“And He Causeth The Earth… To Worship”

This new edition of The King’s Journal is timely as it discusses Climate Change in light of Bible prophecies.
The signs of the times are real!  There will be a Sunday-legislation crisis in our world, and those who do not conform with these Climate Change-inspired laws will be the objects of the Devil’s wrath!  The enemy has used Pope Francis to write a most moving encyclical, Laudato Si, which has taken the entire world like a storm.  It inspired the Paris Climate Change accords as well as the currently proposed “Green New Deal.”  Even though President Trump has pulled the USA out from under that agreement, the national leaders across the Country are actively doing their level best to be in compliance with Papal decrees!  A recent example in NYC Public Schools will serve as an example and a model for the entire nation, and will spread across the world!
March 12, 2019: “(CNSNews.com) — On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting in the 2019-20 school year, all New York public schools will offer “Meatless Mondays” in their breakfast and lunch meals to “improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The hope is “to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come,” said the mayor, who has described himself as a democratic socialist. In the 1980s, de Blasio supported the Marxist Sandinistas in Nicaragua against the foreign policy of the Reagan administration.”
Realizing that the youth of today are the voters of tomorrow, and seeing their green march (protest) on March 15th across the world, we can see that the present generation of youth is the most prepared to make a significant change in advancing Papal Policies across the world!  Troublous days are ahead for Commandment-keepers, for the climate change activists will not respect our religious commitment to the Law of God as an authority above the laws of the land.  But we need not fear, because God has promised to be the shelter for His people in that day.  The Kingdom of glory will become the hiding place for the purified church of God.

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“And He Causeth The Earth… To Worship”

 

Trump-Francis pic“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship…” Rev. 13: 12

In this verse, four separate entities are brought to view: a) “he,” b) “the first beast,” c) “the earth,” and d) “them that dwell therein.”  The “he” is the two-horned beast of verse 11, a symbol of the United States of America, while “the first beast” that was wounded is a symbol of the Papal power.  It will be seen that “worship” is demanded from two distinct entities, a) the earth, and b) them which dwell therein, and this enactment will be enforced by the two-horned beast. 

Formerly, Adventist expositors including Ellen White have interpreted “the earth[1]” to symbolize the USA territories, but we have been given good and wise counsel that “The mark of the beast is exactly what it has been proclaimed to be.  Not all in regard to this matter is yet understood, nor will it be understood until the unrolling of the scroll.”[2]

With this understanding, we must depend on the Holy Spirit to guide our search in the unrolling of the scroll, and given the wide passage of time since her days, the scroll has indeed unrolled to where we are seeing the mechanics of this system being built before your very eyes, brick by brick, (policy by policy), as it were.

But, what are these two entities that will be called upon to worship?  The answer is clear, the earth and its inhabitants.  While we can appreciate that people can be coerced to worship, how can the earth, an inanimate object, be ordered to “worship” God?  For the answer, we must understand the Torah, God’s statutes, judgments, and commandments.

“34  Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths… 43  The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.” Lev. 26: 34, 43.

So, from God’s statute book, we see that the land (earth) has been called upon to observe the land Sabbaths, and in this regard she worships!  But the earth can only enjoy her Sabbaths as long as humans observe the Sabbath, and YHWH has severely punished His people in past centuries for denying the land (earth) her Sabbath of rest!  “17  Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary… 19  And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem… 21 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years.” 2Chron. 36:17-21.

If “the earth” is to worship, according to the prophecy in Revelation 13, then there must be a demand for the earth to be given an international day of rest, her Sabbath!  This way, man will also be required to rest, for we all live on planet earth!  How can this, therefore, be achieved?  By legislation!  But, you may conjecture, this is religion, and the scientists and politicians, and other globalists will never stand for a religious mandate, for that would require, in most countries a constitutional amendment!  Of significance is the Muslim population around the world, approaching 2 Billion souls, and many of these are in predominantly Islamic controlled countries where they observe Sabbath on Fridays, not Saturday or Sunday.  How, then, would such countries be brought under the thumb of Rome?  Let’s take a read of breaking news:

“Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here… Organizers said faithful from 100 countries would attend – as well as 4,000 Muslims from this Muslim federation. Prompted by an announcer extolling UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance,’ they cheered and waved Holy See flags awaiting Francis’ arrival… The Catholic Church estimates as many as 1 million of the over 9 million people living in the UAE are Catholic, nearly all of them foreigners[3] drawn to the oil-rich federation to work in everything from white-collar finance to construction…

“On Monday, the pope met with Emirati leaders and signed a document promoting ‘human fraternity’ with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the revered 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni learning. He also urged religious leaders to work together to reject the ‘miserable crudeness’ of war and resist the ‘logic of armed power … the arming of borders, the raising of walls.’[4] ‘There is no alternative: we will either build the future together or there will not be a future,’ Francis told Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince and hundreds of imams, muftis, ministers, rabbis and swamis gathered in the Emirati capital.”[5] 

The matter of a global earth-day Sabbath is winning acceptance across all the major social, political, and religious networks, from Scientists to Scientologists, and from Parliaments to Prime Ministers, and from Protestantism to Pantheism!  They are all united in combating this common existential threat.  All, that is, except one—President Donald Trump!

The reader may wonder that this is purely conjecture and alarmist mentality, but the facts are so real before us, that it no longer requires a student of prophecy to decode the developing events for the entire cast is currently playing out before our eyes.

“Green Sabbath is a non-religious, non-political, and non-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve planet health by observing at least one carbon footprint-free day each week--on any day of the week. We call it symbolically A Green Sabbath day.  The organization’s name borrowed symbolically from traditions’ day of rest and conservation… A period of environmental rest.”[6]

If you believe they accidentally happened upon the word “Sabbath” in order to advance their agenda, then you’ve been deceived, and this is where you need a student of prophecy to aid in your understanding!  The proposals that will be coming our way are not as “optional” as this Green Sabbath is suggesting, that’s just to lower our guards and get us in the ring, but when it’s game time, we will all be required to work and rest together so we can all play together!  This is where the Pope’s encyclical will become the doctrine for the nations.  Let’s take a read:

167.  Although the summit[7] was a real step forward, and prophetic for its time, its accords have been poorly implemented, due to the lack of suitable mechanisms for oversight, periodic review and penalties in cases of non-compliance… 173. Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed, since local authorities are not always capable of effective intervention… Global regulatory norms are needed to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions… 211. If the laws are to bring about significant, long-lasting effects, the majority of the members of society must be adequately motivated to accept them, and personally transformed to respond214. Political institutions and various other social groups are also entrusted with helping to raise people’s awareness…  Because the stakes are so high, we need institutions empowered to impose penalties for damage inflicted on the environment…

236. The Eucharist joins heaven and earth; it embraces and penetrates all creation…Earth Sabbath Pope Francis.pngThus, the Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation237. On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world… The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day… And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor. ”[8]

The accompanying logo (left) was captured from the Catholic website, ICN—Independent Catholic News of March 30, 2017.[9]  This demonstrates that the Roman Catholics are not ashamed to identify their Sunday as the end-time Sabbath, and are now actively lobbying and onboarding international policymakers to write church doctrines into state laws!

“The first day of the week, a common working day, possessing no sanctity whatever, will be set up as was the image of Babylon. All nations and tongues and peoples will be commanded to worship this spurious sabbath. . .  The decree enforcing the worship of this day is to go forth to all the world.”[10]

“As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example.[11]

“The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the world will act a part.”6T 352 (1900).[12]

They are loud and proud to proclaim Sunday as the earth’s Sabbath day of rest, and are steadily gaining momentum, not in quantum leaps, but in seismic proportions!  In remarkable fulfillment of the Ellen White predictions of more than a century ago, in 2017 the Roman Catholic leaders held a conference in the UK at Derbyshire to accelerate the Pope’s Sunday-Sabbath “climate change” agenda, and here is how they promoted it: “The theme will be ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis’”.[13]

By His own admission, the Pope is indefatigably championing an environmental train whose toll-gate will chime with an international Sunday law legislation by the civil governments of earth, under the fake heading of “climate change.”  From what we have uncovered thus far, it is clear that the Pope will be making the rounds to all the nations on earth, by voice, letter, and personal visitations, urging them to sign on to the Paris Climate Accords, in defense of our common home.  But that is one of the most subtle undertakings the Papacy has embarked upon in recent times.  While it is not in the power of the Catholic Papacy to make and enforce laws on foreign nations, they will obtain the favor of the heads of these nations who will sympathize with the Climate Science “green Sabbath” world view, and surrender their reasoning to globalists who are all working on behalf of the Roman Papacy—the healed beast!  When the two-horned beast (the USA) so enshrines such laws into her working policies, then this nation will have formed an image to the Papacy, represented as leopard-like beast, and that will be a trying time for those who hold as sacred, God’s statutes, judgments, and commandments, and in particular the Sabbath rest command of Scripture.

Paris Climate Change and Sunday-Sacredness Laws

In 2015, Pope Francis wrote his groundbreaking encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise You), which he addressed to the citizens of earth accordingly, “faced as we are with global Laudato-Sienvironmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet…  In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.”[14] 

From the outset of this treatise, the Pope incisively zeroed in on the two components that prophecy says will be brought to worship according to the engineering efforts of the two-horned beast: a) “the earth”—global environmental deterioration, and b) “them that dwell therein”—every person living on this planet!  From here he will detail how the “land” will be restored to normalcy, and concludes with how “every person” will cooperate in this healing process of the environment.  This encyclical was timed to coincide with the Climate Change convergence of nations that would meet later that year in Paris, France.  At that meeting, the Pope acted the role of an international lobbyist and literally coerced the heads of states to vote for his policies, as outlined in Laudato Si’.

“In the lead up to COP 21, Pope Francis…published a papal encyclical entitled: Laudato SiThe encyclical caused major discussion during the negotiations in Paris, and it was even rumored that Pope Francis made personal phone calls to the leaders of Catholic majority nations in order to secure global passage of the agreement.2”[15]

It is clear from this Harvard report that the Paris Climate Change Agreement is nothing but the Pope’s Climate Change encyclical!  “Pope Francis has once again underscored the perils of manmade ‘climate change,’ urging nations to adopt practical measures to counteract its effects. After his ‘Angelus’ message in Saint Peter’s Square Sunday, the Pope gave a shout-out to the ‘One Planet Summit’ that will take place in Paris this week, voicing his hopes for the summit’s success in fighting climate change… ‘I strongly hope that this summit, as well as other initiatives that go in the same direction, will foster a clear awareness of the need to adopt genuinely effective measures to counteract climate change and, at the same time, to combat poverty and promote integral human development,’ he added.”[16] 

Further too, it will be seen that it was an act of providence that caused US President Donald Trump to withdraw the nation from that international Papal confederacy of nations advocating for a Sunday law!

“Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions… with Syria on board, now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action – all save one country.”[17]

History will bear record that President Trump was God’s instrument to stand as a temporary defense to Sabbath-keepers’ religious liberties before the corporal policies of Paris are unleashed upon the entire world!  Only when the USA gets in the room does the party really begin, and that is why the Pope and the nations are so livid with Trump for his “ill-advised” withdrawal from the Paris Accords!  This should be a moment of deep reflection and watchfulness for every Seventh-day Adventist, for the world will not walk away from the Paris Agreement, as it has now reached a “crisis” point among the new Democratic policymakers.

In the wake of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement and Trump’s withdrawal, new impetus has been injected into the minds of Globalists and national policymakers world over, demanding that something must be done quickly to curb the negative effects of “Anthropogenic Climate Change[18].”  While Scientists and Politicians are trying to understand this event and deploy methods of curbing its propagation, the Pope of Rome (Pope Francis I) has offered the world a solution.  His proposal is built partly on logic, some science, a heaping cup of cultural dynamism, anchored on the backbone of the Catholic Eucharist, all of which have helped to transform his crafted “solution” into a sort of Divinely-inspired mandate for the world today!  In his encyclical, Laudato-Si, the Pontiff used his popularity as a world leader, and his accepted position as a moral champion, to whip the political world into accepting his demands to fixing once-and-for-all the climate change crisis the world now faces.  The Pope strikes out against greed and consumerism as the leading causes of this run-away catastrophe that is impacting every human being living in our common home—earth!

“§21 Each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth…

  • 161 Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth. The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world.”[19]

As for his “doomsday predictions” phrase, there is much doom and gloom to go around.  In the wake of the recent US midterms elections, the new Democratic-controlled Congress has moved the “Climate Change” concerns to a “Climate Crisis” fevered pitch. 

“One of the first orders of business for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was to12 years left reinstate the Select Committee on the Climate CrisisSpeaker Pelosi announced that the Select Committee’s purpose will be to aid Congress’s mission to respond to ‘the existential threat of the climate crisis.’… High-profile freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez[20] (D-NY), for example, advocated for a more robust select committee structured as a panel tasked specifically with drafting legislation to address climate change based on the concept of a ‘Green New Deal.’… One of the central tenets in the Deal mandates that the United States economy be carbon-neutral and transitioned to 100% renewable energy within 10 years of passing legislation.”[21]

This 10-year crisis-control time window was established on account of Ms. AOC’s doomsday appeal– “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'”[22] 

It must be noted that Ms. Cortez  is an agent of the Roman Catholic Church, a Jesuit of sorts, whose hidden social agenda is to coerce legislators and policymakers around the world to enact an international climate change agreement, with full awareness that the Trojan horse in this recipe is legislated Sunday sacredness!  Here is what the Jesuits say of Ms. Cortez:

“Yes, democratic socialism is compatible with Catholic social teaching. There is a wave of millennials running for office this fall, and many are running as democratic socialists. The most popular may be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional nominee in New York whose clarion voice has already made her a national leaderCatholic social teaching gives us a strong rubric to turn to for answers.”[23]

While publicly defending her Roman Catholic faith, Ms. Cortez wrote, “Discussions of reforming our criminal justice system demand us to ask philosophical and moral questions. What should be the ultimate goal of sentencing and incarceration? Is it punishment? Rehabilitation? Forgiveness? For Catholics, these questions tie directly to the heart of our faith.”[24]

AOCGiven her new-found platform in which she can promote her Church’s social teachings, nowhere is AOC more vocal and hold stronger agreement with her fellow Catholic Parishioner Nancy Pelosi, than on the matter of Climate Change!  And by her own admission, AOC is actively promoting policies that “tie directly to the heart of” her Roman Catholic “faith.”  In other words, it’s not what’s best for my constituents that fuel her passion, but what’s best for my Church’s social and political agenda!  Hillary Clinton recently forecasted a foretaste of what the Democrats should and will advance as their emergencies: “The real national emergencies: Relentless gun violence. Children separated from their families at the border. Climate change, [and] Americans dying for lack of health care.”[25]

Pelosi emphasized that she’s not promoting the idea that a president of any party should use emergency declarations to advance pet projects without Congress’s consent, even if it were a Democratic president pursuing tougher gun laws — an issue she strongly supports. 

 “’I’m not advocating for any president doing an end-run around Congress,’ she said. ‘I’m just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are crossing.’  Doug Heye, a Republican strategist… sounded a similar warning on Thursday, moments after the White House announcement.  ‘Make no mistake: the next Democratic President will declare national emergencies on guns and climate change and cite the Trump precedent when doing so,’ Heye tweeted.”[26]

For the coming “mark of the beast” system to be as repressive as possible, it requires disarming the citizens of their fighting power.  But from the early days of the Republic, the founders knew that governments, over time, can become tyrannical, and thus implemented the “right to bear arms” clause so that private citizens can hold their governments accountable, if and when they become tyrannical.  This right, apart from voting, provides for citizens public action, up to and including armed resistance, if circumstances so warrant.  With these sensitive topics creating a constitutional challenge, it is worthy of reviewing the two most central pillars that stand in the Democrats’ way:

 “Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, orBill of Rights.png prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“Amendment II: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”[27]

Let’s note with care that the first amendment concerns “religion” and by extension worship, and the second concerns the citizens’ right to own weapons (arms).   In the enforcement of the principles of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, these two constitutional guarantees must be removed.  The Paris Agreement demands of the nations’ respect for the environmental Sabbath day of worship from both the land and the people, and to achieve this goal, private citizens must be disarmed, rendering them helpless in their opposition to such an authoritarian system.

 America’s Constitutional Crisis, A Throwback to the 1989 Massacre in Tiananmen Square, China

In recent weeks President Trump declared a national emergency in order to obtain the necessary funding for his much-touted “wall,” a long-standing campaign promise to his base, and out of this action, the Democrats reacted and threatened their own version of national “emergencies,” thus throwing the country in a Constitutional crisis of sorts.  But try as we might, even with the Yellow Vest protests of  France, and Belgium, no power on earth “rich or poor, free or bond” will be able to defeat this climate change initiative!  It is here to stay, and when it is fully deployed, it will be the most oppressive piece of legislation our modern world has ever seen.  In the language of Daniel, it will foment “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, (Dan. 12: 1).  Speaking of this same time, the Pen of Inspiration has left this on record:

“The time is coming when we cannot sell at any price. The decree will soon go forth prohibiting men to buy or sell of any man save him that hath the mark of the beast. We came near having this realized in California a short time since; but this was only the threatening of the blowing of the four winds… That will be a decisive time for God’s children, a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Now is our opportunity to work.”[28]

Here, Inspiration has linked “the mark of the beast” system with the “time of trouble,” showing us that we are nearer to the judgment of the living than when we first believed!

“Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4).  While the suggestion here is that this religious-political system is indestructible, in that it seems unstoppable on account of its popular support, there is yet another aspect of its invincibility that is often overlooked—the sheer helplessness of those who oppose it forcefully or ideologically.  But when the citizens are relieved of ownership access to the carnal weapons of war—guns and bombs, etc., through a Second Amendment revocation, and the de-weaponization of populations worldwide, then the public cannot form a private Militia to keep in check a government gone wild!  Hence, they cannot wage “war” against oppression, in the modern context of warfare!  This lesson is not long in coming, for in 1989 the world watched in horror as China mowed down its private citizen-protesters who were aspiring for freedom from decades of government by oppression and repression!  It was then that they felt the full force of the Chinese military “beast!”  That event is memorialized by an iconic picture of a lone civilian standing in front of a column of military tanks, temporarily stopping them in their repression against the anti-government protesters.  Yet, in the end, common sense was his defense, for he along with bystanders realized all too clearly that they could not make war against the Chinese beast, nor will opponents to the looming mark of the beast system!

Tiananmen Square China“The catalyst for the chain of events in the spring of 1989 was the death of Hu in mid-April; Hu was transformed into a martyr for the cause of political liberalization…Protesters remained in large numbers in Tiananmen Square, centering themselves around a plaster statue called “Goddess of Democracy,” near the northern end of the square…

“On the night of June 3–4, tanks and heavily armed troops advanced toward Tiananmen Square, opening fire on or crushing those who again tried to block their way. Once the soldiers reached the square, a number of the few thousand remaining demonstrators there chose to leave rather than face a continuation of the confrontation. By morning the area had been cleared of protesters, though sporadic shootings occurred throughout the day. The military also moved in forcibly against protesters in several other Chinese cities… By June 5 the military had secured complete control, though during the day there was a notable, widely reported incident involving a lone protester momentarily facing down a column of tanks as it advanced on him near the square.”[29]

This horrific scenery calls into focus the stark reality that such brutal systems of intolerance to religious liberty will again be realized in our world, not just in the United States, but in every country on the planet: “4 and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?…  7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them,” (Rev. 13: 4, 7).  This passage makes clear that “the saints” are the ones who will be placed in the proverbial cross-hairs of this despotic system, as pronounced by another prophecy, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12: 17.

A unique group of people will be the most important targets of the dragon’s rage—those who “fear God and keep His Commandments,” (Eccl. 12:13).  This is why God has placed his “seal” upon them, not just as a seal of salvation, but a seal of protection against the Dragon’s wrath.  Of this group we read, “When they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded,” (Joel 2: 8).  To this time also, Inspiration has provided further clarity,  “As the saints left the cities and villages they were pursued by the wicked, who sought to slay them. But the swords that were raised to kill God’s people broke and fell as powerless as a straw. Angels of God shielded the saints.”[30]

“Even the Jewish community will not be as traumatized as are those who embrace” the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”  In their own voice, the Jewish community wrote, “We believe that Jews, as people of faith, should use this holy moment in the history of the planet to speak out forcefully. Our future is at stake just as is everyone else’s future… Members of our community should make it clear that they welcome Pope Francis to the United States and support this (sic) efforts described in the encyclical.”[31]

Border Wall and Video Cameras New Tools of Imprisonment

Border WallWhile today the Trump-proclaimed “border wall” is a hotly contested issue in America, the days are coming when those political leaders who have opposed it today will welcome its construction tomorrow, and use it as the southern tier of this large open-range national concentration camp of sorts, a prison house from which Commandment keepers will deeply yearn to escape!  The Devil never lets us in on his secret plots but coats them with an exterior of social good.  For example, the multitude of cameras now watching us in Camerassociety, have had a positive social benefit thus far, in helping to solve crimes quickly, prevent and report accidents, road hazards, traffic flows, and other road conditions, all of which save lives.  Yet, all these social benefits will be surpassed by the negative religious impact it will have when these beneficial cameras are repurposed or expanded upon to eavesdrop on worshippers who do not conform with the newly legislated Climate Change Sabbath restrictions.  It is then that many people in the USA will head for the famous “Southern Border,” and realize that they are hemmed around in an open-range prison!  In a twist of fate, in those days the opponents to illegal immigration will not be the United States, but Mexico!  Yes, Mexico, a majority Roman Catholic country, will not welcome the large influx of immigrants from America on account of their “commandment-keeping” religious faith.  The United Nations has already proposed Sunday as “the Environmental Sabbath,” the “Green Sabbath” or “Earths Rest Day.”

“The approach of World Environment Day also signals the return of another unique UN-conceived event — the Earth Sabbath — a day of worship that transcends denominations and welcomes all faiths to participate in a day of global reverence for the Earth. Established by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) in 1987, the Environmental Sabbath (also known as ‘Earth Rest Day’)…

“The third principle — Sabbath, everything has to have its time of rest — had been embedded into early Christian society in America by setting Sunday aside as a day of rest. But the Biblical mandate is also: you have to do that for the land. The land has to rest every seventh year. This took on prominence. It was not only practiced directly by farmers, but it was seen as a metaphor for how we have to take care of our rivers, our lakes, streams, soil. Everything should have its time for rest, and not be relentlessly pressed…

“This is a day to abstain from any work that exploits the Earth. Ideally, this would be a day when all the world’s refineries and industrial smokestacks would be stilled, when all automobile and aircraft traffic would cease and people would gather outside to worship the wonders of creation in a cleaner, quieter world.[32]

Let it not escape your notice that both “the land”—the earth, and “the people”—them that dwell therein, are being called upon to worship and observer this environmental Sabbath for the health of the Planet and the continued existence of humans on it.  This is in complete agreement with Rev. 13: 12!

“The time is coming when God’s people will feel the hand of persecution because they keep holy the seventh day. . . . The man of sin, who thought to change times and laws, and who has always oppressed the people of God, will cause laws to be made enforcing the observance of the first day of the week. But God’s people are to stand firm for Him.

“Let no one yield to temptation and become less fervent in his attachment to God’s law because of the contempt placed upon it; for that is the very thing that should make us pray with all our heart, and soul, and voice, “It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126. Therefore, because of the universal contempt, I will not turn traitor when God will be most glorified and most honored by my loyalty… 

“Shall Seventh-day Adventists relax their devotedness when all their capabilities and powers should be placed on the Lord’s side; when an unflinching testimony, noble and uplifting, should come from their lips? ‘Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.’ Psalm 119:127. When the law of God is most derided and brought into the most contempt, then it is time for every true follower of Christ . . . to stand unflinchingly for the faith once delivered to the saints.”[33]

Two-horned beastThis is why the two-horned beast is prophesied to implement and enforce all the principles of the Papal beast that preceded it: “And 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 will be noticed, too, that the same Grand-Master—the Devil inspired both systems!  In verse 2, we are told that “the dragon gave him [the leopard-like beast] his power, and his seat, and great authority,” and in verse 11, it is prophesied of the two-horned beast (USA) that “he spoke as the dragon.”[34]

Having lost the battle against the woman’s Seed at Calvary, the great red Dragon has 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 during the Dark Ages, there were literally 1260 years of religious oppression against the true church of God, similarly, there will be 1260 days (3½ literal years) of anguish under the new dragon-speaking system foisted by the USA.  As also proven in Rev. 11, the 42 months (3½ years, or time, times, and the dividing of time—1260 years), during which the Church of Rome has persecuted the true church, is typical of another period of such persecution—3½ years, during which time the remnant of the woman’s seed will be the objects of Satan’s wrath.

There is sufficient evidence given in Scripture that the 3½ years have 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 two-horned 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 there is a last 42-month prophecy to be fulfilled against the woman and her seed.  In previous studies, we have proven that the final healing of the Papal wound occurred on October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

 “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…”[35]

“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].”[36]

Long ago, one of the 1888 pioneers made the following startling observation: “The day is coming when every Seventh-day Adventist in the United States would give everything that he has, and his life almost, if he could be outside of the United States. Let me say that again. I am speaking something now that interests every Seventh-day Adventist. The day is coming, and is not far off, when every Seventh-day Adventist will wish to the depths of his soul that he were out of the United States; and multitudes will condemn themselves, and will fret themselves under the condemnation, that they did not go out of the United States when they had the chance.” 

US Constitution“You know that this sign is given us, ‘When our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time of the marvelous working of Satan is at hand, and that the end is near.’ Have you seen anything of that kind? Has anybody here ever seen anything that suggested the repudiation by the United States of the principles of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government? Then you have seen some indications of the sign.”[37]

As a possible successful presidential contender for 2024, AOC, touting her “Green New Deal,” is on record as to how the environmental Sabbath is of dire necessity to reverse the negative effects of Climate Change, in defense of her critique against the current Presidential Press Secretary:

“The 29-year-old New York Democrat, who was raised Catholiccited the Bible in her counterargument.

  • ‘Genesis 1: God looked on the world & called it good not once, not twice, but seven times. Genesis 2: God commands all people to “serve and protect” creation. Leviticus: God mandates that not only the people, but the land that sustains them, shall be respected,‘ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
  • “She went on: ‘You shouldn’t need a Bible to tell you to protect our planet, but it does anyway.’”[38]

As further evidence that the Catholic Social Policies are finding their sounding boards in Congress is confirmed by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi statement which she has long held to be in the Bible!  “The Catholic Democrat has referenced the line nearly a dozen times on the Congressional Record: ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’”[39]

Green New DealThe Speaker’s contrived quote from the Bible can easily be summarized accordingly: “Our duty to protect the environment from the negative impacts of Climate Change is an act of worship, and to ignore them is to dishonor the God who made us.”

Earlier, we discussed the environmental crisis that the Pope has championed in his 2015 encyclical on Climate change, and how the Paris Agreement has used that document as the foundation on which to build the international anti “Global Warming” policies it has drafted up later that year. Since then, much has occurred, including the US’s temporary withdrawal from the agreement, under Donald Trump’s Presidency.  Now that candidates are preparing for the next general elections under the newly Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, the subject of “climate change” now looms front and center of each contender’s campaign line.  

“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced the GND, aiming to fight climate change and poverty…Green New Deal (GND) is a political and grassroots movement that links climate change with poverty and aims to solve both crises at the same time…. The GND’s overarching mission is rooted in the humanistic theology that Pope Francis drew up in his milestone 2015 Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, a precursor to the GND manifesto in linking global warming with poverty.”[40]

Over and again we are seeing that “both” the “land” and the “people” are being called upon to observe this climate change manifesto, but most alarming of all is that this doctrine is “rooted” in Pope Francis’ 2015 landmark manifesto on Climate Change.  Rather than being a “Green New Deal,” it will become, for commandment-keepers the “Red Old Deal” from the Devil—religious persecution all the way!  It is in this regard that the two-horned beast will “speak like the dragon,” as earlier stated, when she legislates policies that infringe upon conscience and the freedom of worship clause, our protected constitutional right.

The Beast, His Image, and His Mark 

The Bible makes clear that the “mark of the beast” has both religious and civil branches, impacting both worship and trade; it is expansive enough to involve the wealthiest of the wealthy down to the poorest of the poor!  The central nervous system of this “beast” is worship, but trade and international cooperation amongst the nations and peoples of earth are closely allied with it.  It is not, however, the implantation of an RFID chip under The Image Beastone’s skin, even though that is a conditional move and a distraction from the real act of receiving the “mark” of the beast and worshiping his image.

Who is the Healed Beast: The action centers around the “healed” beast, for an image is made to him by the two-horned beast, and in Rev. 13: 8 we are told that he (the healed beast) will, in the latter days, be “worshipped” by all whose names are not written in (removed from) the Lamb’s book of life!  This “beast” is indisputably a representation of the Roman Catholic Papacy. 

  1. Forcing the “Earth” and its “inhabitants” to Worship: Every form of forced worship is from the Devil. God did not force Adam and Eve to worship Him, and did not intervene when they were transacting with the Devil in their open rebellion against His expressed commands to them!  This “Christ-like” or Lamb-like beast will compel its inhabitants and the world, by extension, to worship, and such worship will be in conformance with the decrees of the wounded beast during his first phase—the 1260 years of religious tyranny.  13: 12 makes clear there will be two systems called to worship:
    • The earth (Land): The land, being inanimate, can worship only by resting and the “rest” that it will realize, can only be achieved when its inhabitants are also resting.  This idea of land “worship” or land “rest” is only true in the context of a land Sabbath.  Therefore an ecological law that demands that the earth rests from its productive output is the only way it can truly rest.  Note this point with care!
    • The inhabitants (people/animals): In order for the land to rest, as stated before, the people also must rest. The only principle of rest that will compel the earth and its inhabitants to “rest” is the Sabbath.  Hence, in preparation for this enforcement of worship, there must be popularized around the globe, the need for the earth to “rest” and heal from the negative impact of anthropogenic climate change![41]

That this forced worship is very real and imminent, can be easily confirmed when we see the attitudes of world leaders to the Papacy and its policies, most glaringly the “Climate Change” motif which inspired the Paris Agreement, the leading international policy statement on how to curb the negative effects of anthropogenic climate change!  True to fact that both “land” and “people” will be compelled to “rest” in favor of healing the world from its existential threat, the UN has established its “A Day for the World: A time for the soul,”  accordingly,

“The approach of World Environment Day also signals the return of another unique UN conceived event the Earth Sabbath a day of worship that transcends denominations and welcomes all faiths to participate in a day of global reverence for the Earth

Sabbath, everything has to have its time of rest — had been embedded into early Christian society in America by setting Sunday aside as a day of rest. But the Biblical mandate is also: you have to do that for the land. The land has to rest every seventh year. This took on prominence. It was not only practiced directly by farmers, but it was seen as a metaphor for how we have to take care of our rivers, our lakes, streams, soil. Everything should have its time for rest, and not be relentlessly pressed.”[42]   

  1. The miracle-working Deceptive Wonders: Allied with the religious communities, this Church-State fusion (image of the Beast) will become a tool in the hand of the Devil to manipulate the world, both civil and religious, to “worship” according to its dictates.  This miracle-working deception will be carried out by “the false prophet” (Rev. 19: 20), the leadership of apostate Protestantism that will experience a false revival of what they will call “primitive godliness,” and will show forth many lying wonders.  This false prophet is a union of false teachers headed by the same apostate Charismatic awakening!  In recent years we have seen shadows of this in the form of the Azusa Street Revival, the Toronto Blessing[43], and the Pensacola Outpouring, Pentecostal movements, respectively.  These movements will morph into the “three-fold union”[44] of Spiritualism, on the one hand, Romanism on the other, blended with the Charismania of apostate Protestantism on the other hand, this satanic triad will exploit the religio-political world with sensational lying miracle-working wonders, that will deceive the masses, and if it were possible, even the very elect would be so deceived!

“The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”  {GC 588.1} 

We should be looking for the signs of Protestants courting Roman Catholicism and Spiritualism in forming this triad, and indeed the days are right upon us!  The precursor to this False Prophet movement could verily be sheathed in “The Send” [45]  movement in seeking to discover the passing of Billy Graham’s Mantle[46] of evangelism to a new generation, primarily of youth ministry leaders with miracle-working wonders in its train.

  1. Image of the Wounded Beast: Under the “wounded” state of the leopard-like beast, the church was united with the State, as further shown from the horn-head combination of Dan. 7:8.  In order for the United States and the world, by extension, to form an image to that ecclesiastical monster, the churches must again be closely allied with the State, as to cause Church laws to be legislated as State laws!  Being the cunning and deceptive artificer he is, Satan has inspired the nations to accept the Trojan Horse of “climate change,” not realizing that the heart of this system is a religious amendment to their constitutions, thereby forcing the nations of earth to establish a Sunday-Sabbath legislation for the healing of the planet, when in fact, it is the advancement of the Roman Catholic’s “mark” of supremacy over “every human being” that is being enacted!
  2. Dissenters Punished Through Death Decree: This death decree is two-fold: on the one hand there is a death-decree from God (Rev. 14: 9-11) against those who yield to this beast system with the offer of eternal live to those who do not (Rev. 14: 12; 22: 14), while on the other hand there is a death penalty from the two-horned beast and false prophet combo of Rev. 13: 15, and temporal prosperity in buying and selling.  In other words, this will be a definite crisis for commandment- keepers, for they will neither be able to work or trade—buy or sell, (mark in right hand) in their national economies, nor will they have the freedom to “worship” therein either!
  3. The Mark of The Beast: “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Rev. 13: 15. The act of giving “life” to anything is to make it actionable and functional on its own. This “beast” system was first unveiled to the world during the dark ages of Papal inquisition, and to give “life” to it is to re-engineer that system of forced worship and trade upon the modern world once more.  Those dissidents who did not comply with the dictates of the inquisition were exiled to the mountains and caves of the earth, and even there were hunted like wild beasts and brought to papal justice and certain death!  Today, the Papacy makes public expressions against the death penalty, as a means of pulling the proverbial wool over our eyes, but prophecy teaches that they along with the apostate Protestants of our world will be foremost in exacting the death-penalty on dissenters from this “Green new deal,” as it were, which, in reality is the rebirth of the dark old deal that was served upon the true people of God only a few centuries ago: Under the fourth and fifth seals, this despotic system crushed the saints “for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held,” ( 6: 9), by killing them “with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Rev. 6: 8).

The Church of Rome has long held that on her own volition she changed the Sabbath from the 7th to the 1st day, by virtue of the Divine authority vested in her: “Sunday is our mark or authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”[47]

Rest from work is a right… On Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation, believers must refrain from “engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day… Family needs and service of great importance to society constitute legitimate excuses from the obligation of Sunday rest, but these must not create habits that are prejudicial to religion, family life or health.”[48]

It is clear that the Papacy has held claims to Sunday sacredness, and any institution, even for the best of purposes, such as curbing the negative impacts of “climate change,” which enforces a Sunday-Sabbath requirement, is working on strict orders from the Vatican and are paying homage to its dictates!  It is this Trojan horse that most people today are not cognizant of, and to which our voices must sound the alarm.  Rome will not enforce laws on its own, but it will inspire faith in its policies to so enshrine them in State Laws, thereby causing Cannon Laws of the past to become the State Laws of the future!

193. What are we commanded by the third Commandment?  By the third Commandment we are commanded to keep Sunday holy. The Jews’ Sabbath, or Day of Rest, was Saturday… The Church, using the power our Lord gave her, altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday, to commemorate our Lord’s resurrection on Easter Sunday and the descent of the Holy Ghost on Whitsunday… the full transfer from Saturday to Sunday was a gradual process, under the authority of the Church. Those Christians who believe in the Bible and the Bible[49] only have some difficulty in explaining why they keep Sunday holy and not the Sabbath.”[50]

  1. No buy No sell: “16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev. 13: 16, 17). The subject of worship and international trade will be linked in a satanic plot, denying people employment, and nations trading rights if they do not cooperate with this new vision of the world.  The average person little realized that “climate change,” for example, is the one idea that melds all peoples on earth in one global melting pot.  And this issue has been given life by Pope Francis and his devotees around the globe.  In the heart of his encyclical is a demand for “worship” on a specific day of the week—Sunday.  It has won international support, and even in the USA where President Trump has withdrawn America from the international climate change agreement called “the Paris Accords,” there are forces underway steaming ahead to make this a reality, one way or another, even if it requires calling for a “national emergency” to enact it. 
  2. Religious-Economic Convergence of enforced Worship: It is worth mentioning the global attraction given the “Green New Deal” and noting its brainchild:

“Green New Deal (GND) is a political and grassroots movement that links climate change with poverty and aims to solve both crises at the same time… The GND’s overarching mission is rooted in the humanistic theology that Pope Francis drew up in his milestone 2015 Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, a precursor to the GND manifesto in linking global warming with poverty.”[51]

It is remarkable to note that there are “two” entities being addressed in these climate initiatives: the earth, and its citizens; both must work in concert in order to heal our planet from the looming “existential threat” being hastened on within “twelve years” from now, if that “crisis” is not immediately brought under control!  The frightening reality though, is that governments and policymakers will not leave the day on which on observes the Sabbath as an option to one’s beliefs and preferences!  These laws will be mandated with a death-penalty to give them enforceability.

  1. Wisdom to count 666: For years the Papas title “Vicarius Filii Dei” has been employed by Seventh-day Adventists to teach that the man bearing the number 666 is the Pope, but there is no Biblical nor Spirit of Prophecy support for this notion. To the contrary, in one of her earliest visions, Sister White left the following report on file:

“I saw all that “would not receive the mark of the Beast, and of his Image, in their foreheads or in their hands,” could not buy or sell. [Revelation 13:15-17.] I saw that the number (666) of the Image Beast was made up; [Revelation 13:18.] and that it was the Beast that changed the Sabbath, and the Image Beast had followed on after, and kept the Pope’s, and not God’s Sabbath. And all we were required to do, was to give up God’s Sabbath, and keep the Pope’s, and then we should have the mark of the Beast, and of his image.”[52]

It is evident from this that what she saw was as the Bible stated, “the Image Beast” is the one which bears the number 666 and enforces “the Pope’s, and not God’s Sabbath!”

Revelation 13 speaks of two distinct beasts, one wounded—the leopard-like, and the other with two lamb-like horns; the first ten verses describe the work and career of the leopard-like (sea) beast, while the remaining eight verses describe the mission of the lamb-like beast.  Inspiration differentiates the two after verse 10, by referring to the leopard-like beast as the “wounded,” and sometimes “healed” beast, and not simply as “the beast.”  Following this positively inspired demarcation, it becomes a trivial matter to correctly associate the number 666 with the appropriate beast.  Further too, while there are many names and titles, including Ellen Gould Harmon’s (Ellen G. White) that add up to 666, we must be obedient to the text of Scripture, and not use a knee-jerk group think reaction to prophecy, for therein lies sure error.  So, although the Papacy is not the one on whom the Bible places the number 666, it is evident that both systems will be working in close cooperation, such that the two-horned beast will become beholden to the “healed” beast!

“This beast represents a man who stands at the head of a nation, and whose influence goes far and wide among the kings of the earth. He is further identified by a number — the mystical number ‘six hundred threescore and six.’ Rev. 13:18.   The prevailing belief that the number “666” is the numerical identification of some other power, is the spawn of the Prince of Darkness, and is calculated to conceal if possible the identification of this two-horn power.  Inspiration puts the number on the two-horn beast, and there we must leave it.”[53]

An early Adventist pioneer had this to say, “The beast, having seven heads and ten horns is the one referred to; and I think the image, is the beast having ‘two horns like a lamb,’ that ‘spake as a dragon.’  His number is 666.”[54]  Ellen White’s Husband, James, also weighs in on this topic: “This last power that treads down the saints is brought to view in Rev.13:11-18. His number is 666.”[55] Both Ellen and James agreed that the number 666 attaches to the two-horned and not the leopard-like beast.

Lastly, we are told that not all in relation to this system is yet revealed, and only the passage of time will confirm it beyond any shadow of all doubts.  One thing is certain though, is that the Bible has placed the number 666 on the two-horned beast, and while the temptation is great to count the numerals of various names and titles such as Vicarious Filii Dei, caution must be exercised, for this is one of Satan’s methods in trying to force-fit the prophetic Word of God, and thereby blinds God’s people to the real source of the coming danger.  So, while the Papacy will work in close union with the United States in its enforcement of a Sunday-law crisis upon God’s faithful people, it is indisputably true, that the name and number of the beast are attached to the head of the USA and not the head of Vatican City.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

While the wrath of men and demons will be unleashed against God’s faithful worshipers, they will not suffer without a defense.  In other words, they will not be sitting ducks, waiting to be shot, so to speak, for at such as crisis moment when the Law of God is made void in the land, YHWH Himself will be the shelter of His tested and tried people.  It is then that the invitation will be extended,

“20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Isa. 26: 20.

Our God promises “hiding places” for his people during this unrelenting storm, but more importantly, the ark of safety for today—the Kingdom, will be the ultimate “hiding place” for his church during the MOB crisis confronting us.  This view is more clearly articulated below:

“18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.” Isa. 32: 18-20.

God’s future evangelists “the ox and the ass” shall dwell “in a peaceable habitation,” and not suffer the wrath of the dragon.  HalleluYah!

“14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isa. 33: 14-17.

To those who despise evil, and overcome sin and the pull of the flesh, though they dwell in “the munitions of rocks,” yet their “bread shall be given them, and their waters shall be sure,” even at a time when they cannot “buy” bread!

“22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” Ex. 12: 22, 23.

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Ps. 32:7.

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Pr. 18:10.

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Ps. 27:5.

“3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler… 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Ps. 91:3-11.

It is a little-known truth that God will have a specific location for the end-time church, a special hiding place from the seven last plagues, called the pre-millennial kingdom, and so I now cite a monumental statement from the pen of Ellen White, focusing on the Promised Land after the dispersal of both Israel and Judah:

“The ten tribes of the northern kingdom were soon to be scattered among the nations, and their cities left desolate; the destroying armies of hostile nations were to sweep over their land again and again; even Jerusalem was finally to fall, and Judah was to be carried away captive; yet the Promised Land was not to remain wholly forsaken forever. The assurance of the heavenly visitant to Isaiah was: ‘In it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ [Isa 6] Verse 13.

This assurance of the final fulfillment of God’s purpose brought courage to the heart of Isaiah… For sixty years or more he stood before the children of Judah as a prophet of hope, waxing bolder and still bolder in his predictions of the future triumph of the church.”[56]

The impressive truth about this statement is that it was made after Ellen White’s “last vision” on March 3, 1915, a little over four months before her death.  When she published the vision in April, the aged Prophetess penned the following lines:

I do not think I shall have more Testimonies for our people. Our men of solid minds know what is good for the uplifting and upbuilding of the work. But with the love of God in their hearts, they need to go deeper and deeper into the study of the things of God. I am very anxious that our young people shall have the proper class of reading; then the old people will get it also. We must keep our eyes on the religious attraction of the truth. We are to keep mind and brain open to the truths of God’s Word. Satan comes when men are unaware. We are not to be satisfied because the message of warning has been once presented. We must present it again and again…

“It is my sincere wish for our young people that they find the true meaning of justification by faith, and the perfection of character that will prepare them for eternal life. I do not expect to live long, and I leave this message for the young, that the aim which they make shall not miscarry.”[57]

It is worthy of notice the importance God placed upon our “need to go deeper and deeper” into the truths of His Word!  And knowing that the older ones were about to pass off the stage of action, here message was directed to the next changer-guards—the youth of that time, who would, in another 15 years or so, become the future leaders of the Church.  To this end she again implored that we must be on the lookout for more revelations of truth from the Scriptures, thus we ought to “keep mind and brain open to the truths of God’s Word,” and search it as for hidden treasures.  Then she gave a hint, a really BIG hint, our need to truly understand “justification by faith, and perfection of Character” in Jesus Christ! 

These two truths were brought forth in the heaven-borne message entitled The Shepherd’s Rod. That message was especially rejected on the grounds that it taught perfection of characters before the Second Coming of Christ in power and glory, whereas the General Conference held that we will be sinning all the way till Jesus bursts the eastern sky!  This story has been well documented in the book, “What Every Seventh-day Adventist Should Know About The Shepherd’s Rod;” (WESDASKASR)—available Online at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.  In that book, citing the Denominations defense literature against the Rod’s teachings, Augustus reports the following:

“Seventh-day Adventists teach Whole church not perfect before the ‘Loud Cry’… Christ in the Parable of the wheat and tares, Matt. 13, shows tares in the church till the end of the World…”[58]

Those church leaders condemned the Rod for teaching that the church would be pure “during” the Loud Cry, yet lauded Ellen White for teaching the same doctrine….

Not to be outdone, the Church, some thirteen years after condemning the doctrine of Christian perfection, as taught in the Rod, reversed itself and taught the world church the same error they loathed.  This time around, they packaged it as a constituent teaching of the Third Angel’s Message—the everlasting gospel…

This type of double-speaking demands a corporate apology, corporate repentance, and an honest reexamination of the Rod, and I appeal to each reader to join me in petitioning for this to be realized in our generation.”[59]

How interesting that God, through Sister White, should call special attention to our need for going “deeper and deeper” in the minefield of God’s Word in our pursuit of understanding Justification by Faith!  As it turns out The Shepherd’s Rod has also brought the light the pre-millennial kingdom of Glory, a truth now known or understood by Christians, in general, and Seventh-day Adventists in particular.  Again, Sister White called attention that “the Promised Land was not to remain wholly forsaken forever,” suggesting that in His own time, God would restore it to its prophetic destiny.  Ellen White died before the return of the Jews in 1948, and she looked beyond even that epic event to a time when “the holy seed” of Israel would “return” to that land as it constituted “predictions of the future triumph of the church” before Jesus returns the second time.  This is why Jesus, upon hearing the Disciples’ question, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1: 6), responded, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1: 7).  This answer provides rich assurance that that kingdom was yet future, even to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

It is a little-known truth that the Promised Land was not to remain forsaken forever, but in the restitution of all things it will blossom like a rose again, and become the center of the everlasting gospel at a time when there is an international decree forbidding buying and selling unless one conforms with the Beast, his mark, and his Image—the end-time Babylonian system of false worship denounced by the Third Angel’s Message.  To this time of refreshing, the prophet declared,

“12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.  1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Micah 3: 12-4:2).

From this we learn that after Zion and Jerusalem have been mowed down and “plowed as a field” and “become heaps,” an event that was realized in 70 A.D., that they would again arise to divine glory and prominence in the marvelous proclamation of the everlasting gospel “in the last days” of this earth’s history, during a time when “nations” shall hear the gospel and be converted to Jesus Christ.  What a glorious future awaits the end-time church of God!  We need not to fear the Beast and his Image, but to “fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgment is come,” then stand back and see the salvation of our God!

Respecting the fact that Jerusalem still has a part in the closing work of the Gospel, Jesus, looking at a time beyond her destruction in 70 A.D., to a time when “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations” (Luke 21: 25), and said, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21: 24).  This passage has been overlooked by theologians for the past 2 millennia, but now our eyes can appreciate their significance, for the word “until” shows a time limitation and suggests that “the Promised Land was not to remain wholly forsaken forever,” but that when the times of the Gentiles shall have tome to their close—when the current political governments of the Holy Land are replaced by God Himself, Jerusalem will again go forth in the glory of the antitypical Son of David—the Messianic Prince Royal—Jesus the Christ.  This will be a day while probation lasts, a day when the everlasting gospel will sound forth from that City with the power of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel.  To this time Zechariah prophesied,

“20  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 21  And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. 22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. 23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” Zech. 8: 20-23.

How marvelous!  Nations will be seeking salvation in Jesus Christ while the everlasting gospel beams forth from Jerusalem as on the day of Pentecost, for at that time the 144,000 evangelists—“ten men,” will speak in tongues by taking “hold out of all languages of the nations,” and declare the love of God to a lost and dying world.  It is then that those who are in Babylon known by God as “my people” will come out of that corrupted system both spiritually and physically, just prior to the falling of the seven last plagues, for said the angel, “4 Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” (Rev. 18: 4, 5).

Clearly then, God’s “other sheep” (John 10: 16)—“my people,” will be emancipated from “sin” and sinners, and thus be delivered into the glorious ark of safety for these last days, the pre-Advent kingdom of peace,  a place where the “plagues” will not come nigh their dwelling!  At this time, the following prophecy will meet its consummate fulfillment,

“12  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” (Isa. 27: 12, 13).

No honest reader of the Bible will conclude that these verses apply to the new heaven and the new earth!  They can only be fulfilled during probationary time, when God’s sheep were “ready to perish” at the hand of the mark of the beast system, but he turned his hands upon his heritage who came and “worship the LORD… at Jerusalem,” the glorious holy mount.  This is why Dan. 11: 45, the fall of the King of the North in “the glorious holy mountain,” is timed to be fulfilled just prior to the deliverance of the saints, from the “time of trouble,” (Dan. 12: 1), the MOB system.

Realizing that Sister White did not have all the light on this truth, and in a sort of passing of the baton of truth to the next generation, urging us to “go deeper and deeper” into the Word of God and to “keep mind and brain open to the truths of God’s Word,” it is only fitting that we should conclude with a passage from her final book which the Denomination has renamed from its original Divinely Inspired title “The Captivity and Restoration of Israel,” to “Prophets and Kings,” the following paragraphs:

The prophecies of judgment delivered by Amos and Hosea were accompanied by predictions of future glory. To the ten tribes, long rebellious and impenitent, was given no promise of complete restoration to their former power in Palestine. Until the end of time, they were to be “wanderers among the nations.” But through Hosea was given a prophecy that set before them the privilege of having a part in the final restoration that is to be made to the people of God at the close of earth’s history, when Christ shall appear as King of kings and Lord of lords. “Many days,” the prophet declared, the ten tribes were to abide “without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim.” “Afterward,” the prophet continued, “shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.” Hosea 3:4, 5.  {PK 298.1} 

In symbolic language Hosea set before the ten tribes God’s plan of restoring to every penitent soul who would unite with His church on earth, the blessings granted Israel in the days of their loyalty to Him in the Promised Land. Referring to Israel as one to whom He longed to show mercy, the Lord declared, “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call Me Ishi [“My husband,” margin]; and shalt call Me no more Baali [“My lord,” margin]. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.” Hosea 2:14-17.  {PK 298.2} 

In the last days of this earth’s history, God’s covenant with His commandment-keeping people is to be renewed. “In that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto Me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.  {PK 299.1} 

“And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; and the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto Me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not My people, Thou art My people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” Verses 18-23.  {PK 299.2}

In that day” “the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, . . . shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.” Isaiah 10:20. From “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” there will be some who will gladly respond to the message, “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.” They will turn from every idol that binds them to earth, and will “worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” They will free themselves from every entanglement and will stand before the world as monuments of God’s mercy. Obedient to the divine requirements, they will be recognized by angels and by men as those that have kept “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:6, 7, 12.  {PK 299.3}

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” Amos 9:13-15.  {PK 300.1}

We tried our best to call attention to the very obvious by highlights and underscores, and if the reader cannot see the relevance of the land Palestine in the “final restoration of the Gospel” to every nation kindred tongue and people, we will simply say Lord have mercy, and open the eyes of the blind that they might see, for indeed, your “kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven,” in Y’shuah’s sweet name, Amen, and Amen!

Garrick Augustus,  February 17, 2019

 

List of References

[1] EG White, 1911, The Great Controversy, p. 440.2

[2] EG White, Testimonies For The Church, Volume 6, page 17.

[3] Migration is one of the weapons the Catholic Church uses in order to move is parishioners around the world to prop up church membership, or to get a footprint for the church in non-Catholic countries.  It is currently happening at the US’s Southern border, sparking “a National Emergency crisis,” response from President Trump.

[4] The Pope is in open confrontation with President Trump’s “Border Wall” policy, which hurts the American church.

[5] USA Today, February 5, 2019, Pope Francis celebrates historic Mass on Arabian Peninsula.

[6] Climate CoLab, http://GreenSabbath.org

[7] 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit

[8] Pope Francis, 2015, Laudato-Si, §167, 173, 211, 214, 236, 237.

[9] https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/32245

[10] E.G. White, Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 976 (1897); also in {LDE 134.5} 

[11] E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 18 (1900); also in {LDE 135.1} 

[12] E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 18 (1900); also in {LDE 135.2} 

[13] Independent Catholic News March 30, 2017; A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: Challenge of Pope Francis

[14] Pope Francis, May 2015, Laudato Si, §3.

[15] Christianity Case Study- Climate Change, 2018, Harvard Divinity School.

[16] Briebart, December 10, 2017; Pope Francis Endorses Paris Summit for Combating ‘Worrisome Phenomenon of Climate Change’

[17] https://www.independent.co.uk; Syria signs Paris Agreement—leaving US only country the world to refuse

[18] Climate Change (colloquially, global warming) caused by human-related activities, separate and apart from earth’s natural processes, such as volcanism, earthquakes, and solar transformations.

[19] ENCYCLICAL LETTER, LAUDATO SI’, ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, §21, 161

[20] Hereinafter also referred to as AOC.

[21] The Nickel Report, January 31, 2019

[22] The Hill, January 22, 2019

[23] America, The Jesuit Review,  October 1, 2018

[24] America, The Jesuit Review, June 27, 2018

[25] Hillary Clinton; @HillaryClinton, 18 Feb 2019

[26] The Hill, February 14, 2019; Pelosi warns GOP: Next president could declare national emergency on guns.

[27] https://constitution.com/bill-rights/

[28] E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 152.2; italics added.

[29] Encyclopedia Britannica/ Tiananmen Square Incident.

[30] E.G. White, 1858, Early Writings, pp. 284, 285.

[31] Forward, June 18, 2015; What the Pope’s Climate Change Edict Means For Jews.

[32] United Nations Environmental Program; “A Day for the World: A time for the soul” By Gar Smith, pp. 1, 104, 178.

[33] E.G. White, The Faith I Live By, p. 291-2; italics and emphasis added.

[34] Jubilee Bible 2000.

[35] E.G. White, Signs of the Times, June 18, 1894 par. 10

[36] E.W. White, (MS 88, 1897).  {7BC 979.10}

[37] A.T. Jones, General Conference Bulletin (N/A), April 16, 1901, pp. 265-266 

[38] Jan 24, 2019; https://www.businessinsider.com/  AOC quotes the Bible after Sarah Huckabee Sanders

[39] Feb. 2, 2019, Business Insider, Nancy Pelosi Loves to quote a Bible verse that isn’t actually in the Bible at all

[40] Feb. 15, 2019, Toronto Star Pressreader.com; U.S. Green New Deal has been a long time coming.

[41] This concept forms the cornerstone of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in which he outlines a policy whereby “our common home” can heal through experiencing the Eucharistic Sabbath rest on Sundays!  This day will be exclusively reserved for “family” and “Nature” so both can heal.  Read §236 & §237 of this papal manifesto for details.

[42] United Nations Environmental Program Archive of  E-Articles, pp. 1, 104; all emphases added.

[43] Encyclopedia.com/Toronto Blessing; John and Carol Arnott, The Toronto Blessing: What is It?

[44] E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 451.

[45] Charisma News, Jan. 26, 2019, Major Charismatic Leaders Prophesy Billy Graham’s Mantle Is About to Be Poured Out

[46] Lana Vawser Ministries; Feb. 22, 2018; Billy Graham’s Passing and the Double Portion of Elisha Anointing

[47] Catholic Record of London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.                                                                        

[48] Catholic Culture.org; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Chapter Six, by Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, §284

[49] This is the basis of Protestant Creed—“sola Scriptura,” yet most Protestants keep holy the Sunday, the false Sabbath!

[50] Catholic Apologetics, The Catechism Simply Explained, by Canon Cafferata, The Third Commandment

[51] February 5, 2019; Toronto Star Pressreader.com; U.S. Green New Deal Has Been A Long Time Coming; italics added.

[52] E.G. White, 1847, A Word To The Little Flock, p. 19.1

[53] V.T. Houteff, The World Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, p. 27.

[54] Elder Geo. W. Holt, The Present Truth, Vol. 1, No. 8, March, 1850.

[55] James White, A Word To The Little Flock, p.8.4.

[56] E.G. White, Review and Herald, March 11, 1915 par. 11-12; also in Prophets and Kings, p. 309.

[57] The Review and Herald, April 15, 1915

[58]General Conference of SDA, 1936, Seventh-day Adventist Teaching vs. The Shepherd’s Rod, p.5.

[59] G.D. Augustus, 2017, WESDASKASR, p. 281, 287.

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