SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Tuesday September 3, 1996

(Rev. 16:12-16)

Besides the Sunday law, what other avenue will Satan use to take the world captive?Rev. 16:13, 14.

Three "evil spirits," a triumvirate counterfeit of the three angels of Revelation 14:6-13, work through three avenues to capture the world. Those three avenues are (1) the dragon (paganism; note that the dragon in Revelation 12 is primarily Satan [verse 9] and secondarily pagan Rome [verse 4]), (2) the beast (Catholicism), and (3) the false prophet (apostate Protestantism; see SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 844). These three "spirits of demons" work "miraculous signs" to deceive the world and to lead it into the final battle of Armageddon. Here is presented a prophecy about the impact of spiritualism in the end time. "Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions." The Great Controversy, p. 588.

How does the New Age movement fulfill Revelation 16:12-16?

The New Age movement is a spiritistic phenomenon. Channeled bibles, such as The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (1907), The Urantia Book (1955), and A Course in Miracles (1975) claim to fill in the lost years of Christ, from age 12 to 30, with new revelations from heaven. They present Jesus as a mere man who became a god; all humans can become gods. They deny the need of the cross.

The New Age movement calls for a global consciousness, involving all humans thinking alike, and preparing for the coming of Christ, who will teach a new, exalted religion. (Compare The Great Controversy, pp. 499, 589; Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 56.) It is alleged that He has developed beyond His teachings of two thousand years ago. This idea denies the eternal validity of the Bible. Spiritualism appeals to the miraculous just as Satan did in Eden. The philosophy is "seeing is believing." Satan appeals to the senses to deny God's Word. (See Gen. 3:2-6.)

How does the charismatic movement fulfill Revelation 16:12-1? Can tongues speakers focus on a phenomenon instead of upon God's Word? (See Last Day Events, p. 159, 160.)

How will miracles be a test to Adventists? 1 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 13:14. (See Selected Messages, bk. 2, p. 53.)