1In the final
conflict, how will Satan appear?What
kind of work will he and his spirits do?11 Corinthians 11:13, 14; 1 Timothy
4:1, 2; Mark 13:5, 22, 23.
note:“As spiritualism more closely imitates the
nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and
ensnare.Satan himself is converted,
after the modern order of things.He
will appear in the character of an angel of light.Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles
will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be
performed.And as the spirits will
profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the
church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.”The Great Controversy, 588.
2List three groups that Satan brings under
his deceptions.Revelation 16:13, 14.
note:“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.”The Great Controversy, 588.
3What objective does this coalition hope to
achieve?Revelation 16:14, 16; 1 Thessalonians 5:3.See Old Testament type in Jeremiah ; Ezekiel .
note:“Church members love what the world loves and
are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and
thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism.Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain
sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power;
and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be
deluded.Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without
the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion
of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.”The Great Controversy, 588,
exercise:See if you can match the four groups
identified in the two references above with those described in Revelation 16:13, 14.
4Who is the instigator of the many wars that
are occurring around the world today?For the teaching of Jesus, see John 8:44. See also Revelation 12:9. For Old
Testament type, see Isaiah 14:4–6, 12, 16, 17.
note:“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.His temptations are
leading multitudes to ruin. . . .Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and
then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood.It is his object to incite the nations to war
against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the
work of preparation to stand in the day of God.”The Great Controversy, 589.
5Who works through the elements to cause as
much destruction as possible?For Old
Testament example, see Job 1:9–19; 2:6, 7.
note:“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. . . .Satan
has control of all whom God does not especially guard.He will favor and prosper some in order to
further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to
believe that it is God who is afflicting them.
“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 hail-storms, 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.”The Great Controversy, 589,
6Who does the great deceiver persuade the
people of the world to perceive as the cause of all the wars, disease, and
natural disasters that are occurring in the world?For Old Testament type, see 1 Kings 18:17, 18.
note:“And then the great deceiver will persuade
men that those who serve God are causing these evils.The class that have
provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles upon those
whose obedience to God’s commandments is a perpetual reproof to
transgressors.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 troublethIsrael?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. 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. . . .
“Communications from the
spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters of Sunday
of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the law
of God.They will lament the great
wickedness in the world, and second the testimony of religious teachers that
the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday.Great will be the indignation excited against
all who refuse to accept their testimony.”The Great
Controversy, 590, 591.
7What has been Satan’s policy since the war
in heaven began?Matthew 24:24.
note:“While claiming for himself perfect loyalty
to God, he urged that changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary
for the stability of the divine government.Thus while working to excite opposition to the law of God and to instill
his own discontent into the minds of the angels under him, he was ostensibly
seeking to remove dissatisfaction and to reconcile disaffected angels to the
order of heaven.While secretly
fomenting discord and rebellion, he with consummate craft caused it to appear
as his sole purpose to promote loyalty and to preserve harmony and peace.”Patriarchs and Prophets, 38.
“Satan’s policy in this
final conflict with God’s people is the same that he employed in the opening of
the great controversy in Heaven.He
professed to be seeking to promote the stability of the divine government,
while secretly bending every effort to secure its overthrow.And the very work which he was thus
endeavoring to accomplish he charged upon the loyal angels.”The Great Controversy, 591.
8How has the Roman church been carrying out
this same policy all through its history?Daniel 7:20,
21, 25; –25; –39.
note:“The same policy of deception has marked the
history of the Roman Church.It has
professed to act as the vicegerent of Heaven, while seeking to exalt itself
above God and to change His law.Under
the rule of Rome, those who
suffered death for their fidelity to the gospel were denounced as evil-doers;
they were declared to be in league with Satan; and every possible means was
employed to cover them with reproach, to cause them to appear in the eyes of
the people and even to themselves as the vilest of criminals.”The Great Controversy, 591.
Comment:This work of the papacy was described by the
prophet Daniel in Daniel 7:25.
9In the final
conflict, upon which we are now entering, how will Satan try to destroy God’s
; ; Revelation 12:10.
note:“So it will be now.While Satan seeks to destroy those who honor
God’s law, he will cause them to be accused as law-breakers, as men who are
dishonoring God and bringing judgments upon the world.”The Great Controversy, 591.
10Describe the difference between the way the
God of heaven works with people and the way Satan works.Exodus 34:6, 7; 1 John 4:16; John , 23; ; Matthew 11:28–30; Revelation 13:15, 16.
note:“God never forces the will or the conscience;
but Satan’s constant resort—to gain control of those whom he cannot otherwise
seduce—is compulsion by cruelty.Through
fear or force he endeavors to rule the conscience and to secure homage to
himself.To accomplish this, he works
through both religious and secular authorities, moving them to the enforcement
of human laws in defiance of the law of God.”The Great
11From the above
reference and the one below, whom does it say that Satan works through to
accomplish his objectives?For New
Testament type, see John 19:1–16.
note:“The church has received warning after
warning.The duties and dangers of God’s
people have been plainly revealed. . . .No man can tell how far he may go in sin when
once he yields himself to the power of the great deceiver.Satan entered into Judas Iscariot and induced
him to betray his Lord.Satan led Ananias and Sapphira to lie to
the Holy Ghost.Those who are not wholly
consecrated to God may be led to do the work of Satan, while yet they flatter
themselves that they are in the service of Christ.”Testimonies, vol. 5,
12How will the popular ministry respond to those
who honor the Bible Sabbath in the controversy over the law of God?For Old Testament type, see Jeremiah 26:7–11.
note:“Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be
denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restraints of
society, causing anarchy and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God
upon the earth.Their conscientious
scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of
authority.They will be accused of
disaffection toward the government.Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from
the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience to the civil authorities as ordained
of God.In legislative halls and courts
of justice, commandment keepers will be misrepresented and condemned.A false coloring will be given to their
words; the worst construction will be put upon their motives.”The Great Controversy, 592.
13How will the Protestant churches respond to
those who honor the law of God in place of their Sunday laws?For New Testament type, see Acts 18:5–7, 12–16.
note:“As the Protestant churches reject the clear,
Scriptural arguments in defense of God’s law, they will long to silence those
whose faith they cannot overthrow by the Bible.Though they blind their own eyes to the fact, they are now adopting a
course which will lead to the persecution of those who conscientiously refuse
to do what the rest of the Christian world are doing, and acknowledge the
claims of the papal Sabbath.” The Great Controversy, 592.
14What course will the secular rulers and
legislators follow in this controversy over the law of God?For New Testament type, see Acts 16:16–24.
note:“The dignitaries of church and State will
unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday.The lack of divine authority will be supplied
by oppressive enactments.Political
corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free
and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular
demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.Liberty of conscience, which
has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.In the soon-coming conflict we shall see
exemplified the prophet’s words:‘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.’Revelation 12:17.”The Great Controversy, 592.