“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”- Daniel 12 : 4.
are all now living in the time of the end. The book of Daniel and its complement in the book of Revelation were to be sealed only up to the time of the end. Just in this time of the end, according to Prophet Daniel, both books should have been revealed to be read and studied by all our people. And not only those two books are to be revealed, but even all the books of the Bible that meet and end in the Revelation. Thus said Mrs. White:“In the Revelation all the books of he Bible meet and end. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy; the other a revelation.”— The Acts of the Apostles, p. 585.
“Errors in doctrines are multiplying and twining themselves with serpent like subtlety around the affections of the people. There is not a doctrine of the Bible that has not been denied. The great truths of prophecy, showing our position in the history of the world, have been shorn of their beauty and power by the clergy, who seek to make these all-important truths dark and incomprehensible”— 5 Testimonies, p. 330.
Due to thefacts, that now in promoting THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY in the churches, we wish you to be assured of our true position in the history of the world, which is just now in the last end of the history of the time of the end.
World History in a Glimpse
We all know thatour world history has been divided into two main periods with the cross sign in the midst to divide the Old Testament era from the new. The cross sign as dividing factor indicates the date of Christ crucifixion in 31 : “In the spring of A.D. 31, Christ, the true Sacrifice, was offered on
Calvary. Then the veil of the temple was rent in twain, showing that the sacredness and significance of the sacrificial service had departed. The time had come for the earthly sacrifice and oblation to cease.”— Prophets and Kings, p. 699. Thus said the servant of the Lord, Mrs. White. And Jesus Himself has ever said:
“This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”— I Corinthians 11 : 25.
In the blood of Jesus symbolized by the cup of wine is the NewTestament. This consequently means that the Old Testament is in the blood of the sacrificial lamb. Hence, exactly at the time Jesus died in A.D. 31 began the outset of the New Testament era. All the sacrificial service of the lamb ceased here.
The emergence of Adam as the first ancestor of men has indicated the beginning of the world history. And the second coming of Christ in the future will consequently show the end of the history of this world.
The Year of Creation, and the History of the Bible
Adamwas created by God on the sixth day of the first week of creation. As soon as he was created he was then inspired with the knowledge of the law, which consists of the basic law of Ten Commandments and the by-laws as its rules of implementation. The Ten Commandments basically are the specifications of the character and the will of God, which are the principles of His “love.” So we may be sure that ever since the beginning, long before their fall in sin, Adam and his wife were ever known as thelaw abiding citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. They have successfully maintained law and order in their beautiful home in
Eden. And even all the other creatures did the same things in order to maintain law and order in all the earth that was still new at the time. From the following quotation from THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY we read:
“During the first twenty-five hundred years of human history, there was no written revelation. Those who had been taught of God, communicated their knowledge to others, and it was handed down from father to son, through successive generations. The preparation of the written word began in the time of Moses. Inspired revelations were then embodied in an inspired book. This work continued during the long period of sixteen hundred years, -- from Moses, the historian of creation and the law, to John, the recorder of the most sublime truths of the gospel.”--The Great Controversy, p. 7.
The writing of the book of Revelation was popularly known among the Christian scholars, to be accomplished in A.D.96. And this is also justified by Bro. James White, the husband of Mrs. Ellen G. White, in his booklet entitled: A Word to the Little Flock, p. 13.
Now we could see from the above diagram that our planet with Adam and Eve and all other creatures were the first time created in 4004 BC. The number 4004 BC is a result of a mathematical calculation using the numbers of the above inspired statements, wherein they are inclusive. Whereas from another mathematical calculation carried out by a Protestant Theologian expert, DR. FRANK CHARLES THOMPSON, DD, PH.D, who is well-known of his THOMPSON’S ORIGINAL AND COMPLETE STUDY BIBLE, he also wonderfully discovered the same number of 4004 BC, but as indicative to the fall of the first created couple in sin. This should have been understood, because the distinguished Doctor was lacking “the all truths and the things to come” as provided us in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. That is the reason why he might be thinking that Adam and Eve were fallen in the same year after their creation.
Moses was the first writer of the Bible. The writing of the whole Scriptures of the Bible had taken a very long period of 1600 years that ended in A.D. 96 when the apostle John had accomplished his book of Revelation.
The Year of the fall of Adam and Eve
The servant of the Lord said:
“In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.”In A.D. 31, three and a half years after His baptism, our Lord was crucified. With the great sacrifice offered upon Calvary, ended that system of offerings which for four thousand years had pointed forward to the Lamb of God. Type had met antitype, and all the sacrifices and oblations of the ceremonial system were there to cease.” --- The Great Controversy, pp. 327, 328.
From the fall of Adam and Eve up to the time Christ died upon
Calvary, there is 4000 years. And since the death of Christ upon
Calvary fell in A.D. 31, then the year of their fall in sin, would fall in 3969 BC. (4000 years – 31 years = 3969 BC). The servant of the Lord further said:
“Satan’s work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth with woe and causing grief throughout the universe. The whole creation has groaned and travail together in pain. Now God’s creatures are forever delivered from his presence and temptations………….. . . . And a shout of praise and triumph ascend from the whole loyal universe. “The voice of a great multitude,””as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings,” is heard, saying: Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”Revelation 19 : 6.” – The Great Controversy, p. 673.
God has never failed to reign even for a moment. Therefore, with the above statement :’Halleluiah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,’ showing us that Christ has accomplished His work as world Redeemer, to lay off His priestly attire, and to cloth Himself with His most kingly robes. And at the very moment He would make a very solemn proclamation to the whole inhabitants of the world: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”-- Early Writings, p. 280.
Now since we already have 3969 BC as the year of the fall of Adam and his wife in sin, then the end of the 6000 years under Satan’s power of sin would terminate in A.D. 2031. That is, 6000 years – 3969 years = 2031 years, which is A.D. 2031 in the future.
Now since 4004 BC. has been discovered to be the beginning of creation, and the 3969 BC to be the time of the fall of Adam and his wife in sin, then consequently how long Adam and his wife have ever enjoyed the heavenly atmosphere of holiness living in their Eden home, could be discovered to be 35 years. That is, 4004 years – 3969 years = 35 years.
The Seven Churches in Asia = The
Apostle John said: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last : and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it untothe seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”— Revelation 1 : 10 – 11.
The Lord,Who has revealed Himself to John as the Alpha and Omega, has said, that those things provided in the book of Revelation is to be send to the seven churches in Asia. Who are those symbolized by the seven churches in Asia ?Let us go to find the answer through the following statement by His servant, Mrs. White, as follows : “Of the church at Ephesus, which the Lord Jesus used as a symbol of the entire Christian church in the apostolic age, the faithful and true Witness declared : ‘I know thy works ….’ Revelation 2 : 2, 3.” –The Acts of the Apostles, p. 578.
SinceGod has o n l yo n echurch along the history of the world, then “the seven churches in Asia” would consequently means the same
God that lived along the whole history of the New Testament. The number “7” (seven) means completeness, and is indicative of the church which is now living in the time of the end. This is the seventh and the last period of the history of the New Testament. And the
God of this last period is called by her prophetic name; The Laodicean church. And this is the Denomination of Seventh-day Adventists throughout the world. Though the names of the churches derived from Asia, they all appeared to have been fulfilled mainly in the
United States of America,
Canada, and elsewhere. The names of the churches symbolize their spiritual condition respectively. Thus said Mrs. White.
“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 Acts of the Apostles, p. 585.
Since the book of Daniel was to be sealed only up to the time of the end, and the book of Revelation as its complement was to be revealed only to the
LaodiceanChurch or Seventh-day Adventist Denomination, then it is unavoidably to conclude that the time of the end is the period of the Laodicean church. Thus in this time of the end, along the period of our Laodicean church, the whole Scriptures of the Bible would have been be completely revealed in our midst. And all Truths and the Things to Come as promised us by the Lord in John 16 : 13 would be fully realized. This is also to meet the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 4. And then comes the end of probation in the heavenly sanctuary.
Our Position will be more marked
when all the Prophecies and the Parables
“When the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truths, ……..and He will show you Things to come.”
– John 16 : 13.
The above statement was given by Jesus prior to His return to His Father in A.D. 31. Therefore after the pouring out of His Spirit of Truth in A.D. 31, the same Spirit is to represent Him here on earth to lead us unto all Truths of the Bible. Under the guidance of the Spiritthe apostles provided us with the New Testament Scriptures containing the all Truths. But during the dark ages of religion under the suppressive rules of the Pope of Rome the Bible and Its Truths for several decades have been abolished from its circulation. Therefore, again under the same Spirit of Truth, beginning with DR. Martin Luther, later followed by John Knox, then John Wesley, Alexander Campbell, William Miller up to Mrs. Ellen G. White, the all Truths, one after another have been successfully restored. The all Truths have now been compiled in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy by Mrs. White, to meet the fulfillment of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14.
Now, there is one more Truth still left to be revealed by the Spirit of Truth, which is the Things to Come. To this end Mrs. White said:
“Then I saw another mighty angel (the angel of Revelation 18 : 1) commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory.…………..This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel’s message in 1844.” – Early Writings, p. 277.
It is clear enough to understand that the third angel’s message alone cannot enlighten the earth, even the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 by him could not do much to have the earth enlightened. Therefore they must unite, and the combination of those two messages is now found in the so-called THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. This is truly the written Testimony of the Spirit of Truth which has been developed up to this time of the end to be THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. Please read Revelation
The following diagram will sow you the whole period of the Laodicean church from the beginning in 1844 up to the close of probation, even to the second coming of Jesus.
After the coming of the message of the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 to unite with the message of the third angel of Revelation 14, ever since 1929, we have been now enlightened, not only with the all Truths, but with the Things to come as well. And those Things to come along our Laodicean period, one after another could be followed through the following diagram. Some of the events have passed by into history, some are now taking place in our midst, and there are more events to anticipate coming to pass in the near future. Those Things to come presented us through the prophecies and the parables of Jesus would decide our destiny in this time of the end. And through Isaiah the prophet, the Lord has warned:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55 : 10 – 11.
Therefore, Dear Reader: “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. And let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon “—Isaiah 55 : 6, 7.
We are now in the Sealing Time of the 144.000
“Let us strive with all the power that God has given us
to be among the 144.000.” – Review & Herald,
March 9, 1905.
With the Bible in our hand, let us be very careful that not all Scriptures could be read and rightly understood. The prophecies of the prophets and the parables of Jesus were ever since to be reserved mainly for those living in the time of the end.
This is why the servant of the Lord said: “Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us.”--3 Selected Messages, p. 338.
We have first to know that actually the whole prophecies of the prophets are predicting the only o n e history of the world, by one supplementing the other. And since the emergence of the 144.000 elects of God would have been a very great international event in the future, then consequently it should be prophesied by most of the prophets. So in regard to the sealing of the 144.000 as prophesied by prophet Ezekiel in chapter 9 of his book, the servant of the Lord, Mrs. EG. White said:
“Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel the most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet’s illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side. ‘And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”— 3 Testimonies, p. 266.
You see, we have been now in the sealing time of the 144.000 elects of God. We do not know how long this sealing time would last. However, the closing work for the Laodicean church is soon to be carried out in this sealing time. And the 144.000 elects of God are soon to stand without fault before the throne of God. What is the closing work for the church?Please read carefully the prophecy of Ezekiel 9, and all its interpretations by Mrs. White in her Spirit of Prophecy publications. We have also provided for you a special article entitled: “THE COMING SLAUGHTER OF EZEKIEL 9.“
The closing work for the Laodicean church prophesied by Ezekiel consists of two steps: First, an angel will be commissioned by the Lord to set a mark of deliverance upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the Laodicean church. Second, to the other angels carrying the slaughtering weapons, the Lord said: ‘Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eyes spare, neither have pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women.’ (Ezekiel 9 : 5, 6)
Sincethe 144.000 have been identifiedto be the virgins (Revelation 14 : 4), they must inevitably come out of the group of Seventh-day Adventists who have been categorized as the wise virgins. The angel of the church of the Laodiceans and his diehard followers, due to their refusal to accept THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, they would have been categorized as the foolish virgins. And they would have lost their opportunity to be wise for good. Therefore the 144.000 would be a special company out of the wise virgins. “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14 : 5.
Now since the staunch believers in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY in the churches, are seemingly still very few in number, whereas “now time is almost finished”, some might raise a question: Is it still possible for the sealing of the 144.000 to be fulfilled? The servant of the Lord gives us the answer: “But now time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have much to unlearn and much to learn again.” Early Writings, p. 67.
“More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom willtrace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.” – Review and Herald,
Nov. 10, 1885.
We have investigated and studied the messages in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY for more than thirty years, before coming now to offer them to you. And we have simplified the messages of reform to such a way, that you might be assuredof the salvation that God has promised us through His old time prophets ever sincelong-long ago. Let the following promise of the Lord firmly kept in the heart as He said:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, ……….So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55 : 10 – 11.
Due to the fact that ever since the outset of the sealing time in 1929 up to now there are not as yet realized among us the 1000 converted ones in a day, however, let us therefore fully believe that “now time is almost finished”, and the Lord would have first poured upon us His Spirit in a comparable amount more than now available, to enable the people to be led into all Truths and the Things to come more speedily than ever before.
From the whole Seventh-day Adventist churches all over the world, “More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day,” to join in the five wise virgins.
Within at least 144 days only, or even for a mere few years in the near future, the whole five wise virgins from the churches would have been gathered. Then the promise of God as laid out through the parable of Matthew 20 would be fulfilled: “…..for many be called, but few (only 144.000) chosen.”- Matthew 20 : 6. This part of the parable, though, is not as yet fulfilled now, the servant of the Lord has this to say: “Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the 144.000.” – Review & Herald, March 9, 1905.
The SPIRIT OF LATTER RAIN to Be First Poured
Upon The 144.000, in
As prophesied in the Revelation 14 : 1,then as soon as they have been sealed, each of them in their respective church, then in the midnight amid the mockery and sneer from their own fellow Seventh-day Adventists all around, they will be brought to Palestine to stand with Jesus on the mount Zion..Here they will stay with Him for about one week, because Jesus as the high Priest in the heavenly sanctuary would have left His work before the golden altar for about half an hour prophetic time, which is about seven days in real time on earth, to descend to
mountZion on the earth. This means the Judgment in the heavenly court ever since 1844 on the cases of the Dead finished. There is a break for about half an hour prophetic time, after which the Judgment is to resume for the cases of the Living.
As ever before the first Pentecost Jesus held a holy communion with the disciples before returning to Heaven to pour upon them the Spirit of the early rain, the same holy communion will be held with the 144.000 on the mount Zion prior to His return to stand before the golden altar, to resume His office as the High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. From here the Spirit of latter rain will be poured upon them to empower them for going unto the entire world to preach the gospel of the Kingdom up to the close of probation. This story is related by John the revelator as follows:
“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silencein heaven about the space of half an hour (Because the High Priest descended to stand on the
mountZion with the 144.000)…And another angel (the same High Priest after returning from the earth) 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….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 lightings and an earthquake.”— Revelation 8 : 1, 3, and 5 (In the brackets added).
Jesus is the only High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. None other of the like. The f i r e from the altar signifies the Holy Spirit, and that is the Holy Spirit of the latter rain, which is to be poured first upon the 144.000 saints of God in Palestine, to empower them for work. Thus we could now clearly see, that all the typical events either before or after the first Pentecost, will again meet their antitypical events, either before or after the coming second Pentecost in
Palestine. The coming pouring out of the Holy Spirit has been prophesied by Prophet Joel in his book Joel 2 : 28, 29. That we might make earnest preparation for that glorious event the servant of the Lord, Mrs. Ellen. G. White gives us the following instructions:
“We need a thorough reformation in all our churches. The converting power of God must come into the church. Seek the Lord most earnestly, put away your sins, and tarry in Jerusalem till ye be endowed with power from on high. Let God set you apart to the work. Purify your souls by o b e y i n g the truth. Faith without works is dead.”— Testimonies to Ministers, p. 443.
“Before the day of Pentecost they met together, and put away all differences. They were of one accord. They believed Christ’s promise that the blessing would be given, and they prayed in faith. They did not ask for the blessing for themselves merely; they were weighted with the burden for salvation of souls. The gospel was to be carried to the uttermost parts of the earth, and they claimed the endowment of power that Christ has promised. Then it was that the Holy Spirit was poured out, and thousands were converted in a day. ……….
“The outpouring of the Spirit in the apostolic days was the “former rain,” and glorious was the result. But the “latter rain” will be more abundant. Joel 2 : 23.” – The Desire of Ages, p. 827.
That is, if under the power of the Holy Spirit of the early rain, up to three thousands souls could have been converted in a day, then under the power of the coming Spirit of the latter rain, the result must be inevitably more abundant. Then the 144.000 elects of God and all their fellow workers, either from among the resurrected ones or from the newly converted ones, they all are to carry the gospelof the Kingdomto the uttermost parts of the earth, and to accomplish the work in a very short possible time. And then comes the close of probation for the whole world.
The Second Coming Of Jesus
“The great truths necessary for salvation are made clear as the noonday, and none will mistake and lose their way except those who follow their own judgment instead of the plainly revealed will of God.”
– 5 Testimonies for the Church, p. 331-
No one of us would ever be able to see Jesus’ face at His second coming in the future, without first being purified and made white and tried in this sealing time of the 144.000. Even for them who willfully fail to avail themselves of the message of salvation up to the time they die, they will never more have the chance to gain the sanctification of Jesus after their resurrection.
Our position as seen at the diagram is now clearly positive. That our salvation as Seventh-day Adventists, will be determined not at the second coming of Jesus which is still farther in the future, but just at the end of the sealing time, which is only several more years from now. If you fail to avail yourselves of the message in THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY to join in the strive to be among the 144.000 just from now on, you may be sure that you are to be lost for ever. The servant of the Lord again warned:
“I was shown that merely observing the Sabbath, and praying morning and evening, are not positive evidences that we are Christians. These outward forms may all be strictly observed, and yet true godliness be lacking” – Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 305.
“The day of God’s vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land(the SDA Church)… Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads.” – Testimony Treasures, vol. 2, pp. 67, 68. (In brackets added)
“My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ (or THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY) be in your minds continually and let them crowd out worldly thoughts and cares. When you lie down and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live and act wholly in reference to the coming of the Son of man. The sealing time is very shortand will soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our callingand election sure.”– Early Writings, p. 58. (In brackets added).