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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #16 of 95

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RULE VI- God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables, and in this way the same things are often time revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures, and parables. If you wish to understand them, you must combine them all in one.

RULE VIII- Figures always have a figurative meaning, and are used much in prophecy, to represent future things, times and events; such as mountains, meaning governments; beasts meaning kingdoms. Waters, meaning people. Lamp, meaning Word of God. Day, meaning year.

RULE X- Figures sometimes have two or more different significations, as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. Ezekiel 12:21–23.

1840–1844

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

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the ‘former rain’ was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the ‘latter rain’ will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest. ‘Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.’ Hosea 6:3. ‘Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.’ Joel 2:23. ‘In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.’ ‘And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Acts 2:17, 21.

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

The Divine Symbol Descends

Pentecost—John 20:19–21; John 20:17–18

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

“Jesus commissioned a mighty angel to descend and warn the inhabitants of the earth to prepare for His second appearing. As the angel left the presence of Jesus in heaven, an exceedingly bright and glorious light went before him. I was told that his mission was to lighten the earth with his glory and warn man of the coming wrath of God.” Early Writings, 245.

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. Revelation 18:1.

Two Steps

The Last Work

“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 after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:1–4.

Pentecost—John 20:19–21; John 20:17–18; Luke 24:42–49

“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.

1840–1844

“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.

A Testing Process

1840–1844—The Three Angel’s Testing Messages

Many who heard the first and second angels’ messages thought they would live to see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven. Had all who claimed to believe the truth acted their part as wise virgins, the message would ere this have been proclaimed to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But five were wise and five were foolish. The truth should have been proclaimed by the ten virgins, but only five had made the provision essential to join that company who walked in the light that had come to them. The third angel’s message was needed. This proclamation was to be made. Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel’s message, the last testing message to be given to the world.

A similar work will be accomplished when that other angel, represented in Revelation 18, gives his message. The first, second, and third angels’ messages will need to be repeated. The call will be given to the church, [Revelation 18:2–5 quoted].

Take each verse of this chapter, and read it carefully, especially the last two: [verse 23, 24 quoted.]

“The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself, and every specification should be carefully studied. A time will come when the door will be shut. We are represented either by the wise or the foolish virgins. We cannot now distinguish, nor have we authority to say, who are wise and who foolish. There are those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, and these appear outwardly like the wise. . . .

This is the test. Those who are counted among the wise virgins will let their light burn in good works. There are many who will not remain at the feet of Jesus, and learn of Him. They have not a knowledge of His ways. Let none rest in the idea that baptism has saved them, while they give no evidence that they are conformed to the image of Christ, while they cling to their old habits, while they exert their influence on the side of the world, and weave their fabric with the threads of worldly ideas and customs. These have not kept the oil in the vessels with their lamps. They are not ready for the Bridegroom. The oil is the holy grace that is sent from heaven, and there must be an inward adorning with that grace, that they may be enabled to stand when He appeareth.” Manuscript Releases, volume 16, 269–270.

Especially the Last Two

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. Revelation 18:21–24.

And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate forever. And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 51: 61–64.

Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:10–11.

Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate. Jeremiah 7:34.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1.

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Acts 7:55–56.

The Second Call (Voice)

“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.

“Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6–12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion. This message is the last that will ever be given to the world; and it will accomplish its work. When those that ‘believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2 Thessalonians 2:12, shall be left to receive strong delusion and to believe a lie, then the light of truth will shine upon all whose hearts are open to receive it, and all the children of the Lord that remain in Babylon will heed the call: ‘Come out of her, my people.’ Revelation 18:4.” Maranatha, 173.

Two Distinct Calls

“So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches.” Review and Herald, December 6, 1892.

First Call

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27.

Second Call

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16.

The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isaiah 56:8.

The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:2–3.

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12.

And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. Zechariah 9:16.

As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 20:33–38.

Crowns Taken

“When those who have had abundance of light throw off the restraint which the Word of God imposes, and make void his law, others will come in to fill their place, and take their crown.” Review and Herald, June 15, 1897.

The Line is Drawn

“None are condemned until they have had the light and have seen the obligation of the fourth commandment. But when the decree shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit sabbath, and the loud cry of ‘the third angel’ shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his image, the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true. Then those who still continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast.” Signs of the Times, November 8, 1899.

The Time of Their Visitation

“Oh, that the people might know the time of their visitation! There are many who have not yet heard the testing truth for this time. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is striving. The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have had no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter.” Testimonies, volume 9, 97.

Two Shut Doors

1842

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

1844

“The proclamation, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,’ in the summer of 1844, led thousands to expect the immediate advent of the Lord. At the appointed time the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom. ‘They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.’” The Great Controversy, 427.

A Time will come When the Door will be Shut

“Trials are to come upon God’s people and the tares are to be separated from the wheat.Review and Herald, March 19, 1895.

“Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation.” Selected Messages, book 2, 69.

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.’” Early Writings, 119.

“Again, these parables teach that there is to be no probation after the judgment. When the work of the gospel is completed, there immediately follows the separation between the good and the evil, and the destiny of each class is forever fixed.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 123.

When the Decree goes Forth

“What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity.” Testimonies, volume 5, 216.

“The work of the Holy Spirit is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. The world can only be warned by seeing those who believe the truth sanctified through the truth, acting upon high and holy principles, showing in a high, elevated sense, the line of demarcation between those who keep the commandments of God, and those who trample them under their feet. The sanctification of the Spirit signalizes the difference between those who have the seal of God, and those who keep a spurious rest-day. When the test comes, it will be clearly shown what the mark of the beast is. It is the keeping of Sunday. Those who after having heard the truth, continue to regard this day as holy, bear the signature of the man of sin, who thought to change times and laws.” Bible Training School, December 1, 1903.

A Shut Door Message

“For a time after the disappointment in 1844, I did hold, in common with the advent body, that the door of mercy was then forever closed to the world. This position was taken before my first vision was given me. It was the light given me of God that corrected our error, and enabled us to see the true position.

“I am still a believer in the shut-door theory, but not in the sense in which we at first employed the term or in which it is employed by my opponents.

“There was a shut door in Noah’s day. There was at that time a withdrawal of the Spirit of God from the sinful race that perished in the waters of the Flood. God Himself gave the shut-door message to Noah: ‘My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years’ (Genesis 6:3).

“There was a shut door in the days of Abraham. Mercy ceased to plead with the inhabitants of Sodom, and all but Lot, with his wife and two daughters, were consumed by the fire sent down from heaven.

“There was a shut door in Christ’s day. The Son of God declared to the unbelieving Jews of that generation, ‘Your house is left unto you desolate’ (Matthew 23:38).

“Looking down the stream of time to the last days, the same infinite power proclaimed through John: ‘These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth’ (Revelation 3:7).

“I was shown in vision, and I still believe, that there was a shut door in 1844. All who saw the light of the first and second angels’ messages and rejected that light, were left in darkness. And those who accepted it and received the Holy Spirit which attended the proclamation of the message from heaven, and who afterward renounced their faith and pronounced their experience a delusion, thereby rejected the Spirit of God, and it no longer pleaded with them.

“Those who did not see the light, had not the guilt of its rejection. It was only the class who had despised the light from heaven that the Spirit of God could not reach. And this class included, as I have stated, both those who refused to accept the message when it was presented to them, and also those who, having received it, afterward renounced their faith. These might have a form of godliness, and profess to be followers of Christ; but having no living connection with God, they would be taken captive by the delusions of Satan. These two classes are brought to view in the vision—those who declared the light which they had followed a delusion, and the wicked of the world who, having rejected the light, had been rejected of God. No reference is made to those who had not seen the light, and therefore were not guilty of its rejection.” Selected Messages, book 1, 62–63.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we ask you to be with us here this morning as we take up this worship, this study. We want the presence of your Holy Spirit in our hearts, in our minds. We ask that you grant us that presence, that you would forgive our sins that we might be fully alert to what you have for us, what you say to us; and, as for myself, that you would overrule any of my human thinking and that the thoughts and words I convey would be ones that would glorify and honor you. I ask that you take a coal from off your altar and touch my lips that the Word spoken be empowered with purity that comes from a coal touching the lips. We want the Latter Rain. We ask that you would send the golden oil down through the pipes into our vessels that we might have an abundance supply to share with those whom we come in contact. We ask that you bless this study now in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are in the second section of our study of Habakkuk’s Two Tables. We will probably be here for a few more weeks. We are now in the second section looking at the Tables and the truth on the Tables as typified in the Scriptures. And there are several places that have been recognized in the Scriptures where these Two Tables from the Millerite History have been typified.

We are going to do one here in the near future, probably Tuesday, which to me is fairly important. I was going to do it this morning, and then I realized it would be better understood if we put a couple of other studies in place beforehand.

J U D G M E N T L I N E S

31 31 34

Few Drops Full Outpouring Acts 7:55-56

Tarrying Time

PENTECOST

1840 1842 1844

Door Closed Door Closed

Protestants USA Judgment Begins

Midnight Cry

Protestants Tested Millerites Tested MIDNIGHT CRY

Daniel 11:40 Daniel 11:41 Daniel 12:1

9/11/2001 Sunday Law

Adventism Tested World Tested

Door Closed Door Closed

Tarrying Time (James 5:7) Protestants USA Judgment Ends

Loud Cry

SHEEP OTHER SHEEP LOUD CRY

1st TEST 2nd TEST 3rd TEST

Figure No. 33.

So, what we are going to look at today is what I am calling the Judgment Lines. There may be a better way to express it.

This [1840 to 1844] is the beginning of the Judgment; [9/11/2001 to Daniel 12:1] the end of Judgment. And the Judgment message is the prophetic testing message for both of these histories.

Whereas, in the time of Cyrus, the prophetic testing message that was the Everlasting Gospel was to come out of Babylon and build the City and the temple, and the streets and the wall.

The prophetic testing message in the time of Christ was that Christ the Messiah was here to confirm the covenant for one week.

Each of these reform lines has its own distinct prophetic message.

And for Adventism, the beginning [1840 to 1844 (see Figure No. 33 above)] and end [9/11/2001 to Daniel 12:1] of Adventism, our prophetic testing message is derived from the fact that the Millerites announced the opening of Judgment, and we at the end announce the close of Judgment.

And one of the most difficult passages to come to grips with, from my personal experience is Revelation 18:1-4; and, one of the reasons it is difficult to come to grips with, difficult to teach, is because in order to do it correctly, I believe you have to place Revelation 18 in the context of a judgment line, that this is the end of the Judgment. You look at Revelation 18 from that perspective; but, then at a secondary level you have to look at Revelation 18 as identifying the two temple cleansings, and that is what we will do tomorrow.

What do I mean by that? Here is what I mean by that: The First Angel’s Message was empowered in 1840 and began the testing process in the time of the Millerites; and, the Second Angel’s Message arrives in 1842; and, in 1844 you have the door close and Judgment begins.

So, at the end of the world, this history [of the Millerites] is repeated at that level.

When the Angel of Revelation 18 comes down, the testing message is empowered. As the Protestants closed their doors in the Millerite History, marking the second waymark in that history, the Protestants in the United States pass a Sunday Law, marking the second waymark in this history.

On the third waymark in the history of the Millerites, Judgment begins; on the third waymark in the history of the 144,000, Judgment closes.

Okay. So, those are the lines that we are dealing with, the Judgment.

But, in terms of the two temple cleansings, everyone is tested by a three-step process; and, on 9/11 the first test for Adventism begins, the first temple cleansing begins. And at The Sunday Law you are at the third test for Adventism. Between 9/11 and The Sunday Law you have these three tests, the first, second, and third. And then the testing process goes to those outside of Adventism and they have a first, second, and third test.

So, when you are dealing with Revelation 18, you have to identify that there are two truths, two primary truths, with the prophetic lines that are going on there or you can get kind of confused. So, we are going to take up the Judgment Lines here this morning, and then tomorrow take up the two temple cleansings so that we can see both of those things. And the reason that we want to do that is on Tuesday we are going to look at the beginning and the ending of the testing process for Ancient Israel and compare it with us today.

You have on your notes three of William Miller’s Rules. You have Rule Nos. VI, VIII, and X.

Rule VI says,

RULE VI- God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables, and in this way the same things are often time revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures, and parables. If you wish to understand them, you must combine them all in one.

So, he is talking about figures, visions, and parables.

Then in Rule VIII, it says,

RULE VIII - Figures always have a figurative meaning, and are used much in prophecy, to represent future things, times and events; such as mountains, meaning governments; beasts meaning kingdoms. Waters, meaning people. Lamp, meaning Word of God. Day, meaning year.

Then in Rule X, it says—and this is the one that I want you to see,

RULE X- Figures sometimes have two or more different significations, as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time.

You know, a day is a day; a day is a year; a day is a thousand years, in the Bible.

So, what we are saying here is, these Judgment Lines, these are figures; and, we want to put in place right from the outset that based upon William Miller’s Rules, which Sister White says that those that proclaim the Third Angels’ Messages will be using William Miller’s Rules, that is acceptable prophetically to take a figure, these lines, and derive two understandings from them and it is not a contradiction. So, we are putting that in place right at the start.

And in Millerite History, when we talk about these Two Tables [the 1843 and 1850 Charts], we generally go to Habakkuk, chapter 2; but, if you read carefully the Pioneers or Sister White, the other passage of the Scripture that was connected with the development and understanding of these Charts was Ezekiel, chapter 12. And Habakkuk, chapter 2, can be shown to be fulfilled in the Millerite History and it is fulfilled again at the end of the world; and, Ezekiel 12 was fulfilled in the Millerite History and it will be fulfilled again primarily at the end of the world. So, I want to take a passage out of Ezekiel 12 to add to this understanding that we are putting in place by William Miller’s Rules.

And in Ezekiel 12—this is not the entire passage that the Millerites understood to be connected to this 1843 Chart, just a few verses—in Ezekiel 12:21-23, it says,

21And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 22Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?”—

And they are saying that today. You may not understand it, you may not have investigated it; but, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, just the dynamics of history, it has placed a department in the General Conference that has become the voice of correct doctrine. And that is how Ted Wilson has identified it since he has become the General Conference president. It is paralleling a department in the Catholic Church. They have a department in the Catholic Church that is the “Corrector of True and False Doctrine,” too; and, of course, we were never suppose to do that in Adventism. But we have it there and you can show that the brethren in the Biblical Research Institute have said that they no longer believe in the Trumpets as the Pioneers did. So, these parts of the Charts have officially been rejected.

They do not believe in the 2520.

Of course, they do not believe in the Daily, AD508. And if you do not believe in the Daily, then you do not believe in the two time prophecies that begin in AD508, the 1290 and the 1335. And, it can be shown; even though Laodicean Adventists are unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities as Bereans and students of prophecy, but it can be shown that if you throw out AD508 and the Daily that you destroy the 2300-year prophecy with William Miller’s argument. William Miller identified this fact in his time period.

And the current General Conference president’s father, Neal C. Wilson, representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the 1980s, I believe, maybe the ‘70s, in a court of law as the General Conference president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, when questioned about Adventist understanding of the antichrist of Bible prophecy being the Pope of Rome, Neal said that the understanding that the Papacy as the antichrist of Bible prophecy ‘has been assigned to the historical trash heap.’ That is a legal document.

So, my point is, even what we understand about Rome here [on the 1843 and 1850 Charts] has been officially and legally rejected at the highest levels of the Adventist Church.

So, my point is—and I am really not trying to be critical. I am trying to make a case about Ezekiel 12 here. We are in a time where Israel is saying,

—“The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?”—

“These visions, they are all bad. This 1843 Chart is just full of errors.” That is where we are at.

—“23Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.” Ezekiel 12:21–23 (KJV).

So, we are living in a time where all the visions in the Bible are going to be fulfilled. Okay? So, when you understand that, then you see the logic, the justification for taking Revelation 18 and seeing how that is a vision that is identifying the end of the Judgment; but, it is also identifying the two temple cleansings. Every vision is going to be fulfilled in our time period, because all the prophets are speaking more about the end of the world than of the days in which they lived.

1840 - 1844

Okay. What I have tried to say is, I have forewarned you, today and tomorrow we are going to derive two lessons from Revelation 18.

In The Great Controversy, page 611, it says.

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

Which Angel is that? That is the Revelation 18 Angel. Does everyone believe that [raising his hand]?

They are unwilling to bite on that (laughing).

Okay. The Angel of Revelation 18 is the Angel that lightens the whole Earth with his glory; but, we will correct that as we go through.

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

Sister White here is comparing the history of Revelation 18. That is this line [pointing to the third line of Figure No. 33 (history of the Loud Cry)] with this history [pointing to the second line of Figure No. 33 (history of the Midnight Cry)], 1840 -1844.

And then in the next paragraph, she says,

—“The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost.”—

This is the history of Pentecost [pointing to the first line of Figure No. 33].

And if you are wondering why I have AD31 and AD31, I have it because this [the first waymark] is where Christ comes and breathes upon the Disciples, just days before Pentecost, but it is all in AD31. And I have this Judgment Line extended out to the stoning of Stephen in AD34.

—“As the ‘former rain’ was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the ‘latter rain’ will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest. ‘Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.’ Hosea 6:3. ‘Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.’ Joel 2:23. ‘In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.’ ‘And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Acts 2:17, 21.

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

So, we are going to look at these three histories because Sister White has tied these three histories together, and she does it in several places.

You may not have recognized it, but in our studies already, we read from Early Writings, page 259, we read the second and third paragraphs of that chapter. And if we were to include the first paragraph of that chapter, the first paragraph of that chapter is talking about our day and age, Revelation 18. The second paragraph is talking about the time of Christ, and the third paragraph is talking about the Millerite History.

There are several places where Sister White ties these three histories together, and these three histories, they are all a fulfillment of Joel. Joel is a triple application of prophecy.

And in Acts, when Peter was defending the manifestation of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, he let the Jews know that this was a fulfillment of Joel. And in the Millerite History, the falling of the stars in 1833 was a fulfillment of Joel. And Joel is primarily speaking about this time period, the Latter Rain. So, these three histories Sister White often ties together the three fulfillments of the Book of Joel.

The Divine Symbol Descends

So, we want to take some waymarks from all these histories, which should be familiar to us at this point in our studies, and put them together and then derive some understanding from them.

Pentecost—John 20:19-21; John 20:17-18

We will begin with Pentecost. Turn with me, if you would, to John.

And we have already gone over this. I am aware of that. This is already in the record of this series, but we are making a different point, so some of these things are going to be a bit redundant.

John, chapter 20, and this is 19, onward to verse 21. It says,

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

Okay. So, Jesus appears to the Disciples. But, if you back up now to verses 17 and 18, we will be able to see something about Jesus appearing to the Disciples. In verse 17, it says,

17Jesus saith unto her,”—

Who is “her”? It is Mary Magdalene.

Where is she at? She is at the tomb of His resurrection.

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

19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, . . . .” John 20:17-19 (KJV).

So, here, [first waymark of line 1 of Figure No. 33] when Jesus stands in the midst, He had just come down out of Heaven; because, He was with Mary and He said, “Don’t touch me because I have to ascend to my Father.”

And when He comes to the Disciples there, He is going to let them visually see Him, handle Him. He is going to eat for them. Okay? He was not opposed to being touched at that point because He had already ascended; and, therefore, that same day He had returned. He came down out of Heaven.

Do you follow the logic there?

So, there are three waymarks there. Did you catch them?

I mean, there is the obvious one. We are seeing that right here at the first waymark Jesus comes down; because, when Jesus comes down it is marking the empowerment of a message. All right? That is the obvious one.

But, what are the three waymarks that are not so obvious? Did you catch them?

When Jesus comes down, He is going to give them a visual test; when He comes down, there are doors that are closed; and, when He comes down, He is going to eat, He is going to eat. These are the waymarks that come into so many of these other histories, but we will not go there.

So, in this history, here [the first waymark of the second Judgment Line of Figure No. 33]—and we have read this one, too, The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 971, it says,

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

Jesus comes down here at the beginning of this history [referring to the first waymark of the history of Pentecost in Figure No. 33] that Sister White says parallels this history [referring to the second Judgment Line of the Millerite History in Figure No. 33], which Sister White says parallels this history [referring to the third Judgment Line of the history of the 144,000 in Figure No. 33]. Jesus comes down here [at the first waymark of the history of Pentecost], and the Angel of Revelation 10 that came down on August 11, 1840, is no less a personage than Jesus Christ.

In your notes, the next paragraph is from Early Writings, page 245.

And if you think I am misrepresenting this passage, you need to go in and read the paragraphs before and after this paragraph; because, it does not specifically say in this paragraph but it is absolutely airtight, crystal clear in this paragraph Sister White is talking about the First Angel of Revelation 14. There is no question mark, because she is talking about the history of the Millerites and she goes through in the following paragraph and talks about the Second Angel and the Midnight Cry.

This paragraph here is describing the First Angel. So, notice what she says—this Angel here [indicating 1840 on the board (see Figure No. 33)]. We have already put that in the record. The First Angel arrived in 1798. It is a Pioneer understanding. We put this in the record earlier on, and it is the same Angel that comes down on August 11, 1840, to mark the empowerment of the message. They are the same Angel. Okay?

This is Early Writings, page 245:

“Jesus commissioned a mighty angel to descend and warn the inhabitants of the earth to prepare for His second appearing.”—

That is this Angel, on August 11, 1840, the First Angel.

—“As the angel left the presence of Jesus in heaven, an exceedingly bright and glorious light went before him. I was told that his mission was to lighten the earth with his glory and warn man of the coming wrath of God. Multitudes received the light. Some of these seemed to be very solemn, while others were joyful and enraptured. All who received the light turned their faces toward heaven and glorified God. Though it was shed upon all, some merely came under its influence, but did not heartily receive it. Many were filled with great wrath. Ministers and people united with the vile and stoutly resisted the light shed by the mighty angel. But all who received it withdrew from the world and were closely united with one another.” Early Writings, 245.

This Angel of August 11, 1840, has the identical characteristics as this Angel of September 11, 2001. This Angel of August 11, 1840, is no less the personage of Jesus Christ.

Here, AD31, Jesus Christ comes down.

Who is the Angel of Revelation 18? No less the personage than Jesus Christ.

1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having

great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” Revelation 18:1 (KJV).

Of course, you have to look closely prophetically at the angels. Angels are a symbol for the work that God’s people do, they are symbols of Christ—and know that Christ does not leave the Most Holy Place and comes down on September 11th. This is prophetic symbolism.

But, nevertheless, all three of these histories begin with a Divine Symbol coming down and they all represent Jesus Christ.

Two Steps

The Last Work

In these histories we have two steps; so, we are going to put the two steps in place.

In Review and Herald, December 6, 1892—and we will deal with this particular quote several times today and tomorrow—it says,

“So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches.”—

That is this history [of the Loud Cry]. She is saying there are two distinct calls 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.

Now, how many calls did she say there were?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Two.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Two.

And what does she say the second call is? “Come out of her, my people, . . . .”

But, she is saying in the last work of warning for the world, this [September 11, 2001] is Revelation 18, right here. Okay. This is the last work of warning for the world; she says there are two calls.

So, let us read Revelation 18, verses 1 through 4, and see that Sister White is doing nothing more than commenting in agreement with Revelation 18, which is the last work of warning for the world.

Verse 1 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 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. 3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:1–4 (KJV).

There are two voices, two calls, two messages. That is what Sister White says: in the last work of warning for the world there are two distinct calls, and the first distinct call is Revelation 18:1‑3, and the next call is, “Come out of her, my people, . . . ,” which arrives at The Sunday Law; but, we will show that to you. But, in this history, Revelation 18, two messages.

And, I am not trying to deny the fact that in each of these histories where we will see a two-step message that they lead to a closed door, which is the Third Message; but, the histories are based upon these two messages and those two histories end with a closing of a door, which is the Third Message.

Pentecost—John 20:19-21; John 20:17-18; Luke 24:42-49

Okay. In Pentecost, we have already from John 20, when Christ came down He breathed upon them; but, a parallel passage in Luke 24—let us go to Luke 24, because we want to see the two-step process in the history of Pentecost that parallels the two-step process in the history of Revelation 18—in Luke 24, beginning in verse 42, it says,

42And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43And he took it, and did eat before them.”—

Notice that right here Jesus eats [first waymark in the history of Pentecost].

J U D G M E N T L I N E S

31 31 34

Few Drops Full Outpouring Acts 7:55-56

Tarrying Time

Eats

PENTECOST

1840 1842 1844 1846 (7)

Door Closed Door Closed

Protestants USA Judgment Begins

Eats Midnight Cry

Protestants Tested Millerites Tested MIDNIGHT CRY

(Rev. 14:6-8)

Daniel 11:40 Daniel 11:41 Daniel 12:1

9/11/2001 Sunday Law

Adventism Tested World Tested

Door Closed Door Closed

Tarrying Time (James 5:7) Protestants USA Judgment Ends

Eats Loud Cry (7)

SHEEP OTHER SHEEP LOUD CRY

(Rev. 18)

1st TEST 2nd TEST 3rd TEST

Figure No. 34A.

Okay. Right here when the Angel came down out of Heaven on August 11, 1840, what was John told to do? “Go take the Little Book and eat it.”

And based upon the testimony of two, when the same Angel of Revelation 18 comes down, what are God’s people supposed to do with the Little Book of Daniel opened in His hand? They are to eat it.

And, of course, when we line this history of the Loud Cry up with Christ’s three tests in the wilderness, what is His first test? About eating; but, we are not there yet.

And in Luke 43, it says,

—“43And he took it, and did eat before them, 44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”—

What is He defining His digestion to be? The words that He gave them. All right. You are going to eat the Little Book.

Verse 45,

—“45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning t Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things.

49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:42-49 (KJV).

There is a Tarrying Time right here [referring to the first waymark in the history of Pentecost] when Jesus comes down out of Heaven. He emphasizes His eating the Little Book. He defines what He is eating, the fish and the honey as the words that He has given them. A Tarrying Time is marked and He breathes upon them—we have already established this in our studies—the Holy Spirit which is a few drops.

Sister White says in Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, page 243,

“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, here we are seeing illustrated two steps: a few drops in this history, a full outpouring at Pentecost.

Revelation 18, two distinct calls are to the churches.

And, of course, the history of the Millerites is the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

1840 - 1844

Notice your next quote. We have read this before, and we will read it one more time.

1888 Materials, beginning at page 803:

“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 angels’ messages are still truth for this time,”—

Here is the empowerment of the First Angel’s Message [1840]; here is the arrival of the Second Angel’s Message [1842]. This history is still truth for this time.

—“The first and second angel’s messages are still truth for this time, and are to run parallel with this which follows.”—

And what follows?

She is going to tell us.

—“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, here Sister White is saying the Millerite History is the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages, and she says this history here will be paralleled in the history of Revelation 18. And in the history of Revelation 18, she says two distinct calls are made to these churches; and in Revelation 18, verses 1 through 3, we have one voice; and, verse 4, we have another voice; and, she says that this history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages parallels Pentecost; and, at Pentecost when Christ comes down, He breathes upon them a few drops prior to the full outpouring at Pentecost. These are airtight parallels.

A Testing Process

1840 - 1844—The Three Angels’Testing Messages

Now, what we need to put in place next, to my understanding, is that these are tests. So, we are going to read something to show that these are tests. Please note in this passage that Sister White is going to tie the Millerite History with Revelation 18 and the parable of the Ten Virgins all together.

Manuscript Releases, volume 16, pages 269-270:

Many who heard the first and second angels’ messages thought they would live to see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven.”—

Did they? Yes, they did; but, they did not see Christ coming in the clouds of Heaven like we expect Christ to come in the clouds of Heaven.

What did they see? They saw Daniel 7:13. Go to Daniel 7:13; it is not in your notes. I had not intended to put this in, but we might as well put it in.

Beginning at Daniel 7:13, it says,

13I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the son of man, came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV).

In 1844 when Christ came to the Most Holy Place to receive a kingdom, He came with clouds [see Figure No. 34A].

And here in this history of Revelation 18 He is going to come in clouds again; but, this is the Second Coming.

Continuing with Manuscript Releases, volume 16, pages 269-270:

—“Many who heard the first and second angels’ messages thought they would live to see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven. Had all who claimed to believe the truth acted their part as wise virgins, the message would ere this have been proclaimed to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But five were wise and five were foolish. The truth should have been proclaimed by the ten virgins, but only five had made the provision essential to join that company who walked in the light that had come to them. The third angel’s message was needed. This proclamation was to be made. Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel’s message, the last testing message to be given to the world.”—

Many people of this history of the Millerites refused the Third Angel’s Message. And what was the Third Angel’s Message in this history? It was the Sabbath.

When did the Sabbath arrive? 1846 is when it was recognized and accepted by James and Ellen White [marks the event on the board (see Figure No. 34A)].

Who was rejecting the Sabbath in that history? Miller; because, as we went through the reform lines we see after these third waymarks there is always the number 7.

What is the number 7 here in our history? The Seven Last Plagues, in this history.

So, what I want you to see in all this, if they rejected the Third testing message, it means the First and Second were testing messages. These Messages are testing messages. That last statement of that paragraph says,

—Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel’s message, the last testing message to be given to the world.”—

Notice here that she is tying together the First and Second Angels’ Messages, which is found in Revelation 14, with the parable of the Ten Virgins, which is found in Matthew 25. She is doing just what Miller says, proof-texting: taking this line from here and taking this line from over there, “here a little and there a little.”

And now notice what she says in the next paragraph. She has just referenced Matthew 25 and Revelation 14, and in the next paragraph she says,

—“A similar work will be accomplished when that other angel, represented in Revelation 18, gives his message. The first, second, and third angels’ messages will need to be repeated. The call will be given to the church, [Revelation 18:2–5 quoted].”—

And, Revelation 18:2-5 contains both of these voices. Verse 2 is where He cries mightily; verse 4, He hears another voice, “Come out of her, my people, . . . .”

So, she is saying that this history here, the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages and the fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins were a testing process, and this will be repeated in Revelation 18.

Then she says, after she quotes verses 2 through 5 of Revelation 18,

Take each verse of this chapter,”—

Of what chapter?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Revelation 18.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Revelation 18.

—“Take each verse of this chapter, and read it carefully, especially the last two: [verse 23, 24 quoted.]”—

For some reason, when it come to her comparing the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages with the history of Revelation 18, she says, “Read Revelation 18 carefully, but really focus in on the last two verses.” That is what she says; so, we are going to do that in a moment.

But, we are going to read on. After quoting the last two verses of 23 and 24, she says,

—“The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself, and every specification should be carefully studied.”—

Now, how many specifications in the parable of the Ten Virgins are there? Well, there are ten virgins, five are wise and five foolish; there is oil; there are lamps; they slept; the Bridegroom goes away; there is a cry at Midnight Cry. There are lots of specifications in the parable of the Ten Virgins that should be carefully studied; but, which one does she emphasize?

—“The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself, and every specification should be carefully studied. A time will come when the door will be shut.”—oh, there is the emphasis!—“We are represented either by the wise or the foolish virgins. We cannot now distinguish, nor have we authority to say, who are wise and who foolish. There are those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, and these appear outwardly like the wise. . . .”—

And then she spends a few paragraphs emphasizing the fruits of our Christian experience in connection with the wise and foolish virgins, and then she says,

—“This is the test. Those who are counted among the wise virgins will let their light burn in good works. There are many who will not remain at the feet of Jesus, and learn of Him. They have not a knowledge of His ways. Let none rest in the idea that baptism has saved them, while they give no evidence that they are conformed to the image of Christ, while they cling to their old habits, while they exert their influence on the side of the world, and weave their fabric with the threads of worldly ideas and customs. These have not kept the oil in the vessels with their lamps. They are not ready for the Bridegroom. The oil is the holy grace that is sent from heaven, and there must be an inward adorning with that grace, that they may be enabled to stand when He appeareth.” Manuscript Releases, volume 16, 269–270.

Okay. We are going to look at that passage a little bit more closely.

Especially the Last Two

In your notes we are going to start by looking at the last two verses of Revelation 18, and I am going to start in the last four verses, verses 21 through 24.

This is Revelation 18. The last four verses says,

21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all . 22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:21–24 (KJV).

In this passage that we just read from the Spirit of Prophecy, Sister White says every specification of the parable of the Ten Virgins, should be carefully studied; and, then she points out for her that the time will come when the door will be shut. And in that same passage, she says every verse in Revelation 18 should be studied, especially the last two verses; and, you will find that in the last four verses of Revelation 18 are talking about the close of human probation.

So, consistent with her emphasizing the closing of the door in the parable of the Ten Virgins, she wants us to understand, the Holy Spirit wants us to understand, that Michael stands up in the last four verses of Revelation 18. This is the close of human probation. And in these four verses you can see several Biblical truths to prove this, if you are a proof-texter.

If you are not a proof-texter you cannot; because, Revelation is written in Greek and the Old Testament that we can go to is written in Hebrew, and it is just not legitimate if you are of the historical critical method to expect the Hebrew to be upholding the Greek. But, we are proof-texters. We believe that the entire Word of God has been directed by the Holy Spirit, so we have no problem identifying that in the last four verses of Revelation 18, the Old Testament teaches us that this is the close of human probation.

In Jeremiah 51, Jeremiah is instructed to take a stone and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates. I am not going to read all the verses as it is in your notes. I am going to cut in to verse 63.

61And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; 62Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate forever. 63And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: 64And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.” Jeremiah 51:61–64 (KJV).

In Revelation 18, verse 21, a stone, like a great millstone was cast into the sea. Jeremiah is marking the end of Ancient Babylon by taking a stone and casting it into the Euphrates, noting Babylon in a local setting; but, here at the end of the world when Babylon the great is encompassing the whole world, John sees the stone cast into the sea in both instances, marking the end of Babylon, Babylon’s fall, the close of human probation.

And in Revelation 18, verses 23 and 24, we have the expression that in the Old Testament marked the close of probation. Notice Jeremiah 25:10-11. It says,

10Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. 11And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” Jeremiah 25:10–11 (KJV).

What is this passage talking about? That Jerusalem has just been destroyed, the close of their probation. They have been carried to probation.

And what is the symbol of the close of their probation? Well, no more bridegroom and bride’s voice, no more sound of a millstone, no light of a candle; and, those are the terms that John are using here in Revelation 18 to show that this is a close of probation for spiritual Babylon at the end of the world.

And you have another reference. There is more than one, but I put one more in here from Jeremiah 7:34.

34Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.” Jeremiah 7:34 (KJV).

These are terms that are describing the close of probation.

So, when Sister White says every verse in Revelation 18 should be carefully studied, but especially the last two, she is saying that you as a student of prophecy need to understand that it is in these final verses of Revelation 18 when Michael stands up when human probation closes, which is Daniel 12:1, which is in your notes.

1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1 (KJV).

So, this being the line of Revelation 18, I hope you understand when I say “Loud Cry,” I am referring to Revelation 18.

This line, the Midnight Cry, is Revelation 14:6-8.

What Sister White wants us to understand is that right here, at the end of Revelation 18, Daniel 12:1, human probation closes.

The reason that we want to put that in place is because in Revelation 18 two distinct calls are made to the churches: Revelation 18:1-3 is the first call [indicating His SHEEP at the first waymark]; and, Revelation 18:4 and onward is the second call [indicating His OTHER SHEEP at the second waymark]. And verse 4, the second call, is “Come out of her, my people, . . . .” So, from Revelation 18, verses 4 through verse 20, you have the final ingathering for mankind; and, then in verse 21 a stone is thrown into the sea saying that this is where the door closes [indicating the third waymark]. So, we have a closing of a door in Revelation 18, beginning in verses 21 through 24.

But, before you get there, you have one voice beginning when the Mighty Angel comes down, and another voice at the second waymark, “Come out of her, my people, . . . .”

Now, here, Daniel 12:1 when Michael stands up, the close of this door, that is paralleling up here [at the third waymark of the history of Pentecost) the close of this door because in Acts 7:55-56 this is the end of the 490 years for Israel.

55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw

the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55–56 (KJV).

Their probation is up and they are stoning Stephen. And what does Stephen do in verses 55 and 56? He looks up into Heaven and he sees Jesus standing, marking the close of probation here in the history of Pentecost and prefiguring this here at the third waymark in the history of Revelation 18; because, these are parallel histories.

Of course, Jesus had to stand up here in 1844 when He moves from the Holy to the Most Holy Place, and we have already read Daniel 7:13, He comes before the Ancient of Days, He comes before the Father. He is standing.

Jesus is standing in all three of those places, just like it is Jesus who comes down in all these places; but, some ‘people do not ever hear anything about Christ in these prophecies.’ From the beginning to the end it is about Jesus, but they do not hear anything about Jesus.

The Second Call (Voice)

We have already read this; but, 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.

The second voice is the one that says, “Come out of her, my people, . . . ,” back here at the second waymark of the history of Revelation 18.

The first voice is here, at the first waymark, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, . . . .”

Maranatha, page 173, says,

“Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6–12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion.”—

The people of God that are still in Babylon are not Seventh-day Adventists. Okay? They are not. They are a secondary group, because there are two calls. All right?

—“and the people of God still in Babylon will be called upon to separate from her communion. This message is the last that will ever be given to the world; and it will accomplish its work.”—

Now, always watch the whens and thens in the writings of Sister White; because, she often says, ‘when this, this, and this happens, then this will happen.’ And this has one of her whens and thens in it.

—“When those that ‘believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2 Thessalonians 2:12, shall be left to receive strong delusion and to believe a lie, then the light of truth will shine upon all whose hearts are open to receive it, and all the children of the Lord that remain in Babylon will heed the call: ‘Come out of her, my people.’ Revelation 18:4. Maranatha, 173.

What call are they heeding? The second call, the second call.

But, who is it that believes a lie and receives the strong delusion? Well, that is Seventh-day Adventists.

When you come to the conclusion of Christ’s Everlasting Gospel in Adventism, if you are alive as a Seventh-day Adventist, you are receiving the outpouring of one or another Spirit. If you are a foolish virgin, you are receiving the outpouring of the strong delusion of Satan’s spirit. If you are a wise virgin, you are receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“When those that ‘believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2 Thessalonians 2:12, shall be left to receive strong delusion and to believe a lie, then the light of truth will shine upon all whose hearts are open to receive it, and all the children of the Lord that remain in Babylon will heed the call: ‘Come out of her, my people.”

Two Distinct Calls

Two distinct calls are made to the churches.

“So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches.” Review and Herald, December 6, 1892.

First Call

In John 10:27,

27My sheep”—

Who is His sheep? That is Adventism. We will show you in a minute.

—”27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (KJV).

His sheep follow Him “withersoever He goeth.” This is His sheep here [reflecting at the first waymark of the history of Revelation 18]. They are going to hear His voice.

Second Call

But then in chapter 10 of John, verse 16, it says,

16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and

they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:16.

Here is where the other sheep are called out of Babylon [reflected at the second waymark of the history of Revelation 18].

And, Sister White says in Revelation 18 two distinct calls are made to the churches. Whose calls are they? Us and them: He is calling Adventism and those in Babylon, but He says they hear His voice.

It is Jesus coming down here [at the first waymark] and these messages are the voice of Jesus, and it is Jesus standing up here.

You do not see Jesus in the prophetic message? How blind can you be!

They will hear His voice, His voice. This is the work of Christ. This is a common subject in the Scriptures.

Notice Isaiah 56:8.

8The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel”—

Who are the outcasts of Israel? It is God’s people that something happens to them that they get labeled as the outcasts.

—“8The Lord God saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” Isaiah 56:8 (KJV).

He gathers Adventism here [at the first waymark], the outcasts of Adventism; but, He is going to gather other sheep here [at the second waymark]. This is the New Testament, the Old Testament, the Spirit of Prophecy teaching. He does so by two distinct calls that is being made to the churches.

So, who are the outcasts of Israel?

Psalm 147:2-3 says,

2The Lord doth build up Jerusalem:”—

We will not go into it right here, but right now the Lord is building up Jerusalem. He is building it again, just like He was building it in the Millerite History, just like He built it when they came out of Babylon, just like He built it in the time of Moses—I guess He did not build it in the time of Moses; He built the sanctuary that was my point.

I do not want any emails on that one. I have corrected it (laughter).

—“The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of

Israel. 3He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 1 47:2–3.

Well, whoever the outcasts of Israel are, they are wounded and have some broken hearts about the experience they go through.

And we have already looked at this subject earlier in this series; but, once again, Isaiah 11, verse 12, says,

12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations,”—

And when we looked at it, what draws the nations—that is the other sheep—what He brings is that there is an ensign lifted up.

—“12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:12 (KJV).

The ensign gets lifted up at The Sunday Law. It is the wise virgins of Adventism; and, by the experience that they are living, proclaiming, dealing with, the other sheep are going to see Christ in their experience and come and stand with them. That ensign is the outcasts of Israel.

Now, remember, He has this flock of sheep [referring to the first waymark] and another flock of sheep [at the second waymark], and the ensign is lifted up to bring the other sheep from the world in. And in Zechariah 9:16, it says,

16And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people:”—[the sheep at the first waymark]—“for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.” Zechariah 9:16 (KJV).

Okay. This flock is lifted up as an ensign on the land to bring these other sheep in.

Two distinct calls are made to the churches.

Ezekiel 20:33-38 says this,

33As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt,”—

Ezekiel is referring to past history to make this illustration about us at the end of the world, comparing it with Egypt.

—“36Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. 37And I will cause you to pass under the rod,”—

What does it mean to pass under the rod? To be judged. That is a term for judgment.

—“I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:”—

When He is building Jerusalem with the outcasts of Israel, He is entering into covenant with them.

—“I will cause you to pass under the rod,”—

In the time of the Judgment of the Living.

—“and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.—


“I am going to enter into covenant with the outcasts of Israel in the time of the Judgment of the Living, and lift the outcasts up as an ensign.”

—“38And I will purge out from among you the rebels,”—

Ohh, in this time period where He is building Jerusalem and enters into covenant with His sheep, with His flock, with the outcasts of Israel, He is also going to kick out the rebels of Adventism.

—“38And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 20:33–38 (KJV).

So, what we are saying here is that in Revelation 18, two distinct calls are made to the churches. These two messages, these two calls, have been prefigured by the First and Second Angels’ Messages. They have been prefigured in the history of Pentecost by the few drops and the full outpouring.

This first call, this first message, gathers together the outcasts of Israel, which is a flock, His sheep; and, these sheep are lifted up as an ensign to gather the other sheep up in Babylon out. And at this same point in time, the rebels of Adventism are purged from the camp.

Crowns Taken

Review and Herald, June 15, 1897, says,

“When those who have had abundance of light—

That is Seventh-day Adventists.

—“When those who have had abundance of light throw off the restraint which the Word of God imposes, and make void his law, others will come in to fill their place, and take their crown.” Review and Herald, June 15, 1897.

Right here, The Sunday Law. This is The Sunday Law; this is Daniel 11:41

September 11, 2001, is Daniel 11:40. Daniel 11:40 identifies the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, but the history of verse 40, it goes all the way to verse 41 and verse 41 is The Sunday Law.

September 11th is Daniel 11:40, this first waymark; this second waymark is Daniel 11:41; and, this third waymark is Daniel 12:1. It is Revelation 18, but these are two parallel lines.

It is not an accident that Daniel 11:40 is lining up with 1840; but, we will not go there but they are the same history.

And I will not go there, either. I will not show you the 40 in the history of Pentecost, but at some other time. Okay?

The Line is Drawn

Signs of the Times, November 8, 1899:

“None are condemned until they have had the light and have seen the obligation of the fourth commandment.”—

Do we have to see the light to be condemned?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: No, we do not.

My Brother just said, “Yes,” because that is what the sentence says and now he is saying, “Why am I contradicting Inspiration?”

If I have had opportunity to see the light and not taken advantage of the opportunity, then I am going to be held accountable as if I had actually seen the light. So, it is a little bit broader and Sister White agrees with this.

—“None are condemned until they have had the light and have seen the obligation of the fourth commandment.”—

Are Seventh-day Adventists going to be held accountable to the light of the Sabbath? Oh, yes.

—“But when the decree”—The Sunday Law decree—“shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit sabbath, and the loud cry of ‘the third angel’ shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his image, the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true.”—

The false and true who?

Right here, right here [referring to the second waymark at The Sunday Law]: This is the false and the true virgins. There is going to be a line drawn.

Here [between to the first waymark and second waymark] are the sheep that are going to be lifted up as the ensign, and you are going to see that they genuinely keep the Sabbath; but, these other guys are going to be purged. They are the rebels.

And now these people [the other sheep], who have not up to this point been held accountable for the light of the Sabbath, they are going to make their choice.

—“Then those who still continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast.” Signs of the Times, November 8, 1899.

After you have seen this light [of the Sabbath between the second and third waymarks, and reject that], you are going to receive the mark of the beast, too.

But Adventists, when The Sunday Law comes, they do not have any probationary time. They are already held accountable to the light of the Sabbath, and it is a peace and safety message from Satan that says otherwise. Even if the majority of Adventist pastors teach that, it is the Devil’s teaching.

The Time of Their Visitation

Testimonies, volume 9, page 97:

“Oh, that the people might know the time of their visitation!”—

What is the time of their visitation? Okay. It is the time when Christ came and visited the Jews.

And how long did He visit the Jews for? Seven years: first, in person for three and a half years, and then three and a half years in the presence of His Disciples. ‘He came to confirm the covenant with many for one week.’

When was the time of visitation? It is right here in this history of the Pentecost. It ends right here at AD34. This is the time of their visitation in this history.

1840 to 1844 was the time of visitation in the Millerite History.

We are now in the time of visitation.

When the Angel descends, the time of visitation is underway.

—“Oh, that the people might know the time of their visitation?”—

“Oh, what these guys are teaching about 9/11, man, this is a bunch of darkness. This is a bunch of hooey. These guys are fanatics; they are in a delusion.”

Oh, that the people of God might know the time of their visitation! Brothers and Sisters who are making those foolish claims, you had better shake off your Laodicean lethargy and investigate and see if this is not so; because, the time of your visitation is almost up! The door is about to close!

—“There are many who have not yet heard the testing truth for this time. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is striving. The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have had no opportunity to learn what is truth.”—

This is the other sheep. The time of God’s destructive judgment Sister White defines, in connection with this statement. She makes a definition of it. She says this [beginning at the third waymark] is the destructive judgments that take place in the Seven Last Plagues when there is no probation.

She says this [between the second waymark and the third waymark] is the judgments of God while probation is still open, and those judgments begin at The Sunday Law; because, national apostasy is followed by national ruin.

And, Brothers and Sisters, if you cannot see the economy of the world is hanging by a thread, that it is propped up by a bunch of—by nothing!—and The Sunday Law comes and national apostasy is followed by national ruin in the United States—if the United States sneezes, the world gets a cold. When the United States goes down, the whole world goes down.

The time of God’s destructive judgments is right here, when The Sunday Law arrives in the United States, until Michael stands up. It is a time of mercy for those who have had no opportunity to learn what the truth is. It is a time of mercy for the other sheep.

It is NOT a time of mercy for Adventism. The time of their visitation ends right here at The Sunday Law.

—“The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have had no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter.” Testimonies, volume 9, 97.

See, there was a closing door here at this second waymark of 1842 by the Protestants in the United States. There was a closed door in the parable of the Ten Virgins in the Holy Place, here in 1844 at the third waymark.

There is a closed door when Michael stands up at the third waymark of Revelation 18.

And there is a closed door here at The Sunday Law in the United States.

Who is it closed upon? Seventh-day Adventists. This is where the rebels get purged. This is where the outcasts are lifted up as an ensign to bring the other sheep in, in the time of God’s destructive judgments.

If you do not understand this sequence of events, you need to get your nose into the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy; because, The Sunday Law is almost here. Probation is almost over. The door of Probation is about to close.

Two Shut Doors

1842

Passing over 1842 and 1844 because we have already referenced it. For 1842, in the history of Revelation 18, Testimonies, volume 1, page 21, says,

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

1844

In the next quote from The Great Controversy, page 427, I cut off because we have already read it in our series, the whole quote, and I cut and pasted here to make a point. But when I did I left the last sentence off in your notes.

“The proclamation, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,’ in the summer of 1844, led thousands to expect the immediate advent of the Lord. At the appointed time the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom.”—

In The Great Controversy, page 427, in your notes, the next statement is that from the parable of the Ten Virgins, they came and the door was closed.

—“They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” The Great Controversy, 427.

So here we have a door closed, and in 1842 we have a door closed, and here at The Sunday Law we have a door closed, and at the third waymark of Revelation 18 Judgment Line we have a door closed.

We have doors closed in the history of Pentecost.

A Time Will Come When the Door Will Be Shut

And we have read the next series of quotes. We will go through them one more time, to make an emphasis.

“Trials”—

What is a trial? A test.

—“Trials are to come upon God’s people and the tares are to be separated from the wheat.Review and Herald, March 19, 1895.

What separates the tares from the wheat? A testing process, trials.

And who are the wheat and the tares? The wise and foolish virgins.

Where are the wheat and the tares? They are in the church.

“Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation.” Selected Messages, book 2, 69.

What angels? The Three Angels, the testing process represented by the Three Angels’ Messages. This is what we will be dealing with tomorrow.

In this history of Revelation 18, there is a three-step testing process from 9/11 to The Sunday Law. The Sunday Law is the third test for Adventism. One, two, three [counting three tests beginning at 9/11 and ending at The Sunday Law]. These testing messages represented by the Three Angels are what separate the wheat from the tares.

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.’” Early Writings, 119.

Then, in Christ’s Object Lessons, page 123,

“Again, these parables teach that there is to be no probation after the judgment.”—

The Third Message is the Judgment.

—“When the work of the gospel is completed, there immediately follows the separation between the good and the evil, and the destiny of each class is forever fixed.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 123.

Right here [at The Sunday Law], when the wheat and tares of Adventism are separated, probation closes; the door closes.

Okay. Now, if you still are fighting this concept, we will try it one more time.

When the Decree Goes Forth

Testimonies, volume 5, page 216, says,

“What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity.” Testimonies, volume 5, 216.

At The Sunday Law in the United States, Seventh-day Adventists in the United States are going to receive the Seal of God, here. They have to receive it. They have to be lifted up as an ensign first. And do not think that this is not a truth attacked by teachers in Adventism, because it is. They fight. What we are teaching right here they fight.

Here, when the decree goes forth [enacting The Sunday Law], you receive the Seal of God and your character remains pure and spotless for eternity.

“Oh, but, Brother Jeff, I teach that everyone receives the Seal of God at the same time down here when Michael stands up [at the third waymark].”

Well, Brother, you are dead wrong. You are teaching a peace and safety satanic message when you teach that.

Notice the next quote, from Bible Training School, December 1, 1903.

“The work of the Holy Spirit is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. The world can only be warned”—

That is these people here [between the second and third waymarks]. The world, the other sheep, can only be warned,

—“by seeing those who believe the truth sanctified through the truth, acting upon high and holy principles, showing in a high, elevated sense, the line of demarcation between those who keep the commandments of God, and those who trample them under their feet.”—

The only way the world can be warned is by seeing people keeping the Law of God in The Sunday Law crisis, and those people will have the Seal of God upon them already.

—“The sanctification of the Spirit signalizes the difference between those who have the seal of God, and those who keep a spurious rest-day. When the test comes, it will be clearly shown what the mark of the beast is. It is the keeping of Sunday. Those who after having heard the truth, continue to regard this day as holy, bear the signature of the man of sin, who thought to change times and laws.” Bible Training School, December 1, 1903.

In order for the world to be warned, they have to see men and women with the Seal of God standing for the Law of God in The Sunday Law crisis. There is no way everyone receives the Seal of God at the same time. That is satanic teaching. You receive the Seal when the decree goes forth. You are lifted up as an ensign; the outcasts of Israel are lifted up as an ensign. They bring other sheep to them.

If you think I am putting too much emphasis on the closing of the doors in this history, you are wrong. If someone says they have the Present Truth Message in Adventism today and it is not about the closing door, then you can know for sure that they do not have the right message; because, all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world.

A Shut Door Message

And look at the summary as we close off the history of the Millerites and the history of the Bible that are all pointing forward to us.

This is Selected Messages, book 1, beginning at page 62.

“For a time after the disappointment in 1844, I did hold, in common with the advent body, that the door of mercy was then forever closed to the world. This position was taken before my first vision was given me. It was the light given me of God that corrected our error, and enabled us to see the true position.”—

Some people claim that this makes Sister White a false prophet because she believed incorrectly about a closed door before her first vision.

Before her first vision, what did she think about the Day of Rest?

Would she have a problem eating a piece of ham before her first vision?

Okay. So, this is just a twisted argument by those people that want to reject the Spirit of Prophecy.

When her first vision came, the shut-door theory was put in place. Okay?

—“It was the light given me of God that corrected our error, and enabled us to see the true position.

“I am still a believer in the shut-door theory, but not in the sense in which we at first employed the term or in which it is employed by my opponents.”—

There was a shut-door controversy in this history here [after the third waymark], after 1844 in here.

There is a shut-door controversy in Adventism right here [after the first waymark] after 9/11 in here; because, most in Adventism do not want to believe that there is a shut door at The Sunday Law and their pastors and elders confirm them in that deadly error.

But, notice what Sister White says,

—“There was a shut door in Noah’s day. There was at that time a withdrawal of the Spirit of God from the sinful race that perished in the waters of the Flood. God Himself gave the shut-door message to Noah:”—

What was the shut-door message to Noah? That probation is about to close and, during this time period, the Holy Spirit is being withdrawn from one class of worshippers that will not receive the shut-door message. And, it was a message.

—“God Himself gave the shut-door message to Noah: ‘My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years’ (Genesis 6:3).”—

Noah’s message was, “If you are going to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you better understand the shut-door message.”

The next paragraph:

—“There was a shut door in the days of Abraham. Mercy ceased to plead with the inhabitants of Sodom, and all but Lot, with his wife and two daughters, were consumed by the fire sent down from heaven.”—

And, of course, Sister White says that Lot is a symbol of those people that escape, that come out of Babylon. And when the two angels went to Sodom, how many times did they shut the door? Twice! Read the story. There are two shut doors in these histories, because there are two distinct calls to the churches.

The next paragraph:

—“There was a shut door in Christ’s day. The Son of God declared to the unbelieving Jews of that generation, ‘Your house is left unto you desolate’ (Matthew 23:38).

“Looking down the stream of time to the last days, the same infinite power proclaimed through John: ‘These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth’ (Revelation 3:7).

“I was shown in vision, and I still believe, that there was a shut door in 1844. All who saw the light of the first and second angels’ messages and rejected that light, were left in darkness. And those who accepted it and received the Holy Spirit which attended the proclamation of the message from heaven, and who afterward renounced their faith and pronounced their experience a delusion, thereby rejected the Spirit of God, and it no longer pleaded with them.

“Those who did not see the light, had not the guilt of its rejection.”—

That is these people [the other sheep].

—“Those who did not see the light, had not the guilt of its rejection. It was only the class who had despised the light from heaven that the Spirit of God could not reach.”—

What is the light from Heaven that this whole passage is telling us about? The shut-door message. You have got to have a shut-door message if you are going to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

—“And this class included, as I have stated, both those who refused to accept the message when it was presented to them, and also those who, having received it, afterward renounced their faith. These might have a form of godliness, and profess to be followers of Christ; but having no living connection with God, they would be taken captive by the delusions of Satan.”—

There is your strong delusion at the end of the world.

—“These two classes are brought to view in the vision—those who declared the light which they had followed a delusion, and the wicked of the world who, having rejected the light, had been rejected of God. No reference is made to those who had not seen the light, and therefore were not guilty of its rejection.” Selected Messages, book 1, 62–63.

There is a shut-door message right here [indicating the period between the first and second waymarks of the history of Revelation 18], and there is a class that is going to be held accountable to that light, whether they want to take the time to study it out or not. That is in this history here [of 1842 to 1844]; but, this history of Revelation 10 is illustrating this history here of Revelation 18, and this history of Pentecost is illustrating this history of Revelation 10. All these histories are illustrating our history.

And in Malachi 3:6, it says,

6For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Malachi 3:6 (KJV).

And for a second testimony, Hebrews 13:8,

8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (KJV).

Tomorrow we will look at these histories in terms of two temple cleansings.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we want to be among those that receive the light of the shut door, receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; but, we know that our intellectual understanding is not sufficient. We need to have this light. Change us from the inside out that we might be transformed into your image. But, we know that part of this transformation takes place as we pass the oil along to those around us, so we pray that this day you would bring us with contact with men and women that are desiring to receive a little bit of the truth, and we ask that you give us discernment to recognize these divine appointments and then the courage to act upon them that we might present the oil to those who we are coming in contact with in order to receive more of the oil, that through this process that you might perfect our characters, perfect our experience, that though we become the outcasts of Israel we might have the exalted privilege of being among that number that is lifted up as an ensign in the near future. We thank you for your prophetic Word. We thank you that when rightly perceived we can see Jesus from the beginning, through the middle, and all the way to the end in your prophetic Word. And we ask that you continue to guide us up this narrow path to the Earth made new. In Jesus’s name, amen.