4. Details of Holiness

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 4, Audio: mp3

The close of probation must find us holy. We cannot see God unless we have holiness, unless we are without spot and blameless. What details are contained in this term of holiness? What is holiness? This we need to know if we are going to settle into the truth both intellectually and spiritually so that we cannot be moved. We need to know the intelligent entities that reside in the word that creates holiness in us.

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Read the rest of this entry

3. Let Him Be Holy Still

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 3, Audio: mp3

Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which 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. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Probation has been given to us to become holy. The period of probation is a period of preparation to be fitted for the citizenship of heaven. The time when we will meet God is when a people will be holy.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

For us to be fitted to see the Lord we must be holy. That is the work of probation, to bring us to that point. Read the rest of this entry

Sabbath Lesson Second Half 2015 – The Right Arm Of the Third Angel’s Message

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[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6.

“Every man was to afflict his soul while the work of atonement was going forward. All business was laid aside, and the whole congregation of Israel spent the day in solemn humiliation before God, with prayer, fasting, and deep searching of heart.” – Patriarchs and Prophets p. 355.

“In the typical service, when the high priest entered the most holy place, all Israel were required to gather about the sanctuary and in the most solemn manner humble their souls before God that they might receive the pardon of their sins and not be cut off from the congregation” – Great Controversy p. 430.

The Regenerating Power of the Word

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture Reading: For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

The creative power of the word; we want to be most passive in receiving, like when God created the world. The earth was a passive ball of water, and the word was spoken. We want to understand very clearly the meaning of a passive soul where that applies in regard to His word. Read the rest of this entry

2. Probation’s Imminent Conclusion and the King of the North

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 2, Audio: mp3

Probation is a time that is given us to gain a fitness for heaven. It is the period of time in which the gospel, through the work of justification, puts us in a position where, through the wonderful revelation of God’s character to us, we may pick up on the process and also receive the power to change our character, and to sanctify us. It is the period of the sowing and the growing of the crop according to the parable that Jesus gave us until the people like the grain are ready to be placed into the heavenly garner. Read the rest of this entry

What the Adventist Church once Believed and Taught on the 144,000

Sadly, this doctrine is no longer taught or understood as it once was.  The prophet said in May 1905:

Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the Lord has been giving for the last fifty years?– Review and Herald, May 25, 1905. {CW 53.2}

This article was then published in July and August of the same year.  This article addresses every argument possible regarding the literal number of the 144,000 and the sealing commencing in 1848 leaving no doubt in the readers mind exactly what the early SDA church taught on this topic back then. When the prophet said not to call the early SDA church Babylon, she meant the pioneers.  Don’t call the pioneers confused.  They laboured hard to establish these truths sometimes staying up all night in prayer.
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1. The Meaning of Probation

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

To prepare for the close of probation we have a need to understand what probation actually is and also what is involved in this preparation during the time of probation before it closes.

We want to go right back to when Adam and Eve first sinned. It looked like that was it. God had said, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. But God gave them another chance. Another opportunity was given. God said that there would be a woman’s seed that would be born. He will put enmity between thee, Satan, and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and her seed shall bruise the head of the serpent, and the serpent shalt bruise His heel. Here is spelt out for us the probation that was given to man. As Jesus was going to be that seed, man was given an opportunity to receive that seed and to have a restoration from sin. This is the privilege and the opportunity that was given to the human race through Adam, through Christ. Read the rest of this entry

The Principle of Creation in the Work of Redemption

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

We need a comfort when we feel the overwhelming power of our natural human nature, when we feel the power of something that binds us to our old life and habits. We have spent some time in appreciating the love of God in discouragement, and we now want to look at this old, old story of redemption, from which we will receive tremendous comfort. Read the rest of this entry

15. Eyes to Heaven

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Our convention has played out before us in a very living picture the operation of God upon a soul whom He took from the quarry of the world, a rough stone, until he came forth beautifully purified. The lesson is for us to understand what God wants to do with every one of us. As it was with Nebuchadnezzar:

Even so, the mighty cleaver of truth has taken out a people from the quarry of the world and is fitting this people, who profess to be the children of God, for a place in His heavenly temple. We want the cleaver of truth to do its work for us. {3MR 231.4} Read the rest of this entry

14 Hopeful Insanity

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

The lessons from the life of Nebuchadnezzar have taken us to a very climactic point. Is there such a thing as hopeful insanity? There is because there is also a hopeless insanity as well. In the repeated awakening and reverses of Nebuchadnezzar’s life and the discovery of the same in us, we are learning lessons from Nebuchadnezzar that pertain to our own experience.

I am not sharing anything to have a go at anybody. I am sharing the truth which has affected me and I have had to struggle and am struggling with the things that you all struggle with no differently. But I thank God that He has been merciful to me and I know He can be merciful to you too as we open our hearts to this seesawing experience in us between the natural heart and the inroads of God in our life as we see them in exemplified in Nebuchadnezzar’s life. Read the rest of this entry

Melchisedec king of peace the Holy Spirit

Melchisedec the King of Peace, the King Of Righteousness, the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 7:2 & 3)

We read in the holy writings that the Holy Spirit is an eternal heavenly being. He is called the Comforter but He is also called the third person of the Godhead by Ellen White. She says he is a very real eternal being himself and not just part of the other two personages of the Godhead, God the Father or God the Son or some essence that floats around from off of them. The three of them are all in co-partnership. The Bible teaches that the Father is the Most High as He is called that all through the Old Testament’s book of Daniel. Examples of the many places recorded there are such verses as Dan.4:24 and 34, 7:18, 22, and 27 to show just a few. In the New Testament a second witness is John who records for us more words on it. Read the rest of this entry

The Two Laws

The Two Laws By ELD. J. N. ANDREWS.

THERE is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things.” 1Cor. 8:6. From him all beings derive their existence. He who creates and upholds has certainly the right to govern and control. Hence it is that he is represented in the Scriptures as the one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. James 4:12. Existence being derived from the benevolence of the Creator, all intelligent creatures are amenable to his just government. Of all the creatures made by God to inhabit the earth, man alone is capable of learning the distinction of right and wrong, and he alone is placed under the control of moral law. Deriving his existence from a Being of infinite purity, he was himself once innocent, pure, and upright. He was the creature and the loyal subject of God, and God was the author of his existence, and his rightful Sovereign. But God did not anything toward man the position of saviour and redeemer; for man needed not pardon. Read the rest of this entry

13 A Year to Forget

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

There is a vast field of lessons to learn in the life of Nebuchadnezzar.  

In the experience of Nebuchadnezzar is contained a lesson to which we should give heed, lest we fall into temptation. The perils of the last days are upon us, and we should watch and pray, read and heed the lessons that are given us in the books of Daniel and Revelation. {13MR 67.1} Read the rest of this entry

Islamic Powers and the King of the North

The following is from a Turkish editor, of a paper called the Vakit written over 100 years ago:

“We shall do our utmost to keep England’s support; but at last, if we do not succeed in it, then it is very easy to know what we have to do. When Europe will not look at us, then we shall lay aside all the European customs which we have adopted, and enter our own old way; form the boy of thirteen to the old man of seventy-five, everyone one of us will be armed, and we shall defend by the will of God, and by the daring of the old days, the country we have held for five hundred years. And if the issue should come to this, as Islamism is not confined to Turkey, then we will blend all the different Moslem races into one ; the Moslems of India, of Central Asia, of the Caucasus, of Africa, and of Algeria will come forward, and we shall again take measures which we once adopted for the conquest of Jerusalem. We shall send proclamations everywhere, and declare a general war against Christendom.

Then it will not be possible to subjugate 120,000,000 Moslems by 90,000,000 solders. If the Moslems all over the world rise to defend their sacred religion, and if the treasure accumulated every year at Mecca is disposed of for the protection of the Mohammedan faith, then the scenes of ancient European wars, where the Moslems were both victorious and destructive, will be repeated, and the progress and civilization of centuries will be destroyed.”

The first four trumpets constitute the breaking up of the western Roman Empire, and the fifth and sixth trumpets represent the overthrow of the eastern Roman Empire by the Ottoman Empire, and the seventh trumpet represents the destruction of all nations, and the setting up of Godʼs eternal kingdom. So if the fifth trumpet, the 1st woe, found in Revelation 8:13 to Revelation 9:11, dealt with the Muslim power, and the sixth trumpet, the 2nd woe, found in Revelation 9:12 to Revelation 11:14, dealt with the Muslim power, doesnʼt it seem logical that the seventh trumpet, the 3rd woe, found in Revelation 11:15-19, would also deal with the Muslim power?

To understand Daniel 11:45 correctly, we must be in agreement with what has already been established by our pioneers. In all fairness to Uriah Smith, we must consider that he did not say conclusively that the King of the North was Turkey. Nonetheless, we must consider how rapidly Turkey is growing into a world power, now 17th largest, and 4th fastest growing economy in the world according to “Scientific American” magazine, January 2007 edition. Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, interestingly, sits on seven hills, and is the “hinge” of the Islamic powers. Is it when the King of the North shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain, or is it when he shall come to his end? It cannot be when he shall come to his end because, according to the pioneers, he comes to his end during the sixth plague as foretold in Revelation. 

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates: and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

The established delineation of this verse is set forth by Uriah Smith: 

The drying up of the river in this sense would be the consumption of the Turkish empire, accompanied with more or less destruction of its subjects. Turkey will be no more, and the way will be all open for the nations to make their last grand rally to the Holy Land. The kings of the East, the nationalities, powers, and kingdoms lying east of Palestine, will act a conspicuous part in thematter: for Joel says in reference to this scene, Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley ofJehoshaphat. The millions of Mohammedans of Persia, Afghanistan, Toorkistan, and India will rush to the field ofconquest in behalf of their religion. The event that takes place under the sixth vial is the entire and utter consumption of that power, not its preliminary state of decay. Daniel and the Revelation, 1897 edition, pages 692-693

Clearly, the waymark we are to look for to synchronize the event in heaven with what is taking place on earth is when he [the King of the North] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain. we need to ascertain exactly what this segment of the verse is telling us. Those who hold the literal view will all agree the last part of the segment in question is describing Jerusalem. The disparity comes in with the first part which says;

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace.” Some honest students seem to thinkthe tabernacles is a reference to the Dome of the Rock and the other Islamic mosques that have been built onthe temple mount, but this cannot be. The Muslims first captured the temple mount in the year 637, and built theDome of the Rock there in 689-691.

How could that have anything to do with the close of probation? Uriah Smith says on page 320 of his book:

It is not reasonable to suppose that any great amount of time will elapse between these events. Daniel and the Revelation page 320

We need to look at the word tabernacles as used in Daniel 11:45. When the word is used in the singular form it always means the dwelling place for God, whether on earth or in heaven. When the word is plural it invariably means a temporary dwelling place for man. We will now give a few quotes to show how the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy use the plural form of the word, and also a few statements from our pioneers to show how they define the term the tabernacles of his palace. In commemoration of their tent life, the Israelites during the feast dwelt in booths or tabernacles of green boughs. The Desire of Ages, page 448 

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:9, 10.   How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, [and] thy tabernacles, O Israel! Numbers 24:5 In the words of the angel, He shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. The “glorious holy mountain” can be no other place than Jerusalem, which is even now called in the Turkish and Arabic “the holy.” It is certain, therefore, that the seat of the Ottoman Empire will be removed from Constantinople, and will finally be planted in Jerusalem, and then it is just as certain that that power comes to an end. {May 16, 1896 LTNe, GCB 692.1}

What is meant by the tabernacles of his palace?

The seat of government. 1888 Bible Reading for the Home Circle, Chapter, The Eastern Question, page 398, question 21. Uriah Smith is again in agreement with the above statements. Commenting on Daniel 12:1, he makes the following observation: A definite time is introduced in this verse, not a time revealed in names or figures which specify any particular year or month or day, but a time made definite by the occurrence of a certain event with which it stands connected. At that time. What time? – The time to which we are brought by theclosing verse of the preceding chapter, – the time when the king of the north shall plant the tabernacles of his palace in the glorious holy mountain: or, in other words, when the Turk, driven from Europe, shall hastily make Jerusalem his temporary seat of government. Daniel and the Revelation, 1897 edition, page 319

Daniel 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. .

Note. The expression, “none shall help him,” clearly implies that he has previously been helped by other powers. In the war with France (1798-1801), England and Russia assisted the sultan. In the war between Turkey and Egypt (1838-1840), England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia intervened in behalf of Turkey. In the Crimean War (1853-1856), England, France, and Sardinia supported the Turks. In the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, the great powers of Europe interfered to arrest the progress of Russia.

The main facts in the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

Since the death of Mohammed, AD 622, his followers, the wild hordes of barbarians, were under no general civil government. Gibbon refers to them as “this shipwreck of nations.” The first king who recognised those tribes into a government was Osman, afterward called Othman. The rise and progress of Mohammedanism is the subject of a prophecy recorded in the ninth chapter of the Revelation. The first incursions of these hordes is described in verses 1-3.

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

The beginning of Othman’s reign is noted in the 11th verse, where it is stated that “hey had a king over them.” From this point the Ottoman Empire began to fulfil its mission as one of the scourges of the corrupt Roman Empire – the destroyer of the Greek or eastern portion of it, ruled from Constantinople.

How exactly has history prescribed the date when Othman began to invade the Greek territory?

Note. Gibbon says: It was on the twenty-seventh day of July, in the year twelve hundred and ninety-nine of the Christian era, that Othman first invaded the territory of Nicomedia; and the singular accuracy of the date seems to disclose some foresight of the rapid and destructive growth of the monster.” – Chapter LXIV par 14.

How long were the Mohammedan invading forces to have power to hurt men? How many literal years in five prophetic months (30 days to the month, according to the ancient usage)? Adding 150 years to July 27, 1299, would bring us to what date? – July 27, 1449, in which year the Greek emperor virtually surrendered to the Turkish power, occupying the throne of Constantinople only by permission of the sultan.
Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power [was] to hurt men five months.
How much time is here allotted to the supremacy of the Ottoman Empire, following the 150 years of verse 10?
Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. Note. The tie allotted for the Mohammedan conquest was given as “five months,” and a further period of “an hour, a day, and a month, and a year” was allotted to its supremacy. This being prophetic time, must be reckoned in the following manner from the initial date as given by Gibbon: Date given by Gibbon                                          July 27 1299 “Five months,” 150 days-150 literal years                   July 27 1449 “An hour,” 24th part of a day-15 literal days                Aug 11 1449 “A day” – 1 literal year                                      Aug. 11 1450 “A month,” 30 days-30 literal years                            Aug 11 1840 “A year,” 360 days – 360 literal years                         Aug 11 1840” What calculation was made by Josiah Litch in 1838?

Note. In the year 1838, two years prior to the above date, Josiah Litch, one of the Advent believers, of Boston Mass., published the statement, based upon the above calculation, that the Ottoman supremacy would cease on the 11th day of august, 1840.  Being challenged as to how much he would venture on the prediction, he said, “I will stake my belief in the inspiration of the old Book (meaning the Bible) that the event will transpire on that day.” Did events transpire on Aug. 11 1840, to justify this application of the prophecy?

Note. It is the remarkable historical fact that the ultimatum drawn up by the great powers (England, Austria, Prussia, and Russia), dictating terms of settlement with the pasha of Egypt, with whom the Porte was then at war, was submitted to the Turkish Government for acceptance, and by the sultan’s agents was placed in the hands of the opposing ruler, ON THE 11TH DAY OF AUGUST, 1840. By the acceptance of this ultimatum, the independence of the Ottoman power came to an end, and it has since existed only on sufferance of the powers.

The king of the north in Daniel 11:40-45 just has to be the papacy! This was the view of Martin Luther back in the 16th century. In 1798 the time of the end began and the book of Daniel was unsealed. Now men began to study this book in earnest and knowledge of the prophecies was increased just as God said would happen. Now that God was opening up men’s understanding, what did some of the prominent Millerites teach on this topic?

Josiah Litch, in 1838, 1841 and 1842, clearly spelled out in publications just who the kings of the north and south were:

“The king of the south shall push at him.” At whom? The answer is, at the subject of prophecy in the preceding verses-the revolutionary government of France. That power is clearly antecedent to “him,” in this verse. “The king of the south.” And who is the king of the south? The answer is given in the exposition of the first six verses of the chapter, which the reader can examine. It is clearly the government of Egypt. I do not know that there is a dissenting voice to the application of this term to Egypt in the former part of this chapter; nor can I see any good reason why there should be in the latter part, as long as it was literally fulfilled in Egypt. That a collision did actually take place between the French and Egypt is notorious. In the winter of 1798, after Bonaparte’s return from his Italian campaign, he was appointed by the directory, commander-in-chief of the foreign armies of the French nation; and in that character he left France, on the morning of May 20th, 1798, with a fleet “of thirteen ships of the line, and fourteen frigates, and four hundred transports. They carried 40,000 picked soldiers and officers.” On the 1st of July they reached the coast of Egypt, and landed the army about a mile and a half from Alexandria. “Shall push.” The weakness of this term signifies only a feeble and ineffectual resistance. The contrast is the more remarkable when compared with the strength of the next clause-“The king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind;”-shall come with an overwhelming power. . . . “Like a whirlwind.” The king of the north, it is universally acknowledged, signifies in this chapter, Syria, as being the northern division of the empire of Alexander the Great. Josiah Litch, Prophetic Expositions, vol. 2, pp.99-102 [1842] 

Why did Josiah Litch not believe that the papacy was the king of the north? Now that Daniel was an unsealed book and knowledge on the prophecies was rapidly increasing, it was found that such a conclusion was untenable when using Miller’s prophetic rules of interpretation. His position on the king of the north was “universally acknowledged”.

The Seventh-day Adventist church, between the years 1862 and 1872, conducted a thorough investigation of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. They too came to the same conclusion on the identity of the kings of the north and south and their findings were recorded in Uriah Smith’s book, Daniel and the Revelation. (See 4T 592)

Then why do most Seventh-day Adventists today reject the findings of these pioneers? Many have not done the careful investigation that our pioneers conducted and yet they conclude that Martin Luther had it right even though he never showed how it was that he arrived at his conclusions on the king of the north. No one is able to show from the text of Daniel 11 itself where it is actually stated that civil Rome was ever the king of the north, and yet it is believed that civil Rome just had to be the king of the north. It is believed that if civil Rome was a king of the north then it would naturally follow that papal Rome would also have to be a king of the north. Important hermeneutical rules of prophetic interpretation are violated by this approach to the prophecies thus leading to inaccurate conclusions. We treat no other prophecy with such disregard of the prophetic interpretive rules.

Typically, the following presuppositions are brought to Daniel 11:

The last power brought to view in Dan. 7 and 8 is papal Rome; thus the last power must be the same in Dan. 11 Jesus is the true King of the North—a position Satan wants thus Dan. 11:40-45 is a spiritual battle—not literal Babylon was the king of the north—any power that attacked Israel from the north became the king of the north Civil Rome was the king of the north even though she conquered and occupied both the north and south territories There are no scriptural references that directly state any of these four points and yet many surmise that they must be true. If we would adopt the same rules of prophetic interpretation that William Miller identified—rules endorsed by the Spirit of Prophecy—that, by the way, dictate a literal interpretation of these verses, I believe that we too would come to the same conclusions on Daniel 11:40-45 as those of our early pioneers.

The Final Waymark

“The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecy of the eleventh chapter of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfilment. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place.” 9T 14

The last event of the prophecy of Daniel 11 is found in verse 45. When this verse is fulfilled, Daniel 11 will have then reached its complete fulfilment. What follows its fulfilment? Scenes of trouble: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:” Daniel 12:1. These scenes of trouble will soon take place but not until Daniel 11 reaches its complete fulfillment. Daniel 11 provides us waymarks to help us know just how close we are to the scenes of trouble that lie ahead.

The term “prophecies” in the ninth volume of the Testimonies statement indicates multiple prophecies. What other prophecies of the Bible describe future scenes of trouble? Revelation 13:11-17 and Revelation 16 amongst others.

All of Daniel 11 deals with trouble that has transpired on this earth over the centuries but that isn’t the trouble Ellen White was speaking of when she said, speaking of the future: “Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place.” If she was referring specifically to the trouble found in Daniel 11 it seems that she would have used the same tense of the word “prophecy” that is found in the previous sentence. Perhaps she would have written: “Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in this prophecy will take place.”

Daniel 11 is a prophecy of waymarks that we are to mark off to let us know where we are in the stream of time. When Daniel 11 reaches its completion, the final scenes of trouble will fulfill rapidly and then Jesus will return.

God desires us to know what the last waymark is all about. Why would He tell us that this last waymark is soon to reach its fulfillment, thus completing the chapter if He hadn’t already helped us to understand what that final waymark was all about? God’s warning through Ellen White would be of little use unless He had, previous to making this statement, helped His church to understand the interpretation of this last waymark.

I believe that God did just that when His church thoroughly investigated Daniel and Revelation over that ten year span of time
(1862-1872) and then published their findings in Uriah Smith’s book, Daniel and the Revelation.

“There is need of a much closer study of the Word of God; especially should Daniel and the Revelation have attention as never before in the history of our work. We may have less to say in some lines, in regard to the Roman power and the Papacy, but we should call attention to what the prophets and apostles have written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit has so shaped matters, both in the giving of the prophecy, and in the events portrayed, as to teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight, hid in Christ, and the Lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted.” –Counsels to Editors, pp. 45, 46. (1896)  {Ev 577.1}

Why will we have less to say? Because a new power takes the stage of action:

“I saw that the two-horned beast had a dragon’s mouth, and that his power was in his head, and that the decree would go out of his mouth. Then I saw the Mother of Harlots; that the mother was not the daughters, but separate and distinct from them. She has had her day, and it is past, and her daughters, the Protestant sects, were the next to come on the stage and act out the same mind that the mother had when she persecuted the saints. I saw that as the mother has been declining in power, the daughters had been growing, and soon they will exercise the power once exercised by the mother.  {SpM 1.4}

Our attention should be directed at the daughters. They are the ones growing in power and will soon exercise the power once exercised by the mother. We would not want to put a focus on the papacy but rather we should have less to say regarding Rome and more to say regarding Protestantism.

Daniel 11:30-39 is right on target. Those verses are revealing the power of the papacy during its day. Right on time, at the time of the end it received its deadly wound and has from that time been declining in power. 

Desolations Of Pagan Rome

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6.

  • To see that when a nation such as Rome desolates another nation such as Judea, it will also be desolated
  • To behold once again God’s ability to predestine events by His divine foreknowledge
  • To watch as an empire melts into decay and changes its nature

THE NATURE OF PAGANISM

What was the cry of God’s people under pagan nations? Psalms 74:10, 3 i.e. verses 1-10. How did Gabriel address the removal of pagan desolations? Daniel 12:31 i.e. Daniel 8:13. “….sacrifice is a word erroneously supplied;… it should be desolation; and that the expression de a desolating power, of which the abomination of desolation is but a counterpart, and to which it succeeds in point of time. The “daily” (continual, perpetual) desolation was paganism; the “abomination of desolation” is the papacy. “How was the daily or paganism, taken away? As this is spoken of in connection with the placing or setting up of the abomination of desolation, or the papacy, it must denote….. an eradication of paganism from all the elements of the empire that the way be all open for the papal abomination to arise and assert its arrogant claims.” Daniel and the Revelation p.255.1-2

ROMAN EMPIRE DEMISE

How will God deal with desolating nations who have desolated Judea (Jeremiah 30:16.) and in His foreknowledge regarding the Roman Empire? How long was it given to do its desolations? Daniel 11:24 (last part), Compare verse 29. “…after the victory of Octavius over Antony at Actium, which placed him as sole ruler on the Roman throne.” Haskell’s Prophetic Waymarks p.293.0 “This battle doubtless marks the commencement of the “time” mentioned in verse 24…..From B.C. 31, a prophetic time, or 360 years, would bring us to A.D. 330. And it hence becomes a noteworthy fact that the seat of the empire was removed from Rome to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in that very year.” Daniel and the Revelation 249.1 How did that move to Constantinople indicate the unfolding of the events of Daniel 11:29-31? “The removal of the seat of the empire to Constantinople was the signal for the downfall of the empire.” Daniel and the Revelation p.252.4

BARBARIC WARS

As Daniel 11:29 expressed the weakened condition of the Roman Empire, how did verse 30 (first part) introduce defeating warfare? “The close of the third century of the Christian era found the government of Rome greatly weakened. The evils of the empire, its oppression and cruelty, made it almost impossible for the emperors to control affairs. …. Barbarian hordes pressed the empire on all sides, and the downfall of Rome was imminent.” Haskell’s Prophetic Waymarks pp.288.2-289 “What were the ships of Chittim that came against this power, and when was this movement made? What country or power is meant by Chittim?…. namely, the coast and islands of the Mediterranean…. the mind is carried to a definite and celebrated city situated in that land; that is Carthage. Was ever a naval warfare, with Carthage as a base of operations, waged against the Roman Empire? We have but to think of the terrible onslaught of the Vandals upon Rome under the fierce Genseric…..from the port of Carthage at the head of his numerous and well-disciplined naval forces, he spread consternation through all the maritime provinces of the empire…..The years A.D. 428-468 mark the career of Genseric.” Daniel and the Revelation p.253.2-3 The Barbarian Vandals from the South, where else did Barbarian hordes come from and ultimately obliterate paganism from the Empire? Daniel 11:31. “Following in due time, as the next remarkable revolution, came the interruptions of the Barbarians of the North….” Daniel and the Revelation p.253.4 “Rome was sacked by the Goths and Vandals, and the imperial power of the West ceased through the conquest of Rome by Odoacer.” Daniel and the Revelation p.254.4 “The last contest with paganism was in 508 when the French and the Britons accepted Christianity; the “daily” spoken of in Daniel had been taken away. By 538 the way was clear for the papacy to sit enthroned in Rome. ….The new religion-Christianity-we have seen mingled with paganism, which it crushed, and gave birth to the papacy.” Haskell’s Prophetic Waymarks pp.299.3- 300

PREDESTINATION

Having so vividly predicted the details of the rise and demise of Rome, what does this reveal of the predestination qualities of God? Romans 8:29; 9:10-18. “In the council of heaven, provision was made that men, though transgressors, should not perish in their disobedience, but, through faith in Christ as their substitute and surety, might become the elect of God, predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will. God wills that all men should be saved; for ample provision has been made, in giving His only-begotten Son to pay man’s ransom. Those who perish will perish because they refuse to be adopted as children of God through Christ Jesus.” (Signs of the Times Jan. 2, 1893) SDA Bible Commentary Volume 6 p. 1114.5 Consider the awesome God we worship who demonstrates that He knows all things before they transpire. Knowing this does He not know of you, dear student? Let us be comforted by Psalms 139:1-6

Papal Establishment And Desolations

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Zech 2:8.

  • To reflect on the previous information on the rise of the papacy
  • To learn how human interpretations and opinions become despotic elements of persecution
  • To behold the papal oppressions as generated by Satan who would desolate all true believers

HUMAN REASONING

How were papal ideologies born in the early Christian church? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Galatians 6:8. “What was the origin of the great apostasy? How did the church first depart from the simplicity of the gospel? By conforming to the practices of paganism, to facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen.” Great Controversy p.384.5 What weaknesses of the natural heart are all Christians vulnerable to fall for and thus fall for deceptions as did the early church? Jeremiah 17:9, 10. “The very beginning of the evil was a neglect of watchfulness and secret prayer, then came a neglect of other religious duties, and thus the way was opened for all the sins that followed. Every Christian will be assailed by the allurements of the world, the clamors of the carnal nature, and the direct temptations of Satan. No one is safe. No matter what our experience has been, no matter how high our station, we need to watch and pray continually. We must be daily controlled by the Spirit of God or we are controlled by Satan.” Testimonies for the Church Volume 5 p. 102.1

ESTABLISHING THE ABOMINATION

Meeting the heresy of Arianism, what plausible conclusions were drawn in the church? 1 Timothy 4:1. “Arius….sprung his doctrine upon the world, occasioning so fierce a controversy in the Christian church that a general council was called at Nicea, by the emperor Constantine A.D. 325 to consider and adjust it.” Daniel and the Revelation p.127.3 “It was especially for the purpose of exterminating this heresy that Justinian decreed the pope to be the head of the church and the corrector of heretics.” Daniel and the Revelation p.254.2 Having finally established the papal abominations and papal domination shown in the last lesson, how did these abominations become destructive? Psalms 37:32. “It required a desperate struggle for those who would be faithful to stand firm against the deceptions and abominations which were disguised in sacerdotal garments and introduced into the church. The Bible was not accepted as the standard of faith. The doctrine of religious freedom was termed heresy, and its upholders were hated and proscribed.” Great Controversy p.45.2 “The early Christians were indeed a peculiar people. Their blameless deportment and unswerving faith were a continual reproof that disturbed the sinner’s peace…..they were a terror to evildoers wherever their character and doctrines were known. Therefore they were hated by the wicked,…… For the same reason that Cain slew Abel, did those who sought to throw off the restraint of the Holy Spirit, put to death God’s people.” Great Controversy p.46.2

GABRIEL’S DESCRIPTION

Having described the placement of the abomination that maketh desolate in Daniel 11:31, what did he say his papal abomination will do? Daniel 11:32. “Those that forsake the covenant, the holy Scriptures, and think more of the decrees of popes and the decision of councils than they do of the word of God, – these shall he, the pope, corrupt by flatteries, that is, lead them on in their partisan zeal for himself by the bestowment of wealth, position, and honours. “At the same time a people shall exist who knew their God; and these shall be strong and do exploits……Prominent among these stand the Waldenses, Albigeneses, Huguenots, etc.” Daniel and the Revelation pp.262.5 – 263 How were these strong exploiting people, who kept pure religion alive in the earth through the Dark Ages, treated? Daniel 11:33. “The long period of papal persecution against those who were struggling to maintain the truth and instruct their fellow men in ways of righteousness, is here brought to view. The number of the days during which they were thus to fall is given in Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 12:6, 14; 13:5. The period is called, “a time, times, and the dividing of time;” “a time, times, and a half;” “a thousand two hundred and three score days;” and “forty and two months.” It is the 1,260 years of papal supremacy.” Daniel and the Revelation p.263.3

A LITTLE HELP

Referring to this dreadful time of tribulation for His people, what did Jesus say which harmonised with Gabriel’s wards? Matthew 24:21, 22. i.e. Daniel 11:34. “The persecution of the church did not continue throughout the entire period of the 1260 years. God in mercy to His people cut short the time of their fiery trial. In foretelling the “great tribulation” to befall the church, the Saviour said: “Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:22. Through the influence of the Reformation the persecution was brought to an end prior to 1798.” Great Controversy p.266.4 How do the descriptions of Gabriel in verses 34 and 35 of Daniel 11 reveal the history of the ups and downs of the Reformation from the fourteenth to the eighteenth Centuries? Daniel 11:34, 35. “The Great Reformation by Luther and his coworkers furnished the help here foretold…..But when they should be helped, and the cause began to become popular, many were to cleave unto them with flatteries or embrace the cause from unworthy motives, be insincere, hollow hearted, and speak smooth and friendly words through a policy of self-interest. “Though restrained, the spirit of persecution was not destroyed. It broke out wherever there was opportunity….And this condition of affairs was to last more or less to the time of the end.” Daniel and the Revelation pp.263.5 and 264.2 A lesson to learn to not fall for the plausible reasonings of the enemy. “Those who follow their own mind and walk in their own way will form crooked characters. Vain doctrines and subtle sentiments will be introduced with plausible presentations, to deceive, if possible, the very elect. Are church members building upon the Rock? The storm is coming, the storm that will try every man’s faith, of what sort it is. Believers must now be firmly rooted in Christ, or else they will be led astray by some phase of error. Let your faith be substantiated by the Word of God. Grasp firmly the living testimony of truth. Have faith in Christ as a personal Saviour. He has been and ever will be our Rock of Ages. The testimony of the Spirit of God is true. Change not your faith for any phase of doctrine, however pleasing it may appear, that will seduce the soul.” Evangelism p.361.4

Orchestrations To Deal With The Papacy

Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. Jeremiah 30:16.

  • To see that our key text is true in God’s dealing with the abomination of desolation
  • To identify the agency God used to deal with the papacy and inflict a deadly wound upon her
  • To behold the cessation of persecution by the papacy after 1798

TIME UP FOR PAPAL DOMINANCE

Looking back over the history of this lesson, how did God deal with one nation after another when their cup of iniquity was full? Jeremiah 30:16; Jeremiah 50:9, 10; Ezekiel 30:10, 11. “In that last night of mad folly, Belshazzar and his lords had filled up the measure of their guilt and the guilt of the Chaldean kingdom. No longer could God’s restraining hand ward off the impending evil. Through manifold providences, God had sought to teach them reverence for His law. “We would have healed Babylon,” He declared of those whose judgment was now reaching unto heaven, “but she is not healed.” Jeremiah 51:9. Because of the strange perversity of the human heart, God had at last found it necessary to pass the irrevocable sentence. Belshazzar was to fall, and his kingdom was to pass into other hands.” Prophets and Kings p. 530.3 “The army of Cyrus now stood under the walls of the palace;” Prophets and Kings p.531.2 As the Roman church was permitted to conquer pagan Rome, what was the doom foretold for her? Revelation 13:10 i.e. Jeremiah 30:16. “It was inflicted when the pope was taken prisoner by Berthier, the French general, and the papal government was for a time abolished, in 1798. Stripped of his power, both civil and ecclesiastical, the captive pope, Pius VI, died in exile at Valence in France, Aug 29, 1799.” Daniel and the Revelation p.526.0

DESOLATION BY FRANCE

As a little help came to preserve the existence of the faithful by the rise of the Reformation, what nation is brought into focus to halt the devastation of papal Rome? Daniel 11:35, 36. “Evidently a new power is here introduced, and it must be an atheistical power, in the fullest sense of that term, inasmuch as it was to regard neither the God of heaven nor any God; and this development is to be met about the year 1798 which period is referred to as the time of the end. “France is the only nation in the world concerning which the authentic record survives that as a nation she lifted her hand in open rebellion against the Author of the universe.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 10, note 6. What other and still more striking specifications were fulfilled in this power? Daniel 11:37. “The Hebrew word for woman was also translated wife…. “this passage would be more properly rendered ‘The desire of wives.’ This would seem to indicate that this government, at the same time it declared that God did not exist, would trample underfoot the law which God had given to regulate the marriage institution…..Intimately connected with these laws affecting religion was that which reduced the union of marriage….to the state of a mere civil contract of a transitory character, which any two persons might engage in and cast loose at pleasure, when their taste was changed or their appetite gratified…. Sophie Arnoult, an actress famous for the witty things she said, described the republican marriage as the sacrament of adultery.” Daniel and the Revelation pp.266.4-267 Having desolated every Christian principle espoused by both Papal and Protestant faiths; and denouncing all gods, what was meant with Daniel 11:38? “We meet a seeming contradiction in this verse. How can a nation disregard every god, and yet honour the god of forces?…. it might for a time disregard all gods, and then subsequently introduce another worship, and regard the god of forces. Did such a change occur in France at this time? It did…. In 1794 the worship of the goddess of Reason was introduced….” Daniel and the Revelation pp.268.7-269 “Truly this was a strange god, whom the fathers of that generation knew not. No such deity had ever before been set up as an object of adoration. And well might it be called the god of forces; for the object of the movement was to cause the people to renew their covenant and repeat their vows for the prosperity of the armies of France.” Daniel and the Revelation p.271.1 With this background of desolation concluded in verse 39, what event identified the time appointed as the time of the end? Daniel 11:40 (first half). “On the 5th of March, 1798, Bonaparte received the decree of the French Directory relative to the expedition against Egypt. He left Paris May 3, and set sail from Toulon on the 19th, with a large naval armament, consisting of 500 sail, carrying 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 sailors. July 5, Alexandria was taken and fortified. On September of this same year, the sultan of Turkey declared war against France, Thus the King of the North (Turkey) came against him (France) in the same year that the King of the South (Egypt) “pushed,” and all at the time called for in the prophecy, – the time of the end.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 1. As verified in the previous question that 1798 was the commencement date of the time of the end, how can we conclude that papal persecution would cease at that time according to Daniel 11:35? Refer to note for Question 2 of this lesson. Ponder the following: “The periods here mentioned–“forty and two months,” and “a thousand two hundred and threescore days”–are the same, alike representing the time in which the church of Christ was to suffer oppression from Rome. The 1260 years of papal supremacy began in A.D. 538, and would therefore terminate in 1798. (See Appendix note for page 54.) At that time a French army entered Rome and made the pope a prisoner, and he died in exile. Though a new pope was soon afterward elected, the papal hierarchy has never since been able to wield the power which it before possessed.” Great Controversy p.266.3 Having followed the vision given to Daniel to this point, we have seen the darkness of human turmoil, war, and persecution overruled by Jesus with Gabriel. We marvel to behold the following: “In the annals of human history, the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as if dependent on the will and prowess of man; the shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, above, behind, and through all the play and counterplay of human interest and power and passions, the agencies of the All-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will.” Prophets and Kings p.499.4

Orchestration Dealing With Papal Desolator

The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, [and] the sceptre of the rulers. Isaiah 14:5.

  • To recount the demonstration of God dealing with emperors and kings by orchestrating their hunger for conquest for His purposes
  • To see Him doing it again to the monarch of France
  • To observe the return of the Kings of the North and South

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS

In our study of the prophecy of Daniel, what aspect of the Day Star arising in our hearts can be addressed? 2 Corinthians 4:6; Isaiah 60:2. “This lesson is taught in a wonderful symbolic representation given to the prophet Ezekiel [chapters 1 and 10]. . . . A number of wheels, intersecting one another, were moved by four living beings. . . . The wheels were so complicated in arrangement that at first sight they appeared to be in confusion; but they moved in perfect harmony. Heavenly beings, sustained and guided by the hand beneath the wings of the cherubim, were impelling these wheels; above them upon the sapphire throne, was the Eternal One; and round about the throne a rainbow, the emblem of divine mercy. As the wheellike complications were under the guidance of the hand beneath the wings of the cherubim, so the complicated play of human events is under divine control. Amidst the strife and tumult of nations, He that sitteth above the cherubim still guides the affairs of the earth.” Amazing Grace p.50.4 Reflecting back on Daniel 10:13, 21, and Daniel 11:1, and arriving at this stage of national affairs, how does Jesus emerge as a light to illumine the darkness surrounding us? Matthew 28:20. “Fearful perils are before those who bear responsibilities in the cause of God– perils the thought of which make me tremble. But the word comes, “My hand is upon the wheel, and I will not allow men to control My work for these last days. My hand is turning the wheel, and My providence will continue to work out the divine plans, irrespective of human inventions.” Evangelism p.65.1 “In the great closing work we shall meet with perplexities that we know not how to deal with, but let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working, that a divine hand is on the wheel, and that God will bring His purposes to pass”.–Manuscript 118, 1902. Evangelism p.65.2

SWIFT RETRIBUTION

As atheistical France arose so God could inflict a fatal wound upon the papacy, how does He deal with the atrocities of France and Napoleon? Daniel 11:40. “While the nations rejected God’s principles, and in this rejection wrought their own ruin, it was still manifest that the divine, overruling purpose was working through all their movements.” Education p.177.1 How did France get involved with the King of the South and the King of the North? “….he (Napoleon) saw a far-off land, where a glory was to be won which would gain a new charm in the eyes of his countrymen by the romance and mystery which hung upon the scene. Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs and the Ptolemies, would be a noble field for new triumphs.” Daniel and the Revelation p.274.3 “….on September2 of …1798, the sultan of Turkey, under feelings of jealousy against France…and exasperated that Egypt, so long a semi-dependency of the Ottoman Empire, should be transformed into a French province, declared war against France.” Daniel and the Revelation p.275.2 How were the ambitions of Napoleon systematically brought to naught? Isaiah 13:11. “Egypt, desiring to escape from Turkish rule, preferred to be under the domination of the French. But the tide of events turned otherwise. The English, as the ally of the Turks, determined to wrest Egypt from the French. After a series of battles, in which the French were worsted by the combined forces of the English and the Turks, the whole of the French army was shut up in Cairo and Alexandria. Cairo capitulated June 27, 1801, and Alexandria on September 2. Four weeks later (October 1), the preliminaries of peace were signed at London.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 3

GOD HUMBLES NAPOLEON

What did we learn as to how God deals with kings and what nation did He use to weaken Napoleon? Jeremiah 3:14, 16. “The situation of Napoleon began to grow precarious. The French fleet, which was his only channel of communication with France (while in Egypt), was destroyed by the English under Nelson at Aboukir;” Daniel and the Revelation p.275.2 “On the 18th of March, 1799, the siege of Acre was begun. After the siege had been kept up sixty days, it was raised, and Napoleon sounded, for the first time in his career, the note of retreat, and on the 21st of May commenced to retrace his steps to Egypt. Turkey (the King of the North) came off the victor in that struggle, driving the French back into Egypt. Thus the King of the North (Turkey) “overflowed and passed over.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter – Lesson 11 note 1 (last part). What was repeated with this lesser nation of France, which had taken place to all previous nations? Jeremiah 51:11. “Every nation that has come upon the stage of action been permitted to occupy its place on the earth, that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of “the Watcher and the Holy One.” Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world’s great empires–Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. With each of these, as with nations of less power, history repeated itself. Each had its period of test, each failed, its glory faded, its power departed, and its place was occupied by another.” Education p.176.4

  • Let us never forget the oft repeated lesson contained in this vision that:

“The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.” Isaiah 14:5.

  • Let us remember that when we have to stand before rulers.

Revisiting The Kings Of The North And South

Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5, 6.

  • To show from Scripture that in correct interpretation of prophecy we must use meanings consistently
  • In applying that principle, to show that the territory of North and South does not alter at any time throughout the vision to mean literal territory at the beginning and symbolic at the end
  • To confirm that Turkey and Syria still prove true in the last days fulfillment of Daniel 11

CORRECTLY INTERPRETING

What is written regarding the interpretation of prophecy? 2 Peter 1:20, 21. “No man is safe for a day or an hour without prayer. Especially should we entreat the Lord for wisdom to understand His word. Here are revealed the wiles of the tempter and the means by which he may be successfully resisted. Satan is an expert in quoting Scripture, placing his own interpretation upon passages, by which he hopes to cause us to stumble. We should study the Bible with humility of heart, never losing sight of our dependence upon God. While we must constantly guard against the devices of Satan, we should pray in faith continually: “Lead us not into temptation.” Great Controversy p.530.2 In reading the Bible what principle is to be adopted in seeking its correct meaning? Proverbs 30:5, 6; Isaiah 34:16; Deuteronomy 4:2. “The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared: “Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.” Mark 12:24. The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. Christ has given the promise: “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” John 7:17. If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error.” Great Controversy p.598.3 Are there any symbols used in the prophecy of Daniel 11? Examine some examples. Daniel 11:1-3, 14 etc. “We now enter upon a prophecy of future events, clothed not in figures and symbols, as in the visions of chapters 2, 7, and 8, but given mostly in plain language. Many of the signal events of the world’s history, from the days of Daniel to the end of the world are here brought to view.” Daniel and the Revelation p.222.2

LITERAL NORTH AND SOUTH

Arriving at the fall of Alexander the Great and the distribution of the empire to the four directions of the compass under his generals, we saw North and South of Palestine consolidating. Daniel 11:6. How consistently are we to hold to this literal territory in the remaining vision? “The King of the North and the King of the South are many times referred to in the remaining portion of this chapter…. “During the wars and revolutions which for long ages succeeded, these geographical boundaries were frequently changed or obliterated; old ones were wiped out, and new ones instituted. But whatever changes might occur, these first divisions of the empire must determine the names which these portions of territory should ever afterward bear, or we have no standard by which to test the application of the prophecy….”Daniel and the Revelation p.224.2-3 Therefore, having spent many lessons on Rome in its pagan and then its papal state, and also France in its attack on the papacy where no mention of North or South was much made, has the return of North and South in Daniel 11:40 altered any meaning of literal application? “After a long interval, the King of the South and the King of the North again appear on the stage of action. We have met with nothing to indicate that we are to look to any localities for these powers other than those which shortly after the death of Alexander constituted respectively the Southern and Northern divisions of his empire. The King of the South was at that time Egypt, and the King of the North was Syria, including Thrace and Asia Minor. Egypt is still by common agreement, the King of the South, while the territory which at first constituted the King of the North has been….wholly included within the dominions of the sultan of Turkey. To Egypt and Turkey, then, in connection with the power last under consideration, we must look for the fulfillment of the words before us.” Daniel and the Revelation p.273.3

APPLICATION TO THE END

Why was this vision given? Daniel 10:14 Casting a brief view ahead to the very end therefore, what consistent mention does Gabriel make from Daniel 11:40-45 regarding the King of the North? “As Dr. Clarke said of the 44th verse in 1825, we can now say of this 45th verse, – it is yet unfulfilled. All except the closing verse of this remarkable chapter has now been wrought out in history. We must look to Turkey to fulfill the movement predicted in this verse.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 5. “The expression, “none shall help him,” clearly implies that he has previously been helped by other powers. In the war with France (1798-1801), England and Russia assisted the sultan. In the war between Turkey and Egypt (1838-1840), England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia intervened in behalf of Turkey. In the Crimean War (1853-1856), England, France, and Sardinia supported the Turks. In the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, the great powers of Europe interfered to arrest the progress of Russia.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 6. How is Turkey so important in today’s 2014 events? Of what empire is it still regarded as important to the Islamic world? “Since the death of Mohammed, AD 622, his followers, the wild hordes of barbarians, were under no general civil government. Gibbon refers to them as “this shipwreck of nations.” The first king who recognised those tribes into a government was Osman, afterward called Othman. The rise and progress of Mohammedanism is the subject of a prophecy recorded in the ninth chapter of the Revelation. The first incursions of these hordes are described in verses 1-3. The beginning of Othman’s reign is noted in the 11th verse, where it is stated that “they had a king over them.” From this point the Ottoman Empire began to fulfill its mission as one of the scourges of the corrupt Roman Empire – the destroyer of the Greek or Eastern portion of it, ruled from Constantinople.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly – The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 7.

MEDITATION

How important it is to read the Bible aright. “There are many things apparently difficult or obscure, which God will make plain and simple to those who thus seek an understanding of them. But without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we shall be continually liable to wrest the Scriptures or to misinterpret them. There is much reading of the Bible that is without profit and in many cases a positive injury. When the word of God is opened without reverence and without prayer; when the thoughts and affections are not fixed upon God, or in harmony with His will, the mind is clouded with doubts; and in the very study of the Bible, skepticism strengthens. The enemy takes control of the thoughts, and he suggests interpretations that are not correct.” Steps to Christ p.110.1

End Time Orchestrations Of The King Of The North

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.

  • To confirm that 1798 marked the time of the end
  • To reveal the events regarding the King of the North since 1798
  • To recognise that the Islamic world associated with the King of the North

TIME OF THE END

Having identified 1798 as the end of the papal persecution, what other references reveal that year to be the beginning of the end time? Daniel 8:17; Revelation 10:2, 5, 6, 9-11; Daniel 12:4, 13. “The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan. This position de His supreme power and authority over the whole earth. The controversy had waxed stronger and more determined from age to age, and will continue to do so, to the concluding scenes when the masterly working of the powers of darkness shall reach their height. Satan, united with evil men, will deceive the whole world and the churches who receive not the love of the truth. But the mighty angel demands attention. He cries with a loud voice. He is to show the power and authority of His voice to those who have united with Satan to oppose the truth.” SDA Bible Commentary Volume 7 p. 971.3 In pointing out that the vision was to reveal the latter days; Daniel 10:14, how did Gabriel help to identify these days? Daniel 12:9-11. In reference to verse 11: “The margin reads, “To set up the abomination” etc. With this reading the text would stand thus: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away to set up [or in order to set up] the abomination that maketh desolate, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” The daily has already been shown to be, not the daily sacrifice of the Jews, but the daily or continual abomination, that is, paganism….we have the year 508, where it was shown that paganism was taken away, thirty years before the setting up of the papacy….The two periods therefore, the 1290 and the 1260 days terminate together in 1798, the one beginning in 538 and the other in 508, thirty years previous.” Daniel and the Revelation pp.313.2 – 314 How else is the date of 1798 derived? Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:6, 14 and 13:5, Daniel 12:7 “The period is called, “a time, times, and the dividing of time.”’ “time, times, and a half”, “a thousand two hundred and three score days”, and “forty and two months”. It is the 1260 years of papal supremacy.” Daniel and the Revelation p.263.3

KING OF THE NORTH SINCE 1798

As in Daniel 11:40, we have seen France heavily attacked by the King of the North i.e. Turkey, what does he continue to do? Daniel 11:41. “The French….after a fatiguing march of twenty-six days re-entered Cairo in Egypt. They thus abandoned all the conquests they had made in Judea; and the “glorious land.” Palestine, with all its provinces, here called “countries” fell back again under the oppressive rule of the Turk. Edom, Moab, and Ammon, lying outside of the limits of Palestine…. were out of the line of march of the Turks from Syria to Egypt and so escaped the ravages of that campaign.” Daniel and the Revelation p.278.3 How completely did the Turks (King of the North) vanquish the French out of the countries it had occupied? Daniel 11:42. “On the retreat of the French to Egypt, a Turkish fleet landed 18,000 men at Aboukir….. “The English government, as the ally of the Turks, had resolved to wrest Egypt from the French. March 13, 1800, an English fleet disembarked a body of troops at Aboukir. The French gave battle the next day, but were forced to retire. On the 18th Aboukir surrendered…. the 19th, Rosetta surrendered to the combined forces of the English and Turks…..The whole French army was now shut up in Cairo and Alexandria. Cairo capitulated June 27, and Alexandria, September 2. Four weeks after, October 1, 1801, the preliminaries of peace were signed at London. “As between the French and Turks, how did this question stand with the Egyptians? – They preferred French rule….They desired to escape from the hands of the Turks, but could not.” Daniel and the Revelation pp.279.2, 3, 4 – 280 Under Turkish domination now, what did Gabriel say regarding the treasury of Egypt? Daniel 11:43. “When the French were driven out of Egypt, and the Turkish took possession, the sultan permitted the Egyptians to recognise their government as it was before the French invasion….In the articles of agreement between the sultan and the pasha of Egypt, it was stipulated that the Egyptians should pay annually to the Turkish government a certain amount of gold and silver, and six hundred thousand measures of corn, and four hundred thousand of barley. “The Libyans and Ethiopians” “the Cushim”…. the unconquered Arabs, who have sought the friendship of the Turks…. are tributary to them….” Daniel and the Revelation p.280.3 -4

LEAD UP TO UNFULFILLED EVENTS

As the Ottoman Empire with Turkey as its headquarters was slowly disintegrating, what valiant effort did it exert? Daniel 11:44. “It is a remarkable fact that in the year 1825, twenty-eight years before the Crimean War broke out, Dr. Adam Clarke, in commenting upon the fulfillment of this very prophecy, wrote the following comment: “This part of the prophecy is allowed to be yet unfulfilled. If the Turkish power be understood, as in the preceding verses, it may mean that he Persians of the East and the Russians on the North will at some time greatly embarrass the Ottoman government.” “Just twenty-eight years after Dr. Clarke penned this suggestion, the world was amazed to see Turkey, a government which had long been regarded as the “sick man of the East,” declare war against her powerful neighbor, Russia. Thus Turkey fulfilled the specifications of this part of the prophecy, which describes her as going “forth with great fury.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 4. As Turkey today is still functioning from its governing palaces in that land, what of Gabriel’s words are we still waiting to see? Daniel 11:45 and Daniel 12:1. “As Dr. Clarke said of the 44th verse in 1825, we can now say of this 45th verse, – it is yet unfulfilled. All except the closing verse of this remarkable chapter has now been wrought out in history. We must look to Turkey to fulfill the movement predicted in this verse.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 5. “The judgments of God are in the land. The wars and rumors of wars, the destruction by fire and flood, say clearly that the time of trouble, which is to increase until the end, is very near at hand. We have no time to lose. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecies of the eleventh of Daniel have almost reached their final fulfillment.” Welfare Ministry p.136.5 How intensively close are we to the close of probation and the final scenes at the conclusion of the time of the end? “Not long ago a very impressive scene passed before me. I saw an immense ball of fire falling among some beautiful mansions, causing their instant destruction. I heard someone say, “We knew that the judgments of God were coming upon the earth, but we did not know that they would come so soon.” Others said, “You knew? Why then did you not tell us? We did not know.” On every side I heard such words spoken.” . . . Welfare Ministry p.136.3 “Soon grievous troubles will arise among the nations –trouble that will not cease until Jesus comes. As never before we need to press together, serving Him who has prepared His throne in the heavens and whose kingdom ruleth over all. God has not forsaken His people, and our strength lies in not forsaking Him.” Welfare Ministry p.136.4

Islamic Powers And The King Of The North

And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17:20. OBJECTIVES

  • To identify clearly the connection of the King of the North with all the Islamic states
  • To recognise that the Arabic states are all affectionately bound to the same heredity as the Israelis
  • To show that Palestine is indeed a place that both the Israelis and Arabs have a religious interest in and hence Turkey would be prone to shift its headquarters (Caliphate) there

REMNANTS OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE Of what people was the Ottoman Empire composed and where was its governing seat? Revelation 9:12-15. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. 13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. When the Roman Empire was overthrown, there were the first four trumpets which was the over throw of the Western Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was attacked and the Western Roman Empire was attacked, the headquarters were shifted from Rome to Constantinople. A third part was conquered by the European nations and the other third part was the eastern Roman empire and that is what the fifth and sixth trumpet were dealing with. They will slay the third part of men. When do we commence the timing of this prophecy that they would be prepared for a day, a month and a year. What is a river in prophecy? The waters of the oceans mean many nations but when we talk of one river, what does that river represent? The nations surrounding that river. The river Euhprates runs down from Turkey through Iraq and Syria. What would then the four angels or ministers being loosed in the River Euphrates represent? “The Four Angels – These were the four principle sultanies of which the Ottoman Empire was composed, located in the country watered by the great river Euphrates. These sultanies were situated at Aleppo, Iconium, Damascus, and Bagdad. Previously they were restrained; but God commanded, and they were loosed.” Daniel and the Revelation p.489.3 “The four angels were loosed for an hour, a day, a month, and a year to slay the third part of man. This period amounts to three hundred and ninety-one years and fifteen days, during which Ottoman supremacy was to exist in Constantinople (modern Istanbul in Turkey).” Daniel and the Revelation p.481.1 Turkey, Syria, Iraq that area is what is involved in the King of the North. Even under the Grecian empire the king of the North covered that area. Previously they were restrained but God commanded they be loosed. How was this time period established, and what happened at the end of it? “Gibbon says: It was on the twenty-seventh day of July, in the year twelve hundred and ninety-nine of the Christian era that Othman first invaded the territory of Nicomedia; and the singular accuracy of the date seems to disclose some foresight of the rapid and destructive growth of the monster.” – Chapter LXIV par 14.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 11 note 8.

Josiah Litch predicted the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

“In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the Second Advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown “in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;” and only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: “Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case.”–Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, Aug. 1, 1840.”Great Controversy p.334.4 “At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. (See Appendix.) When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and in publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.” Great Controversy p.335.1 The pioneers understood it was the entire Muslim world at that time. Although the empire no longer functions, are Palestine and the Jewish people still suffering under the ire of the Arab states? How far back was this discomfort expressed? Psalms 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 7 I am for peace:but when I speak, they are for war. Mesech is Turkey and Kedar is Arabia.

Lineage And Heredity Of The Arab

Having seen that Kedar is a son of Ishmael, what characteristic was written of his posterity? Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. “Abraham’s early teachings had not been without effect upon Ishmael, but the influence of his wives resulted in establishing idolatry in his family. Separated from his father, and embittered by the strife and contention of a home destitute of the love and fear of God, Ishmael was driven to choose the wild, marauding life of the desert chief, “his hand” “against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” Genesis 16:12. In his latter days he repented of his evil ways and returned to his father’s God, but the stamp of character given to his posterity remained. The powerful nation descended from him was a turbulent, heathen people, who were ever an annoyance and affliction to the descendants of Isaac.” Patriarchs and Prophets p.174.1 To discover who Kedar is check Genesis 25:13 and study the map in this pamphlet to locate where the nations under these two names are located. Although there was a leaning in idolatry in Ishmael’s line, yet what was the blessing God bestowed on Ishmael? Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. “Abraham is greatly distressed. Ishmael is his son, beloved by him. How can he send him away! He prays to God in his perplexity, for he knows not what course to take. The Lord informs Abraham, through his angels, to listen to the voice of Sarah his wife, and that he should not let his affections for his son, or for Hagar, prevent his compliance with her wishes. For this was the only course he could pursue to restore harmony and happiness again to his family. Abraham has the consoling promise from the angel, that Ishmael, although separated from his father’s house, should not die, nor be forsaken of God; that he should be preserved because he the son of Abraham. God also promises to make of Ishmael a great nation.” Spirit of Prophecy Volume 1 p 97.2 Because of God’s blessing upon Ishmael, what do the Arabs claim in reference to Palestine and their faith? “Near the close of the sixth century there was born in Mecca, of the princes of Arabia, a man who claimed direct descent from Ishmael, the son of Abraham. This man was Mohammed, the son of Abdallah, and the founder of a faith, which, today has many million adherents. On his return from one of these seasons of seclusion (fasting and prayer) he announced his belief in one God, and that Mohammed was the prophet of God. This was the beginning of Islamism.” Haskell’s Prophetic Waymarks pp.568.2 and 569.2 Today the Arab regards Jerusalem as sacred a place as do the Jews. – They have built their mosque over the Dome of the Rock. Because of these bonds, what will Turkey do as a last sign of the very close of time? Daniel 11:45  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people. “The time will come when he (King of the North) will remove from Constantinople, and take up his abode in Palestine; that is, plant his tabernacles between the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Even the Turks themselves are looking forward to the time when they will have to remove their capital from Constantinople to Jerusalem.” Haskell’s Prophetic Waymarks p.416 Because Abraham had direct connection with Canaan which God had sent him to, Mount Moriah, who would be interested in that area. All the descendants of Abraham. Can you see why we have the Middle East conflict? If ever you meet Arabs who are defending their decision, say they are right as they are a descendent of Abraham. “It must be clear to every careful reader that the driving of the Turk from the soil of Europe will be the fulfillment of the closing verse of the eleventh chapter of Daniel’s prophecy. What makes this kind of prophecy of momentous interest to every one now living is the fact that the downfall of the Turkish Empire will be the signal of the most sublime events that the world has ever witnessed. The prophecy closes with the first two verses of chapter 12.” International Sabbath-School Quarterly The Prophecies of Daniel – First Quarter 1904 – Lesson 12 note 2.

12 Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Nebuchadnezzar was blessed so richly, and yet he forgot the blessings that were poured upon him and he ascribed it all to himself. We are admonished in this reading to realise that the blessings we have experienced from the Lord, that He has forgiven us for our iniquities in the past – and we know He has – we must not forget when we come into other circumstances which make us think that, Although I have had such a wonderful experience at my earlier conversion, now I feel completely dejected and hopeless. He does not forget us and we must not forget Him. Read the rest of this entry

11 Half-Converted

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We have come to the point in our contemplation of Nebuchadnezzar where we see him brought a second time to a deep heart-conviction that the God of heaven is to be honoured. How did he come to this second one? Having had the original dream.

Having been privileged that God would show to this heathen king this vision of the image that gave the history of the world after him right through to the very end. Read the rest of this entry

10 In The Fiery Furnace

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We have now arrived at an important climax in the process of God’s work upon the heart of Nebuchadnezzar. What we are now about to behold is how God reaches into a heart to bring to the surface the hidden qualities that may be buried under the surface of hopeless idolatry.

Nebuchadnezzar appeared to be in a terribly hopeless state. He had fallen upon his face recognising God, and then, after a time, he had lost that recognition of God and he entrenched himself more heavily in idolatry. It looked pretty hopeless. But we are now looking at what God will do no matter how hopeless a case may appear. He has a knowledge of the heart of every individual, and no matter how corrupt that individual may reveal himself, yet God knows what is hidden inside of that heart and which He wants to bring to the surface. Read the rest of this entry

9. A Selfish Reaction

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We are beginning to discover what is actually behind the events of the rising of the Babylonian empire; the life of Nebuchadnezzar in developing that empire, God entering into his mind very decidedly, the vision that Nebuchadnezzar had, and the way God orchestrated the events that finally explained the vision.

The history of man is to show us the philosophy of history, which is to learn that the strength of the individual is measured by the fidelity with which he fulfils the purposes of God. This is our study – the purposes of God and our fidelity. Remember what the purposes of God are. They are to have God’s people be instrumental in saving people who are not God’s people. This is God’s purpose; this is the reason why He raised Israel. But only a small company did the work correctly. And so it is for our time today. It is in reference to our relationship and association with every member of the human family. That is what we are learning in the lessons from Nebuchadnezzar. Read the rest of this entry

08 Nebuchadnezzar’s First Dream

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

God touched Nebuchadnezzar by displaying before him the faithfulness and intelligence and power of God in the lives of the four young princes. Nebuchadnezzar had a sensitivity by which he could recognise that these young men were special. Unconscious to him, he was actually recognising the image of God in them. He had trained them for those three years thinking that they were eating of the king’s meat, thinking that by giving them the names of his gods, they would be strategically influenced to lose their faith. But these young men were used of God to outwit this strategic man. God had conditioned Nebuchadnezzar’s mind and paved the way for the next step to impact his heart by using Daniel in a very meaningful manner. Read the rest of this entry

Restoration of the Marriage Institution

We are in need of understanding a question that has been tossed about in many minds and in ranks of Adventism. This question deals with the Words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, the mount of blessings and yet this verse has caused all sorts of complications and problems in the minds of people.

Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Among the Jews a man was permitted to put away his wife for the most trivial offenses, and the woman was then at liberty to marry again. This practice led to great wretchedness and sin. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared plainly that there could be no dissolution of the marriage tie, except for unfaithfulness to the marriage vow. “Everyone,” He said, “that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.” R.V. {MB 63.1} Read the rest of this entry

07 Meeting the Four Princes

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Isaiah 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when [there was] no strange [god] among you: therefore ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God. 

We want to behold God’s way of using the faithful of His flock to interact with the heathen for the purpose of converting them. The Jewish people failed as a nation to be His witnesses. “Therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Read the rest of this entry

06 Cruel Captivity

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We are focusing upon the invasion of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar. We are often ignorant as to the details of this subject. Therefore we are now looking at the detail of this invasion for one important purpose, to learn the character of this king, so that in our continuing studies we may be able to see what sort of a character he had and what the Lord was doing to operate in his life. So that we may have an object lesson for dealing with our own character. Read the rest of this entry

04 Wooden or Iron Yoke

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Nebuchadnezzar was chosen of God as a servant to execute God’s wrath upon Israel. We have some very important lessons to learn for ourselves in relation to him. Another very important item in these lessons is that God would use Nebuchadnezzar, and Judah could make their time under him tolerable if they would listen to God. Read the rest of this entry

03 Nebuchadnezzar and Judah

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We now come to know Nebuchadnezzar by the way in which he handled the Jewish nation – Judah. In the time of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Judah was in wicked apostasy. Here are some excerpts from the book of Jeremiah in which the apostasy is being identified by God and by which we see the warnings that were given to Judah. Read the rest of this entry

02 God’s Outreach to Heathen Kings and Nations

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We puzzle over the thought that God reaches out to heathen kings and heathen nations. The purpose that we have is to study the life of a heathen king. To learn of a heathen king? Read the rest of this entry

01 Nebuchadnezzar’s Bible Chapter

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

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The Sapphire Stone of the Blue Ten Commandments

It is understood that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were cut from the clear blue sapphire seen on Mount Sinai. When Moses ascended Mount Sinai it was of sapphire stone:

Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in [his] clearness.),  Read the rest of this entry

Our Daniel 11 Sabbath School Lesson Pamphlet for 2015

Sabbath School Lesson 2015 Daniel 11 Revelations of the Day Star WORD format

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How God’s People Will Give the Loud Cry

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

The loud cry is to be given by a very small people. We want to understand how the people of the loud cry will be exposed. The knowledge that the word of God imparts on this matter is very much misunderstood by a large number of Christians who believe in the loud cry. We have to remember that when we come to subjects of this nature, God’s communications to us will be misunderstood because God’s ways are not our ways and we need to open our hearts to the way God is trying to communicate it to us. Read the rest of this entry

Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar

Our recent conference was on the topic of the life of Nebuchadnezzar and the object lessons we can gather from this great heathen king.

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Through Daniel and others of the Hebrew captives, the Babylonian monarch had been made acquainted with the power and supreme authority of the true God; and when Zedekiah once more solemnly promised to remain loyal, Nebuchadnezzar required him to swear to this promise in the name of the Lord God of Israel. Had Zedekiah respected this renewal of his covenant oath, his loyalty would have had a profound influence on the minds of many who were watching the conduct of those who claimed to reverence the name and to cherish the honor of the God of the Hebrews. – {PK 447.2}

This has been the danger of the people of God in all ages; and especially is this the danger of those living near the close of time. We are cited by the apostle to the unbelief, blindness, rebellion, and repeated sins of the Hebrews, as a warning. Paul plainly states that “all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” If, in these last days of peril, for the encouragement of persons in responsible positions, God in mercy gives them a testimony of favor, they frequently become lifted up, and lose sight of their frailties and weaknesses, and rely upon their own judgment, flattering themselves that God cannot accomplish his work without their especial aid. They trust in their own wisdom; and the Lord permits them, for a time, to apparently prosper, to reveal the weakness and folly of the natural heart. But the Lord will, in his own time, and in his own way, bring down the pride and folly of these deceived ones, and show to them their true condition. If they will accept the humiliation, and by confession and sincere repentance, turn unto the Lord, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, he will renew his love to them. But if they shut their eyes to their own sins, as did the Jews, and choose their own ways, the Lord will give them up to blindness of mind, and hardness of heart, that they cannot discern the things of the Spirit of God. – {2SP 52.4}

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