Spring 2010: Amazing Discoveries and Conspiracy Theories
Author: Wendy Goubej
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At the heart of this issue of Faith on the Line is the topic of conspiracy theories.

Every now and then, someone alleges that the message of Amazing Discoveries™ or Walter Veith is not the Gospel, and should be more Christ-centered. Others accuse us of conspiracy theories. We are told that our message is not relevant, and consists of outlandish conspiracy theories.

To shed some light on this matter, we would like to address these wrongful accusations publicly.

What is our message?

Walter Veith’s Total Onslaught series includes lectures on Christ’s life, divinity, and mediatory ministry; the remnant Church and 1844; baptism; the authenticity of the Bible; end-time events; the spirit of prophecy; the Sabbath; and up-to-date information on how secret societies are fulfilling Bible prophecy. The presentations are eye-opening for many as they see history revealed in a way that uplifts the Bible’s messages.

Total Onslaught is about allegiance. Without the right information people will not be able to make intelligent decisions about where to put their allegiance. The media tells us very little about the real happenings of our day, and certainly little about the private opinions of world leaders. Total Onslaught equips listeners to fully choose Christ.

It is not our intention to bring a message of paranoia or fear. We only seek to expose the deceptions around us and to point to a brighter, higher Truth—Jesus Christ and His loveliness.

Throughout the series, Veith shows how the divinity, kingship, and glory of Christ are demoted through new legislation and the ecumenical movement. The message of Total Onslaught may be hard for some, but addresses an important need: the need for people to find the true Christ, rather than the one that is replacing Him. This series is Christ-centered because it defends Christ. It shows how a false christ, to whom praise and worship does not belong, is replacing the Lord Jesus. One of the highest honors we can pay Christ is to defend Him to the world, and this series does exactly that.

What is the Gospel?

Gospel means good news. The Gospel is all of the good news concerning salvation found in Jesus, His ministry in the sanctuary, His soon coming, but also that Babylon has become the habitation of devils and of every unclean bird, and that we are to come out of her and hold to the true Vine. This is present truth. How can people come out if they do not know what they should come out of?

Secret Societies

Many in the United States are wrestling with the issue of secret societies. Even Seventh-day Adventists are being recruited by Freemason organizations. People need to be warned of the dangers involved.

Unfortunately, there are people who take things to the extreme. They hear messages about Freemasons and start seeing Freemasonry everywhere. We need balance and common sense. It is true that shells, triangles, and flames are common symbols of the occult, and that these symbols are found on businesses and products all around us. But does that mean we can’t gas up at a gas station bearing a Freemason symbol, or purchase a pair of socks with a flame embroidered on it? Of course not! We have never supported this kind of fanaticism.

But the sin and danger of secret societies, in particular as they pertain to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy through the work of the Roman Catholic Jesuit Order and its affiliates, must be revealed. To do otherwise is to be remiss in our duty. What these organizations do is wrong, especially because they cloak their activities with good works, thereby deceiving the innocent. We have been warned by Ellen White to stay away from all unions and confederacies, and yet still we fraternize with them, and neglect to see the greatest secret society of all working behind the scenes through deception to set up the final end-time conglomerate of Babylon. Shall we leave people ignorant to the sophistries working to bind their souls to Satan?

Is this message in line with the Adventist Church?

The Adventist Church was founded on principles of truth started by the Protestant Reformation. Anyone who preaches on behalf of Seventh-day Adventists must preach the Gospel upon which our Church was founded, and to which Ellen White has added her rich writings.

Adventists have a special mission. We, like John the Baptist, are called to prepare the way of the Lord. We are the Church raised to warn the world of judgment. Our message includes all parts of the Gospel, with the added focus on the soon coming of Jesus and the preparation of the world to meet Him.

We are the bearers of a solemn message of urgency—a message that is intended to address deception at the end of time.

If anyone downplays the importance of identifying the man of sin, deny the relevance of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, dilutes the importance of the soon coming of Jesus and the deceptions that will surround the final events, or rejects the uniqueness of our message by joining hands with Rome, they undercut the Gospel and our identity as His remnant Church. But we at Amazing Discoveries preach all these basic end-time doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our message, then, is exactly in line with the Adventist Church.

Isn’t this all just a conspiracy theory?

“Conspiracy theory” is a label being thrown around at anything that sounds like it might elicit fear or might not be “typical” Adventist doctrine. Granted, there are outlandish conspiracy theories in the world today, but what we preach is not of that character. Any earnest seeker who has watched our series and understands the times in which we live would not see the Total Onslaught message as a speculative theory.

But there certainly is a conspiracy—Satan’s conspiracy, started 6000 years ago. When swords, wild beasts, fires, and other persecutions did not remove the followers of Christ from the world, Satan turned to lies and deceit to snare them into sin, to stupefy them, and to lull them into complacency. Jesus Himself warned us in Matthew 24 that the end of the world would be marked with so much deception that, if possible, even the very elect would be deceived.

Are we not to expose the most massive deception ever perpetrated on humankind? Are we not to show people the the sins of Babylon and the identity of the power whom they must avoid at all costs, so that they may escape?

How can we show the true love of Christ but still allow people to remain deceived? Please carefully consider this quote by non-Adventist author Dave Hunt:

We are told to love one another as Christ has loved us. Pop psychology trivializes that command by equating it with a ‘positive’ attitude. Forgotten is the first duty of love: to speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15). Real love does not flatter or soothe when correction is needed but [rather] points out the error which is blinding and harming the loved one. Christ said, ‘As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent’ (Revelation 3:19). Instead, the idea is now current that love excludes rebuke, ignores the truth, and seeks unity at any price. Only disaster can result.i

He seems to understand. Why is it so hard for some of us?

The Jesuit Order

When America was founded, there were innumerable concerns regarding Jesuit infiltration. Many believed that a conspiracy was raging against the freedoms of the United States. Much evidence shows that their concerns were not unfounded. The Jesuits, with supreme loyalty only to the Pope and who exist for the sole purpose of countering all that the Reformation accomplished, are deeply involved in end-time affairs. Through their deceptive efforts, Rome has steadily been working to destroy Protestantism.

Rome has showed her aggressive nature throughout history and even in recent statements. Anyone opposing the Pope’s authority is counted a heretic worthy of extermination. It has been so throughout history, and Rome hasn’t changed. Should we be quiet while violence and aggression is perpetrated against those who oppose Rome and wish to abide solely by the Word of God?

Friends, we have seen and heard too much to be silent. The kindest thing we can say of those that seek to nullify the warning message of Rome’s growing dominion and the rise of the Antichrist power is that they must not understand the evidence that points to this enormous reality and its relation to end-time fulfillment of prophecy.

Pastor Ferraz of the Michigan Conference wrote this:

Being “accepted” by other denominations, to which we have been commissioned to proclaim the three angels’ message of Revelation 14, has never been a divine mandate of God’s remnant people so viciously under attack (Rev 12:17). Preaching the extent of the love of God in present truth – that of “the everlasting gospel” (Rev 14:6), warning that “Babylon…is fallen, is fallen and is become the habitation of devils” (Rev 18:2), and proclaiming the voice of God calling “Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev 18:4) – however, is God’s mandate.ii

If we are silent now, we will be guilty of the blood of souls.

 


 

i Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1994): 403.

ii Ferraz, “The Humanity of the Son of God is Everything to Us,” Adventists Affirm.

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