The Rise and Fall of Nations (05 of 95)

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HABAKKUK’S TWO TABLES #5 of 95

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Publish Date: 6/25/2012
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“Every nation that has come upon the stage of action has been permitted to occupy its place on the earth, that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of ‘the Watcher and the Holy One.’ Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world’s great empires—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. With each of these, as with nations of less power, history repeated itself. Each had its period of test, each failed, its glory faded, its power departed, and its place was occupied by another. . . .

From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the pages of Holy Writ, they need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and its magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,--how completely has it passed away! As ‘the flower of the grass’ it has perished. So perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose and expresses His character can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows.” Education, 177, 184.

As Made Plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation

From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation, we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,—how completely has it passed away! As ‘the flower of the grass,’ it has perished. James 1:10. So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose, and expresses His character, can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows.” Prophets and Kings, 548.

The Downfall of an Empire

“In prophetical scripture, the sounding of trumpets is always used to denote the downfall of some empire, nation, or place, or some dreadful battle, which may decide the fate of empires, nations, or places. . . .

“The last three trumpets will claim our attention in his discourse; the first four having their accomplishment under Rome Pagan; to the last three under Rome Papal. These three trumpets and three woes are a description of the judgments that God has sent and will send on this Papal beast, the abomination of the whole earth.” William Miller’s Works, volume 2, page 115–116.

“We name as the subject of this chapter the seven trumpets, as these constitute the main theme of the chapter, although there are other matters introduced before the opening of that series of events. The first verse of this chapter relates to the events of the preceding chapters, and therefore should not have been separated from them by the division of the chapter.

“‘VERSE 1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.’

“The series of seven seals is here resumed and concluded. The sixth chapter closed with the events of the sixth seal, and the eighth commences with the opening of the seventh seal; hence the seventh chapter stands parenthetically between the sixth and seventh seals, from which it appears that the sealing work of that chapter belongs to the sixth seal.

“Silence in Heaven.—Concerning the cause of this silence, only conjecture can be offered,—a conjecture, however, which is supported by the events of the sixth seal. That seal does not bring us to the Second Advent, although it embraces events that transpire in close connection therewith. It introduces the fearful commotions of the elements, described as the rolling of the heavens together as a scroll, caused by the voice of God, the breaking up of the surface of the earth, and the confession on the part of the wicked that the great day of God’s wrath is come. They are doubtless in momentary expectation of seeing the King appear in, to them, unendurable glory. But the seal stops just short of that event. The personal appearing of Christ must therefore be allotted to the next seal. But when the Lord appears, he comes with all the holy angels with him. Matthew 25:31. And when all the heavenly harpers leave the courts above to come down with their divine Lord, as he descends to gather the fruit of his redeeming work, will there not be silence in heaven?

“The length of this period of silence, if we consider it prophetic time, would be about seven days.

“‘VERSE 2. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.’

“This verse introduces a new and distinct series of events. In the seals we have had the history of the church during what is called the gospel dispensation. In the seven trumpets, now introduced, we have the principal political and warlike events which were to transpire during the same time.

“‘VERSE 3–5. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth; and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.’

“Having as it were, in verse 2, brought out the seven angels, and introduced them before us upon the stage of action, John, for a moment, in the three verses last quoted, directs attention to an entirely different scene. The angel which approaches the altar is not one of the seven trumpet angels. The altar is the altar of incense, which, in the earthly sanctuary, was placed in the first apartment. Here, then, is another proof that there exists in heaven a sanctuary with its corresponding vessels of service, of which the earthly was a figure, and that we are taken into that sanctuary by the visions of John, A work of ministration for all the saints in the sanctuary above is thus brought to view. Doubtless the entire work of mediation for the people of God during the gospel dispensation is here presented.

“This is apparent from the fact that the angel offers his incense with the prayers of all saints. And that we are here carried forward to the end, is evident from the act of the angel in filling the censer with fire and casting it unto the earth; for his work is then done; no more prayers are to be offered up mingled with incense; and this symbolic act can have its application only at the time when the ministration of Christ in the sanctuary in behalf of mankind has forever ceased. And following the angel’s act are voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake—exactly such occurrences as we are elsewhere informed transpire at the close of human probation. (See Revelation 11:19; 16:17, 18.)

“But why are these verses thus thrown in here? Answer: As a message of hope and comfort for the church. The seven angels with their warlike trumpets had been introduced; terrible scenes were to transpire under their sounding; but before they commence, the people of God are pointed to the work of mediation in their behalf above, and their source of help and strength during this time. Though they should be tossed like feathers upon the tumultuous waves of strife and war, they were to know that their great High Priest still ministered for them in the sanctuary in heaven, and that thither they could direct their prayers, and have them offered, with incense, to their Father in heaven. Thus could they gain strength and support in all their calamities.

“‘VERSE 6. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.’

“The subject of the seven trumpets is here resumed, and occupies the remainder of this chapter and all of chapter 9. The seven angels prepare themselves to sound. Their sounding comes in as a complement to the prophecy of Daniel 2 and 7, commencing with the breaking up of the old Roman empire into its ten divisions, of which, in the first four trumpets, we have a description.” Uriah Smith, Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, 475–477.

“In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy; the other a revelation. The book that was sealed is not the Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days. The angel commanded, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.’ Daniel 12:4.” Acts of the Apostles, 585.

“Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 8.

“For an exposition of this trumpet, we shall again draw from the writings of Mr. Keith. This writer truthfully says: ‘There is scarcely so uniform an agreement among interpreters concerning any other part of the Apocalypse as respecting the application of the fifth and sixth trumpets, or the first and second woes, to the Saracens and Turks. It is so obvious that it can scarcely be misunderstood. Instead of a verse or two designating each, the whole of the ninth chapter of the Revelation in equal portions, is occupied with a description of both.

“‘The Roman empire declined, as it arose, by conquest; but the Saracens and the Turks were the instruments by which a false religion became the scourge of an apostate church; and hence,instead of the fifth and sixth trumpets, like the former, being designated by that name alone, they are called woes.” Uriah Smith, Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, 495.

“In the New York Journal of Commerce of November 14, 1833, appeared a long article regarding this wonderful phenomenon, containing this statement: ‘No philosopher or scholar has told or recorded an event, I suppose, like that of yesterday morning. A prophet eighteen hundred years ago foretold it exactly, if we will be at the trouble of understanding stars falling to mean falling stars, . . . in the only sense in which it is possible to be literally true.’

“Thus was displayed the last of those signs of His coming, concerning which Jesus bade His disciples: ‘When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.’ Matthew 24:33. After these signs, John beheld, as the great event next impending, the heavens departing as a scroll, while the earth quaked, mountains and islands removed out of their places, and the wicked in terror sought to flee from the presence of the Son of man. Revelation 6:12–17.

“Many who witnessed the falling of the stars, looked upon it as a herald of the coming judgment, ‘an awful type, a sure forerunner, a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful day.’—The Old Countryman, in Portland Evening Advertiser, November 26, 1833. Thus the attention of the people was directed to the fulfillment of prophecy, and many were led to give heed to the warning of the Second Advent.

“In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the Second Advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown ‘in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;’ and only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: ‘Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case.’—Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, August 1, 1840.

“At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and in publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” The Great Controversy, 334–335.

“Faithfully the prophets continued their warnings and their exhortations; fearlessly they spoke to Manasseh and to his people; but the messages were scorned; backsliding Judah would not heed. As an earnest of what would befall the people should they continue impenitent, the Lord permitted their king to be captured by a band of Assyrian soldiers, who ‘bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon,’ their temporary capital. This affliction brought the king to his senses; ‘he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and He was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God.’ 2 Chronicles 33:11–13. But this repentance, remarkable though it was, came too late to save the kingdom from the corrupting influence of years of idolatrous practices. Many had stumbled and fallen, never again to rise.” Prophets and Kings, 382.

“The second angel’s message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844, and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States, where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected, and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfillment in 1844. The churches then experienced a moral fall, in consequence of their refusal of the light of the advent message; but that fall was not complete. As they have continued to reject the special truths for this time they have fallen lower and lower. Not yet, however, can it be said that ‘Babylon is fallen,... because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ She has not yet made all nations do this. The spirit of world conforming and indifference to the testing truths for our time exists and has been gaining ground in churches of the Protestant faith in all the countries of Christendom; and these churches are included in the solemn and terrible denunciation of the second angel. But the work of apostasy has not yet reached its culmination.

“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.

“God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches.” Review and Herald, January 19, 1905.

“God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844.” Manuscript Release, Number 760.

“All the messages given from 1840–1844 are to be made forcible now, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.

“Christ said, ‘Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them’ [Matt. 13:16, 17]. Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844.

“The message was given. And there should be no delay in repeating the message, for the signs of the times are fulfilling; the closing work must be done. A great work will be done in a short time. A message will soon be given by God’s appointment that will swell into a loud cry. Then Daniel will stand in his lot, to give his testimony.” Manuscript Releases, volume 21, 437.

The truths that we received in 1841, ‘42, ‘43, and ‘44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit.” Manuscript Releases, volume 15, 371.

“We understand the present feebleness and smallness of the work. We have had an experience. In doing the work God has given us, we may go trustingly forward, assured that He will be our efficiency. He will be with us in 1906, as He was with us in 1841, 1842, 1843, and 1844.Loma Linda Messages, 156.

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. It has been guiding me ever since it was given.” Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

“Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel’s message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844.” General Conference Bulletin, April 1, 1903.

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Invocation by Brother Jeff Pippenger: Heavenly Father, we invite your presence to be with us here this morning. We want to be directed and guided by your Holy Spirit. We would ask that you provide that to us at this time. We want to receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain. We pray that you would accomplish that as well. I ask that you would take control of the words and thoughts that I share, that you would forgive me of anything that is preventing me from being used to share this message at this time, that you prepare the hearts and minds of those that hear this message to receive the rain that you have for them this morning. We want to conclude this part of this series, so we would ask that you would bind this thought off for us today. We thank you for all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: We are dealing with Habakkuk’s Two Tables, which are the two Charts that are behind me. On my right are the 1843 Chart, and my left the 1850 Chart. We are going to spend quite a bit of time on these Charts.

And today is our fifth presentation, and we are ending our discussion showing that Ellen White is in agreement with the major truths on this 1843 Chart that the leadership from both the self-supporting work of Adventism and the leadership of the Conference is rejecting. We have gone through and have shown that Sister White believed in, agreed with the 2520 time prophecy.

We went through yesterday and showed that she understood that the Daily was Paganism and that it was, what she called, the correct view; and that the teaching that the Daily represented Christ’s Sanctuary ministry came from, angels that were expelled from Heaven and brought confusion and darkness.

Along the way we have shown that she understood that the 1335 time prophecy ended in the past, to her day and age. She made this claim in 1850; she knew that it ended in 1843.

And the other primary truth on these Charts, which institutions such as the Biblical Research Institute of the Adventist Church rejects is the Trumpets. And here we see on this Chart [referring to the 1843 Chart] not only a symbol of Islam, but a symbol of the Fifth Trumpet, and here a symbol of the Sixth Trumpet. And then when they did the 1850 Chart, here is the Fifth Trumpet and here is the Sixth Trumpet. We want to make sure we understand that Sister White was in agreement with the Pioneer understanding of the Trumpets.

The Rise and Fall of Nations

We are going to begin with a principle.

“Every nation that has come upon the stage of action has been permitted to occupy its place on the earth, that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of ‘the Watcher and the Holy One.’ Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world’s great empires—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.”—

And what I am wanting you to see is that prophecy traces the rise and fall of kingdoms.

—“With each of these, as with nations of less power, history repeated itself. Each had its period of test, each failed, its glory faded, its power departed, and its place was occupied by another. . . .”—

Then on page 184 of the quote, she says:

—“From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the pages of Holy Writ, they need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and its magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,--how completely has it passed away! As ‘the flower of the grass’ it has perished. So perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose and expresses His character can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows.” Education, 177, 184.

What I am saying here is that Ellen White repeatedly teaches that prophecy is illustrated through the histories of the rise and fall of nations.

Okay, if you do not understand this, then you will be searching for other fulfillments in the prophecies you are studying; but, the prophecies are illustrating the rise and fall of kingdoms.

As Made Plain in the Books of Daniel and the Revelation

In Prophets and Kings, page 548, it says,

From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation, we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,—how completely has it passed away! As ‘the flower of the grass,’ it has perished. James 1:10. So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose, and expresses His character, can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows.” Prophets and Kings, 548.

Now, the reason I am saying that is that this is a principle of prophetic interpretation that was understood by the Millerites; and, when the Millerites come to the study of the Trumpets, they are basing their conclusions about the Trumpets upon this principle, that the Trumpets are part of the illustration of the rise and fall of kingdoms.

The Downfall of an Empire

The next quote is from William Miller.

“In prophetical scripture, the sounding of trumpets is always used to denote the downfall of some empire, nation, or place, or some dreadful battle, which may decide the fate of empires, nations, or places. . . .”—

The first point that the Millerites would go to prove this truth is they would g to the Battle of Jericho, which we all remember is the battle that they circled the city. And what were they doing? They were blowing the trumpets, and it was marking that Jericho was going to come down.

—“In prophetical scripture, the sounding of trumpets is always used to denote the downfall of some empire, nation, or place, or some dreadful battle, which may decide the fate of empires, nations, or places. . .

“The last three trumpets will claim our attention in his discourse; the first four”—the first four—“having their accomplishment under Rome Pagan; to the last three under Rome Papal. These three trumpets and three woes are a description of the judgments that God has sent and will send on this Papal beast, the abomination of the whole earth.” William Miller’s Works, volume 2, page 115–116.

So, here Miller is describing that the Trumpets represent the bringing down of a kingdom, and now he has set forth the Pioneer understand that the first four Trumpets deal with bringing down Pagan Rome, and the last three Trumpets which are three woes deal with bringing down Papal Rome. And, this is in agreement with the principle that Ellen White Sets forth, that prophecy is describing the rise and fall of kingdoms.

Okay. Now, the next quote is Uriah Smith.

“We name as the subject of this chapter the seven trumpets, as these constitute the main theme of the chapter, although there are other matters introduced before the opening of that series of events. The first verse of this chapter relates to the events of the preceding chapters, and therefore should not have been separated from them by the division of the chapter.”—

Do you know what he is talking about?

Go to Revelation 6.

Now, I do not think that Uriah Smith or the Millerites fully understood what Uriah Smith is commenting on here. I think that Uriah Smith’s comments are accurate, but they are incomplete.

If you go to chapter 6 of Revelation, and you go to verse 12, it says,

12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; . . . .” Revelation 6:12, (KJV).

In chapter 6, you have seen the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus, begin to remove the seals from the book that is sealed with Seven Seals; and, in chapter 6 He removes the First Seal, the Second Seal, the Third Seal, the Fourth Seal. And when you get to verse 12, He removes the Sixth Seal, and it is describing things connecting with the Sixth Seal.

And then in verse 17, in connection with the Sixth Seal, it says,

17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Ibid. 6:17, (KJV).

And the “great day of his wrath” is the Seven Last Plagues. So, the Sixth Seal asks the question: “Who is going to be able to stand during the time period when there is no longer any intercession for sin?” And, the answer is chapter 7, the 144,000.

So, chapter 7 is there for a purpose. It is answering the question of the Sixth Seal. So, when you go through chapter 7 and you see the 144,000 and the great multitude that respond to the message of the 144,000.

And then you get to chapter 8, and this is what Uriah Smith is commenting on. Chapter 8 is where the Seventh and final Seal is going to be opened.

“1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thundering, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” Revelation 8:2-6 (KJV).

And now the Seven Trumpets are going to sound. And what Uriah Smith is going to tell us about, is he is saying the Sixth Seal comes to an end in chapter 6, and then we have the seventh chapter; and, then before John gets back into telling us about the Seventh Seal, he tells us about these seven angels, but then he tells us about this scene in the Sanctuary above.

I do not know that he fully understands that that is part f the story; because, the rise and the fall of kingdoms throughout history has been at the direction of Christ, and Christ directs the rise and fall from the Sanctuary.

This little interlude here in the first six verses of chapter 8 is designed to teach us that Christ is the one that is directing the judgment of these kingdoms.

Let us go back to Uriah Smith, now that we have this passage that he is dealing with, in context.

—“We name as the subject of this chapter the seven trumpets, as these constitute the main theme of the chapter, although there are other matters introduced before the opening of that series of events. The first verse of this chapter relates to the events of the preceding chapters, and therefore should not have been separated from them by the division of the chapter.

“‘VERSE 1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

“The series of seven seals is here resumed and concluded. The sixth chapter closed with the events of the sixth seal, and the eighth commences with the opening of the seventh seal; hence the seventh chapter stands parenthetically between the sixth and seventh seals, from which it appears that the sealing work of that chapter belongs to the sixth seal.”—

The sealing work that belongs to the Sixth Seal, no doubt in the history of the Sixth Seal the 144,000 are going to be sealed; but, the process of the sealing is what is being illustrated in the beginning of chapter 8. The Fire being cast down is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which seals these people; so, they are not separate.

—“Silence in Heaven.—Concerning the cause of this silence, only conjecture can be offered,—a conjecture, however, which is supported by the events of the sixth seal. That seal does not bring us to the Second Advent, although it embraces events that transpire in close connection therewith. It introduces the fearful commotions of the elements, described as the rolling of the heavens together as a scroll, caused by the voice of God, the breaking up of the surface of the earth, and the confession on the part of the wicked that the great day of God’s wrath is come. They are doubtless in momentary expectation of seeing the King appear in, to them, unendurable glory. But the seal stops just short of that event. The personal appearing of Christ must therefore be allotted to the next seal. But when the Lord appears, he comes with all the holy angels with him. Matthew 25:31. And when all the heavenly harpers leave the courts above to come down with their divine Lord, as he descends to gather the fruit of his redeeming work, will there not be silence in heaven?

“The length of this period of silence, if we consider it prophetic time, would be about seven days.

“‘VERSE 2. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.’

“This verse introduces a new and distinct series of events. In the seals we have had the history of the church during what is called the gospel dispensation. In the seven trumpets, now introduced, we have the principal political and warlike events which were to transpire during the same time.—

In fact, if you study the structure of Revelation, you will see that the Seven Churches represent the history of the Christian Church from the time of the disciples to the end of the world, and then the Seals repeat and enlarge upon that history, and then the Trumpets repeat and enlarge that history. These are three lines of prophecy that go together, and this is what he is saying. He is saying that the Seals have the history of the Church during the gospel dispensation, and the Trumpets represent the political warlike events in that same history.

—“‘VERSES 3–5. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth; and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.’

“Having as it were, in verse 2, brought out the seven angels, and introduced them before us upon the stage of action, John, for a moment, in the three verses last quoted, directs attention to an entirely different scene. The angel which approaches the altar is not one of the seven trumpet angels. The altar is the altar of incense, which, in the earthly sanctuary, was placed in the first apartment. Here, then, is another proof that there exists in heaven a sanctuary with its corresponding vessels of service, of which the earthly was a figure, and that we are taken into that sanctuary by the visions of John, A work of ministration for all the saints in the sanctuary above is thus brought to view. Doubtless the entire work of mediation for the people of God during the gospel dispensation is here presented.

“This is apparent from the fact that the angel offers his incense with the prayers of all saints. And that we are here carried forward to the end, is evident from the act of the angel in filling the censer with fire and casting it unto the earth; for his work is then done; no more prayers are to be offered up mingled with incense; and this symbolic act can have its application only at the time when the ministration of Christ in the sanctuary in behalf of mankind has forever ceased. And following the angel’s act are voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake—exactly such occurrences as we are elsewhere informed transpire at the close of human probation. (See Revelation 11:19; 16:17, 18.)

“But why are these verses thus thrown in here? Answer: As a message of hope and comfort for the church. The seven angels with their warlike trumpets had been introduced; terrible scenes were to transpire under their sounding; but before they commence, the people of God are pointed to the work of mediation in their behalf above, and their source of help and strength during this time. Though they should be tossed like feathers upon the tumultuous waves of strife and war, they were to know that their great High Priest still ministered for them in the sanctuary in heaven, and that thither they could direct their prayers, and have them offered, with incense, to their Father in heaven. Thus could they gain strength and support in all their calamities.

“‘VERSE 6. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.’

“The subject of the seven trumpets”—

And here is what we are dealing with this morning.

—“The subject of the seven trumpets is here resumed, and occupies the remainder of this chapter and all of chapter 9. The seven angels prepare themselves to sound. Their sounding comes in as a complement to the prophecy of Daniel 2 and 7,”—

And if I tell you, “David, you look very nice this morning,” I have just complimented you; and, you spell that C-O-M-P-L-I-M-E-N-T.

But this word complement is not spelled with an “I.” It is spelled C-O-M-P-L-E-M-E-N-T; and, the definition of this word complement means to bring to perfection.

So, here Uriah Smith is saying that the Trumpets bring to perfection the prophecies of Daniel 2 and 7.

—“commencing with the breaking up of the old Roman empire into its ten divisions, of which, in the first four trumpets, we have a description.” Uriah Smith, Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, 475–477.

Now, you will notice Sister White, from Acts of the Apostles, to finish off that thought I just inserted there, she says,

“In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. Here is the complement”—this word means to bring to perfection—“Here is the complement of the book of Daniel.”—

So, if you have not caught it yet, what I am saying is, Sister White clearly upholds the principle that prophecy is illustrating the rise and fall of kingdoms, and this is the Millerite approach to approach to prophecy; so, she is endorsing their approach to prophecy in this regard. But, the Millerites also understood that the Books of Daniel and Revelation, they brought each other to perfection, and Sister White is agreeing with this, and this needs to be recognized when you are dealing with the Trumpets; because, in the Book of Revelation, the way the Trumpets bring Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 to perfection is they tell the story of how the providential forces that brought down Rome, both Pagan and Papal. They go with Daniel 7.

In Daniel 7 we see Pagan Rome disintegrate into ten kingdoms. Out of those ten kingdoms we see the Papacy rise, Papal Rome.

So, what was the providential, historical forces that accomplished the breakup of Rome into the ten nations, and thereafter plucked up the three horns and placed the Papacy upon the throne of the Earth in 538? Well, the answer to that question is the Trumpets in the Book of Revelation, and both the Pioneers and Ellen White place in the record that Daniel and Revelation complement one another. They have to be studied together.

Then she says,

—“In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy; the other a revelation. The book that was sealed is not the Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days. The angel commanded, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.’ Daniel 12:4.” Acts of the Apostles, 585.

Now, in Manuscript Releases, volume 9, page 8, it says,

“Revelation is a sealed book, but it is also an opened book. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth’s history. The teachings of this book are definite, not mystical and unintelligible. In it”

the Book of Revelation—“In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. Some prophecies God has repeated, thus showing that importance must be given to them. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.” Manuscript Releases, volume 9, 8.

So, what we are saying here, what we are trying to show you, is that Ellen White agrees with the pioneer understanding of the Trumpets; and, their understanding is based upon the principle she agrees with, that prophecy is illustrating the rise and fall of kingdoms.

Now, if you are wondering what is on the board, let me explain it to you.

If you are not familiar with the prophecies, this one here, the 150 years of the Fifth Trumpet—of this Trumpet here [indicating the First Woe reflected in the lower right-hand corner of the 1843 Chart]—this 150-year time prophecy; or, if you are not familiar with the 391-year 15-day time prophecy of the Sixth Trumpet, the Second Woe, then break out your Uriah Smith’s book on Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, and he will lay it out for you.

Islam Rising Islam Rising

July 27 July 23 August 11

1299 1449 1840

150 yrs 391 yrs 15 days

Eastern Rome Falling Islam Falling

Figure No. 13.

Sometimes we do not recognize that the starting point for this 150 years is, also, actually the starting point for the 391-years and 15 days—it is not, but it is. This 391 years and 15 days begins the very same day that the 150 years ends; so, they cannot be separated. In fact, this date here, July 27, 1449, it seems from my studies to be the most obscure historical waymark to find. To find history that upholds what we teach about July 27, 1449, is very difficult but you do not have to; because, you have the history, real sound history, for July 27, 1299. And you project 150 years to the future and there is the end; but, there is the start of the 391 years and 15 days, and it is spot on in that regard.

Okay. Now, what am I trying to say here? I am saying here that the historical fulfillment of July 27, 1299, was when Othman consolidated the forces of Islam.

So, what I am saying is that in 1299 Islam is rising. Prophecy is the rise and fall of kingdoms.

One hundred fifty years later, Islam begins an empire. Once again, Islam is rising; but, what marks the starting point of the rise of Islam and the Ottoman Empire—this is Islam of Othman [July 27, 1299], and this is Islam of an Empire [July 23, 1449]. What starts this time period is when the last emperor of Eastern Rome submits to Islam. So, at this point [July 23, 1449], we see Eastern Rome falling.

So, you have in this history, at the beginning of this prophecy [the 150 years time

Prophecy], you have a power rising; at the beginning of this prophecy [the 391 years 15 days time prophecy] and at the end of this prophecy [the 150 years], you have a kingdom going down and a kingdom rising. See it?

At the end here [August 11, 1840], a restraint is placed upon Islam. This is the fall of Islam. They are restrained here.

Islam Rising Islam Rising

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Northern Kingdom Falling Paganism Falling Papalism Falling

Figure No. 14.

Then when we go to the 2520 against the Northern Kingdom, right here the Northern Kingdom is going down.

And this 2520 is showing 1260 years that Paganism trampled down the sanctuary and the host, followed by 1260 years that Papalism trampled down the sanctuary and the host—I am using the terminology of Daniel 8:13.

And in AD538 we are seeing just 30 years prior Paganism going down; this kingdom is falling. And Papalism is rising.

In 1798, what kingdom of Bible prophecy is rising?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The United States.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The U.S.A. is rising in 1798, and the Papacy is falling.

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Northern Kingdom Falling Paganism Falling Papalism Falling

Medes & Persians Rising

457BC 1798 1844

70 yrs

1st 2nd 3rd Decrees 2300 years

Babylon Falling USA begins its Fall

Figure No. 15.

In AD457 Israel was coming back; their national sovereignty is restored. Israel is rising again; but, they only do so after these 70 years of captivity, and then they come out of captivity on three decrees: First, Second, and Third Decrees.

But, at the end of these 70 years, which is part of this beginning history, we see Babylon going down here, when Belshazzar is slain, and we see the Medes and the Persians rising.

In 1844 we see the U.S.A. begin its slide downward; because the U.S.A. has a religious and a political aspect. Beginning in 1842 the Protestants in the United States closed their doors against the First Angel’s Message and they suffered a moral fall, so Sister White says.

Islam Rising Islam Rising

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150 yrs 391 yrs 15 days

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Babylon Falling USA begins its Fall

Papalism Rising USA Rising

AD508 1798 1843

1290 years

1335 years

Paganism Falling Papalism Falling

Figure No. 16.

In AD508 Paganism is taken away; Paganism is falling.

And who is rising in this time period?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Papalism.

BROTHER JEFF: Papalism.

1798, the Papacy is going down, and the United States is rising.

1843, the United States is going down.

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677BC AD1844

607

Carried into Captivity

SOUTHERN KINGDOM (JUDAH)—2520 years

Southern Kingdom (Judah) Falling USA Falling

Figure No. 17.

In 677BC the Southern Kingdom is falling. But, what is interesting about the Southern Kingdom is that it is a progressive fall. They are not going to be carried into captivity until the 606 – 607 time period.

But, Manasseh, he represents a progressive fall. We will show you that.

And when this time prophecy ends, we see a progressive fall taking place with the U.S.A.

So, I do not know how important it is to see these things; but, I do want you to see that when Sister White says that prophecy is illustrated by the rise and fall of kingdoms, as presented in the Scriptures, as presented in the Books of Daniel and Revelation, she is expressing the Millerite understanding that prophecy is an illustration of the rise and fall of kingdoms.

And when it comes to the Trumpets, which we are dealing with, the Millerites identified that the Trumpet represents the bringing down of a kingdom.

And the kingdom that the Trumpets are going to bring down is the Roman Kingdom.

We will show you something in a moment. Let us go a little bit further in our notes.

This next quote is from Uriah Smith again, from Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation. And the reason I am using Miller and Smith is because I am trying to reflect the Pioneer understanding, to show that Ellen White agrees with the Pioneer understanding of the Trumpets.

“For an exposition of this trumpet, we shall again draw from the writings of Mr. Keith. This writer truthfully says: ‘There is scarcely so uniform an agreement among interpreters concerning any other part of the Apocalypse as respecting the application of the fifth and sixth trumpets,”—

Now, if you read that over and over again, you will realize what Uriah Smith is saying, is that historically of the things that the Millerites presented, the prophetic waymarks that they marked were more sustained when it came to what they taught about Islam of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets than any other waymark. There is more historical evidence that what they taught about Islam being the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets than any of the other waymarks that they taught. That is what he is saying, and he is quoting from historian Keith who is saying this.

—“‘There is scarcely so uniform an agreement among interpreters concerning any other part of the Apocalypse as respecting the application of the fifth and sixth trumpets, or the first and second woes, to the Saracens and Turks. It is so obvious that it can scarcely be misunderstood. Instead of a verse or two designating each, the whole of the ninth chapter of the Revelation in equal portions, is occupied with a description of both.

“‘The Roman empire declined, as it arose, by conquest; but the Saracens and the Turks were the instruments by which a false religion became the scourge of an apostate church; and hence, instead of the fifth and sixth trumpets, like the former, being designated by that name alone, they are called woes.” Uriah Smith, Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, 495.

And what I want you to see is, when it comes to the Fifth and Six Trumpets, to the Pioneers’ understanding, Islam was the scourge of the Papacy.

The first four Trumpets are dealing with empirical Pagan Rome; but, when you get to the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets, the First and Second Woes, now it is dealing with Papal Rome. Islam was raised up to be a scourge against the Papacy.

It seems like the Papacy and Islam has forgotten that in our modern world; but, if you have ever heard about a period in history called “The Crusades,” that is what The Crusades were all about, the war between the Papacy and Islam.

Okay. Let me show you something before we take this next quote from The Great Controversy.

This was not recognized, as far as I know, by the Pioneers, but I want you to see it.

Most Seventh-day Adventists are familiar with the principle set forth in the Spirit of Prophecy more than once that says, “National apostasy is followed by national”—

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Ruin.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: —ruin. You see, we all can quote that.

What is the national apostasy that produces national ruin?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Sunday Law.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: The Sunday Law. Okay.

So, when it comes to Rome of the past, there are two Sunday laws. What is the first Sunday law?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: AD321.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: AD321 Constantine passed the first Sunday law. Is that not accurate?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (No response.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes, that is accurate.

First Second

Sunday Law Sunday Law

AD321 330 476 538 606 1453 1798

Kingdom Divides 10 Kingdoms Islam comes Constantinople Papacy receives

East and West into history falls to Islam deadly wound

Figure No. 18.

Then, in the year AD330, Constantine divided his kingdom. He did not purposely divide it, but he did so because he moved the capitol of the Roman Empire from the City of Rome to the City of Constantinople; and once he was in Constantinople, he no longer had the ability to govern Western Rome and, just by circumstances, the Roman Empire from this point on is divided into East and West.

What is happening? It is beginning to crumble.

He passes a Sunday law right here [AD321]; national apostasy is followed by national ruin. He divides the kingdom into East and West, and then the first four Trumpets begin to blow; and, by AD476, we have ten kingdoms. It has disintegrated.

What brought about its disintegration? The Sunday law.

This is the first Sunday law in the history of Rome. This Sunday law is passed by Pagan Rome, by Constantine. And in prophecy it was Pagan Rome that placed the Papacy on the throne of the Earth, was it not?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: In order for the Papacy to be placed upon the throne of the Earth in 538, the military strength of Pagan Rome had to be employed to pluck up the three horns, the Heruli, the Ostrogoths, and the Vandals. When the third of those horns was removed in 538, the Papacy began to rule; and in 538 the Papacy passes the second Sunday law. Now it is ruling; now it is a rule of the land. This is the second Sunday law in this history.

And, what happens? Well, in 606, you will see on the 1843 Chart right here [indicating the fourth column from the left], Islam comes into history.

What for? It is going to begin the demise of the Papacy.

Now, if you go to Revelation 17—I do not know that I should be putting all this in here. This really is not what I was trying to share, but I will put this into the mix.

Revelation 17:1 says this:

1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” Revelation 17:1 (KJV).

Who is this great whore?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: The Papacy.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: This is the Papacy, but who is she also in prophecy? She is modern Babylon.

Now, Ancient Babylon, was it seated upon waters?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Yes.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Yes. Ancient Babylon was a walled city, and the River Euphrates ran through it, right?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So how did Cyrus defeat Ancient Babylon?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: It dried up the waters.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: It dried up the water so he could come under the gate and kill Belshazzar.

Modern Babylon sits upon many waters; and, the waters that modern Babylon sits upon, the Pope sits upon these waters, and the waters he sits upon are the West and the East. Revelation 17 is speaking about when all the waters of the support of the Papacy at the end of the world are dried up, then the kings of the East, Christ comes.

But, the Papacy at the end of the world has been prefigured with the Papacy of the past; and, the Papacy of the past was supported by Western Rome and Eastern Rome because Constantine had divided the kingdom into East and West in the year 330. Then, the first four Trumpets, they turned Pagan Rome into ten nations; but, these ten nations are spread across the East and the West.

And in this history here [AD606], it is the Islamic armies that in 1453 are going to destroy and overrun Constantinople. When they do so, the Eastern waters of support for the Papacy are removed.

The Western waters are going to be removed by Napoleon. Her waters are dried up: it is a process of the waters she is sitting on being dried up. But, Islam in 1453, it cuts off the Eastern support; and, then in 1798 the Western support, Western Europe, the Western Roman Empire, France delivers the deadly wound.

So, what produces the demise of the Papacy? It is the second Sunday law; national apostasy is followed by national ruin.

What produces the demise of Pagan Rome? The first Sunday law; national apostasy is followed by national ruin.

It is worthy to note that Pagan Rome is the power that placed the Papacy on the throne of the Earth in 538; but, the United States is the power that places the Papacy on the throne of the Earth at the end of the world.

And national apostasy for the United States is a subject of Bible prophecy. It is The Sunday Law in the U.S.A. that begins the demise of the United States.

But, there is another Sunday law of Bible prophecy that is noted in prophecy at the end of the world, and that Sunday law is what we call “The World Sunday Law,” or “The Death Decree,” and it takes place when the Papacy is placed on the throne of the Earth b the ten kings when they agree to give their kingdoms to the Beast.

WORLD

USA Sunday Law

Sunday Law (Death Decree)

Figure No. 19.

Notice that the first Sunday Law comes in the nation of the power that is going to place her [the Papacy] on the throne of the Earth, just like it did with Pagan Rome.

The second Sunday Law comes when she [the Papacy] is established on the throne of the Earth, just as it did in 538.

So, there are things to understand about the Trumpets that the Pioneers did not understand. These Trumpets come in response to The Sunday Law.

And these Angels are being directed from the Throne Room of the Sanctuary, these Angels with the Trumpets. And, if you will receive it, these trumpet Angels that brought the demise to Rome in this history [referring to 1798], they are the same Angels. The Lord does not just use them once and then replace them; they are the same Angels that bring the Seven Last Plagues.

And why do they bring the Seven Last Plagues? Because of this World Sunday Law, right here [see Figure No. 19].

So, not only does Sister White agree with the Pioneer understand of the Trumpets, if you do not hold to the Pioneer understanding of the Trumpets and to the logic set forth in the Spirit of Prophecy, you are not going to understand end-time Bible prophecy.

But, let us go into The Great Controversy now, and I am starting before I would usually start in this. We are going to see that Sister White endorses the Pioneer understanding of the Sixth Trumpet.

However, I am starting a few paragraphs before because I want you to see something. There is an argument about this passage in The Great Controversy, and it is satanic. The argument says Sister White really did not put that in The Great Controversy, that Uriah Smith did. So, it says, and this is from The Great Controversy, beginning at page 344:

“In the New York Journal of Commerce of November 14, 1833, appeared a long article regarding this wonderful phenomenon, containing this statement:”—

She is commenting on the falling of the stars. She is quoting from newspapers from historical sources to describe the falling of the stars in 1833, and she is saying this is in fulfillment of Christ’s words, of John’s word, and of Joel’s word. She is saying this is a fulfillment of prophecy.

—“In the New York Journal of Commerce of November 14, 1833, appeared a long article regarding this wonderful phenomenon, containing this statement: ‘No philosopher or scholar has told or recorded an event, I suppose, like that of yesterday morning. A prophet eighteen hundred years ago foretold it exactly, if we will be at the trouble of understanding stars falling to mean falling stars, . . . in the only sense in which it is possible to be literally true.’

“Thus was displayed the last of those signs of His coming, concerning which Jesus bade His disciples: ‘When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.’ Matthew 24:33. After these signs, John beheld, as the great event next impending, the heavens departing as a scroll, while the earth quaked, mountains and islands removed out of their places, and the wicked in terror sought to flee from the presence of the Son of man. Revelation 6:12–17.

“Many who witnessed the falling of the stars, looked upon it as a herald of the coming judgment, ‘an awful type, a sure forerunner, a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful day.’—The Old Countryman, in Portland Evening Advertiser, November 26, 1833. Thus the attention of the people was directed to the fulfillment of prophecy, and many were led to give heed to the warning of the Second Advent.”—

So, the stars fall from heaven in November of 1833. Who began to publicly preach in the beginning of 1833?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: William Miller.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: William Miller.

The falling of the stars was the Lord’s adding a prophetic fulfillment to the ministry of William Miller, to put it in context that the Lord was endorsing what Miller was presenting. So, Sister White just described for us the fulfillment of the prophecy of the falling of the stars.

Then, notice her next sentence.

—“In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest.”—

Many of the theologians at Andrews University will teach you that this paragraph is simply commenting on a human prediction made by Josiah Litch. Okay? That is not what she is saying. She says, “another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy,” and she is saying it in the context of describing the fulfillment of prophecies that were taking place in that history: the falling of the stars; next, 1840, a fulfillment of prophecy.

—“Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the Second Advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown ‘in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;’ and only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: ‘Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period,”—

The 391 years commenced at the close of the first period, the 150 years.

—“it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case.’—Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, August 1, 1840.

“At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and in publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” The Great Controversy, 334–335.

Now, what I need you to see, in my mind what you need to see, Brothers and Sisters—we will walk back through this with you—he just tied these two time prophecies together. That is Millerite understanding of the 150 years and the 391 years and 15 days. These two prophecies—this is the Fifth Trumpet [150 years] and the Sixth Trumpet [391 years and 15 days]—you cannot, you cannot have the Sixth Trumpet without the Fifth Trumpet. You cannot have the time prophecy of the Sixth Trumpet if you do not have the time prophecy of the Fifth Trumpet. They cannot be separated.

So, when Sister White is putting her seal of approval on the 391 years and 15 days prophecy, “another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy,” she is not simply endorsing the Pioneer view of the Sixth Trumpet, she is simultaneously endorsing the Pioneer view of the Fifth Trumpet.

But, the Pioneer view of the Trumpets is that the first four Trumpets dealt with Pagan Rome, and the next two Trumpets deal with Papal Rome.

And, before the Papacy can be established on the throne of the Earth, what has to happen? Well, Pagan Rome has to disintegrate into ten nations, and then three of those nations have to be plucked up in order for the Papacy to be established. You cannot separate the first four Trumpets from the next two Trumpets. It is a series of history; they cannot be broken apart. You do not have the Papacy on the throne of the Earth if you do not have Pagan Rome disintegrating into ten kingdoms. Do you follow my logic?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: (Affirmations.)

BROTHER PIPPENGER: So, her endorsement here of the Sixth Trumpet is as blanket endorsement of the Pioneer understanding of the Trumpets, all of them.

So, when the Biblical Research Institute puts out a letter saying, “We no longer accept the Pioneer position of the Trumpets,” they are simultaneously saying, “We no longer accept the authority of the Spirit of Prophecy.” All right? That is where we are at. The last deception of Satan is to make none effect the Testimonies of God’s Spirit.

Now, switching gears a little bit, let me show you something here. This is Prophets and Kings, page 382, talking about Manasseh.

“Faithfully the prophets continued their warnings and their exhortations; fearlessly they spoke to Manasseh and to his people; but the messages were scorned; backsliding Judah would not heed. As an earnest of what would befall the people should they continue impenitent, the Lord permitted their king to be captured by a band of Assyrian soldiers, who ‘bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon,’ their temporary capital.”—

Carried him to Babylon; they carried Manasseh to Babylon.

What does MANASSEH mean? Forgetfulness.

—“This affliction brought the king to his senses; ‘he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and He was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God.’ 2 Chronicles 33:11–13. But this repentance,”—but this repentance, but this repentance—“remarkable though it was, came too late to save the kingdom from the corrupting influence of years of idolatrous practices. Many had stumbled and fallen, never again to rise.” Prophets and Kings, 382.

Now, I want to show you something here.

Paganism Rising Papalism Rising USA Rising

723BC AD538 1798

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Manasseh Captured

(Earnest Payment)

677BC 607 AD1844

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USA Falling

Southern Kingdom (Judah) Progressive Fall

(Progressive fall of

Babylon)

Figure No. 20.

The argument of the theologians is, you cannot start this 2520 against the Southern Kingdom in 677BC because, even though Manasseh was carried to Babylon in 677, he repented; so, this cannot be the beginning of the scattering. But, Sister White says that Manasseh was an earnest, and an earnest is what is defined as a down payment. If you look in the dictionary of Ellen White’s day and age, it is a down payment.

In fact, when we make a down payment on a house or a car today, it is still sometimes called an earnest payment and it is identifying that which is to come. Manasseh was the beginning of a progressive scattering. He was carried to Babylon.

So, what I want you to see is, Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning. In this time prophecy [677BC to AD1844] Manasseh does not represent what happened up here to Hoshea in 723BC [723BC to AD1798]. Hoshea was captured, period, right? For Hoshea, there was a besiegement in 724BC, a capturing, and then in 722BC the end comes.

For AD1798, in AD1797 Italy is taken control of by Napoleon’s military; and, then the Pope is captured in AD1798 and he dies in exile in AD1799. This history here is identical to the history of Hoshea, but it is a singular capture. When he is conquered, he is conquered.

But, down here, Manasseh, the one who forgets, who is carried to Babylon, he is an earnest of what should come. This is talking about a fall, but a progressive fall.

And when does this time prophecy, this 2520 [against the Southern Kingdom] end? It ends down here in 1844.

Notice what Sister White says in The Great Controversy, page 389.

“The second angel’s message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844, and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States, where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected, and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfillment in 1844. The churches then experienced a moral fall, in consequence of their refusal of the light of the advent message; but that fall was not complete. As they have continued to reject the special truths for this time they have fallen lower and lower. Not yet, however, can it be said that ‘Babylon is fallen,... because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ She has not yet made all nations do this. The spirit of world conforming and indifference to the testing truths for our time exists and has been gaining ground in churches of the Protestant faith in all the countries of Christendom; and these churches are included in the solemn and terrible denunciation of the second angel. But the work of apostasy has not yet reached its culmination.”

So what is happening here at the end of this time prophecy [677BC to AD1844] is a progressive fall. That is just what happened to Manasseh, except that Manasseh was carried to where?

FROM THE AUDIENCE: Babylon.

BROTHER PIPPENGER: Oh, he was carried to Babylon.

Those Protestants who suffered the moral fall, where were they carried spiritually to? To Babylon.

Why were they carried to Babylon? Because, they forgot where they came out of. They came out of Babylon, they came out of the Dark Ages, they came to the United States to get rid of the monarchical rulers of Europe and the Pope of Europe; but, they forgot where they came from and they suffered a moral fall and returned to Babylon.

Well, I think that Manasseh in 677BC, at the beginning of this prophecy, is the perfect illustration of the United States in the 1840 time period, even if we do not believe the 2520.

The next paragraph:

“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.

So, we know that the religious aspect of the United States fell in the 1840s, because the Protestant churches rejected the First Angel’s Message; but, in so doing, they returned to Babylon. They continued to hold to the doctrines of Babylon: the premier one, the Sunday-keeping

Do the Protestant churches in the United States still keep the Catholic sabbath? Yes. They suffered a moral fall because they forgot that they had been called out of Babylon through the Protestant Reformation.

MANASSEH means forget. Manasseh was carried to Babylon; the Protestants were carried to Babylon, and they mark a progressive fall, just as Manasseh marks a progressive fall. Jesus illustrates the end from the beginning.

And we know that a political fall has to take place in the United States in order for both aspects of the United States to have fallen; and, that political fall took place Daniel 11, verse 40, when Ronald Reagan formed a secret alliance with the Pope of Rome. The only thing left is the seal marker of that fall, which is The Sunday Law.

The Protestant churches fell in the 1840s; the political aspect of the United States fell in the 1980s. All that is ahead now is The Sunday Law.

Ellen White agreed with the Pioneer position of the Trumpets, no matter what the theologians of Adventism say. Ellen White agreed with the 2520, no matter what the theologians of Adventism say. Ellen White understood that the Daily represented Paganism and that those people that taught that the Daily represented Christ’s Sanctuary ministry were following a teaching “from angels that were expelled from Heaven.” That is her words. She understood these things.

She understood that the 1335 years were fulfilled in 1843.

So, when we discuss the truths on these Charts, as we begin our study of the next section, the next thought about our study of Habakkuk’s Two Tables on Sunday morning, we would have already put in place that Ellen White agrees with her statement when she says that this 1843 Chart was directed by the hand of the Lord and it should not be altered.

And when she says of this 1850 Chart, “God was in the publishment of this Chart and I saw that there was a prophecy of this Chart in the Bible,” she agrees with herself.

Let us just read a few of her statements here in closing.

Review and Herald, January 19, 1905:

“God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches.” Review and Herald, January 19, 1905.

We have no new message.

Where is the message of 1843 and 1844 illustrated for us? Right here [indicating the 1843 Chart]. God has not given us a new message.

The next quote, Manuscript Releases, Number 760:

“God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844.” Manuscript Releases, Number 760.

“Oh, but Brother Jeff, the 2520 was wrong, the 1335 was wrong, the Trumpets were wrong, and the Daily was wrong. Go ahead and preach the message that stirred the people in 1843 and 1844; but, leave that part out because that was wrong.” That is not what Ellen White is saying, it is not what she is saying.

I know that some people struggle over how direct I am about the fact that these men who are opposing this work are teaching deadly error; but, if it was not deadly error, maybe I would not be so direct.

Brothers and Sisters, there are people that are closing their probation on the wrong side of the issue because they are listening to men that are teaching that these truths are not true. If you do not and I do not be clear about this issue, then the blood of those people that are losing their salvation over swallowing this error will be on our garments.

Manuscript Releases, volume 21, number 437:

“All the messages given from 1840–1844 are to be made forcible now,”—

Dialogue with Eugene Pruitt, one of the champions of fighting this message: On this quote he says, “That word all means the Three Angels Messages, that’s it. The Three Angels’ Messages that were given in 1840 to 1844 are to be made forcible now.”

And I said, “Eugene, you are the first person I have run into that is willing to teach that the Third Angel’s Message was taught between 1840 and 1844; because, it was not.”

So, he had to backtrack and said, “Well, all the messages from 1840 to 1844 represent the First and Second Angels’ Messages.”

So, my response was, “Why did she not say ‘both the messages’ that was preached from 1840 to 1844?”

See, he has the leeway because he believes that Ellen White is a careless writer, as these theologians do. It is not just him. This is their attitude that is derived from the reception of the Protestant and Catholic interpretation of Bible study that was received in the 1930s, which says you have to be an expert on Biblical languages and an expert on Biblical history in order to define the Bible, and in order to define the Spirit of Prophecy, you have to be an expert on Adventist history and an expert on the English language; therefore, you know that in Advent history that these messages here, here, here, and here [indicating the 1335, the Trumpets, the 2520, and the Daily as reflected on the 1843 Chart] are false; so, your interpretation of Millerite History allows you to say that the English all rally means both.

Okay. This is convoluted satanic reasoning.

—“All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible now, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.

“Christ said, ‘Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them’ [Matt. 13:16, 17]. Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844.

“The message was given. And there should be no delay in repeating the message, for the signs of the times are fulfilling; the closing work must be done. A great work will be done in a short time. A message will soon be given by God’s appointment that will swell into a loud cry. Then Daniel will stand in his lot, to give his testimony.” Manuscript Releases, volume 21, 437.

Grammatically, if you are going to be accurate to the English language, if you are going to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the self-exaltation out of you where you let the Word of God interpret itself, then what she is saying here, at one level, is that all the messages of 1840 to 1844 are part of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel at the end of the world, all of them.

Manuscript Releases, volume 15, page 371:

The truths that we received in 1841, ‘42, ‘43, and ‘44 are now to be studied and proclaimed.”—

One of the truths that we dealt with early on in our third presentation is the truth that after the first disappointment the Millerites found that the evidence that they had previously used to identify that the 2520 ended in 1843 was then recognized to prove that the 2520 ended in 1844. It was one of those prophetic periods.

And she is saying that the truths that we received in 1844 are now to be studied and proclaimed; and, one of the truths that we received in 1844 is that the 2520 does not end in 1843, it ended in 1844.

—“The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit.” Manuscript Releases, volume 15, 371.

And once again this is the second testimony that these messages from this history are a part of the Loud Cry of the Third Angel.

Loma Linda Messages, page 156:

“We understand the present feebleness and smallness of the work. We have had an experience. In doing the work God has given us, we may go trustingly forward, assured that He will be our efficiency. He will be with us in 1906,”—He will be with us in 2012—“as He was with us in 1841, 1842, 1843, and 1844.Loma Linda Messages, 156.

Was He with them? Maybe not, because the majority of what they were teaching, according to some, was erroneous. NO! He was with them. This [the 1843 Chart] is the Rock of Ages; these truths are the Rock of Ages.

Review and Herald, April 14, 1903:

“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me?”—

Or in the context of this paragraph you could say, “Do you think that I could give up the light that God gave us in 1842, 1843, and 1844?” That is not misrepresenting it.

—“Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages.”—with a capital “R” and a capital “A”—”It has been guiding me ever since it was given.” Review and Herald, April 14, 1903.

These truths, according to Ellen White, are the Rock of Ages; and, you are either going to fall on these truths and be broken and changed into His image that you might participate in the Loud Cry, or these truths are going to crush you into powder because this is the Rock of Ages.

General Conference Bulletin, April 1, 1903:

“Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel’s message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844.” General Conference Bulletin, April 1, 1903.

And if you wanted to do some grammatical interpretations for that passage, it would say, “If you are not sound in the message of 1843 and 1844, then you should not be a teacher or a leader in Seventh-day institutions.”

Ellen White, the Spirit of Prophecy agrees with the truths on these Charts [indicating the 1843 and 1850 Charts], “no matter what,” God’s people are saying today, “no matter who they are that are saying it.”

We pray that they would cease their complaints and get back on that foundation, as Sister White says in Early Writings, page 259.

Shall we pray?

Benediction: Father in Heaven, it is easy to see that probation is fast closing. There are famines in the world and economic collapse is underway. There are disasters happening on a regular basis. The morals of humanity are demonstrated on a regular basis to be totally out of control. The idolatry that exists makes Pagan Rome seem small by comparison. It is easy to see, it is easy to hear these things as the footsteps of an approaching God and, as your people, we want to be about our busy of preparing ourselves that we might be a tool in your Hand to proclaim this final warning message. But, we know that when you raise up those that will do this work, that there is going to be an opposition that is presented to their work, to their experience that is designed to polish them, that you, might glorify them in The Sunday Law crisis. We ask that you give us the discernment and the faith that we can meet these obstacles in a way that we can be benefitted thereby and call others to the foot of the cross as they see this controversy within your church. We thank you for being with us through the first part of this presentation. We ask for your continued blessing as we take it up again on this coming Sunday. In Jesus’s name, amen.