelation 13:11-17. But to the obedient is given the promise, "He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Isaiah 33:16. By this promise the children of God will live. When the earth shall be wasted with famine, they shall be fed. "They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." Psalm 37:19. To that time of distress the prophet Habakkuk looked forward, and his words express the faith of the church: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:17, 18.  {DA 121.3}

Of all the lessons to be learned from our Lord's first great temptation none is more important than that bearing upon the control of the appetites and passions. In all ages, temptations appealing to the physical nature have been most effectual in corrupting and degrading mankind. Through intemperance, Satan works to destroy the mental and moral powers that God gave to man as a priceless endowment. Thus it becomes impossible for men to appreciate things of eternal worth. Through sensual indulgence, Satan seeks to blot from the soul every trace of likeness to God.  {DA 122.1}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.3.1 The Only Remedy is Faith in Christ

The uncontrolled indulgence and consequent disease and degradation that existed at Christ's first advent will again exist, with intensity of evil, before His second coming. Christ declares that the condition of the world will be as in the days before the Flood, and as in Sodom and Gomorrah. Every imagination of the thoughts of the heart will be evil continually. Upon the very verge of that fearful time we are now living, and to us should come home the lesson of the Saviour's fast. Only by the inexpressible anguish which Christ endured can we estimate the evil of unrestrained indulgence. His example declares that our only hope of eternal life is through bringing the appetites and passions into subjection to the will of God.  {DA 122.2} 

In our own strength it is impossible for us to deny the clamors of our fallen nature. Through this channel Satan will bring temptation upon us. Christ knew that the enemy would come to every human being, to take advantage of hereditary weakness, and by his false insinuations to ensnare all whose trust is not in God. And by passing over the ground which man must travel, our Lord has prepared the way for us to overcome. It is not His will that we should be placed at a disadvantage in the conflict with Satan. He would not have us intimidated and discouraged by the assaults of the serpent. "Be of good cheer," He says; "I have overcome the world." John 16:33.  {DA 122.3} 

Let him who is struggling against the power of appetite look to the Saviour in the wilderness of temptation. See Him in His agony upon the cross, as He exclaimed, "I thirst." He has endured all that it is possible for us to bear. His victory is ours.  {DA 123.1} 

Jesus rested upon the wisdom and strength of His heavenly Father. He declares, "The Lord God will help Me; therefore shall I not be confounded: . . . and I know that I shall not be ashamed. . . . Behold, the Lord God will help Me." Pointing to His own example, He says to us, "Who is among you that feareth the Lord, . . . that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:7-10.  {DA 123.2}

"The prince of this world cometh," said Jesus, "and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ's humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.  {DA 123.3} 

And how this is accomplished, Christ has shown us. By what means did He overcome in the conflict with Satan? By the word of God. Only by the word could He resist temptation. "It is written," He said. And unto us are given "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." 2 Peter 1:4. Every promise in God's word is ours. "By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" are we to live. When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the word. All its strength is yours. "Thy word," says the psalmist, "have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." "By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer." Psalm 119:11; 17:4.  {DA 123.4}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.2 The Second Temptation of Presumption

In the second temptation, Satan now supposes that he has met Jesus on His own ground. The wily foe himself presents words that proceeded from the mouth of God. He still appears as an angel of light, and he makes it evident that he is acquainted with the Scriptures, and understands the import of what is written. As Jesus before used the word of God to sustain His faith, the tempter now uses it to countenance his deception. He claims that he has been only testing the fidelity of Jesus, and he now commends His steadfastness. As the Saviour has manifested trust in God, Satan urges Him to give still another evidence of His faith.  {DA 124.2} 

The tempter thought to take advantage of Christ's humanity, and urge Him to presumption. But while Satan can solicit, he cannot compel to sin. He said to Jesus, "Cast Thyself down," knowing that he could not cast Him down; for God would interpose to deliver Him. Nor could Satan force Jesus to cast Himself down. Unless Christ should consent to temptation, He could not be overcome. Not all the power of earth or hell could force Him in the slightest degree to depart from the will of His Father.  {DA 125.1}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.2.1 Faith is Remedy to Presumption

The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. The will must consent, faith must let go its hold upon Christ, before Satan can exercise his power upon us. But every sinful desire we cherish affords him a foothold. Every point in which we fail of meeting the divine standard is an open door by which he can enter to tempt and destroy us. And every failure or defeat on our part gives occasion for him to reproach Christ.  {DA 125.2} 

When Satan quoted the promise, "He shall give His angels charge over Thee," he omitted the words, "to keep Thee in all Thy ways;" that is, in all the ways of God's choosing. Jesus refused to go outside the path of obedience. While manifesting perfect trust in His Father, He would not place Himself, unbidden, in a position that would necessitate the interposition of His Father to save Him from death. He would not force Providence to come to His rescue, and thus fail of giving man an example of trust and submission.  {DA 125.3} 

Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression. Faith would have led our first parents to trust the love of God, and to obey His commands. Presumption led them to transgress His law, believing that His great love would save them from the consequence of their sin. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.  {DA 126.1} 

 Often when Satan has failed of exciting distrust, he succeeds in leading us to presumption. If he can cause us to place ourselves unnecessarily in the way of temptation, he knows that the victory is his. God will preserve all who walk in the path of obedience; but to depart from it is to venture on Satan's ground. There we are sure to fall. The Saviour has bidden us, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." Mark 14:38. Meditation and prayer would keep us from rushing unbidden into the way of danger, and thus we should be saved from many a defeat.  {DA 126.2}    

Jesus was victor in the second temptation, and now Satan manifests himself in his true character. But he does not appear as a hideous monster, with cloven feet and bat's wings. He is a mighty angel, though fallen. He avows himself the leader of rebellion and the god of this world.  {DA 129.1}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3 Offer of Power for Loyalty

The third and final temptation was Satan’s offer to Christ the kingdom and glory of the world. ( Note: Satan's dominion was that wrested from Adam, but Adam was the vicegerent of the Creator. His was not an independent rule. The earth is God's, and He has committed all things to His Son. Adam was to reign subject to Christ. When Adam betrayed his sovereignty into Satan's hands, Christ still remained the rightful King. Thus the Lord had said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will." Daniel 4:17. Satan can exercise his usurped authority only as God permits.  {DA 129.4})  Satan was proposing that Christ should yield up the real kingship of the world, and hold dominion subject to Satan. This was the same dominion upon which the hopes of the Jews were set. They desired the kingdom of this world. If Christ had consented to offer them such a kingdom, they would gladly have received Him. But the curse of sin, with all its woe, rested upon it. Christ declared to the tempter, "Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."  {DA 130.1}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3.1 Remedy for Securing our Heavenly Inheritance   

By the one who had revolted in heaven the kingdoms of this world were offered Christ, to buy His homage to the principles of evil; but He (Jesus) would not be bought; He had come to establish a kingdom of righteousness, and He would not abandon His purpose. With the same temptation Satan approaches men, and here he has better success than with Christ. To men he offers the kingdom of this world on condition that they will acknowledge his supremacy. He requires that they sacrifice integrity, disregard conscience, indulge selfishness. Christ bids them seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; but Satan walks by their side and says: Whatever may be true in regard to life eternal, in order to make a success in this world you must serve me. I hold your welfare in my hands. I can give you riches, pleasures, honor, and happiness. Hearken to my counsel. Do not allow yourselves to be carried away with whimsical notions of honesty or self-sacrifice. I will prepare the way before you. Thus multitudes are deceived. They consent to live for the service of self, and Satan is satisfied. While he allures them with the hope of worldly dominion, he gains dominion over the soul. But he offers that which is not his to bestow, and which is soon to be wrested from him. In return he beguiles them of their title to the inheritance of the sons of God.  {DA 130.2} 

Satan had questioned whether Jesus was the Son of God. In his summary dismissal he had proof that he could not gainsay. Divinity flashed through suffering humanity. Satan had no power to resist the command. Writhing with humiliation and rage, he was forced to withdraw from the presence of the world's Redeemer. Christ's victory was as complete as had been the failure of Adam.  {DA 130.3}

2.4.1.1.2.1.1.3.1.1The Cost of our Redemption

After the foe had departed, Jesus fell exhausted to the earth, with the pallor of death upon His face. The angels of heaven had watched the conflict, beholding their loved Commander as He passed through inexpressible suffering to make a way of escape for us. He had endured the test, greater than we shall ever be called to endure. The angels now ministered to the Son of God as He lay like one dying. He was strengthened with food, comforted with the message of His Father's love and the assurance that all heaven triumphed in His victory. Warming to life again, His great heart goes out in sympathy for man, and He goes forth to complete the work He has begun; to rest not until the foe is vanquished, and our fallen race redeemed.  {DA 131.1} 

Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the throne of God. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss. Then we shall cast our crowns at His feet, and raise the song, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." Revelation 5:12.  {DA 131.2} 

2.5 True and False Revival 

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwvreoBoPn4&t=43s  “True & False Revivals” by Pastor Mark Finley, published on Oct 11, 2013.

The true Christian will overcome temptations by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  who will remind us of what Jesus have .”- Jn 14:26. This will incur Satan’s wrath when he can’t tempt you to be with him, then he will try to oppress you with persecution just as he did to Jesus. Our assurance  in carrying the cross as a follower of Christ in spite of persecution for righteousness sake  is because  at the cross Jesus as our redeemer  died  bearing all our sins and defeated death for us when He rose again and return to Heaven to be our High Priest , Advocate and Judge.

God has promised His last day people, that one day there will be a mighty spiritual revival.  We know that before that day comes, there will be a counterfeit revival. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us watch and pray daily in discerning the counterfeit and be led to know how to be a co-worker with Jesus in accordance to God’s plan for the end-time and to remain steadfast until Jesus second coming.

Recognising  the  true revival must  be paramount in order to detect the counterfeit or false revival that is led  by Satan and his appointed evil agents.  We will start by briefly pointing to two key examples.

The true Trinity is God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Satan counterfeit  as the Father,  the sea  beast  ( Papacy, the antichrist) acts as Jesus,  and  the land beast  ( apostate Protestant America, as the false prophet  taking the role of the Holy Spirit ( Rev  13:4,11; 16:13)

This second example is to point you to reading  the article “THE LESSER LIGHT” by Pastor Stephen Bohr @ http://www.secretsunsealed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/lesserlight.pdf  in clearly establishing  that Ellen G. White endowed with the Gift of Prophecy is the last days messenger of God  by comparing her case to John the Baptist.

“John was asked if he was a prophet and he said no (John 1:19-26). If not a prophet, then what was he? Luke 7:27: He was the messenger of the Lord (see also, Malachi 3:1). John the Baptist had the testimony of Jesus (John 5:31-33; 1:15). John the Baptist was more than a prophet (Luke 7:26). John denied that he was the light (phos; John 1:6-8). His purpose was to bear witness to the light. Yet Jesus called John a bright and shining light (luchnos: portable lamp or candle; John 5:35). In other words, John was a lesser light which was to lead men and women to the greater light–Jesus Christ (see John 5:36 where Jesus actually uses the word “greater” to refer to Himself). The role of John was not to bring in new light but rather to turn the attention of the people to the light already given. He was to awaken interest in the study of Old Testament  prophecy.    In  other  words,  the  role  of  John  was  complementary  to  Scripture, not supplementary.

The same may be said  in the life and work of Ellen G. White:

Ellen White preferred not to be called a prophet, she claimed to be the  Messenger of the Lord (I SM32) Ellen White had the Testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:17; 19:10; 22:9). The work of Ellen White was far greater than that of a conventional prophet (I SM32, 34, 36). Ellen  White  was  a  lesser  light  to  lead  men  and  women  to  the  greater  light,  Jesus  Christ. “Little heed is given to the Bible and the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light.” (3 SM 30).

As with John, two sources give witness to Jesus, one canonical (the Bible) and the other non-canonical (the writings of Ellen G. White). As with John, the purpose of her writings is to bring attention to the written Scriptures which had been trampled upon and misinterpreted during the dark ages. If God’s people had studied the Word of God with the sincere desire to obey it, Ellen White would never have been called by God.)  (She is the antitype of John to prepare God’s people for the second coming of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. (Read the full article.)

2.5.1 Preparation for Jesus First Advent

In the time of John* the Baptist, Christ was about to appear as the revealer of the character of God. His very presence would make manifest to men their sin. Only as they were willing to be purged from sin could they enter into fellowship with Him. Only the pure in heart could abide in His presence.  {DA 108.1}

John was born in a violent land in a violent time, and the people were violent men. It was also a pleasure seeking land in a pleasure seeking time, and they were pleasure seeking men. It was an immoral land in an immoral time, and they were immoral men. The rich oppressed the poor, and the poor trampled on one another in an attempt to eke out a meager existence. The people  were not at peace and felt that something was missing in their lives. They were violent and immoral. They had a form of religion. They attempted to reach out to find some meaning and purpose in their lives. In fact, deep down inside where it really counted, deep down inside where it really mattered, they were empty. They were restless and needed peace.

Then John the Baptiste appeared. A bearded, long haired, no-nonsense prophet. His name was John, John the Baptist*. He had no pedigree, he had no theological education. He was not a well respected rabbi. He was not educated in any of the theological rabbinical schools. But this thing he had; power. They came out to the Jordan by the thousands. Their hearts were touched by the words of John. Their lives were changed by the preaching of John. They fell on their knees and sought mercy and grace and forgiveness.

Transformations took place as John the Baptist spoke on the banks of the Jordan. And as he thundered out words of repentance and led them to confession and led them to a genuine experience with God. (Thus the Baptist declared God's message to Israel. Many gave heed to his instruction. Many sacrificed all in order to obey. Multitudes followed this new teacher from place to place, and not a few cherished the hope that he might be the Messiah. But as John saw the people turning to him, he sought every opportunity of directing their faith to Him who was to come.  {DA 108.2})

 (Note*John, the Baptist, was the cousin of Jesus  who was born in Judea when the Jews those  who  claimed  to  be  God’s  people  and  boasted  at  having  the  Old  Testament were violating every principle of the Word of God. The role of John was not to bring in new light but rather to turn the attention of the people to the light already given He was to awaken interest in the study of Old Testament  prophecy. He   was to prepare a people for the first coming of Jesus (Luke 1:17). By revival  (repentance)  and  reformation  (bearing  fruit)  the  people  were  to  wait  expectantly for their bridegroom. The Old Testament had prophecies about the coming of the bridegroom to marry his bride. The matchmaker (John the Baptist) has come to set up all the arrangements. Yet the bride rejected her husband. By rejecting the work of the matchmaker, they rejected the bridegroom as well. They claimed to have a close relationship with Him and yet they crucified Christ because they misunderstood the Old Testament and rejected the clarification given by the lesser light.)

2.5.1.1 Baptism by Fire

John put it this way in Matthew chapter 3 and verse 11. Now notice the Bible does not say, "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit or with fire." Notice what it says. "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit,..”  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of fire.

Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, apart from oil, water and wind. Throughout the Bible fire is a symbol of the splendid glory, presence and power of God. It was first mention in Genesis.  The angel standing there with the flaming sword at the gate of the garden represented God's power, God's glory, God's presence, so they could not go back into the garden. In the book of Exodus, the bush is burning but it's not consumed. The glory of God, the presence of God, manifest in the bush represents again, fire; the presence of God. You come to the tabernacle, the Most Holy Place, the Shekinah glory. Exodus 24 verse 17 defines fire that way. Israel is guided by a pillar of fire by night. Fire comes down when. Elijah prays on Mount Carmel. Isaiah prays and a coal comes from the altar and touches his lips. So fire all through the Old Testament represents the presence of God.

In the New Testament, In acts chapter 2, they pray and the Holy Spirit is symbolized  by tongues of fire. Fire and the Spirit are linked together on the day of Pentecost. So when Matthew says in Matthew chapter 3 verse 11, when he records the words of John the Baptist, "He that is coming after me," that is Jesus... If fire represents the presence, glory, and power of God, then what is baptism? Baptism means immersion. So the baptism by fire is immersion in the presence of God. It's immersion in the power of God. It is being immersed with the glory of God. So God will have a people that are immersed in His presence. They long to spend time in the presence of Jesus. They long to spend time with the glory of God filling their life. They long to spend time with the fire of God's presence and power in their lives through the Holy Spirit transforming them by His grace and by His glory.

This is a call to genuine Christianity. This is a call to New Testament Christianity. This is a call, not for something superficial, not for a formal religion. This is a call into the deep presence of God when the power of the Spirit enters our lives and transforms us by His grace and changes us by His power; allowing the fire of the Spirit to fill our life and to bring us the cleansing of God's grace and power. This is  being  born again having died to the old sinful nature and being alive by faith  in Christ  to walk and grow in the indwelling Spirit( Gal 2:20, 2 Cor 5:17))

Commenting on this baptism by fire, Ellen White makes this powerful statement:

“In all who submit to His power the Spirit of God will consume sin. But if men cling to sin, they become identified with it. Then the glory of God, which destroys sin, must destroy them. …At the second advent of Christ the wicked shall be consumed "with the Spirit of His mouth," and destroyed "with the brightness of His coming." 2 Thessalonians 2:8. The light of the glory of God, which imparts life to the righteous, will slay the wicked.”  {DA 107.4}

The personal presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit is a purifying presence. The Holy Spirit searches our innermost souls. The Holy Spirit penetrates our thoughts. The Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts and energises our spiritual lives.

God desires to consume in me known rebellion now so when He comes again I'll rejoice in His glorious presence because I've been rejoicing in His presence every day. Either the fire of the Spirit will consume sin in my life today or I'll be consumed with the fire of His presence when He comes. When Jesus comes again, the fire of the presence of the Holy Spirit that has entered our lives and filled us with the glory of God draws us to Jesus. Known sin has been consumed through the Spirit in our lives. But those who cling to sin are consumed by the fire of the glory of God's presence then.  (Thus the earlier we make this decision to be in the house of God , we can have  this experience  “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”- 1Pe 4:17)  

So here's the issue. Either I kneel before God every day and let Him consume sin in my life through the righteous glory and power of His Spirit or I cling to rebellion. And that rebellion, that sin, is consumed when Jesus comes and I'm consumed with that sin. Malachi chapter 3 verses 2 and 3 describes fire; the presence of God, the Holy Spirit. "He," Jesus, the Spirit. Refiner's fire cleanses sin from within. Launderer's soap cleanses sin from without. Jesus says, "I want to enter your life by My Holy Spirit. I want to consume lust in your mind. I want to consume bitterness in your heart. I want to consume selfishness from your life. I want to consume an inordinate attitude."

Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prophet declares that the Spirit sits to purify. He is not in a hurry. He is not impatient. He knows just how much to bring up the heat to purify our lives. If we are willing,  He will continue until the process is complete.

Jesus is the “author and finisher” of our faith (Heb 12:2). The apostle Paul promises that we can be “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: “-Phi 1:6.  Jesus promises to work through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives to complete what He has started. If you let Him, He will finish what He has started. You may not be everything you want to be, but you are not to be what you once were. And the Holy Spirit is now appealing for you to go deeper. God will never give us the gifts of the Spirit in their fullest measure unless we receive His cleansing and manifest the fruit of the Spirit.

2.5.1.2 Fruit of the Spirit

Many Christians love to talk about the gifts of the Spirit. They talk about tongues, miracles and prophecy. They want the outer when they have never experienced the inner. But God is not going to turn on heaven's power if the electrical power line is frayed.

If you indulge lust in your heart, if you indulge greed in your heart, if you indulge bitterness in your soul, God is not going to pour out the power of the Holy Spirit which would only confirm you in those known sins. All of us are weak. All of us are frail. All of us slip and fall. We have known cherished sin in the heart and hold rebellion in the soul. Why would God pour out the Holy Spirit in all of its abundance on a people that were cherishing known sin in their life? It would simply confirm that rebellion in the life. If you long to have the gift of healing but your soul is not healed of anger, resentment, bitterness, but you want to have the gift of healing, you're praying for the wrong healing. You need healing in your heart before God is going to give you the gift of healing to see miracles. If you're praying for a miracle in the life of somebody else and you have not experienced the miracle, the transformation, of Christ's grace in your own life, you're praying for the wrong miracle. The Spirit of God is poured out upon those who have experienced the grace of God in their own life...This must be our desire that God will set a fire in us.

God wants to fill us up with kindness, gentleness, meekness, self-control, love, joy , peace, faithfulness and goodness (Gal 5:22,23) This is the result of genuine spiritual revival. The result of the infilling of the Spirit is the manifestation of the fruit of the Sprit in our lives which is the character of Christ.

2.5.1.2.1 Life Example in Old Dalmatia House

In Old Dalmatia, there were houses that were built out of bituminous limestone which reeks with a strong odor. They cut blocks out of this bituminous limestone and build the house which is not habitable until the house is set on fire. It catches on fire like coal quickly, but it's not consumed. The house after it was set on fire is like marble, beautiful white bituminous limestone and no smell.

We too, are by nature and through our wrong choices saturated with sin and are combustible. The fire of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us now from sin’s dominion so that we can be delivered from sin’s presence when Jesus comes. Our God is a ”consuming fire” to sin wherever it is found (heb 12:29). In the coming fires of God’s final judgment, all elements of sin will be consumed.

Christ invites us to be baptized with the fire of His presence now to consume sin so that we can avoid being consumed with sin later. This baptism  of fire is a deep work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If occurs as we give God time. It takes time for God to to speak to us about anything not in harmony with His will. It takes time for Him to reveal those traits of character, those sinful habits and attitudes that keeps us from really knowing Him. A deep spiritual experience with God cannot be rushed. This is why He urges, “Be still and know that I am God”- Ps 46:10.

The Holy Spirit comes to us when we are on our knees praying Like David, ”Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”-. Psalm 51:10-12. Such that the

Holy Spirit comes to us  by Your grace to make us bear fruit for  “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal 5:22,23) 

The Bible never tells us to pray for the gifts of the Spirit. Why not? A gift is something that God gives. A gift is something that God gives. The Bible tells us to pray for the fruit of the Spirit. So when my concentration is on the gifts of the Spirit rather than the fruits of the Spirit, I am likely to be deceived. Human beings seek the gifts. God invites us to seek the fruits. When we seek the fruits of the Spirit, God gives us the gifts of the Spirit that are most appropriate to us for ministry and service. So God invites us to seek His fruits. He invites us to be on our knees saying, "Lord, give me the gift of love in my heart for others that are unlovable. Give me the gift in my heart to love those around me. My family; help me to love my children, to love my wife and love my husband, love my neighbor, love my enemy. God, help me to manifest joy in my life."

Prayer is the breath of revival. But Bible study is the very heart of revival. In genuine revival, we seek God through prayer. We seek Him in Bible study. That prayer and Bible study leads us to an experience with God, an intimate experience. Experience is part of Christian life, but it is not the goal of Christian life. The goal of Christian life is prayer and Bible study. And through that... Let me state it this way to make it even clearer. An experience with God is the essence of Christianity. The means of that experience is prayer and Bible study. Prayer and Bible study lead to a result. We do not seek the result without the means that lead to the result. Prayer and Bible study lead us to the result, which is an intimate experience with God.

If we seek experience and experience becomes our aim, if experience becomes our goal, if experience becomes the thing by which we test everything else, we are liable to be deceived by Satan who will give us a false experience. So experience is not the goal that we seek. Knowing God is the goal that we seek. And that is achieved through prayer, through Bible study.

The Holy Spirit comes to us when we are quietly meditating upon God’s word, seeking to live a more Christ-like, godly life. There is a world of difference between the fire of God’s presence that purifies us within and transforms our characters and the strange fire of the devil’s kindling.

2.5.1.3 The Strange Fire

The true genuine spirit of revival kindled by the Holy Spirit originates with God. It is from above. The false revival (the strange fire) originates with the evil one and is from beneath. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit is based in God’s word and leads to victory over any trait of character or attitude that separates us from Christ. The counterfeit manifestation of the spirit is based on emotion and is more interested in signs, wonders and miracles than in receiving a new heart. It exalts the gifts of the Spirit above the fruit of the Spirit. It is more concerned with external powers than with heart conversion.

The truth purifies and sanctifies. The false creates a religious excitement and sense of euphoria for the moment. At the end time as God pours out His Spirit among His people, Satan will attempt to counterfeit the work of God. He will attempt to deceive and mislead God’s people for his survival.

There is the tragic story of Nadab and Abihu,  the sons of Aaron, who “ took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.  “And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD” Lev 10:1-2.  God does not light their censors with His sacred fire. They put fire in it, false fire. They substituted a counterfeit religious experience for the genuine and they were consumed. All human attempts for revival are attempts to put some fire in our souls.

God never accepts counterfeits. A counterfeit can deceive because it is so close to the genuine. No counterfeiter in the world is foolish enough to counterfeit something that does not exist. The closer the counterfeit is to the original, the more likely the deception.

 So what the devil wants to do is palm off a counterfeit revival. That is coming. Not only is it coming, that is here.

Satan’s concern for the last days is not the unsaved world. He already has them in his grasp. His concern is Christian. By bringing deceptions into the church he will mislead millions. Our Lord has not left us without warning. He has given us  clear light on the road ahead. “ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: “-(2Pe 1:19) (God’s word is more sure than our own opinions, our own ideas or human wisdom. Prophecy clearly exposes Satan’s deceptions.)

We are not left to face the evil one’s deceptions without warning. Our loving Lord reveals what is coming in answering the disciples question on the last-day signs on Mount Olive. Jesus declared, ” For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Mat 24:24   

The false Christs and false prophets refer to Satan and his evil agencies that perform great signs and wonders. The devil will be attempting to palm off a counterfeit miracle. Satan pours out his counterfeit spirit of signs, and wonders, and miracles to deceive with a false religious excitement. The devil will use, among the people of God, the church of God, false signs, false wonders, false miracle.

Ours is a generation in which seeing is supposedly believing. Experience is the supposed test of truth. Satan is conditioning the minds of millions to receive a counterfeit religious experience and be deceived by an emotional form of religion. False healing, miracles and tongues will be part of his strategies.

Revelation tells us : “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.”- Rev 13:13-14. –False fire is the Satan’s final hours deception to counterfeit God’s genuine Spirit that will be poured out to lead people to seek Him in sincere repentance for their sins and to receive a new revelation of His will for their lives.

This false religious excitement will swell to a great worldwide movement. At a time of international crisis, it will sweep the world. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”- Rev 16:14. The minds of millions will be taken captive as prophesied.  ( We can clearly discern this with the ecumenical successes of Pope Francis- the counterfeit  unity  of the faith.)

Ellen White statement on this counterfeit revival:

“Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. (At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming.) The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world. “ {GC 464.1} 

There are four main points in this prophetic statement concerning the events before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth:

-God will send a mighty spiritual revival to His church at the end time - His Holy Spirit will be poured out powerfully, the latter rain which is also the “Loud Cry”(Rev 18:1-5).

- The enemy desires to hinder the latter rain and will introduce a counterfeit revival

- Under a religious guise , Satan will deceive the world.

Pastor Finley in his sermon  calls this  as one of the most significant in all of the writings of Ellen White.. He illustrates this end-time event with this scenario: “The final visitation of God's judgment” upon the earth is the outpouring of seven last plagues, "the spirit and power of God"  is the latter rain and the loud cry. So before the seven last plagues, there will be the latter rain and the loud cry. The enemy of souls is the devil. What does the devil fear? That the Holy Spirit is going to come upon God's people and there will be a revival, and the latter rain will be poured out and the power of God will be given, and the loud cry to finish the work. The devil wants to hinder that before the true revival. So he will cause turmoil on earth. For example, the stock market, which seems to be doing okay now (time of sermon), hit 15,000 today, will descend quickly and plummet. People lose fortunes overnight. Terrorism will take place. Natural disasters will take place. And as the economy goes bust, based on James 5 and Revelation 18, as there is a sudden economic crash, Revelation 18 says, "In one hour their riches come to naught." As famine, fire, and flood take place on planet earth, as natural disasters occur, Satan will stir up the churches in a false religious revival. As that false religious revival takes place, miracles will be wrought. The Bibles says, "These are the spirits of demons that go out to the kings of the earth." The kings of the earth will yield to the insistent persistent claims of those who are manifesting this false revival. They see their miracles. What if the stadiums were packed? What if there were prayer sessions? What if miracles were worked? What if these false miracles even swept into the people of God in Adventist churches?  This events will arouse the people to go  on their knees praying. Some are seeking God for transformation of their character. Others want signs. Others want wonders. Others want miracles. Others want an external experience, where some are on their knees seeking God. They're signing and crying for the sins in their life and for the sins in the church. They're longing for a revival personally. They're longing for their local church to be revived. They're immersing their minds in God's Word. And they're asking God to transform their lives. They are seeking Him. They long to know Him better.

The last great deception of Satan will not come from secular humanism (a smoke screen, a distraction from the real assault). It will be a religious deception. The stage is being set today. Crisis after crisis have rapidly affected the world. Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, political turmoil and financial uncertainty  have sobered ordinary people  to realise that their political leaders have no answers . People are looking for answers and are without hope for the future. Could it be that the devil will introduce a false religious revival to deceive millions as in the case of the counterfeit unity in uniting all religions and faiths under the papacy  culminating in the death of the Protestant Reformation on October 31, 2017. Wouldn’t it be just like the devil to attack in an area most people are not expecting, such as combating global warming? If the devil could stir up a false religious excitement as a counterfeit to genuine revival of the Holy Spirit  in latter rain power, like the National Sunday Law , he will have accomplished his purpose.

Writing with prophetic insight, Ellen White confirms this technique: “Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power. “ {GC 588.2}

2.5.1.4 The Genuine Revival

God can and will work miracles in the last days according to His promises as the covenant keeping God. Not all miracles are false miracles. Our God is all powerful. He will work mightily at the end time to eliminate sin But If God will work genuine miracles and Satan will work counterfeit miracles how will we tell the difference? We will not be able to tell by looking at the the miracle. They may look the same.

However, Jesus provides the key to understanding how to determine between a true  and a counterfeit religious experience, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” -Matthew 7 verses 21 to 23 .

This is quite amazing. They did all these things- prophesy, cast out demons and work wonders in Jesus’ name.  Nevertheless, Jesus declares, “I never knew you” He never knew them even when they were doing these mighty works in His name, Why not?  To them signs and wonders were more important than doing His will. To them miracles were more important than a heart to know truth. To them the outer appearance was more important than the inner reality. Emotionalism was more important than obedience.  Any apparent miracle that is not accompanied by a converted committed heart and a life transformed by God's grace cannot possibly be a genuine miracle.

Beware of any so-called religious revival that minimizes the teachings of God’s word. Beware of any so-called religious revival that is more interested in feeling good than being good.

Before the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples at Pentecost, they met in the upper room  for ten days. They opened their hearts to God in earnest prayer. They repented of their sins. They confessed their faults. They committed their lives in obeying God. They were passionate about living for Christ and sharing their love with others.

The Holy Spirit is longing to do something deep within the fabric of our being. He is longing to change us within. He desires to fill our hearts with the glory of His presence. The strange fire of emotionalism won’t do. They are like a temporary fix but will leave our souls barren.

The essence of Christianity is in knowing Christ. The essence of Christianity is having a heart that is so broken over my sin because I don't want to do anything in my life that displeases Jesus. The essence of Christianity is this passion to do His will. We are going to see miracles in the last days that we can't even believe are going to take place. But the conversion of the soul, the commitment of the heart, the longing of the mind to please Him, must come first. You see, to these who are involved in the false religious revival, emotionalism was more important than obedience to God. That was more important. Beware of any so-called religious revival that is more interested in feeling good than in being good. Beware of any religious revival that is more interested in an emotional experience with God rather than a transformed life.

2.5.2 Daily Preparation for Second Coming

In the final analysis, every single one of us will either be fully sold out for Christ, fully possessed with the Holy Spirit, fully empowered by that Spirit to be used of God, or we will be guided and led by the evil one down the path of destruction. There's a war between good and evil. There is a war between Christ and Satan. And Jesus invites you right now to say, "Lord, all I want in my life is to please You." All to Jesus, I surrender. All to Him, I freely give. Jesus is inviting you through the Holy Spirit to make that decision right now. For we live one day at a time and treasure this moment to know Christ for we do not know what God has planned for us for today alone.

 Wherever you are, slip to your knees. Here in this audience, would you like to say, "Jesus, I'm giving it all to You, I surrender all." Lord, we long for the Spirit to come upon our lives. We long for the fire to fall. We long to be cleansed by Your grace. We long to be transformed by Your Spirit. Father, sometimes there are things deep down in our heartsthat are hidden. Lord, reveal them to us. Cleanse us. Create in me, as David said, a clean heart, oh God. Renew within me a right spirit. Lord, may our desire be to do nothing that's displeasing to You. And we thank You, Lord, that You have plans for us we can't imagine. We thank You, Lord.

End of PT 2  ( 57 pages)-  Posted on May 29, 2017.

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