LAODICEA, THE OMEGA APOSTASY AND THE ANNOUNCED PUNISHMENT OF GOD

What is the Omega Crisis?

  • “The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganisation. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organisation would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.“ {Ellen White: 1AB206 1SM 204.2; FG1.215.2} 

In defense of the teaching of the Trinity, this clear text is rejected by denying that there has been a reorganisation in our church, a rejection of fundamental principles, and the Omega apostasy. Many claim that Ellen White wrote only what could have happened, but that it did not happen. In the above quote, God’s prophet express with sorrow how God’s people will depart so far from the truth, while simultaneously desiring and hoping to remain true.

Similarly in the Old Testament, there is a call to Israel to return to God, although the book of the prophet Daniel states the exact year when that chosen people will be completely rejected forever. What does that statement from Ellen White tell us? The truths established during the first 50 years of our church will be called “delusions”. Our pioneers clearly taught that the Trinity comes from the enemy’s side. 

As a prophet of God, EGW did not deny their words. Instead she wrote that the pioneering teachings were true and that apostasy would declare them invalid. According to her, not taking Sabbath seriously is another part of the apostasy, and she also writes that the pillars of truth would be removed.Despite the claim that the Sabbath has remained intact, and that there has not been any apostasy, we see that the superficial observance of Sabbath has been fulfilled.

When we look at most of the Adventists around the world, we see that they cook on Saturdays, do sports, watch TV, and that, unfortunately, is especially followed by many preachers in the West. When God sent manna in the wilderness, He did not do it on the Sabbath. Collecting mana is analogous to today’s cooking. For the old Adventists, cooking on the Sabbath was a clear violation of the 4th commandment. Regarding the acceptance of apostasy in our church, Jesus tells us clearly that it is present and leading:

  • “ And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich (a testimony that we have the right theology), and increased with goods (understand the truth), and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind (misunderstanding and non-acceptance of the true truth), and naked (true theology is rejected): I counsel thee to buy of me gold (lost the most valuable truth about the holy Spirit and others that have been rejected) tried in the fire (cleansing from false teachings), that thou mayest be rich (to understand the truth again); and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes (recognising pure Biblical truth, the depths of apostasy, and false teaching) with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (a call to re-accept the truth).“ {Revelation 3:14-18}

Today’s Laodicea does not think about whether there is a mixture of false theology in their faith. They sees the message of Revelation as a warning, while often do not question the blindness of their spiritual state. Only sincere surrender to God can make changes and open the eyes. The message clearly states that we have lost the truth and that we are called to return to it through a healed vision.

The Trinity is the only teaching that is new within our important points of theology, where the majority does not recognise that it has risen against the truth, and thus brings with it the lost sight. At every other point, even a lukewarm believer can understand whether it is true, regardless of whether he wants to hold it or not. Ellen White, as a prophet of God, wrote that the last apostasy and the blindness of Laodicea, would be guided by the false teachings about  the holy Spirit, as a continuation of the work started by Dr. Kellogg.

  • “The ´Living Temple´ contains the alpha of THESE theories. I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people.” {Ellen White: SpTB02 53.2} 

As a prophet of God, Ellen White wrote that astonishing successes would accompany this apostasy, obviously to serve as arguments for the correctness of today’s church, although it was the apostasy with the message and liberal solutions that brought many unconverted people to church.

  • “The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work.“ {Ellen White: 1AB206 , 1SM 204.2; FG1.215.2} 
  • LIKE ancient Israel, the church has dishonored her God by departing from the light, neglecting her duties, and abusing her high and exalted privilege of being peculiar and holy in character. Her members have violated their covenant to live for God and him only. They have joined with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin have been cherished, and Christ has departed. His Spirit has been quenched in the church.” {Ellen White: RH, May 5, 1885} 

Through His prophets, God has clearly announced that the punishment for this apostasy would happen before the rest of the world is punished for rejecting God, and she said it applies directly to us and not just to ancient Israel:

  • “Study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel. These words WILL be literally fulfilled.” {Ellen White: Letter 106, 1909
  • “And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon Whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” {Ezekiel 9:4-6}
  • “Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to Whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust” {Ellen White: 5T, p. 211,1882} 

When God describes to Ezekiel what abominations are done in Israel, He says to kill all who have no mark and then He says, “Begin at My sanctuary.” This means that God’s sanctuary was full of those who should be killed because they turned their backs on God. When the terrible punishments soon begin, which were announced at the moment when God burned down our printing house during Dr. Kellogg’s time, but now according to Ezekiel in the fullness of God’s wrath, the majority of the leadership has been punished, they will understand it as „proof” that they are in right and that the persecution of the “true” people of God had taken place. They will not understand that the matter applies to them and that they receive God’s punishment. Throughout the third chapter of the book of the prophet Malachi, we read God’s admonitions to His people:

  • “Behold, I will send My messenger (Angel), and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple” {Malachi 3:1}
  • “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” {Malachi 3:6}
  • “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house” {Malachi 3:10}

No matter how much God rebukes His people because they are in sin and have turned their backs on Him, God still calls them ‘My saints, My house, My people!’ That is why God continues to send us warnings, and the message from Revelation 14 is the last message of warning to His people! The first angelic message is God’s call to His people to abandon the service of a false god (Trinity) and to return to the true God and His Son. So the question of the truth about the Trinity has to do with who we worship, which is the basis of everything else:

  • “ Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” {Revelation 14:7}

Who is this almighty God, the highest authority, Creator, and Source of everything? A Trinity?

  • “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. “ {Exodus 20:11}
  • The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that he might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 17. 1870} 
  • “But to us there is but one God, the Father, OF Whom are ALL things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY Whom are all things, and we by Him.“ {1 Corinthians 8:6}
  • “It is God (the Father), the only true and living God, to Whom our worship and reverence are due.[..] the greatest and most learned men of the age, who know not God, nor Jesus Christ Whom he has sent. The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted.” {Ellen White: YI, July 7, 1898 par. 2} 
  • ”Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the SOURCE and Sustainer of ALL, is ALONE entitled to supreme reverence and worship.” {Ellen White: PP, 305} {7ABC 439.2} 
  • “Jehovah (the Father) is the only true God, and He is to be reverenced and worshiped.”{Ellen White: 6T, p. 166, 1901
  • The GREAT Jehovah has proclaimed from His throne, “This is My beloved Son.” {Ellen White: DA, p.  579} 

God the Father is the God to Whom the first angelic message points to! Not the false Trinity! The whole Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy never state that the One God is a Trinity, but the Creator and Source of all things. If we were already praying to the true God, we would not need an angel’s message to worship Him alone! The whole Christian world also worships the false god of the Trinity, and this is why the whole world is called to come to the truth. This call of the first angel is primarily addressed to us. Revelation 14 describes the 144,000 virgins, who did not get drunk on the fornication of Babylon.

When God speaks of fornication, it has to do with serving other “gods” instead of the true God. God wants us to be virgins who have only one God, the Father, who in eternity will be “God, all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28), and one man Jesus Christ (Hosea 2:16), with Whom we will be married (Revelation 19:7). God gives the last admonition to His people to worship the living and only God, and to allow God to cleanse the mind with His Spirit from the End-time Wall called the Trinity! This is the only way we can have God’s seal instead of the mark of the beast!

  • “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled”. {Hosea 6:3-10}

Here we see that the latter rain, the outpouring of the holy Spirit, is connected with the knowledge of God, and that knowledge of God is gradual but sure, just like the dawn of the day! Part 3 of the verse: because His going out is arranged like dawn = knowing God is gradual! Just as the day does not dawn at once, but there is that period of the day when the light of day comes gradually, so our knowledge of God does not come all at once, but gradually. Strong light after darkness would blind the eyes.

In the same way, the light of the truth that reaches the mind can create spiritual blindness if it is done too fast. This helps us understand how people can be so blind that they cannot see the completely simple and clear truths of God’s Word. Here we also read the promise of three days, identical with Jesus’ days of His sacrifice on Earth. By this, God wants to emphasise again that the last virgins will acquire, by the power of God, the same sinlessness that Jesus had during His whole life on Earth.

The moment when we have symbolically raised means the new birth of the holy Spirit into a completely sinless life without which we would not be able to endure the period after the end of the time of probation! May God help us to choose the truth in time, and not to be carried away by the wind of punishment, which is directly in front of us, looking at most of the elders, who brought bastards to church, and on the other hand put believers in a situation to weep. New apostasy among the bearers of the truth about the question of the Trinity, which can cost us eternal life.

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