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If you are a non-Seventh-day Adventist reader, you are invited to read this short study, in case you are curious to know what is the great fear they have.

If you are a Seventh-day Adventist reader, but you are afraid to read this short study to learn what you are afraid of the most, then you should consider this fact: Not all Seventh-day Adventists are afraid as you are, and they will read this study. So if you don't read it, then you won't know what they know, and you will always be afraid to know what Seventh-day Adventists fear the most!

To learn what is the great fear of most Seventh-day Adventists, approach a brother or sister in the church on the Sabbath day (Saturday) and ask him to study the Bible with you. And he will, as it were, draw back in wide-eyed horror, pull out his sharp twoedged sword of the Word of God (Heb. 4:12) to strike at you, while quoting words to this effect: Jesus said to "beware of false prophets" (Mt. 7:15)! His odd behavior is motivated by his ignorace of what you teach. Whether it is right or wrong doesn't matter to him; because he has been brain-washed into thinking that anybody who asks to study with him can only be teaching the errors of a false prophet. But there is no need to fear his dull and flimsy sword, since it is defective and will fall "as powerless as a straw" (E.W. 34:1), because he is misquoting the verse by implication! He thinks, like most Christians think, that Jesus said to "beware of all prophets," which is blasphemy; because it is accusing Jesus of saying to beware of both false prophets and true prophets! Since, however, "The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ" (P.P. 366:1), then all true prophets must come from the "hands" of Jesus Christ, while all false prophets must come from the hands of the devil. Therefore, it is blasphemy to misquote Jesus' words and say that He said by implication to "beware of all prophets," which would include His own true prophets!

So why can't those Seventh-day Adventists who reflect such odd behavior (whether it be their sneers, stares, raising eyebrows, curt answers, name calling, ignoring you, reporting you to the pastor, or any other kind of unChristian conduct) see that Christ's words does not say "all prophets" but "false prophets"? Do they say this because they are trying to run away from false prophets? No! because they do not say to run away only from "false prophets;" instead, they say by implication to run away from "all prophets"! That is not what the saints would do--they would quote Christ's words correctly and obey his command to "beware of false prophets" and run away from them; but they would never run away from true prophets! That is, they would never say to run away from "all prophets"! Neither would they manifest any kind of odd behavior to anyone who may ask them to attend a Bible study. Instead, they would welcome the opportunity to study the Bible and Testimonies with others.

So it is obvious to these saints that when a Seventh-day Adventist misquotes Christ's words and says that it means by implication, as noted by his odd behaviour, to beware of all prophets," then the saints would know that he is trying to run away from all prophets, especially the true prophets. And that is why he uses his misapplied version of Christ's words to excuse himself, so that he is not obligated to study the Bible with other laymembers to find a true prophet, because it is a true prophet that he is trying to run away from! This fact proves irrefutably that there are two kinds of members in the Seventh-day Adventist church: (1) The few true saints, those who run away from false prophets and follow the true prophets. (2) The great majority of tares, those who run away from both--the true and false prophets!

Hold on, readers, this is not the time to quit reading if you want to know the great fear of Seventh-day Adventists, because you must read on to learn what it is. You may think you know that it is a false prophet that Seventh-day Adventists are afraid of most. But that is not their great fear, because they all profess (either honestly or hypocritically) to believe that Sis. White is a prophetess (either true or false), who founded the Seventh-day Adventist church, after she had her first vision in December (A.W.L.F. 22:5) of 1844. So prophets is not their great fear. Whatever that great fear is, which you do not yet know, it has something to do with their rejection of her prediction written in 1890 that Elijah the prophet was to come to their church. But why 1890? because of what happened in 1888, which she wrote about:

"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His {Seventh-day Adventist} people through Elders Waggoner and Jones {in 1888}. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 91:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

And what did most Seventh-day Adventists do with that 1888 message? they rejected it (1 S.M. 234,235)! And that is why Sis. White wrote in 1890 that Elijah the prophet was to come. And what message would he bring? He would bring, of course, that same 1888 message again (2 T.G. 39:19:2) with more light added for this reason: The Lord did not throw up His hands (as disgusted humans would do) and say, "Oh well, the message wasn't that important; besides, they didn't want it anyway." The fact is, it was very important, because the Lord never sends unimportant messages to anyone; and that is why He must send it again through His prophet Elijah, as Sis. White predicted:

"Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord' {Mal. 4:5}. Somebody is to come {future tense--sometime after 1890} in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he (a male person--Mal. 4:6} appears, men may say: 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message'."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 475:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Why did she begin with these four words "Prophecy must be fulfilled"? because the prophecy she quoted (Mal. 4:5) had not been fulfilled in its second application at the time she wrote it in 1890 before Elijah appeared. The first application referred to John (Mt. 17:11), who came in the spirit and power of Elijah before the first advent of Christ; which means that there must be another application of Elijah before His second advent. Therefore, the second application of the prophecy of Mal. 4:5 had not been fulfilled at the time she wrote it in 1890; and that is why she said it "must be fulfilled"! This irrefutable fact proves that she was not that Elijah, because she began in 1844 and could not say that she had already fulfilled the prophecy. If she had fulfilled it, she could not say in 1890 that it must yet be fulfilled! But why is it important to note that this prophecy does not apply to her? because of the great fear that most Seventh-day Adventist have (which you still don't know what it is). That fear causes them to misapply Sis. White's 1890 prediction to herself--God's prophetess, and say that she is Elijah the prophet.

But the Lord has not put one word in His holy Bible to confuse the saints, because He made plain that the identity of that Elijah was not Sis. White when He said: "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel as that time." (Judges 4:4). Did you notice that God's Word did not say that Deborah was a "prophet," a "husband" and a "he"? Why? because the Lord always refers to a male person as a "he" and a "prophet;" whereas He always refers to a female person as a "she" and a "prophetess"! And that is the reason why Malachi said that "Elijah the prophet" (Mal. 4:5) is to be a male person "he" (Mal. 4:6), as the first Elijah--John the baptist was a "he" (Mt. 3:1-3). This irrefutable fact proves, then, that Sis. White was not referring to herself as Elijah, but to a "somebody" who "is to come" after her day. Hold on, you say, how does this show what Seventh-day Adventists are afraid of most? We can find out by reading what she told Seventh-day Adventists to do to find that Elijah:


"We {Seventh-day Adventists} should never refuse to examine the Scriptures with those who, we have reason to believe desire to know what is truth. Suppose a brother held a view that differed from yours, and he should come to you, proposing that you sit down with him and make an investigation of that point in the Scriptures; should you rise up, filled with prejudice, and condemn his ideas, while refusing to give him a candid hearing? The only right way would be to sit down as Christians and investigate {in a Bible study} the position presented in the light of God's Word, which will reveal truth and unmask error."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 107:2--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

"If a message comes {with new light from Elijah} that you {Seventh-day Adventists} do not understand, take pains that you may hear the reasons the messenger may give {at Bible studies}, comparing scripture with scripture, that you may know whether or not it is sustained by the Word of God."--Counsels on Sabbath School Work, pg. 29:0--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

Note above that the prophetess of the Lord (Sis. White) is telling Seventh-day Adventists to "sit down" and listen to other laymembers in a Bible study. Then they would find the prophet Elijah she said was to come to their church, because he has more light for them to understand:


"We {the General Conference leaders and ministers} must not for a moment think that there is no more light, no more truth, to be given us. We are in danger of becoming careless, by our indifference losing the sanctifying power of truth, and composing ourselves with the thought, 'I am rich, and increased with goods {old light}, and have need of nothing {new light}.' While we must hold fast to the truths which we have already received {the old light}, we must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may send {by his prophet Elijah}."--Gospel Workers, pg. 310:4--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

Again, you ask, how does this show what Seventh-day Adventists are afraid of most? It does, but you can't find out unless you read these few statements, then you will understand their great fear. So far, the statements show that Elijah the prophet is to come to Seventh-day Adventists, who are to study with others to find him, and then they will receive more light (truth). Those who study with others, however, must not expect to find Elijah so easy, because there are false prophets, which the Lord allows to exist to test His people:

"God will arouse His people; if other means fail {reading Sis. White's testimonies}, heresies will come in among them {by false prophets}, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep {and study}."--Gospel Workers, pg. 299:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

God's people in the Seventh-day Adventist church will be sifted, because a few will "awake out of sleep" and study with others but the majority will not. If they are saints do study with others, and find that it is the doctrine of a false prophet, they need not fear. Their "position will not be shaken by coming in contact with error" (C.S.S.W. 29:0), because it is not " deceive the very elect" (Mt. 24:24). After all, the saints see the errors of the devil whereever they go, in the world, in the churches, everywhere. Therefore, they will not be discouraged if they should meet a false prophet, because they will continue to ask God to guide them into "all truth" (Jn. 16:13), and He will lead them to find His Elijah as they continue to study with others. But most Seventh-day Adventists cannot find him and his light of truth because they do not believe the word of their prophetess, Sis. White, who wrote:


"The {Seventh-day Adventist} church has turned back from following Christ her leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt {meaning that they are becoming worldly}. Yet few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. Ministers who preach self instead of Christ would have it thus {that laymembers should doubt the testimonies of Sis. White}."--5 Testimonies, pg. 217:2--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Those {ministers} who seek to lessen the faith of God's people in these testimonies {to make them appear doubtful}, which have been in the {Seventh-day Adventist} church for the last thirty-six years, are fighting against God."--5 Testimonies, pg. 234:3--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

What! The majority of ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist church are fighting God by causing the laymembers to "doubt the testimonies" of Sis. White! But why? Don't they profess, as do the laymembers, to believe that Sis. White is a true prophetess of the Lord? Yes, they do, so their profession must be hypocritical! So why do most of the laymembers listen to the doubts of their ministers against Sis. White? It is for this reason:


Do you know that most Christians in America are Protestants because they protest against the principles of the church-state confederacy of the Dark Ages? During that time the laymembers had no freedom of religion, and could not own a Bible and study it for themselves. Only the priests or ministers had access to the Bible, and only they were allowed to interpret it for the laity, and tell them what they can and cannot believe. Thus, they were at the mercy of the priests who could lie to them, and the laymembers, having no Bibles, had no way of knowing if it was truth or not. And the Protestant Christians today look back and see that period without freedom of religion and a right to own Bibles as a time of spiritual darkness; and say that this cannot happen to us, because we have our own Bibles to study.

But is the spirituality of the Protestant Christians any different today? Who studies out the doctrines for the laymembers to believe?--the ministers. Who preaches them from the pulpit and tells them that this is what they are to believe?--the ministers. Who publishes these doctrines in books and tells them where to buy them and that this is what they must read?--the ministers. Who tells them that they do not need to study their Bibles for themselves, or study them with other people?--the ministers. Who will cast out of their churches those laymembers who would dare study for themselves or study with others?--the ministers. Since these words cannot be denied, then it is obvious that the Christians today do not really have freedom of religion. Therefore, who can deny that the spirituality of the people today is not much better than it was in the Dark Ages?

Don't think the above words only applies to the other Protestant churches. They can also apply even moreso to the Seventh-day Adventist church, because the laymembers have no spiritual freedom either! The ministers lead them to "doubt" the testimonies, so that they will not know that Elijah is to come with more light. And to scare them away from finding this Elijah, they tell them that there is no more truth to come to the church, and to beware of false prophets. And this scares them so much that they have this great fear--they will be deceived!

There it is; now you readers know what it is that Seventh-day Adventists are afraid of most--being deceived! That is the reason why a Seventh-day Adventist is terrified when he is asked to study the Bible with someone other than his minister, and why he pulls out, as it were, his dull and flimsy sword to strike at him with these words, "beware of false prophets," because he is so afraid that he will be deceived! Note the kind of words they use in their letters written to Elijah when he sent them his literature:

"Now let me tell you of another class of {Seventh-day Adventist} individuals from whom I often hear. Listen to what they say: 'Please keep your 'Rod' to yourself, take my name from your mailing list. I am not in the least interested in what you are doing. Your booklets go into the fire just as soon as they come. I never read them and I never will--no, not a line. I am satisfied [lukewarm] with my religion. I belong to the true remnant church and I expect to go with it. How dare you try to deceive me?'"--1 Timely Greetings, No. 8, pg. 20 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The ministers of the Seventh-day Adventist church frighten the laymembers and make them paranoid by crying out their dire warnings--"beware of false prophets! Instead of encouraging the laity to "study to show thyself approved" (2 Tim. 2:15), and allowing them to study the Bible with others, they are denied that Biblical right, while they practice it themselves. Yes, their own ministers will study with other Christians about Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, and will often meet false doctrines by false prophets. And that, they say, is alright for them to do, but the laity cannot. Why? Is it because the ministers make the laity believe that they are ignorant and unlearned peons who do not know what the Bible teaches; therefore, they must not study with others, because they will be deceived by false prophets? Well, isn't that what the priests told the laymembers, who were denied religious freedon and Bibles during the Dark-Age period of spiritual depravity?--that they are ignorant and uneducated peons who have no right to study the Bible privately or with others.

It is obvious, then, that all this cry from the ministers about false prophets and being deceived, is to scare the laity and make them paranoid! It is to deceive them into believing that they are weak, helpless, ignorant, uneducated peons who must depend upon their minister (not Jesus) for their spiritual needs, which is man worship. And which is the exact same type of idol worship that the priests employed to deceive the laity and make them totally dependent upon them (not Jesus) during the Dark Ages! Thus, the purpose of their deceptive cry about being deceived is to close the minds of the Seventh-day Adventist laity against the new light from the prophet Elijah, and make them very suspicious of anyone who asks to study the Bible with them. The ministers know, of course, that their brain-washing technique (fear of being deceived) will keep the laity from studying with others, and it works very well: If anyone asks to study with such a brain-washed laymember, he will draw back, as it were, in horror and cry out "How dare you try to deceive me"! But there is no need for them to be deceived.


"We must follow the directions given through the Spirit of prophecy {the testimonies}. We must love and obey the truth for this time {not doubt the testimonies}. This will save us from accepting strong delusions."--Gospel Workers, pg. 308:1--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

The true saints among Seventh-day Adventists will follow the "directions given through the Spirit of prophecy" (even though their ministers do not), because they do not "doubt" the writings of Sis. White, and they will do what she says: Believe her testimonies that they are in need of more light (truth); believe that though they are to beware of false prophets, they must accept the true prophet Elijah who comes with that truth; and believe that they must study with other members to find that Elijah and his message of truth, because thir ministers will not tell them about this prophet. If they are saints and do that, then they will find the true prophet Elijah and his message of truth; and they will be secure from the "strong delusions" of false ministers and false prophets!

The majority of Seventh-day Adventists, however, who are not the saints will be led by their ministers to "doubt" the testimonies of Sis. White. They will tell these laymembers that there is no Elijah to come with more truth, and that they must not study with other persons so they will not find this Elijah. They will be told to "beware of false prophets" to frighten them into believing that if they study with other persons they will be deceived. But if they believe the minister, he will lead them into "strong delusions" away from Elijah and the truth! And that is because he has led them "doubt" and disbelieve Sis. White's testimonies which says they are already deceived!

"What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are all wrong! The message of the True Witness finds the people of God {in the Seventh-day Adventist church} in a sad deception, yet honest in that deception. They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of God."--3 Testimonies, pgs. 252, 253 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Seventh-day Adventists are afraid that they are going to be deceived, but they do not know that they are already in a state of "deception"--already deceived! They are "all wrong" to think that there is no more light to come. They are "all wrong" to think that no prophet Elijah is to come with that light of truth. They are "all wrong" to think that they have no right to study with others, and that they will be deceived if they do; even though Jesus said that the saints cannot be deceived (Mt. 24:24). And none can say that they have an excuse--they are "honest in that deception"? Deception is deception, whether honest or dishonest, because the results is the same--eternal death! But why are these laymembers deceived? because their ministers are blind and also deceived!


"The {laymembers of the Seventh-day Adventist} church will rarely take a higher stand than is taken by her ministers. We need a converted ministry and a converted people."--5 Testimonies, pg. 227:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Only a few of the laymembers will believe the instructions of Sis. White's testimonies to find Elijah and his message of truth. The great majority are so afraid that they will be "deceived" by false prophets, that they will be deceived by their deceived ministers, and will not "take a higher stand" than the ministers whom they follow. Jesus revealed these facts to John the Revelator.

He saw Jesus standing in the "midst of seven candlesticks" (Rev. 1:12) with seven stars in His hand, who said that the seven candlesticks are the seven churches" and the seven stars are the seven angels (Rev. 1:20). The seventh candlestick, being the last one, must exist in our time--the latter days just before Jesus appears. It is named "Laodicea" (Rev. 3:14), which means "people declaring judgment." And since no other church but the Seventh-day Adventist church is teaching that the judgment began in 1844, then it is identified beyond question as the seventh candlestick--Laodicea. As for the "seven stars" in Jesus' hand whom He said are the seven "angels" (Rev. 1:20), Sis. White identified them when she wrote: "In His hand are seven stars {angels}, representing the ministers of the churches." (S.L. 78:0). So here is how the verse would read: "And unto the angel {ministers} of the {Seventh-day Adventist} church of the Laodiceans {people who declare judgment} write;..." (Rev. 3:14). And this is what John wrote about the "angel"--the Seventh-day Adventist ministers:

"I {Jesus} know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert {either} cold {all for the devil} or hot {all for God--not hypocritical}. So then because thou art lukewarm {satisfied}, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My Mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing {do not need Elijah and his message of truth}; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and {spiritually} blind, and naked {without Christ's righteousness--T.M. 65:0}: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve {truth to open their spiritual eyesight}, that thou mayest see."--Revelation 3:15-18 (bold emphasis, braces added).

It is to the seven angels--the ministers of the seven-candlestick-churches that Jesus is admonishing: To the "angel of...Ephesus" (Rev. 2:1); to the " Smyrna" (Rev. 2:8); to the "angel of...Pergamos" (Rev. 2:12); to the "angel of...Thyatira" (Rev. 2:18); to the "angel of...Sardis" (Rev. 3:1); to the "angel of...Philadelphia" (Rev. 3:7); and to the "angel of...Laodicea" (Rev. 3:14--the ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist church! Of this last candlestick-church (Laodicea) Jesus said that its "angel" (ministers) are "lukewarm" (satisfied with the truth they have and want no more), and "blind" to spiritual things (can't recognize Elijah's truth). It is their blindness that has caused these angel-ministers to reject Sis. White's writings (testimonies); especially where she says that Elijah the prophet is to come with a message of truth, and that the laity are to study with other members to find him. And that is why they scare the laity to make them paranoid and suspicious of Bible studies; and why they intimidate them into believing that they are so weak spiritually that they will be "deceived" if they study with other members; and why they say, "You don't need to study, just trust me and I will tell you what you can believe and what you are to reject"!--idol worship of the worst kind!


So what is the solution to their being "all wrong" in their "deception"? Its not the fear of being deceived that should concern them the most, because they are already deceived. What they should fear the most is that they will not find Elijah and his message and get undeceived. They should believe Sis. White's testimonies that the prophet Elijah is to come with truth; and they should ask God to guide them "into all truth" (Jn. 16:13). And He will lead them in their efforts to study with other laymembers to find that truth, because their ministers are against such studies. Then they will be undeceived when they find Elijah's message, which said:


"Since the Laodiceans {Seventh-day Adventists} are already in the greatest deception, then for any one of them to decline to investigate a claimant to truth for fear of being deceived in so doing, is to stultify reason. To investigate and to study is one's only salvation--his only hope of getting out of his present 'sad,' 'terrible,' 'fearful' deception (Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 253, 254, 260), and his only hope of protection in keeping him from plunging into the abyss {eternal death}. So he must study as never before!"--1 Answerer Book, pg. 75:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"All {Seventh-day Adventists} who are too lazy to study, and who give the Devil a chance to sow devilish seed in their hearts, making them believe that the preacher or the minister will take them through the Pearly Gates {in his arms}, having no experience of their own, are cheated of eternal life; they instead get eternal death."--1 Timely Greetings, No. 21, pg. 12:4 (bold emphasis, braces added).


If you are a non-Seventh-day Adventist reader, then why don't you study with a Seventh-day Adventist? Are you a saint who cannot be deceived (Mt. 24:24)? If so, then why would you be afraid to study with a Seventh-day Adventist? Are you afraid that he will deceive you?

If you are a Seventh-day Adventist reader, then why don't you study with a Davidian? Are you a saint who cannot be deceived (Mt. 24:24)? If so, then why would you be afraid to study with a Davidian? Are you afraid that he will deceive you? Is that what you are afraid of most?


If you want to know the two kinds of people that agitates and shakes up Seventh-day Adventists like a hornet's nest, then click on---> STUDY15A.

If you want to know what divides the Seventh-day Adventist church into two camps (a Church and an Association) who are pulling in two different directions, then click on---> STUDY12A.


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