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Chronology of SDA apostasy. Necessity of separation.

Chronology of SDA apostasy.
Necessity of separation.

We are faced today with a life and death issue. God is calling His people to separate from sin and apostasy. This is not a new teaching of God . Throughout history, it was a requirement of God for His people
There was a coming out, a decided (Dict: Decided : clearly marked, distinct, vigorous and determined.) separation from the wicked, an escape for life. So it was in the days of Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; and so it will be in the last days (So with the Reformers and so with the founders of the SDA movement). Again the voice of God is heard in a message of warning, bidding His people separate themselves from the prevailing iniquity. PP 166.4
Today I am convinced that it is imperative to separate from the SDA church. Yet, you may want a clear ‘thus says the Lord’ for such a call. God has given us ample teachings and principles to go by, so as to make the case for such a call, out of the SDA church, a compelling one. You see, the pioneers of the SDA movement did not have a clear and direct light on each point of doctrine. They had to build up their understanding of the truth ‘link by link’.

“God by His Holy Spirit let light shine forth upon His servants, and the subject gradually opened to their minds. It required much study and anxious care to search it out link after link. By care, anxiety, and incessant labor has the work moved on until the great truths of our message, a clear, connected, perfect whole, have been given to the world”. {1T, p 79}.

You may wonder if, in our search for the truth about separating from the SDA church, God would remove all doubts from our minds and presents us with a ‘completely-sealed case’? Well the principle, by which we should go about our study of this subject, or any other for this matter, has been enunciated already in inspired writings.

“Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, a mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving and to question and quibble. Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit, and all should decide from the weight of evidence.” {3T, p 255}.

“The unbelief that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to the evidence that God is pleased to give. He requires of His people faith that rests upon the weight of evidence, not upon perfect knowledge. Those followers of Christ who accept the light that God sends them must obey the voice of God speaking to them when there are many other voices crying out against it. It requires discernment to distinguish the voice of God.” 3 T:258.

It is the principle of the ‘weight of evidence’ by which we should undertake this study. Is the weight of evidence in favor of separating or not separating from the SDA church? I propose to you today that the weight of evidence is in favor of separating. Again, keep in mind that God will not ‘remove all occasion for unbelief’. Only those who have a ‘teachable spirit’ will be able to decide based on the ‘weight of evidence’. With that said, in the way of an introduction, let us begin our short study.

Why does God , to begin with, ask us to separate from the wicked?

“You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean. It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure”. {RH, January 2, 1900}.

“We have a testing message to give, and I am instructed to say to our people, “Unify, unify.” But we are not to unify with those who are departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”. Manuscript 31, 1906. {3SM, p 412}.

The history of which nation will the people of God just before the second coming going to repeat?

“We want to understand the time in which we live. We do not half understand it. We do not half take it in. My heart trembles in me when I think of what a foe we have to meet, and how poorly we are prepared to meet him. The trials of the children of Israel, and their attitude just before the first coming of Christ, have been presented before me again and again to illustrate the position of the people of God in their experience before the second coming of Christ–how the enemy sought every occasion to take control of the minds of the Jews, and today he is seeking to blind the minds of God’s servants, that they may not be able to discern the precious truth.” {1SM, p 406}.

Since the people of God just before the Second Coming of Christ will repeat the exact experience of the Jewish church, it pays to go over that ancient history briefly.

Did the people of the old Jewish church worship their church more than the God of their church?

“The Jews worshiped the temple and were filled with greater indignation at anything spoken against that building than if it had been spoken against God.” {EW, p 198}.

Did Christ attempt to expose the rulers of the Jewish church in order to liberate His people from the slavery of the priesthood?

“The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ’s message and was bent upon His death; therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those who should carry the gospel to all nations.” {DA, p 232}.

Those who wanted to follow Christ at the time of the Jews had to be gathered out from the Jewish system. Has this been the case with every succeeding generation?

“As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience.” {DA, p 232}.

When the religious leaders of the Jewish church were found guilty of rejecting the light of Christ, who was charged guilty of this most serious of sins?

“The time of the greatest responsibility for the Jewish people was when Christ was among them. And had they but known it, this was also the time of their greatest privilege and blessing. But they refused every overture of mercy, and rejected the Son of God, and thus made themselves guilty of the greatest of all sins. Christ charged the whole nation with this sin.” {RH, December 13, 1898}.

Since we are told in 1SM 406 that God ‘s people in the end times will repeat the history of the Jewish church, did the Jewish church ever become part of fallen Babylon?

“Babylon is also charged with the sin of unlawful connection with “the kings of the earth.” It was by departure from God, and alliance with the heathen, that the Jewish church became a harlot…” {GC, p 382}.

But is being a harlot and Babylon one in the eyes of God ?

“A virtuous woman represents a pure church [ekklesia], a vile woman an apostate church. Babylon is said to be a harlot.” {2SOP, p 233}.

Since God ‘s ekklesia in the end times will face the same destiny of the Jewish church according to 1SM 406, did God give any unconditional promise to the SDA church?

“In these day HE has instituted no new plan to preserve the purity of His people.” {4T, p. 165}.

“The principle of God’s dealing with men are ever the same.” GC: 343

“God’s promises are all made upon conditions.” {FW, p.47}.

Since God ‘s promises are all conditional it follows that the SDA church was not given any unconditional promise. Is there any SOP in support for such a conclusion?

“In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the sentence: “Found wanting.” By the light bestowed, the opportunities given, will she be judged.” {8T, p 247}.

What if the SDA church is found unfaithful in fulfilling His destined mission? Does God have a back-up plan for such an emergency?

“The Master will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the word of God, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, God can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities.” {14MR, p 102}. UL, p 131.

What about then the following quotes, which appear on the surface to prohibit us from calling the SDA church as Babylon?

“To claim that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Babylon, is to make the same claim as does Satan, who is an accuser of the brethren, who accuses them before God night and day”. {TM, p 43- 1893}.

“If those who have been proclaiming the message that the church is Babylon had used the money expended in publishing and circulating this error, in building up, instead of tearing down, they would have made it evident that they were people whom God is leading”. {TM, p43- 1893}.

How do we reconcile the above two quotes with our conclusion that the SDA church has indeed fallen and is now part of fallen Babylon?

Ellen White sets out the following divine principle when studying the testimonies:

“Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered”. {1SM, p 57}.

With the above principle in mind of the need to consider the ‘time and place’ for the above two quotes, what is the circumstances that have led the prophetess of God to state the above quotes and were the quotes qualified or unconditional in nature?

In 1893 a man by the name of A.W. Stanton issued and circulated a tract (called: Loud Cry) calling the SDA church Babylon. But in 1893 the church was not fully united with the world to be identified with Babylon. Ellen White stated then that this message was from Satan and not from God . For only God can declare the church to be Babylon. The only testimony in which Ellen White ever spoke about this issue was in 1893, and solely in response to the Stanton tract. Nothing about this subject was stated before or after 1893, which strongly suggests that this testimony was written in the present tense form. In the same testimony she said the following:

“There is but one church who is AT THE PRESENT TIME standing in the breach, and making up the hedge…”. {TM, p 50-1893}.

Earlier, in June 12, 1893, she wrote something similar which suggests strongly that when she said the church was not Babylon, she was referring to the church in 1893:

“God has had a church from that day, through all the changing scenes of time to the present period, 1893.” {3SM, p 18}.

As a further proof that what she wrote in 1893 in response to the Stanton tract was in the present tense form of the condition of the SDA church, there and then, is the following quote. In this quote , which was written two years later, she warned the church not to be married to the world lest, it [SDA church] become a ‘cage of every unclean and hateful bird’. This phrase is taken directly from Revelation 18, which God uses to describe the state of Babylon, and hence the need to come out of her.

“The world must not be introduced into the church and married to the church. Through union with the world the church will become corrupt, –‘a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’ The customs of the world must not have a place; for they will be open doors through which the prince of darkness will find access, and the line of demarcation will become indistinguishable between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not… Satanic forces are continually at work through the world, and it is the object of Satan to bring the church and the world into such close fellowship that their aims, their spirit, their principles, shall harmonize…”. {RH, February 26, 1895}.

Did God ‘s messenger ever predict the downfall of the SDA church? YES!

“Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, ‘but I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for thee.’ At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent [in their own estimation], and hast revealed them unto babes.” {RH, August 1, 1893}. [THE BRACKETED COMMENTS ARE BY ELLEN WHITE].

That Ellen White never excluded from her writings the possibility of the SDA church falling and becoming part of fallen Babylon is further evidenced in the following quote:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR, p 380, 1886}.

In 1894 Ellen White confirmed in the following quote that the SDA church did not heed God ‘s council of not being married to the world:

“The church has taken the world into her fellowship, and has given her affections to the enemies of holiness. The church and the world are standing on the same ground in transgression of the law of God. The church prefers to assimilate to the world rather than separate from its customs and vanities’. {ST, March 12, 1894}.

In spite of the repeated warnings of God ‘s messenger to the SDA leadership to repent and obey God ‘s testimonies, did the leadership reverse their rebellious course?

“God gave them clear light as to what they should do, and what they should not do, but they departed from that light… That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be– that is past…God wants them removed…”. {GCB, April 3, 1901, p.23-26}.

Although there was a cosmetic change in the leadership of the General Conference in 1901; there was not a true surrender of ‘kingly power’. Hence, the opportunity for a genuine change of course by the leadership in 1901 was wasted.

“What a wonderful work could have been done for the vast company gathered in Battle Creek at the General Conference of 1901, if the leaders of our work had taken themselves in hand. But the work that all heaven was waiting to do as soon as men prepared the way, was not done; for the leaders closed and bolted the door against the Spirit’s entrance. There was a stopping short of entire surrender to God. And hearts that might have been purified from all error were strengthened in wrongdoing. The doors were barred against the heavenly current that would have swept away all evil. Men left their sins unconfused. They built themselves up in wrongdoing, and said to the Spirit of God, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee.” {Letter 123, August 23, 1902}.

The rejection of the testimonies by the SDA leadership in the GC session of 1901 became the saddest event in the life of Ellen White up to that time .

His power was with me all the way through the last General Conference, and had the men in responsibility felt one quarter of the burden that rested on me, there would have been heartfelt confession and repentance. A work would have been done by the Holy Spirit such as has never yet been seen in Battle Creek. Those who at that time heard my message, and refused to humble their hearts before God, are without excuse. No greater proof will ever come to them. Lt17-1903.9
The result of the last General Conference has been the greatest, the most terrible sorrow of my life. No change was made. The spirit that should have been brought into the whole work as the result of that meeting was not brought in because men did not receive the testimonies of the Spirit of God. As they went to their several fields of labor, they did not walk in the light that the Lord had flashed upon their pathway, but carried into their work the wrong principles that had been prevailing in the work at Battle Creek. Lt17-1903.10
The Lord has marked every movement made by the leading men in our institutions and conferences. It is a perilous thing to reject the light that God sends. Letter 17, 1903

“It is a perilous thing to reject the light that God sends…So today upon those who have had light and evidence, but who have refused to heed God’s warnings and entreaties, heaven’s woe is pronounced…God bore long with the perversity of Israel, but the time came when the people passed the boundaries…” {13MR, p 122-123/Letter 17, January 14, 1903}.

Shortly after this God pronounced the SDA church an harlot and announced that His presence has left the SDA church.

“Who can truthfully say: “Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are unspotted by the world”? I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness. Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath. Then He said to me: “can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character?’ How is the faithful city become an harlot!’ My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed! For this cause there is weakness, and strength is lacking.” {8T, p 250}.

What is the significance of God’s declaration in 1903, just 2 weeks after the end of the GC session, that His presence has left the SDA church?

“He (Christ) declared it to be His will that where He was, there His church should be…” {SDA Bible Commentary, vol.7A, p.1150, col. 2}.

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.” {UL, p 315}.

When the Spirit of God departed the SDA church in 1903 it ceased to be His church. The only way for this state of being a God-less church to change was for the SDA church to reverse its rebellious course and repent its ways. When a church is first declared a harlot ( Babylon), it is not declared a fallen Babylon until it persists in its harlotry and passes God’s boundary of mercy and grace. Here is the SOP support for this understanding. Here is what Ellen White said about where God ‘s people where at the proclamation of the first angel’s message:

“At the proclamation of the first angel’s message, the people of God were in Babylon…” {4SOP, p 23}.

We know that the first angel’s message was first proclaimed in 1833 and began to gain steady momentum by 1840. So, God ‘s church in 1840 was declared to be Babylon by the pen of inspiration. And why was God’s church declared Babylon at the proclamation of the first angel’s message?

“The churches became corrupted by allying themselves with the world.” {4SOP, p 194}.

Christ gave the Protestant churches, which had become Babylonian, the first angel’s message to win them back to Him, away from Babylonian influences.

“It was to separate the church of Christ from the corrupting influence of the world that the first angel’s message was given.” {4SOP, p 231}.

When the Protestant churches of God , who were considered to be Babylonian due to their worldly corruption, rejected the first angel’s message they were then declared a fallen Babylon. And hence, God ‘s people had to, in addition to giving the declaration that Babylon is fallen, separate from her.

“When the churches spurned the counsel of God by rejecting the Advent message, God rejected them. The first angel was followed by a second, proclaiming, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” [REV. 14:8] This message was understood [They did not have a ‘thus says the Lord’ for such a conclusion. But inspiration confirmed their understanding of God’s ways] by Adventists to be an announcement of the moral fall of the churches in consequence of their rejection of the first message. The proclamation, “Babylon is fallen,” was given in the summer of 1844, and as the result, about fifty thousand withdrew from these churches.” {4SOP, p 232}. [Brackets supplied].

When God first declared the Protestant churches to be Babylon, He gave them one last chance before totally rejecting them. Their chance was accepting the first angel’s message. If they rejected this last message then they would be declared by God as fallen Babylon, and His people inside those churches would have to come out of and be separate.

“I saw Jesus turn His face from those who rejected and despised His coming, and then He bade angels lead His people out from among the unclean, lest they should be defiled. Those who were obedient to the message stood out free and united. A holy light shone upon them. They renounced the world, sacrificed their earthly interests, gave up their earthly treasures, and directed their anxious gaze to heaven, expecting to see their loved Deliverer. A holy light beamed upon their countenances, telling of the peace and joy, which reigned within. Jesus bade His angels go and strengthen them, for the hour of their trial drew on. I saw that these waiting ones were not yet tried as they must be. They were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of God in sending a warning to the people of the earth, and repeated messages to lead them to a diligent searching of heart, and study of the Scriptures, that they might divest themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists.” {EW, p 249-250}.

The above has revealed to us that when God ‘s church is first declared Babylon it has a chance to repent. If it persists in its harlotry then it will present to God’s people a compelling case of its having become a fallen Babylonian church. When this understanding is reached by God’s people then the declaration of its fallen status is coupled with decided move to separate and come out of her.

In 1903 God HIMSELF, and not the prophet, declared the church to be a harlot. (See again 8T, p 250). It was given a last chance for repentance. The question which faces us today is: Has the SDA church repented or persisted in its evil course since last warned in 1903? The honest in heart can not but agree that the church has not repented by one bit. In fact, even during the last years of Ellen White (between 1903 and 1915) we find that the church has not repented; to the extent that she has made some very startling statements concerning the condition of the church at HER TIME..

I have a work to do, and I am now making decisions. I must remain away from Conference meetings. I must not attend camp – meetings. The spirit of drawing apart, as the result of judging one another, has become so common, and the churches are becoming so leavened with this spirit that I have no desire to attend these meetings. After returning from them, it is often weeks before I am able to take up my neglected work. Lt186-1902.4

“Because those in positions of responsibility have for years left the Southern field unworked, notwithstanding the most decided testimonies urging them to take up this work; because they continue to neglect this field and use every manner of device in trying to uproot the confidence of the people in those who have done the hardest and most self-sacrificing work in the South , I have but very little confidence that God is giving these men in positions of responsibility spiritual eyesight and heavenly discernment. I am thrown into perplexity over their course; and I desire now to attend to my special work, to have no part in any of their councils, and to attend no meetings, nigh nor afar off. My mind shall not be dragged into confusion by the tendency they manifest to work directly contrary to the light that God has given me. I am done. I will preserve my God-given intelligence. Lt186-1902.5

“My voice has been heard in the different conferences and at camp meetings. I must now make a change. I cannot enter the atmosphere of strife and then have to bear testimonies that cost me much more than those to whom they are sent can imagine. When I attend the different meetings, I am compelled to deal with men, standing in responsible places, who I know are not exerting an influence that God can endorse. And when I bear a testimony in reference to their course of action, advantage is taken of this testimony. These men have not clear understanding. Should I say the things that I know, they would not, with their present experience, use this instruction wisely, and would bring upon me inconceivable burdens. Lt186-1902.6

“I shall, therefore, leave them to receive word from the Bible, in which the principles upon which they should work are laid down in straight lines.” {17 MS, p 65-66}. [Written in December 2, 1902, in a letter to Edson and Willie]. Letter 186, 1902

“The warning is given in the Word, “Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” We now repeat, Parents, keep your children away from Battle Creek. Some of our medical missionary workers are becoming leavened with infidelity. Specious heresy has been taking hold of minds, and its threads have been woven into the pattern of the figure. Who is responsible for giving young men and women an education that has left a seducing influence upon their minds? One father writes that of his two children, who were sent to Battle Creek, one is now an infidel and the other has given up the truth.” {20 MS, p 67}. Letter 208, June 29, 1906.

“There are serious objections to having the school located at Battle Creek. Here is a large church, and there are quite a number of youth connected with this church. And in so large a church, where one has influence over another, if this influence is of an elevating character, leading to purity and consecration to God, then the youth coming to Battle Creek will have greater advantages than if the school was located elsewhere. But if the influences at Battle Creek shall be in the future what they have been for several years past, I would warn parents to keep their children from Battle Creek. There are but few in that large church who have an influence that will steadily draw souls to Christ. There are many who would, by their example, lead the youth away from God to the love of the world.” {Testimonies to the Church at Battle Creek, p 50}. 3T, p 197- PH 123, p 50, 1872.

“Now, those who have had years in this same experience, know not God nor Jesus whom He has sent, and should such go forth as representatives of Jesus? These men will never give the right mold to other minds; they have not grown up to the full stature of men and women in Christ. They simply have the name of Christians but are not fitted for the work of God, and never will be until they are born again, and learn the A.B.C. in true religion of Jesus. There is a little hope in one direction: Take the young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian.” {12 MS, p 334}.

Some may suggest that the above quotes represent only the condition of the SDA church at the then world head quarters, and therefore far away churches could be insulated from the evil leaven of world headquarters. Listen to what Ellen White had to say about this very point:

“The great heart of the work is at —–; and, as the human heart throws its living current of blood into all parts of the body, so does the management at this place, the headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers. If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy; but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid. So it is with us. If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence.” {4T, p 210}.

Let us study chronologically some statements from Ellen White before her death, to see if there was any sign of repentance after the church was declared a harlot by Jesus:

Last night I seemed to be standing before a crowd of people who were not united. One would stand back while another desired to go forward. They were not standing in unity one with another. I saw a heavenly being come and stand before them and heard Him say: “Come into line! No one is fighting a battle on his own charges. The Master of assemblies says, Come into line!” Ms9-1910.2
Although we may have followed our own way for a time, it is possible for us to return and get into line. We ought to be grateful to God for the privilege of returning when we have gone astray.

When I think of the history of our work during the past ten years, I can but say, See what the Lord hath wrought. Mercifully He has been working to shed light upon the pathway of His people. In spite of the hindrances that have been met with in the work, we need not feel sadness, except as we see a failure on the part of God’s people to follow their Leader step by step. Ms15-1910.1
From one of the published testimonies I copy the following: Ms15-1910.2
It is God’s purpose that His people shall be a sanctified, purified, holy people, communicating light to all with whom they come in contact. It is His purpose that by exemplifying the truth in their lives, they shall be a praise in the earth. The grace of Christ is sufficient to bring this about. But let God’s people remember that only as they believe and work out the principles of the gospel can He make them a praise in the earth. Only as they yield their God – given capabilities in His service will they enjoy the fulness and the power of the promise whereon the church has been called to stand. If those who profess to believe in Christ as their Saviour reach only the low standard of worldly measurement, the church fails to bear the rich harvest that God expects. “Found wanting” is written upon her record. Ms15-1910.3

I am instructed to say, Let the converting power of God rest upon physicians, upon ministers, and upon conference officials. As a people we are far behind where we might have been, had our brethren in positions of responsibility always walked in the counsel of God, instead of assuming an arbitrary authority that has greatly retarded His work. There should now be an entire change based upon thorough conversion. Lt2-1910.6

The churches are asleep, and they need an awakening. They have not a knowledge of the requirements of the Lord. Let the message from the Lord go forth in its purity. Lift up the voice in the fear of the Lord, in warning. The families in the church who have a knowledge of the truth, to discern the signs of the times through the Word of the Lord, are not half awakened. Where are the fathers and mothers in Israel, claiming to be the Lord’s people? Many have not obeyed the Word of the Lord, and evil, fallen angels appear to them, claiming to be angels of God to instruct them. These will be received by some, and the light given is the light of the fallen angels, which is surely spiritual death to the receiver. Many of our people need to have converted, spiritual eyesight. There is danger of allowing common, earthly transactions to be all – absorbing. As a result, the stamp of the world is upon parents and children. Many have framed a religion of their own choosing and are making their business the grave of their religious serving. Lt42-1910.7
Wake up the physicians! Wake up the ministers! In some cases defects of character have become strong. There are many who are being converted into commercialism, and they bring their traits of character into the church, to work out their plans and lead others into temptations. The ones who are themselves being deceived and lurking to lead others into temptation. They direct the unwary feet, and the special strong traits of character have become so firmly fixed that their cases seem hopeless. Lt42-1910.8
Let ministers and physicians and all men in office look well to their individual selves. Satan has his fallen angels, who appear as teachers, to instruct every soul who is separating himself from his brethren who are striving for heaven. Patience, tenderness, and reconversion are to be presented line upon line, precept upon precept, under the sanctification of the Holy Spirit of God. Too many money speculators and too many professed teachers, who are unconverted, are leading into false paths. We must wake up and seek the Lord with that humility and meekness that God will accept, because we understand that we are not today prepared for the kingdom of heaven. We must follow on step by step in the way of the Lord, and we shall be overcomers. Lt42-1910.9

I wish to repeat some things that have been presented to our people many times in the past. As a people, and individually, we need to receive fresh supplies of grace day by day. We need the endowment of the Holy Spirit, which is able to sanctify the soul. Many of us do not realize the sacredness of our profession of faith; therefore there is much talking and little real faith, little convincing evidence that the Holy Spirit is imbuing our hearts, illuminating our minds, and strengthening us to perform the will of Him who day by day is calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Ms55-1912.1
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Thousands are starving for the bread of life, while even church members are drunken as it were with the wine of false representation. What burden do these professed believers carry for perishing souls? Strife for supremacy, great ideas for the development of commercial enterprises absorb the mind, and the spiritual needs of humanity are forgotten.
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At this time, when satanic agencies seem to be triumphing, the Lord calls upon His people to be wide – awake, that they may give the enemy no advantage in his purpose to deceive, if possible, the elect.
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O that there might be an awakening on the part of our people, that they might realize the solemnity of the times in which we live. Those who hope to be prepared for the Lord’s appearing should be in earnest in doing a work that will recommend the truth to others. A sincere acceptance of the truth for this time will result in the carrying out of its teachings in the daily life. Ms55-1912.14

Often in the night season I am bidden to urge our brethren in responsible positions to make earnest effort to follow on to know the Lord more perfectly. When our workers realize as they should the importance of the times in which we live, there will be seen a determined purpose to be on the Lord’s side, and they will become in truth laborers together with God. When they consecrate heart and soul to the service of God, they will find that an experience deeper than any they have yet obtained is essential if they would triumph over all sin. Lt7-1913.7
It will be well for us to consider what is soon to come upon the earth. This is no time for trifling or self – seeking. If the times in which we are living fail to impress our minds seriously, what can reach us? Do not the Scriptures call for a more pure and holy work than we have yet seen? Lt7-1913.8
Men of clear understanding are needed now. God calls upon those who are willing to be controlled by the Holy Spirit to lead out in a work of thorough reformation. I see a crisis before us, and the Lord calls for His laborers to come into line. Every soul should now stand in a position of deeper, truer consecration to God than during the years that have passed. Lt7-1913.9
During the General Conference of 1909, a work should have been done in the hearts of those in attendance that was not done. Hours should have been given up to heart – searching that would have to the breaking up of the fallow ground of the hearts of those who are at the meeting. This would have given them insight to understand the work so essential to be done by them in repentance and confession. But though opportunities were given for confession of sin, for heartfelt repentance, and for a decided reformation, thorough work was not done. Some felt the influence of the Holy Spirit and responded, but all did not yield to this influence. The minds of some were running in forbidden channels. Had there been on the part of all in the assembly a humbling of the heart, there would have been manifested a wonderful blessing. Lt7-1913.10
For a number of months after the close of that meeting, I bore a heavy burden and urged upon the attention of the brethren in responsibility those things which the Lord was instructing me to set before them plainly. Finally some of those in positions of trust in connection with the general work, after much prayer and careful study of the various messages given, ventured to undertake by faith the work called for – a work they could not fully understand; and as they went forward in the fear of God, they received rich blessing. Lt7-1913.11
It has brought great rejoicing to my heart to see the marvelous transformations that have been wrought in the lives of some who thus chose to advance by faith in the way of the Lord rather than to follow a way of their own choosing. Had those brethren in responsibility continued to view matters in a false light, they would have created a condition of things that would sadly have marred the work; but when they heeded the instruction that was sent, and sought the Lord, God brought them into the full light and enabled them to render acceptable service and to bring about spiritual reformations. When the Lord sets His hand to prepare the way before His ministers, it is their duty to follow where He directs. He will never forsake or leave in uncertainty those who follow His leading with full purpose of heart. Lt7-1913.12
“I rejoice,” my brethren, “that I have confidence in you in all things.” [2 Corinthians 7:16.] And while I still feel the deepest anxiety over the attitude that some are taking toward important measures connected with the development of the cause of God in the earth, yet I have strong faith in the workers throughout the field and believe that as they meet together and humble themselves before the Lord and consecrate themselves anew to His service, they will be enabled to do His will. There are some who do not even now view matters in the right light, but these may learn to see eye to eye with their co – workers and may avoid making serious mistakes by earnestly seeking the Lord at this time and by submitting their will wholly to the will of God. Lt7-1913.13
I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me in the night season. There seemed to be a great movement – a work of revival – going forward in many places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God’s call. My brethren, the Lord is speaking to us. Shall we not heed His voice? Shall we not trim our lamps and act like men who look for their Lord to come? The time is one that calls for light – bearing, for action. Lt7-1913.14
“I therefore … beseech you” brethren, “that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” [Ephesians 4:1 – 3.] Lt7-1913.15

Therefore, after the SDA church was first declared a harlot in 1903 the church was given a last chance of repentance. This is why from 1903 and until her death (1915), God ‘s servant did not call God ‘s people out of the SDA church. But did she hold much faith of genuine repentance by the SDA leadership after her disappearance from the scene? Here are her words in her last testimony, few months before her death:

“I am charged to tell our people that do not realize, that the devil has device after device, and he carries them out in ways that they do not expect. Satan’s agencies will invent ways to make sinners out of saints. ‘I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place. I do not know when I shall be taken; and I desire to warn all against the devices of the devil. I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death. I do not know especially what changes will take place; but they should watch every conceivable sin that Satan will try to immortalize.’ ” {1MS, p1,1915}.

What are Some of the Great Changes Ellen White was Trying to Warn us About That Have Proven to be Devices of the Devil?

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A NEW ORGANIZATION would be established. Books of a NEW ORDER would be written (not only is adventism oversaturated with books written by uninspired authors, but many misleading compilations of E. G. White’s writings have been published, that take her writings out of context and ignore the principles of interpretation. You can check them out yourself at https://www.adventistbookcenter.com Literally thousands and thousands of books that nullify the teachings given through Ellen White). A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced ( NLP hypnosis, guided imagery, vizualization, all of these and a lot more accentuate on the ‘infinite potential of man’ and lead away from depending on God). The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but GOD BEING REMOVED, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

Who has authority to begin such a [NEW] movement? We have our Bibles, we have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204, 205.

“The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and pervert that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working.” Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p. 36.

“I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure [hidden] people, little known to the Catholics but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hate us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institutions of the people that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday. Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward, and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week, instead of the seventh day, shall be slain. And the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast. And the Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decree bring or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the Voice of God.” E.G. White, Dorchester, Maine, October 23, 1850, Spalding–Magan’s Unpublished Mss. Testimonies, pp. 1, 2.
“I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics”.
“The saints then will be an obscure [hidden] people, little known to the Catholics but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hate us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics”.
Then I saw Laodiceans. [The nominal, or first – day, adventists] They will make a mighty effort. Will they get the victory? One who has the truth will chase a thousand, and two will put ten thousand to flight… Manuscript 11, 1850. (Written December 25, 1850, at Paris, Maine.) 13MR 301.4
The brackets are not inserted, they are in the “Manuscript Releases volume 13” as well.

Observe from the last quotes that in those days the nominal adventists are called laodiceans. So nominal adventists are the laodiceans. What church openly admits to being Laodicea today?

“Let us bear in mind the words that Christ spoke to the people who were honored above others in being privileged to have the Lord Jesus Christ to labor among them, and yet who did not appreciate this privilege, and did not diffuse the light of Heaven to others. (has the SDA church diffused the light to the world? Has it lived up to its privileges? Do you see inside the church a majority of people fighting and struggling for the salvation of others?) He said: “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repeated long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” {RH, December 3, 1895 par. 6}

“And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, than for thee.” E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3. This quote is just as it appears in the Review article, BRACKETS AND ALL.

COUNTERPART: “The Lord commanded one of his ancient servants, ‘Pray not thou for this people [Jer. 7:16 and 11:14], neither lift up cry nor prayer for them neither make intercession to me for I will not hear thee.’ The prophet thus describes the sins which had called forth this fearful denunciation: ‘The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means and my people love to have it so and what will ye do in the end thereof?’ ‘From the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.’ The apostles declare that this state of things will find its COUNTERPART in the last days. Many have a form of godliness, but in their daily life deny the power thereof. They have ceased to be convicted of their sins or alarmed at their state. They say in their hearts, ‘The church is flourishing. Peace and spiritual prosperity are within her borders.’ The words of the prophet may well apply to these self-deceivers, ‘They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them.” E. G. White, Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 11-07-82.

“I am charged to tell our people that some do not realize that the devil has device after device that he carries out in ways that make sinners out of saints. I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest great changes will take place.” Elmshaven, February 24, 1915. Testimony of Ellen G. White. February 24, 1915.
It was an unpublished statement, it was recently published by the White Estate. This warning has been kept from the people. Ellen White clearly says in the statement that it is a warning to all against the devices of the devil. She further said: “I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death.” The White Estate will suffer the consequences of sitting in the gate deciding what the people should and should not have, especially when Ellen White clearly wanted this warning to go to the people.
It would be extremely naive of anyone to think that there have not been many such warning statements omitted from publication. In The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials alone, you will come across many dot, dot, dot (elipses) marks in portions that are obviously very controversial. The same thing occurs when reading much of the published writings by Ellen White. Many letters and manuscripts are still not available to the public. This is one of the major reasons VENGEANCE is executed in the very courts of the Temple, the church, because the leaders, rather than the Spirit of Prophecy, have decided what the people should and should not have:
“In the very courts of the temple [the SDA church], scenes will be enacted that few realize. God’s people will be proved and tested, that He may discern ‘between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.’ Vengeance will be executed against those who sit in the gate, deciding what the people should have and what they should not have. These take away the key of knowledge. They refuse to enter in themselves, and those who would enter in they hinder. These bear not the seal of the living God. All who now occupy responsible positions should be solemnly and terribly afraid lest in this time they shall be found as unfaithful stewards.” E.G. White, Manuscript 15, 1886, Paulson Collection, p. 55.
Notice that the warning was given 2 years prior to the rejection of the righteousness by faith message.

Did ‘great changes’ in the SDA church take place after her death as she predicted? YES. Where those changes for the better or for the worse? An honest in heart would not have difficulty answering those questions.

If ‘great changes’ for the worse took place in the SDA church since her death, is it reasonable to conclude that the SDA church, has since 1915, at the some point in time crossed God ‘s boundaries and became fallen Babylon?

In the Great Controversy, God outlines for us, through inspiration, the reasons why a once-chosen church becomes part of fallen Babylon .

“The sins of Babylon will be laid open… By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of [1] her errors and [2]sins, because of her [3] rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven.” {GC, p 606}. [Brackets supplied].

A harlot church becomes fallen Babylon due to 3 reasons:
Her sins.
Her errors.
Her rejections of truth sent to her from heaven .
How will the SDA church stand if tested against the above criteria ? Let us examine each of the above 3 qualifications in relations to the SDA church, to see if it has indeed met the ‘fallen Babylon’ condition or not!

1) Her sins:

The sins of the SDA church are easily documented. For brevity I will state few of her major sins:

NLP (neuro linguistic programming),
Celebration style of worship, borrowed directly from Vatican Council II.
http://www.sdadefend.com/Spiritualism-invasion/Hypnotism.htm

Excuse the language, but this is a pretty accurate descriltion of NLP:
https://ultraculture.org/blog/2014/01/16/nlp-10-ways-protect-mind-control/

This is where the SDA defend their position regarding NLP:
https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1992/06/are-adventist-pastors-teaching-hypnotism
They provide short Ellen White quotations to sustain their position, gravely taken out of context, ignoring the rules of interpretation.
Joining the SDA health care system with that of the Papacy. Going 180 degrees against 1 Cor. 6:14-18.
https://www.centura.org/about-centura/sponsors
https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2017/04/06/catholic-and-adventist-health-systems-join-forces-walla-walla

Persecuting those who preach the three angel’s messages, by taking them to court to stop their activities.
Using tithe money to hire Catholic lawyer to bring faithful members to court.
http://www.thethirdangelsmessage.com/adventist_trademark.php

Homosexuality, female pastors(women’s ordination), feminism etc.
https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2017/11/09/andrews-university-approves-creation-official-lgbt-student-support-group

http://www.fulcrum7.com/blog/2017/2/2/married-lesbian-baptised-into-chico-seventh-day-adventist-church

https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/01/17/seventh-day-adventist-church-and-transgender-people

https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2017-04-11/seventh-day-adventist-world-church-vote-statement-on-transgender/

Adventist Pastors in North America will Begin New LGBT+ Training

https://www.glaad.org/2011/08/03/seventh-day-adventists-work-toward-a-more-inclusive-church-for-lgbt-members

1 Corinthians 5

Disfellowshiping members engaged in literature distribution, which identifies the Man of Sin, ecumenical relations with catholicism
https://www.adventist.org/en/information/official-statements/statements/article/go/-/how-seventh-day-adventists-view-roman-catholicism/
The hierarchical church organization, allowing man to control man, and resulting in abusive kingly power.
Adopting the Church Manual, against the council of God .
Joining the WCC stealthily, though denying it publicly.
The blasphemy of claiming that the church has the authority to change doctrine:
“…The General Conference of the Church, the only body having AUTHORITY TO ALTER the structure of the CHURCH either in DOCTRINE or organization.”{ EEOC vs. PPPA, 1975}. [ (Court Transcript of United States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Opening Brief for the Church, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, December 4, 1974, p 17]

“..The General Conference session holds the singular AUTHORITY FOR REVISING the Church Manual–including THE CHURCH’S FUNDAMENTAL beliefs.” { Adventist Review 7-5-1990}.

“Only a committee appointed by the General Conference can interpret prophecy.” (Adventist Review, June 5, 1986, p 2).

“It is our responsibility to study the Scriptures for ourselves, to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to submit our understandings to those in the church who are able to judge our findings, and then to abide to the decisions of the church…” (Seventh-day Adventist Church Adult Sabbath School Quarterly, Lesson 13, March 28, 1987, p 92, or p 153 in the Teacher’s Edition).

Adopting the Roman Catholic model of church organization, in flagrant disregard to the council of God . Here is what Raymond Cottrell, associate editor of the SDA Bible Commentary, stated in the Spectrum:

“Structure. At the local conference level the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a representative form of government. Above that level the polity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is hierarchical: Authority flows downward and members in local congregations have virtually no voice. Above that level, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a closed, self-operating, and self-perpetuating system similar to the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, in which those in authority are not responsible to lower echelons. Above the local conference level, those in authority are not elected by, representative of, or administratively accountable to, local congregations or the membership at large.” Spectrum, March 1984, pg. 42.

In the same year, 1984, in a court case involving the Harris Pine Mills, as asset owned by the SDA church, Judge William T. Hart, presiding over the case stated the following:

“Next to the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, the Adventist church is the most centralized of all the major denominations in the country.”

Is it surprising to SDA’s after what has been quoted above to read what Neal C. Wilson had to say about modeling the SDA church after the Roman Catholic Church? Here is what he said:

“There is ANOTHER universal and TRULY CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION, the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.” Neal Wilson. Adventist Review, 3/5/1981.

Four years later at the GC in New Orleans, Neal C. Wilson referred five times to his vice presidents as cardinals.

2) Her errors:

Departing from the pillars of our faith such as the investigative judgment, as evidenced in the following quote by Falkenberg, ex-GC president:
“We don’t have to worry whether our name has come up yet in the heavenly courtroom. We don’t have to be anxious about the judgment closing before we have had a chance to CONFESS ALL OUR SINS.” We Still Believe, pg. 45.

Giving up on the historic position of the Ellen White and the pioneers on the nature of Christ and the atoning work of Christ in heaven, to accommodate the Protestant denominations.
Placing loyalty to church above loyalty to the word of God :
“Often the Scriptures set forth merely general principles, leaving it to the church to decide specific policies. The Adventist Church has done this in the Church Manual. Once a matter has been discussed and voted, minority opinion gives way to majority, and loyalty dictates that all follow the new actions…Thus there is clearly a teaching AUTHORITY in the church BEYOND THE RECOGNIZED TEACHING AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE . There is, then, a teaching AUTHORITY in the Adventist Church that ought to be obeyed. Every member must not do merely ‘that which is right in his own eyes.’ Ministers and church leaders must uphold this AUTHORITY .” {Review and Herald 1-31-1974}.

Again, loyalty to the church {and not God } is clearly set in the following court record by the leaders of the SDA church:

“The General Conference, then is the Seventh-day Adventist church… the embodiment of the remnant church as a Christian denomination, in a unified worldwide organization, to which all baptized Seventh-day Adventists owe spiritual allegiance.” {EEOC vs PPPA, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, p 17, Opening Brief, 1974-1975}.

Departure from the Biblical and SOP truth regarding the man of sin.
In the Reply Brief for Defendants of the Mary Kay-Silver trial, on page 4, Neal C. Wilson stated for the SDA church:

“Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term ‘hierarchy’ was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church’s part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned.” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and SDA Church, civ #74-2025 CBR, 1975.

3) Her rejection of truth sent to her from heaven:

The SDA church has rejected the testimonies of God at least in the following areas:

Health reform
Dress reform
Sanitariums
Church structure and organization
Church investments
Tithing
Insurance
Evangelism
Based on the above can the honest in heart deny that the SDA church, which was first, declared a harlot (Babylonian) in 1903 has indeed fallen because of her continued and increasing sins, errors, and rejection of truth sent to her from heaven?

Has Ellen White ever prophesied that God ‘s people just before the falling of the plagues will be called out of the SDA churches? YES!

“I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them.” {EW, p 261}.

The most fearful news here is the prophecy that those who will reject the call to come out of the SDA churches and the fallen churches will experience an ‘excitement’, coming from Satan to deceive them into thinking that ‘God is with them”.

How do we know from inspired writings that we are now living just before the ‘plagues shall be poured out’ and therefore have to separate from the fallen Babylonian SDA church and the other churches as well?

We know that we are in just this ‘critical time’ because of the wild spreading of the ‘celebration’ style of worship in the SDA churches and the other fallen churches around the world, as accurately predicted by Ellen White.

“The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, God has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.” {2SM, p 36}.

There are many more angles from which one can present the subject of separation. Examples of other equally convincing angels would be: wheat and tares, abomination of desolation, and corporate accountability. The purpose of this short study is not to address all major points and objections, which may arise from this initial study. It would satisfy me greatly if the only benefit that can accrue, at this point, would be the realization of the importance of subject matter; and hence, the determination to study it further and more deeply.

The Real Church That Appears as About to Fall But Does Not

The Real Church That Appears as About to Fall But Does Not

The following statement is presented just as it appears in its reference. All bracketed portions are just as Ellen White inserted them:

“And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, than for thee.” E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.

Such pronouncements have the ring of a true prophet! Capernaum was a corporate city, and the SDA is Biblically represented as a corporate city, the corporate city of Jerusalem. It will be brought down to hell as a corporate city [church], except for a small remnant who escape, Ezekiel 5:1-5, as was the case with Israel in the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem.

The professing Seventh-day Adventist church has got a lot of mileage from a statement by Ellen White that says the church will appear as about to fall but it will remain while sinners are shaken out. The professing SDA once church militant has thought and still thinks that it is the church that will appear as about to fall, but will not, and will be the church from which sinners are shaken. This is a most serious error that must be investigated in the context of very important statements by Scripture and Ellen White. First, we will consider Ellen White’s statement:

“The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out–the chaff separated from the precious wheat….The REMNANT that purify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy.” E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, 380. It is obvious from the above statement and from common sense that any church that does not fall is the church triumphant. A few other items are obvious from the above statement:

Zion is the REMNANT. Zion is the church triumphant, not the church militant. This is also borne out by the following Scripture: “But ye are come unto mount Sion (A version of Zion), and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” Hebrews, 12:22, 23.

It is Zion, the church triumphant and not the church militant that appears as about to fall, but does not. Zion is the remnant that purifies their souls by obeying the truth amid surrounding apostasy. Zion is a heavenly church Kingdom. The sinners are shaken out of the heavenly church Kingdom, not an earthly church organization. Just men made perfect must refer to the church triumphant. Zion is the firstborn or the firstfruits. Revelation 14:1-4, identifies the FIRSTFRUITS AS THE 144,000. Mount Zion in the heavenly Jerusalem city, is the general assembly and church of the FIRSTBORN, [FIRSTFRUITS] that are written in heaven, and it consists of the spirits of just men made perfect. This is the church triumphant. This is the heavenly kingdom church from which and by which sinners are shaken, (Matthew 13:41-49). This heavenly kingdom church has earthly representatives in the form of the bride of Jesus Christ, or the 144,000, which are the bride and not the guests of the heavenly kingdom. Notice:

“The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called ‘the bride, the Lambs wife.’….Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go our to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition, p. 426-427. The people of God are symbolized by the ten virgins, the church militant, while the representatives of the Kingdom are the bride. The bride, the 144,000, are not the guests, and the guests are not the bride at a wedding.

How do we Know That the 144,000 are the Bride of Christ? We know that the 144,000 are the Bride and not the guests, from the following statement which defines the REMNANT:

“The woman is a symbol of the church, and the REMNANT of the church represents the Christians of THE LAST GENERATION OF MEN, living just prior to the second advent…Here, then, are the causes of the dragon’s warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when THE REMNANT, WHOM GOD DESIGNS TO FIT FOR TRANSLATION TO HEAVEN WITHOUT SEEING DEATH, ‘ask for the old paths, [historic Adventism] where is the good way, and walk therein,’ then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them'” E.G. White, Spiritual Gifts, vol. III, p. 26.

Ellen White Further Distinguishes The Bride From the Guests by Saying That the Bride Awakens the Guest, the Ten Virgins

“Lingering near the bride’s house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay [Since 1844]. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’ The sleepers, [all those ten virgins slept–Matt. 25:5] suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession [of the bride–in context] moving on, bright with torches and glad with music [the torch of truth and the Song of Moses and the Lamb, that overcoming is possible]. They hear the voice of the bridegroom AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil [character–overcoming]. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency….. The five with lighted lamps joined the throng and entered the house with the bridal train, and the door was shut.” E.G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 405, 406. If the ten virgins are awakened by the VOICE OF THE BRIDE, then the bride is a different entity. She is Zion, the earthly representative of the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the church triumphant. She is the church from which and by which the unrepentant sinners are shaken.

Ellen White Says That the Church Triumphant Co-Exists With the Church Militant in Order to Come to the Aid of the Church Militant
“The members of the church triumphant–the church in heaven–will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity.” E.G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903. “Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake.” E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.

The professing SDA church once church militant has made that great mistake; that greatly cherished error.

It is During the Time of Jacob’s Trouble That the Church Triumphant Appears as About to Fall but Does not Fall
“The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet as the time of Jacob’s trouble…. Jacob’s night of anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of God’s people in the time of trouble….Jacob’s company, unarmed and defenseless, SEEMED ABOUT TO FALL HELPLESS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND SLAUGHTER.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition), p. 616.

Here we find “the people of God, paralleled with Jacob’s company which appeared as about to fall, but did not. It is the church triumphant during Jacob’s Great Time of Trouble that appears as about to fall, not the professing SDA church once militant that has already fallen into the Omega of Apostasy.

A Professing SDA Church That Does Fall
God fully warned Philadelphia, in Revelation 3:9, the true SDA church era, that associated with it would be a people who called themselves “Jew,” or Seventh-day Adventist commandment-keepers, who were not and do lie. That faction is New Movement, New Organization Adventism, that has infiltrated the professing SDA church, like a Trojan Horse, and has taken over that church. Ellen White predicted this Omega Apostasy “takeover” in Selected Messages, vol. 1, 205, 206. Here are her words:

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place AMONG Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A NEW ORGANIZATION would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but GOD BEING REMOVED, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.
Who has authority to begin such a [NEW] movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204, 205.

Every specification of the above statement depicting the Omega of Apostasy within the professing SDA church, has been abundantly fulfilled. Those with only a surface knowledge will not recognize what is going on in the church. However, it is clear to any with spiritual discernment that this NEW MOVEMENT, NEW ORGANIZATION, is firmly in place “among,” within, the professing SDA church. It is led by the celebrationists who would rather celebrate on the banks of the Jordan, than weep between the porch and the altar, for all the abominations in the land and in the church.
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An SDA Church That is Bringing Every Uncouth Thing Into its CampMeetings Just Before the Close of Probation
Below is a description of the imposter SDA church that does fall. If the bad were shaken out of this church, it would not be bringing every uncouth thing into its CampMeetings just before the close of probation:

“Worship With a Bedlam of Noise.–It is impossible to estimate too largely the work that the Lord will accomplish through His proposed vessels in carrying out His mind and purpose. The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called [CELEBRATING] the moving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings.” E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 36.

If the bad were shaken out of the professing SDA church, as its leaders and members believe, why would every uncouth thing be brought into its campmeetings just before probation closes? Why would Ezekiel 22:17-31, say that the tares are shaken into the midst of Jerusalem, the church, for burning and melting? Why would Ellen White say that the Ezekiel 9 slaughter, would begin with men, maidens and little children, at the professing SDA church, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, if all the bad were shaken out? “If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much. ‘If thou hadst known’, said Christ, ‘even thou, at least in this thy day the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.'” E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, 409-410.

The Church Triumphant
I was once asked the question: “What do you think about all the E.G. White statements saying that we should not leave the church?” That is a good and valid question, and must be considered along with the conditional statements Ellen White made suggesting the possible need to leave the church and/or implying such need to leave.

Let us take a thoughtful and prayerful look at both types of Statements with their qualifying counterparts, which is something the SDA church and its members have failed to do in any honest way. The no-leave statements that are generally accepted as counsel that we should never leave the SDA church under any conditions; that the proverbial “SHIP” will finally go through no matter what the church does, have never been properly balanced with other qualifying statements to the contrary. Here we will attempt this long overdue task will all the fairness we can muster with God’s help.

“I testify to my brethren and sisters that the church of Christ, enfeebled and defective as it may be, is the only object on earth on which He bestows His supreme regard. While He extends to all the world His invitation to come to Him and be saved, He commissions His angels to render divine help to every soul that cometh to Him in repentance and contrition, and He comes personally by His Holy Spirit into the midst of His church.” E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 15.

The above statement is qualified in Acts of The Apostles, pp. 11, 12, to be the church triumphant in context. Here are the qualifying contextual statements: “The church is God’s fortress, His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world. Any betrayal of the church is treachery to Him who has bought mankind with the blood of His only-begotten Son. From the beginning, FAITHFUL SOULS have constituted the church ON EARTH. In EVERY AGE the Lord has had HIS WATCHMEN, who have borne A FAITHFUL TESTIMONY TO THE GENERATION IN WHICH THEY LIVED. These SENTINELS gave THE MESSAGE OF WARNING; and when they were called to lay off their armor, others took up the word. God brought these witnesses into COVENANT RELATION with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against His people.
Through centuries of persecution, conflict, and darkness, God has sustained His church. Not one cloud has fallen upon it that He has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork His work, that He has not foreseen. All has taken place as He predicted. He has not left His church forsaken, but has traced in prophetic declarations what would occur, and that which His Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell has been brought about. All His purposes will be fulfilled. His law is linked with His throne , and no power of evil can destroy it. Truth is inspired and guarded by God; and it will triumph over all opposition.
During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of His grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.” E. G. White, Acts of the Apostles, 11, 12.

We are all familiar with the Church’s statements about not joining ANY New Movement or ANY new organization. Some interpret these statements as meaning we should never leave the organized SDA church militant under any circumstances; that the bad will finally be shaken from the church militant to leave it the SDA Church Triumphant. But that position is erroneous if one follows the weight of evidence formula and interprets all of Ellen White’s relative statements so that no contradiction is incurred.

Ellen White qualified her statements about not joining ANY NEW MOVEMENT. She said we should never call the SDA Church that is keeping the commandments of God and heeding the Laodicean Message, Babylon, and that we should not leave such a church, because there would be no where else to go, and I completely agree with her.

But what if a New Movement should form “among,” within the professing SDA Church Militant, as Ellen White prophesied could occur in the Omega of Apostasy, Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204-205. What if that New Movement should do all that Ellen White prophesied it would, such as: The meaning of the statement in its full context alters its meaning totally. By the context in the above statement, the words “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear,” refer to the church triumphant, and not to the church militant. Notice all the qualifying words in the above Acts of the Apostles statement:

From the beginning FAITHFUL SOULS have constituted the church ON EARTH. In every age the Lord has had his watchmen, who have borne A FAITHFUL TESTIMONY…” These sentinels gave the “Message of Warning.” They were brought into “Covenant Relationship” with God. These are the angels God has sent to minister to His church [militant–Patience, friend, this will be proven below]. Further proof that the “Enfeebled and Defective” statement means the Church Triumphant is that it is also stated in Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 396, under the heading: “The Church Triumphant.” The statement has been taken entirely out of context for decades and applied to the SDA Church militant. This is a great mistake, and Ellen White says so:

“Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake.” E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152. Does the SDA Militant Become the Church Triumphant Sometime in the Future When The Bad Are Shaken Out of it? This is what the SDA church militant has taught since Ellen White’s death, but is it true? Let’s permit Ellen White to answer the question:

“The members of the church triumphant–the church in heaven–will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity.” E. G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903. (Taken from the Ellen White Estate Computer Disk containing all of Ellen White’s releases and published writings).

Now, pray tell, how could members of the church triumphant–the church in heaven–be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity, if they did not co-exist at the same time? The church in heaven has earthly representatives in every generation, faithful men, the third angel, who will come to the aid of those who are sincerely seeking truth and light, and will pass by all who refuse that light.

“The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who obedient to the promptings of God’s Spirit and the teachings of His word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message WAS NOT to be committed to the religious leaders of the people [HIS PEOPLE–HIS CHURCH–in context].” E.G. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, 199, not to be confused with Testimonies, vol. 4.

Statement That We Should Not Join Any New Movement or New Organization “Should Adventists Join Some New Movement?–[In the year 1893 Ellen G. White prepared this manuscript, in which she exposed the false teaching of two brethren who had prepared and were circulating a tract called the Loud Cry, denouncing the Seventh-day Adventist Church as Babylon. Her message is equally applicable today, for false teachers here and there are strangely burdened to denounce the Seventh-day Adventist Church, associating it, in varying degrees, with the great apostasy described in Revelation 18. The solemn words of Mrs. White should open the eyes of all the honest hearted to the destructive program carried on by the different ‘offshoots’ from the movement. This letter, recently released, has not before been published.–Editors] Review and Herald Articles, vol. 6, 513.

Let us consider some of Ellen White’s qualifying phrases in the above described article:

“The counsel of Christ to the Laodicean Church was being acted upon…” E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 6, 513. It was definitely wrong to label as Babylon, an SDA church militant that was heeding and acting upon the Laodicean Message. This was Ellen White’s qualification for not calling the church Babylon. Another qualification for not calling the SDA church in 1893 Babylon:

“When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God’s commandment-keeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales, and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track.”

So, we may reasonably conclude so far from the article by Ellen White, that forming ANY NEW MOVEMENT, ANY NEW ORGANIZATION, and NOT KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND TEACHING THAT THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP, THEREBY MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HEED THE LAODICEAN MESSAGE, WAS STRICTLY TABOO! AND TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE ONE AS BEING ON THE SIDE OF BABYLON! The SDA Church militant of 1893, had not formed a New Movement, A New Organization and thus was meeting prime requirements of a valid church militant in 1893; heeding the Laodicean Message, and teaching and keeping the commandments of God. These are three of the prime qualifications as to why the SDA church of 1893 should not have been labeled Babylon. If faithfulness to these qualifications constituted the church as not being Babylon, then it follows that unfaithfulness to these requirements would constitute the church a part of Babylon, and not a valid church, let along church militant. Notice:

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.
We find in the above statements that God’s presence is with those who keep His commandments out of a motive of love, and the presence of Christ is essential and can alone constitute a church. Then what do we do with the following statement:

“The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.” Notebook Leaflets, p. 99, 1893, five years after the 1893 article.

“To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 55. Now, what if it can be proven that the SDA Church in 1999 [and on], is teaching that it is impossible to keep the commandments of God, and has thereby broken their covenant relationship with God, and has thereby REMOVED GOD’S PRESENCE, and has formed an apostate New Movement, New Organization, “AMONG”, WITHIN,” Seventh-day Adventism, that “would permit nothing to stand in its way.”

Qualifications for a Church Militant

Qualifications for a Church Militant

“Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church…” Christ’s Object Lessons, 71.

If those who persist in open sin are retained in any church militant, it ceases to be a church militant and becomes a sister to fallen Babylon.

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree…We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? E. G. White, Manuscript Releases No. 449, pp. 17, 18.

“The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles.God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a churchproves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not estalish ure and holy rinciples in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.
God is not ‘worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing’ (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.

“The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ’s message and was bent upon His death; therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those hwo should carry the gospel to all nations.
As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeedng generation. Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those hwo are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience.” E.G. White, Desire of Ages, 232.

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree…We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? E. G. White, Manuscript Releases No. 449, pp. 17, 18.

“If we turn from the testimony of God’s word, and accept false doctrines [Calvinism] because our fathers taught them, we fall under the condemnation pronounced upon Babylon; we are drinking of the wine of her abominations.” E. G White, The 1884 Great Controversy entitled Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, 347, not to be confused with Testimonies, Vol. 4. The four volume Spirit of Prophecy series, can still be special ordered through any Adventist Book Store.

“If we turn from the testimony of God’s word, and accept false doctrines [Calvinism] because our fathers taught them, we fall under the condemnation pronounced upon Babylon; we are drinking of the wine of her abominations.” E. G Wite, The 1884 Great Controversy entitled Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, 347, not to be confused with Testimonies, Vol. 4. The four volumeSpirit of Prophecy series, can still be special ordered through any Adventist Book Store.

“It is now the duty of God’s commandment–keeping people to watch and pray, to search the Scriptures diligently, to hide the Word of God in the heart, lest they sin against Him in idolatrous thoughts and debasing practices, and thu the church of God become demoralized like the falln churches whom prophecy represents as being filled with every unclean and hateful bird.” E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 17, 1887.

“In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist chrch is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. . . .I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called rightousness. Stripping them of, He laid bare he defilement beneath. Then He said to me: ‘Can you not see how they have retentiously covered up their defilement and rotteness of character? How is the faithful city become an harlot?” E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 8, pp. 247-250.

“Thorns sprung up.–The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature (see Luke 8:4). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 50). To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the proces known as sanctification–the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ.” SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, 405.

“It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure. (II Corinthians 6:14-15 quoted). God and Christ and the heavenly host would have men know that if he unites with the ocrrupt he will become corrupt.” E. G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 4, p. 137.

“The thorns of sin will grow in any soil/ they need no cultivaiton; but grace must be carefully cultivated. The briers and thorns are always ready to sprin up, and the work of purificaiton must advance continually….
The thorns that have been cut off but not uprooted grow space, until the soul [and/or the church] is overspread with them.” E. G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, 50.

Quiescent, insincere believer tares, are not to be uprooted until the close of probationary time, Christ’s Object Lessons, 72. Open sinning tares and thorns are to be uprooted, o the church will be overspread with them and they will choke out and kill the wheat, making it impossible for the wheat to mature. This is why the wheat must be separated from a church that is controlled by open sinning, apostate tares and thorns.

“But the doctrine is now largely taught that the Gospel of Christ has made the law of God of no effect; that by ‘believing’ we are released from the necessity of being doers of the word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned…. Those who are teaching this doctirne toda have much to say in regard to faith and the righteousness of Christ; but they pervert the truth, and make it serve the cause of error. They declare that we have only to believe on Jesus Christ, and that faith is all-sufficient; that the righteousness of Christ is to be the sinners credentials; that this imputed righteousness fulfils the law for us, and that we are under no obligation to obey the law of God. This class claim tat Christ came to save sinners, and that he has saved them. “I am saved,’ they will repeat over and over again. But are they saved while transgressing the law of Jehovah?–No; for the garments of Christ’s righteousness are not a cloak for iniquity: Such teaching is a gross deception, and Christ becomes to these persons a stumbling-block as he did to the Jews,–to the Jews because hey would not receive him as their personal Saviour; to these rofessed believers in Christ, because they separate Christ and the Law, and regard faith as a substitute for obedience. They separate the Father and the Son, the Saviour of the world. Virtually they teach, both by precept and example, that Christ, by his death, saves men in their transgressions.” E. G. White, The Signs of the Times, Vol. 3, 363, col. 1.

“Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church…” Christ’s Object Lessons, 71.

Thorns–Nicolaitans to be Separated From the Church–“It is our work to know our special failings and sins, which cause darkness and spiritual feebleness, and quenched our first love. Is it worldliness? Is i selfishness? Is it the love of self-esteem? Is it striving to be first? Is it the sin of sensuality that is intensely active? Is it the sin of the Nicolaitans, turning the grace of god into lasciviousness? Is it the misuse and abuse of great light and opportunities and privileges, marking boasted claims to wisdom and religious knowledge, while te life and character are inconsistent and immoral? Whatever it is that has been petted and cultivated until it has become strong and overmastering, make determined efforts to overcome, else you will e lost. It is these cherished sins, abhorrent to God, that make enfeebled moral courage, and leave you to choose to walk apart from God, while you retain a miserable, heartless, outward form. Once the soul was all aglow with the love for Jesus; but all this is changed. The great Head who moves in the midst of his candlesticks will never be without a church. There will be taithless ones who will go out from us because they were not of us. There will be apostasies. But ‘nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.’ There will be those who are evil, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, who are sensual, who are controlled by the master-worker in all evil, who will have to be separated from the church.”…
This labor of purifying the church is a painful work, but one that must not be neglected, if the church would have the commendation of God.” E. G. White,Review and Herald Articles, 06-07-1887, paragraph 16.

“Any connection with infidels and UNBELIEVERS which would identify us with them is FORBIDDEN by the word. We are to come out from them and be separate. in no case are we to link ourselves with them in their plans or work.” E. G. White, Fundamentals of Christian Education, 482.

“We must AS A PEOPLE arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree….We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? E. G. White, Manuscript Release No. 449, pp. 17, 18.

“It is now the duty of God’s commandment-keeping people to watch and pray, to search the Scriptures diligently, to hide the word of god in the heart, lest they sin against Him in idolatrous thoughts and debasing practices, and thus the church of God become demoralized like the fallen churches whom prophecy represents as being filled with every unclean and hateful bird.” E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 17, 1887; also found in Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, 188.

“The world must not be introduced into the church and married to the church. Through union with the world the church will become corrupt,–‘a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” E. G. White, Review and Herald, 02-26-1895, pr. 4.

“Worldly policy is taking the place of tue iety and wisdom tht comes from above, and God will remove His prospering hand from the conference. Shall the ark of the covenant be removed from this people? Shall idols be smuggled in? Shall false principles and false precepts be brought into the sanctuary? Shall antichrist be respected? Shall the true doctrines and principles given us of God, which have made us what we are, be ignored?…. This is directly where the enemy, through blinded, unconsecrated men, is leading us.” E. G. White, Manuscript 29, 1890.

“Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church…” E. G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, 71.

“The counsel of Christ to the Laodicean Church was being acted upon, and all who were feeling their poverty were buying gold (faith and love, white raiment (the righteousness of Christ), and eyesalve (true spiritual discernment).” E. G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 6, 513, col. 3.

“How could they (Stanton and Caldwell) come from that meeting where the power of God was revealed in so marked a manner, and poclaim that the loud cry was that the commandment-keeping people were Babylon?” E. G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 6, p. 514, cols. 1 and 2.

“Characteristics of True Reformers.–Here [Isa. 8:11-14] are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel’s messsage, thse who avow themselves God’s commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the niverse, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairer of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written–Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations.” E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151.

“Organizations, institutions, unless kept by the power of God, will work under Satan’s dictation to bring men under the control of men; and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth, and for the advancement of the kingdom of God.” E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, 494.

“Christ speaks of the church over which Satan presides as the synagogue of Satan. Its members are the he children of disobedience. They are those who choose to sin, who labor to make void the holy law of God. It is Satan’s work to mingle evil with good, and to remove the distinction between good and evil.
Christ would have a church that labors to separate the evil from the good, whose members will not willingly tolerate wrong-doing, but will expel it form the heart and life.” E.G White, Review and Herald Articles, ol. 4, 243, cf. Signs of the Times, March 1, 1910.

“Satan has a large confederacy, his church. Christ calls them the synagogue of Satan because the members are the children of sin. The members of Satn’s church have been constantly working to cast off the divine law, and confuse the distinction between good and evil. Satan is working with great power in and through the children of disobedience to exalt treason and apostasy as truth and loyalty.” E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, 16.

“The day of God is right upon us, and the world has converted the church. Both are in harmony, and are acting upon a short-sited policy” E.G. White, General Conference Bulletin, 1st Quarter, 1900.

“God’s professed people are selfish and self-caring….They are idolaters, and are worse, in the sight of God, than the heathen, graven-image worshppers who have had no knowledge of a better way.”Testimonies, vol. 2, 441-442.

“I have been shown that the spirit of the world is fast leavening the church. You are following the same path as did ancient Israel. There is the same falling away from your holy calling as God’s eculiar eople. You are having fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Your [ecumenical] concord with unbelievers have provoked he Lord’s disleasure. you know not the things that belong to your peace, and they are fast being hid from your eyes. Your neglect to follow the light will place you in a more unfavorable position than the Jews upon whom Christ pronounced a woe.” Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 75-76.

Chronology of SDA apostasy. Necessity of separation.

Chronology of SDA apostasy.
Necessity of separation.

We are faced today with a life and death issue. God is calling His people to separate from sin and apostasy. This is not a new teaching of God . Throughout history, it was a requirement of God for His people
There was a coming out, a decided (Dict: Decided : clearly marked, distinct, vigorous and determined.) separation from the wicked, an escape for life. So it was in the days of Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; and so it will be in the last days (So with the Reformers and so with the founders of the SDA movement). Again the voice of God is heard in a message of warning, bidding His people separate themselves from the prevailing iniquity. PP 166.4
Today I am convinced that it is imperative to separate from the SDA church. Yet, you may want a clear ‘thus says the Lord’ for such a call. God has given us ample teachings and principles to go by, so as to make the case for such a call, out of the SDA church, a compelling one. You see, the pioneers of the SDA movement did not have a clear and direct light on each point of doctrine. They had to build up their understanding of the truth ‘link by link’.

“God by His Holy Spirit let light shine forth upon His servants, and the subject gradually opened to their minds. It required much study and anxious care to search it out link after link. By care, anxiety, and incessant labor has the work moved on until the great truths of our message, a clear, connected, perfect whole, have been given to the world”. {1T, p 79}.

You may wonder if, in our search for the truth about separating from the SDA church, God would remove all doubts from our minds and presents us with a ‘completely-sealed case’? Well the principle, by which we should go about our study of this subject, or any other for this matter, has been enunciated already in inspired writings.

“Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, a mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving and to question and quibble. Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit, and all should decide from the weight of evidence.” {3T, p 255}.

“The unbelief that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to the evidence that God is pleased to give. He requires of His people faith that rests upon the weight of evidence, not upon perfect knowledge. Those followers of Christ who accept the light that God sends them must obey the voice of God speaking to them when there are many other voices crying out against it. It requires discernment to distinguish the voice of God.” 3 T:258.

It is the principle of the ‘weight of evidence’ by which we should undertake this study. Is the weight of evidence in favor of separating or not separating from the SDA church? I propose to you today that the weight of evidence is in favor of separating. Again, keep in mind that God will not ‘remove all occasion for unbelief’. Only those who have a ‘teachable spirit’ will be able to decide based on the ‘weight of evidence’. With that said, in the way of an introduction, let us begin our short study.

Why does God , to begin with, ask us to separate from the wicked?

“You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean. It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure”. {RH, January 2, 1900}.

“We have a testing message to give, and I am instructed to say to our people, “Unify, unify.” But we are not to unify with those who are departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”. Manuscript 31, 1906. {3SM, p 412}.

The history of which nation will the people of God just before the second coming going to repeat?

“We want to understand the time in which we live. We do not half understand it. We do not half take it in. My heart trembles in me when I think of what a foe we have to meet, and how poorly we are prepared to meet him. The trials of the children of Israel, and their attitude just before the first coming of Christ, have been presented before me again and again to illustrate the position of the people of God in their experience before the second coming of Christ–how the enemy sought every occasion to take control of the minds of the Jews, and today he is seeking to blind the minds of God’s servants, that they may not be able to discern the precious truth.” {1SM, p 406}.

Since the people of God just before the Second Coming of Christ will repeat the exact experience of the Jewish church, it pays to go over that ancient history briefly.

Did the people of the old Jewish church worship their church more than the God of their church?

“The Jews worshiped the temple and were filled with greater indignation at anything spoken against that building than if it had been spoken against God.” {EW, p 198}.

Did Christ attempt to expose the rulers of the Jewish church in order to liberate His people from the slavery of the priesthood?

“The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ’s message and was bent upon His death; therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those who should carry the gospel to all nations.” {DA, p 232}.

Those who wanted to follow Christ at the time of the Jews had to be gathered out from the Jewish system. Has this been the case with every succeeding generation?

“As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience.” {DA, p 232}.

When the religious leaders of the Jewish church were found guilty of rejecting the light of Christ, who was charged guilty of this most serious of sins?

“The time of the greatest responsibility for the Jewish people was when Christ was among them. And had they but known it, this was also the time of their greatest privilege and blessing. But they refused every overture of mercy, and rejected the Son of God, and thus made themselves guilty of the greatest of all sins. Christ charged the whole nation with this sin.” {RH, December 13, 1898}.

Since we are told in 1SM 406 that God ‘s people in the end times will repeat the history of the Jewish church, did the Jewish church ever become part of fallen Babylon?

“Babylon is also charged with the sin of unlawful connection with “the kings of the earth.” It was by departure from God, and alliance with the heathen, that the Jewish church became a harlot…” {GC, p 382}.

But is being a harlot and Babylon one in the eyes of God ?

“A virtuous woman represents a pure church [ekklesia], a vile woman an apostate church. Babylon is said to be a harlot.” {2SOP, p 233}.

Since God ‘s ekklesia in the end times will face the same destiny of the Jewish church according to 1SM 406, did God give any unconditional promise to the SDA church?

“In these day HE has instituted no new plan to preserve the purity of His people.” {4T, p. 165}.

“The principle of God’s dealing with men are ever the same.” GC: 343

“God’s promises are all made upon conditions.” {FW, p.47}.

Since God ‘s promises are all conditional it follows that the SDA church was not given any unconditional promise. Is there any SOP in support for such a conclusion?

“In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the sentence: “Found wanting.” By the light bestowed, the opportunities given, will she be judged.” {8T, p 247}.

What if the SDA church is found unfaithful in fulfilling His destined mission? Does God have a back-up plan for such an emergency?

“The Master will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the word of God, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, God can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities.” {14MR, p 102}. UL, p 131.

What about then the following quotes, which appear on the surface to prohibit us from calling the SDA church as Babylon?

“To claim that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Babylon, is to make the same claim as does Satan, who is an accuser of the brethren, who accuses them before God night and day”. {TM, p 43- 1893}.

“If those who have been proclaiming the message that the church is Babylon had used the money expended in publishing and circulating this error, in building up, instead of tearing down, they would have made it evident that they were people whom God is leading”. {TM, p43- 1893}.

How do we reconcile the above two quotes with our conclusion that the SDA church has indeed fallen and is now part of fallen Babylon?

Ellen White sets out the following divine principle when studying the testimonies:

“Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered”. {1SM, p 57}.

With the above principle in mind of the need to consider the ‘time and place’ for the above two quotes, what is the circumstances that have led the prophetess of God to state the above quotes and were the quotes qualified or unconditional in nature?

In 1893 a man by the name of A.W. Stanton issued and circulated a tract (called: Loud Cry) calling the SDA church Babylon. But in 1893 the church was not fully united with the world to be identified with Babylon. Ellen White stated then that this message was from Satan and not from God . For only God can declare the church to be Babylon. The only testimony in which Ellen White ever spoke about this issue was in 1893, and solely in response to the Stanton tract. Nothing about this subject was stated before or after 1893, which strongly suggests that this testimony was written in the present tense form. In the same testimony she said the following:

“There is but one church who is AT THE PRESENT TIME standing in the breach, and making up the hedge…”. {TM, p 50-1893}.

Earlier, in June 12, 1893, she wrote something similar which suggests strongly that when she said the church was not Babylon, she was referring to the church in 1893:

“God has had a church from that day, through all the changing scenes of time to the present period, 1893.” {3SM, p 18}.

As a further proof that what she wrote in 1893 in response to the Stanton tract was in the present tense form of the condition of the SDA church, there and then, is the following quote. In this quote , which was written two years later, she warned the church not to be married to the world lest, it [SDA church] become a ‘cage of every unclean and hateful bird’. This phrase is taken directly from Revelation 18, which God uses to describe the state of Babylon, and hence the need to come out of her.

“The world must not be introduced into the church and married to the church. Through union with the world the church will become corrupt, –‘a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’ The customs of the world must not have a place; for they will be open doors through which the prince of darkness will find access, and the line of demarcation will become indistinguishable between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not… Satanic forces are continually at work through the world, and it is the object of Satan to bring the church and the world into such close fellowship that their aims, their spirit, their principles, shall harmonize…”. {RH, February 26, 1895}.

Did God ‘s messenger ever predict the downfall of the SDA church? YES!

“Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, ‘but I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for thee.’ At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent [in their own estimation], and hast revealed them unto babes.” {RH, August 1, 1893}. [THE BRACKETED COMMENTS ARE BY ELLEN WHITE].

That Ellen White never excluded from her writings the possibility of the SDA church falling and becoming part of fallen Babylon is further evidenced in the following quote:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR, p 380, 1886}.

In 1894 Ellen White confirmed in the following quote that the SDA church did not heed God ‘s council of not being married to the world:

“The church has taken the world into her fellowship, and has given her affections to the enemies of holiness. The church and the world are standing on the same ground in transgression of the law of God. The church prefers to assimilate to the world rather than separate from its customs and vanities’. {ST, March 12, 1894}.

In spite of the repeated warnings of God ‘s messenger to the SDA leadership to repent and obey God ‘s testimonies, did the leadership reverse their rebellious course?

“God gave them clear light as to what they should do, and what they should not do, but they departed from that light… That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be– that is past…God wants them removed…”. {GCB, April 3, 1901, p.23-26}.

Although there was a cosmetic change in the leadership of the General Conference in 1901; there was not a true surrender of ‘kingly power’. Hence, the opportunity for a genuine change of course by the leadership in 1901 was wasted.

“What a wonderful work could have been done for the vast company gathered in Battle Creek at the General Conference of 1901, if the leaders of our work had taken themselves in hand. But the work that all heaven was waiting to do as soon as men prepared the way, was not done; for the leaders closed and bolted the door against the Spirit’s entrance. There was a stopping short of entire surrender to God. And hearts that might have been purified from all error were strengthened in wrongdoing. The doors were barred against the heavenly current that would have swept away all evil. Men left their sins unconfused. They built themselves up in wrongdoing, and said to the Spirit of God, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee.” {Letter 123, August 23, 1902}.

The rejection of the testimonies by the SDA leadership in the GC session of 1901 became the saddest event in the life of Ellen White up to that time .

His power was with me all the way through the last General Conference, and had the men in responsibility felt one quarter of the burden that rested on me, there would have been heartfelt confession and repentance. A work would have been done by the Holy Spirit such as has never yet been seen in Battle Creek. Those who at that time heard my message, and refused to humble their hearts before God, are without excuse. No greater proof will ever come to them. Lt17-1903.9
The result of the last General Conference has been the greatest, the most terrible sorrow of my life. No change was made. The spirit that should have been brought into the whole work as the result of that meeting was not brought in because men did not receive the testimonies of the Spirit of God. As they went to their several fields of labor, they did not walk in the light that the Lord had flashed upon their pathway, but carried into their work the wrong principles that had been prevailing in the work at Battle Creek. Lt17-1903.10
The Lord has marked every movement made by the leading men in our institutions and conferences. It is a perilous thing to reject the light that God sends. Letter 17, 1903

“It is a perilous thing to reject the light that God sends…So today upon those who have had light and evidence, but who have refused to heed God’s warnings and entreaties, heaven’s woe is pronounced…God bore long with the perversity of Israel, but the time came when the people passed the boundaries…” {13MR, p 122-123/Letter 17, January 14, 1903}.

Shortly after this God pronounced the SDA church an harlot and announced that His presence has left the SDA church.

“Who can truthfully say: “Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are unspotted by the world”? I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness. Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath. Then He said to me: “can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character?’ How is the faithful city become an harlot!’ My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed! For this cause there is weakness, and strength is lacking.” {8T, p 250}.

What is the significance of God’s declaration in 1903, just 2 weeks after the end of the GC session, that His presence has left the SDA church?

“He (Christ) declared it to be His will that where He was, there His church should be…” {SDA Bible Commentary, vol.7A, p.1150, col. 2}.

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.” {UL, p 315}.

When the Spirit of God departed the SDA church in 1903 it ceased to be His church. The only way for this state of being a God-less church to change was for the SDA church to reverse its rebellious course and repent its ways. When a church is first declared a harlot ( Babylon), it is not declared a fallen Babylon until it persists in its harlotry and passes God’s boundary of mercy and grace. Here is the SOP support for this understanding. Here is what Ellen White said about where God ‘s people where at the proclamation of the first angel’s message:

“At the proclamation of the first angel’s message, the people of God were in Babylon…” {4SOP, p 23}.

We know that the first angel’s message was first proclaimed in 1833 and began to gain steady momentum by 1840. So, God ‘s church in 1840 was declared to be Babylon by the pen of inspiration. And why was God’s church declared Babylon at the proclamation of the first angel’s message?

“The churches became corrupted by allying themselves with the world.” {4SOP, p 194}.

Christ gave the Protestant churches, which had become Babylonian, the first angel’s message to win them back to Him, away from Babylonian influences.

“It was to separate the church of Christ from the corrupting influence of the world that the first angel’s message was given.” {4SOP, p 231}.

When the Protestant churches of God , who were considered to be Babylonian due to their worldly corruption, rejected the first angel’s message they were then declared a fallen Babylon. And hence, God ‘s people had to, in addition to giving the declaration that Babylon is fallen, separate from her.

“When the churches spurned the counsel of God by rejecting the Advent message, God rejected them. The first angel was followed by a second, proclaiming, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” [REV. 14:8] This message was understood [They did not have a ‘thus says the Lord’ for such a conclusion. But inspiration confirmed their understanding of God’s ways] by Adventists to be an announcement of the moral fall of the churches in consequence of their rejection of the first message. The proclamation, “Babylon is fallen,” was given in the summer of 1844, and as the result, about fifty thousand withdrew from these churches.” {4SOP, p 232}. [Brackets supplied].

When God first declared the Protestant churches to be Babylon, He gave them one last chance before totally rejecting them. Their chance was accepting the first angel’s message. If they rejected this last message then they would be declared by God as fallen Babylon, and His people inside those churches would have to come out of and be separate.

“I saw Jesus turn His face from those who rejected and despised His coming, and then He bade angels lead His people out from among the unclean, lest they should be defiled. Those who were obedient to the message stood out free and united. A holy light shone upon them. They renounced the world, sacrificed their earthly interests, gave up their earthly treasures, and directed their anxious gaze to heaven, expecting to see their loved Deliverer. A holy light beamed upon their countenances, telling of the peace and joy, which reigned within. Jesus bade His angels go and strengthen them, for the hour of their trial drew on. I saw that these waiting ones were not yet tried as they must be. They were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of God in sending a warning to the people of the earth, and repeated messages to lead them to a diligent searching of heart, and study of the Scriptures, that they might divest themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists.” {EW, p 249-250}.

The above has revealed to us that when God ‘s church is first declared Babylon it has a chance to repent. If it persists in its harlotry then it will present to God’s people a compelling case of its having become a fallen Babylonian church. When this understanding is reached by God’s people then the declaration of its fallen status is coupled with decided move to separate and come out of her.

In 1903 God HIMSELF, and not the prophet, declared the church to be a harlot. (See again 8T, p 250). It was given a last chance for repentance. The question which faces us today is: Has the SDA church repented or persisted in its evil course since last warned in 1903? The honest in heart can not but agree that the church has not repented by one bit. In fact, even during the last years of Ellen White (between 1903 and 1915) we find that the church has not repented; to the extent that she has made some very startling statements concerning the condition of the church at HER TIME..

I have a work to do, and I am now making decisions. I must remain away from Conference meetings. I must not attend camp – meetings. The spirit of drawing apart, as the result of judging one another, has become so common, and the churches are becoming so leavened with this spirit that I have no desire to attend these meetings. After returning from them, it is often weeks before I am able to take up my neglected work. Lt186-1902.4

“Because those in positions of responsibility have for years left the Southern field unworked, notwithstanding the most decided testimonies urging them to take up this work; because they continue to neglect this field and use every manner of device in trying to uproot the confidence of the people in those who have done the hardest and most self-sacrificing work in the South , I have but very little confidence that God is giving these men in positions of responsibility spiritual eyesight and heavenly discernment. I am thrown into perplexity over their course; and I desire now to attend to my special work, to have no part in any of their councils, and to attend no meetings, nigh nor afar off. My mind shall not be dragged into confusion by the tendency they manifest to work directly contrary to the light that God has given me. I am done. I will preserve my God-given intelligence. Lt186-1902.5

“My voice has been heard in the different conferences and at camp meetings. I must now make a change. I cannot enter the atmosphere of strife and then have to bear testimonies that cost me much more than those to whom they are sent can imagine. When I attend the different meetings, I am compelled to deal with men, standing in responsible places, who I know are not exerting an influence that God can endorse. And when I bear a testimony in reference to their course of action, advantage is taken of this testimony. These men have not clear understanding. Should I say the things that I know, they would not, with their present experience, use this instruction wisely, and would bring upon me inconceivable burdens. Lt186-1902.6

“I shall, therefore, leave them to receive word from the Bible, in which the principles upon which they should work are laid down in straight lines.” {17 MS, p 65-66}. [Written in December 2, 1902, in a letter to Edson and Willie]. Letter 186, 1902

“The warning is given in the Word, “Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” We now repeat, Parents, keep your children away from Battle Creek. Some of our medical missionary workers are becoming leavened with infidelity. Specious heresy has been taking hold of minds, and its threads have been woven into the pattern of the figure. Who is responsible for giving young men and women an education that has left a seducing influence upon their minds? One father writes that of his two children, who were sent to Battle Creek, one is now an infidel and the other has given up the truth.” {20 MS, p 67}. Letter 208, June 29, 1906.

“There are serious objections to having the school located at Battle Creek. Here is a large church, and there are quite a number of youth connected with this church. And in so large a church, where one has influence over another, if this influence is of an elevating character, leading to purity and consecration to God, then the youth coming to Battle Creek will have greater advantages than if the school was located elsewhere. But if the influences at Battle Creek shall be in the future what they have been for several years past, I would warn parents to keep their children from Battle Creek. There are but few in that large church who have an influence that will steadily draw souls to Christ. There are many who would, by their example, lead the youth away from God to the love of the world.” {Testimonies to the Church at Battle Creek, p 50}. 3T, p 197- PH 123, p 50, 1872.

“Now, those who have had years in this same experience, know not God nor Jesus whom He has sent, and should such go forth as representatives of Jesus? These men will never give the right mold to other minds; they have not grown up to the full stature of men and women in Christ. They simply have the name of Christians but are not fitted for the work of God, and never will be until they are born again, and learn the A.B.C. in true religion of Jesus. There is a little hope in one direction: Take the young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian.” {12 MS, p 334}.

Some may suggest that the above quotes represent only the condition of the SDA church at the then world head quarters, and therefore far away churches could be insulated from the evil leaven of world headquarters. Listen to what Ellen White had to say about this very point:

“The great heart of the work is at —–; and, as the human heart throws its living current of blood into all parts of the body, so does the management at this place, the headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers. If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy; but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid. So it is with us. If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence.” {4T, p 210}.

Let us study chronologically some statements from Ellen White before her death, to see if there was any sign of repentance after the church was declared a harlot by Jesus:

Last night I seemed to be standing before a crowd of people who were not united. One would stand back while another desired to go forward. They were not standing in unity one with another. I saw a heavenly being come and stand before them and heard Him say: “Come into line! No one is fighting a battle on his own charges. The Master of assemblies says, Come into line!” Ms9-1910.2
Although we may have followed our own way for a time, it is possible for us to return and get into line. We ought to be grateful to God for the privilege of returning when we have gone astray.

When I think of the history of our work during the past ten years, I can but say, See what the Lord hath wrought. Mercifully He has been working to shed light upon the pathway of His people. In spite of the hindrances that have been met with in the work, we need not feel sadness, except as we see a failure on the part of God’s people to follow their Leader step by step. Ms15-1910.1
From one of the published testimonies I copy the following: Ms15-1910.2
It is God’s purpose that His people shall be a sanctified, purified, holy people, communicating light to all with whom they come in contact. It is His purpose that by exemplifying the truth in their lives, they shall be a praise in the earth. The grace of Christ is sufficient to bring this about. But let God’s people remember that only as they believe and work out the principles of the gospel can He make them a praise in the earth. Only as they yield their God – given capabilities in His service will they enjoy the fulness and the power of the promise whereon the church has been called to stand. If those who profess to believe in Christ as their Saviour reach only the low standard of worldly measurement, the church fails to bear the rich harvest that God expects. “Found wanting” is written upon her record. Ms15-1910.3

I am instructed to say, Let the converting power of God rest upon physicians, upon ministers, and upon conference officials. As a people we are far behind where we might have been, had our brethren in positions of responsibility always walked in the counsel of God, instead of assuming an arbitrary authority that has greatly retarded His work. There should now be an entire change based upon thorough conversion. Lt2-1910.6

The churches are asleep, and they need an awakening. They have not a knowledge of the requirements of the Lord. Let the message from the Lord go forth in its purity. Lift up the voice in the fear of the Lord, in warning. The families in the church who have a knowledge of the truth, to discern the signs of the times through the Word of the Lord, are not half awakened. Where are the fathers and mothers in Israel, claiming to be the Lord’s people? Many have not obeyed the Word of the Lord, and evil, fallen angels appear to them, claiming to be angels of God to instruct them. These will be received by some, and the light given is the light of the fallen angels, which is surely spiritual death to the receiver. Many of our people need to have converted, spiritual eyesight. There is danger of allowing common, earthly transactions to be all – absorbing. As a result, the stamp of the world is upon parents and children. Many have framed a religion of their own choosing and are making their business the grave of their religious serving. Lt42-1910.7
Wake up the physicians! Wake up the ministers! In some cases defects of character have become strong. There are many who are being converted into commercialism, and they bring their traits of character into the church, to work out their plans and lead others into temptations. The ones who are themselves being deceived and lurking to lead others into temptation. They direct the unwary feet, and the special strong traits of character have become so firmly fixed that their cases seem hopeless. Lt42-1910.8
Let ministers and physicians and all men in office look well to their individual selves. Satan has his fallen angels, who appear as teachers, to instruct every soul who is separating himself from his brethren who are striving for heaven. Patience, tenderness, and reconversion are to be presented line upon line, precept upon precept, under the sanctification of the Holy Spirit of God. Too many money speculators and too many professed teachers, who are unconverted, are leading into false paths. We must wake up and seek the Lord with that humility and meekness that God will accept, because we understand that we are not today prepared for the kingdom of heaven. We must follow on step by step in the way of the Lord, and we shall be overcomers. Lt42-1910.9

I wish to repeat some things that have been presented to our people many times in the past. As a people, and individually, we need to receive fresh supplies of grace day by day. We need the endowment of the Holy Spirit, which is able to sanctify the soul. Many of us do not realize the sacredness of our profession of faith; therefore there is much talking and little real faith, little convincing evidence that the Holy Spirit is imbuing our hearts, illuminating our minds, and strengthening us to perform the will of Him who day by day is calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Ms55-1912.1
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Thousands are starving for the bread of life, while even church members are drunken as it were with the wine of false representation. What burden do these professed believers carry for perishing souls? Strife for supremacy, great ideas for the development of commercial enterprises absorb the mind, and the spiritual needs of humanity are forgotten.
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At this time, when satanic agencies seem to be triumphing, the Lord calls upon His people to be wide – awake, that they may give the enemy no advantage in his purpose to deceive, if possible, the elect.
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O that there might be an awakening on the part of our people, that they might realize the solemnity of the times in which we live. Those who hope to be prepared for the Lord’s appearing should be in earnest in doing a work that will recommend the truth to others. A sincere acceptance of the truth for this time will result in the carrying out of its teachings in the daily life. Ms55-1912.14

Often in the night season I am bidden to urge our brethren in responsible positions to make earnest effort to follow on to know the Lord more perfectly. When our workers realize as they should the importance of the times in which we live, there will be seen a determined purpose to be on the Lord’s side, and they will become in truth laborers together with God. When they consecrate heart and soul to the service of God, they will find that an experience deeper than any they have yet obtained is essential if they would triumph over all sin. Lt7-1913.7
It will be well for us to consider what is soon to come upon the earth. This is no time for trifling or self – seeking. If the times in which we are living fail to impress our minds seriously, what can reach us? Do not the Scriptures call for a more pure and holy work than we have yet seen? Lt7-1913.8
Men of clear understanding are needed now. God calls upon those who are willing to be controlled by the Holy Spirit to lead out in a work of thorough reformation. I see a crisis before us, and the Lord calls for His laborers to come into line. Every soul should now stand in a position of deeper, truer consecration to God than during the years that have passed. Lt7-1913.9
During the General Conference of 1909, a work should have been done in the hearts of those in attendance that was not done. Hours should have been given up to heart – searching that would have to the breaking up of the fallow ground of the hearts of those who are at the meeting. This would have given them insight to understand the work so essential to be done by them in repentance and confession. But though opportunities were given for confession of sin, for heartfelt repentance, and for a decided reformation, thorough work was not done. Some felt the influence of the Holy Spirit and responded, but all did not yield to this influence. The minds of some were running in forbidden channels. Had there been on the part of all in the assembly a humbling of the heart, there would have been manifested a wonderful blessing. Lt7-1913.10
For a number of months after the close of that meeting, I bore a heavy burden and urged upon the attention of the brethren in responsibility those things which the Lord was instructing me to set before them plainly. Finally some of those in positions of trust in connection with the general work, after much prayer and careful study of the various messages given, ventured to undertake by faith the work called for – a work they could not fully understand; and as they went forward in the fear of God, they received rich blessing. Lt7-1913.11
It has brought great rejoicing to my heart to see the marvelous transformations that have been wrought in the lives of some who thus chose to advance by faith in the way of the Lord rather than to follow a way of their own choosing. Had those brethren in responsibility continued to view matters in a false light, they would have created a condition of things that would sadly have marred the work; but when they heeded the instruction that was sent, and sought the Lord, God brought them into the full light and enabled them to render acceptable service and to bring about spiritual reformations. When the Lord sets His hand to prepare the way before His ministers, it is their duty to follow where He directs. He will never forsake or leave in uncertainty those who follow His leading with full purpose of heart. Lt7-1913.12
“I rejoice,” my brethren, “that I have confidence in you in all things.” [2 Corinthians 7:16.] And while I still feel the deepest anxiety over the attitude that some are taking toward important measures connected with the development of the cause of God in the earth, yet I have strong faith in the workers throughout the field and believe that as they meet together and humble themselves before the Lord and consecrate themselves anew to His service, they will be enabled to do His will. There are some who do not even now view matters in the right light, but these may learn to see eye to eye with their co – workers and may avoid making serious mistakes by earnestly seeking the Lord at this time and by submitting their will wholly to the will of God. Lt7-1913.13
I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me in the night season. There seemed to be a great movement – a work of revival – going forward in many places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God’s call. My brethren, the Lord is speaking to us. Shall we not heed His voice? Shall we not trim our lamps and act like men who look for their Lord to come? The time is one that calls for light – bearing, for action. Lt7-1913.14
“I therefore … beseech you” brethren, “that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” [Ephesians 4:1 – 3.] Lt7-1913.15

Therefore, after the SDA church was first declared a harlot in 1903 the church was given a last chance of repentance. This is why from 1903 and until her death (1915), God ‘s servant did not call God ‘s people out of the SDA church. But did she hold much faith of genuine repentance by the SDA leadership after her disappearance from the scene? Here are her words in her last testimony, few months before her death:

“I am charged to tell our people that do not realize, that the devil has device after device, and he carries them out in ways that they do not expect. Satan’s agencies will invent ways to make sinners out of saints. ‘I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place. I do not know when I shall be taken; and I desire to warn all against the devices of the devil. I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death. I do not know especially what changes will take place; but they should watch every conceivable sin that Satan will try to immortalize.’ ” {1MS, p1,1915}.

What are Some of the Great Changes Ellen White was Trying to Warn us About That Have Proven to be Devices of the Devil?

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A NEW ORGANIZATION would be established. Books of a NEW ORDER would be written (not only is adventism oversaturated with books written by uninspired authors, but many misleading compilations of E. G. White’s writings have been published, that take her writings out of context and ignore the principles of interpretation. You can check them out yourself at https://www.adventistbookcenter.com Literally thousands and thousands of books that nullify the teachings given through Ellen White). A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced ( NLP hypnosis, guided imagery, vizualization, all of these and a lot more accentuate on the ‘infinite potential of man’ and lead away from depending on God). The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but GOD BEING REMOVED, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

Who has authority to begin such a [NEW] movement? We have our Bibles, we have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204, 205.

“The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and pervert that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working.” Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p. 36.

“I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure [hidden] people, little known to the Catholics but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hate us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institutions of the people that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday. Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward, and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week, instead of the seventh day, shall be slain. And the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast. And the Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decree bring or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the Voice of God.” E.G. White, Dorchester, Maine, October 23, 1850, Spalding–Magan’s Unpublished Mss. Testimonies, pp. 1, 2.
“I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics”.
“The saints then will be an obscure [hidden] people, little known to the Catholics but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hate us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics”.
Then I saw Laodiceans. [The nominal, or first – day, adventists] They will make a mighty effort. Will they get the victory? One who has the truth will chase a thousand, and two will put ten thousand to flight… Manuscript 11, 1850. (Written December 25, 1850, at Paris, Maine.) 13MR 301.4
The brackets are not inserted, they are in the “Manuscript Releases volume 13” as well.

Observe from the last quotes that in those days the nominal adventists are called laodiceans. So nominal adventists are the laodiceans. What church openly admits to being Laodicea today?

“Let us bear in mind the words that Christ spoke to the people who were honored above others in being privileged to have the Lord Jesus Christ to labor among them, and yet who did not appreciate this privilege, and did not diffuse the light of Heaven to others. (has the SDA church diffused the light to the world? Has it lived up to its privileges? Do you see inside the church a majority of people fighting and struggling for the salvation of others?) He said: “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repeated long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” {RH, December 3, 1895 par. 6}

“And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, than for thee.” E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3. This quote is just as it appears in the Review article, BRACKETS AND ALL.

COUNTERPART: “The Lord commanded one of his ancient servants, ‘Pray not thou for this people [Jer. 7:16 and 11:14], neither lift up cry nor prayer for them neither make intercession to me for I will not hear thee.’ The prophet thus describes the sins which had called forth this fearful denunciation: ‘The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means and my people love to have it so and what will ye do in the end thereof?’ ‘From the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.’ The apostles declare that this state of things will find its COUNTERPART in the last days. Many have a form of godliness, but in their daily life deny the power thereof. They have ceased to be convicted of their sins or alarmed at their state. They say in their hearts, ‘The church is flourishing. Peace and spiritual prosperity are within her borders.’ The words of the prophet may well apply to these self-deceivers, ‘They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them.” E. G. White, Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 11-07-82.

“I am charged to tell our people that some do not realize that the devil has device after device that he carries out in ways that make sinners out of saints. I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest great changes will take place.” Elmshaven, February 24, 1915. Testimony of Ellen G. White. February 24, 1915.
It was an unpublished statement, it was recently published by the White Estate. This warning has been kept from the people. Ellen White clearly says in the statement that it is a warning to all against the devices of the devil. She further said: “I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death.” The White Estate will suffer the consequences of sitting in the gate deciding what the people should and should not have, especially when Ellen White clearly wanted this warning to go to the people.
It would be extremely naive of anyone to think that there have not been many such warning statements omitted from publication. In The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials alone, you will come across many dot, dot, dot (elipses) marks in portions that are obviously very controversial. The same thing occurs when reading much of the published writings by Ellen White. Many letters and manuscripts are still not available to the public. This is one of the major reasons VENGEANCE is executed in the very courts of the Temple, the church, because the leaders, rather than the Spirit of Prophecy, have decided what the people should and should not have:
“In the very courts of the temple [the SDA church], scenes will be enacted that few realize. God’s people will be proved and tested, that He may discern ‘between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.’ Vengeance will be executed against those who sit in the gate, deciding what the people should have and what they should not have. These take away the key of knowledge. They refuse to enter in themselves, and those who would enter in they hinder. These bear not the seal of the living God. All who now occupy responsible positions should be solemnly and terribly afraid lest in this time they shall be found as unfaithful stewards.” E.G. White, Manuscript 15, 1886, Paulson Collection, p. 55.
Notice that the warning was given 2 years prior to the rejection of the righteousness by faith message.

Did ‘great changes’ in the SDA church take place after her death as she predicted? YES. Where those changes for the better or for the worse? An honest in heart would not have difficulty answering those questions.

If ‘great changes’ for the worse took place in the SDA church since her death, is it reasonable to conclude that the SDA church, has since 1915, at the some point in time crossed God ‘s boundaries and became fallen Babylon?

In the Great Controversy, God outlines for us, through inspiration, the reasons why a once-chosen church becomes part of fallen Babylon .

“The sins of Babylon will be laid open… By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of [1] her errors and [2]sins, because of her [3] rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven.” {GC, p 606}. [Brackets supplied].

A harlot church becomes fallen Babylon due to 3 reasons:
Her sins.
Her errors.
Her rejections of truth sent to her from heaven .
How will the SDA church stand if tested against the above criteria ? Let us examine each of the above 3 qualifications in relations to the SDA church, to see if it has indeed met the ‘fallen Babylon’ condition or not!

1) Her sins:

The sins of the SDA church are easily documented. For brevity I will state few of her major sins:

NLP (neuro linguistic programming),
Celebration style of worship, borrowed directly from Vatican Council II.
http://www.sdadefend.com/Spiritualism-invasion/Hypnotism.htm

Excuse the language, but this is a pretty accurate descriltion of NLP:
https://ultraculture.org/blog/2014/01/16/nlp-10-ways-protect-mind-control/

This is where the SDA defend their position regarding NLP:
https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1992/06/are-adventist-pastors-teaching-hypnotism
They provide short Ellen White quotations to sustain their position, gravely taken out of context, ignoring the rules of interpretation.
Joining the SDA health care system with that of the Papacy. Going 180 degrees against 1 Cor. 6:14-18.
https://www.centura.org/about-centura/sponsors
https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2017/04/06/catholic-and-adventist-health-systems-join-forces-walla-walla

Persecuting those who preach the three angel’s messages, by taking them to court to stop their activities.
Using tithe money to hire Catholic lawyer to bring faithful members to court.
http://www.thethirdangelsmessage.com/adventist_trademark.php

Disfellowshiping members engaged in literature distribution, which identifies the Man of Sin.
The hierarchical church organization, allowing man to control man, and resulting in abusive kingly power.
Adopting the Church Manual, against the council of God .
Joining the WCC stealthily, though denying it publicly.
The blasphemy of claiming that the church has the authority to change doctrine:
“…The General Conference of the Church, the only body having AUTHORITY TO ALTER the structure of the CHURCH either in DOCTRINE or organization.”{ EEOC vs. PPPA, 1975}. [ (Court Transcript of United States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Opening Brief for the Church, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, December 4, 1974, p 17]

“..The General Conference session holds the singular AUTHORITY FOR REVISING the Church Manual–including THE CHURCH’S FUNDAMENTAL beliefs.” { Adventist Review 7-5-1990}.

“Only a committee appointed by the General Conference can interpret prophecy.” (Adventist Review, June 5, 1986, p 2).

“It is our responsibility to study the Scriptures for ourselves, to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to submit our understandings to those in the church who are able to judge our findings, and then to abide to the decisions of the church…” (Seventh-day Adventist Church Adult Sabbath School Quarterly, Lesson 13, March 28, 1987, p 92, or p 153 in the Teacher’s Edition).

Adopting the Roman Catholic model of church organization, in flagrant disregard to the council of God . Here is what Raymond Cottrell, associate editor of the SDA Bible Commentary, stated in the Spectrum:

“Structure. At the local conference level the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a representative form of government. Above that level the polity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is hierarchical: Authority flows downward and members in local congregations have virtually no voice. Above that level, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a closed, self-operating, and self-perpetuating system similar to the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, in which those in authority are not responsible to lower echelons. Above the local conference level, those in authority are not elected by, representative of, or administratively accountable to, local congregations or the membership at large.” Spectrum, March 1984, pg. 42.

In the same year, 1984, in a court case involving the Harris Pine Mills, as asset owned by the SDA church, Judge William T. Hart, presiding over the case stated the following:

“Next to the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, the Adventist church is the most centralized of all the major denominations in the country.”

Is it surprising to SDA’s after what has been quoted above to read what Neal C. Wilson had to say about modeling the SDA church after the Roman Catholic Church? Here is what he said:

“There is ANOTHER universal and TRULY CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION, the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.” Neal Wilson. Adventist Review, 3/5/1981.

Four years later at the GC in New Orleans, Neal C. Wilson referred five times to his vice presidents as cardinals.

2) Her errors:

Departing from the pillars of our faith such as the investigative judgment, as evidenced in the following quote by Falkenberg, ex-GC president:
“We don’t have to worry whether our name has come up yet in the heavenly courtroom. We don’t have to be anxious about the judgment closing before we have had a chance to CONFESS ALL OUR SINS.” We Still Believe, pg. 45.

Giving up on the historic position of the Ellen White and the pioneers on the nature of Christ and the atoning work of Christ in heaven, to accommodate the Protestant denominations.
Placing loyalty to church above loyalty to the word of God :
“Often the Scriptures set forth merely general principles, leaving it to the church to decide specific policies. The Adventist Church has done this in the Church Manual. Once a matter has been discussed and voted, minority opinion gives way to majority, and loyalty dictates that all follow the new actions…Thus there is clearly a teaching AUTHORITY in the church BEYOND THE RECOGNIZED TEACHING AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE . There is, then, a teaching AUTHORITY in the Adventist Church that ought to be obeyed. Every member must not do merely ‘that which is right in his own eyes.’ Ministers and church leaders must uphold this AUTHORITY .” {Review and Herald 1-31-1974}.

Again, loyalty to the church {and not God } is clearly set in the following court record by the leaders of the SDA church:

“The General Conference, then is the Seventh-day Adventist church… the embodiment of the remnant church as a Christian denomination, in a unified worldwide organization, to which all baptized Seventh-day Adventists owe spiritual allegiance.” {EEOC vs PPPA, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, p 17, Opening Brief, 1974-1975}.

Departure from the Biblical and SOP truth regarding the man of sin.
In the Reply Brief for Defendants of the Mary Kay-Silver trial, on page 4, Neal C. Wilson stated for the SDA church:

“Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term ‘hierarchy’ was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church’s part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned.” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and SDA Church, civ #74-2025 CBR, 1975.

3) Her rejection of truth sent to her from heaven:

The SDA church has rejected the testimonies of God at least in the following areas:

Health reform
Dress reform
Sanitariums
Church structure and organization
Church investments
Tithing
Insurance
Evangelism
Based on the above can the honest in heart deny that the SDA church, which was first, declared a harlot (Babylonian) in 1903 has indeed fallen because of her continued and increasing sins, errors, and rejection of truth sent to her from heaven?

Has Ellen White ever prophesied that God ‘s people just before the falling of the plagues will be called out of the SDA churches? YES!

“I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them.” {EW, p 261}.

The most fearful news here is the prophecy that those who will reject the call to come out of the SDA churches and the fallen churches will experience an ‘excitement’, coming from Satan to deceive them into thinking that ‘God is with them”.

How do we know from inspired writings that we are now living just before the ‘plagues shall be poured out’ and therefore have to separate from the fallen Babylonian SDA church and the other churches as well?

We know that we are in just this ‘critical time’ because of the wild spreading of the ‘celebration’ style of worship in the SDA churches and the other fallen churches around the world, as accurately predicted by Ellen White.

“The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, God has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.” {2SM, p 36}.

There are many more angles from which one can present the subject of separation. Examples of other equally convincing angels would be: wheat and tares, abomination of desolation, and corporate accountability. The purpose of this short study is not to address all major points and objections, which may arise from this initial study. It would satisfy me greatly if the only benefit that can accrue, at this point, would be the realization of the importance of subject matter; and hence, the determination to study it further and more deeply.

Corporate Responsibility

Scripture and Ellen White on
Corporate Responsibility
(the individual’s responsibility for
the actions of the entire group and the group’s responsibility for a single individual)

“Review and Herald”
Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth, and yet take no pains to hear or understand it, thinking that if they do not hear, they will not be accountable, will be judged guilty before God the same as if they had heard and rejected. There will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth. In his sufferings and death Jesus has made atonement for all sins of ignorance, but there is no provision made for wilful blindness. Those who have hid their eyes from the truth lest they should be convinced, must exercise repentance toward God
RH April 25, 1893, par. 10

Corporate responsibility of every member of any church organization is taught in Scripture by the Achan principle. It is also taught by the “one body in Christ” principle. Were corporate responsibility not a fact of Scripture, the entire Protestant Reformation would be an abominable heresy! Separation from Rome would be unnecessary! All one would need do is remain and protest what he/she regarded as error!

Joshua chapter 7
1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel

10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? note

11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

Notice how when just one man, Achan took the accursed thing, from God’s perspective the entire congregation sinned: “children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing” and verse 11 places the guilt of the act upon the whole group, all of Israel. Verse 13 calls for a sanctification of the group :”Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow”. How was this sanctification to be made? The answer for it comes next in the verse: “take away the accursed thing from among you.” Basically Israel had to deal with the sin and with the sinner. This is no longer taught in the SDA church, but God does not change. But what do the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy reveal?
“From Eternity past” pages 351 and 353
One Family’s Sin Brings Defeat to All Israel
God’s command had been disregarded by one of those appointed to execute His judgments. And the nation was held accountable for the guilt of the transgressor: “They have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also.” The lot was to be employed for the detection of the guilty, the matter being left in doubt for a time that the people might feel their responsibility and thus be led to searching of heart and humiliation before God.” EP 351.2
“Achan had seen the armies of Israel return from Ai defeated and disheartened, yet he did not come forward and confess his sin. He had seen Joshua and the elders bowed to the earth in grief too great for words. But he still kept silence. He had listened to the proclamation that a great crime had been committed, and had even heard its character definitely stated. But his lips were sealed. EP 353.3

“Patriarchs and Prophets” page 519
The ten tribes remembered how, in Achan’s case, God had rebuked the lack of vigilance to discover the sins existing among them. PP 519.4

“S.D.A Bible commentary volume 2” page 996
The history of Achan teaches the solemn lesson that for one man’s sin the displeasure of God will rest upon a people or a nation till the transgression is searched out and punished. Sin is corrupting in its nature. One man infected with its deadly leprosy may communicate the taint to thousands. Those who occupy responsible positions as guardians of the people are false to their trust if they do not faithfully search out and reprove sin. Many dare not condemn iniquity, lest they shall thereby sacrifice position or popularity. And by some it is considered uncharitable to rebuke sin. The servant of God should never allow his own spirit to be mingled with the reproof which he is required to give; but he is under the most solemn obligation to present the Word of God, without fear or favor. He must call sin by its right name. Those who by their carelessness or indifference permit God’s name to be dishonored by His professed people, are numbered with the transgressor, – registered in the record of heaven as partakers in their evil deeds…. 2BC 996.6
1Cor. 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid.
Ellen White fully supported the Biblical principle of corporate responsibility. Here are a few of her many statements to that effect:

“Elder Daniels and the Fresno church” page 17
One Man Responsible for Another Man’s Unfaithfulness
“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins; keep thyself pure.” (1 Tim. 5:22) …Sin should be rebuked. Whatever opposition and trial might come to the elder of the church because of his faithfulness, he should not swerve from true principles. Sins should not, because of unsanctified preferences and sympathy, be lightly regarded in one man which would be condemned in another. This matter is one of great importance. If he trusts responsibilities to one whose habits and practices he knows to be wrong, he shows that his own principles are not sound, that his motives are questionable. By this very act he sanctions the errors and sins of the man he has commended and appointed to the sacred office of caring for the flock of God. Unless he is guarded by heavenly wisdom, he will place himself in a position where he will feel it necessary to sustain the man with whom he has united his influence; and God will hold him RESPONSIBLE for his brother’s unfaithfulness in office, and for the harm which will result to the church. He must keep himself pure by refusing to mingle with any unholy influence. (PH028 17)
“Testimonies for the church volume 5” page 278
Individual Members Responsible for State of the Church
Each member of the church should feel under sacred obligations to guard strictly the interests of the cause of God. The individual members of the church are RESPONSIBLE for its distracted, discouraged state, by which the most sacred truths ever committed to man are dishonored. (5T:278)
“Welfare Ministry” pages 212, 213
Church Body Accountable for Negligence and Sin of Members
God will hold the church at _____ RESPONSIBLE, as a body, for the wrong course of its members. If a selfish and unsympathizing spirit is allowed to exist in any of its members toward the unfortunate,…He will hide His face from His people until they do their duty and remove the wrong from among them….the Lord holds the church accountable for the sin of its members until they have done all they can to remedy the existing evil. (WM 212, 213)
“Prophets and Kings” page 651
The church is in a great degree RESPONSIBLE for the sins of her members. She gives countenance to evil if she fails to lift her voice against it. (PK 651)

“The southern review”
The church is in a great degree RESPONSIBLE for the sins of her members. She gives countenance to the evil, if she fails to lift her voice against it. The influence from which she has most to fear is not that of open opposers, infidels, and blasphemers, but of inconsistent professors of Christ. These are the ones who keep back the blessing of the God of Israel. (SW 05-10-04; pr:06)
“Testimonies for the church volume 4” page 490
The church as a whole is in a degree RESPONSIBLE for the wrongs of its individual members because they countenance the evil in not lifting up their voice against it. The favor of God is not enjoyed for several reasons. His Spirit is grieved by the pride, extravagance, dishonesty, and overreaching which are indulged by some professing godliness. All these things bring the frown of God upon His people. (4T 490)
“Child guidance” page 235
Those who have too little courage to reprove wrong, or who through indolence or lack of interest make no earnest effort to purify the family or the church of God, are held accountable for the evil that may result from their neglect of duty. We are just as RESPONSIBLE for evils that we might have checked in others by exercise of parental or pastoral authority, as if the acts had been our own. (CG 235)
“The signs of the times”
Aaron failing to stand up boldly for the right, his yielding to the strength of numbers, placed him with the majority. Aaron represents the cases of a large number composing our churches at the present day. They pass over sins existing in the church which grieve the spirit of God. They are lax where order and principle are involved, because it is not pleasant to reprove and correct wrongs. They are themselves carried along with the current, and become RESPONSIBLE for a fearful neglect of faithfulness. (ST 05-27-80; pr:04)
“Testimonies for the church volume 3” page 265
…if the sins of the people are passed over by those in responsible positions, His frown will be upon them, and the people of God, as a body, will be held RESPONSIBLE for those sins. (3T 265)
“Christian service”
Brethren and sisters in the faith, does the question arise in your hearts, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” If you claim to be children of God, you are your brother’s keeper. The Lord holds the CHURCH RESPONSIBLE for the souls of those whom they might be the means of saving. (ChS 13)
“The signs of the times”
We repeat, God holds the CHURCH RESPONSIBLE for the sins of its individual members. When coldness and spiritual declension exist, God’s people should put away their pride and self-confidence and self-exaltation, and should come to the Lord in sorrow and humility, not charging him with injustice, but seeking wisdom to understand the hidden sins which shut out his presence. (ST 04-21-81; pr:24)
“Testimonies for the church volume 3” page 270
God’s Displeasure at Sin Among His People
God’s displeasure is upon His people, and He will not manifest His power in the midst of them while sins exist among them and are fostered by those in RESPONSIBLE positions. (3T 270)
“Testimonies for the church volume 4” page 166
The sin of Eli was in passing lightly over the iniquity of his sons, who were occupying sacred offices. The neglect of the father to reprove and restrain his sons brought upon Israel a fearful calamity. The sons of Eli were slain, Eli himself lost his life, the ark of God was taken from Israel, and thirty thousand of the people were slain. All this was because sin was lightly regarded and allowed to remain among them. What a lesson is this to men holding RESPONSIBLE positions in the church of God! It adjures them faithfully to remove the wrongs that dishonor the cause of truth. (4T 166)
“Review and Herald”
The leaven of unbelief is working, and unless these evils which bring the displeasure of God are corrected in its members, the whole CHURCH stands ACCOUNTABLE for them. (RH December 23, 1890, Art. B, par. 10)
“Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce” page 237
Cleanse the camp of this moral corruption, if it takes the highest men in the highest positions. God will not be trifled with. Fornication is in our ranks. I know it, for it has been shown me to be strengthening and extending its pollutions. There is much we will never know, but that which is revealed makes the CHURCH RESPONSIBLE and guilty unless they show a determined effort to eradicate the evil. Cleanse the camp, for there is an accursed thing in it. (TSB 237)
“Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce” page 188
We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? (TSB 188)
“Review and Herald”
Becoming Partakers of Others’ Sin/Evil Deeds
The wheat is not to sow itself among the tares; for although we may not practice the works of some of the members of the secret orders, in joining them we are registered in heaven as partakers of their evil deeds, RESPONSIBLE for their works of evil, and bound up in bundles with them as tares. Thank God, it is not too late for Christians to sever themselves from all unholy connections, and come fully unto the side of Christ. (RH 01-10-93; pr:16)

“Gospel Workers” page 391
“The people of God are not to vote [for men in political parties] to place such men in office; for when they do this, they are PARTAKERS WITH THEM OF THE SINS which they commit while in office.” (GW 391)
“S.D.A Bible commentary volume 5” page 1096
The names of those who sin and refuse to repent should not be retained on the CHURCH books, lest the saints be held ACCOUNTABLE for their evil deeds. (5BC 1096)
“Testimonies for the church volume 4” page 516
What a lesson have we here for parents and guardians of youth, and for those who minister in the service of God. When existing evils are not met and checked, because men have too little courage to reprove wrong, or because they have too little interest or are too indolent to tax their own powers in putting forth earnest efforts to purify the family or the church of God, they are ACCOUNTABLE for the evil which may result in consequence of neglect to do their duty. We are just as ACCOUNTABLE for evils that we might have checked in others, by reproof, by warning, by exercise of parental or pastoral authority, as if we were guilty of the acts ourselves. (4T 516)
“Desire of ages” page 441
…if one neglects the duty Christ has enjoined, of trying to restore those who are in error and sin, he becomes a partaker in the sin. For evils that we might have checked, we are just as responsible as if we were guilty of the acts ourselves. (DA 441)
“Testimonies for the church volume 3” page 280
If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God. (3T 280)

“The plain straight testimony must live in the church, or the curse of God will rest upon His people as surely as it did upon ancient Israel because of their sins. God holds His people, AS A BODY, responsible for the sins existing in individuals among them” Testimonies, vol. 3, 269.
“I was shown that the pointed testimony must live in the church. This alone will answer to the message to the Laodiceans. Wrongs must be reproved, sin must be called sin, and iniquity must be met promptly and decidedly, and put away from us AS A PEOPLE.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 260.
“Should a case like Achan’s be among us, there are many who would accuse those who might act the part of Joshua in searching out the wrong, of having a wicked, faultfinding spirit…God’s displeasure is upon His people, and He will not manifest His power in the midst of them while sins exist among them and are FOSTERED BY THOSE IN RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 270.

“God has not set any kingly power in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to control the whole body or to control any branch of the work. He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men. Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men.
Every member of the church has a voice in choosing officers of the church [This is why every member is responsible for the actions of their leaders].The church chooses the officers of the state conferences. Delegates chosen by the state conferences choose the officers of the union conferences, and delegates chosen by the union conferences choose the officers of the General Conference. By this arrangement every conference, every institution, every church, and EVERY INDIVIDUAL, either directly or through representatives, has a voice in the election of the men who bear the chief responsibilities in the General Conference.” E.G. White, Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 236.

The above statement demonstrates that the professing SDA church is not of CONGREGATIONALISTS ORGANIZATION, whereby each individual church is under its own cognizance. Thus Corporate Responsibility is transferred to each member in this REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEM OF ORGANIZATION. Responsibility for departure from the representative system to that of a HIERARCHICAL SYSTEM still falls on the constituency membership for permitting such a state of affairs to occur! And, when such a state of apostasy occurs regarding any fundamental pillar of the faith, if the leaders have formed such a powerful lobby that members cannot change things, that is one of the points at which separation becomes an absolute duty. Surely, when it gets to the point where the membership is supporting a leadership that is teaching error to the entire world; errors which remove every pillar doctrine of historic Adventism, then the professing church has reached the point where separation becomes an absolute necessity lest any member be responsible for such a departure from truth and the work of the Lord. Here is the principle from Ellen White:

“The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.
God is not ‘worshipped with men’s hands, as tough he needed anything.'” (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.

“….for none are so reckless and go to such lengths in sin as do those who have once had the light, but have resisted the convicting Spirit of God.” E.G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, 95.

Some might say that it does not work this way today, well if it does not, you are in a new movement different from the historic adventism. And if it does, then the church should be held corporately responsible for retaining such corrupt leaders. Again Mrs. White states:

“In our largest churches the greatest evils exist, because these have had the greatest light. They have not a true knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ whom He has sent. The leaven of unbelief is working, and unless these evils which bring the displeasure of God are corrected in its members, the WHOLE CHURCH stands ACCOUNTABLE for them. The deep moving of the Spirit of God are not with them; the glorious presence of the King of saints, and his power to cleanse from all moral defilement, are not manifest among them.” Review & Herald, vol. 2, Dec. 23rd, 1890

“The headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers. If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy; but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid. So it is with us. If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence.” Testimonies vol. 4, p. 210.

Corporate Repentance Denied by the Leaders

According to Roy Adams, associate editor of the Adventist Review, in his book, The Nature of Christ, (which the highest leaders in Seventh-day Adventism endorse) he blatantly ridicules and denies that the New Testament offers no support for the teaching of Corporate Repentance.

“Corporate repentance who demands it of us, I make bold to say it. Not the Lord! And is there any significance to the fact that the New Testament offers us not a single authentic example of general corporate confession?” Ibid. 112,104.

New Teachings For a New Movement

This teaching is recent in nature, it started with the downhill apostasy, which began in 1956-57 and has no support from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. The New Testament Act of the disciples in the upper room experience is a distinct example of general corporate repentance! The three angel’s messages of Revelation chapter fourteen is a corporate and individual call to repentance. The first angel’s message sounded in 1844 and the corporate church repented not. But God’s people, as few as there were individually repented and left the churches. Ellen White said:

“when the churches spurned the counsel of God by rejecting the advent message, the Lord rejected them. The first angel was followed by a second, proclaiming, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”[1 REV. 14:8] This message was understood by Adventists to be an announcement of the moral fall of the churches in consequence of their rejection of the first message. The proclamation, “Babylon is fallen,” was given in the summer of 1844, and as the result, about fifty thousand withdrew from these churches.” Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p.232.

In Matthew 23: 29-35, Christ denounced the scribes and the Pharisees on the behalf of their hypocrisy, rejection of the truth and seeking to kill him. By doing this they continued in the course of their four-fathers sins. They were corporately responsible which should have led them to corporately repent. Consider Exodus 20:5 and the following statement from Ellen White:

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

“It is inevitable that children should suffer from the consequences of parental wrongdoing, but they are not punished for the parents’ guilt, except as they participate in their sins.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 306.

Laodicea, final church?

Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth, and yet take no pains to hear or understand it, thinking that if they do not hear, they will not be ACCOUNTABLE, will be judged guilty before God the same as if they had heard and rejected. There will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth. (RH 04-25-93; pr:10)

Dear Reader,
Are the abominations for which we are to sigh and cry mere minor issues? We are told that our very sealing is dependent upon whether or not we sigh and cry for ALL the abominations that be done in the church. Is that a serious issue? Ask yourself: Do my detractors sigh and cry for ALL the abominations in the church? Are the serious abominations for which we are to sigh and cry, mere minor errors? Do they require exaggeration, or are they sufficiently abhorrant to God, that according to Ellen White and God, they warrant another LITERAL fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 BEGINNING AT HIS SANCTUARY, the professing Seventh-day Adventist church?

“Maranatha”
“Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those ‘that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done’ in the church.” {Mar 240.1}

“The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God.” . . . {Mar 240.2}

Will those who define the serious apostasies as mere minor errors receive the seal of God? Will the blood of those they thus leaven with error be upon their backs?

“His [Christ’s] days were passed in ministry to the crowds that pressed upon Him, and in unveiling the treacherous sophistry of the rabbis…THOUGHTS FROM THE MOUNT OF BLESSING: pg. 102..
“Manuscript Releases volume 3”
“Unaccustomed to accept God’s Word exactly as it reads, or to allow it to be its own interpreter, they, the priests and instructors of the people read it in the light of their maxims and traditions. So long had they neglected to study and contemplate the Bible, that its pages were to them a mystery. They turned with aversion from the truth of God to the traditions of men.” 3MR:432.
” The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters”
“There seems to be a burning desire to get up something fictitious and bring it in as new light. Thus men try to weave into the web as important truths a tissue of lies. This fanciful mixture of food that is being prepared for the flock will cause spiritual consumption, decline and death. When those who profess to believe present truth come to their senses, when they accept the Word of the living God just as it reads, and do not try to wrest the Scriptures, then they will build their house upon the eternal Rock, even Christ Jesus.” Paulson:423.
” Manuscript Releases volume 7″
“Those who engage in the work of God’s cause to-day will meet just such trials as Paul endured in his work. By the same boastful and deceptive work Satan will seek to draw converts from the faith. Theories will be brought in that will not be wise for us to handle. Satan is a cunning worker, and he will bring in subtle fallacies to darken and confuse the mind and root out the doctrines of salvation. Those who do not accept the Word of God just as it reads, will be snared in his trap. To-day we need to speak the truth with holy boldness. The testimony borne to the early church by the Lord’s messenger, His people are to hear in this time: “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).” 7MR:358.

Here is one of the more serious cherished errors of the SDA church:

“Laodicea is the last and final church, so it will not be ‘spewed out’ but rather will go glorious through to the kingdom.”

FACT: This is the rallying cry of the majority of SDA’s and the belief on which they pin all their hopes and aspirations. But I challenge anyone, would you give me a “Thus saith the Lord,” an “It is written” for this expectation? I challenge you that no such statement exits for two very good reasons, which I will substantiate for you. 1. Laodicea, despite what the SDA Bible commentary may say, is not God’s final church [again, no inspired backing for that concept]; and 2. Laodicea is not God’s true church of the last days. First let us look at the issue of Laodicea being the 7th and final church. We read:

“The messages given to the churches in Asia, portray the state of things existing in the churches of the religious world today. The names of the churches are symbolic of the Christian church in different periods of the Christian era; the number of the churches––seven––indicates completeness and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, and are enforced today; while the figures used are symbolic of the state of God’s professed people––the wheat developing among the tares; truth standing on its own eternal basis in contrast with error.” MS: 81, 1900, paragraph 56

“Manuscript releases volume 1”
“I wish to emphasize the fact, that the churches to which John was told to send the instruction given him represent all the churches in our world, and that this revelation to him is to be studied and believed and preached by the Seventh-day Adventist Church today.” 1MR: 372.
“Acts of the apostles”
“The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian era. The number seven indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world.” AA: 585.

In complete harmony with the above quotes that the messages to the seven churches “portray the state of things existing in the religious world today”, nowhere in the SOP will you find that Philadelphia ended in 1844 and only Laodicea exists today. That is solely an invention of the editorial staff or some other insider of the SDA church, as we shall see. On the contrary we read:

“The Spirit of Prophecy Volume Four”
“After the passing of the time of expectation in 1844, Adventists still believed the Saviour’s coming to be very near; they held that they had reached an important crisis, and that the work of Christ as man’s intercessor before God had ceased…But clearer light came with the investigation of the sanctuary question. Now was seen the application of those words of Christ in the Revelation, addressed to the church at this very time: ‘These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; I know thy works; behold I have before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” (Rev. 3:7,8 quoted––a direct reference to the church of Philadelphia.) 4SP: 268

Fifteen years after 1844, we read this admonition to the church in 1859: “I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God’s people at the present time..” (“Testimonies for the church volume 1,page 186). You realize of course that there was no such thing as a “Seventh-day Adventist” until the period of 1860-1863.
“Testimonies for the church volume 1”
“Up to the year 1860 there had been no legal or church organization among the Sabbathkeeping Adventists. They had not even adopted a name. They spoke of themselves as the ‘Scattered Flock’, The ‘Little Remnant’, or some variation of such expressions.” 1T: 715
So where and what was the church from the period of 1844-1859? The only sensible answer, as we shall see, is that just as both cities existed simultaneously during John the Revelator’s day, both conditions are obviously going on simultaneously until Christ’s 2nd coming. That Philadelphia continues till the 2nd coming is clearly obvious when we simply compare the description of the 144,000 given in Rev. 14:1:
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads”
, the description of Philadelphia in Rev. 3:
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
(the 144,000 according to Rev. 14:1 previously mentioned) , and the way E.G. White puts them both together in EW: 15 where we read: “The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus’ new name.”

“Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers”
Again we read: “The same angel who visited Sodom is sounding the note of warning, Escape for thy life. The bottles of God’s wrath cannot be poured out to destroy the wicked and their works until all the people of God have been judged, and the cases of the living as well as the dead are decided. And even after the saints are sealed with the seal of the living God, His elect will have trials individually…The indelible mark of God is upon them. God can plead that His own name is written there. The Lord has shut them in. Their destination is inscribed––‘GOD, NEW JERUSALEM.’ They are God’s property, His possession.” TM: 446.

It can clearly be seen from the quotes above that the 144000 represent Philadelphia which will be sealed in the end, will have the name of God and New Jerusalem.

Further, we have an example of both the Laodicean and the Philadelphian condition described as we read these words of inspiration. First we will see the Laodicean condition described:
“Acts of the apostles”
“The church was defective and in need of stern reproof and chastisement, and John was inspired to record messages of warning and entreaty to those who, losing sight of the fundamental principles should imperil their hope of salvation. But always the words of rebuke that God finds it necessary to send are spoken in tender love and with the promise of peace to every penitent believer. ‘Behold I stand at the door, and knock,’ the Lord declares; ‘If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3: 20. (And immediately following we see the Philadelphia condition.)”And for those who in the midst of conflict should maintain their faith in God, the prophet was given the words of commendation and promise: ‘I know thy works..” (Revelation 3: verses 8, 10, 2, 11 quoted.) AA: 587-588.

And again we read:
“The great controversy”
“Just before us is ‘the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.’ Revelation 3:10. All whose faith is not firmly established upon the word of God will be deceived and overcome… ‘Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee’ (attributed to Philadelphia) is the Saviour’s promise. He would sooner send every angel out of heaven to protect His people than leave one soul that trusts in Him to be overcome by Satan.” GC: 560.

It is a mystery why the SDA church fixated on the Laodicean condition of 1859 when in Nov. 2, 1886 the warning to the Sardis church was applicable to the SDA church at that time. RH: 11/2/86, Ellen White :
” Review and Herald”
“The warning to the Sardis church is applicable at this time: “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” And to us also the promise is extended, “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” RH November 2, 1886, par. 7

And in (Review and Herald) RH: 2/25/02 the Ephesus condition was “applicable to the Seventh-day Adventist churches in their present condition”:
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” RH February 25, 1902, par. 1
I am instructed to say that these words are applicable to Seventh – day Adventist churches in their present condition. The love of God has been lost, and this means the absence of love for one another. Self, self, self, is cherished, and is striving for the supremacy. How long is this to continue? Unless there is a reconversion, there will soon be such a lack of godliness that the Church will be represented by the barren fig tree. ”

And these (Sardis and Ephesus) conditions are re-iterated as applying to “us as a people” in (Manuscript) MS: 18, 1903:
“The messages that God gave to the churches of Ephesus and Sardis are applicable to those who in this age have had great light but have not opened the door of the heart to the knock of Christ. The Lord has shown plainly that He has a controversy with His people. The fires that have lately raged in New York and other cities were no accident. It was the hand of omnipotent power. The Spirit of God is withdrawing from the world because the warnings of heaven have not been heeded. We need to beware; for a similar condition of things is coming in amongst us as a people. Ms18-1903.6”

Will the 144,000 be Laodiceans or Philadelphians? Most SDA’s believe and teach that the Laodicean condition is a requirement, when it is a choice! IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE A LAODICEAN ANY MORE THAN IT IS NECESSARY TO BE A SINNER! Was Ellen G. White ever a Laodicean? God’s last and final TRUE church on this earth will be those who ‘preserve the faith in it’s purity’ (Testimonies for the church volume 5, 5T: 210); those who will ‘heed the counsel of the True Witness TO the Laodiceans and will exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth’ [EW: 270]; those who will come out of apostate Laodicea and join the church of Philadelphia––God’s true remnant church! [EW:261]:
“Early Writings”.
“I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant. EW 261.1” (To make things clear, the first edition of this testimony from “Early Writings” was published in 1851.)
Also, a stern warning for those of you who are honestly looking to serve God : “Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant.” Basically Satan will give you missionary work and try to make it seem that it is from God. God has plans for each and every one of us, we need to let Him lead us according to His plan, let Him do His good deeds through us because our own good deeds are like filthy rags. The devil hopes to keep you so busy that you will not have time to pray, to research all of these things.

In an article published in THE ADVENT REVIEW in September, 1850 by the Publishing Committee under the direction of James White, he stated for the record, just what their position was in regard to the 144,000 and the true church of the last days. As you will see, they wrote: “Now just as sure as the Philadelphia church is the true church of the last days, just so sure the 144,000 are sealed, just before the coming of the Lord.” And nowhere will you ever find that E.G. White ever countermanded this proclamation, although you will find that it was countermanded by the editorial staff of the SDA Bible Commentary! Whom do you choose to believe and follow?

Divine inspiration tells us “The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state.
“Review and Herald”, RH: 8/19/1890 :
“I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel’s message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time.

The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state. ”

That being the case, how can anyone continue to maintain that “Laodicea..will go through..” when not one of the foolish virgins made it into the kingdom?
Lukewarm and/or Cold Apostate Laodicea no Better Than The Fallen Churches

“If the church becomes lukewarm [let alone apostate], it does not stand in favor with God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive the truth, and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God. Only those that are sanctified through the truth will compose the royal family in the heavenly mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those that love him and keep his commandments.” E.G. White, Letter 35, January 1, 1898

Laodiceea, biserica finală?

Laodicea, biserica finala?

Acest studiu este bazat pe Scriptură și pe scrierile Spiritului Profetic traduse din engleză. Majoritatea dintre acestea nu se găsesc traduse in română și pot fi verificate pe site-ul oficial al White Estate, www.egwwritings.org sau folosind aplicația lor de telefon, EGW2. Aceasta se poate face ușor, fiind precizate codurile cărților/manuscriselor/scrisorilor cu paginile de unde s-au luat citatele.

“Review and Herald”
Cei care au ocazia să audă adevărul și totuși nu fac nici un efort să-l audă sau să-l înțeleagă, gândindu-se că dacă nu aud, ei nu vor fi RESPONSABILI, vor fi judecați vinovați înaintea lui Dumnezeu ca și cum ar fi auzit și au respins . Nu va exista nici o scuză pentru cei care aleg să meargă în eroare atunci când ar putea să înțeleagă ce este adevărul. (RH 04-25-93; pr: 10)

Draga cititorule,
Sunt urâciunile pentru care noi trebuie să oftăm și să plângem doar probleme minore? Ni se spune că sigilarea noastră depinde de faptul dacă oftăm și plângem pentru TOATE urâciunile care se fac în biserică. Este o problemă serioasă? Întrebați-vă: Detractorii mei oftează și plâng pentru TOATE urâciunile din biserică? Sunt urâciunile grave pentru care trebuie să suspinăm și să plângem, simple erori minore? Necesită exagerare sau sunt suficient de respingătoare pentru Dumnezeu, încât conform lui Dumnezeu și Ellenei White cer o altă împlinire LITERALĂ a lui Ezechiel 9 ÎNCEPÂND ÎN SANCTUARUL SĂU, profesata biserica adventistă de ziua a șaptea?

“Maranatha”
“Marcați acest punct cu grijă: Cei care primesc mărturia pură a adevărului, lucrat în ei prin puterea Duhului Sfânt, reprezentat printr-un semn făcut de către bărbatul în in, sunt aceia ‘care suspină și plâng pentru toate urâciunile care sunt făcute’ în biserică”. {Mar 240.1}

“Clasa care nu se simte îndurerată de propria lor decădere spirituală și nici nu plânge de păcatele altora, va rămâne fără sigiliul lui Dumnezeu”. . . . {Mar 240.2}

Oare cei care definesc apostaziile grave ca simple erori minore primesc sigiliul lui Dumnezeu? Va fi sângele celor pe care îi dospesc astfel cu eroare asupra lor?

“Zilele Sale [Cristos] au fost petrecute în slujirea mulțimilor care presau asupra sa și în DEZVĂLUIREA SOFISMULUI TRĂDĂTOR al RABINILOR … THOUGHTS FROM THE MOUNT OF BLESSING: pg. 102..
“Manuscript Releases volume 3”
“Neobișnuiți să accepte Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu exact așa cum se citește sau să-i permită să fie propriul său interpret, ei, preoții și instructorii poporului l-au citit în lumina maximelor și tradițiilor lor. Atâta de mult timp au neglijat să studieze și să contempleze Biblia, încât paginile sale erau un mister pentru ei. S-au întors cu aversiune de la adevărul lui Dumnezeu la tradițiile oamenilor.” 3MR: 432
” The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters”
“Se pare că există o dorință arzătoare de a ridica ceva fictiv și de a-l aduce ca lumină nouă. Astfel oamenii încearcă să țese în pânză ca adevăruri importante un țesut de minciuni. Acest amestec fantezist de mancare care este pregătit pentru turmă va cauza tuberculoză spirituală, declin și moarte. Când cei care mărturisesc că cred adevărul prezent se trezesc, când acceptă Cuvântul Dumnezeului celui viu așa cum se citește, și nu încearcă să denatureze Scripturile, atunci își vor construi casa pe Stânca veșnică, chiar pe Cristos Isus “. PC: 423.

” Manuscript Releases volume 7″
“Aceia care se angajează astăzi în lucrarea lui Dumnezeu se vor întâlni exaxt cu acele încercări pe care le-a îndurat Pavel în lucrarea sa. Prin aceeași lucrare trufașă și înșelătoare, Satana va căuta să atragă convertiți din credință. Teorii vor fi aduse despre care nu va fi înțelept a ne ocupa. Satana este un lucrător viclean și el va aduce erori subtile pentru a întuneca și a încurca mintea și pentru a înlătura doctrinele mântuirii. Aceia care nu acceptă Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu precum se citește vor fi prinși în capcana sa. În ziua de azi, avem nevoie să vorbim adevărul cu o îndrăzneală sfântă. “Mărturia purtată bisericii timpurii de mesagerul Domnului, poporul Său trebuie să o asculte în acest timp: “Dar chiar dacă noi sau un înger din cer vă va predica orice altă evanghelie decât aceea pe care v-am predicat-o noi, să fie blestemat!” (Galateni 1: 8).” 7MR: 358.

 

Iată una dintre cele mai grave erori prețuite de biserica AZȘ:

“Laodicea este ultima biserică și cea finală, deci nu va fi “vomitată”, ci mai degrabă va merge glorioasă spre împărăție”.

 

FAPT: Acesta este strigătul de adunare al majorității adventiștilor și credința în care își pun toate speranțele și aspirațiile. Dar lansez o provocare, imi poate da cineva un “Așa spune Domnul”, un “Este scris” pentru această așteptare? Nici o asemenea afirmație nu exista din două motive foarte bune, pe care le voi fundamenta pentru tine. 1. Laodicea, în ciuda a ceea ce poate să spună comentariul AZȘ al Bibliei, nu este biserica finală a lui Dumnezeu [din nou, nici o susținere inspirată pentru acest concept]; și 2. Laodicea nu este biserica adevărată a lui Dumnezeu a ultimelor zile. Mai întâi, să ne uităm la chestiunea că Laodicea ar fi a șaptea și ultima biserică. Noi citim:

Manuscrisul 81, 1900
“Mesajele date bisericilor din Asia descriu starea lucrurilor existente în bisericile lumii religioase de astăzi. Numele bisericilor sunt simbolice ale bisericii creștine în diferite perioade ale erei creștine: numărul bisericilor – – șapte – indică caracterul complet și simbolizează faptul că mesajele se extind până la sfârșitul timpului și sunt in vigoare astăzi, în timp ce tipurile folosite sunt simbolice ale stării poporului declarat al lui Dumnezeu – grâul care se dezvoltă printre neghină; adevărul stând pe propria sa bază eternă, spre deosebire de eroare “. MS: 81, 1900, paragraful 56

“Manuscript Releases volume 1”.
“Vreau să subliniez faptul că bisericile cărora lui Ioan i s-a spus să trimită instrucțiunile date lui reprezintă toate bisericile din lumea noastră și că această revelație a lui trebuie studiată și crezută și propovăduită de adventiștii de biserica AZȘ de astăzi.” 1MR: 372.
“Acts of the apostles”
“Numele celor șapte biserici sunt simbolice ale bisericii în diferite perioade ale erei creștine. Numărul șapte indică deplinătate și simbolizează faptul că mesajele se extind până la sfârșitul timpului, în timp ce simbolurile folosite denotă starea bisericii în diferite perioade din istoria lumii “. AA: 585.

 

În armonie completă cu citatele de mai sus, că mesajele către cele șapte biserici “descriu starea lucrurilor existente în lumea religioasă de astăzi”, nicăieri în scrierile Spiritului Profetic nu veți găsi că Philadelphia s-a încheiat în 1844 și există doar Laodicea astăzi. Aceasta este doar o invenție a personalului de redacție sau a altora din conducere din biserica AZȘ, după cum vom vedea. Dimpotrivă, citim:

“The Spirit of Prophecy Volume Four”
“După ce a trecut timpul așteptării în 1844, adventiștii încă credeau că venirea Mântuitorului este foarte apropiată, că ei au ajuns la o criză importantă și că lucrarea lui Cristos ca mijlocitor al omului în fața lui Dumnezeu a încetat … Dar o lumină mai clară a venit cu cercetarea întrebării despre sanctuar. Acum a fost văzută aplicația acelor cuvinte ale lui Cristos în Revelatia adresate bisericii în acest moment: “Și îngerului bisericii din Filadelfia, scrie-i: Acestea le spune cel sfânt, cel adevărat, cel ce are cheia lui David, cel ce deschide și nimeni nu închide; și închide și nimeni nu deschide. Știu faptele tale; iată, am pus înaintea ta o ușă deschisă și nimeni nu o poate închide, pentru că ai puțină putere și ai ținut cuvântul meu și nu ai negat numele meu.”(Apocalipsa /Revelația 3:7,8 citat – o referire directă la biserica din Filadelfia.) 4SP: 268

 

Cincisprezece ani după 1844, citim această avertizare adresată bisericii în 1859: “Mi s-a arătat că mărturia către Laodiceeni se aplică poporului lui Dumnezeu în prezent.” 1T: 186. Vă dați seama desigur că nu a existat niciun astfel de lucru ca “Adventist de ziua a șaptea” până în perioada 1860-1863. (Vezi Testimonies for the church volume 1, 1T: 715). Deci unde și ce a fost biserica din perioada 1844-1859? Singurul răspuns rațional, după cum vom vedea, este că, așa cum ambele orașe au existat simultan în timpul zilei lui Ioan Revelatorul, ambele condiții se petrec în mod evident simultan până la a doua venire a lui Cristos. Că Filadelfia continuă până la a doua venire este clar evident atunci când pur și simplu comparăm descrierea celor 144000 dată în Apoc./Rev. 14:1:
” Și m-am uitat și, iată, un Miel stătea în picioare pe muntele Sion și cu el o sută patruzeci și patru de mii având numele Tatălui său scris pe frunțile lor.”
, descrierea Filadelfiei în Apoc./Rev. 3:
7 Și îngerului bisericii din Filadelfia, scrie-i: Acestea le spune cel sfânt, cel adevărat, cel ce are cheia lui David, cel ce deschide și nimeni nu închide; și închide și nimeni nu deschide.
8 Știu faptele tale; iată, am pus înaintea ta o ușă deschisă și nimeni nu o poate închide, pentru că ai puțină putere și ai ținut cuvântul meu și nu ai negat numele meu.
9 Iată, voi face să vină din sinagoga lui Satan pe cei care spun că sunt iudei dar nu sunt, ci mint; iată, îi voi face să vină și să se închine înaintea picioarelor tale și să știe că te-am iubit.
10 Pentru că ai ținut cuvântul răbdării mele, eu de asemenea te voi păzi de ora ispitirii, care va veni peste întreaga lume, pentru a-i încerca pe cei ce locuiesc pe pământ.
11 Iată, eu vin dintr-odată; ține tare ce ai, ca nimeni să nu îți ia coroana.
12 Pe cel ce învinge îl voi face un stâlp în templul Dumnezeului meu și nu va mai ieși afară niciodată; și pe el voi scrie numele Dumnezeului meu și numele cetății Dumnezeului meu, care este noul Ierusalim, care coboară din cer de la Dumnezeul meu; și voi scrie pe el noul meu nume.
(cei 144.000 conform Apoc./Rev. 14: 1 menționate anterior) și modul în care E.G. White le pune pe amândouă laolaltă în Early Writings EW: 15, unde citim: “Cei 144000 erau toți sigilați și uniți perfect. Pe frunțile lor era scris Dumnezeu, Noul Ierusalim și o stea glorioasă care conținea noul nume al lui Isus”.

“Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers”
Din nou, citim: “Același înger care a vizitat Sodoma dă avertizarea, Scapă pentru viața t! Sticlele mâniei lui Dumnezeu nu pot fi vărsate pentru a distruge pe cei nelegiuiți și lucrările lor până când tot poporul lui Dumnezeu va fi judecat și cazurile celor vii și ale celor morți sunt concluzionate. Și chiar după ce sfinții sunt sigilați cu sigiliul Dumnezeului cel viu, aleșii Săi vor avea încercări în mod individual … Semnul de neșters al lui Dumnezeu este asupra lor. Dumnezeu poate susține că numele Lui este scris acolo. Domnul i-a închis înăuntru. Destinația lor este înscrisă – ‘DUMNEZEU, NOUL IERUSALIM.’ Aceștia sunt proprietatea lui Dumnezeu, posesiunea Lui.” TM: 446.

Poate fi văzut clar din citatele antecedente că cei 144000 reprezintă pe Filadeldia care la sfârșit va fi sigilată și va avea numele lui Dumnezeu și a Noului Ierusalim”

Mai departe, avem un exemplu atât al condiției Laodiceene cât și al celei Filadelfiene descrise în timp ce citim aceste cuvinte de inspirație. Mai întâi vom vedea condiția laodiceană descrisă:
“Acts of the apostles”
“Biserica era defectă și avea nevoie de mustrare și osândă severă, iar Ioan a fost inspirat să înregistreze mesaje de avertizare și de implorare celor care, pierzând din vedere principiile fundamentale, și-ar pune in pericol speranța lor la mântuire. Dar întotdeauna cuvintele de mustrare pe care Dumnezeu le consideră necesare pentru trimitere sunt rostite în dragoste blândă și cu promisiunea păcii pentru fiecare credincios penitent: “Iată, eu stau la ușă și bat;”, declară Domnul, “dacă aude cineva vocea mea și deschide ușa, voi intra la el și voi cina cu el și el cu mine.” Apocalipsa 3:20. (Și imediat după aceea vedem condiția din Filadelfia). Și pentru cei care în mijlocul conflictului și-ar păstra credința în Dumnezeu, profetul a primit cuvintele de laudă și promisiunea: “Eu cunosc faptele tale” (Apocalipsa 3: versetele 8, 10, 2, 11 citate). AA: 587-588.

“The great controversy”
Și din nou citim:” Chiar înaintea noastră este ‘ora ispitirii, care va veni peste întreaga lume, pentru a-i încerca pe cei ce locuiesc pe pământ.’ (Apocalipsa 3:10) Toți cei a căror credință nu este ferm stabilită asupra cuvântului Dumnezeu va fi înșelat și biruit … ‘Pentru că ai ținut cuvântul răbdării mele, eu de asemenea te voi păzi’ (atribuit lui Filadelfia) este promisiunea Mântuitorului. El mai degrabă ar trimite fiecare înger din cer pentru a proteja poporul Său decât să lase un singur suflet care are încredere în El să fie biruit de Satana.” GC: 560.

 

Este un mister de ce biserica AZȘ s-a fixat la condiția laodiceană din 1859, când în 2 noiembrie 1886 avertismentul adresat bisericii din Sardes era aplicabil bisericii AZȘ la acel moment. Review and Herald, RH: 11/2/86, Ellen White:
“Avertismentul către biserica din Sardes este aplicabil în acest moment: ‘Știu faptele tale, că ai numele că trăiești și ești mort. Fii veghetor și întărește lucrurile care rămân, care sunt gata să moară; fiindcă nu am găsit faptele tale desăvârșite înaintea lui Dumnezeu. Amintește-ți de aceea cum ai primit și ai auzit și ține strâns și pocăiește-te. Dar dacă tot nu vei veghea, voi veni peste tine ca un hoț și nu vei ști nicidecum în care oră voi veni peste tine.’ Și pentru noi de asemenea promisiunea este extinsă: ‘Ai câteva nume chiar în Sardes, care nu și-au mânjit hainele; și vor umbla cu mine în alb, pentru că sunt demni. Cel ce învinge, acela va fi îmbrăcat în haine albe; și nu voi șterge nicidecum numele lui din cartea vieții, ci voi mărturisi numele lui înaintea Tatălui meu și înaintea îngerilor săi.’ ” RH 2 noiembrie 1886, par 7

Și în Review and Herald. RH: 2/25/02 condiția Efesului era “aplicabilă bisericilor adventiste de ziua a șaptea în starea lor actuală”:
“Cu toate acestea am ceva împotriva ta, pentru că ți-ai părăsit dragostea dintâi. De aceea amintește-ți de unde ai căzut și pocăiește-te și fă faptele dintâi; altfel, voi veni dintr-odată la tine și îți voi lua sfeșnicul din locul lui dacă nu te pocăiești.” RH 25 februarie 1902, par. 1
“Sunt instruită să spun că aceste cuvinte se aplică bisericilor adventiste de ziua a șaptea în starea lor actuală. Dragostea lui Dumnezeu a fost pierdută, iar aceasta înseamnă lipsa iubirii unii pentru alții. Eul, eul, eul, este prețuit și se luptă pentru supremație. Cât timp va continua aceasta? Dacă nu există o reconversie, va exista în curând o astfel de lipsă de evlavie, încât biserica va fi reprezentată de smochinul gol. ”
Manuscrisul 18, 1903
Iar aceste condiții (Sardes și Efes) sunt reiterate ca fiind aplicate pentru “noi ca popor” în MS 18, 1903:
“Mesajele pe care Dumnezeu le-a dat bisericilor din Efes și Sardes sunt aplicabile celor care în această epocă au avut o lumină mare, dar nu au deschis ușa inimii la bătaia lui Cristos. Domnul a arătat clar că are o controversă cu poporul Său. incendiile care au făcut ravagii recent în New York și în alte orașe nu au fost nici un accident. A fost mâna puterii omnipotente. Duhul lui Dumnezeu se retrage din lume pentru că avertismentele cerului nu au fost ascultate. Trebuie să fim vigilenți pentru că o condiție asemănătoare a lucrurilor vine în mijlocul nostru ca popor.” Ms18-1903.6
Vor fi cei 144000 laodiceeni sau filadelfieni? Majoritatea adventiștilor cred și învață că condiția laodiceană este o cerință, când defapt este o alegere! NU ESTE NECESAR A FI LADODICEAN PRECUM NU ESTE NECESAR A FI UN PĂCĂTOS! Ellen G. White a fost vreodată o Laodiceană? Ultima și adevărata biserică finală a lui Dumnezeu pe acest pământ vor fi aceia care “păstrează credința în puritatea ei” (Testimonies for the church volume 5, 5T: 210); cei care “vor da seama sfatului Martorului adevărat către Laodiceeni și vor înălța standardul și vor revărsa adevărul drept” Early Writings[EW: 270]; cei care vor ieși din Laodiceea apostată și se vor alătura bisericii din Filadelfia – adevărata biserică rămășiță a lui Dumnezeu! Early Writings [EW: 261]:
“Am văzut că Dumnezeu are copii sinceri între adventiștii nominali și bisericile căzute, iar înainte de a se vărsa plăgile, slujitorii și poporul vor fi chemați din aceste biserici și vor primi cu bucurie adevărul. Satana cunoaște acest lucru și inainte de a se da marea strigare a celui de-al treilea înger, el stârnește o agitație(entuziasm) in aceste corpuri religioase ca cei care au respins adevărul să creadă că Dumnezeu este cu ei. El speră să înșele pe cei cinstiți și să îi facă să creadă că Dumnezeu încă lucrează cu bisericile. Dar lumina va străluci și toți cei care sunt cinstiți vor părăsi bisericile căzute și vor lua poziție cu rămășița. “EW 261.1”
Practic, Satana vă va da muncă misionară făcând să pară că este de la Dumnezeu. El speră să vă țină ocupați atât de mult încât să nu aveți timp să vă rugați, să cercetați.)

 

Într-un articol publicat în revista THE ADVENT REVIEW în septembrie 1850, de către Comitetul de publicare sub îndrumarea lui James White, el a declarat oficial exact care era poziția lor în ceea ce privește cei 144.000 și biserica adevărată din ultimele zile. După cum veți vedea, ei au scris: “Acum, la fel de sigur precum biserica din Philadelphia este adevărata biserică a zilelor din urmă, tot la fel de de sigur că cei 144000 sunt sigilați, chiar înainte de venirea Domnului”. Și nicăieri nu veți găsi vreodată că E.G. White a contramandat această proclamare, deși veți descoperi că a fost contramandat de către personalul editorial al Comentariilor Biblice AZȘ Pe cine alegeți să credeți și să urmați… staff-ul editorial sau Spiritul profetic?
Inspirația divină ne spune că “starea Bisericii reprezentată de fecioarele neînțelepte este, de asemenea, vorbită ca fiind starea laodiceană”.
“Review and Herald”
“Sunt îndreptată deseori către parabola celor 10 fecioare dintre care 5 erau înțelepte si 5 neînțelepte. Această parabolă a fost îndeplinită si va fi îndeplinită la literă pentru că are o aplicație specială pentru acest timp și, ca mesajul celui de-al treilea înger, a fost îndeplinită si va continua să fie adevăr prezent până la sfârșitul timpului.

Starea bisericii reprezentată de fecioarele neînțelepte este de asemenea reprezentată a fi starea laodiceana.” RH: 8/19/1890
[Spre deosebire de acele fecioare înțelepte care au ascultat chemarea de a “ieși a-L întâmpina “, Matt. 25: 6 – care urmează pe Păstorul adevărat, Ioan 10: 1-6; și care merg la El în afara taberei. Evr. 13: 13.] [Vezi și TM: 128]. În acest caz, cum poate cineva să continue să susțină că “Laodicea … o să izbutească …”, când nici una dintre fecioarele neînțelepte nu a ajuns în împărăție?
Călduță și / sau recea Laodicea apostată nu este mai bună decât Bisericile căzute
“Scrisoarea 35, 1 Ianuarie 1898”
“Dacă biserica devine călduță (cu atât mai mult dacă apostaziază), ea nu este în favoarea lui Dumnezeu mai mult decât bisericile care sunt reprezentate ca fiind căzute și care devin locuința diavolilor și locul fiecărui spirit rău și cușca fiecărei păsări necurate si urâcioase. Cei care au avut ocazia să asculte și să primească adevărul și care s-au unit cu Biserica Adventistă de Ziua a Șaptea, numindu-se poporul care păstrează poruncile lui Dumnezeu, și totuși nu posedă mai multă vitalitate și consacrare lui Dumnezeu decât bisericile nominale, vor primi plăgile lui Dumnezeu la fel de mult ca și bisericile care se opun legii lui Dumnezeu. Numai cei care sunt sfințiți prin adevăr vor compune familia regală în vestigiile cerești pe care Cristos a plecat să le pregătească pentru cei care Îl iubesc și păzesc poruncile Lui. ” E. G. White, Letter(Scrisoarea) 35, 1 ianuarie 1898.

Duhul Sfânt ca un fulger

ACUZAȚIE:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnsd5scvXUg&index=1&list=RDXnsd5scvXUg
Zice Daisy ca a vazut pe Duhul Sfant cum se defragmenta in fulgere, dupa care se impartea pe tot pamantul.
FullProphecy ne sugereaza ca ceea ce Daisy a vazut vine de la satana.
Luca 10:18 Si am vazut pe satan cazand din cer ca fulgerul.

RASPUNS:
1)In Biblie este foarte comun ca sa fie utilizate aceleasi simboluri pentru Domnul Isus si urmasii Sai, precum si in dreptul lui satan si ai urmasilor sai.

Exemple:Leul, sarpele, tapul ispasitor etc.

SATANA ESTE LEU, ISUS ESTE LEU.
1 Petru 5:8>> Fiți cumpătați, fiți vigilenți, pentru că potrivnicul vostru, diavolul, dă târcoale ca un leu răcnind, căutând pe cine să devoreze,

Gen. 49:9>> Iuda este un pui de leu, de la pradă, fiul meu, te-ai ridicat; el s-a aplecat, el s-a culcat ca un leu şi ca un leu bătrân; cine îl va scula?

Apocalipsa 5:5>> Și unul dintre bătrâni mi-a spus: Nu plânge; iată, Leul din tribul lui Iuda, Rădăcina lui David, a învins pentru a deschide cartea și a desface cele șapte sigilii ale ei.

ISUS ESTE SARPELE, CRESTINII TREBUIE SA FIE CA SERPII, SATANA ESTE SARPELE
Ioan 3: 14 Și așa cum Moise a înălțat șarpele în pustie, tot așa trebuie să fie înălțat Fiul omului;
Mat 10:16 Iată, eu vă trimit înainte ca oi în mijlocul lupilor; de aceea fiți înțelepți ca șerpii și inocenți ca porumbeii.
Rev 20:2 Și a prins dragonul, acel șarpe din vechime, care este Diavolul și Satan, și l-a legat pentru o mie de ani,
ISUS ESTE TAPUL ISPASITOR, SATANA ESTE TAPUL ISPASITOR.
Lev 16:7-10
Și să ia cei doi țapi și să îi prezinte înaintea DOMNULUI la ușa tabernacolului întâlnirii.
Și Aaron să arunce sorții peste cei doi țapi, un sorț pentru DOMNUL și celălalt sorț pentru țapul ispășitor.
Și Aaron să aducă țapul peste care a căzut sorțul DOMNULUI și să îl ofere ca ofrandă pentru păcat.
Dar țapul peste care a căzut sorțul să fie țap ispășitor, să fie prezentat viu înaintea DOMNULUI, să facă ispășire cu el și pentru a-l lăsa să plece în pustie, ca țap ispășitor.
COMENTARIU: Ellen White ne spune cine sunt cei 2 tapi ispasitori:
“în timp ce ofranda pentru păcat (țapul care urma a fi sacrificat) arăta către Cristos ca și sacrificu, și marele preot Îl reprezenta pe Cristos ca și mediator, țapul ispasitor simboliza pe satana, autorul pacatului, caruia i se va pune asupra capului său toate pacatele celor ce s-au pocait in adevar. Tragedia Veacurilor – capitolul Pace si siguranta.

2)Luca 10:18 Iar el le-a spus: Am privit pe Satan, căzând ca un fulger din cer.

Comentariu: Luca 10:18 este unicul verset care pare a-l compara pe satan cu un fulger.
Dar exista mai multe versete in Biblie care asociază fulgerele sau trăsnetele cu Dumnezeu. Deasemeni putem găsi versete care demonstrează că aspectul fizic a lui Cristos este comparat cu un trăsnet. Îngerii sunt comparați cu fulgere.
(ÎNGERII)
Matei 28:2,3>> 2 Și iată, a fost un mare cutremur; fiindcă îngerul Domnului a coborât din cer și a venit și a rostogolit deoparte piatra de la ușa mormântului și a șezut pe ea.
3 Și înfățișarea lui era ca FULGERUL și îmbrăcămintea lui albă ca zăpada.

(ISUS CRISTOS)
Dan 10:6>>Trupul lui de asemenea era ca berilul și fața lui ca înfățișarea FULGERULUI și ochii lui ca lămpi de foc și brațele și picioarele lui de culoarea aramei lustruite și vocea cuvintelor lui ca vocea unei mulțimi.

(FULGERELE LUI DUMNEZEU )
Psalmii 77:18>>Vocea tunetului tău a fost în cer, FULGERELE au luminat lumea, pământul a tremurat și s-a zguduit.
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Psalmii 97:4>>FULGERELE Lui au luminat lumea, pământul a văzut și a tremurat.
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Exod 19:16>>Și s-a întâmplat, în a treia zi, dimineața, că au fost tunete și FULGERE și un nor gros pe munte și sunetul trâmbiței foarte tare, așa că tot poporul care era în tabără a tremurat.
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Psalmii 135:7>> El face aburii să se ridice de la marginile pământului; el face FULGERE pentru ploaie; el aduce vântul din trezoreriile sale.

(REVENIREA LUI ISUS)
Matei 24:27>>Pentru că așa cum FULGERUL vine de la răsărit și strălucește până la apus, așa va fi și venirea Fiului omului.

(Duhul Sfânt este comparat cu fulgerul)
Străfulgerările Duhului Sfant au indicat care este adevărul. Ms34-1906.5 (Manuscrisul 34 din 1906)

(Fulgere la tronul lui Dumnezeu)
Revelatia 4:5>> Și din tron ieșeau fulgere și tunete și voci; și erau șapte lămpi de foc, arzând înaintea tronului, care sunt cele șapte Duhuri ale lui Dumnezeu.

Mărturie de la pionieri in revista “Advent review and Sabbath herald” descriind puterea divină ce însoțea mișcarea adventă.
Oamenii sunt loviți intr-un moment. Intr-un caz 15 indivizi au fost loviți în timp ce un om se ruga cu ardoare. Într-un alt loc în timp ce unul se ruga ca Duhul Sfânt să coboare cu foc, o străfulgerare care a umplut clădirea în acel moment a lovit adunarea cu teamă; și tremurând cu teroare au îngenuncheat pe podea. Din 700, 100 au fost convinși. ARSH Octombrie 6, 1859, p. 157.19
Fenomene care nu sunt comune și care sunt singulare însoțesc această lucrare, care o caracterizează mai mult sau mai puțin peste tot. Persoane sunt lovite într-un moment cu un foarte copleșitor simțământ al păcatului si al pericolului.

CONCLUZE:
Diavolul nu are drepturi de autor în nici unul dintre lucruri in afară de păcat. “El este autorul păcatului”. El nu a creeat fulgerele și nu are putere să le folosească numai pentru sine.
(2Cor 11:14 Și nu este de mirare, fiindcă însuși Satan se preface într-un înger al luminii.)
Satana poate doar să imite sau să falsifice ceva ce Dumnezeu a creat deja.

In concluzie Dumnezeu a creat fulgerul si pe parcursul întregii Biblii si a scrierilor Spiritului Profetic Îi este atribuit. Să studiem puțin versetul unde diavolul este comparat cu fulgerul:
Luca 10:18>> Iar el le-a spus: Am privit pe Satan, căzând ca un fulger din cer.
Îl compară acest verset pe Satan cu fulgerul? Ce s-a întâmplat înainte de căderea sa?
Revelația 12:7-9>> Și a fost război în cer; Mihail și îngerii lui au luptat împotriva dragonului; și dragonul și îngerii lui au luptat. Și nu au învins; nici locul lor nu a mai fost găsit în cer.Și a fost aruncat afară dragonul cel mare, acel șarpe bătrân, numit Diavolul și Satan, care înșală întreaga lume; a fost aruncat pe pământ și îngerii lui au fost aruncați cu el.
Deci diavolul a fost aruncat afară, nu a căzut prin puterea sa precum fulgerul. Deci până și acest verset arată puterea lui Dumnezeu… El l-a aruncat afară pe diavol si l-a făcut să cadă precum fulgerul, aceasta nu s-a facut prin puterea diavolului si nici nu a vrut să fie aruncat afară.

Martirajul e la culme?

 

ACUZAȚIE
Daisy spune ca Isus i-a zis că martirajul e la culme. Victor spune că acest lucru nu e adevărat, că martirajul va fi la culme dupa decret.

Apoc 13:15 Și ea avea putere să dea viață icoanei fiarei, pentru ca icoana fiarei deopotrivă să vorbească și să facă SĂ FIE UCIȘI atâția câți nu se închină icoanei fiarei.

Apoc 20: 4 Și am văzut tronuri, și ei au șezut pe ele și le-a fost dată judecată; și am văzut sufletele CELOR DECAPITAȚI pentru mărturia lui Isus și pentru cuvântul lui Dumnezeu și care nu s-au închinat fiarei, nici icoanei sale și nici nu i-au primit semnul pe frunțile lor sau pe mâinile lor; și au trăit și au domnit cu Cristos o mie de ani.

RĂSPUNS

1) Există mai multe martiraje după cum există o Biserică vizibilă și una invizibilă. Isus vede totul, El vede și Biserica lui invizibilă pe care noi nu o putem vedea, și această Biserică este de asemenea ținta atacurilor celui rău.
Mulți creștini sunt astăzi uciși fizic, chiar dacă ei nu au adevărul advent, ei sunt totuși Biserica invizibilă a lui Dumnezeu.
Martirajul fizic, de moarte, al bisericii vizibile (Apoc 20:4) va fi după decret, în micul timp de strâmtorare. Mulți adventiști vor fi inchiși sau uciși.
Decretul de moarte pentru cei 144mii va fi după inchiderea harului și niciunul dintre cei 144mii nu va fi omorât.
2) Biblia și Spiritul Profetic ne învață că martirajul nu se referă doar la a fi ucis fizic, ci și a fi persecutat, acuzat, bârfit, vorbit de rău.
ASTĂZI MARTIRAJUL PSIHIC ȘI SPIRITUAL AL RĂMĂȘIȚEI ESTE LA CULME, după cum îi spune Isus lui Daisy. Cei ce țin adevărul SUNT PERSECUTAȚI (UCIȘI) de către Organizația Adentiștilor de Ziua a Șaptea nominali, laodiceeni.

Deoarece martirajul fizic este un adevăr clar pentru adventiștii de ziua a șaptea, mai jos ne vom ocupa să arătăm dovezile inspirate pentru MARTIRAJUL PSIHIC ȘI SPIRITUAL CARE ASTĂZI ESTE LA CULME ÎN ORGANIZAȚIA ADVENTISTĂ DE ZIUA A ȘAPTEA (Ezech 34).
DOVEZI DIN BIBLIE

COMENTARIU: persecuția, lipsa mâncării, lipsa îmbrăcăminții, mânia, acuzațiile mincinoase, bârfa și orice vorbire de rău sunt egale cu A UCIDE , in ochii lui Dumnezeu. În Biblie NELEGIUIREA e numită de Dumnezeu URÂCIUNE ȘI VĂRSARE DE SÂNGE.
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Ps 44: 22 Da, datorită ție SUNTEM UCIȘI CÂT ESTE ZIUA DE LUNGĂ; suntem socotiți ca oi pentru măcel.
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Rom 8: 33-36 Cine va aduce O ACUZAȚIE împotriva aleșilor lui Dumnezeu? Dumnezeu este cel care declară drept.
CINE ESTE CEL CE CONDAMNĂ? Cristos este cel ce a murit; da, mai mult, a și fost înviat, cel ce și este la dreapta lui Dumnezeu, care de asemenea mijlocește pentru noi.
Cine ne va separa de dragostea lui Cristos? NECAZ, sau STRÂMTORARE, sau PERSECUȚIE, sau FOAMETE, sau GOLICIUNE, sau PERICOL, sau SABIE?
Așa cum este scris: Datorită ție SUNTEM UCIȘI cât este ziua de lungă; suntem socotiți ca oi pentru măcel.
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Ier 18: 18 Atunci au spus ei: Veniți și să plănuim planuri împotriva lui Ieremia, pentru că legea nu va pieri de la preot, nici sfatul de la înțelept, nici cuvântul de la profet. VENIȚI ȘI SĂ ÎL UCIDEM (nakah=to strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill) CU LIMBA (law-shone=limbaj, vorbire) și să nu luăm seama la niciunul dintre cuvintele lui.
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Mat 5:21,22 Ați auzit că s-a spus de către cei din vechime: SĂ NU UCIZI; și oricine va ucide va fi sub amenințarea judecății.
Dar eu vă spun că: ORICINE ESTE MÂNIOS fără motiv pe fratele său, va fi sub amenințarea judecății; și oricine va spune fratelui său: Raca, va fi sub amenințarea consiliului; dar ORICINE VA SPUNE : NEBUNULE , va fi sub amenințarea focului iadului. View more
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Isa 33:15 Cel ce umblă cu dreptate şi vorbeşte cu integritate; cel ce dispreţuieşte câştigul oprimărilor, care îşi scutură mâinile de la ţinerea mitelor, CARE ÎȘI ASTUPĂ URECHILE DE LA AUZIREA SÂNGELUI şi îşi închide ochii de la vederea răului;
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Isa 59:3 Fiindcă MÂINILE VĂ SUNT ÎNTINATE CU SÂNGE şi degetele voastre cu nelegiuire; BUZELE VOASTRE AU VORBIT MINCIUNI, LIMBA VOASTRĂ A BOLBOROSIT PERVERSITATE.
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Isa 59:7 Picioarele lor aleargă la rău şi SE GRĂBESC SĂ VERSE SÂNGE NEVINOVAT, GÂNDURILE LOR SUNT GÂNDURI ALE NELEGIUIRII; risipire şi nimicire sunt pe cărările lor
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Jer 7:6 Dacă nu veți OPRIMA pe străin, pe cel fără tată și pe văduvă ȘI NU VEȚI VĂRSA SÂNGE NEVINOVAT în acest loc, nici nu veți umbla după alți dumnezei spre vătămarea voastră
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Jer 22:3 Astfel spune DOMNUL: Faceți judecată și dreptate și eliberați pe cel prădat din mâna opresorului și NU NEDREPTĂȚIȚI, NU ASUPRIȚI pe străin, pe cel fără tată, nici pe văduvă, nici NU VĂRSAȚI SÂNGE NEVINOVAT în acest loc.
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Ezechiel 18: 10-13 Dacă el naște un fiu care este tâlhar, UN VĂRSĂTOR DE SÂNGE și care face cuiva unul din aceste lucruri,
Și care nu împlinește niciuna din acele datorii, ci a mâncat pe munți și A PÂNGĂRIT-o pe soția aproapelui său,
A OPRIMA pe sărac și pe nevoiaș, A JEFUIT prin violență, NU A DAT ÎNAPOI garanția și ȘI-A RIDICAT OCHII SPRE IDOLI, a făcut urâciune,
A DAT CU CĂMĂTĂ și A LUAT DOBÂNDĂ, să trăiască unul ca acesta? Nu va trăi; a făcut toate aceste urâciuni; va muri negreșit, sângele lui va fi asupra lui.
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Ezechiel 22: 1 Mai mult, cuvântul DOMNULUI a venit la mine, spunând:
2 Și tu, fiu al omului, vei judeca, vei judeca tu CETATEA SÂNGEROASĂ ? Da, fă-o să cunoască TOATE URÂCIUNILE ei.
3 Atunci să spui: Astfel spune Domnul DUMNEZEU: Cetatea VARSĂ SÂNGE în mijlocul ei, ca să vină timpul ei și își face idoli împotriva ei însăși pentru a se pângări.
4 Tu ai devenit vinovată în SÂNGELE TĂU PE CARE L-AI VĂRSAT ; și te-ai pângărit în idolii tăi pe care i-ai făcut; și ai făcut ca zilele tale să se apropie și ai ajuns la anii tăi; de aceea te-am făcut ocară pentru păgâni și batjocură pentru toate țările.
5 Cei de aproape și cei de departe de tine te vor batjocori, pe tine care ești mârșavă și mult chinuită.
6 Iată, prinții lui Israel, fiecare, au fost în tine CA SĂ VERSE SÂNGE după puterea lor.
7 În tine AU DISPREȚUIT pe tată și pe mamă; în mijlocul tău s-au purtat cu OPRIMARE cu străinul; în tine AU CHINUIT pe cel fără tată și pe văduvă.
8 AI DISPREȚUIT lucrurile mele sfinte și ai pângărit sabatele mele.
9 În tine sunt oameni DEFĂIMĂTORI pentru a vărsa sânge; și în tine ei mănâncă pe munți; în mijlocul tău ei lucrează cu DESFRÂNARE.
10 În tine AU DESCOPERIT ei GOLICIUNEA TATĂLUI LOR; în tine AU UMILIT pe cea care era pusă deoparte din cauza murdăriei.
11 Și unul A FĂCUT URÂCIUNE cu soția aproapelui său; și un altul a pângărit-o cu DESFRÂNARE pe nora lui; iar un altul în tine A UMILIT-O PE SORA SA, pe fiica tatălui său.
12 În tine au luat ei DARURI PENTRU A VĂRSA SÂNGE ; ai luat CAMĂTĂ și dobândă și ai câștigat cu LĂCOMIE de la aproapele tău prin JECMĂNIRE și pe mine M-AI UITAT, spune Domnul DUMNEZEU.
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Eze 23:37 Pentru că ele AU CURVIT ȘI SÂNGE ESTE ÎN MÂINILE LOR; și cu idolii lor au comis adulter și de asemenea au făcut pe fiii lor, pe care mi i-au născut, să treacă pentru ele prin foc, pentru a-i mânca.
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Eze 23:45 Și bărbații drepți, le vor judeca după felul celor adultere și după felul femeilor care varsă sânge, PENTRU CĂ SUNT ADULTERE ȘI SÂNGE ESTE ÎN MÂINILE LOR.
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Isaia 1:15-17 Şi când vă întindeţi mâinile, îmi voi ascunde ochii de voi, da, când faceţi multe rugăciuni, nu voi asculta; MÂINILE VĂ SUNT PLINE DE SÂNGE. Spălaţi-vă, curăţiţi-vă; puneţi deoparte facerile voastre de rău din faţa ochilor mei; ÎNCETAȚI SĂ FACEȚI RĂUL;
Învăţaţi să faceţi binele; căutaţi judecata, UȘURAȚI PE OPRIMAT, JUDECAȚI PE CEL FĂRĂ TATĂ, PLEDAȚI PENTRU VĂDUVĂ.
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Os 6:8 Galaad este o cetate a celor care lucrează NELEGIUIRE şi este pângărit cu SÂNGE
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Mica 3: 9-11 Ascultați aceasta, vă rog, voi, căpetenii ale casei lui Iacob și prinți ai casei lui Israel, care DETESTAȚI JUDECATA și PERVERTIȚI toată ECHITATEA.
10 Ei zidesc Sionul cu SÂNGE și Ierusalimul cu NELEGIUIRE .
11 Căpeteniile acestora judecă PENTRU MITĂ și preoții acestora învață PENTRU PLATĂ , și profeții acestora ghicesc PENTRU BANI , totuși ei se vor sprijini pe DOMNUL și vor spune: Nu este DOMNUL printre noi? Niciun rău nu poate veni asupra noastră.
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Mica 7:2-6 OMUL BUN a pierit de pe pământ; nu este niciunul INTEGRU printre oameni; TOȚI STAU LA PÂNDĂ DUPĂ SÂNGE ; EI VÂNEAZĂ cu o plasă, fiecare bărbat pe fratele lui.
3 Pentru CA SĂ FACĂ RĂUL CU AMÂNDOUĂ MÂINILE cu zel, și prințul și judecătorul cer o RĂSPLATĂ ; și omul mare, ÎȘI ROSTEȘTE DORINȚA TICĂLOASĂ; ASTFEL ÎNCHEIE TÂRGUL.
4 Cel mai bun dintre ei este ca un mărăcine, cel mai integru este mai ascuțit decât un gard de spini; ziua paznicilor tăi și a cercetării vine; acum va fi uimirea și nedumerirea lor.
5 Nu vă încredeți într-un prieten, nu vă puneți încrederea într-o călăuză; păzește-ți ușile gurii tale de cea care se întinde la pieptul tău.
6 Fiindcă fiul îl DEZONOREAZĂ PE TATĂ, fiica SE RIDICĂ ÎMPOTRIVA MAMEI sale, NORA ÎMPOTRIVA SOACREI ei; dușmanii unui om sunt oamenii propriei case.
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Naum 3:1 Vai CETĂȚII SÂNGEROASE ! Este plină toată de MINCIUNI și JEFUIRE; prada nu se depărtează;
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Habacuc 2: 12 Vai celui ce construiește un ORAȘ CU SÂNGE și întemeiază o CETATE PRIN NELEGIUIRE !

COMENTARIU: martirajul din prezent din Biserica Rămașiței, al liderilor împotriva membrilor ce țin adevărul, este reflectat fidel in Ezechiel 34:
1 Și cuvântul DOMNULUI a venit la mine, spunând:
2 Fiu al omului, profețește împotriva păstorilor lui Israel, profețește și spune-le: Astfel spune Domnul DUMNEZEU păstorilor: Vai fie păstorilor lui Israel care se pasc pe ei înșiși! Nu ar trebui păstorii să pască turmele?
3 Voi mâncați grăsimea și vă îmbrăcați cu lâna; LE ÎNJUNGHIAȚI pe cele hrănite; dar nu pașteți turma.
4 Pe cea îmbolnăvită nu ați întărit-o, nici nu ați vindecat pe cea bolnavă, nici nu ați legat pe cea zdrobită, nici nu ați întors pe cea alungată, nici nu ați căutat pe cea pierdută; ci CU FORȚĂ ȘI CRUZIME LE-AȚI STĂPÂNIT.
5 Și ele s-au împrăștiat, pentru că nu era păstor; și AU DEVENIT MÂNCARE pentru toate fiarele câmpului, după ce s-au împrăștiat.
6 Oile mele au rătăcit pe toți munții și pe fiecare deal înalt; da, turma mea s-a împrăștiat pe toată fața pământului și nimeni nu a cercetat sau a căutat după ele.
7 De aceea, voi păstorilor, ascultați cuvântul DOMNULUI:
8 Precum eu trăiesc, spune Domnul DUMNEZEU, într-adevăr, deoarece turma mea a devenit o pradă și TURMA MEA A DEVENIT MÂNCARE pentru fiecare fiară a câmpului, deoarece nu era păstor, nici păstorii mei nu căutau oile mele, ci păstorii se pășteau pe ei înșiși și nu pășteau turma mea;
9 De aceea, voi păstorilor, ascultați cuvântul DOMNULUI;
10 Astfel spune Domnul DUMNEZEU: Iată, eu sunt împotriva păstorilor; și voi cere turma mea din mâna lor și îi voi face să înceteze să mai pască turma; nici păstorii nu se vor mai paște pe ei înșiși; fiindcă voi scăpa turma mea DIN GURA LOR, CA SĂ NU FIE MÂNCARE PENTRU EI.

DOVEZI DIN SPIRITUL PROFETIC

“Manuscript 17, 1898”
Poporul Domnului este în principal alcătuit din săracii acestei lumi, poporul comun. Nu mulți înțelepți, nu mulți puternici, nu mulți nobili sunt chemați. Dumnezeu a ales pe cei săraci ai acestei lumi. Celor săraci le este predicată Evanghelia. Bogații sunt chemați, într-un sens; sunt invitați, dar nu acceptă invitația. Dar în aceste orașe rele, Domnul are mulți care sunt umili și totuși încrezători. Despre mulți dintre aceștia slujitorii Evangheliei nu știu nimic. Bisericile nu îi cunosc, pentru că există mulți profesori, dar puțini care slujesc; dar ei sunt luminile Domnului, strălucind în locuri umile și mizerabile. Răbdători, umili, blânzi, suferind de goliciune, foame și frig, EI SUNT MARTIRII DOMNULUI. Îngerii îi vizitează și poartă la cer raportul potrivit căruia capitalul Domnului, încredințat agenților umani, este folosit greșit, că biserica este vinovată de risipirea mijloacelor Domnului. Ms17-1898.2
A fost o insultă la adresa lui Dumnezeu când David a numărat Israelul. Mustrarea lui Dumnezeu era asupra sa; pentru că s-a făcut ca Dumnezeu, ca și când ar putea spune puterea armatelor lui Israel după numărul lor. “Acesta este cuvântul Domnului către Zorobabel, spunând: Nu prin forță, nici prin putere, ci prin Duhul Meu, spune Domnul oștirilor”. Dumnezeu nu privește numărul Israelului pentru succesul lucrării Sale. Armatele lui numără mii de mii și zece mii de ori zece mii. Aceștia cooperează cu oamenii care se vor uni cu Dumnezeu ca fiind canale de lumină. Ms17-1898.3
Există în orașele noastre mii care au frica de Dumnezeu înaintea lor, care nu au plecat genunchiul lui Baal. Este pentru că atât de mulți dintre aceștia se află în circumstanțe umile că lumea nu îi observă. Dar deși sunt ascunși, in locuri populate si cele izolate, aceștia caută pe Dumnezeu. Ms17-1898.4
Din cauza sărăciei, mulți sunt bolnavi și, din cauza bolii, există atât de multă sărăcie. Mulți în sărăcia lor slujesc altora. Răsplata primită de aceștia va fi proporțională cu ascultarea voită. Isus a văzut cum va fi, și El dorește ca slujitorii Săi să comunice cu acești suferinzi. Ultimul apel al evangheliei trebuie să răsune nu numai în locurile populare, ci și în cele izolate. Ms17-1898.5

“Testimonies for the church volume two”
Dar săracii copii, care cred că mama știe cel mai bine ceea ce este bine, sunt cei mai mari suferinzi. Cursul greșit al mamei a slăbit-o și, dacă îi este frig, se îmbracă în haine peste haine și face același lucru copiiilor, gândindu-se că și lor trebuie să le fie frig. Ușile și ferestrele sunt închise, iar temperatura camerei este crescută. Copiii sunt adesea mititei și slabi și nu posedă un grad ridicat de valoare morală. Soțul și copiii sunt astfel închiși pe timpul iarnă, sclavi ai noțiunilor unei femei controlate de imaginație și, uneori, având o voință de neclătinat. MEMBRII UNEI ASTFEL DE FAMILII SUNT MARTIRI ZILNIC. Ei sacrifică sănătatea capriciului unei femei pline de imaginație, care se plânge și murmurâ. Ei sunt privați, într-o mare măsură, de aer, ceea ce i-ar invigora și le-ar da energie și vitalitate. 2M 532.1
“Healthful living”
Mulți sugari sunt otrăviți dincolo de orice remediu, dormind în pat cu tații lor care folosesc tutunul. Prin inhalarea miasmei tutunului otrăvitor, care este aruncată din plămâni și prin porii pielii, sistemul copilului este umplut cu otravă. În timp ce acționează asupra unor sugari ca o otravă lentă și afectează creierul, inima, ficatul și plămânii și acestea se pierd și se degradează treptat; asupra altora are o influență mai directă, provocând spasme, paralizie și moarte subită. Părinții rătăciți plâng de pierderea celor dragi și se întreabă de providența misterioasă a lui Dumnezeu, care i-a afectat cu atâta cruzime, când providența nu a plănuit moartea acestor sugari. AU MURIT MARTIRI AI POFTEI MURDARE DE TUTUN. Fiecare expirație a plămânilor sclavului de tutun otrăvește aerul din jurul lui. – Reformatorul Sănătății, 1 ianuarie 1872. HL 111.1
“Selected messages book 2”
Mii de copii au murit care ar fi putut să trăiască. EI SUNT MARTIRI AI IGNORANȚEI PĂRINȚILOR despre relația dintre mâncare, îmbrăcăminte și aerul pe care îl respiră, și susținerea sănătății și a vieții. Mamele din trecut, ar fi trebuit să fie medicii propriilor copii. 2SM 469,1
“Testimonies on sexual behavior, adultery and divorce”
ASTĂZI EXISTĂ MULȚI MARTIRI VII care trăiesc în tăcere, care au încredere în Dumnezeu atunci când sunt ABUZAȚI CU LIMBA și care sunt CHINUIȚI , care sunt RĂNIȚI DE DENUNȚĂRI CRUDE ȘI DURE, a căror parte pare a fi să trăiască și SĂ SUFERE , primind mângâiere numai de la Isus, care este Sursa puterii lor. ASTFEL DE SUFLETE SUNT MISIONARI. Ei sunt nobilii lui Cristos și numele lor sunt scrise în Cartea vieții Mielului. TSB 47.2

“Manuscript 56, 1886”
La fel va fi cu poporul rămășiță al lui Dumnezeu care este împrăștiat – unii în fortărețele munților, unii exilați, unii urmăriți, unii persecutați. Când se aude vocea lui Dumnezeu și se descoperă strălucirea slavei și încercarea se termină, zgura îndepărtată, ei știu că ei sunt în prezența Celui care i-a răscumpărat prin propriul sânge. Exact ceea ce a fost Cristos pentru Ioan în exilul său, El va fi pentru poporul Său, care este făcut să simtă mâna opresiunii pentru credința și mărturia lui Isus Cristos. Chiar ACEȘTI MARTIRI vor fi într-o zi strălucitori cu slava lui Dumnezeu, pentru că El are credincioși care au fost loiali unde lumea, bisericile, au anulat Legea Lui sfântă. Aceștia au fost duși de furtuna și dezlănțuirea persecuțiilor în crăpăturile stâncilor, dar se ascundeau în Stânca Veacurilor; și în tăria munților, în peșterile și cavernele pământului, Mântuitorul descoperă prezența Lui și gloria Lui. Ms56-1886.14

CONCLUZIE

Astăzi există multe clase de martiri în poporul lui Dumnezeu, vizibil și invizibil astăzi:
-martiri vii suferinzi de foame, sărăcie, boli etc care totuși slujesc lui Dumnezeu
-martiri ai poftelor părinților și ai păcatului neaplicării reformei sanitare în viața practică
-martiri vii “ABUZAȚI CU LIMBA și care sunt CHINUIȚI , care sunt RĂNIȚI DE DENUNȚĂRI CRUDE ȘI DURE”, persecutați din pricina adevărului, numiți extremiști, dizidenți, separatiști, atomi independenți pe nedrept.
-martiri vii în închisori sau morți din biserica invizibilă, pretutindeni în lume. Aceastą de asemenea e biserica lui Dumnezeu.

Iar in viitor, după decret, vom avea ultimii martiri în micul timp de strâmtorare când încă mai este har. Aceștia sunt toți aceia ce nu vor accepta semnul fiarei sub pedeapsa cu moartea sau închisoarea. (Apoc 20:4)
Putem concluziona că ceea i se spune lui Daisy e adevărat. Martirajul e la culme astazi și el va rămâne la culme până la încheiere, în timpul decretului duminical.

În marele timp de strâmtorare, după închiderea harului se va da decretul de moarte mondial, care nu va produce nici o victimă. Deci după închiderea harului nu va mai fi niciun martir mort.

Daisy plânge prea mult

ACUZAȚIE
Daisy plânge prea mult. Un profet al lui Dumnezeu nu plânge atât.

RĂSPUNS
Plânsul este o ralitate aproape zilnică pentru un profet al lui Dumnezeu, pentru că atunci când Dumnezeu ridică un profet, el are două lucrări de făcut: A CONSOLA ȘI A CORECTA
“Scrieri timpurii, p. 78
Recomand lui cititorului amabil cuvântul lui Dumnezeu ca o regulă de credință și practică. Prin acest Cuvânt trebuie să fim judecați. ÎN EL DUMNEZEU A PROMIS A DA VIZIUNI ÎN “ZILE DE PE URMĂ”, NU PENTRU A AVEA UN NOU STANDARD DE CREDINȚĂ, CI PENTRU A MÂNGÂIA PE POPORUL SĂU ȘI PENTRU A CORECTA PE CEI CE SE DEPĂRTEAZĂ DE ADEVĂRURILE BIBLICE. Acesta a fost modul în care Dumnezeu a lucrat cu Petru când urma să-l trimită să predice neamurilor. (Fapte 10)
Pentru cei care circulă această mică lucrare, vreau să spun că este destinată numai pentru cei sinceri și nu pentru cei care ar dori să ridiculizeze lucrurile Duhului lui Dumnezeu “.

În lumina acestui citat vom vedea mai jos că un adevărat PROFET are o viață de sacrificiu, de suferință constantă pentru un popor rebel și de multe ori plânge.

Mai mult, TOATĂ rămășița credincioasă plânge adesea pentru poporul răzvrătit.
Ezek.9:4>>Și DOMNUL i-a spus: Du-te prin mijlocul cetății, prin mijlocul Ierusalimului și pune un semn pe frunțile oamenilor care suspină și care strigă (plâng) din cauza tuturor urâciunilor care sunt făcute în mijlocul lui.

DOVEZI BIBLICE

Ieremia a plâns
Ieremia 9:1>>De s-ar preface în ape, capul meu, și o fântână de lacrimi, ochii mei, ca să plâng zi și noapte pentru cei uciși ai fiicei poporului meu!
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Ier.9:18>>…și să înalțe un bocet pentru noi, ca din ochii noștri să curgă lacrimi și din pleoapele noastre să țâșnească ape.
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Ier.13:17>>Dar dacă nu veți asculta aceasta, sufletul meu va plânge în locuri tainice pentru mândria voastră; și ochiul meu va plânge amar și îi vor curge lacrimi, pentru că turma DOMNULUI este dusă în captivitate.
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Ier.14:17>>De aceea tu să le spui acest cuvânt: Ochii mei să curgă cu lacrimi noapte și zi și să nu înceteze, pentru că fiica fecioară a poporului meu este zdrobită cu o mare spărtură, cu o lovitură foarte apăsătoare.
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Ier:31:16>>Astfel spune DOMNUL: Oprește-ți vocea de la plânset și ochii tăi de la lacrimi, pentru că lucrarea ta va fi răsplătită, spune DOMNUL; și ei se vor întoarce înapoi din țara dușmanului.
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Plângeri 2:11>> OCHII MEI SE SFÂRȘESC CU LACRIMI, adâncurile mele se tulbură, ficatul meu este turnat pe pământ din cauza nimicirii fiicei poporului meu; căci copiii și sugarii leșină pe străzile cetății.
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Plângeri 2:18>>Inima lor a strigat către DOMNUL: Zid al fiicei Sionului, să curgă lacrimi ca un râu, zi și noapte; să nu îți dea odihnă, să nu înceteze lumina ochiului tău.

Adevărații adventiști plâng
Psalm.126:5, 6>> Cei ce seamănă cu lacrimi vor secera cu bucurie.
Cel ce merge înainte plângând, purtând sămânță prețioasă, se va întoarce fără îndoială cu bucurie, aducându-și snopii.

Cei sigilați plâng
Ezech.9:4>>Și DOMNUL i-a spus: Du-te prin mijlocul cetății, prin mijlocul Ierusalimului și pune un semn pe frunțile oamenilor care suspină și care strigă (plâng) din cauza tuturor urâciunilor care sunt făcute în mijlocul lui.

Isus a plâns
Ioan 11:35>>Isus plângea
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Luca19:41>> Și când s-a apropiat, a privit cetatea și a plâns din cauza ei,

Pavel a plâns
2Cor.2:4>>Fiindcă v-am scris din mult necaz și chin al inimii, cu multe lacrimi; nu ca să fiți mâhniți, ci ca să știți dragostea pe care o am din abundență pentru voi.
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Fapte 20:19>>Servind pe Domnul cu toată umilința minții și cu multe lacrimi și ispite, care mi s-au întâmplat prin comploturile iudeilor;
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Fapte 20:31>>Vegheați așadar și amintiți-vă, că timp de trei ani nu am încetat să vă avertizez CU LACRIMI, NOAPTE ȘI ZI, pe fiecare.

DOVEZI DIN ELLEN WHITE
“Testimonies for the church volume 5”
Se prea poate că distrugătorii se antrenează deja sub mâna lui Satan și așteaptă doar plecarea câtorva mai mulți purtători de stindard pentru a le lua locurile, și cu vocea proorocului mincinos să strige: “Pace, pace”, când Domnul nu a vorbit pacea. Rareori plâng, dar acum îmi găsesc ochii orbiți de lacrimi; ele cad pe hârtia mea pe măsură ce scriu. 5T 77.1

“Selected messages book 3”
Altă dată mi s-a arătat o clădire mare care era construită pe locul pe care a fost construit după aceea Sanatoriul din Battle Creek. Frații s-au confruntat cu o mare încurcătură cu privire la cine ar trebui să se ocupe de lucrare. Am plâns foarte mult. Unul cu autoritate s-a ridicat între noi și a spus: “Încă nu sunteți gata să investiți mijloacele în clădirea respectivă sau să planificați gestionarea viitoare a acesteia”. 3SM 55.3
“The sanctified life”
Daniel nu-și proclamă propria fidelitate înaintea Domnului. În loc să pretindă că este pur și sfânt, acest profet onorat se identifică cu umilință cu adevărații păcătoși ai lui Israel. Înțelepciunea pe care Dumnezeu i-o dăduse era pe atât de superioară înțelepciunii marilor oameni ai lumii, precum lumina soarelui strălucind în cer la amiază este mai strălucitoare decât cea mai slabă stea. Totuși, gândiți-vă la rugăciunea de pe buzele acestui om atît de favorizat de cer. Cu umilință profundă, cu lacrimi și inimă sfâșiată, el pledează pentru el și pentru poporul său. El își deschide sufletul înaintea lui Dumnezeu, mărturisind propria lui nevrednicie și recunoscând măreția și maiestatea Domnului. SL 46.2

“Testimonies for the church volume three”
Dumnezeu cere ca cei care slujesc în lucrurile sacre să fie oameni care să fie geloși pentru cauza Lui. Povara muncii lor ar trebui să fie mântuirea sufletelor. Frate R, nu ai simțit cum spune profetul Ioel: “Preoții, slujitorii Domnului, să plângă între pridvor și altar și să zică ‘Cruță poporul Tău, o Doamne, și nu da moștenirea Ta reproșului.'” “Cei ce seamănă în lacrimi vor culege în bucurie. Cel ce iese și plânge, având sămânță prețioasă, se va întoarce, fără îndoială, cu bucurie și va aduce snopii săi cu el.” 3T 234.1
“Christ Triumphant”
La priveliștea fermecătoare, mulțimea se unește cu fervoare reînnoită în strigătele lor de laudă … Ei presupun că Cristos este acum gata să ia tronul lui David și să domnească ca prinț temporal. Ochii lor se întorc spre El pentru a vedea cum este impresionat de scena respectivă. Dar iată, Fiul omului este în lacrimi! CTr 254,2
Pe măsură ce ochii lui Cristos privesc templul, care atât de curând urma să fie pustiit, iar perdeaua dintre Sfânta si Sfânta Sfintelor urma a fi sfâșiată atunci când actul final al evreilor urma a desăvârși moartea Sa, a plâns asupra orașului neascultător …
“Counsels for the church”
Ai simțit o povară pentru cel pe care l-ai văzut aventurându-se pe căile interzise? L-ai avertizat cu amabilitate? Ai plâns pentru el și te-ai rugat pentru el și cu el? Ai arătat prin cuvinte de tandrețe și fapte bune că îl iubești și vrei să-l salvezi? CCh 255,1
“From eternity past”
Desconsiderația îngâmfată a lui Saul față de voința lui Dumnezeu a demonstrat că nu putea fi investit cu putere regală ca locțiitor al Domnului. În timp ce Saul și armata lui mărșăluiau acasă în bucuria victoriei, în casa lui Samuel era neliniște. El a primit un mesaj de la Domnul: “Mă pocăiesc că am pus pe Saul ca împărat; căci s-a abătut de la a Mă urma și nu a împlinit poruncile Mele.” Profetul a plâns și s-a rugat toată noaptea pentru o inversare a sentinței teribile. EP 457.1

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