A Review of Ulicia Ulrike Unruh’s Interpretation of Ezekiel Chapters 1-9

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Dear Reader,

Many SDA’s are teaching their own personal opinion theology in contradiction to Scripture, Ellen White and even their own SDA Bible Commentary, compiled by 35 SDA Biblical scholars before 1957, when there were a few stalwart leaders left in the church that were telling the truth.

In this document, I will present the treatise of Ulicia Unruh, who is the wife of an SDA minister.  Her husband is the minister of an SDA church in Alberta, Canada (as of March 2008).  I also prepared this document for Bill Munsell.  His questions are addressed within this study. Here is Ulicia’s treatise and then my response. [Note: For a more thorough refutation of Ulicia’s  and the SDA Bible Commentary’s interpretation of Ezekiel 9, see the following link.

 

http://omega77.tripod.com/ezekiel9one.htm

 

Ezekiel a Mirror By Ulicia Unruh

NOW consider this—

Much in the prophecies to ancient Israel is actually "mirrored" in end time prophecies.

Take for example – Elijah prays for fire to come down from heaven to prove God is God. In the end, the two beasts of Rev. 13 have fire come down from heaven to prove their false worship. In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel THE CALL WAS TO SUBMIT TO BABYLON!

***BIBLE QUOTE***

Jer. 7:12 I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. 27:13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 27:14 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.

***END BIBLE QUOTE***

In the end time the call is to COME OUT of Babylon.

In the type, Jerusalem is destroyed and Babylon is the conqueror. In end, Babylon is destroyed and God's people are delivered.

Ron responds:  God says that judgment begins at Jerusalem.  Ezekiel 9.  Ellen White says that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled again.  End Ron’s comment.

In the type Jerusalem and all the nations resisted Babylon the ruthless conqueror who subjected them against their will.

In the end everyone will be flocking to Babylon, seeing in her the answer to all the secularism, trouble and fear in the world.

In the type Babylon was considered the "heathen conqueror" ruthlessly subjecting others to herself.

In the end Babylon will be considered as the liberator and restorer in a world of secular, atheistic, terror stricken, God denying mentality, they will see Babylon as bringing the world BACK TO GOD AND HIS WORSHIP -- to peace!

In the type Babylon was a heathen nation.

In the end Babylon is apostate Christianity.

Ron responds:  True, in the end Babylon is apostate Christianity, including the apostate SDA church militant as a sister to fallen Babylon.  End Ron’s comment.

When the shaking comes and the world is "in fear of things coming upon the earth" and Babylon calls (with civic penalties) for all to return to "worship" and "save the nation", unconsecrated SDA members will leave the Seventh-day Church and set up their altars and sanctuaries under the umbrella of THE RELIGIOUS BABYLON. They will not then be Seventh-day Adventists, but will erase SEVENTH-DAY from their banner.

Ron’s Comments:  The bad do not leave the SDA church militant.  The church will keep going after the Sunday Law. Proof of this will be given in the main body of my responses to Ulicia Unruh.  End Ron’s comment.

All who go to Babylon will die with Babylon.

The final war is not against the apostate church, it is against the true church -- Seventh-day Adventists -- it is against SEVENTH DAY -- the SEVENTH-DAY Sabbath.

Ron’s Comment:  God’s final judgments begin at His house, His sanctuary, Ezekiel 9.  The bad are gathered into the midsts of Jerusalem, the apostate church, Ezekiel 22:17-31.  The same author of Ezekiel 9, authored Ezekiel 22.  It is one of the cherished errors of professing Seventh-day Adventism that the bad will be shaken out of the SDA church militant.  The bad are shaken out of the SDA church triumphant when it is taken to the wilderness and gives the Loud Cry from wilderness outposts, Ezekiel 20:34-38. End Ron’s Comments.

Those who fall in the terrible slaughter of Ezek. 9 are those who left the Seventh-day Adventist Church, those whose lives were never really committed to truth and sanctification in Christ, -- they will end up renouncing "Seventh-day" as part of their beliefs, they move out of the SDA church, and pitched their "sanctuaries" under the canopy of Babylon— they, ESPECIALLY THEY who once KNEW the truth will fall when the world turns against the spiritual leaders who did not tell them the truth and led them into Babylon.

Ron’s Comments:  In what Ellen White terms the prefigure, the last fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, A.D. 70 (p. 25, The Great Controversy), the good left the bad.  So it will be in the antitypical fulfillment of that type (prefigure).  End Ron’s Comments.

Ezekiel 38 sees the great battle and the church is NOT destroyed –

Ron’s Comment:  Ezekiel 38 and 39 are both conditional upon obedience prophesies.  They are prophesies respecting a future glory of Israel and Jerusalem conditional to obedience.  These prophesies have a future application in respect to the SDA church triumphant.  The SDA church militant has, since Ellen White’s demise, misapplied favorable promises made to the SDA church triumphant, to the SDA church militant—the co-ed wheat and tare church. End Ron’s Comment.

God deliverers them. The battle continues after the 1000 years, Jerusalem stands in her eternal glory, with all the saints of all ages, and Babylon of all ages, is destroyed, root and branch.

Ron’s Comment: God delivers the SDA church triumphant remnant who appears as about to fall when they are surrounded out in the wilderness. It is During the Time of Jacob's Trouble That the Church Triumphant Appears as About to Fall but Does not Fall

"The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet as the time of Jacob's trouble.... Jacob's night of anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of God's people in the time of trouble....Jacob's company, unarmed and defenseless, SEEMED ABOUT TO FALL HELPLESS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND SLAUGHTER." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition), p. 616.

The above statement is the true context of the following statement that has long been misinterpreted and misapplied by SDA leaders:

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat....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, Selected Messages, Bk. 2, 380.

It is obvious from the above statement and from common sense that any church that does not fall is the church triumphant. A few other items are obvious from the above statement:

Zion is the REMNANT. Zion is the church triumphant, not the church militant. This is also borne out by the following Scripture: "But ye are come unto mount Sion (A version of 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, 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.

It is Zion, the church triumphant and not the church militant that appears as about to fall, but does not. Zion is the remnant that purifies their souls by obeying the truth amid surrounding apostasy. Zion is a heavenly church Kingdom. The sinners are shaken out of the heavenly church Kingdom, not an earthly church organization. Just men made perfect must refer to the church triumphant. Zion is the firstborn or the firstfruits. Revelation 14:1-4, identifies the FIRSTFRUITS AS THE 144,000. Mount Zion in the heavenly Jerusalem city, is the general assembly and church of the FIRSTBORN, [FIRSTFRUITS] that are written in heaven, and it consists of the spirits of just men made perfect. This is the church triumphant. This is the heavenly kingdom church from which and by which sinners are shaken, (Matthew 13:41-49). This heavenly kingdom church has earthly representatives in the form of the bride of Jesus Christ, or the 144,000, which are the bride and not the guests of the heavenly kingdom. Notice:

"The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lambs wife.'....Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition, p. 426-427. The people of God are symbolized by the ten virgins, the church militant, while the representatives of the Kingdom are the bride. The bride, the 144,000, are not the guests, and the guests are not the bride at a wedding.

How do we Know That the 144,000 are the Bride of Christ? We know that the 144,000 are the Bride and not the guests, from the following statement which defines the REMNANT:

"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...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 by 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, [historic Adventism] where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them'" E.G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, p. 26.

Ellen White Further Distinguishes The Bride From the Guests by Saying That the Bride Awakens the Guests, the Ten Virgins

"Lingering near the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay [Since 1844]. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep.

At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers, [all those ten virgins slept--Matt. 25:5] suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession [of the bride--in context] moving on, bright with torches and glad with music [the torch of truth and the Song of Moses and the Lamb, that overcoming is possible]. They hear the voice of the bridegroom AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil [character--overcoming]. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency..... The five with lighted lamps joined the throng and entered the house with the bridal train, and the door was shut." E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 405, 406.

If the ten virgins are awakened by the VOICE OF THE BRIDE, then the bride is a different entity. She is Zion, the earthly representative of the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the church triumphant. She is the church from which and by which the unrepentant sinners are shaken.

Ellen White Says That the Church Triumphant Co-Exists With the Church Militant in Order to Come to the Aid of the Church Militant

"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E.G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903. "Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.

The professing SDA church once church militant has made that great mistake; that greatly cherished error.  For more of the same evidences see:  http://omega77.tripod.com/churAATFall.htm  End of Ron’s comments.

End of Ulicia Unruh’s Treatise.

Ron Beaulieu’s Main Response to Ulicia Ulrike Unruh

In the end, Babylon is apostate Christianity as Ulicia Unruh says.  That is about as far as she understands it.  Ulicia seems totally uninformed that her own SDA leading Bible scholars and Ellen White as well, said that Ezekiel 9 has another literal fulfillment.

 

It must be remembered as a historic fact that none of the original Bible manuscripts had chapter headings. Those were supplied.  What does that mean in our study of Ezekiel, chapters 1-22?  It means that all pertinent data will have another fulfillment.  Ezekiel, chapters 1-9, for example, are the reasons for all the destructions of Jerusalem, including the last one by Rome in A.D. 70, recorded in the first chapter of The Great Controversy by Ellen White.

 

Ulicia Unruh interprets Ezekiel chapters 1-9, as though they applied only historically.  That is a major error of hers that contradicts Scripture, SDA Bible scholars, and Ellen White.

 

Notice Ulicia’s words to me:

 

"You speak of Ezekiel 5:9 -- The terrible thing God will do -- However, read it carefully -- This prophecy is concerning the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar's armies. Verse 9 says "I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again." Again it reiterates the THREE FATES of the people during the siege and fall of the city to Neb's armies in Verse 13: 1. One third shall die of the pestilence and be consumed in your midst 2. One third shall fall by the sword 3. One third will scatter to all the winds and I will draw out a sword after them. The time of trouble such as never was, is not the same. Ezekiel 5:9 itself says it cannot be the same."

 

Clearly, Ulicia is saying that Ezekiel’s prophesies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, applied only anciently to Nebuchadnezzar’s exploits, and have nothing to do with Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and/or the time of trouble such as never was (Matthew 24:21) at the end of time.  In fact, she specifically says that Ezekiel 5:9 cannot refer to the end-time.  Let’s analyze this a bit further.

  1. Ezekiel 5:9 says:  And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.  
  2. In the above verse God does the worse thing to Jerusalem He ever does or ever will do again.
  3. The SDA Bible Commentary says that destruction has another future fulfillment.  Ellen White says that verse will be literally fulfilled.  That fulfillment will be the worst thing God ever did or ever will do again.
  4. If the ancient destructions by Nebuchadnezzar were the worst thing that would ever happen to Jerusalem, that makes the Bible contradict itself, because the worse destruction of Jerusalem anciently was in A.D. 70, when it was plowed as a field—totally destroyed. But even that was not as bad as the entire world being destroyed at the end-time, beginning at His church, His sanctuary, Jerusalem.
  5. It also contradicts Ellen White, because she said that A.D. 70 destruction was a symbol, even a prefigure (type) of what will occur at the end of the world, beginning at His Church, His Sanctuary.
  6. How do we confirm from Scripture that Ellen White was correct?  Here’s proof positive:  The following verse Christ applied to the Jews in His day.  In other words, the following words applied to the future destruction of Jerusalem that was future to Christ’s time on this earth:

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:15-22.

Obviously, the prophesy was twofold, just like Ezekiel’s prophesy of chapter 5:9 was twofold, because God did not do the worst thing He would ever do to Jerusalem at Nebuchadnezzar’s destructions of Jerusalem, and neither did God do the worst thing He would ever do to Jerusalem at the Roman destruction in A.D. 70!  The worst destruction of apostate spiritual Jerusalem, His Church, His Sanctuary, the House of Jacob, was to begin at His church, His sanctuary at His destruction of the world at the end-time.

 “Jesus, looking down to the last generation, saw the world involved in a deception similar to that which caused the destruction of Jerusalem. The great sin of the Jews was their rejection of Christ; the great sin of the Christian world would be their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government in heaven and earth. The precepts of Jehovah would be despised and set at nought. Millions in bondage to sin, slaves of Satan, doomed to suffer the second death, would refuse to listen to the words of truth in their day of visitation. Terrible blindness! strange infatuation! The Great Controversy, p. 22, 23, 1911 edition.

  1. Ellen White not only said that Jesus saw the world involved in a deception similar to that which caused the destruction of Jerusalem, but she went further to say that the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, was a prefigure of the destruction of the world at the end-time which begins at His Church, His Sanctuary.

“The future was mercifully veiled from the disciples. Had they at that time fully comprehend the two awful facts--the Redeemer's sufferings and death, and the destruction of their city and temple--they would have been overwhelmed with horror. Christ presented before them an outline of the prominent events to take place before the close of time. His words were not then fully understood; but their meaning was to be unfolded as His people should need the instruction therein given. The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning; while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day.

Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah.

Unmistakable signs would precede the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Saviour warned His followers: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains." Matthew 24:15, 16; Luke 21:20, 21.

When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, those who would escape must make no delay.

Throughout the land of Judea, as well as in Jerusalem itself, the signal for flight must be immediately obeyed. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down into his house, even to save his most valued treasures. Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 25, 26.

8.      So the prophesy concerning the Ezekiel, chapters 1-9 destruction of Jerusalem, including the one in A.D. 70, by Rome, the greatest destruction of all; the most complete destruction, was a symbolic prefigure of the destruction of the world at the end-time but beginning at His (God’s) Church, His Sanctuary.

Begin at My Sanctuary -- "Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus 'Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211. 

9.      The beginning of the chapter, p. 207, from which the above statement is taken, begins by quoting Ezekiel 9, and Ezekiel 9 is addressed solely to Jerusalem, not the fallen churches of Babylon.

10.  The church—the Lord’s sanctuary, does not mean Babylon!  SDA’s are those to whom God had given great light. The House of Jacob does not designate Babylon.  

11.  This is the tie-in with the church and the end-time “worst thing” (Ezk. 5:9) that God ever does, cf. Matthew 24:21, with Ezekiel, chapters 1-9, that Ulicia Unruh and all other SDA’s have failed to see.

Ezekiel 5:9 and on applies to spiritual Jerusalem at the end-time in addition to its ancient applications.  Ezekiel 9 applies to spiritual Jerusalem in apostasy, the omega of apostasy, which Ellen White said would surely develop and wax stronger until Jesus comes: 

 "One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time. We need now larger breadth, and deeper, more earnest, unwavering faith in the leadings of the Holy Spirit. If we needed the manifest proof of the Holy Spirit's power to confirm truth in the beginning, after the passing of the time, we need to-day all the evidence in the confirmation of the truth, when souls are departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. There must not be any languishing of soul now." (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 57). 

Ellen White said it right.  A.D. 70 was a prefigure, symbolizing the destruction of the world, but beginning at His sanctuary, His church, those who had been blessed with great light, the House of Jacob, the SDA church militant.  Not the SDA church triumphant which leaves the apostate SDA church militant, because Ellen White said it's omega of apostasy would surely develop, and wax stronger until Jesus comes.  She said that church would be bringing every uncouth thing into its camp meetings JUST BEFORE PROBATION CLOSES.  No time for character development then. 

She also said that Laodicea is the foolish virgin state of the church and SDA leaders are saying that Laodicea goes through to the Kingdom.  I believe God and Ellen White.

The SDA Bible Commentary says the following in its commentary on Ezekiel 9, which agrees with Matthew 24:14-21:

 

"The vision had primary reference to the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.  It will have another fulfillment during the closing scenes of this world's history.  It parallels closely the visions of Rev. 7:15; 16.  The distinguishing mark in Revelation is 'the seal of God' and, like the mark in Ezekiel, is based on character qualifications.  God places His mark of approval upon all who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, reflect the image of Jesus (see COL 67).  This stamp of approbation has been likened to God's mark of ownership, as though God inscribes upon those who qualify for citizenship in His Kingdom His name and address--'God, New Jerusalem.'" (TM 446). SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 606.

 

The real clincher tie-in of Ezekiel’s prophesies to the end-time, is that Jesus Himself applied Ezekiel 9 to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, in Matthew 24:15.  Right along with that prophecy is verse Matthew 24:21, where He describes the greatest tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no or ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened, verse 22.

 

So Jesus is saying that Matthew 24 applied to A.D. 70, the worst tribulation ever to be, as well as at the end-time.  Dennis Kean applies Matthew 24 to the Dark Ages ONLY.  That is fallacious, because Jesus was speaking to the Jews very specifically in verse 2, when He said that not one stone would be left upon another.  That occurred in A.D. 70, not the Dark Ages.  But the prophecy also was obviously an intended prefigure (type) of the destruction of the world at the end-time, just as Ellen White said, because that is really when the greatest tribulation comes upon the whole earth, and not only Jerusalem, the apostate church, but that is where it all begins.

 

So Ulicia Unruh is in disagreement even with the 35 SDA Bible scholars who wrote the SDA Bible Commentary.  Sure, Ezekiel is speaking of Nebuchadnezzar's destructions of Jerusalem, but Jesus, Ellen White and the SDA BC, say that there will be another fulfillment!  The destructions of Jerusalem which Ezekiel mentions all involved the destructions not only by Nebuchadnezzar, but by Rome in A.D. 70, as well as Jesus’ application of Matthew 24:15-22, to the end-time.  All past destructions were a prefigure of the Ezekiel 9 slaughter beginning at His Sanctuary and ending with the world at the end-time.

 

Concerning Ezekiel 5 and 5:9, which involved Nebuchadnezzar's destructions of Jerusalem, as well as by Rome in A.D. 70, were they the worse thing that God ever did or ever again will do?  Of course not!  The judgment of Ezekiel 9 begins at God's Sanctuary.  This is another area in which Ulicia Unruh and all SDA’s are clearly confused.  She and they are not able to relate how the destructions of Ezekiel, chapters 1-9, could relate to Matthew 24:21 at the end-time because that destruction involves the world!  That seems to throw Ulicia Unruh and her fellow apostate Adventists off.  

 

But the fact that most SDA's miss, as does Ulicia Unruh, is that it all BEGINS AT HIS SANCTUARY, THE CHURCH.  She does not realize that the visible SDA church will continue after the Sunday Law, though it should not, to be around as a corporate body for destruction as the first subject (object) of the general destruction.

The apostate SDA church has built up a historic reputation now, for defaulting into apostasy when any crunch (trial) comes along.  Here is a brief account of some of that historical choice:

  1. Accepted the Accreditation Standards of the World in order to pursue the academic curriculum of the world, rather than use its educational facilities for their original purpose, the training of missionaries to take the gospel to the world.
  2. Accepting the world's Accreditation Standards, effectively married the church to the world and mammon.  Worldly education qualified SDA's for mammon (money) making, money worship.
  3. Accepted the Trinity doctrine, which Rome calls her central doctrine, and which is opposed to Ellen White's description of the Three Persons of the Godhead.
  4. In 1957, a young man, Walter Martin, comes along and threatens SDA leaders by saying he will call SDA's a cult in his forthcoming book, Kingdom of the Cults.  The leaders proceeded to bend to Martin's demands.  Ministry magazine began to contradict Ellen White flat out saying that Christ had the nature of Adam before the fall.  This was heresy.  Ellen White said that a correct knowledge of the truth clusters around one's belief about the human nature of Christ.
  5. In the late 1950’s, SDA leaders joined the Hungarian Council of Free Churches as a full member.  About 1500 members protested and were barred from the church they had helped built.  Neal C. Wilson, SDA GC President at the time, said that it would have been better if the church had not so joined that council, but the church continued in liaison with similar councils of Churches in various countries of the world.  According to Isaiah 8:9-13 and Jeremiah 11:9-13, this act of conspiring with God’s enemies constitutes unpardonable sin to the church and involves such to all supporting SDA church members know of this apostasy.
  6. Martin bade the leaders to prove their Evangelicalism by joining the associations, councils and confederacies of Babylon.  The church obliged.  This constituted unpardonable sin, Jer. 11:9-15.  Isaiah 8:9-13.
  7. In the 1980's Russia made a law that SDA children must attend school on Sabbath.  SDA Church headquarters sanctioned disobedience to God's law and instructed the parents to send their children to school on Sabbath.  True reformer SDA's in Russia, went underground and suffered much not to obey that law of Caesar which was against God's law.  One SDA woman was sent to prison in Siberia.  She was given powerful mind altering drugs.  They had no effect on her whatsoever.  The Government officials became scared and quit administering them to her.  Another SDA reform man spend years in prison for the defense of the true reformer faith.
  8. The above account accords with Ezekiel’s account in Chapter 8, as to why Ezekiel 9 occurs.  In that chapter, 25 men have their backs to the wall of the Temple, worshipping the sun.  SDA’s have done this and will do it again.  Not so “strangely,” the church leaders have a  committee of 25 men at Headquarters in Washington D.C.
  9. Ellen White said that SDA leaders will tell its people to keep Sunday when that crunch comes to the church.  So does God in Ezekiel 8, which is just one of the reasons for another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9.  The twenty-five men in Ezekiel 9, with their backs to the Temple, worshipping the sun, is proof that SDA leaders will follow suit.
  10. This history of defaulting to an apostate, disobedient stance will accompany one more huge apostasy at the end, at the time of the National Sunday Law, when SDA leaders will tell their members to keep Sunday: 

"The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers, will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.  

I asked God to show me where Ellen White got the above

Information.  He showed me Ezekiel 8:16, as follows: 

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.  

All Ellen White’s statements about possibility of the church becoming Babylon or not, must be reconciled with all of the above facts.

Ellen White’s Application of Matthew 24 to the Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 

We have explored how Ellen White said that the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, was a prefigure symbolization of the destruction of the world at the end-time, beginning at His church, His sanctuary, the House of Jacob, so let’s see how Ellen White applied Matthew 24 to both A.D. 70 and at the end-time. 

"When He [Christ] referred to the destruction of Jerusalem, His prophetic words reached beyond that even to the final conflagration in that day when the Lord shall rise out of His place to punish for their iniquity, when the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.  This entire discourse was given, not for the disciples only, but for those who should live in the last scenes of this earth's history."  E.G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 628. 

   Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah. Unmistakable signs would precede the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Saviour warned his followers: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth let him understand), then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains." [MATT. 24:15, 16.] When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, judgment was to follow so quickly that those who would escape must make no delay. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down through his house into the street; but he must speed his way from roof to roof until he reach the city wall, and be saved "so as by fire." Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction. {4SP 26.2}

 

The Sunday Law will be an idolatrous standard--Satan's seal or standard; his sign of his authority.

 

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}

 

     "As the approach of the Roman armies was a sign to the disciples of the impending destruction of Jerusalem, so may this apostasy be a sign to us that the limit of God's forbearance is reached, that the measure of our nation's iniquity is full, and that the angel of mercy is about to take her flight, never to return. The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress which prophets have described as the time of Jacob's trouble. The cries of the faithful, persecuted ones ascend to heaven. And as the blood of Abel cried from the ground, there are voices also crying to God from martyrs' graves, from the sepulchers of the sea, from mountain caverns, from convent vaults: "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" {5T 451.2}

 

It is no time now for God's people to be fixing their affections or laying up their treasure in the world. The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation in the decree enforcing the papal sabbath will be a warning to us. It will then be time to leave the large cities, preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes in secluded places among the mountains. And now, instead of seeking expensive dwellings here, we should be preparing to move to a better country, even a heavenly. Instead of spending our means in self-gratification, we should be studying to economize. Every talent lent of God should be used to His glory in giving the warning to the world. God has a work for His colaborers to do in the cities. Our missions must be sustained; new missions must be opened. To carry forward this work successfully will require no small outlay. Houses of worship are needed, where the people may be invited to hear the truths for this time. For this very purpose, God has entrusted a capital to His stewards. Let not your property be tied up in worldly enterprises, so that this work shall be hindered. Get your means where you can handle it for the benefit of the cause of God. Send your treasures before you into heaven. {5T 464.3}

 

     The Lord is doing His work. All heaven is astir. The Judge of all the earth is soon to arise and vindicate His insulted authority. The mark of deliverance will be set upon the men who keep God's commandments, who revere His law, and who refuse the mark of the beast or of his image. {5T 451.3}

 

     God has revealed what is to take place in the last days, that His people may be prepared to stand against the tempest of opposition and wrath. Those who have been warned of the events before them are not to sit in calm expectation of the coming storm, comforting themselves that the Lord will shelter His faithful ones in the day of trouble. We are to be as men waiting for their Lord, not in idle expectancy, but in earnest work, with unwavering faith. It is no time now to allow our minds to be engrossed with things of minor importance. While men are sleeping, Satan is actively arranging matters so that the Lord's people may not have mercy or justice. The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending. Its professions are mild and apparently Christian, but when it shall speak it will reveal the spirit of the dragon. It is our duty to do all in our power to avert the threatened danger. We should endeavor to disarm prejudice by placing ourselves in a proper light before the people. We should bring before them the real question at issue, thus interposing the most effectual protest against measures to restrict liberty of conscience. We should search the Scriptures and be able to give the reason for our faith. Says the prophet: "The wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." {5T 452.1}

 

Linking Matthew 24 to Ezekiel 9

 

What proofs do we have linking Ezekiel 9 with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70?

 

  1. Jesus forewarned the Jews of the impending destruction of Jerusalem in Matthew 24:15.
  2. The destruction Jesus spoke of was future to His tenure on earth.
  3. 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Matthew 24: 1, 2.
  4. Jesus gathered out of the apostate Jewish church all who would be saved, Desire of Ages, 232.  They received the seal (mark) of the man in linen, Ezekiel 9.
  5. A Remnant taken in his skirts.  Ezekiel 5 speaks of a remnant that was protected in all of the destructions of Jerusalem.  3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. Ezekiel 5:3.  This few were the faithful bride of Christ, the remnant of that generation.  The implication of the language is marriage, those bound for the heavenly garner, as Jesus gathered out the remnant and bound them in His skirts.
  6. The destruction was to be because of Jerusalem’s abominations.  Ezekiel 8 lists some of those abominations as does Ezekiel 5.

 

“In the autumn of A.D. 66, Cestius next concentrated his entire force upon Jerusalem.  He arrived during the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, and although it was Sabbath, the Jews abandoned their religious rites and rushed out to attack Cestius’ troops.  To the amazement of both Romans and Jews, they broke the Roman ranks.  Indeed, Josephus declares that only a flank attack by a force of footmen and cavalry saved Cestius’ forces.  More than 500 Roman soldiers were killed whereas the Jews lost only 22 men (War ii. 198, 2 [519]).  At this point Agrippa sent an embassy to the Jews; their reaction was to attack his representatives, killing one and wounding the other.  Encouraged by a promise of the royalist party in Jerusalem to open the gates for him, Cestius then gathered his troops to a fresh assault, and penetrated as far as the north wall of the Temple.  Then an astounding thing happened: Cestius withdrew his troops, and placed himself strategically in such a poor position among the Judean hills that the Jews were able to attack him and kill more than 5,000 infantry and nearly 500 cavalry, including many officers, as well as to capture much materiel.  

A Lull in the Storm.—The defeat and withdrawal of Cestius gave many of the conservative Jews a chance to flee from Jerusalem.  Some of them joined Agrippa, others sought quiet in country places, and still others left the country entirely.  It was at this time that the Christians in Jerusalem fled in accordance with the warning of Jesus recorded in Matt. 24:15-19.  According to Eusebius, the 4th-century historian, the Christians in Jerusalem had been warned by prophets before the war began that they should leave the doomed city and find refuge at Pella in Peraea.  They now took this opportunity to make good their escape (Ecclesiastical History iii. 5, 3).” SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, 74, 75.

  1. The works of Flavius Josephus, an eyewitness historian who wrote an account of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, said that the Roman began their destruction at the Sanctuary (Temple) and then destroyed the city proper of Jerusalem.
  2. Ezekiel 9:6 says:  6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.
  3. Ellen White said that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled and begins at His Sanctuary.  She ties Ezekiel 9 directly in with Matthew 24 in the following statement:

 

“Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah. Unmistakable signs would precede the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Saviour warned his followers: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth let him understand), then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains." [MATT. 24:15, 16.] When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning sign should be seen, judgment was to follow so quickly that those who would escape must make no delay. He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down through his house into the street; but he must speed his way from roof to roof until he reach the city wall, and be saved "so as by fire." Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction.” {4SP 26.2}

 

1.     Ellen White said: “Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

2.     Ezekiel 9 says:  6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.

3.     Ezekiel 9 says: 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

4.     Ellen White said:  

 

"The Lord would teach man the lesson though united in church capacity, he is not saved until the seal of God is placed upon him." E.G. White Comments, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 969. 

"Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those 'that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the church.' Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 266-267. 

"In every nation whosoever believes with all his heart in the Lord Jesus is accepted of God. Here, truly, is the church, out[side] of which no one can be saved." The Great Controversy,  p. 181. 

1. Sighing and crying for all the abominations that be done in the church is a condition for being sealed by the mark of the man in linen, yet when we sigh and cry for those abominations, it is dubbed by the apostate leaders as forming a hollow square and turning our guns on the church militant.  Who do you believe friend?  Is the church committing abominations for which we are to sigh and cry?  Are we forming a hollow square and

 

My brethren, you need to study more carefully the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. This chapter marks out the only course that we can follow with safety . . The prophet receives this word from the Lord—a message startling in its clearness and force:  ‘Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’ Though they are called the people of God, the house of Jacob, though they profess to be linked with God in obedience and fellowship, they are far from Him. Wonderful privileges and promises have been given to them, but they have betrayed their trust. With no words of flattery must the message be given them. ‘Show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’ Show them where they are making a mistake. Set their danger before them. Tell them of the sins they are committing, while at the same time they pride themselves on their righteousness. Apparently seeking God, they are forgetting Him, forgetting that He is a God of love and compassion, long suffering and goodness, dealing justly and loving mercy. Worldly policy has come into their business and religious life. Their hearts are not purified through the truth. God looks on their outward ceremonies of humility as a solemn mockery. He regards all religious sham as an insult to Himself.”—E.G. White, Letter 76, 1902;  SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1149 [italics hers].

 

When we do the above with all the love we can muster with the aid of the Holy Spirit, we are accused of the following:

 

“When men arise, claiming to have a message from God, but instead of warring against principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world, they form a hollow square, and turn the weapons of warfare against the church militant, be afraid of them. They do not bear the divine credentials. God has not given them any such burden of labor. They would tear down that which God would restore by the Laodicean message. He wounds only that He may heal, not cause to perish. The Lord lays upon no man a message that will discourage and dishearten the church. He reproves, He rebukes, He chastens; but it is only that He may restore and approve at last. How glad my heart was made by the report from the General Conference that many hearts were softened and subdued, that many made humble confessions, and cleared away from the door of the heart the rubbish that was keeping the Saviour out. How glad I was to know that many welcomed Jesus in as an abiding guest. How is it that these pamphlets denouncing the Seventh-day Adventist Church as Babylon [SEE APPENDIX.] were scattered abroad everywhere, at the very time when that church was receiving the outpouring of the Spirit of God? How is it that men can be so deceived as to imagine that the loud cry consists in calling the people of God out from the fellowship of a church that is enjoying a season of refreshing? Oh, may these deceived souls come into the current, and receive the blessing, and be endued with power from on high. {TM 23}

 

Satan is working in many ways, that the very men who ought to preach the message may be occupied with fine-drawn theories which he will cause to appear of such magnitude and importance as to fill the whole mind; and while they think they are making wonderful strides in experience, they are idolizing a few ideas, and their influence is injured, and tells but little on the Lord's side. {1SM 179.1

 

2. Is ecumenical involvement with Babylon, in violation of Isaiah 8:9-13, the first and second angel’s messages, and the Midnight Cry light, merely a “fine-drawn theory,” of little magnitude and importance?  

3. When God says three times that those who make this violation will be broken in pieces, is this a minor violation of a serious command by God? Isa. 8:9-13.

4. "The peculiar work of the third angel has not been seen in its importance. God meant that His people should be far in advance of the position which they occupy today. But now, when the time has come for them to spring into action, they have the preparation to make. When the National Reformers [the title of the ecumenical movement before it became the Federal Council of Churches in 1908, and then the World Council of Churches, in 1948) began to urge measures to restrict religious liberty, our leading men should have been alive to the situation and should have labored earnestly to counteract these efforts. It is not in the order of God that light has been kept from our people--the very present truth which they needed for this time. Not all our ministers who are giving the third angel's message really understand what constitutes that message. The National Reform [Ecumenical] movement has been regarded by some as of so little importance that they have not thought it necessary to give much attention to it and have even felt that in so doing they would be giving time to questions distinct from the third angel's message [the Everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14]. May the Lord forgive our brethren for thus interpreting the very message for this time." E.G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 714, 715.

5.  Based on the above statement, are we majoring in minor fine-drawn theories that tell little on the Lord’s side?

6.  Dear friend, read the penalty for violation of the three angel’s messages in Rev. 14:10, 11,  and decide if it is a minor infraction to violate any of the three angel’s messages.

There are those who pick out from the Word of God, and also from the Testimonies, detached paragraphs or sentences that may be interpreted to suit their ideas, and they dwell upon these, and build themselves up in their own positions, when God is not leading them. Here is your danger.{1SM 179.3}

 

7. Have SDA leaders used Ellen White’s statements on Babylon totally out of context since her death in 1915, to suggest that no matter what the church does it is still going through?

 

Have SDA leaders picked out from the Testimonies, detached paragraphs or sentences that my be interpreted to suit their ideas, and have they dwelt upon these to build themselves up in their own positions when God is not leading them? 


You will take passages in the Testimonies that speak of the close of probation, of the shaking among God's people, and you will talk of a coming out from this people of a purer, holier people that will arise. Now all this pleases the enemy. We should not needlessly take a course that will make differences or create dissension. We should not give the impression that if our particular ideas are not followed, it is because the ministers are lacking in comprehension and in faith, and are walking in darkness.{1SM 179.4}

 

8. Ellen White gave a number of conditional statements as to how the church could become a part of Babylon.  What if it can be proven that those statements have been fulfilled?  Would there then be the necessity of another coming out?  

9. What if it can be proven that the New Movement (1SM 204-5) has “removed God?”

10.  Why is the important word “needlessly” overlooked in the above statement?

11.  Is it giving our particular ideas if we quote God and Ellen White, wherein they both say that the watchmen are “dumb-dogs who will never again bark to show God’s people their sins?”  Isaiah 56:10-12 and Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

Your mind has been on an unnatural strain for a long time. You have much truth, precious truth, but mingled with suppositions. Your extreme ideas and strong language often destroy the effect of your best efforts. Should many accept the views you advance, and talk and act upon them, we would see one of the greatest fanatical excitements that has ever been witnessed among Seventh-day Adventists. This is what Satan wants. {1SM 179.5}

 

12.  Where are the “suppositions” in our warning message?

13.  Where is the fanatical excitements?  The only fanatical excitement I have witnessed in Adventist circles is the Celebration Video produced by an SDA engineer, Kirk Weedman, entitled “Are you Ready for Church!”  That video depicts the satanic fanatical excitement of the Celebration Movement.

14.  But there is one other directly related to the Celebration Movement.  The Celebration churches are designed to bring in the masses for mammon purposes. The sure do not give the gospel.  Knowing this, some of the pastors of those churches have left the SDA General Conference altogether!  That is the fanatical fruit of those satanic churches.

15.  Why would Satan want us to warn against ecumenical violation of the three angel’s messages?

 

“Most startling messages will be borne by men of God’s appointment, messages of a character to WARN the people, to AROUSE them.  And while some will be PROVOKED by the warning, and led to RESIST LIGHT AND EVIDENCE, we are to see from this that we are giving the TESTING MESSAGE FOR THIS TIME.  Messages will be given OUT OF THE USUAL ORDER.”  Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 136.

 

16.  If our message is wrong, where are the most startling messages of a character to warn the people and arouse them?

17.  What is the usual order?  The pulpit.  Who is giving most startling warning messages outside or inside the pulpit?

18.  Whose message is it that provokes some?

The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the closing work. Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the world. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth.--Manuscript 129, 1905. {2SM 390.1}

 

Did New Movement Adventism step off the foundation that God had established?

 

The above statements must be reconciled with the following:

Chap. 24 - The Seal of God

     "He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand." {5T 207.2}

     And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." {5T 207.3}

     Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary to put on garments of vengeance and pour out His wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded to the light God has given them. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Instead of being softened by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has exercised toward them, those who fear not God and love not the truth strengthen their hearts in their evil course. But there are limits even to the forbearance of God, and many are exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun the limits of grace, and therefore God must interfere and vindicate His own honor. {5T 207.4}

     Of the Amorites the Lord said: "In the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." Although this nation was conspicuous because of its idolatry and corruption, it had not yet filled up the cup of its iniquity, and God would not give command for its utter destruction. The people were to see the divine power manifested in a marked manner, that they might be left without excuse. The compassionate Creator was willing to bear with their iniquity until the fourth generation. Then, if no change was seen for the better, His judgments were to fall upon them. {5T 208.1}

     With unerring accuracy the Infinite One still keeps an account with all nations. While His mercy is tendered with calls to repentance, this account will remain open; but when the figures reach a certain amount which God has fixed, the ministry of His wrath commences. The account is closed. Divine patience ceases. There is no more pleading of mercy in their behalf. {5T 208.2}

     The prophet, looking down the ages, had this time presented before his vision. The nations of this age have been the recipients of unprecedented mercies. The choicest of heaven's blessings have been given them, but increased pride, covetousness, idolatry, contempt of God, and base ingratitude are written against them. They are fast closing up their account with God. {5T 208.3}

     But that which causes me to tremble is the fact that those who have had the greatest light and privileges have become contaminated by the prevailing iniquity. Influenced by the unrighteous around them, many, even of those who profess the truth, have grown cold and are borne down by the strong current of evil. The universal scorn thrown upon true piety and holiness leads those who do not connect closely with God to lose their reverence for His law. If they were following the light and obeying the truth from the heart, this holy law would seem even more precious to them when thus despised and set aside. As the disrespect for God's law becomes more manifest, the line of demarcation between its observers and the world becomes more distinct. Love for the divine precepts increases with one class according as contempt for them increases with another class. {5T 209.1}

     The crisis is fast approaching. The rapidly swelling figures show that the time for God's visitation has about come. Although loath to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily. Those who walk in the light will see signs of the approaching peril; but they are not to sit in quiet, unconcerned expectancy of the ruin, comforting themselves with the belief that God will shelter His people in the day of visitation. Far from it. They should realize that it is their duty to labor diligently to save others, looking with strong faith to God for help. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." {5T 209.2}

     The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But more especially will their prayers arise in behalf

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of the church because its members are doing after the manner of the world. {5T 209.3}

     The earnest prayers of this faithful few will not be in vain. When the Lord comes forth as an avenger, He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its purity and kept themselves unspotted from the world. It is at this time that God has promised to avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them. {5T 210.1}

     The command is: "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." These sighing, crying ones had been holding forth the words of life; they had reproved, counseled, and entreated. Some who had been dishonoring God repented and humbled their hearts before Him. But the glory of the Lord had departed from Israel; although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and presence were lacking. {5T 210.2}

     In the time when His wrath shall go forth in judgments, these humble, devoted followers of Christ will be distinguished from the rest of the world by their soul anguish, which is expressed in lamentation and weeping, reproofs and warnings. While others try to throw a cloak over the existing evil, and excuse the great wickedness everywhere prevalent, those who have a zeal for God's honor and a love for souls will not hold their peace to obtain favor of any. Their righteous souls are vexed day by day with the unholy works and conversation of the unrighteous. They are powerless to stop the rushing torrent of iniquity, and hence they are filled with grief and alarm. They mourn before God to see religion despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. They lament and afflict their souls because pride, avarice, selfishness, and deception of almost every kind are in the church. The Spirit

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of God, which prompts to reproof, is trampled underfoot, while the servants of Satan triumph. God is dishonored, the truth made of none effect. {5T 210.3}

     The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: "Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." {5T 211.1}

     Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. {5T 211.2}

     The abominations for which the faithful ones were sighing and crying were all that could be discerned by finite eyes, but by far the worst sins, those which provoked the jealousy of the pure and holy God, were unrevealed. The great Searcher of hearts knoweth every sin committed in secret by the workers of iniquity. These persons come to feel secure in their deceptions and, because of His long-suffering, say that the Lord

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seeth not, and then act as though He had forsaken the earth. But He will detect their hypocrisy and will open before others those sins which they were so careful to hide. {5T 211.3}

     No superiority of rank, dignity, or worldly wisdom, no position in sacred office, will preserve men from sacrificing principle when left to their own deceitful hearts. Those who have been regarded as worthy and righteous prove to be ring-leaders in apostasy and examples in indifference and in the abuse of God's mercies. Their wicked course He will tolerate no longer, and in His wrath He deals with them without mercy. {5T 212.1}

     It is with reluctance that the Lord withdraws His presence from those who have been blessed with great light and who have felt the power of the word in ministering to others. They were once His faithful servants, favored with His presence and guidance; but they departed from Him and led others into error, and therefore are brought under the divine displeasure. {5T 212.2}

     The day of God's vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. Those who link in sympathy with the world are eating and drinking with the drunken and will surely be destroyed with the workers of iniquity. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." {5T 212.3}

     Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God or be cut down by the destroying weapons. Already a few drops of God's wrath have fallen upon the earth; but when the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation, then it will be forever too late to repent and find shelter. No atoning blood will then wash away the stains of sin. {5T 212.4}

     "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince

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which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book." When this time of trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation, no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His people. This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host, make God their defense. The decree has been passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive his mark under pain of persecution and death. May God help His people now, for what can they then do in such a fearful conflict without His assistance! {5T 212.5}

     Courage, fortitude, faith, and implicit trust in God's power to save do not come in a moment. These heavenly graces are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right the children of God were sealing their destiny. Beset with temptations without number, they knew they must resist firmly or be conquered. They felt that they had a great work to do, and at any hour they might be called to lay off their armor; and should they come to the close of life with their work undone, it would be an eternal loss. They eagerly accepted the light from heaven, as did the first disciples from the lips of Jesus. When those early Christians were exiled to mountains and deserts, when left in dungeons to die with hunger, cold, and torture, when martyrdom seemed the only way out of their distress, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for Christ, who was crucified for them. Their worthy example will be a comfort and encouragement to the people of God who will be brought into the time of trouble such as never was. {5T 213.1}

     Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed.

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There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. They had the light of truth, they knew their Master's will, they understood every point of our faith, but they had not corresponding works. These who were so familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine wisdom should have acted their faith. They should have commanded their households after them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the world the influence of the truth upon the human heart. {5T 213.2}

     By their lack of devotion and piety, and their failure to reach a high religious standard, they make other souls contented with their position. Men of finite judgment cannot see that in patterning after these men who have so often opened to them the treasures of God's word, they will surely endanger their souls. Jesus is the only true pattern. Everyone must now search the Bible for himself upon his knees before God, with the humble, teachable heart of a child, if he would know what the Lord requires of him. However high any minister may have stood in the favor of God, if he neglects to follow out the light given him of God, if he refuses to be taught as a little child, he will go into darkness and satanic delusions and will lead others in the same path. {5T 214.1}

     Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. {5T 214.2}

     We are too easily satisfied with our attainments. We feel rich and increased with goods and know not that we are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Now is the time to heed the admonition of the True Witness: "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be

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clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." {5T 214.3}

     In this life we must meet fiery trials and make costly sacrifices, but the peace of Christ is the reward. There has been so little self-denial, so little suffering for Christ's sake, that the cross is almost entirely forgotten. We must be partakers with Christ of His sufferings if we would sit down in triumph with Him on His throne. So long as we choose the easy path of self-indulgence and are frightened at self-denial, our faith will never become firm, and we cannot know the peace of Jesus nor the joy that comes through conscious victory. The most exalted of the redeemed host that stand before the throne of God and the Lamb, clad in white, know the conflict of overcoming, for they have come up through great tribulation. Those who have yielded to circumstances rather than engage in this conflict will not know how to stand in that day when anguish will be upon every soul, when, though Noah, Job, and Daniel were in the land, they could save neither son nor daughter, for everyone must deliver his soul by his own righteousness. {5T 215.1}

     No one need say that his case is hopeless, that he cannot live the life of a Christian. Ample provision is made by the death of Christ for every soul. Jesus is our ever-present help in time of need. Only call upon Him in faith, and He has promised to hear and answer your petitions. {5T 215.2}

     Oh, for a living, active faith! We need it; we must have it, or we shall faint and fail in the day of trial. The darkness that will then rest upon our path must not discourage us or drive us to despair. It is the veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich blessings. We should know this by our past experience. In that day when God has a controversy with His people this experience will be a source of comfort and hope. {5T 215.3}

     It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted from the world. It is now that we must wash our robes

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of character and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It is now that we must overcome pride, passion, and spiritual slothfulness. It is now that we must awake and make determined effort for symmetry of character. "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." We are in a most trying position, waiting, watching for our Lord's appearing. The world is in darkness. "But ye, brethren," says Paul, "are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." It is ever God's purpose to bring light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow, and rest out of weariness for the waiting, longing soul. {5T 215.4}

     What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. {5T 216.1}

     Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God--candidates for heaven. Go forward, my brethren and sisters. I can only write briefly upon these points at this time, merely calling your attention to the necessity of preparation. Search the Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour. {5T 216.2}

More Ellen G. White Statement That Express Her Lack of Confidence in the SDA Church Militant  

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Omega Countdown Ministries does not contest for one moment that a faithful remnant will escape from the omega of apostasy SDA church militant and go through as the true SDA church triumphant.  But it is long cherished error to believe and teach that the bad will leave the SDA church militant.  There are statements that “appear” to sound that way, but the Bible is the last word and says that the bad, tares, dross, is gathered into the midsts of Jerusalem, for burning and melting.

 

Ellen White attests to this fact also.  Ellen White agrees with Scripture is all her words are interpreted so that nothing contradicts.  She clearly says: 

  1. Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled.
  2. The A.D. 70 fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 was a prefigure.
  3. In that prefigure, an apostate corporate church was destroyed beginning at His Sanctuary, and proceeding to the city (Jerusalem) proper.  So it will be in the antitypical fulfillment.
  4. In the prefigure, the tares, dross, refuse, bad, were gathered into the apostate Temple church for burning and melting.  So it will be again.
  5. Ezekiel 5:9 is how Ellen White knew that Ezekiel 9 would have another literal fulfillment, because the worst thing God ever did or does is at the end-time, Matthew 24:21.
  6. Ezekiel 9 is also how Ellen White that A.D. 70 was a prefigure.  Why?  Because Ezekiel 9 is God’s sealing chapter. 
  7. God said that judgment begins at the House of God, His Sanctuary, His church.  Ellen White agrees, 5T, 211.
  8. Ellen White knew from Ezekiel 22:17-31, that the world and the church constitute the “field” and that tares, dross, refuse, is burned in the field.  

"The 'field,' Christ said, 'is the world.' But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world. The parable is a description of that which pertains to the kingdom of God, His work of salvation of men and this work is accomplished through the church. True, the Holy Spirit has gone out into all the world everywhere it is moving upon the hearts of men but it is in the church that we are to grow and ripen for the garner of God." Christ's Object Lessons. 70.  

1.      Ellen White said that the voice of God and the voice of the bride will awaken the ten virgins with a “Go ye out to meet Him” message.  Christ’s Object Lessons, 405-6.  All those virgins slept, Matt. 25:5.

2.      Isaiah 4:1-4, says that all formally organized churches, symbolized by God’s perfect, all-inclusive number 7, will be doing their own thing at the end-time.  The call of the bride is to all formally organized, fallen churches, including the omega of Apostasy SDA New Movement church that has removed God by committing gross, unpardonable sins such as ecumenical liaison with Babylon, and Satan’s celebration mode of worship.  Either, by itself, is unpardonable sin, and an offering of “strange fire” before the Lord.

3.      If you don’t believe that Celebration Worship is fostered by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, write for the Video entitled:  Are you Ready for Church, produced by an SDA engineer, Kirk Weedman.  Write to Kirk Weedman: kirk@canby.com  The video is entitled:  Are You Ready for Church?  You will never be the same again!  I promise!

4.       Even if Ellen White did not teach another coming out of a faithful remnant, Ezekiel and Isaiah, the Word of God, both teach that a remnant will leave the apostate church.  Ezekiel 5:3; Isaiah 37:31,32, cf. Isaiah 4:1-4.  The apparent contradiction between Isaiah 4:1-4 and 37:31, 32, is solved by interpreting Jerusalem to mean “True Jerusalem.”  Remember, in Christ’s day, there were both—false Jerusalem, the apostate Jerusalem and Christ’s own headquarters at Jerusalem.

5.      Not one faithful Christian was sealed in the apostate Jerusalem of Israel.  On the Day of Pentecost, when the disciples were sealed, they were hiding in some man’s upper room for fear of the apostate Jews.

6.      When God says to go through Jerusalem in Ezekiel 9, he means both Jerusalem’s!  True Jerusalem, and apostate Jerusalem.  That is precisely how it worked in the prefigure of A.D. 27-70. 

God bless all who search as for hidden treasure, 

Ron Beaulieu 

Addendum:   

Did the church become and remain Laodicean? 

"The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst." E.G. White, Notebook Leaflets, p. 99, 1898.

"To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 55.  

"To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 55. 

"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. 

 

“The Testimony For The Church—The Laodicean Church—What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are ALL WRONG?”  Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 253, 254. 

"If the church of God becomes LUKEWARM [LAODICEAN] it does not stand in favor with God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive the truth, and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive of the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God." E.G. White, Letter 35, 1898.  

"Sins exist in the church that God hates, but they are scarcely touched for fear of making enemies. Opposition has risen in the church to plain testimony. Some will not bear it. They wish smooth things spoken unto them. And if the wrongs of individuals are touched, they complain of severity, and sympathize with those in the wrong .... When the church departs from God they despise the plain testimony, and complain of severity and harshness. It is a sad evidence of the lukewarm state of the church." Spiritual Gifts, Vol. II, pp. 283-284. 

If Laodicea is not regarded with any more favor by God than the fallen churches, and the call of Laodicea is to all churches, then there is no difference between Laodicea and the fallen churches as far as being in a fallen state is concerned. Different churches believe different aspects of Babylonian teachings, but Ellen White equates them all as far as falling from the favor of God is concerned, and as far as constituting the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 

"We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree...We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? E. G. White, Manuscript Releases No. 449, pp. 17, 18. (Letter 51, 1886 to Elder Butler) Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, p. 193. 

"Now it is just EXACTLY as in the days of the Jews. When a message came in, why all the power of the leaders [such some leaders on this forum] WAS PUT AGAINST IT, THAT IT SHOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE PEOPLE. Now, brethren, GO TO GOD FOR YOURSELVES, and on your knees plead with God...If God sends us light, let it come to us, and let no man close the door, or try to close it. Don't close it yourselves. Open the door of your heart and let the brilliant rays of light shine into your heart and into your mind. I pray you, let the Sun of Righteousness in." E.G. White, Manuscript Release #900, Manuscript 9, 1890. 1888 Materials, p. 541. 

"Sins exist in the church that God hates, but they are scarcely touched for fear of making enemies. Opposition has risen in the church to plain testimony. Some will not bear it. They wish smooth things spoken unto them. And if the wrongs of individuals are touched, they complain of severity, and sympathise with those in the wrong .... When the church departs from God they despise the plain testimony, and complain of severity and harshness. It is a sad evidence of the lukewarm state of the church." Spiritual Gifts, Vol. II, pp. 283-284.

 

Dear Bill, Dutch Savage told you about the ecumenical involvement of the church.  The following statement could not be any clearer regarding such an event: 

 

"'They that forsake the law praise the wicked.' Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God' people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood." E.G. White, Prophets and kings, p. 660. 

 

Did the church praise the wicked when it gave a Gold Medallion to the Pope?  Would Jesus do that?  Would Jesus give a gold medal to Satan, when Ellen White said that Satan controls the fallen churches as a body?  Early Writings, p. 273. 

 

God bless.