This week an individual posted a question on our ITH Ministries web forum. Which comes first, the personation of Christ by Satan, or the Sunday Law? I was pondering this question and then considering how Satan would appear as an angel of light. May I propose that in the acceptance of the trinity doctrine, with its subsequent heresy of spiritualism (and new age philosophy) as seen in the doctrines of spiritual formation and contemplative prayer, that this is happening even as we speak. Consider the following quote.
"As Spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of Spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.
The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church-members love what the world loves, and are ready to join with them; and Satan determines to unite them in one body, and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of Spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world... GC 1888 Page 588-9
I fully believe that there will be a false latter rain that will appear to be of God. But those who appear to be filled with it, will be embracing the doctrines of devils and teaching, as if from God, the commandments of men. Brace yourselves and pray fervently for I believe it has already begun. Hopefully we have all read or watched Adrian's inspired presentation on the most holy place. Remember that those who do not go into the Most Holy Place with Jesus receive light and power from Lucifer himself.
"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; 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?” (Jer 5:30-31) In the GC quote above we are told that it is the church member’s love of the ecumenical world doctrines that lead them into deception. Do we not see this happening among our ranks today? We are seeing the fulfillment of Jer. 5:30-31 right before our eyes. I highly recommend a deep study of the entire chapter 5 of Jeremiah. Look at the following text in Job.
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. (Job 24:1-2) The landmarks of our faith concerning the personality of our heavenly Father and His Son have all but been swept away within our very ranks by the prophets being made to prophecy falsely. These are blind guides.
“Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor. Those who claim to be identified with the message that God has given us should have keen, clear spiritual perceptions, that they may distinguish truth from error. The word spoken by the messenger of God is "Wake up the watchmen."” Manuscript Release 760 9, 10
“Soon every possible effort will be made to discount and pervert the truth of the testimonies of God's Spirit. We must have in readiness the clear, straight messages that since 1846 have been coming to God's people. There will be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new, strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls. The light that the Lord has given should be in the hands of our people, so that they may see that the reports made are false, that there is in the testimonies nothing of what these men declare to be in them” Lt 73, 1903.
This has been done just as she warned us. “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.” Testimonies for the Church Containing Letters to Physicians and Ministers Instruction to Seventh-day Adventists (1904)
Brethren, the night is upon us. It is much later than it may appear to some. Many look for the prophecies to be fulfilled in the way we have always thought and thus I fear that the day of the Lord may catch many unawares. “The end of all things is near at hand. The signs are rapidly fulfilling, yet it would seem that but few realize that the day of the Lord is coming, swiftly, silently, as a thief in the night. Many are saying, "Peace and safety." Unless they are watching and waiting for their Lord, they will be taken as in a snare.”
Brothers and sisters, we who have the truth concerning Jesus must stand together and unite under our comforter and high priest. We must have the upper room experience if we are to receive the outpouring of the real latter rain. “Notwithstanding that the signs of the times are fulfilling all over the world, faith in the Lord's coming has been growing feeble. Clear, distinct, certain, the warnings are to be given. At the peril of our souls we are to learn the prescribed conditions under which we are to work out our own salvation, remembering that it is God which worketh in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. 1SM 93
“ It will not do for us to float along with the current, guided by tradition and presumptuous fallacies. We are called laborers together with God. Then let us arise and shine. There is no time to spend in controversy. Those who have a knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus must now become one in heart and purpose. All differences must be swept away. The members of the church must work unitedly under the great Head of the church.
Let those who have a knowledge of the truth arise and shine. "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet" (Isaiah 58:1). No longer mutilate the truth. Let the soul cry out for the living God. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils. The Comforter will come to you, if you will open the door to Him. "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:14-16).--Manuscript 51, 1901.
The feast of tabernacles is about to be seen in its final anti-type. We are soon to hear the following command. “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast." (Isa 26:20)
I thank my heavenly Father that I may hide then as one of His beloved children. “The voice which spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased” CCh 290 At that time may we with a united voice each say, “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. (Psa 61:3)