Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15
Ellen White put it this way:
Pattern after other churches: "A new order of things has COME INTO the ministry. There is a desire to pattern after other churches and simplicity and humility are almost unknown. The young ministers seek to be original, and to introduce new ideas and new plans for labor. Some open revival meetings, and by this means call large numbers into the church. But when the excitement is over, where are the converted ones? Repentance and confession of sin are not seen. The sinner is entreated to believe in Christ and accept Him, without regard to his past life of sin and rebellion. The heart is not broken. There is no contrition of soul. The supposed converted ones have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 2, pp. 18, 19.
Will false conversions be one of the reasons for a literal manifestation of Ezekiel 9 BEGINNING at His Church, His sanctuary?
"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.
“The time will soon come when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 will be fulfilled; that prophecy should be carefully studied, for it will be fulfilled to the very letter.”— Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1303.
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 [leaders], 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.
The first typical literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 was the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. No literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 could have been fulfilled before that time, because in Daniel 9 Israel was given 490 years probation to put away sin. That time of probation ended in A.D. 34, commensurate with the stoning of Stephen. At that time, which was also commensurate with the Day of Pentecost, the disciples began gathering out faithful Christians from the apostate Jewish Temple into home churches.
Everything described in Chapter 1 of The Great Controversy, p. 25, Ezekiel 22:17-31, Matthew 22:1-10, is a depiction of what occurred in the last literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9. Matthew 22:7 is the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, before the Loud Cry to the then known world.
The Great Controversy, p. 25 reference says that Jesus’ words to His disciples on the destructive events to come, were a prefigure of the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, as well as prefiguring the last events involving this world. Notice:
“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.” The Great Controversy, p. 25.
Josephus says the corporate destruction BEGAN with the Temple and then spread to the city proper. This is exactly as Ezekiel prophesied in chapter 9. This was a LITERAL fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, God’s sealing chapter, which could not be fulfilled until after the 490 years of Israel’s probation ended in A.D. 34. Ellen White says this destruction BEGINNING AT GOD’S CHURCH, HIS SANCTUARY, will be literally fulfilled again TO THE LETTER. We had better ask God to show us ALL the reasons why this occurs, for our very sealing to be saved depends upon our sighing and crying for all the abominations committed by God’s church, His sanctuary, that make this corporate destruction literal again at
the end-time. Here is an in-depth study of the abominations: