Steady Tread of the Events

Those who place themselves under God’s control, to be led and guided by Him, will catch the steady tread of the events ordained by Him to take place. Inspired with the Spirit of Him who gave His life for the life of the world, they will no longer stand still in impotency, pointing to what they cannot do. Putting on the armor of heaven, they will go forth to the warfare, willing to do and dare for God, knowing that His omnipotence will supply their need. – {7T 14.2}

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Did you catch that last part “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”  Are we no longer allow to practice what we believe ?

Some of the steady tread of the events , UPI

Indiana revises religious freedom law amid backlash

“As governor, I must always put the interest of our state first.” – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

INDIANAPOLIS, April 2 (UPI) — After seven days of vicious criticisms leveled from coast to coast, Indiana’s government on Thursday acted to revise its Senate Bill 101 — known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — to eliminate the perceived legal status protecting discrimination in the state.

From Financial Times

US corporate backlash hits religious freedom bills

Arkansas and Indiana have been forced to reconsider controversial “Religious freedom” laws amid cascading criticism from a broad cross-section of US society and big corporations such as General Electric, Walmart and Apple

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. Revelation 13:17. – {Mar 183.1}
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. – {Mar 183.2}
In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell.” – {Mar 183.3} – Mar 183.1-3

More events from www.ibtimes.com

Arizona Senator Wants Mandatory Church Attendance 

Arizonans should put on their Sunday best and head to church — at least if Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen has her way. Church attendance should be mandatory, the senator said during a debate about permitting concealed guns in public buildings.

“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” she said. “It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.”

It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity. Thus the accusation urged of old against the servant of God will be repeated and upon grounds equally well established: “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.” 1 Kings 18:17, 18. As the wrath of the people shall be excited by false charges, they will pursue a course toward God’s ambassadors very similar to that which apostate Israel pursued toward Elijah. – {GC 590.1}

What shall be the sign of thy coming?

We are on the “verge of a stupendous crisis”, but, “but the end is not yet”, what we are witnessing with the disease outbreaks, the wars and rumors of wars (even rumors of WW III), economic crisis, corruption, crime, etc, “are the beginning of sorrows”(Matt. 24:8),  the word “sorrows” in the concordance means “child birth pain”, in other words, as the due date gets closer, a mother experiences sharper and more frequent pain. In the same way, what the world is experiencing now, will only get worst until the Lord comes.  Even though the “end is not yet”, and we are at the “beginning of sorrows”, we are cautioned, “…the final movements will be rapid ones.”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 11.  “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matt. 24:22  God in His mercy is going to shorten to pain and suffering.

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Among the perplexities of the world there is hope, peace and comfort in Christ Jesus. This is our only safety, “give Him your heart without measure”, His coming is near, “…even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33)

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” And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

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Through spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the race, healing the diseases of the people, and professing to present a new and more exalted system of religious faith; but at the same time he works as a destroyer.  – {GC 589.1}

Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer.  – {GC 589.2}

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While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. “The earth mourneth and fadeth away,” “the haughty people … do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 24:4, 5. – {GC 589.3}

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if you have not read the book The Great Controversy, I urge you to do so, you can read it online by click here, or request from us a copy and we will email it to you.  This book written under the inspriration of the Holy Spirit, speaks definitely about the events we are seeing in the world today, and tells you how to prepare.

“…prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. (Amos 4:12)

Finishing The Reformation (Part 2)

Second message by Pastor Davis of a three part series. Please share with other Seventh-Day Adventists, as these are crucial messages for the end times. If you would like a DVD set of this series, contact Messengers of Light ministries / Apocalypse Ministries (the Links are on our website) or contact us.

Gross Darkness

It is time for God’s people to shine, not with our own light, but with the glory of God. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3) Beautiful verse, at this time when evil seems to be enveloping the whole earth, God’s people are to be forming Christlike characters, so that His glory can rise upon us and this will cause many that are in darkness to come to the light, Jesus Christ.

Many are in ignorance, and are caught up in secret societies, false religions, “get rich quick” schemes, crime, etc., and these all fall under one umbrella, “the man of sin” (2 Thess. 2:3) If they knew, and understood the word of God regarding the “man of sin”, the papacy, many would “come out” of these systems.

… Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:2-5)

What a condition the world has found itself in, does anyone doubt that we are at a point where just about all nations are “in bed” with the “man of sin”? Do we see the issues that are being pushed worldwide? Sodomy being chief among the issues. Do we understand what just happened at the head of the Catholic Church?
What did the prophet see God’s people doing at this time as “darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people”?
I saw some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. Their countenances were pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle. Firmness and great earnestness was expressed in their countenances; large drops of perspiration fell from their foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God’s approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them. – {EW 269.1}
The devil along with his evil angels are like a roaring lion “…seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they be led to distrust God and murmur against Him. Their only safety was in keeping their eyes directed upward. Angels of God had charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere of evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness. – {EW 269.2}

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, (follow the lamb, He is in the Most Holy place) and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”(Luke 21:28) Christ has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5 and 1 Chronicles 28:20), therefore, let us agonize and plead with the Lord for victory.

As the praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus came to them, to encourage their hearts and light up their countenances. Some, I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing and pleading. They seemed indifferent and careless. They were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud. The angels of God left these and went to the aid of the earnest, praying ones.I saw angels of God hasten to the assistance of all who were struggling with all their power to resist the evil angels and trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But His angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them. – {EW 270.1}
Oh what sorrow, what eternal loss, if we do not resist (Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7), the darkness that surrounds us. And the darkness is getting darker by the day. “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” (Isaiah 1:9)

We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today. Moral darkness, like a funeral pall, covers the earth. All manner of false doctrines, heresies, and satanic deceptions are misleading the minds of men. Without the Spirit and power of God it will be in vain that we labor to present the truth. – {5T 158.1}

Wars and rumours of wars

Iran, Israel, the US and North Korea, what do they all have in common, war and rumors of war. War talk, coming from nations that are armed with deadly nuclear weapons. At least two of these nations for sure have nuclear weapons (US and North Korea), one most likely has it (Israel) and Iran is said to be pursuing it (maybe already has it). In any case the talk of war and the increase in tensions can lead to mass catastrophe.

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The Bible says:

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:see that ye be not troubled:for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” (Matthew 24:6-7)

Kim Jong-un meets top North Korean military officials

From the book education we read:

The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the strained, restless relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place—that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis. – {Ed 179.5}

From the book last days events we read:

We shall see troubles on all sides. Thousands of ships will be hurled into the depths of the sea. Navies will go down, and human lives will be sacrificed by millions. Fires will break out unexpectedly and no human effort will be able to quench them. The palaces of earth will be swept away in the fury of the flames. Disasters by rail will become more and more frequent. Confusion, collision, and death without a moment’s warning will occur on the great lines of travel. The end is near, probation is closing. Oh, let us seek God while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near!—Messages to Young People, 89, 90 (1890). – {LDE 24.1}

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Indeed, “the end is near, probation is closing”, if there is a nuclear war, millions of lives will be sacrificed. It is time to “seek God while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near”, the end of all things is at hand. In the words of Prophet Amos, …prepare to meet thy God, O Israel [Gods people]. (Amos 4:12)