Amazing Facts About 7th Day Adventism
multitude of Adventist related corporations have mushroomed in size and influence since the movement’s beginnings in the 19th century and, over the years, each outreach has taken on a personality of its own. In our time, the Amazing Facts (AF) group has come to personify the denomination. With television, radio, and print, the doctrinal staples are still largely built around the teachings of Ellen G White – including yet another reprinted, repackaged, and renamed version of White’s venerable book The Great Controversy.
To a certain extent, 7th Day Adventism (SDA), as presented by Amazing Facts, is an ideal example of why the process of the Dialectic is so dangerous, for most would perceive the doctrinal differences between SDA and most forms of Christianity to be minimal – thus further eroding the need to receive precise truth concerning prophecy. Further, because it is self evident the AF people are genuine in their devotion to their version of the Gospel, the drive to retain the relationship with the various outreaches is powerful. However, those versed in how the Spiritual power behind the Dialectic stimulates the emotions involved in relationship (at the expense of the facts of the true Gospel), know this indicates the SDA movement is truly deadly.
Like all dynamic religious systems which are now encased in soul-less corporate shells – demonstrating that it is indeed a tomb in spite of its attractive exterior – the doctrine espoused by the Amazing Facts ministry is seriously flawed. Worse yet, the group has repeatedly demonstrated they are not capable of abandoning the falsehoods, as the very foundations of the SDA house are built on lies.
At the core of the system is the failed prophetic system of William Miller, the fiery 19th century preacher whose date-setting for the return of Christ resulted in what is usually termed The Great Dissapointment. Because the SDA church built their denomination on the shaky foundation of Miller’s false doctrine, regardless of how they polish the system, they are still stuck with basic doctrinal error because of their insistence that Miller’s pronouncements were from the throne of glory. Thus, the leaven of what was then the basis for the “Millerite movement,” is still deeply embedded in the Amazing Facts religion:
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones [or TV and Radio programs and glossy four-color print]…every man’s work shall be made manifest…because it shall be revealed by fire…If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss….” (I Corinthians 3:11-13).
As an incorporated, state-sanctioned religious institution – duly licensed and approved by the Beast – Seventh Day Adventism is a study in irony, since their doctrinal output places a significant emphasis on exposing the sins of the duopolistic whoredoms of Roman Catholicism, in bed with that denomination’s unholy political lovers.
To get down to the doctrine, the body of belief is still largely historicist – that system which renders the 1,260 days of Revelation as 1,260 past years of tribulation-like conditions. Most of the historicists, steeped in the sola scriptura Protestantism of the 18thand 19th centuries, have various dates for the beginning of their 1,260 year calculation – with each of them indicating the end of the “tribulation” was near – thus providing the excitement of an imminent return of the LORD.
Amazing Facts, however, is set on the beginning as occurring in 538 AD – which terminates in 1798, the year that Napoleon’s military captured the Pope – thus buttressing their identification of the Papacy as the office of Antichrist. In fact, the insistence on identifying the Pope as the Antichrist runs parallel to the stubborn retention of William Miller’s 1844 prediction, in that adjacent doctrine is affected by yet another faulty assumption.
It is obvious to all concerned the Vatican is a locust nest of apostasy, but when adjacent prophecy is forced to conform to inaccurate prophetic conclusions, errors are multiplied, and sometimes exponentially. The Papist antipathy also serves to underline the emphasis on the Sabbath – a 7th Day Adventist staple – for it was indeed the Romanists who sought to shift the Sabbath to Sunday. However, such facts should be anecdotal footnotes in the book of heresy, instead of central tenets of the SDA system, for the identification of the Pope as Antichrist then forces a contrived choice for the selection for who gets to play the False Prophet. Thus, in the Rogue’s Gallery at Amazing Facts, we find the fallacious proposition that Uncle Sam is the False Prophet, causing the world to follow the Papacy.
“…he causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast [the Antichrist beast]” (Revelation 13:12).
Even a casual read of the 13th chapter of Revelation provides the impression the 2nd beast, who is plainly identified as the “false prophet” in chapters 16, 19, and 20, is a religious figure – thus insinuating the first beast has a political affiliation. Not so with Adventism, for their identification of the first beast (usually called the “Antichrist” beast) is forced upon the Papacy because of prior error in their interpretation of the book of Daniel.
To a certain extent, confusion between the attributes of the two beasts of Revelation is common in a multitude of prophetic traditions – not to mention the fact they are both conclusively defined as evil in the text. However, the refusal to respond to the Spirit’s leading to the truth is a lethal proposition, so it is the very same clinging to the false prophecy of William Miller (and his successors) previously described which highlights the ongoing compounded error.
For instance, all know about II Thessalonian’s threat that God will send “strong delusion” in the area of prophecy, yet few see the Greek word plane, rendered as delusion in II Thessalonians, turns out to be the “error” connected to the rise of false prophets in II Peter:
“…there shall be false teachers among you….they allure through the lusts of the flesh [the aforementioned emotionally driven relationship to the system], through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error” [plane]” (II Peter 2:1, 18).
Predictably, the writings pouring out of Amazing Facts have common ground with all the false doctrines of our time, including their rivals The Rapture Cult. For example, both will tell the seeking believer they should not be dogmatic about prophecy, thus opening the door to the Marxist delivered Dialogue To Consensus. Thus we find the following smooth words which sound right, but are actually derived from what Peter described as “the flesh” – where emotions which drive the intellect are located:
“Don’t Be Dogmatic. We can identify with some certainty how prophecy has been fulfilled in history…but when we come to the parts still to be fulfilled, humility becomes particularly important. We might be able to sense the general approach the fulfillment will likely take, but there’s no room or need for dogmatism as to the specifics” (Daniel and Revelation, Secrets of Bible Prophecy, page 42, published by Amazing Facts).
The Scripture about how there is a way that seems right to a man, but it results in death comes to mind. The previous phrase sounds good, but it is steeped in the Diaprax mindset (the Praxis of the Dialectic) which allows for a disparate group with varying opinions to come together in a facilitated environment. The Scriptures declare there is one absolute truth, and when anyone introduces another Gospel, we are to shut the door, not invite them to a prophecy conference where a multitude of views are entertained:
“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (II John 1:9, 10).
Today, the overwhelming majority of believers in anydenominational structure would relegate the doctrine being addressed in the present work to the ephemeral “non-essentials” concerning salvation, but that false assumption is pure Dragonspeak – and it will lead you to the lake of fire. Even the context of John’s statements tell us the Holy Spirit was addressing “the doctrine of Christ,” as opposed to a relatively unimportant disagreement concerning prophecy (or sequence) in an end time’s context:
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (II John 1:9).
To this very hour, most Christians are abysmal failures in identifying fundamentals, such as the Kingdom of God – hardly an inconsequential “non-essential” – and this is because of the work of false prophets like the 7th Day Adventists. For instance, in a crucial prophecy which identifies the arrival of the Kingdom of God as predicted to occur during the days of the Roman Empire, the very text which tells us that crucial fact is grossly distorted by Amazing Facts, in order to lay the groundwork for their later false assumptions concerning the Papacy, and William Miller.
Daniel’s 2nd chapter, with the prophet’s astonishing statements concerning the Kingdom of God which arrives “in the days of these kings,” is twisted beyond recognition to support the so called “Revived Roman Empire” myth, a gigantic lie which is needed to sustain the Antichrist apostasy that is 7th Day Adventism.
The reader will recall how the four kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome are described, and how the 4th kingdom of Rome narrows down to the toes of potter’s clay, which seeks to mingle with the iron of Rome:
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided…and whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men…” (Daniel 2:41, 43).
The clever false prophets at Amazing Facts, substituting their theological error for the truth, tell us this text actually describes a lack of cohesion between the former states of the Roman Empire:
“In other words, the fourth kingdom was to be broken up into a number of smaller powers…Daniel then described efforts to bind these powers into single empire…But these efforts would fail” (Daniel and Revelation, Secrets of Bible Prophecy, page 14, published by Amazing Facts).
The false prophets then compound that error, and quote the relevant verses in the so called “New” King James Version:
“[this] kingdom shall be divided – just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay” (Daniel 2:41, NKJV, emphasis mine).
Notice how the absolutely Satanic abomination known as the New King James loses the “potter’s clay” and transforms it into “ceramic clay” – thereby stripping the prophecy of its point blank connection between the potter’s clay and Israel:
“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8).
There are actually multiple allusions to Israel as the potter’s clay, in Romans, Isaiah, and Jeremiah:
“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? Saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel” (Jeremiah 18:6).
The amazing false facts emanating out of the SDA’s continue, as the liars then change translations, and try to tell us the “ceramic” clay tries to join with the iron through the institution of marriage – an assertion that does not occur at all in most translations, but is found in the reprobate New Revised Standard Version:
“Daniel then described efforts to bind these powers into a single empire – even to the extent of mixing `with one another in marriage’” (Daniel and Revelation, Secrets of Bible Prophecy, page 14, with citation of Daniel 2:41 from the NRSV).
The truth is, the wonderful passage in Daniel 2 actually tells us the Kingdom of God will arrive in the days of the Roman Empire – obviously an allusion to the fact that JESUS CHRIST entered into this world in the days of the Roman Empire:
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed….” (Daniel 2:44).
Not only does this crucial text tell us the Kingdom of God will be set up in that generation, the allusion to the potter’s clay points directly to Israel as the identity of the occupants of the Kingdom of God, because it tells us the “potter’s clay” – clearly born again Israel, are no longer ordinary people born of water, as they will seek to mingle themselves with “the seed of men” – a powerful prediction that the “potter’s clay” – Israel – is to enter into a Spiritual existence as the sons and daughters of God:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
All of this is related to what John calls “the doctrine of Christ” – who He is, and our identity in relationship to Him – which conclusively demonstrates the Amazing Facts ministry is to be identified with the false prophets John predicts will arrive in that very same text:
“For many deceivers are entered into the world….This is a deceiver and an antichrist…Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God” (II John 1:7, 9).
The idea that William Miller’s failed prophecy that Christ will return in 1844 has been transformed in theAmazing Facts twisted world as a significant event, which is then used to claim the 7th Day Adventist movement is a true work of the LORD. Looking back to the 19th century, the record shows the original Millerite pronouncement was predicated on the date the SDA’s claim for the beginning of Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy, the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.
“From the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks…..” (Daniel 9:25).
This widely studied prophecy from Daniel 9, is now unnaturally paired with a completely different prophecy in another chapter of Daniel (chapter 8) in order to rehabilitate William Miller’s false prophecy, in a contrived attempt to tie it to Scripture. In Daniel 8, we find a mysterious statement concerning the “transgression of desolation” [read abomination], and a statement that the sanctuary will be cleansed in association with a period of 2,300 days.
“How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:13, 14).
There were, in fact, several different dates when directives were given to rebuild Jerusalem, so the actual date is contested; however, William Miller used the date of 457 BC. He then claimed the 2,300 days mentioned were actually 2,300 years to conclude that Christ would return in 1844. When Christ did not return on that date, in order to salvage the movement which had accumulated hundreds of thousands of adherents, one of Miller’s protégés, Ellen G White, claimed that Miller got the date right, but didn’t see that what was to happen was Christ was to change his locale in heaven on that date.
If Miller had been widely seen as a false prophet, the Adventist enthusiasm may have died out, so to sustain the movement, Ms. White needed to rehabilitate William Miller’s prediction. To this day, Amazing Facts claims the 1844 prediction – a false prophecy if there ever was one – proved the 7th Day Adventists are the true people of the LORD, as Christ supposedly relocated from one room to another in heaven on that date!
By attaching their failed prophecy of 1844 to the widespread belief in the 70 Weeks prophecy of Daniel, the false prophets gained an undeserved legitimacy. To phrase this another way, Miller is the one who made the initial calculation of 1844, so that date is contrived by the Adventists themselves. It amounts to prophetic smoke and mirrors, but the fact is, at the end of the day, the Amazing Facts ministry has used a failed prophecy to validate their own ministry!
Indeed, since that period in the 19th century, the 7th Day Adventists have further sought to justify their own false doctrine by adding other interpretive statements designed to make 1844 significant. For instance, the idea the 7 churches of Revelation represent 7 sequential church eras is a very old concept, which did not originate with Adventism. However, by hijacking the idea of a steady deterioration from the first church of Ephesus in the list, and setting dates for the successive Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia church “ages,” the Adventists then claim the apostate church “era” – characterized as Laodicea – started in 1844!
Using this contrivance, all churches except 7th Day Adventist are implied to be “Laodicean!”
Incredibly, there is a great deal more which shows these corporate charlatans to be religious opportunists who are truly deceived concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as they continue to grow and spread their false doctrinal tentacles around the world – however, enough has been said to accurately ascertain the facts.
Like all dynamic religious movements that have experienced massive growth, the Amazing Facts group deftly mingles truth with fiction – and always to their own advantage. Sadly, the truth is, the world is indeed in what could be the “Laodicean” era – but the 7th Day Adventist corporations, including the Amazing Facts outreach, are a significant part of that apostasy.
---- James Lloyd
Many Christians are drawn to the fervor, and the stability found in Sabbatarianism – thus providing an emotionally satisfying rhythm of life, in the alleged anchor of keeping the Sabbath. This is especially true in chaotic times, as fellowships and denominational structures continually erode all around us. Think it through. Cultic systems capture people’s hearts and minds because they offer a substitute for the Spiritually generated peace that passes understanding – and the Sabbath, coupled with an intellectually satisfying relationship interacting with peers in the social strata which has been captured by the system, is a powerful enticement. We are in a Spiritual wilderness, but the LORD is only found within, as He is still calling us all individually; but He is not in the 7th Day Adventist church, as the Scriptures conclusively teach the only saved group is known as Israel – an amazing fact which is curiously absent from 7th Day Adventism. For more, see the James Lloyd book THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL REVISITED.