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Bible Study Lessons eCourse Bible Study Lessons eCourse Part #3 Index {8 lessons: 200 points} We have restored in the Scriptures quoted the Names of the Father and Son, as they were originally written by the inspired authors of the Bible. Click here to download the Restored Names Version (RNV) of Scripture. -WLC Team

Lesson #1 {25 points} Yahuwah's Way In the Sanctuary Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #2 {25 points} The Investigative Judgment | Has Judgment Day Begun? Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #3 {25 points} The Beast Of Revelation 13 & 17 Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #4 {25 points} The Mark Of The Beast Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #5 {25 points} The Image Of The Beast Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #6 {25 points} Antichrist Unmasked Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #7 {25 points} Spiritualism: The Great Deception Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #8 {25 points} The Three Angels Messages Lesson Quiz (offline/online)

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As the earthly priesthood was nailed to the cross, the way was open for Yahushua to enter upon His priestly ministry in heaven to officiate in man's behalf in the sanctuary above. To learn how the sanctuary in heaven runs we need to study the sanctuary on earth.

Levitical Services 1. What was the first sacred service introduced among the Israelites? “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to Yahuwah throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is

leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.” Exodus 12:14– 20. Answer: The Passover service. NOTE: “The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before [Yahuwah]. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of [Yahushua]. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.” The Desire of Ages, page 77. 2. Which homes were assured of deliverance from death? “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:7, 13. Answer: Homes that applied the blood on the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses. NOTE: “The Passover was to be both commemorative and typical, not only pointing back to the deliverance from Egypt, but forward to the greater deliverance which [Yahushua] was to accomplish in freeing His people from the bondage of sin. The sacrificial lamb represents the Lamb of [Yahuwah], in whom is our only hope of salvation. Says the apostle, [Yahushua] our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1 Corinthians 5:7. It was not enough that the paschal lamb be slain; its blood must be sprinkled upon the doorposts; so the merits of [Yahushua's] blood must be applied to the soul. We must believe, not only that He died for the world, but that He died for us individually. We must appropriate to ourselves the virtue of the atoning sacrifice.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 277. 3. What strict prohibition did Yahuwah make regarding blood? “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.” Leviticus 17:10–14. Answer: That blood should not be eaten.

NOTE: From the earliest times, man was prohibited from eating blood. When permission was given for man to eat flesh, the command was imperative that blood should not be eaten. ‘Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.’ Genesis 9:4. Repeatedly Israel was forbidden the eating of blood. ‘Ye shall not eat anything with the blood.’ Leviticus 19:26. ‘Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.’ The eating of blood was so great a sin that the record states: ‘Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.’ Leviticus 7:27.…To this day the orthodox Jew refuses to eat any flesh with the blood.…The instruction to refrain from the eating of blood is carried over into the New Testament. The first general council convened by the apostles in Jerusalem commanded all the Christian churches to abstain from eating blood. Acts 15:20. This command was reinforced by the Holy Ghost. Verse 28. The precious blood of the Son of [Yahuwah], which was spilled in Gethsemane and shed on Calvary, made atonement for the soul of man. The blood of [Yahuwah’s] Son cleanseth from all sin. [Yahuwah] desired that man should recognize the purpose of the blood. F. C. Gilbert, Messiah in His Sanctuary, 17, 18. 4. What is necessary for the remission of sins? “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22. Answer: Blood is necessary for the remission of sins. This has a special meaning for us. If it was necessary in ancient times for the unclean to be purified by the blood of sprinkling, how essential for those living in the perils of the last days, and exposed to the temptations of Satan, to have the blood of the Anointed applied to their hearts daily. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of the Anointed, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Yahuwah, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Eloah? Hebrews 9:13, 14. 5. What was Moses shown while he was on Mount Sinai with Yahuwah? “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. . . . And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.” “And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.” “Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.” “And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which Yahuwah had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.” Exodus 25:8, 9, 40; 26:30; 27:8; Numbers 8:4. Answer: The heavenly sanctuary. NOTE: “Turning again to the book of Hebrews, the seekers for truth found that the existence of a second, or new-covenant sanctuary, was implied in the words of Paul already quoted: 'Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.' And the use of the word 'also' intimates that Paul has before made mention of this sanctuary. Turning back to the beginning of the previous chapter, they read: 'Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right

hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Master pitched, and not man.' Hebrews 8:1, 2. Here is revealed the sanctuary of the new covenant. The sanctuary of the first covenant was pitched by man, built by Moses; this is pitched by Yahuwah, not by man. In that sanctuary the earthly priests performed their service; in this, Yahushua, our great High Priest, ministers at Yahuwah's right hand. One sanctuary was on earth, the other is in heaven. Further, the tabernacle built by Moses was made after a pattern. Yahuwah directed him: 'According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And again the charge was given, Look that thou make them after their pattern, which was showed thee in the mount.' Exodus 25:9, 40. And Paul says that the first tabernacle 'was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices;' that its holy places were 'patterns of things in the heavens;' that the priests who offered gifts according to the law served 'unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,' and that '[the Anointed] is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of [Yahuwah] for us.' Hebrews 9:9, 23; 8:5; 9:24.” The Great Controversy, page 413. 6. How much of the design for the sanctuary was shown to Moses by Yahuwah? “Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom Yahuwah put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yahuwah had commanded.” “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Yahuwah when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” Exodus 36:1; Hebrews 8:5. Answer: All manner of work for the service of the sanctuary. NOTE: "It was [Yahushua] who planned the arrangement for the first earthly tabernacle. He gave every specification in regard to the building of Solomon’s temple. The One who in His earthly life worked as a carpenter in the village of Nazareth was the heavenly architect who marked out the plan for the sacred building where His name was to be honored." Christ’s Object Lessons, page 349. 7. What was the purpose of the sanctuary and its symbols? “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them.” Hebrews 4:2. Answer: The gospel of Yahushua reflects glory upon the Jewish age. It sheds light upon the whole Jewish economy, and gives significance to the ceremonial law. The tabernacle, or temple, of Yahuwah on earth was a pattern of the original in Heaven. All the ceremonies of the Jewish law were prophetic, typical of mysteries in the plan of redemption. The rites and ceremonies of the law were given by Yahushua Himself, who, enshrouded in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, was the leader of the hosts of Israel; and this law should be treated with great respect, for it is sacred. Paul presented it before the Jews in its true position and value, showing its place in the plan of redemption and its relation to the work of Yahushua; and the great apostle pronounces this law glorious, worthy of its divine Originator.

Yahushua Becomes A Priest 8. How does Paul show that the sanctuary prefigures even the saving work of Yahushua in heaven? “Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For the Anointed is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahuwah for us.” Hebrews 9:21–24. Answer: The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin. Yahushua entered into the heavenly sanctuary by the offering of His own blood. The earthly priests were removed by death; therefore they could not continue long; but Yahushua was a priest forever. Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come. And in the wisdom of Yahuwah the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them, understand the work of Yahushua in the heavenly sanctuary. NOTE: "Important truths concerning the heavenly sanctuary and the great work there carried forward for man's redemption were to be taught by the earthly sanctuary and its services. After His ascension, our Saviour was to begin His work as our High Priest. Says Paul, [Yahushua] is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of [Yahuwah] for us. Hebrews 9:24. As [Yahushua's] ministration was to consist of two great divisions, each occupying a period of time and having a distinctive place in the heavenly sanctuary, so the typical ministration consisted of two divisions, the daily and the yearly service, and to each a department of the tabernacle was devoted. As [Yahushua] at His ascension appeared in the presence of [Yahuwah] to plead His blood in behalf of penitent believers, so the priest in the daily ministration sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice in the holy place in the sinner's behalf.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 357. 9. What could the sacrifices of the earthly sanctuary never achieve? “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. . . . And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” Hebrews 10:1, 11. Answer: Before Yahushua came, a ceremonial holiness could be obtained by offering the blood of bulls and of goats; but these sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience. They were but a representation of Yahushua, the great sacrifice. The substance of all the sacrifices and offerings, Yahushua came to this world to do Yahuwah’s will by offering Himself. He came as the world’s Redeemer, to stand at the head of humanity. The Holy Spirit comes to man through Yahushua. We are given a decided testimony regarding the value of Yahushua’s offering. Yahuwah’s word declares, ‘By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yahushua, the Anointed, once for all.’ It was a whole and entire sacrifice that was made for us. 10. By contrast, what work does the sacrifice of Yahushua do for those who are sanctified?

“For by one offering he [Yahushua] hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14.

The Priesthood Changed 11. Why are the children of Yahuwah no longer to look to the earthly sanctuary? “For the Anointed is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahuwah for us” “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Master pitched, and not man.” Hebrews 9:24; 8:1, 2. NOTE: When [Yahushua] at His ascension entered by His own blood into the heavenly sanctuary to shed upon His disciples the blessings of His mediation, the Jews were left in total darkness to continue their useless sacrifices and offerings. The ministration of types and shadows had ceased. That door by which men had formerly found access to [Yahuwah] was no longer open. The Great Controversy, page 430. 12. What important qualification did Yahushua need in order to be our High Priest? “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to Yahuwah, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to Yahuwah, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.” Hebrews 2:17, 18; Hebrews 5:1, 2. Answer: In order to elevate fallen man, Yahushua must reach him where he was. He took human nature, and bore the infirmities and degeneracy of the race. He who knew no sin became sin for us. He humiliated Himself to the lowest depths of human woe, that He might be qualified to reach man and bring him up from the degradation in which sin had plunged him. ‘For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him. NOTE: “The plan by which alone man's salvation could be secured, involved all heaven in its infinite sacrifice. The angels could not rejoice as [Yahushua] opened before them the plan of redemption, for they saw that man's salvation must cost their loved Commander unutterable woe. In grief and wonder they listened to His words as He told them how He must descend from heaven's purity and peace, its joy and glory and immortal life, and come in contact with the degradation of earth, to endure its sorrow, shame, and death. He was to stand between the sinner and the penalty of sin; yet few would receive Him as the Son of [Yahuwah]. He would leave His high position as the Majesty of heaven, appear upon earth and humble Himself as a man, and by His own experience become acquainted with the sorrows and temptations which man would have to endure. All this would be necessary in order that He might be able to succor them that should be tempted. Hebrews 2:18.” Patriarchs and Prophets page 64.

The Hope Of Sinners 13. How does the knowledge of having such a High Priest affect our relationship to Yahuwah? “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Yahushua, Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 4:15, 16; Hebrews 10:19, 22. Answer: "The throne of grace is itself the highest attraction because occupied by One who permits us to call Him Father. But [Yahuwah] did not deem the principle of salvation complete while invested only with His own love. By His appointment He has placed at His altar an Advocate clothed with our nature. As our Intercessor, His office work is to introduce us to [Yahuwah] as His sons and daughters. [Yahushua] intercedes in behalf of those who have received Him. To them He gives power, by virtue of His own merits, to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. And the Father demonstrates His infinite love for [Yahushua], who paid our ransom with His blood, by receiving and welcoming [Yahushua’s] friends as His friends. He is satisfied with the atonement made. He is glorified by the incarnation, the life, death, and mediation of His Son." Testimonies for the Church, Volume 6, page 363. “As a priest, [Yahushua] is now set down with the Father in His throne. Revelation 3:21. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One is He who hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin, that He might be able to succor them that are tempted. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father. Isaiah 53:4; Hebrews 4:15; 2:18; 1 John 2:1. His intercession is that of a pierced and broken body, of a spotless life. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead for fallen man, whose redemption was purchased at such infinite cost. The Great Controversy, page 416. Would you like to invite Yahushua into your life to mediate on your behalf before His Father?

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QUIZ 1. Who offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world? (1) o

Gabriel

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Yahuwah

Yahushua, the Anointed 2. The symbol of the lamb is used almost uniformly in the Scripture to refer to (1) o o

Yahuwah's church

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Yahushua

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The saved

o Yahushua's disciples 3. Did Yahushua approve of the system of animal sacrifices when He was on earth? (1) o

Yes

o No 4. When did the sacrificial system lose its meaning? (1) o

When Yahushua began His ministry

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At the second coming of Yahushua

At the time of Yahushua’s death 5. What could not take away sin? (1) o o

The blood of Yahushua

The blood of bulls and of goats 6. Who is our Advocate? (1) o o

Yahushua, the Anointed

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Pope

The Virgin Mary 7. Who is our high Priest? (1) o o

Yahushua, the Anointed

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Aaron

Church priest 8. What did Yahuwah prohibit us to eat? (1) o o

Yeast leavened bread

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Blood of animals

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Flesh of animals

9. What was represented by the earthly sanctuary? (1) o

The throne of Yahuwah

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Heavenly sanctuary

Solomon’s temple 10. How many rooms were in the earthly sanctuary? (1) o o

Two

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Four

Three 11. How many rooms are in the heavenly sanctuary? (1) o o

Three

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One

Two 12. The Old Testament sacrifices reveal the Saviour by (1) o o

The blood of bulls and goats cleanses from sin

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Without shedding of blood is the remission of sin

o The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour 13. How is salvation made possible to us? (1) o

By intercessory role of the Pope

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By the shed blood of Yahushua

By obeying Yahuwah through our good deeds 14. Does heaven have a court and if so where is it? (1) o o

No, there is no need for a court in heaven, as there is no need for a grave in heaven

Yes, heaven has a court, it is in the heavenly sanctuary 15. What court summons must we all appear infront of? 2 Cor. 5:10 (1) o o

The judgment seat of the Anointed Yahushua

The mercy seat of Yahuwah 16. When will the investigative part of the judgment be done - before or after Yahushua comes? Rev. 22:12 (1) o

o

Before, because Yahushua comes with the rewards to pronounce sentence, therefore the investigative part of the judgment must already have been done

After, because how can Yahushua judge someone whose probation still has not closed? 17. Must we appear in person, or is there a record of our lives that will be reviewed? Rev. 20:12 (1) o o

We must appear in person when we die

We will not appear in person but records of our life will be reviewed 18. With whom does this investigation of people's life-record begin? 1 Peter 4:17 (1) o o

The professed followers of Yahuwah

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The dead

The wicked 19. Though no longer permitted in heaven, who is the prosecutor who accuses Yahuwah's people? Rev. 12:9. 10 (1) o

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Satan the Devil

Our enemies and those who hate us 20. Who is our Lawyer who will defend us and be our advocate? 1 John 2:1 (1) o o

Yahushua, the Anointed

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Yahuwah, the Father

Our guardian angel 21. There are various books of record in heaven. What is the name of the register that records the names of those who have accepted Yahushua as their Savior and Advocate? Rev. 21:27 (1) o

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book of life

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book of record

book of the Lamb 22. Will all who profess that Yahushua is their Savior, and who claim to be saved, ultimately be saved? Matt. 7:21-23 (1) o

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Yes, Yahushua unconditionally saves all who come unto Him

No, they need to do the will of Yahuwah and depart from iniquity 23. Will we be judged by our religious profession or by some other means? Eccl. 12:13, 14 (1) o o

By our religious profession

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By Yahuwah's commandments

o By how much we believe that Yahushua is our saviour 24. What will happen to the record of the sins of Yahuwah's people who were converted and who repented of their sins? Acts 3:19 (1) o

Their sins will be blotted out

Their sins will be put on the record of the people who caused them to sin 25. What will happen to those who were once "saved" and registered in this book of life, but who continue to cherish sin? Ex. 32:31-33 (1) o

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Yahushua will forgive them

Their names will be blotted from the book of life 26. Although we are saved by grace through faith alone and not by works, for it is by faith that our sins are forgiven and our lives are changed, by what will we be judged? Matt. 16:27 (1) o

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By our works

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By our beliefs

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By our profession

By our words 27. How do our works reveal our faith? Matt. 7:16-20 (2 answers) o o

What we do reflects what we believe

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By our fruits we are known

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They do not

o This teaching is a form of legalism 28. Do you desire to have Yahushua as your advocate in the judgment in the heavenly sanctuary? (1) o

Yes

o No 29. How can we make sure that Yahushua will be our advocate, and thus win our case, in judgment? 1 John 2:1-6 (1) o

To keep Yahuwah's commandments as Yahushua kept them

o

To believe in Yahushua as our personal saviour

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Just as the earthly sanctuary required cleansing, so does the heavenly. But the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary involves the work of the final judgment. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained.” Acts 17:31. A most startling truth found in the Scriptures is that Yahuwah has fixed a definite time for the beginning of the final judgment. It has been revealed to His people, even to the very day. This is set forth in the prophecy of Daniel 8:14. The time for the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary and the opening of the work of the judgment is unalterably fixed. The prophet records that he heard the divine numberer of secrets (margin) declare: Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Let us delve into the lesson.

Daniel Seeks For Understanding 1. Who is represented by the ram and its two horns? The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. Daniel 8:20. Answer: The Bible is perfectly plain. One of the ram's horns was higher than the other, indicating that one of the powers of this dual monarchy, Medo-Persia, was to be stronger than the other. Daniel 8 adds the point that the higher came up last. The Medes were at first the leading people, later the Persians were in the ascendancy. Alexander the Great, of Grecia, about 200 years after Babylon's fall, overcame the Persians under Darius III, at the battle of Arbela in 331 B.C. Phillip V. Meyers, General History, p. 59 [Daniel 5:30-31; Jeremiah 51:11]. 2. Who is represented by the he-goat? The rough goat is the king of Grecia. Daniel 8:21. Answer: The goat represents Grecia, or Greece. This is clearly stated. The leopard, with four wings, in Daniel 7, indicated swiftness. The goat touched not the ground, so rapid was his movement. Both these symbols for Grecia are fitting. Medo-Persia was to become great Grecia was to be very great. 3. Who is symbolized by the great horn between his eyes? The great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Daniel 8:21.

Answer: Alexander the Great, the first king, was to be broken when Grecia was strong. Alexander led Grecia to world leadership, then died of a fever following a drunken spree, at the age of thirty-two, in 323 B.C. Grecia was strong when Alexander was at the height of its glorious conquests. The four horns represent the four divisions of Alexander's realm. The historian, Rawlinson, says, A quadripartite [fourfold] division of Alexander's dominion was recognized. This took place twenty-two years after Alexander's death; when, after the Battle of Ipsus, his warring generals divided the kingdom into four parts-east, west, north, south toward the four winds of heaven. The four horns correspond to the four heads of the leopard of Daniel 7. 4. What empire is represented by the little horn that grew out of one of the four winds? In the latter time of their kingdom, when transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and under standing dark sentences, shall stand up. Daniel 8:23. Answer: Bible prophecy did not name specifically the successor of the Grecian kingdom. Daniel's previous prophecies (Daniel 2 and 6) follow the pattern of the four world empires seen in history-Babylon, MedoPersia, Greece, and Rome. The prophecy of Daniel 8 begins with the second, Medo-Persia, and presents three empires. This last kingdom was the one that was to stand up against the Prince of princes (Daniel 8:25). Yahushua, the Anointed was that prince, and the Roman power put Him to death. So the little horn was Rome. The little horn came forth from one of the four winds. The Romans defeated the Macedonians in 168 B.C. 5. What long time period is introduced into the prophecy at this point? And He said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel 8:14. 6. To what period of earth's history does the vision point? So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, 0 son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Daniel 8:17. Answer: A part of this prophecy is to reach to the time of the end. Since we are living in that time, we should prayerfully study to know the meaning of that portion of the prophecy which applies in our day.

Gabriel Explains The 2300 days 7. What happened to Daniel when the angel had proceeded thus far in his explanation of the vision? The vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days. Daniel 8:26-27.

Answer: The words rang in his ears, Unto two thousand and three hundred days: then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed. What could they mean? Daniel was deeply concerned about the 2300 days, but no explanation had been given to him. As chapter nine opens, we find Daniel still in distress over the unexplained portion of the vision, the 2300 days. Let us notice what happened. First of all: Daniel prayed for light on the Sanctuary. In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of Yahuwah came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Sovereign, the Elohiym, to seek by prayer and supplication, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: and I prayed unto Yahuwah, my Eloah. Daniel 9:1-4. Then, Gabriel came from Yahuwah to give him understanding on the 2300 days. Whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. Daniel 9:21-23 Read Daniel 9:24-27 again. Remember that the 70 weeks and the 2,300 days, or years, are associated. In Bible prophecy it is found that, when time is mentioned in a symbolic setting, the application of the time prophecy can be accurately calculated from history and using the rules which the Bible itself establishes. So try to remember, too, that, in prophecy, a day stands for a year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). The priestly calendar month contained 30 days and their year 360 days (Gen. 7:11; 8:3,4). Hence a month in prophecy would equal 30 years and a prophetic year would equal 360 literal years. Note the following seven points based on Daniel 9:24-27: A. Seventy weeks of seven days each would be 490 days, or literal years. B. The 490 years are determined, or cut off, especially for the Jews (Daniel 9:24). They are cut off from the 2,300 years, leaving 1,810 years. C. The period was to begin with the date the Persians gave command to restore Jerusalem. This was 457 B.C. (Daniel 9:25; Ezra 7:11-26). The Babylonians had conquered the Jews. The Persians were to restore Jerusalem. Yahuwah raised up Cyrus to perform His work (Isaiah 44:28). D. The first 7 weeks (7 x 7 = 49 years) were for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. E. The next 62 weeks (7 x 62 = 434 years) were to reach to the Messiah, or the Anointed One. Yahushua was anointed at His baptism, A.D. 27 (Matthew 3: 13-17; Acts 10:38). When the clock of eternity struck the hour, Yahushua was there on the bank of the Jordan River, to be baptized by John. When the fulness of the time was come, Yahuwah sent forth His Son (Galatians 4:4).

F. The 70th week of 7 years would reach from A.D. 27 to AD. 34. In the midst of this week, AD. 31, the Messiah was to be cut off, but not for Himself (Daniel 9:26). This was fulfilled when Yahushua was crucified. The Messiah was also to cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (Daniel 9:27). When Yahushua died on the cross, the veil of the Temple of Jerusalem was torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand (Matthew 27:51). A human hand would have torn it from the bottom to the top. Yahuwah thus signified that the sacrificial service of animals was over. The Lamb of Yahuwah had been slain. The remaining years of the 70th week, or the 490 years, reached to AD. 34. Stephen was stoned to death by the Jews, and the great persecution of the ekklesia at Jerusalem followed (Acts 7:59; 8: 1). The Jewish people as a nation had rejected the Messiah, and now He left their house desolated. The 490 years allotted to the Jewish nation were finished. G. The 70 weeks, or 490 years, were part of the 2,300 years. Since the 490 years reach to AD. 34, the remaining 1,810 years of the 2,300 years would reach to 1844. If you have difficulty in figuring the date, 1844, and get 1843 instead (2300 minus 457 is 1843), just remember that it takes 457 full years before Yahushua and 1,843 full years after Yahushua to make 2,300. Also there is no year ‘0’. Since the decree went forth after a part of the year 457 B.C. had passed, the end of the 2,300 full years would fall after the close of A.D. 1843, well-over into the year of 1844. At this time, the Sanctuary was to be cleansed. Many interpreters of prophecy living at that time thought the cleansing of the Sanctuary meant the end of the world. But the expression, cleansing of the Sanctuary, had a different meaning. NOTE: The history of the Jews and their rejection of Yahushua is on record for our admonition. They did not understand the true nature, character, and purpose of Yahushua's mission to the world nor the time of the visitation of their judgment. Yet the prophecies were clear on these points. Israel need not have rejected Yahushua and brought such calamities upon their nation. Let us with earnest purpose and prayer determine to know Yahuwah's plan for us today, that we may cooperate with Him and accept fully the saving light of prophetic truth.

Judgment Begins 8. How often was the earthly sanctuary cleansed? He shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. On that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before Yahuwah. Leviticus 16:19, 20. Answer: This building was cleansed once a year by a blood sacrifice. This yearly service was a service of atonement and a day of judgment. As the people confessed their sins day by day and sacrifices were offered, blood was placed on the horns of the altar and the sins, in symbol, were transferred to the sanctuary. Then, once a year, on the tenth day of the seventh month, final opportunity was given for full disposition of sin. It was a solemn day indeed! It was now or never. It was the annual day of judgment [Judgment Day].

9. Was the heavenly sanctuary also to be cleansed? Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed.“ Daniel 8:14. “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For the Anointed is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahuwah for us” Hebrews 9:23, 24. Answer: At the close of the 2300 days (1844), the Sanctuary was to be cleansed. This was not the earthly Sanctuary, because its work ended at the cross. When Yahushua died on the cross, the old, or earthly, sacrificial system which pointed to His life and death was no longer necessary. As far as Yahuwah was concerned, the earthly sanctuary service ended. Then, after His death, Yahushua rose from the dead and ascended to heaven to begin His work as our high priest in the heavenly Sanctuary. Therefore it must have been the heavenly Sanctuary. In 1844, the hour struck for the beginning of that cleansing. At the time appointed, the great antitypical cleansing, or judgment. in the most holy place of the Sanctuary in heaven began. In 1844, Yahushua entered the most holy apartment of the heavenly Sanctuary and began that work. There is no sin in heaven, but a work of judgment is being done in connection with the records of sin (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Revelation 20:12). Consider that when the fullness of the time was come, Yahuwah sent forth His Son (Galatians 4:4). At the end of the 483 years of Daniel 9, Yahushua was baptized and anointed by the Holy Ghost, just as predicted. That was in AD. 27 He was also crucified at the stroke of the prophetic clock. Just as the first part of the 2300-day prophecy was fulfilled at the time appointed, so the judgment hour began in 1844, at the end of the 2300-day prophetic period. As the cleansing of the sanctuary was a day of judgment, the final day to get right with Yahuwah, so the cleansing of the heavenly Sanctuary is Yahuwah's appointed time for judgment. Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world (Acts 17:31). This judgment was future in Paul's day (Acts 24:25). It was judgment to come. This is an investigative judgment, in which all cases must be decided before Yahushua comes, since He brings His reward with Him. During the millennium a study will be made of the cases of the wicked, with the redeemed saints assisting. The final sentences will be pronounced upon the wicked. Then the execution of the sentences will be carried out at the end of the 1,000 years, after the wicked are resurrected. So we have the three regular phases of judgment - the investigation now, the determining of the sentences during the 1,000 years, and the execution of the sentences at the end of that period. Yahushua will come soon after the judgment ends. Here are the words of Yahuwah, indicating that, when the judgment ends, Yahushua's coming follows quickly: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as His work shall be Revelation 22:11-12 (Revelation 14:6-7 for the judgment message).

The Judgment Scene 10. What judgment scene did Daniel see in vision? 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. 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. Daniel 7:9-10. NOTE: The scene becomes very vivid as Yahushua comes to the judgment room. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Daniel 7:13 Yahushua appears before Yahuwah, the Father, as our advocate. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Yahushua, the Anointed, the righteous. 1 John 2:1 (Acts 17:31). The Ancient of Days is Yahuwah, the Father (Daniel 7:9. 13). He is the great, unchanging, merciful, but holy Eloah. Myriads of angels attend the heavenly court. Yahushua is our advocate. Yahuwah created all things by Yahushua, the Anointed (Ephesians 3:9). He reconciled the world to Himself by Yahushua, the Anointed (2 Corinthians 5:18). And He will judge the world by Yahushua, the Anointed (Acts 17:31). Yahushua is our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Friend at the judgment bar of Yahuwah. He will plead our case and win it if we will let Him.

Without A Wedding Garment 11. What should we understand about the judgment? A. Heaven's court will take into consideration not only what a man did, but why he did it. There will be complete understanding of all factors and therefore complete justice. There will be no mistakes as in earthly courts, where innocent men have sometimes paid the penalty for other men’s' crimes. Were you ever accused of something you did not do? It will not be so there. Were you ever given credit for a good deed you did not do? It will not be so there. Though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, saith Yahuwah. Jeremiah 2:22. Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing. Ecclesiastes 12:14 This is possible because there is a record of every man's life. Yahuwah knows all. The eyes of Yahuwah are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3).

B. We will be judged from the books of record in heaven. The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books. Revelation 20:12. One of these is the book of life (Revelation 13:8; Daniel 12: 1; (Philippians 4:3). And there is a book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16). Also there is another book of iniquity (Jeremiah 17:1; Job 14:17; Deuteronomy 32:32-36; Isa 65:6,7; Hosea 13:12). And there is one, and only one, remedy. That is the blood of Yahushua. This precious lifeblood of Yahushua is available to all who will freely confess all sin and walk in the light of truth (1 John 1: 7-9). The blood reveals Yahuwah's merciful plan to forgive our sins. His justice and mercy together declare the breadth of His love. Friend, let His love warm and win your heart. He wants only your allegiance of love. Yahushua is ready to be your advocate before Yahuwah and present His blood for you.

The Law Of Liberty 12. What is the standard in the judgment? Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:1012 (James 1;22-25; Ecclesiastes 12;13-14). Answer: The holy, eternal, immutable, unchangeable Ten Commandments will be the standard in the judgment. The law that says, Thou shalt not kill, etc. (James 2:10-12), will judge us; so Solomon concluded, Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). We are born with a weak and fallen nature. This is the hereditary “law of sin and death.” But when Yahushua became the Son of Man, He conquered sin by combining human nature with His divine nature, thereby “condemning sin in the flesh.” He now offers us His divine nature “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” also. We are born again when we by faith surrender the will to Yahushua and are filled with His Spirit, and, thus strengthened, begin to live a life of righteousness. 13. What motive should prompt us to keep Yahuwah’s law? “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. See (2 Corinthians 5:14; John 15:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12) Answer: The test of a genuine Christian is given in the word of Yahuwah. Yahushua say, If ye love Me, keep My commandments.John 14:15. He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. . . . If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth

Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me.John 14:21, 23 24.

How Shall We Stand? 14. Are Yahuwah’s commandments burdensome to those who are truly born again? “For this is the love of Yahuwah, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of Yahuwah overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:3, 4. (Psalm 119:47, 77, 97, 174). 15. Why will many who think they are born again be disappointed on judgment day? “Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23 (1 John 2:36, 28). 16. What assurance is given to those who are faithful till the end of Yahushua’s intercession? “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25. NOTE: All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of [Yahushua] as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of [Yahushua], and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of [Yahuwah], their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life. The Great Controversy, page 483. By virtue of the atoning blood of Yahushua, the sins of all the truly penitent will be blotted from the books of heaven. Thus the sanctuary will be freed, or cleansed, from the record of sin. Patriarchs and Prophets, page 357, 358. 17. Who will be admitted into heaven? “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14 (Revelation 14:12) Our salvation cost Yahushua His life, but He offers salvation to us freely if we will but surrender our sinful natures to Him who promised to “take away our sins” (1 John 3:5) and to write His law on our hearts. We will be judged according to Yahuwah’s law, for our works show whether we have been born again (1 John 2:29). “Let no one deceive you” on this point (1 John 3:6, 7).

Are you daily, by His grace, working to form a character that will stand the test of the investigative judgment?

Bible Study Lessons (part #3) 2. The Investigative Judgment | Has Judgment Day Begun? Go to Part #3 Lessons Index

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QUIZ 1. When Yahushua comes, will the results of the judgment, showing who is saved or lost, be already known or will it remain to be decided? Rev. 22:12 (1) o

It will already be known

It will remain to be decided 2. Has Yahushua foretold a specific day for His second coming? Matt. 24:33, 36 (1) o o

Yes

No 3. Has Yahuwah appointed a specific day for the judgment to begin? Acts 17:31 (1) o o

Yes

No 4. Will Yahuwah's people know and proclaim this set time? Rev. 14:6, 7 (1) o o

No

Yes 5. Has the day of judgment begun? (1) o o

No, it will begin after the 1000 years

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Yes, it has begun in 1844

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No, it will begin at the second coming of Yahushua

o Yes, it begins for each person when he dies 6. Does the Bible indicate that there is a sanctuary in heaven? (1) o

Yes, but it was annulled once Emmanuel was born (Mat. 1:23)

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No, the heaven does not need a temple (Col. 1:27)

Yes, John saw it in vision (Rev. 1:13; 11:4) 7. When Yahushua ascended to heaven, in which apartment of the sanctuary did He enter to commence His ministry? (1) o

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The Most Holy Place (second apartment)

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The Holy Place (first apartment)

The Courtyard. 8. What happened on the antitypical Day of Atonement which commenced in 1844? (1) o o o

Yahushua came to the earth secretly Yahushua entered the second apartment in the heavenly sanctuary to commence the work of cleansing

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Yahushua entered the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary

Yahushua made atonement for all sins 9. From where did Bible students reach this conclusion in 1844? (1) o o

From the prophetic time period (42 months) mentioned in Revelation 11:2

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From the prophetic time period (2300 days) mentioned in Daniel 8:14

o From the prophetic time period (1335 days) mentioned in Daniel 12:12 10. In Bible prophetic time, what does a day represent? (1) o

366 days

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A jubilee year

o 360 days 11. How many years did Daniel’s prophecy indicate would elapse from the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem unto Messiah the prince? (1) o

483 years

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70 years

2300 years 12. When did the 2300-year prophecy commence? (1) o o

It commenced in AD 27

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It commenced from the year of the flood, the seventh generation after Adam

It is the same as the starting point of the prophecy relating to the coming of the Messiah, that is, 457 BC 13. What is the significance of the words “are determined” in Daniel 9, verse 24? (1) o

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The word means established

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The word means “cut off”

It means to be ascertained 14. When was Yahushua proclaimed the Messiah? (1) o o

When John the Baptist baptized Yahushua in the Jordan

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When He rode on donkey into Jerusalem

When people discovered the Messiah’s prophecy 15. Can the date of Yahushua’s baptism be established with certainty? (1) o o

Yes, Yahushua was baptized by John in 33 AD

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No, determining the time of Yahushua’s baptism is impossible

o Yes, John began to baptize in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar 16. Where in the Scriptures does it show that the sanctuary in heaven needs to be purified? (1) o

Hebrews 9:22, 23

o Hebrews 10:16 17. In 1844, which apartment in the heavenly sanctuary did Yahushua enter into to complete the closing work of the atonement? (1)

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The holiest place

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The holy place

o The Courtyard 18. What is required of us before our sins can be blotted out? (1) o

Communion and confession

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Repentance and confession

Fasting and prayer 19. While the door of probation remains open, what is our privilege today? (1) o o

Our privilege is to learn how to read Bible

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We are to start attending church

Search our hearts and make peace with Yahuwah while grace is still offered 20. What will follow the blotting out of sin? (1) o o

1000 years of peace on earth

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Immediate translation to heaven

Mercy's door will be forever closed 21. In the light of the fact that judgment has already begun, how should we live? Eccl. 12:13, 14 (1) o o

We should fear Yahuwah and keep His commandments by the grace of Yahushua

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We should live in constant fear and mistrust

o We should fear Yahuwah and keep His commandments with our own will power 22. Will you choose today, while probation lingers, to let Yahushua be your advocate in the judgment by making Him the Master of your life? o

Yes

o

No

Bible Study Lessons (part #3) 3. The Beast Of Revelation 13 & 17 Go to Part #3 Lessons Index

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One of Yahuwah's strongest warning for the last days is against receiving the mark of the Beast. Before identifying this mark, let us learn the identity of the Beast.

The Beast 1. What persecuting power did John see coming on the scene? “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.” Revelation 13:1. NOTE: In chapter 13 (verses 1-10) is described another beast, 'like unto a leopard,' to which the dragon gave 'his power, and his seat, and great authority.' This symbol, as most Protestants have believed, represents the papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman Empire. Of the leopardlike beast it is declared: 'There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies. . . . And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against [Yahuwah], to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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.' This prophecy, which is nearly identical with the description of the little horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the papacy. The Great Controversy, page 439. 2. How did John describe the beast that he saw and when did “the beast” appear? “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.” Revelation 13:2. Answer: It appeared following the dragon power of chapter 12. If it is correct to identify the dragon with the Roman Empire in the days of Yahushua, then a power is to be identified following the Roman Empire, which is closely related to it. The prophecy declares that the dragon [Roman Empire or pagan Rome] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. NOTE: In Daniel 7, the prophet was shown four successive persecuting powers under the symbolism of monsters, a winged lion, representing Babylon; a deformed bear, representing Medo-Persia; a four-headed, four winged leopard, representing Greece; and a ten-horned beast representing Rome. The beast John saw resembled all these monsters. The papacy is idolatrous, as was Babylon (see Daniel 3). Medo-Persia claimed infallibility (see Daniel 6:8, 15) as does the papacy. Greek philosophers taught the immortality of the soul, a central teaching of the papacy, while Imperial Rome provided the seat and authority of the papacy. 3. What is the similarity between the first beast of Revelation chapter 13 and the whore of chapter 17?

“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” Revelation 13:1. “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. . . . And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. . . . 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.” Revelation 17:3,9,12. Answer: The description of the whore is parallel to the first beast of Revelation 13 that also has seven heads and ten horns (v. 7) indicating that both symbols represent the same entity – that being the Roman Catholic papal system. Furthermore, the whore is described as sitting on seven mountains (v. 9). Rome has frequently been identified as the City of Seven Hills, from classical times down to contemporary time.

Here Is Wisdom 4. What especially was John shown about the beast? “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. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Yahuwah to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” Revelation 13:5-6. “And he shall speak great words against the most High” Daniel 7:25. “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but Yahuwah only?” Mark 2:7. “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself Eloah.” John 10:33. Answer: The Bible identifies several things as blasphemous. For a man to make himself Yahuwah is blasphemous. Paul prophesied that the antichrist would claim to be Yahuwah. See 2 Thessalonians 2:4. This claim has been made by the supposedly infallible popes. For example: The Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol. 6, page 48, describes the pope as: 'not a mere man, but as it were God and the vicar of God.' Pope Leo XIII in one of his encyclical letters wrote: 'We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.' Pope Innocent III wrote: 'The pope is not simply a man but rather God on earth.' He also wrote: 'The pope is not only the representative of Jesus [Yahushua] Christ but he is Jesus Christ Himself hidden under the veil of flesh.' 'The Pope is crowned with a triple crown as king of heaven and earth and of the lower regions. Moreover the superiority and the power of the Roman pontiff by no means pertains only to earthly things, but even over angels, than whom he is greater....If angels err in the faith, or think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the Pope, for he is of so great dignity and power that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ...The Pope is as it were God on earth, chief king of kings.' Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica Moralis Theologica, Vol. 6, pages 25-29. NOTE: The Bible describes as blasphemy the practice of claiming to forgive sin. Roman Catholic priest Michael Muller expresses the papal doctrine thus: 'The priest not only declares that the sinner is forgiven, but he really

forgives him; so great is the power of the priest, that the judgments of heaven itself are subject to his decision.' (The Catholic Priest, published by Kreuzer Bros., 1876) The Bible also describes as blasphemy the claim of a man to be Yahuwah. The Catholic Encyclopaedia (Volume 6 page 48) quotes the following from Ferraris' Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica Juridica Moralis Theologica: 'The pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God… The Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief king of kings.' 5. What descriptions in Daniel, compared with what we read in Revelation 13:5-7, show that the Beast power is the same as the Little Horn of Daniel 7? “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25. Note: A time is a year (Daniel 4:16-32; Revelation 12:6,14). A time, two times, and a half a time equal 3 1/2 years, or 42 months, as denoted in Revelation 13. Revelation 12:14 refers to this period of time when the Beast rules as 1260 prophetic days (or literal years). Symbolic time prophecies are based on 30-day months, making 360 days a year. 3 1/2 times 360 equals 1260 days. Revelation 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14; 13:5; Ezekiel. 4:6; Numbers 14:34. 6. What does Paul call this power who seeks to exalt himself above Yahuwah? “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called Eloah, or that is worshipped; so that he as Eloah sitteth in the temple of Yahuwah, shewing himself that he is Eloah. . . And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 8. Answer: The man of sin, “Wicked” and the son of perdition. Note: “The special characteristic of the beast, and therefore of his image, is the breaking of [Yahuwah's] commandments. Says Daniel, of the little horn, the papacy: He shall think to change times and the law. Daniel 7:25, R.V. And Paul styled the same power the man of sin, who was to exalt himself above [Yahuwah]. One prophecy is a complement of the other. Only by changing [Yahuwah's] law could the papacy exalt itself above [Yahuwah]; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of [Yahuwah].” The Great Controversy 1911 ed., page 446. Note: The Papacy also removed the 2nd Commandment, which forbids idol worship. In order to keep 10 Commandments, they divided the 10th Commandment into two parts. So, in fact, they have added an 11th commandment. Read Exodus 20:3-17 and compare it with the Catholic version below: R C C VERSION (Creator's Seal Removed)

I I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before me. (The second commandment has been omitted) II (actually III) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. III (actually IV) Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. (The Sabbath commandment has been radically altered) IV (actually V) Honor thy father and thy mother. V (actually VI) Thou shalt not kill. VI (actually VII) Thou shalt not commit adultery. VII (actually VIII) Thou shalt not steal. VIII (actually IX) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. IX (actually X, first part) Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife. X (actually X, second part) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. (--The General Catholic Catechism) 7. What further aspect of the beast's activities was John shown?

“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.” Revelation 13:7. NOTE: 'That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so scanty, that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no power of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.' Dr W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Volume 2, page 32. 'From the birth of popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians that more than fifty millions of the human family have been slaughtered by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of Popery.' Dr J. Dowling, History of Romanism, pages 541-542. 8. What further identifying feature of the beast was John shown? “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18. Answer: The Pope's triple crown holds the inscription Vicarius Filii Dei, which is latin for Vicar of the Son of God. Let’s count the values of this name. V -- 5 | F -- 0 | D -- 500 I -- 1 | I -- 1 | E -- 0 C -- 100 | L -- 50 | I -- 1 A -- 0 | I -- 1 R -- 0 | I -- 1 I -- 1 U -- 5 S -- 0 Vicarius 112 Filii 53 Dei + 501

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NOTE: In the (Roman Catholic) Douai Bible, the following footnote is found under Revelation 13:18: '666. The numeral letters of his name shall make up this number.' In several ancient languages (e.g. Latin, Greek and Hebrew), no separate numerals existed and letters of the alphabet were given numerical values. It has been known for four hundred years that the title 'Vicarivs Filii Dei' (Vicar or Deputy of the Son of God) has the numerical value of 666. At least six Roman Catholic authorities (Decretum of Gratian, founder of the system of Canon Law 1148-1582, Revised Edition of the 'Decretum' 1582-present, the Catholic Encyclopaedia Volume 6 page 48, Cardinal Manning in The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Christ, pages 231-232, Labbe in Sacrosanta concilia ad regiam editionem exacta, Volume 1 page 1534, and the Donation of Constantine (the forgery used by the papacy for centuries to establish its authority 'over all kindreds, tongues and nations') confirm this to be a title claimed by the pope. The pope is hailed by this title as the crown is placed on his head at his coronation. The title means "vicar of the Son of God." A vicar is one who stands in for another, a deputy or substitute. The Greek word 'antichristos', used by John in 1 John 2:18 22, 1 John 4:3 and 2 John v.7, means one who stands in for the Anointed Yahushua, a deputy or substitute for Yahushua, 'anti-' in Greek being a prefix meaning 'in place of'. Thus when the pope describes himself as "Vicar of Christ," he is in effect claiming to be antichrist. Andreas Helwig of Friedland, who was the first to reach this conclusion, had already concluded from other passages that the papacy is referred to here. He showed that not only must the name or title yield the number 666; it must also agree with the other Bible evidence identifying the antichrist. It must not be a term of abuse applied by his enemies but must be a title acceptable to the antichrist and indeed one of which he can boast.

Wounded To Death 9. At the end of the beast's period of power, what did John see happening to it? “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. . . . He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Revelation 13:3 10. NOTE: “Through the great powers controlled by paganism and the papacy, symbolized by the dragon and the leopard-like beast, Satan for many centuries destroyed [Yahuwah's] faithful witnesses. Under the dominion of Rome, they were tortured and slain for more than a thousand years; but the papacy was at last deprived of its strength, and forced to desist from persecution.” The Great Controversy 1884 ed., page 276. "Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.' And, says the prophet, 'I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.' And again: 'He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.' The forty and two months are the same as the 'time and times and the dividing of time,' three years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7, the time during which the papal power was to oppress [Yahuwah's] people. This period… began with the supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by the French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, 'He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity." The Great Controversy, page 439. 10. Was the wound in fact fatal to the beast? “And his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3, last part. NOTE: 'What was it that constituted the deadly wound? It was the stripping from the Papacy of its political power. The church continued as a religious body but the political element was destroyed.' Cooke, The Antichrist 666, page 22. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, 'his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.' Paul states plainly that the 'man of sin' will continue until the Second Advent. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. To the very close of time he will carry forward the work of deception. And the Revelator declares, also referring to the papacy: All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life. Revelation 13:8. In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honour paid to the Sunday institution that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, students of prophecy in the United States have presented this testimony to the world. In the events now taking place is seen a rapid advance toward the fulfillment of the prediction. The Great Controversy, page 578. 11. What is world's reaction to the healing of the deadly wound? “All the world wondered after the beast. . . 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.” Revelation 13:3, last part 8.

NOTE: The Papacy's revival and restoration has amazed the world. One hundred years ago, no Roman Catholic could hold public office in Great Britain or the United States. The Roman Catholic Church was an unpopular, hated and despised church. It was considered by millions to be unchristian, pagan, idolatrous, degrading, oppressive and even a curse to the community. Today, Roman Catholicism is looked upon in exactly the opposite light. It is an amazing reversal of public opinion. Cooke, The Antichrist 666, page 23.

The Judgment Of The Great Whore 12. What was John next shown in his vision? “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: 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.” Revelation 17:1-2. (Compare Revelation 16:19.) NOTE: "The time is near when He will say, 'Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, Yahuwah cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.' Isaiah 26:20, 21. Men who claim to be Christians may now defraud and oppress the poor; they may rob the widow and fatherless; they may indulge their Satanic hatred because they cannot control the consciences of [Yahuwah's] people; but for all this [Yahuwah] will bring them into judgment. They 'shall have judgment without mercy' that have 'showed no mercy.' (James 2:13.) Not long hence they will stand before the Judge of all the earth, to render an account for the pain they have caused to the bodies and souls of His heritage. They may now indulge in false accusations, they may deride those whom [Yahuwah] has appointed to do His work, they may consign His believing ones to prison, to the chain gang, to banishment, to death; but for every pang of anguish, every tear shed, they must answer. [Yahuwah] will reward them double for their sins. Concerning Babylon, the symbol of the apostate church, He says to His ministers of judgment, 'Her sins have reached unto heaven, and [Yahuwah] hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.' Revelation 18:5, 6." Christ's Object Lessons, page 178. 13. How was Babylon portrayed in this vision? “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. 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.” Revelation 17:3-4. Compare verse 18. Answer: A woman in prophecy represents an ekklesia/church while a beast (the Greek word means a ferocious beast, a totally different word from that used to describe the four beings, described in the King James Bible as 'the four beasts') represents a persecuting power. A woman riding a beast therefore signifies a church controlling and directing a persecuting power, a union of church and state. The description of the woman includes purple, scarlet, gold and precious stones, all used in the sanctuary with symbolic significance. The scarlet represents sin and the blood of Yahushua, the sin-bearer. Purple represents the kingship of Yahushua. Gold represents faith and love, two essential elements of the Christian life while the precious

stones represented the people of Yahuwah, worn upon the heart of the high priest, thus symbolizing the tender care of Yahushua for His people. Babylon assumes some of the ornaments of the sanctuary but purely for adornment. Missing is the colour blue, which in sanctuary symbolism represented the law of Yahuwah, and fine linen, representing the righteousness of saints. (See Numbers 15:37-40 and compare Exodus 25:4. See also Revelation 19:8.) Babylon and her daughters claim to continue the worship of Yahuwah while omitting obedience to His law. The result is degeneracy and persecution of Yahuwah's faithful saints. 14. Where was Babylon when John saw her in his vision? “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness.” Revelation 17:3. Answer: John is transported in vision forward to the time when Babylon is in the wilderness. It is important to remember this fact in interpreting the symbolism which follows. Just as the true ekklesia of Yahuwah was driven into the wilderness in order to find safety from the persecutions of the 1260-year tribulation, so in her turn Babylon, the persecuting power, would suffer a period of persecution and obscurity from 1798 onwards. See Revelation 13:10.

The Mother Of Harlots 15. What name was in the forehead of the great whore? “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:5. NOTE: "The woman (Babylon) of Revelation 17 is described as '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:...and upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots.' Says the prophet: 'I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua.' Babylon is further declared to be 'that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.' Revelation 17:4-6, 18. The power that for so many centuries maintained despotic sway over the monarchs of Christendom is Rome. The purple and scarlet colour, the gold and precious stones and pearls, vividly picture the magnificence and more than kingly pomp affected by the haughty see of Rome. And no other power could be so truly declared 'drunken with the blood of the saints' as that church which has so cruelly persecuted the followers of [Yahushua]… Babylon is said to be 'the mother of harlots.' By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of [Yahuwah], in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world." The Great Controversy, page 382. 16. What especially did John notice about the great whore? “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:6. NOTE: “In the thirteenth century was established that most terrible of all the engines of the papacy,--the Inquisition. The prince of darkness wrought with the leaders of the papal hierarchy. In their secret councils,

Satan and his angels presided, while unseen in the midst stood an angel of [Yahuwah], taking the fearful record of their iniquitous decrees, and writing the history of deeds too horrible to appear to human eyes. Babylon the great was drunken with the blood of the saints. The mangled forms of millions of martyrs cried to [Yahuwah] for vengeance upon that apostate power.” The Great Controversy, 1884 ed., page 63.

Was, And Is Not, And Shall Ascend 17. What three phases of the great whore's career was John told of? “And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. . . And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” Revelation 17:7-8, 11. A. The Beast that was: The Roman church began in 538 AD and continued until Napoleon sent in General Berthier in 1798 AD B. ...and is not: From 1798 AD until the signing of the Lateran treaty in 1929 the Roman Church/state was nonexistent. C. ...yet is: From 1929 to present the Roman Church has been a church state. 18. What was John told about the seat of the beast? “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” Revelation 17:9. “The dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority.” Revelation 13:2. last part. NOTE: “In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the beast his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:2.” The Great Controversy 1911 ed, page 54.

Seven Kings 19. At the time of the scene John saw in his vision, how many of the seven kings had fallen? And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. Revelation 17:10. NOTE: Five of them have fallen. John was taken in vision to the time of the sixth king: “five are fallen, and one is.” He comes after the first five have fallen. Again, it is not coincidental that when taken in vision, John was taken to the time of the sixth king. It is a divine hint by which Yahuwah is guiding us to focus our attention on this particular king, as he will play a very important role in the end-time events.

20. So who are the seven kings/popes? Pius XI was the first Roman Catholic pope (from February 6, 1922) who became king as well on February 11, 1929. He along with Mussolini, engineered the Lateran Treaty.

21. What is destined to take place soon during the reign of Pope Francis? And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. Revelation 17:11. Here, we learn the following: 1. The Roman Catholic Church was once a beast (up to 1798), but now is not (as she has been in the wilderness experience since 1798); however, she will soon regain the beast status (meaning she will come out of her wilderness experience) during the reign of Pope Francis. 2. Pope Francis will soon no longer be considered a mere king, but will be a beast as well; for with him the Roman Catholic Church will regain her former power to persecute her enemies. 3. The eighth, Pope Francis, will be the last; for he “goeth into perdition.”

The Eighth King 22. Who is the eighth who will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church anew? “The beast that thou sawest was [the Catholic Church was once a beast until 1798] and is not [during her wilderness experience], and shall ascend [Pope Francis, the eighth will restore her beast status] out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.” Revelation 17:8. Answer: From this verse we can conclude the following: A. Pope Francis is the eighth and last king and he will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church – for during his reign persecution of Yahuwah's people will resume again, just as it was in the Middle Ages. B. That the eighth king will ascend from the "bottomless pit", and in due course will "go into perdition." For an in-depth understanding of the very important prophecy of Revelation 17, please refer to "Revelation 17: Prophecy of the Seven Kings - 8th King Identified!" 23. How was John shown that Yahuwah is in control of these events? “For Yahuwah hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of Yahuwah shall be fulfilled.” Revelation 17:17. “that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. . . the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” Daniel 4:17, 25 & 32. NOTE: "'[Yahuwah] cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.' Isaiah 26:21. 'And this shall be the plague wherewith [Yahuwah] will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from [Yahuwah] shall be among them; and they shall lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.' Zechariah 14:12, 13. In the mad strife of their own fierce passions, and by the awful outpouring of [Yahuwah's] unmingled wrath, fall the wicked inhabitants of the earth, priests, rulers, and people, rich and poor, high and low. 'And the slain of [Yahuwah] shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried.' Jeremiah 25:33." The Great Controversy, page 656. “The state of corruption and apostasy that in the last days would exist in the religious world, was presented to the prophet John in the vision of Babylon, 'that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.' Revelation 17:18. Before its destruction the call is to be given from heaven, 'come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.' Revelation 18:4. As in the days of Noah and Lot, there must be a marked separation from sin and sinners. There can be no compromise between

[Yahuwah] and the world, no turning back to secure earthly treasures. 'Ye cannot serve [Yahuwah] and mammon.' Matthew 6:24." Patriarchs and Prophets, page 167.

Bible Study Lessons (part #3) 3. The Beast Of Revelation 13 & 17 Go to Part #3 Lessons Index

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QUIZ 1. Who is the first beast of Revelation 13? (3 answers) o

The USA.

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The Catholic church.

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The beast that rises out of the sea.

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A beast that looks like a leopard, bear and lion.

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The beast with lamb-like horns.

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The beast that looks like a dragon.

o The beast that looks like a leopard and dragon. 2. Who is the power behind the Beast/antichrist? (1) o

The USA

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The Dragon or Satan

o The U.N. 3. Why is Yahuwah opposed to the Beast power? Rev. 13:1, 5-7 (1) o

Because the Beast blasphemes Yahuwah and persecutes His children

o Because the Beast is Satan's church 4. What does Paul call this power who seeks to exalt himself above Yahuwah? 2 Thess. 2:3, 4, 8 (1) o

Man of sin

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Church of Rome

Throne of Satan 5. What other characteristics are provided in Revelation 13 and Daniel 7 to identify who the first beast is? (7 answers) o

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It always seeks to persecute those who oppose her teachings.

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It has power to bring down fire from heaven.

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It combines religious and political power simultaneously.

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It arose to power in a densely populated area.

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Has the mysterious number 666.

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Upholds the Bible above all other books.

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Does not have many followers.

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Changes the commandments of Yahuwah.

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Claims to represent Yahuwah on earth.

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Has temporarily lost its past power to persecute Yahuwah's people.

Believes in the Holy Spirit. 6. What particular title is Babylon given? (1) o o

The lion of Judah.

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The composite beast.

The mother of harlots. 7. Why has Babylon fallen? (1) o o

Because she corrupted the beliefs and teachings of all other churches.

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Because she is now extinct.

Because she has failed to convert the whole world. 8. What is the main issue in the final conflict? (1) o o

Religion versus politics.

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Church versus state.

o True worship versus false worship. 9. Can one worship the beast and his image and still be saved? (1) o

No

o Yes 10. How can one worship the beast or his image? (1) o

By observing Sunday worship - an institution of the catholic church.

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By becoming a devil-worshipper.

o By accepting to implant a sub-dermal chip 11. What is the image of the beast? (1) o

The USA enforcing martial laws.

o

When the catholic church persuades the USA to enforce national Sunday laws.

o

The Catholic church.

o

The Seventh-day Adventist church.

o o

When American protestant churches will persuade the government to enforce national Sunday laws A microchip.

Islam's effort to convert the world 12. How widely will false worship be enforced? (2 answers) o o

Just few of the people that dwell upon the earth will be forced to worship the beast.

o

All that dwell upon the earth will be forced to worship the beast.

o

No one knows.

o

Only in heathen and moslem countries.

First in the USA and then universally. 13. Who is the second beast of Revelation 13? (2 answers) o o

The Catholic church

o

The USA

o

Islam

o

All forms of terrorism

o

Lamb-like beast that speaks like a dragon.

Beast that rises out of the sea. 14. The whore in Revelation 17 and the first beast in Revelation 13 have both the same identity. (1) o o

Correct.

No, the first beast of Revelation 13 is the USA. 15. How long did the Catholic church oppress Yahuwah's people during the Dark Ages? (1) o o

2,300 years

o

1,260 years

1,884 years 16. How many Christians were martyred by the Catholic church as heretics during the Middle Ages? (1) o o

15,000

o

50,000,000

1,500,000 17. In Revelation 17, who is the seventh king (7th pope to rule Vatican City)? (1) o o

Benedict XVI

o

John Paul II

o

John Paul II impersonated

o

Benedict XV

John Paul I 18. What does Revelation 17 say about the seventh king (7th pope to rule Vatican City)? (1) o o

He will stay a short time.

o

He will be the last pope before the second coming of Yahushua.

o

He will bring about Sunday laws.

o He will be of African origin. 19. The eighth beast is (1) o

John Paul II

o

Benedict XVI

o

Benedict XVII

o

Pope Francis

o John Paul II resurrected 20. In Revelation 17, what is the significance of the eighth king (8th pope to rule Vatican City)? (4 answers) o

His reign will result in world leaders enforcing universal Sunday observance laws.

o

He will return the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church.

o

He will reform the church.

o

He will be the last pope before the second coming.

o

His rule will empower the catholic church to persecute heretics as they did in the Dark Ages.

o

His reign is likely to be of a long duration.

o

He will deliver a genuine message of peace from heaven.

o

Pope Benedict XVI is the eighth pope.

John Paul II was the eighth pope. 21. What are some of the things which Satan will use to strengthen Pope Francis? (4 answers) o o

He will raise people from the dead.

o

Deceive the world to believe that he ended the demonic invasion of the First Woe.

o

His well established credibility with the poor in his mother country.

o

He will galvanize the poor to bring pressure on the politicians of the world.

o

His boast that his age is a big plus, as it reflects accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

o

He will emphasize his background as a Jesuit.

o

The Jesuits have the most genuinely kind and peace loving history.

As the last Pope, he will reign for a very long time. 22. What influence will Pope Francis have in the world? (2 answers) o o

Non-religious people will not 'be taken' by him.

o

By watching him closely, everyone will quickly know he is an imposter.

o

All world leaders will submit to his religious agenda.

o He will be honored by all religions as 'heaven-sent.' 23. How will the antichrist at last be overthrown? (1) o

Yahuwah's judgments will be visited upon him.

o

Communist power will overthrow his government.

o People will discover his true identity and turn against him. 24. What three phases of the catholic church are revealed in Revelation 17? (1) o

(1) The power to persecute; (2) no power to persecute; (3) the power to persecute.

o

(1) The tribulation; (2) second coming; (3) millennium.

o

(1) The secret rapture; (2) millennium; (3) tribulation.

(1) No power to persecute; (2) the power to persecute; (3) no power to persecute. 25. Does Yahuwah have true and sincere followers in spiritual "Babylon"? Rev. 18:4 (1) o o

Yes, but they will separate from all churches and religions that mix truth with error

o

No, Yahuwah's children are all in one fold

o

Yes, Yahuwah will always have His faithful children in all churches

26. Through the grace of Yahuwah and the surrender of self, do you want to keep the commandments of Yahuwah and faith of Yahushua and thereby receive the seal of Yahuwah? (1) o

Yes!

o

No

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There is much confusion in the world today concerning this mark. Since receiving this mark is of utmost importance to avoid, Yahuwah surely must tell us exactly what it is, for He would not give such a stern warning against receiving the mark of the beast and then keep the nature of this mark hidden from our understanding.

The Sign Of Yahuwah's Authority 1. What is the true definition of the “Mark”? Answer: The Bible uses the words “mark,” “sign,” and “seal” interchangeably. According to Revelation 13:16, the mark of the beast is received either in a person’s forehead or in his right hand. The seal of Yahuwah, on the other hand, is received only in the forehead, as Revelation 7:2,3 shows. “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living Eloah: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our Eloah in their foreheads.” 2. What does 'wind' represent in Bible Prophecy? Answer: Winds in Bible prophecy represent war and strife. These four angels, pictured in verse one as holding back the four winds of the earth, prevent the war, strife, and trouble which is coming on the earth from occurring until the people who are to receive the seal of Yahuwah have been sealed. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” Revelation 7:1. As soon as the people of Yahuwah receive His seal, the angels will release the four winds, and the earth will suffer the trauma of the worst trouble since it was created. 3. If we can discover what the seal of Yahuwah is, we will then be able to determine exactly what the mark of the beast is since it is the opposite of the seal of Yahuwah. So what is the seal of Yahuwah? Answer: Isaiah 8:16 refers to the seal of Yahuwah. “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” Here we see that the seal of Yahuwah has something to do with His law. This, of course, stands to reason, for if a king puts out a proclamation of, for instance, ten laws, what must he do to make it official? He must seal it with his seal so that the people know it is from the king. Otherwise it would only be a piece of paper without signature, a proclamation with no authority. The great King of the universe has issued Ten Commandments. In order to make them official, He must have placed His seal in these laws.

The Seal Of Yahuwah 4. What constitutes a seal? A seal is something having to do with legal affairs. A law is stamped with the seal of the ruling government. The seal of any monarch or official must include these three elements: (1) his name, (2) his title, (3) the territory over which he is empowered to rule. When the government seal is on a law, or on currency, it is official. The whole loyal nation stands behind it. Yahuwah's seal makes His law official, and the whole loyal universe stands behind it. Anyone disloyal to the seal of the government, and to the law upon which it is attached, is looked upon as being disloyal to the government itself. 5. Where in the Ten Commandments do we find the seal of Yahuwah? Just as a government ruler's seal is placed in his law to make it official, Yahuwah's seal is in His law. Here's what Yahuwah says: Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. Isaiah 8:16.

6. Where are we sealed? In the forehead. His law is in our hearts. Under the new covenant, His promise is: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith Yahuwah, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them. Hebrews 10:16. 7. How are we sealed? The Holy Spirit places the seal of Yahuwah in our foreheads when we choose it. The forehead contains the frontal lobe. This section of the brain is where our conscience is. When you receive the seal of Yahuwah in your forehead, it means you have it in your conscience. You believe in it. You're loyal to it.

Just as the government ruler uses his seal of government to enforce the laws of the land, Yahuwah uses His seal to enforce His law. The beast will use his seal (mark), to try to enforce his law in place of Yahuwah's. Where will you find the seal of Yahuwah with its three parts? In the very center of His law. Take a close look: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: in it thou shalt not do any work ... For in six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuwah blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11. This is the only place in the Bible where you will find Yahuwah's seal. Here are the three parts of the seal. (1) His name: Yahuwah.

(2) His title: Elohim (Creator). (3) His territory: "heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is." That is fantastic! No wonder Satan has worked so hard to hide the truth of the sacred Sabbath from us. It's Yahuwah's sign! You may ask Is the Sabbath really the seal of Yahuwah? Look at Ezekiel 20:12. Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them that they might know that I am Yahuwah that sanctify them (The word sign means the same as seal- see Romans 4:11). Ezekiel 20:20 also indicates that the Sabbath is Yahuwah’s seal. “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am Yahuwah your Elohim.” 8. How long will the Sabbath be a sign, a seal, a mark between Yahuwah and His people?

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith Yahuwah, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that, from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Yahuwah.” Isaiah 66:22, 23. Answer: This scripture indicates that the seal of Yahuwah will be forever, for His people will worship and keep holy every Sabbath day in the new earth, forever. Remember that all of these Old Testament texts are applicable to us today, for 2 Timothy 3:16,17 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahuwah, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of Yahuwah may be perfect, [thoroughly] furnished unto all good works.” Sabbath observance is the sign of Yahuwah’s true Christians, and it will always be the sign of Yahuwah’s true Christians, for a perpetual covenant. (Exodus 31:16). What could be clearer? The seal of Yahuwah is His Sabbath. Satan knew that he had to get at this very part. No wonder the beast ripped it out and put in a substitute!

Antichrist – Sign Of His Authority 9. But who is the ‘BEAST’ that we are talking about and what are some quick facts that prove what the ‘BEAST’ is? Answer: In identifying the beast, Yahuwah is not talking about sincere people who are involved with it ignorantly. He is talking about the system; the leaders, who know what they are doing and deliberately disobey and change the word of Yahuwah. Our Eloah is a tender Father. He only holds accountable those who understand what the Bible commands and knowingly disobey, or, those who turn away from hearing His word and are willingly ignorant. The ‘Beast’ exists now. Many honest Christians who are now involved with it will soon learn the facts, They will hear Yahuwah's call to come out of it -- and they will respond. Don't be fooled! The beast is not some computer somewhere. That is only a smoke screen to get people off the track that the Bible points out. Yahuwah's word makes it so clear that even an honest child can see it. This next point is amazing! “...and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 13:2. By the way, thank Yahushua for allowing you to be alive in these last days. We now have the benefit of Historic records at our fingertips today. History is mostly behind us! We have PROOF, the prophecies were fulfilled exactly as the Bible said. First notice that the BEAST, the WHORE, and the ANTICHRIST power are different aspects of the same entity. There are more than sixteen characteristics of this power in the Holy Bible. The following points will make this clear:

Daniel, chapter 7

Revelation, chapter 13

Babylon

Lionlike beast (vs. 4)

Mouth of a lion (vs. 2)

MedoPersia

Bearlike beast (vs. 5)

Feet of a bear (vs. 2)

Greece

Leopardlike beast (vs. 6)

Like unto a leopard (vs. 2)

Rome

Ten-horned beast (vs. 7)

Having ... ten horns (vs. 1)

(A) The whore will be a religious (church) power & state (Civic) power combined. Revelation 17:3, 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. Woman = Ekklesia/Church (Jeremiah 6:2, I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.) Beast = Nation (Daniel 7:23, Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth...) Roman Catholic Vatican is a Church and a Nation at the same time. (B) The whore of Babylon will sit upon 7 hills. Revelation 17:9, And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. Documented Roman Catholic source states It is within the city of Rome, called The City on Seven Hills, that the entire area of Vatican State Proper is now confined The Catholic Encyclopedia, p. 529. ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA: Seven Hills of Rome group of hills on or about which the ancient city of Rome was built. The original city of Romulus was built upon Palatine Hill (Latin: Mons Palatinus). The other hills are the Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine (known respectively in Latin as the Mons Capitolinus, Mons Quirinalis, Mons Viminalis, Mons Esquilinus, Mons Caelius, and Mons Aventinus). (C) The Beast will rise from the sea Revelation 13:1, And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea. Sea = peoples, nations and tongues ( Revelation 17:15, And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.) Roman Catholicism arose out of Western Europe with a multitude of peoples, nations, and tongues as parishioners. At present the Roman Catholic church sports the highest number of peoples, nations and tongues the world over. Over 100 Nations have state representatives at the Vatican. (D) The four Beasts of Daniel will join as one in the last days as Antichrist. Daniel 7:2, Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

Documented Roman Catholic source states: In a certain respect, she (the papacy) has copied her organization from that of the Roman Empire, has preserved and made fruitful the philosophical intuitions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, borrowed from both Barbarians and the Bysantine Roman Empire, but always remains herself, thoroughly digesting all elements drawn from external sources. -Andre Retif, The Catholic Spirit, trans by Dom Aldhelm Dean, Vol. 88 of the Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism (New York, Hawthorne Books, 1959) p. 85 Roman Catholic Author, Malachi Martin states in his book The Keys of this Blood: He is protected by four governments (p. 120) (E) Antichrist will be a strong Political power. Revelation 13:3, all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13:7, ... power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Roman Catholic Author, Malachi Martin states in his book The Keys of this Blood: He is as determined to be world ruler as was Constantine in his day (p.49) He is protected by four governments (p. 120) He is the bestknown person of the 20th century (p. 123) He is personal friends with the leaders of 91 countries (p. 490) People of the world seem to him ready for strong worldwide moral government with control (p. 160). Sixteen thousand journalists covered his American visit (p. 490) (F) The Roman Church would reign for 1260 years before being wounded unto death. Revelation 13:5, 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. The forty two months of Rev 13:5 and the time, and times and dividing a time of Daniel 7:25 equal the same thing. 42 months = 3 1/2 years A time (one year) and times (+ two years) and the dividing of time, (+ half a year ) = three and a half years, or forty two months (12+24 + 6 = 42 months) And then Revelation 12:6 confirms this when it says that the ekklesia of Yahushua would hide in the wilderness for exactly 1260 days. 42 months, or 3 and a half years equals 1260 days. Still, some will say that 42 months does NOT equal 1260 days because all our months do not equal 30 days each. The fact here is, prophecy speaks of Biblical months. To understand the forty and two months, or the time, and times and diving a time, that the beast will reign, we must first find the method of time the Bible declares for prophecy. Yahuwah says in Ezekiel 4:6 I have appointed thee each day for a year And we also find the Bible acknowledges a month to be 30 days long. Because in, Genesis 7:11 we see the rain started in Noah's day on the 17 day of the 2nd month and in Genesis 8:3,4 we find the water receded at the end of exactly 150 days, then it says the ark rested on the 17th day of the 7th month. That's exactly 5 months to the day. If we divide the 150 days by the 5 months you get 30 days per month. So 42 months multiplied by 30 equals 1260. And according to Ezekiel 4:6, that's 1260 years that Papal Rome would reign as a church/state power. “Vigilius...ascended the papal chair (538 A.D.) under the military protection of Belisarius. History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 327. Historical records reveal the papacy began its reign in 538 AD upon Emperor Justinian's decree, and under the military protection of Belisarius. And the Bible says the beast will rule for EXACTLY 1260 years before receiving

a mortal wound. Now it's just a matter of simple mathematics. It is also a grand method by which to see Yahuwah glorified. If the prophecy is correct, 1260 years after 538 AD the Beast must receive a mortal wound. If you add 1260 years to the beginning year for the Roman Catholic church, 538 AD, you will arrive in the year 1798 AD. So, according to the Bible we are told the first reign of the Beast will last till the year 1798 . So, did it end in 1798, and how? First understand, according to the prophecy, we learn that, He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword... Revelation 13:10. The prophecy is telling us that the beast would be destroyed with the sword (sword = military) at the end of its reign of exactly 1260 years. Did this happen to Papal Rome in 1798...? YES IT DID! On February 10th Napoleon Bonaparte in that EXACT year 1798 A.D. sent his General Louis Alexandre Berthier, with his army into Rome, Italy. It is recorded... In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one. -Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition That's Exactly 42 prophetic months, or 1260 years, or a time, and times, and dividing a time after the Papacy began its powerful reign that the Pope shall go into captivity by the military! By the way, to further illustrate this to be fact, shortly after his captivity the Pope did in fact die, in exile. Pope dies: August 1799: Documented Roman Catholic source states -Half Europe thought... that with the Pope the Papacy was dead. Joseph Rickaby The Modern Papacy Lectures on the History of Religion, Lecture 24, (London Catholic Truth Society, 1910), p.1 (G) This wound administered to the Beast will start to be healed: Revelation 13:3, ... his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Mussolini and (Cardinal) Gasspari sign historic Roman pact. The Roman question tonight was a thing of the past, and the Vatican was at peace with Italy... In affixing the autographs to the memorable document healing the wound of many years, extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides -The San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 11, 1929.

Pope Becomes Ruler Of A State Again: Fact: Rome, June 7.--From 11 o' clock this morning there was another sovereign independent State in the world. At that time Premier Mussolini, as Italian Foreign Minister representing King Victor Emmanuel--the first Italian Premier ever to cross the threshold of the Vatican--exchanged with Cardinal Gasparri, Papal Secretary of State, representing Pope Pius XI, ratifications of the treaties signed at the Lateran Palace on Feb. 11. By that simple act the sovereign independent State of Vatican City came into existence. -New York Times July 7, 1929 (H) The beast is one that was, is not and yet is. Revelation 17:8, ...behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. The Beast that was: The Roman church began in 538 AD and continued until Napoleon sent in General Berthier in 1798 AD ...and is not: From 1798 AD until the signing of the Lateran treaty in 1929 the Roman Church/state was nonexistent. ...yet is: From 1929 to present the Roman Church has been a church & state. (I) The Beast will be a blasphemous beast: Revelation 13:1, 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. Blasphemy defined: John 10:33, The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself Eloah. -AND- Mark 2:7, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but Yahuwah only? A documented Roman Catholic source states "The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh." Catholic National July 1895. Pope Leo XIII stated "We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty." Pope Leo XIII. Documented Roman Catholic source states "For thou art the shepherd, thou art the physician, thou art the director, thou art the husbandman, finally thou art another God on earth." Labbe and Cossart's History of the Councils. Vol. XIV, col. 109. A documented Roman Catholic source states "The title Lord God the Pope is found within a gloss of . . ." Extravagantes of Pope John XXII, title 14, chapter 4. The confessional of the Roman Catholic Church is indeed yet another identifiable feature exposing the Vatican as Antichrist's dwelling. They openly declare a MAN dressed as a priest has the power to FORGIVE SINS! (J) Three nations will be destroyed by the Beast: Daniel 7:8, 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.

Catholic emperors of the eastern empire found ways to help the pope by eliminating three of the Arian tribes. The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Heruls in 492. And the catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and significantly broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538. Thus were Daniel's three horns - The Heruls, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths - plucked up by the roots. -C. Mervyn Maxwell, God Cares Vol. 1, p. 129.   

Heruls in 492 Vandals in 534 Ostrogoths in 538

(K) The beast will understand and do as Satan requests. Daniel 8:23, And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. Sunday, February 28, 1999 4:49 AM: Two Eminent Churchmen Declare Satanism Is Practiced in Vatican! Documented Roman Catholic source states- In recent weeks, a firestorm has been raging in Italy. The controversy revolves around the statements Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who made formal allegations that satanic activity is taking place inside the Vatican. When questioned by the Italian press about the allegations, he said that he stood by them. The Archbishop chose the Fatima 2000 International Congress on World Peace held in Rome in November 1996 hosted by the Fatima Crusader magazine as a platform to first make these allegations public. Official Roman Catholic Jesuit Oath: I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race.

That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus. Subterranean Rome by Charles Didier, translated from the French and published in New York in 1843 (L.) The Prophecy: The beast will seek to change times and laws. Daniel 7:25, "And he shall... think to change times and laws:" Fact: Documented Roman Catholic source states- "The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ." Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary. (M.) The Prophecy: Rome will give its power to the Catholic church: Revelation 13:4, "And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast..." Fact: Documented Roman Catholic source states Pope Pius IX, in his "Discorsi" (I., p. 253), said: "The Caesar who now addresses you, and to whom alone are obedience and fidelity due." Fact: It is now called the ROMAN Catholic church (N.) The Prophecy: It will be a MOTHER CHURCH: Revelation 17:5, "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Fact: Documented Roman Catholic source states "Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; --she could not have SUBSTITUTED the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is NO SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY." -Rev. Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, "On the Obedience Due to the Church," chap. 2, p. 174. (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York.) Fact: June 26, 2000 the Vatican became the MOTHER of the one world church. (O.) The Prophecy: It will attack the children of the Creator. Revelation 13:7, "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints..." Daniel 7:25, "And he shall wear out the saints of the most High..." Fact: "For teaching faith contrary to the teaching of the Church of Rome, history records the martyrdom of more than 100 million people." Brief Bible Readings p. 16 Fact: March 12, 2000 Pope John Paul II admitted the Roman Catholic church did in fact kill well over 100 million Christians. (P.) The Prophecy: It will be a Christian church doing Babylonian (Pagan) acts: Revelation 17:5, "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT..."

Fact: Documented Roman Catholic source states -Cardinal Newman admits in his book that; the "temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, Holidays, and seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, munks and nuns), images, and statues... are all of PAGAN ORIGIN." -The Development of the Christian Religion Cardinal Newman p.359 Fact: Documented Roman Catholic source states -The penetration of the religion of Babylon became so general and well known that Rome was called the "New Babylon." -Faith of our fathers 1917 ed. Cardinal Gibbons, p. 106

The Sign of Papal Authority Now who is the "beast?" What power: 1) Received its "seat" and authority from Rome. Revelation 13:4. 2) Rules the world for 1260 years (from 538 A.D. - 1798 A.D.) 3) Then received a "deadly wound!' which later heals. Revelation 13:3. 4) Is both a political and a religious power, which is worshiped. Revelation 13:4. 5) Tampered with Yahuwah's law. Daniel 7:25. 6) Has a leader who claims to be Yahuwah on the earth and to be able to forgive sins. (which is blasphemy) Revelation 13: 1. 7) Is a mother church (daughters have come out of her but now are retreating back to her). Revelation 17:5. 8) Made war with the saints. Revelation 13:7. 9) Is a world power which is wondered at. Revelation 13:3,4. 10) Has "a man" at the head of it with the number of his name being 666. Revelation 13:18. 11) Has a dreaded "mark" which, if received, will cause a person to be cast into the lake of fire and lose eternal life. Revelation 14:9,10. By now most of the people have guessed that it's the Papacy. They're correct. It's the only power on the face of the earth that fits all of the Bible characteristics for it. 10. . So if the Sabbath is the seal/sign/mark of Yahuwah, what then is the mark of this Beast? Answer: Sunday worship is the “Mark of the Beast!"

Look at this astonishing statement concerning her act of changing Yahuwah's Sabbath to Sunday – "Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act., And the act (get this now) is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters."! Thomas, H.F., Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, In answer to a letter regarding the change of the-Sabbath. Sunday is our MARK of authority . . . The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact. — Catholic Record, September 1, 1923 ( Ontario).

Sunday worship is the mark of the Papacy's authority 11. What do Catholics say of Protestant Sunday keepers? Answer: “The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church.” Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213. N0TE.—A full realization of this fact will lead those who honestly, but ignorantly, have been observing Sunday as the Sabbath, to refuse longer to pay homage to apostasy, and return to the observance of that which is the sign of loyalty to heaven—the only weekly day of rest which Yahuwah, in His word, has commanded men to keep holy, the seventh day.

The Mark! The issues are plain. Yahuwah says that He is the true Eloah, the Creator. He has given His Sabbath as a sign of His authority as the Creator of all. By keeping it, we recognize His authority. But the Catholic church says in effect: "It's the mark of our authority to over-rule Yahuwah's law." "No! Keep the first day of the week, and lo, the entire civilized world bows in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church." Father Enright C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., (In HISTORY OF THE SABBATH), p. 802. 12. What does it mean to “receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand”? “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” Revelation 13:16. “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” Revelation 14:9. Answer: The mark is not a visible mark that is stamped on the forehead or on the hand. Likewise the seal of Yahuwah is not a visible seal or mark. These verses tell us that both the seal of Yahuwah and the mark of the beast are received inside the forehead. Since the forehead represents the mind, the significance of these marks’ being received inside the forehead is that a person must make a conscious choice as to which mark he will receive. He must understand the meanings and the relationships of these marks, both to Yahuwah and to Satan and the beast. Thus, either mark received in the forehead will indicate that a conscious choice had been

made. The person who receives either mark in his forehead understands both the penalty and the reward for receiving either one. The mark of the beast is sometimes received in the right hand, symbolizing that the person does not understand but goes along with society in obeying the laws which dictate Sunday observance. Even though these people do not understand the importance of not receiving the mark of the beast, they will still suffer the penalty, for Yahuwah has given them plenty of opportunity to learn and understand the necessity of obeying the Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath commandment. The mark of the beast, Sunday observance, will come to prominence only when the United States passes the national Sunday law. The controversy between those who have the mark of the beast and want to keep Sunday and those who have the seal of Yahuwah and want to observe the Sabbath will be the final issue of contention before the end. Sunday observance is the mark of the beast. Thus if you insist on keeping Yahuwah’s Sabbath day holy, you will be able neither to buy nor to sell. You will be completely cut off from any means of support for yourself and your family. This religious persecution will be very bloody. Many of Yahuwah’s true people will lose their lives in this bloody turmoil, but this time Yahuwah will not tolerate a wholesale slaughter of His people. He will come and put an end to Sunday-keeping and religious persecution forever. And when He comes, those who have disregarded His law will finally learn that Yahuwah means exactly what He says. 13. But what about all of our loved ones who are keeping Sunday and don't know any better? Do they have the Mark of the Beast now? Answer: No! Only those who know better and realize that they are breaking Yahuwah's fourth commandment are held accountable. The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17. We know now and are held accountable. Soon all will know. Yahuwah is making this very point a great test for the world in the last days. It will separate those who really love Yahuwah enough to obey Him, even amid persecution, from those who merely claim to be Christians but like Pilate, will compromise, go along with the crowd - and end up with the Mark of the Beast. The "Mark" won't officially be received until it is enforced by the “Two Horned Beast" of Revelation 13. We certainly don't want to hurt our loving Saviour by willfully breaking any of His commandments. He suffered agony on the cross to take away our sins. His heart was broken. His love for us is very tender. Those who willfully receive the mark of the beast are willing to hurt the loving heart of Yahuwah. Sin hurts Him most of all. As we choose to keep all of His commandments, it makes Him glad. As you begin to worship Him in a special way on His Sabbath, He will make it the happiest day of the week for you. You'll be able to lay aside your cares and labors one whole day and have a beautiful rest with Yahushua not only physically, but a rest of soul, a joyful peace and freedom from guilt. If your job calls you to work on Sabbath, He can help you with that too. We've never seen it fail. Those who determine to keep His Sabbath holy and not work, have Yahuwah's special care and miraculous providence.

He will either help you get the Sabbath off from work, or if you have to lose your job, He will give you a better one! We know it for sure. That's Yahuwah! That's our kind Heavenly Father. Every person on the earth will be tested on this very point. Millions around the world have discovered these amazing truths just like you have and are rejoicing in a closer walk with Yahushua than ever before. Today, Yahuwah is calling us to receive His mark (or seal). As you look upon your crucified Saviour, will you acknowledge His authority by obeying Him and keeping His Sabbath?

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QUIZ 1. What sign, or mark, reveals allegiance to Yahuwah? Deut. 11:1, 8 ,18 (1) o

The cross

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Baptism

Outward observance of Yahuwah's commandments 2. People look at outward marks, but where does Yahuwah look? 1 Sam. 16:7b (1) o o

At the heart

At the desire 3. Everyone will one day receive a mark. What mark will Yahuwah's people receive? Rev. 14:1 (1) o o

Yahushua living in our hearts

The Father's name written in the forehead 4. Anciently a name represented one's character. Yahuwah wants to write His name - or character - in us. Yahuwah's character is described in His law. Where will Yahuwah's character, or law be written? Will this writing be visible to mankind? Heb. 10 :16 (1) o

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Yes, it will be seen on the forehead or wrist

o No, it will be written in our hearts 5. Which one of Yahuwah's laws especially identifies Yahuwah's people, marking them as those who accept His authority? Eze. 20:12, 20 (1) o

Honor your father and mother

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Have no other deities before Me

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy 6. What does "iniquity" mean in the Bible? Exodus 24:7, 9 (1) o o

Sin (the transgression of Yahuwah's law)

That which is unpleasant and unappealing 7. What is it that identifies and marks the Beast power? 2 Thess. 2:3, 7-9 (1) o o

Iniquity

Riches 8. How are those who receive Yahuwah's mark (Rev. 14:1) described? Rev. 14:12 (1) o o

They keep the commandments of Yahuwah and have the faith of Yahushua

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They have faith in Yahushua and have His love in their hearts

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They keep the commandments of Yahuwah and have faith in Yahushua

o They love Yahuwah and share the gospel with all 9. How will Satan make war with them? Rev. 13:16-17 (1)

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They will not be able to buy or sell and the punshments will steadily increase in severity to a death penalty

o He will instigate a Third World War using nuclear and biological weapons 10. What will Satan do to those who refuse to receive the mark of the Beast's authority by keeping Sunday? Rev. 12:17 (1) o

He will make war with them

He will punish and torture them physically and mentally 11. What will the Beast boast that he can do to Yahuwah's law? Dan. 7:25 (1) o o

The he can change Yahuwah's law

That he can make all to keep Yahuwah's law 12. What warning does the third angel give? (1) o o o

Fear Yahuwah, and give glory to him, for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship him that made the heaven, earth and the sea, and the fountains of water... Fear Yahuwah for all things are coming to an end...

If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahuwah... 13. What is the fate of those who worship the beast? (1) o

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They will receive his mark and be utterly destroyed and burned up with the beast.

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They will be protected during the seven last plagues

They will be blessed by his worship and increase in knowledge. 14. Which power demands to be worshipped as Yahuwah on earth? (1) o o

The USA

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The Catholic church

Al-Qaeda 15. What power will enforce this mark? (1) o o

USA

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Vatican

o World Council of Churches 16. What does the Catholic Church hold up as a sign/mark of her authority? (1) o

Power to forgive sin

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Sunday sacredness

o Adoration of saints 17. Where will the mark of the beast be placed? (1) o

In the forehead.

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In the right hand, or in the forehead.

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In the wrist or neck.

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In the both hands.

18. When will people receive “the mark of the beast”? (1) o

When the antichrist comes.

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When people implant microchips into their wrists.

When Universal Sunday Law is passed. 19. Who will receive the mark of the beast? (1) o o

All who allow the microchips to be implanted in their body by government authorities.

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All people today who are worshipping on Sunday and part of the Catholic system.

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Those who have allied themselves with the antichrist.

As Sunday law is enforced the light of the Yahuwah's true Sabbath will be seen by all. Those who choose to submit to the law of man over the law of Yahuwah will receive the mark of the beast. 20. Where will Yahuwah's mark be placed? (1) o

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In the forehead

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In the hand

In the chest 21. Where is Yahuwah’s seal to be found? (1) o o

In heaven

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In Yahushua

o In His law 22. What is the sign between Yahuwah and His people? (1) o

Love

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Yahushua, the Anointed

The Sabbath 23. Why is the Sabbath a sign between Yahuwah and His children? (1) o o o

It reminds His children that the same Eloah, Yahuwah, who created the Universe can create in them a new heart to keep His law. Because it came before Sunday and was the original Sabbath.

It shows that they are of Jewish origin and that they are different than the world because they are Yahuwah's chosen people. 24. How are those who do not receive the mark of the beast described? (1) o

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Those who keep Yahuwah's law including the Sabbath.

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Those who love Yahushua and read the Bible daily.

Those who keep the commandments of Yahuwah, and the faith of Yahushua. 25. Today, Yahuwah is calling you to receive His seal (or mark). As you look upon your crucified Saviour will you acknowledge His authority by obeying Him and keeping His Sabbath? o

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Yes, I will

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No, I cannot

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No, I will not

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The leopard-like beast, the lamb-like beast, and the image of the beast are three powers described as symbols in Revelation, chapter 13. The lesson we are about to study focuses on dramatic events in the political and religious world.

The Lamb-Like Beast 1. Who represents the leopard-like beast? “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. 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.” Revelation 13:1-2. NOTE: "In chapter 13 (verses 1-10) is described another beast, 'like unto a leopard,' to which the dragon gave 'his power, and his seat, and great authority.' This symbol, as most Protestants have believed, represents the papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman Empire. Of the leopard-like beast it is declared: 'There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies. . . . And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Yahuwah, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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.' This prophecy, which is nearly identical with the description of the little horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the papacy." The Great Controversy 1911 ed, page 439. 2. As the first beast [Papacy] was being led away into captivity, what did John see? “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.” Revelation 13:11. “At that time the prophet beheld a new power coming up, represented by the beast with lamb-like horns. The appearance of this beast and the manner of its rise seem to indicate that the power which it represents is unlike those brought to view under the preceding symbols. The great kingdoms that have ruled the world obtained their dominion by conquest and revolution, and they were presented to the prophet Daniel as beasts of prey, rising when the 'four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.' [DAN. 7:2.] But the beast with horns like a lamb is seen 'coming up out of the earth;' [REV. 13:11.] signifying that instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, the nation thus represented arose in territory previously unoccupied, and grew up gradually and peacefully.” The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 277. There are very clear identification marks associated with the second beast and by these we can be sure as to who the power is:

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It rises to power when the Papacy receives a deadly wound. This power rises out of the earth, an area that is the opposite to the sea, from which the first beast arises. [Sea or waters represent peoples and nations. When troubled, they represent strife and warfare.] It rises silently, like a plant growing out of the earth. This is the meaning of the Greek word 'anabaino' translated 'coming up'. It is lamb-like. This means that it is youthful, innocent, harmless and gentle. It has two symbols of power (horns) that are lamblike. Yahushua is represented as the Lamb of Yahuwah. It ultimately possesses world-wide influence. After the healing of the deadly wound, it enforces papal policy. It promotes the formation of 'the image to the beast'. It enforces obedience to 'the image to the beast.' The form of enforcement is characterized by a particular mark, 'the mark of the beast'. The only power that fulfills ([or will fulfill] these points is the United States of America. (Condensed from Cooke, When Religious Persecution Returns, page 3.)

A Persecuting Power 3. Who could represent this image of the beast? “But the stern tracings of the prophetic pencil reveal a change in this peaceful scene. The beast with lamb-like horns speaks with the voice of a dragon, and "exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him." The spirit of persecution manifested by paganism and the papacy is again to be revealed. Prophecy declares that this power will say "to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast." [REV. 13:14.] The image is made to the first or leopard-like beast, which is the one brought to view in the third angel's message. By this first beast is represented the Roman Church, an ecclesiastical body clothed with civil power, having authority to punish all dissenters. The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar power. The formation of this image is the work of that beast whose peaceful rise and mild professions render it so striking a symbol of the United States. Here is to be found an image of the papacy.” The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 277. "When the churches of our land, [USA] uniting upon such points of faith as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and sustain their institutions, then will protestant America have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy. Then the true [ekklesia] will be assailed by persecution, as were [Yahuwah's] ancient people. Almost every century furnishes examples of what bigotry and malice can do under a plea of serving [Yahuwah] by protecting the rights of Church and State. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. In the seventeenth century thousands of non-conformist ministers suffered under the rule of the Church of England. Persecution always follows religious favoritism on the part of secular governments." The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 278. Answer: We can see that the image would be a protestant religious ecclesiastical power united with the civil power of the state to force obedience to the rules and commands of the church, just like Catholicism.

"The image is made to the first or leopard-like beast, which is the one brought to view in the third angel's message. By this first beast is represented the Roman church, an ecclesiastical body clothed with civil power, having authority to punish all dissenters. The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar power." Ibid, page 278. So when the protestant churches waive their differences in doctrinal beliefs and unite upon the same common points of faith and shall call upon and influence the civil authorities to enforce their rules and commands, then will the different churches of protestantism have formed themselves into an image of the beast. 4. What must occur before any of the protestant churches can form themselves into an image of the Catholic Church? "It was apostasy that led the early [ekklesia] to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the papacy--the beast....So apostasy in the [ekklesia] will prepare the way for the image to the beast." The Great Controversy 1911 ed, page 443-44. “The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar power. The formation of this image is the work of that beast whose peaceful rise and mild professions render it so striking a symbol of the United States. Here is to be found an image of the papacy.” The Great Controversy 1884 ed., page 277. Answer: So before any of the protestant churches can form themselves into an image of the beast they must first refuse to obey Yahuwah's light and truths and choose apostasy and Satan's darkness instead. And the greater the light they reject, the greater the apostasy and darkness that will occur. And the greater the apostasy, the more closely will that church resemble Rome. 5. What are some of the names of the protestant churches? Answer: --Seventh-day Adventist --Episcopal --Presbyterian --Lutheran --Nazarene --Methodist --Pentecostal --Baptist and etc.

6. Of all these different protestant churches which we named, have all of them rejected the light of Heaven and Yahuwah's truth to choose darkness and apostasy instead? Answer: Yes.

Great Wonders 7. How does the second beast [Protestant America] resemble the first [Papacy or Roman Catholic Church]? “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.” Revelation 13:12. “Here is a striking figure of the rise and growth of our own nation. And the lamb-like horns, emblems of innocence and gentleness, well represent the character of our government, as expressed in its two fundamental principles, Republicanism and Protestantism. The Christian exiles who first fled to America, sought an asylum from royal oppression and priestly intolerance, and they determined to establish a government upon the broad foundation of civil and religious liberty. These principles are the secret of our power and prosperity as a nation. Millions from other lands have sought our shores, and the United States has risen to a place among the most powerful nations of the earth. "But the stern tracings of the prophetic pencil reveal a change in this peaceful scene. The beast with lamb-like horns speaks with the voice of a dragon, and 'exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him.' The spirit of persecution manifested by paganism and the papacy is again to be revealed.” The Great Controversy, 1884 ed., page 277. 8. What means will be used to induce people to worship the first beast [Papacy or Roman Catholic Church]? “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Revelation 13:13. NOTE: "Some will be tempted to receive these wonders as from [Yahuwah]. The sick will be healed before us. Miracles will be performed in our sight. Are we prepared for the trial which awaits us when the lying wonders of Satan shall be more fully exhibited? Will not many be ensnared and taken? By departing from the plain precepts and commandments of [Yahuwah] and giving heed to fables, the minds of many are preparing to receive these lying wonders. We must all now seek to arm ourselves for the contest in which we must soon engage. Faith in [Yahuwah's] word, prayerfully studied and practically applied, will be our shield from Satan's power and will bring us off conquerors through the blood of [Yahushua]." Marantha, page 208. 9. What is the purpose of these wonders and miracles? “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.” “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause Yahuwah shall

send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Revelation 13:14. Compare 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 & Revelation 16:13-14. NOTE: "Among the most successful agencies of the great deceiver are the delusive teachings and lying wonders of spiritualism. Disguised as an angel of light, he spreads his nets where least suspected. If men would but study the Book of [Yahuwah] with earnest prayer that they might understand it, they would not be left in darkness to receive false doctrines. But as they reject the truth they fall a prey to deception… Many endeavour to account for spiritual manifestations by attributing them wholly to fraud and sleight of hand on the part of the medium. But while it is true that the results of trickery have often been palmed off as genuine manifestations, there have been, also, marked exhibitions of supernatural power… But none need be deceived by the lying claims of spiritualism. [Yahuwah] has given the world sufficient light to enable them to discover the snare. As already shown, the theory which forms the very foundation of spiritualism is at war with the plainest statements of Scripture. The Bible declares that the dead know not anything, that their thoughts have perished; they have no part in anything that is done under the sun; they know nothing of the joys or sorrows of those who were dearest to them on earth." The Great Controversy, 1911 ed., pages 524, 553 & 556.

Receiving The Mark 10. How will the worship of the beast and its image be enforced? “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: 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.” Revelation 13:16-17. NOTE: “The beast with lamb-like horns commands "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; 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." [REV. 13:16, 17.] This is the mark concerning which the third angel utters his warning. It is the mark of the first beast, or the papacy, and is therefore to be sought among the distinguishing characteristics of that power. The prophet Daniel declared that the Roman Church, symbolized by the little horn, was to think to change times and laws, [DAN. 7:25.] while Paul styled it the man of sin, [2 THESS. 2:3, 4.] who was to exalt himself above Yahuwah. Only by changing Yahuwah's law could the papacy exalt itself above Yahuwah; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of Yahuwah. "The papacy has attempted to change the law of [Yahuwah]. The second commandment, forbidding image worship, has been dropped from the law, and the fourth commandment has been so changed as to authorize the observance of the first instead of the seventh day as the Sabbath. But papists urge as a reason for omitting the second commandment, that it is unnecessary, being included in the first, and that they are giving the law exactly as [Yahuwah] designed it to be understood. This cannot be the change foretold by the prophet. An intentional, deliberate change is brought to view: "He shall think to change times and laws." The change in the fourth commandment exactly fulfills the prophecy. For this change the only authority claimed is that of the church. Here the papal power openly sets itself above [Yahuwah].” The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 279

11. What threat will hang over those who refuse to conform to these laws? “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.” Revelation 13:15. Answer: Death decree.

Satan Impersonates Yahushua 12. What is the crowning act of this image beast power? “As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will attempt to personate [Yahushua]. The [ekklesia] has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that [Yahushua] has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of [Yahuwah] given by John in the Revelation. [REV. 1:13-15.] The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air, 'Christ has come! Christ has come!' The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands, and pronounces a blessing upon them, as [Yahushua] blessed his disciples when he was personally upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of [Yahushua], he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying, This is ‘the great power of [Yahuwah].’" The Great Controversy, 1884 ed., pages 442-3. 13. What is Satan not permitted to counterfeit? Answer: Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Yahushua’s advent. “But the people of [Yahuwah] will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image,--the very class upon whom the Bible declares that [Yahuwah's] unmingled wrath shall be poured out. And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of [Yahushua's] advent. The Scriptures teach that "as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be;" [MATT. 24:27.] that he "cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him;" [REV. 1:7.] that he will "descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of [Yahuwah];" [1 THESS. 4:16.] that he will "come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him," [MATT. 25:31.] and will "send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect." [MATT. 24:31.] Those who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive. By the testimony of the Scriptures they will detect the deceiver in his disguise.” The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 443.

The Law And The Testimony 14. Who only will not be deceived? “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause Yahuwah shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11. “To all, the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation, the genuine Christian will be revealed. Are the people of [Yahuwah] now so firmly established upon his word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible, and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life, and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.” The Great Controversy, 1884 ed., page 443. 15. What two texts should keep us from falling into these deceptions? “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20. “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” John 14:29. Is it your heart desire to follow Yahuwah regardless of any and all human pressure to follow another master?

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QUIZ 1. Who is the second beast of Revelation 13? (2 answers) o

The Catholic Church

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The USA

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The two-horned lamb-like beast

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A beast that comes out from the sea

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The devil

All fallen churches who submit to Sunday Laws 2. Who is the first beast of Revelation 13? (2 answers) o o

A beast that looks like a leopard, bear and lion

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The USA

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The Catholic Church

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Islam

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A beast that looks like a dragon

A beast that speaks like a dragon 3. What will the image of the beast do? (2 answers) o o o o

He will convert the whole world He will do great wonders, as great as making fire to come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of all He will address the UN in session

He will be inspired by the Catholic church to persuade the governments to enforce Sunday Laws 4. What will America tell the world to do? (2 answers) o

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To stop attending church on Sunday

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To worship Yahuwah

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To listen to the Catholic church

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To keep Sunday holy

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To fight terrorism

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To keep the commandments of Yahuwah

To obey her constitution 5. What is the "image of the beast"? (2 answers) o

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Apostate protestantism using government rules to enforce her religious beliefs on others

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America enforcing martial laws

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The Catholic church enforcing Sunday laws

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Apostate protestantism doing as the Catholic church did during the Dark Ages

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The antichrist pretending to be Yahushua and deceiving the entire world

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The catholic church dominating the world

o The headquarters of the Catholic Church being transferred to Jerusalem 6. How much power will the image of the beast have? (1) o

All the power of the second beast

o As much power as the Catholic church had during the Dark Ages 7. What are the signs that reveal that the image of the beast is presently being formed? (3 answers) o

The seperation between church and state is dissappearing

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Protestant leaders are showing increasing respect to the pope

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The Catholic church is secretly gaining control of Jerusalem

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Catholics are increasing in power in the US government

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The US elections are a fraud

The pope is hated by moslems 8. Will the lamb-like America always protect and encourage freedom? (1) o o

No, America will soon speak like a dragon and enforce religious dogma that directly opposes the Constitution.

Yes, the constitution protects individual freedom 9. What do the two horns of the lamb-like beast represent? (1) o o

Left wing and right wing

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Republicanism and Protestantism

Civil and religious laws 10. What it the significance of the beast "coming up out of the earth”? (1) o o

The nation will arise from a land that is sparsely populated

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A pope will be resurrected from the earth

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A nation that will suddenly rise to great prominence

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“At every revival of [Yahuwah's] work, the prince of evil is aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost efforts for a final, despairing struggle against [Yahushua] and his followers. The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform is marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true, that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle must be tested.” The Great Controversy, 1884 ed, page 411.

To identify the Antichrist, let's study Daniel, chapter 7.

Spirit Of Antichrist 1. Which Bible writer uses the term 'antichrist'? “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. . . Who is a liar but he that denieth that Yahushua is the Anointed? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” “And every spirit that confesseth not that Yahushua, the Anointed, is come in the flesh is not of Yahuwah: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahushua, the Anointed, is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” 1 John 2:18, 22, 1 John 4:3, 2 John 1:7. NOTE: The word 'antichrist' is used in the Bible, only by the apostle John, and in just three passages. 'Christ' is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word 'Messiah,' the anointed one. 'Anti-' is a Greek prefix, meaning 'in place of'. An antichrist is one who claims to take Christ Yahushua's place. Thus when Pope Leo XIII in one of his encyclical letters wrote: 'We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty,' he was claiming to be Antichrist. 2. Does the Bible teach that the antichrist is to be a single person, or can there be more than one antichrist? ‘“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1 John 2:18. Answer: Yes, there have been many antichrists down through history who have worked against the kingdom of Yahuwah. However, there is only one entity that specifically fulfills all the prophesied characteristics of the Antichrist. In Daniel chapters 7 and 8 and in Revelation chapter 13, you will find at least 10 identifying traits of the Antichrist. These 10 identifying marks can be fulfilled in only one entity, the papacy. NOTE: Because of the teachings of John Nelson Darby, founder of the Exclusive Brethren, and the popularity of the 'Left Behind' series of novels, many Christians have been led to believe that the Antichrist will be a single individual, who will appear after the Secret Rapture, and will eventually become the great persecutor of the

post-Rapture believers, imposing the Mark of the Beast. It is clear from John's writings that he did not see the word 'antichrist' as applying to just one person at the end of time.

Man Of Sin 3. How does Paul identify the antichrist? “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3. NOTE: The Scriptures foretell a great apostasy, which even in the days of the apostles had begun to manifest itself among certain false brethren in the ekklesia, and which finally was to develop into a falling away, and the revelation of that Man of Sin,… the Son of Perdition, of whom Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:1-7). In fulfillment of these predictions, it is a matter of historical record that following the death of the last of the apostles of Yahushua, some members of the Christian Ekklesia began to depart from the simplicity of the truth as taught by Yahushua; and gradually these church members were led to unite with the world in heathen practices. As the years passed by, and the Ekklesia increased in numbers and in popularity, there were many who became less and still less strict in their obedience to Bible teaching, until finally, in the fifth and sixth centuries after Yahushua, the greater number of those who claimed to be Christians were in reality not living in harmony with the teachings of Yahushua. For many centuries thereafter an apostate form of Christianity held sway. The truth was suppressed and lost sight of, and ignorance prevailed. These centuries of apostasy are correctly designated in history the Dark Ages. During this time attempts were made to alter or to set aside many of the fundamental teachings of the Bible. 4. What did Paul reveal about the career of the Antichrist? “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called Eloah, or that is worshipped; so that he as Eloah sitteth in the temple of Yahuwah, shewing himself that he is Eloah.” “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Yahuwah, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4. Daniel 7:25 & Revelation 13:6. NOTE: The man of sin was to arise, and do his work of exaltation and blasphemy, before the brethren could look for the coming of Yahushua. That great event was to be preceded by a falling away. There would be revealed a form of Antichrist, and the leaven of apostasy was to work with increasing power to the end of time. 5. What two definitions of blasphemy are given in the Bible? “And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Yahushua seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.” The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself Eloah.” Matthew 9:2-3, John 10:33.

NOTE: The Jews were quite correct in supposing that for a mere man to claim to forgive sins is blasphemous. It is likewise blasphemous for a mere man to claim to be Yahuwah. But Yahushua was no mere man, but, as the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 reveals, 'the mighty El.' It has, however, been a feature of the Roman Catholic religion that its priests have the right to forgive men's sins. It is also the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that the pope is Yahushua as the following quotations reveal: The Catholic Encyclopaedia Volume 6 page 48 describes the pope as: 'not a mere man, but as it were God and the vicar of God.' Pope Leo XIII in one of his encyclical letters wrote: 'We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.' Pope Innocent III wrote: 'The pope is not simply a man but rather God on earth.' He also wrote: 'The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ but he is Jesus Christ Himself hidden under the veil of flesh.' 6. When did Paul prophesy that the Man of Sin would be revealed? “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8. “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. 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. . . Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Daniel 7:7-8, 23-24. NOTE: Paul speaks of a power restraining the Man of Sin from manifesting himself in his true colors. So long as the Roman emperors held sway, the papacy was unable to assume supreme power. Though the seeds of the great apostasy were already beginning to grow, even in Paul's day, the persecutions by the Roman emperors tended to inhibit the tendency of some Christian ekklesia to conform to worldly and pagan customs, practices and beliefs. But once the last Roman emperor had abdicated and three powers hostile to the papacy (see Daniel 7:8, 24) had been defeated, the popes were able to assume supreme power. “Previous to the rise of the papacy, all opposition to the law of [Yahuwah] had been in the form of paganism, [Yahuwah] had been openly defied; but from that time the opposition was carried on under the guise of professed allegiance to Him. The papacy, however, was no less the instrument of Satan than was pagan Rome; for all the power, the seat, and the great authority of the papacy, were given it by the dragon [Revelation 13:2]. And so, although the pope professed to be the vicegerent of [Yahushua], he is, in reality, the vicegerent of Satan, he is antichrist.” Great Controversy, 1888 edition, page 680. 7. What would be the effect on the Ekklesia of the revelation of the Man of Sin? “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.” Revelation 13:7.

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” Daniel 7:21. NOTE: “In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the beast his power, and his seat, and great authority. [REV. 13:2.] And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and John. [DAN. 7:25; REV. 13:5-7.] Christians were forced to choose, either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeon cells, or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman's ax. Now were fulfilled the words of [Yahushua], Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. [LUKE 21:16, 17.] Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the world became a vast battle-field. For hundreds of years the [ekklesia of Yahushua] found refuge in seclusion and obscurity. Thus says the prophet: The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of [Yahuwah], that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [REV. 12:16.]” The Great Controversy 1884 ed, page 57.

The 1260-Years Of Papal Supremacy 8. How long was the Antichrist to oppress the people of Yahuwah? “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of Yahuwah, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. . . And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” “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. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Yahuwah, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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.” Daniel 7:25. Revelation 12:6, 13-14, Revelation 13:5-7. NOTE: "The forty and two months are the same as the time and times and the dividing of time, three years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7, the time during which the papal power was to oppress [Yahuwah's] people. This period, as stated in preceding chapters, began with the supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798." The Great Controversy, 1888 ed, page 439. 9. What happened to bring this period of supremacy to an end? Revelation 13:3, first part. Revelation 13:10. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed. . . He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Revelation 13:3, first part. Revelation 13:10.

NOTE: "The 1260 years of papal supremacy began in A.D. 538, and would therefore terminate in 1798. At that time a French army entered Rome and made the pope a prisoner, and he died in exile. Though a new pope was soon afterward elected, the papal hierarchy has never since been able to wield the power which it before possessed. The persecution of the [ekklesia] did not continue throughout the entire period of the 1260 years. [Yahuwah] in mercy to His people cut short the time of their fiery trial. In foretelling the great tribulation to befall the [ekklesia], the Saviour said: Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22. Through the influence of the Reformation the persecution was brought to an end prior to 1798." Great Controversy, 1888 ed, page 266.

All The World Wondered After The Beast 10. How did John prophesy the revival of papal power and influence? “And all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13:3, last part. NOTE: The influence of Rome in the countries that once acknowledged her dominion is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy foretells a restoration of her power. '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.' Verse 3. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, 'his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.' Paul states plainly that the 'man of sin' will continue until the Second Advent. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8). To the very close of time he will carry forward the work of deception. And the Revelator declares, also referring to the papacy: 'All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life.' (Revelation 13:8.) In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honour paid to the Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church. Great Controversy, 1888 ed, page 578. 11. How does John picture the final downfall of the papacy? “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. For Yahuwah hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of Yahuwah shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:16-18. “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” Revelation 18:21. NOTE: "Church members who have seen the light and been convicted, but who have trusted the salvation of their souls to the minister, will learn in the day of [Yahuwah] that no other soul can pay the ransom for their transgression. A terrible cry will be raised, 'I am lost, eternally lost.' Men will feel as though they could rend in pieces the ministers who have preached falsehoods and condemned the truth. All unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of [Yahuwah] and to persecute those who would keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. 'We are lost!' they cry, 'and you are the cause of our ruin'; and they turn upon the false shepherds. The very

ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay [Yahuwah's] people are now employed to destroy their enemies." The Great Controversy, pages 655, 656.

The Antichrist 12. What seven distinguishing marks does Daniel reveal about the antichrist? “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:24-25. NOTE: In Daniel 7, the career of the antichrist is explained in detail. The empire of Rome is divided into ten kingdoms which arise out of it. Then after this division takes place, another power emerges, at first much smaller and weaker than the ten kingdoms. In order for this power to arise, three of the ten kingdoms have to be uprooted. This power was to be a totally different kind of power from the ten kingdoms. It would blaspheme against Yahuwah. It would take the lead in persecuting Christians. It would claim the power to change Yahuwah's sacred times and laws. And Christians would be persecuted by this power for a period of 'a time, times and the dividing of time. Here we have seven identifying features:       

It would rise after the Roman Empire had split up into ten smaller kingdoms. (Daniel 7:8). Three of these kingdoms would be overthrown in its rise to power. (Daniel 7:8). It would be a different kind of power (diverse) from the others that came before it. (Daniel 7:24). It would blaspheme against Yahuwah. (Daniel 7:25). See also Revelation 13:5. It would persecute Yahuwah's people. (Daniel 7:21, 25). It would claim the right to change Yahuwah's law and times. (Daniel 7:25). Its period of power would be 'a time, times, and the dividing of time.' (Daniel 7:25).

13. Which is the only power that has fulfilled all of these identifying features? Answer: A. The pope assumed the title of the Caesars, Pontifex Maximus (Supreme Pontiff) in 538, nearly sixty years after the last Roman emperor abdicated and his empire was divided. B. In these sixty years, three kingdoms, the Heruli, the Ostrogoths and the Vandals, all of which opposed the papacy, were overthrown and disappeared from history. C. The papacy, as a total union of church and state, and claiming authority over all earthly kings, exercises a different kind of power from those kingdoms that preceded it. D. The Bible defines blasphemy in two ways, claiming to be Yahuwah and claiming the right to forgive sins. The popes have made both those claims.

E. History reveals the papacy as the greatest persecutor of Christians, both in terms of time and numbers. A comparison of the Ten Commandments as found in Exodus 20 and in standard Roman Catholic catechisms will show that one commandment has been omitted and five others have been heavily edited. F. The period of time that the papacy would flourish was 'a time, times, and the dividing of time.' Elsewhere this period is referred to as 1260 days and 42 months. The principle of prophetic interpretation that a prophetic day is equivalent to a literal year makes this period 1260 years. The papacy assumed the role of the Caesars in 538. 1260 years later in 1798, Napoleon sent General Berthier to Rome to arrest the pope, thus planning to bring an end to the papacy.

The Antichrist And The Protestant Reformation 14. What did the major Protestant Reformers teach about the Antichrist? Answer: Many Protestant reformers lost their lives because they recognized that the Roman Catholic churchwhose head is the successive Popes was the antichrist of Bible prophecy. Martin Luther (1483-1546) [founder of the Lutheran Church] “nothing else than the kingdom of Babylon and of very Antichrist….For who is the man of sin and the son of perdition, but he who by his teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he were [Yahuwah]? All these conditions have now for many ages been fulfilled by the papal tyranny.” Martin Luther, First Principles, pp. 196-197 John Calvin (1509-1564) [founder of the Presbyterian Church] “I deny him to be the vicar of Christ, who, in furiously persecuting the gospel, demonstrates by his conduct that he is Antichrist--I deny him to be the successor of Peter..I deny him to be the head of the church.” “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt…I shall briefly show that (Pauls words in 2 Thessalonians 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy” John Calvin, Tracts, Vol. 1, pp. 219,220. John Calvin, Institutes. John Wesley (1703-1791) [founder of the Methodist Church] “He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers… He it is…that exalteth himself above all that is called [Eloah], or that is worshipped… claiming the highest power, and highest honor… claiming the prerogatives which belong to [Yahuwah] alone.” Albert Close, Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, London: Thynne and Co., 1917, p. 110. John Wyclif (1324-1384) [Completed the 1st English translation of the Bible] “Why is it necessary in unbelief to look for another Antichrist? Hence in the seventh chapter of Daniel Antichrist is forcefully described by a horn arising in the time of the 4th kingdom. For it grew from [among] our powerful ones, more horrible, more cruel, and more greedy, because by reckoning the pagans and our Christians by name, a lesser [greater?] struggle for the temporals is not recorded in any preceding time... and the horn has arisen from the ten horns, having eyes and a mouth speaking great things against the Lofty One, and wearing out the saints of the Most High, and

thinking that he is able to change times and laws.” (Daniel 7:8, 25 quoted) …For so our clergy foresee the lord pope, as it is said of the eighth blaspheming little head. Translated from Wyclif's, De Veritate Sacrae Scripturae, vol. 3 pp. 262, 263 William Tyndale (1484-1536) [1st translator of the Bible from the Greek] “The pope's forbidding matrimony, and to eat of meats created of [Yahuwah] for man's use, which is devilish doctrine by Paul's prophecy,… are tokens good enough that he is the right antichrist, and his doctrine sprung of the devil.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3 Tyndale, An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue, in Works, vol. 3, p. 171 Visit http://www.williamtyndale.com for more information on William Tyndale. King James (1566-1625) [Authorized the King James Version of the Bible] “The faithfull praiseth [Yahuwah] for the Popes destruction, and their deliverance, and for the plagues which are to light on him and his followers. The Pope by his Pardons makes merchandise of the souls of men: Heaven and the Saints rejoice at his destruction, albeit the earth and the worldlings lament for the same James I, Paraphrase, in Workes, pp. 47, 57 John Knox (1505-1572) [Scottish Reformer] He preached that Romish traditions and ceremonies should be abolished along with “that tyranny which the Pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church and that he should be acknowledged as the son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks. In a public challenge he declared: As for your Roman Church, as it is now corrupted… I no more doubt but that it is the synagogue of Satan, and the head therof, called the Pope, to be the man of sin of whom the apostle speaketh. Knox, The Zurich Letters, p.199 Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) [Associate of Martin Luther] “Since it is certain that the pontiffs and the monks have forbidden marriage, it is most manifest, and true without any doubt, that the Roman Pontiff, with his whole order and kingdom, is very Antichrist. Likewise in 2 Thess. II, Paul clearly says that the man of sin will rule in the church exalting himself above the worship of [Yahuwah], etc. Translated from Melanchthon, Disputationes, No. 56, De Matrimonio, in Opera (Corpus Reformatorum), vol. 12 col. 535 Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) [great Swiss reformer quoted on Dec. 28, 1524] “I know that in it works the might and power of the Devil, that is, of the Antichrist… the Papacy has to be abolished… But by no other means can it be more thoroughly routed than by the word of [Yahuwah] (2 Thessalonians 2), because as soon as the world receives this in the right way, it will turn away from the Pope without compulsion.” Principle Works of Zwingli, Vol. 7, p. 135. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Revelation 17:6. 15. What divine judgment, however, is pronounced upon the little horn? “The judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Daniel 7:26. 16. To whom will his dominion be given?

“The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” Verse 27. Are you thankful to Yahuwah for exposing the antichrist to you? Do you want to decide to follow Yahushua, the Anointed, wherever He leads and no longer be part of antichrist false religion?

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QUIZ 1. Does Antichrist exist today? (1) o

Not yet

o

Yes

Not sure 2. The antichrist does not have the power to perform miracles in front of our eyes? (1) o o

True

False 3. Who is the antichrist? (1) o o

The president of the USA.

o

Atheism.

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A demon-possessed super-intelligent man.

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Islam.

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The Catholic system headed by the pope.

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A genetically-engineered super-human clone.

o The devil taking control of the world through the United Nations. 4. What does a beast represent in Bible prophecy? (1) o

Fierce animal

o

Different religion

Kingdom 5. What do the ten horns on the fourth beast represent? (1) o o

Ten kings

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Ten eras

Ten lepers 6. Name the world kingdoms that are represented by beasts in Daniel chapter 7? (4 answers) o o

Israel

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Italy

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China

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Babylon

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Media-Persia

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USA

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Egypt

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Greece

o Rome 7. The identity of the little horn in Daniel 7 unquestionably points to (1) o

Antiochus Epiphanes

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Rome

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The Catholic church

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Satan

Yahushua 8. What is the little horn's relationship to Yahuwah's law? (1) o o

Claims to have power to change Yahuwah's law.

o

Hides Yahuwah's law.

o

Exhalts Yahuwah's law.

Possesses divine authority to interpret and change Yahuwah's law. 9. How many tribes or nations were "rooted up" by the little horn power? (1) o o

Ten tribes

o

Three tribes

One tribe 10. How does the Catholic church blaspheme against Yahuwah? (3 answers) o o

The church is pro-life.

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That Mary is the mother of the Anointed Yahushua.

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The pope isYahuwah's representative on earth.

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The Catholic priests have the authority to forgive men's sins.

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All who do not take communion commit the unpardonable sin.

The priests have the power to create the flesh of their Creator, Yahushua, during communion. 11. For how long did the Catholic church persecute Christians? (1) o

o

1290 years

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1260 years

1335 years 12. How are all churches today connected with the Antichrist system? (3 answers) o o

By believing the the U.N. is a good organisation.

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By having a church in the USA.

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By believing that the number 666 represents the antichrist here on earth.

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Almost all churches today teach the trinity which destroys the identity of the Father and the Son (see 1 John 2:22).

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This not true.

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The observance of Sunday is a homage all churches pay to the Catholic church who orginated this teaching that is contrary to Yahuwah's law.

o

All or denominational churches are with the Roman Catholic Church members of the Christian World Communion, which is an ecumenical entity.

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When Lucifer rebelled against Yahuwah, he was followed by a host of the angels of heaven. The record declares that both he and his angels were cast out of heaven. They are now confined to this earth. For “Yahuwah spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” 2 Peter 2:4. These fallen angels are still in league with Satan, and their chief work consists in an effort to deceive the human family and turn men away from Yahuwah. Known as “spirits of devils,” these evil angels have, throughout the ages, carried on their deceptive and nefarious work. According to the writings of the ancient prophets, however, this work will be greatly intensified as the world draws near to its latter days. The Apostle Paul warns: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1Timothy 4:1. The devil and his angels can work miracles. They can appear to men in a materialized form. They can influence human beings, and can practice deception upon them. So powerful, in fact, will the deceptions of Satan become in the last days that Yahuwah’s people are earnestly warned lest they too, be overcome by them. Bible prophecies have been and are now being fulfilled before our eyes. During the past century a new form of religion has swept over the various countries of the world like a prairie fire. It is known as spiritualism. At first it was placed under the ban of all the Christian churches. Its séances were secret and mysterious, and Christians feared and shunned them. But today the exponents of spiritualism are found everywhere, even in the Christian churches; and the cult numbers its adherents by the millions! In view of this, it surely is most fitting that we inquire, What is spiritualism? Is it true or false? Is it of Yahuwah or Satan?

Spiritualism 1. What is Spiritualism defined to be? A belief in the frequent communication of intelligence from the world of spirits, by means of physical phenomena, commonly manifested through a person of special susceptibility, called a medium. Webster Dictionary. 2. Did this doctrine exist in ancient times? Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am Yahuwah your Eloah. Leviticus 19:31. NOTE: “The familiar spirits were not the spirits of the dead, but evil angels, the messengers of Satan. Ancient idolatry, which, as we have seen, comprises both worship of the dead and pretended communion with them, is declared by the Bible to have been demon worship.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 685.

3. How does Yahuwah regard sorcerers? And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers. Malachi 3:5. 4. What does He call the sorcerers? Therefore hearken not ye to... your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers. . for they prophesy a lie unto you to remove you far from your land. Jeremiah 27:9, 10. Answer: Liars. 5. What was the ancient law concerning witches, and those who had familiar spirits? A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death. Leviticus. 20:27. There shall not be found among you any …that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer [hypnotist], or a consulter with familiar spirits [spirit medium], or a wizard, or a necromancer [one who claims to talk to the dead]. For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahuwah. Deuteronomy 18:10-12. (See also Exodus 22:18). Answer: Yahuwah told His people not to have anything to do with any of these people who claim to have supernatural powers and work magic. Yahuwah doesn’t change, He no more approves of this sort of thing today, than He did then. Why, because He wants to keep something good from us? No, it is because He knows it is all a pack of lies that Satan will use to enslave and destroy us, He wants us to have the good, all the good and not the cruel evil.

Rejects Christian Fundamentals 6. With what is witchcraft classed by Paul? Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies... I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Yahuwah. Galatians 5:20, 21. 7. What should one do if asked to inquire of a familiar spirit? And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their Eloah? Isaiah 8:19. Answer: Yahuwah is saying here that when people tell you to seek wizards and witches, claiming to talk to the dead, that you are to refuse and instead seek Yahuwah. Why should the living seek help from the dead anyway when the Bible tells us, The dead know not anything?

Test Every Spirit

8. Is it possible to test every spirit? Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of Yahuwah. 1 John 4:1. 9. By what are we to try them? To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20. Answer: By the Ten Commandments and the rest of the scriptures. “The Spirit was not given--nor can it ever be bestowed--to supersede the Bible; for the Scriptures explicitly state that the word of [Yahuwah] is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. Says the apostle John, 'Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of [Yahuwah]: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.' 1 John 4:1. And Isaiah declares, 'To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.' Isaiah 8:20. The Great Controversy, page vii.3 10. Should we have any confidence in signs or wonders presented by those who would try to lead us away from Yahuwah? And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other elohim, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for Yahuwah your Eloah proveth you, to know whether ye love Yahuwah your Eloah with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:2, 3. 11. What course should one pursue under these circumstances? Ye shall walk after Yahuwah your Eloah, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him. Deuteronomy 13:4. 12. We are directed to the law and to the testimony, by which to try these spirits that assert to be voices from the dead. After one dies, how much does he know of what is going on among men? Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. Job 14:20, 21.

The Dead Know Not Anything 13. Does the dead know anything, or have any memory? For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5.

14. What does the wise man add, that forever rule out the idea that the dead come back to earth to communicate with the living? Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:6. 15. Then when miracles are performed by spirits assuming to be those of our dead friends, to what may we attribute them? For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahuwah Almighty. Revelation 16:14. NOTE: “But none need be deceived by the lying claims of spiritualism. [Yahuwah] has given the world sufficient light to enable them to discover the snare. As already shown, the theory which forms the very foundation of spiritualism is at war with the plainest statements of Scripture. The Bible declares that the dead know not anything, that their thoughts have perished; they have no part in anything that is done under the sun; they know nothing of the joys or sorrows of those who were dearest to them on earth. "Furthermore, [Yahuwah] has expressly forbidden all pretended communication with departed spirits. In the days of the Hebrews there was a class of people who claimed, as do the spiritualists of today, to hold communication with the dead. But the familiar spirits, as these visitants from other worlds were called, are declared by the Bible to be the spirits of devils. (Compare Numbers 25:1-3; Psalm 106:28; I Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 16:14.) The work of dealing with familiar spirits was pronounced an abomination to [Yahuwah], and was solemnly forbidden under penalty of death. Leviticus 19:31; 20:27. The very name of witchcraft is now held in contempt. The claim that men can hold intercourse with evil spirits is regarded as a fable of the Dark Ages. But spiritualism, which numbers its converts by hundreds of thousands, yea, by millions, which has made its way into scientific circles, which has invaded churches, and has found favor in legislative bodies, and even in the courts of kings-- this mammoth deception is but a revival, in a new disguise, of the witchcraft condemned and prohibited of old.” The Great Controversy, pages 556-557. 16. What will be characteristic of last day apostasies from the faith? Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. 1 Timothy 4:1. NOTE: “Modern spiritualism, resting upon the same foundation, is but a revival in a new form of the witchcraft and demon worship that [Yahuwah] condemned and prohibited of old. It is foretold in the Scriptures, which declare that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. 1 Timothy 4:1. Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, points to the special working of Satan in spiritualism as an event to take place immediately before the second advent of [Yahushua]. Speaking of [Yahushua's] second coming, he declares that it is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. 2 Thessalonians 2:9. And Peter, describing the dangers to which the ekklesia was to be exposed in the last days, says that as there were false prophets who led Israel into sin, so there will be false teachers, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the [Master] that bought them. . . . And many shall

follow their pernicious ways. 2 Peter 2:1, 2. Here the apostle has pointed out one of the marked characteristics of spiritualist teachers.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 686.

In League With Satan 17. How will Satan deceive the people? And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14. NOTE: In the future, Satan’s superstitions will assume new forms. Errors will be presented in a pleasing and flattering manner. False theories, clothed with garments of light, will be presented to Yahuwah’s people. Thus Satan will try to deceive, if possible, the very elect. 18. What role will his agents assume before the end? Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. 2 Corinthians 11:15. NOTE: “As spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the [ekklesia], their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.” The Great Controversy, page 588. 19. Are miracles always evidence of the power of Yahuwah? “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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” Revelation 13:13–14. Answer: No. NOTE: Yahushua said, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am the Anointed; and shall deceive many.’ Many false messiahs will appear, claiming to work miracles, and declaring that the time of the deliverance of the Jewish nation has come. These will mislead many. [Yahushua’s] words were fulfilled. Between His death and the siege of Jerusalem many false messiahs appeared. But this warning was given also to those who live in this age of the world. The same deceptions practiced prior to the destruction of Jerusalem have been practiced through the ages, and will be practiced again. Desire of Ages, 628. 20. Will Satan try to counterfeit the coming of Yahushua, by signs and wonders?

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Anointed, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:23, 24. Answer: Yes. NOTE: “Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working demons. The spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them in deception, and urge them on to unite with Satan in his last struggle against the government of heaven. By these agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike deceived. Persons will arise pretending to be [Yahushua] Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world's Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the testimony of the Scriptures.” Great Controversy page 624. 21. After these signs and wonders are shown, what is immediately to take place? The Master shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. 2 Thessalonians. 2:8-10. Answer: The second coming of Yahushua. NOTE: “As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate [Yahushua]. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that [Yahushua] has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of [Yahuwah] given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: 'Christ has come! Christ has come!' The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as [Yahushua] blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of [Yahushua], he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is 'the great power of [Yahuwah].' Acts 8:10. But the people of [Yahuwah] will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that [Yahuwah's] unmingled wrath shall be poured out. "And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of [Yahushua's] advent. The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. 'There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall

deceive the very elect. . . . Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth; behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.' Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will be universally known--witnessed by the whole world. "Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed. Are the people of [Yahuwah] now so firmly established upon His word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.” Great Controversy, pages 624-625.

22. What will those say then, who have maintained their love for the truth? And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our Eloah, we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is Yahuwah; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9. To be forewarned is to be forearmed; will you now make Yahuwah’s word the standard of your life?

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QUIZ 1. What standard should Yahuwah's people use to test every message? (1) o

Inspecting the private life of the message bearer.

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Comparing the message with the word of Yahuwah.

o

Asking signs from heaven to see if the message is true.

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Seeing if other truth lovers accept the message

o Seeing if it agrees with one's intuition. 2. For what purpose will the last-day miracles appear? (1) o

To prove that Yahuwah is mightier than Satan.

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To convert the world to Christianity.

To deceive the choicest of Christians into Satan's way. 3. Why do Satan and his angels perform miracles? (1) o o

To prove their supernatural power.

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To deceive people into thinking that they are from Yahuwah.

Satan and his angels cannot perform miracles. 4. Satan does not have the power to perform REAL miracles. (1) o o

True

False 5. What deceptive miracles will be used by evil spirits? (1) o o

Raising the dead to life with special messages "from heaven."

o

Making things to move out of their place supernaturally.

o UFOs appearing and kidnapping people. 6. What deceptive miracles can we expect in the near future? (3 answers) o

The appearances of the disciples of Yahushua, impersonated by evil angels, encouraging the world to honor Sunday observance.

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The appearance of Mary, the blessed mother of Yahushua, impersonated by an evil spirit.

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Extraterrastrial life encouraging people to leave earth before it is destroyed.

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The appearance of dead loved ones telling us to keep Sunday holy.

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The sudden appearance of super-human clones.

The animal world will begin to speak in human languages. 7. Who will be deceived by these miracles? (2 answers) o o

All who ignore the intuition of their heart that tells them that "something is wrong."

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All who do not go to church and listen to the word of Yahuwah.

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All who do not believe that Yahushua, the Anointed, is the Son of Yahuwah.

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All who do not study the Bible daily to learn the truth for themselves.

All who believe that the spirit of the dead are now alive in heaven, hell or purgatory. 8. How will the true Christian respond to a message that claims to come from heaven and possesses supernatural power to do great miracles? (1) o

o

Will test every statement and every miracle by Yahuwah’s word, and if one turns out to be contary to Yahuwah's word then the whole message is from Satan - no matter how 'heavenly' it appears.

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Will seek a confirmation from his pastor or spiritual leader because they are Yahuwah's watchmen to keep him on the right track.

Will feel the divine presence and believe it by faith immediately, sensing that this message is truly sent from heaven. 9. Will there be counterfeits of Yahushua's second coming? Matt. 24:30, 31 (1) o

o

Yes, for Yahushua did forewarn us about counterfeits

o No, for Yahushua did not forewarn us about counterfeits 10. How can we know when the real Christ, Yahushua, has come? Matt. 24:30, 31 (1) o

Everyone will see Him

o

He will do the same miracles that He did in His first coming

He will resurrect the dead 11. Since the Bible warns of many counterfeit Christs, how will Christians know it is really Yahushua when He comes the second time? (2 answers) o

o

He will come after the seven last plagues.

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He will not touch the earth at His second coming.

o

He will do more healing miracles than anyone else has ever done.

o

Yahushua will appear in many places so that people can make sure for themselves that it is really Him.

o He will come before the seven last plagues. 12. How can we identify false Christs? (4 answers) o

It will be impossible to identify false Christs on our own - through personal discernment.

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Only through the word of Yahuwah will we be able to tell.

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Yahushua will not touch the earth when He comes the second time, any being that walks the earth claiming to be Christ is false even if he does miracles, looks and speaks like the Anointed, Yahushua.

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He will teach that the Sabbath has been changed and we no longer need to keep Yahuwah's law.

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He will not be able to do healing miracles like Yahushua.

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He will have horns and three eyes.

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He will have wings.

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He will be alone and not with His disciples.

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Yahushua will come with a crown on his head and will have white hair like wool, any being who does not fit this description is false. He will not be able to speak multiple languages.

o He will not be able to deceive the whole world. 13. Will you believe the word of Yahuwah even if what it says is contrary to what you see? (1) o o

Yes, the only reliable source of truth is the Bible, Satan will take advantage of all our senses to deceive us. No, seeing is believing.

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“The work of preaching the gospel has not been committed to angels, but has been entrusted to men. Holy angels have been employed in directing this work, they have in charge the great movements for the salvation of men; but the actual proclamation of the gospel is performed by the servants of Yahushua upon the earth. Faithful men, who were obedient to the promptings of [Yahuwah's] Spirit and the teachings of His word, were to proclaim this warning to the world.” The Great Controversy, page 312.

For The Hour Of His Judgment Is Come 1. What is the work that Yahushua has committed to the church? “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. NOTE: "Before the coming of the Son of man, the everlasting gospel is to be preached ‘to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.’ Revelation 14:6, 14. Yahuwah ‘hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world.’ Acts 17:31. [Yahushua] tells us when that day shall be ushered in. He does not say that all the world will be converted, but that ‘this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our [Master's] return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of Yahuwah. 2 Peter 3:12, margin. Had the [ekklesia of Yahushua] done her appointed work as [Yahuwah] ordained, the whole world would before this have been warned, and [the Master Yahushua] would have come to our earth in power and great glory." The Desire of Ages, pages 633, 634. 2. How does Paul define the gospel? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Anointed: for it is the power of Yahuwah unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Romans 1:16. Answer: The power of Yahuwah unto salvation to everyone that believe. "Yahuwah so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. He who repents of his sin and accepts the gift of the life of the Son of [Yahuwah], cannot be overcome. Laying hold by faith of the divine nature, he becomes a child of [Yahuwah]. He prays, he believes. When tempted and tried, he claims the power that [Yahushua] died to give, and overcomes through His grace. This every sinner needs to understand. He must repent of his sin, he must believe in the power of [Yahushua], and accept that power to save and to keep him from sin." Selected Messages Book 1, page 224. 3. As the final generation of Yahuwah’s people proclaims the Gospel, what warning must they also give?

“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, Saying with a loud voice, Fear Yahuwah, 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.” Revelation 14:6, 7. NOTE: “The fact that an angel is said to be the herald of this warning is significant. By the purity, the glory, and the power of the heavenly messenger, divine wisdom has been pleased to represent the exalted character of the work to be accomplished by the message and the power and glory that were to attend it. And the angel's flight in the midst of heaven, the loud voice with which the warning is uttered, and its promulgation to all that dwell on the earth,--to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,--give evidence of the rapidity and world-wide extent of the movement. "The message itself sheds light as to the time when this movement is to take place. It is declared to be a part of the everlasting gospel; and it announces the opening of the judgment. The message of salvation has been preached in all ages; but this message is a part of the gospel which could be proclaimed only in the last days, for only then would it be true that the hour of judgment had come.” The Great Controversy, page 355. 4. In view of the fact that the time has now come for Yahuwah’s judgment, what three things are all men called to do? “Saying with a loud voice, Fear Yahuwah, 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.” Revelation 14:7. Answer: 1. To fear Yahuwah 2. To give glory to Him 3. To worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. NOTE: “The first angel's message of Revelation 14, announcing the hour of [Yahuwah's] judgment and calling upon men to fear and worship Him, was designed to separate the professed people of [Yahuwah] from the corrupting influences of the world and to arouse them to see their true condition of worldliness and backsliding. In this message, [Yahuwah] has sent to the [ekklesia] a warning, which, had it been accepted, would have corrected the evils that were shutting them away from Him. Had they received the message from heaven, humbling their hearts before [Yahuwah] and seeking in sincerity a preparation to stand in His presence, the Spirit and power of [Yahuwah] would have been manifested among them. The [ekklesia] would again have reached that blessed state of unity, faith, and love which existed in apostolic days, when the believers 'were of one heart and of one soul,' and 'spake the word of [Yahuwah] with boldness,' when '[Yahuwah] added to the [ekklesia] daily such as should be saved.' Acts 4:32, 3; 2:47.” The Great Controversy, page 379. 5. What does it mean to 'fear Yahuwah'?

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. See also Psalm 34:11–14; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 8:13. Answer: To fear Yahuwah does not mean to be afraid of Him as someone would be afraid of an enemy who is seeking to harm them. In fact, those who “fear Yahuwah, trust in Yahuwah” (Psalm 115:11) and love Him. “What doth Yahuwah thy Eloah require of thee, but to fear Yahuwah thy Eloah, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Yahuwah thy Eloah with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12. When we “fear” Yahuwah as He wishes us to, we will respect, reverence, love, and trust Him with all our heart. Fearing Yahuwah means to respect Him for who He is, and be in awe of Him, realizing His greatness, power, and position. When we contemplate how great Yahuwah is and realize that He tenderly loves us as a father pities his children, then we will love Him in return. This righteous fear causes us to hate sin and turn from it. Solomon explained it in this way: “The fear of Yahuwah is to hate evil.” Proverbs 8:13. “By the fear of Yahuwah men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6. Fearing and loving Yahuwah will cause us to turn from our sins and keep Yahuwah’s commandments. Therefore, the first part of this angel’s message is calling us to love, honor, respect, and fear the true Eloah of heaven, which will cause us to turn from our evil ways. NOTE: “By the first angel, men are called upon to 'fear [Yahuwah], and give glory to Him' and to worship Him as the Creator of the heavens and the earth. In order to do this, they must obey His law. . . Without obedience to His commandments no worship can be pleasing to [Yahuwah]. 'This is the love of [Yahuwah], that we keep His commandments.' 'He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.' 1 John 5:3; Proverbs 28:9.” The Great Controversy, page 436. “[Yahushua’s] followers today should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of reverence and . . . fear. The Scriptures teach men how they should approach their Maker—with humility and awe, through faith in a divine Mediator.” Prophets and Kings, page 48. “True reverence for [Yahuwah] is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed. The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because [Yahuwah] is there. And as reverence is manifested in attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened. ‘Holy and reverend is His name,’ the psalmist declares. Psalm 111:9. Angels, when they speak that name, veil their faces. With what reverence, then, should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips!” Prophets and Kings, pages 48, 49. “When men cast off the fear of [Yahuwah] they are not long in departing from honor and integrity.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 557. 6. What does it mean to give 'glory to Yahuwah'? “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Yahuwah before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” “And Yahuwah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahuwah,

Yahuwah El, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Exodus 33:18, 19; 34:6,7. Compare John 17:4 and Matthew 5:16. Answer: To give glory to Yahuwah is to reveal His character in our own, and thus make Him known. And in whatever way we make known the Father or the Son, we glorify Yahuwah. Man was made to give glory to Yahuwah. Yahuwah said, “Every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7) It is our highest privilege to give glory to Yahuwah. But how can we do this? Is it accomplished by singing praises to Yahuwah? That is part of it, but giving glory to Yahuwah includes much more. Yahuwah has given us a clear revelation of His glory through the life of His Son, Yahushua, the Anointed. John wrote, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. The glory of Yahuwah’s wonderful character of love was manifested in the life of Yahushua, the Anointed. When Yahushua reached out His hand to lift a leper to His feet and give him healing; when He touched the eyes of the blind to give them sight; when He saw the multitude and was “moved with compassion,” it was merely a reflection of what Yahuwah, the Father, would do if He were in the same situation. For Yahushua said, “The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” John 14:10. Paul wrote, “Yahuwah, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahuwah in the face of Yahushua, the Anointed.” (2 Corinthians 4:6) Yahuwah has shined His light into our hearts for the purpose of giving us the knowledge of the goodness of Yahuwah, which is revealed in the life of Yahushua, the Anointed. Yahushua reflected Yahuwah’s character perfectly. Of all the people who lived upon this earth, Yahushua gave glory to Yahuwah more fully and perfectly than anyone else ever has. No wonder the Bible says that Yahushua is “the express image” of the Father. (Hebrews 1:3) He is our example. His life is the one after which we are to mold our lives. Paul explained to us how we can give glory to Yahuwah when He wrote, “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of Yahuwah, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of Yahuwah.” 2 Corinthians 3:18. As we behold the goodness and love of Yahuwah, we will naturally begin to reflect that goodness in our own lives. John put it this way, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” 1 John 3:1. The more we see the goodness and love of Yahuwah, the more we will love, praise, and give glory to Him. The only way we can truly give glory to Yahuwah is by first beholding His glory; His goodness and love. Therefore, the second part of this message is calling us to behold Yahuwah’s character of love and reflect that character in our lives. 7. How does Yahuwah ask us to worship ‘Him that made heaven and earth’? “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,

thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8–11. Answer: The first angel finally comes to the climax of his message: worship. Notice the order in which this message goes forth. First we are called to fear, respect, and honor the true Eloah of heaven. Secondly, we are called to give glory to Him by beholding His goodness and love, which will produce a corresponding goodness and love in our own lives. Finally, we are called to worship the only true Eloah who made heaven and earth. If we do not fear the only true Eloah, and give Him glory, we cannot possibly worship Him correctly. Notice how David said we are to worship: “Give unto Yahuwah the glory due unto his name; worship Yahuwah in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2. To worship Yahuwah correctly we must give Him the glory He deserves, and worship Him in “the beauty of holiness;” with a holy life representative of the holy Eloah we worship. Yahuwah commanded us, “There shall no strange el be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange el.” Psalms 81:9. A stranger is someone we don’t know. If Yahuwah is a stranger to us, our worship is in vain. NOTE: The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to [Yahuwah]--because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten.--J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27. It was to keep this truth ever before the minds of men, that Yahuwah instituted the Sabbath in Eden; and so long as the fact that He is our Creator continues to be a reason why we should worship Him, so long the Sabbath will continue as its sign and memorial. "Had the Sabbath been universally kept, man's thoughts and affections would have been led to the Creator as the object of reverence and worship, and there would never have been an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel. The keeping of the Sabbath is a sign of loyalty to the true [Eloah], Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. It follows that the message which commands men to worship [Yahuwah] and keep His commandments will especially call upon them to keep the fourth commandment.” The Great Controversy, page 437.

Babylon is fallen, Is Fallen 8. What further message is the final generation of Yahuwah’s people called to give? Revelation 14:8. “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.” NOTE: The term ‘Babylon’ is derived from ‘Babel,’ and signifies confusion. It is employed in Scripture to designate the various forms of false or apostate religion. In Revelation 17, Babylon is represented as a woman—a figure which is used in the Bible as the symbol of an ekklesia/church, a virtuous woman representing a pure ekklesia, a vile woman an apostate church. The Great Controversy, page 381.

“The second angel's message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844, and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States, where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected, and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfillment in 1844. The churches then experienced a moral fall, in consequence of their refusal of the light of the advent message; but that fall was not complete. As they have continued to reject the special truths for this time they have fallen lower and lower. Not yet, however, can it be said that 'Babylon is fallen... because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.' She has not yet made all nations do this. The spirit of world conforming and indifference to the testing truths for our time exists and has been gaining ground in churches of the Protestant faith in all the countries of Christendom; and these churches are included in the solemn and terrible denunciation of the second angel.” Ibid., page 389. 9. What reason is given for Babylon’s fall? “Because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8, last part. NOTE: The great sin charged against Babylon is that she ‘made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ This cup of intoxication which she presents to the world represents the false doctrines that she has accepted as the result of her unlawful connection with the great ones of the earth. The Great Controversy, page 388. 10. What call must be given to those of Yahuwah’s people who are still in Babylon? “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and Yahuwah hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:1–5. NOTE: "Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6–12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of [Yahuwah] still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion. This message is the last that will ever be given to the world; and it will accomplish its work." The Great Controversy, page 390. 11. What will be the danger for those who choose to stay in Babylon? “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4. NOTE: "Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of [Yahushua] in these churches. Before the final visitation of [Yahuwah's] judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of [Yahuwah] such a revival of primitive [Yah-likeness] as has not been witnessed since apostolic times.

The Spirit and power of [Yahuwah] will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for [Yahuwah] and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which [Yahuwah] has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for [Yahushua's] second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that [Yahuwah's] special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that [Yahuwah] is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world." The Great Controversy, page 464.

The Third Angel's Message 12. What is the essence of the third angel’s message? “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 Yahuwah, 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” Revelation 14:9, 10. Answer: This symbol (the beast), as most Protestants have believed, represents the Papacy. The ‘image to the beast’ represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. NOTE: “In contrast to those who keep the commandments of [Yahuwah] and have the faith of [Yahushua], the third angel points to another class, against whose errors a solemn and fearful warning is uttered: [Revelation 14:9, 10 quoted].” The Great Controversy, page 438. 13. The third angel’s message warns against three things, what are they? “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand.” Revelation 14:9. Answer: A. The beast, which is the papacy. B. The image of the beast, which is formed when the United States makes and enforces laws for the observance of Sunday. C. The mark of the beast, which is received when, though Yahuwah’s requirements regarding His holy day (Sabbath) are known to all, Sunday is observed as the day of worship because it is commanded by the law of the land.

A Message of Warning 14. What is the issue involved? “It is time for thee, Yahuwah, to work: for they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126. Answer: the real issue is on the law of Yahuwah and the fourth commandment [Sabbath] to be precise. NOTE: “But Christians of past generations observed the Sunday, supposing that in so doing they were keeping the Bible Sabbath; and there are now true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion, who honestly believe that Sunday is the Sabbath of divine appointment. [Yahuwah] accepts their sincerity of purpose and their integrity before Him. But when Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command of [Yahuwah], to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above [Yahuwah]. He is paying homage to Rome and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshipping the beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which [Yahuwah] has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome--'the mark of the beast.' And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of [Yahuwah] and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast." The Great Controversy, page 449. 15. When human legislation shall conflict with the law of Yahuwah by demanding false worship, how will the world be divided? “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. 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. 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. 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?. . . 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.” Revelation 13:1–4, 8. Answer: National Sunday Law. Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.… Sunday must be sanctified. Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini, point 67, July 7, 1998. NOTE: “In the issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes—those who keep the commandments of [Yahuwah] and the faith of [Yahushua], and those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark.” The Great Controversy, page 450. “In comparison with the millions of the world, [Yahuwah’s] people will be, as they have ever been, a little flock; but if they stand for the truth as revealed in His word, [Yahuwah] will be their refuge.” The Acts of the Apostles, page 590.

Great Wonders 16. How will a religio-political power, symbolized by the second beast, flatter and imitate the first beast? “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. 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. . . 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.” Revelation 13:11, 12, 14. NOTE: “The lamblike horns and dragon voice of the symbol point to a striking contradiction between the professions and the practice of the nation thus represented. The ‘speaking’ of the nation is the action of its legislative and judicial authorities. By such action it will give the lie to those liberal and peaceful principles which it has put forth as the foundation of its policy. The prediction that it will speak ‘as a dragon’ and exercise ‘all the power of the first beast’ [Revelation 13:11, 12] plainly foretells a development of the spirit of intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the nations represented by the dragon and the leopardlike beast. And the statement that the beast with two horns ‘causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast’ [verse 12] indicates that the authority of this nation is to be exercised in enforcing some observance which shall be an act of homage to the papacy.” The Great Controversy, page 442. 17. What will Satan use to deceive the inhabitants of the earth? What specific truth must we understand in order to escape many of these delusions? “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Revelation 13:13. “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6. Answer: “Satan is currently using false miracles to deceive the inhabitants of the world. We must have a correct understanding of what the Scripture says about the state of the dead for us not to be deceived. NOTE: “Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working demons. The spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them in deception, and urge them on to unite with Satan in his last struggle against the government of heaven. By these agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike deceived. Persons will arise pretending to be [Yahushua] Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world's Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the testimony of the Scriptures. "As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate [Yahushua]. The [ekklesia] has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver

will make it appear that [Yahushua] has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of [Yahuwah] given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: 'Christ has come! Christ has come!' The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as [Yahushua] blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of [Yahushua], he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is 'the great power of [Yahuwah].' Acts 8:10.” The Great Controversy, page 624. “Satan will come in to deceive if possible the very elect. He claims to be [Yahushua], and he is coming in, pretending to be the great medical missionary. He will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men to prove that he is [Yahuwah]. We must stand barricaded by the truths of the Bible.” The Review and Herald, April 14, 1903, par. 28.

No Man Might Buy Or Sell 18. What is the object of the second beast, in direct opposition to the law of Yahuwah? What is the mark of the beast? “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” Revelation 13:16. Answer: The sign, or seal, of Yahuwah is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, Yahuwah’s memorial of creation. [Exodus 31:12, 13 quoted.] Here the Sabbath is clearly designated as a sign between Yahuwah and His people. The mark of the beast is the opposite of this—the observance of the first day of the week. This mark distinguishes those who acknowledge the supremacy of the papal authority from those who acknowledge the authority of Yahuwah. NOTE: “As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite 'the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; . . . because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church's power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin.'--Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, page 58. What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Roman Church--'the mark of the beast'?” The Great Controversy, page 438. 19. What sanctions will be imposed by the authorities on those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast?

“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. . . . 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.” Revelation 13:17, 15. NOTE: “The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of [Yahuwah], will decree that ‘all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond’ (Revelation 13:16), shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath. All who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they are deserving of death.” The Great Controversy, page 604.

Seven Last Plagues 20. What punishment will Heaven send upon those who receive the mark of apostasy and accept the false worship imposed by the powers symbolized by the two beasts? “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahuwah, 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.” Revelation 14:10, 11. Answer: The seven last plagues. NOTE: “The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel’s message. That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of [Yahuwah] unmingled with mercy. Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of [Yahuwah’s] judgments, that all may know why they are to be inflicted, and have opportunity to escape them.” The Great Controversy, page 449, 450. 21. While the servants of Yahuwah will be protected from the seven last plagues (Malachi 3:17), what will happen to the adherents of the false system of worship? “And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of Yahuwah upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” Revelation 16:1, 2. NOTE: “When [Yahushua] ceases His intercession in the sanctuary, the unmingled wrath threatened against those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark (Revelation 14:9, 10), will be poured out. The plagues upon Egypt when [Yahuwah] was about to deliver Israel were similar in character to those more terrible and extensive judgments which are to fall upon the world just before the final deliverance of [Yahuwah's] people. . . . These plagues are not universal, or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off. Yet they will be the most awful scourges that have ever been known to mortals. All the judgments upon men, prior to the close of probation, have been mingled with mercy. The pleading blood of [Yahushua] has

shielded the sinner from receiving the full measure of his guilt; but in the final judgment, wrath is poured out unmixed with mercy.” The Great Controversy, page 627, 628.

Bible Study Lessons (part #3) 8. The Three Angels Messages Go to Part #3 Lessons Index

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QUIZ

1. What is the vital message that Yahushua committed to the ekklesia to proclaim before His second coming? (1) o

Three Angels' Messages

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He is coming to burn in hell fire those who will not accept Him

Peace and safety message 2. What is the first component of the first angel's message? (1) o o

Fear Yahuwah

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Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine. . .

If any man worship the beast and his image. . . 3. What is the second component of the first angel's message? (1) o o

Give glory to Him

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The hour of His judgment is come

Love Him with all your heart 4. How did Yahushua glorify Yahuwah? (1) o o

He performed miracles to prove His divinity

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Yahushua, the Anointed, came to save sinners

o Yahushua, the Anointed, reflected Yahuwah’s character perfectly 5. To fear Yahuwah means what? (3 answers) o

Be careful not to offend Him

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Keeping His laws so that we will not be burn in hell fire

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To keep His commandments

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To walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yahuwah

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To respect, reverence, love, and trust Him with all our heart

To be afraid of Him 6. What proclamation is given by the second angel? (1) o o

If any man worship the beast and his image he will be choosing hell

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Babylon is fallen and the seven last plagues will be poured

Fear Yahuwah, and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment is come 7. How will this message be repeated before Yahushua returns? (1) o

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Faithful Christians will repeat the message because the people of Yahuwah still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion Dead saints will appear in Christian homes to give the message

The angel will appear in the sky to repeat it 8. What is the third angel's message? (1) o o o

If any man worship the beast and his image, he will receive the mark of the beast and choose hell Fear Yahuwah and give him glory for the hour of his judgment is come

Yahuwah's wrath will be poured upon all the inhabitants of the earth during the tribulation 9. Why has Babylon fallen? (1) o o

Because she receive a deadly wound

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Because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication

o Because she could not deceive people any longer 10. Who is the whole world called upon to worship? (1) o

Yahuwah, the Father, and His Son

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The Angels of Yahuwah

Yahushua and Virgin Mary 11. How will the worship of the beast and his image be enforced? (1) o o o

Anti-Christ will appear and declare that he should be worshipped When human legislation [National Sunday Law] shall conflict with the law of Yahuwah by demanding false worship

o When Satan appear in Jerusalem to work miracles 12. What is the wine of the wrath of Yahuwah? (1) o

Wrong doctrines

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Yahuwah’s wrath mingled with mercy

The seven last plagues 13. What fate awaits those who worship the beast and his image? (1) o o

They shall be utterly burned with fire and it shall leave them neither root nor branch

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Everlasting punishing in hell fire

The ten last plagues 14. What is Yahushua's final warning to be proclaimed to the world before His second coming? (1) o o

Fear Yahuwah, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For Yahuwah shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil

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And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of Yahuwah upon the earth

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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 Yahuwah

15. To whom is this message to be proclaimed? (1) o

To the gentiles

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To every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people

To those that are not Christians 16. Give the definition of the Gospel in view of the Apostle Paul’s understanding? (1) o o

Gospel is good news and is to be given by the Jews

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Gospel is to love everyone that believes in Yahushua

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Gospel is the power of Yahuwah unto salvation to everyone that believes