Daniel (24 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #24 of 95

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Publish Date: 2/8/2014
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
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Nebuchadnezzar’s Warning Message

In the history of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, God speaks to the people of today. The condemnation that will fall upon the inhabitants of the earth in this day will be because of their rejection of light. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have lived in error, but from the fact that we have neglected Heaven-sent opportunities for discovering truth. The means of becoming conversant with the truth are within the reach of all; but, like the indulgent, selfish king, we give more attention to the things that charm the ear, and please the eye, and gratify the palate, than to the things that enrich the mind, the divine treasures of truth. It is through the truth that we may answer the great question, ‘What must I do to be saved?’” Bible Echo, September 17, 1894.

Nimrod’s Fall

Covenant Established

And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:20–22.

Babylon

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. Genesis 11:1–2.

Broken Covenant

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. Genesis 11:3.

And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Exodus 20:25.

And there shalt thou build an altar unto the Lord thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. Thou shalt build the altar of the Lord thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord thy God. Deuteronomy 27:5–6.

The True Altar is Christ

“Those who are not connected with God are connected with the enemy of God, and while they may be honest in the advice they give, they themselves are blinded and deceived. Satan puts suggestions into the mind and words into the mouth that are entirely contrary to the mind and will of God. Thus he works through them to allure us into false paths. He will mislead, entangle, and ruin us if he can.

“Anciently it was a great sin for the people of God to give themselves away to the enemy, and open before them either their perplexity or their prosperity. Under the ancient economy it was a sin to offer sacrifice upon the wrong altar. It was a sin to offer incense kindled by the wrong fire.

“We are in danger of mingling the sacred and the common. The holy fire from God is to be used in our efforts. The true altar is Christ; the true fire is the Holy Spirit. This is our inspiration. It is only as the Holy Spirit leads and guides a man that he is a safe counselor. If we turn aside from God and from His chosen ones to inquire at strange altars we shall be answered according to our works.” Selected Messages, book 3, 300.

A City and a Tower

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:4.

Tower is a Church

“In the parable the householder represented God, the vineyard the Jewish nation, and the hedge the divine law which was their protection. The tower was a symbol of the temple.” The Desire of Ages, 597.

And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Micah 4:8.

“All that was lost by the first Adam will be restored by the second. The prophet says, ‘O Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come, even the first dominion.’” Signs of the Times, November 4, 1908.

A City is a Kingdom

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Revelation 11:8.

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelation 14:8; 16:19; 17:18; 18:10, 16,18,19, 21.

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Revelation 21:10.

Investigative Judgment of the Living—Testing Message Empowered

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Genesis 11:5.

Divine Pronouncement

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Genesis 11:6.

Executive Judgment—The Scattering

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:7–9.

Nimrod’s Rejection of Light

“For a time the descendants of Noah continued to dwell among the mountains where the ark had rested. As their numbers increased, apostasy soon led to division. Those who desired to forget their Creator and to cast off the restraint of His law felt a constant annoyance from the teaching and example of their God-fearing associates, and after a time they decided to separate from the worshipers of God. Accordingly they journeyed to the plain of Shinar, on the banks of the river Euphrates. They were attracted by the beauty of the situation and the fertility of the soil, and upon this plain they determined to make their home.

“Here they decided to build a city, and in it a tower of such stupendous height as should render it the wonder of the world. These enterprises were designed to prevent the people from scattering abroad in colonies. God had directed men to disperse throughout the earth, to replenish and subdue it; but these Babel builders determined to keep their community united in one body, and to found a monarchy that should eventually embrace the whole earth. Thus their city would become the metropolis of a universal empire; its glory would command the admiration and homage of the world and render the founders illustrious. The magnificent tower, reaching to the heavens, was intended to stand as a monument of the power and wisdom of its builders, perpetuating their fame to the latest generations.

“The dwellers on the plain of Shinar disbelieved God’s covenant that He would not again bring a flood upon the earth. Many of them denied the existence of God and attributed the Flood to the operation of natural causes. Others believed in a Supreme Being, and that it was He who had destroyed the antediluvian world; and their hearts, like that of Cain, rose up in rebellion against Him. One object before them in the erection of the tower was to secure their own safety in case of another deluge. By carrying the structure to a much greater height than was reached by the waters of the Flood, they thought to place themselves beyond all possibility of danger. And as they would be able to ascend to the region of the clouds, they hoped to ascertain the cause of the Flood. The whole undertaking was designed to exalt still further the pride of its projectors and to turn the minds of future generations away from God and lead them into idolatry.

“When the tower had been partially completed, a portion of it was occupied as a dwelling place for the builders; other apartments, splendidly furnished and adorned, were devoted to their idols. The people rejoiced in their success, and praised the gods of silver and gold, and set themselves against the Ruler of heaven and earth. Suddenly the work that had been advancing so prosperously was checked. Angels were sent to bring to naught the purpose of the builders. The tower had reached a lofty height, and it was impossible for the workmen at the top to communicate directly with those at the base; therefore men were stationed at different points, each to receive and report to the one next below him the orders for needed material or other directions concerning the work. As messages were thus passing from one to another the language was confounded, so that material was called for which was not needed, and the directions delivered were often the reverse of those that had been given. Confusion and dismay followed. All work came to a standstill. There could be no further harmony or co-operation. The builders were wholly unable to account for the strange misunderstandings among them, and in their rage and disappointment they reproached one another. Their confederacy ended in strife and bloodshed. Lightnings from heaven, as an evidence of God’s displeasure, broke off the upper portion of the tower and cast it to the ground. Men were made to feel that there is a God who ruleth in the heavens.

“Up to this time all men had spoken the same language; now those that could understand one another’s speech united in companies; some went one way, and some another. ‘The Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth.’ This dispersion was the means of peopling the earth, and thus the Lord’s purpose was accomplished through the very means that men had employed to prevent its fulfillment.

“But at what a loss to those who had set themselves against God! It was His purpose that as men should go forth to found nations in different parts of the earth they should carry with them a knowledge of His will, that the light of truth might shine undimmed to succeeding generations. Noah, the faithful preacher of righteousness, lived for three hundred and fifty years after the Flood, Shem for five hundred years, and thus their descendants had an opportunity to become acquainted with the requirements of God and the history of His dealings with their fathers. But they were unwilling to listen to these unpalatable truths; they had no desire to retain God in their knowledge; and by the confusion of tongues they were, in a great measure, shut out from intercourse with those who might have given them light.

“The Babel builders had indulged the spirit of murmuring against God. Instead of gratefully remembering His mercy to Adam and His gracious covenant with Noah, they had complained of His severity in expelling the first pair from Eden and destroying the world by a flood. But while they murmured against God as arbitrary and severe, they were accepting the rule of the cruelest of tyrants. Satan was seeking to bring contempt upon the sacrificial offerings that prefigured the death of Christ; and as the minds of the people were darkened by idolatry, he led them to counterfeit these offerings and sacrifice their own children upon the altars of their gods. As men turned away from God, the divine attributes—justice, purity, and love—were supplanted by oppression, violence, and brutality.

“The men of Babel had determined to establish a government that should be independent of God. There were some among them, however, who feared the Lord, but who had been deceived by the pretensions of the ungodly and drawn into their schemes. For the sake of these faithful ones the Lord delayed His judgments and gave the people time to reveal their true character. As this was developed, the sons of God labored to turn them from their purpose; but the people were fully united in their Heaven-daring undertaking. Had they gone on unchecked, they would have demoralized the world in its infancy. Their confederacy was founded in rebellion; a kingdom established for self-exaltation, but in which God was to have no rule or honor. Had this confederacy been permitted, a mighty power would have borne sway to banish righteousness—and with it peace, happiness, and security—from the earth. For the divine statutes, which are ‘holy and just and good’ (Romans 7:12), men were endeavoring to substitute laws to suit the purpose of their own selfish and cruel hearts.

“Those that feared the Lord cried unto Him to interpose. ‘And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.’ In mercy to the world He defeated the purpose of the tower builders and overthrew the memorial of their daring. In mercy He confounded their speech, thus putting a check on their purposes of rebellion. God bears long with the perversity of men, giving them ample opportunity for repentance; but He marks all their devices to resist the authority of His just and holy law. From time to time the unseen hand that holds the scepter of government is stretched out to restrain iniquity. Unmistakable evidence is given that the Creator of the universe, the One infinite in wisdom and love and truth, is the Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, and that none can with impunity defy His power.

“The schemes of the Babel builders ended in shame and defeat. The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly. Yet men are continually pursuing the same course—depending upon self, and rejecting God’s law. It is the principle that Satan tried to carry out in heaven; the same that governed Cain in presenting his offering.

There are tower builders in our time. Infidels construct their theories from the supposed deductions of sciences, and reject the revealed word of God. They presume to pass sentence upon God’s moral government; they despise His law and boast of the sufficiency of human reason. Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’ Ecclesiastes 8:11.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 118–123.

Broken Covenant (The Mystery of Iniquity Working)

Warning Message—Shem

Warning Message Empowered—the Lord came down. Genesis 11:5

Investigation Followed by Divine Pronouncement—Now nothing will be restrained from them (which they have imagined'') Genesis 11:6 (A Falling Away)

Executive Judgment—Scattering: the Lord scattered them Genesis 11:8

“The schemes of the Babel builders ended in shame and defeat. The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly. Yet men are continually pursuing the same cours—depending upon self, and rejecting God’s law. It is the principle that Satan tried to carry out in heaven; the same that governed Cain in presenting his offering.

There are tower builders in our time. Infidels construct their theories from the supposed deductions of sciences, and reject the revealed word of God. They presume to pass sentence upon God’s moral government; they despise His law and boast of the sufficiency of human reason. Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’ Ecclesiastes 8:11.

“In the professedly Christian world many turn away from the plain teachings of the Bible and build up a creed from human speculations and pleasing fables, and they point to their tower as a way to climb up to heaven. Men hang with admiration upon the lips of eloquence while it teaches that the transgressor shall not die, that salvation may be secured without obedience to the law of God. If the professed followers of Christ would accept God’s standard, it would bring them into unity; but so long as human wisdom is exalted above His Holy Word, there will be divisions and dissension. The existing confusion of conflicting creeds and sects is fitly represented by the term ‘Babylon,’ which prophecy (Revelation 14:8; 18:2) applies to the world-loving churches of the last days.

“Many seek to make a heaven for themselves by obtaining riches and power. They ‘speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily’ (Psalm 73:8), trampling upon human rights and disregarding divine authority. The proud may be for a time in great power, and may see success in all that they undertake; but in the end they will find only disappointment and wretchedness.

“The time of God’s investigation is at hand. The Most High will come down to see that which the children of men have builded. His sovereign power will be revealed; the works of human pride will be laid low. ‘The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of His habitation He looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.’ ‘The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.’ Psalm 33:13, 14, 10, 11.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 123–124.

“Satan has taken the world captive. He has introduced an idol sabbath, apparently giving to it great importance. He has stolen the homage of the Christian world away from the Sabbath of the Lord for this idol sabbath. The world bows to a tradition, a man-made commandment. As Nebuchadnezzar set up his golden image on the plain of Dura, and so exalted himself, so Satan exalts himself in this false sabbath, for which he has stolen the livery of heaven.” Review and Herald, March 8, 1898.

“The Sabbath is God’s memorial to His creative work, and it is a sign that is to be kept before the world. There is to be no compromise with those who are worshiping an idol sabbath.” Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 69.

A Kingdom for Self-exaltation

“This confederacy was born of rebellion against God. The dwellers on the plains of Shinar established their kingdom for self-exaltation, and not for the glory of God. Had they succeeded, a mighty power would have borne away, banishing righteousness, and inaugurating a new religion. The mixture of certain religious ideas with a mass of erroneous theories would have resulted in closing the door of peace, happiness, and security. These suppositions, erroneous theories, carried out and perfected, would have banished a knowledge of the law of Jehovah from the minds of men, who would not think it necessary to obey the divine statutes. These statutes, which are holy, just, and good, would have been ignored. Determined men, inspired by the first great rebel, would have urged on by him, and would have permitted nothing to interfere with their plans, or to stop them in their evil course. In the place of the divine precepts they would have substituted laws framed in accordance with the desires of their selfish hearts in order that they might carry out their purposes.

“But God never leaves the world without witnesses for Him. Those who loved and feared Him at the time of the first great apostasy after the flood, humbled themselves, and cried unto him. ‘Oh God,’ they pleaded, ‘interpose thyself between thy cause and the plans and methods of men’ ‘and the Lord came down to see the city and the tower (the great idol-building), which the children of men builded.’ He defeated the purpose of the tower builders, and over-threw the memorial of their rebellion. God bears long with the perversity of men, giving them ample opportunity for repentance; but He marks all their devices to resist the authority of His just and holy law. As an evidence of His displeasure over the building of the tower, he confounded the language of the builders, so that none could understand the words of his fellow-worker.

“The Lord has not ordered some of the arrangements that have been made in Battle Creek. He has declared that other places have been robbed of the light and advantages that have been centered and multiplied in Battle Creek. Through a circular letter sent out to the leading men and the church elders of our conferences, a call has been made for the names of young men and young women of capability, in order that they may be corresponded with and invited to come to Battle Creek to receive a training for missionary work.

“Through the light given in the Testimonies, the Lord has indicated that He does not desire students to be educated in Battle Creek. He instructed us to remove the College from this place. This was done, but the institutions that remained failed of doing what they should have done in sharing with other places the advantage still centered in Battle Creek. The Lord signified His displeasure over this matter by destroying two of the principal institutions remaining there.

“Notwithstanding the plain evidences of the Lord’s providence in these destructive fires, men in council meetings have not hesitated to stand before their brethren and make light of the statement that these buildings were burned because men had been swaying things in directions the Lord could not approve.” Kress Collection, 1–2.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, as we come before you this morning, we ask that you forgive us our sins, that if we are manifesting the direction, the character of Judas that you would allow us to enter into the experience of John, for we know that both Judas and John were at the call to eat the manna, the Bread from Heaven and we see John in Revelation 10 agreeing to take that manna and eat it; whereas, Judas refused to eat it. We want to be those that are represented by John. And if we are not walking in that path, we understand that to the very last moment you are willing to turn us around. We ask that you do that. We ask that you would forgive us our sins this morning that we might be prepared to receive whatever you have for us. We ask for the presence of your Holy Spirit. We ask that you open your Word to our understanding and pour your Latter Rain upon our understanding, that you take control of the message that I am going to share, that you touch it with a coal from off your altar and purify my lips. Let me be hid behind your cross and let this message be for your glory and honor and used by your Holy Spirit to edify your people. We also ask a blessing upon the work we are doing with the DVDs and the LiveStreaming. We thank you for bringing us together this morning and thank you for a good night’s rest. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: For those of us that are involved with recording this morning worship series, I would think that the last three, which would be 21, 22, and 23, could be a section of its own, perhaps called “The Mystery of Iniquity,” in order to keep them broken up into packages where they are easier to distribute. The first five would be “The Spirit of Prophecy,” and 6 through 20 would be “The Reform Lines”; and 21 through 23, “The Mystery of Iniquity.”

And now we are going to take up a section on the fall of Babylon. We are going to look at—you know, often, on a regular basis, people will email or in some fashion connect with us and ask about what we understand a triple application of prophecy—what is a triple application of prophecy.

And we have said this, what I am going to say, before for a long time now. One of the representations of the Third Angel’s Message, one way that you can express it, is “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” And you can say it is the Third Message and you can say it is The Loud Cry of the Third Angel’s Message, and you can say it is the Fourth Angel’s Message, and you can say it is the Latter Rain. There are a lot of ways to represent this message with words, with terms, with expressions. But, one of them is “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” Revelation 18:2; Revelation 14.

And in the very expression, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen,” you see a triple application of prophecy; because, your responsibility at the end of the world is to announce to the world that Babylon is fallen. And the technique that you are to use to demonstrate that is that Babylon fell in the time of Nimrod, “Babylon is fallen”; and it fell in the time of Belshazzar, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” Upon those two witnesses—because, upon the testimony of two a thing is established—upon Nimrod and Belshazzar, you will define the fall of modern Babylon at the end of the world.

So, in the very expression, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen,” the significance of a triple application of prophecy is identified.

And what we are going to look at now is today the fall of Nimrod. We are going to look at the characteristics of what brought the fall of Nimrod, and then we are going to go in and look at the characteristics of the fall of Nebuchadnezzar, and the characteristics of the fall of Belshazzar; and, we are going to do this in order to understand that Nebuchadnezzar represents the Millerites and Belshazzar is representing Seventh-day Adventists. Black and white from a lot of different directions.

And Belshazzar represents Adventism at the end of the world that refuses to be warned by their foundational message. And that is what Daniel says when he comes in to Belshazzar in chapter 5. He says, “Though thou knewest all this,” and he referred him to the history of Daniel, chapter 4, where Nebuchadnezzar was turned out like a beast for 2520 days. That was Belshazzar’s warning message from the Book of Daniel that he rejected and lost his salvation because of it.

So, we are going to show as we proceed that Nebuchadnezzar represents Millerite Adventism. And in Millerite Adventism, Nebuchadnezzar, he is a saved man—am I right?—whereas, Belshazzar, he is a lost man. He is representing the Judases in Adventism at the end of the world.

And if you have ever thought about it, in yesterday’s presentation, Judas’s rebellion is manifested at the feast at Simon’s house. He begins to fight against the Lord when Jesus gives the message of the Bread of Heaven. He refused to understand that—he understood it. Sister White says he understood that Jesus was talking about spiritual flesh and spiritual blood; but, it did not fit with his plan for Jesus. He was not looking for a spiritual kingdom; he was looking for a literal kingdom. So, he understood it; but, even though he understood it, he rejected it.

And immediately thereafter, the histories that are put in place are the feast at Simon’s house, because Judas’s rebellion is marked at the beginning with a feast and his rebellion is finalized at a feast, the Last Supper. And if you have ever thought about it, technically the Last Supper is talking about Judas. The other 11 Disciples, they ate suppers after then; and, when they are resurrected and go to the Earth made new, they are going to eat suppers again; and, Jesus is going to eat suppers again. The only one in the group that really it was the last supper for was Judas. Right? It was his last supper that very night.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: It was for Jesus.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Jesus is going to eat again.

Okay. So, this last supper, that is Belshazzar having his last supper. Okay?

But, we have already seen that Judas’s last supper is Adventism’s last supper; so, you can see the connection just at the surface, just as you think it through, between Belshazzar and Adventism at the end of the world.

And Nebuchadnezzar, we are going to show this.

This is not in the notes, but it is, for me at least, just a gem and I really like it; so, I am going to have to put it in here. But, we are going to show it to you later.

Is there any chapter in Ellen White that is inspired that she did not write?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: William Miller’s dream.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: William Miller’s dream.

Okay. We are going to show you that Nebuchadnezzar is William Miller.

William Miller’s dream that is in Early Writings was his second dream, by the way. In the newsletters that we are sending out, hopefully this week, has both of Miller’s dreams and it was his second dream that is in Early Writings.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Warning Message

So, when we get to chapter 4 of Daniel, and that is where we are heading, we are also going to show that chapter 1 of Daniel is the First Angel’s Message, 1798; chapter 2 of Daniel is the Second Angel’s Message, 1842; and chapter 3 of Daniel is the Third Angel’s Message, 1844, in the Millerite History. But, it is also a three-step process at the end of the world.

But, in chapter 4, with Nebuchadnezzar, we are going to show you that is William Miller’s dream. That is Millerite Adventism that gets scattered as the foundational truths get covered up.

And chapter 5, Belshazzar, that is Judas, the Last Supper. That is Belshazzar at the Last Supper, rejecting the warning message of William Miller’s dream in chapter 4.

And what is chapter 6? That is the crisis of The Sunday Law, when you get thrown in the den with the lions.

By the way, is there any chapter in Daniel that he did not write?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Chapter 4.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Chapter 4. That is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream—that is Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, representing Miller’s second dream.

So, that is some of the places that we are going to go, and it is going to take a little bit of time.

But, why are we doing it? Because, we are looking at these Tables [the 1843 and 1850 Tables] as typified in prophecy, and you cannot separate William Miller’s dreams from the truths about these Tables; and, William Miller’s dream is marked in Daniel, chapter 4.

Okay. But, there are other things that you need to see about the fall of Babylon, if you are going to understand what the fall of Babylon is; and, that is where we have to begin, unfortunately.

Okay. In your notes, Bible Echo, September 17, 1894:

In the history of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, God speaks to the people of today. The condemnation that will fall upon the inhabitants of the earth in this day will be because of their rejection of light. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have lived in error, but from the fact that we have neglected Heaven-sent opportunities for discovering truth. The means of becoming conversant with the truth are within the reach of all; but, like the indulgent, selfish king, we give more attention to the things that charm the ear, and please the eye, and gratify the palate, than to the things that enrich the mind, the divine treasures of truth. It is through the truth that we may answer the great question, ‘What must I do to be saved?’” Bible Echo, September 17, 1894.

Nimrod’s Fall

Covenant Established

So, we are going to go back to the time of Nimrod now and look at the dynamics of the fall of Nimrod; because, Nimrod is the first-mentioned of Babylon in the Scriptures and there is a definite fall of Babylon in there. So, we are going to go through that.

Notice that there is a covenant established, to start off with, in the story of Nimrod, that Nimrod and his followers are going to reject.

Genesis 8:20-22:

20And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl,”—

When did he build this altar?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: During the period of the Flood.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Right after the Flood.

Why?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Inaudible.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Why? Beginning a new dispensation.

Where did God’s people worship before the Flood?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: At Eden.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: At the gates of the Garden of Eden.

And as soon as Noah gets off the ark, there is a new dispensation for worship, and it is the altar worship; because, the Garden of Eden has been removed.

—“20And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth;”—

What is that about? What does that tell you? The Mystery of Iniquity: When the Mystery of Iniquity is marked in the Scriptures, their imagination is the symbol of the fact that the Mystery of Iniquity has conquered the human being. Remember that. That is from the past. If you have forgotten that already, just three days ago, then you need to go back and look. We established that one, for this reason. We wanted us to see that imagination is the symbol of when Satan gets control of you. He gets control of you, and the symbol that you are under the control of Satan is that you have an evil imagination.

—“neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done. 22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:20–22 (KJV).

Okay. He is not going to destroy the Earth with water anymore, and you can always count on the four seasons.

Babylon

Genesis 11, verses 1 and 2.

After the flood there is a covenant established, because this is about breaking the covenant, among other things.

1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.” Genesis 11:1-2 (KJV).

Where are they coming from? Mount Ararat.

They come to the land of Shinar. What is the land of Shinar? Babylon. And the plains of Shinar are the Plains of Dura.

Broken Covenant

NIMROD

Investigative Judgment Executive Judgment

of the Living

Covenant

Mystery of Iniquity

Imagination

Foundation Falling

Away

First

(1) (2) (3)

Figure No. 43A.

Genesis 11:3:

3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.” Genesis 11:1 (KJV).

Okay. They are going to build something now. Are they going to use stone?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: They are going to use brick.

Notice Exodus 20:25.

25And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.” Exodus 20:25 (KJV).

Deuteronomy 27:5-6:

5And there shalt thou build an altar unto the Lord thy god, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. Thou shalt build the altar of the Lord thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 27:5-6 (KJV).

Sister White is clear. We are going to show you that the Tower of Babel is their altar. Okay? But, they did not use stones, did they? They used bricks.

What did they do? They mixed holy and unholy, light and darkness. The bricks represent human power, human strength, human devising; and, it is a rejection of the covenant because the covenant was established with Noah when he was building the altar out of stone. This is a rejection of the covenant by Nimrod and his followers.

The True Altar is Christ

What is the altar?

This is from Selected Messages, book 3, page 300.

If you are rejecting the true altar, if you are saying, “I’m going to an altar of brick,” when you have been told to do an altar of stone, what are you rejecting? You are rejecting the altar. Well, what is the altar?

“Those who are not connected with God are connected with the enemy of God, and while they may be honest in the advice they give, they themselves are blinded and deceived. Satan puts suggestions into the mind and words into the mouth that are entirely contrary to the mind and will of God. Thus he works through them to allure us into false paths. He will mislead, entangle, and ruin us if he can.

“Anciently it was a great sin for the people of God to give themselves away to the enemy, and open before them either their perplexity or their prosperity. Under the ancient economy it was a sin to offer sacrifice upon the wrong altar. It was a sin to offer incense kindled by the wrong fire.

“We are in danger of mingling the sacred and the common.”—

What is the mingling of the sacred and the common? That is the Mystery of Iniquity.

—“‘We are in danger of [the Mystery of Iniquity.’] The holy fire from God is to be used in our efforts. The true altar is,”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“is Christ; the true fire is the Holy Spirit.”—

So, if we are putting up a counterfeit altar out of brick instead of stone, what are we putting up? A counterfeit Christ. We are rejecting Christ. We have broken the covenant.

And in this history, when they are doing this, the Mystery of Iniquity is working. Right?

—“This is our inspiration. It is only as the Holy Spirit leads and guides a man that he is a safe counselor. If we turn aside from God and from His chosen ones to inquire at strange altars we shall be answered according to our works.” Selected Messages, book 3, 300.

Do you see it based upon the prophetic symbols? Because, it always works in advance.

A City and a Tower

Okay. Verse 4:

4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4 (KJV).

Okay. They are going to make a city, a tower; they are going to have a name, because they do not want to be scattered. This also is a rejection of the covenant.

What is it a rejection of the covenant? The part I am emphasizing here is they did not want to be scattered.

What did God tell Noah when he got off the ark? Disperse, scatter out, and repopulate the Earth. But, Nimrod, they did not want to be scattered. They wanted to stay together and build a kingdom. So, this is a rejection of God’s counsel as well.

A Tower is a Church

So, what is a tower?

“In the parable the householder represented God, the vineyard the Jewish nation, and the hedge the divine law which was their protection. The tower was a symbol of the temple.” The Desire of Ages, 597.

A tower is a church.

So, when they are building this church out of brick, they are building a false church, a false altar, a false Christ.

Micah 4:8 says,

8And thou, O tower of the flock,”—

Who is the tower of the flock? That is Christ.

—“8And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” Micah 4:8 (KJV).

The tower of the flock is Christ. The first dominion is the dominion that Adam and Eve had before sin, and the Earth is going to be made new again and that dominion is going to be reestablished by Christ, the tower of the flock, and given to the daughter of Jerusalem. That is us, if we are faithful.

Signs of the Times, November 4, 1908:

“All that was lost by the first Adam will be restored by the second. The prophet says, ‘O Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come, even the first dominion.’” Signs of the Times, November 4, 1908.

So, the tower is a church. Is Christ a church? Yes! He is the foundation of the church.

The church of what? The church of the firstborn.

A City is a Kingdom

Okay. What is a city?

And you have several references in here from the Book of Revelation. A city is a kingdom. Okay? A city is a kingdom.

So, when they are going to build a city and a tower, they are building a system of church and state, and they are going to make themselves a name, a character, their character.

What is the combination of church and state in the Spirit of Prophecy? What does Sister White call it? The image of the beast. The image of the beast is defined as the combination of church and state, with the church in control of the relationship in the Spirit of Prophecy over and over again. They were making the image of the beast. They were building a city, a state; a tower, a church. So, what was their character going to be?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The beast.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The image of the beast. That is the character. That is the name. And they did it in rebellion against God, because they did not want to be scattered like He told them to do. They wanted to stay in the city and form a confederacy.

So, rather than read these quotes on a city being a kingdom from Revelation, I am just going to put it in the record for the record for those of you who are watching.

Revelation 11:8, France is the kingdom. It is the great city.

8And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8 (KJV).

Revelation 14:8, 16:19, 17:18, 18:10, 16, 18, 19, and 21 talk about modern Babylon being the great city. The kingdom of Babylon is a great city.

8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8 (KJV).

19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” Revelation 16:19 (KJV).

18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:18 (KJV).

10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. . . . 16And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! . . . 18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.” Revelation 18:10, 16, 18, 19, 21 (KJV).

And in Revelation 21:10, he says,

10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Revelation 21:10 (KJV).

This is God’s kingdom coming down out of Heaven from God.

A kingdom is a city. Nimrod and his cohorts were building a kingdom and a church. They were establishing an empire that was a combination of church and state.

Are church and state supposed to be combined? Only in Christ.

But, are they supposed to be combined?

When they are, what is it?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The image of the beast.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It is the image of the beast, but what else is it? It is a symbol of the Mystery of Iniquity; because, the Mystery of Iniquity is often illustrated in the Scriptures as the men of God marrying the pagan wives: “. . . the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Genesis 6:2 (KJV).

So, the image of the beast is the combination of church and state, but it is also the climax of the work of the Mystery of Iniquity.

You need to keep that in your head when you get to Revelation 18:3.

Investigative Judgment of the Living—Testing Message Empowered

The investigative judgment of the living, that is what we are going to see here in Nimrod’s story.

Genesis 11:5:

5And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.” Genesis 11:5 (KJV).

Did the Lord come down? He came down right here [the first waymark of Figure No. 43A], and what is He going to do? He is going to investigate this situation.

And when He is investigating it, are Nimrod and the men that are building the tower alive?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Ah. This is a judgment that takes place when men are living, and it begins when Christ comes down.

Do you see it?

Divine Pronouncement

There is going to be a divine pronouncement here. Notice verse 6 of Genesis 11.

6And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Genesis 11:6 (KJV).

What does that mean? They have been weighed in the balances. The judgment has taken place and He has realized that the Mystery of Iniquity has been fulfilled in them.

How did Sister White say it about Judas? He crossed the boundary line.

Okay. So, now the Lord has judged them and said, “Their imagination is going to be evil continually, just as it was before the Flood. They are repeating the history of the Flood. They have crossed the boundary line.

Do you see that?

That’s the Investigative Judgment. And sometimes in Adventism when we are really hardcore Laodiceans, we do not make the distinction between the Investigative Judgment and the Executive Judgment.

What is the Investigative Judgment? That is when the Lord is going through the record books in Heaven, determining who is lost and who is saved. Right?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What is the Executive Judgment?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Eternal death.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That is when He punishes the wicked.

Okay. Executive Judgment and Investigative Judgment are two different things. And in the story of Nimrod, we are going to see Executive Judgment, too. The punishment is going to be meted out.

The Lord has just come down, began the judgment of the living, and then He is determined that their imagination is wicked. They have just fallen away. Okay? There is a falling away first, and now He is going to deliver Executive Judgment.

Now, just to try to bring another line of thought in here, if we were looking at this in Judas, how many times did he covenant to betray Christ?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: One, two, three. And this three-step testing process, this is the three-step testing process of Christ in the wilderness. And Judas began with a feast and Christ began with a feast, did he not? The temptation of appetite was His first test.

So, this three-step process, it is throughout the Scriptures.

This is the courtyard. This is the Holy Place. And this is the Most Holy Place. And when you get to the third waymark, no matter where you look—in John 16:8 it says the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin (1), righteousness (2), and judgment (3). When it comes to the third waymark, you are going to see judgment illustrated, whether it is the Most Holy Place Judgment, or the work of the Holy Spirit, or the judgment of the cross; this is the Executive Judgment against Nimrod. Right?

Do you see it?

Executive Judgment—The Scattering

NIMROD

Investigative Judgment Executive Judgment

of the Living Divine (Scattering)

Covenant Pronouncement

Mystery of Iniquity Rejected

Imagination

(SHEM) WARNING

MESSAGE Foundation Falling

Away

First

(1) (2) (3)

Figure No. 43B.

Genesis 11:7-9:

7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”—

Who is going down?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: God.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: God?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: It says “us.”

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Us. This is not just one God. It says “. . . let us go down, . . .”

Now, He has already come down here [referring to the Divine Symbol at the Investigative Judgment of the Living (See Figure No. 43B)]. Right? He says, “Let’s go down and see the city and the tower” But, He is going to come down here [indicating Executive Judgment (See Figure No. 43B)]. And here He is bringing at least two, “us,” and He is doing it right here. What happens right here?

Now, here [at the Investigative Judgment of the Living] we see a sprinkling, and here [at the Executive Judgment] we see a full outpouring as it comes down.

—“7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,”—

When the full outpouring came on the Day of Pentecost, what did they do? They spake in other tongues. It is just the opposite. Their languages were not confounded there; because, this was a holy illustration.

But, the parallel here in Nimrod is the reverse and the languages are confounded when the full outpouring comes down, when “us” comes down.

All right. Do you see that?

—“7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”—

Did the people that were gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost understand the Disciples’ speech? Yes.

—“8So the Lord”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Scattered them.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Scattered them.

There is the Executive Judgment against Nimrod.

—“8So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:7–9 LKV).

So, in Nimrod, what I want you to see is this—and I am going to say some things here, and then we will read it to prove it—they broke the covenant; but, the Mystery of Iniquity was already working.

But, they had a warning message. All right? We are going to read that. They had a warning message.

Who was giving that warning message? Primarily, Shem; and, Noah was there, too, but Shem.

Who executed Nimrod? Well, the Bible does not say; the Spirit of Prophecy does not say; but, history says it was Shem.

Here [at the first waymark of Figure No. 43B] the warning message is empowered.

Nimrod’s Rejection of Light

But, after the warning message gets empowered, it gets rejected.

And then there is a Divine Pronouncement.

What is the Divine Pronouncement? Their imagination.

Okay. This is Millerite History, is it not? This is the warning message of the First Angel that is empowered on August 11, 1840; and then it is rejected; and there is a Divine Pronouncement, “Babylon is fallen”; and then there is an Executive Judgment. Right?

But, back here they have fallen away. Nimrod’s History is the same as the Millerite History.

Okay. Let us read some quotes to try to put this into focus.

This is Patriarchs and Prophets, page 118 and onward.

“For a time the descendants of Noah continued to dwell among the mountains where the ark had rested. As their numbers increased, apostasy soon led to division. Those who desired to forget their Creator and to cast off the restraint of His law felt a constant annoyance from the teaching and example of their God-fearing associates, and after a time they decided to separate from the worshipers of God. Accordingly they journeyed to the plain of Shinar, on the banks of the river Euphrates. They were attracted by the beauty of the situation and the fertility of the soil, and upon this plain they determined to make their home.”—

Sounds like Lot to me.

—“Here they decided to build a city, and in it a tower of such stupendous height as should render it the wonder of the world. These enterprises were designed to prevent the people from scattering abroad in colonies. God had directed men to disperse throughout the earth, to replenish and subdue it; but these Babel builders determined to keep their community united in one body, and to found a monarchy that should eventually embrace the whole earth. Thus their city would become the metropolis of a universal empire; its glory would command the admiration and homage of the world and render the founders illustrious. The magnificent tower, reaching to the heavens, was intended to stand as a monument of the power and wisdom of its builders, perpetuating their fame to the latest generations.

“The dwellers on the plain of Shinar disbelieved God’s covenant that He would not again bring a flood upon the earth. Many of them denied the existence of God and attributed the Flood to the operation of natural causes. Others believed in a Supreme Being, and that it was He who had destroyed the antediluvian world; and their hearts, like that of Cain, rose up in rebellion against Him. One object before them in the erection of the tower was to secure their own safety in case of another deluge. By carrying the structure to a much greater height than was reached by the waters of the Flood, they thought to place themselves beyond all possibility of danger. And as they would be able to ascend to the region of the clouds, they hoped to ascertain the cause of the Flood. The whole undertaking was designed to exalt still further the pride of its projectors and to turn the minds of future generations away from God and lead them into idolatry.

“When the tower had been partially completed, a portion of it was occupied as a dwelling place for the builders; other apartments, splendidly furnished and adorned, were devoted to their idols.”—

Oh, it was actually a church.

“—The people rejoiced in their success, and praised the gods of silver and gold,”—

Is that not what Belshazzar does? He praises the gods of silver and gold.

—“and set themselves against the Ruler of heaven and earth.”—

What are the gods of silver and gold? Well, it is the thing that Judas really likes, is it not?

—“and set themselves against the Ruler of heaven and earth. Suddenly the work that had been advancing so prosperously was checked. Angels were sent to bring to naught the purpose of the builders.”—

What were the angels that were sent? The First, Second, and Third Angels’ Messages were sent to bring it to naught, if you can see that.

—“The tower had reached a lofty height, and it was impossible for the workmen at the top to communicate directly with those at the base; therefore men were stationed at different points, each to receive and report to the one next below him the orders for needed material or other directions concerning the work.”—

Have you ever played that little game? I think of something and I whisper it in her ear, and then she has to whisper it in her ear, and she has to whisper it in her ear, and her to him, and him to her [using the audience as an example], and on through. And when you get to the end, what you are going to say is almost always totally different from what I said; but, we are all speaking the same language. So, they have got this system set up from this story [floor/level of the building], to this story, to this story, to send down messages. It is going to be rough enough to make it work; but, when suddenly this floor is speaking Spanish and this floor is speaking French, and this is Greek down here, it all comes tumbling down.

—“As messages were thus passing from one to another the language was confounded, so that material was called for which was not needed, and the directions delivered were often the reverse of those that had been given. Confusion and dismay followed. All work came to a standstill. There could be no further harmony or co-operation. The builders were wholly unable to account for the strange misunderstandings among them, and in their rage and disappointment they reproached one another. Their confederacy ended in strife and bloodshed. Lightnings from heaven, as an evidence of God’s displeasure, broke off the upper portion of the tower and cast it to the ground. Men were made to feel that there is a God who ruleth in the heavens.”—

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What did you see?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: 9/11.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: 9/11? You see 9/11 in that?

How in the—

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Inaudible.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. You see 9/11: lightnings from Heaven taking down the tower. Okay.

I was just echoing a thought from the audience.

—“Up to this time all men had spoken the same language; now those that could understand one another’s speech united in companies; some went one way, and some another. ‘The Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth.’ This dispersion was the means of peopling the earth, and thus the Lord’s purpose was accomplished through the very means that men had employed to prevent its fulfillment.

“But at what a loss to those who had set themselves against God! It was His purpose that as men should go forth to found nations in different parts of the earth they should carry with them a knowledge of His will, that the light of truth might shine undimmed to succeeding generations. Noah, the faithful preacher of righteousness, lived for three hundred and fifty years after the Flood, Shem for five hundred years, and thus their descendants had an opportunity to become acquainted with the requirements of God and the history of His dealings with their fathers. But they were unwilling to listen to these unpalatable truths; they had no desire to retain God in their knowledge;”—

And what does the Bible say if you have no desire to retain God in your knowledge?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: You get a vain imagination.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: You will get a vain imagination.

That is right here [indicating the Divine Pronouncement in Figure No. 43B].

And who is giving this message? Shem and Noah, the warning message.

—“and by the confusion of tongues they were, in a great measure, shut out from intercourse with those who might have given them light.”—

Probation closes.

—“The Babel builders had indulged the spirit of murmuring against God. Instead of gratefully remembering His mercy to Adam and His gracious covenant with Noah, they had complained of His severity in expelling the first pair from Eden and destroying the world by a flood. But while they murmured against God as arbitrary and severe, they were accepting the rule of the cruelest of tyrants.”—

Is that not the rule that Judas accepted?

—“Satan was seeking to bring contempt upon the sacrificial offerings that prefigured the death of Christ; and as the minds of the people were darkened by idolatry, he led them to counterfeit these offerings and sacrifice their own children upon the altars of their gods. As men turned away from God, the divine attributes—justice, purity, and love—were supplanted by oppression, violence, and brutality.

“The men of Babel had determined to establish a government that should be independent of God. There were some among them, however, who feared the Lord, but who had been deceived by the pretensions of the ungodly and drawn into their schemes. For the sake of these faithful ones the Lord delayed His judgments and gave the people time to reveal their true character.”—

Jesus knew about Judas right from the start; but, He knew that if He rejected Judas, it would cast a stumbling block before His Disciples and give the Pharisees and Sadducees ammunition to criticize Him; so, He delayed His judgments with Judas, just like He did here. It is the same history.

—“As this was developed, the sons of God labored to turn them from their purpose;”—

“Come out of Babylon. Come away from Nimrod.”

—“As this was developed, the sons of God labored to turn them from their purpose, but the people were fully united in their Heaven-daring undertaking.”—

What is this message here [pointing to the second waymark of Figure No. 43B}? “Come out of Babylon.” This is where they are laboring, “Come out. Judgment is coming.”

—“As this was developed, the sons of God labored to turn them from their purpose, but the people were fully united in their Heaven-daring undertaking. Had they gone on unchecked, they would have demoralized the world in its infancy. Their confederacy was founded in rebellion; a kingdom established for,”—

For what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Self-exaltation.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Self—exaltation; gâdal in Daniel, chapter 8.

Gâdal, in Daniel, chapter 8, symbolically represented by the Daily in Daniel, chapter 8, 11, and 12; because, the Daily is the Hebrew word continual. And this self-exaltation, this kingdom of self-exaltation, it does not begin here. It began with the rebellion in Heaven. It is the self-exaltation that is continually, from the beginning to the end, manifested in the rebels that follow Satan.

—“Their confederacy was founded in rebellion; a kingdom established for self-exaltation, but in which God was to have no rule or honor. Had this confederacy been permitted, a mighty power would have borne sway to banish righteousness—and with it peace, happiness, and security—from the earth. For the divine statutes, which are ‘holy and just and good’ (Romans 7:12), men were endeavoring to substitute laws”—

What are they going to do?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Substitute laws.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: They are going to substitute their laws for God’s laws.

—“men were endeavoring to substitute laws to suit the purpose of their own selfish and cruel hearts.”—

What is that pointing forward to at the end of the world?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Sunday Law.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Sunday Law.

—“Those that feared the Lord cried unto Him to interpose. ‘And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.’ In mercy to the world He defeated the purpose of the tower builders and overthrew the memorial of their daring. In mercy He confounded their speech, thus putting a check on their purposes of rebellion. God bears long with the perversity of men, giving them ample opportunity for repentance; but He marks all their devices to resist the authority of His just and holy law. From time to time the unseen hand that holds the scepter of government is stretched out to restrain iniquity.”—

Did you get that? Iniquity is being restrained. But, when the restrainer is removed, then the man of sin is going to be manifested.

—“Unmistakable evidence is given that the Creator of the universe, the One infinite in wisdom and love and truth, is the Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, and that none can with impunity defy His power.

“The schemes of the Babel builders ended in shame and defeat. The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly. Yet men are continually pursuing the same course—depending upon self, and rejecting God’s law. It is the principle that Satan tried to carry out in heaven; the same that governed Cain in presenting his offering.

There are tower builders in our time. Infidels construct their theories from the supposed deductions of sciences, and reject the revealed word of God. They presume to pass sentence upon God’s moral government; they despise His law and boast of the sufficiency of human reason.”—

If you are going to understand the Bible correctly, some will tell you in Adventism, that you have to be an expert on Biblical history and Biblical language: “If you are not that, then go ahead and come and sit at my feet and I will teach you what the Bible means; because, my human reason has been fine-tuned in the schools that teach Biblical history and Biblical languages.”

—“Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’ Ecclesiastes 8:11.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 118–123.

Did you get that? Sister White talks about this often: “Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’” That is the story of Judas, is it not? Christ knew about Judas from eternity past; but, He had a purpose. He had a purpose to watch Judas make wrong decisions every day for three and a half years and not rebuke him until he got right down here at the end. He [Judas] was a purpose for that, and the purpose for Judas was that, we have already commented, it would have been stumbling blocks before the Disciples and put ammunition for the Pharisees and Sadducees to use.

So, could it be that, just as an example, that in 1863 when James White printed a counterfeit chart to counterfeit these Two Charts [the 1843 and 1850 Charts], that the Lord in His wisdom determined that in His mercy it would be to the benefit of more to not allow Ellen White to say anything about it, one way or another? Does the Lord ever do something like that?

Oh, yeah. That is the wisdom of God.

And to raise the argument that the 1863 chart is the chart because Ellen White never said anything saying it was wrong is to really misunderstand the character of Christ, and it is boasting that your sufficiency is based upon human wisdom.

Okay. So, what we have up here [referring to Figure No. 43B, as depicted on the whiteboard during Brother Pippenger’s presentation] and you have in your notes:

  • Broken Covenant (The Mystery of Iniquity Working)—We have a broken covenant and the Mystery of Iniquity is working right here.
  • Warning Message (Shem)—A warning message (Shem and Noah).
  • Warning Message Empowered—“. . . the Lord came down.” Genesis 11.5—The warning message is empowered when the Lord comes down.
  • Investigation Followed by Divine Pronouncement, “. . . now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Genesis 11:6 (A Falling Away)—The investigation follows with the Divine Pronouncement, “. . . nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” This is the Falling Away.
  • Executive Judgment—Scattering: “The Lord scattered them.” Genesis 11:8—And then the Executive Judgment is the scattering, and of course we have to emphasize this because we are going to see that this judgment, in the time of Nimrod, is the same judgment in the time of Nebuchadnezzar, and it is the same judgment in the time of Belshazzar; only, with Nebuchadnezzar, it is called seven times, and with Belshazzar, it is called 2520. But, the seven times and the 2520 and the scattering, they are the same thing in the Scriptures.

So, part of what we are doing here is showing the dynamics of the judgment of Babylon, and we are trying to let everyone see that the dynamics of the judgment of Babylon is the same as the dynamics of the Lord working a revival and reformation among His people; because, God’s dealings with men are ever the same. While God is putting this process in—the First Angel’s Message comes into history; it is empowered when the Mighty Angel comes down—while He is working this history to produce 50 faithful souls to move into the Most Holy Place with Him in the Millerite History, this same history is accomplishing the story of Judas upon the class that is rejecting this identical history.

So, we want to see how the dynamics of this history is connected with the story of Babylon, because we are going to be the ones, if we are faithful, that raise the cry, “Babylon is fallen, Babylon is fallen,” and we need to understand what Babylon is if we are going to do that intelligently.

Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 123 – 124:

“The schemes of the Babel builders ended in shame and defeat. The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly. Yet men are continually pursuing the same course—depending upon self, and rejecting God’s law. It is the principle that Satan tried to carry out in heaven; the same that governed Cain in presenting his offering.

There are tower builders in our time. Infidels construct their theories from the supposed deductions of sciences, and reject the revealed word of God. They presume to pass sentence upon God’s moral government; they despise His law and boast of the sufficiency of human reason. Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’ Ecclesiastes 8:11.”—

And you can see that I left two paragraphs in there, twice. But moving on:

—“In the professedly Christian world many turn away from the plain teachings of the Bible and build up a creed from human speculations and pleasing fables, and they point to their tower as a way to climb up to heaven. Men hang with admiration upon the lips of eloquence while it teaches that the transgressor shall not die, that salvation may be secured without obedience to the law of God. If the professed followers of Christ would accept God’s standard, it would bring them into unity; but so long as human wisdom is exalted above His Holy Word,”—

So, what is Sister White saying here? To exalt human wisdom above God’s Holy Words is what? It is to build the tower. It is gâdal. It is the kingdom of self-exaltation.

—“. . . so long as human wisdom is exacted above His Holy Word, there will be divisions and dissension. The existing confusion of conflicting creeds and sects is fitly represented by the term ‘Babylon,’ which prophecy (Revelation 14:8; 18:2) applies to the world-loving churches of the last days.”

“But she is talking about Protestant churches here.” But, there are Adventist churches in the world-loving churches, yes?

“But she is not talking about the Adventists.” Is she?

“Many seek to make a heaven for themselves by obtaining riches and power.”—

Some of you may think I have just called the Adventist Church Babylon; but, Brothers and Sisters, I did not just call the Adventist Church Babylon. The Adventist Church is Laodicea. Revelation Babylon is one kingdom; Laodicea is another kingdom.

But, Laodicea has people that have the character and lifestyle and mentality of Babylonians. You cannot deny it.

You can deny it. Most of them do deny it, at their own peril.

To call Laodicea Babylon is to give it a compliment. Babylon is a sinister kingdom. All the blood of the faithful is on Babylon’s garments. But, the church, the nation, the people that have rejected more light than any other people in history is Laodicea; and, that is what Sister White says we are judge by, is Light. So, the judgment against Laodicea will be a greater darkness against Babylon.

—“Many seek to make a heaven for themselves by obtaining riches and power. They ‘speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily’ (Psalm 73:8), trampling upon human rights and disregarding divine authority. The proud may be for a time in great power, and may see success in all that they undertake; but in the end they will find only disappointment and wretchedness.

“The time of God’s investigation is at hand. The Most High will come down to see that which the children of men have builded. His sovereign power will be revealed; the works of human pride will be laid low. ‘The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of His habitation He looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.’ ‘The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.’ Psalm 33:13, 14, 10, 11.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 123–124.

The Lord will come down. This history is going to be repeated in our history; and, Sister White is talking about the history of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.

Review and Herald, March 8, 1898:

“Satan has taken the world captive. He has introduced an idol sabbath,”—

An idol sabbath, how is that spelled in your notes? I-D-O-L. It is not I-D-L-E, a Sabbath where you sit around and do nothing; you are idle. Satan has introduced a counterfeit sabbath, Sunday, the symbol of an idol. It is “an idol sabbath.”

—“Satan has taken the world captive. He has introduced an idol sabbath, apparently giving to it great importance. He has stolen the homage of the Christian world away from the Sabbath of the Lord for this idol sabbath. The world bows to a tradition, a man-made commandment. As Nebuchadnezzar set up his golden image on the plain of Dura, and so exalted himself, so Satan exalts himself in this false sabbath, for which he has stolen the livery of heaven.” Review and Herald, March 8, 1898.

So, the tower there was a false sabbath. It was an idol. It was an idol church.

Manuscript Releases, volume 13, page 69:

“The Sabbath is God’s memorial to His creative work, and it is a sign that is to be kept before the world. There is to be no compromise with those who are worshiping an idol sabbath.” Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 69.

The tower is a symbol of Sunday.

A Kingdom for Self-Exaltation

Kress Collection, pages 1 – 2, this is our final reading.

“This confederacy was born of rebellion against God. The dwellers on the plains of Shinar established their kingdom for self-exaltation, and not for the glory of God. Had they succeeded, a mighty power would have borne away, banishing righteousness, and inaugurating a new religion. The mixture”—

What is the mixture? What is the word that she used when—

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amalgamation

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Amalgamation; and, amalgamation is mixture.

—“The mixture of certain religious ideas with a mass of erroneous theories”—the Mystery of Iniquity—“would have resulted in closing the door of peace, happiness, and security.”—

If Nimrod was allowed to carry on with his religion.

—“These suppositions, erroneous theories, carried out and perfected, would have banished a knowledge of the law of Jehovah from the minds of men, who would not think it necessary to obey the divine statutes. These statutes, which are holy, just, and good, would have been ignored. Determined men, inspired by the first great rebel, would have urged on by him, and would have permitted nothing to interfere with their plans, or to stop them in their evil course. In the place of the divine precepts they would have substituted laws framed in accordance with the desires of their selfish hearts in order that they might carry out their purposes.”—

This is prefiguring The Sunday Law at the end of the world.

—“But God never leaves the world without witnesses for Him.”—there is Shem; there is Noah—“Those who loved and feared Him at the time of the first great apostasy after the flood, humbled themselves, and cried unto him. ‘Oh God,’ they pleaded, ‘interpose thyself between thy cause and the plans and methods of men’ ‘and the Lord came down to see the city and the tower (the great idol-building),”—

Hmm. It is the idol sabbath, and that is Sister White’s words, not mine.

—“which the children of men builded.’ He defeated the purpose of the tower builders, and over-threw the memorial of their rebellion.”—

What is the Sabbath?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A memorial.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It is the memorial of Creation; but, the tower was the idol building. It was the memorial of rebellion.

—“God bears long with the perversity of men, giving them ample opportunity for repentance; but He marks all their devices to resist the authority of His just and holy law. As an evidence of His displeasure over the building of the tower, he confounded the language of the builders, so that none could understand the words of his fellow-worker.

“The Lord has not ordered some of the arrangements that have been made in Battle Creek. He has declared that other places have been robbed of the light and advantages that have been centered and multiplied in Battle Creek. Through a circular letter sent out to the leading men and the church elders of our conferences, a call has been made for the names of young men and young women of capability, in order that they may be corresponded with and invited to come to Battle Creek to receive a training for missionary work.

“Through the light given in the Testimonies, the Lord has indicated that He does not desire students to be educated in Battle Creek. He instructed us to remove the College from this place. This was done, but the institutions that remained failed of doing what they should have done in sharing with other places the advantage still centered in Battle Creek. The Lord signified His displeasure over this matter by destroying two of the principal institutions remaining there.

“Notwithstanding the plain evidences of the Lord’s providence in these destructive fires, men in council meetings have not hesitated to stand before their brethren and make light of the statement that these buildings were burned because men had been swaying things in directions the Lord could not approve.” Kress Collection, 1–2.

She just compared the work of Battle Creek with the work of Nimrod’s tower.

She also told us do not let our children get educated there. Why? Because, that is where the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work, and that is where the vain imagination will be established in the hearts of our children.

Okay. So, what we are saying here is that there is a structure to the judgment process of Babylon. We took some time to look at it, but one of the things that I did not emphasize very much of, but I am at least going to put it in your memory banks, is when it comes to the Divine Pronouncement and the Executive Judgment, what represents that Divine Pronouncement and the Executive Judgment in the story of Nimrod is the scattering.

Because, Brothers and Sisters, we are going to show you that Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and that Nebuchadnezzar represents Millerite Adventism. And in Millerite Adventism there was a warning message given to Nebuchadnezzar which was the seven times.

And at the end of Adventism, represented by Belshazzar, his warning message was Nebuchadnezzar’s warning message. Daniel said, “Though thou knowest all these things. . . . “ And his Divine Pronouncement and Executive Judgment was not the scattering, it was not the seven times. It was mene, mene, tekel, upharsin, which adds up to 2520. So, in all three Babylons, the Divine Pronouncement of Judgment is the 2520.

And at the beginning of Adventism with Nebuchadnezzar, we see the seven times, and at the end of Adventism we see the seven times message rejected by the leadership of Adventism. And we are going to suggest that these Charts [the 19843 and 1850 Charts] represent the argument over the 2520 that has been prefigured by Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar, and Belshazzar. And these Charts have been typified repeatedly in the Scriptures.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we do not want to be a tower builder in our own personal experience or in our church family. We ask that you come down to each of us individually and investigate what our life is building. Point it out to us that needs to be changed, that needs to be taken away through the Fire that comes down out of Heaven and knocks the top of the building off. Make those changes in our life with our cooperation that we can be John and not Judas. We see that probation is fast closing for us. We have a work to do individually and a work to do among your church; so, we would ask that you would help to get prepared correctly to accomplish that work. We ask a blessing upon the work we are doing here with the DVDs and the LiveStreaming, and we set before you this day of service that each of us have and ask that it would be a safe day and a productive day and one that would glorify and honor you. In Jesus’s name, amen.