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02. The Abomination of Desolation

Norman McNulty
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The abomination of desolation is described by Jesus in Matthew 24:15 as that which should be read and understood by the students of Bible prophecy and of the book of Daniel. While it's immediate fulfilment relates to the destruction of Jerusalem, there is a fascinating end-time application that has long fascinated Seventh-day Adventists. We will dig deeper into this topic in this presentation.

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • June 11, 2020
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Greetings and welcome again to our last day of events explained series here on Audioverse. My name is Norman McNulty and it's a privilege to be with you again for part two in our series. And today we're addressing the abomination of desolation. 

 

Before we get into the presentation I'm going to address a few questions that came in and for those of you who have questions feel free to send them into the email that you see here on the screen contact@audioverse.org. We got a number of good questions this week and I just want to go through a couple of them right now. 

 

Julie asked the question, ”Thank you for this series. My question is how do we know that we are not one of the foolish virgins? Also how do we make sure that our faith and relationship with Christ is strong?” And it's a great question: how do we know whether or not we’re one of the foolish virgins? The parable of Matthew 25 makes it clear that the foolish virgins don't have the oil in their vessels with their lamps. The oil represents the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23 are a description of the Holy Spirit being in your life and that's the fruits of a converted heart. And how we can have a strong relationship with Christ is to spend time with him every day in Bible study in prayer communicating with him and that's how the fruits of the spirit grow in our lives. And so that's a great question and we definitely want to make sure that we are wise and not foolish. 

 

Another question comes in from Connie. She wants to know what it means to prophesied again and is this the message of the judgment of the living? Well, the phrase “prophesy again” is found in Revelation 10:11 which comes immediately after what we see to be the Great Disappointment and this message of prophesying again is actually the call to give the 3rd angel's message. The Millerites gave the 1st and the 2nd angel's message up until 1844 but the 3rd angel’s message, which includes the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus, is given after reaching 1844. So when does the judgment of the living begin? As best as I can tell it's when the national Sunday law begins. That's when the church is tested. That's when the fruits are seen and then probation closes sometime after the national Sunday law begins. 

 

There are a few other questions that came in. One of them that I thought was also important to discuss comes from Stan and he wants to know on what basis do we conclude that the Midnight cry is the same as the loud cry? And this is a great question and it's worth mentioning as well. You know Ellen White says in Review and Herald, August 19, 1890 referring to the parable of the 10 virgins she says that “This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter.” Now what she means by it having already been fulfilled to the very letter is that the Millerite movement, they were a fulfillment of the parable of the 10 virgins and the midnight cry in their history took place when the date was set for October 22, 1844. They believed that Jesus was coming on October 22 but that date was not set very clearly until August of 1844, specifically at a campmeeting on August 12th, a message given by Samuel Snow. That was the midnight cry phase of the Millerite movement. For the parable being fulfilled again to the very letter happens again at the end of the world with the 2nd Advent movement the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the midnight cry in the parable of the end of the world is the loud cry when the latter rain is poured out and the church goes forth proclaiming the message, “Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” That correlates with the loud cry message of Revelation 18, which as we saw last week, concludes with a message that her sins have reached unto heaven. Babylon's sins have reached unto heaven. God hath remembered her iniquities and Ellen White says in Last Day Events page 108 that “Babylon’s sins reach heaven when the law of God is made void by legislation.” 

 

And one other question came in questioning whether or not other incidents where God's law has been violated through legislation could constitute a fulfillment of that. And it doesn't, no other laws that have been passed that violates God's law for example even the law that allows homosexuals to marry specifically meets what Revelation 18 is describing because the law that is enforced nationally and then eventually internationally that changes Sabbath to Sunday is a sin that reaches all the way to heaven and is the fulfillment of the final events of Earth's history. 

 

So, great questions that have come in. Thank you for passing them along and please keep them coming. If I didn't respond to your question we may address them in later presentations based on the topic at hand. And so, one other thing and then we're going to have an opening prayer here, I just want to remind you if you're interested in a copy of my book that I've written on Daniel: Practical Living in the Judgment Hour, you can get a copy from Remnant Publications. Now is a great time to be studying and to be sharing with others and so I want to remind you of that as well. 

 

I want to go ahead and have a word of prayer now as we get into the heart of our 

study for today and so let's just ask God to be with us as we study about the Abomination of Desolation, so let's pray. “Father in Heaven, we thank you for this opportunity to study and to learn. I just pray in a special way that you will guide us through this study on the Abomination of Desolation. I pray that it would be very clear to all of us. I pray that my presentation would be clear. I pray that the understanding would be clear for all those who are listening. And I pray, Lord, that we would be ready when You come, and so I pray this in Jesus' name, amen. 

 

Ok so, the Abomination of Desolation. You know this is a topic that many in the church find to be very fascinating and it's an important topic because Jesus actually makes reference to it in Scripture. And so when Jesus makes reference to it in Scripture we definitely want to study this as well and understand what he's talking about. And so let's look at these 3 gospel accounts. There's 3 times where Jesus addresses this concept known as the abomination of desolation. Matthew 24:14 and 15, Mark 13:14 and in Luke 20:20 and 21. If it's in these 3 gospels you know that it's important for us to study. Jesus' addresses it. He wants us to study and so we want to take a look at it. 

 

Now I want to go to Matthew chapter 24 and we're going to look at verses 14 and 15. And if you have your Bibles, I invite you to get them out and turn with me to this important passage where Jesus is speaking. And again, Matthew 24 is a chapter where Jesus describes the signs of His coming and of the end of the world. And so in Matthew 24:14 he says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come.” Then verse 15, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth let him understand), then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.” So Jesus is saying that the Gospel is going to go to the whole world and then the end will come and then He says, “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso reads let him understand),” then you need to flee. Now the fact that Jesus tells us that you should go to the book of Daniel, read it, and understand it tells us that we want to do that. And so that’s important for us and we're going to go to Daniel here in just a few minutes. 

 

That's not the only account. We go also to Mark 13:14. This adds some further information. So in Matthew 24 we see that the abomination of desolation is standing in the holy place and he says go to Daniel to understand this further. In Marks 13:14, here we read, “But when you shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not (let him that readeth understand), then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains.” So in Matthew 24, the abomination of desolation is standing in the holy place. What does that mean? And then in Mark 13:14 the abomination of desolation is standing where he ought not or standing where he's not supposed to be. One last the Gospel account is in Luke 21:20 and 21 and this makes things even clearer. So notice what Jesus says here. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is the nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.” 

 

So in Matthew 24, the abomination of desolation is standing in the holy place. In Mark 13 the abomination of desolation is standing where it ought not, or where it’s not supposed to be.

But in Luke 21 we see that it's the Roman army surrounding Jerusalem. And so, well specifically it's mentioned as an armies surrounding Jerusalem and we're going to see that this is the Roman army. This is the initial fulfillment. And remember, Jesus mixes the signs of His coming at the end of the world with the destruction of Jerusalem. So you have this, initial application or interpretation for these passages that relate to the destruction of Jerusalem, but we're also going to see how this applies to the end of the world. 

 

Now, Ellen White weighs in on this concept of the abomination of desolation and tells us further, or gives us some helpful clarity on this topic. This is in Great Controversy page 25, “Jesus declared to the listening disciples the judgments that were to fall upon apostate Israel, and especially the retributive vengeance that would come upon them for their rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah. Unmistakable signs would proceed the awful climax. The dreaded hour would come suddenly and swiftly. And the Savior warned his followers: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which would be in Judea flee into the mountains.” And she's quoting Matthew 24:21 in that paragraph. And then she goes on to say, “When the idolatrous standards of the Romans should be set up in the holy ground, which extended some furlongs outside the city walls, then the followers of Christ were to find safety in flight. When the warning signs should be seen, those who would escape must make no delay. Throughout the land of Judea, as well as in Jerusalem itself, the signal for flight must be immediately obeyed.” 

 

So notice, the holy place is a territory of ground outside the city wall of Jerusalem that extended a set of furlongs or a certain amount of space beyond the city walls. So that's where the Roman army ought not to stand. It's compassing Jerusalem. And then she concludes by saying, “He who chanced to be upon the housetop must not go down into his house, even to save his most valued treasures. Those who were working in the fields or vineyards must not take time to return for the outer garment laid aside while they should be toiling in the heat of the day. They must not hesitate a moment, lest they be involved in the general destruction.” So, Ellen White makes it very clear that when the Romans surrounded Jerusalem in the territory considered to be holy territory or holy space -- this is not the holy place of the sanctuary, this has confused some people. This is a territory of space outside of the city of Jerusalem. That is the abomination of desolation. 

 

Now just to add some further clarity to the abomination of desolation here. The abomination that is taking place here is that you have idolatrous Roman standards from a pagan nation being placed in what is considered sacred ground. So an abomination is to unite the sacred with the profane, the sacred with the idolatrous, the sacred with the common. That's the abomination. And after the abomination of uniting the sacred with the profane, the desolation would follow. And in this case the abomination, again, is the idolatrous Roman standards of the Roman army. You have pagan idols on their standards that they're placing in the holy ground outside of the city of Jerusalem. That's an abomination. And after the abomination takes place where they compass or surround the city of Jerusalem and they're standing where they are not to be, then the desolation of the destruction of Jerusalem takes place. So that's what the abomination of desolation means in the immediate application of Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. And we're going to see that there is an end time application from what Jesus says here. 

 

So, let's move along here. So interestingly, Ellen White already makes it clear that the reason why there was the abomination of desolation which desolated, or destroyed, the city of Jerusalem is because the Jews rejected the Messiah. Now sometimes I hear people say that the Jews actually never had a close of probation; that they continue to be the Israel of God and we simply join them after Jesus went to heaven. That is not true. Their probation closed as a nation in 34 A.D. and the execution of the close of the probation took place when the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. And Jews can certainly be saved but they, as a nation, are not the chosen people of God any further. Now the Christian Church is the Israel of God from the time of the close of probation for the Jews in 34 AD all the way until the 2nd coming. 

 

Now Daniel 9:24-27 actually describes the abomination of desolation and it’s done so theologically and prophetically in connection with the rejection of the Messiah. And so you see the rejection of the Messiah at the end of the 70 weeks, and as a result of the rejection of the Messiah, you then get the abomination of desolation. Now Daniel 9:24, You see very clearly the prophecy of the 70 weeks where Christ would come. And there it was that the decree to restore and build Jerusalem in verse 25. But then in verses 26-27 you have part a and part b. The 1st part of 26-27 talks about Messiah, how he will be cut off and he would confirm the covenant with many for one week, which is the last week of the 70 weeks which we understand. The 70 weeks were 490 years and Jesus came. His ministry began in the last of those 490 years, the last 7 years of the 490, and he was cut off in the midst of that last week. 3 and a half years into the last of the 70 weeks. As a result of that, in part b of verses 26 and 27 it says, “The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city,” that's Jerusalem, “and the sanctuary,” that's the temple. “And the end thereof shall be with a flood and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” Now there’s the desolation portion of the abomination. And then, in the 2nd part of verse 27 it says, “And for the overspreading of abominations,” so there is the abomination. You have desolation in verse 26, you have abomination in verse 27. “For the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the ‘desolate-or.’'' That's what the word means at the end of verse 27. Now the people of the prince that shall come that shall destroy the city. This has been discussed in Daniel Chapter 8.

 

Now if you're not well versed on Daniel 8 and Daniel 9 and how the king of fierce countenance of Daniel 8 connects to the people of the prince that shall come and shall destroy the city in the sanctuary, study up on that. I'm not going to take a lot of time on this, but the point is this: in Daniel 8 you have a king of fierce countenance understanding dark sentences who would come and destroy God's people and that is from the curses that Moses gives to the nation of Israel. There is the blessings and the curses in Deuteronomy 28. And in Deuteronomy 28, Moses tells prophetically that if you don't follow the covenant, the curses will be poured out and a king of fierce countenance understanding dark sentences will come and destroy you as a people. Daniel 8 first identifies that king of fierce countenance prophetically which makes Daniel very upset. And then in Chapter 9 we see that after the 70 weeks of probationary time that are given to the Jewish people, that prince, or that king would come and destroy the city and the sanctuary as a judgment for the Jews rejecting the Messiah. This is the abomination of desolation. The nation of Rome came and destroyed the Jewish nation in 70 AD. They wanted to preserve the Jewish temple. Titus didn't want to destroy the temple but nothing could stop the destruction when that time came, if you read the history. So, it's an interesting, fascinating history. That's the primary application of the abomination of desolation but there is more to the story. 

 

Ellen White, we read the statement last week but it's worth reading again in context with the abomination of desolation, Ellen White makes the statement in Testimonies Volume 5 pages 464-465, “It is no time now for God's people to be fixing their affections or laying up their treasure in the world. The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation in the decree and enforcing of the papal sabbath will be a warning to us.” So notice, there is an end time application. The end time application is that the national Sunday law is our abomination of desolation. 

 

Now, let's keep reading here. “It will then be time to leave the large cities preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes and secluded places among the mountains. And now instead of seeking expensive dwellings here, we should be preparing to move to a better country, even a heavenly. Instead of spending our means in self-gratification, we should be studying to economize. Every talent lent of God should be used to His glory in giving the warning to the world.” And certainly, when you see what's happening in the world around us, if you're investing in this world with your money, you're investing in the wrong place. This world is going to fall apart very rapidly at the rate it's going and we want to make sure that we're laying up treasure in heaven. 

 

But again, the initial fulfillment of the Abomination of Desolation is the Roman army surrounding Jerusalem, placing its idolatrous standards in the holy place and in the territory outside of Jerusalem and then it destroyed the city. That's the abomination of desolation. The end time application for God's people is the national Sunday law. Now what’s abomination of desolation with the national Sunday law? Well, here's the abomination: the abomination is that a law is passed that proclaims a common secular day to be sacred. That’s an abomination. Trying to unite that which is common with that which is sacred, there's the abomination. And when church and state unite to create a law that unites the sacred with the profane, which is, there is a law that says we should worship God but people are being told to worship God on a day that is common or secular. That's the abomination. Then we see the desolation that follows is that those who don't go along with the law will be persecuted and threatened with death. That's the abomination of desolation. So that's what we're looking at. 

 

Now, interestingly, there is more than one place in the Book of Daniel that describes the abomination of desolation and some people get confused by this, but the abomination of desolation in Daniel 11:31, which is the 2nd place that we find the abomination of desolation mentioned by name this is not the Roman army surrounding Jerusalem. This is a different historical fulfillment and we're not doing all of Daniel 11 right now in this presentation but basically, if you study this out, the abomination of desolation in Daniel 11:31 is the union of church and state, first with Clovis using his army to give assistance to the papacy and then in 538 there’s a decree from Justinian, first given in 533 but enforced in 538 when Belisarius drives the last barbaric tribe out of the city of Rome. And that decree by Justinian allowed the bishop of Rome to have control over the states. So now the church has control over the state. That's an abomination. And when that abomination was formed in 538 in its completeness, that led to then desolation throughout the 1260 years where there is the persecution of the saints who don't go along with the abomination of the union of church and state. And this sets the stage for the final events because Ellen White says in Manuscript Releases volume 13 page 394 that scenes similar to what's described in Daniel 11:30-36 which includes this abomination of desolation where church and state unite, she says seeing similar to those described in these words will take place. So Daniel 9 shows that the 1st abomination of desolation was the Jewish nation being destroyed by the pagan Roman Empire. But then Daniel 11 then sets the stage for the end of the world by showing that the abomination of desolation for the end of time starts when church and state unite with the Roman Catholic Church state power. And we know that the Roman Catholic Church state power receives the deadly wound in 1798 where it no longer has power over the state; it's still a church entity, but it lost power over the state. But at the end of the world, when the deadly wound is healed, church and state unite again and the abomination of desolation will be an issue again at the end of the world. So we want to be watching how that all plays out. 

 

So, I want to take you back to Matthew 24:14-15 as we look at this concept of the abomination of desolation, and there's a key connection here. Verse 14 says, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then the end shall come.” And then Jesus mentions the abomination of desolation. So the application for the end of the world is that God's people are going to take the Gospel to the world for a witness. It’s not simply going to be a declaration. There is going to be seen a demonstration and that final demonstration of the Gospel is Revelation 18 where an angel comes down from heaven having great power, great authority, and the earth is lightened or illuminated with its glory where the gospel is not only preached, but it is demonstrated and what's been lacking in the church till this point is that too many times when we see a great evangelist or a great preacher we exalt the messenger rather than the message and rather than Christ and we have a tendency to take credit for the work that Christ is trying to do through us. But when the loud cry message goes out and the earth is lightened with the glory of God's character, nobody's going to be caring about taking credit for the power of the Gospel that’s seen in our lives and that's being proclaimed. And so the Gospel is going to go to the world for a witness. Now yes, as Seventh-day Adventists we've done a good job over the last 150 years of being evangelistic and taking the gospel to the far corners of the earth, and that's part of the fulfillment of that prophecy. But the final fulfillment is the witness component where it is demonstrated, not simply proclaimed, and then the end will come. And then we see that simultaneously to the giving of the loud cry message, you have the Sunday law taking place, and so that's an important component of Matthew 24:14-15, that there is a demonstration or a witness of the gospel in addition to the proclamation of the gospel. 

 

And now, let's look at a couple of key points. So, how does the abomination of desolation repeat itself? At the end of the world Ellen White again mentions in Manuscript Release volume 13, page 394 that “Just as you see the abomination of desolation and Daniel 11:31 she says scenes similar will take place at the end of time.” Now she doesn't say identical. Some people get carried away and try to make an identical repetition between those verses. It’s similar but not identical; it’s a pattern. So at the end of the world you see in Daniel 11:40 that the king of the North receives a deadly wound from the king of the south. I believe that’s 1798 at the beginning of verse 40. And then in verse 41, the King of the north makes a comeback against the atheism that delivered the deadly wound and he enters into the glorious land. Now in Daniel 11, whenever the king of the north of the King of the South enter into a territory it's for the purpose of conquest. The glorious land is the territory of God's people. I have already mentioned that earlier in the Book of Daniel the Jewish nation cease to be God's chosen people in 34 AD, so please don't tell me that at the end of the world the territory of God's people is still literal Israel. It's not. It's God’s denominated people who are followers of God. And so the papacy enters into the territory of God's people for the purpose of conquering them. And the way the papacy tries to conquer God's people is through a law that will force God's people to sever their allegiance with the God of heaven, which is the law of God, including the 4th commandment which is the Sabbath, by following a man made law that shows that the papacy has power over the church and the state. And that's what we call the mark of the beast. This is the renewal of the abomination of desolation in verse 41. 

 

Now, next week we're going to talk about the 4 stages of the Sunday law which you can see in Daniel 11:41-45. I'm not going to go through the various stages. I'm just letting you know that verse 41 is a repetition of history from Daniel 11:31 where now you see the abomination of desolation again. And when we get to the end of Daniel 11 you see what we would call the final siege of Jerusalem because there is a message that its tidings from the east and the north that infuriates the king of the north and he goes forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to make away many and then a verse 45 he plants the tabernacles of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain, yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him. Now the glorious holy mountain is Mount Zion on the north side of Jerusalem and the king of the North is planting the tabernacles of his palace between the seas. Now we believe this would be the Mediterranean Sea. And then there's also, that's to the west, there's the Dead Sea to the east, and the tabernacle represents the place of worship, the palace represents political authority, so you're uniting political authority with a place of worship. That's the union of church and state in the context of the papacy going forth to destroy and utterly to make away many, that's a death decree. So by the time you get to the end of Daniel 11, you have a death decree. And this death decree is associated with a Sunday law that, if you don't go along with this Sunday law that first was enacted when the king of the North enters into the glorious land, by the time he comes out of the glorious Holy Mountain, which is Jerusalem, which is where God’s remnant are found, he threatens a death decree and it's at that time that Michael stands up to deliver his people. And you know, we’ll have some time to break down Daniel 11 in a little bit further, but I'll say this: please don't tell me that Michael stands up to deliver his people based on a Middle East regional conflict. Now Michael is standing up to deliver his people because the remnant is under siege by the end time papal power who has enacted a death decree against God's people who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. So, the final siege of Jerusalem you can see in Daniel 11:45 is the final abomination of desolation as it reaches a climax. 

 

Now, just to wrap things up here, some people have great interest especially when they see that the abomination of desolation is again mentioned in Daniel 12:12 specifically, as there is a connection - well, it’s mentioned in Daniel 12:11 and then verse 12 is a time prophecy. But people are curious as to what the 1290 and the 1335 day prophecies are referring to in Daniel Chapter 12. So you have the abomination of desolation mentioned in Daniel 9:26-27. You have the abomination of desolation mentioned again and Daniel 11:31, and then you have the abomination of desolation mentioned again in Daniel 12:11. And what you see here, Daniel 12:11 and 12 says “From the time that the daily shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up there shall be 1290 days. Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1305 and 30 days.” Now, I've heard some say, “This is the climax of the Book of Daniel.” You can't tell me that the climax of the Book of Daniel is talking about historical events from 508. Well, in fact, actually it's not really focusing on 508 but if you say that the climax of Daniel 12 is 508 that would be like saying the climax of Daniel 8:14 is 457 BC. It's not. It's 1844, and these prophecies in Daniel chapter 12 are referring back to what Daniel 11:31 mentions and that is that in 508 there's this abomination of desolation where Clovis of the Franks unites his secular army with the Roman Church in order to give them political power in Western Europe. That's the beginning of, that's 508, so that's the beginning of your 1290 and 1335 day prophecies. 

 

And so, some believe however, that these are literal time prophecies that start at the National Sunday law. They say that the word for days in this chapter is the Hebrew word yom which they say is used for literal days. However they don't take into account the this is the same word in Numbers 14:34 and in Ezekiel 4:6 that we have historically used as Seventh-day Adventists to show that a day equals a year in Bible prophecy. Furthermore when you get to Revelation 13:5 which talks about a 42 month prophecy which is the 1260 years, the word for months in Revelation 13:5 is the same that's used for the literal months throughout the New Testament. And so don't be confused by some of these fanciful interpretations that try to make the end of Daniel 12 into a reapplication of time prophecies. Unfortunately I've seen people use these prophecies to create dates for a national Sunday law. In fact, there was a video a couple years ago that was viewed by over 200,000 people that tried to set a date from when the pope came and spoke to a joint session of Congress to count 1260 literal days from that point to when a national Sunday law would start and then you go 30 days beyond from the National Sunday law to a death decree and then 45 days beyond that to when Jesus comes back, but that's not an appropriate way to interpret these prophecies. Ellen White makes some very clear statements that these people overlook. This is Early Writings pages 74 and 75, “Time has not been a test since 1844 and it will never again be a test. The Lord has shown me that the message of the third angel must go and be proclaimed to the scattered children of 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 third angel's 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 in mighty power and do its work, and will be cut short in righteousness.” So those who are reapplying the 1260 the 1290 in the 1335 to literal prophecies beyond their historical fulfillment are false teachers and I'm saying that and you can send them questions all you want but that's a false teaching that those prophecies are reapplied. Ellen why has more to say, referring to 1335 a prophecy, this is from Letter 28, 1850. Ellen White says, “We told him [Brother H] of some of his errors in the past, that the 1335 days were ended, and numerous [other] errors of his.” So there was a brother in the past that was teaching the 1335 days of another application. She says, no, that's an error. And then this statement, Last Day Events page 36, “Our position has been one of waiting and watching, with no time-proclamation intervene between the close of the prophetic periods and 1844 and the time of our Lord's coming.” So the truth about these is that these prophecies from Daniel 12:11-12 are referring back to Daniel 11:31 the starting point is 508 this takes you from, the 1290 years, takes you from 508 to 1798. The 1335 years takes you from 508 to 1843. The significance of this is that after 1798 God's people are no longer scattered and for 1843 there is a blessing for those who came to that point, that those who would be part of the Millerite movement would gain a special blessing. And from 1844 to the 2nd coming there are no time prophecies. We have a message that is based on character preparation, not of date setting.

 

And so my final appeal is this: God has raised up the 2nd Advent movement to take the gospel to the world, not simply as a proclamation, but as a demonstration, as a witness, and then the end will come. And when God has a people who take the gospel of the world as a witness to whom he cannot entrust his latter rain power, then we will see the abomination of desolation, known as the national Sunday law. And I have news for you, God’s not waiting on the pope. God's not waiting for the president and the pope to form a conspiracy to create a national Sunday law. That will be the trigger that lets us know that Jesus is here, but God is waiting for a people who can give the gospel as a witness with the fruits of the Spirit as a demonstration of what Christ’s character is like so that the national Sunday law can then be allowed to move forward. And so we want to be among the people whom God uses to be filled with the Spirit we want to be the wise virgins with the extra oil in our vessels, which is our life, which is our heart, which is our mind and our soul. we want to have that extra oil of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives so that we can reflect Christ and we can be prepared when the final crisis hits. And friends, I look around and as I see what's happening, this whole crisis right now isn't necessarily settling down. We've had the pandemic and now we're having civil unrest and there are certainly some just causes that are being protested but civil unrest is definitely taking place and we need to keep an eye on things prophetically because if the world continues the way it is I just don't know how much longer we can go on and the fact that all of this is happening suggests to me that we as God's people are getting closer and closer to being ready to receive the seal of the Living God. So if your heart's not right with the Lord today make sure that you surrender all, place on the altar, and that you're ready for Him to come.

 

I'm looking forward to next week’s study. We're going to go through the 4 stages of the National Sunday law. It doesn't just hit all at once and it's over in a couple of days. There is a progression to it and we're going to see that, and so make sure you come back next week for that. Before I wrap up though, I do want to offer a word of prayer, so let's pray. “Father in heaven we thank you for showing us this truth about the abomination of desolation. Help us to understand this with clarity. May we be ready to flee at a moment's notice and may we be ready for Your soon coming. And I pray that as we continue through this series that things will be made clearer and clearer as we continue to develop these thoughts. So thank you, and be with us. Maybe be found faithful. I pray this in Jesus' name, amen. 

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