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Impressed by Pastor Dwight K. Nelson’s urgent message for these days we decided to share it with you since it is very close to our character building theme. Some phrases he uses are almost identical with Pastor Steve Wallace’s. In the web link below you can see other two lectures from this seminar.

We also encourage you to respond to the appeal at the end of his presentation for joining some mission project.

“The Dark Night Rises”—PART TWO

“Normalcy bias”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3.


Clearly Paul here is describing a “normalcy bias” as the mindset of the _________ generation on earth!


Wikipedia: “The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a _____________. It causes

people to underestimate both the possibility of a _______________ occurring and its possible effects. This often

results in situations where people fail to adequately ______________ for a disaster. . . . The assumption that is

made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster _______ has occurred then it __________ will

occur. . . . People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before .

. . tend[ing] to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less

________ situation.”

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The Holocaust

“Sudden destruction”

1 Thessalonians 5:3


Luke 17:26-27—In the days of Noah society was enjoying “peace and safety” right up until

“________________________” swept them away.


Luke 17:28-32—In the days of __________ society was enjoying “peace and safety” right up until “sudden

destruction” swept them away.


Luke 21:34-36


Ecclesiastes 9:12—“No one knows when their hour will come … so people are trapped by evil times that fall

_______________________ upon them.”


Zephaniah 1:18—“ . . . for [the LORD] will make a _______________ end of all who live on the earth.”


Ellen White:

– “The end will come more _____________ than [we] expect.” (Great Controversy 631)

– “Great changes are soon to take place in the world, and the final movements will be __________ ones.”

(Testimonies to the Church 9:11)

– “Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in _________________ succession.” (Testimonies to Ministers 116)

“Connecting the dots”

– Jeremiah 33:3—“‘Call to Me, and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you



– John 16:13—“‘When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. . . and He will tell you what is



– Review and Herald August 5, 1902—“Those who place themselves under God’s control, to be led and guided by

Him, will catch the steady _______________ of events ordained by Him to take place.”



Connecting the dots of the national/global economy:

1 Our national/global civil and social infrastructure depends on the solvency of the ___________________.

2 If the economy collapses, then ____________________________ are likely to do the same.

3 If law and order collapses, then strident _________________ will have to be enacted in an attempt to restore


4 Such drastic measures undertaken in a time of crisis open the door to the curtailing of


5 If civil liberties are curtailed for the sake of national security, then legislation to enforce a public, even

religious, ______________ ___________ becomes feasible.

6 If some form of prescribed moral conformity is made a legal mandate, then the “great controversy” scenario of

_________________ is suddenly possible.

“God of heaven, wake us up!” 2 SM 52.1



Could men see with heavenly vision, they would behold companies of angels that excel in strength stationed about those who have kept the word of Christ’s patience. With sympathizing tenderness, angels have witnessed their distress and have heard their prayers. They are waiting the word of their Commander to snatch them from their peril. But they must wait yet a little longer. The people of God must drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism. The very delay, so painful to them, is the best answer to their petitions. As they endeavor to wait trustingly for the Lord to work they are led to exercise faith, hope, and patience, which have been too little exercised during their religious experience. Yet for the elect’s sake the time of trouble will be shortened. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him? … I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.” Luke 18:7-8. The end will come more quickly than men expect. The wheat will be gathered and bound in sheaves for the garner of God; the tares will be bound as fagots for the fires of destruction. {GC 630.2}


“Deny self; ye must step fast.” Some of us have had time to get the truth and to advance step by step, and every step we have taken has given us strength to take the next. But now time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have MUCH TO UNLEARN and MUCH TO LEARN again. Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision now to say, Nay, we will not regard the institution of the beast. {EW 67.2}


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