"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
UNDERSTANDING TRUE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP and FAITH, part 11 quotes
1) Understanding True Bible Faith
"We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.
"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. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Revelation 22:14-15.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
6th Pillar – the Third Angel's Message
The Image of the Beast
There is an ever growing confusion and misunderstanding over the identification of the Image of the Beast. Those in the Evangelical and Protestant ranks identify this "Image" to be Satan himself, or the Anti-christ. While many in our separated ranks identify this "Image" to be the Sunday Law.
In Revelation 13, three powers are listed in symbols. The Leopard-like Beast, the Lamb-like Beast, and the Image of the Beast.
The Leopard-like Beast represents the Roman Catholic Church -- an ecclesiastical body clothed with civil power.
3) Who represents the Lamb-like Beast with two horns?
“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 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; 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. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast...” Revelation 13:11-15.
This Lamb-Like Beast comes up “out of the earth” instead of the waters of the sea. As waters represents “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15), then the earth would have to represent just the opposite – or an area that was not previously a nation populated with citizens. This Lamb-like Beast is not depicted as coming to power by attacking and overthrowing another established nation. But this Beast is shown to be gentle and peaceful like a Lamb, and thus establishes its power in territory previously unconquered, and then grows up gradually and peacefully into a national power.
As this Lamb-Like Beast is depicted as coming to power after the Leopard-Like Beast or the Catholic Church receives its deadly wound, and she received it in 1798, then there is only one nation in the entire world that could fit the description of this Beast! And this nation is the United States of America.
The United States has indeed established herself as a powerful nation gradually and peacefully after the Catholic Church had received her deadly wound in 1798. And the two lamb-like horns depicted upon this Lamb-like Beast of America would symbolize the two fundamental principles upon which the US is established – Republicanism and Protestantism, or civil and religious liberty. But this Beast does not remain peaceful for ever, because it is predicted to speak with the voice of a dragon, and declare that an Image to the Beast should be formed.
4) Who could represent this Image of the Beast?
The Beast that it images is the Roman Catholic Church. So then the Image must be some other religious power that is similar to Catholicism. As Roman Catholicism is an ecclesiastical religious body using the power of the State to enforce her decrees, then the Image has to also be a religious body clothed with the civil power of the State. So then who can this Image of the Beast be?
As the Lamb-like Beast or the United States declares that an Image to Catholicism is to be made, and the United States also gives life to this Image by enforcing its decrees, then there is only one religious non-Catholic body that could fit this description. And this is Protestantism. So when the apostate Protestant churches in America unite together and then convince the United States Government to enforce her decrees, then will Protestantism have formed itself into an image of the Beast of Roman Catholicism.
These Protestant Churches in America have already united together into a single religious body! This common union of all Protestant Churches together is continuing to be cemented through the National and World Council of Churches, and all that is left remaining is for the United States to use its massive power to enforce the religious decrees of these united Protestant Churches!
5) Why is it important to know who this Image of the Beast represents?
“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.
When the Image is given life by the Lamb-like Beast, then as many as would not worship this Image by obeying its decrees should be killed! So this means that it is not just the Beast of Roman Catholicism and its Mark that is warned against being worshiped by this Third Angel, but it is also the Image or these Protestant churches that God’s followers are warned against worshiping! We will not just be tested on the Mark of the Beast or Sunday worship in these last days, but we will also be tested upon not worshiping the Image or any of these Protestant churches! And if we fail our testing upon the Image, then we will be lost without eternal life just as we would be if we failed our testing upon the Mark and chose to worship on Sunday!
Since the Image of the Beast is composed of Protestantism, then what if I were a member of one of these Protestant churches whose leadership had chosen to form my church into an image of Romanism? Where would my great test be centered upon? My great test would be centered on my very own church! My eternal destiny would be decided upon whether I would follow the rules and decrees of my apostate church and its leaders whom I have been taught and led to respect and to obey as the voice of God to me, or whether I would follow the God of Heaven and His rules and decrees. My great test would be whether I would remain a part of my corrupt church system, obeying their commands and teachings above God, being one with and of them. Or whether I would show myself completely distinct from my apostate church system, refusing to obey their commands and false teachings, being at enmity against them. My eternal destiny would be decided on whom I worshiped more: my church, or God!
6) What are some of these apostate Protestant churches? Anglican; Apostolic; Assembly of God; Baptist; Church of God; Congregational; Episcopal; Evangelical; Lutheran; Mennonite; Methodist; Nazarene; Pentecostal; Presbyterian; Reformed; etc. What about the Seventh-day Adventist church? Are they a Protestant church? Yes. In fact the SDA church was one of the greatest "protesters" against the Catholic church in the 19th century of all the churches.
Now, of all these different Protestant churches, have any of them rejected the light of Heaven and God's truth and have chosen darkness and apostasy instead? Yes. Which ones? All of them – including the SDA church!
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist church may deny and question whether their beloved church, which has been given the greatest light of any church in the history of this world, has chosen darkness and apostasy instead. Yet, it is true! For proof that the SDA church has given up the light of Heaven and God’s truths contained in the three angels’ messages, please see our book "The Abomination of Desolation and Church History", Enlarged Second Edition; as well as our booklet the “Transmutation of the Three Angels”, on our website or you can write to this Ministry.
As God's light and truth have been rejected and darkness and apostasy was chosen instead by the SDA church, did the leaders of the SDA church begin to mold the church and it's organization into being an image of the Roman Catholic church? If so, then the great test for each and every SDA church member will be upon their connection and relationship to their own SDA church! So has the SDA church and organization been changed and formed by its leadership into an image of Catholicism? And the answer is YES! For proof of this, please see our booklet on the “Image of the Beast”. And in addition to this fact, the SDA church has also joined in union with all the other apostate Protestant Churches in becoming a member of the National and World Council of Churches! For proof of this, please see our booklet on “The World Council of Churches and the Seventh Day Adventist Church”.