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THE PROPHESIED ‘FALLING AWAY’ OF THE CHURCH AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PAPACY

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THE PROPHESIED ‘FALLING AWAY’ OF THE CHURCH AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PAPACY

“The terrible nature of these sensual gratifications of this pagan festivals, in which the leaders of the Church now allowed to members to indulge, a person can hardly imagine TILL the sickening facts are spread before one’s eyes by Livy in (Hist. lib. xxxix, chap. 9-17). The learned Englishman, F.A.S, in his ‘Second Annals,’ Vol. 3, on the ‘Gentile Nations,’ pp. 487-489, says that this ‘most revolting and abandoned villainy’ was so general, that when the Roman Senate has to proceed against its worst features, ‘Rome was almost deserted, so many persons, feeling themselves implicated in the proceedings, sought safety in flight.’

“[Edwarson writes]: ‘A church that will take in members, WITHOUT CONVERSION, and then allow them to CONTINUE in the most putrid corruption, must have LOST all respect for MORALITY (not to say CHRISTIANITY), and cannot be in possession of divine power of the Gospel: which CHANGES the hearts and lives of people.(Rom. 1:16; 2 Cor. 5:17.)

“The apostle Paul had foretold this ‘falling away’ of the Church. (Acts 20: 28-30; 2 Thess. 2:1-7.) And it was during this fallen condition that the Church CHANGED its weekly rest day from the Sabbath to the Sunday.

“Dr. N. Summerbell says: ‘The Roman Church had totally apostatized….It reversed the Fourth Commandment by doing away with the Sabbath of God’s word, and instituting Sunday as a holiday.’- ‘The Christian Church,’ p. 415. Cincinnati: 1873. (From “Facts of Faith, C. Edwardson, pp. 104, 105.

Only “truth as it is in Jesus” can truly “set us free” from the power is sin and the darkness of error and ignorance: this is the true liberty and victory in Christ abiding in the soul!
Bless all, NMF

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PAUL’S PROPHESIED ‘FALLING AWAY’ OR GREAT APOSTASY OF THE EARLY CHURCH

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PAUL’S PROPHESIED ‘FALLING AWAY’ OR GREAT APOSTASY OF THE EARLY CHURCH 

“Now brethren, concerning the (second) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you to not too shaken in mind and troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless THE FALLING AWAY comes first, and THE MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION, who opposes and exalts himself ABOVE all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thess. 2:1-4, NKJV (See verses 5-12).  

Apostle Paul was not only the quintessential apostle to the Gentiles; he was a prophet, too. He foretold of the great apostasy of the Church, described as the “falling away” and the earliest beginnings of the development of the Papacy.

The book of Hebrews was written first to the early Christians who expected Jesus to return soon in their time by revealing to them, and to our time as well, that Christ would not come before the papacy would have been fully exposed by the third angel’s message, and by providing the details of Christ’s penultimate office closing work in the heavenly sanctuary as the merciful High Priest, all-powerful Mediator, Advocate and Intercessor for His faithful followers on earth, and in closing, the righteous Judge of all the earth and mankind.

As Paul wrote in Romans, “For we shally stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”  “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Rom. 14:10,12. Paul here is echoing and re-emphasizing to the New Testament Christian what Solomon wrote in the Old Testament:   “Let us hear the CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the WHOLE DUTY of man.

For God shall bring EVERY WORK INTO JUDGMENT, with every SECRET thing, whether if it be good or whether it be evil.” Eccl. 12:13,14, KJV.   Now, back to more recorded historical details of this great “falling away.”   “Speaking of this great immoral pagan feast [Sun worship] Cardinal Newman says: ‘It certainly is possible that the consciousness of the sanctifying power in Christianity may have acted as a TEMPTATION to sins, whether of DECEIT or VIOLENCE; as if the habit or state of GRACE destroyed the sinfulness of certain acts, or as if THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.’-‘ Development of Christian Doctrine,’ p. 379. London: 1878.  

Here we see the seeds of the distortion and corruption of the meaning and purpose of ‘grace’ as is taught in the Christian mainstream today! Also, the Jesuit brainchild of “the end justifies the means” finds its earliest origins at time, as an eminent Roman Catholic author, Cardinal Newman, wrote in his book.  More tomorrow. God bless, NMF

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OUTLINE: THE PROPHETIC SECTION OF DANIEL

November 10, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

OUTLINE: THE PROPHETIC SECTION OF DANIEL

II. Prophetic Section, chapters 7-11: 12:13.

A. Daniel’s second prophetic message, 7: 1-28. (Under A). 1. The four beasts and the ‘little horn,’ 7:1-8.  2. Judgment and eternal reign of the Son of man, 7:9-14.  3. Interpretation of the vision by and angel, 7:15-27.  4. Impression in Daniel, 7:28.

B. Daniel’s third prophetic message, ch. 8:1 to 9: 27. (Under B) 1. The ram, he-goat, and horns, 8:1-8.  2. The ‘little horn’ and its wickedness, 8:9-12.   3. The TIME prophecy concerning the CLEANSING of the Sanctuary, 8:13,14.   4. Gabriel interprets the FIRST portion of the vision, 8:15-26.  5. Daniel’s sickness as the RESULT of the vision, 8:27.  6. Daniel PRAYS for restoration and CONFESSES his people’s [the Jews in captivity], 9:1-19.  7. Gabriel interprets the REMAINING portion of the vision, 9:20-27.

C. Daniel’s   fourth prophetic message, ch. 10:1 to 12:13. (Under C)  1. Daniel’s fast, 10: 1-3.   2. The appearance of a ‘certain man’ and the effect on Daniel, 10:4-10.   3. The ‘certain man’s preliminary talk with Daniel, 10:11 to 11:1.   4. A vision concerning future HISTORICAL events, 11:2 to 12:3.   5. The duration of the “wonders;” personal promises to Daniel, 12:4-13.”

There are four parallel visions in Daniel, given in the following: ch.2; ch.7; chs. 8, 9; and chs. 10-12. Take note that each of the four parallel visions end in the Roman element. Repeat, the Roman element, pagan than papal!

May God give all wisdom, skill and understanding as He did with Daniel because Daniel “purposed in his heart” to do God’s will! Bless all, NMF. 

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OUTLINE OF DANIEL, WHICH IS SUPPLEMENTED BY REVELATION TO COMPLETE THE BIBLE PROPHECIES

November, 1 2020
FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

OUTLINE OF DANIEL, WHICH IS SUPPLEMENTED BY REVELATION TO COMPLETE THE BIBLE PROPHECIES

Before going a step further studying the details of the parallel visions of Daniel (ch. 2; 7; 8-9;  10-12), It is indispensable that we see a full view of the book itself, it’s purpose, and why Revelation cannot be properly interpreted, understood and valued in these last days of earth’s history:

The Theme: “The Book of Daniel night appropriately called a handbook of history and prophecy. PREDICTIVE prophecy is a preview of history; history is predictive prophecy PASSING IN REVIEW. The element of prediction [1] enables God’s people to see the things of TIME in the light of ETERNITY, [2] alerts them for effective action [not merely reactionary] at appropriate times, [3] facilitates PERSONAL preparation for the FiNAL crisis, and [4] provides a firm basis for FAITH upon fulfillment of the prediction.

“The four major lines of prophecy in the book of Daniel set forth in BRIEF OUTLINE, against the backdrop of WORLD HISTORY, the experiences of God’s people from the days of Daniel down to the close of time. ‘The curtain is drawn aside, and we Behold, above, behind, and through the play and counter play of human interest and power and passions, the agencies of the All-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will’ (PK 500).

“EACH of the four lines of prophecy reaches a CLIMAX when ‘the God of heaven’ sets ‘up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed’ (chap. 2:44), when ‘the Son of man’ receives ‘everlasting dominion’ (ch.7:13,14), when opposition to the ‘Prince of princes’ is ‘broken without hand’ (ch.8:25), and God’s people are delivered forever from their oppressors (ch.12:1).

“The prophecies of Daniel thus provide a DIVINELY CONSTRUCTED BRIDGE  from the precipice of time to the boundless shores of eternity, a bridge over which those who, like Daniel, PURPOSE in their hearts to love and serve God, may pass by faith from the UNCERTAINTY and DISTRESS  of the PRESENT LIFE to the PEACE and SECURITY OF ETERNAL LIFE.”- Commentary of the Book of Daniel, A Section of Vol. 4, SDA Bible Dictionary.
(More tomorrow), God bless all, NMF 

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PROPHECY AND HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN AND PURPOSE OF NATIONS

October 25, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

PROPHECY AND HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN AND PURPOSE OF NATIONS

See the following verses first: Gen. 11:1. The whole earth in the beginning was only of one language. Gen 11:1-9. God is the Author of languages and nations (See PP 120). Acts 17:26. All nations are of one blood (See PK 500). Deut. 32:8. God establishes the boundaries of nations. Job 12:23. He increases and destroys nations (cf. Hab. 1:5-11; Pk 499, 500). Deut. 4: 13-17. God watches over the nations (PK 536, 537). Eze. 29: 17-20. God uses a nation to punish other nations. Her. 25: 9-11. God calls even heathen nations His ‘servants’ to do His biddings. (cf. Jer. 50: 11-20). Jer. 46: 17. When God forsakes a kingdom, is but a “noise;” it soon passes. Now this:

“In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as dependent upon the will and prowess of man. The shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the Word of God, the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above and through all the play and counter play of human interests and power and passions, the agencies of the all-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will. The Bible reveals the true philosophy of [human] history.” -E.G. White, Education, p. 173.

As worldly-ambitious men and women, political parties, behemoth corporations, ideologies, religions and churches vie against one another for the highest positions of recognition, power and wealth in these last days filled with chaos and strife, God is soon not only to demonstrate His sovereign power over all nations and proud institutions of men, He will also take over the “reins” of the closing work in His mighty hands and “will cut it short in simplicity and righteousness.” May we part of the closing hour “eleventh-hour workers” in the parable! Bless all, NMF. 

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PROPHETIC HISTORY OF OUR WORLD

October 23, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

PROPHETIC HISTORY OF OUR WORLD

Knowing the keys that unlock the meaning of Bible prophecy not only helps us understand and appreciate the prophecy and see its role in “making our calling and election sure,” but protects us from being deceived and ensnared by Satan’s counterfeits, and we lose our souls!

“The prophecies of the Bible are not hard to understand, IF we follow the rules laid down in the Scriptures for interpreting prophecy.  These rules are few in number, and they are not complicated.

“When used in connection with prophetic symbols, ‘SEA’ or ‘WATERS’ stand for ‘multitudes of people’ (Rev. 17:15; Isa. 8:7; 17:12: Jer. 6:23; ‘WIND’ stands for ‘war’ (Jer. 4:12, 13; 25: 31,32); ‘BEASTS’ stands for ‘kingdoms’ (Dan. 7:23); and ‘DAYS” for ‘years’ [of 360 days] (Eze.4:6; Num. 14:34).

“The prophet Daniel saw in vision four winds of war, which strove upon the great sea of people, and four great beasts, or kingdoms, came up one after the other. ‘The first was like unto a LION, and had eagle’s wings.’ Dan. 7:2-4. In Jer. 49: 19, 22, 28, a lion is used to symbolize the kingdom of BABYLON (606-538 B.C.).

“The second beast was like unto a BEAR (Dan.7:5), and denoted (symbolized) MEDO-PERSIA, the next world-empire (538-331 B.C.). The ‘three ribs in the mouth of it’ were the 3 chief countries which it conquered, Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt.

“He next saw a LEOPARD having four heads and four wings (Dan.7:6), symbolizing the GRECIAN EMPIRE (331-168 B.C.). A leopard is very alert, and adding to this symbol four wings would indicate that Grecia would make rapid conquest, which was true. Alexander the Great marched his army 5,100 miles in eight years and conquered the then-known civilized world. The four heads on the leopard denote the four divisions into which this empire was split up [among his 4 major generals] after the death of Alexander the Great.

“The fourth beast,’ the angel explained, ‘shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.’ Dan.7:23. The fourth empire from Babylon was ROME (168 B.C.- 476 A.D.). The angel also informs us that ‘the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise’ Dan. 7:24.  The Roman Empire was split up into just ten smaller kingdoms between the years 351 and 476 A.D.” – C. Edwardson, Facts of Faith, 1943, SPA, pp. 34,35. (To be continued). Bless all, NMF. 

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PROPHECY AND HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN AND PURPOSE OF NATIONS

October 22, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

PROPHECY AND HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN AND PURPOSE OF NATIONS

See the following verses first: Gen. 11:1. The whole earth in the beginning was only of one language. Gen 11:1-9. God is the Author of languages and nations (See PP 120). Acts 17:26. All nations are of one blood (See PK 500). Deut. 32:8. God establishes the boundaries of nations. Job 12:23. He increases and destroys nations (cf. Hab. 1:5-11; Pk 499, 500). Deut. 4: 13-17. God watches over the nations (PK 536, 537). Eze. 29: 17-20. God uses a nation to punish other nations. Her. 25: 9-11. God calls even heathen nations His ‘servants’ to do His biddings. (cf. Jer. 50: 11-20). Jer. 46: 17. When God forsakes a kingdom, is but a “noise;” it soon passes. Now this:

“In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as dependent upon the will and prowess of man. The shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the Word of God, the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above and through all the play and counter play of human interests and power and passions, the agencies of the all-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will. The Bible reveals the true philosophy of [human] history.” -E.G. White, Education, p. 173.

As worldly-ambitious men and women, political parties, behemoth corporations, ideologies, religions and churches vie against one another for the highest positions of recognition, power and wealth in these last days filled with chaos and strife, God is soon not only to demonstrate His sovereign power over all nations and proud institutions of men, He will also take over the “reins” of the closing work in His mighty hands and “will cut it short in simplicity and righteousness.” May we part of the closing hour “eleventh-hour workers” in the parable! Bless all, NMF. 

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REJECTION OF 70-WEEK PROPHECY OF DANIEL 9 RESULTS IN THE REJECTION OF CHRIST

August 11, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

REJECTION OF 70-WEEK PROPHECY OF DANIEL 9 RESULTS IN THE REJECTION OF CHRIST

“The rejection of Christ by the chosen people at His time, and the professed chosen people today was and is preceded by a rejection of the prophecies of Daniel, particularly the 70-week prophecy of chapter 9:24-27.  It is the terrible consequence of rejecting God’s merciful warnings sent through His faithful prophets and messengers, then and now.

“The spiritual darkness which falls upon nations[such as America is right now], churches [such as mainstream professed Christianity], and individuals [such as you and me], is due, not to an arbitrary withdrawal of the SUCCORS OF DIVINE GRACE on the part of God, but to NEGLECT or REJECTION of divine light on the part of men.”