Before Probation Closes3
speculative national events which are supposed to occur about the time of the 6th plague. When Satan has persuaded some to apply these prophecies depicting the world’s pre-probationary crisis hour over theSabbath, to speculative national events supposed to transpire after probation closes, he can thensuccessfully persuade people to neglect the study of these prophecies, under the deception that they are notimportant because they are to be fulfilled after probation closes!Politically today, the world is divided into the nations of the “east” and those of the “west.”Should this weaken our teaching concerning the world-wide nature of the contents of our message, or dowe discern the greatness of God’s last-day message despite present political conditions? Would themessage concerning the mark of the beast and the image of the beast be proclaimed in countries governed by “godless” Communists who at present are not led by the Papacy nor influenced by Protestantsemploying Papal principles of the Church, enforcing her dogmas through the State? Will the world remaindivided into “east” and “west” from now until the time of the 6th plague, when, as some assert, “east” and“west” will meet in deadly combat in Palestine? Do those who still entertain this unscriptural idea, stop toconsider the bearing of that speculative teaching upon the plainly declared statements from the Bible andthe Spirit of Prophecy concerning the third angel’s Message? If the “east” is to continue under theleadership of “godless” Communists, or pure “pagans,” who will not “worship the beast and his image,”how, then, will “all the world” wonder “after the beast?” What, then, of the inspired declaration that “allthat dwell upon the earth shall worship him”? The third angel warns against the “worship of the beast andhis image”- is that- a world-wide message, or is it confined necessarily to the nations of the “west”? If theexplicit statements of Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy mean what they say, then the warning of thethird angel against the “worship of the beast and his image” must go to the whole world - including Russia,China, etc. Thus it will be readily seen that a belief in the magnitude of the third angel’s Message, a belief that it is a world-wide message, automatically rules out the idea that the world will remain divided between“east” and “west” until the 6th plague. And a belief in the world-wide extent and greatness of the thirdangel’s message reveals an understanding of the “great changes” that are destined to take place in present political conditions, resulting in the exaltation of the Papacy among the nations of the world and theconsequent peril and threat of death to God’s people “in all parts of the world” over the Sabbath - before probation closes.In an earnest endeavor to exalt the majesty of the third angel’s Message, and to assist the reader inobtaining clearer understanding of that message as he views the mighty events transpiring in the politicalworld to-day, this booklet has been written. May the Holy Spirit Who indited the words of the propheciesguide us into a fuller understanding of the things concerning the third angel’s Message, which, God’sservant declares, “should engross the whole mind, the whole attention” (Early Writings, Page 118).Louis F. Were,April, 1951.
ROME WILL CONQUER MOSCOW AND WASHINGTON!
Both the Vatican and the Kremlin are striving for world domination. Seventh-day Adventists, whoare guided by the prophecies of God’s Word and light from the Spirit of Prophecy, know the outcome. The prophetic finger points to Rome and Europe, backed by the mighty power of Protestant America as thedominating world powers until the very last hours of earthly history. Rome will “recover her lostsupremacy”-”prophecy foretells a restoration of her power” (Great Controversy, Page 579-581). “Theworld is filled with storm and war and variance. Yet under one head, the papal power, the people will uniteto oppose God in the person of His witnesses” (7 Testimonies, Page 182). “Protestants will work upon therulers of the land to make laws to restore the lost ascendancy of the man of sin ... Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the state.” Ellen G. White in Revelation & Herald,June 15, 1897, quoted in “The Ministry,” March, 1940.“When the nation [undoubtedly U.S.A.] for which God has worked in such a marvelous manner,and over which He has spread the shield of Omnipotence, abandons Protestant principles, and through itslegislature gives countenance and support to Roman Catholicism in limiting religious liberty, then God will