The Everlasting Gospel (11 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #11 of 95

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The Everlasting Gospel

“The message proclaimed by the angel flying in the midst of heaven is the everlasting gospel, the same gospel that was declared in Eden when God said to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’” Selected Messages, book 2, 106.

Genesis 3:15

A Prophecy

“The spirit which put Christ to death moves the wicked to destroy His followers. All this is foreshadowed in that first prophecy: ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.’ And this will continue to the close of time.” The Great Controversy, 507.

The Gospel

The first gospel sermon was preached in Eden, when God said to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’

“In Eden, Adam and Eve transgressed the law of God. God had forbidden them to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But instead of obeying the voice of God, they listened to the words of the tempter. ‘Hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ Satan asked. ‘And the woman said unto the serpent, 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, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Youth Instructor, February 22, 1900.

“Our lesson for the present time is, How may we most clearly comprehend and present the gospel that Christ came in person to present to John on the Isle of Patmos,— the gospel that is termed ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’? We are to present to our people a clear explanation of Revelation. We are to give them the word of God just as it is, with as few of our own explanations as possible.” Counsels to Writers and Editors, 29.

Matthew 24:14–16

Everlasting

“Cain and Abel represent two classes that will exist in the world till the close of time.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 72.

A Test

“Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam, differed widely in character. Abel had a spirit of loyalty to God; he saw justice and mercy in the Creator’s dealings with the fallen race, and gratefully accepted the hope of redemption. But Cain cherished feelings of rebellion, and murmured against God because of the curse pronounced upon the earth and upon the human race for Adam’s sin. He permitted his mind to run in the same channel that led to Satan’s fall—indulging the desire for self-exaltation and questioning the divine justice and authority.

These brothers were tested, as Adam had been tested before them, to prove whether they would believe and obey the word of God. They were acquainted with the provision made for the salvation of man, and understood the system of offerings which God had ordained. They knew that in these offerings they were to express faith in the Saviour whom the offerings typified, and at the same time to acknowledge their total dependence on Him for pardon; and they knew that by thus conforming to the divine plan for their redemption, they were giving proof of their obedience to the will of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 71.

Developed

“Cain and Abel are given us in Bible history to represent the two orders in humanity. Abel was faithful and loyal to God, and he was preferred by the Lord. Cain was disloyal; he wished his own ideas to prevail. Abel protested against these principles as disloyal. But as the eldest, Cain thought that his methods and plans should have the supremacy. It made him very angry that Abel would not concede to his views, and his anger burned so hotly that he killed his brother. Here the two principles of right and wrong are developed.” Review and Herald, September 14, 1897.

Manifested

“The murder of Abel was the first example of the enmity that God had declared would exist between the serpent and the seed of the woman—between Satan and his subjects and Christ and His followers. . . . And wherever there are any who will stand in vindication of the righteousness of the law of God, the same spirit will be manifested against them. It is the spirit that through all the ages has set up the stake and kindled the burning pile for the disciples of Christ.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 77.

Enmity

“The enmity referred to in the prophecy in Eden was not to be confined merely to Satan and the Prince of life. It was to be universal. Satan and his angels were to feel the enmity of all mankind. ‘I will put enmity,’ said God, ‘between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel’ (Genesis 3:15).

“The enmity put between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman was supernatural.” Selected Messages, book 1, 254.

Philippians 2:5

Romans 8:6–7

Sanctify Them through Thy Word

“‘They are they that testify of Me,’—of the Redeemer, Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. The prayer of Christ for His disciples was, ‘Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth.’ If we are to be sanctified through the truth, we must have an intelligent knowledge of God’s will as revealed in His word. We must search the Scriptures, not merely rush through a chapter, taking no pains to understand it; but we must dig for the jewel of truth, which will enrich the mind and the soul.” Bible Echo, October 22, 1894.

His Prophetic Word is Truth

“The history of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as that of the Son of God, cannot be fully demonstrated without the evidence contained in the Old Testament. Christ is revealed in the Old Testament as clearly as in the New. The one testifies of a Saviour to come, while the other testifies of a Saviour that has come in the manner predicted by the prophets. In order to appreciate the plan of redemption, the Scripture of the Old Testament must be thoroughly understood. It is the glorified light from the prophetic past that brings out the life of Christ and the teachings of the New Testament with clearness and beauty. The miracles of Jesus are a proof of his divinity; but the strongest proofs that he is the world’s Redeemer are found in the prophecies of the Old Testament compared with the history of the New. Jesus said to the Jews ‘Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.’ At that time there was no other scripture in existence save that of the Old Testament; so the injunction of the Saviour is plain.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, 211.

Christ’s Parables

“Revelation is not the creation or invention of something new, but the manifestation of what was, until revealed, unknown to human beings. The great and eternal truths contained in the gospel are revealed through diligent searching and humbling of ourselves before God. The divine Teacher leads the mind of the humble seeker for truth; and by the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the truths of the Word are made known to him. And there can be no more certain and efficient way of knowledge than in being thus guided. The promise of the Saviour was, ‘When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.’ It is through the impartation of the Holy Spirit that we are made to understand the Word of God.

“The psalmist writes, ‘Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. . . . Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.’

“We are admonished to seek for the truth as for hid treasure. The Lord opens the understanding of the true seeker after truth; and the Holy Spirit enables him to grasp the truths of revelation. This is what the psalmist means when he asks that his eyes may be opened to behold wondrous things out of the law. When the soul pants after the excellencies of Jesus Christ, the mind is enabled to grasp the glories of the better world. Only by the aid of the divine Teacher can we understand the truths of the Word of God. In Christ’s school we learn to be meek and lowly because there is given to us an understanding of the mysteries of godliness.

“He who inspired the Word was the true expositor of the Word. Christ illustrated his teachings by calling the attention of his hearers to the simple laws of nature, and to the familiar objects which they daily saw and handled. Thus he led their minds from the natural to the spiritual. Many failed of grasping at once the meaning of his parables; but as they day by day came in contact with the objects with which the Great Teacher had associated spiritual truths, some discerned the lessons of divine truth he had sought to impress, and these were convinced of the truth of his mission and converted to the gospel.” Sabbath School Worker, December 1, 1909.

“Leading thus from the natural to the spiritual kingdom, Christ’s parables are links in the chain of truth that unites man with God, and earth with heaven.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 17.

The Pharisee and the Publican

“The Pharisee and the publican represent two great classes into which those who come to worship God are divided. Their first two representatives are found in the first two children that were born into the world.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.

Peter the Pharisee

“For each of the classes represented by the Pharisee and the publican there is a lesson in the history of the apostle Peter. In his early discipleship Peter thought himself strong. Like the Pharisee, in his own estimation he was ‘not as other men are.’ When Christ on the eve of His betrayal forewarned His disciples, ‘All ye shall be offended because of Me this night,’ Peter confidently declared, ‘Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.’ Mark 14:27, 29. Peter did not know his own danger. Self-confidence misled him. He thought himself able to withstand temptation; but in a few short hours the test came, and with cursing and swearing he denied his Lord.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.

Thrice Tested

Mark 14:29, 30

Progressive

“The evil that led to Peter’s fall and that shut out the Pharisee from communion with God is proving the ruin of thousands today. There is nothing so offensive to God or so dangerous to the human soul as pride and self-sufficiency. Of all sins it is the most hopeless, the most incurable.

“Peter’s fall was not instantaneous, but gradual.” A New Life, 41.and

Peter the Publican

“At the last meeting of Christ with His disciples by the sea, Peter, tested by the thrice-repeated question, ‘Lovest thou Me?’ (John 21:15–17), had been restored to his place among the Twelve. His work had been appointed him; he was to feed the Lord’s flock. Now, converted and accepted, he was not only to seek to save those without the fold, but was to be a shepherd of the sheep.” Acts of the Apostles, 515.

Three Tests

“Self-confidence led him to the belief that he was saved, and step after step was taken in the downward path, until he could deny his Master. Never can we safely put confidence in self or feel, this side of heaven, that we are secure against temptation. Those who accept the Saviour, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading. Every one should be taught to cherish hope and faith; but even when we give ourselves to Christ and know that He accepts us, we are not beyond the reach of temptation. God’s word declares, ‘Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.’ Daniel 12:10. Only he who endures the trial will receive the crown of life. (James 1:12.)” Christ’s Object Lessons, 154, 155.

Purified, Made White, and Tried

The Millerites

Daniel 12:3, 4, 9, 10; Hosea 4:6

“Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made.

Every specification of this parable should be carefully studied. We are represented either by the wise or by the foolish virgins.” Review and Herald, October 31, 1899.

First Message: Purified

Second Message: Made White

Third Message: Tried

John 16:8

Sin; First Angel’s Message; Purified

Righteousness; Second Angel’s Message; Made White

Judgment; Third Angel’s Message; Tried

Psalm 77:13

Courtyard; Sin; First Angel’s Message; Purified

Holy Place; Righteousness; Second Angel’s Message; Made White

Most Holy Place; Judgment; Third Angel’s Message; Tried

Justification; Courtyard; Sin; First Message; Purified

Sanctification; Holy Place; Righteousness; Second Message; Made White

Glorification; Most Holy Place; Judgment; Third Message; Tried

The Closed Door

“Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel’s message, the last testing message to be given to the world. . . .

“The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself, and every specification should be carefully studied. A time will come when the door will be shut.” Manuscript Releases, volume 16, 270.

The Wheat and the Tares Manifested

“Both the parable of the tares and that of the net plainly teach that there is no time when all the wicked will turn to God. The wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest. The good and the bad fish are together drawn ashore for a final separation.

“Again, these parables teach that there is to be no probation after the judgment. When the work of the gospel is completed, there immediately follows the separation between the good and the evil, and the destiny of each class is forever fixed.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 123.

Wheat & Tares

“Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation.” Selected Messages, book 2, 69.

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his word, awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal or bind the wheat for the heavenly garner.’ These things should engage the whole mind, the whole attention. Again I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily receiving or imbibing new error. I saw that neither young nor old should attend the assemblies of those who are in error and darkness. Said the angel, ‘Let the mind cease to dwell on things of no profit.’” Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 425.

The Mystery of Iniquity

“By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of God’s people. All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history. God’s presentation of the detestable works of the inhabitants of the ruling powers of the world who bind themselves into secret societies and confederacies, not honoring the law of God, should enable the people who have the light of truth to keep clear of all these evils. More and more will all false religionists of the world manifest their evil doings; for there are but two parties, those who keep the commandments of God and those who war against God’s holy law. . . .

The enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent is clearly defined by the Lord. ‘And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’ ‘And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat of the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’

By following his own way, by acting in harmony with Satan’s temptations and in opposition to the known will of God, man vainly attempted to elevate and bless himself. Thus he gained an experimental knowledge of disobedience to God’s commandments. Thus he knew good and evil; thus he lost his fidelity and loyalty to God and opened the floodgates of evil and suffering to the whole human family. How many today are making the same experiment! When will man learn that the only means for his safety is through a full confidence in a ‘thus saith the Lord’?

“Satan is seeking to intrude his own inventions upon the children of God through human methods. He is seeking to be received as God, or even to be placed above God.

“In changing the Sabbath to the first day of the week, he leads men to disbelieve God’s declarations, and so to regard their own ways and plans that they appear exceeding wise in their own eyes and in their perverted judgment. Through human policy he leads men to regard the expressed commandments of God as of less force than human tradition, and to regard a deviation from that law which is always holy and just and good, as of little account. He sees that by thus preventing human agencies from walking as obedient children in harmony with God, he can hinder the accomplishment of God’s work in our world.

“But Satan’s connivings with human agencies who stand in responsible positions are just as much to be feared and shunned now after the experiment of sin has been tried, as it was in the case of our first parents. I am instructed to say that the men who are placed in positions of responsibility in the work of God have overestimated their right to control others. The position a man occupies does not change his character. Some have seemed to feel that they must devise for churches and for sanitariums and that there was to be no questioning of their judgment. Let them learn of Jesus at every step. He should be the chief authority for every man.

“The One who has often been our Instructor says, ‘How hard it is for man to walk humbly with his God, in a contrite spirit taking God’s way and rejecting Satan’s propositions which seem to present great worldly advantages.’ The influence of man’s having his own way in the place of firmly standing on the solid foundation that God alone has laid, has been repeated over and over again. Refusing to walk in the straight paths that God has signified will bring them to confusion and will not teach wisdom to others who have the same test and trial. When will man learn that God is God, and not a man that He should change?

“Some who have departed from the right way have been in a continual fever to grasp responsibilities that God has not laid upon them. God calls upon every minister and every physician to maintain the simplicity of the truth. The Son of God who is revealed in both the Old and New Testaments is the Saviour of our world today. From Him every medical missionary is to receive his training. Unless he shall separate himself from the prince of the power of the air, he will mislead souls who have confidence in him. Let all beware of men who are so educated and uplifted that their plans cannot be understood by the common people.

The intrigues of sin surpass infinite conception. Every calamity, every suffering and death, is an evidence not only of the power of evil but of the truth of the living God. Having known the truth, the word of the living God, which abideth forever, and which through obedience gives life, man’s weakness in conforming to Satan’s ingenuity is surpassingly strange. All who are taught of God recognize Christ as His Son. All who disbelieve the known declarations of God demonstrate the popularity of sin, and are not working on the side of life and immortality which are brought to light through perfect sanctification of the truth. Unless they make a change in character, in words, and in spirit, souls will be lost.

“There is no middle path to Paradise restored. The message given to man for these last days is not to become amalgamated with human devising. We are not to lean upon the policy of worldly lawyers. We must be humble men of prayer, not acting like those who are blinded by Satan’s agencies.

“Many have a faith, but not a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Saving faith is not simply a mere belief of the truth. ‘The devils also believe, and tremble.’ The inspiration of the Spirit of God gives to men a faith that is an impelling power that molds character, and leads men higher than mere formal actions. The words, the actions, and the spirit are to bear testimony to the fact that we are followers of Christ.

“The greatest light and blessing that God has bestowed is not a security against transgression and apostasy in these last days. Those whom God has exalted to high positions of trust may turn from heaven’s light to human wisdom. Their light will then become darkness, their God-entrusted capabilities a snare, their character an offense to God. God will not be mocked. A departure from Him has been and always will be followed by its sure results. The commission of acts that displease God will, unless decidedly repented of and forsaken, instead of seeking to justify them, lead the evildoer on step by step in deception till many sins are committed with impunity. All who would possess a character that would make them laborers together with God and receive the commendation of God, must separate themselves from the enemies of God, and maintain the truth which Christ gave to John to give to the world.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 30–36.

1 Samuel 15:22–29

Mingling the Seeds

Genesis 6:1–5

“Upon receiving the curse of God, Cain had withdrawn from his father’s household. He had first chosen his occupation as a tiller of the soil, and he now founded a city, calling it after the name of his eldest son. He had gone out from the presence of the Lord, cast away the promise of the restored Eden, to seek his possessions and enjoyment in the earth under the curse of sin, thus standing at the head of that great class of men who worship the god of this world. In that which pertains to mere earthly and material progress, his descendants became distinguished. But they were regardless of God, and in opposition to His purposes for man. To the crime of murder, in which Cain had led the way, Lamech, the fifth in descent, added polygamy, and, boastfully defiant, he acknowledged God, only to draw from the avenging of Cain an assurance of his own safety. Abel had led a pastoral life, dwelling in tents or booths, and the descendants of Seth followed the same course, counting themselves ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth,’ seeking ‘a better country, that is, an heavenly.’ Hebrews 11:13, 16.

For some time the two classes remained separate. The race of Cain, spreading from the place of their first settlement, dispersed over the plains and valleys where the children of Seth had dwelt; and the latter, in order to escape from their contaminating influence, withdrew to the mountains, and there made their home. So long as this separation continued, they maintained the worship of God in its purity. But in the lapse of time they ventured, little by little, to mingle with the inhabitants of the valleys. This association was productive of the worst results. ‘The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair.’ The children of Seth, attracted by the beauty of the daughters of Cain’s descendants, displeased the Lord by intermarrying with them. Many of the worshipers of God were beguiled into sin by the allurements that were now constantly before them, and they lost their peculiar, holy character. Mingling with the depraved, they became like them in spirit and in deeds; the restrictions of the seventh commandment were disregarded, ‘and they took them wives of all which they chose.’ The children of Seth went ‘in the way of Cain’ (Jude 11); they fixed their minds upon worldly prosperity and enjoyment and neglected the commandments of the Lord. Men ‘did not like to retain God in their knowledge;’ they ‘became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.’ Romans 1:21. Therefore ‘God gave them over to a mind void of judgment.’ Verse 28, margin. Sin spread abroad in the earth like a deadly leprosy.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 81.

“Very soon thereafter a few of the chief men of Israel approached Ezra with a serious complaint. Some of ‘the people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites’ had so far disregarded the holy commands of Jehovah as to intermarry with the surrounding peoples. ‘They have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons,’ Ezra was told, ‘so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people’ of heathen lands; ‘yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.’ Ezra 9:1, 2.

“In his study of the causes leading to the Babylonish captivity, Ezra had learned that Israel’s apostasy was largely traceable to their mingling with heathen nations. He had seen that if they had obeyed God’s command to keep separate from the nations surrounding them, they would have been spared many sad and humiliating experiences. Now when he learned that notwithstanding the lessons of the past, men of prominence had dared transgress the laws given as a safeguard against apostasy, his heart was stirred within him. He thought of God’s goodness in again giving His people a foothold in their native land, and he was overwhelmed with righteous indignation and with grief at their ingratitude. ‘When I heard this thing,’ he says, ‘I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.’” Prophets and Kings, 619–620.

“God gave to Abraham and to his seed the rite of circumcision as a token that he had separated them from all other nations as his peculiar treasure. By this sign, they solemnly agreed to fulfill the terms of the covenant made with Abraham and repeated to Isaac and Jacob. But the descendants of Abraham departed from the worship of the true God, and transgressed his law. They mingled with the nations who had no knowledge or fear of God before their eyes, and gradually imitated their customs and manners, until God’s anger was kindled against them, and he permitted them to have their own way and follow the devices of their own corrupt hearts.” Signs of the Times, April 22, 1886.

“Satan is busily laying his plans for the last mighty conflict, when all will take sides. . . .

“Listen to the voices, mark the powers, that prevail in the world. Is there any voice of prayer? Do you see any sign that God is recognized? There are priests, plenty of them; but they are trampling under their feet the law of Jehovah. Their garments are stained with the blood of souls. Multitudes are sacrificing to devils. Look, you who are hesitating between obedience and disobedience. Look in imagination at the vast multitudes worshipping at Satan’s altar. Listen to the music, to the language, called higher education. But what does God declare it?—The mystery of iniquity.” Pamphlets, 004, 11.

“The Son of God was rejected by those whom He came to bless. He was taken by wicked hands and crucified. But after He had risen from the dead, He was with His disciples forty days, and in this time He gave them much precious instruction. He laid down to His followers the principles underlying the higher education. And when He was about to leave them and go to His Father, His last words to them were, ‘I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’

“To many who place their children in our schools, strong temptations will come, because they desire them to secure what the world regards as the most essential education. Who knows what constitutes the most essential education, unless it is the education to be obtained from that Book which is the foundation of all true knowledge? Those who regard as essential the knowledge to be gained along the line of worldly education are making a great mistake, one which will cause them to be swayed by individual opinions that are human and erring. To those who feel that their children must have what the world calls the essential education, I would say, Bring your children to the simplicity of the word of God, and they will be safe. We are going to be greatly scattered before long, and what we do must be done quickly.

“The light has been given me that tremendous pressures will be brought upon every Seventh-day Adventist with whom the world can get into close connection. Those who seek the education that the world esteems so highly, are gradually led further and further from the principles of truth until they become educated worldlings. At what a price have they gained their education! They have parted with the Holy Spirit of God. They have chosen to accept what the world calls knowledge in the place of the truths which God has committed to men through His ministers and prophets and apostles. And there are some who, having secured this worldly education, think that they can introduce it into our schools. But let me tell you that you must not take what the world calls the higher education and bring it into our schools and sanitariums and churches. We need to understand these things. I speak to you definitely. This must not be done.

“Upon the mind of every student should be impressed the thought that education is a failure unless the understanding has learned to grasp the truths of divine revelation, and unless the heart accepts the teachings of the gospel of Christ. The student who, in the place of the broad principles of the word of God, will accept common ideas, and will allow the time and attention to be absorbed in commonplace, trivial matters, will find his mind becoming dwarfed and enfeebled. He has lost the power of growth. The mind must be trained to comprehend the important truths that concern eternal life.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 535–536.

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Invocation by Brother Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing us together this morning. And, as we begin this worship we ask that you would take control of the LiveStreaming that we are doing, and the recording that we are doing, and the study that we are doing. We want your Holy Spirit to guide. We ask that you grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit and holy angels and that you would pour the Latter Rain out upon us by opening our understanding of your Word. We are trying to see the Habakkuk’s two tables as typified in Bible prophecy. We ask that you would grant us the wisdom and discernment to recognize these things and recognize the significance of these things that we might be more secure upon the platform of eternal Truth that you have given us to stand upon. Please bless us at this time in our studies. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: For those you who are watching on LiveStream, if you do have questions, you can send them in to the website; and, at some point in time when we get a handful of questions, we will take the time to answer the ones that we can answer.

The Everlasting Gospel

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We are in our second section in dealing with Habakkuk’s Two Tables. We are trying to put the Tables in place of the typology of God’s prophetic Word. We have looked at three lines—I do not have the third line up here: I do not have Elijah—but, we have looked at the Millerite History, the history of the Three Decrees, and Elijah; and, we are going to overlay a truth in this history at this time, before we move into any other prophetic lines and we are going to consider the Everlasting Gospel.

And the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers through the introduction of a prophetic testing message.

I am sure we have all read the first chapter of Galatians where Paul says that if you are preaching any other gospel than the gospel that Paul preaches that gospel preacher is a curse; and, most in Adventism do not understand the Everlasting Gospel. They may know how to say the Everlasting Gospel is to read verse 6 of Revelation 14; but, they have not taken the time to understand the characteristics of the Everlasting Gospel.

And the characteristics of the Everlasting Gospel are accomplished in these reform lines [see Figure 26A], which Sister White says parallel one another. So, we want to put this attribute of these reform lines in place here this morning.

We will start in Selected Messages, book 2, page 106. It says,

“The message proclaimed by the angel flying in the midst of heaven is the everlasting gospel, the same gospel that was declared in Eden when God said to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’” Selected Messages, book 2, 106.

The Everlasting Gospel of the First Angel, Sister White is here telling us it is the same gospel in Genesis 3:15, a promise that Christ was going to be put enmity between the seed of Satan and the seed of the woman, the seed of Christ. This is the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan that we are dealing with here, and Christ accomplishes a separation between these two classes of worshippers; and, prophetically you can identify these classes of worshippers as the seed of Satan or the seed of Christ.

Prophecy

Many in Adventism do not understand that the Gospel is a prophecy. You hear often from those in Adventism, “You know, I don’t want to hear about the prophetic Word. I just want to hear about Jesus and His love and the gospel of Jesus.”

Well, the gospel of Jesus is the prophetic gospel. We want to put that in place.

In The Great Controversy, page 507, speaking of Genesis 3:15, the Everlasting Gospel, Christ’s work of producing two classes of worshippers, it says,

“The spirit which put Christ to death moves the wicked to destroy His followers. All this is foreshadowed in that first prophecy: ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.’ And this will continue to the close of time.” The Great Controversy, 507.

So, Genesis 3:15 is a prophecy.

The Gospel

But, in Youth Instructor, February 22, 1900, Sister White says,

The first gospel sermon was preached in Eden, when God said to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’”—

So, Genesis 3:15 is the prophetic gospel. It is both the gospel and prophecy.

She continues on and says,

—“In Eden, Adam and Eve transgressed the law of God. God had forbidden them to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But instead of obeying the voice of God,”—

And I just want to note that it was their disobedience to obeying God’s Word.

—“But instead of obeying the voice of God, they listened to the words of the tempter. ‘Hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ Satan asked. ‘And the woman said unto the serpent, 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, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Youth Instructor, February 22, 1900.

So, right here in the beginning of the gospel story, one of the things that I want to put in place is that Genesis 3:15 is the first gospel sermon and it is the first prophecy.

Another thing that I want you to see is that the rebellion of Adam and Eve was placing their word above God’s Word, because we are going to deal with this a little bit when we get to the close of this presentation. Placing our word above God’s Word is spiritualism.

In Counsels to Writers and Editors, page 29, it says,

“Our lesson for the present time is, How may we most clearly comprehend and present the gospel that Christ came in person to present to John on the Isle of Patmos,—“—

And what Christ presented to John on the Isle of Patmos was the Book of Revelation; and, here Sister White is making sure that we understand that the prophetic Book of Revelation is the Gospel.

—“that Christ came in person to present to John on the Isle of Patmos, the gospel that is termed ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’? We are to present to our people a clear explanation of Revelation. We are to give them the word of God just as it is, with as few of our own explanations as possible.” Counsels to Writers and Editors, 29.

The Everlasting Gospel is a prophetic gospel, and you will have in your notes Matthew 24:14-16. This is Christ’s sermon. And in verse 14, after beginning to set forth the things that would take place, leading to and including the destruction of the temple, in verse 14 it says,

14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”—

The gospel that Jesus is referring to is the gospel that identifies the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70; but, in so doing, uses that trampling down of Jerusalem to illustrate the 1260 years of Papal rule, and also uses that same history to illustrate the end of the world.

So, the gospel that is going to go to all the world, according to Christ, is a prophetic gospel.

Verse 14 again,

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. 15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whose readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: . . . .” Matthew 24:14-16 (KJV).

Here the Book of Daniel is being cited by Christ, and you need to understand what the abomination of desolation is; because, when you see this fulfilled, you need to understand what the abomination of desolation is because when you see this fulfilled you need to flee out of Jerusalem or you are going to die. That is the good news! Here is the gospel for the Christians during the time when Cestius and Titus are going to destroy Jerusalem, is when you see the abomination of desolations as represented in the prophetic message of Daniel this is the good news in terms of protecting your life. So, the gospel of the kingdom, according to Christ, is a prophetic gospel.

Everlasting

All right. In Patriarchs and Prophets, page 72, Sister White says,

“Cain and Abel represent two classes that will exist in the world till the close of time.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 72.

And what we are trying to show you here is that the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers, and these two classes are represented by Cain and Abel all the way through history.

A Test

And, of course, Cain and Able were given a test which was going to demonstrate their character, and it was a prophetic test. It was a test to see if they would bring the correct offerings; and, the correct offering that they were supposed to bring were typifying Christ. They were prophecies. They were a prophetic testing message. Cain failed the test; Abel passed the test.

In Patriarchs and Prophets, page 71, Sister White says,

“Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam, differed widely in character. Abel had a spirit of loyalty to God; he saw justice and mercy in the Creator’s dealings with the fallen race, and gratefully accepted the hope of redemption. But Cain cherished feelings of rebellion, and murmured against God because of the curse pronounced upon the earth and upon the human race for Adam’s sin. He permitted his mind to run in the same channel that led to Satan’s fall—indulging the desire for self-exaltation and questioning the divine justice and authority.”—

Underline self-exaltation. This is one of the characteristics of the class represented by Cain. In the Book of Daniel the word that you find is great, is gâdal. It means self-exaltation. And gâdal is the very root of spiritualism, and gâdal is the very root of the word tamid that is translated as Daily in the Book of Daniel.

Okay. So, this theme about self-exaltation is one of the primary themes in the Great Controversy itself: so, self-exaltation as contrasted with self-sacrificing love; Cain and Abel.

Continuing on.

—“These brothers were tested,”—

Some people do not believe that Adventism is going to be tested; but, Adventism is going to experience the Everlasting Gospel, and the Everlasting Gospel is a prophetic testing message.

—“These brothers were tested, as Adam had been tested before them, to prove whether they would believe and obey the word of God.”—

How was Adam and Eve tested? They were tested about prohibition against eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and they were told, “When you do that, you will die.” It was a prophecy. It was a prophetic testing message.

—“These brothers were tested, as Adam had been tested before them, to prove whether they would believe and obey the word of God.”—

Are you going to believe the Word of God, or are you going to believe man’s word or Satan’s word?

—“They were acquainted with the provision made for the salvation of man, and understood the system of offerings which God had ordained. They knew that in these offerings they were to express faith in the Saviour whom the offerings typified, and at the same time to acknowledge their total dependence on Him for pardon; and they knew that by thus conforming to the divine plan for their redemption, they were giving proof of their obedience to the will of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 71.

Developed

The test of the offerings typified Christ. They were prophecies as a prophetic testing message to demonstrate two classes of worshippers. That does not happen simultaneously. It is something that is developed.

Review and Herald, September 14, 1897:

“Cain and Abel are given us in Bible history to represent the two orders in humanity. Abel was faithful and loyal to God, and he was preferred by the Lord. Cain was disloyal; he wished his own ideas to prevail. Abel protested against these principles as disloyal. But as the eldest,”—

Notice that. When we are contrasting these two classes, invariably the class represented by Cain is in the leadership position. They are the oldest.

—“But as the eldest, Cain thought that his methods and plans should have the supremacy. It made him very angry that Abel would not concede to his views, and his anger burned so hotly that he killed his brother. Here the two principles of right and wrong are developed.” Review and Herald, September 14, 1897.

Okay. It is a development in the manifestation.

And what we are saying is that in these histories, in 1798 at the Time of the End, the Book of Daniel s unsealed. There is an increase of knowledge, and this truth is going to be developed; and, as it is developing, it is going to be developing a corresponding reaction from mankind that is being confronted with it, and two classes are going to be developed.

And, when you get to the third waymark, Judgment, those two classes will be manifested, as it was manifested with the murder of Abel.

Manifested

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 77:

“The murder of Abel was the first example of the enmity that God had declared would exist between the serpent and the seed of the woman—between Satan and his subjects and Christ and His followers. . . . And wherever there are any who will stand in vindication of the righteousness of the law of God, the same spirit will be manifested against them. It is the spirit that through all the ages has set up the stake and kindled the burning pile for the disciples of Christ.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 77.

The spirit of Cain is a spirit of persecution in any of its forms.

And, of course, we have just seen that this whole process is a development; so, when the persecution of Cain arrives, it develops. It gets more and more severe as the history unfolds.

Enmity

The promise of Genesis 3:15 is that the Lord is going to put enmity between these two seeds, the seed of Satan and the seed of Christ.

Selected Messages, book 1, page 254, says,

“The enmity referred to in the prophecy in Eden was not to be confined merely to Satan and the Prince of life. It was to be universal. Satan and his angels were to feel the enmity of all mankind. ‘I will put enmity,’ said God, ‘between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel’ (Genesis 3:15).

“The enmity put between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman was supernatural.” Selected Messages, book 1, 254.

This enmity is a work of Christ, and the symbol of it, one of the classic symbols of it in God’s word is the mind.

In Philippians 2:5 we are told we can have the mind Christ.

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: . . . .” Philippians 2:5 (KJV).

If we have the mind of Christ we have the enmity against sin, enmity against Satan.

In Romans 8, verses 6 and 7:

6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:6-7 (KJV).

Cain’s mind is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. It is the mind of Satan.

So, this enmity, this supernatural work that is accomplished by Christ, also can be portrayed as two minds: Do you have the mind of Satan or the mind of Christ.

Of course, we know that there is no middle ground. You are either decidedly on the side of Satan or decidedly on the side of Christ.

Sanctity Them through Thy Word

Bible Echo, October 22, 1894, says,

“‘They are they that testify of Me,’—of the Redeemer, Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. The prayer of Christ for His disciples was, ‘Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth.’ If we are to be sanctified through the truth, we must have an intelligent knowledge of God’s will as revealed in His word. We must search the Scriptures, not merely rush through a chapter, taking no pains to understand it; but we must dig for the jewel of truth, which will enrich the mind and the soul.” Bible Echo, October 22, 1894.

If we are going to have the mind of Christ, we are going to have to be sanctified by His Word. We are going to have to bring His thoughts, His feelings, into our experience through participating with Him as we search the “mind” of His Word.

His Prophetic Word is Truth

Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, page 211:

“The history of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as that of the Son of God, cannot be fully demonstrated without the evidence contained in the Old Testament. Christ is revealed in the Old Testament as clearly as in the New. The one testifies of a Saviour to come, while the other testifies of a Saviour that has come in the manner predicted by the prophets. In order to appreciate the plan of redemption, the Scripture of the Old Testament must be thoroughly understood. It is the glorified light from the prophetic past that brings out the life of Christ and the teachings of the New Testament with clearness and beauty. The miracles of Jesus are a proof of his divinity; but the strongest proofs that he is the world’s Redeemer are found in the prophecies of the Old Testament compared with the history of the New. Jesus said to the Jews ‘Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.’ At that time there was no other scripture in existence save that of the Old Testament; so the injunction of the Saviour is plain.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, 211.

So, the work of placing enmity between the two classes of worshippers is a supernatural work that is accomplished by Christ, based upon His Word. If we will feed upon His Word, we will take the Little Book and eat it. If we will eat the manna that has come down from Heaven, eat His flesh and drink His blood, we will be taking into ourselves the power of God’s Word that will provide us with the mind of Christ and we will have enmity against Satan and against sin.

But, if we reject His Word, then—what is His Word? It is the prophetic Word. If we reject the prophecy to bring the offerings that Able brought to typify Christ, the prophetic offerings, if we reject that as Cain does, then we will supernaturally be developing the mind of Satan. This is the Everlasting Gospel. This is the work that Christ accomplishes that produces two classes of worshippers through the introduction of a prophetic testing message.

Christ’s Parables

This is Sabbath School Worker, December 1, 1909:

“Revelation is not the creation or invention of something new, but the manifestation of what was, until revealed, unknown to human beings. The great and eternal truths contained in the gospel are revealed through diligent searching and humbling of ourselves before God.”—

“I didn’t think I had to search for the Gospel. I thought it was just the love of Jesus,” many are saying in Adventism; but, we have to search and we have to participate in this supernatural development of enmity in us.

—“The divine Teacher leads the mind of the humble seeker for truth; and by the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the truths of the Word are made known to him. And there can be no more certain and efficient way of knowledge than in being thus guided. The promise of the Saviour was, ‘When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.’ It is through the impartation of the Holy Spirit that we are made to understand the Word of God.

“The psalmist writes, ‘Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. . . . Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.’”—

By accomplishing this work, the psalmist is receiving the supernatural enmity of the mind of Christ.

Continuing on,

—“We are admonished to seek for the truth as for hid treasure. The Lord opens the understanding of the true seeker after truth; and the Holy Spirit enables him to grasp the truths of revelation. This is what the psalmist means when he asks that his eyes may be opened to behold wondrous things out of the law.”—

What does the psalmist mean? What is Sister White saying here? That when we participate in the study of God’s Word, seeking out the prophetic message, this is how God opens our eyes.

—“When the soul pants after the excellencies of Jesus Christ, the mind is enabled to grasp the glories of the better world. Only by the aid of the divine Teacher can we understand the truths of the Word of God. In Christ’s school we learn to be meek and lowly because there is given to us an understanding of the mysteries of godliness.

“He who inspired the Word was the true expositor of the Word. Christ illustrated his teachings by calling the attention of his hearers to the simple laws of nature, and to the familiar objects which they daily saw and handled. Thus he led their minds from the natural to the spiritual. Many failed of grasping at once the meaning of his parables; but as they day by day came in contact with the objects with which the Great Teacher had associated spiritual truths, some discerned the lessons of divine truth he had sought to impress, and these were convinced of the truth of his mission and converted to the gospel.” Sabbath School Worker, December 1, 1909.

What we are suggesting here—we are not going to take a lot of time to show this—but, the parables are prophecies. This is a classic example of the prophetic Word. And, Christ spoke to the Jews in parables: some would understand and some would not. The parables were producing two classes of worshippers. It was a prophetic testing message designed to produce two classes of worshippers; because, the parables are a part of the Everlasting Gospel.

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 17, says,

“Leading thus from the natural to the spiritual kingdom, Christ’s parables are links in the chain of truth that unites man with God, and earth with heaven.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 17.

Christ uses parables to employ the principle of literal things representing spiritual things. This is prophetic application. This is where people either stand or fall in terms of developing the mind of Christ.

Christ lost more of His disciples when he said, “You must eat my flesh and drink my blood,” than any other point in time. One class could understand that Christ was talking spiritually. The other class could not understand that; they could only understand that literally. So, they are thinking, “Are we supposed to be cannibals?” and they turned away from Him and walked with Him no more. Parables provide this same testing experience for those that hear it. It is the prophetic test.

The Pharisee and the Publican

In Christ’s Object Lessons, page 152, it says,

“The Pharisee and the publican represent two great classes into which those who come to worship God are divided. Their first two representatives are found in the first two children that were born into the world.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.

So, Cain and Able are prefiguring the Pharisee and the Publican; but, they are also prefiguring the wise and the foolish virgins of Adventism. They are prefiguring those people that have the Seal of God or those that have the mark of the beast.

Peter the Pharisee

But, Peter leaves recorded in the Scriptures a testimony of both being a publican and a Pharisee, and we want to add another line of thought to the Everlasting Gospel.

Now, what we are saying is, the history of the Millerites is the history of the Everlasting Gospel of the First Angel; and, we are saying that the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers, based upon the introduction of a prophetic testing message.

It is a different prophetic testing message in each generation. For the Millerites the prophetic testing message is: Are you going to follow Christ into the Most Holy Place?

And when the Book of Daniel was unsealed, it identified that Christ was moving into the Most Holy Place, even though they had some misconceptions about points of this; but, at the end of this history, this increase of knowledge in the terminology of Daniel 12 says that the wicked did not understand the increase of knowledge, but the wise did.

And in the terminology of the parable of the Ten Virgins, the foolish virgins had no oil, where the wise virgins had oil. But, in the historical testimony of this, it is only 50, roughly 50, moved into the Most Holy Place with Christ; and, Sister White tells us the other ones continued to direct their prayers to the Holy Place that Christ had left and Satan, pleased with the deception, began to answer their prayers.

So, this history of the Millerites is the history of the Everlasting Gospel.

In this history [of Cyrus], it was not the increase of knowledge that begins at the Time of the End when there is an unsealing, it was not about the Judgment beginning. In this history the testing message is: Are you going to come out of Babylon and help build Jerusalem?

So, in each generation when the Time of the End arrives and the prophetic message is unsealed, the prophetic message that is going to accomplish the work of the Everlasting Gospel will be different for each generation.

In the generation of Elijah, which we have looked at, the question was not about Judgment beginning, not about coming out of Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem. It was: Whom are you going to serve, God or Baal?

So, we want to add one other thought here; because, when Peter represents a publican and a Pharisee, he is going to now tell us, he is going to teach us if we are willing to be taught, that this prophetic testing message represented by the increase of knowledge at the beginning of these histories, that it is a three-step testing process. It is the Three Angels’ Messages.

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 152, says,

“For each of the classes represented by the Pharisee and the publican there is a lesson in the history of the apostle Peter. In his early discipleship Peter thought himself strong. Like the Pharisee, in his own estimation he was ‘not as other men are.’ When Christ on the eve of His betrayal forewarned His disciples, ‘All ye shall be offended because of Me this night,’ Peter confidently declared, ‘Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.’ Mark 14:27, 29. Peter did not know his own danger. Self-confidence”—would that be self-exaltation?— “Self-confidence misled him. He thought himself able to withstand temptation; but in a few short hours the test came, and with cursing and swearing he denied his Lord.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.

The Everlasting Gospel is a prophetic testing message.

Thrice Tested

And if you would turn to Mark 14:29-30, it says,

“. . . 29But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 30And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Mark 14:29-30 (KJV).

So how many tests, how many opportunities did Peter have not to deny him?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three times.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Three. Peter failed the threefold testing process as he lived out the life of a Pharisee, in prophetic terms.

Progressive

It was progressive. Peter’s fall was progressive.

A New Life, page 41, says,

“The evil that led to Peter’s fall and that shut out the Pharisee from communion with God is proving the ruin of thousands today. There is nothing so offensive to God or so dangerous to the human soul as pride and self-sufficiency.”—there is your gâdal—“Of all sins it is the most hopeless, the most incurable.

“Peter’s fall was not instantaneous, but gradual.” A New Life, 41.

So, Peter is representing Cain, a Pharisee, who fails the threefold testing process that is the Everlasting Gospel, and it is a progressive testing process.

Peter the Publican

But, Peter is a publican. Acts of the Apostles, page 515, where Sister White says Peter represents both the publican and the Pharisee.

“At the last meeting of Christ with His disciples by the sea, Peter, tested by the thrice-repeated question, ‘Lovest thou Me?’ (John 21:15–17), had been restored to his place among the Twelve.”—

Now Peter is representing the publican, and he is being placed among the Twelve. And what does the Twelve represent?

What do the 12 stones in the story of Elijah represent? The church, the 12 sons of Jacob, the 144,000. The 144,000, the publican, Able are going to go through a threefold testing process in order to be restored to the full image of Christ and placed among the 12, the 144,000.

Continuing on:

—“[he] had been restored to his place among the Twelve. His work had been appointed him; he was to feed the Lord's flock. Now, converted and accepted, he was not only to seek to save those without the fold, but was to be a shepherd of the sheep.” Acts of the Apostles, 515.

So, what is it that led to his fall? Gâdal, self-exaltation, self-confidence, SELF.

THREE TESTS

Christ’s Object Lessons, pages 154, 155, says, speaking of Peter:

“Self-confidence led him to the belief that he was saved, and step after step”—progressive there—“step after step was taken in the downward path, until he could deny his Master. Never can we safely put confidence in self or feel, this side of heaven, that we are secure against temptation. Those who accept the Saviour, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading. Every one should be taught to cherish hope and faith; but even when we give ourselves to Christ and know that He accepts us, we are not beyond the reach of temptation. God’s word declares, ‘Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.’ Daniel 12:10. Only he who endures the trial will receive the crown of life. (James 1:12.)” Christ’s Object Lessons, 154, 155.

Sister White has just tied the testing process represented by Peter—and Peter represents both classes, the publican and the Pharisee—she just tied it into Daniel 12; because, in Daniel 12 is where we find the increase of knowledge that is the prophetic testing message of the Everlasting Gospel. And in Daniel 12, it is a threefold testing process and she quotes it: “Many shall be purified,” there is the first test; “made white,” there is the second test; “and tried,” (the third test) [see Figure No. 27A].

So, as Peter represents both the publican and the Pharisee, and as in both cases he went through a threefold testing process, Sister White has just now tied him into the threefold testing process of Daniel 12, and Daniel 12 is an illustration of the Millerite History: The First, the Second, and the Third Angels’ Messages, three tests.

So, when it comes to the Everlasting Gospel being a prophetic testing message that produces two classes of worshippers, the seed of Christ and the seed of Satan, it is not simply a test; it is a threefold testing process; and, this threefold testing process is life or death.

Purified, Made white, and Tried

The Millerites

Go to Daniel 12. Verse 3 says in Daniel 12,

3And they that be wise”—

And in the margin for wise is teacher.

—“shall shine”—

And the word shine in the Hebrew is shall teach.

—“3And they that be [teachers] shall [teach] as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:3-4 (KJV).

And we have already discussed, I believe here in the past, the running to and fro, as identified in Amos 8:11-14, is the running to and fro in God’s Word.

Okay. At the Time of the End in 1798, when the Book of Daniel was unsealed, there was an increase of knowledge, and there was going to be a class represented by Able, represented by the publican, that are going to begin to search God’s Word to understand this increase of knowledge.

Verse 9:

—“9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”—until 1798—“10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried;”—

When it is unsealed in 1798, there is going to be a threefold testing process: you are either going to deny your Lord three times before the cock crows thrice, or you are going to identify in each of those three tests that you love Him.

—“10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly:”—

Who are the wicked? That is Cain; that is the Pharisees.

—“and none of the wicked shall understand.” Daniel 12:9-10 (KJV).

What will they not understand? The increase of knowledge, the prophetic gospel. They will not understand the prophetic testing message. They will not understand the three-step prophetic testing message. They will not understand the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14.

But, the wise shall understand.

How important is this understanding? If you will, just go to the next book in the Bible, Hosea 4:6. All the prophets agree with one another. It says,

6My people are destroyed”—destroyed?—“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:”—

If you do not have this knowledge, you are destroyed.

—“”because thou hast rejected knowledge,”—

It is not something that you just casually walk past. You are going to openly reject it.

—“because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6 (KJV).

And the idea that the wicked are not going to be a priest connects with the covenant. When the Lord enters into covenant with the people, He makes them priests.

And in these processes [referring to Figure No. 27A], it is all about entering into covenant with God. So, if you reject this increase in knowledge, you reject this three-step prophetic testing message that is the Everlasting Gospel, and you are entering into the covenant of Death as Isaiah says in chapter 28, and rejecting the covenant of life where you were to have been a priest in the Kingdom of Christ.

So, if you go back to your notes now, in Review and Herald, October 31, 1899, it says,

“Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message”—

So, before we go any further, we know that the Millerite History is a fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins. And, Sister White is talking about the First Angel’s Message that is empowered on August 11, 1840; the Second Message arriving in June of 1842; and, the Third Message arriving on October 22, 1844. And one of the things that she teaches us in this statement is that these are all tests. They rejected the last testing message; therefore, all three of them are tests.

—“ Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made.

Every specification of this parable should be carefully studied. We are represented either by the wise or by the foolish virgins.” Review and Herald, October 31, 1899.

We are represented either by the wise or the wicked in Daniel 12. We are represented either as the Pharisee or the publican; as, Cain or Abel; the mark of the beast or the Seal of God.

First Message: Purified

Second Message: Made White

Third Message: Tried

How do we get into that condition, either the Seal of God or the mark of the beast? Based upon how we respond to the threefold prophetic testing message that begins at the Time of the End when there is a prophecy unsealed that is going to test that generation.

Sin; First Angel’s Message; Purified

Righteousness; Second Angel’s Message; Made White

Judgment; Third Angel’s Message; Tried

So, in your notes you will see that the First Angel’s Message in the terminology of Daniel 12 is where you are purified; in the terminology of Daniel 12, the Second Angel’s Message is where you are made white; and, the Third Angel’s Message is where you are tried, in the terminology of Daniel 12.

Go to John 16:8, because all of this is the work of the Holy Spirit. John 16:8 says—let us start in verse 7.

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go no away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”—

Now, Jesus in the Bible is the Sent of God; but, it is worth noting at some point in our studies, in this particular study, we will get to the point where we identify that the Holy Spirit is also sent. And Jesus is saying that right here. Let us just put that in the record. It will be a long time before we dredge that one back out.

Verse 8, speaking of the Holy Spirit, it says,

—“And when he”—the Holy Spirit—“is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: . . . .”

And this is this identical three-step process: sin, righteousness, judgment. The judgment that He is going to reprove the world of is the “trying” that is represented in Daniel 12:10.

“Made white” is made white with the righteousness of Christ. That is righteousness.

And, “convicted of sin” brings you to the foot of the cross where you can be purified.

Courtyard; Sin; First Angel’s Message; Purified

Holy Place; Righteousness; Second Angel’s Message; Made White

Glorification; Most Holy Place; Judgment; Third Message; Tried

Go to Psalm 77:13.

If you are not seeing this: that the whole Bible is agreeing with the premise that we are making, then you are not seeing.

“John” 77:13 says,

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Brother Jeff, did you mean Psalm 77?

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes. What did I say?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: You said “John 77.”

BROTHER PIPPENGER: I said John? I meant Psalm, Psalm 77:13.

If you can find John 77, let me know. All right?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Laughter.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Psalm 77:13 says,

13Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”

And the Sanctuary is this same three-step testing process. It is the courtyard where you are convicted of sin and purified. It is the Holy Place, where you are made white and given the righteousness of Christ. It is the Most Holy Place where you are tried and judgment is accomplished. There are no accidents in God’s Word.

Justification; Courtyard; Sin; First Message; Purified

Sanctification; Holy Place; Righteousness; Second Message; Made White

Glorification; Most Holy Place; Judgment; Third Message; Tried

The theological terms that correspond with this three-step process is if you accept the first attribute of the First Angel’s Message and fear God, then you come into the courtyard, you come to the foot of the cross, you confess your sins and you are purified and you are justified.

If you accept the second attribute of the First Angel’s Message where you are going to give glory to Him, you move into the Holy Place where you enter into the process of sanctification. You are made white and you possess His righteousness, and in so doing you are going to give glory to Christ.

And if you accept the third premise of the First Angel’s Message and understand that it is the hour of God’s Judgment and you are prepared for that [having accepted the first and second attributes of the First Angel’s Message], you enter into that judgment. You are tried, and that takes place in the Most Holy Place and it is there that you are glorified.

The Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers, based upon the introduction of a prophetic testing message that is a three-step prophetic testing message.

The Closed Door

The same quote that we just read a minute ago:

“Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel’s message, the last testing message to be given to the world. . . .

“The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself, and every specification should be carefully studied. A time will come when the door will be shut.” Manuscript Releases, volume 16, 270.

The door is shut at the third waymark. “. . . every specification should be carefully studied,” that is what Sister White just said, and then she takes one of those specifications and emphasizes it: “A time will come when the door will be shut.” And we know that on October 22, 1844, the door was shut in the Holy Place and, consistently when we look at these Reform Movements, we see the closing of the door right here on the third waymark. This is something that Adventism refuses to assimilate into their understanding: “I don’t want to hear about the closing of probation at The Sunday Law,” which is our third waymark. They want to hear a peace and safety message that will tickle their itching ears.

But, in every generation all of these messages are a closed-door message. Noah’s message was the door of probation is closing. Elijah’s message is the door of probation is closing.

Did probation close for the prophets of Baal on the third waymark? It sure did.

Did probation close for the Egyptians on the third waymark? Yeah, it sure did.

Judgment is always emphasizing this closed door.

The Wheat and the Tares Manifested

Notice Christ’s Object Lessons, page 123.

“Both the parable of the tares and that of the net plainly teach that there is no time when all the wicked will turn to God. The wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest. The good and the bad fish are together drawn ashore for a final separation.”—

And notice what she says.

—“Again, these parables teach that there is to be no probation after the judgment. When the work of the gospel is completed, there immediately follows the separation between the good and the evil, and the destiny of each class is forever fixed.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 123.

This history here [indicating the Millerite History in Figure No. 26A] is the history of the Everlasting Gospel. This history ends with the third test which is judgment; and, at judgment the door closes, and when the door closes there is no more probation. Their character is fixed for eternity.

Wheat & Tares

Now, she did not say the wise and foolish virgins there; she said the good and bad fish, and the wheat and tares. So, for those of you that want to avoid the reality of this, we have this quote here in your notes:

“Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation.” Selected Messages, book 2, 69.

I am not quite to the thought that I was leading up to yet, but Selected Messages, book 2, page 69, “Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation.”

These are the First, Second, and Third Angels in Millerite History; and, in every one of these histories these waymarks these can be the First, Second, and Third Decrees [in the history of Cyrus and the Three Decrees], but you can still understand that these three Decrees are paralleling the Angels. And it is this three-step testing process that does the work of separation. What separates are the work of the Angels, the work of the First, Second, and Third Angels. It does the work of separation. It is how you respond to this three-step testing process that separates you out or separates you in that it gives you the mind of Christ or the mind of Satan.

Okay. We are still talking about the wheat and tares. In Manuscript Releases, volume 5, page 425, it says,

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his word, awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal or bind the wheat for the heavenly garner.’ These things should engage the whole mind, the whole attention. Again I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily receiving or imbibing new error. I saw that neither young nor old should attend the assemblies of those who are in error and darkness. Said the angel, ‘Let the mind cease to dwell on things of no profit.’” Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 425.

I have removed a quote from there. I usually have a quote in there where she compares the wheat and tares with the wise and foolish virgins, and that, I have evidently, taken it out of my notes.

In any case, there is no probation after the judgment. After the third waymark the door is closed, both classes are demonstrated—the class of Cain, the class of Abel—and the Third Angel is the one that selects the wheat from the tares. This is where the separation process is accomplished.

And I want to read the last thought to segway into the next thought.

I am going to read this again, now. That was in the terms that I was pointing out that when the door closes at the third test, this is the judgment. There is no probation after the judgment. It is here where the two classes are separated.

But now I want to pull another thought out of this Manuscript Releases, volume 5, page 425, in order to go into our next consideration.

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his word, awful is his mission.”—

There are three places where you will find this quote in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy. Two of those places it says work. In this place it saw word. I read it as work. Typo or whatever, “Fearful is his word, awful is his mission,” I can see that; but, “his work” is referenced in two other places and it makes more sense to me.

—“’Fearful is his [work], awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal or bind the wheat for the heavenly garner.’ These things should engage the whole mind, the whole attention.”—

Now, here is what I want you to see here, the next couple of sentences.

—“Again I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily receiving or imbibing new error. I saw that neither young nor old should attend the assemblies of those who are in error and darkness. Said the angel, ‘Let the mind cease to dwell on things of no profit.’” Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 425.

The Mystery of Iniquity

We are now going to add another waymark into these histories, and this waymark is The Mystery of Iniquity.

Aug 11 June Mar 27 Oct 22

1798 1833 1840 1842 1844 1844 1850

Aug 12-17

43 1844 1846 50

Sabbath

Darkness Miller Foundation Midnight Cry (D) 7

1 2 3

Haman’s

Decree 457BC 408

Esther’s Weeks

Decree 7

Darkness Cyrus Foundation (D)

1 2 3

Purified Made White Tried

The Sin Righteousness Judgment

Mystery of Courtyard Holy Place Most Holy Place

Iniquity Justified Sanctified Glorified

Fear God Give Him Glory Hour of Judgment

Figure No. 27B.

In each of these histories, while there is a work being accomplished from above, Satan is accomplishing a work from beneath. And we are going to try to show you the way that Satan accomplishes his work is by mixing the two seeds, by mingling the two seeds, by mingling truth with error.

So, when you read this last statement where she said, “I was shown the necessity of not worshipping with those people that are teaching error, she is pointing to the danger of getting drawn in to the Mystery of Iniquity. The Mystery of Iniquity is the mingling truth with error.

And one of the things about the Mystery of Iniquity, and most Adventists would understanding this even though they may never have thought it through before, when Paul addresses the Mystery of Iniquity in Thessalonians 2:7 he says, “For the mystery of iniquity”—

FROM THE AUDIENCE: “. . . doth already work: . . . .”

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“doth already work: . . . .” Everyone knows that, and that is one of the characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity.

And here [the Millerite History in Figure No. 27B] is a Reform Movement; but, before the Reform Movement, there is always a darkness and it is in this darkness where the Mystery of Iniquity begins to work, and this is the part most Adventists know.

Sister White teaches us plainly that there is something that precedes the genuine. What precedes the genuine?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The counterfeit.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The counterfeit. The counterfeit is the Mystery of Iniquity.

So, “. . . the mystery of iniquity doth already work.” The Mystery of Iniquity is something that begins in the time period, in the waymark, of darkness; and, the Mystery of Iniquity is the power from beneath that is going to seduce these generations to reject the truth when there is a power from above coming down, providing them with the truth.

Now, we are going to look at the Mystery of Iniquity as a waymark as we close.

And I have a rather long passage from Manuscript Releases, volume 18, pages 18 through 36; and, in my defense for a rather long passage, I want you to know that I cut out a whole lot of it. It was a big passage! Okay?

“By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of God’s people.”—

Who has been distinguished in Bible prophecy for persecuting God’s people? Rome, Pagan and Papal; Babylon; and Egypt.

Where does our worse persecution come from?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Within the church.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Within the church it has been distinguished, too.

—“By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of God’s people. All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history.”—

We are being specifically told here to understand the Mystery of Iniquity.

Continuing on:

—“God’s presentation of the detestable works of the inhabitants of the ruling powers of the world who bind themselves into secret societies and confederacies, not honoring the law of God, should enable the people who have the light of truth to keep clear of all these evils. More and more will all false religionists of the world manifest their evil doings;”—

More and more because it is progressive, all false religionists will manifest their evil doings.”

Were the Pharisees false religionists?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes.

Are there Pharisees in Adventism? Yes. More and more will ALL false religionists, not just Rome, the Papacy, or the Globalists at the United Nations but the Lord is bringing this to a close. The Lord is bringing it to the Second Coming of Christ; and, when He comes there are only going to be two classes of worshippers, and it does not matter where you are a false religionist at, you are going to continue to develop more and more the mind of Satan or, contrary-wise, the mind of Christ.

—“More and more will all false religionists of the world manifest their evil doings; for there are but two parties, those who keep the commandments of God and those who war against God’s holy law. . . .

The enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent is clearly defined by the Lord.”—

So, Sister White is tying this Mystery of Iniquity into this supernatural work of placing enmity between two classes of worshippers.

Then she is going to quote from Genesis, and there is a snippet in there that I want you to see.

—“The enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent is clearly defined by the Lord. ‘And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’ ‘And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast”—what?—“hearkened unto the voice of thy wife,”—

This is the very essence of spiritualism. It is placing man’s word, or Satan’s word, above God’s Word. And Eve’s word was man’s word, and he (Adam) placed it above God’s Word. That is spiritualism. He went into spiritualism at that point in time.

—“Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat of the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’

By following his own way, by acting in harmony with Satan’s temptations and in opposition to the known will of God, man vainly attempted to elevate and bless himself.”—

What is elevate? Self-exaltation!

—“Thus he gained an experimental knowledge of disobedience to God’s commandments. Thus he knew good and evil; thus he lost his fidelity and loyalty to God and opened the floodgates of evil and suffering to the whole human family. How many today are making the same experiment! When will man learn that the only means for his safety is through a full confidence in a ‘thus saith the Lord’?

Satan is seeking to intrude his own inventions”—

Okay. There are things that Satan is seeking to intrude—now, remember, she has already said in this passage, we all need wisdom to search out the Mystery of Iniquity that plays such a large role here at the end of the world, and now she is going to give us some information.

—“Satan is seeking to intrude his own inventions upon the children of God through human methods. He is seeking to be received as God, or even to be placed above God.”—

I am going to tell you right now, what we are going to show you are his human inventions. It is called the “false system of education.’ The false system of education is the human methods that he accomplishes the Mystery of Iniquity.

And now she is going to give us some historical background for this Satanic principle.

—“In changing the Sabbath to the first day of the week, he leads men to disbelieve God’s declarations, and so to regard their own ways and plans that they appear exceeding wise in their own eyes and in their perverted judgment. Through human policy he leads men to regard the expressed commandments of God as of less force than human tradition,”—

He is placing tradition above the commandments of God.

—“and to regard a deviation from that law which is always holy and just and good, as of little account.”—‘Thou shall not surely die: . . .’—“He sees that by thus preventing human agencies from walking as obedient children in harmony with God, he can hinder the accomplishment of God’s work in our world.

“But Satan’s connivings”—with his connivings—“with human agencies who stand in responsible positions are just as much to be feared and shunned now after the experiment of sin has been tried, as it was in the case of our first parents.”—

Let me read that again. It is talking about the Mystery of Iniquity. It is talking about him intruding his own inventions through human methods.

Then she says,

—“But Satan’s connivings with human agencies who stand in responsible positions are just as much to be feared and shunned now after the experiment of sin has been tried, as it was in the case of our first parents. I am instructed to say that the men who are placed in positions of responsibility in the work of God have overestimated their right to control others. The position a man occupies does not change his character. Some have seemed to feel that they must devise for churches and for sanitariums and that there was to be no questioning of their judgment. Let them learn of Jesus at every step. He should be the chief authority for every man.

“The One who has often been our Instructor says, ‘How hard it is for man to walk humbly with his God, in a contrite spirit taking God’s way and rejecting Satan’s propositions which seem to present great worldly advantages.’ The influence of man’s having his own way in the place of firmly standing on the solid foundation that God alone has laid, has been repeated over and over again. Refusing to walk in the straight paths that God has signified will bring them to confusion and will not teach wisdom to others who have the same test and trial. When will man learn that God is God, and not a man that He should change?”—

Continuing on:

—“Some who have departed from the right way have been in a continual fever to grasp responsibilities that God has not laid upon them. God calls upon every minister and every physician to maintain the simplicity of the truth. The Son of God who is revealed in both the Old and New Testaments is the Saviour of our world today. From Him every medical missionary is to receive his training. Unless he shall separate himself from the prince of the power of the air, he will mislead souls who have confidence in him. Let all beware of men who are so educated and uplifted that their plans cannot be understood by the common people.

The intrigues of sin surpass infinite conception.”—

That is a pretty profound statement from someone that did not even make it out of grade school.

—“The intrigues of sin surpass infinite conception. Every calamity, every

suffering and death, is an evidence not only of the power of evil but of the truth of the living God. Having known the truth, the word of the living God, which abideth forever, and which through obedience gives life, man’s weakness in conforming to Satan’s ingenuity is surpassingly strange. All who are taught of God recognize Christ as His Son. All who disbelieve the known declarations of God demonstrate the popularity of sin, and are not working on the side of life and immortality which are brought to light through perfect sanctification of the truth. Unless they make a change in character, in words, and in spirit, souls will be lost.

“There is no middle path to Paradise restored. The message given to man for these last days is not to become amalgamated with human devising.”—

What does amalgamated mean? Two things joined together that are not supposed to be joined together. And the message for the last days is not supposed to be combined with human thought; because, if it is, it becomes spiritualism. God’s Word is God’s Word. When it is combined with or overruled with satanic words, that is spiritualism.

—“The message given to man for these last days is not to become amalgamated with human devising. We are not to lean upon the policy of worldly lawyers. We must be humble men of prayer, not acting like those who are blinded by Satan’s agencies.

“Many have a faith, but not a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Saving faith is not simply a mere belief of the truth. ‘The devils also believe, and tremble.’ The inspiration of the Spirit of God gives to men a faith that is an impelling power that molds character, and leads men higher than mere formal actions. The words, the actions, and the spirit are to bear testimony to the fact that we are followers of Christ.

“The greatest light and blessing that God has bestowed is not a security against transgression and apostasy in these last days. Those whom God has exalted to high positions of trust may turn from heaven’s light to human wisdom.”—

There are your two choices: heaven’s light or human wisdom. To turn to human wisdom is spiritualism.

—“Their light will then become darkness, their God-entrusted capabilities a snare, their character an offense to God. God will not be mocked. A departure from Him has been and always will be followed by its sure results. The commission of acts that displease God will, unless decidedly repented of and forsaken, instead of seeking to justify them, lead the evildoer on step by step in deception till many sins are committed with impunity. All who would possess a character that would make them laborers together with God and receive the commendation of God, must separate themselves from the enemies of God, and maintain the truth which Christ gave to John to give to the world.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 30–36.

This is the second place where you are supposed to separate; and, the reason you are supposed to separate is because in these histories, the Mystery of Iniquity is at work, and the Mystery of Iniquity is the work of Satan in placing human words above God’s Word. And when that takes place, you have just entered into spiritualism.

And you will notice that she says that we all need wisdom to understand the Mystery of Iniquity that plays such a large part in the close of this Earth’s history. And then what does she talk about? Men in responsible positions that place their word above God’s Word.

In 1 Samuel—and this is in your notes—1 Samuel 15:22-29 we have this classic example and definition of spiritualism, when King Saul disobeyed. It says,

22And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,”—

You reject the Word of the Lord, what do you enter into? Witchcraft, spiritualism, rebellion.

—“Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

24And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.”—

What is Saul blaming it on? His fear of the people.

Who else blamed it on the people—the classic example?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Adam.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He blamed it on his wife.

But, who else blamed it on the people? Aaron, Aaron. Aaron ultimately blamed it on the people. And you have got to know that because at some point in time we are going to deal with Aaron blaming it on the people. It was from the pressure that was brought about by the people that caused Aaron to make a Sunday Law. But, the foundational message of that history, when Moses comes back to Egypt, he gives the foundational message for that history. What was it? The Sabbath. He says, “We are not keeping Sabbath. We have got to keep Sabbath.”

And because Moses lays the foundation right here [at the first waymark] of that history of Moses, Pharaoh says, “Well, you are going to keep up the same amount of bricks, and you are going to gather your own straw.”

So, when Aaron is building a golden calf, what is he rejecting? The foundation, a leader turning away from the foundation because of the people. Put that in mind. History repeats.

—“26And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

27And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.”—

What is that? Can anyone guess what that is? Give it a guess. What is that? That is the parable of the vineyard. That is the parable of the vineyard.

Saul was given a vineyard to work, and he did not do the work and it was going to be taken away from him and given to others that would bear the fruits thereof.

—“29And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” 1 Samuel 15:22–29 (KJV).

That is the same thought from the previous passage from Sister White.

So, rebellion is self-exaltation. Placing your word above God’s Word is witchcraft; it is spiritualism.

And, of course, the strong delusion of 2 Thessalonians that overtakes Seventh-day Adventists at the end of time is all prefigured here. But, the reason that Seventh-day Adventists get to the third test, The Sunday Law, and are receiving the strong delusion of spiritualism is because they failed a progressive testing process of three steps. And the influence, the power that comes from beneath that helps to lead them into those wrong choices when there is a power from above coming down is the Mystery of Iniquity.

And the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work. It begins well before the reform line begins.

The false teachings that contributed to the Protestants [in the Millerite History] rejecting the First Angel’s Message, they came from the heritage of the captivity in Catholicism for 1260 years, had inbred into the Protestants preconceived ideas that prevented them from understanding the message. It is that way in every history. When Jesus comes on the scene, it is the education of the Greeks that had been inculcated into the Jews that prevented them from seeing this message.

The reason that the children of Israel had to wander 40 years in the wilderness until they all died is that the Lord brought them out of Egypt; they were holding on to these false ideas that they had learned while they were in Egypt for centuries.

Mingling the Seeds

In Genesis 6:1-5, the point of reference for this Mystery of Iniquity can be noted.

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God”—

Who are the sons of God? Who are they, they sons of who? They are the sons of Seth. They are the seed of Christ.

—“2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men”—

Who are the daughters of men? The seed of Cain, the daughters of Cain.

—“2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”—

As soon as they do this, as soon as they do this, as soon as there is a mingling with the satanic seed with the Holy seed comes the next verse which says,

—“3And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”—

Okay. Now the Lord says, “That’s it! We are going to introduce a prophetic testing message to produce these two classes of worshippers because the corruption has begun.” It is the Mystery of Iniquity.

—“4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:1–5 (KJV).

Sister White comments on this. She says, in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 81,

“Upon receiving the curse of God, Cain had withdrawn from his father’s

household. He had first chosen his occupation as a tiller of the soil, and he now founded a city, calling it after the name of his eldest son. He had gone out from the presence of the Lord, cast away the promise of the restored Eden, to seek his possessions and enjoyment in the earth under the curse of sin, thus standing at the head of that great class of men who worship the god of this world. In that which pertains to mere earthly and material progress, his descendants became distinguished. But they were regardless of God, and in opposition to His purposes for man. To the crime of murder, in which Cain had led the way, Lamech, the fifth in descent, added polygamy, and, boastfully defiant, he acknowledged God, only to draw from the avenging of Cain an assurance of his own safety. Abel had led a pastoral life, dwelling in tents or booths, and the descendants of Seth followed the same course, counting themselves ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth,’ seeking ‘a better country, that is, an heavenly.’ Hebrews 11:13, 16.

For some time the two classes remained separate. The race of Cain, spreading from the place of their first settlement, dispersed over the plains and valleys where the children of Seth had dwelt; and the latter, in order to escape from their contaminating influence, withdrew to the mountains, and there made their home. So long as this separation continued, they maintained the worship of God in its purity. But in the lapse of time they ventured, little by little, to mingle with the inhabitants of the valleys. This association was productive of the worst results. ‘The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair.’ The children of Seth, attracted by the beauty of the daughters of Cain’s descendants, displeased the Lord by intermarrying with them. Many of the worshipers of God were beguiled into sin by the allurements that were now constantly before them, and they lost their peculiar, holy character. Mingling with the depraved, they became like them in spirit and in deeds; the restrictions of the seventh commandment were disregarded, ‘and they took them wives of all which they chose.’ The children of Seth went ‘in the way of Cain’ (Jude 11); they fixed their minds upon worldly prosperity and enjoyment and neglected the commandments of the Lord. Men ‘did not like to retain God in their knowledge;’ they ‘became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.’ Romans 1:21. Therefore ‘God gave them over to a mind void of judgment.’ Verse 28, margin. Sin spread abroad in the earth like a deadly leprosy.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 81.

Okay. We see Noah coming. We see the reform movement of Noah coming, and before the reform movement of Noah comes there is a mingling of the holy seed and the unholy seed, the mingling of the two classes. And this is the Mystery of Iniquity.

When it comes time for Noah’s message, the prophetic testing message of which if you are living at that time you have to make a choice, you have to overcome the influences that have been given to you through this mingling process that preceded Noah’s message. This is the Mystery of Iniquity that doth already work.

Prophets and Kings, beginning at page 619, it says,

“Very soon thereafter a few of the chief men of Israel approached Ezra with a serious complaint.”—

This is this history [referring to the history of the Three Decrees of Figure No. 27B]. Ezra is the Third Decree. Okay?

Ezra comes in the Third Decree. Now notice this complaint.

—“Very soon thereafter a few of the chief men of Israel approached Ezra with a serious complaint. Some of ‘the people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites’ had so far disregarded the holy commands of Jehovah as to intermarry with the surrounding peoples. ‘They have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons,’ Ezra was told, ‘so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people’ of heathen lands; ‘yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.’ Ezra 9:1, 2.

“In his study of the causes leading to the Babylonish captivity,”—

Now, they are on this side of the Babylonish captivity [referring prior to the First Decree within the period of Darkness]. Here is the Babylonish captivity, but Ezra has studied what caused them to be carried into Babylon—that is what Sister White is saying—what caused them to go into Babylon in the first place.

—“In his study of the causes leading to the Babylonish captivity, Ezra had learned that Israel’s apostasy was largely traceable to their mingling with heathen nations.”—that is the Mystery of Iniquity—“He had seen that if they had obeyed God’s command to keep separate from the nations surrounding them, they would have been spared many sad and humiliating experiences. Now when he learned that notwithstanding the lessons of the past, men of prominence had dared transgress the laws given as a safeguard against apostasy, his heart was stirred within him. He thought of God’s goodness in again giving His people a foothold in their native land, and he was overwhelmed with righteous indignation and with grief at their ingratitude. ‘When I heard this thing,’ he says, ‘I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.’” Prophets and Kings, 619–620.

He understood the Mystery of Iniquity and what it does. It destroys God’s people, and it is accomplished by the mingling of the holy seed with the unholy seed and it comes before a Reform Movement because the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work and the counterfeit always precedes the truth.

Signs of the Times, April 22, 1886:

“God gave to Abraham and to his seed the rite of circumcision as a token that he had separated them from all other nations as his peculiar treasure. By this sign, they solemnly agreed to fulfill the terms of the covenant made with Abraham and repeated to Isaac and Jacob. But the descendants of Abraham departed from the worship of the true God, and transgressed his law. They mingled with the nations who had no knowledge or fear of God before their eyes, and gradually imitated their customs and manners, until God’s anger was kindled against them, and he permitted them to have their own way and follow the devices of their own corrupt hearts.” Signs of the Times, April 22, 1886.

This is from Pamphlets, 004, page 11:

“Satan is busily laying his plans for the last mighty conflict, when all will take sides. . . .

“Listen to the voices, mark the powers, that prevail in the world. Is there any voice of prayer? Do you see any sign that God is recognized? There are priests, plenty of them; but they are trampling under their feet the law of Jehovah. Their garments are stained with the blood of souls. Multitudes are sacrificing to devils. Look, you who are hesitating between obedience and disobedience. Look in imagination at the vast multitudes worshipping at Satan’s altar. Listen to the music, to the language, called higher education. But what does God declare it?—The mystery of iniquity.” Pamphlets, 004, 11.

Higher education is the Mystery of Iniquity.

One more quote from Fundamentals of Christian Education, pages 535 – 536:

“The Son of God was rejected by those whom He came to bless. He was taken by wicked hands and crucified. But after He had risen from the dead, He was with His disciples forty days, and in this time He gave them much precious instruction. He laid down to His followers the principles underlying the higher education. And when He was about to leave them and go to His Father, His last words to them were, ‘I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’

“To many who place their children in our schools, strong temptations will come, because they desire them to secure what the world regards as the most essential education. Who knows what constitutes the most essential education, unless it is the education to be obtained from that Book which is the foundation of all true knowledge? Those who regard as essential the knowledge to be gained along the line of worldly education are making a great mistake, one which will cause them to be swayed by individual opinions that are human and erring. To those who feel that their children must have what the world calls the essential education, I would say, Bring your children to the simplicity of the word of God, and they will be safe. We are going to be greatly scattered before long, and what we do must be done quickly.”—

Did you get that last sentence?

—“We are to be greatly scattered before long, and what we do must be done quickly.

—“The light has been given me that tremendous pressures will be brought upon every Seventh-day Adventist with whom the world can get into close connection. Those who seek the education that the world esteems so highly, are gradually led further and further from the principles of truth until they become educated worldlings. At what a price have they gained their education! They have parted with the Holy Spirit of God. They have chosen to accept what the world calls knowledge in the place of the truths which God has committed to men through His ministers and prophets and apostles. And there are some who, having secured this worldly education, think that they can introduce it into our schools. But let me tell you that you must not take what the world calls the higher education and bring it into our schools and sanitariums and churches. We need to understand these things. I speak to you definitely. This must not be done.

“Upon the mind of every student should be impressed the thought that education is a failure unless the understanding has learned to grasp the truths of divine revelation, and unless the heart accepts the teachings of the gospel of Christ. The student who, in the place of the broad principles of the word of God, will accept common ideas, and will allow the time and attention to be absorbed in commonplace, trivial matters, will find his mind becoming dwarfed and enfeebled. He has lost the power of growth. The mind must be trained to comprehend the important truths that concern eternal life.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 535–536.

So, what we are dealing with here is these reform lines, and we have just finished putting one more waymark in all of the reform lines. And the waymark that we have put in is the Mystery of Iniquity, and the Mystery of Iniquity is the work of Satan to deceive God’s people in the testing time of the Three Angels’ Messages, of the Three Decrees, whatever history you are dealing with.

And the way that Satan accomplishes the Mystery of Iniquity is through the introduction of a false educational system. Of course, this false educations system came into Adventism at the beginning of the 20th Century, and we are now suffering from the fruits of that; and, it is nothing more than the Mystery of Iniquity that is establishing the religion that is known as spiritualism in our midst.

So, we want to have this as we go through these reform lines so that we can see that one of the waymarks that contributes to this process of the Everlasting Gospel, the separation, the development of the two classes, is that there is a power that comes from above, comes down out of Heaven from above; but, at the same time Sister White says there is a power that works from beneath and that power is the Mystery of Iniquity, and that power gets started before the Reform Movement because the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we understand that we are living in terrible times in terms of the educational system that is in the world and that is in the Church. Even if the educational system in the Church had not been corrupted so long ago, we have the other educational system that confronts Adventism that is known as the television. In either case, they are breeding spiritualism among our youth and among our people. This is nothing more than one of the waymarks of a Reform Movement. It is the effort of Satan to develop in us habits that allow us to easily place our word above God’s Word at a very time where we need to have full and complete confidence in your Word. We ask that as we study these things we see the necessity for ourselves individually to shake off these traditions and customs that have been bred in us through our culture, through our past lives, that we may be firmly upon that platform that is built upon the Rock and not find ourselves in the near future upon that platform that is built upon the sand. We thank you for being with us in these morning worships. We ask for your continued blessing upon the LiveStreaming and the recordings that we are doing. And be with us throughout the rest of this day, we ask in Jesus’s name. Amen.