by Carron Lake -

Meet and expose the enemy's deceptions
to those you love

In the previous study on "Communing with Him" in the series on "The Biblical Statements of Belief", it was shared that GOD did not leave His spiritual Jews in the dark without a warning, as to what would happen if they were led to continue on the path that they were on. In the same way that GOD by HIS Word spoke to the elders of Israel, in revealing to them the result of their rejecting HIM and HIS Word through His servant Samuel; The LORD by HIS Word also spoke to the leaders of His people, and revealed to them the result of following on the path they had chosen.

It was through HIS Word that HE spoke to His servant Samuel saying, "...Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee" (1 Samuel 8:7,8).

Samuel was sent to the elders, to reveal to them what would happen if they continue on the path to choose a king, rather than GOD to reigned over them. By The Word of GOD, Samuel said, "...This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and [will set them] to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters [to be] confectionaries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers. And he your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, [even] the best [of them], and give [them] to his servants.

"And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put [them] to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles" (1 Samuel 8:11-20).

As The LORD had revealed to the elders of the people by HIS Word through His servant Samuel, all that HE had revealed to them had come to pass. And Just as Samuel was representing The Word of GOD before the people, likewise, not all the kings of the earth, who reign over the people were representing GOD and HIS Word before the people. Some kings took their strong men, and put them to fight in their battles of war, to kill each other, rather than the battle of faith against the enemy, who fights with an untiring effort of deception, to deceive and kill all men, wheather they serve GOD, or not.

Today, we see the evidence of this battle of the enemy still at work around the world, where brothers and sisters are led by a spirit of hatetred against each other, to kill each other, to prevent themselves from hearing and receiving The Truth of GOD that they might not receive The Reward given of GOD. The question was raised, "where are the men and women who are qualifying themselves to meet and expose his arts and deceptions?" The battle is not ours, but The LORD'S. HE does not take and force us to fight in His battles against the enemy. Yet, HE works by HIS Word in and through those, who are of a willing heart to accomplish and do HIS Will.

Through His servant Ellen G. White, who diligently communed with HIM by HIS Word; The LORD was able to reveal by HIS Word what would happen to The Sanctuary He had built through those, who were by faith communing with HIM through HIS Word. In her writings to the church back in the year 1903 and 1904, she wrote on His behalf to the leaders and said,

I am given a message to bear to you and the rest of our physicians who are connected with the Medical Missionary Association. Separate from the influence exerted by the book Living Temple; [A 568-PAGE BOOK ISSUED IN 1903 BY DR. J. H. KELLOGG IN WHICH PANTHEISTIC PHILOSOPHIES WERE PROMULGATED.--COMPILERS.] for it contains specious sentiments. There are in it sentiments that are entirely true, but these are mingled with error. Scriptures are taken out of their connection, and are used to uphold erroneous theories. The thought of the errors contained in this book has given me great distress, and the experience that I have passed through in connection with the matter has nearly cost me my life.

It will be said that Living Temple has been revised. But the Lord has shown me that the writer has not changed, and that there can be no unity between him and the ministers of the gospel while he continues to cherish his present sentiments. I am bidden to lift my voice in warning to our people, saying, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked" (Gal. 6:7).

You have had access to Testimonies for the Church, volumes 7 and 8. In these Testimonies the danger signal is raised. But the light so clear and plain to minds that have not been influenced by deceptive theories, has not been discerned by some. While the misleading theories of this book are entertained by our physicians, there cannot be union between them and the ministers who are bearing the gospel message. There should be no union until there is a change. When medical missionaries make their practice and example harmonize with the name they bear, when they feel their need of uniting firmly with the ministers of the gospel, then there can be harmonious action. But we must firmly refuse to be drawn away from the platform of eternal truth, which since 1844 has stood the test.

Alpha Presented in "Living Temple"

I am instructed to speak plainly. "Meet it," is the word spoken to me. "Meet it firmly, and without delay." But it is not to be met by our taking our working forces from the field to investigate doctrines and points of difference. We have no such investigation to make. In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.
(Selected Messages Book 1 Chapter 24-The Alpha and the Omega- page 199.1 - 200.2)

Notice that to her understanding of what GOD had revealed to her, the review she gave of the book, was that the influence of the theories of the book "The Living Temple" were so deceptive that it was a danger to those, who were unclear in their minds on the theories it presented. She went so far as to say that the thoughts of the errors in the book gave her great distress, and nearly cost her, her own life, which is why it is called "The alpha and omega of deadly heresies". Without a firm foundation in The Scriptures, and The Light of The Knowledge of The glory of GOD by HIS Word, all, who are spiritually inefficient in The Knowledge of GOD and HIS Word are in danger of pulling up The Anchor of their faith in The LORD, and trading Him for some one else, who will set them adrift, to fall away from The LORD and HIS Word. For it is written, "...this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3).

Without faith, it is said that we cannot please GOD. And without understanding what is faith, we cannot see The Spiritual Things of GOD. And because of this lack of faith in GOD'S Word to see and discerned the deceptive theories of the enemy, or to discerned what makes the theories to be so deceptive, GOD by HIS Word has instructed HIS servant to say that "The omega will follow" The Alpha of deadly heresies. HE did not say it might follow, or maybe it might follow, but that it will follow. She also said that the heresy will be received by those who were not willing to heed the warning God had given them. Today many are watching to protect themselves from this deadly heresy, which would cause them to fall away from The Truth and from their LORD. The only problem with this idea is that the theories are so deadly in its deception that the people are seeking to protect themselves from the deception after the deadly heresy has already been voted on, to be accepted into the foundation of their core beliefs. And with their protection in place after the deception has become part of their core beliefs, they are now protecting themselves from The Holy One, Who loves them.

As a result, we see by faith and hear The Voice of The LORD saying, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Revelation 3:18-22).

Notice that the church, or the sanctuary of the Laodiceans have shut the doors of their own hearts, and have locked and protected themselves from the deceptions of the enemy, only to find that they have locked the enemy, or the anti-christ into their own hearts, to join with the many, who have locked The True Gift of GOD out of the dwelling place of their own hearts. The deception of the enemy has caused the people, whom GOD created for His Own dwelling, to trade The Gift of Life for the empty gift of darkness and death. But through His servant John, The Word of GOD said, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3:16-20).

Notice the reason why some will be wise to enter in and to sup with Him, and why some will not have Oil in their vessels to give HIS Light. For it is the enemy, who works through his deceived servants to seek and to keep the hearts of men from opening their hearts to receive The Truth of GOD'S Word. It is the enemy's deception already at work in the hearts of men, who work by his control, to do his will. But The Word said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." (Revelation 3:20, 21).

But many had not discerned, or heard The Voice of The LORD speaking to them through the open doors of His servants. GOD said through HIS Word that the omega would follow, because the leaders did not take heed according to HIS Word. And through His servant, who testified in and through her writings on what would happen as a result of their entertaining the sophistries of the deadly heresy, She wrote and said,

"In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers--the truths of the Word of God. Some one high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, "Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action."

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work.

"The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

"Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? I hesitated and delayed about the sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met.
(Selected Messages Book 1 Chapter 24-The Alpha and the Omega- page 204.1 - 205.2)

When we choose to reject The Counsel of GOD by HIS Word, we are really saying that we have turn our backs to shut the doors of our hearts from receiving HIS Word. And if we reject HIS Word, HE will not stay where HIS Word is not welcome. But if we repent and trim from our hearts the things that offends The LORD, then HE will give The Power of HIS Word to do HIS Will. These are the last days for planet earth, and many are going to their graves, to be forever shutout from That Fellowship between GOD and man through HIS Word. The question is raised, "Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? Where are the men and women who are qualifying themselves, with The Light of GOD'S Word to meet and expose the enemy's arts and deceptions in this world?

The Door of GOD'S Word is open to those, who will open their hearts to hear and receive Him. For HE said by HIS Word, "A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives. So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, [saying], How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

"Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil" (Proverbs 1:5-33).

From The Counsel of The Word of GOD, Who loves us all, let us take heed according to HIS Word, while we can still hear HIS Voice. For in the day of reckoning, which is drawing near, all who reject HIS Word, they will not have the power in them to hear, or to call upon HIS Holy Name. Because The Word of GOD is The Light and Life of men. As He said through His servant Solomon, "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:32-36).

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