The History of Christ (12 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #12 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/21/2016
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The History of Christ

Darkness Before Christ

“Before the days of Christ, men asked in vain, ‘What is truth?’ Darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the people. Even Judea was shrouded in gloom, although the voice of God spoke to them in His oracles. The truth of God had been silenced by the superstition and traditions of its professed interpreters, and contention, jealousy, and prejudice divided the professed children of God. Then was a Teacher sent from God, even Him who was the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 238–239.

Darkness Before Millerites

“He [William Miller] could see hypocrisy, darkness, and death everywhere. His spirit was stirred within him. God called him to leave his farm, as He called Elisha to leave his oxen and the field of his labor to follow Elijah. With trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With every effort he gained strength. As John the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His coming, so William Miller and those who joined with him proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.” Early Writings, 229–230.

Time of the End

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14.

Increase of Knowledge

Joseph

Matthew 1:18–25

Simeon and Anna

Luke 2:25–38

Shepherds

Luke 2:8–18

Wise Men from the East

Matthew 2:1–12

Flight to Egypt

Matthew 2:13–21

Message Formalized

Matthew 3:1–12

Reform Message

“Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. Like John, the forerunner of Jesus, those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree, and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded, many who were united with the churches received the healing message; they saw their backslidings, and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled themselves before God. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them, they helped to sound the cry, ‘Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.’” Early Writings, 233.

Worldwide

Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan. Matthew 3:5.

Message Empowered

Matthew 3:13–17

Testing Process Marked

Matthew 4:1–10

The Foundation Laid

“John had been called to lead out as a reformer. Because of this, his disciples were in danger of fixing their attention upon him, feeling that the success of the work depended upon his labors, and losing sight of the fact that he was only an instrument through which God had wrought. But the work of John was not sufficient to lay the foundation of the Christian church. When he had fulfilled his mission, another work was to be done, which his testimony could not accomplish. His disciples did not understand this. When they saw Christ coming in to take the work, they were jealous and dissatisfied.” The Desire of Ages, 181.

Time of the Millerites

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844.Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

Action of the Enemies

John 11:49–53

Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument, though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. There was no doubt, no questioning. Upon the occasion of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast, flocked to the Mount of Olives, and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus, they caught the inspiration of the hour, and helped to swell the shout, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!’ [Matthew 21:9.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity, some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!’” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 250–251.

Judgment

“Five hundred years before, the Lord had declared by the prophet Zechariah, ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.’[1 Zechariah 9:9.] Had the disciples realized that Christ was going to judgment and to death, they could not have fulfilled this prophecy.

In like manner, Miller and his associates fulfilled prophecy, and gave a message which inspiration had foretold should be given to the world, but which they could not have given had they fully understood the prophecies pointing out their disappointment, and presenting another message to be preached to all nations before the Lord should come. The first and second angels’ messages were given at the right time, and accomplished the work which God designed to accomplish by them.” The Great Controversy, 405.

Time of the Millerites

“The prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. This is especially true of the book of Daniel. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the end.’ Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’” The Great Controversy, 355–356.

Disappointment

Like the first disciples, William Miller and his associates did not, themselves, fully comprehend the import of the message which they bore. Errors that had been long established in the church prevented them from arriving at a correct interpretation of an important point in the prophecy. Therefore, though they proclaimed the message which God had committed to them to be given to the world, yet through a misapprehension of its meaning they suffered disappointment.” The Great Controversy. 351–352.

Work & Backsliding

“Vividly they recalled the scene beside the sea when Jesus had bidden them follow Him. They remembered how, at His command, they had launched out into the deep, and had let down their net, and the catch had been so abundant as to fill the net, even to breaking. Then Jesus had called them to leave their fishing boats, and had promised to make them fishers of men. It was to bring this scene to their minds, and to deepen its impression, that He had again performed the miracle. His act was a renewal of the commission to the disciples. It showed them that the death of their Master had not lessened their obligation to do the work He had assigned them. Though they were to be deprived of His personal companionship, and of the means of support by their former employment, the risen Saviour would still have a care for them. While they were doing His work, He would provide for their needs. And Jesus had a purpose in bidding them cast their net on the right side of the ship. On that side He stood upon the shore. That was the side of faith. If they labored in connection with Him,—His divine power combining with their human effort,—they could not fail of success.” The Desire of Ages, 810.

Time of the Millerites

“Had Adventists, after the great disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith and followed on unitedly in the opening providence of God, receiving the message of the third angel and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming it to the world, they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have been completed, and Christ would have come ere this to receive His people to their reward. But in the period of doubt and uncertainty that followed the disappointment, many of the advent believers yielded their faith. . . . Thus the work was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been our history!” Evangelism, 695.

Time of Cyrus

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Daniel 9:25.

Nehemiah

“By messengers from Judea the Hebrew patriot learned that days of trial had come to Jerusalem, the chosen city. The returned exiles were suffering affliction and reproach. The temple and portions of the city had been rebuilt; but the work of restoration was hindered, the temple services were disturbed, and the people kept in constant alarm by the fact that the walls of the city were still largely in ruins.” Prophets and Kings, 628.

The Fourth Decree—Pentecost

The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world . . .

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost.” The Great Controversy, 611.

Life or Death

“I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary. The rendering of the veil of the temple showed that the Jewish sacrifices and ordinances would no longer be received. The great Sacrifice had been offered and had been accepted, and the Holy Spirit which descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the disciples from the earthly sanctuary to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own blood, to shed upon His disciples the benefits of His atonement. But the Jews were left in total darkness. They lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of salvation, and still trusted in their useless sacrifices and offerings. The heavenly sanctuary had taken the place of the earthly, yet they had no knowledge of the change. Therefore they could not be benefited by the mediation of Christ in the holy place.

“Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and as they read the history of His shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not have denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God who reads the hearts of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel. All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel’s message. But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the cross, derided the good news of His coming. Instead of receiving the message with gladness, they declared it to be a delusion. They hated those who loved His appearing and shut them out of the churches. Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can see no light in the third angel’s message, which shows the way into the most holy place. I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare.” Early Writings, 259–261.

Moses

Darkness

“Notwithstanding the Lord’s witnesses were clothed in sackcloth, they continued to prophesy throughout the entire period of 1260 years. In the darkest times there were faithful men who loved God’s word, and were jealous for his honor. To these loyal servants were given wisdom, power, and authority to declare his truth during the whole of this time.

“‘And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.’ [Revelation 11:7–8.]

“These events were to take place near the close of the period in which the witnesses testified in sackcloth. Through the medium of the papacy, Satan had long controlled the powers that ruled in Church and State. The fearful results were especially apparent in those countries that rejected the light of the Reformation. There was a state of moral debasement and corruption similar to the condition of Sodom just prior to its destruction, and to the idolatry and spiritual darkness that prevailed in Egypt in the days of Moses.” Sprit of Prophecy, volume 4, 190.

Time of the End

Exodus 2:1–10

Like Unto Me

Deuteronomy 18:15–19; Acts 3:22–24; 7:37

Message Formalized

Exodus 3:2–10

Message Empowered—Exodus 4:24–26

“As Moses journeyed to Egypt, the angel of the Lord met him, and assumed a threatening posture, as though he would slay him. He did not explain the reason for his appearance in this manner, but Moses knew that there was a cause. He was going to Egypt in obedience to the express command of God; therefore the journey must be right. He at once remembered that his youngest son had not been circumcised. In compliance with the wishes of Zipporah, he had postponed the ceremony, contrary to the divine requirement. Now the wife, fearful that her husband might be slain, overcame her feelings of undue affection for her son, and performed the rite herself. After this, the angel let Moses go. In his mission to Pharaoh, he was to be placed in a perilous position, where his life would be exposed to the will of the king, if God did not by his power, through the presence of angels, preserve him. While Moses was living in neglect of one of God’s positive commands, his life would not be secure; for angels could not protect him in disobedience.” Signs of the Times, February 26, 1880.

Testing Process

“The Lord appeared unto Abraham, and said unto him, ‘I am the Almighty God. Walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make a covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.’ ‘And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

“He then required of Abraham and his seed, circumcision, which was a circle cut in the flesh, as a token that God had cut them out and separated them from all nations as his peculiar treasure. By this sign they solemnly pledged themselves that they would not intermarry with other nations; for by so doing they would lose their reverence for God and his holy law, and would become like the idolatrous nations around them.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, 262.

Baptism

“The vows which we take upon ourselves in baptism embrace much. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we are buried in the likeness of Christ’s death and raised in the likeness of His resurrection, and we are to live a new life. Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ. Henceforth the believer is to bear in mind that he is dedicated to God, to Christ, and to the Holy Spirit. He is to make all worldly considerations secondary to this new relation. Publicly he has declared that he will no longer live in pride and self-indulgence. He is no longer to live a careless, indifferent life. He has made a covenant with God.” Testimonies, volume 6, 98.

Reform Message

“In their bondage the Israelites had to some extent lost the knowledge of God’s law, and they had departed from its precepts. The Sabbath had been generally disregarded, and the exactions of their taskmasters made its observance apparently impossible. But Moses had shown his people that obedience to God was the first condition of deliverance; and the efforts made to restore the observance of the Sabbath had come to the notice of their oppressors.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 258.

Foundation

“‘The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to God’—because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. ‘The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten.’—J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27.” The Great Controversy, 437.

Action of the Enemies

Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Exodus 5:7–8.

Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

“It was the hand of God, and no human influence or power possessed by Moses and Aaron, that wrought the miracles which they showed before Pharaoh. Those signs and wonders were designed to convince Pharaoh that the great ‘I AM’ had sent Moses, and that it was the duty of the king to let Israel go, that they might serve the living God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 264.

The Midnight Cry

Exodus 11:4–6

Judgment

“The judgment of which Egypt had first been warned, was to be the last visited. God is long-suffering and plenteous in mercy. He has a tender care for the beings formed in His image. If the loss of their harvests and their flocks and herds had brought Egypt to repentance, the children would not have been smitten; but the nation had stubbornly resisted the divine command, and now the final blow was about to fall.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 273.

Disappointment

“Upon us is shining the accumulated light of past ages. The record of Israel’s forgetfulness has been preserved for our enlightenment. In this age God has set His hand to gather unto Himself a people from every nation, kindred, and tongue. In the advent movement He has wrought for His heritage, even as He wrought for the Israelites in leading them from Egypt. In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea.” Testimonies, volume 8, 115–116.

Work

“God purposed to make the occasion of speaking His law a scene of awful grandeur, in keeping with its exalted character. The people were to be impressed that everything connected with the service of God must be regarded with the greatest reverence. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai.’ During these intervening days all were to occupy the time in solemn preparation to appear before God. Their person and their clothing must be freed from impurity. And as Moses should point out their sins, they were to devote themselves to humiliation, fasting, and prayer, that their hearts might be cleansed from iniquity.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 303–304.

Backsliding

“The ‘mixed multitude’ had been the first to indulge murmuring and impatience, and they were the leaders in the apostasy that followed. Among the objects regarded by the Egyptians as symbols of deity was the ox or calf; and it was at the suggestion of those who had practiced this form of idolatry in Egypt that a calf was now made and worshiped. The people desired some image to represent God, and to go before them in the place of Moses. God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose. The mighty miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea were designed to establish faith in Him as the invisible, all–powerful Helper of Israel, the only true God. And the desire for some visible manifestation of His presence had been granted in the pillar of cloud and of fire that guided their hosts, and in the revealing of His glory upon Mount Sinai. But with the cloud of the Presence still before them, they turned back in their hearts to the idolatry of Egypt, and represented the glory of the invisible God by the similitude of an ox! . . .

“Moses in the mount was warned of the apostasy in the camp and was directed to return without delay. ‘Go, get thee down,’ were the words of God; ‘thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it.’ God might have checked the movement at the outset; but He suffered it to come to this height that He might teach all a lesson in His punishment of treason and apostasy.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 316–318.

Finishing the Work

“The command was communicated to Moses while in the mount with God, ‘Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them;’ and full directions were given for the construction of the tabernacle. By their apostasy the Israelites forfeited the blessing of the divine Presence, and for the time rendered impossible the erection of a sanctuary for God among them. But after they were again taken into favor with Heaven, the great leader proceeded to execute the divine command.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 343.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing us together this morning to continue our consideration of the repetition of the reform lines in sacred history; and, we ask that you would further open our understanding to these truths that we might be able to recognize the significance of these things at the end of the world. To take up our study, we would ask that you would grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit, that you would send holy angels to fill the empty places in this room and that you would prepare our vessels by forgiving our sins that we might receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain as you open your Word to our understanding. Take control of the words and the thoughts that I attempt to convey. I ask that you overrule them for your glory and honor. Touch my lips with a coal from off the altar and allow me to participate in the work of sending the golden oil onward to those that are willing to see it and receive it. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPINGER: Before we start, just by point of reference, we a few presentations ago recommended to look at an interview that was done by Bill Campbell with a student from Oakwood College, and that interview is now making its way through the websites. And other students from Oakwood College are claiming that his interview is not correct, but I do not know how they could possibly claim that unless they have come under the influence of Spiritual Formations.

In any case, on the website where you are downloading the notes for these presentations, if you choose to, there is a paper that is derived from the application for Oakwood College from the 2011 – 2012 Year. It is just a couple of pages of many, many pages; but, you can see that what this brother is saying is valid, that they are teaching the spiritual techniques of Ignatius Loyola there at the college which is Spiritual Formations, which is spiritualism, which is witchcraft.

There is other evidence of this. These other students that are protesting this is not valid have not investigated the environment of Adventism today. This is well documented.

One other thing, we are going to get to a point, Lord willing, where we talk about the time of the end at the time of Moses. And we also have put on a piece of paper, one sheet, on the website that you can download that will give you the breakdown of the time prophecy of Abram’s 400 or 430-year time prophecy, however you want to identify it, to show that the birth of Moses was a fulfillment of prophecy.

What we are doing is continuing our study of the reform lines. We are moving slowly, and that is all right. And we have gone through the beginning of the 2300-year prophecy, when the Three Decrees were proclaimed that began the 2300-year prophecy; and, we have gone through the end of the 2300-year prophecy when the Three Angels’ Messages came into history. And we have found that the history that starts the 2300-year prophecy is a perfect parallel to the history that ends the 3000-year prophecy, and this is an attribute of Christ in His work of illustrating the end from the beginning.

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In the middle of the 2300-year prophecy, this [the history of the Three Decrees and Cyrus] being the beginning and this [the history of the Millerite Reform Movement] being the end, we have the reform line that takes place in the time of Christ; and, we are going to start there this morning.

But, the reform line that is fulfilled in the time of Christ, with John the Baptist and the cross, is the end of Ancient Israel. So, we are going to go back to the beginning of Ancient Israel with Moses and show that the beginning of Ancient Israel with Moses is identical to the end of Ancient Israel with Christ; and, we will find that both of these reform lines represent Ancient Israel and Ancient Israel is going to illustrate spiritual Israel and spiritual Israel is the Millerite History and the history that we are living in today.

So, we are beginning to put in place several arguments that can be approached from different angles, one angle being that all the reform lines—whether a beginning or an ending of a reform line—all the reform lines parallel the other reform lines; but, also, that Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning.

You will find that although all four of these reform lines and the other reform lines parallel each other, you will find that at the beginning of Ancient Israel and at the end of Ancient Israel, in spite of the fact that they parallel each other, these two lines [the history of Christ and the history of Moses] will have specific parallels that will not be manifested so directly as other ones.

By that I mean that you have Passovers paralleling the cross perfectly. You have Pentecost in the time of Moses paralleling Pentecost in the time of Christ. The Time of the End for Moses is his birth. The Time of the End for Christ is His birth. You will have those kinds of parallels that you will note in the prophecies that begin and end. This is why the beginning of the 2300 period you have a captivity in Babylon; at the end, you have a captivity in spiritual Babylon.

You have Miller being the one that formalizes the message; he does it in the United States, and the United States is a twofold power. It has two horns, Republicanism and Protestantism.

Cyrus, who is typifying Miller, he understands his message in Medo-Persia, a two-horn power. Okay?

And there is more to be said about this, but there are certain characteristics about this line [of the Three Decrees in the history of Cyrus] that are reflected in this line [the history of the Millerites], but not necessarily in this line [the history of Moses]; because, the beginning and the end allows Christ to make specific applications to those beginnings and endings. And you have to note those if you are going to be a good student of prophecy, particularly for us because we are going to see that the end of the 2300-year prophecy in the time of the Millerites is simultaneously the beginning of Adventism. And, therefore, at the beginning of Adventism we see a fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins, and at the end of Adventism we see a fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins. But, you are not going to see a fulfillment of the Ten Virgins in these other lines. It is going to be a perfect parallel; but, in the beginning of Adventism and the end of Adventism, the Lord uses the parable of the Ten Virgins to teach specific truths that are germane to those histories and, in order to make that claim, He makes sure that we see that in the beginning and the end of Ancient Israel, and the beginning and the end of the 2300-year history, and other prophecies.

So, let us begin.

The History of Christ

Darkness Before Christ

It has been noted that these reform lines always begin with darkness.

Fundamentals of Christian Education, beginning at page 238, says,

“Before the days of Christ, men asked in vain, ‘What is truth?’ Darkness covered the earth,”—

Here is the darkness of Christ’s time period.

—“and gross darkness the people. Even Judaea was shrouded in gloom, although the voice of God spoke to them in His oracles. The truth of God had been silenced by the superstition and traditions of its professed interpreters, and contention, jealousy, and prejudice divided the professed children of God. Then was a Teacher sent from God, even Him who was the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 238–239.

And you will notice, now that we have added in the waymark yesterday of the Mystery of Iniquity, the darkness that the Protestants were carrying into this testing time [of the Millerites] the Mystery that they were bringing with them, the traditions and customs that they were bringing in with them out of the 1260 years came from Papal Rome.

The traditions and customs that those that came out of Babylon to build Jerusalem brought with them came from literal Babylon. The Mystery of Iniquity took place there, corrupting them, mixing the holy seed with the unholy seed.

And in the time period of John the Baptist, you have Pagan Rome; and, if you really look closely, Pagan Rome as the fourth kingdom of Bible prophecy representing the darkness and the Mystery of Iniquity that is going to be conveyed to the Jews in their testing time, Pagan Rome is actually—I mean, it is Pagan Rome but it is exalting the educational and philosophical teachings of Greece. So, you also have Greece in here with Rome. If you understand that, it is the Sanhedrin that is the Jewish counterfeit of the Greek system of education; and, this is the Mystery of Iniquity that is impacting this time period.

And the Mystery of Iniquity that is—and this is easy to see. I mean, all the way through the history of Moses, the Mystery of Iniquity, the traditions and customs that were impeding the Jews from listening to the leading that the Lord was giving through Moses came from Egypt, and it is easy to see because all the way through this story they are saying, “Oh, were that you had let us die in Egypt. I wish we had the leeks and onions of Egypt.” They brought the Mystery of Iniquity from Egypt.

So, that is the darkness in the time of Christ.

Darkness Before Millerites

And then you will see the darkness before the Millerites. I did not reference that in our previous study.

“He [William Miller] could see hypocrisy, darkness, and death everywhere. His spirit was stirred within him. God called him to leave his farm, as He called Elisha to leave his oxen and the field of his labor to follow Elijah. With trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With every effort he gained strength. As John the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His coming, so William Miller and those who joined with him proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.” Early Writings, 229–230.

We have taught this earlier, but I did not give you a reference for it. Now you have it in your notes.

Time of the End

So, what is the Time of the End?

For Christ, it is His birth.

Now, the Lord willing, just as a way of information, once we do some things with these timelines—I hope to get done with these two time lines today—and then we are going to move into actually showing these two Charts [1843 and 1850] typified in these two timelines tomorrow.

But, before we move away from these timelines, we are going to take certain sections out of these timelines and look at them individually.

For instance, one of them is this here [the timeline of Egypt], of the wilderness. We are going to look at that all by itself.

We are going to look at the history in these Reform Movements of when the message is empowered, when the Divine symbol comes down, until the door closes. We are going to look at that specifically. That is a focus of Bible prophecy. Okay? And Sister White, speaking about the Angel of Revelation 18 that comes down, in The Great Controversy, page 611, she says, “The Advent Movement of 1840 to 1844 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God.” That history, from the empowerment of the message until the door closes, is a history that needs to be analyzed alone.

And then we are going to look at the fourth waymark in these histories, which is also a history that needs to be analyzed on its own.

So, we have more to say about the Time of the End; but, the Time of the End is a fulfillment of prophecy. We will look at that later.

Okay. The prophecy that is fulfilled in 1798 is the Papacy receives the deadly wound.

The prophecy that is fulfilled at the beginning of the time period of Cyrus is the 70 years of captivity in Babylon. When the 70 years are up and the 1260 years are up, you have a prophetic fulfillment of time prophecy, and when the Time of the End arrives there is a prophetic message that is unsealed that produces an increase of knowledge that will test that generation.

And the prophecy that was fulfilled in the reform line of Christ is Isaiah 7:14, and it is in your notes.

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (KJV).

The birth of Christ unseals the truth that is going to test this generation; and, the truth that is going to test this generation is NOT as this generation that is going to come out of Babylon and rebuild Jerusalem. The truth that is going to test this generation of John the Baptist and Christ is NOT as this generation that they are to come out of Babylon and rebuild Jerusalem. It is NOT that the Judgment is going to begin in the Heavenly Sanctuary, as with the generation of the Millerite History.

The truth that is going to test this generation of John the Baptist and Christ is that the Messiah is going to confirm the covenant with many for one week. So, the birth of Christ announces prophetically that the Messiah is here.

And according to Daniel 12, at the Time of the End, there is a prophecy that is unsealed, and then there is an increase of knowledge; and, with that increase of knowledge, many students of prophecy will run to and fro [in the Word of God] and this knowledge will be increased.

Increase of Knowledge

So, I am not going to read these. I am just going to tell you about them.

[Note: The following Scriptural references are inserted from the notes for the reader’s benefit, preceding Brother Pippenger’s narration on these same scriptures.]

Joseph

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife. 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV).

The increase of knowledge in this history of Cyrus, that is marked, that can be recognized by students of prophecy that are running to and fro, you see Joseph in Matthew 1:18-25, he is being told to go ahead and marry Mary because this is a fulfillment of prophecy.

So, there is an increase of knowledge that is given to Joseph, “You just hang in there. Don’t put your wife away. This is an Holy Child.”

Simeon and Anna

25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him. 34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child, is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Luke 2:25-38 (KJV).

In Luke 2:25-38, Anna and Simeon are in the temple and the Holy Spirit has told them that they are going to be alive and see the Messiah come. They do not express it in those words, but that is the fact of the matter. And when Joseph and Mary bring Jesus in to dedicate him in the temple, Anna and Simeon understand this is He, who they have been told that they would be living when He would arrive. This is the Messiah. This is an increase of knowledge.

Shepherds

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them unto heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18And all they that heard it, wondered at those things which was told them concerning this child.” Luke 2:8-18 (KJV).

The shepherds on the hill, Luke 2:8-18, what did the angels tell them? The Messiah is born. And this is an increase of knowledge on what prophecy? On the birth of this virgin’s child that is going to be the Messiah.

Wise Men from the East

2Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasured, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” Matthew 2:1-12 (KJV).

The wise men from the East, in Matthew 2:1-12, is an increase of knowledge on the birth of Christ. But, where do they derive their prophetic light from? From the writings of Moses and the prophecy of Balaam.

So, it is not simply one passage in the Scripture; but, the primary passage is the birth of Christ.

Flight to Egypt

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.” Matthew 2:13-21 (KJV).

Then the flight to Egypt, the child is born (Christ is born), and Joseph is told, “Flee unto Egypt,” because Christ is going to have to fulfill the prophecy that His son comes out of Egypt.

So, there is an increase of knowledge that is easily noted in this history, once the prophecy is fulfilled and the Time of the End has arrived and there is an unsealing of this prophetic truth that is going to test this generation [of John the Baptist and Christ].

Message Formalized

1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of the one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 9Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:1-12 (KJV).

The message formalized, John the Baptist in the wilderness of Judaea.

Now, you will notice that I have the wilderness of Judaea up here. Just the Lord willing, we will deal with more when we deal with the Time of the End all by itself.

But, when Moses formalizes the message, where does that take place at? At the burning bush.

And where is Moses at when he sees the burning bush? He is in the wilderness.

And when the Papacy is persecuting God’s Church for 1260 years, what does the Lord do? He lets the woman flee into the wilderness, and part of the wilderness that they fled into was the United States of America—‘in 1492 Columbus crossed the blue.’ And the reason Columbus crossed the blue in 1492 is the Lord was opening the door for the Church to flee further out of the reach of Rome.

So, the USA is the wilderness in that sense where William Miller is raised up. Okay? And the USA being a two horn power, a two nation power is paralleling (the Medes and the Persians) the Medo-Persian Kingdom where Cyrus comes to understand his role.

So, the message is formalized in the time of Christ, in the wilderness of Judaea.

Reform Message

All of these messages are identifying a message of reform.

In Early Writings, page 233, it says,

“Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. Like John, the forerunner of Jesus, those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree, and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded, many who were united with the churches received the healing message; they saw their backslidings, and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled themselves before God. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them, they helped to sound the cry, ‘Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.’” Early Writings, 233.

So, John is giving a message of reform that is paralleled by Elijah’s message of reform that is prefiguring Miller’s message of reform. That can be understood in the message of Cyrus, that the children of Israel were to reform their lives and go back to Jerusalem and do that work.

And, of course, Moses will bring a message of reform to a people that are no longer keeping the Sabbath.

Worldwide

Now, we noted that one of the characteristics of this [first] waymark, when the Angel comes down, is worldwide earlier on. In August 11, 1840, the First Angel’s Message was carried to every mission station in the world, Sister White tells us. And the First Decree by Cyrus, he says, “I am the king of all the kingdoms of the Earth.”

And when it came to John’s message, it says in Matthew 3:5,

5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, . . . .” Matthew 3:5 (KJV).

The whole world that is represented in that geographical prophetic setting, everyone came to hear John the Baptist’s message.

Message Empowered

The message is empowered.

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16And Jesus, when he was baptized went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV).

When was the message empowered?

Well, the message is empowered when the Divine symbol comes down. And at the baptism of Christ the message is empowered.

Testing Process Marked

1Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” 5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and sitteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 1-Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:1-10 (KJV),

And if you remember, up here [in the Millerite Reform Movement] when the Angel of Revelation 10 comes down and has the Little Book opened in His hand, John in Revelation 10, verses 8 through 10, is told to go take and eat the Little Book. And then Ezekiel and Jeremiah lets us know that when the prophet eats the Little Book, it is representing that he is given a testing message that he is to carry to God’s people.

And sure enough, who was God’s people here [at the beginning of the Millerite Reform Movement]? Who were they?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Protestants.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Protestants. August 11, 1840, the Millerites were to test the Protestants with a message that they had eaten from the hand of the Angel. A testing process began.

With the First Decree the Jews are tested.

Okay. You think about it. Autumn is sitting there and she is 13 – 14 years old—and I have used this illustration before. I am sorry but it works from my logic—suddenly right now the Mexican Army kicks in the doors of this house and kills me and kills anyone over 30, but it takes Autumn and it takes her to Mexico and she lives there for 70 years, and in 70 years she is 83 – 84 years old and now there is a law passed saying, “Autumn, and your children and your grandchildren and maybe your great grandchildren, you can go back to Arkansas and rebuild your house.”

And she is thinking, “Wow, I have got a farm here and my whole family is here.” She is being tested. She does not remember how to speak English anymore. All she speaks is Spanish. It is a big deal.

So, when the First Decree goes forth, the Jews are being tested.

That is why when you get down here [457BC), it is noted that Ezra was disappointed on how few people actually came out of Babylon. They did not come out because they were comfortable, and they walked no more with God’s people forever. But, that was a testing process.

But, here, what happened at Christ’s baptism is the message is empowered. The Dove comes down out of Heaven, and what does Christ do? He goes into the wilderness to be what? To be tested of the Devil.

And in agreement with the Everlasting Gospel, the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers, based upon the introduction of a three-step testing process. How many times was Christ tested?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three times.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Three times.

What was the first test?

What was the first test for the Millerites, right here [August 11, 1840]. Are you going to eat the Little Book or not?

“Go take the Little Book out of the Angel’s hand and eat it up.”

As a Millerite, you could have said, “No way! Not interested,” and failed the test.

What was Christ’s first test?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Appetite.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Eating, eating; appetite.

So, Christ illustrates here a testing process. The testing process begins when the message is empowered.

Do you see it?

I hope you see it. It is easy to see.

The Foundation Laid

And at this point the foundations are always laid.

Desire of Ages, page 181:

“John had been called to lead out as a reformer.”—

This is John the Baptist. This is him doing his work.

—“Because of this, his disciples were in danger of fixing their attention upon him, feeling that the success of the work depended upon his labors, and losing sight of the fact that he was only an instrument through which God had wrought. But the work of John was not sufficient to lay the foundation of the Christian church. When he had fulfilled his mission, another work was to be done, which his testimony could not accomplish. His disciples did not understand this. When they saw Christ coming in to take the work, they were jealous and dissatisfied.” The Desire of Ages, 181.

John’s message was not sufficient to lay the foundation. It was not until Christ comes that the foundation is going to get laid; right on time, right on the same spot, every time.

And I would refer to you—as you are thinking about these things, if you are not familiar with this—it is not in your notes, turn with me to Isaiah 58:12. All the prophets are speaking about the end of the world; so, Isaiah 58:12 is speaking about the end of the world, and it says,

12And they that shall be of thee”—Isaiah’s people, spiritual Israel—“12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:12 (KJV).

Okay. At the end of the world, God’s people, one of the works they are going to do is they are going to raise up the foundations of many generations. And what I want you to see here, as we present this line-upon-line message, which is the Latter Rain message according to Isaiah 28, one of the things that we are doing is we are raising up the foundation at the time of the Millerites, the foundation at the time of Cyrus, the foundation in the time of Christ, the foundation in the time of Moses, the foundation in the time of Elijah, and Noah, and on and on and on. We are raising up the foundations, in the plural, of many generations. So, this is part of the work that we are to do.

What is part of the work that we are to do? We are to bring line upon line, demonstrating the history of the Latter Rain, and emphasizing the foundations; because, this is where the testing process always takes place.

Time of the Millerites

The foundation in the Millerite History, Review and Herald, April 14, 1903:

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844.Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

Here is the foundation of the Millerite History, this 1843 Chart right here.

Action of the Enemies

After the foundational work, you will see an activity of the enemies. And you have in your notes there John 11:49-53.

49And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.” John 11:49–53 (KJV).

So, you see the activity of the enemies here in the timeline of Christ, represented by Caiaphas’s prophecy; whereas, in this waymark of Cyrus it was the decree to stop the work by false Smerdis.

In this history, in June of 1842, was the Protestant churches closing their doors against the message.

And when we get down here to the beginning of Ancient Israel and Moses, it will be Pharaoh.

Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

This should be followed by the manifestation of the power of God that we call the “Midnight Cry.” In these histories there is always a manifestation of the power of God.

And in Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, beginning at page 250, it says,

The midnight cry”—in the Millerite History—“The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument, though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. There was no doubt, no questioning. Upon the occasion of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast, flocked to the Mount of Olives, and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus, they caught the inspiration of the hour, and helped to swell the shout, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!’ [Matthew 21:9.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity, some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!’” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 250–251.

The Triumphal Entry, the manifestation of power in the history of Christ, Sister White ties in with the Midnight Cry. But, we know that the Midnight Cry is accomplished first by the Tarrying Time, the first disappointment [March 12, 1844].

And, if we read closely, we know that the Triumphal Entry is preceded by the story of Lazarus. This was the crowning miracle of Christ. And if you remember the story of Lazarus, people started coming to Jesus with His disciples saying, “Lazarus is sick. You need to go there or he is going to die.” And Jesus tarried, He tarried. And it started causing confusion even among His disciples. They started thinking, “Hey, this is a really close friend of Jesus’s. If he is so sick that he is going to die, why isn’t Jesus just going to take care him?” But, He did not. He tarried there.

So, in the beginning of this history of Christ we have a Tarrying Time.

And what else do we have? What happened when Lazarus died? Oh, Miriam and Martha and the others, they were greatly disappointed. They were disappointed.

Then Jesus came to perform the crowning miracle, and when He does this He is on His way to the Triumphal Entry.

So, the Triumphal Entry is the Midnight Cry; but, the Midnight Cry is ushered in by the first disappointment and the Tarrying Time, which is Lazarus, the first disappointment in the Tarrying Time in the history of Christ; which is Haman’s first decree, which was a disappointment for Mordecai and Esther.

It is followed by judgment.

Judgment

And, of course, the judgment is the cross. You have a reference there for it.

The Great Controversy, page 405, says,

“Five hundred years before, the Lord had declared by the prophet Zechariah, ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.’[1 Zechariah 9:9.] Had the disciples realized that Christ was going to judgment and to death, they could not have fulfilled this prophecy.

In like manner, Miller and his associates fulfilled prophecy, and gave a message which inspiration had foretold should be given to the world, but which they could not have given had they fully understood the prophecies pointing out their disappointment, and presenting another message to be preached to all nations before the Lord should come. The first and second angels’ messages were given at the right time, and accomplished the work which God designed to accomplish by them.” The Great Controversy, 405.

So, judgment takes place at the cross; and, Sister White is paralleling this judgment at the cross to October 22, 1844.

Time of the Millerites

The Great Controversy, beginning at page 355:

“The prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. This is especially true of the book of Daniel. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the end.’ Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’” The Great Controversy, 355–356.

And what follows the judgment is disappointment.

Disappointment

The Great Controversy, beginning at page 351:

Like the first disciples, William Miller and his associates did not, themselves, fully comprehend the import of the message which they bore. Errors that had been long established in the church prevented them from arriving at a correct interpretation of an important point in the prophecy.”—

“. . . an important point in the prophecy,” an important point in the prophecy, an important point in the prophecy, for those of you out there that want to fight the Millerite understanding by saying that Ellen White says that they had a bunch of errors in their understanding. She is saying, “an important point” in the singular—but, that is a different subject.

—“Therefore, though they proclaimed the message which God had committed to them to be given to the world, yet through a misapprehension of its meaning they suffered disappointment.” The Great Controversy, 351–352.

So, she is saying the disappointment of the Millerites was just like the disappointment of the Disciples after the cross: parallel histories.

Work & Backsliding

Okay. The Millerites then had to understand the Sabbath. They do so in 1846.

And in this history of Christ, what does Christ do in the tomb? He rests on the seventh day.

And in the time period of Ezra [in the history of the Three Decrees: see Figure No. 28B], we have the seventh week prophecy beginning, right where Ezra is disappointed on how few come out of Babylon.

Now, we have not to this point marked another waymark. We are going to add it into the mix here. At this point there is always a work that is given to God’s people.

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Figure No. 28B.

The work for Adventism was to proclaim the Third Angel’s Message to the world.

The work for the Jews was to finish building Jerusalem, the streets and the wall.

And the work for the Disciples was to carry the message of the resurrection to the world.

But, after the waymark of the work is illustrated, there is always a backsliding that is marked.

The Millerites, they did not carry on by faith in the message.

The Jews quit building the street and the wall. It was necessary that 49 years later that the Lord raises up Nehemiah to finish the work.

And the Disciples, they go fishing.

The time of Christ, Desire of Ages, page 810:

“Vividly they recalled the scene beside the sea when Jesus had bidden them follow Him. They remembered how, at His command, they had launched out into the deep,”—and this is after the cross—“and had let down their net, and the catch had been so abundant as to fill the net, even to breaking. Then Jesus had called them to leave their fishing boats, and had promised to make them fishers of men. It was to bring this scene to their minds, and to deepen its impression, that He had again performed the miracle. His act was a renewal of the commission to the disciples. It showed them that the death of their Master had not lessened their obligation to do the work He had assigned them. Though they were to be deprived of His personal companionship, and of the means of support by their former employment, the risen Saviour would still have a care for them. While they were doing His work, He would provide for their needs. And Jesus had a purpose in bidding them cast their net on the right side of the ship. On that side He stood upon the shore. That was the side of faith. If they labored in connection with Him,—His divine power combining with their human effort,—they could not fail of success.” The Desire of Ages, 810.

And if you go into this story after the cross, the Disciples are at the ocean and Peter says, “Hey, why don’t we spend a night fishing on the boats. We need some money for clothing and food. If we spend one night fishing on the boat we will supply our needs.” And Sister White is here saying that Christ shows up. The Disciples hadn’t caught anything and He tells them to cast to the other side. They catch this wonderful amount of fish. And He was doing that to tell them that they had been commissioned to do a work and they were not to return to their former occupation as fisherman because He was capable of sustaining them.

So, although this is not a blatant form of apostasy-type backsliding, it is still noted there in the sequence of events; whereas, it is pretty blatant that for 49 years that the Jews quit doing the work of building the streets and the wall.

And it is pretty obvious that when we are teaching the Spiritual Formations techniques of the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church in Adventism here at the end of the world, we quit doing the work of proclaiming the Third Angel’s Message; because, the Third Angel’s Message, among other things, is to identify that the Pope of Rome is the antichrist of Bible prophecy. You should not be drinking the wine of Babylon if you are going to proclaim that Babylon is fallen! But that is another story.

Time of the Millerites

Evangelism, page 695:

“Had Adventists, after the great disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith and followed on unitedly in the opening providence of God, receiving the message of the third angel and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming it to the world, they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have been completed,:—

They were given a work. It would have been completed.

—“and Christ would have come ere this to receive His people to their reward. But in the period of doubt and uncertainty that followed the disappointment, many of the advent believers yielded their faith. . . . Thus the work was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been our history!” Evangelism, 695.

Okay. They were given the message here [October 22, 1844], and they backslid.

Time of Cyrus

The time of Cyrus, you have Daniel 9:25 there.

25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25 (KJV).

They had seven weeks to finish the work.

Nehemiah

Speaking of Nehemiah, Prophets and Kings, page 628, it says,

“By messengers from Judea the Hebrew patriot learned that days of trial had come to Jerusalem, the chosen city. The returned exiles were suffering affliction and reproach. The temple and portions of the city had been rebuilt; but the work of restoration was hindered, the temple services were disturbed, and the people kept in constant alarm by the fact that the walls of the city were still largely in ruins.” Prophets and Kings, 628.

That is this history [the reform line of Cyrus].

The Fourth Decree—Pentecost

Okay. The Fourth Decree, down here [beyond the scope of the timeline of Millerite History to our time] is the Fourth Angel’s Message for us, Revelation 18.

The Fourth Angel’s Message in the time of the reform line of Cyrus, that is the Decree of Nehemiah.

But, the Millerite History is marking when the Lord is entering into covenant with spiritual Israel, with Adventism. We are going to show that as we proceed. When you get to 1850, the 50 is a symbol of when the Lord enters into covenant; so, this is prefiguring the Fourth Angel’s Message at the end of the world.

Nevertheless, right here at 408BC of the reform line of Cyrus, when the streets and wall are finished in 49 years, the fiftieth year is marking the covenant.

And in the time of Christ, Pentecost is marking the fourth waymark—pente means 50—prefiguring the Fourth Angel’s Message.

Sister White says,

The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world . . .

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost.” The Great Controversy, 611.

And the work she is referring to there is the Angel of Revelation 18.

Life or Death

Okay. We need to put something in the record here, a rather long passage but it has to be in the record for our further study.

Early Writings, page 259: Sister White is going to compare the history of Christ with the history of the Millerites and show that it is a threefold testing process that is life or death, and it is progressive in nature in the sense that if you do not pass the first test, you are not involved with the second. If you do not pass the second, you are not involved with the third.

I know that this is review for many of us; but, for those of us who might watch this on DVD later, this may not be review.

“I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary. The rendering of the veil of the temple showed that the Jewish sacrifices and ordinances would no longer be received. The great Sacrifice had been offered and had been accepted, and the Holy Spirit which descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the disciples from the earthly sanctuary to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own blood, to shed upon His disciples the benefits of His atonement. But the Jews were left in total darkness. They lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of salvation, and still trusted in their useless sacrifices and offerings. The heavenly sanctuary had taken the place of the earthly, yet they had no knowledge of the change. Therefore they could not be benefited by the mediation of Christ in the holy place.”—

Now, Brothers and Sisters, that is one paragraph and I am sure that I do not understand all the implications of that paragraph; but, I have recognized enough in that paragraph to know that you could spend a whole hour or more just on that paragraph and we are not going to do it here. We are just putting it in place here, that when we are talking about the Reform Movement of Christ, Sister White is telling us that if you reject the first message, the message of John, you cannot receive the second message, which is the message of Christ. And if you reject the message of Christ, you are not going to be involved with Pentecost. It is a three-step testing process, and it is life or death.

As soon as she talks about this history of Christ, then she says this,

—“Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and as they read the history of His shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not have denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God who reads the hearts of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel. All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel’s message. But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the cross, derided the good news of His coming. Instead of receiving the message with gladness, they declared it to be a delusion.”—

That is right here in this history here [the Millerite History, August 11, 1840 to June 1842]. Once the message is empowered, the Protestant churches started saying, “This is fanaticism. This is a delusion.”

—“They hated those who loved His appearing and shut them out of the churches.”—

There is June 1842; the door is closing.

—“Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can see no light in the third angel’s message, which shows the way into the most holy place. I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare.” Early Writings, 259–261.

So, these timelines are the Everlasting Gospel, and the Everlasting Gospel is accomplished by Christ introducing a prophetic testing message. In the terminology of Daniel 12 that is the increase of knowledge.

Christ is going to put enmity in this history between the seed of Satan and the seed of Christ, and the two seeds will be demonstrated when the door closes. This testing process is threefold. Those who reject the message of John the Baptist cannot be benefitted by the teachings of Jesus. If you do not accept the First Angel’s Message, you cannot accept the Second Angel’s Message and be benefitted by the Midnight Cry, which is part of the Second Angel’s Message.

And notice, if you will, that Sister White compares these three messages [First, Second, and Third Angels’ Messages} in this history [the Millerite History] with the crucifixion of Christ. The Three Angels’ Messages are typifying Christ. If you crucify these messages, you are crucifying Christ.

And the problem for the Jews, which was the problem in the history of the Millerites, is they could not recognize that Christ was changing dispensations.

They could not recognize in the history of Christ that Christ was moving from the earthly sanctuary to the Heavenly Sanctuary; and, in the Millerite History they could not recognize that Christ was moving from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place. Those that did follow Him were those that are typifying the 144,000, because the 144,000, one of their characteristics is that they “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” When He changes from one dispensation to another, they would recognize it.

And as those who “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth” in these two histories are typifying the wise virgins, or the wise of Daniel 12.

The wicked or the foolish virgins of Daniel 12 that cannot recognize these things, in the history of Christ they end up in perfect darkness, and in the Millerite History they end up praying to Satan. And those two witnesses talk about Adventism at the end of the world that receives strong delusion because they would not receive the love of the Truth.

Okay. So, we had to put that in place.

What were we putting in place? That these lines are an illustration of the Everlasting Gospel, and they are life or death. If you do not pass these tests, you die for eternity.

Moses

Darkness

Okay. Well, hopefully we can move through the timeline of Moses rather quickly.

The reform line of Christ was the end of Ancient Israel, was it not? The stoning of Stephen was Ancient Israel’s divorce from God. The stoning of Stephen is AD34, and what is it? It is the conclusion of the one week that Christ came to confirm the covenant. This history is about Christ confirming the covenant, and at the end of that week Ancient Israel is divorced from God.

But, in the beginning of Ancient Israel, the Lord marries Ancient Israel at Sinai.

So, Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning, and the beginning of Ancient Israel is the story of Moses.

In Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, page 190, it says,

“Notwithstanding the Lord’s witnesses were clothed in sackcloth, they continued to prophesy throughout the entire period of 1260 years.”—

You are wondering what this has to do with Moses.

What I am saying, Sister White is talking about the two witnesses that were prophesying from AD538 to 1798.

And who were the two witnesses that were clothed in sackcloth? Well, in the story of Elijah, they are the 50 prophets that Obadiah put in this cave [gesturing to his left] and the 50 prophets hat Obadiah put in this cave [gesturing to his right]. They were hidden, but the prophets were still there.

In Revelation 11 these two prophets are Moses and Elijah, and we want to see that in a future study of the voice in the wilderness and the Time of the End. So, I am putting this in place now.

—“Notwithstanding the Lord’s witnesses were clothed in sackcloth, they continued to prophesy throughout the entire period of 1260 years. In the darkest times there were faithful men who loved God’s word, and were jealous for his honor.”—

In what times? In the darkest times; she is talking about in dark times.

—“To these loyal servants were given wisdom, power, and authority to declare his truth during the whole of this time.

“‘And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.’ [Revelation 11:7–8.]”—

This is France, the French Revolution time period.

—“These events were to take place near the close of the period in which the witnesses testified in sackcloth. Through the medium of the papacy, Satan had long controlled the powers that ruled in Church and State. The fearful results were especially apparent in those countries that rejected the light of the Reformation. There was a state of moral debasement and corruption similar to the condition of Sodom just prior to its destruction, and to the idolatry and spiritual darkness that prevailed in Egypt in the days of Moses.” Sprit of Prophecy, volume 4, 190.

She just compared the darkness of the Millerite reform line with the darkness of Egypt in the time of Moses.

Time of the End

The Time of the End is right here [first waymark of the reform line of Moses].

Now, I will remind you that I put a piece of paper, a study, on the website where you are downloading these notes, if you are doing so; and, it will give you the breakdown of Abram’s prophecy that let you see that Moses is born in the fourth generation.

And in Exodus 2, we see the birth of Moses.

1And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

5And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:1-10 (KJV).

Like Unto Me

The birth of Moses is paralleling the birth of Christ; because, Christ was prophesied by Moses. Moses said, “The Lord is going to raise up a prophet liken to myself.” Moses said, “Jesus is going to come on the scene, and I am typifying Jesus.” And you can find this in Deuteronomy 18:15–19; and, then you can see it confirmed in Acts 3:22-24; and 7:37.

15The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (KJV).

22For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.” Acts 3:22-24 (KJV).

37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear,” Acts 7:37 (KJV).

And the point is this: Christ was typified by Moses, and the Time of the End for Christ was His birth; therefore, the Time of the End for Moses was his birth and it also was a fulfillment of prophecy because it was in the fourth generation that the Lord was going to work deliverance for Ancient Israel. And this is when Moses comes on the scene.

Message Formalized

Okay. The message is formalized. Exodus 3:2-10, the message is formalized in the wilderness at the burning bush.

2And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

7And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 1-Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:2-10 (KJV).

We understand this story typically.

And what was the message? “I am going to take my people out of Egypt. I am going to restore true worship.”

Message Empowered—Exodus 4:24-26

After the message is formalized, it is empowered; and, it is empowered in Exodus 4:24-26, where it says the Lord came down and confronted Moses with the test of circumcision.

24And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. 25Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 26So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.”

Do not miss the fact that circumcision is replaced in the history of Christ with baptism. The history of Christ and the history of Moses are parallel histories. Here in the history of Moses the [first] test is circumcision; here [at the same waymark] in the history of Christ, Christ is baptized. Circumcision is the sign of covenant relationship; Baptism is the sign of covenant relationship with the Christian Church. They are parallel rites.

Here is what Sister White says in Signs of the Times, February 26, 1880:

“As Moses journeyed to Egypt, the angel of the Lord met him,”—

But in Exodus it says the Lord met him; but, it is okay. Jesus appears as an angel in Revelation 10 and in Daniel 10 as Michael the Angel.*

—“As Moses journeyed to Egypt, the angel of the Lord met him, and assumed a threatening posture, as though he would slay him. He did not explain the reason for his appearance in this manner, but Moses knew that there was a cause. He was going to Egypt in obedience to the express command of God; therefore the journey must be right. He at once remembered that his youngest son had not been circumcised. In compliance with the wishes of Zipporah, he had postponed the ceremony, contrary to the divine requirement. Now the wife, fearful that her husband might be slain, overcame her feelings of undue affection for her son, and performed the rite herself.”—

And Sister White does not say this, but “thus” emphasizing that the Church must enter into this covenant relationship because the woman is the church, she must enter into this testing process.

—“After this, the angel let Moses go. In his mission to Pharaoh, he was to be placed in a perilous position, where his life would be exposed to the will of the king, if God did not by his power, through the presence of angels, preserve him. While Moses was living in neglect of one of God’s positive commands, his life would not be secure; for angels could not protect him in disobedience.” Signs of the Times, February 26, 1880.

So, what empowered the message of Moses? It was the circumcision. Had he not accomplished that, he would have been powerless to stand before Pharaoh.

So, right here at this [first] test of circumcision, Moses’ message is empowered; just like Christ and John’s message is empowered at the baptism; as the Millerites’ message is empowered on August 11, 1840; as the message of the First Decree of Cyrus is empowered when Michael comes down and prevails against the prince of Persia.

Testing Process

Okay. Circumcision marks a testing process. Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, page 262:

“The Lord appeared unto Abraham, and said unto him, ‘I am the Almighty God. Walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make a covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.’ ‘And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

“He then required of Abraham and his seed, circumcision, which was a circle cut in the flesh, as a token that God had cut them out and separated them from all nations as his peculiar treasure. By this sign they solemnly pledged themselves that they would not intermarry with other nations; for by so doing they would lose their reverence for God and his holy law, and would become like the idolatrous nations around them.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 1, 262.

So, circumcision was a test. You get circumcised and you are agreeing with the Lord, you are entering into covenant with the Lord that you are going to keep His covenant.

And if you do not do this, if you break that covenant, what happens to you? You open yourself up to the Mystery of Iniquity. The Mystery of Iniquity is the intermingling within nations around you.

So, anyway, circumcision was a test that marked a covenant relationship.

Baptism

Then in Testimonies, volume 6, page 98, it says,

“The vows which we take upon ourselves in baptism embrace much. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we are buried in the likeness of Christ’s death and raised in the likeness of His resurrection, and we are to live a new life. Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ. Henceforth the believer is to bear in mind that he is dedicated to God, to Christ, and to the Holy Spirit. He is to make all worldly considerations secondary to this new relation. Publicly he has declared that he will no longer live in pride and self-indulgence. He is no longer to live a careless, indifferent life. He has made a covenant with God.” Testimonies, volume 6, 98.

So, here [continuing reference to Figure No. 28B, the history of Moses], we see the testing process begin. We see a parallel to Christ’s baptism; we see the empowerment of the message—two parallel histories, airtight.

Reform Message

Of course, the message that comes is the reform message; and, in Patriarchs and Prophets, Page 258, it says,

“In their bondage the Israelites had to some extent lost the knowledge of God’s law, and they had departed from its precepts. The Sabbath had been generally disregarded, and the exactions of their taskmasters made its observance apparently impossible. But Moses had shown his people that obedience to God was the first condition of deliverance; and the efforts made to restore the observance of the Sabbath had come to the notice of their oppressors.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 258.

Moses comes back and his reform message is on the Sabbath.

Foundation

And what is the Sabbath?

The next quote, The Great Controversy, page 437:

“‘The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to God’—because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. ‘The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten.’—J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27.” The Great Controversy, 437.

The foundational work that Moses does is the Sabbath.

The message that Moses takes is, “We want to go out in the wilderness, a three days’ journey, and worship God.”

But, the foundation of that message is the Sabbath, and Moses lays it right here where all these other foundations are laid.

Action of the Enemies

Which produces an action of the enemies, right here [second waymark of the history of Moses]. Pharaoh says, “Okay. You are going to take the seventh day off? Then you go ahead and you keep the same amount of bricks coming out, but now you go ahead and you gather your own straw.” You can find that in Exodus 5:7-8.

4And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? Get you unto your burdens. 5And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. 6And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, 7Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” Exodus 4-8 (KJV).

There is the action of the enemy. Pharaoh, paralleling the action of Caiaphas, paralleling the action of false Smerdis, paralleling the action of the Protestant Churches in the United States.

Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

Okay. They had a manifestation of the power of God that always takes place in this history [indicating the period of time between the second and third waymarks on all the reform lines (See Figure No. 28B)]. And this one is easy to see; it is the plagues.

Patriarchs and Prophets, page 264:

“It was the hand of God, and no human influence or power possessed by Moses and Aaron, that wrought the miracles which they showed before Pharaoh. Those signs and wonders were designed to convince Pharaoh that the great ‘I AM’ had sent Moses, and that it was the duty of the king to let Israel go, that they might serve the living God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 264.

So, the manifestation of the power of God here with the plague is paralleling the manifestation of the power of God at the Triumphal Entry; which is paralleling the manifestation of the power of God as Esther’s Decree, the second decree, telling the Jews that they can defend themselves, spread across that part of the world; which was paralleling the Midnight Cry message that “spread like a tidal wave” across the United States. It was not any human power; it was God’s power.

And in this history [the history of Moses], we do not have a Midnight Cry but we have a cry at midnight. At the climax of the manifestation of the power of God, the final plague, the judgment of the firstborn produces a cry at midnight.

The Midnight Cry

Exodus 11:4-6 says,

4And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 5And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.” Exodus 11:4–6 (KJV).

So, we see the Midnight Cry in connection with the manifestation of the power of God noted in this history of Moses, prefiguring the history of the Triumphal Entry in the history of Christ, which Sister White uses to illustrate the Midnight Cry of the Millerite History; which parallels Haman’s and Esther’s decrees.

Judgment

The Midnight Cry leads to judgment; and, in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 273:

“The judgment of which Egypt had first been warned, was to be the last visited. God is long-suffering and plenteous in mercy. He has a tender care for the beings formed in His image. If the loss of their harvests and their flocks and herds had brought Egypt to repentance, the children would not have been smitten; but the nation had stubbornly resisted the divine command, and now the final blow was about to fall.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 273.

Judgment of the firstborn: on Passover, the very day that Christ was crucified, at the end of Ancient Israel. Parallel history.

Disappointment

The judgment is followed by disappointment. In Testimonies, volume 8, beginning at page 115, it says,

“Upon us is shining the accumulated light of past ages. The record of Israel’s forgetfulness has been preserved for our enlightenment. In this age God has set His hand to gather unto Himself a people from every nation, kindred, and tongue. In the advent movement He has wrought for His heritage, even as He wrought for the Israelites in leading them from Egypt. In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea.” Testimonies, volume 8, 115– 116.

The Hebrews at the Red Sea suffered a disappointment.

And where do we see the number “7” here [referring to Figure No. 28B]? I do not have it in your notes.

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Pharaoh PASSOVER PENTECOST

Cry at

Burning Bush Midnight 7

EGYPT MOSES (D)

Darkness FOUNDATION Work Backsliding

1 2 3

Figure No. 29A.

When the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea they began to complain about food, right? And what does the Lord give them?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Manna.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Manna.

There are two primary lessons of the manna—three, probably—three primary lessons of the manna, is there not? Obedience to God’s Word—what is the other one?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Sabbath.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —the Sabbath: you do not go out and gather stuff on the Sabbath; and, the health message, diet reform.

But the manna, the manna what is it typifying?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The life of Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The life of Christ.

You can also place in here [at the third waymark], you can show that between the deliverance of Egypt and getting to the Red Sea, they left on Friday night and they are at the Red Sea on Sunday. You have got the Sabbath right there in the middle. There is a number 7 in there.

Work

The work; Patriarchs and Prophets, beginning at page 303:

“God purposed to make the occasion of speaking His law a scene of awful

grandeur, in keeping with its exalted character. The people were to be impressed that everything connected with the service of God must be regarded with the greatest reverence.”—

They are coming to Pentecost now. They are going to be given a work to do because, at Pentecost the Lord is going to give His Law to His people.

And because of time, because we are actually close to ending this one in one hour, it says,

—“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai.’ During these intervening days all were to occupy the time in solemn preparation to appear before God. Their person and their clothing must be freed from impurity. And as Moses should point out their sins, they were to devote themselves to humiliation, fasting, and prayer, that their hearts might be cleansed from iniquity.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 303–304.

They are given a work to do to prepare themselves.

Of course, this work is paralleling the work that the Disciples were to do when Pentecost approached, to prepare themselves for what was going to take place on Pentecost.

And, of course, when Moses goes up to receive the Law on Pentecost, what do they do? They backslide, do they not?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: They are dancing around a golden calf.

Finishing the Work

Then the finishing of the work is the building of the temple.

Patriarchs and Prophets, 343:

“The command was communicated to Moses while in the mount with God, ‘Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them;’ and full directions were given for the construction of the tabernacle. By their apostasy the Israelites forfeited the blessing of the divine Presence, and for the time rendered impossible the erection of a sanctuary for God among them. But after they were again taken into favor with Heaven, the great leader proceeded to execute the divine command.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 343.

Summary

So, bringing this to a conclusion, what we have here—at least I have a comfort level with what we have here, in the sense of what I want to try to convey as we proceed—we have shown five timelines. The timeline of Elijah is not on here.

Sister White says, “Historical events were set before the people and prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this Earth’s history.” Prophecy is a figurative, symbolic delineation—which means to set forth upon a line.

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Pharaoh PASSOVER PENTECOST

Cry at 4

Burning Bush Midnight 7

EGYPT MOSES (D)

Darkness FOUNDATION Work Backsliding

1 2 3 END OF WORLD

Figure No. 29B.

Prophecy is a timeline going down to the end of the world. This is the direction it goes towards the end of the world; and, historical events demonstrate the fulfillment of prophecy but they are figurative. And we have given five timelines now that show, in agreement with Sister White telling us in The Great Controversy, that all the Reform Movements parallel one another. We have given five timelines to show that these historical events are figurative in the sense that they parallel all the other ones.

The First Decree [in the history of Cyrus] prefigures the First Angel’s Message [in the history of the Millerites], which was prefigured by the baptism of Christ, which was prefigured by the circumcision test of Moses. These historical events were historical events and they fulfilled prophecy, but they are figurative.

And we emphasized early on through the writings of Ellen White that there is a specific order, and we have been seeing this order is absolutely airtight. Okay?

So, what we have put in place here is prophetic lines that we will be able to use to glean some important truths out of as we perceive.

And, we are working on certain prophetic principles here. Let us remind ourselves of just a few.

Upon the testimony of two or three a thing is established. We have given five timelines now.

So, when it comes to these waymarks, which Sister White says are to be carefully guarded lest they be torn down and replaced with error. These waymarks of the Millerite History are to be guarded, and these waymarks have been prefigured by all these other histories. And the waymarks of the Millerite History need to be carefully guarded because there is a specific order that they have been set forth in.

And so we have guarded these waymarks by giving two, three, four, five witnesses of where they arrived and what they represent. So, one of the principles that we are offering is that upon the testimony if two or three a thing is established.

Another principle that we are dealing with is that here in Egypt, at the beginning of Israel [the history of Moses]; we see illustrated the end of Israel [the history of Christ]; and, here in the time of Cyrus, at the beginning of the 2300 days; we see [in the history of the Millerite] the end of the 2300 days.

So, we are also dealing with the principle that Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning.

And the other principle that we are dealing with from Sister White, which is close but it is broader, is that every reform line parallels one another.

Okay. So, what this does is it is going to give us several lines, from here a little, from there a little, several lines that we can bring together line upon, for the purpose of ultimately illustrating the reform line of the Latter Rain, the time in which we are living. And once we get to that point, we should have an abundant amount of points of reference to where upon the testimony of two or three we can be clear about the timeline of the Latter Rain.

So, the Lord willing, tomorrow—

And this is the fourth waymark in the history of Moses .

—tomorrow we will begin to look at the two Tables that were given to Ancient Israel at the beginning of their history, the two tables of the Ten Commandments, and show that these tables represent the covenant, in order to show that those two tables typify these Two Tables [the 1843 and 1850 Charts] that were given to modern Israel at the beginning of their experience.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed and amazed that you have the ability to illustrate the end with the beginning and that you are consistent with your dealings with men are ever the same. We are also amazed that your people here at the end of the world do not possess the sanctified curiosity to try to follow these wonderful truths that you are opening up to your people at this time. We realize that in this history, as in all these histories, the Mystery of Iniquity hath already worked and has done a marvelous and satanic preparation for this time period. We ask that according to your will that those in Adventism that might be confronted with these truths, that still possess an honest heart, that you would do whatever is necessary to break through to that heart that they might take this Little Book and begin to eat it that it might prepare them to stand in the near future when there is no longer intercession for sin. Thank you for bringing us together to do this work. We ask a blessing upon the LiveStream and the recordings, and we would ask a blessing upon our day of service to you as we go forward from here. In Jesus’s name, amen.