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FROM ANGEL OF LIGHT TO THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS
You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. __Ezekiel 28:15__
Satan was not a rough specimen of humanity. He had been one of the highest angels next to Christ. All his beauty and intelligence and excellence was derived from God. But he misapplied his powers, broke his connection with God, and apostatized. And by practice he has an ever increasing knowledge of transgression. He has an ever increasing energy in using that acquired knowledge.
Thought is poisoned, and the force of wickedness, the abuse of his powers to hurt and destroy God’s heritage, will measure the daring of humanity, and their cruel satanic treatment of man against his fellow man. The more pain they can cause, the more complete is their work in destroying God’s heritage, and the more joy they give to the fallen apostate.
The world is represented in the apostate churches who are trampling upon the Word of God, transgressing His holy law. They know not what spirit they are of, nor the end of the dark tunnel through which they are passing. ..
The wicked rulers, the apostate churches, have been converted to the world, and they show just exactly what they would do in this age of the world if they dared. … Rulers and teachers who have caused souls to stumble over their per-verted teachings, statesmen, senators, governors, all people who might have understood the prophecies, but who did not read and search to see if they were applicable for this time and concerned their individual selves, will be taken in the snare. They will reap eternal loss. They will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. (Manuscript 104, September 1897)
The influence of mind on mind, so strong a power for good when sanctified, is equally strong for evil in the hands of those opposed to God. … Cast out of heaven, Satan set up his kingdom in this world, and ever since, he has been untiringly striving to seduce human beings from their allegiance to God. … Men become tempters of their fellow men. The strong, corrupting sentiments of Satan are cherished. (Letter 114, May 23, 1903)