FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:
THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE COLLAPSE OF HUMAN SOCIETY ‘YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.
“Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Thy law.” Ps. 119: 53, KJV. “Justice standeth afar off; for the truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.” Isa. 59: 14.
The only way to begin solving a problem is by tracing from cause to effect. The whole Bible upholds and applies this principle from the beginning of all things to the end of it all. Hereunder is a temporary “fast forward” update on our ongoing self-education on the details of the prophesied “falling away” of the church from its earliest beginnings—-that clearly show the devastating “effects” upon the church, Christianity, the nation and human society itself resulting from its earliest “cause” reckoned from the time of Constantine and the Roman Empire: Observe:
“No error accepted by the Christian world strikes MORE BOLDLY against the authority of Heaven, none is MORE DIRECTLY opposed to the dictates of reason, none is MORE PERNICIOUS in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground [since the mid 1800s], that God’s LAW IS NO LONGER BINDING upon men.
“Every nation has its laws, which command respect and obedience; no government [or ‘kingdom’] would exist without them; and can it be conceived that the Creator of universe and the earth has no law to govern the beings He has made?
“Suppose that prominent ministers were publicly to teach that the statutes which govern their land and protect the rights of its citizens were NOT OBLIGATORY, that they restrict the liberties of the people, and therefore might not be obeyed; how long would such men be TOLERATED in the pulpit? But is it a graver offense to disregard the laws of states and nations than to TRAMPLE upon those divine precepts which are THE FOUNDATION OF ALL GOVERNMENT?
“It would be FAR MORE consistent for nations to ABOLISH their statuettes, and permit the people to DO AS THEY PLEASE, than for the Ruler of the universe to ANNUL His law, and have a world WITHOUT A STANDARD to condemn the guilty and justify the obedient!
“Would we know the RESULT of making void the law of God? The experiment has been tried. Terrible were the scenes enacted in FRANCE when ATHEISTS became the controlling power. It was then demonstrated to the WORLD that to throw off the RESTRAINTS which God had imposed is to accept the RULE OF THE CRUELEST. When the standard of righteousness is set aside, the way is open for the prince of evil to ESTABLISH his POWER [and kingdom] on earth.” E. G. White, Great Controversy, 1911 ed., p. 584.
We will definitely cover the specific time prophecy of the “two witnesses” who were “killed” and “resurrected” during a span of three and a half years during the French Revolution given in Revelation 11: 1-13, God willing. Bless all, NMF