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Darkness Before Dawn, Page 1

Darkness Before Dawn

Finding Hope for the Future

Foreword

Even a casual glance at society today tells us that things are not right. To many, the world seems to be spinning out of control. Growing numbers of men and women face the future with anxiety and confusion. The world seems locked in a downward spiral that is fast reaching a climax.

How will it all end? How will the political terrorism, and violence, the greed and materialism, the steady erosion of moral values, the drug use, the aids virus, the starvation and filling-how will all these critical problems be resolved? Where can we find answers to these serious questions? Not in the tabloid newspapers or on the TV talk shows. Political leaders-even spiritual leaders-seem to have no answers to these vital issues. But God's word, the Bible, pulls aside the curtain and reveals that our world is involved in a cosmic struggle between good and evil.

This little book goes to the Bible to answer the important questions about how this conflict began, what the issues are, how we all became involved, and how it will end. The chapters making up this book are taken from the author's major work The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan. Though some have been abridged to meet the length requirements of this small book, they still provide valuable insights into current social, political, and religious developments. We believe that through them you will obtain not only a better understanding of the world today, but a well-founded hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1. Why Was Sin Permitted?1
2. How to Defeat Satan5
3. The First Great Deception13
4. Can the Dead Speak to Us?18
5. Liberty of Conscience Threatened24
6. The Impending Conflict28
7. Our Only Safeguard36
8. The Time of Trouble40
9. God's People Delivered45
10. The Controversy Ended52

Chapter 1—Why Was Sin Permitted?1The Great Controversy, 493-503.

Where do evil and suffering come from? Is God responsible? If not, why doesn't He at least stop it? Will it ever come to an end? What has God done to solve the problem, and what does that say about His character?

The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created beings depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love—homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character. He takes no pleasure in a forced allegiance, and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service.

But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom. Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. “Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:12-15.

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