The Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet
Persecute the Hated Sect

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet." Rev 16:13.

"The first persecuting power is represented by the dragon itself; in heathenism there was open alliance with Satan, and defiance of God. In the second persecuting power, the dragon is masked; but the spirit of Satan actuates it, -- the dragon supplies the motive power. In the third persecuting power, all traces of the dragon are absent, and a lamb-like beast appears; but when it speaks, its dragon voice betrays the satanic power concealed under a fair exterior, and shows it to be of the same family as the two preceding powers. In all the opposition to Christ and His pure religion, 'that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,' --'the god of this world,' --is the moving power; earthly persecuting powers are simply instruments in his hands."

The Great Controversy, Appendix, p. 680 [1888 Edition]

The Dragon Persecuted the Hated Sect

"In common with his nation, Saul had cherished the hope of a Messiah who should reign as a temporal prince, to break from the neck of Israel the Roman yoke, and exalt her to the throne of universal empire....he eagerly joined with priests and rulers in the persecution of [Christ's] followers as a proscribed and hated sect."

Sketches from the Life of Paul, page 10

"Thousands who claim to be religious are not Christians. Paul was very strict in carrying out his religion, but he was not a Christian until Christ revealed Himself to him and talked with him, showing him that he was persecuting his Master in the person of His saints. Then Paul was converted. He became one of the sect he had despised and hated; and for his love of Christ he received the same cruel treatment that he had once cooperated with others in giving."

Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, page 51

The Beast Persecuted the Hated Sect

"When Rome at one time determined to exterminate the hated sect, a bull was issued by the pope, condemning them as heretics, and delivering them to slaughter. They were not accused as idlers, or dishonest, or disorderly; but it was declared that they had an appearance of piety and sanctity that seduced 'the sheep of the true fold.'"

The Great Controversy, page 77

The False Prophet Persecutes the Hated Sect

"When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honor the law of God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement for their destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to strike in one night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof."

The Great Controversy, page 635

The Hated Sect is an Obscure People

"I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists [Adventists by name only] who know of our faith and customs (for they hated us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints...."

Spalding and Magan Collection, page 1

Former Brethren Become Most Bitter Enemies

"As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message [Seventh-day Adventists], but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position, and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren.When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them."

The Great Controversy, page 608

"The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us. The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges."

Testimonies for the Church Volume Five, page 463

Compare These Two Sources

"The vision that Christ presented to John, presenting the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, is to be definitely proclaimed to all nations, people, and tongues. The churches, represented by Babylon, are represented as having fallen from their spiritual state to become A PERSECUTING POWER against those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. To John this persecuting power is represented as having horns like a lamb, but as speaking like a dragon."

Testimonies to Ministers, page 117, (1896)

"There will be more and still more external parade by worldly powers. Under different symbols, God presented to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been distinguished for their persecution of His people. The eighteenth chapter of Revelation speaks of mystic Babylon, fallen from her high estate to become A PERSECUTING POWER. Those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus are the object of the wrath of this power [Rev. 18:1-8 quoted]."

Manuscript 135, (1902)


  1. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists cannot be the "hated sect."
  2. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists cannot be the "obscure people."
  3. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are the "nominal Adventists."
  4. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are the "most bitter enemies" of the saints.
  5. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are those who are now "A PERSECUTING POWER", having " fallen from her high estate."
  6. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has become "THE FALSE PROPHET", purportedly proclaiming the message of Elijah, but yet calling fire down from heaven to consume the saints instead of their own sin.

Christ says, "Come out of her, My people!"