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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The beast from the bottomless pit

“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” (Rev. 11:7-9).

This beast is the same as the angel that ascends during the 5th trumpet and also the beast that carries the great whore. “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads….
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” (Rev. 9:1-4,11). “And the angel said unto me, …The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev. 17:7,8).

This beast-thing is one and the same, depicted in several ways to fill out the picture of it. It affects all who have not the Seal of God in their foreheads, who desire to silence the voice of God in the earth, whose names are not written in “the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” who worship the demonic forces that gave power to the beast, and who follow after the beast, entranced and enthralled saying, “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:8,4).

The beast ascends shortly after 1844, the beginning of the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary. God has given this ascension of Satan 150 years, “five months,” from 1849 to 1999, to lay the foundation for his final work of deception, both dates bounded by Protestants rushing after this world’s treasures. (Rev. 9:5) The beast makes war with the remnant of the two witnesses (Rev. 12:17)) and finally overcomes them and kills them after Ellen White passes from the scene of action.

Ellen White—I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place…I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death. MS1 Feb. 24, 1915. It was no different from Moses’ and Paul’s statements of the same kind. “For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.” (Deut. 31:29). “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:29-30).

After the passing of Mrs. White, WWI reveals the great importance of the oil industry in war making and new impetus comes with America’s rush for black gold. The automobile proliferates and the “good life” is widely distributed to Protestant multitudes.

The Advent movement languishes without the pen, voice, and presence of its prophet, and this new flood of worldliness plagues the land that had at one time opened its mouth to protect them from the earlier flood of papal persecution. Now the great-grandchildren of the Reformation, 500 years removed, are under a new attack by Satan, not by a flood of angry persecutors, but by a flood of sinister and subtle tempters and temptations from within.

Millions of tempters, spirit and corporeal, have picked up the new banner and marched through the land of prosperity. The whole world has gone after the beast that has ascended out of the depths of sin and death. Unable by the sword to force the Protestants to abandon faith in God, this illusive power from beneath leads the children of the Reformers to live like their fathers never lived, and to worship and serve lust in ways not seen since the Roman Empire—and soon as never before seen in the history of mankind.

“And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” (Dan. 8:12). Every descendent of Protestantism has been “drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (Jas. 1:14,15). Once they left their firm conviction to live and die for the word of God, they had no protection from lusting after this world, even if they were still going to church and singing the praises of God sung by the Reformers.

This departure from God and His truth forced God to open the door to Satan. The great King gave the hosts of darkness access to the people professing godliness. At this late hour of history and in the great plan of salvation, satanic forces have been let loose. Slowly at first, but rapidly growing and expanding, and finally engulfing the whole world has come the “strong delusion” that will force the children of Adam to choose heaven or hell, eternity or final destruction. (2Thess. 2:11).

The Investigative Judgment, which opened in 1844, has been going strong since 1849. “The spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” is once again corralling his earth-bound captives and securing his hold on their minds. (Eph. 2:2). The Mark of the beast is going forth upon the foreheads and of multitudes, and since 1999 it has intensified.

Paralleling the Mark of the Satan, the Seal of God has also gone out into many minds and hearts. Although a very small minority on Earth, the 144,000 are developing into a formidable host that does not appear to be anything now, but will as the Mark of the beast becomes more defined in the characters of men and women, the world round.

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