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This version of the ebook The Great Controversy is especially for 7th Day Adventists who want to understand the bigger picture of Adventism. Simple enough for even children. Enjoy.

This version of the ebook The Great Controversy is especially for 7th Day Adventists who want to understand the bigger picture of Adventism. Simple enough for even children. Enjoy.

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  • 1. The GreatControversy Part 1
  • 2. This book is dedicated to Lion, Sky and Coral
  • 3. PrefaceThis eBook outlines what I think are essential conceptsin order to understand the teachings of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.If you have never heard of these ideas before, it is quitepossible you do not fully understand the Adventistteaching known as the 3 Angels Messages.This book was written for that purpose, it is intended asan aid to help understand those messages.I hope it will be easy enough for even children toappreciate.
  • 4. InstructionsTo get the most out of this eBook, I would like to makethe following suggestions:• read the eBook through• then go back and prove with a fact that each point is true.• make sure you can verify the truthfulness of each point by hook or by crook.That’s it.God bless you.
  • 5. start
  • 6. (that is before the earth began)
  • 7. there was a disagreement
  • 8. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but Ill defend tothe death your right to say it. ” Voltaire
  • 9. Who were arguing?
  • 10. Who were these characters?
  • 11. Michael &the Dragon
  • 12. “You have but to know anobject by its proper namefor it to lose its dangerousmagic.” Elias Canetti
  • 13. Why didn’t it say Jesus and Satan? Would that have been easier?
  • 14. If you know why these names were used it will unlock many keys to understanding this controversy!
  • 15. Anyway this argument was serious…
  • 16. Heaven in a state
  • 17. what was the issue?
  • 18. that could cause a war…
  • 19. in paradise of all places?
  • 20. that’s a paradox isnt it? war in heaven
  • 21. important
  • 22. what was the issue again?
  • 23. the real issue was…
  • 24. over the law of God
  • 25. “the law of God?”
  • 26. What’s wrong with the law of God?
  • 27. “Laws and principles are not forthe times when there is notemptation: they are for suchmoments as this, when body andsoul rise in mutiny against theirrigour ... If at my convenience Imight break them, what would betheir worth?” Charlotte Bronte , Jane Eyre
  • 28. think hard about this
  • 29. in figuring out the problem with the law of God…
  • 30. the dragon said the law was unfair
  • 31. What? Unfair?
  • 32. What was unfair?
  • 33. hold onYou don’t think the same thing by any chance do you?
  • 34. He said everything about the law was unfair and he justified it by…
  • 35. Well he justified himself by…himself with his own arguments
  • 36. He did not like the law and said it was…
  • 37. …not right
  • 38. it was unjust unfair wrong unreasonablethat he had a reason to question it
  • 39. on top of all that he wanted to …
  • 40. Well… he wanted to actually be like Michael
  • 41. he must have been jealous big-time
  • 42. was the law really unfair?
  • 43. was there a reason to break it?
  • 44. anyway eventually
  • 45. the war was won
  • 46. back then
  • 47. (that is before the earth began)
  • 48. that’s right - before the earth began.
  • 49. by Michael
  • 50. Which was great news… (we all thought that!)
  • 51. but hold on…
  • 52. we still have war
  • 53. we still have pain
  • 54. we still have sorrow
  • 55. If the war was won by Michael…
  • 56. How come we still have sin?
  • 57. big question huh?
  • 58. No matter what creed, colour or religion you are…
  • 59. if you’re reading this…
  • 60. The answer to this question is thebasis of understanding Christianity
  • 61. How come we still have sin?
  • 62. The answer forms the foundation of understanding Adventism
  • 63. If you can answer this question of why we are still at war….
  • 64. Then the 3 angels messages will make complete sense
  • 65. So… how come we are still at war?
  • 66. Well..
  • 67. actually there was a deadlock (after the war was won)
  • 68. Michael won the warbut the dragon would not accept it
  • 69. furthermore…
  • 70. The dragon’s supporters were still sympathetic to his argument
  • 71. and
  • 72. Michael’s angels were still notentirely sure who was really in the right
  • 73. If the Dragon was destroyed and all his support with him…
  • 74. Somewhere in the universe someone would still be in doubt
  • 75. “what if the dragon was right?”
  • 76. and some day that doubt could resurface again and cause…
  • 77. well war…. again
  • 78. simply put…
  • 79. • There was a reason to break the law• the law was unfair• the reason to break the law is because ‘I think so’
  • 80. dear reader are you sure youunderstand the issue that caused the argument in the first place?
  • 81. anyway
  • 82. Michael wanted to resolve this once and for all
  • 83. and for good.
  • 84. Michael wanted the best solution to this dilemma
  • 85. deadlockSo he tells the dragon…
  • 86. Whom he has just beaten in wartime…
  • 87. I’ll see you in court
  • 88. “Court” exclaimed the dragon
  • 89. ‘We’ll finish this in court’ said Michael
  • 90. “are you crazy” he blurted
  • 91. “court can’t resolve this” he grumbled
  • 92. “Oh yes it will” replied Michael
  • 93. “how can it?” enquired the dragon
  • 94. Understand this dear reader
  • 95. there are only 2 sides in this war
  • 96. In all the universe there were created beings that were all loyal to God
  • 97. but we had another group…
  • 98. the supporters of the Dragon
  • 99. There wasn’t anyone else just 2 sides
  • 100. Who will be the Judge? enquired the Dragon
  • 101. and who will be the Jury?
  • 102. “It won’t be fair” he added
  • 103. “unless…you have a 3rd party” he retorted
  • 104. ‘and we know there is no third party’ he laughed
  • 105. Michael responds…
  • 106. “well its funny you should mention that…”
  • 107. ‘we do have a third party’
  • 108. what?
  • 109. “where are they? Who are they? “
  • 110. Michael points in a dark corner of a galaxy…
  • 111. “you will find them over there”
  • 112. …on Earth
  • 113. what?
  • 114. “you’ve got to be kidding me”said the dragon incredulously
  • 115. “Oh I am deadly serious” warned Michael
  • 116. the inhabitants of Earth
  • 117. will be the judges and jury
  • 118. ‘that means…you my friend’
  • 119. Let that sink in for a moment
  • 120. You are the key witness
  • 121. You are the main witness in this case
  • 122. are you getting the picture?
  • 123. The biggest trial on the face of this universe is underway
  • 124. and you are the prime witness
  • 125. The dragon ponders hard
  • 126. You should ponder hard too!
  • 127. It’s a bit like a game of chesswhat will be his next move?
  • 128. Humans?
  • 129. The judge, witnesses and jury?
  • 130. unbelievable
  • 131. unheard of
  • 132. “How will that make a fair trial” asks the dragon
  • 133. Well…
  • 134. the witnesses will be…
  • 135. arbitrary
  • 136. they are not involved
  • 137. nor were they there
  • 138. impartial and unbiased they will be
  • 139. they will be perfect, and pure
  • 140. let them hear your arguments
  • 141. let them decide
  • 142. If they choose you
  • 143. If they vote for you
  • 144. If they really want you
  • 145. I will deal with that scenario if that should ever happen
  • 146. however
  • 147. understand that in this process I amgoing to show the universe your true colours
  • 148. I only need one witness todemonstrate that the law is fair
  • 149. one testimony will be enough to negate your arguments
  • 150. and your accusations
  • 151. At the end of time when you reach the climax of your case…
  • 152. I will have an army of witnesses for you to contend against
  • 153. all testifying that the law is fair
  • 154. So then
  • 155. I will give you time
  • 156. to state your case
  • 157. present your arguments
  • 158. prove your point .
  • 159. If you want to try and persuade them go ahead
  • 160. no blatant out and out killing mind… I will be watching you
  • 161. We will see what decision they come to at the end
  • 162. Consider yourself on probation
  • 163. You’re not off the hook
  • 164. You’re on probation
  • 165. I won the war remember
  • 166. as far as I am concerned
  • 167. this is a done deal
  • 168. but for the sake of a better solution
  • 169. one which even you will have to agree with…
  • 170. I will give you the time you need
  • 171. state your case to the third party
  • 172. What do you say ?
  • 173. Agreed?
  • 174. “Done”said the dragon
  • 175. and the rest is history.
  • 176. now the dragon muttered…
  • 177. he pondered hard his first move
  • 178. What would he do?
  • 179. how would he corrupt the witnesses?
  • 180. destroy their witness
  • 181. would he use money?
  • 182. would he use women?
  • 183. would he use men?
  • 184. what would be his main strategy?
  • 185. your guess is as good as mine
  • 186. however
  • 187. this is what was said in the book TEMPERANCEChapter 2—The Inception of IntemperanceSatan gathered the fallen angels together to devise some way of doing the mostpossible evil to the human family. One proposition after another was made, tillfinally Satan himself thought of a plan. He would take the fruit of the vine, alsowheat, and other things given by God as food, and would convert them intopoisons, which would ruin man’s physical, mental, and moral powers, and soovercome the senses that Satan should have full control. Under the influence ofliquor, men would be led to commit crimes of all kinds. Through pervertedappetite the world would be made corrupt. By leading men to drink alcohol, Satanwould cause them to descend lower and lower in the scale.Satan has succeeded in turning the world from God. The blessings provided inGod’s love and mercy he has turned into a deadly curse. He has filled men with acraving for liquor and tobacco. This appetite, which has no foundation in nature,has destroyed its millions.—The Review and Herald, April 16, 1901.
  • 188. this is what was said in the book Counsels on Diet and FoodsThe Secret of the Enemy’s Strategy—Intemperance of any kind benumbs theperceptive organs and so weakens the brain-nerve power that eternal things arenot appreciated, but placed upon a level with the common. The higher powers ofthe mind, designed for elevated purposes, are brought into slavery to the baserpassions. If our physical habits are not right, our mental and moral powers cannotbe strong; for great sympathy exists between the physical and the moral.—Testimonies for the Church 3:50, 51.The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only mediumthrough which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life.Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous systemlessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a deadening of thesensibilities of the mind.—Testimonies for the Church 2:347.Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. Hisstrongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate inevery possible way.—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 150.
  • 189. What did he actually use?
  • 190. food
  • 191. that’s right - food
  • 192. the witnessesare corrupted
  • 193. with food
  • 194. and their children…
  • 195. are you thinking about this?
  • 196. are the pieces coming together in your mind?
  • 197. You would have thought that the dragon was going to win
  • 198. but Michael had a plan too
  • 199. A
  • 200. His plan is called the gospel
  • 201. to restore corrupted humanity back to their original condition as witnesses
  • 202. urban name for the Gospel
  • 203. this the great controversy
  • 204. the fight between good and evil
  • 205. This is the backdrop behind the religion called Christianity
  • 206. are you understanding this?
  • 207. We can’t be just nominal Christians if we understand what is going on
  • 208. The most important thing to realise isthat the law of God is of the utmostpre-eminence in the government ofGod
  • 209. This law must be upheld by all subjectsof the universe for peace and stability
  • 210. Heaven is prepared to go to war toprotect the law of God sometimes called the law of liberty
  • 211. the court is in progress
  • 212. our interests in life is not the main focus
  • 213. Life is not really about being secure, having enough money and living ‘life to the full’
  • 214. we will find true meaning andfulfilment and all the these things just mentioned
  • 215. as we align ourselves with God’s Almighty purpose for us
  • 216. you are his witness
  • 217. will you stand?
  • 218. will you testify
  • 219. that the law is just, holy and good?
  • 220. You will just be doing your duty
  • 221. Michael is depending on you.
  • 222. The GreatControversy End of Part 1