“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The very atmosphere is polluted with sin. Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 136
When the law of God is made void, the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate, will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Evangelism, p. 361 or Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 368
In the last vision given me, I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved.… They will conform to the world, cherish idols, and become spiritually dead. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 608
That night I dreamed that I was in Battle Creek (then the General Conference headquarters) looking out from the side glass at the door and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look again. The scene was changed. The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: “This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order.” Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed. I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without meeting eager, inquisitive eyes wherever I turned. I repeated frequently: “If I could only understand this! If they will tell me what I have said or what I have done!”
I wept and prayed much as I saw our goods confiscated. I tried to read sympathy or pity for me in the looks of those around me, and marked the countenances of several whom I thought would speak to me and comfort me if they did not fear that they would be observed by others. I made one attempt to escape from the crowd, but seeing that I was watched, I concealed my intentions. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 578
There is need of a Sabbath reform among us, who profess to observe God’s holy rest-day….The Lord has a controversy with His professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week.
Before the above can come about Adventists will have rejected or ignored the experience of righteousness by faith of which the Sabbath is a sign. Thus, they really have no need of standing for the Sabbath truth for in reality the do not even keep the seventh day holy. Review and Herald, vol. 1, p. 405
But in order to keep the Sabbath holy, men must themselves be holy . Through faith they must become partakers of the righteousness of Christ.…
As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. Desire of Ages, p. 283
We have lost sight of the Sabbath as being a sign of an experience of holiness and righteousness manifested in the new birth and the renewing of the mind. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:23, 24). So having missed this experience, the Sabbath now becomes buried beneath the rubbish of dry formalism and open disregard for its sanctity. In fact this is one of the last steps in the Omega of Apostasy that we are very much in the midst of.
“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 1) giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? 2) The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church would be discarded. 3) Our religion would be changed. 4) The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. 5) A new organization would be established. 6) Books of a new order would be written. 7) A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. 8) The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. 9) The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. 10) Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. 11) 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.” Selected Messages Book, 1, pp, 204, 205.
All of these steps of apostasy are in our midst and are being fulfilled. The last step is simply the new theology that has been gaining ground in our churches for the last four decades and has to a large degree usurped the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14. Sadly, most Adventists know not the present truth of Biblical Adventism.
Finally, as the apostasy deepens, those who have yielded step by step to worldly demands and to worldly customs come to view matters in the same light as the nominal churches and with the hellish torch of false prophecy, teachers and leaders urge the slumbering church to go along with the apostasy.
Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan.Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 409, 410
I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day of the week. In this controversy the whole world will be engaged, and the time is short. This is no time to haul down our colors.
A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh-day Adventist, who were advising that the banner or sign [the Sabbath] which makes us a distinctive people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed it was not the best policy in securing success to our institutions.
Already we are seeing the beginning’s of this leaning in the homage we are giving to Sunday in our Easter services and Ecumenical services. For homage would include keeping Sabbath and Sunday. And would be the same as the three worthies to have bowed down on the plain of Dura and prayed to the God of heaven. It would have appeared they were honoring the image (Sunday) even though they claimed they were calling on God. We are seeing this in the removing of Sabbath or Seventh day etc. from churches and institutions. We are seeing this in the ecumenical dialogues and membership with Sunday churches and organizations.
And to pay homage to Sunday will lead to a complete yielding of all principle. Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 385
If the decision is made that our people shall not labor on Sunday and that our brethren in the Southern States shall appear to harmonize with the Sunday law, because of oppression, how long before all over the world [our people] shall be in like circumstances as they are in the South. The decision is to be a universal one. If it comes to the light of day as it will in degrees and there will be concessions and servile bowing to an idol god by those who claim to be Sabbath keepers, there will be a yielding of principles until all is lost to them. Selected Messages, Book 3, pp. 394, 395
Sadly most SDA’s, because of NOW joining hands with the world and daily compromising their faith will come up to the test and choose Satan’s side. This will appear to them as the easy, popular and wise thing to do. This is no sudden decision, but it is merely the visible fruit of the experience, which was lacking in truly seeking the ways of God. Thus the false professor will, once the crisis comes and as it deepens, merely reveal whom they have all along been serving.