05 Religious Combat
By John Thiel, The Last Generation Conference, Audio: mp3
As we continue along the path of the last generation revelations, we are now looking at the segment of religious aspects of the last generation, the concluding religious combat.
So far we have become conscious of an escalation of events in nature and the social factors that culminate in the last generation intensifying to a breaking point eruption in the last generation. When we approach it on the religious spectrum, this intensifying development in the last generation is even more marked. Follow all these things fulfilled in reference to the religious spectrum. The disciples posed a question to Jesus.
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
He didn’t answer them straight away. The first thing He said was, “Take heed because in the religious factor you can be deceived. You are my followers and if you want to know the end, you have to understand the beginning and how careful you must be right from the start.”
Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
In direct answer to their question, He commences a prophetic development from His time to the end that escalates and comes to a climax.
Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Could you see how He was developing the picture until the end comes and the gospel has been preached for a witness to all nations? Christianity commenced under Jesus Christ and the Apostles and it spread until the world was covered with the message. But as it was spreading Jesus noted, be careful, there are many who will say I am Christ. There are many who will deceive you. Already in their time at the beginning of Christianity there was a rise of the false together with the truth.
The gospel will be preached for a witness. Does that mean all nations will be converted? No, Sr White says it’s not going to convert everybody but everybody will be given a witness to what is truth in contrast to the error that has been developing. Our interest is in the last generation revelations. We see how Jesus started back there but we are concentrating on the last generation to arrive with a correct understanding of the climax. I must correctly understand the preliminary as it was the development of papal falsehood. Papal falsehood persecuted the genuine ones.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Here was the falsehood that had developed when Jesus launched out His disciples. We are looking at the preliminary falsehoods that lead us to the climax at the end. Here were the middle ages and the papal persecution, which commenced with false leaders/prophets.
Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The Apostle John cited this problem, that already in their time these false prophets existed.
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
In the time of the apostles, there it was, the spirit of anti-Christ existed back there.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
The apostle John said, “See, this is the end of the world.” But it was the beginning of the decline into the final generation in which we find ourselves today. Already back there, the false Christs that Jesus said to take heed to yourself, would be there and John said its right here amongst us in the apostolic church and they go out from among us. The development of this corruption is brought into focus.
2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.
2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
In their time it started and ultimately Jesus would come after this man of sin is revealed fully. We want to be able to grasp the total spectrum of this final climax as we see the developments towards that climax. The spirit of iniquity doth already work only God is letting things develop but ultimately the wicked will be revealed. The Middle Ages, the papal years of persecution had finally arrived and he was sitting in the temple of God saying he was God. When the papal dark ages had come to their climax and when verse 23 says those days should be shortened, what else was to develop then after those dark ages?
Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The Wise Servant
The terrible deception had already taken place. The papacy had come and it was standing in the temple of God claiming to be God, the terrible Dark Ages had been shortened and what next? There came more false prophets and Christs. It hadn’t finished yet, it hadn’t reached its complete climax. We are going through the final stages of development till the final climax. This intensifying experience, the process of the false arising from the true as it took place from the apostolic church through to the papacy continues to intensify. The good and proper is affected by the false even after the dark ages. It intensifies. In Matthew 24:44-51 you see the very last generation where it has come to its intensity because it said there is a faithful and wise servant who in verse 45 gives meat in due season.
The Evil Servant
Then you have the evil servant in verse 48 who says in his heart my Lord delays His coming. The drunken have already been established, drunken on false doctrine. Now in this last generation of ministers, people who are in the pure message, there are going to be two kinds of servants just like it was in the apostle’s time. It is now the final scene. This process of intensifying corruption is powerfully described in the seven churches because in every successive generation there is the description of the developments of the pagan persecution that took place in Revelation 2:8 under the church of Smyrna.
Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira
There was pagan persecution and then in Revelation 2:12-13 and then release and no more persecution. That was the church of Pergamos. She was sitting in a high and lofty place. The headquarters were in Rome and a warning was given because the false Christ and prophet were going to develop even more. Then in chapter 18 was the period of Thyatira where you have the papal persecution.
Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
2:13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan’s seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
In Revelation 3:1 you have the church of Sardis which was the Protestants which were faithful but by the time of Revelation 3:1 you have a church that says we are protestants, you have a name that you live but you are dead. There you have a development into the last period of earth’s history with the intensifying of the false accumulating to its climax.
In Revelation 3:7 was the church of Philadelphia from 1833 to 1844 which was the rise of the first angel’s beautiful message that led to the three angel’s messages and the faithful brotherhood, the church of brotherly love. When you come to Revelation 3:14 from 1844 to the end, what do you see? Now you have a climactic condition of the very thing in Matthew 24, the faithful servant and the unfaithful servant in the very last generation.
The People of the Judgement
What is the condition of these people? They say we are rich and increased with goods. What kind of a condition is here climactic? A kind of condition where you think you are really Gods people when in all reality you are not. You do not even know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. I’m counseling you but I’m going to spew you out of my mouth unless you repent.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
Gold – He’s counseling them to take hold of faith and love, the pure gold and white raiment. They are not clothed in Christ’s righteousness. They need the righteous robe of Christ’s character. They haven’t got spiritual vision, they are blind. What sort of a condition is in this last church claiming to be God’s church?
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
If you read and meditate upon that carefully, you are reading upon the last part of the Laodicean church, you are looking at the climax, the last generation. In 1888 Jesus was knocking at the heart of the church and they rejected the 1888 message and the people who would respond would be the ones who would open the heart and Jesus would come in. This led to the final climax in verse 21 to overcome as Jesus overcame. The false and the true that have been in existence the entire way through are now coming to a full and final display in the last generation. Remember what a woman represents.
Jeremiah 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].
Zion is likened unto a woman, a virgin, a chaste woman. See a display of the false and true in this final climax.
Song of Solomon 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: [it is] the voice of my beloved that knocketh, [saying], Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, [and] my locks with the drops of the night.
Isn’t that what was has happening? It was the end of the long dark night of the middle ages and here was the church that had come out of Protestantism into a faithful Adventist company and now Jesus had been waiting long and He is there and says, my head is filled with dew and my locks with the drops of the night and now what does the woman say?
Song of Solomon 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
How languid, how absolutely weary and sleepy. You feel like that? I must be awake. My beloved is knocking but no, it’s just a languid look to the door and oh I’ve got to open the door. Behold I stand at the door and knock and I look over and see the fingers of my beloved coming through the latchet because in those days there was a hole in the door where maybe the fingers could get to the latchet from the outside.
Song of Solomon 5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door], and my bowels were moved for him.
5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
She is wafting over to the door in that typical female dreamy state.
Song of Solomon 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] sick of love.
Song of Solomon 6:1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.
Who was speaking here? They were eating and drinking with the drunken. You’ve lost Him have you? Well let’s go look for Him together. Where has your lover gone? Is that what is happening; the ecumenical movement? The Seventh-day Adventist church has associated with the ecumenical movement. Talking to the others, let’s go find Jesus together. The seven church periods identifying the church in each successive generation that has become corrupt and come to its final climax at the very end.
Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
Seven churches, seven functioning Christian systems who were once faithful but now are no longer and they’re naked so they want to dress themselves in their own spiritual garments and eat their own spiritual food but they call themselves by one man’s name, Jesus Christ. Why? So it takes away our reproach. We want to still be looked upon as good Christians. We come to the seventh church period, we see Laodicea, we see her losing hold of Jesus and looking for Him and uniting with the others looking for Jesus together and what was it in the last generation? In Revelation 3:21 after Jesus has said in verse 20 I stand at the door and knock, if any man. He is looking for any man, not just the church any more, the any man. Then He says he who overcometh will sit with me in my throne even as I also overcame.
As the history of the past continues to develop, there are the faithful and unfaithful ones. The others continue as corrupt women. We come to the end and those unfaithful servants in the period of Laodicea who eat and drink with the drunken with those who have been before them who had become false begin to smite their fellow servant. It is the same repetition but it comes to a climax. Those who have been men of high standing in the church lose their focus upon their Lord and they are eating and drinking with the drunken and become the most powerful enemies of their fellow brethren. You want to identify what is happening in this last generation. They will be the ones who present the faithful ones to the courts, their former brethren. See Great Controversy page 608.2.
They will become their most bitter enemies as they have left their faithful brethren and joined the others. They have left Adventism and will smite their fellow brethren. This is the climax which has to do with those who have been before, the papal and protestant churches who have already fallen. This is the last fall. This development is the same as what took place in Revelation 6 beforehand. It comes to its final climax.
The Four Horses
You see the developmental change back then that led to the dark ages of papal declension.
Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
That was the pure church conquering and then came the false intermingling with the pure.
Revelation 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
6:4 And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Here you have the church in the time of pagan persecution and it had deteriorated already. Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. They had become scarlet. Here is a period of persecution as well as deterioration of the church.
Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
The church has its black experience. It is in darkness, it had deteriorated until finally you come to the fourth horse.
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
The church deteriorating from white to death which is culminating in the last days because that was way back there but we come to Revelation 17 and read verses 3 to 5 of the birth of a deterioration of a pure church into a corrupt one. She is sitting on a beast, the woman that great whore.
Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
17:4 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:
17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
17:6 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.
Here is this development of the mother church but what is she a mother of? Harlots. When you come to the last days, what have you got? You’ve got a whole harem of harlots working together. Isn’t that a climax? A mother and seven daughters are all working calling themselves by one name and they are all corrupt harlots. The last generation has to meet them. When the unfaithful the evil servant of Matthew 24:48 says ah, my Lord delays His coming, he begins to smite his fellow servant. What does he do? He joins together with the others and becomes to the faithful that he was once among, their most bitter enemy.
He is the one who can better communicate to that harem of corrupt churches regarding the faithful people of God. The others don’t know them but he does and can be instrumental. Has this already been unfolding? Look back at the iron curtain. It was Seventh-day Adventists that passed the faithful ones into the hands of the communists; they were the ones that did it. In the First and Second World War that was the case as well. Are we in the last generation? We have reached the climax of religious catastrophe. The last generation is identified in Revelation 13:13-17. The image of the beast has been created and now you have the beast which is the papal church, the image of the beast which is the protestant churches and the unfaithful servant of Laodicea.
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is the climax. It is a climax of the amalgamation of the mother of harlots, her daughters and the evil servants which also becomes a daughter. What you have got now is the whole world against you. No place to escape at all. This is how the climax is gained and in this period in the very last generation in which we live. Obviously you have got all these corrupt churches all claiming to be God’s church. At that time in the last generation, what would be revealed?
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
There is a complete revelation of the wicked. Fully exposed, mother and daughters and who is left? That is what Jesus meant when he said all these things will be fulfilled in that generation. Can you see where you are standing in the religious field? Don’t feel bad, don’t feel apologetic that we are such a little company that is being harassed by all the organizations that all claim, ‘we are right’ but they are persecuting Gods people.
What is the next event? He will consume him with the brightness of His coming. What will He do in the next event after this generation that remains faithful under the wicked destructive forces that have accumulated to this point in time?
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
This is the next event. What will He destroy the nations with? What will He do to those who claim to be followers of Jesus? He will smite them with His word. Whatever He has said, they have rejected and as a consequence the curse has come. It is their actions that will destroy them. It is His word that He has spoken before. Remember what He said to the Pharisees; I don’t arbitrarily strike you, it is my word that I speak, that will destroy you in that day. We are living in the generation beholding that. Immediately prior to this destruction the pure church must understand its position in the last generation. You read it in the third angel’s message. He points to a company in Revelation. After He gave His message, here is what?
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
These saints have had to go through long delay but have remained loyal through all the attacks and complicated situations that arise from all these mother and daughters. The women of the other churches say it is not the faith of Jesus but faith in Jesus. They say that as they have rejected the faith of Jesus. Those people are then energetically proclaiming Revelation 18:1-4, the Revelation 18 angel where he speaks with a loud voice and finally the last cry come out of her my people.
If you want to be those in the last generation that escape this final religious combat, you must be an active agent of Revelation 18:1-4 because we are right there. If He started in 1888 are you in the last generation now? Obviously. We are discovering in every successive study, that there are so many pointers that we are in the last generation. Notice how to escape in this last generation. Come out of her my people that you receive not of her sins and plagues. Those churches are going to do what? They are going to cause, that is a very important statement.
Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
This is completely different to commanding. He will cause so that those who are waiting to stand in the courts and be persecuted, by that time it is too late. He will cause people to get caught out so that when they come to the mark of the beast they are marked. If you are molded by the world, you will receive the mark of the beast. He will cause this to happen. Unless you are awake to the causes that are happening around you that are deliberately orchestrated by the elite of these churches, you will be caught out. They are deliberately affecting the minds of the people to cause this to happen and then the whole world will be against you as they have caused all to have a day of the week off. How have they caused that? Can you see those working seven days a week shops open and day and night? After a while people will say we can’t anymore and they will say we need a day of rest. Ah says the papacy, we got you, yes, here is the day of rest; Sunday!
The whole world will say yes and if anyone doesn’t agree with them, what are you? That’s how it’s caused. Can you see it happening? It has happened before and it’s getting worse. Are you suffering under the oppressions already? Subconsciously if you are not conscious of its happening, we are already getting tired and we have to come to the point where we follow Gods direction so the causing that causes people to fall so naturally into the path of the mark of the beast will be quickly identified. The mark of the beast will be caused to be affected and here is the patience of the saints that patiently persevere. We know so well Daniel 7:25 where the papacy has changed the Sabbath into Sunday as a mark of his authority. What is the Sabbath? In Exodus 31, we read the Sabbath is a sign, a sign between you and me. He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
At school, I had a friend, we had a very close relationship, and we had some secret signs that we only knew. It was really sweet and it cemented us even more. We could be at a distance and we didn’t need to say a word, we knew each other.
In a world of corruption, God says we can have a secret sign with Him; a secret precious affectionate relationship. I [God] am sanctifying you in this time of the molding and causing segregation between the world and the faithful conscious ones. Are you conscious of it? It is a sign between you and me that I am the Lord that sanctifies you. What are those who are rejecting that relationship that causes you to separate from the world? If anyone broke the Sabbath they were killed. Here is a startling statement which we can only understand perfectly today because we have learnt that God does not kill arbitrarily. We have always read in the Old Testament that if anyone broke the Sabbath they were killed which was interpreted arbitrarily but here today we see something much better.
Exodus 31:16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, [for] a perpetual covenant.
31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh [is] the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth [any] work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
All those Sunday keepers who have the mark of the beast will surely be put to death. How? Jesus will come and He will strike them with the word of His mouth. Everything prophesied will happen to them as they have caused a curse that will destroy them.
Exodus 31:17 It [is] a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh-day he rested, and was refreshed.
It is a perpetual experience, it is eternity. These descriptions are for the last generations specifically. All the others, the Lord winked at their ignorance but here are a people that are specifically identified in the last days. Here they are in Isaiah 58.
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
The true keeping of the Sabbath is summarized perfectly.
Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:
58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
This is Psalm 91. I will feed you with the heritage of your fathers because all the way through the fathers had been persecuted but now is the finale. Here are a people who will restore the old paths. They are raising the foundations of many generations as they have all been left to deteriorate under the seven women. Now we see the last generation. Their experience is as it’s written; they will be killed. If any man receives not the mark, he won’t be able to buy and sell. That is their experience.
Isaiah 48:20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it [even] to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
48:21 And they thirsted not [when] he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
48:22 [There is] no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
When the plagues are falling and people won’t be able to drink anything because its blood, what will these remnant people remember? Although they have to flee and separate themselves and are in dire straits the Lord is taking care of them. As they are being persecuted, they are called out of Babylon; they run for their life, God protects them in the wilderness;
Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure.
Where are they? Are they still preaching? No, they are in the munitions of rocks. There is nobody preaching anymore. With the faithful gone, what is the picture on earth?
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].
8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Some have testified that what we are sharing with you can hardly hear anywhere. Is it already that scarce? Is the famine already coming? The ones that are still preaching the old Seventh-day Adventist message in all its purity are the ones sharing the word of God as it really is. The day is coming where it won’t be there at all anymore. Where are we today? We are on the cusp of that because this message of the building of the old foundation and upholding the old foundation in all its aspects is hardly heard apart from a few here or there. Already people are traveling from place to place and you can only just hear it. The day is coming when those few people are going to be totally removed and people will be looking for it and it’s a famine. This is the meaning of – He will send a famine. You see what it means, not arbitrarily, it is all the orchestration of events on this planet that Jesus in His word had identified. Here is what Jesus meant. Look at His message in Matthew 25:11-13.
The Ten Virgins
The five foolish and the five wise. The five were in and the other ones were left outside. What were they doing? Lord, Lord, Lord, where are you? Knock, knock. That’s what Jesus meant. They will be running from one end of the earth to the other, where is it, Lord please help us we can’t find it. Sorry, I don’t know you. Some people have this as though it’s a literal thing, it is a parable. It is not that God is saying to them, sorry you can’t come in as they are actually wanting to come into the house of the Lord, it is not saying that, they experiencing that. It’s too late, it’s all over. In Matthew 25:29-30 Jesus summarizes it powerfully there. These are things which people don’t stop to think that we are right in the midst of now by the very manner in which people are responding to those who are standing faithful and true. When they are gone, there is the result.
Matthew 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
You want to understand this. He had some truth but he had rejection of the other so even that which he had will be taken away from him. Those who have all the truth, abundant more truth will be imparted to them. Are you experiencing such a thing? Can you see it happening around you? We are living in the last generation. Jesus is about to come and for you and I who are watching and doing what the last generation church is seen to do, what will be your experience? Is this your experience already?
Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest?
66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Trembling at His word, every word of God you are so alert to and you tremble, you just want to know and make sure that you are getting it right. To whom will God look? To those who tremble at His word. What are the rest doing? Take it or leave it, it’s all right don’t be so particular. Yes the Lord says this and that but are they trembling at the word? When I see ministers carelessly put their Bible down hard on the pulpit that tells me they are not trembling at the word. They just throw the word to you, take it or leave it. Is that trembling at the word? Those very ministers and people are here identified as those who will cast you out.
Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
We are free of those people; they were a real thorn in our flesh, now we can move on successfully.
Isaiah 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompense to his enemies.
Where else is that voice written about? In Revelation 16 at the time of the seventh plague, a voice from heaven and wrath is talked about. Here is the experience of the last generation faithful ones in the great climax that has been unfolding from the time of papal years till this point in time. You and I have to face the world. We don’t have to face the papacy, the papacy has had its day, and the papacy is working behind the scenes because it knows already it’s being consumed to the end. It knows. They have to defend themselves because of all the corruptions that are going on through the courts about them. Who do we have to face?
American democracy we are going to face as they have worked on the populace to such a degree that the majority rules and the majority is already hoodwinked and he causes us to be persecuted by the majority.
It happens in the church and world. But he who endures all this to the end the same shall be saved. May God give us the understanding that in the religious realm we are going to meet bewildering circumstances. We must see through them and not become dislodged because our brethren who we respected and looked up to become our worst enemies. We are living in the last generation. Let us endure, we are nearly home.