Ellen White predicted that a satanic new movement, a new organization, would be formed "among" or within the SDA church, Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204, 205. She said the new movement would "remove God," so we should have no problem with calling the new movement satanic! She prophesied a number of other apostasies the new movement would commit, and every one of those thirteen specifications has been fulfilled. Ellen White scores 1000 percent correct on this prophecy! Who did she copy that from?! What other church could fulfill Revelation 3:9?
If Adventism constituted Philadelphia in 1844, and I believe it did, then God also predicted this satanic new movement as associated with Philadelphia, or Seventh-day Adventism, in Revelation 3:9. The very fact that this new movement has formed "among" professing Seventh-day Adventists, is proof that they were at one time the true church, and that a true remnant will come out of that church to constitute the church triumphant, Isaiah 37:31, 32, while the professing, imposter Seventh-day Adventist church would be brought down to hell:
"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.
We DID NOT add the bracketed portions of the above statement. It is quoted just as it was written by Ellen White. Please not that Ellen White compares the SDA church to a corporate city Capernaum. By this designation she can only mean the entire corporate church and not "individuals" in that church. Ezekiel 5:1-4, agrees with Ellen White's prognosis, wherein three-thirds, or the entire church is destroyed after a remnant escapes. Add to this the fact that Ellen White says that another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 will begin at His Sanctuary-- the people who had great light, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, and you have a serious situation. You have a modern-day counterpart to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and indeed, Ellen White said that catastrophe was a prefigure type of another to come, The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, p. 25.
Revelation 3:9, 10, are two of the most interesting verses of all Scripture and they have been successfully relegated to the halls of obscurity by the ecclesiastical authorities over the ages, and particularly by those of this age. A little reflection and spiritual discernment will make the reason for that obscurity all too plain to see. What church movement is going to confess that it is the Synagogue of Satan?! Omega Ministries has been dealing with these verses for over ten years now, and we have never seen any other ministry explain these important verses. Here are those verses:
"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:9, 10.
The real meaning of these passages is that some imposter movement would claim to be the church triumphant, but would not be, and would indeed be the Synagogue of Satan! Both, Ellen and James White said that Philadelphia, to whom the two verses are written, is the church triumphant. So there will be two different claimants to the church triumphant, or two different factions claiming to be Seventh-day Adventists, while one of those claimants is an imposter.
To assess whether or not we are interpreting aright here, let us go back to the original fulfillment of this Scripture in the time of Christ. There were two churches, two "Jerusalems" if you will, claiming to be the church triumphant: the apostate, organized Jewish church, and another church that had its headquarters also based at Jerusalem, namely the church of Jesus Christ, His disciples and converts. It is important to realize that the apostate Jewish church was never referred to as Babylon, but as Jerusalem, ie. Ezekiel 9!
Philadelphia was the perfect church, the church triumphant, because God had no criticism or reproofs for that church, Revelation 3:7-13. Then there was the Jewish organized church that claimed to be the "chosen people" of God. Two different factions claiming to be "chosen people" of God, and one was an imposter and was indeed the Synagogue of Satan.
Ellen White said that apostate Jerusalem and its destruction (Ezekiel 9), was a prefigure or a type, The Great Controversy, 25. She also said that Ezekiel 9 would again be literally fulfilled, which of course agrees with her "prefigure" "type" statement. This would mean that a very similar anti-typical situation would exist at the end-time--with two claimants to being the chosen church triumphant. The only two factions today who could directly parallel those two churches are apostate Seventh-day Adventism and true Historic Adventism.
The first big clue as to the identity of the imposter claimant is the fact that the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist church admits to being Laodicean, and goes an important step further. It states that Laodicea is the church that goes through to the Kingdom, or the church triumphant. Thank God for Ellen White! Scripture and Ellen White agree. God said in Revelation 3:10, quoted above, that Philadelphia, THE PERFECT CHURCH, would be around to be protected through the worst time of trouble to ever come upon the entire world. That time would, of course, be the time of Jacob's trouble. So God Himself says that Philadelphia will be around and be kept through that time of trouble as the church triumphant. Ellen White labeled the Laodicean church as the foolish virgin church:
"The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, Vol. 2, 420.
"Because thou [Philadelphia] hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10.
It would seem reasonable to assume that if God tells Philadelphia that she will be kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, [The time of Trouble at the end-time] she must be around to be kept through that time.
Isaiah 62:1-5 especially, identify Zion, the subject of the chapter [see verse 1] as the bride of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 62:5 says:
"For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."
We just learned from God's Holy Word that He marries Zion, as His bride. Who is Zion? Hebrews 12:22, 24, answers this crucial question:
"But ye are come unto mount Sion [Zion], and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN [FIRSTFRUITS--Rev. 14:4], which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews 12:22, 23.
We learn from the above scripture that Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Dose Ellen White agree with this interpretation of Zion?
"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called the 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 1911 edition.
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called "the bride, the Lamb's wife." So Zion is more than a CAPITAL and a city, she is also the bride, the Lamb's wife, just as Isaiah 62, says that Zion will be married. Why would Christ marry just a city? That would not make sense would it? Of course not. It says that Zion is the capital, the representative and the bride of the heavenly kingdom of God. Remember that Isaiah 62:2, says that Zion (verse 1) shalt be called by a new name. What new name? Let's go to Revelation 3:12, for the answer:
"...I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is NEW JERUSALEM, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." Rev. 3:12.
We know for sure that Philadelphia is the final remnant generation, because she is told that she will be kept or protected from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
"Because thou [Philadelphia in context] has kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10. Also, the Synagogue of Satan, will worship before thy [Philadelphia's feet]. Also, she is made a pillar in the Temple of God, because she was the only perfect church in the sense that the 144,000 are perfect before God, Revelation 14:1-4. Philadelphia is not faulted on one point. Though she has but little strength, she has "kept my word, and hast not denied my name," Rev. 3:8.
The Remnant as the last generation of men
"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of
the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just
prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the
commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ,
which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of
prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant.
They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the
gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one
foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the
Christian church b Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with
revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for
translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the old paths, where is
the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.
Laodicea makes the tragic mistake of believing that the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3, are literal, successive churches, rather than eras of the church in which various churches met the description of the the various eras. For example, there were many churches that comprised each era of the church. All of the messages, however, applied to each era, as there were overlappings of all the conditions of every message in every era.
Ellen White corroborates this assessment by saying that all of the messages (plural) apply to every church:
"The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages (plural) extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods (eras) in the history of the world." E. G. White, Acts of the Apostles, 585.
"The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 2, 420, col. 1.
"The church [Zion in context] may appear as about to fall [when the bride Zion has to flee to the wilderness], but it does not fall. It remains [the only church that remains is Zion, the 144,000], while sinners IN ZION will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the LOYAL AND TRUE, WITHOUT SPOT OR STAIN OF SIN, WITHOUT GUILE IN THEIR MOUTHS [the 144,000 Revelation 14:1-5.].... The REMNANT that purify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy." E.G White, Letter B -- 55 -- 1886, pp. 6, 7.
This describes Zion, the church triumphant, the
faithful remnant final generation, the 144,000, from which the sinners are
shaken. Sinners do not have to ever be members of Zion in order to be shaken
out of Zion, any more than the fallen churches of 1844, had to be members of
Philadelphia Zion, in order to be shaken out of the heavenly Zion Kingdom church,
by rejecting Zion's message. The entire world will not have to be a member of
the heavenly Jerusalem, in order to be shaken out of that kingdom by the loud
cry of the bride of Jesus Christ.
The tares are gathered into the midst of apostate Jerusalem, Ezekiel 22:17-31. This is precisely what happened in the type in 70 A.D. Ellen White said that was a prefigure which is a type! Zion is the remnant that go forth OUT OF APOSTATE JERUSALEM, Isaiah 37:31, 32. This remnant is also the Third Angel who selects, seals and binds the wheat for the heavenly garner:
"I then saw the THIRD ANGEL. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner." E.G. White, Early Writings, 118.
"The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message WAS NOT to be committed to the religious leaders of the people." E.. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, 199, 200.
"The third angel's message will not be comprehended, the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light, by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory." E.G. White, Review and Herald, 5-27-1890, p. 321.