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Revelation 10 and Daniel's Little Book, Part 4

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  • May 29, 2010
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Okay are you ready to finish this material? Praise the Lord. Now we’re talking about the oath that time would be no longer. Many modern versions translate that there would no longer be any delay, that is not a good translation. I’m going to give you the reasons why. Let me read you a statement from Ellen White SDA Bible Commentary volume 7 page 971 she is talking about the expression time will be no longer.

“This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. Now listen carefully That is, the people will not have another message upon definite time. {7BC 971.8}

What part of not have don’t we understand? People are reapplying all kinds of prophecies. Nebuchadnezzar’s insanity and the 1290 and the 1335. I know that they say they are not setting dates, they are not saying this prophecy begins at this date. Some are saying the beginning of the1260 days will be the national Sunday law, then give another moment for the universal Sunday law, then they say after that you are going to have the time of trouble and the coming of Jesus, it’s almost like setting a time. Ellen White says don’t talk about time, don’t hang our message on time. The three angels’ messages can stand on their own. She says “This message announces the end of the prophetic periods. The disappointment of those who expected to see our Lord in 1844 was indeed bitter to those who had so ardently looked for His appearing. It was in the Lord’s order that this disappointment should come, and that hearts should be revealed. {Ms32-1896 (December 6, 1896)

You notice that Ellen White says here, that this does not refer to the end of the history of the world, and it does not refer to the close of probation. There is good biblical reason for that. Notice the next two points.

The time referred to in this verse cannot mean the end of human history for at least two reasons. Number one this announcement is made during the period of sixth trumpet.

The 6th trumpet is Revelation 9:13-21. Then you have Revelation 10.

The 7th trumpet is Revelation 11:15-17. In between the 6th trumpet and the 7th trumpet is Revelation 10,  it’s occurring between the 6th and 7th trumpets.

 This announcement is made during the period of the 6th trumpet and when Jesus does not come to take over his kingdom until the 7th trumpet.

Are you understanding why this cannot be referring to the end of history? The end of history comes when Jesus takes over his kingdom and during the 7th trumpet.

So, Time will be no longer happening in the 6th trumpet cannot mean the end of the world. That’s the first point.

The second point is, this is even more significant. After the announcement was made that time will be no longer John was instructed to prophesy again. How could he do this if the world had come to an end?

After the declaration is made, time will be no longer, then John is told after the bittersweet book episode he says, prophesy again. What good would it do to prophecy again if the world had come to an end? So time will be no longer must refer to an event other than the close of probation or the second coming of Jesus.

Now the translation there should no longer be any delay is incorrect and let me give you the reasons why. In the book of Revelation the word chronos, where we get our word chronology from, is used three other times, and notice the inconsistency and in none of them can the world be translated in such a way. The word time appears in at least 30 places in the New Testament. But not once is it translated delay by modern versions except in this verse. The word appears 30 times in the New Testament, 3 times in Revelation, never is it ever translated in modern versions delay except in this one verse. That means that they have an agenda.

By the way, the New Testament has a word for expressing a delay, for example in Matthew 24:48 the word chronizo is used of the unfaithful servant who says “my master is delayed” so if John had meant delayed he would have used chronizo instead of using the word chronos, so this is not talking about any delay speaking about prophetic time. Now Ellen White has repeatedly warned us not to set times for any prophetic event, after 1844 there can be no more tracing of prophetic time. I have a couple of statements here, this is Review and Herald July 21, 1851 she says, “The Lord has shown me that the message of the  third angel must go, and be proclaimed to the scattered children of the  Lord, and that it should not be hung on time; for time never will be a test again. I saw that some were getting a false excitement arising from preaching time; that the third angel’s message was stronger than time can be. I saw that this message can stand on its own foundation, and that it 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.{ExV 48.4}

No need to attach a date or a time to the third angel’s message, it’s strong in itself, it has its own power. There is another statement here that is found in Selected Messages volume 2 page 84 she says,  “There will always be false and fanatical movements made by persons in the church  notice, in the church, who claim to be led of God—those who will run before they are sent, and will give day and date for the occurrence of unfulfilled prophecy. The enemy is pleased to have them do this, for their successive failures and leading into false lines cause confusion and unbelief.—Letter 28, 1897. {2SM 84.3} 

That’s a powerful statement and there many others if you want a whole chapter statements in the book Last Day Events there is one called of the times and the seasons I think is title of it, It gives you a whole series of statements of Ellen White of not setting time.

By the way, I'm sure that you're aware Jesus is supposed to come next year in May, right? according to Harold Camping of family radio, I've just been praying to the Lord that he is alive at that time.

Q: Yes? We can’t do that because we don't have a thus sayeth the Lord on that point. It is dangerous to set time periods. There was a lady called Marion Barry who wrote a book many years ago where she predicted the Sunday law back in the 1980’s by reapplying the 1260, 1290 and 1335. What happens is, when it doesn't happen according to this timescale that people establish, then what do people do? They not only disbelieve the person who gave interpretation, they come to disbelieve the Bible. Ellen White makes that point very, very clear and so we should not get all caught up in this issue of time.

For example, I'm sure you're aware of the way that people interpret Revelation 17, some even within the church. They say that of the 7 heads, five are fallen, one is, and one is not yet come, are 7 popes that have ruled since 1929, because they believe that the deadly wound was healed in 1929. That is a traditional view.

I don’t believe that because Revelation says that it is not Italy that heals the deadly wound, it is the United States. In 1929 it was Italy that returned the Papal States to the papacy. Revelation 13 makes it clear that the United States will give the sword back to the papacy, it’s not Italy.

They say that when John Paul II was alive, the 5 that are fallen are the 5 up to the time of John Paul II, the one who is was John Paul II, and the one who is not yet come is now Benedict the 16th so he’s going to be the last pope.

Now tell me, how is that not setting time? It’s just a diplomatic way of setting time, and what does it do? It makes people excited, this is the last pope folks, we need to get down to business, Jesus is coming soon, Benedict the 16th when he dies, that’s it.

What happens if another pope is elected? Then people disbelieve prophecy, they don't only disbelieve the prophet, they disbelieve prophecy. That has happened time and time again. Ellen White says they’ll set one time and another time, she says eventually they'll set a time that is so far in the future. So let's not get caught up in this issue of time. Let’s preach the three angels’ messages. The three angels’ messages can stand on their own feet.

Q: Yes? You could say probably the process of healing the deadly wound began, but it was very, very much at the beginning. Revelation 13 makes it clear that the healing of the deadly wound is brought about when the United States returns the sword to the hand of the papacy so that the papacy can persecute.

If you want documentation on this, I wrote a book called Prophecies, Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde. You know the story of Jekyll and Hyde? It was a guy who had a split personality, Jekyll was the good side and Hyde was the bad side. The beast of Revelation 13 has two horns like a lamb but speaks like a dragon. It has a split personality, and of course that represents the United States. I go into all these details, we haven't really given enough attention to the meaning of the sword, it says that the beast killed with the sword and the beast would get the deadly wound with the sword.

We have assumed that the sword represents the Bible, it can't represent the Bible. It can't represent the Bible in Revelation 13 because the beast did not use the Bible to kill people. The same sword he used to kill is the sword that would give him the deadly wound.  

The word sword has another symbolic meaning besides the Bible. In Romans 13 the apostle Paul says that the civil power has the sword. So what was it that gave the deadly wound to the papacy? It was civil government of France, right? When will it have the sword back? When it can use the state once again to persecute, when it gets the sword back, when it gets the backing of the state again.

Okay, let's go back here. Both oaths, there is one in Daniel 12:7 that we don't have time to get into, begin with an angel swearing in the name of the eternal God who lives forever and ever, but Revelation adds that God is the creator of heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it. The description of the creator clearly links the little book episode of Revelation 10 with the first angel’s message where a call is made to worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.

Is there a link between Revelation 10 and Revelation 14? Yes, and what is that link? A call to proclaim the creator. Thus the prophesying again in Revelation 10:11 is directly linked with the first angel’s message. Now prophesying again has to do with proclaiming the first angel’s message, again. God’s end time remnant will make a direct appeal for people to worship the creator. This appeal to the creator in Revelation 10:6 is a clear allusion to the 4th commandment of God’s law and ultimately to the institution of the Sabbath at creation. So what would God’s remnant people be proclaiming when the angel gives the oath that time will be no longer? They will be exalting God the creator. What is the sign of the creator? The Sabbath. So you need to look for a people who begin shortly thereafter keeping God’s Holy Sabbath, that's right.

Let’s go to the Mystery of God. Revelation 10:7 begins with a strong adversative but, in other words it's making a contrast. This but clearly makes a separation between when time is no longer, under the message of the sixth angel, and the moment when the sounding of the seventh trumpet begins and Jesus takes over his kingdom. The mystery of God according to this, and the moment when Jesus takes over his kingdom are two separate events separated by time. What the text is saying is that the declaration that time will be no longer is made during the period of the sixth trumpet, but the mystery of God will not be finished until the seventh trumpet is about to begin to sound. This clearly shows that the end of prophetic time comes during the sixth trumpet and before the seventh. Do you get the point?

Now the question is, what is the mystery of God that’s going to be finished? Let's read a couple of Bible texts and then let's notice what Ellen White had to say. Romans 16:25-27   25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

The question is what then is the mystery of God? It is the preaching of the gospel, the preaching of Jesus, and this was held in a veiled form in the past. But when Jesus came what happened? It was made manifest. In other words, in the Old Testament it was revealed through shadows, and types, and illustrations, but now when Jesus comes it is totally unveiled, the mystery is explained.

By the way, there are many other statements, just look up the word mystery in the New Testament, you'll find many other verses that speak about the mystery as being the preaching of the gospel.

Signs of the Times March 25,1897 The incarnation of Christ is a mystery. The union of divinity with humanity is a mystery indeed, hidden with God, “even the mystery which hath been hid from ages.” It was kept in eternal silence by Jehovah, but then what happened, it was kept in silence. and was first revealed in Eden, by the prophecy that the Seed of the  woman should bruise the serpent’s head, and that he should bruise His heel.  To present to the world this mystery that God kept in silence for eternal ages before the world was created, before man was created, was the part that Christ was to act in the work He entered upon when He came to this earth. And this wonderful mystery, the incarnation of Christ and the atonement that He made, must be declared to every son and daughter of Adam whether Jew or Gentile. His sufferings perfectly fulfilled the claims of the law of God. None of the apostles could have filled the deficiency, had there been any.{ST March 25, 1897}

What is the mystery of God? It is the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior.

Q: A: Yes, that's right. The gospel is not only the objective fact what happened in the future it includes several dimensions, it includes what Jesus did for us, and what Jesus does in us, that's why Colossians 1:27  27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: I no longer live but Christ lives in me.

They are all manifestations of the gospel. The saving gospel includes all of the aspects of the ministry of Christ, the Ministry of salvation.

The mystery of God is finished just before the 7th trumpet begins to sound. Is that point clear? It says when the 7th trumpet is about to sound, the mystery of God is going to be finished. So the mystery of God is finished just before the 7th trumpet begins to sound. At this time Jesus takes off his priestly robes and puts on his garments of vengeance.

Somebody once said to me, Ellen White says that Jesus is going to change his garments, where does the Bible say that Jesus is going to change from his priestly to his kingly garments? I looked at him and I said, well, just use a little bit of that gray matter that God gave you; He says, what do you mean? I said, let me ask you, what is Jesus doing today? He says, well he's in the sanctuary and he’s interceding for us. I said what is his role? He said, well, he’s the high priest; I said, so how is he clothed? He said, well I suppose he’s clothed as a high priest. I said, good, yeah, you're right.  I said, how is he going to be clothed when he comes again? And of course he knew Revelation 19, he says, it says he’s going to come clothed as King of Kings and Lord of Lord. I said, well somewhere in between he must have changed. Does that make sense? All the sense in the world. We just have to use our heads and pray for the Lord to help us find these things in the Bible, because they are in the Bible. You know God gave us a brain for a purpose.

This is parallel to Daniel 12:1 

12: And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

where the expression to stand up means to begin to rule. Were you aware that when it says that Michael shall stand up it's talking about Jesus taking over his kingdom?

By the way, when probation closes the kingdom of Jesus is made up; because all of his people have been sealed for salvation. All he needs to do is come and gather them into his barn. Those are two separate things. One is to separate the wheat from the chaff and the other thing is to tie them in bundles and then burn the chaff and then gather the wheat into the barn.

This is the unique aspect of Adventism. Our uniqueness is the fact that we believe in a pre-advent investigative judgment, which makes us unique.

Everybody believes in the executive judgment when Jesus comes, the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous shall be saved. But that there is going to be an investigative judgment of those who claim the name of Christ before the second coming, that is unique to the Adventist church.

It is also parallel to Revelation 15:5-8 where the Temple service closes when the tribulation is about to begin.

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 

It says, the temple is filled with smoke and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven last plagues have been poured out. When the seven last plagues have poured out, has probation closed? Of course, absolutely. So what does it mean that the temple was filled with smoke and nobody was able to enter until the seven last plagues were poured out? Can we enter the temple today?

By the way, that word temple is Naos which means the Most Holy Place in the book of Revelation. Can we enter that temple today? Yes, so how do you do it? You enter there by faith, we enter there in our minds. That is why God gave us a description of the sanctuary so we can visualize and follow what Jesus is doing right now in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary. Is there a time coming when people are no longer going to be able to enter the Temple? Of course, while the plagues are falling. Revelation 11:15  

11.15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

makes it clear that the kingdoms of the earth become the kingdoms of Jesus when the seventh trumpet sounds. Do you see the sequence?

Mighty angel descends from heaven.

He has in his had a little book having been opened.

He plants one foot on the sea and one foot on the land. It is going to be a universal message and

He is opening up the little book that has the judgment hour message.

Then He lets out a roar, like the roar of a lion, and the roar of the lion utters certain words and they peal like thunder across the sky.

Basically this is an indication that there was going to be a disappointment, and they were disappointed, God covered a mistake.

Then after this, the angel raises his right hand to heaven and he swears that time will be no longer. This has to be October 22, 1844, that's the last time prophecy to be fulfilled. But then it speaks about the fact that when the trumpet of the 7th angel is about to sound, what is going to be finished? The mystery of God. What does that mean, the finishing of the mystery of God? It means that no longer will the gospel of salvation be preached with any results, because probation has closed. So probation closes shortly before the 7th Angel begins to blow, and then the 7th angel begins to blows his trumpet and it says, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;  and He actually takes over the kingdoms of the world, that He already gained in the heavenly court of law.

See Jesus says to the Devil, I’m not going to fight with you, I’ll take you to court. So Jesus takes the Devil to court, and the legal proceedings show that the Devil is a thief, that this doesn’t belong to him it belongs to Jesus, because He died on the cross, He bought it back. So the court in heaven says hey, take it from that thief and give it to him to whom it belongs. That's what the judgment does Jesus take the Devil to court and everything is done legally. This same sequence is found in Revelation 22 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.   What is John being told? And he said to me, do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand.

What is John being told?  He said don’t seal this book, what book? Revelation. Why would the book be sealed at this point? If the book isn’t sealed, can a message still come from that book? Absolutely, so is probation still open when this book is not sealed? Absolutely, then notice what it says, for the time is at hand. Which time is at hand? The time for what is spoken of in the next verse. It says don’t seal the book because there is going to be a message that is going to come out of this book. Then he says, the time is at hand. What time is that? Notice Revelation 22:11 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

By the way that is the finishing of the mystery of God. That is when everybody's case will have been decided for life or for death. Were they able to understand the message that came from Revelation before that, because the book wasn't sealed, but the time was coming when probation was going to close.

Then notice the next step, Revelation  22:12 12 And, behold, I come quickly; Is the second coming separate from the declaration, he that is righteous let him be righteous still, filthy be filthy still?  Absolutely, he says

12:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

That is the taking over of the kingdom. So notice the three stages?

The preaching of the message from the book while the book is not sealed.

Then comes the moment when the book is sealed and the declaration is made that nobody's going to change sides.

Then the third declaration is that Jesus comes to give his reward to everyone according to their work.

It's interesting that Jesus would not bring the reward unless the reward had been determined before he brings it.

So we need to prepare for the close of probation, not for the second coming.  Because if we’re not ready for the close of probation, we will not be ready for the second coming.

The Bible makes this clear in the story of the flood. When were the people outside the ark lost, when the door closed or when it started to rain? When the door closed. And yet 7 days passed.

Ellen White says PP ch7 pg 98-99 the faith of those inside the ark was severely tested and she says that those outside became more and more violent every day. Very like the time of trouble.

Then you have this cataclysm, by the way in the Old Testament there is one word that is used for the flood in Noah’s day. There are many words for flood in the Old Testament, there is one in particular word, the word mabbul which is used exclusively for the flood in Noah's day. In the New Testament there are two words for flood, one is the word potamos which is used for example in the story of the man who built his house upon the rock and the sand and the floods came, that's the word potamos. But when Jesus speaks about the flood in the days of Noah, the Greek word is kataklusmos. In other words the flood in Noah's day was no local flood, it was a cataclysm, that's where we get the word from.

Is this point clear from Revelation 22? Okay good.

Now let's talk about the eating of the little book. Is the eating of the little book after the finishing of the mystery of God or before? It has to be before. What good would it do to eat the book and say prophesy again, if probation closed? Why would he say measure the temple, which is the judgment, if the mystery of God was already finished? So this is going back to events before. The closing of the mystery of God is the last event at the end of this passage.

Now let’s talk about the eating of the book. This is a quotation from William H. Shea, M.D., Ph.D., is associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland. He was my teacher at the seminary, a brilliant guy. He would come to class without any notes and talk about the measurements of the different archaeological excavations to the very inch, without any notes whatsoever. He would rattle off figures and numbers and names of places, simply amazing. In fact he is a medical doctor. He told us one day in class he says, I could never figure out how anyone in his right mind would prefer medicine to archaeology, he loved archaeology. This is a statement from the book Symposium on Revelation volume 1 page 321 he says, John lived at the beginning of the Christian era when he received this vision, but the prophetic scene itself looks down toward the end of time, long after John's death.

Are you understanding what he is saying? The episode where he is told to eat the book takes place in the first century, but he's looking down to the period of the 6th trumpet when he's already dead. he should therefore, be taken as representative of those who will bear this final message, the part he was acting out under those circumstances. It would have been physically impossible for John to have borne this message to all groups he was told to address. Could he actually go to all nations, tongues, peoples and kings in the world, this one man? No. We may look therefore for a group or movement to fulfill this commission in the end of time.

@33.56 In Crisis! A Commentary on the Book of Revelation, which by the way, this is not an Adventist, in many ways it is a very good commentary, Desmond Ford says this. As remarked long since by Irenaeus, one of the early church fathers, the ancient Prophets fulfilled their office of predicting not merely in the verbal delivery of predictions but by themselves seeing, hearing or acting out the things in type, which were afterward to be seen, heard or acted out by others in reality, and this whether in real life or perchance in vision, in all which cases they were to be considered as they are called in Isaiah and in Zechariah motheme (sic) that is figurative or representative persons.

In other words, John is actually representing an action that is going to take place among God's people, he is a representative of God's people, because he was not alive during the period of the 6th trumpet, and he was long dead. This eating of the book is happening during the 6th trumpet. It can’t be referring to him literally. Understand?

I want you to notice the chiastic structure of this little book episode. Let’s go to Revelation 10:8. Revelation 10:8 has a very interesting chiastic structure which helps us interpret the meaning of this action. It says, 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

What is it the book contains? What is the central point that could not be understood while the book was sealed? The Judgment.

So whatever John is eating here, the particular point that he is eating is concerning the judgment, that’s very important. So the judgment message in this little book is going to cause a bittersweet experience.

Notice Revelation 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book.

Notice here the order is actually reversed, it says give me the little book

And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter,  

See he starts with the stomach right? It will make your stomach bitter

but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey in your mouth.

That’s kind of a weird order, can something you eat make your stomach bitter before you eat it? Absolutely not, but here the order is, take it and eat it, it will make your stomach bitter but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.

Now notice Revelation 10:10 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up;

Notice how he reverses the order.

and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

So do you see the order here? It says, bitter sweet, sweet bitter. Now why is this significant? Let’s look at the chiastic structure in your material. It follows an order of A-B-C C-B-A, in reverse order.

Notice the angel tells John to --take the scroll and eat it, that's 9a

Then it says, --it will be better in your stomach, that's 9b

and then it says, --in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey, that’s 9c

So these of the three parts of the 9th verse. Take the scroll and eat it, it will be bitter in your stomach, sweet as honey in your mouth.

Then it reverses the order it says,

This is the c in the other side --it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth

--it was better in my stomach,

What would be the third line that's parallel with the line that says the angel told him to eat the book? --you must prophesy again.

So eating the book must have something to do with what? With taking the message of the book and prophesying or sharing it.

Now we’re going to develop this as far as we can during the next five minutes.

Now the chiastic structure is important because it shows that John eating the scroll in Revelation 10:9a is the same as uttering a prophecy from it in Revelation 10:11. Thus when John ate the scroll a message came out from it the first time, but it became necessary for the message to be preached again from the same scroll a second time. It is very clear that the episode that deals with the eating of the book precedes Revelation 10:7 in time, we’ve already covered this.

How do we know this to be the case? The reason is obvious after John eats the little book he is told to prophesy again and to measure the temple. If the mystery of God, that is, the preaching of the gospel, had already been finished and probation had closed, what good would it do to prophesy again about the contents of the book and to talk about the investigative judgment? Revelation 10:8-11 take us back to events that occurred between Revelation 10:6-7. Fortunately there's a background to this eating of the book, an Old Testament background.

Now notice the next section, this will be the final point, the bittersweet experience. Then when we get together tomorrow I will read you some of the statements from pioneers after the great disappointment.

We’re going to take a look at a parallel between the great disappointment in the days of Christ, and the great disappointment in 1844.

Something interesting, the great disappointment in 1844 was not unique.

Every time that Jesus moved into a new work in the sanctuary, there was a disappointment similar to this one, in fact there were four disappointments, and one in the future. When Jesus came to this earth where did he come first? Did he come to the court first? No. We usually begin studying the sanctuary at the court. It’s a mistake, we have to start studying the sanctuary in the camp, because the Bible says that Jesus came to camp with us. In fact it says in John 1:14 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt but the word is tabernacled, he pitched his tent among us, You see the court is where the animals were sacrificed, the camp is where the sinners lived. Before the death of Jesus would have value, he had to live a perfect life in our midst, and he does that in the camp. He lives for us, then He dies for us, then he intercedes for us, then He judges us, and then he comes for us. It’s all a package deal. It’s all revealed in the sanctuary.

Who was the individual that God called to proclaim the coming of the Messiah? John the Baptist. John the Baptist understood very well what he was preaching right? No, he didn't. He thought there was going to be only one coming of the Messiah. He introduced Jesus when Jesus came, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, he had no doubts. A little later on when he was in prison, he said, are you the One we were expecting or should we expect another? A great disappointment because he misunderstood what Jesus was going to do. Ellen White says that when in prison, the Angels drew near to him when he sent out the disciples to ask Jesus whether he was one. Jesus healed the sick and he cast out demons and open the eyes of the blind they came back and they told John, this is what he does. The angels brought to the mind of John the Baptist the prophecy of Isaiah 60, which Jesus began his ministry with in Nazareth, he came to open the eyes of the blind, to heal the brokenhearted etc. He said the Messiah's coming has two stages not one. So he died in peace, the disappointment was explained with Scripture.

When Jesus entered in the triumphal entry, did they have prophecy all wrong? The time was right, but they had the event wrong. Were there hopes dashed? You better believe, did they go through a horrible disappointment? Yes, but after the resurrection Jesus caught up to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and opened up the scripture to them, and they said how could we miss it? The disappointment was explained.

Even on the day of Pentecost Jesus is moving.

John the Baptist is in the camp then he moves to the court and there is a disappointment there when he dies.

Then on the day of Pentecost there is a disappointment too. You say how’s that? Did the disciples actually misunderstand what Jesus was going to do at that point? They asked Jesus, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel at this time? And instead of that Jesus goes to heaven. Is there an explanation after that? There most certainly is an explanation after that. Peter explained it on the day of Pentecost.

So 1844 isn’t unique. If people say the Adventist church cannot be the true church because it started with a disappointment, then all of Christianity has to be thrown out. Because every time Jesus moved there was a disappointment. And you say, then why did Jesus move? Because Jesus had a calendar of events.

There was a date for his birth,

there was a date for his baptism,

when he would enter the encampment,

there was a date for his death,

there was that date the day of Pentecost for his beginning his intercession,

there was a date for 1844.

By the way I have a series called the great disappointments of the sanctuary, where I deal with this. It’s amazing.

So what does Jesus do? Is he going to say, well I better change my calendar, wait because these people don't understand? No, he says, I’ll move, they will understand later. And he follows his calendar of events. Then afterwards, as people catch up, his people are always playing catch-up.

There is coming a time when people won't be able to catch up anymore. So we better make sure that we understand what Jesus is doing now.

Well, we will leave the bittersweet section for tomorrow because time is up. We will finish studying this material, and then I will be dealing with a few other things relating to Revelation 10. Did you understand what we studied this afternoon?

Praise the Lord! Does it describe to a T the experience of the Advent movement? Absolutely, no doubt about it, all of the details square perfectly with what happened in history. 

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