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Leading and Teaching

“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” Life Sketches, 196.

“On this path the advent people were traveling to the city which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the ‘midnight cry.’ This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet, so that they might not stumble.

“If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the advent band, and they shouted ‘Alleluia!’ Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below.” Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, 57.

The Lord’s Leading—the First Disappointment

“When the time passed at which the Lord’s coming was first expected,—in the spring of 1844,—those who had looked in faith for His appearing were for a season involved in doubt and uncertainty. While the world regarded them as having been utterly defeated and proved to have been cherishing a delusion, their source of consolation was still the word of God. Many continued to search the Scriptures, examining anew the evidences of their faith and carefully studying the prophecies to obtain further light. The Bible testimony in support of their position seemed clear and conclusive. Signs which could not be mistaken pointed to the coming of Christ as near. The special blessing of the Lord, both in the conversion of sinners and the revival of spiritual life among Christians, had testified that the message was of Heaven. And though the believers could not explain their disappointment, they felt assured that God had led them in their past experience.

“Interwoven with prophecies which they had regarded as applying to the time of the second advent was instruction specially adapted to their state of uncertainty and suspense, and encouraging them to wait patiently in the faith that what was now dark to their understanding would in due time be made plain.

“Among these prophecies was that of Habakkuk 2:1–4: ‘I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.’

“As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to ‘write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it,’ had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation. The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk. No one, however, then noticed that an apparent delay in the accomplishment of the vision—a tarrying time—is presented in the same prophecy. After the disappointment, this scripture appeared very significant: ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. . . . The just shall live by his faith.’

“A portion of Ezekiel’s prophecy also was a source of strength and comfort to believers: ‘The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God. . . . The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. . . . I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged.’ ‘They of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done.’ Ezekiel 12:21–25, 27, 28.

The waiting ones rejoiced, believing that He who knows the end from the beginning had looked down through the ages and, foreseeing their disappointment, had given them words of courage and hope. Had it not been for such portions of Scripture, admonishing them to wait with patience and to hold fast their confidence in God’s word, their faith would have failed in that trying hour.

“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. In Matthew 24, in answer to the question of His disciples concerning the sign of His coming and of the end of the world, Christ had pointed out some of the most important events in the history of the world and of the church from His first to His second advent; namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, the great tribulation of the church under the pagan and papal persecutions, the darkening of the sun and moon, and the falling of the stars. After this He spoke of His coming in His kingdom, and related the parable describing the two classes of servants who look for His appearing. Chapter 25 opens with the words: ‘Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins.’ Here is brought to view the church living in the last days, the same that is pointed out in the close of chapter 24. In this parable their experience is illustrated by the incidents of an Eastern marriage.

“‘Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’

“The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel’s message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of His soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. All had taken their lamps, the Bible, and by its light had gone forth to meet the Bridegroom. But while ‘they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them,’ ‘the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.’ The latter class had received the grace of God, the regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders His word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God they had studied the Scriptures to learn the truth, and had earnestly sought for purity of heart and life. These had a personal experience, a faith in God and in His word, which could not be overthrown by disappointment and delay. Others ‘took their lamps, and took no oil with them.’ They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim.

“‘While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.’ By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay. In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and halfhearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away. ‘They all slumbered and slept;’ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The halfhearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself.” The Great Controversy, 391–395.

Tested and Proved

“God designed to prove his people. His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Adventists did not discover the error, nor was it discovered by the most learned of their opponents. The latter said, ‘Your reckoning of the prophetic periods is correct. Some great event is about to take place; but it is not what Mr. Miller predicts; it is the conversion of the world, and not the second advent of Christ.’

“The time of expectation passed, and Christ did not appear for the deliverance of his people. Those who with sincere faith and love had looked for their Saviour, experienced a bitter disappointment. Yet the Lord had accomplished his purpose: he had tested the hearts of those who professed to be waiting for his appearing. There were among them many who had been actuated by no higher motive than fear. Their profession of faith had not affected their hearts or their lives. When the expected event failed to take place, these persons declared that they were not disappointed; they had never believed that Christ would come. They were among the first to ridicule the sorrow of the true believers.” The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 228.

“God tested and proved his people by the passing of the time in 1843. The mistake made in reckoning the prophetic periods was not at once discovered even by learned men who opposed the views of those who were looking for Christ’s coming. These profound scholars declared that Mr. Miller was right in his calculation of the time, though they disputed him in regard to the event that would crown that period. But they, and the waiting people of God, were in a common error on the question of time.

“We fully believe that God, in his wisdom, designed that his people should meet with a disappointment, which was well calculated to reveal hearts and develop the true characters of those who had professed to look for and rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Those who embraced the first angel’s message through fear of the wrath of God’s judgments, not because they loved the truth and desired an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, now appeared in their true light. They were among the first to ridicule the disappointed ones who sincerely longed for and loved the appearing of Jesus. This most searching test of God revealed the true characters of those who would shirk responsibility and stigma by denying their faith in the hour of trial.

“Those who had been disappointed were not left in darkness; for in searching the prophetic periods with earnest prayers, the error was discovered, and the tracing of the prophetic pencil down through the tarrying time. In the joyful expectation of the coming of Christ, the apparent tarrying of the vision had not been taken into account, and was a sad and unlooked for surprise. Yet this very trial was highly necessary to develop and strengthen the sincere believers in the truth.” Life Sketches, 186–187.

The Lord’s Teaching

His Hand hid a Mistake

“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” Early Writings, 74.

FIGURE, n. In arithmetic, a character denoting a number; as 2. 7. 9. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

Early Writings:

“His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures,” “His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods.” 74, 236.

The Mistake Explained

“I saw the people of God joyful in expectation, looking for their Lord. But God designed to prove them. His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Those who were looking for their Lord did not discover this mistake, and the most learned men who opposed the time also failed to see it. God designed that His people should meet with a disappointment. The time passed, and those who had looked with joyful expectation for their Saviour were sad and disheartened, while those who had not loved the appearing of Jesus, but embraced the message through fear, were pleased that He did not come at the time of expectation. Their profession had not affected the heart and purified the life. The passing of the time was well calculated to reveal such hearts. They were the first to turn and ridicule the sorrowful, disappointed ones who really loved the appearing of their Saviour. I saw the wisdom of God in proving His people and giving them a searching test to discover those who would shrink and turn back in the hour of trial.

“Jesus and all the heavenly host looked with sympathy and love upon those who had with sweet expectation longed to see Him whom their souls loved. Angels were hovering around them, to sustain them in the hour of their trial. Those who had neglected to receive the heavenly message were left in darkness, and God’s anger was kindled against them, because they would not receive the light which He had sent them from heaven. Those faithful, disappointed ones, who could not understand why their Lord did not come, were not left in darkness. Again they were led to their Bibles to search the prophetic periods. The hand of the Lord was removed from the figures, and the mistake was explained. They saw that the prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844. Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying time—‘Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it.’ In their love for Christ’s immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to manifest the true waiting ones. Again they had a point of time. Yet I saw that many of them could not rise above their severe disappointment to possess that degree of zeal and energy which had marked their faith in 1843.

“Satan and his angels triumphed over them, and those who would not receive the message congratulated themselves upon their farseeing judgment and wisdom in not receiving the delusion, as they called it. They did not realize that they were rejecting the counsel of God against themselves, and were working in union with Satan and his angels to perplex God’s people, who were living out the heaven-sent message.

“The believers in this message were oppressed in the churches. For a time, those who would not receive the message were restrained by fear from acting out the sentiments of their hearts; but the passing of the time revealed their true feelings. They wished to silence the testimony which the waiting ones felt compelled to bear, that the prophetic periods extended to 1844. With clearness the believers explained their mistake and gave the reasons why they expected their Lord in 1844. Their opposers could bring no arguments against the powerful reasons offered. Yet the anger of the churches was kindled; they were determined not to listen to evidence, and to shut the testimony out of the churches, so the others could not hear it. Those who dared not withhold from others the light which God had given them, were shut out of the churches; but Jesus was with them, and they were joyful in the light of His countenance. They were prepared to receive the message of the second angel.” Early Writings, 235–237.

James White:

“Says an objector, ‘I do not believe that the midnight cry has yet been given.’ Neither do we believe that the midnight cry has been heard by us, or that it ever will be. The cry of Matthew 25:6, ‘Behold the bridegroom cometh,’ is in the history of an eastern marriage. But that a cry was given, and fully received by the entire Advent body in the autumn of 1844, that compares well with the midnight cry of the parable, should not be denied by those who had an experience in it. It came in the right time. The cry of the parable immediately followed the delay, and the slumbering and sleeping. This followed our delay, having been disappointed, and reached our ears while in a dormant state. That cry waked up the ten virgins, and led them to trim their lamps. This, attended by the power of the Spirit, aroused the Advent people, and led them to search the Bible as never before, and to consecrate themselves and their worldly possessions wholly to the Lord. Those who gave the cry that the Lord would come at the seventh month, 1844, clearly saw that the prophetic periods reached to that time, therefore, the evidence that had been presented from the periods to prove that the Advent would be in 1843, proved that it would be in 1844. We then saw an error in that manner of reckoning which terminated the 2300 days in 1843. None of those who wrote against the Advent saw it. The hand of Providence covered the mistake until the time came for it to be seen. The error was in taking 457 full years from the 2300, which left 1843, without making any account of the fraction of the year 457 B. C., that had passed, when the commandment went forth, from which the 70 weeks are reckoned. As it takes 457 full years and 1843, to make 2300, the fraction of the year 457, B. C., that had passed when the 70 weeks commenced, should be added to 1843, which brings the termination of the 2300 days in 1844. This point is made clear in the following testimony from the Advent Herald of November 13, 1844.

“‘Our minds were directed to that point of time, [1843,] from the fact that dating the several prophetic periods from those years in which the best chronologers assign the fulfillment of those events which were to mark their commencement, they all seemed to terminate that year. This was, however, only apparent. We date the ‘seven times,’ or 2520 years, from the captivity of Manasseh, which is, with great unanimity, placed by chronologers BC677. This date is the only one we have ever reckoned from, for the commencement of this period; and subtracting BC677 from 2520 years there remained AD1843. We, however, did not observe that as it would require 677 full years BC and 1843 full years AD to complete 2520 years, that it would also oblige us to extend this period as far into AD1844 as it might have commenced after the beginning of BC677. The same was also true of the other periods. The great jubilee of 2450 years [not represented on either the 1843 or 1850 charts], commencing with the captivity of Jehoiakim BC607; and the 2300 days, commencing with the 70 weeks BC457, would respectively require 1843 full years after Christ added to as many full years before Christ, as the years in which we have always respectively commenced each period, to complete the number of years in each; and as subtracting from each period the date BC of its commencement, there would remain AD1843, no reference whatever was made to the fraction of the year, which in each case, had transpired from its commencement, and which would require that each period should extend as much beyond the expiration of AD1843, as they respectively began after the commencement of the year BC from which they are dated.

“While this discrepancy was not particularly noticed by us, it was also not noticed by any of our learned opponents. Amid all the arguments which were brought to bear against our position, no allusion was made to that point.’

“The right application of Habakkuk 2:2–3, was seen clearly by those who gave the seventh month message. The Advent body then held that the publication of what is called the old chart was a fulfillment of the words of the Prophets, ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables.’—Reference to the different Advent papers published in 1844, will settle this point.—As time is connected with the visions of Daniel and John, the conclusion seems natural that their prophecies were the subject matter to be made ‘plain on tables,’ which was to be for ‘an appointed time.’

“‘Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.’ Here is a seeming contradiction, which can only be explained by facts in our Advent experience. The period, 1843, was written upon the chart, as the apparent time of the termination of the 2300 days; but that, as was clearly seen in 1844, was not the real date of their termination. Therefore the vision did not really tarry, but seemed to tarry. ‘Though it tarry, [beyond the period of expectation,] wait for it,’ for at the real point of time for the termination of the 2300 days, 1844, the vision ‘will speak, and not lie.’ It is said that the message of the 7th month, 1844, was a ‘lie,’ because Christ did not then come. True, the vision of 2300 days did not teach that Christ would then come, or that his coming would be at the end of the days; but we have the best of evidence that the days, then ended, as was taught that they would end, by those who gave the message of the seventh month. . . .

“The Advent people scripturally sought, and earnestly plead, for the ‘bread’ of life in 1843, and we are loath to believe that our heavenly Father gave us a ‘stone,’ or that he gave us a ‘scorpion’ in 1844. And we fail to see how it was possible for the Advent body to follow down the track of prophecy, without experiencing such a movement as that of the autumn of 1844. The vision that had seemed to tarry then spake. Let others call it ‘a lie.’ But we fully believe that then was experienced the fulfillment of the words of the Prophet ‘at the end [of the 2300 days] it shall speak, and NOT LIE.’ True we were disappointed as to the event to take place, but that is no evidence that the movement was not in the order of the Lord, and a fulfillment of Prophecy. Those that ‘cast their garments in the way,’ and cried ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, entirely mistook the object of the first Advent, yet that display was all necessary to fulfill Zechariah 9:9. The Pharisees said, ‘Master, rebuke thy disciples,’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.’

“If such an exhibition should take place at this day, a thousand voices would be raised pronouncing it ‘Mesmerism.’ Our ‘mistake,’ as it is called, at the seventh month, was of the same nature as that of the disciples. They had an opportunity of learning the object of the first Advent. Adventists have a chance to learn the events that in order precede the Second Advent.

“No doubt but many who joined in the general shout of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ were afterwards ashamed of it, and perhaps made their ‘confession’ to the Pharisees. Adventists should not be ashamed of the very experience that called them from the world and churches, and has made them Adventists. Consistency requires them to own their experience, or give up the Advent name.” James White, Review and Herald, volume 1, July 9, 1851. Edited by Joseph Bates, S.W. Rhodes and J.N. Andrews.

Uriah Smtih:

“As time continued beyond AD1843, many began to inquire the reasons of their disappointment respecting the year of their expected deliverance. It was then seen, that commencing all the prophetic periods in the years BC, where we had always dated their commencement, they would not be respectively completed, even upon the supposition that our chronology and date of their commencement were correct, until sometime within the year 1844. Thus, of the seven times, or 2520 years, commencing in BC677—the great jubilee, or 2450 years [not represented on either the 1843 or 1850 charts.], commencing in BC607—and the 2300 years of Daniel, commencing in BC457—as a portion of each of those years, from which the prophetic periods were respectively dated, had expired before the occurrence of the several events which marked their commencement, it would be necessary that they should extend as far into AD1844, as they respectively commenced after the beginning of the years BC from which they are severally reckoned, in order, either to complete the number of years in each, or to test the correctness of our chronology. But there was no clue to the time, in the respective years BC, at which the several periods began; and consequently the time in the year of their termination, could not be accurately marked.” Uriah Smith, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, August 27, 1857, J. N. Andrews, James White, J. H. Waggoner, R. F. Cottrell, and Stephen Pierce Editors.

“God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible, to lead him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, to guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God’s people. The commencement of the chain of truth was given to him, and he was led on to search for link after link, until he looked with wonder and admiration upon the Word of God. He saw there a perfect chain of truth. That Word which he had regarded as uninspired now opened before his vision in its beauty and glory. He saw that one portion of Scripture explains another, and when one passage was closed to his understanding, he found in another part of the Word that which explained it. He regarded the sacred Word of God with joy and with the deepest respect and awe.” Early Writings, 230.

“The words of the angel, ‘I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God,’ show that he holds a position of high honor in the heavenly courts. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said, ‘There is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael [Christ] your Prince.’ Daniel 10:21. Of Gabriel the Saviour speaks in the Revelation, saying that ‘He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.’ Revelation 1:1. And to John the angel declared, ‘I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets.’ Revelation 22:9, R. V. Wonderful thought—that the angel who stands next in honor to the Son of God is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men.” The Desire of Ages, 99.

“From a farther study of the Scriptures, I concluded that the seven times of Gentile supremacy must commence when the Jews ceased to be an independent nation at the captivity of Manasseh, which the best chronologers assigned to B. C. 677; that the 2300 days commenced with the seventy weeks, which the best chronologers dated from B. C. 457; and that the 1335 days commencing with the taking away of the daily, and the setting up of the abomination that maketh desolate, [Daniel 12:11] were to be dated from the setting up of the Papal supremacy, after the taking away of Pagan abominations, and which, according to the best historians I could consult, should be dated from about A. D. 508. Reckoning all these prophetic periods from the several dates assigned by the best chronologers for the events from which they should evidently be reckoned, they all would terminate together, about A. D. 1843. I was thus brought, in 1818, at the close of my two years study of the Scriptures, to the solemn conclusion, that in about twenty-five years from that time all the affairs of our present state would be wound up . . .” William Miller, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, April 18, 1854.

The Last Deception for Adventists

“Satan is . . . constantly pressing in the spurious—to lead away from the truth. The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.

“There will be a hatred kindled against the Testimonies which is satanic. The workings of Satan will be to unsettle the faith of the churches in them, for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded.” Selected Messages, book 1, 48.

One Thing is Certain

“One thing is certain: those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan’s banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God’s spirit.

“The call to greater consecration and holier service is being made, and will continue to be made. Some who are now voicing Satan’s suggestions will come to their senses. There are those in important positions of trust who do not understand the truth for this time. To them the message must be given. If they receive it, Christ will accept them, and will make them workers together with him. But if they refuse to hear the message, they will take their stand under the black banner of the Prince of Darkness.

“I am instructed to say that the precious truth for this time is open more and more clearly to human minds. In a special sense men and women are to eat of Christ’s flesh and drink of his blood. There will be a development of the understanding, for the truth is capable of constant expansion. The divine originator of truth will come into closer and still closer communion with those who follow on to know him. As God’s people receive his word as the bread of heaven, they will know that his goings forth are prepared as the morning. They will receive spiritual strength, as the body receives physical strength when food is eaten.

“We do not half understand the Lord’s plan in taking the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and leading them through the wilderness into Canaan.

“As we gather up the divine rays shining from the gospel, we shall have a clearer insight into the Jewish economy, and a deeper appreciation of its important truths. Our exploration of truth is yet incomplete. We have gathered up only a few rays of light. Those who are not daily students of the Word will not solve the problems of the Jewish economy. They will not understand the truths taught by the temple service. The work of God is hindered by a worldly understanding of his great plan. The future life will unfold the meaning of the laws that Christ, enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, gave to his people.” Spalding and Magan, 305–306.

We Need not to Look For the Midnight Cry

“Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus ‘Peace and safety’ is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together.” Testimonies, volume 5, 211.

Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. Jeremiah 17:5.

The Sunday Law

“There can be only two classes. Each party is distinctly stamped, either with the seal of the living God, or with the mark of the beast or his image. Each son and daughter of Adam chooses either Christ or Barabbas as his general. And all who place themselves on the side of the disloyal are standing under Satan’s black banner, and are charged with rejecting and despitefully using Christ. They are charged with deliberately crucifying the Lord of life and glory.” Review and Herald, January 30, 1900.

“Again and again I have been shown that the past experiences of God’s people are not to be counted as dead facts. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would treat a last year’s almanac. The record is to be kept in mind, for history will repeat itself.” Publishing Ministry, 175.

“There is a world lying in wickedness, in deception and delusion, in the very shadow of death,—asleep, asleep. Who are feeling travail of soul to awaken them? What voice can reach them? My mind was carried to the future, when the signal will be given. ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’ But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is represented by the oil, is not transferable.” Review and Herald, February 11, 1896.

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Invocation presented by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, as we continue our study this morning of Habakkuk’s Two Tables, we ask that you grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit. We ask that you take control of the words, the ideas, the thoughts that I have and allow them to be conveyed clearly, concisely, and in a way that edifies your people and in a way that glorifies you. We ask that you prepare our hearts and minds to hear what you have for us, and we ask for your blessing upon the work that we are doing, that you would watch over the process of LiveStreaming and recording these truths. We thank you that you are allowing us to participate in such a glorious work. We ask that what we are doing here might contribute to the finishing of the work in your people and the work on Planet Earth that we might go home with you soon. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What we are doing so far is taking certain truths that are on the 1843 and the 1850 Charts, and we are not trying to defend them Biblically at this point. The first thing that we want to put into the record is that Ellen White endorses these truths, and the reason that we are doing this is, it is our contention that if you reject these foundational truths, that you are simultaneously rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy. So we want to put that into the record first.

In our first presentation we took a little time to set out the history of the Millerites, the waymarks from 1798 to 1844.

And in our last presentation, we looked more closed at the history of the tarrying time, to the closing of the door on October 22, 1844. And I am identifying that time as the Midnight Cry.

I understand that the Midnight Cry came into history at the Exeter Camp Meeting, August 12-17, 1844, and it continued until October 22, 1844; but, the tarrying time that began in March of 1844 is part of the Midnight Cry. It is part of the purging process that took place to prepare a people that would be in the position where they would proclaim the message of the Midnight Cry when it came.

We were hoping that we would establish that in your hearts and minds yesterday. All these illustrations in God’s Word of tarrying times are all speaking about the end of the world. Ellen White, when commenting on 1 Corinthians 10:11, says that each of the ancient prophets spoke more for our day than the days in which they lived. And, of course, 1 Corinthians 10:11 says, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

And the history of the Millerites is a history of what is going to take place at the end of the world; but, all these Biblical histories of the tarrying time and what follows thereafter were illustrating what would take place in the tarrying time of the Millerites in the Midnight Cry, and we need to understand these things because history is to be repeated.

So, we have been dealing with the first issue on these Charts, although we have not mentioned in much. The first doctrine, the first truth on this Chart that we want to show that Ellen White clearly endorses is the 2520; and, the first two presentations were designed to lead us to here. Tomorrow morning we will begin considering the Daily on this Chart, right here [AD508].

Leading and Teaching

But, let us begin: Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, page 196:

“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, LS 196.

The only thing a Christian has to fear for the future is if he falls off that path and is lost. I mean, you are going to boil it down to its lowest understanding, the thing to be fearful about is not obtaining eternal life.

And here, Sister White says we have nothing to fear for the future except for two things. This is a very common passage in the Spirit of Prophecy in Adventism, but not very often do you hear anyone elaborating on what leading is she referring to here and what teachings is she referring to here.

We are going to try to show you that the leading that she is referring to is the history of the Midnight Cry. In the history of the Midnight Cry, Christ was leading in the tarrying time and the arrival of the Midnight Cry, and the proclamation of the Midnight Cry, and the closing of the door on October 22, 1844. He designed that history purposely to produce a people that could enter by faith into the Most Holy Place with Him. That is where He was leading, and we should be fearful to forget that particular history, but also His teachings.

And we are going to show that there is a specific teaching that produced the Midnight Cry. Okay? That teaching was not the collapse of the Ottoman Empire on August 11, 1840, but that was a teaching. It was not the state of the dead. The state of the dead came in this history here of the Second Angel Message in the Millerite History, but it was not that. It was a specific teaching in the Millerite History that produced the Midnight Cry history where the Lord led, and we have nothing to fear for the future except that we forget His leading and His teaching.

And we are going to deal with that; and, we are suggesting that the symbol of both His leading and His teaching is the Midnight Cry. So, we are going to read this passage out of Ellen White’s first vision again, and it says in Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, page 57,

“On this path the advent people were traveling to the city which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the ‘midnight cry.’ This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet, so that they might not stumble.

“If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the advent band, and they shouted ‘Alleluia!’ Others rashly denied the light behind them,”—

They denied the Midnight Cry

—“Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far.”—

They are denying the Midnight Cry, and in connection with the Midnight Cry they are arguing that the Lord was not leading them in the Midnight Cry. Okay? They are denying the Midnight Cry, “And it isn’t God that led us to this position.” They are denying the leading of God in the Midnight Cry.

—“The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below.” Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, CET 57.

The Lord’s Leading—The First Disappointment

So, we are going to look one more time at this history of the Midnight Cry, to put it in context before we deal with the 2520.

(a) HISTORY OF THE MILLERITES

Aug 11, June Mar 22, Aug 12-17, Oct 22,

1840 1843 1842 1844 1844 1844

Angel of Chart

Rev 10

May 1842

(b) HISTORY OF SECOND ANGEL

June Tarrying Midnight Oct 22,

1842 Time Cry 1844

Class of unfaithful

Door Class of waiting ones Door

Closed Closed

Figure No. 10(a), (b).

A rather long quote, but it needs to be entered into this discussion, from The Great Controversy, pages 391 – 395.

“When the time passed at which the Lord’s coming was first expected,—in the spring of 1844,”—

This is the tarrying time, the first disappointment.

—“those who had looked in faith for His appearing were for a season involved in doubt and uncertainty. While the world regarded them as having been utterly defeated and proved to have been cherishing a delusion, their source of consolation was still the word of God. Many continued to search the Scriptures, examining anew the evidences of their faith and carefully studying the prophecies to obtain further light.”—

If many did this that means that there were some who were not doing that. It doesn’t say “they”; it says “many”—two classes here.

—“The Bible testimony in support of their position seemed clear and conclusive. Signs which could not be mistaken pointed to the coming of Christ as near. The special blessing of the Lord, both in the conversion of sinners and the revival of spiritual life among Christians, had testified that the message was of Heaven. And though the believers could not explain their disappointment, they felt assured that God had led them in their past experience.

“Interwoven with prophecies which they had regarded as applying to the time of the second advent was instruction specially adapted to their state of uncertainty and suspense, and encouraging them to wait patiently in the faith that what was now dark to their understanding would in due time be made plain.”—

Now, in that paragraph, it says, “Interwoven with prophecies which they had regarded as applying to the time of the second advent . . . .” What prophecies did they believe that applied to the Second Advent?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The 2520.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The 2520, and . . . ?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The 1335.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The 1335.

It is talking about these three prophecies. They believed all three of these time prophecies ended in 1843, and that that was the Second Advent.

Next paragraph:

—“Among these prophecies was that of Habakkuk 2:1–4: ‘I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.’

“As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to ‘write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it,’ had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation. The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk. No one, however, then noticed that an apparent delay in the accomplishment of the vision—a tarrying time—is presented in the same prophecy. After the disappointment, this scripture appeared very significant: ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. . . . The just shall live by his faith.’”—

Now, it does not matter whether you do regular work or irregular work. And what do I mean by regular work and irregular work? Those are terms that Ellen White uses. She calls conference work, regular work. She calls self-supporting work, irregular work—she calls them regular lines, irregular lines. It does not matter whether you go to the leading self-supporting ministries in Adventism or you go to the General Conference or the Biblical Research Institute, if you ask them about this 1843 Chart, they will tell you, “Oh, there are lots of mistakes on this Chart.” They totally disagree with what Ellen White says about “a mistake” in the figures: “There are lots of mistakes on this Chart.” So, they place themselves in opposition to a plain, “thus saith Ellen White.,” where she says the Lord held His hand over “a mistake” in some of the figures on this Chart.

But, I want you to see, if you will, that they also place themselves in opposition to the Word of God; because, here in Habakkuk, it says that this vision “shall . . . not lie.” And this vision the Pioneers were to put on this 1843 Chart, which they did. Ellen White in The Great Controversy here is telling us that this Chart is a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2. This is the vision that they were to place on this Chart, and Habakkuk 2 says this vision “shall . . . not lie.”

So, when you say that this Chart is “full of mistakes,” not only are you opposing the Spirit of Prophecy, you are rejecting the Bible.

Okay, let us continue on.

—“A portion of Ezekiel’s prophecy also was a source of strength and comfort to believers: ‘The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God. . . . The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. . . . I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged.’ ‘They of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done.’ Ezekiel 12:21–25, 27, 28.

The waiting ones”—

Now, notice that. She is talking about two classes of worshippers. She says many, when this disappointment came, continued to study the prophecies, thus telling us that there were some, there was a class that did not continue to study the prophecies.

We will get some more light on the distinction of the two classes.

The fulfillment of Habakkuk 2, verses 1 through 4, is this 1843 Chart and this 1850 Chart; but, even in Habakkuk, when it gets to verse 4, it says that the just shall live by his faith and he whose heart is lifted up. It is describing two classes of worshippers. Okay? This history of the Midnight Cry produces two classes of worshippers, and those two classes are even addressed in Habakkuk.

So, now in this next paragraph, after she has referenced Habakkuk 2 and Ezekiel, dealing with this history, she identifies one of the classes. She says, “the waiting ones,” and who are the waiting ones? They are the ones who are fulfilling Daniel 12, “Blessed is he who waiteth, and cometh to the 1335.” This class is the waiting ones.

—“The waiting ones rejoiced, believing that He who knows the end from the beginning had looked down through the ages and, foreseeing their disappointment, had given them words of courage and hope.”—

We had a sister call who had been working in one of the Eastern European countries for a few years now. She was from there and moved to the United States. When she understood this message she moved back there, and she has been getting resistance. The same areas of Washington and Idaho that are disfellowshipping people over this message is where she came from; and, her church family up there reached out a year or so ago and told the church leadership in that country, “Close the door on her. She is fanatic. She is delusive.” So, she has had opposition all along the line; and, recently the Lord has opened the door for her to begin to have groups where she can share this message with.

And she called this morning right after we woke up, very early this morning, from this Eastern European country, telling us that one of her obstacles was transportation. They needed to buy an automobile to travel to these places now where they can teach this message, but they did not have the money. And as soon as they reached this place, friends from the United States sent them some money because the Lord had convicted them to do so, enough money to buy a car.

So, this is the type of experience that was going on for the disappointed ones. They were disappointed, but the Lord led them to the Scriptures, to encourage them, saying, “This disappointment was at my direction. Just keep moving forward.”

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“Had it not been for such portions of Scripture, admonishing them to wait with patience and to hold fast their confidence in God’s word, their faith would have failed in that trying hour.

“The parable”—

Now, notice, Sister White is going to tie in the parable of the Ten Virgins with Habakkuk 2, because both talk about a tarrying time and both are dealing with these two classes of worshippers.

—“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. In Matthew 24, in answer to the question of His disciples concerning the sign of His coming and of the end of the world, Christ had pointed out some of the most important events in the history of the world and of the church from His first to His second advent; namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, the great tribulation of the church under the pagan and papal persecutions, the darkening of the sun and moon, and the falling of the stars. After this He spoke of His coming in His kingdom, and related the parable describing the two classes of servants who look for His appearing. Chapter 25 opens with the words: ‘Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins.’ Here is brought to view the church living in the last days,”—

Now, she is applying this to the Millerite History, but notice what she is saying.

—“Here is brought to view the church living in the last days,”—

Who is “the church living in the last days”?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Adventism.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That is us.

—“the same that is pointed out in the close of chapter 24. In this parable their experience is illustrated by the incidents of an Eastern marriage.

“‘Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’

“The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel’s message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of His soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. All had taken their lamps, the Bible, and by its light had gone forth to meet the Bridegroom. But while ‘they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them,’ ‘the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.’ The latter class had received the grace of God, the regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders His word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God they had studied the Scriptures to learn the truth, and had earnestly sought for purity of heart and life. These had a personal experience, a faith in God and in His word, which could not be overthrown by disappointment and delay. Others ‘took their lamps, and took no oil with them.’ They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim.

“‘While the bridegroom tarried,”—

When did the Bridegroom tarry? March 22, 1844 [Figure No. 10(a), (b)], He tarries.

What is going to happen now? These two classes are going to be manifested.

What is He doing here?

See, when we forget the Midnight Cry and fall off the path to the wicked world below, when we forget the Midnight Cry, we give evidence that we do not understand what the Gospel is; because, the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers, based upon the introduction of a testing prophetic message. And from the tarrying time to the closing of the door, this is the climax of the Everlasting Gospel. This is where the Lord takes two classes here in the tarrying time seeking to lead them into the Judgment with Himself, and He puts them through a testing process when this message comes, in order to prove whether they genuinely have oil or not. This is the climax of Christ’s work of separating the gold from the dross, the wheat from the tares, the wise from the foolish.

The last paragraph:

—“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.’ By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay.”—

By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay.”

—“In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and halfhearted soon began to waver,”—

Can you be halfhearted with the Lord? No. It is just a word. You are either decidedly on the side of Christ or decidedly on the side of Satan.

—“In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and halfhearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away. ‘They all slumbered and slept;’”—

Now, notice: We often say all the virgins slept. Like Brother Tracy said, he went to sleep last night but he woke up with his asthma and did not really sleep all night; whereas with me, I remember falling asleep and I remember waking up, and everything in between I do not remember. I slept well, but he slept differently. These two classes, they sleep differently.

—“‘They all slumbered and slept; one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The halfhearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself.” The Great Controversy, 391–395.

So, when the disappointment came, two classes began to sleep differently; but, even the wise virgins, they lose some of their zeal.

The Lord was leading in this. He was leading in this so that when the Midnight Cry Message comes at the Exeter Camp Meeting, He is going to accomplish a work among them.

Tested and Proved

Okay, from Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, page 228, I want us to see, remember and place in our memory banks that this process here, this Midnight Cry, from the Tarrying Time to the closing of the door [Figure No. 10(b)}, this is the Lord testing His people.

The Midnight Cry at the Exeter Camp Meeting, in its proclamation until October 22, 1844, is just one part of that history. It cannot be separated from the tarrying time. The tarrying time is what prepares for the effect of the Midnight Cry among those two classes of worshippers. You have to see this, because you want to understand the Midnight Cry; because, if you do not understand the Midnight Cry, you fall off the path

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“God designed to prove his people. His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods.”—

His hand, the Lord’s hand, covered a singular mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods, in the plural.

—“Adventists did not discover the error, nor was it discovered by the most learned of their opponents. The latter said, ‘Your reckoning of the prophetic periods is correct. Some great event is about to take place; but it is not what Mr. Miller predicts; it is the conversion of the world, and not the second advent of Christ.’

“The time of expectation passed, and Christ did not appear for the deliverance of his people. Those who with sincere faith and love had looked for their Saviour, experienced a bitter disappointment. Yet the Lord had accomplished his purpose:”—

That first disappointment was the Lord’s purpose and He had accomplished it.

—“he had tested the hearts of those who professed to be waiting for his appearing. There were among them many who had been actuated by no higher motive than fear. Their profession of faith had not affected their hearts or their lives. When the expected event failed to take place, these persons declared that they were not disappointed; they had never believed that Christ would come. They were among the first to ridicule the sorrow of the true believers.” The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 228.

This was the Lord’s purpose. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we forget how the Lord has led us in our past experience, and we have nothing to fear for the future, except we forget the Lord’s teachings in our past experience. And what we are suggesting is, you cannot separate this leading from His teaching.

Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White 1888, page 186 – 187, to cement this testing process home before we move into the Lord’s teaching, it says,

“God tested and proved his people by the passing of the time in 1843. The mistake”—a singular mistake—“they made in reckoning the prophetic periods was not at once discovered even by learned men who opposed the views of those who were looking for Christ’s coming. These profound scholars declared that Mr. Miller was right in his calculation of the time, though they disputed him in regard to the event that would crown that period. But they, and the waiting people of God, were in a common error on the question of time.

“We fully believe that God, in his wisdom, designed that his people should meet with a disappointment, which was well calculated to reveal hearts and develop the true characters”—

Not only to reveal their hearts but to develop the characters, bring it to a point where it would be demonstrated in the crisis that comes at the Midnight Cry.

—“develop the true characters of those who had professed to look for and rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Those who embraced the first angel’s message through fear of the wrath of God’s judgments, not because they loved the truth and desired an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, now appeared in their true light. They were among the first to ridicule the disappointed ones who sincerely longed for and loved the appearing of Jesus. This most searching test of God revealed the true characters of those who would shirk responsibility and stigma by denying their faith in the hour of trial.

“Those who had been disappointed were not left in darkness; for in searching the prophetic periods with earnest prayers, the error was discovered,”—the singular error—“and the tracing of the prophetic pencil down through the tarrying time. In the joyful expectation of the coming of Christ, the apparent tarrying of the vision had not been taken into account, and was a sad and unlooked for surprise. Yet this very trial was highly necessary to develop and strengthen the sincere believers in the truth.” Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White, LS88 186–187.

The tarrying time was “highly necessary.” It not only was going to demonstrate the two classes and begin to develop their characters that would be demonstrated in the history of the Midnight Cry to the closing of the door but it was necessary to strengthen those who were going to come out of the right side of the issue. My point is, you cannot separate the tarrying time from the Midnight Cry or the closing of the door.

So, when you deny the Midnight Cry, you are denying that very history. That is what that history is. The Midnight Cry is not just the message of Samuel Snow at the Exeter Camp Meeting; it is this experience of the tarrying time. This is where the Lord was leading. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we forget the Lord’s leading in our past history, expect if we forget this history of the tarrying time and the Midnight Cry, this history where He is bringing to a climax the Everlasting Gospel in the Millerite History, producing two classes of worshippers.

The Lord’s Teaching

His Hand Hid a Mistake

Now, we are going to take up what teaching we should fear to forget.

From Early Writings, page 74:

“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” Early Writings, 74.

Now, if we had time, we could go through and show the mystery of iniquity. The mystery of iniquity, it can have more than one correct definition. I am not denying some of the other definitions, but the mystery of iniquity that I want to at least run by your memory bank at this point is, the mystery of iniquity is the work of Satan in mixing evil with good, truth with error in the sacred histories where the Lord is going to test His people. In the sacred histories of Scripture where the Lord is going to bring His people to a testing process, you will always see the mystery of iniquity. And by mystery of iniquity, I mean the activity of Satan in mixing truth with error. So, when the people come to this testing point, the mystery of iniquity has clouded the issues.

When Noah’s testing time came, the Bible tells us the seed of Satan had been mixed with the seed of God prior to that. That is what caused the mystery of iniquity to be fulfilled in the time of Noah; and, it is expressed in Genesis that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair and they took them for wives. That is the mixing of the two seeds, the mystery of iniquity that precedes the test of Noah.

The test of Moses and the Red Sea, it is a “l-o-n-g” dissertation in the Scriptures about how Israel, who was going to be tested at the Red Sea and tested at Sinai, they had been corrupted with the teachings of Egypt after being there so long. That was the mystery of iniquity. They had been influenced, impacted by satanic teachings.

In the time of the Jews, it was the Greek teachings that prepared the way for the Sanhedrin to reject their testing process.

Okay. When you come to the Millerite history, the Millerites in the Protestant churches, they just came out of 1260 years of Papal influence, and that Papal influence was the corrupting of the pure seed with the impure seed that produces a mystery of iniquity that precedes the test of the Millerite History.

Okay. That is the mystery of iniquity that is always there.

And the mystery of iniquity, if you are going to study that out on how it works, just go to Patriarchs and Prophets, the very first chapter. Sister White tells us how Satan accomplished the mystery of iniquity in Heaven. There was going to be a test in Heaven about which angels were going to stay in Heaven and which angels are going to be removed from Heaven; and, Satan was accomplishing the mystery of iniquity right there in Heaven prior to that testing process.

And how was Satan doing this? By insinuating doubt, by placing his word above God’s Word, and more importantly, by leading other people to express his false teachings, a very sinister activity—you know, placing doubt in your mind, between me and you, and then you go out and you express that doubt to a group. So, if anyone wants to complain about the doubt that is being expressed, they are going to complain about you, not about me.

So, recently, just last month, you know there was a pastor in Spokane, Washington, when it comes to this quote right here in Early Writings, it says, “I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; . . . ,” he says, “Well, I went to the dictionary of Ellen White’s day and age, the Webster’s Dictionary, and figures does not mean anything to do with the arithmetic”—that is not his word but that is what he said.

Well, Brothers and Sisters, most of the people that heard that pastor say that, they are not going to check it out. They are going to believe him.

At minimum that pastor was sowing doubt about what the figures represent in this passage; but, in reality, he was just lying. Because, if you go to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, it says:

FIGURE, n. In arithmetic, a character denoting a number, as 2, 7, 9. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

So, he was just flat-out lying; but, he was expressing doubt. He was doing the work that is represented as the mystery of iniquity. He was identifying for Adventists, if they are willing to see, that in this time in Earth’s history, you had better be understanding the truth for yourself and not listening to human beings; because, “. . . the mystery of iniquity doth already work: . . . .”

So, in Early Writings, page 74, says, “. . . that the figures were as He wanted them, that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.”

By the way, it is misdirection, it is misdirection, and the theologians often do it. If you want to understand what a word means in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy, you do not look to the dictionaries first, you look to the prophet. If you want an example of that as in Daniel: Daniel uses the Hebrew word rum in Daniel 8 and verse 11; it is translated as “taken away.” And people think that in Daniel 8:11, when the Daily is taken away, that it means it is removed because it says “taken away.” But, Daniel uses that Hebrew word rum five other places in his writings and never once does it get translated as “take away.” It gets translated with the identical Hebrew meaning that rum is, which is to lift up and exalt. So, to think that rum in Daniel 8 and 11 means ”take away” is to come to a conclusion based upon the traditions of Adventism, but it is not to come to a conclusion based upon how David employed the word.

So, too, with Ellen White: If you want to lead people to say that in Early Writings, 74, the figures mean these art figures, these graphic figures, if you want to lead them to believe that, well, one of the things that I suppose you would do is to say, “Well, the dictionary in Ellen White’s day and age does not say the figures mean anything to do with arithmetic,” and trust that the majority of those Laodiceans that hear you say that are going to go look at that dictionary, because they do not have it, because they are unwilling to take the time. But if they did, they would find that figures do mean arithmetic.

But, that is not where you go first. The first place you go is to Ellen White: What does Ellen White mean by figures?

Okay. In Early Writings, page 74, she says, “His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures,” and then on page 236 she says, “His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods.” There the prophetess identifies that her terminology, figures, represent the prophetic periods. That is the arithmetic, period; it is not the artwork.

So, what did the Lord hold His hand over? He held His hand over a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods of the figures.

The Mistake Explained

Now, Brothers and Sisters, this is the punch line. There are a lot of men out around the world right now that are presenting the very same message that we are presenting, and I sympathize with and support them. But, when it comes to the 2520, when it comes to the 2520, and whether Ellen White believed the 2520 was a valid prophecy, this is the argument, this is the argument where we are at right now. This is the proof. This is where you should start. All the other arguments, which are valid and true, they are good; but, this is the starting point.

In the book Early Writings, page 74, where it says the Lord held His hand over a mistake in some of the figures, it is in the very same book that she defines what that means. It is on page 236. It says this,

“I saw the people of God joyful in expectation, looking for their Lord. But God designed to prove them.”—

“God designed to prove them,” and when is she talking about here? She is talking about here, at the Tarrying Time [March 22, 1844], the first disappointment.

She is not talking about the Disappointment here [October 22, 1844] because they are going to get proved here, too; but, she is talking about here [March 22, 1844, the tarrying time]: “God designed to prove them.”

—“His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods.”—

How was He going to prove them, by the tarrying time? He was going to hold His hand over their understanding of the prophetic periods. You have nothing to fear for the future, except as we forget how the Lord has led us in the past, in this history of the Millerites and His teachings.

Well, these prophetic periods are the teachings that produced the tarrying time.

—“His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Those who were looking for their Lord did not discover this mistake,”—singular mistake—“and the most learned men who opposed the time also failed to see it. God designed that His people should meet with a disappointment. The time passed, and those who had looked with joyful expectation for their Saviour were sad and disheartened, while those who had not loved the appearing of Jesus, but embraced the message through fear, were pleased that He did not come at the time of expectation. Their profession had not affected the heart and purified the life. The passing of the time was well calculated to reveal such hearts. They were the first to turn and ridicule the sorrowful, disappointed ones who really loved the appearing of their Saviour. I saw the wisdom of God in proving His people and giving them a searching test to discover those who would shrink and turn back in the hour of trial.

“Jesus and all the heavenly host looked with sympathy and love upon those who had with sweet expectation longed to see Him whom their souls loved. Angels were hovering around them, to sustain them in the hour of their trial. Those who had neglected to receive the heavenly message were left in darkness, and God’s anger was kindled against them, because they would not receive the light which He had sent them from heaven. Those faithful, disappointed ones, who could not understand why their Lord did not come, were not left in darkness. Again they were led to their Bibles to search the”—what?—“prophetic periods. The hand of the Lord was removed from the figures, and the mistake”—singular—“was explained.”—

Here she is going to explain the mistake in the figures on the 1843 Chart, and she has already defined that the figures represent the prophetic periods.

—“They saw that the prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844.”—

End of discussion! Ellen White just places her seal of approval on the 2520.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen!

BROTHER PIPPENGER: There are only three prophetic periods on this 1843 Chart that they understood ended in 1843: The 1335 ended in 1843; the 2520 ended in 1843; the 2300 ended in 1843. But, God held His hand over a mistake in some of the figures, the prophetic periods on this Chart, until His hand was removed. And when He removed His hand, the faithful waiting ones were led to study the prophetic periods once again and they found that the same evidence that had led them to present that the prophetic periods close in 1843 was then recognized to prove that two end in 1844.

AD508 1843

1335

+ 508

1843

1335

677BC 1844

2520

457BC 1844

2300

Figure No. 11.

Now, Brothers and Sisters, the one, the 1335, it begins in AD508 and ends in 1843: but, here, this 508 is what we call AD.

The other one, the 2520, it begins in 677BC. It is the one that is impacted by the fullness of the year. The Pioneers thought that it ended in 1843, but thereafter they understood that the same evidence that had led them to predict 1843 proved that this 2520 prophecy ended in 1844.

The 2300 prophecy begins in 457BC, and they had thought that it ended in 1843; but, after the disappointment, through their study of the prophetic periods, they realized that it ended in 1844.

There are only three prophecies here that they were predicting ended in 1843, and one of them ends in 1843; because, if you start in AD508 and add 1335—any way you add it—it is going to end in 1843.

This prophecy, the 1335, it is not the prophetic periods that the Lord held His hand over. What is it? It is identifying this history of the Millerites from the Tarrying Time, through the Midnight Cry, and up to October 22, 1844.

In yesterday’s presentation we ended with this quote from Ellen White:

“Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844.” This is “Blessed is he who comes to 1843.”

And then in the next paragraph she says,

“The message was given. And there should be no delay in repeating the message, for the signs of the times are fulfilling; the closing work must be done. A great work will be done in a short time. A message will soon be given by God’s appointment that will swell into a loud cry. Then Daniel will stand in his lot, to give his testimony.Manuscript Releases, volume 21, 437.

Daniel is standing in his lot is verse 13 of Daniel 12.

“Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844,” that is verse 12.

Ellen White is giving divine commentary on Daniel 12, verses 12 and 13; and, she is saying that Daniel 12:12-13, it is not talking about a time prophecy; it is talking about an experience that includes 1843 and 1844, and that experience is produced by a misunderstanding of 1843 that produces a tarrying time. And when the tarrying time comes, “Blessed is he who waiteth.” Though the vision tarry, wait for it. Blessed is the one that faithfully waits from the Tarrying Time until the door is closed. And what the faithful one sees, he is going to see the things in 1843 and 1844 that is a blessing. It is going to lead him into the Most Holy Place.

This 1335 prophecy ended in 1843; it is marking the arrival of the Midnight Cry. These two prophetic periods of the 2520 and the 2300, they end in 1844. And Ellen White says that the same evidence that they had seen to proclaim that the 2520 and the 2300 and the 1335 ended in 1843 was then recognized to prove that they would terminate in 1844.

—“Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying time—‘Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it.’ In their love for Christ’s immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to manifest the true waiting ones. Again they had a point of time. Yet I saw that many of them could not rise above their severe disappointment to possess that degree of zeal and energy which had marked their faith in 1843.

“Satan and his angels triumphed over them, and those who would not receive the message congratulated themselves upon their farseeing judgment and wisdom in not receiving the delusion, as they called it. They did not realize that they were rejecting the counsel of God against themselves, and were working in union with Satan and his angels to perplex God’s people, who were living out the heaven-sent message.”—

Now, in this history right here, there are two classes [Figure No. 10(b)]. There are two classes of worshippers going through this history. These [marking the timeline] are the two classes [the unfaithful and the waiting ones] going through this history. This unfaithful class is going to ridicule the class of waiting ones. But the class of waiting ones is led back to the prophetic periods and it comes to understand that the same evidence that had led them to identify the conclusion of the 2520 and the 2300 in 1843 was to prove that it ended in 1844.

Well, even though the waiting ones saw that, even though they recognized that, they still were not as on fire for the Lord as they were before the first disappointment. They are going to get on fire again, but how are they going to get on fire? At the message of the Midnight Cry. The waiting ones have already understood 1844, the end of the prophecies, before the Midnight Cry.

What does the Midnight Cry message do for the waiting ones? It allows them to identify October 22, 1844. With that piece of information, now it is not just somewhere in 1844; it is on this very day and that is what empowers the message.

Do you see the process? Do you see the teaching that produces this experience?

What are the teachings that produce this experience? It is three prophecies, the 1335, the 2300, and the 2520.

Now, after they realize this, after they realize this they are going to be proclaiming, “Come out of Babylon.” This is the Second Angel’s Message.

And, Brothers and Sisters, we have mentioned this, but let us be clear about this one more time: What ends here, what ends at the tarrying time? The use of this 1843 Chart. They have to set this Chart aside, because now they are understanding the Lord is coming in 1844 and this 1843 Chart is saying that He is coming in 1843. So, they set the Chart aside for this history of the Second Angel’s Message. They are no longer using this Chart.

So, what is their message? What becomes their message in this history of the Second Angel?

Let us read the last paragraph.

“The believers in this message were oppressed in the churches. For a time, those who would not receive the message were restrained by fear from acting out the sentiments of their hearts; but the passing of the time revealed their true feelings. They wished to silence the testimony which the waiting ones felt compelled to bear, that the prophetic periods extended to 1844.”—

What prophetic periods? These three, these three: the 2520, the 2300, and the 1335. That is their message in here. Now they are saying, “Ah, we get it! These prophecies extend to 1844.”

So, what is their message? Their message in this history of the Midnight Cry is the 2520- and the 2300-year prophecies. That is their message.

—“For a time, those who would not receive the message were restrained by fear from acting out the sentiments of their hearts; but the passing of the time revealed their true feelings. They wished to silence the testimony which the waiting ones felt compelled to bear, that the prophetic periods extended to 1844. With clearness the believers explained their mistakesingular mistake—“and gave the reasons why they expected their Lord in 1844. Their opposers could bring no arguments against the powerful reasons offered. Yet the anger of the churches was kindled; they were determined not to listen to evidence, and to shut the testimony out of the churches, so the others could not hear it.”—

What happens when you present the 2520 in connection with the 2300 days? Well, in the Millerite History you get shut out of the churches, and there is an effort to silence that message.

—“Those who dared not withhold from others the light which God had given them, were shut out of the churches; but Jesus was with them, and they were joyful in the light of His countenance. They were prepared to receive the message of the second angel.” Early Writings, 235–237.

So, what we are trying to do here, without going into a study on the 2520—we are starting our study on the Charts, and believe it or not the only thing that we are dealing with here is the 2520—what we are trying to show you is that Ellen White places her seal of approval on the 2520. She just did. If you cannot see this, then you need to fall down on your knees, go to the foot of the cross, and plead that Jesus will remove the scales from your eyes. Ellen White just said that the same evidence that had led them to predict 1843 was then seen to prove that these prophetic periods ended in 1844. And she always identifies the prophetic periods, or the figures, in the plural. There are only three prophetic periods on this 1843 Chart that ended in 1843.

And the one that does end in 1843, the 1335, in order for her to be correct, grammatically correct, you have to have two, a minimum of two prophetic periods for her to say figures and prophetic periods. If there are three and you take away one, then the two that she is putting her endorsement on are the 2520 and the 2300. No matter what your pastor or conference president or theologian or husband or wife or son or daughter may tell you.

What was going on in this history that we just read? The Lord was producing an experience where they were being shut out of the churches in order that they had an experience where they could stand not upon the influence of men but upon the influence upon the Word of God. They had to have that experience if they were to have the faith to move into the Most Holy Place with Jesus Christ. He was perfecting them in order to bring to a conclusion the Everlasting Gospel.

James White

HISTORY OF SECOND ANGEL: MESSAGE OF THE MIDNIGHT CRY

June Tarrying Midnight Oct 22,

1842 Time Cry 1844

Class of unfaithful

Door Class of waiting ones Door

Closed Closed

Figure No. 12.

All right. Now, in your next passage—I put these in the records on these subjects but I barely ever read them—I have two Pioneers, James White and Uriah Smith.

Why do I select these two Pioneers? Well, James White and Uriah Smith are the primary men that the modern theologians will reach back to and say, “Well, look. James White rejected the 2520 in 1863; and, Uriah Smith rejects the 2520 when he is writing Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation in the 1870s and 1880s.

I select these two Pioneers because we are going to back I this history here, 1844 and shortly thereafter, and see how James White and Uriah Smith describe this very identical history that Ellen White has just described. Okay, because she talks about the prophetic periods and the Lord removing His hand and they see the mistake, and so do these two Pioneers.

But, Ellen White does not say “2520”; she does not say “seven times”; but, Uriah Smith and James White do. They make it clear that the prophetic periods that were recognized in this history were the 2520 and the 2300.

This is James White from James White, Review and Herald, volume 1, July 9, 1851. Edited by Joseph Bates, S.W. Rhodes and J.N. Andrews:

“Says an objector, ‘I do not believe that the midnight cry has yet been given.’ Neither do we believe that the midnight cry has been heard by us, or that it ever will be. The cry of Matthew 25:6, ‘Behold the bridegroom cometh,’ is in the history of an eastern marriage. But that a cry was given, and fully received by the entire Advent body in the autumn of 1844, that compares well with the midnight cry of the parable, should not be denied by those who had an experience in it.”—

What is James White dealing with here? He is dealing with a history where people are doing what? They are rejecting the Midnight Cry?

What are they doing? They are falling off the path. This is what they are dealing with in this history. The men that they had that they formerly worked with were denying the Light behind them. They were denying the Midnight Cry. So, he is responding to this. He is going to talk to us about this history [Figure No. 12.]

—“It came in the right time. The cry of the parable immediately followed the delay, and the slumbering and sleeping. This followed our delay, having been disappointed, and reached our ears while in a dormant state. That cry waked up the ten virgins, and led them to trim their lamps. This, attended by the power of the Spirit, aroused the Advent people, and led them to search the Bible as never before, and to consecrate themselves and their worldly possessions wholly to the Lord. Those who gave the cry that the Lord would come at the seventh month, 1844, clearly saw”—now, notice—“that the prophetic periods reached to that time, therefore, the evidence that had been presented from the periods to prove that the Advent would be in 1843, proved that it would be in 1844. We then saw an error in that manner of reckoning which terminated the 2300 days in 1843. None of those who wrote against the Advent saw it. The hand of Providencecapital “P”—“covered the mistake”—singular—“until the time came for it to be seen. The error was in taking 457 full years from the 2300, which left 1843, without making any account of the fraction of the year 457 B. C., that had passed, when the commandment went forth, from which the 70 weeks are reckoned. As it takes 457 full years and 1843, to make 2300, the fraction of the year 457, B. C., that had passed when the 70 weeks commenced, should be added to 1843, which brings the termination of the 2300 days in 1844. This point is made clear in the following testimony from the Advent Herald of November 13, 1844.”—

Next paragraph:

—“‘Our minds were directed to that point of time, [1843,] from the fact that dating the several prophetic periods from those years in which the best chronologers assign the fulfillment of those events which were to mark their commencement, they all seemed to terminate that year.’”—

Now he is going to tell us the prophetic periods that they thought terminated in 1843 are.

—“‘This was, however, only apparent.”—

Only apparent that they ended in 1843. They are going to find that they end in 1844.

—“‘We date the ‘seven times,’ or 2520 years, from the captivity of Manasseh, which is, with great unanimity, placed by chronologers BC677.’”—

These are the prophetic periods that they were dealing with.

—“‘This date is the only one we have ever reckoned from, for the commencement of this period; and subtracting BC677 from 2520 years there remained AD1843. We, however, did not observe that as it would require 677 full years BC and 1843 full years AD to complete 2520 years, that it would also oblige us to extend this period as far into AD1844 as it might have commenced after the beginning of BC677.’”—

The prophetic periods that “the hand of Providence kept his hand over the mistake,” using his terminology, included the 2520.

—“‘The same was also true of the other periods. The great jubilee of 2450 years [not represented on either the 1843 or 1850 charts], commencing with the captivity of Jehoiakim BC607; and the 2300 days, commencing with the 70 weeks BC457, would respectively require 1843 full years after Christ added to as many full years before Christ, as the years in which we have always respectively commenced each period, to complete the number of years in each; and as subtracting from each period the date BC of its commencement, there would remain AD1843, no reference whatever was made to the fraction of the year, which in each case, had transpired from its commencement, and which would require that each period should extend as much beyond the expiration of AD1843, as they respectively began after the commencement of the year BC from which they are dated.

“While this discrepancy was not particularly noticed by us, it was also not noticed by any of our learned opponents. Amid all the arguments which were brought to bear against our position, no allusion was made to that point.’

“The right application of Habakkuk 2:2–3, was seen clearly by those who gave the seventh month message. The Advent body then held that the publication of what is called the old chart was a fulfillment of the words of the Prophets, ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables.’—Reference to the different Advent papers published in 1844, will settle this point.—As time is connected with the visions of Daniel and John, the conclusion seems natural that their prophecies were the subject matter to be made ‘plain on tables,’ which was to be for ‘an appointed time.’

“‘Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.’ Here is a seeming contradiction, which can only be explained by facts in our Advent experience. The period, 1843, was written upon the chart, as the apparent time of the termination of the 2300 days; but that, as was clearly seen in 1844, was not the real date of their termination. Therefore the vision did not really tarry, but seemed to tarry. ‘Though it tarry, [beyond the period of expectation,] wait for it,’ for at the real point of time for the termination of the 2300 days, 1844, the vision ‘will speak, and not lie.’ It is said that the message of the 7th month, 1844, was a ‘lie,’ because Christ did not then come. True, the vision of 2300 days did not teach that Christ would then come, or that his coming would be at the end of the days; but we have the best of evidence that the days, then ended, as was taught that they would end, by those who gave the message of the seventh month. . . .

“The Advent people scripturally sought, and earnestly plead, for the ‘bread’ of life in 1843, and we are loath to believe that our heavenly Father gave us a ‘stone,’ or that he gave us a ‘scorpion’ in 1844. And we fail to see how it was possible for the Advent body to follow down the track of prophecy, without experiencing such a movement as that of the autumn of 1844. The vision that had seemed to tarry then spake. Let others call it ‘a lie.’ But we fully believe that then was experienced the fulfillment of the words of the Prophet ‘at the end [of the 2300 days] it shall speak, and NOT LIE.’ True we were disappointed as to the event to take place, but that is no evidence that the movement was not in the order of the Lord, and a fulfillment of Prophecy. Those that ‘cast their garments in the way,’ and cried ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, entirely mistook the object of the first Advent, yet that display was all necessary to fulfill Zechariah 9:9. The Pharisees said, ‘Master, rebuke thy disciples,’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.’

“If such an exhibition should take place at this day, a thousand voices would be raised pronouncing it ‘Mesmerism.’ Our ‘mistake,’ as it is called, at the seventh month, was of the same nature as that of the disciples. They had an opportunity of learning the object of the first Advent. Adventists have a chance to learn the events that in order precede the Second Advent.

“No doubt but many who joined in the general shout of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’”—

What is James White referring to here? The Triumphal Entry. James White is comparing the Triumphal Entry of the time of Christ with the Midnight Cry of the Millerites.

—“No doubt but many who joined in the general shout of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ were afterwards ashamed of it, and perhaps made their ‘confession’ to the Pharisees.”—

Okay, now he is comparing those people who backed away from leading Christ into Jerusalem with the Adventists that backed away from the Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844.

—“Adventists should not be ashamed of the very experience that called them from the world and churches,”—

What is the experience that called them from the world and the churches? It is the experience of the Midnight Cry, from the Tarrying Time until the door closes.

—“Adventists should not be ashamed of the very experience that called them from the world and churches, and has made them Adventists. Consistency requires them to own their experience, or give up the Advent name.” James White, Review and Herald, volume 1, July 9, 1851. Edited by Joseph Bates, S.W. Rhodes and J.N. Andrews.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen!

BROTHER PIPPENGER: If you do not believe in this experience, you should not be an Adventist, according to James White.

And what produces this experience was a misunderstanding of the ending of the 2520 and the 2300 years.

Uriah Smith

One other line of thought on this, from Uriah Smith, the same history.

“As time continued beyond AD1843, many began to inquire the reasons of their disappointment respecting the year of their expected deliverance. It was then seen, that commencing all the prophetic periods in the years BC, where we had always dated their commencement, they would not be respectively completed, even upon the supposition that our chronology and date of their commencement were correct, until sometime within the year 1844. Thus, of the seven times, or 2520 years, commencing in BC677—the great jubilee, or 2450 years [not represented on either the 1843 or 1850 charts.], commencing in BC607—and the 2300 years of Daniel, commencing in BC457—as a portion of each of those years, from which the prophetic periods were respectively dated, had expired before the occurrence of the several events which marked their commencement, it would be necessary that they should extend as far into AD1844, as they respectively commenced after the beginning of the years BC from which they are severally reckoned, in order, either to complete the number of years in each, or to test the correctness of our chronology. But there was no clue to the time, in the respective years BC, at which the several periods began; and consequently the time in the year of their termination, could not be accurately marked.” Uriah Smith, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, August 27, 1857, J. N. Andrews, James White, J. H. Waggoner, R. F. Cottrell, and Stephen Pierce Editors.

Uriah Smith and James White both give testimony that the prophetic periods that were then recognized to conclude in 1844 were the 2520 and the 2300 years, and they are using the very same expressions that Ellen White uses in Early Writings, page 236 and onward.

Notice something here, Early Writings, page 230:

“God sent His angel”—

And if you will drop down to the next quote, I will just point it to you in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, His angel is the angel Gabriel.

—“God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer”—this is William Miller—“who had not believed the Bible, to lead him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one,”—

Ellen White identifies William Miller as the chosen one in this history.

—“Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, to guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God’s people. The commencement of the chain of truth was given to him, and he was led on to search for link after link, until he looked with wonder and admiration upon the Word of God. He saw there a perfect chain of truth. That Word which he had regarded as uninspired now opened before his vision in its beauty and glory. He saw that one portion of Scripture explains another,”—

What did he see? Gabriel showed him the method we call proof-texting, line upon line, here a little and there a little.

And, the commencement of the chain of truth was given to him. Do you see that?

—“and when one passage was closed to his understanding, he found in another part of the Word that which explained it. He regarded the sacred Word of God with joy and with the deepest respect and awe.” Early Writings, 230.

Okay, The Desire of Ages, page 99:

“The words of the angel, ‘I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God,’ show that he holds a position of high honor in the heavenly courts. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said, ‘There is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael [Christ] your Prince.’ Daniel 10:21. Of Gabriel the Saviour speaks in the Revelation, saying that ‘He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.’ Revelation 1:1. And to John the angel declared, ‘I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets.’ Revelation 22:9, R. V. Wonderful thought—that the angel who stands next in honor to the Son of God is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men.” The Desire of Ages, 99.

Gabriel gave him the commencement of the chain of truth. Gabriel gave him the method that we call proof-texting.

Now, here is William Miller, from Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, April 18, 1854.

“From a farther study of the Scriptures, I concluded that the seven times of Gentile supremacy must commence when the Jews ceased to be an independent nation at the captivity of Manasseh, which the best chronologers assigned to B. C. 677; that the 2300 days commenced with the seventy weeks, which the best chronologers dated from B. C. 457; and that the 1335 days commencing with the taking away of the daily, and the setting up of the abomination that maketh desolate, [Daniel 12:11] were to be dated from the setting up of the Papal supremacy, after the taking away of Pagan abominations, and which, according to the best historians I could consult, should be dated from about A. D. 508.”—

Ellen White says that Gabriel gave William Miller the commencement to the chain of truth, and William here is giving testimony that the three commencement points that he was given are AD508, 677BC, and 457BC. He was given the commencement points of these prophecies that produced the history of the Midnight Cry by the Angel Gabriel.

—“Reckoning all these prophetic periods from the several dates assigned by the best chronologers for the events from which they should evidently be reckoned, they all would terminate together, about A. D. 1843. I was thus brought, in 1818, at the close of my two years study of the Scriptures, to the solemn conclusion, that in about twenty-five years from that time all the affairs of our present state would be wound up . . .” William Miller, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, April 18, 1854.

The Last Deception for Adventists

We are switching gears now. Selected Messages, book 1, page 48, says,

“Satan is . . . constantly pressing in the spurious—to lead away from the truth. The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God.”—

What is the last deception of Satan: To destroy the Spirit of Prophecy.

If you reject these foundational truths, you are simultaneously rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy. Ellen White places her endorsement on the 2520. Reject the 2520, you are throwing out the baby and the bath water, simultaneously.

—“Satan is . . . constantly pressing in the spurious—to lead away from the truth. The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18).”—

She is talking here about rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy and, in connection with that, she says that if you reject the Spirit of Prophecy, where there is no vision the people perish. What is the vision? If you reject the Spirit of Prophecy, what is the vision that you do not have?

2 . . . Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV).

If you reject the Spirit of Prophecy, you are going to be rejecting the 1843 Chart; and, if you are rejecting this Chart, you are going to be rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy.

—“Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.

“There will be a hatred kindled against the Testimonies which is satanic.”—

Sometimes when we think of “satanic,” we think about these worldly movies of Satan looking real sinister and doing dastardly deeds; but, in Patriarchs and Prophets we are told that the way that Satan works is through insinuating doubts. Okay, that is the satanic attack against the Spirit of Prophecy and these foundational truths that we really need to worry about. It is by men that we are supposed to have confidence in that insinuate these doubts.

—“There will be a hatred kindled against the Testimonies which is satanic. The workings of Satan will be to unsettle the faith of the churches in them, for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded.” Selected Messages, book 1, 48.

What I am saying here, as we are bringing this to a conclusion, when Sister White says we have nothing to fear for the future, except that we forget the Lord’s leading, and I am saying the Lord’s leading here that she is speaking about is the history of the Tarrying Time to the closed door, the history that is represented under the term, The Midnight Cry. We have nothing to fear for the future, except that we forget how the Lord led us in the experience of the Midnight Cry; and, also, we have nothing to fear for the future, except we forget the teachings that were connected to this leading. And the teachings that produced this experience are these three time prophecies which commence with dates that were given to William Miller by the Angel Gabriel. We have nothing to fear for the future, except we forget these teachings which include the 2520, that produced this experience of the Midnight Cry, as the Lord led the Millerites through the climax of the Everlasting Gospel.

One Thing is Certain

Next quote, Spalding and Magan, pages 305 – 306:

“One thing is iffy,” is that what it says?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: “One thing is certain: those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan’s banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God’s spirit.”—

You reject the Foundations, you are rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy. If you reject the Spirit of Prophecy, you are rejecting the Foundations. They go together. Where there is no Spirit of Prophecy, there is no vision.

—“The call to greater consecration and holier service is being made, and will continue to be made. Some who are now voicing Satan’s suggestions will come to their senses. There are those in important positions of trust who do not understand the truth for this time. To them the message must be given. If they receive it, Christ will accept them, and will make them workers together with him. But if they refuse to hear the message, they will take their stand under the black banner of the Prince of Darkness.

“I am instructed to say that the precious truth for this time is open more and more clearly to human minds. In a special sense men and women are to eat of Christ’s flesh and drink of his blood. There will be a development of the understanding, for the truth is capable of constant expansion. The divine originator of truth will come into closer and still closer communion with those who follow on to know him. As God’s people receive his word as the bread of heaven, they will know that his goings forth are prepared as the morning. They will receive spiritual strength, as the body receives physical strength when food is eaten.

“We do not half understand the Lord’s plan in taking the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and leading them through the wilderness into Canaan.

“As we gather up the divine rays shining from the gospel, we shall have a clearer insight into the Jewish economy, and a deeper appreciation of its important truths. Our exploration of truth is yet incomplete. We have gathered up only a few rays of light. Those who are not daily students of the Word will not solve the problems of the Jewish economy. They will not understand the truths taught by the temple service. The work of God is hindered by a worldly understanding of his great plan. The future life will unfold the meaning of the laws that Christ, enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, gave to his people.” Spalding and Magan, 305–306.

What I want you to see here is, those Adventists who receive the mark of the beast, that stand under Satan’s banner, first reject the Spirit of Prophecy.

And then I want you to see that there are two classes in this passage.

There are those that follow on to know the Lord, continue to eat His flesh and drink His blood, continue to study God’s Word because the development of truth was not finished; and, they are going to have things to say about the Sanctuary service that has not been said yet. They are going to be making emphasis on the change of dispensation that took place in the time of Christ, prefiguring the change in dispensation that took place in the time of the Millerites that points forward to the dispensation that Christ accomplishes when He changes from the Judgment of the Dead to the Judgment of the Living. They are going to have things to say about who the seven angels are in the Sanctuary that God uses to bring Judgment in all these histories, because that is directed from the Sanctuary. They are going to have things to say about the Sanctuary about how the Lord marks His movements in these changes of dispensations by the outpouring of His Spirit.

A couple of more quotes and we are almost done.

We Need Not to Look for the Midnight Cry

Those Seventh-day Adventists that reject the Midnight Cry, they fall off the path, and what they are rejecting is the Lord’s leadings and his doctrinal teachings that produce the history of the Midnight Cry. That is what we have to fear, is to reject those teachings, not understand that experience. In so doing, we are rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy.

Sister White places her seal of approval on the 2520. We are going to show how she places her seal of approval of other truths on the 1843 Chart.

But, at the end of the world when this all comes to the climax of the Everlasting Gospel in our history, we will find that Adventism is confronted with the three-step testing process that has been prefigured. To the people who are on the wrong side of the issue, it has been prefigured by none other than William Miller.

We went over this early on in the first presentation.

William Miller made three mistakes. Do you remember what they were? (1) He rejected the Midnight Cry. He falls off the path to the wicked world below. (2) He trusted in human influence after that, Joshua Himes. (3) And then he rejected the Sabbath.

And there is a question that came up in that first presentation, “Did he reject the Sabbath or did he reject the Sanctuary?”

Well, Brothers and Sisters, the teaching that changed from the sanctuary on the Earth to the Sanctuary in Heaven in that time period, Miller may have not come to grips with that; but, the point of that truth is, is when Ellen White went into the Sanctuary, she was led into the Most Holy Place and she was led to look into the ark of the covenant; and, when she looked into the ark of the covenant, she saw the Ten Commandments; and, when she saw the Ten Commandments, she saw that the Sabbath Commandment had a holy glow around it.

The thing that Miller rejected was the Law of God. It was the Sabbath.

So, Miller rejected the Midnight Cry, then he leaned upon flesh, and then he received the mark of the beast. That is repeated at the end of the world.

Notice this next quote, Testimonies, volume 5, page 211:

“Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust.”—

What is she commenting on here? She is commenting on Ezekiel 8 and 9, the sealing; and, Sister White says the sealing in Ezekiel 9 is the same sealing of Revelation 7. So, she is talking about the time period of the sealing of the 144,000. She says those who were to be the guardians had betrayed their trust.

—“They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed.”—

What was their first mistake? “What took place in this history here of the Midnight Cry, it does not get repeated.” Brothers and Sisters, they are opposing the Midnight Cry. They are falling off the path.

—“These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus ‘Peace and safety’ is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together.” Testimonies, volume 5, 211.

Jeremiah, speaking of William Miller’s second failure, said,

5Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:5 (KJV).

If you trust in a man, your heart departs from the Lord.

The Sunday Law

The first rejection at the end is the Midnight Cry, a repeat of the manifestation of the power of God. The second is then leaning upon flesh. The third is The Sunday Law.

And it is said,

“There can be only two classes. Each party is distinctly stamped, either with the seal of the living God, or with the mark of the beast or his image. Each son and daughter of Adam chooses either Christ or Barabbas as his general. And all who place themselves on the side of the disloyal are standing under Satan’s black banner, and are charged with rejecting and despitefully using Christ. They are charged with deliberately crucifying the Lord of life and glory.” Review and Herald, January 30, 1900.

One thing is certain, those Seventh-day Adventists that take their stand under Satan’s banner will first give up their confidence in the Spirit of Prophecy.

Adventism repeats the three-step testing process that William Miller failed.

But, William Miller, angels are waiting to raise him up and take him home with his Savior. For Adventists that receive the mark of the beast, those are not the angels that are waiting for them.

“Again and again I have been shown that the past experiences of God’s people are not to be counted as dead facts. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would treat a last year’s almanac. The record is to be kept in mind, for history will repeat itself.” Publishing Ministry, 175.

Why do we need to remember the Midnight Cry? Because, history is going to be repeated.

This history here [Figure No. 12], in this history here, if this history is going to be repeated, if this history is going to be repeated—and it is! She just said so, and there are a million ways to show it—what is the message here that is going to cause the shaking? The 2520, the 2300; it is going to drive people out of the churches over this one.

But is this history, the Midnight Cry, actually going to be repeated or is it just some history?

Notice this next quote:

“There is a world lying in wickedness, in deception and delusion, in the very shadow of death,—asleep, asleep. Who are feeling travail of soul to awaken them? What voice can reach them? My mind was carried to the future, when the signal will be given. ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’ But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is represented by the oil, is not transferable.” Review and Herald, February 11, 1896.

This history of the Midnight Cry is repeated to the very letter, to the very letter.

Ellen White understood that the 2520 was a valid time prophecy and that it was used by the Lord to produce the tarrying time, the disappointment which created the experience that prepared men and women to move by faith into the Most Holy Place with Christ.

We have not tried to prove the 2520 from the Bible as of yet. In this study of Habakkuk’s Two Tables, we first are going to be clear that Ellen White endorses these doctrines that are being rejected by Adventism today; and, then we will move into the Biblical study.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we wish to be that group that Ellen White saw with Christ in front of them and the Midnight Cry behind them on the path heading to the Earth made new. But, we know there were some on that path that denied the light behind them and they fell off. We wish not to be among that class. We want to stay on the path. And we know that you have told us that the only thing that we need to fear is that we forget how you led us and the teachings that you used to lead us in our past experience. We thank you that you produced the purification process, the climax of the Everlasting Gospel in the history of the Midnight Cry, and we want to be among those that benefit from that light, that benefit from those teachings, and go through the similar experience when it is repeated here at the end of the world, in a faithful way where we can be among those that are lifted up as an ensign at the soon coming Sunday Law. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.