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POWER FROM BENEATH
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do.__Revelation 13:13-14__
How long shall the testimonies of warning be rejected for the wisdom of men? There are many things that I have not wanted to specify, but I am compelled to do this.
I shall now have to be far more explicit that I have been in the past. I shall be compelled to make statements in order to save the flock of God from deceptive influences. …
There may be a necessity of doing the very work that the Lord has in the past inspired His messengers to do, in order to save the largest number of souls from the satanic influences that would lead them astray. The world’s opinion will op¬pose the very work that must be done in order that the safety of the flock of God shall not be imperiled.
The fact that men whom I might name are imperiled by the sophistries that are coming in at this time, shows that a power from beneath is making its imprint on human minds. Every movement made now is to be carefully guarded; for the forces of Satan have minds under their control and will strive through them to unsettle faith in the experience of the past, which bears the signature of heaven. The delusive influences working upon human minds are of a character to unsettle the faith of the people of God in the testimonies the Lord has given His people. (Manuscript 5, January 20,1904)
We are on the very verge of the time of trouble, and perplexities that are scarcely dreamed of are before us. A power from beneath is leading men to war against Heaven. Human beings have confederated with satanic agencies to make void the law of God. The inhabitants of the world are fast becoming as the inhabitants of the world in Noah s day, who were swept away by the Flood, and as the inhabitants of Sodom, who Were consumed by fire from heaven. The powers of Satan are at work to keep minds di¬verted from eternal realities. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, 43)