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  • It’s a scitzophenic beast. It has a profession of Jesus; but acts like satan. Two horns representing Republican form of government and Religious liberty. A country without a king and a church without a pope.
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    1. 1. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>“… And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed…” (Romans 13:11) </li></ul>
    2. 2. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>The Book of Daniel, along with the Book of Revelation, give a clear time-line of the nations that would rule the world and have a significant impact on God’s people and His plan for the redemption of men’s souls. Daniel Chapter 2 is the foundation of all end time prophesies. Together they give an unerring account of the history of the world from the ancient nation of Babylon to the second coming of our Lord. In them God’s people are not only warned about the events that would affect them, but God calls us to a state of preparation as we see the prophetic events unfold. </li></ul><ul><li>The unfulfilled predictions of the book of Revelation are soon to be fulfilled. This prophecy is now to be studied with diligence by the people of God and should be clearly understood. It does not conceal the truth; it clearly forewarns, telling us what will be in the future. (LDE 15.6) The solemn messages that have been given in their order in the Revelation are to occupy the first place in the minds of God’s people. (LDE 16.1) </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Our Lord and Savior specifically instructs us to study these books. Says He: “ When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION , spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy place…” (Matthew 24:15) </li></ul><ul><li>“ … Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God…” </li></ul><ul><li>(2 Thessalonians 2:4) </li></ul><ul><li>“… Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand…” (Revelation 1:3) </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Daniel chapter 2 gives a broad outline of those nations from the reign of Babylon to the return of our Lord and Savior. </li></ul><ul><li>Those nations are namely: </li></ul><ul><li>Babylon </li></ul><ul><li>Media/ Persia </li></ul><ul><li>Greece </li></ul><ul><li>The Roman Empire Pagan/Papal </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ Eternal Kingdom </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. </li></ul><ul><li>  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, </li></ul><ul><li>  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. </li></ul><ul><li>  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. </li></ul><ul><li>  This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>  And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. (Daniel ch2, vs 31-41) </li></ul>
    6. 6. The time Is At Hand <ul><li>And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. </li></ul><ul><li>And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. </li></ul><ul><li>Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (Daniel 2:42-45) </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay , and thou our potter ; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8) </li></ul><ul><li>O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand , so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. (Jeremiah 18:6) </li></ul><ul><li>He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay , and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (Psalm 40:2) </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Sister Ellen G. White, God’s messenger to His remnant church, comments on the mixture of iron and miry clay, “…But statesmen will uphold the spurious Sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the Papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations. The mingling of church craft and state craft is represented by the iron and the clay. This union is weakening all the power of the churches. This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. Men have almost passed the point of God's forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy. But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves…” (Manuscript Releases, Volume One, page 51) </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. </li></ul><ul><li>And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. </li></ul><ul><li>The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. </li></ul><ul><li>And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. </li></ul><ul><li>After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. </li></ul><ul><li>After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7, vs 2-7) </li></ul>
    10. 10. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>606BC-536BC 536BC-331BC </li></ul><ul><li> 331BC-168BC </li></ul><ul><li>168BC-476AD </li></ul><ul><li>476AD-Second Coming of Jesus </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. </li></ul><ul><li>I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7, vs 7-8) </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. </li></ul><ul><li>A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. </li></ul><ul><li>(Daniel 7:9,10) </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Rev 1:7) </li></ul><ul><li>Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind. (Psalm 104:3) </li></ul><ul><li>The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. ( Psalm 68:17) </li></ul><ul><li>And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. (Isaiah 65:21) </li></ul> 
    14. 14. The Time Is At Hand A crisis of conscience <ul><li>In the eyes of groups like Adventists, Baptists and Evangelical sects, their regard and respect for democratic principles impose upon them the obligation—the religious, as well as the civil and political obligation—to defend every person's right to be wrong. Every person must have the right not only to believe in Hell of the Damned and Heaven of the Saved. Every person must literally be assured the right to choose Hell over Heaven. That obligation carried to that extreme not only sets the Minimalists apart from John Paul; it sets them against him, as well. </li></ul><ul><li>It sets them apart from the Holy Father, because democratic principles can never take precedence over divine revelation. No one can be forced to believe in Heaven or Hell, or to choose the one over the other. Nevertheless, it is axiomatic for John Paul that no one has the right—democratic or otherwise—to a moral wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>(Keys Of This Blood, p. 287. Malachi Martin) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Crisis of Conscience <ul><li>Liberty of conscience is proclaimed by the United states, a most sacred principle which every citizen must uphold, even at the price of his blood. But liberty of conscience is declared by all the popes and councils of Rome, a most godless, unholy and diabolical thing which every good catholic must abhor and destroy at any cost </li></ul><ul><li>The American Constitution assures the absolute independence of the civil from the ecclesiastical or church power; but the church of Rome declares, through all her pontiffs and councils, that such independence is an impiety and revolt against God. </li></ul><ul><li>The American Constitution leaves every man free to serve God according to the dictates of his own conscience; but the church of Rome declares that no man has ever had such a right, and that the pope alone can know and say what man must believe and do. </li></ul><ul><li>The Constitution of the United states denies the right in anybody to punish any other for differing from him in religion. But the church of Rome says tat she has the right to punish with the confiscation of their goods, or the penalty of death, those who differ in faith from the pope </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Romanism </li></ul><ul><li>“… Protestantism has not, and never can have, any right where catholicity has triumphed…’ (Catholic Review, June 1875) </li></ul><ul><li>“… Religious liberty is merely endured until the opposite can be carried into effect without peril to the Catholic church…” (Rt. Rev. O’Connor, Bishop of Pittsburgh) </li></ul><ul><li>“… It was proposed that all religious persuasions should be free and their worship publicly exercised. But we have rejected this article as contrary to the conons and councils of the first catholic church…” (Pope Pius VII, Encyclicical 1808) </li></ul><ul><li>“… The absurd and erroneous doctrines and ravening in defence of Liberty of Conscience are a most pestlilential error, a pest of all other, most to be dreaded…” (Pope Pius IX, 1854) </li></ul><ul><li>“… Liberty of conscience is a mad opinion….{U.S. Constitution} is a filthy sewer filled with heretical vomit…” (Pope Gregory XVI, 1854) </li></ul><ul><li>Americanism </li></ul><ul><li>“ ..Forced worship stinks in God’s nostrils...&quot; (Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, 22 June 1670.) </li></ul><ul><li>“… The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity...&quot; (James Madison, Father of the Bill of Rights, Letter to F.L. Schaeffer, Dec. 3,) </li></ul><ul><li>“… Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should `make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State...&quot; (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, January 1, 1802.) </li></ul>(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical 1854) &quot;
    17. 17. <ul><li>The Time Is At Hand </li></ul><ul><li>“… Nothing is plainer than that, if the principles of the church of Rome prevail here, our Constitution would necessarily fall. The two cannot exist together. They are in open and direct antagonism with the fundamental theory of our government and of all popular government everywhere…” </li></ul><ul><li>(The Papacy and the Civil Power, Richard W. Thompson) </li></ul><ul><li>“… If Catholics ever gain a sufficient numerical majority in this country, religious freedom is at an end. So our enemies say, so we believe…” (The Shepard of the Valley, St. Louis, Nov. 23 1851) </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. (Great Controversy, pg 588) </li></ul>
    19. 19. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Ellen White continues… Let the principle once be established in the United States that the church may employ or control the power of the state; that religious observances may be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome in this country is assured…” </li></ul><ul><li>(The Great Controversy, pg 581) </li></ul><ul><li>The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: &quot;The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.&quot; Revelation 12:17. (Pg 592) </li></ul>
    20. 20. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>“… The celebration of the Christian Sunday remains, on the threshold of the third Millennium, an indispensable element of our Christian identity….Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sabbath (Sunday) holy…” Pope John Paul II, Ecclesiastical Letter, Dies Domini, July 1997 </li></ul>March 15th, 2004
    21. 21. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>&quot; He (The Pope) sees Washington, D.C., as the crossroads of the world,&quot; Cardinal Maida said, &quot;The center's location here will allow it to impact and shape the many events that transpire here.&quot; George W. Bush assures the cardinals,“…The best way to honor Pope John Paul II, truly one of the great men, is to take his teaching seriously; is to listen to his words and put his words and teachings into action here in America. This is a challenge we must accept.  But you know something about our country?  With the right focus and the right leadership, it's a challenge this nation will accept , because this is a great land...”  </li></ul><ul><li>(March 22 nd , 2001) </li></ul>
    22. 22. Rome’s Predictions For America <ul><li>“… Under the shadows of those great cities, the Americans consider themselves a giant, unconquerable race. They look upon the poor Irish Catholics with supreme contempt, as only to dig their canals, sweep their streets and work in their kitchens. Let no one awake those sleeping lions, today. Let us pray God that they continue to sleep a few years longer, waking only to find their votes outnumbered, as we will turn them forever, out of every position of honor, power and profit! When not a single judge or policeman will be elected if he be not a devoted Irish Catholic. What will those so-called giants think when not a single senator or member of Congress will be chosen, unless he has submitted to our holy father, the pope. </li></ul><ul><li>We will not only elect the president, but fill and command the armies, man the navies and hold the keys of the public treasury. It will then be time for our faithful Irish people to give up their grog shops, in order to become the judges and governors of the land. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, yes then, we will rule the United States, and lay them at the feet of the vicar of Jesus Christ, that he may put an end to their Godless system of education, and impious laws of liberty of conscience which are an insult to God and man…” </li></ul><ul><li>(Fifty Years In The Church of Rome(1886), pg 282, Charles Chiniquy) </li></ul>
    23. 23. More Predictions For The Taking Of America <ul><li>“… He, {Pope Pius X1}has given the best of his singular ability to the supervision and direction of the Catholic campaign in America. For him, our country is a battlefield on which is being waged the greatest struggle of the church’s history. The conquest of America is the supreme objective at which he aims… Pius is well aware that the Catholic church can never hope again to dominate the civilized world ,until America kneels, beaten and penitent , at her feet …” </li></ul><ul><li>(Rome Stoops To Conquer, pg 3,4. E. Boyd Barrett, 1935) </li></ul>
    24. 24. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Professor Barrett continues: </li></ul><ul><li>“… Though Pius has little liking for our wicked ways and our heresies, he sees in us the nation that counts for most in the world today-nation of the future. We are rich, young, strong, and our life is before us as a nation. He would have us; he means to have us . He believes that the destiny of the church will be fulfilled in America and that the spiritual conquest of America, the world dominion of the church will be regained…” </li></ul><ul><li>(Rome Stoops To Conquer, pg 259, E. Boyd Barrett, 1935) </li></ul>
    25. 25. Fulfillment <ul><li>5 of 9 Supreme Court Justices </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Justice of Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker of the House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>22 of 100 Senators (83 are Sunday Keepers) </li></ul><ul><li>161 of 534 members of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>25 of 50 Governors </li></ul><ul><li>Head of The C.I.A </li></ul><ul><li>Head of the F.B.I. </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Heads of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines </li></ul><ul><li>Heads and ownership of leading industrial, financial and technology corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Heads and ownweship of major media organizations. </li></ul>
    26. 26. The test of loyalty <ul><li>“… The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications throughout the world, forms one vast organization under the control, and designed to serve the interests of the papal see. Its millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope. Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard the authority of the church as above all other. Though they may take the oath pledging their loyalty to the state, yet back of this lies the vow of obedience to Rome, absolving them from every pledge inimical to her interests…” (GC 580) </li></ul>
    27. 27. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Ellen G. White again warns us: </li></ul><ul><li>“… The Roman church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done…” </li></ul><ul><li>(The Great Controversy, pg 565) </li></ul>
    28. 28. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>March 22, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>President George W. Bush opens little Vatican in America </li></ul><ul><li>September 11 th , 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Attack on World Trade Center </li></ul><ul><li>October 24 th ,2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Passage of the Patriot Act </li></ul><ul><li>November 25 th ,2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Homeland Security Act </li></ul><ul><li>October 17 th , 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Death of Habeas Corpus </li></ul><ul><li>Gradual, but systematic </li></ul><ul><li>destruction of the U.S. Constitution. The last bastion of Civil and Religious liberties in the world. </li></ul>
    29. 29. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>On October 17, 2006 Congress passed the Military Commission’s Act to give Mr. Bush the power to deal effectively with America’s enemies—those who seek to harm the country. Included in the Bill was the elimination of the writ of Habeas corpus.   He has been very clear on who he thinks that is. He declares,  “…For people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America…the fact that we’re discussing this program is helping the enemy…”  </li></ul>
    30. 30. The Time Is At Hand The beasts become friends <ul><li>“… Yes, there was John F. Kennedy . But where Kennedy sought to divorce his religion from his office, Bush has welcomed Roman Catholic doctrine and teachings into the White House and based many important domestic policy decisions on them… Moreover, people close to Bush say that he has professed a not-so-secret admiration for the church's discipline and is personally attracted to the breadth and unity of its teachings…” </li></ul>A Catholic wind in the White House, Daniel Burke, national correspondent for Religion News Service. 4/13/2008
    31. 31. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>In common law countries, habeas corpus (/'heɪbiəs 'kɔɹpəs/), Latin for &quot;you [should] have the body&quot;, is the name of a legal action or writ by means of which detainees can seek relief from unlawful imprisonment. However, habeas corpus has a much broader meaning in common law today. A writ of habeas corpus is a court order addressed to a prison official (or other custodian) ordering that a prisoner be brought before the court for determination of whether that person is serving a lawful sentence and/or whether he or she should be released from custody. The writ of habeas corpus in common law countries is an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Defining Terrorism <ul><li>As a form of unconventional warfare , terrorism is sometimes used when attempting to force political change by: convincing a government or population to agree to demands to avoid future harm or fear of harm, destabilization of an existing government, motivating a disgruntled population to join an uprising, escalating a conflict in the hopes of disrupting the status quo, expressing the severity of a grievance, or drawing attention to a neglected cause. </li></ul><ul><li>(The Keeping of God’s Sabbath Commandment) </li></ul>
    33. 33. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>“ Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of Religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances ’ ( Amendment 1 of the U.S. Constitution ) </li></ul>
    34. 34. Obama at Notre Dame <ul><li>“ Father Hesburgh has long spoken of this institution as both a lighthouse and a crossroads. The lighthouse that stands apart, shining with the wisdom of the Catholic tradition, while the crossroads is where differences of culture and religion and conviction can co-exist with friendship, civility, hospitality, and especially love. And I want to join him and Father Jenkins in saying how inspired I am by the maturity and responsibility with which this class has approached the debate surrounding today's ceremony. This tradition of cooperation and understanding is one that I learned in my own life many years ago - also with the help of the Catholic Church”. </li></ul><ul><li>President receives Doctorate Degree from Notre Dame University </li></ul>
    35. 35. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>The Roman church/state is a hybrid, a monster of ecclesiastical and political power. It’s political thought is totalitarian and whenever it has had the opportunity to apply its principles, the result has been bloody repression. If during the last 30 years it has softened its assertions of full, supreme and irresponsible power and has murdered fewer people than before, such changes in behavior are not due to a change in its ideas, but to a change in circumstances. It was only when the Roman church/state faced public opinion that disapproved of the church-state sanctioned murder, that it slowed its persecutions and attempted to speak with a voice less bloodthirsty. The Roman church/state in the 20 th century, however, is an institution recovering from a mortal wound. If and when it regains its full power and authority, it will impose a regime more sinister than any the planet has ever seen…” (Ecclesiastical Megalomania, Dr. John W. Robbins) </li></ul>
    36. 36. The time Is At Hand <ul><li>And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. </li></ul><ul><li>  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. </li></ul><ul><li>  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. </li></ul><ul><li>And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? </li></ul><ul><li>  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. </li></ul><ul><li>  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. </li></ul><ul><li>  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. </li></ul><ul><li>  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>  If any man have an ear, let him hear. </li></ul><ul><li>(Revelation 13 vs 1-9) </li></ul>
    37. 37. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. </li></ul><ul><li>And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. </li></ul><ul><li>And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, </li></ul><ul><li>And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. </li></ul><ul><li>And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. </li></ul><ul><li>And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: </li></ul><ul><li>And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. </li></ul><ul><li>(Revelation 13:11-17) </li></ul>
    38. 38. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>Ellen White predicts, “..It has been shown that the United States is the power represented by the beast with lamblike horns, and that this prophecy will be fulfilled When the United States shall enforce Sunday observance, which Rome claims as the special acknowledgement of her supremacy…’ (Great Controversy, pg 578) </li></ul><ul><li>“… When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government , and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near…” (Great Controversy, pg 451) </li></ul>
    39. 39. Symbols Explained <ul><li>Sea (Waters) </li></ul><ul><li>Seven Heads </li></ul><ul><li>Ten Horns </li></ul><ul><li>And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (Rev.17:15) </li></ul><ul><li>And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. (Rev. 17:9) </li></ul><ul><li>And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. (Rev. 17:12) </li></ul><ul><li>And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. (Revelation 17:16) </li></ul>
    40. 40. Explanation of the Seven Mountains <ul><li>Seven Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>There has never been any difficulty in the mind of any enlightened Protestant in identifying the woman sitting on seven mountains and having on her forehead the name, “Mystery Babylon the Great,” with the Roman apostasy. No other city in the world has ever been celebrated, as the city of Roman has, for its situation on seven hills. Pagan poets and orators, who had not thought of elucidating prophecy, have alike characterized it as the ‘Seven Hilled City’. </li></ul><ul><li>(Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop) </li></ul>
    41. 41. Explanation of The Ten Horns <ul><li>Ten Horns </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1968, the Club of Rome is responsible for today’s United Europe. Its 1972 report, the Limits of Growth, served as blueprint for this gutsy new political, economic, and military union. Already the Club of Rome has divided the world into ten political-economic regions referred to as “kingdoms.” Adopted by twenty-five countries at the second session of the World Constituent Assembly, the 1977 Constitution for the Federation of Earth proposes an administrative structure of twenty world electoral and administrative regions with ten mega-regions. </li></ul>
    42. 42. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: </li></ul><ul><li>With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. </li></ul><ul><li>So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. </li></ul><ul><li>And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: </li></ul><ul><li>And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH . </li></ul><ul><li>(Revelation 17:1-5) </li></ul>
    43. 43. Symbols Representing State Joined With Apostate Religion (Babylon)
    44. 44. The Time Is At Hand <ul><li>These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. </li></ul><ul><li>These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, </li></ul>KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 17:13, 14; 19:11-16))
    45. 45. Our Identity And Our Mission <ul><li>And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, </li></ul><ul><li>Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. </li></ul><ul><li>And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:6-12) </li></ul>
    46. 46. Our Identity And Our Mission Ellen White writes, “… The Lord has made us the depositaries of His law; He has committed to us sacred and eternal truth, which is to be given to others in faithful warnings, reproofs, and encouragement.--5T 381 (1885). {  LDE 45  .1}      Seventh-day Adventists have been chosen by God as a peculiar people, separate from the world. By the great cleaver of truth He has cut them out from the quarry of the world and brought them into connection with Himself. He has made them His representatives and has called them to be ambassadors for Him in the last work of salvation. The greatest wealth of truth ever entrusted to mortals, the most solemn and fearful warnings ever sent by God to man, have been committed to them to be given to the world...” (7 -138,1902). {  LDE 45  .2}    She continues, “…   In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention …”(9T- 19 1909). {  LDE 45  .3}                        
    47. 47. The Time Is At Hand The Greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who would stand for the right though the heavens fall. (Education. Pg 57)