Pentecost to Pentecost (13 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #13 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/15/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
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Pentecost to Pentecost

Our Admonition

“The entire history of the children of Israel was ‘written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come.” No Hebrews could so fully estimate the sacredness and exalted character of God’s law as those who accepted Christ as their Redeemer. He was the foundation of the entire Jewish system.” Review and Herald, April 29, 1875.

Sinai

A Tarrying Time, Two Tables, Forty-six Days and the Sanctuary

Exodus 24:1, 6–8, 12–18

Upon the seventh day, which was the Sabbath, Moses was called up into the cloud. The thick cloud opened in the sight of all Israel, and the glory of the Lord broke forth like devouring fire. ‘And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount; and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.’ The forty days’ tarry in the mount did not include the six days of preparation. During the six days Joshua was with Moses, and together they ate of the manna and drank of ‘the brook that descended out of the mount.’ But Joshua did not enter with Moses into the cloud. He remained without, and continued to eat and drink daily while awaiting the return of Moses, but Moses fasted during the entire forty days.

“During his stay in the mount, Moses received directions for the building of a sanctuary in which the divine presence would be specially manifested. ‘Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them’ (Exodus 25:8), was the command of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 313–314.

The Glory of the Lord, a Covenant and God’s Hand Removed

Exodus 33:21–34:10

A Manifestation of God’s Power

“Never since man was created had there been witnessed such a manifestation of divine power as when the law was proclaimed from Sinai.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 340.

Pentecost Commemorated

A Meat Offering

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

“The Jews had always prided themselves upon their divinely appointed services, and many of those who had been converted to the faith of Christ still felt that since God had once clearly outlined the Hebrew manner of worship, it was improbable that He would ever authorize a change in any of its specifications. They insisted that the Jewish laws and ceremonies should be incorporated into the rites of the Christian religion. They were slow to discern that all the sacrificial offerings had but prefigured the death of the Son of God, in which type met antitype, and after which the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic dispensation were no longer binding.” Acts of the Apostles, 190.

Two Wave Loaves

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

Bread

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35.

Leaven

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

Sin

1 Corinthians 5:6–8

His Character

“God’s law is the transcript of His character.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 305.

The Hundred and Forty and Four Thousand

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. Revelation 14:3–4.

Redeemed

“As the people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for purity of heart, the command is given, ‘Take away the filthy garments,’ and the encouraging words are spoken, ‘Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.’ Zechariah 3:4. The spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness is placed upon the tried, tempted, faithful children of God. The despised remnant are clothed in glorious apparel, nevermore to be defiled by the corruptions of the world. Their names are retained in the Lamb’s book of life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages. They have resisted the wiles of the deceiver; they have not been turned from their loyalty by the dragon’s roar. Now they are eternally secure from the tempter’s devices. Their sins are transferred to the originator of sin. A ‘fair miter’ is set upon their heads.

“While Satan has been urging his accusations, holy angels, unseen, have been passing to and fro, placing upon the faithful ones the seal of the living God. These are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father’s name written in their foreheads. They sing the new song before the throne, that song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed from the earth. ‘These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.’ Revelation 14:4, 5.

“Now is reached the complete fulfillment of the words of the Angel: ‘Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My Servant the Branch.’ Zechariah 3:8. Christ is revealed as the Redeemer and Deliverer of His people. Now indeed are the remnant ‘men wondered at,’ as the tears and humiliation of their pilgrimage give place to joy and honor in the presence of God and the Lamb. ‘In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem.’ Isaiah 4:2, 3.” Prophets and Kings, 581–592.

Baked

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

“The purification of God’s people cannot be accomplished without suffering. God permits the fire of affliction to consume the dross, to separate the worthless from the valuable, in order that the pure metal may shine forth. He passes us from one fire to another, testing our true worth. True grace is willing to be tried. If we are loath to be searched by the Lord, our condition is one of peril. God is the refiner and purifier of souls. He places us in the heat of the furnace, that the dross may be forever separated from the true gold of Christian character. Jesus watches the test. He knows just what fire of temptation and trial is needed to purify the precious metal, in order that the radiance of divine love may be reflected.

“It is by close, testing trials that God brings his people near to himself; for in trial and temptation he discovers to them their weakness, and teaches them to lean upon him as their only help and safeguard. When this result is attained, his object is accomplished, and his tried servants are prepared to be used in every emergency, to fill important positions of trust, and to accomplish the grand purposes for which their powers were given them. God takes men upon trial, and he proves them upon the right hand and upon the left, until they are educated, trained, and disciplined for his use.” Review and Herald, April 10, 1894.

First Fruits

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the first fruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

They are Virgins

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. Revelation 14:3–4.

“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.The Great Controversy, 393.

Wave Offering

Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. Leviticus 23:16–17.

An Ensign

Ensign: a flag; also a sail; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token: - banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

The Ensign is Lifted Up

And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly. Isaiah 5:26.

All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. Isaiah 18:3.

The Flock of His People

And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. Zechariah 9:16.

Ye Would Not

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill. Isaiah 30:16–17.

The Final Gathering

Isaiah 11:10–16

“Trials are to come upon God’s people and the tares are to be separated from the wheat. But let not Ephraim envy Judah any more, and Judah will no more vex Ephraim. Kind, tender, compassionate words will flow out from sanctified hearts and lips. It is essential that we be united, and if we all seek the meekness and the lowliness of Christ, we shall have the mind of Christ, and there will be unity of spirit.” Review and Herald, March 19, 1895.

Pentecost’s Two Loaves

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35.

Forty and Six Years to Build the Temple

John 2:19–21

Covenant Confirmed

Daniel 9:27

A Manifestation of God’s Power

“Christ’s ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they entered upon their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.” Acts of the Apostles. 38.

A Tarrying Time

Luke 24:44–52

“After his resurrection he opened their minds that they might understand the Scriptures, and told them the same things which before they could not comprehend, saying, ‘These are the things which I spake unto you while I was yet with you.’ We should pray that our understanding may be opened, that we may comprehend what Christ has said unto us; for we are to be sanctified through his word.” Signs of the Times, April 6, 1891.

The Foundation Condemned

“Christ, the foundation of the whole Jewish economy, stood before the Jewish rulers, to be condemned by his own nation.” Review and Herald, June 12, 1900.

The Tables of the Covenant

“Moses took the tables of the covenant, the law of Ten Commandments, and descended from the mount. . . . Confusion and shame on their account took possession of him, and he there threw down the tables and broke them. As they had broken their covenant with God, Moses, in breaking the tables, signified to them, so, also, God had broken his covenant with them. The tables, whereupon was written the law of God, were broken.” Review and Herald, July 29, 1873.

The Ten Commandments

“The law of Ten Commandments, which has been so lightly disregarded, is the foundation of many generations; and no man or body of men has been authorized to set aside, or vary in the slightest particular, one of the ten precepts of Jehovah. God spoke this law from Sinai in awful grandeur, in the hearing of all Israel, and he wrote it with his own fingers upon tables of stone, not for his chosen people only, but for all men, to the close of time. Christ himself declares that while the heavens and the earth remain, not one jot or tittle shall pass from this holy law.” Signs of the Times, February 28, 1884.

“His law, written with His own finger upon tables of stone, is the foundation of all truth.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 174.

“God’s law is the transcript of His character.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 305.

“Christ himself, the foundation and the crowning glory of God’s temple, became ‘a rock of offense to them that stumble at the word.’ Yet that chief foundation stone, ‘disallowed indeed of men,’ was ‘chosen of God and precious.’ Though rejected by the Jewish builders, it became the head of the corner. Christ was put to death; but the work of building did not cease. He was honored in Heaven and by the faithful on earth as the true foundation.” Sketches from the Life of Paul, 158.

“‘Hear another parable,’ Christ said: ‘There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: and when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?’

“Jesus addressed all the people present; but the priests and rulers answered. ‘He will miserably destroy those wicked men,’ they said, ‘and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.’ The speakers had not at first perceived the application of the parable, but they now saw that they had pronounced their own condemnation. In the parable the householder represented God, the vineyard the Jewish nation, and the hedge the divine law which was their protection. The tower was a symbol of the temple. The lord of the vineyard had done everything needful for its prosperity. ‘What could have been done more to my vineyard,’ he says, ‘that I have not done in it.’ Isaiah 5:4. Thus was represented God’s unwearied care for Israel. And as the husbandmen were to return to the lord a due proportion of the fruits of the vineyard, so God’s people were to honor Him by a life corresponding to their sacred privileges. But as the husbandmen had killed the servants whom the master sent to them for fruit, so the Jews had put to death the prophets whom God sent to call them to repentance. Messenger after messenger had been slain. Thus far the application of the parable could not be questioned, and in what followed it was not less evident. In the beloved son whom the lord of the vineyard finally sent to his disobedient servants, and whom they seized and slew, the priests and rulers saw a distinct picture of Jesus and His impending fate. Already they were planning to slay Him whom the Father had sent to them as a last appeal. In the retribution inflicted upon the ungrateful husbandmen was portrayed the doom of those who should put Christ to death.

“Looking with pity upon them, the Saviour continued, ‘Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.’

“This prophecy the Jews had often repeated in the synagogues, applying it to the coming Messiah. Christ was the cornerstone of the Jewish economy, and of the whole plan of salvation. This foundation stone the Jewish builders, the priests and rulers of Israel, were now rejecting. The Saviour called their attention to the prophecies that would show them their danger. By every means in His power He sought to make plain to them the nature of the deed they were about to do.

“And His words had another purpose. In asking the question, ‘When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?’ Christ designed that the Pharisees should answer as they did. He designed that they should condemn themselves. His warnings, failing to arouse them to repentance, would seal their doom, and He wished them to see that they had brought ruin on themselves. He designed to show them the justice of God in the withdrawal of their national privileges, which had already begun, and which would end, not only in the destruction of their temple and their city, but in the dispersion of the nation.

“The hearers recognized the warning. But notwithstanding the sentence they themselves had pronounced, the priests and rulers were ready to fill out the picture by saying, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him.’ ‘But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude,’ for the public sentiment was in Christ’s favor.

“In quoting the prophecy of the rejected stone, Christ referred to an actual occurrence in the history of Israel. The incident was connected with the building of the first temple. While it had a special application at the time of Christ’s first advent, and should have appealed with special force to the Jews, it has also a lesson for us. When the temple of Solomon was erected, the immense stones for the walls and the foundation were entirely prepared at the quarry; after they were brought to the place of building, not an instrument was to be used upon them; the workmen had only to place them in position. For use in the foundation, one stone of unusual size and peculiar shape had been brought; but the workmen could find no place for it, and would not accept it. It was an annoyance to them as it lay unused in their way. Long it remained a rejected stone. But when the builders came to the laying of the corner, they searched for a long time to find a stone of sufficient size and strength, and of the proper shape, to take that particular place, and bear the great weight which would rest upon it. Should they make an unwise choice for this important place, the safety of the entire building would be endangered. They must find a stone capable of resisting the influence of the sun, of frost, and of tempest. Several stones had at different times been chosen, but under the pressure of immense weights they had crumbled to pieces. Others could not bear the test of the sudden atmospheric changes. But at last attention was called to the stone so long rejected. It had been exposed to the air, to sun and storm, without revealing the slightest crack. The builders examined this stone. It had borne every test but one. If it could bear the test of severe pressure, they decided to accept it for the cornerstone. The trial was made. The stone was accepted, brought to its assigned position, and found to be an exact fit. In prophetic vision, Isaiah was shown that this stone was a symbol of Christ. He says:

“‘Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.’ Carried down in prophetic vision to the first advent, the prophet is shown that Christ is to bear trials and tests of which the treatment of the chief cornerstone in the temple of Solomon was symbolic. ‘Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.’ Isaiah 8:13–15; 28:16.

“In infinite wisdom, God chose the foundation stone, and laid it Himself. He called it ‘a sure foundation.’ The entire world may lay upon it their burdens and griefs; it can endure them all. With perfect safety they may build upon it. Christ is a tried stone.’ Those who trust in Him, He never disappoints. He has borne every test. He has endured the pressure of Adam’s guilt, and the guilt of his posterity, and has come off more than conqueror of the powers of evil. He has borne the burdens cast upon Him by every repenting sinner. In Christ the guilty heart has found relief. He is the sure foundation. All who make Him their dependence rest in perfect security.

“In Isaiah’s prophecy, Christ is declared to be both a sure foundation and a stone of stumbling. The apostle Peter, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, clearly shows to whom Christ is a foundation stone, and to whom a rock of offense:

“‘If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient.’ 1 Peter 2:3–8.

“To those who believe, Christ is the sure foundation. These are they who fall upon the Rock and are broken. Submission to Christ and faith in Him are here represented. To fall upon the Rock and be broken is to give up our self-righteousness and to go to Christ with the humility of a child, repenting of our transgressions, and believing in His forgiving love. And so also it is by faith and obedience that we build on Christ as our foundation.

“Upon this living stone, Jews and Gentiles alike may build. This is the only foundation upon which we may securely build. It is broad enough for all, and strong enough to sustain the weight and burden of the whole world. And by connection with Christ, the living stone, all who build upon this foundation become living stones. Many persons are by their own endeavors hewn, polished, and beautified; but they cannot become ‘living stones,’ because they are not connected with Christ. Without this connection, no man can be saved. Without the life of Christ in us, we cannot withstand the storms of temptation. Our eternal safety depends upon our building upon the sure foundation. Multitudes are today building upon foundations that have not been tested. When the rain falls, and the tempest rages, and the floods come, their house will fall, because it is not founded upon the eternal Rock, the chief cornerstone Christ Jesus.

“‘To them which stumble at the word, being disobedient,’ Christ is a rock of offense. But ‘the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.’ Like the rejected stone, Christ in His earthly mission had borne neglect and abuse. He was ‘despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: . . . He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.’ Isaiah 53:3. But the time was near when He would be glorified. By the resurrection from the dead He would be declared ‘the Son of God with power.’ Romans 1:4. At His second coming He would be revealed as Lord of heaven and earth. Those who were now about to crucify Him would recognize His greatness. Before the universe the rejected stone would become the head of the corner.

“And on ‘whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.’ The people who rejected Christ were soon to see their city and their nation destroyed. Their glory would be broken, and scattered as the dust before the wind. And what was it that destroyed the Jews? It was the rock which, had they built upon it, would have been their security. It was the goodness of God despised, the righteousness spurned, the mercy slighted. Men set themselves in opposition to God, and all that would have been their salvation was turned to their destruction. All that God ordained unto life they found to be unto death. In the Jews’ crucifixion of Christ was involved the destruction of Jerusalem. The blood shed upon Calvary was the weight that sank them to ruin for this world and for the world to come. So it will be in the great final day, when judgment shall fall upon the rejecters of God’s grace. Christ, their rock of offense, will then appear to them as an avenging mountain. The glory of His countenance, which to the righteous is life, will be to the wicked a consuming fire. Because of love rejected, grace despised, the sinner will be destroyed.

“By many illustrations and repeated warnings, Jesus showed what would be the result to the Jews of rejecting the Son of God. In these words He was addressing all in every age who refuse to receive Him as their Redeemer. Every warning is for them. The desecrated temple, the disobedient son, the false husbandmen, the contemptuous builders, have their counterpart in the experience of every sinner. Unless he repent, the doom which they foreshadowed will be his.” The Desire of Ages, 596–600.

The parable of the vineyard applies not alone to the Jewish nation. It has a lesson for us. The church in this generation has been endowed by God with great privileges and blessings, and He expects corresponding returns.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 296.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for giving us a good night’s rest and awakening us this morning so that we have another day to serve you. As we take up our study this morning, we ask that you open our hearts and minds to receive the light that you have for us. I ask that you forgive my sins and put any obstruction in my personal life that may be preventing me from being fully used by you at this time, I ask that you cover it with your blood and forgive me of it. I ask that you do likewise for my Brothers and Sisters here and that may be listening on LiveStream and later on DVD, that you would prepare their hearts and minds that they can hear your Voice in this message and understand the implications for their personal lives. We know that you told us to pray for the Latter Rain in the time of the Latter Rain, and we want our hearts and minds to be opened up to the message that you have for us. So, we ask that you pour down the golden oil down through these pipes that come from the olive trees, into us the vessels, that we might share the golden oil with those that we come in contact with is our prayer. In Jesus’s name, amen.

The Covenant

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. We are dealing with Habakkuk’s Two Tables. The first part was five parts and it dealt with Sister White’s endorsement of the truths that are under attack here at the end of the world in Adventism, the truths that are on this 1843 Chart and this 1850 Chart.

And then for the last seven presentations we have been dealing with the fact that every reform line parallels every other reform line. We have been putting that in place for the purpose of the second section of this study of showing these two Tables are typified in God’s Word; and, when we finish that, we will go and take up some other understandings of these Two Tables.

Our Admonition

But, we have reached the point where we are going to begin looking at the typology that justifies understanding that these Two Tables of Habakkuk are the symbol of the covenant that the Lord entered into with Millerite Adventism at the beginning of Adventism; and, therefore, as a foundation they will be the argument at the end of Adventism.

In Review and Herald, April 29, 1875, it says,

“The entire history of the children of Israel was ‘written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come.” No Hebrews could so fully estimate the sacredness and exalted character of God’s law as those who accepted Christ as their Redeemer. He was the foundation of the entire Jewish system.” Review and Herald, April 29, 1875.

I want you to see that there is not any component of Ancient Israel’s history that does not provide a prophetic lesson for us.

And, we are going to look at the beginning of Ancient Israel’s history and the end of Ancient Israel’s history; the beginning represented by Moses, the end represented by John the Baptist and Christ. We are going to show that Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning, and this is the story of the first Pentecost to the last Pentecost of Ancient Israel, from Pentecost to Pentecost

But, in that quote I want you to understand that this is one of many, many, many places where Sister White says that Christ was the Foundation; because, at the end of Adventism there is an argument over the Foundation. At the end of Ancient Israel there was an argument over the Foundation. The Jews who thought they were defending the Foundation at the end of Ancient Israel’s history crucified the Foundation; and, modern Israel who thinks they are defending the Foundation of Adventism is in the process of crucifying the messages on these Charts [the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

And, if you remember, our passage from Early Writings, page 259, Sister White said the Protestants had verily crucified these three messages in the Millerite History as the Jews had crucified Christ. So, it is possible to crucify Christ by crucifying a message, and His message is on these Charts.

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Figure No. 30.

A Tarrying Time, Two Tables, Forty-Six Days and the Sanctuary

And we are going to read from Exodus 24:1. We are going to note the various waymarks that are in this illustration.

In Exodus 24, verse 1, it says,

1And he said unto Moses, come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: and worship ye afar off.” Exodus 24:1 (KJV).

He is calling Moses up to Sinai now to receive the Law, to receive the instructions on building the sanctuary.

If you jump ahead to verse 6, it says,

6And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.” Exodus 24:6 (KJV).

He has made an altar before he was being called up, and now he is anointing the altar, cleansing the altar, initiating the worship at the altar.

Continuing with verse 7,

7And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. 8And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.” Exodus 24:7-8 (KJV).

So, this story about them going upon Sinai is the story of the covenant [Two Tables]. All right?

And then going forward to verse 12 of Exodus 24, it says,

12And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone,”—

How many tables?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Two.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Two Tables.

—“and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. 13And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. 14And he said to the elders,”—what?—“Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.

15And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount, 16And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” Exodus 24:12-18 (KJV).

So, this history includes a Tarrying Time: the 70 elders are told to tarry on the mount. It encompasses 46 days (six days, and then on the seventh day he is called into the cloud and he is there forty days: 6 and 40 is 46). And, we see a manifestation of God’s power, and he [Moses] is going to receive the Two Tables of the Law in this covenant history.

Sister White, commenting on this history, from Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 313-314, says,

Upon the seventh day, which was the Sabbath, Moses was called up into the cloud. The thick cloud opened in the sight of all Israel, and the glory of the Lord broke forth like devouring fire. ‘And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount; and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.’ The forty days’ tarry in the mount did not include the six days of preparation. During the six days Joshua was with Moses, and together they ate of the manna and drank of ‘the brook that descended out of the mount.’ But Joshua did not enter with Moses into the cloud. He remained without, and continued to eat and drink daily while awaiting the return of Moses, but Moses fasted during the entire forty days.

“During his stay in the mount, Moses received directions for the building of a sanctuary in which the divine presence would be specially manifested. ‘Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them’ (Exodus 25:8), was the command of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 313–314.

There was a work that they were given to do when they came out of Egypt.

But, we see here that He is entering into covenant with them. He is going to give them the Two Tables. There is a Tarrying Time in this history. It takes place in 46 days. We see the glory of God as the power of God manifested.

And what we are saying, why we are pointing these out is we are going to see these identical waymarks at the end of Ancient Israel; so, we are putting them in place here so we can see the end from the beginning.

The Glory of the Lord, a Covenant and God’s Hand Removed

Now, if you will turn to Exodus 33, we want to add a couple more waymarks, Exodus 33, beginning in verse 21, and we will go all the way through chapter 34, verse 10. But, in Exodus 33, verse 21:

Chapter 33:21And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock,”—

Why is He doing this? Moses asked to see the glory of the Lord.

Verse 21,

—“21And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by. 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”—

Now, I want you to see that there is a covering in this story of God’s hand and a removing of God’s hand, because this history is prefiguring this history [referring to the 1843 Chart], where the Lord held His hand over part of this Chart until His hand was removed; and, when His hand is removed, then he is going to see the glory of the Lord.

Continuing on in verse 1 of Exodus chapter 34:

Chapter 34:1And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone”—

Three tables of stone, one table of stone?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Two tables.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“two tables of stone like unto the first:”—

Because, since “the first” Moses has thrown down the first Tables to signify that the children of Israel had broken the covenant.

—“and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 2And be read in the morning and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 3And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.

4And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 5And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 6And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 8And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. 9And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

10And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.” Exodus 33:21-23; 34:1-10 (KJV).

Okay. So, in this history, added with the previous history from chapter 24, we see the Lord’s hand covering and the Lord’s hand removed; and, when the Lord’s hand is removed, Moses sees God’s glory and he is given Two Tables.

So, this is a history of the Lord entering into covenant with Ancient Israel.

This is the beginning of Ancient Israel, and Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning and this is the first Pentecost, pente meaning 50.

Okay. And in this history is a manifestation of the power of God, and Sister White says in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 340,

A Manifestation of God’s Power

“Never since man was created had there been witnessed such a manifestation of divine power as when the law was proclaimed from Sinai.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 340.

Even more than the Flood.

Pentecost Commemorated

A Meat Offering

Okay. Once this history is in place, once the Lord has put the covenant history in place at the beginning of Ancient Israel, He instructs them to commemorate this history forever throughout their generations, just as they were to commemorate Passover, all these different feasts.

And the rite, the feasts, that is going to commemorate this history, we find the details of the offering in Leviticus 23:16-17; and, we want to go through the details of this offering because this offering, commemorating the first Pentecost, is prefiguring the final Pentecost. So, the components in it are part of the components of these waymarks.

In Leviticus 23:16-17, speaking of Pentecost, it says,

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall OFFER a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16–17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

And what we are going to try to help you to see is that these Two Tables are going to be commemorated by these Two Loaves, throughout every Pentecostal feast; and, it was an offering.

What was an offering? These Two Loaves were an offering.

Acts of the Apostles, page 190, says,

“The Jews had always prided themselves upon their divinely appointed services, and many of those who had been converted to the faith of Christ still felt that since God had once clearly outlined the Hebrew manner of worship, it was improbable that He would ever authorize a change in any of its specifications. They insisted that the Jewish laws and ceremonies should be incorporated into the rites of the Christian religion. They were slow to discern that all the sacrificial offerings”—

Were the Two Wave Loaves an offering? Yes, it says so in verse 16, “. . . ye shall offer a new meat offering . . . .”

—“all the sacrificial offerings had but prefigured the death of the Son of God, in which type met antitype, and after which the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic dispensation were no longer binding.” Acts of the Apostles, 190.

So, I want you to see that these Two Wave Loaves in Pentecost, they are a type of Christ. They are typifying Christ, as all the [sacrificial] offerings were typifying Christ.

Two Wave Loaves

And I have the same verses there is Leviticus 23 in your notes:

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations TWO WAVE LOAVES of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16–17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

Bread

But, now, instead of looking at the offering, we are going to look at the fact that there are two wave loaves, two wave loaves of fine flour.

And in John 6:35, it says,

35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall

never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”—

So, these Two Wave Loaves, they are bread. And who is the Bread of Life?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Jesus.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Jesus. All the offerings typify Jesus.

—“35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall

never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 (KJV).

But, there is a problem here.

Leaven

In Leviticus 23:16-17, it says,

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and

ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with LEAVEN; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16–17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

And leaven, leaven can mean truth or error; it can mean sin or righteousness. You have to determine it by context. Jesus tells us that Truth is like leaven. Okay? But, this leaven, this represents sin.

We will explain ourselves.

Sin

Go to 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV).

Here Paul is telling us that Christ is to be unleavened bread; but, we have just found that the wave offerings—all the offerings point to Christ—but, the Two Wave Loaves, they had leavened in them. They had sin. They are a symbol of Christ, but they had leavened.

How do we relate to that?

Let us put some other things in place before we answer that. In Christ’s Object Lessons, page 305, it says,

“God’s law is the transcript of His character.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 305.

And if our contentions are correct, these Two Tables which are God’s Law are representing these Two Loaves. So, these Two Tables and these Two Loaves in some aspect are representing the character of Christ.

The Hundred and Forty and Four Thousand

And, we are suggesting that all of these prophecies illustrate the end of the world: “Each of the ancient prophets spoke more for our day than in the day in which they lived,” so that their prophesyings are in force for us. Sister White says that.

So, we are suggesting that these Two Wave Loaves represent the 144,000 at the end of the world.

3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:3–4 (KJV).

The 144,000 have been redeemed.

Redeemed

Let us define redeem a little bit. Prophets and Kings, pages 591 – 592, says,

“As the people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for purity of heart, the command is given, ‘Take away the filthy garments,’ and the encouraging words are spoken, ‘Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.’ Zechariah 3:4. The spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness is placed upon the tried, tempted, faithful children of God. The despised remnant are clothed in glorious apparel, nevermore to be defiled by the corruptions of the world. Their names are retained in the Lamb's book of life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages. They have resisted the wiles of the deceiver; they have not been turned from their loyalty by the dragon’s roar. Now they are eternally secure from the tempter’s devices. Their sins are transferred to the originator of sin. A ‘fair miter’ is set upon their heads.”—

And when does this take place, just as a point of reference? She is referring to Zechariah 3; so, this is taking place while Christ is still in the Most Holy Place. Okay? This is right before the Seven Last Plagues, but this is something that is taking place in the Investigative judgment.

Continuing on:

—“While Satan has been urging his accusations, holy angels, unseen, have been passing to and fro, placing upon the faithful ones the seal of the living God. These are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father’s name written in their foreheads. They sing the new song before the throne, that song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed from the earth. ‘These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.’ Revelation 14:4, 5.

“Now is reached the complete fulfillment of the words of the Angel: ‘Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My Servant the Branch. Zechariah 3:8.’”—

The 144,000 are going to be wondered at. The whole Universe is going to wonder at them. This is the generation that God has been waiting to produce.

—“Christ is revealed as the Redeemer and Deliverer of His people. Now indeed are the remnant ‘men wondered at,’ as the tears and humiliation of their pilgrimage give place to joy and honor in the presence of God and the Lamb. ‘In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem.’ Isaiah 4:2, 3.” Prophets and Kings, 591–592.

So, what we are saying here is that these Two Tables, they represent the character of Christ, among other things; i.e., the Law of God.

These Two Loaves are representing the 144,000 who are going to perfectly reflect the character of Christ, but who were redeemed from mankind after 6,000 years of sin. They had leaven in their experience; but, this leaven in their experience is going to be removed in the Investigative Judgment. It is going to be baked out of them.

Baked

In Leviticus 23:16-17, it says,

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be BAKEN with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16–17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

What happens when you bake your bread that has leaven in it? What happens to the leaven? It gets destroyed.

Review and Herald, April 10, 1894:

“The purification of God’s people cannot be accomplished without suffering. God permits the fire of affliction to consume the dross,”—

What consumes the dross? The fires, the baking process.

—“the fire of affliction to consume the dross, to separate the worthless from the valuable, in order that the pure metal may shine forth. He passes us from one fire to another, testing our true worth. True grace is willing to be tried. If we are loath to be searched by the Lord, our condition is one of peril. God is the refiner and purifier of souls.”—

And I do not know if she does it in this passage, but when you look at other passages where Sister White is saying a similar thing, when she says refiner, she will say it with a capital “R”; because, she is drawing this from Malachi 3. The Messenger of the Covenant is the Refiner and Purifier of the sons of Levi.

—“God is the refiner and purifier of souls. He places us in the heat of the furnace,”—He is going to bake out the leaven—“that the dross may be forever separated from the true gold of Christian character. Jesus watches the test. He knows just what fire of temptation and trial is needed to purify the precious metal, in order that the radiance of divine love may be reflected.

“It is by close, testing trials that God brings his people near to himself; for in trial and temptation he discovers to them their weakness, and teaches them to lean upon him as their only help and safeguard. When this result is attained, his object is accomplished, and his tried servants are prepared to be used in every emergency, to fill important positions of trust, and to accomplish the grand purposes for which their powers were given them. God takes men upon trial, and he proves them upon the right hand and upon the left, until they are educated, trained, and disciplined for his use.” Review and Herald, April 10, 1894.

So, what we are saying is, the Two Loaves represent the 144,000 that are going to perfectly reflect the character of Christ at the end of the world. They are a type of Christ in character, and they are drawn from mankind as they are at the end of the world, with leaven; but, the Lord is going to take the 144,000 and thoroughly bake the leaven out of them.

First Fruits

Leviticus 23:16-17 also says of these Two Loaves that,

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and

ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are THE FIRST FRUITS unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16–17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

They are Virgins

Returning on Revelation 14:3-4, which we have already read, it says,

3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”—

How were they redeemed?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: By the blood of Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Well, by the blood of Christ, but their redemption included the furnace fire.

—“4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are VIRGINS. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:3–4 (KJV) (emphasis added).

The 144,000 are virgins.

The Great Controversy, page 393:

“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.” The Great Controversy, 393.

Adventists are virgins. They are either wise virgins or foolish virgins. The foolish virgins are not going to end up as the 144,000. The 144,000 are the wise virgins of Adventism.

Wave Offering

They are a wave offering.

16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and

ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your

habitations two WAVE LOAVES”—

An offering that was supposed to be waved before the Lord was something that was lifted up before the Lord. That is what a wave offering was. There was more than one offering that was a wave offering; but, if it was to be a wave offering, it was an offering that was to be lifted up before the Lord.

And these Two Loaves are wave loaves. They are to be lifted up.

—“of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the FIRSTFRUITS unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:16‑17 (KJV) (emphasis added).

Ensign

. The definition of ensign in God’s Word is:

ENSIGN: a flag; also a sail; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token: - banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

But, these Two Wave Loaves, representing the 144,000, because they are wave loaves they are to be lifted up.

The Ensign is Lifted Up

And, we know that God’s people at the end of the world are lifted up as an ensign.

In Isaiah 5:26, it says,

26And he will be lift up an ensign in the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth; and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly; . . .” Isaiah 5:26 (KJV).

Now, in verse 26 of Isaiah 5, it does not tell you what the ensign is. It just tells you He is going to lift up an ensign and, whatever this ensign is, it is what is going to draw the nations of the Earth to Himself.

In chapter 18, verse 3, of Isaiah, it says:

3All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he

lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.” Isaiah 18:3 (KJV).

Okay. Now He is telling us that the ensign is lifted up in a religious crisis, because mountains represent churches in God’s Word—and kingdoms but churches here. In the religious conflict He is going to lift up an ensign, and it is going to be in the time of the Seventh Trumpet because the Seventh Trumpet is the final Trumpet. And when this ensign is lifted up in this religious crisis in the time of the Seventh Trumpet, the whole world is going to see it.

The Flock of His People isHHHis

In Zechariah 9:16, it says,

16And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people:”—

How many flocks does Jesus have?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Two.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Two. His people are a flock; but, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:16 (KJV). There are two flocks.

But this flock here Zechariah is making sure we understand; this flock is Adventism.

It says,

—“16And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown,”—and the stones is a key word there”—stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.” Zechariah 9:16 (KJV).

So, what is lifted up as an ensign? God’s people, His flock, the 144,000; because, they are a wave offering. They are Two Loaves, a wave offering.

Ye Would Not

Isaiah 30, verses 15-17, says,

15For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”—

What is Adventism suppose to return to and find rest that they might be saved that they refuse to return to, to find the rest? The Old Paths. This is Jeremiah 6:16-17. Your safety is “returning to the Old Paths and walking therein wherein you will find rest and the refreshing,” the Latter Rain, “but you would not (paraphrasing).”

15For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

16But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. 17One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee:”—

What is “the rebuke of five” that causes those people that are trusting in the horses of Egypt?

If you trace these horses in this passage, what they represent, they represent Egypt; and, at the end of the world mankind is trusting in a shadow and there are only two shadows to trust in: the Shadow of the Most High or the shadow of Egypt. And this class that is refusing to walk in the Old Paths in order to secure the rest and the refreshing, they are trusting in Egypt, the horses of Egypt.

And what is “the rebuke of five” that causes them to flee? Well, it is when they come to those who are trusting in the Shadow of the Most High and say, “Give us of your oil.”

And they say, “Go buy your own oil,” and they flee, “. . . at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: . . .”

—“till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill. Isaiah 30:15–17 (KJV).

When is it that the foolish virgins come to the wise virgins and say, “Give us of your oil”? It is right at the point in time where the door is closing. When the door is closing, this is when the ensign is going to be lifted up, the ensign being the flock of God’s people, being the wave loaf that have been typified by the Two Tables of the Ten Commandments, that get lifted up at the end of the world to bring the other flock to Christ.

The Final Gathering

Let us read Isaiah 11:10-16. It is not in your notes; it is referenced but it is not spelled out.

This, of course, is a very significant passage when you are putting together the correct understanding of the last six verses of Daniel 11; but, we will not deal with how this passage impacts Daniel 11.

In verse 10 of Isaiah 11, it says,

10And in that day”—

Now, when it says “In that day,” if you start in verse 10, how are you going to define “that day”?

Well, you have to back up and back up and back up until the day is defined. So, go ahead and back up to Isaiah 10, verse 1. It says,

1Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;”—

“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,” Sister White tells us that this is The Sunday Law. Isaiah 10:1 is The Sunday Law. So, from this point on we are seeing the things that follow The Sunday Law in the United States.

So, when we go back to Isaiah 11, verse 10, it says,

—“10And in that day”—at The Sunday Law in the United States—“there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people;”—

“And in that day,” when the foolish virgins come and say, “Give us of your oil,” and the wise virgins rebuke them so they flee to the horses of Egypt, “in that day” when the door has shut for Adventism at The Sunday Law, they are going to stand as an ensign of the people.

—“to it shall the Gentiles seek: and the rest shall be glorious.”—

Okay. The world is going to come to this Sabbath issue that God’s people are upholding, and this is going to be the glorious manifestation of the power of God in the outpouring of the Latter Rain. His “rest shall be glorious.”

—“11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.”—

This is the ingathering of the Latter Rain, “COME OUT OF BABYLON!”

Verse 12:

—“12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel,”—

It would be nice if we took the time, but we are not going to take the time—the ensign, the 144,000, they are the outcasts of Israel. You can trace this theme through. Before they get lifted up as an ensign, they become the outcasts of Israel.

—“12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. 14But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. 15And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 16And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.” Isaiah 11:10-16 (KJV).”

Okay. This reference to Ephraim and Judah vexing one another comes from the story of Gideon. This is the only other place that you will find it in the Bible. And when Gideon went to war with the northern powers in the story of Gideon, there became a controversy between the tribes that he did not call; although, I think he may have called them and they just did not want to respond.

But, in any case, there was jealousy that is marked by this symbol and Sister White comments on this in Review and Herald, March 19, 1895. She says,

“Trials are to come upon God’s people and the tares are to be separated from the wheat. But let not Ephraim envy Judah any more, and Judah will no more vex Ephraim. Kind, tender, compassionate words will flow out from sanctified hearts and lips. It is essential that we be united, and if we all seek the meekness and the lowliness of Christ, we shall have the mind of Christ, and there will be unity of spirit.” Review and Herald, March 19, 1895.

Vexing one another here is identifying the unity that comes in to the ensign, to God’s people, to the flock of His people, during the Latter Rain time period at The Sunday Law.

So, what are we saying? We are saying that these Two Tables are a symbol of the covenant, and that the Two Loaves that were used in the Pentecostal ceremony leads all the way to the final Pentecost represent Christ. They represent Christ in the sense that they represent the 144,000 that are going to perfectly reflect His character, that are going to be lifted up as an ensign. They are a wave loaf offering at the end of the world; but, they came from the world. They had leaven in them; but, this leaven is going to be baked out of them as Christ puts them into the purifying furnace, Christ the Refiner.

So, we see that the Two Loaves that are commemorating this history that were to be commemorated all the way until the end of Ancient Israel, they are a type of Christ; they are a type of the Two Tables.

So, in your notes we are going to now look at the end of Ancient Israel, the history of the beginning of the Christian Church.

Here at the beginning of Ancient Israel the Lord is entering into covenant with Ancient Israel. He is marrying them. Here at the end of Ancient Israel, He is divorcing Ancient Israel and He has entered into covenant with the Christian Church. Both histories are a history of Him entering into covenant, but with different entities.

Pentecost’s Two Loaves

Okay. So, the Pentecostal Two Loaves, Christ is the Bread of Life.

35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall

never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 (KJV).

Forty and Six Years to Build the Temple

In John 2 we are going to see the number 46 referenced, paralleling the 46 days of Moses on the mount receiving instructions on building the temple.

Christ has just cleansed the temple in John, chapter 2.

18Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?”—

He has just cleansed the temple and the Jews say, “What’s the sign that you will give us that shows your authority to actually clean out the temple?”

And in verse 19,

—“19Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”—

There is their sign. They do not get it, but there is their sign. He says, “No sign will be given to this generation except the sign of Jonah (paraphrasing Matthew 12:38-40),” the three days representing the Three Angels’ Messages; because, all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world.

And then in verse 20, it says,

—“20Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21But he spake of the temple of his body.” John 2:19-21 (KJV).

So, when it came to His instructions at the beginning of Ancient Israel for raising up the sanctuary of Moses, it took 46 days; but, we find now in history that Herod did a remodeling of the temple in the time period of Christ and it took 46 years, and his remodeling ended in AD27, which is of course the year that Christ was baptized. And Christ went into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil, and as soon as He was done with that, he comes into Jerusalem and what does He do? He cleanses the temple.

And then the Jews say, “What signs do you have that shows your authority for doing this?”

And He says, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

And the Jews say this temple took 46 years, Herod’s temple, 46 years in construction.

So, what we are seeing is this waymark [at the end of Ancient Israel] is paralleling this waymark [at the beginning of Ancient Israel]?

Is it a problem for Adventists to understand 46 days and it took 46 years? No, we understand the year-day principle.

But, it is not really about the year-day principle here. It is about the number 46 being associated with raising up the temple.

Covenant Confirmed

Now, we know in this history over here at the end of Ancient Israel that Christ came to confirm the covenant with many for one week. So, it is once again that He is entering into covenant, just like He was here [at the beginning of Ancient Israel]. He came to confirm the covenant. You have that in your notes, Daniel 9:27.

27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determine shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV).

A Manifestation of God’s Power

There was a manifestation of power here [at the beginning of Ancient Israel]. Sister White says the greatest manifestation of power that had ever been written was on Sinai, and there was a manifestation of power at Pentecost.

Acts of the Apostles, page 38, says,

“Christ’s ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they entered upon their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.” Acts of the Apostles, 38.

So, there was a manifestation of power with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost in the time of the Disciples.

A Tarrying Time

And then if you turn to Luke 24, beginning at 44—and we have dealt with this, in this particular series, already; but, we are going to deal with it a little bit again.

Verse 44 says—and Jesus here—let me remind you what we have already put in place earlier in this series is that He tells Mary not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended, and then in that same time period He appeared to the Disciples, demonstrating that He had just come down out of Heaven and He breathes upon them the Holy Spirit.

And in verse 44, this passage here is adding some light to that thought that comes from John. In verse 44, it says,

44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things.

49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but”—

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Tarry.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

50And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.” Luke 24:44-53 (KJV).

So, in this history we see a Tarrying time. They were to tarry in Jerusalem until they received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but He removed His hand from their understanding so that they could understand the prophecies.

There is the manifestation of power, the covenant is being entered into, and the offering for this Pentecostal period is the Two Loaves.

Signs of the Times, April 6, 1891:

“After his resurrection he opened their minds that they might understand the Scriptures, and told them the same things which before they could not comprehend, saying, ‘These are the things which I spake unto you while I was yet with you.’ We should pray that our understanding may be opened, that we may comprehend what Christ has said unto us; for we are to be sanctified through his word.” Signs of the Times, April 6, 1891.

When God removed His hand from Moses, he saw the revelation of God’s glory. When God removes His hand, it is a symbol of opening the understanding of the worshipper to the prophetic truths of God’s Word.

He opens their understanding of prophecy here [at the end of Ancient Israel] when He removes His hand.

And tomorrow, the Lord willing, we will see that when He removes His hand from the 1843 Chart it is there that the Pioneers identified that what represents the removing of His hand is the opening of their understanding to the 2520 and the 2300 actually ending in 1844, instead of in 1843.

So, the same waymark is in that history as in the beginning history.

The Foundation Condemned

Now, notice, what we are saying about here. Now we want to prepare some thoughts for the conclusion of this little argument that takes place tomorrow.

We are saying that at the beginning of Ancient Israel that we have the identical waymarks as at the end of Ancient Israel.

And the symbol for Ancient Israel was Two Tables, and the commemoration of those Two Tables throughout their history was Two Loaves. We tied together the relationship of those things.

We are doing this because we are going to show tomorrow that the symbol of the covenant for Adventism was Two Tables. But, the Law of God, the Foundation of Ancient Israel’s history, what we want to emphasize now, is when you get to the end of Ancient Israel’s history the Pharisees, the Sadducees, they are fighting against the Foundation and they think they are doing God’s work; and, therefore, Ancient Israel is prefiguring modern Spiritual Israel. So, at the beginning of modern Spiritual Israel’s history, there is going to be a foundational understanding put in place: once again, Two Tables [referencing the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

And, when we get to the end of modern Spiritual Israel in our day and age, the Pharisees and Sadducees of Adventism are going to be fighting against the foundational truths, the same way that the Pharisees and Sadducees of that history [at the end of Ancient Israel] were fighting against the foundational truths.

Review and Herald, June 12, 1900:

“Christ, the foundation of the whole Jewish economy, stood before the Jewish rulers, to be condemned by his own nation.” Review and Herald, June 12, 1900.

He was the Foundation.

What was the Foundation? The Two Tables.

Was Christ the Law? He was the perfect transcript of this Law, of foundational truths.

And when He comes to them down here [at the end of Ancient Israel], they condemn Him. They are condemning the Foundation.

The Tables of the Covenant

Review and Herald, July 29, 1873:

“Moses took the tables of the covenant, the law of Ten Commandments, and descended from the mount. . . . Confusion and shame on their account took possession of him, and he there threw down the tables and broke them. As they had broken their covenant with God, Moses, in breaking the tables, signified to them, so, also, God had broken his covenant with them. The tables, whereupon was written the law of God, were broken.” Review and Herald, July 29, 1873.

Okay. Those Two Tables, the Law of God, that is the symbol of the covenant.

The Ten Commandments

Signs of the Times, February 28, 1884:

“The law of Ten Commandments, which has been so lightly disregarded, is the foundation of many generations; and no man or body of men has been authorized to set aside, or vary in the slightest particular, one of the ten precepts of Jehovah. God spoke this law from Sinai in awful grandeur, in the hearing of all Israel, and he wrote it with his own fingers upon tables of stone, not for his chosen people only, but for all men, to the close of time. Christ himself declares that while the heavens and the earth remain, not one jot or tittle shall pass from this holy law.” Signs of the Times, February 28, 1884.

Manuscript Releases, volume 18, page 174:

“His law, written with His own finger upon tables of stone,”—

What did Sister White say about this 1843 Chart? “I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; . . . (EW74.1).”

The Two Tables [at the beginning of Ancient Israel] were written by God Himself.

“His law, written with His own finger upon tables of stone, is the foundation of all truth.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 174.

Christ’s Object Lessons, page 305:

“God’s law is the transcript of His character.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 305.

Sketches from the Life of Paul, page 158:

“Christ himself, the foundation and the crowning glory of God’s temple, became ‘a rock of offense to them that stumble at the word.’ Yet that chief foundation stone, ‘disallowed indeed of men,’ was ‘chosen of God and precious.’ Though rejected by the Jewish builders, it became the head of the corner. Christ was put to death; but the work of building did not cease. He was honored in Heaven and by the faithful on earth as the true foundation.” Sketches from the Life of Paul, 158.

Everything that these Two Tables represent [at the beginning of Ancient Israel] was fulfilled in Christ [at the end of Ancient Israel]. He was the Foundation. He was the Cornerstone, He was the Foundation Stone.

And here, the workers, in this history [at the end of Ancient Israel], the Pharisees and the Sadducees, they are rejecting the Foundation Stone.

And you may not remember the quote we started with. It says, “The entire history of the children of Israel was ‘written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come. . . .”

So, this history at the end of Ancient Israel is a history that is illustrating the end of Adventism.

Okay. Now, I have a long passage to close with. I’m sorry, but this is a subject that needs to be put in place. This is from The Desire of Ages, page 596 and onward.

“‘Hear another parable,’ Christ said: ‘There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: and when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?’”— [to be continued]

This is the parable of the vineyard, and we are going to read about the parable of the vineyard, but I would invite you to turn to the end of your notes for this presentation so when we are reading about it you get the implication. This is not the only place that this is emphasized. This very last quote is from Christ’s Object Lessons, page 296. It says,

The parable of the vineyard applies not alone to the Jewish nation. It has a lesson for us.”—it has a lesson for Adventism—“The church in this generation has been endowed by God with great privileges and blessings, and He expects corresponding returns.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 296.

So, back to the quote from The Desire of Ages, page 596 and onward, after the parable of the vineyard is put forth, Sister White says this:

—“Jesus addressed all the people present; but the priests and rulers answered. ‘He will miserably destroy those wicked men,’ they said, ‘and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.’ The speakers had not at first perceived the application of the parable, but they now saw that they had pronounced their own condemnation. In the parable the householder represented God, the vineyard the Jewish nation, and the hedge the divine law which was their protection. The tower was a symbol of the temple. The lord of the vineyard had done everything needful for its prosperity. ‘What could have been done more to my vineyard,’ he says, ‘that I have not done in it.’ Isaiah 5:4. Thus was represented God’s unwearied care for Israel. And as the husbandmen were to return to the lord a due proportion of the fruits of the vineyard, so God’s people were to honor Him by a life corresponding to their sacred privileges. But as the husbandmen had killed the servants whom the master sent to them for fruit, so the Jews had put to death the prophets whom God sent to call them to repentance. Messenger after messenger had been slain. Thus far the application of the parable could not be questioned, and in what followed it was not less evident. In the beloved son whom the lord of the vineyard finally sent to his disobedient servants, and whom they seized and slew, the priests and rulers saw a distinct picture of Jesus and His impending fate. Already they were planning to slay Him whom the Father had sent to them as a last appeal. In the retribution inflicted upon the ungrateful husbandmen was portrayed the doom of those who should put Christ to death.

“Looking with pity upon them, the Saviour continued, ‘Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.’”—

Here Christ is saying that depending on how you relate to the test of the Stone, the Foundation Stone, the Cornerstone, determines whether you are saved or lost.

—“This prophecy the Jews had often repeated in the synagogues, applying it to the coming Messiah. Christ was the cornerstone of the Jewish economy, and of the whole plan of salvation. This foundation stone the Jewish builders, the priests and rulers of Israel, were now rejecting.”—

They are rejecting the Foundation Stone in this history [at the end of Ancient Israel].

—“The Saviour called their attention to the prophecies that would show them their danger.”—

There are several prophecies that they are rejecting here. It was not just one prophecy.

—“By every means in His power He sought to make plain to them the nature of the deed they were about to do.

“And His words had another purpose. In asking the question, ‘When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?’ Christ designed that the Pharisees should answer as they did. He designed that they should condemn themselves. His warnings, failing to arouse them to repentance, would seal their doom, and He wished them to see that they had brought ruin on themselves. He designed to show them the justice of God in the withdrawal of their national privileges, which had already begun, and which would end, not only in the destruction of their temple and their city, but in the dispersion of the nation.”—

Brothers and Sisters, this is the climax of the Everlasting Gospel. The Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers based upon a prophetic testing message; and, God designed that when the Everlasting Gospel is reaching its climax that the people who are rejecting the prophetic testing message are simultaneously fulfilling that prophetic testing message because that prophetic testing message describes the separation of the wheat and tares. And that is what the Jews were doing. They were fulfilling the very prophecies that they were rejecting.

That is what Adventism is doing today. It is fulfilling the very prophecies that it is rejecting.

—“The hearers recognized the warning. But notwithstanding the sentence they themselves had pronounced, the priests and rulers were ready to fill out the picture by saying, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him.’ ‘But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude,’ for the public sentiment was in Christ’s favor.”—

Now, when this history is repeated, are they going to kill the wise virgins? Not in Adventism; they are going to disfellowship them.

When it gets to when the wise virgins start to get disfellowshipped, you know that you are right at the end of the Everlasting Gospel.

—“In quoting the prophecy of the rejected stone, Christ referred to an actual occurrence in the history of Israel. The incident was connected with the building of the first temple. While it had a special application at the time of Christ’s first advent, and should have appealed with special force to the Jews, it has also a lesson for us. When the temple of Solomon was erected, the immense stones for the walls and the foundation were entirely prepared at the quarry; after they were brought to the place of building, not an instrument was to be used upon them; the workmen had only to place them in position. For use in the foundation, one stone of unusual size and peculiar shape had been brought; but the workmen could find no place for it, and would not accept it. It was an annoyance to them as it lay unused in their way. Long it remained a rejected stone.”—

Since 1863 this [referring to the 1843 Chart] has laid as a rejected stone.

—“Long it remained a rejected stone. But when the builders came to the laying of the corner, they searched for a long time to find a stone of sufficient size and strength, and of the proper shape, to take that particular place, and bear the great weight which would rest upon it. Should they make an unwise choice for this important place, the safety of the entire building would be endangered. They must find a stone capable of resisting the influence of the sun, of frost, and of tempest. Several stones had at different times been chosen, but under the pressure of immense weights they had crumbled to pieces. Others could not bear the test of the sudden atmospheric changes. But at last attention was called to the stone so long rejected. It had been exposed to the air, to sun and storm, without revealing the slightest crack. The builders examined this stone. It had borne every test but one. If it could bear the test of severe pressure, they decided to accept it for the cornerstone. The trial was made. The stone was accepted, brought to its assigned position, and found to be an exact fit. In prophetic vision, Isaiah was shown that this stone was a symbol of Christ. He says:

“‘Sanctify the Lord of hosts’”—

And where does he say this? He says this in Isaiah 8. Okay?

This is part of the story of Isaiah 7. The message in Isaiah 7 and onward is the message that Isaiah is given to take to God’s people once his lips have been purified with the coal from off the altar in Isaiah 6. The message that he takes to God’s people in Isaiah 7 is the 2520; but, here in chapter 8, it is the message of the Cornerstone, the Foundation Stone.

—“‘Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall’”—(1)—“‘stumble, and’”—(2)—“‘fall, and’”—(3)—“‘be broken, and’”—(4)—“‘be snared, and’”—(5)—“‘be taken.’”—

There are your five foolish virgins.

—“Carried down in prophetic vision to the first advent, the prophet is shown that Christ is to bear trials and tests of which the treatment of the chief cornerstone in the temple of Solomon was symbolic. ‘Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.’ Isaiah 8:13–15; 28:16.”—

What we are saying is these two stones [the Two Tables at the beginning of Ancient Israel] are prefiguring Christ; because, here at the end of Ancient Israel, Christ is going to be this rejected Stone. They are going to reject the Foundation.

But, this history, it is in the history of Solomon, it is in the history of Cyrus laying the temple as they came out of Babylon; and, these histories are all pointing forward to our day and age.

The next paragraph:

—“In infinite wisdom, God chose the foundation stone, and laid it Himself. He called it ‘a sure foundation.’ The entire world may lay upon it their burdens and griefs; it can endure them all. With perfect safety they may build upon it. Christ is a tried stone.’ Those who trust in Him, He never disappoints. He has borne every test. He has endured the pressure of Adam’s guilt, and the guilt of his posterity, and has come off more than conqueror of the powers of evil. He has borne the burdens cast upon Him by every repenting sinner. In Christ the guilty heart has found relief. He is the sure foundation. All who make Him their dependence rest in perfect security.

“In Isaiah’s prophecy, Christ is declared to be both a sure foundation and a stone of stumbling. The apostle Peter, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, clearly shows to whom Christ is a foundation stone, and to whom a rock of offense:”—

Sister White just defined that all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world. She says, “Here are the two classes, and Peter is going to define who they are for us.”

So, now she is going to quote from Peter. There is a lot of information here in this passage from Peter.

—“‘If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.’”—

When the Mighty Angel comes down out of Heaven and has the Little Book open in His hand and you go ahead and taste that Little Book, it will show you that the Lord is gracious.

—“‘If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,’”—the Foundation—“‘but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,’”—

This is about entering into covenant, and in order for the Lord to enter into a covenant with a people He has to build up a temple.

Here, the instructions of the temple took 46 days; here, Herod’s temple took 46 years. And when the Lord was entering into covenant with the Millerites, He did so from 1798 to 1844: 46 years He built up a spiritual house.

—“‘an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient.’ 1 Peter 2:3–8.”—

It is the message that they stumble over. It is the Word; it is the prophetic Word.

—“To those who believe, Christ is the sure foundation. These are they who fall upon the Rock and are broken. Submission to Christ and faith in Him are here represented. To fall upon the Rock and be broken is to give up our self-righteousness and to go to Christ with the humility of a child, repenting of our transgressions, and believing in His forgiving love. And so also it is by faith and obedience that we build on Christ as our foundation.

“Upon this living stone, Jews and Gentiles alike may build. This is the only foundation upon which we may securely build. It is broad enough for all, and strong enough to sustain the weight and burden of the whole world. And by connection with Christ, the living stone, all who build upon this foundation become living stones. Many persons are by their own endeavors hewn, polished, and beautified; but they cannot become ‘living stones,’ because they are not connected with Christ. Without this connection, no man can be saved. Without the life of Christ in us, we cannot withstand the storms of temptation. Our eternal safety depends upon our building upon the sure foundation. Multitudes are today building upon foundations that have not been tested. When the rain falls,”—

What is the rain?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Latter Rain.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Latter Rain.

—“and the tempest rages,”—

What is the tempest?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Islam.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Islam. Islam, the angering of the nations.

—“and the floods come,”—

What is the flood? That is The Sunday Law.

—“their house will fall, because it is not founded upon the eternal Rock, the chief cornerstone Christ Jesus.”—

When the Latter Rain begins to sprinkle, when the nations were made angry on September 11, 2001, in the time period that begins there until The Sunday Law, God’s people has a choice: either they are coming to the Rock and being changed into His image or resting assuredly that the Lord is going to fall upon them and ground them to powder.

—“‘To them which stumble at the word, being disobedient,’ Christ is a rock of offense. But ‘the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.’ Like the rejected stone, Christ in His earthly mission had borne neglect and abuse. He was ‘despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: . . . He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.’ Isaiah 53:3. But the time was near when He would be glorified. By the resurrection from the dead He would be declared ‘the Son of God with power.’ Romans 1:4.”—

And when He was resurrected, what did He do? He ascended. Okay? This history is paralleling The Sunday Law history when the 144,000 are going to be lifted up. They are going to ascend after they are resurrected from the dead works of Laodicea.

—“At His second coming He would be revealed as Lord of heaven and earth. Those who were now about to crucify Him would recognize His greatness. Before the universe the rejected stone would become the head of the corner.

“And on ‘whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.’ The people who rejected Christ were soon to see their city and their nation destroyed. Their glory would be broken, and scattered as the dust before the wind. And what was it that destroyed the Jews? It was the rock which, had they built upon it, would have been their security. It was the goodness of God despised, the righteousness spurned, the mercy slighted. Men set themselves in opposition to God, and all that would have been their salvation was turned to their destruction. All that God ordained unto life they found to be unto death. In the Jews' crucifixion of Christ was involved the destruction of Jerusalem. The blood shed upon Calvary was the weight that sank them to ruin for this world and for the world to come. So it will be in the great final day, when judgment shall fall upon the rejecters of God's grace. Christ, their rock of offense, will then appear to them as an avenging mountain. The glory of His countenance, which to the righteous is life, will be to the wicked a consuming fire. Because of love rejected, grace despised, the sinner will be destroyed.

“By many illustrations and repeated warnings, Jesus showed what would be the result to the Jews of rejecting the Son of God. In these words He was addressing all in every age who refuse to receive Him as their Redeemer. Every warning is for them. The desecrated temple, the disobedient son, the false husbandmen, the contemptuous builders, have their counterpart in the experience of every sinner. Unless he repent, the doom which they foreshadowed will be his.” The Desire of Ages, 596–600.

So, what we are saying is this: Jesus illustrated the end of Israel from the beginning. And in the beginning of Ancient Israel, when He entered into covenant with them, He gave them Two Tables as a symbol of the covenant.

In this history when He was entering into covenant He marked a Tarrying Time and He marked the number 46 in association with raising up the temple; and He showed that when He removed His hand, there is an increase of knowledge, as Moses received the understanding of God’s glory; and, He manifests His power.

At the end of Ancient Israel, He enters into covenant with the Christ Church. There is a Tarrying Time marked; 46 years, once again, in constructing His temple; He removes his hand and shows the glory of the prophetic message to His Disciples; and, He manifests His power at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

And the symbol of this history is the Two Loaves that has been prefigured by the Two Tables; because, the Two Tables represent Christ. It is a transcript of His character.

And these Two Loaves, the 144,000, represent Christ, those that have attained to His character and have overcome sin fully.

And tomorrow we will take these waymarks from the beginning and end of Ancient Israel and place them in the context of modern Spiritual Israel.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we see the power and the strength and the glory of the technique that you have provided for your people, of bringing line upon line, together; proof-texting. We understand that the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work and that most of us in Adventism have already been so indoctrinated with preconceived traditions and customs that we cannot see the value of how you have established the authority in your Word. We pray that you would remove the blinders from our eyes and from our brothers and sisters who are not seeing these things, that they might recognize the history of Ancient Israel is now being repeated in the history of modern Israel and that you illustrate the end from the beginning every time, and that we can have confidence in the prophetic Word that it is telling us that right now the testing issue is this Foundation Cornerstone that is about to be lifted up and made the head of the corner before the whole Universe. We ask a blessing upon this day’s service that you have given each one of us to do. We ask a blessing upon the productions that are going on with the DVDs and the LiveStreaming. And, we thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.