by Stephen Foster
With recognition that some who frequent this site refuse to acknowledge The Great Controversy narrative of Revelation 13 eschatological exegeses has any 21st century American, or future, relevance; or that Seventh-day Adventist eschatological doctrine is necessarily accurate; or that we have anything to fear from politically ambitious religious leaders who would like to forward a religious agenda in the public sphere; please humor those of us of a different perspective — who subscribe to historical SDA eschatological doctrine — and watch this video from the Thanksgiving Family Forum of Candidates for the Nomination for President of the United States.
The challenge is to watch and listen to this entire event, including the opening approximately 38 (preliminary) minutes, and conclude that chapters 25, 35, and 36 of The Great Controversy, or the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation upon which they are based, are not currently in fulfillment process.
The operative passage for these purposes, from page 433: “In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends.”
Religious power can only control the civil government in America by means of the political process; now underway in unprecedented fashion.
Here’s a ‘bonus question’: one of the participants makes a compelling, constitutional, and principled case against governmental or civil overreach in matters of moral opinion, faith, and dogma. Can you, or will you, identify who?
Watch the Iowa Forum Video here