Civil War Parallel

Civil War Comparisons 

  Coincidence?

Just what is coincidence? Webster’s defines it as: “The occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.”

In other words, we commonly use this word to describe events that seem to have some connection with each other. We tend to use it sort of synonymously with words like, “Accident, Luck, Chance, or Happenstance.” 

However, the Bible says: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Ps. 37:23 

“A noble all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace of Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self.” MYP 99

“True success in any line of work is not the result of chance or accident or destiny. It is the outworking of God's providences, the reward of faith and discretion, of virtue and perseverance. Fine mental qualities and a high moral tone are not the result of accident. God gives opportunities; success depends upon the use made of them.” PK 486 (1917).  1MCP 100

“Joseph's checkered life was not an accidentit was ordered of Providence.” 5T 321

“I saw that in our journeying from place to place, he [Satan] had frequently placed his evil angels in our path to cause accident which would result in our losing our lives; but holy angels were sent upon the ground to deliver.” 4bSG 106

“We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light.” DA 324

 

Let me illustrate this thought. Let’s say that you have a red mustang convertible with mag wheels. Along with these characteristics it also has a big scratch on the hood and it also has Idaho plates that say “Red Car”.

Now if I see an automobile drive by on the street, what is the “chance” that the automobile is yours? Not very high! In fact, if I claim from this sentence that the automobile is yours, this is what is called a “Theory”.

Just because it is an automobile doesn’t make it yours. It could be a green pickup, a black tractor-trailer, or a rust colored model T.

But if that automobile is a red car – then it is not just theory anymore, it is a “possibility.” If the red car is a mustang convertible with mag wheels – the % of possibility goes higher. And with each comparison that matches your car’s description, the % of “possibility” goes up until it begins to move from a “possibility” to a “probability”! A scratched hood and an Idaho tag would for sure lean toward the probability side. But when the tag says “Red Car” – then it is no longer a “probability”, it is a “definite fact!” 

So we have just seen quotes that show that what happens in life is not by chance. Either it was guided by God or He allowed Satan to do it. It is an interesting tidbit, that the origin of the word “Luck” is derived from the word “Lucifer”. In fact, those who believe in God and the creation of the earth, should not believe in luck, chance, or happenstance, because it is evolutionists that believe in everything just being by accident. It is Satan that wants people to believe in accidental events.

One of the main purposes of “prophecy” is so God’s people can see the “behind the scenes” workings of both powers – God and Satan – in the events of human history. To those who ignore, & don’t study, or who don’t believe “Prophecy” – human history is nothing more than chance!

But for those who take God at His Word, we should see import and significance in the events of human history – for they are happening for a reason – to tell us what will be!

Examples:

          Eccl. 1:9-10  “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be      said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” 

          1Cor. 10:11  “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: [types] and they are written for our admonition [warning], upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

 With that in mind, Let’s look at Events of Civil War – May 1860-May 1865,

as compared to the spiritual aspect of the events happening in the

SDA church organized in May of 1863 here at the end of time.

 

The American Civil War began in April/May of 1861, 

but the events that led up to it began in May of 1860.

 Physical

“Confederacy” 

Color – Grey

South

Hold ‘peons’ in subjection 

Song – Dixieland ‘1861’

Supported by Papacy

 Spiritual

Conspiracy (Is 8:12, Jer 11:9, Eze 22:25)

Mix of Good and Evil

Candlestick – churches

Hierarchy - common people in subjection to

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Papacy & Jesuits

The name Civil War – comes from the fact that it is a war or battle between brothers, fellow  citizens, those of the same family. 

The South was known as the “Confederacy” or the “Confederate States”. God warns of a confederacy that would take place inside the church in the last days:

Is. 8:12 “Say ye not, A confederacy [Strong’s conspiracy], to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.”

Jer. 11:9 “And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” 

Speaking of the house of Israel God says:

Eze. 22:25 “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.” 

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The color of the confederate soldiers’ uniforms was grey. Grey is the mixture of white with black. In the church in these last days, we hear much about something called “grey areas”. There is a mixing of truth with error, nothing is right or wrong anymore, everything is relative.  It is sometimes called “situational ethics” or “culturally relevant”. Standards are being lowered because people do not want to offend anyone.

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The confederacy was also known as the “south.” If you look at the wilderness sanctuary (which represents, among other things, the church) you see that the 7 branch candlestick was the furniture that was on the south side. The candlestick also represents the church (see Rev. 1:20) [with 7 representing complete or whole]  So this represents something that is coming into the “whole” church. 

One of the issues that the south was fighting for was that the wealthy landowners had slaves, and they wanted to keep the slaves. In other words, they wanted the common man to be in subjection to them.   In the church, in these last days, we see this mentality being repeated.

The wealthy landowners [Presidents, Ministerial Directors, Pastors, etc] want to keep the common men [the ordinary church members] in subjection to them. They have formed a hierarchy and the authority flows from the top down. The common man is made a slave (so to speak) to the commands and decrees of the church hierarchy. No one is allowed to believe what they think the Bible says – unless it is first approved by the church Biblical Research Institute. To follow your own conscience will most likely get you disfellowshiped from church membership.

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The southern states were being financed and supported by Rome and her Jesuit army.

“From its inception until the twentieth century, the Roman Catholic Church has endorsed slavery.” Ecclesiastical Megalomania p.136 Dr. John Robbins John Hopkins University 

Abraham Lincoln said:

“Unfortunately, I feel more and more, every day, that it is not against the Americans of the South, alone, I am fighting, it is more against the Pope of Rome, his perfidious Jesuits and their blind and blood-thirsty slaves, than against the real American Protestants, that we have to defend ourselves. Here is the real danger of our position. So long as they will hope to conquer the North, they will spare me; but the day we will rout their armies (and that day will surely come, with the help of God), take their cities, and force them to submit, then, it is my impression that the Jesuits, who are the principal rulers of the South, will do what they have almost invariably done in the past. The dagger, or the pistol of one of their adepts, will do what the strong hands of the warrior could not achieve. This civil war seems to be nothing but a political affair to those who do not see, as I do, the secret springs of that terrible drama. But it is more a religious than a civil war. It is Rome who wants to rule and degrade the North, as she has ruled and degraded the South, from the very day of its discovery. There are only very few of the Southern leaders who are not more or less under the influence of the Jesuits, through their wives, family relations, and their friends. Several members of the family of Jeff Davis belong to the Church of Rome. Even the Protestant ministers are under the influence of the Jesuits without suspecting it.” Fifty Years in the Church of Rome p.496 

(Lincoln’s prediction came true. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was Roman Catholic. The other conspirators in Lincoln’s assassination, Mary Surratt, John Surratt, David Harold, and many others were all Roman Catholic. The home of Mary Surratt, where the assassination was plotted, was frequented by Jesuit priests, and even the State Department stated that the assassination plot was a Jesuit/Catholic conspiracy.) 

Here again, we see ominous parallels with our church today. Little by little, information is leaking out, information that shows that the church hierarchy is being controlled by Rome and her Jesuits.

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 The song – Dixieland – was adopted as the war song of the south in 1861.

“During the American Civil War, "Dixie" was adopted as a de facto anthem of the Confederacy.” Wikipedia 

This song was written (in story plot) as a freed slave is looking back, longing for the plantation of his birth. In other words, he does not want to be free, he wants to go back to slavery. 

1st verse:    I wish I was in the land of cotton,

                   Old times they are not forgotten;

                   Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land…

Notice that this “land of cotton” seems to be, from his description, a better place to be.

"Cotton," according to Webster’s, means:

                              “to go on prosperously; to succeed; to develop well.”

It also means: “to harmonize in action or association; to agree; to make friends; fraternize” 

Don’t we see this same mentality in our church today? Everyone just wants to “play” church. It is a big social meeting. The people want smooth things preached to them. They don’t want anything that might step on their toes or damage their comfort zone! They only want “Peace and Safety” sermons. They preach and practically worship “Unity” but it is a false unity based on rebellion against God’s standards and principles. 

Jer. 6:14 “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” 

But these shepherds stepped in between the truth and the people, and preached smooth things to lead them from the truth. They united with Satan and his angels, crying, "Peace, peace," when there was no peace. Those who loved their ease and were content with their distance from God would not be aroused from their carnal security. I saw that angels of God marked it all; the garments of those unconsecrated shepherds were covered with the blood of souls. Ministers who would not accept this saving message themselves hindered those who would have received it. The blood of souls is upon them. Preachers and people joined to oppose this message from heaven and to persecute William Miller and those who united with him in the work. Falsehoods were circulated to injure his influence; and at different times after he had plainly declared the counsel of God, applying cutting truths to the hearts of his hearers, great rage was kindled against him, and as he left the place of meeting, some waylaid him in order to take his life. But angels of God were sent to protect him, and they led him safely away from the angry mob.” EW 233

 

2nd verse:   Old Missus marry "Will-de-weaver,"

                   Willium was a gay deceaver;

                   Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

This verse refers, in a derogatory way, to a woman who is united with a weaver named William – who, it says, is a deceiver.

In the Bible, a woman represents a church. So here, this song is ridiculing a church that is united with William the weaver.

The name “William” means “Firm Protector”

The word “weaver” means “one who weaves”

In weaving, you have vertical lines of thread and you weave in horizontal lines of thread, to make fabric.

So this derogatory verse, among other things, ridicules a church that unites with a person who is named “William” who is a “Firm Protector” of “Line upon Line” – ie. William Miller

(Firm protector of precept upon precept [grain ground for bread])

(see Isaiah 28:10)

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OK, let’s look at the opposite side.

 Physical

“Union”

Color – Blue

North

 

Liberate the Slaves

Song – Battle Hymn of the Republic ‘1861’

Supported by Alexander II


 Spiritual

Unity

Law of God

Prophecy, Hidden Manna, 

Precept upon Precept

Truth shall make you Free

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“Defender of Men”


 The North was known as the “Union”. This name implies the word “Unity.”

There are those in our church today who are uniting on the Rock of Ages, our firm foundation.

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The color of their uniforms was blue. Blue represents the Law of God, His character. 

Num. 15:38-39  “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:”

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The “Union” was also known as the “North”. In the wilderness sanctuary, the piece of furniture that sat on the north side was the Table of Shewbread. This table provided the “bread” for the “priests”. 

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4

Bread = Word of God

“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Rev. 5:10 

The righteous are “priests”.

  The word “North” in Strong’s means “Hidden” and “Secret”. So here at the Table of Shewbread, you have illustrated the Word of God, Precept upon Precept, Line upon Line, the “Hidden Bread (or Hidden Manna), and prophecy (or the secret things). 

In the church today, those who are uniting together upon the Rock of Ages, are teaching “Precept upon Precept”, “Line upon Line”, and “Prophecy”, and they are upholding the “blue” Law of God. 

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One purpose driving the “Union” soldiers was to set the slaves free. 

John 8:32  “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

One of the main goals of those who are teaching prophecy and precept upon precept, line upon line – is to share the truth with those who are “slaves” of the hierarchy, or are asleep in the church.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers were supported by Czar Alexander II of Russia. Many people do not realize that there was a threat of the war that the countries of England and France might support the southern “Confederacy”. Lincoln was concerned about this, and in 1861 he issued the Emancipation Proclaimation to free the slaves. One reason for this was that it was a guesture to the Russian people that he hoped would gain their support, because they had just had their czar free all the serfs – in the same year. Alexander II had his imperial navy sail for the American ports of New York City and San Francisco as a sign of support for Lincoln and his government. This served as a sign to France and England that if they entered the war in support of the South, that Russia would support the North and that they would have to contend with Russia as well. These Russian ships began arriving in the United States in Sept. 1863. The Czar issued orders to his Admirals that they were to be prepared to fight any power and that they were to take their orders only from Abraham Lincoln.

The title “Czar” means “king, or chief”.

The name Alexander means “Defender of Men”

 

 “We must have a Defender, and when our Defender came, he was clothed with humanity;” 

RH, June 1, 1905 

Those who are teaching the truth are supported by King Jesus, the “Defender of Men.”

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The song for the Union forces was the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The words for the song were written in 1861, for the purpose of encouraging the Union soldiers. 

“Dr. Clarke commented on the stirring melody of the tune and suggested Mrs. Howe write words for it that would encourage the Union forces.” History of Hymn Singing p.90 

“Staying at the Willard Hotel in Washington on the night of November 18, 1861, Howe awoke with the words of the song in her mind and in near darkness wrote the verses to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Of the writing of the lyrics, Howe remembered: I went to bed that night as usual, and slept, according to my wont, quite soundly. I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind. Having thought out all the stanzas, I said to myself, 'I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep again and forget them.' So, with a sudden effort, I sprang out of bed, and found in the dimness an old stump of a pen which I remembered to have used the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.”  Wikipedia

 

Notice that the words came to her and she wrote them almost without looking at the paper.

Now look at the 1st verse:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:

His truth is marching on. 


Notice that this verse is a quite accurate description of the 1st Angel’s message. It describes (in figures) the “lightening of the earth with His glory” and the beginning of judgment.

It is also placed by Wikipedia just after the darkening of the sun, & falling of the stars.

          “The first verse begins with an allusion to the coming of the Lord in glory, described in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:26, and Luke 21:27).” Wikipedia 


I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;

They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;

I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps.

His day is marching on. 

The 2nd verse describes the siege & fall of Babylon, and the writing of the 2520 (Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin) on the wall. It is showing the 2nd Angel’s message! 

“The second verse contains an allusion to the writing on the wall opposite the lampstand in Daniel 5:5. The interpretation of that writing was the announcement of the destruction of the kingdom of Babylon (Daniel 5:17-28).” Wikipedia 


In the book that I have, this song has 5 verses. Each verse describes as follows – 

1st verse = 1st Angel’s message; 2nd verse = 2nd Angel’s message; 3rd verse = 3rd Angel’s message; 4th verse = 4th Angel’s message; 5th verse = 2nd Coming of Christ.

This was the war song of the Union army! Amazing!!

This is also the message of those who are promoting the prophecy and precept upon precept in our church today! 


Is it just coincidence or chance that there are so many comparisons between the American Civil War and the Seventh-day Adventist church of today? I, for one, do not believe so! It seems to me that the Lord embedded in the Civil War, lessons of great importance to His remnant SDA church. Lessons drawn from a war of brother against brother, to demonstrate the internal war between brothers in the SDA church in the final moments of earth’s history!