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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #18 of 95

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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.

The Time of Christ

“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.

The Messenger of the Covenant

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. Malachi 3:1–4.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:11–12.

“Just how soon this refining process will begin I cannot say, but it will not be long deferred. He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement. He will thoroughly purge His floor.” Testimonies to Minsters, 372–373.

1844

The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place, for the cleansing of the sanctuary, brought to view in Daniel 8:14; the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days, as presented in Daniel 7:13; and the coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi, are descriptions of the same event; and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage, described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins, of Matthew 25.” The Great Controversy, 427.

Sudden: Unexpected (9/11?)

“This coming is foretold also by the prophet Malachi: ‘The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.’ The coming of the Lord to his temple was sudden, unexpected, to his people. They were not looking for him there. They expected him to come to the earth, ‘in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.’” Southern Watchman, January 24, 1905.

Today

“Says the prophet: ‘Who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.’ Malachi 3:2, 3. Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God’s people upon earth. This work is more clearly presented in the messages of Revelation 14.

When this work shall have been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for His appearing. ‘Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ Malachi 3:4. Then the church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself will be a ‘glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.’ Ephesians 5:27. Then she will look ‘forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.’ Song of Solomon 6:10.” The Great Controversy, 427.

The Days of Old and as in Former Years

“Malachi 3:1–4 quoted.

A refining, purifying process is going on among the people of God, and the Lord of hosts has set his hand to this work. This process is most trying to the soul, but it is necessary in order that defilement may be removed. Trials are essential in order that we may be brought close to our heavenly Father, in submission to his will, that we may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. God’s work of refining and purifying the soul must go on until his servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that when called into active service, they may have an eye single to the glory of God.” Review and Herald, April 10, 1894.

The Midnight Cry

“Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. From city to city, from village to village, and into remote country places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like early frost before the rising sun. Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed, and hope and courage animated their hearts. The work was free from those extremes which are ever manifested when there is human excitement without the controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God. It was similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel followed messages of reproof from His servants. It bore the characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. There was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart, confession of sin, and forsaking of the world. A preparation to meet the Lord was the burden of agonizing spirits. There was persevering prayer and unreserved consecration to God.” The Great Controversy, 400.

A Two-edged Sword

“The words of the Lord in Malachi 3:1–3 lay down the work essential to be done in the church of God: Malachi 3:1–3 quoted. A message which is as a two-edged sword must be given to the people, to clear away the evils that are seen among them. A living testimony that will awaken the paralyzed conscience is to be borne.” Review and Herald, December 1, 1896.

“I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 259.

“The voice of John was lifted up like a trumpet. His commission was, ‘Shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins’ (Isaiah 58:1). He had obtained no human scholarship. God and nature had been his teachers. But one was needed to prepare the way before Christ who was bold enough to make his voice heard like the prophets of old, summoning the degenerate nation to repentance.” Selected Messages, book 2, 148.

“Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 260.

“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.

Adam

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

Ezekiel Thirty-seven

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

Judgment Messengers of God’s Appointment

“In Malachi’s day the mocking inquiry of the impenitent, ‘Where is the God of judgment?’ met with the solemn response: ‘The Lord . . . shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant. . . . But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ Malachi 2:17; 3:1–4.

“When the promised Messiah was about to appear, the message of the forerunner of Christ was: Repent, publicans and sinners; repent, Pharisees and Sadducees; ‘for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matthew 3:2.

Today, in the spirit and power of Elias and of John the Baptist, messengers of God’s appointment are calling the attention of a judgment-bound world to the solemn events soon to take place in connection with the closing hours of probation and the appearance of Christ Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. Soon every man is to be judged for the deeds done in the body. The hour of God’s judgment has come, and upon the members of His church on earth rests the solemn responsibility of giving warning to those who are standing as it were on the very brink of eternal ruin. To every human being in the wide world who will give heed must be made plain the principles at stake in the great controversy being waged, principles upon which hang the destinies of all mankind.” Prophets and Kings, 715–716.

The Events Connected with the Close of Probation

“The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready.

“When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. The fearful judgments denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9–11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it. But the masses of the people turn away their ears from hearing the truth and are turned unto fables. The apostle Paul declared, looking down to the last days: ‘The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.’ 2 Timothy 4:3. That time has fully come. The multitudes do not want Bible truth, because it interferes with the desires of the sinful, world-loving heart; and Satan supplies the deceptions which they love.

“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain ‘Thus saith the Lord’ in its support.

“Satan is constantly endeavoring to attract attention to man in the place of God. He leads the people to look to bishops, to pastors, to professors of theology, as their guides, instead of searching the Scriptures to learn their duty for themselves. Then, by controlling the minds of these leaders, he can influence the multitudes according to his will.” The Great Controversy, 594–595.

Miller & John

“With trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With every effort he gained strength. As John the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His coming, so William Miller and those who joined with him proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.” Early Writings, 229–230.

The Opening of the Judgment

“It was needful that men should be awakened to their danger; that they should be roused to prepare for the solemn events connected with the close of probation.

The Great Controversy, 310.

The Judgment of 70AD

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Matthew 3:7.

The Judgment Message of Daniel

“Those who proclaimed this warning gave the right message at the right time. But as the early disciples declared, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand,’ based on the prophecy of Daniel 9, while they failed to perceive that the death of the Messiah was foretold in the same scripture, so Miller and his associates preached the message based on Daniel 8:14 and Revelation 14:7, and failed to see that there were still other messages brought to view in Revelation 14, which were also to be given before the advent of the Lord. As the disciples were mistaken in regard to the kingdom to be set up at the end of the seventy weeks, so Adventists were mistaken in regard to the event to take place at the expiration of the 2300 days. In both cases there was an acceptance of, or rather an adherence to, popular errors that blinded the mind to the truth. Both classes fulfilled the will of God in delivering the message which He desired to be given, and both, through their own misapprehension of their message, suffered disappointment.” The Great Controversy, 353.

Prophetic Angels

Revelation Fourteen

“I have had precious opportunities to obtain an experience. I have had an experience in the first, second, and third angels’ messages. The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven, proclaiming to the world a message of warning, and having a direct bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth’s history. No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God, and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” Life Sketches, 429.

Revelation Eighteen

“John saw ‘Another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the whole earth was lightened with his glory.’ Revelation 18:1. That work is the voice of the people of God proclaiming a message of warning to the world.” The 1888 Materials, 926.

Connected

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. . . . There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be.” Selected Messages, book 2, 104.

Linked

“The first, second, and third angels’ messages are all linked together.” Selected Messages, book 2, 118.

Combined

“The Lord is about to punish the world for its iniquity. He is about to punish religious bodies for their rejection of the light and truth which has been given them. The great message, combining the first, second, and third angels’ messages, is to be given to the world. This is to be the burden of our work.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 950.

Tests

“And many are doing the same thing today, in 1897, because they have not had experience in the testing messages comprehended in the first, second, and third angel’s messages.” Evangelism, 613.

Repeated

“The first, second, and third angels’ messages are to be repeated.” Review and Herald, October 31, 1899.

Perfect Fulfillment, Yet Future

“The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord, Satan will work ‘with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness;’ and they that ‘received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,’ will be left to receive ‘strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. Not until this condition shall be reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete. The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future.” The Great Controversy, 389.

Parallel

“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, 804.

Our Example in All Things

“The only evidence the world can have that God’s people believe His Word is to see them practicing that Word and following Christ’s example in all things.” Signs of the Times, June 2, 1898.

Three Tests

Appetite, Presumption and Worship

“For each of the classes represented by the Pharisee and the publican there is a lesson in the history of the apostle Peter.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.


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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we thank you for giving us a good night’s sleep, awaking us with a refreshed mind. As we take up the study of your Word this morning, we ask that you would grant us your Holy Spirit to guide and direct our studies, that you would forgive us of our sins, that you would prepare our hearts and minds for the Latter Rain wish that you would pour into our vessels. We want to understand the implications of two temple cleansings in our history and in the history of the Millerites and in the time of Christ, and we ask that your Holy Spirit would anoint our eyes that we might see and understand this truth in such a way that it would change us more fully into your image and prepare us to have the winning message for those we come in contact with. We thank you for these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are dealing with Habakkuk’s Tables as typified in the Scriptures; and, in some of the areas where it is typified requires—at least how I understand the logic—it requires a little bit of preparation before you get to certain passages in the Bible that deal directly with the 1843 and 1850 Charts as a waymark in our history.

TWO TEMPLE CLEANSINGS

(1) (2) (3)

(Visual) Door Closed Door Closed

Midnight (Visual)

1843 Cry Offering

Made

1st Angel’s Message

F O U N D A T I O N S

(1) (2) (3)

(1) (2) (3)

  1. (2) (3)

(Visual) Door Closed Door Closed

1843 1850 Loud (Visual)

Cry Offering

3rd Angel’s Message Made

F O U N D A T I O N S

(1) (2) (3)

(1) (2) (3)

Figure No. 36A.

So, we have been looking at lines upon lines, in agreement with Isaiah 28; and, we have put in place two days ago, on Sunday, that this being the Millerite History is illustrating the sequence of events, the waymarks of judgment.

These Three Messages lead to 1844 when Judgment begins, and this history of the Millerite period is illustrating when Judgment closes in our history.

And there are three waymarks in our history that lead to the Close of Probation.

The first waymark in the Millerite History, when Islam is restrained on August 11, 1840, is paralleling the restraint of Islam on September 11, 2011.

The second waymark in the Judgment Line of Millerite History is the Protestants of the United States closing their doors.

The second waymark in the close of the Judgment Line is the Protestants closing their doors at The Sunday Law in the United States.

The third waymark in the Millerite History of the Judgment Line is the beginning of Judgment when the door is closed into the Holy Place, prefiguring the end of Judgment when the door is closed and Michael stands up.

So, when you are dealing with Revelation 18, you acknowledge this line upon line; but, what we are going to look at is that in the Millerite History and in our history there are two temple cleansings, and each temple cleansing possesses its own first, second, and third tests. So, there are two testing processes in the Millerite History of (1), (2), (3); (1), (2), (3). Therefore, there are two testing processes in our history of (1), (2), (3); (1), (2), (3).

We are identifying that this is acceptable.

We are emphasizing William Miller’s X Rule, where it says figures sometimes two or more significations; and, we are building on Ezekiel 12, which was a passage in the Scripture that established the waymarks of this 1843 Chart of Habakkuk 2.

And, we are saying the prophets speak more about our day and age than they do the time when the prophecies were proclaimed.

We are going to deal more with Ezekiel 12 as we proceed from a different perspective; so, do not think that this is the only aspect that we are going to touch on. But, the last king of Israel, Zedekiah, this was a message specifically for Zedekiah in his time period; and, Zedekiah, of course, is there when Jerusalem is destroyed. He is the final waymark in the destruction of Jerusalem which prefigured the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70, which prefigures the end of the world.

So, with the history of Zedekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem, you find that this passage in Ezekiel 12 has an application for Zedekiah in the time period of Christ and for our history. We will deal with that later.

What we are dealing with now are the Two Temple Cleansings. In The Desire of Ages, page 161, it says,

“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.

Then she quotes Malachi 3:1-3. And what I am wanting you to see here is that Sister White is associating the two temple cleansings of Christ as a fulfillment of Malachi, chapter 3; and, it is not very difficult to see that Malachi 3 was fulfilled in the time of Christ because the first verse is introducing to us John the Baptist. But, sometimes we may miss that this passage is emphasizing the two temple cleansings in the time of Christ, and we want to put that in place by reading Malachi 3, verses 1 through 4.

And there are about five things in here that we want to take note of.

Is everyone there, Malachi 3, verses 1 through 4?

1Behold, I will send my messenger,”—

And we want to identify that the messenger, of course, of John the Baptist in the time of Christ.

—“1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”—

There are two comings there marked, and Sister White applies these to the two temple cleansings. So, these two comings here in this passage are prophetic inference to the fact that He suddenly comes to His temple twice, at the beginning and at the end of His ministry.

The Messenger of the Covenant

And, Christ is the messenger of the covenant. In the histories where Malachi is fulfilled, the Lord is entering into a covenant with His people. We will see that this was fulfilled in the time of Christ when He was entering into covenant with the Christian Church; it was fulfilled in the history of the Millerites when He is entering into covenant with Adventism; and, it is fulfilled once again at the end of the world when He is entering into covenant with the 144,000. And I say that in a generic sense. I know there are characteristics that are specific about the 144,000 that I am not identifying at this time.

—“1Behold, I will send my messenger,”—John the Baptist—“and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 2But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire,”—

The cleansing of the temple is a reference of the purification process that takes place in the periods that it is fulfilled.

One way to recognize is, is this is the climax of the Everlasting Gospel, the Everlasting Gospel being the work of Christ in producing two classes of worshippers based upon the introduction of the prophetic testing message.

And you will find, if you go to John, chapter 2, that immediately after Christ cleansed the temple it says that the Disciples then remembered that it is written that the zeal of His house had eaten Him up. The cleansing of the temple is the fulfillment of a prophecy. There is a prophetic message always associated with the cleansing of the temple, and that message is empowered in the cleansing of the temple because it is the Everlasting Gospel. It is a prophetic message that produces two classes of worshippers.

—“2But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ sope: 3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi,”—

All the prophets are speaking more about the end of the world than the days in which they live. And, as Seventh-day Adventists, we know that the 144,000 in Revelation 7 consists of seven spiritual tribes of Jacob.

But here, this purification process in Malachi is being associated with the sons of Levi. This is purposeful by the Holy Spirit and it is teaching us that at the end of the world when this reaches its perfect fulfillment, the purification process is going to be the purification process that is associated with the sons of Levi, which is a symbol of those that stood on the right side of the issue when Aaron set up the golden calf which is typifying the image of the beast at the end of the world. It is typifying The Sunday Law. The purification process of Malachi primarily is pointing to the purification process that raises up the 144,000, just in advance of The Sunday Law crisis. And, of course, at The Sunday Law, they will be lifted up as an ensign.

Back to the reading,

—“2But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ sope: 3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. 4Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” Malachi 3:1-4 (KJV).

And we want to take note that after, at the conclusion of the purification process, there is a righteous offering that has been put in place. He has a righteous people that can make a righteous offering, and this is at the conclusion of the purification process and this is one of the waymarks of these verses that we want to take note of.

Now, notice that He is going to purge them as gold and silver. And it is not a fact that is argued about in Adventism that here in Malachi 3, verse 1, when it says, “Behold, I will send my messenger,” that this is John the Baptist. That is what they call a “no-brainer.”

And when John the Baptist is introducing Christ in Matthew, chapter 3, verses 11 and 12, he says this,

11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,”—John comes first and then comes Christ—“whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire; 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12 (KJV).

What is “his floor”? Well, it is the floor of the barn where the wheat and tares are mixed and He is going to separate the wheat and tares. He is thoroughly going to purge it, but He is going to separate the wheat and tares.

And He is going to do it with what? A fan.

And a fan is very similar to a—

INTERRUPTION FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Inaudible.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: What, a weapon?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: A cord whip.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: A cord whip? No. I would say it is very similar to a dirt brush.

But, we do not want to get off track here about Jesus being the Dirt Brush Man. He is also the refiner and purifier that will purge his floor, or separate the wheat and tares. This is one of the characteristics that John associates with Christ.

Now, we want to make sure we understand that this illustration of the refiner and the purifier is talking about a purification process.

In Testimonies to Ministers, beginning at page 372, it says,

“Just how soon this refining process will begin I cannot say, but it will not be long deferred. He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement. He will thoroughly purge His floor.” Testimonies to Ministers, 372–373.

So, I want you to see here that Sister White is saying that this refining process is going to happen in the near future, when she wrote this; but, she just tied John the Baptist’s prophecy about Christ, about He will purge His floor with His fan, in with the temple cleansing.

She says, “He whose fan is in His hand”—that is John the Baptist’s identification of Christ—“He whose fan is in His hand will cleanse His temple of its moral defilement.” So, we see in this passage that the cleansing process is a refining process and that it is accomplished by the Man with a fan in His hand as He cleanses the temple.

1844

Now, this was fulfilled in the time of Christ but it was fulfilled in 1844. Sister White says in The Great Controversy, page 427,

The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place, for the cleansing of the sanctuary, brought to view in Daniel 8:14; the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days, as presented in Daniel 7:13; and the coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi, are descriptions of the same event;”—

The coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi is the same event as the coming of Christ as our High Priest to the Most Holy Place on October 22, 1844. They are the same event.

—“and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage, described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins, of Matthew 25.” The Great Controversy, 427.

You will notice in this state in The Great Controversy, there are four comings noted, and she expresses it that way every time. He comes to the Most Holy Place for the cleansing of the sanctuary, He comes to the Ancient of Days to receive a kingdom, He comes suddenly to the temple in fulfillment of Malachi, and the Bridegroom comes to the marriage.

And, as Laodicean Adventists we read this, if we read it at all, and we do not see a distinction being made between all four of these prophecies; but, these are four different prophecies that were fulfilled at the same point in time and they are teaching four different lessons, four different truths. And the only way you can understand the importance of them is you take the line of Daniel 7:13 and put it on the line of Daniel 8:14, and put it on the line of Matthew 25, and you put it on the line of Malachi 3, which is just what we have been doing.

There is more to be said about that quote; but, what I want you to see that in 1844 Sister White says that Malachi 3 was fulfilled on October 22, 1844. The Messenger of the Covenant came suddenly to His temple.

Sudden: Unexpected (9/11?)

What does sudden mean?

Southern Watchman, January 24, 1905, says,

“This coming is foretold also by the prophet Malachi: ‘The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.’ The coming of the Lord to his temple was sudden,”—

It says He would suddenly come to His temple. Now she is going to define what sudden means.

—“The coming of the Lord to his temple was sudden, unexpected, to his people.”—

So, the word sudden in there that Malachi uses means unexpected. It is unexpected that Jesus was going to walk into the temple and cleanse it, both times. It was unexpected that Christ was going to begin the Investigative Judgment on October 22, 1844. For those people who were understanding the prophecies that were identifying that date were certainly not expecting Him to begin that work. They thought He was coming to cleanse the Earth with fire.

—“They were not looking for him there. They expected him to come to the earth, ‘in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.’” Southern Watchman, January 24, 1905.

And, just to put it into the record, September 11th was unexpected.

Today

Sister White says that Malachi 3 was not only fulfilled in 1844 but also in The Great Controversy, just a couple of paragraphs before the one we just read from The Great Controversy previous about the four comings of Christ, she tells us that Malachi 3 is going to be fulfilled here at the end of the world.

Malachi 3 was fulfilled in the time of Christ, in the time of the Millerites, and in our day and age. These are the same three histories that we dealt with awhile back in The Great Controversy, page 611, where Sister White compares the work of the Revelation 18 Angel with the history of 1843 to 1844 and with Pentecost, the same three histories.

These are the same three histories that she deals with in Early Writings, page 259, the first paragraph being our history emphasizing the controversy over the foundational truths; then followed by Christ’s history where she says those who reject the message of John cannot be benefitted by the teachings of Jesus; followed by Millerite history: those that rejected the First Angel’s Message cannot be benefitted by the Second Angel’s Message. These three histories are often referred to by Sister White.

And we have also referenced these three histories in a quote of hers concerning the cleansing of the temple.

So, it was fulfilled that the cleansing of the temple in the time of Christ, he came twice. It was fulfilled in the Millerite History: we have just seen her comment on that.

And now, she says in The Great Controversy, page 427,

“Says the prophet: ‘Who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.’ Malachi 3:2, 3. Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort”—through the grace of God and their own diligent effort—“they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God’s people upon earth. This work is more clearly presented in the messages of Revelation 14.

When this work shall have been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for His appearing.”—

And now she is going to quote verse 4 of Malachi 3:

—“‘Then’”—when Then? Malachi says, “‘Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ Malachi 3:4.”

‘Then it will,” she precedes it by; she says, “When this work.”

What work? The work of purification that is represented in verses 2 and 3 of Malachi 3, the work of the refiner and purifier separating the sons of Levi from the tares, from the dross.

And this work is more clearly presented, she says, in the messages of Revelation 14; and, the messages of Revelation 14 describe how many messages? Three.

So, this work of purification that is represented in Malachi 2 and 3 is based upon a three-step testing process as represented in Revelation 14. And when the purification process is finished, then the Lord will have an offering of righteousness; because, the offering will be brought by people that are righteous. Of course, this is the First Angel’s Message: “Fear God. Give Him Glory.” When you are giving Him glory, you are giving Him an offering of righteousness and it concludes with the Judgment: “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: . . . .”

—“‘Then the church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself will be a ‘glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.’ Ephesians 5:27. Then she will look ‘forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.’ Song of Solomon 6:10.” The Great Controversy, 427.

So, Malachi 3 was fulfilled in the time of Christ with the two temple cleansings; it was fulfilled in the Millerite History; and, it is fulfilled in our history.

The Days of Old and as in Former Years

And when the purification process is finished, they will have an offering as in the days of old.

In Review and Herald, April 10, 1894, she quotes Malachi, chapter 3, verses 1 through 4, and then she says,

“Malachi 3:1–4 quoted.

A refining, purifying process is going on among the people of God, and the Lord of hosts has set his hand to this work. This process is most trying to the soul, but it is necessary in order that defilement may be removed. Trials are essential in order that we may be brought close to our heavenly Father, in submission to his will, that we may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”—that is verse 4—“God’s work of refining and purifying the soul must go on until his servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that when called into active service, they may have an eye single to the glory of God.” Review and Herald, April 10, 1894.

At the end of the purification process there is an offering of righteousness.

The Midnight Cry

And Malachi says this offering of righteousness is “as in days of old and as in former years.”

And in The Great Controversy, page 400, speaking of the Midnight Cry, right here in the Millerite History, it says,

“Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. From city to city, from village to village, and into remote country places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like early frost before the rising sun. Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed,”—

And what did they do? What did the believers do? They saw.

—“Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed, hope and courage animated their hearts. The work was free from those extremes which are ever manifested when there is human excitement without the controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God.”—

Now, notice this next part, speaking of the Midnight Cry.

—“It was similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel followed messages of reproof from His servants. It bore the characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. There was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart, confession of sin, and forsaking of the world. A preparation to meet the Lord was the burden of agonizing spirits. There was persevering prayer and unreserved consecration to God.” The Great Controversy, 400.

So, the Midnight Cry was an offering in righteous and it was similar to the days of old, to the former years, since God’s dealing with men are ever the same.

And when the purification process is finished, the Lord will have an offering of righteousness, and it will be an offering of righteousness that parallels the Midnight Cry, which parallels the Triumphal Entry, which parallels the plagues of Egypt, which parallels the animals getting on the ark, all these manifestations of the power of God that are represented in the ancient, sacred reform lines.

So, that is in place.

A Two-Edged Sword

Now we want to consider what the prophetic message is that purifies the Church, because it is a prophetic message that does so.

But, Malachi’s purification process is simply another illustration, another line of the Everlasting Gospel, how the Lord accomplishes a production of two classes of worshippers and then demonstrates them.

It goes without saying, if you think it through, that when the purification process is finished, the Lord will have an offering in righteousness; but, what will He have also? He will have an offering of unrighteousness. The wheat are the offering in righteousness, and the tares will be an offering in unrighteousness because He is going to manifest two classes of worshippers.

How does He do this?

Review and Herald, December 1, 1896:

“The words of the Lord in Malachi 3:1–3 lay down the work essential to be done in the church of God: Malachi 3:1–3 quoted.”—

So, verses 1, 2, and 3 of Malachi 3 are the work that is essential to be done—in the world?—in the Church of God!

Then she quotes Malachi 3:1-3, and then she says,

—“A message which is as a two-edged sword must be given to the people, to clear away the evils that are seen among them. A living testimony that will awaken the paralyzed conscience is to be borne.” Review and Herald, December 1, 1896.

So, what is the work to be done? A message, a prophetic message.

And how many edges does this sword have? Two edges. You can cut going this way [gesturing to his left] and you can cut going back this way [gesturing to his right]. Two edges, a two-edged sword.

And is it going to be a message that comes from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy? Oh, yeah, it does. It is going to come from there.

But, who is going to give it? Are angels going to give it? A living testimony: this message that is a two-edged sword is going to be delivered by living human beings. It is a living testimony. It is a living testimony that fulfills the purification process of Malachi 3:1-3. And Malachi 3:1-3 says that the Lord is going to raise up John the Baptist to prepare the way for Christ, the Messenger of the Covenant, to come and enter into covenant with the people. And then in verses 2 and 3 there is a purification process, which is the Everlasting Gospel, that produces the group of people that the Messenger of the Covenant is going to enter into covenant with, and then He has an offering of righteousness. But, the way that He accomplishes that is with a two-edged sword.

So, what does two represent in the Scriptures?

Maybe you are not familiar with it. What does the number 2 represent in the Scriptures, Austen.

BROTHER AUSTEN: (Inaudible response).

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Candace?

SISTER CANDACE: (Inaudible response).

BROTHER TRACY: First and Second Angels’ Messages.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. There is a guess, the First and Second Angels.

The number 2 in the Scriptures represent the Word of God, does it not? Upon the testimony of two a thing will be established.

The two Anointed Ones are what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Old and New Testaments.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Old and New Testaments.

In our day and age it is the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

You cannot establish history without these two witnesses. The number 2 is the Word of God; so, this message is based upon the Word of God, which is a two-edged sword.

Is the Bible the sword? Yes, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, the two-edged sword. One edge is the Bible; the other edge, the Spirit of Prophecy.

In the time of the Millerites, one edge was the Old Testament, and the other edge was the New Testament.

In the time of Zechariah, one edge was the Law and the other was the Prophets.

God’s Word is always a two-edged sword.

Now, notice, when it comes to Brother Tracy’s answer, a two-edged sword, it is the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

We have already read this earlier in these series. This is from Early Writings, page 259.

“I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 259.

In the time of Christ there were two messages that led to the closed door, the message of John the Baptist, followed by the message of Jesus. And if you rejected the message of John, you could not be benefitted by the teachings of Jesus and, ultimately then, you could not see your way into the Heavenly Sanctuary. You close the door of probation against yourself. There is the two-edged sword that accomplishes the purification process in the time of Christ when Malachi 3 was first fulfilled; and in that history John the Baptist was that very messenger of Malachi 3:1.

Notice what John’s message was. Selected Messages, book 2, page 148:

“The voice of John was lifted up like a trumpet. His commission was, ‘Shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins’ (Isaiah 58:1). He had obtained no human scholarship. God and nature had been his teachers. But one was needed to prepare the way before Christ who was bold enough to make his voice heard like the prophets of old, summoning the degenerate nation to repentance.” Selected Messages, book 2, 148.

So, one of the things about this First Message is that it is a trumpet message. John was Elijah. Elijah is a trumpet message.

The Second Message is Christ. The Second Message is Elisha.

It is important to note that Elijah is followed by Elisha. This is a subject of Bible prophecy. You do not separate Elijah and Elisha.

Who called Elisha into ministry?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Elijah.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Elijah.

Who anointed Elisha?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Elijah.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Elijah. He anointed him.

Who anointed Christ?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: John the Baptist.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: John the Baptist anointed Christ at the baptism.

Elijah and Elisha are prefiguring John and Jesus. But, did you ever ask yourself how many people were Elijah commanded to anoint?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Three.

You have got to pay attention to that one; because, he anointed Elisha, a good guy, but the other two guys he anointed, bad guys.

Bad guys? Jehu, much too zealous to be a character that represented Christ. Jehu was anointed at the command of the Lord.

What about Hazael? Hazael, he was a scourge to God’s people. He was a Syrian.

Really? Really?! God actually anointed people that were going to cause problems? He anointed bad things?

Do you mean that the Lord even takes credit and control error?

Hmm. Remember that. We are going to deal with that as we proceed, for these people that claim if you marry a prophet it makes you inspired. James White was not inspired; he was just married to the prophetess.

There are actually men that are claiming that James White was inspired when he rejected the foundational truths in 1863; because, the prophetess would have corrected him. Oh, really?

The Lord does not ever anoint and allow testing issues to come in, to purify His people? Well, if He does not do that, then I wonder what Sister White means when she says, ‘If other means fail, the Lord will allow heresies to come in among us in order that we might begin to study.’ That is a paraphrase, but that is what she says.

“God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting. Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God so that when the testing time shall come and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 707.3.

The Lord allows heresies to come in among us? Hmm. Well, He anointed Hazael and Jehu, along with Elisha.

And Elijah was followed by Elisha, and Elijah anointed Elisha; John the Baptist was followed by Christ (Elijah), and John the Baptist anointed Christ (Elijah). They are the double-edged sword. They are the two messages that led Ancient Israel to the closed door of the Judgment. You cannot go into the Holy Place because you did not accept the message of John the Baptist and Christ. The First and Second Messages lead to Judgment.

In Early Writings, page 260, the next paragraph after the one we read about John the Baptist and Christ, it says,

“Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.” Early Writings, 260.

The same story in the time of Christ: it is once again a fulfillment of Malachi 3, and it is a double-edged sword. You have two messages, two edges that you have to accept, the First Angel’s Message, followed by the Second Angel’s Message.

And the First Angel’s Message was brought by William Miller, and the First Angel’s Message is typified by John the Baptist; the First Angel’s Message is typified by Elijah. And, Sister White called William Miller “John the Baptist” and “Elijah.” He is the first edge of the sword. He is the First Angel’s Message.

And William Miller’s message gets empowered when the Second Message is brought in, and the Second Message is brought in when a Mighty Angel comes down out of Heaven and puts His foot upon the land His foot upon the sea, and that Angel is no less the personage than Jesus Christ. William Miller was followed by the Second Angel’s Message, associated with Jesus Christ: a two-edged sword.

We have already read this before, speaking of our day and age. Review and Herald, December 6, 1892, says,

“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.

That is the First and Second Angels’ Messages of the Millerite History. That is John the Baptist and Jesus. That is Elijah and Elisha. That is the two-edged sword that is the message that accomplishes the purification process represented by Malachi 3, verses 2 and 3.

Adam

That is also the typifications that we find in Adam; because in Genesis 2:7, it says,

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

There is the first edge of the sword of the First Message.

—“and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 (KJV).

There is the Second Message. He breathed into the body.

Ezekiel Thirty-Seven

And, of course, this prefigures Ezekiel 37, which we have already dealt with, that Ezekiel was given two prophetic messages to give to the valley of dead, dry bones. The first one created an image, created Adam from the dust from the ground. It brought the bodies together, bone to bone, sinew to sinew, muscle to muscle; but, they were not alive until the Second Message, when the breath came into the body and they stood upon their feet as a mighty army, a living soul.

Ezekiel 37, the creation of Adam, a two-step process, a two-step message prefiguring Elijah and Elisha, prefiguring John the Baptist and Jesus, prefiguring the First and Second Angels’ Messages, prefiguring the fact that they are the double-edged sword that produces a purification process when the Messenger of the Covenant sets as a refiner and purifier of the sons of Levi at the end of the world, a two-step testing process that leads to Judgment where the door is closed.

Manuscript Releases, volume 12, page 205:

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

There is a message, two messages.

Judgment Messengers of God’s Appointment

Prophets and Kings, beginning at page 715, and this one some people have a hard time with to where we are going now. We are changing gears a little bit.

We are saying in the Millerite History, the Millerite History up here [Figure No. 36A], is a history of two messages: the First Message, the Second Message, and concludes with Judgment.

In terms of the Judgment Line in our history: the First Message, the Second Message, Closed Door.

But, when we deal with the cleansing of the temple, then we have (1), (2), (3); (1), (2), (3).

But we want to know what these First and Second Messages are. We know that the message that purifies God’s people in fulfillment of Malachi, chapter 3, verses 2 and 3, is a double-edged sword; so, what are the characteristics of each side of the blade?

Prophets and Kings, beginning at page 715:

“In Malachi’s day the mocking inquiry of the impenitent, ‘Where is the God of judgment?’”—

“Where is the God of judgment?” There is the subject in that the first sentence of that paragraph. It is about the God of judgment.

—“met with the solemn response: ‘The Lord . . . shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant. . . . But who may abide the day of His coming?”—

And she quotes Malachi.

“and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ Malachi 2:17; 3:1–4.”—

The point being is, the question that was raised in a mocking way is, “Where is the God of judgment?” And the answer given: Malachi 3 is the God of judgment.

Because the purification process takes place in the time of judgment, then in the next paragraph she says this,

—“When the promised Messiah was about to appear, the message of the forerunner of Christ was: Repent, publicans and sinners; repent, Pharisees and Sadducees; ‘for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matthew 3:2.

Today, in the spirit and power of Elias and of John the Baptist, messengers of God’s appointment”—

Now, she just compared, ‘Today, the messengers that have been appointed by God today,’ that she just compared with Elijah and John the Baptist in the context of answering the question of “Where is the God of judgment?” and taking us to Malachi, to explain it, she says,

—“Today, in the spirit and power of Elias and of John the Baptist, messengers of God’s appointment are calling the attention of a judgment-bound world”—

Is that connecting with the whole question that was raised two paragraphs ago? The mocking inquiry of, “Where is the God of judgment?” Well, there are messengers of God’s appointment that are raised up at the end of the world that are going to fulfill the cleansing of the Sanctuary. They are going to participate in Christ’s work of fulfilling that—He is the refiner and purifier of fire—and they are going to call the world to account, that they are heading to judgment.

—“messengers of God’s appointment are calling the attention of a judgment-bound world”—

And what is this summary of what they are calling the world to?

—“[They] are calling the attention of a judgment-bound world to the solemn events soon to take place in connection with the closing hours of probation and the appearance of Christ Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. Soon every man is to be judged for the deeds done in the body. The hour of God’s judgment has come, and upon the members of His church on earth rests the solemn responsibility of giving warning to those who are standing as it were on the very brink of eternal ruin. To every human being in the wide world who will give heed must be made plain the principles at stake in the great controversy being waged, principles upon which hang the destinies of all mankind.” Prophets and Kings, 715–716.

Now, Brothers and Sisters, the message that accomplishes the purification of the cleansing of the temple is a double-edged sword. It is the First and Second Angels’ Messages, and God is going to raise up men of His appointment at the end of the world that are going to identify the Judgment has arrived and they are going to do so by identifying the events connected with the close of probation.

The Events Connected with the Close of Probation

If you claim to be a messenger in Adventism and you do not understand the last six verses of Daniel 11 or the events connected with the close of probation, you are not a messenger of God’s appointment, period! The message, the first edge of the sword, involves the events connected with the close of probation; and, the events connected with the close of probation are the last six verses of Daniel 11.

Notice what Sister White says, The Great Controversy, beginning at page 594.

“The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes”—in Adventism—“have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation,”—

These events connected with the close of probation are salvational!

—“Satan watches to catch away ever impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready.

“When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven,”—

And then you find men like Eugene Pruitt saying, “Well, see right there, she just defined the events connected with the close of probation as Revelation 14, and what these men are saying about the last six verses of Daniel 11, they are wresting this statement!”

Well, that is just your weak understanding f God’s Word, my brother. The events connected with the close of probation are identified in the last six verses of Daniel 11; and, Revelation 14 is identifying messages.

Where do you see EVENTS in Revelation 14? You see messages.

—“When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. The fearful judgments denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9–11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it. But the masses of the people”—in Adventism—“But the masses of the people turn away their ears from hearing the truth and are turned unto fables. The apostle Paul declared, looking down to the last days: ‘The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.’ 2 Timothy 4:3. That time has fully come. The multitudes do not want Bible truth, because it interferes with the desires of the sinful, world-loving heart; and Satan supplies the deceptions which they love.

“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority

You know, sometimes you can just take little snippets of God’s Word and focus in on it and learn a great deal. I mean, if you wanted to.

If you wanted to take the message that we are sharing here—okay?—if you wanted to take that message—and it can be identified in a lot of ways—if you want to call it the “2520,” fine; if you want to call it “the last six verses of Daniel 11” or “Daniel 11,” fine, any way you want to express that message. Then do a web search on it, and you will find that the voice of the majority is opposing this message, and you will find that the learned men in Adventism are in the majority, and you will find that the ecclesiastical councils are disfellowshipping the minority over this message. Hmm.

—“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain ‘Thus saith the Lord’ in its support.

“Satan is constantly endeavoring to attract attention to man in the place of God. He leads the people to look to bishops, to pastors, to professors of theology, as their guides, instead of searching the Scriptures to learn their duty for themselves. Then, by controlling the minds of these leaders, he can influence the multitudes according to his will.The Great Controversy, 594–595.

Now, who are the multitudes in the context of this passage? The first paragraph, she says, “The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths,” because they have been following the theologians, and the pastors, and the bishops that do not want to take the time to investigate the Message of Judgment, which is the first edge of the double-edged sword that the Lord brings to His people to purify the sons of Levi, in fulfillment of Malachi 3. One class is in the majority, following the theologians and the pastors; and, one class is the minority that is giving a living testimony to the validity of this message.

Miller & John

Early Writings, beginning at page 229, says,

“With trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With every effort he gained strength. As John the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His coming, so William Miller and those who joined with him proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.” Early Writings, 229–230.

And Miller is typified by John the Baptist.

The Opening of the Judgment

So, what did Miller present?

The Great Controversy, page 310:

“It was needful that men should be awakened to their danger; that they should be roused to prepare for the solemn events connected with the close of probation. The Great Controversy, 310.

Miller, the first edge of the sword in his history, the First Angel’s Message in his history, the Elijah, the John the Baptist, he presented the events connected with the close of probation, just as men will do at the end in the events connected with the close of probation or the events that lead to Daniel 12:1 where Michael stands up and human probation closes. It is the last six verses of Daniel 11.

The Judgment of AD70

But, Miller was a type of John the Baptist. What did John the Baptist teach?

Matthew 3:7:

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Matthew 3:7 (KJV).

John the Baptist’s message was, ‘Who hath warned you to flee from AD70 and the destruction of Jerusalem’?

And who warned them? The Book of Daniel warned them. Daniel, chapter 9, was the warning message that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed when it was divorced of God at the end of the 490 years.

John the Baptist’s message was acquainting the Jews of his day and age with the events connected with the close of probation based upon Daniel 9; and, William Miller’s message was presenting the events connected with the close of probation based upon Daniel 8:14, which is established in Daniel 9. They were preaching the same message.

Is it not curious that when this third history here at the end of the world is fulfilled that one of the edges of the two-edged sword that accomplishes the purification of the temple is the message that acquaints men and women with the events connected with the close of probation?

The Judgment Message of Daniel

The Great Controversy, page 353, we are familiar with it. I am pretty sure this is already in the books as far as this series. This is where Sister White ties together the messages of William Miller and John the Baptist.

“Those who proclaimed this warning gave the right message at the right time. But as the early disciples declared, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand,’ based on the prophecy of Daniel 9, while they failed to perceive that the death of the Messiah was foretold in the same scripture, so Miller and his associates preached the message based on Daniel 8:14 and Revelation 14:7, and failed to see that there were still other messages brought to view in Revelation 14, which were also to be given before the advent of the Lord. As the disciples were mistaken in regard to the kingdom to be set up at the end of the seventy weeks, so Adventists were mistaken in regard to the event to take place at the expiration of the 2300 days. In both cases there was an acceptance of, or rather an adherence to, popular errors that blinded the mind to the truth. Both classes fulfilled the will of God in delivering the message which He desired to be given, and both, through their own misapprehension of their message, suffered disappointment.” The Great Controversy, 353.

Miller and John the Baptist presented the First Message, which was the events connected with the close of probation, and men of God’s appointment are going to be raised up in the last days that identify the events that connect with the close of probation to a judgment-bound world and they will be fulfilling—walking in the footsteps of John and Miller.

Prophetic Angels

Revelation Fourteen

Okay. We are going to switch gears now here and identify and put in the record what the angels are of Revelation 14 and Revelation 18.

Now, we have already identified more than once that the Angel of Revelation 10 is Christ. Sister White says it is ‘no less the personage of Jesus Christ.’

But, what is Rule X of Miller that we have been working on for these past few presentations? Figures have multiple meanings.

So, in Life Sketches, page 429, it says,

“I have had precious opportunities to obtain an experience. I have had an experience in the first, second, and third angels’ messages. The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven, proclaiming to the world a message of warning, and having a direct bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth’s history. No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God, and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” Life Sketches, 429.

The three angels of Revelation 14 symbolize the work of the people of God.

Revelation Eighteen

Notice The 1888 Materials, page 926:

“John saw ‘Another angel come down from heaven,”—this is the Revelation Angel—“having great power; and the whole earth was lightened with his glory.’ Revelation 18:1. That work is the voice of the people of God proclaiming a message of warning to the world.” The 1888 Materials, 926.

So, these angels symbolize the work that God’s people are doing. Okay?

Connected

Now, some of these concepts here I am just going to point us to because we have already read these quotes, but I want to remind us of these things.

Selected Messages, book 2, page 104: We are dealing with the Three Angels’ Messages which are representing a threefold work that God’s people do. The First and Second Angels’ Messages lead to the Third and the Third is where the door closes. Okay? This is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, the First Angel’s Message; righteousness is the Second Angel’s Message; and judgment to come is the Third Angel’s Message. This is the message of the Sanctuary: the Courtyard, sin; Holy Place, righteousness; Most Holy Place, judgment. Wherever you look it is the three-step process that is the Everlasting Gospel.

Selected Messages, book 2, page 104, it says,

“The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. . . . There cannot be a third without the first and second.”—

Never forget that. If you see a Third Angel’s Message marked in history, it tells you, even if it does not address it specifically, that the first Two Messages have preceded, had led to it. They are there; they do not have to be marked every time. If you see the Third Message, you know that it has been preceded by a First and Second.

And, you know if you see a Second Message that it has been preceded by the First and it is going to be followed by the Third.

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

Linked

In Selected Messages, book 2, page 118, it says,

“The first, second, and third angels’ messages are all linked together.” Selected Messages, book 2, 118.

There cannot be a Third without a First and Second because they are linked together.

Combined

The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, page 950:

“The Lord is about to punish the world for its iniquity. He is about to punish religious bodies for their rejection of the light and truth which has been given them.”—

Ooh, religion bodies that have been given light are about to be rejected.

—“The great message,”—now notice—“combining the first, second, and third angels' messages, is to be given to the world. This is to be the burden of our work.” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, volume 7, 950.

These messages are connected, they are combined, and they are linked.

Tests

Evangelism, page 613, tells us that these messages are testing messages.

“And many are doing the same thing today, in 1897, because they have not had experience in the testing messages comprehended in the first, second, and third angel’s messages.” Evangelism, 613.

They are testing messages.

Repeated

These messages are to be repeated.

Review and Herald, October 31, 1899:

“The first, second, and third angels’ messages are to be repeated.” Review and Herald, October 31, 1899.

They were fulfilled in the Millerite History but not perfectly, and they will be fulfilled again at the end of the world.

Why do I say “not perfectly”? Because, if you have a First, it is going to be followed by a Second and a Third. If you have a Third, it is going to be preceded by a First and a Second. If you have a Second, it is going to be preceded by a First and followed by a Third. They are connected; and it was fulfilled in the Millerite History.

Perfect Fulfillment, Yet Future

And notice was it says about the Millerite History in The Great Controversy, page 389.

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

Not until Adventism is receiving the strong delusion because they have rejected the love of the truth.

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

What?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The perfect fulfillment . . .

BROTHER PIPPINGER: —“the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8”—the Second Angel’s Message—“is yet future.” The Great Controversy, 389.

It was an imperfect fulfillment of the Second Angel’s Message in Millerite History; therefore, it was an imperfect fulfillment of the First Angel’s Message; and, therefore, it was an imperfect fulfillment of the Third Angel’s Message in that history, because they are connected. You cannot separate them.

And the perfect fulfillment of the Three Angels’ Messages is at the end of the world.

Parallel

The next one, we have read before, from The 1888 Materials, page 804.

“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 history of the Millerites is the history of the First and Second Angels’ Messages; but, the history of Revelation 18 is a parallel of that history [indicating the history of the Third angel’s Message]. That is what we have been doing here.

—“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, 804.

Our Example in All Things

Christ is our example in all things. Signs of the Times, June 2, 1898, says this nicely. It says,

“The only evidence the world can have that God’s people believe His Word is to see them practicing that Word and following Christ’s example in all things.” Signs of the Times, June 2, 1898.

Three Tests

Appetite, Presumption and Worship

And Christ’s example is that when He went into the wilderness, He had three tests as here, here, and here [indicating the Three Angels’ Messages in the history of the Millerites]. He is setting forth the example of the testing process when He is in the wilderness. That is the example.

We have already looked at this.

We have also looked at Peter. Christ’s Object Lessons, page 152:

“For each of the classes represented by the Pharisee and the publican there is a lesson in the history of the apostle Peter.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 152.

And when the apostle, Peter, is representing the Pharisee, how many tests did he have? Three

When he was representing the publican, how many tests? Three

How many tests did Christ have? Three

How many tests are you and I going to have, if Christ is our example?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Three.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Three.

Summary

Okay. We are at the point now that we can go to the board and bring this to a conclusion.

TWO TEMPLE CLEANSINGS

(1) (2) (3)

(Visual) Door Closed Door Closed

Msg of Midnight (Visual) 10/22/1844

1843 10/22/1844 Cry Offering

Made

1st Angel’s Message

P R O T E S T A N T S M I L L E R I T E S

F O U N D A T I O N S

(1) (2) (3)

(1) (2) (3)

(1) (2) (3)

(Visual) Door Closed Door Closed Sunday Law

1843 1850 Loud (Visual)

Cry Offering

3rd Angel’s Message Made

7th-D A Y A D V E N T I S M M O D E R N B A B Y L O N

R E T U R N T O F O U N D A T I O N S

(1) (2) (3)

(1) (2) (3)

Figure No. 36B.

Here is what we are saying.

This [referring to Figure No. 36B, as depicted on the whiteboard] is the two temple cleansings.

Yesterday we dealt with the fact that there were two temple cleansings in the time of Christ, and Sister White says that this will be repeated at the end of the world.

And, we brought the line of the first temple cleansings upon the line of the second temple cleansings, to identify the prophetic waymarks, the prophetic characteristics of the temple cleansings.

And, we are saying that in the Millerite History, in agreement with this teaching, that there were two temple cleansings. So, the first temple cleansing begins when a Message, Miller’s message, is empowered. Now it is going to test this generation, and right here is Test No. (1) for the Millerites.

Okay. Who gets tested first in this history? This is the Protestants.

Why? Why do the Protestants get tested first? Because, the Bible says judgment begins at the House of God; and, in that history the Protestants were the House of God.

The Millerites were not the House of God. The Millerites were a group of people that were going to be taken out of the Protestant Movement and made modern Israel.

Now, the first testing process for the Protestants begins when the year-day principle is confirmed, when Islam is restrained [at the first waymark].

Then the Protestants have a visual. You will see that a visual is one of the characteristics of the Test No. (2).

And Test No. (3) is where the door closes, and an easy illustration of this is Noah. The third test for Noah is where the door closed on the ark, and the test that preceded the door closing was the animals getting on the ark. And for the antediluvians, that was their last test. To see those animals getting on the ark, that was telling them, if they were willing to see, that the door was about to be shut.

The second test is a visual test. Okay? And there are at least over ten places where Ellen White says that Daniel, chapter 3, is the story of The Sunday Law. In Daniel, chapter 3, The Sunday Law is when Nebuchadnezzar commands everyone to bow down and worship that golden image. But, before The Sunday Law, before they are commanded to worship, before they are commanded to bow down, the Hebrews in the Plain of Dura they spent time building that statue. They spent time practicing the music that was going to be played when the command was given. They had a visual warning that the door was about to close.

And in the Millerite History, this Message, the First Angel’s Message, is empowered; it begins to test the Protestants [Test No. (1)]; and, into this history comes the 1843 Chart, a visual test [Test No. (2)]. And, we have already read in this series how William Miller describes that once he removed the IF from his presentation to be in agreement with the 1843 Chart that the Protestant doors began to close. Their door closed right here at Test No. (3) [at the second waymark].

Now, in the history of the Millerites, there is also a Message after the first door closed [at the second waymark]; and, of course, we have already referenced the statement where the Protestants closed their doors right there. The first temple cleansing is complete.

Now, the second temple cleansing is going to begin. It possesses the same dynamics. It begins at the first disappointment. They [the Millerites] thought the Lord was returning in 1843; but, they were wrong—the first disappointment. The Lord removed His hand from this 1843 Chart and then they saw that the same evidence that had led them to predict 1843 for the conclusion of the 2520 and the 2300 was then seen, my Brother, it was then seen to be identifying 1844. So, they had a Message, but the zeal of their Movement had been removed.

Not until the Message is empowered is this testing process going to be repeated, and it is empowered at the Midnight Cry.

Now, there is some time in this history here [of the second test]—I know that. I am not trying to be dishonest. I am just trying to show the dynamics. There is now a Message here.

This first Message was the First Angel’s Message, and this Message of the Second Angel is the message of 1844. They now see 1844; but, this Message is empowered by the Midnight Cry that allows them to identify October 22nd.

Then, Brothers and Sisters, the testing process—this is the first test now for the Millerites.

Notice, there was a Message empowered that begins the first test for Protestants. Then there is a visual, a visual that marks this second test; and, then a door closes.

Now there is a Message [the second waymark]. This message when it is empowered is the message of 1844.

And, what has the Lord done with this? He has fulfilled Malachi’s cleansings. He has produced an offering, “Then there will be an offering as in days of old.” The Midnight Cry Movement is the offering; it is the visual manifestation. The people have been purified. They make an offering to the Lord that leads to the closed door of October 22, 1844.

This history [of the Protestants] is prefiguring this history [of the first temple cleansing in our history],

We have read a quote in here. In fact, a friend, she had a problem with this teaching early on and I sent her back emails to justify why I said it, but I never heard back from her—So, I assume if you are watching, you get it.

She had said, “I think you are mistaken when you are saying that the Two Wave Loaves offerings, that the grain was representing Christ, that the bread was representing Christ; because, those were meat offerings.

So, I sent her quotes where, you now, that Christ is the grain, He is the seed, and He has to fall into the ground and die in order to produce fruit.

Of course, she was not seeing the death connected with the wave loaf.

So, I sent her some emails along this principle: All the offerings point to Christ and His offering.

What was His offering? It was the cross. This is the offering that is made in the Millerite History. This is the Midnight Cry. This is Malachi 3:4. This is the offering in righteousness, and it has been prefigured by the cross.

And what do we know about the cross? “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.” This is the visual. This is the visual; this is the second test right here [from the Midnight Cry to the third waymark].

This is the first test [the second waymark]—because of the history this might cause you a little bit of a problem with the structure I have made here—this is the second test for this history: it begins with the Midnight Cry and it leads to the closed door [the third test, at the third waymark]

In our history we have the Third Message coming through history, and it is empowered right where this [the First Angel’s Message in the Millerite History] is empowered, when Islam is restrained.

And when Islam is restrained in the Millerite History, it is confirming the Rules of prophetic study that the Millerites were using, Rules that have been under attack since the early part of the Twentieth Century. It confirms the year-day principle.

When Islam was restrained in our history, it confirms the Rule of this history; and, the Rule of this history is that the Millerite History is repeated to the very letter at the end of the world. And this is the evidence [the first waymark], that Islam was restrained again. And this fact, the restraint of Islam here in our history and the restraint of Islam here in the Millerite History, marking when the Angel comes down, identifies the empowerment of this Message. It identifies the beginning of the testing process not for the Protestants, because judgment begins with the House of God. This is the testing process for Seventh-day Adventism.

But, they are going to have a visual test for their second test. This is a return to the Foundations. This [indicating the 1843 and 1850 Charts] is the visual test. These are the two tables that have been prefigured by the two tables of the Ten Commandments. And Bible prophecy says that it is the spirit of antichrist that seeks to change anything on these tables.

The testing process, the second test here, it concludes with The Sunday Law, once again activity of the Protestants as in the Millerite History. Here is the third test for Adventism; the door closes for Adventism at The Sunday Law. And in so doing, what does it do? It separates the wheat from the tares.

Okay. This [the testing of Adventism] is the purification of the temple here. Christ is cleansing the temple here. At the conclusion of the cleansing of the temple, what takes place? There is an offering lifted up.

Who gets lifted up here at The Sunday Law? An ensign.

But, there is a Message here. What is the message here?

Is it the message of the Charts of Millerite History? No. It is the message of Sabbath and Sunday that now is empowered by what? A visual test: an offering, an ensign that is lifted up, a second test, a manifestation of an offering: second test.

Now, you have got to remember, when you get to The Sunday Law, all three of these Messages are combined. They happen very quickly, almost simultaneously. The message of The Sunday Law is empowered with the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is the Loud Cry, prefigured by the Midnight Cry. There is an offering lifted up, a righteous offering that has been developed from this temple cleansing, and it becomes the visual test for modern Babylon.

And now Christ, the Refiner, the Purifier, the Messenger of the Covenant, He is purifying the second temple in this history, and it concludes when the door closes.

So, when it comes to these lines in Revelation 18, they teach more than one might think. They teach the line of Judgment at a broad stroke at the beginning of Judgment [the Millerite History] and the end of Judgment [our history]; and, they simultaneously teach two temple cleansings in both of these histories, and judgment always begins with the House of God: Protestants and Millerites; Seventh-day Adventists and modern Babylon (God’s sheep and His other sheep).

But, it is always a threefold testing process. It always begins when a message is empowered, followed by a visual test that leads to a closed door. And you must see this in order to follow up on some truths that we are going to lead into now that, once again, typify these Charts in sacred history.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we are amazed that we can see that you are now doing your work among your people of producing two classes of worshippers. We see that you do it with a twofold message, a message of the events connected with the close of probation, followed by a message where you breathe your Spirit into the dead, dry bones. We want to be among those that receive of this Spirit, the dead dry bones; and, we want to be among those that are the appointed messengers that carry this truth first to your people and then to the world. We ask that you allow this to happen in each of our lives and that you reveal the things in our lives that must be set aside and changed in order for this to be accomplished. We continue to pray for the work that we are doing in recording these DVDs and LiveStreaming these presentations and ask that you would place your blessing upon those works. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.