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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #10 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/17/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for waking us up after a night’s rest. And as we take up our study this morning, we once again ask that you would prepare our vessels for an outpouring of the Latter Rain as you open up our understanding to your Word. We know that in order to understand your Word that we need the presence of your Holy Spirit. We ask that you would grant us that. We ask that you would take control of the presentation, the part of it that I am doing, that you overrule my humanity and that you would touch my lips with the coal from off the altar, that the message and the words may be easily understood. I pray that the power that you intend to convey to your people at this time will prepare the hearts and minds of those that are watching these things, listening to these things in any of the different formats that they are being prepared. And we thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We have been recommending an interview that on the www.theseventhunders.net ; but, some of us that have gone there to try to look at this interview, it has not been possible. So, yesterday Jason took the interview and he put it on our website, www.futureforamerica.org . So, we are trusting that if you go there you can watch this interview much easier.

We are dealing with Habakkuk’s Tables. We are going to be dealing with Habakkuk’s Tables for a couple of months’ of morning worships, and we are breaking them up into sections. The first week, the section of this study was demonstrating that Ellen White places her endorsement on the doctrines on this 1843 Chart that are the focus of the controversy in Adventism today.

This week we have been looking at the fact that every Reform Movement parallels other Reform Movements. We are doing this for the purpose of once we understand and see that these Reform Movements possess the identical waymarks, then we are going to show that these two Charts [the 1843 Chart and the 1850 Chart] are part of the waymarks of Millerite History and that they have been prefigured in other of these histories; and, it is from this prophetic historical reference to this 1843 Chart that much of the seriousness of what these Charts represent is established.

I personally, I do not mind going slowly, but I do like to get through the notes that I have prepared; and, because of yesterday because I was probably talking too much, we did not get through as far as I wanted. So, I am going to remind us where we are and go right back into where we left off yesterday.

This is the Millerite History.

TIME PERIOD OF MILLERITE REFORMATORY MOVEMENT

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

1798 1833 1840 1842 1844 1844 1844 1846 1850 1863 9/11

Spiritual WW 5/1842

Babylon

43 50

(1260 yrs)

knowledge 1st Table 2nd Table

Increased

Darkness ENEMY Activity 7

…….

1AM 1AM 1AM 2AM First 2AM 3AM SABBATH SDA 4AM

Arrived Formalized Empowered Arrived Disappointment Empowered Arrived Adopted CHURCH

by Miller Organized

Foundations Laid

TIME PERIOD OF CYRUS

Time of First Midnight Cry Judgment

End Cyrus Disappointment Esther 457BC 50

WW Decree

Literal Call given

Babylon (Daniel) to come out

(70 yrs) knowledge of Babylon

increased

Darkness ENEMY Activity 7

…….

1st Decree 2nd Decree 3rd Decree 4th Decree

1 2 3 4

Figure No. 26A.

1798 is the time of the end and the First Angel’s Message arrives.

1833, Miller formalizes the message.

These historical events are waymarks. They come in a specific order, and these waymarks according to Inspiration are going to come under attack and they are to be defended by God’s people, and in order to defend them we need to know what they are.

Before the Lion of the Tribe of Judah unseals the Book of Daniel in 1798, there is a period of Darkness. You will see in these reform lines there is always a darkness typified that leads to the Time of the End when there is a prophetic truth unsealed. And the prophetic truth that is unsealed in Daniel 12 is called an “increase in knowledge,” and that increase in knowledge in each of these histories is going to test that particular generation. And the increase of knowledge that is unsealed in each of these different generations is a different knowledge.

Here in the time period of, I’m calling it “Cyrus,” the Three Decrees, the knowledge that is unsealed at the Time of the End in this history is the knowledge that it is time to come out of Babylon and rebuild Jerusalem. And the Jews that were in Babylon that refused to come out of Babylon and participate in the work of rebuilding Jerusalem, they were lost. That was the increase of knowledge; that was the prophetic testing message for this generation.

But, the tested generation for the Millerite generation is that Judgment was going to begin, that Christ’s ministration was going to change from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place. And if you do not follow Him in this generation from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place, you are going to be left in darkness; you are going to be left praying to Satan.

So, the first waymark we are marking on these reform lines is the Time of the End that has been preceded by Darkness, and then the message is formalized, and then the message is empowered. And when the message is empowered, we see a Divine symbol descend to mark the empowerment, but not simply the empowerment; this is when the testing process begins. This is when you have to eat the Little Book. And the Little Book is Christ.

As you go through these waymarks, you see Christ, Christ, Christ, Christ, Christ; yet, in Adventism, the people who do not want to see this message make the complaint that Christ is not in this message.

There is no doubt that Sister White says the Angel of Revelation 10 is no less than the personage of Jesus Christ; but, He has in His hand a Little Book which Sister White says is the Book of Daniel. But, in Revelation 10, verses 8 through 10, John representing the Millerites, is told to go take the Little Book and eat it and that it would be sweet in his mouth and bitter in his stomach.

And we looked at Ezekiel and Jeremiah, and when a prophet eats the Little Book, he is given a testing message. The testing begins here, the testing process; but, we know that this Little Book is Christ because in the history of Christ He illustrates this very testing process when He looks at the people and He says, “Except that you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will in no wise inherit eternal life.” And at that point He lost more disciples—and I am underlining the word disciples—He lost more disciples with that test than any other point in His ministry.

Why did He lose them? Because, He said, “You must eat my flesh and drink my blood.”

And what was the history that He was using to illustrate this test? The history of the manna, when the Jews were to eat the bread of Heaven; and, He said, “I am the true bread of Heaven that comes down [references the Divine symbol that descends on August 11, 1840]. It is the Angel [the message] representing Christ that comes down here, and it is the Book of Daniel that we are required to eat; but, that book is the Heavenly Manna; it is the Living Bread that comes down out of Heaven. And to refuse to eat it leads you to the mark of the beast. You can see that in John 6:66.

But in any case, in this history here, the message of the First Decree is empowered when Michael the Archangel comes down and the struggle between Satan and Cyrus. And if you think that I am just applying my own understanding, go and read the story in the Spirit of Prophecy about the struggle for Cyrus that was going on in Daniel, chapter 10; and, read chapter 10 and you will see that Gabriel was struggling with the prince of Persia and the king of Persia. And Sister White identifies the king of persia as Cyrus; but, she identifies the prince of Persia as Satan because this Hebrew word that is translated prince is SAR, and it means a military leader.

So, the prince of Persia in this power struggle here is Satan, according to Sister White; and the word prince means military leader. And who comes down to straighten out Satan? “Michael, your Prince,” the military leader of God’s forces. This is the Great Controversy here; but, here is where the First Decree is empowered when the Divine symbol comes down and the testing process begins. Now the Jews, they know that they can come out of Babylon or they can stay in Babylon.

Okay, it is in the history of the First Decree where the foundation is laid; it is in the history of the First Angel’s Message where the Foundation of the truths of Adventism is laid. “Other foundations can no man lay than Christ Jesus.” Both of these foundations represent Christ.

This test, this message, and then we see an activity of the enemies here. The Protestants close their doors, and a decree by false Smerdis stops the work of rebuilding the temple. And through the process of the Jews working through this decree to stop, there is a new king on the scene. His name is Darius. They go to him. They say, “We can’t work. We’ve been stopped, but Cyrus said we could”; and, it produces the Second Decree that is associated with the second waymark—the activity of the enemies against the work of that particular period.

Then we noted that in the Millerite History we have the Tarrying Time, the First Disappointment which is directly connected with the parable of The Ten Virgins in this 1843 Chart and in Habakkuk 2, and other passages of Scripture.

And then we notice that in the history of the Three Decrees we have a disappointment when Mordecai and Esther find out that they are subject to Haman’s death Decree. In response Xerxes the Great, Esther’s husband, passes a secondary decree after he understands what is going on, and this provides the opportunity for the Jews to defend themselves; and, this decree sweeps across the whole province, the same way that the Midnight Cry swept across the United States.

And this decree of Esther, if you are thinking that maybe I am stretching the disappointment and the Second Decree being the Midnight Cry, remember that this is all about the death decree. And when you get to the reform line of Moses, you have a death decree, the death decree of the firstborn, which is the judgment; because, October 22, 1844, Judgment begins. And the Third Decree judgment is restored to the Jews, and Passover was the judgment; but, Passover produces the Midnight Cry and the Midnight Cry is produced by a death decree and you have a death decree right here in Esther. And the Midnight Cry and the death decree, these are this right here. These are parallel waymarks established upon the testimony of more than two or three.

And then when we did the Millerite History, I left off the disappointment because I was going to tie it in when we got to the History of Cyrus (the history of the Three Decrees), and we went to Ezra’s disappointment on how few people came out of Babylon on the Third Decree. This is where we were leaving off yesterday. And this disappointment parallels the disappointment of the Millerites on October 23, 1844.

In this history here of Cyrus, the next waymark you see is the number 7. And this is represented in the Millerite History because, as we have already read, from 1844 to 1846, the Pillars are being identified and one of those Pillars is the Sabbath, the number 7.

And on this Chart, the 1850 Chart, after the Pillars have been established—and you need to mark the distinction between the Foundation and the Pillars if you are going to wrap your mind around this history—in this lower left corner are the Pillars.

All the truths on this Chart, the 1843 Chart, are on this Chart, the 1850 Charts; but, over here you have the Pillars, the truths that were understood from 1844 to 1846. And in 1846 James and Ellen White began to keep the Sabbath. So, the number 7 here is paralleling that at the Third Decree the first of the time prophecies that are in the 2300 years begins, because there is a time prophecy that begins in 457BC that says that it will take seven weeks to finish the streets and walls even in troublous times, which is 49 years. Of course, this takes place down here with Nehemiah. Forty-nine years, of course, leads you into the 50th year. In the 50th year the streets and the walls, they are marked as being finished.

And this 50 here, from this 49-year prophecy, corresponds to 1850 and the 1850 Chart.

This 50 corresponds to many things; It corresponds to the Jubilee; It corresponds to Pentecost. And the number 50 has to do with the covenant.

But, back to your notes.

Seven Weeks

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

So, from Daniel 9:25 we have the Seven Weeks prophecy marked here. This is a waymark. This number 7 is marked here because it is a waymark.

Remember, these waymarks come in a specific order and, “No man has the right to change the order of these waymarks than he would have to change the Old Testament with the New,” Sister White says.

In Revelation 14:6-7—and this is a hard one for some Seventh-day Adventists because whatever, probably for a lot of reasons—but, in Revelation 14:6-7, it says,

6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come, and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7 (KJV).

That is the First Angel’s Message, and no doubt all three of the Angels’ Messages are fulfilled in the Millerite History.

Here we see the First Angel’s Message in 1840 being empowered; it had arrived in 1798, but it is empowered in 1840.

The Second Angel’s Message arrives in June of 1842. It is empowered at the Midnight Cry in the summer of 1844.

And, the Third Angel’s Message arrives on October 22, 1844.

These three Messages are paralleled by the First Decree of Cyrus, the Second Decree of Darius, and the Third Decree of Artaxerxes.

These Three Decrees initiate the 2300-year prophecy, which concludes at the Third Angel’s Message. You cannot separate these histories because Jesus is illustrating the end from the beginning.

But, some Seventh-day Adventists do not understand that even though the Three Angels’ Messages are marked in this history, that this history of the Millerites is actually the history of the First Angel’s Message.

And the First Angel’s Message is “Fear God”; the Second Angel’s Message in the Midnight Cry is “Give Him glory”; and, the Third Angel’s Message is “The hour of His Judgment is come.”

And, the fourth waymark in the Angels’ Messages is “Worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” That is referencing the Creator God, the God that is represented by the Seventh-day Sabbath.

So, in the First Angel’s Message, you have the Millerite History encoded in there.

So, in your notes, just so you can see this—we have read this before, but we are going to take another thought out of it.

No Third Without a First and Second

This is Selected Messages, book 2, pages 104 – 105.

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second.”—

There cannot be a third what? There cannot be a Third Angel’s Message without a what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Without a First and a Second Angel’s Message.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Without a First and a Second Angel’s Message.

So, if you have a Third Angel’s Message, it tells you that it is preceded by a First and Second.

And what else does this passage tell you? Could it be the Second Angel’s Message followed by the First Angel’s Message, followed by the Third? No, they have a specific order. It has got to be First, Second, and Third. And if you have a Third Angel’s Message, there has to be two preceding it.

—“These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.” Selected Messages, book 2, 104–105.

The Perfect Fulfillment

Now, notice the next quote, The Great Controversy, page 389:

“The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord, Satan will work ‘with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness;’ and they that ‘received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,’ will be left to receive ‘strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11.”—

Go here, Brothers and Sisters, and look at this interview [ www.futureforamerica.org ].

Spiritual Formations is one of the primary ways that Satan is delivering the strong delusion to Seventh-day Adventists right now.

——“Not until this condition shall be reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete.”—

Now, we do not think about this very much, but the fall of Babylon is a progressive fall. Notice the next line.

—“The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future.” The Great Controversy, 389.

What is Revelation 14:8? It is the Second Angel’s Message.

  1. Fear God
  2. Give glory to him
  3. The hour of his judgment is come
  4. Worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountain of waters

We just said the Second Angel’s Message arrived here in June 1842 and was empowered here on August 11, 1844; but, that was the imperfect fulfillment of the Second Angel’s Message, because the perfect fulfillment of the Second Angel’s Message is at the end of the world.

So, if this is the imperfect fulfillment of the Second Angel’s Message [from June 1842 to August 11, 1833] in the Millerite History, what is the First Angel’s Message in the Millerite History? It is the imperfect fulfillment.

What is the Third Angel’s Message in the Millerite History? It is the imperfect fulfillment of the Third Angel’s Message.

Now, that will probably cause some people to stumble that I am using the word imperfect, but it is the word that Sister White uses. I am not being derogatory about these.

What am I saying? I am saying that the Millerite History is the history of the First Angel’s Message and, even in the First Angel’s Message you see all the waymarks of the Three Angels’ Messages, including their understanding of the Sabbath. But, their history was doing nothing more than prefiguring, typifying the perfect fulfillment of the Three Angels’ Messages in our history, and you have to see that.

If this Second Angel’s Message was the imperfect fulfillment, there cannot be a Third without a First and a Second; and, if the Second was imperfect, then the First and the Third have to be imperfect. They were typifying.

Okay, now, the fall of Babylon takes place here when the Protestant Churches reject the First Angel’s Message; but, what is the fall of Babylon? It is progressive, it is progressive.

And in 1844 the 2300-years prophecy, the 2520-day prophecy that began with Manasseh—when?—in 677BC comes to a conclusion in the story of Manasseh is a story of a progressive fall. Manasseh is carried to Babylon. He repents and he comes back, but he has begun the fall.

And Sister White says Manasseh was an earnest of what was to come, and the word earnest means a down payment. It was not until roughly 70 years later that the Jews are going to be carried to Babylon.

It is a progressive fall at the beginning of this 2520, a progressive fall of Israel, a progressive fall of the glorious land; and, when the 2520 concludes here in the Millerite History, it is a progressive fall of the glorious land.

So, that is a different subject.

I want you to see that the Three Angels’ Messages were all typified in the Millerite History, and the fourth point in the First Angel’s Message is that number 7, their understanding of the Sabbath.

Nehemiah: The Fourth Decree

Now, Nehemiah, he secured a fourth decree; and, if you go into the Pioneer writings they are going to argue against the idea that Nehemiah secured a fourth decree. But, you need to understand that the reason why they were arguing against Nehemiah securing a fourth decree is the burden of their work in that history was to understand and prove and present that at the Third Decree, right here [457BC], the 2300 years began. So, when they came to the information about Nehemiah, they were saying, “Oh, no, no, no, no. We don’t consider this decree; because, if we are going to consider this decree it is going to move our history, our starting point, down here to the time of Nehemiah. This was not really a decree.”

All right. Maybe it was not a “decree” but it is pretty much a decree. Notice what it says in Nehemiah 2:7 – 8:

7Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; 8And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.” Nehemiah 2:7-8 (KJV).

Royal Letters

Now, notice the statement in the Spirit of Prophecy, the letters that are given by the king to Nehemiah, from Prophets and Kings, page 633.

“His request to the king had been so favorably received that Nehemiah was encouraged to ask for still further assistance. To give dignity and authority to his mission, as well as to provide protection on the journey, he asked for and secured a military escort. He obtained”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Royal letters.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“royal letters to the governors of the provinces beyond the Euphrates, the territory through which he must pass on his way to Judaea; and he obtained, also, a letter to the keeper of the king’s forest in the mountains of Lebanon, directing him to furnish such timber as would be needed. That there might be no occasion for complaint that he had exceeded his commission, Nehemiah was careful to have the authority and privileges accorded him, clearly defined.” Prophets and Kings, 633.

So, the Fourth Decree here of Nehemiah, down here in this history, is paralleling the Fourth Angel’s Message down here in our history. This is the history that prefigures our day and age.

TIME PERIOD OF MILLERITE REFORMATORY MOVEMENT

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

1798 1833 1840 1842 1844 1844 1844 1846 1850 1863 9/11

Spiritual WW 5/1842

Babylon

43 50

(1260 yrs)

Knowledge 1838 1st Table 2nd Table

Increased

Darkness ENEMY Activity

…….

1AM 1AM 1AM 2AM First 2AM 3AM SABBATH SDA 4AM

Arrived Formalized Empowered Arrived Disappointment Empowered Arrived Adopted CHURCH

by Miller Organized

Distress of

Nations

Foundations Laid

TIME PERIOD OF CYRUS

Time of First Midnight Cry Judgment

End Cyrus Disappointment Esther 457BC 50

WW Decree

Literal Call given

Babylon (Daniel) to come out

(70 yrs) Knowledge of Babylon

increased

Darkness ENEMY Activity 7

…….

1st Decree 2nd Decree 3rd Decree 4th Decree

1 2 3 4

Figure No. 26B.

Even in Troublous Times

And according to Daniel 9:25, Nehemiah, the Fourth Decree—

And by the way, for those of you that are familiar with the presentation on the reform lines, I have not forgotten the little points in the reform lines that you are not hearing me present. I am purposefully passing over some of them to just put certain things in place to make some points. Okay? I know there is more to be said about the Fourth Decree than I am going to say; but, other presentations will fill in those gray areas.

In the Fourth Decree, Daniel 9:25 says,

25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks,”—

Okay. Here is the number 7 marked in this history of the Decrees.

Seven weeks, what is that? Well, there are seven days in a week; 7 <math display="inline">\times</math> 7 <math display="inline">=</math> 49 years.

—“and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25 (KJV).

Nehemiah is going to build the street, and he is going to build the wall, and when he does so it is going to be in troublous times.

Now, notice:

“The experience of Nehemiah is repeated in the history of God’s people in this time.” Southern Watchman, April 12, 1904.

So, we are going to build the street and we are going to build the wall and it is going to be in troublous time. That is the Fourth Decree; that is the Fourth Angel’s Message. The Fourth Angel’s Message is the building the wall and the street in troublous times.

The Wall

Okay. In Selected Messages, book 1, page 235:

The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages. To the obedient it”—the law of God—“is a wall of protection.” Selected Messages, book 1, 235.

Okay. In the Fourth Angel’s Message the Law is going to be lifted up before the world because it is going to be the point of controversy at the end of time. And the people who are going to lift it up are going to be lifted up as an ensign; they are going to restore the wall of The Ten Commandments, to make a testing controversy for the whole world.

The Street

Before the wall is built, what does Nehemiah do? He fixed the streets.

What are the streets that needed to be restored at the end of the world in the Fourth Angel’s time period?

Jeremiah 6:16 – 17 says,

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

So, just before The Sunday Law, that is where the wall is reestablished by Nehemiah. But, before he finishes the wall, he finishes the streets. First you have to return to the Old Paths. First the Lord is going to return God’s people to the Old Paths and there is going to be a controversy, because some of the people in Adventism are not going to return to the Old Paths, and then the wall is going to be built. But, it is all going to take place in troublous times.

Troublous Times

The Troublous Times, this is a subject of prophecy. Revelation 11:18: speaking in Revelation 11, this is dealing with the Seventh Trumpet, the Third Woe. And in says in verse 18:

18And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18 (KJV).

The people that fight this message take this verse and twist it all over the place, even though Sister White comments on this verse in Early Writings; and, she says that these events come in order and one follows another.

And the second event in verse 18 is the wrath of God that takes place when Michael stands up and human probation closes. And the events that precedes human probation, in the time period of the Third Woe, in Revelation 11, verse 18, are the nations are angered. Before human probation closes, the nations are angered.

And, of course, we are using the Millerite History which is the end of the 2300-year prophecy. The 2300-year prophecy, Jesus at the beginning illustrates the end; but, the Millerite History is the beginning of the Advent prophecy. It is the beginning of the parable of The Ten Virgins. So, the Millerite History is the beginning that is identifying the end of Adventism; and, in the Millerite History there was an angering of the nations.

Distress of Nations

Only, when Christ identifies it [an angering of the nations] in Luke 21:25, He calls it the distress of nations. And Christ says,

25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;”—

When was the sign in the stars? Right here, 1833.

—“and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” Luke 21:25 (KJV).

So, in 1833 you have the falling of the stars (that is Luke 21:25), but it is followed by the distress of nations.

1838

And, Uriah Smith in Synopsis of Present Truth, page 217, informs us of this:

“As the prophetic period of this trumpet”—

What Trumpet is this? The Sixth Trumpet. It is this one here [referencing the 1843 Chart]; he is talking about this one [referencing the 1850 Chart]. He is talking about this Trumpet.

This Trumpet was Islam [referring to the Fifth Trumpet on the Charts], and this Sixth Trumpet was Islam. The Fifth Trumpet is the First Woe, and the Sixth Trumpet is the Second Woe. Both of these Trumpets have prophetic periods: 150 years for the Fifth Trumpet, and 391 years 15 days for the Sixth Trumpet. They are connected.

Uriah Smith is talking about the Sixth Trumpet.

—“As the prophetic period of this trumpet commenced by the voluntary surrender of power into the hands of the Turks by the Christian emperor of the East, so we might justly conclude that its termination would be marked by the voluntary surrender of that power by the Turkish Sultan back again into the hands of the Christians.”—

Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning.

Smith continues on:

—“In 1838 Turkey became involved in war with Egypt.”—

In 1838 we have a distress of nations that is a subject of prophecy.

—“The Egyptians bid fair to overthrow the Turkish power. To prevent this, the four great powers of Europe, England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia, interfered to sustain the Turkish government.”—

Why did they interfere? Because, they were distressed.

Why were they distressed? Because, for 150 years Islam in this history of the First Woe was bringing warfare against the Europeans.

And then when this history of the Second Woe arrived, for 391 years and 15 days more, Islam is bringing warfare against the Europeans. At the end of this history Islam is about done with its power to attack Europe; but, here is Egypt rising up and saying, “Let’s carry on this Islamic warfare against the Europeans,” and the Europeans were distressed.

So, what did the Europeans do? They intercede to stop this distress of nations, and it is brought to an end on August 11, 1840.

So, in the history of the Sixth Trumpet, the Second Woe, you have a distress of nations. You can mark it in 1838, if you wish; but, according to this prophetic application of Uriah Smith, Islam was bringing the distress of nations.

—“Turkey accepted their intervention. A conference was held in London at which an ultimatum was drawn up to be presented to Mehemet Ali, the Pacha of Egypt. It is evident that when this ultimatum should be placed in the hands of Mehemet, the destiny of the Ottoman empire would be virtually lodged in the hands of the Christian powers of Europe. This ultimatum was placed in the hands of Mehemet on the 11th day of August 1840! and on that very day the Sultan addressed a note to the ambassadors of the four powers, inquiring what should be done in case Mehemet refused to comply with the terms which they had proposed. The answer was that he need not alarm himself about any contingency that might arise; for they had made provision for that. The prophetic period ended, and on that very day the control of Mohammedan affairs passed into the hands of Christians, just as the control of Christian affairs had passed into the hands of the Mohammedans 391 years and 15 days before. Thus the second woe ended, and the sixth trumpet ceased its sounding.” Uriah Smith, Synopsis of Present Truth, 217.

And the father of Islam in God’s Word is Ishmael. Genesis 16, verses 11 and 12, it says,

11And the angel of the Lord said unto her,:—unto Hagar—“Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:11–12 (KJV).

“Every man” is the nations of the world, and Islam’s hand is going to be against them all. It is going to produce a distress of nations in the Millerite History in the Second Woe, the Sixth Trumpet. But, in the Seventh Trumpet, the Third Woe, it is going to cause he angering of the nations.

In Nehemiah’s time period, the streets, the Old Paths, are going to be returned to; and then the wall is going to be lifted up at The Sunday Law, and this is all going to take place when the nations are being angered by the Third Woe of Islam.

Now notice Nehemiah 6:15.

15So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.” Nehemiah 6:15 (KJV).

When Nehemiah finally comes back here, 49 years later after the Third Decree, when Nehemiah shows up how long did it take him to finish the wall, once he goes to work? 52 days.

From the Passover offering to Pentecost, how many days? 52 days, 52 days. You start counting for Pentecost on the Day of the Wave Sheaf, which is the Sunday after the Passover: Passover Friday, Christ rests in the tomb on Sabbath (the Jews were by the Red Sea on Sabbath, then on Sunday they go through the Red Sea which is baptism, representing His resurrection on Sunday), Jesus is resurrected. From that Sunday you count 50 days—Friday, Sabbath, 50—52 days.

I wonder if the work of Nehemiah finishing the wall had anything to do with those 52 days; but, that is later on.

Pentecost—52 Days

“Fifty-Two Days” in your notes: Leviticus 23:15 – 17:

15And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” Leviticus 23:15–17 (KJV).

When do you start counting them? After the Sabbath, and the Sabbath is when Jesus rested in the grave. Right? We teach that. That is part of our teaching of the Sabbath.

So, when was the Passover offering offered? Friday. He rested on the grave on Sabbath. You start counting the 50 on Sunday—52 days.

Nehemiah 7:1—People Numbered

Okay. We will not spend time here, but these are subjects of this fourth waymark in the history of the Decrees.

1Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed, . . . .” Nehemiah 7:1 (KJV).

In this history Nehemiah numbers the people, and we are saying that this history is equating to The Sunday Law. Is there a numbering of God’s people in The Sunday Law crisis?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Who gets numbered? Levi, the 144,000: the sons of Levi are the ones that stand faithful at the golden calf test. They are the ones that represent the 144,000 that are going to be numbered at this time.

And then there is also a great multitude that no man could number.

As One Man: Acts 2:1

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1 (KJV).

And in this history when he numbers them, they are going to be as one man, which means to come into unity. And in Nehemiah 8, verses 1 through 3, it says,

1And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses,”—

Notice that when they are being numbered and when they are coming into unity, what is being emphasized is the Law of God. The Sunday Law crisis: when God’s people are being numbered and being unified.

—“which the Lord had commanded to Israel. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.”—

When did he do that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: On the first day of the seventh month.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: On the first day of the seventh month, there is the Feast of Trumpets again. Hmm!

—“And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.” Nehemiah 8:1–3 (KJV).

And he entered into a covenant.

Does the Lord enter into a covenant with the 144,000 at The Sunday Law?

It says,

chapter 9:38And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests,”—do what?—“seal unto it.

chapter 10:1Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah, . . . .” Nehemiah 9:38 – 10:1 (KJV).

There is a sealing that takes place.

So, in Nehemiah’s Fourth Decree, paralleling the Fourth Angel’s Message, you are going to restore the Old Paths (the streets), the Law of God is going to be lifted up before the world (that is the wall) in troublous times (Ishmael’s descendants are active). He is going to gather a group of people into unity and seal them and number them and enter into covenant with them. That is what happened to Nehemiah, and it is prefiguring what happens at The Sunday Law.

A Sealing

Testimonies, volume 5, page 214:

“Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them.”—

Some people do not realize, they do not realize, when it comes to the beginning message of this prophetic message is Daniel 11:40 through 45. And when Daniel 11:40 through 45 was recognized, there were certain passages in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy that came to light, they became important. And one of them is this one, because in Daniel 11, verse 41, you have The Sunday Law in the United States. When you see that then you see the implications and you have to teach, “Hey Brothers and Sisters, the reason as a Seventh-day Adventist you need to understand that the glorious land is the United States and that verse 41 is The Sunday Law is because at that point probation closes for Seventh-day Adventists. You have to understand that. That is the actual technique that the Holy Spirit uses to produce a revival among God’s people, because Sister White says when the Books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood there will be seen among God’s people a great revival.

So, how does He do that from Daniel and Revelation? Well, He takes Daniel 11, verse 41, and He shows them that when The Sunday Law comes to the United States that probation closes for Seventh-day Adventists. And if you have not got a character prepared for the Seal of God, you are lost.

So, from the prophetic word of Daniel, He demonstrates the next thing to happen after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, in the sequence of events in the last six verses of Daniel 11, is that probation is going to close and that you better get to work on making sure you have a character for the Seal of God or you are going to be lost.

Okay. So, this point of reference in that passage when these truths of the last six verses of Daniel 11 came to light, this was something that had to be taught, it had to be presented. And Testimonies, volume 5, page 214, right from the start becomes a passage that is used.

And I remember in Ventura, in a really liberal Adventist Church—one of the ways I will express the liberalism—is that the head elders and the elders that were associated with it, they sat in the back. In the afternoon meetings they sat in the back of the sanctuary, and they had their Hawaiian shirts and their California shorts on, on Sabbath. Okay? That is where they were at.

There were some people that got us invited into that church that knew it was not going to be well received, but anyway the head elder and his followers were in the back.

And, also, in Germany—and the town in Germany is escaping me, but I wish I could remember. But, I do know this: It was where Louis Conradi was from, because I remember that; and, it was a big church.

I told the pastor that he should not invite me there.

“Oh, no. Come, come, come.”

“No, you really shouldn’t. You are going to get in trouble.”

“No. Come, come, come.”

He got exiled to the Middle East for inviting us there—okay?—immediately thereafter and had to write a letter denying that he had invited us.

And I had told him three times, “Don’t invite me. You are going to cause yourself a headache.”

And he had to write a letter saying that he did not invite us, send it out across Europe, and say he did not agree with what we taught.

But, in this church, big church, it also had a balcony in it in the back. Okay? So, in Ventura and in Germany (whatever that town is!), where Louis Conradi is from—Louis Conradi is a bad guy, historically—when I read this quote, in Germany, the people in the back, in the balcony, when it got translated into German, they all stood up and walked out.

In Ventura they had elders that shouted from the back, “Brother, did you just say that we have to get rid of our own sins?”

Let us read it. It says,

—“Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot of stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, . . . .”—

So, when the head elders shout out, “Brother, did you just say we have to overcome our own sins?”

I said, “No, Brother. Ellen White just said it:

—“. . . It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.”

There was a sealing in Nehemiah’s time period, representing people that through the power of the Holy Spirit and their own personal participation with the Holy Spirit, removed sin from their experience. And it is prefiguring the sealing that takes place in the Fourth Angel’s Message.

Zerubbabel

Now, we want to add something to this history of the Decrees, Zerubbabel—and, boy, time is just fleeting away.

ZERUBBABEL, what does Zerubbabel mean?

Okay. It comes from two words, Zerub and Babel.

ZERUBBABEL:

Zerub: H2216—From H2215 and H894; descended of (that is, from) Babylon, that is, born there; Zerubbabel, an Israelite: - Zerubbabel.

Babel: H2215—A primitive root; to flow away. H894—confusion; Babel (that is, Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire.

Zerubbabel means someone that is in Babylon and then comes out of Babylon. Okay? Zerubbabel is a symbol of the message out of Babylon, and the message out of Babylon is the Second Angel’s Message here (“Come out of Babylon”), and the Fourth Angel’s Message here.

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Zerubbabel, his name represents the history of the Second and the Fourth Angel’s Message.

The Second Angel

8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8 (KJV).

And you can see the Second Angel’s Message, Revelation 14:8, there. It says, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.”

The Fourth Angel

2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Revelation 18:2 (KJV).

And the Fourth Angel’s Message, Revelation 18:2, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.”

Both the Second and the Fourth Angel’s Messages are announcing the fall of Babylon and they are calling people out of Babylon.

Prophet Signs

Now, notice Ezekiel 24:24.

You know, we have already dealt with this principle, but we have not proven it. We are going to prove it for you now from God’s Word.

When John became part of the prophecy in Revelation 10, he was representing God’s people. He was representing the Millerites; he was representing the 144,000.

Ezekiel 24:24 says,

24Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God.” Ezekiel 24:24 (KJV).

When you see a prophet in the prophecy, he is a sign; he is a symbol. Okay?

Isaiah 8:18 says,

18Behold, I”—Isaiah—“and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts which dwelleth in mount Zion.” Isaiah 8:18 (KJV).

When a prophet becomes part of the prophecy, based upon a testimony of two, they are signs; they are symbols. And all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world; so, they are symbolizing God’s people at the end of the world.

And at the end of the world there are two generations of God’s people. There is the Millerite History, the beginning of Adventism; and, the 144,000, the end of Adventism. When a prophet becomes part of the prophecy, he is representing the Millerites and the 144,000.

So, if we go into Zechariah 4, verses 1 through 14, that deals with Zerubbabel, that deals with this history of the Decrees because Zerubbabel laid the foundation stone. But, when they finished the temple before the Third Decree, Zerubbabel is still there and he puts the final stone on the temple.

I am not saying that Zerubbabel is down here with Nehemiah. It is about the temple.

In Zechariah 4:1 – 14 says,

1And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 2And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

“4So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

5Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.”—

Zechariah has become part of the prophecy. He is representing the Millerites. The Millerites are sleeping virgins after the Tarrying Time that are going to be awakened at the Midnight Cry, and then they are going to realize that they do not understand what the Sanctuary furnishing is; because, they believe the sanctuary was the Earth.

Zechariah is a prophet during the time period that they are rebuilding the temple. He certainly as a human being knew what the seven branch candlestick was. This is not about Zechariah; this is about him being a sign, a symbol of God’s people at the end of the world.

And at the wake-up time of the Millerites, Zechariah is representing the Millerites, that they see the sanctuary furnishing and they do not know what it is because they think the sanctuary is the Earth.

But, he is also representing God’s people at the end of the world. We know what the sanctuary is. That has been the focus of our study as Seventh-day Adventists. We are familiar with the furnishing. But, the parable of The Ten Virgins of Matthew 25 illustrates the experience of the Adventist people (The Great Controversy, page 393); and, we, as the Millerites, have a sleeping period. And when we wake up in the Midnight Cry time period of our history, we are not going to understand what the seven branch candlestick is, just like the Millerites did. But, it is going to represent something else for us.

And it is definitely emphasized by Zechariah that he does not know what it is. He said, “What are these, my lord?”

And the angel just does not answer him. The angel says, “You don’t know what they are?”

And he says, “No, I don’t know. Tell me what they are.”

So, his answer here is,

—“7And I said, No, my lord.

8Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord”—

The first thing is, what you do not understand as an Adventist at the end of the world about this seven branch candlestick is that it is a message. It is a word of the Lord. You do not understand that the seven branch candlestick represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit and the Latter Rain is a message!

—“8This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”—

Okay. Seventh-day Adventists think that the Latter Rain is what is going to cleanse them and prepare them to stand. But, Brothers and Sisters, only those that have the Early Rain receive the Latter Rain. And if you do not understand that the Latter Rain is a message, then you are not going to recognize that message when it comes.

And what is that message? How is that message taught? Line upon line.

If you cannot see that what we are dealing with here is the Latter Rain Message, then you do not understand what the seven branch candlestick is.

—“7Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”—

Sister White tells us that this great mountain is difficulties.

Did the Millerites have difficulties in their history that were swept away? Yes.

Are we going to have difficulties here at the end of the world? Yes.

But, Zerubbabel, the Second Angel’s Message, put the foundation stone into Adventism; and, Zerubbabel, the Fourth Angel’s Message, is going to finish this temple building.

But, it goes on. It says,

—“8Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.”—

How are you going to know that the Lord has sent this message? Because, you are going to see that the history of when the Foundation was set by Zerubbabel is paralleling the history of when he puts the finishing block on the temple.

—“10For who hath despised the day of small things?”—

Who is it that despises the day of small things?

What is the day of small things? Well, in Advent history, the beginning of the Day of Small Things is right here [referring to the 1843 Chart], a bunch of farmers, a bunch of farmers.

Okay. We do not want to—these Charts. They say, “This 1843 Chart is full of mistakes. You know, William Miller was a deist and we had to set aside William Miller’s Rules of Interpretation and go ahead and incorporate the rules of higher criticism to get away from that day of small things.”

And who despised the day of small things in this history of Cyrus and the Decrees? It was the elders, that when they watched the foundations get laid, they wept because it was not beautiful like Solomon’s temple. And their despising the Day of Small Things goes back to Solomon’s temple when the builders rejected the cornerstone for so long.

There is always a despising of the Day of Small Things, and the Day of Small Things for us at the end of the world is the Millerite History.

—“10For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”—

Okay. There is one group that is going to despise the Millerite History; the other ones are going to rejoice when they see this day of small things because they are going to see Zerubbabel with the plummet.

The plummet? The plummet is only mentioned three times in God’s Word, and it is identifying—and I know this is hard for some people to understand—but it is identifying the 2520! It is the 2520!

They are going to rejoice about the day of small things, about Millerite History at the point in time when they see the plummet, the 2520, in the hand of Zerubbabel; because, it means this is when the work is getting finished.

We do not have the time to show that at this point. Perhaps we will in a couple of weeks.

—“11Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?”—

Okay. Zechariah is representing us at the end of world. We do not understand the olive trees; but, we have already established that in our studies, what are the olive trees and the olive branches; we already know.

—“12And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

13And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:1–14 (KJV).

What are the two anointed ones?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Old and New Testaments.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Old and New Testaments.

At the end of the world God’s people are going to understand that the Latter Rain is conveyed through these two anointed ones.

And when Zechariah was alive, there were no New Testament. For Zechariah those two golden pipes were the Law and the Prophets. For the Millerites, it was the Old and New Testaments. For us at the end of the end of the world, it is the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

A lot of people in Adventism do not understand that. They twist some things around and say, “You know, Sister White says she is the lesser light,” to outright standing before God’s people and dumping her writings in a trash can on the Sabbath Day. They do not understand that the question is not about whether the Spirit of Prophecy is the lesser or greater light or a light. The question is: Does the Spirit of Prophecy possess the same authority over your life that the Bible possesses over your life? If you do not answer that correctly, then you are not understanding the two golden pipes. You are asleep and you need to wake up.

So, at the end of the world Zechariah is representing God’s people that do not understand that the Latter Rain message is a message that comes through the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, and one of the symbols of this message is Zerubbabel and Zerubbabel represents the Millerite History and the history of the 144,000, the beginning of the work and the end of the work.

And I want to show you one thing here from Haggai 2:21-23.

21Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, everyone by the sword of his brother.

In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:21–23 (KJV).

What is a signet?

What is another word for a signet?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A seal.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: A seal. “Zerubbabel, I will make you as a seal: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.”

So, I want you to see that Zerubbabel represents the beginning of Adventism and he represents the end of Adventism.

And at the end of Adventism we have Nehemiah’s work, representing the history of the Fourth Angel’s Message, where there is a sealing that takes place; and, Zerubbabel is a symbol of the sealing when the work is finished.

And what is Zerubbabel telling us about the sealing message? Those people that are sealed will not despise the day of small things. They will understand that Zerubbabel is a symbol of the Millerite History and the history of the 144,000. They will understand the line of prophetic history represented by the Millerites represented by Zerubbabel. It is prefiguring the line of history of the 144,000 that is also represented by Zerubbabel; and, this truth is part of what seals them.

Elijah

Okay. We are going to put another line up here and then we are going to move at lightning speed. We are going to put Elijah in the mix.

Why are we going to do that? Because, you may not remember it but we put a quote in yesterday that the 70 years of captivity of literal Israel and literal Babylon parallels the 1260 years of captivity by spiritual Israel and spiritual Babylon.

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Figure No. 26D.

And in the story of Elijah there are three and a half years (1260 days) of darkness during the drought, and the one that is ruling during those 1260 days is Jezebel and Jezebel is a symbol of the Papacy and the Church of Thyatira in Revelation 2.

So, these are parallel histories and, sure enough, Sister White, when we look at Miller—and who is Miller? Miller is Cyrus—when we look at Miller, Sister White says he is an Elijah. Elijah comes onto the scene in history here, and he is the one that understands the message, and his message is going to be empowered where the Lord is going to come down and stand before him; and, there is going to be a testing process at Carmel.

We want to look at this very quickly. 1 Kings 17:18 says,

18And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” 1 Kings 17:1 (KJV).

Many Days

What is going to happen? A drought.

What is the drought? Well, in 1 Kings 18:1 it says,

1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.” 1 Kings 18:1 (KJV).

It says “many days, . . . .” This drought would be for many days

1260 Days

But, in James 5:17, speaking of Elijah, it says,

17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.” James 5:17 (KJV).

“. . . the space of three years and six months,” this darkness, this drought was for 1260 days.

Jezebel

Okay. Who was ruling during this time? It was Jezebel—Ahab was, but Ahab was being directed by Jezebel

1 Kings 18:13:

13Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?” 1 Kings 18:13 (KJV).

So, in this history, what is happening in this history?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A drought.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: A drought.

What else is happening; what is Jezebel doing? She is killing the faithful.

Was the Papacy killing the faithful in these three and a half years of drought [referring to the period of darkness preceding the Time of the End in the Millerite History]?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. So, what does he say that he did during this time period, Obadiah? What did he do with these prophets?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: He hid them in a cave.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: How many were there; did he put a hundred in a cave?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: 50.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So, he took 50 percent and hid them, and 50 percent he hid them somewhere else.

And I do not know if I have them in these notes, probably not; but, I am going to throw it out there because it is not in these notes.

In Revelation 12 where does the woman flee? Into the wilderness for 1260 years [referring again to the period of darkness of the Millerite History’s time line]; but, in Revelation 11, the Lord gives power to His what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: To His witnesses.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: How many witnesses?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Two.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Two witnesses.

During this time period, the wilderness time period, the drought, there are two witnesses. Who are the two witnesses in Revelation 11?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Old and New Testaments.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, but who are they as far as Bible characters?

Revelation 11 says they will command on the Earth that it not rain. Who is that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Elijah.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And they will turn the waters to blood, who is that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Moses.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So, the two witnesses at one level are Elijah and Moses.

So, who got hidden during the 1260 years?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Elijah and Moses.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Elijah and Moses. Where were they hidden?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: In a cave.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: In sackcloth.

What is a sackcloth? It is a cave. It is a bag. It is like a pillow case; sackcloth, something you carry something in. It is a cave.

So, when Obadiah is taking half and half of the prophets, he is taking Elijah and Moses during this 1260-year time period and he is hiding them in sackcloth.

We do not have the Bible verses for that, but it is in your memory bank. You can go check it out.

In Revelation 2:20-21, it says,

20Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,”—

This is the church of Thyatira. This is the 1260 years of Papal rule.

—“because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel,”—

Jezebel is a symbol of the Papacy, from AD538 to 1798.

—“which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” Revelation 2:20–21 (KJV).

What was the space that Jezebel was given to repent? Three and a half years of drought [in the time line of Elijah]; 1260 here [in the time line of the Millerite History].

Now, Malachi 4, verses 5 and 6 says,

5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5–6 (KJV).

So, Elijah, in this history here, it is prefiguring the end of the world.

But, who else fulfilled Elijah? John the Baptist.

Temperance, page 91, says,

“The work of John was foretold by the prophet Malachi: ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.’ Malachi 4:5, 6. John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah, to prepare the way of the Lord, and to turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in the last days, to whom God has entrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ. And the same principles of temperance which John practiced should be observed by those who in our day are to warn the world of the coming of the Son of man.” Temperance, 91.

So, Elijah is prefiguring John the Baptist, he is prefiguring the 144,000; but, he is also prefiguring William Miller. Right? We have already read a quote in our studies that said that.

I Will Send My Messenger

So, here is another one, Malachi, verses 1 through 4 of chapter 3.

1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:”—

Who is the messenger that prepares the way before him, in Malachi 3? Well, it is John the Baptist preparing the way for Christ; it is William Miller preparing the way for Christ to move from the Holy to the Most Holy Place.

—“and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 2But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. 4Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” Malachi 3:1–4 (KJV).

The Voice in the Wilderness

And Isaiah 40, verses 1 through 9, it says,

1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,”—

Elijah, John the Baptist, William Miller is the voice from the wilderness.

—“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 6The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

9O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” Isaiah 40:1–9 (KJV).

Elijah prepared the way. He was the one, the voice crying in the wilderness. He is prefiguring John the Baptist, the voice crying in the wilderness. He is prefiguring Miller, the voice crying in the wilderness. He is prefiguring the 144,000, the voice crying in the wilderness.

What is the voice to say? “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight” His path.

How do you prepare the way of the Lord? You come to the foot of the cross.

And then what follows? “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed”; that is the Second Angel’s Message.

The First Angel’s Message is “Fear God”; and, the Second is “Give glory”; and, the Third is “The hour of His judgment is come,” and the judgment is represented by the grass, the withering of the grass.

They are going to present the Three Angels’ Messages in each of these histories.

The Days of Ahab

Prophets and Kings, page 119—there is more to be said about this, but we are putting it in the record.

“Among the mountains of Gilead, east of the Jordan, there dwelt in the days of Ahab a man of faith and prayer whose fearless ministry was destined to check the rapid spread of apostasy in Israel. Far removed from any city of renown, and occupying no high station in life, Elijah the Tishbite nevertheless entered upon his mission confident in God’s purpose to prepare the way before him and to give him abundant success. The word of faith and power was upon his

lips, and his whole life was devoted to the work of reform. His was the voice of one crying in the wilderness to rebuke sin and press back the tide of evil. And while he came to the people as a reprover of sin, his message offered the balm of Gilead to the sin-sick souls of all who desired to be healed.” Prophets and Kings, 119.

The Mold of the Priests and Rulers

Selected Messages, book 1, page 410:

“John was called to do a special work; he was to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight His paths. The Lord did not send him to the school of the prophets and rabbis.”—

The Lord did not send him to the schools of the prophets and rabbis. The Lord did not send him to Andrews [University].

—“He took him away from the assemblies of men to the desert, that he might learn of nature and nature’s God. God did not desire him to have the mold of the priests and rulers. He was called to do a special work. The Lord gave him his message. Did he go to the priests and rulers and ask if he might proclaim this message?—No, God put him away from them that he might not be influenced by their spirit and teaching. He was the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it’ (Isaiah 40:3–5). This is the very message that must be given to our people; we are near the end of time, and the message is, Clear the King’s highway; gather out the stones; raise up a standard for the people. The people must be awakened. It is no time now to cry peace and safety. We are exhorted to ‘cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Like a trumpet.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“a trumpet,”—it is a trumpet message—“and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins’ (Isaiah 5:1).” Selected Messages, book 1, 410.

This is our message; our message is we should not go to the priests and rulers to get our message?

We should not go to the priests and rulers to get permission to proclaim the message?

Miller

Early Writings, page 233:

“Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. Like John, the forerunner of Jesus, those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree, and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character.”—

You think about that one. Their message was not only to awaken those in the church that would be aroused to prepare for the coming of the Lord; the message was to demonstrate the character of the church. Their message was going to cause a shaking that either demonstrated that this church congregation was going to submit to the Lord and be revived and be prepared for the Second Coming, or it was going to produce an entirely opposite spirit.

—“and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character.”—

When is character revealed?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: In a crisis.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: In a crisis; the message is designed to produce a crisis.

—“And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded, many who were united with the churches received the healing message; they saw their backslidings, and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled themselves before God. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them, they helped to sound the cry, ‘Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.’” Early Writings, 233.

Testimonies, volume 8, page 9:

“What is our work? The same as that given to John the Baptist, of whom we read: ‘In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’ Matthew 3:1–3.

“All who are truly engaged in the work of the Lord for these last days will have a decided message to bear.” Testimonies, volume 8, 9.

Okay. So, Elijah is coming back. Now, we are coming back to Elijah. Hopefully we put it in context for you: Elijah prefigures John the Baptist; he prefigures William Miller and, William Miller has been prefigured by Cyrus; and he prefigures God’s people at the end of the world that are on the right side of the crisis.

So, Elijah now, after the three and a half years, he is going to go to Carmel and he finds Obadiah, and he says, “Go get Ahab and bring him to Carmel.”

And, Obadiah says, “If I go tell Ahab you are here and he comes back and doesn’t find you, I am going to die!”

And what Elijah said in verse 15 of 1 Kings 18,

15And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will

surely show myself unto him to day.” 1 Kings 18:15 (KJV).

Who is Elijah standing before? The Lord.

Where does the Lord dwell? In the Sanctuary of Heaven.

So, for the Lord to be standing before Elijah, what did He have to do? He had to come down. Elijah’s message is being empowered. The testing process is beginning: they are going to Carmel. Carmel is the test. There is a foundational message that Elijah is going to proclaim.

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Foundational Message

And, what is Elijah’s foundational message? Verse 21 of 1 Kings 18:

21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” 1 Kings 18:21 (KJV).

So, what is his message about? It is about the true God or the false god. It is a choice between which god is God—two choices.

Who are those two gods? Christ and Satan, the Great Controversy.

The Test

1 Kings 18:22-24:

22Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.” 1 Kings 18:22–24 (KJV).

The Activities of the Enemies

Okay. When the people who were silent about the foundational message, when they see this test explained to them, they say, “Okay. This is a good test.”

Who is going to go first? This is the activity of the enemies; they go first: this waymark here [see Figure 24E.] This is false Smerdis’s decree to stop the work [Time Period of Cyrus]. This is the Protestant churches closing their doors [Time Period of the Millerite Reformatory Movement]. This is the prophets of Baal doing their worship first.

25And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.” 1 Kings 18:25–29 (KJV).

Restoring the Foundations

But, now it is time for Elijah to take the scene, and what is the first thing that he does?

Verse 30:

30And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.” 1 Kings 18:30 (KJV).

He is restoring the foundation.

Isaiah 58:12:

12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou

shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called,

The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:12 (KJV).

There is a whole lot to say about verse 12 of Isaiah 58; but, now as the message is empowered in the history of Elijah, we see then the prophets of Baal are marked doing their work. But, the first thing that Elijah is going to do is he is going to repair the altars: he is going to restore the Old Paths.

This is operating on repeat and enlarge in this history.

The Everlasting Covenant

So, what does Elijah do?

31And Elijah took twelve stones,”—

And Elijah took twelve stones and he builds this altar. He is going to build it with 12 stones,

—“according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:”—

So, these 12 stones represent Israel.

—“And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.” 1 Kings 18:31–32 (KJV).

What are the stones? It is pretty easy to see that the 12 stones at the end of the world will be the 144,000, spiritual Israel.

But, what are the stones?

This is from Zechariah 9. This is a passage that at one point, I think here—maybe it was prayer meeting—I think it was here, I said if you go back there was one verse in a sequence of verses that you need to go back and read this sequence because, if you do not, there is going to be points removed at the final test. Do you remember me saying something like that?

This is the passage, this is the passage. It has been recorded, so you can see that I am not inventing this.

This is Zechariah, Zechariah 9:11-16:

11As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. 12Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee; 13When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.”—

When He is establishing the Church Triumphant.

—“14And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. 15The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. 16And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people:”—

How many flocks does He call at the end of time? Two: He calls His flock, but He has other sheep that are not of this fold, and when He calls they will come. This is the flock of His people. This is the 144,000.

—“for they”—the 144,000—“shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.” Zechariah 9:11–16 (KJV).

The stones are His flock that are going to get lifted up.

What does it mean to be lifted up as an ensign? Everyone is going to see.

Is everyone going to see Elijah’s stones as the Fire comes down? Yes! Those stones are going to be illuminated in that Fire.

Do we see another illustration of the 144,000 being illuminated in the Fire? Daniel, chapter 3.

The stones, 1 Peter 2:4-10:

4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:4–10 (KJV).

Exodus 19:5-6:

5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” Exodus 19:5–6 (KJV).

So, Elijah restores the altar that has been broken down, and the altar represents the 144,000 at the end of the world.

A Measured Outpouring of Water

In chapter 18 of 1 Kings, verses 33 through 35, now we are going to see a measuring of the water, a measuring of the Latter Rain, a sprinkling that precedes the full outpouring.

And it says,

33And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him

on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it

the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 1 Kings 18:33–35.

What is water a symbol of?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Latter Rain.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Latter Rain.

But, what is happening with this water here? It is being measured. It is not just, “Go get some water and dump it.”

“Get 12 buckets.”

What is 12? It is the water that is falling on these 12 stones.

Were there other stones in the area?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, “It may be falling on hearts all around them, but they will not recognize it or receive it.” [See Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, TM 507.1.]

There is a measuring of water that takes place in this story.

The True Prophet

And then it says in verse 36 of 1 Kings, chapter 18:

36And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel,”—

But what else? You have got to see this. This is the reason we put this line in here at this time.

—“let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.” 1 Kings 18:36 (KJV).

“. . . let it be known this day, in this controversy on Carmel, that I, Elijah, am the true prophet and that the prophets of Baal are the false prophets.”

What is going on here in this story is a measuring that takes place, the sprinkling; but, there is going to be a full outpouring when the Fire comes down out of Heaven upon the altar.

Is fire a symbol of the Holy Spirit?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And that Fire is going to illuminate those 12 stones, and that Fire is going to prove who is the true prophet and, also, simultaneously prove who are the false prophets.

And this truth here of Elijah in Carmel making the distinction between the true and false prophet, it lines up with Millerite History.

What took place at the Midnight Cry? It is when the Protestants of the United States began to fulfill their role as the False Prophet of Bible prophecy, and Adventism was defined as the True Prophet.

Jeremiah 15:19, I believe it is, “If you will return, you will be my voice,” is what Jeremiah says, “if you will return.”

They are going to be His voice; Adventism is going to be His prophet, His voice.

There is a distinction between two classes: the False Prophet and the True Prophet.

What does that say about the end of the world? That God is going to make a distinction in Adventism between the wise and the wicked.

1 Kings 18, just a couple of more points: 1 Kings 18:37-39:

37Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.” 1 Kings 18:37–39 (KJV).

Judgment

The next verse, judgment. At this point here we see judgment illustrated. They are going to kill the prophets of Baal. This judgment parallels the judgment that was returned to Israel—they could judge religious and civil criminals unto death [in the Time Period of Cyrus]—and it parallels the judgment that begins on October 22, 1844 [in the Time Period of the Millerite Reformatory Movement].

And 1 King 18:40 says,

40And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.” 1 King 18:40 (KJV).

Seven Times—Disappointment

Here we should see a disappointment and the number 7.

And, of course, verse 41 says,

41And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 42So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.”—

How many times did the servant go? Seven times. There is your number 7.

—“44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.”—

There is the sign of the Coming of the Son of Man.

—“And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 45And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.” 1 Kings 18:41–45 (KJV).

Here is typified the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in this story; but, Elijah had to pray how many times?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Seven times.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Did Elijah want to pray seven times?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: When you want something from the Lord, is it not nicer if you get it on the first prayer request?

See, Elijah was disappointed. He had to pray seven times. There is a disappointment inferred here.

This is the disappointment. He would have rather seen with one prayer the rain come, but it took seven times. So, you see a disappointment and you see the number 7, paralleling this disappointment and this number 7 [in the Time Period of Cyrus], and paralleling this disappointment and this number 7 [in the Time Period of the Millerite Reformatory Movement].

But, the reason I wanted to put this line in here at this point, the one salient point that I want to put in our memory banks, is in this history the story of Elijah is telling us the story that in the Everlasting Gospel, when these two classes are manifested, the True Prophet and the False Prophet are being identified.

The True Prophet up here, Millerite Adventism; the False Prophet, apostate Protestantism.

Okay. The True Prophet here [referring to the Time Period of Cyrus], those that return to Jerusalem to do the work, were being contrasted with their enemies during this time period, which were the Samaritans.

This was the last call for the Northern Tribe, and the Northern Tribe was the Samaritans and the Samaritans, they are the ones giving them trouble. Instead of helping, they are separated.

Okay. This next Sunday we will return and move a step further. We may not at this point in time see where we are going with these two Charts; but, these two Charts [1843 and 1850] in this history [history of the Millerites] and these two tables [as illustrated on the time line], they are waymarks in the Millerite history. They have been noted in other of these lines; and, as we pull these, line upon line, together, we will have a greater understanding of where these Charts stand prophetically in the typology of the Bible.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you never change, that your dealings with us are always the same and that you have clearly shown us thee footsteps in each of these reform lines that allow us to understand what your footsteps will be here at the end of the world. We want to be among those that rejoice when we see the Day of Small Things and not be those that despise the Day of Small Things. We would ask that you open our understanding more fully that we can be impacted by the significance of these truths. We ask a blessing upon the work that is being accomplished by recording these things and transmitting them over the LiveStream. We pray all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.