The Laodicean Synagogue of Satan Versus Philadelphia
Ellen White predicted that a satanic new movement, a new organization, would be formed "among" or within the SDA church, Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204, 205. She said the new movement would "remove God," so we should have no problem with calling the new movement satanic! She prophesied a number of other apostasies the new movement would commit, and every one of those thirteen specifications has been fulfilled. Ellen White scores 1000 percent correct on this prophecy! Who did she copy that from?! What other church could fulfill Revelation 3:9?
If Adventism constituted Philadelphia in 1844, and I believe it did, then God also predicted this satanic new movement as associated with Philadelphia, or Seventh-day Adventism, in Revelation 3:9. The very fact that this new movement has formed "among" professing Seventh-day Adventists, is proof that they were at one time the true church, and that a true remnant will come out of that church to constitute the church triumphant, Isaiah 37:31, 32, while the professing, imposter Seventh-day Adventist church would be brought down to hell:
"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.
We DID NOT add the bracketed portions of the above statement. It is quoted just as it was written by Ellen White. Please not that Ellen White compares the SDA church to a corporate city Capernaum. By this designation she can only mean the entire corporate church and not "individuals" in that church. Ezekiel 5:1-4, agrees with Ellen White's prognosis, wherein three-thirds, or the entire church is destroyed after a remnant escapes. Add to this the fact that Ellen White says that another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 will begin at His Sanctuary-- the people who had great light, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, and you have a serious situation. You have a modern-day counterpart to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and indeed, Ellen White said that catastrophe was a prefigure type of another to come, The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, p. 25.
Revelation 3:9, 10, are two of the most interesting verses of all Scripture and they have been successfully relegated to the halls of obscurity by the ecclesiastical authorities over the ages, and particularly by those of this age. A little reflection and spiritual discernment will make the reason for that obscurity all too plain to see. What church movement is going to confess that it is the Synagogue of Satan?! Omega Ministries has been dealing with these verses for over ten years now, and we have never seen any other ministry explain these important verses. Here are those verses:
The real meaning of these passages is that some imposter movement would claim to be the church triumphant, but would not be, and would indeed be the Synagogue of Satan! Both, Ellen and James White said that Philadelphia, to whom the two verses are written, is the church triumphant. So there will be two different claimants to the church triumphant, or two different factions claiming to be Seventh-day Adventists, while one of those claimants is an imposter.
To assess whether or not we are interpreting aright here, let us go back to the original fulfillment of this Scripture in the time of Christ. There were two churches, two "Jerusalems" if you will, claiming to be the church triumphant: the apostate, organized Jewish church, and another church that had its headquarters also based at Jerusalem, namely the church of Jesus Christ, His disciples and converts. It is important to realize that the apostate Jewish church was never referred to as Babylon, but as Jerusalem, ie. Ezekiel 9!
Philadelphia was the perfect church, the church triumphant, because God had no criticism or reproofs for that church, Revelation 3:7-13. Then there was the Jewish organized church that claimed to be the "chosen people" of God. Two different factions claiming to be "chosen people" of God, and one was an imposter and was indeed the Synagogue of Satan.
Ellen White said that apostate Jerusalem and its destruction (Ezekiel 9), was a prefigure or a type, The Great Controversy, 25. She also said that Ezekiel 9 would again be literally fulfilled, which of course agrees with her "prefigure" "type" statement. This would mean that a very similar anti-typical situation would exist at the end-time--with two claimants to being the chosen church triumphant. The only two factions today who could directly parallel those two churches are apostate Seventh-day Adventism and true Historic Adventism.
Laodicean Adventism Claims to be the Church Triumphant "Chosen People" Remnant
The first big clue as to the identity of the imposter claimant is the fact that the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist church admits to being Laodicean, and goes an important step further. It states that Laodicea is the church that goes through to the Kingdom, or the church triumphant. Thank God for Ellen White! Scripture and Ellen White agree. God said in Revelation 3:10, quoted above, that Philadelphia, THE PERFECT CHURCH, would be around to be protected through the worst time of trouble to ever come upon the entire world. That time would, of course, be the time of Jacob's trouble. So God Himself says that Philadelphia will be around and be kept through that time of trouble as the church triumphant. Ellen White labeled the Laodicean church as the foolish virgin church:
"Because thou [Philadelphia] hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10.
It would seem reasonable to assume that if God tells Philadelphia that she will be kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, [The time of Trouble at the end-time] she must be around to be kept through that time.
Isaiah 62, Revelation 3:7-13, and Revelation 14:1-9, and Hebrews 12:22, 23, Identify Zion as Being the Same as Philadelphia or the New Jerusalem, the Perfect Bride of Jesus Christ
Isaiah 62:1-5 especially, identify Zion, the subject of the chapter [see verse 1] as the bride of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 62:5 says:
We just learned from God's Holy Word that He marries Zion, as His bride. Who is Zion? Hebrews 12:22, 24, answers this crucial question:
We learn from the above scripture that Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Dose Ellen White agree with this interpretation of Zion?
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called "the bride, the Lamb's wife." So Zion is more than a CAPITAL and a city, she is also the bride, the Lamb's wife, just as Isaiah 62, says that Zion will be married. Why would Christ marry just a city? That would not make sense would it? Of course not. It says that Zion is the capital, the representative and the bride of the heavenly kingdom of God. Remember that Isaiah 62:2, says that Zion (verse 1) shalt be called by a new name. What new name? Let's go to Revelation 3:12, for the answer:
How do we Know That it is Philadelphia That Gets the New Name?
We know for sure that Philadelphia is the final remnant generation, because she is told that she will be kept or protected from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
The Remnant as the last generation of men
Laodicea makes the tragic mistake of believing that the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3, are literal, successive churches, rather than eras of the church in which various churches met the description of the the various eras. For example, there were many churches that comprised each era of the church. All of the messages, however, applied to each era, as there were overlappings of all the conditions of every message in every era.
Ellen White corroborates this assessment by saying that all of the messages (plural) apply to every church:
Ellen White Says Sinners are Shaken out of Zion, Philadelphia, not Laodicea, and that Laodicea is the Foolish Virgin State of the Church
This describes Zion, the church triumphant, the faithful remnant final
generation, the 144,000, from which the sinners are
shaken. Sinners do not have to ever be members of Zion in order to be shaken
out of Zion, any more than the fallen churches of 1844, had to be members of
Philadelphia Zion, in order to be shaken out of the heavenly Zion Kingdom
church, by rejecting Zion's message. The entire world will not have to be a
member of the heavenly Jerusalem, in order to be shaken out of that kingdom
by the loud cry of the bride of Jesus Christ.