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SPIRITUAL ARMAGEDDON IN SONG OF SOLOMON

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By Lang’o Evans Odhiambo
S.O.T.P. Director/Speaker

Prophetic song to consider

Song of Solomon 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if [a] man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

Allegory

2 Samuel 2:4 I will call on the LORD, [who is] worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 22:5 when the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

Here David compares ungodly men to waves of death and floods. Applying allegory in Song of Solomon, it’s that ungodly men cannot drown love.

Other allegories

Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt..

Psalm 69:1 O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul. 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

Psalm 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

[We shall mine from the above texts at the end of the study]

King of Assyria compared to an overflowing flood….

Isaiah 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, [even] the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach [even] to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.

Invasion of Israel typified by a flood

Isaiah 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, [which] as a tempest of hail [and] a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

What David did to be delivered from the flood [wicked men]

2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry [did enter] into his ears.

David called upon God and he heard him out of his temple.

Is there a time that God will not hear men out of his temple?

Ellen white says “I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer’s inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the Ten Commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said. “It is done.” And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11 Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage of the Lamb was consummated. And the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, was given to Jesus and the heirs of salvation, and Jesus was to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. {SR 402.3}

When the ministration of Jesus in the most holy place before the ark containing the Ten Commandments will have ceased leading to a general close of probation then no more prayers of and for humanity will be answered. Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. David called upon God and he heard him out of his temple .Before God leaves his temple the flood of ungodly men will try to drown God s people.

Why was David delivered?

2 Samuel 22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22:23 For all his judgments [were] before me: and [as for] his statutes, I did not depart from them. 22:24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. 22:25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. 22:26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, [and] with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright. 22:27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt show thyself unsavoury.

For us like David to be delivered from wicked men ; then before the Lord puts down his high priest robes we must be found to be

 Righteous
 Have cleanness of my hands
 keep the ways of the LORD
 Not wickedly depart from God.
 Upright before God
 Keep ourselves from iniquity
 Be clean in Gods eye sight
 Be merciful
 Be pure

In the great controversy we read “Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God’s people upon earth. This work is more clearly presented in the messages of Revelation 14. {GC 425.1}

If this special work of purification is presented in the messages of Revelation 14 then those who reject the three angels massage will be drowned by the wicked at the Sunday law time period. For you not to be drowned by the wicked, this work of purification must be complete in you before the Sunday law time period.


The Great controversy

Ellen white writes that “From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God. It was to accomplish this that he entered upon his rebellion against the Creator, and though he was cast out of heaven he has continued the same warfare upon the earth. To deceive men, and thus lead them to transgress God’s law, is the object which he has steadfastly pursued. Whether this be accomplished by casting aside the law altogether, or by rejecting one of its precepts, the result will be ultimately the same. {GC 582.1}

If the devil has continued the same warfare upon the earth. Can we then trace the Great controversy in Song of Solomon 8:7?

Having seen that in the context of our study floods typify wicked men, can we find what many waters are?

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

What are the many waters that the woman sitteth on?

Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Many waters are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

The work of purification carried by the angles of revelation 14 is to go to every peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Song of Solomon says “Many waters cannot quench love”. It’s only many waters [multitudes] that will have been purifier by the three angel’s massage that will not quench love for they are also purified by the same love of the everlasting gospel.

What turns many waters into raging floods?

We read that from the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God. If the law of God is at the centre of the controversy then we must find it upon many waters [multitudes]…

Psalm 29:3 says “The voice of the LORD [is] upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD [is] upon many waters”

Apart from just being a projection of sound what’s the voice of the Lord?

Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee.

Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

In voice of God are his commandments, and statutes. Thus the commandments of God have been uplifted before peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Remember it was the work of the three angels massage to cleanse and save from the floods and the first angel says;

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people 14:7 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.

The voice of the first angel is to go to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people or in other sense it’s to go and be upon many waters. The commandments of God have been and is to be uplifted before multitudes.

Who else sitteth upon many waters?

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Haskell says “The whore sitteth upon many waters, wielding a wide influence, causing multitudes to worship at her shrine; for, said the angel, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” From all the earth come those who pay their money to this base creature, and drink from the golden cup which she holds in her hand. Some have drunk once as an experiment, but having tasted her wine,they are intoxicated. The picture is that of the orgies of ancient Babylon or the mysteries of Greece. “The kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” {1905 SNH, SSP 291.1}

The great whore also sitteth upon many waters.

Who is this great whore ?

Alonzo says “This is the Lord’s own description of the Roman Catholic Church. It will be seen at a glance that all who acknowledge her as their mother place themselves in very questionable company. She is a harlot who has committed fornication with the kings of the earth. With the wine of her fornication the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk; and she has made herself drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. In the vigorous language of the historian, “The Roman bishops have deluged Europe and Asia with blood.” Upon her bold, brazen forehead is written, “Mystery,” and it is the “Mystery of Iniquity.” And this is the character whom Protestant (?) doctors of divinity greet with the title of “beautiful mother,” “the mother of us all”! The word of God says, “Jerusalem which is above . . . is the mother of us all.” Gal. 4:26. But here are “Protestant” divines who deny our heavenly mother, and salute “the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth,” as the mother, the beautiful mother, of them all. This was published February . . . , and not yet have we seen a single paper that has
repudiated, nor heard of a minister who has denied, this daughterly tribute to the “beautiful mother” of them all. {July 20, 1888 ATJ, SITI 439.5}

What is the church of Rome and fallen protestant churches guilty of ?

Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men. 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, [as] the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

In Christ object lessons we read “The priests and Pharisees thought they were doing great things as teachers by putting their own interpretation upon the word of God, but Christ said of them, “Ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God.” Mark 12:24. He charged them with the guilt of “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:7. Though they were the teachers of the oracles of God, though they were supposed to understand His word, they were not doers of the word. Satan had blinded their eyes that they should not see its true import. This is the work of many in our day. Many churches are guilty of this sin. There is danger, great danger, that the supposed wise men of today will repeat the experience of the Jewish teachers. They falsely interpret the divine oracles, and souls are brought into perplexity and shrouded in darkness because of their misconception of divine truth. {COL 110.4}

The Church of Rome and fallen protestant churches are guilty of this sin. We had seen that the voice of God being upon many waters symbolizes that the Ten Commandments have been uplifted upon many waters or rather upon every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Also the devil through adulterous movements [whore sitting upon many waters] has uplifted commandments of men upon many waters. Thus the Law of God is at the centre of controversy.

“Many waters cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it:” We don’t know whether the many waters are raging or calm but as of the floods they must be raging waters. When men reject the commandments of God they will be turned into raging floods .The wicked men typified by the floods in Song of Solomon are raging because they have rejected the commandments of God and accepted the commandments of men.

Ellen white states “The enmity of Satan will continue fierce and determined against the followers of Jesus. . . . Evil, wherever it exists, in rejecting light and truth and departing from the living God, will always league against the righteous and obedient. Fallen angels and fallen human beings join in a desperate companionship. This is the very union that the persecutors of the faithful entered into. {CTr 322.4}

When many waters [multitudes] reject light and truth and depart from the living oracles of God they become floods [wicked persecuting men.]

The wise shall understand
What’s a wave

Noah Webster’s Dictionary

Wave; A moving swell or volume of water, usually a swell raised and driven by wind

When wind blows upon many waters then waves are formed. Waves are are raging waters [wicked men].Which wind blows upon nations and makes nations angry?

Consider the prophecy of

Ezekiel 27:24 These [were] thy merchants in all sorts [of things], in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise. 27:25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. 27:26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.

NB: east wind blows upon waters of the sea [many waters]

Noise of the floods.

Psalms 93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. 93:4 The LORD on high [is] mightier than the noise of many waters, [yea, than] the mighty waves of the sea.

In the midst of floods [wicked men] is noise. When men depart from the law of God the noise that is found in their worship services is like that which was at the worship of the golden calf. The noise and confusion of idol worship.

Exodus 32:18 And he said, [It is] not the voice of [them that] shout for mastery, neither [is it] the voice of [them that] cry for being overcome: [but] the noise of [them that] sing do I hear. 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

Whose Agenda do the floods push?

Ezekeil 19:10 Thy mother [is] like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. 19:11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

In bible prophecy a woman typifies a church. The woman in the above text is exalted by reason of many waters. When men hearken to the voice of God they will uplift the banner of the pure woman [church] of Revelation 12 but when men reject the commandments of God they will exalt the agenda of the great whore [church] of Revelation 18.In this time period the raging floods [wicked men] are biding the agenda of the great whore of Revelation 17.

Why are the floods [wicked men] pushing the Agenda of a false church?

The revelator was shown when the floods tried to drown the church of god

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Explaining the events in the above text Alonzo says “These are the “one thousand two hundred and threescore days,” each day for a year, in which the church of God—the elect—was “nourished from the face of the serpent,” and protected from the flood of wrath, which the dragon through his earthly instrument cast out of his mouth “after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 12:17; 14, 15. They are the days during which the power symbolized by the “little horn” of Dan. 7:8, 20-22, 25, “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them,” and wore them out. They are the days in which death, on his “pale horse,” rode prosperously, with hell following with him, while he killed “with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” those who must be “slain for the Word of God and the testimony which they held.” Rev. 6:8, 9. They are the days in which “that woman Jezebel,” “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth,” used her terrible power so astonishingly that she was “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Rev. 2:19; 17:3-6. They are the days in which this “abomination that astonisheth” (Dan. 11:21, margin) caused many to “fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.” Dan. 11:31-33.{October 24, 1900 ATJ, SITI 4.5}

We see the terrible persecution inflicted by the Papacy, as shown by the scriptures referred to in the preceding paragraph, and certified in the history of the Dark Ages. We were revealing why the floods did the bidding of the apostate church. From the mouth of the serpent the floods came as in the above text. What is found in the mouth of a serpent? Poison of cause. What is this poison?

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 58:4 Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;

From this text; by speaking lies, then in the mouth of the wicked is the poison of a serpent. Lies are the poison that mingled with the flood and made it rage after the pure woman -elect church of God-..When men are overcome by deception they become persecutors of the undeceived.

Which is this love that cannot be quenched by many waters and drowned by floods?

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate from the love of Christ .No height of waves of wicked men can rise above it, nor depth of floods drown it. We read in;

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us;

Strong’s concordance definition of Constraineth;

To hold together

The love of Christ holds together the remnant of the seed of the woman [church] of revelation 12 so that many waters cannot quench nor floods drown them.

Importance of the constraining love of Christ?

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

When the love of Christ constrains us then the Pentecost experience is sure to follow. The early and latter rain experience.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any [of them] that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

Christ Object lessons reads “These scenes are to be repeated, and with greater power. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was the former rain, but the latter rain will be more abundant. The Spirit awaits our demand and reception. Christ is again to be revealed in His fulness by the Holy Spirit’s power. Men will discern the value of the precious pearl, and with the apostle Paul they will say, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:7, 8. {COL 121.1}

Counsels for the Church reads “Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul-temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost. {CET 189.2}

Who shall stand against the flood of the wicked?

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

They that are righteous and of clean hands shall be stronger and stronger even at the time of the raging floods.

What makes the hands clean?

Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Pure heart ,clean hands.

What purifies the heart?

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3:3 And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

What is this coming and purification foretold by the prophet Malachi ?

In great controversy we read “This coming is foretold also by the prophet Malachi: “The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:1. The coming of the Lord to His temple was sudden, unexpected, to His people. They were not looking for Him there. They expected Him to come to earth, “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8. {GC 424.3} But the people were not yet ready to meet their Lord. There was still a work of preparation to be accomplished for them. Light was to be given, directing their minds to the temple of God in heaven; and as they should by faith follow their High Priest in His ministration there, new duties would be revealed. Another message of warning and instruction was to be given to the church. Says the prophet: “Who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Malachi 3:2, 3. Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God’s people upon earth. This work is more clearly presented in the messages of Revelation 14. When this work shall have been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for His appearing. “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” Malachi 3:4. Then the church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself will be a “glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” Ephesians 5:27. Then she will look “forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” Song of Solomon 6:10. {GC 425.2}

This special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God’s people upon earth is to be accomplished by the three angels of revelation 14.Remember having a clean hand and heart wrought out by the messages of Revelation 14.The three angels massage.

Psalm 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

The third angel of Revelation 14 warns against the mark of the beast and those who reject the three angels massage shall have a permanent mark at the Sunday law time period and they shall not be able to stand by reason of their iniquity for they will have impure hearts and hands..

Revelation 14:9 -10 warns “14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

What is this mark of iniquity?

The Mark of the Beast.–When Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above God. He is paying homage to Rome, and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshiping the beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome,–“the mark of the beast.” And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive “the mark of the beast.”–The Great Controversy, p. 449. (1888) {Ev 233.4}

When shall these things be?

In this course of study we were ascertaining spiritual Armageddon in song of Solomon. We have done an exposition of song of Solomon 8:7 which has lifted the curtain and shown the agencies involved in the Great controvercy.To ascertain when shall this things be, its needful to tell what is spiritual Armageddon.

Louis Were says “The war or battle which the revelator describes from its commencement in heaven [Rev 12::7] until its close [Rev 20:8] is the war between Christ and Satan depicted in the “conflict of ages” series of the spirit of prophecy. The bible and spirit of prophecy teach that the battle [Rev 20:8] after the millennium is the same battle or war [Rev 12:17; 16:14; 17:14; 19:11-12] as before the millennium. Before the millennium Satan attacks Christ in His church, the spiritual Jerusalem; after the millennium, Satan attacks Christ at his church within the literal Jerusalem: Before the millennium, the “war” is spiritual uniting to attack the spiritual centre; after the millennium, it will be literal gathering and literal attack upon the literal centre the holy city. Before and after the millennium, it is the same “war” “battle” or “controversy” between Christ and Satan… Certainties of the third angels massage pg 332.

Before the millennium Satan attacks Christ in His church, the spiritual Jerusalem [a spiritual Armageddon]; by the agency of the flood[wicked men]. This is the drama brought about in Song of Solomon 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:

Let’s revisit the earlier texts.

Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt

Psalm 69:1 O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul. 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

Psalm 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Wicked men are like troubled sea whose waters cast up mire and dirt. David’s prayer was “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me and out of the deep waters”. For he knew that unless God delivers him he would sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: and come into deep waters, where the floods overflow him.

What is mire?

Strong’s concordance definition
…Mud or clay figuratively calamity;-clay dirt mire.

Miry clay it the book of Daniel…

Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 2:42 And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Daniel first sees potters clay then miry clay. What does potters clay symbolize?

Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

If potters clay is house of Israel, elect of God, pure church. What is miry clay? Its an apostate church, flood wicked men.

Iron mixed with miry clay.

Iron and Clay–Mingled Churchcraft and Statecraft.–We have come to a time when God’s sacred work is represented by the feet of the image in which the iron was mixed with the miry clay. God has a people, a chosen people, whose discernment must be sanctified, who must not become unholy by laying upon the foundation wood, hay, and stubble. Every soul who is loyal to the commandments of God will see that the distinguishing feature of our faith is the seventh-day Sabbath. If the government would honor the Sabbath as God has commanded, it would stand in the strength of God and in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints. But statesmen will uphold the spurious sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations. The mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is represented by the iron and the clay. This union is weakening all the power of the churches. This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. Men have almost passed the point of God’s forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy. But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves (MS 63, 1899). {4BC 1168.8}

Mingled Churchcraft and Statecraft.

So Isaiah’s prophecy of “the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” points to a time of Mingled Churchcraft and Statecraft. And its only those who are of pure hearts and clean hands that like David shall be save from the consequences of Mingled Churchcraft and Statecraft.David prayed “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.” The Mingling of Churchcraft and Statecraft are events that are bound to take place on this side of the millennium before the second coming of Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

What is the motive of this mingling of Churchcraft and Statecraft?

The great controversy reads ”When the early church became corrupted by departing from the simplicity of the gospel and accepting heathen rites and customs, she lost the Spirit and power of God; and in order to control the consciences of the people, she sought the support of the secular power. The result was the papacy, a church that controlled the power of the state and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of “heresy.” In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends. Whenever the church has obtained secular power, she has employed it to punish dissent from her doctrines. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. An example of this is given in the long-continued persecution of dissenters by the Church of England. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of nonconformist ministers were forced to flee from their churches, and many, both of pastors and people, were subjected to fine, imprisonment, torture, and martyrdom. {GC 443.3}

The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord there will exist a state of religious declension similar to that in the first centuries

Although church and state will unite their power to compel “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation 13:16), to receive “the mark of the beast,” yet the people of God will not receive it. The prophet of Patmos beholds “them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God” and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Revelation 15:2, 3. {GC 450.1}

Again when wicked men will try to drown the church [spiritual Armageddon] on this side of the millennium there are people of God whose love for Christ shall not be quenched nor drowned. This is the prophecy of Song of Solomon 8:7

Miller wrote “Some have supposed, that when Solomon composed this Song, or Songs, they were composed for dramatical performances, either as preludes, interludes, or epilogues. But I am of opinion that it was composed for a prophetic song of Christ and his church. But be that as it may, they certainly do represent, in rich an beautiful figures, the character and love of Christ for his church; likewise, her character and love towards her divine Master, her connection to him, and her dependence upon him in this state of trial. That the church has been, and will be, in a state of trial as long as she remains imperfect, cannot be doubted by any man of common reflection, perception, or knowledge. {1842 WiM, MWV2 264.4}

For those who heed to the voice of God our hope is

Song of Solomon 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:


Jesus declared to the listening disciples

Mathew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

“The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation [the United States] in the decree enforcing the papal sabbath will be a warning to us. It will then be time to leave the large cities, preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes in secluded places among the mountains. {Mar 180.2}

Food for thought

Luke 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet’s words: “The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:17. {DD 35.4}
Our hope;

Psalm 89:9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

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