What Does "Babylon" Mean and Who IS Babylon Today?

THE LAST MESSAGE OF MERCY TO A PERISHING WORLD

The message of the Loud Cry of Revelation 18 is a message to come out of the confusion (false doctrines, baptized paganism/heathenism) of Babylon. Revelation 18:4 & 5: - “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” See also Matthew 25:6 and Lev 20:26.

Question: What is the Babylon (Mark of the Beast/666) that people are requested to come out of? I have a little bit of a hard time understanding what that and who is that Babylon. Do you mind clarifying that one to me? 

SHORT ANSWER: "To receive this mark (Babylon) means to come to the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word of GodRH April 27, 1911, Art. B, par. 25SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7 (EGW), p. 979.12RH July 13, 1897, par. 5.

Answer: The meaning of Babylon derives from the Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-11 (Alexander Hislop in his book The Two Babylons said, “the Tower of Babel was actually the worship of Satan in the form of fire, the sun and the serpent. However, Satan worship could not be done openly because of the many who still believed in the true God of Noah. So a mystery religion began at Babel where Satan could be worshipped in secret.” – Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, 2nd American ed.(Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, 1959) a tower built by Noah’s great grandson Nimrod. (Babylon was located in Bible times where Iraq is today) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another.

You can learn more about the origin of Babylon here.

The word “Babylon” means “confusion, gate of Bel” aka "HELL". The Greek mode of spelling what is in the Hebrew is uniformly “Babel”.

So also ‘gate to hell’ and confusion. The churches and world today are called Babylon because a person who is drunk babbles. The world has mingled with false religion – Xmas, Easter and Sunday and God's people out there are called to come out of Babylon (Mark of the Beast/666). Worldliness and false teachings or drunkenness. The commandments aka traditions of MEN instead of God.

"The term “Babylon” is derived from “Babel,” and signifies confusion. It is employed in Scripture to designate the various forms of false or apostate religion. In Revelation 17 Babylon is represented as a woman—a figure which is used in the Bible as the symbol of a church, a virtuous woman representing a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church" The Great Controversy, p. 381.1 .

"The great sin charged against Babylon is, that she "made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." This cup of intoxication which she presents to the world, represents the false doctrines which she has accepted as the result of her unlawful connection with the great ones of the earth. Friendship with the world corrupts her faith, and in her turn she exerts a corrupting influence upon the world by teaching doctrines which are opposed to the plainest statements of the word of God" 4SP 234.2.

TM 61 "The fallen (501c3 non-profit/tax-exempt) denominational churches are Babylon. Babylon has been fostering poisonous doctrines, the wine of error. This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem (the Trinity doctrine = doctrine # 2 of SDA's), and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornicationthey are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.The Review and Herald September 12, 1893 paragraph 20

"The third angel’s message has been sent forth to the world, warning men against receiving the mark of the beast (Babylon) or of his image in their foreheads or in their handsTo receive this mark means to come to the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word of GodRH April 27, 1911, Art. B, par. 25SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7 (EGW), p. 979.12RH July 13, 1897, par. 5.

Chaldeans (who are the same as the Babylonians started by Nimrod, Noah's great grandson) represents false doctrines. Remember Job? The Chaldeans came and destroyed everything he had. False doctrines will destroy everything we could have in Heaven. Let's come out of false doctrines. 

Isaiah 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.

Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee and he saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed

Isaiah 29:12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee and he saith, I am not learned.

Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.

"The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar powers" The Story of Redemption, p. 381.2The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 277.2.

"The image to the beast represents another religious body (501c3=non-profit/tax-exempt) clothed with similar powers (power=character=influence=thoughts and feelings)" The Story of Redemption, p. 381.2The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 277.2.

"The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the [501c3 "non-profit/tax-exempt"] religious (501c3=non-profit/tax-exempt) bodiesEarly Writings, p. 278.1.

THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH DENOMINATION TODAY REPRESENTS THE SECOND BEAST AKA "ANOTHER BEAST" OF REVELATION 13:11. THE MODERN 501c3 SDA Conference churches ride the first beast - which means to teach/accept her false doctrines today in major points held in common. SEE PROOF BELOW:

MEMBERSHIP  DILEMMA: CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE!

"There is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church." Adventist Review, March 5, 1981, p 3.

The General Conference of Seventh day Adventists will be FOREMOST in promoting Sunday Worship, Trinity Worship, Eucharist, Immortality of the Soul and other doctrines it holds today in COMMON with the First Beast, the Papacy system of worship. Just like the Jews clamoured for Barnabas instead of Christ, so 501c3 Adventists will clamor for a Sunday Law instead of the 7th day Sabbath. Just like Judas who sold His Lord for 30 pieces of silver and who went and committed suicide when he realized what he had done; so will 501c3 Adventists commit suicide when they realize they have denied our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The 7th day Sabbath from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night is a SIGN of the POWER (character/influence/thoughts and feelings) OF CHRIST.

The Nominal (those not living out the truth in their daily choices) Adventists will betray God’s saints to the Catholics because they keep the Seventh-day Sabbath.

“I saw the nominal (501(c)(3)) 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 people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hated 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 SundaySpalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5 (Ellen G. White).

"...there is a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith--then a more decided effort is made to exalt the false sabbath, and to cast contempt upon God Himself by supplanting the day He has blessed and sanctified." Selected Messages, book 3, p 405-406.

FOOLISH VIRGIN LAODICEANS: "Too late they see the true nature of their spurious sabbath, and the sandy foundation upon which they have been building." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 457-458.

The Nominal (those not living out the truth in their daily choices = 501c3 SDA members) Adventists will be enraged by the proclamation of the Loud Cry message, by God’s people.

“I saw that God had children, who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They had not rejected the light on it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth [HOSEA 6:2-3] and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time, God's chosen, all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they CAME OUT (from the 501c3 SDA denomination today) and endured the persecution with usA Vision April 7, 1847 paragraph 4, A Word to the Little Flock, p. 18.4

THE 5 WISE VIRGINS GO OUT OF ALL 501c3 CHURCHES TO JOIN THE WILDERNESS (obscure/little known) WEDDING PARTY PROCESSION which is Christ and His Bride, the 144,000, WHO ARE THANKING AND PRAISING GOD AND KEEPING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE FAITH OF JESUS in their homes and small groups around the globe: "The decree will go forth that they [God's commandment-keeping people] must disregard the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but they will not yield, and trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an institution of [the] papacy." Testimonies, vol 1, p 353-354.


THE THREE BABYLONS and be sure to watch and learn WHO the gods of Babylon are here:
  1. First Babylon: NIMROD who's name means "Let us rebel", SEMIRAMIS, TAMMUZ = FIRST TRINITY
  2. Second Babylon: FIRST BEAST'S FIRST POPE: CONSTANTINE - IN 312AD - Changed pagan trinity of god names (NIMROD, SEMIRAMIS, TAMMUZ) into Biblical "sounding" trinity of god names ("God the Father"; "God the Son"; "God the Holy Spirit") to deceive if possible even the "very elect" Matthew 24:24; Matt 24:22; Matthew 22:14; Luke 18:7.
  3. Third Babylon: SECOND BEAST'S CURRENT POPE: TED WILSON, 501c3 SDA CHURCH -  “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.}
  4. The trinity got its start in Ancient Babylon with Nimrod - Tammuz - and Semiramis. Semiramis demanded worship for both her husband and her son as well as herself. She claimed that her son, was both the father and the son. Yes, he was “god the father” and “god the son” - The first divine incomprehensible trinity.” – The Two Babylons; Alexander Hislop, p.51 Learn more here.

Below is a list of how the world has been introduced to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and fulfills the prediction of the Prophetess Ellen White who warned: "The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be unmasked. 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 her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord," the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it" The Great Controversy 1888, p. 606.2

"As the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before.

In every generation God has sent His servants to rebuke sin, both in the world and in the church. But the people desire smooth things spoken to them, and the pure, unvarnished truth is not acceptable. Many reformers, in entering upon their work, determined to exercise great prudence in attacking the sins of the church and the nation. They hoped, by the example of a pure Christian life, to lead the people back to the doctrines of the Bible. But the Spirit of God came upon them as it came upon Elijah, moving him to rebuke the sins of a wicked king and an apostate people; they could not refrain from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible-- doctrines which they had been reluctant to present. They were impelled to zealously declare the truth and the danger which threatened souls. The words which the Lord gave them they uttered, fearless of consequences, and the people were compelled to hear the warning.

Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be unmasked. 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 her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord," the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it.

As the controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called to God's downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: "Show us from the word of God our error"--the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths"  The Great Controversy 1888, p. 606.2.


 FIRST BEAST         SECOND BEAST OR "ANOTHER BEAST" Rev 13:11
 Roman Catholic System of worship 501(c)(3) non-profit/tax-exempt Seventh Day Adventist "System" of worship
This second beast, the Seventh Day Adventist General Conference organization has adopted MANY of the first beast's doctrines.

 "The great sin charged against Babylon is, that she "made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." This cup of intoxication which she presents to the world, represents the false doctrines which she (modern 501c3 SDA Conference churches across the world) has accepted as the result of her unlawful connection with the great ones of the earth. Friendship with the world corrupts her faith, and in her turn she exerts a corrupting influence upon the world by teaching doctrines which are opposed to the plainest statements of the word of God4SP 234.2.

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.}
 FIRST BEAST'S POPEvatican-elects-first-jesuit-pope-francis-I
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 SECOND/ANOTHER BEAST'S
CURRENT POPE
SDA denomination prophesied about in Revelation 13:11-18, Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9.

If we studied Daniel and Revelation more closely, we "may have less to say in some lines, in regard to the Roman power and the Papacy (and more about ourselves!)" Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 112.

"We have far more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world. Unbelievers have a right to expect that those who profess to be keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will do more than any other class to promote and honour, by their consistent lives, by their godly example and their active influence, the cause which they represent. But how often have the professed advocates of the truth proved the greatest obstacle to its advancement! The unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's devices"--1SM 122 (1887).

"We have far more to fear from within than from without." Review and Herald, March 22, 1887.

"Do not forget that the most dangerous snares which Satan has prepared for the church, will come through its own members." Testimonies, vol 5, p 477.

"Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan." Testimonies to Ministers, p 409-410.

 "Fallen angels upon the earth form confederacies with evil men. In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord who judgeth her.” Lt 57, 1893 (March 22, 1893) par. 10

"When the leading (see link501c3) churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result" GC88 445.1.

"...the mother was not the daughters, but separate and distinct from them. She has had her day, and it is past, and her daughters, the Protestant sects, were the next to come on the stage and act out the same mind that the mother had when she persecuted the saints. I saw that as the mother has been declining in power the daughters had been growing and soon they will exercise the power once exercised by the mother" Spalding-Megan Collection, "Copy of Three Visitors.". 


THE TRANSMUTATION  (CHANGING) OF  THE  THREE  ANGELS MESSAGES

     The word "Transmutation" means "to change in nature, form, or quality" from the original.  Thus "Transmutation of the Three Angels" means to change the original messages of Revelation 14 in nature, form, or quality into other messages.
     An angel is a spirit (Hebrews 1:7, 14, Psalms 104:4).  The three angels of Revelation 14 are involved with messages from heaven, hence they are righteous or clean angels or spirits.  But there are three other spirits listed in Revelation 16 who are involved with messages from the Devil's kingdom, hence they are unrighteous or unclean spirits.  It is either the messages of the three angels of Revelation 14--which center in Jesus, or it is the messages of the three spirits of Revelation 16--which center in Satan, that will be heard and embraced by the world today.  So if the heavenly messages of the three angels of Revelation 14 are changed from their original truth, then they would no longer be truth, but would be part of the hellish messages of the three unclean spirits of Revelation 16.
     But who would do such a thing?  Who would try to change these three precious truths of God into the specious falsehoods and messages of Satan from the bottomless pit?

     In Selected Messages, book 1, p 204-05, we find this inspired statement:
     "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 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?"

     Ellen White wrote that there was to be a satanic reformation and movement within the Seventh-day Adventist church that would consist in giving up the original doctrines and pillars of Adventism, and thus "our religion would be changed."
     God raised up the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church out of the great disappointment of October 22, 1844, to live and preach the Three Angels' Messages to the whole world, and then Christ would come.  This means that the sole foundational basis for the existence of the SDA church would be the Three Angels' Messages, and its sole mission in these last days would be the proclamation of these heavenly messages!

     The SDA church of today agrees with this.
     "What is the Raison D'etre [French word for "reason for existence"] of the Seventh-day Adventist church?  In short, it is to proclaim to the entire world the gospel in the setting of God's special threefold message [Revelation 14] and thus prepare a people for the coming of Christ."Adventist Review, August 19, 1982, p 13 (see also Ministry, December, 1992, p 24).

     Since the sole foundational basis for the existence of the SDA church is the Three Angels' Messages, if the SDA church would change the original foundational teachings of these messages into something completely different, then it would not be the same church which God raised up.  But the church would have then become a counterfeit of God's true church.
     If this occurs, then the sole foundational basis for the existence of the SDA church in these last days would be the counterfeit three unclean spirits' messages of satanic doctrine, and its sole mission would be the proclamation of these specious doctrines!  As such, the SDA church would be no different than all the other churches which have given up the light of heaven.  Hence our response to her must be the same as our response to the other churches of Babylon.

     So the big question is; "Has the SDA church changed the original fundamental doctrinal pillars and teachings of the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14 into another three angels' messages of satanic doctrine?

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Transmutation of the three angels messages into 3 unclean frog like spirits




They are drunken by the doctrines that are not established by the Word of God and because they cannot understand it, they are drunken, bewildered. They teach the doctrines of man instead of the doctrines of God. That is the wine of Babylon. The doctrines that she teaches, that make people dizzy and confused like alcohol does, drunk with error and unable to stand up for truth. It’s called Babylon because a person who is drunk babbles. Drunk with the wine of error - babbling/teaching errors/lies/commandments of men/traditions men under the influence of Satan himself instead of the Word of God=Christ's MIND in us = Bible promises on our lips.






  
  
  
  "As the tree of knowledge was the test of Adam's obedience, so the fourth command (Exodus 20:8-11) is the test that God has given to prove the loyalty of all His people. The experience of Adam is to be a warning to us so long as time shall last. It warns us not to receive any assurance from the mouth of men or of angels that will detract one jot or tittle from the sacred law of Jehovah" (Review and Herald, Aug. 30, 1898).
  25 years ago, "...the Sabbath...[is] God's sign of obedience....But we must beware! Anyone whose focus is on the Sabbath...who looks at His Sabbathkeeping as the ground of his salvation...is a candidate for the mark of the beast." Adventist Review, September 7, 1989, p 26.

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Christmas trees are really Asherah poles or sacred trees for honoring “Ba'al” and the ornaments represent Nimrod's testicles!
  
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Satan's Last Day Deceptions

Under the Garb of Christianity

We are approaching the end of this earth's history, and Satan is working as never before. He is striving to act as director of the Christian world. With an intensity that is marvellous he is working with his lying wonders. Satan is represented as walking about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He desires to embrace the whole world in his confederacy. Hiding his deformity under the garb of Christianity, he assumes the attributes of a Christian, and claims to be Christ Himself.--8MR 346 (1901).

The Word of God declares that when it suits the enemy's purpose, he will through his agencies manifest so great a power under a pretence of Christianity that, "if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" [Matt. 24:24].--Ms 125, 1901.

As the spirits will profess faith in the Bible and manifest respect for the institutions of the church,

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their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.--GC 588 (1911).  

The strongest bulwark of vice in our world is not the iniquitous life of the abandoned sinner or the degraded outcast; it is that life which otherwise appears virtuous, honourable, and noble, but in which one sin is fostered, one vice indulged. . . . Genius, talent, sympathy, even generous and kindly deeds, may thus become decoys of Satan to entice souls over the precipice of ruin.--Ed 150 (1903).

Even in the Adventist Church

We have far more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world. Unbelievers have a right to expect that those who profess to be keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will do more than any other class to promote and honour, by their consistent lives, by their godly example and their active influence, the cause which they represent. But how often have the professed advocates of the truth proved the greatest obstacle to its advancement! The unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's devices.--1SM 122 (1887).

Lying Spirits Contradict the Scriptures

The saints must get a thorough understanding of present truth, which they will be obliged to maintain

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from the Scriptures. They must understand the state of the dead, for the spirits of devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved friends and relatives, who will declare to them that the Sabbath has been changed, also other unscriptural doctrines.--EW 87 (1854).

The apostles, as personated by these lying spirits, are made to contradict what they wrote at the dictation of the Holy Spirit when on earth. They deny the divine origin of the Bible.--GC 557 (1911).  

Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.--GC 588 (1911).

Persons will arise pretending to be Christ Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world's Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing, and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the testimony of the Scriptures. . . .

But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God's unmingled wrath shall be poured out.--GC 624, 625 (1911).

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False Revivals

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 261 (1858).

Before the final visitation of God's judgements upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. . . . The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work, and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavour to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power, he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. . . .

There is an emotional excitement, a mingling of the true with the false, that is well adapted to mislead. Yet none need be deceived. In the light of God's Word it is not difficult to determine the nature of these movements. Wherever men neglect the testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world, there we may be sure that God's blessing is not bestowed.--GC 464 (1911).

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Music Is Made a Snare

The things you have described as taking place in Indiana,[1. THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE "HOLY FLESH" MOVEMENT AT THE INDIANA CAMP MEETING OF 1890. FOR FURTHER DETAILS, SEE SELECTED MESSAGES, BOOK 2, PP. 31-39.] 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. . . .

A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts 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. . . . Those things which have been in the past will be in the future. Satan will make music a snare by the way in which it is conducted.--2SM 36, 38 (1900).

Let us give no place to strange exercisings, which really take the mind away from the deep movings of the Holy Spirit. God's work is ever characterised by calmness and dignity.--2SM 42 (1908).  

False Speaking in Tongues

Fanaticism, false excitement, false talking in tongues, and noisy exercises have been considered gifts which God has placed in the church. Some have been deceived here. The fruits of all this have not been good. "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Fanaticism

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and noise have been considered special evidences of faith. Some are not satisfied with a meeting unless they have a powerful and happy time. They work for this and get up an excitement of feeling. But the influence of such meetings is not beneficial. When the happy flight of feeling is gone they sink lower than before the meeting because their happiness did not come from the right source.

The most profitable meetings for spiritual advancement are those which are characterised with solemnity and deep searching of heart, each seeking to know himself and, earnestly and in deep humility, seeking to learn of Christ.--1T 412 (1864).

Evil Angels Appear as Human Beings

Satan will use every opportunity to seduce men from their allegiance to God. He and the angels who fell with him will appear on the earth as men, seeking to deceive. God's angels also will appear as men, and will use every means in their power to defeat the purposes of the enemy.--8MR 399 (1903).

Evil angels in the form of men will talk with those who know the truth. They will misinterpret and misconstrue the statements of the messengers of God. . . .

Have Seventh-day Adventists forgotten the warning given in the sixth chapter of Ephesians? We are engaged in a warfare against the hosts of darkness. Unless we follow our Leader closely, Satan will obtain the victory over us.--3SM 411 (1903).

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Evil angels in the form of believers will work in our ranks to bring in a strong spirit of unbelief. Let not even this discourage you, but bring a true heart to the help of the Lord against the powers of satanic agencies. These powers of evil will assemble in our meetings, not to receive a blessing, but to counterwork the influences of the Spirit of God.--2MCP 504, 505 (1909).

Personation of the Dead

It is not difficult for the evil angels to represent both saints and sinners who have died, and make these representations visible to human eyes. These manifestations will be more frequent, and developments of a more startling character will appear as we near the close of time.--Ev 604 (1875).

It is Satan's most successful and fascinating delusion--one calculated to take hold of the sympathies of those who have laid their loved ones in the grave. Evil angels come in the form of those loved ones and relate incidents connected with their lives, and perform acts which they performed while living. In this way they lead persons to believe that their dead friends are angels, hovering over them and communicating with them. These evil angels, who assume to be the deceased friends, are regarded with a certain idolatry, and with many their word has greater weight than the Word of God.--ST Aug. 26, 1889.

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is perfect; the familiar look, the words, the tone, are reproduced with marvellous distinctness. . . . Many will be confronted by the spirits of devils personating beloved relatives or friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies. These visitants will appeal to our tenderest sympathies and will work miracles to sustain their pretensions.--GC 552, 560 (1911).

Satan Personates Christ

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.--2SM 96 (1894).

If men are so easily misled now, how will they stand when Satan shall personate Christ, and work miracles? Who will be unmoved by his misrepresentations then--professing to be Christ when it is only Satan assuming the person of Christ, and apparently working the works of Christ?--2SM 394 (1897).

Satan will take the field and personate Christ. He will misrepresent, misapply, and pervert everything he possibly can.--TM 411 (1898).

A power from beneath is working to bring about the last great scenes in the drama--Satan coming as Christ, and working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who are binding themselves together in secret societies.--8T 28 (1904).

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Satan Resembles Christ in Every Particular

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. But while he will bear the appearance of Christ in every particular, so far as mere appearance goes, it will deceive none but those who, like Pharaoh, are seeking to resist the truth.--5T 698 (1889).

As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. (Rev. 1:13-15). The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: "Christ has come! Christ has come!"  

The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly

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truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed.--GC 624 (1911).

Satan Pretends to Answer the Saints' Prayers

Satan sees that he is about to lose his case. He cannot sweep in the whole world. He makes one last desperate effort to overcome the faithful by deception. He does this in personating Christ. He clothes himself with the garments of royalty which have been accurately described in the vision of John. He has power to do this. He will appear to his deluded followers, the Christian world who received not the love of the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (transgression of the law), as Christ coming the second time.

He proclaims himself Christ, and he is believed to be Christ, a beautiful, majestic being clothed with majesty and, with soft voice and pleasant words, with glory unsurpassed by anything their mortal eyes had yet beheld. Then his deceived, deluded followers set up a shout of victory, "Christ has come the second time! Christ has come! He has lifted up His hands just as He did when He was upon the earth, and blessed us.". . .  

The saints look on with amazement. Will they also be deceived? Will they worship Satan? Angels of God are about them. A clear, firm, musical voice is heard, "Look up."  

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was before them constantly--that immortal life was promised to those who endure unto the end. Oh, how earnest and fervent had been their desires. The judgement and eternity were in view. Their eyes by faith were fixed on the blazing throne, before which the white-robed ones were to stand. This restrained them from the indulgence of sin. . . .

One effort more, and then Satan's last device is employed. He hears the unceasing cry for Christ to come, for Christ to deliver them. This last strategy is to personate Christ, and make them think their prayers are answered.--Ms 16, 1884.

How the Counterfeit Differs From the Genuine

Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ's advent.--GC 625 (1911).

Satan . . . 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.--6BC 1106 (1888).

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Satan is striving to gain every advantage. . . .Disguised as an angel of light, he will walk the earth as a wonder-worker. In beautiful language he will present lofty sentiments; good words will be spoken by him and good deeds performed. Christ will be personified. But on one point there will be a marked distinction--Satan will turn the people from the law of God. Notwithstanding this, so well will he counterfeit righteousness that, if it were possible, he would deceive the very elect. Crowned heads, presidents, rulers in high places, will bow to his false theories.--FE 471, 472 (1897). 

Miracles Will Be Performed

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?--1T 302 (1862).

Men under the influence of evil spirits will work miracles. They will make people sick by casting their spell upon them, and will then remove the spell, leading others to say that those who were sick have been miraculously healed. This Satan has done again and again.--2SM 53 (1903).

Wonderful scenes, with which Satan will be closely connected, will soon take place. God's Word declares that Satan will work miracles. He will make people sick, and then will suddenly remove from them his satanic power. They will then be regarded as healed.

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These works of apparent healing will bring Seventh-day Adventists to the test.--2SM 53 (1904).

Satan can, through a species of deceptions, perform wonders that will appear to be genuine miracles. It was this he hoped to make a test question with the Israelites at the time of their deliverance from Egypt.--2SM 52 (1907). 

Fire From Heaven

We must not trust the claims of men. They may, as Christ represents, profess to work miracles in healing the sick. Is this marvellous, when just behind them stands the great deceiver, the miracle worker who will yet bring down fire from heaven in the sight of men?--2SM 49 (1887).

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.--2SM 51 (1890).

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.--MM 87, 88 (1903).

It is stated in the Word that the enemy will work through his agents who have departed from the faith,

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and they will seemingly work miracles, even to the bringing down of fire out of heaven in the sight of men.--2SM 54 (1907).

"He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do" (Rev. 13:13, 14). No mere impostures are here foretold. Men are deceived by the miracles which Satan's agents have power to do, not which they pretend to do.--GC 553 (1911).

Satan Will Be Deified

In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God's holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and  mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her" [Rev. 18:8].--TM 62 (1893).

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has rejected the truth will receive him as the Lord of lords and King of kings.--5BC 1105, 1106 (1900).

Miracles Prove Nothing

Go to God for yourselves, pray for divine enlightenment, that you may know that you do know what is truth, that when the wonderful miracle-working power shall be displayed, and the enemy shall come as an angel of light, you may distinguish between the genuine work of God and the imitative work of the powers of darkness.--3SM 389 (1888).

The way in which Christ worked was to preach the Word, and to relieve suffering by miraculous works of healing. But I am instructed that we cannot now work in this way,[2. MIRACLES WILL ACCOMPANY THE MINISTRY OF GOD'S PEOPLE UNDER THE LOUD CRY (SEE CHAPTER 14), BUT THEY WILL NOT HAVE THE SIGNIFICANCE THEY DID IN CHRIST'S DAY. THE PERFORMING OF MIRACLES WILL NO LONGER BE A PROOF OF DIVINE ENDORSEMENT.] for Satan will exercise his power by working miracles. God's servants today could not work by means of miracles, because spurious works of healing, claiming to be divine, will be wrought.--2SM 54 (1904).

God's people will not find their safety in working miracles, for Satan will counterfeit the miracles that will be wrought.--9T 16 (1909).

Miracles Cannot Supersede the Bible

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their neglect of the law of God and continue in disobedience, though they have power to any and every extent, it does not follow that they have the great power of God. On the contrary, it is the miracle-working power of the great deceiver.--2SM 50, 51 (1885).

The Bible will never be superseded by miraculous manifestations. The truth must be studied, it must be searched for as hidden treasure. Wonderful illuminations will not be given aside from the Word or to take the place of it. Cling to the Word, receive the engrafted Word which will make men wise unto salvation.--2SM 48 (1894).

The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvellous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle must be tested.--GC 593 (1911).

The Deception Is Almost Universal

There is now need of earnest, working men and women who will seek for the salvation of souls, for Satan as a powerful general has taken the field, and in this last remnant of time he is working through all conceivable methods to close the door against light that God would have come to His people. He is sweeping the whole world into his ranks, and the few who are faithful to God's requirements are the only ones

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who can ever withstand him, and even these he is trying to overcome.--3SM 389 (1889).  

The forms of the dead will appear, through the cunning device of Satan, and many will link up with the one who loveth and maketh a lie. I warn our people that right among us some will turn away from the faith and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and by them the truth will be evil spoken of.  

A marvellous work shall take place. Ministers, lawyers, doctors, who have permitted these falsehoods to overmaster their spirit of discernment, will be themselves deceivers, united with the deceived. A spiritual drunkenness will take possession of them.--UL 317 (1905).


The Testimony of Jesus has prophesied that all Three Angel’s messages are to be repeated, with the call being given to THE CHURCH – which is in the singular, and which will result in the message of Revelation 18 being proclaimed with power. This is a message of separation.

R. & H., Book 4, p. 109: - “The first, second, and third angels' messages are to be repeated. The call is to be given to the church: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. . . . Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."”  {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 11}

 

Let us never forget as we close this study, that the message of the Midnight Cry, is a message of separation; of going OUT to meet Christ who is NOT in the midst of a cold, lifeless, Laodicean church.

R. & H., Book 2, p. 320: - “The True Witness says of a cold, lifeless, Christless church, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Mark the following words: "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Here is represented a people who pride themselves in their possession of spiritual knowledge and advantages. But they have not responded to the unmerited blessings that God has bestowed upon them. They have been full of rebellion, ingratitude, and forgetfulness of God; and still he has dealt with them as a loving, forgiving father deals with an ungrateful, wayward son. They have resisted his grace, abused his privileges, slighted his opportunities, and have been satisfied to sink down in contentment, in lamentable ingratitude, hollow formalism, and hypocritical insincerity. With Pharisaic pride they have vaunted themselves till it has been said of them, "Thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”"  {RH, July 23, 1889.}

Matthew 25:6: - “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

Faith and Obedience are like the light and heat of a candle - the two cannot be separated. 

They don't. Come OUT of ALL churches into Christ alone!

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