SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Friday September 6, 1996

Further Study

FURTHER STUDY: FURTHER STUDY: Read Rev. 18:1-4; "The Loud Cry," "The Close of Probation," Last Day Events, pp. 197-214; 227-230; "The Final Warning," The Great Controversy, pp. 603-612; "The Seal of God," "The Impending Conflict," Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, pp. 207-216; 711-718.

There is a double worldwide gathering under way. "Satan is marshaling his hosts." The Adventist Home, p. 186. He seeks to become the leader of the world (Rev. 16:12-16). His "agents still claim to cure disease. They attribute their power to electricity, magnetism, or the so-called 'sympathetic remedies.' In truth they are but channels for Satan's electric currents. By this means he casts his spell over the bodies and souls of men." Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 193. Significantly, the New Age movement speaks of people's aligning themselves with the cosmic energy flow for healing. "It is the lying wonders of the devil that will take the world captive."Selected Messages, bk. 2, p. 51.

At the same time, through meditation techniques, people are being trained to open their minds to receive whatever comes. Evil spirits enter and take over, bypassing the conscious mind. A generation is being prepared to participate in this kind of mindless global consciousness. Such routines are common in different parts of the world, even in some grade schools. It is Satan's studied strategy to prepare the world for his coming as the assumed Christ.

Ellen G. White was given a vision of the modern development of spiritualism. Read Early Writings, p. 263.


  1. What encouraging events in the future will strengthen us to withstand the almost overwhelming deceptions of Satan? (See Joel 2:28, 29; Rev. 3:8-13.)
  2. What steps can we take to protect our children and youth from the insidious evils that are influencing their minds: morally degraded television programs, toys and games invented by demons, the influence of highly emotional, charismatic-style religious services.

SUMMARY: To cope successfully with the challenges of the future, we must focus daily on Christ. By constant communion with Him, we can be overcomers as was Enoch and can reflect His love to all around us. When political and religious forces threaten to destroy us, we have the wonderful assurance that nothing can separate us from Christ. His love and companionship are ours for eternity.