Most Seventh-day Adventists today have come from the Sunday keeping churches, as did our earliest pioneers. When we learned the truth about the Sabbath, we wondered how it was possible to be so deceived for so many years, when the truth was hiding in plain sight. Scriptures we had read so many times before, but not grasping what eventually became so clear to our understanding. When we were convicted of this marvelous truth, we wanted to share this good news with our family and our friends, so that they too could rejoice in the truth. We were going to tell the world about Satan’s great deception. CHAPTER 2 - The Trinitarian Position
We found ourselves in an unfamiliar role. It was as if they believed we were deceived. “He’s gone off the deep end,” some would jest. “She has gotten herself into a cult,” others might say. We wanted those whom we really care about to see how the master deceiver has most of the Christian world holding up the banner of Satan. Rejection often extinguishes the fire burning in the hearts of the newly converted.
Seventh-day Adventists tenaciously embrace the Sabbath. No one is going to attempt to convince them they wrong. It’s the seal of God. No way would they ever go back to Sunday. There is an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
But, is it possible that Satan has led the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, with all its highly educated leaders and teachers, into an equally great deception? Have we so underestimated the powerful intellect of Satan, that we are under a delusion that we cannot be deceived?
Revelation 13:3 says, “… and all the world wondered after the beast.” We are well aware that the beast power is the Papacy at Rome. In the preceding verse we learned the source of its success, “…and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”
We have studied and learned how the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday and how we unknowingly were worshipping the beast power through Sunday worship. Sunday came through Rome by the genius of Satan. It didn’t happen overnight for the majority of Christianity was keeping the seventh day Sabbath into the fourth century. The transition to Sunday took about two centuries before the majority of Christians were Sunday worshippers.
One thing that Satan has used to his advantage is TIME. The way Genesis is constructed, it seems that the great deception that caused our first parents to transgress was so soon after they were created. But that’s not the case. Satan knew his only access to the holy pair was through the forbidden tree. Angels had warned them of the war in heaven and that they needed to be on guard for what could be a fallen angel that may cause them to transgress God’s command. Satan patiently waited for his prey to let their guard down. It could have been several decades before that fateful day.
So here is the question. Since Satan knows that he is not going to trap Seventh-day Adventists on the Sabbath issue, is it possible that he will be able to deceive them by something else that came through the Church of Rome? Before we are too quick to say, “NO WAY,” let us examine the matter closely in the chapters which follow. Remember, we were only able to come to a correct understanding of the Sabbath by studying history.
Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10 says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said: ‘See, this is new’? It hath been already of old time which was before us.” In other words, history will repeat itself with the unsuspecting and unprepared because they are unfamiliar with historical fact.
How dangerous it is for a Seventh-day Adventist to rest in the belief they are safe? Peter gave us a warning that is not to be taken lightly in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Paul counseled us to “… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. When we became Seventh-day Adventists, we became at least ten times more the target of the great deceiver. Let us never fall into the trap of thinking that we with our finite intellects are any match for the superior intellect of the enemy of souls.
Now let us consider this warning from God’s prophet, “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” Life Sketches, p. 196 (also in Review and Herald, October 12, 1905). This quote alone should cause every serious SDA to examine our history and how God has led us in the past.
So is there another area where we may have been deceived as Seventh-day Adventists? Has Satan brought another deception through Rome that we are embracing as though it is gospel truth? There is only one way to be sure. We must go back and look at some aspects in the history of the Advent movement, in particular where they stood in relation to the Godhead. We need to study the issue in order to show ourselves approved.
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