The Reform Lines (cont'd) (09 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #9 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/17/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
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Darkness

“Today the church of God is free to carry forward to completion the divine plan for the salvation of a lost race. For many centuries God’s people suffered a restriction of their liberties. The preaching of the gospel in its purity was prohibited, and the severest of penalties were visited upon those who dared disobey the mandates of men. As a consequence, the Lord’s great moral vineyard was almost wholly unoccupied. The people were deprived of the light of God’s word. The darkness of error and superstition threatened to blot out a knowledge of true religion. God’s church on earth was as verily in captivity during this long period of relentless persecution as were the children of Israel held captive in Babylon during the period of the exile.” Prophets and Kings, 714.

Time of the End

Daniel 9:1–2

Recorded in Books

“Still burdened in behalf of Israel, Daniel studied anew the prophecies of Jeremiah. They were very plain—so plain that he understood by these testimonies recorded in books ‘the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.’ Daniel 9:2.

“With faith founded on the sure word of prophecy, Daniel pleaded with the Lord for the speedy fulfillment of these promises. He pleaded for the honor of God to be preserved. In his petition he identified himself fully with those who had fallen short of the divine purpose, confessing their sins as his own.” Prophets and Kings, 554.

The Desolations of Jerusalem

Luke 21:20–24; Revelation 11:2–3; Daniel 9:24–26

70 AD

“Terrible were the calamities that fell upon Jerusalem when the siege was resumed by Titus. The city was invested at the time of the Passover, when millions of Jews were assembled within its walls. . . .

“Thousands perished from famine and pestilence. Natural affection seemed to have been destroyed. Husbands robbed their wives, and wives their husbands. Children would be seen snatching the food from the mouths of their aged parents. The question of the prophet, ‘Can a woman forget her sucking child?’ [Isaiah 49:15] received the answer within the walls of that doomed city, ‘The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children; they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.’ [Lamentations 4:10.] Again was fulfilled the warning prophecy given fourteen centuries before: Deuteronomy 28:56, 57 quoted.]” The Great Controversy, 31–32.

Message Formalized

“Daniel’s prayer had been offered ‘in the first year of Darius’ (verse 1), the Median monarch whose general, Cyrus, had wrested from Babylonia the scepter of universal rule. The reign of Darius was honored of God. To him was sent the angel Gabriel, ‘to confirm and to strengthen him.’ Daniel 11:1. Upon his death, within about two years of the fall of Babylon, Cyrus succeeded to the throne, and the beginning of his reign marked the completion of the seventy years since the first company of Hebrews had been taken by Nebuchadnezzar from their Judean home to Babylon.

“The deliverance of Daniel from the den of lions had been used of God to create a favorable impression upon the mind of Cyrus the Great. The sterling qualities of the man of God as a statesman of farseeing ability led the Persian ruler to show him marked respect and to honor his judgment. And now, just at the time God had said He would cause His temple at Jerusalem to be rebuilt, He moved upon Cyrus as His agent to discern the prophecies concerning himself, with which Daniel was so familiar, and to grant the Jewish people their liberty.” Prophets and Kings, 556–557.

The First Decree

Worldwide

Ezra 1:1–2

Laying the Cornerstone

“The house that was about to be rebuilt had been the subject of many prophecies concerning the favor that God desired to show Zion, and all who were present at the laying of the cornerstone should have entered heartily into the spirit of the occasion. Yet mingled with the music and the shouts of praise that were heard on that glad day, was a discordant note. ‘Many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice.’ Verse 12.

“It was natural that sadness should fill the hearts of these aged men, as they thought of the results of long-continued impenitence. Had they and their generation obeyed God, and carried out His purpose for Israel, the temple built by Solomon would not have been destroyed and the captivity would not have been necessary. But because of ingratitude and disloyalty they had been scattered among the heathen.

“Conditions were now changed. In tender mercy the Lord had again visited His people and allowed them to return to their own land. Sadness because of the mistakes of the past should have given way to feelings of great joy. God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus to aid them in rebuilding the temple, and this should have called forth expressions of profound gratitude. But some failed of discerning God’s opening providences. Instead of rejoicing, they cherished thoughts of discontent and discouragement. They had seen the glory of Solomon’s temple, and they lamented because of the inferiority of the building now to be erected.” Prophets and Kings, 563–564.

The Foundation Laid

Ezra 3:6, 10

The Feast of Trumpets

Leviticus 23:24

The Foundations

“The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days. His sophistries are designed to lead minds away from the perils and duties of the hour. They estimate as of little value the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin, and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science. ‘Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.’ [Jeremiah 6:16.]

“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith,—the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work, by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for more than fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way, that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid; but this is a great deception. ‘Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid.’ [1 Corinthians 3:11.] In the past, many have undertaken to build a new faith, to establish new principles; but how long did their building stand? It soon fell; for it was not founded upon the Rock.” Testimonies, volume 8, 296–297.

1842, 1843, 1844

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. It has been guiding me ever since it was given.” Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

No New Timbers

“The Word of the Lord has guided our steps since the passing of the time in 1844. We have searched the Scriptures; we have built solidly; and we have not had to tear up our foundations and put in new timbers.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 55.

God Never Contradicts Himself

When the power of God testifies as to what is truth, that truth is to stand forever as the truth. No after suppositions contrary to the light God has given are to be entertained. Men will arise with interpretations of Scripture which are to them truth, but which are not truth. The truth for this time God has given us as a foundation for our faith. He Himself has taught us what is truth. One will arise, and still another, with new light, which contradicts the light that God has given under the demonstration of His Holy Spirit. A few are still alive who passed through the experience gained in the establishment of this truth. God has graciously spared their lives to repeat, and repeat till the close of their lives, the experience through which they passed even as did John the apostle till the very close of his life. And the standard bearers who have fallen in death are to speak through the reprinting of their writings. I am instructed that thus their voices are to be heard. They are to bear their testimony as to what constitutes the truth for this time.

We are not to receive the words of those who come with a message that contradicts the special points of our faith. They gather together a mass of Scripture, and pile it as proof around their asserted theories. This has been done over and over again during the past fifty years. And while the Scriptures are God’s word, and are to be respected, the application of them, if such application moves one pillar from the foundation that God has sustained these fifty years, is a great mistake. He who makes such an application knows not the wonderful demonstration of the Holy Spirit that gave power and force to the past messages that have come to the people of God.

“Elder G’s proofs are not reliable. If received, they would destroy the faith of God’s people in the truth that has made us what we are.

“We must be decided on this subject; for the points that he is trying to prove by Scripture, are not sound. They do not prove that the past experience of God’s people was a fallacy. We had the truth; we were directed by the angels of God. It was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that the presentation of the sanctuary question was given. It is eloquence for everyone to keep silent in regard to the features of our faith in which they acted no part. God never contradicts Himself. Scripture proofs are misapplied if forced to testify to that which is not true. Another and still another will arise and bring in supposedly great light, and make their assertions. But we stand by the old landmarks. [1 John 1:1–10 quoted.]

“I am instructed to say that these words we may use as appropriate for this time, for the time has come when sin must be called by its right name. We are hindered in our work by men who are not converted, who seek their own glory. They wish to be thought originators of new theories, which they present claiming that they are truth. But if these theories are received, they will lead to a denial of the truth that for the past fifty years God has been giving to His people, substantiating it by the demonstration of the Holy Spirit.” Selected Messages, book 1, 161.

That Were Made Certain to Us

The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are—Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus.

“Have not the hearts of Christ’s disciples burned within them as He has talked with us by the way and opened to us the Scriptures? Has not the Lord Jesus opened to us the Scriptures, and presented to us things kept secret from the foundation of the world?” Upward Look, 352.

Message Empowered

“While Satan was striving to influence the highest powers in the kingdom of Medo-Persia to show disfavor to God’s people, angels worked in behalf of the exiles. The controversy was one in which all heaven was interested. Through the prophet Daniel we are given a glimpse of this mighty struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

“For three weeks Gabriel wrestled with the powers of darkness, seeking to counteract the influences at work on the mind of Cyrus; and before the contest closed, Christ Himself came to Gabriel’s aid. ‘The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days,’ Gabriel declares; ‘but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.’ Daniel 10:13. All that heaven could do in behalf of the people of God was done. The victory was finally gained; the forces of the enemy were held in check all the days of Cyrus, and all the days of his son Cambyses, who reigned about seven and a half years.” Prophets and Kings, 571.

Action of the Enemies: Ezra 4:1–24

“During the reign of Cambyses the work on the temple progressed slowly. And during the reign of the false Smerdis (called Artaxerxes in Ezra 4:7) the Samaritans induced the unscrupulous impostor to issue a decree forbidding the Jews to rebuild their temple and city.” Prophets and Kings, 572.

The Second Decree

“A score or more of years passed by, when a second decree, quite as favorable as the first, was issued by Darius Hystaspes, the monarch then ruling. Thus did God in mercy provide another opportunity for the Jews in the Medo-Persian realm to return to the land of their fathers. The Lord foresaw the troublous times that were to follow during the reign of Xerxes,—the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther,—and He not only wrought a change of feeling in the hearts of men in authority, but also inspired Zechariah to plead with the exiles to return.

“‘Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north,’ was the message given the scattered tribes of Israel who had become settled in many lands far from their former home. Zechariah 2:6–9 quoted.” Prophets and Kings, 598–599.

Out of Babylon

Zechariah 2:6–7

Temple Finished in the Sixth Year of Darius: Ezra 6:15

“The promise, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it,’ was literally fulfilled. Verse 9. ‘The elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar [the twelfth month], which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.’ Ezra 6:14, 15.” Prophets and Kings, 596.

The Midnight Cry

“The events that followed in rapid succession,—the appearance of Esther before the king, the marked favor shown her, the banquets of the king and queen with Haman as the only guest, the troubled sleep of the king, the public honor shown Mordecai, and the humiliation and fall of Haman upon the discovery of his wicked plot,—all these are parts of a familiar story. God wrought marvelously for His penitent people; and a counter decree issued by the king, allowing them to fight for their lives, was rapidly communicated to every part of the realm by mounted couriers, who were ‘hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment.’ ‘And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.’ Esther 8:14, 17.

“On the day appointed for their destruction, ‘the Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.’ Angels that excel in strength had been commissioned by God to protect His people while they ‘stood for their lives.’ Esther 9:2, 16.” Prophets and Kings, 602.

The third decree

“About seventy years after the return of the first company of exiles under Zerubbabel and Joshua, Artaxerxes Longimanus came to the throne of Medo-Persia. The name of this king is connected with sacred history by a series of remarkable providences. It was during his reign that Ezra and Nehemiah lived and labored. He is the one who in 457 B.C. issued the third and final decree for the restoration of Jerusalem. His reign saw the return of a company of Jews under Ezra, the completion of the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah and his associates, the reorganization of the temple services, and the great religious reformations instituted by Ezra and Nehemiah. During his long rule he often showed favor to God’s people, and in his trusted and well-beloved Jewish friends, Ezra and Nehemiah, he recognized men of God’s appointment, raised up for a special work.” Prophets and Kings, 607.

The perfection required by the prophecy

“In the seventh chapter of Ezra the decree is found. Verses 12–26. In its completest form it was issued by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, 457 B.C. But in Ezra 6:14 the house of the Lord at Jerusalem is said to have been built ‘according to the commandment [“decree,” margin] of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.’ These three kings, in originating, reaffirming, and completing the decree, brought it to the perfection required by the prophecy to mark the beginning of the 2300 years. Taking 457 B.C., the time when the decree was completed, as the date of the commandment, every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled.” The Great Controversy, 326.

Judgment

Ezra 7:25–26

“In 1844 our great High Priest entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, to begin the work of the investigative judgment. The cases of the righteous dead have been passing in review before God. When that work shall be completed, judgment is to be pronounced upon the living.” Selected Messages, book 1, 125.

Ezra’s Arrival

“Ezra’s arrival in Jerusalem was opportune. There was great need of the influence of his presence. His coming brought courage and hope to the hearts of many who had long labored under difficulties. Since the return of the first company of exiles under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua, over seventy years before, much had been accomplished. The temple had been finished, and the walls of the city had been partially repaired. Yet much remained undone.” Prophets and Kings, 618.

Fast: Ezra 8:21–23

Separation: Ezra 8:24–32

a covenant: Ezra 9:8–10:17

Disappointment

“Ezra had expected that a large number would return to Jerusalem, but the number who responded to the call was disappointingly small.” Prophets and Kings, 612.

“The number who responded to the call to leave Babylon, was disappointingly small. Ezra had expected that a large number would return.” Review and Herald, February 13, 1908.

October 23, 1844

“We found everywhere the scoffers whom Peter said should come in the last days, walking after their own lusts, and saying: ‘Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’ But those who had looked for the coming of the Lord were not without comfort. They had obtained valuable knowledge in the searching of the word. The plan of salvation was plainer to their understanding. Every day they discovered new beauties in the sacred pages, and a wonderful harmony running through all, one scripture explaining another, and no word used in vain.

“Our disappointment was not so great as that of the disciples. When the Son of man rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, they expected Him to be crowned king. The people flocked from all the region about, and cried: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David.’ And when the priests and elders besought Jesus to still the multitude, He declared that if they should hold their peace even the stones would cry out, for prophecy must be fulfilled. Yet in a few days these very disciples saw their beloved Master, whom they believed would reign on David’s throne, stretched upon the cruel cross above the mocking, taunting Pharisees. Their high hopes were disappointed, and the darkness of death closed about them.

“Yet Christ was true to His promises. Sweet was the consolation He gave His people, rich the reward of the true and faithful.

“Mr. Miller and those who were in union with him supposed that the cleansing of the sanctuary spoken of in Daniel 8:14 meant the purifying of the earth by fire prior to its becoming the abode of the saints. This was to take place at the advent of Christ; therefore we looked for that event at the end of the 2300 days, or years. But after our disappointment the Scriptures were carefully searched with prayer and earnest thought, and after a period of suspense, light poured in upon our darkness; doubt and uncertainty were swept away.

“Instead of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 referring to the purifying of the earth, it was now plain that it pointed to the closing work of our High Priest in heaven, the finishing of the atonement, and the preparing of the people to abide the day of His coming.” Testimonies, volume 1, 57–58.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for resolving the internet problem and we ask that you continue to allow it to work. We ask a blessing upon what we are trying to accomplish here this morning with the DVD production and the LiveStreaming; but, we also ask a blessing upon this study. We ask that you grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit, that He may be the one that directs this study and that you would give Him permission to prepare our hearts and minds to receive what you have for us, and that you would overrule any of my humanity that might be preventing the Holy Spirit from conveying this message through myself. Please forgive us of our sins this morning, make us pure in you where we can participate in receiving your Holy Spirit and would ask that you would send down the Latter Rain through the two golden pipes and pour it into our vessels that you might open our understanding to your Word as you gave the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: In the first week we showed that the controversial points of doctrine that are on these Charts, Sister White agreed with the Pioneer position, disagreed with the modern theologians of Adventism at that time period.

We then switched gears and we also showed that she also agreed with the Rules of Prophetic Interpretation that William Miller adopted, and we began to look at the fact that prophecy is portrayed upon lines, and that the historical events that are demonstrated as fulfillment of prophecy on these prophetic lines are waymarks and that they come in a specific order and that Ellen White says that of the great Reformatory Movements, which are these prophetic lines, each of the great Reformatory Movements parallel one another.

So, we moved in and we looked more closely at the Millerite reformatory line up here.

Darkness

Today we are going to start with another reformatory line. But, what we are going to do is we are going to start with the reformatory line of the Three Decrees when they came out of Babylon; because, not only are we going to be demonstrating that these Reformatory Movements parallel each other, we will be seeing Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning. Because, this history down here of the Three Decrees, this is the history where the 2300-year prophecy begins and the history of the Millerites is where the 2300-year prophecy ends. So, we are doing two things here: we are looking at the fact that these Reformatory Movements parallel each other, and we are looking at the fact that Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning. And we are doing it in the context that the Latter Rain is a message that many in Adventism will refuse to hear, and that the Latter Rain message is taught, is demonstrated through the technique of bringing prophetic line upon prophetic line together, from here in the Bible and there in the Bible. By bringing these lines together, the Lord produces the sequence of events that take place during the Latter Rain at the end of the world, thus preparing His people to know what is ahead of them, to strengthen them and at the same time building their faith as they understand that Jesus is always the same. He never changes.

So, we will begin with Prophets and Kings, page 714.

“Today the church of God is free to carry forward to completion the divine plan for the salvation of a lost race. For many centuries God’s people suffered a restriction of their liberties. The preaching of the gospel in its purity was prohibited, and the severest of penalties were visited upon those who dared disobey the mandates of men. As a consequence, the Lord’s great moral vineyard was almost wholly unoccupied. The people were deprived of the light of God’s word. The darkness of error and superstition threatened to blot out a knowledge of true religion. God’s church on earth was as verily in captivity during this long period of relentless persecution as were the children of Israel held captive in Babylon during the period of the exile.” Prophets and Kings, 714.

MILLERITE REFORMATORY MOVEMENT

8/11 6/ 3/22 8/12-17 10/22

1798 1833 1840 1842 1844 1844 1844 1846 1850 1863

Spiritual 5/1842

Babylon

43 50

(1260 yrs)

Darkness 1st Table 2nd Table

1AM 1AM 1AM 2AM FIRST 2AM 3AM SABBATH SDA CHURCH

Arrived Formalized Empowered Arrived Disappointment Empowered Arrived Adopted Organized

Figure No. 25A.

So, here Sister White is saying that this period here, this 1260 years, that it is Darkness; because, you will find in these reform lines there is always a Darkness that precedes the Time of the End. And this Darkness we know the historians call the Dark Ages.

And here is the time when spiritual Babylon is persecuting spiritual Israel; but, Sister White just compared this with the time period when literal Babylon was persecuting literal Israel.

Time Period of the Persecution of Literal Israel by Literal Babylon: HISTORY OF THE THREE DECREES

Literal Babylon

(70 yrs)

Darkness

Figure No. 25B.

So, it is a perfect parallel, to start with.

And, of course, when they were in captivity for 70 years, this was 1260 years. When they were in captivity for 70 years they were truly in Darkness, with the 70 years paralleling the 1260.

The Time of the End, we basically get our insights on the definition of the terminology employed in the Bible for the time of the End from Daniel, chapter 12. And Daniel, chapter 12, tells us that the Time of the End, when the Book of Daniel is unsealed, there will be an increase of knowledge and many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased. This always happens on every Time of the End.

So, in this history of the Three Decrees, we need to see, we should see, we should expect to see an illustration of those students of prophecy that are running to and fro in God’s Word.

Let us look at Daniel 12, so if you are not familiar with what I am saying you can consider it.

In Daniel 12, verse 3, it says,

3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;—wise being teachers and shine being teaching'And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:3-4 (KJV).

Now, what does it mean to run to and fro?

If you go just a couple of books further, towards the New Testament, from Daniel to Amos, Amos in chapter 8—this is not in your notes—in verse 11, it gives us a nice definition for what it means to run to and fro. It says,

11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.”—

Running to and fro in the Bible is studying the Word of God.

Verse 13 says,

—“13In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 14They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.” Amos 8:11-14 (KJV).

Verses 13 and 14 are talking about the foolish virgins, because all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world, and at the end of the world it is the Adventist Church. In The Great Controversy, page 293, Sister White says, “The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.” And all of the prophets are speaking about the end of the world, so these fair virgins that are going to fall and never rise again; they are obviously the foolish virgins.

And at a time period where there is an increase of knowledge at the end of the world, they are going to find too late that they cannot obtain the oil. And in this context, what does the oil represent? The message.

In this context, the message; because, what do they do? They run from “sea to sea and from the north even to the east.”

“. . . from the north even to the east,” go back to Daniel. Daniel 11:44 says,

“But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” Daniel 11:44 (KJV).

The he here is the Papacy, the King of the North. Tidings is a message. And, just before Michael stands up, two verses later, the King of the North is angry about a message from the East and the North, and he is going to go forth “to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” And the Hebrew that is translated into this verse means death. There is going to be blood spilled.

But, what is motivating the Papacy to kill people at this point, just before probation closes, is a message of the East and the North. And in this time period, for the foolish virgins of Adventism, there is a famine for the Word of God and they are going to try to understand the message of the East and the North and find out it is too late: you have to understand this message well before The Sunday Law.

And it says they are going to also look from sea to sea. Okay? Look at verse 45.

45And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas”—in the plural—“in the glorious holy mountain;”—

Okay. The glorious holy mountain is Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is positioned between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It is positioned between the seas. They are going to try and search out what the last six verses of Daniel 11 represent and it will be too late; and what they represent is the twofold message of the East and the North, the North being the message of the Papacy in the last six verses of Daniel 11, which is there symbolized as the King of the North, and the East being the message of the children of the East, the children of the East in Bible prophecy being Islam, Islam of the First and Second Woes, prefiguring the message of the children of the East at the End of Time which arrived at September 11, 2001.

So, at the time of the End, basing our understanding on Daniel 12, there is going to be an unsealing of the message and many shall study the Bible, run to and fro in God’s Word and knowledge shall be increased; and, that knowledge shall test that generation.

So, when we look at the history of The Three Decrees, when literal Israel was captive in literal Babylon, we should expect that when the 70 years end, there is going to be an unsealing of the prophetic message.

Time of the End

And in Daniel 9, verses 1 and 2, we see Daniel representing those people that are understanding the message. It says,

1In the first year of Darius”—this is in your notes—“the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; 2In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations”—in the plural—“of Jerusalem.” Daniel 9:1-2 (KJV).

He understood this period here [referring to Figure No. 25B, the Darkness]. He knew that this period was over and it was time for God’s people to come out of Babylon and to rebuild Jerusalem.

Recorded in Books

Prophets and Kings, page 554, says,

“Still burdened in behalf of Israel, Daniel studied anew the prophecies of Jeremiah.”—

He represents, right here in this history [Figure No. 25B], those that are running to and fro in God’s prophetic Word to understand the message that has been unsealed at this point.

“Still burdened in behalf of Israel, Daniel studied anew the prophecies of Jeremiah. They were very plain—so plain that he understood by these testimonies recorded in books ‘the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.’ Daniel 9:2.

“With faith founded on the sure word of prophecy, Daniel pleaded with the Lord for the speedy fulfillment of these promises. He pleaded for the honor of God to be preserved. In his petition he identified himself fully with those who had fallen short of the divine purpose, confessing their sins as his own.” Prophets and Kings, 554.

Jerusalem had been desolated during the 70 years, desolated at the beginning and it remained in that condition for the 70 years until they came out of Babylon to rebuild it.

The Desolations of Jerusalem

But, Daniel’s understanding about the desolations of Jerusalem in the plural, Jerusalem gets desolated more than once. Notice this from Luke 21:20-24:

20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies,”—

Now, this is Jesus speaking. He is not talking about Nebuchadnezzar, is he? Nebuchadnezzar is past tense; but, Jesus is going to talk about a desolation of Jerusalem that is about to take place.

—“20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”—

When was that desolation? In AD70.

Notice that the desolation of Jerusalem for Nebuchadnezzar lasted for 70 years; but, the desolation of Jerusalem that Jesus is speaking about took place in the Year 70. That is not an accident.

21Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:20-24 (KJV).

So, at minimum you can see that Jerusalem was desolated in the 70 years, Nebuchadnezzar and onward, but now Jesus is saying AD70 Jerusalem is going to be desolated; because, Daniel understood by books about the desolations, in the plural, of Jerusalem.

Notice Revelation 11, verses 2 and 3:

2But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city”—

What is the holy city? Jerusalem.

—“shall be tread under foot forty and two months. 3And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Revelation 11:2-3 (KJV).

So here Jerusalem is being trodden down by the Gentiles for 1260 years. That is this [referring to the period of Darkness in Figure No. 25A].

Jerusalem is being trodden down here by literal Babylon [see Figure No. 25B]; Jerusalem is being trodden down here by spiritual Babylon [see Figure No. 25A]; and, Jerusalem was trodden down by Pagan Rome in AD70.

See that? We are seeing that, because Ellen White says the destruction of Jerusalem is a symbol of the end of the world. So, it gets repeated again: Jerusalem gets trodden down one more time. It is worth understanding this.

Notice Daniel 9:24-26:

24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem”—

When did the commandment go forth to restore and build Jerusalem? 457BC would be right here:

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My graph is almost too busy for me.

That is the Third Decree. We will deal with that later.

—“. . . going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;”—

In the time period when Christ is crucified, who are the people and the prince that came and destroyed the city and the sanctuary? Pagan Rome, AD70.

—“and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war,”—and what does it say?—desolations are determined.” Daniel 9:24-26 (KJV).

70AD

So, when Jerusalem is destroyed in AD70 that is part of the warfare, according to the terminology of Daniel 9, against Jerusalem. But, even after the destruction of Jerusalem by Pagan Rome in AD70, the war continues on.

And what is the second phase of the war? A flood; it is represented as a flood.

And, of course, if you go into Revelation, chapter 12, you will see that Pagan Rome is persecuting the Christian Church in the time of Christ, but then it transcends and it is information into Papal Rome persecuting the woman that is led into the wilderness for 1260 years.

And, when it persecuted the woman in Revelation 12, how did was the Papal persecution symbolically represented? It was a flood.

So here in Daniel 9 we have Pagan Rome and Papal Rome and both of them are going to accomplish desolations of Jerusalem. And the flood: 1260 years, Papal Rome; Pagan Rome destroying Jerusalem in AD70.

The Great Controversy, pages 31 - 32:

“Terrible were the calamities that fell upon Jerusalem when the siege was resumed by Titus.”—

What Pagan general first came? Cestius.

When does he come? AD66.

And then the siege is going to be resumed by Titus after Cestius mysteriously withdraws, right? That would be the fulfillment of the abomination of desolation. That is the sign to flee from Jerusalem which the Christians did.

But, ultimately, Titus comes back. How much later does he come back? 1260 days; he comes back and the siege begins.

—“Terrible were the calamities that fell upon Jerusalem when the siege was resumed by Titus. The city was invested at the time of the Passover, when millions of Jews were assembled within its walls. . . .

“Thousands perished from famine and pestilence. Natural affection seemed to have been destroyed. Husbands robbed their wives, and wives their husbands. Children would be seen snatching the food from the mouths of their aged parents. The question of the prophet, ‘Can a woman forget her sucking child?’ [Isaiah 49:15] received the answer within the walls of that doomed city, ‘The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children; they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.’ Lamentations 4:10. Again was fulfilled the warning prophecy given fourteen centuries before:”—

“Again was fulfilled the warning . . . given fourteen centuries before . . . .”

Now, Sister White just quoted Jeremiah and Lamentations 4:10, where he is talking about the women eating their children because of starvation. But, when Jeremiah is applying that, it is based upon a prophecy of Moses; but, Jeremiah is marking that it had been fulfilled when? In the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.

See, Jeremiah is living in this history [Figure No. 25C, history of The Three Decrees]. He saw it happen in this history.

Sister White is talking about AD70; so, she says, “Again was fulfilled the warning prophecy given fourteen centuries before . . . .” It had been fulfilled in Jeremiah’s time, but now it is being fulfilled again in AD70.

—“The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, . . . and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. Deuteronomy 28:56, 57. The Great Controversy, 31–32.

This is Deuteronomy.

The reason I am taking some time here is that I want you to understand. Moses addresses the desolation of Jerusalem, and it was fulfilled with Nebuchadnezzar; and, Jeremiah and other prophets mark that Moses’s prophecy was fulfilled here in these 70 years [referring to Figure No. 25C, the history of The Three Decrees]. But, it was also fulfilled in AD70; and, it was also fulfilled in this 1260 years [referring to Figure No. 25C]. And according to Ellen White, it gets fulfilled again.

So, understanding the desolations, in the plural, of Jerusalem is important because it is a prophecy that begins right in the beginning of the Bible and it goes all the way to the end of the world.

Right? Okay.

Message Formalized

So, here [Figure 24C, Millerite Reformatory Movement], this is the Time of the End and there is an increase of knowledge, and Daniel represents those people that are running to and fro.

Here in 1833, the message is formalized by Miller. So, the message, if all of the reform lines parallel one another, someone ought to formalize the message for this history [Figure 24C, history of The Three Decrees].

Prophets and Kings, pages 556 - 557.

“Daniel’s prayer had been offered ‘in the first year of Darius’ (verse 1), the Median monarch whose general, Cyrus, had wrested from Babylonia the scepter of universal rule.”—

Cyrus had wrested the scepter from Babylon. When did he do that? When he came under the gates of the city and killed Belshazzar. He wrested the scepter, the scepter meaning the symbol of the authority of Babylon. He took it from Babylon and now it is time for the Medes and Persians to rule the world.

But, in the Scriptures, who is Cyrus? He is a type of Christ.

It says in the Scriptures that Cyrus is going to lay the foundation of the temple; but, we know in the Scriptures who lays the foundation of the temple: Jesus. So, Cyrus comes through the gates into Babylon, the gates that no man could open. Those gates happened to be opened for him. But, Jesus, He came into the door that no man could open, and shut the door that no man could shut. Cyrus is a type of Christ.

—“Daniel’s prayer had been offered ‘in the first year of Darius’ (verse 1), the Median monarch whose general, Cyrus, had wrested from Babylonia the scepter of universal rule. The reign of Darius was honored of God. To him was sent the angel Gabriel, ‘to confirm and to strengthen him.’ Daniel 11:1.”—

It is recorded the Angel Gabriel went to strengthen Darius.

—“Upon his death, within about two years of the fall of Babylon, Cyrus succeeded to the throne, and the beginning of his reign marked the completion of the seventy years since the first company of Hebrews had been taken by Nebuchadnezzar from their Judaean home to Babylon.”—

So, at the end of these 70 years right here [referring to the first waymark in the line of Figure No. 25C], Cyrus has become the king of the Medes and the Persians.

Do you see it? That is what Sister White says.

The next paragraph, notice:

—“The deliverance of Daniel from the den of lions had been used of God to create a favorable impression upon the mind of Cyrus the Great. The sterling qualities of the man of God as a statesman of farseeing ability led the Persian ruler to show him marked respect and to honor his judgment. And now, just at the time God had said He would cause His temple at Jerusalem to be rebuilt, He moved upon Cyrus as His agent to discern the prophecies concerning himself, with which Daniel was so familiar, and to grant the Jewish people their liberty.” Prophets and Kings, 556–557.

So, who is the one that formalizes the message here? Who is the one that God moved upon to discern the prophecies about himself? Cyrus.

Is that what we were told Miller did? He discerned prophecies that had ever been dark to God’s people; Sister White said that Miller did. They are both clarifying the message: Cyrus is going to be the one that passes the First Decree.

The First Decree

Worldwide

The First Decree is found in Ezra, Ezra, chapter 1, verses 1 and 2. It is in your notes.

1Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,”—

In the first year, “in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia”—and when is his first year? When the 70 years ended, Sister White just said.

—“that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 2Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me”—how many kingdoms of the world?—“all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” Ezra 1:1-2 (KJV).

So, I am marking the First Decree right here [Figure No. 25C, history of Cyrus and The Three Decrees, at the third waymark]. And the reason I am doing that is in this First Decree, it is the only one of the Three Decrees—the four decrees, actually; five decrees, if you look closely—it is the only one of the decrees where the king associates his kingdom with all the kingdoms of the Earth. He marks it as being worldwide. And I am going to put “W.W.” here for “worldwide.”

But, we know and what I am saying is that this waymark here, it is lining up with the waymark of the Millerite Reformatory Movement of August 11, 1840. And this waymark up here of the Millerite Reformatory Movement is when Christ comes down on August 11, 1840; and, one of the things that we know that He does is that He puts one foot upon the land and one foot upon the sea. And what does Ellen White tells us that represents?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: That it is worldwide.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That the message is going to be worldwide. So, we are going to put “W.W.” up there.

Laying the Cornerstone

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Now, we have read a quote—you may not have remembered it; we have read more than one—where Sister White says that the foundational truth of Adventism were the messages that came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. The foundational truths of Adventism, they came before October 22, 1844, and they are represented on this 1843 Chart. This Chart is the Foundation, represents the foundational truths of Adventism.

So, right here in this history of June 1842 [Figure No. 25D] is where you will see the Foundation; because, in each of these histories one of the waymarks is the Foundation. Okay? And that Chart is the Foundation, and we are going to see the Foundation of the temple laid.

Okay? Do you follow me, or am I getting it too busy for you.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Acknowledgement.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Now—it seems like I wanted to say one more thought about that, but it will come, perhaps.

Prophets and Kings, pages 563 – 564.

“The house that was about to be rebuilt had been the subject of many prophecies concerning the favor that God desired to show Zion, and all who were present at the laying of the cornerstone”—

Please mark this. When they come to lay the cornerstone right here, when they begin the foundation, first they are going to build the foundation.

Now, we are getting ready to start a school over here about seven miles from here, and we are getting electricity service in, and then we are going to put in a well—we need electricity in order to pump that water—then we are going to put the plumbing in, and then we are going to pour a cement foundation. You have to put the foundation down for that school before you begin to build the pillars.

The first thing they are going to do with the temple here is they are going to lay the foundation, and the first part of laying the foundation is laying the cornerstone—the Cornerstone. Okay?

—“. . . and all who were present at the laying of the cornerstone should have entered heartily into the spirit of the occasion. Yet mingled with the music and the shouts of praise that were heard on that glad day, was a discordant note. ‘Many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice.’ Verse 12.”—

Now, some of the men that were here living here, they had seen Solomon’s Temple. Okay? And, there is a story about Solomon’s Temple: When they were getting ready to build Solomon’s Temple, they cut out the cornerstone, and it was of a weird shape and of a weird design because it had to hold all these various weights and stresses upon it, and they cut all those stones for Solomon’s Temple first and then they went to the site where they were going to build and built it. They did not come in and measure a piece of wood and cut it and put it up. Everything was pre-measured.

So, they get all the work ready, all the stones cut, and they need to find the cornerstone to get the work underway. They start looking around and they cannot find a stone that will work; and, through the time period that they were developing this—and this is still Sister White’s testimony—this big ole cornerstone, no one liked it because it was not shaped right, it did not look right, and it had been left in the way when they were working, developing all of the preparation for the temple, they always had to walk around it. It was always in the way. It was a real irritating cornerstone, and they forgot it was a cornerstone.

And when they decided to lay the cornerstone—this is in Solomon’s Temple—they search around for a stone to start the work and they cannot find one. Then they looked upon that cornerstone, “Okay, let’s try this one,” and it worked perfectly.

The point being, with Solomon’s Temple there was a group that had a problem with the cornerstone. Now when they are coming out of Babylon and they are laying the cornerstone, there is a group that has a problem with the cornerstone.

And in the parable of the vineyard, Christ talks to the Jews about them not fulfilling their responsibility in His day and age, and He says the vineyard is going to be taken away from them and given to a people that will bring forth the fruits thereof. And, in that parable He mentions the cornerstone, the cornerstone that is you fall on and are broken, you will be saved; but, if you do not, it will crush you to powder.

See, the foundation stone, it is a point of controversy all the way down through history.

That is when Sister White says, this 1843 Chart is the foundation, and Adventism is fighting it, they are doing nothing more than the workers in Solomon’s time or the old men in Cyrus’s time, or the Jews in Christ’s day and age. They are fighting the message of the Foundation.

—“. . . ‘Many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice.’ Verse 12.

“It was natural that sadness should fill the hearts of these aged men, as they thought of the results of long-continued impenitence. Had they and their generation obeyed God, and carried out His purpose for Israel, the temple built by Solomon would not have been destroyed and the captivity would not have been necessary. But because of ingratitude and disloyalty they had been scattered among the heathen.

“Conditions were now changed. In tender mercy the Lord had again visited His people and allowed them to return to their own land. Sadness because of the mistakes of the past should have given way to feelings of great joy. God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus to aid them in rebuilding the temple, and this should have called forth expressions of profound gratitude. But some failed of discerning God’s opening providences. Instead of rejoicing, they cherished thoughts of discontent and discouragement. They had seen the glory of Solomon’s temple, and they lamented because of the inferiority of the building now to be erected.” Prophets and Kings, 563–564.

The Foundation Laid

In Ezra 3:6, it says,

6From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.” Ezra 3:6 (KJV).

And then in verse 10 of Ezra 3, it says,

10And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel”—

What I want you to see here, now, in the history of the First Decree that the foundation of the temple is built. Do you see that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And that lining up with the fact that Habakkuk’s Table [referring to the 1843 Chart] that has on it the truths that are the foundations of Adventism comes into history in May of 1842, which is the history of the First Angel’s Message. It is lining up perfectly.

But, but, please pay close attention: When did they begin the work to lay the foundation? When did they begin the work to lay the foundation?

We just read it: “the first day of the seventh month.”

What is the “first day of the seventh month”?

The Feast of Trumpets

Leviticus 23:24 says,

24Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.” Leviticus 23:24 (KJV).

Okay. Well, you see right here on August 11, 1840, when the First Angel’s Message is empowered, the Sixth Trumpet empowers the message.

And right down here at the First Decree, when they begin to lay the foundations, it is the Feast of Trumpets.

Do you see the parallel? No? Put that in your memory bank. It comes up again.

The Foundations

Testimonies, volume 8, pages 296 – 297:

“The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days. His sophistries are designed to lead minds away from the perils and duties of the hour. They estimate as of little value the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin, and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science. ‘Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.’ [Jeremiah 6:16.]

“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith,”—

Now, one thing to see there is that Sister White, right now, right here, is telling us that the Old Paths of Jeremiah are the foundational truths of Adventism. But, she goes on:

—“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith,—the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work, by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for more than fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way, that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid; but this is a great deception. ‘Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid.’ [1 Corinthians 3:11.] In the past, many have undertaken to build a new faith, to establish new principles; but how long did their building stand? It soon fell; for it was not founded upon the Rock.”—capital R.— Testimonies, volume 8, 296–297.

It was founded upon the Rock of Ages.

So, here the foundations of Adventism are established [see Figure No. 25D], paralleling the foundations of the temple in the time of Cyrus and the First Decree; but, Sister White is also saying that these become the Old Paths that become the point of contention for the end of Adventism.

1842, 1843, 1844

Review and Herald, April 14, 1903:

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in”—when?—“1842, 1843, and 1844.”—

The message of 1842, 1843, and 1844 is the foundation of our faith. Where do we find that message? Right here, on Habakkuk’s Table [referring to the 1843 Chart], and it came into history right here where the foundations always come into history.

—“I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages.”—

This [the 1843 Chart] is the Rock of Ages according to Ellen White, these truths. It is the Cornerstone, the Foundation Stone.

—“It has been guiding me ever since it was given.” Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

No New Timbers

Manuscript Releases, volume 1, page 55—

There is a brother in Canada that in the recent like weeks he is rejecting this message and being public about it and his logic is very convoluted. Of course, it would be. Any time you are going to reject the truth, your logic is going to be convoluted. But, he wants to be able to go in and say that some of these truths of the 1843 Chart are not valid, others were, in order that he does not have to recognize the 2520. Partially, I want to deal with that here, if it is possible.

Manuscript Releases, volume 1, page 55:

“The Word of the Lord has guided our steps since the passing of the time in 1844.”—‘since October 22, 1844, the Lord has been guiding our steps’— “We have searched the Scriptures; we have built solidly; and we have not had to tear up our foundations and put in new timbers.” Manuscript Releases, volume 1, 55.

She just said that after 1844 they did not have to go back and tear up any of the truth that was the foundational truths.

You do not have to tear out the 2520 because James White decided to do so many moons later.

God Never Contradicts Himself

Selected Messages, book 1, page 161:

When the power of God testifies as to what is truth, that truth is to stand forever as the truth. No after suppositions contrary to the light God has given are to be entertained. Men will arise with interpretations of Scripture which are to them truth, but which are not truth. The truth for this time God has given us as a foundation for our faith. He Himself has taught us what is truth. One will arise, and still another, with new light, which contradicts the light that God has given under the demonstration of His Holy Spirit. A few are still alive who passed through the experience gained in the establishment of this truth. God has graciously spared their lives to repeat, and repeat till the close of their lives, the experience through which they passed even as did John the apostle till the very close of his life. And the standard bearers who have fallen in death are to speak through the reprinting of their writings. I am instructed that thus their voices are to be heard. They are to bear their testimony as to what constitutes the truth for this time.

We are not to receive the words of those who come with a message that contradicts the special points of our faith. They gather together a mass of Scripture, and pile it as proof around their asserted theories. This has been done over and over again during the past fifty years. And while the Scriptures are God’s word, and are to be respected, the application of them, if such application moves one pillar from the foundation that God has sustained these fifty years, is a great mistake. He who makes such an application knows not the wonderful demonstration of the Holy Spirit that gave power and force to the past messages that have come to the people of God.

“Elder G’s proofs are not reliable. If received, they would destroy the faith of God’s people in the truth that has made us what we are.

“We must be decided on this subject;”—

In the email dialogue with this guy [in Canada], I was just telling him what I thought because I was decided. I let him know that right off the bat. I just said, “I will stand on the quote.” There is a quote where Sister White says we are to have no long discussions concerning truths which have already been made plain. So, I was decided on it.

And in his next email, of course, he criticized me for not being Christ-like. Christ-like, evidently (to him) means to grant someone the room to discuss foolish thinking theories that have no foundation in God’s Word. That is Christ-like.

But, what did Sister White say?

—“We must be decided on this subject, for the points that he is trying to prove by Scripture, are not sound. They do not prove that the past experience of God’s people was a fallacy. We had the truth; we were directed by the angels of God. It was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that the presentation of the sanctuary question was given. It is eloquence for everyone to keep silent in regard to the features of our faith in which they acted no part. God never contradicts Himself.”—NEVER—“Scripture proofs are misapplied if forced to testify to that which is not true. Another and still another will arise and bring in supposedly great light, and make their assertions. But we stand by the old landmarks. [1 John 1:1–10 quoted.]”—

What is a landmark? It is a waymark.

We stand by these truths [referring to Figure No. 25D], this history.

“I am instructed to say that these words we may use as appropriate for this time, for the time has come when sin must be called by its right name. We are hindered in our work by men who are not converted, who seek their own glory. They wish to be thought originators of new theories, which they present claiming that they are truth. But if these theories are received, they will lead to a denial of the truth that for the past fifty years God has been giving to His people, substantiating it by the demonstration of the Holy Spirit.” Selected Messages, book 1, 161.

That Were Made Certain to Us

Upward Look, page 352:

The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844,”—

Now, notice this. This is an argument.

They were made certain to her and them in 1844,

—“after the passing of the time.”—

Okay. When did they print the 1850 Chart? In 1850. That is why it is called the 1840 Chart, and she says the truths were made certain in 1844. And yet, we are to believe that in 1850 they were still uncertain about the 2520. But, they put it on the 1850 Chart.

—“The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are—Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus.

“Have not the hearts of Christ’s disciples burned within them as He has talked with us by the way and opened to us the Scriptures? Has not the Lord Jesus opened to us the Scriptures, and presented to us things kept secret from the foundation of the world?” Upward Look, 352.

Now, you may not remember it, but we read a quote earlier that this experience she is talking about took place from 1844 to 1846. Everything was in place by 1846. She says not a word is to be denied.

So, okay. We did not necessarily have to spend a great deal of time on the significance of these foundational truths, but we did. What we are saying is, at the beginning of the 2300 years, at the First Decree corresponding with the First Angel’s Message in the History of the Millerite Reformatory Movement, the foundation is laid, the foundation is laid.

Who is responsible for laying the foundation of the temple?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Jesus.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Jesus, yes; but, who in history?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Cyrus.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Cyrus, okay.

Message Empowered

But the message here is going to be empowered, and when the message is going to be empowered you are going to see a Divine Symbol come down.

Prophets and Kings, page 271:

“While Satan was striving to influence the highest powers in the kingdom of Medo-Persia to show disfavor to God’s people, angels worked in behalf of the exiles. The controversy was one in which all heaven was interested. Through the prophet Daniel we are given a glimpse of this mighty struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil.”—

This is The Great Controversy.

“For three weeks”—this is Daniel, chapter 10—“For three weeks Gabriel wrestled with the powers of darkness, seeking to counteract the influences at work on the mind of Cyrus;”—

He (Satan) is seeking to stop Cyrus from moving forward in this work [referring to the history of The Three Decrees], and Gabriel is there struggling with Satan.

—“and before the contest closed, Christ Himself came to Gabriel’s aid. ‘The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days,’ Gabriel declares; ‘but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.’ Daniel 10:13. All that heaven could do in behalf of the people of God was done. The victory was finally gained; the forces of the enemy were held in check all the days of Cyrus, and all the days of his son Cambyses, who reigned about seven and a half years.” Prophets and Kings, 571.

So, Christ comes down right here and empowers the work, just as He came down right here [at August 11, 1840]. Here is Revelation 10 [in the History of the Millerite Movement], and here is Michael [in the history of the First Decree]. The message is empowered when Christ descends.

Action of the Enemies: Ezra 4:1-24

Here, the Protestant Churches are going to close their doors. This is an activity of the enemies; and, we are going to put ENEMIES right here because the Protestant Churches represent the activities of the enemy in this history of the Millerite Movement.

And now we are going to see the activities of the enemy in this history of The Three Decrees.

Prophets and Kings, page 572—

“During the reign of Cambyses the work on the temple progressed slowly. And during the reign of the false Smerdis (called Artaxerxes in Ezra 4:7)”—the king that followed him—“the Samaritans induced the unscrupulous impostor to issue a decree forbidding the Jews to rebuild their temple and city.” Prophets and Kings, 572.

So, right here there is actually a false decree, but it is not one of the decrees to accomplish the restoration of building Jerusalem; it is a decree to stop it. And the work stopped, and ultimately the Jews go to the new king and say, “You know, Cyrus gave us permission to rebuild Jerusalem, but you have stopped us.”

The Second Decree

So, in response to the stoppage, the Jews come to Darius, the new king, saying, “Can we work?”

And he does a search in the records and he finds out, sure enough, Cyrus had passed a decree for them to build Jerusalem, so he passes the Second Decree right here, corresponding to the arrival of the Second Angel’s Message.

“A score or more of years passed by, when a second decree, quite as favorable as the first, was issued by Darius Hystaspes, the monarch then ruling. Thus did God in mercy provide another opportunity for the Jews in the Medo-Persian realm to return to the land of their fathers. The Lord foresaw the troublous times that were to follow during the reign of Xerxes,”—

Xerxes the Great, the next king. The Lord in the time period of Darius, the Second Decree, He saw trouble coming in the next king, Xerxes the Great.

Now, I am saying Xerxes the Great. That is what history calls him. Sister White just says “Xerxes.” I am going to make a point.

And Sister White is going to tell us who this is, this Xerxes the Great.

—“—the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther,”—

Who is he? He is Esther’s husband, right? This is the story of Esther.

The Lord saw in the time of Darius that the history of Esther is going to take place in the near future with the next king. And Sister White repeatedly says that Esther is an illustration of the Sunday Law crisis at the end of the world, with Haman and Haman’s ten sons—ten kings—the Death Decree.

Well, anyway, we are not going there.

But, in the Second Decree the Lord foresees a big problem with Ahasuerus of the Book of Esther,

—and He not only wrought a change of feeling in the hearts of men in authority, but also inspired Zechariah to plead with the exiles to return.

“‘Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north,’ was the message given the scattered tribes of Israel who had become settled in many lands far from their former home. Zechariah 2:6–9 quoted.” Prophets and Kings, 598–599.

Out of Babylon

So, what I want you to see here is, in the history of the Second Decree, Zachariah called the children of Israel out of Babylon. And what is the Second Angel’s Message? Come out of Babylon.

And what empowered the Second Angel’s Message?

Because, remember, the Second Angel’s Message, it arrived in June of 1842; it is proclaimed in this history of the Millerite Reformatory Movement, but what empowers it right here at August 11-17, 1844? The Midnight Cry.

Now, here we have a Second Decree with the call out of Babylon. I wonder what the Midnight Cry is.

Okay. I want to put another thought in here before we deal with that.

Temple Finished in the Sixth Year of Darius: Ezra 6:15

Prophets and Kings, page 596:

“The promise, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it,’ was literally fulfilled. Verse 9.”—

Who is Zerubbabel? Zerubbabel is the governor who comes out under the decree of Cyrus, and he actually lays the foundation with his own hands, the foundation stone, in this history of The Three Decrees, when they were building the temple. But, he is going to put the final stone on the temple, too. He is going to begin the work and he is going to finish the work, Zerubbabel. He is the governor of the Jews.

“The promise, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it,’ was literally fulfilled. Verse 9. ‘The elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.”—

Now, I used to think—I was careless—that this Artaxerxes king of Persia, that it was Xerxes the Great; and, it bugs me because I know that I have taught this more than once on DVDs. I am making a correction here! I was wrong, dead wrong!

Artaxerxes is going to pass the Third Decree right here; but, he is not Xerxes the Great. Xerxes the Great is the one who is married to Esther, and he is in this history [before the Third Decree is given].

So, I have corrected that public error.

—“And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar [the twelfth month], which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.’ Ezra 6:14, 15.” Prophets and Kings, 596.

Now, here is what I want you to see. The temple is finished in the history of the Second Decree. Okay? It is finished before the Third Decree. This means something to Adventism, because from 1798 to 1844, the Lord is going to raise up a temple, the temple of the Millerites. He is going to raise them up in this 46-year period; because, the number 46 is associated with the temple.

But, the Millerites, from 1798 to 1844, when you come to October 21, 1844, the temple that is going to move into the Most Holy Place with Jesus Christ, they are already finished. They have been prepared by the experience of the First Disappointment, the Tarrying Time, and the Midnight Cry. He has prepared the temple, and the majority are going to end up at that point praying to Satan; and, the temple is going to move into the Most Holy Place with Christ.

So, in this history of The Three Decrees, the temple is completed before the Third Decree, just like the temple was completed before October 22, 1844.

Do you see that? You need to see that.

The Midnight Cry

Let me ask you a question. How many of you know the story of Esther?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (A show of hands.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. Everyone knows the story of Esther, even if it has been a long time since we have looked at it.

When Mordecai and Esther find out that Haman had led the king to pass a decree to kill God’s people, what happened to Esther and Mordecai? The first disappointment.

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Were they disappointed when they realized they were going to be executed?

But, ultimately, through the process of Esther’s going in before the king, the king is going to pass a second decree—he cannot change his previous decree because he is a Mede and a Persian—and allows the Jews to defend themselves.

Okay. Now, Prophets and Kings, page 602:

“The events that followed in rapid succession,—the appearance of Esther before the king, the marked favor shown her, the banquets of the king and queen with Haman as the only guest, the troubled sleep of the king, the public honor shown Mordecai, and the humiliation and fall of Haman upon the discovery of his wicked plot,—all these are parts of a familiar story. God wrought marvelously for His penitent people; and a counter decree issued by the king, allowing them to fight for their lives, was rapidly communicated to every part of the realm”—

Did the Midnight Cry spread across the United States in two months? Rapidly, as Sister White says, like a tidal wave.

—“by mounted couriers, who were ‘hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment.’ ‘And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews;”—

Many of the people of the land became Jews!

There were many people responding to the Midnight Cry.

—“for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.’ Esther 8:14, 17.

“On the day appointed for their destruction, ‘the Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.’ Angels that excel in strength had been commissioned by God to protect His people while they ‘stood for their lives.’ Esther 9:2, 16.” Prophets and Kings, 602.

The story of Esther is the Midnight Cry.

Do you see it? If you do not see it, it is probably because you have not been working with the prophetic language long enough to recognize this. This is an easy one to recognize.

The Third Decree

Prophets and Kings, page 607:

“About seventy years after the return of the first company of exiles under Zerubbabel and Joshua, Artaxerxes Longimanus came to the throne of Medo-Persia. The name of this king is connected with sacred history by a series of remarkable providences. It was during his reign that Ezra and Nehemiah lived and labored. He is the one who in 457 B.C. issued the third and final decree for the restoration of Jerusalem. His reign saw the return of a company of Jews under Ezra, the completion of the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah and his associates, the reorganization of the temple services, and the great religious reformations instituted by Ezra and Nehemiah. During his long rule he often showed favor to God’s people, and in his trusted and well-beloved Jewish friends, Ezra and Nehemiah, he recognized men of God’s appointment, raised up for a special work.” Prophets and Kings, 607.

The Perfection Required by the Prophecy

The Great Controversy, page 326, it says,

“In the seventh chapter of Ezra the decree is found. Verses 12–26. In its completest form it was issued by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, 457 B.C. But in Ezra 6:14 the house of the Lord at Jerusalem is said to have been built ‘according to the commandment [“decree,” margin] of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.’ These three kings, in originating, reaffirming, and completing the decree, brought it to the perfection required by the prophecy to mark the beginning of the 2300 years. Taking 457 B.C., the time when the decree was completed, as the date of the commandment, every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled.” The Great Controversy, 326.

Sister White is emphasizing that it takes three decrees to fulfill the prophetic pattern; because, the prophetic pattern is a 3:1 combination, with the fourth down here. In the Millerite History the Fourth Angel’s Message is down here [marking the board beyond on each time line to reflect the arrival of the fourth of the 3:1 combination, and the Fourth Angel’s Message, respectively]. And if you did not have those Three Decrees, the pattern would not be there.

And Sister White, even if she did not understand the implications of what she just said, she was led to pronounce that these Three Decrees, they just did not happen in history; it was required for them to happen as Three Decrees in order to perfect the prophecy.

Judgment

25And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. 26And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.” Ezra 7:25-26 (KJV).

In verses 25-26 of Ezra 7, in the Third Decree you read that one of the things that happens to the Jews in the Third Decree is that they are allowed to judge both religious and civil criminals to the point of death. Judgment is given; they are given authority to judge at this point in this decree; and, of course, judgment is a characteristic of the third waymark in these histories.

In the Millerite History judgment begins on October 22, 1844.

Selected Messages, book 1, page 125:

“In 1844 our great High Priest entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, to begin the work of the investigative judgment. The cases of the righteous dead have been passing in review before God. When that work shall be completed, judgment is to be pronounced upon the living.” Selected Messages, book 1, 125.

Here Sister White is telling us that Judgment began in 1844. This judgment has been typified by the judgment being returned to the Jews in the Third Decree; but, she is also telling us that Judgment is progressive. It begins with the dead and moves to the living at some point in time.

Ezra’s Arrival

Ezra brings back the Third Decree. Sister White says, in Prophets and Kings, page 618,

“Ezra’s arrival in Jerusalem was opportune. There was great need of the influence of his presence. His coming brought courage and hope to the hearts of many who had long labored under difficulties. Since the return of the first company of exiles under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua, over seventy years before, much had been accomplished. The temple had been finished, and the walls of the city had been partially repaired. Yet much remained undone.” Prophets and Kings, 618.

Who is going to finish it off? Nehemiah, later on.

Fast: Ezra 8:21-23

21Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. 22For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. 23So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.” Ezra 8:21-23 (KJV).

When Ezra comes, he brings the Third Decree: he proclaims a fast.

On October 22, 1844, the antitypical Day of Atonement begins and God’s people are to fast.

Separation: Ezra 8:24-32

He separates. He makes a separation of people in Ezra 8:24-32.

24Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them, 25And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counselors, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered: 26I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents; 27Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold. 28And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the Lord God of your fathers. 29Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the child of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the Lord. 30So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.

31Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. 32And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.” Ezra 8:24-32 (KJV).

And on October 22, 1844, the wise and foolish virgins of the Millerite Movement were separated.

A Covenant: Ezra 9:8 – 10:17

And he enters into a covenant with God in chapter 9, verse 8, all through chapter 10, verse 17.

Ezra 9:8And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. 9For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. 10And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken thy commandments, 11Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. 12Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. 13And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; 14Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant or escaping? 115O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

Ezra 10:1Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. 2And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. 3Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 4Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. 5Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware. 6Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away. 7And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem; 8And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of all the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.

9Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month, and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain. 10And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 11Now therefore make confession unto the Lord God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. 12Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou has said, so must we do. 13But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing. 14Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us. 15Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. 16And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter. 17And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.” Ezra 9:8 – 10:17 (KJV).

And the Lord entered into covenant with the Millerites at this time.

So, you are seeing a fast, a separation, and a covenant here at this Third Decree, paralleling the fast, the separation, and the covenant on October 22, 1844.

Disappointment

But, what happened when Ezra got back?

Prophets and Kings, page 612:

“Ezra had expected that a large number would return to Jerusalem, but the number who responded to the call was disappointingly small.” Prophets and Kings, 612.

Review and Herald, February 13, 1908:

“The number who responded to the call to leave Babylon, was disappointingly small. Ezra had expected that a large number would return.” Review and Herald, February 13, 1908.

There is always a disappointment after the third waymark.

October 23, 1844

Was there a disappointment for the Millerites on October 23, 1844?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes.

Testimonies, volume 1, pages 57 – 58:

“We found everywhere the scoffers whom Peter said should come in the last days, walking after their own lusts, and saying: ‘Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’ But those who had looked for the coming of the Lord were not without comfort. They had obtained valuable knowledge in the searching of the word. The plan of salvation was plainer to their understanding. Every day they discovered new beauties in the sacred pages, and a wonderful harmony running through all, one scripture explaining another, and no word used in vain.”—

Okay. The third waymark is Judgment, and it is always followed by a disappointment.

The third waymark in the history of Christ was the cross. Was there a disappointment after the cross?

—“Our disappointment was not so great as that of the disciples. When the Son of man rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, they expected Him to be crowned king. The people flocked from all the region about, and cried: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David.’ And when the priests and elders besought Jesus to still the multitude, He declared that if they should hold their peace even the stones would cry out, for prophecy must be fulfilled. Yet in a few days these very disciples saw their beloved Master, whom they believed would reign on David’s throne, stretched upon the cruel cross above the mocking, taunting Pharisees. Their high hopes were disappointed, and the darkness of death closed about them.

“Yet Christ was true to His promises. Sweet was the consolation He gave His people, rich the reward of the true and faithful.

“Mr. Miller and those who were in union with him supposed that the cleansing of the sanctuary spoken of in Daniel 8:14 meant the purifying of the earth by fire prior to its becoming the abode of the saints. This was to take place at the advent of Christ; therefore we looked for that event at the end of the 2300 days, or years. But after our disappointment the Scriptures were carefully searched with prayer and earnest thought, and after a period of suspense, light poured in upon our darkness; doubt and uncertainty were swept away.

“Instead of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 referring to the purifying of the earth, it was now plain that it pointed to the closing work of our High Priest in heaven, the finishing of the atonement, and the preparing of the people to abide the day of His coming.” Testimonies, volume 1, 57–58.

Well, in that history the disappointment of the disciples is the history that Sister White refers to, to describe the disappointment of the Millerites.

Of course, the cross happened at the perfect time to fulfill the history of Moses, right? The cross took place on Passover, and the first Passover, the first Passover, took place in Egypt, did it not?

What is associated with the Passover in Egypt?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The death of the firstborn.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The death of the firstborn? Yes; but, what happened with the death of the firstborn? The Midnight Cry.

The Midnight Cry leads to the Passover, and then the Jews find themselves with Pharaoh’s army behind and the Red Sea in front of them; and, Sister White says they were greatly disappointed and she uses that history to describe the disappointment of the Millerites on October 23, 1844.

Was there a judgment at the Passover in Egypt? Judgment on the firstborn.

Judgment is followed by disappointment in these lines of history, and Ezra was disappointed on how few people came out of Babylon.

We will do a couple of more things and then we will break this off, and we will reinitiate our study here tomorrow. In fact, this is probably a good place to break it off; because, tomorrow we will take up the number 7, which is in this history [following the third waymark in both the History of the Millerite Movement and the history of The Three Decrees], and I will try to do less sermonizing and I will get through this, the Lord willing, and also the other notes. We are going to bring in another line into this.

Now, I wanted to be done with this. I am not done with this, because I had a concluding thought. I am going to do a concluding thought that I have been wanting to make, but it is going to be an incomplete “concluding thought.”

The people in Adventism that do not want to receive this message, what is this Message? This is the Latter Rain Message. This is the Message of bringing line upon line, from here a little and there a little to illustrate the Latter Rain at the end of the world; yet, they would not hear.

Those people that do not want to hear, one of their accusations is, is that they do not see Christ in this, they do not see Christ in this. So, I want to let you know what I see. Okay?

Summary

In 1798—we have already put it in the record—what I see is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that is unsealing the Book of Daniel. We put it in the record. This [waymark of 1798] is an activity of Christ. Okay?

The next is the formalization of the message; and, of course, Sister White says angels of God repeatedly visited William Miller—she says, the “chosen one.” In fact, she says that His angel went to William Miller, and “His angel” in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy is Gabriel. So, Gabriel is communicating with William Miller. So, when you are talking about the formalization of the message with Miller, do you see Christ in it?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, you do; because Cyrus is a type of Christ! You see Christ in the unsealing [of 1798], you see Christ in the formalization of the message [of 1833].

What about the empowerment of the message? Who is the Mighty Angel that comes down out of Heaven with the Little Book of Daniel in His hand? It is Jesus Christ!

Who is this angel [referring to the waymark of the First Decree]? Michael the Archangel.

Who is Michael the Archangel? Jesus Christ!

The Foundation, who is the Foundation that “other foundation can no man lay” except the Rock of Ages? Jesus Christ!

The Foundation, well, that is Christ here [in the history of the first waymark of the First Decree]; and, Sister White says the truth on this 1843 Chart is the Rock of Ages.

Okay. The door is closing here [with the first waymark in both histories] through the actions of the Protestants. It was not God’s plan [that they reject the First Angel’s Message], but He brought them to the test.

And the First Disappointment [with the second waymark in both histories], what is that? That is: Who is tarrying? Christ is tarrying!

In the First Disappointment Christ is tarrying. Why is He tarrying? Because, He is going to put His people into an experience that prepares them to move into the Most Holy Place with Him by faith.

So, when you look at these prophetic lines, if you want to hold on to your Laodicean blindness and say, “I don’t see Christ in these lines,” you can do so, but only at your eternal peril. This is all about Christ!

And, it is about Christ illustrating the end from the beginning. Unfortunately, we did not finish it off. I wish we would have, but I am moving kind of slow. But, note this, Brothers and Sisters, when we finish this off, we will show you that the sequence of events in the Three Decrees parallels perfectly the sequence of events in the Millerite History.

Okay, in the beginning you have captivity in literal Babylon, prefiguring captivity in spiritual Babylon; Three Decrees prefiguring three Messages. But, how many years separate those two histories? 23 centuries—2300 years.

Now, you think about it. Jesus, Jesus, in this history [of the Three Decrees] accomplishes a sequence of events with people from the culture from the Middle East, a totally different culture. He moves through this history here accomplishing the same waymarks identically in a different culture, and all this history has is part of the Old Testament. This is in the Eastern World.

2300 years later in the Western World, not in the culture of the Middle East, in the culture of the Americas that are studying these things; not in the religion in the developing of the Old Testament but the religion of the Old and New Testament: different religions, different cultures, different sides of the world. 2300 years later He repeats the identical sequence of events. That tells me something about Jesus being faithful. He will always act with men the same way.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: That tells me something profound about Christ, that He has the ability to identify the end from the beginning!

So, those people in Adventism that do not want to see or recognize Jesus Christ in this prophetic message, they need to very rapidly come to the foot of the cross and shake off that Laodicean blindness, because there are truths here that are so deep and profound about Jesus Christ that we will not understand them for millenniums of study into the history, if we are faithful and end up in the Earth made new.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are faithful and that we can have confidence that your dealings with men are ever the same, and that if we will respond to you in the formula that you provide us that you are fully willing and totally capable to finish the work that you begin in each of us. We want that work to be finished. We want to live with you for eternity. We want to understand this message in a way that we can share it in a winning fashion to those that are willing to see; but, we want to be decided about what we understand about this message. We thank you that you are leading us through this study. We ask for your continued blessings as we take it up tomorrow. In Jesus’s name, amen.