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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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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The omega of apostasy

E. G. White wrote: “The Omega will be of a most startling nature.” (Series B, no. 2, page 16) “The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.” “I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people.” (Series B, no. 2, pp. 50, 53).

H. P. Blavatsky wrote in 1877, “When Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, had openly embraced the cause of Isis, the Egyptian Goddess, and had anthropomorphized her into Mary, the mother of God; and the trinitarian controversy had taken place; from that moment the Egyptian doctrine of the emanation of the creative God out of Emepht began to be tortured in a thousand ways, until the Councils had agreed upon the adoption of it as it now stands — the disfigured Ternary of the kabalistic Solomon and Philo!” Isis unveiled, p. 41.

So the church fathers’ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit became the pagan Osiris/Baal/Jupiter, Isis/Ashtoreth/Venus, and Horus/Tammuz/Mars. Later, through slow, insidious, persistent manipulation of tradition, Christ became Father, Mary took the office of mediator, and “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,” (Eph. 2:2) became the “Holy Spirit.”

It was apostasy of the first degree. It was the age-old paganism that had haunted Israel before, during and after the Egyptian bondage. They loved paganism’s attractions of mental exercise, the appeal to the animal lower passions, and paganism’s ability to empower the wealthy and those naturally endowed with strength of mind or body, talent or beauty, to the injustice and enslavement of everyone else with lesser endowments. Therefore, the Lord gave them up to Babylon to feel for themselves the enslavement they were forcing on their fellow Jews.

In Babylon, they did not take the divinely executed discipline to heart. But they sank only deeper into paganistic philosophy and the satanic spirit of hate and anger and murder, as we see in the books of the Maccabees and the other fairy-tale post-exilic apocryphal books. Then the spirit that accorded with the world infected the early church along with pervasive Egyptian and Persian influences, until, as the Revelation of John showed the church as a black horse with its rider holding a pair of balances measuring the spiritual worth of the church, the Lord found His mainline church to have no light of truth in it.

Thus, in accordance with paganism’s constant revitalization by Satan, Mary was exalted to take Christ’s place as intercessor to God. She became sinless, immaculate whereas the gospels show her to be a regular sinner, faulty and often influenced by her unconverted and unbelieving sons. Emptiness resulted from the church’s neglect to obey Christ’s admonition to the Ephesians, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:4,5). Their light which went out because they lost their peace with God, their surrender to His will, and the rejoicing in His power to overcome sin and Satan.

That wretchedness, that hopeless, mind-wrenching separation from God Christ experienced in Gethsemane. It forced blood to seep from His skin, the terrible load was so intense. He took all our chastisement of peace so that we wouldn’t have to suffer under its death-like yoke. But, the Spirit of Christ had departed from the church as it had left Saul, first king of Israel; and, as with King Saul, an evil spirit now replaced the peace and joy of trusting God, and this tormented the Christians. The church now relived the very condition of soul that poisoned Israel each time they ran to Baal worship throughout the Old Testament.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:” (Rom 1:18-26).

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” (Rom 1:28-31).

The church could not see its dangerous position. Its light to discern spiritual things and wisdom to see the devices of Satan was extinguished, and the scriptures no longer provided the wonderful counsel of Jesus, His admonition and guidance to bring them back to pure faith and childlike trust in Christ. The only thing they could use to pacify their nagging minds was the self-indulgent appeal of pagan philosophy and practices. That led to the church’s description by the fourth horse of Revelation, pale with a skeleton riding it. All life gone, all truth, all grace disappeared from the church. Everything scriptural was replaced by paganism, point by point, thought by thought, doctrine by doctrine, and tradition by tradition.

To them, the Son of God was no longer the youthful, loving, tenacious exemplar of God’s law and will. He was no longer the object of joy by the believers who looked upon Him as a lamb, the offspring of God of the universe, beautiful in character, abundant in life and love, having His Father’s full authority to forgive and reconcile sinners back to God.

With the church’s loss of that first love for Jesus, they denied His arrival to this sin-filled world in the flesh. Thus, the antichrist moved in. (1Jn. 4:2,3). Without witnessing His human life and death among us, beholding the Lamb of God, and declaring His life to others, they only spoke of Him in heaven, far away; they spoke of Him only spiritually, mystically. Their focus turned from the natural, human Jesus and His simple love, dwelling on His love and abiding in that love, to arguing over doctrine, allegorizing away the easily understood earth-bound, tangible experiences of Christ that so much characterize the whole Bible. They finally turned to intellectualizing the apostolic doctrines. Acts of love, the uplifting all whom Satan was harassing, and expressing between themselves the affection of David and Jonathan, had all lost their allurement, and now the church would analyze God, and figure Him out.

“Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” (Job 11:7). Disregarding this biblical denial and inferred injunction to cease inspection of God, the Godhead came up for their review. The Trinity concept was the outcome. It looked like the truth, but was empty of redeeming value. It also laid the path to easily adopting pagan ideas into Christianity. There is one God and Father of all; there is one Lord Jesus Christ His Son; and the only evidence of citizenship in His kingdom was the power of the Holy Spirit to strike conviction in the heart, to give faith and repentance and renunciation of sin, and to restore the image of God in the soul, reproducing the character of Christ in the character of the new child of God.

All of this had been lost to the apostolic church. Egyptian and Greek philosophy moved into the church to stay, and the spirit of love left forever. Now must be repeated all that Paul had forewarned the Romans.

The apostolic church lost the grace of God and His truth. Is the spirit of God’s grace lost in His church today? Do we see the agape love among us? Or is it all formal, distant, cold? Is the love of God among us in the remnant church?

Does this explain the resurgence of the trinity issue and other issues? Have we lost our first love and are now slipping down a slippery slope into Adventist apostasy, just like happened to Israel so many times and then to Christianity and later to Protestantism? Have we been negligent to repent of losing the spirit of 1844?

Might it be that what Ellen White spoke of as the omega of apostasy was the general idea of anyone delving into the mysteries of the divine, rather than whether someone has it figured out wrong? Might we already be in the very omega of apostasy, all of us, having left the love of Jesus as our constant thought and word?

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