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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #15 of 95

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References

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.The Great Controversy, 393.

“I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel’s message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time.” Review and Herald, August 19, 1890.

The Seven Thunders

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

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

The First and Second Angel’s Messages

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

Specifications

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

Elijah

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Matthew 17:10–12.

Two Calls

“So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches. The second angel’s message is, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ And in the loud cry of the third angel’s message a voice is heard from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people.’” Review and Herald, December 6, 1892.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7.

Ezekiel 37 and the Breathe of God

Ezekiel 37:1–14

The Breath of Pentecost

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

Revival

“The dry bones need to be breathed upon by the Holy Spirit of God, that they may come into action, as by a resurrection from the dead.” Bible Training School, December 1, 1903.

“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.” Selected Messages, book 1, 121.

“When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience.” Testimonies to Minsters, 112–114.

“To John were opened scenes of deep and thrilling interest in the experience of the church. He saw the position, dangers, conflicts, and final deliverance of the people of God. He records the closing messages which are to ripen the harvest of the earth, either as sheaves for the heavenly garner or as fagots for the fires of destruction. Subjects of vast importance were revealed to him, especially for the last church, that those who should turn from error to truth might be instructed concerning the perils and conflicts before them. None need be in darkness in regard to what is coming upon the earth.” The Great Controversy, 341.

A Message

“What power must we have from God that icy hearts, having only a legal religion, should see the better things provided for them—Christ and His righteousness! A life-giving message was needed to give life to the dry bones.” Manuscript Releases, volume 12, 205.

Adventism

“I lay down my pen and lift up my soul in prayer, that the Lord would breathe upon his backslidden people, which are as dry bones, that they may live.” General Conference Bulletin, February 4, 1893.

“A straight testimony must be borne to our churches and institutions, to arouse the sleeping ones.’

“When the word of the Lord is believed and obeyed, steady advancement will be made. Let us now see our great need. The Lord cannot use us until he breathes life into the dry bones. I heard the words spoken: ‘Without the deep moving of the Spirit of God upon the heart, without its life-giving influence, truth becomes a dead letter.’” Review and Herald, November 18, 1902.

“But not only does this simile of the dry bones apply to the world, but also to those who have been blessed with great light; for they also are like the skeletons of the valley. They have the form of men, the framework of the body; but they have not spiritual life. But the parable does not leave the dry bones merely knit together into the forms of men; for it is not enough that there is symmetry of limb and feature. The breath of life must vivify the bodies, that they may stand upright, and spring into activity. These bones represent the house of Israel, the church of God, and the hope of the church is the vivifying influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord must breathe upon the dry bones, that they may live.

“The Spirit of God, with its vivifying power, must be in every human agent, that every spiritual muscle and sinew may be in exercise. Without the Holy Spirit, without the breath of God, there is torpidity of conscience, loss of spiritual life. Many who are without spiritual life have their names on the church records, but they are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. They may be joined to the church, but they are not united to the Lord. They may be diligent in the performance of a certain set of duties, and may be regarded as living men; but many are among those who have ‘a name that thou livest, and art dead.’

“Unless there is genuine conversion of the soul to God; unless the vital breath of God quickens the soul to spiritual life; unless the professors of truth are actuated by heaven-born principle, they are not born of the incorruptible seed which liveth and abideth forever. Unless they trust in the righteousness of Christ as their only security; unless they copy His character, labor in His spirit, they are naked, they have not on the robe of His righteousness. The dead are often made to pass for the living; for those who are working out what they term salvation after their own ideas, have not God working in them to will and to do of His good pleasure.

This class is well represented by the valley of dry bones Ezekiel saw in vision.” Review and Herald, January 17, 1893.

Manuscript Releases, volume 20, 216–217

“Just as long as those who profess the truth are serving Satan, his hellish shadow will cut off their views of God and heaven. They will be as those who have lost their first love. They cannot view eternal realities. That which God has prepared for us is represented in Zechariah, chapters 3 and 4, and 4:12–14: ‘And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my Lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’

“The Lord is full of resources. He has no lack of facilities. It is because of our lack of faith, our earthliness, our cheap talk, our unbelief, manifested in our conversation, that dark shadows gather about us. Christ is not revealed in word or character as the One altogether lovely, and the chiefest among ten thousand. When the soul is content to lift itself up unto vanity, the Spirit of the Lord can do little for it. Our shortsighted vision beholds the shadow, but cannot see the glory beyond. Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.

“Shall we sleep on the very verge of the eternal world? Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live. We need to see that the way is narrow, and the gate strait. But as we pass through the strait gate, its wideness is without limit.”

Revelation 7:1–3

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The Ancient People

Isaiah 44:6–8

Ishmael’s Prophecy

Genesis 16:12

The Wild Arabian Ass

Wild: sense of running wild; the onager:— wild (ass).

A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. Jeremiah 2:24.

The First and Last

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. . . . the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. . . . The number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions. Revelation 9:7, 9, 16, 17.

Islam is the Angry Horse

Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.

The Old Paths

And 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.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16.

Directed by the hand of the Lord

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

Designed for God’s People

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

Destruction and Death

Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.

Revelation 9/11

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. Revelation 9:11.

Abaddon: A destroying angel; Apollyon: a destroyer

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we once again thank you for another good night’s rest and opportunity to wake and serve you this day. We ask a blessing upon this service this day. As we begin our worship here this morning, our study, we ask that you will forgive our sins that we might be fit vessels to receive the golden oil that you wish to convey to us that we might share with those we come in contact with. Please purify these vessels, remove any stain, any sin that is preventing us from receiving and imparting this life-giving message. We want the Latter Rain. We want you to open our understanding to your Word. We ask that this work this morning will be part of that for each of us. We pray for the words spoken, the thoughts conveyed be for your honor and glory; and, that those who would receive and be confronted with these things would receive them in a way that you have designed and that they would have the appropriate impact upon their individual experiences. We pray for the Holy Spirit to be with us now, and we ask that you send your holy angels to fill this room. We ask a blessing upon the production of the DVDs and the sending out of the LiveStreaming. We thank you for all these things. In Jesus’s name, amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are dealing with Habakkuk’s Two Tables. We are now looking at these Two Tables as typified in the Scriptures.

We, yesterday, finished up showing that the Two Tables of the Ten Commandments at the beginning of Ancient Israel were the Foundation; and, at the end of Ancient Israel, the Jews did not know they were rejecting the Foundation and Person of Christ, who was the perfect reflection of those Two Tables.

We showed that this history is identifying the history of modern Israel who were given these Two Tables [referring to the 1843 and 1850 Charts] as a symbol of the covenant that the Lord entered into with Adventism in the Millerite History. And now that we are at the end of Adventism, just as the Jews of old fought against their foundational truth, Adventism is fighting against the truths on these Two Tables.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

We want to begin this study by making some applications of these typifications before we move further to look at other places where these Two Tables are typified.

In your notes, it says in The Great Controversy, page 393,

“The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.The Great Controversy, 393.

And in Review and Herald, August 19, 1890, it says,

“I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel’s message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time.” Review and Herald, August 19, 1890.

T W O M E S S A G E S

Aug 11 Jun Mar 12 Aug 12-17 Oct 22

1798 1833 1840 1842 1844 1844 1844 1850

1846 - Sabbath

43 Midnight 7 50

Cry

MILLER (D)

Darkness FOUNDATION Work Backsliding

1 2 3

Begins

Islam Restrained Protestants JUDGMENT

1989 9/11/2001 USA Ends

43 50

LOUD CRY

LAODICEAN

DARKNESS FOUNDATION

Figure No. 32.

We are saying that here in the Millerite History, the parable of the Ten Virgins was fulfilled to the very letter.

And in our history the parable of the Ten Virgins will be fulfilled to the very letter.

We are saying that one of the things that need to be noted as a student of prophecy is that in the Millerite History is using the beginning history to illustrate the ending history. And as you bring the prophetic lines upon the prophetic lines, when you have a beginning history and an ending history there are certain characteristics that both of these histories will possess.

As an example, we have pointed out that at the beginning of Ancient Israel we have the feasts set up, that at the beginning of Ancient Israel it is governed upon timelines, so to speak, of Passover, Wave Sheaf Offering, Pentecost; and, the end of Ancient Israel received Christ the Passover on the cross, the Resurrection (the Wave Sheaf Offering) on Sunday, and then Pentecost with the Disciples. Those characteristics are specific to the beginning and the end of Ancient Israel.

And, the characteristics of the parable of the Ten Virgins are specific to the beginning and the end of Adventism.

The Seven Thunders

We are teaching that the Latter Rain Message is the message of line upon line. This is the Latter Rain Message; this is how it is taught; and, it is premised upon the fact that history repeats: the history of the Millerites is repeated in our history.

Truth is established upon the testimony of two or three, and we have already put in the record a second testimony to this principle that Millerite History repeats. We will read it again.

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

“The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events”—

The Seven Thunders represent a delineation of events.

—“which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages. . . .”—

We identified seven events in this history, and they transpire under the First and Second Angels’ Messages; because, the history of the Millerites, from 1798 to 1844, is the history of the First and Second Angels. In 1844 the Third Angel arrives, and Sister White says the Seven Thunders represent a delineation—and the word delineation means to set forth upon a line—a delineation of events that would take place, that would transpire under the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

And in the same passage, she says,

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

So, the Seven Thunders represent a delineation of events that took place in the history of the Millerites, the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages; but, they also represent a delineation of events that will take place in the future. They represent the events that take place when the parable of the Ten Virgins is fulfilled to the very letter once again at the end of the world.

Now, there is both in the parable of the Ten Virgins and in the truth about the Seven Thunders—and, please notice that the Seven Thunders, whether Sister White is talking about the Millerite History or the future, she calls them “events”—the parable of the Ten Virgins is emphasizing the experience of the Millerites, the experience of the 144,000; and, the Seven Thunders is teaching the same thing, that the Millerite History is repeated at the end of the world.

But, the Seven Thunders is not so much representing the experience of the people in either of those histories; it is emphasizing the events. When we bring line upon line, when we bring these two lines together, the parable of the Ten Virgins and the Seven Thunders, suddenly we have the experience of God’s people and the seven primary events in that history.

The First and Second Angels’ Messages

Okay. Now, we want to put a third testimony which we have looked at before, to the fact that Millerite History repeats to the very letter. This is from The 1888 Materials, beginning at page 803. It says,

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

So, when it comes to this passage, Sister White says the First and Second Angels’ Messages—and she emphasizes the line of prophecy—the First and Second Angels’ Messages are still truth for this time “and are to run parallel with this which follows.” And what follows is this history down here, the history of the 144,000.

So, with these three references, and there are others, you see that the parable of the Ten Virgins is the experience of God’s people being represented. And, the experience of God’s people is produced by the Everlasting Gospel. The Everlasting Gospel is accomplished in these prophetic Reform Movements, and the Everlasting Gospel is the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers through the introduction of a three-step testing message. And, as the Everlasting Gospel is doing its work in these histories, God’s people will have an experience of either developing and demonstrating that they are a foolish or a wise virgin, and that experience is best represented in the parable of the Ten Virgins.

In this time where the Everlasting Gospel is being accomplished, there are certain events; thus, the reference to the Seven Thunders. We have read quotes where these waymarks have to be in their order; we have no right to change the location of these messages, we are told. There is a specific order. There cannot be a Third Angel without the First and the Second. So, the events, their order, where they arrive in history is part of this prophetic testimony.

Then in this last quote, this history here [of the Millerites] will be paralleled by this history here [of the 144,000].

And this history here [of the Millerites], we marked the deadly wound of the Papacy 1798 as the time of the end for this history.

And in 1989, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in fulfillment of Daniel 11, verse 40, there was a prophecy fulfilled that identified that the last six verses of Daniel 11 have begun to be fulfilled, and the last six verses of Daniel 11 are the events that lead to Michael standing up in Daniel 12:1.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in fulfillment of Daniel 11, verse 40, in 1989, the events connected with the Close of Probation became the present truth testing message for this generation. There was an increase of knowledge on these truths that are represented in these verses, and these verses are talking about where Judgment ends, down here [indicating on the board (see Figure No. 32)].

This prophetic testing message is different than the Millerites. In 1798 with the deadly wound of the Papacy, there was an increase of knowledge, and that increase of knowledge that would test this generation that would accomplish the Everlasting Gospel for that generation was not an increase of knowledge about Judgment ending but was an increase of knowledge about Judgment beginning. Okay?

But, notice, the end of the Millerite History and the end of the history of the 144,000, they are both about Judgment. This [the Millerite History] is the beginning and this [the history of the 144,000] is the end; because, this history of the 144,000 is to parallel this history of the Millerites.

So, we have a fulfillment of a prophecy here in 1989 that is dealing with the Papacy, and we have a fulfillment of a prophecy here in 1798 that is dealing with the Papacy. They are both from the Book of Daniel. When they are unsealed, we have an increase of knowledge.

And we know from our study upon the prophetic lines over the last couple of weeks that there comes a point where the message that is going through history is empowered and it is marked as being empowered when a Divine Symbol comes down, whether it is the Lord confronting Moses with circumcision or it is Michael the Archangel coming down and confronting Satan and Cyrus in their struggle, or it is the dove coming down at Christ’s baptism. With the Millerites it was the Angel of Revelation 10 descending which, Sister White says, is no less than the personage than Jesus Christ. And with us [in the history of the 144,000], it is the Angel of Revelation 18.

And what marks the empowerment for the Millerites was the restraint of Islam on August 11, 1840, in fulfillment of the time prophecy in the Second Woe of the Sixth Trumpet.

So, what we are saying is, what brings the Angel down in the Millerite History was the restraint of Islam; and, what brings the Angel of Revelation 18 down in our history was the restraint of Islam but was placed upon radical Islam immediately after September 11, 2001. George Bush went to the United Nations and told the whole world that we were now in a worldwide war with terrorism, and they began to take control of their bank accounts and restrain them.

In each of these histories, after the message is empowered, the foundational work is done, whether it was done by Christ in His history, or Cyrus putting the foundation stone in the temple, or the foundational work of the Millerites in this 1843 Chart; and, it is all prefiguring that in our history of the 144,000 that there is going to be a return to the Old Paths. These two Charts [the 1843 and the 1850 Charts] are the Old Paths. This is the foundational work that we do.

In order to prove that this is the foundational work, we use the Latter Rain Message. We bring line upon line from the Bible to show that at every point in these delineations that are found in these reform lines that are in a specific order, that at every one of these reform lines at this point the foundational work is done; therefore, when it is all brought down to the end of the world, there will be a foundational work in our history. And the foundational work that is done in our history is that we have to return to these Charts because now we have to understand the role of Islam in Bible history.

In order to understand the role of Islam in Bible History that has just marked the arrival of the Third Woe that has just been restrained, we have to return to the prophetic logic, proof-texting; the prophetic logic that William Miller used and introduced. And, the prophetic logic of William Miller is represented on these Two Tables of Habakkuk. And his prophetic logic is illustrated here [pointing to the first Islamic symbol in lower right-hand corner of the 1843 Chart] that the First Woe is Islam and, [again referencing to the second Islamic symbol in the same area of the 1843 Chart] the Second Woe is Islam; that the Fifth Trumpet, the First Woe [moving to the far right of the 1850 Chart] is Islam, and that the Sixth Trumpet, the Second Woe is Islam.

Therefore, when Islam is restrained at September 11, 2001, in order to clearly defend the role of Islam, we have to return to the Old Paths [the 1843 and 1850 Charts] and, when we do, we will find rest. This is where the refreshing begins.

And then at this waymark of June 1842 in the Millerite History, the Protestants of the United States closed their doors against the message. And in this [same] waymark here [in the history of the 144,000] is when the Protestants in the United States pass a Sunday Law and purify the Adventist Church.

The waymark that followed the activity of the Protestants in the Millerite History was the Midnight Cry. It is prefiguring the Loud Cry in our history. Judgment begins; Judgment ends.

The First and Second Angels’ Messages are still truth for this time and they are to run parallel with this which follows. The parable of the Ten Virgins has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter.

The Seven Thunders represent a delineation of events that would transpire under the First and Second Angels’ Messages and they also represent a delineation of events at the end of the world.

Specifications

So, we have read this quote before, Review and Herald, July 31, 1888, a long time ago. It says,

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

The point being here: If we trace down these lines, we mark the waymarks that are to be guarded. Not only are we to mark the waymarks and trace down the line but we need to understand the specifications of these waymarks, what do these waymarks represent.

I will give you an example. Miller’s message here, the First Angel’s Message is empowered. How is it empowered? Because, on August 11, 1840, the Rules of Prophetic Interpretation adopted by William Miller were confirmed.

And what was the primary rule adopted by the Millerites? You can see it on these Charts. It is the day-for-a-year principle.

And the primary rule that was confirmed on August 11, 1840, was confirmed because they predicted that on August 11, 1840, the Ottoman Empire would come to a conclusion; and, everyone thought they were a bunch of idiots for saying so. They predicted it in 1838; but, when it came to pass on August 11, 1840, suddenly that rule was confirmed and a power came into the message.

We need to understand the specifications of that waymark, because on September 11th of 2001, the primary rule—the primary rule of this message, the Latter Rain Message, the Third Angel’s Message [pointing out 1989]—the primary rule was confirmed. And what was the primary rule? That the Millerite History is repeated to the very letter in the history of the 144,000; and, now you can see that just as Islam was restrained here in 1840 and the Angel came down, Islam was restrained here on September 11, 2001, and the Angel came down. All the pieces of the puzzle came together for anyone that wished to see.

Okay. There are some variables in here that we are not dealing with at this point. I will let you know what I mean about “variables” here so that you will understand.

These Rules in 1840 were confirmed for the world. The Protestants were watching the Millerites making their claim about the year-day principle; and, when it came to pass, the Protestants took note. Okay?

But, there is a different dynamic going on in our history. These Rules here about Millerite History repeating to the very letter, these were not confirmed for the world. These were confirmed for Adventism. There is a different dynamic going on here.

Okay. This history of the Millerites is taking place in the time period that in Revelation is called “Philadelphia.” This history of the 144,000 is taking place in the time period called “Laodicea.” There are factors like that, specifications about these prophecies that we need to understand.

So, I only gave you those couple of examples to tell you that, yes, I am aware that there are some things that I am leaving by the wayside; but, you can only cover so many things.

So, in this study here, what we want to look at is the fact that the First and Second Angels’ Messages, they are typified throughout the Bible. The First and Second Angels’ Messages are typified throughout the Bible.

And the connection to these Two Tables [of the 1843 and 1850 Charts] is that it is from the First Message being empowered to the Second Message; and, the First and Second Messages are being typified throughout the Bible. It is in here that the foundational work is done, and it is the foundational work that produces the Second Message. You cannot separate this. You need to see this relationship.

An easy one to see, I think, is that when Moses lays the foundational message of Sabbath reform when he comes to Egypt, immediately Pharaoh says, “Okay. You’ve got to gather your own straw, you take Sabbath off, and you keep making the same amount of bricks.” You see, this foundational work of Moses produces a cause and effect with Pharaoh. All right?

So, the First and Second Angels’ Messages are a subject of prophecy. We are going to look at a few places where they are.

Elijah

In Matthew 17—it is in your notes—verses 10 through 12, it says,

10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that [Elijah]”—it says Elias'''—“[Elijah] must first come? 11And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias [Elijah] truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12But I say unto you, That Elias [Elijah] is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.” Matthew 17:10–12 (KJV).

So, who is Elijah that Jesus is identifying?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: John the Baptist.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: John the Baptist.

And who is going to suffer like John the Baptist?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Jesus.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Jesus.

So, in this history we see John and Jesus as two messengers; but, they have been typified by whom?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Elijah.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Elijah.

And who is the other messenger that is associated with Elijah? It is Elisha.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: And who comes first? Elijah; and then comes Elisha.

Did Elisha do more miracles than Elijah? Yes.

Did Jesus do more miracles than John the Baptist? Yes.

The subject of these messengers is the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

Two Calls

Who was the messenger of the First Angel [indicating on the board the Millerite History]? William Miller.

And who did Sister White compare William Miller with? Elijah and John the Baptist.

Okay. Elijah must come first. Miller must come first, and then who follows Miller? Elisha; Jesus.

Where do we see Jesus [in the Millerite History]? Elijah comes first, Miller comes first, and then on August 11, 1840, a Mighty Angel comes down out of Heaven and Sister White says this is no less a personage than Jesus Christ. So, these two messengers are representing a two-step message. The First and Second Angels’ Messages have been typified in the Scriptures.

Notice what Sister White says in Review and Herald, December 6, 1892.

“So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches. The second angel’s message is, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ And in the loud cry of the third angel’s message a voice is heard from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people.’” Review and Herald, December 6, 1892.

If you turn to Revelation 18—and this is what Sister White is trying to instruct us on—in Revelation 18, verse 1, it says,

1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2And he cried mightily. . . .”—

There is an Angel here that cries mightily, and Sister White, referring to these verses, says two distinct calls are made to the churches. Then notice verse 4.

—“4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, . . . .” Revelation 18:1-2, 4 (KJV).

So, in Revelation 18, two calls are given to the churches.

And what are the two calls? Well, they are two messages.

What are the two messages? Well, it is Elijah and Elisha; it is John the Baptist and Jesus; it is the First and Second Angels’ Messages in this history.

We want to look at a place where these two messages are typified, Ezekiel 37; but, before we do, I want to show you something from the Book of Genesis. You have it in your notes, Genesis 2:7.

7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,”—

Was man alive at that point?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Negative.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. Not alive.

—“7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,”—first step—“and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7.

There is a two-step process. If you have discernment and enough Biblical information, you can recognize this two-step process is nothing more than prefiguring the First and Second Angels’ Messages. Okay? This is Ezekiel 37, and we are going to read Ezekiel 37 and there are two messages in Ezekiel 37, and the first message is going to bring the body together but it is not alive; and, the second message, He is going to breathe into them life. This is the creation of Adam, and the creation of Adam is a two-step process. It is Elijah and Elisha. It is bringing the body together and then bringing the body to life.

Ezekiel 37 and the Breath of God

If you will, turn with me now to Ezekiel 37. What we are saying here is that Ezekiel 37 is representing the Millerite History, the First and Second Angels’ Messages, but primarily it is representing our history at the end of the world where the Millerite History is repeated to the very letter.

We have already discussed some in this series that when a prophet becomes part of the prophecy himself, he represents God’s people at the end of the world.

When John in Revelation 10 is told to go take the Little Book out of the hand of the Angel and eat it, and, “It is going to be sweet in your mouth and bitter in your stomach,” John is representing the Millerites, as well as the 144,000.

When Zechariah in chapter 4 is awakened, he is awakened at the Midnight Cry and he is shown the Seven-Branch Candlestick in the Holy Place of the Sanctuary, and he does not know what it is, just as the Millerites were awakened at the Midnight Cry and did not understand what the Sanctuary was.

And Zechariah there is pointing forward to when God’s people are awakened at the end of the world when the Millerite History is repeated and they are going to realize that Seven-Branch Candlestick—they understand that it is a piece of furniture in the Holy Place, but they do not understand that it also represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because God’s people at the end of the world, that is the issue they do not understand, is the Latter Rain.

So, Zechariah is representing both the Millerites and us, just as John the Baptist was representing the Millerites and us. When a prophet becomes a part of the prophecy, he is representing God’s people at the end of the world. And, this is the case with Ezekiel, also.

In verse 1 of Ezekiel 37, it says,

1The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,”—

We are going to read a passage where Sister White is going to say, in my words, “These bones are the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the end of the world. Ezekiel is taking the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the end of the world.

—“2And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.”—

He is taking the Adventist Church and he surveys the Adventist Church. Who else surveyed the Adventist Church? Nehemiah surveyed the Adventist Church for three nights, but that is another story.

But, Ezekiel does not know whether they can be brought back to life or not. This is overwhelming. He looked at Adventism today with the Spiritual Formations, the Celebration, the false teachings, and he says, “Man, I do not know if they can live.

Verse 4,

—“4Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.”—

Now Ezekiel is commanded. He says, “You are going to prophesy to Adventism and tell them that there is a point in time when the Latter Rain arrives. There is a point in time when He brings Adventism back to life.” And, this pretty much in the flow of events in Ezekiel 37 is the promise. Adventism has been promised that they will be those, if they are faithful, to participate in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Latter Rain. So, the promise is put in the record here for Adventism.

Now, in verse 7, Ezekiel is going to illustrate this two-step work. It says,

—“7So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking,”—

What is that noise? What is that noise?

The Lord willing, we will take the time to show that in all of these histories, in this Darkness, one of the symbols of this Darkness is this is the wilderness.

Okay. The Darkness of the Papacy in Revelation, chapter 12, the woman fled into the wilderness.

In the time of Christ, John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness.

Out of the wilderness there comes a voice. Where did Moses come from? From the wilderness.

The noise is the voice crying in the wilderness. It is the message that comes out of the Darkness that is going to impact these sleeping people—and “sleeping” is kind.

Verse 7,

—“7So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking “—

This message that comes into these histories is going to cause a shaking.

—“and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.”—

So, this First Message, the First Angel’s Message, it brings a body of believers together. Okay? It brings a body of believers together; but, they are not a mighty army yet. They are not alive yet. They are not receiving the outpouring of the Spirit.

So, in verse 9—this is Adam being formed from the dust in the ground, but he is not alive yet. In verse 9 Adam is going to be brought to life.

—“9Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind,”—

What is the wind a symbol of? The Holy Spirit.

—“9Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the”—

How many winds? The Four Winds.

Do all the prophets agree with one another?

Do we have a reference of the Four Winds that is familiar ground for most Adventists? Yes, it is Revelation 7 where four angels are holding the Four Winds of strife.

This prophecy evidently is a prophecy about the Spirit and about the restraining of the Four Winds.

—“Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel:”—

Who is the House of Israel at the end of the world?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Adventism.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Seventh-day Adventist Church.

—“behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off from our parts. 12Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:1-14 (KJV).

The Breath of Pentecost

We are going to go through this prophesy now very quickly, but hopefully very clearly.

We have already read in the past Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, page 243. It says,

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

So, when Christ breathes upon us, what is it? It is the delivering the outpouring of the Spirit. Okay?

So, this second message in Ezekiel that brings the bones to life is an outpouring of the Spirit upon them.

Revival

Sister White says in referencing Ezekiel 37 in Bible Training School, December 1, 1903,

“The dry bones need to be”—

And who are the dry bones according to Ezekiel? It is the whole House of Israel; but, at the end of the world they are dead in their Laodicean sins and trespasses.

—“The dry bones need to be breathed upon by the Holy Spirit of God, that they may come into action, as by a resurrection from the dead.” Bible Training School, December 1, 1903.

They need to be revived; they need to be resurrected.

And in Selected Messages, book 1, page 121, she says,

“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.” Selected Messages, book 1, 121.

What she is saying is, we are a bunch of dead, dry bones and we need to be brought to life.

And then in Testimonies to Ministers, page 113, it says,

“When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience.” Testimonies to Ministers, 112–114.

What brings the dead, dry bones of Adventism to life is a message from Daniel and Revelation that is breathed upon them by Christ, and they need it.

Notice The Great Controversy, page 341:

“To John were opened scenes of deep and thrilling interest in the experience of the church. He saw the position, dangers, conflicts, and final deliverance of the people of God. He”—‘He,’ John, the Book of Revelation—“records the closing messages”—John records the closing messages—“which are to ripen the harvest of the earth,”—

What ripens the harvest? The Latter Rain.

What are John’s messages in the Book of Revelation? They are the Latter Rain.

—“He records the closing messages which are to ripen the harvest of the earth either as sheaves for the heavenly garner or as fagots for the fires of destruction. Subjects of vast importance were revealed to him, especially for the last church, that those who should turn from error to truth might be instructed concerning the perils and conflicts before them. None need be in darkness in regard to what is coming upon the earth.” The Great Controversy, 341.

The Latter Rain Message either produces sheaves or fagots. Okay? It is a prophetic testing message that produces two classes of worshippers. It comes from Daniel and Revelation. It brings the dry bones back to life. Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation are all the same message; but, what brings us to life is a two-step message, a message that first brings a body of believers together in the midst of a shaking from the message that comes from the wilderness and then brings that body of believers into a mighty army.

A Message

Manuscript Releases, volume 12, page 205:

“What power must we have from God that icy hearts, having only a legal religion, should see the better things provided for them—Christ and His righteousness! A lifegiving message was needed to give life to the dry bones.” Manuscript Releases, volume 12, 205.

When Ezekiel is commanded to prophesy to the bones, what is it? It is a life-giving message. Not magic; it is a message.

And what message is it? It is the Message of Christ’s Righteousness.

I want to throw something in here: This message arrives here [at the waymark of the First Angel’s Message] in both of these histories. This is the voice that causes the shaking and brings the body together in these two histories. This is the Book of Daniel; this is Daniel 8:14 [referring to the period of time between 1798 and 1840 of the Millerite History] and this is Daniel 11:40 [referring to the period of time between 1989 and September 11, 2001, of the history of the 144,000].

Daniel 8:14 is announcing the opening of Judgment, “The hour of judgment has come!”

Daniel 11:45 is announcing the close of Judgment. It is the events that lead to the close of probation.

This same message is the beginning and the end.

This causes a body of believers in the history of the Millerites and this causes a body of believers in this history of the 144,000; and, then, the Spirit is to be poured out among them with a second message.

So, if you were to take these lines and lay them over the history of Christ, the history of Christ has several illustrations of this truth, not just one. And in one of those illustrations, the Triumphal Entry, which is the illustration of the Midnight Cry, Jesus told a couple of His disciples to go get an ass that He could ride on as He entered into Jerusalem; and, it is worth noting that this Message of Christ’s Righteousness, the message of the Triumphal Entry, there were people throwing off the garments of their self-righteousness at His feet because He was going to place the garments of righteousness upon them. And those people, according to Sister White, were the people that He had healed of blindness and deafness and raised from the dead. Okay? That was the people that were there. That was the Message of Christ’s Righteousness, which is a life-giving message that the dry bones need to have to come to life.

But, what was carrying Christ? What message was carrying Christ? It was the message of the ass.

Okay. In both of these histories we have the restraints of Islam, of Islam. It is the wild Arabian ass in Bible prophecy and it is the message that carries the message of Christ’s righteousness.

Adventism

“I lay down my pen and lift up my soul in prayer, that the Lord would breathe upon his backslidden people, which are as dry bones, that they may live.” General Conference Bulletin, February 4, 1893.

Review and Herald, November 18, 1902,

“A straight testimony must be borne to our churches and institutions, to arouse the sleeping ones.’”—

There is a sister that just recently started watching this material. I mean “this material,” when people ask us where to begin with this message, we say, “Go to the 2004 Prophecy School.” I mean, the message started well before 2004, but the 2004 Prophecy School was purposefully put together. After years of this message, it was the first time that Future for America said, “Okay. We are going to hold our own meeting.” Before that it was just invitations to come and speak.

But, the reason we held that meeting was so that we could record the message to that point. So there the foundational parts of this message are found; so, we will tell people, “You start there.”

And, there is a sister in Alaska that within the past less than a week, she spoke to my wife and she has been watching all these things—and she is probably right. I’m not defending myself. She says, I’m watching the material from the past,” like 2004, but she says, “but I am also watching the new stuff.” And she says, “You need to tell Jeff that he is getting harsher.”

Okay. So, my wife, she made a little bit of a defense for me, but she did pass that counsel for me.

But, Brothers and Sisters, I do not know that it is harshness. It says,

—“‘A straight testimony must be borne to our churches and institutions, to”—what?—“‘to arouse the sleeping ones.’”—

Sister White says we have a more pointed message than John the Baptist, and John the Baptist looked the Pharisees in the eye and said, “Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come, you snakes and vipers?”

Do we have a more pointed message than John the Baptist?

—“‘A straight testimony must be borne to our churches and institutions, to arouse the sleeping ones.’

“When the word of the Lord is believed and obeyed, steady advancement will be made. Let us now see our great need. The Lord cannot use us until he breathes life into the dry bones. I heard the words spoken: ‘Without the deep moving of the Spirit of God upon the heart, without its life-giving influence, truth becomes a dead letter.’” Review and Herald, November 18, 1902.

In Review and Herald, January 17, 1893, it says,

“But not only does this simile of the dry bones apply to the world, but also to those who have been blessed with great light;”—

Here Sister White is specifically talking about Adventism.

—“for they also are like the skeletons of the valley. They have the form of men, the framework of the body; but they have not spiritual life. But the parable does not leave the dry bones merely knit together into the forms of men; for it is not enough that there is symmetry of limb and feature. The breath of life must vivify the bodies that they may stand upright, and spring into activity. These bones represent the house of Israel, the church of God, and the hope of the church is the vivifying influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord must breathe upon the dry bones, that they may live.

“The Spirit of God, with its vivifying power, must be in every human agent, that every spiritual muscle and sinew may be in exercise. Without the Holy Spirit, without the breath of God, there is torpidity of conscience, loss of spiritual life. Many who are without spiritual life have their names on the church records, but they are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. They may be joined to the church, but they are not united to the Lord. They may be diligent in the performance of a certain set of duties, and may be regarded as living men; but many are among those who have ‘a name that thou livest, and art dead.’

“Unless there is genuine conversion of the soul to God; unless the vital breath of God quickens the soul to spiritual life; unless the professors of truth are actuated by heaven-born principle, they are not born of the incorruptible seed which liveth and abideth forever. Unless they trust in the righteousness of Christ as their only security; unless they copy His character, labor in His spirit, they are naked, they have not on the robe of His righteousness. The dead are often made to pass for the living; for those who are working out what they term salvation after their own ideas, have not God working in them to will and to do of His good pleasure.

This class is well represented by the valley of dry bones Ezekiel saw in vision.” Review and Herald, January 17, 1893.

So, I hope you see that it is not I who is applying these two messages in Ezekiel here at the end of the world.

Ezekiel 37, at one level, is typifying the First and Second Angels’ Messages. Ezekiel 37 is identifying the First Message as the message that brings a body of believers together, and the Second Message is where there is a manifestation of the Spirit of God and an army is raised up to finish the work for that history. And that is just what happened in the Millerite History.

But, in the Millerite History, when we look at the First and Second Angels’ Messages, we realize that a power came in, no less the personage of Jesus Christ came in, at the restraint of Islam.

And the line upon line message of this Hour is telling us this history is going to be paralleled in this history of the 144,000.

So, we are saying there is a parallel message in our history and that the Second Message arrives on the scene once again when Islam is restrained, and that these Two Messages are the subject of Ezekiel 37; because, this is where the First and Second Angels’ Messages are typified, one of the places in the Bible.

What does this have to do with the Two Tables [pointing to the 1843 and 1850 Charts]? It has to do this with the Two Tables: Ezekiel 37 is going to be in another place where we are going to recognize that the role of Islam in Bible prophecy is specifically marked at the right point in time, and it is marked right here in the foundational work. And in order to identify the role of Islam in Bible prophecy, you have to return to the Foundations; you have to return to Habakkuk’s Two Tables.

So, it is in this sense that as Ezekiel 37 typifies the First and Second Angels’ Messages, that is this connection to these two Charts, the Old Paths. They are typified; they are addressed in Bible prophecy.

MANUSCRIPT RELEASES, volume 20, 216-217

Notice this in Manuscript Releases, volume 20, beginning at page 216.

And by now in our studies, we have spent 15 presentations, and I have never figured out how to do one of them in less than an hour; so, we have at least 20-something hours into this. And in these 20-something hours we have dealt with several issues that are going to be addressed in these three paragraphs.

“Just as long as those who profess the truth are serving Satan,”—

That just tells you something right there. There are people that are Seventh-day Adventists, they are serving Satan.

And someone might hear me say that and say, “This brother is being harsh.” But, the reality of it is, and we are informed, that you are either decidedly on the side of Christ or you are decidedly on the side of Satan. There is no middle ground. There are two classes, and there are only two leaders.

—“Just as long as those who profess the truth are serving Satan, his hellish shadow will cut off their views of God and heaven. They will be as those who have lost their first love. They cannot view eternal realities. That which God has prepared for us is represented in Zechariah, chapters 3 and 4, and 4:12–14: ‘And I answered again, and said unto him,”—

Here is Zechariah representing God’s people at the end of the world.

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

Now, we have spent enough time, we know in this group what the olive branches are, have we not? It is the two phases of the Word of God, where in Zechariah it was the Law and the Prophets; for the Millerites it was the Old and New Testaments; for us today it is the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. But, what those two witnesses bring to us is a message; and these people that are serving Satan and professing to be Seventh-day Adventists, they cannot see these messages. They cannot understand this truth, that the holy oil that comes down through those two pipes are messages that are designed to awaken, purify, and empower. They cannot understand it.

—“‘And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my Lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’

“The Lord is full of resources. He has no lack of facilities. It is because of our lack of faith, our earthliness, our cheap talk, our unbelief, manifested in our conversation, that dark shadows gather about us. Christ is not revealed in word or character as the One altogether lovely, and the chiefest among ten thousand. When the soul is content to lift itself up unto vanity, the Spirit of the Lord can do little for it. Our shortsighted vision beholds the shadow, but cannot see the glory beyond. Angels are holding the four winds,”—[to be continued]

Where are the angels holding the Four Winds? In Revelation, chapter 7.

1And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:1-3 (KJV).

And what are the angels holding the Four Winds, for what purpose? So, the 144,000 can be sealed in their foreheads.

[Continuing with Manuscript Releases, volume 20, 216 – 217.]

—“Angels are holding the four winds,”—and now she is going to define the four winds for us—“Angels are holding the four winds represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.”—

She has just defined the four winds that are being held by the four angels as an angry horse that is going to bring death. All right? She defined that.

But, what does this have to do with Ezekiel 37? I have already inferred that when Ezekiel is told to prophesy into the wind, prophesy to the four winds there in Ezekiel 37, that his reference to the four winds is connecting with Revelation 7. I have made that inference, but does Sister White connect Ezekiel 37 with Revelation 7?

Notice the next paragraph.

—“Shall we sleep on the very verge of the eternal world? Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live. We need to see that the way is narrow, and the gate strait. But as we pass through the strait gate, its wideness is without limit.” Manuscript Releases, volume 20, 216-217.

Sister White here just tied the Second Message of Ezekiel 37 in with the Message of the Four Winds of Revelation 7. She just said the Second Message of Ezekiel 37 is the sealing message of the 144,000; and, in so doing, she told us that those Four Winds are an angry horse.

The Ancient People

In Isaiah 44:6-8, we want to find out who the angry horse of Bible prophecy is.

Isaiah 44:6-8 deals with a principle that we have been emphasizing repeatedly in these studies.

Verse 6 of Isaiah 44 says,

6Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”—

It is Jesus that sets forth the history of the beginning of Ancient Israel in order to illustrate the history of the end of Ancient Israel. He is the First and the Last. He is the Beginning and the End. He is the Alpha and the Omega. It is His signature to illustrate the end with the beginning.

Verse 7,

—“7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declare it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:6-8 (KJV).

“Ye are my witnesses.” You are a witness of what? Well, in these verses you are to witness the fact that Jesus is the First and the Last. He is the God that illustrates the end with the beginning, and you are supposed to mark that in His work of illustrating the end from the beginning that He appointed ancient people to do so.

If you are going to understand spiritual Babylon in the Book of Revelation at the end of the world, then you are going to have to understand Babylon at the beginning of the world; because, Jesus illustrates Babylon at the end with Babylon at the beginning.

If you are going to understand spiritual Israel that are being sealed in Revelation 7, you are going to have to understand Israel, the descendants of Jacob; because, Jesus uses the beginning to illustrate the end.

If you are going to understand who Egypt is in Revelation 11, verse 8, with atheistic France, then you are going to have to understand that in Ezekiel 29:2, Ezekiel tells us that Egypt is the dragon; because, it is the beginning story of Egypt that tells us the ending story of Egypt.

Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning and, in doing so, He has appointed the ancient people as the symbols to tell this story.

Ishmael’s Prophecy

And we are going to look at the angry horse of Bible prophecy that was appointed in the beginning to illustrate the end. If you would, go to Genesis 16:12.

The angry horse of Bible prophecy, Brothers and Sisters, you go into Islam and you see the symbols that Islam identifies for itself, the Arabian horse. You go into Islam and you read their myths about who they are and supposedly the Angel Gabriel delivered his messages to Mohammad, riding upon these horses. The Arabian horse is not only a symbol of Islam in the culture of mankind, it is the symbol that Islam chooses for itself. Any way you look at Islam, they come from the horse family.

And if you ask someone in Islam who their father is, they will tell you one of two people. They might say Abraham, but more likely than not they are going to tell you that it was Abraham’s son. His name is Ishmael.

And in verse 12, Ishmael is introduced into the Scriptures as the father of Islam. And it says,

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 16:12 (KJV).

The very first reference here of Ishmael and Islam is that he would be a wild man.

The Wild Arabian Ass

And this world wild, you will see in your notes, means:

Wild: sense of running wild; the onager:— wild (ass).

And the onager is a word that means the wild Arabian ass.

It says that Ishmael will be a wild man, and it means that Ishmael will be the wild Arabian ass.

And notice what it says his role in Bible prophecy is to be. His hand is going to be against every man, and his activity is going to bring every man’s hand in the world together against him.

Have you seen the whole world coming together to deal with radical Islam? That is right there in Genesis 16:12.

And, it says that his spirit is going to be in all his brethren. This spirit of being against every man but Islam, that is a very fundamental doctrine of the Koran: “Either convert to our spirit or die.” His spirit is in all his brethren.

You will notice that this word wild is also found in other places in the Bible, but I want you to see Jeremiah 2:24, which is in your notes.

24A wild ass used to the wilderness,”—

This term wild ass is translated as “wild man” in Genesis 16:12, the wild Arabian ass.

—“A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.” Jeremiah 2:24 (KJV).

When you look at the wild ass in Bible prophecy, you will notice that one of the characteristics associated with him is his breathing, breathing in the wind. Okay. This connects with Ezekiel 37, “Breath into them the Spirit,” the wind, the Four Winds that are restrained.

And why is it that the Arabians will take the wild ass along with the camels as they go across the desert? Because, the wild Arabian ass has the ability to smell water through the sand. If you are going to get in the middle of nowhere and you need water and you do not know where it is, you want the wild Arabian ass because he has such good nostrils that he can smell that water better than anyone else.

So, one of the characteristics of the wild Arabian ass, who was Ishmael in Bible prophecy, is this breathing, this wind, which is a part of Ezekiel 37.

The First and Last

The first mention of Islam in Bible prophecy is in Genesis; the last mentioned is in Revelation, and it is that these references on these 1843 and 1850 Charts come from Revelation, chapter 9. And notice some snippets in your notes from Revelation 9 concerning Islam. It says,

7And the shapes of the locusts”—this is Islam—“were like unto horses prepared unto battle. . . . 9the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. . . . 16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; . . . ” Revelation 9:7, 9, 16, 17 (KJV).

So, what am I saying here? I am saying, from the first reference of Islam in the Bible in Genesis 16:12 Ishmael is the wild Arabian ass, the horse family, to the last reference in the Bible it is the horse family.

Islam is the Angry Horse

The symbol of Islam, from the beginning unto the end, from Genesis to Revelation, is the horse. And Sister White says, “Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path.”

What does an angry horse symbolize in Bible prophecy?

Okay. In our time period, going back to the First and Second Angels’ Messages are going to be paralleled in our history, we are saying the First Message is here [between 1798 and 1840; 1989 and September 11, 2001]. This is where a body of believers is brought together; but, they are brought in to be a mighty army when the breath of the Lord is breathed upon them.

And do you remember the story—we put it in the record—do you remember the story in John, chapter 2, that Mary sees Christ right after He is resurrected and He says, “Don’t touch me. I have to ascend.”

And then immediately thereafter where does He show up, where does Christ show up? In the midst of His Disciples.

So, we see that Christ descended. And what did He do? He breathed upon them the Holy Spirit.

So, in this history, no less than the personage of Jesus Christ descends and puts His foot upon the land and His foot upon the sea, with a Little Book opened in His hand, and He breathes upon them the Holy Spirit.

And what causes Him to come down? The restraint of Islam, in both histories, this is where the breathing begins.

The Old Paths

And in order to prove this, we are going to have to do a foundational work. We are going to have to return to the Old Paths.

Notice 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).

We are premising this argument that we are making here on understanding the foundational work in each of these generations in these Reform Movements. We are ‘raising up the foundations of many generations’ in order to emphasize this foundational work here in our history.

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).

When you raise up the foundations of many generations, you are restoring what? The paths to dwell in.

And what are the paths to dwell in? Jeremiah 6:16,

16Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see,”—

What are the ways there? Where are you supposed to stand? You are supposed to stand in Adventism, “Stand you in Adventism and look around. Stand you in Adventism.”

Have you ever seen a prophet doing that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Ezekiel did. Ezekiel was taken to Adventism. He was taken to a valley of dead, dry bones; and, the Lord said, “Look around. What do you see? Can these bones be brought back to life?”

Jeremiah is agreeing with Him: Stand in Adventism 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.” Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV).

It is when we stand in the Old Paths [indicating the 1843 and 1850 Charts on the board] that we accomplish the foundational work.

Why do we have to stand in the Old Paths? Because, Brothers and Sisters, we have got to defend the restraint of Islam being a waymark in Advent history, in both the beginning and the end, in order that the dead, dry bones of Adventism have the possibility to awaken and to become part of the army that carries the final warning message to the world. We have to defend this restraint of Islam.

And what does Sister White say? Angels are holding the Four Winds, and the Four Winds are held while the 144,000 are being sealed; but, Sister White says that the Four Winds is the angry horse of Bible prophecy, and the angry horse of Bible prophecy was restrained on August 11, 1840, and a restraint was put upon it on September 11, 2001. The sealing of the 144,000 began.

The message from the Four Winds of Ezekiel is being breathed upon His people and they are being raised up as a mighty army, even if you are not seeing what is happening in Adventism today. It is happening.

Directed by the Hand of the Lord

Designed for God’s People

Now, you have two references here about the Old Paths. We have already read these more than once. One is Sister White’s endorsement of this 1843 Chart, ‘directed by the hand of the Lord and should not be altered’; and, the other reference is that she saw a prophecy of the 1850 Chart in the Bible and that God was in the publishment of this Chart. We have already read them; they are in your notes.

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

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

Destruction and Death

Why do I have those [the Charts] up there? Because, these Charts are the Old Paths. This is where we have to return to if we are going to identify who the angry horse is.

The angry horse of Bible prophecy, right there, Brothers and Sisters [pointing to the 1850 Chart].

And what is he doing in the quote? Sister White says he is seeking to break loose. He is restrained. He is seeking to break loose. The Four Winds are restrained; he is seeking to break loose while the 144,000 are in the sealing process.

She says, “Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the”—United States, is that what she says?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: She says “the whole earth.”

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The whole earth.

I remember, early on, early on after 9/11, the last time we were in Korea—and this was some time ago—we were presenting this message to the Koreans, and very few of the Koreans spoke English and I do not speak—gamsamnida is my entire vocabulary in Korean. So, I did not speak Korean, so I did not have a whole lot of interaction there; but, I could tell—and it is hard to talk to Koreans. It is hard to read their body language, any language. We would go into meetings, and it was not always the case. Sometimes it was just a typical Adventist church. But, there were some places where we had meetings where they had rented buildings and it was just wood floors, and the Koreans would just come in and they would sit down on the wood floors, flat on the wood floors, period.

Virtually everyone that came in to those meetings, they would pray and then they would sit on those wood floors. And if you went for two hours, they would sit there without moving, they and their children, dead silence, with virtually no facial expression. So, it is really hard to read them.

But, I could tell, I could tell—this was early on—that they were having a hard time seeing Islam in Bible prophecy. Maybe they still do.

But, do you know what the Lord did? Maybe you do not remember this, and I only remember this because it connected with what we were doing. That is probably the only reason I remember it. Early on after George Bush went into Iraq to put a restraint upon Islam—remember he did that immediately after 9/11?—there was a point in time where they, in Iraq, where the Muslims caught a couple of Korean reporters. And if I recall what they did is they murdered them and hung them up on an overpass for everyone to see, and it was a big deal. That happened the very week that we were presenting this message in Korea.

So, where it says, “Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path,” you could look at the Koreans right then and there and say, “This isn’t just about Islam and the United States. This is even touching Korea. This is the whole world. The whole world is being confronted by Islam, like it or not.”

And what are they bringing, according to Sister White, these Four Winds? Death and destruction.

Revelation 9/11

And in your notes, in Revelation 9, verse 11—9/11—Revelation 9:11, it says,

11And they had a king over them,”—Islam did—“which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” Revelation 9:11 (KJV).

And,

Abaddon: a destroying angel; Apollyon: a destroyer

Abaddon is a destroying angel, and Apollyon is a destroyer. Sister White says angels are holding the Four Winds represented as an angry horse, seeking to bring death and destruction. The characteristics, the character in Bible prophecy is the name. The king that represents Islam, his character, his name is Death and Destruction.

So, not only does Sister White identify the restraint of the Four Winds as the restraint of Islam, she says the characteristics are the same characteristics that are found in Revelation 9:11.

Summary

So, what we are saying here is that the history of the Millerites is the history of Two Messages, Elijah and Elisha, John the Baptist and Jesus, the First and Second Angels’ Messages; and, this history is to run parallel with our history.

And the Second Message is where the breath of life is breathed into the body that has been brought together by the First Message.

And in the Millerite History, the breath came into the body when Islam was restrained; and, in our history the breath comes into the body when Islam is restrained.

But, in order to prove this, you have to return to the Old Paths. You have to do the foundational work in our history that has been represented by all these foundations of these generations after generation. And in order to do the foundational work, you have to return to Habakkuk’s Two tables. These Two Tables are typified in Bible prophecy.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we give you permission to do what it takes in our individual experience that we might place ourselves in a position to where you can breathe the Holy Spirit upon us and raise us up as one of the army that carries this final warning message to Planet Earth, that we might go home and be with you for eternity. We understand that as Seventh-day Adventists we are sleeping virgins, we are Laodiceans, we are a valley of dead, dry bones and our greatest need is to seek for this revival, this resurrection that is illustrated in Ezekiel 37. We understand that we have a work to do as students of prophecy, to first eat that Little Book and make this message our own, receive it; and, then we have the responsibility to not only receive the golden oil but to pass it on to others. But as dead, dry bones we have a difficulty even seeing any of this as reality. Please shake us, awaken us to recognize our responsibility of being that of seeking for a revival as our first work. We pray a blessing upon these studies that we have carried out these three weeks. We ask that you would bring us back together this Sunday at 7:00 a.m., Arkansas time, that we might our consideration of Habakkuk’s Two Tables. In Jesus’s name, amen.