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APPENDIX: Some Interesting Historical Notes.
What happened when the Bible ended? What happened to the people of God? and
to the Bible? What were the forces at work that tried to destroy both?
In the book, GREAT CONTROVERSY, this story is told. Four
thousand years of history are given us in the Bible. But a powerful story began
when the Bible ended. A story that would affect the people of God to the end of
time. Paul had been beheaded in 64 A.D. by Nero. and Peter was crucified soon
after. Only the aged John was left to pen his books on the isle of Patmos.
Violent forces were gathering that would soon seek to sweep away Christianity
altogether. What happened then is of deepest importance to us today as we face
what is ahead.
In the last week before His death. Jesus predicted the holocaust that was
coming: and, in urgent words He foretold the massive destruction of Jerusalem,
the ages of persecution that were to follow, and the crises of our own time.
The powers of earth and hell arrayed themselves against Christ in the person of
His followers. And a systematic effort to blot out the church began. But in vain
were Satan's efforts to destroy it by violence. For by death they conquered.
Their wonderful message penetrated even into regions inaccessible by the eagles
"You may kill us, torture us, condemn us . . Your injustice is the proof that we
are innocent . . Nor does your cruelty avail you . . The oftener we are mowed
down by you, the more in number we grow, the blood of Christians is seed!" Tertulltan, to the Emperor Septimius Severus, c. 206 A.D., quoted in chapter two
of Great Controversy.
But a century later, Satan introduced a new tactic to devastate the church of
God and though rarely mentioned, it is still destroying churches and Christian
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