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6. The Omega Apostasy

David Shin

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Ellen White looked into the future and trembled. What did she see? An examination of the Alpha and Omega apostasy.

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • December 31, 2016
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This message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas for other resources like this visit us online at W W W T Y C Where All right. OK Well last seminar not last not last session of the last seminar. And I've thoroughly enjoyed myself here in connecting with. Many of you. Let's parrot heads together as we pray. Father in heaven. We thank you for this opportunity that we have to come together on this all the Sabbath as your people to fellowship to worship. And to open your word. Father as we study and reflect on this important topic. That your servant looked into the future and when she saw the church going through this crisis. She trembled. We thank you that you are the author of this ship and that you will see a strew. Prayer that your guide us send us your Holy Spirit. In this discussion in Jesus' name amen. We have a lot to cover so I'm going to ask that you hold your questions till the very end and if time we will attempt to have a question and answer if we have time. So let's move very quickly. I have a lot to cover today and I want to point out from the very beginning. This is not even touching the. At the tip of the iceberg of what the Omega is dealing with there is very good books available at the exhibit hall that you will see. That will delve into this a lot more this is just kind of a thirty thousand foot view of this topic. The term Alpha and Omega. In reference to apostasy is from the writings of Ellen White she uses the Greek Alpha the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega the last letter of the recal for BET to describe the apostasy during the time of Kellogg as being the alpha. And the crisis right before the close of probation for God's church as being the Omega apostasy. In order to understand the Omega we need to go back a little bit and look at the Alpha because they are related in nature the Omega will be like not identical but like the Alpha apostasy. Now when I read this comment from Ellen White sermons and talks Volume one three forty three. I was instructed that certain sentiments in living temple the book written by Kellogg were the alpha of a long list of deceptive theories. And I want to go back very quickly to one thousand nine hundred two. To this crisis a nap and ism that she called the out of apostasy. There were several events that framed the the crisis and of the theories that were found in the book Living temple in February one thousand nine hundred two Battle Creek sanitarium burns to the ground. Ellen White had given very specific counsel to Kellogg indicating that he was not to build a huge structure in Battle Creek but to build smaller sanitariums in on work areas that was the model that was shown by Ellen White to Kellogg Kellogg disregarded the council and went forward with expanding the Battle Creek sanitarium in the sanitarium burn to the. Around March seventeenth one thousand nine hundred seven rather than following El mights Council. Again he plans on building an even larger structure than the one that had been built them burned down. Plans were laid to rebuild the sanitarium larger and because of the costs involved. There was a lot of debt that was accruing and so the brother got together and decided that in order to fund this project much like Ellen White had written a book Christ object lessons to fund certain projects they thought hey why not have Kellogg write a book and the sales and the proceeds from that book would go to fund the new Senate area. The book that was written was the book Living temple. The brother got together to review the book Living temple later that year in one thousand nine hundred two at the autumn and York Council and they rejected the book Living temple from being published by the church through the review. Kellogg took the initiative and decided to publish the book through the review as a private order which the review had been doing up to that time and so the plates were set the books were about ready to be published about five thousand copies and we know the story on December thirty one thousand no to the review publishing house burns to the ground. This was a crisis in Adventism. The sanitarium in ashes. The review publishing house in ashes and one witness of the fire of the review publishing house made this comment there's something strange about your S.T.A. fires. Where the waters poured on. Acting more like gasoline interesting. Ellen White's warning before the fire unless there's a reformation calamity will overtake the publishing house and the world will know the reason. The world will know the reason. Now after the burning of the publishing house. There were many developments taking place behind the scenes in Battle Creek. Ellen White specifically made a dire warning and I did not include it in here on the screen but she essentially said that there was a conspiracy to take over the leadership of the General Conference. There was a political maneuvering in that regard. There's very explicit letters going out warning Battle Creek about this quote takeover about to take place. Now look at the language that Ellen White uses in reference to the future and. She says living temple contains the alpha of these theories I knew that the Omega would follow in a little while and I trembled for our people. There is a implied relationship between the Alpha and the Omega apostasy. And here is the quotation that is used many times through to frame the. The reference point for the Alpha and the Omega processes here it is 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 pillars of our faith and engaging in a process of really organization where this reformation to take place. What would result the principles of truth that God in His wisdom had 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 there 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 the 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 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. Now we can spend our entire seminar parsing each individual aspect of what she's describing but in a nutshell it is describing a movement that is a philosophy. It's a philosophy that does a way with the pillars and the identity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and replacing those pillars would be a movement that would do a wonderful work in the city's. She calls it a wonderful work implying to me social justice. Now please don't misunderstand me I believe. In helping the poor in minister. To the impoverished the downtrodden. There are plenty of Biblical and Spirit of Prophecy of reference for this but what we're talking about here is not social justice and the Gospel social justice and the everlasting gospel I should say but here it is Social's doubts justice replacing the identity. He and the framework of the last day movement which I believe that is a Seventh Day Adventist Church that is the frame of reference point where we're placing here we're looking at here. It says that set the Sabbath would be lightly regarded. I believe the implication in of this is in the way that the Sabbath is kept. So there is a minimizing of standards in the name of helping causes that I believe in themselves are virtuous. All right so this is the nature of what we're dealing with it's a philosophy that does away with the pillars. It's an emphasis on social reform at the expense of admin is identifying and doctrine. All right. The Kellogg sentiments in the book Living temple. You can see from Ellen White's quotation here. She saw it as an attack against the central pillar of the admin is faith here we have it in the in a representation which passed before me I saw a certain work being done by medical missionary workers are ministering brother and we're looking on watching what was to be done but they did not seem to understand the foundation of our faith which was established by so much prayer such earnest searching of Scripture was being taken down pillar by pillar. Our faith was to have nothing to rest upon the sanctuary was gone the atonement was gone I realized that something must be done. The battle nearly killed me. I saw what was coming in and I saw that our brother and were blind they did not realize the danger our young people especially were in danger they were delighted in the beautiful. Representation God in the flower God in the leaf. God in the tree but if God be in these things. Why not worship them. This was in one thousand nine hundred four. We're talking about pantheistic ideology which was in the book the living temple now pantheism is in eminent theology. We are transcendence. God is beyond us eminence God is with us. But pantheism and its variation pen then theism is essentially that God is in everything. It's an all true all eminent theology. God isn't in everything and if God is in everything. What does that do to the notion of the heavenly sanctuary that God's presence was in the she kind of glory with us in a space and time. It really just sucks all the validity out of that in the notion that Jesus moved from one compartment to the other I mean it just it just doesn't make any sense. And so pantheism. As found in the writings of the book Living temple. Ellen White saw as a an attack on the sanctuary doctrine. Moving on Ellen White says again the enemy will bring in false theories such as doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith and notice her language will bring in all right. So this is an aspect and there are many other aspects of the Omega that for the sake of time I will not be able to go into but I want to spend the majority of our time this afternoon on this notion of mysticism mysticism we typically attribute to eastern philosophy. Mysticism is this notion that through a certain Mecca. In the ISM we can have direct communion with the metaphysical reality. Noticed the language direct communion. And it's a mechanism that allows us and opens the channel with that metaphysical reality. Now that metaphysical reality may be different in Eastern philosophy and Eastern religion. But it's interesting when we look at mysticism. That Ellen White not only said that the book the living temple was an attack on the sanctuary but she said that it had mysticism. That was in the teachings of Kellogg in his book The living temple one and another have come to me asking me to explain the position taken in living temple. They are inexplainable error is made to appear as truth in so pleasing a way that unless care is taken many will be misled and noticed her language. We need not the mysticism. That is in this book. Also commenting on the subtlety of the mysticism. Ellen White goes on in in another place and says the track of truth lies close to beside the track of air and both tracks may seem to be one two minds which are not worked by the Holy Spirit. Notice the metaphor she uses the track of truth lies close to the track of error in other words the book the living temple when it was initially reviewed and rejected by the General Conference to be published there. It actually lost the support by just one vote. All right. It was not readily apparent it was subtle because we as Seventh Day Adventists believe that God is every. Where All right. And with carefully crafted language Kellog lead to this notion that God is everywhere in every thing. Very very subtle the tracks may lie next to each other but when they branch off they are arriving at. Totally different destinations. She goes on we need not the mysticism that is in this book the living temple those who entertain these soap histories will soon find themselves in a position where the enemy. Notice the language here can talk with them and lead them away from God. Notice we said that Miss mysticism was a mechanism through which we can have direct communication with a metaphysical reality. According to Ellen White that metaphysical reality that mysticism provides an opening a portal to is not a heavenly metaphysical reality. It is a demonic metaphysical reality. The rituals the mechanisms of mysticism. May seem to be opening you to a heavenly reality but actually it is a counterfeit. For daemonic communication. That is what Ellen White is indicating. A portal. That is being opened through certain practices for direct daemonic communication. We normally think of mysticism as associated with Eastern religions. But its scope is much wider it has turned up even in some professed Christian faiths masquerading as Christian meditation from history of the Reformation page one hundred three through one of five. Mysticism. Which is a portal for communicating with the demonic reality. Is coming into the church under the claws of spirituality and deception is people think they are communicating with the divine Heavenly Father. But in reality. They are communicating. With a demon. Now I want to talk a little bit about mysticism and Catholicism. I'm going to be putting some authors out up here that are very prominent and are being promoted as individuals that have a certain perspective and a certain authority on spirituality and I want you to see some of their statements in regards to this notion of mysticism here is a renowned individual Henry now in Catholic professor writer and theologian in the forward to the book on Hindu Christian spirituality notice the language here and right now one prominent authority on spirituality notice his angle. The author shows. He's writing the forward of the book. OK. The author shows a wonderful openness to the gifts of Buddhism Hinduism and Muslim religion. He discovered there are great wisdom for spiritual life of the Christian Orion the author went to India to learn from spiritual traditions are there then his own he brought home many treasures and offers them to us in the book. In other words we can go to the eastern mystics and import into Christianity practices that will elevate our. Spirituality. All right. I want to go on this is from Thomas Keating and basal Pennington to Catholic monks many Christians who take their prayer life seriously have been greatly helped by yoga zen T.M. transcendental meditation and similar practices especially where they have been initiated by reliable teachers and have a saga lewdly developed Christian faith to find their inner form and meaning to the resulting experiences. Transcendental meditation Zen these are all Eastern. Let's go on. Thomas Merton another authority in spirituality Asia Zen Islam Excedrin all these things come together in my life it would be madness for me to attempt to create a modern asked think life for myself. Excluding all these so you see that there is a strong link between the Catholic monastic mystical life and the eastern mystical life. I want to go on. Thomas Merton again. I believe that by openness to Buddhism to Hinduism and to these great Asian mystical traditions we stand a wonderful chance of learning more about the potentiality of our own Christianity. Fascinating. I want to talk a little bit about mysticism and the Jesuits. The Jesuits were instituted. As a response to the Reformation. They were at the helm of the counter-Reformation the purpose of the counter Reformation was to bring Protestantism back and front. Today we are living on the very cusp of the success of the counter-Reformation. The Jesuit Order has been very successful and it's not by accident that for the first time in Catholic history a Jesuit is the pope. Now I want to read this statement from Malakai Martin in his book entitled The Jesuits now Malakai Martin is a Jesuit. He worked for Pope John Paul the second passed away. Not too long ago the Society of Jesus the Jesuit order was established by the papacy in the fifteen forties as a very special notice the language fighting unit at the total and exclusive disposal of the Roman Pope from their beginnings the Jesuits were conceived in a military mode. This is from not a Protestant source. Not even a Catholic sort this is a Jesuit saying look this is a militant order. Ellen White in the book great controversy. Doesn't mince words about the Jesuit order. Now this is a long quote it's all consecutive back to back it's on three slides but I want to read it in its entirety. This is from the book great controversy friends at this time the order of the Jesuits was created in the most cruel unscrupulous and powerful of all the champions of popery cut off from every earthly tie and human interest dead to the claims of natural affection reason and conscience wholly silenced. There was no crime too great for them to commit no deception to base for them to practice. No disguise too difficult for them to assume valent to perpetual. Poverty. It was their studied aim to secure wealth and power to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism and the reestablish of this papal supreme missy. She goes on. When appearing as members of their order they wore a garb of sanctity visiting prisons and hospitals ministering to the sick and the poor professing to have renounced the world and bearing the sacred name of Jesus who went about doing good but under the blameless exterior the most criminal and deadly purposes were concealed she goes on. It was a fundamental principle of the order that the end justifies the means by this code lying theft perjury assassination were not only pardonable but commendable. When they serve the interest of the church under various disguises the Jesuits work their way into offices of state climbing up to be the councillors of kings and shaping the policy of nations. I'm just reading. I want to go on this is from elec I'm Martin again in the book the Jesuits there was no continent the Jesuits did not reach. And what was absolutely right. No language they did not speak and study or in scores of cases develop no culture they did not permeate no branch of learning and science they did not explore no work of humanism in the arts in popular education they did not undertake and do better than anyone else. Malik and Martin. Let's look at the training of the Jesuits. This is from Ignatius Loyola himself who was the. Head and founder of the Jesuit order. Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Jesuit order stated in regards to the training of the Jesuits. Imbue into him spiritual forces which he would find very difficult to eliminate later there was the language imbue into the Jesuit in their training a spiritual force they could not get rid of. How would he do this. Well let's go to our friend Malakai Martin again. Priests who joined this group underwent strenuous initiation for weeks at a time they maintain absolute silence under the skilled supervision of a director they practiced a form of mystical meditation. Until each of them emerged from that weeks long regimen as a spiritual fighter completely won over to warfare OD early obedient servant of the pope Malecon Mart. It was through this mechanism mystical meditation. That the Jesuit was imbued with spiritual forces you put that together with Ellen why. That the ends justify the means. Remember we talked about mysticism it puts you in an open portal communication with a metaphysical reality that metaphysical reality is not heavenly it is demonic. The purpose of the Jesuit order to eliminate promise and ism. Bring them back into the fold. Now let's talk about mysticism and Protestantism. Here we go. Tony Campolo prominent evangelical. I learned about this way of having a born again experience from reading the Catholic mysticism mixed six especially the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius lelo like most Catholic missed this mystics he developed an intense desire to experience a oneness with God. Tony Campolo Here's an evangelical going to the founder of the Jesuit order to learn. This channel this portal of communication. To become one with God a connection with metaphysical reality and that oneness is not the Oneness we're talking about biblically it is a very mystical oneness that we're talking about Richard Foster that's known for his book celebration of discipline first published in one nine hundred seventy eight sold more than two and a half million copies one of those is in my library. All right. I mean shows how pervasive. Richard Foster is in Protestantism today. Arguably the most prominent figure of spirituality Christianity Today lauded celebration of discipline as one of the ten best books of the twentieth century. Let's look at Richard Foster's perspective on spirituality and Richard Foster's book prayer finding the hearts true home foster commends the spiritual exercises the Ignatius Loyola as the founder of the Jesuit Order knows this and I quote As a school of prayer for all of us. As a school a prayer for all of us. Here's a quotation from his book. In your imagination allow your Spiritual Body shining with light to rise out of your physical body look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily. Imagine your spiritual self alive and vibrant rising up through the clouds and into the stratosphere notice language here. Listen quietly anticipating the on anticipated note carefully. Anni instruction given. There waiting for a metaphysical connection. Listen carefully. Note any instruction given. And where is this system coming from the teachings of Ignatius Loyola fascinating. This is a Quaker theologian Leonard suite who is listed as one of the most top ten influential Christians and of two thousand and ten states mysticism once cast to the sidelines of Christian tradition is not situated in post modern mystic culture near the center. It is a type of graphical error it should say is now situated in the post modernistic culture near the center. In the words of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. Here's the word Jesuit philosopher of religion dogmatist car around or the Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic one who has experienced something or he will be nothing this is in his book quantum spirituality page ten. Now I want to show you just a short clip of an interview of someone that was heavily into Transcendental Meditation and was imported into Christianity this is actually a clip from the administration. Website and I'm going to get this from a Christian as a teenager he studied psychology in the early 1980's. He sought out a strike and later became a member of a shelter called Priest channel bashing from the Spirit. While I was in these wars being read by. It was something that we should all have just have to from the divide being a partial in there was all the round. Could our little Street Band manager try to practice meditation morning we're talking our very eastern gentle meditation the call is that eventually you will and your and you will bring it into a status challenge then. Higher south within this is claimed they called shell for the event that within one morning my back was hurting and I wanted to just quit that meditation but that was of folly speaking in fact I was probably saying well just percent. I'm sure I was sitting there on the floor. I wish doing everything about a green thing at ours and they're still of all conflicting faults and. Our data is to try to bring it up next. And in the US in sicknesses they would switch on an electric light side by side. And this is for our. Love where all of my bar there. And my boxing fishing gear. This partially shielded from well when I first saw it I thought wow it's Jesus harsh harsh just like the way artists traditionally painted Jesus Christ to a out long ago trashing of the shoulders and it was wearing a wire. There is such a guard that it appeared to me then you're saying. Tell that that I could see that this man was an off moving but I all I could clearly hear he's told me that it was Jesus Christ that was mashed that I was familiar with that cool the Alice Very away box square when a scribe on the planet Earth. There are forty nine of these ascending bashers. These are God's representatives of planet Earth. They are a few of the beings that have actually evolved themselves through strenuous practice of the all good transcendental anytime in the. Over there are they all in Arabic of the immortal in their flesh bothers you. Where is the way it was reclusive is here is what in the name of a America means but in other requests of ours of planet earth a new way to teach is that Jesus Christ is one of these forty nine Ascended Masters and this. World is only one of these ships of the House of mystical air which I think. This was very worried. There was more but very quick on the scale never to share this with foreigners. At any time after that this transcendental meditation or I could be driving Mark car into one of the Los Angeles freeway and all of a sudden they would be committed to say well. I needed to go somewhere else and do something different here. Whatever originally planned to do. I don't regret ever was going to. Christian. Christian church. We did have Bible study classes but we're reinterpreting the Bible. According to the esoteric understanding I was going to listen to any full trend. Fundamentalist Western Christian churches we should cheer discretion and meditation in these churches as I started with tabs of you are saying the following to teach transcendental my that I realized the right system meditation and the Bible were definitely not references to transcendental meditation meditation taught in the Bible was the start of the end of scripture and thinking about what you were studying will attend to some eventual district meetings and felt extremely agitated as the pastor spoke about the shared a lot of it was the way they sat next to me that saw that I was wrong or a lot of anxiety there and after the end of that mating she actually she said Are you want a Christian I said well the wedding ever guys are. See here. All right. Notice what he said at the end he he recognized that this mysticism was to bring people together to worship the anti-Christ. It's really spiritual ism. When you look at it now to be very clear biblical meditation as he said is totally different then this mystical meditation that we're talking about biblical meditation is meditating on the Word of God. All right. Prayer is talking to God. All right. But it is not this portal direct communication as he was experiencing see what's happening is that this form of prayer or meditation is is hijacking the biblical understanding of prayer. Notice that he's actually talking to a being that appears as Jesus. Except that entity is not Jesus. It is an impostor masquerading as Jesus. Now I want to move very quickly because you'll see the role of spiritual ism I.E. mysticism in the end of time mysticism is spiritual isn't friends it's communication with a metaphysical evil reality looking revelations. Sixteen verse thirteen and fourteen and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon Satan out of the mouth of the beast apostate Protestantism and out of the mouth of the false prophet I'm sorry the beast of the papacy and out of the mouth of the false prophet apostate Protestantism for they are the spirits of demons performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them together to the battle of the Great Day of God Almighty. Notice the spirits are out there and they're gathering they are bringing these entities together because you'll see that the only way that Protestantism will come back to Catholicism is if you replace the word of God with mysticism mysticism becomes a platform for a connection between Protestantism and Catholicism that becomes the platform and what mysticism does is it minimizes at best and eradicates as we're at worst the Word of God because if Protestantism is are basing their faith in the word the union can never happen. Listen to Brian McLaren in his book generous orthodoxy this is in the description to his book. Brian McLaren is a prominent leader of the emergent church movement. All right. While I am a mission no evangelical why I am a missional evangelical post Protestant liberal conservative mystical poetic biblical charismatic contemplated fundamentalist Calvinist Anabaptist Anglican. Methodist Catholic green incarnational depressed yet hopeful emergent unfinished Christian a confession of a manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. It is this is very fast today but notice it's just like this haulage pause of everything. All right Brian McLaren again. Then I must add though that I don't believe making disciples must equal making adherence to the Christian religion. It may be advisable. In many not all circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist Hindu or Jewish contexts. This is it an interesting statement from Ellen White the Protestants of United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the Gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism. And they will reach over the abyss to class hands with the Roman power the Papacy you can see that mysticism becomes the platform for connecting Catholicism and Protestantism together. And we can see this from the writings of Tony Campolo. That is not only a connection between Catholics and Protestants but Tony Campolo makes this interesting insightful statement a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of static union with God Remember what we read in Revelation Chapter sixteen. There is going to be a gathering that takes place from these spirits that come out like unclean frogs mysticism. Spiritual ism. Is becoming that platform for a community of World Religions that come together. Now. I want to read this from Ted Wilson's Sabbath sermon given at the General Conference in July two thousand and ten. Don't reach out to movements or mega church centers outside the Seventh Day Adventist Church which promise you spiritual success based on a faulty theology. Stay away from non biblical spiritual disciplines or methods of spiritual formation that are rooted in mysticism such as contemplated prayer centering prayer and the emerging church movement in which they are promoted. Look within the Seventh Day Adventist Church to humble pastors evangelists biblical scholars leaders and departmental directors who can provide evangelistic methods and programs that are based on solid biblical principles and the great controversy theme. Why would the president. Have to say that. We would be naive to assume that some of these notions are making its way into the remnant church. Now notice what Ellen White said the track of truth lies close to the track of error and everyone wants to be spiritual. This is a Trojan horse that comes under the guise of spirituality which really becomes a vehicle for direct communication with a metaphysical reality that is not heavenly. Now I want to make a little bit of commentary here on contemplate a prayer. Contemplated prayer takes many different forms. It's repeating a word or sound over and over again until it becomes meaningless and the mind shuts down labyrinth walking focusing on one's breath visualizing a mental image emptying the mind in search of spiritual enlightenment. We need to make sure that our prayer format is not focusing on a ritualistic formula. All right. Jesus taught us in Scripture how to pray. All right. Prayer is talking to God. All right. But it is not talking directly in the form of mysticism where you go through a certain practice certain mode in order to get your brain into a certain way to talk literally to a being that literally talks back to you. That is not Biblical prayer friends. All right that's communication. I mean that's that's spiritualism. All right let's call it for what it is here's Henry now in. In his book The Way of the heart. The quiet repetition of a single word can help us to descend with the mind into the heart this way of simple prayer opens us to God's active presence. Now this is loaded. All right. This. Loaded but notice the repetition of a single word in other words this becomes an intelligible. All right. The repetition of a single word. I have another quote that in point here for the sake of time. It's from Leonard sweet. He says that you can breathe in breathe out way do this over and over again and you are coming into a oneness with God very eastern very Eastern. Now before we begin to wrap up on what makes another notion about how there is going to be a false revival in the end of time. You notice in the Book of Daniel that when the image was set up. Dr Dukan in his analysis of that chapter says that there is a very intentional rhythmic repetition of music. Remember this is when you hear the sound of the harp the sultry and it goes and listen and all types of music. Look at that chapter and see how many times that term is repeated. Alright multiple times are when you hear the sound of this type of music you shall know that you shall bow down and worship this image now we know according to Bible prophecy that this is a type of what is going to happen in the last days is going to be an image set up and people are going to be called to worship and if you don't worship it you will face the death penalty the fiery furnace notice that in Daniel the music sets the stage to bring people together to worship. All right. Now it's interesting that Ellen White describes that this will take place before the close of probation the things that you have described the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation every uncouth thing would be demonstrated they would be shouting would drums music and down. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions and this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of not effect the purest sincere elevating and Noble sanctifying truth for this time at bedroom noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted a right. Might be a blessing the powers of say tannic and eight agencies blend with the Dean and noise to have a carnival and this is termed the Holy Spirit's working those participating in the supposed revival receive impressions which can lead them adrift. They cannot tell what they formerly knew regarding Bible principles. No encourage them. It should be given to this kind of music. Or ship it's been a long seminar. All right. Worship. Moving on what is to be our response. There's a lot that we can learn from the interaction the personal interaction. Of Ellen White with Kellogg before during and after his fall. We need to remember friends that sometimes we can get so zealous for the truth that we can become an Christ like in the way that we interact with others Bible says they that worship me worship me in spirit and in truth. All right. There's many people that have out there that are Christ like. But they don't have the truth. There's other people out there that have the truth but aren't Christ like The Lord wants us to bring us these. Two together spirit and truth. Now notice this dynamic in Ellen White's relation to Kellogg and you may depend on this. This is Ellen White's personal plea to Kellogg. And you may depend on this a mother could not hold more firmly to a child that she then she dearly loves then I hold to you. I pray for you constantly in prayer and at family worship. Sometimes I am awakened in the night and rising. I walk in the room praying all Lord hold Dr Kellogg fast do not let him go. Friends we have no business confronting people on quote error. If we're not willing to die for that person and we should spend time in prayer until we have the love of God in our hearts so that the way that we engage is Christ like. As exemplified in Ellen White's interaction with Kellogg Now I want you to remember Kellogg. The burning down of the Centenary I'm burning down of the review and Herald. I mean huge losses to the Seventh Day Adventist church mass defections the church is in crisis. You have the defection of Ballenger can write. All right. Eighty Jones E.J. Wagner would later follow. I mean this is an institutional crisis within Adventism and you can find all the reason to go back to Kellogg. And yet look at the redemptive POS. Sure of Ellen White I'm praying for you but you are not friends. We need to have that spirit. All right we have the spirit here is and white commenting to another individual in regards to Kellogg I love Dr Kellogg he may be lost. I hope and pray not if he's lost let him go with you brother standing by with your hands on his shoulders trying to save and friends. This is an area that conservatives. Can really focus on. All right. And I'm I guess you can call me a conservative. All right. It's all relative. Depending on where you're at. But this is an area that conservatives can really work on sometimes we get so zealous about God's kingdom that we become on godly in the way that we deal with people and we can't go around like Jay who aren't just splitting things up and destroying the scorched it or perspective. All right. This is not how we're about. I mean look look this is at the crisis of this. Fundamental existential crisis of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and yet you see Ellen White interacting with Kellogg in this way friends we need the love of Christ in men. We need love of Christ. So I don't want to saw getting out here and saying Oh oh the Omega you know I mean that's not that's not what this is about. All right. That's not what this is about. And so I want to really emphasize this and help us to say look spirit and. Truth. All right. And we need to pray for the souls of people that are sincere seeking spirituality and yet have been duped by this mysticism. That is endeavoring to bring entities together for the final battle. Let's move on the church. Ellen White wrote may appear as about to fall but it does not stay on the ship. All right. It's going to get a little bit rocky stay on the ship Jesus will see us through. Keep your eyes on Jesus if the crisis ahead is anything like the early crisis of the alpha we may see institutions fall. We may see prominent individuals that we looked up to heard their sermons read their books fall great lights will go out and so we are our focus needs to be on the Lord Jesus. And I'm all about listening to speakers and. But friends. We can't be disciples of these administering Lebron he's OK not saying that we shouldn't listen we shouldn't clean but we need to be a disciple of Jesus a man. And go directly to the word for ourselves. I meant. One last quote. Ellen whiten book Maranatha Satan will cast all the reproach possible upon the chosen ones whom we cannot deceive and delude with this a tannic inventions and false hoods. Christ our representative and had close his heart or withdraw but will Christ our representative and had close his heart or withdraw his hand or falsify his promise. No never never. I am and Jesus will see us through and as my prayer friends that we will be people that live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God Amen. We need to be about biblical spirituality. And while the world is gathering together putting mysticism in the place of the Word of God There will be a group of people that will be connecting with God through His word and through biblical prayer. Amen. Let us be faithful to our Lord Jesus and when he comes. May we hear the words Well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord lots of our heads together as we pray. Father in heaven. We thank you so much for the Word of God. We thank you. That we have nothing to fear for the future. Except that we should forget how God has led us in the past. We recognize that there is a crisis before us. We recognize that this crisis will affect your remnant church. Father we pray that you would help us to keep our eyes on Jesus to be people of the book to live by every word that proceeds out of God Bless and Keep us the rest of our time together we relieve this convention with a deeper love for Jesus and his Jesus God bless you. This message was presented at the G. 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