The Mystery of Iniquity (21 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #21 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/15/2016
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The Mystery of Iniquity

“All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history. . . .

“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. . . .

“Those whom God has exalted to high positions of trust may turn from heaven’s light to human wisdom. . . . 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.

AMALGAMATE, v.i. To mix or unite in an amalgam; to blend. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

Genesis 6:1–7

Noah—Mingling: (Little by Little)—Vain Imaginations

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.

Abraham—Intermarriage

“Abraham had marked the result of the intermarriage of those who feared God and those who feared Him not, from the days of Cain to his own time. The consequences of his own marriage with Hagar, and of the marriage connections of Ishmael and Lot, were before him. The lack of faith on the part of Abraham and Sarah had resulted in the birth of Ishmael, the mingling of the righteous seed with the ungodly. The father’s influence upon his son was counteracted by that of the mother’s idolatrous kindred and by Ishmael’s connection with heathen wives. The jealousy of Hagar, and of the wives whom she chose for Ishmael, surrounded his family with a barrier that Abraham endeavored in vain to overcome.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 173.

Mingling; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage

Mingling: Imitated their Customs and Manners

“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.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage

Moses & the Mixed Multitude

Mixed Multitude

“The mixed multitude that had accompanied Israel from Egypt were not permitted to occupy the same quarters with the tribes, but were to abide upon the outskirts of the camp; and their offspring were to be excluded from the community until the third generation.” Deuteronomy 23:7, 8.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 375.

Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the Lord in their third generation. Deuteronomy 23:7, 8.

The Hebrews Intermarried with the Egyptians

“It was the mixed multitude that came from Egypt with the Israelites who were the principal movers in this dreadful departure from God. They were called a mixed multitude, because the Hebrews had intermarried with the Egyptians.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, 243.

Moses—Returned to the Old Superstitions

“During this period of waiting, there was time for them to meditate upon the law of God which they had heard, and to prepare their hearts to receive the further revelations that He might make to them. They had none too much time for this work; and had they been thus seeking a clearer understanding of God’s requirements, and humbling their hearts before Him, they would have been shielded from temptation. But they did not do this, and they soon became careless, inattentive, and lawless. Especially was this the case with the mixed multitude. They were impatient to be on their way to the Land of Promise—the land flowing with milk and honey. It was only on condition of obedience that the goodly land was promised them, but they had lost sight of this. There were some who suggested a return to Egypt, but whether forward to Canaan or backward to Egypt, the masses of the people were determined to wait no longer for Moses.

“Feeling their helplessness in the absence of their leader, they returned to their old superstitions. The ‘mixed multitude’ had been the first to indulge murmuring and impatience, and they were the leaders in the apostasy that followed. Among the objects regarded by the Egyptians as symbols of deity was the ox or calf; and it was at the suggestion of those who had practiced this form of idolatry in Egypt that a calf was now made and worshiped. The people desired some image to represent God, and to go before them in the place of Moses. God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose. The mighty miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea were designed to establish faith in Him as the invisible, all-powerful Helper of Israel, the only true God. And the desire for some visible manifestation of His presence had been granted in the pillar of cloud and of fire that guided their hosts, and in the revealing of His glory upon Mount Sinai. But with the cloud of the Presence still before them, they turned back in their hearts to the idolatry of Egypt, and represented the glory of the invisible God by the similitude of an ox!” Patriarchs and Prophets, 315.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude

Motivation

“And they went out, ‘about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them.’ In this multitude were not only those who were actuated by faith in the God of Israel, but also a far greater number who desired only to escape from the plagues, or who followed in the wake of the moving multitudes merely from excitement and curiosity. This class were ever a hindrance and a snare to Israel.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 281.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity

The Foolish Virgins

“The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel’s message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of His soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. . . . Others ‘took their lamps, and took no oil with them.’ They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim.

“‘While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.’ By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay. In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and halfhearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away. ‘They all slumbered and slept;’ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The halfhearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself.” The Great Controversy, 391–395.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial

The Sons of Levi

“Though God had granted the prayer of Moses in sparing Israel from destruction, their apostasy was to be signally punished. The lawlessness and insubordination into which Aaron had permitted them to fall, if not speedily crushed, would run riot in wickedness, and would involve the nation in irretrievable ruin. By terrible severity the evil must be put away. Standing in the gate of the camp, Moses called to the people, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me.’ Those who had not joined in the apostasy were to take their position at the right of Moses; those who were guilty but repentant, at the left. The command was obeyed. It was found that the tribe of Levi had taken no part in the idolatrous worship. From among other tribes there were great numbers who, although they had sinned, now signified their repentance. But a large company, mostly of the mixed multitude that instigated the making of the calf, stubbornly persisted in their rebellion.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 324.

Education and Training

“The mixed multitude that came up with the Israelites from Egypt were a source of continual temptation and trouble. They professed to have renounced idolatry and to worship the true God; but their early education and training had molded their habits and character, and they were more or less corrupted with idolatry and with irreverence for God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 408.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Early Education & Training

The Bread of Heaven—Pharisees

“God continued to feed the Hebrew host with the bread rained from Heaven; but they were not satisfied. Their depraved appetites craved meat, which God in his wisdom had withheld, in a great measure, from them. ‘And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic. But now our soul is dried away. There is nothing at all besides this manna before our eyes.’ They became weary of the food prepared for them by angels, and sent them from Heaven. They knew it was just the food God wished them to have, and that it was healthful for them and their children. Notwithstanding their hardships in the wilderness, there was not a feeble one in all their tribes. Satan, the author of disease and misery, will approach God’s people where he can have the greatest success. He has controlled the appetite in a great measure from the time of his successful experiment with Eve, in leading her to eat the forbidden fruit. He came with his temptations first to the mixed multitude, the believing Egyptians, and stirred them up to seditious murmurings. They would not be content with the healthful food which God had provided for them. Their depraved appetites craved a greater variety, especially flesh meats.

In our day we see the power of the adversary upon the human mind. Many professing godliness openly transgress the law of God. In every congregation there is a mixed multitude. Those who claim to be righteous, while they do not those things that God has commanded, are like the self-righteous Pharisees.” Review and Herald, February 27, 1900.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite

Perverted Appetite

“As we receive physical strength from the food we eat, so we are to receive spiritual strength as we study the Word of God. It is as necessary that attention should be paid to the cry of the soul for spiritual food as that attention should be paid to the cry of a hungry child for temporal food. A neglect to supply the soul with the bread of life leaves it weak and strengthless, unable to do the will of God. The life of such a one is like the barren fig-tree, destitute of fruit.” Signs of the Times, June 26, 1901.

Joshua—A new Generation (A New Model)

“The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen the great works of the Lord. Their sins were repented of and forgiven, but the seed of evil had been sown, and it sprang up to bear fruit. Joshua’s life of steadfast integrity closed. His voice was no longer heard in reproof and warning. One by one the faithful sentinels who had crossed the Jordan laid off their armor. A new generation came upon the scene of action. The people departed from God. Their worship was mingled with erroneous principles and ambitious pride.” Review and Herald, September 25, 1900.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite; A New Generation

Solomon

“Solomon knew that God had chosen Israel, and made them the depository of the true and sacred faith. God had erected a wise barrier between them and the rest of the world, and only by jealously guarding the ancient landmarks, could they preserve their high and distinct character. Why then did Solomon become such a moral wreck. He did not act on correct principles. He cultivated alliances with pagan kingdoms. He procured the gold of Ophir and the silver of Tarshish, but at what a cost!

Solomon mingled error with truth, and betrayed sacred trusts. The insidious evils of paganism corrupted his religion. One wrong step taken, led to step after step of political alliance. The polygamy so common in that time was directly opposed to the law of Jehovah. But this evil was introduced into Palestine, and the Israel of God mingled in marriage with Phoenicia, Egypt, Edom, Moab, and Ammon, nations which bowed at idolatrous shrines, practicing licentious and cruel rites, greatly dishonouring to God. These Solomon countenanced and sustained. His once noble character, bold and true for God and righteousness, became deteriorated. His profligate expenditure for selfish indulgence made him the instrument of Satan’s devices. His conscience became hardened. His conduct as a judge changed from equity and righteousness to tyranny and oppression. He who had offered the dedicatory prayer when the temple was consecrated to God, who prayed for the people, that their hearts might be undividedly given to the Lord, was now following a train of circumstances entirely contrary to right. The life which was once wholly dedicated to God, had been given to the enemy.

Solomon tried to incorporate light with darkness, Christ with Belial, purity with impurity. But in the place of converting the heathen to the truth, pagan sentiments incorporated themselves with his religion. He became an apostate. God was no longer to him the only true and living God, a ruling Providence. He was a religious wreck.

“In the days of Christ the ruins of the groves erected by Solomon for his wives might still be seen. This place was named the Mount of Offense, by all the true-hearted in Israel. Solomon little thought that those idol shrines would outlive his reign, even till Shiloh came and looked upon the melancholy sight.

“This case is left on record for all the religious world. Let those who know the word of the living God, beware of cherishing the errors of the world. These Satan presents in an attractive style; for he would deceive us, and destroy the simplicity of our faith. If these errors are introduced, they will mar the precious landmarks of truth.” Bible Echom August 29, 1898.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks

Ezra Studied the Causes

“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.” Prophets and Kings, 619–620.

Nehemiah—Like the Mixed Multitude

“Yet the striking evidence that the hand of the Lord was with Nehemiah was not sufficient to restrain discontent, rebellion, and treachery. ‘In those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. For there were many in Judah sworn unto him because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah.’ Here are seen the evil results of intermarriage with idolaters. In this union, Satan had gained the victory. A family of Judah had connected themselves with the enemies of God, and the relation had proved a snare to the people. Many others also united in marriage with the heathen. These, like the mixed multitude that came up with Israel from Egypt, were a source of constant trouble. They were not whole-hearted in the service of God. When his work demanded a sacrifice, they were ready to violate their own solemn oaths of co-operation and support. All this had tended to weaken and discourage those who sought to build up the cause of God.” Signs of the Times, January 3, 1884.

The Days of Christ

Christ—Deceptive Reasoning

“Christ gave to the world a lesson that should be engraved on mind and soul. ‘This is life eternal,’ he said, ‘that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’ But Satan works on human minds, saying, Do this or that action, and ye shall be as gods. By deceptive reasoning he led Adam and Eve to doubt God’s word, and to supply its place with a theory that led to transgression and disobedience. And his sophistry is doing today what it did in Eden. When Christ came to our world, he selected humble fishermen as the foundation of his church. To these disciples he tried to explain the nature of his kingdom and mission. But their limited comprehension imposed a restraint upon him. They had been receiving the sayings of the scribes and Pharisees, and therefore much of what they believed was untrue. And though Christ had many things to say to them, they were unable to hear much of what he longed to communicate.

“Christ finds the religionists of this time so full of erroneous sentiments that there is no room in their minds for the truth. With the education given, teachers mingle the sentiments of infidel authors. Thus they have sown tares in the minds of the youth. They give utterance to sentiments that should not be presented to young or old, never thinking of what kind of seed they are sowing, or of the harvest they will have to garner as the result.” Review and Herald, July 3, 1900.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes

“In the days of Christ these lessons had been lost sight of. Men had well-nigh ceased to discern God in His works. The sinfulness of humanity had cast a pall over the fair face of creation; and instead of manifesting God, His works became a barrier that concealed Him. Men ‘worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.’ Thus the heathen ‘became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.’ Romans 1:25, 21. So in Israel, man’s teaching had been put in the place of God’s. Not only the things of nature, but the sacrificial service and the Scriptures themselves—all given to reveal God—were so perverted that they became the means of concealing Him.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 18.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes; Man’s Teaching in Place of God’s

Luther

“The Reformer continued searching the Scriptures, praying, preaching, and writing. He knew not how soon his work might close, and he be deprived of liberty or even life; but so long as God should will it, he determined to labor for the upbuilding of Christ’s kingdom. The knowledge that precious souls were everywhere receiving the truth, filled him with joy.

“It was his work to build in the temple of the Lord. There were living stones buried from sight amid the papal rubbish of false doctrines, forms, and ceremonies, and he must search them out, and lay them on the true foundation. The followers of Christ were not then united as a peculiar and holy people separate from the world. They were mingled with the sons of Belial, and must be separated by the power of divine truth.” Signs of the Times, July 19, 1883.

Vain Imagination—Books, Authors & Authorities

“Cold, philosophical speculations and scientific research in which God is not acknowledged are a positive injury. And the evil is aggravated when, as is often the case, books placed in the hands of the young, accepted as authority and depended upon in their education, are from authors avowedly infidel. Through all the thoughts presented by these men their poisonous sentiments are interwoven. The study of such books is like handling black coals; a student cannot be undefiled in mind who thinks along the line of skepticism.

“The authors of these books, which have sown the seeds of doubt and infidelity broadcast over the world, have been under the training of the great enemy of God and man, the acknowledged head of principalities and powers, the ruler of the darkness of this world. The word that God has spoken concerning them is, ‘They . . . became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools;’ ‘because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful.’ Romans 1:21, 22. They rejected divine truth in its simplicity and purity for the wisdom of this world.

“Whenever books by these infidel authors are given the precedence, and the word of God is made secondary, there will be sent out of the schools a class of students no better fitted for the service of God than they were before they received their education.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, 424.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear & Curiosity; Half-hearted & Superficial; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetite; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes; Man’s Teaching in Place of God’s; Infidel Books

Two Parties in Adventism

“There are but two parties, Satan works with his crooked, deceiving power, and through strong delusions he catches all who do not abide in the truth, who have turned away their ears from the truth, and have turned unto fables. Satan himself abode not in the truth, he is the mystery of iniquity. Through his subtlety he gives to his soul-destroying errors the appearance of truth. Herein is their power to deceive. It is because they are a counterfeit of the truth that Spiritualism, Theosophy, and the like deceptions gain such power over the minds of men. Herein is the masterly working of Satan. He pretends to be the Savior of man, the benefactor of the human race, and thus he more readily lures his victims to destruction.

“We are warned in the word of God that sleepless vigilance is the price of safety. Only in the straight path of truth and righteousness can we escape the tempter’s power. But the world is ensnared. Satan’s skill is exercised in devising plans and methods without number to accomplish his purposes. Dissimulation has become a fine art with him, and he works in the guise of an angel of light. God’s eye alone discerns his schemes to contaminate the world with false and ruinous principles bearing on their face the appearance of genuine goodness. He works to restrict religious liberty, and to bring into the religious world a species of slavery. Organizations, institutions, unless kept by the power of God, will work under Satan’s dictation to bring men under the control of men: and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth, and for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Whatever in our practice is not as open as the day, belongs to the methods of the prince of evil. His methods are practiced even among Seventh Day Adventists, who claim to have advanced truth.

“If men resist the warnings the Lord sends them, they become even leaders in evil practices; such men assume to exercise the prerogatives of God—they presume to do that which God himself will not do in seeking to control the minds of men. They introduce their own methods and plans, and through their misconceptions of God, they weaken the faith of others in the truth, and bring in false principles that will work like leaven to taint and corrupt our institutions and churches. Anything that lowers man’s conception of righteousness, and equity, and impartial judgment, any devise or precept that brings God’s human agents under the control of human minds, impairs their faith in God; it separates the soul from God, for it leads away from the path of strict integrity and righteousness.

“God will not vindicate any device whereby man shall in the slightest degree rule or oppress his fellow-man. The only hope for fallen man is to look to Jesus, and receive him as the only Savior. As soon as man begins to make an iron rule for other men, as soon as he begins to harness up and drive men according to his own mind, he dishonors God, and imperils his own soul, and the souls of his brethren. Sinful man can find hope and righteousness only in God; and no human being is righteous any longer than he has faith in God, and maintains the vital connection with him. A flower of the field must have its root in the soil; it must have air, dew, showers, and sunshine. It will flourish only as it receives these advantages, and all are from God. So with men. We receive from God that which ministers to the life of the soul. We are warned not to trust in man, nor to make flesh our arm. A curse is pronounced upon all who do this.” The 1888 Materials, 1432–1434.

DISSIMULATION: The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; a feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy. Dissimulation may be simply concealment of the opinions, sentiments or purpose; but it includes also the assuming of a false or counterfeit appearance which conceals the real opinions or purpose.

DISSEMBLE: To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I cannot dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]

The mixed multitude is the foolish virgins, the Pharisees and the Scribes.

The mixed multitude intermarries with the wise virgins and become vain in their imagination and returns to their old superstitions, customs and manners.

They are impatient, half-hearted and superficial and are motivated by fear and curiosity and soon become weary of Heaven’s food due to a depraved appetite.

Little by little they leaven the truth and people of God, employing deception based upon human reasoning which they teach in place of God’s word. They counterfeit the truth by dissimulation and promote their counterfeit through false education based upon infidel authorities and books in an attempt to control other’s minds and tear down the old landmarks. Their work begins when a new generation arrives.

Mystery: G3466—From a derivative of muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): - mystery.

Iniquity: G458—From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: - iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

G459—From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

G1—Of Hebrew origin; the first letter of the alphabet: figuratively only (from its use as a numeral) the first. Often used (usually “an”, before a vowel) also in composition (as a contraction from G427) in the sense of privation; so in many words beginning with this letter; occasionally in the sense of union (as a contraction of G260): - Alpha.

G3551—From a primary word nemō (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): - law.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you brought us into another week that we can attempt this work for you. We would ask that you would bless the LiveStreaming, the DVD production. As we take up the study this morning, we ask that you forgive us of our sins, that you would allow us to be in such a relationship with you that we can hear your Voice, that your Holy Spirit can speak to our hearts, that He can have an influence and change us more fully into your image. We want you to pour the Latter Rain out upon us by opening our understanding to your Word. We ask that you do that for us at this time. I ask that you would overrule my humanity, that you would hide me behind your cross, that the ideas and the words spoken would be from the throne room on High, touched with a coal from off the altar and that they be words that will glorify and honor you, and words and thoughts that the Holy Spirit can use to help edify your people. We want to understand the Mystery of Iniquity and to a level that we can recognize what it means for us as Seventh-day Adventists here at the end of the world, and we would ask that you would open our understanding to this thing. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are in our second section of considering Habakkuk’s Two Tables, “second section” being that we are looking at these two tables as typified in the Scriptures. We have developed the first premise to understand this by looking upon the reform lines, line upon line, proof-texting, to show that all of the Reform Movements parallel one another; and, from that platform we have been showing how these two tables of Habakkuk are a waymark in the reform lines, and we have been looking at some of the implications of this fact.

But, we have said earlier on when we began the reform lines that some of the waymarks of the reform lines, before we finished off, we were going to look at them more closely.

And in a reform line we have the Darkness that precedes the Time of the End, and that Darkness represents several things; and, at the Time of the End you have a prophecy that is unsealed, and all of these are waymarks.

When the prophecy is unsealed you have an increase of knowledge, also a waymark.

The message is understood and then empowered when a Divine Symbol comes down, another waymark.

Then you will see the enemies of that history putting up opposition to the message. This is the second waymark. Then you see the empowerment of the second message, the Midnight Cry, the Triumphal Entry, and the Plagues of Egypt. This is a waymark that leads to the third waymark, the primary waymark, the closing of the door, Judgment, followed by Disappointment, followed by a work that is given to the people of God, followed by backsliding by the people of God, and then the fourth waymark.

So, we laid out those waymarks of the Reform Movements.

We took time in the Spirit of Prophecy to show that prophecy is illustrated on a line and that these waymarks are to be understood and defended, that they would come under attack. We noted more than once in the Spirit of Prophecy they have a specific order.

So, we put all those things in place; but, some of those waymarks carry such important light that you really have to step out and look at them more carefully to get the impact of them.

And in the time period that precedes the Time of the End, the Darkness, you have in Revelation 12 that time period identified as the Wilderness. So, it is not only Darkness, it is the Wilderness; and, in each of these histories there is a voice that comes out of the wilderness, so you have to understand what the wilderness is in order to understand what the voice is, the message for that time.

The Mystery of Iniquity

But, also in the Darkness is where you have the Mystery of Iniquity and we want to look more carefully at the Mystery of Iniquity, although we have already noted when we developed the lines in our previous presentation when we were dealing with the Mystery of Iniquity, we took a passage from Manuscript Releases, volume 18, pages 30 – 36, that has several paragraphs. This is where we are starting today; but, I did not include the several paragraphs. I just want to take a few thoughts out of that passage, that for those of you who are downloading the notes and have the notes, you have the entire passage. Where we begin in this passage, it says,

“All need wisdom carefully to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding up of this earth’s history. . . .”—

So, that is what we are doing here. We are trying to exercise our human wisdom in connection with God’s wisdom in order to understand the Mystery of Iniquity. But, here, Sister White says we have to search it out. If it is not something that is one of those jewels that is on the top of the ground, you have to search it out; and, she says that it figures so largely at the end of the world.

—“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. . . .”—

And if you know what amalgams are in your mouth, it is when they take silver and they combine it with mercury to make the fillings in your mouth; and, Sister White plainly tells us that mercury is a slow and insidious poison. So, this word amalgam, if you know about dentistry, it seems like a pretty sinister word. You know, it is combining a slow and insidious poison to make a different compound out of those two elements. That is amalgamation; and, this is the Mystery of Iniquity. It is combining God’s Word with human words.

—“Those whom God has exalted to high positions of trust may turn from heaven’s light to human wisdom. . . .”—

That is amalgamation.

—“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.

You have the definition of amalgamate:

AMALGAMATE, v.i. To mix or unite in an amalgam; to blend. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

So, the Mystery of Iniquity is the work of Satan, in mixing truth and error. We have noted that early in our studies. Go to Genesis 6:1-7, where it is the classic Biblical example, one of them, of the Mystery of Iniquity. Verse 1 of Genesis 6 says,

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”—

This was the mixing of the righteous seed and the unrighteous seed.

It continues on in verse 3. It 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.”—

When this amalgamation, this Mystery of Iniquity, takes place here in Genesis and the Lord sees it, that is when He gives them the probationary time. Now the testing process begins.

And then in verse 4 it says,

—“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.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,”—

See, what the Mystery of Iniquity produces is wickedness.

—“and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”—

This wickedness is identifying, it is represented here, by the imagination. Every imagination becomes wicked after the Mystery of Iniquity comes in.

Verse 6:

—“6And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Genesis 6:1-7 (KJV).

So, you can see in here that when it comes to the Lord identifying the probationary time that leads to the closed door, the closed door of the ark, to the symbol of all these reform lines. The Time of the End, there is an increase of knowledge that is going to produce two classes of worshippers. The wise understand the increase of knowledge; the wicked do not understand the increase of knowledge.

This illustration of the Everlasting Gospel, the very first one in the Bible, includes just a few characteristics: the closed door; the probationary time; the wickedness of the men and defining that wickedness as their imagination, what is going on in their minds and in their hearts; and, the Mystery of Iniquity, the Mystery of Iniquity, the combing of the unholy and the holy seed.

Noah—Mingling: (Little by Little)—Vain Imaginations

Patriarchs and Prophets is commenting on this passage, and what I am going to do here is we are going to practice William Miller’s Rules of Prophetic Interpretation. We are going to practice the line upon line of Isaiah 28. We are going to bring line upon line, and we are going to do proof-texting, and we are going to look at this phenomenon of the Mystery of Iniquity throughout several places in sacred history and we are going to pull out the various characteristics and develop a definition of this, the history of the Mystery of Iniquity.

So, Sister White comments on Genesis. She says,

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”—

And I have “little by little” and “mingle” underlined because these are characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity that needs to be marked.

After 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.”—

Why? Why did they see that they were fair?

Were the righteous daughters ugly and the unrighteous daughters beautiful? Is that what it was? No. It was that the unrighteous daughters were no longer worried about modesty; and, one of the lessons here is that immodesty in dress can even cause a righteous man to sin.

And the daughters of the Lord in Adventism need to take that to heart; because, that is one of the lessons here, but that is not what we are dealing with here.

—“‘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.

And Paul continues in this passage, what does he call them? He says their foolish hearts were darkened and they became what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Reprobate.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, and one other word: reprobates, fools.

So, these people who get this vain imagination and a foolish heart, they are fools. And the Bible says, “Call no man fool,” and I am not trying to call anyone a fool. I am trying to tell you that these are the foolish virgins.

Okay. That is in Genesis, leading to the Flood.

Abraham—Intermarriage

How about Abraham? Patriarchs and Prophets, page 173.

Now, you will notice, and those of you who are listening, unless you have downloaded the notes, you will not be able to follow this part of the lesson. But, after I read about Abraham, then I am going to start putting underneath the quotes the very characteristics that we see in each of these histories where the Mystery of Iniquity is represented.

“Abraham had marked the result of the intermarriage of those who feared God and those who feared Him not, from the days of Cain to his own time. The consequences of his own marriage with Hagar, and of the marriage connections of Ishmael and Lot, were before him. The lack of faith on the part of Abraham and Sarah had resulted in the birth of Ishmael, the mingling of the righteous seed with the ungodly. The father’s influence upon his son was counteracted by that of the mother’s idolatrous kindred and by Ishmael’s connection with heathen wives. The jealousy of Hagar, and of the wives whom she chose for Ishmael, surrounded his family with a barrier that Abraham endeavored in vain to overcome.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 173.

So, these two passages tell us that the characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity are mingling; it happens little by little; it creates vain imaginations; and, it is accomplished by intermarriage.

Mingling; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage

Mingling: Imitated their Customs and Manners

Signs of the Times, April 22, 1886:

“But the descendants of Abraham”—

Now we are moving further on into history.

—“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.

So, a little bit further in history, we can add to that list of characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity that they imitate the customs and manners of these people that they are mingling with, that they are intermarrying.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage

Moses and the Mixed Multitude

Moving forward to the time of Moses, and this is sometimes not recognized about who are the mixed multitude in the story of Moses.

Mixed Multitude

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 375, says,

“The mixed multitude that had accompanied Israel from Egypt were not permitted to occupy the same quarters with the tribes, but were to abide upon the outskirts of the camp; and their offspring were to be excluded from the community until the third generation.” Deuteronomy 23:7, 8.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 375.

So, the mixed multitude is a different group than the Hebrews when they come out of Egypt. They cannot even line up with them.

And you can see the passage from Deuteronomy where this statute is put forth. It says,

7Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. 8The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the Lord in their third generation.” Deuteronomy 23:7, 8 (KJV).

The Hebrews Intermarried with the Egyptians

Okay. So, this was a mixed multitude; but, who is the mixed multitude?

Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, page 243, says,

“It was the mixed multitude that came from Egypt with the Israelites who were the principal movers in this dreadful departure from God.”—that golden calf—“They were called a mixed multitude, because the Hebrews had intermarried with the Egyptians.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, 243.

Okay. The mixed multitude is the symbol of the Mystery of Iniquity. It is the intermarriage between the righteous seed and the unrighteous seed. And the mixed multitude is the one that caused all the problems, pretty much.

Moses—Returned to the Old Superstitions

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 315.

So, what we have added to the list there—well, we will add it after this next quote—is the category of people that promote the Mystery of Iniquity are the mixed multitude.

“During this period of waiting,”—

They are going to receive the Law here.

—“During this period of waiting, there was time for them to meditate upon the law of God which they had heard,”—when first spoken to them—“and to prepare their hearts to receive the further revelations that He might make to them. They had none too much time for this work; and had they been thus seeking a clearer understanding of God’s requirements, and humbling their hearts before Him, they would have been shielded from temptation. But they did not do this, and they soon became careless, inattentive, and lawless. Especially was this the case with the mixed multitude.”—

Who is the mixed multitude? Half Hebrew and half Egyptian. Okay?

—“They were impatient”—

Notice that. They were impatient. Okay? That is one of the characteristics of the mixed multitude. They are impatient.

—“to be on their way to the Land of Promise—the land flowing with milk and honey. It was only on condition of obedience that the goodly land was promised them, but they had lost sight of this. There were some who suggested a return to Egypt, but whether forward to Canaan or backward to Egypt, the masses of the people were determined to wait no longer for Moses.

“Feeling their helplessness in the absence of their leader, they returned to their old superstitions.”

There is a characteristic for them. The mixed multitude is going to return to their old superstitions.

And, Brothers and Sisters, where I am going with this, so you will know in advance, is that I believe that all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world, and the Mystery of Iniquity is an attack upon Seventh-day Adventists at the end of the world because the Mystery of Iniquity is the work of Satan in combining the unholy seed with the holy seed, and the holy seed at the end of the world is Seventh-day Adventism. So, all of these lessons are coming down to Adventism.

So, somewhere along the line, Adventism returns to its old superstitions. I will give you an example: William Miller was the first person in history to recognize and identify that the Daily in the Book of Daniel was Paganism. But, the Protestants at that time, they had variations but the Protestants at that time basically believed the Daily had to do with Christ’s Sanctuary ministry. So, in the 1930s when we switched to the Protestant view, we switched to our old superstitions.

Okay. It was always a superstition to teach that the Daily represented Christ’s Sanctuary ministry, and the Millerites set that superstition behind them. But, in the 1930s we returned to our old superstitions.

Now, I am not dealing with the Daily here. I am just trying to give you the method with what we are going to do with the conclusion of this study, when it is all said and done, and I want you if you will to be watching for these little indications as we go.

—“Feeling their helplessness in the absence of their leader, they returned to their old superstitions. The ‘mixed multitude’ had been the first to indulge murmuring and impatience, and they were the leaders in the apostasy that followed. Among the objects regarded by the Egyptians as symbols of deity was the ox or calf; and it was at the suggestion of those who had practiced this form of idolatry in Egypt that a calf was now made and worshiped.”—

They are going to make an image to the beast.

—“The people desired some image to represent God, and to go before them in the place of Moses. God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose. The mighty miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea were designed to establish faith in Him as the invisible, all-powerful Helper of Israel, the only true God. And the desire for some visible manifestation of His presence had been granted in the pillar of cloud and of fire that guided their hosts, and in the revealing of His glory upon Mount Sinai. But with the cloud of the Presence still before them, they turned back in their hearts to the idolatry of Egypt, and represented the glory of the invisible God by the similitude of an ox!” Patriarchs and Prophets, 315.

Okay. So, the characteristics we have pulled out so far from this progressive history, as we are coming down through sacred history, the Mystery of Iniquity is mingling; it is imitating the customs and manners of the heathen; it is returning—once you have made a covenant with the Lord you are returning to those old heathen customers and manners; it happens little by little; it creates vain imaginations in those that fall into it; it is represented by intermarriage; and, those people that participate in it are the mixed multitude and they are impatient, they are impatient..

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Mannes; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude

Motivation

Okay. What is their motivation?

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 281:

“And they went out, ‘about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them.’ In this multitude were not only those who were actuated by faith in the God of Israel, but also a far greater number who desired only to escape from the plagues,”—

So, the mixed multitude, a big portion of the mixed multitude, they were going because of fear, to escape from the plagues. All right?

—“desired only to escape from the plagues,— or who followed in the wake of the moving multitudes merely from excitement and curiosity.”—

For those of you that are friends of ours and know where we live and heard that we had fires here on Friday, and if you wondered if we were close to the fires, a professional baseball player could probably hit a ball from where I am standing to our road, and where our road is, to the other side of it, they evacuated our neighbors on Friday night because of the fires. Okay?

But, my point is, is that there were people calling from this area, and people from this area were going out and looking at the television networks and the fire trucks, they were for what? Curiosity.

They had seen the children of Israel going out of Egypt, and they had seen all those plagues, they are going to follow along from curiosity, and then there were some that were following along because the plagues made them scared.

This class were ever a hindrance and a snare to Israel.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 281.

Okay. So, their motivation, their negative motivation, is fear and curiosity. It is not because they are convicted that the God of Heaven is the God that they should follow. And if you have thought it through, this is the foolish virgins, because this is the same reason that the foolish virgins in the Millerite History came to the Millerite meetings.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity

The Foolish Virgins

The Great Controversy, page 391 and onward, it says,

“The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel’s message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of His soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. . . .”—

Who are the two classes? Well, they are illustrated all over the place; you know, Hagar and Abraham, Cain and Able. It is the two classes that Satan brings together to accomplish the Mystery of Iniquity.

Dropping down now where she is going to describe the foolish virgins in this history, she says,

—“ Others ‘took their lamps, and took no oil with them.’ They had moved from impulse.”—

They are moving for the same reason the mixed multitude moved.

—“They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message,”—

Their fears had been excited by the plagues that were poured out.

—“but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward;”—‘Yeah, I will go to the Promised Land’—“but they were not prepared for delay”—

What does it mean if you are not prepared for delay? You are impatient. This group, the false and foolish virgins, they are impatient. That is the mixed multitude.

—“they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed,—

When Moses did not come back, their faith failed.

—“and their lights burned dim.

“‘While the bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept.”—

Now, it just so happened, when their faith failed when Moses was gone, what was he doing? How does the Bible explain that? He told his elders, “Tarry here until I return.”

It is the tarrying time of Moses that Sister White is now explaining the Tarrying Time of the Millerite History; but, it is the same story all over again.

—“By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay. In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and halfhearted”—

This is one of the characteristics, “superficial and halfhearted.”

Can you be halfhearted to the Lord?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No. You are full-hearted.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: You are full-hearted. And if you are halfhearted, then you are no-hearted. You are either decidedly on the side of Christ or decidedly on the side of Satan.

Halfhearted that is one of the characteristics.

—“the interest of the superficial and halfhearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away. ‘They all slumbered and slept;’ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The halfhearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself.” The Great Controversy, 391–395.

So, the characteristics that we have derived so far is mingling, imitated their customs and manners; returned to the old superstitions. It happened little by little; vain imaginations, intermarriage. The mixed multitude is impatient; they are the foolish virgins who are motivated by fear and curiosity, and they are called halfhearted and superficial.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs and Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; the Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial

The Sons of Levi

In this crisis at Sinai when they made the golden calf, and we want to put one thought in here, because we deal with this later on in this series about the Sons of Levi:

“Though God had granted the prayer of Moses in sparing Israel from destruction, their apostasy was to be signally punished. The lawlessness and insubordination into which Aaron had permitted them to fall, if not speedily crushed, would run riot in wickedness, and would involve the nation in irretrievable ruin.”—

Now, you think this one through. We are saying this all comes to the end of the world. And what they are dealing with here is them worshipping the image of the beast; and, in Revelation 14, the punishment for those who receive the mark of the beast in Revelation 14 in the Third Angel’s Message is they are going to drink the wine of the wrath of God that is poured out from His cup, and that is what Moses did. He ground that image of the beast into powder, missed it with water, and made them drink it. Okay? This is an illustration of The Sunday Law crisis.

And the Levites are the ones that are on the right side of the issue; but, if you think through that last sentence, you know, about why God had to punish them, it says,

—“The lawlessness and insubordination into which Aaron had permitted them to fail, if not speedily crushed, would run riot in wickedness, and would involve the nation in irretrievable ruin.”—

In Adventism today, you have pastors that are teaching that probation does not close at The Sunday Law; yet, the Third Angel’s Message is to go to the world and say, “If you receive the mark of the beast, you are going to receive the wrath of God. You have to come stand upon the Sabbath truth.”

So, if God does not close probation for Seventh-day Adventists at The Sunday Law, then when the people that are out there are touting the Third Angel’s Message to those people outside of Adventism, “When you are outside Adventism, then you either stand upon the Sabbath, Brother, or you are going to receive the mark of the beast”; while this Adventist over here is saying, “Well, that is not really true because my probation did not close at The Sunday Law and, because of convenience, I am going to go ahead and I am worshipping on the Sunday now so I will still have money to support my family.” This Adventist gets punished at The Sunday Law: Probation closes at The Sunday Law.

The Levites come in right then and there and deal with the mixed multitude, or it will cause a crisis beyond what can be imagined.

And I am not saying Seventh-day Adventists die at The Sunday Law. I am talking about the close of their probation.

—“By terrible severity the evil must be put away. Standing in the gate of the camp, Moses called to the people, ‘Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me.’ Those who had not joined in the apostasy were to take their position at the right of Moses; those who were guilty but repentant, at the left. The command was obeyed. It was found that the tribe of Levi had taken no part in the idolatrous worship. From among other tribes there were great numbers who, although they had sinned, now signified their repentance. But a large company, mostly of the mixed multitude that instigated the making of the calf, stubbornly persisted in their rebellion.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 324.

Why?

Education and Training

Why were the mixed multitude like that? There is one more characteristic to put in the mix.

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 408:

“The mixed multitude that came up with the Israelites from Egypt were a source of continual temptation and trouble. They professed to have renounced idolatry and to worship the true God; but their early education and training had molded their habits and character, and they were more or less corrupted with idolatry and with irreverence for God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 408.

Oh, Satan accomplishes the work of the Mystery of Iniquity through education.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training

The Bread of Heaven—Pharisees

Let us move forward now to “The Bread of Heaven,” Review and Herald, February 27, 1900.

“God continued to feed the Hebrew host with the bread rained from Heaven; but they were not satisfied. Their depraved appetites”—

And this is one of the characteristics: they have depraved appetites.

—“Their depraved appetites craved meat, which God in his wisdom had withheld, in a great measure, from them.”—

Now, Brothers and Sisters, we are going to make an application that at the end of the world the people in Adventism that are on the wrong side of the issue, they have a depraved appetite; and, I am not talking about physical appetite. I am talking about spiritual appetite. They cannot refrain from reaching out to Babylon to receive their spiritual messages. They have a depraved appetite.

But, notice what it says here; because, this counters—this counters one of the arguments about these 1843 and 1850 Charts, about the Daily, about the 2520. It says,

—“Their depraved appetites craved meat,”—

Here, if you put this into Adventism, they craved some profound and significant passages from the Bible because that is the meat of the Word. The surface truths of the Bible, that is the milk of the Word. But, the mixed multitude in Adventism, they craved, they wanted some deep insight from the Word of God.

But,

—“which God in his wisdom had withheld, in a great measure, from them.”—

God withheld the deep stuff from the people, from the mixed multitude with depraved appetites, because He knew it would be a problem if they handled those kinds of sacred truths.

He withheld it? You mean, there is a possibility that God purposefully withheld Ellen White from saying, “James, you are wrong about the 2520.”? Does He withhold meat from us? Well, with Ancient Israel He did it.

—“Their depraved appetites craved meat, which God in his wisdom had withheld, in a great measure, from them. ‘And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic. But now our soul is dried away. There is nothing at all besides this manna before our eyes.’”—

“We don’t like the Bread of Heaven. We don’t like the message that God gave us. We want a deep spiritual message, but not that one.”

—“They became weary of the food prepared for them by angels,”—

Which angels? The Three Angels’ Messages that came into history from 1798 to 1844, as represented on these 1843 and 1850 Charts. These angels brought this Bread from Heaven.

—“They became weary of the food prepared for them by angels, and sent them from Heaven. They knew it was just the food God wished them to have, and that it was healthful for them and their children. Notwithstanding their hardships in the wilderness, there was not a feeble one in all their tribes. Satan, the author of disease and misery,”—

Look at the growth of the Adventist Church. There was nothing stopping the rise of spiritual Israel after 1844, except spiritual Israel.

—“Notwithstanding their hardships in the wilderness, there was not a feeble one in all their tribes. Satan, the author of disease and misery, will approach God’s people where he can have the greatest success. He has controlled the appetite in a great measure from the time of his successful experiment with Eve, in leading her to eat the forbidden fruit. He came with his temptations first to the mixed multitude, the believing Egyptians, and stirred them up to seditious murmurings. They would not be content with the healthful food which God had provided for them. Their depraved appetites craved a greater variety,”—a greater variety—“especially flesh meats.

In our day we see the power of the adversary upon the human mind. Many professing godliness openly transgress the law of God. In every congregation there is a mixed multitude.”—

Whoa! She just said we have half Egyptians, half Adventists in every church.

—“In every congregation there is a mixed multitude. Those who claim to be righteous, while they do not those things that God has commanded, are like the self-righteous Pharisees.” Review and Herald, February 27, 1900.

Now she has told us that this mixed multitude is not simply the foolish virgins; it is the Pharisees and they have a depraved appetite.



Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites

Perverted Appetite

Can you have a depraved appetite for spiritual things?

Signs of the Times, June 26, 1901:

“As we receive physical strength from the food we eat, so we are to receive spiritual strength as we study the Word of God. It is as necessary that attention should be paid to the cry of the soul for spiritual food as that attention should be paid to the cry of a hungry child for temporal food. A neglect to supply the soul with the bread of life leaves it weak and strengthless, unable to do the will of God. The life of such a one is like the barren fig-tree, destitute of fruit.” Signs of the Times, June 26, 1901.

Yeah, you can have a depraved spiritual appetite and long for the diet that comes from Egypt.

Joshua—A New Generation (A New Model)

Now we will move to Joshua.

Are you watching us going down through sacred history?

This is an important one. The message of the Mystery of Iniquity in the time of Joshua is very important.

I will tell you out front, Joshua, here, represents Ellen White. Okay? Tell on me on that, if you like.

Review and Herald, September 25, 1900:

“The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen the great works of the Lord. Their sins were repented of and forgiven, but the seed of evil had been sown, and it sprang up to bear fruit. Joshua’s life of steadfast integrity closed. His voice was no longer heard in reproof and warning.”—

And in 1915 Ellen White’s voice was no longer heard in reproof and warning.

—“His voice was no longer heard in reproof and warning. One by one the faithful sentinels who had crossed the Jordan”—one by one the faithful Pioneers that had experienced the disappointment of 1844—“laid off their armor. A new generation came upon the scene of action. The people departed from God. Their worship was mingled with erroneous principles and ambitious pride.” Review and Herald, September 25, 1900.

When it comes to the Mystery of Iniquity, one of the characteristics is, is that Satan makes his move once the generation of those that were initially clean with the Lord have been laid to rest.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites; A New Generation

Solomon

How about Solomon?

Moving forward, this is a very important one; and, Solomon is a very important story. All right?

Bible Echo, August 29, 1898:

“Solomon knew that God had chosen Israel, and made them the depository of the true and sacred faith. God had erected a wise barrier between them and the rest of the world, and only by jealously guarding the ancient landmarks,”—

What are the “ancient landmarks”? It is the Reform Movement of 1798 to 1844. It is these truths [indicating the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

But, this is Solomon.

—“and only by jealously guarding the ancient landmarks, could they preserve their high and distinct character. Why then did Solomon become such a moral wreck. He did not act on correct principles. He cultivated alliances with pagan kingdoms. He procured the gold of Ophir and the silver of Tarshish, but at what a cost!

Solomon mingled error with truth, and betrayed sacred trusts. The insidious evils of paganism corrupted his religion. One wrong step taken, led to step after step of political alliance. The polygamy so common in that time was directly opposed to the law of Jehovah. But this evil was introduced into Palestine, and the Israel of God mingled in marriage with Phoenicia, Egypt, Edom, Moab, and Ammon, nations which bowed at idolatrous shrines, practicing licentious and cruel rites, greatly dishonouring to God. These Solomon countenanced and sustained. His once noble character, bold and true for God and righteousness, became deteriorated. His profligate expenditure for selfish indulgence made him the instrument of Satan’s devices. His conscience became hardened. His conduct as a judge changed from equity and righteousness to tyranny and oppression. He who had offered the dedicatory prayer when the temple was consecrated to God, who prayed for the people, that their hearts might be undividedly given to the Lord, was now following a train of circumstances entirely contrary to right. The life which was once wholly dedicated to God, had been given to the enemy.

Solomon tried to incorporate light with darkness, Christ with Belial, purity with impurity. But in the place of converting the heathen to the truth, pagan sentiments incorporated themselves with his religion. He became an apostate. God was no longer to him the only true and living God, a ruling Providence. He was a religious wreck.

“In the days of Christ the ruins of the groves erected by Solomon for his wives might still be seen. This place was named the Mount of Offense, by all the true-hearted in Israel. Solomon little thought that those idol shrines would outlive his reign, even till Shiloh came and looked upon the melancholy sight.

“This case is left on record for all the religious world. Let those who know the word of the living God, beware of cherishing the errors of the world. These Satan presents in an attractive style; for he would deceive us, and destroy the simplicity of our faith. If these errors are introduced, they will mar the precious landmarks of truth.” Bible Echo, August 29, 1898.

Oh, the Mystery of Iniquity attacks the foundations. It attacks the landmarks, the waymarks. Hmm.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks

Ezra Studied the Causes

Ezra, moving beyond Solomon; now they are rebuilding the temple.

Prophets and Kings, pages 619 – 620:

“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”—Ezra’s—“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.” Prophets and Kings, 619–620.

They went into Babylon because of the Mystery of Iniquity, and it was happening all over again when they came out of Babylon.

Nehemiah—Like the Mixed Multitude

Moving forward with Nehemiah, Signs of the Times, January 3, 1884:

“Yet the striking evidence that the hand of the Lord was with Nehemiah was not sufficient to restrain discontent, rebellion, and treachery. ‘In those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. For there were many in Judah sworn unto him because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah.’ Here are seen the evil results of intermarriage with idolaters. In this union, Satan had gained the victory. A family of Judah had connected themselves with the enemies of God, and the relation had proved a snare to the people. Many others also united in marriage with the heathen. These, like the mixed multitude that came up with Israel from Egypt, were a source of constant trouble.”—

It is not simply me that is saying that this is line upon line here that we are looking at. Ellen White is tying this together for us. The mixed multitude is Tobiah, aggression; Sanballat.

—“They were not whole-hearted in the service of God. When his work demanded a sacrifice, they were ready to violate their own solemn oaths of co-operation and support. All this had tended to weaken and discourage those who sought to build up the cause of God.” Signs of the Times, January 3, 1884.

The Days of Christ

Now we are in the days of Christ, and we are close to finishing this up.

Christ—Deceptive Reasoning

Do you see how the Mystery of Iniquity is in each of these histories, and it is a subject of prophecy, and that what it produces is the tragedy of each of those histories?

This is serious stuff. All need wisdom to carefully study out the Mystery of Iniquity, which plays such a large part in the closing scenes of this Earth’s history.

Review and Herald, July 3, 1900:

“Christ gave to the world a lesson that should be engraved on mind and soul. ‘This is life eternal,’ he said, ‘that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’ But Satan works on human minds, saying, Do this or that action, and ye shall be as gods. By deceptive reasoning”—

Now, what is “deceptive reasoning”?

If I accidently mislead you, that is not deceptive reasoning. It is just bad reasoning on my part, and bad reasoning on your part for believing me.

“Deceptive reasoning” is purposefully telling a lie.

“—By deceptive reasoning he led Adam and Eve to doubt God’s word,”—

Was that a purposeful action on Satan’s part? It is deceptive reasoning.

—“and to supply its place with a theory that led to transgression and disobedience. And his sophistry is doing today what it did in Eden.”—

It is happening again!

—“When Christ came to our world, he selected humble fishermen as the foundation of his church. To these disciples he tried to explain the nature of his kingdom and mission. But their limited comprehension imposed a restraint upon him.”—

The Disciples could not get it. These were the chosen ones. These were the ones closest to Christ, and they could not get His message fully.

—“But their limited comprehension imposed a restraint upon him. They had been receiving the sayings of the scribes and Pharisees, and therefore much of what they believed was untrue. And though Christ had many things to say to them, they were unable to hear much of what he longed to communicate.”—

Now, if you remember, Sister White has already described the Pharisees as the mixed multitude.

Who are the scribes? What is a scribe?

Brothers and Sisters, a scribe is an author. And remember, what impacts us with the Mystery of Iniquity at the end of the world is that there are books of a new order that are written. There are scribes in our day, just like there are Pharisees.

Continuing on:

—“Christ finds the religionists of this time”—

That is us. We are the religionists of this time.

—“Christ finds the religionists of this time so full of erroneous sentiments that there is no room in their minds for the truth.”—

And you go share this prophetic message in Adventism, and you are teaching on a regular basis in front of Seventh-day Adventists, you are spending a good portion of your time trying to explain the misconceptions that they hold upon, that they hold onto, that they were taught.

Most people that I ran into, most lay people in Adventism have never on their own, on their own initiative, studied out the Daily; took it on their own personal responsibility and said, “I’m going to understand what this means with my Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy and the Holy Spirit.”

When you present the Daily, they are unsure maybe about what they believe, or they may believe this or they may believe that, but it is all based upon what they have been taught by other people.

—“Christ finds the religionists of this time so full of erroneous sentiments that there is no room in their minds for the truth. With the education given,”—it is from education—“teachers mingle the sentiments of infidel authors.”—

Now, here is a new twist: Not just bad education; it is taking books from authors that are infidels.

—“Thus they have sown tares in the minds of the youth. They give utterance to sentiments that should not be presented to young or old, never thinking of what kind of seed they are sowing, or of the harvest they will have to garner as the result.” Review and Herald, July 3, 1900.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 18, says this:

“In the days of Christ these lessons had been lost sight of. Men had well-nigh ceased to discern God in His works. The sinfulness of humanity had cast a pall over the fair face of creation; and instead of manifesting God, His works became a barrier that concealed Him. Men ‘worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.’ Thus the heathen ‘became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.’ Romans 1:25, 21. So in Israel, man’s teaching had been put in the place of God’s. Not only the things of nature, but the sacrificial service and the Scriptures themselves—all given to reveal God—were so perverted that they became the means of concealing Him.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 18.

So, the characteristics so far: There is mingling, imitating the customs and manners of the heathen; returning to the old superstitions. It happens little by little. It creates this vain imagination. It is accomplished by intermarriage, the mixed multitude; they are impatient. They are foolish virgins that are motivated by fear and curiosity. They are halfhearted and superficial; early education and training. They are Pharisees. They get weary of Heaven’s Food due to a depraved appetite; and, their work is accomplished until a new generation comes on the scene and begins to tear down the landmarks through deceptive reasoning that is accomplished by scribes that are putting man’s teaching in place of God’s teaching. These are the kind of characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes; Man’s Teaching in Place of God’s

Luther

What about Luther? What about Martin Luther?

Signs of the Times, July 19, 1893:

“The Reformer continued searching the Scriptures, praying, preaching, and writing. He knew not how soon his work might close, and he be deprived of liberty or even life; but so long as God should will it, he determined to labor for the upbuilding of Christ’s kingdom. The knowledge that precious souls were everywhere receiving the truth, filled him with joy.

“It was his work to build in the temple of the Lord.”—

It was Luther’s work to build the temple of the Lord? That sounds like he is a type of Cyrus or a type of Miller or John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Moses.

—“It was his work to build in the temple of the Lord. There were living stones buried from sight amid the papal rubbish of false doctrines, forms, and ceremonies, and he must search them out, and lay them on the true foundation. The followers of Christ were not then united as a peculiar and holy people separate from the world. They were mingled with the sons of Belial, and must be separated by the power of divine truth.” Signs of the Times, July 19, 1883.

So, Martin Luther, he struggled with the Mystery of Iniquity, also.

Vain Imagination—Books, Authors and Authorities

Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, page 424:

“Cold, philosophical speculations and scientific research in which God is not acknowledged are a positive injury. And the evil is aggravated when, as is often the case, books placed in the hands of the young, accepted as authority and depended upon in their education, are from authors avowedly infidel. Through all the thoughts presented by these men their poisonous sentiments are interwoven. The study of such books is like handling black coals; a student cannot be undefiled in mind who thinks along the line of skepticism.

“The authors of these books, which have sown the seeds of doubt and infidelity broadcast over the world, have been under the training of the great enemy of God and man, the acknowledged head of principalities and powers, the ruler of the darkness of this world. The word that God has spoken concerning them is, ‘They . . . became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools;’ ‘because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful.’ Romans 1:21, 22. They rejected divine truth in its simplicity and purity for the wisdom of this world.

“Whenever books by these infidel authors are given the precedence, and the word of God is made secondary, there will be sent out of the schools a class of students no better fitted for the service of God than they were before they received their education.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, 424.

The Mystery of Iniquity is accomplished through false education and through infidel books and through ascribing undue authority to these infidel authors.

Mingling; Imitated their Customs And Manners; Return to Old Superstitions; Little by Little; Vain Imaginations; Intermarriage; Impatient; Mixed Multitude; The Foolish Virgins; Motivated by Fear and Curiosity; Halfhearted and Superficial; Early Education and Training; Pharisees; Weariness of Heaven’s Food Due to Depraved Appetites; A New Generation; Tear Down the Landmarks; Deceptive Reasoning; Scribes; Man’s Teaching in Place of God’s; Infidel Books

Two Parties in Adventism

Today, Adventism. The 1888 Materials, pages 1432 - 1434:

“There are but two parties, Satan works with his crooked, deceiving power, and through strong delusions he catches all who do not abide in the truth, who have turned away their ears from the truth, and have turned unto fables.”—

How does he catch them? The Mystery of Iniquity. This is the Mystery of Iniquity.

—“Satan himself abode not in the truth, he is the mystery of iniquity. Through his subtlety he gives to his soul-destroying errors the appearance of truth. Herein is their power to deceive.”—

He does not just give us some kind of blatant error that we know is false. He gives us a blatant error that is covered with a little twist here and a little twist there, where in our Laodicean condition we actually think it might be true.

—“Herein is their power to deceive. It is because they are a counterfeit of the truth that Spiritualism, Theosophy, and the like deceptions gain such power over the minds of men. Herein is the masterly working of Satan. He pretends to be the Savior of man, the benefactor of the human race, and thus he more readily lures his victims to destruction.

“We are warned in the word of God that sleepless vigilance is the price of safety. Only in the straight path of truth and righteousness can we escape the tempter’s power. But the world is ensnared. Satan’s skill is exercised in devising plans and methods without number to accomplish his purposes. Dissimulation”—

What in the world is “dissimulation”?

—“Dissimulation has become a fine art”—

Whatever it is, Satan has perfected it and has taught his followers to make it a fine art.

—“Dissimulation has become a fine art with him, and he works in the guise of an angel of light. God’s eye alone discerns his schemes to contaminate the world with false and ruinous principles bearing on their face the appearance of genuine goodness. He works to restrict religious liberty, and to bring into the religious world a species of slavery. Organizations, institutions, unless kept by the power of God, will work under Satan’s dictation to bring men under the control of men: and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth, and for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Whatever in our practice is not as open as the day, belongs to the methods of the prince of evil.”—

There is a Brother in Virginia that the church family has recently disfellowshipped him over this message, and they made sure that when they had the church business meeting to disfellowship him that they set the time for the meeting at the time of day when those people in the church family that would have provided some support and sympathy for this Brother were at work and could not attend. Those kinds of deceptive practices, that is the Mystery of Iniquity.

—“Whatever in our practice is not as open as the day, belongs to the methods of the prince of evil. His methods are practiced even among Seventh Day Adventists, who claim to have advanced truth.

“If men resist the warnings the Lord sends them, they become even leaders in evil practices; such men assume to exercise the prerogatives of God—they presume to do that which God himself will not do in seeking to control the minds of men.”—

Will God use force?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: They will.

You need to put this one in your memory bank. Now, technically what they are doing here, “they presume to do that which God himself will not do.” Who are they presuming to do? They are presuming to be God.

But who is Sister White talking about?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The leadership.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Leaders in Adventism. So, these, she says, are presuming to be God; and, where are they sitting? In the temple of God.

—“in seeking to control the minds of men. They introduce their own methods and plans, and through their misconceptions of God, they weaken the faith of others in the truth, and bring in false principles that will work like leaven”—

What is “leaven”? It is little by little; they work like leaven.

—“to taint and corrupt our institutions and churches. Anything that lowers man’s conception of righteousness, and equity, and impartial judgment, any devise or precept that brings God’s human agents under the control of human minds, impairs their faith in God; it separates the soul from God, for it leads away from the path of strict integrity and righteousness.

“God will not vindicate any device whereby man shall in the slightest degree rule or oppress his fellow-man.”—in the slightest degree—“The only hope for fallen man is to look to Jesus, and receive him as the only Savior. As soon as man begins to make an iron rule for other men, as soon as he begins to harness up and drive men according to his own mind,”—

Like in the Newport Church, “Not only do you not discuss the 2520 or the Daily or the close of probation in Adventism in the church, do not do it in the privacy of your own home.” Whoa.

—“As soon as man begins to make an iron rule for other men, as soon as he begins to harness up and drive men according to his own mind, he dishonors God, and imperils his own soul, and the souls of his brethren. Sinful man can find hope and righteousness only in God; and no human being is righteous any longer than he has faith in God, and maintains the vital connection with him. A flower of the field must have its root in the soil; it must have air, dew, showers, and sunshine. It will flourish only as it receives these advantages, and all are from God. So with men. We receive from God that which ministers to the life of the soul. We are warned not to trust in man, nor to make flesh our arm. A curse is pronounced upon all who do this.” The 1888 Materials, 1432–1434.

What is DISSIMULATION? You have the dictionary definition in your notes.

DISSIMULATION: The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; a feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy. Dissimulation may be simply concealment of the opinions, sentiments or purpose; but it includes also the assuming of a false or counterfeit appearance which conceals the real opinions or purpose.

To DISSEMBLE means:

DISSEMBLE: To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I cannot dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]

My point is, is these people who are promoting what we are defining as the Mystery of Iniquity, they become experts in the fine art of dissimulation, which is concealing and hiding things in order to accomplish their purposes. And Isaiah 28 says these scornful men that rule Jerusalem, they cover themselves under falsehood and lies. This is the scornful men which rule the people that are in Jerusalem.

13But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. 14Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 15Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. 17Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” Isaiah 28: 13-18 (KJV).

So, now I am going to take all these characteristics and turn them into a paragraph as we reach our conclusion.

The mixed multitude is the foolish virgins, the Pharisees and the scribes at the end of the world in Adventism.

The mixed multitude intermarries with the wise virgins and become vain in their imagination and returns to their old superstitions, customs and manners. They join the Adventist Church, but they return.

They are impatient, halfhearted and superficial and are motivated by fear and curiosity and soon become weary of Heaven’s food due to a depraved appetite.

Little by little they leaven the truth of the people of God, employing deception based upon human reasoning which they teach in place of God’s Word. They counterfeit the truth by dissimulation and promote their counterfeit through false education based upon infidel authorities and books in an attempt to control others minds and tear down the old landmarks. Their work begins in 1919 when a new generation arrives.

It is incredible that all of these characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity are just a perfect fit for what Sister White describes as the Omega Apostasy, which was premised on the Alpha Apostasy, was it not?

Sister White used the Alpha Apostasy to describe the Omega Apostasy; and, when you take the characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity line upon line with the proof-text method in the Scriptures, with Sister White’s commentary, you see that the characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity are describing the Omega Apostasy to the very letter.

What does the Mystery of Iniquity mean?

MYSTERY: Strong’s Concordance G3466—From a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): - mystery.

That is pretty easy, pretty straightforward.

What about INIQUITY?

INIQUITY: Strong’s Concordance G458—From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: - iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

G459—From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

G1—Of Hebrew origin; the first letter of the alphabet: figuratively only (from its use as a numeral) the first. Often used (usually “an”, before a vowel) also in composition (as a contraction from G427) in the sense of privation; so in many words beginning with this letter; occasionally in the sense of union (as a contraction of G260): - Alpha.

G3551—From a primary word nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): - law.

To parcel out? The Mystery of Iniquity is the Alpha Apostasy, and the Mystery of Iniquity is accomplished by parceling out.

How was it that Satan accomplished the rebellion in Heaven? Did he go and bring all the angels together and say, “Hey, this is what I believe”? No, he parceled out a little thought here and a little thought there, a leavening process. Little by little is the Mystery of Iniquity.

Now, of course, the Mystery of Iniquity, where is the primary reference to the Mystery of Iniquity in God’s Word? 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2.

And tomorrow we will look more specifically at 2 Thessalonians, chapter2, the Lord willing; but, I hope, Brothers and Sisters, you see that one of the waymarks in every reform line is this Mystery of Iniquity, and to think that this characteristic that is in every reform line is a design by God to teach us what we are dealing with in Adventism today, is to demonstrate a mind that has become vain in its imagination. This is a present truth serious understanding that we need to understand.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we wish to shake off the darkness that is preventing us from fully being used by you. We ask that you give us the discernment to see the sources of information that we are following, the books that we are reading that should be thrown away and burned, the television that we are watching, the DVDs that we are watching, the websites that we are visiting, any of these places that is providing a mixture of truth and error or just blatant error. We ask that you give us the discernment to see that this is Satan’s tool to turn us from a wise virgin to a foolish virgin, to turn us into a Pharisee and a scribe, to secure us as a mixed multitude as we approach The Sunday Law crisis. We wish to be clean. We wish to be pure vessels so that we might receive the golden oil that you are pouring out, but we have a responsibility to understand that Satan is working to destroy us; and, we have a responsibility to understand that you have been clear about the techniques that he uses to do this, this leavening process that he uses to present a little here and a little there from unholy sources. Please give us the discernment and the willingness to turn away from this kind of information that we might be solidly standing upon your Word when this shaking arrives in the near future. In Jesus’s name, amen.