Sunday, 30 November 2014

God's Everlasting Covenant

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Gen.17:7, 8)

Have you ever wondered what is God's everlasting covenant? Have you ever stopped and given serious thought to this? The word everlasting shows that, that agreement would last forever!

Covenant: a formal and serious agreement or promise.
Law: a formal written agreement between two or more people, businesses, countries, etc.

Full Definition
1 : a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement : compact
2 a : a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action
b : the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract.

A covenant is a serious, formal, written, solemn, binding agreement or compact made under seal between two or more persons. It is also the action taken to recover damages for any breach or violation to such a contract. A covenant is not only binding but it also has conditions, conditions which dictate what action/s  should be taken if that covenant is broken!

Being that the covenant is made  under seal, what is a seal?
Seal: something that confirms, ratifies, or makes secure : guarantee, assurance
b (1) : a device with a cut or raised emblem, symbol, or word used especially to certify a signature or authenticate a document (2) : a medallion or ring face bearing such a device incised so that it can be impressed on wax or moist clay; also : a piece of wax or a wafer bearing such an impression
to confirm or make secure by or as if by a seal <seal the deal>
b : to solemnize for eternity (as a marriage)
2 a : to set or affix an authenticating seal to; also : authenticate, ratify

A seal is something used to confirm, authenticate, ratify, or make a document secure. It can also be an item affixed to a document as proof that the document is real. So a document under seal has a seal affixed to it.

The Covenant  
 Was God's covenant with Abraham similar to our covenant today? How was a covenant made in ancient time?
And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.  In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,  And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. Gen 15:7-19

In these verses we see Abraham asking God for a seal of His promise, we see God entering into covenant with Abram (Abraham). What are the steps that were taken?
A. Abraham is commanded to get some animals and kills them
B. He then divides them in the middle, except for the birds.
C. A  smoking furnace and burning lamp passes between the pieces
A number of other steps are taken as well, we shall look at them later as we go further in this study. Notice also the layout of the animals create seven pieces

Seal Affixed
 Remember for this covenant to be real, authentic a seal has to be affixed. How did God do this?
Here something interesting takes place, God sealed  covenant by taking an oath, by swearing! How so? In biblical times an oath was taken by sevening ones self, or by declaring something seven times, seven being a symbol of completion, Paul says it ended all strife. Here are the scripture references:
“And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.” (Exo 6:8)
 “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.......   For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:" (Heb.7:13-14, 17, 18)
" Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself,
the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear" Isa 45:22, 23

How amazing is this? The great God of the universe sevening himself! Declaring seven times that His promise to Abraham will stand.

Forming Of A Blood Covenant Formed
We have seen how this covenant with Abraham was sealed now let us turn our attention to how it was formed. The aforementioned covenant was known as a blood covenant. How was this done anciently?
both parties exchanged their robes (symbolizing the giving of themselves to each other) Rom.5:25, 26, 1 John 4:10, 11
► they exchanged belts ( offering to have each others back, to protect each other) Gen.12:3, Eph.6:14
► the covenant was cut (animals killed and cut in pieces, there were seven pieces, each party walked between those pieces saying; "may God do so to me and more if I should brake this covenant, it is a blood covenant and cannot be broke")
(Jer. 34:18, Gen.15)
► each cut themselves allowing their blood to flow, then they mingled their blood by clasping hands with each other. (uniting their lives, as the life of the flesh is in the blood) Matt.27:32, Rom. 12:1, 2
► names were exchanged (Son of man, Christians) Matt 1:21, Ti.1:12
► something was added to the wound created causing it to have a permanent scar (circumcision of the heart) Zec.13:6, Rom.2:29
► terms of the covenant were exchanged (I will give Canaan’s land: keep my commandments) Lev.14:4, 5, Ex.6:8
► a memorial meal was eaten consisting of bread and wine (symbolic of eating each others flesh and blood, both becoming one, as we are what we eat) John 6: 54-58, Heb.10:5
► they planted a memorial tree (the cross) 1Cor.1:17,
As was shown this covenant cannot be broken and the terms of it are:
God would give Abraham the land and Abraham and his seed were to keep His commandments, which were also called the Testament.

What is a testament?
 Testament: proof or evidence that something exists or is true
law: the legal instructions in which you say who should receive your property, possessions, etc., after you die

Full Definition
1 a archaic : a covenant between God and the human race
b capitalized : either of two main divisions of the Bible
2 a : a tangible proof or tribute
b : an expression of conviction : creed
3 a : an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
b : will
A testament is a Will, remembering that a covenant is a sealed document, that is a document with a seal affixed to it showing its authenticity. Therefore the covenant that God and Abraham entered also signified that both parties would die, for God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself and we are called upon daily to die.         

What are the components of a seal: a seal has to have the name of the giver, his authority and his territory. Can we find this affixed to this Abrahamic covenant?  answer YES. Where do we find this? In the forth command. Ex 20:8-12 declaring the Sabbath as God's seal. But is the Sabbath the only aspect of the seal there?
Hebrews 9:16, 17 identifies Christ as the testator of the testament/covenant; in order for a testament to be binding the testator has to die, Dan.9:27 tells us that Christ confirmed/ sealed the covenant with many for one week, this makes Christ the seal as well! For Christ sealed the covenant in Himself, what wondrous love!
So far three aspects of the seal that God used with Abraham are identified, what are they?
1.    Seven Times (2520)
2.    The Sabbath
3.    Christ

In this the time of the sealing we must all three to have the approval of God. Each being significant in its own right.
①    The seven times shows us God pledging himself as mans surety swearing by Himself. A symbol of God's immutable, word (God giving man His belt, His Word)
②    The Sabbath shows God's name, authority and His territory (depicting His character)
③    Christ identifies Himself as man's only hope of entering into the land (the heavenly Canaan)

The message of the third angel carries all three- - God's word (2520 shows truthfulness and surety), His mark (the Sabbath), His name (Christ). In comparison this message warns against receiving the number of the beast (666 showing falsehood and deception, spiritualism). It warns against receiving the name of the beast (Rome in all her forms), and lastly the mark of the beast (Sunday worship). Can we do away with any part of God's seal and be free from impunity? Can we break His covenant without paying the penalty? Let us avail ourselves with the seal and covering of God, His everlasting covenant. May God help us to see the importance of all contract, His seal and bond and may we accept it before it is eternally too late.

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Judgement of The Living - Part 2

Are we indeed in the time when the living is being judged? For most it is scarey indeed to think that God is judging us! Then, there are those who look on with careless indifference; for them it does not matter if they are being judged or not. While yet there are those, who refuse to believe. Wherever we may fall whether in the believing, unbelieving, careless and indifferent, where ever in the spectrum we may be how can we substantiate our belief?

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
This list is by no means comprehensive, but the aim has been to give a glimpse of what the Servant of the Lord was making reference to, when she said that historical events were being fulfilled in there order, leading the people of God to " watch."
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.

Friday, 7 March 2014

2520 Prophecy Explained - Part 3 Truths Revealed

This is part Three (3). Please read part One (1) Here: 2520 Explained Part 1 Or Read part Two (2) here: 2520 Explained Part 2

Miller’s second witness for this prophecy was Isaiah 7:8,9…“For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.  And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
William Miller:

“Isaiah prophesied that within sixty-five years Ephraim should be broken and be not a people. Is.vii..8. This was in the days of Pekah and Rezin, 742 years before Christ.

Sixty-five years afterwards, BC 677, Esarhaddon, king of Assyria and Babylon, came with a large army into the land of Israel and Judah, carried away the last remnant of Israel, and they have not been a nation since. Then he also made war against Jerusalem, took Manasseh and carried him to Babylon; which begins the “seven times”

Judah was to be in bondage to the kings of the earth, and also the “seven years” Israel should be a captive, robbed and spoiled people; both beginning and ending at one time, 2520 years, beginning BC 677, ending AD 1843. To 1843 add 677, and the sum equals 2520.” Miller’s Works, vol. 1, 80

Let us now do the graphs:

Therefore William Miller’s 2520 ended in 1844AD;

That is why in the book Early Writing pg. 74, inspiration declares in the Chapter,   

“The Gathering Time”

“September 23, the Lord showed me that He had stretched out His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people, and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering time. In the scattering, Israel was smitten and torn, but now in the gathering time God will heal and bind up His people. In the scattering, efforts made to spread the truth had but little effect, accomplished but little or nothing; but in the gathering, when God has set His hand to gather His people, efforts to spread the truth will have their designed effect.”
There was another 2520 discovering by Hiram Edson, another Adventist pioneer, since Israel was divided in two (1 Kings 11:9-13, 29-38) they receive separate scattering.

Hiram Edson:

“Instead of reckoning from the taking of Manasseh king of Judah to Babylon, 677 BC, we reckon from the shutting up and binding in prison Hoshea king of Israel, which was 723 BC. This was 19 years after Isaiah’s prophecy, record in Chap. vii. 8, which was 742 BC; hence Ephraim was broken from being a people literally within three-score and five years.” Hiram Edson, The Times of the Gentiles, RH January 10, 1856

Hiram Edson’s 2520 is from 723BC to 1798AD, while William Miller’s dates were from 677BC to 1844AD.

God said in 2Kings 21:13;.. “And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab”…..It is simply referring to the 2520 of the Northern Tribes (Samaria) been drawn over the 2520 of the Southern Tribes (Judah, Jerusalem as capital), which is illustrated on the graph. He also recorded in Jer. 50:17;..“Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones”….This prophecy shows the lion kingdom of Dan. 7, scattering the entire Israel. Therefore both William Miller and Hiram Edson were correct, for the divided Israel were both scattered and they were interrelated.
There is another aspect of the graph to be considered, the paralleling of the 65yr of Isa. 7:8,9 to the sounding of the Three Angels messages in the Millerite experience:

46 yrs between the scatterings of the two tribes 723BC for the northern tribes and 677BC for the southern tribes. Also 46yrs between the endings of the two 2520’s (1798-1844). 19yrs from the prophecy of Isa. 7:8,9 to the first tribes been scattered in 723BC. Also 19yrs 1844AD to 1863AD, when the Seventh Day Adventist church was organized.

None of this happened by chance it was all planned by God for us to build our faith on His prophetic word, just as it states… “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,”...Gal. 4:4.

In John 2:18-21 when Jesus told the questioning Jews.. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”, they thought He was talking the Jerusalem temple but He was talking of His body. They said “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and thou rear it up in three days?” The body of Christ prophetically is the church (1 cor. 12:27, Eph. 4:12), which He raised up from 1798AD-1844AD (46yrs), after the dark ages to preach the three angels messages.

The resurgence of the 2520 prophecy and the Millerite history in Adventism is remarkable and prophetic, since we are now living in the time of the outpouring of the Latter Rain and God is preparing his people for translation.

In her first vision Ellen White describes the travels of the peoples of God…“While I was praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell upon me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, "Look again, and look a little higher." At this I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, "Alleluia!" Others rashly denied the light behind them and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below.” {Early Writings pg. 14,15}

“Investigation of Doctrine.--There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation. We are living in perilous times, and it does not become us to accept everything claimed to be truth without examining it thoroughly; neither can we afford to reject anything that bears the fruits of the Spirit of God; but we should be teachable, meek and lowly of heart. There are those who oppose everything that is not in accordance with their own ideas, and by so doing they endanger their eternal interest as verily as did the Jewish nation in their rejection of Christ”.  {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 35 par 2 & 3}

"Let no one run the risk of interposing himself between the people and the message of heaven. The message of God will come to the people; and if there were no voice among men to give it, the very stones would cry out. I call upon every minister to seek the Lord, to put away pride, to put away strife after supremacy, and humble the heart before God. It is the coldness of heart, the unbelief of those who ought to have faith, that keeps the churches in feebleness."-- Review and Herald, July 26, 1892.  {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 38 par 2}

"The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action."--Gospel Workers, pp. 297-300. (1915.) {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 41 par 3}

Kelvin Stevens

2520 Prophecy Explained - Part 2 Truths Revealed

This is part Two (2). Please read part One (1) Here: 2520 Explained Part 1  Or Read part Three (3) here: 2520 Explained Part 1

God said He would scatter Israel (vs.33) among the heathen seven times for breaking the covenant, which without a doubt happens exactly as was prophesied.

Seven times, (Hebrew word 7651-sheh`-bah) from the Hebrew word (7650-sha^ba`), means to swear, adjure, to cause to make an oath, to swear (of Jehovah by Himself), that is why we have the seven days week, seventh day Sabbath, other words God seven Himself for the salvation of man before the foundation of the world. John 17:24, Eph.1:4, 1 Peter 1:20. Israel was then given seven prophetic times.

7 (Times)

  x 360 (Days in a prophetic year)
   2520 (Prophetic years)

The children of Israel also were not adhering to the Sabbaths for the land, was another reason for their scattering. In Leviticus chapter 25, the Lord gave them the covenant of the land;.. “And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee,..” Lev. 25:1-6; And also the jubilee was declared....“And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” Lev.25:8-10. Notice what God said in the curses prophecies in Lev. 26:32-35… “And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it. And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.”

Notice the quotation from Miller’s works volume 2, pg. 261commenting on Dan. 4: 30-32: "Seven times," in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, was fulfilled in seven years. Nebuchadnezzar, for his pride and arrogancy against God, was driven among the beasts of the field, and was made to eat grass as oxen, until seven times passed over him, and until he learned that the Most High ruled in the kingdoms of men, and gave it to whomsoever he would. This being a matter of history, and as an allegory or sample to the people of God for their pride and arrogancy, in refusing to be reformed by God, and claiming the power and will to do these things themselves,—they, too, like Nebuchadnezzar, must be driven among the beasts of the field, (meaning the kingdoms of the world,) until they learn the sovereignty of God, and that he dispenses his favors to whomsoever he will. That, being a matter of history, and a sample only, was fulfilled in seven years; but this, being a prophecy, will only be fulfilled in seven prophetic times, which will be 7 times 360 years, which will make 2520 years;”

Furthermore the Spirit of Prophecy does state that the 2520 or the scattering gathering of God’s people is a legitimate time prophecy, in the book Prophets and Kings pg. 295, 295 it states….“Moses traced the evils that would result from a departure from the statutes of Jehovah. Calling heaven and earth to witness, he declared that if, after having dwelt long in the Land of Promise, the people should introduce corrupt forms of worship and bow down to graven images and should refuse to return to the worship of the true God, the anger of the Lord would be aroused, and they would be carried away captive and scattered among the heathen. "Ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it," he warned them; "ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell." Duet. 4:26-28.

This prophecy, fulfilled in part in the time of the judges, met a more complete and literal fulfillment in the captivity of Israel in Assyria and of Judah in Babylon.”

Whom should God’s people follow today, modern theologians in the Seventh Day Adventist church or God, there are no other options. There is also no premise for debating on Hebrew grammar when God gives us his clear commands. William Miller draws his conclusions from the context of the scriptures in regards the “sevens” of chapter 25 & 26 of Leviticus and God scattering them for not keeping His covenant.

Miller gives us his clear starting points…“From a farther [sic] study of the Scriptures, I concluded that the seven times of Gentile supremacy must commence when the Jews ceased to be an independent nation at the captivity of Manasseh, which the best chronologers assigned to B. C. 677; that the 2300 days commenced with the seventy weeks, which the best chronologers dated from B. C. 457; and that the 1335 days commencing with the taking away of the daily, and the setting up of the abomination that maketh desolate, [Dan.xii,11,] were to be dated from the setting up of the Papal supremacy, after the taking away of Pagan abominations, and which, according to the best historians I could consult, should be dated from about A. D. 508.  {Advent Review & Sabbath Herald, April 18, 1854, p. 98}

“When, then, may we not ask, did the bondage of the children of God begin? I answer, when LITERAL BABYLON began to exercise authority over them. In the twenty-second year of Manasseh’s reign, in the year before Christ 677, the last of the 10 tribes were carried away, and Israel ceased to be a nation according to the prophecy...” William Miller, A TRILOGY pages 20-22

2520 Prophecy Explained - Part 1 Truths Revealed

This is part One (1). Please read part Two (2) Here: 2520 Explained Part 2

This is one of the most controversial times in Adventism, in regards to prophecies and especially the 2520, sometimes mentioned as The Scattering and Gathering or Seven Times of Leviticus, the twenty-sixth chapter. It has divided the Seventh Day Adventist Church in two factions with the vast majority rejecting it been legitimate and with a remnant declaring its importance as with all other time prophecies. As a member of the church today, one may rightly say it is fairly a new teaching but is it really new? Does the Spirit of Prophecy endorse it?  Why is prophecy coming back at this time? As Christians we are bound by the Word of God... “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1Thess. 5:21and may we carry out this principle as we view the evidences.

It all started with William Miller, after the 1260 years of papal supremacy in 1798, God raise him up to herald Jesus Christ soon coming and to lay the foundation of Adventism. This is what the Spirit of Prophecy says of him;

“God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible, to lead him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, to guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God's people. The commencement of the chain of truth was given to him, and he was led on to search for link after link, until he looked with wonder and admiration upon the Word of God. He saw there a perfect chain of truth.” {Early Writings pg.229 par.1}

There is a point to note that it was Gabriel whom God sent to guide him as in “Desire of the Ages pg. 99”, we read "He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John." Rev. 1:1. And to John the angel declared, "I am a fellow servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets." Rev. 22:9, R. V. Wonderful thought--that the angel who stands next in honor to the Son of God is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men.“

“God directed the mind of William Miller to the prophecies and gave him great light upon the book of Revelation.”  {Early Writings pg 231 par.1}

“But I saw that this book is indeed a revelation given for the especial benefit of those who should live in the last days, to guide them in ascertaining their true position and their duty….If Daniel's visions had been understood, the people could better have understood the visions of John. But at the right time, God moved upon His chosen servant, who, with clearness and in the power of the Holy Spirit, opened the prophecies and showed the harmony of the visions of Daniel and John and other portions of the Bible, and pressed home upon the hearts of the people the sacred, fearful warnings of the Word to prepare for the coming of the Son of man. Deep and solemn conviction rested upon the minds of those who heard him, and ministers and people, sinners and infidels, turned to the Lord and sought a preparation to stand in the judgment.” {Early Writings pg 231 par.1&2}

“Mr. Miller traced down the prophecies with an exactness that struck conviction to the hearts of his hearers. He dwelt upon the prophetic periods, and brought many proofs to strengthen his position. Then his solemn and powerful appeals and admonitions to those who were unprepared, held the crowds as if spellbound.” {Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White pg.16 par.2}

Why would God direct William Miller, in the power of the Holy Spirit and gave him great light, to lead him in error as declared by many Adventists? We should seek to better understand God’s leading , especially between 1840-1844. The Spirit of prophecy further states;

“Angels of God accompanied William Miller in his mission….” {Early Writings pg 232 par.1}

“With trembling, William Miller began to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom of God to the people. He gained strength with every effort. He carried the people down through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. As John the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus, and prepared the way for his coming, so also, William Miller and those who joined him, proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.”  {1Spiritual Gifts vol.1 pg. 129. par1}

 “Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message.” {Early Writings pg. 233 par.1}

Williams Miller saw a perfect chain of truth, which the Millerites documented on charts. On these charts were outlined the foundation beliefs of Adventism which was correlated in their experience which we know as The Three Angels Messages. Herein is the support of inspiration;

“We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work.” {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 28 par 1}

“I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps,--the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. --Early Writings, pp. 258, 259. (1858.)” {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 53 par. 1}

“The Three Angels' Messages.--The proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages has been located by the word of Inspiration. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old…..The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel's message. There cannot be a third without the first and second. These messages we are to give to the world in publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been, and the things that will be.--Manuscript 32, 1896.  {Counsels to Writers and Editors pg. 26 par 2}

That is what the Millerites did, they carefully calculated God’s dealing with Israel in the past to know their position and duty and so it must be for us at the end of the world. The prophetic charts were of divine inspiration which contain the 2520 along with all the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation. There was two basic charts used; The 1843 and The 1850 charts which were supported by inspiration.

Say the prophet, regarding the 1843 chart…“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” {Early Writings pg. 74, par.1}

The mistake on this chart was not the 2520 prophecy as the Lord explained it in Early Writings page 236;…“The hand of the Lord was removed from the figures, and the mistake was explained. They saw that the prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844. Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying time--"Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it." In their love for Christ's immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to manifest the true waiting ones.”

A (singular) mistake in some of the figures, as shown by the arrows, they did not count the ’0’ year when moving from BC to AD this was why God gave direction for a new chart in 1850 to correct that mistake but only inspiration could authorized the change.

“I saw that the truth should be made plain upon tables, that the earth and the fullness thereof is the Lord's, and that necessary means should not be spared to make it plain. I saw that the old chart was directed by the Lord, and that not a figure of it should be altered except by inspiration. I saw that the figures of the chart were as God would have them, and that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none should see it till His hand was removed”.{Spalding and Magan pg. 1 Par 3}
 “I saw the chart-making business was all wrong. It originated with Brother Rhodes and was followed out by Brother Case. Means has been spent in making charts and forming uncouth disgusting images to represent angels and the glorious Jesus. Such things I saw were displeasing to God. I saw that God was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols (This is referring to the 1850 chart). I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible, and if this chart is designed for God's people, if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another, and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale, all need it just as much…I saw that the charts ordered by God struck the mind favorably, even without an explanation. There is something light, lovely, and heavenly in the representation of the angels on the charts. The mind is almost imperceptibly led to God and heaven. But the other charts that have been gotten up disgust the mind, and cause the mind to dwell more on earth than heaven. Images representing angels look more like fiends than beings of heaven”. {13 Manuscript Releases pg. 359 par.1-3}

“As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to "write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it," (Hab. 2:1-4) had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation.(This is referring to the 1843 Chart) The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk”. {Great Controversy pg. 392 par.2}. God gave ancient Israel the two tables of stone, which contains the Ten Commandments, confirming the covenant. He now gives to modern Israel two tables, the 1843 & 1850 charts which also bind us in a covenant with Him.

There were other charts made but only these two were endorsed or ordered by God. When the other charts were rejected by God, this included the 1863 chart. Inspiration declares they were… “forming uncouth disgusting images to represent angels and the glorious Jesus. Such things I saw were displeasing to God” {13 Manuscript Releases pg. 359 par.1-3}. He made the change and establishes the truth and foundation for Seventh Day Adventist by the two witnesses (1843 & 1850 charts). Read Deut. 17:6, 19:15, Matt.18:16, 2 Corin. 13:1…“at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established”. The 2520 was on both charts establishing its truthfulness. James White’s alteration is building on sifting sand as there is not a single endorsement from God to be found and because he is the husband of the prophet does not make him the channel God uses. This cannot undermine the importance of James White to the church, the sacrificial work he left us especially in leadership and our publishing ministry or the unwavering support given to Ellen White in writing the testimonies to God’s people. They were both Millerites, he too preached from the charts and accepted the truth given to William Miller by God.

Israel’s covenant with God was;…“ If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;  For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt,…” Lev. 26:3,9, 12-13

The covenant was to keep the Ten Commandments (Duet. 4:12,13), given in Exodus chapter nineteen and twenty. Blessings were covenanted if obedient to God, (Lev. 26: 1-13) and curses, (Lev. 26:14-39) if disobedient;

“But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:… And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins…And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy…And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.” Lev. 26: 14-15,17-18,25

This is part One (1). Please read part Two (2) Here: 2520 Explained Part 2

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Message & The Glory of God

"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26

"Disease is an effort of Nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the Laws of health. " Ministry of Healing, Pg. 127

"Knowledge must be gained in regard to how to eat and drink and dress so as to preserve health. Sickness is the result of violating nature's law. Our first duty, one which we owe to God, to ourselves, and to our fellowmen, is to obey the laws of God. These include the laws of health." CTBH 12

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Rest And The Invitation

Psalms 16:9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 

Psalms 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 

Matthew 11:28 to 30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.