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One World-wide Kingdom (to come)

Query #84 for the Month

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January 2022

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As you read the quotes, please take particular note of when they were written, for greater understanding comes to prophets as well as their readers as time passes.

Here's another great site on the character of God written in a way that's very easy to understand.

In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.   Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.   No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities but are used because they express my understanding clearly.   Others are direct quotes from the Spirit of Prophecy because as a commentator on the Bible, she is the best in the world.   However, all the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.    


Query:

In Daniel we are told of four world-wide kingdoms that were to come: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.  After them this prophecy ends in TEN smaller kingdoms in two parts, the feet and toes, before Christ comes.  Yet many today are talking about another world-wide kingdom soon to come among us!  Where does this idea come from?

 

Response:

There is no indication in the Bible prophecy of Daniel 2 that there will be another world-wide physical kingdom of power in the last days.  On the contrary, as the query itself tells us, the end is made up of two iron feet and toes (plus some clay) following the two iron legs.  But who are they?  And where could the idea of another world-wide empire still to come, arise from?

Here is the scripture:

    Daniel 2:

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose [Babylonian] name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? 27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king has demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers [cannot] show to the king; 28 but there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days [right to the end of time.] 

 

Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these; 

29 As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that reveals secrets makes known to you what shall come to pass.

  

30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king [the teachers of truth in the future], and that you might know the thoughts of your heart.  

 

31 You, O king, saw, and behold a great image [the statue of a man]

This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form thereof was terrible [awesome]. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

  

34 You saw till that a stone was cut out [from the mountain, v45] [1] without hands, [by the Spirit], which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a [second] great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  

 The image is made up of four metals (plus dirty clay) and they are defined as Babylon (the gold), Medo-Persia (the silver), Greece (the brass) and Rome (the iron).  At the turn of the ankles, we find two feet and ten toes.  Then comes the end with the Second Coming, so there is no room for another fifth world-wide kingdom. 

But let’s enquire further:

   {The Youth’s Instructor, September 29, 1903, pp.  6, 7.} 

{Vol 1 Manuscript Release 49.1 to 49.2 }  [1981]

Hundreds of years before certain nations came upon the stage of action, the Omniscient One looked down the ages, and predicted through His servants the prophets the rise and fall of the universal kingdoms.  The prophet Daniel, when interpreting to the king of Babylon the dream of the great image, — an image symbolic of the [future] kingdoms of the world, — declared to Nebuchadnezzar that his kingdom [the first] should be superseded. 

 

His greatness and power in God’s world would have their day, and a second kingdom would arise, which also would have its period of trial as to whether it would exalt the one Ruler, the only true God. 

 

Not doing this, its glory would fade away, and a third kingdom would occupy its place.  Proved by obedience or disobedience, this also would pass away; and a fourth, strong as iron, would subdue the nations of the world. 

 

These predictions of the Infinite One, recorded on the prophetic page and traced on the pages of history, were given to demonstrate that God is the ruling power in the affairs of this world.  He changes the times and the seasons, He removes kings and sets up kings, to fulfill His own purpose [Daniel 2:21.] ....  {1MR 49.1}

 The voice of God, heard in past ages, is sounding down along the line, from century to century, through generations that have come upon the stage of action and passed away. 

 

Shall God speak, and His voice not be respected? 

 

What power mapped [worked] out all this history, that nations, one after another, should arise at the predicted time and fill their appointed place,[2] unconsciously witnessing to the truth of that which they themselves knew not the meaning.  The [people of the] centuries have their mission.  Every moment has its work [for you.]  The Youth’s Instructor, September 29, 1903, pp.  6, 7.  {1MR 49.2}

Take great notice of this next quote:

   {Manuscript 63, 1899, 12, 13.}  [Para 31]    [Click here for the whole article.]

(Untitled Manuscript, April 22, 1899.)

{Vol 1 Manuscript Release 51.1} [1981]

We have come to a time [1899] when God’s sacred work is represented by the feet of the image in which the iron was mixed with the miry [dirty] clay.  [The toes make the feet useful.]

 

Right back just before the turn of the 20th century we were being told that the image of Daniel 2 was to reach to the end of our time!  Yet Adventism has persisted in teaching that the toes represent the ten nations of Europe back in 476AD!  (See note 1.)

 

God has a people, a chosen people, whose discernment must be sanctified, who must not become unholy by laying upon the foundation wood, hay, and stubble [false ideas.]  Every soul who is loyal to the commandments of God will see that the distinguishing feature of our faith is the seventh day Sabbath.  If the government [of our nation] would honor the Sabbath as God has commanded, it would stand in the strength of God and in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints [to prove itself like the others.] 

 

But statesmen will uphold the spurious Sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the Papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations. 

 

The mingling of church craft and state craft [church and state systems] is represented by the iron and the clay. [See note 2 where the church is equated with clay.]

 

This union is weakening all the power of the churches [because it is evidence that they have rejected the power of the Holy Spirit].  This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results.  Men have almost passed the point of God’s forbearance.  They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy.  But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves. — Manuscript 63, 1899, 12, 13.  (Untitled Manuscript, April 22, 1899.) {1MR 51.1}

This was written about three years after the enforcement of the Sunday laws

 of 1895-6 in some states of the USA.  Click here.  And here       Even here.  

 The Youth’s Instructor, September 22, 1903, p. 6.

{Vol 1 Manuscript Release 50.1 to 50.5}  [1981]

The image revealed to Nebuchadnezzar, while representing the deterioration of the kingdoms of the earth in power and glory, also fitly represents the deterioration of religion and morality among the people of these kingdoms. As nations forget God, in like proportion they become weak morally. {1MR 50.1} [Thus it has two understandings to impart.]  

 

Babylon passed away because in her prosperity she forgot God, and ascribed the glory of her prosperity to human achievement. {1MR 50.2 }

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The Medo-Persian kingdom was visited by the wrath of heaven because in this kingdom God’s law was trampled under foot. The fear of the Lord found no place in the hearts of the people. The prevailing influences in Medo-Persia were wickedness, blasphemy, and corruption. {1MR 50.3}

 

The kingdoms that followed were even more base and corrupt. They deteriorated because they cast off their allegiance to God. As they forgot Him, they sank lower and still lower in the scale of moral value. {1MR 50.4}

 

The vast empire of [Pagan] Rome crumbled to pieces, and from its ruins rose that mighty power, the Roman Catholic Church. This church boasts of her infallibility and her hereditary religion. But this religion is a horror to all who are acquainted with the secrets of the mystery of iniquity. The priests of this church maintain their ascendency by keeping the people in ignorance of God’s will, as revealed in the Scriptures. The Youth’s Instructor, September 22, 1903, p. 6. {1MR 50.5}

 Thus, any nation or group of individuals can start off following the way of righteousness but only time will tell as to whether it has God’s robe, or its own.

 In Daniel’s first prophecy/vision (chapter 2) we were told of three worldwide (in their time) kingdoms to come, Babylon (gold), Medo-Persia (silver), and Greece (brass) in their varying metals.  It was this latter brass kingdom of Greece [“his belly and thighs” Daniel 2:32], which was to split into two at the tops of the legs (physically, the kings of the north and south, Daniel chapter 11 – spiritually the Nicolaitanes and the laity.  But that is another subject.) 

 These were followed by a physical kingdom of iron, Rome.

 But that was explained by only ONE of the legs, for it eventually changed into the physical/religious kingdom of Papal Rome, the other leg.  The two legs tell us of the physical (and physical/spiritual) manifestations of the same power, just as the two arms show us the double kingdom of the Medes and the Persians.

This is a very important point in prophetic understanding which seems to have been overlooked by most of the expositors of the past.  There was to be a change of human viewpoint at some moment in history which needed to be taken into account.  If we accept that the changeover from one leg to another took take place in 538AD, but that the legs BEGAN near the end of the Greek empire (331BC), then the last “leg” came to an end in 1798 when that Papal power received its “deadly wound”, and we are now living in the time of the feet and toes (commonly called “the time of the end”.  Daniel 12:4.)

We should note that ALL of the nations depicted in the prophecy are still with us, including the physical/spiritual Papacy.

So where is the world-power which took over in 1798?  What is holding the iron and clay together?  For the beast cannot be headless [formless].

 Here is some more about the kingdoms:

    Daniel 7:

16 I came near to one of them that stood by,[3] and asked him the truth of all this.  So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.  

 

17 These great beasts, which are four [not five], are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.  . . .

 

23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse [different] from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

 

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten [smaller] kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them [making eleven in total]; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time [three and a half prophetic years = 1260 literal years =538-1798.]

 

26 But the judgment shall sit [in 1844], and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

28 Hitherto is the end of the matter [for I see that you cannot take any more.]

 

28b As for me Daniel, my cogitations [thoughts] much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart [and asked, “Is there anything I can do to shorten the time?” in answer to which he was told, “Write it out”.] 

 The realisation that the controversy would carry on for so long really upset Daniel, for like the true Christian he was, the thought of his brethren suffering all that time was unbearable.

 ‘As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’ – Slide 10

In the prophecy of Daniel 7 which is illustrated by four “wild animals” and which was given at the end of the Babylonian rule (Belshazzar v1), there are ten horns on the head of the fourth beast, and while Daniel watched, three of those horns were destroyed FOREVER (pulled up by the roots by a spiritual power, the 11th horn) which left ONLY  7 + 1 = 8. 

However, as we touched on in last month’s query, there are to be 10 “horns” (small powers) or “kings” on the seven-headed singular beast in the last days who will eventually turn against the “whore” (not the beast)!  Revelation 17:12-18. Thus the four “beasts” have shrunk into one [in the minds of the people],[4] in the time of the end.  (See note 3.)

These two groups of ten “horns” are NOT identical because back in history three of them ceased to exist, and the last day 10 “horns” have “no kingdom as yet” in the prophecy (verse 12) which comes into operation just BEFORE the call of Revelation 18!   Plus, we also should be able to see that the ten of Daniel 7 are physical, but the ten of Revelation 17 will be physical and spiritual.

To complicate matters even further, we are told that “the beast” has had, or will have had, seven heads (plus 1 = 8) at its demise. (Revelation 17:3.)  And if the “heads” were, as the church rightly teaches, identifying the physical heads of (1) Babylon, (2) Medo-Persia, (3) Greece, (4) Pagan Rome and the spiritual head of (5) Papal Rome, then who is the sixth head, for “the seventh is yet to come”? Revelation 17:9-10. 

The “beast”, which is very much “alive and kicking” right now under the sixth head – is NOT dead! [5]  It was only one of its heads that was wounded.  (Revelation 13:3.)

Here is the explanation:

    Revelation 17:

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come hither; I will show to you the judgment of the great whore [the woman] that sits upon many waters:

2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 

 

3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness [away from normal mankind]: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, [6] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 and upon her forehead was a name written,

 

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,

THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS

AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

 

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [amazement.] 7 And the angel said to me, Wherefore did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns [I repeat, she is described as sitting on the water and the beast, so they are the same.]

 

8 The beast [not the woman] that you saw was [once in control of the world], and is not [in control at the time of this prophecy – so who is?]; and [yet it is the religious beast which] shall ascend out of the bottomless pit [take control again], and go into perdition [the Lake of Fire]: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 

9 And here is the mind which [also] has wisdom.

     The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.[7] 

 

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen [Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan Rome and Papal Rome],[8] and one is [the 6th king, who is in control right now], and the other [the 7th] is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space [of time.] 

 

But the angel said in verse 8 that the beast is NOT in control in this prophecy!  So who or what is? [9]

 

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is [revealed by] the eighth [head], and is of [the same character of] the seven, and goes into perdition.

 

12 And the ten horns which you saw [on the beast] are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but [also] receive power as kings one hour [a short time] with [the 7th head of] the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast.

 

So, we who live under the 6th head of the beast should be anticipating the next one – a physical (political) and spiritual (religious) combination.  But even then, after that, there is to be a total revealing of the “beast” (the 8th.)

 

14 These shall make war with the Lamb [so they are enemies of God while professing to be on His side], and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is LORD of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him [during this period] are called, and chosen, and faithful.

 

15 And he says to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits [she is also on the beast], are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues [they are the same group, but from different angles.]

 

The “beast” (with all its heads) is a symbol of natural mankind.

 

16 And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall [change to] hate the whore [the woman, not the beast, for that is themselves], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

 

17 For God has put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [They will take over their own destiny.]

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Here is an illustration of a seven-headed beast with ten horns in the act of destroying the “woman” which had been on its back.  (Revelation 17:15-8.)

 

18 And [to confirm your thought] the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth [in your lifetime, John.] 

But what is it that rules the whole world today?  What physical and spiritual kingdom exists all around us and yet is invisible to most?   

For it is NOT a future one-world physical empire that we should look for, but that which has existed also as a spiritual entity since 1798!  (Early Adventist diagrams show the image taking a major turn (90 degrees) at the ankles, which was in 1798.)  Click here for a picture of the old illustration.

It is the “love of money”, a spiritual worship for profit (the almighty dollar) which is without question the universal “power” in the world today, outside of religion and yet in it.  1 Timothy 6:10.  [See note 4.]

It is the “love of money” in human nature (the 6th head) which has temporarily replaced Satan’s control over mankind.  But he is scheming to regain it through the radical Protestants of the southern Unites States (the 7th head).  But since 1798 the power of the mob has been greater than that of its originator! [10]

However, it is written, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  Mark 8:36.

Conclusion:

If we have been blind to the 6th head’s presence, maybe we have also been blind to the identities of the 7th and the 8th?  And how about the other 4 angels’ messages?  Why have we stopped at #1, 2 and 3?  When are we, as a church, going to warn about the others?

 *                   Next query. To be discussed from 1st February 2022 (God willing)

Query: 

In the last query you mentioned the subject of the Nicolaitanes which God hated.  Revelation 2:6.  Who were they and why does He dislike them so much?

 

For contact:

mail to:  nonconformist@mail.com  or ron_pars@hotmail.com

 

Note 1:

What follows are portions of an article by the official SDA publication,

Ministry Magazine (Journal for Pastors), in February 1961.

It is subtitled: Assistant Professor of Old Testament literature and Exegesis, Andrews University

[I have added the emphases]

 

https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1961/02/the-feet-of-clay   [1961]

After a careful and critical examination of the entire problem and of the entire prophecy, it appears that the only war­ranted conclusion is that the number of the toes was merely incidental to the prophecy itself, without any particular sig­nificance.[11] If there were ten toes on the image (which undoubtedly there were), that would only be a natural feature. It would be unexpected if there were other than ten. Therefore Daniel 2 is not the prophecy that focuses attention on the number of the divisions of the Roman Em­pire. [But read on.]

 

The great image presents a prophecy of four successive empires followed by a number of kingdoms in a divided state. This does not make the prophecy of Dan­iel 2 imperfect or incomplete any more than a lack of any specific reference to the "little horn" power of

Daniel 7 makes Dan­iel 2 incomplete. [Para 8]

Now, turning to the prophecy of Daniel 7 for comparison, we find a different and opposite situation regarding this phase of the prophecy. Four successive beasts are represented, which have been correctly identified with the four empires, Babylon­ian, Medio-Persian, Hellenistic, and Ro­man. Turning to the horns of the fourth beast, the first thing to attract the attention of the Bible student is the number of the horns.

There were ten horns. Now this was something unusual. It would be quite natural to have an animal of any kind rep­resented with two horns. Much rarer would be the situation if something like a rhinoceros were presented, where there was but one main horn. But for the vision to present an animal with ten horns shows that there must be something peculiar and significant about the number [their emphasis] of the horns. [Para 9]

Following the same line of reasoning that tells us there is no particular signifi­cance to the number of the toes of the image of Daniel 2, we are led to conclude that there is every [their emphasis] importance to the num­ber of horns of Daniel 7. God could have presented to the prophet Daniel a vision where the fourth beast could have had eight horns, nine horns, eleven horns, twelve, or any number, and the fact that the beast had ten must [12] indicate that this was the number of the divisions that would be expected at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire.

The remarkable thing is that with so many commentators of such wide diversity of background such a large degree of agreement has been reached in the interpretation of the ten divisions of the Roman Empire. [From the Babylonian quarter!]  In other words, with so many different Germanic tribes coming in to overwhelm and overthrow the Ro­man Empire, it is indeed remarkable that Bible commentators [especially from the professed Christian world] have as a whole been closer in their agreements than in their disagreements as to which of the tribes were important enough to be included in the ten main divisions of the Roman Em­pire[13]  [Para 10].

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The following paragraph is from the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement,

General Conference of 2021.

  

https://sdarm.org/publications/bible-study-guide/ptoc/lesson-7      [Section 5.]

This division took place between the years A.D. 351 and A.D. 476.  The ten tribes were: the Lombards, Franks, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Burgundians, Suevi, Heruli, Vandals, Alemanni and Saxons. Later prophecies, given in chapters eight and nine of Daniel revealed that three of these kingdoms were to be uprooted (destroyed) by another power. This has proved true, but the remaining nations are still traceable in the nations of Europe today as Italy, France, England, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Germany.

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Note 2:   [Nothing is “set in stone”!  It is NOT “once saved, always saved”.]                                                                                                                                                                         

Jeremiah 18:

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 

2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.

3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought [was making] a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter:

so he [squashed it down and] made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 

5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom [or a church], to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; 8 if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

 [on the other hand]

9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom [or a church], to build and to plant it; 10 if it do evil in My sight, that it obey not My voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. 

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2 Timothy 3:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.       BACK

 

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Note 3:

Revelation 17:

12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but [will] receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast. [They are to be united with the beast, not its rider.] 

14 These shall make war with the Lamb [so they are enemies of God], and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is LORD of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he [the angel] says to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits [but she is on the beast], are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. [So waters and beast are the same thing - people.] 

16 And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and [with the beast] [14] shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God has put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom [i.e. their power] to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 

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{The Great Controversy 655.4-5}  [1911]

The people see that they have been deluded.  They accuse one another of having led them to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. 

Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of God and to persecute those who would keep it holy.  Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception [the Holy Spirit tried hard to convince them but they rejected Him.]  The multitudes are filled with fury.  “We are lost!  ” they cry, “and you are the cause of our ruin;” and they turn upon the false shepherds.  The very ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. [But they chose to believe their lies!]  The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction.  The swords which were to slay God’s people are now employed to destroy their enemies.  Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed.  {GC 655.4}

“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword.” Jeremiah 25:31 . . . {GC 655.5}

{The Great Controversy 656.2}   [1911]

Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel’s vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Says the prophet: “They began at the ancient men which were before the house.” Ezekiel 9:1-6.  The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people.  The false watchmen are the first to fall.  There are none to pity or to spare.  Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.  {GC 656.2}

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{14 Letters and Manuscripts, Letter 232, 1899, paras. 20-23} [The whole letter]

To J. H. Kellogg, NP, November 10, 1899   [Click here for more on him.]

Portions of this letter are published in 7BC 983; Ev 132; 4MR 423-426. +

 (Letter 232, 1899 [para 20]). 

In the seventeenth of Revelation is foretold the destruction of all the churches [Protestant offshoots – her daughters] who corrupt themselves by idolatrous devotion to the service of the Papacy, those who have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.[15]  

     John writes,

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials [from chapter 16], and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

 

So he carried me away in the spirit [in a vision] into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast [just one], full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornications.” [Verses 1-4.]  14LtMs, Lt 232, 1899, par. 20

 Thus is represented the papal power [by the woman], which with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, by outside attraction and gorgeous display, deceives all nations, promising them, as did Satan our first parents, all good to those who receive its mark, and all harm to those who oppose its fallacies.

 The power which has the deepest inward corruption will make the greatest display, and will clothe itself with the most elaborate signs of power.

 The Bible plainly declares that this covers a corrupt and deceiving wickedness. “Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” [Verse 5.]  14LtMs, Lt 232, 1899, par. 21

 

(Letter 232, 1899 To J H Kellogg [para 22]). 

{Vol 7 Bible Commentary 983.5} [1957]

What is it that gives its kingdom to this power?  Protestantism [i.e. the Protestant offshoots],[16]

a power which, while professing to have the temper and spirit of a lamb and to be allied to Heaven, speaks with the voice of a dragon.  It is moved by a power from beneath [for all of them have failed the test.] (Letter 232, 1899). [para 22]  {7BC 983.5 }

 Continuing:

 [Para 23  The LOUD Cry of Revelation 18]

And after these things [when Revelation chapters 15-16-17 are understood],” John writes, “I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. [Three of them.  Revelation 16:3.]

 For all nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of 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.” [Revelation 18:1-4.] This is the message Satan would have silenced.  14LtMs, Lt 232, 1899, par. 23      BACK

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Note 4:

https://www.trivia-library.com/b/origins-of-sayings-the-almighty-dollar.htm

Origins of Sayings - The Almighty Dollar

About the history and origins behind the famous saying the Almighty Dollar from the work of Washington Irving.

Stories behind Famous Sayings

The Saying: THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR

Who Said It: Washington Irving

When: 1836

The Story behind It: "The almighty dollar" comes from Irving's "The Creole Village," which was published in the November, 1836, issue of Knickerbocker Magazine.

The sketch, which appeared the following year as part of Wolfert's Roost and Other Papers, was based on the author's memories of a steamboat voyage in Louisiana. Irving was impressed by the small, isolated riverbank communities and wrote:

"The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty."

It should be noted that Ben Jonson had used the term "almighty gold" in his "Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland," which he wrote in 1616.  BACK

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Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" series of books.
All rights reserved.

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[1] The statue stood in front of a mountain representing the kingdom of heaven.

[2] Which was it?  A God-designed plan or a God-known future?  The nations start off good, but have to prove their worth to the peoples of the universe.

[3] Angels watched his vision while he did, for they want to know the future as much as we do!

[4] We should not forget that all the prophecies are given for PEOPLE (in the church and out of it) so that they may be aware of what is happening around them.  Consider the wise men who came to Jesus at His birth.

[5] But neither is it in control of the world! See chapter 17:8.

[6] Water and beast mean the same.

[7] One of the common references to the city of Rome.

[8] So this prophecy applies AFTER 1798.

[9] Look around – religion has no world-wide power anymore – governments are fast losing theirs – democracies are about to collapse!  What is the universal power that holds men together now?  Only the love of money!  (See note 4.)

[10] One of Satan’s problems is to keep his followers in line, for they all want to be kings!

[11] If that was the case, then they should have been covered by shoes!  But they are expressly mentioned.  See Daniel 2:41-43.

[12] We should beware when a commentator of a prophecy says, “MUST” for it usually indicates a closed mind.

[13] James 4:4  “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world (or agreement with it) is (often) enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

[14] The “beast” has two characteristics – religious and political.

[15] i.e. the former Protestants who no longer protest!

[16] My suggestions: Eastern Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker, Brethren, Evangelical, Mormon(?).