Understanding The Enemy’s Attacks

Note: This post is primarily directed to Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. The courageous brothers and sisters who have made the commitment to be end time messengers for the Lord.

In the very last part of the last book in the Old testament, the Lord signed off with the following promise. (Mal. 4:5) “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  This important event was therefore broadcast to His people so that we, as Christians, could be aware of what to expect in the very last days. Unfortunately Satan also knows about this. Let us look at how the devil and his minions are actively working against this last day “Elijah” and his message.

Before we go into this , it is helpful to know just what is this Elijah message . Ellen White describes a great clue in (Test. to Ministers, p.475) ” Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah and when he 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.” The one who comes will obviously be an “interpreter” of scriptures, and by so doing, help to warn the people of the great and dreadful day very soon to come.

Many believe that “Elijah” has come and his name was Victor T. Houteff.  He did indeed interpret scripture as no one had before. Hosea, Jerimiah, Zechariah,Matthew 20 and more, were interpreted, and the message revealed that God was to have a church purified and a kingdom set up on earth BEFORE the Lord comes in the clouds on the “last day”. This kingdom is not to be a government kingdom, but rather a church kingdom, where finally God will have a church with no achan’s.

So brother Houteff did his work, he began “preparing” the people for the great and dreadful day of the Lord with his sermons and his writings. And Satan and the devils took quick notice, they were on look out. Victor and his followers were kicked out of the church after soon revealing the hidden things that God had him  unlock. Satan began his attack. The small company was forced to relocate to a location in Texas. But the SDA leadership spread far and wide the false rumor that brother Houteff was a false teacher.

But brother Houteff was steadfast, he grew the publishing work, and the members grew as well. He was fulfilling God’s word through Ellen White’s writing in (Test. for the Church, Vol.7, p.140) ” In a large degree through our PUBLISHING HOUSES is to be accomplished the work of that other angel who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory.”

So we see right from the get-go, Satan was on top of the Elijah message.  And he hasn’t let go to this very day! This is the message he hates! Read what EGW said about it. “There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience, the fearful realities of a judgement soon to come.” (Early Writings, page 273).

So with the thorough understanding that Satan and his angels are bitterly opposed to this last day message, let us look at how we can notice and become aware of his attacks.

Let me start with the example of “Harry”.

Harry was a good solid SDA member. But he was dedicated. He faithfully read the scriptures and EGW several times during the week. But Harry was often grieved when he went to church service. He’d noticed members texting during the sermon. He noticed young  women wearing mini-skirts. He would come home from service feeling as if he and his people had dishonored the Lord. He sighed and cried. The Lord TOOK NOTICE.

Let me stop here for a moment and say that our Lord will never miss a sigher and crier for Him and His Laws. This action sets apart his people, from the real converted to the semi-converted. The Commandment keepers who are genuinely grieved at sin,  tell Him they are not lukewarm.

Back to Harry. So soon Harry is on his computer and he stumbles upon an end time Davidian video, or audio message. He listens then soon his face is like this —  :-0. He can’t believe what he hears. Why are the leaders not telling us this? He ask’s himself. Soon Harry starts studying the endtime message. Our Lord has guided him to just the place He wants him. Harry accepts the message, for he has investigated for himself, he proved it out. Harry is a researcher and searchs things out.

Harry becomes deeply content, because the Lord has blessed him with much knowledge of His plans and His will. It’s almost like a honeymoon. He’s elated because as sister White says, we should search scripture like searching for gold nuggets. Harry has found the mother lode! He starts spreading the message. He’s on the computer telling it, he mentions to some friends at church, he hands out dvd’s  and cd’s of the message.

All goes well for awhile. But then something starts happening. He becomes troubled. He starts to think “I’ve been telling people about this message and it sure is solemn, maybe I’m overdoing it. Maybe it’s not right that I warn them so much.” Doubts, confusion, some depression sets in. Harry has now started to receive the “dark clouds” prophesised by EGW.

Ellen White describes what is happening . ” I saw some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. Their countenances were pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle. Firmness and great earnestness was expressed in their countenances;large drops of perspiration fell from their foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God’s approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them.

Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they be led to distrust God and murmur against Him.Their only safety was keeping their eyes directed upward. Angels of God charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere of evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness.”

So that you know beyond doubt that EGW describes the Davidian’s and their end time message she continues “I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the STRAIGHT TESTIMONY called forth by the counsel of the True Witness TO THE LAODICEANS.”

We see that the messengers of the end time straight testimony of the Church judgement, go directly to their fellow members(to the Laodiceans). This message enrages Satan and his angels. For it makes the people aware of God’s end time plans and soon brings in the sealed 144,000. Then this mighty little company of God will set up God’s last days kingdom, and he will be at the very end of his rope.

Other helpful quotes by EGW — ” I was shown that Satan’s power is especially exercised upon the people of God. Many were presented before me in a doubting desparing condition…. And it is too often the case that the people of God are not on their watch, therefore are ignorant of his devices.” (Test. for the Church, vol. 1, page 304).

“Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.” –Letter 12, 1890 –Selected Messages Vol.1, P.48

In (Testimonies for the church, Vol. 3, P.290) we read  most helpful passages. “Weary and prostrate, Elijah sits down to rest. He is discouraged and feels like murmuring. He says, “Now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” He feels that life is no more valuable. He expected after the signal display of God’s power in the presence of Israel  that they would be true and faithful to God …Elijah is a fugitive from the homes of men, and he wishes never to look upon man again.”

From the above we see, as “Elijah messengers” ,  we will also feel despondent frequently,because our work will not move our members. The plain “Thus sayest the Lord” fails to move them. Our adversary then sends us doubts and yet that is the very time we must resort to prayer, and maybe even fasting.

So it is very important to realize that if you decide to step up to the Davidian platform BE PREPARED!  It will not be  a cakewalk. Not only will dark forces often hover by you, but those weaker Davidians who unfortuantely aren’t truly converted, will go against you as well. They will murmer against you, spread falsehoods, and listen to the evil ones suggestions. Don’t forget Satan works best by going within! Of all people the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists, should have love in their hearts, due to the great light shown them.

Just like he did with Judas, Satan began going inside the movement with none other than the prophet’s wife! Florence Houteff, after the death of brother Houteff in 1955,  unfortunately was swayed strongly by dark forces and started publishing ON HER OWN supposed writings of brother Houteff. For a study on how Florence Houteff brought in her agenda and “code ” items , see this report ,http://hearyetherod.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/the-codes-whats-the-facts/

In closing, let us be strengthened by the inspired prophetess’ words. ” Wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from the assemblies of His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises. Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be SUCCESSFULLY RESISTED, “not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zech. 4:6).” (Selected messages , Vol. 1, p.124)

We will be ever strong when we look to HIM as our defense. When we understand how and why the enemy attacks us, we are better able to withstand them. Because we choose to take on the message, our reward will be to be a part of “God’s Elect” in finishing His work here on earth, and our internal struggles will turn into the great joy of the Lord!

In Christ,

Rob

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6 Responses to “Understanding The Enemy’s Attacks”

  1. Eric Edstrom Says:

    Amen brother, this is a nice practical post. Yes God in His infinite mercy prepares us for every emergency and crisis we will face, even from our greatest danger–those of the household of faith–the professed friends of the faith. Preach on.

  2. godsloveandlaw Says:

    By the grace of God, I will. Thanks bro, yes we have to be ever vigilant of our foes. Their sometimes unrelenting attacks to those of us who proclaim “straight testimony” is only handled by looking to Him that saves.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Excellent article brother Rob.

  4. B. Albert Says:

    Straight on, alright. Blessings & Joy & Peace to you, our bro.

  5. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Very neglected area we must always keep in mind. If we lose track of how the enemy attacks, we may fall prey to his schemes.Thanks my brother.

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