The Reform Lines (cont'd) (07 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #7 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/29/2016
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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

“Study it and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.” 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.

The Specifications Given by the Prophets

“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 Refreshing

The Opening and the Close of the Gospel

“The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are ‘the times of refreshing’ to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: ‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.’ Acts 3:19–20.” The Great Controversy, 611–612.

The Former and the Latter

“The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was ‘the former rain,’ and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant. What is the promise to those living in these last days? ‘Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee.’ ‘Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.’ Zechariah 9:12; 10:1.” Testimonies, volume 8, 21.

“‘Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.’ ‘He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.’ In the East the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers, the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

“The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.

“There is to be ‘first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.’ There must be a constant development of Christian virtue, a constant advancement in Christian experience. This we should seek with intensity of desire, that we may adorn the doctrine of Christ our Saviour.

“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain. When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward. Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

Adventism

The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel’s message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold. The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries there was the greatest religious interest which has been witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.” The Great Controversy, 611.

The Loud Cry

The latter rain is to fall upon the people of God. A mighty angel is to come down from heaven, and the whole earth is to be lighted with his glory.” Review and Herald, April 21, 1891.

The Midnight Cry

“You are getting the coming of the Lord too far off. I saw the latter rain was coming as [suddenly as] the midnight cry, and with ten times the power.” Spalding and Magan, 5.

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

A Two Step Message Pentecost’s Two Steps

“The act of Christ in breathing upon his disciples the Holy Ghost, and in imparting his peace to them, was as a few drops before the plentiful shower to be given on the day of Pentecost.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, 243.

John 20:19–21; John 20:17–18

Parallel Passage

Luke 24:36–49

“Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.” Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

The Message of the Golden Oil

The anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth, have the position once given to Satan as covering cherub. By the holy beings surrounding his throne, the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth. The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied, that they shall not flicker and go out. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God’s Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men.

“God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness. When the call shall come, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,’ those who have not received the holy oil, who have not cherished the grace of Christ in their hearts, will find, like the foolish virgins, that they are not ready to meet their Lord. They have not, in themselves, the power to obtain the oil, and their lives are wrecked. But if God’s Holy Spirit is asked for, if we plead, as did Moses, ‘Show me thy glory,’ the love of God will be shed abroad in our hearts. Through the golden pipes, the golden oil will be communicated to us. ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.’ By receiving the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, God’s children shine as lights in the world.” Review and Herald, July 20, 1897.

“‘Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. Zechariah 4:11–14. These empty themselves into the golden bowls, which represent the hearts of the living messengers of God, who bear the Word of the Lord to the people in warnings and entreaties. The Word itself must be as represented, the golden oil, emptied from the two olive trees that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. This is the baptism by the Holy Spirit with fire. This will open the soul of unbelievers to conviction. The wants of the soul can be met only by the working of the Holy Spirit of God. Man can of himself do nothing to satisfy the longings and meet the aspirations of the heart.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 4, 1180.

Two Olive Trees

“Concerning the two witnesses the prophet declares further: ‘These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.’ ‘Thy word,’ said the psalmist, ‘is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.’ Revelation 11:4; Psalm 119:105. The two witnesses represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament.” The Great Controversy, 267.

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Deuteronomy 32:1–2.

They Would Not Hear

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.

Why?

Perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God

“The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 33.

The Early Rain

“The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. . . .

“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain. When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. . . . But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

Watch

“Christ had bidden His people watch for the signs of His advent and rejoice as they should behold the tokens of their coming King. ‘When these things begin to come to pass,’ He said, ‘then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.’ He pointed His followers to the budding trees of spring, and said: ‘When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.’ Luke 21:28, 30, 31.” The Great Controversy, 308.

We Must not Wait

We must not wait for the latter rain. It is coming upon all who will recognize and appropriate the dew and showers of grace that fall upon us. When we gather up the fragments of light, when we appreciate the sure mercies of God, who loves to have us trust Him, then every promise will be fulfilled. ‘For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations’ (Isaiah 61:11). The whole earth is to be filled with the glory of God.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 984.

Recognize

“Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.” Testimonies to Ministers, 507.

RECOGNIZE: 1. To recollect or recover the knowledge of, either with an avowal of that knowledge or not. We recognize a person at a distance, when we recollect that we have seen him before, or that we have formerly known him. We recognize his features or his voice. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

“Unless those who can help in—are aroused to a sense of their duty, they will not recognize the work of God when the loud cry of the third angel shall be heard. When light goes forth to lighten the earth, instead of coming up to the help of the Lord, they will want to bind about His work to meet their narrow ideas. Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.” Testimonies to Minsters, 300.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Jeremiah 6:16–17.

The Trumpet Sound

“Now, brethren, God wants us to take our position with the man that carries the lantern; we want to take our position where the light is, and where God has given the trumpet a certain sound. We want to give the trumpet a certain sound. We have been in perplexity, and we have been in doubt, and the churches are ready to die. But now here we read: ‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird’ [Revelation 18:1–2].

“Well now, how are we going to know anything about that message if we are not in a position to recognize anything of the light of heaven when it comes to us? And we will just as soon pick up the darkest deception when it comes to us from somebody that agrees with us, when we have not a particle of evidence that the Spirit of God has sent them. Christ said, ‘I come in the name of my Father, but ye will not receive me’ [see John 5:43]. Now, that is just the work that has been going on here ever since the meeting at Minneapolis. Because God sends a message in his name that does not agree with your ideas, therefore [you conclude] it cannot be a message from God.Sermons and Talks, volume 1, 142.

Line Upon Line: Weaned from the Milk

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. Isaiah 28:9.

Milk or Meat

Hebrews 5:12–6:8

Present Truth

“There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is ‘present truth’ that the flock needs now.” Early Writings, 63.

Line Upon Line: Understanding Knowledge

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. Isaiah 28:9.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Hebrews 5:12.

Teachers the Knowledge

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:3, 4, 10.

Wise: teachers

Shine: to teach

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6.

The Doctrine

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Deuteronomy 32:1–2.

The Wise and the Wicked

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:3, 4, 10.

False Teachers

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 1 Peter 1:19–2:1.

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.

Another Tongue

“It is with an earnest longing that I look forward to the time when the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.’ Then, as at the Pentecostal season, the people will hear the truth spoken to them, every man in his own tongue.

“God can breathe new life into every soul that sincerely desires to serve Him, and can touch the lips with a live coal from off the altar, and cause them to become eloquent with His praise. Thousands of voices will be imbued with the power to speak forth the wonderful truths of God’s Word. The stammering tongue will be unloosed, and the timid will be made strong to bear courageous testimony to the truth. May the Lord help His people to cleanse the soul temple from every defilement, and to maintain such a close connection with Him that they may be partakers of the latter rain when it shall be poured out.” Review and Herald, July 20, 1886.

“Those who are in responsible positions are not to become converted to the self-indulgent, extravagant principles of the world, for they cannot afford it; and if they could, Christlike principles would not allow it. Manifold teaching needs to be given. ‘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.’ Thus the word of the Lord is patiently to be brought before the children and kept before them, by parents who believe the word of God. ‘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.’ Why?—because they did not heed the word of the Lord that came unto them.

“This means those who have not received instruction, but have cherished their own wisdom, and have chosen to work themselves according to their own ideas. The Lord gives these the test, that they shall either take their position to follow His counsel, or refuse and do according to their own ideas, and then the Lord will leave them to the sure result. In all our ways, in all our service to God, He speaks to us, ‘Give Me thine heart.’ It is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart.

“God requires certain things of His people; if they say, I will not give up my heart to do this thing, the Lord lets them go on in their supposed wise judgment without heavenly wisdom, until this scripture [Isaiah 28:13] is fulfilled. You are not to say, I will follow the Lord’s guidance up to a certain point that is in harmony with my judgment, and then hold fast to your own ideas, refusing to be molded after the Lord’s similitude. Let the question be asked, Is this the will of the Lord? not, Is this the opinion or judgment of-----?” Testimonies to Ministers, 419.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we ask that you forgive us for not getting started on time. We want to be time in what we are going. When we come to worship in the morning, we want to be on time; but, also, when we have made a commitment to be LiveStreaming, we want to keep our word with those people that are participating in this study. As we take this study up, we ask that you would grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit, that you would pour your Latter Rain out upon us; that you would hide me behind the cross, the words spoken would be words from on High and not words from a human being; that you would prepare the hearts of the Brothers and Sisters who are hearing these things to understand them as you see fit. We want to understand Isaiah’s counsel about line upon line. We ask that you would grant us discernment and wisdom as we take up this study. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Line Upon Line

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are here in dealing with these Charts, Habakkuk’s Two Tables. Although we may not be dealing with them specifically for quite some time, we have lots of time. We have several weeks in this study; so, we are going to take it slow and put several things in place.

Last week, the first five presentations we dealt with, the truth that Ellen White endorses, the controversial subjects on the 1843 Chart that the modern theologians of Adventism are fighting against

Then yesterday, we began by identifying that Sister White also endorses the Rules of Prophetic Interpretation adopted by Miller. We spoke just a little bit that these Rules stand in contrast with the counterfeit interpretation, a Bible study that was introduced in Adventism in the beginning of the 20th Century. And, when we come to our next phase of these Charts, we want to put them in typology. We want to show that these Charts as waymarks of the Millerite History have then typified other lines of prophecy well before the history of the Millerites. So, in order to do that, we are developing the principle of line upon line, and our point of reference is going to be Isaiah 28 today, and we are going to deal with several thoughts from Isaiah 28.

But, we are going to begin with a quote that we had yesterday from Selected Messages, book 2, page 114, which says,

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.

Yesterday we spent time showing that Ellen White understands that prophecy is illustrated up on a line and the waymarks on the prophetic line are going to come under attack by Satan as Time goes forward and that we have a responsibility to guard and defend these waymarks, and these waymarks come in a specific order.

We are taking this quote from the Spirit of Prophecy because we understand that the prophets all agree with one another; and, when Sister White is saying that prophecy has been fulfilling line upon line, she has drawn, obviously, this expression from Isaiah where he talks about line upon line; and, we want it tie those two together.

The Testimonies Never Contradict His Word

We read a passage from book 3 of Selected Messages yesterday, page 32, concerning the testimonies in the Bible. It says,

“Study it”—the Bible—“and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.” Selected Messages, book 3, 32.

The writings of Ellen White and the writings of the Bible are in perfect agreement.

Line Upon Line

Sister White says prophecy is fulfilled line upon line. She said the same line of prophecy that is in the Book of Daniel is in the Book of Revelation. She spoke about the line of prophecy in Revelation 12. We looked at these things yesterday.

So, we want to show now, we want to add to this, what Isaiah says about line upon line, understanding that the line that is being addressed by Inspiration is a prophetic line that has a specific order and it has specific waymarks on it.

But, Isaiah 28:9-13 says,

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).

The Specifications Given by the Prophets

We read this following quote yesterday, too; but, I want to pull a thought from it, from Review and Herald, July 31, 1888.

“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.

So, I want to focus on the specifications given by the prophets when we go back into Isaiah 28:9-13, which we just read.

There are certain truths that are specified in this passage.

The question is raised, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?”

What is the specification of milk being drawn from the breast?

What is the specification of line upon line? We began dealing with that, prophetic line upon prophetic line.

What are the rest and the refreshing? There is a specification that is marked.

And, what does it mean that they go and fall backward and are broken, snared, and taken?

So there are certain specifications in these verses in Isaiah that we want to look at; because, we are to understand the specifications given by the prophets.

So, we want to start with what the rest and the refreshing is, because the rest and the refreshing is the Latter Rain; and, we are going to demonstrate that if you do not recognize the Latter Rain, you do not receive it, and if you do not receive the Latter Rain, you die for eternity. So, it is something that needs to be understood in order to be recognized. And, we are going to spend our time in the beginning here again identifying what Isaiah means when he says, “. . . This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

In Daniel 12 there are two classes of worshippers based upon the introduction of an increase of knowledge. The wise understand the increase of knowledge; the wicked do not understand increase of knowledge.

And, what does the Bible say about the wicked in connection with the rest?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: They have no rest.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The wicked have no rest. Okay? The wicked, they do not receive the Latter Rain; they do not receive the rest; they do not receive the refreshing.

All the prophets agree with one another. The wise are going to receive the rest and refreshing. We need to recognize that we need to receive it. And, because this is such an important component of the end of the world, Satan has done a work to make us not understand the Latter Rain as we should.

So, we are going to look at it fairly closely. We are not going to deal with everything that we want to say about it until later on; but, we are going to show at this point that the Latter Rain, wherever it is illustrated, is a two-step, two-step process; and, why I say ‘wherever it is illustrated,’ sometimes we do not understand that the Latter Rain has an application to the Christian Church in general, it has an application to Adventism, and it has an application to individuals. It has an application to Ancient Israel. And, when it is applied in any one of these levels it is applied in a two-step process, whether it is called Early Rain, first step; Latter Rain, second step; or Former Rain, first step; Latter Rain, second step; Spring Rain, first step; Summer rain, second step. It is always two steps.

We want to look at that we want to look at that. We want to look at some of the places where it is representing truth.

The Refreshing

The Opening and the Close of the Gospel

The Great Controversy, pages 611 – 612, says,

“The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are ‘the times of refreshing’ to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: ‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.’ Acts 3:19–20.” The Great Controversy, 611–612.

So, here we are using this quote to see that Sister White is identifying the Latter Rain as the refreshing. So, when Isaiah says, “. . . this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear,” he is saying this is the Latter Rain and they are going to reject this message; because if you are going to hear it, it is a message. This is the Latter Rain. The Latter Rain is the refreshing.

And here, if you think about it, Sister White is saying that when the Early Rain was poured out at Pentecost, at the Christian Church, there was a manifestation of the power of God to begin the Christian Church; and, it is illustrating the Latter Rain at the end of the Christian Church. So, we see two steps in the Christian Church: Pentecost of the time of the disciples, the first step; the last step, the Latter Rain for the Christian Church at the end of the world—two steps.

The Specifications Given by the Prophets

But what you will also see there, if you understand the Scriptures, the quote we read a moment ago, from Review and Herald, July 31, 1888, says that we must have a knowledge of the Scriptures that we may trace down the lines of prophecy.

Well, just to put it in the mix—I am not going to spend time with it— the Pentecost of the Christian Church when the Lord was pouring out the Holy Spirit, in the Book of Acts at Pentecost, why did He pour it out at Pentecost?

Pentecost was commemorating what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Mount Sinai.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Mount Sinai.

The first Pentecost was Mount Sinai; therefore, the—what does Sister White say about Mount Sinai?

I have a hard time understanding what she says about Mount Sinai. I believe it, but it is beyond my human understanding to internalize that the way that I am supposed to. Sister White says at Mount Sinai when the Lord came down gave His Law that there had never been a greater manifestation of the power of God, ever to that point of time.

SISTER FROM THE AUDIENCE: I have no problem believing that.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: She has no problem believing that.

I believe it because Sister White says it. My difficulty with that is—it is not a difficulty; it just blows my mind—is Mount Sinai is one mountain. Whatever went on there was the greatest manifestation of the power of God that had ever taken place up to that time. And then you just think back a few couple hundred years to the Flood—okay?—and the whole world is destroyed; it is covered with water. But, when she talks about Sinai she says that was the greatest manifestation of the power of God than even the Flood.

So, what was Sinai? Well, that was the symbol of the Lord pouring out His Spirit at the beginning of Ancient Israel.

And, what did the Lord do at the end of Ancient Israel? He poured out his Spirit at Pentecost.

So, even in Ancient Israel you have a first manifestation of the Latter Rain and a second manifestation of the Latter Rain: Sinai and Pentecost. And you have the first manifestation of the Latter Rain at Pentecost for the Christian Church and the second at the end of the world in the Latter Rain.

The point being is, what is a lion in Bible prophecy?

Autumn, what is a lion in Bible prophecy?

BROTHER AUTUMN: I just studied that this morning.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Well, why do you not tell us?

BROTHER AUTUMN: Well, it is a lawgiver. The lion is a prophet. The Lion is the Lord. The lion is Satan.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. The lion is Satan, a prophet, a lawgiver; it is Babylon.

BROTHER AUTUMN: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It depends upon context.

So, when it comes to the Latter Rain, it depends upon context.

If you are looking at Ancient Israel, there was a beginning and an ending to the outpouring of the Spirit in Ancient Israel.

If you are looking at the Christian Church, there is a beginning and an ending. Pentecost is the beginning; the Latter Rain is the ending.

If you look at Adventism, there is the beginning and an ending. The Midnight Cry is the first manifestation of the Latter Rain; the Loud Cry is the second in Adventism. It depends upon the context.

If you are looking at an individual, you or me, we will not receive the Latter Rain if we are not partaking of the Former Rainer; two steps, no matter where you look at it.

But, the Latter Rain has to be evaluated based upon context.

The Former and the Latter

Testimonies, volume 8, page 21:

“The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was ‘the former rain,’ and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant. What is the promise to those living in these last days? ‘Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee.’”—

Where is Sister White pulling that from, “But the latter rain will be more abundant”? What is the promise to those living in these last days?

You would think if you are living in the last days, the time of the Latter Rain, you would want to know that that promise was.

And she says,

—“‘Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope, even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee.’”—

Now, what I am telling you for your homework from this worship, go dig that out of the Bible and see where you find that; because, it is identifying when God is going to lift up an ensign for the world, which is in agreement with what we understand about the Latter Rain.

Then she continues on,

—“‘Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.’ Zechariah 9:12; 10:1.” Testimonies, volume 8, 21.

Now, the point being here is how can you ask for Rain in the time of the Latter Rain if you do not know it is the time of the Latter Rain? The promise is He will give you the Latter Rain in the time of the Latter Rain if you ask for the Latter Rain in the time of the Latter Rain; but, if you do not know it is the time of the Latter Rain, you do not know to ask for the Latter Rain and you do not get the Latter Rain. You have to know that you are in the Latter Rain to receive the promise of the Latter Rain. Okay, Former, Latter Rains, two steps.

Testimonies to Ministers, pages 506 – 507; there are several thoughts in here that we will use throughout this study. It says,

“‘Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.’ ‘He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.’”—two steps—“‘In the East the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers, the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit.”—

What is the work of the Holy Spirit, because He uses the Early and the Former Rain to represent the work of the Holy Spirit? John 16:8; a three-step process, convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.

But, judgment is where the door closes.

Sin and righteousness, sin and righteousness, two steps; two steps that lead to judgment.

The work of the Latter Rain, two steps to lead you to the Judgment. I mean, the work of the Holy Spirit, in connection with the Latter Rain, is not going to be any different from the work of the Holy Spirit and John 16:8, right? These two have to agree with one another.

—“The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul.’”—

Here she is applying it to you and me as individuals.

—“By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

“The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man.””—

Now she is talking about the Church, not individuals.

—“But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.”—

If you do not have the Early Rain, forget about the Latter Rain.

—“There is to be ‘first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.’ There must be a constant development of Christian virtue, a constant advancement in Christian experience. This we should seek with intensity of desire, that we may adorn the doctrine of Christ our Saviour.

“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain.”—

Now, this is an important point; it is a subject of prophecy. One of the primary reasons the Jews participated in the crucifixion of Christ is they misunderstood prophecy. They misunderstood the work that Christ was going to do. They thought He was going to set up a literal kingdom, when He was coming to set up a spiritual Kingdom.

This misunderstanding of prophecy for Ancient Israel is prefiguring the misunderstanding of prophecy for modern Israel; and, modern Israel is misunderstanding not the work of Christ but the work of the Holy Spirit. They are believing that the Holy Spirit is coming. We [Adventism] are believing, at the end of the world, that the Holy Spirit is going to come in the Latter Rain and He is going to fix us up. All we have to do is hang in there in the Adventist Church and keep our membership intact until the Latter Rain comes, and then the Holy Spirit is going to do a magical act and change our character so we are ready for the return of the Lord.

That is a misconception; it is a prophetic misconception. If you are waiting for the Latter Rain to fix you up, you are going to die; because, only those that have participated in the Former Rain will receive the Latter Rain. The Former Rain is perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. But, this is a prophetic misunderstanding of Adventism; they do not understand the Latter Rain. They do not understand the different aspects of the Latter Rain, just as the Jews did not understand that Christ was coming to introduce a spiritual Kingdom, not a literal kingdom.

—“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain. When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward.”—

The work that she is defining here now that is done is what? What is He doing? He is giving light and knowledge.

What is light and knowledge? They are the same thing.

Where do we get light and knowledge? From the Word of God.

What we have to receive to receive the Former Rain, in advance of the Latter Rain, is the Word of God, the knowledge of God’s Word.

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—“The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward. Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have”—

What is “light”?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Knowledge.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Truth, knowledge.

—“Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

Okay. So, what we are saying? Well, we have put in the record here, if you've seen it—we have referred to; we have not given you a Spirit of Prophecy or a Bible reference for the fact that there is a first outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Ancient Israel, and then a last outpouring for Ancient Israel—but, we have put in the record that Pentecost was the beginning of the outpouring for the Christian Church, and the Latter Rain at the end of the world is that second step for the Christian Church.

And, we have put in the record that we, as individuals, must have a Former Rain experience, which is receiving God's truth; and, the only way that we can continue to receive God's truth is when we receive God's truth that we bring our life into agreement with that truth. If He brings us light, and we rebel against that light, the process stops at that point.

So, it is the work the Lord to bring us truth. As we respond to that truth, He is developing us to the point to where we can receive the Latter Rain. This work of receiving light in advance of the Latter Rain is the Former Rain; so, in individuals, we have a Former and the Latter Rain.

Adventism

Now we want to deal with the fact that you have these two elements of the Latter Rain within Adventism.

The Great Controversy, page 611:

The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel’s message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory.”—

Who is that? What Angel is that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Fourth Angel.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It is Revelation 18. That is the Latter Rain Angel at the end of the world.

—“The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel’s message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold. The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world,—

Do you see what she just did? She compared the history of 1840 to 1844, the Millerite History, with the history of the Latter Rain.

The first manifestation of the power of God in Adventism was in 1840 to 1844. That is the Early Rain for Adventism. The final one is the Latter Rain of Revelation 18.

—“the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries there was the greatest religious interest which has been witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.” The Great Controversy, 611.

The Loud Cry

If you are not thinking that the Midnight Cry in the Millerite History of 1840 to 1844 is typifying the Loud Cry at the end of the world, we want you to see that.

The next quote, Review and Herald, April 21, 1891:

The latter rain is to fall upon the people of God. A mighty angel is to come down from heaven, and the whole earth is to be lighted with his glory.” Review and Herald, April 21, 1891.

This quote is in here that if you are uncertain that the Revelation 18 Angel is the Latter Rain, this should clear it up for you. When the Angel of Revelation 18 comes down, the Latter Rain begins.

The Midnight Cry

Spalding Megan, page 5, says,

“You are getting the coming of the Lord too far off. I saw the latter rain was coming as [suddenly as] the midnight cry, and with ten times the power.” Spalding and Magan, 5.

Sister White just there compared the Latter Rain with the Midnight Cry. And the Latter Rain, another expression for it is the Loud Cry. She just compared the Lord Cry with the Midnight Cry.

And you will notice in your notes, “[suddenly as]” is in brackets. I suppose we could e‑mail The Ellen White Estate and they might be able to clear that up; but, sometimes when you see things in brackets in there, it is actually something that Sister White went in, after the fact, and put in. But, sometimes it is the editors that, after the fact, put it in.

It says, “You are getting the coming of the Lord too far off. I saw the latter rain was coming as”—in brackets—“[suddenly as] the midnight cry, and with ten times the power. But, I think—if that was an editorial correction—I think they may have made a mistake; because, if you leave that out it says this, “I saw the latter rain was coming as the midnight cry, and with ten times the power.” That is more specific. She is really comparing the Latter Rain with the Midnight Cry. It does not change it. It is still there; but, it is more specific if you do not have those bracketed words “suddenly as.”

So, what I am saying is, the Midnight Cry in the Millerite History of 1840 to 1844 is the first outpouring of the Spirit in Adventism, and the last is Revelation 18. And in 1840 to 1844 the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the message that was carried in that time period, was, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh . . .!”

Review and Herald, February 11, 1896:

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

Here she is saying the Midnight Cry is repeated at the end of the world. So, you have got a Midnight Cry at the beginning of Adventism, and you have a Midnight Cry at the end of Adventism. You have the first manifestation of the Latter Rain at the beginning of Adventism called “The Midnight Cry,” and you have the second manifestation of the Latter Rain at the end of Adventism called, “The Loud Cry.” Whenever you see the Latter Rain, there are two steps, if you see it.

And that is the issue: whether you see it or not. That is the make or break. Most of Adventism will not see it and they will be lost, and they will not see it because they have to recognize it.

The word recognize is the word that Sister White uses, and the word recognize by definition requires for me to recognize something: I have to have seen it before.

I remember the first time that I was in Columbia, and I was there with a brother that we worked with from the United States. We were walking through Bogota, Colombia, and we were just walking the streets. You know, the stores were open and the streets were just full of people. There were so many people that, you know, we would get separated from one another, but I could always recognize this brother, even at a distance; because, he stood this far [measuring with his hands] above all the Colombians that were walking down that same sidewalk. Okay? But, I could recognize him because I had seen him before.

Recognition is a word that is talking about prior knowledge, and most of Adventism is not going to recognize the Latter Rain, because they do not know what it is. They do not know where it has been illustrated before, or they do not know that it is two phases, and this lack of knowledge will cost them eternal life.

A Two-Step Message

Pentecost’s Two Steps

Okay, a two-step message, let us show this in another aspect.

Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, page 243, says,

“The act of Christ in breathing upon his disciples the Holy Ghost, and in imparting his peace to them, was as a few drops before the plentiful shower to be given on the day of Pentecost.” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, 243

Okay. On Pentecost is going to be the full showers of the Latter Rain; but, when Christ breathed upon the disciples, it was sprinkles that come in advance. The sprinkles are the Former Rain, and Pentecost is the Latter Rain; the sprinkles are the Spring Rain, and Pentecost is the Summer Rain: two steps. This two-step process of the Latter Rain is illustrated over and over,

So, what is the Latter Rain? Well, the Latter Rain is light, it is knowledge, which we have already mentioned that.

Let us try to show that. When Sister White talked about the act of Christ breathing a few drops before Pentecost, she is drawing that from John 20.

Notice John 20:19-22.

19Then the same day at evening,”—then the same day at evening, then the same day at evening—“being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: . . .” John 20:19-22 (KJV).

When He breathed upon them, it was a few drops before the Latter Rain.

And when was this taking place? It was on the first day of the week.

What day?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Sunday.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Sunday, but what day is it?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The day of His resurrection.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The day He was resurrected. Okay. This was the day of His resurrection.

So, when is Pentecost?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Fifty days later.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Fifty days later. So, you have a sprinkling going on for 50 days. Correct?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Now, there is a parallel passage that we are going to look at in a moment to build on this; but, I want to show you something.

The verses that lead to this, the verses that lead to this will put this in the record, will put it in your memory banks. We will come back to this, what we are going to share, Lord willing, as this study progressives.

We read verses 19 through 21. We are going to back up to verses 17 and 18 now,

17Jesus saith unto her,”—

Who is “her”?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Mary Magdalene.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Mary. Mary meets Him, as He has been resurrected from the tomb, right? Did she not do that?

— “17Jesus said unto her, Touch me not;”—

He would not let her touch Him.

—“for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.” John 20:17-18 (KJV).

Then you go again to verse 19, “Then the same day at evening . . .”

So, what did Jesus do in the morning?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: He resurrected.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He resurrected; but, what did He do? What did He do in between seeing Mary and the disciples?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: He went to the Father.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He ascended to the Father.

So, when He comes back down to the disciples, what does He do? He comes down out of Heaven. Okay? He comes down out of Heaven.

We are going to show that when the divine symbol comes down, that is when the sprinkling begins. So, even in this passage you see the Mighty Angel of Revelation 10 and the Mighty Angel of Revelation 18 descending to mark the beginning of the sprinkling.

Parallel Passage

But, there is a parallel passage to this in Luke 24 that we want to add to the mix, starting at verse 36.

36And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me,”—

In the morning He tells Mary, “Do not touch me. I have not ascended.”

But, when He comes back, He comes down out of Heaven, which marks the beginning of the sprinkling, and He says, “God ahead, you can touch me now.”

—“handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43And he took it, and did eat before them.”—

Have you ever noticed that when the Angel of Revelation 10 comes down out of Heaven, what is John told to do at that point?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Eat it.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: “Go take and eat it.”

Okay. He has just come down out of Heaven, and now there is a command, “Bring me something. I want to eat it.”

—“ 44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.”—

Okay. In John, what does He do?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: He breathed upon them.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He breathed upon them.

But, in Luke, what does He do? He opens their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures.

So, what does it mean, that He breathes a few drops of the Latter Rain upon them? It is an opening of their understanding of the Scriptures.

That is what a few drops of the Latter Rain are; because, the Scriptures are light; it is a message.

Now, notice,

—“45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things. 49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:36-49 (KJV).

There is a tarrying time for you.

Okay. He breathes upon them by opening their understanding of the Scriptures, and He says, “Tarry in Jerusalem, because you are going to receive power on Pentecost.” That is the full outpouring. The breathing is the sprinkling.

When does this start, when does this process start? When He comes down out of Heaven.

Testimonies to Ministers, page 507, we have already read:

“Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.” Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

There is a time period in Adventism when the Latter Rain begins to sprinkle. It is falling on hearts all around Adventists, but some Adventists are not recognizing it. That is the sprinkling. It precedes The Sunday Law because The Sunday Law is Pentecost.

At The Sunday Law, the wheat and the tares are separated. Then the Holy Spirit is poured out without measure; but, you are not going to receive it unless you recognize the sprinkling and receive of the Former Rain.

The Message of the Golden Oil

Review and Herald, July 20, 1897:

The anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth, have the position once given to Satan as covering cherub. By the holy beings surrounding his throne, the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth. The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied, that they shall not flicker and go out. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God’s Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men.

“God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness. When the call shall come, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,’ those who have not received the holy oil,”—

Those who have not received the messages of God’s Spirit the communications that He sends us.

—“those who have not received the hold oil, who have not cherished the grace of Christ in their hearts, will find, like the foolish virgins, that they are not ready to meet their Lord. They have not, in themselves, the power to obtain the oil, and their lives are wrecked. But if God’s Holy Spirit is asked for, if we plead, as did Moses, ‘Show me thy glory,’ the love of God will be shed abroad in our hearts.:—

Do you remember yesterday we read a quote where she says, “God’s truths and His glory are inseparable”? It is impossible to glorify God if you are not holding onto His truths: “Show me thy glory, show me thy truths.”

—“Through the golden pipes, the golden oil will be communicated to us. ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.’ By receiving the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, God’s children shine as lights in the world.” Review and Herald, July 20, 1897.

The golden oil that the virgins need is the messages of God’s Spirit. It is the Latter Rain message that comes in two phases, a sprinkling and a full outpouring.

The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 4, page 1180—who are the two anointed ones, anyway?

“‘Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. Zechariah 4:11–14. These empty themselves into the golden bowls, which represent the hearts of the living messengers of God, who bear the Word of the Lord to the people in warnings and entreaties. The Word itself must be as represented, the golden oil, emptied from the two olive trees that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. This is the baptism by the Holy Spirit with fire. This will open the soul of unbelievers to conviction. The wants of the soul can be met only by the working of the Holy Spirit of God. Man can of himself do nothing to satisfy the longings and meet the aspirations of the heart.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 4, 1180.

Two Olive Trees

Then in The Great Controversy, page 267:

“Concerning the two witnesses the prophet declares further: ‘These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.’ ‘Thy word,’ said the psalmist, ‘is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.’ Revelation 11:4; Psalm 119:105. The two witnesses represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament.” The Great Controversy, 267.

The holy oil that comes down through these two pipes from the two olive trees is the messages of God's Spirit that you find in the Old and the New Testaments in the time of the Millerites.

When Zachariah wrote it, there was no New Testament. The two pipes of Zachariah were the Law and the Prophets. For the Millerite time period, it is the Old and New Testaments, as Sister White says here.

For Seventh-day Adventists at the end of the world, it is the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. This is where the golden oil comes from; and, the golden oil is the messages of God's Spirit. And the messages of God's Spirit that make the distinction between the wise and foolish virgins when the message goes, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh . . . ,” which is the Latter Rain message, the holy oil that makes the distinction whether you are a wise virgin or a foolish virgin is the Latter Rain messages.

Deuteronomy 32:1-2, says,

1Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear. O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: . . .” Deuteronomy 32:1-2 (KJV).

They Would Not Hear

All right. We have our reference that we are dealing with in front of us, Isaiah 28:9-13.

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).

What we are saying is, the refreshing is the Latter Rain, but the Latter Rain has to be determined by context. When it is being addressed in the Scriptures, you have to see where it is being applied to.

Is it being applied to us, individually? I will only get the Latter Rain as an individual if I am receiving of the Former Rain; or, is it talking about the Former Rain for the Christian Church in the days of the disciples at Pentecost; or, is it talking about the Former Rain of Adventism, which is the Midnight Cry? These distinctions need to be marked, if you are going to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

This message of the Latter Rain includes all of the components of the Latter Rain. This is the testing message for this time, and there is a group according to Isaiah that will not hear: “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.”

And, it goes on to say, “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.”

These people who do not hear, they are going to die.

What not do they hear? They do not hear the refreshing message. One of the reasons that they do not hear is they do not recognize it.

Why?

Perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God

Okay. Why will they not receive it [the refreshing message]?

“The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 33

In this sense, in this context, Sister White is saying the refreshing, the Latter Rain, the full outpouring only comes upon me if I have prepared for it. And we already know from other passages, my preparation requires me to receive the Former Rain. My preparation is, I have to receive the Former Rain to receive the Latter Rain.

So, although Sister White is not going to explicitly say it here, she is going to define for us what the Former Rain is. She says, “The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

The Former Rainer is perfecting holiness in the fear of God. If you are not doing that, you do not receive the Latter Rain.

The Latter Rain

Testimonies to Ministers, pages 506 – 507:

“The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. . . .

“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain.”—

Here is the prophetic misconception.

—“When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. . . . But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain.”—

What is the Former Rain? Perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.

—“But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues,”—

Is the exemplification of the active Christian virtues another way to say perfecting holiness in the fear of God?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain.”—

We have to recognize it.

—“It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.Testimonies to Ministers, 506–507.

We have to be partaking of the Former Rain to receive the Latter Rain; but, also, we have to be partaking of the Former Rain in order to recognize the Latter Rain. There are two thoughts there. Do not miss it! They are both worth understanding.

To receive the Latter Rain, we have to be perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord; but, to recognize the Latter Rain, we have to be receiving the Former Rain.

What did Christ say about the Latter Rain? He said watch for it.

There are people out there who don’t want to hear anything about this message. All they want to do is talk about Jesus. Okay, let us talk about Jesus.

What did Jesus say about the Latter Rain? Watch for it.

Watch

The Great Controversy, page 308:

“Christ had bidden His people watch for the signs of His advent and rejoice as they should behold the tokens of their coming King. ‘When these things begin to come to pass,’ He said, ‘then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.’ He pointed His followers to the budding trees of spring, and said: ‘When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.’ Luke 21:28, 30, 31.” The Great Controversy, 308.

What did he tell them to watch for?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The budding trees of Spring.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The budding trees of Spring.

What causes the trees to bud out in the Springtime?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Former Rain.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Former Rain, the Springtime Rain.

And when you see the Springtime Rain causing the trees to bud forth, what does it tell you? The Summer Rain is almost here; and, the Summer at the end of the world is the harvest.

There are two manifestations of the Latter Rain: Spring and Summer.

And what did Jesus tell us to watch for? The budding trees of Spring.

These people who do not want to wrap their minds around the Latter Rain message, all they want to do is talk about Jesus, they are denying the command of Jesus to watch for this very thing.

We Must Not Wait

The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 984:

We must not wait for the latter rain.”—

“I want to wait for the Latter Rain, because then the Latter Rain will remove all my sins.”

—“We must not wait for the latter rain. It is coming upon all who will recognize and appropriate the dew and showers of grace that fall upon us.”—

What is the prerequisite that I must pass if I am going to recognize the Latter Rain? I have to participate in the work of the Former Rain, which is perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.

—“When we gather up the fragments of light, when we appreciate the sure mercies of God, who loves to have us trust Him, then every promise will be fulfilled. ‘For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,”—that is what Jesus said to watch for—“and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations’ (Isaiah 61:11). The whole earth is to be filled with the glory of God.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 984.

But, we cannot wait for it. We have to watch for it. We have to recognize it.

Recognize

Testimonies to Ministers, page 507:

“Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light.”—

Here she is talking about the Latter Rain in terms of light, a message.

—“Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.” Testimonies to Ministers, 507.

The word recognize means:

RECOGNIZE: 1. To recollect or recover the knowledge of, either with an avowal of that knowledge or not. We recognize a person at a distance, when we recollect that we have seen him before, or that we have formerly known him. We recognize his features or his voice. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

The purpose of this study, one of the logics we are putting in place, is that all the prophetic lines of history are speaking about the end of the world.

Sister White, when commenting on 1 Corinthians 10:11 where Paul says, “Now all these thing happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come,” says each of the ancient prophets spoke more for our day than the days in which they lived; so, their prophesying is in force for us.

So, each of the ancient histories of the Bible are speaking more for our days than the days in which they took place in the Bible; and, our day is the Day of the Latter Rain. All of those histories are an illustration of the Latter Rain.

And, all those histories are portrayed upon a prophetic line; and, Isaiah is saying, “You take this line illustrating the Latter Rain time period, and this line from over here illustrating the Latter Rain time period, and you bring them together, line upon line, and this is the message during the Latter Rain that tells you what is taking place at this very time period; and, it is the message that is resisted, but it is from recognizing the manifestation of the Latter Rain being illustrated in this ancient history, and this ancient history, and this ancient history. This is what allows us to recognize the Latter Rain in our history. That is what Isaiah 28 is emphasizing. We have to recognize that based on something that we have seen in the past.

Testimonies to Ministers, page 300:

“Unless those who can help in______”—there is a blank there—“are aroused to a sense of their duty, they will not recognize the work of God when the loud cry of the third angel shall be heard. When light goes forth to lighten the earth, instead of coming up to the help of the Lord, they will want to bind about His work to meet their narrow ideas. Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.” Testimonies to Ministers, 300.

Jeremiah 6:16-17:

16Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”—

What are the old paths? Well, the old paths, you can say, is the Millerite History. The Millerite History illustrates the history of the Latter Rain; the history of Moses illustrates the Latter Rain; the history of Noah illustrates the Latter Rain; the history of Elijah, the history of the Three Decrees; the history of Christ, are those old paths?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Walk in those old paths.

—“16Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls,”—

And what will you find?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Rest.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And what is the rest, according to Isaiah? It is the refreshing; it is the Latter Rain. It is those Old Paths. It is those old lines that allow you to find the Latter Rain?

—“But they said, We will not walk therein.”—

That is what they said in Isaiah; only they said, “We will not hearken.”

17Also I set watchmen over you, saying,”—

Saying what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Hearken.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Hearken to what? The trumpet—okay, the Seventh Trumpet, the Third Woe, Islam; but, we are not going there yet.

Also in this time period, when the Lord is leading His people back to the Old Paths—this old line of prophecy, and this old line of prophecy—that illustrate the history of the Latter Rain, He set watchmen over God’s people, saying,

—“Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said,”—what?—“We will not hearken.” Jeremiah 6:16–17 (KJV).

“We will not hearken. We will not walk therein. We will not listen to the Latter Rain message.”

The Trumpet Sound

So, what is the trumpet? The trumpet is marking the Latter Rain.

Notice this next quote, Sermons and Talks, volume 1, page 142:

“Now, brethren, God wants us to take our position with the man that carries the lantern;”—

What is the lantern?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Word of God.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Bible. We need to take our position with the one who is walking with the Word of God.

—“we want to take our position where the light is, and where God has given the trumpet a certain sound. We want to give the trumpet a certain sound.”—

“I raised watchmen over them saying, ‘Hearken to the sound of the Trumpet,’ but they said, ‘We will not hearken.”

—“We want to give the trumpet a certain sound. We have been in perplexity, and we have been in doubt, and the churches are ready to die. But now here we read: ‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven,”—

What is Sister White saying?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Revelation 18.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That in Revelation 18 the Trumpet message arrives.

—“having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird’ [Revelation 18:1–2].”—

The people that are fighting this message do not appreciate the fact that we teach correctly that the Third Woe, the Seventh Trumpet, began to sound on September 11, 2001, and that this is when the Mighty Angel of Revelation 18 came down.

But, Brothers and Sisters, there is only one trumpet at the end of the world. It is the Seventh Trumpet. And you may dispute that 9/11 is where this Trumpet begins to sound, but Ellen White is here saying that the Trumpet begins to sound at the same point in time that the Angel of Revelation 18 comes down. That is, at least, in place.

She continues on and says,

—“Well now, how are we going to know anything about that message”—

What message? The message of Revelation 189, which we have already defined as the Latter Rain, and the message of the Trumpet.

—“Well now, how are we going to know anything about that message if we are not in a position to recognize anything of the light of heaven when it comes to us? And we will just as soon pick up the darkest deception when it comes to us from somebody that agrees with us, when we have not a particle of evidence that the Spirit of God has sent them. Christ said, ‘I come in the name of my Father, but ye will not receive me’ [see John 5:43]. Now, that is just the work that has been going on here ever since the meeting at Minneapolis. Because God sends a message in his name that does not agree with your ideas, therefore [you conclude] it cannot be a message from God.Sermons and Talks, volume 1, 142.

She just tied the Trumpet message into Revelation 18, into Minneapolis in 1888, which she clearly says was the Latter Rain.

There are going to be people that refused to hear because they cannot recognize it, and they do not recognize it because they are not perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. They are not receiving the Early Rain. They are unwilling to take the Old Paths and line them upon line in order to illustrate the Latter Rain at the end of the world.

Line Upon Line: Weaned from the Milk

But, who is going to receive it?

Verse 9 of Isaiah 28 says,

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.”

If you are going to understand this message, you are going to be weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts.

Milk or Meat

So, let us let Paul define what that means: Hebrews 5:12 – 6:8.

Chapter 5:12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,”—

Okay. We are going to show you the time that you ought to be teachers of the time of the end.

—“Chapter 5:12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”—

What are the first principles of the oracles of God, in terms of Adventism?

The 28 Fundamentals?

Okay. When you start having your Bible studies and you get brought into the Adventist Church, that is the first oracles. It is the basics.

—“13For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

“Chapter 6:1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. 2Of the doctrine or baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit.”—

There’s the basics. There’s the 28 Fundamentals. That is the milk.

Who is going to understand the Latter Rain message? It will be the people that are drawn from the breasts, that are not drinking milk.

You do not think he is talking about the Latter Rain message? Let us continue on.

—“4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God,”—

When do we taste the good word of God, prophetically? When the Angel comes down out of Heaven, Jesus said, “Give me some broiled fish and honeycomb. I am going eat it.”

Because, when the Angel of Revelation 10 came down, He commanded John to go take the Little Book that is in the Angel’s hand and eat it.

It is impossible, if you eat the message that begins when Christ breathes, the sprinkling message, it is impossible if you taste that to be renewed to repentance.

—“4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”—

If you do not think this is speaking about the Latter Rain, just read on.

—“7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 5:12 – 6:8 (KJV).

The Latter Rain produces two classes of worshippers; and, it is impossible, once the history of the Latter Rain begins to unfold, that if you reject this message, to be renewed unto repentance.

So, what is the milk? It is the basics.

Present Truth

What does Sister White say?

Early Writings, page 63:

“There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is ‘present truth’ that the flock needs now.” Early Writings, 63.

What is present truth? It is the meat.

What is present truth? It is the Latter Rain message.

Line Upon Line: Understanding Knowledge

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.” Isaiah 28:9 (KJV).

And Hebrews 5:12, Paul says,

12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” Hebrews 5:12 (KJV).

Teachers of the Knowledge

Daniel 12:3, 4, and 10 says this:

3And they that be wise”—

And you have the definition of wise underneath these verses: teachers.

—“3And they that be [teachers] shall shine”—

And you have the definition of shine underneath that: to teach.

—“3And they that be [teachers] shall [teach] as the brightness of the firmament;”—

And Paul says, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,” is the time that you are not supposed to be eating milk. You are supposed to be eating meat at that time.

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine?” Those who are not eating the milk.

When is He going to raise up teachers?

—“3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:”—

The time of the end is when He raises up teachers.

—“many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. . . . “—

That is when He is going to teach them knowledge.

—“10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:3, 4, 10 (KVJ).

WISE: Teachers

SHINE: To teach

The wise are the teachers that will understand the knowledge of the Latter Rain message in line upon line; but, the wicked, according to Paul are briars and thorns that are destined to be burned because they crucify Christ afresh.

This increase of knowledge, Hosea tells us how important it is. It says,

6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6 (KJV).

And He makes us priests when He enters into covenant with us. If you reject the knowledge, you break the covenant.

In the terms of Isaiah 28 and 29, if you reject the knowledge, you make a covenant with death, while God’s people are making a covenant with life. You will not be a priest if you reject this knowledge.

The Doctrine

What is the doctrine that He is going to teach them? We have already read it:

1Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” Deuteronomy 32:1–2 (KJV).

“Whom shall He teach knowledge, and whom shall He make to understand doctrine?”That doctrine is the Latter Rain message. He will make those understand it that are not subsisting on the milk of God’s Word.

Do you know what happens if you take your infant baby and you put it in the crib and all you do is stick a bottle of milk into its mouth continuously, just give it milk, milk, milk? Do you know what happens? It rots their teeth out. It is a condition for which the dentists have a name. It even rots their teeth out from the inside and the outside.

See, if all you are doing is drinking milk, you end up with no teeth; and, if you have no teeth, you cannot eat the meat. That is what is happening with Adventism; only, they are not just drinking milk, they are drinking chocolate milk, and strawberry milk, corrupted milk.

Who is He going to make understand doctrine and knowledge? Those who are not eating and drinking milk.

When does this take place? Well, at the time that you ought to be teachers, according to Paul.

And when is the time that you ought to be teachers? According to Daniel, it is at t the time of the end. The wise are going to be teachers that teach, that shine, and they are going to understand the knowledge and the doctrine—the doctrine, the Latter Rain; the knowledge, the increase of knowledge.

But, there is going to be a class that does not understand the increase of knowledge, and they are going to be contrasted with the teachers.

False Teachers

And if you have true teachers over here that are contrasted with this group, what is this group?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: False teachers.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: False teachers.

So, you have true and false teachers in this history.

And Peter tells us about the false teachers, 2 Peter 1:19–2:1.

Chapter 1:19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”—

I heard a private interpretation on e-mail yesterday from Canada—I will not go there.

—“21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Chapter 2:1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 1:19–2:1 (KJV).

So, there is going to be true and false teachers.

And in Adventism today there is going to be true and false teachers because this is the Latter Rain time period; but, the Lord is going to speak to His people.

Isaiah says,

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;”—the Latter Rain—“wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest”—but the wicked will have no 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).

Another Tongue

So who is the “stammering lips and another tongue,” to bring this to a close?

Review and Herald, July 20, 1886:

“It is with an earnest longing that I look forward to the time when the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.’ Then, as at the Pentecostal season, the people will hear the truth spoken to them, every man in his own tongue.

“God can breathe new life into every soul that sincerely desires to serve Him,”—

Did Jesus breathe to give them the Latter Rain message?

—“and can touch the lips with a live coal from off the altar,”—

What is that? That is Isaiah 6.

And what does Isaiah 6, verse 3, say? “. . . Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.”

When is the Earth full of His glory? Revelation 18, Latter Rain; Isaiah 6, Latter Rain.

—“God can breathe new life into every soul”—

When does He breathe new life into the Church? Ezekiel 37, there are two prophetic messages, and it is the second one that He breathes into them the breath of life, and they stand upon their feet, a mighty army.

What does Sister White say those four winds are in Ezekiel 37? Well, she says those four winds are represented as an angry horse, seeking to break loose and bring death and destruction upon the Earth.

Those four winds in Ezekiel 37 that mark the second message, when God is breathing into His people to raise up a mighty army, those four winds are the restrained horse that is right here on this 1843 Chart [the Woes], and this 1850 Chart. It is the restraint of Islam.

—“God can breathe new life into every soul”—since 9/11— “that sincerely desires to serve Him, and can touch the lips with a live coal from off the alter, and cause them to become eloquent with His praise.”—

And in Isaiah 6, when Isaiah is touched with a coal on his lips, and he volunteers to carry the message, what message does he carry in Isaiah 7? It is the message of the 2520, right there, right there, right there, right there [pointing out the 2520 as it is reflected upon the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

—“Thousands of voices will be imbued with the power to speak forth the wonderful truths of God’s Word. The stammering tongue will be unloosed, and the timid will be made strong to bear courageous testimony to the truth. May the Lord help His people to cleanse the soul temple from every defilement, and to maintain such a close connection with Him that they may be partakers of the latter rain when it shall be poured out.” Review and Herald, July 20, 1886.

What do you have to do to be a partaker of the Latter Rain when it is poured out? One must cleanse the soul temple from every defilement. It is perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. You have to have the Former Rain to receive the Latter Rain.

The stammering tongue are the people that recognize the Latter Rain and are purified by a coal from off the altar, that accept the message of the Four Winds of Ezekiel 37 and stand on their feet, a mighty army, and carry the message to the world.

Testimonies to Ministers, page 419, in closing, says,

“Those who are in responsible positions are not to become converted to the self-indulgent, extravagant principles of the world, for they cannot afford it; and if they could, Christlike principles would not allow it. Manifold teaching needs to be given.”—

What does manifold mean?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Many varied.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Many varied. You need to teach this all over the place. In many places you need to illustrate this.

—Manifold teaching needs to be given.”—and now she is going to quote from what we have been studying—“‘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.’ Thus the word of the Lord is patiently to be brought before the children and kept before them, by parents who believe the word of God. ‘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.’ Why?—because they did not heed the word of the Lord that came unto them.

“This means those who have not received instruction, but have cherished their own wisdom, and have chosen to work themselves according to their own ideas. The Lord gives these the test, that they shall either take their position to follow His counsel, or refuse and do according to their own ideas, and then the Lord will leave them to the sure result. In all our ways, in all our service to God, He speaks to us, ‘Give Me thine heart.’ It is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart.

“God requires certain things of His people; if they say, I will not give up my heart to do this thing, the Lord lets them go on in their supposed wise judgment without heavenly wisdom, until this scripture [Isaiah 28:13] is fulfilled—“go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken”—

You are not to say, I will follow the Lord’s guidance up to a certain point that is in harmony with my judgment, and then hold fast to your own ideas, refusing to be molded after the Lord’s similitude. Let the question be asked, Is this the will of the Lord? not, Is this the opinion or judgment of_______?” Testimonies to Ministers, 419.

So, what we are doing here, we are developing the foundation to illustrate the various lines of prophecy, bringing them together line upon line, to illustrate the Latter Rain at the end of the world.

The reason that that we are doing that is that these two Charts have been marked in these prophetic histories. They are a waymark of Millerite History, but they have been prefigured, symbolically represented in other histories.

In order for this fact that these two Charts have been prefigured in previous sacred histories, in order for this fact to have some convicting weight upon those of you that are studying these things, it seems logical in my mind that you have to see the strength of the lines upon lines that illustrate the Latter Rain time period. That is why we are taking the extra time to put the study of the reform lines in place, so once we have them established, the significance of these Two Tables [referring to the 1843 and 1850 Charts] can be used by the Holy Spirit to bring conviction to those that are willing to be convicted.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we want to take up the work of the Former Rain in our lives. We ask that you continue to open your Word to our understanding that the Holy Spirit might convict us of the areas in our life that need to be overcome, put aside, and changed. We want to be among those that are perfecting holiness in the fear of God, that are removing every defilement from our life that when the full outpouring of the Latter Rain arrives at The Sunday law we can be among those that are lifted up as an ensign and participate in the sacred work that every prophet wanted to participate in, the final ingathering during the summer rains. We ask that you would make this a reality in each of our lives and that you would give us the willingness of heart to follow the direction that you provide to us individually in this regard. In Jesus’s name, amen.