Anchor 2016 Class 2
Church and State in Revelation 13
Anchor 2016 Class 2
The following transcript comprises the first few minutes of this Anchor 2016 Class 2 presentation by Pastor Stephen Bohr. I welcome you to this page and pray that you might find the videos in this series as enlightening and informative as I have found them.
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Pastor Stephen Bohr
Now we are going to go to page 9 in our syllabus ‘Lessons From the Jewish harlot of Christ’s Day’ and I’m going to be adding some material to this particular presentation.
I hope that this will illustrate the dangers of joining the iron with the clay, the danger of the church becoming a harlot by aligning itself with the political powers, with the secular powers of the world.
I’m going to begin by reading three statements from Ellen White that are not in your syllabus, so you might want to
write down the reference; the first is ‘Great Controversy page 382’, very short statement but very meaningful:
“It was by departure from the Lord, an alliance with the heathen, that the Jewish church became a harlot;…”
2 Church And State In Revelation 13: Anchor Bible Study Secrets Unsealed
2 Church And State In Revelation 13: Anchor Bible Study Secrets UnsealedStudy Notes Available at: http://www.secretsunsealed.org/produc... Will Your Anchor Hold In The Coming Storm? Topics Covered in “The Great Prophecies of Daniel & Revelation” Class – taught by Pastor Bohr 385 pages Notes on Revelation 13 Church and State in Revelation 13: The Background of Daniel 2 Lessons from the Jewish Harlot of Christ’s Day Notes on Revelation 12 Comments on Revelation 13:1-10 Revelation’s Land Beast The Image of and to The Beast The Number of the Beast: 666 The Beast, His Image and His Number: The Old Testament Background The Mark of the Beast The Seal of the Living God Changing the Ordinance A Day to Remember: The Sabbath from Eden to Eden Reflections on Daniel 11 Decoding the Mysteries of Revelation 17 The Last Link in the Prophetic Chain Christ and Antichrist Catholics Protestants and Worldlings Reflections on the Pope’s Agenda WHAT IS ANCHOR? Anchor is a seminary-level course of study on the fundamentals of Seventh-day Adventist theology, taught by Pastor Stephen Bohr and guest theologians. Registration fee includes required text books and lecture handouts. Each student is responsible for his/her own daily meals, accommodations and transportation. ANCHOR’S MISSION STATEMENT The mission of ANCHOR is to settle students into the Truth both intellectually and spiritually so that they cannot be moved and to provide the theological skills to share with others the reason for the hope that is in them. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20 “Many who embraced the third message had not had an experience in the two former messages. Satan understood this, and his evil eye was upon them to overthrow them; but the third angel was pointing them to the most holy place, and those who had had an experience in the past messages were pointing them the way to the heavenly sanctuary. Many saw the perfect chain of truth in the angels’ messages, and gladly received them in their order, and followed Jesus by faith into the heavenly sanctuary. These messages were represented to me as an anchor to the people of God. Those who understand and receive them will be kept from being swept away by the many delusions of Satan.” Early Writings, p. 256 (emphasis supplied)
And Rome, (speaking about papal Rome) “… and Rome, corrupting herself in like manner by seeking the support of worldly powers, (When Ellen White uses the expression ‘Worldly Powers she’s referring to the secular powers of the State) receives a like condemnation.”
So how did the Jewish Church become a harlot? By linking up with the pagan nations. And she says Rome; same thing, by linking up with the worldly powers, with the secular powers also became a harlot.
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The second statement is in ‘Great Controversy page 568’; you might want to add that to your syllabus. This is amazing, if you really want to do a study which will be very productive, is compare the Jewish Church of Christ’s day with the Roman Catholic Papacy.
It’s amazing; have you ever noticed that the papacy uses all of these vestments, and alters, and they light candles, and you know it’s just like transitioning from literal Israel to the Roman Catholic Church. All these
Ceremonies, and you know the censer, and all these things, you know it’s like the Jewish religion continued in Roman Catholicism, this is what she says.
“There is a striking similarity between the Church of Rome and the Jewish Church at the time of Christ’s first Advent.”
What was she comparing? The Jewish Church with the Papacy, she continues saying.
“While the Jews secretly trampled upon every principle of the law of God, they were outwardly rigorous in the observance of its precepts, loading it down with exactions and traditions that made obedience painful and burdensome.”
Does the Roman Catholic Church add all kinds of traditions and Maxim’s to the Scriptures? Absolutely; then she continues saying.
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“As the Jews professed to revere the law, so do Romanists claim to reverence the cross. They exalt the symbol of Christ’s sufferings, while in their lives they deny Him whom it represents.”
The third statement is in ‘Great Controversy page 443’, where once again we’re dealing with the iron in the clay, that’s the central theme of every lecture that we’re going to deal with in this class, the dangers of joining church and state.
“Whenever the church has obtained secular power, she has employed it to punish dissent from her doctrines. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience…”
And then she gives an example.
“The Church of England gives an example of this in the long continued persecution of dissenters during the 16th and 17th centuries, thousands of nonconformist ministers were forced to flee from their churches, and many, both of pastors and people were subjected to fine, imprisonment, torture, and martyrdom. (here comes the key portion) It was apostasy that led the early church to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the papacy– the beast.”
Isn’t that a significant statement? Last part again:
“It was apostasy that led the early church to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the papacy– the Beast.”
Now we want to ask the question; how did Jesus understand this issue of the relationship between the church and the state? If we know how Jesus believed on this particular issue, then we’re going to know what God’s plan is in the end time.