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The Greatest Conspiracy
Satan’s Warfare Against the
Three Angel’s Messages In the
Twentieth Century
NEIL C. LIVINGSTON

THE
COMMANDMENTS
OF GOD,
THE FLAG OF

THE

REMNANT

TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Word to the Reader ....................................................................................................................iv
Preface..............................................................................................................................................v
Neil Livingston’s Autobiography ..................................................................................................viii
PART I – THE APOSTASY
1. Holy Flesh and Celebration Music............................................................................................14
2. The Birth of An Image..............................................................................................................31
3. Early Ecumenical Aspirations ...................................................................................................52
4. Church Fathers, and the Corruption of the New Testament ...................................................66
5. A False Bible .............................................................................................................................81
6. Modern Translations and SDA Doctrine .................................................................................94
7. A Creed and A Church Manual .............................................................................................114
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10. A Warning, and It’s Rejection ...............................................................................................187
11. The Final Atonement ............................................................................................................217
12. The Ultimate Betrayal............................................................................................................253
13. A Champion Stands Alone ....................................................................................................287
14. The Hellish Torch of Satan ...................................................................................................312
PART II – THE FRUITAGE OF APOSTASY ...........................................................................338
15. Vatican Council II, “So Much In Common” .........................................................................341
16. Secret Project Whitecoat .......................................................................................................354
17. Stoning the Prophet ...............................................................................................................384
18. The Invaders ..........................................................................................................................412
PART III – THE TRIUMPH OF THE MESSAGE.....................................................................441
19. The Remnant Church – Corporate or Spiritual? ...................................................................444
20. Modern Israel At Kadesh-Barnea ..........................................................................................471
22. The Man With the Writer’s Inkhorn.....................................................................................509
23. The Time Traveler – A Journey Back in Time ......................................................................525

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A Word To the Reader
Historical and theological works penned by laymen who do not have the IMPRIMATUR of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church are often accused of quoting Ellen White and others
“out of context.” For this reason, the author has chosen to place all references at the end
of each quotation, rather than in traditional endnotes, hoping that the reader will be
encouraged to look up the references and consider the original source in context.

A

PREFACE

nd when Satan saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the church which
brought forth Jesus,” the apostle John prophesied. “And Satan was angry with the
church, and went to make war with the last remnant people, who keep the ten
commandments, and have the faith of Jesus, and who believe in the spirit of prophecy.”
Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 19:10b – paraphrase).
The entire chapter of Revelation 12 is a vivid description of Satan’s warfare against the Christian
church from apostolic times to the second advent of Jesus Christ. Satan comes to planet earth
with “great wrath” knowing that he has but a short time.
It is interesting to note that prior to the death of Christ on the cross Satan tried to destroy God’s
people from without the church – by the secular nations surrounding Israel. Since the crucifixion
Satan has conspired to deceive God’s people from within the Church itself. Not long after the
death of the apostles heathen nations, and even the Roman Emperor, Constantine, were
converted to Christianity. We see clearly the rise of apostasy in the Church during the dark ages.
When the Pagan nations came into the Church they brought all of their heathen, sun-worshiping
practices with them. The result was the great Protestant reformation after 1,260 years of
domination and persecution.
The apostle Paul warned that the Antichrist would come within the church itself. (2 Thess. 2:14). Although clearly warned in Scripture, it came as a great surprise and an overwhelming shock
to God’s professed people. Paul had warned the Church in verse five, “Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things.”
Now, in the last century of earth’s probation, Satan works “with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish.” Why is it possible for Satan to deceive the last generation
people so easily?
“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” the apostle Paul replies,
“and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2
Thessalonians 2:10, 11, emphasis supplied).

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In the last half of the twentieth century Satan works with unbelievable cunning and shrewd
deception within the Church. Indeed, God has not left us in darkness without a warning.
“We have far more to fear from within than from without,” Ellen White warned. “The hindrances
to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world.” (Selected Messages,
Bk. 1, page 122, emphasis supplied).
How can we escape being deceived? Should we not study anymore, because we might be
deceived? Is there counsel in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy for these dangerous and deceptive
times? Yes! God never leaves us adrift in a sea of deception.
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word,
or our epistle, ” the apostle Paul replies. (2 Thessalonians 2:15).
Good advise. “Stand fast, hold the traditions [truth] which ye have been taught.” Study the
history of the great second advent movement, and hold fast to historic Seventh-day Adventist
truth.
“We have nothing to fear for the future,” Ellen White assured, “except as we shall forget the way
the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” (Life Sketches, page 196, emphasis
supplied).
This final century of earth’s probation is almost ended. Soon the earth and it’s teeming billions
will pass into the millennium. It is left with the remnant of God’s commandment-keeping people
to reach the billions with the unique end-time gospel of the third angel’s message. To warn the
world of the Papacy and her image. To warn the world of receiving the mark of the Papacy, and
to call God’s people out of Babylon.
One hundred and fifty five years have passed since 1844, the date the great second Advent
movement began to herald the third angel’s message. One hundred and thirty six years have
passed since the Seventh-day Adventist Church was incorporated in 1863. One hundred and
eleven years have passed since the Lord sent “a most precious message to the people through
elders Waggoner and Jones” in 1888. Eighty four years have passed since the death of Ellen
White. Over seventy years have passed since the death of the last Seventh-day Adventist
pioneer.
Why has not Jesus returned before this year of our Lord 1998? Are the watchmen in Zion still
faithful to their sacred trust? Is the corporate Seventh-day Adventist Church still teaching and
preaching the truth “once delivered to the saints?” (Jude 1:3). Has the leadership forgotten “the
way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history?” (ibid., LS, p. 196).
This book will accurately trace the history of Satan’s cunning strategy, his defeats and often
tragic victories, in his warfare against Christ’s remnant people. Although this work recites the
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history of apostasy in the Seventh-day Adventist Church from the turn of the century, it will
more directly focus on the subtle apostasies of the last fifty years of the twentieth century – ”the
Omega of deadly heresies.”
“In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies,” Ellen White warned.
“The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God
has given.” (Selected Messages, Bk. 1, page 200, emphasis supplied).
“The Omega would follow in a little while,” Ellen White wrote.. “I tremble for our people. . ..”
(Sermons and Talks, page 341, emphasis supplied).
The final chapters of this work heralds the promise of Jesus that the truth of the great Second
Advent Movement will triumph gloriously in the manifestation of God’s power in the latter rain
and the perfecting of the saints. The whole world will be lightened by the truth of the Advent
message!
To expose Satan's final masterpiece of deception against the last true church, “which keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus,” and who have “the testimony of Jesus Christ,”
and to bring courage for the crisis to the remnant scattered abroad, is the intent and purpose of
this work, and the fervent prayer of the author.
Neil C. Livingston

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Neil Livingston’s Autobiography
One month before my fourth birthday, mother became very ill. At that young age I was sent,
along with my older sisters, to the Spokane Children’s Home. Memories of this institution are
not pleasant. Life at the “Home” was very difficult because we loved our parents very much. We
were fortunate that our parents were alive. Many of the children had no parents. We had the
hope of returning home again. How long that would be we had no way of knowing.
While at the Spokane Children’s Home we attended the Lutheran Church. Mother was a
Seventh-day Adventist. The only thing I learned at this young age about Adventists was at
Sunday breakfast one morning,
“Don’t eat the sausage, Neil,” my sister Carol said, “mother said we were not to eat pork.”
Although the children were seldom served good food at the Home, we skipped the “pork” and
had potatoes and toast.. Carol and I were content to obey mother. (See, Neil C. Livingston,
Suffer the Children, “The Story of the Spokane Children’s Home,” unpublished manuscript,
1983).
A Dream Come True
At the age of ten I returned home to live with my parents. Mother more than made up for the
unpleasant years at the Spokane Children’s Home by sending my younger brother Ronald and I,
along with my older sisters, to the Spokane Junior Academy, an excellent Adventist school in
1945. I attended this school for five years. We lived across town and had a long bus ride to
school and home again. Strangely, the Adventist academy was only about five blocks from the
Spokane Children’s Home. You can imagine the contrast between the children’s home and the
Adventist academy. To me it was like going to heaven. At that time the Seventh-day Adventist
Church was teaching “historic” Adventism. I remember well the Bible lessons at the academy.
We also studied the “true” history of the Seventh-day Adventist movement from 1844 and
onward.
In 1945 the President of the Upper Columbia Conference was Elder Fred Mote, Sr. He was a
wonderful Christian and a real “historic” Adventist. My best friend at the academy during those
five wonderful years was Fred Mote, Jr. Many times I was invited to go with “Freddie” and his
father on speaking engagements at churches throughout the Upper Columbia Conference. Elder
Mote had been a missionary to the Philippine Islands. (Fred, Jr. was born there). Oh, what
wonderful sermons and mission stories I heard as a young lad on those occasions.
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Physical Blindness
I was born with an eye disease known as RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa). With this problem I could
see in the light, but in the dark I was totally blind. This condition also leaves the victim with
tunnel vision, a narrowing of the field of vision. When the field of vision reaches less than ten
degrees, the person is considered legally blind. Personally, I reached this stage of progression at
about fifteen years of age. Because I have been legally blind since I was a youth the Lord blessed
me with an excellent memory. (The blind must memorize how many steps to an object, etc.).
During my eighth grade year (1950) Elder Mote was called to the work in Australia, of course,
taking my best friend “Freddie” with him. (Fred Mote, Jr. later became a medical doctor and
headed the SDA hospital in Saigon, Vietnam during the war). This left me the only boy in the
eighth grade at Spokane Junior Academy.
Spiritual Blindness
I made a terrible mistake the following year. I left the Adventist academy and attended public
school. Needless-to-say I drifted away from the Lord. I worked as a teen for the Western Union
Telegraph Company delivering telegrams on a bicycle in downtown Spokane, Washington. Well,
I was now able to help dad financially. I paid my tithe faithfully and never worked on the
Sabbath.
A Musical Mistress
A distant cousin played the steel guitar and in 1948 their dance band held a rehearsal at our
home. I fell in love with the sound of a steel guitar. I was thirteen at the time. I did not get a
chance to learn the “steel” until I was seventeen and able to purchase one because of my job at
Western Union. Oh, dear reader, I did not then know how far from the Lord the steel guitar
would take me! You see, at that time music was one of the best means for a blind youth to make
a living. At the blind “evaluation clinic” I attended in Seattle, a young man suggested that
maybe we could learn under-water- basket-weaving to make a living. At the time we thought the
suggestion was quite amusing.
In early 1953 I began to play professionally in night clubs and “saloons.” Meanwhile, my younger
brother, Ronald, learned the standard guitar. When I returned home the following summer, we
formed a family dance band. In 1956, at the age of twenty-one, I traveled to Shreveport,
Louisiana to play in the staff band on the Louisiana Hayride. When I returned to Spokane I felt
the Lord drawing me back. I obtained a pre-1949 copy of Bible Readings for the Home and read
the book from cover to cover.
A “New” Theology
Elder William Loveless (Dr. Loveless later became Academic Dean, Columbia Union College;
President, East Pennsylvania Conference, and pastor of the Loma Linda University Church) was
the young pastor of the Spokane Seventh-day Adventist church in 1957. All the Upper
Columbia Conference leaders attended this church.
At a Wednesday night prayer meeting in the summer of 1957, the church was studying the
subjects of the 144,000, and the possible (or impossible) perfection of the last generation saints.
The church was filled to capacity that night. Although I was only twenty-two years old at the
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time, it became immediately apparent that pastor Loveless was teaching a “new” view of the
144,000 and the perfecting of the saints – compared to what I had just read in Bible Readings for
the Home. Pastor Loveless, along with all the church and Conference leaders, believed that the
144,000 have nothing to do with translation.
“What does the word translation mean?” Loveless asked.
“It means overcoming sin, and going to heaven without experiencing death,” I replied, confident
of my position. I thought every Adventist believed this simple pioneer Advent truth.
“Can you prove to me what the word translation means?” Loveless asked smugly.
“Every one here knows what the word `translation’ means,” I replied, “besides, the dictionary
says. . . .”
“Oh, we don’t care what the dictionary says,” Loveless cut in, “We only accept Scripture.”
Oh, dear brothers and sisters! I was so Biblical ignorant that I could not quote the apostle Paul
on this subject.
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God
had translated him,” Paul wrote, “for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased
God.” (Hebrews 11:5).
Next there was a lively debate over the sinless state of the last generation who would live to see
Jesus come. The debate was between me and the rest of the church. The church stood with
pastor Loveless, that no one can overcome sin in this life. Remember, this was 1957, over forty
years ago! The President of the Conference was there. Also the former President, C. Lester
Bond. Also many physicians and leaders of the church. Brothers and sisters, the sad thing is that
all of these men, with the exception of William Loveless, are now sleeping in the grave.
I wept bitterly as I walked home that night. I was so discouraged. Was I alone? Was I the only
one who believed “historic” Adventism? I had no way of knowing that at that very moment in
1957, M. L. Andreasen was standing alone against the whole leadership of the Seventh-day
Adventist denomination on these very same issues – Christ is making the final Atonement in
Heaven, and the perfecting of the saints.
What should I do now? I had a wife and a baby son to support. Because of my blindness we were
living on welfare. What did I do? I ran like a coward. Did I run back to them? Oh, no. I ran
back to my mistress – the steel guitar.
Questions Without Answers
After playing music for twenty years I found my way back to the Lord. Now as I returned to the
Church I was really in for a shock. Now the fruitage of theological apostasy was displayed boldly
everywhere. What in the world were Adventist leaders thinking? What was the reasons for the
movement of the Church toward Ecumenical ties with the Sunday-keeping churches – and even
the Roman Catholic Church? At that time I believed that the “corporate” Seventh-day Adventist
Church (denomination) was the absolute true Church and was going through to the end, no
matter what.
My Search For the Reasons “Why” the Apostasy?
With all of my being I wanted to know the reasons why! I began to study the history of the
Advent movement through the eyes of the “pioneers.” I collected books and pamphlets written
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by the pioneers. I listened to many tapes of thinking Adventists. Leaves-Of-Autumn-Books of
Payson, Arizona was a big help. Research papers written by William Grotheer were of great value
to me in my research. Then I purchased a computer in 1982. Soon the Ellen G. White Estate
produced the EGW CD-ROM disk, along with the six volume EGW series penned by Arthur
White. This work is a history of the SDA movement through the eyes of Ellen White. The
value of this tool cannot be expressed in mere words. Then the Adventist Pioneer Library CDROM disk became available. Imagine that! The writings of all the Adventist pioneers at your
fingertips. Next the Review and Herald Publishing Company made available The Seventh-day
Adventist Bible Commentary on CD-ROM, complete with the Student’s Source Book, SDA Bible
Dictionary, SDA Encyclopedia, Volume 7a, Ellen G. White Comments, and two versions of the Holy
Bible.
With these wonderful tools at my desk I was able to complete my twenty-year research that
answers the question, “Why did Seventh-day Adventist leadership wish to clasp hands with
Evangelicals and Papist? – Why has the SDA Church clasped hands with Babylon? I had read
clear answers to many question, but now wished to place the answers in one place – one volume.
The final result of my research is the manuscript, The Greatest Conspiracy, “Satan’s Warfare
Against the Three Angel’s Messages In the Twentieth Century.” I did not quite know what to
do with the finished manuscript. I sent a copy to Dr. John Grosboll, of Steps-To-Life Ministries.
He soon called and asked if they could publish my manuscript in Landmarks magazine. Of
course, I gave Dr. Grosboll permission to publish the manuscript in “Historic Adventist”
Landmarks. The Lord is great! The Lord is good!
I hope and pray that my research will help others who have questions about, “Why the apostasy?”
I sincerely pray that this work will help those who are walking with the Master on the path to the
Heavenly Canaan.
January 3, 1999

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