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―And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his

shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he
shall shut, and none shall open.‖ Isaiah 22:22

Prophetic Keys

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CHILDREN

CHILDREN OF LIGHT MINISTRIES

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-Prophetic KeysTABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Children of Light
2. Our Message
3. The Latter Rain
4. Two Shut Doors
5. Millerite History Repeated
6. William Miller
7. Millers Rules of Interpretation
8. Prophetic Study
9. Students of Prophecy
10. The Author of Our Faith
11. Our Faith
12. The Alpha and Omega
13. Prophecy is the Voice of Christ
14. Our Greatest Need
15. Every Fact and Principle
16. The Testimony of Two
17. Treasures for ―This‖ Last Generation
18. The Ministry of the Prophets
19. The Portrayal of Prophecy
20. Prophecy Defined
21. The Point of Reference
22. Prophetic Lines
23. Line Upon Line
24. History Repeats
25. The Millerite History Repeated
26. The Foundations
27. The 1843 and the 1850 Charts
28. The Pioneers
29. The Old Paths
30. The Waymarks
31. The Banner of the Third Angel

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Waymarks of Every Reform Movement
1. The Reform of Ezra and Nehemiah
2. The Reform of John the Baptist and Christ
3. The Reform of Moses
4. The Reform of Noah
5. The Reform of Elijah
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-Prophetic KeysCHILDREN OF LIGHT

CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thess. 5:4-6

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
―There are in the world today many who close their eyes to the evidences that Christ has
given to warn men of His coming. They seek to quiet all apprehension, while at the same
time the signs of the end are rapidly fulfilling, and the world is hastening to the time
when the Son of man shall be revealed in the clouds of heaven. Paul teaches that it is
sinful to be indifferent to the signs which are to precede the second coming of
Christ. Those guilty of this neglect he calls children of the night and of darkness. He
encourages the vigilant and watchful with these words: "But ye, brethren, are not in
darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and
the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not
sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."-- {Acts of the Apostles 260.1}

―THE EVENTS...ARE CLEARLY PRESENTED‖
―So in the prophecies the future is opened before us as plainly as it was opened to the
disciples by the words of Christ. The events connected with the close of probation and
the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes
have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been
revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto
salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready.‖-- {The Great Controversy ‘88
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OUR MESSAGE
TIME NO LONGER
 REVELATION 10:5, 6
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to
heaven, 6And 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:

THE SIGN
 MATTHEW 24:3
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And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying,
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the
end of the world?

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dangers. He records the closing messages which are to ripen the harvest of the earth. Things we spoke of 25 years ago are just working up. when religious leaders are magnifying the world's progress and enlightenment. especially for the last church. so shall sudden destruction come upon the careless and ungodly. so he has warned the world of the day of final destruction. Revelation 6:12-17.] Those who behold these harbingers of his coming are to ―know that it is near. my faith is as strong as ever that the things of this world are about to close.‖ [1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.-Prophetic KeysSIGNS AND TOKENS Let men beware lest they neglect the lesson conveyed to them in the words of Christ.2} WE CAN KNOW Brethren and sisters. and has given them tokens of its approach. if we can read we know that we are at such a place. either as sheaves for the heavenly garner or as fagots for the fires of destruction.‖ [1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.] {GC88 38. the day of God will come unawares to the ungodly. we can know just where we are in this world's history. when men are absorbed in pleasure.. in traffic. giving them a sign of the approaching ruin. When we are traveling along a road alone. ―and they shall not escape.‖ [Luke 21:25.] ―Watch ye therefore. that all who will may flee from the wrath to come. conflicts. in money-making. that that day should overtake them unawares. even at the doors. Come when it may.‖ [Mark 13:35.5} THE LATTER RAIN.] {The Great Controversy 38. but God has been working for us. When life is going on in its unvarying round. that those who 4 . and He will work for us that Christ shall not have died in vain.2. We can see the waymarks that are all along the way. and final deliverance of the people of God. ―There shall be signs in the sun. as the midnight thief steals within the unguarded dwelling. It is this little. IN THE FORM OF MESSAGES:  THE CLOSING MESSAGES ―To John were opened scenes of deep and thrilling interest in the experience of the church. in business.‖ [Matthew 24:33. {Sermons And Talks vol. Jesus declares. that we may have of the life that runs parallel with the life of Jehovah.] are his words of admonition. and in the moon. He saw the position. that they might make their escape.. ―the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.—then. The powers of darkness are working with an intensity from within. They that heed the warning shall not be left in darkness. Mark 13:24-26. and see a guide board. It is stronger than when I saw you last. 48. and in the stars. so it is if our minds are active and so consecrated to God that we can understand His workings. and upon the earth distress of nations. Subjects of vast importance were revealed to him. As he warned his disciples of Jerusalem's destruction. and the people are lulled in a false security.1} The world is no more ready to credit the message for this time than were the Jews to receive the Saviour's warning concerning Jerusalem. But to them that will not watch. little atom of a world that is absorbing all our force. Matthew 24:29.

‖ 5 . I will cause breath to enter into you. 5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones. love your wives. Prophesy upon these bones. as the small rain upon the tender herb. in themselves. and as the showers upon the grass:‖  THE MESSAGES OF GOD’S SPIRIT ―The anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth. IS PROGRESSIVE:  ACTS 1:8 ―But ye shall receive power. and say unto them. will find. go ye out to meet him. have the position once given to Satan as covering cherub. They have not. "Behold. Behold. and ye shall live:  EPHESIANS 5:25. By the holy beings surrounding his throne. that they shall not flicker and go out. that they are not ready to meet their Lord. O ye dry bones.-Prophetic Keysshould turn from error to truth might be instructed concerning the perils and conflicts before them." those who have not received the holy oil. and also to the Greek. and in all Judaea. None need be in darkness in regard to what is coming upon the earth.  JOHN 17:17 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.‖ {Review and Herald. who have not cherished the grace of Christ in their hearts. after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. “God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. the bridegroom cometh. July 20.‖  ROMANS 1:16 ―For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. the power to obtain the oil. and unto the uttermost part of the earth. even as Christ also loved the church. 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth. the agencies of evil would have entire control over men. and in Samaria. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit. 26 25 Husbands. The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied. to the Jew first. and their lives are wrecked. hear the word of the LORD. my speech shall distil as the dew. 7}  EZEKIEL 37:4-5 4 Again he said unto me. When the call shall come. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness. like the foolish virgins. 1897 par. and gave himself for it.‖ -.GC 341  DEUTERONOMY 32:2 ―My doctrine shall drop as the rain.

‖ {7BC 976}(Comments in italics supplied) AND ALSO TO THE GENTILE  A SPECIAL BESTOWAL ―The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early. rain. or former. This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed.]  ONE SPOT OR STAIN ―Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. to every man that worketh good. All who proved their loyalty to God by observing His law. was as a few drops before the plentiful shower to be given on the day of Pentecost.The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God's grace in the soul. for it is to be the great test for the people of God. 6 . and peace. indignation and wrath. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ. and in imparting His peace to them. But glory. Tribulation and anguish. 13:11-17 quoted. will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah. 1897. and refusing to accept a spurious sabbath. and also to the Gentile:‖ TO THE JEW FIRST:  RIPENS THE GRAIN ―Under the influence of the fertilizing showers. and also of the Gentile. ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church. . falling near the close of the season. the tender shoot springs up. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character.” [REVIEW AND HERALD. . upon every soul of man that doeth evil. . and will receive the seal of the living God. what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?‖  AS A FEW DROPS ―The act of Christ in breathing upon His disciples the Holy Ghost. and glorious was the result. . by which their eternal destiny will be decided.] . to the Jew first.. of the Jew first... MARCH 2. and do not obey the truth.-Prophetic Keys ROMANS 2:8-10 ―But unto them that are contentious. but obey unrighteousness. honour. 244  THE GREAT TEST ―The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast (National Sunday Law) will be formed before probation closes.‖ {Christian Experiences and Teachings 189}  1 PETER 4:17 ―For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us. The latter rain. [Rev.‖ 3SP 243. .

the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true.{ST. His heart of mercy is touched. and it is for this added power that Christians are to send their petitions to the Lord of the harvest "in the time of the latter rain. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters. November 8. Then those who still continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast. while the door is closed to those who would not enter." {AA 55.-Prophetic Keys―But near the close of earth's harvest. The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who [now] have no opportunity to learn what is truth. {LDE 182. to cleanse the soul-temple of every defilement. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. His hand is still stretched out to save. [and] one shepherd. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. making man complete in Jesus Christ. and they shall hear my voice. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain. 1903. It may be falling on hearts all around us.1}  JOHN 10:16 ―And other sheep I have. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues.--Letter 103.‖ TWO SHUT DOORS  STILL STRETCHED OUT The broken ranks will be filled up by those represented by Christ as coming in at the eleventh hour.1}  AS THE EARLY RAIN FELL ―Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them.2}  LINE CLEARLY DRAWN ―But when the decree shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit sabbath. we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. 2} 7 . but we shall not discern or receive it. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time. and He will finish His work. and the loud cry of "the third angel" shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his image. which are not of this fold: them also I must bring.‖-. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost. and there shall be one fold. a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man.‖ {CET 189. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is striving. 1899 par.‖ {Testimonies to Ministers 507.2}  DAILY ADVANCING ―It is God who began the work.

and it becomes an abiding influence. No man can secure it for another. This represents the condition of the Church. like the third angel's message. 1896 par. "It is done. Two men shall be in the field. for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 3}  THE SIGNAL WILL BE GIVEN "There is a world lying in wickedness. 2} 8 . five of whom were wise. The wise and the foolish have their Bibles. the ten virgins had lamps. and five foolish. but many do not appreciate the fact that they must have the heavenly unction. and my burden is light. and character is not transferable. the one shall be taken. and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living God. He discerns who are obedient children. and are provided with all the means of grace. for it has a special application to this time. and the other left." The Great Controversy. It will then be His work to make a complete separation between the righteous and the wicked. but only five of them had the saving oil with which to keep their lamps burning. They do not heed the invitation. in deception. and. in the very shadow of death.-Prophetic Keys PROGRESSIVE ―An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done." The righteous and the wicked are to be associated together in the work of life. For my yoke is easy. 393. and I will give you rest. and the other left. 1890 par. power attends its proclamation. In the parable. The Lord is coming in power and great glory. which is represented by the oil." But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps." {BEcho."--GC 613 (1911). and too late they will find that character. asleep.--asleep. It must be attended with divine power. Then shall be fulfilled the words of Christ. the one shall be taken. But the oil cannot then be transferred to the vessels of those who have it not. is not transferable. May 4. and delusion. all ye that labor and are heavy laden. He lifts His hands. That oil is the righteousness of Christ. "Behold the Bridegroom cometh. and learn of me. and with a loud voice says. has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. Each must obtain for himself a character purified from every stain of sin." Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above." {RH. "Come unto me.  HAS BEEN AND WILL BE "When the third angel's message is preached as it should be. go ye out to meet Him. "Two women shall be grinding together. I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins. Who are feeling travail of soul to awaken them? What voice can reach them? My mind is carried to the future when the signal will be given. But the Lord reads the character. Take my yoke upon you. It represents character. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter. or it will accomplish nothing. who respect and love His commandments. August 19. the final test has been brought upon the world. MILLERITE HISTORY REPEATED  ALSO ILLUSTRATES "The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people.

and enemies plotted to take his life as he should leave the place of meeting. Falsehoods were circulated to injure his influence. But angels of God were sent to protect him. in the form of a man.-Prophetic Keys A TIME WILL COME "The parable of the ten virgins was given by Christ Himself. 336. THE MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN ―Ministers who would not accept this saving message themselves hindered those who would have received it. took the arm of this servant of the Lord and led him in safety from the angry mob. There are those who hold the truth in unrighteousness. But holy angels were in the throng. THE MESSENGER HIMSELF ―The instigator of all evil sought not only to counteract the effect of the advent message. fearlessly proclaiming the message committed to his trust.‖ Early Writings. reproving their sins and disturbing their selfsatisfaction. nor have we authority to say. Miller made a practical application of Scripture truth to the hearts of his hearers. 271 WILLIAM MILLER GUIDE HIS MIND & OPEN HIS UNDERSTANDING ―God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible." Manuscript Releases. We cannot now distinguish. Preachers and people joined to oppose this message from heaven and to persecute William Miller and those who united with him in the work. and his plain and cutting words aroused their enmity. 235. 9 . to lead him to search the prophecies. A time will come when the door will be shut. great rage was kindled against him. and Satan and his emissaries were disappointed in their purpose. applying cutting truths to the hearts of his hearers. and they led him safely away from the angry mob. and every specification should be carefully studied. 229. some waylaid him in order to take his life. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one. and as he left the place of meeting. and these appear outwardly like the wise. but to destroy the messenger himself.‖ The Great Controversy. volume 16. His work was not yet done. His work was not yet finished.‖ Early Writings. The blood of souls is upon them. 232. The opposition manifested by church members toward his message emboldened the baser classes to go to greater lengths. to guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God‘s people. He was firm and undaunted.‖ Early Writings. who are wise and who foolish. We are represented either by the wise or the foolish virgins. ACCOMPANIED ―Angels of God accompanied William Miller in his mission. and at different times after he had plainly declared the counsel of God. and one of these.

I have found the following rules to be of great service to myself.God has revealed things to come. Isaiah 14:11. Proverbs 19:27. 29. Malachi 2:7–8. Acts 2:17. or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed or to be thought wise. since it is a rule of itself. 1 John 5:13–15. Matthew 21:22. If you wish to understand them. in figures and parables. 15:7. RULE IV. 44–45. Matthew 23:8–10. you must combine them all in one. 10 . 1 Corinthians 2:10. Hosea 12:10. and in this way the same things are often time revealed again and again. Habakkuk 2:2. Matthew 10:26–27. then his guessing. RULE III. James 1:5–6. PROOF: Psalm 89:19. not the Bible. not wavering. 2 Peter 1:19. RULE V. Ezekiel 34:18–19.Scripture must be—its own expositor. in connection with the Scripture references. RULE VI.Nothing revealed in the Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith. if the Bible student would be at all benefited by them. PROOF: Matthew 5:18. RULE I. PROOF: Psalm 19:7–11. then let every word have its proper influence. 35:8. desire.All Scripture is necessary and may be understood by a diligent application and study. by visions. John 14:13–4. 119:97–105. PROOF: Deuteronomy 29:29. James 5:19. and if you can form your theory without a contradiction. guess at its meaning. PROOF: 2 Timothy 3:15–17. 1 Corinthians 5:6.To understand doctrine. and now give them to the public by special request. Philippians 3:15. Luke 11:52. 1 Corinthians 2:12–16. If I depend on a teacher to expound it to me and he should. and parables. Luke 24:27. or in different figures. you cannot be in an error. creed or wisdom is my rule. RULE II. PROOF: Isaiah 28:7–29.Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible. bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know. Every rule should be well studied. by different visions.-Prophetic Keys- RULES OF INTERPRETATION  BY WILLIAM MILLER In studying the Bible. Romans 16:26.

Waters. PROOF: Ecclesiastes 7:14. then it must be understood literally. 7. so that the true believing children of God may never be ashamed. Genesis 41:1–32. RULE VIII. 3. otherwise it will not. 7:8. and does no violence to the simple laws of nature. if not. Day. meaning governments. Ezekiel 4:6. PROOF: Daniel 2:35. as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time. 24. If you find every word of the prophecy (after the figures are understood) is literally fulfilled. the 11 . Acts 3:18. It must be a faith that requires a sacrifice. If it makes good sense as it stands. PROOF: Ezekiel 4:6. RULE IX. figuratively PROOF: Revelation 12:1–2.How to know when a word is used figuratively. Psalm 119:105. 2. RULE XIII.-Prophetic KeysHebrews 9:9. that you must have faith.Visions are always mentioned as such. then you may know that your history is the true event. 17. RULE XI. to represent future things. Revelation 17:17. PROOF: Psalm 22:5.Figures always have a figurative meaning. RULE XIV. Number 16. 44. But if one word lacks a fulfillment. and. if not. meaning people. the explanation of the ten virgins: Miller’s Lectures. Definite. meaning year. 34. Day for a thousand years. Isaiah 14:17–19. If you put on the right construction it will harmonize with the Bible and make good sense. 1. and if it makes good sense you need look no further. See also.The most important rule of all is. and where you find it explained. times and events. if tried. 8. Indefinite.Figures sometimes have two or more different significations.Parables are used as companions to illustrate subjects.To learn the true meaning of figures. For God takes care that history and prophecy doth agree. and are used much in prophecy. 15. 1 Peter 2:6. a day for a year. Daniel 2. such as mountains. trace your figurative word through your Bible. Psalm 78:2. put it on your figure. 2 Peter 3:8. RULE VII. 17:3–7. RULE XII.To know whether we have the true historical event for the fulfillment of a prophecy. Matthew 13:13. would give up the dearest object on earth. RULE X. or wait its future development. meaning Word of God. beasts meaning kingdoms. then you must look for another event. and must be explained in the same way as figures by the subject and Bible. Acts 10:9–16. PROOF: 2 Corinthians 12:1. Revelation 17:1. Mark 4:13. Lamp. look again.

I have found the Bible. living. and how the bonds of the tomb must be broken. ―Views Of The Prophecies And Prophetic Chronology. and put implicit confidence in his word. It instructs us how death will be conquered. It tells us of future events. A free mind will never be satisfied with the views of others. yet how many perishing souls treat it with neglect. Selected From Manuscripts Of William Miller. It sustains the mind in adversity. and intelligible books ever written. what is equally as bad. though they may not understand Hebrew or Greek. and to realize the value of the soul. From Miller’s Works. It prepares us to love and do good to others. friends. Try it well. plain. and makes known the only antidote for sin. The divinity taught in our schools is always founded on some sectarian creed. pages 20–24. comforts. Himes. as a whole. in order for system and regularity. one of the most simple. And if I am not greatly deceived. and send them out free to do the world good. 1842. like the Queen of Sheba. and prevent those who sincerely trust in God. and teaches us to be humble in prosperity. character. from erring far from the truth. I would stamp them with another‘s mind. I have found it a treasure which the world cannot purchase. it would show our faith to be vain. in so doing. you will say the half was not told you. or. With A Memoir Of His Life. treat it as a hidden mystery which cannot be known. Oh my dear reader. and send them out as slaves. And we can have confidence that he that takes notice of the sparrow. Were I a teacher of youth in divinity. containing proof in itself of its divine origin and full of all knowledge that our hearts could wish to know or enjoy. and worldly honors. This is but a faint view of its value. Nor can we ever believe so long as one of these motives lies lurking in our hearts. horns. Volume I. and throw a barrier around it. make it your chief study. It gives us an opportunity to hold conversation with the King of kings. It makes us bold and valiant for the truth. It gives a calm peace in believing. will guard the translation of his own word. If these were good. and nerves the arm to oppose error. We must believe that God will never forfeit his word. and shows the preparation necessary to meet them. and a firm hope in the future. and you will find it to be all I have said. but it will always end in bigotry. I would make them study the Bible for themselves.-Prophetic Keysworld and all its desires. and reveals the best code of laws ever enacted. If any of these should hinder our believing any part of God‘s word. write bigot on their forehead. It may do to take a blank mind and impress it with this kind. Yes.‖ Edited By Joshua V. These are some of the most important rules which I find the word of God warrants me to adopt and follow. and numbers the hairs of our head. occupation. It gives us a powerful weapon to break down infidelity. 12 . I would first learn their capacity and mind. But if they had no mind.

and he should guess at its meaning. In the little book entitled Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology. or to be thought wise. and if you can form your theory without a contradiction. or wisdom is my rule. Father Miller gives the following simple but intelligent and important rules for Bible study and interpretation: ―‗1. 13 . then let every word have its proper influence. or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible. desire. 1884. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith. 5. 3. creed. Scripture must be its own expositor.‘ ―The above is a portion of these rules. then his guessing. you cannot be in error. not wavering. 2. All Scripture is necessary.‖ Review and Herald. bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me. To understand doctrine. since it is a rule of itself.-Prophetic Keys- THE SAME PLAN ―Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel‘s message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted. and may be understood by diligent application and study. and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth. November 25. 4. and not the Bible.

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Our faith.  MALACHI 3:6 For I am the Lord. As a people we are called individually to be students of prophecy. CHRIST NEVER CHANGES  HEBREWS 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday. If ye will not believe. STUDENTS OF PROPHECY Every Seventh-day Adventist will be held accountable for how they fulfilled their calling to be a student of prophecy. 4: OUR FAITH GROUND OF OUR FAITH ―The Word of God. volume 5. as Seventh-day Adventists is to be established and nurtured by and through God’s prophetic word. June 2. surely ye shall not be established. who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross. When we neglect. PROPHETIC STUDY Believe in the Lord your God. 3: THE AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. It is authoritive. let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light. I change not.‖ Signs of the Times. believe his prophets. with whom is no variableness. is the ground of our faith. That Word is the sure word of prophecy. just as it reads. so shall ye be established. Isaiah 7:9. 2 Chronicles 20:20.  CALLED INDIVIDUALLY ―Whatever may be man‘s intellectual advancement.‖ Testimonies. 708. Hebrews 12:2. and it demands implicit faith from all who claim to believe it. and cometh down from the Father of lights. as is often the case within modern Adventism to fulfill that responsibility—we are refusing to hear and follow Christ. neither shadow of turning. and for ever.-Prophetic Keys1. containing in itself the proof of its divine origin. and to day. 15 . therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  JAMES 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. despising the shame. so shall ye prosper. 1898. 2.

that we may know? and beforetime. Behold. saying unto me. and unto Smyrna. And when I saw him. GOD‘S GLORY  ISAIAH 42:8.-Prophetic KeysTHE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH ―Ministers should present the sure word of prophecy as the foundation of the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. and unto Pergamos. 16 . write in a book. there is none that heareth your words. I am the first and the last. What thou seest. the first and the last: and. and which was. saith the Lord. Now He showed from the prophets that this was the very strongest evidence for their faith. Christ expounded in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. yea. Saying. Had He first made Himself known to them. and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. He is righteous? yea. but it was His first work to explain the Scriptures. THE STRONGEST EVIDENCE ―Beginning at Moses. 17 I am Alpha and Omega. the former things are come to pass. Christ performed no miracle to convince them. the Almighty. and unto Sardis. 9 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another. And he laid his right hand upon me. neither my praise to graven images. 796 5: THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA  REVELATION 1:8. 196. there is none that declareth. In the fullness of their joy they would have hungered for nothing more. Upon these their faith must be established. the first and the last. the beginning and the ending. which is. their hearts would have been satisfied.‖ The Desire of Ages.‖ Evangelism. the very Alpha of Bible history. I fell at his feet as dead. They had looked upon His death as the destruction of all their hopes. and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia. and which is to come. I am Alpha and Omega. ―But it was necessary for them to understand the witness borne to Him by the types and prophecies of the Old Testament. and unto Laodicea. 11. there is none that showeth. yea. unto Ephesus. and unto Philadelphia.  REVELATION 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega. and unto Thyatira. Fear not. GOD‘S RIGHTEOUSNESS  ISAIAH 41:26 Who hath declared from the beginning. the beginning and the end. that we may say.

He pursued them. all the ends of the earth: for I am God. Why sayest thou. and know the latter end of them. Who hath wrought and done it. My way is hid from the Lord. not one faileth. or declare us things for to come. fainteth not. saith the King of Jacob. Lift up your eyes on high. and know. that we may know that ye are gods: yea. I declare things that are right.  ISAIAH 40:18. bring forth your strong reasons. for that he is strong in power. and pray unto a god that cannot save. that we may consider them. called him to his foot. the Creator of the ends of the earth. even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.-Prophetic KeysPROOF OF GOD  ISAIAH 41:20–23 That they may see. I am he. or do evil. draw near together. Look unto me. that the hand of the Lord hath done this. do good. and as driven stubble to his bow. 17 . Tell ye. and bring them near. and be ye saved. O islands. neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. the first. and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword. ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image. and consider. in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob. there is none beside me. Assemble yourselves and come. what they be. yea. Show the things that are to come hereafter. and let the people renew their strength: let them come near. 25–28 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? To whom then will ye liken me. that the everlasting God. THE GENERATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING  ISAIAH 41:1–4 Keep silence before me. or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Let them bring them forth. and with the last. and speakest. and there is none else. that we may be dismayed. and passed safely. calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord. and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard. and behold who hath created these things. Produce your cause. and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things. A SAVIOUR  ISAIAH 45:19–22 I have not spoken in secret. Who raised up the righteous man from the east. the Lord. that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might. O Israel. and behold it together. saith the Lord. let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me. a just God and a Saviour. and understand together. and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. gave the nations before him. 21. then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. O Jacob. Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness.

and show yourselves men: bring it again to mind. I am the Lord. as I. that there is none beside me. and from the west. I am the first. and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb. saying. 18 . though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun. I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee. For Jacob my servant‘s sake. and their dark sayings.-Prophetic KeysTHE ANCIENT PEOPLE APPOINTED  ISAIAH 44:6–8 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel. to subdue nations before him. shall call. there is no God beside me: I girded thee. and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. and I will loose the loins of kings. and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east. and the gates shall not be shut. WHO WILL HEAR?  ISAIAH 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?  PROVERBS 1:5–6 A wise man will hear. and I am the last. My counsel shall stand. THE 144. and create darkness: I make peace. and there is none else. and there is none like me. O ye transgressors. I have spoken it. and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. to Cyrus. that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness: it shall not be far off. And who. . Fear ye not.. ye stout hearted. Is there a God beside me? yea. .000 REMEMBER  ISAIAH 46:8–13 Remember this. and set it in order for me. let them show unto them. the words of the wise. CYRUS & CHRIST—TYPE & ANTITYPE  ISAIAH 45:1. and will increase learning. and beside me there is no God. whose right hand I have holden. Remember the former things of old: for I am God. and Israel mine elect. I have purposed it. neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time. since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming. . there is no God. I am the Lord. I am God. I form the light. and his redeemer the Lord of hosts. and shall come. and there is none else. I will also bring it to pass. and the interpretation. and shall declare it. I will also do it. to open before him the two leaved gates. I know not any. Hearken unto me. and there is none else. 4–7 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed. though thou hast not known me. Declaring the end from the beginning. the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea. and from ancient times the things that are not yet done. and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life.‖ Testimonies to Ministers. a quickening of the powers of mind and heart. 113. And the complete structure.‖ The Desire of Ages. Reformation signifies a reorganization. 8: EVERY FACT AND PRINCIPLE BEARS TESTIMONY ―Every principle in the word of God has its place. book 1. One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation—that the connection between God and His people is close and decided. but a stronger proof that He is the world‘s Redeemer is found in comparing the prophecies of the Old Testament with the history of the New. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work. Revival and reformation are two different things.-Prophetic Keys6: PROPHECY IS THE VOICE OF CHRIST ―It is the voice of Christ that speaks through patriarchs and prophets. 19 . and in doing this work they must blend. The Saviour is revealed in the Old Testament as clearly as in the New. in design and execution. under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. .‖ Ibid. 345. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. The miracles of Christ are a proof of His divinity. . Such a structure no mind but that of the Infinite could conceive or fashion..‖ Education. 7: OUR GREATEST NEED  REVIVAL ―A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. 123. a change in ideas and theories. from the days of Adam even to the closing scenes of time. 799. To seek this should be our first work. 128. A GREAT REVIVAL ―When we as a people understand what this book [Revelation] means to us. bears testimony to its Author. AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE ―When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood.‖ Selected Messages. there will be seen among us a great revival. It is the light from the prophetic past that brings out the life of Christ and the teachings of the New Testament with clearness and beauty.  REVIVAL SIGNIFIES ―A revival and a reformation must take place. every fact its bearing. believers will have an entirely different religious experience. 121. habits and practices. a resurrection from spiritual death.‖ The Faith I Live By.

 HEBREWS 10:28 He that despised Moses‘ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.-Prophetic Keys- 9: THE TESTIMONY OF TWO Prophecy is of no private interpretation.. shall he that is worthy of death be put to death. AT THE MOUTH OF TWO WITNESSES  DEUTERONOMY 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses. or for any sin. the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.  1 TIMOTHY 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation. or three witnesses.  2 CORINTHIANS 13:1 In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. ESTABLISHED BY GOD  GENESIS 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice. A STATUTE OF JUDGMENT  NUMBERS 35:29–30 So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings. The new truths will never contradict old truths. in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses. or at the mouth of three witnesses. 20 .  JOHN 8:17 It is also written in your law. but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. shall the matter be established. but there will be new truths that are recognized by God’s students of prophecy. it is because the thing is established by God. but before two or three witnesses.  DEUTERONOMY 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity. and God will shortly bring it to pass. and they will be established when they are identified at least two times within God’s word. Whoso killeth any person. that the testimony of two men is true.

All the prophets were therefore telling the identical story. There is another that beareth witness of me. 419–420. then take with thee one or two more.‘ 1 Peter 1:12. 21 . book 3. All the great events and solemn transactions of Old Testament history have been.‖ Selected Messages. and used similitudes. and Daniel. . which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.‘ 1 Corinthians 10:11. that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. and to what should occur in these last days. upon whom the ends of the world are come. THE MINISTRY OF THE PROPHETS  HOSEA 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets. ‗Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition. ‗Not unto themselves. Isaiah. ―The Bible has accumulated and bound up together its treasures for this last generation. 10: TREASURES FOR “THIS” LAST GENERATION All the prophets were speaking about the end of the world. my witness is not true. and are.-Prophetic KeysEVERY WORD MAY BE ESTABLISHED  MATTHEW 18:16 But if he will not hear thee. THESE LAST DAYS ―These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day. MY WITNESS IS NOT TRUE  JOHN 5:31–32 If I bear witness of myself. so that their prophesying is in force for us. by the ministry of the prophets. IN FORCE FOR US ―Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours. 338–339. but their sights reached down to the future. and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth. repeating themselves in the church in these last days. . book 3.  EZEKIEL 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh. and therefore all the prophets were identifying the same prophetic history—the prophetic history of the end of the world. ye shall know that I am the Lord God. but unto us they did minister the things. and I have multiplied visions.‖ Selected Messages. which things the angels desire to look into. . 11.

then the prophets are illustrating God’s people at the end of the world. Also I heard the voice of the Lord. saying. 22 . Here am I. and with twain he covered his feet. and with twain he did fly. ISAIAH ―The vision given to Isaiah represents the condition of God’s people in the last days. both in the giving of the prophecy and in the events portrayed. holy. Holy. and the house was filled with smoke. holy. and thine iniquity is taken away. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings. Whom shall I send. Lo. and thy sin purged. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me. THE PROPHETS SUBJECT TO ONE ANOTHER Because all of the prophets were telling the same story. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried.-Prophetic Keys ISAIAH 8:18 Behold. but of peace. and said.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. the Lord of hosts. and who will go for us? Then said I. God’s people at the end of the world are both the Millerites of Philadelphia and the 144. I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts. which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth. and that the Lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted. as to teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight. is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. IN THE GIVING AND THE EVENTS ―The Holy Spirit has so shaped matters. hid in Christ. which dwelleth in mount Zion. with twain he covered his face. PROPHETS IN PROPHECY  ISAIAH 6:1–8 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne. and said. Woe is me! for I am undone. high and lifted up. Then said I.  1 CORINTHIANS 14:32–33 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. they were all in agreement with each other. this hath touched thy lips.000 of Laodicea. For God is not the author of confusion. send me.‖ Testimonies to Ministers. When the prophets become part of the prophecy. And one cried unto another. 112. and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King. and his train filled the temple. 1139. because I am a man of unclean lips. as in all churches of the saints. having a live coal in his hand.

12: THE PORTRAYAL OF PROPHECY Prophecy conveys its message through the historical illustration of the rise and fall of nations. and measure it not. And I went unto the angel. Thou must prophesy again before many peoples. 548. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows. and nations. So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom. and said unto him. with all its power and magnificence. But the court which is without the temple leave out.-Prophetic KeysJOHN  REVELATION 10:8–11:3 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again. Only that which is bound up with His purpose.‖ Testimonies. And he said unto me. The world is not without a ruler. James 1:10. And he said unto me. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. to Ezekiel. and measure the temple of God. and to John we see how closely heaven is connected with the events taking place upon the earth and how great is the care of God for those who are loyal to Him. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood. the like of which our world has never since beheld. and said. The Majesty of heaven has the destiny of nations. saying.—how completely has it passed away! As ‗the flower of the grass. And I took the little book out of the angel‘s hand. JOHN AND EZEKIEL ―But God‘s servants are not to trust to themselves in this great emergency. and kings. volume 5. in His own charge. Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. as well as the concerns of His church. we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. clothed in sackcloth.—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring. my belly was bitter. Take it. and them that worship therein. Rise. and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it. AS MADE PLAIN IN THE BOOKS OF DANIEL AND THE REVELATION ―From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation. but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. The program of coming events is in the hands of the Lord. In the visions given to Isaiah. can endure. for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. ISAIAH. and eat it up. and expresses His character. Give me the little book. and tongues. and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days.‘ it has perished.‖ Prophets and Kings. And I will give power unto my two witnesses. and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. 753. 23 . Babylon. and ate it up. and it shall make thy belly bitter. and the altar.

as studied and taught. 14: THE POINT OF REFERENCE ―In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. 585. 380 13: PROPHECY DEFINED ―Historical events. thus showing that importance must be given to them. that we may not be ignorant.-Prophetic KeysFEW STUDY THE RISE AND FALL OF NATIONS ―But history. Few study the working out of His purpose in the rise and fall of nations. serving only to darken ‗counsel by words without knowledge. 101–102. In it the same line of prophecy is taken up as in Daniel. The object is to bring these books together. book 2. The teachings of this book are definite. 117. July 31. ―And to a large degree theology. Revelation following Daniel. his success in attaining power and greatness. 1888. Some prophecies God has repeated. but be able to see that the day is approaching. piety.‘ Job 38:2. were set before the people. It records marvelous events that are to take place in the last days of this earth‘s history. that we may trace down the lines of prophecy. we may exhort one another to faithfulness.‖ Manuscript Releases. as commonly studied. God’s agency in the affairs of men is lost sight of.‖ Counsels to Parents and Teachers. is but a record of human speculation. is concerned with man‘s achievements. showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy. 24 . THE SAME SUBJECTS ―It was my idea to have the two books bound together.‖ Acts of the Apostles. THE SAME LINE OF PROPHECY ―Revelation is a sealed book. but it is also an opened book. and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth‘s history.‖ Testimonies to Ministers. so that with increased zeal and effort. as giving fuller light on the subjects dealt with in Daniel. his victories in battle. 15: PROPHETIC LINES ―We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures. and understand the specifications given by the prophets. not mystical and unintelligible. and by Christ and the apostles. Too often the motive in accumulating these many books is not so much a desire to obtain food for mind and soul. 7–8. The Lord does not repeat things that are of no great consequence.‖ Review and Herald. and holiness. volume 9. as it is an ambition to become acquainted with philosophers and theologians.‖ Selected Messages. showing that they both relate to the same subjects. a desire to present Christianity to the people in learned terms and propositions.

shut up the words. and drawn from the breasts. and taken. Daniel 12:10. and be broken.-Prophetic Keys16: LINE UPON LINE The latter rain is the “refreshing. here a little. THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND KNOWLEDGE Many shall be purified. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. The latter rain message is taught by bringing prophetic line together with prophetic line. line upon line. here a little. and there a little. line upon line. and knowledge shall be increased. and made white. But thou. WISE = TEACHERS AT THE TIME OF THE END: THE WISE WILL BE TEACHERS  DANIEL 12:3. Daniel 12:3. and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. and drawn from the breasts. Isaiah 28:9. line upon line. But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept. and made white. that they might go. 25 . O Daniel. and tried. THE WISE SHALL BE TEACHERS And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament. To whom he said. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. and snared.  ISAIAH 28:9–13 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk. 4. and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. WHOM SHALL HE TEACH KNOWLEDGE Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk. and seal the book. precept upon precept. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro. precept upon precept. for the “refreshing” there identified is something that God’s people will “not hear. but the wise shall understand. 10 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament. line upon line. and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. and tried. For precept must be upon precept. and fall backward.” and in Isaiah twenty-eight. Many shall be purified.” The latter rain message of 1888 gave evidence to the fact that when the Lord works to bring about the latter rain He sends a message that will only be received by a few. the “refreshing” is a message. but the wise shall understand.

63. and tried. and made white. 26 . THE WICKED DO NOT UNDERSTAND  DANIEL 12:10 Many shall be purified. THE WICKED ARE DESTROYED FROM A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE  HOSEA 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge. but it is ‗present truth‘ that the flock needs now. but the wise shall understand. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. PRESENT TRUTH ―There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God. that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God.-Prophetic KeysTIME OF THE TEACHERS  HEBREWS 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers. FALSE TEACHERS BRING UPON THEMSELVES DESTRUCTION  1 PETER 1:19–2:1 We have also a more sure word of prophecy. and made white. even as there shall be false teachers among you. but the wise shall understand. and drawn from the breasts. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. and are become such as have need of milk. ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God. that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. until the day dawn. THEM THAT ARE WEANED FROM THE MILK  ISAIAH 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk. whereunto ye do well that ye take heed. and tried. THE WICKED ARE FALSE TEACHERS  DANIEL 12:10 Many shall be purified. and bring upon themselves swift destruction. who privily shall bring in damnable heresies. But there were false prophets also among the people. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. even denying the Lord that bought them. I will also forget thy children. I will also reject thee.‖ Early Writings. and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first. and not of strong meat.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ. and be converted. volume 8.-Prophetic KeysMILK?  HEBREWS 5:12–6:2 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers. PROPHECY REPEATS AND ENLARGES 27 . and of laying on of hands. THE REFRESHING AND THE REST  ISAIAH 28:12 To whom he said. let us go on unto perfection. Here are ‘the times of refreshing’ to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: ‗Repent ye therefore.‖ Manuscript Releases. 33. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.‖ The Great Controversy. and of faith toward God. and He shall send Jesus. ready to receive the latter rain. cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works. ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  PERFECTING HOLINESS ―The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them.‖ Counsels on Diet and Foods. Of the doctrine of baptisms. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. and of eternal judgment. Let us set our hearts in order that the truth of God may live in us. 228. 17: HISTORY REPEATS Prophetic lines that follow previous prophetic lines repeat the prophetic history and enlarge upon the prior testimony. when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest. that it may purify us. even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. perfecting holiness in the fear of God. that your sins may be blotted out. and of resurrection of the dead. 611–612.‘ Acts 3:19–20.  TIMES OF REFRESHING ―The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. namely.  THE REFRESHING ―The refreshing is coming from the presence of the Lord. and are become such as have need of milk. and not of strong meat. and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 HISTORY WILL BE REPEATED ―Study Revelation in connection with Daniel. Thyatira. JOB ―God had given a lesson designed to prevent this. Those things which have been. 177.‖ Testimonies to Ministers. that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of ‗the Watcher and the Holy One. its glory faded. will be repeated. We are repeating the history of that people. Sardis. possessing no sanctity whatever. Smyrna. ought to know far more today than we do know. this is new? it hath been already of old time. and its place was occupied by another.  WORLD’S GREAT EMPIRES ―Every nation that has come upon the stage of action has been permitted to occupy its place on the earth. ANCIENT ISRAEL ―Satan‘s snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. Medo-Persia. That conflict is yet in progress. But Israel did not understand the lesson. 160. Greece. for history will be repeated. and Rome. The first day of the week. it is that which shall be.‖ Selected Messages.‖ Desire of Ages. Laodicea  SEVEN SEALS  SEVEN TRUMPETS PROPHECY AND HISTORY ARE REPEATED  WILL BE REPEATED ―In history and prophecy the Word of God portrays the long continued conflict between truth and error. The history of Job had shown that suffering is inflicted by Satan.‖ Education. Pergamos. Each had its period of test. The same error for which God had reproved the friends of Job was repeated by the Jews in their rejection of Christ. history repeated itself. All nations and tongues and peoples will be commanded to worship this 28 . volume 5. Is there any thing whereof it may be said. which was before us. We. NEBUCHADNEZZAR ―History will be repeated.‖ Testimonies. With each of these. book 2. See. as with nations of less power. Philadelphia. and is overruled by God for purposes of mercy. 116. . with all our religious advantages. . each failed.-Prophetic Keys SEVEN CHURCHES Ephesus. False religion will be exalted. . its power departed.  ECCLESIASTES 1:9–10 The thing that hath been. 471.‘ Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world’s great empires—Babylon. 109. a common working day. and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. will be set up as was the image at Babylon.

1883. and given to the world as a memorial of creation. against spiritual wickedness in high places. Solomon wrote. But his plots were defeated by a counter-power that reigns among the children of men.‖ Prophets and Kings. The present age is one of idolatry. November 8. December 13. But the saints of God do not receive this mark. and. the record of his lifework has brought inspiration and courage to those who have been called to stand for the right in the midst of apostasy. Not that Mordecai had done Haman harm. But if the people of God will put their trust in Him. Angels who excel in strength were commissioned to protect the people of God. NEHEMIAH ―The experience of Nehemiah is repeated in the history of God‘s people in this time. The same masterful mind that plotted against the faithful in ages past is now at work to gain control of the Protestant churches. against powers. that through them he may condemn and put to death all who will not worship the idol sabbath. 1897. 177. against the rulers of the darkness of this world. History is being repeated. May 6. ESTHER ―The decree which is to go forth against the people of God in the near future is in some respects similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews in the time of Esther. ELIJAH ―Through the long centuries that have passed since Elijah‘s time. but he had refused to flatter his vanity by showing him the reverence which is due only to God. and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. 1899. The world today has its Ahabs and its Jezebels. standing on the sea of glass.‖ Signs of the Times. ―The decree is to go forth that all who will not receive the mark of the beast shall neither buy nor sell. Under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. finally. We need to become familiar with the Old-Testament Scriptures. The prophet of Patmos beheld those that had gotten the victory over the beast and over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name. that they shall be put to death.‖ The Signs of the Times. it has special significance. as it may appear. This is Satan‘s plan to make of no account the day instituted by God. should be studied. The Persian edict sprang from the malice of Haman against Mordecai. and the plots of their adversaries returned upon their own heads. but against principalities. And for us. and by faith rely upon His power. ―History repeats itself. having the harps of God. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Satan instigated this scheme in order to rid the earth of those who preserved a knowledge of the true God. ‗upon whom the ends of the world are come‘ (1 Corinthians 10:11). We have not to battle with man. ―The Old and New Testaments are linked together by the golden clasp of God. ‗That which hath been is now: and that which is to be hath 29 . The king‘s decision against the Jews was secured under false pretenses.-Prophetic Keysspurious sabbath. the devices of Satan will be defeated in our time as signally as in the days of Mordecai.‖ Signs of the Times. the similarity of his dealings with his people of the past dispensation and of the present. The unchangeableness of God should be clearly seen. as verily as was that in which Elijah lived.

Those things which have been. He has given us a record of his dealings in the past. the command to the angels is still in force. that they hold the four winds until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. that which the Lord revealed to him in vision of the great and solemn events which we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment. stands in his place.-Prophetic Keysalready been. GOD REQUIRES THAT WHICH IS PAST I know that. GREAT AND SOLEMN EVENTS ―All that God has in prophetic history specified to be fulfilled in the past has been. ―We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. for history is repeating itself. John stands in his place. have been chronicled for our benefit. and thus is Daniel standing in his place.─events which it was declared should shortly precede the great day of God. We are more accountable than were those whose experience is recorded in the Old Testament. God‘s prophet. FANATICISM REPEATED ―I awoke from my sleep last night with a great burden upon my mind. Ecclesiastes 3:14–15. I was delivering a message to our brethren and sisters. Everything in the world is in an unsettled state. They are to stand firm as a rock. will be repeated. The great day of God is hasting greatly. But although the nations are mustering their forces for war and bloodshed. second. The nations are angry. that men should fear before him.‖ Review and Herald. In the Revelation the Lion of the tribe of Judah has opened to the students of prophecy the book of Daniel. That which hath been is now. book 2. and God requireth that which is past. Strange and eventful history is being recorded in the books of heaven. Prophecies are fulfilling. 1897. who in their belief and fulfillment of prophecy have acted a part in the proclamation of the first. Nation is plotting against nation. He bears his testimony. Daniel. and all that is yet to come in its order will be. and new theories will be continually arising.‘ In mercy God repeats his past dealings. and that which is to be hath already been. But God‘s people. 109. know where they stand.‖ Selected Messages.‖ Selected Messages. it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it. whatsoever God doeth. ―In history and prophecy the Word of God portrays the long continued conflict between truth and error. April 20. holding the beginning of their confidence steadfast unto the end. book 1. 221. and its operation through human agencies. nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it. ―I was instructed that fanaticism similar to that which we were called to meet after the passing of the time in 1844 would come in among us again in the closing days of the message. Old controversies will be revived. and great preparations for war are being made. That conflict is yet in progress. This we need to study carefully. and it was a message of warning and instruction concerning the work of some who are advocating erroneous theories as to the reception of the Holy Spirit. They have an experience that is more precious than fine gold. for their mistakes. and the results of those mistakes. and third angels‘ messages. and kingdom against kingdom. and that we must meet this evil just as decidedly now as we met it in our early experiences. and God requireth that which is past. 30 .

intensified. History is being repeated. ―Bear this in mind. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation. because they did not obey His voice but listened to the voice and policy of Lucifer. So I sware in my wrath. ―‗Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith. he is to stand in his lot and place as did Daniel.) Take heed. in departing from the living God. STANDING IN HIS LOT IN THE MILLERITE TIME-PERIOD ―Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end. lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. as He honored Solomon. volume 6. and they have not known My ways. The perils that God‘s people encountered in past ages. Today. volume 7. They do alway err in their heart. volume 13. brethren. they will encounter again. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. 108. But the leaders of the people yielded to the temptations of Satan. ready to answer the call of God. if ye will hear His voice.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.‖ Manuscript Releases. as in the provocation. 971. lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 18: THE MILLERITE HISTORY REPEATED DANIEL 12 REPEATS  DANIEL IN HIS LOT But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest. ready to fulfill His purpose. Satan has obtained influence over men whom God has honored above all human intelligence. 115. They shall not enter into my rest.-Prophetic KeysBEAR THIS IN MIND ―In His Word the Lord declared what He would do for Israel if they would obey His voice. who have been established by His grace and power. and saw My works forty years.‖ Manuscript Releases.000 ―These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted Me. 31 .‖ Testimonies to Ministers. STANDING IN HIS LOT IN THE TIME-PERIOD OF THE 144. and said. and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. This experience will be repeated in the last years of the history of the people of God. But exhort one another daily. while it is called Today. harden not your hearts. Men whom He has greatly honored will in the closing scenes of this earth‘s history pattern after ancient Israel. Daniel 12:13. and God could not give them the blessings He designed them to have. proved Me. when the first angel’s message should be proclaimed to our world.‘ [Hebrews 3:7−13]. TO FULFILL A PURPOSE ―When God gives a man a special work to do. 380.

. ‗But thou.000  REVELATION 10:4 Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered. second. This is especially true of the book of Daniel. Go thy way.) The book of Daniel is now unsealed. 9 But thou. O Daniel. and knowledge shall be increased‘ (Daniel 12:4). O Daniel. the proclamation was made. By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro. and seal the book.‘‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. and knowledge shall be increased. When the book was opened. . AN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE TIME-PERIOD OF THE 144. Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‗to the time of the end. . but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel which related to the last days. 32 . 971.-Prophetic KeysA SEALED BOOK FOR THE MILLERITES  DANIEL 12:4.‖ The Great Controversy. and seal the book. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time.  THE INJUNCTION COMES ―After these seven thunders uttered their voices.  KNOWLEDGE INCREASED But thou.‘ Daniel 12:4. the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‗Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered. shut up the words. and knowledge shall be increased. shut up the words. But at the time of the end. and seal the book. And he said. volume 7. 971. shut up the words. volume 7. Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. The Scripture says. O Daniel. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro. ‗Time shall be no longer. and knowledge shall be increased.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. says the prophet. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days.  THEIR PROPER PLACE ―John sees the little book unsealed. based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. A SEALED BOOK IN THE TIME-PERIOD OF THE 144. 356. and the revelation made by Christ to John is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth.000 ―The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro.‘ Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed. Daniel 12:4. ‗many shall run to and fro. Then Daniel‘s prophecies have their proper place in the first. AN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE MILLERITE TIME-PERIOD ―The prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment.‘ (See Revelation 10:6. and third angels‘ messages to be given to the world.

five of whom were wise. 84. I will also forget thy children. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter. A PURIFICATION IN THE MILLERITE TIME-PERIOD  HOSEA 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge. 106–107. ‗Many shall be purified. and five foolish. and made white. that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God. for they are a symbol to represent the 33 .  ANGELS: GOD’S PEOPLE ―I have had an experience in the first. and tried.  HAS BEEN AND WILL BE ―I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins. A PURIFICATION IN THE TIME-PERIOD OF THE 144. and third angels‘ messages. proclaiming to the world a message of warning. all are linked together. and tried.‖ Selected Messages. but the wise shall understand. and. who made the world and all things that are therein. MATTHEW 25 REPEATS ―The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. August 19. REVELATION 14 REPEATS  ANGELS: THE WORK ―The third angel is represented as flying in the midst of heaven. like the third angel‘s message. but there is to be an increase of knowledge on this subject. and made white. making of no effect the law of Jehovah. Daniel 12:10. book 2. who keep His commandments.‖ The Great Controversy. No one hears the voice of these angels.-Prophetic Keys―In the first angel‘s message men are called upon to worship God.‖ This Day With God. our Creator. symbolizing the work of those who proclaim the first. has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time.‖ Selected Messages.  A PURIFICATION PROCESS Many shall be purified. I will also reject thee. book 3. They have paid homage to an institution of the Papacy. for it has a special application to this time. 1890. will understand the word spoken by Daniel. 393. second.000 ―The remnant people of God. second. but the wise shall understand. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. 405. and third angel's messages. The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven. and having a direct bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth‘s history.‖ Review and Herald.

my people. volume 7.  THE SEVEN THUNDERS IN THE TIME-PERIOD OF THE 144. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received. ‗Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.  TO BE REPEATED ―The first. 429. and the hold of every foul spirit. THE ESTABLISHED FAITH OF THE BODY ―I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm. Come out of her.‖ Review and Herald. 971.‘ I was again brought down 34 . and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‗Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered. and third angels’ messages are to be repeated.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. The call is to be given to the church: ‗Babylon the great is fallen. The Spirit of Prophecy warns more than once that the foundations of Adventism would come under attack. and third angels‘ messages. the last testing message to be given to the world. and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. refused the third. volume 7. giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. Said my accompanying angel.‖ Life Sketches. proclaim the three messages in their order. enlightened by the Spirit of God. and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. God looked upon them with approbation. is fallen. 1899.000 ―After these seven thunders uttered their voices. that ye be not partakers of her sins. second.000 will raise up the foundations of many generations.‘ These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. For her sins have reached unto heaven.‘ ―Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels. and is become the habitation of devils. . I was shown three steps—the first. . and that ye receive not of her plagues. October 31. 971. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. . REVELATION 10 REPEATS  THE SEVEN THUNDERS IN THE MILLERITE TIME-PERIOD ―The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels‘ messages. 19: THE FOUNDATIONS According to Isaiah in chapter fifty-eight and verse twelve the 144. and God hath remembered her iniquities. and sanctified through the truth. It is therefore important for the student of prophecy to rightly divide what the foundations of many generations represent. Men and women. second.-Prophetic Keyspeople of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven.

and they were fighting against Him. immovable platform. which had led them to the firm platform.‖ Early Writings. and in union raised their eyes to heaven and with a loud voice glorified God. ―The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842. 1903. I saw individuals approach the platform and examine the foundation. . The word given me is.‖ Counsels to Writers and Editors. seeking for light. and the people much happier. ―They moved forward step by step under the influence of the Spirit of God. . January 19. Others commenced to find fault with the foundation. . until He had placed them upon a solid. and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. 35 . FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS ―God has given me light regarding our periodicals. But I saw that nearly all stood firm upon the platform and exhorted those who had stepped off to cease their complaints. They wished improvements made. April 14. righteousness and unrighteousness. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. 1905. They recounted the wonderful work of God. and who labored to lay the foundation of our work. 1843. Some with rejoicing immediately stepped upon it. THE PLATFORM ―May God help you to receive the words that I have spoken. 259. This affected some of those who had complained and left the platform. How?—Their works shall follow them. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict.-Prophetic Keysthrough these messages. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced. true to the light that God has given us. . What is it?—He has said that the dead are to speak. NO NEW MESSAGE ―God is not giving us a new message.‖ Review and Herald. Let those who stand as God‘s watchmen on the walls of Zion be men who can see the dangers before the people.—men who can distinguish between truth and error. God had led them along step by step.‖ Review and Herald.—the truths that have made us as a people what we are. and ever since I have been standing before the world. leading us on step by step. Some stepped off the platform to examine it and declared it to be laid wrong. and then the platform would be more perfect. One by one these pioneers are passing away. We are now to understand what the pillars of our faith are. for God was the Master Builder. I was in this message. and they with humble look again stepped upon it. who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure. We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work. 28–29. and 1844. It has been guiding me ever since it was given. . . ―Let the truths that are the foundation of our faith be kept before the people. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer.

‖ Manuscript Release.‖ Manuscript Releases. We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. The messages are to go to all the churches. THE THIRD ANGEL‘S MESSAGE ―Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel‘s message. ―Those who passed through these experiences are to be as firm as a rock to the principles that have made us Seventh-day Adventists.‖ Selected Messages. those who know the waymarks that have pointed out the right path. The messages of the first. ‗42. are to be regarded as workers of the highest value. Those who took part in the establishment of our work upon a foundation of Bible truth.‖ Manuscript Releases. They can speak from personal experience. Then Daniel will stand in his lot. for they hear. And there should be no delay in repeating the message. THE LOUD CRY MESSAGE ―All the messages given from 1840–1844 are to be made forcible now. For verily I say unto you. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit. to give his testimony. These men are not to permit their faith to be changed to infidelity. book 2. they are not to permit the banner of the third angel to be taken from their hands. They are to be workers together with God. 13:16. ―The message was given. for there are many people who have lost their bearings. volume 15. for they see. and have not seen them.-Prophetic KeysTHE MESSAGE THAT STIRRED THE PEOPLE ―God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844. 437. binding up the testimony and sealing the law among His disciples. regarding the truths entrusted to them. ―Christ said.‖ General Conference Bulletin. ‗Blessed are your eyes. A great work will be done in a short time. the closing work must be done. Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the world. ―The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the closing work. and have not heard them‘ [Matt. for the signs of the times are fulfilling. and to hear those things which ye hear. second. Blessed are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. A message will soon be given by God‘s appointment that will swell into a loud cry. and ‗44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. 36 . STUDIED AND PROCLAIMED ―The truths that we received in 1841. volume 21. They are to hold the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end. Number 760. We cannot now enter into any new organization. April 1. That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see. and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. 17]. and your ears. for this would mean apostasy from the truth. 1903. 390. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. 371. ‗43.

all of one stamp. presented the pictorial prophecies of Daniel and John. in which the virgin band was to slumber and sleep on the great subject of time. 74. Here was more light in our pathway. 17. when standing on ‗the original faith. if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another.‘ This was a very important Conference. For the vision is yet for an appointed time.‘ Habakkuk 2:2. NICHOL‘S 1850 CHART ―I saw that God was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols. and that it should not be altered. he had thought if he could get out something of the kind as here presented it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience. MORE LIGHT ON THE PATHWAY ―In May.‖ Joseph Bates.‖ Early Writings. James White.‖ Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald. Then it was the oneness of the message all on one theme. JAMES WHITE ON THE 1843 CHART ―It was the united testimony of Second Advent lecturers and papers.‖ The Autobiography of Joseph Bates. 37 . and if this chart is designed for God‘s people. 1842. Number 2. 457 was the year from which to date the 2300 days. 359.‖ Manuscript Releases. which was soon accomplished. that he may run that readeth it. all need it just as much. that the figures were as He wanted them. so that none could see it. 1844. ALL OF ONE STAMP ―Now our history shows that there were hundreds teaching from the same chronological charts that William Miller was. 3.468 years before. They were called ‗the ‗43 charts. until His hand was removed.‘ that the publication of the chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:2. ―After some discussion on the subject. Brother Fitch in explaining from his chart before the Conference. which they had painted on cloth. a General Conference was convened in Boston. said. just before they were to be aroused by the Midnight Cry. ‗Write the vision and make it plain upon tables. Massachutes. It was necessary that 1843 should be the first published time in order that ‗the vision‘ should ‗tarry. while examining these prophecies. with the prophetic numbers. that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures. Early SDA Pamphlets. If the chart was a subject of prophecy (and those who deny it leave the original faith). At the opening of this meeting. I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible. of Haverhill. Volume I.‘ or that there should be a tarrying time. the coming of the Lord Jesus at a certain time.C. then it follows that B. saying. showing their fulfillment. and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale. volume 13. These brethren had been doing what the Lord had shown Habakkuk in his vision 2. Brethren Charles Fitch and Apollos Hale. 263. it was voted unanimously to have three hundred similar to this one lithographed.-Prophetic Keys20: THE 1843 AND 1850 CHARTS DIRECTED BY THE HAND OF THE LORD ―I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord.

We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work. 157. and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale. . and cause the mind to dwell more on earth than heaven.‖ Selected Messages. The word given me is. I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible. if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another.Manuscript Releases. In all their original freshness and power these truths are to be given to the world. lovely. and heavenly in the representation of the angels on the charts. We are now to understand what the pillars of our faith are. . 28– 29.‖ Testimonies.—the truths that have made us as a people what we are. . . and if this chart is designed for God's people. . They are to revive and recount the truths that have come to seem of little value to those who do not know by personal experience of the power and brightness that accompanied them when they were first seen and understood. volume 6. They are to study the history of the cause and people of God. 21: THE PIONEERS THE DEAD SPEAK? ―God has given me light regarding our periodicals. young and old. and who labored to lay the foundation of our work. But the other charts that have been gotten up disgust the mind. How?—Their works shall follow them. 364–365. They are not to forget the past dealing of God with His people. book 1. even without an explanation. 359. A SACRED WORK ―There is a work of sacred importance for ministers and people to do. What is it?—He has said that the dead are to speak. Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced. We need often to recount God‘s goodness and to praise Him for His wonderful works. FOR HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITSELF 38 . all need it just as much… ―I saw that the charts [the 1843 and 1850] ordered by God struck the mind favorably.‖ -.‖ Counsels to Writers and Editors. The mind is almost imperceptibly led to God and heaven. . volume 13. . There is something light. The past history of the cause of God needs to be often brought before the people. One by one these pioneers are passing away. who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure. ―They moved forward step by step under the influence of the Spirit of God. ―Let the truths that are the foundation of our faith be kept before the people. PAST HISTORY TO BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE PEOPLE ―The dealings of God with His people should be often repeated. leading us on step by step.-Prophetic KeysTHE CHARTS ORDERED BY GOD ―I saw that God was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols. . .

The record is to be kept in mind. It is dangerous for us to make flesh our arm. THOUGHTS ON DANIEL AND THE REVELATION.-Prophetic Keys―Again and again I have been shown that the past experiences of God‘s people are not to be counted as dead facts.‖ Publishing Ministry. and walk therein.‖ Publishing Ministry. WERE THE PIONEERS INSPIRED? ―A brother asked. The repairer of the breach. where is the good way. do you think we must understand the truth for ourselves? Why can we not take the truths that others have gathered together. but when it comes to inspiration in the fullest sense of the word. ‗Sister White.‖ Counsels to Writers and Editors. for Christ leads into all truth. and see. The restorer of paths to dwell in. 356. 22: THE OLD PATHS  JEREMIAH 6:16 Thus saith the Lord. 175. God has been revealing this to us for years. BY URIAH SMITH ―The grand instruction contained in Daniel and Revelation has been eagerly perused by many in Australia. 34. I know of no other book that can take the place of this one. Stand ye in the ways. We will not walk therein. and then we shall be free to go on without the taxing of the powers of the mind in the investigation of all these subjects? Do you not think that these men who have brought out the truth in the past were inspired of God?‘ ―I dare not say they were not led of God. for history will repeat itself. I answer. This book has been the means of bringing many precious souls to a knowledge of the truth. but if they are not fully consecrated to God at all times. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would treat a last year‘s almanac. they will weave self and their peculiar traits of character into what they are doing. It is God’s helping hand. We must have living faith in our hearts and reach out for larger knowledge and more advanced light. But they said. and believe them because they have investigated the subjects. Everything that can be done should be done to circulate Thoughts on Daniel and Revelation. and thou shalt be called. and ask for the old paths. No. and ye shall find rest for your souls. and will put their mold upon the work. and fashion men in religious experience after their own pattern. 39 . We should lean upon the arm of Infinite Power. I believe that God has given them a work to do. THE RESTORER OF PATHS  ISAIAH 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations.

showing us our bearings in prophetic history.‖ Selected Messages. LOCATED BY THE WORD OF INSPIRATION ―The proclamation of the first. book 2. but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. ―The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy Spirit through the consecrated servants of God. even as the eternal throne. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation. and we are now under the proclamation of the third. These messages we are to give to the world in publications. No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old. for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel. IN FORCE FOR US Never are we absent from the mind of God. These messages were given. second. but unto us they did minister the things. line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel‘s message. which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the 40 . "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition. so that their prophesying is in force for us. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel.‖ Selected Messages. showing their order.‖ Selected Messages. but for us who are living amid the scenes of their fulfillment.‖ Counsels to Writers and Editors. 24: THE BANNER OF THE THIRD ANGEL ―Prophecy has been fulfilling.-Prophetic Keys23: THE WAYMARKS ARE TO BE CAREFULLY GUARDED ―The great waymarks of truth. Men must themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Spirit‘s utterances through the prophets. upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel‘s message. showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be. book 2. 114. THEIR ORDER ―The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844. not for those that uttered the prophecies. are to be carefully guarded. God is our joy and our salvation. "Not unto themselves. 26–27. 104–105. There cannot be a third without the first and second. and third angels‘ messages has been located by the word of Inspiration. will appear the truths of ancient prophecy. and replaced with theories that would bring confusion rather than genuine light. 101–102. book 2. Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. lest they be torn down. we shall be assured that men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. in discourses. the deeper and surer.

Sacred history was one of the studies in the schools of the prophets. {3SM 338. he is even now deciding upon which side of the controversy he will be found. from age to age. THE GREAT REFORMATORY MOVEMENTS ―There is a study of history that is not to be condemned. Scripture is to be compared with scripture. and how. and to understand the progress of events in the marshalling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy. He should see how this controversy enters into every phase of human experience. whether he will or not. 343.‖ Testimonies. and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy. 307. The student should learn to view the word as a whole. The principles of God‘s dealing with men are ever the same. and the experience of the church in former ages has lessons of great value for our own time. and of the work of redemption. to study the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements. and to see the relation of its parts.1} THE PRESENT PARALLELS THE PAST ―The work of God in the earth presents.-Prophetic KeysHoly Ghost sent down from heaven. 41 . He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme. THE RECORDS OF HISTORY AND PROPHECY ―The Bible is its own expositor. of the rise of the great controversy. 191. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for supremacy. how in every act of life he himself reveals the one or the other of the two antagonistic motives. to the great consummation.‖ The Great Controversy. which things the angels desire to look into" (1 Peter 1:12). of God‘s original purpose for the world. We are to see in history the fulfillment of prophecy. So today we are to consider the dealings of God with the nations of the earth. a striking similarity in every great reformation or religious movement.‖ Education. The important movements of the present have their parallel in those of the past. volume 8. In the record of His dealings with the nations were traced the footsteps of Jehovah.

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that I will punish the king of Babylon. As a consequence. They were very plain—so plain that he understood by these testimonies recorded in books ‗the number of the years. THE REFORM OF EZRA AND NEHEMIAH DARKNESS ―Today the church of God is free to carry forward to completion the divine plan for the salvation of a lost race. ―With faith founded on the sure word of prophecy. The darkness of error and superstition threatened to blot out a knowledge of true religion. He pleaded for the honor of God to be preserved. for their iniquity. and will make it perpetual desolations. and the severest of penalties were visited upon those who dared disobey the mandates of men.‖ Prophets and Kings. the Lord‘s great moral vineyard was almost wholly unoccupied. of the seed of the Medes. that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. The events identified within these parallel histories are the waymarks that demonstrate the events that will transpire when the final reform movement of the 144. when seventy years are accomplished. which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans. 43 . For many centuries God‘s people suffered a restriction of their liberties. saith the Lord. and that nation.000 is accomplished.-Prophetic KeysWAYMARKS OF EVERY REFORM MOVEMENT Every reform movement parallels each other. 1. The people were deprived of the light of God‘s word. whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet. confessing their sins as his own. Jeremiah 25:12. MEN UNDERSTAND THE INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE ―Still burdened in behalf of Israel. God‘s church on earth was as verily in captivity during this long period of relentless persecution as were the children of Israel held captive in Babylon during the period of the exile. whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet. MEN RUNNING TO AND FRO IN GOD‘S PROPHETIC WORD In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus. THE TIME OF THE END FULFILLMENT OF A PROPHECY And it shall come to pass. and the land of the Chaldeans. The preaching of the gospel in its purity was prohibited. Daniel studied anew the prophecies of Jeremiah. Daniel pleaded with the Lord for the speedy fulfillment of these promises. Daniel 9:1–2.‘ Daniel 9:2. that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. 554. In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years. In his petition he identified himself fully with those who had fallen short of the divine purpose. 714.‖ Prophets and Kings.

‘ Gabriel declares. and to grant the Jewish people their liberty. His hand is on the machinery. and I remained there with the kings of Persia.571. The controversy was one in which all heaven was interested. ―The Lord has resources. And more. one of the chief princes. 44 . and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem. and put it also in writing. ‗The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days.‖ Prophets and Kings. that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom. because he is good. Michael. that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled. This work began under Cyrus. He moved upon Cyrus as His agent to discern the prophecies concerning Himself. seeking to counteract the influences at work on the mind of Cyrus. Isaiah 44:28–45:1. Through the prophet Daniel we are given a glimpse of this mighty struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. lo. THE FOUNDATION LAID: And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord. Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia. and his successor carried on the work begun. to praise the Lord.-Prophetic Keys2. He is my shepherd. angels worked in behalf of the exiles. Thus saith the Lord to his anointed. All that heaven could do in behalf of the people of God was done. WORLDWIDE: Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia. to Cyrus. the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia. THE FIRST DECREE MESSAGE FORMALIZED That saith of Cyrus. when they praised the Lord. and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals. the forces of the enemy were held in check all the days of Cyrus. whose right hand I have holden. And all the people shouted with a great shout. When the time came for His temple to be rebuilt. they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets. which is in Judah. and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem. 1175. and before the contest closed.‘ Daniel 10:13. because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. For three weeks Gabriel wrestled with the powers of darkness. Thy foundation shall be laid. MESSAGE EMPOWERED WHEN DIVINE SYMBOL DESCENDS ―While Satan was striving to influence the highest powers in the kingdom of MedoPersia to show disfavor to God‘s people. The victory was finally gained. Cyrus furnished them the necessary facilities for rebuilding the temple of the Lord. Ezra 1:1–2. ‗but. volume 4. Ezra 3:10–11. and I will loose the loins of kings. And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord. The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth. saying. for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. to subdue nations before him. and the gates shall not be shut. came to help me. and to the temple. Thou shalt be built. to open before him the two leaved gates. after the ordinance of David king of Israel. ― The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. who reigned about seven and a half years. Christ Himself came to Gabriel's aid. and all the days of his son Cambyses.

LIFE OR DEATH OUT OF BABYLON: EZRA 5:1. but also inspired Zechariah to plead with the exiles to return. O Zion. quite as favorable as the first.-Prophetic Keys- 3. Thus did God in mercy provide another opportunity for the Jews in the Medo-Persian realm to return to the land of their fathers. until another commandment shall be given from me. and flee from the land of the north. MANIFESTATION OF DIVINE POWER ―A score or more of years passed by. God had plainly warned his people to flee from Babylon. and their companions. 572. February 13. ho.—the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther.‖ Review and Herald. Zechariah 2:6–9 quoted. the monarch then ruling. Deliver thyself. In view of these changed conditions. 598–599. that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. THE SECOND DECREE CONCERNING THE HOUSE OF GOD AT JERUSALEM/LOCAL A PUBLIC ACTION FROM THE ENEMIES: Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease. and flee from the land of the north. as well as by their late experience in the troublous times of Esther and Mordecai. they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews. when a second decree. The time had come when it was perilous to dwell longer in the midst of heathen influences. and that this city be not builded. saith the Lord. Ezra 4:21–24. ―‗Ho. come forth. FALSE DECREE ―During the reign of Cambyses the work on the temple progressed slowly. ho. Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes‘ letter was read before Rehum. and made them to cease by force and power. 45 .‖ Prophets and Kings. was issued by Darius Hystaspes. Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. come forth. 1908. ―Through the prophet Zechariah. Ho. saith the Lord: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven. The Lord foresaw the troublous times that were to follow during the reign of Xerxes.‖ Prophets and Kings. Zechariah 2:6– 7.‘ was the message given the scattered tribes of Israel who had become settled in many lands far from their former home. ‗Who is on the Lord‘s side?‘ a special call to them to return to Jerusalem. the priests in Babylon should have been quick to discern in the call. And during the reign of the false Smerdis (called Artaxerxes in Ezra 4:7) the Samaritans induced the unscrupulous impostor to issue a decree forbidding the Jews to rebuild their temple and city.—and He not only wrought a change of feeling in the hearts of men in authority. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. 2. and Shimshai the scribe.

and Artaxerxes king of Persia. TEMPLE CLEANSED And the children of Israel. ―The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. and for their brethren the priests. and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God. 596. The reverence of God‘s people for His law is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling on His Sabbath. kept the dedication of this house of God with joy. And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar [the twelfth month].‖ Prophets and Kings. and Darius. and according to the commandment of Cyrus. and finished it. the priests. which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. Verse 9. 605. And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks. Ezra 6:16–22. according to the commandment of the God of Israel. which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. twelve he goats. And they set the priests in their divisions. and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them.-Prophetic KeysNOT ALONE ―The trying experiences that came to God‘s people in the days of Esther were not peculiar to that age alone. 15. and for a sin offering for all Israel. And they builded. ‗The dragon was wroth with the woman. and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land. a Mordecai at the gate. And the children of Israel.‘ was literally fulfilled. And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the Lord had made them joyful. and the Levites. Some who today are living on the earth will see these words fulfilled.(BEFORE 3RD WAYMARK) And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar. ―The promise. For the priests and the Levites were purified together. for the service of God. Even now preparations are being made for this last great conflict. and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity. and the rest of the children of the captivity. Ezra 6:15.‖ Prophets and Kings. two hundred rams. ‗The elders of the Jews builded. TEMPLE COMPLETED . four hundred lambs. did eat. according to the number of the tribes of Israel. which keep the commandments of God.‘ Revelation 12:17. and the Levites in their courses. and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. The same spirit that in ages past led men to persecute the true church. has declared. looking down the ages to the close of time. his hands shall also finish it. The revelator. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment. to seek the Lord God of Israel. which were come again out of captivity. ‗The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. all of them were pure. as it is written in the book of Moses. which is at Jerusalem. will in the future lead to the pursuance of a similar course toward those who maintain their loyalty to God. 46 . and for themselves. And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. the God of Israel.‘ Ezra 6:14. and went to make war with the remnant of her seed.

‘ These three kings. He is the one who in 457 B. Ezra. or ministers of this house of God. raised up for a special work. issued the third and final decree for the restoration of Jerusalem.‖ Prophets and Kings. But in Ezra 6:14 the house of the Lord at Jerusalem is said to have been built ‗according to the commandment [―decree. or to banishment.C. after the wisdom of thy God. Taking 457 B. and for our little ones. that we might afflict ourselves before our God.(NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY RESTORED) Also we certify you. 607. or custom. all such as know the laws of thy God. it shall not be lawful to impose toll. or to confiscation of goods. the reorganization of the temple services. and Darius. in originating. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.C. and completing the decree. Verses 12–26. king of Persia. Nethinims. and Artaxerxes king of Persia. or to imprisonment. Ezra 7:24–26. THE THIRD DECREE ―About seventy years after the return of the first company of exiles under Zerubbabel and Joshua. A FAST Then I proclaimed a fast there. saying. 457 B. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king. Artaxerxes Longimanus came to the throne of Medo-Persia.‖ The Great Controversy. His reign saw the return of a company of Jews under Ezra. Ezra 8:21–23. The name of this king is connected with sacred history by a series of remarkable providences. upon them. set magistrates and judges. The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him. It was during his reign that Ezra and Nehemiah lived and labored. whether it be unto death. And whosoever will not do the law of thy God. which may judge all the people that are beyond the river. singers. the completion of the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah and his associates. brought it to the perfection required by the prophecy to mark the beginning of the 2300 years. he recognized men of God‘s appointment. let judgment be executed speedily upon him. and the great religious reformations instituted by Ezra and Nehemiah. reaffirming.C. at the river of Ahava. 326. that is in thine hand. and teach ye them that know them not. to seek of him a right way for us. In its completest form it was issued by Artaxerxes. And thou. THE SCEPTER RETURNED . During his long rule he often showed favor to God‘s people. every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled. and for all our substance.. as the date of the commandment. that touching any of the priests and Levites. but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. Ezra and Nehemiah. THE PERFECTION REQUIRED BY THE PROPHECY ―In the seventh chapter of Ezra the decree is found. and in his trusted and well-beloved Jewish friends. 47 .‖ margin] of Cyrus. porters. the time when the decree was completed. and the law of the king. tribute.-Prophetic Keys- 4.

the Perizzites. where he shall see. ―Conversion is a work that most do not appreciate. and the excellency of God. the crown of his rejoicing. doing according to their abominations. and the priests. Hashabiah. saying. and to a spoil. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day. and for our iniquities have we. the Jebusites. And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the Lord our God. his sorrows. the Egyptians. I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee. and the pride of life. that our God may lighten our eyes. have not separated themselves from the people of the lands. and ten of their brethren with them. are now turned from. as it is this day. to the sword. and give us a little reviving in our bondage. the lust of the eye. the charms of His grace. our kings. Ezra 8:24 EVERYONE THAT TREMBLED AT GOD‘S WORD Now when these things were done. and to confusion of face. he embraces Christ as the life and joy of the soul. O my God. which have heretofore been preferred before Christ. breaking his heart before God. the Ammonites. and Christ is the charm of his life. and praise the One who hath redeemed him by His precious blood. and love are all new. and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. When he understands these things. the princes came to me. It is not a small matter to transform an earthly. Heaven. and sat down astonied. and desires. even of the Canaanites. to leave us a remnant to escape. And when I heard this thing. and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God. He renounces his former pleasures. and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea. And said. his former life appears disgusting and hateful. And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness. and to give us a nail in his holy place. which once possessed no charms. He has a new mind. been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands. new affections.-Prophetic Keys- SEPARATION Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests. and the Levites. love. He hates sin. sin-loving mind and bring it to understand the unspeakable love of Christ. and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard. I fell upon my knees. The people of Israel. my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head. and the Amorites. so that the soul shall be imbued with divine love and captivated with the heavenly mysteries. Ezra 9:1–8. the Hittites. and having rent my garment and my mantle. Sherebiah. because of the transgression of those that had been carried away. and our priests. Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel. new interest. and he contemplates it as his future home. the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 48 . I rent my garment and my mantle. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves. and. is now viewed in its riches and glory. the Moabites. The lust of the flesh. to captivity. new will.

Isaiah 66:2. The society of the most godly is now chosen by him. He weeps over those sins in them at which he once laughed. February 27. There is need of men mighty in the Scriptures. converting the soul. are now his delight. saith the Lord: but to this man will I look. O. SEVEN  DANIEL 9:24-25 49 . when Satan is seeking through manifold agencies to blind the eyes of the people against the binding claims of the law of God. ―The number who responded to the call to leave Babylon.‖ Testimonies. and all those things have been. was disappointingly small. Ezra 10:3. he no longer delights in. Ezra had expected that a large number would return.—of men who can cause many to ‘tremble at the commandment of our God. even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit. is now chosen as his study. in this time of apostasy and unbelief. which appeared wearisome. according to the counsel of my lord. so much! to inspire hearts with reverence and love for the Holy Scriptures. volume 2. and such as are born of them. Teachers are needed. Self-love and vanity are renounced. men who. The word of God. For all those things hath mine hand made. LET US MAKE A COVENANT Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives. February 13. 612. while he firmly grasps its promises and strengthens his soul by appropriating them to himself. which have been given for the admonition of us upon whom the ends of the world are come.‖ Review and Herald. DISAPPOINTMENT ―Ezra had expected that a large number would return to Jerusalem. It is as a letter written to him from God. labor to strengthen the faith of their fellow men in the law and the prophets. and let it be done according to the law. His thoughts.-Prophetic Keys―The works of holiness.‖ Review and Herald. 294. and the wicked. and his deeds are brought to this rule and tested. ―In this age of the world. and is rich in good works. whose company he once loved. 1908. which was dull and uninteresting. there is need of Ezras. 1908. men whose every word and act exalts the law of Jehovah. but the number who responded to the call was disappointingly small. and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God. his words.’ There is need of true reformers who will point transgressors to the great Lawgiver. Nothing short of this will He accept. the man of his counsel. and he lives unto God. This is the sanctification which God requires. and teach them that the law of the Lord is perfect. and trembleth at my word. He trembles at the commands and threatenings which it contains.‖ Prophets and Kings. bearing the inscription of the Eternal.

February 20. and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again. Some who had returned.‖ Review and Herald. also. 50 . If it please the king. Sin was in the camp. THE FOURTH DECREE Moreover I said unto the king. February 20. To give dignity and authority to his mission. and for the wall of the city. even in troublous times. Yet much remained undone. lived in open sin. The Mosaic code. a letter to the keeper of the king‘s forest in the mountains of Lebanon. and for the house that I shall enter into. for so long as flagrant violations of God‘s law were allowed to go on unrebuked. 7. 1908.‖ Prophets and Kings. he asked for and secured a military escort. Daniel 9:25. given for the good of the people. And the king granted me. the territory through which he must pass on his way to Judea. And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king‘s forest. Nehemiah 2:7– 8. over seventy years before. BACKSLIDING ―Even during the years of comparative peace following the troublous times of Queen Esther. 633. and the wall. ―The indifference of many of the Israelites who had returned. much had been accomplished in the work of restoration. He obtained royal letters to the governors of the provinces beyond the Euphrates. Since the first company of exiles had returned with Zerubbabel and Joshua. Their course of action largely neutralized the efforts of others to advance the cause of God. ―His request to the king had been so favorably received that Nehemiah was encouraged to ask for still further assistance. let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river. 6. but many of their children and children‘s children. the walls of the city had been partially repaired. the blessing of heaven could not rest richly upon the people. is directly traceable to their violation of the plain precepts of the law given at Sinai. lost sight of the law of heaven. that they may convey me over till I come into Judah. The temple had been finished. 1908.‖ Review and Herald. as well as to provide protection on the journey. according to the good hand of my God upon me. WORK ―The coming of Ezra and his company to Jerusalem brought courage and hope into the hearts of many who had long labored under trying difficulties. Even some of the men who had been entrusted with sacred responsibilities. was sadly disregarded. EVEN IN TROUBLOUS TIMES Know therefore and understand. but little was done to upbuild the wall. and he obtained. that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks. that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house. remained faithful.-Prophetic Keys5. directing him to furnish such timber as would be needed.

lest an excitement be created. she will have to do in a terrible crisis. and ridiculed their devastated city. ―The same reproofs are applicable to her today as to the people of Israel when the Lord said by his prophets. ―The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity. and reports be put in circulation which might defeat. circumstances. they with envenomed zeal set themselves to hinder the undertaking. therefore the Lord doth not accept them. And at that time the superficial.‘ ―In secrecy and silence. doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren. REPETITION OF SECOND DECREE REFORM MESSAGE  NEHEMIAH 1:8-9 ―Are not every where visible the shameful tokens of backsliding from God and conformity with a sin-loving and truth-hating world? In these days of darkness and peril. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice. perhaps separately and alone. they have not refrained their feet. Tobiah the Ammonite. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity. must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain. and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges. and Geshem the Arabian. conservative class. The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. who is able to stand in defense of Zion and show her any good? Her spiritual state and prospects are not in accordance with the light and privileges bestowed of God. nor to the rest that did the work. will renounce the faith. he will now remember their iniquity and visit their sins. toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. nor to the nobles. or at least hinder. and take their stand with its avowed enemies. He declares. 51 . 1883.‘ In this painful survey he did not wish to attract the attention of either friends or foes. The principal agents in this movement were Sanballat the Horonite. December 13. and had mocked at their religion.-Prophetic Keys―Those who were restoring the defenses of Jerusalem did not go forward in their work unmolested. ‗Thus have they loved to wander. These idolaters had exulted in the feeble and defenseless condition of the Jews. forbidding. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. his work.‖ Testimonies. Nehemiah completed his circuit of the walls. neither had I as yet told it to the Jews. nor to the rulers. 463. Satan was busy in stirring up opposition and creating discouragement. nor to the priests. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld.‖ Signs of the Times. under most discouraging. whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work. and to excite indignation against them. or what I did. volume 5. This day is just before us. And when the work of rebuilding the wall was entered upon. ‗The rulers knew not whither I went.

JUDGMENT ON CHURCH ―When Nehemiah learned of this bold profanation. Nevertheless that very circumstance contributed greatly to his success. Nehemiah put to the people directly the question whether they would take advantage of this favorable occasion. And having thus laid the matter fully before them. showing that he was sustained by the combined authority of the Persian king and the God of Israel. When he called the people together on the morrow. and how. the plan had been formed in his mind. 1883. therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber. ‗It grieved me sore. December 6. of soliciting permission from the king to come to their assistance. December 6.‘‖ Signs of the Times. while praying. ―He then told them how. REVIVAL ―This appeal went straight to their hearts. that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever. The nation once so highly favored of God as to excite the terror of all surrounding countries. neither did he tell them. but hired Balaam against them. January 17. the manifestation of the favor of Heaven toward them put their fears to shame. her God blasphemed. deeply impressing his heart. He sought rather to gain the confidence and sympathy of the people. ‗Let us rise up and build. while the actual contemplation of the weakness and degradation of Israel.‖ Signs of the Times. he chose not to depend upon the mere exercise of authority. he promptly exercised his authority to expel the intruder. On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people. He had asked God that the king might not only allow him to go to Jerusalem. that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing. With new courage they cried out with one voice. gave earnestness and power to his words. he presented such arguments as were calculated to arouse their dormant energies and to unite their scattered numbers. Although he bore a royal commission requiring the inhabitants to co-operate with him in rebuilding the walls of the city. 52 . and arise with him and build the wall. ―They knew not. well knowing that a union of hearts as well as hands was essential to success in the great work which he had undertaken. Her religion was dishonored. and therein was found written.-Prophetic Keys―Nehemiah devoted the remainder of the night to prayer. His prayer had been answered in such a manner as clearly to show that the whole thing was of the Lord. how he had entreated the favor of God in their behalf. in a distant land. but invest him with authority and render the help needed for the work.‘‖ Signs of the Times. He presented before the people their condition as objects of reproach among the heathen.1883. of his mournful midnight circuit while they were sleeping. he had heard of their affliction. in the morning there must be earnest effort to arouse and unite his dispirited and divided countrymen. had now become a by-word and a hissing. 1884. He was enabled to speak of the condition of the city with an accuracy and minuteness that astonished his hearers. Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water.

I commanded that the gates should be shut. and all manner of ware. that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. grapes. 53 . when they had heard the law. and the vessels. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein. and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus. which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. and figs. and said unto them. that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude. And before this. and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God. and their office was to distribute unto their brethren. Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur. which brought fish. Then contended I with the rulers. and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of God. So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. was allied unto Tobiah: And he had prepared for him a great chamber. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah. Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together. and in Jerusalem. And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers. and bringing in sheaves. which was commanded to be given to the Levites. and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates. in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God. Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again. the frankincense. and said. And I made treasurers over the treasuries. and the offerings of the priests. and for the offices thereof.-Prophetic KeysNow it came to pass. Remember me. And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber. that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath. and Zadok the scribe. and set them in their place. and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath. And it came to pass. Eliashib the priest. But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king. and did not our God bring all this evil upon us. and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah. that did the work. I will lay hands on you. the new wine. and after certain days obtained I leave of the king: And I came to Jerusalem. concerning this. and lading asses. Then I commanded. O my God. as also wine. and the tithes of the corn. and the singers. What evil thing is this that ye do. having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God. and the porters. and all manner of burdens. Shelemiah the priest. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries. were fled every one to his field. Then I testified against them. with the meat offering and the frankincense. and said unto them. and of the Levites. the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful. and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah. and the oil. where aforetime they laid the meat offerings.

whom they shall serve. In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod. the son of Eliashib the high priest. of Ammon. and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. and shall serve them. DARKNESS ―In their bondage the Israelites had to some extent lost the knowledge of God‘s law. who was beloved of his God. nor take their daughters unto your sons. and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites. and that they should come and keep the gates. and for the firstfruits. and cursed them. and they had departed from its precepts. at times appointed. concerning this also.-Prophetic KeysAnd I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers. Nehemiah 13. Remember me. and of the Levites. and the covenant of the priesthood. A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren. because they have defiled the priesthood. or for yourselves. to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives? And one of the sons of Joiada. THE REFORM OF MOSES THE END FROM THE BEGINNING— LIKE UNTO ME And he shall send Jesus Christ. For Moses truly said unto the fathers. and they shall afflict them four hundred years. and could not speak in the Jews‘ language. O my God. and smote certain of them. and of Moab: And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod. 1. and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. And for the wood offering. And also that nation. O my God. Remember me. O my God. every one in his business. which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things. him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. and plucked off their hair. 258. to sanctify the sabbath day. Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs. for good.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. And I contended with them. like unto me. Exodus 15:13–14. Remember them. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him. was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me. TIME OF THE END And he said unto Abram. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil. will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. saying. Acts 3:20–22. which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons. 54 . and made them swear by God. but according to the language of each people.

All this rendered her more diligent and careful in his instruction than in that of her other children. and said.-Prophetic KeysAN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE And the child grew. to be surrounded with influences that would tend to lead him away from God. for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.‘ Acts 7:22. From his humble cabin home he was taken to the royal palace. the bush burned with fire. Moses. And Moses said. the infidelity. but was obliged to give him up when he was about twelve years old. Here am I. And she called his name Moses: and she said. and he was generally regarded as a remarkable character. and earnestly prayed that he might be preserved from every corrupting influence. Because I drew him out of the water. and having this in view. and. why the bush is not burnt. The very decree condemning the Hebrew children to death had been overruled by God for the training and education of the future leader of His people. The monarch had determined to make his adopted grandson his successor on the throne. Satan had been defeated in his purpose. and she brought him unto Pharaoh‘s daughter. . And he said. His ability as a military leader made him a favorite with the armies of Egypt. ‗And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. he guarded his affections. Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet. . ―At the court of Pharaoh. Moses. expected to lead the Hebrew host against the armies of Egypt. supposing that they were to obtain their freedom by force of arms. It was with deep gratitude that she entered upon her now safe and happy task. ―She kept the boy as long as she could. MESSAGE FORMALIZED And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked. behold. 243–245. and see this great sight. She felt confident that he had been preserved for some great work. and the youth was educated for his high station. and that Moses was the man whom God would employ to accomplish this work. Moses received the highest civil and military training. 55 . and he became her son. ‗and he became her son. and the bush was not consumed. God called unto him out of the midst of the bush. She faithfully improved her opportunity to educate her child for God. The lessons learned at his mother‘s side could not be forgotten. and the vice that flourished amid the splendor of the court. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see.‘ Yet even here he did not lose the impressions received in childhood. lest in his attachment to his foster mother or to Pharaoh he would not be free to do the will of God.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. her faith had been rewarded. and early taught him to bow down and pray to the living God. ―The elders of Israel were taught by angels that the time for their deliverance was near. who alone could hear him and help him in every emergency. to the daughter of Pharaoh. . Angels instructed Moses also that Jehovah had chosen him to break the bondage of His people. He. I will now turn aside. Exodus 2:10. And he said. and was mighty in words and in deeds. ―God had heard the mother‘s prayers. and she knew that he must soon be given up to his royal mother. They were a shield from the pride. She showed him the folly and sin of idolatry. She endeavored to imbue his mind with the fear of God and the love of truth and justice.

and such a neglect on the part of their chosen leader could not but lessen the force of the divine precepts upon the people. Exodus 4:24–26. and the Perizzites. ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle. THE FIRST MESSAGE: REFORM ―In their bondage the Israelites had to some extent lost the knowledge of God‘s law. as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. unto a land flowing with milk and honey. and the Amorites. I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt. for I know their sorrows.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. and said. saying. And Moses hid his face. that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. But while living in neglect of a known duty. 56 . Exodus 5:7. his life could be preserved only through the protection of holy angels. Now therefore. Let us go and sacrifice to our God.-Prophetic KeysMoreover he said. performed the rite herself. and they had departed from its precepts. therefore they cry. and the Hittites. behold. and the angel then permitted Moses to pursue his journey. And the tale of the bricks. And the Lord said. and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters. and I will send thee unto Pharaoh. and the Jebusites. and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone. But Moses had shown his people that obedience to God was the first condition of deliverance. and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. So he let him go: then she said. that the Lord met him. 3. I am the God of thy father. and cast it at his feet. for he could not be shielded by the angels of God. the God of Isaac. and cut off the foreskin of her son. And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 255. ye shall lay upon them. and the exactions of their taskmasters made its observance apparently impossible. ―He had failed to comply with the condition by which his child could be entitled to the blessings of God‘s covenant with Israel. Moses was to be placed in a position of great peril. Exodus 3:2–10. and the efforts made to restore the observance of the Sabbath had come to the notice of their oppressors. and the Hivites. Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. MESSAGE EMPOWERED WHEN DIVINE SYMBOL DESCENDS And it came to pass by the way in the inn. The Sabbath had been generally disregarded. for he was afraid to look upon God. the God of Abraham. unto the place of the Canaanites. In his mission to Pharaoh. which they did make heretofore. fearing that her husband would be slain. 8. and the God of Jacob. because of the circumcision. 2. A bloody husband thou art. he would not be secure. Zipporah. 258. THE SECOND MESSAGE RESISTANCE O F THE ENEMIES Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick. the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore.

Exodus 16:16–19. If the loss of their harvests and their flocks and herds had brought Egypt to repentance. A flood of light would have been shed upon the world. the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts. If all who had labored unitedly in the work of 1844 had received the third angel‘s message and proclaimed it in the power of the Holy Spirit. but the nation had stubbornly resisted the divine command. they would have seen of the salvation of God. 4. In the advent movement He has wrought for His heritage. some less. the closing work would have been completed. and no human influence or power possessed by Moses and Aaron. He has a tender care for the beings formed in His image. and that it was the duty of the king to let Israel go. Gather of it every man according to his eating. and Christ would have come for the redemption of His people. and gathered. In this age God has set His hand to gather unto Himself a people from every nation. DISAPPOINTMENT ―Upon us is shining the accumulated light of past ages.‖ Testimonies. kindred. 115–116.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. Years ago the inhabitants of the earth would have been warned. and tongue. and he that gathered little had no lack. Let no man leave of it till the morning. WORK This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded. 5. and now the final blow was about to fall. that wrought the miracles which they showed before Pharaoh. And when they did mete it with an omer. some more.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. he that gathered much had nothing over. they gathered every man according to his eating. Had the Adventists in the early days still trusted to the guiding Hand that had been with them in their past experience. volume 8. God is long-suffering and plenteous in mercy. the children would not have been smitten. And the children of Israel did so. 57 . an omer for every man.-Prophetic KeysMANIFESTATION OF THE POWER OF GOD ―It was the hand of God. was to be the last visited. take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And Moses said. 273. Those signs and wonders were designed to convince Pharaoh that the great ‗I AM‘ had sent Moses. that they might serve the living God. according to the number of your persons. In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. 264. THE THIRD MESSAGE: JUDGMENT ―The judgment of which Egypt had first been warned. The record of Israel‘s forgetfulness has been preserved for our enlightenment. even as He wrought for the Israelites in leading them from Egypt.

Amid the most terrific convulsions of nature the voice of God.-Prophetic Keys6. And he said unto them. BACKSLIDING Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses. ‗The earth shook. every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot. RIGHTEOUSNESS ―Never since man was created had there been witnessed such a manifestation of divine power as when the law was proclaimed from Sinai. and let them wash their clothes. In that great coming day. Eat that to day. and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Says the Scripture. And it came to pass. And it came to pass. and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. 7. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord. Lo. ‗The Lord shall roar from on high. and it bred worms.‘ Psalm 68:8. the heaven itself shall depart ‗as a scroll when it is rolled together. pale and trembling with terror. And all the people answered together.‘ Revelation 6:14. Exodus 19:7–11. How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? Exodus 16:20–28. and it shall fall. was heard from the cloud. and shall be removed like a cottage. and seethe that ye will seethe. the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God. and sanctify them to day and to morrow.‘ ‗and the heavens and the earth shall shake. neither was there any worm therein. as Moses bade: and it did not stink. and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. which is the sabbath. in it there shall be none. that the people may hear when I speak with thee. All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. This is that which the Lord hath said. for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field. And Moses said. it melted. but on the seventh day. I come unto thee in a thick cloud. REFORM And Moses came and called for the elders of the people. and not rise again. but some of them left of it until the morning. and utter His voice from His holy habitation. ‗The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard. lay upon their faces upon the earth. and the hosts of Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses. And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And the Lord said unto Moses. To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day. and they found none. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord. THE FOURTH MESSAGE A. And they gathered it every morning. that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather. the God of Israel. ‗Yet once more I shake not the earth only. and said. He whose voice then shook the earth has declared. Go unto the people. that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread.‘ Jeremiah 25:30. The mountain was shaken from base to summit. And the Lord said unto Moses. And they laid it up till the morning. 58 . Six days ye shall gather it. B. like a trumpet. And every mountain and island shall be moved out of its place. Joel 3:16.‘ Isaiah 24:20. and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it. and believe thee for ever.‘ Hebrews 12:26. but also heaven.

‘ saith the Lord. and bear a son. And.‘ Isaiah 13:7. Those who performed this painful act. And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them. and consecrated themselves more fully to the service of the true God. JUDGMENT ―Those who performed this terrible work of judgment were acting by divine authority. THE REFORM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST AND CHRIST DARKNESS ―Before the days of Christ. there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour. And the angel said unto them.‘ ‗and every man‘s heart shall melt. jealousy. even Him who was the Way. and contention. Fear not: for. Men are to beware how they. which shall be to all people. 8. ‗What is truth?‘ Darkness covered the earth. 59 . 324. Even Judea was shrouded in gloom. and are come to worship him. Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east. keeping watch over their flock by night. judge and condemn their fellow men. He is to be obeyed. Matthew 2:1–2. a virgin shall conceive. Luke 2:8–11. MEN RUNNING TO AND FRO IN GOD‘S PROPHETIC WORD Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king. Isaiah 7:14. Behold. men asked in vain. behold. and the Life. and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. lo. although the voice of God spoke to them in His oracles. ‗and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease. Saying. and prejudice divided the professed children of God. C. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field.-Prophetic Keys―‗Therefore shall all hands be faint. The truth of God had been silenced by the superstition and traditions of its professed interpreters.‘ all faces shall be ‗turned into paleness. which is Christ the Lord.‘ ‗And I will punish the world for their evil. 340. in their human blindness. behold. the angel of the Lord came upon them. the Truth. thus manifested their abhorrence of rebellion and idolatry. The Lord honored their faithfulness by bestowing special distinction upon the tribe of Levi. I bring you good tidings of great joy. and shall call his name Immanuel. and gross darkness the people.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets. 1. Jeremiah 30:6. TIME OF THE END IN THE HISTORY OF CHRIST Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. but when God commands them to execute His sentence upon iniquity. and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Then was a Teacher sent from God. 11.‖ Patriarchs and Prophets.‖ Fundamentals of Christian Education. executing the sentence of the King of heaven. 238– 239.

and waxed strong in spirit. the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem. Luke 2:36. Luke 2:40–47.-Prophetic KeysAnd. filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. sitting in the midst of the doctors. the forerunner of Jesus. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them. and asking them questions. went a day‘s journey. and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul. a prophetess. whose name was Simeon. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias. The voice of one crying in the wilderness. ‗Fear God. MESSAGE FORMAILZED In those days came John the Baptist. and give glory to Him. both hearing them. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree. for the hour of His judgment is come. and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity. as they returned. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost. 60 . Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. But they.‘‖ Early Writings. And when he was twelve years old. of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age. waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 233. And there was one Anna. and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. many who were united with the churches received the healing message. saying. and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. supposing him to have been in the company. they helped to sound the cry. they turned back again to Jerusalem. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair. preaching in the wilderness of Judaea. before he had seen the Lord‘s Christ. there was a man in Jerusalem. And saying. the daughter of Phanuel. and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. And it came to pass. AN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE And the child grew. 2. they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. and the same man was just and devout. humbled themselves before God. Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character. Matthew 3:1–4. make his paths straight. And when they found him not. that he should not see death. seeking him. Luke 2:25–26. that after three days they found him in the temple. Like John. they saw their backslidings. THE FIRST MESSAGE: REFORM ―Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded. and a leathern girdle about his loins. and his meat was locusts and wild honey. And when they had fulfilled the days. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. behold.

THE FOUNDATION LAID Then went out to him Jerusalem. whence was it? from heaven. he said unto them. Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.‘ 61 . And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down. he will say unto us. and said. we fear the people. Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say. The baptism of John. They knew that the priests had professed to accept the ministry of John. and gather his wheat into the garner. ‗by what authority I do these things. which if ye tell me. Matthew 21:23–27. the priests decided not to commit themselves. and all Judaea. which said. and he will thoroughly purge his floor. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I. From heaven. or of men? And they reasoned with themselves. By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them. for all hold John as a prophet. and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand. If we shall say. MESSAGE EMPOWERED WHEN DIVINE SYMBOL DESCENDS And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him. and all Judaea. and all the region round about Jordan. confessing their sins. Matthew 3:5. and cast into the fire. Luke 3:22. ―With intense interest the multitude awaited the decision. who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves. and they expected them to acknowledge without a question that he was sent from God. And he said unto them. But after conferring secretly together. in thee I am well pleased. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism. and said. I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. and a voice came from heaven. I also will ask you one thing. And they answered Jesus. saying. whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. O generation of vipers. Thou art my beloved Son. Hypocritically professing ignorance. Matthew 3:5–12. We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you.-Prophetic KeysWORLDWIDE WORLDWIDE IN THE TIME OF CHRIST Then went out to him Jerusalem. ‗We cannot tell.‘ ‗Neither tell I you. And were baptized of him in Jordan. We cannot tell. they said. Of men.‘ said Christ. And when he was come into the temple. and all the region round about Jordan. the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching. but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

. ‗Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!‘ [Matthew 21:9. they caught the inspiration of the hour. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. THE SECOND MESSAGE LOCAL Now Caiaphas was he. amused to see these proud. some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message. There was no doubt. . priests. to reject and crucify Christ. he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation. being the high priest that same year. and that the whole nation perish not. Nor consider that it is expedient for us. And not for that nation only. Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity. volume 4. Baffled and disappointed. which gave counsel to the Jews. who now stood by.‖ The Desire of Ages. John was sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther. though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year. the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast.-Prophetic Keys―Scribes. John 11:49–53. LIFE OR DEATH ―I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. the Bridegroom cometh!‘‖ Spirit of Prophecy. no questioning. 62 . By their cowardice and indecision they had in a great measure forfeited the respect of the people. John 18:14. ―All these sayings and doings of Christ were important. and helped to swell the shout. named Caiaphas. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. 3. 250–251. that one man should die for the people. said unto them. and their influence was to be felt in an ever-increasing degree after His crucifixion and ascension. MANIFESTATION OF THE POWER OF GOD ―The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument. not daring to press further questions upon Christ. self-righteous men defeated. they stood with lowering brows. . but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Upon the occasion of Christ‘s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. A PUBLIC ACTION FROM THE ENEMIES And one of them. In doing this they placed themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost. and rulers were all silenced. that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. flocked to the Mount of Olives. 594. ‗Behold. which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary. Ye know nothing at all. and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus.

20. Then said the Jews. his signs and lying wonders. the Lord had declared by the prophet Zechariah. But God who reads the hearts of all. they declared it to be a delusion. and would not have denied Him as did Peter. Therefore they could not be benefited by the mediation of Christ in the holy place. The heavenly sanctuary had taken the place of the earthly. and upon a colt the foal of an ass. and riding upon an ass. Instead of receiving the message with gladness. I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus. and Satan. TEMPLE FINISHED Jesus answered and said unto them. and as they read the history of His shameful abuse. He is just. and still trusted in their useless sacrifices and offerings. Destroy this temple. thy King cometh unto thee. assumes a religious character. they think they love Him. But many who professed to love Jesus. or crucified Him as did the Jews. and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy. who offered their useless sacrifices.-Prophetic KeysBut the Jews were left in total darkness. and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself. so the nominal churches had crucified these messages. Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second. Like the Jews. ‗Rejoice greatly. yet they had no knowledge of the change. shout. THE THIRD MESSAGE: JUDGMENT ―Five hundred years before. lowly.] Had the disciples realized that Christ was going to judgment and to death. They hated those who loved His appearing and shut them out of the churches. working with his power. has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel. ―Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ. and who shed tears as they read the story of the cross. 4. Behold. and in three days I will raise it up. Forty and six years was this temple in building. which shows the way into the most holy place. And by rejecting the two former messages. and wilt thou rear it up in three days? John 2:19. they could not have fulfilled this prophecy. All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel‘s message.‘[1 Zechariah 9:9. They lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of salvation. O daughter of Zion. O daughter of Jerusalem. 63 . they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left. which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. derided the good news of His coming. they have so darkened their understanding that they can see no light in the third angel‘s message. pleased with the deception. and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. and having salvation.‖ Early Writings. to fasten them in his snare. 259–261. neither were they benefited by the midnight cry.

and accomplished the work which God designed to accomplish by them. William Miller and his associates did not. because I go to my Father. 405. The first and second angels‘ messages were given at the right time. and of judgment: Of sin. have ye any meat? They answered him. Cast the net on the right side of the ship. Righteousness: the Second Message—–manifestation of the power of God C. he will reprove the world of sin. themselves. giving to all the invitation of mercy. Therefore. because they believe not on me. Children. 5. Judgment: the third message————–Judgment SIN. DISAPPOINTMENT ―Like the first disciples. They cast therefore. because the prince of this world is judged. they were to go to the people with their message. And when he is come.‖ The Great Controversy. They were not to wait for the people to come to them. 64 . Errors that had been long established in the church prevented them from arriving at a correct interpretation of an important point in the prophecy. WORK ―The gospel commission is the great missionary charter of Christ‘s kingdom. I will send him unto you. Of righteousness. Then Jesus saith unto them. fully comprehend the import of the message which they bore. The disciples were to work earnestly for souls.‖ The Great Controversy. Of judgment. AND JUDGMENT Nevertheless I tell you the truth. and of righteousness.‖ Acts of the Apostles. though they proclaimed the message which God had committed to them to be given to the world. and presenting another message to be preached to all nations before the Lord should come. 28. 7. BACKSLIDING But when the morning was now come. and ye shall find.-Prophetic Keys―In like manner. Sin: the First Message———————reform message B. RIGHTEOUSNESS. but if I depart. yet through a misapprehension of its meaning they suffered disappointment. No. but which they could not have given had they fully understood the prophecies pointing out their disappointment. John 21:4–6. and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. the Comforter will not come unto you. 6. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Miller and his associates fulfilled prophecy. And he said unto them. 351–352. and gave a message which inspiration had foretold should be given to the world. John 16:7–11. and ye see me no more. THE FOURTH MESSAGE REPEATS THE SECOND A.

-Prophetic KeysA. REPEAT OF REFORM IN CHRIST‘S HISTORY
―Would it not be well for you to seek the Lord as the disciples sought Him before the
day of Pentecost? After Christ‘s ascension, His disciples—men of varied talents and
capabilities—assembled in an upper chamber to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit. In
this room ‗all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.‘ They made
thorough work of repentance by confessing their own sins. Upon them was laid no
burden to confess one another‘s sins. Settling all differences and alienations, they were of
one accord, and prayed with unity of purpose for ten days, at the end of which time ‗they
were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit
gave them utterance.‘‖ Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 94–95.

B. REPEAT OF REVIVAL IN CHRIST HISTORY
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and
it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the
Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:1–4.

C. REPEAT OF JUDGMENT IN CHRIST DAY
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the
glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the
heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried
out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And
cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a
young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God,
and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud
voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 7:55–60.
THE REFORM OF NOAH

DARKNESS
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5.

1. TIME OF THE END
MESSAGE FORMALIZED
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8.

2. THE FIRST MESSAGE: REFORM
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and
became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:7.

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-Prophetic Keys3. THE SECOND MESSAGE: ACTIVITIES OF THE ENEMIES
―In Noah‘s day the inhabitants of the old world laughed to scorn what they termed
the superstitious fears and forebodings of the preacher of righteousness. He was
denounced as a visionary character, a fanatic, an alarmist. ‗As it was in the days of Noah,
so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.‘ Men will reject the solemn message of
warning in our day, as they did in Noah‘s time. They will refer to those false teachers
who have predicted the event and set the definite time, and will say that they have no
more faith in our warning than in theirs.‖ Testimonies, volume 5, 308.

MANIFESTATION OF THE POWER OF GOD
Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that
creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male
and the female, as God had commanded Noah. Genesis 7:8–9.

4. THE THIRD MESSAGE: JUDGMENT—A SHUT DOOR
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded
him: and the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16.

THE NUMBER SEVEN: DISAPPOINTMENT
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;
and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Genesis 7:4.

7. THE RAIN
And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In
the six hundredth year of Noah‘s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the
month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the
windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty
nights. Genesis 7:10–12.
THE REFORM OF ELIJAH

DARKNESS
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the
Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word. 1 Kings 17:18.

1. TIME OF THE END
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the
third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. And
Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. 1
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-Prophetic KeysMESSAGE FORMALIZED
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that
troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's
house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed
Baalim.
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of
Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at
Jezebel‘s table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets
together unto mount Carmel. 1 Kings 18:17–20.

2. THE FIRST MESSAGE: REFORM
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions?
if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered
him not a word. 1 Kings 18:21.

3. THE SECOND MESSAGE: ACTIVITIES OF THE ENEMIES
Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but
Baal‘s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two
bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it
on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood,
and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name
of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people
answered and said, It is well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose
you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name
of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them,
and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon,
saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped
upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them,
and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a
journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and
cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out
upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the
time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to
answer, nor any that regarded. 1 Kings 18:22–29.

MANIFESTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and
that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed
the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water
that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they
said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. 1 Kings 18:37–39.

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61. THE FOURTH MESSAGE: THE RAIN And it came to pass in the mean while. but they have little place in human records. Take the prophets of Baal. high or low. she sought to destroy. Go thy way. and knowledge shall be increased. 7. books were few in number. that the heaven was black with clouds and wind. 1: TIME OF THE END But thou. Papal councils decreed that books and writings containing such records should be committed to the flames. 1 Kings 18:43. And he said. whether persons or writings. THE THIRD MESSAGE: JUDGMENT And Elijah said unto them. and looked. Go again seven times. and slew them there. and put his face between his knees. FULFILLMENT OF A PROPHECY Thus he said. And said to his servant.-Prophetic Keys4. and he shall subdue three kings. were enough to forfeit the life of rich or poor. and said. O Daniel. and break it in pieces. 1. And he went up. and shall devour the whole earth. and he cast himself down upon the earth. and went to Jezreel. Expressions of doubt. Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 1 Kings 18:40. Daniel 12:4. THE REFORM OF THE MILLERITES DARKNESS ―The history of God‘s people during the ages of darkness that followed upon Rome‘s supremacy is written in heaven. And Ahab rode. It was the policy of Rome to obliterate every trace of dissent from her doctrines or decrees. which shall be diverse from all kingdoms. There is nothing. and there was a great rain. Kings 18:37–45. Before the invention of printing. look toward the sea. and shall tread it down. And he said. Everything heretical. THE NUMBER SEVEN: DISAPPOINTMENT And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel. and he shall be diverse from the first. Go up now. and 68 .‖ The Great Controversy. or questions as to the authority of papal dogmas. 9. let not one of them escape. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them. And he shall speak great words against the most High. except in the accusations of their persecutors. and seal the book. and in a form not favorable for preservation. The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth. shut up the words. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon. Rome endeavored also to destroy every record of her cruelty toward dissenters. Few traces of their existence can be found. therefore there was little to prevent the Romanists from carrying out their purpose.

Paul. Martin Luther placed the judgment about three hundred years in the future from his day. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro. to consume and to destroy it unto the end. Go thy way.‘ and ‗that wicked. A PROPHECY UNSEALED But thou. But since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed. Not till after the great apostasy.‘ Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed. ‗except there come a falling away first. Daniel 12:4. shut up the words. But the judgment shall sit.‘ ‗the son of perdition. bearing the testimony which was to be understood at the end of the days. ―Daniel has been standing in his lot since the seal was removed and the light of truth has been shining upon his visions. Daniel 7:23–26. 115.‘ which is also styled ‗the mystery of iniquity. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro.‘ he says. O Daniel. and seal the book. The coming of Christ could not take place before that time. ―No such message has ever been given in past ages. It is this side of that time that the message of Christ‘s second coming is to be proclaimed. 69 . THE FIRST ANGEL‘S MESSAGE ARRIVES ―Daniel stood in his lot to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end. ―The prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. 225–226. 9. based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. which. This is especially true of the book of Daniel. says the prophet. ‗That day shall not come. and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. shut up the words. ‗many shall run to and fro. and seal the book. he pointed his brethren into the then far-distant future for the coming of the Lord. ―The apostle Paul warned the church not to look for the coming of Christ in his day.‘ 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The Reformers did not proclaim it.‘ represents the papacy. did not preach it.‖ Sermons and Talks. The ‗man of sin. O Daniel. and knowledge shall be increased. and knowledge shall be increased. This period ended in 1798. and many have proclaimed the solemn message of the judgment near. AN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE—RUNNING TO AND FRO But thou.‘ can we look for the advent of our Lord. and the long period of the reign of the ‗man of sin. as we have seen. was to maintain its supremacy for 1260 years. and they shall take away his dominion. But at the time of the end. Daniel 12:4.‘ Daniel 12:4. as foretold in prophecy.‖ Testimonies to Ministers. and knowledge shall be increased. when the first angel‘s message should be proclaimed to our world. Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‗to the time of the end. knowledge of the prophecies has increased. And he said. Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days. volume 1. He stands in his lot. Paul covers with his caution the whole of the Christian dispensation down to the year 1798. and that man of sin be revealed.-Prophetic Keysshall wear out the saints of the most High.

and. And he said.‖ The Great Controversy. Go thy way. tracing down the inspired record. and enemies plotted to take his life as he should leave the place of meeting.-Prophetic Keys―Like the great Reformation of the sixteenth century. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded. and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. PURIFICATION PROCESS INITIATED But thou. The opposition manifested by church members toward his message emboldened the baser classes to go to greater lengths. In both Europe and America men of faith and prayer were led to the study of the prophecies. the advent movement appeared in different countries of Christendom at the same time. Daniel 12:9–10. shut up the words. and his plain and cutting words aroused their enmity. and Satan and his emissaries were disappointed in their purpose. the forerunner of Jesus. Miller made a practical application of Scripture truth to the hearts of his hearers. and one of these. His work was not yet done.‘ Revelation 6:13. WILLIAM MILLER ―The instigator of all evil sought not only to counteract the effect of the advent message. but to destroy the messenger himself. And John in the Revelation declared. In different lands there were isolated bodies of Christians who. Many shall be purified. Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest their real character.‖ The Great Controversy. took the arm of this servant of the Lord and led him in safety from the angry mob. many who were united with the churches received the healing 70 . two years after Miller began to present in public the evidences of Christ‘s soon coming. when she is shaken of a mighty wind. Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. the last of the signs appeared which were promised by the Saviour as tokens of His second advent. This prophecy received a striking and impressive fulfillment in the great meteoric shower of November 13. 2: MESSAGE FORMALIZED ―In 1833. But holy angels were in the throng. and tried. Said Jesus: ‗The stars shall fall from heaven. and knowledge shall be increased. even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs. A MESSAGE OF REFORM ―Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller. 1833. but the wise shall understand.‖ The Great Controversy. and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. reproving their sins and disturbing their selfsatisfaction. arrived at the belief that the Saviour's advent was near. solely by the study of the Scriptures. they saw convincing evidence that the end of all things was at hand. in the form of a man. 336. those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree. and made white. 333. Like John. 356–257. as he beheld in vision the scenes that should herald the day of God: ‗The stars of heaven fell unto the earth. O Daniel. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro.‘ Matthew 24:29. and seal the book. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand.

on the 11th of August.-Prophetic Keysmessage. and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land. volume 7. two years before.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. The comprehension of truth. The truth in regard to the time of the advent of our Lord was a precious message to our souls. ―The advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God. and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.‖ The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. WORLDWIDE ―The message of Revelation 14. And this. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time. and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul. and third angels‘ messages to be given to the world. this power was to be overthrown . volume 7. signifies the wide extent of the proclamation of the message. the ocean will be crossed. 611. ―In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. 971. 971.‖ The Great Controversy.‖ Selected Messages. and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea.‘ 71 .‘‖ Early Writings. is given in the time of the end. According to his calculations. Revelation 10:1–2. one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent. and his left foot on the earth. second. the glad reception of the message. and give glory to Him. 108. It will cross the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries. . And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea. and his face was as it were the sun. proclaiming that the hour of God‘s judgment is come. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them. for the hour of His judgment is come. book 2. and his left foot on the earth. even to all the world. the first angel‘s message was carried to every missionary station in the world. I believe. with one foot on the sea. published an exposition of Revelation 9. when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. 1840. . is represented in the eating of the little book. . . FIRST ANGEL‘S MESSAGE EMPOWERED WHEN DIVINE SYMBOL DESCENDS And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven. will be found to be the case. showing that the message will be carried to distant lands. Josiah Litch. clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head. ―The angel‘s position. THE MESSAGE OF TIME ―John sees the little book unsealed. they saw their backslidings. humbled themselves before God. they helped to sound the cry. the other on the land. ‗Fear God. 233. Then Daniel‘s prophecies have their proper place in the first. Revelation 10:2.

1905. multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates. true to the light that God has given us. of seven hundred ministers in England. 334–335.‖ The Southern Watchman. and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. and comparing this prophetic period with the records of historians.‖ The Great Controversy. April 14. January 24. and ever since I have been standing before the world. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. It has been guiding me ever since it was given. volume 9. I was in this message. seeking for light. of Gaussen and his followers in France and Switzerland. THE FOUNDATION AND PLATFORM ESTABLISHED ―Students of prophecy came to the conclusion that the time of the end was at hand. Searching the Scriptures for further light.‘ Thinking that the earth was the sanctuary. Turkey. then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. and a wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement. and of Dr. of many ministers in Scandinavia. In the book of Daniel they read: ‗Unto two thousand and three hundred days. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer. Through the labors of William Miller and many others in America. ―Any question that Satan can arouse in the mind to create doubt in regard to the grand history of the past travels of the people of God will please his satanic majesty and is an offense to God. ―The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842. they understood that the cleansing foretold in Daniel 8:14 represented the purification of the earth by fire at the second coming of Christ. When it became known. of a converted Jesuit in South America. the advent message was carried to a large part of the habitable globe. accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe. 1903. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. 134. The tidings of the Lord‘s soon coming in power and great glory to our world is truth. of Bengel and others in Germany.‖ Review and Herald. through her ambassadors. The falling of the stars in 1833 gave added force to the proclamation of the message of a soon-coming Saviour. Men of learning and position united with Miller.-Prophetic Keys―At the very time specified. 72 . both in preaching and in publishing his views. and 1844. they learned that the twenty-three hundred days extended to the year 1844.‖ Manuscript Releases. 1843. Joseph Wolff in many Oriental and African countries. ―This was the foundation of the great advent movement of 1844. and in 1840 many voices were raised in its proclamation. and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.

‘ or that there should be a tarrying time. 27. and make it plain upon tables. The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk. Volume I. and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore. in which the virgin band was to slumber and sleep on the great subject of time. The days are prolonged.C. so that none could see it.‘ that the publication of the chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:2. Behold. . No one. and said. and what I shall answer when I am reproved. and set me upon the tower. The just shall live by his faith. The vision that he seeth is for many days to come. it will not tarry. because it will surely come. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. . but at the end it shall speak. and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. After the disappointment. Thus saith the Lord God. 392. ―It was the united testimony of Second Advent lecturers and papers. 3. and the effect of every vision. Write the vision. and not lie: though it tarry. . And the Lord answered me. and not lie: though it tarry. 457 was the year from which to date the 2300 days. I will speak. saying. that he may run that readeth it. James White. but at the end it shall speak. . because it will surely come. and that it should not be altered. Therefore say unto them. then it follows that B. WRITE THE VISION. There shall none of My words be prolonged any more.‖ Early Writings. however. until His hand was removed. but the word which I have spoken shall be done. it shall be no more prolonged. then noticed than an apparent delay in the accomplishment of the vision—a tarrying time—is presented in the same prophecy. when standing on ‗the original faith. 74–75. it will not tarry. this scripture appeared very significant: ‗The vision is yet for an appointed time. wait for it. what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel.‖ The Great Controversy. . . Number 2.‖ Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.‘ Ezekiel 12:21–25. THE 1843 CHART ―I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord. just before they were to be aroused by the Midnight Cry. Son of man.-Prophetic KeysTHE TARRYING TIME: THE FIRST DISAPPOINTMENT ―As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to ‗write the vision. that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures. that he may run that readeth it. and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass.‘ ―A portion of Ezekiel‘s prophecy also was a source of strength and comfort to believers: ‗The word of the Lord came unto me. AND MAKE IT PLAIN I will stand upon my watch. wait for it.‘ had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation. saying. If the chart was a subject of prophecy (and those who deny it leave the original faith). and make it plain upon tables.‘ ‗They of the house of Israel say. The days are at hand. . 28. 73 . and will watch to see what he will say unto me. Thus saith the Lord God. Habakkuk 2:1–4. . . that the figures were as He wanted them. It was necessary that 1843 should be the first published time in order that ‗the vision‘ should ‗tarry.

1844. For I am the Lord: I will speak. .‖ The Autobiography of Joseph Bates. Again the word of the Lord came to me. ―Now our history shows that there were hundreds teaching from the same chronological charts that William Miller was.‖ Testimonies.‘ This was a very important Conference. Thus saith the Lord God. 74 . With few exceptions. presented the pictorial prophecies of Daniel and John. . but the word which I have spoken shall be done. I will make this proverb to cease. and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel. 21. 3: THE SECOND ANGEL’S MESSAGE ARRIVES ―In June. Mr. saying. There shall none of my words be prolonged any more. while examining these prophecies.‖ Joseph Bates. which was soon accomplished. that he may run that readeth it. said. ‗Write the vision and make it plain upon tables. Here was more light in our pathway. O rebellious house. all of one stamp.‘ Habakkuk 2:2. These brethren had been doing what the Lord had shown Habakkuk in his vision 2. Ezekiel 12:22–28. 1842. saying. The days are prolonged. saith the Lord God. they of the house of Israel say. Brethren Charles Fitch and Apollos Hale. Miller. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. behold. and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days. 1842. Thus saith the Lord God. the coming of the Lord Jesus at a certain time. he had thought if he could get out something of the kind as here presented it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience. it was voted unanimously to have three hundred similar to this one lithographed. ―After some discussion on the subject. Early SDA Pamphlets. what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel. . Massachutes.468 years before. but say unto them. and will perform it. will I say the word. The days are at hand. of Haverhill. Therefore say unto them. and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass. Son of man. and the effect of every vision. Then it was the oneness of the message all on one theme. and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore. ―In May.-Prophetic KeysTHE EFFECT OF EVERY VISION Son of man. saith the Lord God. The vision that he seeth is for many days to come. a General Conference was convened in Boston. the different denominations closed the doors of their churches against Mr. They were called ‗the ‗43 charts. showing their fulfillment. Miller gave his second course of lectures at the Casco Street church in Portland [Maine]. volume 1. Brother Fitch in explaining from his chart before the Conference. 17. which they had painted on cloth. with the prophetic numbers. saying. 263. At the opening of this meeting.

It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. which was to give power to the second angel‘s message. to which it was afterward found that they extended. but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. These messages we are to give to the world in publications. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. Angels were sent from heaven to arouse the discouraged saints and prepare them for the great work before them. OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT ―Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. There was persevering prayer and unreserved consecration to God. Angels were sent to the humble. the Bridegroom cometh. devoted ones. go ye out to meet Him!‘ ―This was the midnight cry. and hope and courage animated their hearts. in discourses. And I heard the voices of angels crying. the Bridegroom cometh!‘ The Great Controversy. 400– 401. 104. the message was proclaimed in the very words of Scripture: ‗Behold. and we are now under the proclamation of the third. showing their order.-Prophetic KeysTHE SECOND ANGEL‘S MESSAGE PROCLAIMED ―The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844. from village to village.‖ The Great Controversy. ―In the summer of 1844. and into remote country places it went.‖ Selected Messages. ‗Behold. go ye out to meet Him!‘‖ Early Writings. and the autumn of the same year. THE SECOND ANGEL‘S MESSAGE EMPOWERED ―Near the close of the second angel‘s message. confession of sin. It was similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel followed messages of reproof from His servants. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message. 75 . book 2. Believers saw their doubt and perplexity removed. There was little ecstatic joy. and forsaking of the world. 398. The work was free from those extremes which are ever manifested when there is human excitement without the controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God. From city to city. but rather deep searching of heart. It bore the characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. ‗Behold. and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel‘s message. and constrained them to raise the cry. I saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like early frost before the rising sun. There cannot be a third without the first and second. A preparation to meet the Lord was the burden of agonizing spirits. midway between the time when it had been first thought that the 2300 days would end. the Bridegroom cometh. showing in the line of prophetic history the things that have been and the things that will be. until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation. 238.

All should be united and zealous in the work. but in the gathering. Israel was smitten and torn. until His hand was removed. 250–251.-Prophetic KeysMANIFESTATION OF THE POWER OF GOD ―The midnight cry was not so much carried by argument. and helped to swell the shout. the people who were assembled from all parts of the land to keep the feast. 20. and that it should not be altered. and in three days I will raise it up. the Bridegroom cometh!‘‖ Spirit of Prophecy. In the scattering. and wilt thou rear it up in three days? John 2:19. Forty and six years was this temple in building. There was no doubt. 4: THIRD ANGEL’S MESSAGE ARRIVES And he said unto me. so that none could see it. that the figures were as He wanted them. and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States.‖ The Great Controversy. but now in the gathering time God will heal and bind up His people. they caught the inspiration of the hour. Upon the occasion of Christ‘s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. when God has set His hand to gather His people. efforts to spread the truth will have their designed effect. some merely to ridicule—feel the convincing power attending the message. Unto two thousand and three hundred days. 76 . Then said the Jews. I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord. I saw that it was wrong for any to refer to the scattering for examples to govern us now in the gathering. though the Scripture proof was clear and conclusive. accomplished but little or nothing. where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected. that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures. flocked to the Mount of Olives. then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. There went with it an impelling power that moved the soul. efforts made to spread the truth had but little effect. Destroy this temple. no questioning. TEMPLE FINISHED Jesus answered and said unto them. the Lord showed me that He had stretched out His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people. ‗Behold. volume 4. A GATHERING ―September 23. Israel would never be gathered. 74. 389. for if God should do no more for us now than He did then. and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering time. Daniel 8:14. In the scattering. and as they joined the throng that were escorting Jesus.] In like manner did unbelievers who flocked to the Adventist meetings—some from curiosity. and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. SECOND ANGEL‘S MESSAGE FULFILLED IN THE UNITED STATES ―The second angel‘s message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844. ‗Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!‘ [Matthew 21:9.‖ Early Writings.

the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days.‘ Then Jesus would breathe upon them the Holy Ghost. ‗Father. and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage. surrounded by angels. Satan‘s object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children. brought to view in Daniel 8:14. give us Thy Spirit. and shutteth. And while they went to buy. Matthew 25:10. and no man openeth. he that hath the key of David. Those who arose when Jesus did. and hast not denied my name. where the Father sat.‘ Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence.‖ The Great Controversy. ‗My Father. I have set before thee an open door. These things saith he that is holy. described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins. with wheels like flaming fire. keep your garments spotless. joy. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest. and peace. he that is true. but no sweet love. I saw them look up to the throne. joy. in it there was light and much power. and the most of those who were bowed down arose with Him. 55. I am going to My Father to receive the kingdom. give us Thy Spirit. and peace. ―I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne. standing before the Father. Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest. the bridegroom came. he that openeth. I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after He arose. 426. In that breath was light. Then Jesus rose up from the throne. came to where Jesus was. A COVENANT ESTABLISHED ―The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place. and no man shutteth. and sit down. foretold by Malachi. for the cleansing of the sanctuary. and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of holies within the veil. they did not know that Jesus had left it. and we heard His lovely voice saying. and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength. On the hem of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate. kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them out a little way. and much love. I know thy works: behold. and pray. and hast kept my word. TWO GROUPS DEMONSTRATED ―I saw the Father rise from the throne. and they were left in perfect darkness. a great High Priest. and the coming of the Lord to His temple. ‗Wait here. are descriptions of the same event. trying to carry on the work of God. and pray. of Matthew 25.‘ Then a cloudy chariot. Revelation 3:7–8. as presented in Daniel 7:13. and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to Myself. and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. power. There I beheld Jesus. a bell and a pomegranate.‖ Early Writings.-Prophetic KeysDOOR CLOSES And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write. Then He raised His right arm. 77 . Satan appeared to be by the throne.

‘ ‗The sons of the stranger. and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. and ascension of Christ.-Prophetic KeysDISAPPOINTMENT ―Like the first disciples. ―These words apply in the Christian age. and taketh hold of My covenant.‘ Verse 8.‖ The Great Controversy. to the time when His servants should preach to all nations the message of glad tidings. and do justice: for My salvation is near to come. and to love the name of the Lord. Thus the obligation of the fourth commandment extends past the crucifixion. to serve Him.‘ Isaiah 56:1. though they proclaimed the message which God had committed to them to be given to the world. Revelation 3:14–16. resurrection. WORK ―The work of Sabbath reform to be accomplished in the last days is foretold in the prophecy of Isaiah: ‗Thus saith the Lord. the beginning of the creation of God. 6. So then because thou art lukewarm. Blessed is the man that doeth this. beside those that are gathered unto him. And upon those who then honor the Sabbath. 7.‖ The Great Controversy. 351–352. and make them joyful in My house of prayer. and the son of man that layeth hold on it. 2. I know thy works. fully comprehend the import of the message which they bore. and neither cold nor hot. that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 78 . as shown by the context: ‗The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith. the faithful and true witness. and My righteousness to be revealed. Keep ye judgment. Yet will I gather others to him. Here is foreshadowed the gathering in of the Gentiles by the gospel. everyone that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it. themselves. 451. Errors that had been long established in the church prevented them from arriving at a correct interpretation of an important point in the prophecy. a blessing is pronounced. BACKSLIDING And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write. These things saith the Amen. that join themselves to the Lord. 6. that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it. yet through a misapprehension of its meaning they suffered disappointment. 5. to be His servants. Therefore. I will spue thee out of my mouth. even them will I bring to My holy mountain. William Miller and his associates did not.

he will reprove the world of sin. and of judgment: Of sin. and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. 79 . because they believe not on me. is fallen. saying. REPEATS THE SECOND A. Babylon the great is fallen.-Prophetic Keys7: FOURTH MESSAGE And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven. and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. Righteousness: the Second Message—–manifestation of the power of God C. but if I depart. I will send him unto you. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. Reward her even as she rewarded you. Sin: the First Message———————reform message B. and is become the habitation of devils. and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. and the hold of every foul spirit. having great power. Of righteousness. the Comforter will not come unto you. RIGHTEOUSNESS. and God hath remembered her iniquities. because the prince of this world is judged. AND JUDGMENT Nevertheless I tell you the truth. and ye see me no more. And he cried mightily with a strong voice. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. For her sins have reached unto heaven. And I heard another voice from heaven. that ye be not partakers of her sins. saying. Revelation 18:1–6. because I go to my Father. and that ye receive not of her plagues. Judgment: the third message————–Judgment SIN. and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. and the earth was lightened with his glory. John 16:7–11. And when he is come. Come out of her. and of righteousness. my people. Of judgment.