By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected.… Our words, our acts, our dress, our deportment, even the expression of the countenance, has an influence. COL 339.
OFFICIAL Ellen G. White
and the Threefold Union
they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast. Rev. 13:4.
"He had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Though
professing to be followers of the Lamb of God, men become imbued with the
spirit of the dragon. They profess to be meek and humble but they speak and
legislate with the spirit of Satan, showing by their actions that they are
the opposite of what they profess to be. This lamb-like power unites with
the dragon in making war upon those who keep the commandments of God and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ. And Satan unites with Protestants and Papists,
acting in consort with them as the god of this world, dictating to men as
if they were the subjects of his kingdom, to be handled and governed and controlled
as he pleases. If men will not agree to trample under foot the commandments
of God, the spirit of the dragon is revealed. They are imprisoned, brought
before councils, and fined. "He causeth all, both small and great, rich
and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
foreheads." "He had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would
not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Thus Satan usurps
the prerogatives of Jehovah. The man of sin sits in the seat of God, proclaiming
himself to be God, and acting above God.
a marked contrast between those who bear the seal of God and those who worship
the beast and his image. The Lord's faithful servants will receive the bitterest
persecution from false teachers, who will not hear the word of God, and who
prepare stumbling blocks to put in the way of those who would hear. But God's
people are not to fear. Satan cannot go beyond his limit. The Lord will be
the defense of His people. He regards the injury done to His servants for
the truth's sake as done to Himself. When the last decision has been made,
when all have taken sides, either for Christ and the commandments or for the
great apostate, God will arise in His power, and the mouths of those who have
blasphemed against Him will be forever stopped. Every opposing power will
receive its punishment.