THE COUNTERFEIT - A SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT COME FROM GOD
It is with great sadness that so many within the church have been programmed to think and believe:
1) the identity of the Holy Spirit is unknown or to even discuss it is with fear of committing the unpardonable sin.
2) that the Holy Spirit and Comforter is "another", it is someone else. We don't know who it is.
3) that the Holy Spirit is an actual third divine being.
Sister Ellen White gave writings that are very interesting and a little alarming on this topic. She has tried to bring to our attention that Jesus is our Comforter. To know exactly that Jesus was in the Spirit because Ephesians 2:18 says, "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." That is Jesus that this verse speaks about. There is one Spirit that originates from the Father and is then sent thru the Son.
2 Corinthians 3:17 says, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
1 Corinthians 15:45, 47 - "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."
These verses from Paul in Corinthians says that Jesus was made a quickening spirit and it is Jesus that is this Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit. And that aligns with the many, many quotes from Sister White and the Spirit of Prophecy. Please read the addtional pages of "Christ is Our Comforter" and "Who is the Holy Spirit according to SisterWhite" found under the Ellen White heading of this website.
“He (Jesus) is coming to us by His Holy Spirit today. Let us recognize Him now; then we shall recognize Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” - Ellen White, Review & Herald, April 30, 1901, par. 8
If we don’t realize that Jesus comes to us in the Spirit, then how are we to recognize that it is Him in the end times for sure that is coming back for us?
“The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give.
It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” - Ellen White, Letter 66 to W. W. Prescott, April 10, 1894, par. 18
Here in this last quote, she is saying, DON'T CATCH THE SPIRIT FROM ANOTHER. Yet today in the church, we are taught in John 14, "Another Comforter" is someone else, someone that we actually don't know the identity of.
Please read on as Sister White places before us a vision as it was written in the book, Early Writings.
When the Father and the Son moved from the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place in 1844, a small band of believers followed by faith. The rest of the Christian world did not know anything had changed and continued to worship at an empty throne. But there was one who saw the vacancy and appeared to fill the position. Here is the account in Early Writings, pages 54-56.
“I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person. The Father's person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, "If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist." Before the throne I saw the Advent people—the church and the world. I saw two companies, one bowed down before the throne, deeply interested, while the other stood uninterested and careless. Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son and from the Son to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it; others were careless and did not cherish the light, and it moved off from them. Some cherished it, and went and bowed down with the little praying company. This company all received the light and rejoiced in it, and their countenances shone with its glory.
I saw the Father rise from the throne, and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of holies within the veil, and sit down. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and the most of those who were bowed down arose with Him. I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after He arose, and they were left in perfect darkness. Those who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them out a little way. Then He raised His right arm, and we heard His lovely voice saying, "Wait here; I am going to My Father to receive the kingdom; keep your garments spotless, and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to Myself." Then a cloudy chariot, with wheels like flaming fire, surrounded by angels, came to where Jesus was. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where the Father sat. There I beheld Jesus, a great High Priest, standing before the Father. On the hem of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, "My Father, give us Thy Spirit."
Then Jesus would breathe upon them the Holy Ghost. In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace. I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, give us Thy Spirit."
Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children.”
This account plainly discloses the Father and His Son moving into the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place). When the prayer is made requesting “Thy Spirit” the prayer is answered by Jesus breathing on them His Spirit which is called the Holy Ghost. The word in the Greek is pneuma which means spirit.
So, the statement declares what Jesus gave them was the Holy Spirit which is His life – His breath. We shall notice this more carefully when we discuss John 20:22.
When the ones that had not followed the Father and Jesus remained in the Holy Place they prayed to an empty throne, “Give us Thy Spirit.” Satan recognizing his opportunity answered their prayer and gave them of his spirit. They received an unholy influence and mistook it for the Holy Spirit.
Here is a most remarkable deception - professing Christians praying in such a way that only Satan can answer them. Being uninterested and careless seems to be the chief characteristics of this unbelieving multitude. They were not connected with the Father and His Son and did not notice when They left the Holy Place.
Light came from the Father to the Son to the people. This sequence was recognized and maintained by the believers by praying to the Son who then pleaded with the Father. It is on this point that Ellen White and the other pioneers clung to the Bible truth of the only true God and His Son. There is only one Mediator between God and mankind:
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Satan would use the deceived ones who had received his unholy influence to deceive God’s children who had the real Holy Spirit that was breathed on them by Christ. What is the deception? That there is a Holy Spirit that is not Christ but is a third separate being. This third entity would like to be worthy of worship and destroy the truth that there is one true God –the Father.
Does the Bible say there is a created being that wants to be worshipped as a deity? Absolutely!
Notice Isaiah 14:12-14 - “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Here, we see Satan clearly describing his aspiration to be like God. The only way he could ever be worshipped would be to invent a false god and assume that position. In these two pages of Early Writings we see the process by which he bewitches professed Christians. He invents a false deity and assumes the role!
This stunning information in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy has been withheld from the Church since the time of Constantine at the Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.).
Multitudes worship at the altar of paganism and have no awareness of the tragedy. Millions throughout history have forfeited their lives by seeking to return to Bible truth. Today in an age of sophistication and technology it is viewed as heresy by the church to suggest that Jesus breathes His own personal life - His Spirit into a Christian.
If the reader will go back and carefully review the two pages in Early Writings, the following will become apparent: There are only two spirits mentioned. The source of each is clear. One comes from God; and the other comes from Lucifer (Satan). There is no third spirit! There are only two Deities in this narrative: God the Father, and His Son Jesus.
Before proceeding further we must attempt to affirm:
• There is a Holy Spirit.
• The Holy Spirit is an attribute of Deity.
• The Holy Spirit comes to us through Christ.
• The Holy Spirit is one of three powers.
• The three powers are not three actual persons.
• The Father and the Son are Beings.
• The Holy Spirit proceeds from The Father and the Son. It is the divine life that is in them both and is not a separate person. Think of this as a personality or characteristic of Christ being in the Spirit.
Lets review what Mrs. White saw in vision:
(1) There are only two personal beings described sitting on the throne: the Father and the Son. Why is the Holy Spirit not sitting on the throne if it is a third co-equal personal God?
Note also that she does not ask Jesus if the Holy Spirit has a form like Himself. Why not? Instead, she saw that there are only two personal Divine Beings, the Father and His Son.
(2) Next note that when God's people pray “My Father, give us Thy Spirit” Jesus then breathes upon them the Holy Ghost. It is the Father’s Spirit that Jesus breathes. The fact that the Holy Ghost is breathed by Jesus shows that it is not a Being like the Father and His Son.
(3) Lastly, Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; which is his counterfeit spirit posing as the third person and which created a trinity so that he can be part of the Godhead. Part of being worshipped under the nameplate not found in the bible under the counterfeit of god the holy spirit. He is neither a god, nor is he holy. But yes, he is a spirit.
“By Christ the work upon which the fulfillment of God's purpose rests was accomplished. This was the agreement in the councils of the Godhead. The Father purposed in counsel with His Son” - Manuscript Releases 21, p. 54.3
"The reasons why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, 'This is the way, walk ye in it.'" - Review and Herald, August 26, 1890.
“Satan’s position in heaven had been next to the Son of God. He was first among the angels.”
- Selected Messages, book 1, p. 341
Please note that Christ was next in authority behind his father. The third highest being was none other than Satan himself. There is no Holy Spirit being next to Christ.
“Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in Heaven. He was next in honor to Christ.” - Review & Herald, February 24, 1874
“But there are two spirits in the world, --the Spirit of God and the spirit of Satan.” - Signs of the Times, November 24, 1887, par. 7
If you at one time had an exalted position in heaven and was thrown out, wouldn’t your jealousy rage? Satan now poses within Christendom as a made up spirit name not found in the Spirit of Prophecy or the Bible. He wants to be god and he wants to be referred to as "holy." That way he is on par with God. Therefore he poses as ‘god the holy spirit’ within the trinity doctrine. This doctrine comes from the days of Rome, but had it’s place way before that in other pagan religions.