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    The Lion is the Lamb

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    Lesson 8: Satan, a Defeated Enemy (February 16-22)

    Sabbath Afternoon

    Memory Text: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11, NKJV).

    Revelation 12 is about the conflict of the ages, the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.  It takes us back in eternity past, showing us when the conflict began, and sheds light on our pathway from Eden lost to Eden restored, through the seed of the woman (Gen. 3: 15).

    We will discover Satan’s triple-point defeat!  In every defeat, it was on account of the authority of the revealed Word of God.  His first defeat was in his losing the “war in heaven,” when he suffered his first casting out from heaven.  His second defeat was in his failing to devour the “man child”—the woman’s seed, when he was born as a babe in Bethlehem’s manger, and when on the Cross of Calvary Jesus won the battle for the whole world, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life, this enraged the Dragon to no earthly bounds.  Realizing his utter defeat at the Cross, whereupon his true character was revealed and he was cast from Heaven the second time, meaning that he was banished with no re-entry access to Heaven, he would use the remainder of his “short time” to destroy the woman and her seed.  His final defeat is in his attempt to paganize (heathenize) the church with his flood of tares (unconverted), but God promises to cause the earth to swallow the dragon’s flood, and liberate His church to finish the everlasting gospel with power and great glory.

    “When he meets his third defeat, when the tares which he sowed are burned (for as a flood they are swallowed by the earth, but as tares they are burned by the angels), then it is that the Church will appear “‘Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.” — Prophets and Kings, pg. 725.

    “Having met such a mighty defeat, and having seen that the Church is freed from his flood, the Dragon’s wrath is to be intensified.  He will be wroth with the woman and “make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17), “the Spirit of Prophecy” (Rev. 19:10).”[1]

    Sunday ↥        February 17

    The Woman and the Dragon: Read Revelation 12:1-5.

    This symbolism presents three different sceneries “in heaven.”  First, a pregnant woman travailing in birth; second, the seven-headed dragon stalking to kill here “man child” at birth, and thirdly, the war in heaven causing a third of the angels to have lost their first estate of holiness by joining ranks with the rebel angel, Lucifer.

    The sun and the moon having been set from creation to rule over and “divide the day from the night,” (Gen. 1: 14), it becomes evident that these two luminaries symbolize two time periods of light, the symbolical “day” and the symbolical “night.”  Since the written word of God is likened unto the sun (Ps. 119: 105), the “greater light,” it necessarily represents the period of the Bible, whereas the moon, naturally represents a time ruled by “lesser light,” hence the period before the Bible, the time of oral traditions, when the Word of God was passed down from father to son, throughout successive generations.  Hence, “The “woman clothed with the sun,” and “travailing with child,” is the period after Israel went out of Egypt, and at that time the period without the Bible, “moon,” was passing away.”[2]

    Crown of 12 Stars: The woman’s twelve-starred crown symbolized the 12 Patriarchs, the 12 Tribes, the 12 Apostles, and the 12-tribes of blood-born Israel—the 144,000, respectively, thus she represents the ever-living church from Eden lost to Eden restored!  As most people are not familiar with the 12 patriarchs, I shall provide them here: Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahallaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, and Eber.  The reader can discover the proofs from a careful read of Genesis chapters 5, and 11.

    The “Man Child”:  The Plan of Salvation, having been a forethought on God’s part, as soon as sin came into the world, that plan was activated, and though “death” was the penalty for the guilty pair, yet God’s mercy and grace kicked in, and offered the woman’s “Seed” as the neutralizer to the serpent’s sting, and the one who would eventually “crush” the serpent’s head and exterminate him. For the rest of our probationary time, the war in heaven would be fought on earth, between these two seeds, and thus two natures.

    Monday ↥        February 18

    Satan Cast Down to Earth: Read Revelation 12:7-9?

    The Great Red Dragon & His War in Heaven: Since this woman was travailing with her “man child” from the start of the “war in heaven” (Rev. 12: 7), then she has been in existence for that long, and therefore predates the nation of Israel.  Further too, she cannot be a representation of Mary either, for she is much older than the virgin, for reasons already stated!  The dragon was outfitted with seven heads and ten horns symbolizing a combination of church and state under Satan’s control.  At the time of Christ’s first advent, all the church governments (7 heads), and the political governments (10 horns) were under Satan’s complete control, hence the beast symbolized the entire religious and political world, with principal focus on the Roman government and Jewish church.  It is of significance that both these entities worked in unison to ensure the crucifixion of Christ, even though they found “no fault in Him!” (John 19: 6).

    As under the seven trumpets, we see here that “the third part” is again brought to view, and as we have previously discussed, the third part is a symbol used most often of the wicked, and less so of the righteous, representing a quantity that is without numerical limitations. This “third part of the stars of heaven” (Rev. 12: 4) symbolizes the “angels that sinned” (Rev. 12: 9; 2 Pet.2:4) who were cast out with Satan, having lost their first estate.

    Since the woman’s “man child” (Rev. 12:5; Isa. 66: 7,8) is the One who is “to rule all nations with a rod of iron,” (Rev. 19:15), and since, too, He was to be caught up to God’s “throne,” (Mark 16: 19; Heb. 8: 1), it is indisputably clear that this “child” is the Son of God, our only Redeemer and Saviour—Jesus Christ (Y’shuah).

    Quarterly’s Note: “ The woman in Revelation 12 first symbolizes Israel, to whom the Messiah came (Rev. 12:1-5); in verses 13-17 she stands for the true church that gives birth to the remnant.”  Sunday’s Lesson, Feb. 17.

    With this limited view of the woman’s origins, one will not get the full truth behind her identity throughout the ages.  We have convincingly shown from Scripture alone, that she exists from eternity in the past, to eternity in the future.

    Quarterly’s Note: “This action shows that, having fallen from his exalted position in heaven (Isa. 14:12-15), Satan was able to deceive a third of the angels.” Sunday’s Lesson, Feb. 17.

    This statement is incorrect, for it suggests that AFTER Satan had been declared a rebel angel that he was able to “deceive a third” of the holy unfallen angels to join in his mutiny, whereas the very opposite was the case.  In developing into the Evil One, he started suggesting doubts about Divine Headship, and disseminated those disaffected feelings to all the angels, whereupon he was able to “deceive” a third part of them to join in his insurrection.  This shows that there were three parts of the angels: first, those who were decidedly loyal to YHWH. Second, those who were “not sure” or somewhat doubtful of Satan’s suggestions but sympathetic to his claims, and third, those who were fully convicted that Satan’s arguments were true, and thus were decidedly loyal to him, forcing their allegiance to his apostasy. 

    “By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings. Henceforth his work was restricted”. – Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 761.

    This statement is clear that even after the fall there were many loyal angels in heaven who still had a question about the long lost rebel angel and his compatriots!  Not until Calvary, were their questions fully answered when they saw his destruction against the Lamb of God!  This goes to show also, why the Judgment is as much about God’s vindicating His character, as it is about humans obtaining our lost inheritance.  This is among the eternal reasons why “affliction will not rise up a second time,” (Nah. 1: 9), for all doubts will be settled, all questions answered, and all murmurings ceased, to whit all the angels will declare the righteousness, love, and Justice of YHWH, (Rev. 16: 5; 15: 3; 5: 11-13).

    Quarterly’s Note: “Satan was cast out of heaven at the beginning of the great controversy, when he rebelled against God’s government…He stood in open revolt against God but was defeated and exiled on earth.” Monday’s Lesson, Feb, 18. 

    This statement is suggesting that from “the beginning of the great controversy,” the earth was in existence, but this goes counter to Genesis 1:1-2, that God created this earth in the beginning, and spent six days making it habitable for plant and animal life. This is one door, if not properly controlled, will leave the earth to being billions of years old, instead of a few thousand, under sin!  This evolutionary door has been so gaping, that some have suggested that there was a flood (chaos) before the creation, and that those beings who lived on the earth before Adam, lived for thousands of years before they died!  It is for this reason among others that we should be very concerned about this entry in the quarterly!

    Further too, the idea that Satan was “exiled on earth” from the beginning of the great controversy, creates conflict with his appearance in Heaven when the “the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD,” (Job 1: 6), long after the fall!


    Tuesday ↥        February 19

    The War on Earth: Read Revelation 12:13-14.

    Having lost the battle with the woman’s Seed at Calvary, the great red Dragon directed his wrath against the woman, forcing her to flee from his presence, and go into “hiding” as it were, for a temporary period of time, 1260 prophetic days, or literally 1260 years, (Ezek. 4: 6).  This measure of time is mentioned twice (Rev. 12: 6, 14), and would be without meaning if these events were not to repeat themselves.  As proven in Rev. 11, the 42 months (three and one-half years, or time, times, and the dividing of time), this large stretch of time during which the true church has been persecuted by the Church of Rome, if reflective of another period of such persecution, during which the remnant of the woman’s seed will be the objects of his wrath.

    “The remnant people of God are to endure persecutions. [Rev. 12: 17 quoted]… They are to give the warning message against the power represented by “the beast.” The prophet says of this power, which represents the Papacy: “There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months…The remnant church of God are to give the warning of the third angel to the world…”{ST, June 18, 1894 par. 10} 

    “The Sabbath question will be the issue in the great conflict in which all the world will act a part. [Revelation 13:4-10 quoted.] This entire chapter is a revelation of what will surely take place [Revelation 13:11, 15-17 quoted] (MS 88, 1897).  {7BC 979.10}

    There is sufficient evidence in Scripture that the 3½ years has a dual application, the first is literal, and serves as a type for the latter.  The wars of the middle ages (538 AD to 1798 AD) will again be kindled under the beast power, for Scripture declares that “he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” (Rev. 13: 12).  It is of significance to note that this forced “worship” occurs after the healing of the leopard beast’s deadly wound!  This is why we are also told, “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13: 8).  This verse projects the forced worship in the future, after the healing of the wound, again reinforcing the truth that the is a last 42-month prophecy to be fulfilled against the woman and her seed.  This topic is more broadly tread under the latter part of the sixth trumpet, in Rev. 11: 1-13.

    Quarterly’s Note: “Armies and nations were sent by Rome against God’s faithful people during this time. Near the end of this prophetic period, a friendly earth swallows the waters and saves the woman, providing a safe haven for her. This provision points to the refuge that America, with its religious freedom, supplied (Rev. 12:16).” Tuesday’s Lesson, February 19.

    This statement, though it borrows some facts from history, is a total misstatement of the prophetic significance in these verses, for it must be realized that the earth swallowed up the dragon’s flood, and not the woman, as the Lesson suggests!

    Let’s examine this passage more closely: “15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” (Rev. 12: 15-16).

    The objective of the dragon’s flood was not to kill, as the lesson cites from history, but to “carry away” the woman.  She, being a symbol of the true Church of God, was to be “carried away” on the turbid sea of apostasy, through the subversive agency of the Devil.  How?  Soon after the great persecution of the Christians, the enemy discovered that aggressive warfare from without was not as effective as his warfare from within her precincts, and had developed a double-pronged approach.  On the one hand, he would step up his abuse of the believers, while on the other hand, he would offer a  reprieve to those who would confirm.  To this end, he has managed to plant insurgents within the church that would systematically work to change her doctrines, and lower the standard of piety, thus lowering her guard, as it were, and today the church of God is overflown by an army of tares—millions of individuals swell her ranks, but they are destitute of the knowledge and grace of Christ, though many are in leading positions of many churches!

    Wednesday ↥        February 20

    War Against the Remnant: Read Revelation 12:17. At the end time, against whom does Satan make all-out war?

    “Water,” being a symbol of people (Rev. 17: 15), and coming from the dragon’s mouth, it is indicative of satanically inspired speech, or sermons, inviting the unconverted and unconsecrated into church membership in an effort to erase the effectiveness of the Gospel, God stepped in to manage this crisis, and he does so through eliminating the satanic flood, thus sparing the woman from losing her identity as the harbinger of righteous!

    Carried Away Of The Flood: That the Dragon’s flood is as previously explained are his converts in the churches, and is further amplified in Scripture: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isa 59:19).  Today, God is looking for men and women who are true to duty as the needle to the pole, to unwaveringly lift up the standard of righteousness, by standing firmly rooted on God’s Law, the foundation of righteousness. Only as we depart from the Torah will the enemy gain a foothold in swashing the churches with his despotic “flood” of pretended converts to the faith, whose aims are simply to lower the standard of holiness, and drive out the Spirit of God from the places dedicated to His adoration!    

    “Oh, if those who make light of the requirements of God’s law, did but know what they are doing, if they did but realize that they were undermining the faith of our youth in the Bible, sending them adrift without anchor or compass on a shoreless sea, they would recoil with horror from their fearful work!”  {ST, April 21, 1890 par. 3}

    “The leadings of the Lord were marked, and most wonderful were His revelations of what is truth. Point after point was established by the Lord God of heaven. That which was truth then, is truth today. But the voices do not cease to be heard–“This is truth. I have new light.” But these new lights in prophetic lines are manifest in misapplying the Word and setting the people of God adrift without an anchor to hold them.”  {17MR 4.3} 

    Today, many are baptized into our churches without having ever heard the phrases: “Spirit of Prophecy,” “the Health Message,” “the Third Angel’s Message,” “Christian dressing, adornment, and entertainment,” ‘the Sanctuary and the Investigative Judgment,” and “reverence in the House of God,” to mention a few, but they have continuously been invited to the world’s banquets, such as Christmas, Easter, and Valentines, in the several houses of worship, whence the Divine presence has departed!  Worst of all, no preparation is in place to ensure that such newcomers are instructed in these vital areas of spiritual nurturing, and the devil would have it thus!

    “The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt, and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus. The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you. Light has been shining from His word and from the testimonies, and both have been slighted and disregarded. The result is apparent in the lack of purity and devotion and earnest faith among us.”  {5T 217.2}

    The earth helped the woman by swallowing up the dragon’s flood, the unconverted in the churches, the tares, and not swallowing up the woman herself!  What is the meaning?  Anciently when Korah, Dathan, and Abiram opposed Moses and incurred the wrath of God, the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up (Num. 16:20-33)!  That exampled destruction of the apostates in the camp of Israel is a type of another destruction that is destined to occur in the latter days, when God will cleanse His Church from her moral defilement.  He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His church from sin and sinners, for “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” (1 Pet. 4: 17). 

    This cleansing if more graphically described in Ezekiel chapter 9, under the figure of five angels who were commissioned to “5 ¶  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: 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.” (Ezek. 9: 5, 6). Read 3T p. 267.

    Quarterly’s Note: “While the majority of people in the world side with Satan at the end of time, a group of people whom God raised up after 1798 will remain faithful to Christ in the face of Satan’s full fury.”

    The focus of this prophecy is not on the people “in the world,” but on the people in God’s Church; let’s not miss this fact!  The Devil already has the world deceived, and if he can get us to believe that the battlefield is just in the world, he will have won, because it currently raging in every church on this planet!  Churches are throwing away the Bible, as it were, and preachers are preaching fables instead of the everlasting gospel contained in the statutes, judgments, and commandments our God!  Even in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, there is now a Jesuit invasion, and many of those who are preparing Bible lessons for the world-church have been infected with this disease form the dragon’s flood! 

    “Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much. ‘If thou hadst known,’ said Christ, ‘even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.’”[3]

    Thursday ↥        February 21

    Satan’s End-Time Strategy: Read Revelation 12:17.

    The Dragon’s final assault is directed against the “woman’s seed,” and not against the woman personally!  Why?  Because the woman, after the removal of her undesirable children—the tares, has morphed into the 144,000 evangelists, and the “remnant” of her children will then have become those who are yet to be garnered in from Babylon.  Outside of the fold, Christ calls them “other sheep…not of this fold,” (John 10: 17), and in the Revelation, they are called “my people,” (Rev. 18: 4), His true worshippers who are yet in Babylon, but have surrendered to His authority, His Law.

    The Spirit of Prophecy: The lesson teaches that “As Adventists, we have been given that gift of prophetic insight in the ministry and writings of Ellen G. White.”  But this lends the idea that the gift of prophecy ends with Sister White!  While, indeed, she was inspired and used of God, she by no means gave the impression that there is no more truth to be revealed through the same means of prophecy, rather than through the halls of learning!  To support that, she once proclaimed:

    “Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’ Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say: ‘You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.’”  {TM 475.3}

    From this, it is clear that she gave counsel concerning another prophet is to arise after her, under the designation of Elijah.  It is of significance that she made this statement in 1890, nearly two years after the rejection of the Righteousness By Faith message of 1888!  Therefore, from 1890 and beyond, we, as a church, should be expecting that “somebody,” a prophet, as she was clearly not speaking of herself and her own ministry.  2019 marks 104 years since her death in 1915, and the Denomination has not as yet recognized this “gift” in our midst!  It would be beneficial for us to do a forensic analysis in our church’s history since her death, to determine if this “somebody” had indeed come.  And in agreement with the prediction, was that “somebody” rejected on the following three grounds: one, for being “too earnest,” two, for “misinterpreting the Scriptures,” and three, “not delivering his “message” effectively”?  Evidently, that “somebody” will have borne a message to the Church!  I would strongly recommend the book, What Every Seventh-day Adventist Should Know, available at this link, as a primer to start this investigative process.

    The Commandments of God: As Seventh-day Adventists, we have limited our understanding of “the commandments” of God to merely the “Ten,” but God means that we should study His entire law.  How can we be sure of this?

    “Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments… before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Mal. 4: 4, 5).

    The word “remember” as in the fourth commandment concerning the Sabbath, should alert each reader that these statutes, judgments, and commandments are not to be forgotten, as a thing “nailed to the cross,” as is popularly taught, must be prized and woven in the fabric of our characters.  That Malachi is speaking of the end-time church, is evident from the expression “before… the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”

    Friday ↥        February 22

    Further Thought and Study: Read Ellen G. White, “Snares of Satan”, pp. 518-530, in The Great Controversy.

    How Evil Began:

    “Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge His supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, he bowed with them; but his heart was filled with envy and hatred…Lucifer thought that he was himself a favorite in heaven among the angels. He had been highly exalted, but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator. He aspired to the height of God Himself. He gloried in his loftiness. He knew that he was honored by the angels. He had a special mission to execute. He had been near the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glorious light enshrouding the eternal God had shone especially upon him. He thought how angels had obeyed his command with pleasurable alacrity…

    “He left the immediate presence of the Father, dissatisfied and filled with envy against Jesus Christ. Concealing his real purposes, he assembled the angelic host. He introduced his subject, which was himself…He stated to them that he had called them together to assure them that he no longer would submit to this invasion of his rights and theirs; that never would he again bow down to Christ; that he would take the honor upon himself which should have been conferred upon him, and would be the commander of all who would submit to follow him and obey his voice.”[4]

    God Will Purify His Church From the Dragon’s Flood of Tares:

    “Whole conferences are becoming leavened with the same perverted principles… The Lord will work to purify His church. I tell you in truth, the Lord is about to turn and overturn in the institutions called by His name.  Just how soon this refining process will begin I cannot say, but it will not be long deferred. He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement. He will thoroughly purge His floor.” {TM 372.4-373.1}

    Study the ninth 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.”[5]

    Having been defeated in his “flooding” of the woman, and his converts’ destruction meaning the cleansing of the church and the sealing of the people of God, he turned his wrath against “the remnant of her seed,” those who are yet to be saved.  This wrath is more fully seen under the representation of the Mark of the Beast System, Rev. 13: 11-17, which will be opposed by the sealed company of 144,000 evangelists when they proclaim the Loud Cry of the Third Angel’s Message, recorded in Rev. 14: 9-12.


    List of  References


    [1] V.T. Houteff; Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 16, pp. 21-22; Satan’s Triple Defeat Brings the Time of Trouble.

    [2] V.T. Houteff, 2SR, p. 75.

    [3] E.G. White, Special Testimony for Ministers and Workers, No. 11, p. 8.1; also in {TM 409.3}

    [4] E.G. White, SR p. 14, The Fall of Lucifer.  

    [5] E.G. White, 18MR p. 236.2

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