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WILL LIFE “RETURN TO NORMAL’ IF AND WHEN THE COVID PANDEMIC ENDS? (Part III)
Jesus said that following the “trodding down of Jerusalem and the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24)—a triple application prophecy—this one referring to the Dark Ages when the “Gentiles trod down spiritual “Jerusalem” of the “Israel of the Alps,” the Waldenses, and the rest of the unnumbered millions of faithful Sabbath-keeping saints of the ages, persecuted and martyred by the Roman papal church by the Church of Rome onward for 1, 260 years ending in 1798.
After this, in this broad outline of the end-time prophecies given in its details in Daniel and Revelation, Jesus said. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS, WITH PERPLEXITY; THE SEA [of peoples, humanity] AND THE WAVES ROARING; MEN’S HEARTS FAILING FOR FEAR, AND FOR LOOKING AFTER THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING ON THE EARTH; FOR THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.” Luke 21: 25, 26, KJV.
Note that Jesus was declaring a prophecy, and therefore used prophetic language. “Spiritual things are spiritually discerned.” Following the prophetic chronology after the end of the 2300-day prophecy in 1844, to the present time of a disturbingly unsettled state in the world, then consider the following excerpts from the book The Great Controversy by E. G. White, 1912 ed., ‘The Impending Conflict,’ ch. 36, pp. 589, 590 (be sure to read the whole chapter for yourself).
“Through Spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the (human) race, HEALING THE DISEASES of the people, and professing to present a NEW AND MORE EXALTED SYSTEM OF RELIGIOUS FAiTH; but at the same time he works as a destroyer. His TEMPTATIONS are leading multitudes to ruin. INTEMPERANCE dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow.
“Satan delights in WAR: for it excites the worst passions of the soul [the whole living person], and sweeps into eternity it’s victims steeped in vice and blood. It is his object to INCITE NATIONS to war against one another; for he can thus DIVERT the minds of the people FROM THE WORK OF PREPARATION TO STAND IN THE DAY OF GOD [the pre-advent, investigative judgment currently taking place in the heavenly sanctuary with Christ as both High Priest and Judge of all the earth].
“Satan WORKS THROUGH THE ELEMENTS also to garner HIS HARVEST OF UNPREPARED SOULS. He has studied the SECRETS OF THE LABORATORIES OF NATURE, and he uses all his power to control the elements, as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job [read the book of Job], how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, his [ten] CHILDREN were swept away, ONE TROUBLE SUCCEEDING ANOTHER AS IN A MOMENT.
“It is GOD that shields His creatures, and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer [Satan].”
To be continued. Bless all, NMF
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