“The Seal Of God And The Mark Of The Beast” 07/22

Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples. Isaiah 8:16.

The living righteous will receive the seal of God prior to the close of probation.

The sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord’s memorial of creation…. The mark of the beast is the opposite of this—the observance of the first day of the week.

Sundaykeeping is not yet the mark of the beast, and will not be until the decree goes forth causing men to worship this idol sabbath. The time will come when this day will be the test, but that time has not come yet.

No one has yet received the mark of the beast. The testing time has not yet come. There are true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion. None are condemned until they have had the light and have seen the obligation of the fourth commandment. But when the decree shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit sabbath, and the loud cry of the third angel shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his image, the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true. Then those who still continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast.

If the light of truth has been presented to you, revealing the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and showing that there is no foundation in the Word of God for Sunday observance, and yet you still cling to the false sabbath, refusing to keep holy the Sabbath which God calls “my holy day,” you receive the mark of the beast. When does this take place? When you obey the decree that commands you to cease from labor on Sunday and worship God, while you know that there is not a word in the Bible showing Sunday to be other than a common working day, you consent to receive the mark of the beast, and refuse the seal of God.

In a little while every one who is a child of God will have His seal placed upon him. O that it may be placed upon our foreheads! Who can endure the thought of being passed by when the angel goes forth to seal the servants of God in their foreheads?

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Satanic Miracles–1” 07/18

There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24.

The enemy is preparing to deceive the whole world by his miracle-working power. He will assume to personate the angels of light, to personate Jesus Christ.

So far as his power extends, he will perform actual miracles. Says the Scripture: “He … deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do,” not merely those which he pretends to do. Something more than mere impostures is brought to view in this scripture. But there is a limit beyond which Satan cannot go, and here he calls deception to his aid and counterfeits the work which he has not power actually to perform. In the last days he will appear in such a manner as to make men believe him to be Christ come the second time into the world. He will indeed transform himself into an angel of light.

He will come personating Jesus Christ, working mighty miracles; and men will fall down and worship him as Jesus Christ. We shall be commanded to worship this being, whom the world will glorify as Christ.

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. Satan works “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness” to gain control of the children of men, and his deceptions will continually increase. But he can gain his object only as men voluntarily yield to his temptations. Those who are earnestly seeking a knowledge of the truth and are striving to purify their souls through obedience, thus doing what they can to prepare for the conflict, will find, in the God of truth, a sure defense. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee” (verse 10), 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.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Nine

Billy wasn’t there to see Eddy. He was in solitary confinement due to his outbursts and refusal to work. He was so brokenhearted about Sally that he just didn’t care anymore. He thought about him and his girlfriend when they were kids and it hurt him so much to realize that he would never see her again.

“Dear Master, life is so unbearable without her! I can’t bear this!” he prayed as he sobbed greatly.

After crying for hours he went to sleep on the cold stone floor. He dreamed of the happy times of Small Faith. He saw his people doing their appointed tasks with joy and heard little children laughing. Such beautiful memories. Then images of the Natives of Doubt attacking them appeared in his dream. He moaned and cried aloud: “No! Dear Master, no! Help us! Please!” Billy then woke up and shuddered. He remembered seeing the children being torn away from their parents and the mothers and fathers begging for mercy before they were forced to slave labor. The attack was truly a nightmare for them! Billy still believed that the Small Faith People would be free someday. He didn’t care if he was freed or not, but he hoped for the sake of his people that their deliverance would come speedily.

“I wonder how long they’ll keep me in this cell?” Billy said to himself. “Maybe they’ll kill me like they did with Sally. If that happens at least I won’t have to go through life without her. Perhaps we will wake up together when the Good King returns. That would be so wonderful!”

Billy then got up from the floor and stood up. He gazed at the walls around him and started to recite stories of the Good King from the Holy Word that he had kept in his heart. He began to feel encouraged and decided to believe that whatever plan His Majesty had in mind for him, even if it meant going on without his girlfriend, it was going to be all right.

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Karen and Eddy were forced to join the slaves in their labors. Karen was with the women who mended the shoes and clothing; and Eddy was with the men who were working in the gardens. Though they had to suffer along with those they were sent to help, the Lightbearers didn’t complain or grumble. They knew that the Good King was in control. And whenever He was in control, good always came out of it.

The slaves were comforted at having the Lightbearers with them. The presence of the teenage girl and the little man reminded them that the Good King was still with them. The Light of Truth shined brightly from the Lanterns as the Lightbearers labored, which made those who were in charge of the slaves so uncomfortable that they didn’t strike out or lash out at them. For once the Small Faith People were able to work without fear of being beaten up by their oppressors.

When the day was over the slaves were forced back into their rooms. The guards were greatly annoyed because the little people’s countenances were radiated with joy instead of sadness and dread. How could they be so happy when they were still in bondage? The guards hoped that tomorrow they would come to their senses and the sickly smiles would leave their faces.

In the room where the female slaves were Karen sang some songs that she had learned on her adventures. The little women sang along with her. Then they took turns sharing stories from the Holy Word. Karen listened with amazement because though they didn’t have the Holy Word with them their memory of the scriptures was so sharp that it was like they were actually reading them. Oh, to be blessed with the ability to memorize the sacred writings like that! Karen thought as she sighed. The little women then asked Karen if she had a story from the Holy Word to share.

“I’m afraid my memory isn’t good as yours,” she said chuckling. “But I can share with you a story from my Lantern. The one that I like the best is when the Good King walked on the water. Would you like me to share that one?”

“Oh, yes! Please tell us!” said the little women eagerly.  So Karen shared the story with them by using the Lantern. As she read the words that appeared in the glass a huge beam of Light shot out and formed a glowing screen on the wall of the prison. The little women watched in amazement as the scene was being acted out before them. They cheered when they saw the Good King walk on the water toward a boat that was being tossed by the waves of the sea. In the boat were His disciples who were trying to row out of the storm. When the disciples saw the Good King they became very scared and thought that a ghost was coming to get them. But when He spoke to them, they calmed down because they recognized Him. When Peter got out of the boat he started to walk on the water toward the Good King. But when he doubted he began to sink. After crying to the Good King for help, He pulled him out of the water and helped him back into the boat.

When the story was over and the screen with the moving picture disappeared, the little women discussed among themselves what they heard and saw. It was like the Good King was telling them through the story to not give into their enemies and to keep looking to Him. They would be able to walk above their trials and not sink into them as long as they kept believing in His Majesty. They asked Karen to pray for them and the teenage girl gladly did so.

A guard saw that the slaves were still awake and forced them to go to bed. The little women hastened to obey. When they were all asleep in their stone hard beds, Karen quietly got out of her bed and tip toed to the stone door. Her eyes widened as it opened before her as if by an unseen hand, and she looked out. The guards were not in sight. She carefully left the room and walked down the hallway of the cave. Though there were lighted torches on the wall the hallway was dark for Karen. She was glad that she had her Lantern with her to help in showing where she was going. As she continued walking on the stone floor she tried to find the room where the other slaves were. She wanted to make sure that her little buddy, Eddy was all right. She then saw a room where a little woman was sleeping. She carefully walked into the room. She got up close to the bed and looked at her. The poor thing had bruises on her. The Holy Spirit impressed Karen to touch her head with her hand and pray for her. Karen obeyed. As she prayed for her the little woman woke up. When she saw the smiling young girl gazing down at her she knew that she was face to face with a servant of the Good King.

“I can see that you have been sent by our good and loving Master,” said the little woman smiling back. “Who are you, dear?”

The teenage girl answered gently, “I’m Karen The Lightbearer.”

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Satan Personates Christ–2” 07/17

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14.

Satan is preparing his deceptions that in his last campaign against the people of God, they may not understand that it is he. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” … Satan will go to the extent of his power to harass, tempt, and mislead God’s people.

He who dared to face, and tempt, and taunt our Lord, and who had power to take Him in his arms and carry Him to a pinnacle of the temple, and up into an exceeding high mountain, will exercise his power to a wonderful degree upon the present generation, who are far inferior in wisdom to their Lord, and who are almost wholly ignorant of his subtlety and strength.

In a marvelous manner will he affect the bodies of those who are naturally inclined to do his bidding.

He will come personating Jesus Christ, working mighty miracles; and men will fall down and worship him as Jesus Christ.

We shall be commanded to worship this being, whom the world will glorify as Christ. What shall we do?—Tell them that Christ has warned us against just such a foe, who is man’s worst enemy, yet who claims to be God; and that when Christ shall make His appearance, it will be with power and great glory, accompanied by ten thousand times ten thousand angels and thousands of thousands; and that when He shall come, we shall know His voice.

The time is coming when Satan will work miracles right in your sight, claiming that he is Christ; and if your feet are not firmly established upon the truth of God, then you will be led away from your foundation.

Satan is determined to keep up the warfare to the end. Coming as an angel of light, claiming to be the Christ, he will deceive the world. But his triumph will be short. No storm or tempest can move those whose feet are planted on the principles of eternal truth. They will be able to stand in this time of almost universal apostasy.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“The Church Appears About To Fall” 07/14

But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Isaiah 49:14, 15.

Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his power as supreme. 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. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths…. 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.

I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to be disorganized or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this; there is not the least evidence that such a thing will be. Those who shall heed this false message and try to leaven others will be deceived and prepared to receive advanced delusions, and they will come to nought.

I am encouraged and blessed as I realize that the God of Israel is still guiding His people, and that He will continue to be with them, even to the end.

We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth.

The church, soon to enter upon her most severe conflict, will be the object most dear to God upon earth. The confederacy of evil will be stirred with power from beneath, and Satan will cast all the reproach possible upon the chosen ones whom he cannot deceive and delude with his satanic inventions and falsehoods. But exalted “to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins,” will Christ, our representative and head, close His heart, or withdraw His hand, or falsify His promise? No; never, never.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White