Where do we begin?Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon—none know how soon—it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour’s admonition: “Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:33. “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Revelation 3:3. GC 490.1
As the above statement shows, the work of Judgment began with the dead, how did our pioneers know this?
"There are those now living who, in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order. They bore the message of time to the people. The truth shone out clearly as the sun at noonday. Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth’s history."2SM102.1
Special prophecies of Daniel and John were being fulfilled in there order. What were these prophecies and what was there order?
Remembering our first statement from the GC490 pointing out that the work of judgment is going on in the sanctuary above. Let us then look in the books of Daniel and John to find where this work is mentioned.
Dan. 8vs 13, 14 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Rev. 14 vs 6, 7And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come:and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Daniel speaks of the cleansing of the sanctuary, he also gave a starting point for this work, it was to commence at the end of 2300 days: John says, the time of his judgment is come. The Servant of the Lord in both quotes mentioned above says historical events were being fulfilled.
For this there is a list of historical events
- we have the history of the Lisbon earthquake 1755 a fulfillment of Rev.11vs 15
- followed by the dark day where the sun became as black as sackcloth and the moon became as red as blood, 1780, Rev.6vs12.
- there was the french revolution 1792-93, fulfilling Rev.11vs1, 2
- there was also the issuing of the deadly wound to the papacy 1798 Rev.13vs3, Daniel 11:40
- the falling of the stars as though the heaven was shaken by a mighty wind 1833, Rev.6vs12.
- we see the history of the seals beginning with the red horse coming all the way down to the pale horse Rev.6vs1-8.
- Rev. 9vs13-15 the falling of the Ottoman Empire 1840
Christ has given us the injunction to "watch" and He told us in Matt. 24 what we are to watch for-- the prophetic signs. These signs were historical events leading up to the proclaimation of the judgement of the dead. Are there events that Christ has given us to watch for, which will lead us in the proclaimation of the judgement of the living?
We know that the judgement is linked with the cleansing of the sanctuary, they are one and the same event. Daniel calls it the cleansing of the sanctuary, while John says, the time of his judgment is come. Now we have to look for clues and texts both in Daniel and John to find the historcal events that are linked with the judgement of the living. First here is a statement from the SOP which gives us a clue where else to look
"The scenes connected with the working of the man of sin are the last features plainly revealed in this earth’s history. The people now have a special message to give to the world, the third angel’s message. Those who, in their experience, have passed over the ground, and acted a part in the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages, are not so liable to be led into false paths as are those who have not had an experimental knowledge of the people of God.... "2sm102.1
Let us Highlight some Key Points
- The scenes connected with the working of the Man Of Sin
- Last features that are plainly revealed in this earth's history
- Special message, the third angel's message
- Importance of experiencing the 1st and 2nd and 3rd angels' messages
Who is "The Man of Sin"Let no man deceive you by any means:for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2Tess.2vs3-4
Dan 7vs 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Who shall think to change times and laws?Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. Vs 23
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2vs1-3
The kingdoms of the earth were Babylon, Media Persia, Greece, and finally Rome. Rome falls in the category of the forth.
Daniel says; he shall speak great words against the Most High and shall think to change times and laws, while Paul classes him as the man of sin who sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God. Daniel also says he is the forth beast, he is diverse or different from all other beasts, and both Daniel and John say his mouth is blasphemous.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Rev 13 vs1-7.
Dan.11vs40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him:and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Daniel also identifies the time frame this power was given to act: for 1260 years Dan.7:25; Dan.12:11.
Let us look at what we have, as it pertains to who this man of sin is:
- he is a deceiver
- he is blasphemous
- he is the forth beast
- the Roman power (Popery)
- the king of the north
- his power was cut at the time of the end 1798
Whose power was cut or taken away in the year 1798?And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. Dan. 11:40 clearly the Papacy's power was taken away, in 1798. By whom?
Rev.11vs7-9 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
This power is called spiritual Egypt, why? What was it that Egypt had done?
And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go. Ex.6vs2
Pharaoh refused to acknowledge God as supreme; this is the spirit of atheism, this power did not fight against God in the year 1798 but it did so in 1792-3 when as a nation France rose up against God and destroyed His word and saints, they also changed the work week from seven days as established by God to a ten day work week, but Dan.11vs 40 said they would also fight against the head of Rome and in the year 1798 general Berthier Napoleon's general, marched into the Vatican City and took the Pope captive, he died in exile; the deadly wound was issued. There is also a second component to the time of the end, a time when Rome would rise up against the power that gave it its deadly wound. Can we find this incident happening in recent history?
Let us look at the scripture of Dan.11vs40 again "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over." As shown above the king of the south or as John says, about this power, it is spiritually called Egypt, this power was shown to be Atheistic France, so the deadly wound was given by Atheism. Historically did the papacy ever retaliate again Atheism?
"Historians and non-scholars alike have long regarded the work of President Reagan and Pope John Paul 11 to be of tremendous force in helping to end the Cold War. In 1992 Time Magazine cited the relationship as a "Holy Alliance", a political partnering of two men who, after surviving separates assassination attempts merely six weeks apart, saw their role in global politics as a divine signal to promote the free world and take down communism internationally."
This Holy Alliance happened in 1989, with Ronald Reagan and the Pope uniting to bring down world communism.
As shown the time of the end precedes the judgment hour message of Rev.14vs 1-9 and we have also seen that these messages have an order there is a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
Here is the order:
1. time of the end
2. 1st angel's message proclaiming the judgment
3. 2nd angel's massage telling that Babylon is fallen
4. 3rd angel's message warning against receiving the mark of the beast
We have been in the time of the 3rd angel's message since October 22, 1844, but according to the prophecy of Daniel 11:40 there is a repetition of the time of the end. Following the established order there must be a repetition of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd angels' messages. We also find evidence of this Revelation 10:10, 11 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey:and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
The little book must be taken and eaten again, before the prophesying can happen. Here a quote from the Sop: "After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.” These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. John sees the little book unsealed. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time. The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed, the other a book opened. John heard the mysteries which the thunders uttered, but he was commanded not to write them."7BC 971.5
This quote shows that the little book is the book of Daniel and he has to stand in his lot at the end of the days. It also establishes the order given above.
1. The time of the end the king of the north retaliates, 1989
2. 1st angel's message must be repeated judgment hour cry (judgment of the living)
3. 2nd angel's message must also be repeated but now the SOP says "This scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14 (verse 8), is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given, in the summer of 1844. Babylon is said to be “the mother of harlots.” By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world. The message of Revelation 14, announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt. Since this message follows the warning of the judgment, it must be given in the last days; therefore it cannot refer to the Roman Church alone, for that church has been in a fallen condition for many centuries. Furthermore, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation the people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon. According to this scripture, many of God’s people must still be in Babylon. And in what religious bodies are the greater part of the followers of Christ now to be found? Without doubt, in the various churches professing the Protestant faith. "GC603.2
Historically did something happen for this message, the second angel's message to go forth? Yes we can emphatically that the twin tower bombing of Sept.11, 2001. "Here is another quote “Now comes the word that I have declared that New York is to be swept away by a tidal wave. This I have never said. I have said, as I looked at the great buildings going up there, story after story: ‘What terrible scenes will take place when the Lord shall arise to shake terribly the earth! Then the words of Revelation 18:1-3 will be fulfilled.’ The whole of the eighteenth chapter of Revelation is a warning of what is coming on the earth. But I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God’s power. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of His mighty power, and these massive structures will fall. Scenes will take place the fearfulness of which we cannot imagine.” LS411.5
We have seen the cry of the first and second and third angel's messages, in the time period of 1798-1844 it was the judgment of the dead. In our day from 1989-2001
We have witnessed the repetition of these messages, clearly pointing us to the judgment of the living. Will we continue in unbelief, or continue being careless and indifferent at such a moment as this? When clearly spiritualism has made its inroads in the different protestant churches, even among Seventh Day Adventists, while on every hand we hear the cry for sunday law in its varying forms, pointing us to the man of sin who stealthily, but steadily on the rise. Shall we sit idly by crying peace as sudden destruction cometh! May God help us to arouse and trim our lamps as our names may be called in the heavenly courts at any time. God Bless.