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ALL WILL TAKE SIDES
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. __Revelation 13:3__
Satan is upon our track. He is determined to overcome God commandment-keeping people with his temptations. If we give no place to him , but resist his devices, steadfast in the faith, we shall have strength to depart from all iniquity. Those who keep the commandments of God will be a power in the land if they live up to their light and privileges. They may beat perns orf piety, holy in heart and in conversation.
We shall not have ease, that we may cease watchfulness and prayer. As the time draws near for Christ to be revealed in the clouds of heaven, Satan’s temp” tations will be brought to bear with greater power upon those who keep God’s commandments, for he knows that his time is short.
The work of Satan will be carried on through agents. Ministers who hate the law of God will employ any means to lead souls from their loyalty to God. Our bitterest foes will be among the first-day Adventists. Their hearts are fully de¬termined to make war against those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. This class feel that it is a virtue to talk, write, and act out the most bitter hatred against us.
We need not look for fair dealing or for justice at their hands. Many of them are inspired by Satan with insane madness against those who are keeping the commandments of God. We shall be maligned and misrepresented; all our mo¬tives and actions will be misjudged, and our characters will be attacked. The wrath of the dragon will be manifested in this manner. But I saw that we should not be in the least discouraged. Our strength is in Jesus, our Advocate. If in humility we trust in God and hold fast to His promises, He will give us grace and heavenly wisdom to withstand all the wiles of Satan and to come off victors, (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, 570-571)
Satan is busily laying his plans for the last mighty conflict, when all will take sides. … Satan is working to the utmost to make himself as God and to destroy all who oppose his power. And today the world is bowing before him. His power is received as the power God. The prophecy of the Revelation is being fulfilled, that “all the world wondered air the beast.” Revelation 13:3. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, 14)