The Shaking – Thomas Akens – Babylon and Its Fall

The Shaking – Thomas Akens – Babylon and Its Fall

Are you a seventh-day adventists who wants to finish the work? Jesus Christ wants to return to this evil world and deliver his children yet his Professed people are not noticing the signs of the times famines Thousands being swept away by earthquakes and floods fire calamities by sea and land war and bloodshed Jesus is giving them the clarion call. He’s waiting for them to get ready the love of self has soapy numbed the spiritual senses the day of the Lord will come upon many professed believers as a thief in the night As the inhabitants of Earth fall deeper into spiritual darkness. I’m ready for the crisis ahead God is working mightily to prepare a people who will stand true to him To finish the work and to shine as the brightness of the firmament turning others to righteousness The time has come for God’s people to return to a form of primitive godliness experience true revival and Reformation and prepare for the shaking The shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials and the great Proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be but base metal The time is at hand and God is calling you All of you, I would like to have another prayer just for myself So you don’t have to kneel if you if you’re not able but I’m going to kneel up here so Dear Father in heaven father I thank thee for this honor and privilege to speak unto this Thai people and I pray that that will give thy servant tongue of the wise and of the learned that I may have a word to speak in season unto thy people and I pray that that will give Both to me and to this people ears to hear what thy Spirit is saying unto the church I pray that that will grace the lips of thy servant that thy servant may honor and glorify thee For that is my hope and prayer For jesus said that if I if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me and Father That is my desire and my hope and prayer this day that Jesus may be exalted that all may be drawn into him For this I pray and ask in the Blessed name of thy Son Jesus amen As I mentioned before This is essentially going to be a part two of what we looked at last night, we’re going to be considering Babylon and its fall and In doing so it’s going to be essentially in two parts The first part I want to identify Who and what Babylon is? because when you talk about Babylon, we need to know what we’re talking about and when the call is given as I mentioned in last Evenings presentation come out of her my people that has come out of Babylon we need to understand what we are to come out of and So I’m going to cover that not in complete depth But I’m going to touch on who and what Babylon is and then we’re going to look at the fall of Babylon And we’re going to see some lessons that history has to bear on this issue And so I want to share with you some of the lessons that I’ve learned To help us understand the second angels message and what it means to us as a people So let’s open our Bibles, let’s you have your Bibles handy Invite you to open and read with me just in case there are slip-ups of the tongue. It happens That way you can correct me revelation 14 verse 8 is the message of the second angel and it reads and There followed another that is a second angel saying Babylon is fallen is fallen that great city because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and you notice I have two aspects highlighted here We’re going to be identifying who Babylon is and what its fall represents and means to us So in beginning, let’s identify Who Babylon is now? This is not a difficult thing to identify The book of Revelation identifies very clearly who and what Babylon is and we’re going to identify it To me to Revelation the 17th chapter first verse 5 There are a couple identifying marks given to us here in this verse John is light in vision and he sees Babylon and It says upon her forehead was written Was a name written? Mystery Babylon The Great the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth So here it gives us some identifying marks. She’s called a mystery She’s called Babylon the Great She is a mother and not just any mother. She’s a mother of what or harlot tree Now to be a mother of something if you go back to the book of Genesis, you find that Adam called his wife’s name Eve which in the original was a name for a ewe lamb or a you which was a female of the sheep and That meant she was a mother her name signified mother because she was the mother of all mankind Every man and woman Is descended from Eve and Adam but women get their distinctive gender from? the female and so she is called the mother of harlots because all harlot tree comes from her and Not just this Every abomination of Earth comes from her She is the mother of them So this name this title is significant because it gives the identifying mark notice It says she’s the mother of harlots and abominations of what? The earth the earth and that tells us another identifying mark she is of the earth Another text if you turn just the chapter over in your Bible Revelation chapter 18 verse 24 Gives us another identifying mark of Babylon The last verse of chapter 18 says and in her that is in Babylon was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all That were slain upon the earth Have you ever read that and thought about that Babylon is responsible for every single murder on this planet all That were slain upon the earth or the result of Babylon. She’s universal she began in the time of Cain and She exists today So this is what this text is telling us it’s more than just simply a religious system It encompasses much more than that It’s called Babylon the Great the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth for a reason Another text that I want us to consider is found in 16s just before chapter 17 Revelation chapter 16 verses 19 and 13 We look at verse 19 first. It says and the great city that is Babylon was divided into how many parts? three parts, so what are these three parts verse 13 tells us and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the Dragon out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet Those are her three parts She’s made up of three parts. Now these three parts represent her religious or Quality or aspect or part? Because she’s more than just a religious system She is also a political system and we’ll see that division in just a moment, but her religious system is made up of three parts The dragon which represents what? Paganism What the Bible calls or Daniel called the continual or the daily? That which has always existed it existed from the time of Kane that was supplanted by the abomination of desolation we call the beast or the papal power when paganism was clothed in a robe of Christianity and The false prophet that which leads all the world to the worship of the first beast These three powers represent Babylon in its religious aspect But there’s more Revelation chapter 11 gives us another aspect of Babylon She’s not only religious. She is political. She’s involved in everything that goes on in the earth not just religion don’t think she’s excluded in the schools or In the hospitals or wherever you go. She is there Revelation 1113 tells us in that same hour. There was a great earthquake and the tenth part of the city that is of Babylon fell what part of it a tenth part see this phrase is equivalent to the ten toes of Daniel chapter two the Ten horns of Daniel chapter 7 on the fourth beast and the ten horns of the beasts of Revelation chapter 12 13 and 17 Those ten horns are represented. Here’s ten parts and it tells us that a tenth part fell and this event in Revelation chapter 11 So she’s made up of ten political parts Those parts, we know of as the ten nations that uphold and support her her political power Now she has religious power as we saw, but she’s also a political power So, this is Babylon according to the Word of God She’s a religion political System the greatest system that this world has ever seen Because it has infiltrated every aspect of our lives She’s the mother of every abomination on this earth the mother of all harlotry She’s committed fornication with the kings of the earth And that is essentially who she she’s an amalgamation of church and state and When you amalgamate something you take two and you blend them together We also call it adultery Now I want to talk a little bit about The Alpha of apostasy because we’ve identified the beast We’ve identified essentially what Babylon is and if I could state it in one world in one word Babylon is this world? It is the spirit of the Prince of this world that Is in essence what Babylon is? So let’s look at the Alpha or the beginning of apostasy because the Bible is very clear to help us understand where did this begin and This is the historical aspect of what I want to share with us to see or this morning Patriarchs and prophets page 81 paragraph 2. I Want us to note Speaking of the antediluvian world There were two families before the blood There were the sons of Seth who were called the sons of God and They were the sons and daughters of Cain who are the sons of and daughters of men Now these two classes we’re told were separate at one time Originally the sons of Seth lived in the valleys but as the sentence of Cain grew and multiplied they began to move into those valleys and In order to escape the corruption the children of Seth moved to the mountains But it says gradually over time they began to mingle with the inhabitants of the valleys the children of Seth the sons of God Began to mingle with them Let’s read the result mingling with the depraved they became like them in spirit and in deeds Does that remind you of something? It reminds me very particularly of one verse its Revelation chapter 18 Verses 4 and 5 in particular Another voice is heard from heaven saying come out of her my people that she be not what partakers of her sins Why are we to come out of Babylon because if we mingle with Babylon we become like Babylon and That’s exactly what happened to the antediluvian. S’ What was the result the children of Seth went in the way of Cain they went in the way of this world What’s the way of Cain Genesis chapter 4 It tells us and Cain went out from the presence of the Lord That is the way of Cain. It’s a departure from God turning your back on God That is the way of Cain and that’s what the children of Seth did when they mingled with the inhabitants of the valley When they went and mingled with Babylon, they turned their back on God because you can’t worship God and have your face toward the Sun you have to have your back toward him and You have to turn your back to the world in order to worship God There is no half heartedness. It’s one or the other. Jesus said you either for me or you’re against me She continues They fixed their minds upon worldly prosperity and enjoyment and neglected the commandments of the Lord now These were religious people mind you They still consider themselves good upstanding Christians, but they were doing what They’re mingling with the world led them to neglect The keeping of the commandments of God or the Lord Men, she says did not like to retain God in their knowledge Didn’t mean they didn’t know God No, they knew who God was but they didn’t like to retain him there they didn’t like to think about God and That’s a great problem because we are what we think about what we think about is what we become They turn their minds away from God yeah, they knew who God was but they weren’t thinking about him They weren’t meditating upon him. The first Psalm says blessed. Are they that what? That walk not in the way of the ungodly nor standeth in the seat of the scornful, but they what They delight in His Word, they meditate upon it daily God calls them blessed He wants us to think upon his word to have him always in mind That’s what it means to keep God retain God in our knowledge and our mind They became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened Therefore God gave them over to a mind void of judgment and that’s the marginal reading she includes there literally It’s a mind that cannot discern between good and evil. It’s a mind that cannot judge properly when you’re intoxicated you can’t reason you can’t think properly you don’t know the difference between good and evil and That’s what the wine of Babylon does to you. It gives you a mind void of judgment Sin was the result it spread abroad in the earth like a deadly leprosy This beloved is the Alpha of apostasy It’s how it all began God separated his people said come out be separate from from them touch Not the unclean thing and I will receive you but over a time they gradually began to mingle with the world and they became like them in spirit and in character and The church has done the same today When sister white used the expression the Alpha of deadly heresies it’s the beginning of something And that is why we have a familiar expression we say like mother like daughter Because we tend to imitate Our parents we tend to do what we see Those we hang around with we begin to imitate their behavior. That’s why like mother like daughter. She’s the mother of harlots Those that hang around with her will begin to act like her Let’s note some of this. You can see some examples of it in the Bible I’m just going to note a few of them. You see it all throughout the history of scripture Judges chapter 2 verses 8 through 12 show us just how much they were like their mother says and Joshua the son of nun the servant of the Lord died and also, all that generation were gathered unto their fathers that as they died and there arose what another generation after them which Knew not the Lord. Now. This is talking to the descendants of those that came into the land of Canaan the second generation Did it mean that they didn’t know who God was or who the Lord was? They didn’t acknowledge him The word no not only means to mentally know of something but to acknowledge, you know Pharaoh said to Moses. This is who is the Lord? I know not the Lord either a law. That is people go It was say I don’t acknowledge his authority. That’s what he meant. I Don’t recognize him as an authority to obey and that’s what this is saying They knew not the Lord They didn’t acknowledge the Lord as an authority in their lives. What was the result? and The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served Balaam and Not only it says that they not know the Lord, but they nor yet the works which he had done for Israel Yes, they knew Because these things have been reiterated to them, but they didn’t acknowledge them They didn’t see them as important and so because of that Because they forgot the Lord’s leading in their past history and his teaching they went and served bail Are you starting to see a pattern? How history is repeated and Verse 12 they forsook the Lord God of their fathers and followed other gods of the gods of the people that were round about them and Bowed themselves unto them and provoked the Lord to anger Let’s give another example Jeremiah chapter 3 verse 8 God says and I saw When for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorcement Yet her treacherous sister Judah Feared not but went and played the harlot also Notice here two interesting things Israel is said to have committed what Adultery and Judah is called her sister Interesting connection there Israel were the ten tribes That God had separated from his children the children of Judah Now Judah God would tried to preserve in the worship of himself The temple was there and God intended that his worship should be preserved but he tells us here that Judah went and followed her what? Sister and he’s called her sister Keep that in mind We’re gonna see this language used a bit later. He followed her example of playing the harlot She went and committed adultery against the Lord like mother like daughter and Likes history. Yes, and So we come to the falling away. We see how that was reproduced How paganism was established? We saw how it happened among the children of Israel Now, let’s look how it happened in the Christian Church We’re gonna see the same exact pattern Now this statement is taken from the great controversy. It’s relating to the great apostasy. She asked the question what was the origin of the great apostasy speaking of the great apostasy within the Christian Church in the first centuries she Says or asked the question. How did the church first apart from the simplicity of the gospel? That’s a good question Something we ought to know shouldn’t that be something we have to a danger we ought to look out for? Absolutely the answer by conforming to the practices of paganism To facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen conformity compromise That’s how they did it The Apostle Paul declares even in his day the mystery of iniquity doth already work 2nd Thessalonians 2 verse 7 during the lives of the apostles the church remained comparatively pure and you can see that In Sabbath school we saw how there were corruptions even within the churches in Paul’s day. It had already begun to work But the church was comparatively pure But something happened, let’s notice but now she begins to quote from a historian Toward the latter end of the 2nd century. Most of the churches assumed a new form they reorganized the first simplicity disappeared and Insensibly as the old disciples retired to their graves their children along with new converts Came forward and knew modeled the cause He catched that They came along the the second generation came along along with the new converts that had brought in through this compromise and They decided they didn’t like the old religion They wanted to go back So they remodeled the cause and knew There was a new organization She continues to secure converts because now they had lost the power of the gospel They had to have some way to gain converts to this new religion The exalted standard of the Christian faith was lowered Well now you’ve got to continue to lower and lower and lower the standard to reach more and more people That’s done the logical result The Christian faith the standard of the Christian faith was lowered and as a result in pagan flood flowing into the church carried with it its customs practices and idols as The Christian religion secured the favor and support of the secular rulers It was nominally accepted by multitudes, but while in appearance Christians many remained in substance pagans especially worshipping and secret their idols So let’s let’s note these steps we can see the first generation was laid to rest a new generation arises who knew not God or do not acknowledge God The result is the standards are lowered worldly practices and beliefs are sanctioned by the new generation and new converts history all tells tells us that they new model the cause and history also tells us exactly how this happened and I’m going to show The first step that they did was to establish Christian schools and They taught a system of intellectual philosophy and it was mentioned earlier Sabbath School the school at Alexandria led by Clement and Origen Who were the teachers of this intellectual philosophy the philosophy of Plato and it became known as Neoplatonism within the church? So there were Christian schools that began to teach the philosophy of the world The result were books of a new order were written by the school Taught this new philosophy this new idea this new interpretation of Scripture The converse of this system and history testifies to this fact They went into the great cities of Rome and they won converts to the route this new religion the result was by the year 508 all of Western Rome had been converted to Catholicism this new religion either willingly or by force of arms So we know that Babylon was a mother But what about her daughters? What does it mean to be a daughter of Babylon? Let’s answer this question real quickly How is it that a religion becomes a daughter of Babylon? Well, there are two simple ways first the literal they can be literally of her It can come out of her you can be a descendant of that religion or a branch of that religion But there’s another way figuratively You can adopt a person’s customs Their traditions and or practices that is you take on the appearance the word doctrine and or demeanor of someone They can be adopted into a family By adopting that dress by adopting that way of speech by adopting the doctrines and teachings You can become a daughter in a figurative sense Just as you can become a son Tim Timothy was a son in a figurative sense of Paul He took after him. He imitated him He followed his customs and practices and his teachings. And so Babylon has daughters in these way She has those that have come out of her the Protestant churches and she has those that have adopted her customs and practices So What does inspiration tell us about this country great controversy page 382 tells us Babylon is said to be the mother of harlots By her daughter’s now she’s defining here by her. Daughter’s must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions and follow her example of Sacrificing the truth and the approval of God in order to form an unlawful alliance in the world or with the world She here you have both literal and figurative daughters Those that cling to her doctrines and traditions and follow her examples. She can have literal daughters She can have those that just follow her ways So we see what a daughter of Babylon is let’s now look at the fall of Babylon It tells us the reason for this fall in verse 8 Revelation 14 verse 8 it says because she what Made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication Do you know what that tells me? How do you make somebody drink anything Force She made all nations drink. There’s compulsion involved in this text Not only does she teach but she uses the arm of the state You can receive her mark here But you can also receive it here When you submit to her force Great controversy comments upon this page 388 paragraphs 2 & 3 She says the great sin charged against Babylon is that she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication? This cup of intoxication which she presents to the world? represents what the False doctrines that she has accepted as the result of her unlawful connection with the great ones of the earth Friendship with the world corrupts her faith and in her turn she exerts a Corrupting influence upon the world by teaching doctrines which are opposed to the plaintiff statements of Holy Writ And so we see very plainly why All the infidel infidelity in this world lies at the door of the church Because she’s the reason for it She has taught men to go contrary to God So God holds her responsible in a large part for all that takes place in this world She continues Rome with held the Bible from the people and required all men to accept her teachings in its place We know this is historical fact, don’t But what of her daughters she continues it was the work of the Reformation to restore to men the Word of God And men like Martin Luther men, like William Tyndale and others did that very work John wood cliff was the beginning of that work Yann Haas also played a part in that they gave back to the people the Word of God in their own language So they could read and understand it but notice But She says is It not too true that in the churches of our time Men are taught to rest their faith upon their Creed and the teachings of their church rather than on the scriptures Now when you approach somebody on the doctrine say of immortality of the soul or Sunday sacredness or even the Trinity Where will they go? Ultimately, they will go to their Creed the teachings of their church into support of it. That’s what we see This is why Babylon has fallen They’ve stepped off the platform they’ve stepped off the Word of God and They’re on a new platform It’s called sand And we’re going to see what’s going to happen to that structure Again this is taken from the three angels of Revelation 14 was written by John Andrews page 53 Fourth paragraph. He says we understand that the fall of Babylon is her rejection by God. You see she rejected God God rejects her That the Holy Spirit what? Leaves her in consequence of her alienation from God and union with the world and that thus she is left to the spirit of devils This is what our pioneers believed and yet somehow there’s this great fascination Within seventh-day Adventism today of returning back to our evangelical roots Don’t do you see a danger in that What does this tell us about those churches is there any light in them, is there anything good there? Then I say why are God’s people going to the devil’s trashcan to find food? Let us go to God’s Word and let us stay there For only the only thing we will find in those churches is the spirit of devils Does it mean there are no good people there? God still has honest people in the false religions of this world, but those systems my friends are utterly corrupt Satan has almost complete control over those systems and God says have no part with them do not mingle with them. Do not associate with them Don’t send your sons or daughters to their schools to learn from them Keep them apart. Keep yourself separate and I will receive you in the Daystar March 14 1846 Sister White’s speaking of this group of people the fallen churches She says I did not see one ray of light passed from Jesus to the careless multitude After he rose up and they were left in perfect darkness There’s no light left there Let us not go there to find light And As I mentioned last evening concerning the rejection of light What resulted to the churches when they rejected the light of the first angel? It tells us that in refusing the warning of the first angel They rejected the means which heaven had provided for their restoration they spurned the gracious messenger that would have corrected the evils which Separated them from God and with greater eagerness. They turned to seek the friendship of the world Here she says Was the cause of that fearful condition of worldliness? backsliding and spiritual death which existed in the churches in 1844 Now if that is the reason if we see worldliness and backsliding and spiritual death know what causes it She says this is what causes it when you see it in any church No, it’s not of God It is of the devil It’s a result of turning your back on God This is a pattern and God says when you see the pattern Understand what it means Cause we need to be able to read it from cause to effect Else we cannot cure I Want to share with you a Prophecy that was given by vision to sister white Now this prophecy is a great importance because it reveals how all these things transpired We’re going to see the fulfillment of this She begins by saying I saw a throne and on it set the Father and His Son Jesus Christ Again, we see no third person the father and his son Jesus Christ before the throne was the Advent people the church and the world I Saw a company bowed down before the throne the Advent people Deeply interested. Now those things that are brackets are my inserts just for your information I’ve inserted those in for clarification This is my understanding of this prophecy He says there was a group bowed down before the throne The Advent people deeply interested while most of them that would be the world in the church Stood up disinterested in careless Those who were bowed down before the throne are bowed before the throne Excuse me, the Advent people would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus. Then he would look to his father and appeared to be pleading with him then a light came from the father to his son and from him from whom from Christ to the praying company, that is the Advent people Then she says I saw an exceeding bright light. I believe this to be the first angels message the result of their prayers Jesus pleads with the father light is given to them. The result is an exceeding light comes from the God and The son and from the son waves over the people before the throne the world the church But few would receive this great light Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it. We just read about that Others were careless and did not cherish the light and it moved off from them Some cherished it and went and bowed down before the throne with the little praying company the Advent people here we have the result of the first angel and The call come out of her my people This company all received the light and rejoiced in it as their countenance shone with glory Then she says I Saw the father rise from the throne and in a flaming chariot go into the Holy of Holies within the veil and did sit There I saw Thrones which I had not seen before Here you have the judgment scene portrayed in Daniel chapter 7 Then Jesus rose up from the throne and most of those who were bowed down the Advent people rose up with him how many most There were some who fell away as we saw last evening most rose up and followed Jesus Those who rose up when Jesus did the Advent people Kept their eyes fixed on him as he left the throne and he led them out a little way Now this statement is significant. He led them out a little way. I Believe that is a reference to the history of the years 1848 to 1863 God established his people on a platform of truth He led them out a little way now notice what he says then he raised his right arm he’s making a solemn declaration now and We heard his love voice saying wait ye I Am going to my father to receive the kingdom Keep your garments spotless That tells me that their garments were spotless Keep them spotless and in a little while. I will return from the wedding and receive you to myself In other words, she says I’ve given you the truth. I’ve purified your characters stay on this platform and don’t move And I will come back in a little while From the wedding when I’ve received the kingdom from My Father and I will receive you unto myself And we’re going to see What happened? I Want to share with you, this is her from her own words how this process took place I call this the laying of the foundation Sister white explains how that foundation was brought about how the Lord led them out a little way She says after the passing of time in 1844 we searched for the truth as for hidden treasure I met with the Brethren and we studied and prayed earnestly Often we remained together until late at night and sometimes Through the entire night praying for light and studying the word Stop there for a moment Oh to God for that the case today This is the spirit we need This is the spirit of brotherly love and love for God Love for his truth and beloved if we’re going to make it into the kingdom This is what we need Continuing again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible wasn’t just one time. This was over many years, by the way again, and again They came together to study the Bible in order that they might know its meaning Not only know it but what and be prepared to teach it. That is the Bible with power How did this happen when they came to a point one in their study where they said we can do nothing more We can’t understand how the Scriptures to be understood. This party said this this party said this what are we to do? The Spirit of the Lord would come upon me I would be taken off in vision and a clear explanation of the passage. We had been studying would be given me And I believe it was given through the Bible With instruction as to how we were to labor and teach effectively She continues thus light was given that helped us to understand the Scriptures in Regard to Christ his mission and his priesthood That is who he is what he is doing both on earth and in heaven a Line of truth extending from that time to the time when we shall enter the City of God was made plain to me and I gave to others the instruction that the Lord gave me my brethren God said this people on a firm foundation and God was the one who laid it It was the working of the Lord Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit Now what happened We saw the pattern of apostasy didn’t we before well sister white in the early writings page 256 says this Many who embraced the third angels message Had not an experience in the two former messages Satan understood this and His evil eye was upon them to overthrow them Those who understand and receive them that is the three angels messages and I’m going to insert here as Was taught by our pioneers Will be kept from being swept away by the many delusions of Satan You see she’s saying there arose up a generation who had not gone through the experience of the first and second and third angels messages they had just heard them intellectually and Accepted them, but they had not experienced what it means To worship God what it means to come out of the world and what it means To follow God only and not to receive the traditions of men They had no practical experience in that and so Satan used it to overthrow them Just as he did in the days of the Jews of old those before them just as he did Among the Christian Church and just as he did to the Protestant churches so he began to work She speaks of this time now this was written in 1886 She says we must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel licentiousness unlawful intimacy and unholy practices are coming in and among us in a large degree and Ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect They are coveting their neighbors wives and the seventh commandment is broken Stop there for a moment What commandment were the antediluvian is guilty of? That she specifically mentions When they went and mingled with the world, what did they do? They took wives of all which they chose That was the beginning and She’s saying that this was beginning in the church They are coveting their neighbors wives and the seventh commandment is broken We she says are in danger of becoming a sister of two fallen Babylon Now I don’t understand this to mean that the church had become a sister of fallen Babylon She says we are in danger if something was not done if this practice was not Expunged and removed if those that were guilty of this were not dealt with appropriately God would hold them responsible there would be an aching in the camp and God’s displeasure would be on his people She says they were in danger of becoming Babylon. It had not become so yet so Don’t understand this to me. She’s saying the church was in that time Babylon She’s not she’s saying the danger the Alpha was creeping in and it had to be dealt with she says of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit a cage of every unclean Hateful bird what language is she using here, by the way? What we read last evening revelation 18 verses 2 & 3 what would be the result if this happened? revelation 18 2 & 3 and Will be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil Now They’re indeed rows up another generation and They said about a movement beloved Just as we saw that happened in the early Christian Church Just as we saw happened among those of the Church of Sardis and the Protestant churches a new Generation arose up and they sought the new model the cause this happened within our church and It was coined by one man who had a very strong influence on this He coined this new movement the movement of Destiny And you won’t I you could read his book if you’re interested, but I would I don’t think you’ll get very far. I didn’t It was written in 1971 and the man’s name. It was Leroy Edwin Froome Speaking of this movement Sister White was given vision of what with what this meant I’m gonna go back to that vision of 1845 it was written in the Daystar in 1846 notice very carefully what she says would be the result She says then Jesus showed me the difference between faith and what? Feeling now. She’s going to explain this difference what’s the difference between faith and feeling she explains it or Jesus explains it to her and I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus in the holiest and praying father Give us thy spirit then Jesus who? Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost in the breath was light power and much love joy and peace This is faith Now she begins to explain what Jesus showed feeling is She says then I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne Now that word thrown there was referring to the first compartment in the Holies or the tabernacle there was two compartments the holy and the most holy the Father in the son were at that time in the most. Holy She turns back to look at the holy place. And this is what she sees. There were certain still bowed down there They did not know that Jesus had left it Satan appeared to be by the throne trying to carry on the work of God Satan’s trying to carry on a false Revival a Holy Spirit movement comes into play Around the 1870s 1860s 1880s called the spiritual life movement Satan appeared to be by the throne trying to carry on the work of God. I Saw them that is the world in the church Look up to the throne and pray my father Give us thy spirit then Satan would breathe on them an unholy influence In it where there was light and much power, but no sweet. Love joy and peace. I see in this a perfect figure of That movement of that spiritual revival that took place in the beginning around the 1860s to the 1880s Which infected the church? if you want to know when sister White’s writings regarding the Holy Spirit began to Exponentially increase you see it in the late 1880s 1890’s goes Right off the charts Because she’s addressing this very issue That was coming into the church They were trying to emphasize this Holy Spirit that that was being preached in the evangelical churches and she’s trying to correct it and say no God has given us light on the spirit and she’s Correcting this influence that’s coming in And it’s at that very time that we begin to hear the phrase over and over the last 50 years the last 50 years the last 50 years Trying to point people back to the foundation because something new was coming in Again she continues Satan’s object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God’s children Now notice what effect this work of Satan doing in the Holy Place had on those who are bowed Before Jesus or on that platform in the holiest or on the way to the holiest She says I saw one after another Leave the company who were praying to Jesus in the holiest now at that time, these were seventh-day Adventists, by the way She’s referring to those who knew where Jesus was and were praying to him in that place She says I saw one after another of them go and join those before the throne The world in the church, and they at once received the unholy influence of Satan Do you see the significance of that? When you understand our history and you apply that history to this prophecy, which is how prophecy is to be understood You understand the danger? God outlined the danger a long time before it ever arose God showed us what would be the means that Satan would employ to destroy the church He warned them and he sent the spirit of prophecy to be that voice of warning Against it to always be pointing back to the platform The last 50 years go back go back because an alpha was coming in and If it were not resisted and dealt with it would turn into the Omega Now in 1950 Just a few short months before 15. Excuse me. I think I said 15 19 15 Just a shoe few short months before her death. She wrote these words Now these words were transcribed because she was at that time too weak to write She said to the the one who is transcribing I tell you now that when I am laid to rest Great changes will take place. I Do not know when I shall be taken and desire to warn all Against the devices of the devil. I want the people to know That I warned them fully before my death The Apostle Paul said the same thing He wanted to be clean of their blood and beloved I too want to be clean of your blood God has warned us and sent many many a warning and I’m sad to say many have not heeded that warning and The church now, is that a precipice? In 1903 12 years before this she relates What the Alpha would result in if It were taken into the people if it were accepted and if it were not dealt with and removed. This would be the result in 1903 and letter to 42 paragraph 13 She says this the enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great Reformation was to take place among seventh-day Adventists and I invite you if you want to understand what this is talking about go back and read that book the movement of Destiny She continues and that this Reformation would consist in what? Giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith and engaging in a process of reorganization Were this Reformation to take place now, it hadn’t at that time it’s very clear that it had not she’s making it very clear She says it in Well the subjunctive mood yes were this to take place what would be the result The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church would what? discarded our religion would be changed The fundamental principles from 1872 to 1931 that have sustained the work for the last 50 years would be accounted as error a New organization will be established books of a new order would be written a System of intellectual philosophy would be introduced and where would it be introduced by the way in? our schools The founders of this system would go into the cities and do a wonderful work the Sabbath of course would be lightly regarded as Also the God who created it now this last statement is frightening Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement That tongue speaks to me of tyranny and oppression and persecution They’re not going to allow anything to stand in the way just as the Catholic Church did not Just as the Protestants were doing in the days of our pioneers – those who were protesting? She finishes the leaders would teach that virtue is better than bias. They would still have a form of godliness but She says God being removed. They would place their dependence on human power Which without God is worthless? Their foundation would be built on the sand and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure Now I tell you Everything but that last phrase is done The storm is coming I Feel it This storm is coming and God says unless There are not drastic measures taken and I would advise Get out because when that storm comes It’s going to fall and if you’re there It’s gonna fall with you in it Her answer to this who has authority she asked to begin such a movement that Was a question to those who should be involved in this who gave them authority to do this We have our Bibles now, let me stop there for just a moment Do we have our Bibles I Hope so because that’s the only way we’re gonna deal with this We have our experience Do you have that experience? Have you been through what our pioneers have been through God wants to give you that experience that you may know not only intellectually, but you may know what those messages mean God wants you to have that experience so that you like our pioneers may stand firm that you may set your foot upon that platform that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against That when storm and Tempest and wind and flood come and beat upon that house it will not fall Because it was founded upon a rock and That is because they heard the words of Jesus and obeyed them God says Jesus said I will tell you whom they are like Those who hear my words and obey them and it begins to describe a man who built his house upon a rock We have our Bibles and we are to have that experience Attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. She says we have a truth that admits of no compromise Shall we not repute eat everything that is not in harmony with this truth? And beloved I Want to give you a call to be a voice for the Lord you may not feel it’s time for you to come out and That’s fine But I pray don’t be a dumb dog Repudiate all that is not in harmony with the truth be a voice for God Stand up so that those who are still there may hear the protest You might be the last voice for them of mercy You might be heaven’s last call to them So if you feel it’s not time for you to come out Then I pray be a warrior for God and stand Speak the truth. Speak the straight truth Show unto the house of God their sin Be a faithful watchman and let the chips fall where they may God will take care of the rest Beloved the Lord is making up his people The Lord is setting his seal upon their foreheads and God wants you to be among them And if that’s your prayer and your desire, I just want to invite you to kneel together with me in a word of Prayer Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Oh Dear father. That is my prayer And I believe it is the prayer of every sincere soul it is the prayer of those who are bowed upon their knees before thee and I pray father that I will hear that prayer that that will glorify thy name and thy people That thy name may be hallowed in their hearts in their minds in their words and in their deeds That they’re like Kingdom may come into their hearts and through them that may enter into the hearts of many That one day very soon Thy kingdom may come to this earth That that will send thy son who has received that Kingdom to call his people home But dear father we want to be a part of that We want to be a part of finishing this work We do not want to see our Lord and Savior suffer and to see these suffer any longer For the things that are being done not only in the world but in the church Help us father to be as Elijah to be as John the Baptist to be as Jesus I Pray that that will take our voice Take our hands take our feet We consecrate them to thee to thy service and pray that that will use us to be a light to them that are in darkness to be that last beacon of hope to this world and to or the church that is about to fall Oh Father bless us. I pray not because we are worthy But because Jesus is worthy and we stand and kneel before thee in acknowledgement of our need and We trust that thou father will more than abundantly supply our need through our Lord Jesus Christ And whose name we pray and give thee praise and thanks amen May the Lord bless thee and keep thee May the Lord make his face to shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee May the lord have dup his countenance upon thee and give thee peace

12 thoughts on “The Shaking – Thomas Akens – Babylon and Its Fall

  1. Blessed be our Holy Father in heaven! God bless this ministry. Praise the Lord our God in heaven for the truth, for our Jesus is coming quickly! Be ready! Amen

  2. You can theorize and and preach all you want and have all the Truth if you are part of the SDA Organizational General Conference Churches this is you and will happen to you:
    Even self-supporting independent ministries are now in danger

    I saw that the nominal churches and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics, to obtain their influence to come against the saints. The saints will be an obscure people, but little known to the Catholics, but the church and nominal Adventists will know of our faith and customs, and will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics, as those who disregard the institution of the pope, that is they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday. {Ms15-1850.6}

    Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week instead of the seventh shall be slain, and the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast and then Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decrees bring forth or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the voice of God. {Ms15-1850.7}

    Satan’s snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people. Lightness, vanity, love of ease and pleasure, selfishness, and impurity are increasing among us. There is need now of men who are firm and fearless in declaring the whole counsel of God; men who will not sleep as do others, but watch and be sober. Knowing as I do the great lack of holiness and power with our ministers, I am deeply pained to see the efforts for self-exaltation. If they could but see Jesus as He is, and themselves as they are, so weak, so inefficient, so unlike their Master, they would say: If my name may be written in the obscurest part of the book of life, it is enough for me, so unworthy am I of His notice. {5T 160.2}

    The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. {VSS 417.1}

    The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. {VSS 417.2}

    The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the pillars of our faith for a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles that God in His wisdom has given would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be shown to be error. A new organization would be established. A system of intellectual philosophy would be formed. Books of a new order would be written. The founders of this system would go into the cities and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course will be lightly regarded,as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice,but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God,is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and the storm and tempest would sweep away the building. {Ms117a-1903.15}

    “We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” [Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one, page 380, paragraph 1 and quoted in Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, page 188, paragraph 3]

    Church members, who have seen the light and been convicted, but who have trusted the salvation of their souls to the minister, will learn in the day of God that no other soul can pay the ransom for their transgression. A terrible cry will be raised, “I am lost, eternally lost.” Men will feel as though they could rend in pieces the ministers who have preached falsehoods and condemned the truth. The pure truth for this time requires a reformation in the life, but they separate themselves from the love of the truth, and of them it can be said, “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself.” The Lord sends a message to the people: “Set a trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant and trespassed against my law.” {Lt30-1900.13}

    God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” [Matthew 18:20.] Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the high and holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides; let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God’s great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God. All things shall work together for good to those who love God. “This is the love of God, that ye keep His commandments.” [1 John 5:3.] They that will be doers of the Word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of persecution will not shake their foundation, because their souls are rooted to the eternal rock. {Lt108-1886.17}

    Warning for all Adventists that are in these SDA Conference Churches!!: The whole SDA Denomination will be fully united with the Catholic/Protestant/Pagan union at the SUNDAY LAW (with the Beast and the Image of REV.13).There is for a long while involvement in the Ecumenism,LGBT,etc.Is just like was predicted in the SOP

  3. Brother Akens, great video but I feel you have gone off on a tangent in the first half. You have gone 'left field', in my opinion. Please permit me to offer you some constructive criticism. You said that Babylon is the mother of HARLOTRY. The Bible does not say that. It says Babylon is the mother of HARLOTS. Please stick to the actual Biblical wording. It changes the whole meaning if you don't. Babylon is symbolically a woman, and a bad one at that. We all know that 'Woman' is figurative Biblical language for a Church. You never once clearly said that Babylon is the Roman Catholic church, the Papacy. Instead, you tell us that Babylon is the world. This is very confusing because Revelation 18 tells us to come out of Babylon, which you say is the world. But Jesus prayed to His Father that He should not take us out of the world, John 17:15. I hope you can see the dilemma here. So my brotherly advice to you is to stick to the Bibical script. It does not need changing. Then everyone will be able to see clearly and understand what they need to do, i.e., get out of ALL churches, including the GC SDA Church, because all are fallen and have, "Become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." REV. 18:2. God bless.

  4. excellent teaching , yes our lord is coming very soon God bless you and your ministries altesse Mimi , from Québec , Canada shalom, maranatha

  5. "The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power—all will be unmasked … In amazement they hear the testimony that *BABYLON IS THE CHURCH*, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven." GC 606.2.

  6. This has started. I’m such one that is currently going through the shaking. It is unimaginable what I am being put through. Please know this is it. Wake up! Babylon is soon going to fall.

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