Snares of Satan

"The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers but the face
of the Lord against them that do evil.

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which

is good?" 1 Peter 3:12, 13 Satan's objective is to divide us from good and to turn us towards evil. Once he has done this, we turn from the righteous path to the unrighteous path; the unrighteous path leads straight to hell, right where he wants us. Satan targets our weakness to obtain his demonic objectives. Satan uses many devices to snare God’s people. He speaks to us in our thoughts, through other people, through situations, through our emotions, and through unexpected ways to cause us to do contrary to what God would have us do. He lies to us. He stirs up our emotions. He uses our anger, bitterness, fears, jealousy, envy, love, and even good intentions to persuade us to do contrary to God's will. He uses temptations, persecutions, and threats. He uses our ambitions of wanting to get ahead, and to prosper, and get more things. He uses our desire to be someone special. He causes many to believe the Bible is not true and others to believe the Bible does not mean what it really says. Because of Satan's lies, we become confused, and the Word of God becomes twisted in our mind. Satan conceals the truth in order to lead people away from the path of salvation. The best way of doing so is by imparting devious falsehoods to people. He attempts to attract them to his ranks by means of lies and empty promises. For example, he will promise heightened prestige, increased wealth, more sex, and a life of ease. Most of Satan's temptations come through the mind. He always tempts and attacks a person by stealthy, surreptitious, and covert ways. Satan realizes that God's children will rise up and withstand him vehemently if he attacks openly. This is the reason he tempts us by sneaking in stealthily and planting a thought in our mind unconsciously. Once the thought gets into us, we begin to think about it. If the more we dwell on a thought the more we feel justified and right, we have fallen into his snare. The thought that we have accepted is Satan's temptation. If we reject Satan's attacks in our mind, we will shut off the most vulnerable entrance of his temptations. 1

If a person pays too much attention to Satan's temptations, his mind will become confused, and he will easily become a prey to Satan's snares. As soon as a person's eyes are not focused on the Lord, he will find himself in trouble. How do we reject thoughts from Satan? It is easy to reject these thoughts. God has given us our mind; it is ours, not Satan's. We are the only ones who have the right to use our mind. Satan can only usurp our mind with deception. He will give us a thought, and we may think that this thought is ours. Actually, it is from Satan. As soon as we recognize that it is not ours, we have overcome. The Lord Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32). The truth is the fact. We will be set free once we know the fact. The power of Satan is in his lies; once his lies fail, his power is gone. Therefore, as soon as we realize that Satan is attacking us and that this is the fact, we are freed. On the positive side, we need to exercise our mind. Many people have lazy minds. This makes it easy for Satan's thoughts to lodge in them. Philippians 4:8 says, "What things are true, what things are dignified, what things are righteous, what things are pure, what things are lovely, what things are well spoken of, if there is any virtue and if any praise, take account of these things." If we always set our mind on spiritual things, Satan will not be able to inject his thoughts into us easily. Satan is able to inject his thoughts into many people because they are passive, because they have too much spare time, or because their thoughts are unclean in the first place. Everyone of us faces failure in some area of our life at one time or another. It might be failure in marriage or finances or in everyday battles like our weight or habits. Whether it's addictions or mistakes, the reasons for failure are remarkably the same and the solution is always Jesus. One of the first steps to recovery is to realize we are all in a battle. This battle is waged in the physical realm, but our enemy is not physical. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Satan is the force behind life's hardships and he uses them as snares to steal, kill, and destroy us. If he can't totally destroy us, he will seek to at least maim us so that we will not be effective in our battle against him. As Peter put it, "Be

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Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:26. However. “We should study the Bible with humility of heart. Remember. there is day coming when Satan’s schemes and snares will be no more. Even though “there is nothing that Satan desires more than to destroy confidence in God and in His word” we are to use the Bible as our guide to avoid the snares of Satan. be vigilant. 5:8) However. seeking whom he may devour." (1 Pet. He sets us free from the devil's trap.. walketh about. The Bible said we are to “pray without ceasing. All we need to do is to turn to God and His Word when we need solutions to our problems. However. There is complete restoration from Satan's snare available to all who believe. “It is written.” We are to turn to God to become the source of our solution. never losing sight of our dependence upon God. It's encouraging to have the resources of God on our side. trying to draw us back into the snare of sin. Satan sets traps and his desire is to keep us in this trap. As Christians. the Lord comes into our lives. we should pray in faith continually” so that we can overcome the snares of Satan. When the devil is tempting you and you feel as though you are about to fall into his trap. As long as we walk with the Lord and obey His Word. we need to be constantly on guard. because your adversary the devil. We can use the Bible to stand against the power of the enemy. the devil is continually setting traps. and we need to learn to recognize his tactics. repenting and asking forgiveness for our sins. we are out of the snare of the enemy. Satan cannot just devour whomever he wants or otherwise he would. to stop us from being freed.” and went on to quote Scripture. who are taken captive by him at his will. What did Jesus do when He was tempted by the devil? He said. ".that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil.sober. While we must constantly guard against the devices of Satan. There is deliverance through Jesus. when we come to the Lord in prayer." There is recovery.. look to God and read His Word. 3 . as a roaring lion.

and since then all people have been born in sin. They accepted the words of the serpent. “He declared that they would become like God. that God did not mean what He said.The First Great Deception The woman said unto the serpent. Adam was led into sin. God told them that there was only one thing they were not to do. And the serpent said unto the woman. She was not satisfied with being deceived alone. then your eyes shall be opened. possessing greater wisdom than before and being capable of a higher state of existence. Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof. Satan deceived the very first people that God created. Adam and Eve were not in the devil's trap in the beginning. Eve's failure was a series of multiple errors. and he ate. We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden." Genesis 3: 2-5 Satan said "If you sin. emotions and intellect. neither shall ye touch it. He appeals to the weakness of our flesh.” Satan's tools of deception remain the same today. God hath said. She doubted God. she listened and by taking a bite. and ye shall be as gods. They came into a perfect world and lived in a beautiful garden where everything was wonderful. so she shared the fruit with Adam. She succumbed and sinned and in doing so plunged the entire world thereafter into sin. Sin entered into the world because of their disobedience. she walked right into the devil's trap. Eve yielded to temptation. In that case Satan tempted Eve to eat of that fruit. he wanted them to sin. 4 . She refused to simply accept God at His Word. they were created without sin. opening the door to the Devil's appeal to the flesh and her spiritual pride. and through her influence. Ye shall not eat of it. lest ye die. knowing good and evil. you won’t die. instead you will become as gods!" This is the first great deception. they distrusted their Creator and imagined that He was restricting their liberty and that they might obtain great wisdom and exaltation by transgressing His law. And that thing was exactly what the devil wanted them to do.

but it means God by His nature must be separated from sin. Adam. God must judge sin. however their efforts were lacking. having sinned had broken intimate fellowship with God. however this one tree was harmful and God told man not to eat of it. in His mercy made provision for them. He made coats of animal skins for them to wear. who also ate of the fruit. Of all the trees in the garden man could freely eat. that one tree. The sin was disobedience. but a simple act of eating the fruit of a prohibited tree. Thus he instructed man to always obey God. 5 . On all the earth there was only one source of temptation. Man was made a free being able and expected to use his God given ability to choose to correctly obey God. Eve. Its effects are never confined to only the one who sins. The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil established the bonds of man's responsibility. Adam and Eve. God is our creator and thus has the right to establish laws that His creation live in an orderly manner. The effect of sin is always separation from God. It grows. Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve must have been greatly repentant of their deeds which had brought sin into the world. God gave man a will. The tree was placed there to define good and evil. Without responsibility for our actions the law is invalid. It spreads and seeks to involve others as well. thus he had the right to prohibit man from doing that which was destructive to him. It was wrong to eat the fruit of that one tree. God said it was forbidden and thus they had to accept that it was. The sin that plunged mankind into sin was not murder or some other gross sin. She failed in her role as a helper and was the means in bringing his downfall.Then she became a instrument of temptation herself and offered the fruit to her husband. He wanted the very best for man. It shows that man was not capable of determining what was good and evil and that man must trust God in the matter. That had to exercise trust in God. This does not mean that God does not love us. upon eating the fruit immediately sought Adam. in reality did already know what was right and wrong. God. Earlier they had made themselves fig leaves to hide their nakedness. Sin and rebellion by its nature is contagious.

to believe that he really does not have our welfare in mind. Satan's attack is designed to undermine our foreparents confidence that God really had their welfare in mind. Man is given time. denying God's forgiveness. Instantly. the history of the universe altered. which is God. Deplorable as Eve's sin was. The devil fills us with guilt over the past. they could have saved themselves from deception simply by obeying God. Adam transgressed with eyes wide open. That is why I am convinced that everything the devil does is designed for one purpose only: to draw us away from God's love.".. the human race fell. Eve was beaten from the moment she accepted the idea that God was not to be fully trusted. He makes us anxious about the present by insinuating that God cannot provide. experience life and also to seek God and be saved. He is the source of all our doubts about God's goodness. Jesus said. 6 . Satan's rebellion.. In time sin works its way and all men eventually die. Satan. He exacerbates the final terror of death. time to live.Man's death was spiritual as well as physical. At that moment. Deceived by Satan's subtle and not-so-subtle lies. but that he hates God and will do anything to break his heart. sin. And nothing breaks God's heart more than being separated from those he loves. His goal is destruction. his method is deception. Even amid their ignorance. When he sinned he died spiritually being cut off from the source of life. once confined only to himself and the fallen angels. the whole relationship between heaven and earth changed. "The wages of sin is death. even when they didn't fully understand it. trusting that His way was the best way. and that his approach now--to get us to distrust God. Romans 6:23. and deception if we simply obeyed the clear commands of God. is a liar and a murderer. It is not so much that the devil hates us. He is the one behind the deceits that buffet us all day long--the messages that encourage us to find something or someone more trustworthy than God. ignoring the Lord's conquest over the tomb. That was Satan's attack then. the subtle seductions to meet our own needs rather than trust God's provision. had now gained a foothold in a new world. says. We could save ourselves a lot of heartache. no matter how much we might not understand a certain situation or all the variables in it.

If you do not believe this." he whispers in our ears. Poison is more readily accepted from the cup of a friend than an enemy. our destiny all are beyond his control and care. guilt. Satan’s careful planning and cunning deception coupled with Eve’s willingness to listen and then cooperate with this deception was a disaster for mankind. We should not use God to solve our problems. 119:11-12). We should use our problems to find God. death and misery. that our sin. for often these types of temptations are the stealthiest and hardest to resist. relatives. The key to life is believing that God is good. Adam and Eve's doubting of God has been passed on like a virus to every human being since that time. 7 . that I might not sin against You. no matter what the circumstances may seem to be saying. you will be taking responsibility for your own life. You will know that you have found God when you believe that He is good. spouses. Satan's subtle craft is to make us suspicious of God. and close friends. Every temptation of the devil is designed to draw us away from the love of God. That is Satan's fundamental deception. Blessed are You.Anxiety. and fear: these are the marks of Satan's presence. who is the only one who can give us life and love. our suffering. May God grant to us the eyes of faith to see difficult circumstances as opportunities to draw closer to Him. Jesus Christ emerged the victor when tempted by Satan. our inadequacy. Although Adam and Eve failed miserably by eating the fruit and thus cast the human race into sin. “Your word I have hidden in my heart. Christians must always be on their guard against temptations which come from loved ones. That is what they are designed to do. O Lord! Teach me Your statutes” (Ps. They are based on the lie that God cannot or will not do anything about our condition. "He is holding out on you. Jesus. except one. our perfect and beloved example said: “It is written!” “It is written!” “It is written!” When temptation arises the Scripture must be in our hearts and on our lips.

this longing for spiritual oneness with their Creator. It was by satanic aid that Pharaoh's magicians were enable to counterfeit the work of God. It is this desire. One such means is for him to take advantage of the desire in the human heart for fellowship with the Creator. The fallen angels who do his bidding appear as messengers from the spirit world. One of the most successful avenues through which he has attempted to do so is through spiritualism. Satan exercises his bewitching influence upon their minds. the image of God was marred. the familiar look. While professing to bring the living into communication with the dead. not which they pretend to do. for the memory of them is forgotten. are reproduced with marvelous distinctness. The counterfeit is perfect. the words and the tone. Men are deceived by the miracles which Satan's agents have power to do. Ecclesiastes 9:5 When Adam and Eve sinned. and without suspicion of danger they give ear to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Satan has used whatever means possible to destroy the human race. a longing in their hearts for the relationship with God that they had lost. 8 . not obliterated. that Satan took advantage of in order to bring them under his control. Many are comforted with the assurance that their loved ones are enjoying the bliss of heaven. These persons overlook the testimony of the Scriptures concerning the wonders wrought by Satan and his agents. Ever since God expressed His love for humankind. Satan works through mediums to establish contact with the "spirit" world.Can Our Dead Speak To Us? For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing. neither have they any more a reward. He has power even to bring before men the appearance of their departed friends. To do this. There remained in people the desire for goodness.

which one receives when he or she is baptized "into" Christ. May everyone of us commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ and follow His ways. and the life. It was Jesus who said. and that they who thus appear are the spirits of devils and that our dead cannot speak to us. We must all be prepared to withstand them with the Bible truth that the dead know not anything. The Holy Spirit. then we do not need to fear Satan or his fallen angels. is greater and more powerful than the power of Satan. "I am the way. for in the near future many will be confronted by the spirits of devils personating beloved relatives or friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies." (John 14:6) Those who oppose the teachings of Spiritualism are assailing. which is in the world. the truth. not men alone.We all need to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. but Satan and his angels. 9 . except through Me. Those who would stand in the time of peril must understand the testimony of the Scriptures concerning the nature of man and the state of the dead. and no one comes to the Father.

” 10 . a person is not entitled to freely worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience." Matthew 23:4 Liberty for each individual to decide for himself what is to him religious. Gone are the days when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience. not because Catholicism has changed but because “Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers. To be free to receive it means that we must also be free to reject it. God extends grace to us freely and it must be received freely. but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. If that authority requires him to sin. It is the right of all people in a free society. Liberty of conscience is thoroughly detested by the papacy.Liberty Threatened Of Conscience "They bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne. Liberty of conscience is not simply a right for religious people. Salvation is not our birthright and it is not something we earn or deserve. More and more they are inclining toward Catholics. and lay them on men's shoulders. Liberty of conscience differs from Christian liberty. but he has the right to disagree with any improper use of human authority. The Christian is to render due submission in the Lord to any lawful authority. Real faith does not come by coercion. he must obey God rather than man. Liberty of conscience is sacred and inviolable because it is the necessary pre-requisite for people to hear the gospel and receive it. According to the papacy. Gone are the days when Protestants were against the teachings of Catholicism. We are not born into the kingdom of God. Conscience is the sacred ground in the human soul where we listen for the voice of God and respond to it. Liberty of conscience is the freedom to interpret and apply God's Word to one's own life.

Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls. let this be unheeded. She is silently growing into power. All that she desires is vantage ground. “God's word has given warning of the impending danger. and this is already being given her. to be the world power. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. in the churches. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution. as Rome is aiming to re-establish her lost supremacy.Soon. As a result. only when it is too late to escape the snare. Sunday keeping will be enforced and thus. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. That is.” 11 . liberty of conscience will be threatened as. very soon God’s people will be forced to worship man’s Sabbath instead of God’s Sabbath. and in the hearts of men.

5. God never forces the will or conscience of man. If left to their own free will and conscience. He wants us to freely love Him and have faith in Him. changed the ordinance. Satan 12 . “He will favour and prosper some in order to further his won designs and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them." "the haughty people .The Impending Conflict "The earth mourneth and fadeth away. Protestantism will enjoin with Romanism in Sunday sacredness which will incite the United States to “follow the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. but in rejecting the Bible truth. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof. but the most striking error is the belief “that God’s law is no longer binding upon men. The time is fast approaching when the observance of Sunday worship will be enforced and God’s true people will be condemned and persecuted for observance of the Seventh Day Sabbath. .” The impending conflict between good and evil will test the faith of the Christian world.” It is very evident that Satan is working assiduously to overthrow God. . Satan has caused man to have doubts about God’s law. “thus leading them to transgress God’s law. But Satan refuses to take that risk.” He wants to overthrow God’s law and so has entered in open rebellion against God. broken the everlasting covenant.” The Christian world is rejecting the truth presented in the Bible." Isaiah 24:4. as a result. do languish.” But how can man say that God’s law is no longing binding when God has “put the law in our minds and write it upon our hearts. because they have transgressed the laws. His deception also caused doubts about God’s Word.” By opposing God’s law we are bestowing power upon Satan. Man is spiritualizing the Bible and worshipping idols. Satan’s object is to use deception as a weapon against God’s people. Using deception. “there are few who really accept it as the guide of life. they in turn are rejecting its Author.

13 .” And how does he do this? By moving secular and religious authorities to enforce human laws in defiant of God’s laws. “to gain control of those whom he cannot otherwise seduce. Therefore.knows that God’s people will gravitate towards good rather than evil. Satan uses fear or force to rule the conscience and secure homage to himself.

17.The Scriptures A Safeguard "We have also a more sure word of prophecy. and as such should be given the highest place in education. God’s people will have to understand and know His will.” John 17:17. It is useful for “teaching. whereunto ye do well that ye take heed. correcting and training in righteousness. it is because there is no light in them."--Ed 16. However. Whatever contradicts the Bible is false. “to the law and to the testimony. Satan will be working with all power. The Scriptures are our safeguard against “the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of the spirits of darkness. rebuking. It is the most instructive Book that man possesses. So what can we trust? How can we keep from being deceived? “Thy word is truth. God’s Word is more sure than what we see. "The Holy Scriptures are the perfect standard of truth. as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.” Only the Bible gives a current view of things to come. we cannot automatically reject all supernatural events. world-loving heart. signs and lying wonders that will deceive everyone who does not love the truth as revealed in God’s word. The Bible reveals the great final scenes in the history of our world. God uses miracles too. To avoid being deceived. It was written through the divine inspiration of God. we must test all doctrines and experiences by the Scriptures. those who observe man’s law rather than God’s law would not want the Bible truth because it will interfere with “the desires of the sinful. as revealed in the scriptures.” 2 Peter 1:19.” In order to endure and overcome the trials and tribulations as a result of Satan’s deceptions. if they speak not according to His Word. At the end of time. hear and experience.” Isaiah 8:20. 14 . The Bible gives us infallible guidance on how to keep from being deceived.” The Bible is the primary source of our knowledge of God. However.

It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God uses the Scriptures to breathe His Spirit into our life. so that we may use the Scriptures as a safeguard. We are not just expected to know about God's word but to know it. we should read it and apply it to our whole life. God not only gave us His word in order to want to show us what is true but to equip us to live for Him. We are saved by grace through faith and our faith is tutored and strengthened through God's inspired word. be familiar with it and live it with all our heart and strength. 15 . The true power of the word of God comes not in just informing us but in transforming us-in freeing us to live fully for God. He uses His Word as a means of speaking His Grace into our lives.God's Word applies to all areas of life. Since it is inspired and trustworthy. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true.

The suffering of millions caused by man’s inhumanity to man is appalling to those watching this drama of earth. 4. Instead of believing God. but none would listen. Man’s pride and arrogance. saying. Rain was an utter impossibility. his greed and selfishness. In this they make a fatal error. trying to warn them of what was going to happen. of course. that ye be not partakers of her sins. is fallen. they believe the scientists and false ministers." "And I heard another voice from heaven. God. My people. and that ye receive not of her plagues. and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. just as they did in Noah’s time. having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them 16 . And he cried mightily with a strong voice. his violence and brutality have reached a level which is intolerable. and the earth was lightened with his glory.The Final Warning "I saw another angel come down from heaven. Come out of her. but most of the people will ignore the warnings. They mocked and ridiculed as he gave the warning that rain would fall to such an extent that the whole world would be flooded. who proclaim a more credible report. and the hold of every foul spirit. Noah preached to the people for 120 years.7: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven. and the people continued the evil and violence so detestable to God. as our world rapidly approaches the final catastrophic events of this earth’s history. The people would not believe Noah because it had never rained on the earth before. The end must come soon. Revelation 14:6. Babylon the great is fallen. having great power." Revelation 18:1. and is become the habitation of devils. Likewise. 2. most disregard the abundant warnings and advice God has given concerning the end. The last warning which God has given to our dying world is an admonition to obey God and to have nothing to do with any of the false religions in the world today. they said. saying. will not destroy this world without first warning us of the impending doom. Our world has just about reached the limit of God’s mercy and forbearance. They laughed and insulted as he constructed the ark which carried him and his family safely through the flood.

Satan will make the lives of the righteous extremely miserable. for without the grace of God our situation in this world would be completely hopeless.” 17 . and give glory to him. Saying with a loud voice. the Creator. of course. and he can see that Christ will. Who shall be able to stand? Only the righteous who keep all of the Ten Commandments and put their complete trust in God. and to return to the pure religion of Christ. when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.9 says: “Go from the presence of a foolish man. He has tried enticement with sinful pleasures. The fact that a message such as this is in the Bible for these last days indicates that men have corrupted their religion and have fallen away from worshiping (obeying) God in the proper way. Satan. It is a command to worship God in Biblical purity and truth. He has used force. and tongue. will be the driving influence behind this national Sunday law. But no matter what he has done. Fools make a mock at sin. and the fountains of waters. and the sea. indeed. Satan has been trying for nearly 6. and to every nation. for he knows that he is going to die. and earth. without defilement by heathen doctrines or men’s traditions. for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven. He has infiltrated his ministers into the churches. and kindred.” The message itself is a command to worship God. He has tried deception to convince mankind that the wrong way is the correct way. In these last hours of earth’s history the devil is getting desperate. He is using communism in an attempt to remove all traces of the Word of God from the earth. but God warns against these things. there have always been a few people who have been true to God. have His people for whom He is patiently waiting.that dwell on the earth. Fear God. Proverbs 14:7. All are encouraged to heed the final warning.000 years to get mankind to break God’s laws. and people. while trying to convince them that their doctrines are incorrect. Men have been involved with tradition and pagan practices so long that these practices seem normal and right. Once more Satan is going to employ force. this time to a degree never before attempted in an effort to exterminate every one of Christ’s true people.

It is the time when spirits of devils will go to the whole world. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God’s people in the time of trouble. It is the time when Satan is here on the planet pretending to be Christ. It is a time when "Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east. but they will not find it" (Amos 8:12). “As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob. But at that time your people will be delivered." Daniel 12:1This text speaks of the greatest time of trouble. It is a time when Christ's mediation is finished in heaven (Dan 12:1). The Time of Trouble begins with the close of human probation. 18 .” The time of trouble is all about a period of time on earth when there exists in the world a political and social atmosphere conducive to repentance and faith. It is a time when the whole world is wondering after and worshipping the papacy. It is the time when a death decree is issued to enforce Sabbath keepers to conform or die. The whole world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old. "the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. will arise. searching for the word of the Lord.The Time of Trouble "At that time Michael. It is a time when there is no goodness in the wicked. Daniel 12:1 speaks of the greatest time of trouble." and the Spirit of God is withdrawn. It is a time when America leads the rest of the nations to give homage to the papacy. the great prince who protects your people. using miracles to deceive. It is a time when nation will rise against nation and the whole world is "in confusion.

now they are made immortal. God’s People will be delivered at the second advent of Christ. though the earth be removed. and together." Psalm 46:1-3. Those in religious office have compelled God’s people to profane the Sabbath.” 19 . and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air.God’s People Delivered "God is our refuge and strength. Therefore will not we fear. in the twinkling of an eye. At the voice of God they were glorified. Little children are borne by holy angels to their mother’s arms. The sun appears shining in its strength. and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. faith and love.” “The living righteous are changed in a moment. though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” Daniel 12:2. while the righteous behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Friends long separated by death are united.” God’s people will enter the pearly gates and behold the Paradise of God and the Saviour will beam “with utterable love as He welcomes the redeemed to the joy of their Lord. God’s Second Advent will be a glorious one. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene. Those who have long been waiting for His glorious appearing “are now aglow with wonder. “It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. never more to part. a very present help in trouble. though the waters thereof roar and be troubled.” All God’s people will be set free upon His glorious appearing.” and “the glory of Heaven is beaming from gates ajar. they ascend to the city of God. Startling signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The law they have despised condemns the wicked. Those in the grave will arise to meet Him “some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Only those who have honored God by keeping all His commandments will be blessed. with sons of gladness.

20 . there will be no more tears. no more weeping and “the King of glory shall wipe all tears from all faces and all cause of grief will be removed.With Christ’s second advent to deliver His people. no more pain.” There will be singing and rejoicing in Heaven because God’s people are delivered.

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day. 'The curse has devoured the earth'. and lament for her." Revelation 18:5-10. alas that great city Babylon. I sit a queen. . when man trangresses the Law and changes the ordinances of God he literally defiles the earth. so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart. and mourning. and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. death. In other words. The world has sinned greatly in its rejection of the truth. as with the buyer so with the seller. that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. as with the servant so with the master. . It is clear from the Word of God that in the last days great desolation will occur throughout the earth. It is proof 21 . and am no widow.” There will be a perilous increase in desolations at the end of salvation history. How much she hath glorified herself. . The earth is made desolate 'because the inhabitants of the earth have broken the everlasting Covenant. Man reaps what he sows. saying. who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her. . due wholly to the wilful sin of man. No one will be exempted. and God hath remembered her iniquities. In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. shall bewail her. and lived deliciously.' God is not mocked. “As with the people so with the priest. . The desolation of the earth is the result of sin and is designed to turn man back to God in repentance and faith.Desolation of the Earth "Her sins have reached unto heaven. And the kings of the earth. Alas. and shall see no sorrow. as with the borrower so with the lender. as with the maid so with the mistress. and famine. The desolation of the earth is due to man's arrogant refusal to acknowledge God and to give Him glory. According to Isaiah 24 the suffering that accompanies this desolation will be universal.

paedophylia. The world is overflowing with abominations all of which cause desolation in the earth and add to the suffering of man. adultery. 22 . Only those who are 'in Christ' will be able to stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when He comes to judge the earth in righteousness and truth.these are all abominations in the sight of God. Only those who know the Lord and love Him will be gathered into His Presence before the final desolation of the earth takes place. abortion and the joining of the Church to pagan religions for the sake of peace and unity . It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Let us return to the Lord and seek His face whilst there is still time.of the destructive power of sin and it is bound to increase because the present generation has trampled on the everlasting covenant of God. Homosexuality.

he is not willing to concede defeat. God’s majesty holds the wicked captive and “Satan seems paralyzed as he beholds the glory and majesty of Christ. and glory. Christ will return to the earth and the Holy City will descend from Heaven. and honor.” All the wicked is destroyed and the earth is made new. and unto the Lamb for ever and eve. and all that are in them.The Controversy Ended "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren. Blessing. The wicked are filled with the same hatred of God that inspires Satan. be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne. Christ will raise the wicked which will mark the second resurrection. that they cannot prevail against Jehovah. and on the earth. but they see that their case is hopeless.” Revelation 5:13. but he is never a match for our Lord and Saviour and this time was no different." Matthew 25:40. “And every creature which is in heaven . 23 . At the close of the Millennium. there are none now to acknowledge his supremacy. Satan’s hope is revived and they are ready to receive his suggestions and to do his bidding. 1000 years. But of all the countless millions whom he has allured into rebellion. heard I saying. ye have done it unto Me. and endeavours to inspire them with his own fury and arouse them to instant battle. and power. His power is at an end.” However. and under the earth. His object is to overthrow the Holy City. and Satan is let loose to deceive them again. and such as are in the sea. “He rushesinto the midst of his subjects. Seeing the great multitudes on his side.

Find out what the Bible really says about hell. As you start the first page. Is God in control? Find out in this stunning and clearly written picture of the great conflict we are living in right now.Read The Great Controversy to discover the reason for pain and suffering in the world. From there it moves on with a unique view of history from the perspective of God’s true church and Satan’s continual attack from within. and most of all God’s love. It continues with this perspective of history up until our time and into the near future at the final resolution. The Great Controversy cuts through culture and tradition to bring us back to the Bible and real truths. God’s law. it grips your attention with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. 24 . the state of the dead.

At the root of the great controversy lie several issues. both employ certain strategies and weapons. His character and authority. and he is still raising them globally and in our personal lives. and His love for us. Jesus. and the position of His Son. spread fear. His justice and mercy. two (2) indestructible weapons in the fight against sin. the Word of God. Christ and Satan. the chief contenders in the great controversy. Praise be to God for His love and mercy. Satan raised these issues while he was an angel of light in heaven. 25 . and tell lies about God’s character are not match for us as we learn to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. But Satan’s attempts to coerce. His prerogatives. Some of these include God’s law.

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