The Reform Lines (cont'd) (17 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #17 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/19/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
Channel Group: FutureForAmerica
YouTube Title: 17.Habakkuk's Two Tables - The Reform Lines-MD4944Rby38
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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.

“For forty days Christ remained on the earth, preparing the disciples for the work before them and explaining that which heretofore they had been unable to comprehend. He spoke of the prophecies concerning His advent, His rejection by the Jews, and His death, showing that every specification of these prophecies had been fulfilled. He told them that they were to regard this fulfillment of prophecy as an assurance of the power that would attend them in their future labors. ‘Then opened He their understanding,’ we read, ‘that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ And He added, ‘Ye are witnesses of these things.’ Luke 24:45-48.

“During these days that Christ spent with His disciples, they gained a new experience. As they heard their beloved Master explaining the Scriptures in the light of all that had happened, their faith in Him was fully established. They reached the place where they could say, ‘I know whom I have believed.’ 2 Timothy 1:12. They began to realize the nature and extent of their work, to see that they were to proclaim to the world the truths entrusted to them. The events of Christ’s life, His death and resurrection, the prophecies pointing to these events, the mysteries of the plan of salvation, the power of Jesus for the remission of sins—to all these things they had been witnesses, and they were to make them known to the world. They were to proclaim the gospel of peace and salvation through repentance and the power of the Saviour.” Acts of the Apostles, 26–27.

The First Temple Cleansing

The Messiah Tarries

“The future life of Christ was mapped out before him. His divine power had been hidden, and he had waited in obscurity and humiliation for thirty years, and was in no haste to act until the proper time should arrive. The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 2, 102.

Holy Spirit Descends

Matthew 3:13–17

Death and Resurrection

Romans 6:3–5

Three Tests

Matthew 4:1–11—Diet, Presumption, False Worship

“He again demanded of Christ, if He was indeed the Son of God, to give him evidence by casting Himself from the dizzy height upon which he had placed Him. He urged Christ to show His confidence in the preserving care of His Father by casting Himself down from the Temple. In Satan’s first temptation upon the point of appetite, he had tried to insinuate doubts in regard to God’s love and care for Christ as His Son, by presenting His surroundings and His hunger as evidence that He was not in favor with God, He was unsuccessful in this. He next tried to take advantage of the faith and perfect trust Christ had shown in His heavenly Father to urge Him to presumption. ‘If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone’ (Matthew 4:6). Jesus promptly answered, ‘It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God’ (Matthew 4:7). . . .

“He would not put the faithfulness and love of His Father to a needless trial, although He was in the hands of the enemy, and placed in a position of extreme difficulty and peril. He would not, at Satan’s suggestion, tempt God by presumptuously experimenting on His providence. Satan had brought in scripture which seemed appropriate for the occasion, hoping to accomplish his designs by making the application to our Saviour at this special time.” Selected Messages, book 1, 281–282.

King Saul’s Presumption

“But Saul presumed upon his exaltation, and dishonored God by unbelief and disobedience. Though when first called to the throne he was humble and self-distrustful, success made him self-confident. The very first victory of his reign had kindled that pride of heart which was his greatest danger. The valor and military skill displayed in the deliverance of Jabesh-gilead had roused the enthusiasm of the whole nation. The people honored their king, forgetting that he was but the agent by whom God had wrought; and though at first Saul ascribed the glory to God, he afterward took honor to himself. He lost sight of his dependence upon God, and in heart departed from the Lord. Thus the way was prepared for his sin of presumption and sacrilege at Gilgal. The same blind self-confidence led him to reject Samuel’s reproof. Saul acknowledged Samuel to be a prophet sent from God; hence he should have accepted the reproof, though he could not himself see that he had sinned. Had he been willing to see and confess his error, this bitter experience would have proved a safeguard for the future.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 633.

“The prevailing spirit of our time is one of infidelity and apostasy—a spirit of avowed illumination because of a knowledge of truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. Human theories are exalted and placed where God and His law should be. Satan tempts men and women to disobey, with the promise that in disobedience they will find liberty and freedom that will make them as gods. There is seen a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, of idolatrous exaltation of human wisdom above divine revelation.” Prophets and Kings, 178.

The Marriage

John 2:1–10

“The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol. The water represented baptism into His death; the wine, the shedding of His blood for the sins of the world. The water to fill the jars was brought by human hands, but the word of Christ alone could impart to it life-giving virtue. So with the rites which point to the Saviour’s death. It is only by the power of Christ, working through faith, that they have efficacy to nourish the soul.

“The word of Christ supplied ample provision for the feast. So abundant is the provision of His grace to blot out the iniquities of men, and to renew and sustain the soul.

“At the first feast He attended with His disciples, Jesus gave them the cup that symbolized His work for their salvation. At the last supper He gave it again, in the institution of that sacred rite by which His death was to be shown forth ‘till He come.’ 1 Corinthians 11:26. And the sorrow of the disciples at parting from their Lord was comforted with the promise of reunion, as He said, ‘I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.’ Matthew 26:29.” The Desire of Ages, 148–149.

First Temple Cleansing

“The prophet says, ‘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’ (Revelation 18:1, 2). This is the same message that was given by the second angel. Babylon is fallen, ‘because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication’ (Revelation 14:8). What is that wine?—Her false doctrines. She has given to the world a false sabbath instead of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and has repeated the falsehood that Satan first told Eve in Eden—the natural immortality of the soul. Many kindred errors she has spread far and wide, ‘teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’ (Matthew 15:9).

“When Jesus began His public ministry, He cleansed the Temple from its sacrilegious profanation. Among the last acts of His ministry was the second cleansing of the Temple. 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’ (Revelation 14:8). And in the loud cry of the third angel’s message a voice is heard 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities’ (Revelation 18:4, 5).” Selected Messages, book 2, 118.

Divinity Flashes through Humanity

“Again the piercing look of Jesus swept over the desecrated court of the temple. All eyes were turned toward Him. Priest and ruler, Pharisee and Gentile, looked with astonishment and awe upon Him who stood before them with the majesty of heaven's King. Divinity flashed through humanity, investing Christ with a dignity and glory He had never manifested before. Those standing nearest Him drew as far away as the crowd would permit. Except for a few of His disciples, the Saviour stood alone. Every sound was hushed. The deep silence seemed unbearable. Christ spoke with a power that swayed the people like a mighty tempest: ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’ His voice sounded like a trumpet through the temple. The displeasure of His countenance seemed like consuming fire. With authority He commanded, ‘Take these things hence.’ John 2:16.” The Desire of Ages, 590.

Passover

“The morning before the Passover supper was to be eaten, Jesus mingled with the throng that filled the outer courts of the temple. His righteous indignation was aroused when He found that within the enclosure, voices of praise and prayer were mingled with voices engaged in the contention of traffic.

“With a voice of authority, Christ commanded: ‘Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house an house of merchandise.’ He overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and cleansed the temple-courts from unholy traffic.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 91.

The Second Temple Cleansing

A Tarrying Time—Lazarus

“Anxiously they waited for a word from Jesus. As long as the spark of life was yet alive in their brother, they prayed and watched for Jesus to come. But the messenger returned without Him. Yet he brought the message, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’ and they clung to the hope that Lazarus would live. Tenderly they tried to speak words of hope and encouragement to the almost unconscious sufferer. When Lazarus died, they were bitterly disappointed; but they felt the sustaining grace of Christ, and this kept them from reflecting any blame on the Saviour. . . .

“In delaying to come to Lazarus, Christ had a purpose of mercy toward those who had not received Him. He tarried, that by raising Lazarus from the dead He might give to His stubborn, unbelieving people another evidence that He was indeed ‘the resurrection, and the life.’ He was loath to give up all hope of the people, the poor, wandering sheep of the house of Israel. His heart was breaking because of their impenitence. In His mercy He purposed to give them one more evidence that He was the Restorer, the One who alone could bring life and immortality to light. This was to be an evidence that the priests could not misinterpret. This was the reason of His delay in going to Bethany. This crowning miracle, the raising of Lazarus, was to set the seal of God on His work and on His claim to divinity.” The Desire of Ages, 526, 529.

Triumphal Entry

“The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument, though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. There was no doubt, no questioning. Upon the occasion of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast, flocked to the Mount of Olives, and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus, they caught the inspiration of the hour, and helped to swell the shout, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!’ [Matthew 21:9.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity, some merely to ridicule--feel the convincing power attending the message, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!’” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 250–251.

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Genesis 49:10–12.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9.

Matthew 21:1–12

Wise men from the East—Matthew 2:1–20

Genesis 37:27–28

Second Temple Cleansing

“At the beginning of His ministry, Christ had driven from the temple those who defiled it by their unholy traffic; and His stern and godlike demeanor had struck terror to the hearts of the scheming traders. At the close of His mission He came again to the temple, and found it still desecrated as before. The condition of things was even worse than before.” The Desire of Ages, 589.

“We are not to drift into worldly channels. Consider the cleansing of the temple at the beginning of Christ’s ministry, and at the close of his life, his personal labors in the guise of humanity. Whom did he find intent on gain? The Jews had made the courts of the temple a scene of sacrilegious traffic. They had turned the ancient and sacred institution of the Passover into a means of vile profit. They bartered deep, turning the once sacred service instituted by Christ himself, into a worship of mammon. But Christ came suddenly into the temple courts; divinity flashed through humanity, and, raising a whip of small cords in his hands, with a voice that they will hear again in the execution of the judgment, he said, ‘Take these things hence.’ ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’ These priests and rulers saw as it were an avenging angel with a flaming sword, such as guarded the way to the tree of life.

Today this sacrilegious work is being more than repeated. There will be messages borne; and those who have rejected the messages God has sent, will hear most startling declarations. The Holy Spirit will invest the announcement with a sanctity and solemnity which will appear terrible in the ears of those who have heard the pleadings of infinite love, and have not responded to the offers of pardon and forgiveness. Injured and insulted Deity will speak, proclaiming the sins that have been hidden. As the priests and rulers, full of indignation and terror, sought refuge in flight at the last scene of the cleansing of the temple, so will it be in the work for these last days. The woes that will be pronounced upon those that have had light from heaven, and yet did not heed it, they will feel, but will have no power to act. This is represented in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. They cannot obtain a character from the wise virgins, and they have no oil of grace to discern the clear light or to accept it. They cannot light their lamps and join the procession that goes in to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, number 7, 1897.

“In cleansing the temple from the world’s buyers and sellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin,—from the earthly desires, the selfish lusts, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul. Malachi 3:1–3 quoted.” The Desire of Ages, 161.


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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing us to this morning’s worship, for a good night’s rest, for opportunity to study your Word at the beginning of the day, and another day that we might serve you. As we take up our study, we ask that you grant us the presence and the direction of your Holy Spirit, that you forgive our sins that we might understand your voice as you speak to us, and that you would allow me to be hid behind your cross that the message conveyed would be one from your Throne Room on high. We want the Latter Rain poured out upon us. We ask that you would prepare our vessels to receive the truths that come down through those pipes and that we might have the golden oil to share with those whom we come in contact with. We thank you for these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are in a second section of our consideration of Habakkuk’s Two Tables. The first section was Sister White’s endorsement of the truths on these Tables [the 1843 and 1850 Charts]; then, we went on to consider the typology of these Charts, and we have been spending a great deal of time on this. We have much more to cover before we go into our third section, which will be to actually look at the documents on the Charts from the Work of God; and, then our fourth section, to look at the controversy in Adventism through the years over these doctrines and these Charts.

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

31 40 Days 31 34

Few Drops Full Outpouring Acts 7:55-56

Tarrying Time (7)

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. 34B.

Yesterday we began to put an understanding in place of one of the most difficult passages, at least for myself, to illustrate in Revelation 18. I say it is difficult because what we looked at yesterday was that Sister White often ties these three histories together, the history of Pentecost, the history of the Millerites, and the history of the Latter Rain; and, the parallels are just perfect.

But, these same three histories teach a secondary lesson of the cleansing of the temple; and, if you do not recognize that the cleansing of the temple has specifications unto itself, then you can sometimes struggle over illustrating Revelation 18; because, in Revelation 18 it begins at 9/11 (Revelation 18:1), when we are looking at the Judgment Lines.

The beginning of the Judgment in the Millerites; the end of the Judgment in our history: we can see the empowerment of the First Message here is 9/11. The Angels both come down.

Then we can see the Second Message [second waymark] in the Millerite History is accomplished by an activity of the Protestants of the United States, prefiguring a second waymark in our history when the Protestants in the United States pass The Sunday Law.

Then we can see the third waymark in the Millerite History marking when Judgment begins and pointing forward to the third waymark in our history when Judgment ends and Michael stands up.

And, this is all valid.

But, when you consider that Christ twice cleanses the temple, cleanses the temple for Adventism and then cleanses the temple of the Protestants; and, in the Millerite History cleanses the temple of the Protestants first and then the Millerites here [at the third waymark], the cleansing process is still the Three Angels’ Messages. So, you will see a first waymark, a second waymark, and a third waymark in here [from 9/11 to The Sunday Law]; and, then a first waymark, a second waymark, and a third waymark in here [from The Sunday Law to the third waymark], when you are looking at from the perspective of the cleansing of the temple.

So, you have to make a distinction with these lines in order to see them. If you do not understand the distinction you will struggle.

That is what we are dealing with.

And, we are using William Miller’s Rules as a point of reference.

Rule X from Miller’s Rules says,

RULE X- Figures sometimes have two or more different significations,”—

We are using this truth saying that these lines here have more than one signification.

—as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time.

Miller’s proof of this Rule.

And we have been focusing in on Ezekiel 12, which Sister White identifies as a secondary passage in the Scriptures that is connected with the history of this 1843 Chart. And verse 21 of Ezekiel 12 says,

21And 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.

Now, this had a fulfillment in the Millerite History, but it is primarily going to be fulfilled in our history.

And, we have spent a little bit of time in the reform lines prior to looking at this as carefully as we are, and we have shown that one of the characteristics of the Mystery of Iniquity—because, the Mystery of Iniquity is a waymark in every one of these histories—and one of the characteristics that Paul identifies of the Mystery of Iniquity is that “it doth already work.” The Mystery of Iniquity is a work that Satan begins before the actual Reform Movement arrives in history.

Before Noah begins to construct the ark, the sons of God have been marrying the daughters of men. The mixing of the holy and the unholy seed is a symbol of the Mystery of Iniquity.

With this mixing of the two seeds prior to the message of Noah, when Noah comes on the scene of history, he has a population that are considering his message that have already lost their connection with the God of Heaven, because there is no middle ground. You are either decidedly on the side of Satan or decidedly on the side of Christ. And when you mix with the unholy seed, you are decidedly on the side of Satan.

In the time of the deliverance from Egypt, it was the Egyptian mystery of iniquity, the philosophy, the customs, the traditions that the Jews had learned in Egypt for those hundreds of years that prevented them from understanding clearly the message of Moses and ultimately led them to die in the wilderness.

In the time of Christ, it was the Greek educational system that had prepared the Jews to reject the message of their hour.

In the time of the Millerites, judgment begins with the House of God, and the House of God in the time of the Millerites were the Protestants. They were coming out of the Dark Ages. And, what prevent the Protestants from receiving the messages of the First, Second, and Third Angels’ Messages are the customs and traditions that they were holding onto from Roman Catholicism. The classic example of one is, of course, Sunday sacredness.

So, when we get to our history, there is going to be a Mystery of Iniquity that comes into Adventism before the Reform Movement of Adventism begins. The final Reform Movement of Adventism begins in 1989. And 70 years before 1989 places us at the 1919 Bible Conference, which is the starting point for the introduction of the Protestant and Catholic interpretation of the Bible. We are moving now into accepting unholy techniques for investigating God’s Word and replacing proof-texting with the historical critical method, a technique that only those that have an expertise in Biblical history and an expertise in Biblical languages can “rightly divide” the Word of God. We allow human beings to establish the authority of the Word of God, as opposed to using the technique called proof-texting, which allows the Lord to establish the authority of the Word of God.

So, when you see these two techniques, these two opposing approaches to the study of the Word of God and you understand that one of them is the Mystery of Iniquity that “doth already work” before the final Reform Movement of the 144,000 comes on the scene; and, you also understand that all the prophets are speaking about the end of the world primarily, and you understand that the Millerite History is repeated to the very letter in our history, and you understand that Ezekiel 12:21-23 was identified a passage that was specific to the Millerite History, then you know that this passage will be specific to our history. And, then you can see two classes of worshippers in these verses that we just read.

One class of worshippers is saying, “All these visions have failed,” and another class of worshippers are saying, “No. This is the time period where the effect of every vision takes place.”

I will show you the effect of every vision, because I am going to bring every vision line upon line before your eyes and you can see the effect of every vision.

So, in this verse, rightly approached, you are seeing the controversy in Adventism between the Mystery of Iniquity and Miller’s Rules of Biblical Interpretation.

Okay. We have more to say about that in following studies, but I wanted to put it in place here.

So, we are going to switch gears here now. What we are doing here is taking up a difficult passage, Revelation 18. And yesterday we showed you how when we approach Revelation 18, the Latter Rain time period, as the Judgment Line, the line that identifies the opening of the Judgment is opening the line that identifies the close of the Judgment—and we are using Pentecost as the third witness to these things—as we put those in place, then we are going to switch gears and go to the temple cleansings.

Yesterday, I told you that there were the number 40 up here [in the history of Pentecost]—and I do not mean to go into this.

What do I not mean to go into? I do not mean to go into the fact that you can take Daniel 11:40 on through Daniel 12:1 and you can line it up perfectly with the Millerite History. And if you start the Millerite History when you are lining it up in 1840, well, you have 1840, Daniel 11:40; 1842, Daniel 11:42; on through. That is a study all in itself. That is a study that makes people nervous, because that does not seem like it is at all possible. So, we mentioned just a little bit of that yesterday, and I am not going to spend a lot of time here.

The history of 9/11 takes place in the history of Daniel 11:40. Daniel 11:40 is identifying the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989; but, verse 40 continues all the way into verse 41 and verse 41 is The Sunday Law in the United States. So, September 11, 2001, it comes after 1989, but it comes before The Sunday Law.

So, this history here [our history at 9/11] is still Daniel 11:40; and, this is where the Angel comes down, and it was in 1840 where the Angel came down.

And, yesterday, when we were comparing these two histories with the history of Pentecost, we showed that Christ came down but, first, He meets Mary Magdalene in the garden and says, “Don’t touch me. I haven’t ascended to my Father.”

And then the same day He comes and appears before His Disciples, He comes down out of Heaven; because, He allows them to touch Him. He says, “Go ahead. Touch me. Feel me.”

So, He comes down here.

And you have a quote here. And, I did not know the quote off the top of my head yesterday, so I was not willing to put it in place, but I will put it in place here. This is from Acts of the Apostles, beginning at page 26.

“For forty days Christ remained on the earth, preparing the disciples for the work before them and explaining that which heretofore they had been unable to comprehend.”—

What is He doing when He comes down? He is opening the Scriptures to them and He is explaining their work.

And what is the work?

Well, in the Millerite History, John is going to give us the same illustration because John is told to go and take the Little Book out of the Angel’s hands and eat it; and, when we look at Ezekiel and Jeremiah eating the Little Book, we find out that their work is to carry a message to the House of Israel.

So, here [in Pentecost history] when Jesus comes down for these 40 days, He is explaining the same thing that John symbolically represents in Revelation 10.

—“For forty days Christ remained on the earth, preparing the disciples for the work before them and explaining that which heretofore they had been unable to comprehend.”—

When Sister White comments on John eating the Little Book, does anyone remember what she defines the eating if the Little Book is?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: That glad reception of the message.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The comprehension of truth, and the glad reception of the message. {1MR 100.1 (Manuscript Releases, vol. 1 [No. 19-96]; Ms59-1900 (September 20, 1899) paragraph 25.}

—“explaining that which heretofore they had been unable to comprehend. He spoke of the prophecies concerning His advent, His rejection by the Jews, and His death, showing that every specification of these prophecies had been fulfilled. He told them that they were to regard this fulfillment of prophecy as an assurance of the power that would attend them in their future labors. ‘Then opened He their understanding,’ we read, ‘that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ And He added, ‘Ye are witnesses of these things.’ Luke 24:45-48.

“During these days that Christ spent with His disciples, they gained a new experience. As they heard their beloved Master explaining the Scriptures in the light of all that had happened, their faith in Him was fully established. They reached the place where they could say, ‘I know whom I have believed.’ 2 Timothy 1:12.”—

Now, perhaps this is a stretch for some of you, but this is a sealing that is taking place here. It is representing a sealing. Okay, they have reached the place where they were fully settled into the truth; and, Sister White reach out—and there is no way she could have known this, and some people will argue about this—but, they reached the place to where they would rather die than sin; because,

—“They reached the place where they could say, ‘I know whom I have believed.’ 2 Timothy 1:12.”—

Okay. That is a Bible Scripture.

What was the last thing that Ellen White said before she died?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: “I know in whom I have believed.”

BROTHER PIPPENGER: “I know in whom I have believed.”

So, these people were settled into the truth. That is what is being illustrated here, to the point that they would rather die than sin, based upon this message.

And that is what we are saying here [gesturing to the three histories upon the board]. There is a settling into the truth. It is the sealing process that is being illustrated.

—“They began to realize the nature and extent of their work, to see that they were to proclaim to the world the truths entrusted to them. The events of Christ’s life, His death and resurrection, the prophecies pointing to these events, the mysteries of the plan of salvation, the power of Jesus for the remission of sins—to all these things they had been witnesses, and they were to make them known to the world. They were to proclaim the gospel of peace and salvation through repentance and the power of the Saviour.” Acts of the Apostles, 26–27.

Okay. So, we are finishing off yesterday: Daniel 11:40; 1840. And, the 40 Days begin here, just putting that parallel in place. Here is the preparation for the work by opening their understanding.

Here in the history of the Latter Rain at the third waymark we have the Seven Last Plagues marked.

Here at the third waymark we have the understanding of the number 7, the Sabbath, in this history of the Millerites.

Of course, up here in AD34 in the history of Pentecost, Jerusalem was to be destroyed; but, Sister White comments on this in The Great Controversy, and because of God’s longsuffering and mercy he prolonged the suffering of Jerusalem that prophetically could have taken place in AD34 there at the stoning of Stephen. So, right here at AD34 you can understand the destruction of Jerusalem. And, also in The Great Controversy, Sister White says that the destruction of Jerusalem is the symbol of the Seven Last Plagues.

So, you can see the waymarks, and you could go on and on with the waymarks.

The First Temple Cleansing

The Messiah Tarries

But, now we are going to switch this out and change the focus of our study. We are going to go from the Judgment Lines to the Two Temple Cleansings; and, we will move through them slowly so that we do not lose you, I hope.

Okay. How many times did Christ cleanse the temple? He cleansed it twice, at the beginning of His ministry and at the end of His ministry.

We have a quote for you to back that up as we proceed.

[Speaking to the revision to the first of the three histories on the board,] this is no longer Pentecost. This is the Temple Cleansing; and, I am putting it in the singular because, how does Jesus convey truth?

Well, in many ways; but, what is the primary characteristic of Jesus conveying truth? He illustrates the end from the beginning. So, when you have Him cleansing the temple at the beginning of His ministry and cleansing the temple at the end of His ministry, then these two temple cleansings are the same. He is going to illustrate the same thing with both.

So, we are just going to deal with the temple being cleansed here with this line, and we may put some other lines up here but we are modifying a little bit.

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Tarrying Marriage

Time Trumpet Message

(30 yrs) Manifestation of God’s Glory

Disappointment Sealing

Ass

TEMPLE CLEANSING

1st Temptation 2nd Temptation 3rd Temptation

DIET PRESUMPTION WORSHIP

1840 1842 1844 1846 (7)

Door Closed

Judgment Begins

MIDNIGHT CRY

1st Temple Cleansing 2nd Temple Cleansing (Rev. 14:6-8)

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

9/11/2001 Sunday Law (Michael stands up)

Adventism Tested World Tested

Door Closed

Judgment Ends

(7)

LOUD CRY

1st Temple Cleansing 2nd Temple Cleansing (Rev. 18)

1st TEST 2nd TEST 3rd TEST

Figure No. 35A.

The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 2, page 102, it says,

“The future life of Christ was mapped out before him. His divine power had been hidden, and he had waited in obscurity and humiliation for thirty years, and was in no haste to act until the proper time should arrive. The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 2, 102.

There is a Tarrying Time that is marked right here in the history of Christ. He tarried for 30 years in this history. Right?

Is that a stretch? No, it is not a stretch.

He tarried prior to what? To His baptism.

Holy Spirit Descends

And in Matthew 3—or other places but it is in your notes—verses 13 through 17, at the baptism the Holy Spirit comes down in the form of a dove. Is this not correct?

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.” Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV).

So, here when the Divine Symbol comes down, we know many things. We know the message is empowered, the testing process begins; but, this is preceded by a Tarrying Time and then the Divine Symbol comes down at His baptism. Amen?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen.

Death and Resurrection

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Let us look at Romans 6:3-5. We want to put this understanding of the baptism in place.

In previous studies we have already identified that Moses typified Christ; and, when Moses’s message was being empowered it was in the test of circumcision, and circumcision is typifying baptism.

But, in Romans 6, beginning at verse 3, it says,

3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: His death.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: . . .” Romans 6:3-5 (KJV).

So, what does His baptism represent? Death and resurrection, correct?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So, we have His baptism here, and we understand that represents death and resurrection. Keep that in your mind.

Three Tests

Matthew 4:1-11—Diet, Presumption, False Worship

1Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and sitteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time, thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV).

After His baptism, Matthew 4:1-11, He goes into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil.

And how many temptations are there?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: There are three: Appetite—and I am going to put diet, because it is a shorter word to write up here.

What is the second temptation? It is in your notes. It is Presumption.

And what is the third temptation? Worship.

You can use other words to express these same truths, but we want to put those in place, and we want to focus on Presumption, the second test.

Why? Why do we want to do this? Because, Jesus is our example in all things.

Selected Messages, book 1, beginning at page 281 says,

“He again demanded of Christ,”—and this is the second test—“if He was indeed the Son of God, to give him evidence by casting Himself from the dizzy height upon which he had placed Him. He urged Christ to show His confidence in the preserving care of His Father by casting Himself down from the Temple. In Satan’s first temptation upon the point of appetite, he had tried to insinuate doubts in regard to God’s love and care for Christ as His Son, by presenting His surroundings and His hunger as evidence that He was not in favor with God, He was unsuccessful in this. He next tried to take advantage of the faith and perfect trust Christ had shown in His heavenly Father to urge Him to presumption. ‘If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone’ (Matthew 4:6). Jesus promptly answered, ‘It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God’ (Matthew 4:7). . . .

“He would not put the faithfulness and love of His Father to a needless trial, although He was in the hands of the enemy, and placed in a position of extreme difficulty and peril. He would not, at Satan’s suggestion, tempt God by presumptuously experimenting on His providence. Satan had brought in scripture which seemed appropriate for the occasion, hoping to accomplish his designs by making the application to our Saviour at this special time.” Selected Messages, book 1, 281–282.

The second test is Presumption. Presumption is placing your word above God’s Word. And those people that introduce the test of presumption, they do it by introducing Scripture and put it in the wrong light.

King Saul’s Presumption

The second test is about placing your word above God’s Word, and that is just what Eve did. That is what King Saul did.

Notice the next quote.

“But Saul presumed upon his exaltation,”—

Saul had been exalted. He had become king. He had a victory, and now he was going to get presumptuous and his presumption comes from his exaltation.

—“But Saul”—this is King Saul—“But Saul presumed upon his exaltation, and dishonored God by unbelief and disobedience. Though when first called to the throne he was humble and self-distrustful, success made him self-confident.”—

Remember when he was first called the throne? What did he do? He was hiding among the luggage. He did not want to be brought up front.

—“The very first victory of his reign had kindled that pride of heart which was his greatest danger. The valor and military skill displayed in the deliverance of Jabesh-gilead had roused the enthusiasm of the whole nation. The people honored their king, forgetting that he was but the agent by whom God had wrought; and though at first Saul ascribed the glory to God, he afterward took honor to himself. He lost sight of his dependence upon God, and in heart departed from the Lord. Thus the way was prepared for his sin of presumption and sacrilege at Gilgal. The same blind selfconfidence led him to reject Samuel’s reproof.”—

What is this “same blind selfconfidence” lead him to do; what did it lead him to do? Reject the Spirit of Prophecy. Okay. This is the rejection of the Spirit of Prophecy.

—“Saul acknowledged Samuel to be a prophet sent from God; hence he should have accepted the reproof, though he could not himself see that he had sinned. Had he been willing to see and confess his error, this bitter experience would have proved a safeguard for the future.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 633.

So, presumption was the second test for Christ, and presumption here is where Saul is exalting himself, placing his word above the Spirit of Prophecy, if we are going to bring it down to the end of the world, which we are supposed to do.

Prophets and Kings, page 178, says,

“The prevailing spirit of our time is one of infidelity and apostasy—a spirit of avowed illumination because of a knowledge of truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. Human theories are exalted and placed where God and His law should be.”—

So, presumption has to do with people that have a knowledge of the truth that place human theories and exalt them above the Word of God.

—“Satan tempts men and women to disobey, with the promise that in disobedience they will find liberty and freedom that will make them as gods.”—

So, this takes us right back to the Garden of Eden, “Ye shall be as gods.”

—“There is seen a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, of idolatrous exaltation of human wisdom above divine revelation.” Prophets and Kings, 178.

Of course, this is a very nice explanation of the Biblical technique of interpretation that came in beginning in 1919, this historical critical grammatical method of interpreting the Bible by man, instead of allowing the Bible to interpret itself.

So, we have put that in place. We understand a little bit about what presumption is, which is Christ’s second test.

What are we saying? We are saying, as we are looking at the temple being cleansed, that it begins with a Tarrying Time. Christ tarried for 30 years before He arrived on the scene of history; and, then His baptism marks the empowerment and testing of the message. His baptism was a representation of death and resurrection; and, He immediately sets in place a threefold test, and the first is appetite [diet], the second is presumption, and the third is worship.

The Marriage

He is on His way to cleanse the temple at this point, and before He gets there He performs His first miracle. You can see this in John 2:1-10. It is in your notes.

1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water, And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made win, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good win until now. 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:1-11 (KJV).

The Desire of Ages, pages 148-149:

“The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol.”—

Here, marked in this history as a waymark is the marriage; because, this history is prefiguring the history of the Millerites and our history, and our history is the parable of the Ten Virgins. It is about the marriage.

—“The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol. The water represented baptism into His death; the wine, the shedding of His blood for the sins of the world. The water to fill the jars was brought by human hands, but the word of Christ alone could impart to it life-giving virtue. So with the rites which point to the Saviour’s death. It is only by the power of Christ, working through faith, that they have efficacy to nourish the soul.

“The word of Christ supplied ample provision for the feast. So abundant is the provision of His grace to blot out the iniquities of men, and to renew and sustain the soul.

“At the first feast He attended with His disciples, Jesus gave them the cup that symbolized His work for their salvation. At the last supper He gave it again,”—

I want you to see that, if you would. He marks the water, the wine, the cup here [at the first waymark], and just before the cross He does it again: the beginning and the end. His work is being symbolized.

—“At the last supper He gave it again in the institution of that sacred rite by which His death was to be shown forth ‘till He come.’ 1 Corinthians 11:26. And the sorrow of the disciples at parting from their Lord was comforted with the promise of reunion, as He said, ‘I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.’ Matthew 26:29.” The Desire of Ages, 148–149.

So, here I want you to see the Marriage is marked in this history leading up to the first temple cleansing.

First Temple Cleansing

Now, here is the where we can put in place that there are two temple cleansings in that history.

But, notice as we read this next quote that Sister White is also going to tie this history, the history of Christ, into the history of the Millerites because this is the history where the Second Angel’s Message is fulfilled, and in our history.

Selected Messages, book 2, page 118:

“The prophet says, ‘I saw another angel come down from heaven,”—that is our history—“’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’ (Revelation 18:1, 2). This is the same message that was given by the second angel.”—

This is the message that was given in 1840. Sister White just tied the Millerite and our histories together.

—“Babylon is fallen, ‘because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication’ (Revelation 14:8). What is that wine?—Her false doctrines. She has given to the world a false sabbath instead of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and has repeated the falsehood that Satan first told Eve in Eden—the natural immortality of the soul. Many kindred errors she has spread far and wide, ‘teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’ (Matthew 15:9).

“When Jesus began His public ministry, He cleansed the Temple from its sacrilegious profanation. Among the last acts of His ministry was the second cleansing of the Temple. So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches.”

Now, we spent our time on this particular quote yesterday but put no emphasis on it being the two temple cleansings.

—“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’ (Revelation 14:8). And in the loud cry of the third angel’s message a voice is heard 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities’ (Revelation 18:4, 5).” Selected Messages, book 2, 118.

Now, yesterday we pointed out from a variety of angles that there will be two distinct calls to the churches: Revelation 18:1-3, a call to His sheep; Revelation 18:4, onward, is where He calls His other sheep. Two distinct calls.

What Sister White has just told us here is that these two calls, that represents the first temple cleansing and the second temple cleansing.

And if this is the first temple cleansing, and it is in our history, and this is the second temple cleansing, then up here in the history of the Millerites that parallels our history, this is the first temple cleansing, and this is the second temple cleansing.

You know, I have worked with some brothers that are into producing DVDs and they study the techniques of Hollywood, not in a negative sense. They study the techniques on how to record something correctly and with the best effect. And there are certain rules—I forget what it is—but, when you are doing video you are only supposed to look at one scene for so many seconds, like 12 seconds, and then you are supposed to switch another way because they have discovered, they have tested, they know, that your audience gets bored with looking at the same thing after so much time. So, they are purposely switching back and forth. There are certain rules.

And, one of the rules I just broke. I went up there and I am doing something without any dialogue, and you are not supposed to do that. You are supposed to keep the message flowing, but that was purposeful.

It needs to settle in here at this point that the two temple cleansings in Christ’s history are illustrating the two temple cleansings in these other two histories. You need to think about it. You need to let it settle in.

Because, this temple cleansing in our history is going to have a threefold test in it, because Christ’s temple cleansing had a threefold test in it; and, this second temple cleansing in our history is going to have a threefold test; and, this first temple cleansing in the Millerite History, a threefold test; and this second temple cleansing in the Millerite History, a threefold test. You have to see the distinction between this threefold test of the temple cleansings and the threefold test of the Judgment Line. So, you need to take the time to think about these truths.

Divinity Flashes Through Humanity

Back to Christ’s first temple cleansing and second temple cleansing.

How did He cleanse the temple?

Desire of Ages, page 590:

“Again the piercing look of Jesus swept over the desecrated court of the temple. All eyes were turned toward Him. Priest and ruler, Pharisee and Gentile, looked with astonishment and awe upon Him who stood before them with the majesty of heaven's King. Divinity flashed through humanity, investing Christ with a dignity and glory He had never manifested before. Those standing nearest Him drew as far away as the crowd would permit.”—

Sister White says 1840 to 1844 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God.

Here at the marriage He manifested a glory that had never been demonstrated before. It is the glorious manifestation of the power of God.

—“Except for a few of His disciples, the Saviour stood alone. Every sound was hushed. The deep silence seemed unbearable. Christ spoke with a power that swayed the people like a mighty tempest: ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’ His voice sounded like a trumpet through the temple. The displeasure of His countenance seemed like consuming fire. With authority He commanded, ‘Take these things hence.’ John 2:16.” The Desire of Ages, 590.

His voice sounded like what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A trumpet.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What is a voice prophetically?

What is the voice crying out in the wilderness? It is a message.

Passover

Manuscript Releases, volume 18, page 91:

“The morning before the Passover supper was to be eaten, Jesus mingled with the throng that filled the outer courts of the temple. His righteous indignation was aroused when He found that within the enclosure, voices of praise and prayer were mingled with voices engaged in the contention of traffic.

“With a voice of authority, Christ commanded: ‘Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house an house of merchandise.’ He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and cleansed the temple-courts from unholy traffic.” Manuscript Releases, volume 18, 91.

When did He do this? When did He do it?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: AD27.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: AD27, but the passage says that He did it the morning before the Passover.

And what was the Passover? The Passover is the cross, is it not? That is when the door closes.

So, in this temple cleansing—and we left some out, we left some waymarks out; but, we have put enough in. This temple cleansing, the first one, begins with the Tarrying Time—does it not?—with the Divine Symbol coming down marking the testing process is underway and the empowerment of the message. Is that not correct?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The testing in the wilderness tells us that this history is a threefold testing process. And, at the third test, what happens?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Judgment.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Judgment, and what else?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The door closes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The door closes. Okay. The door closes.

At Passover, what were they to do? Put the blood upon the lintel and the post.

Were they going to leave the door open so the Angel of Death could come inside?

The Passover is the closing of the door, the third test, judgment of the cross.

Then, Christ marks the marriage because this is the story of the marriage; and, then with a trumpet message He cleanses the temple, marking the beginning of a manifestation of the power of God’s glory. Do you see that?

Yes, no?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay.

The Second Temple Cleansing

A Tarrying Time—Lazarus

Let us go to the second temple cleansing; because, He cleansed the temple at the beginning and the end of His ministry.

Now, why are we looking at the temple cleansings? Because, we have just read; so, in the last warning for the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches, and Sister White has referenced these two distinct calls as two temple cleansings.

Okay. There is a Tarrying Time in the second temple cleansing. All right?

Notice from The Desire of Ages, pages 526 and 529:

“Anxiously they waited for a word from Jesus.”—

Who is waiting? Mary and Martha. They are waiting for a word from Jesus because their brother, Lazarus, he is dying and they want Jesus to come and heal them. They know if Jesus is there, He is not going to let Him die.

But, Jesus does not come. What does He do?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: He tarries.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He tarries.

—“Anxiously they waited for a word from Jesus. As long as the spark of life was yet alive in their brother, they prayed and watched for Jesus to come. But the messenger returned without Him. Yet he brought the message, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’ and they clung to the hope that Lazarus would live. Tenderly they tried to speak words of hope and encouragement to the almost unconscious sufferer. When Lazarus died, they were”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Bitterly disappointed.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Bitterly disappointed.

Here we have a disappointment with the Tarrying Time.

Do we have any other Tarrying Times that are associated with a disappointment? Yes, we have the disappointment of Esther when she found out that her people were going to be killed. She and Mordecai were greatly disappointed.

And, did she go tell the king? No.

FROM THE AUDIENCE: She tarried.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: She tarried.

—“When Lazarus died, they were bitterly disappointed; but they felt the sustaining grace of Christ, and this kept them from reflecting any blame on the Saviour. . . .

“In delaying to come to Lazarus, Christ had a purpose of mercy toward those who had not received Him. He tarried, that by raising Lazarus from the dead He might give to His stubborn, unbelieving people another evidence that He was indeed ‘the resurrection, and the life.’”—

What is the resurrection and the life? Baptism

We have the baptism right here [the first waymark of the first line of Figure No. 35A], and the death and resurrection of Lazarus at the same point in time, do we not?

—“He was loath to give up all hope of the people, the poor, wandering sheep of the house of Israel. His heart was breaking because of their impenitence. In His mercy He purposed to give them one more evidence that He was the Restorer, the One who alone could bring life and immortality to light. This was to be an evidence that the priests could not misinterpret. This was the reason of His delay in going to Bethany.”—

And what is Bethany? Beth is a house. What is any?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Figs.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: You said figs. That is Bethphage.

Where did Christ go? He left Heaven, he left the riches, and came to Earth to poverty. He went to Bethany, the House of the Poor. He went to the poor house.

—“This was the reason of His delay in going to Bethany. This crowning miracle, the raising of Lazarus, was to set the seal of God on His work and on His claim to divinity.” The Desire of Ages, 526, 529.

Here is the sealing process [adding to Figure No. 35A] marked in the temple cleansing, if you can see it.

Triumphal Entry

And, where is He going to? He is going to the Triumphal Entry.

And, of course, we have read this earlier; but, in Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, pages 250 ‑ 251, Sister White is going to compare the Triumphal Entry of Christ here—because this is where He is going in the second temple cleansing—she is going to compare the Triumphal Entry to the Midnight Cry.

“The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument, though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. There was no doubt, no questioning. Upon the occasion of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast, flocked to the Mount of Olives, and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus, they caught the inspiration of the hour, and helped to swell the shout, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!’ [Matthew 21:9.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity, some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!’” Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4, 250–251.

So, He is on His way to the second temple cleaning here. There was a Tarrying Time once again in this temple cleansing story. There is a baptism once again, representing Lazarus’s death. There is a disappointment associated with this Tarrying Time, a sealing process is noted, and the Triumphal Entry is a part of this story.

And when the Triumphal Entry is accomplished, it is a fulfillment. Typically we go to Zachariah 9:9; but, the point of proof reference to this story is found in Genesis 49:10-12. It says,

10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,”—

Now, we intend to deal with this prophetic truth here in our next couple of presentations; but, this is a prediction of Shiloh, and Shiloh is going to come into prophecy at a particular point in time. The prophecy predicting Shiloh is here in Genesis.

—“10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”—

What is connected with Shiloh?

—“11Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine;”—

Who is the choice vine?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Christ. And, He is bound with the ass.

Okay. Now, when you are talking about Shiloh, the very first mention of Shiloh—and we will have to come to understand who Shiloh is, He is the Son of God. He is Christ—the very first mention of this particular prophecy of Christ, He is bound with the prophecy of the ass.

—“he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.” Genesis 49:10–12 (KJV).

And when is it that Shiloh washes His garments in wine and the blood of grapes? At the cross.

So, when Shiloh comes, it is evidently going to be in the time period of the cross—and this is so—and it is connected with the message of the ass.

Okay. Notice, here is the typical point of reference in the Scriptures for the Triumphal Entry; but, rightly understood, this is just Zachariah commenting on Moses’s comments in Genesis 49.

Zachariah 9:9 says,

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King”—

Who is the King? It is Shiloh.

—“behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Riding upon an ass.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The vine is connected to the ass.

—“and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9 (KJV).

So, if you go to Matthew 21 now, Matthew 21, verses 1 through 12,

1And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage,”—that is the House of Figs—“unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.”—

Bring them unto the vine. Bring the ass unto the vine.

And why? Because, He is going to wash His garments in the blood of the cross.

—“3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh into thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them. 7And brought the ass, and the cost, and put on them their cloths, and they set him thereon. 8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11And the multitude said, This is”—the Vine, this is Shiloh—“This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

12And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, . . . .”

So, in this first temple cleansing, as He is heading to the second temple cleansing, He is riding on the message of the ass.

Do you see it?

Wise Men from the East—Matthew 2:1-20

When it comes to the message of the ass, it is a big message. It is the message that Adventism refuses to see.

Because, who is on the ass?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Christ.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Christ is on the ass. Christ, the King, is on the ass. Shiloh is on the ass. Christ’s Righteousness is on the ass. And the message that carries the Message of Christ’s Righteousness is not recognized. And if you do not recognize that message, you do not recognize the righteousness of Christ.

And, it is not a little theme in Bible prophecy; it is a big theme. So, here when God’s people at the end of the world are being told, “Hey, Islam returned back in history on September 11th, 2001,” and God’s people say, “Ah, we do not believe that. We do not want to hear it,” they do not know the large volume of prophetic evidence that supports this position; and, the reason they do not know it is they do not want to know it. It challenges them to set aside their sinful life practices, so they refuse to see it.

But, notice in the birth of Christ. From the beginning to the end the birth of Jesus is marked by Islam; the death of Jesus is marked by Islam, the ass of Bible prophecy.

Go to Matthew 2, verses 1 through 20.

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasured, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.” Matthew 2:1-20 (KJV).

Jesus is born in verse 1, and there are wise men that come from the East. This is the children from the East. These are the descendants of Ishmael. This is the symbol of Islam.

And, why are the wise men from the East coming to His birth? They have a purpose, but what led them there?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: They saw a star.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: They had seen a star, but so what? Can you not go out every night and see a star?

They understood that this star was a fulfillment of what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Of prophecy.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What prophecy?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Of Balaam.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Of Balaam.

And who is Balaam associated with? The children of the East. The prophecy in the Bible that is set forth by Islam, by Balaam, is the one that brings the wise men from the East, a symbol of Islam, to the birth of Jesus.

And what was Balaam?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A false prophet.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: He was a false prophet.

Is Mohammad a false prophet?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, he is. There is a whole field of investigation there in this story; but, they come and they give Jesus gifts.

What is the purpose of those gifts?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Because of Herod.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Because of Herod, a representative of whom, of Greece?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Inaudible.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Herod is a representative of whom?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Of Rome.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Of Pagan Rome. Herod is a representative of Pagan Rome.

What is one of the symbols of Pagan Rome? The number 10. Herod is a symbol of the dragon, the number 10.

What is he going to do? He is going to do the same thing to Jesus that Pharaoh tried to do to Moses. He is going to kill all the babies in the land to try to destroy the Deliverer. That is what Herod is going to do, the symbol of Rome.

So, what does Joseph have to do? He has to flee into Egypt; but, Joseph, he is a man from Bethany, so to speak. He is not from Bethany but he is a poor man. He does not have the finances to flee into Egypt; so, who gives him the finances to flee into Egypt?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Islam.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Islam, the wise men from the East.

Genesis 37:27-28

Okay. Where do we see that story? We see that story in the story of Joseph.

27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. 28Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.” Genesis 37:27-28 (KJV).

How many of his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelite traders?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Eleven.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Eleven? No, ten. Benjamin was at home.

So, once again we have got the number 10 persecuting Joseph; but, it is the Ishmaelite traders of Islam that carries Joseph to safety. To where?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Egypt.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Into Egypt; because, Jesus is going to be the one who comes out of Egypt, just like Israel came out of Egypt.

But, to think that you can separate the role of Islam from these Bible passages is a thought that only comes from the fallen apostates, Protestantism interpretation of Biblical study. When you bring line upon line in proof-texting, the role of Islam is throughout the Scriptures.

So, what am I saying? I am saying that at the beginning of Christ’s time here on Earth and leading to the cross, Islam is associated with Christ; it is tied to the Vine. And when He is coming into the Triumphal Entry, He is coming into that history which is paralleling the Midnight Cry, leading to the temple cleansing; He is carried on the ass.

The message that carries the message of the coming King, what is that message of the coming King in the history of the Millerites? “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh”; the Midnight Cry. It is carried, it is empowered, by the Message of Islam.

Was that the case in the Millerite History? Yes! “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh” was the ability to actually identify October 22, 1844.

But, why was there any validity to that? Because, the year-day principle had already been confirmed on August 11, 1840, with the restraint of Islam, in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The year-day principle had been confirmed in a message of Islam, and it was that confirmation that carried the muscle with the message of the Midnight Cry, “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh.” It is the ass that carries Christ into the Triumphal Entry, the message of the ass.

Second Temple Cleansing

“At the beginning of His ministry, Christ had driven from the temple those who defiled it by their unholy traffic; and His stern and godlike demeanor had struck terror to the hearts of the scheming traders. At the close of His mission He came again to the temple, and found it still desecrated as before. The condition of things was even worse than before.” The Desire of Ages, 589.

Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, number 7, 1897:

“We are not to drift into worldly channels. Consider the cleansing of the temple at the beginning of Christ’s ministry, and at the close of his life, his personal labors in the guise of humanity. Whom did he find intent on gain? The Jews had made the courts of the temple a scene of sacrilegious traffic. They had turned the ancient and sacred institution of the Passover into a means of vile profit. They bartered deep, turning the once sacred service instituted by Christ himself, into a worship of mammon. But Christ came suddenly into the temple courts; divinity flashed through humanity, and, raising a whip of small cords in his hands, with a voice that they will hear again in the execution of the judgment, he said, ‘Take these things hence.’ ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’ These priests and rulers saw as it were an avenging angel with a flaming sword, such as guarded the way to the tree of life.

Today this sacrilegious work is being more than repeated. There will be messages borne; and those who have rejected the messages God has sent, will hear most startling declarations. The Holy Spirit will invest the announcement with a sanctity and solemnity which will appear terrible in the ears of those who have heard the pleadings of infinite love, and have not responded to the offers of pardon and forgiveness. Injured and insulted Deity will speak, proclaiming the sins that have been hidden. As the priests and rulers, full of indignation and terror, sought refuge in flight at the last scene of the cleansing of the temple, so will it be in the work for these last days. The woes that will be pronounced upon those that have had light from heaven, and yet did not heed it, they will feel, but will have no power to act. This is represented in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.”—

She has just tied the temple cleansing in our day with the parable of the Ten Virgins.

—“They cannot obtain a character from the wise virgins, and they have no oil of grace to discern the clear light or to accept it. They cannot light their lamps and join the procession that goes in to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, number 7, 1897.

I want you to see here that what cleanses the temple was a message. Divinity flashes through humanity in a message.

What message? Well, the trumpet message.

Was August 11, 1840, the trumpet message? Oh, yes. That was the time prophecy of the Sixth Trumpet.

How about September 11, 2001? Is that a trumpet message? Yes, that is the Third Woe, the Seventh Trumpet.

What does that trumpet message do? It cleanses the temple: Divinity flashes through humanity.

The Desire of Ages, page 161:

“In cleansing the temple from the world’s buyers and sellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin,—from the earthly desires, the selfish lusts, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul. Malachi 3:1–3 quoted.” The Desire of Ages, 161.

When it comes to the cleansing of the temple, Sister White brings in Malachi 3.

What we have done here this morning, what we have done here this morning, if you are not following this logic, is we have taken both temple cleansings in the time of Christ and laid them over each other, line upon line. We did this because Sister White informs us that there are two temple cleansings in each of these histories. We want to see what the characteristics of prophetic waymarks of the temple cleansings are and then bring them into the history of the Millerites and into our history.

And, before we do that, we want to be able to tie in the passage in Malachi 3, because this is the point of reference for the cleansing of the temple, both in the time of Christ and at the end of the world, and also in the Millerite History.

This is what we will take up tomorrow. We are ending here.

T W O T E M P L E C L E A N S I N G S

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Tarrying Marriage

Time Trumpet Message PASSOVER

(30 yrs) Manifestation of God’s Glory

Disappointment Sealing

Ass

40 Days in Wilderness TEMPLE CLEANSING

1st Temptation 2nd Temptation 3rd Temptation

DIET PRESUMPTION WORSHIP

1840 1842 1844 1846 (7)

Midnight Cry

1843 Door Closed

Judgment Begins

1st Temple Cleansing 2nd Temple Cleansing MIDNIGHT CRY (Rev. 14:6-8)

  1. (2-Visual) (3-Door Closes) (1) (2) (3)

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

9/11/2001 Sunday Law (Michael stands up)

Adventism Tested World Tested

Door Closed

1843 1850 ENSIGN=144,000 Judgment Ends

(7)

1st Temple Cleansing 2nd Temple Cleansing LOUD CRY

(Rev. 18)

  1. (2-Visual) (3)

(1) (2-Visual) (3-Door Closes)

1st TEST 2nd TEST 3rd TEST

Figure No. 35B.

But, we want to summarize this [the first Judgment Line in Figure No. 35B].

The cleansing of the temple first begins with a Tarrying Time. Upon the testimony of two, Christ tarried for 30 years; He tarried while Lazarus was being put to sleep. This was a disappointment for Martha and Mary associated with this Tarrying Time.

And, then the Divine Symbol comes down at His baptism, and the Divine Symbol is representing death and resurrection, which also Lazarus accomplished in this same history, a secondary waymark in this same truth.

The resurrection of Lazarus represents the sealing. This was Christ’s crowning miracle. This was the Seal on His work. This was the sealing time.

When He is going to cleanse the temple, it is a threefold testing process, as represented by His time in the wilderness.

And how long was He in the wilderness? Forty days.

And in yesterday’s study, how long was He instructing the Disciples after He came down?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Forty days.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Forty days. A parallel history, but yesterday was not the cleansing of the temple.

The marriage is marked in this history, because this is going to be prefiguring the parable of the Ten Virgins, which is the parable of the marriage.

The message of Christ’s Triumphal Entry, the message announcing, “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh,” is carried by the message of the ass. Christ rides into Jerusalem on the ass.

And when He speaks this message in the temple it is a manifestation of the power of God’s Glory.

And it leads to Passover; it leads to the cross; it leads to the third waymark; it leads to the third test of worship.

Tomorrow we will take these characteristics of the temple cleansings in Christ’s history and put them into the history of the Millerites and into our history. We will show that in each of these histories there is a message and that the message is empowered to test this generation.

The message that is empowered here at August 11, 1840, is the message of the First Angel, this being the first test for Protestants; the second test is a visual test for the Protestants [the 1843 Chart]; and, the third test for the Protestants is where the door closes.

And in this period of the Millerite History is going to be the message of 1844. It gets changed from 1843 to 1844. And just as the First Angel’s Message is empowered, this message is empowered at the message of the Midnight Cry; the Triumphal Entry is repeated; and, the door closes here into the Holy Place, just as the Protestants closed the door here [1842].

In our history, the Third Angel’s Message is empowered when Islam is restrained, just like Islam is restrained in 1840 in the Millerite History.

There is a visual test for Adventism that takes place, and leads to the closing of the door for Adventism at The Sunday Law. The message for the world is not the message for Adventism. The visual test for Adventism is the return to the Old Paths, represented in these two symbols [the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

But, Adventism is not going to the Protestants outside of Adventism at The Sunday Law and say, “Now I need to teach you about Millerite History and how that history got covered up over 150 years.” Adventism is going to present to the world The Sunday Law, and The Sunday Law message begins right here (Sabbath vs. Sunday); it is empowered with the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is Protestants’ first test. Their second test is a visual test. They are going to look up and see an ensign and decide if they are going to respond to that ensign, which is the 144,000. And their third test, their final test, is where the door closes when Michael stands up.

The door closes on Adventism here at The Sunday Law.

That is what we will show tomorrow, the Lord willing.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we want to be among those that are lifted up as an ensign; but, we know that those who participate in that glorious work will be perfectly reflecting your character. They will have reached a point to where they would rather die than sin, and we still have things that need to be accomplished in our own experience if we are going to be among that number. We give your Holy Spirit permission to do what it takes in your providential working to bring each of us into places where we recognize those areas that need to be set aside and overcome; and, then we would ask that you would give us the power and the willingness through your Holy Spirit to enter into that work where we can be among that number. We pray for a blessing upon the work that we are doing through LiveStreaming and recording. We pray for a blessing upon those that are watching these things. And we set this day before you and would ask that you make us effective in our service for you through the rest of this day. In Jesus’s name, amen.