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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #8 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/28/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
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Figurative Delineation

“There are those now living who, in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order. They bore the message of time to the people. The truth shone out clearly as the sun at noonday. Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102.

FIGURATIVE, a. [Fr. figuratif, from figure.] 1. Representing something else; representing by resemblance; typical. 2. Representing by resemblance; not literal or direct. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

DELINEATION, n. [L. delineatio.] 1. First draught of a thing; outline; representation of a form or figure by lines; sketch; design. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

“The work of God in the earth presents, from age to age, a striking similarity in every great reformation or religious movement. The principles of God’s dealing with men are ever the same. The important movements of the present have their parallel in those of the past, and the experience of the church in former ages has lessons of great value for our own time.” The Great Controversy, 343.

1798: The First Angel’s Message Arrives

“Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end, when the first angel’s message should be proclaimed to our world.” Testimonies to Ministers, 115.

1798: The “time of the end”

“But at the time of the end, says the prophet, “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ Daniel 12:4. . . . Since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased, and many have proclaimed the solemn message of the judgment near.” The Great Controversy, 356.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah

“It was the Lion of the tribe of Judah who unsealed the book and gave to John the revelation of what should be in these last days.

“Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end, when the first angel’s message should be proclaimed to our world. These matters are of infinite importance in these last days; but while ‘many shall be purified, and made white, and tried,’ ‘the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand.’” Testimonies to Ministers, 115.

The Unsealing

“What Daniel was commanded to seal up and close, (Daniel 12:4) is now, through the all-powerful mediation of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, revealed unto us. Revelation 5:5. Hence ‘many run to and fro, and knowledge is increased.’ Never, since the days of our Lord’s first advent, was the prophetic word so much studied; so many of the ambassadors of Christ engaged in this pursuit; or so much written on this subject. ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ,’ contained in the Apocalypse, showing the coming of the Just One, with all his saints, to the destruction of the apostate nations, is now made so plain to the church, that none can, or, at least, ought to be ignorant of it. This, however, is a privilege belonging only to the faithful; for it is written that, ‘none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.’ Daniel 12:10. So St. Paul speaks: ‘But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief; ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.’ 1 Thessalonians 4:4–5. Though ‘the true light now shineth,’ it enlighteneth only those who believe. Those who are paying a prayerful attention to these things, ‘have,’ like the Israelites of old, ‘light in their dwellings,’ whilst the rest of the world are sitting in darkness, even ‘darkness such as may be felt.’ The opening, then, and unfolding of the prophetic word, is another convincing proof that we are arrived at the end of the age; the unsealing of prophecy, and the revelation of the ‘mystery of God,’ being reserved unto ‘the time of the end.’ Daniel 12:9; Revelation 10:7.” James White, Review and Herald, November 1, 1853.

Traditions, Customs & Maxims

“The scribes and Pharisees professed to explain the Scriptures, but they explained them in accordance with their own ideas and traditions. Their customs and maxims became more and more exacting. In its spiritual sense, the sacred Word became to the people as a sealed book, closed to their comprehension.” Signs of the Times, May 17, 1905.

“When Christ came to this earth, the traditions that had been handed down from generation to generation, and the human interpretation of the Scriptures, hid from men the truth as it is in Jesus. The truth was buried beneath a mass of tradition. The spiritual import of the sacred volumes was lost; for in their unbelief men locked the door of the heavenly treasure. Darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the people. Truth looked down from heaven to earth; but nowhere was revealed the divine impress. A gloom like the pall of death overspread the earth.

“But the Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed. He opened the seal that closed the book of divine instruction. The world was permitted to gaze upon pure, unadulterated truth. Truth itself descended to roll back the darkness and counteract error. A Teacher was sent from heaven with the light that was to light every man that comes into the world. There were men and women who were eagerly seeking for knowledge, the sure word of prophecy, and when it came, it was as a light shining in a dark place.” Spalding Magan, 58.

The Book of Divine Instruction

“Let everyone who has been blessed with reasoning faculties take up the Bible and search its pages, that he may understand the will of God concerning him. In this Book divine instruction is given to all. The Bible is addressed to every one—to every class of society, to those of every clime and age.” Signs of the Times, July 11, 1906.

Standing in His Lot

“Daniel has been standing in his lot since the seal was removed and the light of truth has been shining upon his visions. He stands in his lot, bearing the testimony which was to be understood at the end of the days.” Sermons and Talks, volume 1, 225–226.

Fulfilling His Purpose

“When God gives a man a special work to do, he is to stand in his lot and place as did Daniel, ready to answer the call of God, ready to fulfill His purpose.” Manuscript Releases, volume 6, 108.

1833: Message Formalized—The First Angel’s Message Proclaimed

August 11, 1840: The First Angel’s Message Empowered

Revelation 10:1–2

The Mighty Angel

“The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

The Angel’s Position

“The angel’s position, with one foot on the sea, the other on the land, signifies the wide extent of the proclamation of the message. It will cross the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries, even to all the world.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

“The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of God’s judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.” Selected Messages, book 2, 108.

Miller’s Rules Confirmed

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

First Message Empowered

“The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world.” The Great Controversy, 611.

“Any question that Satan can arouse in the mind to create doubt in regard to the grand history of the past travels of the people of God will please his satanic majesty and is an offense to God. The tidings of the Lord’s soon coming in power and great glory to our world is truth, and in 1840 many voices were raised in its proclamation.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 134.

Testing Process Initiated

Revelation 10:8–10; Ezekiel 2:1–3:9; Jeremiah 15:16–21

“The comprehension of truth, the glad reception of the message, is represented in the eating of the little book. The truth in regard to the time of the advent of our Lord was a precious message to our souls.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

May 1842: The 1843 Chart

“In May, 1842, a General Conference was convened in Boston, Massachutes. At the opening of this meeting, Brethren Charles Fitch and Apollos Hale, of Haverhill, presented the pictorial prophecies of Daniel and John, which they had painted on cloth, with the prophetic numbers, showing their fulfillment. Brother Fitch in explaining from his chart before the Conference, said, while examining these prophecies, he had thought if he could get out something of the kind as here presented it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience. Here was more light in our pathway. These brethren had been doing what the Lord had shown Habakkuk in his vision 2,468 years before, saying, ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time.’ Habakkuk 2:2.

“After some discussion on the subject, it was voted unanimously to have three hundred similar to this one lithographed, which was soon accomplished. They were called ‘the ‘43 charts.’ This was a very important Conference.” The Autobiography of Joseph Bates, 263.

“It was the united testimony of Second Advent lecturers and papers, when standing on ‘the original faith,’ that the publication of the chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:2, 3. If the chart was a subject of prophecy (and those who deny it leave the original faith), then it follows that B.C. 457 was the year from which to date the 2300 days. It was necessary that 1843 should be the first published time in order that ‘the vision’ should ‘tarry,’ or that there should be a tarrying time, in which the virgin band was to slumber and sleep on the great subject of time, just before they were to be aroused by the Midnight Cry.” Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Volume I, Number 2, James White.

“Now our history shows that there were hundreds teaching from the same chronological charts that William Miller was, all of one stamp. Then it was the oneness of the message all on one theme, the coming of the Lord Jesus at a certain time, 1844.” Joseph Bates, Early SDA Pamphlets, 17.

June 1842: The Second Angel’s Message Arrives

In June, 1842, Mr. Miller gave his second course of lectures at the Casco Street church in Portland [Maine]. . . . With few exceptions, the different denominations closed the doors of their churches against Mr. Miller.” Testimonies, volume 1, 21.

March 22, 1844: The Tarrying Time and The First Disappointment

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

“A portion of Ezekiel’s prophecy also was a source of strength and comfort to believers: ‘The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God. . . . The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. . . . I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged.’ ‘They of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done.’ Ezekiel 12:21–25, 27, 28.” The Great Controversy, 392.

1843 & 1844: The Second Angel’s Message Proclaimed

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

August 12–17, 1844: The Midnight Cry; The Second Angel’s Message Empowered

Near the close of the second angel’s message, I saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the voices of angels crying, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!’

“This was the midnight cry, which was to give power to the second angel’s message. Angels were sent from heaven to arouse the discouraged saints and prepare them for the great work before them. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message. Angels were sent to the humble, devoted ones, and constrained them to raise the cry, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!’” Early Writings, 238.

Outpouring of the Spirit

Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. From city to city, from village to village, and into remote country places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like early frost before the rising sun. Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed, and hope and courage animated their hearts. The work was free from those extremes which are ever manifested when there is human excitement without the controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God. It was similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel followed messages of reproof from His servants. It bore the characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. There was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart, confession of sin, and forsaking of the world. A preparation to meet the Lord was the burden of agonizing spirits. There was persevering prayer and unreserved consecration to God.” The Great Controversy, 400, 401.

The Seven Thunders

Revelation 10:4

A Delineation of Events

“The . . . seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

  1. 1798—First message Arrives
  2. August 11, 1840—First message empowered
  3. May 1842—The 1843 chart published

4. June 1842—Second message arrives

5. March 22, 1844—The tarrying time arrives

6. August 12–17, 1844— Second message empowered

7. October 22, 1844—Third message arrives

The Seven Thunders: Events

“The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages.”

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

The Passing of Time—1844, 1845 and 1846

“I do not wish to ignore or drop one link in the chain of evidence that was formed as, after the passing of the time in 1844, little companies of seekers after truth met together to study the Bible and to ask God for light and guidance. . . . The truth, point by point, was fastened in our minds so firmly that we could not doubt. . . .The evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought for out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth in every particular.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 53.

1846

“In the autumn of 1846 we began to observe the Bible Sabbath, and to teach and defend it. My attention was first called to the Sabbath while I was on a visit to New Bedford, Massachusetts, earlier in the same year. I there became acquainted with Elder Joseph Bates, who had early embraced the advent faith, and was an active laborer in the cause. Elder B. was keeping the Sabbath, and urged its importance. I did not feel its importance, and thought that Elder B. erred in dwelling upon the fourth commandment more than upon the other nine. But the Lord gave me a view of the heavenly sanctuary. The temple of God was opened in heaven, and I was shown the ark of God covered with the mercy seat. Two angels stood, one at each end of the ark, with their wings spread over the mercy seat, and their faces turned toward it. My accompanying angel informed me that these represented all the heavenly host looking with reverential awe toward the holy law which had been written by the finger of God. Jesus raised the cover of the ark, and I beheld the tables of stone on which the Ten Commandments were written. I was amazed as I saw the fourth commandment in the very center of the ten precepts, with a soft halo of light encircling it. Said the angel: ‘It is the only one of the ten which defines the living God who created the heavens and the earth and all things that are therein. When the foundations of the earth were laid, then was laid the foundation of the Sabbath also.’” Testimonies, volume 1, 75.

Should not be Altered

“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” Early Writings, 74–75.

“I saw that the truth should be made plain upon tables, that the earth and the fullness thereof is the Lord’s, and that necessary means should not be spared to make it plain. I saw that the old chart was directed by the Lord, and that not a figure of it should be altered except by inspiration. I saw that the figures of the chart were as God would have them, and that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none should see it till His hand was removed.” Spalding and Magan, 2.

1850

“I saw that God was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols. I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible, and if this chart is designed for God’s people, if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another, and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale, all need it just as much.” Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 359.

1863: Advent Movement Ends

The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God. . . but these are to be far exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.The Great Controversy, 611.

“But Satan was not idle. He now attempted what he has attempted in every other reformatory movement—to deceive and destroy the people by palming off upon them a counterfeit in place of the true work. As there were false Christ’s in the first century of the Christian church, so there arose false prophets in the sixteenth century.” The Great Controversy, 186.

“Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ in these churches. Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God’s special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.” The Great Controversy, 464.

“In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, ‘Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action.’

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” Selected Messages, book 1, 204–205.

Seventh-day Adventists Church Incorporated

1863 Chart Introduced: Removing the 2520

“I will here copy from another testimony written June 6, 1863: ‘I was shown that our testimony was still needed in the church, and that we should labor to save ourselves trials and cares, and that we should preserve a devotional frame of mind. It is duty for those in the Office to tax their brains more, and my husband tax his less. Much time is spent by him upon various matters which confuse and weary his mind, and unfit him for study, or for writing, and hinder his light from shining in the Review as it should.

“I saw that my husband’s mind should not be crowded and overtaxed. His mind must have rest, and he be left free to write and attend to matters which others cannot do. Those engaged in the Office can lift from him a great weight of care if they would dedicate themselves to God, and feel a deep interest in the work. No selfish feelings should exist among those who labor in the Office. It is the work of God in which they are engaged, and they are accountable to God for the motives and manner in which this branch of his work is performed. They are required to discipline their minds, and to bring their minds to task. Forgetfulness is sin. Many feel that no blame should be attached to forgetfulness. There is a great mistake here; and this leads to many blunders, and much disorder, and many wrongs. The mind must be tasked. Things that should be done should not be forgotten. The mind must be disciplined until it will remember.

“My husband has had much care, and he has done many things which others ought to have done, fearing they would, in their heedlessness, make mistakes which would involve losses not easily remedied. This has been a great perplexity to his mind. Those who labor in the Office should learn. They should study, and practice, and exercise their own brains; for they have this branch of business alone, while my husband has the responsibility of many departments of the work. If the workmen make a failure, they should feel that it rests upon them to repair damages from their own purses, and not allow the Office to suffer loss through their carelessness. They should not cease to bear responsibilities, but should try again, avoiding their former mistakes. In this way they would learn to take that care which the word of God ever requires, and then they will do no more than their duty.

“I was shown that my husband should take time to do those things which his judgment tells him would preserve his health. He has thought that he must throw off the burdens and responsibilities which were upon him, and leave the Office, or his mind would become a wreck. I was shown that when the Lord released him from his position, he would give him just as clear evidence of his release as he gave him when he laid the burden of the work upon him. But he has borne too many burdens, and those laboring with him at the Office, and his ministering brethren also, have been too willing that he should bear them. They have, as a general thing, stood back from bearing burdens and have sympathized with those that were murmuring against him, and left my husband to stand alone while he was bowed down beneath censure until God has vindicated his own cause. If they had taken their share of the burdens, he would have been relieved.” Pamphlets 159, 14–15.

Turning Point in Civil War between North & South

Slavery Ending

“Science and history cannot of themselves make men wise unto salvation; but through the aid of the Holy Spirit, which, in answer to prayer, will be given to guide into all truth, science and history may be made use of as a clear, definite light, blending with that of the written, inspired word. There are lessons to be learned from the history of the past; and attention is called to these, that all may understand that God works on the same lines now that He ever has done. His hand is seen in His work and among the nations now, just the same as it has been ever since the gospel was first proclaimed to Adam in Eden.

“There are periods which are turning points in the history of nations and of the church. In the providence of God, when these different crises arrive, the light for that time is given. If it is received, there is spiritual progress; if it is rejected, spiritual declension and shipwreck follow. The Lord in His word has opened up the aggressive work of the gospel as it has been carried on in the past, and will be in the future, even to the closing conflict, when Satanic agencies will make their last wonderful movement. From that word we understand that the forces are now at work that will usher in the last great conflict between good and evil—between Satan, the prince of darkness, and Christ, the Prince of life. But the coming triumph for the men who love and fear God is as sure as that His throne is established in the heavens.” Bible Echo, August 26, 1895.

Health Reform

“Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. More than forty years ago [in 1863] the Lord gave us special light on health reform, but how are we walking in that light? How many have refused to live in harmony with the counsels of God! As a people, we should make advancement proportionate to the light received. It is our duty to understand and respect the principles of health reform. On the subject of temperance we should be in advance of all other people; and yet there are among us well-instructed members of the church, and even ministers of the gospel, who have little respect for the light that God has given upon this subject. They eat as they please and work as they please.” Counsels to the Church, 235.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for granting us a good night’s sleep and awakening us to another day that we might serve you. As we begin our worship here we ask that you would grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit, that you guide and direct the study, the words that are spoken; that you would take control of my thoughts and reasoning and hide me behind your cross, that what is shared might be truthful, honest, and words designed to glorify you. We ask that you would touch these words with a coal from off your altar and pour your Latter Rain out upon us by opening our understanding to the message of the hour. We want the holy oil that comes down through those two golden pipes from the olive trees, to become part of our experience. Help us to understand more fully the significance of the Millerite History in this study. We pray in Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Before we start, I want to recommend to you a website, www.theseventhunders.net that has recently put up the interview from a student from Oakwood College that identifies that in order to proceed through the Adventist school system you have to be grounded in Spiritual Formation. It is a real eye opener. It has just been up on the website within the last 24 hours. You should go ahead and take a look at that if you are considering what the foundations of Adventism are; because there are two foundations that Adventism is choosing on what they are going to stand on: one is the foundation that is on sand, and one that is on the Rock. And what is going on in the colleges of Adventism is sand. If you want to see the evidence, go to www.theseventhunders.net .

All right. I received an e-mail from one person that does not appreciate that I am sharing all the “old stuff.”

I have told you out front that I have to share “old stuff” in order to prepare the way to draw some conclusions that may or may not be new.

You know there are some voices out in Adventism that one of the evidences that I, personally, have that they are not truly being used by the Lord is that they are teaching the same message today that they were teaching 10 or 20 years ago; and, the Bible says a messenger of God is when he is bringing something old and something new.

So, you may be in a nice way complaining that all I am bringing is old. Okay?

But, this is a long series; so, at this point we may be doing some old, but it is for the purpose of introducing some new. So, here is the patience of the Saints.

We want to go back into our consideration of the lines. We have looked at the fact that Ellen White marks that prophecies are illustrated on a line, and this is in agreement with Isaiah; and, we are saying that the teaching of the Latter Rain message is accomplished by bringing one prophetic line upon another prophetic line, upon another prophetic line, from here in the Bible and there in the Bible. And in so doing, these lines, when brought together give an illustration of the history of the Latter Rain at the end of the world, a history that we have to recognize if we are going to receive the Latter Rain.

So, we are going to begin to actually lay out these lines.

I am well aware that in a previous presentation in this series, I went through the Millerite History; but, this is purposeful. We want to be clear about wanting these lines to have a starting point, to build the other lines upon them. So, repeating Millerite History a second time is a purposeful technique. Upon the testimony of two a thing is established.

Figurative Delineation

We want to begin with Selected Messages, book 2, pages 101 – 102. It says,

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

If you remember,

—“were in process of fulfillment in their order. They bore the message of time to the people. The truth shone out clearly as the sun at noonday.”—

And here is the part that we want to focus on, this last sentence.

—“Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history.” Selected Messages, book 2, 101–102.

And in your notes, FIGURATIVE is defined as:

FIGURATIVE, a. [Fr. figuratif, from figure.] 1. Representing something else; representing by resemblance; typical. 2. Representing by resemblance; not literal or direct. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

So, when Sister White says that prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events, she is saying that prophecy was recognized to be typifying other lines of prophecy.

She says it was a “figurative delineation,” and you see the word DELINEATION there from Webster’s, also. It says,

DELINEATION, n. [L. delineatio.] 1. First draught of a thing; outline; representation of a form or figure by lines; sketch; design. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.

And remember, Sister White says the student of prophecy needs to be able to sketch down the lines a prophecy. So, delineation means to set forth upon a line.

A figurative delineation a line that will have an actual fulfillment; but, at the same time, it is typifying another line.

So, we will spend a little bit of time on this sentence.

“Historical events . . . were set before the people.” I am going to set some historical events before you, too, to show you that this sentence here is a nice definition of what prophecy is.

She says, “. . . prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history.” So, there is a direction to the prophetic line. It is leading downward to the close of this Earth’s history.

This one, we are beginning this prophetic line in 1798, and we have illustrations all the way to 1863; but, they are leading towards the close of this Earth’s history

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Figure No. 23.

And it says, “historical events.” Okay? The historical event in 1798 was the Pope received the deadly wound.

Historical event in 1833, there was a falling of the stars.

Historical event in 1840, the Ottoman Empire is restrained.

Historical event in May of 1842, the 1843 Chart is published.

All these waymarks have a specific order, but they are historical events. The way that you demonstrate prophecy is through identifying historical events on a time line that go down to the end of the world’s history. And as you do, the people will see that these historical events are the fulfillment of prophecy, or they will not. If it is the wrong historical event, then you would have to force it, you are going to have to twist some things.

But, the Millerites, they set forth historical events on a time line, heading down to the close of this Earth’s history, and historical events were typical.

You know, the Pope here receiving the deadly wound in 1798, that was literal but it is prefiguring the final fall of Babylon at the end of the world. It is typifying this event. Okay?

The restraint of Islam on August 11, 1840, is typifying the restraint of Islam on September 11, 2001.

The Protestant churches closing their doors on the Millerites in June of 1842 is typifying the Protestants of the United States passing a Sunday Law.

Christ, beginning Judgment on October 22, 1844, is typifying when Christ closes Judgment when Michael stands up in Daniel 12:1.

So, historical events were set before the people, and prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation to set forth upon a line, a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this Earth’s history. That is what prophecy is.

Next thought, this will be the point of reference for quite some time. The Great Controversy, page 343:

“The work of God in the earth presents, from age to age, a striking similarity in every great reformation or religious movement.”—

The Millerite History, Sister White says it was the greatest reformation since the Protestant Reformation. This is a great religious and reformatory movement, this history.

She says,

—“The work of God in the earth presents, from age to age, a striking similarity in every great reformation or religious movement. The principles of God’s dealing with men are ever the same. The important movements of the present have their parallel in those of the past, and the experience of the church in former ages has lessons of great value for our own time.” The Great Controversy, 343.

Sister White here is saying the “important movements of the present,” and what are the important movements of the present? It is the Movement of Revelation 18.

Sister White says that Revelation 18 is a Movement. She also says that at every important movement Satan has one thing that he does every time. He does several things, but one thing that Satan does when he sees it is time for God to have a reformation movement—she says he does it every time—he creates a counterfeit movement, every time.

We have that in our notes as we proceed.

So, at the end of the world, you are going to have in Adventism two movements, and we will deal with that at the conclusion of this presentation, the Lord willing.

And the one movement that Sister White speaks about is when she is dealing with the Alpha Apostasy that began in the beginning of the 20th Century with the teachings of Pantheism and all of the interrelated things.

And speaking of the that apostasy, Sister White says nothing will be allowed to stand in the way of that Movement, but that it is built upon sand and it is going to be swept away. It is built upon the Spiritual Formation that you can check out at www.theseventhunders.net; because, Spiritual Formation, that is spiritualism. Pantheism of John Harvey Kellogg is spiritualism. That is the false Movement that is building the false foundation, and it is the counterfeit of the true Movement. Okay?

And, Sister White says, “The principles of God’s dealing with men are ever the same. The important movements of the present have their parallel in those of the past, and the experience of the church in former ages has lessons of great value for our own time.”

Now, we emphasized in the record two worships ago that prophecy has a specific order. So, we are going to show that this is the specific order here [referring to Figure No. 23].

But, the Millerite History, it has at least two primary lessons—can you have two primaries? We can, even if that is an oxymoron—it has at least two primary lessons, and it is this: The Millerite History is going to line up with every Reform Movement. So, all the waymarks, they are going to correspond to the other Reform Movements, from Noah, Elijah, Moses, all of them; but, the Millerite Movement is also telling us about Jesus being the One who illustrates the end from the beginning. So some of these waymarks in the Millerite history, even though they agree and line up with all the other Reformatory Movements, they are specifically typifying the end of Adventism; because, this is the beginning of Adventism.

Okay. The end of Adventism is a fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins, so there are waymarks on here in the Millerite History that are specific to our history today; whereas, the Reform Movement of Noah, it corresponds this Millerite History point by point, the same Reform Movement of Noah. But, you are going to have a hard time forcing the parable of the Ten Virgins into Noah. Okay? So, the parable of the Ten Virgins is here in the Millerite History and in our history.

1798: The First Angel’s Message Arrives

So, there are two primary lessons to draw from here: one is that it is a parallel of all the Reform Movements; the other is that it is the beginning of Adventism and, therefore, it is illustrating the end of Adventism.

We are going to just walk through these. This should be easy and it should be quick; because, as our friend said in the e-mail, this is “old stuff.”

In 1798 the First Angel’s Message arrives. Okay? We have already put that in place. I am not going to repeat that quote. Last week we used quotes for that.

Testimonies to Ministers, page 115, says,

“Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end,”—

That is Daniel 12:4, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the, and seal the book, even to the time of the end, . . .”

—“which was sealed unto the time of the end, when the first angel’s message should be proclaimed to our world.” Testimonies to Ministers, 115.

The time of the end [1798], the book is sealed, until the First Angel’s Message is to be proclaimed. The First Angel arrives at this point.

1798: The “Time of the End”

To mark the actual expression of “1798,” you go to The Great Controversy, page 356.

“But at the time of the end, says the prophet, “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ Daniel 12:4. . . . Since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased, and many have proclaimed the solemn message of the judgment near.” The Great Controversy, 356.

1798 [refers to this date in Figure No. 23].

Now, the person who unseals the book is Christ; but, Christ has many names in the Scriptures, and His Names can convey attributes that He wants us to understand about Him in that particular illustration. In Daniel 8:13 He is Palmoni; He is the Wonderful Numberer.

And sure enough, in Daniel 8:13, you have got the key that unlocks all these time prophecies, these numbers. So, in Daniel 8:13 His name is Palmoni, the Numberer of Secrets, the Wonderful Numberer.

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

But, when it comes to His activity of sealing or unsealing God’s Word, He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Sister White says,

“It was the Lion of the tribe of Judah who unsealed the book and gave to John the revelation of what should be in these last days.

“Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end, when the first angel’s message should be proclaimed to our world. These matters are of infinite importance in these last days;”—

While this thought here may be old, but it is of infinite importance that it was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that unsealed the Book of Daniel in 1798.

—“These matters are of infinite importance in these last days, but while ‘many shall be purified, and made white, and tried,’ ‘the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand.’” Testimonies to Ministers, 115.

Why is it of infinite importance? Because, those people who do not understand these things are going to die for eternity.

The Unsealing

Okay. This is James White

“What Daniel was commanded to seal up and close, (Daniel 12:4) is now, through the all-powerful mediation of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, revealed unto us.”—

And he says a lot about running to and fro.

—“Revelation 5:5. Hence ‘many run to and fro, and knowledge is increased.’ Never, since the days of our Lord’s first advent, was the prophetic word so much studied; so many of the ambassadors of Christ engaged in this pursuit; or so much written on this subject. ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ,’ contained in the Apocalypse, showing the coming of the Just One, with all his saints, to the destruction of the apostate nations, is now made so plain to the church, that none can, or, at least, ought to be ignorant of it. This, however, is a privilege belonging only to the faithful; for it is written that, ‘none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.’ Daniel 12:10. So St. Paul speaks: ‘But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief; ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.’ 1 Thessalonians 4:4–5. Though ‘the true light now shineth,’ it enlighteneth only those who believe. Those who are paying a prayerful attention to these things, ‘have,’ like the Israelites of old, ‘light in their dwellings,’ whilst the rest of the world are sitting in darkness, even ‘darkness such as may be felt.’”—

Then he says,

—“The opening, then, and unfolding of the prophetic word, is another convincing proof that we are arrived at the end of the age; the unsealing of prophecy, and the revelation of the ‘mystery of God,’ being reserved unto ‘the time of the end.’ Daniel 12:9; Revelation 10:7.” James White, Review and Herald, November 1, 1853.

Okay. What James White is saying here, and what I want you to see that he is saying, is that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah—James White is agreeing with his wife, the prophetess—is the One that unsealed the Book of Daniel.

But, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, in Revelation, chapters 5 and 6, He is taking the Bible, the book that is sealed with seven seals, and He is unsealing it. The point is, it is in 1798 that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah begins to remove seven seals from the book. Seven seals are removed in this history.

Now, I know full well, and I agree 100 percent, that the Seven Seals represent history that began in the Christian Church. But God’s Word is infinite. It has several revelations of truth connected with it.

And in terms of the work of Christ unsealing the Bible to the understanding of God’s people, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah unsealed the Book of Daniel here [1798] and, simultaneously—because the Books of Daniel and The Revelation go together, the same line that is in Daniel is taken up in The Revelation—He simultaneously begins to unseal those seven seals to the Millerites.

Traditions, Customs & Maxims

How does the Bible get sealed up?

“The scribes and Pharisees professed to explain the Scriptures, but they explained them in accordance with their own ideas and traditions. Their customs and maxims became more and more exacting. In its spiritual sense, the sacred Word became to the people as a sealed book, closed to their comprehension.” Signs of the Times, May 17, 1905.

The Bible sealed up when it is closed to our comprehension,

And in the history of Christ, why was it sealed up to the Pharisees, the Scribes, and the Sadducees? It was sealed up, because prior to the arrival of Christ, they had adopted the philosophy of Greek education, just as it is sealed up to Adventists at the end of the world; because, from 1919 onward, we have adopted the philosophy of apostate Protestantism and Catholicism into our educational system that leads us today where Oakwood College insists that if you are going to move up in that school that you have to begin first by taking the course of Spiritual Formation, including the rituals of taking the bread and dipping it in the cup and passing it on.

Who was it that dipped the bread in the cup?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Judas.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It was Judas.

Check it out, right here at www.theseventhunders.net .

What seals up the Word are traditions and customs.

Spaulding Magan, page 58, says,

“When Christ came to this earth, the traditions that had been handed down from generation to generation, and the human interpretation of the Scriptures, hid from men the truth as it is in Jesus. The truth was buried beneath a mass of tradition. The spiritual import of the sacred volumes was lost; for in their unbelief men locked the door of the heavenly treasure. Darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the people. Truth looked down from heaven to earth; but nowhere was revealed the divine impress. A gloom like the pall of death overspread the earth.

“But the Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed. He opened the seal that closed the book of divine instruction. The world was permitted to gaze upon pure, unadulterated truth. Truth itself descended to roll back the darkness and counteract error. A Teacher was sent from heaven with the light that was to light every man that comes into the world. There were men and women who were eagerly seeking for knowledge,”—

When the Book of Daniel is unsealed, there is going to be an increase of knowledge, “There were men and women who were eagerly seeking for knowledge.”

Now she is going to define what knowledge is.

—“the sure word of prophecy, and when it came, it was as a light shining in a dark place.” Spalding Magan, 58.

So, who is it that unseals the book that is sealed at any point in history; because, all these Reformatory Movements are identical because God’s dealings with man is ever the same?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. It is Christ.

The Book of Divine Instruction

And He unseals the book of divine instruction. What is the book of divine instruction?

Signs of the Times, July 11, 1906:

“Let everyone who has been blessed with reasoning faculties take up the Bible and search its pages, that he may understand the will of God concerning him. In this Book divine instruction is given to all. The Bible is addressed to every one—to every class of society, to those of every clime and age.” Signs of the Times, July 11, 1906.

The Bible is the book of divine instruction that becomes sealed up at different points in history at the acceptance of traditions and customs that are handed down from generation to generation.

And the term from the Bible that categorizes the activity of Satan that introduces the traditions and customs that seals up the Bible, it is called the Mystery of Iniquity, and it takes place in each of these Reform Movements.

It is taking place today. What they are teaching in the Adventist colleges is the Mystery of Iniquity, reaching the heights of darkness.

Standing in His Lot

“Daniel has been standing in his lot since the seal was removed and the light of truth has been shining upon his visions. He stands in his lot, bearing the testimony which was to be understood at the end of the days.” Sermons and Talks, volume 1, 225–226.

So, where is Daniel standing in his lot? Right there in 1798, the end of the days.

Fulfilling His Purpose

What does it mean that he is standing in his lot?

“When God gives a man a special work to do, he is to stand in his lot and place as did Daniel, ready to answer the call of God, ready to fulfill His purpose.” Manuscript Releases, volume 6, 108.

In 1798 the Book of Daniel was going to fulfill its purpose.

And what was its purpose? It was going to produce an increase of knowledge that was going to test this generation, producing two classes of worshippers. That was the purpose of the Book of Daniel.

1833: Message Formalized—The First Angel’s Message Proclaimed

In 1833 this message, this increase of knowledge, is going to be formalized.

By formalized, we mean that it is going to be put into an understanding where the Lord can hold this generation accountable for this message. He does not hold us accountable to things that we know nothing of or do not have the ability to know anything about.

But, in 1833 Miller begins to preach, and the Lord puts an emphasis on his preaching by fulfilling the falling of the stars, and now the message is proclaimed.

You will notice, the First Message arrives, the First Message is proclaimed, and the First Message is empowered.

The Second Message arrives, and we have a quote where Sister White says that in here [referring to Figure No. 23, between March 22, 1844, and August 1844], the Second Message is proclaimed; and at the Midnight Cry, the Second Message is empowered.

Here [October 22, 1844] the Third Message arrives. We have been proclaiming the Third Message for 150 years; and, on September 11, 2001, the Third Message was empowered.

It is the same process in all three messages.

August 11, 1840: The First Angel’s Message Empowered

Okay. After the message is going through history, testing these people in this generation—this is the First Message moving through history [adding to the time line on the whiteboard]—the Lord is going to empower it on August 11, 1840.

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Figure No. 24.

And when He does, the Mighty Angel of Revelation 10, verses 1 and 2, descends. We will read those verses.

1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, . . .” Revelation 10:1-2, in part (KJV).

Now, if you pay attention to those characteristics—we will not deal with all of them—we are going to make sure that we understood that this Angel, He comes down right here [August 11, 1840], and several things happen at this point. The message is empowered; the testing starts.

The Mighty Angel

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

“The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

When he comes down it is demonstrating his involvement in the Millerite History in connection with the Great Controversy.

The Angel’s Position

What does it mean about his foot upon the land and the sea?

“The angel’s position, with one foot on the sea, the other on the land, signifies the wide extent of the proclamation of the message. It will cross the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries, even to all the world.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

So, when this Angel comes down and He puts one foot upon the land and one foot upon the sea, it is identifying that at this point the message is going to go around the world.

Okay. Now, if you understand this, this is going to allow you to mark when this Angel comes down; because, you can go into Advent history and find when the First Angel’s Message was sent around the world. It is an historical fact.

“The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of God’s judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.” Selected Messages, book 2,

Okay. So, He comes down when the message is going to get taken to the world. That is just one argument.

When he comes down, we are saying it is August 11, 1840; because, on August 11, 1840, as we have discussed previously, their prediction of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire has been fulfilled, and the year-day principle of Bible prophecy has been confirmed in front of all men so they can see that what the Millerites have been saying about the end of the world is valid, because it is based upon the year-day principle.

Miller’s Rules Confirmed

We have read this previously. We will read it again; because, when we were discussing it previously, we were discussing whether or not Ellen White believed that the collapse of the Ottoman Empire was actually a fulfillment of a time prophecy of the Sixth Trumpet.

Now we are going to glean another thought out of this same passage.

The Great Controversy, beginning at page 334:

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

Ah, the First Angel’s Message begins to spread around the world in 1840. In fact, in this passage, August 11, 1840, this is when the Angel comes down. This is when the message is going around the world.

First Message Empowered

“The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world.” The Great Controversy, 611.

When was the First Angel’s Message carried to every mission station in the world? 1840 to 1844.

The Angel came down on August 11, 1840. The Angel is no less the personage than Jesus Christ. People do not want to believe that in Adventism. They want to maintain the darkness that they are in.

Manuscript Releases, volume 9, page 134, says,

“Any question that Satan can arouse in the mind to create doubt in regard to the grand history of the past travels of the people of God will please his satanic majesty and is an offense to God. The tidings of the Lord’s soon coming in power and great glory to our world is truth, and in 1840 many voices were raised in its proclamation.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 134.

She is being very specific that this history here, the restraint in Islam on August 11, 1840, would be a special focus point of attack by Satan.

Testing Process Initiated

Okay. We are saying that when He comes down with the Little Book open in His hand on August 11, 1840, the testing process is initiated.

Revelation 10:8-10 says,

8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9And I went”—John went—“unto the angel”—he went to Christ—“and said unto him, Give me the little book.”—

Which Sister White tells us that this is the Book of Daniel.

—“And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” Revelation 10:8-10 (KJV).

Here John is representing the Millerites, who eat the Little Book on August 11, 1840, and it is sweet because the year-day principle of Bible prophecy has just been confirmed before the world and validated the message that they are proclaiming. This is when it becomes sweet for the Millerites; but, when you get to October 22, 1844, it is bitter.

But, John here has become part of the prophecy; he is representing the Millerites. Most Seventh-day Adventists understand this; but, they do not understand that it is only in a secondary fashion that he is representing the Millerites, because John here is told before he even takes the Little Book that when he eats it, it is going to be sweet and, ultimately, it is going to become bitter. The Millerites did not understand that. The Millerites did not understand that experience of sweetness to bitterness.

But, who understands it? Seventh-day Adventists understand it. The 144,000 understand it. John here in Revelation 10 is primarily representing a people who understand the Millerite History in advance of it being repeated. He is primarily representing the 144,000.

But, we are saying here that when the Little Book is taken and eaten, a testing process is initiated. This is one of the waymarks. This is one of the points. This is one of the specifications of these waymarks,

So, what does it mean when a prophet eats the Little Book? Well, in Ezekiel 2 we will read, beginning in verse 1. All the prophets agree with one another, and all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world. 1 Corinthians 14:32 says, “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,” and verse 33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” If they would disagree, it would be confusing.

If John is eating the Little Book in chapter 10 of Revelation, then when we see Ezekiel eating this Little Book, it is a parallel illustration.

Chapter 2:1And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet,”—

And I would challenge you. Ezekiel is very clear. This is Ezekiel speaking, and Ezekiel is the one that puts in the record when God’s people stand on their feet. Just go to Ezekiel 37 to find out when they stand on their feet, and they stand on their feet when the message of Islam arrives, the Message of the Four Winds.

—“Chapter 2:1And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.”—

And that is what he says in Ezekiel 37. When the second message of the Four Winds arrives, God’s people stand on their feet, a mighty army, and the Spirit is breathed upon them. So, this is a parallel passage here.

And rightly understood, according to Ellen White, those four winds of Ezekiel 37 are represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and bring death and destruction over the whole Earth.

And this is the angry horse of Bible prophecy [indicating the First and Second Woes on the 1843 and 1850 Charts}. Islam is the angry horse of Bible prophecy.

And in Revelation 9:11, it says that Islam has a king over him, and it defines his name as Apollyon and Abaddon, either in the Greek or the Hebrew, and those names mean Death and Destruction. So, in Revelation 9:11, it is describing the character of Islam, which is death and destruction. And Sister White tells us that the four winds of Ezekiel 37 are represented by an angry horse seeking to break loose, an angry horse that is restrained—that is the restraining of the Four Winds—seeking to break loose and fulfill his character, which is to bring death and destruction. And his character is marked in Revelation 9:11.

So, here, if you understand this correctly in these first couple of verses in chapter 2, Ezekiel has been placed right here [August 11, 1840], when Islam is restrained in the Millerite History and the Angel comes down with the Little Book open in His hand.

Okay. I took the time there so you can see that these line up perfectly.

—“3And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation”—

When you eat that Little Book, you are going to get sent to a bunch of rebels.

—“that hath rebelled against me:”—

And what is a rebel? What is a rebel in the Bible? Brothers and Sisters, what is a rebel?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Rebellion

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What is rebellion?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: It is witchcraft.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Witchcraft, spiritualism.

You are going to be sent to a bunch of people that are eating the doctrine of Spiritual Formation, witchcraft, Pantheism, spiritualism.

—“3And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shall say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.”—

What will you say to them when you go? You are going to give them a message from the Bible, a “Thus saith the Lord God.” You are going to carry a Bible message to them.

—“I do send thee unto them, and thou shall say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. 5And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

6And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee,”—

What are the “briers and thorns” of the Scriptures? Well, that is the tares. At this point the wheat and tares are still together. They are about to be separated; but, at this point, Ezekiel, the wheat, is still with the tares, the briers and thorns, giving them a message.

—“though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 7And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. 8But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house:”—

Where is Ezekiel? He is right here, right here [August 11, 1840].

It says,

—“open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.”—

That is John in Revelation 10, the same point in history, the same waymark.

—“9And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me;”—

Did the Angel have a Little Book open in His hand?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. Same hand.

—“and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

“Chapter 3:1Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.”—

What happened when John ate that Little Book? Sweet as honey.

—“4And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.”—

When you eat this Little Book, you are now going to take a prophetic message to God’s people that are in rebellion. The testing process is initiated.

—“5For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;”—

You are not sent to people outside of Adventism. You are sent to Adventism.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“6not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.”—

You do not get too much resistance talking about 9/11 being Islam with non-Adventists. It is the Adventists that rebel against that one. The non-Adventists, they are not too threatened by understanding the 2520 prophecy. It is the Adventists that are threatened by that.

If He had sent Ezekiel to the non-Adventists, they would have listened.

—“7But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. 8Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.”—

What is happening to Ezekiel?

His forehead is becoming strong; what does that mean? He is being sealed. This is the sealing process.

What does the forehead represent in terms of physiology? It is the frontal lobe, is it not?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That is where your moral decisions are made.

In this process, Ezekiel is settling into the truth, spiritually and intellectually so that he cannot be moved. His moral center of his being is being grounded, it is being hardened, to where he would rather die than sin. He is being sealed.

—“8Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 9As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 2:1 – 3:9 (KJV).

And then Jeremiah says,

16Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)

Now, drop down to the Spirit of Prophecy quote underneath. We are not done with reading from Jeremiah.

But, when Jeremiah finds his words, he finds them right here [August 11, 1840]. He finds them right where John finds them; he finds them right where Ezekiel finds them. But, what he tells us about the words he is eating, he tells us they are the joy and rejoicing of his heart.

Now, notice what Sister White says, volume 7, of The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, page 971.

“The comprehension of truth, the glad reception of the message, is represented in the eating of the little book. The truth in regard to the time of the advent of our Lord was a precious message to our souls.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

That is what Jeremiah is saying.

Back to Jeremiah.

16Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”

17I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand:”—

Right here [August 11, 1840], Jeremiah, he eats the Little Book. He comprehends it. All right? He likes it, and it is caused by God’s hand because the Little Book was in His hand, by Christ’s hand.

And what does it do? It produces a separation between Jeremiah and those around him.

That is what is going on around here [August 11, 1840]. The First Angel’s Message is empowered on August 11, 1840. The separation process begins between the Millerites and the Protestant churches. Shortly thereafter, the Protestant churches are going to close their doors against this message. This is a separation process.

—“17I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand for thou hast filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?”—

He has been separated now. Because of the message here, he has been separated from the group that is mocking this message.

And we have read where William Miller said that in this history, right after the 1843 Chart was introduced, that the Protestant churches turned on the Millerites. They began to mock them. They began to say it was a delusion, fanaticism.

So, here is where Jeremiah is. He has eaten the Little Book. He has been separated out. He is going through this history; he is going through this history.

—“17I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand for thou hast filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? Wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?”—

That is right there [March 22, 1844]: “Will you be to me a liar?”

Ah, right here, 1843: “Though the vision tarry, wait for it. It will not lie.” He is disappointed.

This is the first disappointment that Jeremiah is illustrating, “O God, will you be a liar?” He will not lie.

—“19Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. 20And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 21And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.” Jeremiah 15:16-21 (KJV).

The first disappointment, I have looked for it but I cannot find it; but, I have heard that there were 200,000 in the Movement and that at the first disappointment it went down to 50,000. We have put into the record the 50,000 coming to 1842.

So here, March 22, 1844, there was a separation at the first disappointment. Jeremiah was there. Everyone is there and shocked that the Lord does not come in 1843.

And the Lord said, “If you will return unto me here, blessed is he who waiteth.” Okay? “If you will go ahead and get back in line, I will make you my voice.”

He is going to make them His voice when they proclaim the message, “Behold! the Bridegroom cometh.”

“And I will separate you from the hand of the wicked,” and that is what Daniel 12 is saying, that at the end of this experience of the Millerites there will be two classes of worshippers: the wise, who will understand the increase of knowledge; and, the wicked. And He is going to separate them on October 22, 1844.

May 1842: The 1843 Chart

Okay. In May of 1842, this here begins a testing process. The message is empowered. In May of 1842, the 1843 Chart is introduced.

“In May, 1842, a General Conference was convened in Boston, Massachutes [stet]. At the opening of this meeting, Brethren Charles Fitch and Apollos Hale, of Haverhill, presented the pictorial prophecies of Daniel and John, which they had painted on cloth, with the prophetic numbers, showing their fulfillment. Brother Fitch in explaining from his chart before the Conference, said, while examining these prophecies, he had thought if he could get out something of the kind as here presented it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience. Here was more light in our pathway. These brethren had been doing what the Lord had shown Habakkuk in his vision 2,468 years before, saying, ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time.’ Habakkuk 2:2.

“After some discussion on the subject, it was voted unanimously to have three hundred similar to this one lithographed, which was soon accomplished. They were called ‘the ‘43 charts.’ This was a very important Conference.” The Autobiography of Joseph Bates, 263.

You have Joseph Bates telling us that it was printed in 1842 in May, and you have Joseph Bates telling us that there was 300 of these printed. Okay?

This is interesting. The next quote is from James White concerning the 1843 Chart. It says,

“It was the united testimony of Second Advent lecturers and papers, when standing on ‘the original faith,’ that the publication of the chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:2, 3.”—

“. . . the united testimony”: Everyone understood that this was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2.

—“If the chart was a subject of prophecy (and those who deny it leave the original faith),”—

James White later is going to deny one of the truths on this Chart; but, the point is that I want you to see is this Chart was understood to be a waymark, a fulfillment of prophecy; and, if you denied it, you were no longer a Millerite Adventist. Of course, he wrote this when Seventh-day Adventists were in the picture. So, if you denied it, you were no longer a Seventh-day Adventist, according to James White, if you denied that this 1843 Chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2.

And, as being a fulfillment of Habakkuk, it is a waymark, it is a waymark.

And there is a lot on this line that I have not put on there [referring to Figure No. 24.]. We are going to develop it as time goes on.

—“then it follows that B.C. 457 was the year from which to date the 2300 days. It was necessary that 1843 should be the first published time in order that ‘the vision’ should ‘tarry,’ or that there should be a tarrying time, in which the virgin band was to slumber and sleep on the great subject of time, just before they were to be aroused by the Midnight Cry.” Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Volume I, Number 2, James White.

Joseph Bates says this,

“Now our history shows that there were hundreds teaching from the same chronological charts that William Miller was, all of one stamp. Then it was the oneness of the message all on one theme, the coming of the Lord Jesus at a certain time, 1844.” Joseph Bates, Early SDA Pamphlets, 17.

They were all using this 1843 Chart.

June 1842: The Second Angel’s Message Arrives

The next waymark, June of 1842.

In June, 1842, Mr. Miller gave his second course of lectures at the Casco Street church in Portland [Maine]. . . . With few exceptions, the different denominations closed the doors of their churches against Mr. Miller.” Testimonies, volume 1, 21.

The Second Angel arrives at this point.

March 22, 1844: The Tarrying Time and The First Disappointment

In March of 1844, you have the quote from The Great Controversy, page 392, where Sister White says this:

“As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to ‘write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it,’ had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation. The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk. No one, however, then noticed than an apparent delay in the accomplishment of the vision—a tarrying time—is presented in the same prophecy.”—

Okay. Here is the first disappointment [March 22, 1844], the tarrying time, the misunderstanding of the fullness of the year.

—“After the disappointment, this scripture appeared very significant: ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. . . . The just shall live by his faith.’

“A portion of Ezekiel’s prophecy also was a source of strength and comfort to believers: ‘The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God. . . . The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. . . . I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged.’ ‘They of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done.’ Ezekiel 12:21–25, 27, 28.” The Great Controversy, 392.

1843 & 1844: The Second Angel’s Message Proclaimed

In 1843 – 1844, in this history here [March through August], the Second Angel’s Message. After the Second Angel’s Message arrives, Sister White says,

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

August 12-17, 1844: The Midnight Cry;

The Second Angel’s Message Empowered

The next quote: The Midnight Cry, August 12-17, 1844, the Exeter Camp Meeting introduces the message of the Midnight Cry.

Near the close of the second angel’s message, I saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the voices of angels crying, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!’

“This was the midnight cry, which was to give power to the second angel’s message.”—

The Midnight Cry is what empowers the Second Angel’s Message, just like August 11, 1840, empowered the First Angel’s Message, and September 11, 2001, empowers the Third Angel’s Message.

—“Angels were sent from heaven to arouse the discouraged saints and prepare them for the great work before them. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message. Angels were sent to the humble, devoted ones, and constrained them to raise the cry, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!’” Early Writings, 238.

Outpouring of the Spirit

Okay. The Great Controversy, pages 400, 401, speaking of the Midnight Cry, Sister White says,

Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land.”—

Remember that. Remember that for tomorrow’s presentation. The Midnight Cry swept across the land rapidly. Two months time it was carried across the United States. This was something that was accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord, not by human beings.

—“From city to city, from village to village, and into remote country places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like early frost before the rising sun. Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed, and hope and courage animated their hearts. The work was free from those extremes which are ever manifested when there is human excitement without the controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God. It was similar”—

Now she is going to compare it to prophetic history.

—“It was similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel followed messages of reproof from His servants. It bore the characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. There was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart, confession of sin, and forsaking of the world. A preparation to meet the Lord was the burden of agonizing spirits. There was persevering prayer and unreserved consecration to God.” The Great Controversy, 400, 401.

The Midnight Cry was the same waymark that is repeated in every Reform Movement.

The Seven Thunders

Okay, the Seven Thunders; in Revelation 10:3-4, once this Mighty Angel comes down out of Heaven with the Little Book open in His hand, it says, starting in verse 3:

“3And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” Revelation 10:3-4 (KJV).

A Delineation of Events

I am not going to spend a lot of time on the Seven Thunders here, but Sister White tells us what the Seven Thunders represent.

“The . . . seven thunders was a delineation”—

What does delineation mean? To set forth upon a line. The Seven Thunders was a delineation of events. Okay? It is a delineation of how many events, then, probably?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Seven.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Probably seven.

—the Seven Thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 971.

From 1798 to 1844, October 22, 1844, this is the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

The Third Angel’s Message begins on October 22, 1844; it arrives. But, when Sister White says the Seven Thunders represented delineation of events that would transpire under the First and Second Angels’ Messages, she is saying the Seven Thunders represent the events that would transpire from 1798 to October 22, 1844.

  1. 1798—First Message Arrives
  2. August 11, 1840—First Message Empowered
  3. May 1842—The 1843 Chart Published
  4. June 1842—Second Message Arrives
  5. March 22, 1844—The Tarrying Time Arrives
  6. August 12-17, 1844—Second Message Empowered
  7. October 22, 1844—Third Message Arrives

The Seven Thunders Events

So, what are those events?

1. 1798, the First Angel’s Message arrives, at the Time of the End.

2. August 1840, the First Message is empowered. The Mighty Angel comes down.

3. May of 1842, the 1843 Chart is introduced. The Chart is a waymark, and it is a waymark that is illustrated in every Reform Line. It is an important waymark.

4. June of 1842, the Second Angel’s Message arrives, and door begins to close.

5. The tarrying time, March 1844, it is not only an historical even, not only a mark on the reform line but a component of the parable of the Ten Virgins.

6. August 1844, the Midnight Cry.

7. October 22, 1844, the door closes.

Those are the Seven Thunders.

The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 971, Sister White says,

“The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages.”—

She further says,

—“After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction”—

What does the word injunction mean? It means command.

—“After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the [command] comes to John as to Daniel”—

John was commanded something, just like Daniel was commanded something. What was Daniel commanded? Seal up the book.

That is not a human being that is making this observation. It is right there in the English grammar.

She is saying that when John is told to seal up what the Seven Thunders uttered that this is a parallel to Daniel sealing up his book in Daniel, chapter 12, is it not?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So, she is comparing this sealing up of the Book of Daniel with the sealing up of the Seven Thunders.

So, what happened when the Book of Daniel was unsealed? A Reformatory Movement arrived in history, an increase of knowledge. Two classes of worshippers are developed and then demonstrated when the Book of Daniel is unsealed.

So, what is going to happen when the Seven Thunders are unsealed at the end of the world? The same thing.

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

In one place she says the Seven Thunders represent events that would transpire under the First and Second Angels’ Messages, but here in connection with the Seven Thunders being unsealed at the end of the world, she says the Seven Thunders there represent future events,

What future events at the end of the world? Well, the time of the end, the empowerment of the message, the argument over the Foundation, the Protestants closing their doors, a disappointment, Michael standing up, it is all there. It is all governed by that quote we started with from The Great Controversy, page 342. The Reformatory Movements all parallel one another.

The Passing of Time—1844, 1845 and 1846

Now we are going to extend out the timeline beyond where we usually do.

Manuscript Releases, volume 1, page 53:

“I do not wish to ignore or drop one link in the chain of evidence that was formed as, after the passing of the time in 1844,”—

When was the passing of time? Right here in 1844, October 22. This is when the Third Angel’s Message arrives, the 2300 years.

—“after the passing of the time in 1844, little companies of seekers after truth met together to study the Bible and to ask God for light and guidance. . . . The truth, point by point, was fastened in our minds so firmly that we could not doubt. . . . The evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth.”—

What us she talking about, “them meeting together”? Some Adventists do not think this through.

After 1844 is where the phenomenon of Ellen White takes place.

I mean, we know that there was a place where they were all studying together, searching for truth; and, when they could not arrive at the truth, then and only then Ellen White would be taken off in vision or given a dream and make an explanation of that truth. That is in this history [after October 22, 1844].

That is not in this history [1798 to October 22, 1844], is it? No, it cannot be in this history; because, she does not receive the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy until December of 1844. This phenomenon is the phenomenon that takes place after 1844 when they were coming together to study what the Sanctuary was, and where they were led to understand the Sabbath.

She further says,

—“That which was sought for out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth in every particular.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 53.

Here is where this phenomenon takes place. This is where their understanding, what ultimately gets put on the 1850 Chart, that we call the Pillars. Here is where they understand the Sanctuary, the Sabbath, the Three Angeles’ Messages, from 1844 to 1846.

And she says that after those truths were established, then her mind was freed up. It was never locked as it had been in that time period.

1846

So, what happened in 1846, at the conclusion of that?

Testimonies, volume 1, page 75.

“In the autumn of 1846 we began to observe the Bible Sabbath, and to teach and defend it. My attention was first called to the Sabbath while I was on a visit to New Bedford, Massachusetts, earlier in the same year. I there became acquainted with Elder Joseph Bates, who had early embraced the advent faith, and was an active laborer in the cause. Elder B. was keeping the Sabbath, and urged its importance. I did not feel its importance, and thought that Elder B. erred in dwelling upon the fourth commandment more than upon the other nine. But the Lord gave me a view of the heavenly sanctuary. The temple of God was opened in heaven, and I was shown the ark of God covered with the mercy seat. Two angels stood, one at each end of the ark, with their wings spread over the mercy seat, and their faces turned toward it. My accompanying angel informed me that these represented all the heavenly host looking with reverential awe toward the holy law which had been written by the finger of God. Jesus raised the cover of the ark, and I beheld the tables of stone on which the Ten Commandments were written. I was amazed as I saw the fourth commandment in the very center of the ten precepts, with a soft halo of light encircling it. Said the angel: ‘It is the only one of the ten which defines the living God who created the heavens and the earth and all things that are therein. When the foundations of the earth were laid, then was laid the foundation of the Sabbath also.’” Testimonies, volume 1, 75.

So, here [from October 22, 1844 into 1846] is where the Pillars are established. It concludes with the Sabbath—we will deal with that in Revelation 14 at some point in time.

The Foundations were laid back here [between August 11, 1840, and March 22, 1844]. This is the Foundation.

This is the Pillars [between October 22, 1844, and 1850].

Should not be Altered

Now, notice in Early Writings, pages 74 – 75. Speaking of this 1843 Chart, Sister White says,

“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” Early Writings, 74–75.

But, this same thought she wrote earlier in Spalding and Magan, page 2. She says,

“I saw that the truth should be made plain upon tables, that the earth and the fullness thereof is the Lord’s, and that necessary means should not be spared to make it plain. I saw that the old chart”—

Here she does not call it the 1843 Chart. She calls it the “old chart.”

—“the old chart was directed by the Lord, and that not a figure of it should be altered except by inspiration.”—

She saw this 1843 could only be altered by inspiration. Who is it that has inspiration in that time period?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Ellen White.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Ellen White.

—“I saw that the figures of the chart were as God would have them, and that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none should see it till His hand was removed.” Spalding and Magan, 2.

1850

1850: Ellen White speaks of this 1850 Chart. She says,

“I saw that God was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols. I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible, and if this chart is designed for God’s people, if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another, and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale, all need it just as much.” Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 359.

The reason that the 1850 Chart is produced is because she has a dream that tells her to tell her husband to print a new Chart. This Chart is produced by inspiration. She has this dream while at Brother Nichols’s house, where he is the one that publishes it.

But, the point is, this 1843 Chart gets altered in the 1850 Chart, and the only altering on this Chart is 1843 is changed to 1844.

So, in 1850—and the 1850 Chart is a waymark. This is a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2, just as the 1843 Chart is the fulfillment of Habakkuk 2; and, if the 1843 Chart is a waymark, the 1850 Chart is a waymark, because Habakkuk 2 is talking about, “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables,” in the plural. Both of them have to be produced in order for Habakkuk to be accomplished.

And 1850 is significant at the prophetic level in a lot of ways.

1863: Advent Movement Ends

So, 1863: in 1863 we have the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Now, what was one of the primary motivations for making the Seventh-day Adventist Church a legal entity? What was the main motivation?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Civil War.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Civil War.

In order to keep church members from being drafted into the Civil War, they had to be a legal church to qualify for conscientious objector status. So, in 1863 that was one of the main motivations about bringing the church into a legal status; because, the Millerites, they thought legal church organization was Babylon. So, they had a big resistance to this as they moved to this history of 1863.

Let us consider 1863. The Great Controversy, page 611:

The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God. . . but these are to be far exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.The Great Controversy, 611.

See, when history ends, it is a Mighty Movement under the Third Angel; but, this is the Advent Movement of 1840 to 1844,

But, what happens in 1863? The Movement ends and the church arrives.

But, when you get to the Loud Cry of the Third Angel, it is not about a church any longer; it is about a Movement. Okay?

“But Satan was not idle. He now attempted what he has attempted in every other reformatory movement—to deceive and destroy the people by palming off upon them a counterfeit in place of the true work. As there were false Christ’s in the first century of the Christian church, so there arose false prophets in the sixteenth century.” The Great Controversy, 186.

The Great Controversy, page 464:

“Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ in these churches.”—

What churches? The churches outside of Adventism, the churches we [as Seventh-day Adventists] would call Babylon.

—“Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord”—

Who are the “people of the Lord”? Adventists.

—“such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming.”—

So, there are two groups of people. There is Babylon; there are Adventists, and the Lord is going to pour His Spirit out upon Adventists to call people out of Babylon.

—“The enemy of souls”—Satan—“desires to hinder this work;”—the work of the Latter Rain—“and before the time for such a movement”—

Notice, the Latter Rain is a Movement.

—“before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit.”—

A counterfeit what? A movement, a counterfeit movement.

Where? In Adventism.

The Movement that calls people out of Babylon is Adventism; and, before such a time as the Latter Rain Movement that calls people out of Babylon is accomplished, Satan will seek to hinder it by introducing a counterfeit movement in Adventism.

—“In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God’s special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest.”—

Now what church is she speaking about? Adventist churches.

—“Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.” The Great Controversy, 464.

This next quote is from Selected Messages, book 1, beginning at page 204.

“In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform.”—

Who was the one high in the medical ministry?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Kellogg.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And what was the truth that he wanted to present?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Pantheism.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Pantheism.

“In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments”—Pantheism: Spiritual Formation—“have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, ‘Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action.’

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists,”—

Here is the great reformation, the counterfeit reformatory movement.

—“and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded.”—done deal!“Our religion would be changed.”—done deal!—“The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error.”—done deal!—“A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written.”—already written!—“A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced.”—1930!—“The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work.”—2013! Ted Wilson—“The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement.”

This is the counterfeit movement, the counterfeit movement that opposes the Movement of Revelation 18.

—“The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.—

The Sunday Law is the storm and tempest that sweeps away the corporate structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

—“Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” Selected Messages, book 1, 204–205.

Seventh-day Adventist Church Incorporated

1863 Chart Introduced: Removing the 2520

So, this is a Movement up here [Figure No. 24, 1798 to 1863], Brothers and Sisters, and in 1863 the Seventh-day Adventist Church was incorporated and the Movement ends.

And the 1863 Chart is introduced here, and it removes the 2520. It is introduced by James White.

Okay. I am going to put this in the record because James White has been typified by King Ahaz in Isaiah, chapter 7 and onward.

And what is the first thing in chapter 7 of Isaiah that we learn about King Ahaz? Okay. He is stressed out, man; he is stressed out! It says he and his people, their hearts were shaking like leaves on a tree in a wind. Ahaz is stressed out because Syria and Israel (the ten Northern Tribes) have formed a confederacy. They are about to attack.

You are just little ole Judah with Benjamin, which is even littler yet. You are under pressure, mental pressure. You are the king. How are you going to deliver your people from the onslaught of enemies?

Okay. So, in 1863 we find that—but we are not at proving it yet—but, James White has been typified by Ahaz, a man that is about to set aside the light of the 2520: Ahaz. But Ahaz is under stress.

This is Sister White, Pamphlets 159, pages 14 – 15.

“I will here copy from another testimony written June 6, 1863: ‘I was shown that our testimony was still needed in the church, and that we should labor to save ourselves trials and cares, and that we should preserve a devotional frame of mind. It is duty for those in the Office to tax their brains more, and my husband tax his less.”—

Who was her husband?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: James White.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: When is she talking about?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: 1863.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: 1863.

—“Much time is spent by him upon various matters which confuse and weary his mind, and unfit him for study, or for writing, and hinder his light from shining in the Review as it should.”—

In 1863 she is saying this man is suffering from mental overload. He is being hindered from having a devotional frame of mind. Hmmm.

“I saw that my husband’s mind should not be crowded and overtaxed. His mind must have rest, and he be left free to write and attend to matters which others cannot do. Those engaged in the Office can lift from him a great weight of care if they would dedicate themselves to God, and feel a deep interest in the work. No selfish feelings should exist among those who labor in the Office. It is the work of God in which they are engaged, and they are accountable to God for the motives and manner in which this branch of his work is performed. They are required to discipline their minds, and to bring their minds to task. Forgetfulness is sin. Many feel that no blame should be attached to forgetfulness. There is a great mistake here; and this leads to many blunders, and much disorder, and many wrongs. The mind must be tasked. Things that should be done should not be forgotten. The mind must be disciplined until it will remember.

“My husband has had much care, and he has done many things which others ought to have done, fearing they would, in their heedlessness, make mistakes which would involve losses not easily remedied. This has been a great perplexity to his mind. Those who labor in the Office should learn. They should study, and practice, and exercise their own brains; for they have this branch of business alone, while my husband has the responsibility of many departments of the work. If the workmen make a failure, they should feel that it rests upon them to repair damages from their own purses, and not allow the Office to suffer loss through their carelessness. They should not cease to bear responsibilities, but should try again, avoiding their former mistakes. In this way they would learn to take that care which the word of God ever requires, and then they will do no more than their duty.

“I was shown that my husband should take time to do those things which his judgment tells him would preserve his health.”—

Did he do that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He did do that. When?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: ’74.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Why?

He said, yes, he did do that; he did that in ’74. But why did he do that in ’74? Because, he was confronted with strokes. He is so burned out by this time that it is actually killing him.

But, he did not back away from that stress in 1863.

So, we have it in the record that in 1863 the prophetess has already been shown that he is in the same condition that Ahaz was, when Israel and Syria was about to come down on him. He is stressed out.

And Ahaz sets aside the warning message of the 2520, and in 1863 James White produces the 1863 Chart and sets aside the 2520.

—“He has thought that he must throw off the burdens and responsibilities which were upon him, and leave the Office, or his mind would become a wreck. I was shown that when the Lord released him from his position, he would give him just as clear evidence of his release as he gave him when he laid the burden of the work upon him. But he has borne too many burdens, and those laboring with him at the Office, and his ministering brethren also, have been too willing that he should bear them. They have, as a general thing, stood back from bearing burdens and have sympathized with those that were murmuring against him, and left my husband to stand alone while he was bowed down beneath censure until God has vindicated his own cause. If they had taken their share of the burdens, he would have been relieved.” Pamphlets 159, 14–15.

Turning Point in Civil War between North & South

Slavery Ending

Now, this is the National Geographic from May of 2012. May of 2012, National Geographic: “Eye Witness to the Civil War.” And they go through the Civil War here.

And this is a handout that comes in this magazine. It is very interesting. It is about the Battle of Gettysburg, is what it is focusing on, on here. It says 1863 is the turning point of the Civil War.

See, in 1863 the secular historians realize that 1863 was the turning point for the Civil War; and, of course, in Isaiah 7, when Ahaz was stressed out, there was a civil war going on between Israel and Judah, between North and South. And a message was given to Isaiah in chapter 7 that identified when both the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom were going to be scattered, when they were going to be made slaves.

In this story of Isaiah, God’s people are becoming slaves; but, in 1863 the turning point of the Civil War, the slaves are being set free. And the leader of God’s people in Isaiah 7, he is being stressed out and he sets aside the 2520; and, the leader of God’s people in 1863, he is stressed out and he sets aside the 2520.

We are not dealing with that. We are just putting that in the record.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: But, the secular historians in 1863 says it was the turning point in the Civil War.

Bible Echo, August 26, 1895, says this:

“Science and history cannot of themselves make men wise unto salvation; but through the aid of the Holy Spirit, which, in answer to prayer, will be given to guide into all truth, science and history may be made use of as a clear, definite light, blending with that of the written, inspired word.”—

Now, here is a profound thought that ties in with the very premise of this study.

—“There are lessons to be learned from the history of the past; and attention is called to these, that all may understand that God works on the same lines”—the same lines, the same prophetic lines—“God works on the same lines now that He ever has done.”—

We started with The Great Controversy, page 342, “God’s dealing with men are ever the same.”

—“His hand is seen in His work and among the nations now,”—

His hand is involved with Romney and Obama?! Yes.

—“just the same as it has been ever since the gospel was first proclaimed to Adam in Eden.”—

God never changes.

Now, notice what she says here:

—“There are periods which are turning points in the history of nations and of the church.”—

This is the turning point in the history of the United States, 1863; and, it is a turning point in the history of the Church. This is where it quits being a Movement and becomes a church. This is where they begin to set aside the foundational truths, the 2520. This is a turning point in the United States and the Church.

—“There are periods which are turning points in the history of nations and of the church. In the providence of God, when these different crises arrive, the light for that time is given.”

The light for that time is given. What light was given in 1863?

If you drop down to the next quote, below it says, “Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. More than forty years ago [in 1863] the Lord gave us special light on health reform, . . .”

There are periods which are turning points in the history of nations and the church, in 1863. In these crises, the light for that time is given. That is Health Reform.

Now, here is what she says.

—“In the providence of God, when these different crises arrive, the light for that time is given. If it is received, there is spiritual progress; if it is rejected, spiritual declension and shipwreck follow. The Lord in His word has opened up the aggressive work of the gospel as it has been carried on in the past, and will be in the future, even to the closing conflict, when Satanic agencies will make their last wonderful movement. From that word we understand that the forces are now at work that will usher in the last great conflict between good and evil—between Satan, the prince of darkness, and Christ, the Prince of life. But the coming triumph for the men who love and fear God is as sure as that His throne is established in the heavens.” Bible Echo, August 26, 1895.

What is the wonderful movement of Satan at the end of the world?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Personating Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Personating Christ; but, the Movement is the counterfeit Movement, the counterfeit Movement that is counterfeiting the Latter Rain, and it is called the Omega Apostasy.

And the Omega Apostasy was prefigured by what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Alpha Apostasy.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Alpha Apostasy.

And what was the philosophical authority for the Alpha Apostasy? John Harvey Kellogg.

What was he doing? He was taking the health message out of the Church.

At those different crises the light for that time is given. If it is received, there is a blessing; if it is rejected, there is darkness.

Oh, this light of 1863 has a direct connection to the Alpha Apostasy, to the satanic counterfeit Movement at the end of time, if you will see it.

Health Reform

“Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. More than forty years ago [in 1863] the Lord gave us special light on health reform, but how are we walking in that light? How many have refused to live in harmony with the counsels of God! As a people, we should make advancement proportionate to the light received. It is our duty to understand and respect the principles of health reform. On the subject of temperance we should be in advance of all other people; and yet there are among us well-instructed members of the church, and even ministers of the gospel, who have little respect for the light that God has given upon this subject. They eat as they please and work as they please.” Counsels to the Church, 235.

So, we have laid out briefly the prophetic line of the Millerites. We will begin to develop that for the purpose of showing that these two waymarks here [the 1843 and 1850 Charts] have been marked in the other reform lines; because, we want to put these two tables of Habakkuk in the prophetic reference of prophetic typology before we begin to look at the truths on these Charts.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have provided the light that is able to not only produce a change in character in each one of us, but provide us with a message that can be shared with those we come in contact with. We thank you that you are ever the same, that you change not, that we can have confidence and faith in how you are going to relate to us and your people as we progress on this path that is going heavenward, that becomes narrower and narrower and more restricted and more restricted. We need that faith, we want that faith, and we thank you that you are producing that faith in us through showing us your consistency in your prophetic Word. We ask a blessing upon the work that we are doing with the LiveStreaming and the recordings, and we ask that you would watch over that work and place your seal of approval on it. In Jesus’s name, amen.