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05 The Spirit of the Babylon

Dee Casper

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Dee Casper

Director of the CORE Evangelism Training Program

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  • August 16, 2021
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Hello again. Good afternoon everyone in to see here. So let's begin with the word of prayer. I'd like to cover the 2nd angel message and some illusions to the issues of babylon and the real spirit, undergirding babylon that we're going to see in the 2nd angels message. It's certainly the warning that we're given a revelation chapter 18. We're told that the loud cry message is basically a repetition of the 3rd angels message. And so you can kind of lump it in there. So we won't really be going in the specifics on the Mark of the beast or what that's going to look like. Start really our objective this week. Our objective is to really kind of work through the big under arching principles, particularly the gospel issues found throughout the 3 angels messages. And if you'd like, further study on what the market to be is or how that works. Again, just reach out to us and I'm sure that we can get you resources to adequately answer your questions because I don't want anyone leaving wondering something and no one ever told them. So they happens to be, you come talk to me, come talk to one of the people, talk to your local pastor, and I'm sure we'd be happy to give you those answers. But I'd like to begin with the word of prayer. And there we're going to address the spirit of babylon and the danger that poses. And we're talking about this idea of relations, cosmic conflict. This is where we're going to see that conflict. I believe most clearly in the messages that all the sharing we've been covering. Kind of god's side and how he's uplifting jesus have lifting the gospel throughout these messages to prepare people to stand the day of god. But we want to cover kind of the, the movement. It's an opposition to this gospel message in our time together here. So let's pray, sweet jesus, thank you for loving us. Thank you for the warm sunshine for delicious food and for a chance to study your word. And so I pray that as you speak to us just now that our hearts would be open and receptive and that we would see jesus even as we're looking at the war at that happening on this earth right now. And we ask these things in jesus name. Amen. Alright, the spirit of babylon. So again, the goal for today is to show the big issues going on in the spirit of babel and not to focus only on what's happening in Rome. Specifically, that's not really our objective. If you do want more information on that, I would encourage you to study the annual 7, daniel, 8, revolution 13 and 17, and 2nd, tests alone in chapter 2. Lots of information can be marshall from a study of those chapters to better understand what is transpiring with the anti christ power who it is and how it works. Ok, listen to this. I want to go. I want to rewind in time to show the big picture. What's been going on in this conflict came just from testimonies for the church. The law that none live is to himself. Satan was determined to oppose. He desired to live for self. It was this that incited rebellion and heaven, and it was man's acceptance of this principle that brought sin on earth. So notice selfishness seems to be a big issue here and something that state and that is quite good at is projecting his own characteristics upon god. He will make god look a certain way, which is largely the way that he himself looks right. It's called kind of shifting blame and projecting ok. This from education on selfishness. And what is unselfishness? According to the next few words here. It's the principle of god's kingdom. We're talking about this idea of revelations, cosmic conflict. There are 2 overarching principles striving for supremacy in this greek conflict. God's perspective and in god's armory is on selfish love, unselfish, others centered love. The principle of god's kingdom is the principle that satan hates, its very existence he denies. He said there is no such thing as unselfishness. From the beginning of the great controversy, states has endeavored to prove god's principles of action to be selfish. Any deals in the same way with all who serve god. He makes it look like god's followers are also selfish to disprove. Satan's claim is the work of christ and of all who bear his name. Did you know that you were baptized into the christian church? Your primary mission is to prove state and wrong that god is selfish and that his followers are selfish that interesting. Back in Education, it was given his own life in illustration of unselfishness that jesus came in the form of humanity and all who accept this principle are to be workers together with him in demonstrating it in the practical life. How you handle your discourse with your children, with your spouse, with your teachers, with your students, with your friends. We should be carrying out these principles in the practical life. By the way, I don't have time to give the big picture of how this whole war started. I just did a presentation on this last week. If you want that to kind of see a bigger picture of how the fall and haven't happen and what council we've been given on that and how this plays in, I'm happy to share that file with you. I want to time to do that this week, but it is a very intriguing study because I did, it's just a lot of quotes, but it's very, very helpful for me to kind of get a big picture. But listen to this, this is one of the most profound court i've heard in recent years. Ok, this is ella white speaking here on the morning of October 23rd 18. 79. About 2 o'clock. The spirit of the Lord rested upon me and I'd be held the scenes in the coming judgment. Language fails me in which to give an adequate description of the things which pass before me and the effect that they had upon my mind. Clearly this was a disturbing and powerful event. The great day of execution of god's judgment seemed to have come 10000 times 10000 were assembled before a large throne, upon which was seated a person of the jeff Dick appearance. Several books were open before him, and upon the covers of each was written in letters of gold, which seems like a burning flame of fire, ledger of heaven. One of these books containing the names of those who claim to believe the truth within opened. Immediately i lost sight of the countless millions she, she's kind of giving the statements of I saw this and whoa, but that wasn't the most important thing. And then I saw this, whoa. But that wasn't the most important thing. And only those who are professionally children of the white and of the truth engage my attention. And as these persons were named one by one and their good deeds mention, their countenance would light up with the holy joy that was reflected in every direction. But this did not seem to rest upon my mind with the greatest force. Another book was open, wherein were recorded the sins of those who professed the truth. And under the general heading of selfishness, came every other soon. Did you hear that? Literally when the ledger of heaven is open, what is found next to people's names is selfishness. That's the one thing that's listed as the primary transgression. There were also headings over every column and underneath these opposite each name were recorded in the respective columns, the lesser since, you know, like murder and stuff. But the primary transgression that highlighted in that book is selfishness, isn't that interesting? And incriminating convicting. She says, crisis receives supreme love from the being he has created and he requires also that man shall cherish a sacred regard for his fellow beings. Every soul stage will be said through love, which begins where with god, true conversions, a change from selfishness to sanctified affection for god and for one another. That's a true conversion looks like will. 7th day adventist now make a thorough reformation that their sin stain souls may be cleanse from the leprosy of selfishness. Are you seeing a theme here So from the very beginning of the rebellion, satan has sought to portray god as being selfish, while at the same time alluring others to live for themselves and abide by his own kingdom principle. And that campaign is still alive and will today, unfortunately. And he has a storefront on earth right now. Satan does that responsible, not only for living out the principle of selfishness, but it's also influenced the entire world with his teachings. An example, thus continuing status propaganda campaign that's been going on since his fall. OK, so he's had a storefront on earth continuing this message throughout the ages. This past 8 system is called the mother of harlots. And as many daughters revelations, 17 tells us in those daughters are religious movements that bear similar traits to the mother in leading people to serve as a fear in selfishness and in putting themselves and their own preferences. First, they're also giving it the all to the world that distorts the character of god ended on selfish love. She's known for her opulence in display, in religious matters. And according to revelation 18, she shaped the way that the leaders of the known world do commerce and life, all in the context of elevating self at the expense of others. And I want to pan back and see how we got to where we are today. Revelation chapter 12 beginning of or 7 and war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought. But they did not prevail, nor the place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out that serpent of old called the devil. And satan, who deceived the whole world, he was cast to the earth, and his angels are cast out with them. Verses 3 and 4. Revelation 12 tell us that a 3rd of the angels were swept into this assault upon god. The 3rd of the angel is evolving next at a higher percentage that to begin with is nearly 50 percent were told, but eventually it will down to a 3rd at the end of the day and is eager. Chapter 28. We see how he did this. I'll begin reverse one. We usually start around verse 11. I think I'm going to begin in verse one. Says this, the word of the Lord came to me again saying son of man said the prince of tire. And then it begins to give explanations throughout the guild 28 that we know cannot only apply to the king of tire. You were in the garden of god. For instance. Now was he in the garden of eden? No. So what's really being discussed here is the source of evil behind the man who's the king entire. That's really what's being addressed here. So we apply this to say does, does the Lord God because your heart is lifted up and you say I am a god. I sit in the seat of gods in the midst of the seas. You're a man and not a god, though you set your heart is the heart of a god. Behold, you are wiser than daniel. There's no secret that can be hidden from you. With your wisdom and your understanding, you've gained riches for yourself and gather gold and silver into your treasuries by your great wisdom and trade. You've increased your riches in your rich, but your heart is lifted up because of your riches. So because of the privileges that he had, he became corrupted is what's implied. Here came verse 6, the says, the Lord God, because you set your heart is the heart of a god. Behold, therefore, i'll bring strangers against you the most terrible the nations. And he talks about judgment that will come on to the, in the $300.00 the pit in verse 8, you know, die the death of the swain. Then it says in verse 9, will you stay before him a slave you, I am a god. But you shall be a man and not a god in the hand of him who slays you. Skip diverse 11th. Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying son of man, take up a lamb and patient song of weeping for the king of tire and said to him that says the Lord God, you are the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. You are in eat, in the garden of god. Every precious stone was your covering, the sardine topaz and diamond barrel, onyx and jasper. Sapphire, turquoise and emerald with gold, the workmanship of your timbers and pipes, was prepared for you. On the day you were created. He was a created being speaking lucifer, the angel before he fell. You were the anointed cherub who covers i established you, you were on the holy mountain of god. You walked back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones. And then it says you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created till iniquity was found in you. Now there's a few logical statements that use at times or a term that's called a kayak. Them is basically a form of hebrew poetry the way that literature can be arranged. Many times it's like opposing stair steps to be a point here on one side of the tax and a point here and the other side of the text, maybe few verses later. Then you get closer in and there's 2 other points making the same idea. And the closer in 2 points, making the same idea. And then at the apex of those stairs, you see the main points of the author's trying to bring forward. We have kind of a cadence in american poetry. We have like a rhyme or some from our pros. This is the way they did it. One of the ways they did it in hebrew poetry, they also had a B parallelism and other things. But in this instance, the apec statement is you were perfect in the day you were created till iniquity was found. And you see these totally polar opposite ideas, perfection and sin being found in you. And on both sides of that are these statements of showing he was in the presence of god, he was the anointed cherub covers. If you've seen the ark of the covenant, right, the 2 angels are kind of on top of the order of the cabinet, or signifying the 2 closest angelic beings in the immediate presence of god, it says and saw 80 inverse one. You who dwell between the chair of them, shine forth cases. This idea that god dwelt in between the presence of these 2 cherub lucifer was one of them. He was in the immediate presence of god. That's what he was trying to get us to see. Then it says, I established you were on the holy mountain of god. God revealed himself on mountains in a multi or multiple times throughout the old testament. And thirdly, it says that you are in the midst back in the midst of the fiery stones. This is that fiery pavement in front of the throne of god in heaven. So 3 times it says you were in the presence of god in the presence of god in the presence of god. And you were perfect in the day you were created. But iniquity was founded, you and then it says in verse 16 by the abundance of your trading. And the word for there is were cooler means to sell or to gossip. He was basically peddling and selling and trafficking lies about the character of god. He says you became filled with violence within and you sinned. Therefore I cast use appropriate thing out of the mountain of god, out of the presence of god. And I destroyed you o covering cherub away from the presence of god, from the midst of the fiery stones. Again, you are removed from the presence of god. You see what's going on here. You. And this is really important for us to understand that what happened in having a revelation chapter 12 is not 2 beings who have always hated each other's guts. They've never gotten along. They've never liked each other. They've always been opposite in the Spectrum. That's not what was happening in heaven. This was a family feud. This was a domestic dispute that takes place. And this is devastating to the god here. The fact that members or their own family have defected. Not just lucifer but a 3rd of the angelic beings. So lucifer there wanting to establish here it is you were right in the presence of god, there was a deep and close connecting, intimate relationship before this conflict happened. But because of the sin that was found and knew you had to be removed, we're seeing that was being alluded to. Here it is legal. 28. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast him to the ground and lead you before kings they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities. Again, it refers to the iniquity of your trading that sin, trafficking, selling lies about the character of god. Therefore I brought fire from your mid it devoured you, and I turn you to ashes upon the earth, the sight of all who saw you and you became and all who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you. You have become a horror and shall be no more forever. That's one explanation of this. But there's a lot of selfish language used about him. If you notice that pointing the attention towards himself, i shall be like a god claiming supremacy we see to get an idea. Chapter 14. They are chapter 14. Now we're looking at the spirit of babylon and the spirit of babel and didn't begin in Babylon. Right? We're talking about revelations, cosmic conflict. We're laying a framework in then we will cease, i hope you're paying attention language, use your and is equal 28. And as a 14 because we're going to see it again in modern day institutions. Isaiah chapter 14 beginning and verse 12 says, how you are falling from heaven, o lucifer, son of the morning, how you were cut down to the ground. You who weakened nations for you have said, where in your heart i will ascend into heaven. I will exult my throne above the stars of god. I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the far the sides of the north. I will ascend above the height of the clouds. I will be like the most high. Now the question for you, when he says that he will be like the most high, do you think he seeking to be like god in character or in position? Right. Because we know that the character of god is one of the other centered love of unselfishness. But yet everything that's coming out of this guy's mouth is filled with selfishness. Or it's not the thinking, the principal, he doesn't want to be like god, in that sense. He wants god's position as a game of Thrones taking place here. I want you off of that throne and I want to be on it my self. This says, but you shall be brought down to shale to the lowest depths of the pit. Now there are 11 upward words used in this short span of verses lucifer seeking to go up up, up, up, up at the expense of everyone else. But at the end of the day, he will be cast down. We're told you will be destroying. But the one that can very interesting thing is on the other side of the grid, controversy is a totally different approach. I think this is in my notes, it may be in the skip the slides, but I'm flipping chapter 2. It says that jesus being failed an appearance of man, he humbled himself even to the point of death and the death on the cross in this idea is jesus is taking multiple steps down. He goes from being god to becoming a man, the god man. This unique 2 characteristics put together, he is fully divine and fully human. And then he didn't actually humble himself to even being willing to die and then to die the most shameful humiliating death that there is in that stage nurse history. Humbling is all step after step after step after step. Why did he do it for the up lifting of humanity and it says at the end of that text and flipping chap, jones, I think around verse 9 or 11, where it says that every knee will bow and declare that he is worthy. So these 2 opposing views in the great controversy, one is selfishly striving for supremacy at the expense of everyone else, but will lead to destruction. One is unselfishly giving of one's self for the lifting of humanity and at the end every new will bow and declare that jesus christ is lord. So this spirit of selfishness, self exaltation, pride envy, and striving for advancement and etc is a spirit that originates with lucifer. And as we'll see, is one of the crowning traits of the beast, powers and revelation. But beloved, this cannot be the spirit that rules the people of god. We desperately need jesus and his spirit of humility, gentleness, unselfishness, and the willingness to be overlooked and unappreciated. Now, what was heaven's reaction to the spirit that overtook lucifer in the subsequent actions that he took in? This is a very powerful text from luke chapter 10. Jesus has sent out the 70 missionaries to cast out demons to heal the sick, to work miracles, to preach the gospel. And they come back in their super excited and they say, lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name. And they're kind of hoping and expecting that jesus is going to come up and say, hi, 5 fellows, good job way to beat the bad guys. But jesus responds in such a strange way. He said, I saw satan fall like lightning from heaven. Why like jesus, what does that have to do with what we just told you? Everything actually. He says, behold, i tell i give you authority to trample on serpent and scorpions, and over all the power the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. I promise you victory, but nevertheless, do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you. But rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. This is so so important and I hope you're catching this here because what jesus is telling them, remember he was there when this happened. So there boasting about overthrowing demons and jesus saying, pump the brakes, villas, when this whole war broke out on my back yard. I was there, those demons that you cast out. I know them by name. I created them myself. I had a relationship of love and trust with them before this conflict. And you're bragging about their demise. I'm not understanding guys. Jesus is burying the heart of god before the disciples. Here he is not about rejoicing over the failures or the fumblings of his quote unquote enemies. Are you understanding? And he's telling the disciples, the spirit that in you right now looks more like lucifer than me. You're bragging about having power over somebody else. I did come here to have power over. I came here to humble myself, to up lit, fall in humanity. So he's bearing is hard to the cycles here. Don't brag about the fact that they aren't going. It breaks my heart that that's the case. Just be happy that you are going a man hard of god on display here. So it's very easy to lose sight of the fact that revelation twelves war in heaven was a domestic dispute. A family affair and love and harmony preceded this dispute. And that love in the heart of the father and of christ doesn't go away just because somebody in the family has turned on them. In the same way that your love for your children doesn't disappear, even though they're not doing what you wish they would do right now. Now, god is not sympathising for the devil. Don't put words in my mouth or thoughts in my mind that aren't there. He's not sympathizing for him, and he will have to deal with him firmly at the end of time. But the bible refers to this as a strange act. God does not wish for this is he could 33 tells us that I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He does not enjoy this process. You will do what he has to do, but this is difficult for him. And so we forget that there was love and harmony the proceeds this. But this tells me that when I reflect the spirit of lucifer and strive for supremacy, or put myself 1st or become envious of my neighbor, the jesus and the father don't stop living neither. And I'm thankful for that. But what a little more history is found in the book of Joe. The book of job is the 1st book written chronologically in the bible. It wasn't genesis the 1st book that we have access to that was written, moses wrote, it was the book of job. Now what's the introducing or the introductory theme of the book of job? There is a council. We don't know where the council happens, but there's a council that takes place, and there are representatives a different world and different places. Lucifer shows up and, and got asked you, where did you come from? And he says from walking to and fro upon the earth, implying it's my dominion. And God says, we'll wait a minute, not everyone there, listen to you. What about my servant job and the responsive lucifer is rubbish. You are selfish. The only reason you're blessing this guy is so he will worship you, and he's only worshiping you because you bless your selfish and he's selfish. You take those blessings away. He'll curse you to your face. God permits for a testing of job job doesn't do what lucifer said he would do. And he's tested again, and he makes the same accusations again. You're selfish and they're selfish for worshiping you to get their blessings. And it's very fascinating to me that the very 1st discourse that we're given access to any inspired record of scripture is this battle field of selfishness and unselfishness. Are you recognizing this same accusations against god as being selfish and this idea that unselfishness doesn't exist and can't exist and doesn't actually leave the harmony? So this is the way that this goes down because not threatened by this. He allows for job's testing at the, in this proven the god was not working through selfish principles at all. Nor does he demand things out of his people, for selfish reasons. He gives all free will and its love that leads him to do so. And love is what leads his followers to reciprocate into obey. So the 1st book that god gave to humanity is this big picture conflict between good and evil, unselfish love and selfishness. That is the territory on which this great controversy is fought at the very foundational level. Its love and selfishness, that's it. This is the territory upon which that great controversy is fought every active obedience or disobedience and every act of worship are birth out of one of these 2 principles. Every single one of them at a foundational level. So at the end of time, they're going to be people who are either worth the god of true love for him, for what is done for them in christ or the worship satan as a selfish motives to save their own physical lives. Those principles are still at play in the days in the last days crisis. And there's going to be a massive battle over how to preach the message of god's truth in the way that truly reflects the character of unselfish love and not through force or corps. And which is a warning to us that we should not be attempting to preach a revelation 14 message with the revelation. 13 approach coersion shame, humiliation force. That is not the way that we should be working fear. We talked about fear yesterday. If we are preaching the 3 angels messages in a way to try to force or coerce or manipulate or pressure people into obeying the 3 angels messages, it doesn't work. That's called synchronous ism syncretism. As a fusing of 2 different religious views and trying to make them work together in harmony. Right? That doesn't work that way. You cannot preach god's message of love through the means of force coercion, manipulation, fear in foolishness. But unfortunately, that's not always the way that this happens right. The way that we preach the entire message and some of our reforms and so forth can come across, even if it's not an overt declaration. It's kind of this undertone where people still may be feel, be feeling judged, or pressured, or coerced socially or so forth. We can't take that approach to the revelation 14 methods below that we can't, it doesn't work. Ok, it leads to disastrous results and that will not lead to true obedience. We're told this desire of ages. The earth was dark through misapprehension of god. Is that still true? Yes. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened that the world by be brought back to God. Save is deceptive. Power was to be broken, but this could not be done by force. Is jesus more powerful than the devil? Yes or no. Does he choose to display his physical power in this conflict? No, he lays down his throne. He humbled himself any wins the battle through humility and self sacrificing love. This is one of the reasons why the lamb is the champion in the book of revelation. And what does the lamb look like? It is a humble bee, and the lamb is portrayed is something that self sacrificed self sacrifices were when the great controversy, beloved, not self exaltation, not flexing of one's muscles. Jesus overcame through self sacrifice. So this could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of god's government. He desires only the service of love and love cannot be commanded. It cannot be one by force or by authority, which means that the spirit in which we share the 3 angels messages needs to look like jesus, a spirit, and not the spirit of the beasts. Not getting him people's faith making youtube videos, grilling folks, making them feel like total losers and the churches in apostasy. And yes, I said that those youtube channel should be removed. They are not doing the lord's work in airing, dirty laundry, the church making accusations. That's the spirit of the accuser of the brethren, that's not the spirit of jesus. And that work has no place in god's church. It has to be a message of love. It says that only by love is love awakens to know, god is to love him. His character must be made manifest in contrast to the character of said. So when you interact with people and you're accused of things and people getting your faith in your daily practical life, if you respond as jesus did, it's far more of a witness than proven to somebody that you're right. Yeah. We talked about this, the demonstration of it and the practical wife she said, is a big witness for god. This word only one being and all the universe could do. Only he who knew the height and depth of love of god can make it known upon the world's dark night, the son of righteousness must rise with healing in his wings. I love that. So these 2 approaches are clearly shown in contrast to one another. In revelation chapter 13 a revelation chapter 14. 1 is giving a clearing called a worship upon the threat of death or imprisonment. The others giving an invitation to true worship through a painting of a picture of god's unselfish love and inviting a response. Just read the revelation 13 read the revelation. 142 totally different messages, 2 totally different approaches. And God brings the 3 ingles messages as an, as a healing bomb to a world that is being harassed and harangued by bad religion. It's good news, right? The gospel is meant to be good news, so when, when forest coercion and demanded worship in the guise of religion is souring, the whole world gets at that stage in response to this foolishness that god raises up a message that brings hope, healing forgiveness, grace and transformation to a last and dying world. This is a powerful message and the world is in desperate need of it. But how we share that message matters. And we see that in the 2 spirits, revelation 13 and 14 ok. So based upon the counsel that we were given in the desire of ages, we should be using a revelation 14 approach to giving that revelation 14 message. Which means that fear should not be the bed rock or soil through which we present truth. Because fear leads to selfish motivations and that isn't god's method. But the devil loves this. He loves to set us up to make fear base and selfish decisions. But when you do that, it always leads to failure. This is why we can't be making our decision for jesus based upon our desire to be in heaven or desire to not be in hell because it's selfishness that fuel that. And you can't bring satan's act of worship into true worship of god and expect to succeed. You just can't. Okay, it's one of responding to the love of god that shone. Not doing it out of fear. And we have already dealt with these statements here about fear. So I'm going to skip this for time sake. So Got appeals through the intellect and the heart. According to 2nd timothy chapter one of her 7, for god has not given us a spirit of fear but its power of love and of a sound mind. Remember, we made the point that implies that fear robs us of power. It roblis of the ability to love and be loved and rob sense of a sound mind. But the 3 angels messages speak to the intellect and get to the heart. It's a very linear and logical and rational and reasonable message that also stirs the heart to the depth of your being. You notice that from what we're hearing of the course of our last series of presentations, that's what the 3 messages should be doing for us. OK, so the 3 angels messages are deeply rational and logical, while rooted in god's love for man and a desire to spare him from harm and deception. Now this same spirit of selfishness and self education as the bedrock of the apostate people system the seat and rises up to counter god's movement of other centered love. Right? It begins with nimrod. In the book of genesis, his name actually means to rebel actually even kind of starts in cain. Because there's these 2 decisions on how to worship god. I'm going to worship god the way that I want to oral worship. The way that god says, then eventually see with nimrod were his name means to rebuild, setting up a community that eventually leads in the plane of shine are in genesis 10 that eventually leads to the tower of baby oil. And genesis 11. What's that based upon in genesis, chapter 11, the tower of babel is largely built upon this premise. God's word cannot be trusted. I know he said that when he hangs the rainbow in the clouds to remind us you'll never seen the flood again, but we don't believe god is trustworthy. And the only hope for us to is to save ourselves. That's all babylonian religion. God can truly be trusted to do what he said, so we must save ourselves by our deeds. And unfortunately, some of our own brethren today are living a babble lonia and adventist experience. Still seeking to save themselves by what they do or seeking to get god's favor by what they do. But that's not how this works. So they built this howard of the heavens to save themselves. Ok. In genesis chapter 11, then we get to nebuchadnezzar, king of babylon, exulting himself is not this, not great babylon, which I have built. He was already told in daniel to that you are this head of golden that god has given you this kingdom. That clearly didn't get that. So that's never kinetzer. And daniel chapter $2.00 and $3.00 and $4.00, then you get to the prophetic fulfillment of babylon in the papacy is laid out in the 2nd. That's a lot to daniel 7, daniel, a revelation 13 and revelation 17. And it's the same approach in every single one of these instances. It's the same genealogy, the Apple that far from didn't fall far from the tree. Right. The way that lucifer spoken heaven is a way that they're still speaking today. And we'll see this now in these familiar passages, but now for a new lives. First a 2nd. This alone is chapter 2, beginning of hers. What now brethren concerning the coming of our lord jesus christ and are gathering together to him. We ask you not to soon be shaken or minor trouble, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us as though the day of christ had come. Someone wrote a letter to the church and said, by the way, jesus came already. Sorry, love paul. Right. And they thought, whoa, whoa, jesus came already. He says no, they didn't happen. Jesus hasn't come yet. Verse 3, let no one to see you by any means for that. They will not come unless the falling away comes 1st. And the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. Now that phrase, son of perdition, we'll see that in just a moment. I'll come back to that. Who opposes and exult himself? Who does that sound like? Just like lucifer, it is eco 28th, to exalt himself above all that is cold god or that is worship to the city. As god in the temple of god showing himself that he is god. Now is he good 28. He also said, I am a god. If you remember, you wanted to be above the stories of god. And as the 14, the only place in scripture where the phrase center partition is used outside of what we just read. And 2nd, that's a loans 2 is found in John chapter 17 of verse 12. Jesus is praying to the father for the disciples, and he says this while I was with them in the world, i kept them in your name. Those whom you have given me, I have kept and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the scriptures might be fulfilled. Who's that talking about? judas. So when paul comments and 2nd, that's a williams to about a falling away coming 1st. And then he uses the phrase, the son of perdition. He's borrowing language from this situation from this discussion of judas. And so what happens is basically at an institutional level, the same thing that judas did to jesus of the trail of christ selling him for a price, right? forgiveness is sold for a price eventually to the babylonian system, with penance and so forth. So judas was sharing a spirit that was not in harmony with god's kingdom, principal, and the apostate people system is built upon the same foundation. It started with god and deviated from that course through selfishness and covetousness. And this system like judas, has betrayed christ. Ok, you see that the same white train of thought, the same way of doing religion a life all throughout from the fall of lucifer all the way through. What's happening here on earth, the storefront, he has here. So when we cherish the spirit of independence, stubbornness and selfishness, it's the spirit of anti christ because the word anti means in the place of not opposed to. And so we're putting me 1st instead of jesus, do you see the danger there? In the place up? We place our own wisdom preferences and desires in the place of christ. In our hearts, we see similar language regarding the spirit of selfishness in the prophetic passages regarding the horn and the false prophet daniel chapter 8. Big numbers 11. Speaking a little horn, he even exalts himself as high as the prince of host. We heard language before. Yes. And is equal and I say specifically, and by him, the daily sacrifices were taken away in the place of the sanctuary was cast down. The whole plan of salvation is assaulted through this system. Because a transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices. And he cast truth to the ground. And he did all this in prosper for his cunning, he shall cause to seek to prosper under his rule, and he shall exult himself in his heart again, that's borrowed language from his equal 28 and 14. He should destroy many in their prosperity. He still even arise against the prince of princes, but he shall be broken without human means and the vision of the evenings or mornings, which is told is true, therefore a seal of the vision for it refers to many days in the future. Then revelation chapter 13, then I saw another piece coming up out of the earth and it had 2 horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. This is a false prophet. The 2nd bees and revelation 13. He speaks the dragon's language, which is self focus, and least a self equitation and self worship, which is essentially worshiping the dragon. Ok, both these powers are using that same type of approach. He uses, he exercises all the authority, the 1st decent his presence and causes all those who dwell in it to worship the 1st be to the deadly one was healed. So he leads others to engage in this type of living. And they too will worship the beast and in turn the dragon. So here's the really important point, guys. Selfishness itself is an act of worship, false worship. And this is a danger to us. This is a warning to us. Revolution 13 a verse 13. He performs great signs to the even makes fire come down from heaven on earth and the side of men is false. Revival any to seize those who dwell on the earth by those signs, which it was granted to do in the side of the beast. Telling those who draw the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and lid, so working miracles to get people to oversee or to overlook the deceitful route structure that eventually uplift the system of worship. But in contrast and revelation chapter 14, god's special people had the father's name written in their foreheads. His name is his character, and his character is one of other centred love and the fact that it's in their forehead. Moleed belief means that they truly believe this and it drives their decision making. Are you following this other centered? Love is what drives their decision making and the way that they do life. And they follow the land wherever he goes. The bees powers in revelation 13 is discussed as forcing people to receive the Mark on their forehead or in their hand. But god's people only receive his mark on their forehead because god knows that beliefs drive actions in his kingdom. And only unselfish love can drive true obedience and service that will be acceptable. Anything short of that is not acceptable, but the way that the beast power works is you can receive the market to be in your hand or in your forehead. So there will be people and no one has the Mark of the beast right now. No one does. But there will come a time when there is forced legislated upon penalty of death legislation for sunday observance. And when that happens, that's the beginning of the market to be crisis. And when this takes place, it can be received in the hand or the forehead, which means that you don't have to believe that this is actually true. That sunday is actually sacred, but you will believe by your deeds or you will respond in obedience with your deeds. The things that you do just to save your life out of selfish motives. Do you see the danger here? Because I wonder to myself, how an atheist and jews and others who don't believe in the sacredness of sunday, how are they going to receive the Mark of the beast? They will just obey to stay at a trouble. And this is again what we gave the warning earlier this week and our topic on fear not to lead our children to just obey, to stay out of trouble. And I have a system that looks like this because the problem is we're setting them up to fall in the sunday law crisis. If they're just obeying the stand a trouble, what do you think they're going to do when a guns held to their head to keep a different day, they're going to do what they've been doing their entire life. Either parents, author back their pastors off their back in their school, author back, they will capitulate. This is the danger of not teaching people what to think instead of are not teaching people how to think instead of what to think. Ok, that's a coercive form of religion that does not on her god. Now the warning of the 3rd angels to show that selfishness leads to destruction and out of his love for those who are in danger of being led astray, he gives a clearing call to true worship its field by love that we get to revolution. 17 then one of the 7 angels where the 7 bowls came and talked with me saying to me, come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot, who sits on the waters within the kings of the earth, have committed for an occasion and the inhabitants of the earth are may drunk with the wine ever for an occasion. Part of the wine in her teachings is selfishness and greed for gain. She taught the kings of the earth how to do trade and life. Verse 17 verse 3 are chapter 17 verse 3. So we carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having 7 heads and 10 horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet and adorned with golden precious dylan's and pearls. So again, very opulent display, very rich institution, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her for an occasion. And on her head or on her forehead, name was written mystery babylon. The great, the mother of harlots of the abominations of the earth. We seen a revelation chapter 18. After these things I saw another angel coming down from having, having great authority. And the earth was illuminated with his glory. The mission of this 4th angel is to spread before the world. The glorious picture of god's true character, of unselfish love. That is, the mission of this church, of this movement is to give that message to the world in contrast to the selfishness as being propagated through the beast powers. And he cried mightily with a loud voice. Babylon, the grief is fallen, his phone is become a dwelling place of demons. A prison for every fell, spear in a cage for every unclean and hated bird. So what is it then that makes babble and fall? It's the preaching of the everlasting gospel. When everlasting gospel in the 3 needles messages are priest, it makes it abundantly clear just how faulty and few child this form of belief is man cannot save himself. Men cannot elevate himself in the presence of god. Forcing coersion are not only not attractive, they are not in the spirit of god and all that becomes bankrupt in the eyes of the world. Babylon falls in the revelation of the gospel and the true character of god's unselfish love. Before the world it loses all of its power, right? It's by love that reciprocating love is awakened ok. And all skip this next section years for time sake. And I heard another voice from heaven saying come out of her, my people that this is very important because any, tell me, give them presentation. Chris said this last night. But anytime we give a presentation regarding the beast powers and particularly the anti christian power, when we talk about the papacy and the things that the system is doing in this earth, we are not talking about members. We're not talking about members. There are many people in the catholic church today who will find themselves in habit, at the end of the day. Many sincere people wanting to serve god in honor god. Our concern is the system and the teachings of the system that are in direct opposition to the gospel. We see the difference. There is a big, big difference here. The teachings that are opposed to the gospel is what concerns us. Because it's the gospel that's to reach the world. Ok. And God wants his people to be said, but god isn't just calling people out of babylon as chris talked about last night, he's calling babbling out of his people. He's saying for sake satan's kingdom, principal of selfishness and embrace mine, it's dangerous. It's cancerous 1st saying this form of thinking and come follow me. So in the measure that she glorified herself and live luxuriously, revelation 18 of her 7. Right. Again, this idea of selfishness you make yourself gorgeous, and the kings were doing business in trade with her in the remaining parts of revelation, chapter 18 and the more and over her demise. And it will skip that for time sake, as well. For one hour she came, her great riches came to nothing. Every ship master, all who travelled by ship sailors and as many as trade on the sea stood at a distance. And they cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning saying what is like this great city. So the kings of the earth have attributed their wealth and success to her way of thinking. She's been serving as a storefront for the dragon in his way of doing life. And that's how most commerce, worse today. Selfishness is the name of the game step on anyone's head that you have to, to just advance yourself to do you and get yours. But that's not god's kingdom principal. It's a principle of humility, of other centered, love, of justice and fairness. So in revelation chapter 19, god's bride has made herself ready. She successfully refuse satan's efforts to live herself and chosen to consecrate herself fully to jesus and versus 78. She can be arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteous acts of the sayings. But I want to look at some of these teachings that are so dangerous. I want to give a handful of them just so we can recognize how what we've been talking about over the course of this week is that we are saved by grace, through faith, to the glory of god alone. And that every teaching of the 3 in those messages should be of lifting that beautiful gospel message will in opposition to the gospel. These are the things that are being taught through this system that's on our earth right now. The teaching of eternal torment and purgatory. We've been told that there are countless souls who are going to, who have completely distanced themselves from any form of religion because of this teaching of eternal torment. The god of rosen toast, people for eternity. We do not believe that because the bible says that god is love and that god is just and that god is fair. We reject that teaching. And the other teachings they have is the church controls your, your, your, your destiny. And the problem with that is if the church really controls your destiny, that means that if you're a member of the catholic church or state, but if you're not a member of the catholic church, your last, well, that's troublesome. We don't believe that, right? We don't believe that church membership is what determines someone saving experience. And so what do you do with backslidden members who names are technically on the book, but the not living or righteous life? Well, here comes purgatory. They'll just burn off the bad deeds in the intervening halfway house until they eventually get their way into heaven. But again, this is not a picture of god that's fair or just you can just live a last crazy lifestyle and just pay for it with some physical pain for a while and then get access to heaven. Or that's not a picture of the true gospel of jesus christ. So that's why we're concerned. We're not talking about the people in the movement. We're talking about the teachings of movement, denying the right and example of leadership and marriage that priest cannot marry. They live a life of celibacy that love nuns of a life of celibacy, right? Whenever god said that is not good for man to be alone and there's lessons the world learns through the ministry of marriage. Baptism by sprinkling instead of immersion being baptized by immersion is our testimony by faith. We believe that god is going to raise us from the dead. We fully immersed ourselves and are buried and died to our old life and were raised to newness of life. It's a beautiful gospel teaching and a type of christ ministry, and yet that's removed from the system or by the system, infant. Baptism and consequences is not rod, he's got a beautiful infant back there to beautiful baby, but the teaching is if this babies and sprinkled and something unfortunate happens to it, it will be lost. We do not believe that, right? We don't believe that's a fair picture of god in this character of love, the veneration of saints and of idols, right, idolizing people that people are now raised to an elevated status and you need to pray to saints. You cannot talk to God directly. We do not believe that we believe in the priesthood of all believers that you individually can come into the presence of jesus. You can pray to him yourself and for yourself, and he will not turn you away. The priest for giving since that a man on earth has the ability to forgive your sins and you need to confess to them and not to God, directly to the salt on the daily of swords and of the sanctuary. We don't believe that if you have sinned, you can go straight into the presence of jesus and be forgiven for your sins. Discouraging personal study, the bible for the laity. We strongly encourage personal bible study for laity to read the word of god for yourself to know the word of god for yourself, and that you can hear the voice of god for yourself through that word. The church controls your destiny. We talked about that focus on a man is ahead of the church and denying the priesthood of all believers. Right. Again, something we do not believe, denying liberty of conscience. The revelation. 13 message that we see there is one is absolutely in a front to our personal belief as a protestant denomination and is a protestant nation and a republic. We do not believe that liberty of conscience should be taken from our us citizens, even if they don't believe we believe. If someone was told that they had to go to church on Saturday upon penalty of death, we would protest that message. Because we believe in liberty of conscience that everyone should have the right to choose and make their own decisions. But again, as 7th day adventist christians, we need to make sure that we're not denying our children or people liberty of conscience in the way that we preach and teach our message. Not coercing them, or pressuring them or bullying them if they're not doing what we think they should do. We can reason with people, but we have to give them the ability to make choices. We value choice very highly in this movement and we should practice our own religious principles in that same way. Urging people to serve god out of fear using fear to get people to serve god. We don't believe in that. We talked about that yesterday. In fact, that's one of the 3 angels messages messages. The 1st angel indulgence and paying for your sins, that you can do deeds to prove yourself worthy of forgiveness. We do not believe that we believe you are saved by grace through faith, to the glory of god. Communion and trans substantiation that jesus is crucified repeatedly every time the wafer is broken, we believe jesus was crucified once for all, sin theistic evolution. This is a big one and denying the intrinsic moral value the Human being by denying the creation model. The catholic church ascribed to this idea that I think this is actually more offensive than evolution. Because you are teaching that god created through the means of death of disease and so forth. I do not and will not believe that god only created through perfection and good sin has distorted the world. God did not create through those means we do not believe in fiesta convolution. And so this denies the intrinsic more value to human being. And we can't roll with that changing god's love love to uphold idols, and eventually changing the sabbath and uplifting man's tradition. These are things that deeply trouble us as a protestant church. And this is why in the 3 angels messages many these principles are already laid out. Do you notice that we've been covering a lot of these things have been highlighted in the 3 angels messages. Why? Because god does not want his people drinking the wine of babylon. God doesn't want people last, are believing things that aren't true or that would hinder a healthy view of him. Does that make sense? Many of these things would lead to an unhealthy view of him as we have to deal that directly in the 3 in those messages. So these teaching, too many more have led to a repugnant picture of god that caused a violent reaction against him. Right, the french revolution. We'll talk about this actually here. In revelation chapter 10, revelation chapter 11. The beast out of the bottomless pits, referring to atheism and removing the papacy from power. That whole french revolution in the modern day, atheism are largely birth of the pay out of the people influence in the teachings of the dark ages. This horrible picture of god that was given to the world. So then people said, this is what god is like and there is no god. I don't want to serve him. I don't want to know him. But this is the good news of the 3 angels messages god is not like that. God is way better than you think he is. And he is head over heels in love with you. And once your life, your love and your loyalty, this flies in the face of these teachings that handles better to do. So dark ages, theology rendered people incapable of loving god because they were terrified of them. Right? It led them to hate him, and one cannot truly worship when the heart is filled with abject fear. Which again is why we need to understand what is and what isn't being said in the 1st angels message to fear god and give lord him. Interestingly enough, it's at the height of the dark this that god brings the gospel to luther and the other reformers. But the light shines a bright as when it's needed most, and this is what happened to them comes on. The scene avenue is a mess. Message is best suited to reach moose looms atheist, and to bring healing and freedom, the catholics and protestants alike who have unhealthy pictures of god. This should make you so excited to be a bible believing 7th avenue christian, that we have a message that is the most relevant to the needs of the world. Not that we're better, but that we believe that this message is the best suited to reach a majority of the world's population today. That should excite you. That should help you realize that god in his providence raised up a movement that is a far better connection to the muslims than our protestant brethren. We don't drink alcohol, we don't eat pork, we believe in modesty. We are a people of the book. This is a wedge and entering wedge with our brethren, right? Who believe in US long and our protestants don't have that same ability. They don't have that same connection or potential. So god has raised up our movement to set the record straight when it's needed the most right. This is not about a denomination, this is a prophetic movement of destiny. And we're not being elitist, sir. This is a prophetic movement of destiny that's laid out in scripture, and this message will radically turn this world upside down for jesus. From the grid controversy a prayerful study, the bible would show protestants the real character, the papacy. It would cause them to abhor and to shun it. The teachings, but many are so wise in their own conceit that they feel no need of humbly seeking god that they may be led into the truth. Although priding themselves on their enlightenment, they're ignorant both of the scriptures and of the power of god. They must have some means of quieting their consciences, and they seek that which is the least spiritual and humiliating. Did you hear that? So I want something that makes me feel good, but I don't want something that makes me feel bad. Some of that kind of had this temptation. I want something that's, you know, like why get like a some form of desert. I want something that's good in a bit like it tastes good enough to make me feel good, but nuts i want to. It's unhealthy enough to make me feel good to feel good, but not so unhealthy that it makes me feel bad when there's kind of wrestled with that. Like, you want a little bit of a sweet tree, but you don't want to sugar crash. You're kind of in this, right. Many people are looking for spiritual experience like that. I feel better about myself. I'm a good person. I went to church, i did the thing, but I really don't want to humiliate myself or look myself in the mirror. And so many are looking for, she says, what they desire is a method of for getting god which you'll pass as a method of remembering him. And the papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all of these. It is prepared to quiet is prepared for 2 classes of mankind, embracing miller the whole world. Those who would be stayed by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here is the secret of its power. This is the danger of babylon. This is the danger of its work on this earth. We're told them matthew chapter 24 verse 12. And because lawlessness will about the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the in shelby said, and this gospel, the kingdom of the region, all the world is a witness to all the nations and then the end will come, jesus, even preface this everlasting gospel language, it will seem revolution 14 with this idea of living a other centered, vibrant, love filled life and lack of love in those who are not following god. All right, then we get to 1st john chapter 4. Beloved, let us love one. Another for love is of god and everyone who loves god is born of god. And knows god, he who does not know, love does not know god for god is love. And in this, the love of god is manifested toward us that god has sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him in this is love, not that we love god, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the perpetuation for our sins and beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Does this verse take on a whole different meaning in this big picture context of the controversy? First falling in love with god, and how do we fall in love with god for shown for tells us that we love him because he 1st loved us. And this is why god's message of love is shared with the world through the 3 those messages. They're not going to love gardens live, 1st, know him. And if they know him, they will love him, right? They'll encounter his love 1st. And so I'm going to read 1st going to 13 here. It says that love suffers long and it's kind, it doesn't envy it does not parade itself. It is not puffed up. Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own. It is not selfish, is not provoke, it thinks no evil does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things that believes all things, and hopes all things endures. All things love never fails. That's the promise we're given. And by this will all know that you are my disciples. If you have love for one another, john chapter 15. This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you and greater love has no one in this than to lay down one's life for his friends. So the papacy today and it's roland bible prophecy wasn't birth in a silo. It's the last stop with a train, but it didn't start the train. We need to take a step back and realize from whence it came, and we need to see if any of those traits are in US or have influenced us. Maybe maybe thinking i'm so glad i'm not imbalance. I'm glad I don't believe that crazy stuff. Well, 1st of all, we can be drinking one babbling ourselves. Maybe we don't believe in the Sacramento the veneration of the saints. But are we exalting self or giving you a picture of god that would lead people to reject him? Because if that is the case, we are drinking the wine of babylon. No matter what they were going to church, no matter what type of food we put in our bodies, we can still be prone to drink that wine. Are you seeing this? We need to be self distrustful, humble, godly, loving people. It's very fascinating. Oh, I makes a statement about health reformers and they should be the most winsome, loving people that the world has ever met. But I didn't know about too many of the people that I have met, that were like, whoa, whoa, whoa, in the health message. Some of them were people that were a little you know, prickly and it's, we get so excited about the changes that, that lifestyle can make and there are new beliefs can make and so forth. That sometimes in our zeal we can crush and oppress people. And if we are doing that, we're actually drinking the wine of babylon while trying to proclaim the truth. And that cannot be the spirit of god's people. Are you seeing there? That selfishness, denying people, liberty of consciousness, coersion and force using a fear based message. We cannot do that. This is why I didn't want to beat up the papacy for an hour. That's not my objective at all. I have no desire to say this stuff. We need to tell the truth, but we need to let people see that it's not just about them. And I'm glad enough one of them. The biggest problem, the 70, i'm the church today. You know what it is? It's me. I'm the problem. My selfishness, my agenda, my pride, my preferences, and until each one of us come face to face delay to see a message and acknowledge our role and not being who god it have for us to be and having a spirit of other centered love. We're not going home guys. A spirit of repentance and revival is desperately needed in our church now more than ever. And it's not going to come by being. I'm more right than the other guy. It's about being willing to be overlooked about lifting someone else instead of yourself and having that life of others centered love and only god can give that to you. Can't create that on your own. That's very interesting. And march every 15 in verse 23 that they tried to give jesus wine mixed with vinegar. They were offering him roman wine. It's this insurance are doing this. They're trying to offer jesus roman wine. And jesus refuses it. Jesus refused roman wine to empower you and I to do the same man to live that life of other centered, self sacrificing love. So it says in John 13 reverse one that having loved his own who are in the world, he loved them to the end. Jesus lived out the father's unselfish love to the very end, and it says the 2nd christmas chapter 5 versus $14.00 to $15.00 that jesus died for us so that we would no longer live for ourselves. But for him who died for us, jesus died for you and for me so that we would no longer live for ourselves. But for him who died for us, I want my life to look like that beloved. I want to live a life that truly honors god to put others 1st. They didn't so arrogant and selfish and argumentative and has to be right all the time. I want to be like jesus, i don't want to drink the one of babbling a moment longer. My christian experience, and I don't want my selfishness to mark the message of god's love to this world a moment longer. If that few of you to join with me as we pray a prayer of consecration, lord jesus, god, help us. Lord, we see in our own hearts and in our own lives. We've been selfish and arrogant and unkind even to our own people. Lord, we have arguments. We're roasting each other on the Internet. We're talking gossip in our churches. Lord, we are not reflecting revelation 14 religion and we're sorry god, I pray that you would cover our sins of selfishness with the blood of jesus that you would phyllis with your holy spirit and that we would truly live out heaven's kingdom, principal, self sacrificing, others centered love, this is already dying desire to de lord, and we ask it from our hearts. We ask this now a jesus name in this media was brought to you by audio purse. A website dedicated to spreading god's word through free sermon audio, and much more. If you would like to know more about audio verse for if you would like to listen to more sermon, please visit w W W dot audio verse dot org.

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