The Reform Lines (cont'd) (19 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #19 of 95

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Publish Date: 8/27/2016
Speaker Name: Jeff Pippenger
Language: English
Channel Group: FutureForAmerica
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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 Year/Day Principle

Numbers 14:34

Numbers 14:11, 20–23

Hebrews 3:7–4:11

The Rest of Grace

“Those who are unwilling to give the Lord faithful, earnest, loving service will not find spiritual rest in this life nor in the life to come. ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. . . . Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fail after the same example of unbelief.’ The rest here spoken of is the rest of grace, obtained by following the prescription. ‘Labor diligently.’” Pacific Union Recorder, November 7, 1901.

Let us Labor

“But through their own course of rebellion the blessing of God toward Israel was turned away from them. That which they had sown in questioning and unbelief, they had to reap. The record says, ‘But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.’ May the Lord forbid that the history of the children of Israel in departing from God, in refusing to walk in the light, in refusing to confess their sins of unbelief and rejection of his messages, should be the experience of the people claiming to believe the truth for this time. For if they do as did the children of Israel in the face of warnings and admonitions, the same result will follow in these last days as came upon the children of Israel. The apostle admonishes, ‘Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.’ Now comes the warning of the apostle, sounding down along the lines to our time: ‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.’” Review and Herald, October 21, 1890.

The Beginning of our Confidence

“‘These things . . . are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.’ 1 Corinthians 10:11. The warning comes sounding down along the line to our time:

“‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; while it is said,

Today if ye will hear His voice,

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

‘For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.’ Hebrews 3:12–16.

“Cannot we who are living in the time of the end realize the importance of the apostle’s words: ‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God’? Verse 12.

“Upon us is shining the accumulated light of past ages. The record of Israel’s forgetfulness has been preserved for our enlightenment. In this age God has set His hand to gather unto Himself a people from every nation, kindred, and tongue. In the advent movement He has wrought for His heritage, even as He wrought for the Israelites in leading them from Egypt. In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. Had the Adventists in the early days still trusted to the guiding Hand that had been with them in their past experience, they would have seen of the salvation of God. If all who had labored unitedly in the work of 1844 had received the third angel’s message and proclaimed it in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts. A flood of light would have been shed upon the world. Years ago the inhabitants of the earth would have been warned, the closing work would have been completed, and Christ would have come for the redemption of His people.” Testimonies, volume 8, 115.

The Beginning

“The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days. His sophistries are designed to lead minds away from the perils and duties of the hour. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science.

“‘Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.’ Jeremiah 6:16.

“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith—the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way and that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid. But this is a great deception. Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid.

“In the past many have undertaken the building of a new faith, the establishment of new principles. But how long did their building stand? It soon fell, for it was not founded upon the Rock.

“Did not the first disciples have to meet the sayings of men? Did they not have to listen to false theories, and then, having done all, to stand firm, saying: ‘Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid’? 1 Corinthians 3:11.

“So we are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world, point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched with holy fire, God’s servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed.” Testimonies, volume 8, 296–297.

“I am instructed to say that those who would tear away the foundation that God has laid are not to be accepted as the teachers and leaders of His people. We are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched with holy fire, God’s servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed.” Battle Creek Letters, 82.

“In concluding this narrative, I would say that we are living in a most solemn time. In the last vision given me, I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved. Many will get above the simplicity of the work. They will conform to the world, cherish idols, and become spiritually dead. The humble, self-sacrificing followers of Jesus will pass on to perfection, leaving behind the indifferent and lovers of the world.

“I was pointed back to ancient Israel. But two of the adults of the vast army that left Egypt entered the land of Canaan. Their dead bodies were strewn in the wilderness because of their transgressions. Modern Israel are in greater danger of forgetting God and being led into idolatry than were His ancient people. Many idols are worshiped, even by professed Sabbathkeepers. God especially charged His ancient people to guard against idolatry, for if they should be led away from serving the living God, His curse would rest upon them, while if they would love Him with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their might, He would abundantly bless them in basket and in store, and would remove sickness from the midst of them.

“A blessing or a curse is now before the people of God—a blessing if they come out from the world and are separate, and walk in the path of humble obedience; and a curse if they unite with the idolatrous, who trample upon the high claims of heaven. The sins and iniquities of rebellious Israel are recorded and the picture presented before us as a warning that if we imitate their example of transgression and depart from God we shall fall as surely as did they. ‘Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.’” Testimonies, volume 1, 608–609.

Signs, Rebellion & the Sabbath

Ezekiel 4:1–6; Jeremiah 17:21–27

“On one occasion, by command of the Lord, the prophet took his position at one of the principal entrances to the city and there urged the importance of keeping holy the Sabbath day. The inhabitants of Jerusalem were in danger of losing sight of the sanctity of the Sabbath, and they were solemnly warned against following their secular pursuits on that day. A blessing was promised on condition of obedience. ‘If ye diligently hearken unto Me,’ the Lord declared, and ‘hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work therein; then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain forever.’ Jeremiah 17:24, 25.

“This promise of prosperity as the reward of allegiance was accompanied by a prophecy of the terrible judgments that would befall the city should its inhabitants prove disloyal to God and His law. If the admonitions to obey the Lord God of their fathers and to hallow His Sabbath day were not heeded, the city and its palaces would be utterly destroyed by fire.” Prophets and Kings, 411–412.

Entering Into the Rest

“Satan’s snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people. Lightness, vanity, love of ease and pleasure, selfishness, and impurity are increasing among us. There is need now of men who are firm and fearless in declaring the whole counsel of God; men who will not sleep as do others, but watch and be sober.” Testimonies, volume 5, 160.

The Sabbath

“In the days of Samuel, Israel thought that the presence of the ark containing the commandments of God would gain them the victory over the Philistines, whether or not they repented of their wicked works. Just so, in Jeremiah’s time, the Jews believed that the strict observance of the divinely appointed services of the temple would preserve them from the just punishment of their evil course.

The same danger exists today among the people who profess to be the depositaries of God’s law. They are too apt to flatter themselves that the regard in which they hold the commandments will preserve them from the power of divine justice. They refuse to be reproved for evil, and charge God’s servants with being too zealous in putting sin out of the camp. A sin-hating God calls upon those who profess to keep His law to depart from all iniquity. Neglect to repent and obey His word will bring as serious consequences upon God’s people today as did the same sin upon ancient Israel. There is a limit beyond which He will no longer delay His judgments. The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel, that the corrections given through His chosen instruments cannot be disregarded with impunity.

“When the priests and the people heard the message that Jeremiah delivered to them in the name of the Lord, they were very angry and declared that he should die. They were boisterous in their denunciations of him, crying: ‘Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.’ Thus was the message of God despised and the servant with whom He entrusted it threatened with death. The priests, the unfaithful prophets, and all the people turned in wrath upon him who would not speak to them smooth things and prophesy deceit.” Testimonies, volume 4, 166–167.

The Omega Apostasy

“In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, ‘Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action.’

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

“Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” Selected Messages, book 1, 204–205.

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21And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 22Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? 23Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.” Ezekiel 12:21–23 (KJV).

Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, once again we invite your presence as we begin this morning worship. We thank you for the night’s rest and we thank you for the opportunity of another day of life that we might serve you. We are wishing to understand these truths that are the Latter Rain Message, so we would ask that you would pour out your Latter Rain upon us and that you prepare our vessels to receive the light that is contained in this Message. We wish to be free from any restrictions. We ask that you forgive our sins, clean us, and allow us to be open that you might fill us, Heavenly Father, with your Spirit, with the message that will allow us to effectively share with others. We pray a blessing upon the LiveStreaming procedure and the recording that we are doing. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: This is No. 19 of Habakkuk’s Two Tables. We are still in Section B. Section A was going through and showing that Ellen White endorsed the truths on these 1843 and 1850 Charts. When it came to the Daily, she said that the teaching that the Daily represented Christ’s Sanctuary ministry came from angels that were expelled from Heaven. And opposed to that, she said that those who gave the Judgment Hour Cry, the Millerites, who believed the Daily was Paganism, had the correct view of the Daily.

She placed her endorsement upon the Pioneer understanding of the Trumpets, here and here [on the 1843 Chart] and here [on the 1850 Chart]; and, the Biblical Institute of the Seventh-day Adventist Church rejects that understanding today.

She said when the Lord removed His hand from the 1843 Chart, then the Millerites experienced the first disappointment: The Tarrying Time of the prophecy began. And, they, thereafter, recognized that the same evidence that they had used to prove that the 2520 and the 2300 ended in 1843 was then recognized to prove that those two time prophecies ended in 1844.

So, she placed her seal of approval not only on the 2300 days but on the 2520.

In the time period when they were producing this 1850 Chart, which was produced by Otis Nichols, when she and her husband were staying with Otis Nichols and she had the vision concerning the production of this Chart, in that timeframe they had a meeting where a Brother Hewett from Dead River was expressing errors to which they informed him were errors; and, she specifically said to Hewett that the 1335 was in the past. So, she was standing upon the Pioneer understanding that the 1335 ended in 1843.

She placed her seal of approval not only on the truths of these Charts but upon William Miller’s Rules of Prophetic Interpretation. In Part A of this study that is what we went through.

Part B, we began to look upon the truth that the Latter Rain Message, as identified in Isaiah 28, is taught by bringing prophetic line upon prophetic line, from here in the Bible and there in the Bible; and, when this is accomplished, you are in agreement where Sister White says that all the reform lines parallel one another. And when this is accomplished, you are establishing an illustration of the history of the Latter Rain at the end of the world, a history that we are required to understand, according to Inspiration. We can only understand this if we use the technique of line upon line.

So, we spent some time upon that technique, putting it in place, for the purpose of demonstrating that these two tables of Habakkuk are waymarks in the history not only of the Millerites but of us here at the end of the world; and, we have been told that we have to guard the waymarks and that they would come under attack. And these two tables of Habakkuk are under attack in Adventism today. The teaching is out there. The man that pops into my mind that is one of many that teaches this is Dwayne Lemon. Dwayne Lemon gives the Holy-Roman-Church argument. He uses the logic that says that when the Church meets together that their decisions are inspired. Well, that is Catholicism; that is placing the position of the thought of the Roman Catholic Church, that the church is inspired. Therefore, he says when they accepted the 1863 Chart that that was Inspiration’s endorsement of that chart, in spite of the fact that Ellen White never puts her endorsement on that chart as a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2, as she does with both of these 1843 and 1850 Charts.

The issue here is broad and deep. It has to do with the Mystery of Iniquity, with an educational system that was introduced in the early part of the Twentieth Century that has trained almost all of us and trained us with incorrect techniques. Part of returning to the Old Paths on these 1843 and 1850 Charts is returning to Miller’s Rules of Prophetic Interpretation; but, we know that when we do so there will be those among us that refuse to walk in the Old Paths and they are going to invent these illogical and unspiritual and unscriptural arguments to fight this truth.

So, we have looked at Sister White’s endorsement of these 1843 and 1850 Charts, and William Miller’s Rules. We have looked at the technique of teaching the Latter Rain line upon line; and, then we placed in the record the fact that in the history of Moses, when the Lord entered into covenant with Ancient Israel, that He gave them two tables of the Ten Commandments, and those two tables are prefiguring the time when the Lord entered into covenant with spiritual Israel and He gave them these two tables of Habakkuk [the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

We looked at the fact that the Ten Commandments being given to the children of Israel, in that time period of Moses, were to be commemorated at Pentecost. We looked at the pentecostal offering, the Two Wave Loaves, and made an application of the Two Wave Loaves at the end of the world as typifying Christ, who is the Bread of Heaven; and, because they are a wave loaf they are to be lifted up at the end of the world. The 144,000 will be lifted up as an ensign and they will perfectly reflect the character of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.

So, we found in the history of Moses with the receiving of the Two Tables, in the history of Pentecost in the history of the Christian Church, and in the history of spiritual modern Israel we have these two tables paralleling the two loaves of the showbread, paralleling the two tables of the Ten Commandments.

Upon the testimony of two or three, to change these 1843 and 1850 Charts is to do the same work that the Catholic Church does as it attempts to change the two tables of the Ten Commandments. That is the kind of serious information that this study derives, and you do not see the seriousness of this study unless you see these Charts as waymarks in the prophetic history.

So, we are still working upon the line upon line. Over the past few days we have been zeroing in on the history of 1840 to 1844 paralleling the history of Christ, prefiguring the history of Revelation 18. We show that it has two applications: it illustrates the opening and closing of Judgment in the Millerite History and in our history; but, it also provides a point of reference to see that in the Millerite History and in our history there are two temple cleansings.

So, we noted yesterday that in each temple cleansing there is a message that is empowered, and then a visual manifestation that marks the second test, and then a door that closes.

The Year / Day Principle

In this particular study, which will be two parts, this morning and tomorrow, we are going to look at the beginning and the end of Ancient Israel.

THE YEAR / DAY REBELLION

Rest of Grace Sabbath Rest

Numbers 14:34 Ezekiel 4:6

Beginning End

Figure No. 37A.

This being the beginning, and we will explain what we are defining as beginning; and, this being the end.

All right. Why am I calling Ezekiel 4:6 the end? Because, Ezekiel 4:6 is leading us to the time of Zedekiah, and the time of Zedekiah is the total destruction of Jerusalem.

And Jerusalem is a symbol of the end of the world; and, the destruction of Jerusalem at the time of Zedekiah was pointing to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD70. The destruction of Jerusalem is a symbol of the conclusion of Ancient Israel. Sister White informs us that Jerusalem could have been destroyed in AD34, had it not been for the longsuffering and mercy of God. He gave an extra extended probationary time for the Jews, and the destruction that could have arrived in AD34 with the stoning of Stephen took place in AD70; therefore, we see that in AD34 the 490 years of probationary time for Ancient Israel had concluded, and there is marked prophetically the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of prophetic time for Ancient Israel.

The end of prophetic time for modern Israel is The Sunday Law.

The end of prophetic time for Zedekiah was the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, and we will show you that this took place also at the end of 490 years.

So, it is from this prophetic analysis that we are marking the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar as typifying the end of Ancient Israel, even though I know they continue on in history until AD70.

We are marking the beginning as the episode where the 12 spies went in to spy out the Promised Land.

And, in the beginning we are going to see that it is in these two histories, the beginning and the end, where the year-day principle is marked. When we teach non-Adventists the truth about Adventism, when we begin to explain to them about the time prophecies, we invariably have to go to the year-day principle; and, the two points of references for the year-day principle that we use are Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. But, not very often if ever do we recognize that in the history of Numbers 14:34 what is being portrayed is the rebellion of Ancient Israel against a rest, a type of rest, not only at the beginning but at the end.

The reference for the year-day principle in Ezekiel 4:6 is also identifying a history when God’s people were in rebellion towards a rest. In this history of Ezekiel 4:6 they were in rebellion to the Sabbath Rest; in the history of Number 14:34 they were in rebellion to the Rest of Grace.

So, if you boil down William Miller’s work—I know that Sister White tells us that Daniel 8:14 is the foundation and central pillar of the Advent Movement; but, the pillars are on the 1850 Chart. The 1843 Chart is the Foundation; and the 1850 Chart has all the foundations, but over here [indicating the lower left-hand corner of the Chart], it has the pillars: the Sanctuary, the Third Angel’s Message, the Law of God.

Daniel 8:14 is the central pillar of Adventism, but the foundational truths on the 1843 Chart that William Miller was led to put in place, you are going to boil it down to the lowest common denominator. You might say that the most important thing for William Miller to arrive at was his Rules of Prophetic Interpretation; but, if it is not that, it is the year-day principle. If William Miller does not come to understand the year-day principle, all these time prophecies are meaningless. So, when you boil down the foundational truths to the very foundation of what they represent, they represent the year-day principle. Remove the year-day principle from that history and you have no Millerite History, you have no beginning of spiritual Israel.

So, it is of interest, at least to me, that when it comes to the year-day principle that we teach, that the two points of references in the Bible that we use to establish the year-day principle are identifying histories when Ancient Israel was in rebellion against a rest; and, both of those histories, one represents the beginning of Ancient Israel and the other represents the end. I do not think there are any accidents in that.

So, we are going to look at this and try to put it in place to what it means to us at the end of the world.

Let us go to Numbers 14:11. You will see it in your notes.

Numbers 14:34

Numbers 14:11, 20-23

What does it mean to prove, to test?

Verse 11 of Numbers 14 says,

11And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? , , ,”—

And what were the signs that he “shewed among them”? It is important to put that in place.

What were the signs that he “shewed among them” as He was leading them? It was the deliverance from Egypt. It was their foundational history. It was the beginning of their confidence.

Now, jump ahead to verse 20.

—“20And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”—

When is all the Earth going to be filled with the glory of the Lord?

Was it filled with the glory of the Lord back here just before they went into the Promised Land, deducting the 40 years wandering in the wilderness?

Now, this is a specific reference to the Latter Rain; verse 20.

—“20And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. 22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times and have not hearkened to my voice, 23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: . . . .” Numbers 14:11, 20-23 (KJV).”

So, when they get to the borders of the Promised Land, the Lord has proved them. He has tested them.

How do you know that? Well, they tempted Him ten times.

And what does the number 10 represent? A test—okay?—a testing process.

What did Daniel say to Melzar? “Give me ten days and then test us to see if our health has gone bad or has gone good?”

What does it say about the Church of Smyrna in the Book of Revelation? That they would be tried for—how many days?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Ten days.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Ten days.

Okay. So, the number 10 is a testing time; and, the Lord has tested Ancient Israel and He has brought them to the borders of the Promised Land.

And when they go into the Promised Land 40 years later, what do they take down? What does the Lord bring down when they come into the Promised Land? Jericho.

And what brings down Jericho? The seventh trumpet. You see, they are entering into the Promised Land and they are bringing down Jericho under the sounding of the seventh trumpet is the illustration of the time period when the whole Earth is going to be filled with the glory of the Lord. They were on the verge of putting that typifications in the Biblical record, and the Lord sent 12 spies in to give them confidence to go in and they said, “No. We would rather die in the wilderness than to be partaking in an illustration of when the whole Earth would be glorified by the presence of the Lord.”

So, this rebellion led to Numbers 14:34. Verse 34 says—as He is placing the punishment upon them that because they were in the land for 40 days, that they would be in the wilderness for 40 years—verse 34 says,

—“34After the number of days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.” Numbers 14:34 (KJV).

If you have an Ellen White Study Bible, I saw this, this morning. It is interesting. It is from Manuscript 13, 1906. It says,

“God gave positive evidence that He rules in the heavens, and rebellion was punished with death. Only two of those who as adults left Egypt, saw the promised land. The wanderings of the people were extended until the rest were buried in the wilderness.

“Today Satan is using the same devising to introduce the same evils, and his efforts are followed by the same results that in the days of Israel laid so many in their graves (MS 13, 1906).”

So, that history is the history of today.

Hebrews 3:7 – 4:11

The Rest of Grace

So, that refusal to enter into the Promised Land is a refusal to enter into God’s rest. Okay?

And, this is explained to us in Hebrews. This is where we are going to go. Paul explains this to us in Hebrews.

And I want to forewarn you that in Hebrews this is a classic passage where we identify this rest for non-Adventists as representing the seventh-day Sabbath; and, that is okay if you need to use that to teach the Sabbath to a non-Adventist. But, this rest is primarily something other than the seventh-day Sabbath, and this means something for us to pay attention to.

So, in verse 7 of Hebrews 3, it says,

7Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:”—

See, the Lord had brought two spies back out of the Promised Land who said, “We can go in.” And they could have had soft hearts and said, “Let’s follow Joshua and Caleb into the Promised Land, into the rest, into the path of rest,” into the path where they would have found rest and refreshing; but, they determined not to.

Today is the same message in Jeremiah 6:16, “. . . Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will [die in the wilderness]. We will not walk therein.

Verse 8.

—“8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”—

They have not known His what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: His ways.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: His ways? “Stand you in the ways, and see, . . . .” They had not known His old paths. They had forgotten the miracles of their deliverance from Egypt. They had forgotten their foundational truths. They had forgotten their foundational truths.

And it is very amazing to me how smart we think we are after 6,000 years of sin. We think we are smarter than the Hebrews of old, even though we know and teach that the world has been degenerating for these 6,000 years. We know that we are physically and mentally and spiritually less in tune than were the Hebrews; yet, the Hebrews came out of Egypt and within days they were worshipping the golden calf. Shortly thereafter they refused to go into the Promised Land, after all those miracles. And we will argue that it is just not reasonable that in 1863 James White would change his position on the 2520 unless he was correct. We have no reason to think that someone of that stature, paralleling maybe the stature of Aaron, could make a mistake 15 years or so after the fact; but, we can see that the Hebrews, they could make a similar parallel mistake within days. But, we are so enlightened, “This can’t be the case.”

But, this is not what we are talking about here. Where did I leave off?

Verse 10.

—“10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren,”—

All the prophets are speaking more about the end of the world than the days in which they were written, including Paul.

—“12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we”—what?

Underline this over and over again,

—“if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”—

What was the beginning of Ancient Israel’s confidence? It was the miracles that He did in the fields of Zoan. It was the deliverance from Egypt. It was the deliverance from Egypt that was a perfect parallel to the history of the Millerite Movement, point by point. The beginning of Ancient Israel’s confidence was the foundation of Ancient Israel, and the beginning of our confidence is the foundation of modern Israel.

Verse 15:

—“15White it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”—

What is the day of provocation? When they refused to enter into His rest.

How many times have they provoked Him?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Ten times.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Ten times, ten times.

—“ 16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

chapter 4:1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”—not being mixed with faith.

What is faith? Well, there is only one true faith, is there not? We are all of the same faith. It has got to be the faith of Jesus.

But, in your notes, if you have been following this series, we have already put into the record that the faith of Paul was based upon the prophecies, and the faith of Daniel was based upon the prophecies, and we have a passage that we referred to way back when from Spirit of Prophecy, volume 3, page 211, where Sister White says the greatest proof of Christ’s divinity was not the miracles but was comparing the prophecies of the Old Testament with the history of the New.

Christ’s faith, the faith of Jesus, is the faith based upon His prophetic Word. You better fear that your faith is based on something else other than the prophetic word; because, if it is, you are going to die in the wilderness.

—“2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with [the prophetic] faith in them that heard it.3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8For if Jesus”—Joshua—“had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”—now notice this quote—“11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:7 – 4:11 (KJV).

Now, it is here where we begin to think that this is about the Sabbath; but, what Paul is doing is he is using the seventh-day Sabbath as an example of the rest that they rejected when they refused to go into the Promised Land.

So, notice what Sister White says in Pacific Union Recorder, November 7, 1901:

“Those who are unwilling to give the Lord faithful, earnest, loving service will not find spiritual rest in this life nor in the life to come. ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. . . . Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fail after the same example of unbelief.’ The rest here spoken of is the rest of grace, obtained by following the prescription. ‘Labor diligently.’” Pacific Union Recorder, November 7, 1901.

This is not the seventh-day Sabbath that the Hebrews rejected; it was the rest of faith, of grace, that would have allowed them to go right into the Promised Land and place in the Scriptural record an illustration of the time period at the end of the world when the Earth is filled with the glory of the Lord.

Let Us Labor

So, I want you to see something here. In Numbers 14:34, where we derived the year-day principle from to teach the central pillar of Adventism, the 2300 days, it is coming from a Biblical history where there is a rebellion of God’s people going on against the Rest of Grace; and, this Rest of Grace is not the seventh-day Sabbath. It is the confidence that one has in God’s prophetic Word that He will, based upon His prophetic Word, lead you into the Earth made new.

We want to understand what it means to labor; because, we have been told now by Paul and by Sister White that we are to labor to enter into this Rest.

Review and Herald, October 21, 1890, says,

“But through their own course of rebellion the blessing of God toward Israel was turned away from them. That which they had sown in questioning and unbelief, they had to reap. The record says, ‘But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.’”—

And notice, when they are rejecting this Rest, they are rejecting the Holy Spirit. When you reject the Old Paths, you are rejecting the Rest and the Rest is the Holy Spirit.

—“May the Lord forbid that the history of the children of Israel in departing from God, in refusing to walk in the light, in refusing to confess their sins of unbelief and rejection of his messages, should be the experience of the people claiming to believe the truth for this time.”—

There is a warning for you.

—“For if they do as did the children of Israel in the face of warnings and admonitions, the same result will follow in these last days as came upon the children of Israel. The apostle admonishes, ‘Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.’ Now comes the warning of the apostle, sounding down along the lines to our time:”—here is the warning—“‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if” —if, and only IF—“we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.’” Review and Herald, October 21, 1890.

The rebellion, the rejection of the Rest, where we get the year-day principle from in this history was because they forgot the beginning of their confidence, the wonders and signs that had been done in the beginning of their history when their Lord brought them out of Egypt.

The Beginning of Our Confidence

Testimonies, volume 8, page 115:

“‘These things . . . are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.’ 1 Corinthians 10:11. The warning comes sounding down along the line to our time:”—

Sister White quotes the same passage,

—“‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; while it is said,

Today if ye will hear His voice,

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

‘For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.’ Hebrews 3:12–16.

“Cannot we who are living in the time of the end realize the importance of the apostle’s words: ‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God’? Verse 12.

“Upon us is shining the accumulated light of past ages.”—

There you go: line upon line, proof-texting, “Upon us is shining accumulated light of past ages.”

—“The record of Israel’s forgetfulness has been preserved for our enlightenment. In this age God has set His hand to gather unto Himself a people from every nation, kindred, and tongue. In the advent movement He has wrought for His heritage, even as He wrought for the Israelites in leading them from Egypt.”—

She is being very specific, very specific, that this is a parallel history.

—“In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. Had the Adventists in the early days still trusted to the guiding Hand that had been with them in their past experience, they would have seen of the salvation of God. If all who had labored unitedly in the work of 1844 had received the third angel’s message and proclaimed it in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts. A flood of light would have been shed upon the world. Years ago the inhabitants of the earth would have been warned, the closing work would have been completed, and Christ would have come for the redemption of His people.” Testimonies, volume 8, 115.

Did all unitedly receive and carry the Third Angel’s Message after 1844? No, they did not.

What were they repeating? They were repeating the rejection of the message of Joshua and Caleb. If all had been united in the message of the Third Angel, the Lord would have finished this work. Do you believe that?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Okay. You believe that.

She says it. She says it more than once.

But, because they did not do that, what happened to them? What happened to the Millerites?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: They died in the wilderness.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Well, they died in the wilderness.

But, what happened to the Millerites at that point in time? They stepped out of one Church and moved into another Church.

What church did they step out of?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Protestants.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Protestants? Well, they were taken out of the Protestant churches; but, what Church prophetically? They were Philadelphians; and, when they refused to accept the message of the Third Angel and take it to the world, what Church did they step into?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Laodicea.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Laodicea.

And what is a Laodicean?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Someone that is in the Judgment.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Someone that is in the Judgment.

And when did Judgment begin? 1844. Laodicea means a people judged.

But, that is not my question about what is a Laodicean. He is someone that thinks that Christ is in him; but, Christ is not in him, is he? And, he does not know that because he is blind, naked, poor, and miserable. Yet, in 1863 we want to claim that the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as the Laodicean Church, was being led by Inspiration to reject the two tables of Habakkuk [indicating the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

Whoa! What kind of blindness is that?!

The Beginning

Testimonies, volume 8, beginning on page 296, what is the beginning of our confidence?

“The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days.”—

When are we going to stand? When the Spirit is breathed into us, when the Second Message arrives. The Second Message arrives when the Divine Symbol comes down.

But, there is a work that has to be done before that. What is that? That is the First Message, bringing the body together.

You know, I was told yesterday in regard to this, as we mentioned this two-step process yesterday, Adam is formed as a being from the dust of the ground—the First Message. That is what we were teaching yesterday—and then the breath of life is breathed into him and he becomes a living soul.

And in that illustration you see the two messages of Ezekiel 37: bones and flesh come together. There is Adam. And then the message that breaths the spirit into Adam’s body; and, they stand upon their feet a mighty army. That is the First and Second Angels’ Messages.

That is the message of Elijah and Elisha. That is the message of John the Baptist and Christ. It is the message of William Miller and Christ. Right?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: But, you know, there is another illustration but you have to look to the temple to see it. You have to look to the temple. And what is the number of the temple? The number of the temple is 46: Moses is 46 days receiving instruction for building the temple; Herod’s 46 days with the remodeling that ended in AD27; the Millerite temple is from AD1798 to 1844 in 46 years.

But, when the Lord makes a human being, how many chromosomes are there? Forty-Six.

But, does a human being breathe before it comes out of its mother’s womb?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: No.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: No. It is formed, it is formed, it is there; but, it is not until it is brought out from the womb—and I do not know if they always do this—and slapped, until the baby takes that first breath. A two-step process in that temple as well.

Back to our notes.

—“The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days. His sophistries are designed to lead minds away from the perils and duties of the hour. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people.”—

Brothers and Sisters, the Message of Islam as found in the Book of Revelation, and the light that Christ brought to John, is the Book of Revelation. That is where we have the light of Islam.

That is where we have the light of the Seven Thunders.

That is where we have the light of Christ’s work as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah unsealing His message at the time of the end.

That is where we have the light of the rise of the Papacy.

That is where we have the light concerning the mark of the beast.

—“They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people.”—

What light do they want to present [today]? The Celebration Movement, Spiritual Formations; is that light?

—“They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention.”—

WOW! Sister White says that ‘no human pen can describe the magnitude of the ordeal that is ahead of us.’

—“They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science.”—

A false science that is based upon two false scientific techniques: history and language: “You have to be an expert in the Biblical languages to really understand the Word of God, and you have to be an expert in Biblical history to really understand the Word of God.” That is false science! You have to have the presence of the Holy Spirit in your mind to understand the Word of God, period!

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amen!

—“They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science.

“‘Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths,”—

That is the ‘past experience’ she is defining, ‘the old paths.’

—“where is the good way, and walk therein.’ Jeremiah 6:16.

“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith—the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work”—

These foundations [indicating the 1843 Chart] were laid at the beginning of our work, “Let none seek to tear them away” by saying the 1863 Chart overrules God’s endorsement on these two Charts [the 1843 and 1850 Charts].

—“Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith—the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work”—

And according to this, grammatically, these foundations are Jeremiah’s Old Paths.

—“by prayerful study of the word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way and that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid. But this is a great deception. Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid.

“In the past many have undertaken the building of a new faith, the establishment of new principles. But how long did their building stand?”—

Okay. If you are stepping off the foundation, you are going to build a different building.

There are two buildings in Adventism. One is getting built on a Rock and one is getting built upon sand. And, this is a subject of prophecy that is supposed to be paid attention to.

What is it that builds the building on the sand? It is the Mystery of Iniquity. It is the Mystery of Iniquity that raises that building.

—“But how long did their building stand? It soon fell, for it was not founded upon the Rock.

“Did not the first disciples have to meet the sayings of men? Did they not have to listen to false theories, and then, having done all, to stand firm, saying: ‘Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid’? 1 Corinthians 3:11.

“So we are to hold”—what?—“the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world, point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched with holy fire,”—

Boy, that is a bold claim. Does not Sister White know that William Miller made all kinds of mistakes, that he was just a poor, dumb farmer? Does she not know that? She is here implying that when Isaiah, in Isaiah 6, has a coal from off the altar and hears the question, “Whom can I send?” he stand up and says, “Send me,” and his lips are purified with coals form off the altar, she is implying that William Miller was purified when he gave his message.

—“With lips touché with holy fire, God’s servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed.” Testimonies, volume 8, 296–297.

These truths [indicating the 1843 Chart], this is the Foundation. This is Jeremiah’s Old Paths; but, this is the beginning of our confidence that we are to hold steadfast to the end. And if we reject that, we are demonstrating the same rebellion and identical rebellion that Ancient Israel did when they rejected this Rest of Grace that they were to labor to enter into; and, in that history we find the year-day principle marked in Numbers 14:34.

Battle Creek Letters, page 82:

“I am instructed to say that those who would tear away the foundation that God has laid are not to be accepted as the teachers and leaders of His people. We are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world point by point, into the clear light of present truth.”—

And you will notice why I have that in there because it is almost the identical statement in Testimonies, volume 8, except here she tells us that people who do not stand on this Foundation should not be leaders and teachers.

—“With lips touched with holy fire, God’s servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed.” Battle Creek Letters, 82.

Testimonies, volume 1, beginning on 608, says,

“In concluding this narrative, I would say that we are living in a most solemn time. In the last vision given me, I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved.”—

In Testimonies, volume 1, I wonder how many Adventists there were. There would probably be less than 20,000.

How many million Adventists do we have today?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Sixteen million.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Sixteen million?

—“but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved. Many will get above the simplicity of the work. They will conform to the world, cherish idols, and become spiritually dead. The humble, self-sacrificing followers of Jesus will pass on to perfection, leaving behind the indifferent and lovers of the world.

“I was pointed back to ancient Israel. But two of the adults of the vast army that left Egypt entered the land of Canaan.”—

And why did they enter the land of Canaan? Because, they held the beginning of their confidence. Joshua and Caleb knew that God had brought them out of Egypt and He could do anything to those enemies that were in the Promised Land that He wanted to, just like He did with Pharaoh. They held the beginning of their confidence steadfast unto the end.

—“But two of the adults of the vast army that left Egypt entered the land of Canaan. Their dead bodies were strewn in the wilderness because of their transgressions. Modern Israel are in greater danger of forgetting God and being led into idolatry than were His ancient people. Many idols are worshiped, even by professed Sabbathkeepers. God especially charged His ancient people to guard against idolatry, for if they should be led away from serving the living God, His curse would rest upon them, while if they would love Him with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their might, He would abundantly bless them in basket and in store, and would remove sickness from the midst of them.

“A blessing or a curse is now before the people of God—a blessing if they come out from the world and are separate, and walk in the path of humble obedience; and a curse if they unite with the idolatrous, who trample upon the high claims of heaven. The sins and iniquities of rebellious Israel are recorded and the picture presented before us as a warning that if we imitate their example of transgression and depart from God we shall fall as surely as did they. ‘Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.’” Testimonies, volume 1, 608–609.

THE YEAR / DAY REBELLION

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 THE SUNDAY LAW

Rest of Grace Sabbath Rest

Numbers 14:34 Ezekiel 4:6

Signs Sign

Jeremiah 6:16

Beginning End

(1) (2) (3)

Figure No. 37B.

What I am saying is, that this Rest of Grace here, this experience, it is repeated when the Lord leads His people back to the Old Paths of Jeremiah 6:16; because, Jeremiah 6:16 says that if you walk in the Old Paths, you are going to find Rest for your soul. They are rejecting the Rest of Grace when they reject this [Jeremiah 6:16].

And when does this test begin? September 11, 2001, when the Lord descends.

Signs, Rebellion & the Sabbath

Ezekiel 4:1-6; Jeremiah 17:21-27

But where does this testing process end?

Well, at the end of Ancient Israel, the other reference to the year-day principle in Bible prophecy, we have Ezekiel dealing with the destruction of Jerusalem. And what was the rebellion in that history that caused the destruction of Jerusalem?

Go to Ezekiel 4:1.

Now, notice in this history [Rest or Grace], Ancient Israel, it was rejecting the signs that took place in Egypt; because, they are going to reject a sign right here [Sabbath Rest], also.

Verse 1:

1Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 2And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. 3Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. 4Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 5For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shall thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.” Ezekiel 4:1-6 (KJV).

Here is the second reference to the year-day principle in these Scriptures, and it has to do with the rebellion of Judah.

Once again it is the history of God‘s people, and once again they are rebelling against a specific Rest.

Here was the Rest of Grace, refusing to enter in, refusing to labor to enter in because they had forgotten the beginning of their confidence.

Here, the Rest [the Sabbath Rest] is something different.

Go to Jeremiah 17. And you have in your notes verses 21 to 27, but I am just going to take verse 27.

21Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. 23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. 24And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work therein; 25Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever. 26And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the Lord.”—

Jeremiah is speaking about the same situation, the destruction of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar. Verse 27 says,

27But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath day,”—

Is the Sabbath day a rest?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: A different rest, but it is the point of reference here.

—“and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” Jeremiah 17:21-27 (KJV).

Because, these verses here are about their rebellion against the seventh-day Sabbath.

Go up to verse 25 now. Here is a promise if they would keep the seventh-day Sabbath, and it says, including the promise, in verse 25: “25Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain”—what?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Forever.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —“for ever.”

The reason that Jerusalem was destroyed was they rejected the Sabbath Rest.

Notice what Sister White says about this passage in Jeremiah.

“On one occasion, by command of the Lord, the prophet took his position at one of the principal entrances to the city and there urged the importance of keeping holy the Sabbath day. The inhabitants of Jerusalem were in danger of losing sight of the sanctity of the Sabbath, and they were solemnly warned against following their secular pursuits on that day. A blessing was promised on condition of obedience. ‘If ye diligently hearken unto Me,’ the Lord declared, and ‘hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work therein; then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain forever.’ Jeremiah 17:24, 25.

“This promise of prosperity as the reward of allegiance was accompanied by a prophecy of the terrible judgments that would befall the city should its inhabitants prove disloyal to God and His law. If the admonitions to obey the Lord God of their fathers and to hallow His Sabbath day were not heeded, the city and its palaces would be utterly destroyed by fire.” Prophets and Kings, 411–412.

So, at the beginning of Ancient Israel, when they are about to enter the Promised Land, and at the end of Ancient Israel when Jerusalem is being destroyed, we see God’s people rebelling against the Rest at the beginning and at the end. The Rest here at the beginning Sister White calls the Rest of Grace.

The Rest here at the end is the Sabbath Rest. This is The Sunday Law.

Now, we went over the cleansing of the temple yesterday and noted that when Christ cleanses the temple of Adventism, it begins here on September 11, 2001, and the third waymark ends as The Sunday Law.

In the history of Ancient Israel, we have the beginning test and the end test. And does it not just blow your mind that it is from these two histories that we have our proof-text for the year-day principle? It is the very foundation of the Foundation of Adventism. If William Miller does not have this year-day principle from God’s Word, he does not do any of this [indicating the 1843 Chart]. So, the Lord is now telling us, “Here is some new information about the year-day principle. The year-day principle is actually a sign of the rebellion of God’s people.”

Now, we are putting this all into the record for tomorrow, of course.

Entering into the Rest

Notice, Testimonies, volume 5, page 160:

“Satan’s snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people.”—

The history of what people? Of Ancient Israel, who rebelled at the beginning and who rebelled at the end. They rebelled at the Rests at the beginning and at the end.

—“Lightness, vanity, love of ease and pleasure, selfishness, and impurity are increasing among us. There is need now of men who are firm and fearless in declaring the whole counsel of God; men who will not sleep as do others, but watch and be sober.” Testimonies, volume 5, 160.

Tomorrow we will show you that on this 1843 Chart, the truth that is based upon the Rest being of the land is the 2520. The 2520 is a type of Rest. It was the first prophecy that William Miller discovered, and it was the first truth that was set aside by modern Israel, and it is the symbol of the argument going on about returning to the Old Paths. We are going to see that when we are refusing the 2520 and we are refusing to enter into the Old Paths, we are identifying the identical rebellion of Ancient Israel in rejecting a Rest, the Resting of the Land at the beginning.

And this rebellion here [at the beginning of Ancient Israel], the refusal to walk therein, will lead us to the ultimate conclusion of rejecting the Rest of the Sabbath when The Sunday Law arrives. That is where we are heading with all of this.

The Sabbath

“In the days of Samuel, Israel thought that the presence of the ark containing the commandments of God would gain them the victory over the Philistines, whether or not they repented of their wicked works. Just so, in Jeremiah’s time,”—

And that is what we are dealing with down here in Jeremiah’s time [the end of Ancient Israel].

—“the Jews believed that the strict observance of the divinely appointed services of the temple would preserve them from the just punishment of their evil course.

The same danger exists today among the people who profess to be the depositaries of God’s law.”—

In the days of Samuel they thought, “The ark.” All they needed was the ark. In the days of Jeremiah, “All we need to do are these temple services.”

—“The same danger exists today among the people who profess to be the depositaries of God’s law. They are too apt to flatter themselves that the regard in which they hold the commandments will preserve them from the power of divine justice.”—

I have a bumper sticker on my car that says, “Keep the Ten Commandments. Keep the Sabbath Day. I have the Ten Commandments poster on my wall. I go to church on Sabbath. My neighbors know I go to church on Sabbath, I think. That is going to save me.” It is very clear in the Bible that that is not what saves you.

—“They refuse to be reproved for evil, and charge God’s servants with being too zealous in putting sin out of the camp. A sin-hating God calls upon those who profess to keep His law to depart from all iniquity. Neglect to repent and obey His word will bring as serious consequences upon God’s people today as did the same sin upon ancient Israel. There is a limit beyond which He will no longer delay His judgments. The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel, that the corrections given through His chosen instruments cannot be disregarded with impunity

“When the priests and the people heard the message that Jeremiah delivered to them in the name of the Lord, they were very angry and declared that he should die.”—

What was his message?

What was his message down here when they were rebelling against the Sabbath? Because, when he gave that message, that is when they said, “We are going to put you to death.”

And, Sister White just said this history is illustrating our history. So, this message of Jeremiah is going to be repeated in our history and, when it is repeated, they are going to put us to death. They are going to put us out of the synagogues. They are going to run our reputation, our characters through the mud.

—“When the priests and the people heard the message that Jeremiah delivered to them in the name of the Lord, they were very angry and declared that he should die. They were boisterous in their denunciations of him, crying: ‘Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh,”—

She just now starts talking with Samuel and Jeremiah, and now she just tied Jeremiah’s history in with Samuel’s at Shiloh, in the context that this is our message today; and, when we give this message, it is going to cause a shaking. All right?

—“‘Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.’ Thus was the message of God despised and the servant with whom He entrusted it threatened with death. The priests, the unfaithful prophets, and all the people turned in wrath upon him who would not speak to them smooth things and prophesy deceit.” Testimonies, volume 4, 166–167.

The message is the message of Shiloh. It is the message of Jerusalem.

Now, Brothers and Sisters, I am going to close off here. I have one more thing to read, but I am going to close off here with something, and it is just going to be a brief illustration.

I am telling you that the people that are understanding this message to be valid, I am giving you a clue. This particular line of study that I am going to put on the board here, you can tell it is full of treasure. There are all kinds of jewels and gold and silver that have not been discovered with this particular line that we are going to put up there.

But for those people that are fighting this message, they are not going to see anything.

THE YEAR / DAY REBELLION

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 THE SUNDAY LAW

Rest of Grace Sabbath Rest

Numbers 14:34 Ezekiel 4:6

Signs Sign

Jeremiah 6:16

MOVEMENT (True) - ROCK

MOVEMENT (False) - SAND

Beginning End

(1) (2) (3)

LEADERS KINGS KINGS DECREES MESSAGES

Prophet King Pagan King

(1) (2) (3) (4) (1) (2) (3) (4) (1) (2) (3) (4) (1) (2) (3) (4) 3AMsgs 4AM

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(1) Hophni (1) Saul (1) Jehoiakim (1) Cyrus

(2) Phinehas (2) David (2) Jehoiachin (2) Darius Pagan Kings

(3) Eli (3) Solomon (3) Zedekiah (3) Artaxerxes

(4) Samuel (4) Rehoboam (4) Nebuchadnezzar (4) Nehemiah

SHILOH JERUSALEM 2300-Year Prophecy

Figure No. 37C.

But, we are dealing with this history, this history of Jeremiah.

In the history of Jeremiah is the history of three kings. (1) Jehoiakim, (2) Jehoiachin, and (3) Zedekiah were all confronted with (4) Nebuchadnezzar; and, Zedekiah is the last of those three kings. And Jerusalem is destroyed, and there is a disappointment because they are carried into Babylon.

And there is another king there who is Nebuchadnezzar.

So this is kings. Here, it is three of God’s kings and one Babylonian king; but, Sister White just connected this history with the history of Shiloh.

Now, these are not kings that I am going to put up here in Shiloh, but they are leaders. You have (1) Hophni, (2) Phinehas, and (3) Eli; and, the disappointment is the capturing of the ark. That is typifying The Sunday Law, just like this [the kings] are typifying The Sunday Law, when Babylon conquers Jerusalem, when it takes the Law of God.

And the leaders—these are leaders—these leaders, they are about to be removed. They are about to die.

When? When the Law of God is taken at The Sunday Law. The leadership is about to be removed.

And there is a fourth leader. Who is the fourth leader? (4) Samuel is being raised up.

The Jews did not want to hear this; they did not want to hear what happened in Shiloh was to be repeated.

But, here in Shiloh, what happens? When they came out of Egypt, they placed the tent sanctuary in Shiloh. That is where the tent sanctuary stays until this history.

And after the history of Shiloh, where does the Lord put the tent sanctuary? He puts it in Jerusalem; and, when He does so, he has some leaders.

Who are the leaders? (1) Saul, (2) David, and (3) Solomon; and, Solomon builds the sanctuary. The sanctuary is moving from here in Shiloh to Jerusalem.

What is the disappointment that follows Solomon? The kingdom is divided into North and South. Ten tribes separate: Jeroboam doubles up on Aaron’s sin by making two golden calves.

Here, there is another leader. This is (4) Rehoboam. Rehoboam now, the Lord has chosen Jerusalem and Rehoboam is leading in Jerusalem. So, here we have kings; we went from leaders to kings.

And from here, we have three kings, followed by a fourth king. But, what happens here, they go in captivity for 70 years? For 70 years they go into captivity.

And when they come out of captivity, what do you have? You have three Pagan kings: Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes.

The disappointment we have already dealt with in this study. That is Ezra seeing how few people came out of Babylon to do the work; and, then Nehemiah, he gets the Fourth Decree.

Here these Pagan kings are emphasizing decrees than kings; but, this starts what? The 2300-year prophecy.

And these decrees, at the end of the world they end up to be three messages, a disappointment on October 23, 1844.

Before here [the beginning of Ancient Israel], it goes all the way back to Adam and Eve, and it goes forward all the way to the end of the world.

So, when Jeremiah, in this history at the end of Ancient Israel, is rebuking them for rejecting the Sabbath Rest and telling them that the history that prefigures this is the history of Shiloh, he is telling Seventh-day Adventists that at The Sunday Law, when they reject this Sabbath Rest, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is going to be set aside.

Why is the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church going to be swept away? Because, in the history of Ancient Israel there are two Movements, a True Movement and a False Movement. This False Movement, this is the fruition of the Mystery of Iniquity. We are not dealing with that here; we are going to close here.

The Omega Apostasy

I want you to see something. The rejection of the Rest of Grace, here, for Adventism, this is the Old Paths. This is Jeremiah 6:16; and, in regard to this, the Rest, the specific doctrinal Rest that is being rejected is the 2520, which is the doctrine of the Resting of the Land every seventh year.

When you get to the end of Adventism when the Lord is cleansing the temple of Adventism and you come to The Sunday Law, those Adventists that have rejected the Old Paths are going to receive the mark of the beast. This is the story of Shiloh. This is the story of Zedekiah.

But, in this history there are two Movements. The True Movement is building on the Rock. The False Movement is building on the Sand.

Sister White says the truths on the 1843 Chart are the Rock of Ages, with a capital “R.”

Notice this final quote, Selected Messages, book 1, beginning at page 204:

“In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time.”—

What sentiments is she talking about? Pantheism.

Where are they coming from? They are coming for Kellogg, leader of the health work.

Why has Kellogg gotten turned sideways to the message? What made Kellogg get out of the way for Adventism? What was it that just really irritated him and sent him in the wrong direction? It was that Sister White says that the Third Angel’s Message is to be connected with the health work and that the pastors who were preaching the Gospel should be preaching the health message the same way, and Kellogg knew it and he knew that the pastors were not doing it. He was frustrated beyond end over that situation. It was over the health message; that is what turned Kellogg sideways.

When did the health message arrive? 1863, the same year that they introduced the Chart that they think is the true chart. (We will deal with that later.)

—“I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God.”—

The platform is the truths of God’s Word.

—“Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, ‘Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation”—this Foundation [indicating the 1843 Chart]—“was built by the Master Worker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny”—what?

The beginning of our confidence!

—“that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action.’

“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded.”—HAVE BEEN DISCARDED!—“Our religion would be changed.”—

If you are going to be an ordained pastor in the Adventist Church now, you need to take the techniques of Jesuitism, Spiritual Formation, “Our religion would be changed.”

—“The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error.”—

Type my name in, type other messengers’ of this message names in on the website, and you will get taken to websites where very famous men in Adventism are saying that what we are teaching is error.

—“A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written.”—

Beginning in 1919 with W. W. Prescott’s The Doctrine of Christ.

—“A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work.”—

That is the plan now of the General Conference. They are entering into—what?—50 or 60 cities, is it? They are going to take the health message and the Gospel into these cities by 2015. This work is underway, Brothers and Sisters.

—“The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course,”—

“The Sabbath of course,” would do what? Is that not the rebellion at the end? It is the Sabbath rebellion. This False Movement, it leads to the Sabbath rebellion at The Sunday Law. It leads to the rejection of the Sabbath Rest.

—“The Sabbath of course would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement.”—

“Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement.” Much could be said about that.

—“The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed,”—

‘You need to be a good person; you need to be a good person, on your own strength; because, God is removed.

—“but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.”—

What is the storm and tempest of Bible prophecy? It is The Sunday Law.

And this Movement, this Movement that has been prefigured by Shiloh and Zedekiah gets swept away by the storm of The Sunday Law.

—“Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” Selected Messages, book 1, 204–205.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Heavenly Father, we want to build the foundation, the building upon the Rock. We do not want to be swept away when this storm arrives. We see it from the beginning and the end of Ancient Israel that you were looking forward to our time, to give us fair warning that our rebellion would parallel the rebellion of Ancient Israel and it has to do with our unwillingness to walk in the Old Paths and receive the Rests, in our unwillingness to allow the sanctification process that is symbolized by genuine Sabbath observance to take place in our lives. We ask that you would bless these presentations, that in some way they can be used to further your work on Planet Earth, that they can be used to pull some out of the fire before it is too late and that they can be used to better prepare those people that are believing these things to have a clear and concise witness as they interact with the lost House of Israel as it approaches the storm that is about to sweep away this false structure that has been erected. We ask a blessing upon the rest of this day, a blessing upon the work that we are doing here with the DVDs and with the LiveStreaming. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.