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The Special Resurrection

Stephen Bohr


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Stephen Bohr

President/Speaker of Secrets Unsealed




  • September 2, 2007
    6:30 PM
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OK Good afternoon everyone. It's good to see you here. Before we begin we want to ask the Lord's blessing so let's blow our heads.

Father in heaven, Thank you so much for the wonderful spiritual food that we've been receiving here at this series of meetings. It's such a blessing to be here at GYC. Father we ask that as we study this topic on the special resurrection that your Holy Spirit will open our minds and our hearts. I know that we have a little bit of information overload perhaps, but I ask that you will clear up our minds that we might be able to understand what we're going to study. We thank you Father for hearing our prayer, for we ask it in Jesus' name, amen.

Permit me first of all to mention that in the Old Testament there were three notable resurrections. I'm only going to mention these, I wish we had time to read but I'll give you the references.

The first resurrection, as far as we know in human history, was Moses. That is found in Deuteronomy 34:5-6.  

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.  And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

Two interesting details there, we’re told there that God buried Moses the only person in the Bible that we know of that God buried. And secondly nobody knew where his grave was, which is very unusual among the Israelites, the Hebrews because they very carefully marked the graves of their heros.

Then we meet Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration. What's he doing there if he died and God buried him? Well he must have gotten resurrected and then to cap it all off you go to Jude 9

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Where it says that when Moses died there was a fight over the body of Moses. Believe me they weren’t fighting over his carcass. There was a fight because Michael, the Archangel had come to resurrect Moses. By the way it's the same individual who spoken of in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Where it says 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:

Moses was the first notable resurrection in the Old Testament.

The second resurrection was the son of the widow of Zerephath, that is found in 1Kings 17:17-22. 17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.  18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?  19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.  20 And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.  22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Then there is a third resurrection of the Old Testament which is very unusual. It's an interesting story you might want to read it in 2Kings 13:21 21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,

Where an individual was thrown into the grave where Elisha was and when he touched Elisha’s bones he resurrected. Now I believe that’s because Elisha is a type of Christ. Elijah is the forerunner Elisha is the one who brings about the reformation in Israel after the work that Elijah has done. So Elisha being a symbol of Christ, I believe that those who come in contact with Christ, though they be dead yet shall they live, as Jesus said.

In the New Testament we have actually four resurrections of individuals who died, who resurrected, and died again. I'll mention those.

First you have the son of the widow of Nain. That's found in Luke 7:11-15. 

11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 

A second person that was resurrected by Jesus was the daughter of Jairus and that's found in Luke 8:41-42 and 49-55.

41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:  42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.  49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.  50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.  51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.  52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.  53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.  54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.  55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 

Ellen White has something interesting to say about these three resurrections, of course you have Lazarus in John 11. Ellen White says in volume 1 of Selected Messages 304

During His ministry, Jesus raised the dead to life. He raised the son of the widow of Nain, the daughter of Jairus, and Lazarus; but these were not clothed with immortality. After they were raised, they continued to be subject to death. {1SM 304}

The fourth person who was resurrected in the New Testament was someone who was resurrected by the Apostle Paul, Eutychus who fell out the window. Remember that story that's found in Acts 20:9-10.  And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. 10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. 

Then in the New Testament we have some people who died and resurrected and will not die again. The story is found in Matthew 27:51-53. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;  52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 

Speaking about the death of Jesus it says, behold the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earthquake and the rocks were split and the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

It gives the impression that they were raised that day before the resurrection of Jesus but verse 52 says, and the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of their graves after His resurrection they went unto the Holy City and appeared to many.

Now I want to read you an interesting statement from Ellen White about this group volume 1 of Selected Messages pages 304-305 she says, But those who came forth from the grave at Christ’s resurrection were raised to everlasting life. They were the multitude of captives that ascended with Him as trophies of His victory over death and the grave. {1SM 304}

So these individuals you can imagine what it must have been like, because Ellen White we're going to noticed in a moment, actually explains that these individuals were martyrs from the very beginning of human history till the times of Christ, which makes it possible that maybe Abel was among that group and perhaps even John the Baptist was in that group because he was martyred. Ellen White has this to say about this group Desire of Ages page 786, speaking about this group she says As Christ arose, He brought from the grave a multitude of captives.  The earthquake at His death had rent open their graves, and when He arose, they came forth with Him. They were those who had been co-laborers with God, and who at the cost of their lives had borne testimony to the truth. Now they were to be witnesses for Him who had raised them from the dead. {DA 786.1}

By the way these were the ones who ascended with Jesus when Jesus went to heaven. In fact let me read you that statement just a short statement from Desire of Ages page 833. Ellen White says, All heaven was waiting to welcome the Saviour to the celestial courts. As He ascended, He led the way, and the multitude of captives set free at His resurrection followed. {DA 833}

Now the traditional view in the Adventist church is that the twenty four elders are this group that resurrected, but there are several reasons why this cannot be possible, and I'll only mention one of them.

Ellen White makes it very clear in the last three pages of Desire of Ages that when Jesus ascended with those who resurrected with him, the twenty four elders were already present there in heaven. Ellen White also makes it very clear that the twenty four elders are actually the representatives of the worlds that never sinned, she makes that very explicit there. When you read those last 3 pages of Desire of Ages you're going to discover that the twenty four elders in Revelation 4 are already in heaven before Jesus arrives in Revelation 5 at his ascension. So obviously, if they're already there, they can't be the ones that are coming back with Jesus.

Another statement by Ellen White is from Volume One of Selected Messages page 305.

Actually let me go back a little bit here. Jesus resurrected the first fruits, right? He was the first fruits. 1Corinthians 15:20 says that Jesus resurrected the first fruits.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

But what about this group that resurrected with Jesus, where they also first fruits? Yes, they were first fruits. Now how do we understand that Jesus is the first fruits from the dead and this group is also the first fruits? I'll explain it, it has to do with the Hebrew feasts.

There were three spring feasts, the early spring feasts were Passover, unleavened bread, and the third one was the wave sheaf that was waived before the Lord.

Jesus died on Friday, that’s the Passover. [14th day of 1st Month at even]

The next day [Saturday] begins unleavened bread.  [15th day of 1st Month]

First fruits or the waive sheaf always fell on the First Day [Sunday] after Passover.

You can find that in Leviticus 23.

Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Lev 23:5  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover.

Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. [Sunday following the Sabbath on/after Passover]

When was first fruits celebrated during the year that Jesus died? It was celebrated on the first day [Sunday] of the week. So you have Passover, you have unleavened bread, and then the third day you have the first fruits. We know that Jesus that day, ascended to heaven and he presented himself to his Father. Remember he said to Mary don't touch me, I have not yet ascended to my Father, and that evening he says to the disciples touch me. So he must have ascended sometime in between.

@11.16 Now the interesting thing is that not only during the first fruits were the first fruits of barley waived before the Lord, but there was one other feast where first fruits were waived before the Lord, and that was the feast of Pentecost. At Pentecost also the first fruits of wheat were taken and they waived before the Lord as well. Now let me ask you, what does Pentecost commemorate? It commemorates the Ascension of Christ and His installation in heaven as High Priest and King of the Kingdom of Grace. Who did he take with him up there when He ascended to heaven to become the High Priest, and to sit on the throne of grace with his Father? He took those who resurrected with him as the first fruits, because of the feast of Pentecost if you read in Leviticus 23, First fruits were also presented at the feast of Pentecost. So you have these two first fruits.

Allow me to read you from Ellen White first of all, about Jesus as the first fruits Desire of Ages 785-786 Ellen White says:

Christ arose from the dead as the first fruits of those that slept. He was the antitype of the wave sheaf, {DA 785.4}

His resurrection took place on the very day when the waive sheaf was to be presented before the Lord. Then speaking about the multitude she says this in Selected Messages 305 She says:  So those who had been raised were to be presented to the universe as a pledge of the resurrection of all who believe in Christ as their personal Saviour.  {1SM 305.3}

So you notice there are several resurrections in the Old Testament, there are several resurrections in the New Testament. Then at the end of time you have two great resurrections. You have the first resurrection and you have the second resurrection. The first resurrection is referred to in 1Thessalonians 4:16. I’m not even going to read that passage because we already know it. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

The second resurrection is the resurrection of whom? Of the wicked and that takes place after the millennium because Revelation says the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were ended. So you have two resurrections. Now, let me put it this way so we can understand a little bit better.

Let's talk first of all about the righteous. We were all born from our mothers and we lived for the first time. If we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and we died, when Jesus comes what is he going to do? We’re going to resurrect in the first resurrection and then we're going to live a thousand years and forever to never die again.

Now notice the wicked. There is this wicked person that was born from his mother, he wasn’t considered wicked when he was born. He lives his life, his wicked life, he dies before Jesus comes. Then Jesus comes and what happens with that person who died? He stays dead. During the thousand years he is dead. What happens after the thousand years? This individual resurrects and he lives for the second time. Are you with me? The righteous live for the second time. But they don't die any more than there forever. The wicked resurrect and live for the second time. But then what's going to happen to them? They're going to suffer a second death. You cannot have a second death unless you have the first death and by the way the second death is always spoken of as taking place after the millennium, and it has to do directly with the wicked.

But what we especially came to talk about here was the special resurrection. You say what's that about the special resurrection? Well there is going to be a resurrection before Jesus actually arrives at planet Earth at His second coming. That is a special resurrection. You say Now where does the Bible talk about that special resurrection? Well there are going to be two groups that are going to resurrect in that special resurrection. In a little while I'm going to give you a chronology of when it takes place in the context of the second coming of Jesus. But let's talk first of all, about a special group of wicked people that are going to resurrect when Jesus returns, at the beginning of the millennium.

Let’s go to Revelation 1:7 it says here 1.7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Let me ask you, those who pierced Him Are they wicked or righteous? Didn’t we just say that the wicked are going to resurrect after the millennium? But this is happening at the second coming. So is there a special group that's going to resurrect at the second coming of Jesus? Yes, those who pierced Jesus Christ. Now go with me to Matthew 23. There's three verses that I want to share here on the special resurrection of the wicked. Matthew 23:37-39. Here Jesus says: 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 

and now notice this, by the way he's talking to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:39.

23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Ellen White uses that verse for two different occasions. In Desire of Ages 580 she applies this text to the second coming. In Great Controversy 662 she applies it to after the millennium, because believe it or not some people are going to die three times. Those who pierced him are going to die three times. They're the exception to the rule this is a special resurrection. In other words, they are going to see Jesus in the second coming and they're going to see Jesus in his third coming and they're going to say the same words on both occasions according to The Spirit of Prophecy.

Now let's go to one further verse Matthew 26:64 this is where Caiaphas the high priest slaps Jesus.  26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Sitting at the right hand of power, what does that mean, at the right hand of whom? Of God the Father, that's right. Where did Jesus sit when he went to heaven? He sat with his Father on His throne. By the way, after the millennium Jesus has his own throne. He sits alone on a white throne, so this cannot be referring to an event after the millennium. So did Jesus say to Caiaphas that he was going to see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming upon the clouds of heaven? Absolutely. For that to happen he would have to resurrect, because at the second coming he would be dead. So there's going to be a special resurrection of a group of wicked people, those who pierced Jesus. We're going to notice in a few moments that Ellen White also says that the worst enemies of the truth from other periods are also going to be included in that resurrection.

But there's also going to be a special resurrection of a group of righteous people. Now go with me to Revelation 14:13. 14.13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Let me ask you what has been described in Revelation 14 immediately before verse 13? The Three Angels' Messages, and which message is immediately before this verse? The third angel's message is in verses Revelation 14:9-12.

14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Then immediately after the third angels message you have what you have this verse which we don't really look at very much. It's one of those frequently ignored verses, now notice.

14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed

That's important blessed remember that word, key word, Blessed are the dead

How can dead people be blessed? Is this saying that all people who have died are blessed? No.  It says: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:

From when on? What’s the context? The context is from the moment that the third angel's message begins to be proclaimed because the immediately preceding verse ends the third angel's message. Are you with me now? Notice there are some other interesting things in this verse. Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on. So is there a special blessing upon a certain group of dead that died from the moment that the third angel's message begins to be proclaimed, according to this verse? Yes, this is not saying that all of the dead who died in Jesus are blessed. It’s those who die from this point on, from the moment of the third angel's message begins to be proclaimed. Then notice the last part of the verse.

Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

And then what does the next verse describe?

14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

It describes the second coming of Jesus. Is there a special blessing pronounced upon those who die immediately after the third angel is proclaimed? Yes there is. What is the next event after this resurrection is spoken of? It's the coming of Jesus upon what upon the cloud.

Now let's go to another very interesting text. Daniel 12 and I'm not going to get into a lot of detail in this. If you really would like to amplify your knowledge of the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days, I have three tapes that I recorded just on these three time periods. There’s an excellent book The Time Prophecies in Daniel 12 also written by Gerhard Pfandl at the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference and also in the book Symposium on Daniel written by William Shea, there's a chapter in there where he deals with these time periods in a very convincing way. Notice Daniel 12:7 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be

It's interesting that he's raising his hand to heaven and he’s swearing, right?

that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

So you have how many times? Three and a half times. Have we encountered that before in the book of Daniel? We certainly have. Now let's go to Daniel 12:11 it says:

12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Okay, then notice Daniel 12:12, 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, what is the first word that's in that verse? Blessed, did we see that word some other place? Revelation 14:12 says

12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

In other words, blessed is he who remains alive until when? Until the 1335 days come to an end. Now why would this verse say blessed is he who comes onto the 1335 days? I'm just going to give you the broad outline because you can read all of the supporting information. We don't have time to get into all of the details.

I believe that the 1260, the time, times and half a time refers to the period of the dominion of the little horn of the papacy.

I believe that the 1290 days we interpret in a historicist fashion. They begin in the year 508 when Clovis king of the Franks gave the keys of the conquered cities of his kingdom that he had conquered to the bishop of Rome. In other words, this is the first time that the bishop of Rome officially has temporal power.

If you go from 508, 1290 days forward you come to what? 1798.

Now the 1335 days also begin in 508 and they would end in 1844.

Now what happens in 1844? Is that the date where you have the context of the three Angels' messages? You most certainly do. Both of them began by saying what? One says,

Dan 12:12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and the other said Rev 14.13 Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:

Now somebody says, but Pastor Bohr, can we give another application to these time periods? Well let’s go to Revelation 10:6. I sure wish that we had time to get into these time periods. Maybe in some future meeting of the GYC we can do that because there's so much to say on this. By the way, it’s speaking about the little book right? Let's read Revelation 10:5 for the context. 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 

Did we see something like that, raised up his hand to heaven? Where was it? in Daniel 12. Interesting.

10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Where else we find an expression like that? In the first angel’s message. That's correct.

Now notice the New King James, they said that they were only going to modernize the language, but the New King James also changes the sense sometimes. They didn't only update certain words like the word, the living will not prevent those who are asleep which means that they won't precede those who are asleep to go to heaven.  The New King James here says that there should be what? Delay no longer. That's not what the text really says, the word that is used here is the word Chronos, where we get our word chronology from.

Now is this referring to the end of time, when it says that time will be no longer? It’s the end of time, the end of the world is come. No. you say why not? For two reasons.

This is happening during the period of the Sixth Trumpet. The end of the kingdoms of this world do not come to an end until the seventh trumpet. Are you understanding my point? So it says where time will be no longer, time still lingers after the Sixth Trumpet all the way to the Seventh Trumpet, time as we know it in the history of this world.

Even more important, immediately after the angel says that time will be no longer. We are told you must go and prophesy again. Now if time had come to an end, how could you go out and prophesy? What good would it do if the end of time had come? Do you understand what I’m saying?

So Revelation 10:6 does not refer to the end of the history of the world, to the end of time. It refers to a particular Bible prophecy. Which prophecy is that? The prophecy of the 2300 days.

By the way, this passage of Revelation 10 has to do with the little book. It says that the little book is opened. Where in the Old Testament do you find a little book that was shut? It's not all in the book of Daniel. It's the part of Daniel that has to do with the 2300 days. That's a whole topic in itself, to prove Biblically that the little book is not all of Daniel, the little book is actually Daniel 8 through 12 because Daniel 8-12 has to do only with the 2300 a prophecy. The center of all of those chapters is the 2300 days.

So what this angel is saying is that when the 2300 days come to an end, what's going to happen? There will be no more prophecies having to do with time. 1844 is the last according to the Spirit of Prophecy. That is the reason why I don't believe that you can take the 1260 and the 1290, and the 1335 and apply them to the future. Because Ellen White says that there's not going to be any more prophecies having to do with time, whether prophetic time or literal time. She says don’t set any more dates there's not going to be any more dates and she has not only one quotation or two she has, if you want to look at the book End Time Events you can find a whole chapter on time setting, where you find all of these quotations. So what I'm saying is that Daniel 12:12 when it speaks about the 1335 days, it says blessed is he who reaches unto 1844 when the third angel's message is proclaimed. And why are they especially blessed? Because Revelation 14 says: They die in the Lord, they'll rest from their labors, and I believe that they will participate in a special resurrection. And you’ll say, do you have any other evidence? Yes we do. Let’s go to Daniel 12:2 once again. And then we're going to go to the Spirit of Prophecy. Let’s read Daniel 12:1 for the context.  12.1 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.

And now notice And many, All? All? No. it says: 12.2 And many of them that sleep, Is that a term that we found in Revelation 14, they will rest from their labors?

 12.2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall  what? awake, some of those many will come for to what? to everlasting life, and some to what? shame and everlasting contempt.

Did we already study who are the ones who will come forth to shame and everlasting contempt? Who are those? Some, not all of the wicked, some. Those who pierced Jesus.  Who would be the righteous? Some who would resurrect to everlasting life, some of the righteous will resurrect to everlasting life. Who would those be?

Blessed are those who die henceforth, or from now on, in the Lord. Blessed are those who reach unto the what? The 1335 days.

Now allow me to go to the Spirit of Prophecy and see if Ellen White caught this.  When you really take a close look at Ellen White, I'm amazed to see the in-depth knowledge that she had about these things. She got them all right in their proper order. Now I want you to notice first of all that in Daniel 12:1 you have several events.

12.1 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.

It says that Michael stands up, and it says that after Michael stands up there's going to be a time of trouble. But at the end of a time of trouble God's people are going to be delivered, everyone that was found written in the book. Then it says many who sleep in the dust of the earth will arise. So do those who resurrected in the special resurrection, resurrect at the same time that God's people, the living saints, are delivered? Absolutely. I want you to notice Great Controversy page 613 the title of chapter 39 is The Time of Trouble and she begins that chapter by quoting Daniel 12:1 “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, everyone that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1. {GC 613.1}

The first phrase, Michael stands up. By the way, what does that mean that Michael stands up? It’s actually the close of probation. To stand up earlier in the chapter means to begin to reign that's when Jesus begins to reign. He changes his priestly garments to his kingly garments. Ellen White says that specifically, and by the way you don't need Ellen White for that. All you have to do is use a little bit of sanctified logic, you say and how is that? What is Jesus' function today? How is he robed? As a High Priest, when Jesus returns the second time, how is he dressed? As a King, so sometime in between he must have changed. Does that makes sense? When he comes he comes dressed as King of kings and Lord of lords Revelation 19, but Hebrews says that he's dressed as a High Priest. So some time before he returns he must have changed his garments. So you have this chapter on The Time of Trouble. She quotes Michael shall stand up, then the whole chapter deals with the Time of Trouble.  Then do you know what the title of the next chapter is, God's People Delivered. Is she commenting on Daniel 12:1? She most certainly is. She quotes Daniel 12:1, then she speaks on that same page about the close of probation. Then she speaks about the time of trouble. Then she speaks about the deliverance of God's people. By the way, The Deliverance of God's People is found on pages 635-636.

Now I want to go to page 637 and listen to this.

Now I want you to notice the sequence she caught this point. She says,

Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth... awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, who comes forth from the tomb glorified? Those who died in the faith of the third angels’ message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. and now notice, “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient. {GC 637.1}

But the second coming hasn’t taken place yet. What? Are you kidding? Revelation 14:30 the next event is the second coming. Right? Let’s go to page 640, it's a little later on in the chapter right. Notice what Ellen White has to say here. She speaks about phenomena in nature, earthquake and the sun, moon and stars being moved out of their places etc. and then she says: The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, so he hasn’t come yet at this point, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. Notice how she interprets Israel, The Israel of God not literal Jews stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory. {GC 640.2}

Then notice this, by the way Ellen White says this is going to take several days, allow me to read you this statement found in the book Maranatha page 287. She says

And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood. Then Jesus ... took His place on the cloud which carried Him to the East, where it first appeared to the saints on earth—a small black cloud which was the sign of the Son of man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the East, which took a number of days, the synagogue of Satan worshipped at the saints’ feet. {Mar 287.8}

The second coming is going to take quite a few days. Now notice what she continues saying.

Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a “man of sorrows,” to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. “Faithful and True,” “in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” And “the armies which were in heaven” (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way. {Mar 288.3}

Now notice something very interesting, it's not till page 644 that you have the general resurrection of the righteous, when he is already here. Allow me to read the description. She says on page 644, Amid the reeling of the earth, the flash of lightning, and the roar of thunder, the voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then, raising His hands to heaven, He cries: “Awake, awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise!”  This doesn't happen when Jesus begins his second coming. This happens when the cloud is already above the earth, she continues saying, Throughout the length and breadth of the earth the dead shall hear that voice, and they that hear shall live. And the whole earth shall ring with the tread of the exceeding great army of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. From the prison house of death they come, clothed with immortal glory, crying: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55. And the living righteous and the risen saints unite their voices in a long, glad shout of victory. {GC 644.2}

Now notice this. All come forth from their graves the same in stature as when they entered the tomb.

Later on she says that partaking of the leaves of the Tree of Life which are for the healing of the nations, we shall grow to the size of the original race.  She says,

Adam, who stands among the risen throng, when is Adam going to resurrect? Is it in the special resurrection? No, it's in the general resurrection is of lofty height and majestic form, in stature but little below the Son of God. {GC 644.3}

Then she goes on to describe several other things. Are you following the sequence of what Ellen White is saying? Now here is the question. Why would God perform this special resurrection? What would be the purpose, why doesn't he just have everybody resurrect in the general resurrection when he is above the earth? There's a specific purpose. Let me give you two reasons why.

There's going to be during this period, some very special events taking place. Let me ask you, those who are alive when Jesus comes. Will they have gone through a severe time of trouble? Will they have faced the beast and his image and the issue of the mark? Will the wicked be surrounding the righteous to try to destroy them? Let me ask you, those who died before the three Angels' messages, do they really understand any of this that's going on? No, and so Jesus actually spares them living during this period when God's people are delivered when Jesus comes on the clouds because they're expecting simply to see Jesus come in the clouds. Now another more important reason is that the wicked believed that they were right and God's people were wrong. They mistreated God's people, they persecuted God's people. Have you ever read in the message of the Church of Philadelphia, it says that I will make the synagogue of Satan come and worship at your feet.

Do you know how Ellen White interprets the synagogue of Satan? She says the synagogue of Satan is composed of those who want to cast aside the law of God. And she says Satan has his church, and they want to blur the distinction between good and evil. In fact she identifies the synagogue of Satan as the same thing as Babylon. It’s the religious world.

Let me ask you how were the Millerites treated? How were Ellen White and the pioneers treated after the great disappointment by the churches? They were cast out, people made fun of them, you're crazy, see this prophecy that you thought was going to be fulfilled wasn't fulfilled. When they explained that Jesus entered the Most Holy Place, they said this is the greatest face saving gimmick in history. Well you know what? These people are going to resurrect and they are going to see the glorification of God’s living saints and they are going to see the resurrection of those who proclaimed the three Angels' messages. The Bible says they're going to fall at the feet of God's people and they are going to admit that God loved His people. In other words, God's people, those who died in the faith of the message of a third angel, are going to have the understanding that they have gone through this period, they've understood this message. Jesus is going to give them the special privilege of seeing the second coming of Jesus from beginning to end.

Now have any of you ever heard that Ellen White is going to be among the 144,000? I've heard many people say that, but the fact is folks, Ellen White never says that she is going to be among the 144,000. Ellen White says that she is going to be with the 144,000. Never once does she say that she was going to be among the 144,000. Let me ask you, is there a difference between being among and being with? Yes, and some people even have concluded that Ellen White said that some people who had died were going to be among 144,000.

Let me read you this statement from Selected Messages volume 2 page 63. Ellen White is talking about a sister Hastings who died. She's trying to comfort her husband she says, Dear Brother: I hardly know what to say to you. The news of your wife’s death was to me overwhelming. I could hardly believe it and can hardly believe it now. God gave me a view last Sabbath night which I will write.... {Hvn 85.1}

I saw that she was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company. I saw her death would result in good.—Letter 10, 1850 quoted in Selected Messages 2:263. {Hvn 85.2}



Does Ellen White say that Sister Hastings was going to be among the 144,000? No, she said that she was going to be with the 144,000. By the way in Early Writings page 15 Ellen White was transported in vision to the future and she accompanied the 144,000 to the Holy City in vision, as if she was living in the future. Furthermore on page 40 of Early Writings the angel promised Ellen White that if she was faithful she would be able to go to the Holy City with the 144,000, not among, with the 144,000. Now let me ask you this. Why does Ellen White say that this sister Hastings who died, and that the angel said that Ellen White if she was faithful, they would be with the 144,000? Because this lady died after 1844. Ellen White died after 1844. The saints who are delivered are the 144,000, those are the living saints, but at the same time that they are delivered, what happens? You have the special resurrection of this special group of righteous people who preached the three Angels' messages, and who stood before the beast and his image and refused to receive the mark when the religious world said you're wrong and we're right. They will stand with the 144,000 as they watch Jesus for several days, coming on the clouds of heaven returning to the earth. When Jesus is here above the earth, then Jesus calls forth all of the other saints from all other ages. Are you following me?

Allow me to mention one or two things more. There will be no Seventh-day Adventists who will resurrect in the general resurrection. Did you catch that? There will be no Seventh-day Adventists who will resurrect in the General resurrection. All will resurrect in the special resurrection, because if we die, we die in the third angel's message.

There will be some wicked people, not only those who pierced Jesus, but the greatest enemies of the truth who will resurrect in that special resurrection and they will resurrect in the general resurrection after the millennium too. I'm not going to mention any names, but there's an individual in the world today, in the United States, whose only mission is to attempt to destroy the Seventh-day Adventist church and to steel as many members as possible. He's rejected every distinctive truth of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He's rejected the Spirit of Prophecy, he’s rejected the investigative judgment, he's rejected the state of the dead, he's rejected the Sabbath, he's rejected the law, and he’s rejected health reform. He threw it all overboard. Unless he repents what's going to happen? I believe that he will be in this special resurrection of those who are the greatest enemies of the people of God.

Allow me to read you a statement from Great Controversy page 608. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position, and join the ranks of the opposition.

Now listen, I believe that many of those who are liberals today who want to unite with the world and share with the spirit of the world will be in this group, hopefully not all of them, we need to pray for them, that the Holy Spirit will reach them and bring them back. She continues saying:

By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. That is the politically correct side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbath-keepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC88 608.1}  In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord’s servants will be tried. {GC88 608.2} 

It's a dangerous thing to have known the truth and to turn back from it, because where there is much of knowledge, there is much responsibility. Where there is great light, we are accountable for that great light. Now I want to conclude before we allow for ten minutes of questions by reading you a passage from Great Controversy 648-649 on the 144,000 and the great multitude. Now some believe that 144,000 and the great multitude are two different groups. Ellen White in this passage in Great Controversy, seems to indicate, I think very persuasively, that 144,000 and the great multitude are interchangeable terms for the same group. Let me read this passage. It's powerful. She says:

Upon the crystal sea before the throne, that sea of glass as it were mingled with fire,—so resplendent is it with the glory of God,— [Now listen to this] are gathered the company that have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.” Rev 15:2  With the Lamb upon Mount Zion, “having the harps of God,” they stand, [Notice the word they is used here, this is a good series of sermons on they] [who stands? those who have gained the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark] the hundred and forty and four thousand that were redeemed from among men; Rev 14  and there is heard, as the sound of many waters, and as the sound of a great thunder, “the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” Rev 14:3  And they sing “a new song” Rev 14  before the throne, a song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand. [She's still talking about the 144,000] It is the song of Moses and the Lamb—a song of deliverance. [These are the ones delivered when Jesus comes] None but the hundred and forty-four thousand [She's still discussing about the 144,000] can learn that song; for it is the song of their experience—an experience such as no other company have ever had. “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” Rev 14:1 [Now notice] These, having been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as “the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 15:2, 3; 14:1-5. [but now notice what she says.] “These are they which came out of great tribulation;” [That's a quotation from the great multitude.] they have passed through the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation; [Was Sister Hastings going to go through the time of trouble? No.] they have endured the anguish of the time of Jacob’s trouble; they have stood without an intercessor through the final outpouring of God’s judgments. But they have been delivered, for they have “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” [That's a quotation from the great multitude] “In their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault” before God. [Rev 14 which refers to 144,000. Then she quotes once again about the great multitude] “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.” They have seen the earth wasted with famine and pestilence, the sun having power to scorch men with great heat, [that's the 4th plague by the way] and they themselves have endured suffering, hunger, and thirst. [now she quotes a passage from the great multitude] But “they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:14-17. {GC 648.3}

Ellen White intermingles Revelation 14 and Revelation 7 the description of 144,000, the great multitude and she says both of those are translated to heaven from among the living they are an interchangeable group.

Well let's take any questions. Q: Yes. The question is whether the great multitude and the 144,000 are the same group. We usually have heard that the great multitude are those who last minute give their life to the Lord including perhaps some of the people who died and they are a separate group from the 144,000. In the light of this verse and in the light of a careful study of Revelation 7, what we have is that Revelation 7:1-8 speaks about the sealing of the 144,000 when they are receiving the seal to be protected when they are going to go through the tribulation. The last half of the chapter beginning verse 9-17 describes the same group that have come out of the great tribulation. So really you have two different time perspectives of the same group. One, the sealing of the 144,000, the other a portrayal of them after they have come out from the great tribulation.

Q: they will resurrect in the special resurrection. That's right. Martyrs will resurrect in the special resurrection. The living saints are whom? The 144,000.

Q: Yes the question is whether there's going to be a certain group, those slaves who didn't have a conscience of their own because their master lorded it over them. There will be a group that will be as if they've never been that's true.

By the way allow me to mention this, very clearly Revelation 7 says that the great multitude serves God in his Temple day and night. Ellen White explicitly says that only 144,000 enter the temple. Are you following what I'm saying? Now you say but to say 144,000 in number, and to say a multitude no one can number that's a contradiction. Well the book of Revelation is full of contrasts. Jesus is spoken of as a lion and a lamb. Right? The book of Revelation is full of contrasts. The woman is seated on a scarlet beast, and she’s seated on the waters, and she is seated on the mountains. Where is she seated? There are two different portrayals or ways of looking at the same group.

By the way, if you're interested in getting my written material on this, I have a hard copy material where I've studied it very carefully. Go to our website or you can contact me by email, I'll be glad to send you a copy of it so that you can read the full presentation of this. Well our time is up. Thank you for being here and I hope you understood most of what we said.


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