The Reform Lines (06 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #6 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/14/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
Channel Group: FutureForAmerica
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“The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and in publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” The Great Controversy, 334–335.

‘Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel’s message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted. In the little book entitled Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, Father Miller gives the following simple but intelligent and important rules for Bible study and interpretation:—

“‘1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible.’

The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth.” Review and Herald, November 25, 1884.

RULE IV—To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence, and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in an error.

RULE V—Scripture must be—its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound it to me and he should, guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed or wisdom is my rule, not the Bible.

RULE VI—God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables, and in this way the same things are often time revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures, and parables. If you wish to understand them, you must combine them all in one.

A Key

“The apostle says, ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ The Bible is its own expositor. One passage will prove to be a key that will unlock other passages, and in this way light will be shed upon the hidden meaning of the word. By comparing different texts treating on the same subject, viewing their bearing on every side, the true meaning of the Scriptures will be made evident.

“Many think that they must consult commentaries on the Scriptures in order to understand the meaning of the word of God, and we would not take the position that commentaries should not be studied; but it will take much discernment to discover the truth of God under the mass of the words of men. How little has been done by the church, as a body professing to believe the Bible, to gather up the scattered jewels of God’s word into one perfect chain of truth! The jewels of truth do not lie upon the surface, as many suppose. The master mind in the confederacy of evil is ever at work to keep the truth out of sight, and to bring into full view the opinions of great men. The enemy is doing all in his power to obscure heaven’s light through educational processes; for he does not mean that men shall hear the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.’

“The jewels of truth lie scattered over the field of revelation; but they have been buried beneath human traditions, beneath the sayings and commandments of men, and the wisdom from heaven has been practically ignored; for Satan has succeeded in making the world believe that the words and achievements of men are of great consequence. The Lord God, the Creator of the worlds, at infinite cost has given the gospel to the world. Through this divine agent, glad, refreshing springs of heavenly comfort and abiding consolation have been opened for those who will come to the fountain of life. There are veins of truth yet to be discovered; but spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Minds beclouded with evil cannot appreciate the value of the truth as it is in Jesus. When iniquity is cherished, men do not feel the necessity of making diligent effort with prayer and reflection, to understand that they must know or lose heaven. They have so long been under the shadow of the enemy that they view truth as men behold objects through a smoked and imperfect glass; for all things are dark and perverted in their eyes. Their spiritual vision is feeble and untrustworthy; for they look upon the shadow, and turn away from the light.” Review and Herald, December 1, 1891.

Comparing Scripture with Scripture

“The truth and the glory of God are inseparable; it is impossible for us, with the Bible within our reach, to honor God by erroneous opinions. Many claim that it matters not what one believes, if his life is only right. But the life is molded by the faith. If light and truth is within our reach, and we neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it, we virtually reject it; we are choosing darkness rather than light.

“‘There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’ Proverbs 16:25. Ignorance is no excuse for error or sin, when there is every opportunity to know the will of God. A man is traveling and comes to a place where there are several roads and a guideboard indicating where each one leads. If he disregards the guideboard, and takes whichever road seems to him to be right, he may be ever so sincere, but will in all probability find himself on the wrong road.

“God has given us His word that we may become acquainted with its teachings and know for ourselves what He requires of us. When the lawyer came to Jesus with the inquiry, ‘What shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ the Saviour referred him to the Scriptures, saying: ‘What is written in the law? how readest thou?’ Ignorance will not excuse young or old, nor release them from the punishment due for the transgression of God’s law; because there is in their hands a faithful presentation of that law and of its principles and claims. It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything.

“It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture. With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves as we are to answer for ourselves before God.

“The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared: ‘Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.’ Mark 12:24. The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. [Miller’s eleventh rule.] Christ has given the promise: ‘If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.’ John 7:17. If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error.

We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures and should task the understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of God; yet we must not forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner. Scriptural difficulties can never be mastered by the same methods that are employed in grappling with philosophical problems. We should not engage in the study of the Bible with that self-reliance with which so many enter the domains of science, but with a prayerful dependence upon God and a sincere desire to learn His will. We must come with a humble and teachable spirit to obtain knowledge from the great I AM. Otherwise, evil angels will so blind our minds and harden our hearts that we shall not be impressed by the truth.

“Many a portion of Scripture which learned men pronounce a mystery, or pass over as unimportant, is full of comfort and instruction to him who has been taught in the school of Christ. [Miller’s fourteenth rule.] One reason why many theologians have no clearer understanding of God’s word is, they close their eyes to truths which they do not wish to practice. An [1888 edition] understanding of Bible truth depends not so much on the power of intellect brought to the search as on the singleness of purpose, the earnest longing after righteousness. [Miller’s second rule]” The Great Controversy, 597–599.

Individually Called to be Students of Prophecy

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy.” Testimonies, volume 5, 708.

Individually Tested

“It does not seem possible to us now that any should have to stand alone; but if God has ever spoken by me, the time will come when we shall be brought before councils and before thousands for his name’s sake, and each one will have to give the reason of his faith. Then will come the severest criticism upon every position that has been taken for the truth. We need, then, to study the word of God, that we may know why we believe the doctrines we advocate. We must critically search the living oracles of Jehovah.” Review and Herald, December 18, 1888.

The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges.” Testimonies, volume 5, 463.

Context

“Peter exhorts his brethren to ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ Whenever the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of His word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truths. This has been true in the history of the church in all ages, and thus it will continue to the end. But as real spiritual life declines, it has ever been the tendency to cease to advance in the knowledge of the truth. Men rest satisfied with the light already received from God’s word and discourage any further investigation of the Scriptures. They become conservative and seek to avoid discussion.

“The fact that there is no controversy or agitation among God’s people should not be regarded as conclusive evidence that they are holding fast to sound doctrine. There is reason to fear that they may not be clearly discriminating between truth and error. When no new questions are started by investigation of the Scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the Bible for themselves to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition and worship they know not what.

I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now preaching to others who will find, upon examining the positions they hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory reason. Until thus tested they knew not their great ignorance. And there are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand what they believe; but, until controversy arises, they do not know their own weakness. When separated from those of like faith and compelled to stand singly and alone to explain their belief, they will be surprised to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth. Certain it is that there has been among us a departure from the living God and a turning to men, putting human in place of divine wisdom.

God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting. Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God so that when the testing time shall come and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear.

Agitate, agitate, agitate. The subjects which we present to the world must be to us a living reality. It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound. These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth. We should present sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny. With those who have educated themselves as debaters there is great danger that they will not handle the word of God with fairness. In meeting an opponent it should be our earnest effort to present subjects in such a manner as to awaken conviction in his mind, instead of seeking merely to give confidence to the believer.

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy.

“When God’s people are at ease and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action.” Testimonies, volume 5, 707–708.

Trace Their Working

The Bible is its own expositor [Miller’s fifth rule.]. Scripture is to be compared with scripture. The student should learn to view the word as a whole, and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme, of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for supremacy, and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy, to the great consummation.” Education, 191.

TRACE, v.t. [L. tracto, from traho; Eng. to draw, to drag.] 1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; as, to trace a figure with a pencil; to trace the outline of anything. 2. To follow by some mark that has been left by something which has preceded; to follow by footsteps or tracks. 3. To follow with exactness. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

Trace the Lines of Prophecy

“We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy, and understand the specifications given by the prophets, and by Christ and the apostles; that we may not be ignorant; but be able to see that the day is approaching, so that with increased zeal and effort, we may exhort one another to faithfulness, piety, and holiness.” Review and Herald, July 31, 1888.

The Point of Reference

“In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end.” Acts of the Apostles, 585.

The Same Line of Prophecy

“Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 7–8.

Revelation 12

The line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth.” The Great Controversy, 439.

Line Upon Line

Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel’s message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel.” Selected Messages, book 2, 114.

The Testimonies Never Contradict His Word

“The Bible must be your counselor. Study it and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.

“If the Testimonies speak not according to the word of God, reject them. Christ and Belial cannot be united.” Selected Messages, book 3, 32.

Line Upon Line

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Isaiah 28:9–13.

Line: H6957—From H6960 (compare H6961); a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; figuratively a rule; also a rim, a musical string or accord:—line.

H6960—A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect:— gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).

H6961—From H6960; a (measuring) cord (as if for binding):— line.

The Line of Prophecy

“The burden of the warning now to come to the people of God, nigh and afar off, is the third angel’s message. And those who are seeking to understand this message will not be led by the Lord to make an application of the Word that will undermine the foundation and remove the pillars of the faith that has made Seventh-day Adventists what they are today. The truths that have been unfolding in their order, as we have advanced along the line of prophecy revealed in the Word of God, are truth, sacred, eternal truth today. Those who passed over the ground step by step in the past history of our experience, seeing the chain of truth in the prophecies, were prepared to accept and obey every ray of light. They were praying, fasting, searching, digging for the truth as for hidden treasures, and the Holy Spirit, we know, was teaching and guiding us. Many theories were advanced, bearing a semblance of truth, but so mingled with misinterpreted and misapplied scriptures, that they led to dangerous errors. Very well do we know how every point of truth was established, and the seal set upon it by the Holy Spirit of God. And all the time voices were heard, ‘Here is the truth,’ ‘I have the truth; follow me.’ But the warnings came, ‘Go not ye after them. I have not sent them, but they ran.’ (See Jeremiah 23:21.)

The leadings of the Lord were marked, and most wonderful were His revelations of what is truth. Point after point was established by the Lord God of heaven. That which was truth then, is truth today. But the voices do not cease to be heard—’This is truth. I have new light.’ But these new lights in prophetic lines are manifest in misapplying the Word and setting the people of God adrift without an anchor to hold them. If the student of the Word would take the truths which God has revealed in the leadings of His people, and appropriate these truths, digest them, and bring them into their practical life, they would then be living channels of light. But those who have set themselves to study out new theories, have a mixture of truth and error combined, and after trying to make these things prominent, have demonstrated that they have not kindled their taper from the divine altar, and it has gone out in darkness.” Selected Messages, book 2, 103–104.

Their Order

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.” Selected Messages, book 2, 104–105.

Past

“There are those now living who, in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102.

Future

“All that God has in prophetic history specified to be fulfilled in the past has been, and all that is yet to come in its order will be. Daniel, God’s prophet, stands in his place. John stands in his place. In the Revelation the Lion of the tribe of Judah has opened to the students of prophecy the book of Daniel, and thus is Daniel standing in his place. He bears his testimony, that which the Lord revealed to him in vision of the great and solemn events which we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment.

“In history and prophecy the Word of God portrays the long continued conflict between truth and error. That conflict is yet in progress. Those things which have been, will be repeated.” Selected Messages, book 2, 109.

“After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.’ These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

Proclaimed in Their Order

“I have had precious opportunities to obtain an experience. I have had an experience in the first, second, and third angels’ messages. The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven, proclaiming to the world a message of warning, and having a direct bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth’s history. No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God, and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” Life Sketches, 429.

Located by the Word of Inspiration

“The proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages has been located by the word of Inspiration. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old.” Counsels to Writers and Editors, 26–27.

Prophetic Guideposts

“God speaks in his word, and fulfills this word in the world. We need now to seek to understand the movements of God’s providence. Said Paul, ‘Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night nor of darkness.’ God’s people are not left to depend on man’s wisdom. With prophetic guideposts God has marked out the way he wishes them to take. These great waymarks show us that the path of obedience is the only path we can follow with certainty. Men break their word, and prove themselves untrustworthy, but God changes not. His word will abide the same forever.” Review and Herald, February 6, 1900.

WAY-MARK, n. [way and mark.] A mark to guide in traveling. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. Jeremiah 31:21.

Monuments Along the Way

“Today Satan is seeking opportunities to tear down the waymarks of truth,—the monuments that have been raised up along the way; and we need the experience of the aged workers who have built their house upon the solid rock, who through evil report as well as good report have been steadfast to the truth.” Gospel Workers, 104.

Past History to be Brought Before the People

“The dealings of God with His people should be often repeated. How frequently were the waymarks set up by the Lord in His dealings with ancient Israel! Lest they should forget the history of the past, He commanded Moses to frame these events into song, that parents might teach them to their children. They were to gather up memorials and to lay them up in sight. Special pains were taken to preserve them, that when the children should inquire concerning these things, the whole story might be repeated. Thus the providential dealings and the marked goodness and mercy of God in His care and deliverance of His people were kept in mind. We are exhorted to ‘call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.’ Hebrews 10:32. For His people in this generation the Lord has wrought as a wonder-working God. The past history of the cause of God needs to be often brought before the people, young and old. We need often to recount God’s goodness and to praise Him for His wonderful works.” Testimonies, volume 6, 364, 365.

For History will Repeat Itself

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

The Times in Which We Live

“We should study the great waymarks that point out the times in which we are living.” Last Day Events, 14.

We Can Know

“Brethren and sisters, my faith is as strong as ever that the things of this world are about to close. It is stronger than when I saw you last. We can see the waymarks that are all along the way. When we are traveling along a road alone, and see a guide board; if we can read we know that we are at such a place; so it is if our minds are active and so consecrated to God that we can understand His workings, we can know just where we are in this world’s history. . . .

We want to know where we are in history.” Sermons and Talks, 48, 49.

Constantly Searching

“Our faith in reference to the messages of the first, second, and third angels was correct. The great waymarks we have passed are immovable. Although the hosts of hell may try to tear them from their foundation, and triumph in the thought that they have succeeded, yet they do not succeed. These pillars of truth stand firm as the eternal hills, unmoved by all the efforts of men combined with those of Satan and his host. We can learn much, and should be constantly searching the Scriptures to see if these things are so.Evangelism, 223.

Guarded

“The great waymarks of truth, showing us our bearings in prophetic history, are to be carefully guarded, lest they be torn down, and replaced with theories that would bring confusion rather than genuine light.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102.

“At this time many efforts will be made to unsettle our faith in the sanctuary question; but we must not waver. Not a pin is to be moved from the foundations of our faith. Truth is still truth. Those who become uncertain will drift into erroneous theories, and will finally find themselves infidel in regard to the past evidence we have had of what is truth. The old waymarks must be preserved, that we lose not our bearings.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 55.

Men Whom He has Appointed

“God never leaves the world without men who can discern between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness. God has men whom he has appointed to stand in the forefront of the battle in times of emergency. In a crisis, he will raise up men as he did in ancient times. Young men will be bidden to link up with the aged standard-bearers, that they may be strengthened and taught by the experience of these faithful ones, who have passed through so many conflicts, and to whom, through the testimonies of his Spirit, God has so often spoken, pointing out the right way and condemning the wrong way. When perils arise, which try the faith of God’s people, these pioneer workers are to recount the experiences of the past, when just such crises came, when the truth was questioned, when strange sentiments, proceeding not from God, were brought in.

The experience of those aged workers is needed now; for Satan is watching every opportunity to make of no account the old waymarks,—the monuments that have been raised up along the way.” Review and Herald, November 19, 1903.

“We are God’s commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word—especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of Heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.

“But since the General Conference of 1888, Satan has been working with special power through unconsecrated elements to weaken the confidence of God’s people in the voice that has been appealing to them for these many years. If he can succeed in this, then through misapplication of scripture he will lead many to cast away their confidence in the past work under the messages. Thus he would set them adrift, with no solid foundation for their faith, hoping to bring them fully under his power. Let the attention of our people be called to the special work of the Spirit of God as it has been connected with the rise and progress of the three messages, and a blessing will result to the whole body. A revival of faith and interest in the testimonies of the Spirit of God will lead to the obtaining of a healthful experience in the things of God.

“Some of those who are newly come to the faith claim to have special light from God in regard to these messages; but their new light leads them to set aside the established truths that are the pillars of our faith. They misinterpret and misapply the Scriptures. They misplace the messages of Revelation 14, and set aside the work which these messages have accomplished. Thus they reject the great waymarks which God Himself has established. Since their new light leads them to tear down the structure which the Lord has built up, we may know that He is not guiding them.

“The experience of those newly come to the faith, if the Lord is working upon their minds, will be in harmony with the word of God, and with His past dealings with His people, and the instruction He has given them. He will not contradict Himself.

“God has given the messages of Revelation 14 their place in the line of prophecy, and their work is not to cease till the close of this earth’s history. The first and second angel’s messages are still truth for this time, and are to run parallel with this which follows. The third angel proclaims his warning with a loud voice. ‘After these things,’ said John, ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened with his glory.’ In this illumination, the light of all the three messages is combined.” The 1888 Materials, 803–804.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for awakening us to another day of life and giving us a good night's rest. And as we take up this worship this morning, we ask that you grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit and that you take control of the words and concepts that I intend to share and allow them to be conveyed in a way that can be understood easily and that would glorifying are you. We ask that you would also prepare the hearts and minds of those that hear these things, that they can understand as you wish them to. We know that we are in the time the Latter Rain and that we have been commanded to pray for the Latter Rain in the time the Latter Rain; so, we ask that you would not only pour out an understanding of your Word upon us but that you would prepare our vessels to receive it. We want to understand the implications of Habakkuk’s Two Tables in the prophetic Scriptures. We ask that you would allow us to do this with this study. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The series that we are doing is called “Habakkuk’s Two Tables”; and, last week from Sunday to Thursday, in the first five presentations, we went through and simply showed that the major doctrines that are on the 1843 Chart that are under scrutiny that are being rejected by Adventism here at the end of the world— the 2520; the Daily; the 1335; Islam of the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Trumpets—that Ellen White placed her endorsement on all these truths. So, we were first just placing the Spirit of Prophecy in relation to Habakkuk’s truths that are on the Tables; and, now we are going to switch gears and we are going to show these two Tables as typified in prophecy.

We intend to get to the Tables where we look at the actual doctrines represented on the Tables from God's prophetic Word from the Bible. That is further down the road in this study. Then we intend to look at the Tables as the symbol of the Old Paths of Jeremiah 6:16 and the controversy over returning to the Old Paths at the end of the world.

But in this section that we are going to begin here over the next period of time, we are going to look at the Two Tables as they have been prefigured or typified in God's prophetic Word; and, in order to do that, we have to lay some foundational premises in place before we even begin to discuss these Two Tables again. So, I am saying that up front, and I am also saying up front that those of you that are familiar with the things that we teach in this message that this is a review for most of us.

We wanted to try to segue here the things last week that we dealt with of Sister White endorsing the 2520, the Daily, the 1335, and the Trumpets on this 1843 Chart. We now include that she endorses the prophetic interpretation adopted by William Miller that allowed him to be led to come to these conclusions.

We read in our last presentation from The Great Controversy, pages 334 – 335, where she is placing her endorsement upon the prediction of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

I want to go back and start with that paragraph and take a thought out of it. It says,

“The event exactly fulfilled the prediction.”—

The event being the collapse of the Ottoman Empire on August 11, 1840.

—“The even exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and in publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” The Great Controversy, 334–335.

So, once the year-day principle was confirmed with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire on August 11. 1840, not only did the people's see prophecy that was fulfilled but they realized that the Rules of Prophetic Interpretation that Miller was employing worked.

And Sister White tells us in Review and Herald, November 25, 1884, concerning these Rules. she says.

‘Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel’s message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted. In the little book entitled Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, Father Miller gives the following simple but intelligent and important rules for Bible study and interpretation:—

“‘1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible.’

The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth.” Review and Herald, November 25, 1884.

So, she tells us here that those people that are proclaiming the Third Angel’s Message at the end of the world, Seventh-day Adventists that are proclaiming the Third Angel’s Message, will be using William Miller's Rules of Prophetic Interpretation; and, she says we will do well to heed the principles set forth.

And here in Adventism at the end of the world as The Sunday Law approaches as the Third Angel, the significance, the importance, the relevance of it increasing day by day, here at the end of the world most in Adventism do not understand that we have purposely and directly set aside William Miller’s Rules of Prophetic Interpretation in the beginning of the 20th Century.

From about 1919 to the 1930s there was a purposeful work to accept the rules of Biblical interpretation that come from Catholicism and apostate Protestantism and establish them in the Adventist Church, that has been done and it still is soundly in place. Those that are going to the seminaries of Adventism around the world are learning the techniques of Babylon and Babylon’s daughters in terms of interpreting the Bible, and those techniques are directly opposed to the principles of William Miller that he adopted.

Now we want to just take a couple more points to show that Sister White was in agreement with Miller’s Rules. She just said it plainly. You really do not need more than that, but I am going to read three of Miller’s Rules—I could read more but three of them—so we can make some points as we proceed through some of Sister Whites quote.

RULE IV—To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence, and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in an error.”—

So, if you want to understand what the Rock of Ages was in Scripture, you would look throughout the Bible for the rock. You bring the Scriptures all together and you cannot be in error doing it that way.

Whereas, what we teach in our seminaries today is that, “Well, if you find the word rock in The New Testament and the word rock in The Old Testament, you can’t bring those together because the definition of rock in the Greek is different than the definition of rock in the Hebrew.

“And if you find rock in the writings of Moses and rock in the writings of Isaiah, you can't use those two rocks together, either, because Moses lived hundreds of years before Isaiah and the Hebrew language had changed over those hundreds of years. So what Isaiah’s Hebrew definition of rock represented would be different than what Moses’s represented in the definition of rock meant; and, therefore the only way we can really understand what rock means is if we lean on the understanding of those people that are trained in the Biblical languages and in the Biblical histories.”

Okay, so that is the contrast of these two methods.

RULE V—Scripture must be—its own expositor,”—

Scripture must be its own expositor, not a human being.

—“since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound it to me and he should, guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed or wisdom is my rule, not the Bible.”

Okay, so if you think that I am twisting Miller’s Rules to make an attack against the modern theologians of Adventism that are following after apostate Protestantism and Catholicism and their interpretation of the Bible, that is exactly what Miller is using this to contrast in his own Rules, is that the Bible is its own expositor, NOT a human being, NOT a theologian.

RULE VI—God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables, and in this way the same things are often time revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures, and parables. If you wish to understand them, you must combine them all in one.

Okay, this is Isaiah 28, line upon line, here a little, there a little. You bring them all together line upon line into one line, and there the light will begin to shine for us.

A Key

So, let us see if Sister White agrees with this the three rules. She agrees with all of Miller’s Rules.

Okay. The next passage is from Sister White, and it is from Review and Herald, December 1, 1891.

“The apostle says, ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ The Bible is its own expositor.”—

That is Rule No. 5 from Miller which says, “Scripture must be its own expositor.”

—“The Bible is its own expositor. One passage will prove to be a key that will unlock other passages, and in this way light will be shed upon the hidden meaning of the word.”—

That is “here a little, there a little.” That is Miller saying you must combine them all in one.

—“By comparing different texts treating on the same subject, viewing their bearing on every side, the true meaning of the Scriptures will be made evident.”—

This is Millerite interpretation.

—“Many think that they must consult commentaries on the Scriptures in order to understand the meaning of the word of God, and we would not take the position that commentaries should not be studied; but it will take much discernment to discover the truth of God under the mass of the words of men. How little has been done by the church, as a body professing to believe the Bible, to gather up the scattered jewels of God’s word into one perfect chain of truth! The jewels of truth do not lie upon the surface, as many suppose.”—

Why do not the jewels and truth lie upon the surface?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: So the bad guys cannot see them easily.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So the bad guys cannot see them easily? Okay. That is probably one of the reasons; but, the reason that the jewels of truth in the Bible are not on the surface is they have been covered up by the traditions and customs of men.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“The jewels of truth do not lie upon the surface as many suppose. The master mind in the confederacy of evil is ever at work to keep the truth out of sight, and to bring into full view the opinions of great men. The enemy is doing all in his power to obscure heaven’s light through educational processes; for he does not mean that men shall hear the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.’

“The jewels of truth lie scattered over the field of revelation; but they have been buried beneath human traditions, beneath the sayings and commandments of men, and the wisdom from heaven has been practically ignored; for Satan has succeeded in making the world believe that the words and achievements of men are of great consequence. The Lord God, the Creator of the worlds, at infinite cost has given the gospel to the world. Through this divine agent, glad, refreshing springs of heavenly comfort and abiding consolation have been opened for those who will come to the fountain of life. There are veins of truth yet to be discovered; but spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Minds beclouded with evil cannot appreciate the value of the truth as it is in Jesus. When iniquity is cherished, men do not feel the necessity of making diligent effort with prayer and reflection, to understand that they must know or lose heaven. They have so long been under the shadow of the enemy that they view truth as men behold objects through a smoked and imperfect glass; for all things are dark and perverted in their eyes. Their spiritual vision is feeble and untrustworthy; for they look upon the shadow, and turn away from the light.” Review and Herald, December 1, 1891.

Okay. That is a powerful statement but the point is, is Sister White is using the logic of William Miller's Rules of Prophetic Interpretation as she tells us how to search the Bible. She not only upholds the Millerite understanding of the 2520 in the Daily, in the Trumpets, and in the 1335. She upholds the very Rules of Prophetic Interpretation that the Millerites used to establish those truths.

Now, Miller tells us that we got to take wherever the subject is found in the Bible and bring the various places that it is found together. You have got to compare this Scripture with this Scripture.

Of course, this is just what Sister White says in The Great Controversy, beginning at page 597 and onward. And this first paragraph—I know men, I know men that have a reputation of presenting the character of Christ, and they have people believing that that they are well on their way to actually achieving the character of Christ; but, at the same time, these men have been confronted with truth and decided that it is not truth that is worthy enough for them to take into their own ministry and proclaim. Sometimes they will admit its truth, but it is not truth worth going public with; and, sometimes, they will invent foolish ideas to suggest that it is not truth. But, at the same time, their emphasis of their ministry is about the character of Christ.

Comparing Scripture with Scripture

The Great Controversy, 597–599:

“The truth and the glory of God”—

And what is His glory?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: His character.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“The truth and the glory of God are inseparable; it is impossible for us, with the Bible within our reach, to honor God by erroneous opinions. Many claim that it matters not what one believes, if his life is only right. But the life is molded by the faith. If light and truth is within our reach, and we neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it, we virtually reject it; we are choosing darkness rather than light.

“‘There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’ Proverbs 16:25. Ignorance is no excuse for error or sin, when there is every opportunity to know the will of God. A man is traveling and comes to a place where there are several roads and a guideboard indicating where each one leads. If he disregards the guideboard, and takes whichever road seems to him to be right, he may be ever so sincere, but will in all probability find himself on the wrong road.

“God has given us His word that we may become acquainted with its teachings and know for ourselves what He requires of us. When the lawyer came to Jesus with the inquiry, ‘What shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ the Saviour referred him to the Scriptures, saying: ‘What is written in the law? how readest thou?’ Ignorance will not excuse young or old, nor release them from the punishment due for the transgression of God’s law; because there is in their hands”—in their hands—“a faithful presentation of that law and of its principles and claims. It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything.

“It is the first and highest duty of every rational being”—it is the first and highest duty of every rational being; it is the first and highest duty of every rational being—“to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture.’—There is Miller!—“With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves as we are to answer for ourselves before God.

“The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men,”—

One of the truths most plainly revealed in the Bible is that if you are sinning when Jesus returns, you are lost for eternity! But, there is a large proportionate number of Seventh-day Adventist ministers that come out of Andrews University and the other seminaries that teach that you are going to sin until Jesus returns and He is going to magically change you into His image. That is not an obscure truth in the Bible. That is a plain Bible; and, even in Adventism that plain truth has been corrupted primarily through the adoption of the false technique of studying the Word of God that came in at the beginning of the 20th Century.

—“The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed.”—

“Not apparent in the language employed.” What is the language employed in your Bible?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: English.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: English.

“There is a secret, spiritual meaning that you would get if you understood the Hebrew and the Greek, Brother; but, you are just a lay person, so you can’t understand it. If you want to have your head on straight about these things, then you need to follow me.”

—“These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared: ‘Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.’ Mark 12:24. The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. [Miller’s eleventh rule.] Christ has given the promise: ‘If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.’ John 7:17. If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error.

We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures and should task the understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of God; yet we must not forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner. Scriptural difficulties can never be mastered by the same methods that are employed in grappling with philosophical problems.”—

Right here she is not specifically saying it here but she is addressing the two types of sciences, false science and true science; false science that is guided by men’s theories, true science that is guided by the spirit of a child in submission of the Holy Spirit.

—“We should not engage in the study of the Bible with that self-reliance with which so many enter the domains of science, but with a prayerful dependence upon God and a sincere desire to learn His will. We must come with a humble and teachable spirit to obtain knowledge from the great I AM. Otherwise, evil angels will so blind our minds and harden our hearts that we shall not be impressed by the truth.

“Many a portion of Scripture which learned men pronounce a mystery, or pass over as unimportant, is full of comfort and instruction to him who has been taught in the school of Christ. [Miller’s fourteenth rule.] One reason why many theologians have no clearer understanding of God’s word is, they close their eyes to truths which they do not wish to practice. [An] [1888 edition]”—

And the reason I have brackets there “[1888 edition],” if you go to the 1888 The Great Controversy, The Great Controversy—and this passage is from the 1911 The Great Controversy—but I changed the word “As” to “An.”

I do not know if it is just on this CD-ROM—I never went that far in my research—but, in the 1911 The Great Controversy, it says “As,” at least on the CD-ROM; whereas, in the 1888 The Great Controversy it says “An,” and I am sure that “An” is the correct word. This is not a big deal, but I am having to explain it.

—“An [1888 edition] understanding of Bible truth depends”—

If you read from the 1911, “As understanding of Bible truth,” you do not get it.

—“[An] [1888 edition] understanding of Bible truth depends not so much on the power of intellect brought to the search as on the singleness of purpose, the earnest longing after righteousness. [Miller’s second rule]” The Great Controversy, 597–599.

Individually Called to be Students of Prophecy

So, we have been reading these passages to show that Sister White not only directly endorses Miller’s Rules of Biblical Interpretation but she is constantly referring to these Rules even though she is not acknowledging in them as Miller's as she does so.

Okay, in Testimonies, volume 5m page 708, there is a passage that we often use. It says,

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement,”—

And that includes anyone that is listening in to this, from the smartest to the dumbest, from the brightest to the dullest.

—“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy.” Testimonies, volume 5, 708.

Individually Tested

And there is much that can be said about this passage, but I want to answer a question that I am going to raise.

Why are we called individually to be students of prophecy? Because, we individually are going to stand before the judgment bar of God; but, also, we are individually going to have to give testimony to what we believe the truth is. And in our Laodicean condition we do not take that very seriously; but, I am just going to give you a couple passages, and there are several, where Sister White says is this.

Review and Herald, December 18, 1888:

“It does not seem possible to us now that any should have to stand alone; but if God has ever spoken by me, the time will come when we shall be brought before councils and before thousands for his name’s sake, and each one will have to give the reason of his faith.”—

What does it mean when the prophet says, “if God has ever spoken by me”? It is kind of a divine emphasis, is it not?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are going to have to stand alone.

—“Then will come the severest criticism upon every position that has been taken for the truth. We need, then, to study the word of God, that we may know why we believe the doctrines we advocate. We must critically search the living oracles of Jehovah.” Review and Herald, December 18, 1888.

It is not enough to listen to your husband listen or to your wife. It is not enough to listen to a pastor or read the theologians, the authors in Adventism. You and I are going to be going into court all by ourselves.

Testimonies, volume 5, page 463, says the members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency, they have neglected to obtain and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges.

Context

So, I want you to see the context. We are dealing with this quote on the top of the page,

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy.” Testimonies, volume 5, 708.

That is a powerful quote, and it is a good quote to introduce the study of prophecy.

But if you go in the Testimonies, volume 5, and you have to cut off paragraphs before and paragraphs after because of time,—but, this time I am going to go ahead and read some of those paragraphs—what I am saying is that even though I am in a long passage here, where we find where we take this quote from about being individually students of prophecy and I cut off paragraphs before and after, this is one of the strongest passages in the Spirit of Prophecy on the subject.

This is from Testimonies, volume 5, starting on page 707:

“Peter exhorts his brethren to ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ Whenever the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of His word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truths.”—

You mean when I understand the 27 or 28 Fundamental Beliefs and am baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church I am not all done, I have to continue to study; and, do you actually mean that as I do so I will find new truths, new light?

That is what she saying.

—“This has been true in the history of the church in all ages, and thus it will continue to the end. But as real spiritual life declines, it has ever been the tendency to cease to advance in the knowledge of the truth. Men rest satisfied with the light already received from God’s word and discourage any further investigation of the Scriptures. They become conservative and seek to avoid discussion.”—

Brothers and Sisters, I know that there are some of you that are watching this, either LiveStreaming or maybe on a DVD after the fact, and you think the liberalism in Adventism is bad, these false teachers that teaches that we are going to sin till Jesus returns, and that, you know, Christ moved directly into the Most Holy Place at His ascension (all the foolishness that is associated with the man such as Desmond Ford), and those liberals in Adventism, you know, that their head is not on straight; but, you have sympathy for those conservatives, as they are called, Adventist ministries. And I would challenge you to type in the word conservative into the Spirit of Prophecy and see if Sister White is in agreement with you thinking that conservative Adventism is okay; because, it is the conservative ministries in Adventism that oppose this message more than any other.

And what did she just say about conservatives? She said, “Men rest satisfied with the light already received from God's Word and discourage any further investigation of the Scriptures. They become conservative and seek to avoid discussion.” That is what these ministries do that are known as “conservative ministries.”

You know, when I first became an Adventist Christian, there was a Protestant pastor on the radio, and he has a really distinctive Southern voice—and I do not do voices well—but, if you ever heard this guy, you would know him. You can tell he is an old man, and you can just tell that he is Southern. And, I would listen to him when I was first becoming an Adventist just for the little time because he is always teaching some kind of error. I would not listen to him too long. Then after a few years—I do not remember what it was—the radio programmer would come on and they announced that this guy had died and had been laid to rest. I think his name might be Magee, but I could be wrong.

But, you can drive around 25 years later and you can still hear this guy on the radio preaching his sermons. He has been dead for 25 years; but, that Protestant church thinks what he was teaching 25 years ago is still the food to be putting out on the air.

Of course, Adventists are that way, too. They have formed what they understand to be truth, and they have determined, “This is what we believe, this is where we will stand and will go no further.” They are “conservative.”

—“The fact that there is no controversy or agitation among God’s people should not be regarded as conclusive evidence that they are holding fast to sound doctrine. There is reason to fear that they may not be clearly discriminating between truth and error. When no new questions are started by investigation of the Scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the Bible for themselves to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition and worship they know not what.”—

These churches that are disfellowshipping people for studying prophecy now, they want peace and quiet. They do not want controversy. They do not want any agitation. Because, what Sister White is saying is when you have that mentality, it is evident that you are not studying God's Word.

It is God’s Word! How can you study God's Word and not come across new insights that no one else has seen, and when you share them it is going to cause controversy?

“I never heard that before. Where did you get that?”

“Well, I got it right here.”

“Well, are you sure it's true?”

If there is not any agitation, if there is not any controversy it is just evidence that no one is studying their Bible. Next paragraph:

—“I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now preaching to others who will find, upon examining the positions they hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory reason. Until thus tested they knew not their great ignorance. And there are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand what they believe; but, until controversy arises, they do not know their own weakness. When separated from those of like faith and compelled to stand singly and alone to explain their belief, they will be surprised to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth. Certain it is that there has been among us a departure from the living God and a turning to men, putting human in place of divine wisdom.

God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat.”—

At this point when I was preparing the notes, I was going to take some time and talk about the shaking, what causes the shaking among God's people. I didn't do it. Perhaps later on we can find a place to put it in.

But, I want to point out here, today leadership of the Adventist Church would say that the message we are teaching is heresy. Okay? And they are not going to say that this is designed to accomplish anything but bad; but, I want to put it in the record, the heresies came in, in the early part of the 20th Century. God allowed these false teachings to come in. Okay?

—“God will arouse:—that means “awaken”—“God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting. Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the Word of God so that when the testing time shall come and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear.

Agitate, agitate, agitate. The subjects which we present to the world must be to us a living reality. It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound.”—

There is a guy that opposes this message—and I do not do web searching, but I have heard about his activities in these forums where this message is discussed—and he will come into one of these forums and he will throw out a bunch of his false arguments about these subjects; and, as soon as people begin to counter him and show why he is wrong, he ditches out.

This is a man that lots of people point to as is really sanctified, honest, God-fearing, Holy Spirit motivated human being; but, Sister White just said that “It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound.” That may not be an argument with what he is doing, but it is a technique that is not sound at all.

And, what does the Bible say? “By their fruits ye shall know them,” if you wish to know them.

—“These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth. We should present sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny. With those who have educated themselves as debaters there is great danger that they will not handle the word of God with fairness.”—

It is not fair to throw out an untrue claim against the message, and then as soon as people start to bring in some opposing thoughts to clarify what you are teaching, for you to just run away.

—“In meeting an opponent it should be our earnest effort to present subjects in such a manner as to awaken conviction in his mind, instead of seeking merely to give confidence to the believer.

“Whatever may be man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy.

“When God’s people are at ease and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action.” Testimonies, volume 5, 707–708.

And where does the voice come from? A voice crying in the wilderness.

All right, so what we are saying here is that Sister White places her seal of approval on the prophetic and Biblical interpretation adopted by William Miller. We have given examples of her not only directly as saying that but her employing those principles as she sets forth the truth for us.

Then we move to the point that we are called individually to be students of prophecy. We have made at least one argument that the reason that we are supposed to do so is because we are going to have to individually defend the Truth, if we stand during The Sunday Law testing time.

There are other reasons. Sister White is clear, from a diligent and deep study of the Bible that our mind is sanctified, clarified. So, it is not simply because we are going to stand alone in the testing time.

But, we are going to take up now the responsibility, the command to be students of prophecy. We are turning the corner.

Trace Their Working

Education, page 191.

The Bible is its own expositor [Miller’s fifth rule.]. Scripture is to be compared with scripture.”—that is a Millerite Rule, too—“The student”—we are all called to be students of prophecy—‘The Student should learn to view the word as a whole, and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme, of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for supremacy,”—and the point that we are going to here—“and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy, to the great consummation.” Education, 191.

He should learn to trace the working of these two principles that are contending, these two principles that are at war with one another in the Great Controversy. You should be able as a student a prophecy to show the Great Controversy from the rebellion in Heaven to the end of the world and you should be able to trace it through history and prophecy. And trace means—you have it in your notes.

TRACE, v.t. [L. tracto, from traho; Eng. to draw, to drag.] 1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; as, to trace a figure with a pencil; to trace the outline of anything. 2. To follow by some mark that has been left by something which has preceded; to follow by footsteps or tracks. 3. To follow with exactness. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

HISTORY OF THE MILLERITES

1798 1833 1840 1842 Aug 11, 1844 Oct 22, 1844 1850

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Arrives Empowered Arrives Empowered Arrives

Figure No. 21.

We up here [referring to Figure 20], we have traced out the history of the Millerites. And as far as these waymarks here, sometimes Sister White will those footsteps, sometimes she will call them waymarks.

And one of the definitions of trace is to follow by some mark that has been left by something which has preceded. Millerite History preceded our history to follow by footsteps. This is one of the works as a student of prophecy.

Trace the Lines of Prophecy

Next quote, Review and Herald, July 31, 1888:

“We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy,”—

This is a line of prophecy [referring to Figure No. 21]. We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures that we can trace down the lines of prophecy.

—“and understand the specifications given by the prophets, and by Christ and the apostles;—

The Lord willing, we will do that.

Right now we are talking about is that a student of prophecy should be able to trace down the line of prophecy.

We are going to explain the lines a prophecy, but these are the footsteps along the way. These are the waymarks, but we should also be able to explain the specifications given by the prophet.

What are the specifications up this waymark in 1798? Daniel in chapter 12 says that one of the specifications of it is the time in the end.

One of the specifications of August 11, 1840, is there is a divine symbol that comes down. We should be able to know the specifications that are associated with these footsteps, with these waymarks, that are on this prophetic line that we are tracing down.

—“We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy. And understand the specifications given by the prophets, and by Christ and the apostles, that we may not be ignorant; but be able to see that the day is approaching, so that with increased zeal and effort, we may exhort one another to faithfulness, piety, and holiness.” Review and Herald, July 31, 1888.

Now, there are places where Sister White just flat-out says that history is going to be repeated. She does not say that here, but she says it.

She says that we need to be able to trace down these lines of prophecy in order that we can see the day approaching. There is some way, somehow. In this quote she is telling us that as we trace down these past prophetic histories it will allow us to see the approaching Day of God.

The Point of Reference

Okay, the point of reference for the student of prophecy is the Book of Revelation.

Acts of the Apostles, page 585, says.

“In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end.” Acts of the Apostles, 585.

Every book in the Bible finds its conclusion in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is the illustration of the end of the world. It is the point of reference.

The Same Line of Prophecy

Notice with Sister White says about the Book of Revelation, Manuscript Releases, volume 98, 7-8.

“Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it”—the Book of Revelation—“the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 7–8.

One of the things I am hoping you are seeing in these last few quotes is that Sister White calls prophecy “lines of prophecy.” If we are going to trace down prophecies, we are going to trace them on a line.

Revelation 12

And the same line of prophecy that is in the Book of Daniel is in the Book of Revelation. Here is an example of it, The Great Controversy, page 439.

The line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth.” The Great Controversy, 439.

Sister White is saying Revelation 12 is a line of prophecy. And if you put a line up there and go through and mark the waymarks on Revelation 12, you will see there is a sequence of events that is laid out there that begins with the birth of Christ and goes all the way to 1798 and the raising up of chapter 13 and the United States in prophecy. It is a line.

Line Upon Line

Now, notice what Sister White says in Selected Messages, book 2, page 114.

Prophecy has been fulfilling,”—what?—“line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel’s message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel.” Selected Messages, book 2, 114.

So, prophecy has been fulfilling line upon line.

Where do you suppose Ellen White grabbed that phrase from? Could it be Isaiah 28?

Well, there is a brother out in Washita that says no way. He says that the word that is translated “line upon line” in Isaiah 28, the Hebrew, it does not allow for interpreting it as a line of prophecy. Of course, his application of the Hebrew is foolishness, and Ellen White being a prophet is going to agree with Isaiah; because, all the prophets agree with one another, “Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line.”

The Testimonies Never Contradict His Word

Notice what Sister White says in Selected Messages, book 3, page 32.

“The Bible must be your counselor. Study it and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.”—

The Spirit of Prophecy never contradicts the Bible.

—“The Bible must be your counselor. Study it and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.

“If the Testimonies speak not according to the word of God, reject them. Christ and Belial cannot be united.” Selected Messages, book 3, 32.

Line Upon Line

Whoa! So, when Sister White is saying “line upon line,” she is not somehow contradicting Isaiah. And Sister White defines what line upon line because she is constantly talking about the lines of prophecy, the same line of prophecy that in Daniel and Revelation. So, she is talking about prophetic line; and, therefore, so is Isaiah.

Then you can see Isaiah 28:9-13 there.

9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” Isaiah 28:9–13 (KJV).

We will deal with this more or less in our following subjects; but. I want to show you the line upon line from Isaiah 28 on the next page of your notes, the definition of this word line.

You know, where it says “here a little, there a little,” the Hebrew word that is translated here is the same Hebrew word that is translated as there. The translators of the Bible made a good choice. It would sound just redundant: “here a little and here a little.” And that word can be translated here and there; so, they had seen the—they were correct saying, “here a little and there a little.”

But what is nice, if you go—and I do not have this in your notes—but if you go into the word that is translated as here or there, it has an element of time, saying here a little, there a little, from this time, from this time; because, these lines are lines of prophetic history. They are time periods, from the time period of Moses, from the time period of Isaiah, from the time period of John.

But, in terms of line, which is what one brother would say, “Oh, you can't apply this line upon line in Isaiah to prophetic lines,” although Isaiah is not going to disagree with Ellen White.

Line: H6957—From H6960 (compare H6961); a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; figuratively a rule; also a rim, a musical string or accord:—line.

H6960—A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect:— gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).

H6961—From H6960; a (measuring) cord (as if for binding):— line.

So, what I'm saying is that line upon line in Isaiah 28. It is exactly what a line of prophecy is.

If you are to bring this line of prophecy with this line of prophecy and you are bringing it together, what are you doing? You are measuring the history; you are comparing it. There is a comparison that goes on when you are measuring things. It is not just a quick drawing to a conclusion about how long something is.

You can measure a person's character. This line upon line is something that allows you to measure, to illustrate the waymarks in order to form a conclusion about what is going to take place at the end of the world.

The Line of Prophecy

Selected Messages, book 2, pages 103 and 104—and we have to move quickly.

“The burden of the warning now to come to the people of God, nigh and afar off, is the third angel’s message. And those who are seeking to understand this message will not be led by the Lord to make an application of the Word that will undermine the foundation and remove the pillars of the faith that has made Seventh-day Adventists what they are today. The truths that have been unfolding in their order,”—

Now, this is another thing that we are adding to the mix. When you come to these lines of prophecy, they have a specific order.

—“The truths that have been unfolding in their order, as we have advanced along the line of prophecy revealed in the Word of God, are truth, sacred, eternal truth today. Those who passed over the ground step by step”—

And this “step by step” is point by point: it is waymark by waymark.

—“step by step in the past history of our experience, seeing the chain of truth in the prophecies, were prepared to accept and obey every ray of light. They were praying, fasting, searching, digging for the truth as for hidden treasures, and the Holy Spirit, we know, was teaching and guiding us. Many theories were advanced, bearing a semblance of truth, but so mingled with misinterpreted and misapplied scriptures, that they led to dangerous errors. Very well do we know how every point of truth was established, and the seal set upon it by the Holy Spirit of God. And all the time voices were heard, ‘Here is the truth,’ ‘I have the truth; follow me.’ But the warnings came, ‘Go not ye after them. I have not sent them, but they ran.’ (See Jeremiah 23:21.)

The leadings of the Lord were marked,”—

Okay. We are going to say that on a prophetic line, step by step—that is these things [vertical marks within Figure No. 21]—point by point—that is these lines going up, these waymarks—and they were marked by the Lord.

—“The leadings of the Lord were marked, and most wonderful were His revelations of what is truth. Point after point was established by the Lord God of heaven. That which was truth then, is truth today. But the voices do not cease to be heard—’This is truth. I have new light.’ But these new lights in prophetic lines are manifest in misapplying the Word and setting the people of God adrift without an anchor to hold them. If the student of the Word”—that is everyone in Adventism—“if the student of the Word would take the truths which God has revealed in the leadings of His people, and appropriate these truths, digest them, and bring them into their practical life, they would then be living channels of light. But those who have set themselves to study out new theories,”—this is the beginning of the 20th Century. This was W. W. Prescott”— But those who have set themselves to day out new theories, have a mixture of truth and error combined, and after trying to make these things prominent, have demonstrated that they have not kindled their taper from the divine altar, and it has gone out in darkness.” Selected Messages, book 2, 103–104.

Their Order

We want to consider their order. These prophetic lines have a specific order.

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.” Selected Messages, book 2, 104–105.

We are to show the order of these prophetic lines, and in so doing we will be illustrating what is going to take place at the end of the world. We are to do this by pen and voice.

We are also to demonstrate the application of the prophecies that bring us to these waymarks.

What prophecy brings us to 1798? Well, you have got the 1290 year prophecy of Daniel 12. You have the 1260-year prophecy that is mentioned seven times specifically in the Bible. You have the 2520. Okay. You have three references at least to Joel and Christ and John of the falling of the stars. This is the application of the prophecies that bring us to here.

You have the 150-year prophecy of the fifth trumpet that brings you to the 391 years, 15 days prophecy of the Sixth Trumpet, that brings you to here [referring to 1840 on Figure No. 21].

You have the 1335 that brings you to this history [August 11, 1844].

You have the 2520 and the 2300 that brings you to this history [October 22, 1844].

And I am leaving a lot out. I am just using time prophecies.

And Sister White says we are supposed to show the applications of the prophecies that bring us to the Third Angel’s Message.

We are supposed to show the order. We are supposed to put it on a line.

Past

Okay. The order, we are still dealing with the order.

“There are those now living who, in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102

She is speaking about Millerite History here; and, when she wrote this there were still people that were Pioneers of the Millerite time period that had passed over this history. They had passed over this ground, and the prophecies that were fulfilled were fulfilled in their order. When prophecies were fulfilled in the past, they had a specific order.

Future

“All that God has in prophetic history specified to be fulfilled in the past has been, and all that is yet to come in its order will be.”—

In the past, in the future, it has a specific order.

—“Daniel, God’s prophet, stands in his place. John stands in his place. In the Revelation the Lion of the tribe of Judah has opened to the students of prophecy the book of Daniel, and thus is Daniel standing in his place. He bears his testimony, that which the Lord revealed to him in vision of the great and solemn events which we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment.”—

You can show, if you take that expression, “great and solemn events,”—and Sister White says that even the events connect with the close of probation and the need of preparation for the time of trouble have been clearly revealed, but multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths as if they had never been revealed.

If you take the expression about the great and solemn events which, here she says, we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment, well, those great and solemn events are the events connected with the events of the close of probation.

The great and solemn events which we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment are the last six verses of Daniel 11 that Adventism seems to just disdain and care less about.

—“In history and prophecy the Word of God portrays the long continued conflict between truth and error. That conflict is yet in progress. Those things which have been, will be repeated.” Selected Messages, book 2, 109

And when they are repeated, they will be repeated in a specific order.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 971:

“After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.’ These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

Prophecy, whether past or future, is governed by a specific order.

Proclaimed in Their Order

“I have had precious opportunities to obtain an experience. I have had an experience in the first, second, and third angels’ messages. The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven, proclaiming to the world a message of warning, and having a direct bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth’s history. No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God, and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” Life Sketches, 429.

The people that are going to proclaim the Loud Cry of the Third Angel are going to identify the specific order of the Three Angels’ Messages.

If you are not taking time to do that, then you are obviously not proclaiming the Third Angel’s Message.

Located by the Word of Inspiration

Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 26 – 27:

“The proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages has been located by the word of Inspiration. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old.” Counsels to Writers and Editors, 26–27.

Now, Brothers and Sisters, we have abundant testimony from the Pioneers and Ellen White (disregarding what we can find in the Bible) that 1798 is the time of the end and it has been located [referring to Figure 20.]

William Miller began his public preaching 1833, when the first stars fall from heaven that same year. It has been located, this beginning of the proclamation of the First Angel’s Message.

August 11, 1840, the end of the 391 years, 15 days, prophecy has been located. This was when the First Angel’s Message was empowered.

The Protestants closing their doors in June of 1842, the arrival of the Second Angel’s Message, it's been located.

The Midnight Cry, Second Angel’s Message empowered, has been located.

And the Third Angel’s Message, arriving on October 22, 1844, has been located.

And, no one has any right to change the location of these messages because there is specific order that was fulfilled in the past, and this same specific order will be fulfilled, repeated, in the future. Prophecy has a specific order.

These fulfillments that have been located in their order are waymarks.

Prophetic Guideposts

Review and Herald, February 6, 1900:

“God speaks in his word, and fulfills this word in the world. We need now to seek to understand the movements of God’s providence. Said Paul, ‘Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night nor of darkness.’ God’s people are not left to depend on man’s wisdom. With prophetic guideposts God has marked out the way he wishes them to take. These great waymarks show us that the path of obedience is the only path we can follow with certainty. Men break their word, and prove themselves untrustworthy, but God changes not. His word will abide the same forever.” Review and Herald, February 6, 1900.

WAY-MARK, n. [way and mark.] A mark to guide in traveling. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.—

A waymark, according to the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of Ellen White’s day and age is a mark to guide and traveling and Webster's quotes Jeremiah 31:21, which says,

“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. Jeremiah 31:21.”

The waymarks here in the terminology of Jeremiah, these marks along the way [indicating Figure No. 21], see he's calling them cities. They are waymarks; they are marks along the way.

But, here in Jeremiah, what is he doing? He is saying, “Go back to them. You have gotten off course.”

As a burden of Jeremiah you have left the Old Paths. Go back to the Old Paths. Go back to the old waymarks.

Monuments Along the Way

“Today Satan is seeking opportunities to tear down the waymarks of truth,—the monuments that have been raised up along the way;”—

This is where I get the definition, personally, of the waymark being marks along the way. It is from Sister White’s expression here:

—“Satan is seeking opportunities to tear down the waymarks of truths,—the monuments that have been raised up along the way,”—the marks along the way—“and we need the experience of the aged workers who have built their house upon the solid rock, who through evil report as well as good report have been steadfast to the truth.” Gospel Workers, 104.

So, these points, these steps, these waymarks that have been located by Inspiration, Satan is trying to destroy them.

Past History to be Brought before the People

Testimonies, volume 6, pages 346, 365:

“The dealings of God with His people should be often repeated. How frequently were the waymarks set up by the Lord in His dealings with ancient Israel!”—

Ancient Israel, the emphasis was, “Set thee up waymarks,” and Moses counseled them to repeat these waymarks, memorize these waymarks, put them in the song: “Do not forget how the Lord lead you at the beginning. These are the waymarks that are going to preserve you to the end.”

—“The dealings of God with His people should be often repeated. How frequently were the waymarks set up by the Lord in His dealings with ancient Israel! Lest they should forget the history of the past, He commanded Moses to frame these events into song, that parents might teach them to their children. They were to gather up memorials and to lay them up in sight. Special pains were taken to preserve them, that when the children should inquire concerning these things, the whole story might be repeated. Thus the providential dealings and the marked goodness and mercy of God in His care and deliverance of His people were kept in mind. We are exhorted to ‘call to remembrance the former days,”—Millerite History!—“in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.’ Hebrews 10:32. For His people in this generation the Lord has wrought as a wonder-working God. The past history of the cause of God needs to be often brought before the people, young and old. We need often to recount God’s goodness and to praise Him for His wonderful works.” Testimonies, volume 6, 364, 365.

Why does it have to be repeated? Because of the previous quote: Satan is seeking opportunities to tear down the waymarks of truth.

Why? Because, this history is going to illustrate the end of the world, Satan does not want us to understand the end of the world.

For History will Repeat Itself

Publishing Ministry, page 175.

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

The Times in which We Live

Last Day Events, page 14.

“We should study the great waymarks that point out the times in which we are living.” Last Day Events, 14.

These great waymarks [referring to Figure No. 21] point out the times that we are living in right now, because history is going to repeat itself and we need to know these waymarks and understand that Satan is attempting to prevent us from understanding these waymarks.

We Can Know

Sermons and Talks, pages 48, 49:

“Brethren and sisters, my faith is as strong as ever that the things of this world are about to close. It is stronger than when I saw you last. We can see the waymarks that are all along the way. When we are traveling along a road alone, and see a guide board; if we can read we know that we are at such a place; so it is if our minds are active and so consecrated to God that we can understand His workings, we can know just where we are in this world’s history. . . .

We want to know where we are in history.” Sermons and Talks, 48, 49.

We can know.

How can we know? By the waymarks, the guideposts, but only if we are fulfilling our responsibility as students of prophecy.

Constantly Searching

Evangelism, page 223:

“Our faith in reference to the messages of the first, second, and third angels was correct. The great waymarks we have passed are immovable.”—

The First Angel’s Message is a waymark. The Second Angel’s Message is a waymark. The Third Angel’s Message is a waymark. These are immovable. They have been located, and no human has any right to change the location of these messages.

—“Although the hosts of hell may try to tear them from their foundation, and triumph in the thought that they have succeeded, yet they do not succeed. These pillars of truth stand firm as the eternal hills, unmoved by all the efforts of men combined with those of Satan and his host. We can learn much, and should be constantly searching the Scriptures to see if these things are so.Evangelism, 223.

Our focus of this study—and Sister White in some places says that if we study the Bible, we are to study with a purpose. One of the purposes is just set forth: “We should constantly be searching the Scriptures to see if our faith in reference to the First, Second and Third Angels’ Messages,” the waymarks immovable is true.

Guarded

Selected Messages, book 2, pages 101 – 102:

“The great waymarks of truth, showing us our bearings in prophetic history, are to be carefully guarded, lest they be torn down, and replaced with theories that would bring confusion rather than genuine light.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102.

You do not just have to know these waymarks; you have to defend them. They are to be carefully guarded, because these old waymarks show us where we are at. They show us our bearing in prophetic history.

“At this time many efforts will be made to unsettle our faith in the sanctuary question; but we must not waver. Not a pin is to be moved from the foundations of our faith. Truth is still truth. Those who become uncertain will drift into erroneous theories, and will finally find themselves infidel in regard to the past evidence we have had of what is truth. The old waymarks must be preserved, that we lose not our bearings.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 55

Men Whom He Has Appointed

Review and Herald, November 19, 1903:

“God never leaves the world without men who can discern between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness. God has men whom he has appointed to stand in the forefront of the battle in times of emergency. In a crisis, he will raise up men as he did in ancient times. Young men will be bidden to link up with the aged standard-bearers, that they may be strengthened and taught by the experience of these faithful ones, who have passed through so many conflicts, and to whom, through the testimonies of his Spirit, God has so often spoken, pointing out the right way and condemning the wrong way. When perils arise, which try the faith of God’s people, these pioneer workers are to recount the experiences of the past, when just such crises came, when the truth was questioned, when strange sentiments, proceeding not from God, were brought in.

The experience of those aged workers is needed now; for Satan is watching every opportunity to make of no account the old waymarks,—the monuments that have been raised up along the way.” Review and Herald, November 19, 1903.

The attack of Satan is on this history [referring to Figure 20], this history.

The 1888 Materials, 803–804.

“We are God’s commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word—especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of Heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.

“But since the General Conference of 1888,”—

This is where things start turning the wrong way.

—“But since the General Conference of 1888, Satan has been working with special power through unconsecrated elements to weaken the confidence of God’s people in the voice that has been appealing to them for these many years.”

What voice has been appealing to them for many years? Since 1888 Satan has been doing a special work to undermine the influence of the Spirit of Prophecy.

—“God’s people in the voice that has been appealing to them for these many years. If he can succeed in this,”—

If he can succeed in what? Undermining the influence of the Spirit of Prophecy.

—“If he can succeed in this, then through misapplication of scripture”—

First he attacks the Spirit of Prophecy; then he is where he can misapply Scripture.

—“he will lead many to cast away their confidence in the past work under the messages. Thus he would set them adrift, with no solid foundation for their faith, hoping to bring them fully under his power. Let the attention of our people be called to the special work of the Spirit of God as it has been connected with the rise and progress of the three messages,”—

What special work of the Spirit of God has been connected with the rise of the Three Messages? The Spirit of Prophecy.

—“Let the attention of our people be called to the special work of the Spirit of God as it has been connected with the rise and progress of the three messages, and a blessing will result to the whole body. A revival of faith and interest in the testimonies of the Spirit of God will lead to the obtaining of a healthful experience in the things of God.

“Some of those who are newly come to the faith claim to have special light from God in regard to these messages; but their new light leads them to set aside the established truths that are the pillars of our faith. They misinterpret and misapply the Scriptures. They misplace the messages of Revelation 14, and set aside the work which these messages have accomplished. Thus they reject the great waymarks which God Himself has established. Since their new light leads them to tear down the structure which the Lord has built up, we may know that He is not guiding them.

“The experience of those newly come to the faith, if the Lord is working upon their minds, will be in harmony with the word of God, and with His past dealings with His people, and the instruction He has given them. He will not contradict Himself.

“God has given the messages of Revelation 14 their place in the line of prophecy, and their work is not to cease till the close of this earth’s history. The first and second angel’s messages are still truth for this time, and are to run parallel with this which follows. The third angel proclaims his warning with a loud voice. ‘After these things,’ said John, ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened with his glory.’ In this illumination, the light of all the three messages is combined.” The 1888 Materials, 803–804.

Of course, what she said there, this is the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages. It concludes in 1844 with the arrival up the Third.

Sister White says the First and Second Angels’ Messages are still true for this time and are to run parallel with that which follows.

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Judgment Began

Sept 11 Sunday

1989 2001 Law Judgment Ends

Figure No. 22.

In 1989 the time at the end arrived for modern Adventism.

In 1840, August 11, Islam was restrained and the Angel of Revelation 10 came down.

September 11, 2001, Islam was restrained and the Angel of Revelation 18 came down.

In June of 1842 the Protestants of the United States closed the doors of their churches.

An activity of the Protestants of the United States prefigures an activity of the Protestants of the United States as they pass The Sunday Law.

October 22, 1844, Judgment began, prefiguring when Judgment ends.

The First and Second Angels’ Messages are still truth and are to run parallel with that which follows. We are to preserve these waymarks because past history will be repeated. We can know where we are in prophetic history. Satan is seeking to undermine these waymarks that come in their order, that is illustrated on the prophetic line.

We are taking time to put in place the structure of the prophetic lines of Bible prophecy. They all will consist of the same order, because God changes not. We are doing that in order to demonstrate that the waymark in this history right here [between 1840 and 1842] was the introduction of the 1843 Chart. Ellen White says so more than once.

And in this history [between 1844 and 1850], we have the introduction of the 1850 Chart. This is the 1850 Chart and this is the 1843 Chart [indicating the two charts visible behind the podium].

As we look at the lines of prophecy—this is where we are heading—we are going to see that these two Charts have been typified, prefigured, pointed out in ancient prophetic history, and we want to see what the past history—the past sacred history—what it says about Habakkuk’s Two Tables and put that into the discussion of Habakkuk’s Two Tables before we proceed to defend the Millerite understanding of these doctrines from God's Word, and before we begin to show these Charts as the symbol of Jeremiah’s Old Paths that becomes the debate in Adventism since September 11, 2001.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you’re a God of order and that you change not, and that if we would but fulfill our responsibility as students of prophecy that we would have a key that would allow us to understand your providential dealings with Planet Earth at this very moment in history. We want to understand these things because we know that if we continue on with this earthly life in the near future, there is a great possibility that we are going to be hauled in before the courts at the Land and have to testify of the things that we understand. And when we do, we want to glorify you. We do not want to be found to be incompetent students. We not only want to be able to glorify you, we want to the sanctification that takes place in our hearts and our minds through the feeding upon your Word to be accomplished while we are doing this work. We also want to be so familiar with these truths and what is taking place that we will have a winning testimony to give to those that we come in contact with, to allow your Holy Spirit to awaken them for their need of preparation that they also might strive for the Kingdom. We thank you that we are having the privilege to study these things and LiveStream them and record them. We ask your blessing upon this work that we are doing and a blessing upon those of us that are studying these things. In Jesus’s name, amen.