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5. Understanding Prophecy

Chester Clark III


We can’t, in one seminar, cover all of Daniel and Revelation and other end-time prophecies. But we can learn several clear, simple principles and guidelines that will protect you from 95% of the deceptive and often sensational misinterpretations!


Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator



  • December 30, 2016
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This message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas for other resources like this visit us online at W W W T Y C. When dot who are welcome again to another day Jew I see some in ours at least it will be an exciting day today and. We've got outreach and a lot of things planned but we have this one hour we can spend together talking about the book the interpretation the power of God's word and today this section is going to be discussing the interpretation of Bible prophecy. Now this is something that is a very large subject as you might imagine we could spend the whole six hours talking about prophecy in prophetic interpretation I have one hour that I'm going to spend on it so it will be in some senses I suppose a an overview. As I have spent many years studying and teaching prophecy and engaging in discussions with numerous individuals who have likewise studied prophecy I've come to come to understand that there's a there are a few principles that if we understand them could safeguard us from misunderstandings and misinterpretations I'll be honest with you. I believe that prophecy is very important to us as administers I believe that we are a movement of Bible prophecy both fingered in Bible prophecy predicted in Bible prophecy and also incumbent upon us is the responsibility of teaching Bible prophecy so we are a prophetic movement and. So I believe it's very very crucial to who we are and what we do. G. Y.C. is a part of the some of the Day Adventist movement the great Second Advent movement that is specifically named in the Bible as taking place before the end of time and if we are going to be faithful to the work that God has called us to do we must have an understanding of prophecies and unfortunately. In many cases I feel like our understanding of prophecy as a people has probably declined rather than grown there has been a there has been a sort of. Maybe neglect of teaching it in a very cogent and and thorough way I have in my library several textbooks from early Adventist education. I'm talking about near the turn of the century the twentieth century. And these textbooks. It's quite interesting to me to look at them. These are what we would call middle school. I guess upper grade school years and they probably are more in-depth in the teaching of Bible prophecy than most of our high school or even some of our college classes are going to be teaching. They're just very very in-depth and and this was what happened to them was we were a prophetic movement. And we've largely lost and what I found is that many advocates they they resonate with a prophetic movement message so when someone comes along that is studying the prophecies and has a has something exciting they want to share and and interpretation of a passage that these advocates never understood that makes sense. Many of them gravitate towards those who are teachers even though perhaps some of them are some of their teachings are not orthodox or not in harmony with Adam is belief so while I believe the word prophetic. Lou But I also have watched many many Seventh Day Adventists probably very innocently get sucked up into prophetic interpretive schemes that have ended up leading them away from Adventism away from the dead Mr Chin I don't know if you know any people like that but I know a number of people who used to be seventy AD ministers who no longer are Seventh Day Adventists and I think I can trace their study. Of Prophecy. As a as a primary source of their disillusionment with the church or their their being carried away into a teaching that is not in harmony with the church today we do see within this of them as church and I will say particularly within the conservative groups and tism. We see a number of false teachers of Bible prophecy I believe that. They have theories about the prophecies that the that are not in harmony with the message that we have traditionally held and they make themselves out to be and they make themselves out to be the most important message of the time which then since it's not being done by the church leads people to support them and to leave the fellowship of the dad in his church instead so we're going to cover some of the principles that I think can help safeguard us against these false teachers false teachings and and help us to understand Bible prophecy correctly. These will be fairly fundamental rudimentary principles and we're not going to be going in depth however I do hope to have some time for question answers if you have some questions about specific prophecy we might be able to look at I don't have all the answers but I can I can try to help you understand something that may be of interest. So that preamble of we're going to go ahead and get started with a word of prayer invited by heads with the Father in heaven. We just thank you that you've given us wants. Again the gift of life. Thank you for a new day a G.Y. see the blessings we've already received. Thank you for the opportunity once again to open your word and to study prophecy particularly this hour we pray that you would help us to learn some of the basic principles we may not understand all the prophecies when we leave here but hopefully hopefully at least Lord we can we can have a basis for studying them that will safeguard us against deceptions and errors and we thank you. In Jesus' name amen. OK So basically I've mentioned to you that Adventism is a prophetic movement you remember that William Miller the Baptist farmer who became a rather hesitant preacher was the one who began this movement of the great second admin at least here in America they were all over the world people simultaneously were discovering the same prophecies and interpreted them in a similar way as William Miller. Now it's interesting as we look at William Miller we notice that the fiercest critics of Miller such as Campbell and Bush and Smith and others if we read the articles in the papers of those days by the way the. The the Daystar and other papers that were dedicated to spreading the miller right message did not just print Miller and fiction which And the other exposures that agreed with each other. They also printed the critics and they actually printed back and forth discussions so so Miller would write a letter to you know Dr Campbell or so or some other of his other Bible scholar that we disagreed with him and that would be printed in the Daystar and then the response of the pony would be printed as well. And this was an ongoing discussion. This was this was not us and them in their fighting they were trying to better understand and they believe that by discussion they would sharpen their understanding of the prophecies. So they had these discussions we can read those debates or discussions back and forth and the fiercest critics of Miller such as these are. The vigils still agreed in general on the time portion of the prophecy in fact one of them said I think it might have been Campbell who is a professor at Yale. I believe I believe he was the one who said anyone who agrees with Miller who disagrees with Miller on. Time his time portion disagrees with him on his strongest point in other words the time understanding the twenty three hundred days ending in one thousand nine hundred three hundred forty four. That was something they all agreed. Now they had different ideas of what the century being cleansed meant. OK. Some of them believe that it was the same sure a literal sanctuary in Jerusalem is going to be rebuilt around that time some of them believe that that time the Turks would be driven out of the Middle East and once again Christian powers would be able to take over that part of the world or. Or Or perhaps the Jewish powers would be able to come back and reclaim the Holy Land. So there are different ideas of what the sanctuary being cleansed meant but these all agreed on the time prophecy something was going to happen and eight hundred forty three year eight hundred forty four we find very few critics of that time prophecy Now why is that there's a reason they all agreed about eight hundred forty four eight hundred forty three at the time they were all historic So we're going to talk a little bit about a store a Cism a store cysts or historicism historicism believe in historicism put it that way right now that does not mean as some have assumed wrongly that all Bible prophecy in the past we have nothing to nothing to be interested in today. OK Some people say why you won't believe in historicism because I believe the prophecy should still speak to us today. Well I do too. So we're going to try to define what historicism is we're going to look at the other major principles of prophetic interpretation as well and we're going to try to understand in a very brief method how to decide which principle of interpretation we should be using OK because this is very. Important we're talking about a very a very general basis of how we look at the prophecies and how we interpret first of all I want to just share with you that around the same time as William Miller and and his critics were writing about Bible prophecy many many many other people writing about Bible Prophecy do in fact in about a ten year period eight hundred thirty nine hundred forty. It's a believed that there is more books or paper major papers written on the subject of Bible prophecy that had been written throughout the hundred years earlier in the Bible. We talked about yesterday had been the most studied book throughout the Middle Ages. I mean there weren't a lot of books you know this was this was the most studied book but there was not a real focus on Bible prophecy until after seven hundred ninety eight when the time of the IN began and according to Daniel Chapter twelve The Book of Daniel was unsealed right. And this became able to be understood the Holy Spirit began illuminating the minds of students who are studying the book of Daniel and I just want to illustrate for you how this works. Each of these timelines represents the time the life span of an individual. OK So this is beginning the heavy line here is seven hundred ninety eight right. And so much of these people were born some time before seven hundred ninety eight a few of them born after seventy ninety eight. Here you have this heavy line here is eight hundred forty four eight hundred forty three nine hundred forty four. Of course they continued living after that but what you may or may not be able to see from where you are there are dots on these timelines these dots these dots represent books or major papers written by these authors on the subject of Bible prophecy and what you see is that there were very few books written prior to eight hundred seventy nine the eight on the subject by a prophecy I mean there's just there's not anybody writing on it and and this is from Broom's other prophetic Faith of Our Fathers a very exhaustive study and. What we see is an explosion around the time of the eight hundred thirty S.. And up through around eight hundred forty four and a few years after an explosion on the study of Bible prophecy. Now this is not this is not all of the expositors they continue and they continue still some more. And what you'll see is all of these individuals were working off of the platform of historicism except for a few that are noted here. You might see a couple Futurists here and a predator ist there's a few individuals here and there who are writing off from the Protestant to store says perspective but from a predator or or futurist perspective but they basically every single one of these individuals were really writing from the idea of historicism So what is historicism historicism holds that prophecy covers the entire period from the Prophet until the Second Advent Now I'm not saying that the books of Daniel revelation combined would cover that period what what distorts them says is each vision or each section each each. Each unit of Bible prophecy begins at the time of the prophet and in. The time of the end or the end of time. Morse at some future date right. So this is to say this is to say that in Daniel we have very neat divisions between the visions right. What's the first vision or dream of Daniel. It's not because his dream right down in chapter two. And this is what prophecy. What historicism says Daniel Chapter two. Does not begin sometime in the future right Daniel Chapter two began and the words if you were to. If you were to chart out the the timeline that Daniel Chapter two described. I guess it should go the other way for you all. If you're Daniel two starts over here and this is where the beginning of this prophecy is and this is where the end of the prophecy is you would find that the beginning of the prophecy began during the time of the Prophet or right about then. And it would end. At the time of the end the very end of time or you know in some future event that is beyond the second coming. That's historicism that is to say that what would we expect Daniel seven to do. Daniel seven say a new prophecy right historicism says Daniel Chapter seven. It doesn't pick up where Daniel Chapter two leaves off it goes over the same time period from the time of the Prophet all the way down to the time of the end or some time after that right. Some future event that is beyond the time of the end of the Second Advent and Daniel Chapter eight and Daniel Chapter nine in Daniel Chapter nine is of completion of Daniel eight but Daniel ten through twelve and then revelation historicism says it does the same thing. The the seven churches the seven seals the seven trumpets they begin with the time of the prophet and they continue down to the Second Advent or thereafter so this is historicism this is the way historicism assumes a prophecy will work a vision will work and there's another major tenant of historicism and that is the day your principal now we used to Bible verses often is E.Q. for six numbers fourteen thirty four to two as proof texts I guess you might say to show that the Bible sometimes uses a day for a year but there are actually some thirty or forty biblical arguments for the day your principal. And in the Biblical research institutes. Studies on prophetic interpretation that week. You can get those books at the B. C. they actually have some papers and articles books. Yeah booklets that are written that describe all of these different arguments they are principles a very strong biblical principle and by the way all exposures of Bible prophecy. I should say all this. Probably if you preggers the don't but both both Futurists and historic believe in the day or principle when it comes to the messianic prophecies of Dan Chapter nine. You cannot come up with the seventy. Prophecy that brings you down to the Messiah without believing the day your principle is there. OK. Futurists only use it there. Whereas the store says say in symbolic listen carefully in symbolic Bible prophecies a day is equal to a year that's the way that's what the store says Hold day is equal to a year. So a day in the prophecy is equal to a year in literal time. Did I did I cover the anti-Christ Yes the Christ had its beginnings in Paul's day and destroy the Second Coming. The reason I throw this in is because this is a sticking issue in Bible prophecy. It was for the reformers reformers said hey we're understanding Bible prophecy well enough. It wasn't even on sealed yet but they were understanding Daniel seven well enough and second Thessalonians well enough and even the Book of Revelation well enough to say we think we believe that the Church of Rome is actually fingered in Bible prophecy as being a false system of religion. OK. The little horn of Daniel seven or the the woman of Revelation Chapter seventeen and they believe that the reformers believe that by the way this forms are all historic now this became an issue because the church didn't really like being identified in prophecy right. And so what you'll find is the other alternate interpretations of prophecy use instead of the principles of historicism that identify the Anti-Christ as being in existence now so we should be able to figure out what it is right. They use a different they that they either place and of Christ in the past or in the future. That's what we're going to see. But the future historicism says the anti-Christ at its beginnings in Paul's day and will be destroyed the second coming and so we should be able to identify what it is now and we exists at this moment. So if I could graphically illustrated store a system we all learn a little differently don't we. So this is for those of you who are very visual and a graphic learners. If I could if I could. Illustrated this yellow line represents the the the timeline of the prophecy. OK And so the events described the prophecy would begin with the time of the Prophet and it will continue all the way down until the second coming. At least some beyond the second coming. Historicism says that if that's the case we know the prophets already in the past the second coming in the future we're somewhere on that line and that continuing right. We should be able to find where we are and this is one of the beauties of the way God gave the prophecies. I'm already revealing course my bias I am a sources sources so I'm just going to say it. I believe in historicism but one of the beauties of historicism is that we can trace back those earlier fulfillments and we can match what the prophecy said with what history tells us happened right. And when we come all the way down to where we are we can recognize. Hey there are still some things yet to be fulfilled. Not all of historicism historicism doesn't place all prophecy in the past. No not at all what it says is we have a track record of prophetic fulfillment. So we can know already that the principles of interpretation were using are accurate and that that gives us a great confidence in expecting what will happen in the future fulfillments those yet unfulfilled prophecies because we know how the prophecy has been fulfilled. So far this is a huge benefit of historicism we have a track record. We're not trying to just come up with some new paradigm altogether. The third. Characteristic there of the anti-Christ. It began in the days of Paul it ends of the Second Coming. Destroyed second does alone and says that the brightness of His coming. So therefore we should be able to identify it now. Right. And that's a graphical illustration of how historicism looks at prophecy from a large. Overview Futurism however has a different view of prophecy how prophecy works prophecy does not cover the entire period until the second coming. There is a gap Futurism and Dispensationalism go hand in hand and that is to say that Futurism works under the under the premise that there are different Arizona a geezer dispensations and we are now in the age of the church and during the age of the church there's really not any prophecy that we have to worry about there's this gap during the Church Age and that get that church age is going to be come to an end. According to Futurism when the Rapture takes place and the church is no longer on Earth then all the bad things in the prophecy start to happen again and to Christ comes and all the rest. There's persecution tribulation and all those things that take place but we don't have to really worry about it now because we're living in the church age so you get the idea right that's Futurism Futurism says there's this gap. Most of the prophecy is still to be fulfilled in the future. Just before the second ad that now that gap is particularly pronounced in the seventy weeks prophecy where they say you know the sixty nine weeks already took place because they have to Jesus came he came in on time in twenty seven A.D. and was baptized and was crucified so forth but they they say there is this gap. That the seventh week hasn't happened yet they would also say that most of the other prophecies can be taken lifted entirely and taken into the future. You have a great disadvantage with Futurism because Futurism does not have that track record of fulfillment. In other words if I'm a futuristic spaz that I can take the whole of the seven trumpets the whole of the seven seals the whole of the seven churches if I wanted to or or maybe some other passages passage and then a chapter twelve or another passage I can take the whole prophecy the whole vision and I can put it off into the future. Right. And I can start preaching. And teaching about what this means is going to happen in the future and guess what. As long as I'm internally consistent with how I interpret you can't really say I'm wrong because it hasn't happened yet. Right. But of course. I can't really prove I'm right either because I have no track record of prophetic fulfillment the prophecy hasn't even started being fulfilled yet it's very easy so what happens is you know there are some basic principles of Dispensationalism Futurism that the Futurist sponsors agree on but mostly you'll find that if you turn on your television and you watch a prophetic sermon someone preaching about prophecy they're probably going to be a futurist and they're probably going to have a different opinion than the next channel that's also Prague teaching about prophecy. There's as many interpretations of Futurism is there are preachers of Futurism because the sky's the limit. You. You can you can make up what of are principles of interpretation you want to if none of the prophecies already been fulfilled and it's all still in the future you understand that. So so this is one of the reason there's such a variety in the in the field of Futurism it does away with the day your principle. So in the futurism a day in Bible prophecy is a literal day twelve hundred sixty days is literally three and a half years. And so that's where they get for example the the whole tribulation period and so forth. They somehow match the twelve sixty with the half a week in the last seventy last of the seventy weeks and they believe that after the rapture there's going to be this tribulation where there's those who missed the Rapture have a second chance to be able to be converted but it will be under great difficulty under great to see the persecution so forth from the anti-Christ. So then to Christ appears in the future. Just before the second coming. We don't have to worry about him now he's not around. Now we can't identify him. Now it's a it's a it's a very convenient prophecy. That does away with identification identification and then a cry so here's who truism in a graphic way there's there may have been some you know prophecies that had that were fulfilled back near the time of the prophet but there's this gap. We're living in that gap of the Church Age and the prophecy would predict they had to Christ to be some time in the future. The last of the of the schools of prophetic interpretation we're going to look at is predator ism and Predator ism says the prophecy was fulfilled. Soon after the Prophet gave them or shortly after the first advent So here you have Daniel being fulfilled soon after the Book of Daniel is written in Revelation soon after the book of Revelation was written so soon after Jesus came those prophecies already met their fulfillment and we don't have to worry about them. Now it's already past the anti-Christ they say is anti gets a bit uneasy the Syrian who under the Greek empire was persecuting of the Jews I mean the bombing and abomination of desolation they hold was the fact that Antiochus a peson nice sacrifice pigs on the altar in Jerusalem. No doubt an abomination. But this is the already past that's what Daniel seven the little one was talking about and it's already in the past so predator is tend not to be too worried about Bible prophecy at all prejudiced you will find generally to be among the the well the more established and mainline the nomination such as Presbyterians or priest pale eons or some of the churches have been around for a long time they tend to have more of a liberal view of Scripture and they tend to be prejudiced in their understanding of Bible prophecy and basically they're not too worried about it because it's already in the past they don't have too much to worry about this is Bible prophecy. The prophet spoke that was good until soon after his lifetime. The latest would reach down till you know the time of the disciples and after the time of Christ and we're living well beyond. That and so we don't have much to say about prophecy I remember one professor from a preferred Presbyterian seminary and Denver I heard her speaking on prophecy and. And and she she just she just sort of ridiculed idea that the Bible has anything to say about how the world's going to end you know I mean it's just by the time you have that view of the Bible and of prophecy you don't really spend much time talking about it at all. It's just something that was local as a local message literal message for that time and that's the end of the story. So this is predator ism and a crisis in the past so of these four or three systems of prophetic interpretation. How do we know which one is correct. How do we know which one we should hold to and used to interpret Bible prophecy. Well I'm going to suggest that Daniel two is the first place we should start. I believe that Daniel is really a primer for us to teach us how to understand prophetic interpretation and other words there was no in time. Prophetic book until Daniel until now begin as or had his vision and this dream was given to both and begin as are the king of Babylon and also to Daniel and Daniel teaches us how to interpret it and it's very easy because we have both the dream and the interpretation in others. We don't really have to interpret Daniel two at all. Do we. It's not. I mean is it we were told what it means we know there's no interpretation needed in fact you'll find this is interesting. You'll find that even though some others schools of prophetic thought interpret other chapters vastly different other visions vastly different than Daniel two You very rarely find anybody reinterpreting Daniel two and saying it means something new. Why. Well because the Bible says what at me. Means easy. You would think that we would see that vision and interpretation would say Aha. Let's learn how it works and use those same understanding those same principles in the future. So how does it work in later prophecies assume that we remember the principles and the symbols top. So basically it's just you know for you. I assume that you all are familiar with the vision of Daniel to the head of gold just an arm silver bell in ties of brass the legs of iron and the feet of iron and clay and this is a this is a very graphic image that God used to describe the future to now because measure and of course what was probably just as alarming to Nebuchadnezzar as the vision was this image was inspiring was the fact that that stone came and. And destroyed the image this idol that must have been a mazing God looking image to Nebuchadnezzar and after that begin as your saw that the stone which came which was form without hands and destroyed the image and it just blew away disappeared that stone became a great mountain and filled the whole earth and so this was the vision that Nabby can as are had what we learn from Daniel Chapter two is a Bible prophecy is often given in symbols how in symbols. That's a very important thing for us to learn. We also remember that the explanation of the symbols is found in the Bible itself. And if we if we look in Daniel Chapter two. We see Daniel telling that we can measure I can't tell you this stream I can tell you what it means but there's a God in heaven who can write and he tells them he's a scribe significant as are what he dreamed as we just went over and then he says you Oking are the head of gold. You are the head of gold your kingdom your empire. After you said another will arise inferior to you and a third kingdom of bronze shall rule over the earth. So these these metals represented what. Kingdoms writes That's that's very clear this explanation the symbols is found in the Bible itself. And so this is this is a very important for us to realize and by the way the the prophecy doesn't end until we get to the end of time right. The stone which is cut out with our hands. Daniel explained is the great God of heaven shall come and set up His Kingdom which shall never pass away right. That's what I call the second coming or the end of time that sort of summarizes doesn't I think it's probably summarizes everything from eight hundred forty four until after the millennium and that one little stone that comes and destroys the image and and fills the whole earth that God of heaven will will come and set up his own kingdom which shall never pass away. It's covering a very broad scope of time now. Daniel Chapter seven if we go on to the next vision of Daniel we find that it uses different symbols but once again many of the interpretations are found in the same chapter not all of them but the vision is at least explained in the same chapter. Not all the symbols are necessary described but it also falls a historic Systrom a prophetic time in other words from Daniel to if we were just to compare again those those three schools of thought which one would we see from God's explanation of Daniel two which would Daniel to be fitting debt historicism predator ism or Futurism is historicism isn't it. It began at the time of the Prophet and it would end the very end of time as God establishes His eternal Kingdom and so it doesn't fit either of those other schools of thought interpretive schools. Dana seven does the same thing but it teaches a new principle what I'm going to call the repeat and enlarge principle. Some people say wait a minute why in the world would God waste his breath waste ink. On paper to go over the same time prophecy all over again. I mean what we already know there is Daniel Daniel Chapter two. There's Babel me to Persia Greece and Rome. Why do we need another vision down in chapter seven Babylon made Persia Greece and Rome obviously God must have meant something else. Listen. God is trying to do something very special here is trying to show us a more information about a specific portion of time and that's the repeat and enlarge principle let's look at Daniel step or seven real quickly and notice how these. How these prophecies work Bablon and Daniel Chapter seven is represented by a lion and it's not only in Daniel Chapter seven elsewhere in Scripture. We find Jeremiah Chapter four verse seven the line is coming from his ticket the street destroyed nations on his way he has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate your cities will be laid waste without inhabitant weans represent speed so this is a lie and with wings and the Bible tells us that we are a symbol of speed. Deuteronomy twenty forty nine the Lord will bring a nation against you from a far from the end of the earth as swift as the eagle flies a nation whose language you will not understand. So as swift as an end eagle flies. This is talking about how rapid Babylon would come a across and take over the destruction of the Holy Land but not only that of that part of the known world not only was the was the Bible referring to. Well wings and lion itself in talking about Babel and but the symbol of the the the animal representing Babylon was a lion in ancient times here we find from the Ishtar Gate constructed by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar around five thirty five B.C. and it was the eighth gate of the city of Babylon and the main entrance into the city and here you see as was seen in many parts around the city of Babylon a lion representing the city and this kingdom would last from sick. Five to five thirty nine B. C.. So here you find that just like just like Babylon was represented by a head of gold and then a Chapter two is represented by a lion and Daniel Chapter seven the next image. The next part of the image the chest and arms of silver be representing me to Persia and the bear and Janet Chapter seven the ties of grass of brass. Representing Greece were represented by a leopard with four heads and four wings in Daniel Chapter seven in the next empire Rome the legs of iron and then attempt to represented by a great dreadful beast. Basically there was nothing in the Babylonian zoo that Daniel could think of that was ferocious enough to describe it mashed it must have been some sort of a teen Rex or something and he just said there's a great dreadful beast is what he described it as and that's the symbol and Daniel Chapter seven and then you have the ten toes are the the divided kingdom the feet part of our inner part of clay and the ten kings of Daniel Chapter seven. Now again. Why do we need. Why do we need another Daniel Chapter two basically just with new images new symbols. Well the reason is very simple God is going to give us more information but he's going to give us more information particularly about the end of time. This is the repeat in large principle Bible prophecies often come in the same time period as a preceding prophecy using different symbols as well we just noticed right. But they give more focus and information toward the end of time you see Daniel Chapter seven does not end with talking about the ten horns. Does it. What what happens next. What happens next is we have details that aren't in Daniel Chapter two. And Daniel Chapter two. There's no mention really of van to Christ. There's no mention space. Difficulty of the judgment but in Daniel Chapter seven after those ten horns representing also the divide of iron and clay of the feet of that image of Diana two after that you have a little horn that comes up and Daniel Chapter seven gives ten characteristics of that little horn that help us to identify this little horn that would come up after the time of of Rome after Rome fell but before the time of judgment. There'd be the space that would be occupied by the Little Horn. That's something very very important by the way the judgment itself is not described in Daniel Chapter two. It's only May be covered loosely covered in the stone. Cut out without hands or destroys image nothing specifically about it a judgement much less a pre Advent judgement is described in Daniel Chapter two. But Daniel Chapter seven. You have the the Son of Man coming to the Ancient of Days in the heavenly sanctuary coming on the clouds and the books are opened judgment begins. Before the second coming before the before the kingdom is taken away from the little horn and given to the saints the most high. So what you find is that Daniel Chapter seven covers the same ground as Daniel Chapter two. But it gives more information at the end of time. Why does God do this. Why does he describe prophecy in this way. Why did he need to go back and go over dead. Babylon and made a purchase and Greece and Rome. Why couldn't he just start with Rome and say after Rome. There is going to be a little horn. Why could he do that. Because you wouldn't know where in time you were starting this prophecy right. You wouldn't know where to begin. He's using the principle that historicism holds to that each new vision or new set of descriptions is going to begin with the time of the prophet and indeed the time of the end and we can find ourselves in that stream of time and there's Each time he does that there's Warren. More information about what happens at the end of time. The focus of a symbolic in time prophecy is surprise the in time write the in time is the focus of the books of Daniel and Revelation Let me illustrate it this way for you if I were to ask you to take a package and go to that building. It's on the corner of Katherine street and. Russell Street. If I were to take you and and I would say you know you can't use a map you can't use a you can't use well you can use Map You can't use a phone like an electronic device no i Phones no Google just I want you delivered a package to Russell Street and Catherine Street. How many of you could find. Are you confident you can find it. Russell St Catherine Street. No Googling. Where would you start looking. You think there might be a few Russell streets in the world. You'd have to get a lot of city maps to start pouring over them right. I think we've so used to google you might be overly confident if you think you can find Russell Street Gatton street with no electronic aid. We don't know enough about where that is to be able to know how to get there. Do we. So if I were to give you a bigger map like this that would give you a pretty big clue right. I'm sorry this. Projectors a very high resolution so it's hard to see some of these things but here you have what continent or what part of the world are we talking about it's Europe right so that gives you a better idea that would limit your Russell Street and Katherine streets. Perhaps if I didn't a little further you would see this is actually in the United Kingdom. And if I gave you a little bit further clue this is within the city of London. Well that gives you a lot of help and finally if I were to show you where this map came from. It's a blow up of a certain part of the city of London the old town down by the the tames river and now you know. So how to get there right now. Guess what you find out that when you go on a journey. If you were to print off that say if you were to print off a what did we used to use Mapquest remember some of those were Google Maps and before we had i Phones we would actually put in the address where we're starting where we're going that we print off those directions right. You remember that it would give you a big map of your journey sort of overview. But then they look the blown up map would be of what would it be of your of your where you're starting or would be if your destination is always a destination guess what you always need more information about the destination where you're going. That's where you need it. Blown up. Because it's uncharted water and that's you know the place and you didn't in the map at all right. But if you don't know where you're going if you're coming to Houston and you're trying to find the Convention Center of the Hilton Americas then you're going to need more detailed instructions about that last. After you get off of Interstate ten or after you get off of whatever you know road you're getting off of you're going to need detailed maps of the downtown in order to get here to the hotel right that's that's the way it works. So the way Bible prophecy works is it gives us that overview. So that we know where the blowup fits this makes sense. That's why God repeats and enlarges I'd like to illustrate a little bit like the pension zoom feature on our smartphones right. We have we can when we see something we want to see in greater detail we can zoom in and all God is doing is saying look I'm going to give you the big picture. So you know where you're at. But then you're allowed to zoom in at the end of time and get more details of what's happening every succeeding vision is giving us more details about the end of time. More details about what's going to happen as we get near the end of time. It's really sad today I was the day the age we live. You know I was watching a little toddler one time not too long ago looking at a picture book and. The poor child was trying to zoom in. And I guess she had seen very few printed books you know it was all digital and so she was trying to she could not understand why that picture would not enlarge Yeah the world we're living in today. But God says look I'm going to give you greater detail about the end of time. I'm going to help you understand it. OK so after the ten toes and ten kings down in chapter seven we find this little horn and by the way I don't want to take too much time because I'm already running out of time but by the way I have come to be very confident in our biblical understanding of Daniel Chapter seven and it's a dedication of the Little Horn. One time I was in the Ukraine preaching a sermon and I had two series one on one side of town one of those side sounds that would preach the same sermon twice you know would take down everything set up on the other side of town. I had a translator who would preached a lot or translated a lot for evangelists and Ukraine and he told me one day after I ended my sermon the first sermon he said you know you preach that wrong you preach about Daniel seven wrong I say OK what did I do wrong. He said well you should have asked them to identify the little more not told them what it represents I said OK and America that be dangerous. You know and we just don't have a good enough grasp of history to be able to do that and I'm thinking these people have a Communist education for seventy years they've been taught by non-Christian non Protestant for sure how in the world are they going to identify and know the papacy the Church of Rome is the power being fingered in Daniel Chapter seven he said we'll just do this after three or four characteristics you just tell them by now some of you are starting to figure out which one which power this is by after four or five characteristics you say some of you already know and by the time you did in characteristic the ten characteristics you just say look. What. Care what power and history fits these ten characteristics and I said really said yeah. So I did that and here you have. People have been taught history from a very secular perspective. Again for generations. No Protestant and for in influence whatsoever. You can't say that they just walk as Americans to become. Nation. With one voice when I ask them what is the only power that can fit the description of Dana Chapter seven one voice the whole probably six hundred people said the papacy. I was just blown away. At how clear this this prophecy is so these are some principles that help us as safeguards in the interpretation of Bible prophecy historicism the day your principle the repeat and enlarge principle and the understanding that the timeline runs from the time of the Prophet down to the time of the end. Now this is what this is the implications of this. OK I'm just going to come out and say it. Some people even with an admin tism have taken for example the seven trumpets and tried to put them into the future. There's several major problems with that. Number one. They do away with the day your principle. They have to. Because if Fifth and Sixth Trumpet. Include time prophecies that if you made them literal time prophecies. I mean if you made them Day year time prophecies they would last for hundreds of years till the future. So they say that prop the seven trumpets in the future as we understand them. Those are literal days now is that historicism it's not a store says. They're somehow mixing the principles of historicism Futurism sometimes they will say well I still believe that the historic system turned potations of the seven trumpets is real is true but I have this futurist they don't see that as the off knowing in understand the principles of Futurism or historicism they say I have this future fulfillment that I believe is also true. And I'm just here to tell you. That whenever you start hearing someone say I believe this is true but this is also true eventually mark my words every single time. If they've held to those new ideas it's always been true. They will eventually abandon the store says interpretation of that prophecy. They will they will move only to this futurist interpretation of prophecy. And they will begin trying to say this is what happens in the future and so forth and so on. Another problem with that is that there's no timeline now from the end of the process from the time of the problem to the time of the end. So now the seven trumpets instead of beginning with the time of the Prophet revel in John and Revelation the early Christian age and Rome and begin and ending all the way down in the times we're living in the seventh trumpet now as sounding and this ending of the Second Coming. Now we have a all those seven trumpets placed into the future you understand the problems. OK. We need to be careful when we begin reinterpreting Bible prophecy in the using the principles that are not taught in Daniel Chapter two or Daniel Chapter seven The Book of Daniel For example I mentioned you earlier. That Daniel Chapter two has no futurist and interpreters. Nobody that I know of takes Daniel to and says well you know Daniel Chapter two The head of gold represented Babylon. That's a store says I'm but in Daniel Chapter two Futurism the head of gold represents the United Nations. I've never heard anybody do that. Daniel Chapter two does not have dual interpretations. You can't there's no gap and then it's up to two. There's no way you can say it ended at the time of the Prophet or soon after. Daniel Chapter two is sort of like a. It's sort of like a filter that if you just say hey how can I teach that from the principles we learned Daniel's habitude and it's after seven we would dispense with many of the false interpretations of. Of Prophecy. You have no dual interpretation of the same symbol I'm talking about the same prophecy where it means this end or one paradigm but now we reinterpret it with new principles of interpretation and we make it mean something else in the future. Why if we don't do that to Daniel Chapter two. Should we expect to be able to do that with Daniel Chapter seven or Daniel Chapter twelve or the seven seals or the seven churches you understand my point by point is Daniel teaches us how pliable prophecy works. Let's interpret it consistently and learn from the primer that we have in the Daniel there's another very important principle that I believe is a safeguard that will help us stay away from false teachings. Even within the church. And by that I'm not saying that the administration teaches false understand the prophecy but people within the administration sometimes arise and they share perspectives on prophecy that are not true in my understanding is certainly not do not represent what the church teaches I want you to turn to Revelation Chapter ten. Revelation Chapter ten. And we're going to look at this principle vill very briefly here. Revelation Chapter ten. And we're going to notice here this is a beautiful passage I wish we could spend a whole bunch of time on it. It's describing how Jesus Himself put into motion. The Second Advent movement. He's standing on the. Verse one is standing a mighty angels says and he's standing on one feet on the earth and one foot on the sea. He has on his in his right hand a little book open that description of Jesus matches what we find in Daniel Chapter ten and elsewhere Revelation chapter one and verse three also his voice and so forth. It matches. We believe this is representing G.'s. Yes and he's giving the message of Daniel the miller right movement to the world and notice with me. It says verse four and when seven thunders had out of their voices I was about to write and I heard a voice from heaven saying into me seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered and write them not an angel to I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand and swore by him that lives for ever and ever. Who created the heaven and the things that are there and are in the earth and the things that they're in are in the sea in the things which are there in that there should be time. No longer but in the days of the voice of the seven they enjoy and he shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be finished as you declared to his servants the prophets and verse eight the voice which I heard from heaven speaking to me again said Go take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which stands upon the scene of on the earth and I will do the angel and said to him. Give me the little book and he said to me take it. Eat it eat it up and it shall make my belly better but it shall be in my mouse sweet as honey and I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it up and it was in my mouth sweet as honey and as soon as I had eaten it my belly was better. So the we believe us of the administration to be very brief we believe this describes the experience of the Miller writes as they studied the book of Daniel sweet in the mouth experience but became bitter in their belly with the great disappointment. OK And then it says you must prophesied again before many peoples and nations and guns and kings. Now let's be very clear here. This is Chapter ten falls down in Chapter not I mean revelation relationship at ten falls Revelation Chapter nine right. Revelation nine is just talked about the fifth and sixth trumpets and so this is where we're talking about and by the way the six trumpet came to an end the last time period there in the trumpets came to an end of there in. In Let's see the hundred fifty you know the time. A day an hour a day a month and a year that came to an end in August eleven eight hundred forty. We we don't have time to go into that but this was just described how the Ottoman Empire would would cease to be an independent power and Aug eleventh eight hundred forty and indeed that happened. Great controversy on why it says the event exactly fulfilled the prediction. And. And this gave great impetus to the message of the Miller writes OK so what we're talking about is right here the beginning of the voice of the seventh angel is right in the eight hundred forty S. right are we clear on that this is this is what this is where we are in the stream of time and this is what it says. He swore verse six that there should be time no longer but in the days of the voice of the seventeen Joel when he shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be finished as he is declared into servants the prophets. So what does this time no longer mean we could ask ourselves a number of questions. What is the time discussed at the beginning of the Seventh Trumpet. Is this the end of literal time. Well we don't believe that's a very strong argument that time is going to come to an end like the world is going to end right then because the end of Chapter ten after reading that little book. There is a proclamation said that you must go and prophesied again before meaning nations and peoples and tongues and kings right. So that can't be the end of literal time what about symbolic time a day for a year principle Well there's no indication of that in the text. There's no way that we can understand that from what the Bible says Crispus of Bigley and in fact we have. Well move on to the twenty three hundred day prophecy some people suggested that means that the end of the twenty three hundred a prophecy. Well the twenty three hundred day prophecy would come to an end right about the end of times the danger was beginning to sound that would be the end of the twenty three hundred a prophecy but certainly the twenty three hundred day prophecy is not mentioned in Dan and chapter. And Revelation Chapter two. And it's mentioned and then Chapter eight right. That's a long ways removed what about prophetic time. Which of these options should we understand this to mean I believe that the most the most logical is that there's no more prophetic time after the beginning of the seventh angel begins to sound time no longer and I want to share with you what Ellen White says about this because I think it's very crystal clear this message speaking about the message of Revelation Chapter ten this message announces the end of the prophetic periods plural right. So it's not just talking about the twenty three hundred day prophecy came to an end. That would be a period a prophetic period right. This is talking about the end of the prophetic periods and other we're in another statement she says this this time which the angel declares with a solemn oath is not the end of this world history. Neither of probationary time but of prophetic time which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is the people. Mr Word that the people of God will not have another message upon definite time after this period of time reaching from eight hundred forty to date hundred forty four the end of the as the beginning beginning of the something. There can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time the longest reckoning of prophetic time reaches to the autumn of eight hundred forty four our position. Has Been of way and one of waiting and watching with no time proclamation to intervene between the close of the prophetic periods in eight hundred forty four and the time of the Lord's coming are you with me on this. She is very explicit in clear in saying look there is no further time message. We don't need to start trying to figure out time periods. If the tie if there is indeed no time no longer after eight hundred forty four A presents great difficulty for us to start taking prophecies that include time periods and placing them still in the future between now and the second coming. This I believe is a very fundamental principle that you can just listen you can listen to someone's is teaching possible prophecy. And if they start saying well this is going to be twelve hundred sixty days the time of trouble is going to happen and and then there's going to be thirty more days before the universal Sunday law and then there's going to be twelve nineteen there's I mean thirteen thirty five and there's going to be all of these even twenty three hundred days I've heard reinterpreted in the future. You already know you are talking to someone who does not believe in the principles of prophetic interpretation we call historicism. And there's no point in me arguing about the twelve sixteen twelve nine if we can agree on the principles and those principles in my mind are very clear historicism including that principle of time. No longer this I believe has been placed. For a very clear safeguard. What should we be talking about the angel said this there should be time no longer but the mystery of God should be finished. What is the mystery of God in Colossians we read that it's Christ in you. The hope of glory. It. The mystery of God. Is best described summarize I should say by the message of righteousness by faith. The issue after eight hundred forty four that Seventh Day Adventist Bible student should be focused in is not what are the time prophecies that tell me when Jesus is going to come. But what can God teach me in my heart so that I can live closer more closely to him and reflect his character and live a life that will hasten his return. That's the issue after eight hundred forty four is our character. You see if you had a calendar. There was God's calendar. This is another way of saying it. I should say this differently. Because God knows the father knows when when the wind is going to be. He hasn't revealed it to us if God gave us a calendar of this world's history. The last page would end in one thousand nine hundred four after that friends we've been living off the calendar with Jesus coming eminent that's not that's not definite time when we say Jesus coming is soon that's not definite time. If I were to say Jesus coming in for. Five years or ten years or by the time this happens that would be definite time we have no message of definite time. What we believe is that Jesus is coming soon. And what is he waiting for he's not waiting for another page of the calendar to flit by and by the way while I'm at it. He's not waiting for the right president to be elected in Washington the right pope to come to the throne of Peter St Peter's He is waiting for his people and while I have no problem with us. We're observing the signs of the times we are all we ought already to know that Jesus coming is eminent and what we ought to focus on is the message of righteous by faith and how can I become more like Jesus in this our verse history. This is what Ellen White says the Lord has shown me that the message of the thirteenth must go and be claimed the scattered people children the Lord but it must not be hung on time I saw that some were getting a false excitement arising from preaching time but the thirteen joules message is stronger than time can be I saw that this message can stand on its own foundation and needs not time to strengthen it. And that it will go forth and it will go in mighty power and do its work and will be cut short and righteous one more thing before I let you go I want to just illustrate for you. Some young people have said to me but that's not fair because all of these time prophecies in the past. I want to see something happening in my day. How can those stars of fallen in the dark day in the the Moon turn to blood How can that already be one hundred fifty years ago or longer and and that be a sign of the times that seems true from our perspective right I mean our short lifespan hundred fifty years ago. Seems like a long time I want to just give you an illustration that might help you with that I believe we're living in the last days and I believe those are the signs of the last days and we don't need although they may be repeated. They don't need to be repeated because this is what the reality is if we are to look at the major events between creation and two thousand and sixteen. We can list some of them the flood we could list the time of Abraham and the Exodus we could look at David and the time of Jesus. We can look at the through the eyes a little horn we get all the way down here to the dark days. Time of the end the stars fall and the judgment begins you see would you agree that that's the time of the end would you agree that we're. From just a six thousand your perspective not God's perspective time but just as six thousand your perspective. These signs are telling is the end is near right. We're living in the last days. So sometimes I think the need to reinterpret and to reapply Bible prophecies that have already been fulfilled comes from this this false sense of Well that's true for long ago those signs took place we need prophecies Now listen what we need now is to turn our eyes upon Jesus. What we need now is to focus. It does no good or does little good to have a revival based on false excitement of some time prediction that Jesus is coming so very soon. This is what happens. I think people say oh no. G. is coming soon. I better get ready. What what God wants for G Y C is for us to be so in love with Jesus. The response is not. Oh no. Jesus coming soon. I better get ready but are the the motif of our life is I'm excited that Jesus is coming soon because I love him. There's a big difference and I think the latter is what will really help us to be ready for the second coming. The mystery of God to be finished in your heart and mind. That we might light in the earth with the glory of God as we talked about Revelation Chapter eighteen the previous seminar. I believe that Jesus is coming soon. And I want to encourage you in your study of Bible prophecy. There are many good resources you can get besides a Bible concordance but don't be distracted and I think that's a an accurate word to use Don't be distracted by false teachings of Bible prophecy or by false theories of prophetic interpretation. That lead you down chasing rabbits down paths that God doesn't want us to go down. We have a particular focus that we're called to have on our minds right now and that is Christ in you. The hope of glory. The mystery of God being finished I'll stay for a few minutes if you have questions but our heads forward of prayer as we conclude Father in heaven. We just thank you that you've given to us your word your prophetic word. We pray that we might understand the principles by which we interpret prophecy that we might be safeguarded as we live in these last days you have told us there will be every wind of doctrine that in fact there be false teachers arise so that if possible. They'll deceive even the very elect and we just pray that we might not be deceived help us to be strong in understanding of Bible prophecy we are prophetic or prophetic people help us to turn our eyes upon Jesus let his love and His truth and his righteousness and the message of Christ like me be the great power that attends the message of the Fourth Angel comes we pray in Jesus this message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas a supporting ministry at the Seventh Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ centered and so winning Christians for other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C web.


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