“Satanic Miracles–2” 07/19

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13.

As the people of God approach the perils of the last days, Satan holds earnest consultation with his angels as to the most successful plan of overthrowing their faith. He sees that the popular churches are already lulled to sleep by his deceptive power. By pleasing sophistry and lying wonders he can continue to hold them under his control. Therefore he directs his angels to lay their snares especially for those who are looking for the second advent of Christ and endeavoring to keep all the commandments of God.

We are warned that in the last days he will work with signs and lying wonders. And he will continue these wonders until the close of probation, that he may point to them as evidence that he is an angel of light and not of darkness.

Satan will come in to deceive if possible the very elect. He claims to be Christ, and he is coming in, pretending to be the great medical missionary. He will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men to prove that he is God.

It is the lying wonders of the devil that will take the world captive, and he will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men. He is to work miracles; and this wonderful, miracle-working power is to sweep in the whole world.

Some will be tempted to receive these wonders as from God. The sick will be healed before us. Miracles will be performed in our sight. Are we prepared for the trial which awaits us when the lying wonders of Satan shall be more fully exhibited? Will not many souls be ensnared and taken? By departing from the plain precepts and commandments of God, and giving heed to fables, the minds of many are preparing to receive these lying wonders. We must all now seek to arm ourselves for the contest in which we must soon engage. Faith in God’s word, prayerfully studied and practically applied, will be our shield from Satan’s power and will bring us off conquerors through the blood of Christ.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Ten

Eddy walked cautiously through the dark hallway with his Lantern in his hand. He wanted to find the room where Karen was being held. He was worried for her and he prayed that she was okay. There were no guards patrolling the hallway that night and Eddy breathed a sigh of relief. “Phew! Thank you, Lord!” he whispered.

He then heard the sound of crying coming from a cell. Eddy walked up to the stone door and peered through the stone bars. A little man was lying on the cold floor sobbing hard. Eddy couldn’t stand to see a fellow Small Faith Person suffer so much. He desired to try and encourage him.

“What’s the matter, friend?” he asked kindly.

The sniffling prisoner turned his head up and looked through the bars of the door. The guy who just talked to him, he looked like…no, it couldn’t possibly be!

Eddy quickly knew who the crying Small Faith Person was. “William? Is that you?”

Billy walked up to the door and looked closely at the visitor. “I must be losing my mind,” he mumbled, not believing what he was seeing. “Edward Matthews, is it really you? I heard you were killed by the Natives of Doubt.”

Eddy smiled. “It truly is me, Billy. The Good King preserved me from them.”

Billy was so happy to see an old friend that he reached out his hand to him through the bars. Eddy held his hand tightly and shed tears of joy. He and Billy had been friends for a few years before the attack on their home. It was good to be reunited again.

“You must tell me how the Good King delivered you from our enemies,” said Billy. “That must have been miraculous.”

“When we are all out of this mountain, I will tell you everything.” Eddy promised. Then he remembered the scroll that the angel gave him. He dug into the pocket of his pants and pulled it out. “Billy, this is for you. An angel from Heaven told me to give it to you when I see you.”

Billy took the scroll and started to read it. The words were promises from the Holy Word on being strong in the faith and not giving up. Billy hugged the scroll to his heart. “Thank you, Eddy,” he said to his friend. Then he lifted up his head. “Thank you, Your Majesty.”

Eddy wanted to stay longer with Billy but when he heard footsteps approaching he told him that he would see him again and then quickly left. Billy hid the scroll in his cell and waited to see who was coming.

The stone door slowly opened and Much Cruel along with two guards walked into the cell. He came up to Billy and said authoritatively, “Well, puny insect, are you going to be respectful now and do your work without rebelling?”

The little man now felt new courage after reading the words from the scroll. He stood up straight and tall and answered, “Yes, I will do my best, chief.”

Much Cruel was delighted. “Excellent. I will free you from your solitary confinement in the morning so you can start your servitude.”

When the chief and the guards left, Billy got the scroll out from the hiding place and read the words again. Then he put the scroll in the pocket of his shirt and went to sleep. He had a few hours to rest before he would join the other slaves again.

To Be Continued

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Eight

When Karen and Eddy walked through the stone door that opened before them in the mountain guards appeared and stopped them with their spears. “Intruders!” they shouted.

Karen was one to not be afraid so easily, but when she was faced to face with these men of amazing strength and stature her heart failed her. Eddy was feeling scared too, especially when one of the guards poked him with his spear and exclaimed:

“Hey! This is the fellow that escaped from us long ago when we attacked Small Faith!”

“You’re right. Why on earth would he come back to us?” said a guard confused.

“The Good King has sent me here to free His people, and my people.” Eddy answered them.

The guards laughed. “You think you can free them from us? Your brain is just as small as your height! We’re going to take you and the young girl to our chief. He will want a good laugh out of this too.”

The two Lightbearers were then dragged roughly to the throne room. Chief Much Cruel was sitting on his purple draped stone chair. When he saw the two shining Lanterns that the prisoners were carrying he gritted his teeth in anger.

“I know who you two are. You are the ones that have been sent to free the Small Faith People. But you will not succeed. You will be enslaved along with them.” He then gazed at Eddy. “I’m sure this will be a nice reunion for you, little one. Now you will be with your people here forever. Ha ha ha ha ha!” He then turned to his guards. “Take them away!”

The guards took Karen and Eddy to the slave quarters. Before they got separated they encouraged one another with promises from the Holy Word that they have kept in their hearts during their adventures.

“Be strong, brother,” said Karen.

“You as well, dear sister,” said Eddy.

Karen was pushed into the room where the female slaves were. As the stone door closed behind her she looked at all the women, who were staring at her in wonder. They looked so tired and miserable that Karen nearly cried. She also noticed that they were dirty as if they hadn’t bathed in a long time.

No wonder the Master of Darkness called the Natives of Doubt his servants. Anyone who can treat people like this have to be under his control. Karen thought to herself.

A little woman slowly came up to her. “Who are you, dear? Why are you here? You’re not from Small Faith like we are.”

“I’m Karen the Lightbearer. The Good King has sent Eddy and I to free you from your slavery.”

The little woman smiled in great joy. “It is true. We are going to leave this terrible place. His Majesty has not forsaken us at all.”

When the other women heard that they cheered.

“We almost lost our faith but now it is returning to us.” the little woman said to Karen. “You and Eddy are going to be the Good King’s instruments in delivering us from the Natives of Doubt. Maybe this will be another exodus like the one that’s mentioned in the Holy Word.” The she asked, “Who is this Eddy? What’s he like?”

“He’s small with blonde hair and a very gentle disposition.” Karen answered as she described her best friend.

“Could it possibly be our Eddy?” a little elderly woman asked.

“No, he’s dead. one of the natives killed him when he tried to escape.” the little woman next to her replied sadly.

“On the contrary,” said Karen smiling, “he’s very much alive. The Good King protected him and he has prayed for the freedom of Small Faith.”

“Where is he?” asked the little woman.

“He’s been taken to where the male slaves are.” Karen answered.

*******

“I can’t believe my eyes!” said a little man as he got closer to the newcomer. “Edward Matthews is that really you?”

Eddy recognized him. “Hello Richard!” he greeted.

The little man embraced him. “It really is you! Oh, Eddy we thought you were killed!”

“The Good King was my Shield and Defense. He kept me from death.” Eddy answered. Then his eyes filled with tears of joy. “I have kept you all in my prayers. Our loving Master has brought us together and He is going to free Small Faith. Praises to His mighty Name!”

“What are you doing here?” Richard asked him.

“I and a friend have come here to free you. You will not forever be slaves to the Natives of Doubt.” He then turned to face the others who were listening. “My dear people, our all mighty Master, the Lord of Heaven and earth, will do wonders in defeating our enemies here and will bring us back to our home so that we can rebuild it. A new day is coming for Small Faith!”

Benjamin scoffed. “Bah! You are deluded, Eddy. You have been captured just like the rest of us and now will suffer slavery like we do. The Good King has abandoned us. I’m even starting to wonder now if there really is such a God. Maybe we have made it up all this time.”

Eddy went up to the elderly little man. “Ben, the Good King is real. He has sent me and Karen to prove it. And He has not abandoned you or anyone else that is suffering here in this mountain of trouble. I pray that you have not lost your faith in Him. You need it if you want to be free. His Majesty will use my friend and I to deliver you from the Natives of Doubt.”

Benjamin laughed. “You have always been the most timid of us. Even when you was a boy you were always scared of your own shadow. What makes you think that you can stand up against these giants? You will cower before them just like we do.”

Eddy felt hurt in being reminded of his past fearful nature, but he didn’t get angry at the mean Small Faith Person. He understood that he along with the rest of his people had suffered a lot at the hands of the Natives of Doubt. With gentleness in his voice he answered the cutting remark:

“Yes, I was a very scared fellow until I learned to surrender my whole life to the Good King. He taught me how to be brave and trusting in Him in the adventures I have had in being His Lightbearer.”

“You’re a Lightbearer?” Richard asked in awe. “No Small Faith Person has ever become a Lightbearer. That requires someone of excellent faith and courage.”

Eddy showed him the Lantern he was carrying. “By His Majesty’s grace, I’m not the person that I was before.”

Richard and the others, including Benjamin looked at the Lantern. They could see that the Light in it was not ordinary because verses from the Holy Word were showing through the glass.

“I’m sorry for not believing you, Eddy,” said Richard. “I can see that you are speaking the truth. You must have truly changed a lot since our departure.”

The others also believed and commented on how wonderful seeing the Light of Truth was to their trouble souls. But Benjamin was still doubtful and said huffily

“I’d like to see how a Lightbearer can withstand all the strength and brutality of the giants in this mountain.”

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Five

“Can’t you do anything right little one!?” a tall woman shouted as she threw a shoe at Sally. “This is the worst job I have ever seen! Look at it! You expect our fighting men to wear shoes like this!?”

Sally hung her head down. She was one of the slaves who was excellent at mending footwear. She was thinking so much about freedom that she had accidently sewn the shoe in a lopsided way that it ended up looking worse than before. “I’m so sorry,” she said meekly. But the tall woman would not accept her apology. She picked up the shoe from the floor and started to beat Sally with it.

“Ow! Ow! Stop! Please!” Sally cried as the shoe came down on her head hard.

The other little women stopped working and watched. They felt bad for Sally but they couldn’t do anything. As the beating went on and poor Sally started to bleed, one of them finally spoke:

“Stop! You’ll kill her!”

The tall woman gazed angrily at the onlookers. “Get back to your mending! No one tells me what to do!”

The little women timidly went back to their work.

Sally lifted her head up and prayed, “King Jesus, save me!” Then she collapsed on the floor. The tall woman tried to wake her up but to no avail. Not wanting to lose a good slave she felt her pulse. Her heart was still beating. She called to one of the guards that was standing by. When he came to her she said, “Put her in the sick room. See to it that she gets better. And make sure my husband does not know about this. I can’t stand the thought of such a good slave being fed to his pet tigers.”

The guard bowed and picked up Sally. He then carried her out of the room and walked down the hallway.

The little women saw Sally being taken away and they feared that they would never see her again. As they continued working they talked quietly among each other:

“Someone should tell Billy about this.”

“What good would that do? He can’t save her from the fate that awaits her.”

“But he should know. He and Sally are very best friends.”

“I hope the Good King will save us soon.”

The tall woman heard them. “Shut your mouths!” she commanded.

The little women stopped talking. They went on mending shoes and clothing without saying another word.

*******

In the sick room Sally was awakened by a bright being that came to her. Realizing that she was in the presence of an angel from Heaven she trembled. But the angel gently touched her bleeding head and said in a beautiful musical voice, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. The freedom of Small Faith is very near. His Majesty is sending two Lightbearers that carry the Light Of His Truth. You, Billy, and all of your people will leave this cave and will return to your home.”

“But our home is destroyed. How can we possibly live there again?” Sally asked the angel.

“Keep on having faith and you will see the power of the Good King.”

The angel then disappeared.

Tears of joy flowed from Sally’s eyes. She folded her hands and prayed:

“Thank you, Your Majesty. We truly are going to be free.”

To Be Continued

“Taste For Yourself” 03/07

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8.

How shall we know for ourselves God’s goodness and His love? The psalmist tells us—not, hear and know, read and know, or believe and know; but—“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Instead of relying upon the word of another, taste for yourself.

Experience is knowledge derived from experiment. Experimental religion is what is needed now…. Some—yes, a large number—have a theoretical knowledge of religious truth, but have never felt the renewing power of divine grace upon their own hearts…. They believe in the wrath of God, but put forth no earnest efforts to escape it. They believe in heaven, but make no sacrifice to obtain it…. They know a remedy for sin, but do not use it. They know the right, but have no relish for it. All their knowledge will but increase their condemnation. They have never tasted and learned by experience that the Lord is good.

To become a disciple of Christ is to deny self and follow Jesus through evil as well as good report…. Every darling indulgence that hinders our religious life must be cut off…. Will we put forth efforts and make sacrifices proportionate to the worth of the object to be attained?

Every association we form, however limited, exerts some influence upon us. The extent to which we yield to that influence will be determined by the degree of intimacy, the constancy of the intercourse, and our love and veneration for the one with whom we associate. Thus by acquaintance and association with Christ we may become like Him, the one faultless Example.

Communion with Christ—how unspeakably precious! Such communion it is our privilege to enjoy if we will seek it, if we will make any sacrifice to secure it.

So everyone may be able, through his own experience, to “set his seal to this, that God is true.” John 3:33, A.R.V…. He can testify: “I needed help, and I found it in Jesus. Every want was supplied, the hunger of my soul was satisfied…. I believe in Jesus because He is to me a divine Saviour. I believe the Bible because I have found it to be the voice of God to my soul.”

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White