As a dishonoring God, vain worshiping,

demon worshiping, openly idolatrous and

Sabbath-polluting form of godliness and

Satanic delusion were in the days of Noah,

so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 


ccc"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." — Matthew 24:37.
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ccc"Idolatry exists in the church-goers today as verily as in the days of Noah." — KC 49.
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ccc"The law was preserved by Noah and his family, and Noah taught his descendants the Ten Commandments." — PP 363, written in 1890.
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ccc"God brought His people out from slavery and idolatry that they might keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment." — ST February 17, 1898; or 3ST 455.
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ccc"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." — James 2:10.
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ccc"1 And God spake all these Words, saying, 2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt [i.e., out of the land of heathenism or open idolatry], out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. . . 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . . 23 Ye shall not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold." — Exodus 20:1-6, 8, 23.
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ccc"The first four commandments were given to show men their duty to God [i.e., therefore, since Exodus 20:4-6 quoted above or God's second commandment shows man's duty to God, the second commandment thus pertains to: (1.) not making, (2.) not bowing down to, (3.) nor serving any graven image or any likeness that is supposedly made to represent God]. . . .
cccAgain the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device." — Acts 17:29.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc". . . . the gods [i.e., idols] of the heathen . . . ." — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc"Those who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word, are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit [i.e., by His power; by His Latter Rain]. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power [i.e., no Holy Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.
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cccTherefore, we remember that "as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37); and, also, please remember God's warning regarding heathen, worse than dead, fraudulent, lukewarm Laodiceans, as seen in the previous inspired quotation cited immediately above.
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ccc"We may go to the heathen and say to them that we love the truth and serve the true God; and they will tell you that they worship the true and living God." — 1SAT 17; or Manuscript 5, 1885.
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ccc"The sins that destroyed the antediluvians and the cities of the plain exist today--not merely in heathen lands, not only among popular professors of Christianity, but with some who profess to be looking for the coming of the Son of man." — 5T 217, written in 1882; (and, thus, this inspired counsel is part of the great "light of 1882" by which God will pronounce "the church" of the Laodiceans to be "found wanting," as seen in 5T 83-84).
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ccc"All the men of that generation [i.e., of Noah's generation] were not in the fullest sense of the term heathen idolaters. Many had a knowledge of God and His law; but they not only rejected the message of the faithful preacher of righteousness themselves, but used all their influence to prevent others from being obedient to God. To every one comes a day of trial and of trust. That generation had their day of opportunity and privilege while Noah was sounding the note of warning of the coming destruction; but they yielded their minds to the control of Satan rather than of God, and he deceived them . . . ." — ST April 1, 1886; or 1ST 28.
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ccc". . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.
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ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc". . . . the gods [i.e., idols] of the heathen . . . ." — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., and/or idols] before Me." — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The second commandment will be easily disobeyed if the first is not kept." — ST July 2, 1894; or 3ST 129.
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ccc"Pointing to their statuary and idols [i.e., and/or gods], he declared that God could not be likened to forms of man's devising. These graven images could not, in the faintest sense, represent the glory [i.e., honor] of Jehovah. He reminded them that these images had no life [i.e., and/or He reminded them that these images, idols, gods, or forbidden forms of man's devising were dead--see PP 684-686; GC 464-465, 478, 556-558], but were controlled by human power, moving only when the hands of men moved them . . . ." — AA 237, written in 1911.
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ccc"The first four commandments were given to show men their duty to God . . . .
cccThe fourth commandment is the connecting link between the great God and man. All who should observe the Sabbath would signify by such observance that they were worshipers of the living God . . . .
cccAgain the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc". . . . idolatry . . . is . . . demon worship." — PP 685:5, written in 1890.
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ccc"All idolatry is devil worship." — Author Unknown; ST January 25, 1899.
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ccc"7 Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men . . . ." — Mark 7:7-8.
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ccc"The men of that generation [i.e., the men of Noah's generation] were not all, in the fullest acceptation of the term, idolaters. Many professed to be worshipers of God. They claimed that their idols [i.e., and/or their gods, and/or their forbidden forms, images, likenesses of man's devising] were representations of the Deity, and that through them the people could obtain a clearer conception of the divine Being. This class were foremost in rejecting the preaching of Noah. As they endeavored to represent God by material objects, their minds were blinded to His majesty and power; they ceased to realize the holiness of His character, or the sacred, unchanging nature of His requirements." — PP 95-96, written in 1890.
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ccc". . . . a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship." — DA 189, written in 1898.
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ccc"23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth." — John 4:23-24.

ccc"7 Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men . . . ." — Mark 7:7-8.

ccc"Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.

ccc"God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 316, written in 1890.

ccc"12 And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the Voice of the Words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a Voice. 13 And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone. 14 And the Lord commanded me [i.e., Moses] at that time to teach you statutes and Judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. 15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth." — Deuteronomy 4:12-18.
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ccc"God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 316, written in 1890.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"In Noah's day all men were not in the fullest sense heathen idolaters. Many had a knowledge of God and of His law, but in their grand works of sculpture, in their works of art, they professed to be honoring God by representing Him in the works of their own hands in the similitudes which they had made of God." — ST December 20, 1877; or 1ST 48.
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ccc". . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.
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ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc"They despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/or after their gods; and/or after their forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of God made by man's forbidden devising and forbidden art; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or after their false worship, vain worship, and demon worship]." — Ezekiel 20:16.
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ccc"The fourth commandment is the connecting link between the great God and man. All who should observe the Sabbath would signify by such observance that they were worshipers of the living God . . . ." — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc"The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator's work. Pointing to God as the Maker of the heavens and the earth, it distinguishes the true God from all false gods [i.e., and/or from all idols; and/or from all forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of God made by man's forbidden devising and forbidden art; and/or from the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or from their false worship, vain worship, and demon worship]." — PP 307, written in 1890.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc"'Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., idols] before Me,' is the first great command, and upon this command depends all the rest." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.
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ccc"'Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., idols] before Me.' is the command of God. Idolatry exists in the church-goers today as verily as in the days of Noah." — KC 49.
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ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., idols] before Me." — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc". . . . a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship." — DA 189, written in 1898.
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ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The second commandment will be easily disobeyed if the first is not kept." — ST July 2, 1894; or 3ST 129.
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ccc"The second commandment prohibits man for worshiping the true God through any creature or image. It forbids the making of any image which man might try to liken to the Creator. It forbids the making of an image of any creature to represent God or to be associated in any way with the worship of God. . . .
cccTo make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 181, 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." — Luke 17:26-30.
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ccc"Noah's earnestness and zeal in appealing to them to turn from their evil way, was criticised and jeered at. God is not in a hurry to carry out His plans; for He is from everlasting to everlasting. He gives light and opens His truth more fully to those whom He would have to receive it, that they in their turn may take up the Words of warning and encouragement, and give them to others. If men of repute and intelligence refuse to do this, the Lord will choose other instruments, honoring those who are looked upon as inferior. If those in positions of trust will put their whole heart into the work, they may bear the message for this time, and press the work forward; but God will honor those who honor Him." — RH October 21, 1890; or 2RH 434.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify [i.e., honor] the Lord as God. They do not permit reason to lead them to acknowledge their Creator. They refuse the Lord, and set up senseless idols [i.e., and/or senseless gods] to adore. They make images which represent God . . . ." — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc"Men in Noah's day were not all absolute idolaters, but in their idolatry they professed to know God, and in the grand images they had created, their plan was to represent God before the world." — 10MR 372:1; or Manuscript 5, 1876.
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ccc"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man. In the days of Noah, the wickedness of men reached unto Heaven, and God sent Noah with a warning that He would destroy the world with a flood of water; but they had so long given themselves up to selfish and demoralizing practices, glorifying themselves, that they had put God and His claims and His honor out of sight and mind." — YI July 19, 1894.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"13 If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." — Isaiah 58:13-14.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"To keep the Sabbath holy, we should not even allow our minds to dwell upon things of a worldly character. And the commandment includes all within our gates. The inmates of the house are to lay aside their worldly business during the sacred hours. All should unite to honor God by willing service upon His holy day." — PP 307-308, written in 1890.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"In Noah's day all men were not in the fullest sense heathen idolaters. Many had a knowledge of God and of His law, but in their grand works of sculpture, in their works of art, they professed to be honoring God by representing Him in the works of their own hands in the similitudes which they had made of God." — ST December 20, 1877; or 1ST 48.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc". . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God.
ccc. . . . God would not grant them His favor and support while they persisted in transgression. If they honored Him, He would honor them." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227, 228.
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ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The men of that generation [i.e., the men of Noah's generation] were not all, in the fullest acceptation of the term, idolaters. Many professed to be worshipers of God. They claimed that their idols [i.e., and/or that their gods; and/or that their forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of God made by man's forbidden devising and so-called art] were representations of the Deity, and that through them the people could obtain a clearer conception of the divine Being. This class were foremost in rejecting the preaching of Noah. As they endeavored to represent God by material objects, their minds were blinded to His majesty and power; they ceased to realize the holiness of His character, or the sacred, unchanging nature of His requirements. . . .
ccc'Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.' . . .
ccc'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness' . . .
ccc. . . . The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded." — PP 95-96, 305, 306, written in 1890.
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ccc". . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.
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ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol [i.e., and/or a god], and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., idols] before Me." — Exodus 20:3.
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cccThe first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The second commandment will be easily disobeyed if the first is not kept." — ST July 2, 1894; or 3ST 129.
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ccc"The men of that generation [i.e., the men of Noah's generation] were not all, in the fullest acceptation of the term, idolaters. Many professed to be worshipers of God. They claimed that their idols [i.e., and/or that their gods; and/or that their forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of God wickedly made from men's forbidden devising and forbidden species of so-called art] were representations of the Deity, and that through them the people could obtain a clearer conception of the divine Being. This class were foremost in rejecting the preaching of Noah. As they endeavored to represent God by material objects, their minds were blinded to His majesty and power; they ceased to realize the holiness of His character, or the sacred, unchanging nature of His requirements. As sin became general, it appeared less and less sinful, and they finally declared that the divine law was no longer in force; that it was contrary to the character of God to punish transgression; and they denied that His Judgments were to be visited upon the earth. Had the men of that generation obeyed the divine law, they would have recognized the Voice of God in the warning of His servant; but their minds had become so blinded by rejection of light that they really believed Noah's message to be a delusion.
cccIt was not multitudes or majorities that were on the side of right. The world was arrayed against God's Justice and His laws, and Noah was regarded as a fanatic. Satan, when tempting Eve to disobey God, said to her, 'Ye shall not surely die.' Genesis 3:4. Great men, worldly, honored, and wise men, repeated the same. 'The threatenings of God,' they said, 'are for the purpose of intimidating, and will never be verified. You need not be alarmed. Such an event as the destruction of the world by the God who made it, and the punishment of the beings He has created, will never take place. Be at peace; fear not. Noah is a wild fanatic.' The world made merry at the folly of the deluded old man. Instead of humbling the heart before God, they continued their disobedience and wickedness, the same as though God had not spoken to them through His servant. . . .
ccc'Thou shalt have no other gods before Me [i.e., and/or no idols before Me; and/or no forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of man's devising before Me; and/or no Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands, before Me; and/or no open idolatry and Sabbath-polluting before Me; and/or no false worship, vain worship, and demon worship before Me].'
cccJehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god [i.e., and/or an idol].
ccc'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.'
cccThe second commandment forbids the worship of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations [i.e., to include: the heathen church of the Laodiceans both right now and even still in the day of God, as plainly seen in ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; 7BC 962; and 7BC 970] claimed that their images were mere figures or symbols by which the Deity was worshiped, but God has declared such worship to be sin. The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded. . . .
cccBy causing men to violate the second commandment, Satan aimed to degrade their conceptions of the Divine Being. By setting aside the fourth, he would cause them to forget God altogether. God's claim to reverence and worship, above the gods of the heathen, is based upon the fact that He is the Creator, and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. . . Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed, there could never have been an atheist or an idolater [i.e., and/or a heathen]." — PP 95-96, 305-306, 307, 336, written in 1890.

ccc"12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
ccc1 Again the Word of the Lord came unto me [i.e., came unto Ezekiel], saying, 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations . . . .
ccc15 Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/or after their gods; and/or after their forbidden forms, images, and likenesses of man's devising; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or after their false worship, vain worship, and demon worship]. . . .
ccc24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . . .
ccc1 The Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto Ezekiel], saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! 3 For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen." — Ezekiel 11:12; 16:1-2; 20:15-16; 24:24; 30:1-3.

ccc". . . . Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned . . . present truth, but . . . reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days." — 3SM 419-420; or Letter 132, 1898.

cccTherefore, considering the heathenism and the open Sabbath-polluting with idols or the abominations that the prophet Ezekiel said would occur "in these last days" before "the day of the Lord" [Ezekiel11:12; 20:15-16, 24:24; 30:1-3; 3SM 419-420], and also remembering "as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37),--please see the openly idolatrous and Sabbath-polluting, openly "heathen" "form of godliness" and more discussed to the end of this study, as follows:

ccc"1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." — 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

ccc"There is a disposition among some Sabbath-keepers [i.e., among some professed Sabbath-keepers] to rejoice that they have truths that can be sustained by the Word of God, and that the unbeliever can not gainsay, and they rest satisfied. They make no advancement in the divine life; their faith is not made perfect by works; they do not feel their lack of spirituality, but boast that they have the truth, and they sometimes advocate it in an unbecoming manner. They feel rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and know not that they are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. What stronger delusion can deceive the human mind than that which makes us believe we are on the right foundation, and God accepts our works, when we are not conforming to his will, and when we mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof, supposing we need nothing when we need all things."— RH November 26, 1881; or 1RH 44.
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ccc"With some there is an outward show, a form of godliness, but there is no real power; and against them is pronounced the sentence 'Thou art weighed in the balances, and found wanting.' They are deficient, yet, in false confidence; they are deceiving themselves and misleading others. Yielding to Satan's sophistry, they stand on a false track, and by their representations endeavor to tear down truths that God has made fast, never to be moved. By their course, the inexperienced are led to wonder whether these special truths are not, after all, errors that ought to be shunned. When brought into strait places, they will give up the Sabbath and its powerful endorsement, and the more they are opposed in their apostasy, the more self-sufficient and self-deceived they become." — 10MR 46-47; or Letter 95, 1905.
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ccc"Said the angel, 'Can such enter Heaven? No, no, never. Tell them the hope they now possess is vain, and unless they speedily repent, and get salvation, they must perish.'
cccA form of godliness will not save them. . . .
cccThe young, as well as the older, will have to give a reason of their hope. But the mind designed by God for better things, formed to serve him perfectly, has dwelt upon foolish things instead of eternal interests. And that mind that is left to wander here and there, is just as capable of understanding the truth, the evidence of keeping the Sabbath from the Word of God, and the true foundation of the Christian's hope, as it is to study the appearance, the manners, dress, &c. Those who suffer their minds to be diverted with foolish stories and idle tales, feed their imagination, but to such the brilliancy of God's Word is eclipsed. The mind is led directly from God; the interest in His precious Word is gone." — 4bSG, written in 1864.
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ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.
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ccc". . . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God. . . .
ccc . . . The oft-repeated warnings against idolatry . . . are no less applicable to us. Everything which leads the affections away from God is an idol, and betrays us into sin. . . .
cccThe Lord our God is a jealous God. He is just and holy He will not be trifled with. He reads a deceptive heart. He abhors a double mind. He hates lukewarmness." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227, 228.
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ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc"They despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., after their gods; and/or after their forbidden images and likenesses, which a deluded people make to supposedly represent God; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or after their open idolatry, or vain worship and demon worship]." — Ezekiel 20:16.
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ccc"All the gods of the people are idols." — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.
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ccc"The second commandment will be easily disobeyed if the first is not kept." — ST July 2, 1894; or 3ST 129.
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cccThou shalt have no other gods before Me." — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc". . . . the gods [i.e., idols] of the heathen . . . ." — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc"'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away [2 Timothy 3:1-5].'
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen." — ST December 5, 1895; or 3ST 257.
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ccc"Christ presented the requirements of God's law with great force and clearness, but many of His hearers turned away, careless and indifferent. And to-day God's ministers preach the Word with power sent down from Heaven, but on the minds of many no permanent impression is made. The messages given by God are not received and practised. It is not thought necessary to bring the controlling power of God into the daily and hourly transactions of life. God is not known by an experimental knowledge, and therefore He can not encircle them with the realities of the unseen world. The eternal reward of the righteous does not impress their minds. The great day of the Lord, which is right upon us, awakens neither alarm nor rejoicing in their hearts. They have a form of godliness, but not the power of the truth. Wrapped in self, nothing can help them till they realize their true condition.
cccThose who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word, are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit [i.e., by His power; by His Latter Rain]. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power [i.e., no Holy Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.

ccc"'Speak unto us smooth things; prophesy deceits.' Many are daily cheating their souls with a form of godliness without the power; but the Lord has removed His smile and the inspiration of His Spirit from them. His displeasure is against them, because their deeds are evil. He demands decided changes in the life and character. Good intentions, good resolutions, good acts, cannot be accepted as substitutes for repentance, faith, and willing obedience.
cccThe people are too willing to believe their teachers without careful thought and prayerful investigation of God's Word. They love to have their consciences quieted,--love to be rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal security. In their blind selfishness, they deceive themselves in those things wherein they are willing to be deceived. Our Saviour declared to the Pharisees, 'Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.' And in His conversation with Nicodemus He said, 'Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.' So in this age; the church will neither search the Scriptures nor listen to the truth, lest her works be reproved. She is more willing to depart from the commandments of God than from the customs and friendship of the world. And because great men and worldly wise men are in her favor, because numbers and temporal prosperity are hers, she believes herself favored of God,--'rich, and increased with goods, and in need of nothing.'
cccBut earthly prosperity is no evidence of the favor of God." — ST March 6, 1884; or 1ST 415.

ccc"Those who make a profession of being Christians, that is, Christlike, and who yet live a life of sin, cast dishonor upon the truth of God. Many of this class trample upon the law of God, and teach others that its precepts are not binding, and yet they presume to take the name of Jesus upon their lips, and talk of being saved by His grace. Such teaching tends to enfeeble the moral tone of the church, and true godliness is banished while a miserable, heartless, outward form of godliness remains. Such come under the rebuke of Christ when He says, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' 'Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.'
ccc'To the law and to the Testimony; if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.'" — RH August 28, 1894; or 3RH 181.

ccc"'Salt is good; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out.' Salt possesses preservative qualities which prevent corruption. . . .
cccBut of how much value is salt that has lost its savor? When those who claim to be Christians, do not in their words and actions reveal the attributes of Christ, they are represented as salt that has lost its savor. Whatever may be their profession, they are looked upon by men and angels as insipid and disagreeable. Of such Christ says: 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' They have a form of godliness, a profession of religion; but it is contradicted by their lives." — ST November 7, 1895; or 3ST 251.
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ccc"Of the vast population of the earth before the Flood, only eight souls believed and obeyed God's Word through Noah. For a hundred and twenty years the preacher of righteousness warned the world of the coming destruction, but his message was rejected and despised. So it will be now. Before the Lawgiver shall come to punish the disobedient, transgressors are warned to repent, and return to their allegiance; but with the majority these warnings will be in vain. Says the apostle Peter, 'There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning.' 2 Peter 3:3, 4. Do we not hear these very words repeated, not merely by the openly ungodly, but by many who occupy the pulpits of our land? 'There is no cause for alarm,' they cry. 'Before Christ shall come, all the world is to be converted, and righteousness is to reign for a thousand years. Peace, peace! all things continue as they were from the beginning. Let none be disturbed by the exciting message of these alarmists.' But this doctrine of the millennium does not harmonize with the teachings of Christ and His apostles. Jesus asked the significant question, 'When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?' Luke 18:8. And, as we have seen, He declares that the state of the world will be as in the days of Noah. Paul warns us that we may look for wickedness to increase as the end draws near: 'The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.' 1 Timothy 4:1. The apostle says that 'in the last days perilous times shall come.' 2 Timothy 3:1. And he gives a startling list of sins that will be found among those who have a form of godliness. . . .
ccc. . . . 'As it was in the days of Noah,' 'even thus shall it be in the days when the Son of man is revealed.' Luke 17:26, 30. 'The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.' 2 Peter 3:10." — PP 102-103, 104, written in 1890.

ccc"'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away [2 Timothy 3:1-5].'
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen." — ST December 5, 1895; or 3ST 257.

ccc"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." — Luke 17:26.

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